Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Who What Wear - The classic's denim and vans

I’ve been busy talent scouting and stumbled upon Akuol. She's a  fresh faced local student who was a pleasure to shoot. She describes her style as vintage, unique and comfortable. Check out my my mini shoot and fashion Q&A with her.

Deejay: Tell me about your outfit, why did you choose to wear this today?
Akoul: I choose this outfit because it is comfortable.

What’s your favourite store in Canberra and why?
Akoul: My favourite store has probably got to be Ally because it’s cheap and fits my body well.

Deejay: What’s one item that’s always in your handbag?
Akoul: Vaseline!

Deejay: Who is your style icon?
Akoul: @chantellem 

Deejay: What’s the best piece of fashion advice that has been shared with you?
Akoul:  “Knowing your body type is the basic thing to know about yourself. Everything works around this.”

|| Outfit break dow|| 
Shoes: Hype. 
 Pants: Vinnies

Check out more of her style on IG follow @Akuol.Dau

Shot by me too (@wearefoundau)


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Trend inspo: How to wear a jumper like a street style queen

Styling jumpers with skirts is my new go-to! This jumper is from Cotton On and it’s a crop so it tucks in quite nicely giving me more length in my legs.

I chose to pair it with this silk-esque skirt because the textures are so different. It creates some serious luxe feels.
Tuck your hair into the neck hole to nail the street style queen look. Fake a bob and have some fun, just own it and have some fun.
If you're feeling daring, try a bubble gum pink or zesty orange for your next jumper purchase. Just because its about to be winter doesn’t mean you have to wear black all.the.time!

||Outfit details || 

Knee high boots: Nordstrom

I'd love to hear it! Have you been wearing this combo too?!

Muse, words and styling by @thestatementlife

Photography DJ @wearefoundau

This post was sponsored by Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to collaborate and have us to feature your brand please email us at

Monday, 27 May 2019

Who What Wear - Green with fashion envy

Guess who's back at it with street style!? This week I got to catch up with the gorgeous Claire Mackey! Claire works for the National Gallery of Australia, is also a Uni student studying visual arts/painting. To add to this list she is also a rock climbing/yoga girl, model, and plant mother. I'm definitely a fan of her styling! I was green envy to find out this look is all second hand (again highlighting that you and look amazing for less!).

 Enjoy my mini shoot and style Q&A with Claire.

Deejay: Tell me about your outfit, why did you choose to wear this today?
Claire: I try to dress practically, my style is derived from function. In Canberra Autumn/winter, I need to dress for multiple climates and for the amount of walking I do, and pants do the job. They allow me to not worry about a skirt flying up in the cold wind. When working in the art studios at uni however, it’s super warm inside, especially when working with life models. So it can be a tricky balance to get right. I need a large jacket for the freezing outside, but be able to strip off to basically summer clothes for the indoors.

This look ended up being a bit editorial, with the mix of textures and colours. That seems to happen with me when organising shoots. The creative side of me takes over, I can’t help it!

Deejay:Describe your style in three words?
Claire: Practical, climate sensitive, limitless.

Deejay: What’s your favourite store in Canberra and why?
Claire: I can’t narrow it to one, but mainly second hand stores as a whole. I prefer giving unwanted clothing a new lease on life, and not getting caught up in brand names.

It makes me think of Shakespeare’s famous quote from Romeo + Juliette: ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.’

It highlights how associations with names can throw us and evoke a certain perception. How much does a (brand) name really mean? I can’t rationalise unquestioned love for something only because of a big brand name, or underrating something for its lack of ‘name’. Many times, I have found the quality of the ‘big brand name’ garment doesn’t match or live up to the supposed status of the label. That’s not to discredit all labels, but there are certainly some out there that don’t match the hype of the name.

Deejay: What’s one item that’s always in your handbag?
Claire: A multitool haha 😂. It’s handy to have as a ‘do it’ kind of person and an artist, because you never know when you’ll need some pliers, scissors, or a screw driver to help your colleague fix their glasses (true story).

