Busting out another Style Stars post and my first male star… Tinie Tempah! For anyone who doesn’t know, Tinie is an English rapper. He’s seriously gorgeous and to a woman who wears glasses, the way that he embraces them (even though he doesn’t actually need prescription glasses) just makes me love him more. His Cutler & Gross and Ray Ban frames are a huge part of his style trademark, as are his no socks outfits which some people would think a cardinal sin, but I really like.
He embraces lots of colour and print in his casual looks. Even when he’s dressed down he’s still very styled in designer pieces… no trackies or daggy tee’s here (he launched his own clothing line under his Disturbing London brand which ironically does sell trackpants). Some of my favourite looks are actually when Tinie mixes high and street fashion… think a sharp suit with sneakers.
Tinie in a suit is just heavenly. Most guys look their best when wearing a suit but Tinie takes it to a whole new level with fab colour, texture and perfect Saville Row tailoring. The bow ties don’t hurt either!
This post sort of follows on from this week’s Aussie Curves theme… Favourite Piece. It’s reminded me of some of the other beloved items in my wardrobe so I’ve been busting them out this week. Today I’m sharing some of my fave TS14+ pieces…
The Spot On Chiffon Jacket is just stunning… it makes me smile and I’m always asked about it when I wear it. It’s just fun! My Eclipse Sizzle Dress is a great basic black dress. It gets a lot of wear and it’s a fab go to piece when I have to get out of the house in a hurry. It’s a great length and looks great worn with boots, heels, cute sandals and flats. Today I have it tied up at the front to straighten it off.
TS14+ do the best leggings, ever! They’re a fab slinky fabric which whicks moisture away, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Mine are getting a tad big now so I need to get my hands on a few more. They usually bring out a good cropped length over summer (sometimes in pretty bright colours), which is a perfect length for short-arses like me!
One of my fave necklaces is the Posey Necklace… it’s bold and in one of my all time favourite fashion colour combos. Who doesn’t like a bit of black, white and red! This is another piece that always attracts comments.
I picked up a couple of their new Crystal Wrap Cuffs last week and just love them. Just a bit of bling to top off an outfit. I grabbed the black/black and silver/white versions.
Eclipse Sizzle Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Short Sleeve Body Dress ~ TS14+
Spot On Chiffon Jacket ~ TS14+
Integra Full Length Legging ~ TS14+
Posey Necklace ~ TS14+
Crystal Wrap Cuff ~ TS14+
Chevron Scarf ~ Millie+Boo
Gazelle Wedge ~ Overland
It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been on My Journey to Health for a whole year already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I realised I needed to be healthier for myself and my family, and of course taking the first hard step of asking for help.
I’m so glad that my first step was contacting Nikki and Reno at O2 Exercise Health Club… they have been fantastic, encouraging and full of knowledge. My programme has evolved as I’ve gotten stronger and Nikki’s happy to keep challenging me with new exercises, bumping up my weights and increasing my cardio levels. When I started I struggled to mange one minute on the cross-trainer (I seriously wanted that thing to die a horrible death), but now I can do 10 minutes on increased levels with no problems. I now lift weights I probably would have struggled to lift with both hands in the beginning and I’m loving my weekly BoxFit classes. Punch, kick, slap… what’s not to love? It’s a great stress reliever.
Another thing I’m proud of has been to get over my fear of water and get into a pool, and into a pair of togs! Aqua-jogging is so much fun (even more so when you drag someone else along), and being in water is a fantastic mental buzz for me. One of my long-term goals is to start swimming lessons. This goal scares me as I almost drowned during a swimming lesson when I was younger. But I need to set an example for Mr 7 and Miss-almost-5 so it’s a matter of pulling on my big girl undies and take it one lesson at a time. First I’ll need to get some prescription goggles otherwise I won’t even be able to see the instructor (I’m as blind as a bat).
There’s one more form of exercise that I’m about to embark on… pilates! It’s another class I’m keen to try at O2 Exercise as I really need to strengthen my core. I’m sure it’ll hurt at first but I’m definitely looking forward to adding yet another exercise to my week.
I had issues with heart palpitations and subsequent anxiety, which I managed to get on top of after a couple of months. I still struggle with making healthy food choices. I’ve cut out a lot of cafe food and takeaways but just can’t seem to stay away from carbs. I’m a magnet for stodgy food! I’m looking to saying goodbye to the cold weather and comfort food and hello to more salads, strawberries, asparagus, melon etc.
I’m proud to have lost over 10kg. It doesn’t sound like a big loss, but I’m happy with it. As I’ve said before, this is a journey not a race. I’d rather have a slow but sustainable change.
Thanks so much for following my journey and for the supportive messages I’ve received. I hope you’ll stick around to see what I get up to in Year Two!
Since busting out my gold ankle boots for this week’s Aussie Curves ‘Favourite Piece’ theme, I promised myself that I would wear them more and not just let them languish in their box. So I strapped them on today, teaming them with blue and purple. Gold and purple… a royal combo. I really do feel like a queen when I’m wearing these puppies!
