FASHFEST 2018 – Something Different


  This time last year the countdown to Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST was in full swing. Models had been cast, fittings and rehearsals were underway, hair and makeup artists were busy designing looks. This year, however, all has been quiet. Until now. After a lackluster turn out in 2017 we followed up with a deep dive into why the three-day event may no longer be having the impact it once did in our article Does Fashfest Still Pass the Fash-test? We questioned the venue, the length of the festival, the price-point and the number of local designers participating. Our… Continue Reading

What Savage x Fenty Says about Female Sexuality and Diversity


  One of the most eagerly awaited presentations at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this season was Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie collection. And just as she did when launching Fenty Beauty, Rihanna really shook shit up. Taking place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the presentation was more akin to performance art than a traditional runway show. There were no seating assignments, no front row packed with VIPs, instead attendees were treated equally and were encouraged to move throughout the space, exploring a range of installations inspired by the Garden of Eden. The models, or ‘savages’ as they were referred… Continue Reading

iPhone photos vs Profesh Photos on Instagram – Which is Better?


  I was procrastinating on Instagram after work a while ago when I came upon particular Instastory shared by my girl crush Leandra Medine/Cohen and got rather excited. It turned out that she was writing a story about ‘why iPhone photos shit on professional shots on Instagram.’ This is a topic I have many an opinion on so as per her request (‘do you have any salient opinions? Send them to me in a DM if so! Send cookies by mail if not’) I sent her a message right away. I am still waiting for her to reply but deep… Continue Reading

Cult Beauty Destination Has a New Home – The Lab Manuka


  As the landscape of Braddon continues to change, another former stalwart has moved on to greener pastures. As of Monday 2 July, beauty destination The Lab will now call the leafy surrounds of Manuka home. The familiar pink signage can now be spied marking the entrance to a narrow staircase, hidden between Priceline and a shop so nondescript I can no longer recall what it was. Emerging from said staircase, the new Lab is just as airy and light-filled as its previous Braddon home. Bare white walls give way to warm timber floors, windows unobstructed by curtains allow light… Continue Reading

Ethical Fashion Table – Discussing Sustainable Fashion


  On Saturday 16 June, I attended an Ethical Fashion Table organised by the founder of ethical clothing label Pure Pod, Kelli Donovan. Kelli has spent twenty-eight years working in the fashion industry, with eleven of those running her own ethical fashion label. She is a passionate advocate for the Australian fashion industry, particularly the sustainable fashion movement. In creating this event, Kelli sought to bring like minds together to not only support one another but to openly discuss and suggest solutions for the environmental and social issues associated with the global world of fashion. Over a delicious meal, organised… Continue Reading

Dress Yourself Better When Your Are Sick – A Theory


  I have been sick for almost a month now and during my lengthy illness, I have had the time to develop a theory. It might just be possible to dress yourself better. Of course, I’m not implying that fashion can replace antibiotics or that vivid eyeshadow can act as a stand-in for decongestants, but in their way they can work their own kind of magic. My normal inclination when I am feeling unwell is to slip into one of my dressing gowns and snuggle up. This is all well and good for a weekend, or a week at a… Continue Reading

Designer Opshop Emporium – Mixing Modern and Vintage


  Is Fyshwick the new Braddon? Given that the # has been used a grand total of six times by the one account, maybe the idea hasn’t caught on quite yet. Fyshwick can, however, count one Braddon expat amongst its ranks, in the newly opened Designer Opshop Emporium. In their new venture, mother and daughter duo Sharyn and Taylor Pitsilos have expanded upon what we came to know and love them for in their Braddon home of five years: a unique mix of modern and vintage. The new Emporium is light, airy, and quite importantly, it’s much larger. Amongst the… Continue Reading

An Ode to Dressing Gowns


  For someone who loves getting dressed so much the one item of clothing I actually spend the most amount of time in is a dressing gown. I have six different gowns: two fluffy ones for winter, three silk ones for summer and one light wool one for in between weather. As soon as I get out of bed I slip into one of my robes, which one depends on the weather of course, and go about the business of getting ready for the day, having breakfast, doing my makeup, selecting an outfit. Then the moment I get home I… Continue Reading