13th, December, 2013

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to style a hair bow. It is ridiculously easy, I promise. And such a fun change from a ponytail, don’t you think? I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with hair bows since Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ days (which feels like quite a long time ago now!) Finally I’ve learnt the tricks and have figured out how to do them myself. There is no going back now! ; ) 

P.s. Yes, you might have seen that I posted this a couple of months ago over on Here Comes the Sun. Sadly, HCTS has stopped blogging for the meantime (we miss you Amanda!) so I figured I’d share it over here too. Enjoy! xo

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1. Begin by brushing all of the tangles from your hair, and tying it up into a ponytail on the very centre of your head.

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2. Use your hair tie to to put your hair into a loose ponytail style bun. You’ll be left with a large amount of hair sticking out the front, which is fine. This will be the centre piece of your hair bow : )

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3. Divide the bun area into two, trying to make them as even as possible. When they’re the size you’re after, use a bobby pin to secure them to the top of your head.

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4. Finish the look by wrapping the loose hair over the middle of the bow. Tuck it into the elastic band as much as you can, and fix any messy bits with a good ol’ bobby pin.

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And there you have it! As easy as pie, don’t you think? My hair is relatively good at keeping it’s shape, but don’t hesitate to add a little hair spray if you need it. Oh.. and of course – good luck! xo


3rd, July, 2013

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Thanks to a certain recent blockbuster set in the 1920s, I’ve been going through a love affair with all things flapper. Yep, sparkles, glitter, glamour; gimmie gimmie gimmie. While I can daydream about decadent pool parties filled with of giant Moet bottles and dancing, I am honestly completely satisfied in gettin’ my makeup spruced up – 1920s style. Together with Maybelline New York, I’ve put together a little guide on how to Go Gatsby – I definitely recommend giving it a try! xo.

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The Face.

1. Start off by applying liquid foundation. It’s up to you whether you use a brush or your fingers – personally, I went with the latter, as I find it easier to blend. I used Fit Me Foundation (NZ$22.99)

2. To create a matte look, powder your face all over with Maybelline New York Fit Me Pressed Powder (NZ$19.99). After I had used the powder puff, I swept a makeup brush gently over my face. Just to make it look less ‘powder-y’ and more blended – you know.

3. Now for some blush! Smile really hard to make the apples of your cheeks extra prominent and apply blush in a circular motion. I used Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Pink (NZ$19.99). Oh, and remember to blend, blend, blend!

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Eyes + Brows.

1. Start off by giving your brows a bit of a groomin’ session. To do this, brush them upwards, then shape the ends. Use the fine point of your pencil to draw them in, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. For a more 1920s look, extend your brows slightly so they look longer than usual. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde.

2. Now it’s time to make those eyes pop – 1920s style! I started by applying a base silvery colour, from the Quads Eyeshadow in Charcoal Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Next I added the darkest shade around the tops of my lids and blended upwards. To achieve a real flapper style, I added a bunch of smoky eyeshadow underneath my eyes.

3. Time for my favourite part: a touch of liquid liner! In this case, I used Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I went over both lids and added a subtle cats eye flick (of course!) at the edge of my eyes.

4. To finish off the eyes, I added a swipe of Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cats Eye Mascara (NZ$23.99). The curved brush is brilliant for creating thick and full lashes, regardless of whether you use an eyelash curler or not (I don’t, FYI). Add plenty of mascara to your lower lashes too, for that good ol’ babydoll look.

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The Lips.

1. A 1920s makeup look is all about defining the cupids bow of your lips. Use your lip liner to exhaggerate the lines of your upper lip. Oh, and watch out for excessive laughter! I always feel completely ridiculous when applying lip liner – it is hilarious – until you fill it in with lipstick of course! I used Color Sensational Lip Liner in Red (NZ$18.99).

2. Now it’s time to look less ridiculous! Apply bold red lipstick and voilà - that’s it! I used Color Sensational Lipstick in Fatal Red (NZ$20.99) and felt like the ultimate 1920s babe.

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And Finally…

Just if you feel like it, add a beauty mark on your face. I used a dab of liquid liner – though accidentally made it too big. So the key is: use a little self restraint (unlike yours truly – who clearly got ever-so-slightly carried away!)


