Tuesday, 20 March 2018

You've got $100 left before pay day! What to buy?!

This pay day post is all about treating yourself!

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! They have great brands at great prices perfect for a EASTER treat before pay day.


Monday, 19 March 2018

We be thrifting this AW18

Being a fashionista doesn't mean you have to be a slave to fast fashion. Yes we love fashion and yes we love to update our wardrobes with the arrival of every new season but are we being mindful of the impact of our shopping habits? (and not just to our wallets!)  

Fashionistas are becoming a lot more aware of the impact the fashion industry is having on the environment and how unsustainable the fast fashion cycle really is. Recent reports in the media have brought much needed attention to the amount of disposable fashion ending up in landfill and in-turn raising awareness of slow fashion.

As a stylist I've always been an advocate of slow fashion and making conscious fashion choices. I don't believe you need an overflowing wardrobe to be stylish and love to guide my personal styling clients to also make more mindful choices when shopping and in-turn avoid impulse fast fashion buys.

It makes me so pleased to see more and more fashionistas take a slow fashion approach and starting to add their local op-shop to their list of favourite shopping destinations. Me included! I've recently upped my thrifting game and have enjoyed browsing op-shops with the wonder of finding my next designer piece, a pair of great vintage levis or a classic glomesh clutch to freshen up my wardrobe.

I've been amazed at some of the pieces I have personally found but appreciate thrifting can seem a bit overwhelming for some. So when I was invited to style and produce the recent Canberra Show Autumn/Winter Showcase I took the opportunity to style all the looks from the runway exclusively from The Salvos.

The Salvos have 9 stores in the ACT and Monaro area but Co-Stylist Sarafina Manyang and I managed to pull all of our looks solely from their Fyshwick warehouse. 

We were so surprised with how spoilt for choice we were, thinking it was going to take several visits to a few of their stores to pull all the runway llooks- but no! We found so many great pieces we had to edit it back to 20 looks and categorise them under the following themes: On trend, 90's power dressing and racewear.

Model wears Christine Waring Millinery with dress and clutch from the Salvos

Sarafina and I wanted to pick out some of the cliche pieces you would expect to find at a thrift store and overlook such as an oversized shirt, tweed pair of pants, 80's leather jacket to demonstrate how these pieces can be styled for the current season and for any occasion.

The Salvos stores are doing an amazing job with curating their stock into 'Street Boutiques' and have stylists who can help their customers with picking the right garments and showing them how to style them into their wardrobe and helping to spread the message that taking a few small steps can make a big difference to minimise our contribution to the fast fashion cycle.

Have we inspired you to up your thrifting game? Try our top 5 tips:

1. Assess your wardrobe 

Asses your wardrobe and figure out what is missing. Do you need a feature top to update some of your staples or are you in need of classic white shirt? This will ensure you are hitting up your locals Salvos store with a guide of what you are after and avoid any overwhelm.

2. Be open minded

Perhaps the amazing blazer you just picked up is in great condition might be in need of some TLC. A little tailoring, a dry clean or a new button for it to look as good as new.

3. You can't go wrong with denim or leather or a glomesh clutch

If you are new to thrifting, looking for denim or leather is a great start! You really can't go wrong with picking garments in these materials as they really do keep their quality and always come in and out of fashion.

4. Try before you buy

This is non-negotiable. You MUST try on your thrfity finds because no matter how much you love them or how cheap they are if they don't fit you will NOT wear them will only contribute to an over-flowing wardrobe. 

5. Have fun with it

Go thrifting with a friend, make it fun! Try on something you remember your mum wearing just for fun and get those thrifting juices going.

How is your thrift game? Are you a seasoned-thrifter or a new-starter?

SP xox

Photography by Red Photography


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Come graze in the Meadow

Tucked in the cosy location of Odgar Lane sprinkled with pot plants and laid with brick, Meadow is a hidden treasure. It has a relaxed, casual feel which will whisk you away from the hustle of the city.

Colin the manager started a sustainable furniture business with his partner which explains the cafe’s culture around sustainability. The tables are pallets from his business, which he deliberately keeps at a low number so that everyone seated feel like they’re in a space of their own. He is hoping to evolve the cafe into a destination where people can purchase live produce. The name ‘Meadow’ stems from the aura in which it is a calming word.

The menu is vegetarian but designed for a non vegetarian which is excellent or else I might of been in a bit of a pickle! The menu encourages people to think about what they eat and to appreciate the environment we chose to dine in.

The chef Adrian with 4 years of chef experience in Canberra, is also an artist which explains all of the food’s exquisite presentation.

‘I strive to create dishes that are experimental and flavoursome,’ said Adrian.

Dish 1: Cheesecake Pancake
Madeleine w maple comb, cream cheese mousse, ginger nut crumble + sambucca berries

Dream combination. The cheesecake mousse spreads effortlessly onto the mini pancakes and the nut crumble provides a sweet crunch. It was almost too pretty to eat - the flowers and berries providing a touch of colour.

Dish 2: Thai Toast
Spiced french toast w parsnips, papaya, aubergine + sweet labne

I didn’t know what to expect with this dish but I was blow away. It has a subtle kick to it and is very filling. The presentation is mind blowing and delicate. This colourful dish is well balanced with the different textures and flavours.

Dish 3: Teriyaki Burger
Wild mushrooms, fried enoki, schallots, bok choi + sesame on brioche bun

As a burger enthusiast I was over the moon with this burger. There is no socially polite way to eat this, you just have to go for it. I promise you by the first bite you will forget that there’s sauce dripping down your face. The teriyaki flavouring on the soft bun with the vegetables makes for an enticing experience. It was hands down my favourite dish.

