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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Charlotte Penman: New Website Launched

One of my favourite New Zealand jewellery designers Charlotte Penman, has launched her new website. Charlotte is also preparing to show at New Zealand Fashion Week which runs from 26 - 31 August. Looking forward to new designs to lust after (and add to my growing collection)...





Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Topshop Challenge 2014

Regular readers will remember the challenge I set myself last year in finding at least 15 Topshop items that I would dress my 43-year-old body in. Well, here I go again! Let's see what I found...

















Monday, 11 August 2014

Country Road: Taste of Spring

A quick look around Country Road on the weekend. There's a spend-and-save on and they seem to have every major trend covered. Here are my picks for Spring:



The Grown-up Body Con

Technical Pencil Skirt



The Contrast Sleeveless Shirt

Sleeveless Pinstripe Shirt



The Pastel Sandal




The Pointed Flat (Bonus Points for Grey Suede)




The Isabel Marant Tribute

Embroidered Smock Top



Pale Pink Anything




Tan Bucket Bag




De-constructed Trenchcoat

Detail Trench Coat



Culottes

Culotte Jumpsuit



Palm Print

Leaf Print Sweat Short

Sunday, 10 August 2014

1985

Here I am, aged 14, in 1985 at my friend Kelly's house (who kindly sent me this picture the other day):


By this point in my life, I was in denial about being a girl. I was a tomboy through and through, and only grew out of it in my early 20s. The look on my face had been the go-to expression for every photo since the late 1970s, It would continue until the late 1990s, when I decided to prove again to the world that I indeed, did have a set of teeth.

I remember this photo and the day on which it was taken, even though it's been almost 30 years. Life was a small, localised affair then. There was no internet. No mobile phones. We hung out with friends. We spoke on the telephone.

And, fashion was obviously different then too. No online shopping. My wardrobe in 1985 consisted of hand-me-downs from my big sister Tanya, the odd new purchase (necessities mostly), and things I managed to save up for using my pocket money. The following year I got my first after-school job which changed everything on the fashion front for me. By the late 80s/early 90s, more fashion labels were starting up in New Zealand. In 1994 I was shopping up a storm in London.

The outfit I'm wearing is a quite wonderful example of sporty-chic. Since Kelly sent me this photo I have been reminiscing about my 1980s wardrobe. On this particular day in 1985, I wore a blue satin baseball jacket. This, from memory, was gifted to my sister by a friend's older sibling just returned from overseas, and I acquired it somehow. The red pants are authentic Adidas track pants, complete with under-foot stirrups. And the trainers are Adidas Oregon in white and silver: my first-ever 'proper' running shoes. I had them on layby for weeks and I treasured them, until they fell apart.

How, I wonder, would I style this outfit nowadays?


Friday, 8 August 2014

Goodnight Macaroon

I had noticed Goodnight Macaroon getting a mention on a few blogs so I thought I'd take a look. Whilst the majority of items are aimed at a twenty-something demographic, there are several items that would work on a forty-plus, and sizes aren't too bad either. Here are my picks:

Paisley Print Open Quilted Boxy Embroidery Jacket

Light Blue Thin Stripe Chambray Oversized Shirt

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Neon Yellow Trimmed Black Striped Jersey Top Women's Basic Tee T-shirt

Black Faux Leather Sleeveless Crop Top

Black Leafy Print Drawstring Pants

Neon Floral Print White Shift Dress

Structured Boat Neck Stripe Tee


Folded Sleeve Oversized Chiffon Shirt

Navy Blue Kimono Floral Print Trousers

Saturday, 2 August 2014

The Linen Project

So we ended up going with the Seneca linen duvet cover in charcoal, with matching pillowcases for the master bedroom. And we have a brand new high-loft down duvet inner on order so we do the duvet cover justice:

Natural Bed Linen


For the guest room, we've gone with Logan and Mason's Ascot range in the pale grey with contrasting white pilowcases:


Can't wait until it all arrives so we can create our new-look bedrooms!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Welcome Sarah!

I am excited to welcome a new photographer tothe blog, my very own niece Sarah! So, now I have Sara and Sarah to take lovely photos, I will work even harder to bring together looks and outfit inspiration for you. Watch this space for new photos from both of these talented women.

It's bitterly cold here in Auckland lately, so it takes all my strength to get out there and pose for photos! And, I have the added challenge of a very well-edited closet lately. Several items are on major repeat!