Thursday, September 3, 2015

NZFW Street Style Day 2

One thing I love about any fashion event is the amazing looks the crowd has. Sometimes it's even more exciting off the runway than on. Being the avid people watcher that I am, I delight in seeing what people from all around the country pick to wear to the biggest fashion event of the year. 

I met Barbra Lee while sitting in the foyer gathering my thoughts. She was dressed immaculately and I knew that I wanted to post her look on Sans Pareil straight away. 

Barbra hails from Christchurch and is a fashion designer (which you can totally tell) and told me that she hadn't been to a NZ Fashion Week since the earth quakes - so a good 15 years! Another lovely thing about Barbra is she had a spare seated ticket to the show she was about to go into and offered it to me! Truly a lovely, stylish lady! 

Amanda Dybdahl I found sitting in the audience of a show and was an ex-high fashion model who had been living in Asia. She had just moved back to NZ and had decided to pop along to some of NZFW. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NZFW15- Dmonic Intent & Syre

All photos are by the very talented Shivan Patel of (Check out his photography, it's real 

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 - Twenty Seven Names

I have to admit that when we were ushered PAST the runways and outside - while it was raining - I was not happy. However, I have to admit that this was the most unique show I attended at NZFW! Set against the grey skies of the Auckland harbour, the sea of umbrellas stood out.

Twenty Seven Names as a label, has cemented itself as one of NZ's top ready-to-wear-designer labels. The collection was filled with muted colours often in different shade of nude. You can tell the collection was designed with a demure (dare I say "norm-core" feel). 

One of my favourites at NZFW by far! 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 Day 1 + win yourself a hair care prizepack

Wooohoo That time of year is upon us again.
New Zealand Fashion Week, where the trendies come out to play.

As I mentioned yesterday via Instagram (If you don't follow me, why the hell not?! Dooo it, at the very least you can screen grab my meme collection and lol) I went to my favouritest hair dresser in the world, Lupe Pasikala and she transformed my dark blonde/light brown beleyage into a candy-floss, unicorn dream.

So drumroll please.......


I LOVE IT. And I loved matching it with this amazing, AMAZING faux fur from (Which you shall read more more of soon). 

 Ok, enough of me swishing my hair around like an idiot.

Now, back to NZFW, to celebrate NZFW and give all my readers a chance to share in the fun, I have an awesomely, awesome giveaway for you!

You could win:

1x Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer-Complex spray (150ml)
1x SP Luxe Oli (100ml)
1x Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray (400ml)

Valued at over $150! Swanky.
Treat you hair 

All you have to do to enter, is hop onto @sans_pareil_blog Instagram or the sans pareil facebook page and comment under this picture, who your favourite New Zealand fashion designer is.


Goodluck!!! And check back in tomorrow for my updates from Day 2 (Which was today). xx
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

How to wear a bodycon dress (If you've got a booty and other shapely, womanly parts) sponsored by

I was sent this awesome body-con dress by  
Well actually, I was given a budget and set free on the website to be exact. A few posts back, I showed off the great co-ord set I got, so this post I thought I'd show you all how I layer basics.

I'm naturally a rather - flamboyant (I guess you'd say) dresser - so I internally struggle every time I go shopping with what I WANT to buy and what I SHOULD.

One thing I love about is that they have a great section just for basics (which are usually made in jersey material so super comfy) so the shopper can easily select what they need. On that note, I got the Lola Turtle Neck in navy (also it's like $24- amaze).

This is my favourite dress at the moment because I've worn it to just about every type of event - a job interview, drinks hanging out - and managed to change it to suit the ambience. 

As it's the middle of freaking winter here, I layered it with boots tights, a long scarf, a leather jacket, slicked back hair and huge earrings for a 70s look. 

If you're like me and you're shapely (I  have a butt that could rival a Kardashian) and want to look a little conservative that day ( unlike the Kardashians) then bodycon dresses are still right for you! Just layer the crap out of your outfit. 

My minimal make-up selfie 

The Best idea with layering is to keep it at just two - and if you're wanting to look professional and not grunge, then go for a long middle layer - so the one under your jacket - and then a jacket that has some sort of structure to it (leather jackets are great for this, and if you can get faux). 

Thinking about my next outfit

Here is the actually colour of the dress - a deep, royal blue 

Even my nails are minimal! 
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Now that my sexy, sexy curves are hidden (lollz) I'm off to take on the corporate world!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Giveaway + Monday Hustle guest post

If you've been following my exploits on social media (which you should, because I am a meme goddess) you will know that I have been working quite a bit with Lucy over on Monday Hustle. I asked her to do a guest post in conjunction with a giveaway I am sponsoring.  Head over to the Monday Hustle Instagram and enter!! Wooo.

This is what you could win!! 

Without further adieu, here is the the guest Monday Hustle blog post. Enjoy. x

Hey! I’m Lucy, but these days you might know me as the Monday Hustler. Long story short, I resigned from my inspiration starved 9-5 office job in favour of chasing the dream. It’s been 5 weeks since I left the safety net of secure employment and the hustle is real! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Now, the hardest part about not having a stable job is obviously that little thing we call income. I have none. And this is where you gotta get a little bit savvy..

To me (and Robecca!), op-shopping is a total no brainer. It’s like being given permission to enter a treasure box where not only does time go backwards, but price does too! Here are my top three reasons as to why you should meet us on the opshop train:

1)   Quality
Seriously. The quality of some of these garments is second to none. I’ve come across items from as early as the 1950’s, which still have the tags attached - and they look like they were made yesterday! If they have lasted this long and are still in mint condition, then I can guarantee that you are going to have a beautiful life together. 

2)   Originality
Opshopping is something that forces you to think outside the box. No matter what you are influenced by, as long as you keep an open mind, you’ll find something fresh, something that stands out, and something that might even be back in fashion.. Pulp lace ups anyone? Everything swings back around – and if you get it right, you can even find yourself ahead of the game!

3)   Cost
If the first two reasons aren’t enough, when you factor in the price, you’ll never look back! Now go find the acid wash denim jacket you’ve been dreaming about for $7... And tag me in the pic when you do!

For more tips on how to live your life most confident, check out and follow @mondayhustle on Facebook and Instagram!


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Style that's Cheap as Chips

 Iiiiiiii like a bargain. 

I'm always opp-shopping, thrifting and hitting up cheap shops to find that golden ticket item. So in this post I thought I'd share with you an easy way to make dirt cheap items look expensive. I got the dress I'm wearing from The Warehouse for $7. It was on the sale rack, and basically looked like this:

As SOON as I saw it I was reminded of the classic Lonely Hearts babydoll style of dress they seem to put out every season.
Soooo Kawaii but usually around the $400. 
SO, seeing a dress that looks like a $400 designer piece for only $7 is a giant "YES PLEASE I'LL TAKE IT!". The other thing I loved about it (which you can't really see in the picture) are the oversized 3/4 length sleeves. Truly a great, everyday dress to throw on.

NOW how to make it look more expensive than it is - accessorise!
A negative to the babydoll is that it can be a tad shapeless, so a structured jacket in winter combats this perfectly. The Jacket I'm wearing was a bit of an investment piece this winter so I know it can class up any outfit.

Also being a die-hard grunge kid I can never go bast a classic pair of Doc Martens and black tights with a floral dress.

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