Tuesday, 30 October 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 hot, top picks from the Canberra Outlet Centre! 



Fashfest socials

Boo. The first segment of this years Fashfest is complete. I love indulging in nights like that, it's about design, creativity and of course bumping into some of your favourite humans. Here are my snaps from the night. (It's also fair to say hot pink was the colour of the night!)

Image credits @wearefoundau
Patina photography ast. 


Thursday, 25 October 2018

Who What Wear - Military Glam

Image credits - @Sofiapolak

I’m on set for fashion duty! What I loved about this look is I simply had to turn up, as I had the treat of letting Sofia style me and I think she nailed it. She, like most of you, know about my love for sports luxe. I think I feel most comfortable in this genre. Yes I don’t mind a girly look here and there but I am unapologetically me when it comes to sports luxe.

The outfit Sofia has put me in touches on sports luxe with the pants, which also crosses over to a military feel especially with the gold button detailing blazer. It’s got some-what of a uniform feel to it (in a good way).

What I like about Sofia's take on this look is she added some more femininity with the bustier and metallic heels. I also think having the blazer in a soft colour makes it more feminine.

As a stylist I love seeing what others choose to dress me in. I really think there is value in letting other people dressing you. It helps you look at things different. We can all get stuck in style ruts and this is just one way you can shake it up. While I’d naturally have gravitated to the pants I wouldn’t have necessarily looked at the jacket and thought “yeah I'll  try that on”.

So for this reason I am challenging you! Next time your heading out shopping with a girlfriend I want you to dress each other in the stores. You might just be surprised by what they will expose you to or dare you to try.

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Earrings || Lovisa 
Blazer || Portmans 
Bustier || Pretty little things 
Pants || Portmans
Shoes || Stylists own (Sofia) 


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Who What Wear - Fashion Buzz

This week I caught up with local student, Lydia Caisley Harland for a style stalker. I personally lvoed her outfit due to all the intricate details it offered (a photographers dream).

Q&A with Lydia 

Q. What is your favourite fashion motto?

Lydia - My favourite saying is by Coco Chanel 'In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."

Q.How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Lydia - Sophisticated, girly and stylish.

Q. Where/who do you go for fashion inspiration?

Lydia - Instagram and Pinterest.  I like to look online for my fashion inspiration, so I can be inspired by many different cultures outside of my own.  Regarding particular people, I love Freddy Cousin Brown's and Georgia Toffolo's styles as they depict the British style that I adore.

Q. What is the best piece of fashion advice you have received?

Lydia - To create your own visual style.  Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.

Q. What is your favourite beauty product?

Lydia - My favourite beauty product has been mascara for the past seven years.  I recommend the Two Faced, Better Than Sex Mascara - This is something I will never leave the house without.  I love how it completes every makeup look and makes your eyes pop.  I also love the convenience of the Batiste dry shampoo and use it religiously.

*Note this is the second local gal to recommend this I need to try it!

Q. What is your favourite label and why?

Lydia - Ted Baker is my favourite label.  It is a British clothing retail label which reminds me of the clothes and environment I grew up in when living in England.

Q. What trend are you looking forward to in the summer?

Lydia - Summer is my favourite season to express myself with fashion.  I'm looking forward to wearing summer dresses, wedges, neutral handbags, detailed denim shorts, sandals and dainty jewellery.

Q. Someone just gave you a cheque for $1000 that had to be spent on fashion.  How would you spend it?

Lydia - Purely on designer handbags.  Handbags are my favourite accessory because they tie together a whole outfit.  Prada, Ted Baker and Kate Spade are my favourite brands of bags.
|| Outfit Breakdown || 
Top: Saints + Secrets / TK Maxx
Skirt: Ebby and I / TK Maxx
Boots: Target
Bag: Paddy's Market.
Earrings: H&M


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Who What Wear - Bella the Bold

Today’s street style profile is with the gorgeous Nur Nabilah Hani Prof.Kamarolzaman aka Bella.

Bella is a student from Canberra who commands attention when it comes to fashion. With signature blue hair it’s clear she isn’t one to follow the crowd.

Here is my Q&A with Bella.

1. Do you prefer online shopping or the in store experience?

Bella -  It depends what type of thing that I want to buy, but normally I would prefer go to the shop to do the shopping. It’s because I can see it for myself and potentially see other items I might want to buy.

2. What is your favourite store in Canberra?
Bella -  Of course Bardot!  I really love to shop there!

3. How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Bella - Elegant, clean and bold.

4. Tell us about your blue hair, what made you do something so different?
Bella - I like blue colour and also I wanted to try something new and do something brave.

