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THIS IS 45 – a birthday manifesto

#midlifeisthebestlife

I’m more confident in myself but still break like a eggshell when hurting.

I’m more bold but now know the art of self reflection & when to pull my head in.

I give zero fks but also care so bloody deeply.

I’m contradictory. I do not have all the answers. 


I’m menopausal and I’m working on what that all means. 


I’m trying to be a mum and wife that is not perfect but the best one for all my boys. 


I’m a fiercely proud, stubborn, love a laugh and still feel like going out with my besties until 2am but suffer really really badly for it. 


I’m 45 and going to rock this year as my best yet. 


Not invisible, not shying away from hard things, being present and wearing more stylish combos than ever before. Thanks for indulging me on my birthday Sisterhood. Good to get that off my chest. I want to mark it down so I remember it when I need a reminder! 


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So it turns out I am really nervous at having my photo taken. Yep, you read it here first. A professional photo shoot makes me squirm. If its anyone other than my sons or husband taking the photo, I feel all sorts of awkward.

But then I met Salome from Yellow Lab Pet Photography and she changed my opinion. She grounded my thinking and got everyone relaxed and ready for our very first family photo shoot.

We have two sons, Ben (10) and Luc (12) and we have never had a family photo done professionally. We haven’t prioritised family photos before and now I wish we did. I am so glad we have these treasured memories.

So when Salome asked me to be a guest blogger for her and answer her most common question from clients “What do I wear for my family and pet photo shoot”, I jumped at the chance to work with her. Kindly, we were gifted the photo shoot and 2 of the prints we chose from the shoot.

The shoot experience was great, Salome’s pre-work and her coaching of us on the day was terrific. She made us all feel relaxed, she fell in love with Maggie, our Golden Retriever and made us all feel ok about having photos taken and how we were all situated. You can imagine that if I felt nervouse, my sons and husband were even more so!

She got our family dynamic quickly. For the full story on what to wear, you can read my guest blog on her site here.

As a treat for SOS followers, Salome has created a special offer for you below. I urge you to get amongst it – having precious family photos is something you will never regret and our boys have loved seeing us all in print! Its even more special to have your pets included and Salome managed to capture one with our elusive cat Gizmo and some very special shots of our puppy Maggie. Thanks Salome. x

Maggie rocking her own leopard print scarf x

Excitingly for my Sisterhood Tribe, there’s a special discount and offer from Salome: 

Book a photo shoot with Salomé Nourse at Yellow Lab in May & you’ll receive an EXTRA $150 print credit when you mention #sisterhoodofstyle

️ The offer; for $200 you get:

  • a makeover for one (hair and makeup is for one, but the whole family is welcome to join)
  • 2-3 hour photoshoot with your furbaby and/or family
  • 300 print credit (you usually get $150 print credit, so SOS readers receive one EXTRA beautiful matted print)

All images are priced individually from $150 each with many display options available. You will receive the matching digital file of every image you buy at your photo reveal (2 weeks after your photo shoot). 

This can be bought and paid for straight from the Yellow Lab website. Mention #sisterhoodofstyle to get your bonus $150 print credit when you book www.yellowlab.co.nz/give-the-gift-of-a-photo-shoot/

Maggie & Mum Love EJ, the Mother of the Sisterhood of Style x How to find out more about Sisterhood of Style

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Sustainable. Ethical. Conscious. Real Style. Footprint. Fashion Focus. Carbon Footprint. Who made your clothes ? Fashion Revolution.  Recycle Fashion. Vintage. Second Hand. Op Shopping. Vintage Shopper.

What do these words mean to you?  Do they resonate with you?

They may feel familiar and yet someone apart from you.  You know the words, you know you should probably consider them more, but it all feels a bit hard, like it’s for other people who are in the know and not for you? 

Don’t worry! I’m here to break it down, make sense of it and offer you the very best tips and tricks from my friends – the experts. 

We’re here babes to talk Conscious Style and how you can jump on board and play your part, dip a toe in and get amongst it, in your own way. 

My conscious style journey

My conscious style journey, started unknowingly really – when I was a 15 year old hippy vegetarian who took animal rights very seriously.  I dressed in op shop clothing (but to be fair, I didn’t love the smell of them) and tried very hard to not wear leather or eat animal by-products. 

That steely sense of purpose somewhat dissipated over the years, but I always have in the back of my mind that I need to be aware of where my clothes come from and how they are made and do I really need so much?

What I’m saying is this: conscious and sustainable style may look different to you than it does to me, but the goal is likely the same – do better for the earth, do better for the footprint we’re leaving for future generations and do better for the people that make our clothes. 

I want the Sisterhood to know that it’s possible to dip a toe in the water that it’s better to start small and grow into being more conscious rather than do nothing at all.  I consider this my 15 year old John Lennon loving hippy self, coming of age. 

My top 5 reasons to choose conscious consumerism.

1.Why not. It makes sense to the health and wealth of our planet and the future we’re leaving our children in charge of.

2. Because it will always come back in fashion.  Trends are cyclical in fashion – they make a reappearance every 20 years or so, that it makes sense to hang on to things sometimes – it’s all part of the cycle of fashion.  And if you’ve Marie Kondo’d the shit out of your wardrobe, you can always buy something that’s on trend, second hand, cause it’s bound to have a second life, sometime!

3. Be curious for a better way. I’m a novice conscious shopper.  Even though I am a stylist, I want to consume less and get more use out of what I have.  I second guess most purchases now and consider where else I can get the same look from a second hand or vintage store. 

