Tuesday, 28 November 2017

What We Wore - Order and Chaos

Hey stranger!

Yes I know I have been absent from the camera. It’s that time of year a time, which could be described as order and chaos.

But that is more of a reason for me to share this latest post with you. With the silly season upon us I wanted to share what I am planning on wearing to my next Christmas party.  I’m a highly visual person and am inspired by others so here’s hoping I can do the same for you.

While dresses are a great and safe option for parties, I’m the type of person to be a little more bold.

Behold the jumpsuit.
From the latest order and chaos collection at Jigsaw this jumpsuit caught my eye. It is bold yet classic.

The exclusive art is printed on a soft silk fabric and the wide leg pants adds to the luxurious and elegant feel. Wearing this made me feel like a lady of leisure (I wish).

As I remind my clients and myself before purchasing any new outfit, try to think of a number of ways to wear it and integrate into your existing wardrobe.

So for example with this look I could make it casual with some sports luxe sneakers and a leather jacket draped on my shoulders.
For a dressier event I would definitely pair it back with some heels and a belt. While I am wearing black heels in this picture you could definitely add a pop of colour to your footwear.

I would even consider wearing a loose black top over the jumpsuit and belt it to make it look like pants and a top.

That is just a quick brainstorm on how I would wear it.  With multiple events coming up I think it is important to get creative with our wardrobes to stretch them further.  

I hope I’ve inspired you a little.

Xo Deejay

Hair || Anton's Hair Studio 
Jumpsuit & belt || Jigsaw


Monday, 27 November 2017

Boss Girl: Saloon Co

A lavish bar, all white interior, fresh pastel flowers, artworks on the wall… there is nothing that this place is missing! Jaki Bradley and Sarah Wright are two women who have started this amazing concept in Braddon and are quickly on the rise! 

Tell us a bit about yourselves 
Jaki: I’m from Canberra born and bred and I’ve been in the beauty industry for 8 years. I worked in vocation because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I got a diploma and a Certificate 4 in makeup then went back into the workforce at a non profit organisation. In 2013 I went back into beauty therapy and worked at Mecca. Following this I did some travelling and then went back to Mecca whilst also doing cosmetic tattooing. The first time I met Sarah we went on really well and we had really good work ethic and habits together. One day Sarah’s friend said to us that we should work for ourselves. This salon represents us, right down to the Hollywood mirrors and is definitely a result of all of our blood, sweat and tears. 

Sarah: I’m from Canberra and was always the creative kid at school. I studied photography at CIT and always wanted to be a model photographer because I was envious of them. Later on I moved to New Zealand and did a Diploma of makeup, worked on a film, worked in Mecca and then moved to Sydney. There I studied at Toni and Guy in Paddington and then did free lance hair and makeup for 7 months before moving back to Canberra. I’ve always wanted to open a blow dry bar. 

How did you get the idea/concept for your business? 
Both: We like alcohol and getting our hair done and we wanted to use the courses which we’ve studied! We feel like we created something which we felt was missing. We wanted our customers to be able to make getting their hair done a regular thing without it costing a bomb. It’s really catered to a wide range of people - it’s a cool place where you can hang around with your friends. We’ve turned having fun into a business! 

If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?
Both: Stick to what you know and and take advice from everyone around you. Don’t spend time around people who don’t believe in you. 

What is your goal for the next 4 years?
Jaki: For Saloon to be the hub of not only beauty services but also for creative people. It would be amazing for this space to provide a platform for other people to do what they love. 

Since there is a bar in your salon, what would you say is your favourite drink? 
Jaki: Bellinis, the drink brings back good memories from Venice! Or a classic vodka lime and soda. 
Sarah: Rosé

What fashion item can you not live without?
Both: Sneakers 

What is your holy grail for hair products? 
Both: Kevin Murphy! 

What is your favourite food?
Sarah: Japanese! 

Contact Details: 

Location: 53/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Catalysts & Creators: The 10th Australian Fashion Laureate Exhibition

What can only be described as the “Oscars of Fashion”, the retrospective Catalysts and Creators event took place on Friday the 10th of November at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. This year was extra special as it celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Australian Fashion Laureate which featured iconic works from Australia’s most prestigious fashion designers. This year’s winner non other than the amazing Dion Lee! 

The In-Conversation series featured two sessions, the first being for the Catalysts and the next being for Creators. The former focused on the ground breakers and shape shifters of the fashion industry. The panel featured Australian model Gemma Ward, Dinosaur Designs’ Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen and designer Collette Dinnigan; whom all discussed the defining moments of their careers. I had the pleasure of meeting all of them after and was so amazed in particular by Gemma who was so lovely and down to earth. 

