Our latest campaign stars Talisa Sutton, the multi-talented, modern-day renaissance woman and leading Australian fashion influencer. Beautiful both inside and out, Talisa has amassed a following for her classic, almost chameleon-like style which can be adapted to any occasion.

 


 

You may also recognise her as half of the force behind Badlands, a creative outlet which showcases her love for fashion, design, interiors and travel. Having done previous stints at Elle and Vogue Australia, Talisa is now a freelance Art Director, consultant and graphic designer.
 
Talisa encapsulates a woman with a highly dynamic lifestyle and proves that focus and passion is the key to success!
 
You have one of the most versatile styles in the business. What is the secret to styling outfits that extend beyond 9-5?
I think it’s all about in investing in great wardrobe staples - a good black blazer, tailored trousers, leather jacket, black shoulder bag etc. and then working those back in with the more trend driven pieces to create a wearable but also fashion forward look. It might be adding a heel or a red lip, or a classic clutch to transition an outfit from day to evening.
 
You and your husband have the perfect partnership! What are the pros and cons of working with your partner?
Having someone you love and trust as your business partner means you never have hold back when asking questions, making decisions or sharing your opinion. We get along so well and both bring different skills to the table so I think it really strengthens what we are able to offer our clients.
 
The biggest challenge is probably trying to separate our work and personal lives which is especially hard when working from home. We both really try to switch off in the evenings and weekends and make time to just relax and hang out together.
 
What are your tips for spicing up a predominately monochrome wardrobe?I have been loving a little bit of print lately. Particularly if you are going to stick to a limited palate, a stripe, polka dot, stars or touch of floral can help mix things up.
 
You went from working in media to starting your own blog and becoming the Art Director at your own studio. What advice can you give to others wanting to make a career change?
I think it’s important to take things step by step, and if you’re looking to go freelance (which is what I did) be willing to devote a considerable amount of time to getting things off the ground before you make the leap. It’s also really important to back yourself and have confidence in your decisions. Making a change can definitely be quite scary at first, but if you’re passionate about something, you can make it happen!
 
Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.
Working with a group of very talented individuals and being able to learn and grow from them is what I miss most about my old job. I’m very lucky to get to work with my husband now, but being a freelancer for a year was definitely a good challenge.
 
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
Trust yourself and your instincts, learn how to say no and always keep setting personal and professional goals.
 
What is the key to taking the perfect flat lay?
Natural light, composition and taken from directly above.
 
People would be surprised if they knew…?
That this year I applied to go back to uni and study architecture & interiors. Sadly I had to defer as I got too busy!
 
What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Pasta, it’s my favourite!
 
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I love a good laugh but unfortunately I can’t actually remember the last time… 

 

 

Model, Talisa Sutton from Badlands Blog
Photography by Dave Wheeler
Hair and make-up by Gabbie Lee