“I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet, they sent me a…“
One of my very favourite places to visit is the zoo. Wellington zoo is particularly special – as when Barnaby and I first started dating it was one of the places we would visit as often as possible (I guess this is what happens when you live in the CBD and aren’t allowed pets!)
We visited the zoo a fair while ago now, I had just completely forgotten about the photos! I got made up in one of my very favourites tops – this cat sleeved little number from Pepa Loves which got plenty of young children pointing and exclaiming. We are pretty freakin’ obsessed with meerkats in our household, so it was an especially mesmerising moment when they came right up to the glass and looked right at us. Oh, and when a woman asked me if they were possums, my answer was “they’re like Timon in the Lion King!” & I thought that was pretty neat. The very best bit, though, was when one of the meerkats starting planking – just take a look at the last photo!
Wellington Zoo / 200 Daniel Street, Newtown, Wellington
Oh my gosh, guys! I’m wearing something tight.. and in public too! This is a seriously big moment for me (one that is much appreciated by my other half) and seriously got me thinking the question; body-con or body-conscious?
I’ve never been one to be self-conscious about my weight – even when I weighed around 14kg more than I do presently (what can say, the student diet didn’t work for me!) Even though I don’t get too hung up on looks, I do find it really hard to get into tight clothes and go about my daily life… It. Just. Feels. Like. Everyone. Is. Looking.
Usually, wearing tight clothing really gets to me.. And fair enough, I might add! I don’t know whether it’s getting older, or what, but I’ve decided I’ll give anything a go; whether it’s something that would usually fit the bill, or the complete opposite (in this case, the latter). The best thing about this experience was that I felt like a total bombshell! I decided to ignore everyone around me, and completely dress for myself. And I loved it. And I’ll totally do it again. And it was awesome. Plus, I can see that my time at the gym lately is really paying off. And that makes me feel really good.
So, around a week or so ago something MASSIVELY EXCITING happened. It all started when I entered a lucky draw to win the ABC flats on Alix’s blog, the Cherry Blossom Girl. I put in my entry and thought nothing of it; because, you know, that’s what happens with giveaways. Last week I had woken up just after 5am, and during my sleepy state I checked my emails. Let’s just say, it was the ultimate wake-up, as there was no way whatsoever that I was falling asleep again!
Charlotte Olympia’s latest offering (and my new favourite footwear!), the ABC flats, come with 26 symbols, all of which correspond with the complete set of leather alphabet letters (take a look at the ABC guide below!) Each leather appliqué can be used only once, due to the adhesive on the back, so remember to choose wisely! I’m currently leaning towards my namesake, Jo (fun fact: Jo also means ‘sweetheart’!) but I need to find a way to squeeze in some cute symbols too! I mean, have you seen that little paper sailboat?! Too cute!
Thank you again, Alix, and Charlotte Olympia! There really couldn’t be a more fitting (teehee, footwear pun!) pair of shoes for an early childhood teacher – as I sing the ABC song at least once a day!
Oh my gosh, you guys! I had the best weekend! After waking up feeling restless (and with a strong craving for hot chips) me and my guy, Barnaby went on a spontaneous date and embarked on a 45 minute bus ride down to the seaside suburb of Seatoun.
With my (obsessive) love of all things sailory, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear my anchor print dress by Larmoni, in my favourite colour, naturally. It was one of those meant-to-be moments when I stumbled upon my matching anchor bow-tie by Ladybird Likes. It was all topped off by these minty green eco sandals by Alohas.
Now let me just say, the long journey was well worth it. We indulged in a scoop of good ol’ hot chips alongside haloumi and hash brown burgers – there’s not much better!
Over the weekend I paid a much (much much) needed visit to Christchurch; a city that may sound familiar if you’re a long time reader (I lived there before relocating to Wellington). I had massive aspirations – filming a video, writing a Christchurch city guide, but instead opted for some old fashion quality time with close friends and family.
