Revisiting the familiar

by jamie-lee on October 1, 2014, 4 comments

j brand skinny jeans country road grandpa cardigan valentino rockstud
j brand skinny jeans country road grandpa cardigan valentino rockstud
j brand skinny jeans country road grandpa cardigan alexander wang stripe cuyana tote bag
valentino rockstud kitten heel brownish

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, J Brand white skinny jeans (cheaper alternative here), Country Road grandpa cardigan (similar), Valentino rockstud kitten heels, Cuyana tote bag (similar option here)

You can’t ever truly escape the wind in Wellington. Even on the calmest of days, you only need to be within 10 metres of the water’s edge before the wind starts to pick up. It’s not called the ‘windy city’ for nothing, you know. But, that’s a small price to pay to live (or in my case visit!) in a small city, almost completely surrounded by water.

It’s a strange feeling, visiting a city that was once your home – and which for the most part, hasn’t changed – to see all those familiar faces, places, and landscapes. I’ve been enjoying eating out at some of my favourite cafes (and restaurants), and am all geared up for a short trip to Martinborough for the next couple of days; which, I’m embarrassed to admit, that I’d never before made the effort to do (except for the one time I almost made it to Toast, but that’s another story for another day).

Coupled with my friend Nina’s enthusiasm (for photography and video – a girl after my own heart!), we’ve been working on a couple of videos, the first of which you may have already viewed, and the second which is to come, that will bring the above outfit to life; there’s only so much you can capture with a photo!

As a small aside, I’m currently work on my last assignment (for my last paper!) of my postgraduate studies, and would appreciate if you could help. It’s a short survey (shouldn’t take longer than 5-10 minutes) on consumer activity in relation to online shopping, focusing on Australian consumers. It is 100% anonymous and if you are willing to participate, you can complete the survey here. Thank you in advance xx

Photography by Nina

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A little bit fancy

by jamie-lee on September 29, 2014, 3 comments

valentino rockstud blush kitten heel white denim

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, Country Road mohair cardigan (similar), J Brand white skinny jeans, Valentino rock stud heels, Acne canada scarf

Finding every reason to wear shoes that are just a little bit special, even on holiday; because hey, a girl only lives once, right? Thankfully, these Valentino’s have been just as easy to walk around in as anticipated – although I’m always one to pack a back up pair of ballet flats in my bag – just in case of course.

On a more *beauty* related note, I caught up with Nina over the weekend to film a short video on what is hidden in our make up bags to create our ‘everyday’ look. For those curious, you can view the video here.

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Checking in from Wellington

by jamie-lee on September 27, 2014, one comment

wellington worser bay seatoun wharf

So I’ve landed in Wellington, which as to be expected, was all smooth sailing until the moments before landing; never a city to land in for the faint at heart on a truly windy day, that’s for sure. I’ve spent the day re-acquainting myself with the neighbourhood, and returned home well-fed from an afternoon spent at my Yiayia’s – and a morning spent snacking on Whittaker’s hundreds & thousands chocolate – both *almost* reason enough to warrant a trip home (notwithstanding the real purpose – to visit family, of course!).

With my week already filling up with long coffee catch ups with friends, and a long list of cafes and intimate cocktail bars on my ‘must-do’ list, I’m not lost on things to do. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of visiting the windy capital, I’ll be putting together a guide of some of my favourite things to do (and see!) over the coming week.

Packing for a short getaway to Wellington, New Zealand

by jamie-lee on September 25, 2014, 8 comments

packing suitcase travel short getaway overseas

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be jetting across the Tasman for a short trip home, with nothing but spending time with my family, catching up with old friends, and exploring Wellington with a fresh set of eyes in mind. Given that I’ll only be away for 9 days, and the last thing I really want to be doing is rummaging through my suitcase for that pair of jeans I was so certain I’d packed, I’m planning on packing on the lighter side of things.

Spring time in Wellington is generally still pretty crisp, so I’ll be packing away a few jackets, cosy knit sweaters and denim to keep the cold at bay. Oh, and my Acne canada scarf – which doubles as an extra blanket while on the plane.

As usual, I’ve opted to pack fairly casually, choosing denim, loose fitting knits, and a sturdy pair of boots, the perfect accompaniment for navigating Wellington’s hilly streets. So with that in mind, and in an attempt to be practical, I’m leaving the heels at home, packing easily interchangeable separates, and limiting the stripes quota to just the one piece (because I always pack too many). In my suitcase you’ll find….

Outerwear
Acne mape black leather jacket

Knits
Country Road longline grey cardigan
Country Road black merino sweater (mens)
Karla Spetic black/white fuzzy sweater
Ashley Fogel grey cashmere jumper

Tops

T by Alexander Wang long sleeve stripe top
Kate Sylvester black merino turtleneck
Madewell ivory sweater
Everlane blush silk blouse
Uniqlo cream/black spot blouse
Acne white t-shirt

Glassons black muscle tank

Bottoms
Frame Denim indigo skinny jeans
J Brand white skinny jeans
Forever New black evie 7/8 trousers
ASOS camel pleated midi skirt
Acne black romantic skirt
Dion Lee grey thatch skirt

Shoes
Senso black suede paloma boots
Valentino blush rockstuds
Charlotte Olympia mauve virgo flats
Charlotte Olympia black velvet kitty flats

And with just enough space left in my suitcase for the odd treat, I’m hoping to pick up a little something special from one of my favourite Kiwi designers while I’m home, because when in Rome…

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Things I love: Lover lace

by jamie-lee on September 23, 2014, 5 comments

lover the label susien chong lace serpent muse dress

Lover the Label lace dresses

Susien and Nic’s ability to rework lace season upon season knows no bounds; they’ve reimagined the little lace dress, and given the delicate fabric new life in the form of cotton lace pencil skirts and cropped trousers. My personal favourites date back to White Magick (and even earlier), the silky french lace proving to serve as my own form of kryptonite, over and over again.

Lover lace seems to hold so many memories, from birthdays and celebrating milestones, to sharing a special day with loved ones. These are the memories that are most cherished, and hold the most weight, and that are the most remembered.

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