Wedding Table Decor for Hire

I'd love to share some of my wedding table decor items with you for unique place settings that your guests will admire.   I am hiring out my large selection of antique amber and brown glass bottles for anyone who is interested.  I have over 100 bottles and jars of varying sizes, textures and tones.

They would suit a rustic or vintage style New Zealand wedding and look great set against white tables or table cloths.  Add a pop of colour with some singular blooms or foliage.  

I also paired my white ruffle edged dinnerware with hand made linen napkins.  I can also hire out these napkins as well.   Email me if you are interested in either.

 

 

 

5 steps to declutter your wardrobe

Does this sound like you?  "I have too many clothes yet I don't know what to wear?"  This seems to be a common statement I am hearing from clients.   

Let's take the first part of this frustration "I have too many clothes".   Well if that is what you think then the answer is quite obvious - you need to cull!!   Too many options can create a level of anxiety in what to select in the mornings let alone taking up space in your wardrobe or drawers.  Here are five steps to get you minimalising your wardrobe:

1)  Firstly, put all your pieces into categories - tops, skirts, pants etc
2) Put aside what you wear regularly (those pieces you have been wearing for the past 6 months)
3) If you have a large pile remaining then this is what you need to take action with.  Go through and remove any items that are not in good quality condition.
4) Remove any items that no longer fit you (yes we all think we're going to get into that tight pair of skinnies from pre baby days - but the chances of this happening are...?)
5) Remove any items that are outdated (if you struggle to make this call, you may need a professional to advise, or ask a friend).

The Sallies are your friends here - ship off those culled items and let other people make use of them.

Be ruthless with this task, you will feel so good once you've cleansed this part of your life.  Without all the excess clothes you will have a new appreciation for the pieces that are left.  It may also show you more easily, what you might be missing.  Of course you may have something that is sentimental to you, then keep it,  but limit yourself to one or two sentimental items.

Get some nice wooden coat hangers, a damp rid bag and really create a wardrobe space that you want to get amongst!

Another little tip for your drawers - fold your items neatly so you can see what's inside!  Yes I'm a pastel gal....

Any questions, please ask.

Kon Mari drawers declutter

5 Ways to style your basics

Need a couple more ways to change up your outfits?  Here are some effective ways to turn those simple basics into something a little bit different to what you'd normally wear:

1) T-shirt/Tees

Tuck your t-shirt into a more formal skirt, this works well with the likes of a rocker, grungy or slogan tee.  Tucking it in makes it that tad tidier and is more flattering.  If there is too much bulk consider knotting the extra fabric.

slogan tee with plaid skirt
tee and pencil skirt

2) Shirt

Use your shirt as an added layer of colour or print – just tie it around your waist over jeans, a dress, or shorts and you have point of interest.  It can also help pull in a more floaty, unstructured dress to stop the bag lady look.

shirt tied around waist
shirt tied over dress

3) Woollen Jersey

I say jersey you say jumper, but you get what I mean... dress this basic up with floaty skirt for a contrast in textures. 

wool jumper with skirt
wool jersey with floaty skirt

4) Scarf

We all have a scarf or two in the wardrobe, so why not add a scarf in lieu of jewellery.  If you don't like the bulk of a scarf, try a silk neck tie instead.

silk neck tie womens fashion
scarf and formal wear

5) Cami

Cami's are very versatile, and sometimes we want to have them on show.  Try layering up for the cooler months with a kimono or thick knit cardy.

cami with cardy
cami and kimono

Photos: Pinterest

Iris Apfel - my current fashion idol

As we know, style is very individual and unique and some keep their sense of style for life.   Well this certainly applies to one woman who I came across recently on a Netflix doco about Iris Apfel.    At 95 years of age, this lady is still rocking it.  Her use of colour, print and textures is spot on, she is not afraid and doesn't follow trends.  Her background was in textiles and interior design travelling the world with her husband, for their business where she would buy beautiful pieces of fabric or interesting clothing, which were more like works of art.  Alongside these fabulous outfits comes her vast collection of costume jewellery - no she's not into the expensive stuff!   It wasn't until more recently that she has come to the attention of the media and the fashion set where she styles and designs and has even had her wardrobe exhibited in art museums.  I highly recommend you watch this doco, if only to check out the arm (and neck) candy she adorns!  Quirky, funky, I love this lady's style!

