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Confidence Issue: Simone Anderson – Journey To Health

We’ve been following Simone since she first appeared on the Tyra Banks Show. Her journey has inspired so many women in New Zealand and globally. This week we interview Simone on what makes her so confident and how we can all inject a little bit more self love into our lives.

Who is Simone Anderson?

I truly am your every day kiwi chick, just wanting to make a difference in the world. I began quite selfishly sharing my 92kg weight loss journey online to keep myself accountable. Before long my social pages grew quite a large following (now reaching nearly 600,000 people) and have now become my full time job. I help inspire others daily by being raw and truthful, sharing everything from workouts, beauty routines to recipes and outfit posts. Showing people that a simple mindset change can lead you to a live you only dreamed of.

What made you want to begin your journey to health?

It was a huge build of lots of tiny things, some as simple as being to tired to bring the bin up the driveway that made me realise I was really only living a half life and something had to change. I go into far my detail about my switch and what lead to me wanting to want changes in my book “Journey to Health”

Did having confidence in yourself play a big role in initially sharing your journey online?

More than anything! From the get go this confidence made me believe in myself and truly know I was capable of anything I set my mind to.

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

For me confidence is knowing what I believe in, knowing what I stand for and knowing what message I have to share. Its realising that no matter what anyone else thinks or says that I know I am making even a small difference in this world!

What empowers you as a woman?

For me I feel empowered when I realise that I don’t have to live anyone else’s life or follow anyone else’s rules for how they wish me to life. This is my life and realising I have to power to do and achieve what ever I set my mind to is empowering.

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

I used to find that trolls and negative comments would really knock my confidence, I would find myself thinking and often crying about these comments or words for days. Then I had a good long think about it and realised that these people must be really struggling in themselves to find the need to be nasty to someone they don’t know online. I then started to feel sorry for these people and always meet their negative comments with kind words – kindness ALWAYS wins.

After your last surgery you had a lot of trolls that you chose to screencap and share with your followers, exposing not only the people who sent you these messages but also the awful comments you sometimes receive. Do you have any advice on how to deal with negative comments and not let it effect you?

Same as above!

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

That difference and uniqueness is what makes this world amazing, the minute we stop trying to be like everyone else and embrace ourselves “flaws” and all is the minute we realise how truly amazing we really are.

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

A matching set of bra and undies always makes me feel super sexy and empowered. I love that no one else can see it, so its purely for me! How bloody cool is that!

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

I have always loved fashion, clothes and accessories. I just have more options to play with and definitely have more styles that suit me so I guess this does make you more confident. I love being able to walk into any shop and know I will fit / find something that will suit me. Before I literally had one shop in Auckland I could go to!

What women inspire you?

There are so many I don’t even know where to begin. But I love woman killing it in my own backyard, I love supporting kiwi woman smashing their dreams! Girls like Riley from Healthchick101, Zoe from blessed In Doubles, Makaia Carr, Julia and Libby, Jessica Quinn & Donielle Brooke just to name a few – these ladies all shine in their own unique way and all make the world a better place! Sharing there experiences and highs and lows with the world, its truly humbling seeing them smashing their goals and dreams!

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

The Tower of Power. Its sexy, beautiful and feminine!

 

 

Rent Simone’s pants in black here

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The Autumn Collection

Our latest collection features some of our all time favourite pieces. To us Autumn is rust, terracotta and deep greens. It’s moving from white, pastel based outfits to silky fabrics and incredible sleeves.

Our latest Zimmermann pieces include all the best delicate details. The Jaya Wave Bodice Midi is a cut out black fitted dress of dreams. Perfect for your best friends Autumn wedding or for stunning at your next work event. While the Zimmermann Wrap Dress provides the feeling of a silk robe, with billowed sleeves and gold buttons on the cuff to make you feel that little bit more sophisticated.

The new Manning Cartell Green Light Slip Dress is one of our picks for this years ball season. The plunging neckline and delicate back creates the perfect harmony of elegance with a little bit of sexy.

Look like a bronze goddess in the Mattea Slip Dress by Camilla and Marc. The light catches this gorgeous gown with every tiny movement creating an incredible silhouette.

While we can’t wait for the cooler nights, you’ll still find us favourite the Ischia Mini Dress for those summery feeling evenings or warmer days. This little number will make you feel like the prettiest girl at the party.

And just before it gets that little bit colder, we are still holding on to our favourite linens. You will too once you wear this dreamy jumpsuit. The double belt will add a bit extra to make you look ready for your next event and less like you’re in your comfiest house outfit (which is definitely how you will feel in it).

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Falling In Love With Paris Fashion Week Again

A week of fashion, in such a beautiful city, the city of love. What more could a girl want?!

Paris fashion week, once again, outstanding looks blessed us on the runway this year have been breathtakingly gorgeous, and not to mention the street style we have been seeing all over social media, got us drooling for days!

We saw a lot of colour on the runway this year, with a combination of different textures, fabrics and patterns to create contrasting looks that were deviating from the norm.

This has been creating staple looks differentiating each designer from the next.

There were so many shows that we absolutely loved, including Louis Vuitton SS18, Givenchy,  Balmain, which was a dream, as always, with local NZ gal, Georgia Fowler, always a pleasure watching that girl do her thang. Of course, the amazing Saint Laurent open-air extravaganza under the Eiffel Tower and Chanel with the beautiful backdrop of six waterfalls! We also loved the Celine women this year on the runway, the caped trench coats, and office chic looks, the beautiful browns and pastel colours used throughout had us dreaming. Just to name a few, we could be here forever speeling about all the amazing pieces and looks that were shown at Paris this year.

