A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO BYRON: Stacey Burt / Little Company

STACEY BURT IS A NEW BYRON LOCAL AND THE FOUNDER OF LITTLE COMPANY, A BOUTIQUE BUSINESS WITH SPACES IN MELBOURNE AND BYRON'S THRIVING INDUSTRIAL AREA, THAT CHALLENGES THE USUAL SALON NORMS AND INDUSTRY CLICHES.

They’re spaces where living skin facials are paired with meditation, and tailored at-home skincare routines to achieve beautiful skin, in a sustainable way.

She’s a Mum of two little girls (Lex and Stevie), has a staffie called Zizz, and with her husband and business partner Kent, has created beauty studios where you can pause, reset and be nourished while having your skin treated to some much-needed love. Byron was a natural fit for this girl who originally hailed from a small beachside community on New Zealand’s north island.  She was attracted to Byron’s innate spirituality and continues to be inspired by its women and the female circles they’re perpetually supporting in a creative and collaborative way. As a businesswoman, she’s excited by the fertile environment it creates for the cultivation of new ideas and the nurturing of continued growth.

Between having a family, running two studios, expanding the business, her meditation practice, physical activity like yoga, training and walking the Lighthouse circuit, as well as catching up with friends, her life is hectic. But she’s grateful for it.

Her philosophy is all about 'living skin'. It’s about beauty coming from the inside out and she believes it is cultivated through the way we live, eat and think. It’s about understanding that nourishing the mind, body, and soul is just as important as the products you put on your skin. She encourages rituals (not just routines) of self-care with good food and sleep the two key contributors to good skin health.

She’s drawn to minimalism and the romanticism of using simple, pure ingredients, extracted from nature, and loves the potency and effectiveness of these natural products in feeding and nourishing our skin, which after all, is the body’s largest organ.

And where is she happiest, apart from at home in Newrybar, around the fire pit with her daughters and partner, or hiking around Minyon Falls. When she’s focused in a treatment room, whether it’s performing a treatment on a client, training her team or developing new facial sequences and formulations.

PS on the design front, we love that Stacey used local resources, and lots of handcrafted elements in the creation of her Byron space. We particularly like the chairs (Worn Store), lighting (Pop and Scott), and the custom-made Den Holm tiles which line the walls and were cut on site using three types of Australian limestone.

Get Stacey’s local intel on Byron below then check out the amazing menu of Little Company treatments which range in focus, from relaxing to correcting, and serve as an informative step in an ongoing routine that can be practiced every day at home.

How long have you been a local?
Since the start of 2018.

What drew you to the area and what do you love about living here?
The people and the landscape here create the ideal environment to cultivate a wholesome brand and a wholesome lifestyle.

How has Byron influenced your style and lifestyle?
Coming from a long stint in Melbourne, Byron has helped me return to where I came from - a small community with a beach lifestyle. I’ve become more bare, dropped things that failed to serve me and simplified my style and lifestyle.

IN BYRON, YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR...

Brunch? DOMA, Federal
A healthy cheap takeaway? Bangalow Bowlo
A not-so-healthy but super tasty meal? Brunswick Pasta Bar
Fancy dinner to impress? Harvest
A cocktail? Light Years
Date night? Supernatural Cellars, natural wine bar.

WHERE DO YOU GO TO...

Find a last-minute outfit? St Agni 
Buy something for your home? Saturday morning garage sales
Listen to good music? Luscious Foods on a Friday night
Pick up your favourite market finds? Bangalow Sunday Markets
Get out of Byron for a day trip. Minyon Falls

THE BEST...

Bar for a Sunday session. Brunswick Hotel 
Places to eat with the girls. Couzina
Gyms/fitness studios. Creature Yoga
Outdoor places to workout. The lighthouse walk
Local beach. Belongil
Finish this sentence. You know you’re a Byron local when… your wardrobe is 90 percent linen.
 
Something only a Byron local would know…. May is the best month of the year.
 
Your best tip for someone holidaying in Byron... study and know your wind directions, and where to go when the wind is blowing a certain direction.
 
A quintessential Byron outfit that you should pack for your holiday… A very light maxi dress.
 

What does a typical day look like to you? Wake up and find 10 minutes to meditate, make breakfast for the children and dance to some energetic music with them, have a chai with my partner Kent, check in with my team in Melbourne on a quick call, spend a few hours at Little Company Byron training employees or treating, a long walk with the family and dog, light a fire in the fire pit at home and sip tea and listen to Kent play the guitar, read a book with the children, recap the day over more tea, spend 10 minutes performing a little nighttime ritual in the bathroom with some essential oils burning.

What’s one lesson your business has taught you about life? Life is all about community and nature.

Describe your work space A raw and ethereal space built by family and friends with love, to give and receive love.

Best downtime pursuit (if you have one)? At the moment I am enjoying LED meditations at Little Company.