Friday, 30 October 2015

Pink is the new Black with Bazzar's, Kellie Hush

Pink Ink will no longer be visible to the streets of Canberra. You will have to go inside to see the world of art and design complement each other. When I first walked in, I felt like I went down a rabbit hole only to find myself in a high-end designer 'Alice in Wonderland' store. I could feel myself wanting to try on every garment from Missoni, Max Mara and Ellery - I wanted it all. 

Special guest, Editor-in-chief, Kellie Hush took the floor and shared some lovely experiences she had about growing up and studying in Canberra. When It was Q&A time, I asked her about what brands she adored most. "Kit Willow, Alex Perry and Prada" she said. I beamed the biggest smile, proud to be wearing Alex Perry to my wedding (in two weeks!). Of course, I asked her about footwear - sneakers, my second love and she replied "I wear Nike, New Balance and Vans." Happy to take a few pair off her hands!

Jane Pettersen, Pink Ink's creative director said that "It's a change that touches you visually and there's a real feeling of exclusivity now." As I looked around I could feel what she was saying. I discovered the unbelievable artwork and studied the chairs, I could see the vision they have created.
Pink Ink Boutique is a luxury retail experience where Art and Design complement each other, its a designation and creative space. 
The beautiful new look
Editor-in-chief, Kellie Hush taking Q&As with Host Catherine Friday 
Some colourful and textured designs available to buy
 Loving this gorgeous gold trimmed feature chair and colourful flower wall
Fashion icon, Sarah Kelly taking a moment (probably Instagramming ;))
Getting inspired by the vibes in Pink Ink
From the outside, with Sarah Kelly wearing Romance Was Born and me wearing Sass and Bide.
Posing in the change room with these beauties Jess Harmc and Jess Rolfe.
 Adoring the variety of chic shoes with: (From left to right) Alicia from Rebel Muse; Jemma Mrdak, A Stylish Moment; and Sarah Kelly, My Fashion Empire.
Only looking, no eating here! Promise. Creme filled meringues topped with fairy floss and a raspberry, drool.

I always love going to fashion events and rubbing shoulders with my fellow bloggers who are like minded and passionate women. It's always a pleasure, until next time.

 Jan X

Monday, 26 October 2015

2015 Spring Racing Style Guide

It's here! Our Spring Racing Style Guide featuring our top 3 looks for the season 'On Trend', 'Edgy' and 'Classic' providing plenty of inspiration to get you race-ready.


The racing season is the perfect time to experiment and indulge in the latest trends especially when it comes to head wear. This season crowns are everywhere! Which means there are plenty of styles to choose from to complement your individual style. 

When it comes to selecting your outfit, clean shapes and silhouettes with a midi hemline are bang on trend - perfect for racing dress guidelines. 90's shapes are also everywhere including spaghetti straps and lingerie inspired slip dresses.

Beauty tip: Keep it dewy with lots of shimmer. Minimal eye makeup is trending at the moment leaving room for your head piece to stand out!

Dresses and lipstick: Mussen Boutique
Rings: Tiffany&Co
Earrings and necklace: Lovisa
Clutch: Betts
Race day inspiration: Crown Oaks Day

Racing style is known for its traditional dressing standards and classic fashion, however we believe you should always dress to reflect your individual style and a day at the races is the perfect occasion to add an edge to your look. Starting of course with a feature head piece -  we just fell in love with Sovata's mow hawk inspired head piece which provides the perfect platform for an edgy look.

So long as you are not planning on participating in 'Fashions on the Field' add an edge to your look with demure-cut-outs or patent and zip details. Black is always a good colour to pick if you looking to push the boundaries of a 'traditional' races outfit.

Accessories are a great way to add an additional 'edge' to your outfit - opt for chunky or bold coloured pieces which pick up colours from your head piece to refine your look and finish off with thick strapped points.

Beauty tip: Go for a dark smokey eye to add drama and to change it up from 'traditional' race-day makeup. Adding an intense contour will add an extra edge!

Headpiece: Sovata
Outfit (top, skirt and heels): Rebel Muse 
Clutch: Sash and Belle

Race day inspiration: Melbourne Cup Day
If you prefer a timeless look then race day is the perfect day for you! You cannot go wrong with selecting a classic headpiece - its what racing style is all about! For spring select a headpiece in sinamay, straw or even a touch of leather but steer away from felt and other heavy materials. A hat is always a good pick or a structured hatinator.

For your outfit stick to feminine silhouettes such as an a-line skirt or dress with a hemline below the knee, capped sleeves and avoid showing too much skin for the ultimate classic races look.

Don't be shy to add colour with accessories or for the ultimate classic look stick to a black and white palette.

Beauty tip: Keep your classic look simple and beautiful to achieve a timeless look with a touch of class.

Headpiece: Sovata

Head-to-toe outfit (top, skirt, sunglasses, ear cuff): Rebel Muse
Necklace: Totally Jewel
Makeup: Chanel

Race Day Inspiration: Derby Day, Black Opal Stakes.

