May282015

My Winter Fashion Must Haves

Winter isn’t officially here yet, but it sure feels like it! Today I thought I would share with you my winter must have pieces for keeping warm and utterly stylish. Read on to find out more…

Skinny Jeans 

Be it ripped, black, or blue, there’s an option for everyone and they make the perfect layering piece

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Sweaters

Again, the perfect layering piece. Find the style that fits your lifestyle and get at least one high quality one this Winter, you’ll be surprised how much more wear and life you will get out of it.

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Denim Shirt

One of the most versatile pieces you can own. So easy to dress up for date night or wear casually.

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Black Boots

Doesn’t matter what height, length or style they are, having a pair of high quality leather boots will get you through Winter easily.

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Printed Scarf

Don’t fall into the trap of wearing plain, dark scarfs on cold days. Find a versatile print that complements your winter coat that brightens up those cold, dreary days!

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Winter Coat

Of course you can’t forget about a coat! The number one item for any wardrobe. A lot of people opt for black when they should be opting for other colours that complement their colouring better. Invest in a coat that is made of quality fabric and emphasises your shape.

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These are just a few of my must have items for Winter. Keep an eye out for more tips as the season changes. I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a fashionable weekend!

Ange Xx

May272015

Starting Out Young – Inspirational Youth In The Fashion Industry

Origami Owl 

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Bella Weems was 14 when she realised she had to work hard to achieve her goals. She created a fashion accessory like no other and now her business is worth approximately $250 million! With over 460,000 thousands followers on social networking sites, it’s no wonder her business is still growing. 

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Skicks

Skicks was born from Jordana Shrager’s artistic creativity and her ability to turn a pair of sneakers into an individual fashion accessory. She was customising shoes for various celebrities and when she went to College, she noticed the hard core sports fans were wearing their teams colours everywhere but their feet!

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Mo’s Bows

Mo’s Bows was started by Moziah when he was just 9 years old. He couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties, so he decided to use some scrap fabric to make and sell his own. He like’s to wear bow ties because they make him look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of his vision to make the world a fun and happier place. 

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Isabella Rose Taylor

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She’s barely in her teens, but Isabella Rose Taylor has already achieved more than most of us will ever do. This young prodigy is a member of Mensa, a college freshman, and has her own clothing line at Nordstrom. 

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Doesn’t this make you feel like nothing is impossible! Styleyou can help you achieve your dreams of working in the fashion industry with a through course that is based entirely online.

Stop putting off your dreams today!

May212015

Ball Season Is Coming…

Remember your High School ball? It’s a very special time. There’s also a lot of pressure when trying to  find the perfect dress. This is a night they will remember for the rest of their life, making memories with friends and getting dressed up to the nines! I have trawled through some of my favourite stores to bring you a range of fabulous dresses. Take a look below for some inspiration!

(Like a dress below? Click on the picture to be taken through to the listing on each online store)

Sheike

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The first peach maxi dress has a deep v neckline with a half peplum waist and trumpet skirt. The middle emerald midi dress has ruching and drapery that is so flattering on an O shape. The last dress would be great on an hourglass figure, and is an elegant, flirty style with a touch of sheer fabric. Sheike is also really affordable for the quality of their garments. They are an Australian store but ship to NZ.

Forever New

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Forever New is a great store in NZ with beautiful dresses made in a range of colours and fabrics. You will find their colour choices are very seasonal so people who suit the Winter seasonal colours will find great pieces here now. The first dress is a very modern take on a ball dress with the lace work creating shape. The other two dresses are cut beautifully and the cut that you decide upon will depend on what works best for your body shape. The range of dresses here are a little higher but they have great discounts on sale items so it is worth a look!

Ruby

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Ruby Boutique is a popular designer label, especially for younger women. They create stunning gowns every season, and this Winter is no exception. While they come with a higher price tag, the gorgeous fabrics and design details help explain why! These two gowns are so elegant and would make any girl feel absolutely beautiful!

Moochi

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Moochi is similar to Ruby but steps up another price bracket. These dresses are definitely for the modern girl who loves simplicity and luxurious fabrics. The great thing about opting for a more muted dress with design detail, is you can have fun with your shoes and makeup!

Well I hope you have enjoyed this post today! If you have a teenage daughter, make sure to show her some ideas and remember I am always here to help! You can book in for a free 20 minute consultation any time.

Let me know your favourite ball looks in the comment section below Xx

May202015

Fashion Designer Quotes To Inspire You & Your Clients

Who are the best people in the fashion industry to seek inspiration from? Fashion Designers! Today’s post contains some of the best quotes from designers regarding fashion and personal style. You can use these to inspire your clients and convince them to try a new style….

