Friday, January 31, 2014

Twinning Pt. 2


"You can kid the world but not your sister"
- Charlotte Gray 

Throughout our 'tweenage'' years, we never wanted to dress alike. When out shopping, one of us would always compromise because we didn't want to have the same. Tara, being the eldest, was generally the one to compromise. Now we have become way to passionate about clothes to compromise, leading us to both buying the same thing without a care. Being sisters, we are so much alike when it comes to what we like. We steal each others clothes so much its crazy (but hey, we are pretty good at sharing). These rompers were our latest "twinning' purchase. They are a little on the short side but super comfy and light weight for summer.

Jumpsuits/Rompers : Mirrou
Shoes : Windsor Smith

We went on a cheeky little shopping trip with our friend Erin today. Yet again we have bought something matching, woops. Stay tuned for more twinning outfits!


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Benefit 'Lollitint' Blogger Launch


"Good golly Miss lolly!"
- Benefit Cosmetics, Lollilint.

Arriving at Benefit's blogger launch for their new lip and cheek tint, Lolllitint, I was greeted by cupcakes and pink balloons. Now that is my kind of party. The 'Benebabes' (aka the super amazing girls who work at the benefit counter) were armed and ready with bottles of Lollitint for us to try. I felt rather pampered as we sampled all of Benefits amazing products (including 'Give Me Brow' - OMG I need some of that stuff!). Daughter and niece of the founders of Benefit, Annie Ford Danielson, was there to tell us all about the newest product to join the Benefit tint family. What really impressed me about 'Lollitint' was the fact that it perfectly suited everyone. It seemed to almost adapt to every girls skin tone and compliment their natural flush. And can we take a moment to admire the adorable packaging? I'm such a sucker for pretty bottles. 

Lollitint c/o Benefit Cosmetics 

I also had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the amazing New Zealand Youtubers Shaaanxo, Sally Jo and xlivlovesmakeup (pictured above). The room was packed with so much talent, along with other bloggers Makeupper, Nana Wintour and Beauty Lust.

"Lollitint" will officially be available from the 15th February in New Zealand at Benefit counters.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Exciting changes 2014!


"If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

Being the new year, we decided it was time to give the blog the big revamp it needed. So here we are, you are looking at the new 'Shop Style Conquer'. We kept some key elements the same, but our main purpose of the makeover was to make the blog more user-friendly and easy to navigate. Our biggest change? We are now officially shopstyleconquer.com!! Yes, we took the plunge and purchased our own domain name; we are loving it!

For all of those other bloggers out there, we can totally relate to the frustrations of designing your own blog and mastering HTML. We decided to video the process of the blog revamp and share our experience taking this new step with our blog. Whether you are thinking of starting a blog, or perhaps your blog is in need of a makeover, we hope this video will provide you with some helpful tips and tricks, as well as a good laugh.



 Here some handy links that we used throughout the process:
Responsive blogger template (used as base for template. Has help in comments)
- saving and backing up blogger templates
- Basic CSS help
- HTML in the side bar tips
- removing widget titles
- buttons that change colour with hover
- HTML colours
- blogger search widget isn't working but this tutorial does!
- Godaddy (where we got our domain name)
- Tutorial for setting up godaddy on blogger 
P.S always check the comments of tutorials, there are often some great tips in there!
Using "inspect element" on your page is also great for figuring out your template.


We hope you like this video, show the love by giving it a thumbs up and sharing it!
Stay tuned for more exciting posts on www.shopstyleconquer.com !!!





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Friday, January 24, 2014

Summer photo diary 2014

"The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net forever"
- Jacques Cousteau

We have finally put together our summer photo diary from our trip up North! The beautiful location provided us
 with so many amazing places to shoot outfits. Since we were lacking in clothing supplies, our holiday photos
 were a little different from our usual outfit photos. But we couldn't waste all the amazing photos and really wanted
 to share them with you guys, so here you go. Hopefully you enjoy this jumble of fun photos and feel inspired 
for the coming weekend! Stay tuned for Monday when we have an exciting new things coming your way ;) 


1. 'Shop Style Conquer' business cards at the beach // 2. Instagram selfie // 3. Reading the latest vogue // 
4. Floppy hat from Valley Girl // 5. Quick outfit snap at the waterfalls // 4. Tara at the waterfalls // 
5. Toes in the sand // 6. Floral crown made from garden weeds // 7. Beach snack (cucumber, creme cheese, 
chutney and smoked salmon) // 8. Yoga poses on the sand // 9. Instagram snap of beach read and afternoon 
nibbles // 10. #foodstagram // 11. Heading into the surf



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pink & Black

"I've always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet."
-Giorgio Armani


A really good t-shirt has the ability to look both casual or formal, and above all completely effortless. A t-shirt can 
be a blank canvas for creating an amazing outfit. With the right style, cut and colour; a classic tee can be worn
 on any occasion. This t-shirt I'm wearing is by far the best I own. Yes I know, I'm writing an entire post about a 
simple t-shirt (crazy woman). But this tee just makes me buzz with excitement over all the endless ways it can be
 styled. It looks perfect with everything! The hot pink was definitely what attracted me to it in the store, but now I 
have three different colours in this shape.This outfit I wore out and about one day last week, but the added 
floral blazer also made it a little more semi-formal.

Blazer c/o Style Keepers
T-shirt and Shorts : General Issue
Shoes : Windsor Smith Chunk
Sunglasses : Molly N

I absolutely love the above quote by Georgio Armani about t-shirts. I certainly don't know where I would be without
 them!



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Monday, January 20, 2014

Twinning in Windsor

“I want to write a book about shoes that’s full of footnotes.”  
- Jarod Kintz

We may be 'fashion bloggers', but sometimes we are a little slow to invest in trends. We have observed the
sudden domination of Windsor Smith shoes with interest over the past few months. Rapidly, the signature
 chunky sandals have been invading our shores, and have somewhat become the new 'it' shoe replacing the 
throne once held by Jeffrey Campbell. At first we were not at all convinced. Every girl seemed to have these shoes 
and we tried not to be ones to follow the crowd. But slowly those leather tassels found  a way into our hearts, and 
now here we are in matching Windsor Smiths!


toe nails : Rimmel Salon Pro in 'Jazz Funk' and 'Brit Pop'
Shoes : Windsor Smith
This particular style is the classic 'Chunk' (ermehgerd tassels!!). We are all used to crazy new 'it' shoes that
you can't walk in (insert mental picture of towering heels). But these babies are totally wearable, made
with soft leather, and practical for a day of running about! We are very quickly bringing down the cost-per-wear, 
so even if it's a passing trend these are a purchase already showing their worth.



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