I sat down with Aimee to chat so she could understand my style, personality and a bit more prior to creating my dream race day look.
I couldn't be happier with the beautiful dress we created and am still obsessing over it, thank you so much for helping me make the dress of my dreams while understanding my style and wants and becoming a friend.
All the details from her questions she asked me below + the DRESS!
MARY x LOVE AIMEE - Interviewed By Aimee
What does a typical day in the life of you look like?
Monday to Friday I am on the grind, I work full time for NZME in my Media job which I love. After work each day at 5 I go to either pilates or head to the gym for a quick workout then its straight home to work on my own business projects & website. I spend up to a few hours working on my business every night, replying to emails posting out any orders from my online shop & general updates & social media admin. By the time I finish my day its usually around 8pm, I have dinner if I haven’t already and then I’m into bed early to try & chill out before zzzz.
Do you dress for comfort or style?
Straight away I yell STYLE in my head…. but I guess the weekends & when I am in active wear which is lots I most definitely am dressed for comfort. I do own my fair share of uncomfortable shoes & pants to tight though... and if I think something is stylish I will just make it work.
What is your current go to look?
So I have a couple… (outside of active wear which I love haha). Boots with everything! I don’t really wear heels to often being 6foot tall already, I love wearing ankle boots with any look so definitely boots and a mini dress + they are so comfortable especially to go out in.
Secondly sneakers & pants… so many cool pants around at the moment, I am loving wearing sneakers with a pair of dress pants, again comfortable as.
How would you describe your style?
I think everyone has parts of their body they love more or things about yourself you like or don’t & we dress to suit these. Mine is definitely my legs, I like having my arms covered & legs out & not wearing anything too tight around my waist too often so I definitely buy to my body & what I feel best in but my style is kind of forever changing. I would say hmmm I guess that my style is classic & clean a lot of the time but then sometimes a bit salty… I like to wear things differently or something random just to show people how you can pull something off. I also like to mix designer pieces with affordable as well, it’s not all about the price tag & if you put items together well this can reflect that.
Who is a woman that inspires you?
I am going to stick to keeping this about fashion… so Danielle Bernstein (@weworewhat on Instagram). She is fashion blogger/ style icon who is from New York & I really find her business accomplishments & of course her style so inspiring. She’s the same age as I am & I find her both relatable & inspirational.
Also my Mum… can I slip her in there (her patience & heart inspires me).
What is the biggest risk you have taken that has paid off?
Really has to be starting my own business. Quitting a full time job to do something not many people understood at the time (when I started Borrowed By Mary clothing rentals in Chch no one was doing it and people didn’t quite understand renting as a service). I lived with my Mum at home & invested all of my savings which was a big risk & it has paid off. I have learnt a lot along the way & it hasn’t been easy and even though I am not yet where I want to be with my business I am able to connect with so many people through my social channels and website/ shop/ rentals which is extremely rewarding.
How would your parents describe you?
A little crazy haha but in the good way! Also very driven, hardworking and I think Mum would say I am an expensive child with expensive taste.
What do you feel most proud of?
My friends. I have a very strong, supportive & amazing group of ladies around me / in my life that I feel so proud to call my best friends.
What hobby would you get into if time and money wasn’t an issue?
This is such a hard question, I don’t know if it’s a hobby but I would love to do something around helping Animals. So maybe I would like buy a big island somewhere & then adopt a whole bunch of unwanted animals or less fortunate animals, you know save them from animal cruelty situations around the world & then fly them all out to this island sanctuary to live out their lives. Yes I like this idea, that’s what I would do for sure.
What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
You can’t do everything yourself, its ok to ask for help instead of taking on too much. Also a phrase I really like is… ‘You can’t be everything to everyone’.