…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!
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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 ; )
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!)
I have a love affair with ducks that goes way back. It all started when, aged 7, I was allowed to choose my first pet of my very own. Three guesses what I picked ; ) After one duck, the obsession truly began, and I distinctly remember visiting the market three weeks in a row, and returning home with another duck every time (ah, the good ol’ South-east Asian upbringing, eh!) We would cart them home in a little cardboard box – which made for some funny moments, especially when we went to pick up McDonalds soft serves, and the box wouldn’t stop cheeping. We certainly got some questionable looks, let me tell you!
The obsession is still well and truly strong, and my real-life Facebook friends would’ve seen a picture I put up recently where a wild duck ate chickpeas out of my hand in the park! Aside from that one-off incident, nowadays I tend to get my feather-fix through wearing ducks on my clothing. This duck-print dress by PB&J Boutique couldn’t have come at a better time – especially as the seasons are changing, so I also got to whip out my Juju x Kigu duck rainboots. Next on my list – the matching yellow poncho. It’s only a couple of months until my birthday, so I guess it’s time to start dropping hints! ; )
Ever since this dress arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago, I knew exactly where I wanted to photograph it. Well, admittedly, Wellington is the perfect location; as it’s all about the hills – just like the print on my Larmoni dress. Talk about meant to be, right?
After waking up at 7:30. On a Sunday (I am most disappointed in myself) we went on a hill hike – with me wearing this house-print little number and a pair of peachy cat eye specs from Polette. Lemmie tell you, there was definitely something in that hill air. I can’t remember the last time I’ve achieved so much on a Sunday (usually they are strictly reserved for Adventure Time binge watching sessions). I went to the supermarket (one of my most hated activties at the weekend – so. many. people!), cooking, crafting, writing, and doing some work for my day job. I’ll definitely be heading back up again, so hopefully the hill air does it’s wonders! Though I might sleep in for an extra hour or two this time! ; )
So, riding on a swing with built-in speakers playing techno music (!!) wasn’t quite what I was expecting when we headed out on a lunch date, but hey – when you’re presented with an opportunity, right?! We spotted this Astroturf carpeted swing in the middle of a shipping container in a side-street in town. After lurking nearby, waiting for a group of 8-year-olds to finish their turns, I got my chance to soar – and was it ever great! It felt like the most appropriate time ever (yes, really!) to be wearing a dress that quite literally makes me feel like a cloud, alongside my rainy days clutch.
…& now I suppose I should mention how embarrassed I was getting off the swing! I had been having such a fun time that I had no idea that there was a small bunch of children lining up, waiting for their go. Whoops! Oh well, here’s to never growing up, eh! ; )
P.s. if you’re in Wellington, New Zealand and fancy a go – it’s located on Bond Street Wellington CBD, New Zealand.
It’s amazing what a swipe of scarlet lippy does for your self esteem. You might not notice it – but I was feeling all kinds of unwell when we snapped these photos! After simultaneously coming down with a cold, stomach bug, and a headache like no other (ahh, the joys of working in childcare – catching every darn sickness available!) I was fed up with living in bed – particularly as the weather was SO HOT that it felt more like a punishment than a sanctuary – so headed out in bright red to find a spot to have lunch.
I hate going out looking sick – I always seem to bump into every single person I know – so piled on the makeup – lipstick included of course, and kept the red theme going with this scalloped dress by Chicwish and a vintage beret. Mustard/ketchup (colour) combos have been my favourite thing for a long time now, so I threw my new Jo Totes camera bag into the mix of things. I may have only felt like a couple of dollars, but when your special guy tells you that you look like a million bucks, it sure helps you feel better!