October's really been a month for favourites, with two posts on the cards of things I loved and feel deserve some airtime around these parts. Today it's all about the non-beauty favourites that have taken a piece of my heart this month...
London Rebel Kalila Sandals x Number One Shoes-Gladiator sandals are going to be the kind of shoe you like or loathe, but thanks to a pair of Balenciaga sandals that were popular a few years back I've always loved them. I had some that I wore until the straps were broken. I'd been wanting some more and when Number One Shoes had an awesome deal on shoes a few weeks back, these had to come home with me. They're so comfortable and aren't totally flat so you get a little bit of height from them too. I love them and know they're going to get worn to death.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes*-This book though. Wow. It tells the story of Lou, a twenty-something Brit who has just lost her regular job and ends up working as a caregiver for a wheelchair bound man, Will. Little does she know that Will is going to change her life and encourage her to start living. I don't want to say too much about this book because it's one of those texts you need to read and fall in love with on your own. I highly recommend it though.
Wild EP by Troye Sivan-I've had this ep in my car this month and it's been on high rotation ever since. Troye's music gives me Summer vibes and I daydream of days poolside whilst I'm listening to it. The title track is my favourite but the whole thing is awesome.
Yen Magazine-Yen was a magazine I used to read a lot back in the day but it's only really been in the last year that I've been picking it up regularly again. Each issue has a theme-this one's all about travel and follow the themes of wanderlust, adventures and a bit of "pop culture pilgrimage". Yen is like the cool older sibling you never had in paper form. It's also great for photography and art inspiration too. If you're in NZ or Aus, grab a copy if you've not read it before.
Scream Queens-I'm cheating a bit here as I only really started watching this at the beginning of the week. One of my friends has been on at me to watch this all month and I kinda put it off because I thought it was going to be too scary. I don't do well with horror-anything. Surprisingly though this isn't scaring me, although I don't think I'm going to be able to look at chainsaws normally for some time. Part comedy-part thriller, part whodunnit, this show is brilliant. The fashion is amazing, especially for the Chanels and the sass levels+shade throwing are on point. Emma Roberts is amazing as Chanel Oberlin. Watch it if you haven't yet and be prepared to become addicted.
You Deserve A Drink by Mamrie Hart-Mamrie's channel has become one of my favourites this year. She creates lighthearted, hilarious videos with many a popular culture themed pun and a delicious beverage to try. I knew her book of life essays and escapades was going to be fantastic and it does not disappoint. It was laugh out loud funny-her story about her Uber trip to Las Vegas to see Britney Spears stands out but there's so many amusing anecdotes in this book.
-What have you loved during October?
-Have the absolute best weekends out everybody! Halloween's not that big of a deal in NZ, so I probably won't be celebrating although I might have a lil' candy+Scream Queens sesh to honour the occasion. I've also got some more coursework to get through+some extra work-themed things to do so I'll probably be making my way through those too. Have a good one, and I'll see you on Monday with November's reading list! x
So for those of you who follow me on Social Media might know, and I am sure my excited tweets aren't giving it away whatsoever *ahem* I'm currently doing an online fashion course. Not just any online course, but the Teen Vogue+Parsons Fashion Industry Essentials one. To be honest this would've passed me by if I hadn't seen somebody else tweeting about it. I stumbled upon it at the perfect moment. Anyway, I am having the best time doing this and am finding it so valuable+interesting so I thought I'd do a series of reflective posts all about it. Whether you're interested in doing this course yourself, or just want to know what I am up to, I hope you find this useful...
The Fashion Industry Essentials certificate is a ten week course consisting of five modules. It is recommended you complete each one within two weeks in order to stay on track. The best part is though, as it is all online you can sign in whenever suits you to watch the videos, complete assignments etc. Thank goodness, because who knows what kind of crazy hours I'd be pulling when the campus is on the other side of the world. You don't have to complete the assignments within those two weeks though, they can be done whenever during the ten-week period. So far though I'd say to set yourself aside two weeks per topic. I have only done one but I did find myself wanting to spend a while on the assignments and also some of the discussions so naturally they did take longer. It's also a lot of work to be doing all in one go so spacing it out makes it more doable.
The first module was all about Visual Style. We had a bit of a mini history lesson, looking at what iconic fashion looks from America+around the globe have made an impact on the fashion industry. This was really interesting actually and I've made a few notes of designers I'd not heard of who I want to go back and look into. We also learnt about how important visual style is to all aspects of the fashion industry and how vital it is to keep your aesthetic consistent. Side note: visual style is all about the aesthetics and what comes to represent a brand/person.
