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Women Who Create - Karina Dyer

Hello Blog Buddies!

A 'Celebrating Women' blog post is well over due...
    

I would like to introduce you to Karina Dyer who is the business owner of 'Personalised Style'.
I met her at a 'Girl Bosses' event and was quickly taken with the passion and enthusiasm she generates from her work. I have experienced the service Karina's business offers and I can tell
you it is a fun and illuminating process! You quickly discover what you do and don't like
regarding fashion and clothing. Karina expertly identifies what will, and won't, suit your
body type and your lifestyle.

What is truly unique about this service, is that it can all be done from the comfort of
your own home. Digital images arrive in your email account and you complete the process via a telephone or Skype conversation with Karina. I can also state that the process was extremely non-threatening or personally intrusive. Karina's personality and conversation skills made
the our phone call seem like I was sitting down and having a chat over a cup of coffee with
a good friend... How fabulous!

Read on to find out more about this delightful, and creative lady...

                                      (Picture source: Provided by client)


        Hi Karina...Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions today. Can we start with a little bit about your background, the type of business you have and the circumstances that brought you to creating ‘Personalised Style’?

Many years before Personalised Style came to life, I completed my advance training at the 'Australian Style Institute' and became a Personal Stylist. From there, I ran my own Personal Styling Business, which I loved. What I quickly noticed however, was so many women wanted, and needed, a Stylist to help and teach them how to dress specifically for their own needs. Often their location, lack of time and/or budget was holding them back.

I just felt that this seemed a little unfair. This became even more apparent, after being present with my clients in a dressing room and then watching them walk out and then look at themselves in a mirror. So often they would burst into tears... all because they had never realised that they could look and feel so good. I believe that every single person deserves to feel this way! It shouldnt matter if you dont have a large budget or your location holds you back from shopping, or your busy lifestyle won't allow you the time to get out and go shopping... you deserve to look great and feel amazing! Its your right!

So with this motivation in mind, 'Personalised Style' was born. It is a place for women to shop, to be styled by a Personal Stylist in a 'Shopping' and 'Styling Session', or to be 'Styled Online' across all areas of Australia and New Zealand. 

Myself and my team of Stylists are here to help, guide, and teach our clients how create outfits for themselves that flatter and suit them. We are here to teach them how shop with confidence, to put their best foot forward and to create an image of themselves that they are proud of, and that they love!  We want to help our clients look and feel great about themselves, every day!


                              (Picture source: Provided by client)

Do you work from home or have you set up an office away from your residence? 
Please describe an average day at your place of work?
      
As a mum, and a business woman, I am very lucky to be able to work from home, and I have created a business that allows me to do so.  My office is in our home - right at the front of the house, so it is away from the rest of the family space  It really is my little haven! My husband is a 'Handy Man', and that is exactly what he is - very handy! He created a gorgeous space that is just for me. It is a perfect place to let my creative side 'go wild' and it’s also a place that I am able to really concentrate! 


Each day is completely different for me. With 2 young boys, (5 and almost 3) every day is a little unpredictable. I am lucky that my youngest still has a sleep during the day, so when he is asleep, and my eldest is at Kinder, I make sure I am super productive with my time!  A lot of my work is done once the boys have gone to bed at night or before they get up in the morning. 



(Picture source: Provided by client)

What do you perceive to be the pros and cons of working for yourself?

The pros are defiantly that I am able to spend time with my boys! I have been lucky enough to witness all of their 'firsts' and to teach them new skills as well as listen to their very strange conversations... and everything else that pretty much goes with being a 'stay at home mum'. 
I am able to decide for myself when we can go away for a holiday or start some days 
later than usual. I suppose it really comes down to the flexibility and lifestyle that working
 from home can provide.
  
The one thing that can be difficult when working for myself, is that there isn’t an 'off switch'!  For the type of person I am, this isn’t too bad, because I love being busy, and I 
also love growing. So I am always researching, learning, and networking simply because 
I love to. It would be nice to sometimes to be able to 'leave work' and come home and 
not think about it until the next day.  

(But... I would probably get bored... so I don’t think I could ever work for someone again!)

(Picture source: Provided by client)


What tips do you have for achieving a healthy home/work balance in your life?

Be 100% present! Whether it is your family and friends or your work... make sure you are 'there'. You can’t do it all, all of the time. Something or someone is missing out if you try to. It took me a while to get to this point because I thought, if I can accomplish everything, I am being incredibly productive. But it turns out I was actually just waisting my time, and nothing was getting done properly. So for me, when it is work time... it is work time. When it’s kids time, the phone and computer are put down and I am with my family.


(Picture source: Provided by client)

Is there any advice you wish you had had before you started on your business 
adventure that you could share with us today?

Oh I don’t think we would have enough hours to listen to what I wish I had known before starting my own business! (Laughing) One piece of advice I would say, however, is the importance of networking. For me, I am naturally a shy person, but in saying that, I am also confident (and knowing how to dress with confidence certainly helps with that) and I have learnt that stepping 'out of my comfort zone' is where the magic happens. Attending networking events is so good for you, your business and also for your confidence with business! 

