July Buys Saturday, Jul 10 2010 

So, at the start of this month I thought “Hmm, time to save my pennies!”. I started off strong, until I remembered I live in New Zealand and pennies have nothing to do with our currency. So I shelved that idea and added to my wardrobe! šŸ˜‰ Or should I say, added a boatload of skinny style jeans with a few other pieces thrown in!

Here are a few of my purchases thus far…

EziBuy Urban Denim Military Vest NZD$49.95

This cute little vest from EziBuy embodies the current soldier-style fashion statement that seems so popular right now, without being too much. Most people either love vests, or hate them, but I think it’s a quirky addition to my collection.

EziBuy Emerge Casette Print Tee Shirt NZD$39.95

Another EziBuy find, this tee is casual, funky and warm. Perfect over jeans and a great length to boot.

EziBuy Urban Stud Detail Skinny Jean NZD$59.95

Aaannnddd… EziBuy brings it home for the team AGAIN! These black skinny jeans are embellished with darkened punk-type studs, and look wicked with a black leather jacket. Just sayin’.

EziBuy Heine Designer Jeans NZD$139.95

Last but certainly not least from my EziBuy shopping spree are these wonderful dark blue skinny jeans. They fit beautifully and have a funky angel wing design on the back, giving it that extra something special.

Pulp Strap-T Boot from Hannahs NZD$149.95

These cute boots are both comfortable and fun! I am a massive fan of studs (can you tell?) and this particular style fits my personality perfectly. They look superb with skinny jeans and being flat, it means I can wear them out and about without worrying about sore feet. You can get Pulp shoes and boots from Hannahs.

Stainless Steel Sun with Gold Plating from The Warehouse NZD$49.99

Yup, who’d have thunk it, but I found a nice pendant at The Warehouse! I just saw it and fell in love, and it is now my every-day piece. A step up from costume jewellery, but still not costing megabucks like some of the designer ranges out there. A happy medium.

Valley Girl Military Cardy NZD$19.99

Cheap and cheerful. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of those “looks good on, looks crap off” items that you sometimes stumble across. Great to chuck over a long singlet or tight tee. Found in Valley Girl, of all places.

Glassons Daisy Abraised Indigo Skinny Jeans NZD$59.99

Hmm, so I might have gone a little bit skinny-jean-crazy, but how cute are these! Distressed patches on the front thigh and lower backside add to what would normally be a simple pair of blue jeans. Find them at Glassons.

Max Studded Skinny Jeans NZD$99.00

Skinny jeans? Check. Studs? Check. My final skinny jean purchase of the month are these beauties from Max. They fit like a dream, go well with boots and leather jackets, as well as being dressed up with corporate attire.

So, we aren’t even half way through the month and I am already eying up my bank balance with horror. But… totally worth it! Plus, most of these items I caught on sale which is always a bonus!

Happy shopping sweethearts!

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Another Day, Another Jacket… Saturday, Apr 10 2010 

Okay, so I might be turning into a jacket junkie. I bought another leather jacket today, but… IT’S JUST SO DAMN HOT! A gorgeous black leather jacket with a studded lapel design, cropped short. Kind of rock, kind of punk. Looks fantastic on, too.

And who would have thought I’d find it at Farmers?

Farmers: Switch Biker Bomber Jacket NZD$139.99

Abra Cadavre Jewellery Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Recently, a New Zealand graphic designer started up his own jewellery collection. And I’ll tell you what – it’s bloody amazing!

The name gives you a hint at the tone of the collection (Abra Cadavre Jewellery – clever, isn’t it?) but for those of you that don’t get it, it’s a nod towards the macabre. Some of the pieces include Voodoo Doll Earrings, a Zombie Cameo and Severed Skull Studs. Dark, sexy, but still beautiful. Also, each piece is handmade and finely crafted.

I am lucky enough to have purchased a few things so far from the Abra Cadavre website, something for me and something for a friend. I don’t know who was more pleased, me or her!

The pieces aren’t expensive, starting from NZD$10.00 and going up to NZD$110.00. There are earrings, pendants, bracelets and cameos, with more being added to the product range all the time. If you like your jewellery with a bit of attitude that strays from the norm, then this is the range for you!

Abra Cadavre Jewellery

Number 1 Shoes Saturday, Mar 20 2010 

Sometimes you just can’t afford to spend big bucks on all of your fashion items – especially when it comes to shoes. Having a few key pieces that are designer and gorgeously and un-justifiably expensive is one of life’s great pleasures, but lets face it – it’s also nice to have an abundance of shoes to choose from! Perhaps for a specific outfit, or maybe because you know if you wear your pricey pairs every day they will get scuffed and old looking pretty quickly. So unless you are a millionaire who can afford to live in Jimmy Choo’s every day, you need a cheaper, everyday option.

Number One Shoe Warehouse is a retail chain that sells shoes, shoes and more shoes. They have a massive stock of everything for men, women and children which is absolutely fantastic when they have one of their “Buy two and get the third pair free!” sales – families come in droves.

The shoes themselves range from NZD$5.00 to more designer items that can go up to NZD$150, but most fall around the NZD$30 range – you really can’t beat their prices. And the quality is pretty damn good too! I have a lot of shoes from them that were bought over the years and have held together beautifully. Sure, I have had a few that have only lasted a season but for that price, who cares?

