Friday, September 15, 2006

The Perfect Match


Foundation can be such a tricky thing to get right , and you can spend years tracking down the perfect colour for your skin tone . That is until now . Phoenix cosmetics is a New Zealand based cosmetics company run by the very talented Phoenix Renata who bought a love of makeup , experience as a fantastic makeup artist and a passion for high quality products .

All of her product line is fantastic , mixing vintage edge with high tech formulations and ease of application . But the best product hands down is the Custom Blended Foundation .

Yep you heard me right , Phoenix cosmetics will make a foundation just for you to match your skin tone exactly . The makeup artist blended foundation gives a medium coverage and is packed vitamins to hydrate and moisturise the skin . You can even pick from a matt or dewey finish!

The best bit ? It only costs $60.00(nzd)

Phoenix Cosmetics
Boutique Shop
513a New North Road
New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 524 2583
Phoenix Cosmetics

Multi use


I love stuff that can be used for more than one thing . The pictured Quatrro Quarti 4/4 shelving and table unit is the perfect example of that in practice . Despite the long the name , the units are cute and sweet with the ability to be stacked for shelving in a number of ways or used as a s shaped table . Great for a modern living enviroment or for the kids room , the plastic shelves are stylish and durable.

Quatrro Quarti shelves at 2 modern

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Its not a sofa .. Or a bed..


Im going to be honest and say im generally not a huge fan of sofa beds but i understand why people need them . I mean if your short on space and still need an extra bed for when your friends stay , of if you have a tiny living space and need that sofa to be your bed . Or if you just really dig things that do more than one thing . All that taken into account I don't really .. like sofa beds.

That is of course , apart from the pictured Doc sofa bed . For this sofa bed is decidedly stylish - I mean just look at it . Its neither hideous nor huge . But not only that , it transforms in a A super cool way which reminds me of transformers and hence makes me like it a whole bunch more . And if that wasn't enough the sofa does not just change into one bed - but bunks !



Doc Sofa Bed via Oh gizmo

Current Love : Peep Toes


I'm absolutely loving the return of the vintage inspired peep toe . The style reminds me of Marilyn and other pin up stars and a mix of sensuality and cuteness . In particular I'm loving the pictured "vintage" shoe from Yvonne Benneti in its floral print silk and playful wedge heel .

Yvonne Benneti "vintage" at Scarpa Shoes

Wednesday, September 13, 2006



Its always nice to have a little something that gives you the creative spark when your feeling a bit down . That's why I love the T - shirt surgery community on

This entire community is full of souls who are so cute and creative they make entire wardrobes out of re made t-shirts . The modifications range from the simple ( t shirts made into halter tops and simple skirts ) to the amazing ( t shirts made into ornate dresses , tailored jackets and bags ).

Some make money of their modified t-shirts selling them on eBay , others make to order . Many are simply experimenting , asking questions or making tutorials for others to use . It seems a great and simple way to get into the growing DIY movement , and the folks here are so supportive its no wonder they boast over four thousand members .

Be sure to check out their userinfo as well , which is home to a plethora of links ranging from inspiration sites to T-shirt stenciling community's and selling community's .

T-Shirt Surgery @ Livejournal

All Is Well


Originally hailing from Dunedin , trained at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and now one of Wellington's rising stars . Miranda Wellings may not be a name you know right now , but with critical success , strong directional collections and a growing following of fans she is destined to be one of New Zealand fashions elite .

A background in design and high fashion retail has given Miranda an excellent eye for detailing , drapery and design which is paired with an innate understanding of what women want to wear . Such a mix of skills is invaluable , and really shows in the quality of work Miranda is producing .

For her summer collection “signs in the spills” creamy bright yellows and stark whites play off shots of red and blue whilst her signature blot print unifies and softens the entire collection. Detailing is present everywhere as is Wellings signature use of volume and clean lines to create original silhouettes which flatter the female form and can be worn in a variety of ways .

Miranda Wellings
Unity Collection - Wellington
Unity Collection – Auckland
Soup – Christchurch
Page 74 – Tauranga
Reve – Palmerston North

P.R contact Sarah care of Whippet

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

So Very Lilly


I live in dresses . I'm of the opinion there is no other garment that can beat a dress for comfort and style . It kind of annoys me that in this country many see them as only suitable for formal attire , when they are really wardrobe perfection !

But , I am seeing is a whole new lot of dress converts as late . Designers are using dresses more and more in their collections and in a true sign of a fashion shift , nearly every women's store has at least 5 dress styles now – we have come a long way baby . I thank the rise of well cut garments paired with * wince * celeb fashion for the beginning of a sea change . After all how many girls did you see in chucks and a line sun dresses before Lilly Allen hit the charts ? In fact her name popped to mind when viewing the summer offerings from kiwi label Ooby Ryn , pictured is one of their new seasons dress styles with its great print , classic lines and worn with a fantastic Ooby Ryn belt .

Ooby Ryn

Mellow Yellow


Every season there is “A” colour . You can tell what it is because everyone uses it in there collections and suddenly out of no where it starts arriving in chain stores in huge numbers .
This season its yellow , yellow in every shade , texture and accent under the sun . And frankly as taken aback as i was when i heard yellow would be the colour du jour last year .... now that its arrived I'm really impressed by what's around .