4. I know it can be scary or seem like it’s for ‘other people’. But making better purchasing decisions, buying things to last and considering how and where your clothes are made makes sense.  Buying second hand doesn’t need to be for other people – you can do it too.

5.There’s no one “right way”.  There are many ways we can adopt better buying habits, consume less, and focus our desires to the betterment of the planet and it’s inhabitants.

So how do you start? Let’s ask the experts

I have girl crushes on all of these women – all style queens and women of substance.  I asked them to share their top tips and ideas on how to be more conscious of what we wear, what we buy, how to shop second hand, what to avoid and how to start!  Thanks so much ladies for offering your expertise for the sisterhood.  You ladies rock!

Introducing the experts…

Alyssa – a vintage shopping Queen

Steph from Painted Bird Vintage

Anna from Everlasting – Recycling Pop Up Stores & a not for profit

Amy from Outliv Official – Sustainable bag designer

What does sustainable style mean to you?

Alyssa – the Vintage Shopper

“ Choose second hand because there is always so much treasure!  It’s unique and no one else will have what you have.  You can look and feel magnificent by investing in good pieces – but always ensure they will work with your current wardrobe.”

Anna – Everlasting

“ It’s about buying pieces you love, not buying them because they are ‘in fashion’ or ‘on-trend’. 

Steph – Painted Bird

“Sustainable style begins with changing your shopping habits.  Using vintage pieces combined with something purchased second-hand can be right on trend with minimal environmental impact. For me, sustainable fashion at its core, is something that can be created consistently without negative impact on environment or otherwise. In other words, newly created fashion from newly created materials is not sustainable – it is fashion oxymoron.”

Amy – Outliv

“Sustatinable Style means maintaining a caring relationship with our clothes for the good of the planet and inturn, valuing the people who took the time to make them.”

What are your top tips for second hand shopping?

Alyssa

  1. Only buy things you love
  2. Vintage sizing is different from modern so try it on. Too big is ok if you love it and can get it tailored. Too small? Put it back.
  3. Make sure it’s in good condition and it’s a quality item in terms of material and how it’s made
  4. Clean it post purchase
  5. You’ll be surprised at the number of labels and big brands you’ll stumble across but stick to your budget and don’t get too wooed by an overly expensive item

Anna

  1. Have an idea of what you actually need – it can be incredibly overwhelming with so much going on so if you need jeans for example then start there.
  2. Ignore the sizes – sizes fluctuate like crazy between countries and brands. In NZ the sizing standards aren’t regulated tightly so try a variety on – it’s a great place to experiment with things you might not of normally tried.
  3. Take a reusable bag and fill it with items that interest you as you walk around- far easier than carrying 20 items on hangers over your arm.
  4. Wear clothes that are easy to take on and off and often having a slip or singlet underneath is great as big second-hand sales often have communal try on spaces so it makes it easier all round.
  5. Like all shopping don’t buy it because it’s cheap – but it because it makes you feel great!

Steph

  1. Always try things on. Brands are all different in their sizing and you will be making a more conscious decision about the purchase if it fits you properly let alone if you even like it on! Sometimes how it looks on the hanger can be deceiving.
  2. Look for rips, holes, tears, stains and shoddy craftsmanship. Usually second hand stores are pretty careful about the stock they keep.
  3. Shop local. It supports your area with a range of businesses for you to conveniently shop. Usually, the store has selected items that they are pretty sure you will fit and like. In other words, they are not catering to a global marketplace – they are catering their stock to you! Your size ranges, your preferred colours and your style. They want you in their store.
  4. With the exception of vintage and antique which are collectable pieces and command a different price point, don’t pay more for a fast fashion piece than what it would have cost if it was new!
  5. And finally, be prepared to buy nothing! If you are hunting for something in particular Murphy’s Law probably won’t let you find it.

Amy

  1. Have in mind a clear idea of what you need or may be looking to find. This way you start with a mission in mind and don’t find yourself aimlessly looking through clothes wondering a few minutes later what you’re doing in there.
  2. Be sure you have a good hour or so, second hand shopping is something that shouldn’t be rushed. You never know what you might find if you have a bit of leisurely time up your sleeve.
  3. Wear an outfit that is easy to get on and off. You may need to try on a few frogs before you find your prince.
  4. This can be thirsty work, if you’re doing a few shops in one day, so make sure you take a drink bottle to re-hydrate.
  5. Don’t forget to look at the accessories before you go… you will often find a great box of scarves or jewellery that will often have some great finds!

What to avoid when shopping Vintage and second hand?

Alyssa

  1. Buying too expensive items
  2. Items that need too much work to make them wearable
  3. Buying items that don’t suit them just because it’s vintage and cool

Anna

  1. Feeling overwhelmed – find a space and just start there and take it slow just looking at each piece until you find your groove.
  2. Not trying on bottoms because tops and dresses and coats are easier to try on. We often have the most incredible jeans and pants left over and it blows me away. They can be such an overlooked item.
  3. Judgements about what second-hand shopping looks like and feels like – try it!

Steph

  1. Don’t buy more than you need. If you are at capacity (I am a self-confessed ‘maximalist’) promise yourself and take action when you get home to get rid of something. Actually do it.
  2. Go for quality over quantity every time. I read somewhere fast fashion has been made to last 5 washes. Sorry, but I won’t throw my money at poorly made clothing. Buy vintage.
  3. Don’t let your friend talk you into buying things you don’t need.

