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We are only a few episodes into the last series of Game of Thrones and I’m loving what Dany’s rocking. In particular the structured fur coat. WOW. I love structure through the shoulders and waist. Perfect for a dainty body shape like Emilia Clarke.

GoTs Head Costume Designer, Michele Clapton explains that the coat is made of “fake leather strips, a long pile high-quality fake fur and a short pile white fake fur, and towards the hem we used rabbit fur. It is all stitched together in strips and then mounded onto a corset-style base.”

Such detail and thought in the design also taking into consideration Dany needs to ride her dragons in this coat so it needs to have enough movement for her to do this.

I know it doesn’t get that cold in Auckland, but I would still love this piece in my wardrobe!

Read more about this amazing piece of costume design here and for other interesting snippets visit here.

Image credit: Making Game of Thrones


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Alongside my personal styling services I am now also launching a new business in interior design and decor. This has been a goal of mine for many many years and I am excited to finally be taking the plunge. A year off with my little boy has given me time to think about what I want to offer and get the foundations set for taking on my first clients.

Stacey Gillies Interior Design is my business name and you will find me at staceygillies.com. My services will include anything from small renovations to new builds both residential and small commercial. Helping people wade through the many decisions involved in the renovation project is what I love to do as well as helping curate beautiful spaces for work and play.

To see examples of my work click here.

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Located on New North Road in Kingsland is 14 oz, a shop dedicated to jeans and who stocks top brands such as Rollas, Neuw and A Brand.

Two pairs for $140 is their current deal or one pair for $80.   Such a great price!  I recently tried on several pairs (poor guy in the shop!) and decided on a wide legged, mum style -ish kind by Scandinavian brand Neuw.

From skinnies to high waisted and wide legged, there is a good range to choose from.   They don't have a website but a Facebook page here

Make sure it's on your go-to list.

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We all know New Zealand hasn't the range of fashion that other countries get to enjoy.   But with online shopping and international shipping available to us we should all be able to access stylish and affordable clothing when we need to.   This also applies for those of you who are plus size.

Locally we have the higher end such as Carpenters Daughter, Zebrano and Magazine.  Some brands like Kowtow go up to XL and due to their unstructured design can work well for larger sizes.  Of course there are the lower tier brands coming out of Farmers or Ezibuy.

International brands however might be worth a look such as these from the States who all ship to NZ:

Eloquii
Loft
Universal Standard

Image from Loft.com

 

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FASHION FAIRGROUND by Stacey Gillies - 7M ago

If you've arrived to this blog page you will see a bit of a lag in posts!   I recently had my wee baby boy Sammy in January and leading up to that we were renovating our home - so unfortunately time for writing was limited.   I'm hoping to get more regular with this in the next few months.

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Very happy to be interviewed by Aimee Shaw for one of the largest newspapers in New Zealand the NZ Herald.   The small business section has a weekly FAQ with small business owners and entrepreneurs.  It's always great to read about how people operate their businesses so I was thrilled to be one of these business owners with Fashion Fairground personal styling featured at the end of September.

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If you know you are an apple body shape or would like to know if you are an apple - read on for a quick run down on how to accentuate your figure.

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Are you one of the many women who struggles to find denim jeans to suit their shape?  Yep it can be a painful process what with all the options out there and it's quite a common occurrence to see jeans that are not well suited to the bum inside them.   I'm hoping to give a little bit of advice so you can see how the pockets on your jeans can play a MASSIVE role in how your jeans look from behind.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • It's all about the 'yoke'.  The yoke is the piece of fabric between the waistband and the pockets. The V-shape should be positioned around the top part of your bum see below:
  • The bottom of your back pockets should sit where your cheek and thigh meet.  See below example of women of different sizes and shapes showing how this works in a pair of GAP jeans.

Gap Jeans

  • Here is pic of when this does not quite work (EEEK)....
  • You will also see here that the distance between the pockets is important to your shape. Pockets wide apart can sometimes make your bum/hips appear wider.  Opt for a pair where the pockets are in the middle.

Now, if you know of someone who wears their jeans as per the photo above - please kindly slip them my number or send them this post :)

  • And finally, point 2 flies out the window somewhat when you are a size 6 or smaller and can wear your pockets high like this!   Confused??    Call me for a jean edit and guided shop today!  x

Rollas Jeans

 

 

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I'd love to share some of my wedding table decor items with you for unique place settings that your guests will admire.   I am hiring out my large selection of antique amber and brown glass bottles for anyone who is interested.  I have over 100 bottles and jars of varying sizes, textures and tones.

They would suit a rustic or vintage style New Zealand wedding and look great set against white tables or table cloths.  Add a pop of colour with some singular blooms or foliage.  

I also paired my white ruffle edged dinnerware with hand made linen napkins.  I can also hire out these napkins as well.   Email me if you are interested in either.

Beautiful Weddings - Table Settings for Hire - YouTube

 

 

 

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Does this sound like you?  "I have too many clothes yet I don't know what to wear?"  This seems to be a common statement I am hearing from clients.   

Let's take the first part of this frustration "I have too many clothes".   Well if that is what you think then the answer is quite obvious - you need to cull!!   Too many options can create a level of anxiety in what to select in the mornings let alone taking up space in your wardrobe or drawers.  Here are five steps to get you minimalising your wardrobe:

1)  Firstly, put all your pieces into categories - tops, skirts, pants etc
2) Put aside what you wear regularly (those pieces you have been wearing for the past 6 months)
3) If you have a large pile remaining then this is what you need to take action with.  Go through and remove any items that are not in good quality condition.
4) Remove any items that no longer fit you (yes we all think we're going to get into that tight pair of skinnies from pre baby days - but the chances of this happening are...?)
5) Remove any items that are outdated (if you struggle to make this call, you may need a professional to advise, or ask a friend).

The Sallies are your friends here - ship off those culled items and let other people make use of them.

Be ruthless with this task, you will feel so good once you've cleansed this part of your life.  Without all the excess clothes you will have a new appreciation for the pieces that are left.  It may also show you more easily, what you might be missing.  Of course you may have something that is sentimental to you, then keep it,  but limit yourself to one or two sentimental items.

Get some nice wooden coat hangers, a damp rid bag and really create a wardrobe space that you want to get amongst!

Another little tip for your drawers - fold your items neatly so you can see what's inside!  Yes I'm a pastel gal....

Any questions, please ask.

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