Man, I gotta be honest – bell sleeves; I love ’em, but they are mighty hard to shoot in photos! I just want to show them off in all their glory but throwing your arms around like a mad lady doesn’t exactly feel.. Well, natural. Sometimes you’ve just gotta bust a move and hope the pictures work out. Either way, I’m in love with this pastel blue Chicwish blouse (and the mustard skirt too, for that matter) and was thrilled that the weather was warm enough to wear it! I am definitely not complaining in the slightest about this delayed winter business!
I may not be in London (though a gal certainly can pretend) – especially when your city is home to the occasional red phone booth! This is the first time I’ve been back to this particular spot in ages (it was shut for several years after the Christchurch earthquake) and it certainly brought back a fond memory or ten.
Naturally the event called for my finest ( ; ) ) cat themed clothing – namely, this Pepa Loves sweater and my go-to Charlotte Olympia kitty flats. I finished the look off with a beautiful red coat that I borrowed. Seriously, I wish I owned it. I’m definitely in need of an Aziz Ansari ‘treat yo’self’ moment, right? Right?! ; )
When you’re into fashion and spend 90% of your free time on the internet, you’ve gotta sing from the rooftops when you find a special store that captures your heart. Admittedly, I’m a teeny bit biased; after all, Shouldn’t But Must was created by the parent of a preschooler I used to teach (and miss dearly!)
As well as being your go-to for children’s gifts, Shouldn’t But Must stocks some insanely beautiful clothing and accessories. I picked up this cute wee Erstwilder Mushroom brooch – along with a ‘Groceries & Shit‘ tote by Emily McDowell. Please do go check it out – I can’t even put into words how sweet the wonderful owner, Annie, is and would genuinely love for you to support her as much as possible! Go on!
Also, oh my god, bell sleeves. I genuinely can’t even put into words quite how strongly I feel about this recent trend. Perhaps, it’s my undying love for Meatloaf (Bat out of Hell forever, yo) but something about the fabric addition to my arm’s end makes a gal (or me at least) extra sassy. Unfortunately, my boyfriend, Barnaby doesn’t feel quite the same, and most of my belled beauties are hidden safely underneath my trusted leather jacket. Not this time though. There is absolutely no way whatsoever this lace Chicwish number is going unnoticed!
Boy, am I grateful for this slow, slow start to Winter. As well as the beauty of leaves in Autumn shades, there is something to be said for that besotting haze that covers the world, particularly in the early morning. With the hotter-than-usual temperatures, it means we have actually been able to enjoy the hazy mornings – and without extra layers of padding to project us against the cold too. Score!
After 3+ years of living in Wellington, you wouldn’t believe how obsessed I am becoming with hats! Wellington, after all, is one of the windiest cities in the world, and there definitely weren’t many occasions that called for a head accessory (unless, of course you wanted a quick goodbye – wahh!) I’ve been making up for lost time and adorning my noggin with anything with a brim (generally this refers to my Catarzi hat – a recent ASOS purchase).
The best thing about this warm burst of sun means I can still wear cute dresses (livin’ the dream, yo). As well as being an organic & fair trade garment (♥), this little number from NZ label (yay!) Arc & Bow perfectly complemented the distinctively Autumn park. I love wearing it on these in-betweeny temperature days, and I can imagine popping it on over the top of a bikini in Summer too (and lets be honest – I love Autumn, but Summer heat wins every time!)
Right, now back off to darling Autumn-y Christchurch we go..!
I’ve been really enjoying the colder seasons lately – particularly as they are the perfect excuse to wear more velvet! (Something about velvet + winter just goes hand in hand, don’t you think?) Mostly my sartorial choices lately have consisted of mustard and orange shades, but this Glassons playsuit had me swoonin’ the second I spotted it in the store’s window.
I thought the neckline of this romper would be a little out of my comfort zone, but to be blunt – I decided I don’t really care! It felt super low, but when I spotted my reflection in any passing mirrors it didn’t look anymore attention-grabbing than your bog-standard t-shirt neckline. Hopefully there are a few sunny days left so I can bring it out again soon!
