The A-Z Guide of Autumn / Winter Style

Are you looking forward to far-welling Summer and embracing Winter? Want to add more colour or texture to your daily style? Enjoy my A-Z Guide of Autumn Style, including some classics, vintage, contemporary and of course some fun!

Miss L Fire
Miss L Fire

A – Ankle Boots. Perfect  with pants and they look great teamed with tights worn with skirts and dresses.

B – Botanical’s. Embrace nature and bring some print into your wardrobe with a botanical print shirt or wrap dress. Perfect paired with leather boots and your Winter coat.

C – Coats. A good wool coat goes a long way in a New Zealand Winter. Invest in a statement coat in a bold colour or a print that makes you happy. Prefer Black? Then look out for interesting details such as quirky linings, clasps and buttons.

D –  Denim Jeans. The perfect go to for weekend brunch to dinner with the girls. Wear with some cute flats during the day and team with your strappy heels for the evening.

E – Embroidery. Embroidery has made a huge appearance this season.You will find small motifs on jeans to fully embroidered bomber jackets. For something a little unique try searching the vintage racks for embroidered 30’s and 40’s numbers.

Trelise Cooper

F – Fur/ Fluff. Faux, shirling, vintage,fluffy? Whats better than snuggling into a warm fur jacket on a cold winters day.

G – Gloves. Protect your hands from the chill with a pop of colour and lush materials. Leather, Vintage or Wool.

H – Hats. Not only do they look great but they are perfect for disguising a bad hair day. Look out for Wool Cloche hats or chic Berets to add a little interest to your outfit.

I – Indulge. Indulge in home cooked meals, hot chocolate, baths or Netflix. Good for the soul.

J – Jumpsuit.  Team with a jacket during the day or flirty with a one shoulder number.

K – Knits. Chunky, Wool, Cashmere or Merino! Add texture to your outfit with a chunky cable knit, or layer in Merino or Cashmere. Embrace the 80’s in a riot of colour or sequins.

L – Layers. Autumn and Winter are all about layering your outfits. Transition your favourite Summer dress by adding a turtle neck and a long line cardigan or a cute blazer on top.

Antipodes Skincare

M – Moisturizer. Protect your skin from the Winter chill by keeping your face and lips well hydrated and protected.

N – Necklaces. Big, Bold and colourful! Bring a pop of colour to a classic black outfit or co-ordinate your accessories from the shoes up.

O – Oversized – Look for huge sleeves, bows and embellishments.

P – Pleated Skirts. From metallics to jewel colours there is a tone for every style type. Team with a classic t or shirt for a soft feminine look.

Q – Quirky. Look for unexpected and quirky prints. Experiment with clashing prints and colour.

R – Red. Red is everywhere! Embrace the classic red lip or grab a red lips novelty bag to add some quirk to your outfit.

Oscar De La Renta

S – Statement Accessories. Bold earrings and necklaces, The bigger, the brighter, the better! #notsubtle

T – Tassels – Earrings, key rings, necklaces. They are everywhere and in every colour.

U – Umbrella. Go bold, go bright, stand out in a sea of Black umbrellas

V – Velvet.  Plush, lush and a beautiful way to inject some richness into your work day. Velvet is on trend this season and you will find something to suit your budget and style tastes.

Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia/ net-a-porter

W – Wellness. You cannot look your best if you don’t feel your best. Stock up on your Vit C, EPO and get a decent sleep.

X – XL. Is your wardrobe in need of a downsize? Donate what you no longer wear to charity….

Y- You! Be uniquely you. Express yourself, have fun, challenge yourself, be true to yourself…..and don’t give a crap what others think. #unapologeticallyyou

Z – Zip it. Zip it real good. Look for fun zip embellishments on jackets, sleeves, pockets and shoes.

I hope you found some inspiration for this season! What are your Winter must haves?



My Style: Weekend Outfits

Welcome to “My Style”! Featuring my latest weekend outfits. For those who didn’t know, I wear a black uniform during the week so my outfit focus is on the weekends and events. Lately I have been focusing on evolving my personal style and ejecting more colour and print into my wardrobe.

What I’ve been Wearing

I recently came across New Zealand company Oli & Gus on Facebook and fell in love with all the bright colours options available.   I fell in love with this hot pink and blue sequin knit, adding a pink tassel necklace from Louisa, paired with Glassons pants and leather lace-ups.

Sunday Shoot

This Month I changed my hairstyle! I wanted the versatility of a edgy bob and for a little funk I opted for a cheeky side cut.

Dress: Vintage Italian Boater Hat

Amy and I had a grand time at the Katherine Mansfield Picnic held at Hamilton Gardens. We visited the event, caught up with some friends  and then escaped the heat into the gardens with photographer David Rowe for an impromptu shoot. More on that soon.