“MAKE THE STATEMENT IN THE COLORS AND PRINTS.” –SALVADOR PEREZ

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“WEAR CLOTHES THAT FIT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE, NOT WHAT FITS WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW.” –JASON WU

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“INVEST IN ONE GOOD PIECE OF TIMELESS CLOTHING YOU ARE PROUD OF.” –REBECCA MINKOFF

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“I ALWAYS THINK THAT THE DRESS SHOULD NEVER TAKE OVER SOMEONE.” –JENNY PACKHAM

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“KEEP YOUR JACKET BUTTONED. ALWAYS. IT’S JUST REALLY FLATTERING—IT WILL TAKE POUNDS OFF OF YOU.” –TOM FORD

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“LISTEN TO WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WAY YOU DRESS, BECAUSE IN THE END, FASHION IS A WAY OF COMMUNICATING.” – STEFANO GABBANA

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We hope you have found this inspiring, there’s nothing like tips from the pros! Let us know your favourite designer quote in the comments below.

Until next week fashionistas Xx

 

May132015

How To Teach People To Love Their Bodies

Your job as a stylist is to help your clients find themselves, build a wardrobe around their individual style, but most importantly, love their body. Many people feel uncomfortable with their bodies. Due to images and media we see everyday, many people choose to point out their flaws instead of seeing beauty. 

Today on the blog we have come up with some tips to help you help your clients love their bodies. The most important thing to remember is we were all born to be individual, no one is the same! All shapes and sizes are beautiful, it is how we hold ourself that shows the world how confident we are.

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Teach your client not to hide from mirrors. Help them find the perfect place with great lighting in their home. Make them stand in front of the mirror and point out their best assets (and watch their face light up)! It is so easy to just find all the negative parts of our body and comment on them, we all have something we don’t love about ourself but teach them how to find what they love.

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Make them write a list of everything they love about themselves. Make them write it down instead of just saying it out loud. It’s so much more powerful. Get them to stick it to their mirror so they can see all these great qualities on a daily basis.

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When we don’t feel confident about how we look, it can be hard to accept compliments. You need to change their mindset! Your client needs to learn to how to listen to these compliments and take them on board. Maybe they get more compliments when they wear a certain shade of lipstick or when they wear their hair down. Teach them to be gracious when they hear these comments by always saying thank you. This will help them accept it and learn to believe it too!

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Teach them to cut any and all negative words out of their vocabulary. When they look at their body, they don’t have to compliment it, but they are not allowed to criticise it either. When people stop tearing themselves apart for every little thing daily, they will naturally become a lot happier.

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You also need to teach them that comparing themselves with others is not healthy. We have said it before and we will say it again: we are all different! Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all similar? You will often find that skinny girls want more curves and curvy girls want to be smaller. We always want what we don’t have but learning how to work with what you have got and showing off your best assets is the best help and advice you can give to anyone!

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Our last piece of advice to help you help your clients love their bodies is to show them that their confidence and how they hold themselves, is going to impact how others view them. If they walk into a room and own it, people will take notice and think how great they look because their confidence is shining through!

Until next week fashionistas Xx

May132015

How To Beat Those Naughty Food Cravings

We all get cravings from time to time and they come in a range of disguises; salty, sweet, crunchy and savoury. If you are starting to watch what you are putting into your body to live a healthier lifestyle, this post today is for you! I give you my favourite snacks for each craving you could get. It is so easy to make this change if you haven’t thought about it before as well. Make a change today and notice the difference in your appearance, how you feel and how you sleep. What you put into your body influences how you feel daily!

 

Fresh Food: Cucumber

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Vegetables are always your best option. Fresh, wholesome foods will fill you up and don’t have any nasty side affects, mainly because of their high water content.

Opt for cucumber or carrot slices that will make for a perfectly refreshing and crunchy snack. You can even consider adding chilli flakes or some sea salt on these slices.

 

 

Chocolate Cravings: Almond Milkadcb9c15230e66c5934f374ff7218141

Chocolate is a favourite snack for many of us and it really is hard not to love! But with so much sugar and saturated fat, it really isn’t a good option. Try making your own version with almond milk and melt chocolate made of raw cacao. My favourite brand is Pana chocolate, which is easy to source within NZ. This will provide you with more calcium than you can find in cow’s milk, with a couple grams of carbohydrates.

 

Kale Chips

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A packet of chips is easy to pick up on the run. What’s even better? Making your own kale chips is the perfect healthy alternative! Lay them in a single layer on a tray and coat lightly in olive oil and season with sale. Bake at 180c for 5-10 minutes and keep a close eye as they burn quickly. Once golden, let them cool and snack away.

These snacks will help overcome your salty craving with fewer calories and loads of nutrients, including calcium and magnesium, than any chips.

 

 

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To many popcorn is something you overeat in the movies and is covered in butter making it a fatty and salty snack. But making it yourself from kernels takes our all the preservatives and additives in the pre-made packages and offers you a healthy snack from a few minutes of effort.

Homemade popcorn is perfect for children as well! You can really taste the difference when you make it yourself

 

Sweetness: Freeze Dried Apples

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Snacking on freeze dried apples will help overcome any sweet cravings you might have and can even help relieve stress, due to the presence of magnesium.

The sweetness of the apple will help conquer any sugar cravings and you will feel so much better for opting for it.

