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Meet Val & Stone

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This month we were lucky to steal some time from the gorgeous Renee, designer and creator of Val & Stone. We had so many questions to ask Renee and I am sure you will have a few after reading this. Feel free to leave any questions bellow. Enjoy x Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to start Val & Stone It all started when I was living in Bondi after arriving home from my 2-year travels around the UK & Europe. With hardly any money left in the bank account I started making little gifts for friends and family instead of buying them. After making a necklace for a friend, she happened to wear it to work one evening and to my surprise got 3 orders for me from complete strangers. It was from that day I thought, maybe I should turn my hobby into a career. Not long after that I moved up to Byron Bay and...

Meet Sonia Orts

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SONIA ORTS BOTANICAL ALCHEMY  We had the opportunity to catch up with Sonia Orts and ask her some questions about herself and her business, Sonia Orts Botanical Alchemy.  Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to start Sonia Orts Botanical Alchemy I have always been Mademoiselle Parfum (Miss Perfume)— I went to a French school. My favourite hobby was to guess the perfume that others wore. I never bought the same perfume twice as there were too many new scents to be discovered, too many stories to be unveiled. But I always felt that something was missing in mainstream perfumes. In addition, in my late teens I was working as a fashion model, and as a consequence of having to wear heavy makeup regularly, and living the lifestyle of a model, my skin suffered badly. ...

The Face Behind Zuanna Cosmetics

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KNOWN EFFECTS would love to introduce you to Joanne, the face behind Zuanna Cosmetics. We had the pleasure of taking some time-out to ask Joanne some questions about herself and Zuanna Cosmetics. Enjoy! What motivated you to start Zuanna Cosmetics? My motivation came from my own struggles with skin sensitivities and discovering how difficult it was to find pure, simplistic products that weren’t filled with unnecessary ingredients. I really wanted to create a range that people could relate to. I wanted to combine nature, simplicity and luxury while most importantly delivering results. Where did the name come from? Pronounced ZU-AH-NNA The name Zuanna is Joanne (my name) in Sardinian. My family is of Sardinian heritage with both my parents having been born there and migrating to Australia in the late 1950’s, early...

Business Alignment and Organic Flow

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We decide to build a business and create a product or service because we are passionate about what we are selling or offering. As entrepreneurs we have a tendency to come rolling into our business with a bag full of ideas but we don’t always have the ability to slow down and figure out where to place each and every idea. Do you remember why you started your business? Have you got to a point where you feel like something just isn’t right? Maybe you need to slow down and ask yourself some questions that will help you realign your business in a way that is in alignment with you and your business morals. We all want our businesses to evolve and evolve in such a way that our passion for our business can be seen through our brand and products or services. Sometimes as small businesses we can feel like getting our business to evolve is a...

Breaking the Myth of Balance

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What often defines our own personal versions of balance is what we see of other people’s highlight reels on social media. Comparing ourselves to another person, thinking they have their life in balance and is perfect, only sets us up to feel failure in our own lives. There was a time when there was no social media. No highlight reels. There was conversation about the good and the bad. Less pressure to live up to the ideal. To be super mum and business owner. What if you could define what balance means to you? In fact, what if we changed balance to ‘your happy’? What does your happy look like in the areas of your business, life and self? What makes you happy in business? Is it the number of clients or customers you serve? The amount of money you make every week? Is it completed tasks? Connections? Freedom to spend time with your...