Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Shopkeeper Interview - Nardine and Hayley of Baz*ar The Empire

I am thrilled to introduce you this morning to not one but two amazingly talented and stylish fashionistas, Hayley and Nardine of Baz*ar The Empire. You get double the interview here, so grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy.


Name: Nardine Ataera

What do you do for a living?

Enjoy it! As one of the Directors @ Large for Baz*ar The Empire how can I not! NB: @ Large as we roam a lot – it keeps things interesting.

How does a normal day fold out for you?


5am wake up call (husband’s gym alarm) - daily devotional/meditation - 6am workout - 7am get ready; my favourite time of the day and quite a ritual for me which involves numerous cups of green tea, burning multiple WoodWick candles, make-up, hair, outfit, social media updates, family phone calls & general bliss - 9am green smoothie (yes I’m on that buzz and loving it) - 9.30am the scenic drive from Hastings to Ahuriri to get to work - 10am decaf Americano from milkandhoney and time for business which can involve any of the following – shop floor, financials, marketing, buying appointments, general shenanigans - 5pm the relaxing drive home on which I generally try and think of something creative for dinner - 6pm cook something not very creative for dinner - 7pm relax and catch up with my husband - 9pm bedtime – I love my sleep! (In our Californian super king bed which helps.)

Who inspires you?

Elle McPherson – The Body, The Business, The Longevity. And satorially, Emmanuelle Alt.


What websites/blogs could we find you reading?

Australian Harpers Bazaar – in hard copy. It’s now been over 10 years of love and I have kept every single issue. Iherb- for all things health-related – I can waste a lot of time trawling through their products and creating wishlists - I’m vitamin obsessed! Style Runner - for all things sport related – as above, this satisfies my workout gear weakness. Mrs Lilien - this lady has a seriously cool way with words. Milo and Mitzy - interior inspiration that makes me want to get my DIY on! Sincerly Jules - LA based Julie Sarinana has a style I admire – easy, effortless chic, girly with an edge.

What is your interior style?


Strong, industrial, masculine, opulent, art deco, baroque, black & white.

What is your fashion style?


Lady-like with a tomboy twist. Sport-luxe COMPLETES ME.

From your store, what is on your wishlist to buy right now?

Classic black & white Converse high-tops, RUBY Giovanna nail polish (this is on repeat), WoodWick Havana candles, Grown Polishing Facial Exfoliant (my new years resolution is to buff myself beautiful) & new season RUBY!

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

A crystal clear Kartell Ghost Chair, pinky-sized gold signet ring and Chanel sneakers.

What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Taranaki – my family is there & Rarotonga – ultimate relaxation and a simple way of life.

What is your favorite meal to cook or have cooked for you?

Spaghetti Bolognese on a bed of spinach topped with loads of parmesan cheese.

Any 5 year plans you would like to share with us?

I prefer to leave it in the Lord’s hands – I’m already blessed beyond belief with the life I live.


Name:Haley Stuart-Malcolm

What do you do for a living?

Director: (big girl) at Baz*ar The Empire. A retail/lifestyle store, also a part time enthusiast of textile illustration...

How does a normal day fold out for you?

Finding coffee and half a hour of peace, normally outside to ponder/meditate/eat... A bit of exercise, get ready for work! Late start at 10 awesome!!! Work day consists of : emails, dancing, coffee, lists, selling, conversations, eating, clothing, sometimes drawing and on a good day lots if laughter.. Then Home time... Dinner catching up with hubbie or friends or reading Etc etc

Who inspires you?

Everyday People who are not afraid to be themselves, who push the envelope and there comfort zone!! 
people who go out and get what they want with hard work, and not stepping on other people to get there!
People who are extremely successful at bring happy!! Any one who falls into this category: Also all the people in every single autobiography I've ever read: too many to mention. Buddha seems to be pretty clued up tho ! Love that chubby fella.

What websites/blogs could we find you reading?

I am a sporadic reader of blogs. I tend to love artistic ones more then clothing blogs as I find they get a bit monotonous! But I love the web sites Trendland, TheSelby and Milo and Mitzy of course ;)  I am a huge fan of  Instagram as I can look at the photos of my favourite people without all there blog hoopla... (Love  Camilla Franks) 


What is your interior style?

I'm am just renovating my kitchen at the moment so I'm mildly obsessed with interiors! Clean white spaces with exotic splashes of colour and native timber, wooden floors, love a country cottage house with all the original details. Nothing sterile and has to be a bit lived in!! I'm in love with yellow and navy and turquoise at the moment so this will be the colours featuring in my house..

What is your fashion style?

My own ! Eclectic and ever changing growing and fun!! It honestly depends on what my personality is doing I can love being a bit tomboy/gangster or a bit boho like love colour and I love love love contradictory and eclectic outfits so a mix of high and low cost style and design something original spontaneous and clever, nothing that looks like you have tried too hard! Fashion should be Fun if you can't laugh at yourself your doing something wrong!!!!!  

From your store, what is on your wishlist to buy right now.

A loumina garnet nature bow ring !! It will be my 30th present to myself in march!!! 

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

A pair of gangster pants on sale $150 they are all sequinned and the jasper mirror from Freedom.


What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Anything with a beach ! Hawaii want/need to go there!! And Mangawhai (up north New Zealand) as it's were my mama lives and it's so beautiful.. I miss it..: 

What is your favorite meal to cook or have cooked for you?

Pizza or Mexican or my mums quiche, oh and apple pie love love love.

Any 5 year plans you would like to share with us?

To continue to be creative and hopefully full time creating textiles and most certainly having a huge vege garden !!!

Thanks so much for sharing ladies.

Amy x