When One Door Closes…

It was announced in the New Zealand media tonight that historical department store Kirkcaldie and Stains (a.k.a ‘Kirk’s’) will be closing its doors in Wellington in early 2016.

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I was a little saddened by this news, particularly because of the history of this store.  I guess it is always hard to see something go that has become so familiar since you were a kid. Kirk’s as it is so familiarly known is the oldest store in New Zealand having been in business since 1863. Still trading under its original name, it is one of only 3 ‘family’ department stores that remain in NZ – Smith and Caughey in Auckland and Ballentynes in Christchurch being the others.

It could be considered no surprise, with the tough financial markets we have had since 2008, the rise of online shopping and the fast fashion movement growing, however something I have noticed over the past 12 months is the resurgence in the number of retail stores opening their doors in NZ, (Seed Heritage, Top Shop, French Connection to name a few), or brands spending major dollars on doing stunning reno’s (Witchery and Country Road). So why is it that some are thriving and others not? Fast paced consumerism? An increasingly fickle public?

With the end of an era, comes the start of a new one and who will fill the shoes of Kirk’s but Australian favourite David Jones! I am little excited that they have chosen Wellington to open their first NZ store, I will be ready and waiting come mid 2016 to head straight to the footwear section to try me a pair of Jimmy Choos. Now if only Neiman Marcus would take the journey across the waters!

So with a mix of nostalgia and excitement, as is the fickle nature of fashion, when one door closes, another opens.

Photo Credit – Stuff.co.nz

Street Style – New York Fashion Week

While there are some amazing pieces being shown on the run way during NYFW, all eyes are on the notable fashion moments being captured on the streets.

The major trends I am seeing are layers (a personal favourite), menswear inspired combinations, statement coats and 70’s inspired flares, culottes and skirts with knee high boots.

With the unseasonably cold weather we have had this weekend and Autumn just around the corner, this is where I am seeking some early inspiration and outfit ideas for the coming Autumn / Winter season.

Here are some of my favourites after day 2.

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I love how Margaret Zhang (Shine by Three) has not only layered a dress over her flares but a trench over a trench. Love, love this.

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Aimee Song, (Song of Style), and Margaret Zhang in menswear inspired layers.

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A good way to add detail to an outfit, belting a poncho or coat.

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What a line up. I love Jacey Duprie’s style (Damsel in Dior).

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One of my favourite looks – the texture of the chunky knit scarf with the long coat, and Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl) looks gorgeous in this colour.

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Natalie Cantell picture perfect and those shoes!

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Brooke Testoni keeping it cool in winter essential grey, while and black.

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I love the versatility of this cape and how it is like a dress. Not to mention the monochrome layers.

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This ice blue coat will lighten up any winter wardrobe and Caroline Issa matching it with white – amazing.

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Aimee Song has pulled this one together perfectly. The bold coat, clashing handbag and my favourite, the flares!

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Frame denim kicked off NFYW, with the rest of their collection keeping to this retro style.

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It didn’t take long to hit the streets.

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Are you watching the street style at NYFW? What have been your favourites? Share with me your favourites on Instagram #hayleandgrace

Photo Credit: Tim Regas | Mark Iantosca | Victoria Adamson | popsugar.com

7 Favourites of the Week

Glassons

This New Zealand chain store has picked up its game over the past 18 months turning itself in to a ‘High Street’ favourite capable of competing with the best – Top Shop; (which is soon to open in Auckland, I hear March).

I am loving their latest collection, it captures the essence of summer and will have you festival ready in seconds. Here are my picks.

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Wearing my favourite, this white off the shoulder blouse.

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Wellington Summer 

Wellington is famous for its great coffee, food, the wind and being the culture & innovation hub of New Zealand. It also is one of the prettiest cities with a beautiful harbour, hiking on your doorstep and great beaches to swim.

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To top this off, what about the weather we have been having?! This is a big deal for Wellingtonians. Not only has it been calm, but consistent temperatures between 25 – 30 degrees – winning! Being able to go for a swim almost every day after work has been the highlight of my week!

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Did I mention the wind?

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Coconut Oil

Not only is it a wonder food, with this amazing weather it has been great to put in my hair after swimming at the beach to stop that gritty, dry feeling. Just finger comb about a small teaspoon through, put your hair in a braid and wash out the next morning. It leaves my hair feeling silky and soft.

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Dr FeelGood All Natural Frozen Pops

Deliciously refreshing, these handcrafted frozen pops come in 6 flavours – Chocoholic Cacao & Cream | Raspberry, Lime & Coconut | Flat White Coffee & Cream | Salted Caramel & Apple | Lemon, Manuka Honey & Ginger | Granny Smith, Lime & Mint. All are refined sugar-free and they are a healthy treat! My favourite flavour is Raspberry, Lime and Coconut. Check out ingredients and stockists here.

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Let Live

I was pretty excited to learn that one of my favourite online homeware and accessories stores had set up shop in down town Wellington. Let Liv oozes clean Scandinavian style and the shop on Hunter street showcases this. I popped in to check it out and did not leave empty-handed.