Iris Apfel fashion icon style queen
Iris, statement necklace, beads
Photo credits:  Pinterest

Humble Hilo ethical products

I was lucky to have four gorgeous flowergirls as part of my recent wedding with one of those girls being my little daughter Frankie.  I had an exact image in my head as to what I wanted them to wear - simple, pretty dresses without the fru fru and simple, strappy sandals suitable for summer.  Kind of like a roman sandal but not so heavy.  Just focusing on the sandals for a minute - do you think I could find what I wanted in New Zealand?!  No, of course not.  I scoured the web for days, trawling through Pinterest and Instagram before finally coming across these little guys.   They were exactly what I was after!   And, even better,  a portion of each purchase goes back to the women in Guatamala who hand make them.  Humble Hilo is their name, they work on behalf of the humanitarian organization World Link Partners to provide support by creating job opportunities and giving back portion of all its profits to three programs that will make a sustainable difference in the lives of Guatemalans in great need.

Flowergirl shoes, sandals

Photo credit: Sophie Lewis Photography

Mister Zimi for the print lovers

Mister Zimi dress style

On a visit to Melbourne late last year I was excited to come across a local brand making its mark across Australia.   What this label does well is create vibrant, girly pieces that just stand out from the crowd.   If you love colour then this store is the place to shop.  Not only do they have a great range of styles from jumpsuits to full length maxis, the price point is on point!   

Average price you are looking around the mid $AU200 mark you can find yourself buying more than one piece!  The range is designed in Australia and manufactured in Bali.  The tiny downside, and one reason for their affordable price is the fabric - at 100% viscose you really do need to take care when washing.  Hand wash in cold is a must with a very low iron.  

The new range (one option is shown above) is launching April 3rd!  

Image: From www.misterzimi.com

LORDE'S REVAMPED IMAGE

If you haven't seen it already, have a listen to the new single by Lorde.  I managed to finally hear (and see the clip) this week.   It looks to me that Lorde has revamped herself somewhat.   A new shorter hair do, a hot pink slinky dress - where is the black, who cares it's great!  And some saltry dancing on top of a cab...

Personally I love her use of colour this time, and I quite like the beat to this one, I'm thinking it might go number one, do you???

Clip courtesy of YouTube.

I went and got married!

After an 18 month engagement I am thrilled to now be a married lady!   On Saturday we had the most amazing day of celebration with friends and family, everything went well and the weather was fantastic.   What an amazing venue we had at Old Forest School in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.   Our stunning bridal party and pretty little flower girls did the best job ever of looking after us on our special day!

Photos by Sophie Lee Photography.

 

Stacey Gillies wedding
Old Forest School Wedding

Lululemon VP visiting Auckland

Dr Tom Waller, Senior Vice President of Whitespace™ at Lululemon Athletica, heads up a team of 30 creative innovators and R&D experts, he  is in Auckland in March for the NZTE Better by Design Summit which brings together top thought leaders in product design, innovation and culture.

Athleisure is a growing market, with people now choosing to wear their active wear from the gym through the day and even into the night.   The brand originates from Canada and according to the company's third quarter fiscal 2016 results, its net revenue increased 13 per cent on the previous year to US$544m (NZ$758m) and gross profit increased by 24 per cent to US$278.4m.

Their customer service and customer experience is at the heart of what they do.   Although some may say their leggings are expensive, they are doing something right with the massive year on year growth.

May favourites for athleisure currently though is Aussie label PE Nation and Swedish label Aim'n.