1st, July, 2013

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Okay, confession time..! I’ve never been to a festival. What?! Yep, you heard me – never ever. Well, between Brunei and New Zealand, there aren’t really any music festival opportuntiies. In the case of Brunei, none whatsoever! My concert experiences range from Ronan Keating (!!) to Lady Gaga, and oh – that’s about it really. Festival style though? That’s one thing I love – and best of all, it can be done anywhere, regardless of whether there are actually festivals taking place or not!

Naturally, I was pretty darn excited to be part of the #BoohooDIY campaign. After receiving a crafty kit and tee, courtesy of the retailer themselves, I opted to create a couple of hearts across my chest – a dedication to the famous Topshop dress, I suppose. It was a wonderfully easy task and I love how it turned out. All I needed to finish off the look was a good ol’ flower crown and some denim shorts. Festival look: check!

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28th, April, 2013

Have you ever wondered exactly how to do 1960s makeup? I’ll admit – I have! Something about that sweep of dark eye makeup set against a seemingly bare backdrop does it for me. I’ve already mentioned my love of Brigette Bardot, not to mention my massive girl crush on the equally stylish Edie Sedgwick and Anna Karina. Sure, I adore their style, their hair, and their all-round 60s general wonderful-ness, but that makeup. Oh yes!

The best thing about 1960s makeup is that it isn’t tricky at all. No, really. I am definitely no makeup expert, let alone makeup mediocre-ist (it’s a word, right?!) It is a super simple process, made daunting by just how fantastic and awe-inspiring the end result is. So I was beyond excited when Maybelline New York asked to team up to create a step-by-step guide on how to do 1960s makeup Enjoy…!

1. The Base.

The first step for creating a 1960s look is to create the base. You’re aiming for a very matte look, which I achieved by using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Nude (NZ$29.99). I have quite troublesome skin – super sensitive, partially dry in some places (no matter how much moisturiser I use!), oily in others, so I often struggle with finding a good ol’ foundation. Luckily, I found that this foundation gave an incredibly smooth and even texture – something you learn to appreciate when your skin is having one of those days. I’ve already mentioned that I am no makeup pro, but I loved the finish this left on my skin. I applied it all over my face and partially onto my neck through gently dabbing with my fingertips.

2. The Eyes: Part One.

Oh, the eyes! This is the most important part of recreating a 60s look. Start by applying a small amount of white eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyelids. I used Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in ‘Too Cool’ (NZ$13.99). It might seem quite a bizarre spot to apply makeup to (in Barnaby’s own words – “Jo, I think you forgot to do the rest of your eye!”) but trust me on this one. Adding a pale colour to your inner eye will make your eyes look SO much bigger! I hate to use the ol’ cliche – but it really will make your eyes pop.

3. The Eyes: Part Two.

Next, you’ll need your liquid eyeliner. Now, let me start on this. I love liquid liner. I used to struggle immensely with it. It would take about half an hour to do only one eye – and even then I’d be struggling between using three different liner pencils. It was getting to the point where I was convinced that my eyes were funny shaped and just not meant for the world of liquid eyeliner..! Boy, was I wrong. It turned out I simply hadn’t discovered the applicator that was for me. Cue Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I have never had such prevision in my LIFE! I’ve whittled down my application time to two minutes – oh, and that includes both eyes too! Now I have a free twenty-eight minutes to do whatever I please, how about that?!

Use your liquid liner and apply it all over your top lid. At the edges be sure to add that infamous cat-eye flick. I find it’s easiest to do it in one quick motion, then thicken it up by going over it a couple of times. Oh, and always double check that your eyes are looking even!

4. The Eyes: Part Three.

Now, I’ll add my mascara. I’m using my go-to mascara; the Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cat Eyes Mascara (NZ$23.99). The extra special thing about this magic wand, is the bend. If you’re not a fan of curling your lashes (I’m not!) then this will be your best friend. Wiggle it quickly from side to side as you apply as this will stop it from clumping.

5. The Eyes: Part Four.

The very last step of creating 1960s eyes is with eyeshadow. I used a tiny dab of black eyeshadow from my Amethyst Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Apply a small amount under the outside corners of each eye to make them look even more smokey and seductive.

