Month: March 2020

Sustainable fashion entrepreneur Charlotte Hicks on building a values-based business and brand.

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Welcome to another edition of I’m Offline With, produced by Studio Offline and in partnership with a conscious founder or business whose experience or story will help us on our way. 

This episode is produced in partnership with David Jones, and features one of Australia’s most exciting emerging fashion leaders, Charlotte Hicks

Alison and Charlotte recorded this episode live in the front window of David Jones’ Bourke Street store, a week after Charlotte’s brand, Esse Studios, won the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award. The Award is presented by David Jones. 

Beautifully, Charlotte is a long time Offline listener and actually came to Alison’s very first event in Sydney. It’s now Alison’s honour to share the pioneering work Charlotte’s doing, with you.

Esse Studios exists in part as an example of what a socially and environmentally aware fashion brand should look like today. Released bi-annually, Esse is seasonless and doesn’t adhere to trends. Instead, Charlotte designs thoughtful Editions. Each Edition builds on the one before it to create a high performing wardrobe for today’s modern woman. For us. 

In this honest conversation, Charlotte shares the way she thinks about fashion and design. This includes her values-based approach to building a brand, what sustainability and transparency look like in practice, and how she’s thinking about growth for a business that has self-imposed limits. 

She’s honest and generous with her advice, so we hope it helps aspiring designers or even established brands think more deeply about being the change.

You can shop Esse Studios online, or stop by David Jones to see her National Designer Award collection on display. It’s located on the ground floor in the designer accessories section.

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International supermodel Victoria Lee on how she uses criticism as a pathway to growth.

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Welcome to a new episode of I’m Offline With. These special episodes are produced by Studio Offline, and in partnership with a person, business or brand whose experience or story will help us on our way. 

Alison’s next I’m Offline With guest is David Jones Fashion Ambassador and model, Victoria Lee. The pair had an honest conversation on the back of her Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival runway appearance, and in the most surreal way ever — they recorded live in the front window of David Jones’ Bourke Street store. 

There isn’t a better woman to front Australia’s most iconic department store. Victoria is as humble as she is beautiful (that is to say she is very humble), and as you’ll soon hear, is entirely expressed, grounded and considered. 

At the time of recording, Vic is living in New York City with her partner Matt — a far cry from her rural hometown of Narrandera in New South Wales. 

She’s been featured in titles including Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair, but takeaway the runways and the modeling achievements, and Vic is a thoughtful young woman with a fierce connection to her family. Like many of us, she just misses home. 

In this honest conversation, Vic opens up across a range topics including her relationship with her exterior, how she remains true to herself, existing as an over-thinker, how she uses criticism as a pathway to growth, what it feels like to be an ambassador for David Jones, and how her rural upbringing has shaped the way she’s in the world today.  

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Chelsea Pottenger on her experience with post-natal depression and how it led her to launch a conscious business.

In this special Self Care Sundays mini-series produced by Studio Offline and in partnership with Estée Lauder, host Alison Rice sits down with the brand’s Australian ambassadors and experts to have an honest conversation about life on the other side of the filter, self-care, sleep and skincare. 

Alison’s next guest is Chelsea Pottenger. The founder of EQ Minds, Chelsea is a sleep expert, an internationally accredited mindfulness and meditation practitioner, a keynote speaker and a proud ambassador for mental health charities including R U OK and The Gidget Foundation. 

She’s currently studying a doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, and is extremely passionate about sleep — the very topic Self Care Sundays seeks to highlight and champion.

Chelsea knows firsthand what happens when we don’t get enough sleep, which makes her the perfect guest ahead of World Sleep Day on March 13.

One of the most powerful and valuable stories Chelsea shares through her work is her personal experience suffering from perinatal anxiety and depression. A condition that for her, included sleep anxiety, insomnia and eventually, suicidal thoughts that involved the plane she was due to fly on, crashing somewhere between Australia and Scotland. 

In this episode, Chelsea opens up about it so we can learn, and also shares her advice on how to take responsibility for not only the amount of sleep we’re getting but the quality of sleep. She removes mum shame around services like night nannies, and explains why sleep is in fact a solution to premature ageing. 

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Alison Rice on dealing with toxic co-workers, stepping up as a leader and how to ask for a payrise.

To celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, host Alison Rice answers questions sent in by Offline’s community. 

IWD exists to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but in Alison’s eyes, it also celebrates the work so many women do each and every day to support our collective advancement. 

One of the many ways we can advance the women around us is by sharing our knowledge, and this episode is dedicated to doing just that. Alison gives advice across a range of topics including stepping up as a leader, dealing with toxic co-workers, raising your frequency, finding a job after being made redundant, asking for a pay rise, maintaining your financial independence, the one thing founders need to do in order to scale their businesses and how to be your True Self on social media. She also addresses the discrimination many women face when it comes to pursuing their career or starting a family. 

Alison hopes this episode leaves you feeling empowered and supported. Remember: informed, kind and compassionate women are unstoppable. And when it comes to achieving social, economic and cultural equality, we’re all in it together.

Please note: Alison is offering her advice and her opinion. It’s important that you consult the people you trust the most before making any decisions. 

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Become a student of Self Study

If you’re interested in learning about True Self, conscious success and more, consider becoming a student of Self Study — Offline’s school.

Book a coaching session 

Offline’s host, Alison Rice, is an award-winning leader and conscious coach. She offers personal coaching sessions. Find out more or book directly

Early access 

For early access to new episodes of the podcast, Self Study learning opportunities and Offline events, follow @getoffline.co and @alisonlarsenrice on Instagram or Facebook

Share with those in need

If you know someone who would benefit from hearing these honest conversations, please share Offline with them.

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