Thursday, 27 December 2018

New Year outfit inspo

Walking out of 2018 like..

Can you believe it!? 2018 is almost over. It definitely has been a crazy year, but when I come to think of it so has most years. I think I have just gotten better at coping with the madness and busy schedule that I continually surround myself with.

Today I am sitting with my girlfriend Evie discussing 2019 goals. We are planning our finances, career, personal, health and wellbeing goals. I try to do this each to give me more of a sense of direction and focus. It's also super rewarding to do this with a friend. You keep each other accountable through the year and ask each other realistic questions like "how much do you want to be working", "do you really need to spend $100 on a gym each week that you don't really go to".

Evie also introduced me to this awesome blog. Michelle gives practical tips for 2019 planning. Check it out on Youtube. 

One thing I also love doing is planning my outfit for New Years. I am very much a planner particularly when I travel.  I am heading to Jervis Bay with a group of friends and essentially want to be a bit extra (because why the hell not!). New Years is a time where you can shine, and I am literally planning to do that.

This year I am opting to stand out (I hear some snickers because this is generally my styling ethos). I managed to score this amazing fitted sequin skirt from ASOS when they had 30% off. Staying true to my style I've paired it with something unexpected like an Adidas tee, and some killer ankle boots I got in NYC.

Alternatively this look is something I have have done with  strappy heels and a crop. What I love about this skirt is that I feel like I could also dress it up for a wedding with a silk camisole. While it isn't the most practical piece in my wardrobe it's something that makes me feel a little bit special when I wear it.

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Adidas teeshirt - Footlocker

White jacket - So old I can't event remember 
Sequin Skirt - Asos 
Boots - Zara
Earrings - Colette 
Bag - Collette 

What are you all getting up to in the New Year? Do you have your outfit sorted? If anything my best piece of styling advice for New Years is to be comfortable. It's generally a long day/night so just do you... in what ever outfit that might be.

Images shot by @creationsofsarafina


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

I wear the pants

I wear the pants! Yes that's right I am my own boss in life and how I present myself to the world. For this holidays season I am a fan of pants (partly due to my need to hide my knees from my stack this year #smh).

I think pants are a great option for Christmas parties and the festivities that come with this crazy time of the year. For me they provide freedom of movement on the dance floor. You think I am joking, but I am dead serious. I can not boogie in a skirt! Fact!
For this look I ventured into Portmans at the Canberra Outlet and found this boss matching set. Rather than pairing the pants back with a red, or white singlet I opted for the matching print top.

While this print comes in a jumpsuit cut, I felt that there is more versatility and longevity in getting pants and a top to mix and match with other items in my wardrobe.

It's funny though, growing up I was always led to believe that pink and red didn't work well together. However, now I love the punchy combination of the two. While I am not often drawn to florals I think the print works, the colours are bold and the floral gives a more feminine touch.

On that note I am curious do you have any fashion "rules" that play on your mind when you shop? Notions you picked up from god knows where and that you simply accept as true?

I'm really glad I have been able to move past mine with the red and pink colour clash, otherwise I would be missing out on this fabulous look.

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Singlet || Portmans Canberra Outlet 
Pants || Portmans Canberra Outlet 
Heels || Tony Bianco 
Bag || Colette by Colette Hayman

(Note I am definitely a fan of Portmans pants. I've created another look using their classic high waisted wide leg cut pants. I will be posting that look shortly). 

Image credits: Sarafina Manyang


Friday, 14 December 2018

Friday night fun: HerCanberra Active Night

How did you like to spend your Friday nights??

A few Fridays ago, I had the pleasure of going to the HerCanberra Active Night!
It was so much fun and I was totally out of my comfort zone (which was so great!)

Keep reading to find out what classes we did on the night!

Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

The Active Night was at ANU Pop Up – a space setup with food vans around it. There’s a stage at the front, the space is big and open and there’s even a bar attached to it!

As we walked in to the Pop Up, there were also some health and fitness stalls setup for people to purchase products through the night. Including activewear from We Are Found Active, and new local gym ExFitness.  

The first class was a taught by Becky from Kokoloco Dance Studio. We learned a whole routine focused on twerking! Think lots of lower body, squatting and booty work!

 Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

Then we made a twerkle…!

Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

The second class was taught by Thea from Dance Central – it was an empowering heels dance class. We learned to walk confidently in heels, and then learned a whole dance routine!

