Since 1984 the Cairns Business Women's Club has developed and evolved into one of the regions most professional business networks. Providing businesses with mutual support, inspiration, networking and professional development opportunities! CBWC has great pleasure in providing to members and non-members monthly business networking opportunities through luncheons, guest speakers, and annual awards. Through your membership with CBWC, you have the opportunity to promote and advertise your business.
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The annual Cairns Business Woman of the Year Awards recognise the talents and achievements of women in private enterprise and public service who are committed to success in all aspects of business. These awards have become a badge of honour throughout the business community and the number of women being nominated has increased substantially over recent years.
MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Rebecca Whyte from The Boutique Collection
Rebecca has a degree in International Business and Marketing. Obtained in Auckland and Rennes. After a decade of travelling and working abroad, Rebecca joined the family business and was made a director in 2006. Rebecca heads up the Port Douglas operations, operating out of the office in Macrossan Street. Under her guidance and through her perseverance, since expanding to Port Douglas in 2008 the business has grown significantly, with some 90 premium properties under management in Port Douglas alone.
The Boutique Collection is a family owned business. Since its inception in 2004 the collection has evolved into an eclectic range of handpicked luxury houses, private villas and apartments in Port Douglas, Palm Cove and Cairns. Our business is to tourism based Tropical North Queensland, with property portfolios in Palm Cove, Port Douglas and Cairns. The business has established a solid reputation from guests and property owners for its astute tourism and hospitality knowledge.
Owners have the confidence in us to manage their valuable properties. Our expertise in web marketing has also meant that we reach a global market for our guests, helping to provide better returns for our owners, and more visitors to the Cairns region. Our focus on the quality of the properties that we manage, rather than the quantity, means that we cover the premium end of the market, with all of the holiday houses having their own “x-factor.”
Being a local business we pride ourselves on our community involvement, through our support of local schools and community groups. We manage the Ronald McDonald House in Palm Cove, which provides respite for families of children who have suffered serious illness, and the much-needed opportunity to relax and reconnect.
Come and join Cairns Business Women's Club and have access to this credible and practical business 'tool' while also contributing to our region’s growth and sustainability.
Nothing stays the same forever, we change jobs, partners, location, become parents (that’s usually the point our body shape changes). When your clothes no longer reflect your lifestyle, you will feel frustrated from the lack of choice in your wardrobe.
How to plan your wardrobe?
Create a lifestyle pie graph. Shade in the sections according the percentage of time you spend in the following activities over a month.
Knowing what you already have in your wardrobe will assist you in deciding what you really need. Find out what areas are missing for example, do you have things to wear when you go out for drinks with friends?
Create a clothing cluster
A clothing cluster is a group of 5-15 pieces (jacket, skirt, pants, etc.) that work in combination with each other.
Start building a clothing cluster by mixing and matching what you already have in your wardrobe. If you feel that nothing matches get a friend (or stylist) to have a look. A set of fresh eyes can often see mix and match options you may have missed. Now make a list of items you need to compliment your wardrobe eg. dressy tops, day dresses, casual jacket.
Set a budget and stick to it.
Once you have allocated an amount to spend you can save time by looking in stores that suit your price range. Remember you are on a mission to find clothes you will love and wear. If you don’t need it badly or want it madly, put it back!
Quality over quantity
Spend good money on well fitting pieces. Poor quality clothes will loose they shape and wear out faster. Some timeless must haves are; dark denim jeans, skirts and pants in solid neutral colours and a good quality leather hand bag. Use inexpensive fashion accessories like a scarf, belt or jewellery to update your wardrobe.
Take a camera
Put a stop to clothes sitting in your wardrobe with the tag still attached. If the store you are in does not have a three way mirror, a camera is a must. Pictures never lie, use them as a reference point before you purchase any outfit.
Shop ahead of time
If you require an outfit for a special occasion don’t wait until the last minute, start looking now, give yourself at least 2 weeks to find something that is perfect.
A wardrobe of clothes that your suits your style, colouring, personality and lifestyle will ensure you always have something to wear.
For more style tips please visit Mirror Image Consultations or ‘like’ us on Facebook.
Gerlinda Aras is a certified image consultant and stylist. She has a monthly ‘Mummy Makeover’ feature in Pakmag and is regular contributor for the Weekender. As a stylist for the Cairns Eye, she arranges fashion shoots and style makeovers. Gerlinda is also Cairns Central’s expert personal shopper.