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The Allegiance Boot

Chaos & Harmony have done it again with the creation of the elegant Allegiance boot. Perfect for Autumn and Winter, pair them with your favourite skinny jeans or a knee-length or midi skirt. I am pretty excited about this release!

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Last but not least…..

Shake it Off

I can’t help but dance to this song, even if it’s a little shuffle in my chair at work. What better way to shake off any ‘BS’ than with music! Thank you Taylor Swift!

Now go on, turn this one up loud.

What have been some of your favourite things this week?

Photo Credit – Glassons, CielPR

My Slice of Paradise

Taranaki, New Zealand, famous for its surf beaches, (shh don’t tell Mr Hayle & Grace I’m sharing that), stunning coast line, hiking trails and being able to gaze, from wherever you are, at the majestic towering beauty that is Mt Taranaki. In addition to it’s magical beauty there are also some great places to dust off the sand and experience good food, coffee and shopping. Here are a few of my favourites.

Oakura beach, where any trace of city life is washed away with the tide and the uniform of choice becomes a bikini, denim shorts and jandals. In recent times there have been a couple of new additions in town that have appealed to my love for food and coffee and what better way to enjoy either than with this stunning beachside view.

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So after an early morning surf we stopped by Hide Tide to give the coffee a go. This coffee shop by the sea is housed in a renovated vintage caravan and is the brilliant idea of Francois Husillos.

Originating from near Biarritz in France, I have a feeling the coffee is going to be good; and when I learn the baked goods are made fresh each morning by Francois I immediately add a croissant to my order! I am so pleased I did, the coffee and croissants are among some of the best I have had.

Needless to say it became a morning ritual, after our surf of course.

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The other great combination that works so well in Oakura is Mexican food served seaside courtesy of Holy Guacamole. Pull up a bean chair, crack a refreshing drink and order one of their amazing tacos, quesadillas or, my favourite, fish burittos and settle in to watch the sun go down. Oh and….they are community conscious too serving ‘Burritos for Brains’ in local schools! Great idea.

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Nothing like a beautiful sunset – Oakura beach.

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If you find yourself wanting a hit of the city while on holiday take the 15 minute drive in to New Plymouth and head straight to Ozone Coffee Roasters – The Bean Store for your morning coffee. Ozone Coffee Roasters are the ‘old boys’ of coffee in NZ and at The Bean Store serve some of the best brews you can get. It is always a must stop whenever we head in to the city. Don’t forget to stock up on those fresh roasts before you go.

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Using this new found energy shopping is surely in order, so I insist you drop in to Katwalk Fashion House for some stylish finds. Katwalk is where this happened…..oops!! So right for so many reasons.

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The store is very inviting and Laura, the owner, is exceptionally helpful and welcoming. Check it out.

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You would have worked up a bit of an appetite by now so make your way immediately to Social Kitchen to settle in for vino and some delicious tapas. If the sun is shining take a seat in the courtyard, it’s a treat!

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If I’m yet to tempt you to take a trip to Taranaki then maybe this backdrop will.

A beautiful part of New Zealand for so many reasons and my wee slice of paradise.

Photo Credit: My own along with pic’s from High Tide, Holy Guacamole, Ozone Coffee Roasters, Katwalk Fashion House, Social Kitchen, 16 Havelock.com and FindYourPlace.com

For the Love of Yoga!!

Who has tried hot yoga?

I decided to step outside of my usual power vinyasa practice and give hot yoga a go. I went along in my hot yoga attire – shorts, bra, loose tank – it’s going to be hot right so best I get some air.

I walk in to the studio and wonder why the heck everyone is in long tights? I couldn’t think of anything worse when I was going to sweat!

We get started and I’m noticing how the heat of the room really assists in relaxing your muscles. I’m thinking ‘this is good’, then it started….drip, drip. Next thing I know I am falling out of ‘tree’ pose because my arms and legs are covered in sweat. Now I get the long tights!

As we make our way to ‘child’s’ pose I’m wondering if this is normal….other people seem to be handling it. I move to ‘downward facing dog’ and decide to embrace it, who cares that I look like I just got dowsed with a hose, it made me feel like I had worked hard.

For those of you who have tried hot yoga, you will likely completely get what I was experiencing! If you haven’t tried it don’t let this put you off, it is amazing exercise. It is challenging, energising, cleansing and you leave feeling relaxed.

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My tips would be to take your own mat and water, invest in a yoga towel and make sure to drink plenty of water after class. As for whether to wear short or long tights, I’m going to give longer ones a go next time to see which I prefer. I will come back and let you know.

In the meantime give it a go! There is no time like the present. I am hooked!

Namaste

Here’s To You

With 2014 drawing to a close and the champagne on ice I want to say thank you to all my readers for your support this past year. It has been a great year of learning for me blogging and I am excited about bringing you more in 2015.

In the meantime have a happy and wonderful New Year celebration!

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Happy New Year everyone!

Hayley xo

 

Images via Pinterest

Last Minute Gift Ideas

If you are like me and started the Christmas shopping a little late this year a few helpful hints can come in handy, so here are a few ideas to help you along the way.
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All of these items can be purchased locally, just check out stockists near you online. Good luck x