22nd, August, 2016

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After the mouth-watering visit to Springfield’s giant donut, our next stop was the beautiful (almost beyond belief) Lake Pearson. Surrounded by winding trees that gently dip their limbs into the water, Pearson truly is a treat for the eyes. I couldn’t resist climbing up into the branches with my trusty Instax Mini Selfie in hand, but hopped down quick-smart after a whopping big breeze almost decided to do it for me!

If you can remember way back to January, one of my goals was to branch out and travel more. I grew up in South-East Asia and despite being a New Zealander, haven’t seen too much of my birth country. Not-so-slowly and certainly surely I am ticking more and more places off my list – and I am ridiculously happy about it! My wonderful boyfriend, Barnaby has seen most of New Zealand, so I’m eagerly awaiting the day I can surprise him with somewhere new. Perhaps that should be my next goal?

Until then, I’ll just be lounging in front of the most beautiful lake ever; complete with it’s very own snow-covered mountainous surroundings.

Gingham Co-ordChicwish / Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens / Hair ties – Mane Message

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17th, August, 2016

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Welcome to the town of Springfield (yes, really!) where the giant donut statue is hugely appropriate and widely appreciated! I have wanted to visit this spot for years – and seeing as how it’s not even an hours drive from Christchurch, we decided to pay a visit! It really was a fleeting trip – and we only managed these three photos (I can see other bloggers shaking their heads at me right now!) Wait till you see the next spot on our trip, though. Seriously, it will take your breath away!

What can I say? I guess donut dreams really do come true.. ♥

Cat Dress (on sale!) – Pepa Loves / Cat flatsCharlotte Olympia

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8th, August, 2016

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Living in New Zealand can be pretty surreal sometimes. If you’re ever lacking in inspiration – or feeling ‘meh’ for any reason in particular, it only takes a short drive (or bus ride, if you time it right) to see some truly overwhelming sights. And believe me, there is an awful lot to see.

We drove for just over an hour to the beautiful (beyond belief!) town of Akaroa (more on that later!) and our first move was to go on a three hour – yes, three – uphill walk! Talk about intense. But seeing those views made it all worth it. I walked a lot of the track backwards so I could admire it as I went – not to mention that it was easier on the calf muscles!

It was a great chance to try out my latest gym set; a Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga polkadot crop top & bright pink tights that I bought from Shopbop. These tights were so warm it was brilliant! Especially when we got to the peak and almost blew over from the wild winds. Seriously, this was the most incredible trip ever – I am ridiculously excited to tell you all about it!

Kate Spade crop – Shopbop / Kate Spade tights – Shopbop / Shoes – Nike

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4th, August, 2016

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We spent the past weekend away in the most beautiful little New Zealand town known as Akaroa. It’s a favourite getaway spot for locals – and I’m quite the fan too – although it’s been years since my last visit. One of the things I love most is the beautiful lighthouse. It sits on the edge of the bay so it can be seen by almost everywhere on the waterfront.

It only seemed right to get dolled up in one of my finest nautical numbers; in this case an appropriately coloured fit-&-flare from Chicwish. The hat is one I picked up in the ASOS sales not too long ago – and one that always seemed to finish off an outfit just right!

I am genuinely so looking forward to sharing more of Akaroa with you. You won’t believe just how beautiful it is!

DressChicwish / Coat – Borrowed / Boots – Glassons / Hat – ASOS

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27th, July, 2016

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There is a whole lot to fall in love with about New Zealand – and one defining feature that I adore is our astounding collection of hills! It might be a bit weird to idolise them so much, but really.. just look! The photos speak for themselves, don’t you reckon?

We snapped these photos after embarking on a spur-of-the-moment road trip – where we genuinely had no idea where we would end up! We drove our enormous 7 seater mini van (yes, really!) around the local bays until we found a gorgeous little place called Purau. I couldn’t resist hopping out and getting some snaps of the boat collection – it was all so picturesque!

This all falls so in line with my 2016 goal of wanting to see my own country more. So far it’s working pretty darn well, and I’ve visited many (upon many!) pleases I’ve never seen before, but have heard a lot about. Stay tuned, there are some wonderfully scenic posts to come! Oh New Zealand, how I love thee!