Amy

  1. Avoid trying on anything that has an obviously odour about it. I am pretty sure this one would go without saying though right?!
  2. If there is no mirror then perhaps pass this time. We all need to see that what we’re considering fits, suits our figure and makes us feel great!
  3. Any pierced earrings only hold up to your ears when considering to buy them. When you get home, give them a little wipe with surgical spirits to disinfect them before you debut them on your night out.

Where to shop vintage and second hand?

Our experts gave so many great recommendations, I’ve compiled them in a list for you to pick and mix from! 

Everlasting – Recycling for the love of clothing (Not for Profit)

Painted Bird

Outliv

Dress for Success

Go Jo Recycled Clothing – New Lynn,

Vixen Vintage – Krd, Auckland

Vintage & Retro, Paeroa

Mercy Hospice – Mt Eden Rd,

Auckland Dove Hospice – Glenn Innes, Auckland

Look for the smaller shops –  church shops, the small retailer trying to make their way or a charity that just can’t afford advertising and marketing.

Enjoy the  ‘hunt’.

Share the love – when you find somewhere you love, don’t keep it under wraps, spread the joy around. 

So Sisterhood, our experts have spoken wise words.  There are so many ways to dip your toe in the sustainable style pool.  Choose a path that works for you, find ways to be more curious about concious style and fit it in and around what you already have, how you shop and your lifestyle. 

It’s time. 

SOS action stations: Starting on your conscious style journey will mean marrying up what suits you and your lifestyle. If we all do our bit, we can only help, not hinder our planet and people.

Of course there are many ways to start. The list below is just the tip of the iceberg. x

Shop second hand. Shop Vintage. Reuse and recycle items. Repair your clothes don’t toss them. Buy less. Buy well and use less. Use sustainable and ethical fabrics, retailers, products. Ask questions about your clothes – who made them, how are they made. Be aware of buying fast fashion. The list is endless, but it should give you and idea on how to start your journey.

See you again soon, mmmmwah,

Love EJ, the Mother of the Sisterhood of Style x How to find out more about Sisterhood of Style

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Sisterhood it’s Friday!  The happiest day of the week!  I’ve been pondering this blog for a while, so I finally got up and wrote it at sparrows-fart o’clock.  I’d love to know what you think of it! PS: fair warning, I get a bit swearsy in this blog.  Sorry mum. But nothing like a good shit-bomb to really get your point across.

This blog is all about how to dress when you work from home. I was going to call it “How to not dress like a slob”,  but I hated that because slob suggests that dressing in your most comfy gears, slippers, trackies, hoody and a tee is wrong and to be honest, this is my greatest achievement at the end of the day and there’s not one iota of slob factor in there. I’m willing to bet you feel the same about your comfy gears, your soft pants / trackies or loungewear.  So it’s less about dressing like a slob and more about what to wear so you don’t FEEL like a slob and feel motivated and spritely.

What my clients say

I hear it all the time from my clients when I ask them about what they wear to work or hang around the house in.

  • “I don’t know what to wear, so I just wear this” 
  • “This is the only outfit I have that I feel comfortable in” 
  • “No one will see me, so it doesn’t matter” 
  • “I don’t give a shit what I wear when I work from home” 
  • “I don’t work in an environment that needs me to dress up”
  • “I just wear black”

Sound familiar? Do you know what I hear when I hear those words.  You don’t care about yourself enough babe.    Now this ain’t no self help blog, but my whole ethos for Sisterhood is to give a shit about your style, so that it helps you feel more fabulous than you already are.  So I’m reflecting on this.  Work with me here.

I don’t get dressed up to the nines everyday.  I don’t wear red lipstick every single day.  If I have no clients that day, I am unlikely to wear shoes -slippers in winter, bare feet in summer.   But I do try making an effort, I do get out of my PJ’s.  Because as much fun as having a PJ day is (in our house, we devote one day of every school holidays to a PJ day), it’s not ideal work wear – even when working from home.  For a start, no bra can be a real problem for me. Then that feeling of sleep crust takes over and the thought of bed beckons and already I’m keen to hit my pillow again with my sleep mask on.  Yes I wear a sleep mask.  Yes it works.  Yes it’s silk.  Don’t judge me.

So what am I rambling on about?  Here’s my 5 top tips on how to dress when you work from home, so you don’t feel like crawling back into bed AND so you feel that little bit more fabulous about yourself.  Because that shit right there, is my jam.  You + fabulous + confidence = happy, healthy, positive, spring in your step you!

