A Mini Wellington Haul

During the last week of the semester break I took a short trip down to Wellington and naturally we went shopping. I don't know what it is about you Wellington, but I swear you have some of the best independent stores. Shout out to Cuba Street. Also you have some of the friendliest salespeople out. Seriously, they have actual conversations with you and fangirl over your purchases with you. 

Madame Fancy Pants, Iko Iko and Matchbox Studios are some of my favourite places to visit when I'm in Wellington. The craftier types will love Minerva and there's plenty of places to find a vintage gem or two as well. When I posted a snippet of my haul on Instagram lots of you seemed keen to see what I picked up so if you are that way inclined, read on..

The Reading Material

Palo Alto by James Franco-As I mentioned last weeks, Unity Books is one of my all time favourite bookstores. We have one in Auckland but it's a lot smaller and a bit more cramped than its Wellington counterpart. It took me ages to choose how to spend my book tokens but this book has been on my radar for a while so it came home with me. Keep an eye out for a review in the coming months.

Mollie Makes Blogging, purchased from Minerva-I'd seen this magazine over on Liv's Instagram and could never find it in the shops so I was really excited to see it in Wellington. Aside from features with the ladies of A Beautiful Mess, there's also a writeup about Blogcademy, tonnes of tips and tricks, handy tools to buy and more..

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie Lacava-When I first discovered this book I found it such an enjoyable read so I'd been eager to add it to my collection. If you've not read this you must. It's a story of objects, life in France and learning to accept your faults. 

The Stationery

Rifle Paper Co 'Botanical' Notebook-Look at that floral gorgeousness! All the pages inside have gold detailing and it's just beautiful. The Rifle Paper Co. obsession lives on clearly...

Grumpy Cat+Hydrangea Ranger cards, purchased from Matchbox Studios-Cards are so good for pinboards, decorating walls and of course sending to loved ones in the post. I'm a little obsessed with Grumpy Cat and think he'll look right at home on my little wall gallery. The latter I think will belong on my pinboard. How gorgeous are those florals? They remind me of that field Dorothy wakes up in when she's on the Emerald City outskirts.

Cartoon Cat, purchased from Japan City-Japan City is one of those shops I always like to visit, even if I never buy anything. For some reason I find it rather fascinating, and I also secretly hope I'll find Muji in there. Anyway, I thought this would be cute to send to a fellow cat-lover. There may have been some Strawberry Pocky purchased here too but as you can see it's long gone.

Rifle Paper Co notepad, purchased from Iko Iko-This was one of Rifle's products designed in collaboration with Garance Dore. I love lists so this 'to do' list notepad was right up my street. They also have gorgeous weekly planners in stock at Iko Iko too and some of the Rifle Paper Co. phone cases which are stunning too.

Gold Chevron Washi Tape+Gem Washi Tape, purchased from Matchbox Studios & Iko Iko-If you saw one of my The Week posts a few weeks back you'll know I'm keen to set up a DIY wall complete with Washi tape as opposed to placing everything in frames. I've been on the hunt for gold tape and I loved this chevron design. The gemstone tape was so pretty as well and even if it doesn't end up on the wall, I'm sure it'll make its way onto gifts and the like sometime soon.

The Extras

Rose-Gold Ring, purchased from Matchbox Studios-You can't see this ring very well in pictures so I'll try to remember to upload one at some point. It's a rose-gold triangle on a thin band and it's so dainty. Lately I've been mixing metals when it comes to jewellery so I've been wearing this alongside some of my favourite silver rings as well for a subtle pop of colour. 

Tassel Keyring-I literally could not walk away without this last week. Rose gold anything seems to have that effect on some people. It actually won't fit on the straps of my current handbag so it might end up becoming a keyring for my car and house keys. We shall see.

*What have you hauled recently? Let us know so we can all live vicariously through each other in the comments xx


  1. It looks like you had a fabulous time in Wellington! What a great way to finish mid-semester break. I'm totally lusting over your washi tape and copy of Mollie Makes Blogging!

    Hannah xx

  2. Love the notebook!


  3. It's so pretty right Christine?? Rifle Paper stationery is all stunning though x

  4. It was so fun! My photo diary will be coming soon. You neeed to track down that magazine Hannah. It's so useful x