5th, March, 2014

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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!

Top & SkirtPepa Loves / Shoes – Seychelles / Satchel – Velorbis / Ring – Double Dutch Boutique

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2nd, February, 2014

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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!

Slam Dunkin’ Sweater – Pop Boutique / Jeans – Tripp NYC / Blouse – Yumi /

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24th, January, 2014

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What time is it? …ADVENTURE TIME!

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!

BMO dressBlack Milk / Leather JacketMuuba /

Shoes – Number One Shoe Warehouse

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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!

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12th, January, 2014

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…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 8 for 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.

Instax Mini 8 – A gift / DressPepa Loves / Shoes – Mimco

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13th, December, 2013

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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

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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.

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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 : )

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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.

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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.

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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


25th, November, 2013

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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. ; )

Leather JacketMuubaa / Lion Tiop & Seychelles FlatsPBJ Boutique / Shorts – Pepa Loves /

Bag – Mimco

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12th, November, 2013

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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! ; )

ShoesSurfdome / Dress & Ring – Doubledutch Boutique / Clutch – Pepa Loves

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2nd, November, 2013

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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..!

Dress & belt – Yumi / Shoes – Bait Footwear / Bracelet – Eclectic Eccentricity / Bag – Boohoo

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26th, October, 2013

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I am so so so excited to share these photos with you! A while ago now, I was contacted by Mimco to be a part of their Sisters Across the Sea campaign. They had selected a group of New Zealand bloggers (myself included!) and asked us to style some of their beautiful jewellery and accessories from the Alchemy Symposium collection. When I visited their local retailer here in Wellington I was honestly so nervous, you wouldn’t believe it. Before leaving the house I even asked my boyfriend, Barnaby if I was looking ‘bloggy’ enough! It turned out to be even more of a wonderful experience than I hoped. The Mimco ladies were so polite; kindly leading me to the shoe department to take a peek around (we would have definitely gotten lost without them!) Immediately, I fell in love with this circular bag. I decided to base the entire outfit around it, so paired it with an oversized polka dot crop and these sparkly earrings. I do hope you enjoy these photos! You can see the entire feature here.

P.s. I’ll be having an enormous (!!) Mimco giveaway very soon, stay tuned!

Jewellery, shoes & accessories – All from Mimco

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22nd, October, 2013

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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!

Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226 / Top – Ark Clothing / Skirt – Muubaa / FlatsSun Jellies /

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