17th, April, 2015

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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

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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.

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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).

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!


13th, April, 2015

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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!

Pineapple BagLuna on the Moon / DressPepa Loves / Shoes – CocoRose London / EarringsAnd Mary / Bow – With Lavender and Lace

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10th, April, 2015

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Sometime recently, I’m not sure when exactly things happened.. I started developing strong feelings.. towards flamingoes!  I mean it too, I’ve fallen for those pink sweethearts in the biggest way possible. Slowly but surely, I’ve been building my collection of flamingo memorabilia; including an impressive amount of flamingo straws, inflatable flamingoes to carry my drinks in Las Vegas later this year, and I have a whole flock of the tiny flamingoes you can see in the very last picture.

No doubt, I’m sure you can see HOW EXCITED I was to add a couple of cute bits of flamingo jewellery to my ever-growing collection. I paired a Chicwish dress in the perfect hue, alongside this absolutely perfect (seriously!) flamingo necklace by And Mary, and earrings by Black Heart Creatives. FYI: I have six piercings in my ears, but I generally can’t stand the feeling of earrings – so am super fussy! These flamingo earrings passed the test though – I just couldn’t stop myself! I topped it all off with a vintage beret and a swipe of fuchsia lipstick – by Karen Murrell, just if you’d like to know. ; )

DressChicwish / Flamingo NecklaceAnd Mary / Lips Bag – H! by Henry Holland / Flamingo EarringsBlack Heart Creatives / Beret – Vintage / ShoesChicwish

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6th, April, 2015

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Hi, I’m Jo and I love bright colours and big hair.

It’s true; I am an absolute sucker for both. I genuinely spend my bus rides to work peeking out the window for any blog-worthy brightly coloured buildings. Not that this colourful wall quite fits the same category – rather than spotting it from the bus, I tend to see it when I’m visiting the outdoor food court it’s attached to. It has a built-in car park, so when we snapped these photos we had to keep dodging out of the way of cars that were driving in and out too quickly (cue lots of Wayne’s World references – “car!” “car!”)

Can we just take a second to talk about these glasses. (It seemed appropriate as I’ve had my fair share of emails referring to these frames lately). They were only $30 from Polette and are easily everything I’ve ever needed from my glasses, and more. I am planning to post about my glasses collection, so more about that in the near future. And as for my headband – it’s by the lovely Le Vero who are running a Kickstarter campaign,  which you should definitely take a look at!

Dress – Pop Boutique (via ASOS) / WatchTwistedTime / Bag – Mimco / TightsTrendyLegs / GlassesPolette / Headband – Le Vero / Shoes – Le Bunny Bleu

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23rd, March, 2015

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…You know I’m an absolute sucker for cute bags! Though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (burgers and chips are more my thing) I couldn’t pass up getting to wear one as an accessory. Food themed bags just work so darn well. I actually posted about my weirdo bag collection last year, but it has multiplied quite a bit since! Definitely in need of an update, I reckon!

Oh, and did you spot my pilot style goggles? Call it love, call it whatever you like really, but I am completely obsessed over these sweet babies! Better yet, they’re reversible, so I can opt for tan or black, depending on my outfit. The lovely Le Vero has just started a Kickstarter campaign to produce these guys a little easier – so go on and take a look. If you need any more convincing – there are ones with #’s on them! I know I’m not the only Instagram addict out there – so go and wear that hashtag love on your head!

Bag – Pepa Loves / Glasses Headband – Le Vero / Shoes & Bow tie Dress – (old) – Chicwish

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14th, March, 2015

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Happy Saturday! I don’t usually blog at the weekend (my time is generally reserved for PJs and binge watching sessions of The Office) but after attending the Mimco launch this morning we shot these photos, I really liked them & felt like sharing sooner rather than later. Firstly, I was given a bouquet of fresh blooms (♥) then I picked out the beautiful, delicate stacking rings you can see below, as well as a sparkly gold bag which will be perfect for my trip to Las Vegas later this year.

It was actually really, really rainy this morning. You can’t see it too well in these photos, but you’ll notice on my glasses for sure! We got caught in the drizzle on the way home, but instead of feeling all gross and waterlogged it was more of a holding-hands-and-sprinting-and-laughing kind of moment. It was fun. I styled up a few of my new Pepa Loves goodies – a wicker cat bag (!!) and a bow-tie dress which kind of reminds me of a watermelon. And that is always a good thing, in my books.

P.s. If you’re in Wellington, the brand new Mimco store is located at 342 Lambton Quay.

RingsMimco / Cat bag & DressPepa Loves / Glasses - Polette / ShoesChicwish

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12th, March, 2015

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One of my favourite days in Auckland was when we visited the zoo! I really don’t know Auckland terribly well, and despite visiting almost 10 times (!) I rarely leave the CBD.. So I was massively excited as we looked out the windows of our Uber ride and spotted Auckland zoo fast approaching! It’s pretty clear that the flamingoes were my favourite (just look at them!!) but the elephant (Burma, the only elephant in New Zealand) was incredible too – & we arrived just in time to hear the zookeepers telling us all about her. It was amazing .

