FOUNDER OF LIFE­STYLE AND FASH­ION BRAND, MY GEN­ERAL STORE, 40 Michelle worked in fash­ion PR and brand devel­op­ment be­fore launch­ing My Gen­eral Store, which mir­rors her per­sonal style.

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How would you de­scribe your style? Re­laxed, hol­i­day mode, sim­ple, clas­sic. What are you go­ing to wear to­mor­row? Most prob­a­bly a pair of high-waisted linen pants. I live in the My Gen­eral Store sum­mer slacks and a shirt, or I could throw on a dress! Wardrobe essen­tials? Linen pants, a white shirt, silk shirt, a long linen dress, an old pair of over­alls, a vin­tage caf­tan and a great suit. Do you have any favourite cloth­ing la­bels? I mostly wear My Gen­eral Store. I make what I feel like wear­ing, which is fun. Other brands I love are LOEWE, Her­mès and Ce­line. Dimis­sianos and Miller san­dals in sum­mer. R.M. Wil­liams boots in win­ter. Where do you shop? I shop mostly on hol­i­days. I love small towns and find­ing lo­cal brands and spe­cial pieces for our home or wardrobe. What are your go-to hair and beauty prod­ucts? I can’t live with­out Ae­sop hand balm and body balm. En­v­i­ron prod­ucts for my face and I drink many litres of wa­ter daily! Do you have any favourite ac­ces­sories? My hus­band Tim just gave me a Cartier Love bracelet with my boys’ (Bugsy, 7, and Bobby Ar­row, 4) names en­graved on it. I adore it. I also love to use left­over pieces of linen as head­scarfs, wrap­ping all of my hair up into it. What do you never leave home with­out? Ae­sop hand cream and my phone. How do you man­age work/life bal­ance? It’s some­thing that I’m con­stantly work­ing on per­fect­ing. I book in hol­i­days to have pre­cious fam­ily time. This also works as a great dead­line to get col­lec­tions fin­ished. Ever think about liv­ing in the coun­try? Yes of­ten! I have been hol­i­day­ing to the By­ron Bay re­gion with my fam­ily since I was 12 years old. I feel quite drawn to this area and of­ten dream of buy­ing a farm­house in the hin­ter­land. Style in­flu­ences? My mum’s ’80s out­fits were amaz­ing; the shoul­ders. I have been lov­ing this era and re­vis­it­ing my mum’s jew­ellery. What’s your best style ad­vice? Buy qual­ity over quan­tity, find time­less pieces and have fun.

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CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Michelle and Tim cel­e­brated their 10-year wed­ding an­niver­sary re­cently by spend­ing a week­end on Bruny Is­land with their fam­ily; “The raw, rugged and nat­u­ral beauty of Bruny Is­land was a won­der­ful place to be nes­tled,” says...

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