My Winter Looks Sunday, May 23 2010 

So, my shopaholic tendencies have overcome me again (what’s new?) and I have been out adding to my wardrobe. I have bought a few things to keep me warm throughout winter, without bundling myself up like a Sumo wrestler, or looking drab and boring.

Now, a woman can NEVER have too many jackets (my friends disagree but this is MY blog haha) and so I have bought myself a new jacket from the lovely EziBuy store. A zip-through biker style jacket, in a slim-line classic fit. I bought it in brown, but it is also available in black and gunmetal (and it is basically identical to the white one I bought a while back). It fits me like a dream and looks awesome with boots and jeans.

Capture Biker Jacket NZD$89.95

Now, this is totally ugly, I admit. But my god it’s warm! The Maya Poncho from The Warehouse, when you’re wearing it, looks like your Grandma’s moth-eaten bedcover has attacked you. But it is deliciously cozy and great for nights at good friends houses when you are there for takeaways and DVD’s. And the funny thing? You feel great when you’re wearing it, despite it’s utter silliness. Go figure.

Maya Poncho With Arms NZD$34.99

CottonOn has always been a great shop for buying your basic tee’s and singlets, but has recently been upping its game with good quality knitted items and quirky jackets. This is where I found a rather funky, chuck over your simple jeans and t-shirt type jacket. I chose a startling, fire-engine red, but it is also available in black, white and grey. And yes yes, I know. ANOTHER jacket. So sue me!

Rosie Jacket (Ruby Rose) NZD$39.95

And last, but certainly not least, BEANIES! Luckily for me, one of the lovely girls I work with has a Mother that is a champion knitter! For NZD$10 per beanie, I (and most of the girls I work with!) have commissioned this poor lady to make copious amounts of the damn things. So far, I have paid for four to be made (black, red, blue and hot pink) and they are wonderful! First thing in the morning, when I step outside, I am nowhere near as cold as I normally am – all thanks to my head being incased in a cozy little beanie! I colour coordinate my beenies with what I am wearing, and spend the day without frozen ears and windblown hair. Brilliant! Go out there people and find a place that sells beanies and buy one in every colour. It’s worth it!

Me at work, showing off my gorgeous Hot Pink Beanie (and my Hot Pink Headphones from an earlier post!)

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

Cinched Tuesday, Feb 23 2010 

When I’m trying to throw together an outfit, and can’t really deicide on anything, I find the easiest thing to do is to wear something simple and add a really funky belt. Sounds silly, but a plain black cotton dress can look absolutely phenomenal with the right belt and pair of heels. Leather (heck, pleather even), twine, metal, plastic – there are so many belts out there in so many designs and made out of more kinds of materials than you could possibly imagine. Have fun, go out and buy a few belts and regress back into being a kid! Find your inner child and play dress up!

Now, you don’t NEED to spend big on an outfit for it to look original these days, and a belt can be both the main focal point and also a great way to show off your curves if you use it to cinch in your waist. A belt can both dress up a plain ensemble, and dress down something that looks too busy on its own. (It’s like magic!)

A belt can also change your look completely. Punk, goth, glitzy – you name it. Check out some great online site’s that sell a fantastic assortment of rockin’ belts! And okay, I’m only talking about belts for women here, but a nice belt on a man with the right pair of jeans can be seexxxyyy, so men, keep that in mind. 😉

There’s the American site 599Fashion where everything is USD$5.99 – the belts are super cute!

Shop online at New Zealand’s The Max Shop; the belts here aren’t cheap, but they certainly are classy.

For Punk/Rock type belts, visit Boots’N’All and have a browse – an NZ site.

When all else fails, NZ girls like me head to Glassons… even for belts!

A fantastic fashion site, Red Rat offers quite a range of must-have belts! They don’t deliver outside of New Zealand though.

Find some great bargains at Retail On Sale – a New Zealand site with some pretty funky items.

For those of you in either New Zealand or Australia, check out Supre online. For a younger audience, sure, but some great finds…

For well priced, true Punk and Goth styled belts, visit New Zealand’s Gnarley – they sell through TradeMe, which reminds me – another great place to buy belts! (And the kitchen sink!)

And of course, eBay is a winner when it comes to buying absolutely EVERYTHING these days.

I could go on forever, but I’ll stop here. I’ve given you somewhere to start – go ladies, go!

One Of The Olsen Twins, Jessica Alba and Britney In Their Belts

Beyonce And Her Silver Belt

Sarah Jessica Parker Using A Belt To Make Her Outfit Perfect!

A Gorgeous Range Of Belt Styles

A Designer Belt Can Really Make An Outfit

Metal Belts Are More Style Than Function, But Super Sexy!

A Full-Waist Cinching Belt

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! 

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 Hardy is an American tattoo artist raised in Southern California. He was a pupil of 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 incorporating Japanese tattoo 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*