Alli & Genine have a side of “epiphany” served up with scones at high tea

by Alli and Genine on March 29, 2012 · 3 comments

Last weekend, Genine and I  had a bit of BFF time-out and went to high tea. But not just any high tea, no siree. The High Tea Party at the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane – the mother of high teas. While we obviously spend a lot of time together, mostly it’s about work, so we decided a little downtime was in order – with scones and lashings of jam and cream on the side. The High Tea Party is an annual event (held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) that is a must for any lady who likes to eat, drink and shop – with her friends. Could this event be any more girly?

Ready to go!

We expected to have a fabulous time, to sip bubbles, shop, catch up on gossip and gorge ourselves on sugary treats and delicious cab-laden morsels. But we weren’t prepared for the “epiphany” moment. No, that wasn’t promised on the website.

First stop. Shopping. The Stamford Plaza was transformed into a ‘Portobello Road” themed marketplace. Frocks, accessories, makeup, skin care, cup cakes, massages, hair care, swimwear, lingerie … you name it, it was there to drool over and be purchased. Sigh.

We had our hands massaged, Genine played with fake boobs and considered implants (seriously!), we “sampled” (maybe a couple of) Skinnygirl cocktails and Lindauer bubbles, we discovered drinkable collagen (we kid you not!), we tried on kaftans, watched knots get painlessly combed out of seriously knotty hair and we channeled our inner bower bird, spending far too much time transfixed on shiny, sparkly accessories.

Boob job? Hmm...

A little overwhelmed, we did what all girls do (or should do) when needing a break from shopping – hit the bar. Two bubbles please! We had a bit of time to kill before our official high tea sitting and wanted to debrief. Yes, yes, it was lovely and girly and fabulous and decadent, but we quickly realised it was something else too – bloody inspiring.

Slipping ever so slightly into work mode, we nattered on about how amazing all these women are – small business owners just like us who are following their dreams. As women we don’t stop to give ourselves, or one another, a pat on the back often enough. We’re too busy being busy. Ladies, we should share, support and nurture one another. That’s what our Alli & Genine world is all about – inspiring, learning, sharing and supporting.

So, instead of banging on about the mini sandwiches (heavenly, by the way), melt-in-your-mouth scones and teeny weeny sweets, which were all divine, we thought we’d give a shout out to some of the amazing women we met. We haven’t been paid to promote these businesses,  in fact these women don’t even know we’re doing this! We just thought it was right to “pay it forward”.

Frankie and Nicole: Nicole is a gorgeous Gold Coast gal who has designed a range of stunning lingerie and sleepwear. She is vivacious, passionate and clearly talented.

Frankie and Nicole lingerie!

IMAROCKSTAR kaftans: Alli was in kaftan heaven! Jan and her girls were a barrel of laughs and we had a stack of fun playing with her “fresh off the boat” kaftans that just made it to Brisbane. Jan even designed the fabrics herself. (Phone 02 9550 5005 or click here for more info)

Jan (third from left) with Alli and her Rockstar girls!

Sistaco Jewellery: Wow! Not only is the Sistaco range both stunning and affordable, their mission is to help women everywhere, so they don’t take a profit! Everything they earn goes towards helping women’s charities. A noble cause and a fabulous range.

Stunning Sistaco accessories

Skinnygirl Cocktails: Yes, we bang-on about them a bit, and not just because they are low cal and we love to guzzle them.  We love Skinnygirl because it was created by a chick who lives and breathes our “real, raw and honest” mantra, Bethenny Frankel (from Real Housewives of New York City fame). Bethenny is hilarious, successful, savvy and stunning and she built this global brand from scratch.  Cheers, Bethenny.

Sadly, Bethenny wasn't there...

Million Dollar Woman: This isn’t a small business, but it’s a brand that seems to really care about women. And we’re all about the sisterhood! Their insurance is designed just for women – they get what we need. This isn’t an ad – we’re being honest here – we should all have insurance. How would you look after your kids if you suddenly became incapacitated? Worth checking out


This is just the tip of the inspirational iceberg. I wish we could give a shout-out to all the wonderful women at the event, but we do have to wrap-up this post sooner or later. Head to to check them all out.

While you’re there, if you’re from Sydney or Melbourne you should seriously book tickets for these events asap. As the slogan says, it’s a gorgeous excuse to catch up with your girlfriends, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a fabulous way to support and celebrate the sisterhood. Oh and Alison Dean, snaps to you for creating such a beautiful, girly world. See you next year!

Alli & Genine


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Kylie March 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Sounds fabulous – why oh why just once a year.

Good on you Alli and Genine for giving a shout out to the ladies who inspired you.


Sami April 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I also attended The High Tea in Brisbane and had a lot of fun, but was sorely disappointed by the high tea itself. Having enjoyed many a high tea/ lunch/ dinner and functions at The Stamford myself and our party were looking forward to the offerings but alas, it was not to be.
Two mini (emphasis on ‘mini’) key lime tarts, 2 chocolate-moussy things, 2 mini cupcakes; half a dozen mini scones with a tablespoon of cream, raspberry and apricot jam and half a dozen mini (again, emphasis on mini) sandwiches shared between 5 hungry gals does not a high tea make!
The only beverage on offer in the dining room itself was camomile tea although we did get champagne on request but the 17 year old with us was mighty thirsty at the end of the day.
The ticketed price was $120 each, but as far as I could see his was only the people who had pre- booked this sold out event as there was little control at the door.


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