The FQ team round up the mid-year purchases that they’re adding to cart

The ultimate wishlist that separates the need from the greed.

There’s no denying how difficult it can be to put our precious pennies away and resist the urge to constantly purchase the dreamy items we see popping up left, right and centre.

Resisting temptation is no small feat, but working at a fashion title makes it all the more difficult. With beautiful garments constantly on rotation, an ever-growing wishlist is often a reality for the FQ Team.

Scroll for our list of picks we’d purchase in a heartbeat, that is if we didn’t have to pay bills:

“I actually already have this, but it’s definitely on the ‘buy again’ list. I used it on a recent flight to Tokyo and it was both handy and chic – featuring travel sized rinse-free hand wash, hand balm, a hydrating masque, rose petal infused mist, lip cream, mouthwash and toothpaste. Also, who doesn’t love cute mini beauty products?”

Shop: Departure Kit, $75 from Aesop

“Wynn’s groovy yin and yang cable knit sweater is one of the pieces of the season, and I love this online exclusive version in navy. So cosy!”

Shop: Ying yang sweater, $525 from Wynn Hamlyn.

“These square-toed sandals sold out as quickly as you could say “90s dream shoe”. Thankfully, Topshop has just restocked this fashion editor fave and have added an additional three colours to the selection. Strappy kitten heels may not seem the obvious choice going into a southern hemisphere winter, but these will be ready and waiting for me come spring.”

Shop: Topshop Strippy White Heeled Sandals, approx. $75 NZD from

“If there’s one thing worth investing in when you have a great big mop of hair like mine, it’s an effective hairdryer! I’m excited to see ghd’s new ‘Festival Collection’ includes a powerful 2100W professional-strength hairdryer, which promises to smooth frizz and flyaways in half the time… so I can get several hours of my life back each time I wash my hair.”

Shop: ghd air® festival collection hair dryer, $265 from

“I recently viewed a preview of the new E.B.M limited edition collection from Max, and this cream jacket was by far the stand-out piece for me. I love the brown feature buttons and statement pockets – and the cream wool blend is dreamy (just keep away from the red wine and beetroot juice!)

Shop: Harlow crop jacket, $230, from Max

“This cosy knit makes me want to curl up beside the fire with a glass of red and a good book – the perfect kind of winter comfort. That balloon sleeve is my dream slouchy detail, too.”

Shop: Mimi jumper in navy, $360, from Marle.

“The Corbin Road Restorative Cleansing Balm is unlike any skincare product I’ve used before. It’s rich in New Zealand native kawakawa and other botanical extracts and comes with silk exfoliating cloths. Together they lift off stubborn make-up while deeply cleansing your skin at the same time. It’s surprisingly smooth and non-abrasive – I even use it before putting on skincare and makeup as I find they soak in better after a quick prep. ”

Shop: Restorative Cleansing Balm with silk exfoliating cloths, $160, from Corbin Road

“I don’t enjoy being out in the rain, but at least I have the silver lining of wearing a stylish Rains jacket when I do. This ‘Curve’ jacket is inspired by a timeless trench coat, but is much more practical in its lightweight fabric with snap buttons, adjustable cuffs and an easy tie front. As the Scandinavians says: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – only bad dressing’.”

Shop: Curve jacket, $125, from Rains.

“I need another blazer like a hole in the head, but yet here we are. Who am I to fight it, when this absolute vision (that buckle!) is this good?!”

Shop: Sebastian Blazer, $780, from Paris Georgia

“As a beauty editor, I’m constantly asked if certain pricey brand items are worth it. Often the answer is no, but having recently become better acquainted with luxe French skincare and makeup brand Sisley, I can tell you that this lipstick is worth its $75 price.  It’s a weightless gel-texture formula that looks like a densely pigmented crème and wears like a dream, keeping lips lush and hydrated.  As such, while I’ve been wearing the classic red #42 shade, this month I’m going to buy a nude shade as well.”

Shop: Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick, $75, from Smith & Caughey’s.

“I spilt a fish sauce dressing all through my regular tote and it will never smell regular again. A sign I must replace with another NZ made item. I already have 2 KLAY jackets and a cushion and love everything they do!”

Shop: Heavy black canvas roll down bag, $160 from Klay

“This jumper is made in New Zealand and has a unisex vibe, which is a good way to get into my wardrobe.”

Shop: Moonscape jumper (Penny Sage x Imogen Taylor), $650, from Penny Sage.

“One thing that I most definitely don’t need more of is active wear – but, Aim’n have released their newest dreamy pastels range and safe to say, I’m obsessed. I’m all about soft colours like pinks, whites and purples and this lilac set has my name all over it.”

Shop: Ribbed crop, $80 and ribbed tights, $105, from Aim’n.

“I’ve always struggled with spots popping up on my skin at the best of times, but I haven’t been able to find a reliable and gentle product to tackle acne up until now. I read about this drying lotion online and thought I’d give it a go and I’m so glad that I did! This product is DREAMY and at such a low price point I wish I had purchased it earlier – I want to try more products in this range, so be prepared to see them in my selections! Trust me when I say this is R.E.L.I.A.B.L.E when it comes to getting rid of those pesky spots!”

Shop: Mario Badescu drying lotion, $29, from MECCA.

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