Saturday, 9 March 2019

Meraki Canberra's newest fashion experience

Canberra has always had an appetite for fashion shows, and Maryanne and Bianca are preparing us a feast!

These local girl pals of ours are launching Meraki! Canberra's newest fashion experience hosted at the beautiful Fitters Workshop on Sunday 24th March from 1pm to 3:30pm.

The show will feature a number of local designer labels, grazing tables, drinks, pop up shop, nail bar, touch ups station, DJ, flower wall and more.

The shows theme is centred around a glamorous muted palette drawing on feelings of romance.

Maryanne’s and Bianca’s motivation behind the how was to create a platform for models, makeup artist and designers  are craving for. Speaking from personal experience I know too well that there are few platforms to express yourself. The girls are aiming to create an inclusive environment for the Canberra creative community.

“Events like these encourage collaboration, support and a chance for local talent to shine,’ said Maryanne.

Maryanne conducts herself with love and creativity on the daily basis with aligns to the name of the show. Meraki means to do something with love, creativity and soul.

Some of the local designers include:

  • Claudia the Label
  • Venus Blooms
  • Gerhardus Harmannus

So if you like us are craving some creative inspiration join Maryanne and Bianca for a fun show at Meraki.

“We aim to deliver an event that celebrates fashion and beauty. We have diversity in our models; all shapes and sizes so we’re hoping that this will encourage more women and men to break down the stigma of what it means to be a ‘model’. And lastly for others to live by Meraki in their everyday lives just like we do - to follow their passions and dreams,” said Maryanne.

Get your tickets now:

Ticket Inclusions:
VIP: Drink on arrival, Food, Goodie Bag, Table Service, Pop up shop discounts, Prime table seating
Front Row: Food, Pop up shop Discounts, Prime seating
Second Row: Food, Pop up shop Discounts, Prime seating
Standing: Food, Pop up shop Discounts
Venue: Fitters Workshop
Date: Sunday 24th March 2019
Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
Dress: Semi Formal


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

3 looks to try this Black Opal Stakes Day

The Autumn racing season has been officially launched by Flemington Victoria and is in full swing with race days being celebrated in Queensland, Tasmania and even Auckland.

Right here at home, in just a few days away, we will be celebrating Canberra's favourite race day - the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes. You can expect a day of socialising, champagne, a few sneaky punts and of course fabulous fashion!

This race day will bring some of the best fashion thanks to the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field competition and the stakes are high with a trip to London up for grabs. To enter you must follow the criteria when planning your winning outfit, and every detail must be carefully considered, however, if you are not planning on entering but still want to make your mark we've put together 3 of our favourite looks to inspire your race wear style.

The Statement Dress - ladylike

I love a statement dress for the races and the silhouette is so perfect as the ladylike shape is always on trend for racewear. The brocade gives the dress the perfect amount of detail which is essential for race day dressing.

Dressing for the season is a must which is why I styled this dress with a pair of black suede points to take the dress from Spring/Summer to Autumn.

To balance the amazing shape of this dress, I accessorised with a simple rose gold and pearl headpiece to add a touch of elegance and glam but also to keep the look classic and suitable for day. 

Dressing up doesn't mean you should style your look as you would for an evening event so avoid cocktail wear and too much bling.

Autumn layers - edgy
Fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun! So why not be a little daring and experiment with your look for a day at the races. After all, racewear is about making a fashion statement but most importantly showcasing your individual style.

This dress caught my eye as it's THE perfect Autumn dress and I knew it needed a felt hat to achieve an edgy look.

Layering it with this tux style vest takes the edginess further and makes a statement by making this look unique and perfectly tailored to DJ's tomboyish and on-trend style.

Accessorising this look with a pair of white ankle boots complements the layering and again is perfect for the Autumn season.

Bold and colourful - classic

For racewear, you cannot go wrong with classic and of course colour.

Traditionally Black Opal Stakes was once true to its traditional black and white theme but modern racewear now embraces colour.

Orange is perfect for an Autumn race day and even though the tone is bright and summery, the style of dress is racewear perfection as it has a high collar, covered shoulders, a long hemline and the perfect amount of detail.

Given a bright colour is a little outside of my comfort zone, I styled this look with black to stay true to my individual style as well as accessorising my bag with a colourful silk scarf to tie the whole look together.

