Get ready for Spring Racing Session!

Well, the season is nearly upon us all again…….The I need an outfit for a special occasion season!

Be it a wedding, a formal, a Spring Fundraiser or if you need an outfit for Melbourne Cup Day and maybe even a great inexpensive fascinator or two, Moments Boutique at Albany Creek has it.

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It was a lightbulb moment whilst standing in line at Centrelink and a need to help others that Shirley knew she wanted a new fresh start doing something which brought joy to those she touched. Not long after this she was at a local clothing stores’ huge moving sale buying a dress for her daughter and a little voice told her to ask about buying the fixtures as well, the rest is history. Before she knew it, they had offered her some dresses at a great price and there she was for the first time in her life at 46 starting a business.

From humble beginnings in 2010 operating out of under her home at West Chermside, she opened under the name of Elegance Plus. Soon through word of mouth locally her little business grew and Shirley expanded to her current shop at Dawn Rd, Albany Creek. With this, she rebranded as It’s Your Moment Formal Boutique and Shirley hasn’t looked back. In recent times and with growth Shirley has seen the need to faze the range of long formal gowns and rebrand again as Moments Boutique.

Moments Boutique specialises in Mother of the Bride/Groom outfits, Grandmother of the bride/groom, Racewear Dresses, Fascinators, and Accessories. Shirley’s vision is to help source beautiful dresses and pantsuits for ladies at competitive prices. It is her passion to make everyone she styles look absolutely stunning and feeling beautiful no matter how petite or how voluptuous they may be. She finds many ladies come into her store feeling very deflated because they can’t get a lovely dress that they feel comfortable in or fits their body shape and size. Shirley knows as women all have those little bits that we want to either accentuate or hide. So, she likes to cater for this and it’s where Shirley absolutely loves helping them and seeing their faces when they have a choice of four or five outfits, and they don’t know which one to pick. Shirley says it lifts her heart and that’s the best problem to have! Her motto is we all love to feel like a lady and so we should.'

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After 7 years in business, Shirley noticed that she found it difficult to source fascinators for the everyday woman who didn’t want to pay a fortune or didn’t want to see themselves everywhere they went. So, she decided to begin creating her own. The ideas flooded in and now Shirley creates her own all made in-house pieces. Shirley is quick to point out that she doesn’t consider herself a milliner as she is self-taught but her designs are one-off pieces and totally couture. With prices ranging from $25, they are very affordable and there’s something for everyone.

Shirley supports local charities by donating pieces of jewelry or gift certificates as prizes if they have a benefit or something on. She loves being in business on the north side of Brisbane as she has lived here all of her life and wouldn’t think to live anywhere else. She finds the people very family orientated. Shirley loves the relaxed lifestyle of working near where she lives and getting to know her customers as neighbours.

Shirley’s vision for the future is to work from home providing what she does now but by appointment so she can focus individually on every lovely customer and their outfit that comes into her home. She prides herself in customer service and believes that this will take that experience further by making them feel totally comfortable whilst they shop for their special occasion.

Her one wish in life is to make ladies feel safe. Even as a child she didn’t always feel safe, but she does now and loves it when ladies come into her store and the feedback she gets is that they felt so comfortable and safe.

There are new fascinators just released ready for the upcoming race day essentials and all gowns at the moment are on sale and there are some stunning gowns ones from just $85. Shirley is clearing them out to make way for more Plus size mother of the bride in February 2019.

Moments Boutique is located at Shop 4/2 Dawn Road, Albany Creek and is opened Tuesday - Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 8:30am-3:30 pm.

For further information, the website is www.itsyourmoment.com

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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