Monday, 15 October 2018

Summer is coming and it's time to get active! - HerCanberra ACTIVE Day

We are very lucky here in Canberra – we have so many health and fitness options to choose
from!  The weather warming, so naturally we feel more inclined to feel like getting fit.
But, I know it can get a little overwhelming with so much choice!

HerCanberra has made it easier for us to try some of the awesome fitness classes available to us (without the hassle of being locked into to 6 month contracts) with hosting HerCanberra ACTIVE Day! It's an event that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, giving you the opportunity to test the waters with some of Canberra's well know fitness businesses.

I interviewed Ashleigh Went from HerCanberra to find out more about the upcoming ACTIVE Day!

Image credits for this article - Martin Ollman

Evie: What's on offer for this Active Day installment?
Ashleigh: Every HerCanberra ACTIVE Day is a little bit different – this one will be a mix of old
favourites and new! The goal is to make sure that we have fun classes that don't need too
much equipment.

Dark Carnival will be bringing a self-preservation class, blending self-defence skills with a
workout. Dark Carnival will be bringing a large mat for us to put our self-defence moves into

Nicole Leadbeatter is back for Mint Condition - similar style to Code Peach at the April
ACTIVE Day, but a full body workout!

Club Lime will be bringing two exciting classes:
Les mills barre (without the bar), a modern take on classical ballet dancing; and
HIIT Republic, an exclusive preview to this new high intensity interval training destination,
expected to open later this year!

Bodhifit Studio will be bringing a sculpt class, for lengthening and toning the body.
Each class is 45 minutes, except for Les mills barre which is 30 minutes!

Evie: What classes should we look forward to?
Ashleigh: Everything!

Evie: Why should people go to ACTIVE Day?
Ashleigh: We started ACTIVE Day because it can be overwhelming in Canberra with so many
different classes. It's an opportunity to get a taster of different things that you want to do
down the track. ACTIVE Day has a nice vibe, it’s a welcoming and fun day. We have a good
time together, meeting other like-minded individuals in the community!

Evie: Who would be suitable to go to ACTIVE Day?
Ashleigh: Anyone! Including children above the age of 10, with supervision.
The workouts will be appropriate for all levels and can be scalable to individual fitness

Evie: Do you have any additional information or advice for people interested in attending?
Ashleigh: I would recommend having some food before or after the workout! There are lots
of vendors and food around the ANU Pop-Up.

When | Sunday, 21 October, 10am - 4pm
Where | The ANU Pop-Up Village
Tickets | Eventbrite 
Price | $10-15 per class

It's best to purchase your tickets prior to the event to avoid missing out. Spots may be available on the day, with payment made as cash.

* HerCanberra will provide a special gift for people who buy tickets and come for the whole ACTIVE Day!

What to bring?

  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle
  • Towel

More information on the Facebook event.

Have you been to a HerCanberra ACTIVE Day before? I’m looking forward to this ACTIVE Day so much!! Hope to see you all there!

Xo Evie 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Street Style - The Fashion Awakens

I had the pleasure of capturing Rasi's style the other day. With a great fitting pair of jeans Rasi injects her own style into the look with pop of colour, print and accessories. 

Rasi is a qualified medical doctor and works within the Department of Health. She clearly isn't a boring public servant. 

Get to know Rasi better: 

1. What is your favourite place to shop in Canberra?
Thrift/vintage stores and Zara in the Canberra Centre.

2. How would you describe your style in three words?
Eclectic, eye-catching and sophisticated.

|| Outfit breakdown || 
Jeans and Jacket: Zara
Boots: Diana Ferrari
Purse: Kazo

3. What are you most looking forward to this spring/summer?
Starting my own blog and collaborating with creatives for something different and fun.
And of course, all the spring/summer fashion to play with!

4. Who is your style icon ?
It is hard to pick one. Not just celebrities, many girls and women just nail their style in unexpected ways with sheer confidence. I do idolise Beyonce, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and the Hadids'. Their style is ever-changing and always fresh.

5. What is the best piece of fashion advice you have received?
If you feel the need to buy a new outfit for every occasion, then you clearly do not have the fashion sense you think you do!

