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Why This Is Our Favourite Time Of Year

If the return of daylight savings isn’t the best thing that happened to you all year then you’re lying. It somehow manages to creep up extremely quickly, and paired with it the first warm winds of spring, you’re dancing down the street bare-legged in florals in no time.

Spring means colour, fake tans, and the confidence to go out again in something that isn’t ‘jeans and a nice top’. Although our European friends in Paris at fashion week have shown us the cool warms of their autumn ahead, we can steal parts of their effortlessly cool style and incorporate it into our perky spring easily, which you can find in our top picks below.

Red has made an all-time comeback this year, and we are finding in all corners of the world and wardrobe. From a classic red lippy to those suede red mules you’ve wanted for too long, and everything in-between. We definitely are not complaining and have some perfect options to satisfy your red desires here.

Spring brings the return of the ultimate outfit combinations: jeans + t-shirt paired with colour popping shoes, shorts/skirt + jumper, floaty dresses, the list just goes on. Lucky for you, our colourful, flattering picks for the spring ahead have you set and ready for the longer evenings ahead.

 

 

Words by Catherine Stabb, images sourced from Tumblr & Pinterest. 

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Parisian Confidence

There is something ridiculously romantic about Paris. The beautiful old buildings. The streets lined with boutique florists and bouquets of baguettes. Not to mention the population of French Bulldogs…. but as we were sitting on the street inhaling our crepes, the main thing that caught my attention was the Parisian Women. Timelessly classic, basket bag in hand and walking with confidence. As we sat there, we noticed that there was one thing all the French Women strolling past us seemed to have in common.

They were attractive no doubt, but they walked with purpose. Acting like they had woken up looking effortlessly chic, when in fact upon closer inspection their make up said otherwise. A Parisian Woman could be have having an awful day, however she’s not going to show you that. Instead making you want to dress like her, look like her and maybe even be her. Our model Sasha in the Malaia Dress encapsulates this feeling so well.

While American Celebrities often think revealing outfits that leave little to the imagination may be the key to sexiness, the French Women prefer to play with nonchalance, revealing enough to create the desire and wanting of more. You can find our interpretations of this style here, here and here. The Parisian Women, glowing with confident attitude will give you a subtle smile, look away and walk off knowing you’ll be left gazing.

Next time you feel like you need a little boost of confidence – follow the Parisian way. Mess your hair a little, apply your favourite red lipstick and walk tall. Look and act confident, and feeling confident will follow.

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Best Dressed at the 2017 VMAs

Paris Jackson

This girl has gone from strength to strength on the red carpet lately – and this Christian Dior number tops it for us. We may even be getting something slightly similar coming in September….

Millie Bobby Brown

We may be a little biased because we have something similar – but Millie is rocking this sheer look with metallic dots by Rodarte

Alessandra Ambrosio

This girl can do no wrong. Clashing detail to result in a delicate/edgy look. See similar here.

Lorde

Our fellow Kiwi gal made headlines by taking to the stage sans singing – however we think she really stole the show in the stunning Monique Lhuillier piece.

 

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 27: Lorde attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Confidence Issue: Everydayclosetnz – Mykala & Lillie

How many times have you ordered a dreamy dress online, tracked it obsessively and couldn’t wait to receive it?! Only to open your delivered package to a disappointing colour, fit and length. It’s happened to the best of us. But there’s a new game changer on the online shopping scene.

Everydayclosetnz is run by two confident and fashion forward kiwi girls from Dunedin. They order garments online and review the delivered garment on their Instagram – everything we never knew we needed. Their truth is evident in each post, giving total honesty about how each garment has made them feel. However, the turning point that made us so interested in these two kiwi gals, was when Mykala posted a photo and caption of her struggle with online shopping, hoping their instagram profile will encourage others to feel more confident with their online purchasing.

Who is Every Day Closet NZ?

Mykala: I’m 19 years old, and I am an event and nightlife photographer

Lillie: I’m 20 years currently in third year of my Media and Communications degree at University of Otago.

We are best friends in Dunedin NZ who have grown up together with our brothers & our other best friend Caitlin. We all lived on the same street and are the same age, so we spent most of our childhood with each other and our families.

What made you want to be involved in the fashion world?

Lillie: My Nanna was a huge part of my decision to be involved in the fashion world. She used to take me Saturday morning shopping. She encouraged me to dress the way I wanted to and allowed me creative freedom from such a young age. She made me feel as though the fashion world was my own personal heaven.

Mykala: Honestly I never saw myself in the fashion world up until we started EverydayCloset NZ. I have seen myself as a fashion photographer & have always liked nice clothes and a good sense of style but never to be actually involved.

 What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life? 

Mykala: Confidence is so many different things to me, you can be confident in yourself and your beliefs but you can also be confident in your looks. I approach this by being comfortable in who I am and knowing that what I say, do & look like is true to myself. 

Lillie: I agree with Mykala that confidence is projected in so many ways, in my everyday life I feel as though I approach it through my fashion. Look good, feel good.

 What empowers you as women?

Lillie: Seeing other women make positive change and influencing others is empowering. Women are such a strong gender and seeing a woman kick ass in fashion, cooperate, political, and other life aspects is what empowers me.

