17th, November, 2014

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No matter what, you can always count on bright colours. They genuinely make you feel so darn happy – and nothing could be better than that! We explored this colourful little corner of the city, which is actually a little entranceway to a group of vintage shops. In my eagerness, we arrived way too early (I’m talking 2-3 hours here!) so had to make do with these gloriously coloured steps instead of hitting up the shops.

I wore an Aristocats scalloped t-shirt from Sheinside, which came at exactly the right time, as I’ve fallen head over heels for the new Paul & Joe collection featuring the felines themselves. It goes pretty perfectly with these ASOS shorts I nabbed in the sale ($12!!) and this stunning vintage bag by Nikita and Vesper. I love all of the pink in this outfit, although the very best thing about it is that I can go around quoting Marie! “Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!

Aristocats T-shirt – Sheinside / Vintage bag – Nikita and Vesper / Shorts – ASOS /

ShoesChicwish

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3rd, November, 2014

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After living in a CBD for almost two years now, I genuinely get really excited whenever I stumble across a really cute residential street. It’s funny how things change, as when I was living in a very Stepford wives area in Christchurch, I was desperate to claw my way out. I guess that’s how it always goes – the grass is greener, yada, yada..

I channelled my inner housewife and dressed in my finest florals – this rose print dress by Chicwish. This is the first year ever that I feel like I’ve well and truly been bitten by the Spring bug. Sure, that annual jealously towards Autumn in the northern hemisphere is still there, but hey, flowers! I’ve been embracing my inner spring self and gravitating towards florals and pastels – which is proving to be very fun indeed! All topped off with a vintage beret, the perfect outfit for grabbing a cheeky hot chocolate – which is exactly what we did next!

Dress, Bag, & ShoesChicwish / Beret – Vintage

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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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10th, June, 2013

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Yep, it’s gotten to that point again, where I get just a little obsessed with either spots or stripes. This time around it’s spots. And it’s in a big way. I think it may have something to do with wearing this polar bear necklace. Spots seemed especially fitting – as they look slightly like falling snow, don’t you think? Or that could just be my childlike mind saying a bit of a hello. Either way, it’s fine by me!

I’m still finding it crazy hard to believe that it’s winter here. People are walking around, bare-shouldered or in shorts, myself included. Then the next day will be torrential rain. Honestly, it’s quite hard to keep up. But change is fun, right? The number one rule of Wellington is to take some form of jacket with you where ever you go! I’m barely ever caught without my favourite transparent raincoat (which you can see me styling here!)

Top – Vintage Espirit (gift from my Aunt) / PinaforeArk Clothing / ClogsLotta From Stockholm / NecklaceEclectic Eccentricity

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16th, March, 2013

Happy St Patrick’s day! I’ve always loved this day – mostly because of my massive love for the colour green! Plus, I really wanted an excuse to show off the vintage shamrock print blouse that I thrifted a few months back. As a little ode to St Paddy, I’ve selected a bunch of my favourite emerald coloured goodies. Just take a glance below!

Oh, and just so you have an exciting fact to share on St Patrick’s – how about this?! The Guinness world record for most leafs found on a clover is twenty-one!! Just imagine how much luck that would bring, eh!

1. Last Slow Dance Dress in Green 2. Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Neon Green 3. Umbrella Statement Flat in Green 4. Putting Green Queen Dress 5. Blue La La Necklace 6. Blue S-teal Dress

Eep! And how sweet is this leprechaun brooch?! The perfect thing for St Patrick’s day – or just anytime that you want that little extra bit of luck!

And finally – I fell completely in love with this photo by Tim Walker, circa Vogue 2009.


25th, February, 2013

Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and just have a little bit of breathing room. I think it’s a genuine necessity to have a special place to relax and drift away. You know; just allowing your thoughts to blissfully float away and do whatever they please. The really tricky part is being able to capture the really good ones…

Welcome to my favourite spot – the ‘secret park’ as I lovingly call it. This is where I go to relax, be calm, and most importantly – let my thoughts wander. Luckily, this time I was perfectly prepared to harness my thoughts by bringing along a collection of anchors – via my outfit… It may have also helped that I brought along a notebook! The dress (c/o Pepa Loves) is one that I am still obsessing over, weeks after it’s arrival. Sailor style is my favourite ever, and I was so in love with the anchor print that I ordered a pair of trousers in the same fabric. My outfit still didn’t feel like it had quite enough anchors so I paired it with the tote bag that you can learn to make here. Goodness, I’m surprised I wasn’t anchored down too, carrying all that lot around!


