Fashionista Friday – Royal Ascot 2014

It’s Royal Ascot time again and that means tradition, pagentry, and over the top hats. Oh sure, there are also horses racing, and don’t get me wrong I love the ‘racing’ aspect of Ascot, but the fashion demands just as much attention, if not more, than the horses!

Here are some my picks from this year’s event. There are plenty more online and very hard to choose just a few.

Royal Ascot 2014

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You’ll see that I’ve actually chosen a pant suit as my feature outfit. If you dissect all the pieces there are so many ‘wrongs’ and get together the whole outfit works, even the rather odd headwear.

Of course I had to add my favourite quirky hat and I love the moss and horse, esepcially teamed with the horse neckalce.

The asymetric hat with the negative detail is so simple and yet very effective.

The red and white outfit just cute, lots of personality without being outrageously attention seeking.

The cream dress is again an example of simple and elegant and whole ensemble just works beautifully.

The style of the black hat is my current favourite, with an angled hat and flower detailing under the brim.

Finally, it’s not Royal Ascot, with a royal, and although I’m no fan of Camilla I simply love her hat! Well her outfit really, beautifuly tailored (of course), and the hat is stylish with a bit of fun.

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Motivation Monday – This Month’s Diet Is Next Month’s Body

April is going to be a busy month for me, there are three race days, I am presenting at the New Zealand Creativity Challenge (gulp), the school holidays slot in towards the end of the month, and I am about to kick up my weight loss efforts.

Going to need a lot of motivation to keep me going and at the moment I have tonnes – long may it last! This Motivation Monday quote is particularly apt for me because I have a rather special event happening in May (it’s top secret at the moment but all will be revealed) so it’s very important for me to stay on track with my plans – particularly health and fitness.

This month's diet is next month's body

A Summer of Sun, Fun, oh and Love!

Summer usually means a series of events – my birthday, Christmas, a day at the races, and a concert and then pretty much back to work without really feeling like I’ve had a break or enjoyed the beautiful weather, but this summer was not my usual summer!.

December started as it usually does, with me kicking the Christmas decorating, crafting, and preparations into full swing and I snuck my birthday in fairly low key with a picnic dinner at the beach with my son and my mum. 43 is a fairly blah birthday moving me further away from 40 and closer to gulp 45! One resolution I made this birthday was to let shit go. No use stressing over crap you can’t control. Actually managing this pretty well so far although I know I’m always going to care too much what people think about me.

Christmas was a lovely day spoiling Mr 7, having a Christmas breakfast with lifelong friend Shelley and her son, then Christmas lunch with my niece and her now rather large family, and then on to the traditional dinner at aunty Pam’s. Was a great day.

Usually by the start of December I also have my marquee booked and filled for the races on the 27th but this year I hadn’t organised it, and as it turns out that was meant to be because about a week before Christmas I started a new role at Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing as the Events, Marketing & Sponsorship Co-Ordinator meaning that now I attend the races as my job! I would have been bummed if my friends were all there celebrating and I couldn’t.

The other thing I usually do over the Christmas break is go to a concert, often at Butlers Reef to see The Feelers or Jimmy Barnes, although sometimes at The Bowl if we have great band there like Fleetwood Mac. This year because some things have been a bit mixed up I wasn’t paying attention to who was playing out there and missed going to see Shihad. Really hoping to get to see a band out there at some stage, it’s always a great night out.

One of the biggest changes over the summer has been my hours, my new role is super flexible so I can work when I want, where I want, and this has allowed me plenty of time to enjoy the first of the items in my title – Sun. Taranaki, along with much of the country, has enjoyed some of the best weather we’ve had during a summer for literally years and it’s been fantastic to be able to hang out outside in the beautiful sunshine. I’ve even managed to get a tan! #loveit

Fun is the next thing on my summer summary. A combination of flexible hours, hot hot weather, and probably a bit too much beer has resulted in a summer of fun. I haven’t laughed so much in years, I’ve been on all sorts of adventures, and I’ve just totally done plenty of things that the ‘anal retentive’ Sonya wouldn’t have done. Caring less does open you up to new experiences!

Last but certainly not least is Love. I’ve loved spending hours out on the deck in the sun drinking a new love Export 33 beer, I’ve loved spending time with friends, I’ve loved hanging out with Mr 7 who at this age is just such a cool kid, I’ve fallen back in love with country music helped in part by Tate Stevens winning X Factor. I hope my neighbours love it as much as me as it’s often played loud during those drinks-on-the-deck sessions. I’ve loved having time to work when and how I want to. I’ve loved being back in control of my diet and losing weight. I’ve loved the new experiences this summer has presented. And I’ve fallen in love with this guy…

Well actually probably not so much him as this song, which is kind of my theme song for summer! I hope you have had an amazing summer doing all the things that make you happy like I have!

Fashionista Friday – Goal Dress

Last year I went to the Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup Day as a guest of a dear friend who was a sponsor of the Fashions On The Field (yes, that is actually the correct name – trust me I did a lot of research), I sat with her and her gorgeous friends and felt ok about being there until the photos were taken and then I realised how fat I looked. So I promised myself that in a year’s time I would fit into my favourite (and smallest) dress, I would be happy with how I looked, and I would cut it with the others.

