Vibrant & Colourful Style

This is Jennifer - a reporter at Parliament House - who was out for a coffee with friends on Kingston Foreshore when I managed to steal a few minutes of her time.

I actually caught Jennifer while she was discussing her Kate Spade handbag with another proud Kate Spade owner. Apparently there is a sweet outlet in Melbourne with (you guessed it) Kate Spade galore!. The vibrant colour of this bag, Jennifer's bright lips, and splash of colour in her cardi from Lioness (online) could be spotted a mile off through the crowds of dark jackets and grim layers.

She really proved that winter is no time to go boring and layering is no excuse to be dull! Her colourful items were added onto a canvas of black tights from Witchery, top from Dotti and Lipstick boots.

Rainy Day Fashion

Well, Canberra, get your gum boots out and make sure you have an umbrella close by at all times. We've been 'lucky' enough to have received over a months worth of rain in just 2 days with more to come according to the weather man! So... instead of singing 'rain rain go away, come again another day' with your hopes as high as your heels, let's just get prepared, because although dressing for the rain may seem just as dreary as the sky looks, it doesn’t have to be.

I am a huge fan of oversized coats and jackets throughout Winter, and they're also lifesavers if you do forget your brolly and have to make a quick dash to the coffee store or car. Preferably a hooded version for protecting your fresh blow wave, and also helps keeps your ears warm when it's windy rain (the worst!).

Next, a pair of good quality boots with a bit of a heel to give you some height when coming across an un-suspecting puddle of mud! Plus your tootsies will be nice and toasty - and no one will even know you're wearing your fave pink polkadot socks!

Paired with those, I like to go for a skinny pant or pair of jeans to tuck into the boots and a lightweight sweater to handle the additional warmth of the jacket. Although, here in Canberra, we need all the 'warm' we can get, so why not throw on a scarf and a pair of knitted gloves too.

See! There are plenty of ways to look chic when the weather isn’t on your side!

Polished Style for Winter

Upon meeting Elissa on a cold winter’s day we were impressed with how polished she looked from head to toe. She looked sophisticated and stylish without being overdressed.

Her outfit featured one of our favourite must-have pieces from the current season – a wool sleeveless trench – which Elissa pared back beautifully with classic denim and a silk shirt to keep within a simple palette. “I’m really loving caramel and neutral colours at the moment. I find it easy to work with and they look great with my current makeup palette obsession. I’ve found myself moving away from the typical black for winter. “

Elissa was inspired to pull her look together as she wanted something dressy but still suitable to wear during the day while staying true to her style ethos. “When I shop I look for things that are dressy, a bit out there, but not too crazy.“

Elissa’s look was perfectly accessorised with a felt hat, ankle boots and with her personal style must-haves - a polished hairstyle and flawless makeup.

Name: Elissa Parisi, makeup artist at Aurora Artistries and hair dresser at Off London

Where: Snapped in Braddon on set for a Fashion Vault photo shoot.

Outfit breakdown:

Hat – Bardot

Vest – Seed

Shirt – Witchery

Jeans – Country road

Shoes – Seed

Sofia Polak – The Fashion Vault

Photography by Jess HM

Trendy Textures

I spotted Sophie in the Canberra Centre as she was on her lunch break. Her vintage inspired shirt from the cute boutique store Felt caught my eye as it reminded me of the colours of Autumn, and are also perfect for the start of Winter.

Paired with the popular wet-look skinny jeans from Bardot, she completed her edgy look with a cute pair of patent loafers from Jo Mercer. Sophie said her entire wardrobe is quite neutral with colours and instead she focuses on textures as a statement instead.

Dress to impress and you might be caught by our Style Stalkers who are always out and about scoping fashion in Canberra.

Electric in Blue

On Night Four of Fashfest, among all the glamorous and beautiful people, I met Acacia. She looked stunning - wearing a striking electric blue jumpsuit from Zara, drop earrings from Swarovski and with a clutch from Mimco.

Acacia was dressed to impress that evening, and certainly achieved a result through her uncomplicated and elegant look. She completed her outfit with a slick and stylish ponytail. Acacia's favourite collections over the four nights were The Label, Ziyah and Luke Chiswell. A blue and gold neck piece from Zilpha Tart and maxi dress from Boho Bird also stood out to her.

For Fashfest, Acacia helped out with makeup on a few nights, therefore contributing to the flawless presentations on the catwalk. Her own stylish look was well-suited to such a stylish evening!

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