26th, November, 2016

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Myself and Barnaby started a travel website a couple of months back, & the really, really cool thing is that it means we are seeing a whole lot more of our very own New Zealand. Last week (or thereabouts) we visited one of truly the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life. Living in NZ, we are pretty blessed with insane views – and they can become the ‘norm – just because you see them.. well, everywhere! So you know it must’ve been a good place to stop this kiwi gal right in her tracks.

The stunning mountains would make the perfect backdrop for well, pretty much anything, but I do feel that they look pretty fabulous with my lacy green dress. The shades of green really complimented each other – and naturally I had to bring in a burst of my favourite colour – bright yellow! It was absolutely roasting during our entire stay, so I’m so glad I decided to pack only dresses (although in honesty I probably would’ve done the same; rain or shine!)

By the way, these photos were taken out the front of our Purepod, which really was the dreamiest spot. I’ll be sharing more about it all on my next post – prepare to be blown away!

P.s. One of my FAVOURITE online stores – Shopbop is holding the most amazing Black Friday sale. I’ve already swooped in and bought a pair of Charlotte Olympias (which are now sold out, so that was lucky!) Enter the code GOBIG16 for 25% off.

DressChicwish / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Hat – Glassons / Necklace – Black Matter Jewellery

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18th, November, 2016

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If you’re ever, ever thinking of popping down to New Zealand – more specifically, Christchurch, please, please make sure that you visit in Spring! Often referred to as ‘the Garden City’ it certainly lives up to it’s name when the seasons change!

As it was such a beautifully warm day (yay!) I kept my outfit super simple. This ASOS dress (bought months ago in one of those treat yo’self moments) is a real statement piece – mostly just because of those amazing bell sleeves. It turned out to be a whole lot shorter than I expected – so I wore shorts underneath (which turned out to be quite fortuitous anyway – the winds were super gusty!)

Who knows whether it’s the pretty colour scheme or the fact that it’s just plain old getting warmer – but I am massively enjoying this transitional season. Buuuuut probably just mostly ‘cos it’s just getting warmer ; )

Dress – ASOS (Old – Similar here) / Hat – Glassons / Clog Boots – Old (Similar here)

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31st, October, 2016

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Ugh, if you don’t know by now I am completely obsessed with the colour yellow. As well as genuinely making you feel happier (true fact!) it just looks darn good paired with a red lipstick. I just love it. And paired with polkadots, a tie up peephole and a vintage style cut, it’s bound to be a winner.

In really, really sad news – this dress is now down to£20 over at Tara Starlet. I am beyond sad to hear she’s closing her doors (seriously, this lady is pure talent) so really do recommend snapping up a bargain – and supporting her at the time time. In the words of Ron Swanson; please and thank you.

In one of those bloggy fate moments (because obviously those are a thing) I spotted this yellow building as we were heading out for a brief lunch at Subway. I thought it was an empty old furniture shop (and it was… on one side) but it turns out that half of it was residential. So midway through snapping these shots an old man’s face appeared at the window! It might sound like something out of a horror story (especially it’s is Halloween time!) but it was, quite frankly, hilarious. And a good cue for us to know we “had the shot” ; )

Dress – Tara Starlet / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Headscarf – Boohoo / Camera – Instax

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28th, October, 2016

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Looking for a cheap & cute last minute costume? (Duh, of course you are, it’s almost Halloween!) Well I managed to leave things right until the last minute, but with a little bit of thrifting and some simple makeup tweaks, I’ve made a Wizard of Oz costume that I’m actually a wee bit proud of. So if you don’t have a costume yet, you know what to do (thrift shops and ASOS, I’m looking at you!)

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The main aspects of Dorothy’s outfit are the pinafore and red shoes. I borrowed these heels, and the pinafore is one I picked up on a very, very lucky thrifting trip (but you can find a similar one here). Wear a plain white t-shirt or blouse underneath. In my case, I did a little ode to Toto by wearing my Pepa Loves tee which features little dogs on the sleeves.

For accessories, look for a picnic basket (this one was thrifted a few years back) and bring along your dog… if you have one… I wish I had one to take!

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For hair you obviously need to do the infamous two plaits. The trick to the perfect Dorothy locks is starting your braid up really high (almost like a boxer braid) and leaving a large section of hair loose at the bottom. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy does have blue ribbons – I just couldn’t resist red to match my lipstick. That and I didn’t have any blue ribbon ; )

This look is all about the lips. Whip out your brightest rouge (I opted for Ladybug by MAC) and finish up your eyes with a simple coat of mascara. Oh, and lashings of liquid liner too – if you’re addicted to it, like me.

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And that’s it! Happy Halloween, everyone!


19th, October, 2016

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While we were away glamping we were treated (no, treated is definitely not the right word!) to a big ol’ serving of the type of weather that New Zealand’s West Coast is famous for: rain! And when it rains – oh boy, does it bucket down. And you guessed it – it rains a lot.

Almost as if it was meant-to-be, I picked up this gorgeous coat by Lighthouse Clothing literally two days before my trip! The tag assured me it could hold up to rain galore – so obviously there was no better place to put it to the test. After all, I wanted to keep enjoying my mini vacay despite the rain!

This rock filled river ran directly next to our campsite. Waking up to the gentle sound of it’s flow was incredibly relaxing (and also majorly mystical!) but it also proved to be a massive source of entertainment. When the sun was out we built a little dam so we could paddle in the warmer waters. And when the weather was like – well, this, Barnaby retaught me how to skim stones. I haven’t done it since I was a kid, and although it did take a really, really long time, I definitely got a couple of shots in that I was happy with.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that the jacket lived up to it’s reputation. This lady stayed bone dry.