My top 5 tips on how to dress when working from home 
  1. Get dressed.  It seems a simple idea, time-worn even.  But get dressed.  It helps shift your mindset from sleep in – to getting shit done.  Shift your thinking so you believe you are worth getting dressed for.
  2. Wear lipstick.  Say what now, didn’t you just say you DON’T wear lippy on the daily?  I may not wear a bright red lippy everyday (can I get an amen for that) but I do wear a lip gloss or something resembling more than nothing, on my lips.  Because hydration babes.  I’m not a nude lip kind of girl.  My colouring demands a bit of attention paid, otherwise I resemble a beige food.  Also, you will likely look less like you just woke up from a nap.  This also applies when breastfeeding and you want to murder anyone that rings the doorbell while bub is sleeping – put some lippy and mascara on, it helps.  I promise.  It’s a weird psychological trick my mamma taught me and if I did nothing else for myself that day, adding lippy and mascara ensured that I did do something for myself, while I nurtured a baby and generally put myself last.
  3. Dress like everyone is watching.  Not in a weird sexy way girls, c’mon on now…although that could be fun?  No, I mean, dress like you mean it.  Don’t just pull on any old thing, consider what you are wearing and get dressed for YOURSELF.  Make an effort to avoid the comfy clothes for today and use them to slip into tonight – to reward yourself for a hard day on the tools.
  4. You are your store front.  Work is work right, no matter if you mostly work virtually.  You still have to present yourself to the world at some point – on a work Skype call, at the Post Office, school pick up or meeting a real human being for coffee.  Let’s take some time to put pants on, add some earrings, a jacket or a kimono and finally some sort of lip sheen – I don’t want to suggest lipstick on the daily for you babes that hate it.  Give yourself a wee lift, be proud of  your gorgeous self, don’t hide in black – unless it’s the best black outfit you have, full of different textures and shapes!
  5. Do it for YOU. I spend a lot of time in my clients wardrobes and I guess by proxy, in their inner most thoughts. I understand the feelings of feeling trapped by circumstance and mindset and it can be tough to push through that.  But you choose to follow me for a reason, you choose to read these words, so somewhere along the line, something told you, it’s time to take care of YOU.  It’s time to spend a little time on how you feel about yourself and making an effort to feel that little more ‘ready” to face the world.  I consider caring about your style, just one more tool in your box to have on hand to help refine who you are.  You get up and go to the gym, you’ve likely spent some time thinking about your exercise outfit.  Now take the time to think about your outfit for the rest of the day, even if no one is watching.  You are and the view is worth it.
So what do you wear then?
  1. Wear Jeans instead of trackies
  2. Add a colourful scarf to break up the all black outfit or a necklace that brightens your day
  3. Wear some colour on your lips and cheeks
  4. Brush your hair or stick it in a top knot – nothing says business time to me like a bun on top
  5. Add some earrings – earrings for me always suggest finishing off the outfit and if you are wearing them just for yourself and not leaving the house – then bravo you girlfriend.  You rock!

So you do you boo, but consider how freaking great  you’re going to feel come Monday when instead of wearing your PJ’s, your soft pants and no bra, you add some flair, some style, some structure to your working from home outfit.  How about you do it for you.  Go on.  I dare ya.

See you again soon, mmmmwah,

Love EJ, the Mother of the Sisterhood of Style x

PS: have you signed up to the Sisterhood of Style Newsletter yet?  I promise don’t spam, it’s called Friday Feels and every so often on a Friday (I’ll send you just 3 things you need to know. A quick bite size way to digest all things style). Plus, I’ll reveal any discounts, special offers, freebies and competitions there first!  So don’t miss out.  Sign up here:  http://eepurl.com/cCI4L1

Have a great week.  If you’d like to learn more about my styling packages, take a wander over here. x

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Darling Sisterhood,

sweetie darlings, babes, honeys, superfly gals, hands up here who wears things once and never wears them again?

Who gets the heeby jeeby’s about wearing a dress that you’ve worn before, again to another event?

Who here buys something from a store, photographs it for Instagram, takes it back for a refund and posts the pic, ensuring they keep their status as up with the play on fashion?* (this is apparently a thing, so forgive me for being judgy Mcjudgerson here).

Who here buys an item for a special occasion and can’t imagine ever wearing it again because you’ve been struck down by the dreaded “they’ve seen me in that before”?

It happens to us all don’t worry.

But my wish for you, after reading this blog, is that you think “yes I can” wear that again, more often.  

The lies we’re told

Fashion Magazines, Oscar ceremonies and the Daily Mail have taught us and told us for years that to be “fashion-forward” then you must wear something only once and it’s a faux pas to be photographed in the same thing twice – let alone turn up to an event in the same thing as someone else.

That’s a fate worse than death for some people.

For us lay-people, who are not attending Oscar ceremonies and being photographed by papparazzi, cast your mind back to ‘wedding season’, those summers when all we did was attend one another’s nuptuals.  How many dresses or outfits did you buy to wear to your mate’s weddings, knowing that you would be seeing many similar people to the wedding prior?

We’ve believed the hype so long, we have been fed the lie that we must buy something new, in order to be relevant & fashion concious (there ain’t no conciousness about it).

And yet our male partners are 100% likely to repeat wear their suits, over and over and over again.  Swapping out a tie on the occasion they need to switch things up.

So why don’t the sisterhood do the same thing?

For one, we love the feel of the new, I get that.  But it’s started to get a little ridiculous in the mass consumption we feel beholden to undertake, in order to always appear in something no one else has seen us in before.  For such a short time period.

I want to encourage changing that, even if you just buy one less thing a year!

I used to buy into the notion that I had to have something new at every major event, but now, to be brutally honest – I do not give one iota of fucks if I get caught in the same thing twice, if I wear it over and over and over again and when it keeps coming up on my instagram and people think, “she’s worn that a lot”, I congratulate myself on a job well done.

I want you to see how real and normal it is to repeat wear and help you to shed those media inspired feelings of it not being the ‘done thing’.

My thoughts are FUCKING GREAT!  I have got the cost per wear of that item down to “0” and what a worthwhile expense it was.  I think, “MARVELLOUS” it’s been a well loved item and has seen me through some incredible moments.  I think “THANK GOD” I have something to wear to that event/dinner/meeting and very rarely say “I have nothing to wear” (full disclosure, it does happen to me and did recently, but I gave myself a stern talking too and snapped out of it).

