Monday, September 16, 2013

Seasonal Defective Disorder or Winter Blues part 6

BRING ON SUMMER TIME!!  June, July and August in the Southern hemisphere are the crux of winter, often cold and wet in the more tropical countries and of course the days are shorter and darker and less sunny.
In many species, activity is diminished during the winter months in response to the reduction in available food and the difficulties of surviving in cold weather. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter. It has been argued that SDD is an evolved adaptation in humans that is a variant or remnant of a hibernation response in some remote ancestor...  Yes I may have been hiding under my warm wee rock, but its cosy and safe.  I'll surface soon

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nature: Art + Design & James Bar

Present the complete opposite to Fashion Week.  The event of a darker, less frivolous nature with some amazing performances and entertainment.  Do it, live a little, detox if you have too!  More about the event HERE:

Friday, September 6, 2013

NZFW 2013: Annah Stretton

Based on the entire theme of Alice in Wonderland - from props, set, pre show characters, right down to the fabric in the garments this was truly a childhood story brought to life!  The Cheshire Cat, painted by BodyFX and the Mad Hatter Opened the  Annah Stretton show, prancing up and down the run way which was split down the middle by  line of vintage tables covered in cupcakes, macaroons, tea sets and flowers.  I knew we were in for an exciting show.

Featuring two halves to the show, and man frock coats, and suits,  dresses with many petticoats and flounces to the second half predominately spotty.  Polka dots on everything, reversed in black and white, huge floral crown hats made by Pheonix Cosmetics really tipped of the whimsical look and fairy tail feel of the whole show..

Nerida Cortese as Alice dancing with the Mad Hatter down the runway mid-show just added the final touch to the amazing production by Jonathan Smith.  Perfectly timed and choreographed, Nerida wearing a pretty circle skirt dress by Annah Stretton just made it perfect.  Even though it didn't seem to be the initial plan the runway audience loved being able to swarm the run way and snap both pictures and a cup-cake at the end of the show.

NZFW 2013: Pia Boutique

Opened by another Melbourne based Kiwi Esther Stephens singing a beautiful song "Under You" wearing a signature smock dress, hemmed with cute frills in bright blues, pinks and aqua marines.  Definitely an exciting way to engage the attention of a runway audience overwhelmed by the amount of shows at fashion week.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NZFW 2013: NZ Weddings Magazine Show

Apart from being SO super excited about this show and my favourite New Zealand gown designer John Zimmerman, who has a store in Eden Terrace on Mt Eden Road, the NZ Weddings Magazine show is the most fabulously sparkly show of all Fashion Week this year.  With no jewelry or Phoenix Makeup shows to spice up the variety on the runway this year, it has to be one of my top favorites so far.

Opening with Vinka Design and high lighting with the menswear of Crane Brothers strutting dapperly down the runway.  Sara Lilly included almost a dozen children in her section also, cute little barefooted boys and girls, really making the crowd "Oooohh" and "Aaaaahhh"!

Sara Lilly even included a nod to #EqualLove / #MarriageEquality with a "Here come the Brides" sign held by two little boys and a pair in a gorgeous cream satin pants suit and bridal gown.  Nicely played Sara, I like.

NZFW 2013: Deryn Schmidt

When one heads off to the races, Melbourne Cup, I'm looking at you! One wants to be all dressed up lady-like or be the one with a lady on your arm.  I'm down with either option, give me a lady date wearing Deryn Schmidt pants suit or pencil skirt and we'd make a eye-catching pair.

Again using sheer fabrics, but textured sheer, in both black and brown, half sheer leggings matched up with a strapless fitted corset bustier top in patterned plum colours.  The feature fabric was a gorgeous dark brown/purple colour with images of old flash units off vintage cameras...  You appeal to my love of vintage things!

My favourite look of the collection has to be the jacket and skirt combination in  almost hounds-tooth pattern but all black with a glisteny shine to it.  Teamed up with tall heels and dark glasses and a vintage inspired curly waved bob it was a fierce power female look that I love!
Lastly I note the fantastic hats.  Large "Sunday's in the park" look with large brims and covered in sparkly jewels over the top they were eye-catching and something I think I'll be investing in to survive a Melbourne summer!

