BYRON BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Affectionately known to those around her as ‘Stace’, founder of A Little Company (LTCO) Stacey Burt knows her stuff – namely good skin, good aesthetics and good vibes.
Having trained extensively in skin nutrition, beauty therapy and Reiki energy healing, Stace started her professional journey on home soil in New Zealand’s north island at the award-winning geothermal Polynesian Spa. Since then Stace has lived a full life of love and expansion.
Migrating to Australia and developing her first salon space Made Beauty Hawthorn in Melbourne before opening the first LTCO space in Richmond (VIC), Stace has unwaveringly followed her passion for living skin and nurturing others to open her second LTCO space in our beloved home town of Byron Bay on Australia’s northern NSW coastline.
Stacey’s vision and her ability to instil it in those around her is shared through daily empowerment. LTCO and all those who contribute to its flourishing genuinely appear to embody the philosophy that beauty comes from the inside out – that it is not made, but rather cultivated through how we live, what we eat and (perhaps most importantly) how we think.
When stepping into the serene space that is Little Company’s Byron Bay home, a welcome sense of relief and ease ensues. There is intent in this sensation, the space has been specifically curated this way. Every surface, material, product and gesture within the salon is infused with integrity and poses opportunity (perhaps even serves as a catalyst) for connection to oneself – a higher self.
The LTCO space and everything it represents functions as a fluid extension of Stace herself – a women with steadfast vision, resolute, peaceful and grounded in her values. It’s rare to meet someone walking their talk and leading by example as authentically as Stace, and for this reason first and foremost we’re proud to walk for a moment In Her Shoes…
In your own words, please tell us what you do…
I run A Little Company. In my day-to-day I perform and develop the Little Company living skin facial treatments whilst training, mentoring and supporting my wonderful Little Company team across our two salon spaces in Melbourne, VIC and Byron Bay, NSW.
Where are you from, and how did you come to be living life as you know it?
I’m from a small-ish town in the North Island of New Zealand called Whakatane. I met my partner in a nearby beach town called Mt Maunganui, and we decided to move to Australia to Burleigh Heads in QLD chasing a lifestyle of sea and sun.
After some time in the sunshine state, we moved onto Melbourne for a change of scenery and so that we could be around more art and culture. We ended up staying in VIC for 12 years, but recently made the move back north with our little family to Byron Bay, which is home for now.
Coming to Byron was always on the cards for us. Even before I opened the Melbourne salon space, I knew it was going to be a significant place for me, my family and A Little Company. Byron is known as a prominent spiritual home for self-care and energetic rejuvenation in Australia, so I’ve always been drawn to the community here, it’s a natural fit for us.
Which element of your work do you thrive off the most?
There are so many exciting and driving aspects to running the business, especially since expanding into our second space, but for me I am happiest when I am focused in a treatment room. It’s where I feel most grounded and connected to my practice. I just love it. Whether I am performing a treatment on a client, training my team or developing new facial sequences and formulations, it’s where I like to be… it’s my happy place.
Why did you start LTCO?
My passion and interest in skin first developed at a young age because I experienced severe acne as a teenager. I have spent a lot of time working as a skin therapist and being exposed to many spa environments across New Zealand and Australia and have been drawn to minimalism and the romanticism of using simple ingredients, extracted from nature. I love the purity in these natural products and how potent and effective they are in feeding and nourishing the skin – our body’s largest organ.
“I wanted to challenge salon norms and avoid the industry clichés. It was also my desire to have a minimal adverse effect on the environment in my day-to-day, and so through the culmination of these factors, A Little Company was born.”
I became a trainer for the main skin therapist network in Australia and noticed that many practicing therapists were unhappy in their profession. I really wanted to transcend the notion that this specialisation was ‘just a job’ and craved a dedicated space where visitors and practitioners alike could feel good about how they were spending their time. Somewhere everyone could feel removed from the stresses of life – even just for a moment. I wanted to challenge salon norms and avoid the industry clichés. It was also my desire to have a minimal adverse effect on the environment in my day-to-day, and so through the culmination of these factors, A Little Company was born.
When you’re not giving treatments at LTCO, where can we find you – what else do you love to do?
When I’m not working, down time with my family is the best. I have two girls – Lex and Stevie, and a Staffy named Zizz. I like to find a quiet beach spot to hang out with them or go hiking around Minyon Falls in the Byron Bay hinterland. My partner Kent and I always visit Byron’s produce markets during the week as well to stock up on organic greens.
What does beauty look like to you?
To me, beauty is reflected in the characteristics of strength, grace and humility.
What are three things that are inspiring you right now?
The space Lauren Trend has curated with Self Practice is inspiring me with its infusion of design and wellness on one platform. Lauren has created an authentic voice that speaks directly to us.
My team’s dedication to education has inspired me to throw out the text-book approach to professional development and embrace our own brand of cross-pollinated learning. We’re forever learning, adopting and refining old and new techniques and practices within the team.
I am also feeling really inspired by the women in Byron and the female circles they’re perpetually supporting in a creative and collaborative way. It’s a very exciting and fertile environment for the cultivation of new ideas and nurturing continued growth.
“...I am also feeling really inspired by the women in Byron and the female circles they’re perpetually supporting in a creative and collaborative way. It’s a very exciting and fertile environment for the cultivation of new ideas and nurturing continued growth.”
Who, or what are you listening to right now?
The Plant Proof Podcast is my favourite right now and I’m also plugged into the new guided meditations by A-space.
I’m also listening to our next-door neighbour practice his cornet every evening (it’s so beautiful) and the 'Ambient Space' Spotify playlist by our friend, DJ and Yoga instructor Yvette June (whom most of our Little Company playlists are formulated by).
Do you have a morning ritual?
Lots of water, warm apple cider vinegar, gratitude journaling, a Gua Sha massage and a slow stretch. Sometimes this happens in solitude and sometime with my two children hanging off me.
What does your ideal Sunday entail?
My ideal Sunday is sans a to-do list or set plan. We always seem start them with brown rice pancakes and a family walk.
If you could give your younger self any advice based on everything you know now what would it be?
You can’t pour from an empty cup, so take care of yourself first and foremost.
What is happiness to you?
Happiness to me mostly is when I am creating happiness for someone else. I feel it in the sight of contentment on a client’s face following a treatment and in the receipt of a cuddle from my children at home whilst listening to Kent play guitar to them. Putting on a fresh pair of St. Agni slides has also been known to bring happiness to my life!
Words by Ellen Watts | @_theatelier_
Photography by Lisa Sorgini | @lisa.sorgini