Saturday, 28 October 2017

Red and pink should always be seen

Ok ladies, we are truly into the festive season and we are so excited about some of the styles and bold colours we are seeing.

Now I must admit, I am not usually a colour girl especially for everyday but when it comes to dressing and styling for events I do go for colour as it is a great and fuss-free way to make a statement.

This season is great for colour! I am loving the different tones that are on trend but particularly the vibrancy of some of the reds, blues, oranges and pinks - perfect for colour blocking. The combo of the season has got to be red and pink and even though its reminiscent of the 80s/90s (think Dynasty and Sex in the City) I am loving the trend and had to try it for myself with this gorgeous fuschia pink fitted dress from Portmans/ Canberra Outlet Centre.



I love the fit of this dress for an event as it is flattering but still gives you enough room to be able to sit down and eat so ticks all the boxes in terms of style and comfort. Given the vibrancy of the colour it was the perfect choice for colour blocking teamed up with these patent red points.

When trying this colour combo for yourself make sure you go for the same vibrancy so don't choose a pastel pink with a bright bold red - I have seen this around and it just doesn't look right. 




Another tip is to keep accessories to a minimum and keep the style of your dress clean - let the colour combination make the statement.


When colour blocking with other colours stick 2-3 colours max! and definitely have fun with combining colours you wouldn't normally think of putting together.

What do you think of the trend? Love or hate?

Sofia xox @sofiapolak

Photography by: Daniella Jukic @wearefoundau



This post is in collaboration with Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to collaborate with us contact stylists@thefashionvault.com.au 


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Friday, 27 October 2017

The food edit: Our top picks of the month

You all know how much we love our style edits but we also love our food! Especially our resident op-shop queen and self confessed foodie Maryanne who has been busy this month hunting down her fave eats to feature in our first food edit.

In the mood for Italian

Molto: overlooking Kingston Foreshore, this restaurant is known for their pasta dishes. Can also highly recommend their classic Margarita pizza and cocktails. 

Agostini’s: this place is always busy for a reason. Thank you to the lovely Simone for making my visit so amazing. People of all different ages flock to this new restaurant which is modern with rose gold hues. Their pizzas, meatballs, truffle dishes and tiramisu are beyond heavenly. 

Wings Weekend 


Grease Monkey: Come on a Sunday for their $1 wings! They are perfectly spiced and are dripping in sauce. 

Lazy Su: deliciously spicy and the perfect side dish to any meal, the people at Lazy Su know where it’s at! 

Fancy Night Out


National Press Club Column Restaurant: their dinner menu is superb! I had the fish and chips, truffle chicken wing, beef dish, mango dish and the dessert. The intimate space provides the perfect date setting in a and the staff are the loveliest I have ever come across! Award winning for a reason! Also thank you to the lovely Alec, Natalie and Rory. 

Black Fire Restaurant: each dish is so delectable, it is so hard to recommend just one. Their Mediterranean cuisine will leave your taste buds feeling beyond satisfied. 

In need of a caterer? 



Gather & Graze: Plentiful, colourful and scrumptious; this platter spread is the ultimate go-to for events on every scale! 



Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Our Spring Racing Style Guide

The spring racing carnival is well under way kicking off with Caulfield Cup in Melbourne over the weekend. The racing season brings my favourite time of the year for fashion and look forward to seeing how trends vs traditional race wear is interpreted by regular race goers and elite fashionistas.

What I love about styling race wear is that it's the one time of the year where you can truly go all out with your look and dress head-to-toe. It is a perfect time to experiment with your style and try a new colour, silhouette, accessories or a new season trend.

Styling yourself for the races can be a lot of fun but can also be a little overwhelming so every year we put together a racing style guide just in time for our big race day, Melbourne Cup.

This year we are so excited to have teamed up with Canberra's finest - Momento Dezigns who stock beautifully curated designer collections from many of our faves including faves Alex Perry, Mossman, Bec and Bridge and Misha Collection. We were so spoilt for choice but we narrowed it it down to our top 3 looks for the races - Classic, On Trend and Designer.

