Bubbles and Beauties 2018

Another year, Another Bubbles & Beauties over!

What a fantastic event we had this year! A huge thankyou to everyone who came along on the night, enjoyed some bubbles and made some amazing designer purchases.

Glam Photos

Here is a snapshot of the event, for all the other glam photos click here

Funds from the night go to help clients through our programs

Overall the event was a complete success, Raising much needed funds that are vital for us to keep our doors open so we can continue operating and offering our services to clients.

Thanks to

Without all of these people the event wouldn't be possible, thankyou

Natasha Howie - Event MC
Cr Vicki Howard - Attending and opening the event for us
Grace Grace MP - Donation of lucky door prize hamper
Kate Luke Photography - Event photographer
Elle Williamson - Press photographer
Stace McGregs for organising all of our models (and modelling herself of course!); Bec Ilovethatskirt, Cate Individualstyle101, Sam CurvySam and Tammy @tammylam97
Kristy @A Blushing Beauty - Models makeup
Mikaela (Flawless Image | Beauty Services) - Pamper room makeup
Gabby Gabby Hammett Styling & Cathy The Closet Minimalist - Attendee Stylists
Eugenie Zhan Illustration - Event invite illustration
Celeste Design by fish - Event invite design
Nicolas Soro (@NSR productions) - Client video production
Brisbane City Council - Venue sponsorship
Angie's Floral Design - Flower Wall

And all of our Suited to Success staff and volunteers for helping out on the day.

We'll see you all again next year!

BWC grant well suited to Brisbane charity

BWC grant well suited to Brisbane charity


Brisbane charity Suited to Success which helps people one outfit at a time to overcome barriers to employment has received a grant for $10,000 from the Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) charitable Grants Program.

The not for profit community organisation started as a group of fashion-conscious ladies getting together to provide clothing to women needing smart outfits for job interviews has become a successful social enterprise assisting more than 7000 people.

The $10,000 grant from BWC means Suited to Success can assist even more women in getting job ready and will contribute to the charity’s association with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to extend, review and further develop a youth program to specifically identify and address women’s issues related to employment.

“We saw the incredible work Suited to Success were doing for women and just knew we had to support this program, which aligns perfectly with what BWC represents,” BWC President Robin Francis said

“What we particularly liked about Suited to Success was we could see real potential to make a tangible difference to employment outcomes for disadvantaged women.”

The grant will help 10 clients on their journey to employment

Suited to Success General Manager, Nicole Hard said the grant will allow them to select 10 clients facing barriers to employment and work with them to provide a styling session, assistance with their resume and interview skills,  and most importantly help develop a personal and professional plan which will support them on their often difficult journey to gaining employment.

“We will be supporting our clients on their journey over a three to six month period and are excited to see the results” Ms Hard said. “It’s all about identifying the barriers and developing a program that can really make a difference. Programs like the Brisbane Women’s Club Grants are vital to continue to operative.”

In 2017 two Grants Program recipients were awarded $5,000 – Queensland’s oldest charity, Lady Musgrave Trust, and Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre.

For more information about BWC, Suited to Success or the annual Grants Program, visit bwcorg.au or suitedtosuccess.org

Watch out for updates on the journey of these lucky clients who will participate in this program.

Do you want to support a client through one of our programs? Donate now

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Suited to Success attend Roundtable on the Future Employment Service Scheme

Suited to Success attended The Department of Jobs and Small Business roundtable discussions in Sydney

As a community organisation Suited to Success assists men and women overcome the barriers to employment.


The Australian Government is undertaking a review

The Australian Government is undertaking a review into what a future employment services system might look like. This is part of the Government’s ongoing focus of getting Australians into jobs.

Suited to Success attended the RoundTable discussions in Sydney

The Department of Jobs and Small Business held face‑to-face consultations with key stakeholders to help inform the design of a future employment services system. 

The roundtable coincides with the release of a public discussion paper that sets out key issues to be considered in the design of a future employment services model.

The Discussion Paper

The discussion paper has been informed by the work of the Employment Services Expert Advisory Panel (Panel), which is independently chaired by Mrs Sandra McPhee AM. The Panel contains representatives of employers, welfare groups and employment service providers. It also contains a labour market economist and an expert in business transformation. The Panel has considered national and international evidence and tested some of its preliminary thinking with users.

The discussion paper is available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science consultation hub at https://consult.industry.gov.au/jobs/future-employment-services

Look At These Results for 2017

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We are so pleased with what we have achieved in 2017. An amazing effort from our 10 staff and 79 volunteers plus all the supporters who helped us with projects throughout the year. See more of our 2017 highlights in our 2017 wrap up

2018 is set for some wonderful opportunities for us to reach even more clients. It's really important that organisations like Suited to Success exist so that people can come in and get the help they need to get them on the right track to securing lasting employment.

We are looking for financial and strategic partners to get involved and be a part of our journey to assisting more clients.

Please contact us to find out more and be a part of our journey in 2018.


Nudgee College Easter Morning Tea

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A huge thank you to the ladies auxiliary for welcoming us to the Easter High Tea and getting involved to support our clients by donating $500 and collecting 471 clothing items for our boutique.

