Author: Holly Estelle

A Miss Gunner Style

I often talk about the little wins in my world of blogging. Wins that may seem little to others but are the most valuable wins to me. These are the moments when people take the time to reach out and comment on a piece I have written or an outfit I’ve shared. It’s when someone tells me that I have inspired them to wear colour, try a wide leg pant or to have fun with a statement heel. Or it’s messages from other woman sharing their thoughts on life in their thirties. That’s what makes me get butterflies in my tummy.

It’s incredibly heartening to know that your passion can inspire others. The number of women that inspire me is endless. There is one beauty that I have been following for years now and that’s Miss Gunner. In one of the most cluttered and competitive content platforms – Instagram, it is hard to stand out and inspire someone enough to earn a follow. Yet this darling had me at first scroll, with her effortless style, the way she selects her mix of high brow and accessible fashion and most of all the genuine smile that sings through in every one of her photos. After years of inspo it’s only right that I share a few of my favourite Miss Gunner looks and how they have inspired my own.

Look One: Her Full Check Combos

Look Two: Her Statement Jackets

Look Three: Her Boots’n’ShortShorts

Look One – Full Check Combo








Get The Look – from Witchery

Check Blazer, Check Mini Skirt, Myra Lock Clutch, Lofty Cable Knit, Amalla Satin Heel



Look Two – The Statement Blazer














Get the Statement Blazer Look 

You Need Me Jacket – Trelise Cooper, Lofty Cable Knit – Witchery, Silvy Shorts – Kookai, Mick Ankle Boot – Mi Piachi, Red Stiletto Nails – Art of Nails


Look Three – Boots’n’ShortShorts







Get the Boots’n’Short Shorts Look

Lofty Cable Knit – Witchery, Silvy Shorts – Kookai, Mick Ankle Boot – Mi Piachi



Photos captured by by darling Tori Hayley





And All At Once, Summer Collapsed Into Fall


We are all guilty of complaining about the rainy winter days or the humid summer nights. But I love living in a country that truly experiences the extremes of all four seasons. They each tell their own colourful story, weaving in and out of each other. With the winter days popping up in spring or that unpredictable autumn weather getting ahead of itself in winter, I embrace the different lifestyles, fashion and moods they each bring with them. From cosy nights spent on the couch watching the rain trickle down the window, to balmy summer nights with all the doors open, enjoying a wine with the girls, the seasons are natures way of refreshing our lives.

… and all at once, summer collapsed into fall – Oscar Wilde 

The Cooper Pre Fall 18 collection beautifully represents autumn, mixing soft winter knits with summery bold colours.







The Look

Cooper Jeans – Cooper Blues, Cooper Jumper – Schools Out, Kookai Heels – Gloria




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The Look

Cooper Jeans – Cooper Blues, Cooper Jumper – Southern Lights, Kookai Heels – Gloria


An Escape to New Zealand’s Hidden Wonderland in H&M


I am a dreamer. I enjoy floating off into my imagination. Dreaming of walking the streets of Paris admiring the elegant woman that line the streets full of coffee shops. I dream of frolicking along the beaches of the Amalfi Coast and hiking the hills of Los Angeles. But there are hidden pockets of magic right here at home that bring some dreams into reality. Like here. This is a dream I found in reality at the Hamilton Gardens .

Wearing H&M so beautifully shot by my gorgeous darling Tori Hayley.











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H&M Outfit Details:

White pants – $79.99, in store now

Red swimsuit – $59.99, in store May

Green swimsuit – sorry guys it’s sold out!


Natural Ways To Help Sensitive Skin and Irritations

Natural Serums and Skincare

The natural skincare industry if going from strength to strength with new products and natural solutions developed to help remedy many common sensitive skin problems. I incorporate a range of natural skin care products into my regime and this month I’ve been trailing a few products from the Pai Skincare range. Pai Skincare was one of the first skincare brands to list their ingredients in plain English, so we know EXACTLY what we are putting on our skin! Certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free their entire range has been designed especially for sensitive skin – gentle on the skin and the environment!

I’m loving the Instant Calm Redness Serum from Pai Skincare, the serum is enriched with Sea Aster which not only calms irritated skin but strengthens surface blood vessels to improve and prevent redness long term. Combined with wild oat, it is designed specially to improve damaged, delicate skin and sensitive skin.

I’m also using their Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator and the Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream. I apply the deep cleanse mask with the muslin face cloth which helps get deep into the pores to gently remove all my makeup and dirt. The mask helps to heal existing blemishes which I suffer from around my chin area, and with its clay-like texture it gently cleanses the irritated area. The exfoliator isn’t harsh and scratchy. The soft jojoba beads are safe to use regularly on sensitive skin, buffering the skin to leave a brighter complexion.

