The Year That Was


It’s been a big year! With Christmas over and New Years Eve just around the corner, I decided to reflect on each of the past twelve months. Looking back at everything you’ve been through over the span of a year helps add perspective and shows how much you’ve achieved. As I think over my 2016, think of your own experience and accomplishments. Consider the goals you had in January and where you are now. Do you feel that you’ve improved some part of your life this year? Do you feel it’s been a good year? Re-evaluation comes next month, so for now think it over, reward yourself for your successes, and have a fabulous December 31st.





I kicked off the year with a series of Teen Styling Courses around New Zealand while the high school kids were still on their summer break. I love seeing the smile on my student’s faces as they discover their personal style and build confidence!



The Body Shape Range went on sale so I could make room for my next clothing line! Out with the old, in with the new, right?



In March my team and I had a stall at the Wanaka A&P Show and Horse of the Year, selling clothes and doing fittings. We love being part of New Zealand country fairs and expos!



April was a big month for me as I made the move from Christchurch to Auckland. I miss Christchurch a lot, but Auckland has it’s perks, too. My styling team and I also began our StyleMe Lounge sessions at malls around the country.



I launched my Fashion Stylist Course in Australia, holding programs in the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne. This was very exciting!!



The big Real Housewives of Auckland announcement was made!



The highlight of July was shooting the cover for Eye Magazine – so much fun! I also did an interview with the magazine about my experience on RHOAKL.



The Real Housewives of Auckland launched on Bravo TV, and the hype began…



This month I flew to Melbourne to sign with Giant Model Management, visit Australia’s first Dry & Tea Salon, and meet some of the Real Housewives of Melbourne. What a blast!



October saw the launch of my new book Being Real, as well as my book tour around New Zealand. One of my proudest moments for 2016. My styling team and I also had a stall at the lovely annual Culverden Fete.



I resumed my role as Fashion Coordinator for Riccarton Cup & Show Week, one of my absolute favourite times of the year. As always the contestants looked gorgeous, making it a very difficult competition!



Over the past month I’ve been busy working on my new plans for 2017 – there’s a big announcement coming, so stay tuned!


Angela’s 7 Style Commandments

Fashion is fun, and it definitely doesn’t have to be difficult. With my 7 Style Commandments you’re sure to be looking and feeling fabulous everyday – without any stress!


1. Keep it Classic


You can’t beat a classic, ladies. Think simple cuts, clean lines and plain colours. Build the basics in your wardrobe and go from there – trousers, blouses, skirts and sweaters in neutral tones. You can throw these staples on with just about anything, and they’re great for layering – with only a few classic pieces you can easily create a whole array of outfits!


2. Plan Your Outfits


If you have somewhere to be, don’t leave it until that morning to decide what you’re going to wear. Prepare your outfit the evening before so you can get up, get dressed and get going looking amazing. An organised wardrobe is essential for easy dressing, so if you struggle to see all of your clothes when you open the door, it might be time for a clear-out.

3. Own Your Style


Clothing is communication. It’s a representation of who you are, so embrace your unique style and show your individuality through fashion by wearing clothes you love. Whatever items make you feel comfortable and confident are the right ones for you. If there’s a trend you love, personalise it with your own touch – simple!

4. Quality, Not Quantity


Buying good quality products is so important. It’s better to have a handful of well-made pieces than a ton of poorly-made ones. Choose items with good, non-synthetic fabrics and strong tailoring. Buying trusted brands is an easy way to ensure you’ll get what you’re paying for – there’s a reason brands like Levi’s are still so successful today.

5. Dress For Your Figure


Knowing your body shape allows you to find the right items for your unique figure. When you dress for your body shape, you highlight your best features. This allows you to feel more comfortable and builds confidence – and as we know, inner confidence shines on the outside. Remember also to wear the right size for you – a lot of brands have different sizes so getting fitted is a good idea.

6. Attention: Accessories


Don’t neglect your accessories! These beauties can make or break an outfit, so they deserve a little attention. Always remember to think about your shoes, jewellery and handbag when you dress. Do they fit with your outfit? Are the colours right? Do the textures complement everything else you’re wearing? I also like to take the less-is-more approach when it comes to jewellery – don’t overdo it, but don’t wear nothing, either. A watch, earrings and ring will do the trick, or a statement necklace and a simple bracelet.

7. Makeup Match


Like your accessories, your makeup should match your outfit. Coordinate colours and intensity with your clothing. If you’re going for a casual look, keep the makeup simple. If you have a black tie event, smokey eyes and red lips might be appropriate.


Knowing Your Image


Have you ever bought clothes simply because they’re on-trend? Have you ever spent countless minutes staring at your closet unable to choose something to wear? Are there days where you don’t feel confident with what you’re wearing?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, it’s likely you haven’t found your personal style yet. And you’re not alone – it’s surprisingly common for women to have no real sense of their unique style and simply dress according to what they see in magazines and shop windows. While this can still look great, it’s how you feel on the inside that really counts – and shows.

Fashion plays an important part in our self-esteem and identity. Your image has a great influence over your confidence and happiness, and should represent who you are. Luckily, small changes can make a big difference! Discover your style and you’ll change your life.