Often it applies to clothing for special occasions or pieces that are really obvious.  Hello Leopard Print Kemi Telford skirt.   I wear that 3-4 times a week now.

Or my leather jacket, purchased 5 years ago and still a trusted favourite.  I don’t feel the need to replace it, now that every sister and her dog have one too!  It makes me love mine even more, because no one has the one I have!

And hello fabulous floaty silk kimono, I’d wear it everyday if I could.  I probably should, now that I have written this blog.

I guess what I am saying is, wear the goddamn clothes – wear them fabulously well

Defining your personal style will help

Which brings me to my next point – defining your personal style. When you have a defined personal style, buying clothes becomes so much easier, because you tend not to panic buy, purchase one off ‘orphan’ pieces and will likely be building a wardrobe of options that mix and match well.

This then allows you to repeat wear with confidence, because you can tweak it each time. 

Also, you simply love wearing it and can’t imagine not doing so, just because someone else has seen it before. Who gives a crap what others think.  That may trigger you that line, but I hope it does.  We really really need to give two less shits about what others think.  That’s some homework right there isn’t it, write that down challenge yourself – for the next week, give two less shits.  Boom.

Not convinced yet?

Well I brought the @gorman jumpsuit (pic below) for a big party last year, I then wore it to a fancy wedding, then rolled it out for a big meeting, taken it out for another spin at another party (shock horror, with the same people from the first party) and then wore it on my birthday girls lunch (with the same eyeballs on it as the first two parties).

I feel F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S in it.  It reminds me of my gorgeous girlfriend Alyssa, who sent me a link to it and suggested I go try it on, she said she couldn’t buy it for herself as it was just too long on her, but I should make it work, which I did!

It looks like a maxi dress at first glance but is in fact a  fabulous bell bottomed wonder-suit that makes me live out all my Agnetha from ABBA dreams.

Cue “Dancing Queen” in your head please sisterhood.

Yes it’s a loud-as-hell print and unlikely that someone would forget I wore it at the last party we were both at.  But who cares?  I certainly don’t.

I love it and so do the other people in my vicinity when they tell me “I love that jumpsuit”.

I write this blog to encourage you to not only repeat wear your daily clothing uniform, but to also thrash those special pieces, those items, tucked at the back of your closet that were bought for a special occcasion, only to never be worn again because you’re saving for good.

Get them out of there girlfriend, liberate them from their wardrobe dungeon and breathe new life into them.

Have you heard about Slow Styling?

In the UK,  #slowstyling has really taken off and I can see the movement hard at work here in NZ too.  There are cool instagram accounts like Slow Styling Painted Bird, Mode and Methodology Style, Welcome Back Slow Fashion Everlasting Recycling, who focus on repeat wear, vintage clothing, pop up sales and champion the art of giving a fuck about the environment, sustainability, buying well and avoiding fast fashion where possible so that we don’t fill up landfills with mountains of clothes that have been discarded. Do your own research and discover what works for you.

3 ways to rock your ‘for good’ repeat wears

1.You’ll never regret being the best dressed in a room – so wear the dress, the jumpsuit and stop saving it for ‘good’.  You will always feel at your most fabulous when you do.

2.Dress down/toughen up and add an element of street wear to your fabulous wedding guest dress with a denim jacket.  It’s guaranteed to make you still feel sexy AF but also super day wear appropriate.

3.Add a pair of trainers.  My go to footwear of choice.  A pair of white kicks will ensure you have your style cred in tact and will ensure your outfit can be worn over and over again.

See you again soon, mmmmwah,

Love EJ, the Mother of the Sisterhood of Style x

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Gorgeous Sisterhood of Stylers, hands up whose ready for Spring?

Are you starting to throw off the shackles of winter and consider what your hairy legs look like after hibernation? Are you thinking you couldn’t possibly wear less layers, because it’s still FREEZING?  It’s likely you’re in a state of confusion over clothing choices as you’re already being bombarded with springs first fling of clothing in stores.  High summer drops in November, so you know, it’s totally out of whack with timing, but that’s the way the fashion game works.

To make it all a bit easier, I’ve compiled a wee list of things you can easily do, to bring you up to speed with Spring.

Spring Clean your style

My aim here is for you to feel less flustered over what to wear & feel empowered to make easy clothing choices and be prepped and ready to wear less as the seasons change.

