Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm in Southland: dress to stay warm!

You might have noticed from my Twitter or Instagram feeds that me and Pebbles Hooper are running around Invercargill and Southland. More on this soon!

Everyone warned us that the cold down here would be way out of our comfort zone - so naturally we packed thermals and knitwear and fur. Surprisingly it's actually a good deal warmer than we thought (although night are chilly) and inside is practically tropical.

However I did admittedly cave to warnings before flying down and picked up a puffer jacket.

Also, naturally, we found Invercargill's Starbucks.

What I'm wearing:
- Macpac men's down jacket
- Karen Walker trousers and eyewear
- Thrifted turtleneck
- New Balance 574s from Qubic
- Deadly Ponies bag

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stolen Girlfriends Club Summer 12/13

Everyone braved the rain last night to see Stolen Girlfriends Club present their Summer12/13 collection 'Hello Country / Goodbye Nightclub'. As the name suggests, the aesthetic was more Texan hayloft than  New York dancefloor. Prints were florals (poppies and the like) and the knitwear was striped and evocative of crochet. Awesome bags finished off nearly every look - coming in all of the seasons prints.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beauty at Dior Couture

Ever since watching the livestream of the Dior Haute Couture show a few weeks ago in the early hours of the morning, I've been dying to see beauty shots from Raf Simons debut show for the house. What looked amazing in runway shots is to die for up close. The evocative of futuristic society girls and sci-fi debutants - paired with simple, undone hair. Two-tone, slightly over-drawn lips in bright oranges and pinks. Winged eyes in silver with brightly hued liner and matching mascara. So beautiful. And a really inspiring use of colour. I'd do the lips on their own with a bare face and a brow, or do coloured liner and matching lashes. Or you could just do the whole look and wear it with your demi-gown and couture cigarette pants right?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Makeup Monday: MAC Cosmetics' "Heavenly Creature"

It appears to be Monday some how. Who knows where the weekend went (actually, I know exactly where my weekend went). But we all know what Monday means! Beauty shoutouts and new products - things to make you feel better about the new week and improve the aftermath of whatever you did on the weekend. And there's no better day than a Monday to decide to try some new products and habits (every single Monday I vow to be vigilant about taking my makeup off before bed. By Friday I'm always complacent and lazy again).

The past week or two I've been roadtesting MAC's new "Heavenly Creatures" collection which features new products in the popular Mineralize range (those ridiculously pretty mineral products that make you glow like nothing else) and it's not a far jump to see the inspiration of the galaxies and planets of outer space. The lipsticks are soft and glossy with rich colour (and make your lips look great) I'm wearing the darkest shade "Fire Sign" paired with the golden toned mineralize blush in "Solar Ray". Glowy and healthy is never a bad look. Especially since I turned 24 on Friday (and having a mild existential crisis about it) I'll have all the glow inducing products I can find.

These are without doubt the prettiest products you could ever have floating around in your handbag with your gum and small change.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm just really into turtlenecks right now.

And I'm not the only one. My homegirls Chelsea "Watercolours" Metcalf and Amy are always wearing them 90% of the time as well. So winter appropriate and vaguely 90s and librarian-esque. Anyone else a fan? Also, what do the guys think of them? Because I totally wore one out last saturday night and no one even spiked my drink.

Harper's Bazaar US Elise Crombez by Nathaniel Goldberg

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What I'm Wearing This Winter: with Glen Prentice

After a few weeks of illness induced hiatus, here (finally) is another installment in this winter series. Doing the honors this time is my very good friend, designer Glen Prentice. You can find some of his recent pieces in store at Children Of Vision now. I caught up with Glen on a sunny winters morning a few weekends ago at Flagship where we made the most of beautiful morning light.

Glen is wearing a vintage felt hat, Crane Brothers blazer, self-made one-piece and Cole Haan shoes. 

