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?! ; )
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!
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!)
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!
Look at my feet – go on, I dare you! Perhaps it’s a little bit of an unusual request, but after years, and I mean YEARS, I am the proud owner of Charlotte Olympia kitty flats. And boy, oh boy, am I mighty proud of it!
This was actually their first outing.. I fell in love as soon as they arrived – but when it came to actually pulling the stickers off the sole – cementing yourself as the official owner, I suppose – well, that takes a whole different type of courage! It was almost a relief feeling the leaves crunch underneath my footsteps.
Now, back to the cape! Somehow, somehow this Jarlo London piece from a few years back has survived purge after purge in my closet. I think the thought of Autumn, and seeing the tartan pattern paired against a backdrop of decaying leaves, is what saved it. I’m mighty glad about it too – I hope to be wearing it all through the colder seasons. And it certainly kept me warm during this brisk afternoon walking through the gardens.
Every single year I forget just how much I love Autumn.. until it comes back around, that is! Spending the past three years living in Wellington, I didn’t get to experience much of Autumn. The central city is based alongside a bay, meaning that most of the foliage you see on a daily basis is designed to grow in the rough conditions that usually come with the seafront; so seasons were somewhat inexistent for me the last few years. Moving back to Christchurch (I’ve moved to Christchurch, by the way!) – also known as ‘The Garden City’ means that I am experiencing fully-fledged seasons again. And my goodness, I couldn’t have picked a better time of the year to arrive!
Fall is well underway here; and I am quickly remembering all of the things I love so much about this time of year. Going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves, throwing helicopters in the air and watching them tumble down, and of course the insane colour scheme, which I genuinely wish could last all year round. I can’t lie; I’ve been excited about Autumn for months now, and have not-so-slowly been curating my clothing into an array of mustards, oranges, and other earthy tones which represent the changing leaves around us.
For my first (of many, I hope!) Autumn outfits, I couldn’t wait to bring out this mustard coloured skirt, complete with flamingo print – my favourite. As anyone who has seen my left arm will know, I’m quite the fan of flamingos, and I love it that Chicwish was able to work them into this skirt print, creating a completely different look from the classically colourful creatures we are so used to seeing. I paired this statement skirt with a turtleneck woollen top I borrowed from my mother-in-law, making what I hope is somewhat of an ode to the 1960s. Well, at least that’s what I was going for anyway!
Flamingo Skirt – Chicwish / Top – Borrowed / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens
Aaaand just like that, let me whisk you back (albeit briefly!) to good ol’ New Zealand. More specifically, Christchurch, New Zealand. Over the weekend we took a half hour flight down to our old stomping ground to visit the grandparents, catch up with friends – you know the story. Our flights couldn’t have been better timed, as August/September is when the daffodils emerge… and if you know Christchurch, then you know that there are a whole lot of daffodils!
If you’re a long (loooong) time reader, you might just recognise the daffodil wonderland from this post way back in 2012, where the weather was clearly a lot warmer & my leg didn’t have a mermaid and sailor lady happily adorning it.
With the beautiful daffodils as my backdrop, I couldn’t help but crack out this whimsical rabbit and deer print romper; the latest offering by the wonderful Pepa Loves. I’m sure if those rabbits could talk they’d be rather thankful for a quick jaunt through the flowers – although there would definitely be some bite marks left behind!
It was the perfect chance to put my new instax franinstax camera to the test. Oh man, excitement doesn’t even begin to cover it with this baby! It was custom made, so obviously has elements of all of my favourite colours, which you can see for yourself. I am ridiculously excited to go on summer adventures a-plenty with this sweet, sweet baby by my side. Snap snap snap!
Over the weekend I paid a much (much much) needed visit to Christchurch; a city that may sound familiar if you’re a long time reader (I lived there before relocating to Wellington). I had massive aspirations – filming a video, writing a Christchurch city guide, but instead opted for some old fashion quality time with close friends and family.
One of the highlights of my trip (besides seeing my wonderful Nana and my boyfriend’s dogs ♥ ) was getting to experience Autumn; a season that is fairly non-existent when you live in the CBD. I couldn’t get enough of the acorns, leaves underfoot, and of course the beautiful shades of orange and yellow that were absolutely everywhere. There is nothing quite so satisfying as the crunch from a perfect Autumn leaf – and you know I deliberately changed my path to step on them!
During a rather impromptu trip down to the South Island I was lucky to pay a visit to the brand new boutique shopping centre, The Tannery. Oh wow. Christchurch, you have seriously upped your shopping game! Seriously, stuff like this in Christchurch just doesn’t exist. Really. This beautifully renovated former tannery (surprising, no?) built in 1881, is home to some of the quirkiest shops that disappeared after the big earthquake. I ventured in for a dash of window shopping, but even that was a treat! Everything is incredibly detailed – right down to the tiny gold cherubs near the glass roof! Giant black lampposts are dotted around the outside of the building, making you feel as if you’re really having a browse around an exclusive London boutique. Be sure to stop by if you’re in Christchurch, New Zealand. This beautiful place is definitely worth a look (or two!)
The Tannery – 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch, New Zealand
Hands up if you love playing tourist in your own city! Well, allow me to introduce you to the Christchurch Gondola. When Barnaby and I started dating; almost a whopping seven years ago, we had always planned on riding the gondola together. We both remembered it so vividly as children and could think of nothing better than sharing the experience together. It was one of those things that never seemed to happen, especially after it was damaged the Christchurch earthquake. Sob!
Fast forward to the present. Barnaby and I were watching the news when we suddenly saw it – the Christchurch gondola was reopening! Wasting no time, I changed into my Pepa Loves dress, rushed outside, hopped on a bus, and headed straight towards the hills. Now, I’ll be honest. We were TERRIFIED the whole way up. Everyone in Christchurch has a height phobia due to the quakes, myself included (!) and when it seems like all you’re being supported by is a teeny bit of wire – it’s scary! But do I regret it? Oh no, quite the opposite. Going the top of the hills and seeing the views that New Zealand is famous for is one of my favourite things in the world. And now that I’m typing this from my new home, Wellington, the experience seems all the more special. Plus, we even saw a road that had been completely covered by fallen boulders – how incredible is that!