A Masterclass with Talisa Sutton of Badlands



The setting for the latest ‘Masterclass in Style’ workshop at the Canberra Centre was a fitting one. While we sat inside discussing autumn/winter style with Talisa Sutton (the creative talent behind fashion and lifestyle blog Badlands), the autumn leaves outside were being dragged from the trees by heavy winter rain.

Badlands is a sleek site filled with exceptional content covering fashion, interiors, beauty, design and lifestyle. ‘I was studying graphic design and I was creating all these collage journals’ Talissa explains. ‘I had all these books sitting in my lounge room and one night my friend said to me “you have to make this digital”. That was the night that I started my blog. It was about six and a half years ago. The name Badlands comes from a film that I’ve always loved.’

‘When I started it [Badlands] I never set out to be a fashion blogger, it was just a place for me to share what I liked, editorials, illustrations, my graphic design work. Then Vogue Australia contacted me and wanted me to be part of their blogging network and things grew.’




For all of you out there hoping to emulate Talisa’s success, she had some advice to impart. ‘I got very lucky, but it’s a lot of hard work and dedication, it’s about putting yourself out there. I did a lot of internships. It’s also a lot of networking. I got my job at Elle [magazine] through a friend of a friend. You should have a plan, have a mission statement. Who is your target? Who is your audience? Have a good brand and a good logo. Put out there the best image and product that you can be.’

If you have checked out the ‘My Wardrobe’ section of Badlands you will know that Talisa has a polished, refined sense of style. ‘I feel my style is classic. I invest in every day pieces. My wardrobe is mostly black, white and grey but I do like to wear a little bit of colour. I splurge more on the basics because I feel like they are the pieces that will stay in my wardrobe. I look at longevity.’




So what are Talisa’s top tips for the Autumn/Winter season? ‘Camel is always popular. A classic camel coat is perfect. It’s a neutral colour; it is good to match with black and burgundy. Flares and wide cuts are definitely having a moment. Playing with shape is a good and easy way to update your look.’

As well as taking a more classical approach to dressing, Talisa favours a simple beauty routine. ‘I’m a big skincare girl. I cleanse morning and night with an Ultraceuticals cleanser. I use sunscreen every day, my favourite is from Dermalogica. I then use a little concealer and a tint from Bobbi Brown. At night I cleanse and tone and often use a moisturising mask and rosehip oil. And I love coconut oil for everything.’

After logging a lot of computer hours ogling Badlands, it was refreshing to meet the powerhouse behind the blog in the flesh. Talisa was warm, open and a pleasure to listen to and we will certainly be taking on board her career tips.

Read our full interview with Talisa Sutton here.

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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