Before you think I’ve jetted off on another holiday.. Sadly nope! This beautiful mint coloured building is home to a cafe & coffee bean roasting HQ, known as Havana Coffee. With the most appropriate car ever (really!) it just seemed like the perfect place to shoot this pin-up inspired flamingo dress by Sourpuss Clothing. I definitely had more than a few odd looks as I twirled around in front of this ol’ Buick, but hey, it’s parked between a coffee shop and a post office, so being shy isn’t really an option! This was a bit of a different look for me, but the pastel palette had me feeling a bit like Kailey or Kate – and it’s really not a bad thing to feel like one of your favourite bloggers now, is it?
Oh hey! It’s just me, hanging out on South Las Vegas Boulevard, dressed like a watermelon. Cue: “I been dranking watermelon...” I’m well aware that my fruit obsession is getting out of hand, but this really was the perfect Vegas dress (aka. there were a lot of breathing holes. That town is hot!)
These photos were snapped right outside our hotel, looking at my very favourite casino – New York, New York. Do you see that enormous roller-coaster? I know what you’re thinking, and yes – we went on it! I am horrendous when it comes to heights, but in the midst of a YOLO moment, we hopped on and screamed ourselves silly. It’s unreal how much I was shaking afterwards. And food was definitely off the cards for more than a few hours.
Strangely enough.. these are the last of my photographs from Las Vegas! I can’t believe it’s been so long already, but it’s definitely given me the travel bug. I’m working at the moment on a photo album from our time away, and I can’t wait to share it with you. Don’t ‘stay tuned’ though. I think it’s gonna take a while!
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.“
- Alice in Wonderland.
I really, really love the story of Alice in Wonderland. The whole idea of tumbling down a rabbit hole into an upside-down world of talking flowers and size-altering biscuits sounds incredible. Naturally, I love it when any of my outfits even mildly remind me of my favourite old stories, let alone Alice (if you read Lost in the Haze during my first days of blogging you might remember my Red Riding Hood or Cinderella posts). It really doesn’t take much to want to dress up like a book character. After all, my mother was a librarian, so what can I say – it’s in the family!
The start of spring didn’t quite have in mind what I thought it would.. I ride past the gardens almost daily on the bus, and it looks as though they are bursting with blossoms. But once we ventured inside it was hard to find any form of flower. Not that it really mattered; tip-toeing through overgrown paths in such a delicately embroidered dress (by Chicwish) made me feel just like Alice. Well, gazing down at the white rabbit & Alice rings I was wearing probably helped too! ; )
Tights – ASOS / Shoes – Le Bunny Bleu
Now, one of the great bits about visiting Las Vegas is that I literally feel like I’ve been everywhere. Eiffel Tower? Yep, seen it. New York? Been there! And now Venice is another I can tick off my list… Well, sort of! It genuinely felt like being in Italy as I perched on the railing of the bridges, watching the gondolas lazily cruise by…
I followed basic blogger 101 and made sure my outfit matched my location. I did a little bit of research on the building and knew (aka: hoped like mad!) that my rainy day clutch would perfectly match the cloud ceilings. As for the co-ord, what can I say? Missguided totally nailed it! I was strollin’ around those casinos feeling like I was straight out of Clueless. “I’m so fancy, you should already know…“
Have you ever seen trees this colour before? I certainly hadn’t! Every day on my way to work, I would pass this tree as I rode the bus. It’s a weird feeling; looking at something so many times, but never actually standing right in front of it. After weeks and weeks of watching this tree bloom and slowly begin to decay, I couldn’t take it anymore. Arming myself with my trusty Nikon camera and “a ticket for two please” I was soon on my way to sharing this special place with my love. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Slap bang in the middle of winter, the skies decided to treat us to… warm weather! You wouldn’t believe the wonders it did for our moods! Keeping with my ‘fruit fashion’ obsession I dressed in this pin-up inspired cherry print dress by Chicwish. I kept accessories to a minimum; instead choosing to focus on wearing bright red lipstick - my favourite! Now, as I bus past this tree, I smile to myself. It makes me think of an afternoon spent with my guy, laughing and pulling silly faces for the camera. ♥
Let’s be honest: one of the very best bits of travelling, namely, to hot place, is getting to go for a good ol’ swim. After growing up in South-East Asia I’m very particular (aka fussy!) about my swimming water. I love swimming, but basically avoid it in New Zealand because it’s just too dang cold! Swimming was on the very top of my list of things to do in Las Vegas, and let me tell you, it definitely did not disappoint.