  1. Firstly, let’s get our legs and arms out.  They’re screaming for some Vitamin D!! It’s worth running a exfoliating mitt or brush over them to give them a bit of a refresher.  This is the time to start applying your self-tanners too – if that’s what you need or enjoy!  Start building up that colour slowly and don’t do what I do and add streaks down your legs !
  2. Get yourself a denim jacket, if you haven’t already.  It’s the perfect year-rounder wardrobe staple. These little babies are the perfect antidote to winter and perfect for spring weather – cooler evenings, a windy but sunny day and a chill in the air.  You can layer them over jumpers and tee-shirts and their relaxed vibe screams summer is coming.  I love denim jackets as a style staple for EVERYONE’s wardrobe, no matter your shape, size or age.  Will you be trying it?  If you’re stuck on where to find one – the Iconic have plenty to choose from (here).
  3. Time to check through your make-up bag.  Does it need a refresher?  Definitely take the time to clean your brushes, make some changes to the lipsticks you’ve been wearing or add in some products to make your skin spring ready.   Drink loads of water and don’t forget your SPF!!
  4. Socks out . If you’re not ready for a full nude leg then add a sock to the boots or trainers or loafers you’re wearing.  Try a sparkly sock or something with pattern or interest to add some zest to your outfit.  I have tree-trunks for legs and I still love this look – it’s not just reserved for tiny ankles! Pair the with ankle boots, trainers or loafers and you got yourself a LOOK babes.
  5. It’s the perfect time to take a look at your wardrobe and start looking at putting your heavy winter pieces away, or to the side (just like me, who lacks a lot of storage space).  I do put my winter jackets in a stand alone wardrobe I have in our lounge.  This year though, I am going to get super organised and get some items repaired, dry-cleaned and then put the heavier winter items in storage bags until next season.  I’ll even get some boots re-soled too.
  6. Layer upon layer upon layer.  Just like a Sara Lee fruit strudel, I recommend wearing lots of layers for Spring. Let’s be honest, this is New Zealand and it can be bitterly cold right through to Christmas.  So layering is essential.  Consider natural and organic fibres for easy breezy wear and add a soft cotton scarf for warmth.  Wear a cashmere or merino layer as a warmer upper and tie around your waist or shoulders when it gets too hot.  Wear dresses that can be layered up with jackets and are easy to style.  I promised layering will be your BFF over Spring.
  7. Lastly, the colours of the season and what’s coming your way.  The colour of the year is  Panetone’s colour of the year is Ultra Violet and you’ll likely see this a lot, as well as Lavender.  Mustard is a key colour and for prints – florals and leopard print are proving to be extremely popular too.  You can check out Panetone’s fashion colour trends for Spring 2018 here.

What I’ll be wearing

This Kemi Telford fabulous leopard print skirt teamed wth my Huffer striped tee  and a DJ (I’m on the look out for a new one and have been getting lost down the DJ tunnel on The Iconic. I’ve got a few dresses I have had for nearly a year that I will have on heavy rotation, I’ll be rocking my kimonos again and make use of my leather jacket for the next few months.  I cant wait to hear how you are all getting on styling yourselves for Spring.  Remember to make it easy and fun and don’t get too caught up in the rules!  Make style work for you.

Mmwah, love EJ, the mother of the sisterhood of style.

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Leopard Print. Styles little helper. 

According to The Independent, Leopard Print is back with a hiss and a roar (see what I did there?) this sartorial season.  But for me, it never went away. It’s  been a staple in my wardrobe for quite a few years now, a hint of leopardy goodness here, a dash of leopardy goodness there.  But the subtle touches of the print dotted here and there has now turned into an all out obsession for my wardrobe and my well being.  I realise it’s quite a divisive print, somewhere south of voting for Trump or Clinton and north of “is tomato sauce on everything evil’? (a fight my Welsh husband and I like to have).

Yup, I love this neutral print to the point of adoration and I don’t really know why. One thing I do know, is that no two leopard prints are made the same and not every leopard print passes the test for me.  That’s right, no two leopard prints are created equal.  And right now, that’s never been more obvious.

The amount of Leopard Print in stores is at peak saturation.  Every high street store, every high end boutique seems to have a hint or a splash of it. While this should make me giddy (and it does in a way), it really just makes me more conscious of my print of choice and what attracts me to it.  And more discerning in my choices.

I’ve tried to break it down for you on how I choose it in my clothing, bags, shoes, accessories and furniture to give you all the reasons to love it. But this is no hard and fast list of rules, I just wrote it, ’cause I like to make sense of things.  But maybe all it’s done is confirm, I am loopy for leopard print and I will never really know why (or do I?).  Hint –  read to the end to find out what I discover…

5 reasons why I love Leopard print 
  1. I love anything off kilter, not quite matching and Leopard Print makes my asymmetrical heart happy.  I tend to avoid things that are too perfect or matchy-matchy.
  2. Leopard print goes with ANYTHING because leopard print is a neutral. Amen
  3. Leopard print adds a pop of stylishness to any outfit, I promise, you just looked polished, finished and a little bit more snazzy.  Dare I say it, jazz-handy.
  4. Leopard print will improve your life.  I can’t qualify that, except to say that it makes me very very happy.  Love you Leopard Print for ever and ever.
  5. I had my own leopard print designed for Sisterhood of Style.  I would like it to make babies and spawn a piece of clothing, but I have to figure out how to make that test tube leopard print work.

The things that make me go hmmmm?

  1. The print can’t have too much of a yellow base, but all can be forgiven if red or pink are involved.
  2. Having said that, I prefer the leopard print of neutral tones, a beige or brown base, which makes me question who I am sometimes, because , well, read no 3.
  3. I don’t like the colour brown.  Never have, never will.  When my husband gave me a mustard poo brown hoody I physically shuddered.  I never got over it.  But give me a leopard print with mustardy poo brown tones and I am like a frog in a sock.

Just how much Leopard Print do I have anyway?

At last count, I have over 30 pieces of Leopard Print readily available for me to wear, accessorise with, add to a handbag, lie on, put my feet up or wrap myself in. You’d think that was enough right, but it’s not.  I’m still searching for the perfect loafer (heavy enough for winter, but not too heavy to be masculine), flat boot, dress (I found one in Zara in London at Christmas, but it’s not quite perfect) and a winter jacket that doesn’t make me look like Godzilla.

