9 April 2016
Gain insight into one of Adelaide’s most exquisite and divine bridal spaces, bursting with the ultimate collection of dazzling adornments and sparkling stones. “A fashion jewellery and accessory retail store, Miss Martini specialise in bridal and special occasion designs, as well as jewellery for everyday wear,” explains the vibrant and bubbly store owner, Maria.
At the young age of eighteen, Maria was enamoured with girly-girl materials and delightful designer crafts, “Through a love of fashion I began making my own jewellery and clothing while studying an Arts Degree at university,” explains Maria. “Whilst out on the town I would wear original designs I had pieced together and receive regular compliments and interest on where they could be purchased.”
Creative direction and an exceptional flair for design opened multiple doors for the wonderful Adelaide entrepreneur, who soon began approaching fashion stores to build interest in her fabulous pieces. “A local clothing store was my first stop. With a Tupperware box full of jewellery I went inside to show my designs. I came out with my first Adelaide stockist and then went on to supply stores Australia wide and in New Zealand under my label Calypso Designs.”
Maria was extremely determined to establish an artistic space she could express her personality and present her masterful creations. “As my little jewellery making business started to grow, and the kitchen table was no longer big enough, I decided that I needed a workshop and retail space that I could set up and sell my designs. This is how Miss Martini was born.”
With a keen eye for fashion-forward styles and a constant desire to fulfil customer requests, Maria now showcases an extensive range of stunning necklaces, rings, bracelets, fascinators, clutches and more across Miss Martini’s shelves. Whilst offering precious stones and popular labels, such as Australia’s own ‘Samantha Wills’ and ‘Peter Lang’, the trendy city-side store conveniently caters to the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, flower girl and wedding guests.
Maria tributes her loved ones for her continual success, “My family, especially my mother, have contributed immensely to the growth of Miss Martini and are always there to lend a helping hand.”
There are many mornings I wake up with a new and exciting idea. I often take this thought to a family dinner and we will continue to throw different ideas around. I am also inspired everyday by the new brides I have the pleasure of meeting, assisting and styling as they piece together the perfect jewellery and accessories for their special day.
Most proud of...
Opening the store at only twenty years of age and successfully managing, maintaining and growing my own business for over ten years.
One thing about yourself people don’t know...
I have an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Pattern Making.
The next big challenge...
To expand Miss Martini and our jewellery and accessory ranges and develop our brand new online boutique.
If I wasn’t in the industry I would be...
A professional traveller. I absolutely love to getaway and explore the world; Europe is one of my favourite destinations!
All the beautiful brides who visit Miss Martini are so thankful and appreciative for the assistance they receive in order to find the perfect accessories. I can see the happiness on their faces and this makes my work incredibly rewarding!
A typical day at work...
I could be assisting a bride-to-be as she looks for a beautiful crystal hairpiece, organising photo shoots for our new online boutique, merchandising recent product arrivals, or attending buying appointments to find new exquisite designs.
First thing I do when I get to work...
I check my diary to make sure I am up to date with what is happening for the day. Next I follow up on any customer orders and enquiries.
Favourite place to hang out...
I love strolling along Grange Beach in the summertime. All the restaurants and bars in and around Peel Street are also great for a quiet drink with friends.
When I am not at work you will find me...
At the beach in summer and during winter, I am baking in my kitchen. Apple Pie is my specialty!
A song always in my head...
‘Golden Years’ by David Bowie is one of my favourites.
My wardrobe can’t live without...
EVERYTHING! Especially my accessories; I cannot live without all my accessories!
Top of the shopping list...
A swimming pool; it is on my ‘dream list’ at the moment.
Favourite place to shop and eat in Adelaide...
I love to dine at Star of Siam and shop along King William Road.
My idea of a good time...
Hanging out with friends, having dinner, drinks and most importantly, plenty of laughs.
What makes you laugh?
Anything and everything - I giggle very easily.
Which five words best describe you?
Happy, creative, fashionable, easy-going and always smiling.
Red wine or champagne?
I am a cocktail girl through and through. Serve me up a Mojito any day!
Live this moment and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.
8 April 2016
Modern, eclectic and on trend, a flower crown is the perfect floral accessory on your big day. They are a fantastic way to add a splash of colour to your wedding day get up without going too over board. Whether you opt for real flowers or silk ones, you are sure to depict the true meaning of a romantic boho bride…
Why not switch up the traditional veil for a beautiful, bohemian and summery hair adornment?! Flowers in light and airy hues are perfect for those warmer days while for the chillier seasons, opt for florals in deep burgundy and pink hues which look striking with a lip colour that matches.