What do you like most about winter? 
Despite the cold, I'm loving my walk to work all rugged and layered up. Most especially the foggy mornings. I now have the perfect raincoat so I can also face the rain too! My culinary skills have been really pathetic this winter but I usually love cooking food in winter. It's a season for all the best heart-warming, comfort foods.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jimmy D Spring 12/13 "Rising Sun, Melting Moon"

As mentioned recently, Jimmy D's spring collections are always my favorites (a bit more playful and tongue in cheek) and this season is no exception. "Rising Sun, Melting Moon" explores the many facets of Tokyo pop culture - from Kawaii to Kabukicho . That darker Jimmy D aesthetic that we know so well sits side by side with perfectly sickly-sweet pinks and the athletic references Dobson also loves. The latter in particular being my absolute favorite in this collection. I'm all about the sporty prints in the black mesh and the t-shirting (will absolutely be getting my hands on some of those). Luminous makeup by Corrina Lyon for MAC and those fantastic donut earrings are the perfect finishing touch. As is Lili Sumner who returns (recently from London in fact) as the face of Jimmy D again - that girl is one of my favorite local faces right now. Below are all my favorite looks, but you can see the whole lookbook here (shot by Oliver Rose and styled by Chris Lorimer).

What are you doing today? Because you should probably go to the Fabric sale.

It starts today. I was at Fabric on Tuesday and they have some awesome stuff in store at the moment. Including (although still full priced, I think) those long awaited womens' New Balance 574s that are now being stocked in New Zealand Stores. And mens of course. Stop by and check it out!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

iPhone Diaries: Last night at Jimmy D

James Dobson presented his much anticipated spring collection last night at a gallery in the city. I'd already seen some sneaky shots of the lookbook shoot so was understandably excited to see the range. 

Jimmy D's spring collections are always my favorites - for some reason a more lighthearted and humorous interpretation of Dobson's aesthetic. This is true more than ever in this collection and the presentation lastnight. Models held balloons or reclined on mattresses wearing hot pink and black mesh - with to die for accessories like donut earrings and the most amazing makeup by Amber D for MAC Cosmetics. Guests were treated to the best catering ever - Dunkin Donuts. Which incidentally turned out to be breakfast, lunch and dinner for me as I hadn't eaten yet. Sugar highs all round.

I'll put the lookbook up soon! But in the meantime, enjoy this shots I took last night.

Attempt to be all French and chic with this scarf by Pardon My French for Kronenbourg (and WIN it!)

French women have that thing where they generally look stylish, aloof and effortless all the time. They also are born with the innate ability to tie a scarf perfectly. Just look at iconic women like Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot. It's almost painful to observe (although totally inspiring) made all the worse by the blogs like Jak & Jil and Garance Dore that document stunning Parisians constantly.

So in honour of Bastille Day on the 14th, New Zealand label Pardon My French and Kronenbourg beer have teamed up to create ten limited edition cotton scarves and I have this one to give away! 
To enter, simply tell me in the comments who your favorite French style icon is and why (don't forget to include your full name).

Obviously I'm not French and coincidentally I'm super sick with tonsillitis and a cold today - so zero makeup and wet hair paired with this scarf really is literally effortless.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The women of American Psycho

Although most of the young men I know idolize the always relevant Patrick Batemen in their quest to become well-dressed, emotionally removed yet charming cyphers, I love the female characters of American Psycho just as much. The ladies (in the film played by Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon and Samantha Mathis) were the perfect neurotic, brittle blonde foils to the vapid faceless male characters. And they did it all with perfectly manicured nails and golden hair. Not to mention furs to die for and jewellery they earned doing who knows what. This is totally channel-able with some ostentatiously large earrings and a fur on cold winter nights. Alternatively, if you don't want to look like you're barely holding it together in the back of a taxi on the way to dinner wear a simple pseudo-suit of some kind like the navy pinstripe in Zambesi's upcoming spring range.

Lipstick makes everything better, right?

Nothing says functional adult female like an epic swipe of lipstick - be it siren red or perfectly saccharine pink. Whenever I see my mother she tells me to "put some lipstick on" - to which I often respond by pulling my beanie lower and scowling. She's right though (as they unfortunately often are) and most of the time you will find me in one of my go-to favorites like bright red Lady Danger, rich violet Heroine or a extreme hot-pink (all by MAC cosmetics). 
Dree Hemingway for Vogue Paris November 2010

Lipstick helps you get away with a lazy face of makeup if you've slept in and all you have time for is base, lips and brows. It's also the best way to look sassy and cute for a night out - and you can leave it on someones cheek (or pillow if so inclined). And I swear lipstick makes you look marginally more expensive. Since the mystic powers of lipstick are universal and so many of my friends wear it so well, I thought I'd do a call-in of selfie shots of everyones favorites. 

