Monday, 18 December 2017

A white Christmas

This year my Christmas is going to be very different! Why you ask.
Well for one I’m going to be away from all my family (unheard coming from an massive ethnic family) and it’s going to be a white Christmas.

I’m currently sitting at the airport getting ready to be whisked off to Paris.

This will be my first time to France and my first time embracing a winter Christmas. I've prepared a bucket list that includes drinking mulled wine and vintage shopping in the Latin quarter (feel free to drop me some suggestions too). 

Now I thought if I was travelling to one of the fashion capitals of the world I would need to do so in style.



While trying to frantically finish my Christmas shopping in Westfield Woden I couldn’t resist the allure of Decjuba. I went in under the guise of looking for my sister but truthfully their style aesthetic is more akin to me. 

Yes I know I was meant to be Christmas shopping and saving for overseas but I need to put my best foot forward.. right!?

After trying on half the store because I'm pretty much attracted to most of their pieces due to their versatility I settled on my travel outfit.
Drop crotch pants, a tee and a blazer. Casual, yet fashionable.

Drop crotch pants for me are an adult version of PJs in public. Comfy and true to my street style.  Paired back with a print tee you can’t go wrong. Let’s be honest how cute am in wearing a ‘St Germain' tee. The Parisian's will probably roll their eyes but I don’t care.

I thought the check blazer was a perfect addition to make it more of a winter look.

Obviously Im not crazy, heading out of the airport I would add my goose-down jacket, layer some thermals under my look and add a scarf and a beanie. Now for a two hour wait at Sydney airport and countless hours in the air. I can barely stand the wait. Wish me luck! 

|| Outfit breakdown ||

Au revoir Australia, joyeux noel et bonne annee.

(May or may not have had my french partner type the above sentence)

Xo Deejay 
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

BOSS GIRL - THE LAB.

A white staircase leading to heaven, an amazing mural on the wall by Jessica Cochrane and baby pink accents. I think it’s safe to say that Tegan Daley and Sianne Fitzsimons have ticked all the boxes and provided the Capital with a fresh approach to beauty!


Tell us a bit about yourselves 

Sianne: I’m from the Southside born and bred and have a background in marketing promotions for retail! 

Tegan: I have salon experience! 

How did you get the idea/concept for your business? 

Both: We realised that there was a gap in the market in Canberra. We wanted to do something different and fun, with a new focus on service instead of primarily on sales. We believe it’s important to do one thing and do it well, find your niche. We are confident that we can turn the beauty industry in Canberra on it’s head.


If you have one piece of advice to someone starting out, what would that be?

Both: Give it a try, everything is scary at first! Do your market research and set up the basics and fundamentals beforehand. This may include knowing your vision, branding, your administration and registration. Start small and then go from there! 

What is your goal for the next 5 years?

Both: Stay open (laughs). To be honest we have the best team right now and couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Our biggest challenge in the coming years will be growth and expansion. We will be introducing one other element to the business so stay tuned! We are currently in the next stage of our business and things are changing and it’s scary because there’s so much more on the line now but it’s exciting! 

What fashion item can you not live without?

Both: Birkenstocks, Rebel Muse handbag

What is your holy grail for brows? 

Both: Poni Cosmetics are relatively cheap and are Australian! 



For those who have over plucked their brows and they won’t grow back, what’s your tip? 

Both: Leave them be and trust the process. Also have realistic expectations, brow recovery takes at least a year but the wait will be worth it! 

What is your favourite food?

Both: Cadbury Milk Chocolate and Grease Monkey

Contact Details:

Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am to 7:30pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm
Bookings: 02 6230 4143

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx 

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Effortless event dressing

During event season I always get excited about dressing up and have visions of finding the perfect statement dress to wear to the various events which are pretty much mandatory at this time of year: the office Christmas party, your partner's Christmas party, Christmas drinks with the girls, Christmas feasts, new years eve and not to mention an occasional wedding, baby shower and other life celebrations thrown in there.

Each year though, I never actually follow through with my aspiration of finding the perfect party dress and instead end up going for something understated and practical and a lot of the time, something I already own. I now realise this is because my excitement for new season styles with gorgeous ruffles, bold patterns or feature details slowly gets zapped by my need for practicality and versatility. I have the best time when I feel elegant but mainly when I look effortless

This time of year can be so overwhelming so who can blame me for trying to keep things simple (am I right?) Plus it's no secret I love understated elegance and always feel my best when I feel effortless and comfortable. 

Here are my top 3 picks for effortless event dressing.