8 January 2016
3 December 2015
7 October 2015
6 October 2015
It’s true – the world is always out to get you on your wedding day, from wedding dress fashion mishaps to that pimple you’ve woken up to! While we hope none of our fellow brides suffer through this, it is better to be safer than sorry which is we have compiled a list of the “just-in-case” items for your very own wedding day survival kit.
BOA TIP: pocket size is always fun and a lot easier to carry on the day, so we recommend that you purchase as many of these as you can in a “mini” fun size. If you really love it, it makes for the perfect bridal shower gift for your engaged friends + family.
Hollywood fashion tape
Sewing kit – string in 3 colours + needle
Snack [for those peckish brides]
Clear nail polish
Wedding day checklist
Straw [to keep that lipstick in place]
27 August 2015
How cool is this! Perfect for the creative couple, look no further than incorporating some string + yarn into your wedding day styling. We can’t get enough of the gorgeousness of this boho-inspired styling element. From table numbers to table runners and even a ceremony backdrops – peruse over these creative and ingenious designs.
10 August 2015
Its time to step aside gold + silver – there’s a new metallic taking over. Copper details are popping up everywhere you look; the wedding world is spilling with this fantastic metal, calling to your stylish side! Be inspired by beautiful botanicals + copper metals.
8 August 2015
7 August 2015
Organised chaos of bright, citrusy hues and inspiration drawn from that famous Palm Beach juice stand which has inspired the entire brand. Patterned dresses, summer-filled florals & bright cocktails make for the perfect fresh, feminine, beachy affair!
7 August 2015
7 July 2015
Is your dream dress a daring number or a draping dream? Fashion Tape is your new little secret - an invisible little trick that performs undercover magic and keeps you looking your best and feeling secure in those plunging necklines. Avoid those surprising slip-ups on your big day with Hollywood Fashion Tape. The clear, medical quality and easy-to-use double-sided body tape is gentle on skin, hypoallergenic and leaves no sticky residue behind. A few strips and you are secured so you can let loose and enjoy the party; it’s the ultimate ‘handbag essential’ and resolution for life’s fashion emergencies. Store a few strips in each of your bridesmaid’s wedding day essentials kit to ensure you and your girls grace the day with the right backup. And don’t forget to take a little selection of Fashion Tape along wherever you go for that peace of mind in any ensemble. Hollywood Fashion Tape is every girl’s best friend and a dream come true rolled into one!
3 June 2015
Whether your looking for a hair piece, a bold or dainty necklace, earrings, rings or daring statement piece. Make the most of your bridal jewellery and pick versatile statement pieces, from stunning necklaces that can be flipped and turned into daring back jewels, simplify with some delicate rings or layer bangles and crystal cuffs to represent your personal style.
2 June 2015
Do you love this Ophelia inspired long flower wedding veil? The master of romance William Shakespeare left a long lasting impression of love and tragedy in this world.... so is this veil 'to be? or not to be?' ladies, 'that is the question'?
21 May 2015
We’ve got some gorgeous wedding hair inspiration to help you decide for your special day, from braids, fresh flowers to curls and mini twists.
With these fabulous wedding up-dos and the famous yet modernised half up
half down variations. There are endless possibilities of wedding
hairstyles that work well with veils and hair accessories.
1 May 2015
25 March 2015
Prep, prime and pretty-up for you big day in style with a fabulous floral robe. Making for the cutest pre-wedding snaps, you’ll feel like a princess from dawn till dusk.
22 February 2015
Does this sum up you and your beau? The cutest set of throw cushions! xx
28 January 2015
Ouch! We’ve all been there – those beautiful new shoes create a terrible blister leaving you limping the night away. Make sure you don’t hobble down the aisle on the best day of your life! Some say beauty is pain, but it doesn’t have to be with BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages. Stash a Tough-Strip or two in your clutch to cover up any nasty sores and ensure you are feeling fabulous from aisle to after party. A unique quilted pad draws fluid away from the wound and heavy-duty fabric has a super stick formula which stays on until you want it off. Don’t fear your favourite shoes… Be it points, stilettos or straps that rub, BAND-AID has you covered – literally.
band-aid tough strips wedding day essentials
23 December 2014
Boho-glam, it's like Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen… A little bit glamorous with a whole lot of bohemian! A gorgeous style for the boho bride at heart who desires a little bit more tradition to her day. Feathers with diamonds and wedding gowns that remain white but with drapery and movement. You get the traditional and boho princess at the same time.
