Friday, 28 October 2016

Race Day Beauty: Our Editor Tips

When it comes to race day makeup, less is always more. I mean you’re wearing it for the whole day and don’t really want to be spending too much time fixing up an elaborate look.

Here’s how to keep your makeup looking its best through sunshine, wind and rain.

It all starts the night before where I recommend a moisture surge for your skin. Go for a moisture rich mask and then sleep in a hydrating serum or night cream.

After moisturising as normal on race day, apply sunscreen. This is a rule that should never be broken. Add a primer which will set your makeup and keep it in place.

Go natural when it comes to foundation. The glowing, barely there look is perfect for Spring and a day out. You’ll need a light dusting of powder to set it and help it last. Chuck a compact in your bag if you need a few touch ups across the day.

Add a pink highlighter along your cheekbones, over the temple (and across your hairline if you want). If you have darker skin, opt for a light brown. You can add a little blush in a pink or bronze to the apples of your cheeks.

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I recommend a light brown or gold eyeshadow. You can use a darker brown to make it a little smoky if you’re feeling adventurous and confident in your abilities. Eyeliner above your top lashes will make your eyes stand out. Add a line below the bottom lashes for some added drama.

If you go a little darker on the eyes, pick a nude lipstick. Another option is a bright pink if lips are more your thing.

Something to consider to make life easier is a long lasting, moisturising lippie. I’ve just tried Harlotte liquid lips adding a bit of lip gloss on top for some shine and it stayed on for hours.

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Makeup done, let’s switch to hair and again keep it simple. Soft waves are so beautiful and will blend so effortlessly with a crown or headband, without demanding the attention.

If you’re opting for an elaborate headpiece that’s the centre of your entire outfit, get out the straightener and keep it sleek. You can also tie your hair back.

However you choose to do your hair and makeup, do what makes you feel good and have fun!
Image Source:  Stephanie Spencer Millinery

Debby xox


FashionXHyatt: Food and Fashion

Food and fashion – up there among the most important things in a woman’s life and they were both on show at the Hyatt Hotel Canbera - A Park Hyatt Hotel, last Saturday, with the aim of bringing Canberra’s creatives together.

Fashion parades featuring Canberra models and designers were a special addition to the regular, decadent afternoon teas the hotel puts on.

The nation’s capital has a not so secret creative side brimming with talent and ideas and it’s this that prompted Clint and Andrea Hutchinson from Fashfest to join forces with the Hyatt for the luxury indulgence event.

Braddon tailors showcased their suits in classic black and a navy three piece, both must haves for any man looking to impress whether at work or out on the town, or a fella who just wants to feel good.

The pocket square is definitely something that should be a more regular feature when dressing up.

Karen Lee opted for muted tones with the pieces she dressed models in. Her Designs are remaining, flowing and elegant in their simplicity.

Zilpah Tart gave us colour on the catwalk – think a gorgeous sunset – and floral which are always big in Spring. 
Her designs have a romantic feel about them and my favourite from the fashion show was something a little more edgy – the black shorts number with the flowing train. What an outfit!

You have to give it to Jade Sargent, the woman behind Sovata, for her incredible millinery creations.
They’re grand and gorgeous with the perfect pops of colour or you can go for black and white – both of which she showcased on the catwalk. She also designs clothes and they have a vintage look to them that flatter any shape.

Ladies and gents, just in time for Spring racing season, this gives you a taste of what to wear and trust me, you can’t go wrong.

Debby xox
Photography by Deejay @wearefoundau


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dressing for the Races: Our Style Tips

The Spring racing carnival is here and it's the best time of the year to get dressed up! I love race wear style as it emphasises head-to-toe dressing incorporating hats and headwear. Traditionally there are dress guidelines to follow when planning your outfit especially if you intend on entering Fashions on the Field and I love this because it means fashionistas nation wide pay close attention to every little detail when putting together their outfits. 

