Friday, 27 January 2017

Who What Wear - Perfect Palazzo Pants

Erika was snapped by the Fashion Vault. This natural beauty caught the eye of the Fashion Vault team due to her amazing shoes and palazzo pants.

Erika says that she finds the best finds in Japan as the clothes fit her and appeal to her style aesthetic.

"I tend to draw inspiration from the street fashion in Tokyo when I go to visit", said Erika.

"The region Shibuya in Tokyo is particularly youthful and has many fashionable people to admire".

Photography || @wearefoundau

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Who What Wear - Vintage Vision

The Fashion Vault's resident photographer Deejay snapped Whitney Harris on her way to work in the morning just in time for a quick chat.

Where’s your favourite place to shop?
I’m a lover of vintage clothes as I know whatever I’m wearing is unique and won’t go out of fashion. One of my favourite online vintage stores is Come Fly With Me Lola Vintage (her Facebook store is amazing). I also love The Reformation particularly for its wrap dresses, and I don’t think I’ve ever left Landspeed Records in the Civic empty handed. The black top that I’m wearing is an old Landspeed Records purchase which I wear ALL the time.

Where do you get your outfit inspiration from?

What’s on your radar for your next fashion purchase?
I’m hoping (begging) for a black YSL bag or clutch for my birthday this year. But if that doesn’t eventuate, I’m on the lookout for a floral wrap dress and a pair of black over-the-knee boots.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Who What Wear - Braddon Chic

FBI College fashion student and Rebel Muse sales assistant Taya was stopped in Braddon to discuss her look with The Fashion Vault.
Taya’s chic outfit combines Senso shoes, Subtitle pants and an Acler top.

“In fashion, I think you need to be confident in your own skin – once you gain that confidence you can wear almost anything,” Taya says.

“If I only had $200 to spend on a look I would definitely invest in a denim staple. You can’t go wrong with a great denim piece!”

 “Alternatively grab a statement piece like a blazer with unique tailoring or a piece of jewellery that catches the eye.”


Monday, 23 January 2017

Just Once

Lately I have loved the idea of hiring a dress for special events because it still gives me the thrill of wearing something new and takes away the guilt of only wearing it once. As much as I love the idea of an ever-growing collection of beautiful dresses, these days, I prefer a wardrobe filled with clothes I can wear on numerous occasions and can style in different ways. So I decided I would give it a try and hire a dress for the opening of last year’s fashion festival Fashfest. I wanted to wear something on trend and something a little outside of my usual style so I went straight to Just Once and the experience did not disappoint. Michelle Park (Owner and Operator) provided me with several options and went above and beyond to make sure I got a dress I loved.   

Michelle is the talented woman behind Just Once who’s passion has led her to answer our dress hire prayers! 

I sat down with Michelle to find out a little more about her (#mynewgirlcrush) and about Just Once.
What inspired you to open Just Once?
I studied Communications at the University of Canberra (majoring in PR) during what now seems like the prehistoric years (seriously – the internet was in its extremely early stage!). I have worked in various sales & marketing roles for a large international organisation since then and I think all of this experience gave me the confidence to believe that I could start my own business.

I had been wanting to do something that I’m passionate about for a few years now. I was seeing so many smart women make a living out of starting their own businesses and using social media and it looked so rewarding and so much fun. For my friends it’s almost like a hobby to sit around and brainstorm business ideas! So I have lots of ideas for businesses saved in the notes section of my phone (I really hope I don’t lose this phone!)

That year I was going to a wedding and had nothing to wear. I was trying to save money but I wasn’t happy with anything in my wardrobe and I wanted to wear something no one had seen me in before. So I decided I would try and hire a dress. I came across other sites renting dresses but none of them really appealed to my taste in fashion. They didn’t carry the brands I wear or they didn’t carry the latest season pieces. I felt like I could edit a collection of dresses that would be much more appealing. So the idea of Just Once was born.
What process do you go through to put together your collection of designer dresses?
There isn’t really a set process I go through to put together the collection. I just buy what I like. I spend so much time on social media researching and stalking the celebs and bloggers who’s style I’m obsessed with. These days it’s so easy to see someone wearing something that you just have to have, then tap the image to find out where it’s from and away you go! The only limit is my bank balance! Ha ha…. The hardest part is trying to decide what sizes to buy pieces in. I wish I had the budget to buy everything I love in every available size but that’s just not possible at this stage.

Who is the Just Once girl?
The Just Once girl is someone who is obsessed with fashion and wants to wear the latest in Australian designers. She loves getting dressed up for nights out with her girlfriends and as we speak is probably planning her trip to Coachella (so jealous!!). She’s smart about where she spends her money and that’s why Just Once makes sense for her. This way she gets to have her cake and eat it too!

Why should we hire instead of making the purchase?
Every designer in the country will want to hunt me down and kill me but I don’t understand why anyone would purchase expensive designer pieces anymore. Hiring means you get to feel amazing and without any of the guilt. By hiring, you can wear something different and new at least four times for the same cost as buying one. It also means you can take more risks and not have to decide what to wear based on whether you will ever wear it again. It’s so easy and straight-forward with all of the hassle and majority of the expense taken out. I’ve found that once people hire a dress from me they come back time and time again because they love the idea of being able to wear something new whenever they want to feel good. It’s also great for the environment! Every piece of clothing we buy has had an impact on our planet before we even bring it home. I’ve seen some horrifying stats online of the impact that fashion is having on the environment. So every time you hire rather than buy you can pat yourself on the back because you’re doing your bit!