Dessert: French Apple Tart

Their desserts are constantly changing and are made in store. It was chewy and sticky, moist but firm, sweet but not overly. It was the cherry on my cake.

Massive thank you to the lovely Colin and Adrian for having me!

Open: MON-FRI 7-2.30, SAT-SUN 8-2.30

MI xo@maryanneirhia

Words and Photography By Maryanne xx


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Who What Wear - Dress Designer to Impress

I styled stalked this gorgeous woman in the city. Isabel was shot wearing a sophisticated and practical  corporate look.
Isabel’s favourite online stores are Farfetch, Net-a-Porter and My Theresa.
'I like to invest in designer pieces, and shopping on these sites allows me to access to the latest style in Europe,' said Isabel. 
Loving this Saint Laurent tote.
'However, I also like to mix up my fashion with high street. For example, my go-to would be a Cotton On tee paired with a nice designer bag or shoes,' said Isabel.
The best piece of styling advice that Isabel has received is dress for your shape.
'For me, that is to emphasise my waist.'

Xo Deejay 


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Who What Where - The finer details

We all know how important it is to pay attention to the finer details when styling an outfit. Carefully thought out details can elevate your look and help you express your individuality.

Our style contributor Sarafina puts her styling eye into action and shows us how it's done...

|| Details ||

My motto for dressing is details. I like to focus on the little touches, adding colour and texture to an outfit. For this look it was tying in the yellow stitching on my boots, to my belt, bandeau, and subtly in my makeup.

My starting point was choosing to style with these basic wide leg pants that I found at TK Maxx. I figured they are a wardrobe staple that most of us own. I then elevated the look with the netted top, off white belt and matching yellow bandeau. 

Edginess and playfulness was added with the addition of my trusted Dr Martins.

What are you favourite details to add to your look?

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Netted top and pants- TK Maxx - Canberra outlet centre
Bandeau - Stylists own 
Belt - Off White 

Photography - @wearefoundau

Xo Sarafina 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Event re-cap - Müssen's 5th Birthday and style stalkers

Happy 5th birthday to Müssen! Congratulations beautiful store owners Mia and Simone!!

We are completely obsessed with your boutique and its girly vibes. It was a lovely night celebrating with you, feasting on on all things sweet (cupcakes, lollies and chocolates) and of course some bubbles.

Make sure you come past and check out their new Autumn 2018 styles, there are some sweet knits to get you in the mood. They also have some lip and nail treats too! AND (of course we have to plug) our editor, Janette stocks her statement earrings there.

Mia Carr
Wearing head to toe Müssen
Shoes | Pink Ink
Sunglasses | Quay
Maryanne Irhia
Dress | Mussen
Jacket | Calvin Klein
Shoes | Gucci
Bag | Vintage
Emily Ivins
Top | Tempt
Pants | Zara
Bag | Coach
Amy Sang
Top and skirt | Müssen
Sunglasses | Quay
Shoes | FSW
Rachel Herridge
Top | Cue
Jacket | Staple the Label
Pants | Zara
Shoes | Nine West

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

One look two ways

I am completely obsessed T-shirts ATM, this may be because I am newly a mum and I need comfort and access. Embellished t-shirts are stylish, super comfortable and can be worn many different ways. I put together this post to show you how style, one look - two ways. Taking the look from casual (running errands) to catching up with a girlfriend (a drink at a bar in Braddon).

I can't and will NOT say good bye to Summer just yet, so all of my white pieces are in front of my wardrobe. If your cold, you can always layer your skirts with blazers, long cardigans and denim jackets.

This look can be replicated with any style t-shirt or skirt, dig deep in to that wardrobe and re-vamp one. Try something new, tie a scarf to your belt-bag or around your wrist.

For this look you will need:
1. An embellished, loose-ish fitted t-shirt
2. White a-line skirt (or black)
3. A plaid structured blazer
4. Slides (for you to run your errands) and heels (ready for a catch up)

Look 1, Casual - Running errands
Look 2, Edgy-chic - Ready for a catch up
Outfit break down
Top - Zara
Skirt - Portmans
Jacket - Zara
Gold Slides - Billini
Red Shoes - Billini
Bag - Oroton
Scarf - The Statement

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Salute to Salotto - It's the place to go!

On Thursday 1st March I was invited to an Exclusive Influencers Network event by 180 Degree Marketing and The Style Side at Salotto in Kingston. What a perfect excuse to indulge in great drinks, food and fashion!

About the place - This authentic Italian restaurant and bar is located in the hub of Kingston, and is quickly becoming a go-to for a relaxing and glam girls night out!

The interior boasts a rustic and retro vibe with the restaurant and bar divided through the middle, with additional outdoor seating separate. 

They have also just launched a new $13 cocktail special for Friday and Saturday nights which I cannot recommend it enough! 
I can confirm that the Strawberry Blonde, Aperol Spritz and Mojito are all excellent choices (Aperol Spritz in hand for this pic). 

As for the food. We had the Arancini balls, Antipasto board, Polenta Chips and Mini burgers. It was Italian heaven - I am salivating reminiscing about it all. The service was exceptional and nothing short of amazing. I will definitely be coming back soon!

A special salute to Salotto for inviting the girls and I.  Thank you to the gorgeous women who joined me on for some  laughs and fun, @the_nameless_blog, @lookingthroughhercloset, @_mood_blog and @thisisgenieve_.

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx

Dress is from Mossman Clothing
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