After packing a whopping 5 swimswuits in my bag, I ended up wearing just this one. The high waist bottoms are by ASOS and reminded me so much of Robin Thicke’s infamous Miley Cyrus duet – cue lots of “girl, give it to me!” impressions at the pool (sorry, bystanders!) Really though, swimming in our hotel pool was one of my favourite experiences. We laid back in the spa, Corona in hand, and watched a real-life hummingbird gather nectar from the surrounding flowers. Paradise? Well, it was pretty darn close! ♥
Bonjour! That’s right, I’m in the city of lights itself; Paris… Las Vegas! ; ) This casino was absolutely stunning – in an over-the-top way; the best kind, don’t you think? After walking past the Eiffel Tower replica time and time again (usually on my way to watch the Bellagio fountain show, again) we finally went inside. Honestly, the detail that goes into these places is unreal! With the ‘street signs’ translated into French, I felt like I was either in Paris or having the most interactive high school French class I’ve ever had in my life!
In all honesty, I really, really wanted to take photographs in the main shopping area of Paris, Las Vegas. However the lighting had other ideas, so we said au revoir to the cobblestone pathways and started exploring the hallways near the conference centre. It turns out I couldn’t have asked for a better location as the colours and carpet print perfectly matched my Boohoo co-ord (yes, I’m all about the co-ords this trip!) I took along my full-to-the-brim Paris souvenir cup, my favourite thing from Vegas… Even more so now that my instagram followers have pointed out that it looks like it says ‘penis’! Well, what can I say? Ooh la la!
Co-ord – Boohoo / Shoes – Seychelles
Well, it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Las Vegas without a trip to the infamous Caesars Palace! Guys, I can’t believe just how big this place is. And the amount of people referencing The Hangover (myself included!) was insane – “did Caesar live here?” I really wanted to show off a different side to Caesars. I mean, we all know that it has massive white buildings; Roman style, but did you know about the fountains and curated gardens? I sure didn’t!
We snapped these photos right before watching the one of the best shows I saw in Las Vegas; ‘Absinthe’. I wish my guy, Barnaby was a bit less blog shy, as he looked so fancy in a navy blue suit – quite the feat in 45 degree weather, let me tell you! I opted for a Missguided co-ord – my go-to for any event even remotely formal.
Hello from Las Vegas! Well, just quietly I’m actually back in wintery New Zealand now – quite the change from the 45 degree desert weather. Somehow I managed to avoid melting into a puddle on a daily basis (short hemlines and Heidi braids certainly helped!) We took hundreds of photos on our first ever trip to America, and I am beyond excited to share them with you.
One of my favourite stops, pictured here, is the Wynn hotel and casino. I’ve never really thought about it, but Las Vegas basically has no grass whatsoever – duh, Jo, that’s why it’s called a desert! The Wynn, though is a massive exception. Practically built around a man-made forest, this place is literally a breath of fresh air. The inside only gets grander! Floral carousels (yes, really!), glamorous chandeliers, and Jeff Koons statues valued at over $20 million are lurking down the corridors. I had my Instax camera out almost constantly during our time at the Wynn – and really, who could blame me?!
So here’s a little thing about me: I am obsessed with flowers. My week (or weekend, at least!) revolves around the Sunday market – and the fresh blooms that will be on offer. The obsession has gotten so intense that I usually have trouble sleeping on a Saturday, as I’m so eager to be one of the early market goers – and snag the best flowers too, of course! The market is a massive part of my life – I’ve literally been there every Sunday for the past six months! I didn’t want to keep it a secret from you, as it genuinely makes me so happy. So here you go: a little glimpse into where I buy my flowers! I usually post several (hundred) pictures of market flowers on my Instagram, so definitely have a look if fresh blooms are your thing!
I dressed in a daisy print dress – which seems highly appropriate when buying fresh flowers, don’t you think? My grey coat, which is slowly but surely becoming a Winter staple, is by Sheinside, and my red ballet flats are by Coco Rose London. …And my flowers are by the lovely lady (and her cute pup!) that are wonderfully charming no matter what the Sunday weather is like. Thanks, you two!
Corner of Cable St & Barnett St (beside Te Papa)
7:30 – 2pm