Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What sets your soul on fire

I remember the first time I heard that quote and it instantly resinated with me. I have always been someone who has been driven by my passion and I have used that quality to the best of my potential throughout my entire life. When I was younger, I was a dancer and I absolutely loved it. I loved the thrill of accomplishing new things, working with a team to create memorable performances and forming long lasting relationships with people, many of who still play a key role in my life today. As a dancer you learn a whole lot more than how to kick your legs and do the splits. You learn valuable skills that can be applied to any situation you face in your whole adult life. I learnt a lot about time management, organisation, dedication and discipline and it is these skills that have helped to form my baby aka Designer Hire.



Choosing garments for the range is one of my favourite things to do

So obviously to start any business, project, venture or whatever it is you want to begin, you need good time  management, organisation, dedication and discipline. Without those things you wont be able to give your idea the power it needs to kick off the ground. BUT no matter how disciplined or dedicated you are, your idea cannot flourish without that passion that drives you. If you do something because it seems like an ok idea or because someone tells you to do it, it won’t work. YOU have to have that passion, that desire to get it done because that my friend is what will make it work.



Designer Hire was not a business that was easy to begin. I worked 7 days a week, in multiple jobs, saving everything I had to purchase a range of dresses to get the business started. It didn’t come easy and nothing was handed to me but my god it made it worth it. Every dress that is a part of the collection is a direct result of my own hard work and I couldn’t be prouder. My passion lies within my love of clothes, meeting new people and smashing goals. From a young age I was competitive and determined yet empathetic and friendly. I use these qualities to

I love my show room space. It’s my little haven in this crazy life

mould Designer Hire into a business that is well run with a lot of soul. Yes, I want to get as many clients as possible and filter endless sales through the website but I never want to lose the humanity in my business. This means every customer is important to me. I care about getting to know every person who emails, calls or comes in to see me. I listen and have a chat and often make an appointment last way longer than necessary as we go off on tangents like old friends. It all comes back to those key things of wanting to talk to people, wanting them to feel comfortable in the business and getting them to trust that they’ll have a positive experience when using Designer Hire services.



So, that’s me and why I got started and what keeps me going, but what about you? What is your passion? What drives you? What do you want to be remembered before? It could have absolutely nothing to do with business. It could be the time of person you want to be, the type of relationship you want to have or the career you want to excel in. Having passion and drive will make for a happier and healthier life. When we are focused and working on something that makes us happy, everything else around us flourishes as well. When you are happy in your work and your relationships everything around you falls into place because you are creating a happy and healthy atmosphere. So, today I challenge you to start day one of your passion project. It could be something small or it could be something major but set aside some time to focus on what makes you happy. I promise you that it won’t be easy but it will be worth it.

This blog has been filled with lots of corny clichés and typical motivational quotes but for real this mentality will create future positivity and prosperity. I do not care how corny I sound because I am passionate about succeeding in all aspects of life and doing so in a happy way surrounded by positive affirmations. If you read this and it resonates with you then I’m glad I took the time to put my corny thoughts to paper because spreading kindness is free and that’s the type of life I want to lead.


AND if you have any questions or want any advice I am happy to help. My journey is still at the beginning. I have so many things I want to achieve and its not going to happen overnight so no I don’t have all the answers but if I can offer anything of value then hey I’m going to do just that.

Until next time,

Brooke X


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Let’s talk Confidence, Happiness & knowing you are Enough

Ok, so real talk for a minute. In my business I am so fortunate to meet so many women who are all of different age, size, cultural background and personality. When someone walks through my door for an appointment that may go for 5 minutes or an hour and a half, I make the effort to have a small conversation with them. I do this because I get a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment out of finding out a little about my clients. It could be about what event they have coming up, what they are interested in, what they do for work, what has lead them to me today, anything at all really. I am an inquisitive, people person. I always have been. It’s not that I’m nosey but more so that I find other people interesting and I like making new friends. Now, as I said, everyone I meet is different and that’s what keeps running this business interesting. No two women are the same BUT I often see very similar tendencies in a lot of women that walk through my door…

Often once clients have a garment on they call me in for my opinion and they always ask me to imagine them with tan, hair and make-up done or they ask if they look big in the garment and often, in general, they find different things to pick on themselves about. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that we want to get the best garment possible that accentuate our best features and flatters those parts of ourselves that we are less confident about, that’s the whole purpose of trying something on and I’m here to make sure you find something you look amazing in but it often saddens me how many of the amazing girls I have as clients don’t feel ‘enough’ when they look in the mirror just as they are on a normal day. So girls, I want you to stop questioning yourselves because guess what, You look amazing. We are so set in our stubborn ways of thinking it’s normal to poke fun of how we look but I want y’all to stop. People confuse confidence with vanity like it’s so wrong to think positive things about yourself but I think go for it. Tell yourself how good you look, flaunt your features and know that you are HOT! I whole-heartily believe in the power of affirmations and I like to learn how to use them from the master herself, Louise Hay. If you haven’t heard of her, do yourself a favour and Google her and the methods she practices for a happy and healthy life. She talks about how when most of us look into a mirror we say something negative about ourselves and no good comes from that. So, next time you approach a mirror try saying something positive about yourself, what do you love about yourself, what is your best feature. Practice this and I promise you will feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong, I have been guilty of this before and I am not perfect but after practicing these affirmations I am starting to reach a point in my life where I am learning that I am ENOUGH. I have realised that focusing on negativity creates more negativity. I want the best from life and that means eliminating as much negativity as possible. I want this for you too.