CoatLighthouse Clothing / Dress & Hat – Glassons

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(my excited face when I finally skimmed one properly!)

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17th, October, 2016

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Two weekends ago we decided to have our very first foray into glamping – and sorry to be a cliche, but oh my goodness, it certainly won’t be the last! I think the very first time I heard of glamping was when one of my favourite bloggers, Liv Purvis, visited a campsite – or glampsite, I suppose, over on her blog. Things can take a while to catch on New Zealand – but glamping is apparently not one of them, and the wonderful Canopy Camping host a range of seriously stunning sites all over the country.

Enter Hurunui Jacks.

This mind-bogglingly beautiful spot was all ours for the entire weekend. To say I was in disbelief puts it lightly. Between the in-tent fireplace, the outdoor bath (yes, really!) we truly were in heaven. Nothing tops the feeling of waking up next to a flowing river – expect,of course, for the piping hot bath that followed. It was made all the more satisfying by the fact we heated the water ourselves through the use of a wood ‘chippie.’

Although I can’t bring you all along with me (though that would be nice, wouldn’t it! Imagine the campfire ghost stories and pillow fights!) we did manage to capture the whole thing in this cute little video. Over the last few months I’ve been building a travel website; Extacity, that will have a whole bunch of video content. And you guessed it, this is one of them! Be sure to take a look – you know, unless you’re not a fan of paradise ; )

 

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12th, October, 2016

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I don’t really know whether you follow me on Instagram or not (if you don’t, please do!) but a few days ago I created a flatlay of this very outfit.. And I liked it so bloomin’ much that I simply had to wear it on one of our jaunts down to the gardens. This River; the Avon, dontcha know, flows through most of Christchurch and is insanely beautiful at almost every twist and turn. I’m not sure whether my loud strawberry bag really flattered the landscape, but I certainly felt pretty cute. And I suppose that’s what counts, eh!

The really neat thing about this outfit though, is that it’s basically my foray back into being a vintage hunter! Back in the day (AKA a couple of years ago) I spent almost every spare second in thrift shops. It’s a habit I’ve slowly grown out of (wah!) but after thrifting this dress for a whopping $2 (yes, really!) I am hooked. I even went back the next day and thrifted a Dahlia dress – for $8 this time, mind you. Thrifting really is the best way to change up your look – especially when you mix it with designer staples (oh hi, kitty flats!)

Ps. I’m sure you’ll be mega interested to know that the kitty flats (along with more Charlotte Olympia heaven!) are now on MEGA sale – up to 30% over at Shopbop with the code MAINEVENT16. Make sure to take a look!

Kitty FlatsCharlotte Olympia / Dress & Hat – Thrifted / Strawberry Bag – Pepa Loves

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25th, September, 2016

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In a bid to see more of our beautiful country (love ya, NZ) most weekends we have been taking a drive of some description into the country. There really is no time like the present – especially as it’s finally spring and there are adorable baby animals at every twist and turn. And since I don’t have any pets (sympathy time, please) I really do appreciate getting to gaze at, and occasionally touch lambs, calves and piglets. Oh boy, are they cute!

To make things even greater, THINGS ARE WARMING UP HERE TOO. (I’m mighty excited about it – if you can’t tell!) In winter I pretty much forget I have tattoos, and I love finally being able to peel back my layers – in this case to wear a wonderfully quirky Chicwish dress – and say a big Ol’ hello to my sailor ladies and flamingo again. Oh hey, guys!

DressChicwish / BootsGlassons / Hat – ASOS

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17th, September, 2016

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Spring has well and truly sprung in my fair wee city – and it seems like blossoms are everywhere you look! …or at least, they were – until the enormous hailstorm we had a few days ago sent them jumping from their tree perches. Thanks for that, Spring! Luckily there are still plenty more bursting out – and daffodils too – which is especially lucky, as they so perfectly compliments my beautiful new pieces I picked up from Glassons.

Between the pale peachy tones, the delicate double strap, and generally floaty nature of this dress, I truly think this could be my new Spring/Summer go-to. Walking amongst the daffodils and blossom trees, I genuinely feel as though I’m part of a perfume advert – and I am totally cool with that!

DressGlassons / ShoesGlassons

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1st, September, 2016

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I first heard of the Chertsey Book Barn around six or so weeks ago. I was promised books stacked as high as the ceiling so you literally have to weave between them, like a labyrinth – and the tales turned out to be pretty darn accurate! The whole thought of the book barn has been has been stuck in my mind ever since.. Finally, when we were on a weekend drive – to collect car parts (of all things!) the ol’ CBB and I met face to face. And it was certainly worth the wait!

Myself and Barnaby pulled up in front of the enormous barn which genuinely is in the absolute middle of nowhere. After wandering in, we didn’t emerge for around an hour or so. And some of us (hint: me!) even went in for a second look! You’d probably assume I’d be carrying armfuls of books, but actually my only purchase was a book that I admittedly bought just for the cover. Turns out it was a religious text of sorts (d’oh!) so I doubt I’ll be reading it any time soon.

The outfit I wore was fairly simple – including an anchor print dress you would definitely have seen on the blog before! The wellingtons are recent wardrobe additions (from Butterfly Twists) and I can’t get over just how comfortable they are! Plus, they looked super cute paired with my Kate Spade eyes umbrella!

Umbrella – Kate Spade / Rain bootsButterfly Twists / Dress – Unique Vintage

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