3 ways to wear leopard print 

If you can’t stand it, never liked it, then we probably can’t be friends.  JUST JOKING.  I think.

I totally get the dislike (I mean I will empathise with your odd choice, I won’t like it). It’s kind of like me and florals – oops, no, got on that trend bandwagon too.  So how can you start to wear Leopard Print then?  Here’s how I did it with florals.

So if you’re new to it or just can’t stand it, but think you want to try it, here’s how to dip your toes in the Leopard Print pool:

  1. By stealth and in small doses.  I have always had a  dislike of floral prints but slowly and surely, depending on the colours involved and the print,  it has crept up on me and now plays a small part in my wardrobe.  Leopard Print can be like that for you too – like the friend you didn’t now you wanted but now can’t live without.
  2. Start adding to your style through accessories with similar print qualities, by adjusting to the print in bite size pieces and building up your resistance.
  3. Alternatively go all out and wear it boldly, proudly and fabulously and a red lipstick!

It’ll get you eventually.

My current fave Leopard Print loves 
  1. Try adding a hint of Leopard Print in a scarf, like this fab find from Seed
  2. Go really wild with these pants from Decjuba – I team mine with a printed tee and a leather jacket.
  3. Or this skirt from Kemi Telford, which I wear with a red striped tee and denim jacket.
  4. If you’re still having an allergic reaction and don’t want to go all in, try a varietal of the fabulous Mr Leopard Print and head straight to Tortoise Shell.  Much like Leopard Print, but not all Leopard, all the time. My faves are these  Tortoise Shell hoops from Sophie Store.
  5. And once more with feeling, Leopard Print is a neutral.  This means that it can be paired with anything, it can be “clashed” with another print and make you look like a freaking goddess, it can be worn with block colours, stripes and florals.

The only word of warning I have and  I don’t want it to turn into a thing, cause it’s no biggie.  But be careful (it’s not always a problem) when wearing it with other Leopard Print.  Because, no two Leopard Prints are the same, they may not get on well, even though you expect them too and you may resemble the love child of Scary Spice and Wilma Flinstone.

STOP THE PRESS and OMG.  I just realised where my love of Leopard Print came from – THE FLINTSTONES.  You heard it here first.

My wish is for you to give leopard print a go and embrace it, but if that’s just not going to happen, then at least you can appreciate it’s virtues from afar, on someone else and know inside and out they are having a better day because of it.

See you again soon, mmmmwah,

Love EJ, the Mother of the Sisterhood of Style x

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Sisterhood babes, let’s chat about stockings, tights, hosiery, nylons, those things that have the potential to really piss us all off, but are necessary if you want to wear a skirt in winter. I want to help clear up some of the mystery about them and make you feel less alone in the stocking shocker, the tights terror.

A dear client messaged me over the weekend asking me about what stockings to wear with what and when. She bemoaned the fact that she never learnt it as a younger woman and now feels overwhelmed and confused by the choice and options. She wondered if she was the only one who didn’t know how to wear them.

You are not alone.

Firstly, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I don’t want my clients, let alone anyone else walking around thinking they are the only one who finds stockings a mystery, their tights-terror is everyone else’s too. I promise.

You are part of a sisterhood who puts ladders in their tights as soon as you look at them, who wears them swinging low in the crotch and walks around awkwardly because the tops rolled down and you’ve been graced with an extra roll around your middle.

Why I wear stockings

Because I like skirts, I have to wear stockings.  But they are a utility item for me, function over form. I don’t lust after colours or types, I have simple needs.  They should stay up, stay on and not ladder.  I try and keep my interactions with them to a minimum and  only tend to refresh them once they have worn out and that’s not that often (because of the type I wear).  Then I tend to use them to tie up errant plants in the garden.  My sister-in-law is so clever at crafts she recycles them to be sock puppets.  But I digress.

My thoughts on stockings are pretty straight forward and probably not unique. But I do know I am now at peace with wearing them.  Here’s my top three tips and a few expert opinions thrown in for good measure.  I hope you find this useful.

My top three tips 1.Double undies.

It’s not a great look babes, but you’ll be thanking me later. I know a lot of the sisterhood already do wear a double layer, but for those new to the idea, here’s how. Put your undies on (panties if you care). Then put your tights on. Then, add another pair of underwear. This helps to secure the suckers in place and prevent roll down.  It also has the added bonus of keeping them up, preventing the unintended drop crotch.  Who can relate to that scenario?  I’ve worn a pair of tights that were possibly a little too small, so didn’t sit well over the hips, then rolled down, causing the drop crotch.  Not only is this annoying, but painful, when you’re wearing a pair that are slightly too small.  May you never repeat my mistake! Remember too that double undies is a surprisingly comfortable scenario – almost like a homemade sucky in garment kind of vibe. For more advice on preventing roll down, check out this Cosmo article.

2. Wear the same colour tights as your shoes

I’m not one for having too many style rules, but this one is worth knowing. I don’t follow it 100% of the time because sometimes I am a rule breaker or my outfit looks better with contrast.  However, in general, I will wear like for like boots and stockings.  So when I wear navy boots, I wear navy stockings, likewise black tights with black boots or shoes.  Sometimes navy tights look great with a tan boot, so use this rule with caution.  But it works, it helps elongate your legs if you wear all one colour and helps you decide what to wear more easily too!  I tend not to wear dark tights with light coloured trainers or shoes.  This tends to cut your legs off at your feet (visually speaking) and is not always flattering.  But go bananas with black or navy trainers and their matching tights.  Of course if you love contrast or bright stockings, patterned stockings, fun stockings, then get stuck in and match with what you love.  I once worked with a woman who wore a different patterned stocking on the daily in the winter – they were her signature and they were fabulous.  She would tend to wear a matching shoe with one of the the colours in the stocking.