Photography and Graphic Design: Jessica HM
Stylist, Fashion Edit and Words: Sofia Polak
Beauty Direction and Tips, Make up, Hair Stylist: Elissa Parisi
Model: Abby Masters - Devojka Models

SP xox

Friday, 23 October 2015

Black Beauty - 2015 Spring Racing Style Editorial

With this editorial we steer away from tradition and entice you to explore a darker side of racing style without comprising beauty, style and elegance.


Photography and creative direction: Jessica HM
Styling and creative concept: Sofia Polak
Model: Abby Masters - Devojka Models
Hair and Makeup: Elissa Parisi
Head piece: Sovata
Dress: Alice McCall - Rebel Muse

Horse: Bantum wearing QHP Artemis Bridle by Giddy Up Horsewear

For more racing style inspiration view our 2015 Races Style Guide 


Beauticate workshop with Sigourney Cantelo

Our lovely Beauty Contributor Starzy Muscat from Thriving Mammas was treated by the Canberra Centre to a beauty workshop held by Sigourney Cantelo, former Vogue Beauty Editor and founder of online beauty platform Beauticate.

Image source: Canberra Centre
Beuaticate is an exciting website dedicated to beautifying and educating its readers. Sigourney wanted to create an indulgent escape where women could learn the techniques to look and feel incredible. Sigourney has taken her years of experience interviewing inspiring women who have amazing beauty routines and wanted to share their tips, tricks and techniques to all women.

Sigourney looking amazing at 19 weeks pregnant and wearing
During her time as a Beauty Editor for Vouge, she found a disconnect with her readers due to the lack of contact and interaction with them, but now with Beauticate she says she receives emails from her readers and followers and loves being able to connect with them through social media. She also encourages readers to subscribe to Beauticate to keep up to date with he latest content, Whos & How-Tos plus exclusive offers & giveaways.

Marianne, Sigourney and Starzy
Throughout the workshop Sigourney shared her experiences and tricks of the trade. Guests were also treated to demonstrations by Clinique make up artists on contouring and highlighting and provided the opportunity for guests to try the techniques & products themselves.
Sigourney's top 3 SS15 favourites
  1. St Tropez self tan luxe facial oil.
  2. Texterizing spray
  3. Perricone MD no foundation foundation.
Sigourney also shared her go-to product is coconut oil for its many uses including moisturizing, cleansing and removing make up, hair treatment and also oil pulling. Her favorite beauty tip for busy women is lash extensions.

Sigourney chatted to Sarah Kelly from My Fashion Empire about her days at Vouge, and some of her favorite interviews, including Aerin Laurder (Granddaughter of Estee Lauder who gave her a tour of the Lauder Estate)
Starzy xox

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

You've only got $100 left before pay day ... 21 October 2015

One day left until pay day and you have a spare $100 to indulge. What to buy? Check out our picks!

 Get it now: 


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Sovata Pop Up Stall - Friday 16 October

The spring racing carnival is well and truly under way and time is running out to get the perfect head wear piece. If  you are looking to make a statement local label Sovata offers unique contemporary millinery and head wear in an array of bold colours and classic black-and-white. Sovata is also a race wear label offering custom orders on head-to-toe looks.

This Friday night - Sovata will be holding a pop up stall selling hats or taking last minute custom orders ready for Melbourne Cup.  The pop up stall will be open tomorrow (Friday 16 October) from 6pm-8pm in the Club Lounge of the National Press Club in Canberra.  As well as shopping for hats, guests will be treated to Bubbles with Strawberries and the great sound of contemporary Jazz duo Kat and Victor. The event is open for members and guests and a great reason to get the girls together and enjoy a unique shopping experience!


Can't make tomorrow night but still looking for inspiration? You're in luck! Jade Sargent - Sovata Owner and Designer has provided us with her top 3 millinery tips.

1. Don’t be afraid of colour, colour can help lift an outfit. Remember its Spring Racing colour is everywhere and should be embraced.

2. Try to support a local milliner, it is a dying trade. The idea of the races is to stand out from the crowd, you don’t want to walk past 5 other people who have the same hat as you because you all went shopping in one of the big chain stores.

3. Remember there is a hat for everyone, don’t be afraid to try different styles on until you find the right one. Hats do look different on the head than they do in a display and different angles and shapes suit different shaped faces. Experiment.

You can find out more about Sovata via her facebook page or blog or Etsy.

Keep an eye out on our TFV 2015 Races Style Guide coming soon...

SP xox

Monday, 12 October 2015

When I grow up I want to be a princess...

Remember saying this as a child? Well our fantasies might become a reality with tiaras getting a a spin on a number of spring catwalks.

Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Saint Laurent were all keen supporters putting a modern twist on them.

Not sure if I would personally wear them but would be interested to see the reaction of people around me if I chose to don one with some of my urban styling. Saint Laurent's catwalk shows models wearing the jewelled crowns with casual looks and interesting take... 

Saint Laurent 2016 ready-to-wear 

Miu Miu Spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Louis Vuitton Spring 2016 ready-to-wear
* Channeling sailor moon? 

What are your thoughts? Would you wear a tiara or leave it for the 3 year old for Toddlers and Tiaras? 
xo - Deejay
© The Fashion Vault - Canberra Fashion Blog. All rights reserved.
Blogger Designs by pipdig