I have always had a love of everything fashion! Even when I was working after school and weekends at the local Pak and Save on my modest hourly wage of $4.28, most of my income went on purchasing new clothes and if I couldn’t afford them, then from garage sales or op shops. It was always fun to traipse through the racks finding some wee gems that I could wear, or mum could alter. The best bargain was a 20-cent pair of brand-new Levi Jeans.
After a career as a nanny, export airfreight agent and owning an award-winning wholesale and retail seafood business with my husband (which we, unfortunately, lost in the Christchurch Earthquake), I found myself working in the Cashel Mall Container Mall helping retailers set up their container stores and coaching staff in customer service, window displays, stock management, and display.
In between working part-time, I decided to study fashion and ended up becoming a qualified stylist, which lead to a position working with Jackie O’Fee from Signature Style and Air NZ. We rolled out the Trelise Cooper Uniform for Air NZ over a four-month period in Christchurch and Wellington personally fitting over 3000 Air NZ staff to ensure they were well presented in their new work attire.
After this gig ended, I applied for a position with Postie Plus group as their Canterbury based Regional Manager. The regional area soon expanded, and I ended up managing eighteen stores from Kaikoura as far as Mosgiel and over 120 staff for over four years.
With a transfer of employment for my husband on the cards, sunny Nelson welcomed us along with the new challenge of the management of Morrison Square.
As they say with my passion for fashion along with my experience in retail and hospitality management, marketing, people, community events and now property management, my current position brings a diverse range of experiences and opportunities which I really enjoy.
I am always looking to upskill and develop my personal growth and interests further.
My latest interest has been fashion photography and to get behind a camera (after quickly learning how to use one – thanks to Jess Shirley) and be taught the process on how to run and produce a photoshoot including touching up photos. NMIT recently ran a course which I was attended, and it was a great introduction to what I am now eager to explore even further and use in the marketing for Morrison Square.
Here is a couple of photos I took during the course at NMIT.
Manager, Morrison Square