Fashion

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; 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, the 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 beautiful 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, but with this amazing weather it has been great to put in my hair after swimming in the sea. Just finger comb it through, put your hair in a braid and wash out the next morning.

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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 Scandinavia 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

The perfect way to forget any ‘BS’  is to dance! 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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Social Kitchen Menu

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

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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

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
Tis the Season
I tend to get a little excited around this time of year, not only because I am mad about Christmas, but because of all the holiday parties going on it means I get to break out a party dress!
There are a number of stunning styles out at the moment so you will not have a shortage of options. Here are a few I have put together for you.
Maurie & Eve Equinox Dress
Maurie and Eve – Equinox Dress . I am a big fan of the pencil skirt and how it’s demure style is teamed with a sexy cut out, crop or low back.
Bec & Brdige Drifter Top and Skirt

The Bec & Bridge – Drifter Top & Skirt, holiday appropriate in red.

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ASOS – Bandage Back Jacquard Tulip Dress | Chaos & Harmony – Dreamstone Black Heel | Meadowlark – Crystal Chain Earrings. I love how this dress has a couple of styles to it and with it being silver it suits the holiday season perfectly.

ASOS Sequin Cowl Back Minii

This ASOS – Sequin Cowl Back Mini Dress is a glam pick and turn around and you have a party going on in the back. Earring and Ear Cuff set from Mango.

The winner for me this year is the stunning ‘Christina’ dress by amazing Melbourne designer Yeojin Bae.

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I have long been a fan of Yeojin’s beautifully femine style and was delighted when I found this aqua beauty was being re-cut; perfect for the festive and wedding season. Thanks Haejin for making delivery so easy!!

I hope you all are enjoying the build up to the holidays with family and friends. I would love for you to share what you are wearing #hayleandgrace on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Maurie & Eve, Bec & Bridge, ASOS, Emily Ratajkowski

White Out 
While our northern hemisphere friends are getting dusted in the white stuff, here in NZ we are at the beginning of summer and what better ‘non colour’ to wear than white!
Always a fan, you will see me pairing white with white. Use different textures to break it up a bit or mix in a bit of colour via a subtle pattern, your shoes, accessories or jacket.
Don’t be put off by the seasons, white can be worn all year round. Here are some of my picks for summer. Add a dash of red lippy and voila!
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Jeans – Frame Denim | Ghost Tank – Zoe Karssen | Naut Tunic, Always & Serpent Bracelet – Moochi | Sunglasses – Le Specs Black Lagoon | Shoes – Nude Footwear
 Check out these pics for inspiration on how to wear white on white across the seasons.
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Nasty Gal (left) has a bit of edge,  I love the shoes worn with each outfit. The lovely Arielle from Something Navy looks classic in a white shirt (right) perfect for Autumn or Spring.
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With the weather cool in Wellington for this time of year I throw on a check shirt with white denim shorts or jeans. Shirt – Rails | Jeans – Urban Outfitters. Now if only the temperature would rise!
So tell me, how do you wear your whites through the seasons?

 

Back to Basics

I am not sure about you, but finding the perfect tee is tough. You would think for something so basic it would be easy, especially given the volume of t-shirts on offer. However, getting a cut that is flattering, affordable, doesn’t stretch after the first wash and isn’t see through is not an easy feat.

A couple of years ago I found my perfect match and it ticks all the boxes except one, the price! So following a conversation with a friend recently, about this exact thing, I decided to go on the hunt for the basic tee.

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On a mission, Glassons and Moochi did not disappoint. Glassons tees, (bottom right), are a bargain at two for $30, the cut just a little too boxy for my frame.

Moochi always delivers and the ‘Gift’ tee, (top right), looked great tucked in. A favourite in store this year is the dressier Circ tee.

However, a variety of stores and piles of grey, white and black tee’s later it really came down to two…….

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Despite the cut and very tempting price of the Cotton On tee’s, my overall pick……the Bassike Scoop V Neck from Superette. A splurge at $119, I can’t go past the flattering cut, (top left), and how comfortable the 100% organic cotton jersey feels.
Now ladies, tell me, where do you go to find your perfect tee?!

