Friday, 29 June 2018

Vogue Codes Review

I found myself back at Carriageworks after a week of Fashion Week! I went to this year's Vogue Codes.  This event was held in one room filled with pink lights and different activation stations around the perimeter of the room. The stations included a fairy floss stand, The Daily Edited where you could monogram a free purse, a Tinder stand to receive heads shots and a HP station to get cute polaroid photos.

The presenter for the day was Sky News presenter Ingrid Willinge. The day kicked off with a keynote speech from Vogue Australia, Vogue Living and GQ’s Magazine’s editorial director Edwina McCann. Following this was Uber’s Meena Harris and to conclude Allbird’s Tim Brown.

The panel discussion involved hearing inspirational stories from Bear’s Saascha Burns, The Beauty Chef’s Carla Oates, Adore Beauty’s Kate Morris and Gritty Pritty’s Eleanor Pendleton. Each woman had their own piece of advice as to how they carved out their own success.

It was a day to celebrate women’s accomplishments in the world of technology! Also a chance to receive a sweet goodie bag! It was such a fun day to meet other like minded women, connect with influencers and be inspired to go do whatever business idea you’re been toying with for months!

If these women can - so can you!

Words and Photography by Maryanne xx


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

You've got $100 left before pay day

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! 



Monday, 25 June 2018

Street style stalker - Off duty model

I love snapping models off duty. It's a great way to get an insight into their individual style! I recently snapped the gorgeous Mel Wanjiku.

Q. Are you signed with anyone at the moment?
A. Nope I am currently unsigned.

Is there a Canberra creative you would love to work with? 
A. I would love work with Tina, she's shot lots of friends of mine I'd love to shoot with her.

Q. What is one item you can't live without?  
A. Sunglasses now and really long coats. 

Q. Describe your style in three words?
A. Convenient, resourceful and fun

Q. Favourite type of modelling?
A. I enjoyed doing studio with you, and recently did Fashfest which was fun and yeah i find street style so much fun.  


Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Goods Wholefoods is the goods

Our resident foodie Maryanne, loves discovering new places that pop up around Canberra and fell in love with the quaint but big in personality and flavour - The Goods Wholefoods which is tucked away in No Name Lane.

Founder and serious #bossgirl Klarisa Cengic, saw a gap in the market for fast healthy food and built The Goods Wholefoods from the ground up.

MI: How did you get the idea/concept for the business?

KC: So I had 80/20 with my sister and I was having a great time but after a while I wanted a change - wanted to venture out on my own and build something new from the ground up. I wanted to make the place healthy and I noticed that Canberra had a gap in the market for fast healthy food. We’ve got lots of beautiful cafes but I wanted something that was more grab and go but also with the option of having in. I think that the number of people becoming more health aware is growing which is great! 

Photography by Lyndon Marceau @marceauphotography

MI: What do you attribute your success to?

KC: I definitely think hard work is a big thing. You need to be willing to prioritise and just know that it will be tough. You need to put in the hours from the beginning and see it through. Constantly innovating is another one. Making sure that everything is staying fresh and that people are liking what you’re doing. I wouldn’t say that I follow food trends but we have a golden latte for example which people are responding to. The third thing is people, meaning my incredible team. When I started out I wanted it to be a place where people want to come to work especially in hospitality. If my staff are happy then I know my customers are happy. Also using the wider community to learn from whether that be talking or networking. I’m all about learning because I know that what I know isn’t always best. 

MI: What is your favourite item on the menu?

KC: I have created every single item on the menu so I am totally bias and I love everything! We are going to start doing soups and stews soon so I’m really excited about that! 

MI: What difficulties have you had owning a business and how have you overcome them?

KC: I wouldn’t say it’s a difficulty but I think the constant state of learning and refining. Negotiating my first proper commercial lease was really fun. Making sure you just don’t let the stress get the better of you. 

Photography by Lyndon Marceau @marceauphotography

MI: If you had one piece of advice to someone starting out what would that be?

KC: It is super rewarding running your own business and doing what you want to do. Being conscious that you need to allow yourself to switch off and have downtime, work hard, trust the people you employ and don’t try to do everything yourself. 

MI: What fashion item can you not live without? 

KC: My Lu Lus (laughs). 

MI: What’s a fun fact that our readers wouldn’t know about you?

KC: I’m allergic to avocado! 

If you haven't been to The Goods - Wholefoods you are missing out! Maryanne was treated to a delicious tasting and got to try some of the menu items on offer.

Porridge Berries & Banana 
Now I’m not usually a porridge gal but I do like my warm hearty breakfasts and anything that involves fruits! I have officially been converted. These porridges are the perfect portion size and include so many toppings which provide amazing textures and flavours. 

Photography by Maryanne Irhia

Avocado on Toast
On previous occasions I had tried the pumpkin version of this brunch classic which I absolutely loved! What I love about their toasts is that the bread is large and soft. The avocado spread on top is so generous and you are most definitely full by the end of it despite it only being one slice! 

Photography by Maryanne Irhia

Thank you for having me - be back soon! 

Maryanne xox

Open: M - F 6:30am - 4:00pm SAT   7:00am - 1:00pm
Location: No Name Lane. 40 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City, ACT 2601


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Street style stalker - Off duty model

Another snap from my recent street style series with some of Canberra's coolest off duty models. Let me introduce you to the stunning Kaitlyn Rose Gillies.

Q. Describe your style in four words?
A. Edgy, sophisticated and clean cut. 

Q. Favourite type of modelling?
A. I really like doing editorial, dramatic fashion shoots. I really enjoy the process of being done up.

Q. Is there a Canberra creative you would love to work with? 
A. I would love to work with Sinead Carpenter (another local model).

Q. What is one item you can't live without?  
A. I really can't live without my phone, lol I need it.

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