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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Women in Clothes

My summer read is "Women in Clothes" by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and many others.

This book is a fascinating read and has insights from over 600 women about why they dress like they do, what makes them choose the clothes they do and how their clothes affect them.  The book began as a survey asking more than 50 questions designed to prompt woman to think more deeply about their individual style.  It looks at how the garments we put on every day define and shape our lives.


If you like books on fashion, this one is a must have.






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dressing a pregnant body

Pregnancy shouldn't mean covering yourself in oversized clothing, and I was sure that I wouldn't be wasting my money on some of the maternity options that are out there in NZ, which, at over rated prices are downright ugly.  As I have slowly grown over the past 7 months I have gained an understanding about which parts of my body (mainly my stomach), are growing the most and how to adapt my wardrobe to this.  To give you an example, most of my underwear is no longer suitable.  Bras - I was refitted with a new supportive, clean line Freya t-shirt bra - it is fantastic.  Briefs - I have moved on from the smaller bikini and hipster style to the fuller brief (dear I say it) because these sit on or over your bump lessening the chances of ugly lines and muffin affect that a skimpier pair would do.  Full control/shape underwer is also one of my go to's, ensuring that any dresses or skirts I wear just skim over my bump and hips.  Great options are Jockey, Bendon and Fine Lines.

In terms of fabric, I have moved towards cotton/jersey fabrics that has plenty of stretch.  Many of my new pieces are from Kookai, where styles are on trend but the fabrics are comfortable.  

Here are some of my recent purchases to work with my bump - and they are not maternity wear so you use post pregnancy.







Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dressing for the office environment


Over the past 13 and a bit years of working in the office environment, from the more relaxed to the very corporate, I have seen many an interesting outfit on females.  I was goikng to give my 'Top 10 Do's and Don't's' but I couldn't quite stick to this -so here are my top 13...

Don’t:

  1. Wear low cut tops/i.e no cleavage please
  2. Wear heels with worn heel tips
  3. Show your bra straps 
  4. Wear scuffed shoes or worse holey shoes
  5. Wear trainers (unless it’s casual Friday or you have just walked to work in them)
  6. Wear skirts/dresses above mid thigh
  7. Have a VPL (visible panty line)
  8. Have the 4-boob look, especially in fitted tops
  9. Wear past-it, nobbly (lint) sweaters/tops
  10. Have chipped nail polish
  11. Wear cheap junky jewellery ie skull heads, overly large rings on all fingers
  12. Wear heels if you can’t walk in them properly
  13. Wear a Kathmandu/Macpac puffer-style jacket with work attire, especially a suit.


Do:

  1. Wear the appropriate underwear for your clothing i.e, 'shape' underwear for fitted dresses, skirts and pants which resolves the muffin top issue (much better than a g-string).  The right size bra – to eliminate 4 boob/sagging boobs   
  2. Check yourself in the mirror before leaving home, i.e do a 360 in the mirror
  3. Polish your shoes/clean your shoes
  4. Bend over in your skirt at home and decide if it is appropriate for the office
  5. Try and wear a belt with trousers/pants where you can – it finishes the look
  6. Tuck your blouse/shirt in
  7. Have a blazer on hand for those important meetings
  8. Have trimmed, tidy nails
  9. Wear a shoe that suits your clothing ensemble
  10. Wear nude colour underwear when wearing anything white, sheer or pastel
  11. Look at the senior staff in your organisation and take some cues off them
  12. Keep your hair clean 
  13. Maintain your feet/toenails when wearing open toes shoes in summer.

Always handy to have on hand in your drawer at work an emergency supply of the following:

  • Nail polish remover and cotton wool pads
  • Dry shampoo 
  • Deodorant 
  • Safety pins

Easy!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NZ Sale - designer brands at discount prices

Are you after the best brands at the best prices?  All while buying from the comfort of your own home?  NZ Sale is a members-only, online shopping club, each day sending you an invite to exclusive sales that includes products for women, men, kids, home, beauty, wine and more at up to 80% off the retail price.

Sales are every day, seven days a week with 60% of stock being sold in the first 48 hours.  So jumping on the sales early is recommended.  Items are sourced internationally, so although you are getting a great deal on price, delivery is a little longer than you would normally experience.  NZ Sale's average delivery timeframe is up to 21 days from the sale ending.  This is the reason behind the discounted prices.

I recently ordered a Dolce and Gabbana Perfume (NZ Sale price $99 for 100ml), thank you NZ Sale.  If you have the time, there is plenty on the site to browse.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunglasses for any occasion

A key part of any outfit are the accessories you put with it.   In particular sunglasses – whether its summer or winter,  the right pair of sunnies can complete your ensemble. I have been a buyer of both cheap sunnies; the $20 types and expensive brands – my ultimate pair was by Ralph Lauren which, like most people I lost.
Nowadays, being more concerned with taking care of my eyes and the skin around my eyes I have invested in a good pair by BLVCK – no longer in production from the States.  They are a black frame, a versatile and sophisticated look.  But, I want some fun options for summer so I can mix things up – so I am looking at the more mid-price brands.  Here are some I've checked out so far:

Mink Pink: AU$49.95

Le Specs: AU$69.95


Roc: AU$89.95

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rollas Jeans got to get yourself some!

Now I don't buy jeans very often and when I do I take my time over the final decision.  I had been eyeing some up I had seen on a model on Pinterest, and tried to track them down (as I couldn't see what brand she was wearing).  My investigation showed that the jeans I was after were called Rollas, an Australian brand that is doing very well in the market.  I was specifically after something high waisted and skinny.  Rollas have two styles catering for this - East Coast and West Coast - after trying on both I decided that the very very high waisted option (East Coast) was probably not quite me so I went with the West Coast.  High enough to give me the look I wanted - longer legs with the added bonus of pulling everything in so you feel nice and flat in the front - bonus!  These are such comfortable jeans, they are ankle grazers too so need to take them up and they look great with heels.

East Coast, Blue Rain

West Coast, Avalon Blue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Juna Menswear Launches in Grey Lynn, Auckland

I attended the launch of new menswear label 'Juna', Kiwi made by local designer Julie Stevens.  Diversifying from her womenswear designs, Juna is targeted at young males right through to the more mature man.  Some great wool blend pieces that hint towards the Swandri but are just that bit more sophisticated.  Read my full story here on Thread.