5. Who is a style icon for you and why?
Bella – My style icon has to be Rihanna because I really love her style as she not afraid to try anything.

6. What is the best piece of fashion advice you have received?
Bella - The less is more, keep it simple but still stylish.

7. What is your favourite beauty product?
Bella  - Garnier

See more of Bella on Instagram. 

|| Outfit breakdown ||
Blazer : Zara
Pants : Bardot
Sunnies : Dotti
Hat : Bardot
Bag : Bardot


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Five minutes with Charly Thorn Designs

Charly Thorn Collection captured at Fashfest 2017 - We Are Found

FASHFEST is back this year and we are a little bit excited as the format has changed.

This year the FASHFEST team have partnered with the National Gallery of Australia to deliver the show in at the iconic venue.

This Friday (Oct 19), we will be treated to a showcase featuring three local labels - Charly Thorn Designs, Megan Cannings Designs  and Hajar Gala Couture . The same show will be held twice the same evening.

In the hectic lead up to the show I managed to chat with Charly, from Charly Thorn Designs. This young go getter is definitely someone to watch. As a photographer in the media pit I’ve seen her works sashay down the catwalk over the last few years and am always amazed at her growth as a designer.

For those who don’t know her background, she is a 19-year-old woman living in Cooma NSW. This year will be her fourth collection in FASHFEST. Her fashion week accolades also extend internationally, with Charly Thorn Designs exhibiting at the Vancouver Fashion Week last season.

It’s amazing to think that this young entrepreneur is currently on a gap year and will be perusing business and fashion in Sydney next year. I can’t wait to see what she achieves in the future!
Charly Thorn. (Image credit www.carlythorn.com)

Here’s my Q&A with her. 

Q. Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Charly - The inspiration sparks where I least expect it. Sometimes it’s a bright colour in a window display, or the shape of a light fitting, a piece or element of architecture or interesting shadows. I find inspiration everywhere. I don’t always look for it, sometimes it looks for me.

This evening collection was inspired by some gorgeous fuchsia fabric I bought at the start of the year. It’s 100% Australian Merino Wool, and from that starting point I created the rest of the collection. Deep jewel colours, a vibrant print and sensual silks are the essence of my new luxe evening range.

Q. You are so driven at such a young age, when did you know you wanted to be a designer?

Charly - I have always wanted to be a designer since I can remember. All I have ever wanted is to make beautiful things and hope that other people find them beautiful too. I love to experiment and take risks and always have since I was little. One thing I‘ not afraid of is being wrong or making mistakes. All I ever want to do is learn. I’m very excited to see where the next chapter takes me.

Q. Who has been an influential person in your creative life?

Charly - I think I have to thank Mum and Dad for always letting me be myself. They let me work it out on my own. They are both creative people. Dad, when he was my age, had entrepreneurial fire and I probably get that drive from him. Mum is an amazing house designer and she’s full of ideas. I’m lucky to have both of them as role models.

Q. Your collections from the past years has been pretty outstanding, what can patrons expect to see this year?

Charly - Very bold colours. Think bright and exciting. I’ve also worked with a selection of gorgeous silks. I can’t wait to see the collection on the runway at FASHFEST, including how the models will look as they come down the massive escalators at the National Gallery of Australia.

Q. For women out there wanting to pursue a personal business what advice would you give them?

Charly - I don’t know that I can accredit any expertise to this question, however I know how to work hard. Working three jobs—80+ hours a week—and doing fashion on the side is hard. But there are people out there working harder than me, who have less than me so I’m always #grateful. But if you’re willing to put in the time—not just working but really focusing your time on the right areas and saying no to a 1000 things—then it will work. Then all you need is a bit of luck ✨

Q. What do you hope to achieve from this year’s FASHFEST?
Charly - I am so excited to announce that this will be the first collection I will be selling on my new website! I’ll be selling the samples off the runway and then if people want to custom order they can. Super exciting!

Ok finally: ... finishes these sentences:

I’m relaxed when I .... take the first sip of coffee and open my diary in the morning ready to start the new day.
Fashion for me is .... a new world of business, innovation and technology than ever before.
My motto in life is .... you will be exactly as happy as you decide to be.
I can’t live without .... COFFEEEEEE

Thanks for your time Charly and I can’t wait to see this collection.  Check out her work and order her designs from: www.charlythorn.com

For my readers out there if you want to see Charly’s work or Megan Cannings Designs or Hajar  De Challie, tickets are available from:

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