Soft pinks and neautral tones are perfect for the boho glam wedding. It's soft, feminine and whimsical! Pair traditional flowers like peonies or roses with foliage and succulents to achieve that style of two worlds combining... We just adore this bouquet!
18 December 2014
Adoring this incredible clutch/cuff combo, adding a little bling to the big day.
17 December 2014
Hair and make up is done, you've slipped into your dream wedding gown and it's been delicately fastened up the back - the final touch, you slide into some stunning nude heels... here are a few of our faves xx
13 December 2014
Encouraging your guests to use a relevant wedding hashtag, across social media, on your big day is an amazing way to keep track of the fun snaps taken my family and friends. A sentimental and creative colab of images will be stored in one accessible place - imagine the coffee table photobook you could create with those.
1 December 2014
Provide your guests with hours of entertainment by supplying disposable cameras! Not only will guests interact with one other, you will also be left with some incredible and priceless snaps! Your photographer is there to capture the day in a professional light but imagine your nephew with cake on his face or your grandma's accidental selfie as she tries to figure out how it works and your bridesmaid caught in the bathroom mirror as she touches up that ruby red lippy... We can just picture it, now that would make for a fun photo album to flick through.
To really get your guests involved provide an 'I SPY' list... guests need to take pics of certain things. It's a good time to think of snaps you'd love to have as keepsakes and include these on the list.
27 November 2014
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue... Sharing is caring and today we focus on borrowing that special something for you wedding. The diy safety pin holding a few of your small choices, is a traditional choice. These elements, however, do not have to be physically worn on your wedding day.
We think these ideas are a beautiful way to get creative, while still playing on old traditions for your big day. Traditional but sweet, fix your parents and grandparents wedding rings onto your bridal bouquet.
Perhaps you are lucky enough to actually have a wedding or engagement ring which is a family heirloom? In which case you have got this tradition down-pat!
Borrow a fashion piece from your mother or grandmother... We think this broach, as a statement jewel, is a gorgeous way to have something borrowed close to you. Alternatively, wear a piece of jewellery in which you have borrowed from something who is special to you.
A really sentimental choice is to invorporate some flowers from your grandmothers, or mum garden into your bridal bouquet. Can you image how flattered they would be!
What about using your parents wedding song as your own? This is bound to get some eyes tearing... we think this is such a beautiful idea and old school songs are some of the best and most romantic.
10 November 2014
Card holders are a detrimental aspect of any wedding... they all need one. It can be a fun, quirky or understated area for guests to leave cards and pressies for the bride and groom.
Here are some gorgeous ideas in which you can apply to any particular wedding theme... from modern to traditional and alternative.
Vintage props are cute, eye catching elements and can often be found in op-shops or even around the home! We love suit cases, lanters, rustic tins, guitar cases and bridcages.
Purchase or print and cut out text - 'CARDS' or 'CARDS & GIFTS', so guests clearly know where to put their goodies. Choose a font, colour and method of hanging to suit your wedding theme, creating a polished and professional look.
4 November 2014
Make your day glamorous and polished, right down to your nails, (excuse the pun.) Nail art is so in at the moment, and it is surprisingly easier than it looks! If you dare; grab some tools and get practicing. Or opt for the pamper treatment, pin some snaps and print to take your favs to your nail salon - think about relating it to wedding themes, colour palettes and dress textures.
Select a neutral nail with elegant art like floral and shine. Keeping the nail as natural as possible and subtly using white to add patterns and textures will create a feminine look.
If you're feeling daring add colour - diamantes and beads create a 2 dimensional, fun finish!
28 October 2014
They say you can tell a person by their shoes... Whether you're a stiletto, pump, flats or wedge girl we have found some perfect options for your wedding day! Pin away ladies.
13 October 2014
There is something so whimsical, special, fun and magical about sparklers. Perhaps because they are reminiscent of Tinkerbell's wand or because mum only brought them out of special birthdays.
Avoid the mess and retain your beautiful hair, toss the confetti and rice to the side and provide sparklers for your send of. We think they make for the most fabulous pics too...
5 September 2014
How super sweet does this young bride look in her lovely hair accessory. The tousled hair ensures her style is relaxed, with a touch of glimmering glam xx
28 August 2014
Samantha Wills sure knows how to make us swoon! These cuffs from her 2015 bridal collection are just the start of the glamour!! xx
27 August 2014
Imagine the dazzling light this beautiful wedding hair piece would catch - a stylish beauty! xx
25 August 2014
Love jewels? You're not the only one! If your signature style includes a statement necklace, incorporate a glam one into your bridal attire for a dazzle of stylish allure...xx
19 August 2014
Afternoon dreaming...this amazing halo engagement ring has caught our eye - and our heart! An exquisite addition to any gal's finger... xx
24 July 2014
Just a little diamond dreaming to get us through the afternoon - swoon, swoon, swoon! xx
27 May 2014
Of course, accessories are a fabulous way to take any outfit from day to night and to infuse it with your own personality! We fell in love with these Loren Hope pieces exclusively from Miss Martini (located in Hyde Park, Adelaide) the moment we saw them. Created by designer Loren Barham, the Loren Hope collection offers an evolving line of upscale, contemporary, handcrafted jewellery. Fab for every day wear and even better to spice up a wedding, hen's night or engagement look! xx
wedding accessory images miss martini
30 January 2014
Whimsical and oh-so-pretty floral crowns are a trend for carefree brides that is here to stay. Feminine, soft and relaxed, floral crowns bring a sense of magical whimsy to a wedding day. The best part is there's SO many gorgeous ways you can incorporate flowers into your hair! Whether you want a dramatic crowns or a few blooms here and there, there's something to suit every flora loving bride! It's a beautiful idea to use fresh blooms that match the varieties in your bouquet to create consistency throughout the styling. Peruse our top ten floral crown picks...(it was hard to narrow them down!)...
pink + white off centre bridal floral crown / white + yellow bridal floral crown / ombre bridal floral crown / lilac bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown / pink + orange bridal floral crown / white bridal floral crown in plait / leafy bridal floral crown / apricot bridal floral crown / pink, white + green bridal floral crown
20 October 2013
This bridal hairpiece is so unique and ooooozes elegance. Stunning teamed with a sleek bun, it's bejewelled beauty is fit for a princess. We love it x
20 August 2013
We are swooning over Australian wedding dress designer Grace Loves Lace. A fresh, whimsical and unexpected take on bridal, the brand has broken the bridal mould and is creating unique gowns for brides who are looking for something different. Ethereal, vintage-esque gowns are handmade to order in their Gold Coast studios and sent anywhere in the world. The best part? Not only are they refreshingly different, they’re also totally affordable.
“Gone are the days when ‘bridal’ meant wearing structured princess dresses, diamond studs and tiaras or a string of Grandma’s pearls. Style defines each of us on a daily basis and your wedding day should be no different.” - Grace Loves Lace.
Bohemian, carefree and comfortable, these dresses were created to fill a void in the market for dresses that were easy to wear and free-spirited. The stunning, ready-to-wear dresses are created from the finest French laces and silks, with inspiration from the Bohemian era combined with vintage charm. The site also offers beautiful boleros, veils, headpieces, belts and accessories so that you can create a unique look from head to toe.
wedding dress images grace loves lace
5 July 2013
Retro has been revamped in the form of uber-glamorous gloves, the perfect addition to your bridal outfit. Not so vintage anymore, these designs are opulent, fashion-forward and would add a touch of 'wow-factor' to your wedding day style. They're feminine and the cover up of skin is half-glamorous, half-sexy!
4 June 2013
Wedding bells and luxurious pearls - what more could a girl wish for? Pearls are quickly making their way back into the limelight and we're blaming it on the world's sudden infatuation with the Gatsby era (thanks to Baz Luhrmann's movie adaption of the infamous novel). The movie, which was only released a few days ago, has sent the world into a frenzy as they re-live the glamour and style of the roaring 1920s. If you haven't heard already, our beloved Tiffany & Co have teamed up with Baz's wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, to create the stunning jewellery collection for the film. Pearls are evident everywhere you look, whether it's to the 1920s for inspiration or to 2013 trends.
Pearls are one of the most classic pieces of jewellery, their presence reminds the wearer of old-world glamour and effortlessly sophisticated style. Let your wedding decor reflect the inherent elegance of a string of pearls. Ultra-feminine, they look dainty and pretty with pastel hues and delicate lace fabrics.
Wrap pearls around a simple bouquet to bring the styling together with the natural elements. Understated elegance is all that is required when matching your decor to the pearls. A shine of silver, rustic wood and fresh flowers are beautiful, classic additions that will complement the pearls rather than detract from them.
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