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Fashion (202 Stories)

Going to an event? Decipher the dress code

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Deciphering a dress code for a formal event, party or gathering can get tricky. Especially when words such as “Sophisticated elegance” and “Dress to Impress” are written on your invitation. Dress codes, and de-coding these codes is enough to cause anyone stress!
When receiving an invitation for such event, like the Diabetes ACT Gala Ball, it’s [...]

7 tips for finding the perfect warm weather ensemble

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t know about you, but it’s been pretty darn warm outside these past few days.
When the temperature starts to rise, most people tend to freak out a little, and end up wearing the same t-shirt and shorts ensemble over and over. This outfit works for when you’re hanging out at home in the air-con, but [...]

From work party to neighbourhood BBQ – your festive wardrobe

By 8 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year again – my favourite time of year actually. The weather has warmed up, the year is close to ending (which means holidays and work free days!), and the festivities have begun with cocktail parties and various soirees popping up left right and center.
With the amount of Christmas shopping still to be [...]

Preparing your wardrobe for Summer

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I swear it was only yesterday that I was putting the winter woolies away, and dusting off the shorts, t-shirts and beach wear (well not quite, but I was prepping for summer!). Now it’s only less than a week until the first day of summer, which means we will soon be graced with much warmer [...]

Cup fashions at the Realm

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RiotACT met some Melbourne Cup lunch-goers at the Hotel Realm this afternoon. You can see all our photos on Instagram, or view a selection here.

Justine Redwin, Karen Mathias, Lana Davidson-Parker, Alicia Murphy, Ashleigh Hogwood and Alicia Welsh.

Laura Neill, Kate Chaloner, James Neill and Georgia Clear. James won best dressed bloke later.

At right, our pick for [...]

Last minute Cup day options

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So you want to get out and celebrate Melbourne Cup but haven’t booked anything?
Fear not. Some of the best Cup day experiences I’ve had were last minute scrambles from the office to the nearest pub or club in time for one drink while the race is on. Plenty of casual drinking holes will be showing [...]

Tea with JT – Jemma Mrdak

By 10 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I had the pleasure of catching up with the beautiful and classy Jemma Mrdak at A.Baker. She steered me away from regular tea and we both sipped chai lattes (don’t tell her I said this, but I think she is addicted). Here is what else I discovered about Jemma and all things fashion.
Who [...]

Sewing machine lessons in Canberra?

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A reader asks:
My daughter has recently inherited an old Janome sewing machine. Can anyone suggest somewhere she can learn to use the sewing machine? There used to be a place a Phillip where you could take your machine and learn the basics. Does this still exist?

Local leaders – Jenni Tarrant (Bond Hair Religion)

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With a salon in Kingston, twelve employees and the 2015 Australian Salon of the Year Award under her belt, it’s easy to assume that Jenni Tarrant has always had hairdressing and business figured out.
But the three-decade industry veteran and owner of Bond Hair Religion says this is definitely not the case.
“When I first took over [...]

Canberra op shop guide – Winter colour blocking

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Winter is often a time when people cocoon themselves in layers of black and grey knitwear and coats, but just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to be boring!
Today we’ll be experimenting with colour blocking to shake off those winter blues in this slouchy, off duty weekend look. You may even have so much [...]

Tea with JT – Sarah Kelly

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Welcome to a new series where I get to introduce you some of Canberra’s most fascinating women, starting with Sarah Kelly.
I invited Sarah to sip tea with me, although you will see that this particular cold day, we both opted for extra strong coffee. Thank you to On Flinders Manuka for hosting us.
Here is what I [...]

Canberra op shop guide – Winter woolies

By 21 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winter – that time of year when all Canberrans band together in mutual hatred for sub-zero temperatures. It’s also a great opportunity to inject some layering and cute accessories into your outfits. But before you spend an entire month’s rent on a new winter coat and piles of cashmere sweaters, why not check out your [...]

How much did you pay for your last haircut?

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Call me a metrosexual or whatever you like, but I love getting my hair cut. Unfortunately it doesn’t make me any better looking. I still walk out with my worry (and laughing) lines, and my nose is just as big and my muscles are just as small. But I do walk out happy. I’m happy [...]

A guide to getting ready on the cheap

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently wrote an article on what it costs me to get ready for a special event such as a wedding. The comments I received back from readers were overwhelming (some positive, others not so much!)
Although I still stand by my choices, I will agree that I could have spent my money in other ways and [...]

In pictures: FASHFEST 2015

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The FASHFEST runway shows are over for another year, and what a year it has been!
Starting with the model castings, the announcement of the two faces of FASHFEST and the change of venue, this has been a time of growth and experimentation for the annual event.
The convention centre welcomed us through the doors from Wednesday [...]

FASHFEST 2015 hits the Convention Centre

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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FASHFEST is back and bigger than ever, kicking off for its third year last night.
Unlike previous years where the four-night event was held at the Canberra International Airport, this year guests are being treated to an extravagant experience at the National Convention Centre. The foyer and catwalk space are decked out with gossamer curtains, multiple [...]

