Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It's been a while...

Thanks to everyone who continues to check out the blog. As you can see, it's been a while since I've posted. BOO!

In 2013 I took the plunge and moved to Melbourne, something I'd been thinking about for a while, and haven't looked back!

Melbourne is amazing for fashion, but I've taken sweet my time deciding what to do with Debris; after all, it is 'NZ fashion fallout'.

Just so you know I've got another project kickin around in the ol' noggin and hope to share this with you soon.

Until then, follow my journey on Instagram @girlinahazeydaze

xx Haze

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hair for the people

A few months ago I was in a depressing state of ‘growing-out hair’. I’d done it to myself, no less. But I had the distinct feeling of losing the inherent coolness that comes with having a great hairstyle.

I’ve been working the bob for about a year now thanks to the wonders of Matt Forsman. He gives good bob. But every time I’m just a little bit apprehensive about what the bf will say – he’s one of those silly ‘pretty-girls-have-long-hair’ guys (to which I am veritably defiant).

I’ve tried to have long hair before but every time I do it just looks sick. I don’t have the capacity for long hair and I’ve officially given up on it, much to bf’s despair. So I was delighted last year to find Matt’s services, as I talked about here.

Since then, Matt’s gone rogue and opened the newly refurbished Matt Forsman salon. The minimalist yet comforting environment is testament to Matt’s innate sense of style. Set in the heart of Wellington in the trendy Edward Street precinct, there’s an industrial glamour to the salon that makes you feel perfectly at ease, while receiving an indulgent pampering.

I put great pride in having a hair style – it's more than just having hair. My hair works with - even enhances - my personality, and it takes a mighty fine hairdresser to make that happen for you.

I always walk out loving my freshly cut bob but sometimes get the next day jitters about how short it is. Sometimes I just find it a little bit aggressively short, but then BAM it’s grown out two weeks’ later into short-hair perfection. Those few weeks of minor growth either allow me to adjust to it, or produce a magical centimetre of hair greatness.

So last time I asked Matt to keep it just a little bit longer, which he did, and then it grew out and in the meantime Matt was setting up the salon. So I wanted to wait for the man himself and meanwhile I was starting to put it up and pull it back.

I felt terribly uncool.

It’s amazing what a haircut can do for your confidence. So I went about regaining my cool in a two-step process

My two steps were: a cut – back to the bob, but with a bit of softening around the face with some swept bangs, which kept any perceived aggression at bay.

And Yay! I felt like me again.

Then some colour work. What I love about Matt is that he is not constantly trying to upsell you with shit you don’t need. In fact, he does my colour so that I’m not having to come back and get it done all the time. Even if I let it grow out, it would still look good.

So this time he recommended we do my blondies using the balayage technique. That ‘ombre hair’ you’ve been seeing for the last couple of years? that purposely grown-out look? That’s probably what they’ve done. And it’s super cool – you can see the colour coming in as it processes. Not all hidden under foils and what-not. So that was fun.

And look how great it turned out.

You too can have great hair in two steps:
· Find a great hairdresser

· Let them do their thing.

There's nothing like walking in with a vague idea of what you want and having someone take it, provide their expert advice and technique, apply it to work with your style and personality and have you walking out feeling like a million bucks.

If you don’t have a hairdresser that makes you feel amazing or someone you can't wait to rebook with, go and see Matt. I’ve already put a few friends on to him and they all feel the love. Where great hair maketh the woman – Matt makes it happen. It's hair for the people.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Miromoda Māori Fashion Design Awards

As a backdrop, the recently revamped Pipitea Marae on Wellington’s Thorndon Quay, made more than a cultural point for the Miromoda Māori Fashion Design competition, it nailed it.

It was initially feared the intricacies of whakairo - traditional Māori carvings, tukutuku - thatched panels and its earthy colour palate might be too busy for images of fashion models in various outfits. However, the meld proved perfect for up to 14 finalist collections that were framed and captured before facing a panel of fashion judges last Friday.

