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    Inspiration and Aspiration

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    Who Wore What - Industry Insiders

     Inspiration and aSPIRATION
    Award shows and Red Carpet events undoubtedly make spectacular spectator sport; none more so than the British Fashion Awards. This year on Monday night in the Royal Albert Hall, London it was clear that models, designers and anyone who is anyone in the world of fashion had not just pulled out their finest glad rags from the wardrobe, but were showcasing the absolute best in Designer women’s’ clothing.

    Christmas Cheer

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    Get Festive With A Boutique Designer Ensemble

     Christmas Cheer
    Well – excitement is now at fever pitch. Just as we’re starting to get our zing on for the festive season Wendys Boutique and Tilda have both had a big drop of oh so super cool summer looks. And if there’s one thing we’re all just starting to hunt for it’s our Christmas party outfits. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. There are myriad fashion needs over the party period – there will be the summer gatherings, the evening events – hopefully a Christmas party or two. Then of course there’s the big day itself.

    “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”

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    Gifts Galore In Store And Online At Wendys And Tilda

     Its Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas
    It’s that time when you can’t help but start to get a wee bit excited; with less than a month to Christmas no one is going to call you keen if you start dusting off those decorations and sneaking them out of their boxes. I’m always hugely admiring of anyone who manages to theme their decorations and I love those beautifully put together stories, where every element complements each other. It’s also that time when you start to look around and gather those all-important gifts – before panic sets in at the task ahead, rest assured - help is at hand at Wendys Boutique and Tilda.

    Future Proof Your Wardrobe

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    Summer Trends 2018 - 2019

     Future Proof Your Wardrobe
    Of course it’s a well-known fact that women’s fashion is a fast mover. Now this is a glorious thing, because the sheer pleasure that every new twist and turn brings is immeasurable. The flip side is that not everyone has the ability to re-invest in each new designer label top trend. To circumnavigate this conundrum the simple answer is to pick the looks that are going to be around for a while.
    So what, from the summer picks of 2018 are we likely to see trending for summer 2019?

    Fresh As A Daisy

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    Fashion Loves Floral This Season

    Fresh As A Dasiy 
    Trelise Cooper, Twinset, Moss & Spy – these are just a few of the New Zealand and Australian designers and boutique labels who quite simply knock the ball out of the park when it comes to bringing us floral prints that make us want to weep at their sheer beauty. Of course the endless creativity of these designers doesn’t seem too big a stretch, when for inspiration they only have to look to the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Hemisphere. The colours, the vibrancy, and the variety – the blooming beauty abounds.

    Classic Good Looks

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    Inspiration From The Silver Screen

     Classic Good Looks
    Classic Fashion is making a come back. The movie of the moment has to be A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga taking the role played by Barbara Streisand in the 1976 remake of the original film. It’s fascinating to see that since making the movie, Lady Gaga, once known for her borderline crazy fashion choices (think her Meat Dress that once graced –or disgraced- the Red Carpet) is now making a whole new style statement. Slick, sophisticated and downright stunning, she has been working old-school Hollywood glamour to the max.

    Fashion With A Message

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    Communicating Through Your Clothes

     Fashion With A message
    Right from the outset Meghan Markle positioned herself – clotheshorse – not likely. Social influencer, ooh yes please. This we all know, yet inevitably the fanfare of the Pacific tour of Prince Harry and Meghan meant that every outfit looked set to be scrutinized.  Anticipation was high; then - what sorcery is this? The couple announced a pregnancy, which of course meant that pulling apart the attire of every day seemed a wee bit nit picky, and it brought home the point that with Ms Markle’s outfit choices there was more at play than just a little frippery. 

    Spot It

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    Fashionistas Go Dotty For Spots And Stripes

     Spot it
    There’s something beautiful in the simplicity of a spot or a stripe, and it was clear from the offset of this season that dots were going to be big news in designer fashion. From polka to more of a statement spot, the catwalks were awash with them; and it was fun to watch as designers played with colour and scale. Their partner in crime, the stripe was also there for all to see – bold, Breton, vertical, horizontal; they have all cemented their place as a wardrobe staple this season.

