Fashion Update – Preparing For Winter With My Wallet In Mind Monday, Mar 29 2010 

So, it’s Autumn. Summer is but a distant memory now, and even though I’m still managing to wear t-shirts on warmer days, I have to admit to keeping a jacket close by most of the time.

With colder months comes the need to fill my wardrobe again with cute but temperature appropriate clothing. To be honest, buying for Winter is one of my most treasured moments of the year. Forget Christmas; Winter clothes shopping means I get to buy boots and jackets! (Just so you know, even the idea of this has me doing my happy dance!)

Despite my love of shopping, I am regrettably (until I win the Lottery! 😉 ) on a budget. It would be fantastic to go out and blow a couple of thousands of dollars on one item, but-I’m-just-not-rich. So, like any smart girl, I try and find the items I want, In styles I love, at unbeatable prices. Here are a few pieces I have purchased for the chillier season that haven’t left me broke and homeless:

Capture Zip Front Biker Jacket NZD$89.95

I bought this jacket online from EziBuy, except I got it in white. It’s a slim-fitting, soft faux leather jacket that fits beautifully and is surprisingly warm. Great with jeans, or even great to wear to work. So versatile, and so sexy. I might even buy a second one in black, I love it so much!

Garage Stud Belt Shirt NZD$34.99

It seems the whole checkered/tartan look is back in – and you know what? I’m liking it. This long top is from The Warehouse and with it’s studded belt, comes across a little but more tidy-punk than country girl. This looks great either worn with leggings or with jeans, and very easily can be dressed up.

AUGUST ROLL NECK JACKET NZD$79.99

Yup, another jacket. This is a goodie though! From good old Glassons, this jacket is a little bit biker, with a roll neck that is both warm and funky. I have lived in this jacket since I bought it, using it either in dressier situations or just to chuck over my casual t-shirt and jeans when I leave the house.

Striped Arm Warmers/Hobo Gloves NZD$6.00

I bought these brand-new off of a store on TradeMe. I got a pair in Cyan/Black, White/Black and Red/Black, and they are totally awesome! Okay okay, a little bit emo with the skulls, but they are warm, I can still use my fingers and I think they totally spice up an outfit! Plus, I think adding a bit of attitude is sexy. 😉

Bagamoyo Boot - Black NZD$49.99

These boots I have blogged about before. Sturdy, warm, funky and look great with jeans. Great for those cold, wet winter days! And being so cheap, well how could I say no? I bought these from Number One Shoe Warehouse – have a look at their site here.

So, that’s a few of my recent purchases for winter. Non-expensive, fulfilling my needs without losing my style. I think I did pretty damn well! 🙂 I will keep posting cheap fashion finds as I go.

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Topshop comes to New Zealand! Friday, Mar 26 2010 

For as long as I have been shopping online, I have lovingly poured over the purchase options at Topshops website and wished that I could try on the copious amounts of amazing clothes and shoes, jewellery and accessories that they have to offer. With the cost of shipping being so steep, I haven’t purchased anything from the site as I just can’t justify paying NZD$30.00 for courier fees.

Topshop is a British department chain that houses some of the worlds best designers, at fairly good prices. Some of the designer ranges that will be coming to good ol’ NZ is the Karen Walker range (well, they just had to!) and Kate Moss’s amazing line, amongst other things.

The store will be opening in Takapuna, on Aucklands North Shore mid-April 2010, and the stores stock will be fully complete in about September 2010.

I am so excited it’s not funny! And every girl I know is on the same “OMG OMG YAY!” bandwagon as me! Brilliant! So next month, I plan to be broke, after visiting Topshop Takapuna and spending all of my hard earned cash! Whoop! 😀

Topshop: BRITANY2 OVER KNEE BOOT

Topshop: STUD ARMY JACKET

Topshop: SEQUIN CHAIN SHOULDER DRESS

Topshop: WAVE STONE RING

Topshop: ZIPPED JERSEY DRESS BY UNIQUE

Topshop: SQUARE STUD ELASTIC BELT

Guess Again! Thursday, Mar 18 2010 

Okay, so I have posted about Guess handbags before, along with my adoring love of them. But I just had to share with you my new buy! 😀

My brand new WHITE Guess handbag and clutch. Why? Because I had a cold this week and was feeling down in the dumps, and my darling Mother spotted a designer handbag sale and took me along to cheer me up. Well, colour me cheered!

Love love LOVE the bag, and the clutch I am going to use as an oversized wallet. Brilliant.

My fantastic new GUESS set

Pink Just Sounds Better Thursday, Mar 4 2010 

Everything these days seems to be designed in such a way that people will buy it merely because it looks cool. Sure, quality comes into it (big time), but if you can buy a product that is both functional AND funky, then it’s all the more exciting. Days are long gone when you would just buy something stock standard – now it’s all about the x-factor. Does it have a cool pattern? Is it hot pink? Is it fashionable? Does it go with your outfit/computer/car/personality? You just have to look at the recent popularity of pink everything to see what I mean. I have friends who have eagerly bought a toolset, merely because it was pink. Same with the gorgeous pink Apple iPods or pink stationery.