 

One for the Lads

Think motorcycles, old school style and the masculine, earthy smells of nature – Triumph & Disaster have nailed it with their range of male grooming products, enticing even the ‘toughest’ to give it a try.

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This kiwi start-up, founded by former New Zealand cricketer Dion Nash, has hit a six with men around the country and increasingly, across the globe. Founded on strong values, Dion speaks of a poem given to him by his father as the inspiration for the name, Triumph & Disaster show cases a variety of products for the stylish and rugged male combined.

I stumbled across Triumph & Disaster products earlier in the year when shopping for ‘Mr Hayle and Grace’. As an outdoors kind of guy I knew he would like the smell and masculinity of the products. Turns out he loved them.

I recommend the basics, something simple and classic like the ‘Old Fashioned Shave Cream’ or ‘Shearer’s Soap‘ and for that close shave check out their interactive ‘Advice‘ page.

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I am thinking with Christmas fast approaching Triumph & Disaster will make for a great gift idea.

Photo Credit: Triumph & Disaster

 

Favourites of the Week

Along with the Winter Solstice, this weekend brought some cool temperatures and weather that did not make me feel guilty at all about laying low and relaxing inside. I was quietly excited as it was the perfect opportunity to burn my new Coconut with Fig candle from Blanc & Co.

Created by Auckland duo Lucy White & Cam Burns, Blanc & Co have three scents available, Coconut with FigVanilla with Cinnamon and Pomegranate with Rose. I love candles and how they easily uplift your home, and with them being locally made, I couldn’t resist ordering.

With vino poured and my favourite mag’s within arms reach, there is not a better way to share some of my favourites things of the week with you. If only I could capture the beautiful scent!

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With the days getting shorter and the weather a little dull it was a perfect time to visit the beautiful Jade at Buoy to brighten up my look. A little more blond, a little less length, some beach waves and voila…I left happy.

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One of my favourite weekend get ups at the moment are my Bassike lo slung jeans and Juliet Hogan Derek Sweater. This pairing is both comfortable and stylish, and I throw on my heels for a little glam.

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Lastly, a finishing touch, Blue Satin by Chanel. I love a dark polish and winter is the perfect time to give this look a try. This silky polish is navy in colour and the more you layer the darker it is. Nothing like a Sunday DIY mani to perk up your style after the shortest day of the year……

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The days only get longer from here! Enjoy xo

 

Winter Style Inspiration

Despite the thermometer dipping, with the cooler air comes the excitement of mixing layers and fabrics for some chic winter looks. Leather and denim are favourites of mine this season as well as a feminine flared skirt. Pair these with the a cosy wool jumper, simple white shirt, grey t or check. Lastly, you can’t beat a stylish winter coat.

Check out some of the looks on those who inspire me.

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Jessie Bush from blog ‘We the People’ gets it right every time. Leather gives this ‘pretty’ style a harder edge, love it.

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Stick with reliable black or add a pop of colour like this coral ‘Texture Gathered Knee Midi Skirt’ from Top Shop.

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Kate Bosworth, always one worth watching for style inspiration, works the 90’s come back kid the check shirt. Below I add my touch.

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Glassons Check Shirt worn over Bassike Grey T, G-Star Raw denim and Beau Coops. When it’s cold out I throw my leather biker jacket over the top.

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The stunning Jules Sarinana from blog Sincerely, Jules wears a white shirt with style. Wearing here ‘Silence + Noise Tuckered & Shirred Button Down Shirt’ from Urban Outfitters. Great look for summer.

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Layering a white shirt for winter, wear it under a woollen jumper or team with a leather jacket, tuxedo pant and heels.

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Damsel in Dior blogger Jacey Duprie shows us how to wear leather, with a pair of kick a** heels and a cosy knit.

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The pair I am coveting this winter is the Camilla and Marc Wireless Legging

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You will likely always see Elle Ferguson from ‘They All Hate Us’ wearing denim, whether it be a worn pair of jeans or cut-offs, this is one of the reasons why I follow her and best friend Tash Sefton sharing their style on Instagram. Below are two favourites of mine. Contrasting, yet comfortable and stylish, they look great with trainers or heels

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One Teaspoon Freebird Skinny jean                        Bassike Low Slung White jean

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Finally, our ‘Damsel in Dior’ wears Sass & Bide Snowbird Capelet. This capelet is gorgeous and certainly inspires the trend for capes this season.

