Up-up and away…

This is the third of four flights and excitement is mounting with each embarking. 

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A good morning. 

I love sleep more than I love most things however this morning I got up super early, sent important work emails before 6:20am, ate a delicious cafe breakfast with my lovely husband, stopped to enjoy the sunrise on Oriental Bay beach, met a 5 month old border collie (the complete vision of cuteness and joy),  killed time in the comfort and luxury of the Koru lounge while reading interesting and heartwarming articles online. 

Now I sit on a plane watching people board. Listening to the warm and cheery greetings of the flight attendants as passengers board. 

This getting up early lark pays off. 

It’s been a good morning. 


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The Style Lounge

Today in the Style Lounge I spent some time talking clients through how to use tone when creating an outfit. 

We all know about matching, color blocking and emphasizing, but few of us consider tone when dressing or shopping. 

White on white on white is a great place to start.  
Using texture to add depth and interest. 
These white and cream tone on tone examples in the latest FQ have been super helpful: 

I describe ‘tone’ as the sorbet-like palate cleanser of the fashion world. 

It keeps things simple.

My favorite kind of styling: Simple styling. 

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Very Important People. 

Last night the VIP Style Workshop audience erupted with spontaneous applause so many times it almost wasn’t spontaneous any more.

Luke Bettesworth (as seen on TV) shared the stage with me and as we suspected we set the stage on fire with our unique and complimentary fashion and hilarity combined.

Luke’s laugh is infectious and it didn’t take long for the whole crowd to get the giggles along with he and I. 

Luke presented the shine trend, I workshopped boho and at the end of the show two audience members had a style-off winning a $50 Westfield gift card each. 

You can see the laugh for real in this backstage selfie!
Thanks to the beautiful models, Westfield Queensgate, the fab audience and all who work behind the scenes to make these shows a massive success. 

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Style Workshop

It’s style workshop time again where I take the trends, break them down and show the audience step by step how to create a self-styled look live onstage. 

It’s a brilliant night. The retailers and the audience love it! And I love sharing my styling tips and tricks with the crowd. 

Post show selfie with models. 

Post show selfie with crowd. 

All styled on stage. 

Print on print using animal and check. 

Red hot! 

  Jazz hands!  
Here I demonstrate to Guy from The Hits my leg hypnotism technique. 

Thanks to Andrew from Rodney Wayne for my Nothin’ hair, Gabby at Bobbi Brown for my beauty Simplifed and Portmans for my drop dead fabulous dress! 

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Prince. A piano and a microphone. 

You know a concert is good when tears spontaneously roll down your cheeks during the first song.

Prince Rogers Nelson bought me to tears with his first song of his first EVER concert in Auckland. An intimate gathering of 2200 people in the Aotea Centre. 

Playing a seemingly never ending medley, hit after hit seamlessly morphed into hit as Prince pounded the keys if the grand piano into submission. 

He danced and played, he growled and played, he crooned. And the crowed loved every second of it.

During Cream Prince gave us the advice to sing the lyrics into the mirror: 

“Ur so good,baby there ain’t nobody better. Ur so cool, everything you do is success” 

He said we need to look in the mirror when we feel low and say them to ourselves. I love this idea! Prince, the lyricist is giving us permission to empower ourselves with his lyrics!count me in. 

It was halfway through the concert that I noticed his fantastic shoes with light up soles. Where can I get some!? 

Coming back for encore after encore with hits like Raspberry Beret and Starfish and Coffee.

I’m a huge fan and just having him perform I little ol’ New Zealand was a major thrill. Getting tickets was the icing on the cake and being there was something I’ll never forget. 

Thank you Prince. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. 


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Rain. Drip drip drip. 

Spring rain is relentless. 

Today the rain started and who knows when it will stop. There is no wind and because of this a misty fog lies blanketed over my view.

The rain give me an excuse to celebrate the arrival of my new grown-up adult rain coat of fabulousness. 

It makes me feel grown up. I haven’t owned a rain coat in years!!! 

I blame rural living and that outdoor concert where it rained and I had to wear husbands black rain coat that completely cramped my style.

Now I can have my style rain or shine. 

Oh happy rain!

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