Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shopping #Repost via June Ambrose

Moving The Duchess To Icon Status

I am going to make the ambition stance of moving The Duchess right on up to icon status. She is the modern day princess who is now, again, with child. Choosing a life where you are destined to be queen I'm sure has plenty of pros and cons. 24-hour staff is most assuredly a pro. Royalty. How far removed are we from that world? I attended my share: Cotillion, galas and balls. Dined in the company of financial moguls. Traveled to European castles. None of this gets you close to the Royal Family of England. However, location does. Duchess Kate visited when I was only about 10 minutes from her in town which is where I snapped this shot.
Royalty became reality for about thirty minutes as the children and I played audience to her family's visit. Her slender frame outfitted in *red and her friendly greetings were all to be expected. Her hair was as close to perfection as you can get which was the same as her sweet face. Admittedly, I was a bit starstruck. She is a living legend but very real all the same.

*Princess Kate is so real in fact that she has re-worn this Luisa Spagnoli suit several times. Just like the rest of us...right. Truly, it was impeccable close-up. I am sure it was an investment for The Crown but it fits like a glove.

Smart shopping, Royals.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I've Spotted Christmas

It's September and I've spotted Christmas. The festive chocolates, lay-by offers, and toy deals galore are not-so-subtle hints that tis' almost the season. I'm not rushing things and though this may be the earliest I've spotted the season, there are tons of pros to smart shopping early on. You'll save heaps of cash on early bird sales while you can stagger your budget over a few months. You can stash toys away in a secret box and keep track as they accumulate. I have three children so organization is key to gift giving fairness. 

If you are not yet ready to go all out, then start small. I've recently added these Advent Calendars to my hidden collection. They are a very traditional item and were a quarter of the price they'll be next month. Bonus. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

One Man'sTrash Is My Beeswax

Burt's BeesI've honestly never been a fan. As much as I love to shop for eco-luxury products like these, something about the entire line hasn't gelled with me. They are all-natural and offer an entire range of beauty products. Just about everyone else in my life is an avid devotee. My sister won't leave home without it. Living in the Pacific Northwest had you subjected to Burt's Bees lip balms and creams at every check out counter from Target and beyond. Now living down under it's another beauty bag staple for both ladies and gents. 
Conversations over the years have gone like this when offered:
 Me: Um, no thank you.... hmm...nooo...
Everyone else in the world: Do it, try it, use mine-which would actually never happen (don't share, people it's gross!!)

Point is this, it never seemed to moisturize me enough. 

Well, if you look here I've added it to my beauty bag. Burt's Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand Cream. Now that's s mouthful. More like a handful. It's a good handful of moisturizing goodness. After all these years a simple banana in the mix and I'm sold. It was fantastic for my inherited dry skin. It really is our family plague and finding a combatant will have you to the moon and back looking for remedies. I've heard stories of older aunties and motor oil being tested at some stage. This was a friend's discard just sitting there waiting for me as my ashy hands suffered. A heaping glob later and problem solved. Also, bee's are great.

NZFWeekend Recap

Auckland is city number five that I have attended fashion week events in. These events are massive with entertainment and timelines key to success. Technically, it was called Fashion Weekend this time because I attended only Sunday's events. I must get it right. I've said before that I am not a style blogger so these fashion politics often vex me. One thing that I do know is each Fashion Week from coast to coast is cool. Cool people, cool food and cool fashion.  Bridal show deserves it's own post but I am a woman so of course bridal shows are cool. Lela Jacobs was the coolest show for me because it was actually a live art installation with handcrafted fabrics. Very cool. Stolen Girlfriend's Club is such a shop-able brand which I have seen at a boutiques in New Zealand. I met the designer, and again, just so cool. 

The representation of local fashion is admirable and the magnitude of events was as well. The press pass does make it a bit easier but I saw young and old, men and women in attendance. This is fashion access and though you may not think what you are wearing has anything to do with high fashion, think again. It is all trickle down in the fashion industry. From fabrics, to patterns and where to shop. The runway is just a stop on the clothing's way to you.

The absolute standout for me was the Designer Garage Sale where I was able to shop along with the designer's and have them fit and style me. Last seasons designs along with last season prices. Yes, it was dreamlike. No I did not spend a fortune. I always shop smart. More on the ultimate shopping experience later.

The most can be learned from street style, though. Feathers, lashes, and vintage Louis pretty much sums up what the people are wearing and it looks hot. There were amazing volunteers who, as a person who has served as a fashion week volunteer, know that they put all of their heart and soul into taking fashion to the next level. 

So in a random sequence of photos, here is my experience. Oh, last thing. Birkenstock's are back. Yessssss!