“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!“
So, a few months ago something weird happened to me. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m now officially in my mid-twenties (!!) but I have well and truly been bitten by the homeware bug. Instead of spending hours trawling the internet for pretty dresses, I’m way more likely to be found checking out duvet covers or pastel coloured shelves. Hey, I’m not complaining or anything; having a home that reflects your taste is pretty dang important, don’t you think?
Now, enter the ice cream vase! I completely fell for the ‘I Scream’ vase by Jonathan Adler. As soon as I saw it lurking in the gift department of Shopbop, I knew it had to be mine. And look – it is! And doesn’t it look adorable full of fresh blooms? Plus, I’m sure it could also double as a sundae dish, which is a massive positive in my books! : )
You may have noticed that I’m just a wee bit hooked on the colour yellow. I can’t help it: it just makes me so happy! And you can’t beat happiness, right? : ) My friends love to tease me about my silly crush on yellow, and will often Snapchat me pictures of yellow things they see throughout their day. Aw, you guys!
A couple of days ago I just plain felt like treating myself, so on my way home from work I walked straight into a shop and came out with… a bright yellow gnome! I’d been eyeing this little guy up for well over a month – well, one that was about five times the size actually – but this guy was much more affordable. As I placed him alongside my other trinkets, I realised that I really do own a lot of yellow. Here is a little peek at some of my favourites from my ever-growing collection.
Some gals have a thing for shoes, some prefer hats, but me? I’m a bag lady, all the way. Well, I actually quite like shoes and hats too, but bags win. If it’s a little ‘out there’ then it’s for me. And the number one rule? Animal bags win, every time. When I was a kid I had a bag shaped like a shoe. I seriously thought it was the coolest thing ever, and I really, really wish I still had it! I like to think it has massively influenced my silly bag collection. But you guys get it, right? Silly bags are so much fun! Here’s a wee look at my collection. Let me know which one is your favourite!
It’s September, so you know what that means… Spring is here!! (Well, in the southern hemisphere at least..!) You’ll know by now that I’m not much of a Winter gal. Every year I go slightly into denial – wearing shorts and skirts and laughing (aka shivering) in the face of sub-zero weather.
The entire duration of the colder months, I’ve been left thinking about Spring. Naturally, I couldn’t help but begin to collect pretty things to style for when the weather warms up. The first being this stripy hat! Something about being a brunette makes me want to wear green all the time and these stripes make me feel like a wannabe Parisian. Something I am more than happy to deal with.
I’m beyond excited to get into curling my hair more often this spring! We took a whirlwind trip to Christchurch at the weekend to see family and to collect a portion of our copious amounts of stuff. One of the things I was most eager to find was my curling iron! You’re bound to see a whooole lot more wavy hair around here. Something about it seems so very spring-y, don’t you think?
These spotted clogs had me at hello! Once again, the very wonderful Lotta From Stockholm has outdone herself with her gorgeous designs. Clogs win me over every time – and the polkadot print is beyond dreamy. I’m so so so excited for the weather to finally warm up, so I can wear these babies out, without my toes feeling like they could drop off my feet.
I always thought I was more of a ‘silver girl’. But lately it’s been becoming all about the gold. These are just some of the white and gold goodies which I’ve treated myself to lately. Just little things that make me happy, you know. Appreciating the smaller things is far more fun!
I can’t express quite how long I’ve wanted my very own bottle of Marc Jacobs perfume. And now I finally do, thanks to Smelly Cat. Rather than conquering the obsession, it seems to have fueled it. I’d quite like to own one in every single variety. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a Marc Jacobs daisy garden?! Oh, go on then!
Painting my nails white is the best. My job means I have to reapply it pretty darn often (I’m a preschool teacher, so just think about what playdough, gloop, and everything else does to a manicure) so it’s a great thing that I enjoy doing it quite so much. White polish: I ♥ you.
How sweet is this rocking horse ring?! It always seems to bring me incredible amounts of luck – making me love it even more, of course! Whenever I wear it, I’ll end up taking it off my finger at some point to admire just how pretty it is. Looove!
A real life seal?! Yes, yes! This sleepy little fellow has been lurking around Wellington city for the past few weeks. Lucky Barnaby gets to say a big ol’ hello to him every day on his way to work but I only see him – well, about three times a week I suppose! Let’s be honest, when a genuine real-life seal is in your city, you gotta make a lot of trips, right? On this overcast day, minutes before getting pelted by an out-of-nowhere type storm, we decided to pay the seal (fondly named Lucille three. Any other Arrested Development fans here?!) a visit before heading off for ice cream. Animals, ice cream, and taking photos? Now that’s my kinda weekend.
Ever seen something (non food related, of course!) that looks SO good that you could eat it? Well, if not, prepare to feast your eyes upon this delicious selection of clothing that will have you daydreaming all day long about ice cream adventures. Err, Jo, where exactly would I wear them?! (I can hear you asking already!) Fear not, I’ve done the work for you, and dreamt up the perfect scenarios to go along with these mouth-watering goodies. First up is the Sundae Dressed Sweater, which you can see above. Yum!
There’s no denying it; dates are scary, nerve-wracking, exciting, worrying – yep, all of the above. It always helps to have your outfit planned beforehand – and this one is the sweetest. Pastel colours will show off your girly side, and the cute accessories are the perfect accent! Oh, and if he asks you to choose the location – please please please ask for a ice cream bar.Yum!
