Sunday, August 24, 2014

Join The Flock: A Chic Sustainability Boutique

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Few stores have the ability to meet all of my shopping criteria at the same time. Unique design, ethically made and all from quality materials are hard characteristics to encompass into one shop. The Flock is that shop. It's an invitingly modern boutique with copious amounts of light flooding in to accentuate all of the treasures that are displayed within. 

Owners and operators Emma Smith and Billy Watson are artists and design aficionados who source items that are fair trade or hand made for their customers and offer a chic and sophisticated space to shop. The promotion of responsibility in design is seen in the entire range of their distinct collection.While in-store you can see the natural lines on hand-carved trinkets, smell luxurious soaps and feel the supple leather of a well-designed handbag. In addition to the Found My Animal range, our latest find is this pouch from My Deer Fox made in New Zealand. It features a minimalist design with brass accessories making it a luxury piece that will last a lifetime.

Check out The Flock on Facebook and for more on the boutique's history click here (via Discovering Christchurch).

Visit the shop at The Tannery on Garlands Rd. in Woolston
Open at 10am 7 days a week 
Ph. 03 389 9242

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

One, Two, Skip a few...September

Here is a sneak peek of the September issue from Vogue. That big fat issue full of fresh ideas. For the first time in a long time models are on the cover. These are a particular set of supermodels who've plunged head-first into the digital age. Joanna Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss take center stage for the most coveted issue of the year.

Friday, August 15, 2014

#Gotitfree from Vogue: A Coming of Age Tale

When I was young and that transitional phase of growth began to reek havoc on my face, Neutrogena came to the rescue. It's formula seemed magical at the time because skin issues were quickly abated with a daily regimen. I learned early how important a healthy glow was and over the years, I seem to have trialed every brand under the sun. Whether itwas for work research out of boredom, there is hardly a brand I've not tried over the last two decades. Now I've come full circle. Vogue sent over this choice sample kit with explicit details on how to use the brand new Neutrogena range. I was dubious but after 3 days of use, there are some noticeable #rapidresults taking place. I'm pretty impressed but stay tuned for my final analysis after a full week of serious sampling.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fashion Forward: Knee High Boots and Beyond

There is nothing like a shopping experience to jolt you into reality. I stepped out of the car and realized that Winter had set in. It is getting cold here in NZ and this has required the entire wardrobe to be overhauled and changed. As we move into winter a few simple rules apply: Layering is key to staying warm while heating the core and keeping it bottled in with a hat will help, too. However, there seems to be a recurring pattern for me as the seasons turn colder that has helped get me through the wintry winds each year. The addition of a good pair of boots. I love following all of the Fall/Winter shows via Vogue because the styles are seasonally relevant now. Take note of the knee-high boot they have chosen  for being the Fall buy. It goes all the way up to give you that extra bit of warmth and the style is bold yet versatile. I always encourage you to shop smart and with a purpose and this trip was no different. Here is a small gallery of knee-high and higher boots that will be trending this fall so look for inspiration here.
I am rocking mine above while shopping no less so go for style and comfort to get the most out of them.
Knee-High and Beyond

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dog Shopping in Our Real Life

It was during one of those really great shopping trips that I found FOUND. After expressing our new found love of our dog's accessory to them, we were so grateful to the people of Found My Animal for sending over a few choice photos to share with my readers. Even when it comes to the pooches, I highly recommend for you to shop smart. Handcrafted, unique and beautiful are a few ways to describe this brand out of Brooklyn.

Check out the latest from the family blog and how this premium brand has brought us some Real Life Salvation.

Shop the entire collection here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 & "Couture By The Numbers"

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/ via
Couture Fashion Week 2014 has come to an end and by definition this is the height of fashion for the world. The rigidity of the couture world calls for big ideas and big numbers alike. There was rumored to be a pregnant bride and almost 300,000 sequins involved.
Click here for a quick review of some vital stats from the couture shows. 

Do you see this Valentino dress here?
It's Roman-esque and it is breathtaking. Handcrafted details and fabric that you could live in. Forever. Check out the entire Valentino review and slideshow via

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jill Main for The Manos

What is the official requirement of smart dressing in the winter? LAYER. It is that simple. Multiple layers of a good quality, insulating material that will lock-in the heat. Merino is the best of the best and while you must insulate your core and top to truly bottle in the heat, let's accessorize a bit. Winter dressing doesn't have to mean drudgery. These handmade Jill Main mitts are the perfect addition to the winter wardrobe. I, as seen below cannot get enough. I suffer from seriously cold hands and these have been the acquisition of a lifetime. It feels like a Game of Thrones winter where it may or may not last for generations. My mitts protect against the winds and wet days that chill me to the bone. Another luxurious layer to 
I purchased mine from Ballantynes in the Cashel St. Mall and another pair from The Canterbury Museum

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