18th, February, 2013

Ready to take a peek at my ‘magpie outfit’? Just be careful not to look directly at it – without sunglasses at least.. Just kidding (I hope!) Well, I may be joking, but this actually did end up being a bit of a head turner of an outfit. You might have noticed the abundance of orange road cones in these photos – one of the norms when you’re living in good ol’ earthquake city. Now, this means that there are a LOT of builders around – and they’re known for their fondness of wolf whistles and general staring! I suppose I can’t really blame ‘em in this instance – it’s a little tricky to be subtle when you’re wearing a layer of shiny gold. Even as I left the house today I was joking that I hoped I didn’t cause anybody any temporary blindness. And luckily I didn’t.. To the best of my knowledge! Anyway, how about some details, eh? The garment that started it all – the gold skirt was from Boohoo. The top, Kodak bag and heart brooch are all vintage, and the shoes are from Lotta from Stockholm. Paired with a backcombed beehive, I felt this was the perfect dash of mid-week glitz! Sparkle sparkle!


28th, January, 2013

Sometimes a girl just feels like getting all dolled up and dressed in pink, dontcha think? It seemed almost destined to be when these pink Ray Ban sunglasses (c/o SmartBuyGlasses) and fuzzy pink sweater (c/o Boohoo) arrived on my doorstep at the exact time. Sometimes it’s best not to mess with fate, right? I paired the pink with white via a vintage playsuit, and my beautiful roller skates that I got for my birthday last year. Pink pink pink! I’m not gonna lie, I felt like Malibu Barbie (and loved it!) I played it up a little bit by adding gold palm tree nail stickers to my fingers. They accented the silver stud shoulder detail so perfectly! Now I just need to practice my skating. I was so close to falling over – multiple times too that I could only just make it around the block. I am sure though that it’s made tougher because of the earthquake damaged streets in the city! Bumpity bump..!


21st, January, 2013

Oh summer days! You are really winning me over at the moment. As much as I love snow, and I am honestly feeling terribly envious all of you in the Northern hemisphere (!) I am a sunshine girl through and through! Even when it was absolutely roasting, and we had an hour long walk ahead of us (the downside to having a grumpy car..!) I lathered myself in sunblock and headed out the door, a smile on my face. Heidi braids have honestly been my saviour this summer. Yep, a nice cold ice-cream and my hair in Heidi braids. That’s my recipe for a good summer.

I headed out in this sweet little outfit. You must know by now that I love sailor style! I wear it whenever I can. Trust me, when I’m out thrifting and spot a sailor collar in amongst the clothing racks, I know it’s going to be a good day. On my collar I wore a gold Variety Club brooch that I thought was quite sweet. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve, eh! The shorts were a wonderful treat sent by the super cute label, Pepa Loves. That bow! That hemline! Ahh, bliss. I topped it all off with a pair of gold Ray Ban Sunglasses courtesy of SunglassesShop.

Now, confession time! I might sound all calm and composed, but really the heat did get to me. Halfway through our walk, I  suddenly plonked myself down on the sidewalk for a bit of rest. I love the heat, but sometimes it’s a little hot to handle! Phew!


16th, January, 2013

Well, you know the old joke. A newspaper? Or possibly the funniest answer I’d ever heard, aged eight; a skunk eating strawberry jam. Today neither are correct – I’m the answer! I’m black, white and red at least! I’m in an extra silly mood – if you can’t tell from this recent set of photographs. I’m quite an over-the-top oddball really, but sometimes I notice how very serious I come across in blog posts. Nothing quite like a comic title and a series of face-pulling, eh?

After filling up on my drink of choice, soy hot chocolate (yum!), I was positively brimming over with energy. It all started with some fairly standard on-the-spot dancing, which quickly progressed into ballerina-esque balancing (or Michael Jackson, whichever really!) Let’s be honest though, when you’re wearing spots, at least you have the excuse of being dotty, right? ..right?! The dress is a vintage number I picked up recently. I paired it with my favourite pair of clogs (c/o Lotta From Stockholm), a red ribbon in my ponytail, and a black floppy hat borrowed from a friend.

P.s. Who’d have known that clogs worked quite so well for jumping?! I was seriously in awe of the last photograph! I was so high off the ground – and it was the one and only attempt too!