The second focused on the Creators in the creative industry and their role in being a new school innovator. Creative Director Margaret Zhang and artist Michael Zavros discussed their creative process and non traditional approaches to the arts scene. The fan girling over Margaret was indeed real complete with matching jackets! 

The exhibition itself was breathtaking with beautiful designs on display and a toast to celebrate. 

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have attended and cannot wait for the next event! 

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

Stakes Day High Tea

On November 11 Canberra’s elite grabbed their head pieces and high heels, suited up and attended the Spring Carnival High Tea at the stunning Burbury Terrace. The views were spectacular and the food even better! I personally loved all of the tasty treats on the upper tier. 

If high tea and champagne wasn’t enough, they also had the races on a big screen, a social media wall and a photo booth which people had to cue for all day. 

A big thank you to Burbury Hotel for having me and to all of the lovely staff on the day! It was my first time there and I can’t wait to come back! 

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

Boss Girl - Kovu Hair

Sam and Catherine are ying and yang. They compliment each other in every single way attributing hugely to their success - it’s no wonder why their salon is constantly busy. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting them this year and I have never never come across two women who are as genuine, passionate and hard working. I love visiting their salon as you’re always met with a smiling face, positive vibes and feel good tunes. We spent the whole morning laughing non stop, the whole interview being light hearted and fun, complimented nicely with champagne and tea. The store is white, decorated with gold and rose gold accents with wooden touches here and there and pot plants placed across the marble. It is every interior designers dream! 

Hey gals! Let’s start with telling us a bit about yourselves.
Sam: I’m from the coast and moved to Canberra when I was 17, the day I got my P plates! I wanted to work in a bigger hair salon.
Catherine: Grew up in Canberra, moved away for a year and then came back. 

For those who don’t know, what does Kovu mean?
Sam: Kovu means scar and it was created after a hard time in my life. If I didn’t have those scars then we wouldn’t have Kovu.

How did you get your idea/concept for the business?
Both: We’ve seen faults in a lot of big salons and things we didn’t like about how they operated. The concept for our business is that when you walk in, you see that there is no hierarchy, the prices are affordable and there is exceptional customer service. 

If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?
Sam: You need to have passion and customer service. Clients are everything. 
Catherine: You need to have drive. Know what you want and more importantly, what you don’t want. 

What is your goal for the next 5 years?
Sam: Go to every rodeo in Australia (laughs). 
Catherine: My goal is definitely not that (laughs). I am really happy with what’s happening at the moment so I would love to keep doing what I’m doing. 

So you girls have an amazing playlist in store, what is one song that you have on repeat?
Both: TLC
(Sam proceeded to play rodeo songs for the remainder of my time there.) 

What fashion item can you not live without? 
Sam: These rodeo boots.
Catherine: These black rubber thongs from Woolies. 

What is your holy grail for hair products?
Sam: The Theorie shampoo and conditioner in Reform. 
Catherine: Dry shampoo from DeLorenzo. 

What is your favourite food?
Sam: Potato scallops with chicken salt. 
Catherine: Broccoli. I once went out to a Chinese restaurant and ordered just broccoli. 

Contact Details:

Appointment Only Wednesday - Sunday: 0423 279 620
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kovuhair/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kovuhair/?hl=en 
Location: Kootara Crescent Narrabundah shops, Narrabundah ACT 2604

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Ethical is Fashionable || Fashionably Numb Twilight Designer Market

On Saturday the 11th of November, people from all over Canberra flooded to the Dairy Road Precinct for one purpose: to support local designers, recyclers, makers, textile artists and up cyclers. 

As a regular market attendee, this was by far one of the most informative, diverse and eye opening markets I had ever attended. The Fashionably Numb Twilight Ethical Designer Market featured local Australian designers who were so creatively talented and passionate about their craft. 

@sofiapolak and I at our TFV stall

I was personally inspired by their beautiful ethical products and learnt so much about sustainable making practices. It is possible to still sustain ethical practice and morale without forfeiting style and design; the two can and should go hand in hand. The Fashion Vault had a stall to sell our goodies and we were overwhelmed by the positive response we received for our treasures. 

Gabrielle Spencer Bridal and Carlie Ballard designs styled by Nina Gbor

The Ethical Fashion Industry Panel later in the evening had me engaged from start to finish. It is no secret that there are negative supply chains manufacturing fast fashion and it is important to bring these issues to light and come up with concrete solutions. The event was MC’ed by Melinda Tually and the panel included: Brian Tunks, Jennifer Nini, Rachel Pines, Faye De Lanty and Kelli Donovan. 

