Ankalia, Creative Director – Perth, Western Australia
“Australian style is unique. We want to be comfortable and relaxed but also elegant and stylish.” Cheryl Botha – Creative Director.
What’s your signature summer look? I love to wear a simple little summer dress by day and dress it up a bit with some Ankalia sandals. I even wear shorts and a t-shirt a lot and by adding Ankalia sandals it can give my whole look a lift and make it look much dressier.
“Really your footwear can either “dress-up’ or “dress down” an outfit.”
Which fashion icons inspire you? Definitely the women of the 50’s, like Grace Kelly. Current icons would include Nicole Kidman and people I think look great on TV every day are Sonia Kruger, Carrie Bickmore, Giuliana Rancic and Lisa Wilkinson.
You can’t live without? My morning cappucino of course, as well as walks with my dog and weekend swims at the beach. Plus the occasional ski holiday and an adventure holiday every year.
Australian lifestyle is wonderful because it’s relaxed, outdoorsy, sporty and summery. People know how to laugh and have fun.
Your favourite flowers are Peonies.
What do you pack for a summer or resort holiday? I have a rule where I never wear heels on a Summer holiday. If you're staying in a resort or on a tropical island heels are a definite NO.
What is your typical Sunday? A walk and swim at my favourite dog beach, followed by breakfast at a beachside café and a good read of the weekend newspapers.
What is your secret to a work life balance? - Regular holidays and making time for the outdoors and exercise every day. Oh and not checking my phone constantly!