Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I absolutely in love with this post about Jen Brill's beauty regime (a New York Socialite, Agent and Terry Richardson's beau)
Beautiful photography, wise words, a touch too much Chanel.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Over the past month I have been naughty. Working in central Auckland has made a huge dent in my wallet and fattened my wardrobe. Oops.
But most of my purchases were not dear… not too dear.
Hopefully over the next few days I will walk you through my new summer wardrobe!
So first up…. (this outfit is actually quite dear indeed). This is my new favorite outfit. I can’t wait to find both the perfect occasion and the perfect hat to go with it.
Top – Forever new
Skirt – Juliette Hogan
Sunglasses – Sunglasses hut (Ray Bans)
Potential Hat – Dotti
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Well my dear friends it has been a long time. Way too long in fact. The days may be getting longer, but my spare time seems to be dwindling. Between Christmas things (already!!), living in two different abodes, excess work and making the most of the incredible sun… my blogging has fallen by the waist side. BUT not any more!
First up on my new diligent blogging regime, a summer conundrum.
This year I have had a challenge. Sandals. I really can’t find a good pair. I need something a tiny bit more than a jandal, but less that just a ballet flat. I have searched high and low and although I am not completely against the gladiator, for me that is a lot of strap for one shoe.
I have discovered my perfect summer sandal. The Hannah sandal, form Ruby.
I keep flicking to the picture during my work day and imagining my cute manicured feet feeling very at home in them. The only problem is the $250 price tag. Although I don’t actually think this is too bad, and I am sure they are very well made… I can’t seem to excuse this expense with Christmas AND Europe coming up.
But my feet are getting quite hot…. And I have quite literally worn a whole through my other sandals…. Oh what to do.
Friday, November 12, 2010
So I got out my old faithful laptop and had a gander at the price. What did I find?
This baby will set you back $16,685.
Now that is stupid Karen.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Now usually for me a fashion “must have” is an item of clothing, maybe a pair of shoes, often a handbag.
But today it is books.
I love to read. But I unfortunately run short of time in my life, so my go-to is often blog posts or magazine articles. A word quickie if you will, to satisfy my urges but fit in with my busy schedule.
Occasionally though I do enjoy the long indulgence of a full blown book. Bath full, wine poured, bubbles high, just these babies and me….
A style guide, by everyone’s fav Elle magazine, and a lookbook – what to wear for every occasion by Nina Garcia.
I am craving to get my hands on both. Nina’s books are always well written and insightful. And, well from what I have seen, Elle’s book looks cute and inspirational inside (check out some pics over here).
I have known a few to poo-poo the likes of fashion books. Saying that all they are is a marketing tool built around getting you to buy shit, unlike the undemanding love of a good fiction.
Although on some levels I agree, I am still a sucker for style guides.
Nina Garcia’s books take prime position on my bookshelf (which is really more of a magazine shelf as it is 92% Vogues). I adore pouring through the pages, learning all there is to know about what the very accomplished Garcia thinks, believes and lives by when it comes to fashion. I take it in, yet I don’t run out to buy each item in her “Top 100”.
So here is my completely uneducated but practiced advice…
“Guides” are just that.
Much like editorials in your favourite mags, these books are like a fantasy visits to fashion fairyland. Enjoy them, indulge in the ideas, but remember to bring yourself back to reality after a while.
These babies (as I so fondly know them) are just what they are called, guides. They are not a selection of rules to put each outfit through before leaving the house. They are ideas and concepts put forward by people (often of some fashion note). Take them as just that and don’t feel enforced to stay between the lines.
Really you should just wear what you love, and what makes you feel amazing.
There is nothing I love more than seeing somebody who knows, loves and appreciates the “rules” of fashion. Then promptly chucks them out of the window.
I really love the concept of designer collaborations. Yet, I am not sold on this one. I truly love the mens collection. But the woman's is just a bit ruffly and although it has definite potential, I won't be spending any hard earned cash on anything.
What are your thought? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
Monday, November 1, 2010
The colour I am in love with and want at the moment is 'Cheeky Chops' (pictured above), I saw it on a recent trip to Farmers (also stocked there) and thought it was the perfect shade to compliment sun kissed skin!
Go forth and purchase!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I have recently been pretty much living in this pair of Karen Walker shorts.
They are channeling my love of all things nautical while being long enough to make keep me looking decent and light and cotton(ey) enough to keep me cool. Pretty much the perfect summer short.
I am really loving this summers longer style of shorts; strangely they seem to be more summery than there cheek baring counter parts. With the chance to start wearing them much sooner in the season, the covering up of just a smidgen more of your pasty winter legs and the ability to climb a trees in them.
For some reason the latter is a really huge point for me. Although I have rarely found myself up a tree, it seems like a great summer activity that should not be ruled out by ones clothing choices. I am keeping my fingers crossed that a bum-brushing alternative doesn’t swiftly replace long shorts.
I have recently purchased 2 other amazing summer must haves and will do a post really soon on those!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ok, I actually discovered this lookbook by Lauren Moffatt a week ago and it has just been sitting open on my computer since. I absolutely love it and can’t stop looking at it.
It is just such a great lazy summer outfit. I would happily wear each piece. But I think standout for me would have to be the high waist-ed striped trousers (with the nifty gold zip). How long have I dreamed of owning a pair of these without even realizing it? A very long time it seems.
I think the real trick with this collection has to be the accessorizing. Yes, the individual pieces are amazing. And would look great on most. But paired with those chunky heels, cute socks, great flat hats, sunnies and silk scarfs it is a true winning recipe... get ready for summer chic. And thanks to dear Lauren we now know exactly what to wear with our cotton dresses to make our outfits pop.
This is the first time I have posted pretty much every picture from a collection; I love it that much.
Sidenote: Girls of NZ please note - no denim cut offs in sight and still a great, comfortable, breezy look that will keep you cool without a bit of butt cheek hanging out.
I have cut offs, and wear them. So it is hypocritical to bad mouth them, and I do see a huge place for them in a summer wardrobe. But what I will say, is… for summer there is a huge array of choice, living in a pair of denim cut offs like 50% of the New Zealand population appears to be already doing (including some odd looking men) isn’t always the best option. Especially when they don’t suit all.
Try Mrs Moffatts amazing white red and blue striped shorts instead.