No matter what look you want to try for this year's Black Opal race day don't forget to pay attention to the details. This includes your hair and makeup, nail polish, accessories and shoes. Racewear is about dressing head-to-toe and most importantly about having fun and trying something new with your look! See you at the races! 
Dresses || CUE/ Canberra Outlet Centre 
All Headwear || Canberra Outlet Centre

Words and styling by @sofiapolakstyle

Photography by Daniela Jukic (DJ) @wearefoundau

This post was sponsored by Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to work with us email


Friday, 1 March 2019

My top 3 shades from Quay

My favourite accessory is a pair of sunglasses. Anyone who knows me knows that rain hail or shine, I am always wearing a pair.

I love a great pair of sunglasses because no matter what I am wearing, they add a touch of glam and makes me feel polished and protected - it's so important to cover yourself from the sun but also wind and glare in the cooler months.

For my face shape, I think bigger is better! But I also love playing around with different shapes, colours and trends.

Lately, I am loving Australian brand Quay! Not only do they have a huge range of styles to choose from, but they are quite well priced for designer shades. I am loving their latest collection so much that I have teamed up with the brand to bring you my top 3 styles from their current range.

Breeze In

These shades are super cool and perfect if you are looking for a pair that is going to freshen up your look. I love the round frames yet they have a hexagon type shape, which will suit a variety of face shapes and the gold detail adds a touch of sophistication.

These would be perfect for your next festival or I would wear them to accessorise a summer dress and denim jacket combo for autumn.

These are my fave! I just love the shape - perfect for my face shape (heart) and I can't get enough of the colour - tortoise shell as it goes with everything and is softer on the face than all-black. These are super sophisticated and could easily be dressed up or down. I feel like a rockstar in these!

Mod Star

Lastly, these are a perfect addition to any wardrobe as they are simply classic. They give me a sense of 90's nostalgia yet they are super current and on-trend. This pair is the kind you could throw on and instantly elevate your cool girl status. Unfortunately, my face shape is the only shape these frames won't suit but I couldn't resist including such a classic style as part of my top 3 picks.

For more styles check out Quay Australia, they're currently on sale and have uploaded loads more styles to choose from.

Words by @sofiapolakstyle

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

What We Wore: One night only at the Opera with your girls!

When was the last time you did something different, something so different like watching the Opera?

Late last week The Fashion Vault was invited to attend Opera by Candlelight at Albert Hall. I always jump at the chance to try something new, listen to live music or Discover new offerings Canberra has to experience.

Carl Rafferty presented a cast of glamorous, young and talented opera singers from Canberra to Vienna, Warsaw, London and Prague. It was such a treat! We surprisingly knew a few songs (feeling worldly) we sang along to Nessun Dorma whilst sipping on champagne. Feasting on our home made gazing platters and laughing along to the storyline s.

I felt like a complete princess, wearing this amazing number by Naomi Peris. Christian Loutboutin shoes and a red lip by Bourjois.
Deejay on point wearing a classic one sided detailed dress by Shieke, Nine West Shoes and Collette earrings.
Sofia, effortless wearing a classic lack dress by Bardot, Wittner shoes and Lovisa earrings.
 Sarafina wearing a strapless dress with a statement split by Salvos, vintage bag and Wittner shoes.

 Images Shot by Deejay, Sofia and Janette


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Why you need a windbreaker in your life right now!

Just rockin out in my windbreaker. Image by @creationsofsarafina. Jacket from @canberraoutletcentre

When I think of windbreakers I can’t help but to think of the 80s and 90s. Pops of colour, electric prints, and even Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel Air comes to mind.

Falling in the athleisure category naturally it’s a garment that catches my eye. I know it’s something that will easily integrate with my existing wardrobe. However, in general think it’s an underrated garment that’s often overlooked.

The reality is summer is almost over we and need to start thinking about trans-seasonal dressing. We all know Canberra has its' moments with gusty winds and sporadic rainfall.

*dah dah dum sound effect* Queue the windbreaker….

Lightweight enough to be crumpled in your bag and pulled out as you need (or tied around your waist as a statement).

Water resistant and protecting against the wind they get the tick of approval from me. While you can get some very minimalistic designs in black and white, I particularly like bold prints and block colours. Who doesn’t I love a vintage throw back?

