By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:49 AM
The maxi dress just might be the go-to dress of the season. I have sung its praises many times before: it hides a multitude of sins, suits almost all body-shapes & sizes, suits all ages, comes in an array of fabrics, patterns and colours and there is one out there for every budget. It is perhaps the most versatile dress ever invented.
So why are we so afraid of it?
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:23 PM
I have to confess I thought this movie would be a light and fluffy, fat free, Sunday-drive of a movie. All schmaltzy chic-flick obvious one liners and a plot as thick as a libra liner. I happily admit here that I was wrong. Based on the 2002 best selling novel by Allison Pearson and co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, the movie is a brilliant adaptation of a great book that takes a playful and at times poignant look at the dilemma of the modern day Mum.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Monday, October 31, 2011 7:56 PM
Everywhere I look around my friends are getting married. I don’t know whether to blame it on ‘the whispers of the trees or the thunder of the seas’ but I have been the happy recipient of many wedding invitations for summer.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, October 28, 2011 10:01 PM
Fairy-tales are normally set in a kingdom far far away yet touring around New Zealand right now we have a beast of a fairy-tale resplendent with a castle, a Princess, a Prince, fairies and a magic spell that needs to be broken. The Sleeping Beauty
is quite unlike any fairy story stage adaptation that I have ever seen. Judging by the ‘ohhhs” and “ahhhhs’ coming from the audience on opening night, the public agree.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Monday, September 05, 2011 10:39 PM
We’ve seen their work on the big screen possibly countless times, and we have witnessed the fruits of their labour against a backdrop of digital effects, sculpture, and illustration. Now is our chance to engage with their personal work up close and, well, personal.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Thursday, September 01, 2011 12:31 PM
Happy first day of Spring dear readers. Time to stop and smell the daphne, jasmine, jonquils and freesias because all eyes might be focused on sports fields while the Rugby World Cup is in play, however this season fashion is derived from another kind of field, a field where all black doesn’t stand a chance.
Directly inspired by Mother Nature herself, fun flirty florals are filling the stores for spring/summer 2011/12 and what better way to herald the changing of the seasons than with a profusion of colourful blossoms cascading from your wardrobe?
By Sally-ann Moffat on Monday, August 29, 2011 10:54 PM
I feel the need to get something off my chest. (sigh) Here goes…. I have been known sometimes in the past, very occasionally, to feel and to exhibit extreme signs of road rage. From time to time I have felt the need to curse, to gesticulate, to honk my horn and to generally to act in a way that I am not very proud of when my mind becomes once again sane and rational (when I am off the road).
By Sally-ann Moffat on Saturday, August 27, 2011 11:49 PM
Have you ever had one of those days where everything just goes right? Everything falls into place, doors open, inspired ideas and thoughts flow, timing is spot on, you feel like you are firing on all cylinders and you just know that everything’s right with the world, after a while you get the feeling that there really is goodness and goodwill for everything and everyone. I just had one of those days, and here is the recipe:
By Sally-ann Moffat on Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:00 PM
Last night I was one of the lucky who got to see the WOW before the masses descend on the show. We were treated to the full dress rehearsal and it was a delicious indulgence from the appetiser, through the main course, right through to the dessert. (In fact I’d have liked a double helping of that pav!) YUM!
(I’m not planning on putting any major spoilers in this post so read on with confidence.)
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, August 12, 2011 12:07 AM
Tonight’s pre-loved meets high fashion show Foxy at the Roxy, put the spotlight on timeless gems that had been sourced from the treasure troves of our regions 5 Mary Potter Stores. The vintage goodies were shown alongside Mandatory & Starfish and the iconic Wellington label Ashley Fogel. The Roxy had a capacity crowd who were so enthusiastic that they literally bought the dress off my back.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, July 29, 2011 11:05 PM
The day of the most recent big earthquake felt in Wellington, (I think it was the Taupo one), I was sitting at the front window table of Coco at the Roxy with Helen from the Mary Potter Hospice and Casey from Ashley Fogel.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:22 PM
Sorry folks for the absence and delay in posts – I have been rather over run with deserving charity gigs lately and have been using my ‘me’ time for ‘cause’ time.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Saturday, July 09, 2011 10:15 AM
Tell jack frost to take a hike with the coolest coats this season.
