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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How I know you

Photo by me, edited with Poladroid.

Scary stuff today with the earthquake and tsunami! I was really worried for my parents but they seem to be fine, mum just text me that they'd got off their lovely cruise around the Aitutaki Lagoon, and had a lovely lunch on One Foot Island (below, me on One Food Island from our trip in '07... oh so pretty!)

I didn't even go to uni today, it was a wet miserable day so I stayed in bed, then met up with my friend who was here for the World of Wearable Arts show. Had coffee in a cozy bookshop cafe, and then had a look around some shops. Not that I have any money at the moment, I need to start saving for summer clothes!

Monday, September 28, 2009

When the lights fade

This beautiful photo by Beth Retro - I had a hard time choosing one to post, she has so many breathtakingly beautiful soft photographs that just make me want to run through a wheat field in a pretty dress with balloons and a bow in my hair smelling a flower and reading a book. Yup. All that.

Title of this post is a song by Chris Mann - gorgeous man with a gorgeous voice. Look him up.

Have a good week. :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sleeping Sickness

I'm now officially obsessed with Juliette Hogan, NZ designer who was at ANZFW this week... how beautiful are her clothes? Since I can't afford them, however, I shall get my mum to make me a beautiful lace circle skirt like the one above. So pretty and feminine.

My mother and father flew to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands for two weeks. I'm super jealous, obviously. I went there in 2007 with my grandma and mum, and it was such a lovely trip. We have local friends there now, and everyone is just so friendly. You meet someone on the bus and they give you a basket full of pawpaw the next day.

I haven't posted my heels yet, but here they are:

Aren't they gorgeous? <3

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Blue Lips

First two from Fashionology [shop], last three from Deadly Ponies Precious.

These beautiful pieces are from two different stores, one is an e-bay store with completely awesome jewelery, the other is a NZ store advertised in Black magazine, which I of course looked up. Aren't they BEAUTIFUL?

I'm avidly following the fashion week coverage, I just want to BE there. Hopefully will be there next year.

Today I found a cute designer second hand store! There are beautiful pieces in there from all around the world, which is so exciting! I'll be keeping my eyes peeled in there. So many cute shoes! I tried on a couple of rings, one of which only fitted on my little finger, but she said it was bought in New York.

Isn't it funny how I'm still undecided as to what I want to do with my life? I guess I'll just finish my Psychology/Management/HR degree and then see what happens! Only a year and a half to go... really no big deal. Yikes. I guess once I travel I'll eventually figure myself out.

Better get back to studying, I have had two tests this week, one more to go!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Letter Read

Pictures of my neighbor Siobhan, a shoot we did a while back. You can see the others at my Deviantart. :)

I finally got my shoes today! They're beautiful! I'm trying to wear them in... maybe an hour a day to get used to them (the height... I feel like a giant!) but they're so pretty I don't even care.

How was everyone's weekend? I got in a grump because I missed the courier man for said shoes, then didn't study and read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Amazing book, but depressing. But then I think, well... I guess I was studying for my Abnormal Psychology test (tomorrow)! I also decided to brave town with my friend Jaime, which wasn't a good idea - it was TOO packed thanks to the All Blacks vs. Wallabies game (which we won!).

I'm thinking about buying tickets to see World of Wearable Arts next week... there are still some available, and even the obstructed view is good. But I'll have to go alone, as no one wants to go. I guess it's the next best thing to fashion week.

In other news, if there are any Wellingtonian's reading this, who would like a photographer to photograph them, I would love to! I need to get some experience up, and it would be great to have some cool people who actually want to pose for me. :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Never Neverland

These are from a lil website called Neverland Collective, two brother and sister designers from New Zealand. I love these photographs! They sell beanies and pretty jewelery. I'm not sure if you can buy online yet, but I'll be keeping an eye out for their clothes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So Long

Photograph by me. :)

OH MY GOSH. You know those shoes I posted and raved on about?! Well... I just bought them! At a fraction of the price! They were $200 and no way was I buying shoes for that price... but then I got an email from Royal T informing me of their massive clearout sale! The shoes got slashed by over half price! Down to only $70! Well, obviously I couldn't let that go. Oh they are so pretty! And comfy! And I can't wait to wear them around.

