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!

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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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14th, May, 2016

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Boy, am I grateful for this slow, slow start to Winter. As well as the beauty of leaves in Autumn shades, there is something to be said for that besotting haze that covers the world, particularly in the early morning. With the hotter-than-usual temperatures, it means we have actually been able to enjoy the hazy mornings – and without extra layers of padding to project us against the cold too. Score!

After 3+ years of living in Wellington, you wouldn’t believe how obsessed I am becoming with hats! Wellington, after all, is one of the windiest cities in the world, and there definitely weren’t many occasions that called for a head accessory (unless, of course you wanted a quick goodbye – wahh!) I’ve been making up for lost time and adorning my noggin with anything with a brim (generally this refers to my Catarzi hat – a recent ASOS purchase).

The best thing about this warm burst of sun means I can still wear cute dresses (livin’ the dream, yo). As well as being an organic & fair trade garment (♥), this little number from NZ label (yay!) Arc & Bow perfectly complemented the distinctively Autumn park. I love wearing it on these in-betweeny temperature days, and I can imagine popping it on over the top of a bikini in Summer too (and lets be honest – I love Autumn, but Summer heat wins every time!)

DressArc & Bow / Boots – Glassons / Hat – Catarzi via ASOS)

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6th, May, 2016

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Right, now back off to darling Autumn-y Christchurch we go..!

I’ve been really enjoying the colder seasons lately – particularly as they are the perfect excuse to wear more velvet! (Something about velvet + winter just goes hand in hand, don’t you think?) Mostly my sartorial choices lately have consisted of mustard and orange shades, but this Glassons playsuit had me swoonin’ the second I spotted it in the store’s window.

I thought the neckline of this romper would be a little out of my comfort zone, but to be blunt – I decided I don’t really care! It felt super low, but when I spotted my reflection in any passing mirrors it didn’t look anymore attention-grabbing than your bog-standard t-shirt neckline. Hopefully there are a few sunny days left so I can bring it out again soon!

Velvet Playsuit & Hat – Glassons / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens

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4th, May, 2016

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When I told you I was at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world I certainly wasn’t lying! Totaranui is famous for it’s wondrously golden beaches – and although I was hopeful, I wasn’t sure it would be my dream temperature – we are in the middle of Autumn, after all. Luckily I packed my swimsuit, as by mid-morning, daily, we would hit the beach, usually with a book and Corona in hand (ahh, what a life!)

Now I’m curled up at home in my pyjamas, fully emerged in Autumn weather, Totaranui can’t help but feel a world away. I’m hope hope hoping for another great stint in warm weather as now we have a tent, we can escape any single time we like (eep, I genuinely can’t wait!) Oh, and if you enjoy the pretty New Zealand landscapes in these photos (I truly can’t stress how picturesque this was!) then you might be happy to know I filmed a little Totaranui guide! I just have to summon up the courage to record my massively kiwi accent for a voice-over, then it’ll be up on YouTube!

Bikini – Red Dolly Swimwear / Hat – Borrowed / Coverup – Jeans West

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1st, May, 2016

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At the very start of the week (Tuesday, to be precise) my boyfriend, Barnaby and I purchased a tent, shoved it in the back of our car and headed to the picturesque Totaranui (more on this beautiful place in my next post!) in search of good weather. And the verdict? Crazy amounts of sun – not to mention the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in my entire life! ♥

We spent five days camping next to the beach, in an enormous lot with natives trees growing alongside us. I’ve never ‘done’ a proper camping trip before – or not that I can remember at least, so everything was truly novelty and so much fun! We had native New Zealand birds join us at every meal (I swear they could hear the rustle of a biscuit packet from a mile away!) and spent our days lounging  by said beach and trekking into the forests.

Everything was so quiet too. It’s actually Autumn, although you wouldn’t think it, with the warm weather – and I genuinely think there were only 20 campers all up, when we were told that you can sometimes expect up to 400! It was honestly the most magical trip, and completely inspired my outfit, as I’m sure you can tell!

Can’t wait to show you the golden beach next!

Dress – Sourpuss Clothing / HatGlassons / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens

 

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