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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Juliette Hogan SS15/16

I adore my Juliette Hogan pieces and get a tonne of mileage out of them. I'm very excited about her new-season collection with its soft colour palette and familiar soft draping. Here are some of my favourites:

cohen shirt (washed cotton)

raven short (bed of roses)

lawn jumpsuit (linen)

melrose tank (heavy silk)

rebel skirt (leatherette)

v neck sweater (cashmere)


Sunday, 23 August 2015

New House Stuff

So we're two days from our house auction and things are going well. Successful open homes and lots of interest.

Meantime, Paul and I have been doing a little window shopping to see what's out there in terms of furniture and decor. Now, it's been years since we bought anything for the house. And I want to modernise our decor in the new place. So, that means lots of internet research, pinning on Pinterest and also actual shop visits. As the new house is all high studs, pale wooden floors and white walls, we're going Scandinavian. Pale, minimalist and modern.

Some inspiration so far...

White and pale wood

My Scandinavian Home

Shelves with grey contrast

Frames stacked & layered

Floating shelves with bags and shoes on display

Marie Olsson Nylander |  Foto: SARA SVENNINGRUD


Monday, 17 August 2015

Returned...

Unfortunately, I had to send the coveted bag back! It was too short and it actually looked cheap for a leather bag. Thems the breaks in the cruel world of online shopping...

All quiet on the clothes-shopping front. Our house has been on the market for two weeks (one week to go until the auction!). So we've been spending our time researching housey things like bathrooms (our new ones are newly-renovated by very ugly), furniture for the new living space and bits and pieces for my new dressing room. It's very likely that this blog might get a little interiors focussed in the next little while...



Saturday, 8 August 2015

New Cross-Body Bag

So I have eyeing up Rebecca Minkoff bags for some time. In particular, her Love range. The original Love Cross Body Bag was too large. The mini version was too small. Finally, the designer just introduced a mid-size that fits comfortably between them, so I snapped it up!






Friday, 7 August 2015

Country Road Introduces Styling Videos

Huge props to Country Road this season. Not only is their SS15/16 collection shaping up to be a winner, they just introduced new styling videos fronted by stylist Anthea O'Connor. A couple of years ago I attended a VIP event at Country Road Newmarket which was led by Anthea:




Sunday, 2 August 2015

Melbourne Shopping

A different trip this year. I managed to do some shopping but was running on half power. An exhausting two weeks leading up to flying out, coupled with extreme dehydration and a 2kg weight loss resulted in my blacking out on the descent into Melbourne.

I was tended to for over half an hour by Air New Zealand crew and two sets of paramedics (all amazing), put on oxygen, wheeled off the plane and placed under observation at the medical centre at Melbourne Airport. I couldn't speak or walk. A visit to a GP a couple of days later (to get clearance to fly home on the 31st) revealed the cause of the issue.

I have never been a big drinker - especially water - but I drank steadily and regularly all week! H20 is my new best friend! The flight home was uneventful, thank God. I am now getting into a habit of drinking water and my natural thirst is slowly returning after many years!

I did manage to pick up a few goodies, so I'm happy. A lovely collection of classic pieces to add into my wardrobe. See below. Paul and I also ate at a new amazing restaurant in Melbourne for his birthday on the 29th - Cutler & Co. Check it out if you're ever in Melbourne!


Camilla Coat - Black






Isabel Pant, BLACK, hi-res


Katy Pinstripe Scarf, NAVY, hi-res


ESTELLA HEEL SANDAL, BLACK, hi-res

Image 1 of SKINNY JEANS from Zara
(Also from Zara: a tan faux leather tote bag and a basic black blazer.)




Saturday, 18 July 2015

We Bought a House

On Wednesday morning, Paul and I bought a new house at auction here in Auckland.

Anyone who tells you that the Auckland property market is overpriced and impossible is right. It's taken us almost three years to find a home we love as much as our current house. Now we are very focussed on selling ours!

The new house is in our current suburb, about five minutes drive from where we live now. It's an Edwardian villa, about twice the size of our wee 1880s cottage and fully renovated. It's painted in a crisp white colour throughout; a real change from our current soft beiges. Here are a few pictures:

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It's too soon to think seriously about decor but we already have some ideas. Luckily, we like 80% of the house but plan to make some small changes. The bathrooms are not to our taste and there are a few other minor things we will change but on the whole, it's stunning. And, Paul finally gets his double garage!

And I get a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room! It's actually the smallest bedroom in the house but it's perfect for what I have planned. I'm already pinning ideas to my Pinterest board! This is a project I'll definitely keep you posted on. Clothes shopping may take a back seat for a while!