I hope you can seek some inspiration for winter from this post. Check out what the other bloggers are posting about to see who is inspiring me.

Enjoy xo

Photo Credit: vogue.comWe the PeopleSincerely JulesDamsel in DiorSuperetteElle Ferguson InstagramUrban OutfittersTop ShopGlassonsBassike

 

Right as Rain

Usually one to opt for a stylish woollen coat and a sturdy umbrella for the winter, living in Wellington has provided me with a challenge.

Being the windy city the rain comes at you horizontally and you are often left battling with your umbrella only for it to be blown inside out or out of your hands altogether. (Cue a little laughter)!

So, I am on a mission to find a raincoat that is both stylish and practical.

I immediately think of the ultimate classic, Burberry!

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Yes, this beauty does solve the stylish and practical problem and is a quick win if your budget extends that far. For me …I am going to have to put it on the savings list for next year.

Off I go and do a little research and I have come up with the following options.

The Classics

Nothing beats a good quality trench coat or the casual cool of the parka. Barbour are an excellent and reliable brand, you get your money’s worth. ASOS has great and affordable variety.

Barbour Cedar Trench Coat     ASOS Waxed Clean Parka

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The Colour

Loving these coats with their pop of red to brighten a dull winters day. (I think I may have found a favourite).

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Rains Curve Jacket (dropping in NZ stores soon $195) Sylvester The Parka

The Trendy

A little obsessed with capes this season, I love the Raincape by Moochi. Hmmmm….now I just need to decide.

Moochi Rain Cape

Moochi Raincape

 

Photo Credits: BurberryBarbourASOSRainsKate SylvesterMoochi

 

Craving Comfort

I had a lot of fun this morning at Superette in Wellington trying on the new Bassike Low Slung 30 Yr Aged Jean. They are a great pair of jeans that I just had to share. They are not only stylish but comfortable as well. When I tried them on I did not want to take them off.

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Bassike Low Slung 30 Yr Aged jean worn hear with Sass & Bide Boyfriends Back jumper, Drive on T and Zoe Karssen Born Wild loose fit sweater

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They would look great with a pair of Converse sneakers or edgy flats, for those of us who are not tall I would recommend pairing them with a heel, worn here with the Nicholas ‘Hari’ heel.

Swagger

There is nothing like a beautifully cut and stylish pair of pants that are comfortable too. I was looking for a pair that would see me through the 9-5 as well as weekend fun, and I found them….

Introducing the Swagger Pant by Moochi.

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In a beautiful nude, they look great paired with white, cream and black. I wear them here with a cream camisole from Club Monaco.

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The swagger looks great worn slouchy and rolled at the bottom.

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Worn here with a leather jacket, the Swagger also looks great with a tailored blazer and your top of choice tucked in at the front.

Fashion Pick

Although I am still very much enjoying summer, I am a little excited about the Autumn/Winter fashion collections that are starting to be released. A favourite so far is the strong, yet feminine cuts of Bec & Bridge!

Monochrome seems to be featuring along with a favourite of mine, stripes!

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Equinox Wrap Dress                                              Pharaoh Dress

(Pictures from Bec & Bridge Instagram)

This is me working monochrome! How do you wear it?

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Reiss dress

Week in Review

From weddings, hiking and trips to the beach, to managing my first week back at work for the year; it has been an eventful and great week. Here is how it happened!photo (6)

First wedding of the summer – stripes! Dress by Bec & Bridge, shoes Mi Piaci

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Medicine for the soul!

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Enjoying the summer sunshine at Back Beach, Taranaki

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Then, summer disappeared for a few days. Loving stripes by Ruby, jeans G-Star, leather jacket by All Saints.

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What better way to enjoy a cooler day than getting out for a hike. Kaitake ranges, Taranaki.

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Love this Portman’s number for wedding number two of the season.

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After a great break, back to work. Monday morning #messybedroom! Dress – Country Road, shoes Kathryn Wilson.

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After a big week at work Summer makes it’s glorious return! Ahu Ahu, Oakura

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Roxy bikini, top Urban Outfitters.

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