In preparation for this year's biggest race days I have turned to the who's who of trackside glamour for inspiration and have put together some handy tips to keep in mind when planning your outfit.

This is the race day to turn embrace your elegance and think chic, sleek and refined. When it comes to style, this is my favourite race day as the traditional black and white dress code evokes elegance and creativity with choice of flattering silhouettes, textures and details. 

Stylist Tip: Go for modern pieces and look to current trends for inspiration. Show a little more skin or try a pant suit as you will still look the part provided you follow the black and white dress code.

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The most popular day on the racing calendar and the day where you can really step up your style and be bold. Melbourne cup is all about colour and pushing the boundaries of traditional race wear and having fun with your head wear - which is what race day style is all about!

Stylist Tip: Dare to be different and challenge your own individual style rules and have fun with your outfit! Don't know where to start? Then try sticking to a feature element as your base - such as a headpiece, crazy shoes or a bright coloured dress and plan the rest of your outfit around that element. If you are a little colour shy (like me) try sticking to a monochromatic look (one colour) or block colours of two or three complementary colours.



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A race day for the ladies and host to the fashions on the field finals which makes this day as much about fashion as the racing itself. What a perfect day to indulge your inner lady and embrace your femininty and also celebrate Spring. Think pastels, girly spring colours, lace, soft silks, flowers and spring inspired headwear.

Stylist Tip: Treat yourself and look into a bespoke headpiece in beautiful spring inspired textures such as sinamay, mesh, flowers or add a hint of sparkle with a jeweled head piece. If you are not a fan of girly silhouettes opt for a tailored or body con dress to embrace your femininity and simply add a pink or red lip.



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Tell us, what are you wearing to the Races?

By Sofia Polak xo


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

FashionXHyatt - Luxury Indulgence. The Winner Is...

On the weekend myself and Debby were invited to indulge in the renowned high tea hosted at the Hyatt Hotel Canbera - A Park Hyatt Hotel, with a fashion parade show casing key designers from this years Fashfest. 

Naturally the first question on our lips lips was "what do we wear?". 

When you think of high tea it conjures up feelings and thoughts of luxury, opulence and ladies of leisure. 
With this in mind we dressed accordingly. I think you would agree Debby looks fabulous is this navy lace frock! 

The mission
On the day we were on a mission. A mission to find our favourite high tea look. Why? We had a prize to give away which included a one night stay in the Park King Room, with breakfast included for two. This lovely prize was donated by the Hyatt Hotel Canbera - A Park Hyatt Hotel to extend that feeling of luxury to someone special.

Wandering the room there were so many gorgeously dressed women and we managed to snap a few for our entries. 
Kelly Prail looked tall and effortless in palazzo pants. 
Carly Reid added soft feminine touches with this gorgeous floral crown and chiffon dress. 

Natasha kept her pallete neutral with a blush skirt and nude heels and balanced it with a printed blazer.
Kristy Sharma opted for a classic feminine  dress shape that highlights a women waist. 
Aimee Myers turned to a classic colour combination navy and nude you really can't go wrong with these tones. 
Charlotte Carrabs looked  elegant in a white and cream palette. The lace detail of this skirt was divine and the perfect length for high tea. 

The winner...
The Fashion Vault couldn't go past Charlotte's outfit. The skirt was perfectly suited to her frame and oh so appropriate for a high tea even. Charlotte was awarded the one night accommodation voucher so that she could continue her stay in luxury. 

The Fashion Vault would like to thank our muses for giving us some more inspiration on what to wear to an event like this. 

Keep dressing well!
Deejay xox
Photography by @wearefoundau


Monday, 24 October 2016

The Statement

As you would imagine new York city has an abundance of fashion choices. From high end to high street, you can fill any needs, wants and desires with a quick swipe of your credit card.

Though it would have been amazing to complete re-haul my wardrobe with loot from NYC I approached shopping there with a stagey I call the statement.

The philosophy I have behind this is that there are shops everywhere, and with high street stores popping up in every city so you pretty much can purchase the same look in Sydney as you could in NYC.