6. The brows.

This is probably my favourite part of doing my makeup. Sure, this may be largely due to my troublesome brows (I highly recommend not falling off bikes onto your face when you’re a kid – those scars can be nasty!) so I adore tidying up my eyebrows. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde. Start by combing your eyebrows upwards using the grooming brush. Use your pencil to apply small, quick strokes all over your brows, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. Use your brush again to blend the colour in slightly.

7. The Blush.

Are you ready to learn all you need to know about blush? Okay, ready, here goes… Smile! No, seriously, this is your biggest tip! Smiling will allow the apply of your cheeks to really shine through. I used blush in Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude (NZ$19.99) and applied it directly to my cheeks – smiling all the while, of course! Apply the blush slightly over your cheekbones and use your fingers to blend it in slightly.

8. The Lipstick.

This is the final part of creating a 1960s makeup look..! Remember, it’s all about the eyes, so you want to keep the rest of your face as non-distracting as possible. I used a pale colour called Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Sand (NZ$20.99). I usually find it slightly daunting to branch away from my favourite scarlet lippy – but I think I’ve found a new go-to! Pink Sand has an extra sparkly effect – which meant that Barnaby nicknamed me ‘disco lips’ for the afternoon. Fine by me! Oh, and the other fantastic thing about it? It smells (and slightly tastes) of vanilla. I won’t lie, I spent mot of the day licking my lips to get a hint of the taste. Yummy!

So there you have it! Take a peek below to see my full 1060s makeup look. I finished it off by teasing my hair into a slight beehive – well, just because..! I hope you have fun following along, and be sure to email me any photos of you recreating the look. I’d simply love to see them!


28th, February, 2013

Today you can find me guest blogging over at Here Comes the Sun. I’m sharing how to do a Heidi twist – which is a fun (and simple!) alternative to the classic Heidi Braids. There aren’t terribly many New Zealand bloggers out there, so it is super wonderful to be a contributor to one of the few kiwis – Amanda. Go on, take a look! x


20th, February, 2013

Isn’t it annoying how things in your wardrobe suddenly become boring? Trust me, I know the feeling. If you were to read below you’ll see that I’ve devised a super simple way of dealing with it.. Fabric stamps! (I also used one recently to create this heart print dress). Today I’m making a DIY anchor stamp to brighten up an otherwise plain white tote bag. The repeating pattern looks so pretty, and every single print is unique – how cool is that?! Want to know how to do it yourself? Read ahead:

1. Cut the shape of your choice out of a piece of cardboard. I chose an anchor! 2. Completely cover the stamp with paint (I used acrylic). Try not to put on too much paint, as this will make it bleed. 3. Put the stamp to the fabric and press down hard. 3. Gently remove the stamp. Push it down again if it hasn’t printed as much as you’d like. 4. Repeat the process to create your print. 5. Wait for it to dry, and enjoy your restyle project!

Tip: Use a paintbrush to fill in any especially patchy areas of the print!


4th, February, 2013

Meow! So, I have some exciiiiting news to share! Well, firstly shall I tell you about my fancy footwear? You see the pretty little kitty cats? I made them myself! Well, not entirely – my lovely, kind, patient (x100000!) boyfriend/photographer, Barnaby did a whole bunch of the work. So I definitely can’t claim all the credit! Keep reading to find out how we made our very own shoe stencils, but first the BIG news! Last month, Barnaby and I started working for a New Zealand-based footwear company, Commando-M. We are running the social media channels, so if you could please like us on Facebook – I will honestly think you are the bees knees (♥ ♥ ♥). Commando-M has started by collaborating with fashion bloggers to DIY a pair of Originals. What fun eh? And Lost in the Haze was lucky enough to be the first! As a fashion blogger, I love cats – after all, it’s pretty much a requirement! These shoes were particularly inspired by the (dress) love of my life, the infamous Leah Goren x Anthropologie cat dress.

We made them by cutting a cat shape out of card and tracing it onto a pack of sticky labels. We layered the areas of the shoe that we didn’t want coloured – like the sole and the middle panel – with copious amounts of masking tape. Then I folded a tissue in half, covered it in paint (we used acrylic paint in rose red) and applied it to the shoe with a dabbing motion. After they had dried, we peeled the tape and labels off, and voila! That’s it! I wore my feline footwear with cat-print tights and a heart-print dress (c/o Boohoo). What can I say, Valentines Day is close enough to start breaking out the heart print. Yippee!