    By Royal Command

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    Fall In Love With Occasion Wear

     By Royal Affair
    Wedding season is upon us, and what better way to kick it off, than with the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank for style inspiration. Add to this the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan are currently taking a wee jaunt to this neck of woods, and fashion commentators are beside themselves with excitement.

    Hot To Trot

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    Race Day Fashion – How To Pick A Winner

     Hot to trot
    It has to be said that of all the Spring/ Summer Events on the calendar, Race Day is one of the most exciting occasions to dress for –like Harry and Meghan, racing and fashion are the perfect combination. While the main race events do not start for a little while in New Zealand, anyone heading over the ditch will be feeling the pressure right now to put together the perfect outfit, and such is the popularity of Melbourne Cup that here in New Zealand we love to join in the fun, even if we won’t actually be trackside. So grab your glad rags and start studying the form.

    From Loobies With Love

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    Romance Rules With Loobies Story

    From Loobies With Love 
    With Wendys Boutique bursting with new season stock, and glasses of bubbles clutched in the palms of ladies filled with anticipation, last Tuesday’s Loobies Story Evening was off to a flying start. Hosted by the brand’s Co-Owner and Designer Laurinda Sutcliffe, the night did not disappoint. Loobies Story is a label bursting with joy – in each exotic colour combination is the echo of a far-flung destination.

    The White Stuff.

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    How To Wear White This Season

    The White Stuff 
    There’s nothing that makes us feel quite as much as though warm weather is on its way, as when we start to pick out a few whites for our wardrobe. Wearing white is not an art form. It does, however, feel like a gloriously indulgent way to fly in the face of the practicalities demanded of a usual day. But there are ways to wear it that will minimize potential hazards, and ensure that you finish the day how you started, with a rebellious ‘devil may care’ attitude. The key is how to make white work for you, and the things to remember when wearing it.

    Invest In The Best

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    Staples That Are Worth Treating Yourself To

    Invest in the best 
    If you love to live by the mantra that less is more, then you’ll be one step ahead in the game of wardrobe staples. If you’re by nature a gatherer, it may be more of a learning curve. Whichever way you incline, there’s no doubt that the months ahead will be more stylish with certain pieces within easy reach inside your wardrobe.

    Spring Style Guide Part 2

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     Key Trends And How To Wear Them

     Spring Style Guide Part 2

    Budding Fashion - Floral Prints Are In Vogue 

     The floral print is with us in many, many forms, from vintage to eclectic to downright zany, the flower definitely has the power. Overall fashion is joyful – colours cover the spectrum of bold to sugary as candy, but whatever the flavour they are lifting the mood sky-high.  So jump aboard the fashion train and know that the ride will leave you feeling faaaabulous

    Spring Style Guide Part 1

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    How To Style Key Trends

    Spring Style Guide Part 1 

    Ease Into Spring With Fast Fashion.

    Comfort fashion is like comfort food – you just can’t get enough of it. And when it comes to what’s trending for the new season, nothing makes the heart burst more than the looks that are going to feel fabulous and require minimum effort to style.

    Sheer Designs

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    What Lies Beneath – Sophisticated, Saucy, Sultry – You Choose.

    Sheer Designs, What Lies Beneath
    It’s hard to actually put your finger on when the fashion world, or indeed New Zealand Fashion Designers, fell in love with the sheer look. We’ve certainly seen it in many forms, but it has undoubtedly evolved over this time. Admittedly when it first hit it was bordering on risqué in some cases, and unless you were happy mooching around town in effectively nothing more than your undies, it probably wasn’t for you.....

    Spotlight on New Zealand Fashion Designer Paula Ryan - Part 2

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    The Magic Is In The Fabric

     Paula Ryan
    New Zealand Fashion Designer Paula Ryan's catch phrase, The Magic Is In The Fabric, has to be right up there with the best when it comes to catchy-catch phrases. And the reason it resonates – well, because in my opinion it’s true.
    When it comes to buying fashion, there are many things that polarize the fashionista. Of course there are times when we all want something cheap and cheerful, but when we want an investment piece, something to last, something that’s going to transcend faddy trends and still look good, then key factors are the cut of the garment, and - yes- absolutely, the fabric.