So the guiding principle was to only buy the item if it was a standout statement piece.

What is a statement item?
For me fashion has always been an extension of my personality, some of which I choose to hide from people. I see a statement piece as a direct reflection of my inner self. It is an item that demands attention highlighting that I am confident in myself and my choice to wear the item.

Statement items are the items I turn to when I need a pick me up to make me feel amazing. Spontaneous compliments from stranger always have a positive effect, and it’s the statement piece that usually draws them in.

The statement can be bold and colourful, structured, and range from a clothing item, to shoes to accessories. The idea is that is the pinnacle piece of your outfit. The item that you naturally gravitate to while looking at an outfit in its entirety.

So with in mind I mind I explored NYC and found some amazing pieces. 

These are a few of my favourite items that I picked up:

Tommy Hilfiger Denim Jacket - Urban outfitters.
Simply adore this oversized denim jacket.  

Tommy Hilfiger Tank  - Urban outfitters.
With an oversized classic logo i couldn't go past this singlet. I know I will wear it to death either with jeans or even to train in.
Kimchi Blue Molly Bomber - Urban oufitters
Bombers are here to stay so I was more than happy to invest in another one. What drew me to this jacket with the embroidery. Something that is a massive trend for winter in NYC.
Pom pom heels- Zara
Sometimes you just want to start your outfit from the bottom up. I love these shoes, even though i don't normally wear pink. Their a great neutral tone and pack a fun personality.

Silver biker jacket- Zara
Metallics a great neutral but also a great statement. For me a biker jacket is a classic cut and something that I always turn to.

Tiesha heels - Aldo
Yes, I have a slight metallic addiction. I picked up these booties from Aldo. These didnt look great on the shelf but once I put them on I had to get them. The peep makes them transeasonal and the metallic is great for a statement and a neutral. So many outfit options with these babies.
Beigantino Clutch- Aldo
Again I am not really a fan of pink but this clutch had ot come home with me. I really love the japanese inspiration here and the boldness of the red on the pink.

So tell me how what are your favourite statement pieces? What makes an item a statement for you?

xo Deejay 


Saturday, 22 October 2016

We found our soul mate @Peachykeen!

Peachy Keen is the new Footwear and Accessories destination! We were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the year in Braddon for Peachy Keen’s official launch. Braddon’s very own boutique shoe store? Yes – really! When we found out we died and went to shoe heaven. 

Stocking footwear from; Senso, Mode Collective, Jaggar, Superga, Birkenstock, Alias Mae, Dept of Finery, Siren and Robert Robert. Delicious bags and accessories - you will find; Dylan Kain, The Wolf Gang, Pared Eyewear, Sunday Somewhere, Elizabeth & James, Kapten & Son, Nixon, F + H Jewellery, Amber Sceats, Krystle Knight and 66 the label.

The Canberra retail landscape changed when Alicia Xyrakis brought her first fashion retail concept Rebel Muse to life, now two years on Rebel Muse is set to get a little sister; Peachy Keen. We couldn't be more proud of Alicia Xyrakis, retail is hard work and she has now managed to open two stores! #girlpower!

Much like Rebel Muse you will find the same fashion forward, on-trend styles and brands that will be exclusive to Peachy Keen for Canberra. Peachy Keen will have a different look and vibe interior wise, with a little bit more colour than Rebel Muse ‘we want Peachy Keen to be fun, fresh and carefree because, shoes should be fun!’ explains owner Alicia Xyrakis.
However, the great customer service, friendly faces and girl talk will remain the same ‘Peachy Keen is an extension of Rebel Muse, we have always wanted to empower our shoppers to stand-out from the crowd, be a little bit playful, and be the boss so our new space will provide our girls more opportunity for this to happen!’

Photography by @wearefoundau
Peachy Keen and Rebel muse owner, Alicia Xyrakis with our beauty editor, Debby Vilenski 
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