Probably my favourite thing ever to have come out of 2014 was the co-ord trend. As a rule, I’m not usually too keen on following trends, and tend to stick to doing my own thing, but I’ve been a long-time advocate of playsuits – so co-ords are just a natural progression, right? Plus, I grew up in the 90s. That pretty much says it all.
So if you couldn’t tell, I really love this co-ord by Znu Clothing. The tie-up back is really cute, and I’m just glad that the weather turned out really nice and warm (it is winter here!) so I could actually wear it instead of simply admiring it in my wardrobe.
I was SO happy when we took these photos – we just found out that one of our favourite DJs (Martin Garrix) is playing in Las Vegas while we’re on holiday there. Oh gosh, time can’t go fast enough! I am so excited! Of course this outfit is already packed into my suitcase. I always pack really far in advance – it is genuinely the only way I can cope with the excitement and butterflies!
There’s a lot to be said for a simple, clean outfit with a pair of jeans. While my love of silly accessories (hellooo orange clutch!) may prevent me from pulling off timeless denim looks, like the wonderful Jane Birkin, I certainly can appreciate a nice pair of jeans. Especially as winter continues to make it’s presence known, and my favourite summery dresses no longer seem to be an option – well, not without a pair of warm tights at least!
I did my best job of going minimal and stuck to my basic black-and-whites (doing my best to blend into my surroundings, don’t you think?) I’m pretty darn keen on my new beanie too (complete with detachable pompom!) – as I can’t stand wind blowing into my ears – and it happens a lot when you live in the windiest city in the world, Wellington!
I feel like this year I’ve somehow managed to get my act together in time for winter. I have a new rain coat, rain boots (and they’re duck shaped!), as well as two new winter coats. And now jeanstoo?! I’m not silly enough to ask winter to ‘bring it on’ but this is definitely the most prepared I’ve ever been! (Don’t take it out on me for saying that, winter!)
With the plummeting temperatures as of late (I’m talking 10 degree highs; Celsius, that is) I’ve been reaching for a warm jacket every time I leave the house. Apparently it’s possible for all your dreams to come true in jacket form – because the stars managed to somehow align and I’m now the proud owner of a PINK FURRY jacket – and it’s vintage too! I’m so ridiculously in love that it’s a little bit silly. And it makes me actually able to deal with winter (usually I am really, really not a fan).
I spent my morning strolling around a really pretty street, because they’re the best kind, after all. With hearts on my legs, cats eye frames, bubblegum, a jelly shoe necklace, and of course the Malibu Barbie dream jacket I’ve been searchin’ for all my life, I’m a happy lady.
So, lately I’ve been trying to pick out garments for my upcoming trip to Miami (SO excited, just by the way!) Namely, this yellow high waisted bikini was right at the top of my list. I had high hopes of shooting some photos at my favourite beach (which incidentally is a nudist beach – although I didn’t know when I went!) Instead of picturesque beach shots, here all a couple of photos of me being all silly-like with my trusty banana phone.
As you can imagine, I’ve already packed this beautiful yellow number into my suitcase. Did I mention that I’m going to be staying at the Leslie hotel in Miami? Colour coordinating my swimwear to my building may just be the neatest thing I’ve done – ever! I’m planning on getting the matching yellow polka dot headband too!
It’s funny how blog trends come and go. A couple of years ago it was all about the balancing on one leg pose, followed closely the next year by the walking shot (here’s one of my attempts). Nowadays, you can’t really top a brightly coloured door. And as a colour enthusiast, I’ve gotta admit, it’s a trend I’m pretty keen on. After all, it’s a pretty great feeling when you spot a vibrant door right in the middle of the CBD. This emerald green entrance had me at hello, and it look especially beautiful on this gloomy, wet Sunday.
After being an avid follower of the uber talented Tara Starlet for quite some time now, I was absolutely elated to style up her Loveheart dungarees, aptly named due to the giant heart pocket right in the middle of the chest – and oh gosh, isn’t it just the cutest! Plus, it kept me ridiculously warm in the gloomy weather (don’t worry, I had a leather jacket on between shots). I was told I resembled a BBC children’s presenter, but this is something I am totally okay with! I am a preschool teacher anyway, so it seems fairly fitting! ; )
I’ve gotta hand it to Wellington – it has some really, really wonderful shops! From cute homeware to boutique vintage (more on that later!) it has it all, while still keeping in line with the city’s quirky vibe. It has taken me way longer than I meant to put this mini guide together, but finally, here are my very favourite places to shop in Wellington, New Zealand.
118 Cuba Street / 198 Lambton Quay
It only seemed right to start off with my favourite shop in the entire world; Iko Iko! This shop is bulging with the sweetest stuff you’ve ever seen, and I genuinely find it quite hard to choose out one thing when I go there – because I want to own absolutely everything. Lucky for us Wellingtonians, there are two branches to choose from – and I highly recommend taking a look at them both! Oh, and if you live too far away (which is pretty likely, as I know lots of readers are overseas!) they also have an online store – which is equally cute!
It’s basically impossible not to fall in love with the goodness that is Matchbox Studios. From stocking Ban.do (♥) to the greatest collection of stamps ever, this beaut of a shop even runs a fully functioning art gallery at the back of the store – complete with hanging foliage and an abundance of natural light. I’ll usually split my time (and money!) between here and Iko Iko at my weekends!
103 Victoria Street
Everything in this store is handmade – don’t you just love that! They have a brilliant supply of locally made prints and t-shirts, and some of the sweetest looking (and smelling!) mason jar candles candles I’ve ever seen (and err, well, smelt!) Made it also boasts a seriously impressive terrarium collection; housing creatures from the likes of flamingos (pictured!) to pugs.
Madame Fancy Pants
217 Cuba Street
Madame Fancy Pants is one of the very first Wellington shops I fell in love with when I first moved here. I remember being completely captured by their collection of porcelain animal necklaces..Two years on, and not much has changed! I love frequenting this adorable store – whether it’s to rifle through their stationary and books, or to gaze at the rows of beautifully curated clothing. You know that saying ‘there’s something for everyone’? Well in MFP’s case, there most certainly is.
It’s never been much of a secret that I am an absolute sailor gal at heart – I even have a sailor lady tattooed on my right thigh! Naturally, the second I spotted this voltage box which has been lovingly decorated with an ocean themed mural, I knew that I absolutely had to take photos there. Luckily for me, we visit this spot fairly often, as it is super close to the home of some good friends of ours!
I’ve always loved the idea of living in a voltage box. I saw one done up a few years ago in Christchurch, and ever since, the idea has really appealed to me. Give me a miniature, adorable house over an enormous mansion any day (although my copious possessions may have other ideas!) Actually, my pineapple clutch paired with the mural makes me feel more like I’d live in Spongebob’s house rather than anything.
The dress I’m wearing is a flamingo & palm tree print from one of my favourite companies, Larmoni. It’s already packed in my suitcase for my upcoming trip to Miami.. Sure, I know it’s a few months to wait, but you can never be too early when it comes to packing, right? ; ) Did you see the rings I’m wearing? It’s a little hard to make sense of, but it’s three stacking rings – a yacht, dolphins, and a wave. There’s no better place to photograph them, I reckon!
“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!