C L A S S I C



When in doubt take inspiration from traditional race wear and opt for a classic look. Think clean cut silhouettes, tailoring and either a pencil or a-line skirt depending on what suits your body shape best. The key is to keep it simple and let either your dress or head piece be the stand out feature, keeping accessories subtle and to a minimum. 



For this look the hand crafted head piece by Christine Waring makes the statement and is perfectly complemented by this Heartbreaker dress made and designed in Australia by Pasduchas.

On the other hand this Mossman dress makes a statement of its own, so a simple fedora complements the shape and symmetrical lines of the dress and creates a modern classic look.


For contrast and for a pop of colour a floral head piece also works in complementing the statement dress and adding a touch of femininity.  






Stylist tip: Stick to a black and white palette with a pop of red if you truly want to go pay homage to traditional dressing.
Remember to dress for the season so keep textures and fabrics light, just because you are dressing classic doesn't mean that your only option is a  corporate style dress or feel like you have to wear something old fashioned - instead think contemporary and fresh. 

Wearing Whimsy Ruffle Dress in Ivory
This applies to your head wear too! Avoid felt, leather and heavy materials instead go for sinamay, flower crowns, jewelled head bands and straw hats. 



O N T R E N D 



The races is the perfect time to have fun with your look and explore new season trends. This season is so fitting as it is all about lady like polka dots, ruffles, pinks, reds, off-the shoulder and an the over sized sleeve. Hoorah! 



Wearing off shoulder We Are Kindred dress in blush.

When dressing on trend make sure you pick a style or colour that suits you and your body shape and will be wearable post racing season. This is why this polka dot Bec and Bridge slip dress, is the perfect option. Currently on trend but its shape is timeless and could be worn to many occasions.




If you're not big on trends opt for on trend accessories instead such as a Spanish style boater hat or chandelier earrings. This will give your look and current wardrobe an instant style update. 

Stylist tip: If you don't want to splurge on new head wear buy a small piece of tulle or sinamay and add it to a head piece you already own to make it feel like new again.




 D E S I G N E R



We all deserve to splurge every now and then and when it comes to picking a dress for a special occassion such as the races, opting for a designer dress can really be worth the investment. Designer dresses usually feature amazing cuts  high quality fabrics, feature details and are usually made to last.


If you truly want to make a statement then investing in a designer dress is the way to go! The racing season only comes around once a year and if you are careful with your choices you can select a dress that fits like a glove, makes you feel amazing and will last the test of time.


This Empower dress by KITX fits is suited to any body shape and is the perfect races dress for a boho or vintage girl at heart. Simply paired with a delicate metallic head band and a glomesh clutch this look will have you race ready and feeling fabulous!


Have you decided on your look for Melbourne Cup? There is still time to go and see the stylists at Momento Dezigns or check out their online store Frockaholics or if you need more tips email us at stylists@thefashionvault.com.au

See you at the races!

Words and styling by Sofia xox @sofiapolak

Photography by DJ @wearefoundau

A special thanks to our dear friend, guest blogger and muse @bronwenstead

This post was in collaboration with Momento Dezigns. If you would like to collaborate with us contact stylists@thefashionvault.com.au 




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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Fashionable in Wine

On Saturday the 14th of October I had the pleasure of going to a wine tasting with SummerHill Road Wine at the Tulip Top Festival. The gardens were enchanting and the wines were magical to the taste buds. 


