Dressing for Occasions

Every woman has an underlying fear of turning up to an event either under or over dressed. While we do want to stand out in a crowd, we want it to be for looking fabulous, not grossly out of place! Below are some textbook tips to help you dress appropriately and ensure you look your absolute best.



The importance of dressing correctly for a wedding cannot be stressed enough – you do not want to tarnish your friends big day by turning up in a casual dress and flats or, even worse, an elaborate ball gown. To state the obvious, if there’s a specific dress code, adhere to it. Don’t wear white (who would have thought), or black. Weddings are a celebration, so typically the dress will emphasize this by being light, bright and cheerful. Keep your hair and makeup in tune with this line of thought – simple, elegant and festive. Do wear heels, and accessorize with a clutch and jewellery. My Body Shape Range dresses make a great wedding outfit – shop them here!

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Like weddings, there are some fairly strict rules when it comes to dressing for a ball.  Wearing heels is a must, as is wearing a full-length gown. You should look classy and feminine, so avoid overly structured pieces or dresses that hide your gorgeous womanly figure. Traditionally, up-dos are the go-to hairstyle for a ball, and it is hard to trump an elegant bun. Add a clutch and a necklace or pair of earrings to complete your look. If you want to give your outfit a vintage feel, don a pair of elbow-length gloves. Blake Lively’s red carpet dress below would be a stunning ball choice!

Ball gown


Work function

Work events are always a tricky one, as there often isn’t any hint as to how you should dress. Play it safe and dress in smart casual – this way you won’t look greatly over or underdressed. Avoid casual items such as jeans and also overly fancy pieces. Stick with a nice dress, modest heels and simple jewellery. Add a blazer or jacket for a professional feel. The beautiful Carla Gugino provides us with a perfect example of suitable work function attire.

Work Function


Dinner with Friends

When it comes to more casual outings, such as dinner with friends or an evening at the movies, you can happily slip on your best pair of jeans and a nice top. Swap heels for flats to give your outfit a bit of a boost and don a nice jacket or blazer. A leather handbag is a great addition for this type of affair, and a splash of lipstick never goes amiss! Emma Stone does casual-chic the right way below!



Your Need-to-Know Travel Tips

No matter how many checklists one writes, the likelihood of arriving at your travel destination and realising you have left something behind is high. I’m lucky enough to get to travel a lot for my career, so have learnt that there a few items which simply have to get in that suitcase! Whether it’s for work or pleasure, ensuring that you follow the tips below will make your trip that little bit better.


Comfortable Shoes

I cannot stress enough the importance of packing a pair of flat shoes that you can comfortably wear all day. If you are holidaying it’s likely you will be doing a lot of walking, and if you are on a business trip you are often on your feet most of the day. A pair of leather penny loafers or brogues will be invaluable for walking the streets, and a pair of low-heeled mary janes or wedges are perfect for workwear. You don’t want to ruin your feet for the whole trip by wearing stilettos on the first day!



Sun Care

This one might seem obvious, but often the smallest things are the easiest to forget. No matter which part of the earth you are venturing to sunglasses, sunscreen and lip conditioner are essential. There’s nothing worse than spending your sightseeing squinting or coming home a shade of red, and while it is easy to pick these things up overseas nothing beats the quality brands that you are used to. A light tinted sunscreen is a great idea as you can wear this instead of foundation, and if you are wearing lipstick make sure you condition first to keep those lips hydrated.




A Handbag

Of course you aren’t going to forget your handbag – no woman does – but packing the right handbag is the key. Since you can take them on the plane alongside your carry-on luggage, I recommend bringing a large sized handbag. This way you can easily fit all of the items you need with you on a daily basis when travelling – phone, makeup, sunscreen, camera, water bottle, sweater and whatever else. Plus, if something happens to catch your eye in a store window you’ll have room to take it with you…

 Big Bag


Going-out Clothes

Often the best trips involve spontaneous outings, so it’s important to be prepared. It is easy to feel self-conscious when under-dressed, so avoid the feeling by packing at least one nice outfit you can wear to any elegant occasions that may arise. A dress is a great choice, as it means you only have to pack one item – bring your favourite accessories to go with it, and voilà!

