Let me whisk you all the way back to New Zealand for a second. And yep, I promise it will be worth it.
A wee while ago now (longer than I’d care to admit!) we spent a magical few days in the Kahutara PurePod. I’m pretty open about my obsession with tiny homes (I really, really want to live inside a customised shipping container one day) so for me, this really was living the dream.
Have you heard of Kaikoura? It’s known in New Zealand as the go-to place for visiting seal colonies. It’s also the main road when you’re driving up the South Island. It’s kind of obvious that it’s a beautiful place – just kind of quintessential NZ, you know, but I had no idea that views like this existed. I mean, come on.
The building itself was a real stunner too. Everything, honestly everything was glass. I’m talking ceilings, floor, walls – even in the bathroom (though there were blinds too, mind you). It was a pretty insane feeling being woken up by the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. And then it outdid itself by offering a rainbow in the mix too. Totally one of those “how is this even real life” moments.
If you’re headed to New Zealand, which I totally recommend by the way, you should definitely make time to stay in this luxury tiny home. If the drive is a little far (which it totally isn’t, I don’t want any excuses!) there are four locations in total – with two of them being a whole lot closer to Christchurch.
I feel a little guilty over taking so, so long to post this video, but luckily it’s something I’m hugely proud of. Moving to Thailand meant that a lot of my projects got somewhat pushed to the back-burner (or locked away on one of many hard drives, in reality) and things have taken way longer than excepted. I have a whole bunch of travel videos in the pipeline; some are half done, others are just copious amounts of footage dumped on one of those hard drives I was talking about earlier, but I promise I’ll get around to sharing it all soon. In the meantime, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to be updated when stuff goes live.
As promised; a video from our amazing trip to Koh Samui, Thailand! (And hopefully the start of MUCH more to come with my YouTube channel!) I don’t want to give away too much in this post – after all, you have to watch the video to see just how gloriously beautiful our hotel, the Outrigger Resort Koh Samui, truly was. We had our very own villa – complete with private pool (!) and the tastiest breakfasts I think I’ve ever consumed in my entire life.
This trip, I remember so clearly turning to Barnaby and saying “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed!” And trust me, I am someone who really hates being patient and doing nothing. I like to be out there checking out everything. This time though, beach walks completely did it for me. It was the best feeling just lounging by the main pool (or our private pool at other times) just reading and sippin’ on drinks. I read three books while I was away. It was the BEST. The resort is so soothing and secluded; everything ‘real life’ feels so far away. Ah, take me back!
Oh man, the food at the Outrigger really was something else! We ate so much pizza, drank our water weight in cocktails (if you’re heading that way I thoroughly recommend the Outrigger Collins) but my favourite was undoubtedly the breakfast buffet. Pretty much, every morning I struggled to walk away from the table. Not in willpower terms – more along the lines of I had consumed so much food it was genuinely hard to move! No regrets though, that stuff was GOOD! We had some breathtaking dates beside the ocean too. Cocktails, food and beaches just go so darn well together. Watch my video to see more mouthwatering meals.
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:
Double denim is a look that I’ve been really beginning to enjoy as the weather warms up. A few years ago, if someone had said the words ‘double denim’ to me, my mind would have been conjuring up something awful – along the lines of the infamous Britney and Justin 2001 American Music Awards. Let’s be honest though, a denim cowboy hat will never ever work! A little subtlety can be quite wonderful though. Through mixing different denim shades, you can create a unique look, which is super sweet. I wore a vintage cropped shirt, which is fully lined with gingham on the inside – what a treat, eh! The shorts are also vintage.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we have started to create a bunch of new video content. Videos have always been a passion of ours and I’m so delighted to be sharing them with you again. In the video above, you can see (in motion!) what I was wearing. For me, I love to see how fabric moves, not to mention the whole atmosphere behind a set of photos. Plus, I love hearing how different blogger’s voices sound. I went to an international school, so I think that is fully responsible for my love of accents! I hope that voices and accents are something that interest you too, and if they are, do take a peek at the video above! Additionally, if you could please subscribe to our YouTube channel that would be the best news ever!
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about wearing your collar, you need to watch our latest video. Collars are something I simply love! They are so much fun to play around with. Especially when you’re someone silly like me who loves novelty brooches and quirky necklaces. In this video I share five different ways that you can wear your collar, and hopefully you find a bit of inspiration! I shared some of my favourite collared dresses including my Nadinoo sailor dress, 8000 Nerves, and a few vintage pretties. I’m having so much fun making videos, remember that you can subscribe now to my Youtube channel.
Remember when I said that Barnaby was an incredible location scout? I wasn’t lying! He found this beautiful bridge while I was at work last week, and finally today I saw it for myself! The suit I was wearing is Italian, and faux leather. I thrifted it almost a year ago, with my last fifty dollars. I remember thinking at the time that I just couldn’t leave it behind, it was too good! Phew, good decision, past Jo – I wear it all the time, especially the shorts. My ‘galaxy’ shoes (as I like to call them!) were bought about a month ago, and in the last few weeks I have been coating them in glitter. My hair was plaited into Heidi braids, and the blouse I was wearing is another vintage piece. The doctor bag (ol’ reliable!) is by Golden Ponies.
I’ve had numerous emails lately asking about how to do Heidi braids. Heidi braids are quite possibly the easiest hairstyle ever, so I thought I’d repost my video tutorial from a while back. It clearly shows the steps, so you’ll be able to do your own Heidi braids in no time!
I’ve had the hardest time keeping this a secret, so I am delighted to announce that Lost in the Haze has made the first-ever Modcloth Travel Bug video! I love showing off my pretty little home, and even more so through video! I wore a the beautiful For the Right Moment Dress (by 8000 nerves – my favourite!) with Silver and Brogue flats. Take a peek at the video to see some of my favourite places in Brunei; the Kampong Ayer water village next to the royal palace, visiting the incredible mosques, and of course – the jungle!
We recently took to Christchurch’s Port Hills to create some pretty video content. We blew up 50 balloons (luckily there was a bicycle pump handy!) but 3 popped before we even made it onto the hills! It was such blustery weather; perfect for lifting the balloons high off the ground. It was a wonderful day, as I was able to frolic to my hearts content! I wore my ever-wonderful Stop Staring Soda Pop playsuit, and my vintage boater shoes which I recently rediscovered!
Also, thought I would let you know that this is my last post from New Zealand for a while! I’m flying off to Brunei tomorrow. It has come at the most perfect time; the weather here has turned sour! I can’t wait to lounge poolside and bask in the sun! Ahh!
Fear not! Fishtail braids may look slightly tricky, but in reality they are a five minute hairstyle. All you need is a hair tie, and your own nimble fingers! Begin by tying your hair into a loose side ponytail. Fasten with a hair tie, and then split your hair into two parts. Select a small amount of hair from each side, and criss-cross them over one another. Repeat this for all of your hair, and you will end up with the prettiest fishtail braid! Remember to try and use similar sized bits of hair; this way your braid will be more even! I love to finish off the look with a side part, and usually fasten my fringe in place with a bobby pin.
I could scarcely believe my luck the other week when Nadia of Nadinoo emailed to tell me I’d won the Pixie Goes Sailing dress. Nadinoo has been a long-time favourite brand of mine, and the dress I won was actually my favourite piece! I’ve been wearing the dress virtually non-stop since it’s arrival, and I knew it was perfect for a visit to see the newly blossomed trees at the park! I am still amazed at the quality of the dress; Nadinoo really do have the softest fabrics! I truly can’t wait for the AW11 collection, Nadinoo never disapoints!