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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BOSS GIRL - THE LAB.

A white staircase leading to heaven, an amazing mural on the wall by Jessica Cochrane and baby pink accents. I think it’s safe to say that Tegan Daley and Sianne Fitzsimons have ticked all the boxes and provided the Capital with a fresh approach to beauty!


Tell us a bit about yourselves 

Sianne: I’m from the Southside born and bred and have a background in marketing promotions for retail! 

Tegan: I have salon experience! 

How did you get the idea/concept for your business? 

Both: We realised that there was a gap in the market in Canberra. We wanted to do something different and fun, with a new focus on service instead of primarily on sales. We believe it’s important to do one thing and do it well, find your niche. We are confident that we can turn the beauty industry in Canberra on it’s head.


If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?

Both: Give it a try, everything is scary at first! Do your market research and set up the basics and fundamentals beforehand. This may include knowing your vision, branding, your administration and registration. Start small and then go from there! 

What is your goal for the next 5 years?

Both: Stay open (laughs). To be honest we have the best team right now and couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Our biggest challenge in the coming years will be growth and expansion. We will be introducing one other element to the business so stay tuned! We are currently in the next stage of our business and things are changing and it’s scary because there’s so much more on the line now but it’s exciting! 

What fashion item can you not live without?

Both: Birkenstocks, Rebel Muse handbag

What is your holy grail for brows? 

Both: Poni Cosmetics are relatively cheap and are Australian! 



For those who have over plucked their brows and they won’t grow back, what’s your tip? 

Both: Leave them be and trust the process. Also have realistic expectations, brow recovery takes at least a year but the wait will be worth it! 

What is your favourite food?

Both: Cadbury Milk Chocolate and Grease Monkey

Contact Details:

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am to 7:30pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm
Bookings: 02 6230 4143

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Effortless event dressing

During event season I always get excited about dressing up and have visions of finding the perfect statement dress to wear to the various events which are pretty much mandatory at this time of year: the office Christmas party, your partner's Christmas party, Christmas drinks with the girls, Christmas feasts, new years eve and not to mention an occasional wedding, baby shower and other life celebrations thrown in there.

Each year though, I never actually follow through with my aspiration of finding the perfect party dress and instead end up going for something understated and practical and a lot of the time, something I already own. I now realise this is because my excitement for new season styles with gorgeous ruffles, bold patterns or feature details slowly gets zapped by my need for practicality and versatility. I have the best time when I feel elegant but mainly when I look effortless

This time of year can be so overwhelming so who can blame me for trying to keep things simple (am I right?) Plus it's no secret I love understated elegance and always feel my best when I feel effortless and comfortable. 

Here are my top 3 picks for effortless event dressing.


The work dress

Do you already own a work dress at home you can dress up? Chances are you probably do! Otherwise any work dress can be a great investment to style up for the perfect event look and to add to your 9-5 wardrobe.

If you are looking to dress up a work dress make sure you either pick a bold colour or a style that isn't too corporate. Avoid greys, houndstooth, checks, plaid and plain square or rounded necklines. This forcast dress is the perfect pick because its very classic but its point of different is its bold colour.

Its low neck line which is quite flattering for any body shape is great for evening yet high enough to be able to wear it for work. 


Stylist tip: Take this look next level with a smokey eye and a mettalic clutch.

Dress from forcast


The jump suit

This forcast jump suit is another great find. It is a little edgy and has some attitude but still very versatile and could easily be dressed down with a pair of nude sandals and a straw boater.

Don't be scared off by the wide leg ankle length. I find this style suits most body shapes especially with its cinched in waist and arm detail which is perfect for anyone who doesn't like to expose their arms to much.


Stylist tip: Consider cutting leg length to the knee length to elongate and might be a better proportion for some. I cinches in at the waist and the arm detail definitley make this style 

Jump suit from forcast


The playsuit

The playsuit has quickly become a summer staple. It is so practical and easy to wear and a perfect alternative to wearing a dress. This style would be great for a Christmas party that starts during the day and goes well into the night as you won't feel too dressed up for an afternoon but still dressed up enough for the evening. 



Stylist tip: To pull of a playsuit for a special occasion heels are a must! And don't forget to add some statement jewellery for a touch of elegance.



