7th, April, 2014

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Whenever I wear something yellow – or close to it at least (hellooo tan coloured bow-tie dress!) – the first place I want to photograph it is at this wall. It’s getting a little ridiculous, and my boyfriend, Barnaby, always makes sure to let me know. “Jo, are you sure you don’t want to go down to the waterfront to shoot this outfit?” “No, the wall is fine.” “But.. you must be getting bored of it by now?” “Uhh, it’s YELLOW!” This morning, I got up quick-smart, scooped my hair into a faux bob, painted my nails in the brightest honey shade I own, before walking down to ol’ yeller. Gosh, the amount I talk about ‘the wall’ you’d expect that I was living in Game of Thrones or something.. Well, Winter is coming, after all!

I was actually pretty dang chuffed that I got to style this bumblebee ring for one of my favourite luxury jewellery companies; Stephen Einhorn. I love how the yellow wire details on the wall resemble honeycomb – it seemed like a perfectly appropriate setting for this cute little ring I love so dearly. Incidentally, Stephen Einhorn recently released their first-ever video showing how they design, and make their own jewellery. The video shows a ring being set with stones, right after it is put in hot flames and melted down (cue more GOT references, though luckily we avoid the silver crown fiasco this time!) 

DressChicwish / Bumblebee RingStephen Einhorn / Bowler Hat – ASOS /

Brogues – Le Bunny Bleu / Tote Bag – Modcloth

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29th, March, 2014

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Everyone has their basics. Sure, you might be a dedicated jeans gal, or maybe you like dressing all in black. Each to their own, right? That’s what I LOVE about clothing. You wear what you want, you feel good – it’s easy. My basics usually involve something a little silly, bold prints, and outfits that hopefully have an animal featured somewhere. So this sums it all up, really! A denim daisy pinafore (♥♥♥), my favourite Pepa Loves piece ever; this cat t-shirt, and these amazing Marilyn Monroe inspired flats by Loly in the Sky. I topped it all off with a boater hat I bought in the ASOS sale. I haven’t worn one for ages, since Wellington is so windy; but I had immense luck today – it didn’t fall off my head. Not even once!

We snapped these photos on our way to the oceanside to see if we could sneak a glance at the enormous boat, ‘A’ that anchored in the Wellington Harbour for a couple of days. It’s over a metre bigger that any boat in New Zealand. Okay, so my dorky side is really showing now – I get so excited by things like this!

Denim PinaforeChicwish / Cat T-shirt – Pepa Loves /

Ballet FlatsLoly in the Sky / Boater HatASOS

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23rd, March, 2014

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I’m a sucker for any kind of animal print. No really, my collection just keeps on growing. My clothing rack is brimming over with cats, seagulls, dogs – and now I have fish to add to the list! And it is so so SO good! This dress from Pepa Loves is one of my new favourites. Pointy collars are, well, the BEST, and the shape leaves plenty of room for all of the good stuff: ie. pizza, pasta, burgers, cronuts.. yep, the REALLY good stuff.

We took these photos down by the Wellington boat sheds – a little area I’m just slightly obsessed with. Wouldn’t it be incredible to knock down the walls inside and live in them like one big house? ..Err, can you tell I’ve been watching my fair share of ‘Grand Designs’ lately? Actually I love these buildings quite so much, I think I could squish myself into just one. If I had enough room for a bed, my pretty dresses, and wifi, I could make do – after all, those are the blogger essentials!

Fish DressPepa Loves / Shoes – Seychelles / Ring – Doubledutch Boutique

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10th, March, 2014

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…Or more specifically, jump from PAPER!

I’ve been well and truly transported into cartoon-land with this amazing (x10000) bag by, you guessed it, Jump From Paper. I’d seen these bags everywhere on the internet, and I seriously just could not understand how they work. 2D but 3D?! Argh, too much for my poor wee head to handle! Thankfully now I actually own one, so I can hold it in my hands, flip it upside down, back-to-front, and look at it really closely – so I’m beginning to make sense of this whole flat-but-3D thing!