This past year has been a battle. It’s been a hell of a battle, I’ve battled my emotions, I’ve battled my body, and I’ve battled my demons. I’ve had set backs, I was tracking along really well when a family incident threw me and I resorted to comfort eating and not giving a shit. My weight crept up again and soon enough I couldn’t fit into 3/4 of my wardrobe, again! I was feeling like shit but then another incident, at a party just before Christmas (where I really was at a low because I’d had such a damn wardrobe meltdown trying to find something to wear anyway!), and then a comment – a mean comment – a rude comment (one that still rings in my ears) really had an affect on me and I decided no way would someone say that to me ever again.

I resolved to start a VLCD and lose as much weight as I could before the next Hooker Pacific Race Day so I could fit into my goal dress, and so I did, I worked hard, and believe me some days those cupcakes were calling! But I persevered and lost of 11kgs in the 8 week time frame. Not only can I now fit into almost everything in my wardrobe (see my wardrobe blog here) but I fitted and wore my goal dress!

I guess I should thank that nasty person (even though at the time I wanted to punch him in the face) as it turns out that was my motivator, that was my ‘low point’. The place where you can only go up from.

I’m still  a little way from my goal weight, but I’m happy with my progress and I feel like I finally have this under control now.

sonya cole goal dress

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(Unfortunately I sprained my foot two days before this event and couldn’t wear my heels – hence no full body shot – but I will post one once I can get my heels back on!).

Fashionista Friday – Goal Dress

Last year I went to the Hooker Pacific Taranaki Cup Day as a guest of a dear friend who was a sponsor of the Fashions On The Field (yes, that is actually the correct name – trust me I did a lot of research), I sat with her and her gorgeous friends and felt ok about being there until the photos were taken and then I realised how fat I looked. So I promised myself that in a year’s time I would fit into my favourite (and smallest) dress, I would be happy with how I looked, and I would cut it with the others.

This past year has been a battle. It’s been a hell of a battle, I’ve battled my emotions, I’ve battled my body, and I’ve battled my demons. I’ve had set backs, I was tracking along really well when a family incident threw me and I resorted to comfort eating and not giving a shit. My weight crept up again and soon enough I couldn’t fit into 3/4 of my wardrobe, again! I was feeling like shit but then another incident, at a party just before Christmas (where I really was at a low because I’d had such a damn wardrobe meltdown trying to find something to wear anyway!), and then a comment – a mean comment – a rude comment (one that still rings in my ears) really had an affect on me and I decided no way would someone say that to me ever again.

I resolved to start a VLCD and lose as much weight as I could before the next Hooker Pacific Race Day so I could fit into my goal dress, and so I did, I worked hard, and believe me some days those cupcakes were calling! But I persevered and lost of 11kgs in the 8 week time frame. Not only can I now fit into almost everything in my wardrobe (see my wardrobe blog here) but I fitted and wore my goal dress!

I guess I should thank that nasty person (even though at the time I wanted to punch him in the face) as it turns out that was my motivator, that was my ‘low point’. The place where you can only go up from.

I’m still a little way from my goal weight, but I’m happy with my progress and I feel like I finally have this under control now.

sonya cole goal dress

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(Unfortunately I sprained my foot two days before this event and couldn’t wear my heels – hence no full body shot – but I will post one once I can get my heels back on!).

A Peek Inside My Wardrobe

So this blog is late, very very late actually! It was my idea a couple of weeks ago that a few of us bloggers from Twitter should blog about our wardrobes, an easy enough task except that I forgot one of the bloggers has a shoe store and the other a clothing store – cue wardrobe shame from little old ‘big mouth’ over here lol.

Anyway, time to put my wardrobe where my mouth is!

sonyacole.com wardrobe declutter

First up a declutter. My bedroom has two wardrobes either side of a built in dresser. In the middle of last year I divided the clothes up into the the ones that fitted then and the ones I wanted to fit into. Having recently lost 11+ kgs I had plenty of clothes that no longer fit so time to get rid of them and move the clothes from wardrobe two that now fit into wardrobe one. sonyacole.com wardrobe

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So this is the new wardrobe one. the clothes are mostly lightest to darkest and then colours, with skirts, pants and jeans hanging at the end. Both wardrobes used to be about this full.

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sonyacole.com second wardrobeThese are all that is left in wardrobe two now, not too many left to fit back into. pretty stoked!sonyacole.com favourite jumper

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This little green number used to (and kind of still is) one of my favourite items in my wardrobe. I’ve had it for over ten year (possibly closer to 15) and I don’t wear it in public any more because a) it’s too big, b) it’s pilled, and c) it’s lost it’s shape but I do still wear it around the house because I love how fluffy it is and it’s sequinned bling!sonyacole.com goal dress

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This is me, yesterday wearing my goal dress and new fascinator. Unfortunately due to my sprained foot I couldn’t wear my new shoes. There’s a blog about this outfit that I will post up in the next few days. It’s mostly written, I just have to edit out the pain.

So there it is in all it’s glory my wardrobe (well, wardrobes actually)!

Fashionista Friday

Welcome to the first Fashionista Friday for 2013.

I found this pic on Pinterest, but it’s actually a Polyvore story.

With my new role at TTR I wanted to find something that you could wear to the races and although there’s no hat or fascinator in this outfit I do thing it’s so classy and classic that you could easily pull this outfit off without it.

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What do you think? Would you wear it?