    Spotlight On Paula Ryan- Part One

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    Iconic New Zealand Fashion Designer 

    Paula Ryan Part One
    Excitement was high last Tuesday Evening at Wendys Boutique, when an exclusive Paula Ryan event was held to showcase the new collection for Spring / Summer 2018. Vivien Josaia from Paula Ryan led this sneak preview, and the rack that she rolled in was literally spilling over with outfits that immediately had everyone in the room, between gulps of bubbles, oohing and aahing.

    3 Key Trends This Season

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    Get Up To Speed With The Latest Looks

     3 Key Trends
    There’s a lot of talk of ‘feel good fashion’ this season, and when you see what’s hitting the racks it’s easy to see why. These are clothes that are designed to party in; an abundance of embellishments from sparkles to tassels to feathers is sure to lift the mood, and when the fun stuff creeps into the staples as well, you know you’re in for a good time. Combine the frivolity with the stunning colour palettes and prints, and you know that no matter what else is happening, there’s going to be a good time in your wardrobe.

    She’s The Business

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    Dame Trelise Cooper’s Big Night Out

    Trelise Cooper
    On Friday night, with just a little fanfare but a lot of sequins, Dame Trelise Cooper, iconic New Zealand Fashion Designer, was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame. Supported by a bevvy of high achieving beauties –amongst them Wendy and Sally from Wendys Boutique, she humbly accepted the latest in an impressive line up of accolades.

    Spring Has Sprung.

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    INK And LAMB Labels Have Nailed The New Season

     Spring Has Sprung
    While the daffodils may be a little while off blooming, the same can’t be said for Designer Fashion for Spring, which is unfurling its beautiful petals on the racks of our favourite stores even as I write. Halleluiah! It’s a real joy to embrace the onset of a new season, and despite the fact that we still love being rugged up, the urge to start sniffing out the new season is strong. Very strong.

    5 Style Tips For The Feel Good Fashionista

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    Ways To Bring Out Your Best Features

     Style Tips For The Designer Fashion Lover
    The world of fashion is a glorious one, filled with frippery, fun and frivolous whimsy. Fashion is something that is essentially designed to make us feel wonderful, and of course to help us express ourselves and bring out the best in our bodies and features. I recently read an article based on the pet peeves of a fashion editor; it listed off people’s ‘mistakes’. Harsh, I thought, very harsh. There should be no right or wrong, we are individuals - so lets look at some handy fashion hints that will help enhance our good bits.

    Spotlight On: TAYLOR

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    Hot Off The Press

    Spotlight On Taylor Boutique

    Taylor Brings Trans-Seasonal Dressing To Life 

    Fresh in for July is a range of stunning pieces from Taylor Boutique. Luxurious fashion that looks so stylish you could weep, the beautiful folds, drapes and flow of each piece come together in perfect synergy. Aimed to give the wearer an aura of effortless style, through a combination of inspired design and beautiful fabric choices, this has been achieved. The cherry on this confectioners delight of a cake is that all of this has been done right here in New Zealand.


    Winter Wonderland

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    Pick An Outfit That Suits Your Mood This Winter

     Winter Wonderland
    There’s no getting away from the fact that when it comes to clothes black is a go-to colour choice for most people. It’s versatile, flattering, easy to mix and match - it certainly ticks an awful lot of boxes. Little wonder New Zealand fashion designers work wonders with it, whether they are creating something avant-garde or an everyday staple garment. Boutique brand Taylor has showcased some uber cool monochrome looks this season, and Paula Ryan can always be counted on for her range of black basics. However this season black is being up-styled, and lovers of the black ensemble will be thrilled with the monochrome looks that are hitting the streets. Black and white paired together has to be the ultimate in timeless, chic, all-season wear.  By adding a splash of white the outfit is lifted immediately, and if you are someone that finds brilliant white a harsh colour to wear, maybe opt for a slightly creamy tone.

