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!
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…“
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?!
Would you be interested in taking a glimpse at one of my favourite cities in the world? Oh go on then! Seriously, I LOVE Wellington. You know how some places just ‘get you’? Well, this is my place. As soon as I step off the plane I feel as though I’m home. Cheesy? Yes. But hey, that’s fine, right! Plus, you know that it’s love when you have to wake up at 5am for a flight. Eek!
Now, we only had one day visiting Wellington this time. While Barnaby was tied up with prior engagements, I spent my morning walking the waterfront, exploring the enormous museum, and trying to spot as many Lord of the Rings related – well, anything really, that I possibly could. (Definitely take a peek at my Instagram if you’re a Hobbit/LotR buff too!) The weather was honestly fantastic – and I was dressed super appropriately in a grey Boohoo crop and my go-to yellow shorts (c/o Pepa Loves). We spent the rest of our day with my brother and his wife – searching for the nearest ice cream parlour. Have you ever seen a pig searching for truffles? It was a rather similar sight – which very luckily ended with the fresh berry flavoured gelato of my dreams. Yum!
I always love a good yearly recap blog post! It is always such a wonderful feeling – seeing all of your accomplishments and exciting news compiled into one nifty little post. I’m feeling extra happy after looking at my year. 2012; you’ve been pretty darn lovely to me. Here is a recap of my year – I hope yours was great too!
Firstly, let’s start with something simple! This year I wore one of my favour ever outfits! You may or may not know, but I am obsessive with cartoons. I used to spend hours in front of the tv watching Cartoon Network when I was little – and even though I’m now in my 20s, I’ve still retained that cartoon love! (After all, Adventure Time is pretty much my favourite tv show!) I was so happy to be able to channel Madeline in this outfit. It will definitely remain as one of my all-time favourite outfits!
One of the most noticeable things I did to my appearance this year was chop off a bunch of my hair! I had worn the ombre look for quite a while – and because my hair is so thick I was getting headaches from how heavy it was.. Definitely time for a change, don’t you think?! I asked your opinion on Instagram, and fully agreed with the response – fringe time! I lopped off a massive amount of hair, fringe included, and went a shade blonder. Oh, and I looove it!
One of the most exciting parts of this year for me was my graduation! I’d never been too sure what I wanted to study, and had actually changed degrees three times. (Barnaby and myself often refer to me as the real life Van Wilder). So honestly, graduating was a huge relief! The entire experience was lovely – and I was so happy that my mum was able to fly over to attend! (But so sad that my dad couldn’t, boo!) The whole event gave me the most wonderful feeling, especially when my Nana called/yelled (!) out my name as I walked the stage. I gave a little wave in response – the only one (out of hundreds!) to break protocol. There has always gotta be someone, right? Whoops..!
This year has also had Lost in the Haze featured in a bunch different printed publications! I can honestly say that seeing my own face peering back from a glossy magazine page is one of the most surreal/exciting/weird/amazing feelings ever! The one above is from Creme Magazine, and it was published about a week ago now. It was a much much, much bigger feature than I was expecting – I got such a happy surprise when I spotted my page. Plus, the Apple A Day dress even made a cameo!
A major cause of excitement for me this year has been our Modcloth collaborations. Anyone who knows me will also know that I LOVE Modcloth. Back in February 2011, when Barnaby and I first started Lost in the Haze, I set aside a bunch of goals for the blog. I’m sure you will have guessed by now that one of them was working with Modcloth! In January we were lucky enough to be selected as the Modcloth Travel Bug blogger, and I starred in a video to show off the place I consider home, Brunei. I was endlessly happy about this collaboration, so I was practically bouncing off the walls when, in July I was crowned the Modcloth Blogger of the Moment! It has always been one of my biggest blog goals, so to see it finally come true, and so quickly into my blogging career, was truly a dream!
This year I was able to collaborate with two of my favourite designers. The shoots we did with beautiful dresses by Kelsey Genna and Caitlin Shearer was both so much fun. I’ve long-followed Caitlin and her amazing blog – she is one talented lady! As for Kelsey – I actually got to meet/go out for drinks with her! And she really is just as wonderful and lovely as you think she would be! She has even started her very own blog now too – and it is a beauty!
It’s not always a guarantee that it will happen in Christchurch – but this year there was snow..! I’m not really one for the cold, but snow is of course an exception! I was so excited about it! We ended up embarking on a massive walk – around two and a half hours I think. It was really lovely. The world really does look beautiful when you’re inside a snow globe!
We took a couple of lovely holidays this year. Firstly we visited the capital city, Wellington, then later in the year we said hello to Auckland. Both trips were endlessly fun! In Wellington, we spent plenty of time at one of my favourite places – right beside the water (yes – even in the midst of a storm!) In Auckland we reconnected with our fear of heights on the Sky Tower, and we spent time lounging in the viaduct. Ahh, I always love a good trip away!
I finally faced my fears this year, and shared my voice on Lost in the Haze. (At the same time I also realized how incredibly kiwi my accent is! I could barely believe it..!) We’ve been sharing the occasional video on our YouTube channel, with plenty more to come in the new year, yippee! Above is one of my favourites – how to style a collar 5 ways. You may know how much I love collars of all different shapes and sizes, so it was a delight to share some styling tips. I do hope that you enjoyed it too!
Now of course, there is my massively exciting news – I designed and created my first ever dress! It was an idea I’ve had for a long (long long long!) time, so it truly was amazing to see it finally in front of me. It is very surreal seeing something on paper suddenly materialize in real life – in the best possible way, of course. I can’t wait to produce more beautiful clothing in the new year for you to love and cherish!
I also spent this year creating a bunch of fun tutorial posts full of handy tips and tricks. I loved creating them, so I hope that you feel the same about seeing them! Some of my favourites (and most popular!) this year include:
Now let’s finish this post with a big ol’ “happy new year!” I hope yours is simply wonderful! Best of luck in 2013, I’m sure it will be just peachy. See you soon! x
A Morning at the Auckland Viaduct Harbour!
This was my absolute favourite day in Auckland – and the very day that we flew back home too! We had until midday before catching our flight, so decided to spent our time wandering through the Viaduct Harbour. Oh, did I mention it was in search of food? I’m forever craving vegetarian eggs Benedict while on holiday (okay.. and at home too!), so most days involve a quest of some variety to find a pretty place to eat! I’ve never really explored this far before, so discovering a walkway almost entirely covered in stripes was the biggest treat! Almost as if it has been planned – though I swear it wasn’t! – I wore a striped sweater with a boat motif, courtesy of Modcloth. Underneath I was wearing a white playsuit – that I also styled here! Oh, and you must be terribly used to my ASOS sunglasses by now! They’re the only ones I managed to pack, though I must admit – I really do adore them! They’re slightly reminiscent of the infamous round Chanel glasses that Mary-Kate Olsen often wears, or at least I like to tell myself that they are!
We wandered through the Auckland Viaduct Harbour looking at some of the most incredible boats. There was one in particular that we lingered beside for ages. It was so shiny and beautiful – we definitely had one of those ‘if I had a million dollars..‘ type moments! We also spotted a bridge in the distance that I would have loved to explored. We were running quite low on time, so at least I know where I will visit straight away on our next trip! Oh, and I thought you’d might like to know – I did get my cooked breakfast in the end! Nom nom nom!