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Internet Finds No. 1

From my many internet sessions I sometimes come across a gem and it goes a little something like this “How did I not know about this! It’s so cool!” So there’s that honeymoon period when it’s all fresh and new and then slowly I begin to loose interest. This a little feature talks about what I’ve found thats stuck around. It’s a bit of everything, an ‘organized disorder’ of the internet from my world.

1. A Season In Everything – I found this awesome blog through a friend of a friend actually and fell in love. First of all she is a New Zealander living in France, which is one of my dreams! But love her choice of things to talk about and her photography is really beautiful and unique. Love! Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 4.37.23 pm

2.  Bonne Maison – I found this shop through a store called Widdess (also check that out) which stocks these socks. Basically these are dream socks, made in France, they’re 100% cotton and have awesomely adorable designs. If only they shipped to New Zealand! I’ll have to be satisfied with the thought of knowing I can fill my hearts desire when I’m in France next. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 4.35.52 pm
3. Named – I can’t remember how I stumbled across this shop but basically it’s a clothing pattern shop which sells unique hand drafted patterns. It was set up by two sisters from Finland who founded the brand when they wanted to turn there passion for pattern making and sewing into a job. The site itself is really beautiful and I love the collection shoots, especially their latest collection ‘Ticket.’ The clothing patterns are cool and I just thought it was really cool to find an independent pattern producer. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 4.38.52 pm

4. Tomislav Perko – This one is a TED talk but the guy also has a blog/website and he’s also written a book called 1000 Days Of SpringI enjoyed this talk, it had a bit of everything, interesting ideas, funny, travel discussions and Perko is a good talker. Definitely check it out. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 4.40.46 pm

5. The Design Files – I had actually come across this website a few months back but didn’t really look around it. But I just recently rediscovered it and it’s a new favourite. Home interior blogs are one of my favourite things and when I discovered that this had a whole section dedicated to home interiors I was hooked. Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 4.42.38 pm

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New Shoes!

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes! New shoes are the best and these three are the newest addition into my collection. All different styles and bought for different purposes, but I love them all equally (haha it sounds as if I’m talking about my children.) Just so you know I’m not a crazy shoe lady but its always nice to get some shiny new decorations for your feet. The first pair was my birthday present to myself that I picked up from Widdess. The brand is &Attorney and they are the perfect dress sandal and as anyone who knows me will say, you won’t find me in heels all to often. I love these sandals they are the perfect mix of classic, summer, chic. The second pair of shoes are a pair of Nike Free Runs and have basically turned into my new everyday shoe. Stylish and comfortable! The third pair of shoes are bit different for me, as I said you wont find me in heels too often. But these crazy cool Siren platform heels were love at first sight. The print, the gold detail and chunky heel, it’s all for me! Now you might not find me in these all the time but when they’re not on my feet they are on display in my room. So it all comes to a perfect balance.

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2014 Essentials

With 2014 just about to end I thought I would round up my favourite essentials for the year. It’s been a crazy year and this little collection is an eclectic bunch, there’s some fashion, a bit of beauty, lifestyle essentials and some good reads that have kept me going through the year.

Clockwise from left: La Pagayo Bag, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, Ballerina Earrings (from Le Petit), Red Seal Chamomile Tea, Echo Jacket, Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham, The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Sony Headphones, Country Road Notebook, Davines No°4 Glossy Modelling Putty For WizardsOlive Lip Balm, Love Glasses, Adidas T-shirt.

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Kimono Inspiration

My mum has these old kimono patterns that she picked up years ago when she was in her 20’s. I have now adopted them for my own and am feeling inspired to make one for the summer. One of the reasons I love kimonos so much is the way they show of  the fabric they’re made from. The simple elegant design lends to showing off textiles instead of detracting from them.

Fabric textiles are one of my great loves, (and one of my many ‘collections.’) So I rummaged around in my collection and came up with this beautiful blue and white floral silk which I picked up last summer from The Fabric Store. It is perfect for this kimono project and I’m ready to get underway.

Clockwise from top left: Cotton Thread, Ceramic Dish, Folkwear Patterns, Necklace (handmade by me)Kate Sylvester Pleated Top, Floral Silk Fabric

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On The Road

Dreaming Again

Sitting on my couch staring into nothing , I’m looking over at the book case across the room and I see an old map book of rome. My mind wanders, I think about the people and places of Rome. The food, the culture, the architecture, the atmosphere of a city I want to explore and experience. This is how I have always been. I have always dreamed of travelling and exploring the world, its a part of who I am.