 

 

 

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Do you always crave for something sweet and fizzy? So many people are quite addicted to soft drinks but with so much added sugar, it’s time to try an alternative. I prefer drinking herbal teas and lots of water every day but if you still crave something fizzy, this is your best option.

Kombucha is readily available at plenty of stores and provides your body with healthy bacteria that soothe your stomach and improve digestion.

 

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These are among the healthiest snacks and as an added bonus, are easy to pack and mess-proof. I love the sweetness and taste as well as the refreshment they provide. They are also very healthy thanks to their zinc, vitamin c, lycopene, and a variety of antioxidants.

So have I inspired you today to opt for a healthier version? Would you like to see some tips on preparing meals? Let me know in the comments on Facebook, I would love to hear from you!

 

May072015

What Styleyou Can Do For Your Career…

So you love fashion and you want to undertake a career in one of New Zealand’s most exciting and innovate industries. You’ve come across Styleyou and now you’re wondering what it can really do for you… This blog post today is to help show you the benefits that come from studying Fashion Styling with Styleyou!

Create Your Own Fashion Styling Business

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We have had many students go into starting their own business in their local area with great success. It’s all about starting slowly and building relationships with businesses and like minded entrepreneurs. We go into further detail about the necessities of starting your own business in the Styleyou eCourse.

Work Under Well Known Stylists

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This is a great way to build your reputation in the industry and learn from experienced stylists. Styleyou will teach you all the bases for becoming a stylist so you will have a through understanding of how to style clients based on their own style, colouring and body shape. Even interning in the fashion industry for a few months will reinforce everything you have learnt and give you more confidence to go out on your own.

Become A Fashion Blogger

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So many people create fashion blogs now and they will generally base it on the latest fashion trends. While this is great and people love to know the latest trends, to provide real value to your readers, you need to have a through understanding of who can wear what styles and what works best for different body shapes and sizes. By educating yourself with Styleyou and not just being another blogging site, you will find people will become regular readers and this could even create a customer base for your styling services. 

Create A Youtube Channel 

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You would’ve heard of Shannon Harris, beauty guru on Youtube who has over 1 million subscribers. She is one of many who have paved a way for this to become a career and provide you with an income. Some people prefer to watch fashion styling videos for advice instead of reading and researching online. If you have a speciality like teen styling or curvy women then you should run with that. Create videos with whatever equipment you can get your hands on and see where it takes you.

Design A Fashion Line

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Once you have completed Styleyou, you will have a strong understanding of what cuts, shapes and fabrics suit what body type. You could have a go at designing and making some clothing. There are some really amazing manufacturers right here in NZ who can make your drawings come to life. 

There is so much you can achieve once you have completed the Styleyou eCourse, the world really is your oyster! We have so many success stories come through from hardworking, determined individuals and you could be next if you take the next step…

Sign up today!

 

May062015

Look After Your Locks This Winter

As a female working in one of the most fast pace and ever changing industries, I love to experiment with my hair. I love getting some highlights to soften up my dark locks, as well as learn easy but effective styles that I can incorporate into my daily routine. Like many of you, I still have 3 children living at home as well as a national business to run, so my time is limited! I have come up with these top tips to help care for your hair this winter and make it look healthier than ever!

 

Supplements

I believe it is just as important to treat the roots of the hair as it is the ends of the hair. Hair grows from within your body so to maintain a healthy head of hair it is important to make sure your body is consuming the right supplements. Hair loss as well as thinning hair in women is a common issue, this could be the result of a deficiency.

I use what I believe to be the best, all natural supplements on the market; XtendLife.

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Taken in conjunction together daily, this mix gives my body the boost it needs to be the best! A lot of people are nervous buying supplements online. These products are made in NZ and they have a 365 day money back guarantee if you are unhappy with the results.

 

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I know this may sound impossible to some people but I cannot recommend giving your hair a break at times. If you blow wave or straighten your hair every day, it is going to damage your hair and create a lot of split ends. You can try washing your hair at night and letting it dry naturally to style in the morning, or heat less rollers the night before to give you the volume and style you desire. This tip may not suit everyone but give it a go, your hair will thank you for it!

Massage That Scalp

Massaging the scalp has been proven to get blood flowing to the roots which then stimulates hair growth. About once a week before I go to bed, I take the tips of my finger and gently massage the roots of my hair for 5 or so minutes.

 

Regular Trims

It is so important to get regular trims every 6 to 8 0e6cb33e64ccedd908fbdaf2b640706cweeks. You need to do this to get rid of all your dead ends and allow new, healthy hair to grow from the roots. Many women are scared to get trims regularly as they are trying to grow their hair longer, but regular trims will keep your hair healthier and will help it to grow. Just make sure you are clear with your hairdresser that you only want the dead ends cut off and you want to keep as much length as possible.

 

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Lastly, it is so important to nourish your hair and treat it to a good treatment. Any product containing keratin in it, is good for your hair. Keratin is what your hair is made up of and provides strength and toughness. I love using the Joico K-Pak range as it is affordable and lasts a long time.