So, in following this recent trend, I have succumbed happily to buying my every day items in exciting shades and designs, and of modern construction. I have pink pens, pink socks, sparkly hairbrushes, a bizarrely shaped but very funky toothbrush, all the way to my most recent of purchases: a pair of hot pink JVC headphones (HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones to be exact!)

Why did I buy them? You’re thinking, well, I probably needed a new pair and so bought pink just because. Not exactly. This is the power of target marketing. I have three pairs of headphones, two of them being of the Apple persuasion, and one cheaper pair from some unknown brand called Sony or something ( 😉 hehe ) So no, I certainly didn’t need another pair. I just saw these pink beauties and HAD TO HAVE. Now, as a girl, I wouldn’t normally spend my hard earned cash on anything functional and tech-like unless I really had to. I would save my pennies for clothing, accessories, makeup. But because JVC was smart enough to make a pair of headphones in this wonderful colour (or color for our American readers!) I was hooked in to buying them.

I took them to work today, and made sure I wore my matching pink scarf and ring (Hot!). The lesson here? If you make something practical and generally boring into something exciting and fashionable, you WILL sell your product. It’s just all about changing the image of the product to entice the consumer. Make it more desirable, make it fun, make it fashionable. It’s a win win situation.

My Hot Pink JVC HA-S150 On-Ear Stereo Headphones

To Die For Saturday, Jan 9 2010 

I just found something that absolutely took my breath away. It’s totally girly and over the top, but I think I’m in love. I have finally found the most perfect makeup case. It’s massive, it has a million different compartments, and its on wheels. Oh, did I mention, its PINK?! 

It’s not cheap (NZD$285 + shipping) but I don’t care. It is beautiful and big enough to contain all of my makeup, hair products, skin products, nail polishes and tools. At the moment I have about six small makeup bags, all bulging at the seams, and I can never find what I want. HATE CLUTTER! This way I keep everything in order and have it all in one place… plus, all of my friends are going to be jjeeaalloouusss!

The New Zealand site that sells them is Glamour Cases but I also found a US site that sells them too, Yazmo. Have a look, there are a whole range of great cases to choose from!

Makeup Case

Shake It! Saturday, Dec 19 2009 

One of the guys from work brought in a Shake Weight today, and we all had a bit of a laugh at first. What is a Shake Weight, you ask? Well, it looks like giant dumbell, and it is for sculpting your arms, but in a completely different way. You hold the weight and “shake” it, up and down, side to side. The ends move as you do, adding to the resistance (though, you look like you are motioning something quite dirty, I must say!). You feel idiotic doing it (especially seeing as we were playing around with it at work!) but it really gave my arms a burn within minutes of using it!

According to the website, using the Shake Weight increases muscle activity by 300% more than by using your average weights. And silly as it sounds, the consensus around the office was “I want one!”. It’s easy to use, you feel your muscles start to ache within minutes, and there is no need for batteries or anything like that as it’s your own movement that powers it. Heck, even Ellen DeGeneres was raving about it on her show! It’s been in some of the top health magazines, and there is a lot of positive reviews online. 

I want one! Do you hear me, Santa? 😀

Shake Weight

Guns N Roses Friday, Dec 18 2009 

I’m not a big flower person (I can’t tell many apart, and I kill most plants I get given, so…) but there is one vase that makes me stay the course. The Three Gun Ceramic Vase, inspired by iconic images from the 1960’s, is a modern twist on the idea of peace overcoming war. 

The vase is beautiful, eye-catching and comes with three red silk roses for those of us (like me!) who are terrible with the real deal! It’s a piece of art all on it’s own, funky and I just love it! And there is something really special about owning an item that in most cases is innocuous, but in this case has a really good meaning behind it. I recently bought two myself. Have a look at: http://www.iwantthat.co.nz to see the full product description and purchase one if desired. 

Totally awesome!

Three Gun Vase

First Mobile Vodafone Monday, Nov 30 2009 

There is nothing as frustrating, in my opinion, than when you have to sort out your cellphone. Whether it be buying a new phone, setting up a contract or buying accessories, I tend to stuff it up somehow. And it can be really hard to find great people in retail these days to help you muddle through the process. But, yay! I have found help!