When I told you I was at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world I certainly wasn’t lying! Totaranui is famous for it’s wondrously golden beaches – and although I was hopeful, I wasn’t sure it would be my dream temperature – we are in the middle of Autumn, after all. Luckily I packed my swimsuit, as by mid-morning, daily, we would hit the beach, usually with a book and Corona in hand (ahh, what a life!)
Now I’m curled up at home in my pyjamas, fully emerged in Autumn weather, Totaranui can’t help but feel a world away. I’m hope hope hoping for another great stint in warm weather as now we have a tent, we can escape any single time we like (eep, I genuinely can’t wait!) Oh, and if you enjoy the pretty New Zealand landscapes in these photos (I truly can’t stress how picturesque this was!) then you might be happy to know I filmed a little Totaranui guide! I just have to summon up the courage to record my massively kiwi accent for a voice-over, then it’ll be up on YouTube!
At the very start of the week (Tuesday, to be precise) my boyfriend, Barnaby and I purchased a tent, shoved it in the back of our car and headed to the picturesque Totaranui (more on this beautiful place in my next post!) in search of good weather. And the verdict? Crazy amounts of sun – not to mention the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen in my entire life! ♥
We spent five days camping next to the beach, in an enormous lot with natives trees growing alongside us. I’ve never ‘done’ a proper camping trip before – or not that I can remember at least, so everything was truly novelty and so much fun! We had native New Zealand birds join us at every meal (I swear they could hear the rustle of a biscuit packet from a mile away!) and spent our days lounging by said beach and trekking into the forests.
Everything was so quiet too. It’s actually Autumn, although you wouldn’t think it, with the warm weather – and I genuinely think there were only 20 campers all up, when we were told that you can sometimes expect up to 400! It was honestly the most magical trip, and completely inspired my outfit, as I’m sure you can tell!
Look at my feet – go on, I dare you! Perhaps it’s a little bit of an unusual request, but after years, and I mean YEARS, I am the proud owner of Charlotte Olympia kitty flats. And boy, oh boy, am I mighty proud of it!
This was actually their first outing.. I fell in love as soon as they arrived – but when it came to actually pulling the stickers off the sole – cementing yourself as the official owner, I suppose – well, that takes a whole different type of courage! It was almost a relief feeling the leaves crunch underneath my footsteps.
Now, back to the cape! Somehow, somehow this Jarlo London piece from a few years back has survived purge after purge in my closet. I think the thought of Autumn, and seeing the tartan pattern paired against a backdrop of decaying leaves, is what saved it. I’m mighty glad about it too – I hope to be wearing it all through the colder seasons. And it certainly kept me warm during this brisk afternoon walking through the gardens.
Every single year I forget just how much I love Autumn.. until it comes back around, that is! Spending the past three years living in Wellington, I didn’t get to experience much of Autumn. The central city is based alongside a bay, meaning that most of the foliage you see on a daily basis is designed to grow in the rough conditions that usually come with the seafront; so seasons were somewhat inexistent for me the last few years. Moving back to Christchurch (I’ve moved to Christchurch, by the way!) – also known as ‘The Garden City’ means that I am experiencing fully-fledged seasons again. And my goodness, I couldn’t have picked a better time of the year to arrive!
Fall is well underway here; and I am quickly remembering all of the things I love so much about this time of year. Going out of my way to step on crunchy leaves, throwing helicopters in the air and watching them tumble down, and of course the insane colour scheme, which I genuinely wish could last all year round. I can’t lie; I’ve been excited about Autumn for months now, and have not-so-slowly been curating my clothing into an array of mustards, oranges, and other earthy tones which represent the changing leaves around us.
For my first (of many, I hope!) Autumn outfits, I couldn’t wait to bring out this mustard coloured skirt, complete with flamingo print – my favourite. As anyone who has seen my left arm will know, I’m quite the fan of flamingos, and I love it that Chicwish was able to work them into this skirt print, creating a completely different look from the classically colourful creatures we are so used to seeing. I paired this statement skirt with a turtleneck woollen top I borrowed from my mother-in-law, making what I hope is somewhat of an ode to the 1960s. Well, at least that’s what I was going for anyway!
Flamingo Skirt – Chicwish / Top – Borrowed / Boots – Swedish Hasbeens
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!