Why is Knowing Your Style important?

Determining your personal style is essential to feeling fabulous – and when you feel fab, you look fab! When you discover your style your confidence is enhanced because you’re comfortable and content in the clothes you’re wearing. This inner confidence will shine on the outside. Knowing how to put together an outfit specifically for you, that’s tailored to your style, sets you apart from everyone else. You are dressing purely for yourself.


First Steps: Know Yourself

To discover your personal style, you need to know yourself. It’s all about being harmonious with who you are and representing that person. Consider your personality, your lifestyle, your taste, hobbies, goals and desires. What are you interested in? What values do you live your life by? What inspires you? Your personal style should align with your dreams and aspirations and express the unique and wonderful person you are inside. If you really don’t know where to start, write a list of your aims and achievements, your passions and beliefs.


Second Step: Be Yourself

The key to knowing your style is simple: be yourself. Wear the kinds of clothing that show who you are deep down and enhance your confidence. It doesn’t matter what other people think, or what’s on the latest runways. You don’t need to have a specific look to look great. Express your individuality. What do you feel good in? What best represents you? Supermodel Heidi Klum is right when she says: “Wear something you feel gorgeous in and don’t try too hard; it’s much sexier when it appears effortless. Clothes that don’t fit, or don’t fit the wearer’s personality, don’t help.” Remember, you’re dressing for you.  Your clothing needs to scream “this is me!”


Third Step: Bringing it All Together

So you’ve found your personal style and you’re feeling great about it. Now what? Time to clear out your wardrobe. Get rid of all those items you never wear because you don’t feel good in them, even if they’re brand new or designer. Be harsh – forget how much something cost or how gorgeous it is – if you’ve only worn it once or twice, it needs to go. Make room for all the new, incredible pieces you’re going to get and think of the joy that someone else might find in your ‘discard’ pile.

Next, you need to go shopping. Smart shopping, ladies. Buy clothes in the right size, colour and style for your personal image. Choose items which celebrate and reflect your individuality and personality. Be selective.

Once you’ve done the above, it’s time to enjoy your newfound image! When you get dressed you should feel great knowing you’re rocking your personal style. Own your style, own your image, own you.



Beauty from the Inside Out


Beauty is an inside job. Yes, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said many times before, when you feel good you look great. Who you are underneath your exterior and the way you feel about yourself are ultimately what is reflected on the outside. If you have a negative perception of yourself, it’s going to show. Enhance your self-respect and self-worth by reading my tips below.



The number one way you can improve how you feel about yourself is through positive self-talk. It’s about loving who you are and appreciating yourself. Most women have experienced thoughts of self-loathing at some time in their life. This could be criticising your body, telling yourself you aren’t good enough or questioning how others could ever perceive you in a positive manner. These kinds of thoughts are hurtful and self-destructive. When we think of ourselves poorly, we’re only causing damage. Negative self-talk inevitably results in low self-esteem, poor levels of confidence and unhappiness or dissatisfaction. You should never tell yourself that you are ugly, fat, useless or any other negative word. Similarly, you should never compare yourself to others. Every person we meet is at a different stage in their life to us. They are a different age or body shape; they have different experience and skills. Nobody is perfect, and comparing the things that you dislike about yourself to those that you see on other woman is only going to damage your self-esteem further. Beauty isn’t defined by the way you look next to another woman.


A Healthy Life, A Happy Life

When you have a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, you naturally feel healthier and happier. Eat nutritious foods and drinks lots of water to literally keep your insides thriving. Maintain consistent eating patterns and visit a nutritionist if you feel like your current diet isn’t really working for you. Exercise is a fabulous way to boost your self-confidence, so make sure you’re getting out there often and going for a walk, doing some yoga or hitting the gym.


Mind’s Eye

Do you feel that you’ve found inner peace? Are you content with your life and where you are going? Make a list of your values and goals and see if you’re actually accomplishing them. If you aren’t working towards them it’s likely you won’t feel completely fulfilled. Are you happy with your career, your friendships and relationships, your hobbies? When we love the life we’re living, we love ourselves. The key thing to remember is that changing your life is up to you – and it isn’t as hard as it might sound. Making the conscious decision to change is the first step. Once you’ve done that, the rest will begin falling into place. Remember also that even if there are things you dislike about your current position, there are good things in your life too. Don’t forget to focus on the good!


Confident Style

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Probably the best advice out there on this subject is to wear what you feel comfortable and fabulous in. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable or unattractive. Dress to highlight your assets and boost your self-esteem. That might mean jeans and a blouse for one person and a fitted dress for another. The key thing to note is that you’re dressing for you, not other people. Wearing all of the latest trends won’t necessarily make you feel good, but wearing the jumpsuit you’ve had forever that enunciates your hourglass figure will. Confidence is sexy, so dressing in the clothes that make you feel the most confident is a winning solution! If you aren’t happy with your look, visiting a stylist is a worthwhile idea. It’s never too late to reinvent your look, and often this is all you need to discover your true style and feel sensational. On top of all this, make sure you show your confidence with a smile – a big, happy smile says a lot about a person.