These are the wines I tasted in order: 

2017 Riesling: described by a Melbourne critic as “summer in a bottle” this wine does not disappoint. It was so clean, so crisp and so fresh
2016 Riesling: this multi award winning baby is so delicious it’ll leave you coming back for more 
2015 Sauvignon Blanc: this wine won a bronze medal and it makes you question how it didn’t win first! This wine is spicy in the best way possible and is a perfect combination of the two fruits blended together 
2016 Pinot Noir: I do prefer my whites over reds but this wine made me reconsider my choice. This red is not bitter at all and went down so smoothly 
2016 Merlot: this wine provided a unique and intoxicating after taste of vanilla which comes from the blend from the end of the barrel 
2016 Wild White: last but not least, my hands down absolute favourite wine is this beauty. A blend of both honey and stone fruit, this wine is perfect with desserts as it’s sweet and fruity without being too sickeningly. 


Everything that goes into the process is sourced from Australia and is environmentally friendly, right down to the recyclable tasting cups and the lightweight packaging. This makes her bottles the perfect size to carry in your handbag! According to her expertise opinion, the Pinot Noir is what’s fashionable in wine at the moment as the lighter red has been a crowd favourite recently. Sarah is warm, hilarious, professional and incredibly passionate and her energy is palpable. She loves tasting other vineyards wines and appreciating what others are doing. She was even so kind as to give me a pass into the gardens, score me a free sausage and give me two bottles of wine to take home (I now only have 1 bottle #whoops). 


I wore a floral maxi dress and accessorised with jewellery in pink and blue tones which gave me major Spring/Summer vibes. 


Ring and Necklace: Devine Goddess
Earrings: The Statement Life 
Dress: White Closet 


Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

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Monday, 16 October 2017

The Shirt Edit | Wear it casual

For our latest edit we hunted down our fave white shirts from Canberra Outlet Centre and styled them for three different dress codes. Firstly we featured DJ's smart casual look then Janette showed us how she styled a corporate like shirt into a polished look with some clever detail and this week I show you how to wear it casual.

I chose to style a causal look as I know how easy it can be to get into the habit to throw on active wear or a jeans and a tee over the the weekend without too much thought. Which can be great! But it is great to mix it up and sometimes with a little bit of thought, it doesn't take as much effort as one may think to look polished but still be casual and feel relaxed. 

Picking a great piece such as this ruffled shirt from TK Maxx is good example of how you can be creative and dress down some cool pieces to get you out of your tee-and jeans rut.






When I saw this shirt from TK Maxx I instantly fell in love with the shape and ruffles. I knew its contemporary shape and detail would make it quite versatile enough to wear it casual as well as for work or dressed up.



Given the sleeve's over sized shape and ruffles I felt the perfect way to dress it down would be teamed up with denim such as a pair of ripped jeans  or skirt. I initially tried it on with a pair of jeans and heels but I ended up feeling too dressed up so opted for this fitted  raw edge skirt which was a much better pick balancing out the shape of the sleeves.



Accessories must be carefully selected when trying to keep things casual but again with a bit of thought the right accessories can help you dress down an outfit and keep you looking polished. For this, my must have accessories are a pair sunglasses, a tote and a pair of flats. 

How would you dress down a white shirt?

Sofia xox @sofiapolak

Photography @wearefoundau


Outfit breakdown
Shirt and flats: tkmaxx/ canberraoutletcentre
Skirt: parliament / canberraoutletcentre
Tote: Perry from sashandbelle



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Friday, 13 October 2017

The Shirt Edit | Wear it detailed

A plain white shirt doesn’t have to be boring, just because it is a white shirt!

When shopping for your next shirt, find one that has either:
  • Big cuffs
  • A big collar
  • Some cut outs (on the shoulder)
  • Or ruffles
My pick? I chose this Cue shirt with big cuffs and small ruffles (on the buttons) because it had details. Who needs a plain white shirt when you can rock a DETAILED shirt?!

Why it works? This one is super versatile because, well all know that white goes with anything - even white! If you want to take the classic look and bring it up a notch, you can make it your statement piece. Pair it with any floral bottoms and your ready for the flower bomb explosion. I chose these from Cue because they were made in a light fabric and very comfortable. I/m all about comfort in Summer.

