Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Linen love - 3 items to invest in this season

I am seeing linen everywhere and I am loving its revival. No longer just for the beach, for the over 50s or for the dinner table, there are styles available to add to your summer wardrobe.

There are so many ways you can wear it but I love it for the weekend and day wear but could easily be dressed up.

Here are three different ways you can embrace the trend for yourself!

The 'mum' dress

I love this dress which on the hanger, didn't look like it would be as flattering, but on worked great! I added a cute belt and a feature shoe to give it a bit of spark but really, this is the perfect dress for the days when I am running after my little one but still need to look decent. It is so comfortable and classic so the style won't date, even after the linen trend passes. Also, great for those who feel they fluctuate in weight as it tailored but not fitted.

Dress from Forcast Canberra Outlet Centre
The pant

Evie rocks this look! Normally we would see her in activewear - she is a wellness goddess after all- so that's why I styled her in these pants as they screamed yoga pants but the style allows them to be dressed up and work well with heels.

I love the burnt orange tone on Evie and it's a muted tone so much easier to coordinate than a bright orange.

Pants from CottonOn Canberra Outlet Centre
The jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are the new maxis and I it works for me as my stature, unfortunately, wasn't built for pulling off floor-length dress in flats. This jumpsuit has served me so well this summer, I have worn it shopping, to the coast but also on really hot days. 

Jumpsuit from CottonOn Canberra Outlet Centre

I love the light blue as I think it makes it as versatile as denim. Haven't had a go at dressing it up yet, as I feel it's definitely more for casual wear. 

Also- I snapped it up from CottonOn at the Canberra Outlet Centre for $15! Couldn't believe my luck.

Ok so, which piece is a must have for your wardrobe?

Words by @sofiapolakstyle
Photography by: @wearefoundau

This post is in collaboration with @canberraoutletcentre. If you would like to collaborate email us on


Sunday, 13 January 2019

Designer nails at our fingertips thanks to new range by Canberra mum

We love meeting women who are driven by their passion to create locally and endeavour to share their passion with others. Anna O'Shea is a Canberra mum who specialisies in designer acrylic nails and has taken her love of nail beauty  to launch her own range of nail polish and cuticle oil. 
She has been doing nails for over a decade and today, is launching her first collection of polish in pretty pastels accompanied by a cuticle oil to keep nails beautiful, but also healthy and nourished.  
In the lead up to the launch, I sat down with Anna to find out a little bit more about her business.

SP: What is your career background?

AO: I have been doing nails on and off since 2001. Since moving to Canberra my passion for nails has flourished, I have a cert 2 in Nail technology and am a CND Master Architect.

SP: What inspired you to launch your own nail polish and cuticle oil range?

AO: I've always loved nail polish, there is a simplicity about it, it's something anyone can do and let their creative side out. I enjoy sharing others nail journeys and wanted to bring them a locally made polish with fun colours and new designs. Cuticle oil plays an important part in the care for your cuticles and natural nails, it nourishes and re hydrates your nails keeping them healthy. I believe that both products go hand in hand and wanted to design a complete nail package.

SP: Who is the woman behind Designer Nails by Anna O’Shea? 

AO: I am a mum to 3 boys a wife and a mermaid at heart, any spare moment I have you will find me at the coast with my family. 

SP:Which is your favourite colour from your new range and why? 

AO: My favourite colour in the new range is the teal green called 'Springtime', it's bright, fun and reminds me of the Italian Vespa colour. 

SP: Why is nail care important? 
AO: Nail care is important for 2 reasons, your nails protect your nail bed so looking after them properly will help to prevent breakage and splitting causing damage to your nail bed and also prevent infections to your nail and fingers. The other is cosmetic, it's nice to have well kept and neat nails because we use our hands for everything and the one thing I've noticed is that women feel more confident hen they have nice nails.
          SP: What are your top trends in nails this season? 
AO: While glitter will always remain a favourite, simple minimalist nails are definitely trending now, nails with a couple of accents featuring negative space designs, florals or geometric shapes. 