They are located all over New Zealand, their stores set up in aisles of shoe types. Men’s shoes are on one side, kids on another, and (most important) a nice BIG section for the ladies. Each aisle has a theme – sport shoes, sandals, fashion heels, boots and end of lines. This makes it easy to browse for what you want, and the prices are clearly marked. They almost always have all of the sizes for each shoe in store, and if not they are more than happy to track a pair down for you.

Recently I noticed they had started selling their shoes on TradeMe, and for a voracious online shopper like myself, this has been an exciting find. (Click here to see their listings on TradeMe) This process has been a breeze, they have been helpful and efficient and saved me a lot of hassle. They also have their own website now, where you can browse through a nice selection of their shoes, buy online or see their recent catalogues. Obviously, they can’t put every single pair of shoes on their website (they have a massive range, as I said!) which means a trip into one of their stores is a must, but I have been pretty damn happy with the selection on their site thus far.

So, winter will soon be upon us and their new range of boots has just come out – have a look! I just bought myself a few pairs! šŸ˜€

Duet Boot - Chocolate NZD$49.99

BAGAMOYO Boot - Black NZD$49.99

Udon Boot - White NZD$44.99

Tolstoy - Dark Purple NZD$49.99

Niron Fast - Black NZD$30.00

Ayaka Fast - Black NZD$29.99

Rican Skate - White Pink $39.99

Mens: BG Outlaw Cas - White NZD$39.99

Mens: Pence - White Grey NZD$39.99

Mens: Cerbe Dress - Black NZD$40.00

Girls: Lobelia - Black Fuschia NZD$24.99

Boys: Ecoli Skate - White Black NZD$29.99

Now, thats just a small selection of the shoes that Number One has. They have, literally, thousands of styles. They have punk shoes, heels in various colours, boring old work shoes, soccer boots and even an assortment of slippers and cheapie Ugg-style boots. They aren’t Mi Piaci or Andrea Biani but they certainly do the job – and at a wicked price!

Pimp Your Wrists Monday, Dec 7 2009 

Now, every girl loves bracelets. You can accentuate an outfit, bling yourself up or just make yourself feel pretty with that little bit extra on your wrist.Ā 

I am a big fan of bracelets and armbands, both of designer origin and the cheaper, costume jewellery type. I own everything from a Pandora bracelet to items from Equip and Bling. But my fave type of wrist-accessory are the varying range of leather wrist cuffs.

You can wear jeans and a simple t-shirt, add a leather cuff, and your outfit goes from simple and casual to having a bit of edge. There is a huge range of designs out there, from hardcore metal spikes and studs, to daintier types. Some are quite punk, some are butch, and some extremely feminine. Honestly, next time you’re out shopping, take a look around. Stores like Amazon, Glassons, Equip, Portmans and any surf-skate shop stock them – and usually for less than NZD$30.00.

Ohhh, I really love the leather cuffs with buckles… so hot! šŸ™‚

Leather Cuffs With Buckles

Celtic Metal Cuff

Yellow Eyelet Cuff

Leather Cuffs With Faux Jewels

Forearmed Is Arm-Warmed Monday, Nov 30 2009 

I like accessories that can make a really simple outfit POP. Great belts, a gorgeous handbag, even funky stockings (there are so many designs available its fantastic!). But my new jump up and down, get really excited fashion fad is Arm Warmers.Ā 

No no no, stop right there! I can tell what you’re thinking! Probably exactly what I thought when I heard that word. I had an image of fluffy, cutesy woolen leg-warmers, except for the forearms. Thankfully, they aren’t like that. (Well, there ARE some like that but lets just forget about them!)

Arm Warmers are just another accessory, and don’t do anything practical except for – wait for it – warm your arms. (Amazing huh?) But other than that, they are just such FUN. You can get them in a million different colours, designs and cuts. They are available with diamantes or ribbons, images or plain. I think you get the drift. I like simple ones, pink and black stripes etc. But there are so many different designs that you can pick something that accentuates your personality.Ā 

They are a little bit punk, and wont go with every outfit, but I think they really make you stand out! Have a look for them, they aren’t expensive and they are a bit of fun. A lot of shops sell them now and they are readily available online.

 

Arm Warmers

Arm Warmers

 

 

Hardy Ha-Ha Sunday, Nov 8 2009 

Hmm, I seem to be quite fashion minded at the moment. I have stumbled across a designer that has quickly become my fave!Ā 

The Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier range is gorgeous. Very punk, which is so me, and is so invariably different from the boring pieces you see out and about that it makes other designers work look like the clothing equivalent of a wallflower next to it.

“Don Ed HardyĀ is an AmericanĀ tattooĀ artist raised inĀ Southern California. He was a pupil ofĀ Sailor Jerry Collins. Through his association with Sailor Jerry, Hardy was invited to study tattooing in Japan in 1973 with the Japanese classical tattoo master, Horihide. He became recognized for incorporatingĀ Japanese tattooĀ aesthetic and technique into his American style work” – Wikipedia

With such an interesting path into fashion, Don Ed Hardy just brings so much fineness and dark gothic tones to his designs that I can’t help but marvel at each item as a piece of art. So far, I have only bought a few tops

Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier

Long sleeved top by Ed Hardy

, but seeing as the price tags range from NZD$120 to NZD$500 (On average) I have to show some restraint.

But to be honest, I really don’t want to! I’m going to go to bed tonight and dream about winning lotto, just so that I can go into an Ed Hardy shop and buy EVERYTHING.

*SIGH*