I was recently sent some tights from Sonsee Woman to try and this midnight colour looks so good with my boots and tones in the dress. The tights are really comfy (it feels like I’m wearing leggings) although they do bunch a little at my ankles (it’s pretty much impossible for me to get a good tight fit as I’m so short). I was grateful for the 100 denier’s today as the wind was so cold here, it cut right through me. Sonsee were kind enough to also send me some 60 denier grey tights which you’ll see later on. Loving the colours Sonsee!
Summer Haze Dress ~ TS14+
Debut Cardy ~ TS14+
Opaque 100 Denier Tights ~ Sonsee Woman (gifted)
Sunglasses ~ Crossroads
Samauri Ankle Boot ~ Overland
So I signed up to try Lightbox. It’s basically NZ’s answer to Netflix. For just $15 a month you have access to lots of fantastic TV shows (over 5,000 hours worth) with NO ADS! Great shows like House of Cards, Arrested Development, The Tudors, Father Ted, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Life on Mars, The Mighty Boosh, Masters of Sex, The Thick Of It, Mad Men, Outlander, Sherlock, Dr Who, oh and there are lots of kids shows too. It really is hard choosing what to watch!
I know that I’m a wee bit obsessed with black at the moment, but I guess my subconscious also knows this because I’ve gravitated towards TV shows that have black in the title. So far I’ve watched Orange Is The New Black, Black Books and Orphan Black, and I have Black Sails on my watch list. Go figure!
Since I already have black on the brain, I decided to run with it and put together a fashion post with some fab pieces. Sometimes black can look a bit flat so I’ve chosen items that have a little something extra… pretty embellishments, an interesting cut, great texture and fab prints. If you’re not a fan of black on black it’s so easy to add some colour with fun statement jewellery, scarves, belts, bags, shoes etc.
Here are a few black outfits to wet your appetite. Why not check out Lightbox and start your own black obsessed journey?
Heather Quilted Biker Jacket ~ Forever New
Harriet Piped Shirt ~ Jacqui E
Simona Rib Pencil Skirt ~ Forever New
Chainfalls Necklace ~ TS14+
Mr Gator Gang Bag ~ Deadly Ponies
Shari Sandals ~ Number One Shoes
Pleated Front Dress ~ City Chic
Wild Child Stripe Ponti Jacket ~ Farmers
Kagi Red Hot Necklace ~ Silvermoon
Camille Sandal ~ Overland
Sisco Bag ~ LouenHide
Long Printed Kaftan ~ Autograph
Soft Twill Pant ~ Autograph
Key Basic Cami ~ Crossroads
Stella Bauble Drop Necklace ~ Forever New
Christina Handbag ~ Forever New
Jenna Heel ~ Forever New
This post is sponsored by Lightbox. All opinions are my own.
This week the Aussie Curves ladies are busting out our most beloved pieces. I’m expecting a great range of items from a brand new pair of ‘gotta have’ heels, those elusive perfect fit jeans, gorgeous dresses, maybe even a tatty tee they can’t bare to part with.
For me it’s two things. I whittled my list down to my Coach handbag and Overland gold ankle boots, but that’s where I got stuck. There’s no way I could choose one over the other… the phrase ‘pick a favourite child’ came to mind. So here’s an outfit featuring both, and a few other favourites as well.
I picked up my handbag while on honeymoon in NYC in 2006. It was my only expensive purchase, but I haven’t regretted the cost as even after using it pretty much every day for five years it still looks brand new. Quality people! The boots are a favourite just because they’re so damm gorgeous. I don’t wear them as often as I should… I really should get some insoles to make them a bit comfier, oh and I’m paranoid about wearing them in the dodgy Wellington weather. Most of the time they live in their box which is kinda sad.
My stud skirt from City Chic is another piece that doesn’t get enough wear. It’s beautiful but has just gotten a wee bit big. It’s also a little long on me (mid calf) because I’m a short arse, so it does not look as good as it should. I’ve janked it right up and have had to use safety pins to keep it up for these photos.
The jacket is another fab piece from City Chic. It has beautiful sequin and embroidered detailing on the back, and it manages to be light and fitted at the same time. There’s a band which pulls the back and sides in and I love the shape it gives me! This is one piece which is definitely on high rotation.
Sexy Stud Skirt ~ City Chic
Short Sleeve Body Dress ~ TS14+
Peacock Glamour Jacket ~ City Chic
Toucan Necklace ~ TS14+
Cuff ~ Forever New
Handbag ~ Coach
Samauri Ankle Boot ~ Overland
I was very lucky recently to receive a couple of gorgeous items from OBR Merino. I’m still very hung up on ponchos and capes so I was very excited when they sent me one of their fab Asymmetric Button Cape! There are nine gorgeous colours to choose from and I’m very pleased with the beautiful sapphire colour because it’s a colour which pretty much goes with anything. I love the pop against black and white but I’ll do more posts later on with other colours.
The paua shell buttons allow you to wear the cape many different ways. When I received it my best friend and I spent ages playing around with it and we probably came up with 10 or 12 ways to wear it. Of course it’s beautiful just worn as a cape but it’s also great wrapped around the body, used as a halter top, as a shoulder wrap etc. Don’t worry… I’ll show off other ways to wear it in upcoming posts!