It literally was the perfect day – and just as we left it started to rain – making it feel all the more special. I definitely recommend this place if you happen to pop into Auckland! It is by far the best zoo in New Zealand – and so beautiful too!

Auckland Zoo / Motions Road, Auckland, 1022 

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6th, March, 2015

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Before heading out to dinner (burgers for the win!) we had an enormous attempt at stalking a stunning building that I had been eyeing up from our hotel. Picture ivy covered, picture old brick.. Gosh it was a beauty! And do you know what? We couldn’t find it!! Phones clutched in hand, staring at Google earth, we were sure there was no way we’d miss it.. But somehow it just wasn’t meant to be! So was a relief when we finally made our way onto this equally beautiful palm tree lined street. And it honestly felt like it was meant to be – as I was clad in my finest leopard print – making me feel like some sort of urban Jane-from-Tarzan (never a bad thing, let me tell you!)

DressQueen of Heartz / Shoes – Mel by Melissa / Bag – Jo Totes / Bee Ring – Stephen Einhorn

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2nd, March, 2015

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I’m hoping to put together a city guide or two on the places I’ve visited - so thought I’d start by a little guide to Auckland shops! My absolute favourite place to shop in Auckland is Karangahape Road – More commonly known as K Road. It doesn’t matter whether you’re into new or vintage – this place genuinely has something for everyone (even an electronic music shop, which kept my guy, Barnaby very entertained!) You can duck in for a slice or two of New York style pizza pie from Sal’s Pizza (which I totally did!) to keep your hungry tummy a-going, while making your way from one vintage boutique to another, or pick up cute homeware at just one of many stores. Here’s a little list of where to shop in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The Bread & Butter Letter / 225 K Road, Auckland

I recognised this shop from a Frankie Magaine feature a few years ago as soon as we set foot inside (I even asked the manager, and was proven right!) This shop is filled to the brim with the cutest knick-nacks and vintage clothing (always a plus in my book). I was giggling at the ‘poos and wees’ wall hanging (very mature, Jo), and the collection of mugs had me at hello. This beautiful and refreshing store is definitely one to visit, and even more so when you find out that the shop is owned by real-life friends, Rosie & Sarah, and that everything stocked is locally made and independently owned.I’m already eyeing up a piece or two from their online store, and am particularly smitten with their dreamy embroidery.

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Monster Threads / 161 K Road, Auckland

Aside from being in a massive, massive space adorned with some of the coolest art around, Monster Threads has the best collection of wooden jewellery I’ve seen in quite some time! It’s no secret that I’m pretty keen on my novelty gear, and when you spot deer-shaped wine holders, or tartan bear picnic blankets amongst the shelves, it’s a pretty good indicator of an awesome place to spend my money!

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Viven No 8 / 183 K Road, Auckland

When a vintage store has a row dedicated to sparkles n’ sequins, you know it’s gonna be a good ‘un. The other great thing is that the men’s selection is absolutely massive. Lots of my guy friends complain about how difficult it is for them to buy vintage, and how easy us ladies have it. It’s definitely not the case here, as there are rows and rows of really neat men’s clothing! The women’s collection is neat too – with 50′s dresses, retro jumpsuits and cowboy boots crammed into the mix.

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Iko Iko / 195 K Road, Auckland

If you know me in real-life then there’s no doubt you would’ve heard me talk about my favourite shop (ever!) – Iko Iko. Luckily they have two branches in Wellington (and one is super close to where I live! Score!) and I couldn’t help but pay a visit to the Auckland branch. There’s no way this couldn’t be on my list – it is packed to the brim with the cutest homeware and gifts you’ve ever seen! For someone who loves bright colours – it is impossible not to fall in love everytime you look around. Oh, and I am obsessed with the lawn flamingoes. Can I have a lawn too, please?

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Karen Walker / The Pavilions, Britomart, Auckland

I couldn’t leave out my beloved Karen Walker now, could I? Set in the picturesque Britomart, this ivy-covered wooden store houses clothing (and glasses!) that are even cuter than it’s exterior. I’ll admit, I was way too frightened (and distracted) to bust out my massive camera during my visit, but this is definitely somewhere you can’t leave off your list. Plus, there is even an American-style burger bar practically opposite ; )


25th, February, 2015

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The last few days I’ve been up in Auckland, New Zealand, for the Drake & 2 Chainz concert (I adore rap music, if you didn’t know!) I’m not used to such a busy city – and was feeling well and truly worn out after a solid four days of big city life. This was my favourite day, as me & my fella, Barnaby ended up buying sandwiches and orange juice from the supermarket and having a picnic-of-sorts in the Auckland Botanical Gardens. We found heaps of acorns on the ground (the first sign of Autumn, eek!) and I loved how they looked as I threw them through the air, while wearing my dreamy (x10000) fox print dress by Bernie Dexter! Oh, and we even went for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. It was an epic day!

…Though I think my very favourite part was finding cicada exoskeletons and creeping Barnaby out with them! (My ‘girlfriend points’ might have gone down, ever so slightly!)

DressBernie Dexter / Shoes – CocoRose London

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