I sometimes experience sensitive and irritated skin around my nose area and am careful with what I apply during these times. I know I can confidently apply the Instant Calm Redness Serum followed by the Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream to the area without irritating the skin further. The day cream absorbs instantly leaving a matte finish without clogging my pores, so it’s perfect for under my foundation.

If you suffer from sensitive skin then I would 100% recommend you try Pai Skincare. Find out more about their extensive range here Pai is now available in most Life Pharmacies nationwide or online here

Apple Cider Vinegar

My mum swears by this one. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of her many natural beauty hacks. The acidic properties are what can help reduce the irritation and redness on the skin. Try starting your day by drinking apple cider mixed with a glass of warm water and a dash of honey. Apple Cider Vinegar has a long list of benefits including some surprising ones like curing hiccups, boosting energy and whitening teeth!


Cucumber has been used for decades for its hydration and cooling properties. Full of antioxidants and nutrients like potassium, vitamins A and C, cucumber has been known to help reduce skin irritations and redness on the skin. Add a handful of sliced cucumber to your water bottle and chill in the fridge overnight to give your skin that extra hydration, calming and soothing the skin to help reduce redness.


Bursting with Chamazulene, a natural compound with extraordinary healing powers, and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Chamomile is a calming herb for the mind and body. Chamomile tea at night will not only aid a peaceful sleep but can help soothe the skin overnight. Chamomile is also a main ingredient in the Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Calming Day Cream.

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How To Look Victorious at the Races!


There are two types of events that highlight my year; weddings and the races. Why? Because over the years I have subconsciously built a wardrobe full of dazzling outfits, alongside a collection of statement accessories that are not exactly your everyday Ponsonby night attire. So, they patiently hang in the darkness of my closet waiting for their season to flourish – the season of weddings and race days! Two occasions where New Zealand women can dress to the nines, celebrate fashion and boast the creative and extravagant side of their personality.

Ellerslie Racecourse is home to some of New Zealand’s most attended racing events; The Melbourne Cup, Karaka Million, Twilight Races and this March the highly anticipated Auckland Cup Week with the  Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day coming up on 10th March.

Over the last few years I have attended a number of these events, eagerly keeping my eyes peeled as I stroll through the clinking of champagne glasses and mingle my way through the hosted areas, taking a mental note and visual inspiration from the diverse range of women and their individual interpretation of race day fashion – all the while feeling relaxed, excited and daring! It’s not just a day for the wealthy and fashion fierce, it’s a day that brings together fun, anticipation, that outdoor feeling and friendship.

It’s not only what you are wearing that makes the races such an attractive outing!

Let’s be honest. There is nothing more sexy than a man or woman waving that winning ticket in the air. There is an immediate happy reaction we all have viewing the smiles of a victory for someone, whether it’s $5 or $500 ! So don’t be too concerned with dollar amounts, celebrate looking victorious with whatever you might win and for the wins of those around you.

Here are a few of my tips:

The Boxed Trifecta Percentage Bet:  I would normally choose 6 horses at a 20% bet. This means that if three of your chosen six horses place in first, second and third in any order, you win 20% of what the horses are paying, I generally bet $20.

Place your bet early and be organised: Know your bets and place them as you arrive. This way you can relax, cheer with a few champagnes and find yourself a prime spot amongst the crowd. You don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute trying to figure out what bets to place, especially after a few champagnes!

Spread your bets out: Rather than betting on the final race, place smaller bets across a number of races. More chances to wave those tickets!

Take Cash: I learnt this the hard way. I waited eagerly before the final and only race I was betting on that day, only to find that they didn’t accept credit card or eftpos. With the race having already started I dashed back to join the rest of my friends hoping to celebrate their wins and …. the bet I was going to make won!

I arrived early to the Karaka Million a few weeks ago, before the crowds of fashionistas and race day fanatics arrived, to shoot a few different race day inspired looks from Trelise Cooper (first two looks) and H&M (second two looks).

If you’d like an excuse to dress up, drink champagne and party in the sunshine, then you can get your tickets here –

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The 101 on Urban Polo


Just lately I’ve enjoyed colouring in my calendar weekends with new experiences and opportunities to meet people beyond my own circle. I still enjoy a Saturday night getting ready at 10pm to enjoy a cocktail on Ponsonby Rd but switching to a 10am ‘get ready’ time is taking on a new appeal. Particularly getting ready for fashion, music and sporting events like rugby, cricket or the Karaka Million.

New to the calendar this year, is the highly anticipated Heineken Urban Polo. I attended the NZ Open for the first time out in Clevedon last year and until then, my only experience with the game was watching Vivian Ward turn heads in her wide brimmed hat on Pretty Woman. This month I’m excited to be a part of the Urban Polo, an urban take on the traditional game and an opportunity to open the sport up to a wider audience, bringing it into the inner city. Played on a significantly smaller field, Urban Polo brings its spectators closer to the game, ponies and action.