What's your event style? Do you go OTT or keep it simple?

SP xox
@sofiapolak

Photography by @wearefoundau
Muses: @bronwenstead, @wearefoundau, @sofiapolak

This post is in collaboration with Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to collaborate with us contact stylists@thefashionvault.com.au 


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Friday, 1 December 2017

Cataldo Salon's rising stars

Just a few weeks ago the world's longest running live hairdressing competition, the L'Oreal Professionel Colour Trophy Australia, made its comeback from a 7 year hiatus and took the stage in Sydney.

The competition takes pride in providing a platform for emerging hairdressers to showcase creativity and technical excellence. This year Cataldo’s Salon achieved a stellar result with all 6 of their entrants getting through to the semi-finals across the Colour Trophy Award and Rising Star categories.

Michael Cataldo’s edgy colour-work won the ACT/NSW Rising Star Award 2018
and Claudia Cataldo’s stunning metallic pixie-cut saw her take one of the top three positions for the National Colour Trophy Award.






They are now set to compete against 15 other Colour Trophy Award finalisits and five Rising Star Award finalists at the Grand Finale on 4 February 2018 in Melbourne.

We just love celebrating local talent and we wish Michael and Claudia the best of luck in the Grand Finale.




Follow Michael and Claudia's finalists journey on Instagram at @michaelcataldo_ and @claudiacataldo_aus

TFV xox


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The Commons Street Feast

Canberra - it's our favourite time of the year, The Commons Street Feast are back! Running from the 30th November - 10th December, Canberrans wear your stretchy pants and bring your appetite as you can enjoy a selection of over 20 food trucks as well as craft beer and wine bars. Did I forget to mention that it's free entry and completely cashless? 

My top picks: 

- Hoy Pinoy: The savoury sweet marinade is sticky perfection on these skewers. Both the roast chicken and pork are amazing!
- Tsuru: You can never go wrong with bao buns. I loved them last year, I love them even more this year. Filled with either the bbq hot & spicy pork belly, bulgogi beef with kimchi or the vegetarian shiitake & tofu teriyaki; it caters to everyone! 
- Meet: This was a surprisingly interesting choice which also happens to be GF! This spit which has been roasted and slowly cooked comes in either the pulled pork butt, smoked brisket and lemon mustard chicken thigh; and I am telling you the tenderness levels are 11/10!
- Mary's: Another crowd favourite! Returning for another year Mary's delivers the goods with their cheeseburger and it is mouthwatering! 



And let's not forget about dessert! 

Gelato Messina's 'Bisco Inferno Disco Biscuit' is the way to my heart. It is a great size and has so much to offer from the moment you crack the shell open, to the gooey caramel centre and to the biscuit at the bottom. Another favourite was the 'Saturday Nut Fever Disco Biscuit.' 

To wash everything down and keep cool this summer, don't forget to check out the incredibly Insta-worthy Pimms Garden! 





I would like to say a massive thank you to Kicks Entertainment and The Commons Street Feast for inviting me to their Opening Night! I had such an amazing time and I can't wait to see you next year! 

Stay updated!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecommonsstreetfeast/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecommons_au/?hl=en

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

What We Wore - Order and Chaos

Hey stranger!


Yes I know I have been absent from the camera. It’s that time of year a time, which could be described as order and chaos.

But that is more of a reason for me to share this latest post with you. With the silly season upon us I wanted to share what I am planning on wearing to my next Christmas party.  I’m a highly visual person and am inspired by others so here’s hoping I can do the same for you.

While dresses are a great and safe option for parties, I’m the type of person to be a little more bold.

Behold the jumpsuit.
From the latest order and chaos collection at Jigsaw this jumpsuit caught my eye. It is bold yet classic.

The exclusive art is printed on a soft silk fabric and the wide leg pants adds to the luxurious and elegant feel. Wearing this made me feel like a lady of leisure (I wish).

As I remind my clients and myself before purchasing any new outfit, try to think of a number of ways to wear it and integrate into your existing wardrobe.

So for example with this look I could make it casual with some sports luxe sneakers and a leather jacket draped on my shoulders.
For a dressier event I would definitely pair it back with some heels and a belt. While I am wearing black heels in this picture you could definitely add a pop of colour to your footwear.

