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Ball Make-Up  

What a fantastic day and evening for the Kerikeri High School Ball.  We had a fabulous day at Hair by Chris and Hobson Hair Salons attending to many beautiful young ladies in preparation for the evening ahead.

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Ball Makeup 2017
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Ball Makeup 2017

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What a busy couple of weeks it has been – learning heaps and getting back into Beauty, Styling and Consultancy work – helping people feel and look terrific! yay, I love my job!

Style Workshops

 NEW and starting September 2017 - 

STYLE WORKSHOPS – max 4 ppl

Workshops will be held monthly and take place at istyle clothing store, unless arrangements are made in advance to host a workshop at your own home.

The workshop consists of a visual style assessment, a guide to your personal colour palette and an audit of a selection of clothing from your wardrobe.  Interested?  Give me a call, I look forward to hearing from you.


Style Blog #1

I can’t believe how fast this year is moving! I must be far too busy. Wow, mid-winter and what an icy blast we’re getting. However, the clear blue skies are just beautiful!

A great time to dress with this winter’s key TRENDS – the oversized sweater! Team with fitted pants or a fitted skirt and throw on a pair of ankle boots or brogues. Coats, this year’s fashion essential – and there couldn’t be a better time than NOW to wear one. Choose your style, there are plenty to choose from. If you’re petite, look for narrow lapels and a more fitted coat – AVOID the oversized coat style, it will probably drown you!

Shirts are also big this season, wear tucked in or out depending on your body shape. If you are short waisted, wear your shirt out. If you are long waisted try tucking it in and if your pants have loops and are visible, wear a belt. Relaxed fit, tapered and wide leg pants are here! My favourite is the relaxed pant with a tapered leg, they are so comfortable! The reign of the skinny jeans is coming to an end. Winter MAKE-UP TRENDS – the barely there make-up of summer continues into winter. Choose your foundation to match your skin tone. Apply a light dusting of powder and a hint of colour to the cheeks. The smokey eye is now downplayed, blend well and leave the top of the brow area light. Apply mascara. Using a pencil or powder carefully fill in and define the eyebrows. Your hair frames your face and your brows frame your eyes. Finish with a coating of lipstick and light gloss.

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MAKE-OVER COMPETITION – Maggie Brown was the winner of the Mini-Makeover! Congratulations to Maggie and a big thank you to Tania for sending in her photograph and why she thought Maggie should win. A big thank you also goes to Rosana of Rosana’s Hair Studio, The Courtyard, Kerikeri and to Reena, photographer for the shoot. Styling and make-up were done by Simply Stylish.

 
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Here’s what Maggie had to say:

“This experience has come at such an important time for me. For the past few years I’ve been becoming more and more dowdy – and I knew that this blah middle-aged woman in the mirror in no way matched what is inside. I was wearing clothing, makeup and hairstyles that hadn’t changed in 10 years. What was I thinking???? Apparently I wasn’t thinking at all. My wonderful friend nominated me for a full makeover – colors, makeup, clothing, hair, the works! Neither of us was surprised that I won. I was…..well, in need. Off I went to see Sally. Sally’s eyes lit up as she found the right colors for me (clear spring/autumn), transformed my face with just a bit of makeup, and talked about a new hair style and color. Easy so far. But little did I know that she was ready to inspect my wardrobe that same day! With my tail between my legs I opened the doors to what I had thought was a woefully inadequate bunch of clothes. I anticipated needing to throw it all out and start afresh. Surprise! It seems that Sally can work miracles with what is already there. Outfits emerged in color combos that hadn’t occurred to me. And they looked fabulous! Green and purple together? Apparently so. In some Houdini-like way, I now have fewer clothes than when I started, but far more wonderful ensembles. And strict instructions on the styles, lengths, colors and accessories to purchase from here on in. Sally spent time with me at the hairdresser and, like my wardrobe overhaul, I emerged with more hair than when I entered. Or so it seems. I even had lessons on how to style it, and we now have a plan for getting the length and color right over the next few months. I can honestly say that the feedback from friends, clients and even strangers has been amazing. Some don’t recognize me. Others ask what’s going on. I am met with smiles on the street (really!). And frankly the most important thing is that I like what I see in the mirror, I feel more like myself than I have in years, and that’s great. I’m using what I’ve been taught – it’s easy and it works. The entire process has been fun – absolutely no criticism or judgement. I”m incredibly grateful to have been nominated (now THAT is a good friend!), and for Sally’s skill and smiles.”