Wednesday, 13 June 2018

You've got $100 left before pay day

You've got $100 left before pay day so why not treat yourself to a little last minute buy. Check out our picks from the Canberra Outlet Centre! 



Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Street style stalker - Off duty model

This long legged beauty is Marie Strazdins

Q. Who are you signed with? 
A. My contract ended so I am currently looking at other options.

Q. Favourite type of modelling?
A. I'd like to be in a fashion film. Love wasting time watching fashion house ads and brand films on youtube.

Q. Describe your style in four words?
A. Eclectic, intricate and inconsistent. Excess to the point of rebellion.

Q. Is there a Canberra creative you would love to work with? 
A. Tina Nikolovski, as I like her style.

Q. What is one item you can't live without?  
A. This parker from Zara, it's super warm.

See more of Marie on Instagram. 


Why I got naked at work

Clothing: Portmas from Canberra Outletcentre
Bag: TK Maxx

It’s no secret I love a good jumpsuit. Once coveted as an ‘exotic’ item it’s snuck into normal wardrobe rotation for many women. I personally love wearing them to work, out or even to a wedding for something different.

With so many styles out there ranging from vintage, feminine to a power suit there is definitely one out there to suit your style personality and body shape.

 Maryanne wearing a boho style jumpsuit from TK Maxx from the Canberra Outlet Centre. 

Pros for wearing a jumpsuit

  • They are flattering. When you find the right cut they can accentuate all the right parts, such as your waist, bust or booty.
  • They are an all-in-one solution. You don’t need to think much about styling and pairing it back with other pieces of clothing. Usually you just need to decide on shoes, accessories and if you need a jacket. 
  • They add a point of difference. When your going to a special event I think it’s a nice feeling to know you’re one of the few rocking a jumpsuit when everyone else is wearing a ‘safe’ dress.

Jannette is snapped rocking a neutral corporate appropriate jumpsuit from Forcast Clothing at the Canberra Outlet Centre paired back with a faux fur and jumper from TK Maxx. Shoes and bag stylists own. 

Cons for wearing a jumpsuit

Trial and error with fitting! I find that it takes a little bit longer to find the right fit because we are all shaped so differently. Nothing worse than trying a bombass jumpsuit and for it to be too short in the body giving you a camel toe. I also find short playsuits hard to find because I prefer a longer length, so that half my culo isn't hanging out. 

I do promise you though, persevere with those awkward change room moments because it’s worth it once you find the right one. 

This next point explains my post title. Yes, there is the whole bathroom issue to contemplate. My male friends find it amusing how long it can take me to go to the bathroom when wearing a jumpsuit. What they don’t understand is you essentially are butt naked in that bathroom cubicle. 

The other day I layered a lace leotard under a jumpsuit… that is two layers I needed to remove in order to go to the loo. But realistically if you're looking at the time ratio of how fabulous you look vs how long you spent in the bathroom this is a small sacrifice worth making! 

The time I wore a lace leopard under a jumpsuit. Jumpsuit from Cue - Canberra outlet

This pretty much sums it up!

What's your view on the jumpsuit? Are you a fan or do you prefer to stick dresses or pants? 


Monday, 11 June 2018

Street style stalker - Off duty models

Today's street style features the vivacious Jess Norbury

Q. Who are you signed with? 
A. Haus Models

Q. What is your favourite kind of modelling to be involved in? 
A. I love runway modelling! It's the excitement of being backstage and then finally bringing it to the catwalk is the best feeling.
Q. What is one item you can't live without?
A. Its not an item, my dog!

Q. Describe your style in three words?
A. Grub (#grublife), basic (except for today) and fun.
Q. Is there a Canberra creative you would love to work with? 
A. I have worked with Robert Coppa only briefly, for an art project but I haven't done a full shoot with him and I would love to.


Sunday, 10 June 2018

7 Jackets you need to survive Canberra’s winter in style

As a stylist, there are seven jackets I recommend having in your closest in order to survive Canberra’s chill, and not look like your wearing a snuggie.

1. The Leather Jacket

Clothing and shoes from Canberra outlet, TK Maxx. Jewellery from Colette by Colette Hayman.

The leather jacket. This is a piece that will never date. It is your go-to from work to drinks with your gal pals. Perfect for layering with denim, knits and scarves, and it also crosses over well into athleisure looks. There are always great PU and real leather options from most stores. Opt for plainer styles if you prefer classic dressing, and for the more fashion brave, embellishment adds a point of difference.

2. The Trench Coat

Clothing and shoes from Canberra outlet, Portmans and FSW shoes. Jewellery from Colette by Colette Hayman.

The classic trench is as iconic as the leather jacket. It is a fashion fail-safe item, a no-brainer really, as it goes with a number of styles. It’s great with corporate wear, and just as good with jeans, a knit and some converse sneakers. Reach for a neutral trench for an effortless, classic look.  To take it up a notch, opt for this season's re-invented trench in high sheen PVC fabrics.

3. The Raincoat 

Clothing and boots from Canberra outlet, Cue Clothing and FSW Shoes. Jewellery from Colette by Colette Hayman.