I’ve styled this jacket with a jeans and crop top. But it’s something I that will translate with a more sporty look such as black tights and gym singlet or event with some trackies and heels.

**Public service announcement** So I scored this Ellesse jacket from the Canberra Outlet Centre at Platypus Shoes. Maybe I am late to the party but I didn’t realise that they started selling apparel! Hosting some of my favourite street wear brands like Ellesse and Ivy Park, this store is sure to tempt me some more #SMH!

|| Outfit breakdown ||  
Jacket – Canberra outlet centre Platypus 
Crop – Hnm 
Heels – Zara
Jeans – Zara

I’m not the only one who likes a good windbreaker check out some of the celebrity inspo below!

Images shot by Sarafina - @creationsofsarafina


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Date night prep for Valentines Day with Bella Box

This year I have my Valentine’s Day prep covered thanks to Sharon Farrell’s perfectly curated date night Bella Box. It was such a delight receiving such a beautifully curated box of goodies which will make this Valentine’s Day all the more special.

My fave products from the collection would have to be the ones I was already familiar with, the Blaq eye masks because hello... #mumlife, the gradual tanner by Jergens, and the delicate but delightful Jurlique rose water spray. These items could easily be added to my list of beauty staples.

What I loved most about receiving the Bella Box was being introduced to new products to trial for a special occasion such as the delectable Clarins comfort lip oil for a perfect pout, the Mac Cosmetics strobe cream for a perfect and fuss-free highlight and the makeup products which have totally inspired my date night look, the Eye Hours cosmetics vesta red bio lipstick and smokey black pencil, and the Ardell faux minx lashes.

I am excited to be so damn organised for date night with my valentine this Thursday night. Thanks Bella Box for doing all the prep for me and including everything I could ever need for the perfect Valentine's day look.

Words by @sofiapolakstyle

Back to basics Living my best life in a Tee!

How good is it when you find a T-shirt that you love, wear over and over and it lasts?!
I found the perfect one, and you can see that I love it cause its all over my Instagram feed.
Back to basics whether your a graphic tee or worded type of gal, finding the right tee is so important because you end up relying on them. Like this one from Müssen I have worn it over and over again as You can see, it’s my go too. Have you found yours?
I just can’t go past the simplicity of a white tee and a skirt or jeans!

Words by Janette Wojtaszak Photography by DJ @wearefoundau

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

How to get back into your health and wellness routine after a break

We enjoyed a relaxing holiday season here at The Fashion Vault. We spent lots of time with family, friends, ate a lot, and didn’t think about work too much! We hope you had a super relaxing break too!

Here are some simple tips to get back into your health and wellness routine after a break!

Outfit | Lululemon 
Shoes |  New Balance

Do something that you love

Do you have a hobby that you love but haven’t done for a while? Do you love getting outdoors to just enjoy the fresh air and soak in some sun? Do you love sunsets, but haven’t seen one in months? Have a think about what you love, then book in time with yourself to do it!

Move your body

Has it been a while since you moved your body and sweated? There are so many different ways to get some movement back into your body!
·   Walks, jog or run
·    At home workout, watching a YouTube video or using an app
·    Yoga or pilates class
·    Dance class
·    Martial arts
The possibilities are endless!

Nourish your soul

What is something that you haven’t done in a while that makes you feel energised, recharged and totally content? Find something that nourishes you. I love meditation, a soulful yoga class, and long chats with good friends.

(Credit: Charlie Murray)

Read a book

Do you have books that you’ve been wanting to read for ages? Reading a physical book, rather than looking at a screen (phone, tablet, TV) does wonders for your eyes and your soul!

Refuel with nourishing foods

The holidays are usually full of so many decadent treats! Treat your body a different way by eating nourishing foods. Eat lots of greens, fill up on fruits, veggies and as many non-processed foods as you can!

Smashed avo from Ona Manuka

Hydrate with lots of water

One of my non-negotiables is drinking 1L of water when I wake up in the morning! 

It hydrates your body after so many hours of sleep and just gets everything moving! I love to add some lemon or grapefruit essential oil to my water.

Here are some of my favourite wellness products to help me get back into routine! 

Products pictured
Lululemon block and mat
SEACRET body butter
doTERRA essential oils
Frank Green water bottle
Higher+Self crystals
Matcha Maiden matcha powder

What tips will you use to get back into your health and wellness routine??

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