I’m on Vodafone (Sorry Telecom) and I have found two First Mobile Vodafone stores that are extremely well run, stocked with all the newest gear and have phenomenal managers. One is the First Mobile in Newmarket, the other is the First Mobile in Albany (situated in the mall). The managers in these stores, and their friendly staff, seem to have all the answers to all of my frustrated questions. Between them (the Newmarket manager Liz and the Albany manager Andrew) I have recently acquired a new phone, a new contract, car cradles for both my mother and my boss, a case and the list goes on. They have also helped my mother with her business contract and new phones over the years, along with setting up internet for my auntie and equipping all of my friends with their phones and contracts. They are BRILLIANT.

If you need quality, honest help with your Vodafone phone – go to them. They rock. 

 

Vodafone Logo

 

 

Shop Till Your Broadband Drops Wednesday, Nov 11 2009 

One of the most expensive pass-times that I happen to indulge in on a regular basis (Okay okay, daily) is online shopping. Sometimes I browse for something specific (A book, DVD or perfume) or just stumble across an impulse buy. 

During both my glee and fiscal regret that has accompanied this habit, my friends and family have piped up saying they didn’t know how to find Online Shopping Sites. I was flabbergasted. In this day and age, I thought everybody knew! So I thought, why not blog about my most frequented sites?

Drumroollll….

1) Trademe – http://www.trademe.co.nz – Okay, so even if you were living under a rock for most of your life, you would have heard of Trademe. But it’s a goodie, so it goes straight on my list. Trademe is where members can both sell and buy items, used and new, in online auctions. Some retailers have a Trademe “Shop Profile” where they sell their stock online, but mostly it’s individuals selling of unwanted gifts, clothing, cars and more. If you can think it, it’s probably for sale on this site.

2) FishPond – http://www.fishpond.co.nz – New Zealand’s biggest online bookstore, Fishpond sells books (New, but there are some second hand options) for very competitive prices. Amazing selection, including CD’s and DVD’s now, sourced directly from the distributors and sent to your door. Plus, if you spend NZD$50.00 or more you get free shipping… and to sweeten the deal, every now and then Fishpond sends you NZD$10.00 coupons via email. 

3) 1-Day – http://www.1-day.co.nz – 1-Day is a site that has three items for sale every single day. At noon, the three items get updated with three new options and so on. The items can be anything, from clothing to gadgets, but I find that there tends to be items for men approximately 60% of the time, which sucks for the ladies. Addictive, one of the easiest sites to impulse buy on. 

4) 3deals – http://www.3deals.co.nz – This is another site that works exactly the same way as 1-Day – Three items updated every day at noon. There is a point of difference though – The items seem to be for women about 60% of the time. (Guess life really does equal out at the end of the day, huh?) This site is the best for make-up deals and cookware.

5) Dealaday – http://www.dealaday.co.nz – This site is similar to the previous two in the sense that it updates every day with it’s daily deal, but the difference being it only ever has one item on special and the fact it updates at 10 AM rather than noon. It tends to feature mainly gadgets and tech stuff, as well as an awful lot for kids/babies. Great deals though. 

6) Off The Back – http://www.offtheback.co.nz – This is a site much like 1-Day and 3deals that updates every day with three main items that are on special. It sometimes has the most amazing products, but at other times falls short. The items chosen tend to be either quite expensive (Despite discount) or a bit cheap and tacky. But there are also a few good gems that turn up on this site. The products that tend to show up the most are gadgets, camera equipment and computer extras. 

7) I Want That – http://www.iwantthat.co.nz – This is an online store that has a lot of unique products. Everything from funny coasters to gun shaped vases; this store has it. Lot’s of specials, but it’s quality goods so not exactly cheap. Great for gift buying. 

8 ) OO – http://www.oo.com.au – This is an Australian online shopping website that delivers to New Zealand, and it has some really funky items. Everything from fitness gear, kitchen appliances, electronics and wine. Not cheap, but there are some really good specials and some things that are extremely hard to find anywhere else. Worth a look, definitely. 

9) Sella – http://www.sella.co.nz – A cheap mans Trademe. It’s not as good, but it runs the same way and has done the trick in the past when I haven’t been able to find an item on Trademe. Sella is ok… Not great. Just ok. 

10) Zillion – http://www.zillion.co.nz – See above for my Sella description. Exactly the same deal. Can’t beat Trademe, I’m afraid. 

11) The Warehouse – http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz – We all know the Big Red Shed, but did you know you can purchase things on their website now? Not everything is available to buy this way yet, but more and more gets added each week. Things like DVD’s, CD’s and jewellery are items you can purchase online, at the same discounted prices you get in store.

12) Ed Hardy – http://www.edhardy.co.nz – Anyone who knows me knows that I love Ed Hardy designs. The online store has the full in-store range available, including specials.

13) Amazon – http://www.amazon.com – Okay, so this is a U.S. store but it really is terrific. It sells almost everything but its the most famous for it’s massive assortment of books. Great range – amazing even – but despite super cheap prices you get massively stung on the international shipping. (So yeah, great for Americans!)