I also just saw a Tweet from ANZFW telling me about all these half price designer clothes on sale this weekend... in Auckland. Damn.

In other fashion-related news, I'm going to Toi Whaakari tonight to see my flatmate and another friend modelling for the designers there. There is said to be multiple corsets and frills. I'm excited, and all for the fraction of the cost of Wearable Arts.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ode to...

I've been VERY SLOWLY scrolling through the huge amount of images from NY Fashion Week... These are a couple of my favourite pics - the first two are Donna Karen (the woman can do no harm, most perfect ready-to-wear ever!). I love the draping and colours - such a soft pallet. The last three are by Tracy Reece. I just love the bright colours and deep V necks in this collection! And so many prints! Images from style.com.

No doubt I will be taking inspiration from the Spring/Summer '10 ready-to-wear collections. I've already got my eye on multiple peach and beige items, and have already invested in a gorgeous halter-neck yellow dress for summer. I like that the hemlines are getting longer in the dresses - was getting sick of having to decline pretty dresses because I am just not comfortable having my bum out to the world. Although, apparently at Paris Fashion Week, according to Garance Dore
the 'no pant' look is in. Aka, very short shorts which show a bit of bum cleavage, with long cardi's or blazers over the top. Could never do it. By the way, if you haven't been to Garance' site before, it's gorgeous!

I went to the gym today to get a personal programme set up. This was mostly to get me knowing what each of the weight machines do (I had no idea how to use them, so this was good). There are a couple of scary looking contraptions, but it's all in the name of a bikini body for summer! I'm going to get long lean legs, buns and thighs, hot, tight abs (thanks to the amazingness that is swiss ball), and slim arms.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'll find a way

I am in love with this skirt made by a NZ designer, albie on Etsy.com. It's a full circle skirt without seams, and she even makes to order! I'm so excited to buy it, but will have to wait till my tax return is back to buy it. I'm also scared of wearing it in Wellington due to the wind, but I'm sure a pair of tights or bike shorts (oh how I want lace bike shorts) will fix that. I'm thinking it will look gorgeous with a simple white tank and my black blazer or denim jacket. It's just so adorable! And colours for spring are pinks, apricots and creams.

I'm also loving animal prints for spring... but I just can't bring myself to buy them for myself. I have a feeling they just won't work. Maybe small accessories of animal print will work though.

I am also loving studding detail, especially on such a simple skirt as this (Scrapbook skirt, $40 from Wildpair). Mixing up grungy pieces with feminine is oh so hot.

STILL dying for those Max jeans, which will be out in a couple of weeks, according to the sales lady. A lot of people want them too, also according to said sales lady.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


My friend Jaime and I, winter 09.

I had a lovely day today! After drinking last night (absinthe and sing star Abba!) and waking up to having pancakes and french toast for breakfast and lunch, the flat went to Central Park in Brooklyn. Wellington, New Zealand, that is. We all got into our bikinis and sunbathed while children screamed and played on the playground and... an awesome flying fox! It was so much fun!

Jaime is supposed to be coming over tonight to have facials and do our nails and watch movies... I'm thinking Wall-E.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Back to uni tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Way I Am

I went shopping today! With some friends who aren't as close as some, but they are lovely and make me laugh (which is what I need in friends). I might be flatting with two of them next year. Anna is my gym buddy (with whom I must go to the gym with tomorrow), Helena is so Emo, but she's cute, and Andy I don't know as well, but she's lovely.

So I bought some cut-off denim shorts from Jay Jays (I know! I haven't been in there since ages ago, but the clothes have improved, I even liked 2 or 3 of the summer dresses, which I may go back for), some sateen skinny pants from Glassons (the cheaper version of the ones I posted a few posts back, and fit perfectly) to wear with my denim jacket, and a cute autumn dress which is grey with red flowers, which I'll wear tights and flats with.

