BLEEDING HEARTS – CHAOS & HARMONY AW15

c&h 2I first discovered Chaos and Harmony many years ago, but it was a long distance, one sided affair. I would lust after their shoes but never invested in them. That changed last winter when I visited their newly opened store BlakChaos alongside renowned clothing label Blak, in Mount Maunganui. The lust turned to love, and I ended up walking out with not one but two pairs! What struck me most was their ability to create shoes that felt like instant wardrobe classics, but still had a uniqueness and edge to their design to make them feel truly special.

It came as no surprise to me that lead designer and managing director Bec Anderson studied in Italy at the Instituo Europeo di Design, the beautiful quality leathers used and faultless construction of their shoes are hallmarks of Italian design.

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This seasons range Bleeding Hearts was inspired by the captivating work of artist Ruben Ireland, known for his contrast of humanity mixed with abstract conception. The result is a collection that too plays on contrasts, light and dark, strength and softness. Beautiful leathers and gorgeous textures shine in a palette from stark black and white to rich wines and blush pinks.
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The range has started dropping instore and online already, with injections of new styles throughout March and April. I was lucky enough to be shown some of the samples that aren’t quite in store yet, you can view the full Bleeding Hearts collection here, but below are my favourites…

These Shadowbox ankle boots in white are stunning and beautiful croc leather features around the ankle. I’d feel a little fancy doing the school run in these for sure!
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The Ingrid boots are the absolute perfect everyday heel for winter, comfortable enough to wear all day and a stunning woven leather contrast on the ankle.
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I love the rounded toe on the Allegiance boots and the strap detail gives it the needed edge,(this sample wraps around the ankle three times, but the one in production will wrap around twice) it can also be removed for a more streamlined look. Due April 16.
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Ahh how hot are these Momento boots!? They are definitely going to be my first purchase this season. The pointed toe, the cracked leather, what’s not to love! Due March 30.
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I have been looking for the perfect pair of black pumps for ever, every woman should have at least one pair in their wardrobe. I think I’ve finally found mine in the Rosette. The cut of these shoes is just stunning, the heel height is perfect and the cracked leather gives the needed point of difference to the classic black pump. Due in store today.
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Almost a work of art, the Enlighten heel is captivating. Made from patent leather in the richest pinot coloured hue, these heels are guaranteed to turn heads.
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Chaos and Harmony design for a type of energy in a woman; creative, unique, independent, rather than a specific age group or being heavily focused on trends, allowing their designs to have longevity. Although it’s their stunning aesthetic that catch your eye, it’s the incredible quality of design and construction that will make your investment one you will never regret.

MY STYLE: BEACHSIDE MORNING DATE

Who ever said ‘date night’ had to be reserved for the evenings? I love sneaking a few hours when we can when our toddler is at preschool to enjoy time together. This morning we had a lovely morning in Pilot Bay, the perfect excuse to give my new Chaos and Harmony Cascade Sandals their first spin! Their gunmetal finish means they suit pretty much any colour they are matched with, so mixing with your existing wardrobe is easy (This was another way I justified their purchase!)jumpsuit1

The warm, breezy weather was ideal jumpsuit conditions. I am loving how comfortable jumpsuits are, and the fact that like a dress there’s no need to mix and match separates. The only negative is the reality of getting in and out of it is kind of a mission, especially this one from Neon Gypsy with over a dozen little buttons down the front. Here’s a free hot tip – don’t wear this while drinking a few wines as you will find like me on Christmas evening, you spend way to much time trying to redress yourself in the bathroom!

Today I styled this look with my chocolate Deadly Ponies bag (8 years old and still going strong) and my every day essential accessories – Lindi Kingi bracelets and Kirstin Ash fine rings.

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CHRISTMAS WISH (AS OPPOSED TO REALITY) LIST

Is it just me who buys their own Christmas presents from their kids and then pretends to act surprised on Christmas morning?

My present from my thoughtful children this year is this beautiful Turkish Tribal Coin Necklace from Neon Gypsy. I’ve recently discovered their amazing store in Mount Maunganui, I love its boho rock vibe. They have a great online store too, so no one has to miss out! I couldn’t resist but play dress ups, I swear I’m going to take it off right now and wrap it up. Maybe.

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If I decide my children want to be super generous this year, here’s a few other things I would love them to get me…

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The Horse Watch from Paperplane Store How stunning is this watch! It would look perfect stacked with my Lindi Kingi bracelets. I love the combination of silver and rose gold, and that nude leather is just beautiful.
Peony & Blush Suede Perfume from Jo Malone I was introduced to Jo Malone by one of my best friends who used to work there. I have several different fragrances from Jo Malone, and Peony & Blush Suede is the latest I’ve fallen in love with.
Hammock Hanging Chair from Citta Design I’m hoping a sunny day and quiet children come in a package with this Hammock Chair from Citta!
Diptyque Candle from Mecca Cosmetics Over 90 hours burning time with this Diptyque Candle, and then when it’s finished I love using the glass holder to house makeup brushes or as a small vase for summer blooms.
Rose Leather Sandals from Chaos & Harmony I have tried on these sandals and fell in love, alas I can’t afford them at the moment with my shopping ban firmly in place, Santa? Anyone?
Market Bag from Paperplane Store There are amazing ‘Little Big Markets’ here that alternate location between the Mount and Papamoa Beach, this bag would be perfect to fill up with all the treats I get each visit.
Polka Dot Journal from Paperplane Store Imagine the amazingly insightful yet witty things I could write in this journal?!