NZFW 2013: Zambezi

Zambezi has always been a brand that I've felt conflicted about.  I love the dark all back style.  I'm totally a black wearing girl mixed up with all my bright pink its almost my uniform.  However the style of clothing is interesting,  large and over sized hasn't always been my jam, although I'm starting to like more things of that style the more I see them.  But Zambezi has always been the leader in that style.  It takes a strong sense of style identity to wear it.  To me your beige is an easy out.

NZFW 2013: Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore was a love bright dash of colour a midst a day largely dominated by dark colours and over sized or unfitted clothing.  Its was a complete wake up to my senses,  colours of the season for A/W 2014 from Andrea Moore definitely feature strong  nectarine oranges, vivid magenta pink which hints at almost being fluorescent.  Royal blues and bright avocado greens mixed with geometrical prints dare anyone to wear them and not stand out.

NZFW 2013: Company of Strangers

Doll faces, not a smile to be seen, grungy styled hair, dark make up and fishnet tights.  Company of strangers show was grimy, dark and brooding, hosted in the underground car park of the Sofitel hotel, just down and around the roadworks detour from the Fashion Week venue, the Viaduct Events Centre.

High platform wedge boots by Chaos and Harmony were amazing and fitted the style of the show perfectly. I think this sign from back stage sums it all up perfectly. Love it!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NZFW 2013: Lela Jacobs

Not quite knowing what to expect when I sat down at the Lela Jacobs NZFW show, my heart beat quickened when a guitarist and singer/keyboardist stepped out to play the show sound track live.  A hauntingly eerie beginning to a collection show I've fallen in love with.   Himalayan Sherpa Gothic chic mixed with a little ice queen.  For myself,  huge fan of alternative fashion style, darker and androgynous clothing the Lela Jacobs show, "The Keep" will be something I'll be putting on my shopping list once I am back in Melbourne!

NZFW 2013: Twenty Seven Names

Opening with a nod to school boy chic and casual street glam for winter, Twenty Seven Names show was a cute selection of skater dresses, tailored pants, dropped waistlines and 90's cardigans.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fashion Week 2013: International Media

Fashion Week is an experience like no other.  For me its a pleasant escape from reality and a "What the doctor ordered" distraction.  If you haven't met me or guessed already by reading my blog that I take great joy in dressing up, looking "fancy" or all dolled up.  Why?
I don't really know, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with how I feel in those clothes!
Do clothes make a difference to my self confidence?  Well for me and many other girrls boys, ladies, gents it really really does, we are only human, right?  Its so exciting to be here in NZ, in Auckland again this year for this event and feeling chuffed about rolling with being an "International Blogger".   It's the small things that count.

So for me its a week celebration of looking and feeling like a million dollars, and maybe the paparazzi at the Fashion Week opening party tonight down at the Viaduct Events Centre.  I'm the first to admit I'm a special creature but I like to celebrate my uniqueness in both myself and others.  My aim is this week to bring you the highlights of all of the Fashion Week from my unique and quirky sense of style and  humour.

Fashion Week Claw Club

Online, tv and video  coverage for all of Fashion Week can be found on New Zealands' TV3 website and more on Fashion font row with Kate Roger.  I'll have my coverage and professional photography from each event and my snippets as it happens on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Nick von K - Midnight Carnival

As the former co-host of The Midnight Rock n Roll Circus (on the late great Alt TV) with my amazing New Zealand based contributor to this blog Dolly DeStory, I was excited to send her along to cover "Midnight Carnival" - the newest collection from the decadently Gothic Nick Von K!  I knew she'd love it!  With my other amazing friends, pictured above, I couldn't help be just a little jealous that I was there too.

WIN: New Zealand Fashion Week Designer Selection Show

I love giving things away on my Blog, and I'm super excited today to be giving away Phlossy Roxx's Ultimate Fashionista's Night Out!   The winners of this double pass will get to join me for the a big night out at New Zealand Fashion Week.
You get a double pass to the Designer Selection Show, an exciting high energy fashion show including designers such as Company of Strangers, Zambesi, Hailwood, Huffer, Trelise Cooper, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Tigerlily, Twenty-Seven Names and heaps more!!  Come along and join me for a quiet drink and relax in the Laurent Perrier Champagne Lounge or the Bombay Sapphire Bar.  

