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!
There’s no better way to start the year than tree-ting yourself to a pun or two (or three, four, five, anyone?) But seriously though, puns aside (if it’s even possible) – my goal – or resolution, I suppose, is to start branching out more. There are so many skills I want to learn, and some I even semi-know, but it often seems so super tricky to get over the obstacles – mental or physical – and achieve what I really want to be able to achieve.
For me, it all leads back to drawing. I never really share any of my work on here, let alone talk about it, but I’m bloody passionate about drawing. And I’m totally gonna toot my own horn here – but I’m actually pretty good at it too. After rejection from art school (a story for another day) I stopped drawing for years, and only now the passion is coming back. I have a Wacom slowly gaining dust in the corner, so my goal this year is to practice, practice, practice, until I’ve successfully mastered a new skill.
The great thing about ‘branching out’ as my goal is that it covers so much ground. Rather than the usual “get in shape” and “eat healthy” goals (which I totally want to do too, by the way!) I feel like this goal is way more broad. I’ve already branched out into new recipes this year – constructing my very own date, cumin cauliflower, feta and quinoa salad – so I’m reasonably happy with how it’s all going so far – now to just tackle this exercise business!
This goal works it’s way into my wardrobe too. Sure, a playsuit and a bow are pretty commonplace for a gal like me, but did you take a look at the necklace? My sweet, sweet boyfriend, Barney often offers to help me when I’m buying clothes online, but being the control freak I am (when clothes are involved) he sadly faces rejection a wee bit too often (sorry Barn!) This time though, he helped me pick out this adorable log shaped customised silver necklace complete with our engraved intitals (BC + JF). It’s pretty bloomin’ cute and I wear it constantly; having him close to my heart and all that. It’s the best anniversary gift ever, so you better believe that he’s going to be involved with selecting my next online haul!
I was recently asked to style a few pieces from the 2014 Spring collection by Pepa Loves. I can’t explain how very happy it makes me – if you’ve been reading the blog a while you’ll know that PL is one of my very favourite labels. Every garment has the cutest little detail – as I’m sure you will see in this post (dachshund print, anyone?!)
We took these photographs outside one of my favourite buildings in Wellington; the Old Bank Arcade. This building is both beautiful and has an incredible story. You can read all about it here – but long story short; in 1997 they discovered that there was an actual ship underneath the building! I’ll have to give you a tour sometime – the basement even has a glass floor.. But for now we chose the building because it reminded me of Madrid; the base of the one and only Pepa Loves shop. When I imagine Madrid I immediately visualize pale yellows and wonderful old buildings. This structure fits the bill quite nicely, I think! Still, I’d like to imagine that I really was in Madrid. Perhaps then I could even visit the Pepa Loves store. A gal can dream, eh!
Oh sure, you might be getting slightly sick of those “this is what I got for Christmas” type ramblings, but I just can’t help it – I received so many amazing presents this year! I unknowingly fell in love with the UK brand Pop Boutique last year when I was asked to choose something to style by Modcloth. In typical Jo fashion, I opted for this sailor dress in navy blue, which I wore on the blog here. Fast forward to Christmas 2013! I’m unwrapping my presents.. when BAM! This amazing Slam Dunkin’sweater appears in front of me. I noticed immediately that it was Pop Boutique. And so the love affair began…
I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently since Christmas. Sure, it’s summer in New Zealand, but luckily (for me!) it has been freezing lately – making it the ultimate sweater weather (hooray!) I’ve been sticking to mostly red, white, and black shades while wearing this top, as I’m sure you can see here. It may look slightly Christmassy, but hey, Christmas is wonderful, so I have no problem with looking a little festive no matter the time of year!
So, I don’t think I’ve ever discussed of my love of Adventure Time. I’m not terribly sure whether it comes across on here, but I am a bit of a dweeb. I’m obsessed with cartoons, games, and being a general fangirl over a select bunch of movies (Pacific Rim, I’m looking at you). But my absolute favourite above anything else is Adventure Time. I talk about it constantly, and clearly my boyfriend, Barnaby, has been paying attention. For Christmas, Barnaby surprised me with the BMO dress from the Black Milk x Adventure Time collection. (Cue excited squealing and immediately wearing the dress – even forgetting to remove the tags in my excitement. D’oh).
I thought, what better way to show off a BMO dress than playing a game? I was already pretty darn hooked on the Adventure Time Ski Safari game (seriously, the voices and sound effects are so good!) and playing it again for these photos has only fuelled the obsession. If you’re an Adventure Time fan I highly recommend having a peek at the rest of the collection. My next couple of purchases will hopefully be the Jake the dog skater dress and the Lumpy Space Princess swimsuit. Right, now I just have to not-so-patiently wait for everything from the collection to go on sale!