Deejay: Who is your style icon?
Claire:  My mum, grandmothers, and sister. They have been a major style influence in my life.
Outside of family, I love @gabriellecaunesil, she seems like such a strong woman, who also doesn’t mind a vintage piece, embracing a multitude of styles from dainty to badass, and keeping my French language up to date. 🇫🇷

Deejay:What’s the best piece of fashion advice that has been shared with you?
Claire: ‘Bring a jacket so you’re warm’. - Mum

|| Outfit breakdown || 
This whole look is second hand <3 
Jacket: Material Pleasures, Fyshwick. 
Top: Facebook Marketplace. 
Pants: Preloved from my sister, altered for a perfect fit.
Belt: From a dress in my wardrobe.
Shoes: ‘Wittner’ preloved from Vinnies. 
Earrings: Old school ‘Diva’ jewellery.

Such a pleasure to shoot! Check out more of her fabulous style on instagram! 


Friday, 24 May 2019

Foodie Friday Flashback to Vapiano's First Birthday

Before I went to the states on a food and musical adventure I was celebrated Vapiano’s first birthday here in Canberra.

I come from a Croatian background so I have grown up on cured meats and great pasta. Vapiano serves this up to Canberran’s at a great price point too!

With Evie by my side we were treated to pizza, pasta, gin cocktails and a dessert course. Here is a snap shot of the great evening.
Evie and Deejay (Image supplied Vapiano) 

Evie and Deejay (Image supplied Vapiano) 

Evie and Deejay (Image supplied Vapiano) 

The highlight of my night was sampling pretty much ALL of the desserts. It astounds me how much I can eat and well let’s face it there is always room for desert.

I couldn't choose between the home made white chocolate cheesecake AND the Nutella cheesecake. If your on the fence like me I would  recommend just ordering both and mixing them. No judgments here!

Some snaps of my favourite peeps too!

With the winter settling in to Canberra my craving for comfort food increase. I know where I will be booking!


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The little red dress is the new LBD

Put your hands up if you own a little black dress! Yep me too, I own several and wear each to death. There is a reason why the LBD is so famous, it goes with anything and can be worn anywhere - it literally is the epitome of versatility. However, this season it is all about the LRD - little red dress!

Why? Well red is the perfect Autumnal colour and the perfect colour pop to brighten up your winter wardrobe. For me, I am finding as I get older I am gravatating towards brighter colours more and more find them more flattering for me. Don't get me wrong, I love wearing all-black and I dont think that will ever change, no matter my age but my style is evolving, perhaps maturing as I inject more colour into my wardrobe.

A little red dress is on trend but the perfect staple, it is almost just as versatile as your little black dress but more fun and vibrant!

This knitted style is the perfect LRD as you can dress it up or down and it's cut would suit all body shapes including curvy, hour glass and if you are straight up and down (like me!) cause you can sinch in your waist with the tie.

For day team it up with a printed kitten heel and or a tanned boot and with a light trench to create the perfect atumnal look.

For night, elevate this look with statement accessories such as this belted bag with metallic accents and finish with an oversized pair of gold earrings.

I always love mixing a classic look with on-trend accessories!

||Outfit details || 
Trench: Cue

What do you think? Are you converted? Will you be replacing your little black dress with an LRD?

Words and styling by Sofia Polak @sofiapolakstyle
Photography @wearafoundau

This post was sponsored by Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to collaborate and have us to feature your brand please email us at


Monday, 20 May 2019

Who what wear: Make something old new again

Being a stylist and fashion photographer I can’t deny my love for clothing. I am almost certain I was a blue jay in some past life as I have a love affair for collecting shiny items.

However, over the last few years I have been more conscious with how much I buy and have been trying to recycle items in my wardrobe. I am always trying to think of novel ways of wearing things and layering. Our girl Sarafina is the queen for this go check out her instagram.

This year Sarafina and Sofia teamed up again to organise the fashion parade at the Canberra Show, showcasing looks solely from the Salvation Army.

I was lucky enough to score this blazer and ‘crop’ from the show. The jacket fits me like a glove! Now here’s the secret. This crop was originally a dress but there was no chance in hell it would fit over my booty. So, after having a chat with Sarafina we thought it would be cool to have it altered into a crop top instead.

This is something I can now layer over a business shirt for a corporate look, or simply worn with jeans and heels for a more relaxed look.

The blazer is something I also regularly wear to my corporate job. It’s also a boss lady item for the weekends too.