Now can I just take a moment to talk about something a little ridiculous. This is the first playsuit that I’ve worn in Wellington. The first. If you’ve been reading this blog a while you know that playsuits are my jam. I just love ‘em. And can I just tell you something that makes it even more ridiculous? Wellington is the windiest city in the world. No joke, it really is! D’oh! I’m instantly regretting the last eleven months which have consisted of holding down my dress every single time I leave my house.

First I’ve learned to understand Jump From Paper bags, and now I’ve realised that rompers are a pretty darn good option in windy weather… What can I say, it’s been a revelation-filled week!

BagJump From Paper/ Playsuit – Boohoo / Shoes – Mel by Melissa

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5th, March, 2014

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I was recently asked to style a few pieces from the 2014 Spring collection by Pepa Loves. I can’t explain how very happy it makes me – if you’ve been reading the blog a while you’ll know that PL is one of my very favourite labels. Every garment has the cutest little detail – as I’m sure you will see in this post (dachshund print, anyone?!)

We took these photographs outside one of my favourite buildings in Wellington; the Old Bank Arcade. This building is both beautiful and has an incredible story. You can read all about it here – but long story short; in 1997 they discovered that there was an actual ship underneath the building! I’ll have to give you a tour sometime – the basement even has a glass floor.. But for now we chose the building because it reminded me of Madrid; the base of the one and only Pepa Loves shop. When I imagine Madrid I immediately visualize pale yellows and wonderful old buildings. This structure fits the bill quite nicely, I think! Still, I’d like to imagine that I really was in Madrid. Perhaps then I could even visit the Pepa Loves store. A gal can dream, eh!

Top & SkirtPepa Loves / Shoes – Seychelles / Satchel – Velorbis / Ring – Double Dutch Boutique

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17th, February, 2014

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Well, after this post, I’d be hardly surprised if I never got invited to a tea party again..! I bought a set of these teacups for my mother-in-law last year for her birthday. The set included a variety of poisons, such as cyanide, hemlock, and a bunch of other deadly concoctions that I can’t quite remember. The essential for a tea party full of guests you don’t like, don’t you think? For this little frolic in the morning light of the garden, I opted for a slightly less toxic mix – namely, elderflower cordial and lemonade. The pink and gold detail on the teacup was just the thing to match this pretty butterfly sleeve dress I thrifted in Christchurch over the weekend, but enough about that.

Can we talk about the hair? The hair, the hair… I have been trying to do this style for AGES. A braid which goes the entire way around my head, and best of all – keeps my fringe out of my eyes. I can just never seem to get past the part where the hair goes around the back and you have to kind of ‘flip’ your hands around. So, anyway, I darted off for a ‘quick’ visit to the room next door to get my jewellery – poor Barnaby must have thought I’d vanished – as I ended up being a whopping twenty minutes! Well worth it though, don’t you think? And if not, watch what you say – or I might have to serve you something from one of these deadly teacups.. Aha!

Dress – Thrifted / Fox ringBoticca / Love Ring – Stephen Einhorn /

Necklace – Onecklace / Teacup – Trixie Delicious

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2nd, February, 2014

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Oh sure, you might be getting slightly sick of those “this is what I got for Christmas” type ramblings, but I just can’t help it – I received so many amazing presents this year! I unknowingly fell in love with the UK brand Pop Boutique last year when I was asked to choose something to style by Modcloth. In typical Jo fashion, I opted for this sailor dress in navy blue, which I wore on the blog here. Fast forward to Christmas 2013! I’m unwrapping my presents.. when BAM! This amazing Slam Dunkin’sweater appears in front of me. I noticed immediately that it was Pop Boutique. And so the love affair began…

I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently since Christmas. Sure, it’s summer in New Zealand, but luckily (for me!) it has been freezing lately – making it the ultimate sweater weather (hooray!) I’ve been sticking to mostly red, white, and black shades while wearing this top, as I’m sure you can see here. It may look slightly Christmassy, but hey, Christmas is wonderful, so I have no problem with looking a little festive no matter the time of year!