And now I’ve confessed my nerdy cartoony gamer-y side, I suppose it’s time to admit that yes, I use my computer to make silly graphics (and more!) like the one below. Embrace your inner dweeb, everyone!
…Because it is SO much fun to start the new year off with a bright burst of colour, here you go! Yellow is my favourite colour in the whole world (closely followed by pink!) and genuinely makes me really happy. You wouldn’t believe how excited I was when my parents presented me with this beautiful pastel yellow Instax Mini 8for Christmas. I’ve been obsessed with Polaroid cameras for years, so am ecstatic to finally have one of my very own. Plus, I am impressed that I had enough willpower to resist choosing pink – I don’t think my guy, Barnaby would have been quite as happy to be carting around a pink camera.
In other news, I hope you all had a terrific new year celebration! Myself and Barnaby had all kinds of wild plans; we wanted to spend our day in the sun drinking cider, slowly getting more and more rosy-cheeked.. Well, that was the plan! Instead, we ended up cosying up at home with mango cider (gotta get that cider in there somewhere), celebrating the midnight countdown with a smooch in a stairwell, and finally, staying up until 3am watching The Office. If you ask me, it sounds like the perfect start to the new year.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to style a hair bow. It is ridiculously easy, I promise. And such a fun change from a ponytail, don’t you think? I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with hair bows since Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ days (which feels like quite a long time ago now!) Finally I’ve learnt the tricks and have figured out how to do them myself. There is no going back now! ; )
P.s. Yes, you might have seen that I posted this a couple of months ago over on Here Comes the Sun. Sadly, HCTS has stopped blogging for the meantime (we miss you Amanda!) so I figured I’d share it over here too. Enjoy! xo
1. Begin by brushing all of the tangles from your hair, and tying it up into a ponytail on the very centre of your head.
2. Use your hair tie to to put your hair into a loose ponytail style bun. You’ll be left with a large amount of hair sticking out the front, which is fine. This will be the centre piece of your hair bow : )
3. Divide the bun area into two, trying to make them as even as possible. When they’re the size you’re after, use a bobby pin to secure them to the top of your head.
4. Finish the look by wrapping the loose hair over the middle of the bow. Tuck it into the elastic band as much as you can, and fix any messy bits with a good ol’ bobby pin.
And there you have it! As easy as pie, don’t you think? My hair is relatively good at keeping it’s shape, but don’t hesitate to add a little hair spray if you need it. Oh.. and of course – good luck! xo
I don’t know whether it’s the dark hair, smoky eye make-up, or the leather jacket, but I’m feeling a whooole lot more ‘Jo Jett’ (as opposed to regular ol’ Jo Fletcher!) today. We all know it’s the jacket, right? Much like one of my very favourite bloggers, Carrie, I used to be absolutely besotted with My Chemical Romance (and still am a bit, really!) You never quite know when your emo-esque side is going to make an appearance, and for me all it took was the tiniest bit of leather. Paired with a pinch of bright colour – you know.. let’s not get too emo here! – and the dreamiest gold flats by Seychelles, I’m pretty sure I’ve got this whole ‘rocker’ thing down pat. ; )
First up: oh my gosh, my shoes have great big hearts on them!! Okay, so wearing your heart on your sleeve means that you can’t hide your love for someone.. What do you suppose wearing hearts on your toes possibly means? I’m showing my true feelings about pedicures? Hm.. who knows! Good thing that having an actual reason for wearing silly(ish) clothing isn’t mandatory, eh! Anyway, the Mel pumps are from Surfdome and there are more similar here.
I’ve been having massive cravings for parks lately. Yes, parks. After spending the last seven years in Christchurch – known in New Zealand as ‘the garden city’ – every now and then all I want to do is just hang around with a bunch of trees. Yep. Luckily there is this teeny tiny little patch of grass, trees, and path hidden away behind a carpark near my home. Phew, I can breathe easy again! ; )
We woke up early on Sunday morning (6:30am to be precise!) After a quick shower, followed by general mucking-about-and-getting-ready, myself and my boyfriend, Barnaby, felt like it could be the perfect time to snap some ocean-side shots. Naturally, I popped on a nautical themed seagull-print dress. I barely mention it here, but the ocean is my absolute favourite part of living in Wellington. It’s full of sculptures and amazing old cranes – like the one I’m standing next to. The view is amazing, even on gloomy days! It’s the kind of view that New Zealand is famous for, and I love it! I try to spend as much time as possible next to the ocean, I love it so much. It’s the best place to get a gellato too. In fact, I think I might need to nip down to the waterfront right now to get one..!