3rd, April, 2016

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Ugh, I am actually obsessed with this dress. There is something about being dressed like a vintage picnic rug that makes a gal feel like a 50s dream – which is always gonna be fun, let’s be honest!

I’ve been trying to make the most of the last few days in my fair wee city of Wellington – so that means regular hikes to the top of the hills – just to soak up those breath-taking views, ya know. One of my favourite things about living here is that you never have to go far to get a glimpse of that classic New Zealand scenery – and perhaps it’s because I didn’t grow up here, but it truly makes my heart leap every time I get a particularly good view. Luckily some of our best friends live up a hill with one of the best outlooks of Wellington. I’m always excited to go up anyway – but with backdrops like this it’s truly hard to resist!

Dress – Dolly and Dotty / Shoes – Mel by Melissa / NecklaceUncommon Goods /

Bag – House of Holland (similar here)

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22nd, February, 2016

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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.

DressSourpuss Clothing / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens / Cat Bag – Pepa Loves / Necklace – A Christmas present from Barnaby

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29th, January, 2016

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“You just can’t beat Wellington on a good day.”

This short n’ simple sentence basically sums up Wellington in entirety. Sure, 90% of the time you’re close to blowing over from one of the city’s famous gusts (super deserving of it’s windiest city in the world title) but when the sun is out, oh boy, is it out.

Last year I felt like I barely got to experience Summer – and this time I was determined not to miss out. Summer in Wellington is beautiful, though very short lived, and last year I only made it to the beach one. So naturally, the second the sun was out, my banana-clad buns came out. The swimsuit and radio were cute wee Christmas presents from my boyfriend, Barnaby (he knows me so well). The Sunnylife radio plays music off your iPhone too, so we spent the afternoon on the beach eating fruit and jamming away to our favourite kind of music – a massive treat indeed!

Now I really need to get planning for our next beach visit. Where did I put the sunblock again..?!

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23rd, January, 2016

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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!

NecklaceUncommon Goods / PlaysuitGlassons / Bag & Bow – ASOS / Shoes – Chicwish

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20th, January, 2016

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Happy 2016!

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!

DressWildfox / Hat – Thrifted / Sandals – Chicwish

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21st, December, 2015

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It really, really doesn’t take much encouragement for me to expose my inner nerd – especially when it comes to Lord of the Rings. Gosh I love Lord of the Rings (way to live up to the New Zealand stereotype, Jo!) So you wouldn’t believe how excited I was to go to the Roxy – an art deco style cinema which has been lovingly fixed up over the last few years by Sir Peter Jackson himself. And if that’s not enough, there is a giant statue of Gandalf lurking right outside – *squee!*

I was pretty busy the entire day – totally taking advantage of the cheap Christmas bus fares and zipping from one side of town to the other. By the time we decided on a place for dinner (a super cute fish, chip & burger shop next to the ocean) the sun was beginning to set. I wore my DAILIES TOTAL1 lenses and had nothing but a positive experience. My eyes felt good; I wasn’t blinking too much, and my vision didn’t fog up – even though it was a particularly long day (am I the only one who can’r sleep this time of year? Christmas is just way, way too exciting).

DressUnique Vintage / Leather Jacket – Muubaa / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens / Bag – Pepa Loves

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This post was in collaboration with DAILIES TOTAL1, but (of course!) all opinions were my own. If you want to purchase the contact lenses head into your nearest optometrist for a fitting. Or alternatively you can find out more information at www.morecontacttime.com

 


9th, December, 2015

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For our latest date night we went on a trip to the movies (and let’s be honest – it doesn’t get much better than that!) My quirky city is home to a whole bunch of independent cinemas, and you know what? I’ve never been to any of them! …really not the best effort for living in Wellington for almost 3 years -_-)

I wish I could say that I’ve finally remedied this, but sadly no. We showed up to this beautiful cinema (the Light House, if you’re wondering), took some snaps, before heading inside to watch Spectre… And then we found out that it started half an hour ago! Never one to be deterred, we popped to the supermarket to grab some popcorn then ventured home to rewatch Pacific Rim – my all time favourite movie!

Despite our semi-unsuccessful cinema trip this was the perfect time to put my DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lenses to the test. I was staring at the screen for a whopping two hours – in between handfuls of popcorn, obviously, and i found that the contacts worked brilliantly! No dry eyes, no excessive blinking, which means my eyes were happy. And let’s be honest, happy eyes equals a happy, happy Jo.

