DIY Denim. 

The first cut is the deepest but not the easiest. So I found at Andrea Moore when invited to customize her new denim.

Taking a pair of scissors to $250 jeans is not something I do lightly. However once I got started it was quite addictive. 

Fast forward two hours of sandpaper, scissors and a handy safety pin spot of DIY and my jeans are ready to take on the world! 

#earnyourdenim

Thanks Andrea Moore team x 
   
   

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Billy Idol the ultimate 80’s legend. 

Dancing alone in my room to Hot in the City is an enduring teenage memory of mine. I wanted to be one of the backup singers/dancers in Billy Idol’s  music video. Sassy, sultry and stylish they had simple synchronized dance moves that they executed with perfection. I must have watched that video hundreds of times. Billy rides a motorcycle, wears a lot of leather, studs  and chains. He prances around pouting with his top off. What’s not to love? 

Of course Hot in the City was one song that Billy Idol did not perform in Wellington last night so I did not get the chance to impress the crowd (embarrass myself) with my impression of his back up singers/dancers. and really I’m more relieved than disappointed. 

The rockers in the audience  had a few more greys in their hair than they did when they first listened to Billy idol (probably on their record players) however they had lost none of their passion for partying. 

Cheap Trick performed ahead of Billy. They called themselves ‘the greatest rock band in the world’ and insulted my eardrums further with their lack of ability to adjust their sound levels to match the venue. Much of their music was little more than muffled noise and I was worried that this was a sign of things to come. It wasn’t. I used their stage time as a toilet break and a chance to catch up with friends. 

When Billy took to the stage the crowd went wild! That trademark platinum hair and rock star stance were live on stage in front of us! He brought his Hot in the City persona to life with leather, studs, chains and no shirt for most of the night. 

Idol performed most of his classics (bar Hot in the city) and now everytime I hear Flesh for Fantasy I will remember him taking his top off to reveal rock hard abs! (For which we can all thank his commitment to Pilates and TRX).

His voice was powerful, his presence kickass and his abs rock hard. He seemed to be at his peak perhaps because, as he says, he’s “clean and mostly sober.” At 59 with his rock star energy and toned physique he is nothing short of an inspiration.

Thank you for being hot in my city Billy Idol! 

   

     

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Valentine’s Day

Chocolates and flowers are nice but real chicks prefer chickens for Valentine’s Day.

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Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

The Vintage Teenager:

I love these roses:

Originally posted on A Stairway To Fashion:

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

www.astairwaytofashion.com Blanca Padilla by Matt Irwin for Vogue Spain February 2015

Model Blanca Padilla;

Photographed by Matt Irwin;

Stylist Marina Gallo;

Makeup Jessica Nedza.

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15 Best Golden Globe Gowns You Can Have Right Now

The Vintage Teenager:

The GG’s are always rich in inspiration from hair and make up to nails & frocks. Enjoy:

Originally posted on A Stairway To Fashion:

www.astairwaytofashion.com Anna Kendrick arrived in a Monique Lhuillier gown
$7,995

How many of us, how many times, and how strongly did we drool over the Golden Globes red-carpet looks? Me personally so many times i ran out of saliva…..

Well now, Moda Operandi launched a trunk show featuring Golden Globes dresses, 15 of them, ending January 26 – Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen and Marchesa are just some of the award-winning dresses available, only if your bank account allows it, for the prices, as expected, are as the celebrities that worn them, top high. Check them out below!

www.astairwaytofashion.com Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
JUDITH LEIBER
Judith Leiber Slide-Lock Full Bead Clutch
$1,995

www.astairwaytofashion.com Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan
CAROLINA HERRERA
$4,990

www.astairwaytofashion.com Emily Ratajkowski attended the Warner Bros after-party wearing an Escada gown
LEE SAVAGE
Lee Savage Stack Clutch
$1,995

www.astairwaytofashion.com Joanne Froggatt wore a gown by Marchesa
$8,995

www.astairwaytofashion.com Kate Beckinsale in a dress…

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Custom made.

I’m all for customizing fashion to make it your own.

My cat has decided to get in on the DIY act and he has thoughtfully & skillfully customised my favourite vintage sequin bow sweater for me.

So kind.

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#LifeWithCats

Does that make it Cature not couture?

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Style Workshop.

Tonight I presented a Summer Style Workshop to an enthusiastic and excited room of professional people.

I had a rack of colorful, textural, patterned garments chosen for their boldness. My job is to introduce the trends as they are and I aim to demonstrate them in pieces of clothing that are wearable and yet not the norm.

Fashion needs to advance, we can’t do that by staying the same. It’s called ‘fashion forward’ not ‘fashion mundane’ lol!
I need to select items that challenge people to stretch, to evolve. To take risks. Fashion is risk.

Good news for me that the people I presented tonight were professional, poised and powerful. I can tell that in the coming week and beyond they are going to be ‘leaning in’ and taking risks in their wardrobes.

Thanks to Decjuba, Portmans and Identity who trust me with their precious pieces of clothing fabulousness and thanks to the beautiful women who came along and played dress-up with me.

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