Category: Style

One Morning in Paris – H&M Around the World

One morning I woke to message on Instagram from a young Parisian photographer Adem. He was reaching out to compliment my use of colour and the aesthetic of my feed. He mentioned that if I were ever in Paris, he would love to collaborate and show me around the streets of his home town. Three months later we met outside a local cafe in the 7th district, grabbed a coffee and croissant with my darling Sami Downey, and spent the morning shooting amongst his streets and against backdrops that I had only ever dreamed of.

This is one part of my series Around the World with H&M. This shoot features pieces from the Bonjour Paris collection, a limited edition edition collection that celebrates the French Contemporary style and one that has had a huge influence on my own and I know Sami’s.

This was our morning in the city of love.

IMG_6136

IMG_5986

IMG_6050

IMG_6103

IMG_6037

IMG_6349

IMG_6362

IMG_6143

IMG_6360

IMG_6276

IMG_6165

IMG_6281

IMG_6018

IMG_6323

hollyxxx

Banh Mi Caphe in the City

Always on the hunt for new backdrops, colours and textures to shoot, Tori and I got it in bucket loads in the Victoria on the River precinct of Hamilton. An established local lunch spot for the last 4 years, Banh Mi Caphe has recently experienced a fresh new look in it’s new home right on the river.

Having spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, I prefer to eat at the local street stalls and food markets. The food is consistently more fresh and flavoursome than what is offered at the restaurants and hotels, because the recipes are refined and perfected through generations. That’s exactly what has the locals hooked on their new inner city eatery, Banh Mi Caphe.

The whole family contribute to the dishes that flow out of their kitchen. The majority of the menu is made up of recipes that Anh (co-owner) learned from her grandmother. The herbs are grown in her mothers own back yard and the baguettes made fresh by her father. The family is truely at the heart of this establishment and it’s success.

Next time you are passing through Hamilton make sure you stop in for lunch or dinner. Open from Tuesday to Saturday Banh Mi Caphe is located at 298 Victoria St, Hamilton.

My favourites were the Lemongrass Tofu and Mushroom Banh Mi, Banh Chuoi Banana Cakes and the Goi Cuon fresh rice paper rolls – but its safe to say the entire menu is ridiculously moorish.

torihayley-0145

torihayley-9934

hn

torihayley-9967

fvg

torihayley-0297

torihayley-9795

torihayley-0299

torihayley-0139

Outfit H&M

Black Boots Mi Piachi A/W 18

hollyxxx

 

A Conscious Exclusive Collection with H&M

This is the seventh edition of the H&M Conscious Collection and this year they have introduced two new materials to the existing list of sustainable materials used in their collections, recycled silver used for the earrings featured below and ECONYL, a 100% regenerated nylon fibre made from fishnets and other nylon waste, used for the full length white embroidered dress below.

The other items included in this look use materials such as silk, organic linen, cotton, Lyocell made from textile waste or fibre from certain trees and Tencel which is a lightweight fibre made from certified eucalyptus.

The collection brings together powerful femininity (a reoccurring theme in my content this month!) and sustainable fashion. It launches on April 19th.

torihayley-5516

torihayley-5524

torihayley-5392

torihayley-5431

torihayley-5355

 

torihayley-5339

torihayley-5292

torihayley-5297

 

torihayley-5328

torihayley-5273

torihayley-5261

 

torihayley-5199

torihayley-5618

torihayley-5620

torihayley-5594

The Conscious Exclusive Look

 

hollyxxx

 

 

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

torihayley-2754

torihayley-2752

torihayley-2774

torihayley-2726


torihayley-2735

torihayley-2748

torihayley-2701

Get The Look – from Witchery

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

 

 

Look Two – The Statement Blazer

torihayley-2960

torihayley-2869

torihayley-2925

torihayley-2957

torihayley-2976

torihayley-2944

torihayley-2880

torihayley-2967

torihayley-3000

torihayley-2872

torihayley-2902

torihayley-2949

torihayley-2848

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

torihayley-2801

torihayley-2809

torihayley-2787

torihayley-2811

torihayley-2816

torihayley-2795

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

hollyxxx

 

 

 

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.

torihayley-3610

torihayley-3619

torihayley-3641

torihayley-3600

torihayley-3672

torihayley-3656

The Look

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

torihayley-3700

torihayley-3737

torihayley-3750

torihayley-3796 (1)

torihayley-3710

torihayley-3798

torihayley-3767

torihayley-3787

torihayley-3810

The Look

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

hollyxxx

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.

