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I'm interviewed by the Ready Pause Go podcast!

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I love listening to podcasts while wandering around the park with the dog, or driving to clients' homes and recently I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed by Erika Parker Price on the podcast Ready Pause Go. 

Here's what Erika says about her podcast:

"This podcast is for the millions of women who take a career pause to raise their family - whether you are contemplating a pause, in the trenches at home with your kids, or ready to relaunch the next phase of your life. …

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What I think of Marie Kondo

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What I think of Marie Kondo. 

I love her. 

What's not to love? She's adorable, quirky, spiritual, effective and is sparking joy worldwide. 

Ever since Netflix created a show around her, she's had a resurgence of popularity, even more so than then her book The Magic of Tidying Up swept across the globe. All of a sudden she's in every paper, on the news, at the Oscars, being lampooned and Marie Kondo trained consultants like the lovely Sue Bollinger are being chased down by joy seeking wo…

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Try a 10 day clothing diary to see what you REALLY wear!

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There's a common expression that we only wear 20% of our closet 80% of the time. The 80/20 rule was named after an Italian man called Vilfredo Pareto, who created it based on 1896 Italian landownership, but it can be applied to almost anything.

I have a client who uses it with her clothing - 80% is made up of clothing that has longevity, 20% is fun items that she'll wear a ton this season, then they are donated.

Back to your closet. Let's find your 80/20 shall we?

Take a photo for 10 days of …

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What is "cost per wear?"

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Quick math you should consider when you're about to purchase something. 

Cost per wear. 

Divide the cost by the amount of times you plan on wearing the item. This also helps with impulse purchases and when you are wavering over an expensive piece that you love. 

For example - I bought a VERY expensive coat in 2004. It was $800 NZ, a ton of money to me back then. It's a classic winter coat, black and of high quality. I've had the lining repaired once in that time. Fifteen years of wearing …

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What I would wear to my funeral

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I'm sad. My husband lost a close family member who was unique and precious and we are in NZ.

The funeral was yesterday and it was beautiful. He would have heartily approved.

I usually talk about how clothing is literally part of the fabric of our life, so I'll tell you that I picked out a simple black dress and understated black heels. My style is very dramatic, but this wasn't the time to express that - in cases such as these, courtesy and respect must always dictate fashion. I aimed for cl…

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Should you have these shoes in your closet?

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I read an article about 12 pairs of shoes every woman should own. If you'd like to peruse it, check out this link to Harper's Bazaar.  I'll give you the list then I'll tell you what is useful about it, and what is simply WRONG. 

  • Metallic heels
  • Animal print heels
  • Tall flat boots
  • Casual sneakers
  • Black pointed pumps
  • Sleek ankle boots
  • Ankle strap sandals
  • Flat sandals
  • Luxe loafer
  • Short stacked heels
  • All weather boots
  • Ballet flats
So here's my take on it. Yes, I was telling a client t…

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Don't dress for the rear view mirror

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Kia ora (hello) beautiful,
Here's what I mean by "don't dress for the rear view mirror."

Don't dress for the past.

No, I'm not talking about the resurgence of 80's power heels, I mean your past. 

Especially if it's holding you back. 

Don't dress for who you were. Dress for who you are now. 

Dress for the woman you are and want to be. Brave, loving, kind, smart, confident and empowered. 

Dress for the career you want, the love you want, the life you want. 

Dress for the futu…

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Shopping when you're a size 18 sucks

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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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Your clothes tell people what you value.

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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.

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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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