6. What is your favourite beauty product?
Hydrating Sheet Masks, brow grooming products and 'Better than Sex' mascara by Too faced.

7. What's your favourite  fashion account on Instagram?
Again, very hard to name a few. I love Olivia Palermo's account (@oliviapalermo). The woman is always so effortlessly elegant and stylish. I am obsessed with many supermodels' accounts for inspiration too.

Image credits : Daniella Jukic @wearefoundau


Wednesday, 10 October 2018


A couple of week’s ago, we had the absolute pleasure of attending the Camp Quality Giggle
Ball in Canberra as guests of the Anzani Group.
 The Giggle Ball was held in the National Ballroom at Hotel Realm in Barton – a beautiful
venue, and was MC’d by Canberra’s Ned and Josh from HIT 104.7. It was the largest Camp
Quality Giggle ball yet in Canberra!

Camp Quality is a charity that provides programs and services to children aged 0-13 growing
up with cancer, and their families. Camp Quality helps to develop life skills and strengthen
their wellbeing, helping 10,000 children with cancer in any given year and 40,000 children
that will hear that their parents have cancer.
The evening started with introductions, thank you’s and acknowledgement of the team that
made the evening a possibility. The speakers on the night included Camp Quality’s CEO,
Kylea Tink, Camp Quality’s platinum sponsors and an update from Mackenzie Isedale’s
family. Entertainment included the Baker Boys Band, the Brad Blaze show and a live auction.

The key highlights on the night were:
- seeing the Camp Quality puppet show - learning and understanding how the puppets
help children and their families through the tough times.
- hearing from Mackenzie Isedale’s family on her recovery and that she is cancer free.
Mackenzie attended last years’ ball, while she was still going through chemo. We
celebrated Mackenzie’s birthday with her, with the whole room standing and singing
happy birthday to her!!
- hearing from the guest speaker, Jade Kercher, sharing the story of her daughter Jade
and how Camp Quality made such a huge impact on their lives in their time of need.

For more information on Camp Quality

My favourite dress of the night was Kiara’s beautiful dress – absolutely stunning!
 (image via Ana Anzani)

And I loved Clare’s beautiful dress, which was super in theme (the theme was once upon a
(Image via Clare Sheehan)
Where were our dresses from?
Sarafina | Sheike
Evie | Seduce

Which outfit was your favourite?!
Let me know in the comments down below or at @eviekay!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Editor Profile: Janette the face of Surface Go

Did you hear? Our editor Janette recently became the face of Microsoft's latest tech tablet the Surface Go. She was approached to be an ambassador as the tablet is a bloggers dream tool! Her ambassadorship included a starring role in a TV commercial which was filmed in one of Janette's favourite spots - Bondi Beach.

The commercial featured a day in the life of Janette being a busy mum, stylist, influencer, blogger and designer.

Janette had already been using the Surface Go for a few months before she was asked to become the face of the Surface Go - it was a no brainer and she said yes! "I fell in love with it's capabilities. It has changed the way I work. It's lightweight and it fits in my bag! The kick stand is my fave function." She said.
Janette has worked with many other brands as an influencer but working with Microsoft has provided her with a national platform. It has led to many other exciting collaborations which have let Janette shine whilst doing what she loves best, sharing her expertise, reviews on products she herself uses and swears by.

Breaking it as a digital influencer is harder to do these days but Janette encourages local influencers to make the first move when wanting to collaborate with national brands.
"If you're working on a shoot and you see another brand fitting with it. Make the first move and workshop an idea with your agency and pitch to them. You'll never know unless you ask."
A highlight of this exciting project was sharing it with her gorgeous daughter, Luna. Janette is a new mum who isn't afraid to share the spotlight with her gorgeous daughter and has incorporated her new #mumlife into the content she creates.

If you haven't seen the commercial yet check it out.

We love you Jan!

Words by @sofiapolakstyle


Monday, 8 October 2018

The track is back

Trackies and heels, a look I’ve been known to wear before. I busted it out about four years ago wearing a crop, adidas black tracksuits and some heels to a club. The comments back then was “Oh wow I couldn’t wear that”.