Last year this time, I was setting off on my first trip to Europe. I met with my dad in Paris and together we travelled around France, Greece, Barcelona and Portugal. It was an amazing and inspiring trip, a time and place I will never forget. I can remember my cousin saying to me before I left, “You’re going to be changed after this.” Of course at that point I didn’t see a great change would really happen. It’s not until now that I can see it, its true the trip changed me. Travelling opens up your world and lets you explore cultures and environments which broaden your outlook on life.

As soon as I landed home from this trip, I can remember distinctly, having an overwhelming feeling of wanting to leave again. Arriving home made me feel a sort of sadness I hadn’t felt before. As if I was loosing something, like a part of myself. Months passed and my sadness grew. I felt helpless and unhappy with where I was both literally an metaphorically. I felt like I wasn’t ‘really’ doing anything with my life. But I still had this great desire to leave again and travel, although again I wasn’t really doing anything to make this happen. I wasn’t saving money, or making plans and goals to get me to where I wanted to be. This left me feeling even more unhappy and helpless.

Now with a year passed since my departure to Europe, I am starting to think about travel again, for real. I have started to save money and set goals for myself. I have started to think about the adventures I will have and the people I will meet. And as I now know, how these experiences will change me and make me grow.

I am exited for the future and feeling better, like a part of me has returned. So in not too long, hopefully, with a passport in my hand I will be setting off on another adventure…

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Grey-drobe

Grey is the new black. Well at least that seems so recently in my wardrobe. I have especially been leaning towards grey in the jacket and coat’s department, purchasing and receiving grey tones to add to my outerwear. The largest piece in my ‘Grey-drobe’ is the darkish grey coat I got from my sister last week and it has quickly become my new favourite. I frequently have the thought, “How did I ever live without this?” Ok so maybe a bit of an overreaction, but isn’t this the sign of a new staple?

Back to the grey of ‘Grey-drobe’. I love grey as a staple colour as it’s not too harsh and has the elements of muted colour that I love about mono wardrobe themes without being too boring. And unlike black actually comes in a range of tones! Although thats not to say I don’t like a bit of black, it’s just not the topic of todays post.

As for the little collection in these photos, some pieces I have had forever and some are new favourites. I love pairing these ‘Grey-drobe’ pieces with the rest of my wardrobe or leaving them on their own for a more mono look. Although as you can see I love a little pop of colour here and there in amongst the grey. Which is another great thing about grey, it looks good with everything! Hence the ‘Grey-drobe’…

Clockwise from centre top: Puma Fass 300 Shoes, Workshop Top, Cashmere Singlet, Vintage Coat, Grace Hill Metallic Jacket, Vintage Collar Tips, Silver Belt Buckle, Sylvester Dress (you can see it best in photo 3), Vintage Wool Scarf, Topshop Top, Echo Jacket, ‘Genie In A Bottle’ Charm Necklace, Vintage Silver Locket Necklace, Silver Necklace

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Late For Wool Week

Last week was wool week for us here in the ‘land of sheep’, a 7 day celebration of the wonders of wool. Backed by The Campaign for Wool organisation, whose patron is none other than Prince Charles. That’s right, royally approved! (On a side note isn’t his voice so…charming? It sounds like one of those voices from audio books when your a kid.) So the message for the  campaign is live naturally and choose wool, which is something I agree with and somewhat like to live by. I mean I don’t live in a wooly cave and wear a sheepskin about the place. But I do believe in choosing natural fibres and materials, including wool. It’s just so much nicer than some cheep, unbreathable, throwaway polyester thing!

So I’m jumping on the bandwagon (a little bit late) with a collection inspired by wool. It’s a ‘mood board’ made up of  a some of my favourite wooly things at the moment as well as a couple of other things which I thought tied in nicely. In fact a nice little FYI, the awesome little postcard, which I got from the Auckland Art Gallery shop, is an artwork by Kura Te Waru Rewiri titled ‘Arohanui.‘ Arohanui in English literally translates to ‘big love’ although like with many Maori words there is not really any English word for the meaning of this word. The best explanation for ‘Arohanui‘(or big love) is be beyond a person, it is all encompassing of the earth; it’s people, animals, plants, oceans and the universe plus everything within and beyond. Possibly this is what I’m going for and what I think it’s nice to support.

Clockwise from bottom: Vintage Wool Cardigan, Hand Knitted Wool Scarf, Postcard – Kura Te Waru Rewiri ‘Arohanui‘, Vintage Wool Purse, Glass Vase, Tootle Scarf

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