14) Paper Plus – http://www.paperplusbooks.co.nz – If you don’t feel like going into a Paper Plus store, then go to their site to find a great read. It’s not the cheapest, but it has the most information about the books, along with recommendations and picks for book clubs. Just great when you feel like a good book but have no idea where to start.

15) Glassons – http://www.glassons.co.nz – It’s not a groundbreaking site, but it has the usual good Glassons staples. Quality, fairly cheap clothing without having to mingle with obnoxious teens in overly lit malls. 

16) 599 – http://www.599fashion.com – Another American site, but one I really like. It sells a massive load of tops, along with a smaller selection of dresses, skirts and belts. And here is the great news. Everything is USD$5.99. Okay so not so cheap when you convert it, but not half bad either. The clothes are super cute and funky, good quality too. The shipping’s a bit “Ouch” but it’s made up for by the cheap products. 

17) Zazzle – http://www.zazzle.co.nz – A site that sells good quality t-shirts with any design you could possibly conceive on it – plus you can design your own. Kind of pricey, but as I said, the quality is what counts here. Great selection.

18) Mr Vintage – http://www.mrvintage.co.nz – A world famous site in New Zealand! This site sells t-shirts and hoodies with every kind of Kiwiana theme you can imagine. NZ brands, quotes, pop culture – you name it. Great deals daily, plus great gifts for overseas loved ones. Just a funky site for anyone who is proud to be a Kiwi.

19) Mighty Ape – http://www.mightyape.co.nz – Another good online store to buy books, DVD’s, CD’s and computer stuff. Really good savings, and it has a great range and sometimes products you just can’t get elsewhere. Every day the site gets better – more information, more products. LOVE IT!

20) Crazy Sales – http://www.crazysales.co.nz – This is one of those sites that sells everything. Well, almost anyway. Kids toys, fitness gear, musical instruments, beauty products and even rugs. I could go on, but you get the drift. It’s a mish-mash of glorious oddities, has a great selection of gift ideas as well as useful day-to-day items. Great deals, although it’s not the $2 shop! (Hmm, that’d be a great online store!)

21) EziBuy – http://www.ezibuy.co.nz – This is a great online store that has a massive selection of clothing – from the basics to a few surprisingly beautiful pieces. Shoes, lingerie, dresses, tops, jackets, swimwear… It’s not fashion chic, but hey, work it with one designer piece (Maybe a Guess bag? Mmmm…) and no one will ever know. Or care.

22) Supre – http://www.supre.com.au – Supre stores are littered around New Zealand, so you might not really see the point in shopping online and paying shipping from Australia. But I’m not inclined to see it that way. Supre has some super cute and funky clothes (If you steer away from the slut-wear and 80’s reject fluro items) and it’s nice to be able to browse through them all without a million angry teenage girls pushing past you as they viciously chew gum and sing along (badly) to the Britney Spears song playing waaaaayyyyy too loud on the speaker system. So yes, I prefer Supre from the relative safety of my laptop. Plus, although the shipping to New Zealand is about NZD$17.50, the clothing isn’t expensive so it’s totally worth it. 

23) Foodtown/Woolworths – http://www.foodtown.co.nz or http://www.woolworths.co.nz – Okay, so not the most exciting kind of shopping. But nothing beats getting to pick all the items that you want and having it brought right to your door. There is a set delivery fee which isn’t too bad, and you can get same day delivery. Brilliant. And totally lazy… But ahhh, I sure don’t miss those supermarket crowds!

24) Foodrunner – http://www.foodrunner.co.nz – Okay, while I’m on the lazy food bent, here is a site where you key in your location and it tells you which restaurants are available to you in your area. From there you can pick your food (Thai, Pizza, Italian etc) and pay online with a delivery fee of about NZD$12.50 (Steep, but remember, the idea here is pure laziness) and they bring it to your door. Brilliant when you’re working late, it’s raining and you don’t want to go out or if you’re sick. 

25) Apple – http://www.apple.com/nz – Apple products are a thing of beauty. I will blog about my love for the Mac later on, but the NZ Apple site is great for purchasing anything to sate your Apple needs. This site just makes me happy. 😀

26) Ezydeal – http://www.ezydeal.co.nz – Much like 1Day and 3Deals, it has three amazing specials every day. It seems to have a really good mix of make-up, gifts, gadgets and toys for kids. Really impressed with the prices too! My only issue with it is that it only runs Monday to Friday, so weekends are out for shopping!

27) SnatchADeal – http://www.snatchadeal.co.nz – Once again, this site offers three deals every day (11AM to 11AM the following day) and has a phenomenal choice of items. What’s more, if they have anything left over from previous days there is a section where you can still purchase those items! Wonderful idea, great site with exceptional prices.
Alrighty then! That’s my overzealous list of my fave online shopping sites! Hopefully I haven’t lead anyone down the road to financial ruin!