21st, November, 2017

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If you’re anything like me, you like to make a QUICK start on your Christmas shopping. I’ve been a little bit behind this year (usually I’m sorted mid-October-ish) but luckily all of the sales are starting to come round, so really, the timing couldn’t be better! Plus, my favourite website, Shopbop is having a 20-30% off sale, so I’ll be able to pick up some stuff for myself too. I included heaps of Shopbop links on this post so you can make the most of the sale as you shop! And yes, you’re welcome ūüėČ

For your man

Is it just me, or are guys really hard to shop for? My husband, Barnaby, has a really good sense of humour, so I tried to mix it up between classy and quirky – in a funny kind of way. My favourite thing here is undoubtably the personalised leather satchel from MAHI. I kind of want to pick up a matching one for myself too. Seriously, that monogram just kills me! Also: we are kind of obsessed with Larry David in our household, so I know the Curb t-shirt would go down a treat!

Larry David t-shirt / Personalized leather satchel / Neon pizza art / TV lunchbox / Grilled cheese cookbook

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For your Mum

My Mum loves things that are a little bit quirky, so I totally tried to keep that in mind as I shopped for her.¬†I think these unique looking homeware goods are also super classy and that would obviously go down a treat. My Mum has a fantastic sense of humour and I know she’d love the cute little macaron soaps (plus, she doesn’t really eat sweet stuff so there would be no chance of her accidentally consuming them!) For links on any of these items take a little look below:

Botanical leaf plate / Velvet floral pillow / Leaf tray / Macaron soap set

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For your Dad

I LOVE it when I find good things for my Dad. He’s just one of those people who are kind of tricky to buy for – so I’m massively proud of myself whenever I find the right thing. My entire family likes to laugh, and knowing my Dads brilliant sense of humour, he would be cracking up at those lobster oven mits. Plus, he’s a really good cook, so it’s kind of a not-so-subtle request for him to make me some food. Please, Dad. My favourite pick though, is the six-in-one hardware set. I showed it to my husband too and he loved it. Maybe I just need to pick one up for every single guy I know? What is it with men and tools? (I say as I constantly fuel my clothing and makeup obsession!)

Scratch-off Craft Beer bottle poster / Knights cheese board / 6 in 1 Hardware/ Darth Vader socks / Lobster oven mits

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For your bestie

Ughh, can I please have one of every single thing on this list?! I think the Best Babes glasses are adorable, and actually picked up a similar one¬†for one of my really good friends. I just don’t want to tell you what it is yet, in case she’s reading! Also: is anyone else here obsessed with neon lights? I love it that they’re becoming a total ‘thing’ at the moment. I swear, if I could have an entire wall absolutely covered in them I would be one seriously happy lady (and probably with terrible eyesight!)

Pineapple jewellery dish / Best Babes glasses / Slay neon light / Girl boss plaque / Feminist cushion


23rd, October, 2014

Fall-Fashion

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So, here’s some exciting news! I was recently contacted by my favourite website ever (Modcloth!) to create an Autumn inspired outfit. As most of my blog readers are based in America I figured that hey, this actually makes sense, let’s do it. After all, who else finds it really weird that we are¬† experiencing completely opposite seasons right now? Crazy!

I felt like this would be the perfect outfit for walking through leaves – the extra crunchy ones of course – and holding hands on a long walk through a tree-lined park. And in everybody’s favourite hour (the golden kind, duh!) settling down for a mulled cider, all wrapped up in a cute cardigan – I’m thinking this fox print number. Gosh, I love you spring, but Autumn you sure are my favourite!


8th, July, 2013

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Mmm, bicycles, I really do love you. In all honesty, I am quite terrible at cycling. When I was a kid I fell (face first!) off the front of my bike going down a hill. I had been dared to ride with no hands and put my feet on the handlebars. Never one to resist a dare, I gave it my best.. the results weren’t quite so great! Years later, I’m still not the best at biking, but I love it still. I’m envisioning endless bicycle rides this summer, with pretty outfits to match. I honestly can’t wait! (Though I’ll keep my hands on the handlebars this time, I promise!)

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1. Along for the Ride Dress / 2. Backyard Festival Headband / 3. Tread Delightfully Socks / 4. Siblings Flat in Middle Sis

Outfit One: Cycling to the beach

Maybe it’s just the ol’ baby blues, but this seems like the perfect outfit to wear for a cycling session to the beach. The flower crown is the ultimate touch of summer, and just the thing for finishing off the look. Plus, I am so so so in love with this dress. The hemline detail is the sweetest ever, and the bow is gorgeous!