Parallel to the cultural surroundings were the compelling stories of indigenous design concepts. Established and Overall winner Adrienne Whitewood’s collection of navy knits, fringed suede and silver embellishments was inspired by the traditional piupiu. By her own admission, she added printed chiffon pieces inspired by the Great Gatsby movie while incorporating karakia (traditional prayer).

Winner of the Emerging section was Mitchell Vincent who hails from Taupo. His unisex collection entitled ‘Vapour’ was entirely in white knit and organza, with the latter referencing steam that greets people on arrival to his tribal area. Clever pintucking and overstitched panels mimicked the cylinders and tubes synonymous to a geothermal station.

Queensland entrant, Kylie Mangan was inspired to revisit her love of fashion when a letter inside a retrieved time capsule and written by a 9 year-old girl, spoke of how she wanted to be a fashion designer when she was older. That girl was in fact Mangan, so her well-tailored collection incorporated the black watch tartan, and wool pieces that were often seen on marae a few decades ago, but rarely seen today.

Controversial tee shirt design entrant Hohepa Thompson proved an outright winner in his category with a colourful collection of prints that provoke conversation around why so many Māori make the move to Australia. His graphics suggest the appeal of Australian money as the biggest motivation.

Possibly a world first, a collection of rain capes and coats utilised imagery of harakeke (flax) under the microscope as a print that guised any obvious repetitive pattern. Is it animal? Is it digital? No one present would’ve realised or guessed the print’s origin. The analogy with the resilient and resourceful flax plant used in rāranga - traditional weaving was duly recognised as the winner of the Avant Garde section by Leilani Rickard of Rotorua.

Popular Auckland label Pia Boutique further proved its use of neon colours, clever digital prints and femininity to culminate in yet another popular and ‘pretty’ collection. Fellow Aucklanders, Dmonic Intent scored again to take out Runners Up in the Avant Garde category with their dramatic, but wearable ensembles teamed with stylish hats setting a very high standard.

As an avid Miromoda supporter and competition head judge, Dame Pieter Stewart was motivated in 2008 to show international media and judges something they would not see at any other international Fashion Week around the world. Te Kanawa says it’s likely Dame Stewart’s support initiated a new indigenous awareness and genre in fashion.

The Miromoda Showcase on September 6 at NZ Fashion Week will feature the following designers.

Miromoda Māori Fashion Design Awards Competition Results:
  • Established Designer and Overall Winner: Adrienne Whitewood (Rotorua)
  • Established Designer Runner Up: Pia Boutique (Auckland)
  • Emerging Designer Winner: Mitchell Vincent (Taupo)
  • Emerging Designer Runner Up: Kylie Mangan (Queensland)
  • Avant Garde Winner: Leilani Rickard (Rotorua)
  • Avant Garde Runner Up: Dmonic Intent (Auckland)
  • Tee Shirt Placement Winner: Hohepa Thompson (Wellington)
All photos courtesy of
Miromoda Designer Adrienne Whitewood Collection
Miromoda Designer Dmonic Intent
Miromoda Designer Hohepa Thompson Collection
Miromoda Designer Leilani Rickard Collection
Miromoda Designer Mitchell Vincent
Miromoda Designer Pia Boutique

Monday, June 17, 2013

faded promises

I was super excited to attend not one, but two Clinique events this weekend. As you may have noted, Clinique is my go-to brand, particularly for skin care, but I also have a few make-up pieces through the (SO super-awesome) gift with purchase.

Two quick tips:

·         If you find a brand you like, sign up to emails and visit their counter often. Many brands will run special promotions and if you’re on their database you get special treatment at the counter, they make note of your products, and (my fave) you are more likely to get free stuff.

·         And because I love free stuff so much… only buy your essentials when they have gift with purchase. The Clinique goody bags are so awesome, not just a lame lipstick from last season. You usually get about eight different products, and a cool toilet bag, and it’s a great way to try new products in sample size that you couldn’t usually afford. Those sample sizes are also fantastic to travel with.

