Lonely

lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight
lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight
lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight
lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight
lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight
lonely boutique wellington ponsonby minimal interiors rufus knight

It’s not often that I walk into a store and am absolutely floored. But visiting Lonely’s recently opened Wellington boutique during a trip home earlier this month was nothing short of special. From the unassuming shop front – a marbled concrete wall with the words ‘lonely’ inviting you in, to the minimal and industrial interior, complete with plush velvet sofas and curtains which beg you to stay and shop a while, it’s hard not to find yourself browsing the racks a little longer than you’d intended (or in my case – leaving with a shopping bag in hand…).

Designed by Rufus Knight, whose artful eye for detail and quality has captured the essence of ‘Lonely’ in this beautiful fit out, I’d go so far as to say that it makes for a truly intimate shopping experience – and one I didn’t want to leave; let’s just forget for a moment the fact that it was pouring with rain outside. Equally beautiful is Lonely’s Auckland boutique, and with a trip there on the cards for June, it’s pretty safe to say that I know where one of my first stops will be…

all images via homes to love and designers institute of new zealand

How to perfect your autumn wardrobe

minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee

Brandy Melville linen tee (similar here), ASOS mom jeans, ASOS sunglasses, Zara pumps (similar here), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Paul Hewitt watch

Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.

START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.

EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.

INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.

Byredo Mojave Ghost

byredo mojave ghost perfume

It’s not since I first discovered Viktor & Rolf’s ‘Flowerbomb’ as a girl barely out of university, that I’ve felt quite so smitten with a fragrance, but Mojave Ghost from Byredo has captivated my senses in a way that few other perfumes have. With a lingering floral sweetness and musky undertones, the scent is so full-bodied and rich, and the only perfume that’s currently made it into daily rotation – I am an all or nothing kind of girl, after all.

It’s only taken the one scent (plus a mini vial of ‘Gypsy Water’) to get me hooked on Byredo’s beautiful – and luxurious – perfumes, and I get the feeling it’s going to be one heck of a pricey obsession. Next on my list? The sumptuous smelling Bal D’Afrique; the perfect winter accessory (along with a good pair of boots, and a thick lambswool scarf!).

What to wear to a wedding (part 3)

what to wear to a wedding edit the brand
what to wear to a wedding edit the brand

Edit the Brand dress (I also love this one), Valentino tango pumps, Kate of Arcadia clutch (old but similar here and here), Mejuri necklace

In just a few hours Luke and I will be hopping on a plane to jet home to Wellington for a friend’s wedding, so I couldn’t think of a better time to talk about one of my favourite wedding accessories; the bold lip (and a great smile, of course!).

My special occasion wear consists primarily of three little black dresses – a capsule of sorts – that I reach for a few times a year for anything that warrants getting a little fancy. For me, an LBD is a blank canvas; a killer jacket, a fanciful pair of shoes, or a statement necklace can instantly elevate an otherwise simple black dress to the next level.

The bold lip is like the LBD of the makeup world; one is never enough, and it works for just about every occasion, without fail.

My go-to favourites are Lady Danger by MAC, and Love Bite by Charlotte Tilbury, which cover off both ends of the ‘red’ spectrum, and I find them to be universally flattering across all skin tones.

What I love most is how a bold lip can really transform a look. It can stop a playful silhouette (like the above cutie from Edit the Brand) from looking too saccharine, and it dresses up a white shirt and distressed denim combo.

After taking a quick look at Wellington’s weather forecast for this weekend, I decided to opt for one of my fail-safe LBD’s (taking a cue from the last wedding I went to!), and a Balmain-inspired military blazer – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Three ways to give your space an instant update

desenio minimal wall art home decor scandinavian
desenio minimal wall art home decor scandinavian

Whether that be some new wardrobe staples, a bold new lip colour, or an update to your home decor; a little bit of a refresh can be a welcome change. Since getting my autumn wardrobe in check, I’ve had my eye on my next project – our living space. With a few new pieces of furniture currently on the cards, my focus has been on those smaller changes which combined, or even on their own, can have a big impact on the mood and overall aesthetic of a room. So turning the attention to the walls, these are my three go-to tricks to give any space an instant update:

INVEST IN A STATEMENT PRINT
One of my favourite updates to our home has been a simple A0 Ampersand print; it’s clean, it’s bold, and hung on the wall of our spacious living room, it well and truly makes an impact that hits you as soon as you enter the space. Similarly, in our hallway, I’ve hung up a large Prada Marfa print (a nod to all those years of watching Gossip Girl), which is the first thing that greets you when you walk through the front door.

desenio minimal wall art home decor scandinavian
desenio minimal wall art home decor scandinavian

LEAN YOUR FRAMES
It’s tempting to want to pop a few nails in the wall for every new frame I bring home, but given that we’re currently renting, any DIY of that sort is instantly ruled out. When there aren’t any notches on the wall, and when adhesive hooks aren’t going to work, I’ve taken to leaning my frames up against the wall. Aside from the fact that this give you the flexibility to update your space in an instant, I love how relaxed, nonchalant and dare I say – French – it looks. My current favourite update has been the addition of two large prints in our bedroom, which are currently sitting atop our dresser, opting for this calming ocean print and this print of soft graphic clouds. These dreamy prints in their simple black frames provide a bit of symmetry and are the perfect complement to each other.

desenio minimal wall art home decor scandinavian

CREATE A MOOD BOARD
I’ve been seeing a lot of square wall grids making the rounds on Instagram lately, and I love how a few carefully curated prints and textiles can really change the feel of a space. Hanging at the back of my office, I’ve started to create a mood board that I’m hoping to slowly fill out as I feel inspired. I picked up my wall grid from Bunnings (though this one is a great small option), and currently have a calendar, inspirational quote, a Lover postcard from when I bought my wedding dress, and a copper ribbon. It’s not quite Pinterest-worthy yet, but I feel like this is the kind of update that you can take your time with, and change as the seasons – or months – go by.

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