However, this didn’t bother me too much. I am all about embracing your own style and just being me.

Today street/sports luxe styling is widely accepted with with celebrities leading the way. The Hadid’s, Kardashian’s, Jenner's and Rhi Rhi are a just a few who give dressing up trackies the stamp of approval. 

I’d be interested to see how long it’s going to take us to go full circle with the velour trackie trend of the 90s! I’m not entirely sure how I would feel about this.

Wearing this look I totally felt like Jenny from the block.

For this look I opted to wear a bandeau with my favourite Ivy Park jumper. With our unpredictable weather you need layers!  My statement white trackies are awesome (but challenging as I am the messiest person alive) and the statement boots are cheapies from Pretty Little Things.

Outfit break down: 

Jumper  -Ivy Park from Culture kings
Bandeau - Supre - Canberra Outlet Centre
Tracksuit - Nike - Canberra Outlet Centre 
Heels - Pretty Little Things (online)
bum bag - Pretty Little Things (online)

Image shot by @Sofiapolak


Thursday, 4 October 2018

New York Fashion Week Style

Image credits - MUA and Pic @iamjuvenia

So I am back from the whirlwind that was New York Fashion Week. I spent three weeks in my favourite place in the world. I shot runway, street style, model portfolios and let’s be honest ate my way through my favourite bakery’s and danced many, many nights away.  

While I’ve been back for two weeks now, it doesn’t feel like it on the account I spent my first week lying down and resting a severely sprained foot.  I am currently bound to sneakers and crutches.

I'm feeling less than glamorous at the moments, so this prompted me to flash back to Fashion Week in NYC to one of my favourite outfits.

When I travel I have a tradition of buying a boss outfit (and a few key staple items). Yes, it sounds crazy, and I get the comment “shop when your overseas” all the time. However, when travelling to one of the fashion capitals of the world I can’t go looking like a slob! I like to put my best foot forward.

As a stylist I also look for statement pieces and versatility, and because I am on a budget trying to save I naturally went to my fav shopping haunt Canberra Outlet Centre.

Image credit:

TK Maxx was my first stop where I picked up this classic silver Oroton clutch. Justifications for the purchase are:
1. It’s leather.
2. It’s on sale.
3. It’s silver, thus almost goes with anything I wear.
4. It has a cross over strap perfect for nights out dancing while in NYC.
5. It has internal zip pockets to keep my valuables safe.


I also recently shot the Spring Summer campaign for Canberra Outlet and Sofia styled our model Zoe with a gorgeous mesh dress from Veronika Maine (available from the Cue store at the centre). Having seen it on Zoe I knew this was the pinnacle piece for my “Deejay does NYC look”.

Sofia styled it as a sports luxe look, but I wanted to do something different with it.
Image credit:

I paired it back with a printed skirt for some dimension and a pair of heels from my wardrobe. I'm also loving the simplicity of black and white at the moment.

Heel selection when travelling is important to me. I needed a shoe that would go with most outfits (so that’s usually a nude, black or metallic) and something I can walk in with without breaking my ankle (irony I sprained my ankle in sneakers).
Add some statement earrings and voila you get my very fun NYC look.

Oh did I mention that I also buy items I will wear again! I’m actually planning on wearing the mesh dress layered over cigarette pants and a singlet to work with a statement belt and heels when my ankle is better! Or maybe even over a pair of straight jeans (need to test this to see if it will look good).

Special shout out to my girl Juvenia Silvester for doing my makeup for the shoot and Kimeth McClelland for snapping me while I was laughing the whole time.

Note: We shot this right next to Magnolia's bakery my favourite place for a salted caramel pecan cheesecake! 

Outfit breakdown:Mesh dress: Veronika Maine (Cue Clothing) - Canberra Outlet Centre
Bandeua - Supre - Canberra Outlet Centre
Silver clutch: Oroton from TK Maxx - Canberra Outlet Centre
Printed skirt - Asilio
Heels - Witchery 

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