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??


Monday, 4 February 2019

Müssen competition: Do you want to WIN the ultimate Valentine's Day Prize?! Enter NOW!

The Ultimate Valentine's Day PRIZE
Müssen has just launched a HUGE giveaway for residents of the ACT and surrounding regions. They are celebrating the love of friendship this Valentine's Day!

How amazing does this sound?

The chance to win a Valentine's Day glam package for a great friend AND an amazing goodie bag for yourself valued over $1100! Valentine’s Day is not just for couples! Müssen wants to take the time to thank that special friend who always has our backs!

In collaboration with three other amazing women owned small business in Canberra we have just launched a $1100 Valentine's Best Friends giveaway!  These business are Brazilian Butterfly Canberra, Andriana MUA and The Bunch Co. 

The Prize
The winner will receive a huge gift bag worth over $350 including products and services from Müssen Boutique, Brazilian Butterfly Canberra and Andriana MUA. On behalf of the winner we will be sending their BFF a massive prize pack from them on Valentine's day that includes a $150 Müssen Boutique Voucher, over $500 worth of Brazilian Butterfly Canberra services & products, a make over from Adriana MUA and donut bouquet from The Bunched Co (Yum)! Plus a special message from the winner will be included to their BFF and we are expecting most of those to read... “Share this with me?!”.

Here's the link to competition entry form - Good Luck!!

The competition is open from 1/2/2019 and will be drawn on 13/2/2019 with the lucky best friend receiving her prizes on Valentines Day. For a full list and description of prizes please head to @mussenclothing and view their Valentine's Day giveaway post.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Who What Wear - Jungle Fever

Unapologetically me 

Be bold and walk on the wild side!

I swear I spent too much time in my youth worrying about what other people would think of me. Today I embrace my personality and let it show through my clothes.

So what does that look like? These days it translates to bold prints and animal prints. I'm loving matchy-matchy coordinates or mixing it up with block colours or classics like denim.

Denim and animal print go hand in hand.
Totally having a moment with snakeskin. This has come through my skirts, pants and even my gym line! I need to hunt down a natural snake skin over the knee boot for winter.  I have been suffering FOMO from not buying a pair last season. 

Next to snakeskin leopard print is a favourite of mine, and I am interested in gauging your thoughts on leopard print. I'm not sure how but in the past it's tended to have some sort of sexual connotations attached to it. I'm visualising Peggy from married with children. 

For me though, I think those days are over. I am a firm believer that leopard is a wardrobe print staple, if there is such a thing! 

It's funny though when I wear leopard to the office (not this dress btw) I have received a few remarks in a playful tone that leopard is for the evening. I'm definitely not on board with this thought. I think leopard like sequins can translate to daytime and evening outfits. 

I also think where ever you sit on this debate that is fine. We all have our own style and so many of us are scared to embrace it. Simply put, you do you boo! I hope that my extravagant dressing can inspire you to present more of your own true colours (what ever colour they may be)! 

Images by @creationsofsarafina 


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Who What Wear: Slip into the look...

Slip yourself into four looks with just one item! How? Let me show you how to create interchangeable looks from casual to dressy with just one wardrobe item.

This transition can be easily achieved by wearing sneakers to dress the outfit down or heels to elevate it. The use of jewellery, bags, and glasses is always helpful when transforming a single item into multiples.

So what is this magic wardrobe item?

It is something a majority of women own, the slip dress. I decide to style with an animal print slip. However, any slip dress will work just fine with any of these look.

Look One

A simple and elegant, the dress as it is. I wore it with heels which is prefect evening look. However, if you are looking to dress it down you could pair it sneakers, docs, a white tee under the dress or a black one. Add denim to give it some edge.

Look Two

Fun and playful, for the remainder of the beautiful weather we have left. For this look since the staple piece is denim you can really let our personality shine through. By adding bold accessories and layering to have more dimension to the look.

Look Three

This is another night time look, fabric such as silk always goes a long way. It can take something from average to simply effortless while doing the bare minimum. Pair the silk slip with some classic wide leg pants and you're outfit is effortlessly elegant. I kept my accessories simply to compliment the clean silhouette.

Look four

Creating a pseudo midi skirt is my next trick! A perfect piece to take you fro  day-to-night. All you have to do is change your flats to some heels. Instead of layering a tee, put on an evening top. 

I hope I have inspired you to get creative with your wardrobe. You can create a number of looks without breaking the banks. 

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