31st, December, 2012

I always love a good yearly recap blog post! It is always such a wonderful feeling – seeing all of your accomplishments and exciting news compiled into one nifty little post. I’m feeling extra happy after looking at my year. 2012; you’ve been pretty darn lovely to me. Here is a recap of my year – I hope yours was great too!

Firstly, let’s start with something simple! This year I wore one of my favour ever outfits! You may or may not know, but I am obsessive with cartoons. I used to spend hours in front of the tv watching Cartoon Network when I was little – and even though I’m now in my 20s, I’ve still retained that cartoon love! (After all, Adventure Time is pretty much my favourite tv show!) I was so happy to be able to channel Madeline in this outfit. It will definitely remain as one of my all-time favourite outfits!

One of the most noticeable things I did to my appearance this year was chop off a bunch of my hair! I had worn the ombre look for quite a while – and because my hair is so thick I was getting headaches from how heavy it was.. Definitely time for a change, don’t you think?! I asked your opinion on Instagram, and fully agreed with the response – fringe time! I lopped off a massive amount of hair, fringe included, and went a shade blonder. Oh, and I looove it!

One of the most exciting parts of this year for me was my graduation! I’d never been too sure what I wanted to study, and had actually changed degrees three times. (Barnaby and myself often refer to me as the real life Van Wilder). So honestly, graduating was a huge relief! The entire experience was lovely – and I was so happy that my mum was able to fly over to attend! (But so sad that my dad couldn’t, boo!) The whole event gave me the most wonderful feeling, especially when my Nana called/yelled (!) out my name as I walked the stage. I gave a little wave in response – the only one (out of hundreds!) to break protocol. There has always gotta be someone, right? Whoops..!

This year has also had Lost in the Haze featured in a bunch different printed publications! I can honestly say that seeing my own face peering back from a glossy magazine page is one of the most surreal/exciting/weird/amazing feelings ever! The one above is from Creme Magazine, and it was published about a week ago now. It was a much much, much bigger feature than I was expecting – I got such a happy surprise when I spotted my page. Plus, the Apple A Day dress even made a cameo!

A major cause of excitement for me this year has been our Modcloth collaborations. Anyone who knows me will also know that I LOVE Modcloth. Back in February 2011, when Barnaby and I first started Lost in the Haze, I set aside a bunch of goals for the blog. I’m sure you will have guessed by now that one of them was working with Modcloth! In January we were lucky enough to be selected as the Modcloth Travel Bug blogger, and I starred in a video to show off the place I consider home, Brunei. I was endlessly happy about this collaboration, so I was practically bouncing off the walls when, in July I was crowned the Modcloth Blogger of the Moment! It has always been one of my biggest blog goals, so to see it finally come true, and so quickly into my blogging career, was truly a dream!

This year I was able to collaborate with two of my favourite designers. The shoots we did with beautiful dresses by Kelsey Genna and Caitlin Shearer was both so much fun. I’ve long-followed Caitlin and her amazing blog – she is one talented lady! As for Kelsey – I actually got to meet/go out for drinks with her! And she really is just as wonderful and lovely as you think she would be! She has even started her very own blog now too – and it is a beauty!

It’s not always a guarantee that it will happen in Christchurch – but this year there was snow..! I’m not really one for the cold, but snow is of course an exception! I was so excited about it! We ended up embarking on a massive walk – around two and a half hours I think. It was really lovely. The world really does look beautiful when you’re inside a snow globe!

We took a couple of lovely holidays this year. Firstly we visited the capital city, Wellington, then later in the year we said hello to Auckland. Both trips were endlessly fun! In Wellington, we spent plenty of time at one of my favourite places – right beside the water (yes – even in the midst of a storm!) In Auckland we reconnected with our fear of heights on the Sky Tower, and we spent time lounging in the viaduct. Ahh, I always love a good trip away!