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Who needs entertaining when they’re overseas? The excitement of being in a foreign country is entertainment enough! While this is true, layovers in airports can be extremely tedious. It’s a great idea to bring a magazine or book with you to fill in those boring gaps, and also give you something to do when relaxing in your hotel. Jessica Alba shows us how it’s done.



Latitude Magazine – Race Day Attire with Angela Stone


Riccarton Park NZ Cup & Show Fashion with Angela Stone 2015

Riccarton Park NZ Cup & Show Fashion with Angela Stone 2015


The perfect blend of entertainment, socialising, sunshine and of course, fashion, Riccarton’s Cup and Show Week is one of the most exciting events in the country. It is also New Zealand’s most fashionable week, with attendees wearing their finest in the hope of winning one of the many fantastic competitions.

I have been fashion coordinator of Cup and Show Week for several years now, and absolutely love the role. It is always one of my favourite events, and I look forward to seeing everyone dressed to the nines. The various contests are a fun opportunity to show off your personal style, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. This season it’s all about big, bold colours – I’m hoping to see some yellows, reds, and blues out there. Don’t forget your hat!


Neonatal Fashion Show – 7th November 2015
On Saturday November 7th, Canterbury Racing and the Canterbury Neonatal Unit Trust are hosting a sold out Charity Luncheon and fashion show. ‘The Best of Cup Day Fashions’ parade will feature my own designs, alongside pieces from Park Avenues and Sergios Menswear. Portfolio Model Agency are providing their stunning models for the job.

This fun event is a fundraiser for the Neonatal Unit Trust, a dedicated organisation which provides support for parents of premature, new-born and sick babies. It is the 10th Year anniversary and going to be a great day out.

Couplands Bakeries Mile –
11th November 2015

One of the most exciting days of Cup and Show Week, the Couplands Bakeries Mile features some great racing and amazing fashion. This year Vanessa Green of Eye Magazine is sponsoring a fun, informal fashion competition.

The theme is black and white, so we expect everyone to be looking timelessly elegant! There will be a range of fantastic prizes, including an incredible EYE magazine pamper pack valued at $1000. Come and join the fun at Riccarton Park Racecourse



Cup Day – 14 November 2015

The biggest date on the racing fashion calendar, Cup Day is not to be missed. On this day the ultimate fashion competition, Fashion in the Field, takes place. There are a variety of categories and some amazing prizes to be won, including travel packages, jewellery, designer clothing vouchers, gift baskets and more.


Paul Dean – Sergio’s Menswear

Amanda Linnell – Managing Editor Viva Magazine

Mel Radford Brown – Portfolio Model Agency

Registrations on the day commence from 11am at the registration desk next to the Birdcage Bar. Heats are scheduled from 12noon with semi finals at the conclusion of each Heat. The Final is held in the Birdcage after Race 5 at approximately 2.40pm.

Prizes for Fashion in the Field

Ladies finalists will compete today for the following prize sections with the Overall Winner receiving through Mondo World Travellers, Hawaiian Airlines flights for two to Los Angeles staying five nights with Millennium Hotels and Resorts.

Our winner will also represent the region at Ellerslie in the Viva Prix de Fashion on Saturday 12 March 2016.  Her prize also includes flights through Mondo World Travellers to Auckland for two with three night’s accommodation courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts.

The “Young’s” High Fashion award – Autore cultured pearl pendant necklace with an 18 carat white gold and diamond fleur-de-lis style bale valued at $4,500

The “Park Avenue Fashion’s” Style award – a $1000 voucher from Park Avenue

The “Celtine Beauty” Young Designer award (designers under 35) – a $1200 gift basket

The “Clarins” Accessories award – a $1200 gift basket

An “EYE Magazine” pamper pack valued at $1000

Sergio’s Best Dressed Man Award

The overall winner will receive through Mondo World Travellers flights for two to Brisbane staying seven wonderful nights at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba on the glorious Sunshine Coast. A $1000 voucher from Sergios and a dinner voucher for the Lone Star Riccarton.

Runner up receives a $500 voucher from Sergios

Make sure you impress the judges by dressing in your most stylish pieces!