Who are you, what is your business and where are you based?
I’m Rebecca Paris aka “the girl in the green scarf” and I’m a hairdresser and makeup artist. I own a unique concept store in Flemington, based on a 1960’s salon (complete with waiting room in the front of the store!). I sell beautiful handpicked home wares and sleepwear which are both new and vintage. In the salon we specialise in wedding and special occasion hair and makeup. For wedding trials I serve a ‘mini high tea’ for the whole bridal party to enjoy while the bride gets her hair and makeup done. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate this rite of wedding preparation with your friends.
How long have you been running Girl in the Green Scarf and what was your career path like leading up to it?
My store has only been open for 13 months, but it has always been a lifelong dream! Previously I had been a hairdresser for 22 years and a makeup artist for 17 years. I then worked in women’s retail stores as a manager for about 8 years and gained valuable skills that I now use in my own store. I always had a vision of combining the two businesses together but to do it in a totally unique way.
Favourite kind of bride?
I feel that the way all brides should look on their wedding day is “the most glamourous version of themselves”, so my favourite bride is the one who lets me take her on a journey to discover who that is through hair and makeup. When they do, magic happens!
Best career moment?
The opening of my store “The Girl in the Green Scarf”. It was something I did all on my own and it really was a “pinch me I’ve done it!” moment. Also finding the perfect location was worth the wait.
Worst career moment?
I opened my store in late September and I had just moved house as well. I had a fairly full wedding calendar booked, but silly me thought I could add a few wedding trials too! I nearly didn’t make it home one day after a wedding I was so tired, and I went into a bit of a micro sleep and had to pull over and have a snooze on the side of the road. Silly!
Favourite era or style of a wedding? Paint your ideal wedding brief.
Definitely a vintage bride – I love soft romantic styles. I was a hairdresser in the wrong era for sure! My ideal brief would be a bride in a 1950’s vintage dress and the wedding styled in a country barn. Rustic meets elegant…perfect!
Favourite place when you’re not working?
I love to get away to the country, and Daylesford just re-energises me. I love its beautiful little shops…and great food…and a lovely lake…I could sit there for hours.
What do people think running your business is like versus what it is really like?
People love my store because I have made it so it’s like stepping back in time, and it’s a place where you can go to potter and unwind. People think it must be so wonderful to have this job where it’s my business to go and find beautiful treasures for people. The reality is there is so much hard work that goes into searching out unique products to put into your store and in order to keep the business growing, you need to always be evolving your brand. And there is the bit that no one thinks about – the fine art of balancing cash flow – it’s not for the feint hearted.
Any other projects that are close to your heart at the moment outside of Girl in the Green Scarf?
I am now spending some time decorating my home which has been much neglected because of the shop, and I have a few vintage pieces of furniture that I am about to paint and give a new lease on life. It’s been really lovely to finally spend some time creating a beautiful space to come home to after a hard day’s work.
Thank you so much to Rebecca for being our vendor this week! The passion that has gone into creating her business is mammoth, and had us gasping at the tiny details hidden in every last little nook and cranny! How fun would it be to go there for High Tea and a makeup and hair trial? Rebecca was photographed by Love Katie + Sarah in her store ‘Girl in the Green Scarf’ located in Flemington. To get in touch, head to her gorgeous website, or find her on Facebook here.