A life of discovery


Shopping when you're a size 18 sucks


Shopping when you’re a size 18 sucks.

I have a beautiful client who is a size 18. We know what her unique Style Statement is, we’ve decluttered what she has that doesn’t make her feel good or look great, we’ve created a shopping list, we have a spending plan, we know her activities and lifestyle and we had a mission – get her ready for a two week trip to Costa Rica as well as update her usual wardrobe.

Kerry is from New Zealand like me and is a minimalist. She travels year-round, with only two…

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Is your skin warm toned or cool toned?


Do you know if your skin is yellow toned (warm) or blue toned (cool)? And does this really matter?

Everyone's skin has an undertone, not always obvious at first sight, and this means that certain shades look better on them than others.

 Undertones have been divided into yellow toned and blue toned (though there are some of us who are neutral).

 It doesn't matter what your actual skin color is. If you choose colors that don't match your undertone, you can look tired, older and even unhealthy. …

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Your clothes tell people what you value.

I go through a values exercise with clients to ensure that they are dressing in alignment with what truly matters to them (such as sustainability, freedom, contribution) but if you haven't worked with me, may I suggest that you think about this when you are choosing clothing? 

What values am I embodying? 
  • If I value creativity does any of that show in what I wear? 
  • If I value the environment, do my clothes hurt or help the world? Do I donate clothes? Shop secondhand? 
  • If I value qualit…

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What my leftover cheesecake has to do with your wardrobe.

I always eat leftovers. I'll grumpily finish something that I don't want to eat because I refuse to waste food.

While this sounds like it's better for the planet, it's not so good for my bloodsugar or my health if the leftovers are cheesecake.

Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking - don't buy the cheesecake. That's all very well, but what if someone gave me the damn thing? I still can't throw it out.

My psychic friend told me cheerfully that it's because I starved to death in the Ir…

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Do you know what you spent on clothing in 2018?

I write down daily what I spend in my personal and business life. I don't judge myself or resolve to "do better" and I don't budget - rather, I have a spending plan that includes everything that I want or need to allocate money to. Some categories might only get a few dollars a week, some get more, but they are all represented, everything from the mortgage to a trip to Hawaii to the white silk shirt I've been lusting after. Even putting away $1 a week for something shows an intention - and it'…

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I'm interviewed by Erica Duran, freedom luxury lifestyle designer!

I love podcasts. I listen to them all the time while driving and on one of them, I found my business coach.

Her name is Erica Duran, and she describes herself as a Freedom Business Model Mentor & Coach, Digital Marketing Expert, Luxury Lifestyle Designer, and Minimalist.

Isn't that awesome? I chose her as I like her relaxed attitude, I aspire to be a minimalist (with an amazing wardrobe) and she lives in sunshine all year round - another goal of mine.

She has her own podcast and intervi…

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Travel Coach Lisette Austin: Thrift your wardrobe while traveling!


I met an amazing woman recently, (mind you, women in general are amazing, so no surprise there) at The Riveter, a co-working space I belong to in Seattle. Her name is Lisette Austin, and besides all the wonderful work she does with the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Dept / Suquamish Foundation ❤️ she is also a whiz at teaching you how to travel for next to nothing (her last flight to Portugal cost her $60) under the name Jet Set Lisette. Cool, right?

She’s also very stylish – we had a…

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Three things to remember when going on a date


I was asked the other day “What should I wear on a date?”

Ah… I don’t know.

But I’ll help you work it out.

We’ve all been told the importance of first impressions and usually, we want a date to go well, otherwise, we’d stay home and watch Netflix. 

I’m also going to assume you want to look good. 

In my experience, if whoever is organizing the date is thoughtful and someone you want to know better, they provide helpful information. The savvy ones send you a link to the restaurant/event so th…

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I told an 83-year-old to buy fishnets last week.


I told an 83-year-old to buy fishnets last week.

I was in Target (Tahhjay, darling) pondering some socks. Why is it that the ones that say they don’t show when you’re wearing sneakers always show?

While there, I overheard a woman saying, “Aren’t I too old for fishnets at 83?”

I looked over and saw a delightful elderly (for want of a better word) lady examining stockings/pantyhose with a salesperson.

Yes, I have boundary issues, which I promise you, I am working on, so naturally I interrupted…

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How can I help?


What are you struggling with in your wardrobe? How can I help?

If you let me know, I can address (or dress?) what's getting between you and wearing the clothes you love. 

Would you let me know? 

Book a Kia Ora call at thehappywardrobe.com

We can talk in confidence and I may have some answers for you. 

No obligation, I’m just curious.

Your answer will help me help other women, too.

Thanks for reading this!

Wear Happy!

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