A night out where you'll feel completely spoiled, you'll even come away from the show with a goodie bag with lots of treats and beauty products to take home and fill up your bedside drawer and bathroom beauty cupboard.    There might even be a wee taste of eye candy for the lads and ladies with underwear too from Bonds and Jockey showing their new season ranges of sexy shape wear!
How can you win this VIP night out to join me catwalk side at New Zealand Fashion Week? Well you all know I love to dress up, get FANCY and stand out in a crowd.  So if you want to come along to this amazing New Zealand Fashion Week show you need to answer this simple question!

If I,  Phlossy Roxx was to lead a Fashion Week Catwalk, describe the out fit / Designer I would be wearing?

Place your answers in the comments section below with your name, Google account or email with your comment so I can contact you. Details will be deleted after the prize has been won.  Post your answers by 29th of August to be in to win!

Tickets can also be acquired here.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Remix Mid Winter Party!

Currently I am sitting in cold chilly Melbourne excited about being back in New Zealand very soon for NZ Fashion Week (keep an eye out I have give-aways!!)  but while I'm in Australia I have eyes everywhere!!  The lovely George (other wise known as Dolly DeStory!) attended this event for me and had a blast!  Thanks Remix!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Must Watch: "Please Like Me!"

Can I scream cuteness?  It frustrates me I can view this in full episodes yet here in Australia. Cue me searching high and low on the web to find more, somewhere.   Hope you enjoy!

Here is more!

“Please Like Me” is my new Lol TV obsession and I can’t wait for everyone to see it! A sneak peek of the first episode, Rhubarb And Custard, is available online HERE.  It’s based on actual painfully awkward events of creator and star Josh Thomas. He is adorable!

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Adorable cuteness

Courtesy of and stalking gorgeous people on Instagram....

Amazing! I cant wait to make some..

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pretty distractions!

Occasionally we all need a little inspiration to keep going to keep on at it!  I find looking back on what I've actually achieved is a HUGE help and I I though I'd post you a wee snapshot of my Adventures via Instagram over the last three weeks.    Follow you dreams, create memories!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Introducing: Bebaroque!

The most amazing legwear ever!  Obviously I love all things that sparkle so to see these stunningly designed tattoo designs and appilque shapes on glorious legwear is the best.  I recently started following them on Instagram - do it!  You'll love the images they put up!

Aren't they the most divine thing ever.  Even though I have a substantial amount of tattoo's myself to get the equivalent in ink would be permanent, expensive and time consuming.  These are the perfect, interchangeable and glamorous solution!

They've been extensively featured in VOGUE magazines around the world and won a Scottish Fashion Award in 2011.  Babaroque started in July 2007 by Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience. Both designers completed their BA(hons) in Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and then went off separately to gain Master degrees in Textiles and Fashion.

I've some winging their way down under to me - so keep an eye out for photos and more posts about them!


Phlossy Roxx

Is Ke$ha growing up?

From rock chick to glam rock.  Ka$ha is looking allot more put together these days.  She's either gotten a stylist or grown into a more mature look.   I love the wild girl look she began with as I suppose I see a little of myself in her style evolution.   Lets all try and be ladies shall we???

Friday, August 2, 2013

Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 5

I reluctantly crawl out of bed, the rays of sunshine perk me up and put the glint of mischief back into my eyes!  I am totally a summer baby but cold weather and sunshine is totally not as much of a problem!

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month.
Here is part 5 of my 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I've LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 4

They did say "Welcome to Melbourne" when we were complaining about numb toes!

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!  

Here are 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I've LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

It seems to be my day for Fashion Weeks! I just send off my International Media registration for New Zealand Fashion Week, and I can't wait to be back there again to experience it all again in September. Now its coming time for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Just the word "Spring" gets me excited! An end is in sight to the cold, chill and rain is a rather a glorious prospect. 

So, despite that, many would say spending hours planning outfits to wear, or for me, what to pack to take with me from Melbourne back to Auckland, is a little silly and frivolous and materialistic, umm WHY NOT?! It’s fashion week Babe!! What better week of any year to be silly and frivolous and materialistic! Oh it is truly rather thrilling!

