10 Questions with Super Stylist Claire Donaldson // One Lovely Day

Claire Donaldson from One Lovely Day is what I like to call a Super Stylist. Her work is so beautifully unique and always so perfectly pulled off, that I would love to spend a day inside her brain, to feed off her creativity. This Auckland based styling superstar has one very impressive portfolio with clients such as Shiseido, Superette and the Australian Womens Weekly, just to name a few. Super swanky, and fantastic to deal with, Claire is a bride’s dream come true. And just wait to you see her suitcase of tricks.. you will have to keep reading!

Who is this super stylist
Hi, my name is Claire Donaldson, a stylist of all things fabulous. Born and bred in little old New Zealand, I literally landed in a pot of paint … born into an incredibly artistic family… always creating, inventing, making, displaying and playing… I caught the bug.

For as long as I can remember all I have wanted to do is make things look ‘fabulous’… and so ‘One Lovely Day’ was born. There is no better platform than styling to fulfill this passion… with an eye for detail and an over active imagination, years of experimenting and studying have lead to the creation of many a glorious event and design.

I’m passionate about my work and strive to be original and think outside the box… nothing beats a good party, bottoms up x …

I love… garage sales, sunny days, ivy, old cutlery, bedding dried on the line, candle light, a well clipped hedge, a cold glass of wine, the smell of sweet peas, stripes, green, a new magazine, singing in the car, finding that perfect dress, laughing, discovering the history behind an antique find, being on time, an open fire, green fingers, eiderdowns, a bargain, a box full of paints, gold, wooden floors, sleeping babies, grandmas, wild flowers and a freshly filled fridge x”


10 questios with Claire


1 Describe yourself in 3 words: Can’t sit still!



2 What’s the best professional lesson you ever learned?

Sleep on it, my most creative ideas come in the dead of the night.


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3 What was the last thing that gave you warm fuzzies?

 I lost a precious heirloom necklace last year that had been passed down and still often think about it. It had tiny gold keys on it and was my absolute fav. The night before my birthday last week, Ivy my 6 year heard me talking about it on the phone to my sister. The next morning my gorgeous kind girl came creeping into my room and gave me a wee handmade necklace that she had threaded beads onto and dangling of the bottom was a set of old house keys. Such a thoughtful treasure x



4 Who inspires you? 

So many people inspire me, it is amazing where you can find inspiration & talent, in little corners of the internet, magazines, shop windows, buildings, conversations, and day to day experiences are all bursting with ideas.



5  If not a stylist, what would you be? A teacher.



6 Describe your perfect day as a stylist… 

When everything you have envisioned comes together perfectly, I love the feeling of accomplishment and pride it gives me.



7 Describe your perfect day off… Make it a week and I’m on a plane to Bali x



8  Besides friends & family, what are the three things you can’t live without? 

My wall planner, fresh flowers and sunshine.



9 What are you watching, reading and listening to right now? 

Not a lot of down time, but love flicking through the pages of magazines and love the Passenger album.



10 Looking back, what would you tell your 16 year old self? 

A choker and long gloves at the ball is probably not the best choice!


But wait
One Lovely Day have a amazing suitcase of tricks, exclusively available for One Lovely Day clients.
Below is just a small snippet of Claire’s fabulous treasures so head on over here to see more ♥

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