Carly sparkles at the Telstra Awards

An amazing annual award, the Telstra Small Business awards were hosted in Brisbane for the Queensland entrants on July 30th at the stunning Ballroom at the Sofitel.  I was most excited to be part of the event as "alumni" this year after having won the Queensland Micro Award in 2014 with Glitter and Dance.  Even more exciting was the prospect of handing the award to Brisbane Style Icon Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard who runs uber successful blog, Styling You.  There was actually a pre-event information session on the 29th, where I got to meet and greet the finalists, there were some familiar faces from last year - all brilliant businesses all just as worthy of the big win! 

On the eve of the big night, it was a very rushed occasion to get ready as I had just finished speaking as a guest at an Officeworks business leaders event, and had 45 minutes to get from one event to the next (luckily I had my hair and make-up done earlier in the day - thanks to the amazing team at Stefan professional!).  I arrived gracefully on time, and  wore the showstopper Sparkle Droplets gala skirt and top.  This ensemble is just so perfect for these big evening events.  It did not let me down - I had everyone from waitresses to dinner guests asking me about where they could get a dress.  What a great feeling!

Stand out guest speaker was Carolyn Creswell from Carmans Fine Foods.  Inspirational to say the least!  She is living proof that you can be successful, have a happy family (she has four children!) and be a female running her own business - it just takes dedication, and priorities. 

Highlight of the night?  Clearly from the photos, congratulating all the finalists on the stage, announcing Nikki as the winner, and catching up with all my fabulous alumni friends.  See you all next year! x C

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