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1. Spoke and Word Dress / 2. To and Fro Tote / 3. Bike Knuckle Ring / 4. Have a Good Daydream Wedge in Red / 5. Through the Wire Headband in Red

Outfit Two: Picnic at the Park

Okay, first up, I am literally swooning over this bicycle tote bag. Just the perfect tool for carrying picnic goods, right? The reviews on Modcloth mostly seem to say that it is a whole lot more enormous than it appears. Fantastic. All the more room for sandwiches and treats! Nom nom. Oh, and I love the wire headband for keepin’ that windswept hair off the face.


1st, July, 2013

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As a self-confessed ‘visually challenged’ individual, I have the¬†utmost¬†respect for the classic spectacle. Seriously, my eyesight is horrendous. As in ‘Without Glasses or Contacts I Can’t See a Foot In Front of My Face.’ So yep, glasses – you’re pretty great. I’ve styled up glasses print before, and after discovering these goodies, it’s safe to say I’m pretty darn keen to do it again – soon! Take a peek at some of these styled spectacle looks, and of course let me know which is your favourite!

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1. Sight for Four Eyes Dress / 2. Field of Visionary Glasses / 3. I’ve Tread Them All Socks / 4. Joy and Merri-mint Flats

Outfit One: Librarian Chic

Err, did someone say mint coloured glasses? All of my glasses-wearing dreams have come true at once! For the ultimate 1960s receptionist meets librarian chic look, this is all you need. No further explanation needed. Boom.

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1. ASOS Straw Boater Hat / 2. Denim Dungarees with Rabbit Print / 3. Glasses Half Full Cardigan / 4. Law of the Landscape Flats

Outfit Two: Festival Hopping

Festival Hopping. Get it, get it?! (Gosh, I hope so – I can’t be the only one with this terrible sense of humour, right?!) With this sweet rabbit motif, it’s quite impossible not to fall in love with this pair of denim dungarees. Paired with a pretty spectacle print cardigan for maximum¬†eye-wear¬†effect, this is the perfect festival outfit. Love!


9th, June, 2013

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1. Banana Print Denim Skirt / 2. Banana Print Denim Biker

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of fruit on clothing (err, weird much?) but every now and then the obsession grows just a little. This time around, it might have something to do with the arrival of a strawberry and peach print dress, combined with all of Alix‘s adventures wearing beautiful pineapple motif clothing. Whatever the reason, fruit is becoming a bit of a staple for me. Hey, it’s easy on the eyes and on the lips – what’s not to love, eh? Here are a bunch (pardon the pun… not!) of my favourites, and where you might like to wear them. Enjoy!

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1. Daisy Sequin Lace Crop Top / 2. Fruitful Endeavours Skirt / 3. Professor of Pop Flats / 4. Hungry Caterpillar Tote

Outfit One: A Trip to the Market

First up, can I just say how much I love this skirt?! The gingham print is so reminiscent of vintage table cloths (in the best way possible, of course!) and I love the subtle pineapple, pear, and grape print. Super cute! Pair it with a lace crop and vintage inspired red shoes. P.s. I am beyond in love with this hungry¬†caterpillar¬†tote! It was my favourite book as a child, though let’s be honest – it’s the same for everyone, right?

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1. Juicy Fruit Midi Dress / 2. Pineapple Collar / 3. Strut your Day Right Heel

Outfit Two: First Date

A first date is a night to impress, right? Well, you can’t go better than wearing this oh-so flattering pineapple print bodycon. The fit looks incredible; perfect for showing off your curves. Pair it with a matching pineapple necklace and tie your hair into a high-up ponytail. Finish it all off with yellow heels. Right, now I think you should suggest that your date takes place on an island paradise, don’t you?


30th, May, 2013

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Has anyone else been watching Arrested Development season 4? I’ve completely finished it after a marathon couple of days – and am craving more! This Tobias print will have to do, eh!

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These embroidered notebooks are such a cute idea! A definite way to make organisation a whole lot more fun.

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I keep falling more and more in love with Madewell. I ordered this camping motif tee a couple of days ago – and am anxiously awaiting it’s arrival!

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One of my favourite things in the entire world is bizarre animal friendships. How adorable are Bonedigger the lion and Milo the dachshund?! There is even an adorable little video if you’d like to see more!

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This photo shoot for Elle Poland was shot at Brighton beach. They honestly have me swooning!

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It’s all about the detail, honey! The¬†black bee dress by Coco Fennell is super cute, don’t you think?

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A fox lampshade sounds like one of the best things ever! Oh, and did I mention you even get to make it yourself..!

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Okay, it’s official – I’ve found my favourite Kickstarter project so far! Using the Impossible Instant Lab to print analogue photos from your iPhone sounds amazing! Sign me up!

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Animal bags win me over every single time. This corgi bag is no exception!


23rd, May, 2013

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These food sculptures by Brock Davis are seriously incredible!

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Some genius has combined two of my favourite things: cats and sushi, to create… cats on sushi! No, seriously, how cute is this!