As part of the launch, Anna is offering our readers (you!) a special 15% discount of her new range. Just mention it in the comments on payment. Head to to get your fave colour and remember when you support local businesses someone does a happy dance! 
Make sure you follow Anna on Instagram - @designernails_by_annaoshea 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Versatile dressing - day to night

I don't know about you guys but I am still in festive mode despite Xmas being almost a month ago. I was lucky enough to have had two weeks off any type of work so my time was spent catching up with family and friends and soaking up the sunshine. During this break, I felt inspired to dress up and have a play with my summer wardrobe and on a few occasions, challenged myself to style outfits together which took me from day to night to avoid back home to get changed in between events.

To dress day to night you have to think outside the box, but most importantly think versatility. Versatile dressing is my jam! I love it, and I love sharing my tips to achieving this with my personal clients. Why do I love it? Firstly because I feel my best when my outfit is balanced- neither too dressy or too casual and because it keeps me focused on buying versatile pieces when shopping and on budget.

To nail day-to-night style there are certain fabrics I would normally recommend steering clear of such as satin or anything that looks too cocktail or evening, but over the break I felt inspired by one of this season's hottest trends - the satin knee-length skirt, and snapped one up from Forcast to see if I could dress it down to get more wear out of it.

I opted for this super cute linen top which screams beach/weekend wear, however, the fact that it is strappy, works well with the skirt and isn't too much of a contrast.

Even though I put this outfit together with high heels - a denim jacket and a pair of sunnies is the perfect way to dress it down even more. With the heels, I would wear this look as it is to lunch, brunch or any day event, but chuck on a pair of sandals and you can stretch this look to brunch, shopping with the girls or even a summer BBQ.

Wearing Top from CottonOn and skirt from Forcast Canberra Outlet Centre

Ta-da! There you have it, I broke one of my own fashion rules and the world didn't end, in fact, it brought some much-needed inspiration and joy back into my style. Also, made my festive days easier when I was going from lunches to dinners to drinks.

How about you? What are your tips to dressing day-to-night?

Words by @sofiapolakstyle
Photography by: @wearefoundau

This post is in collaboration with @canberraoutletcentre. If you would like to collaborate email us on


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

One skirt two ways!

Christmas has just been, boxing day sales robbed us, you’re still paying off your credit card for that family holiday up to Queensland and you’re freaking out about money because you have an event next week and nothing to wear!

Take a deep breath and de-stress.

You don’t need to go shopping to make an impression. You don’t need to even buy anything new. Instead, take the time to browse your wardrobe and match different pieces together.

I promise you, style your favourite black-leather skirt or loose summer culottes with something different to what you normally would, and people won’t even realise you wore the same piece five Instagram posts earlier!

Here I show you… how to wear the same skirt in two completely different ways.

This ensemble is perfect for breakfast with friends, a picnic, or just chilling at your boyfriend’s house. I combined the skirt with the red tee to play it down and give it that effortless ‘girl next-door’ vibe. White sneakers are all anyone is wearing this summer so by choosing those you can be trendy and still comfy at the same time.


Got a hot date coming up? Dinner with the girls? Or maybe afternoon drinks at the Howling Moon?

This outfit spells fun, flirty and ready to have some good laughs. There’s nothing I love more than a good clash… Yep, I broke a fashion rule. I matched the summer skirt with the stripy one-shoulder black and white top which is everywhere in the fashion magazines right now. This unusual pairing shows that you are confident and willing to try things.

I added some extra spark by pairing it with a gold clutch and edgy gold earrings (love these!)

So next time before you go out and impulsively buy something that you’re probably only going to wear once anyway, find your favourite skirt and wear it a different way. The results will surprise you.
Hit me up anytime on instagram at @bethanygracelarsen

|| Outfit breakdown || 
All clothing from Portmans at the Canberra Outlet Centre
Earrings Cotton On  at the Canberra Outlet Centre 
Bag Colette 

Image credits @wearefoundau

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