The high tea was attended by 250 members of the ladies auxiliary, and hosted by the Principal and Deputy Principal of Nudgee College.

Nicole Hard answered many questions about what STS does and shared some client journeys from homelessness to employment in a session facilitated by Rebecca Blinco from Carbon Creative

International Women's Day 9th March

Throughout the month of March Suited to Success celebrated International Women's Day.


2018 is the call to #pressforprogress, now, more than ever there's a strong call-to-action to press forward, and progress gender parity motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International women's day is important to raise awareness of our Women's program Dress for Success. 60% of our clients are women with many coming from domestic violence backgrounds or women returning to the workforce after raising family.

Like the 2018 Press for Progress our Mission is

“working together to provide individuals in need with personalised support to secure lasting employment”

Our staff and volunteers are committed to taking action and supporting our clients on their journey to employment.  Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and also commit to press for progress.  

Want to take action and support our clients and programs? visit suitedtosuccess.org or contact us 

Leading Firm Livingstones Support Suited to Success

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Employment Relationship Advisors, Livingstones hosted Nicole Hard, General Manager and Dianne Gillis, Director at a cocktail function at Blackbird Bar and Grill to celebrate gender parity for International Women's Day. The Brisbane office are getting together to collect work clothing for our clients and planning to further support our clients and programs in 2018.

Thank you to the team for your valuable support. Want to find out how you can support us? contact us on info@suitedtosuccess.org

Waterfront Place Supports Suited to Success

The community team from Waterfront Place are getting together to raise awareness for International Women's Day with a collection of clothes and money from a morning tea.

It's vital for our continued operation to get members of the community involved, so a big thank you to Jessica Kiely and the team for hosting this event for us.

Compass Group Supports Suited to Success

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Compass Group have got the staff in the office to get together to support International Women's Day and Suited to Success to #pressforprogress for gender parity.

Thank you to the team for supporting our clients. In 2017 we assisted over 1400 clients with 70% of our youth program graduates obtaining a job after completing the program, while 97% indicate an improvement in their self-esteem. We are helping our clients one outfit at a time.

Want to find out how to support our clients and programs. Contact Nicole on gm@suitedtosuccess.org


Women in Business for QLD Women's Week

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Nicole Hard, General Manager and Julie Anderson, Director attended the Women in Business reception at Parliament on Tuesday night as part of QLD Women's Week, to celebrate the importance of women in business. As a charity, it's important that we have opportunities to innovate to ensure our sustainability and growth so we can ultimately reach more unemployed clients in need. We've assisted over 7500 unemployed men and women. 

Want to support our clients and programs get in touch with us E: info@suitedtosuccess.org

Watpac Support Suited to Success


Watpac supported Suited to Success at an International Women's Day event.

It was a pleasure to speak to over 100 men this morning and see how Watpac supports gender parity in their workplace, they are really 'doing the doing' and pressing for progress by collecting clothing and raising much needed funds.

It was great to see so many men in the workplace supporting IWD and our women's program.

Donations from Watpac will really help the over 1500 clients we receive each year back into work and on the path to independence.

If you want to support Suited to Success and get involved reach out to us today !

Retail First Partners with Suited to Success

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Retail First. This means that Toowong Village, Brookside Shopping Centre, and Peninsula Fair will be running support campaigns for us.

Each centre has allocated donor boxes for shoppers and members of the public to get involved. 

The Donor Boxes

Brookside Shopping Centre are hosting a site for us to talk to shoppers about our programs.

The Videos 

Toowong Village are sponsoring a series of videos made by Hayley Wilson, senior producer from Edge Studio Productions, shot in our beautiful boutique in Fortitude Valley with fashion ambassadors Nikki Parkinson, Styling You and Laura Churchill, Director The Style Report


Volunteer Morning Tea

Today we held one of our regular morning teas for our volunteers and staff.

We have 79 volunteers on our books and in 2017 our volunteers contributed the equivalence of 14 FTE positions. Our volunteers are a pivotal part of delivering valuable services to our clients.

Want to support us like our volunteers, contact us E: info@suitedtosuccess.org


Development Network Professional Stylist Gabby Hammett presents

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Free Event – All Welcome! On Saturday 3rd Feb PROFESSIONAL STYLIST Gabby Hammett facilitated an interactive workshop around Styling. Gabby deals with clients from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes, so clients, volunteers and members of the public who came to the event got some styling tips for their next interview or for day to day work. Thank you to Gabby for the tips on how we can reset our style and build our confidence. 

First Impressions Count We Talk To Employment Consultants at Woodridge

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It can be great to have an interview booked but if you don't have anything to wear it can be challenging to make a good first impression, and that's really important.

Today we visited MAX Woodridge consultants to talk to them about how important those first impressions are. The consultants often refer their clients for a styling session where they receive a full interview outfit to keep; making sure they make the best possible first impression to win the job.

See some client before and afters here

Are you unemployed and have an interview booked with nothing appropriate to wear? book in for a styling session today

Empower Hour

Suited to Success is raising funds for our Dress for Success Brisbane program. Clothing donations are great but in 2017 we received over 42,000 items so in 2018 we are asking for individuals and companies to support us by donating an hour of their pay in our Empower Hour campaign.

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