6th, April, 2015

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Hi, I’m Jo and I love bright colours and big hair.

It’s true; I am an absolute sucker for both. I genuinely spend my bus rides to work peeking out the window for any blog-worthy brightly coloured buildings. Not that this colourful wall quite fits the same category – rather than spotting it from the bus, I tend to see it when I’m visiting the outdoor food court it’s attached to. It has a built-in car park, so when we snapped these photos we had to keep dodging out of the way of cars that were driving in and out too quickly (cue lots of Wayne’s World references – “car!” “car!”)

Can we just take a second to talk about these glasses. (It seemed appropriate as I’ve had my fair share of emails referring to these frames lately). They were only $30 from Polette and are easily everything I’ve ever needed from my glasses, and more. I am planning to post about my glasses collection, so more about that in the near future. And as for my headband – it’s by the lovely Le Vero who are running a Kickstarter campaign,  which you should definitely take a look at!

Dress – Pop Boutique (via ASOS) / WatchTwistedTime / Bag – Mimco / TightsTrendyLegs / GlassesPolette / Headband – Le Vero / Shoes – Le Bunny Bleu

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23rd, March, 2015

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…You know I’m an absolute sucker for cute bags! Though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (burgers and chips are more my thing) I couldn’t pass up getting to wear one as an accessory. Food themed bags just work so darn well. I actually posted about my weirdo bag collection last year, but it has multiplied quite a bit since! Definitely in need of an update, I reckon!

Oh, and did you spot my pilot style goggles? Call it love, call it whatever you like really, but I am completely obsessed over these sweet babies! Better yet, they’re reversible, so I can opt for tan or black, depending on my outfit. The lovely Le Vero has just started a Kickstarter campaign to produce these guys a little easier – so go on and take a look. If you need any more convincing – there are ones with #’s on them! I know I’m not the only Instagram addict out there – so go and wear that hashtag love on your head!

Bag – Pepa Loves / Glasses Headband – Le Vero / Shoes & Bow tie Dress – (old) – Chicwish

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6th, March, 2015

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Before heading out to dinner (burgers for the win!) we had an enormous attempt at stalking a stunning building that I had been eyeing up from our hotel. Picture ivy covered, picture old brick.. Gosh it was a beauty! And do you know what? We couldn’t find it!! Phones clutched in hand, staring at Google earth, we were sure there was no way we’d miss it.. But somehow it just wasn’t meant to be! So was a relief when we finally made our way onto this equally beautiful palm tree lined street. And it honestly felt like it was meant to be – as I was clad in my finest leopard print – making me feel like some sort of urban Jane-from-Tarzan (never a bad thing, let me tell you!)

DressQueen of Heartz / Shoes – Mel by Melissa / Bag – Jo Totes / Bee Ring – Stephen Einhorn

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20th, December, 2014

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Christmas-time in the Summer is so fun! Wasting no time when good weather came-a-lurkin’, last weekend I decided to spend my morning at the beach. Shamefully, this is one of the first times I’ve ever gone out of the ‘city’ city, and I had no idea what to expect – aside from a beach, really! Turns out it was a stone beach, not sand, so I can honestly say that my feet have never felt so darn exfoliated in my life! It was such a lovely day of lying in the sun, taking silly Instax photos, and just appreciating my little home country of New Zealand.

Oh, and after I left, I found out that this is actually a nude beach! Luckily we didn’t run into anyone even remotely nude, as I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face if I did!

Swimsuit – Vintage (similar here)

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8th, December, 2014

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Oh my gosh, it’s almost Christmas! I am seriously SO excited this year! We decorated the Christmas tree over the weekend while listening to a medley of the Killer’s Christmas songs (and by couple of Michael Buble too…don’t judge me!) and that really helped it all sink in. Yep, the silly season has really got me this time around. I’m not too good at surprises though, and am beyond ready to unwrap presents. If you can’t tell; I am totally one of those people who wakes up at 6am on Christmas day.. I just can’t wait!

Wellington city is looking so festive this year! Doesn’t the train station look incredible? Candy canes are one of my favourite Christmas treats (I wish they were year round, really!) so having one several storeys high was like being in the Candy Kingdom. Something I am very much okay with!

Dress – Chicwish / Bag – Nikita and Vesper / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Love Bow – ASOS

 

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2nd, December, 2014

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Oh, Summer! Only three days into ‘officially’ Summer and I can feel it right in the depths of my bones. It’s getting warmer, the sun stays up until way past 8pm (!) which means a whole lot more time for adventures. And time to wear fruit. On this occasion in the form of a New Look orange clutch from ASOS. You might have seen the watermelon or lemon versions – both of which I REALLY WANT but are sadly sold out, boo!

