Sunday, 29 September 2019

Having a SJP moment


Fashion week, flashing lights and that night life. New York City has stolen my heart once again! It's been a whirlwind so far and I am finally taking a moment to take it all in and capture it.

What can I say I am absolutely loving life right now! Preparation for this trip wasn’t easy...try condensing your wardrobe down to two suitcases for three months. As a prolific wardrobe chameleon this was hard.

As with any trip I decided to invest in some fashionable pieces before I left. I can't go globe trotting without looking fabulous right? We Aussies have a reputation to keep right.

Given that I was on a budget I went tp my favourite shopping haunt for steals (queue the Canberra Outlet). With so many options for fashion items on sale I almost refuse to buy anything full price these days. Strategically shopping I've ended up with a few key pieces for NYC, that I will explore in the next few blog posts.

One result of my shopping efforts is this look, working it with some existing items.

How cute is my bag? I picked this beauty up from TK Maxx. The black insert can actually be swapped out for a statement clutch to create a different look. It’s also big enough to fit a portable charger for your Iphone (something you need here as your battery doesn't last long while navigating the subway and calling them Ubers).

I noticed a lot of volume at this years New York Fashion Week thus this blouse it perfectly on trend. Scoring it for less than half price at Cue Clothing qualifies for a win. From a styling perspective you could wear with a feminine skirt like I have done here. Alternatively put on a pair of jeans, leather jacket and black heels to change up the mood. Another look would be to wear it with a fitted a pencil skirt to balance out the flow of the sleeves. I also love the idea of once the cooler season sets in I have the option of layering a long sleeve under it.


In my mind this is a Sarah Jessica Parker look from in Sex in the city. Literally having my moment right now.

My part 2 post for NYC is going to cover shoe choice! When you are walking an average of 8km a day you need comfort AND style. Stay tuned for this one (Jo Mercer you got the goods).

What do you think of this look? How would you change up the use of this blouse?

Images shot by Patina N Inthavong.
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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

How to style your spring dress two ways: Day to night

SNAP, false alarm! Feels like winters back.

Don't be too quick to put your jumpers away, keep them to the front of your cupboard so you can layer your spring dresses.

There is so much morning, sun temptation to put away your knits BUT don't do it yet.

I went on a little spring, dress shopping spree two weeks ago. I wanted to stock up on some fresh dresses, ready for spring. I found this one from Ally. It has quickly become my go-to as it is SO versatile.

See.

1. How to style it for day

As it is still chilly, I layered this cute knitted jumper over the top this dress. It's an easy weekend solution if you are heading to brunch or lunch.

The key to layering knits over dresses is to:
  • layer it with a finer knit (so you don't look bulky)
  • choose one that is fitted (again so you don't look bulky)
  • wear a belt (so you can give yourself a waist)



Dresses are SO easy (I can picture you nodding at the screen while you read this). If you have a good range of black boots, sandals and pumps, you'll be set.

2. How to style it for night

In this case, less is more. With this printed dress you don't need much, so let it do the talking, red pumps or over the knee boots will do the trick and keep you warm.


Look at how fancy this dress is now just by swapping out the boots (ankle to over the knee) and getting rid of the knitted jumper??

Two completely different looks with ONE dress. 



If you want to bring out your spring dresses (and be warm), try layering with a knit you can still look cute!
|| Outfit details || 

Dress Ally, Canberra Outlet 




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 stylists@thefashionvault.com.au
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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Spring day to night

Spring is finally here, hooray!!!
It means that we can start showing some skin again so get your razor out and shave those amazing legs of yours.
We are in Canberra though which means we still need to keep some of our winter woollies handy.
Every girl knows that Bec & Bridge little dresses are the 2019 wardrobe staple. I’ve taken one of my favourite Spring frocks and styled it for day and night. These two looks can also be used for when the weather goes from cool to warm during this time of year.
Look 1 – day



This season turtlenecks are still going strong and some extra warmth on the days when it still feels like winter. A classic black works perfectly under this Bec & Bridge cute LBD with a cherry print. Finish the look with stockings and leather boots with a heel because you are badass and want everyone to know it.
Look 2 – night 

Did you just break up with someone? This outfit is the ultimate revenge on your ex! It’s short, stylish and hot!. Why wear plain black shoes when you can make even more of a statement with a pop of red? 

Complete it with a sexy black leather jacket and you’ll have whoever you want eating out of the palm of your hand. The leather jacket never fails, and I doubt this look will either. Pop it on for a night on the town!


For more #styleinspo hit me up on Instagram @bethanygracelarsen
Photos thanks to the amazing @wearefoundau 


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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Our Spring fashion haul from Pretty Little Thing

It's officially September and we are officially excited for Spring! We are ready for colour, light flowy fabrics, cute clutches and showing some skin.

So of course we are delighted to have been invited to a preview of Pretty Little Thing's latest collection for Spring.

We were inspired by so many of the pieces to style for a night out, dinner and drinks but in the end chose looks which best represent our own individual styles!

DJ - Bright, bold and flare

This season go bold and make sure you invest in something bright and in a fun print! Celebrate the warmer season with colour and flare. Flares are on trend and are super flattering, especially when worn with high heels or a platform.






Sofia - Classic and chic

You can't go wrong with understated elegance and this white gold button blazer dress is the lazy girl's answer to heading out in style. It's effortless yet sophisticated and one of these season's must-haves. This look requires a patent pump or a strappy heel and a black square clutch - oh and a self-tan is essential!



        Get the look here! White Gold Button Blazer Dress | Black square clutch



Janette - Leopard print, ruffles and accesories 

Our fave print - leopard print, has been on-trend throughout the last season and we love that it is sticking around for Spring. We would even go as far to say it is a wardrobe staple for many! We think this leopard print slip dress would be the perfect addition to your Spring dress collection.



Hair accessories are also a trend we are loving and add a bit of glamour and girliness to your look. Dust off your fave pair of statement sunnies and coloured heels and you are officially ready for Spring!




What's on your Spring wish list?



Words @sofiapolakstyle
Photography by @wearefoundau



This post was in collaboration with Pretty Little Thing. If you would like to work with us, email stylists@thefashionvault.com.au




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