Behind the scenes of Fashfest 2015

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In February I shared my experience attending the 2015 Fashfest model casting. At the time, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be selected. To my surprise, I received an email two weeks later, congratulating me on being selected from over 300 hopefuls as a 2015 Fashfest model.
With Fashfest kicking off this week, here’s a [...]

Are weddings too expensive for guests?

By 3 May 2015
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The cost of attending someone else’s wedding quickly adds up. By the time you buy a gift, choose a dress, get your makeup done and travel to the wedding venue, it can be a pretty pricey day – and you’re not even the one getting married! Sophia Carlini has more.
Like most women, I love weddings. So when my [...]

Local leaders – Marina Dojchinov (Vox Populi)

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Former Canberra journalist Marina Dojchinov is one of the youngest editor in chiefs for New York-based Vox Populi and Promo magazines, has helped to produce films screened at Cannes and the San Francisco Film Awards and guest lectured to students in Melbourne and London – some of whom she says were twice her age.
Her love [...]

Canberra op shop guide – Double denim

By 9 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Now that the colder weather is setting in it’s time to start think about ways to stay warm while still making a statement. Autumn is a great time for light layers, long sleeves and experimenting with thicker fabrics. So for today’s op shop outfit, we’ll be tackling a tricky trend: Double denim!

Denim shirt – $7 [...]

Doing hen’s nights right at QT Canberra

By 28 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I think of hen’s nights, I imagine fashioning wedding dresses out of toilet paper, eating cookies in the shape of male genitalia and drinking a lot of champagne (if only to make the first two activities seem slightly more appealing).
My previous hen’s night adventures had left me unprepared for last weekend, when I was invited [...]

Best hair salons in Canberra?

By 26 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you looking for a good Canberra hairdresser but don’t know where to start? Here are my recommendations for what to look for when selecting a new salon and stylist:

Do the staff at the salon all have the same hairstyle? This is not a good sign (unless that’s the exact look you’re going for!).
Does the person cutting your [...]

Bespoke fashion show hits New Acton

By 12 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 22 March 2015 at 4:00 pm; ] Canberra fashionistas are getting excited about yet another addition to the local fashion calendar this March. Dubbed Bespoke, this event will showcase some of the region’s most talented designers, make up artists, models and hair stylists in a one night only show in the New Acton precinct.

The event is being organised by Janette Lenk, Sofia [...]

Canberra’s Chloe Granger off to Miss Teen Galaxy national finals

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Aspiring Canberra model Chloe Granger will travel to the Gold Coast at the end of next month to represent New South Wales at the national Miss Teen Galaxy Australia finals. The 18-year-old has her sights set on winning the pageant and competing in the Miss Teen Galaxy international finals to be held in the United [...]

Canberra clothing stores that stock small designers?

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Fang at Ainslie shops used to stock Melbourne alleyway fashion designers till it closed a year or so ago. Are there any other (current) boutiques that stock small/local and Melbourne designers?

The two fresh faces of FASHFEST

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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FASHFEST has announced that this year they will put forward not one, but two Faces of FASHFEST. In contrast to previous years, the organisers have chosen two young and relatively inexperienced models, 17-year-old Dickson College student Hannah Clare McKenzie and 21-year-old University of Canberra Student Ken Scruton.

The first Face of FASHFEST, Anneliese Seubert, was 39 [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Valentine’s Day

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you only look cute one day a year, Valentine’s Day is a good day to choose!
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s worth taking any and every opportunity to dress in theme, and February 14 is a great place to start. Whether you’re out for a romantic meal or home alone crying [...]

Inside the 2015 Fashfest model casting

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When the call went out for last year’s Fashfest model casting day, I told myself I was going to go. I was teaching myself to be a yes-woman at the time and had talked myself into trying something that I ordinarily wouldn’t do … and didn’t end up going. So this year when the call [...]

Back to work fashion

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Christmas is over and everyone is slowly returning back to work. Whether you didn’t buy enough new clothes at the Boxing Day sales or you’re doing the whole “new year, new me thing” … here are a few easy and affordable back to work looks for men and women.
It’s all about what’s easy when it [...]

Canberra Op Shop Guide – Christmas Edition

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, but as much as I love it, I don’t love the consumerist habits it encourages. It can be tempting to buy all kinds of shiny trinkets to celebrate the season, but how often do we ending up throwing these items straight in the trash as soon [...]

Canberra Opshoppers Guide – Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale

By 24 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale has been and gone for another season, and as a well-seasoned thrifting veteran I thought I’d put together a list of tips for first-timers.
1. Don’t get overwhelmed
Don’t get overwhelmed by the clothing racks spanning as far as the eye can see! If you don’t want to spend too much time [...]

Movember Market This Saturday

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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[ 22 November 2014 at 3:00 pm; ] Local food and fashion collaboration, Hustle&Scout and The Forage, will present a Movember charity drive at their final market event for the year this Saturday, 22 November.

To raise awareness and money for men’s health, the twilight market will take gold coin donations upon entry and present a pop-up barber shop for men, with all proceeds [...]

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