Outfit breakdown 
All clothing from Canberra Outlet Centre
Shirt || Cue
Pants || Cue
Shoes || FSW
Photography by @wearefoundau 
Collaboration with Canberra Outlet Centre 
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A new Gorman in town



There's going to be another famous Gorman in Canberra. Gorman house will have to share the limelight with fashion house Gorman.

We have confirmation that that Gorman will open it’s doors for the first time in Canberra on the 25th October at the Canberra Centre.

For those who don’t know the label Gorman was originally launched in Australia by Lisa Gorman in Melbourne.


Since launching, Gorman has been synonymous with punchy prints, colour and unique styles. 

We can’t wait to have a play in store. With strong silhouettes, print and color we welcome the store with open arms. 





xo Deejay
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high voltage hues - Lady in red


Spring is here and spring fashion refuses to be a ‘wall flower’.
High voltage hues are everywhere. For those who always wear black this might seem a bit daunting.

Wearing color commands attention and if done correctly it’s the right kind of attention. My styling tip for wearing block colors is to wear a color that works for you.

I hear you asking ‘how do I know what works for me?’

Often you will know your colors because colleagues,friends or family will comment on your outfit saying how radiant or well you look.

Pay attention to the reactions you get from people. I would also spend some time looking in the mirror analyzing how the color works with your skin.

Get the colour in question, and hold the fabric up to your face. A good color for you will brighten your skin, a bad color will draw color away from your face, or make your lines and pigmentation such as red spots more visible. 

To embrace this spring trend I have opted for the Donna City dress in red from Portmans at the Canberra outlet centre.
Red for me is a power color. I feel confident wearing it and always get compliments. It has been a color I’ve always wanted to wear more and I’m so exited it’s everywhere this season.

I’ve teamed the dress with some powered blue shoes from my existing wardrobe to give the outfit an extra color pop.


Outfit breakdown
Earrings || Sportsgirl
Shoes || Aldos 

Images by Sofia(@sofiapolak) edited by @wearefoundau
xo Deejay 

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

This pay day post is all about ground breaking florals!

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 treat before pay day.

LOVE TFV XOX 



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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Black Fire lights up Braddon

The rustic interior send warm vibes which are highlighted by large chandeliers. The spacious area with hand crafted pieces is kept warm in the winter months by the fireplace. I had dined at Black Fire once before and it is no surprise as to why it’s an award winning restaurant, to say that I was keen to go back and try more dishes from their extensive menu was putting it lightly. I arrived at 2:30pm on a Friday in an attempt to beat the peak hour rush. However it was still pretty busy, surprise surprise.

I had 3 of their most popular main dishes. The first dish was the Berkshire Pork Belly and my gosh did my belly love it. The pork was perfectly roasted and tender, framed by crisp pork crackling; dressed in balsamic with the red rose rhubarb and apple martini circling the meat in the shape of a ying yang sign; exactly in the way that all of the flavours and textures complemented and balanced out the other.

The second dish was Roasted Baby Peppers. The presentation of this dish was exquisite and delicate. It was cool to the touch and was tender and tasty. For those worried about the peppers being too hot, they weren’t spicy at all! The peppers were stuffed with crab meat which was excellent because I la la love seafood.  

Third came the Char Grilled Baby Octopus. It was a colourful delight and was just the right amount of saltiness. The vinegar expands the baby octopus which makes it tender and allows it to further absorb the zesty flavour. It comes with chips which they make themselves and are not fried so also healthy.  



Last but not least came Affogato for dessert - yum! The gelato is made in the traditional Italian way and you can really taste the authenticity. It is popular at Black Fire because it combines sweets, liquor and coffee after dinner. It is a delicious blend of flavours in the perfect size and nothing it too overpowering.



The restaurant manager is Andrea who told me is originally from Italy. Growing up he was raised on healthy food and that is where Black Fire’s drive stems from. It is obvious to all of the customers who enter how passionate and knowledgable he is about his restaurant as he answered all of my questions with ease. Everything is locally produced and sourced whilst keeping in with their reputation for having organic and healthy meals, from the homemade sauces to the side dishes. They value and support local Canberra businesses.