With its mix of sunshine, social mingling, music and some of Auckland’s finest hospitality, the Heineken Urban Polo has established itself as one of summer’s most talked about events. The first event is popping up on Shore Road Reserve in Parnell, carrying on to Christchurch, Hamilton and Wellington in the following weeks.

For those of you who are new to this sporting summer highlight like me, the guys at Urban Polo have shared a few tips to help get you through as if you are an event regular:

  • Two teams, 3 players on each side.
  • Players are designated ‘attack’ or ’defence’. Each has the job of furthering their own goal tally while preventing the other team scoring.
  • The game begins with a throw-in, ball is rolled between the teams.
  • The line of the ball is a ‘right of way’ established by the path of the ball – player who struck the ball last has right of way.
  • Teams change after each goal is scored.


And of course there is the fashion! But what exactly is the fashion brief for an Urban Polo? Simply put a garden party/urban lens over what you would expect to wear to a day at the races. Fascinators and hats are not an expected element to an outfit, however most welcome. The urban polo is an opportunity to integrate pops of colour, a tailored pant or a flowy dress or skirt. Have fun with accessories, statement jewellery, bright bags and with this dodgy weather I’d add a blazer draped over your shoulders just in case. I don’t think I need to state the obvious, but don’t try your luck with a pair of stiletto heels – wedges, block heels or sandals.

I recently spent a morning out at Ainsley Polo, the breeding and training ground for some of the worlds best polo ponies. Living and working in the city, I rarely get to see the countryside at this time of the day, it was incredibly idyllic. I watched the players during a practice game. It’s such a peaceful sport, so graceful. The sound of the ponies as they galloped by made me re-think my inner city lifestyle! Ainsley Polo also offer Polo lessons, whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned polo player – they will have you covered with the best teachers in the game. I’m excited to try one myself next month. Head over to their site for more info:


















The Heineken Urban Polo is happening across the country:

Auckland Feb 24th

Christchurch 3rd March

Hamilton 17th March

Wellington 24th March


Outfits from Witchery and Ketz-ke

Photos by Tori Hayley 



Girls With Dreams Become Women With Vision

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Kiki is a ten-year-old budding photographer. Having bought her first DSLR from her step mum Cat, her dream is to become a professional fashion and lifestyle photographer and she is taking every opportunity to get herself there. She shoots and edits all her own images and has learnt how to use and adjust the settings on her camera simply by trial and error. When I heard of Kiki’s creative passion I immediately felt a connection to her and a sense of responsibility, to do what I could to help fuel and nurture her adolescent passion.

You can never be too old or too young to have or be a mentor. Yet I feel it is something that we shy away from. Either we feel a sense of pride to achieve our goals in isolation or feel a sense of failure by accepting guidance or potential criticism from others. Or, when there is an opportunity to be someone’s mentor, it is difficult to set aside time for someone else. However, I guarantee that the most successful people in any industry are those who have identified and partnered with a mentor and/or have been someone else’s.

I jumped at the opportunity to work with Kiki and we quickly set up our first shoot together. I selected some fun tees and bright colours from H&M and we met in Albert Park in the 26-degree heat and started shooting. I was intrigued by her soft nature and enjoyed watching her as she skipped between looking through the lens and adjusting her settings and focus. She was aware of her surroundings and space in which she had to work, moving around me to capture long, wide and close up shots. Jumping in and out of the flowers she had an eye for depth of field and captured the shot beautifully.

We are already planning our next session where I will take Kiki into some of the PR showrooms and introduce her to some of the industry professionals. It will be an opportunity for her to style the outfits herself, encouraging her to think about patterns, colour and features that all contribute to the art of photography.

As we strive to develop our various industries it is important to acknowledge the role our youth will play as they will pick up where we leave off, bringing with them a fresh perspective, new talent and lessons learned. So let’s continue to nurture their raw creativity, feed them with confidence to succeed and constantly challenge them to finesse their creative flare.

5 reasons why we need to mentor our youth:

Confidence: simply having someone behind them. Someone there to say “I believe in you” even when they fail, is sometimes all they need to pick themselves back up again. It’s a tough road on your own!

Accountability: As they set their own goals they need someone that will check in with them along the way. When things go slightly off track it’s easy to give up, but checking in with their mentor as they check off their goals will keep them accountable for their own success.

Share lessons: Not everything needs to be learnt the hard way so lets pass on what we have learned, helping them understand what challenges we faced and how we over came them.

Networking: The art of networking not only teaches them to connect and collaborate with others but also the importance of being kind, open and approachable. This will give them confidence to introduce themselves to others and build a strong network of people to support and motivate them.

Inspire: opening their eyes to the wider industry, showing them a glimpse into the field they could be playing in down the track keeps the dream evolving and alive.



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These pieces are all new season H&M so keep an eye out in store!


& Kiki