 Photographer: 5 Foot Photography
Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

The last class of the night was a Psycle Life spin disco class. Three trainers from Club Lime led an energetic and upbeat spin class while the Soul Sistas’ (DJ’s) played a live set while we peddled away on our bikes!

 Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

Photographer: 5 Foot Photography

There are a few HerCanberra Active events each year. If you haven’t been to one already, I’d highly recommend that you check it out! You can pick and choose the classes you go to – go to one, two, or all of them! It’s a great way to find some fun new activities to do around town!

Have you been to a HerCanberra Active event? If you have, what was your favourite class? If you haven’t, what class would you love to go to?!



How to BOSS your workout attire

Active and athleisure wear trend don't seem to be going anywhere and if anything, we are seeing more and more fashion labels reinventing the trend. As for us, we are certainly embracing it! We love to channel our individual styles through all aspects of our lifestyles, even when we're being active.

So of course we were so excited when we recieved an invite to play with Prettylitthing's latest active wear range. They use great fabrics which are perfect for the gym but also great for street making their pieces really versatile and super fun to dress up or down.


I have a super busy lifestyle but I try and keep fit as much as I can, by either going to the gym or a sneaking in a home workout.  In the past I wouldn't fuss too much about what I would wear whilst exercising but now, with so many options, I have been adding some nice pieces of activewear to my wardrobe. 

I must admit, I tend to wear my nicer activewear when I am not exercising but more on the days I feel like dressing down, like the weekends and definitely on the days  I am running around after my little one -firstly, because comfort is my priority and secondly, because I am moving around a lot and often outdoors. 

When it comes to activewear, I always pick pieces which reflect my personal style and love a great fitting pair of tights with unique panelling, a nice print or and edge of detail.

Like this black and white ensemble from prettylittlething as the pants are definitely street-worthy because of the detailing but also the fabric choice. They can be dressed up with a leather jacket or a cool sneaker or even a sporty sandal. 

The crop top is fun but normally I prefer to wear it under a mesh tee or an oversized singlet. I am also excited to wear it to the beach as a swimmer top as I absolutely love the back detailing.


Channelling my inner Ariana Grande right here! I have been working really hard at the gym and walking everyday. I finally feel like I can push my activewear choices and experiment a little. I have admired these types of styles worn by Kim Kardashian and Ariana. So my thinking is why not?! Especially if you can layer them!!

I'm so in love with this unitard from prettylittlething! In the future I will be layering it with baggy t-shirts or in winter a jumper and #slay. This detailed panelling is hitting me in all the right places giving me more of a waist. I actually wear this visor when I walk everyday - gotta keep those rays off my face.

If I'm catching up with the girls for a quick coffee, I could throw a leather jacket over it and BAM - some serious 'coffee drinking' attire.


We all know I am a fan of activewear and athleisure and I it’s not secret I love hitting the gym. My usual routines are split between, weights, boxing and HIIT workouts. However, motivation to train isn’t always there. So how do I stay motivated? One tip is to have a training buddy, another option as silly as it sounds is a new gym outfit. Yes,  I am one of those girls, but hey I embrace it and it makes me feel good so don’t judge.

While I normally train in tights I do opt for trackies on upper body weight days (shorts and me just don't work). These mesh trackies from prettylittlething caught my eye because I could see myself wearing them beyond the gym and casually.

In all aspects of my wardrobe I look for versatility and items that align with my personal style. The same goes with these crops. I’ve layered two crops to give the outfit a more punchier look. In terms of bust support it also makes sense.  I could also easily wear each of these crops under a mesh singlet for either the gym or a social outing. 

I will admit my life is also a little bit crazy. Working full time, running the blog, shooting for photography gigs and  attending social events, I tend to be a bit spontaneous with my movements.  That’s why I love this look. If I decided last minute to can the gym and go to an event instead, I simply have to change my shoes, add a leather jacket (or bomber) and a clutch and I am good to go.

What I love about today's fashion is that it gives use an opportunity to express yourself. Gym outfits today aren't a black set of tights with a basic tee anymore. We have so much more creativity.  

TFV xox
Words and photography by @wearefoundau @sofiapolakstyle @thestatementlife

Thanks to prettylittlething for spoiling us with these awesome looks!

How about you? Is acitvewear your thing?
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