One of the highlights of my trip (besides seeing my wonderful Nana and my boyfriend’s dogs ♥ ) was getting to experience Autumn; a season that is fairly non-existent when you live in the CBD. I couldn’t get enough of the acorns, leaves underfoot, and of course the beautiful shades of orange and yellow that were absolutely everywhere. There is nothing quite so satisfying as the crunch from a perfect Autumn leaf – and you know I deliberately changed my path to step on them!
Talk about dressing to match your surroundings! As soon as I laid eyes on this adorable cottage-shaped purseI knew exactly where I wanted to shoot it. The rest of the outfit sort of followed from there. It’s a little odd wearing mostly black and white – but a pop of lipstick always makes me feel like me ♥
Isn’t it a beautiful Tudor building? It reminds me of a miniature Liberty in London – where I would absolutely love to visit one day. Although rather grand, this Tudor sits in the middle of a busy intersections (err, hello traffic lights in the photos below!) I also noticed it’s actually a residence (totally thought it was a restaurant) when we saw the face watching us from one of the windows. Eep! Hello, strange person, you have a really cute house!
Last week, on Friday I celebrated turning the big 2-6! Speaking of which, it’s WEIRD to get emails from your big brother teasing you about now being in your “late twenties”. Well, you’re in your early thirties, brother, so ha!
To celebrate we headed to my favourite breakfast joint in the entire world – Drexels. I consider it pretty expensive for breakfast, so we literally only go there twice a year – once for Barnaby’s birthday and once for mine. Um, so if you can’t tell from the photos, it was bloomin’ delicious! Melt-in-your-mouth waffles (crispy outside and soft inside, mm!) served with whipped butter.. I genuinely don’t think it could get any better than that.
I got dolled up all fancy-like, as I do every year – it just makes birthdays so much more fun, you know. This year I opted for a scalloped little number paired with a vintage leopard print jacket from Nikita & Vesper. I’ve shot at this beautiful old hotel recently, but I couldn’t help but be drawn in again – it is absolutely gorgeous. We only took a few photos though – as people sat down to eat their breakfast right at the window we were shooting beside. Hello, people!
I often wonder if bloggers are interrupted by residents as they stand on their doorsteps taking photos.. Luckily I managed to avoid it this time round – but I certainly had a giggle or two thinking about what would happen! This door is actually one I pass rather frequently during my walks to the supermarket. I never really give it a second look, but as I was strolling down, pineapple clutch in hand, I noticed how perfectly the mustard and red complimented each other.. and I was convinced!
It genuinely makes me a little sad that winter is well and truly on it’s way – especially as I’ve collected so much pineapple jewellery lately – the ultimate summer staple. To ease the pain, ever-so-slightly, we have booked tickets to Miami for the end of the year. I absolutely cannot wait, and it has definitely served as some motivation during gym visits. I know that these pineapples goodies will definitely be one of the first things in my hand luggage ; )
Ah, the very last of my Auckland posts. It took slightly longer than expected to put this together – and I certainly hope that you enjoy it! As a grand finale, this is a round-up of all of my favourite things to do in Auckland! So if you’ve booked in a trip, or are already planning a visit, these are some places I make sure to pop by whenever I’m in town. I’d love to hear your recommendations too; so please leave a comment if there is an absolute must-go place, and I’ll do my best to arrange it during my next trip!
WHERE TO EAT
Mexicali / 137 Quay Street, Auckland
We are big Mexican food enthusiasts in our household! Whenever we go to Auckland, our very first stop is Mexicali. I usually opt for a good ol’ burrito (“extra guacamole, please!”) but this time around went for a taco salad – where I got to eat the actual bowl! Have you ever seen the Simpsons episode where Homer has a nacho hat that he gets to eat? Well that’s totally what I felt like – though I managed to resist the urge of placing the taco bowl on my head (and for that my hair is eternally grateful). Back to the food though, Mexicali is delicious, and with $12 a burrito, pretty standard by New Zealand prices. Oh, and it’s right next to the wharf, so you get to watch boats while you eat.
