Auckland based reviewer of New Zealand and international fashion, interiors, and all things creative and colourful. For styling services (personal image styling, editorial, television) please contact me on fashionfairground@gmail.com

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fashion Fairground styling services in Auckland

Fashion Fairground is a fashion styling service offering a unique and fresh perspective to clients. We cater to everyone, including pregnant and post-baby body shapes, delivering honest advice and direction.  Our approach means you can work with us for as much or as little as you need.

  • Understand your body shape and how to best complement it.
  • Learn how to dress your pregnancy bump and post baby body.
  • Guided shopping (including online and recycled options).
  • Find the perfect outfit for that special occasion.
  • Create a new style/image.
  • Advice on career dressing.
Our simple step-by-step process allows you to work with us for as much or as little as you need:

  1. Consultation - An initial meeting enables us to get a sense of your lifestyle, body shape, what you want to achieve, your pain points and budget for your new image/wardrobe.  A written brief forms the basis for further discussion.  (Free, max 1.5hrs)
  2. Wardrobe Edit - A full wardrobe edit (including accessories and footwear) to assess what works for your body shape and colour, where you have gaps, and what needs updating. ($80p/h, min 1 hr)
  3. Recommendation - Based on the information gained from the initial consultation and from the assessment of your wardrobe edit, a concept board is created which recommends an appropriate style and some key pieces to achieve your look. ($80)
  4. Guided Shopping - A guided shopping session taking direction from your concept board and budget. This can include online shopping. ($80p/hr, min 2 hrs)
  5. Mix and Match (optional) - In this final step we provide guidance on how to wear new pieces with your existing wardrobe to create even more outfit options for you. Photographs are taken to capture your new looks. ($80p/hr, min 1 hr)
To check out a selection of past styling projects check out our Pinterest board here.

Please contact Stacey on Auckland, 0210 297 9065 or fashionfairground@gmail.com for further information or to make an appointment.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fashion Fairground Launches Personal Styling Service

I’m excited to announce that after a year and a half of working on various voluntary styling projects, I have decided to take the next step by offering my services professionally as a personal fashion stylist under my blog name Fashion Fairground.
Having had requests from various people over the years and now armed with experience gained in editorial, costume, television and personal styling, I’ve decided it’s time to offer my advice in a more serious manner.
Like booking a hair stylist, engaging the services of a fashion stylist should be just as accessible. The aim of Fashion Fairground’s styling service is to bring a fresh perspective to clients providing honest advice and direction while allowing them to choose as much or as little guidance as they need, to their budget and time frames.
Added to this, I now have an understanding of dressing a pregnant body shape so this will also be a focus of my work.
Please share this post with those you feel would be interested in hearing about this new service. 
Thank you!




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