Remnants of a whirlwind trip and hello 2013

T by Alexander Wang linen t-shirt, Isabel Marant shorts, Karen Walker sunglasses, Kustom jandals (similar)

As I suppose is becoming customary with these short trips up to Auckland, I seldom seem to whip out my camera, often getting caught in the moment enjoying the simple pleasures of reading a book, relaxing in the sun and catching up over a few drinks. Our short stay up at the beach was punctuated by walks along the coastline, freshly baked doughnuts, good company, and of course, enjoying the sunshine.

Another year, at its end, Christmas and Boxing Day sales come and gone, which leaves me looking forward to what the new year will bring. Moving home and starting a new job, of course being the biggest two changes upcoming in my life. It’s times like these that you begin to realise that some of the things that you spend your time worrying about, really aren’t worth it, and perhaps more time should be spent just enjoying the moment. Which, if I were to have a New Years resolution, that would probably be it.

But most of all? I’m looking forward to ending 2012, and starting 2013 with a few of the people that I love the most. Happy New Year!

Packing for a Beach holiday

Once again, I’m off on a short vacation, this time tot he beach north of Auckland for a week. Considering how much the weather seems to vary between Wellington and Auckland during the summer, I always find packing for trips up north a little daunting, and the predicted weather forecast of heat and rain will probably make for a rather humid trip. In these instances, I find it’s best to pack for all occasions, as getting caught out in a situation where it is much hotter, or colder than you anticipated is the worst, and can put a bit of a damper on the trip.

I’ve settled for my usual combination of blush, blue, white and grey tones, whilst choosing to opt for separates over easy to throw on dresses. As I’ll mostly be at the beach, I’ve chosen pieces that are loose-fitting (to throw on over my bikini), and comfortable to wear, and owing to the current void in my shoedrobe where a pair of flat sandals would sit, a couple pairs of black shoes and some colourful jandals.

I have to say I’m really looking forward to getting the opportunity to relax over the break, catch up on some reading, and hopefully, get some rays. Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Equipment sleeveless blouse, Lover poppy skirt, Topshop loafers, Karen Walker sunglasses

I’m getting into the Christmas spirit with a red hued skirt, and you can trust that if there are reindeer antlers lying around somewhere they will probably adorn my head at some point during the course of the day. I’ll be heading off to my parents place soon for a long Christmas lunch, then off to Auckland in the late afternoon to spend the latter half of the day with Luke’s family. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope that Santa brought you just what you had on your wishlist!

Wishing for a Net-a-Porter Christmas

1. Carven print-paneled dress
2. Carven bow detailed leather and suede slingbacks
3. Isabel Marant Etoile flower embroidered gauze top
4. Miu Miu printed halter-neck bikini
5. Mulberry tiger-print calf hair ballet flats
6. Isabel Marant Etoile isir printed corduroy skirt
7. Kiki de Montparnasse le soleil soft cup bra
8. J Crew helena striped mini dress
9. Valentino crystal embellished leather skinny belt

Considering that the Net-a-Porter US sale has been going on for some time, it has taken a lot of restraint for me to avoid looking through while creating multiple wishlists. In the spirit of Christmas, of course, I couldn’t help but curate a “small” selection of things that have caught my eye. A new bikini, because, with summer here we all know that is absolutely necessary, and those tiger print ballet flats to befriend my kittys would be the most welcome additions. And if they don’t end up in my Christmas stocking.. well.. final reductions can’t be too far off 😉 Only two more sleeps to go til Christmas!

Still not sick of peplums

Glassons peplum top, Sretsis skirt, Chloe sandals (similar), Country Rd belt (similar), Karen Walker necklace

It wasn’t all that long ago that I would find myself quickly wanting to move on to the next “fashion” thing, rather than wearing the same trend for any extended period of time. Maybe I just hit a home run with these peplums, surprisingly versatile as they have become, worn almost as often as any of my silk blouses or striped knit tops. It seemed fitting to pair it with a whimsical skirt given the time of the year, and as summer ever seems to dictate, minimal accessories and make up. Happy Friday!