    What A Load Of Pants

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    From Dropped Crotch To Capri, It’s Time To Get Your Jig On

     What A Load Of Pants
    If there’s one thing that’s true in the whirl and glitz of the world of fashion, there are always many styles of each garment swirling around to choose from, and pants are no exception. The beauty of it is that there really is room in every fashion lovers’ wardrobe for more than one look. Like a pick and mix in the sweet section, don’t hold back - it’s always best to have a bit of everything.

    Red Flag Fashion

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    3 Styles You May Have Avoided

    The wonderful thing about fashion is that every season there are styles that come parading down the catwalk that simply won’t flatter anyone unless you’re a slim hipped, firm breasted six-foot Brazilian goddess. It’s impossible not to feel a frisson of excitement teamed with undulated fear at the mere thought of giving it a go ourselves. Now lets face facts – out of all the billions of people on the planet, there are only about 20 supermodels. That should tell us something for starters. This is not how the rest of the population is built and whilst these wild exotic creatures are indeed objects of absolute beauty, they are really not indicative of how the rest of us look or are shaped.

    Copy Kate

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    Be Budget Conscious With Your Fashion Choices

    As we all know, the world is on fire with ‘influencers’. However, for all the hum of the Kardashians, the Hadids, and the bright young things that can be found frippering around the Internet, none have a fraction of the fashion pulling power of the Royal Family. And we’re not just talking the young generation here – Royals have been influencers of fashion for centuries; from Queen Victoria to Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and the Queen herself, each has impacted hugely on the fashion of the day. The difference is that whereas in the past fashion lovers could for the most part only dream of the outfits that these ladies showcased, now, in an era where accessibility is everything, we can all be in the game.


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    Days are dull but fashion still pops – 3 easy looks to put together

    The classic mantra ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ sometimes genuinely means that there is quite simply nothing in the wardrobe that’s going to work. Other times it means that you may have stacks of stuff crammed in there, but don’t have the time to bring it out, try it on and create the look you want. I have to confess I have plenty of ingredients, but sometimes the resulting meal is no culinary delight.

    Sale Away

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    Believe it or not, it’s that time already. Just as we’re finding our winter mojo and getting into stride for the season upon us, the fashion gods are smiling down and although not allowing that much coveted dress to actually drop into our lap, they are facilitating the process by starting seasonal sale time. Now while some love a good sale, others are more reticent. If you’re not into sale shopping, maybe it’s because you equate it with rummaging around in the baskets of yesteryear items. This may once have been the case, but with the fashion industry constantly bringing new treats to the table, it’s a way of keeping the loyal customer happier than ever.

    A Right Royal Affair

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    The Sweet Sensations Of The Big Day

    It was hard not to get sucked into the fanfare of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Regardless of how you feel about the royal family or celebrities, or that heady combination of both in the same room, if you have any interest in fashion at all, it was a must watch. The dress of course was always sure to whip us up into a frenzy, but unless you’re about to get married, the influence of that on our lives is limited. On the other hand peeking at the guest wear was, for most of us, voyeurism at its best. The sheer joy of live streaming the wedding guests was impossible to get past. I think it’s slightly churlish to pick out hits and misses, because essentially this was a wedding, and there’s a code of conduct, but when the majority of those before us had the pick of top designers, it’s a great way to get a feel for the fashion waves that will come rippling towards us.

    Three Accessories You Need Right Now…

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    And One You Never Thought You’d See Again

    Now I’ve been waiting for what seems a very long time for hair scrunchies to pull themselves out of the mire of fashion wasteland and make a comeback…and it seems my patience has paid off. Yes, the scrunchie is back! This is a joy that only those that have ripped endless hairs out with cheap elastics will understand. However, while the scrunchie is only ever going to appeal to the very young, the very hip, or those with very sensitive scalps, fear not, they bring with them a whole host of far more attractive accessory options.