We almost have too many choices this winter for that all important outer layer. And it can get confusing.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:16 AM
I met up with a couple of Welly fashionista ex-pats last night who have just had a quick trip around NZ. They confirmed for me Wellington’s status as The Style Capital. This is not about bias as Mickey and Ra of MisteR fame don’t live here anymore. It is simply an observation.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:31 PM
Tonight, thanks to ZM’s New Hot Guy and his gorgeous little Chihuahua puppy Priest I got to see the preview screening of Bridesmaids. I have been a Bridesmaid myself twice, so I know the potential pitfalls and pandemonium that can befall the Bridesmaid and indeed the whole Wedding party. I have seen it all: tantrums, family in-fighting, budget blowouts and psychotic jealous sisters.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, May 20, 2011 2:37 PM
Each season for the past three or so years I have teamed up with Westfield Queensgate (or as I fondly refer to them ‘my local’) to present the latest looks of the season. We have covered everything from boho to sport luxe.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, May 20, 2011 2:33 PM
Presenting the ZM and Westfield Style Session is always fun and because it is live there is always something that can and will go wrong. This time it was that my head set microphone was brand new and wasn’t wearing its fluffy cover thing (what is that called?!) so every time I breathed it sounded like Darth Vader was on stage with me.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Monday, May 16, 2011 10:16 PM
I believe all Mums have a Yummy Mummy hiding within. Often she is kicking and screaming to get out. The biggest block to realising her magnificence is finding the time to make manifest the Yummy Mummy persona when the world now revolves around a helpless tiny being. How to you get the balance between self care and baby? How do you even find the time?
By Sally-ann Moffat on Monday, May 09, 2011 12:13 AM
It was dreamy eyed excitement that got me out of bed early this morning (Mothers Day) to meet my Mum at my local Farmers, for the two of us to see the replica of the Royal wedding dress.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, May 06, 2011 10:42 AM
Someone once told me that being a mother is akin to having your heart run around outside of your body.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, April 29, 2011 12:05 AM
Driving home tonight this awesome rock anthem from the glam rock band Europe was on the radio. I don’t know that 'The Final Countdown' would be on Catherine and Williams’s playlist tonight but I thought it was the perfect tune to listen to in the lead up to tomorrow’s big event.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:18 PM
Amelia Earhart was not only a pioneer of the skies, but she led the world as a fashion icon of her time. As she circumnavigated the globe, the women of the World were quick to adopt her unique spin on fashion. This winter we are all about to be inspired by her androgynous adventurous sense of style because Amelia is taking off all over again as almost every store adopts a little bit of Amelia’s look and makes it their own.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 10:52 PM
It was such a gorgeous afternoon today that my boss gave me the afternoon off. That my boss is me doesn’t make a free afternoon any less special.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 11:49 AM
2011 will be the year that woman across the world begin faking it, if they haven’t been secretly doing it all along.
For in 2011 the call of the wild will be too strong to resist. It will be the year that sees even the most shy and retiring amongst us un-leash their inner animal.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 11:48 AM
Last night I was a contender in my first ‘style-off’. Much like a’ walk off’ a style off is a fashion term for when two people try to out style each other.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:35 PM
I have moved through feeling helpless and hopeless about the Christchurch earthquake, today I feel excited and motivated because I have had an idea of how I can help, it has come to fruition thanks to the generous support of many many people and I hope to see you there.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Saturday, March 12, 2011 2:08 AM
Move over Baby....I have just had the time of my life. I have been working deep in the bowels of the Opera House as a dresser of Drag Queens. Hold up - What do you call a group of Drag Queens? A gaggle? A herd? A flock? A gleam would be appropriate (with all the sequins..). well, I was backstage with my flock of Drag Queens, preening, ohhing ahhing and not only was I witness to their mystical metamorphosis but I ended up being a mine of information, tips and tricks for them.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Friday, March 11, 2011 5:51 PM
I got the brief for a big commercial shoot. The keywords were elegant, glamorous and timeless. “No problem” I thought. The items to shoot were stunning, the setting was a beautiful house high up on a hill. “Gorgeous” I thought. The female model was someone I knew “Beautiful” I exclaimed. I knew the photographer “So talented” and the make-up artist “Award winning”. I began to think “This is going to be absolutely brilliant”. Then I heard something that unnerved me.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:49 PM
It is midnight and the biggest natural disaster to hit NZ is just over 24 hours old.
Christchurch is in ruins. Death and destruction dominate the news.
By Sally-ann Moffat on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 11:05 AM
All of us look into our wardrobe from time to time and exclaim with despair: “I have nothing to wear!!”. Which obviously when staring at a closet full of clothing is absolute nonsense. Instead of being our own worst critic what we need to start asking ourselves is “How can I make my wardrobe exciting again?”