As an adult, I think the value of a good raincoat is under-appreciated. There is nothing worse than getting caught in the rain and sitting at your desk in wet clothes. Clear or printed raincoats are a great way to keep dry and to let your fashion style be seen.

4. The Faux Fur

Jacket from Canberra outlet, Parliament Clothing, dress TK Maxx, shoes FSW shoes. Jewellery from Colette by Colette Hayman.

We all like to feel a bit extra sometimes. A faux fur coat will take you to that level. It has the ability to take a simple look of jeans and heels to sex and the city status. With so many options of lengths, colours, prints and textures, it’s hard to choose just one faux fur style (good luck!).

5. The Overcoat 

Jacket from Witchery. Jumper, skirt and boots from Canberra outlet, Portmans and FSW shoes. Jewellery from Colette by Colette Hayman.

Okay, every woman should have at least one overcoat. This is the jacket that will hurt your bank balance as you want to invest in a well-made coat that’s going to last. I usually prefer lined wool or cashmere coats. This season, it is all about the check print but classics like camel, grey and black are always a smart investment. Opt for classic cuts and try it on with a jumper when you are in store. No point in buying a jacket if all you can fit underneath is a singlet. This is a jacket that you can wear to work and to formal occasions. Expect this to last you a minimum two to three seasons (if not more).

6. The Puffer Jacket 

Clothing from Canberra outlet, TK Maxx and Parliament Clothing. Heels are models own.

With the snowy mountains overlooking Canberra, we all have experienced that winter wind that chills you to your bones. A puffer jacket is the perfect barrier for walks around the city or when you are at a sporting match watching your loved ones. A classic black puffer with goose down filling will keep you nice and toasty for years to come. Kathmandu is a great place to pick these up, and if you want to save a little, buy them at the end of the season when they go on sale as styles generally don’t change dramatically. Explore fashion options such as this silver piece once you have your basics sorted.

7. The Wild Card Jacket

Clothing from Canberra outlet, Portmans. Heels stylists own.

Okay, so I think every woman should reserve one spot in their wardrobe for a wild card jacket.
This is the jacket you buy when you want to: a) make an entrance but b) want to keep warm. Look for bright colours, textured fabrics or embellishments.  It’s the jacket that has the special something but you can’t justify it, it’s simply the 'just because' jacket.

Try some of these style tips to jazz up your winter wardrobe - have fun!

A special thank you to the creative team involved in producing these images:
Photography and styling: Daniella Jukic (We Are Found)
Hair: Aaron Nallo (Anton's Hair Studio)
Makeup: Carly Estelle
Model:  Sarah Dawson
Garment loans:  Canberra outlet

This article first appeared on the RiotACT.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Hidden Burger Treasure

I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to explore the City/Braddon area for fresh food places and it was been so rewarding! The interior inside this intimate diner is funky, with each wall having a different design. 

I’ve been meaning to try this place for so long, what is worth noting is that they have an extensive menu - you are literally spoilt for choice! 

Big Poppa Burger
2 x flame grilled beef patties, 2 x slices of American style cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, Oscy’s secret sauce 
Go hard or go home I say. The patties were cooked to perfection and so juicy, the buns were super soft and the mix of flavours were intoxicating. The sizes were pretty big also, not quite as big as Brodburger but definitely up there! Whatever is in that secret sauce, they are doing it right! 

Dirty Dog Fries 
Garlic salt, parmesan cheese, parsley
The fries were shoestring and had an amazing fry to meat ratio which complimented each other nicely. 

Onion Rings
These babies were crunch perfection. What I also loved about them was that they weren’t too buttery or oily which is a common mistake with onion rings. 

Nutella Burger
Vanilla Ice Cream, topped with chocolate syrup & icing sugar
Since there’s always room for dessert and how could I pass this up? Definitely have this if you hadn’t had so many mains as it is very filling in itself! I paired this with my Nutella milkshake because too much is never enough! 

The staff and service was amazing - thank you for having me & I’ll be back soon!

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia


Location:  39/30 Hibberson St, Gungahlin ACT 2912
Hours: 7am - 9pm most days 
Social: @oscysburgers

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Meet Adam AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the year and Hair Expo finalist

Adam Ciaccia is a true visionary and a master of his craft. He started his hairdressing career as an apprentice at Axis Hairdressing where he is now Creative Director. His client list includes some of Canberra's most well-known faces and extends to regular salon visits from women travelling interstate to get an 'Adam cut'.

Adam knows hair and is passionate about making sure his clients look and feel their best when leaving his chair, but he is also passionate about education and  helping other hair stylists up-skill when they may not necessarily have access to further education. This inspired him to start his YouTube channel - HairTube which has led him to connect with thousands of hair stylists and has attracted over 86,000 subscribers.

In April, Adam was awarded the title of Australian Hair Fashion Awards  NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the year for the second time since winning this title back in 2012 with his very first awards entry and just last month was announced a finalist for the Hair Expo NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the year.