    Having A Ball

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    Go Big Or Go Home

    If I could secure myself an invitation to one thing (in the world of things that I have no hope of ever being invited to) – it would be the Met Gala. When I say invitation, a job offer to be toilet attendant for the night would be enough, I mean to simply get over the threshold and be in the presence of such out and out fashion debauchery is all I desire. This extravaganza is considered the Oscars of Fashion; once known as the Costume Institute Gala, it is held at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each night is centred on the theme of the new exhibition, and it has been an annual event since 1948.

    Totally Tilda

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    The Top Trends on Main Street

    If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that Tilda shoppers love to keep their pleasures simple. Shopping and bubbles – the perfect combo. On May 1 Tilda celebrated the onslaught of winter (ironically the sun was shining) with a bit of a party day, and lovely ladies meandered the boutique, glass in hand. High winter fashion has arrived, and the rails are groaning with delicious combinations.

    Getting Shirty

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    Working It All Day Long

    When it comes to work wear, thank the fashion gods this season, because the shirt is back, and it’s back in a big way. This really is one great piece of office attire that can be moulded into a multitude of looks. Forever a friend, never a foe, the faithful shirt can say so many things, but with so little effort – and its versatility is nothing short of fabulous. The shirt is to fashion what carbohydrate is to a diet, it’s one of the bare essentials, and whether it’s in vogue to love it or hate it, secretly we can’t get enough of it. Fortunately we don’t have that dichotomy this season – talking shirts here, not carbs - because they are absolutely on the nose.

    Bag It!

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    Get Yourself That Statement Accessory Without Further Ado

    The king of accessories is of course the handbag. I have to confess I often have bursts of severe bag envy, and only last night found myself gazing in a covetous fashion at a black fringed beauty sat over the arm of a chair in a restaurant. Not one to let sleeping bags lie, I got home and googled it. The best feeling of all is when ones fashion perving pays off, and the item is accessible – the bag in question last night was a current season Paula Ryan number. The best part of seeing it in action was that I would have hitherto put this particular bag in the ‘day’ category. Spying it work its magic after dark confirmed that with the right accessories, it was also a lady of the night. 

    Its A Wrap

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    Draw A Line Under Summer and Embrace The Good Things To Come

    If you haven’t even considered that the time is coming to crack out the jackets, then you’re built of sturdier stuff than myself. True, Jack Frost isn’t quite knocking at the door, but we know he’s revving up.
    The only benefit of that arctic southerly whipping at your cheeks is that it absolutely gives us an excuse to buy a new coat, and there are some stunning coats and jackets waiting in the wings for their moment to shine this season.


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    Velvet Underground - Loved By Rock Stars, Royalty And Us This Autumn

    Velvet really is the fashion gift that keeps on giving. It can quite literally morph into whatever we want it to; from the firm weave of the tailored jacket, to the softest folds of a pleated skirt. Matt, shiny, embossed – even crushed (although, unfortunately in my wardrobe, crushed is often associated with fashion misses rather than hits). With velvet it’s all about texture. Whilst the versatility of this fabric is one of its draw cards, the association with pure luxe is another.  From black tie to cruising around town, it quite simply rarely fails to look anything other than absolutely fabulous.

    Hey, Good Looking!

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    Autumn is upon us – check out what’s trending for 2018

    No one really likes to wave summer goodbye, but on days when the tail end of a cyclone hit, and the rain comes pouring down, swapping out the floaty frocks for the Autumn/Winter trends suddenly starts to look pretty exciting. So the slightly halfhearted peeks at what’s to come, start to become a frenzied riffle through the racks, because the race is on – the chances are if it’s occurred to us, then the rest of the fashion loving southern hemisphere are thinking it too, and lets face it, any self respecting fashion forward chick wants to be the first to crack into the woven wools and tweeds that we have seen hitting the shelves.

    My Twin Set experience in Florence

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    Having just returned from Europe, I was so excited to visit the fabulous Twin Set by Simona Barbieri store in Florence, Italy.
    The actual store was beautiful with stylish fabric rose lights and clean modern fixtures...

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