Describe your style in 5 words.
My style in 5 words would be modern, feminine, elegant, classic and at times a little boho.

What makes Just Once Different from other dress hire websites?
 Just Once is different from all the other dress hire companies because of the level of service and care given to each of my customers. I’m more of a “boutique” style hire company. I treat each customer like a good friend wanting to borrow something for an event. My range is not massive but the pieces I have are next level amazing and are guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks! I’m all about quality over quantity.
Recently, I have started hiring out other people’s clothes for them through the Just Once site. One of the most common things people were saying to me since starting Just Once is that they have so many dresses in their wardrobe that they have only worn once. I get offers almost daily from people wanting to sell me their own pieces that are in perfect condition but that they no longer wear. Whilst I don’t have the money to be able to buy all these dresses, I do have the perfect platform to be able to hire them out. So now instead of sitting in the back of your wardrobe collecting dust, your dresses can start making you money! The full details of how to do this are on the website.

Sofia (Me) wears Nicholas from Just Once

Janette wears Christopher Esber from Just Once

DJ wears Bec & Bridge from Just Once
Photography by @wearefoundau

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Dominate with Korean beauty rituals

What do snail slime, silk extract and licorice root have in common? They’re some of the weird and apparently effective ingredients in Korean beauty products.
The beauty market is booming in this region with men and women spending several hours a week on their morning and evening beauty routines. I’m talking up to 14 steps when you wake up and before bed – this is nuts isn’t it?!

You might say no when you see how amazing some of their skin is – flawless, hydrated and so smooth.

So let’s break down this elaborate beauty routine:
   1. Remove makeup
   2. Cleanse
   3. Cleanse again
   4. Apply toner
   5. Exfoliate to remove dead skin and allow the products you apply to penetrate
   6. Put on a mask 
   7. Use an ampoule (like a serum)
   8. Apply hyaluronic acid
   9. A face oil is next 
  10. Apply serum or essence
  11. Put on some eye cream
  12. Apply moisturiser
  13. Layer on sunscreen
  14. Put on an under eye gel mask for at least 15 minutes.

These 14 steps don’t include doing makeup or hair, let alone having a cup of coffee or breakfast in the morning. The idea behind the time consuming routine is that layering hydrating products will make them all more effective. Some say there is an obsession with beauty on Korea, part of the culture that has unrealistically high beauty standards with so much importance placed on appearance. There are also extremely high rates of plastic surgery.

This probably explains why the Koreans are the most innovative when it comes to beauty products. They brought us the cushion foundation for example and who doesn’t love it?

What might not catch on so quickly is the ingredients in their beauty products. 

Snail slime is added to essence and it’s actually filled with protein and elastin that helps with cell regeneration and reduces pigmentation.

Artichoke is another ingredient in an essence that tightens the appearance of pores and improves skin elasticity. 

You know when you get a bee sting it swells? Well bee venom is loved by Korean innovators as it increases collagen production and is a natural alternative to Botox because it relaxes facial muscles.
Fermented yeast reduces the signs of ageing, hydrates and improves skin elasticity. Algae or sea kelp is hydrating and softening, repairing the skin.

Pig collagen is an interesting one because it firms the skin but is just a topical solution and won’t cause lasting change because it’s unable to penetrate the skin. 

Starfish extract is filled with collagen and vitamins, helping with cell turnover, thereby improving your complexion.

Silk extract is easily absorbed, filled with antioxidants and amino acids that help repair cells and promote cell regeneration.

Licorice root is ideal for people with sensitive skin. It can help diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, age spots and also balances oil production.

Some of the other ingredients I stumbled across are fermented snow lotus that’s known for its moisturising properties and ionised mineral water – because the normal stuff won’t do.

All I can say is wow and maybe one of these Korean beauty geniuses can come up with an all in one product!

Debby Vilensky xox

Images sourced online


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Texture and Tassels

Summer is upon us. As are the numerous social engagement invitations. After work drinks, birthdays and nights out on the town (on top of all the Christmas festivities and new year’s).  I must say each time I open my wardrobe I am plagued with the disease of “I have nothing to wear”.
However we all know this isn’t true. To overcome this debilitating wardrobe syndrome I always try to think of new ways of wearing my older items.
I challenge my clients and myself to step outside our comfort zones and think of ways to layer items, creating something new from something old. Texture and layers add a point of difference. It doesn’t always work and you can run the risk of looking like you’re playing chocolate boggle but have fun with it and give it a go. Fashion is fun and gives you room to experiment if you have the courage to do so.

This look is a rehash of a number of old items and one new favourite! Heels from Aldo (NYC), the skirt is from birthday outfit two years ago. Paired back with a see through crop from a random boutique in Sydney with a Tommy Hilfiger bra underneath.

This amazing tassel bag is from Collette By Collette Hayman. An impulse purchase when I was franticly doing my last minute Christmas shopping for family. Nothing like getting a bargain<3

What do you think of this look?

Xo Deejay

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