Dress: Augustine by Kelly Cole Fitted pants: Glassons

I accidentally poisoned my skin and as a result have a nasty case of allergic dermatitis so loose clothing has been my recent choice to help slow the urge to itch ( fail ) Thank goodness the weather is cooling and I can cover up without overheating.


My Style: Holidays, Weekends and Artist Trails

Beach Style

Wearing: Augustine by Kelly Cole, Necklace: Vintage remix by myself

January has been a whirl wind month with our family making the most of the long weekends to get away between clients and festivals. The New Year saw us heading to coastal Opotiki where I  styled hair for a gorgeous 50’s inspired wedding. While we were  in Opotiki we enjoyed the beautiful beaches, relaxed ,read a book or two and did not much!

I picked up this relaxed dress in the Augustine Boxing Day sale. I was attracted to the bold pink, print and the contrasting stripes on the cuff. It turned out to be the perfect choice for lounging around at the beach and traveling. In the winter I will layer it with leggings, boots and my leather jacket.

Casual Style

When I’m in holiday mode I tend to lean towards more relaxed styling with bright and quirky elements.

Wearing: Vintage 70s skirt, worn as a dress

When I saw this printed wrap skirt out thrifting I couldn’t resist it and with the right wrapping, pinning and belting I knew it would make a great summer dress. I like clothing that provides options in my wardrobe and its fun to look at a skirt or shirt and think of new ways to wear it.

Weekend Daily Style

Weekend Style

I spent last weekend on the Raglan Artist Studio Tour with Amy, checking out local art and meeting some local creatives. Amy made me a beautiful porcelain cactus necklace for my birthday so I found some fabric to complement it and sewed my first top in 15 years….don’t judge the stitch !

Weekend Style
Wearing: Homemade top, Necklace: Amy Jansen Leen, Skirt: Vintage. Belt: Farmers Sandals: Nova
Pottery Jewelry Style
Necklace by Amy Jansen Leen

Those are my favorite holiday looks for January, what are your favourite holiday outfits? If you want to share the images, pop your instagram handle below! I would love to check them out.




My Style: Freddie’s of Pinewood Denim

I’ve been a long time customer of Freddie’s of Pinewood Jeans in the U.K for about 9 years now and they are my favourite go to when I want some new denim in my repro wardrobe. Last year I decided to purchase the Home Companion Dungarees due to their great versatility. They have beautifully detailed pockets and the bib front is removable! Allowing you to have dungarees or high waisted jeans, 2 for one! Not only is this value for money but allows for great versatility in your wardrobe.

Freddie's of Pinewood Denim

The dark indigo colour gives it the versatility to be styled vintage or with the right pieces it can be interpreted as modern. I love high waists as they bring attention to your waist and accentuate your curves. There is also a plastic side button that can be moved if you need more room in the waist.

Freddies of Pinewood

Freddie's of Pinewood Home Companion Dungarees

I paired my Home Companion Dungarees with a Trelise Cooper blouse. I’m a huge fan of her bold prints and colour combos.


The legs of the dungarees are long, allowing for turn ups or if you want you can have them taken up. I’m longer in the torso and find them a little short in the rise, though with more wear the denim seems to be relaxing and dropping a little.

Do you own a pair of dungarees and how do you like to style them?


Style Evolution – Bold, Colour and Vintage

Over the past couple of months I have found myself on a style evolution! You may have noticed on my Instagram feed that I have been incorporating more modern clothing styles into my daily look and brightening up my wardrobe. One friend expressed concern that I didn’t seem to be interested in vintage anymore and was I going through a phase? In short -No, I still adore vintage and retro style but I’m a firm believer that like the evolution of vintage, style and fashion you can mix and mingle vintage styling with more contemporary and modern looks.

Bright colours and interesting prints make me happy, just looking at them makes my heart sing and my soul glow! I surround myself in it with my choices of art, decor, books etc and now I’m taking the plunge, pushing myself and expressing it more in my clothing choices. You could say this is my 2017 new years intention. Dressing with intent, living in colour and pushing my boundaries.

“Life is too short & unpredictable not to live exactly as you please” Diana Vreeland

Vintage Style Dress

I found this 60’s dress at a local vintage store in Hamilton and cinched it with a scarf from my collection.My little boy was only to happy and amused to lend my his watering can to accompany my accessories.

Vintage Style Yellow Heels


 ‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.’ – Gianni Versace

Have you made any style evolution’s recently?



Fashion in the Field 2016 Outfit

Every year the ladies and I head to the December Fashion in the Field held at Te Rapa Racecourse to frock up and enjoy a ladies day out!This year I decided to to go a little brighter and bolder in my outfit choice, mixing Turquoise, Yellow and Cersie.

