24 May 2015

amber whitecliffe - mumbai madness winter '15

Inspired by the bustling city of Mumbai, the latest Winter collection from Amber Whitecliffe has arrived! Featuring a vibrant colour palette, new shapes and designs, and gorgeous luxury fabrics sourced from India, this collection injects some serious fun into your winter wardrobe. Amber challenges the black/white/monochrome style that we all seem to love with her signature colour ways and feminine designs, all lovingly crafted here in NZ. 

I'm sharing three looks I put together featuring a few of my favourite pieces from the new collection, paired along side a few older AW goodies as well.


This first look features a silky soft t-shirt that feels absolutely amazing against the skin. Made from 100% silk, I seriously wish I had some pyjamas made from this material. The gorgeous dark turquoise colour is so perfect for the colder months, and looks fab against the otherwise black outfit. The skirt adds some fun contrasting textures, and is a classic AW style that Amber has made over a few seasons (see here & here & here). I added even more texture with this woolly coat that I am seriously lusting over; I love the loose shape and big pockets for putting all of the things in.



Matching sets are still a favourite of mine, and this one is seriously stunning! How amazing is that bright embroidery detail - definitely not for the faint hearted. I love the contrast with the thick black fabric on the jacket, which is actually super warm. I paired the set with this black mesh top that gives just a little peak of the colourful shorts underneath.



A sweet & fun look to finish things off, featuring a bit of sparkle and some pops of hot pink. This top is fully sequined (front and back!) with the cutest little leopard print, and would be perfect for a night out. I wore it over this bold & bright woollen skirt, and topped it all off with the same coat as the one in the first outfit, but in a light marl grey instead of black. This colour, along with a pretty berry pink, is an in-store exclusive, so be sure to stop by Amber's boutique to check them out in person!

12 May 2015

twenty one

(Edita Dress, May The Label. Shoes, Steve Madden.)

This weekend marked my 21st birthday, and I celebrated the momentous occasion with lots of food, amazing friends, a delicious cake and potentially a few too many rosé wines. The photos above are from my party at The Conservatory, taken by Andrew Lau Photography, who was absolutely amazing and I am in love with every single shot. I ordered the beautiful cake from Bluebells Cakery, it was banana & caramel flavoured and so so so good. That caramel sauce was actually insane. My dress was a bit more of a mission to acquire, but I'm so glad I ended up going with this May The Label number that is very much 'me'.

As well as posting the above snaps, I also wanted to share a little list I put together (because lists are great) with 21 life lessons/tips/things I've learnt so far. A little bit blunt, but a lot true, and in no particular order; hope you enjoy the little read.

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21 things I’ve learnt in 21 years 

1. Life never works out the way you plan, but that is 100% okay 
2. Care a little less 
3. Don’t be so afraid - it's probably not as bad as you think 
4. Find great friends and hang out with them as much as possible 
5. Mum is usually always right 
6. 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ is the biggest lie of my life 
7. Boys make better friends than boyfriends 
8. Grades aren't everything - some things are worth skipping class for 
9. Purging your material possessions every few months is good for your health 
10. Stop relying on unreliable people 
11. Take more photos of people and less photos of food 
12. No one will notice that tiny flaw that you see in the mirror 
13. Grudges are stupid 
14. Spend your money on things & experiences that make you happy 
15. Late nights are the best kind of nights 
16. Have things to look forward to - it will keep you sane during stressful times 
17. Talking shit will get you far in life 
18. What feels like the end of the world today will likely be forgotten in a few days/weeks/months time 
19. The right playlist can make all the difference 
20. Surround yourself with motivation 
21. Take a chance - you never know what might come out of it
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Thank you to everyone who made my birthday amazing! Much love 

2 May 2015

seasonal

(Top, ASOS. Blanket cape, French Connection. Jeans, Wildpair. Shoes (Jeffrey Campbell dupes), Charlotte Russe. Hat & sunglasses, Cotton On.)

As a result of plummeting temperatures and a few too many late nights, under the covers is fast becoming one my favourite places to be these days. Thanks to FCUK though, I now have a socially acceptable way of essentially wearing a blanket outside! Comfy fashion doesn't really get better than that. Because who wouldn't drag a fluffy blanket around with them for midday naps if they could. I wore this on the plane down to Wellington a few weeks ago as well, and it's the perfect travel companion to snuggle up with.

Side note: could we all please take a moment to appreciate how pretty this fence line is? The epitome of autumn plastered onto a little brown fence; I thought it would make an appropriate backdrop for this in-between seasons kinda outfit.