5 Places To Go Thrift Shopping In Auckland

plain-white-background.jpgIn a strange but warm way, secondhand shopping makes me feel like I’m going to a shelter to adopt a cat and give it the love it deserves. It’s giving the piece of clothing another chance to be worn. It feels good to recycle and purchase something at a lower price in good quality. I was thrift shopping today and ended up purchasing a beautiful satin peach dress for $7. While I was browsing there was a pair of Gucci shoes for significantly a tiny fraction of the original price. Secondhand shopping is such a wonderful option for those on a budget or for anyone who wants to support the cycle of wearing clothes until the threads start falling.

1. Recycle Boutique is a consignment based fashion company specialising in helping you buy and sell your secondhand designer clothing. We provide a fun, fast and easy platform to recycle your wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for that designer piece or a quirky vintage gem, we pride ourselves on having one of the largest selections of recycled designer clothing in New Zealand. At present, a lot of our clothing is ending up in landfills throughout New Zealand. We need to recycle our secondhand clothing in order to reduce this textile waste in these landfills.

2. Tatty’s has a city outlet on High St, with a mixture of designer and vintage clothing. They also have a nice range of shoes, where I even spotted a pair of PAZZO boots! It was almost like a hidden little treasure on the street, as I must have walked past the store many times before I stepped inside. From the outside, it appears small, but as you walk in, there is a huge range of clothing inside for men and women. Everything is colour coordinated, similar to Recycle Boutique.

3. Paper Bag Princess is your one-stop shop for affordable secondhand clothing. With branded seconded hand clothing and awesome 70s, 80s and 90s vintage clothing, we have something for everyone. Paper Bag Princess is always on the look out for cool new trends and endeavours to find the coolest items for the customers. Keep New Zealand beautiful and purchase second hand to limit textile waste and support a sustainable fashion industry. Paper Bag Princess loves to support charities around New Zealand and donates proceeds to a variety of charities. 

4. Finders Keepers sells high quality recycled Women’s clothing and accessories. They’re a recycled clothing store based in Newmarket selling a wide range of clothing including current trend-based designer labels and retro vintage gems. Finders Keepers also offer an abundance of accessories, including jewellery, scarves, belts, shoes and bags.

5. Emporio U is a ladies designer recycle clothing store on High Street. They sell designer labels such as Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Max Mara, Dries Van Noten, Hermes, Chloe, Ferragamo, Armani, Zambesi, A. Winkleman, Marilyn Sainty, plus many more designer items. They have a range of different clothing for those one-off finds, daily wear or pieces for certain occasions.

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MEIER.Q Summer/Spring Collection 2017

01.jpgMEIER.Q  is about ever going growth and change, and always looking at things differently. They are concerned about the element of detail and surprise they can bring to each person who wears their clothing. Pursuing beauty through simple design, comfort and trend. To create a simple lifestyle is their philosophy. “關於成長與蛻變, 看待事物的面貌也調整了一些比起從前, 更在乎接觸時的感動與細節 追求美感的執著依舊, 找尋簡單中隱藏的設計巧思, 舒適中堅持的時尚品味, 這些, 變得更耐人尋味. 延長衣著的賞味期成為思考的核心, 打造簡單永恆感, 一段時間再從衣櫃拿出都能自信的著裝.” Shop the Collection here.Website|Facebook |Instagram02050601 (1)03 (1)All Images from MEIER.Q

Taiwanese Label Pazzo ‘Disney Villains’ Collection

08(1).jpg“充滿夢想的我們推出了自有品牌PAZZO. 決定從最近的地方出發,創造台灣在地的好感國民衣著. PAZZO 將回歸衣著最簡單純粹的質地,講求最基本的質感,由挑選好布料開始! 希望與大家共享對衣著的用心堅持與自在有感生活. ” From Taiwan to the world ” 是PAZZO 誕生的最初精神! 想把幸福感的新生活哲學傳遞給全世界知道.” View the amazing collection here. This is one of their older collections, but I just adore it. I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, the Disney villain that frightened me the most was the Wicked queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. PAZZO’s current collection is the Summer Garde tes rêves Collection. Read more about Pazzo hereWebsite | Facebook | Instagram
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What Does Fashion Mean To You?

96424afe67169e4b38efe661859fae6cBack in 2015, I studied at a fashion college in Sydney, after realising how much time I spent during university reading about fashion and immersing myself into it. I love the way you could express yourself through the clothing you wore, without having to say a word. I love the creativity behind fashion in creating a piece of clothing. I’m sure if you asked anyone what does fashion mean to you? Each person would have a different answer. Self-expression is important, and the ability to choose what you wear is an instant way to tell others how you see yourself, and perhaps how you want others to see you.

Personal style is more important than trends, as it means that you can reflect and be yourself authentically. However, that isn’t to say one can’t wear something that’s trending if they like it. Personal style simply means not just wearing things just because it’s ‘in fashion’ or trending, but developing your own personal style. My love for fashion started when I bought my first fashion magazine as a teenager. I always had a hobby of drawing, painting and sketching, and in my spare time, I would design clothing. At first, the inspiration started from reading Beatrix Potter, and seeing how beautiful she would draw the clothing on the animals.

Fashion is important. Whether some may disagree, there’s no doubt that it’s something that encompasses our daily life because, well, everyone wears clothes! When we watch films, look at art or read a book, we see, feel or read descriptions of clothing. Last month I was at the museum, and as I walked through the different periods of history, I could see how much fashion changes with time. It’s a part of culture, history, identity, a person’s personality and artistic design. It can also be a form of hiding and disguising or open expression of our identity. In its functional elements, it ultimately keeps us warm, covered and comfortable.