Our Editor Sofia was one of the key organisers and we are all incredibly proud of her and all of the hard work that she put into this project! Also a big thank you to Pure Pod, MG Cultural Program, Rolfe BMW Canberra, Salvation Army Canberra and Fashion Revolution. 

Cannot wait for the next ethical market! 

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Power Dressing with Dion Lee // Canberra Outlet Centre

Ladies Dion Lee has landed at Cue Clothing at the Canberra Outlet Centre and has made us fall in love with power dressing all over again. 

Power dressing reached it's peak in the 90's but we have definitely being seeing hints of the trend over the last few seasons including the man style culotte, the return of the blazer and revival of the corporate shirt.

We love power dressing because of the way it can make you feel - empowered, confident, prepared. There is nothing like the feeling of putting on an amazing outfit and feeling ready to take on the world.

Personally, I get that feeling when I am wearing something that is beautifully designed and tailored like this amazing Dione Lee dress from the recent drop at Cue/Canberra Outlet Centre. This midi black dress will trump all of your work black dresses in your current wardrobe. The shape of the shoulders and cinched in waist is suited to any body shape and would take you from a boss work day to date night or a glamorous evening with your girls.

The collection is modern with clean cut lines and beautifully shaped silhouettes and will fulfill any of your corporate wear needs.

Our other fave picks include a deconstructed pin striped white shirt which can be worn in two ways and impeccably tailored navy blazer and a caramel knitted skirt.

The collection is perfectly classic and such a great find as the mark downs are incred!

Have you had a peek yet? What did you think?

SP xox @sofiapolak

Photography by @wearfoundau
Thank you to our gorgeous guest muse @bronwenstead

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

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Ethical Designer Market launches this Saturday 11 Nov

A one of a kind event Fashionably Numb - Twilight Ethical Designer market is a free event which will be held on Saturday 11 November from 2pm-6pm.  The event is part of the Design Canberra Festival and is endorsed by Fashion Revolution Australia & New Zealand.

Just in time for the festive season, you will find amazing designer labels such as MAAK, Gabrielle Spencer Bridal, Rockstars and Royalty, PurePod, Cynthia Jones Bryson Milliner, Shar La Designs as well as interstate labels of the likes of Carlie Ballard and Barbara Wheeler.



Our team will also be there showcasing DJ's WeAreFoundActive, Janette's latest accessories collection The Statement Life.


Eco queen and TV personality Faye De Lanty from Fashion Hound will be at the Salvation Army pop up to show you the tricks of how to style thrifty.

Faye De Lanty from fashionhound

The market will be held at the new 1 Diary Road, Diary Road Precinct in Fyshwick right next to Capital Brewery who will be serving up drinks and delicious eats.

Come and support our local and national designers and pick up something special just in time for Christmas.

After the market the will be an expert industry panel led by Fashion Revolution Australia & New Zeland Coordinator Melinda Tully, on the latest in sustainable and ethical practices in design. The panel will discuss how a product is made from the inception of an idea to a sale and how designers can positively impact the life cycle of a product.

Panel members include Freddy Choo, Retail and Marketing Manager, Salvation Army, Brian Tunks, Founder & Artist, Bison Homewares, Kelli Donovan, Pure Pod  and Jennifer Nini – Eco Warrior Princess. 

Tickets for this part of the event can be purchased at the following link:  https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/109946/chk/95d1  

See you fashionistas there!

SP xox



Monday, 6 November 2017

Boss Girl - Kristen Zeller

You know those people who you bond with instantly? One minute you’ve just hugged each other hello and the next minute you both look at your phones and it’s 3 hours later? 

Kristen Zeller is one of those people. Smart, humble, charismatic and stunning - she is one of the loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing. Not only that, she runs her own business The Bunched Co. It has already been around for a month or so and is quickly on the rise. And she’s only 18. Hold onto your seats folks because this is just the beginning. 

Upon deciding on where to meet we decided that Koko Black seemed fitting given both of our loves for chocolate. For those who know me - chocolate is my absolute weakness. Kristen makes my love for chocolate seem minuscule in comparison, her passion for her delicious creations so very palpable. 