I would even consider wearing a loose black top over the jumpsuit and belt it to make it look like pants and a top.

That is just a quick brainstorm on how I would wear it.  With multiple events coming up I think it is important to get creative with our wardrobes to stretch them further.  

I hope I’ve inspired you a little.

Xo Deejay

Hair || Anton's Hair Studio 
Jumpsuit & belt || Jigsaw

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Boss Girl: Saloon Co

A lavish bar, all white interior, fresh pastel flowers, artworks on the wall… there is nothing that this place is missing! Jaki Bradley and Sarah Wright are two women who have started this amazing concept in Braddon and are quickly on the rise! 



Tell us a bit about yourselves 
Jaki: I’m from Canberra born and bred and I’ve been in the beauty industry for 8 years. I worked in vocation because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I got a diploma and a Certificate 4 in makeup then went back into the workforce at a non profit organisation. In 2013 I went back into beauty therapy and worked at Mecca. Following this I did some travelling and then went back to Mecca whilst also doing cosmetic tattooing. The first time I met Sarah we went on really well and we had really good work ethic and habits together. One day Sarah’s friend said to us that we should work for ourselves. This salon represents us, right down to the Hollywood mirrors and is definitely a result of all of our blood, sweat and tears. 

Sarah: I’m from Canberra and was always the creative kid at school. I studied photography at CIT and always wanted to be a model photographer because I was envious of them. Later on I moved to New Zealand and did a Diploma of makeup, worked on a film, worked in Mecca and then moved to Sydney. There I studied at Toni and Guy in Paddington and then did free lance hair and makeup for 7 months before moving back to Canberra. I’ve always wanted to open a blow dry bar. 

How did you get the idea/concept for your business? 
Both: We like alcohol and getting our hair done and we wanted to use the courses which we’ve studied! We feel like we created something which we felt was missing. We wanted our customers to be able to make getting their hair done a regular thing without it costing a bomb. It’s really catered to a wide range of people - it’s a cool place where you can hang around with your friends. We’ve turned having fun into a business! 


If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?
Both: Stick to what you know and and take advice from everyone around you. Don’t spend time around people who don’t believe in you. 

What is your goal for the next 4 years?
Jaki: For Saloon to be the hub of not only beauty services but also for creative people. It would be amazing for this space to provide a platform for other people to do what they love. 

Since there is a bar in your salon, what would you say is your favourite drink? 
Jaki: Bellinis, the drink brings back good memories from Venice! Or a classic vodka lime and soda. 
Sarah: Rosé

What fashion item can you not live without?
Both: Sneakers 

What is your holy grail for hair products? 
Both: Kevin Murphy! 

What is your favourite food?
Sarah: Japanese! 



Contact Details: 

Location: 53/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Catalysts & Creators: The 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Exhibition

What can only be described as the “Oscars of Fashion”, the retrospective Catalysts and Creators event took place on Friday the 10th of November at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. This year was extra special as it celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Australian Fashion Laureate which featured iconic works from Australia’s most prestigious fashion designers. This year’s winner non other than the amazing Dion Lee! 


The In-Conversation series featured two sessions, the first being for the Catalysts and the next being for Creators. The former focused on the ground breakers and shape shifters of the fashion industry. The panel featured Australian model Gemma Ward, Dinosaur Designs’ Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen and designer Collette Dinnigan; whom all discussed the defining moments of their careers. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them after and was so amazed in particular by Gemma who was so lovely and down to earth. 


The second focused on the Creators in the creative industry and their role in being a new school innovator. Creative Director Margaret Zhang and artist Michael Zavros discussed their creative process and non traditional approaches to the arts scene. The fan girling over Margaret was indeed real complete with matching jackets! 


The exhibition itself was breathtaking with beautiful designs on display and a toast to celebrate. 


I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have attended and cannot wait for the next event! 


Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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Stakes Day High Tea


On November 11 Canberra’s elite grabbed their head pieces and high heels, suited up and attended the Spring Carnival High Tea at the stunning Burbury Terrace. The views were spectacular and the food even better! I personally loved all of the tasty treats on the upper tier. 