Fashion is a form of communication. It can emote feelings, portray images, be visually pleasing or give us inspiration. We can communicate how we’re feeling, how we see ourselves, what we like and maybe shed a little part of our personality in what we choose to wear. There’s often a conception that the fashion industry is shallow, due to the visual elements. However, we wouldn’t be wearing the clothing we’re in right now, if the fashion industry didn’t exist. We wouldn’t be able to go into a store to purchase a clothing for certain occasions or find something that we feel comfortable or stylish wearing.

What does fashion mean to you?

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace

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Ruby Autumn/Winter Collection 2017

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I was walking on High Street during the weekend, and couldn’t help walking into Ruby. I’ve featured my favourite pieces from the A/W Collection 2017. Ruby is a New Zealand fashion label that is best known for its designs that effortlessly embody youthful elegance and adventurous charm. From streetwear origins, RUBY has enchanted its audience under the direction of designer Deanna Didovich to become one of New Zealand’s most exciting brands. Check out the complete collection hereruby-viso-jacket-viso-jean-and-58b3ad77621a6ruby-pizzo-longsleeve-and-bambi-58b3afcfbcd03ruby-occhio-t-shirt-and-stella-d-58d3245f17c05ruby-ophelia-coat-bambi-shirr-58b3adfe86c66ruby-otto-turtleneck-and-rooftop-58b3b02656fd4ruby-paloma-wrap-top-and-paloma-58b3b18506268ruby-luna-dress-58b3b1d75af27pizzo-longsleeve-and-viso-jean-58b3ae90cb0c0

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Eugenie Autumn/Winter Collection 2017

Eugenie is a New Zealand brand designed by Elizabeth Wilson. Her designs are all made in New Zealand, and she has a boutique in Ponsonby. Wilson studied at Otago University to be a product and graphic designer, then went to work in advertising at Y&R. She completed a graduate diploma in fashion. From there she worked as a design assistant for Karen Walker’s design assistant. Then she went back to graphic design working at Mi Piaci and Overland.

Eugénie is designed to celebrate modern, smart, creative women. It emphasises the character, wit and individuality of the wearer through a look that blends tomboy cool with art-house chic. The main focus is on fresh day wear, where the practicality and pure cut of menswear shine through, for an evening a sensuous streak emerges, with pieces that celebrate the fun and power of the feminine. As a feminist label, Eugénie is committed to ethical manufacturing.

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Photography by Imogen Wilson for Oyster Magazine

Taiwanese Beauty And Fashion Youtubers

15390784_1379251005432540_3797534437254400477_n.jpgFor those who are curious or would like to discover some Taiwanese beauty and fashion youtubers, I’ve researched and compiled a list of several bloggers from Taiwan. Many of them share their views on beauty and skincare products, review the latest products, give snippets of their daily lives, shoot fashion look books, travel videos, styling, hair tutorials, advice videos and try on hauls.

newapplearial My favourite recent video from Arial is the 范冰冰 makeup look here. She is one of the only Taiwanese beauty youtubers that I watch regularly, as I find her relatable and appreciate her natural and minimal makeup looks.  F | I | B

Dolly 守屋幸慈 Dolly is one of the first Taiwanese bloggers I discovered, when I was searching for a wavy hair tutorial here. As well as her makeup and hair tutorials, she is also a talented artist. F | I | B

Its Jcnana Joanna’s channel has makeup tutorials, haul videos and travel vlog videos. She is based in Toronto. Watch her 20問答 video here to get to know more about her!  F | I | B

朱綺綺 朱綺綺 is a model, actress and beauty youtuber. Her channel features makeup tutorials, monthly favourites, hair styling, vlog, skincare and fashion videos. F | I | B

Hello Catie Catie posts product reviews, monthly favourites, hauls, makeup tutorials and shares her views and opinions on the featured productsF || B

Mii 黃小米 Mii is a fashion blogger who shares her videos on fashion, beauty, look books, skincare and travel. F | I | B

Astor 街頭時尚 Astor is a freelance model and beauty youtuber. She shares videos on products, makeup tutorials and beauty looks. F | I | B

Selina Beauty  Selina posts first impressions, makeup reviews, vlogs, everyday makeup and monthly favourites videos. | I

EVALIN Eva posts monthly favourites, vlogs, fashion lookbooks, essentials, travelling and skincare videos. F | I | B

GINA HELLO! Gina loves Cats, Fashion, Beauty and Travel. She makes fashion and beauty related videos with product reviews, try on hauls and makeup tutorials. F| I | B

I’m Charlie 查理 shares beauty reviews, tutorials, advice, vlogs and sit down chat videos. F | I | B

夢露 MONROE 夢露 posts makeup tutorials, skincare routine, vlogs, hauls, fashion try on videos and monthly favourites videos. I love her minimalist fashion styleF | I | B

TheKellyYang Kelly posts a range of videos from travel vlogs, monthly favourites, makeup tutorials, fashion outfits and try on hauls. F | I | B

I AM SINSIN 陳欣欣 is the Brand Director of LOVEBABYTWINS here. She posts fashion and beauty related videos, from look books, outfit of the day, styling and vlogs. F | I | B 

If you have a favourite Taiwanese youtuber not listed here, feel free to comment them below :)

Image via 陳佩佩Arial Chen