Mykala: Being Pacific Islander/European woman, it is empowering to be able to be a part of both cultures and combine what I learn from both and make myself a stronger woman. 

 What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that? 

Mykala: I learnt to find strategies to fix the problem or issue in my work and personal life. When I lost my photography job out of no where, I let it effect my confidence at first but I thought, if I can’t work for you I’m going to go out on my own & prove to you and myself I can do what you are doing but better. It has paid off completely because I dealt with it and overcome it. I showed myself and them I proved you wrong, you can do anything to set your mind to if you let yourself be confident and believe in yourself.

Lillie: When I work hard and don’t get the desired results either in workouts, assignments, work or family life then I feel my confidence lower. I deal with this by expressing how I feel either in a diary (if you don’t have one, you’re missing out), eat a block of chocolate and move on (if that’s the only option) or work harder at achieving the goal.

How has confidence helped you with starting up your Instagram and putting yourselves out there publicly?

Lillie: When I was in high-school I was constantly comparing myself to others, there was always someone fitter, skinnier and prettier than me. I left high-school and found my confidence and started to back myself but never forgot what I felt. My confidence has let me put myself out there publicly but my experience with self doubt has inspired and pushed me to put myself out there.

Mykala: Having to put my body on Instagram in a way that I never have before. My personal account is my lifestyle, so putting up images of myself in clothing that isn’t always flattering has been so hard but getting such an amazing response and expressing my own difficulties with my body is helping other woman feel more confident is making it worth it.

Do you see Every Day Closet NZ helping empower other women? If so, how?

Most definitely, our motivation for this is to be able to create a safe place on the internet for women to feel like they can be themselves. That no matter what your body shape, size or colour you can look and feel confident. We want woman to share their own reviews, we want to create a sense of reliability for them on every part of the spectrum. We are reviewing clothes but we are trying to make it more about self confidence and the feeling about yourself before you wear the garment. 

 What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

Lillie: Confidence starts from within. If you don’t back yourself then who will? My biggest thing is that you can change your exterior but you can’t change your soul so you have to love it, there has to be a certain level of self obsession/love to be confident.

Mykala: A garment can assist in your confidence but isn’t going to ultimately make you confident because confidence doesn’t come over night you have to be patience with learning to love yourself on the inside and out.

 What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world? 

Mykala: My grey jacket. I worked my butt off to buy this coat so I feel very empowered and grateful at the same time as I have made it available to myself to be able to afford to wear this. 

Lillie: A body-con red dress. The colour is vibrant, its loud, powerful, eye-catching and attractive. When I wear a red dress I feel unstoppable.

 Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

Mykala: Yes, even last year I thought you had to show more skin to feel confident and good but it is not the case for me. I feel most confident when I’m wearing a style or piece of clothing which is my own not what i think i have to wear to fit in. If I want to wear my Doc martens I will but if i want to wear a lower cut top I will as well.

Lillie: Yes, I have worn bodycon dresses in more recent years and as my confidence has grown I wear more fashion statement clothing such as flared pants and pink jackets. Knowing what my styles flatter my body has also evoloved my dress sense.

What women inspire you?

Mykala: My Nan, she is a women who knows she can do anything she set her mind too, she has shown me how to love yourself but not to be selfish to be have to half women she is would be a achievement.

Lillie: You’re a product of your upbringing and I would not be who I am or where I am without being inspired by the woman in my family. These inspirational women have inspired me to be a hardcore feminism, to self respect and love, to be confident and elegant all while being myself. 

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

We have not had the pleasure of trying garments from the Borrowed Collective yet so stay tuned on our Instagram for a review!

Thanking you,

Lillie Rohan and Mykala Tuxford

 

The girls will be reviewing the Starcrossed Lover & Shadow Dance Crossover this weekend so make sure you follow them to see their review! 

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UK Bloggers – Our Favourite of 2017

Since I made the little transition from NZ to the UK a little over two months ago, I’ve been on the look for constant inspiration, resulting in a lot of time consuming what I can from the UK Fashion Bloggers. I’m talking endless Instagram scrolling.

One of my first (and still is) girl crushes is Alexa Chung. Coming from lil ol New Zealand, we can be a bit too safe sometimes, but Alexa introduced the romance of pairing a frilly dress with converse or boots. From binge watching her fashion series with British Vogue, I was so intrigued with London fashion and the freedom of having no rules when it comes to style.

Lucy Williams – Fashion Me Now

I’m sure Lucy needs no introduction. She probably takes up most of your Pinterest feed with her travel pictures and her effortlessly cool style. The girl is addicted to denim, layering tee’s under silk cami’s or soft wrap dresses with white sneakers and a basket bag. She could just as well be the face of Realisation Par. Which without a doubt inspired me to purchase the Kate Dress and Alexandra dress for you ladies to be able to feel and look just as good as Lucy. There’s something so similar of New Zealand and Australian style about Lucy that makes her feel familiar. If you’re having a bad wardrobe day, I recommend going to Fashion Me Now for a little inspo into how to reintroduce an old piece into your current wardrobe rotation. Or to pair with your next rental to feel more comfortably chic and casual. I would also DEFINITELY recommend you get on her book club train.