Be confident, be happy.

So, what does body confidence have to do with dress hiring? For me, a lot because I want every woman that walks through my door to leave feeling good about themselves. I started this business to give women everywhere access to beautiful garments that they may not have previously been able to dream of wearing. Even though it’s such a simple thing, helping someone to find the perfect formal dress or a killer 21st outfit gives me a sense of satisfaction as I have helped that person to walk away feeling better for having come to my business. So I do think that it part of my job to preach confidence and use my communication with young women for a worthwhile purpose. Although we live in the social media age which is all about getting fitter, prettier, richer etc. we need to get back to basics and as corny and cliché as it sounds, focus on just being happy and knowing that you are enough. Whether you come to me to try on a size 4 or 16, you are beautiful and confident and I am grateful that you have decided to be my client and I hope that in return I can help you to feel confident and happy.

I felt compelled to write this blog because I really want to use my business to send positive messages. I’m no guru or expert but if I can help my clients to feel a little better after reading this because they were having a bad day then it has achieved its purpose. I know that I may not be able to change a lot in the world but if I can do my small part to leave a positive mark rather than a negative one then I’m going to do that. No good comes from being negative so next time you’re in front of a mirror tell yourself how beautiful you are. Then, smile at that stranger, tell your friends they’re amazing and spread Instagram likes around like confetti. It’s free to be kind and confident so spend your day today being the best version of yourself and it will work wonders for you. Thank you for supporting me and helping to enrich my life, even if you didn’t realise you had.

Love Brooke X


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The Barossa Valley

When your friends suggest a weekend away in the Barossa Valley, you don’t hesitate, you just say YES! So, that’s exactly what I did. I always get excited for a weekend away. You always know that if you get the right group of people together and the right activities sorted it’s going to be a good time. The other thing you can count on is that it’s a good excuse to put together a quality outfit. As a female, way too much thought goes into an outfit for a perfect instagram photo visit to the vineyards and I have been crushing on Manning Cartell’s AW17 collection for a while and now it was time to go in for the kill. I treated myself to an afternoon in my favourite part of Sydney (Paddington) because that’s what us millennial do and I played dress up’s inside Manning Cartell for roughly 30 seconds as I knew in my mind what I wanted to wear and it feel into my arms like a new puppy, just the way I like it. So with an outfit sorted, I was ready to enjoy a weekend of wine and good times with a few of the best people in my life.

Our home for the weekend was the stunning “Reserve” property in Baroosa Valley. When you think of cute, country homes this is what comes to mind.

The property ticked all the right boxes with a spa and wood fire pizza oven aka the way to my heart. After too much food and wine, we settled in ready for the big day on Saturday, the wine tour.

I don’t know about you, but, my girls and I LOOOVEEE a good day where we can dress up and have a few wines and just enjoy each others company SO a wine tour is the perfect activity for a quality day. As I said, I had been crushing on Manning Cartell’s new collection and I was excited to wear the new little number I treated myself to. As the owner of a Hire business you would think I wouldn’t need to buy a new outfit

Looking at the camera is overrated

overtime I have something on but there’s still a little voice in my head that I secretly love who’s always telling me to just buy something new. I love that voice so much. The best advice for a wine tour outfit is to keep it simple. You don’t want anything too over the top. I went for an off shoulder top paired with military pants. I loved the Manning Cartell top and pants that I wore and the outfit will be available to hire on our website. I paired the set with Windsor Smith suede, black, sock boots. I always swear by Windsor Smith boots. They are comfy and reliable, they won’t break your bank and they make you look good #winning. I tend to keep accessories simple and the pair I’m wearing are from Lovisa. I love hunting through the Lovisa stock for hidden treasures. It’s like a fun game for fashion addicted adults.  You can hire this look via our website. Top and Pant retail price = $698 and our hire price = $119. I’m not just saying this, but it seriously saves to hire and saves the stress of paying off an outfit you’ll only wear once OR re-selling only to lose more than half of what you originally paid.

My best friend/photographer/everything

Outfit aside, you want to enjoy the day. Our tour driver for the day was a little bit of a buzz kill at times (who wants to listen to The Doors on a road trip??) but that didn’t stop the good times from rolling. We visited 4 different food and wine venues and tasted some fabulous  wines. My top winery recommendation would be Kies family wines. Kies just had a fun, relaxed vibe to it and a great desset wine. For the finest bread, olive oil and Dukkah (among many other things) head to the Maggie Beer farmhouse and Dukkah doesn’t have anything to do with ducks as I was strongly informed. So, moral of the story, get a good crew together, do some wine tasting and soak up all the good life has to offer.

Why not make your next weekend away one to the Barossa Valley and contact Designer Hire to help you put together your best, country style ensemble. You can’t go wrong with a cute playsuit or two piece set for your next adventure. We love helping you dress for any occasion so get in contact and organise a styling appointment for your next occasion.

My love,

Brooke X


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