The other advice I have would suggest is don’t overthink everything! Go for it! Launch it! Publish it! Don’t wait until you have every single thing perfectly in place, because you can always find something that you want to improve or alter, but once you have launched your business, your direction or target audience might change anyway! So just go for it!

Finally, the most important piece of advice I have for you is to be kind to yourself! You are doing an incredible job, and there are people out there who genuinely what to help and support you on the way to success. Stop comparing yourself to others... be you and don’t even bother trying 
to 'fit' the norm. It won't do you or your business any good!

 I know you have helped many women with ‘Personalised Style’ … please can you tell me why you love helping the clients you do.

I love giving people confidence! Some of my clients include new mums who are getting back into the workplace or women who have been out of the workplace situation for several years. I love seeing their faces when they walk out of that change room, wearing something that they would never have picked out, and they come out taller, happier, and so much more confident! I have witnessed my clients walk out to that mirror, and look at the first time with the biggest grin on their faces because they never believed that they could look that good or feel that good about themselves! Sometimes they don’t want to get back into their own clothes! They buy them, then and there, and wear them out of the shop! 

My clients often send me their 'after' photos along with their stories about what has changed in their life because of their new found confidence. They feel like they can take on anything. I love the messages I receive from ladies who attended their children's birthdays, formals or weddings. I hear about the compliments they received - It is beautiful and I love it!  

To see these gorgeous women create a happier and more confident life as well as achieve their goals, is simply incredible!


(Picture source: Provided by client)

Can you highlight a few of your favourite products and recommend any ‘best sellers’ 
on your website?

Well my favourite service is our 'Shopping' and 'Styling Sessions'. This is where I take my clients shopping and style them for 3 hours and I teach them how to dress for their personality, budget, lifestyle, shape, age and help them find their own style. This is where the real magic happens! I visibly see my clients feel fantastic after the shopping and styling session!

Our other popular service would have to be my styling memberships. This is where I create 'digital outfit images' for my clients so they can simply purchase the pieces in stores, or online if they can’t make it to the stores.  I am always so excited when I send their monthly images to them! The best seller is our 'Essential Style Plus Membership', which includes a style consultation with a Personal Stylist over the phone or Skype, a 12 month Styling membership, and also our incredible Style Guide, which goes through  all the different cuts of clothing that suits and flatters them.

Women, both in history and in the present day, constantly inspire me. Do any particular women inspire you? If so, who and why?

I don’t have someone in particular, because I have so many women in my life who inspire me, through motherhood, business and my personal life. My clients also constantly inspire me. Each one of them decided that they wanted to make a change their lives. They wanted to learn and they wanted to feel better about themselves. They inspire me to continue to grow and to always give them the best of me. I think it is so important to surround ourselves with positive people who inspire us. They make us happy, they give us drive, and we are all better people for it.  xx


(Picture source: Provided by client)

Thank you so much Karina for sharing your thoughts with us. 
It has been lovely getting to know you.

If you would like to contact Karina for more information or to ask about her styling packages you can email her HERE


Or to look at her beautiful website, please click HERE


Beatrix Potter - A Woman Who Created

Hello Blog Buddies!

I have decided to write another blog post that celebrates a truly amazing woman.


2016 marks 150 years since the birth of one of the most beloved children's illustrator and writer- 
Beatrix Potter. Known for her delightful 'little collection' of books, many do not realise that Ms Potter was also a natural scientist and conservationist.

(Source: beatrixpotterofficial.com)

Beatrix Potter was born Helen Beatrix Potter on July 28th, 1866. Her younger brother, Walter Bertram and Beatrix loved to sketch, draw and paint. They spent many hours of their early 
childhood creating pictures of their numerous pets which included, amongst other 
things, mice, frogs, lizards and snakes.

(Source: peterrabbit.com)

Born into a privileged household, Beatrix Potter never attended school and was instead, educated at her parents home by a number of governesses and art teachers. One summer vacation, the Potter family travelled to Lake Windermere located in England's picturesque Lake District. It is believed that during this visit, Ms Potter developed her lifelong love of the stunning countryside and idyllic natural surroundings.


By 1896, Beatrix Potter was producing beautiful watercolour paintings as well as becoming an adept scientific illustrator, specialising in botanical drawings of fungi. Long before she became an author, Ms Potter drew illustrations for a variety of books including 'Alice in Wonderland'.


In September, 1893 a 26 year old Ms Potter sent a letter to a former governess' son, Noel. 
The letter contained a tale of four rabbits which included Peter Rabbit.

(Source: peterrabbit.com)

It was not until 1901, however, that Beatrix decided to develop the idea. The resulting publication, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' was released in 1902 by Fredrick Warne and Co and has gone on to become one of the most popular children's books of all time.
 
(Source: peterrabbit.com)

Ms Potter went on to write over 30 books, the most popular being her 24 children's stories. With the proceeds from her 'little books' as well as a legacy from an Aunt, Ms Potter bought the now famous 'Hilltop Farm' in Near Sawrey in the Lake District. 