Skirt – Chicwish / Bag – Pepaloves / Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

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This post was in collaboration with DAILIES TOTAL1, but (of course!) all opinions were my own. If you want to purchase the contact lenses head into your nearest optometrist for a fitting. Or alternatively you can find out more information atwww.morecontacttime.com

 


1st, December, 2015

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As the second part of my DAILIES TOTAL1 contact lens challenge I decided to head out for a trip to the night market. Between the various chilli spices in the air and gettin’ sleepy (I’m a complete Nana when it comes to bedtimes) my eyes always get foggy when I’m at markets. And I really, really like markets. So it’s a tough one.

We headed out while the sun was setting and sat down to listen to the local buskers playing a tune or two. Although I spent most of my time eyeing up the deep fried ice cream (ohmigod!) we ended up going to McDonalds for some fries instead (story of my life). Every day is Fry-day in my world.

The wind was actually behaving itself (quite the feat for the windiest city in the world) so for once my hat stayed on my head! Take that, wind. Jo: 1, wind: 0. The rest of my outfit was fairly simple; a shirt dress buttoned all the way up, paired with a duster in my favourite hue.

You’ll be happy to know that my contacts lived up! The same as last time; no extra blinking – thanks to that water gradient, and comfort the whole night through. Once again I just whipped them off into the rubbish bin when I got home that night. The perfect solution for this Nana who can’t ever wait to get into bed.

Dress  – Jeans West / Hat – Vintage / Pink Duster – Boohoo / Shoes – Chicwish / Cat Bag – Pepa Loves

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This post was in collaboration with DAILIES TOTAL1, but (of course!) all opinions were my own. If you want to purchase the contact lenses head into your nearest optometrist for a fitting. Or alternatively you can find out more information at www.morecontacttime.com

 


29th, September, 2015

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If you’re from Wellington – or have even visited for that matter, there’s a fairly good chance you’ve bumped into this group of houses which I affectionately call the Seven Sisters of Wellington. Much like their famous counterparts in San Francisco, these seven sweet abodes are lined up in a cute little row, and all painted within a particular colour scheme – a definite nod to the infamous Painted Ladies.

While they proved awfully (x10000!) difficult to photograph, I’d like to think that we managed to capture an essence of what makes these houses just so darn sweet. As always, while we were there we spent the entire time talking about which one we’d like to live in (the purple one with the round window, thanks!) – although the million dollar plus price tag might make the dream just a leetle hard to reach anytime soon.. Any excuse to keep ‘investing’ in those Lotto tickets though, eh!

I wore my latest Pepa Loves purchase – this dress which features some misshapen leopards – which of course only adds to their charm, of course! I wore my Swedish Hasbeen zip boots (these babies have seriously gotten me through the colder months) paired with one of my favourite vintage hats. With the sea views on one side and the Painted Ladies on the other, my mind was definitely drifting towards San Francisco thoughts.. which I suppose is the perfect time to tell you I’m off to America again next year! Not SF at this point – but you never knoooow!

Dress and Cat Bag – Pepa Loves / Hat – Vintage / Glasses – Polette / Socks – Tabbisocks / Clog BootsSwedish Hasbeens

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17th, July, 2015

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I never really need much of an excuse to visit Breaker Bay – it is one of my favourite places after all, but after I suggested it as a possible guest post idea for a blog I love (Selective Potential, anyone?) I found myself walking along it’s stoney shores a whole lot earlier than expected. Which is (of course) always a good thing.

This ended up being the most fun we’ve ever had in Breaker Bay. The sun was blazing down, despite it technically being Winter in New Zealand, and we climbed the whole way along the big hills, like I’ve always wanted to do.

Probably what I enjoyed most of all was how many dogs we saw! I am fairly animal obsessed, which has only gotten worse after living in a small apartment (no pets, wahh!) for two years. I’ll take whatever animal fix I can get! And when they’re even half as friendly as the dogs we saw at Breaker Bay, you’re bound to feel a whole lot happier!

Oh, and as for my guest post, you can see it over on Tieka’s blog, right here.

Playsuit – Boohoo / Pineapple Necklace & EarringsWith Love and Mary / Shoes – Aloha Sandals / Cat Bag – Pepa Loves (via Modcloth)

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