torihayley-3903

torihayley-4047

torihayley-3925

torihayley-3939

torihayley-3950

torihayley-4034

torihayley-3941

torihayley-3996

torihayley-4046

torihayley-3987

torihayley-4060 (2)

torihayley-4083

torihayley-4151

torihayley-4093

torihayley-4109

torihayley-4145

torihayley-4126 (1)

torihayley-4101

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!

hollyxxx

Chijmes Pictorial

After a few days fossicking around the street stalls of Singapore I found this little orange number in a second hand store for $20. Slightly too big for me with a purple strap I wasn’t taking too, my mum quickly gave it some love and it’s now one of my treasured finds. I paired it with my yellow satin heels from Zara and shot the look within the serene walls of Chijmes, Singapore. This is one of my favourite shoots to date. Thanks Tori for capturing the essence of this magical place perfectly.

Chijmes Holly estelle

chjimes holly estelle 3

torihayley-9087

torihayley-8930

torihayley-9162

torihayley-8863

torihayley-8909

torihayley-9090

torihayley-8965

torihayley-9178

chjimes holly estelle 6

torihayley-9082

chijmes holly estelle 2

torihayley-8900

torihayley-9155

hollyxxx

 

Lush in Ketz-ke

Ketz-ke is the fashion child of local New Zealand designer Jenny Drury. As a lover of bold colours, unique prints and statement pieces, I was immediately drawn to her gorgeous collections. My personal style is a mix of local and international brands and designers, high end pieces and cheap finds, so I took a few of her pieces over to Singapore, the city of colour, and styled them against its beautiful backdrops with a few of my local market finds.

IMG_1244

torihayley-9772

torihayley-9793

torihayley-9770

IMG_1251.JPG

torihayley-9752

torihayley-9782

The Wonder Shirt with my yellow pants from Tiong Bahru Markets

IMG_1247.JPG

torihayley-9897

torihayley-9921

torihayley-9917

torihayley-9950 (1)

torihayley-9934

torihayley-9636-2

torihayley-9712

torihayley-9632-2

torihayley-9645

torihayley-9673

torihayley-9668 (2)

Bubbles Top with my yellow pants from Tiong Bahru Markets

For more from the streets of Singapore … click here

torihayley-8516

 

HollyXxx

A Zara Spring Pictorial at Dear Jervois

I walked along Jervois Rd every morning on my way to Ponsonby Intermediate as a kid. I knew every detail of each shop front that lined that stretch of road. I knew the store keepers, the daily specials at the fruit market and the new releases displayed in the windows of TransVideo.

The suburb is home to me. I still stroll its streets, although these days it’s on a Saturday morning listening to my Discover Weekly as I walk up to my favourite local, Dear Jervois, for my Hakanoa Lemon Honey Ginger. It was designed by David Lee, the original owner and I’ve crushed on the fit out since it opened. Inspired by the mix of colour, tropical patterns and brushed browns, I pulled a few Spring pieces from Zara, some frames from Bailey Nelson and shot a little pictorial as the sun went down.

IMG_7635

IMG_7633 (1)

IMG_7632

IMG_7616

IMG_5957

IMG_6951

IMG_7634

IMG_6945

IMG_7631

IMG_7618

IMG_7620

IMG_7636

HollyXxx

 

 

H&M X Kimchi Pictorial

The Kimchi Project is tucked away on Lorne St in Auckland’s CBD. Walking past the front you wouldn’t realise that a luscious garden courtyard exists out the back. It’s the most enchanting surprise – one of those hidden spots uncovered by those who explore and cherish the city hub. Plus they serve up THE best fried chicken in town – I’d recommend the Chicken Two Ways served with home made pickles.  It is absolutely huge so make sure you don’t have anything to do afterwards – high risk of a food coma!

This morning visit was spent sipping on a flat white while taking it easy in a courtyard full of contrasting textures, colours and lighting. Mixed with golden caramel satin and glittered moss green pants from H&M, my kind of way to start a Saturday!

Holly-9661.jpg

Holly Estelle H&M.jpeg

Holly Estelle H&M copy.jpg

holly estelle H&M 6.jpg

holly estelle H&M