Velvet Burger / 18 Fort Street, Auckland
Before our visit, I made darn sure to do my burger research (a must of any trip). There are zillions of amazing places about, but as a vegetarian – or more particularly, a vegetarian that doesn’t like tofu or mushrooms very much, your options get narrowed down awfully quickly. On a rainy day, just as the hangover was beginning to strike, we arrived at Velvet Burger. Me & my guy, Barnaby both opted for a Animal Rights burger (pictured above) – complete with a kumara & coriander patty, velvet relish, and a minty yoghurt sauce. This was probably the best burger I’ve ever eaten. Ever. And I eat a lot of burgers (vegetarian, of course).
Sals Pizza / 183 K Road, Auckland
…because who doesn’t love pizza?! And did I mention it’s New York pizza style – aka. massive! We always make sure to pop into Sals – and luckily there are branches all over Auckland! You can buy by the slice (we did) or opt for a full size pizza pie. Either way, Sals is delicious!
WHERE TO SHOP
Iko Iko / 195 Karahange Road, Auckland
I give a far more detailed description of my retail choices in my where to shop in Auckland blog post, however, I couldn’t help but include my beloved Iko Iko in this post too! Iko Iko is my favourite shop, and it’s really not surprising as it’s home to some of the cutest (and weirdest!) knick knacks and accessories. Every time I emerge from this shop I always end up with a souvenir – including this trip in to take photos! If you’re not planning on visiting New Zealand any time soon, you should totally check out their online store. I love Iko Iko!
WHERE TO DRINK
Hula Hut / Cnr Hobson & Quay Street, Viaduct, Auckland
To say that I don’t drink is basically the understatement of the year. My drinking life is fairly non-existant – although when I’m on holiday I always seem to make an exception. I’m really not into crowds, so the quiet little Hula Hut was completely perfect. We sat harbourside, watching yachts as they docked, and felt the fresh sea air on our faces. Oh, and did I mention that the entire floor was covered in Astroturf?! I’m kind of obsessed with the stuff (and have long dreamed of covering our balcony in it!) so I was rather impressed. And lemmie tell you; those Sol beers were bloomin’ amazing, especially as the weather was peaking at 28 degrees! Eep!
WHAT TO DO
Sky Tower / Cnr Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland
It’s impossible to visit Auckland without at least catching a glimpse of it’s massive landmark; the Sky Tower. The tallest building in New Zealand, and one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere for that matter, the Sky Tower offers the most breathtaking views of the city. We didn’t make it up this time around, but we certainly did a couple of years ago, which you can see in this post. And if you’re a thrill seeking individual (I’m totally not) you can leap off the side of it – at a whopping 328 metres!
Auckland Zoo / Motions Road, Auckland
You might have seen my earlier post about Auckland Zoo. There was absolutely no way it wasn’t going to appear on this list – it was one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to! About ten minutes out of the CBD, this picturesque spot is home to New Zealand’s only elephant (…but not for long!) and my favourite of all – flamingoes. This is without a doubt the best zoo in New Zealand – and so so so recommended!
Oh pineapples, how I love you. Whether it’s on a plate or in print form, there’s no denying that you’re pretty darn wonderful. I may be a little late to the pineapple party, but hey, I’m participating to the fullest. Gotta love those ananas comosus, am I right?! Getting to style up this delicious pineapple clutch by Luna on the Moon was one of the best opportunities ever, and since it’s arrival it has cemented itself as one of my very favourite bags. It may also help that I have miniature pineapple earrings to wear with it (unusual for this lady as I barely ever wear earrings – ever!)
Wearing the best colour possible – bright yellow, in case you didn’t know (!) we headed down to one of my favourite places – the boat sheds. I had visions of amazing light, a wind-free day, you know the sort.. Apparently Wellington doesn’t know the sort – so we stuck it out, taking photos as long as we could for an especially windy day. Strangely enough these have turned out to be some of my favourite photos – ever! …Though really, it might just come down to the abundance of pineapples!