So what’s the moral of the story? Think outside of the box! Look to your own wardrobe for items you can alter to give them a new lease on life, and do check out the local op shop stores. We don’t have to spend big to look fab. And for the record,I pretty much saw this exact jacket and crop combo in H&M when I was in Chicago just recently.

What’s your favourite op-shop in Canberra?

Photography: Janette Lenk @thestatementlife


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Going grunge for a CONCERT

Most people wouldn’t describe my fashion style as grunge, edgy, or rock… But when I did a girl’s trip to Sydney to see one of the biggest artists in the world, Post Malone, I got inspired to mix it up.

Let me explain how much of a big deal Post Malone is… Last year when he released his second album Beerbongs & Bentleys, he broke a record that was previously held by the Beatles for 54 years! He had nine songs in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at one time! 

I found inspiration for my outfit by looking at pictures from previous artist concerts on Instagram. After a few hours of browsing through my closet, I was able to pull-off the perfect grunge look and in the words of Post Malone… feel like a ‘rockstar’.   

Let’s start with the best thing about concert fashion... Unlike when you go to Sydney fashion week and feel the urge to drop $600 on a dress that you will wear once... It’s pretty affordable! I paired a ripped and customised band tee from Shein with a black choker and cut-out denim jacket to create an edgy look. I completed the look with low-wasted black pants from Forever New to show some skin and leather boots from Myer because let’s face it, boots is the only thing anyone is wearing in 2019!  

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My girl Heids is a little obsessed with designer labels, especially Gucci! She incorporated some classic pieces: the Gucci gold buckled black belt, the Gucci black marmont velvet bag and Gucci shoes with a Rolling Stones tee from Cotton On to create the ultimate contrast. She completed this look by popping some colour with the red pants from Zara.

Follow @heidisaddiction

Sassy made a statement with her concert look by changing up her hair. The purple ends add an element of spark and excitement! Her secret? The pink muvo shampoo. Yep, she didn’t even need to go to the hairdresser to look this fantastic! 

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I love this outfit so much! It’s sexy but also concert! This is the perfect example of how to dress something down. Normally this bodysuit and culottes from Glassons would be worn with heels to a dinner or night-time function. But here, Jemma has dressed it down with a belt and white sneakers from Novo.

Follow @jemma.psaila

As much as I love to wear bright pretty dresses I had so much fun changing it up for Post Malone.

My advice… Be daring and embrace different sides of your personality for different occasions.

We can brainstorm any time at @bethanygracelarsen  


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Who What Wear: It's Tricky, it's Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)

‘It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time….’

Yeah I am busting out Run-D.M.C’s It’s tricky. They are one of my favourite icons when I think about the tracksuit trend.

Tracksuits dropped around the 1970s with velour and terry cloth being the fabric of choice.

It’s spring 1979, and these faux-jogging ladies i are enjoying the plush caress of head-to-toe velour. (Nordstorm catalouge)

With the rise of hip hop and break dancing, the shell suit amassed a cult following. Bold colours and nylon were in.
Run DMC 80s Hip Hop
Enter Run DMC, Adidas superstar shell toes and tracksuits were a thing. To be honest I still think they are a fashion classic today.

Over time the fabrics and styles of the ‘track suit’ have changed. In the 90s artists like Jlo, Missy Elliot, Brittney Spears and Sport Spice re-ignited our love (or hate) for the classic athleisure. I never really got into the velour trend. I'm a highly tactile person and the feeling of the fabric kind of freaks me out.
Paris Hilton 90s-00s

JLo when she was Jenny from the block

One thing is for sure that I can’t argue with is the comfort level. I am still trying to figure out how to style it for work. Some how I don’t think I will be able to get away with that any time soon. I'm not sure if I carry the same swag as the Run DMC crew but I gotta love the Adidas classic (this one's with a twist).

Love the details on the back of this jacket. 

||Outfit details || 
Adidas tracksuit: Playtpus Canberra Outlet 
Heels: Tony Bianco

Having just come back from NYC, it was obvious that the nylon tracksuits is having a resurgence. High street stores had whole sections dedicated to them. I love the bold colour blocks, but you just need to remember not to get too close to a fireplace!

Are you keen on this trend? Or would you prefer to forget the past? I'm also curious to know who you think had some of the iconic 'trackie' moments of the past.

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