If high tea and champagne wasn’t enough, they also had the races on a big screen, a social media wall and a photo booth which people had to cue for all day. 




A big thank you to Burbury Hotel for having me and to all of the lovely staff on the day! It was my first time there and I can’t wait to come back! 



Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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Boss Girl - Kovu Hair

Sam and Catherine are ying and yang. They compliment each other in every single way attributing hugely to their success - it’s no wonder why their salon is constantly busy. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting them this year and I have never never come across two women who are as genuine, passionate and hard working. I love visiting their salon as you’re always met with a smiling face, positive vibes and feel good tunes. We spent the whole morning laughing non stop, the whole interview being light hearted and fun, complimented nicely with champagne and tea. The store is white, decorated with gold and rose gold accents with wooden touches here and there and pot plants placed across the marble. It is every interior designers dream! 



Hey gals! Let’s start with telling us a bit about yourselves.
Sam: I’m from the coast and moved to Canberra when I was 17, the day I got my P plates! I wanted to work in a bigger hair salon.
Catherine: Grew up in Canberra, moved away for a year and then came back. 





For those who don’t know, what does Kovu mean?
Sam: Kovu means scar and it was created after a hard time in my life. If I didn’t have those scars then we wouldn’t have Kovu.

How did you get your idea/concept for the business?
Both: We’ve seen faults in a lot of big salons and things we didn’t like about how they operated. The concept for our business is that when you walk in, you see that there is no hierarchy, the prices are affordable and there is exceptional customer service. 

If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?
Sam: You need to have passion and customer service. Clients are everything. 
Catherine: You need to have drive. Know what you want and more importantly, what you don’t want. 



What is your goal for the next 5 years?
Sam: Go to every rodeo in Australia (laughs). 
Catherine: My goal is definitely not that (laughs). I am really happy with what’s happening at the moment so I would love to keep doing what I’m doing. 

So you girls have an amazing playlist in store, what is one song that you have on repeat?
Both: TLC
(Sam proceeded to play rodeo songs for the remainder of my time there.) 

What fashion item can you not live without? 
Sam: These rodeo boots.
Catherine: These black rubber thongs from Woolies. 

What is your holy grail for hair products?
Sam: The Theorie shampoo and conditioner in Reform. 
Catherine: Dry shampoo from DeLorenzo. 



What is your favourite food?
Sam: Potato scallops with chicken salt. 
Catherine: Broccoli. I once went out to a Chinese restaurant and ordered just broccoli. 



Contact Details:

Appointment Only Wednesday - Sunday: 0423 279 620
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kovuhair/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kovuhair/?hl=en 
Location: Kootara Crescent Narrabundah shops, Narrabundah ACT 2604

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Ethical is Fashionable || Fashionably Numb Twilight Designer Market

On Saturday the 11th of November, people from all over Canberra flooded to the Dairy Road Precinct for one purpose: to support local designers, recyclers, makers, textile artists and up cyclers. 

As a regular market attendee, this was by far one of the most informative, diverse and eye opening markets I had ever attended. The Fashionably Numb Twilight Ethical Designer Market featured local Australian designers who were so creatively talented and passionate about their craft. 

@sofiapolak and I at our TFV stall

I was personally inspired by their beautiful ethical products and learnt so much about sustainable making practices. It is possible to still sustain ethical practice and morale without forfeiting style and design; the two can and should go hand in hand. The Fashion Vault had a stall to sell our goodies and we were overwhelmed by the positive response we received for our treasures. 

Gabrielle Spencer Bridal and Carlie Ballard designs styled by Nina Gbor

The Ethical Fashion Industry Panel later in the evening had me engaged from start to finish. It is no secret that there are negative supply chains manufacturing fast fashion and it is important to bring these issues to light and come up with concrete solutions. The event was MC’ed by Melinda Tually and the panel included: Brian Tunks, Jennifer Nini, Rachel Pines, Faye De Lanty and Kelli Donovan. 


Our Editor Sofia was one of the key organisers and we are all incredibly proud of her and all of the hard work that she put into this project! Also a big thank you to Pure Pod, MG Cultural Program, Rolfe BMW Canberra, Salvation Army Canberra and Fashion Revolution. 

Cannot wait for the next ethical market! 


Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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