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Lookbook: Barre-to-Bar; Off Duty Ballerina

By November 24, 2016 Style
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A loose and comfy combo to throw on after a workout; slouchy boyfriend pants (Zara), and sweater (Esprit).  Sweep your hair up into a casual messy bun but add some heels and earrings for evening glamour and you are good to go!

 

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A Klutz’s Guide to Wearing White

By August 19, 2016 Style
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klutz (google definition)

noun

North American informal

noun: klutz; plural noun: klutzes

  1. a clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.

 

White is crisp and classic, can be dreamy or sophisticated and looks and feels super cool and when worn in summer.  But for some of us, it turns every plate of food into a minefield…that may have been the case for me:

-A few years ago, when I was moving from a team-based job to a more solitary role, the first thing my team-mate said to me was “But who will bring you extra napkins when you spill food on yourself every day?”

-I once had to change clothes halfway through the work day because my skirt was so badly stained after an entire plate of Morrocan stew “jumped” onto my lap (or maybe someone bumped me.  I don’t remember.)

-When there were plenty of chairs but not enough space around the lunch table at, people would part like the Red Sea to give me a space at the table. For their own safety.

-Remember when everyone was wearing those T-shirts in the late nineties that said “Actress in Training?” Someone took a stained T-shirt of mine and had “Eater in Training” printed on it.

So yeah.  You could say I was fairly qualified as a klutz.  But those days are over. Really. And I will share my secrets with you, so that you too can wear white without looking like a four-year old used you as a hand-towel after a day of finger-painting. 

 

My Tips for Getting Through The Day in White Clothing:

  1. If you are wearing white pants/skirt/a dress, watch where you sit…
  2. When eating sitting down: bring your chair extra close to the table so any food you drop falls back onto your plate rather than onto your lap. Put a napkin in your lap just in case.
  3. When ordering, it might be best to avoid spaghetti in tomato sauce, ribs etc… anything with a high splash and/or stain factor is asking for trouble.
  4. Sitting and eating without a table with your plate on your lap is probably the riskiest position. If you can’t avoid this, cover your lap with napkins and hold your plate up when you take a bite.   
  5. When eating standing up, use a napkin and bend forwards slightly and elegantly when you take a bite so anything you drop falls to the floor without streaking down the entire length of your outfit. Just slightly.  Bend too much and you will look ridiculous/like you have gas.
  6. When you wear something white, make it an outfit you love. Trust me, you will be more careful.

Now excuse me, I just have to wipe up this coffee I spilled on the keyboard…

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First appeared on nzgirl.co.nz

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Look-book: On a Roll

By August 14, 2016 Lookbook, Style
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Today’s weekend look: Cashmere blend knit top and necklace from Decjuba, boots from Overland, Jeans from Esprit.

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Boyfriend Pants…If Steve Urkel Was Your Guy

By August 8, 2016 Style
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So when boyfriend pants became popular a few years ago, I thought they looked great.  Casual, comfortable, had that oh-so-cool “just-thrown-on” look.   I eagerly bought two pairs online. One grey and one blue, carefully following the fitting measurments on the site to find the correct size.

When they arrived, the low-slung pants certainly were not too tight nor did they fall off my hips because they were too big.  Yet they somehow they looked so baggy I looked like a hobbit drowning in a mire of material.  So they sat, unworn in the depths  of my closet, only to pop out to remind me of my online foolishness whenever I delved into the deep for something to wear.

Recently, in a fit of decluttering I pruned piles out my wardrobe.  Anything that was not worn in the last year went.  I was ruthless.  But those two pairs of unworn pants…I was determined to make them work. Maybe I could take them in myself.  I tried pulling, rolling, tucking….no, no, no! Um….with the help of a belt…hitching? Seriously, why was I trying to emulate a 90s nerd…urkellayout

But on a second glance, maybe it wasn’t so bad?  Why not go the full-geek with stripes and nerd glasses, or a multi-coloured relic cardigan from the eighties?

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OK as much as I love the Urkel, what say I don’t feel like going out looking like an early-nineties caricature or a “Where’s Wally” cartoon?  Maybe an feminine peplum top and ultra-high, floral-print stilettos will counter-balance the flood-water slacks?

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But I don’t know, then again, he did high heels too…

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Look-book: Working Weekend

By July 22, 2016 Lookbook, Style
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This is my going-in-to-work-to-get-some-paperwork done outfit; nice and warm for the trip there because it’s winter here in New Zealand (loving my new Esprit jacket), jeans (for that casual weekend feel),  boots with a bit of a heel and a pop of red for fun.

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I stepped out feeling chic and warm and then promptly slipped, tripped and got mud all over my suede boots.

Fashion Fortune Cookie Recipe:

“Suboptimal coordination+high heels+wet weather = recipe for putting one’s foot in it”

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Style for the Lazy Shopper

By January 7, 2016 Style
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I love having outfits to wear that make me feel stylish and put together as much as the next girl.  But I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, and truth be told, I’m a little lazy about it.  Also, when I find something I like, I like it to last.  So its lucky that I usually try to incorporates lots of classic cuts in neutral colours into my wardrobe.  Otherwise I could be sitting here typing in a polar-fleece patterned vest, be hitting the town in ombre-dyed metallic-weave flares or going jogging in one of those matching track-suits with a message on the butt.  (All things my much trendier and fashion-forward sister has been seen in in the last 10 years).

Tips for efficient shopping for the lazy (and/or frugal) shopper:

  1. Collect items of good quality and timeless style. Looking after them, following the care instructions and hanging them up nicely so they don’t lose their shape also helps them to last. A benefit of shopping less frequently and having fewer items is  you can then splash out on some really fabulous long-wearing pieces
  2. Online shopping. You can look at hundreds of items in a few minutes rather than having to trawl through the shops. It’s particularly good for accessories. I have had the best success with tops and dresses with a bit of stretch, in tried-and-tested silhouettes which I already know suit me. Things like pants and shoes really need to fit just right so I still usually go to the shops for those.
  3. Instead of shopping for whole new outfits, look for versatile new pieces that can be mixed and matched with existing items in your closet. If you love something that is likely to be a short-term trend, get a relatively inexpensive version that can be worn with things you already have. This is a great way to personalize the trend to your own style.

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Fashion Fortune Cookie:

“She who tries to keep a foot on every fashion band wagon loses her balance and ends up a hot mess (having fallen between wagons onto warm horse poop).” -MarcelleF

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