If I haven’t mentioned my love of dogs before.. well, then clearly I haven’t got my priorities right! I’ve been dog-mad for as long as I can remember – carrying round the ‘pocket book of dog breeds’ when I was little, and very much having my dream canine picked out from age 8 (Afghan hound anyone?!) When I first started dating Barnaby he had four dogs, and we always joked that that was the real reason we got together. Well, it certainly gave him an advantage! ; )
So it makes complete sense that this Pepa Loves weenie dog clutch is one of my most-loved pieces in my wardrobe – with this Henry Holland poodle top well on it’s way to joining in! We darted down one of my favourite alleyways (besides ol’ yeller) and quickly snapped these photos.
First off: I am SO sorry for getting the car wash (“oh oh, yeah yeah”) song in your head. If it’s any condolences, it’s in mine too. Though I may or may not be secretly enjoying it… Enough of that though! I couldn’t help but stop at this ol’ wash n’ wax - especially as the oversized bubbled perfectly complimented my whale print dress.
Whale. Print. You heard me! I think this dress is everything I’ve ever needed and more. One of my very favourite things is looking down and seeing cute critters on my clothing – and sea creatures only make it better (I am a total sailor gal at heart!) So if there’s one thing you can take away from this post, it’s that whales are cool. Because, whales.
Ps. In exciting news: I’ve completed my first goal and booked an overseas holiday! See you in a few months, Americuhh! I am beyond excited – and if I even remotely begin to think about it at night-time, I can’t sleep! ♥
It just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t start the year off with a pop of YELLOW!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and new years! I umm-ed and ahh-ed about posting a yearly summary – like I normally do, but you know what? I just wanted to sit back and enjoy my holidays. And it was goo-ood. I’ll tell you what; sleeping & hanging out with your significant other in is definitely way underrated.
This skirt was a present from my boyfriend, Barnaby, and it’s safe to say, he couldn’t have done any better this Christmas. Aside from getting this perfect little lemon-coloured number, I also got a bunch of cute homeware, so I felt pretty darn special indeed. And to top it all off, he took me out thrifting! I fell slightly in love with the vintage Minnie & Mickey set, but I’d rather use my tiny apartment to store more clothes rather than nick-nacks!
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!
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!
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.
“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.
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!“
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.
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!