If you’re ever, ever thinking of popping down to New Zealand – more specifically, Christchurch, please, please make sure that you visit in Spring! Often referred to as ‘the Garden City’ it certainly lives up to it’s name when the seasons change!
As it was such a beautifully warm day (yay!) I kept my outfit super simple. This ASOS dress (bought months ago in one of those treat yo’self moments) is a real statement piece – mostly just because of those amazing bell sleeves. It turned out to be a whole lot shorter than I expected – so I wore shorts underneath (which turned out to be quite fortuitous anyway – the winds were super gusty!)
Who knows whether it’s the pretty colour scheme or the fact that it’s just plain old getting warmer – but I am massively enjoying this transitional season. Buuuuut probably just mostly ‘cos it’s just getting warmer ; )
I don’t really know whether you follow me on Instagram or not (if you don’t, please do!) but a few days ago I created a flatlay of this very outfit.. And I liked it so bloomin’ much that I simply had to wear it on one of our jaunts down to the gardens. This River; the Avon, dontcha know, flows through most of Christchurch and is insanely beautiful at almost every twist and turn. I’m not sure whether my loud strawberry bag really flattered the landscape, but I certainly felt pretty cute. And I suppose that’s what counts, eh!
The really neat thing about this outfit though, is that it’s basically my foray back into being a vintage hunter! Back in the day (AKA a couple of years ago) I spent almost every spare second in thrift shops. It’s a habit I’ve slowly grown out of (wah!) but after thrifting this dress for a whopping $2 (yes, really!) I am hooked. I even went back the next day and thrifted a Dahlia dress – for $8 this time, mind you. Thrifting really is the best way to change up your look – especially when you mix it with designer staples (oh hi, kitty flats!)
Ps. I’m sure you’ll be mega interested to know that the kitty flats (along with more Charlotte Olympia heaven!) are now on MEGA sale – up to 30% over at Shopbop with the code MAINEVENT16. Make sure to take a look!
There is a whole lot to fall in love with about New Zealand – and one defining feature that I adore is our astounding collection of hills! It might be a bit weird to idolise them so much, but really.. just look! The photos speak for themselves, don’t you reckon?
We snapped these photos after embarking on a spur-of-the-moment road trip – where we genuinely had no idea where we would end up! We drove our enormous 7 seater mini van (yes, really!) around the local bays until we found a gorgeous little place called Purau. I couldn’t resist hopping out and getting some snaps of the boat collection – it was all so picturesque!
This all falls so in line with my 2016 goal of wanting to see my own country more. So far it’s working pretty darn well, and I’ve visited many (upon many!) pleases I’ve never seen before, but have heard a lot about. Stay tuned, there are some wonderfully scenic posts to come! Oh New Zealand, how I love thee!
Man, I gotta be honest – bell sleeves; I love ’em, but they are mighty hard to shoot in photos! I just want to show them off in all their glory but throwing your arms around like a mad lady doesn’t exactly feel.. Well, natural. Sometimes you’ve just gotta bust a move and hope the pictures work out. Either way, I’m in love with this pastel blue Chicwish blouse (and the mustard skirt too, for that matter) and was thrilled that the weather was warm enough to wear it! I am definitely not complaining in the slightest about this delayed winter business!
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