I enjoy being early to my meet ups with people and use the time alone to prepare myself. Imagine the surprise I felt when a large white box was placed in front of me with one of her lovely doughnut bunches inside. I was even offered a separate chair by the staff to place my present as it was taking up the entirety of our table, making any sort of movement impossible. “You didn’t have to make this for me, I was not expecting this at all!” I exclaimed. She shrugged her shoulders and simply replied with, “you’re giving up your time to meet with me.” I feel like in a game of Kris Kringle she would come up with the most amazing gifts as her thoughtfulness for her business and for others is so evident in each of her individualised bunches. 

Kristen is from Canberra, born and bred. She has the support of her family and friends with her business but does the large majority on her own. She picks up the doughnuts from Desiree’s Fine Foods in Fyshwick, wraps and packages, delivers in her car, runs her social media pages and does her paperwork - I got tired just writing that line. She approached Desiree’s by emailing them and they have been nothing but supportive and lovely to her throughout the entire journey. Her design is simple but effect, “people love the pink ribbon!” 

She sometimes has 5am wake up calls in order to complete all of her orders on time, with Fridays being her busiest day. It’s all worth it though as she “loves seeing their faces when they open it.” It is interesting to note that the Mum’s of Canberra are her most popular customers. She’s already thinking ahead for next year, “Valentine’s Day will be busy, I’ve already started planning for it.” She believes in staying authentic and true to herself, “I was offered to do Lamington bunches but I didn’t like them and I wouldn’t sell something just to make money.” She has been using social media, especially Instagram to gage the response of her business so far, “I wanted to start off with Instagram as a tester before investing money and launching my own website.” 

The rest of our time was spent exchanging our favourite eateries in both Canberra and Sydney and bonding over the amazingness of dumplings. We are due for a dumpling date soon! This amazing boss girl is going places and I can’t wait to see what she does next! 

Be sure to place your orders ASAP! 

Email: thebunchedco@gmail.com 

Words by Maryanne
Photography by Maryanne/Kristen xx 

Friday, 3 November 2017

As You Like It is Loveable

I have been at university for 4 years now and have never visited As You Like It but was always intrigued by how it was always so busy! I thought enough was enough - I needed to rectify this situation! Nestled in the Street Theatre this cafe has very open and friendly vibes which is an extension of the lovely managers Joe and Candice. 

The first dish was a Salmon dish. The saltiness of the salmon was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the berries. This colourful recipe is perfect for this spring and summer! 

The pancake stash with mixed berries were hands down the fluffiest pancakes I have ever eaten. They are not too overly sweet and are incredibly filling. 

The monster muffin I ate that day was a Cherry Ripe one - I don’t even like Cherry Ripe and I found it scrumptious so that is saying something! 

I could not recommend this cafe enough - it also doubles up as a super cute study spot!

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

Thursday, 2 November 2017


The Life by Design Launch event at the Canberra Centre featured stores such as Bed Bath n Table, Haigh’s Chocolates (cue happy tears), Husk, The Pen Boutique and Top 3 by Design open their doors to lines of Canberrans. There are lots of launch offers available over the course of the weekend and throughout November so be sure to check them out! The Canberra Centre ensured that their audience was well fed with tasty treats and champagne being on offer. 

Donna Hay’s ‘Style to Seasoned Perfection Masterclass’ was the best master class I had even attended. Charismatic, engaging, down to earth and hilarious she captivated the attention of the audience with ease. “Do you like my Foxtel series?” she asked the crowd, “Yes,” we all chorused. “Good, because it nearly killed me,” she remarked. 

There were two rounds of tastings, the first being her peanut slice which we watched her create and the second being her truffles. Her dishes are easy and affordable, being the perfect dishes to bring to Christmas lunches. She took this idea a step further and demonstrated how to wrap books with tea towels, decorate simple brown wrapping paper with rosemary and flowers and even how to make your own popcorn in 2 minutes. 

She has a unique way of calling out to parents and addressing their deepest fears when it comes to creating simple but creative meals for their families. She feels humbled when children approach her and tell her how much they love her recipes, more so recently than adults. Targeting children has been nothing but a success to Donna - surprisingly enough she shared with us that it was the exact audience that she was warned not to focus on. She answered the audiences questions with in depth knowledge and provided solutions and alternatives for every dietary requirement. Some of her tips being those allergic to nuts to roast green pepitas seeds and get a similar taste; and for those not a fan of garlic to opt for spices on medium heat to create a kick of flavour. 

It’s no surprise that she’s one of Australia’s leading food editors, it was magical watching her transform basic ingredients into masterpieces - encouraging those of all skill levels to cook at home. Those who attended also scored a goodie bag and Donna Hay’s “Basics to Brilliance Kids” cookbook! 

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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

This pay day post is all about the face! Shine bright!

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.


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