(Source: allaboutanthropomorphism.weebly.com)

Over the following decades, Beatrix continued to purchase, and manage additional farms in the area. She also became a prize-winning breeder of Hardwick sheep. Her dedication to land preservation allowed her to leave over 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust upon her death. Much of this land now constitutes the Lake District National Park.

(Source: beatrixpottersociety.org.uk)

Ms. Potter died on December 22nd, 1943 at her home of pneumonia and heart disease. Her beautifully illustrated books continue to sell, and delight, throughout the world in many languages.


Which is your favourite Beatrix Potter story?

                                        

Education - Using Twinkl Resources in the Classroom

Hello Blog Buddies!

This is another Education Blog to follow-up the previous post on 
Twinkl Educational Publishing digital resources. 

(If you would like to refer to the previous post... Please click HERE

In particular, I am going to share how I used the Twinkl digital resources in my classroom for some cooperative group work as well as for some activities that promoted speaking and listening skills.


This term, our Inquiry Unit has focused on the impact our actions have on the Earth.
Changing habitats and endangered animals have rated highly throughout student
conversations and discussions.


By simply typing in 'endangered animals' into the search box located on the Twinkl website, I easily accessed clear and beautifully presented pictures of animals and habitats. These resources saved me simply, hours of time. If I had been required to research a list of animals and then needed to find a suitable matching picture... I think I would still be locating them as I type!
Headings for displays in the classroom are also made easy for teachers who access Twinkl.


Once printed, laminated and cut, these cards can be used for a plethora of activities.


Here, my students are identifying the animals, discussing how to pronounce some of the names as well as realising just how many Australian Endangered Animals there are!


Next, the children were asked to sort the animals into groups according to their specifications. 
This group sorted them into water, land and tree dwellers and then justified their reasonings.


This particular set of cards allowed the children to compare and contrast the animals...


... as well as create a timeline depicting the predicted life expectancy of
some endangered animals.

The children were then asked to select an animal they would like to find out more about, and present a small presentation to the class to inform their classmates about their chosen animal. 

(Photo used with permission)

The conversations, discussions and questions that arose from this whole class activity were wonderful. I was also provided with enough information about what the children would like to learn about, to fill two terms! 

Best of all, now I have created these resources, I will be able to keep and use them for 
many years to come.

If you would like to see all the amazing digital resources available to you on Twinkl... please click HERE

Do you subscribe to Twinkl? Let me know.






Education - Twinkl Educational Publishing Website Review

Hello Blog Buddies,

I believe an 'Education' post is well over due...

I was recently contacted by 'Twinkl Educational Publishing' and asked to write a review on their products. As I have used 'Twinkl' products for many years, I was happy to do so.
(As always, all comments and opinions are my own.)


Twinkl is an online educational resource for teachers, parents and educators. It was founded in England, 2010 purely as an educational site for teachers but has since grown and moved from a site that required advertising to raise revenue, to a subscription model that generates it's own income. 
In 2014, Twinkl changed its name to Twinkl Educational Publishing to reflect it's expanding reach to over 168 countries.


Actively involved with children's charities, Twinkl Educational Publishing was recently featured in British publications as a company that actively responded with teaching resources for children who were new to English as a part of the European migrant crisis. In 2015 Twinkl Educational Publishing partnered with UNICEF to provide teachers with information and resources to help raise awareness about the earthquake in Nepal. Twinkle has also contributed learning resources to Comic Relief and Sport Relief.

In 2016, Twinkl Educational Publishing was presented with the Education Resources Award for it's contribution to the Primary Curriculum.

The continued production of high quality materials by Twinkl can be linked directly to the clear and concise philosophy behind the company:

We believe that every child should be loved and nurtured, as they are unique and special. That's why we believe so strongly in publishing the most engaging and inspiring materials.

With removal of, what was once necessary, advertising, the Twinkl website is now a simple, easily navigated platform, that means locating relevant resources is a snap. Easily 'synced' to your curriculum, displays, activities, as well as assessment tools, are quite literally 'at your fingertips'. 


All products are clearly presented and often feature the iconic 'Twinkl Font' and once printed, will instantly provide teachers and educators with practical and reusable educational resources.




These resources are accessible to anyone with a computer (and printer) so parents who wish to support their child's learning, or simply find educational activities to do during the holidays, can also utilise this wonderful resource from the comfort of their own home. 

(Please note, the worksheets can also be county/state/territory font specific which is vital when teaching hand-writing styles to small students).)





There are levels of subscription fees available on Twinkl ranging from AU$5.34 a month to AU$12.46 a month depending upon your needs. (There is also access to free resources!) 

Ever aware of trends, Twinkl is always mindful of world events and provides fabulous activities accordingly. The content is constantly being updated. Resources provided can also be country specific as is the case with their recently added 'Olympic Resource Packs'.


I have recently downloaded a few resources that will certainly support our new inquiry unit this term. Come and 'check back in' to see how I used these products within my classroom and to also hear what my students thought about them!

To visit the Twinkl website and to access these fabulous resources click HERE

Have you used Twinkl resources before? If so, what are your thoughts on their resources?

Let me know!

(All Pictures Sourced: Twinkl.com.uk)

                                    

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