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!
My guy and I decided to take some time off work not too long ago so we could explore some of our local tourist attractions during the week. Turns out that we didn’t do the best job of coordinating things – as we picked dates that fell right in the middle of the school holidays. Eep! Despite a bus ride jam-packed with tiny children, the zoo really wasn’t too crowded at all. We were able to see all of our favourites, including the sun bear, lions, and the best of all; meerkats. There were three adorable babies in the enclosure, which of course made the want-to-take-one-home urge even stronger than usual! It was an absolutely perfect day out!
A real life seal?! Yes, yes! This sleepy little fellow has been lurking around Wellington city for the past few weeks. Lucky Barnaby gets to say a big ol’ hello to him every day on his way to work but I only see him – well, about three times a week I suppose! Let’s be honest, when a genuine real-life seal is in your city, you gotta make a lot of trips, right? On this overcast day, minutes before getting pelted by an out-of-nowhere type storm, we decided to pay the seal (fondly named Lucille three. Any other Arrested Development fans here?!) a visit before heading off for ice cream. Animals, ice cream, and taking photos? Now that’s my kinda weekend.
A couple of weeks ago now, right after snapping these outfit photos, we were walking alongside Wellington’s enormous waterfront museum, when we spotted this fantastic truck! Dream car doesn’t even begin to cover it..! The owners of this International CF1200 truck are driving it all over New Zealand, via the Truck Art Project, to showcase the beautiful Pakistani art. We (like everyone else even remotely nearby) couldn’t help but snap as many photographs as we could, trying to capture every tiny glimmer of detail. It felt extra special to stumble upon, as Barnaby had an incredibly similar one as his family car when he was growing up. If only it had looked like this! It sure is a beauty, eh!
Chances are, if you’re a recent reader of Lost in the Haze – you might not know about where I grew up. Sure, I’m born in New Zealand, and live here too – but I grew up in Brunei, in South-East Asia. As a self-confessed ‘jungle girl’, sometimes I simply feel the need to go back to my roots – I’m sure all of you who live away from home will know the feeling!
Today, this ‘need’ meant that I dressed up in a leopard print romper (c/o Boohoo) and lounged underneath a tree feeling somewhat like Jane (then Barnaby must be my Tarzan, don’t you think!) It’s not something I’d be likely to do in Brunei – between the jungle-dwelling monkeys and snakes (eek!) when I’m home I’m much more likely to be seen laying around on the beach. For now I’ll just settle for ‘wannabe jungle girl’ in New Zealand. Quite worth it when it means there won’t be any snakes popping in to say hello!
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!
Have I ever mentioned my sweet tooth? Well, ‘sweet’ being an understatement.. More like my sugary, candied, syrupy, nectar tooth..! I love ice cream, candy, toffee apples, and cupcakes. Yum! Fizzy drinks are my ultimate favourite – and always have been, really! After slipping on this beautiful (x100000!) dress kindly sent to me by Pepa Loves, the shade of red made me desperate for a nice, cool glass of coca-cola. Talk about sugar addict, eh! The 30 degree Celsius weather was a bit of an influencer too, phew! Actually, speaking of which – I’m surprised that my lipstick managed to stay on! After a forty minute walk it really did feel like it was melting off my face..!
Back to the dress though – honestly, what a beauty, eh?! It’s covered in teeny tiny little bows and has a super low cut back; nothing could be greater! I matched it to my favourite pair of clogs (c/o Lotta From Stockholm) and like I said – my most-used shade of scarlet lipstick. Actually, my face was quite pink from the heatwave, so I suppose I accessorized that to my look too! ; )
It’s 2013..! Can you believe it?! To celebrate the new year (and all of the excitement and possibilities that come with it) we spent our late morning visiting the most picturesque rose garden. If, like me, you live in Christchurch, New Zealand you will be peering into your screens thinking “aha! I know exactly where that is!” (Go on, I would be doing exactly the same!) Right in the heart of our main park is this perfect little patch of garden – aka my dream home. It is a fashion blogger paradise – especially at this time of the year. I had so much fun weaving in-between the rows of carefully planted and exceptionally beautiful flowers – they are so enormous and vibrant! When my parents were visiting a couple of weeks ago, my mum and I walked home with a slight bypass through the rose garden. I’ve been utterly determined to return with a camera – some things are just too pretty to miss!
For today’s little jaunt, I channelled one of my biggest style icons; a certain Miss Brigitte Bardot. I thrifted this genuine 1960s dotted bustier early in December, and I’m sure you will agree that it has ‘Bardot’ written all over it! (I need to show you the tag sometime too – as it has the sweetest little poodle logo). The second that I spotted it during a routine thrifting excursion – it was mine. (It happened to be an exceptionally lucky day, as I also took home a jacket with a sailor collar). Anything even remotely similar to Brigitte is right up my alley! For today’s outfit I decided to pair the bustier with one of my go-to hairstyles – a beehive. Big hair has always been one of my favourite things, so I teased it to be as large as possible and tied it at the back with a leftover red Christmas ribbon. I seem to have amounted a mass of ribbon over December – which I am terribly excited about! I’ve been wearing it in my hair most days, which is a whole lot of fun. I think the bees liked it almost as much as me (or the hairspray at least..!) as I had several buzzing rather close to my head. Luckily I didn’t encounter one at the end of my nose in the midst of all of the flower-sniffing!
