19th, October, 2016


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


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




17th, October, 2016


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 ; )



12th, October, 2016


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



25th, September, 2016


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



17th, September, 2016


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



1st, September, 2016


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



22nd, August, 2016


After the mouth-watering visit to Springfield’s giant donut, our next stop was the beautiful (almost beyond belief) Lake Pearson. Surrounded by winding trees that gently dip their limbs into the water, Pearson truly is a treat for the eyes. I couldn’t resist climbing up into the branches with my trusty Instax Mini Selfie in hand, but hopped down quick-smart after a whopping big breeze almost decided to do it for me!

If you can remember way back to January, one of my goals was to branch out and travel more. I grew up in South-East Asia and despite being a New Zealander, haven’t seen too much of my birth country. Not-so-slowly and certainly surely I am ticking more and more places off my list – and I am ridiculously happy about it! My wonderful boyfriend, Barnaby has seen most of New Zealand, so I’m eagerly awaiting the day I can surprise him with somewhere new. Perhaps that should be my next goal?

Until then, I’ll just be lounging in front of the most beautiful lake ever; complete with it’s very own snow-covered mountainous surroundings.

Gingham Co-ordChicwish / Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens / Hair ties – Mane Message

Lake-Pearson-New-Zealand-8 copy


17th, August, 2016


Welcome to the town of Springfield (yes, really!) where the giant donut statue is hugely appropriate and widely appreciated! I have wanted to visit this spot for years – and seeing as how it’s not even an hours drive from Christchurch, we decided to pay a visit! It really was a fleeting trip – and we only managed these three photos (I can see other bloggers shaking their heads at me right now!) Wait till you see the next spot on our trip, though. Seriously, it will take your breath away!

What can I say? I guess donut dreams really do come true.. ♥

Cat Dress (on sale!) – Pepa Loves / Cat flatsCharlotte Olympia



8th, August, 2016


Living in New Zealand can be pretty surreal sometimes. If you’re ever lacking in inspiration – or feeling ‘meh’ for any reason in particular, it only takes a short drive (or bus ride, if you time it right) to see some truly overwhelming sights. And believe me, there is an awful lot to see.

We drove for just over an hour to the beautiful (beyond belief!) town of Akaroa (more on that later!) and our first move was to go on a three hour – yes, three – uphill walk! Talk about intense. But seeing those views made it all worth it. I walked a lot of the track backwards so I could admire it as I went – not to mention that it was easier on the calf muscles!

It was a great chance to try out my latest gym set; a Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga polkadot crop top & bright pink tights that I bought from Shopbop. These tights were so warm it was brilliant! Especially when we got to the peak and almost blew over from the wild winds. Seriously, this was the most incredible trip ever – I am ridiculously excited to tell you all about it!

Kate Spade crop – Shopbop / Kate Spade tights – Shopbop / Shoes – Nike



4th, August, 2016


We spent the past weekend away in the most beautiful little New Zealand town known as Akaroa. It’s a favourite getaway spot for locals – and I’m quite the fan too – although it’s been years since my last visit. One of the things I love most is the beautiful lighthouse. It sits on the edge of the bay so it can be seen by almost everywhere on the waterfront.

It only seemed right to get dolled up in one of my finest nautical numbers; in this case an appropriately coloured fit-&-flare from Chicwish. The hat is one I picked up in the ASOS sales not too long ago – and one that always seemed to finish off an outfit just right!

I am genuinely so looking forward to sharing more of Akaroa with you. You won’t believe just how beautiful it is!

DressChicwish / Coat – Borrowed / Boots – Glassons / Hat – ASOS