I'm so so so excited for summer! I'll be living on the beach, can go swimming everyday, walks along the beach at night, and reading lots of books! There is no internet or cell phone access, so it's going to be such a serene time for me to find myself, and find some peace.

Nearly the end of the first week back at uni! I'll need to start studying for tests this weekend. I have two tests on the 22nd, one for Abnormal psych and one for Biomed, and one on the 25th, Brain and Behaviour. Talk about all in one go. But only 5 weeks until study week! Then exams, and SUMMER.

p.s. I tried on those beige pumps, but for some reason one foot is all scrunched up in them, so I decided against buying them. They're still pretty though. The other heels are sold out. Boo.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Birds song

Oooh, I so want these acid wash jeans from the new Max collection! View the lookbook! Aren't they just perfect for summer though? Light wash, but something different. I'm not a huge fan of the distressed look, so these are perfect. Plus, Max jeans fit me oh-so-well. My black pair are worn out (need to make them into shorts, and dye them back to black... bleaching them made them turn red!), and my other black pair are awesome. All for $99 NZD.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Only Fault

Images by Me. :)

Does anyone else get sick of being tall? I know a lot of short people hate being short, but what about us tall girls? I'm 5'9" and hate being as tall as I am, however, if I were shorter I'd look a bit rounder. I have to buy larger clothes, because I'm a normal weight, for my height (though I'd love to lose about 10kg). But it's wanting to wear HEELS that makes being tall such a challenge.

I tried on the first pair of heels I posted in this entry today, they were super comfortable, but SO high. Next to the sales girl (who looked about 5') I was a giant towering over her at about 6'5" (I'm normally 5'9" or so). They were beautiful heels, I just wish I were shorter, or at least, I had a man who is a basketball player (which, I guess isn't really going to happen too soon) to make me feel comfortable wearing heels that high.

Friends are also a problem when it comes to wearing heels. They complain about me being too tall, and that I should just wear flats (which are bad for my flat feet anyway... thanks dad, for blessing me with all the crappy things while leaving my brother with 20/20 vision, perfect arches, and straight teeth).

So that is my rant about heels. And height. Feel free to comment your opinion.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

{1&2 by privatedanser, 3 by inessentialstuff.}

I love photographs that are just so simply put together. They're beautiful in their simplicity. The way they are composed. They speak of their history. I love that with photography. In an instant, that history is captured.

View my Deviantart {Here}

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Mountain & the Sea

I have just returned from my trip home. I'm now back in the big smoke - Wellington, capital of New Zealand! The first two are two favourite things from my trip home in Spring - cherry blossom and making daisy chains. Oh how I will miss it. I won't be back in my home town until next year (depending on when my exams are).

Luckily my parents wanted to stop into a mall on the way to the airport, so I stepped into a clothing store, and found this cute blouse! With $20 off! It has been at the back of my mind to buy a sheer blouse like this, and it was meant to be. From Jeanswest.

Back into the swing of things tomorrow, having to look after myself again. I have to do some washing and drying, and visit my friend Jaime as it was her birthday on Friday. I've missed her! She's my rock up here.

ps. has anyone else got that I'm obsessing over Ingrid Michaelson's new album, Everybody?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Porcelain Fists

I love these pieces from Etsy! {TeacupieShop, CosmicFirefly, CosmicFirefly, and BirdzNbeez}. Cuteness!

My mum and were obsessing over Etsy last night. It was fun. She said she might get me something for Christmas. Fun!

I'm going back to Wellington tomorrow night! I'm excited but glad I had so long here in the country. It's relaxing and serene. Looking outside now, it's sunny and calm, birds are tweeting and the daffodils are coming out. I love spring here, everything feels so new. Unlike in the city.

For the rest of the semester, I need to start working smarter like first semester where I did all my readings while taking notes, and studied well. I need to get good marks this semester.

I also need to do some summer shopping! I'll need about 3 bikinis for me to get through this summer working at the beach! It will be good for me to get away from internet access and cell phone reception. I can get back in touch with nature - kayaking, hiking, sunbathing, watersports. So. Excited.