Slam Dunkin’ Sweater – Pop Boutique / Jeans – Tripp NYC / Blouse – Yumi /

Ballet FlatsCocorose London

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24th, January, 2014

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What time is it? …ADVENTURE TIME!

So,  I don’t think I’ve ever discussed of my love of Adventure Time. I’m not terribly sure whether it comes across on here, but I am a bit of a dweeb. I’m obsessed with cartoons, games, and being a general fangirl over a select bunch of movies (Pacific Rim, I’m looking at you). But my absolute favourite above anything else is Adventure Time. I talk about it constantly, and clearly my boyfriend, Barnaby, has been paying attention. For Christmas, Barnaby surprised me with the BMO dress from the Black Milk x Adventure Time collection. (Cue excited squealing and immediately wearing the dress – even forgetting to remove the tags in my excitement. D’oh).

I thought, what better way to show off a BMO dress than playing a game? I was already pretty darn hooked on the Adventure Time Ski Safari game (seriously, the voices and sound effects are so good!)  and playing it again for these photos has only fuelled the obsession. If you’re an Adventure Time fan I highly recommend having a peek at the rest of the collection. My next couple of purchases will hopefully be the Jake the dog skater dress and the Lumpy Space Princess swimsuit. Right, now I just have to not-so-patiently wait for everything from the collection to go on sale!

BMO dressBlack Milk / Leather JacketMuuba /

Shoes – Number One Shoe Warehouse

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And now I’ve confessed my nerdy cartoony gamer-y side, I suppose it’s time to admit that yes, I use my computer to make silly graphics (and more!) like the one below. Embrace your inner dweeb, everyone!

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12th, January, 2014

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…Because it is SO much fun to start the new year off with a bright burst of colour, here you go! Yellow is my favourite colour in the whole world (closely followed by pink!) and genuinely makes me really happy. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was when my parents presented me with this beautiful pastel yellow Instax Mini 8 for Christmas. I’ve been obsessed with Polaroid cameras for years, so am ecstatic to finally have one of my very own. Plus, I am impressed that I had enough willpower to resist choosing pink – I don’t think my guy, Barnaby would have been quite as happy to be carting around a pink camera.

In other news, I hope you all had a terrific new year celebration! Myself and Barnaby had all kinds of wild plans; we wanted to spend our day in the sun drinking cider, slowly getting more and more rosy-cheeked.. Well, that was the plan! Instead, we ended up cosying up at home with mango cider (gotta get that cider in there somewhere), celebrating the midnight countdown with a smooch in a stairwell, and finally, staying up until 3am watching The Office. If you ask me, it sounds like the perfect start to the new year.

Instax Mini 8 – A gift / DressPepa Loves / Shoes – Mimco

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25th, November, 2013

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I don’t know whether it’s the dark hair, smoky eye make-up, or the leather jacket, but I’m feeling a whooole lot more ‘Jo Jett’ (as opposed to regular ol’ Jo Fletcher!) today. We all know it’s the jacket, right? Much like one of my very favourite bloggers, Carrie, I used to be absolutely besotted with My Chemical Romance (and still am a bit, really!) You never quite know when your emo-esque side is going to make an appearance, and for me all it took was the tiniest bit of leather. Paired with a pinch of bright colour – you know.. let’s not get too emo here! – and the dreamiest gold flats by Seychelles, I’m pretty sure I’ve got this whole ‘rocker’ thing down pat. ; )

Leather JacketMuubaa / Lion Tiop & Seychelles FlatsPBJ Boutique / Shorts – Pepa Loves /

Bag – Mimco

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