Not your normal job: Side Show Annie Costume Parlour

You have been in business a while... When did it all begin?

It officially began in Sept 2011 when I first opened the Sideshow Annie shopfront, but I had been dreaming about doing it for at least 3 years before that day.  Lots of research and planning on paper was done before I was confident enough to go for it.

Friday, July 19, 2013 Wardrobe Bingo Outfit

 Earlier this week I Bingo'd my wardrobe for and the end result was the outfit below, which I quickly photo shopped together.  It turned out to be a brilliant outfit to go off to my most recent photo shoot at The Establishment Studios, which by the way, are AMAZING!
If you love this outfit as much as I do has it!  They have quite a number of blazers but I particularly like this Elodie Neon Ruched Sleeve pink one which is the perfect pairing with a pair of shiny black Disco Pants!  In the photos below I've paired them with a set of heels instead of these studded pink sandals, although the shoes I did wear are almost identical to these pink and perspex mid-heels!  Top it off with a cute bowler hat and chunky knot jewelry!

Sneaking some selfies before make-up and wardrobe!

 Hope you like and happy shopping!!

Phlossy Roxx

Seasonal Defective Disorder or The Winter Blues part 3

If you do find yourself with the winter blues, here are a few tips that have really helped me in the past month. Transitioning in two months from 37 degrees through to 3 degrees has been a little draining and daunting to lil  ole me who takes a bit to get acclimatized!

They did say "Welcome to Melbourne" when we were complaining about numb toes!   Here are 8 easy and super fun things to try out that I've LOVED and all my pictures to go with it!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Greater Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Recently I posted a list of places to visit in Melbourne, most of which were IN the CBD, now I thought I'd switch it up and list a few places that I've really enjoyed that are OUT of the greater city area.  However close enough that they are all less than a two hour drive away.

Kryal Castle

All though more specifically aimed at a younger audience than an older geekier group like us, it was still a fun place to visit.  It was big enough that although it looked like it was over run with small children when they were all sitting down to watch the Live Jousting display.    The displays themselves however complete with live cast playing various roles around the castle, were quite fantastic.  Sitting at the end of the jousting line watching a horse coming full tilt at you after the almighty crash followed by the sound of wood splintering is a wee adrenaline rush in and of its self.

Aradale Mental Asylum - Ghost Tour

Not for the week of constitution. I loved this tour, it was the second I'd been to, and the third that my group of friends had been on.  The institution buildings are extensive and stretch around a grounds and with over 60 buildings on the whole estate, you get toured through 5 or 6 buildings.  The mens wards were definitely creepier than the women's and the morgue and operating theatre really gave me the heebie jeebies!  Starting at 11 pm and finishing about 1 am it was the most exciting time to visit and learn about the incredible but brutal history of the place.  A+++

Moonlit Animal Sanctuary (second time around)

This was the second time I've been to this place, and we choose it over another park that didn't offer the same interactions with the animals.  Its not huge, but has allot of small animals all over the park and quite a number of endangered birds as well.  The birds could probably be in much bigger enclosures but the kangaroos and wallabies are able to roam free and are tamed by the constant flow of tourists feeding them.  I love this Koala, he is the older of the two the park has and has a quizzical grumpiness about him and perks up at the sound of fresh rustling leaves that he loves to eat!  Gorgeous!

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant 

If you have a winning formula - if it ain't broke, don't fix it motto then Dracula's is definitely sticking to it.  With an incredibly talented but small cast of 5 and a host of restaurant staff it runs like an 'almost' well oiled machine.  SpiderLash, new show was interesting.  With fancy stage fly's and elaborate props, my favourite act of the whole night a hydrolic hand solo from one of the female leads.   The "spider" theme was a little thin, with the Vampire concept really keeping the audience on their toes and in stitches.  Vocally and musically amazing this is a great show to see, and it seems that hordes of other other tourists to Melbourne (or from other parts of Aussie) agree.


The supplier of all things chocolaty and OOOooooohh so delicious! The shop in Coberg is the largest delicatessen I've ever seen in my life! It's literally HUGE! Starting with sweet cakes, cheesecakes and macaroons through to a pastry and coffee delectables on to ice cream and sorbet then finally a savory and pizza restaurant at the very end of the long shop. This is a must-visit place!

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