Fashion in the Feild

Liesl, Amy and I, aka The Style Mafia


My outfit selection was from already existing items in my wardrobe with accessories brought and borrowed to pull it together.

Dress: Dixiefried by Pinup Couture

Jacket: Vintage Blue Lamé

Belt – Pulled and cut to fit from an existing skirt.

Yellow Patent Heels: NZ Sale

Gold Chain: Borrowed from Amy

Vintage Floral Earrings : Borrowed from Liesl.

Bespoke Hat by Amy Jansen Leen Millinery – Fabric Forager.

Daily Outfit


My shoes were purchased extremely last minute the night before.



Weekend Style

I enjoy dressing up in the weekend as I wear a dark uniform during the week and recently I have enjoyed mixing up my style a little.

A little bit of vintage, modern, pinup….what ever takes my fancy.

Tiger Lily ootd

I had a busy day in the sun on Saturday so decided to relax a little at the Christmas markets in my favourite pantsuit.

Pantsuit: Tiger Lily from The Recycle Boutique on Grey Street

Wedges: Thrifted

Hat: The Warehouse


I have had this necklace for years. It was gifted to me by a lovely lady ( and she was an old  fashioned Lady ) Nelleka who received it as a gift in the 60’s.

Swirl Dress

I’m a huge fan of the vintage label ” Swirl” Began in the 1940’s as a house wives pinafore dress for ease of wear. They come in a variety of styles and now inspire a variety of repo brands and vintage sew-a-longs. I scored this floral beauty on Trade Me.

Blonde Pinup

Pinup Style

I was on fairy duties for works children’s Christmas party so I wanted to dress light for the Summer weather and use the top as part of my pink inspired costume.

Top: Collectif from Kitty Rose Boutique

Skirt: Vintage wrap around from Trade me



I love Augustine by Kelly Coe and could’nt go past this gorgeous floral maxi from her Summer collection. I recently presented a workshop on sensory garden for infants and toddlers , this dress was the perfect to present in and I felt like a goddess!


What is your favourite weekend Style?


Floral delight – Vintage House Coat

1940's House coat

It officially feels like Spring here in Hamilton, the tree’s are full of blossoms and I’m starting to switch my wardrobe to lighter delights. I picked up this vintage house coat last year from Remains To Be Scene here in Hamilton and plan to use it once the weather gets warmer. House coats are perfect for relaxing around the house in or teamed with a light maxi dress as a duster coat in the evenings.


It has lots of lovely detailing; ruffles, lace and bows….oh my!


and of course anything floral will always be a winner in my books.





Style in the City

Style Mafia NZ

The Style Mafia NZ
I’m wearing: Vintage Fiesta Dress from Viva Vintage. Amy is wearing a fabulous frock from Augustine.

Liesl , Amy and I jumped into the car on Sunday and headed on up to Auckland for a spot of shopping, checking out the Auckland vintage market at Aotea Square, lunching at Elliot Stables and of course hitting K Rd for a spot of shopping.

We caught the fashion show featuring Rita Sue and Cockspurs Vintage, did a little shopping and TRIED to escape the heat! There was no escaping, it clung to you like a wet blanket so I guess Summer has settled in. My finds of the day were some great vintage  tutti fruitti pieces from Mean Streak Vintage.

1950s novelty fruit necklace

1950s novelty necklace

1950s novelty charm braceletI also scored a great 1950’s 2 piece play-suit from Vixen Vintage, I’m planning to wear it in Melbourne next week. We had a great time and checked out some great street art around the city including the piece above by Mica Still – So bright and vibrant!

Hope you all had a great weekend.


Daily Outfit: Day out in the sun


Sweet Painted Lady Vintage Style

Sweet Painted Lady OOTD Vintage

I had such a lovely day spending the afternoon at Silo Park in Auckland checking out the vintage themed Finders Keepers Market and catching up with friends ( Post later on this week) . It has been really hot here at the moment so I decided to dress tropical and choosing accessories to match the colour splashes on my dress.

I LOVE accessories! They are the perfect way to add interest to an outfit and take it to the next level! I often find the best pieces when Louivsa, Equip etc go into sale as they are the best place to get great hair flowers and bold coloured pieces. I add in the odd vintage bracelet to keep it interesting, finding these at markets, thrifting or on Trade Me.

Sweet Painted Lady OOTD Vintage dress Bakelite

silo park daily outfit

Outfit Details

Dress: Vintage from my lovely friend Sharon, she has some amazing dresses!

Necklace: A gift from Amy,

Earrings: Vintage

Hair Flower: Diva? Brought many years ago

Bracelets: Assorted Vintage, the Turquoise one is from Portmans