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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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Confidence Issue: Mary Wyszomierska

This week we chat to the gorgeous Mary. Total hustler, girl boss and fashion lover. One of the first TBC girls to get involved since opening our UK store. Mary talks to us about moving countries for your career and University as well as how her love of fashion and admirable work ethic came about.

Who is Mary Wyszomierska? 

A 22 year old Fashion Marketing student. Born in Poland, studying in UK. I am all about fashion and I love avocados.

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

I always loved dressing up and I put a lot of thought into my outfits when I was 9 or 10 but I developed my interest at the age of 15 when I set up my own brand based on personalised handmade t-shirts. Firstly, I was just making them for my family and friends but then things started getting more serious and I created a Facebook page and Instagram account for the brand and started selling them. Since that time I’ve completed a couple of internships in fashion, worked for quite a few brands and moved out to study fashion degree in UK.

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

Living for my passion and doing what I love the best I can. Fashion gives me a lot of confidence on a daily basis, from the way I dress through constantly developing my knowledge and broadening my interest in this area to dreaming about a bright future in the job of my dreams.

What empowers you as a woman? 

My closest friends and family that support me in my decisions.

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

Comparing myself to others often knocks down my confidence but I am usually too busy to spend more than a minute thinking about it, haha.

How has confidence helped you with moving countries and juggling studying as well as working part time in fashion? 

Moving countries for university was a big step for me but my interest and a lot of ambition reassured me in my decisions. I knew I wanted to get an education in fashion and I wouldn’t be able to get it in Poland so there was only one way for me. I am also a strong believer that there’s nothing you can’t do, so I just went for it.

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

Everyone is capable of doing absolutely anything. Find your strongest qualities and work with them. Don’t fear your flaws – everyone has them. Instead, find what you love doing and start doing it and when it makes you happy, you will feel more confident.

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

My staple enormous black sunglasses! It is definitely a confidence trigger.

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

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I used to be a bit of a skater girl a couple years back. Nike shoes, baggy jeans, so many bright colours, I would probably never wear it again. As a teenager I was trying to fit in with my peers and today I just wear what suits my style and what I really love. My style is definitely classier and more classic now.

What women inspire you? 

Caring and ambitious women with a passion. I am lucky I know many inspiring women I’ve worked with, am friends with or they’re my family. Other than that a singer Banks is my role model on many levels – I’m just obsessed with her.

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

The dress that was my first rental – A Heart of Gold. It has gold details which obviously is a yes! for me and the shape I absolutely adore. I love everything about it.

 

You can find Mary on Instagram here x

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Confidence Issue: Iyia Liu

Iyia Liu first became known to us, when the media published a story on her business showcasing how a 23 year old New Zealander paid Kylie Jenner $200,000 to post a picture of her promoting Iyia’s waist trainers. Two years on and Iyia is a total girl boss, self made multi – millionaire with a few more business ventures under her Gucci belt.

Who is Iyia Liu?

24 year old girl from Auckland, North Shore! Loves dogs, fashion and food.

What made you want to be involved in the fashion/beauty world and want to create your own business within it?

I’ve always loved the idea of buying and selling online. From a young age I felt that this was a sort of passive income. You purchase something, re-brand it, market it, promote it, and it sells online, and you don’t have to do a lot or trade your time for money, so I’ve sold multiple products that I have an interest in myself.

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

Confidence is being able to be yourself, to be able to feel

What empowers you as a woman?

Knowledge. The more I learn, the more I feel empowered.

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

Sometimes snarky comments for example on a news article, or even comparing myself to others. But I get over it pretty quickly, I just think about all the positive things in my life, and to the mean comments, I’m assuming that the people that write those comments must have a pretty dud life themselves, or they wouldn’t be spending their time, probably alone, writing nasty things about strangers online.

How has confidence helped you with starting up your waist training business and then going on to start Luxe Fitness?

There have been times where I had been embarrassed about starting my own business, in the very beginning – you know, when you’re not doing so well, and you think “people are probably making fun of me or laughing at my expense about it.”, but you sort of just need to overcome those thoughts and push on, waist trainer I was a little nervous, but Luxe Fitness I was much more confident because I knew what I was doing a little bit more.

Do you see being a successful entrepreneur helping empower other women? If so, how?

Yes – since my stories in the media, I’ve had hundreds of people, a lot of them women, contacting me that they started their own business because of my story, and that my story gave them that confidence. It’s amazing, but it’s true – if I can do it, you can do it too.

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

When I was younger, I really did care about what people thought about me. I would change the way I acted towards different people, some times do things out of my character just to impress people. And over time, you just learn that theres no point. Focus on yourself, focus on improving yourself, improving your life, and you’ll find you live a much happier and fulfilled life this way.

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

My favourite feature are my legs, so I like to wear shorts, or a dress or skirt and heels to elongate them!

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

I can’t really remember what I used to wear compared to now, but I do love to wear unique and more out there stuff vs comfortable clothing, and I definitely think confidence does influencer your dress sense,

What women inspire you?

Mostly business women – Sophia Amouruso (Nastygal Founder), Kylie Jenner, Tammy Hembrow – women that are driven, strategic and smart.

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

Talulah Shadow Dance Crossover Minidress – I love the cut of it and the colour and frills are so pretty!

 

You can find Iyia on her website or instagram x

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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

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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!