Pebbles Hooper | Stylist and Manager of Pencil Boutique
Violet lipstick by LimeCrime

MAC Lipstick in "Morange"
It's the perfect shade for all seasons and any time of day!'

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Women's New Balance: Now in store at Qubic

I've been trying to get my hands on some women's New Balance 574s for the past year - pestering all the local stores who sold the mens styles (I have this weird thing where I hate buying shoes online). So I was pretty stoked when I found out Qubic in Newmarket had gotten a very limited range of women's pairs in this week. I stopped by today and there was one size seven left in the black colour-way, thank god. So these are now mine! At least, as soon as the layby is payed off (I was miraculously restrained and didn't pay for them on the spot). Definitely stop by Qubic this weekend if you want to get your hands on some! These are selling out so fast.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Glen Prentice now in store at Children Of Vision

My good friend (and very talented young designer) Glen Prentice now has some new pieces in store at Children Of Vision in St Kevin's Arcade on K Rd. His amazing bonded wool pieces have been in store for a couple of weeks now - they are a fantastic execution of simplicity and structure, not to mention great for winter. They have now been joined by some lovely black silk pieces (like the top I'm wearing after the jump). I went to see Glen on Sunday at his studio and catch up, try things on and talk about the pieces that are in store, here's what he had to say:
"The range features a selection of garments from my graduate collection cut in original and new textiles to last the year. Bonded wools and lightweight silks carry the pieces from the middle of winter through to the summer. Available exclusively at Children of Vision."
Glen Prentice bonded wool top and Jimmy D silk Banshee dress

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Raf Simons' sensitive, triumphant debut at Dior

Myself and every design obsessed friend I know stayed up lastnight to watch the live-stream of Raf Simons' first collection for the house of Dior, Haute Couture Fall 12. The chilly 1am start (in this part of the world) and imperfect live-stream still didn't fail to dampen the triumphant, beautiful debut collection as Simons lived up to all the industry's anticipation and hope of this iconic moment. 
Rather than a dramatic debut, Simons returned to the sensitivity and architecture of Mr Dior's original work showing couture with femininity, elegance and ease. Gone are the theatrics and post-irony of Galliano's tenure, and in their place is an exquisite, measured reinvention of what contemporary couture can be.

Naturally the experts can articulate this reception of this the best, and I've included what I felt were the most poignant and well said statements below. However I do want to talk about what resonated the most with me. For couture to survive it has to have relevance and modernity, best expressed in the sharp suit worn by Julia Nobis that opened the show and another that followed soon after. Tuxedo jackets that reference the iconic Bar shape (nipped waist, padded hips) paired with sharp, impeccably cut cigarette pants.

Likewise this achingly beautiful shade of pink (that appeared in that final Jil Sander collection) was revisited here -  enhanced further by the nostalgia and femininity of the the silhouette.

Its 12:49am and I'm in my pyjamas waiting for Dior's livestream to start

Raf Simons' debut collection for the house of Dior (and Haute Couture at that) is a historic moment, and the show hasn't even started yet. The set alone is breathtaking, each room is filled with flowers of a different colour - flowers being a passion of Christian Dior and so aligned with the houses codes (the famous "New Look" collection was actually named "Corolla" after a flowers petals).

Watch the livestream here if you aren't already!!!

Knowing me, I'll probably cry like I did watching his final collection for Jil Sander.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oliver, Emma and Felix visted Zambesi Tyler Street

A little while ago, Oliver Rose and I spent the morning downtown at the new-ish Zambesi store on Britomart's Tyler Street with Felix and the winter mens collection. We hung-out, drank coffee and filmed some stuff.

Felix wears Zambesi and Acne throughout, with footwear by Dr Martens and Converse. 
Sunglasses are his own Raybans.

Richard Chai Love Resort 13

For those of us who like to run around in sneakers whilst still looking relatively put together and well dressed, I give you the resort offering from Richard Chai Love.