So Clinique are promoting their new Chubby Sticks for eyes, and Farmers were running workshops on how to use them and Life Pharmacy called me up to do a personal consultation. Great!
The workshops are really good fun but you’ve got to get into them. Ask lots of questions and volunteer to be the model – I did this on Saturday afternoon, and the lady not only did my eyes with the new product (well, one eye, I had to do the other one myself) but she also wanted to show a ‘finished product’ so she matched me for foundation, blusher and lip colour as well. So basically I had my make-up for that evening done by a professional for free. Go me.

The Chubby Sticks for eyes are like a creme eyeshadow in a stick. So you can kind of just whip them over your eyes and create cool looks. There are a range of colours and they’re all pretty and shiny. So far so good. They blend together nicely so you can create some cool looks. And the salespeople SWEAR they stay on all day and don’t crease. As usual, the Farmers counter ladies had theirs painted on and perhaps if you have access to testers all day they do ‘stay on’. But I had one of the boldest looks applied and by the time I got home it was barely there. My partner even said “Usually those ladies really slap it on ya” as I took my selfies of the end result. This was no more than half an hour after application, and you can see that only the green side is still there. Before I left the shop there were blues and purples in there as well, but these were nowhere to be seen.

Not so good.

My experience of crème eyeshadows have so far been fairly unsuccessful. I had one from Covergirl, another stick-type deely with a shade at each end. That one creases and fades. It’s pretty much rubbish, even if I put powder over the top. So then I started using crème shadow only as a base. I bought a palette from Revlon with light to dark mauves and it works fantastically as a base. My powder eyeshadow now pops and sparkles like never before – and it stays on all day. Again, this stuff is rubbish on its own – it fades and creases – but I wouldn’t bother putting powder shadow on without it now. Seriously, it makes all the difference.

I only realised the greatness of this stuff when I was at a different Clinique workshop (which I reviewed here) and they applied their Lid Smoothies before doing the shadow. I ran with the idea and found a cheaper version. I visited the Revlon counter this week to get some more and the girl had no idea what I was talking about, so they’ve either discontinued the product (stink) or they have really bad service people (which I have zero time for), so I ended up purchasing the uber-spendy Clinique Lid Smoothie ($56!). But hey, at least I know it works, and the counter girl took the time to run through some options with me. And like most Clinique products you don’t have to use a ton of it to get the desired effect. (Chubby sticks aside!)
So anyway, I went into my appointment at the pharmacy on Sunday for further investigation (and the hope of another free gift – thankfully it wasn’t a Chubby Stick, but their amazing long-lasting eyeliner in a super funky indigo colour – WIN!) The girl there was really great and ran through my skincare again to make sure I was using the right products (fantastic customer service) and did my make-up again. This time we tried a more subtle look, and I was pretty convinced about the end product this time, although still dubious about the longevity of it. It looked great in the lights of the pharmacy. She was absolutely positive that it stay on all day.
Well, half an hour later at home you can see from this picture that this is not the case. It’s barely there. Even for a ‘subtle look’ – as they say their products all try to achieve – this is not holding up to a simple stroll home.

So, lessons learned? If you do go to events or consultations like this, don’t buy the product in-store. They use these things to whip you into a frenzy of oestrogen-fuelled consumerism while you’re in the shop. Take your free gift and make-over and tell them you’d like to see how it holds up at home. Also, if the girls have done it for you, make sure the result is something you are able to achieve on your own – don’t be afraid to ask for samples to ‘see how it goes’. And finally, even if you have a great brand, sometimes they can’t do everything. I’m still 100% spending my money with Clinique when it comes to most things, but ‘fad’ products will come and go, and not necessarily hit the mark.

One final note before I go, Clinique BB cream is the best product I have ever used. This is not a fad product, it’s the real deal. But more on that another time J

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fast fashion: winter ankle boots

Always a sucker for fast fashion, I've got my eye on an emerging trend in your favourite shoe stores - open gusset ankle boots.

