17th, November, 2014

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No matter what, you can always count on bright colours. They genuinely make you feel so darn happy – and nothing could be better than that! We explored this colourful little corner of the city, which is actually a little entranceway to a group of vintage shops. In my eagerness, we arrived way too early (I’m talking 2-3 hours here!) so had to make do with these gloriously coloured steps instead of hitting up the shops.

I wore an Aristocats scalloped t-shirt from Sheinside, which came at exactly the right time, as I’ve fallen head over heels for the new Paul & Joe collection featuring the felines themselves. It goes pretty perfectly with these ASOS shorts I nabbed in the sale ($12!!) and this stunning vintage bag by Nikita and Vesper. I love all of the pink in this outfit, although the very best thing about it is that I can go around quoting Marie! “Ladies don’t start fights, but they can finish them!

Aristocats T-shirt – Sheinside / Vintage bag – Nikita and Vesper / Shorts – ASOS /

ShoesChicwish

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10th, November, 2014

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What can I say, I love sailors (& blooming lucky too – after all, I have one tattooed on my thigh!) Whenever I’m asked to sum up my personal style, you can bet that sailor style ranks pretty darn high.

I feel rather lucky actually, that I know what I like. Every now and then (emphasis on the now) I become so overwhelmed by all of the wonderful clothes out there that I can’t remember what I do and don’t like. It’s times like these where I head straight to the sailor section of my closet (yes, I have a dedicated section) and all is right in the world again. What can I say, I just ♥ sailors.

DressPepa Loves / Star BagChicwish / Anchor Brooch – Ladybird Likes / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm

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7th, November, 2014

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When I was a kid, nothing wound me up more than being told I had ‘bee-stung lips’. It’s a bit weird, but my big lips aren’t purely genetics. Nope, I haven’t been paying a visit to the ol’ cosmetic doctor’s office, far from it in fact. When I was little, I was super accident prone (what do you mean, clumsy?!) There were at least four occassions when I ran head-first into a wall (don’t ask!) and was constantly splitting or giving myself a ‘fat lip’. Nowadays I’ve managed to keep my wall-running at bay, but have retained big lips (scarred at the back, mind you) but hey, big lips none-the-less. Now, I’m not quite sure whether this is my best or my worst kept beauty secret.

Why all the talk about lips? Ah, don’t be silly – it’s blanantly down to my cute (x1000) lips clutch from Hi! by Henry Holland x Debehnams, which (cue excited squeal!) has started shipping to New Zealand! This is my go-to bag at the moment, and such a great alternative to the beautiful (albeit expensive!) clutches by Lulu Guiness. Paired with a heart print dress and an enormous beehive (yes, there is a tutorial in the works!) I felt pretty grand indeed. A far cry from the girl who covered her mouth when the dreaded ‘bee-stung’ title came out!

Lips ClutchDebenhams / Heart DressDebenhams / Shoes – Chicwish / GlassesGetglasses.co.nz

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3rd, November, 2014

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After living in a CBD for almost two years now, I genuinely get really excited whenever I stumble across a really cute residential street. It’s funny how things change, as when I was living in a very Stepford wives area in Christchurch, I was desperate to claw my way out. I guess that’s how it always goes – the grass is greener, yada, yada..

I channelled my inner housewife and dressed in my finest florals – this rose print dress by Chicwish. This is the first year ever that I feel like I’ve well and truly been bitten by the Spring bug. Sure, that annual jealously towards Autumn in the northern hemisphere is still there, but hey, flowers! I’ve been embracing my inner spring self and gravitating towards florals and pastels – which is proving to be very fun indeed! All topped off with a vintage beret, the perfect outfit for grabbing a cheeky hot chocolate – which is exactly what we did next!

Dress, Bag, & ShoesChicwish / Beret – Vintage

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31st, October, 2014

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Boo! Happy, happy Halloween! It’s not really celebrated here in New Zealand (which genuinely makes me so sad!) but hey, I know I’ll be all dolled up in my ASOS bat jumper and eating as much candy as I possibly can. Oh, and watching my all-time favourite, Hocus Pocus on repeat! “I put a spell on you and now you’re mine!” Enjoy, guys! ♥

Bat jumper & Hat – ASOS / Jeans – Forever 21 / ShoesCocoRose London

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28th, October, 2014

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A while ago now, I decided that I wanted something really big for my 25th birthday – that something being my thigh tattoo. You wouldn’t believe how many questions I’m asked about my tattoo. From “can I touch it?” (yes, really!) to  the design process, and of course the one I hear most of all (even from strangers!) “are you going to colour it?” I thought I’d share a bit about why I chose this for my tattoo, and how I got it from an idea in my head to a decoration on my body.

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The idea:

For as long as I’ve known, I have been sailor obsessed. I own an insane amount of sailor themed clothing – I just love it! I always knew that I wanted my first ‘big’ tattoo to have a sailor theme too.

My boyfriend, Barnaby and I sat down and talked about sailors. We made a massive list of everything even remotely sailory; rope, anchors, ships, treasure, tattoos.. you name it – we had it! Eventually, after a couple of ciders and a whole lot of Googling, we started talking about sailor tales. I love the story of mermaids luring sailors in with their voices, so decided to base it off that. So basically, my design just plain comes down to the fact that I really like sailors!

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The design process:

I sketched out so many ideas. I was looking on Pinterest constantly, both for tattoos and poses, to brainstorm exactly what I wanted. When I had decided that I wanted a sailor and a mermaid, that’s when things started to come together. I sketched up a draft of how I roughly wanted it to look, and as you can see that it’s very close to the final design.