Dress – Glassons / Hat – ASOS

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17th, July, 2016

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Berry red is a colour I massively gravitate towards during the winter months. It’s kind of reassuring having that bright burst of colour against the usually stark background – although we managed to find a particularly green spot for these photos! I really love how red looks against snow – although I wouldn’t trade these sunny days and warmish temperatures for anything even that remotely cold. Warm winters are awesome. I mean, bare legs in mid-Winter? I really can’t complain.

These shoes were a real treat to style up – as Chucks are something I haven’t worn for years – although as a teenager they were pretty much all I wore (didn’t everyone?) These were the first time I wore them out (I didn’t want them to be dirty for the photos!) but they have since become my almost-daily shoe. This particular pair is part of a Nike collaboration for the creative on the go, meaning they are super springy and comfortable. They look like classic chucks, but have heaps of foot support. Brilliant!

Chuck Taylors – Converse / Skirt – Muubaa / Jacket – Borrowed / Strawberry BagPepa Loves

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10th, July, 2016

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I’ve started exercising again after a stupidly (stupidly!) long break. Ugh, and it always makes it so much harder to get back into after you stop for a while >_<

Because I was lacking in motivation, I picked up a couple of pieces from the adorable mini collection by my favourite designer Charlotte Olympia x Bodyism. It just kind of seemed like it was meant to be – after all, the activewear collection first appeared online the same week I joined the gym! I snapped up the matching I am Kissable set – and next on my list is the cute cute cute I am Purrfect sweatshirt!

These were just some snaps we took on my iPhone, but I ended up really liking them! Plus, it was literally right in the middle of a workout (hence the *ahem* crafty no-makeup face-covering shots ; ) ) I am seriously so in love with this cute mini collaboration. I can’t wait to add to it!

Bodyism X Charlotte Olympia I am Kissable Sports Bra & Pants – Shopbop

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17th, June, 2016

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Man, I gotta be honest – bell sleeves; I love ’em, but they are mighty hard to shoot in photos! I just want to show them off in all their glory but throwing your arms around like a mad lady doesn’t exactly feel.. Well, natural. Sometimes you’ve just gotta bust a move and hope the pictures work out. Either way, I’m in love with this pastel blue Chicwish blouse (and the mustard skirt too, for that matter) and was thrilled that the weather was warm enough to wear it! I am definitely not complaining in the slightest about this delayed winter business!

BlouseChicwish / SkirtChicwish / Boots – Glassons

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30th, May, 2016

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I may not be in London (though a gal certainly can pretend) – especially when your city is home to the occasional red phone booth! This is the first time I’ve been back to this particular spot in ages (it was shut for several years after the Christchurch earthquake) and it certainly brought back a fond memory or ten.

Naturally the event called for my finest ( ; ) ) cat themed clothing – namely, this Pepa Loves sweater and my go-to Charlotte Olympia kitty flats. I finished the look off with a beautiful red coat that I borrowed. Seriously, I wish I owned it. I’m definitely in need of an Aziz Ansari ‘treat yo’self’ moment, right? Right?! ; )

Cat Sweater – Pepa Loves / Coat – Borrowed (similar here) / Jeans – Gift /

Hat – Catarzi at ASOS / Kitty FlatsCharlotte Olympia

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23rd, May, 2016

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When you’re into fashion and spend 90% of your free time on the internet, you’ve gotta sing from the rooftops when you find a special store that captures your heart. Admittedly, I’m a teeny bit biased; after all, Shouldn’t But Must was created by the parent of a preschooler I used to teach (and miss dearly!)

As well as being your go-to for children’s gifts, Shouldn’t But Must stocks some insanely beautiful clothing and accessories. I picked up this cute wee Erstwilder Mushroom brooch – along with a ‘Groceries & Shit‘ tote by Emily McDowell. Please do go check it out – I can’t even put into words how sweet the wonderful owner, Annie, is and would genuinely love for you to support her as much as possible! Go on!

Also, oh my god, bell sleeves. I genuinely can’t even put into words quite how strongly I feel about this recent trend. Perhaps, it’s my undying love for Meatloaf (Bat out of Hell forever, yo) but something about the fabric addition to my arm’s end makes a gal (or me at least) extra sassy. Unfortunately, my boyfriend, Barnaby doesn’t feel quite the same, and most of my belled beauties are hidden safely underneath my trusted leather jacket. Not this time though. There is absolutely no way whatsoever this lace Chicwish number is going unnoticed!

Groceries & Shit ToteShouldn’t But Must / Mushroom BroochShouldn’t But Must / DressChicwish / Clogs – Lotta from Stockholm

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