The work dress

Do you already own a work dress at home you can dress up? Chances are you probably do! Otherwise any work dress can be a great investment to style up for the perfect event look and to add to your 9-5 wardrobe.

If you are looking to dress up a work dress make sure you either pick a bold colour or a style that isn't too corporate. Avoid greys, houndstooth, checks, plaid and plain square or rounded necklines. This forcast dress is the perfect pick because its very classic but its point of different is its bold colour.

Its low neck line which is quite flattering for any body shape is great for evening yet high enough to be able to wear it for work. 


Stylist tip: Take this look next level with a smokey eye and a mettalic clutch.

Dress from forcast


The jump suit

This forcast jump suit is another great find. It is a little edgy and has some attitude but still very versatile and could easily be dressed down with a pair of nude sandals and a straw boater.

Don't be scared off by the wide leg ankle length. I find this style suits most body shapes especially with its cinched in waist and arm detail which is perfect for anyone who doesn't like to expose their arms to much.


Stylist tip: Consider cutting leg length to the knee length to elongate and might be a better proportion for some. I cinches in at the waist and the arm detail definitley make this style 

Jump suit from forcast


The playsuit

The playsuit has quickly become a summer staple. It is so practical and easy to wear and a perfect alternative to wearing a dress. This style would be great for a Christmas party that starts during the day and goes well into the night as you won't feel too dressed up for an afternoon but still dressed up enough for the evening. 



Stylist tip: To pull of a playsuit for a special occasion heels are a must! And don't forget to add some statement jewellery for a touch of elegance.



What's your event style? Do you go OTT or keep it simple?

SP xox
@sofiapolak

Photography by @wearefoundau
Muses: @bronwenstead, @wearefoundau, @sofiapolak

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, 1 December 2017

Cataldo Salon's rising stars

Just a few weeks ago the world's longest running live hairdressing competition, the L'Oreal Professionel Colour Trophy Australia, made its comeback from a 7 year hiatus and took the stage in Sydney.

The competition takes pride in providing a platform for emerging hairdressers to showcase creativity and technical excellence. This year Cataldo’s Salon achieved a stellar result with all 6 of their entrants getting through to the semi-finals across the Colour Trophy Award and Rising Star categories.

Michael Cataldo’s edgy colour-work won the ACT/NSW Rising Star Award 2018
and Claudia Cataldo’s stunning metallic pixie-cut saw her take one of the top three positions for the National Colour Trophy Award.






They are now set to compete against 15 other Colour Trophy Award finalisits and five Rising Star Award finalists at the Grand Finale on 4 February 2018 in Melbourne.

We just love celebrating local talent and we wish Michael and Claudia the best of luck in the Grand Finale.




Follow Michael and Claudia's finalists journey on Instagram at @michaelcataldo_ and @claudiacataldo_aus

TFV xox


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The Commons Street Feast

Canberra - it's our favourite time of the year, The Commons Street Feast are back! Running from the 30th November - 10th December, Canberrans wear your stretchy pants and bring your appetite as you can enjoy a selection of over 20 food trucks as well as craft beer and wine bars. Did I forget to mention that it's free entry and completely cashless? 

My top picks: 

- Hoy Pinoy: The savoury sweet marinade is sticky perfection on these skewers. Both the roast chicken and pork are amazing!
- Tsuru: You can never go wrong with bao buns. I loved them last year, I love them even more this year. Filled with either the bbq hot & spicy pork belly, bulgogi beef with kimchi or the vegetarian shiitake & tofu teriyaki; it caters to everyone! 
- Meet: This was a surprisingly interesting choice which also happens to be GF! This spit which has been roasted and slowly cooked comes in either the pulled pork butt, smoked brisket and lemon mustard chicken thigh; and I am telling you the tenderness levels are 11/10!
- Mary's: Another crowd favourite! Returning for another year Mary's delivers the goods with their cheeseburger and it is mouthwatering! 



And let's not forget about dessert! 

Gelato Messina's 'Bisco Inferno Disco Biscuit' is the way to my heart. It is a great size and has so much to offer from the moment you crack the shell open, to the gooey caramel centre and to the biscuit at the bottom. Another favourite was the 'Saturday Nut Fever Disco Biscuit.' 

To wash everything down and keep cool this summer, don't forget to check out the incredibly Insta-worthy Pimms Garden! 





I would like to say a massive thank you to Kicks Entertainment and The Commons Street Feast for inviting me to their Opening Night! I had such an amazing time and I can't wait to see you next year! 

Stay updated!

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Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx 
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