Tis the Party 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.

Party Dressing

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.

Yeojin Bae Christina Dress

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

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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.
White on White inspiration
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…….

Back to Basics

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.

Triumph & Disaster

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.

Triumph & Disaster Collage

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

Photo Credit: Triumph & Disaster

 

The Enticing Broods

It’s not often I get the chance to sit back and  listen to an album from start to finish, but on a recent long-haul flight I plugged in and soon became absorbed in the ethereal sounds of  New Zealand duo Broods.

broods

Stemming from Nelson, New Zealand, siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott are making their mark around the globe with their fresh, intelligent sounds; most recently touring with Sam Smith.

Starting with the delicate track ‘Bridges’ I soon got lost thinking of summer days, wearing floaty dresses and laying in the grass with the sun streaming on my face. Hearing what followed did not disappoint, Mother & Father, Never Gonna Change, was finished beautifully with ‘Four Walls’.

Broods music brings a sense of melancholy – one that reminds you of what it feels like to be young, vulnerable and excited. Their music is enticing and I am loving it!

Check out their debut album ‘Evergreen’ on iTunes or click here for a sample.

 

So You Want to Be a #GIRLBOSS?

This weekend I have not been able to put down #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

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Inspirational and kick ass, Sophia shares how she has come from ‘dumpster diving’ to being the owner of the multi million dollar business ‘Nasty Gal’. She describes the challenges and hard work required to create the business from the ground up and emphasises, by learning from many of her own experiences, that ‘…true success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths.’

This is a refreshing, witty read and ranges from tales of rebellion, which in themselves were opportunities, to providing direct, yet simple advice on becoming and succeeding as a #GIRLBOSS! What I liked the most is her intention, I believe, to encourage people to be authentic to themselves and not be discouraged if you do not fit the ‘norm’, embrace it.

I love Sophia’s attitude and finished this book feeling inspired!

“So you want to be a #GIRLBOSS?”- take charge of your own life, prepare to bust your butt for your dreams and laugh along the way.

Enjoy the read x

 

 

 

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 Fig, Vanilla 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 blonde, 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