A couple of weeks ago I attended the Canberra Centre VIP Beauty Masterclass where Eleanor Pendleton, creator of Gritty Pretty was part of a beauty Q&A and beauty masterclass.

You can read my interview with Eleanor here

On Saturday 4 June Talisa Sutton, Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog Badlands, will be be holding a Style Masterclass at the Canberra Centre, where she will be discussing her career highlights, including working in-house for Australian fashion labels, designing for Elle Magazine and contributing to Vogue’s Spy Style.

This is a great opportunity for local ladies to receive advice on how to shop for interiors, Talisa’s favourite designers and how to buy timeless pieces along with ways to incorporate style into your life and carve a career in the digital landscape.

I recently had the fabulous opportunity to chat with Talisa, where we discussed where her career in fashion began, any advice she has for new bloggers, and what she thinks is the secret to forming a successful blogging business.


What was the inspiration behind starting Badlands? 

I wanted a creative outlet to share my inspirations and personal work while I was studying graphic design. Having kept visual diaries and journals for the previous few years, it felt like time to take things online! I named the blog after one of my favourite films, Badlands. I have always loved film, art, fashion & architecture and given how special this film was to me, and that it’s such an icon, it seemed like the perfect choice of name.

How did you start your career in fashion?

Interning! I went to FBI Fashion College straight after high school and started interning at Madison magazine around the same time. I then went on to assist stylists, intern with local fashion brands and work in retail for Belinda & The Corner Shop, having exposure to all areas of the industry definitely helped me forge my path. I was very lucky to have an internship lead to a paid position, and the rest fell into place from there.

What is the secret to forming a successful blogging business? 

Having a unique perspective and creating your own content is important, as is consistency in your style and communication. I think they key is really finding something that works well for you, that you can commit to and focus on working to the best of your ability.

What does a typical day look like for you?

There aren’t really any typical days which keeps things interesting! I like to start with coffee, breakfast and catching up on emails but the day could involve anything from shooting, to meetings, events, appointments and designing. Some days I’m barely in the office, and on others I’m glued to my screen, I love having a change of scenery though so it works well for me.

Sum up your everyday style in three words…

Easy, Classic, Minimal.

Complete this sentence: “I feel my most stylish when….”

I’m comfortable! I love easy natural waves, simple fine gold jewellery, denim and the perfectly cut t-shirt.

Do you have any advice for bloggers who are just starting? 

Focus on finding your niche, and a unique tone of voice. It can be easy to be inspired by what’s around you, but try to create something new and fresh that still speaks to your style.

What are your go-to fashion brands? 

I love IRO, Isabel Marant, Camilla & Marc, & Other Stories, Bassike, Helmut Lang, Dion Lee, J Brand and Nobody for denim and Ellery for statement pieces.

What is one winter wardrobe essential that every woman needs in her beauty for winter?

A classic coat in grey, black or camel.

What is your go-to outfit?

White T-Shirt or shirt, jeans, sneakers, leather jacket and sunglasses.

Flats or heels?

Flats, always!

Head to the Canberra Centre website to purchase tickets to Talisa’s style masterclass, and keep watch on the A Stylish Moment Facebook Page for how you can win tickets!


Images courtesy of Country Road and the Nine West.