Another bonus is that all of OBR (One Beach Road) Merino‘s pieces are made right here in NZ. The fine merino knit fabric is warm while being lightweight, is beautifully soft and it’s a year round fabric as it keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Merino is extremely durable… it doesn’t wrinkle, doesn’t stain easily and you can just throw it in the washing machine. Ta da!
It’s not often that l find luxury items that are available in plus sizes, which is why I really appreciate that OBR Merino‘s styles are available up to size 24! Because merino has great stretch and movement, I would recommend ladies that are sized 24+ try their pieces. OBR Merino has been chosen as one of just five companies included in the next Buy NZ advertising campaign… great work!
Visit OBR Merino and browse their stunning range of Dresses, Cardigans, Tops, Skirts, Pants, Capes and Wraps, and Blankets.
Asymmetric Button Cape ~ OBR Merino (gifted)
Chevron Dress ~ The Carpenter’s Daughter
Decorous Signal Body Tee ~ TS14+
Skinny Pant ~ Crossroads (similar)
Chevron Scarf ~ Millie & Boo
Boots ~ Overland
Mr Mama went to a concert and all I got was a lousy tee! Sorry, but I just had to.
Years ago Hubby travelled to Auckland to see Roger Waters. I really wanted to go but was heavily pregnant with Mr 7… I couldn’t face the travelling and I just wanted to stay close to home anyway. I gave up my ticket so that Mr Mama could have a great seat and he bought me this tee.
I’m really not a tee person but I’ve held onto this one as it’s a bit sentimental. Whenever I look at it I remember the excitement of being so close to meeting Mr 7, and also a time when we were spontaneous and not yet ruled by the schedule of a cute wee pink thing. I’m sure it’s an item I’ll own my whole life.
Tee ~ Roger Waters 2007 Tour
Apple Skinny TDF Jeans ~ City Chic
Samauri Ankle Boot ~ Overland
Cuff ~ Forever New
It’s the end of the month so here’s my final Stingy August update.
I’ve done really well I think. There have been a few treats (only one cafe visit though), and I’m proud to say that I haven’t bought any clothes. I bought Miss 4′s first birthday present and a few bits and pieces for her party, and Mr 7s got a couple of new books. With this frugal spending, do you think we have any more money in our account? Sadly, not really.
This week we found out that we had to have four new tyres fitted to the car. There was no choice because they were badly worn, so bad that there’s no way I would drive with the kids in the car. Yea, that bad. Bye bye $850! Thankfully the guys at the garage are really nice and are letting us pay it off. Bad timing though with Miss 4′s birthday coming up and having to get her off to school supplies. The tyres were a (very large) expense we could definitely have done without.
Mr Mama accidentally paid $150 on a bill that was only for $20… clever boy. At least it was a utility bill so it will eventually be used up. Our biggest expensive is still the supermarket. We’re not having many takeaways so I’m having to buy more food, and because we’re still eating healthy it’s quite expensive. I definitely support the suggestion of no GST on fruit and veges!
I’m letting myself try clothes on again because I’m not tempted to buy anything. It’s still fun to try on and dream! Speaking of clothes… I have a big pile that I don’t fit anymore so I’m finally going to get off my butt and have a closet sale. I may as well make some money from pieces that are just taking up space in my closet, right? Keep an eye out on my Facebook page in the next couple of weeks as there’ll be some fab bargains!
That’s about it. Anyone joining me for Stingy September?
My next Style Star is hands down one of my favourite people. She’s always herself, funny, honest and totally original. This week I’m looking at Adele’s style evolution…
Adele’s come a long way from her early days on the red carpet. She’s always worn black but she kept her outfits looser and more casual when starting out on the red carpet. The lady loves her ballet flats! At her early concerts she wore a lot of pieces that had a bit of a boho vibe and long draped pieces that totally covered her (probably pieces from her own wardrobe).
Around the time her album, 21, came out she had totally embraced a more fitted vintage look on the red carpet and at concerts. A busy lady doesn’t have time to traipse around the shops so no doubt she has a stylist for events. Now we see heels, more elaborate hairstyles thanks to her penchant for wigs, and the confidence to show more skin in figure hugging dresses (don’t expect any cleavage though). She likes a bit of sparkle and often chooses dresses with embellishment to lift them from a plain LBD. Her jewellery is always classic and minimal, often wearing just a stunning pair of earrings.
When you find a gown style and pose that works for you… you work it!
Adele has had a few colourful moments through the years. Some of you will think that I shouldn’t have included the last dress as it’s still dark, but the Stella McCartney design is not actually black and it is one of my favourite dresses that Adele’s ever worn, so for those reasons it makes the colour list.
If you’re wanting a black va-va-voom dress just like Adele, check out these stunning pieces from Lala Belle…
Now that she’s a Mum of one she’s often in an easy and comfy everyday look of leggings and a jumper, cape or sleeved tunic, and flats. Perfect for running after a toddler! You won’t ever see photos of famous people’s children on my blog, or the celebrities themselves going about their everyday life for that matter, only pictures of them attending events or when they’re promoting their work.
Adele’s hinted that her next album will be released this year and I can’t wait!