How about Balenciaga models wearing 10cm platform Crocs though, kinda loved it, but does this really make Crocs okay?! I don’t think everyone will be rushing out to own a pair of these babies anytime soon…

And we cannot forget, one of the main topics of any fashion week around the world, street style. The street style at Paris Fashion week this year, we’re seeing a lot of Autumn colours coming into the mix, which are showing very prominent in some of the most outstanding looks that we have come across. These colours were also emerging on the runway, which was definitely a positive for us, we love some warm Autumn colours here at TBC.

 

We always love a good fashion week for a bit of inspo, especially in the change of seasons and when looking for new ways to chuck together a simple but impressive outfit. Also, of course buying inspiration for the new looks that we have constantly coming your way! Get excited girls, we have a lot of neat new looks coming! Keep them eyes peeled!

Written by Lauren x

Here are some of our fave off the Catwalk looks from Paris Fashion Week:

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Confidence Issue: Eve Silcock

Eve Silcock has been on our radar for some time now. This girl boss always inspires us to head out doors, be a little more adventurous and has us hooked on all of her make up looks. This has definitely been one of our favourite confident pieces so far. I’m sure you will love it (and her) as much as we sure did!

Who is Eve Silcock?

Sometimes I feel like I live two lives! Half the time my life revolves around fashion & beauty, while the other half is all about going on adventures and exploring the wider Queenstown and Otago region. You’d find me going 4WDing and camping in the bush, or going snowboarding and ski touring in the middle of nowhere. When I’m not off grid you’d find me working on one of my businesses, I’m a sucker for punishment and am constantly spread incredibly thin across a number of projects! EVE Makeup Artistry definitely keeps me the busiest with Queenstown being a hugely popular wedding destination. This year the EVE team has grown from being just me to bringing on board a second makeup artist and a beauty therapist, which is super exciting! My second business is EVE Lashes, which I’m extremely passionate about. It’s a subscription service for false eyelashes as well as offering lashes for individual purchase too. All our lashes are cruelty-free, comfortable to wear and handmade, with a big focus on teaching makeup lovers how to apply lashes and removing the stigma that it’s too hard. Earlier this year I also decided to start a blog, which is predominately focused around fashion with a touch of beauty and lifestyle. I love creating fun outfits and I really try to focus on keeping them affordable and sharing my tips with others.

 

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

 

Without realising it at the time, I grew up around fashion and beauty. My sister won Miss World New Zealand in 1999 and went on to Miss World (I was 9 years old at the time), my Mum was also a makeup artist when I was young so I spent many years just watching. Throughout my teens and early 20s I always loved playing with makeup and being creative with my outfits, but never thought I’d be able to make a career out of it, so went to uni and ended up in the corporate industry. It really wasn’t until I moved to Queenstown and spent some time here that it occurred to me that I could turn the beauty and fashion thing into a career.

 

What empowers you as a woman?

 

That I can do anything I put my mind to and the fact that I’m a woman has absolutely nothing to do with it. For example, I love that not only can I slay a makeup look or put together a killer outfit and run multiple businesses, but I can also fix code on my website, winch the truck out of a situation when we go 4WDing, or be snowboarding in the backcountry in a total whiteout (not something I would recommend in hindsight haha) – all with my 2cm long stiletto nails .

 

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

 

Feeling overwhelmed with my workload and getting stressed out over it, definitely knocks my confidence. I’ve come to terms with the fact that you can’t have the highs without the lows and I always remind myself if running your own business was easy, everyone would be doing it! I have got much better at dealing with it by making a list of what is stressing me out, and breaking it down into priorities so I have a visual of what I need to focus on, one task at a time.

How has confidence helped you with starting up your own business freelancing as a makeup artist and creating EVE lashes? 

When I first moved to Queenstown I really struggled with a lot of anxiety and it stopped me from doing a lot of basic daily tasks and in those early months of living down here, at the time I would have told you didn’t have what it took to run my own business if I’m being truly honest. So I really started at zero and it’s been quite a journey to get to where I am today from a personal development and growth perspective. Basically, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted for my future and the lifestyle I wanted to live. Once I came to terms with the fact that I was 100% in control of turning my “want” into a reality, I really grew as a person and so did my confidence. It made me realise I can achieve anything I put my mind to and I’ve never looked back!

 

Do you see being a makeup artist helping empower other women? If so, how?

Absolutely, every day I watch women’s reactions when they look in the mirror after I’ve finished their makeup and see their face light up and confidence increase, which is a hugely rewarding feeling knowing you’ve enhanced someone’s natural beauty and left them feeling great about themselves

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

OMG YES! I used to have so many “requirements” to make me love or buy an outfit like tops had to be long in back to cover my bum and I’d never wear anything backless because it meant I couldn’t wear a padded bra and I was so self-conscious of my small boobs. As I have got more confidence in myself and with my own appearance I have let things like this go quite a bit and I enjoy a much wider range of styles than previously I wouldn’t have worn. Also as I have got more confidence in myself it has allowed me to be more adventurous with cutting my hair really short, I love that I don’t have to have long hair to feel feminine.

 

What women inspire you? 

 

All the women I am close friends with that are running their own businesses, I see them working so hard and killing it in their industries and they really inspire me to dig deep and keep going when it all feels too hard! To name a few; Becks Robinson owner of Charlotte Lane Clothing. Laura Moore owner of Ignition Self Drive Adventures. Emily Scott owner of Waitomo Hilltop Glamping, Taryn Kelly owner of  Japan Car Culture.

 

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

 

Oh man, this is a hard one, there are so many beautiful pieces! I think if I had to pick one it would be the Malaia Dress from PIA, I think the fabric is super cute and its such a beautiful colour for Spring!

 

You can follow Eve on Instagram here or check out her website here xx