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Finding the artist:

This was the bit I found really hard! Finding the person to bring it all to life is really tricky, man. I Googled like mad and couldn’t find anything.. I went on Pinterest, but nope, nothing.. Eventually I started looking through hashtags on Instagram. I found a tattoo artist from London, James Moule, and I loved the way he drew faces. We messaged, worked things out, and after a bit of backwards and forwards correspondence – I had my design. He even posted the original paper design over for me – how neat is that!

Next we had to find the tattoo artist to do the actual tattooing. I went to four different parlours before I found the one I was happy with. My requirements were making sure the artist’s line work looked clean (as I wasn’t getting it coloured) the shop was clean, and the price wasn’t too insane. I ended up going with the very talented Joe Chin from Ninjaflower. Call me a nerd, but it was pretty neat being a Jo getting tattooed by a Joe!

Update: I’ve had a few questions regarding whether what I did was normal for a tattoo process. Here’s your answer: nope! Usually you bring your idea to the tattoo artist and they take you through the entire process of designing as well as tattooing. I completely respect this and WISH I had as much talent to do the same – you guys are amazing! The thing is though, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it to look, and couldn’t find any local artists to create that vision. So you definitely can go straight to the artist, in fact it’s 99% more normal than how I did it. Hopefully that clears things up a bit more!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Did it hurt?

Yes, it really, really did! This was the most painful by far out of my three tattoos, especially the closer to the inner thigh. The picture on the left was (obviously!) during the tattoo process. On the right was a few hours after it was all finished – isn’t it swollen!

Are you going to colour it?

At this point, no. I was never sure whether I wanted colour or not, but now I love the simple outlined look.

How long did the tattooing process take, and how long did it take to heal?

My tattoo took about three hours, from start to finish. It took about three weeks to heal completely. After a couple of days it scabbed (sorry if you’re eating!) then slowly started to flake away, leaving the finished picture behind.

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16th, October, 2014

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Lately, for me, it’s been all about the ‘hive. There’s an odd feeling of satisfaction when you get your hair twice as big as the last time you did it (challenge accepted). Plus, I really hate washing my hair all the time, and they say that dirtier hair works better for grip, so yay; an excuse!

Are there any other contact lens wearers out there? My eyes have basically gone on strike and water like mad any time a lens comes even remotely close. My new specs couldn’t have arrived at a better time, and paired with a beehive & this beautiful (x100000) floral dress by Joules I felt like a modern Joan Holloway. And that’s never a bad thing, am I right?

Also: is it wrong that I totally read out the title in an Austin Powers voice? Answer: yes, yes it is..

DressJoules / Glasseswww.getglasses.co.nz / Bag – Mimco / ShoesCocorose London / Watch – Olivia Burton

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13th, October, 2014

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It only takes a quick glance at my Instagram feed to see that I’m pretty freakin’ obsessed with flowers. Sure, I might not know terribly much about them, but I can certainly appreciate a pretty thing or two (or in this case, thousand or two!) Every year the Wellington Botanic gardens puts on a spring Tulip festival. I drive (aka. bus) past every day on my way to work, so have been keeping a close eye on their blooming schedule to make sure I visited at the peak time…

What I didn’t think about was that everyone in Wellington would be doing the same thing!

Something they don’t tell you about being a blogger is that you’ve got to be brave around other people! I twirled around and sat beside the tulips, ducking the crowds the best I could. The funniest point was when I bumped into a little boy from my work (I’m an early childhood teacher, by the way!) and he got so shy he wouldn’t even talk to me! Though I’m sure I’m a bit more intimidating with my thigh tattoo on display and giant hair, especially if you’re only two years old! Eep! I wore my favourite piece of clothing, this pink (!!) sailor romper by ASOS. It’s massively on sale at the moment, and was far too hard for me to resist – you know I love my sailor clothing!

Pink Sailor RomperASOS / Star BagChicwish / Sunglasses – Vintage / ShoesChicwish

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3rd, October, 2014

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Bows – I love ‘em, what more could I say? I’m  a bit of a girly girl, that’s for sure, so whack a bow on a dress and chances are high that I’ll like it. Make it in yellow? Pretty much a guarantee! You might have seen this dress before on my Instagram. It’s been hanging around in my wardrobe for a good six months – and it’s basically all I want to wear at the weekends. So, here it is! Hello yellow!

In other news: how great are brooches?! I always wanted to be part of the something-witty-on-my-brooch club, but until now hadn’t found quite the right thing. Um, so then I found one that mentioned burgers (!!) and was sold. On the scale of good vs great things, burgers definitely rate pretty high, don’t you think? The other brooch, the rose was a present from my lovely Mum after we spotted it on a thrifting adventure. Something I say rather often is: “if you’re gonna do it, do it right” – and I think it clearly applies to brooches too; after all, why wear one brooch when you can wear two!

Dress – Pepa Loves / ClutchSourpuss Clothing / Burger brooch – Lady bird Likes / Rose brooch – Vintage

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25th, September, 2014

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Is the cat obsession still going? OH, YOU KNOW IT IS! As long as my beloved Pepa Loves keeps creating dresses as sweet as this one, you just know I’m gonna be crazy about feline fashion. Just look at that print! And a pan collar too? Come on guys, you can’t expect me to have any willpower, right?

I had the purr-fect location in mind for shooting this little number,  but when it didn’t work out we had to switch to other options. Just based off the fact that there is a giant Wille E. Coyote graffitied on the wall shows that sometimes makeshift locations turn out way, way better than what you planned. Sometimes it’s best to just roll with it, because honestly, what’s better than a giant Loony Toon plastered on a wall? (Answer: two!)

DressPepa Loves / Bag – eBay / Shoes – Seychelles

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