If you’ve driven along Unley Road lately, you might have noticed a new addition to the quaint little shop fronts. Let us introduce you to your latest one-stop beauty shop: M&Co Style Bar. Co-owned by Adelaide glam gurus Mandy Nash and Michelle MacDonald, this is where you need to come if you’re after a makeup session, a blow dry or even a lash lift. And really, that’s just the beginning of what they offer.
“It’s surreal, exhilarating, and includes all the pinch-me moments,” Mandy says about finally having the Style Bar up and running. “Most days, we come in struggling to contain our excitement”. Which is understandable considering the concept has been about a year in the making and the ladies have been working around the clock to create this unique little co-working space since they got the keys in March.
“The initial idea came from wanting to bring all our fellow freelancers under one roof,” Mandy explains. “…As freelancers, we lack colleagues, consistency and support [and] that’s why we really wanted to create a space that looked to change that,” she continues when we asked whether working with fellow creatives pushes each of them to keep working and create their best work.
“It allows us the opportunity to bring in creatives from across the state to work and vibe off under one roof”.
And it’s clear a lot of thought went into the space as well. “We wanted to create a unique transitional space with elements of colour and fun,” Mandy says when we talk about the initial idea for the fit out of the physical space. “The fitout process itself was overwhelming as we often lost our way, however with the help of our styling team we were able to find our way back, [and] let’s face it the flamingo wallpaper is life,” she laughs.
In terms of what else you can get done at the new creative space, Mandy, Michelle and an experienced team of experienced Adelaide freelancers (Georgia Edgar, Matt Love, Paris Michelle, Leah Metaxas) offer up their full deluxe makeup services but also an Express and Just Eyes service, which let’s be honest is the hardest part of a beauty look. Then on top of this, you can get your hair styled – treat yo self to a blow dry gal – as well as important services like lash extensions, tints and lifts alongside brow shaping and even getting yourself a nice golden spray tan. We weren’t joking when we said you don’t have to go anywhere else.
Now that the Style Bar is up and running, we had to ask what was next on the cards. It turns out the creative team are lending their services to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival next month where they’ll be glamming up guests at the brand new ‘Zhush Bar’. You might also notice a couple of master classes coming up as well just to get you inspired and learning all the glam tricks for yourself.
M&Co. Style Bar is at 324 Unley Road, Hyde Park.
View the full list of services and prices at mco.style
Photography by Georgina Solomon.