It’s too hard for Jane Kite to pick her all-time favourite clothing item from Frogs & Toadstools, but at the moment, it’s her Lemon Tree black animal print jacket.
“Francesca picked it out for me to try on, and I fell in love with it! It’s so light to wear, it is on trend with the animal print, and I like that I can dress it up or down – it’s perfect!”
Jane had just started working in Te Awamutu and happened to be walking by the shop one day when she decided to pop in. She loved the selection of clothes available and that there were a lot of larger sizes suitable for Kiwi women, as well as the really friendly, welcoming atmosphere. And it’s the ‘service with a smile’ that Jane feels sets Frogs & Toadstools apart from other clothing stores.
“I like how Francesca offers advice about what she thinks might suit you. We have laughs and just talk about fashion and life, which is nice. It is definitely a destination for me and I look forward to just going there sometimes to look at the exciting things that might be new in the store.”
A mum and a wife, Jane is also a teacher and enjoys doing things with her family, especially sport! Her top picks are rugby, swimming, snowboarding and fishing, as well as shopping, eating and travelling (which of course is on hold right now).
“I just like doing things and looking awesome in my Frogs and Toadstools outfits while doing it.”
When it comes to clothing style, Jane likes go for things that make her look smaller than what she is as after having her little boy, she found it difficult to buy nice clothes that would fit her new body shape. Jane likes looks that are in fashion and is particularly fond of animal print at the moment, and this is why Frogs & Toadstools has become a favourite place to shop as there are plenty of brands here which she has come to love.
“I love Lemon Tree and a Belle sheer top and singlet are on my wish list. I have also been a big fan of Zafina. Other brands new to my list that I like are Home Lee, Over the Ditch (they make beautiful earrings) and Seduce.”
“My motto is if you love it and it makes you feel good, buy it!”
Jo Curry has become such a regular at Frogs & Toadstools that to her it feels like visiting a friend who has an amazing wardrobe to look through, and buy from! She discovered the store around 18 months ago, and loves that the clothes are comfortable, stylish and a great price too.
“Francesca and her mum are so warm and friendly, and it really adds to the whole shopping experience.”
While Te Awamutu is an hour round trip from her home in Hamilton, visiting Frogs & Toadstools is well worth it for Jo because of the fantastic range of stock in store and the wonderful service too. She has three older children who she loves to spend time with and works in a family-run furniture upholstery business with her husband and father in-law. On the weekends Jo enjoys making improvements around her home, and is always looking for a new project to get stuck into, but because she loves clothes and fashion, she always makes time for shopping.
Jo likes to dress in a chic, casual style and only chooses to follow trends if she likes them and thinks that they will suit her. And while it’s hard to choose, her Home Lee Apartment Pants are her favourite item purchased from the shop, as she has found they are not only super comfortable but can be dressed up or down. But when it comes to brands, she can’t pick just one.
“I'm going to be greedy! I love Home Lee as well as Hammil + Co, Sat + Sun and We Are the Others. The thing that I like the most about these labels that they provide you with great comfort wear that is stylish. On the weekends you feel like you can go almost anywhere in them.”