I finally faced my fears this year, and shared my voice on Lost in the Haze. (At the same time I also realized how incredibly kiwi my accent is! I could barely believe it..!) We’ve been sharing the occasional video on our YouTube channel, with plenty more to come in the new year, yippee! Above is one of my favourites – how to style a collar 5 ways. You may know how much I love collars of all different shapes and sizes, so it was a delight to share some styling tips. I do hope that you enjoyed it too!

Now of course, there is my massively exciting news – I designed and created my first ever dress! It was an idea I’ve had for a long (long long long!) time, so it truly was amazing to see it finally in front of me. It is very surreal seeing something on paper suddenly materialize in real life – in the best possible way, of course. I can’t wait to produce more beautiful clothing in the new year for you to love and cherish!

I also spent this year creating a bunch of fun tutorial posts full of handy tips and tricks. I loved creating them, so I hope that you feel the same about seeing them! Some of my favourites (and most popular!) this year include:

- How to shop in thrift stores

- How to make galaxy shoes

- Top tips for ruby lips

Now let’s finish this post with a big ol’ “happy new year!” I hope yours is simply wonderful! Best of luck in 2013, I’m sure it will be just peachy. See you soon! x


3rd, October, 2012

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Why hello there! Did you recognise me? I’ve been feeling like a change for a while, so right before the weekend I went and had my hair chopped off – and dyed blonder too! It feels just lovely to be peeking out from underneath a fringe again; it certainly has been a while! I really do just love it – most peculiarly though, my curls seem to have disappeared entirely!

I wore this massive (and wonderful!) oversized sailor collar dress. It was a vintage find that I spotted last week hiding among a bunch of modern dresses. I’ve been wearing it whenever I can – you know how I love sailor style! The brooch was found on Sunday, and I just couldn’t resist its kitty cat charm! I love the little bow, especially how it matched my pretty new flats, courtesy of our October sponsor, and makers of my favourite t-bar flats, bait footwear. I also thrifted a beautiful gold cat bracelet, faux of course, that I know you will just love! I can’t show off all of my cat goodies at once – so for now you’ll have to wait!


2nd, September, 2012

A Guide to Vintage Shopping! 

One of the questions I’m asked most often is how to shop in thrift stores. Well, it really is easy-peasy! It can feel like a massive change, swapping from chain stores to vintage – but it sure can be worth it. You never know quite what to expect, or what you could end up carting home later on.

Here is a little guide I’ve written up – I’m sure you’ll pick up all sorts of helpful tips for how to shop in thrift stores! P.s. I like to display my favourite vintage clothing pieces on a rack in my house  so I remember to wear them – here are the latest! Oh, and I did rag curls – would you fancy a tutorial?

Venture From Your Section! 

Some of the very best finds I’ve had have been in the children’s or men’s area! There are two main reasons why clothing ends up where it (possibly) shouldn’t be. First off, it may not have been labelled correctly. The other reason is that other vintage shoppers hide clothing! I used to work at a massive charity shop, and I couldn’t believe how many pretty dresses I found lurking inside oversized jackets. Us vintage shoppers can be sneaky!

Clothing  Can Be Saveable 

Well, not always, but sometimes garments that are looking worse for wear can actually be fixed! Clothing that is smelling musty can be put in the washing machine, and become lemony fresh almost immediately! Many garments that seem irreparable can be fixed. I’m completely obsessed with repairing clothing. I always find it so very exciting (and rewarding!) to restore a garment to it’s former glory. My favourite was a 1970s pan collar dress with a snail and mushroom print. It had clearly been very loved, and had several small tears near the collar – but I was able to get it looking brand new. What a wonderful feeling!

Be Nice! 

Well, I hope you’re nice anyway (!) but I do always try and be on my very best behaviour when I’m thrifting. Having a great relationship with staff can be super rewarding! You can learn ‘inside knowledge’ – such as when new clothing is put out, or you might even be able to purchase something when the price tag has fallen off – which is sometimes against the rules!

Visit When It’s Quiet 

I always try to visit during the quieter hours. For me, this means during the week, usually in the mornings. If you’re not sure of the best hours to visit, try asking the staff! I seem to find much better stuff when I’m able to leisurely browse the clothing, rather than when there is someone right alongside me – rushing their way through the clothing!

..And that’s how I shop in thrift stores! Best of luck, I hope you thrift all kinds of vintage beauties!