3. Wear Opaques (what I wear)

Having worn woollen tights at school for 6 years and then being allowed to wear a sheerer stocking in my last year of school made me  aware of denier differences at an early age.  Sadly for the 10 denier stocking, it welcomed me to a lifetime of hate toward sheer stockings.  The laddering drover me nuts. Therefore, my personal choice on denier is a simple one.  I wear opaque tights in winter, full stop.  I don’t bother with sheerer denier stockings, simply because I would put a hole in them.  I seem to only have to look at  sheer tight and it ladders. So my choice on the regular is good old Columbine.  I buy them in black and navy.  I did wear hot pink ones on the day of my 40th as wee FU to getting older.  But otherwise, my choice is very conservative.  They work, especially when I double up my undies.  I don’t always have to replace annually and they wash and wear really well.  Let it be know I resent having to buy tights usually, so investing in tights is not where I want to spend money.  Having said that, you do get what you pay for, buy cheap – expect laddering.  But for those of you who do like a tight investment, I have heard amazing things about Heist Tights. They make bold claims about staying up and staying on!

Have you got any tips?

So that’s it babes, I hope it was useful for you.  I don’t promise to be a tights expert, a stocking superstar.  But I wear them and I want to be comfy.  So my tips are all ones I live and breathe. I’d love to hear what tips and tricks you have though!  Share with us in the comments below and help the sisterhood out!  I am sure there is more to say on this subject!

Mmmwah, Love EJ

The Mother of the Sisterhood  x

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Black skinny, stretchy pants or BSP’s for short 

Oh hey there you babes.  I am so excited to be writing this blog.  Sometimes, my life in Instagram squares just isn’t enough to tell you everything I want to say about something.  And if you’ve been following me for a while now, you will know that I love to over-explain, talk a lot and really give you my all.  Which is why I started a blog, because my love of writing and talking long-form was really nourished!  Anyhoo I digress.  Did someone say Black Skinny Pants or BSP for short?  Oh yeah I did and I made that one up, it’s gonna be a thing, like LBD is to dresses.  Sidetracked again – now let me tell you about these fabulous BSP’s.

So my friends Kelly and Fee from Shine On and I were chatting one day about how we could work together more and we decided that demonstrating how I could make an outfit work 3 different ways was going to be the thing.  I love maximising my clothing and wearing them in all different ways, so this completely fitted with what I stand for as a Stylist.  I dislike to buy anything that can’t be worn multiple ways or only used for just one purpose. So here goes, let’ts talk about these Tirelli black coated pants. 

Before we move on, I have a couple of disclaimers.  
  1. I love a pair of black trousers, I recommend they are a staple in most client’s wardrobes.  They can be worn in so many different ways, they are a style must have for me.  I would LOVE a pair of real leather pants, but at $600+ for a decent pair, my desire to invest is limited.  So black coated pants or pleather options are my go too. 
  2. These gorgeous pants were gifted from my lovely friends at ShineOn, but if they hadn’t been, they were on my list of pants to buy.  And for $99.95 they are worth it.  I have worn them 5 times in the last week alone.
  3. I prefer a matte coated pant, whether it be jeggings, leggings, jeans. So when I saw these Tirelli coated pants I fell head over heels.  There’s no shine and for me, that’s a win win.  They are matt black and bloody marvellous.  
Back to the Black Skinny Stretchy Pants and their amazing virtues
  1. A BSP can be flattering to most shapes.  Not all, but most.  They can help to enlongate and emphasise your legs by wearing something less tight on top.  They come in size 8-16.
  2. Because these BSP’s are matt black, they can be worn, inconspicuously as a variation on a footless tight  – like I wore mine today, under a midi-length dress.
  3. They are warm. They are stretchy.
  4. I love these BSP’s for their sucky in factor.  These ones are a marvel because they are high waisted and firm fitting.  They act a little like a compression pant and I am a fan of that in  big way.  Don’t get me wrong, they allow you to breathe, but they almost feel like they are giving me a hug and who doesn’t need more hugs?
  5. They can be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe.  You can wear them casually. going out out and for work wear.  I think that makes for an affordable style staple for any woman’s wardrobe.  They go up to a size 16, so they won’t fit everyone.

I’ve had them for a week now and I’ve worn them five times already!  Casually with trainers.  Dressed up for a night out and for a business time, in a business way, ok, for work. Here’s how I have rocked them this week – in three different ways.  I reckon this helps prove their worth for your wardrobe.

Look One – Casual Weekend Wear Casual Weekend Wear Look Two – Business Time Work Wear Look Three – Out Out Out out

I am actually wearing them again today as I write this, underneath a much long dress and wearing them like a stocking because as you all know, I am not a fan of tights ( you can read about that here.)

Discount

I highly recommend these stretchy, skinny pants – I’m converted – are you?   Make sure you use the code SISTERHOOD at check-out for a cheeky 5% discount.  Let me know if you order some and how you decide to style them!

Mmmwah, Love EJ

The Mother of the Sisterhood  x

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