Returning things is seldom easy, most people don't like confrontation, and you are always just a little afraid the shop assistant is going to say no – even if you’re well within your rights. I am a returning things pro (yes, that’s a thing!) It is one of my special skills in life. Read my tips below and you'll soon be a pro too.
Hooray! It's time for another episode of Two Girls...with my wonderful styling friend Caitlin Taylor from Chasing Cait Style Coach. This series is all about showing you two ways to style one amazing piece. You get to see these pieces on two very different bodies to give you more of an idea of how it will look on you!
We all know I love stripes, and the versatility of a t-shirt dress in Summer just can't be beat. The Stripe Tassel Dress from Madly Sweetly ($179 sizes 8-16) is easy to wear, easy to style and super comfy.
I love working with Madly Sweetly. Their clothes are relaxed and laid back but always have a little design quirk or pretty print to make them a wardrobe favourite. Their winter pieces were on heavy rotation in my wardrobe – check out my favourite dress from last season here. But Spring has sprung! And so has the Madly Sweetly Spring line. I have tried on most of the range, and over the next month will be sharing some of my favourite pieces with you – including a live Facebook video from the Madly Sweetly studio this Saturday!
Today is the first day of fashion week for me, I’m off to see the Andrea Moore show this afternoon and I’m so looking forward to it! I will also get to see some of my lovely friends like Cait, from Chasing Cait Style Coach, and lots of people that I don't know who are insta famous! It’s so strange to see all the people you follow on Instagram in one room, sometimes you don't even recognise them, and other times you get chatting like you know them from somewhere (high School maybe?) and it turns out you just stalk them online – oops.
I know a lot about shopping, I have come to the terms with the fact that it is my super power and I shall use it for good! So here is the first of a series of posts spilling my little shopping secrets, the places you may not have looked for that something special for that special price!
Spring is coming which means a fresh round of fashion is arriving in stores! Here is a quick round up of the accessories I am LOVING right now!
Shopping can be tricky sometimes, so we often trust friends and family to tell us what looks great on us. But, we’re all different and like different things, so naturally our opinions don’t always align. Of course we all want to look great, but what’s more important is that you want to FEEL great in your clothes. Show others who you are on the inside, on the outside! Wear your personality!
I don't know about you, but for me, getting dressed isn’t always easy. I have been known to stand in the wardrobe for half an hour in my undies just staring at my clothes, waiting for inspiration to strike.
When it comes to packing for a trip, I’m even worse. Packing has been known to take me DAYS and then I usually don’t end up wearing any of it anyway.
BUT, since I started Dressing Up, I have developed a tried and true strategy – one of the wardrobe strategies I have written about in my ebook.
I am so so so excited, this weekend hubby and I are off to Melbourne for a few days and I cannot wait! I am not sure if I am most looking forward to the shopping or the sleeping. SO sleep deprived right now! Thanks kids ;)
The first thing on the agenda is going to see 'The Book of Mormon'. We are theatre buffs, James works in the theatre and that's how we met, so it will be the perfect thing for us to do on our first night there. There aren't a lot of shows we haven't seen, but this is one!
As you can see, I am a HUGE fan of stripes. I wear horizontal stripes all the time - against the advice of many people in the fashion industry who insist they make you look fatter. Sigh.
Last year someone commented on my Instagram saying "If you wear vertical stripes you'll look much thinner". My reply? "I'm not trying to look thinner I'm trying to look like ME and I LOVE horizontal stripes, so I'm going to wear them." I think she was genuinely trying to be helpful, but her advice was based on the constant narrative we all hear that everything we wear should make us look smaller. Actually we just need to wear clothes that make us feel great.
Embellishments are everywhere this season, and for someone like me who believes 'more is more' it's thrilling!
You an even buy iron on patches for your jeans, like we used to have in the 80's. Except instead of the Care Bear variety, you can get beautiful florals and pop art patches.
I know you know this. But I love shiny things. I am a total magpie. And a couple of years ago after I decided I was going to wear whatever I liked, I started buying shiny things - a LOT. So, sequin is pretty much my middle name. There are some fabulous sequinned pieces out there and as you can see, I have been indulging!
Here are some fun ways to wear sequins - even in the day time!
Every year, Trelise Cooper has a huge outlet sale at their offices in Lion Road, Newmarket, in Auckland. I have never managed to go, but this year I finally made it!
And I am calling it now, this was the BEST sale I have ever been to! Now granted, Trelise suits my aesthetic perfectly. Sparkles, embellishments and beautiful fabrics galore. My Mum and friend Natalie also had a field day, want to see what I bought!?
You know those women who always look like they thoughtfully bought their entire outfit at once because it looks so perfectly put together?
Well here it is, the one easy step I use to pull my outfits together! Are you ready...?!