Black Fire is a must for locals and for those visiting Canberra for a night!

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx
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Friday, 6 October 2017

FASHFEST closing night re-cap

The champagne was flowing, cameras on the red carpet were flashing, Doughnut Department and Zaab Street Food were pumping and the vibes were high for the closing night of FASHFEST!Models strutted down the runway to the hypnotic beats of the DJs under the lights which were synced to the music. That night I was seated in the media pit which offered me a front view of the show and an opportunity to fully experience the shows. 

Show 1 

Charly Thorn

The maxi skirts and dresses were whimsical and forecasted what we could expect in the upcoming warmer months! The flowy pieces were in turquoise and white with the models hair sleeked back and feet put in sandals; in an effort to leave the audience’s eyes on the garments. The pieces were also flattering to the figures, being cinched in at the waist and teased the audience with pieces both in the tops and bottoms. It was hard to believe that this designer is only 17 years old!!



Miss Winks

Transported back to the 60s with big teased hair and dramatic smokey eyes, this collection was nothing but eye catching. The lingerie had different cuts and adorned the models bodies in lace, sequins and everything in between! The timeless silhouettes were vintage but with a modern twist! 



Assemblage Project

Minimalistic was key. The pieces had a very simple cut and were in black, navy and grey tones. The garments were both comfortable and stylish and it was easy to see how easily these staple pieces could be dressed up as the models donned a messy bun and strappy heels. 


Nomiko Kids 

The palette consisted of neutrals but with gold accents intertwined. I got Winter Couture for kids vibes as the garments were layered to perfection. These were accompanied with accessories such as oh so cute hats. The layers most definitely did not restrict the movements of the kids as their personality and confidence stole the show! Definitely one of my faves, bravo!! 




Salvos Stores

I have never been so blown away with a creative collection before. How one takes scraps of material and creates beautiful garments is beyond me! These pieces were colourful, had character and were miss matched to perfection! The earthy tones of the pieces carried through to the face paint on the models faces and were visible through the lace and sequins attached. 




Naomi Peris Bridal 

Exquisite, exquisite, exquisite! The beading of the sequins was so fine and there was special attention paid to the sleeves which was beautiful to watch. The models had loose waves which framed the face and there were big statement earrings to balance the dresses which could only be compared to royalty with the tight bodice and flared out waist. 


Show 2

Karen Lee 


Loose fitting monochromatic pieces featured in this collection. The garments hung around the models knee to calf region however this modest length was spiced up with teased hair and dark kohl eyes. 


Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation 

This collection was flattering on all of the body shapes! The prints were loud and bold which was amazingly eye catching. The updo hairstyle kept the focus on the fun colourful designs which was well thought out. 



Zilpah Tart 

This collection was bright in the best way possible! The cut was structured and featured bold florals. Accompanied with vibrant shoes and accessories, the spring vibes were strong. Some of the prints looked like paintings, and the floral theme was present in the hairstyles also. The main three colours were pink, blue and green which were a perfect colour of choice for the pieces which had great movement on the models figures. 


Nyne

I got chic casual vibes from this collection. The models were bare foot, it was a drapey loose fit and the fabric looked soft to the touch. However what I loved was how this soft look was paired with aggressive sleek hair and models who screamed attitude on the catwalk. 



Braddon Tailors

I cannot rave about this collection enough!! This vintage revival featured perfectly tailored garments in pastels which were classy yet sexy. There were matching sets - top and bottom, and the accessories were cute little handbags. So on point and so on my shopping list!! 


Megan Cannings Design

To close the show were the sweet bohemian pieces in this collection. The main palette was made up of pink designs with black detailing. The colour carried through to the pink eye shadow and flowers weaved through the hairstyles which accentuated the sweet and feminine look. 


Credit to Andrea and Clint and the entire team for another amazing year! 

Words by Maryanne Irhia
Photography by @wearefoundau
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