20th, December, 2014

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Christmas-time in the Summer is so fun! Wasting no time when good weather came-a-lurkin’, last weekend I decided to spend my morning at the beach. Shamefully, this is one of the first times I’ve ever gone out of the ‘city’ city, and I had no idea what to expect – aside from a beach, really! Turns out it was a stone beach, not sand, so I can honestly say that my feet have never felt so darn exfoliated in my life! It was such a lovely day of lying in the sun, taking silly Instax photos, and just appreciating my little home country of New Zealand.

Oh, and after I left, I found out that this is actually a nude beach! Luckily we didn’t run into anyone even remotely nude, as I can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face if I did!

Swimsuit – Vintage (similar here)

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8th, December, 2014

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Oh my gosh, it’s almost Christmas! I am seriously SO excited this year! We decorated the Christmas tree over the weekend while listening to a medley of the Killer’s Christmas songs (and by couple of Michael Buble too…don’t judge me!) and that really helped it all sink in. Yep, the silly season has really got me this time around. I’m not too good at surprises though, and am beyond ready to unwrap presents. If you can’t tell; I am totally one of those people who wakes up at 6am on Christmas day.. I just can’t wait!

Wellington city is looking so festive this year! Doesn’t the train station look incredible? Candy canes are one of my favourite Christmas treats (I wish they were year round, really!) so having one several storeys high was like being in the Candy Kingdom. Something I am very much okay with!

Dress – Chicwish / Bag – Nikita and Vesper / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Love Bow – ASOS

 

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2nd, December, 2014

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Oh, Summer! Only three days into ‘officially’ Summer and I can feel it right in the depths of my bones. It’s getting warmer, the sun stays up until way past 8pm (!) which means a whole lot more time for adventures. And time to wear fruit. On this occasion in the form of a New Look orange clutch from ASOS. You might have seen the watermelon or lemon versions – both of which I REALLY WANT but are sadly sold out, boo!

I’m beyond excited to have a few extra days off around Christmas. It’s no massive overseas trip – but I am heading up to Auckland before too long, which I am massively excited about. In the meantime, as I count down to my trip, I’ll just walk about wearing this Eiffel tower print dress/coat (I wore it as a dress. After looking at how others have styled it I’m now pretty sure it’s a coat) and exploring cute streets in good ol’ Wellington. And hey, when it’s on en route to a hot chocolate stop (which it was) then I know I’ll be pretty darn happy in the end.

DressPepa Loves / Orange ClutchASOS / ‘Hello Sunshine’ flats – Loly in the Sky 

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24th, November, 2014

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All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Growing up, my mum was a librarian. You can’t even begin to imagine the perks of being a librarian’s daughter! I would spend hours in the back room, curled up in a stack of cushions and bean bags, reading my way through a stack of books yet to make it to the shelf. Occasionally, books would be donated, and lucky ol’ me got to have first dibs on whatever I found lurking in the cardboard boxes.

I remember, quite distinctly the day I came across ‘The Little Prince’. Like many (many!) children out there, the book simply seemed to speak to me. To this day, it’s still one of my favourites, and I will sometimes find myself thinking of the golden haired prince as I look up at the stars. It makes me beyond happy that I can proudly wear one of my very favourite books on a daily basis. Now I just need to save up for the Hungry Caterpillar t-shirt – a favourite from childhood, and one I read (often!) with the little children I work with.

Le Petit Prince sweaterOut of Print / Trapeze CollarCleo Ferin Mercury / Skirt – Muubaa / Star BagChicwish / ShoesCocorose London

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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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