One of the best things about Wellington is that you really don’t have to go far at all to get an outstanding view (actually, I’m pretty sure that most of New Zealand is like that!) I am absolutely itching to travel at the moment but my next trip isn’t for a good few months. It’s times like this I pack a little sandwich picnic (thanks, cat bag!) and plod right on up to the top of one of the many hills surrounding the city. You really don’t have to go far at all for a sense of wanderlust, and I assure you it makes one big ol’ difference when you’re feeling cooped up.
Phew, I hadn’t really expected to take a whopping month or so off blogging, but it turned out to be the best decision ever! Working 9-5 (or till 5:30, in my case) can be pretty bloomin’ exhausting, and getting to spend free time being, well, free, I suppose, was a relief to say the least. My boyfriend, Barnaby and I freelanced for years – and the one thing I really struggle with is not being together 24/7.
..Moving swiftly on though – hello! How was your Christmas and New Years? Gosh mine were good. And life is still EXCELLENT. I am feeling the summer vibes through and through (sorry Northern Hemisphere!) and have been filling my weekends with beach frolics, gelato, and endless walks. Discovering new things about your city is the best feeling and there have been so many recently it’s almost too much to handle.
This Wildfox dress (my first ever piece from them) has been gettin’ me through the summer so far. New Zealand heat is really weird. It never gets that warm but thanks to our lousy ozone layer you burn in a matter of minutes. Especially if your name is Jo Fletcher. Which mine totally is. >_< Anyway though, I am EXCITED to be experiencing summer after one long winter and can’t wait to share some of my warm-weathered adventures with you!
Ever since this dress arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago, I knew exactly where I wanted to photograph it. Well, admittedly, Wellington is the perfect location; as it’s all about the hills – just like the print on my Larmoni dress. Talk about meant to be, right?
After waking up at 7:30. On a Sunday (I am most disappointed in myself) we went on a hill hike – with me wearing this house-print little number and a pair of peachy cat eye specs from Polette. Lemmie tell you, there was definitely something in that hill air. I can’t remember the last time I’ve achieved so much on a Sunday (usually they are strictly reserved for Adventure Time binge watching sessions). I went to the supermarket (one of my most hated activties at the weekend – so. many. people!), cooking, crafting, writing, and doing some work for my day job. I’ll definitely be heading back up again, so hopefully the hill air does it’s wonders! Though I might sleep in for an extra hour or two this time! ; )
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! ; )