The best locally comes from Zambesi , their summer collection makes a great colour follow up to the Zambesi winter offerings . The yellow that is peppered throughout their designs is paired with shimmering blues and crisp creams and whites which are melded in a signature leaf print . The pictured corsca dress is my favourite , but check out their site for great yellow swimwear and accent pieces .

Monday, September 11, 2006

Lonely Heart ?


Gather near boys and girls for I am going to share with you a label who kicks serious fashion ass . If you are from New Zealand chances are you have heard of them and if not find a stockist , because without it your fashion heart is going to break .

If you want garments which are aesthetically stunning , different and edgy . Which create and defy trends and whilst doing so are still wearable then Lonely Hearts Club needs to be in your wardrobe .

For summer 2006/07 dark colour choices are given texture and dimension through innovative cuts and prints . Items which at first appear simple take on a new look in movement with each individual item offering a plethora of styling choices . My picks are the suspender skirt , bubble dress and the denim . But this fantastic draped jersey dress is on the top of my summer must have list and i imagine many others as well .

Lonely Hearts Club

Light And Simple


I have been getting addicted to jewellery this season again , there is just so much fun stuff around its hard not to get excited . I've loaded up on vintage nautical necklaces , carved bakelite bangles and even a bit of wood here and there . But the above pictured light as a feather necklace is my next buy .
Made by wellington based Madame Fancy Pants the necklace features an enamel coated brass feather on a sterling silver chain and is part of a huge range of innovative designs by MFP's designer Claire Terry . If you are in wellington check out her store on boulcott street , otherwise buy her designs online or from one of her many stockists .

Madame Fancy Pants

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Stuff To Shop : Karen Walker


Swandri by Karen Walker limited edition series featuring John Renolds and Mark Smith is in store now .

Swandri by Karen Walker

Friday, September 08, 2006

Too Delicious


For you readers there are two options one : Summer sun is super close , or two : its fading into the depths of winter darkness . Either way the new season of summer designs from Deborah Sweeney will have you licking your lips.

Deborah's summer 2006/07 collection “Happy Valley” is full of sun , fun and 60s touches . Pinafores and high waists are reworked into brilliantly fitting garments whilst Deborah's signature use of prints and layering is seen once again . The whole collection just makes me long for summer – and what's more ! If you can get your hands on it , the first drop of designs are perfect for cooler northen hemisphere weather .

Deborah Sweeney

Local Lovin : All that Glitters


Ive decided to do profiles on local stores , businesses and all round wellington goodnessy things that I know and love .

First up is the den of cool that is Good as Gold . Located on Victoria street this is Wellington's own land of kicks , class and clothes . Home to labels like Lover, Perks & Mini, Claude Maus, Nike, Schwipe and Creative Recreation amongst others its a great place to track down all that stuff you have been lusting over . Not only is the store and stock sweet , but the staff are even sweeter keeping shop fans updated with what's in store on their blog .

Good As Gold

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Health and Happiness

Blue Earth

Never before have two words meant so much , than with the creations of Blue Earth .

Blue Earth is A kiwi company established in 1998 to create body products which were hand made , natural and which used the highest quality ingredients . This in itself is something to behold , but Renee and Warren ( the folks behind Blue Earth ) did not stop there . Inspired by the artist and father of the arts and crafts movement William Morris Blue Earth products are created with beauty , and artful manual precision which makes there finished products almost to pretty to use .

There range includes lip balms , moisutrisers and mother and child care . But my favourites are the stunningly beautiful soaps .With scents like Vanilla Chocolate , Fudgey Fig , Angels Love cake and Rhapsody of Roses how can you resist .

Blue Earth

Oh Baby


Stylish mums and dads of the world rejoice , for I have found you stylish baby clothes . Not only that , but this style dosent come with a huge price tag so you wont worry about your kids being a kid in it .

Babylicious is the brainchild of Martha Craig , with a love of art , design and screen printing skills shes designed a line of hand silk screen printed items which consists of both children's and adults clothing . The prints themselves are quirky and irreverent with real stand alone design appeal ranging from the patriotic , to the funny to the absurd .

My pick are the printed bibs , in my opinion every baby needs an elvis bib .


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Nzgirl : The Best of Basics


In a world of green chiffon and baloon skirts what is a girl in want of the basics to do ?

There was a time when you could find beautiful , classic items that didnt cost the earth and that were not so trendy they could last more than a season . A gentler time , free of bubble skirts and skinny leg jeans . And if you crave for that time , then Nzgirl is the place for you .

It's the new fashion line from the popular kiwi online magazine which is full of well designed , made and finished garments . Everything is made right here in New Zealand and where possible local fabrics have been used as well . The line is fantastic , full of great staples like basic tops and skirts but peppered with statement items that are funky as well as functional .

Oh and yes before you ask , the model isnt a stick - shes a real girl , and all the clothes have been designed to flatter all body types . I know , I know be still my beating heart !