Could you narrow your wardrobe down to two key pieces that make the rest work? I think maybe I can...and surprisingly neither of them are covered in sparkles!
I can always style a decent outfit if I have a great pair of jeans and a striped tee.
There are a few items that I believe you just have to own to make the rest of your wardrobe work. The perfect blazer is a wardrobe essential, it can be dressed up, dressed down and looks great on everyone!
I can't remember a time when I didn't sleep without a bra on. Which is crazy, because I know that pre babies and breast feeding I definitely did...it's just that I have brain fog from all the sleepless nights and can't recall my perky boob days!
Last week on the blog we ran a competition to win a mini makeover with Wonderland Hair and Beauty and 10 lucky readers will receive the following:
- A hair wash and 'Indulgence Ritual' treatment
- A blow wave
- A colour consultation (in case you want to come back and go bright perhaps?!)
- A full face of makeup for a night out
This will be completed at Wonderland Hair and Beauty in Northcote Point, Auckland.
And the winners are!
Long or over the knee boots are back again this winter and if you haven't already, it's time to give them a try! They make you feel like a fox (in a sexy way, not a furry orange way!) they are super warm and they come in countless lengths, colours and styles.
I'm not going to lie, sharing everything I have bought this month is a little confronting - because truth be told, it's a LOT. We've been saving for a long time and I've been trying to be frugal, but now the weather has changed, it's colder and my winter wardrobe was sadly lacking. Also I've been feeling a bit 'meh', and James told me my 'depression was stinking out the place' (lol!) and sent me on a shopping trip, what a lovely husband! To be fair I had been standing in the wardrobe for about 20 minutes howling by that point. It happens to the best of us, right?!
I LOVE having bright hair. Going pink increased my confidence levels and helped me further develop my personal style (I'm still working on it of course!) These days going to the hairdresser is such a treat, a relaxing time to hang out with likeminded ladies and get my look under control. As much as I love my bright hair it's not for the time poor, so I asked my hair stylist, Alice, to give us a 'how to' guide for when you're thinking of going bright.
It's a hard road finding the perfect boot! I started looking for some new ankle boots about 2 months ago, and I finally bought something! Let's delve into my boot diaries shall we?
I LOVE pink. For a long time I was a red girl (probably because I grew up with a mother who used to say "Pink stinks!") but there is a lot of pink in my wardrobe right now, and from what I am seeing in stores the winter it's here to stay!
So here is a fun new little blog series, I am collecting pieces from readers that they are having trouble styling and giving it a whirl myself!
These shorts are from Forever 21 and came from a wardrobe edit I did with a client. "What do I wear with these? Here, you take them!" And take them I did.
I was scrolling through Instagram recently I saw Caitlin Taylor from Chasing Cait Style Coach wearing the I AM by Andrea Moore 'Fruit Salad top' (Sizes 8-16, $139.99 from Farmers or Andrea Moore stores nationwide). Well in my style stalker way, I ran out and bought it - yup, bloggers do that too. It's so cute! I think people often shy away from such a bright print, because what DO you wear it with (uhhm, everything!) I've styled it three ways to give you some ideas.
Woah the weather has certainly turned and Autumn is on it's way!
The wonderful people at 'MADLY Sweetly' want to give you the chance to win their wool blend 'What Spot Cardigan' to keep you cosy this autumn.
New label alert!
Recently I was invited to the Design House of NZ label 'Loobie’s Story' to view its newest label ‘MADLY Sweetly’. It is a collection created to appeal to the individual in every woman that craves timeless style, personalised with a hint of quirk and fun. My eye was immediately drawn to the navy, paisley and the luxurious knits.
Lots of us have fluctuating weight and that’s just the way it is. In the Dressing Up Style Workbook, I talk a lot about cleaning out your wardrobe and getting the closet of your dreams using what you already have. But some of you might be wondering how to do that when only a third of what is in your wardrobe actually fits...
I LOVE glasses. Changing your glasses can completely change your look, just like shoes! At any one time I usually have 3 or 4 pairs of sunglasses on the go (as well as my reading glasses). I like to invest in an expensive pair every few years ($300-$400) and interchange them with a couple of mid priced pairs ($80ish) and a cheap but fun pair ($10-$20, this is the pair the kids are allowed to play with!)
Are you waiting for permission to live the life you've always wanted? What is it that you really want to do, but are too nervous to try?
I have realised in the last few months that this blog hasn't just 'happened', in one way or another I have always wanted to work in the fashion industry. But I decided from quite early on that that was only for 'cool' people who were different and quirky (translation: broody and complicated - not my type!) Add to the fact that I was never thin, (fashionistas have to be thin right? Wrong...) or very confident that I was creative, and that pretty much ruled me out - or so I thought.