Photo Credit: fashionmenow.co.uk

Jessie Bush – We The People

This one may be a tiny bit biased… this babe is originally from New Zealand. And although she doesn’t seem to be in one place for too long, I’m going to count her towards being a UK Blogger. This second blonde on our list is another clear example of inspiration every girl needs when heading towards her closet. Jessie has the perfect mix of a Copenhagen-like street style minimalist mixed with a little London pop of classic and colour. Her lifestyle, fashion and beauty posts are always a great read – as well as the fact she recently taught us how to style and rock fake cool-girl braids (life saver). This travelling beauty will have you pinning her outfit and planning your next trip abroad.

Photo Credit: wethepeoplestyle.com

Camille Charriere- Camilleovertherainbow

I first came across this Paris born Londoner when I was interning last year at Selfridges Creative Team. Camille is exactly what she sounds like. Effortlessly chic. I fell even more head over heels when I started listening to the podcast she co-hosts with Monica Ainley, Fashion No Filter, where they discuss the behind the scenes of Haute Couture, Fashion Week, what men think about our favourite trends and interview the likes of famous street-style photographers and my favourite, Susan Sarandon. If you ever wanted a little bit of fashion schooling, indulging in clothes talk and an insight into the industry, they’re your gals.

Photo Credit: camilleovertherainbow.com

Liv Purvis – What Olivia Did

Liv is a bit of a recent addition to this group for me. I discovered her through a youtube video she did with Lucy & immediately began following on all platforms. Liv is like the girl you want to be best friends with, sharing wardrobes and forgetting to return your favourite dress of hers. She is extremely relatable and has a youtube channel that the online shopper in me should not go near, for fear we share too much of the same love of & other stories and bath products. Maybe it’s the use of pink & baby blues in her aesthetic on her website but there is something on her blog that will have you consumed down the rabbit hole of reading each and every post.

Photo Credit: whatoliviadid.com

You can follow all our favourites below:

@lucywilliams02

@wethepeoplestyle

@camillecharriere

@livpurvis

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Confidence Issue: Brand Babes Studio – Alarice Stuart

In our journey to building our self confidence, nailing our goals and creating the best life possible each day, every gal needs a little inspo. A little inspo, a dreamy aesthetic and some kick ass mottos reminding ourselves what we are truly about.

Alarice from Brand Babes Studio is one kick ass gal who sends positive girl power vibes into our life everyday. Not only is her story super inspiring, but it also can give us strength to build our wildest dreams – living for yourself.

Who is Alarice Stuart?

She is a design obsessed solo mum constantly planning and dreaming of her next travel destination with her overly active toddler while judging mum life and running a full time freelance graphic design business.

What made you want to be involved in the branding world?

It’s not some much the “branding world” per say as I think we live in a brand centric world so whether we like it or not we are all involved in the branding world. It’s more so that coming up with the idea of working with small biz babes to create killer brands stemmed from a gap in the market. So many woman are starting businesses and running one woman shows – but there just didn’t seem to be that design business that was hitting the nail on the head.

What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?

I think confidence is something that needs to be worked on – its a skill not something people wake up with. Confidence and self awareness go hand in hand. Know your flaws, your strengths and your weaknesses but so focused on doing you that it all just doesn’t matter. I approach it everyday with a deep breath, gratitude and “babe, you got this!” type of attitude.

What empowers you as a woman?

Being a woman in itself is empowering. We are such majestic creatures! Like seriously we really can do it all – grow humans, birth them, raise them, some of us raising them on our own, run a business, keep your eyebrows on fleek, hair did, nails did , geez what else right?!

What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that?

Disappointing others – its a hard one. Like if a client is not happy. It’s a damn hard pill to swallow. Just got to remember you can’t please everyone and be ok with that.

How has confidence helped you with quitting your corporate job and starting your own business?

It made me go all in! Like being totally scared but completely getting rid of the “what if” and turning it into “the time is now, babe”

Do you see your role with Brand Babes Studio helping empower other women? If so, how?

I hope so! I share my story a lot about how I am a solo mum who lost her job and then moved back home to New Zealand and started my business because I know that if I had heard a story like that a year ago I would have been so inspired! We have to share our stories – even if it only inspires one person.

What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?

 There really is only one of you! That truly is your power. Believe that we all have a purpose and that you will find yours. Be confident in that – in you!

What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world?

I love a good hat – it can make you got from “Basic” to “Babe!” in all of two seconds.

Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?

Yes! Totally! I wear whatever I want – how I want – whenever I want. Because I am so comfortable in who I am.

What women inspire you?

I was raised by two strong woman – my mum and grandma. Like seriously they are the definition of GirlBoss for way back when that life didn’t even exist. These days it wouldn’t be so Odd but think about it like this – it’s the 90s and two working woman are raising one really full on girl. Taking her to swimming lessons, computer lessons and then immigrating from South Africa to New Zealand.

What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?

Talulah Staccato Contrast Jumpsuit – because how can you not feel confident in a black jumpsuit?

 

You can find Alarice’s business on Instagram here or on her website xx