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Friday, July 17, 2015

Men's sock style - top tips

Socks are one of the accessories in a man's wardrobe which can provide a little personality.  With a huge range of socks on the market offering different textures, colours and prints, socks are a fun way to chop and change your look.  There is a fine line however where some socks shouldn't be worn with certain outfits or trousers (I'm thinking white socks and suit pants for example!!)  

Socks were once worn for practical reasons but nowadays, in this fashion conscious world socks can give that extra hit of pizazz to an outfit.  Here are a few of my top tips on how to style your socks to your trousers:


  • Wear a pair that complements your trousers/suit.  Eg. If wearing a mid grey suit then opt for a charcoal or black sock.  Try and keep your colour combo tonal eg, light grey suit then socks should be a tone of grey. Navy suit, then a sock in a tone of blue.
  • Obviously black suit equals black socks.  Slightly different for jeans where if you wear black jeans your socks can be more casual or funky as long as they aren't white like John Travolta! :)
  • Subtle pattern like stripes are popular for socks and can be worn with suit pants ensuring the stripes complement your trouser colour.  Unless of course you are going for a bold and daring look then you want to really go statement see middle pic below.
  • The heavier your trousers ie denim or corduroy the heavier texture your sock should be.
  • Of course all of the above depends on whether you are wearing a shoe or a boot - if a boot, it doesn't really matter if the sock isn't on show.
  • Throw out any holey socks!  There really is no need for this!

Lastly, I found this great little gem of website for you sock-a-holic guys out there.  Soxy - a subscription service for men delivering 5 stylish pairs of socks on a monthly basis - yes that's right, each month 5 new designs are created and can be delivered straight to your doorstep!  No more stressing about your socks in the morning guys!




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Image: lacasuarina.tumblr.com

mens sock style, fashion,
Image: Soxy

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Image: Mango Studios

Monday, July 13, 2015

How to style fine hair

Those of us with fine locks would love to have a head of thick shiny hair, we always want what we can't have. Well I too have fine hair and I often get asked how I get volume in it.  To be honest my hair is sometimes a bit boofy so that helps, but other times it can be flat (and no one likes flat hair!!).   I am not one for spending hours in the morning on my hair either, so I style my hair in a pretty easy go lucky way.  I don't like to look too preened (with my hair at least!) and much prefer the 'just got out of bed' look.

So how do I create the volume?  My must have products are the following:

Fine tooth comb
Dusting/powder  (I use Schwarzkopf Osis)
Hairspray (currently using L'Oreal Infinium)
Bobby pins 

These are my steps for getting volume into fine hair:
1) comb hair (if it needs it) otherwise run your fingers through it to get out any knots
2) scoop up sections of your hair around the front and top of your head and sprinkle very lightly the texture dust then lightly massage this into the roots of your hair.
3) take a section of your hair at the top of your head/above your forehead and at the crown and backcomb this until you see it getting some lift (see pic below).  Beware - don't go too crazy with the backcombing!!
4) lightly comb over the top of the backcombed section of hair to remove any scraggly bits and so you can't see the backcombed section of hair.
5) tie your hair up in a pony tail or bun, or leave your hair out
6) finish with hairspray

Note - bobby pins can be used to help position your bun/pony tail in position and helps maintain the height at the crown.

This is my messy bun :)

How to get volume and style fine hair

Products used to get volume into fine hair

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top 5 Linen Duvet Covers

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love linen bedding.  The way it crinkles and hangs and its softness over time, makes linen a luxury item for the bedroom.   I've invested in linen pillow cases and sheets and my current mission is to find a linen duvet cover. Our bedroom style is very neutral and luckily the duvets I've spotted are in lovely neutral tones.  There is not a wide range when it comes to linen duvets, however I have done some research below.  They range in several colourways and price points (in New Zealand), here are my top five stockists:

Based on a Queen size:

1) Farmers  (Domani)  currently one sale (as at 23.06.15), $114 - GREAT DEAL!
2) Citta Design $239
3) Letliv $249
4) Collect Living $290
5) Nest-Direct $299


Linen duvet cover and sheets


Friday, June 12, 2015

New Zealand made anti-wrinkle serum by Snowberry sets international standard


I posted a product review back in August 2013 about local skin care brand Snowberry.   Snowberry has been in the media a lot of late due to its advanced skin care formula specifically with their new anti wrinkle serum 'New Radiance Face Serum (with Cu-PEP™)' that has had international recognition.

Snowberry has been working for the past 4 years with the University of Auckland’s School of Pharmacy.  The New Radiance Face Serum has shown that its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkle volume exceeds that of a world renowned brand (Strivectin) and in less than 8 weeks!   What is even better for the consumer is that this product is priced at an accessible $NZ40 for 30ml.

There is not one, over the counter (OTC) anti-aging skin care product currently in the market that shows significant skin smoothing performance that is supported by gold standard clinical trials. Snowberry’s new serum will be the first.

I was sent the serum to trial for myself.  You don’t need much, a little goes a long way and if it does what the research is saying then I will be sticking with this product for sure!  Hope to give you some good results in the next month or two!

Go Kiwi!!

Snowberry skincare serum

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kowtow Clothing - ethical fashion

It's been over a month since I posted - in this time my gorgeous daughter Francesca (Frankie) was born so things have been busy to say the least.  So, with some time on  my hands between feeding this post is about about a New Zealand label called Kowtow - of which I just bought a pair of funky pants (see pic) yesterday on my morning walk!  (it's great to be able to get back into trousers again!)  

Kowtow are all about fair trade, they use 100% certified fair trade organic cotton throughout their range.  Priced at a great price point, I will definitely be buying this label again.  Check out their unique collection here.



www.kowtowclothing.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion Fairground featured on Thread.co.nz

I am thrilled so see an article on the launch of Fashion Fairground's personal styling service here on Thread.   Every little bit of press helps to get the word out, so thank you Megan Robinson for featuring this piece. Also thanks to Wendy Brandon for shooting the photographs.

38 weeks pregnant, Stacey Gillies @ Fashion Fairground
Photography: Wendy Brandon






Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to make an Envelope Cushion Cover

Envelope cushions/pillow covers are a great way to refresh the decor in a room, no need to deal with the hassle of inserting a zip.

My recent project was this little rectangular, pale pink cushion with pom pom trim.

Example of envelope cushion cover


What you need to start with:
  1. Cushion inner
  2. Fabric (and suitable trim, if desired)
  3. Cotton
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Tape measure
  7. Sewing machine 
  8. Iron
1) First you need to cut your fabric - measure your cushion insert and add 2 cm to all sides (to allow for the seam), cut and set aside.  This is going to be the front.

2) Then cut another piece of fabric using the same width as the front piece but add 6cm to the length.

3) Cut this piece in half.  These 2 back pieces should now match the size of the front piece - check this by laying the pieces on top of the front piece and you will see the envelope effect.  They will overlap each other.

4) Neatly sew one edge of both the back (half) pieces.

5) Now lay all pieces together - good side of fabric facing inwards and pin together.

6) Sew along the edges, snip off any loose thread.

7) Turn the cover the right way and insert your cushion innner.

Done!

If you want to add a trim like I have, then you need to sew this onto your front piece after step 1.  Note - this is quite fiddly!

To see this in action, here is a Youtube clip that I referred to.