I’m beyond excited to have a few extra days off around Christmas. It’s no massive overseas trip – but I am heading up to Auckland before too long, which I am massively excited about. In the meantime, as I count down to my trip, I’ll just walk about wearing this Eiffel tower print dress/coat (I wore it as a dress. After looking at how others have styled it I’m now pretty sure it’s a coat) and exploring cute streets in good ol’ Wellington. And hey, when it’s on en route to a hot chocolate stop (which it was) then I know I’ll be pretty darn happy in the end.

DressPepa Loves / Orange ClutchASOS / ‘Hello Sunshine’ flats – Loly in the Sky 

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7th, November, 2014

The Secret to Big Lips

When I was a kid, nothing wound me up more than being told I had ‘bee-stung lips’. It’s a bit weird, but my big lips aren’t purely genetics. Nope, I haven’t been paying a visit to the ol’ cosmetic doctor’s office, far from it in fact. When I was little, I was super accident prone (what do you mean, clumsy?!) There were at least four occassions when I ran head-first into a wall (don’t ask!) and was constantly splitting or giving myself a ‘fat lip’. Nowadays I’ve managed to keep my wall-running at bay, but have retained big lips (scarred at the back, mind you) but hey, big lips none-the-less. Now, I’m not quite sure whether this is my best or my worst kept beauty secret.

Why all the talk about lips? Ah, don’t be silly – it’s blanantly down to my cute (x1000) lips clutch from Hi! by Henry Holland x Debehnams, which (cue excited squeal!) has started shipping to New Zealand! This is my go-to bag at the moment, and such a great alternative to the beautiful (albeit expensive!) clutches by Lulu Guiness. Paired with a heart print dress and an enormous beehive (yes, there is a tutorial in the works!) I felt pretty grand indeed. A far cry from the girl who covered her mouth when the dreaded ‘bee-stung’ title came out!

Lips ClutchDebenhams / Heart DressDebenhams / Shoes – Chicwish / GlassesGetglasses.co.nz

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16th, October, 2014

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Lately, for me, it’s been all about the ‘hive. There’s an odd feeling of satisfaction when you get your hair twice as big as the last time you did it (challenge accepted). Plus, I really hate washing my hair all the time, and they say that dirtier hair works better for grip, so yay; an excuse!

Are there any other contact lens wearers out there? My eyes have basically gone on strike and water like mad any time a lens comes even remotely close. My new specs couldn’t have arrived at a better time, and paired with a beehive & this beautiful (x100000) floral dress by Joules I felt like a modern Joan Holloway. And that’s never a bad thing, am I right?

Also: is it wrong that I totally read out the title in an Austin Powers voice? Answer: yes, yes it is..

DressJoules / Glasseswww.getglasses.co.nz / Bag – Mimco / ShoesCocorose London / Watch – Olivia Burton

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13th, October, 2014

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It only takes a quick glance at my Instagram feed to see that I’m pretty freakin’ obsessed with flowers. Sure, I might not know terribly much about them, but I can certainly appreciate a pretty thing or two (or in this case, thousand or two!) Every year the Wellington Botanic gardens puts on a spring Tulip festival. I drive (aka. bus) past every day on my way to work, so have been keeping a close eye on their blooming schedule to make sure I visited at the peak time…

What I didn’t think about was that everyone in Wellington would be doing the same thing!

Something they don’t tell you about being a blogger is that you’ve got to be brave around other people! I twirled around and sat beside the tulips, ducking the crowds the best I could. The funniest point was when I bumped into a little boy from my work (I’m an early childhood teacher, by the way!) and he got so shy he wouldn’t even talk to me! Though I’m sure I’m a bit more intimidating with my thigh tattoo on display and giant hair, especially if you’re only two years old! Eep! I wore my favourite piece of clothing, this pink (!!) sailor romper by ASOS. It’s massively on sale at the moment, and was far too hard for me to resist – you know I love my sailor clothing!

Pink Sailor RomperASOS / Star BagChicwish / Sunglasses – Vintage / ShoesChicwish

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7th, June, 2014

A Beehive in Blustery Weather

If you know me, then you also know that I can’t resist a good ol’  beehive – no matter how windy the weather. And yes, I do live in the windiest city in the world! Crazy stuff! It was a particularly gloomy day, complete with massive gales, so we ducked behind this beautiful brick building to hide from the wind. Note: it didn’t work at all – if you can’t tell from the massive flyaways!

I wore a pretty little skirt/dress (I’m not quite sure what to call it!) which I have long admired on Kailey, so I was ridiculously excited to join the club and style it too! I paired it with a simple camping motif top by Madewell. I love it how you can see the binoculars peeking through the straps – I feel like I’m all set for an adventure!

SkirtChoies / T-shirt – Madewell / Shoes – Cocorose London /

BraceletPunky Pins / Bag – Mimco

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