You'll find a version of these in just about every shop right now, and as usual in the world of fashion, style overtakes sense in this winter footwear. 

The open gusset (that's where you'd expect to find the elasticacted insert in pull-on boots) is embellished with buckles and staps, creating interest and adding to the biker chic look. But in New Zealand winters, when you'll often find yourself walking through inches of gutter run-off or combating horizontal downpours, you might find the open feature more hindrance than happy feet.

But as we know, kiwi girls aren't famous for the most sensible rainy day fashion, so expect to see this trend on feet in rain or shine. 

What I would suggest is stripping off the black opaques while you work this foot fashion - most iterations I have seen are in black leather, so you're kind of defeating the purpose if you're filling that gap with black underneath. To draw attention to your new fancy feet, try a bold coloured tight (bare legs will work too, but let's face it, we've all been wearing stockings since we put the clocks forward).

This season's trending colours include royal blue (thanks Kate), deep crimsons and purples (always a winter fave) and if you're brave enough, mustard is becoming more and more mainstream after persevering the last couple of seasons.

So jump on the fashion bandwagon and strap on some open gusset goodness. Your breezy feet may not love you, but it's a guaranteed head-turner for the hardy soled.

And then it moved

'And Then it Moved' is the latest show from the New Zealand School of Dance's choreographic season, and you can expect to be moved from intrigue to inspiration in this showcase of contemporary dance.
Ten choreographers, ten dances and a whirlwind of emotions to entrance the audience. The chilling use of live music enhanced the experience as the dancers took us through an amoebic evolution of movement, joining and separating in Are we there yet?. Two of You created Rorscach-like imagery with a creative use of mirrors as two dancers struggled for individualism, and then tensions rose as indoctrinated slaves strove to maintain an engrossing blind faith in One of Them.
Two of You - photo by Stephen A'Court
The second half provided a much-appreciated lighter air to the theatre. Reality Cheque brought humour with the show-hosted fame game, while highlighting how these programmes trivialise the meaningful moments of our reality. Solo for Nine showcased dynamic use of space and light, once again touching on the 'fifteen minutes of fame' theme as dancers fought for their time in the spotlight. Closing the show was a trio demonstrating a delicate balance in Teeter, the swirling snow providing a chilling environment as the dancers sought shelter in the wilderness.
Teeter - photo by Stephen A'Court
Once again Te Whaea has produced a slick showcase of New Zealand's emerging talent, and if you're in the capital and a lover of performance art, this is a must-see. The show runs all week until Saturday 25 May, so get down and support local dance talent and enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Douche-baggy pants

Guys. We’ve talked about this. I thought we cleared things up three years ago.
Bro. No.
The worst part of this (apart from knee-dragging crotches, it doesn’t really get any worse than that) is the inspiration for this sudden surge in boys looking stupid. Put something ridiculous on a high-fashion model and it will take two to three years for a watered-down version to hit the racks in New Zealand. Put it on a Bieber, and it’s a poo-pants party within months.

It’s a sad sad world we live in.
I’ve seen two offenders within a week. Ok, this isn’t the best example, but it’s hard to surreptitiously snap a pic of someone as they’re walking in front of you. The best I could do was to scuttle up really close behind him, uncomfortably so, and then stop suddenly at the right time to catch his crotch a-swingin’. The other one I saw was walking towards me, and I don’t quite have the courage to ask people to pose when I’m about to slate them on the internet. “Yeah, check out my blog… in which I tell the world you look like a douche.”

I like to amuse myself by thinking that this new-look Biebs is a joke on Usher’s part. He’s like “Hey man, you should totally wear these idiotic pants, and then see how long it takes for other idiots to follow”. All-the-while, Usher sniggers quietly while looking his dashing best.
I guess that’s the great thing about having a protégé.

Or pro-douché, in this case.