A cosy day at home. Who doesn’t love ‘em?! Personally, I like setting my time aside for some good ol’ internet browsing, a spot of baking, and just general all-round lounging. Clearly, home days are all about comfort. That’s why, along with this sugary sweet outfit, I showed off a few homeware goodies. Including this adorable ice cream sandwich pillow. Want want want!
Never before have I wanted a dress so badly in my life! Skeleton print and glow-in-the-dark? Yes yes yes! I am so sad that this has sold out. I will be anxiously refreshing the page until it’s back in stock!
Barnaby thought these were a bit creepy – but I fell in love with each and every one of these painted buildings! (He’s probably just worried that I’d do it to our future house… which I totally would!) Which one is your favourite?
I swear it is impossible to feel glum when you’re wearing heart print! I wore this dress a couple of days ago when I was going to a big meeting. I was super nervous!
Not that it’ll happen anytime soon, but I am severely lusting over a classic quilted Chanel designer handbag – like this one from Cruise Fashion. I wish!
These Hello Sunshine flats are some of the sweetest shoes I’ve ever seen! Luckily, they just so happen to be on their way to my mailbox..! ; )
Carey Mulligan’s spread for Harper’s Bazaar is seriously gorgeous! I love Carey. She seems like such a sweet person!
A speaker picnic blanket sounds like the best thing in the world. Now, if only New Zealand wasn’t going into winter! Oh well, even more reason to be excited for spring, I suppose!
Meow! Oh hi. Ready to meet my new favourite thing? My sweet guy, Barnaby, kindly gifted me this cat bag for my 24th birthday last week. (Clearly my 24 years have meant I’ve matured a bunch… or not!) Seriously though, I love this bag. I’ll be honest – I knew exactly what he had gotten me for my birthday, and have been waiting ever-so impatiently for the big day to roll around. To make things even harder, he stored it so obviously in his wardrobe – making the temptation even more difficult..! I can rest easy now though – it’s mine, all mine!
We took the bag out for a spin, and I was delighted with how many young children pointed and gazed at it longingly. (Good taste, kids!) I paired it with a oxblood coloured pinafore and spotted top – both by Ark Clothing. The flower crown is one of my most recent craft endeavours. I’ve constructed oodles of flower crowns in the past (like these ones, or even this flower crown) but this is my favourite by far. Somethin’ about wearing flowers on your head seems to brighten any day, don’t you think?
Hm, a bit of an odd title, don’t you think? At first, I might have even thought so myself! Strangely though, one of the questions I’m emailed about most often (besides lipstick and hair!) is about cat clothing. Namely, people have no idea where to buy cute feline clothing or accessories – let alone how to style them! Now, it’s fairly common amongst fashion bloggers to have a love for cats in fashion. I’d even go so far as saying it’s a staple diet – and I know that there are other bloggers out there who certainly agree (Carrie, Erin, I’m looking at you!) So it seems an absolute necessity that I post somewhat of a guide of how to wear cats on clothing, and not feel too silly and out of place about it.
1. A simple tote bag.
A bag is one of the easiest ways to cure the feline need. It’s easy. Wear whatever you like, then sling a bag over your shoulder, and voila – finished. A cat bag is fantastic way to really ease you into the trend, perfect for if you find it slightly intimidating! The bag I’m wearing above is one of my outfit staples. It’s sadly sold out, but a cute alternative is definitely this bag (which I adore!) – or even this one!
2. Kitty cat tights.
I LOVE these cat tights. Their little grumpy faces are the sweetest ever. Plus, they’re quite subtle when on, as the tights are flesh coloured. It looks almost as though you’ve been doodling on your knees with a felt tip pen (one of my regular habits when I was little!) These seem to sell out fairly often (sob!) so an adorable alternative are these ones, which are on my birthday wishlist!
3. Cat jewellery.
Ahh, jewellery! You make it so easy for those of us that choose the subtle route. Pick out your favourite cat jewellery piece and wear it however you please. I opted for an adorable handmade silver kitten pendant that my Mum gifted to me about five years ago. I don’t wear it terribly often, as I love it to pieces and am so worried that I’ll damage it. But when I do… I love it even more! As for jewellery alternatives, I think this cat ring is gorgeous. Oh, and I love this bracelet too!
4. Feline footwear.
Now, it doesn’t matter whether you can afford the ever-coveted Charlotte Olympia flats – there is always a way to introduce kitty-cats into your footwear. I love wearing cat socks in particular, just because it seems extra sweet to see a little face peeking out from below your ankles! Above I’m wearing a sold-out pair from Modcloth, but I think this pair – or even these, are a pretty sweet alternative!
5. And lastly – a cat hat!
Cat hats are sweet – oh go on, admit it! There is something about the addition of two pointed ears which seems to make headwear oh-so perfect. Barnaby might think I look slightly barmy when I wear my blue Boohoo cat hat down the street, but that’s fine by me. After all, I am slightly barmy! It keeps my head warm and it looks adorable. That’s my boxes checked! A couple of sweet alternatives are this cat beret or a cat bowler hat. Which one is your favourite?
Lastly – the big question; what are some of my very top kitty cat picks? Just take a glance below!