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Gatsby fever is everywhere! Sadly, in New Zealand we have to wait until mid-June for it to be released. Sob! It doesn’t stop me falling in love with this Great Gatsby tote bag though!

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This book teaches you how to make dessert – fine art style! Want!

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A ferret yawning is quite probably the cutest thing you’ll see all day! Just look at that lil’ whiskery face.. Aw!

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I really love this simple floral wallet by 10 Deep! Aint it pretty?

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The¬†Wisteria Tunnel¬†at Kawaachi Fuji Gardens truly looks like the most beautiful place on earth, don’t you think?

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This jacket by Modcloth has the best detail. Let’s be honest – it’s purr-fect!


19th, May, 2013

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1. Bats All, Folks Skirt / 2. Long Time No Seagull Skirt

It’s happened. I’ve become a ‘skirt person’. Sure, it would decide to happen right when I move to one of the windiest cities in the world, but hey, that’s fine. I think I love ’em so much purely based on the amazing prints and patterns they come in. My ol’ favourite, shorts, can look a bit odd sometimes when they’re too pattern-y, but somehow skirts pull it off. Just take a look at this curated list of some of my faves. There’s one for every¬†occasion, don’t you think?

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3. The Spin You’re In Skirt / 4. On the Wings of Doves Skirt

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5. Home Sweet Helm Skirt / 6. Crumpet Solo Skirt

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7. Arthro-mod Skirt / 8. Go Your Throne Way Skirt


16th, May, 2013

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I’ve loved Anna J‘s art for years – ever since she kindly did a sketch of a fox for me (thanks Anna!) The one above is one of my favourites of her artworks; isn’t it adorable?! She’s a talented lady from New Zealand, and is hugely passionate about animals, and is even a foster parent for greyhounds. Seriously, she’s the best!

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This dark knight bookshelf is one of the coolest things I’ve seen… ever! It’s sadly been sold out for quite some time, but a girl can dream, eh?

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A blogger I have long admired; Ale, has released her first ever clothing collection – Rosaspina Vintage Handmade. As beautiful as the clothing pieces are, I also adore the story behind the collection. Ale designed the clothing, her mother sewed them, and the fabric is from the 1950s and 1960s and was generously donated by Ale’s grandmother. It’s such an incredible labour of love, and the results truly couldn’t be more beautiful!

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These macaron boxes are adorable, no? I definitely need to get a-hold of a couple of them, just to keep my jewellery collection in check!

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These photographs of Iris Egbers for Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong are beautiful! My want/need to visit the Eiffel tower in person has just amplified by a million percent..!

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Architect Moon Hoon designs the most incredible buildings. Ever. The Panorama House (my favourite!) has an actual slide in the library. Yep. I think all my childhood fantasies have come true at once. P.s. You can see more photos of the house over here!

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I injured my foot a few weeks ago, so have been wearing sneakers fairly often. I’d love any single one of these colourful pairs by Vans. Or just all of them? A rainbow shoe closet would be rather fun, don’t you think?

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Sticking googly eyes on things is fun! This is our breakfast table that I snapped on my Instagram earlier in the week.

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This bicycle print top by Modcloth has me swooning! I’m hoping for a warm weekend so I can cycle around the ocean front with my guy – and if I owned this top it would be even more fun.¬†‚ô•


13th, May, 2013

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Ever seen something (non food related, of course!) that looks SO good that you could eat it? Well, if not, prepare to feast your eyes upon this delicious selection of clothing that will have you daydreaming all day long about ice cream adventures. Err, Jo, where exactly would I wear them?! (I can hear you asking already!) Fear not, I’ve done the work for you, and dreamt up the perfect scenarios to go along with these mouth-watering goodies. First up is the Sundae Dressed Sweater, which you can see above. Yum!

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1. Milkshake, Rattle, and Roll Dress / 2. Ten Out of Utensils Necklace / 3. Tied with a Bow Belt in Rose Quartz / 4. Artist in Residential Flat in Pastel

Outfit One: Date Night.

There’s no denying it; dates are scary, nerve-wracking, exciting, worrying – yep, all of the above. It always helps to have your outfit planned beforehand – and this one is the sweetest. Pastel colours will show off your girly side, and the cute accessories are the perfect accent! Oh, and if he asks you to choose the location – please please please ask for a ice cream bar.Yum!

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1. Tread Delightfully Socks / 2. You Cone Do It Dress / 3. Oopsy Tasty Spatula / 4. Ice Cream Sit-Witch Pillow

Outfit Two: A cosy day at home

A cosy day at home. Who doesn’t love ’em?! Personally, I like setting my time aside for some good ol’ internet browsing, a spot of baking, and just general all-round lounging. Clearly, home days are all about comfort. That’s why, along with this sugary sweet outfit, I showed off a few homeware goodies. Including this adorable ice cream sandwich pillow. Want want want!