As a self-confessed ‘visually challenged’ individual, I have the utmost respect for the classic spectacle. Seriously, my eyesight is horrendous. As in ‘Without Glasses or Contacts I Can’t See a Foot In Front of My Face.’ So yep, glasses – you’re pretty great. I’ve styled up glasses print before, and after discovering these goodies, it’s safe to say I’m pretty darn keen to do it again – soon! Take a peek at some of these styled spectacle looks, and of course let me know which is your favourite!
Err, did someone say mint coloured glasses? All of my glasses-wearing dreams have come true at once! For the ultimate 1960s receptionist meets librarian chic look, this is all you need. No further explanation needed. Boom.
Festival Hopping. Get it, get it?! (Gosh, I hope so – I can’t be the only one with this terrible sense of humour, right?!) With this sweet rabbit motif, it’s quite impossible not to fall in love with this pair of denim dungarees. Paired with a pretty spectacle print cardigan for maximum eye-wear effect, this is the perfect festival outfit. Love!
I’ve always been a bit of a fan of fruit on clothing (err, weird much?) but every now and then the obsession grows just a little. This time around, it might have something to do with the arrival of a strawberry and peach print dress, combined with all of Alix‘s adventures wearing beautiful pineapple motif clothing. Whatever the reason, fruit is becoming a bit of a staple for me. Hey, it’s easy on the eyes and on the lips – what’s not to love, eh? Here are a bunch (pardon the pun… not!) of my favourites, and where you might like to wear them. Enjoy!
First up, can I just say how much I love this skirt?! The gingham print is so reminiscent of vintage table cloths (in the best way possible, of course!) and I love the subtle pineapple, pear, and grape print. Super cute! Pair it with a lace crop and vintage inspired red shoes. P.s. I am beyond in love with this hungry caterpillar tote! It was my favourite book as a child, though let’s be honest – it’s the same for everyone, right?
A first date is a night to impress, right? Well, you can’t go better than wearing this oh-so flattering pineapple print bodycon. The fit looks incredible; perfect for showing off your curves. Pair it with a matching pineapple necklace and tie your hair into a high-up ponytail. Finish it all off with yellow heels. Right, now I think you should suggest that your date takes place on an island paradise, don’t you?
As we inch closer and closer to the colder seasons here in New Zealand, I am getting more and more excited about the prospect of wearing boots (an obsession that may have started due to these ankle boots - swoon!) Every morning, it gets a little bit harder to get out of bed – and a whole lot harder to get out of the shower. Naturally, with the looming burst of cold, I’ve been feeling more and more tempted to put away my summertime clogs, and start reaching for footwear that offers a little more warmth. I’ve always loved the look of boots paired with a perfect pair of tights. It makes your legs look even thinner – a definite plus when you don’t have the skinniest legs ever – um, hi there! Above are some of my favourites – and what tights I would pair them with! Here’s to some wintertime inspiration, eh!
Mmm, love is in the air..! Dontcha just feel it?! To kick off Valentines week, I’ve curated a list of super-appropriate (and highly adorable!) heart shaped goodies. I am feeling so so so loved up this week, and want to reflect it in everything I do, whether it’s cooking with a heart shaped spatula or using this mug for a hot cuppa. My complete favourite is definitely the heart elbow patch sweater. I can so imagine wearing it with a pair of cute Ray Bans on a picnic date. Are you doing anything special for the big day? I’m hoping for a quiet night in with a good movie and yummy food. Oh, and of course, with my special guy too!
Shoes shoes shoes. What girl doesn’t love ‘em? Stilettos, flats, wedges, spikes, studs – there is something for everyone. As for me, I love footwear that has a liiiittle something extra to offer. It’s no secret that I love novelty clothing. I’m a silly, over-the-top person, and I like to be extra quirky in my fashion choices – all the way down to my footwear. Sure, I’ll admit, I’d be pretty happy in a pair of deluxe shoes by the man himself, Jimmy Choo, but for now any single one of these quirky pairs will do! Ooh, and how much do you love the unicorn flats?! They’re super cheap too! I’m definitely leaning towards clicking the purchase button. I doubt I can resist for much longer. Well, it’s my birthday in two months – not too early to start writing a wishlist, right? …right?!
I like 1960s fashion. Scratch that, what I mean to say is that I love it. If I could choose any decade in time, and I mean any (yes, this even includes giving up 21st century treats like hair straighteners Ferrero Rochers!) the 60s are it for me. But what I prefer even more than 1960s clothing, is well-constructed, super-cute, modern-day replicas. Honestly, nothing is a better day thrifting for me than when I discover a 60s treasure. But nowadays we can avoid the itchy fabrics, and the sometimes ill-fitting shape (pretty dang common when you’re a large chested lady like myself).
So where am I going with all of this? I’ve been busy busy busy picking out a bunch of my favourite 60s-esque beauties, as seen above. So many of these outfits remind me of one of my ultimate style icons, Miss Edie Sedgwick. The Marc Jacobs red and blue striped dress gives me particularly strong ‘Factory Girl’ vibes. How about you, which is your favourite?
Well, it’s no secret that I love yellow! In fact, I already styled this all-yellow outfit with red lipstick earlier in the week. Something about it just makes me feel so happy, it’s bliss. Sunshine, rain, snow – no matter the weather I always love to wear bright yellow. It’s my favourite colour for sure. To show my dedication the tiniest bit more, I decided to pick out a bunch of yellow stuff I simply love! The one I want most of all? Without a doubt, the umbrella. It has a duck for the handle – how cute is that?! I think I had a similar one when I was about four (I also had a dalmatian print raincoat with ears – but I’ve yet to find another, boo!) It’s not everyday that you discover adult-sized versions of kids stuff. What a find!
Now who doesn’t love a good pair of pants? To be honest, I wasn’t quite expecting the reaction I had to our last Must-Have Monday post. After mentioning my love for these heart-shaped pair of knickers, my inbox was suddenly bombarded with emails asking to please please please share more beautiful vintage inspired lingerie. Now, how could I bare to keep that information all to myself! I don’t know about you, but I always feel extra fancy when wearing a pair of my finest underwear. All of the ones above (especially the dotted pair – eek!) are pants I would simply love to own. See, it’s not too hard to find vintage-inspired – you’ve just got to keep looking!
I am completely obsessed with hearts lately! All week long I’ve been wearing them. One dress in particular (which I’ll share in the not-too-distant future) has made me adore them even more.
With the weather in the southern hemisphere heating up, I am determined to invest in a pretty heart cut-out back dress. I really love this red one - so it might just be the final contender! I know it’s a little slow to be jumping on the trend – but I don’t think anything would feel quite as nice as a breeze on my back during a 30+ degree day! Phew! Ooh, and lastly – how cute are the underpants?! Talk about looove!
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: