Wednesday, July 22, 2009

window shopping in World Beauty

Sometimes the best things are right under your nose.

I had a dear fashion friend staying nearby on Waiheke Island last week, And while sharing a divine local red we created a shopping itinerary for a day in Auckland.

There was a discerning fashion designer to buy for, not an easy task.

One of the standout stores to visit to buy a gift for me is World Beauty in Vulcan lane Auckland City. The World team are a bit of an institution in New Zealand and their retailing & display is inspirational.

I have a few favourites around the world now -
Strange Trader in Byron Bay, Orson & Blake in Woolahra, Beker & Minty in Potts Point both in Sydney. L'Eclaireur in Paris, Muji in Tokyo, World Beauty in Auckland is firmly on that list.

World Beauty has a lot of lines exclusive to them in New Zealand which makes them a destination store. The range of candles, soaps, fragrances specifically are delicious. The addition of antiques, collectable picture books and over the top religious icons make it less pharmacy than other beauty stores and more of a wonderful fossicking adventure.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Eye Candy

After a spell of what seemed like the same shape frame in brown, black and tortoiseshell for the last two seasons, here is a little sneak to what fun is on its way for summer.

Sunglass Hut have the bulk of the hottest labels such as : D&G, Versace, Tiffany, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Ray Ban, Prada, Bulgari, Burberry, Oakley, and our current crush Persol.

Luxotica owns all of the licenses for these brands and they manufacture distribute and retail under the Sunglass Hut brand. The have gone from strength to substance in the last few years and we got a kick out of the new summer range in the KAREN office - fun, sporty girly and we want them all! (of course the mens are divine too)

I am a strong advocate in having a sunglass wardrobe - different frames for each occasion, beach, formal, workday, holiday, etc. I struggle being confined to one style.

I think it is going to be a fun season :-)

so from top to bottom :
Ray Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Prada, Ray Ban.