The Hair Expo finals will be held this weekend in Melbourne and if Adam is announced the winner, he will be the first person in the industry to have received both titles. We are keeping our fingers crossed for him this weekend however when chatting to Adam he assures me, his achievements are a result of hard work but most importantly a team effort and is incredibly proud and humbled by the people he works with, including his wife Michelle and sister Nicole.

Image from Adam's Hair Expo finalist collection: Photography David Mannah

Q1: Congratulations on winning the AHFA NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the year. This is the second time you have won this title. How did it feel winning for the second time and how have you evolved from the first time you won?

I guess it’s fair to say I have been on bit of a journey, the first photoshoot I ever did with my great mate and local photographer Jez Rozdarz, was an award winner and it’s probably fair to say it went to my head in the sense that creatively I was clouded by my ego. I found clarity in humility and six years later I find myself back in the winners circle. This award is a reflection of the quality of the team at Axis Hairdressing not just me, it’s important to mention that. These things are a team effort.

Q2: Just a few weeks after winning this award you were announced as a finalist for the Hair Expo NSW/ACT Hairdresser of the year – this must be your year! I understand if you are awarded the title you will be the first hairdresser to achieve this?

Yeah, after a tough 2017 personally and professionally 2018 looks like it could be the most significant in my career. Again, I have to stress that these achievements are a reflection of what Nicole, Michelle and the entire team at Axis Hairdressing represent, we are professional ethical hairdressers that want to be the best not just for ourselves but our clients. To be the undisputed NSW Hairdresser of the Year across both award bodies would be an incredible.

Image from Adam's Hair Expo finalist collection: Photography David Mannah

Q3: You have a very successful YouTube channel which is aimed to educate and connect with other hairdressers not only in Australia but around the world. What was the inspiration behind creating HairTube.

You can do everything for money in life, sometimes we need to do things for our soul, YouTube feeds my soul, by sharing I’m helping hairdressers to improve their skills and lives through hairdressing, I was confronted with a lot of criticism when I first started this in 2011, some saying I was making a mockery of the craft by giving my skills away for free;  today I’m proud to have the largest free online hair resource in the southern hemisphere and is ranked by YouTube in the top 50 in the world.

Q4: You produce collection after collection which represents your creative vision and artistic aesthetic. Can you tell us what a little bit about the creative process? How do you find the inspiration behind the concepts?

It’s sometimes hard for me to explain this. For me it’s always been about Adam as an artist and what story he wants to tell. Adam Ciaccia is a haircutter. My images contain no artificial hair, authenticity is very important to me, I try to show what can be done with just one pair of scissors and a comb.  Each collection is another chapter in the story of ‘Adam Ciaccia the Hairdresser’.

Image from Adam's Hair Expo finalist collection: Photography David Mannah

Q5: As Creative Director for Axis, what is next? Have you got any new projects in the works?

My priority at the moment is on the salon, looking after my staff and clients, we have some exciting news regarding Axis in the pipelines but I can’t say just yet, watch this space. I have a few trips to USA to look after my clients in Los Angeles, several shows and workshops for Matrix Australia and just finished launching a colour trend for Matrix Global with my wife Michelle called ‘Blushing Blondes’, which launches into 162 countries this week. The next project will be in London this October, I’ll be shooting my collection there this year, it’s going to be very special.

Q6: If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger apprentice self what would it be?

Don’t listen to the negative noise around you, set goals, stay healthy, don’t be materialistic, it makes you vulnerable; stay humble, be grateful and be empathetic to others.

Q7: What is your business mantra?

At Axis Hairdressing, we don’t look backwards, we keep moving forward, creating new ideas and putting them into practise because that’s what our clients expect it. Our salon leader’s curiosity for innovation and high standards continuously take us down new paths of personal and professional growth, keeping us relevant and motivated, Simply Axis.

Q8: What is your life mantra?

Have respect for yourself and others, deploy empathy when others are negative and seek to disrupt your passion or ambitions; Ego is bad, humility is good. Share your knowledge, its one way to immortality -Adam

Adam Ciaccia, Michelle Ciaccia, Nicole Dwight, Rachel Stephen, Rebecca Flask
I have been lucky to have had Adam do my hair for over 15 years and  have worked with him and the Axis crew on numerous hair collections. 

If you are after a change go and see him! I highly recommend him and the rest of the Axis team.

Good luck at Hair Expo Adam!

SP xo

Words by Sofia Polak


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Street style stalker - Off duty models

Today's street style showcases the gorgeous Jamallia Ntloko.

Q. Who are you signed with? 
A. Unsigned

Q. Favourite type of modelling?
A. I like catwalk to be honest. I also like editorial as it can be a bit edgy. I like to live life on the edgy side.

Q. What is one item you can't live without?
A. I cant live without a good pair of shoes. That’s always a must have for me.

Q. Describe your style in three words?
A. Edgy, fun and loud.

Q. Is there a Canberra creative you would love to work with? 
A. Tina Nikolovski I’d love to work with her for sure.

See more of Jamillia on Instagram. 

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