I always love a good yearly recap blog post! It is always such a wonderful feeling – seeing all of your accomplishments and exciting news compiled into one nifty little post. I’m feeling extra happy after looking at my year. 2012; you’ve been pretty darn lovely to me. Here is a recap of my year – I hope yours was great too!
Firstly, let’s start with something simple! This year I wore one of my favour ever outfits! You may or may not know, but I am obsessive with cartoons. I used to spend hours in front of the tv watching Cartoon Network when I was little – and even though I’m now in my 20s, I’ve still retained that cartoon love! (After all, Adventure Time is pretty much my favourite tv show!) I was so happy to be able to channel Madeline in this outfit. It will definitely remain as one of my all-time favourite outfits!
One of the most noticeable things I did to my appearance this year was chop off a bunch of my hair! I had worn the ombre look for quite a while – and because my hair is so thick I was getting headaches from how heavy it was.. Definitely time for a change, don’t you think?! I asked your opinion on Instagram, and fully agreed with the response – fringe time! I lopped off a massive amount of hair, fringe included, and went a shade blonder. Oh, and I looove it!
One of the most exciting parts of this year for me was my graduation! I’d never been too sure what I wanted to study, and had actually changed degrees three times. (Barnaby and myself often refer to me as the real life Van Wilder). So honestly, graduating was a huge relief! The entire experience was lovely – and I was so happy that my mum was able to fly over to attend! (But so sad that my dad couldn’t, boo!) The whole event gave me the most wonderful feeling, especially when my Nana called/yelled (!) out my name as I walked the stage. I gave a little wave in response – the only one (out of hundreds!) to break protocol. There has always gotta be someone, right? Whoops..!
This year has also had Lost in the Haze featured in a bunch different printed publications! I can honestly say that seeing my own face peering back from a glossy magazine page is one of the most surreal/exciting/weird/amazing feelings ever! The one above is from Creme Magazine, and it was published about a week ago now. It was a much much, much bigger feature than I was expecting – I got such a happy surprise when I spotted my page. Plus, the Apple A Day dress even made a cameo!
A major cause of excitement for me this year has been our Modcloth collaborations. Anyone who knows me will also know that I LOVE Modcloth. Back in February 2011, when Barnaby and I first started Lost in the Haze, I set aside a bunch of goals for the blog. I’m sure you will have guessed by now that one of them was working with Modcloth! In January we were lucky enough to be selected as the Modcloth Travel Bug blogger, and I starred in a video to show off the place I consider home, Brunei. I was endlessly happy about this collaboration, so I was practically bouncing off the walls when, in July I was crowned the Modcloth Blogger of the Moment! It has always been one of my biggest blog goals, so to see it finally come true, and so quickly into my blogging career, was truly a dream!
This year I was able to collaborate with two of my favourite designers. The shoots we did with beautiful dresses by Kelsey Genna and Caitlin Shearer was both so much fun. I’ve long-followed Caitlin and her amazing blog – she is one talented lady! As for Kelsey – I actually got to meet/go out for drinks with her! And she really is just as wonderful and lovely as you think she would be! She has even started her very own blog now too – and it is a beauty!
It’s not always a guarantee that it will happen in Christchurch – but this year there was snow..! I’m not really one for the cold, but snow is of course an exception! I was so excited about it! We ended up embarking on a massive walk – around two and a half hours I think. It was really lovely. The world really does look beautiful when you’re inside a snow globe!
We took a couple of lovely holidays this year. Firstly we visited the capital city, Wellington, then later in the year we said hello to Auckland. Both trips were endlessly fun! In Wellington, we spent plenty of time at one of my favourite places – right beside the water (yes – even in the midst of a storm!) In Auckland we reconnected with our fear of heights on the Sky Tower, and we spent time lounging in the viaduct. Ahh, I always love a good trip away!
I finally faced my fears this year, and shared my voice on Lost in the Haze. (At the same time I also realized how incredibly kiwi my accent is! I could barely believe it..!) We’ve been sharing the occasional video on our YouTube channel, with plenty more to come in the new year, yippee! Above is one of my favourites – how to style a collar 5 ways. You may know how much I love collars of all different shapes and sizes, so it was a delight to share some styling tips. I do hope that you enjoyed it too!
Now of course, there is my massively exciting news – I designed and created my first ever dress! It was an idea I’ve had for a long (long long long!) time, so it truly was amazing to see it finally in front of me. It is very surreal seeing something on paper suddenly materialize in real life – in the best possible way, of course. I can’t wait to produce more beautiful clothing in the new year for you to love and cherish!
I also spent this year creating a bunch of fun tutorial posts full of handy tips and tricks. I loved creating them, so I hope that you feel the same about seeing them! Some of my favourites (and most popular!) this year include:
This cardigan makes me all kinds of happy. It arrived in my mailbox last week from the wonderful team at Room31, and I’ve been wearing it as often as possible. It’s been a bit of a struggle really – especially since we’ve been facing temperatures of 30 degrees and more. There have literally been some days where I feel like I could melt down into a teeny tiny little puddle on the floor.. But enough of that! This cardigan! It makes me feel happy to be a glasses-wearer; something I never once thought I would say. After being told when I was eleven that people just “couldn’t imagine with me without my glasses” – that was it. I completely banned myself from spectacle-wearing! My school years of 12-13 were spent sitting at the front of classrooms to see the board, and squinting at my friends from a distance trying to work out who was who (trust me, not all blurry blobs look the same!)
So here I am. Take a look at this, 11 year old me! I am absolutely covered in glasses. Oh, and I simply adore it too ; )