Bella Aitken: nanny and founder of an exciting new interiors startup
Charisse Fallon: project manager
Based in Hertfordshire, UK
Describe each other in three words...
Bella about Charisse: Adventurous, intuitive, funny.
Charisse about Bella: Inspiring, compassionate, beautiful.
Current style muses/inspiration?
Bella: Style is like your personal artwork, so the armour I choose to dress myself in that day is generally the way I'm feeling. My style muses change constantly but two women I really admire are Iris Apfel and Lyn Slater. Two absolute legends, aged 65 years and over, who don’t conform to expectations – so inspiring. My personal style is more along the lines of Jhené Aiko who is a true effortless, bohemian babe.
Charisse: I don't really have a specific style muse but I get inspiration from everyone around me, especially people I see on social media. I love the androgynous look so I look for inspiration in men and women who I really love.
What was your reaction when Australia voted yes?
Bella: My initial reaction was relief followed by a huge sigh. I guess it just seemed so bizarre and wrong to me that it wasn’t legal. Couples celebrating and marrying for nothing other than love – I mean, how could that not have been legal years ago? Nevertheless I feel happy for the amazing people that we’ve met, and haven’t met, in Australia, who can now have a ceremony in their own country without flying across the ditch to legalise it. Lastly I only hope that the people who voted yes realise how much of an impact this will have on millions of people's lives.Thank you!
Charisse: I'm so happy for Australia and the LGBTQ community, I hope marriage equality becomes the norm all around the world.
Most memorable Mardi Gras experience?
Bella: Ah, Mardi Gras – what can I say except it's on the list. Running around with eccentric outfits, celebrating love and diversity – yes please. We have added it to the ever-growing travel list.
Charisse: I've heard so many great things about Mardi Gras, we definitely plan to go one day and experience all the craziness.