All the assignments so far have leant more on the creative side of things which I've loved. We also got to make some Pinterest boards too. The first, was making a mock moodboard of sort for a fashion story/editorial. I was channeling the era of the nineties supermodel and all those classic, American, laidback vibes we know and love. The second was about us and our stories. This involved finding things we own and photographing them+considering the connotations behind each. I was skeptical that I'd be able to see similarities between each one but looking at them now I can see how they all contribute to my aesthetic.
So far I am loving this course and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next eight weeks bring. The next module is entitled Thinking Like A Designer which I'm not gonna lie I am a little nervous about but I will update you on that in two weeks.
*I hope you found this post useful! It's a bit different from what I usually do but I've had a few questions across social media so I thought it'd be a good way of answering them+a nice lil' reflective thing for me to look back on. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or on Social Media somewhere and I'll answer them for you.
Like last month, I was feeling really decisive about my favourites. In fact, there are two favourites posts this month-there was just too much to love! First up we have the beauty bits I've been loving. There seems to be a lot of pink and then some utter gems for the base+limbs.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Wardrobe, limited edition-I've really been loving my radiant, glow-enhancing blushers this month and this palette's been getting a thrashing. It was limited edition but all of the shades are available as singles as well. There's just something about Hourglass' blushers and despite having shimmer to them they still look flattering on the skin. My favourites are Dim Infusion and Incandescent Electra. They're just stunning.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara-Believe the hype guys, this mascara is amazing. If I want lashes that look curled, full and all out fabulous, this is the mascara I go for. This mascara has fibres in it too I believe which seem to make all the difference. Despite being waterproof though, it is easy to remove, thank goodness. It also holds a curl a lot better than some of the other mascaras out there. I'll definitely be picking this up again at some stage, it's that good.
Mac Matte Lipstick in Mehr-Y'know when you see your friend swatching something and decide you need to have it too? That totally happened here and there was no impulse purchasing guilt around these parts whatsoever because I love this shade. Nine times out of ten, this has been what's on my lips this month when the occasion calls for lipstick. It's a rosy pink with a nude base plus a matte finish which means it sticks around. Despite its matte qualities it's not drying or dehydrating. If you're after a decent matte lipstick, check this one out.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water*-This primer water was something I'd only heard good things about so I had high hopes for it. Like all the other products mentioned this month it also delivers in spades. Dare I say it, I prefer this to the Urban Decay finishing sprays. This is designed to be used pre or post makeup application and for the most part I use it to set everything down. It's also great on a makeup sponge like this to pat in concealer so it looks less caked on. It definitely helps your makeup stick around too. Like the mascara, this will be on my repurchase list when I've run out.
Mac Studio Waterweight Foundation in NC20*-This foundation was reviewed on the blog last week so I'll keep this short and sweet. It's the base where a little goes a long way and you can expect a satin finish from this one. It's long-wearing, with or without a primer and you cannot fault that shade selection.
The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Scrub, limited edition*-If there is one product The Body Shop does well, it's their body scrubs. This one has an almost gel-like texture so it doesn't feel as abrasive as the scrubs that are much more granulated. It helps combat any dry patches (win) and has a divine, uplifting scent.
-What beauty products have you been loving during October?
It's Friday, again! Madness I tell you. This week's been busy with a mix of working and getting through my coursework for the Fashion Industry Essentials course I am currently doing. Btw, I am doing a writeup at the end of each two-week session so if you're interested in knowing more about it, you'll be able to read about it then. So yeah, this week, busy times but all in all it's been a good week. Here's what my camera snapped..
(Above)-Saturday afternoon at the new Bluebells Cakery in Eden Terrace with Amy. She's moving back to Australia next month and I'm not looking forward to it :( but in the meantime I am making the most of our last girly sessions together.
-Some of my work for the Visual Style portion of my course. This was all the tasks that went alongside the lessons but I've since done most of the assignments. More on that next week.
-Fun packaging on some Goodness products I am trying at the moment. It's early days but I love the every evening cream.
-A Joni Mitchell themed spread in an old issue of Russh magazine. If you want to see editorials that are a bit more adventurous I recommend picking up a copy of this.
-My updated moodboard. I liked the last one I did so some of the things from that made a reappearance on this one. How pretty is that glittery S though? It's from Iko Iko.
-Mail time #1. Actually, not gonna lie it's been a pretty good week on the mail front. These were some of the skincare goodies I was sent this week from Antipodes and Neutrogena. I love the Hydro Boost range so I'm looking forward to having a go with these.
-One of my lovely friends in the US, Hannah sent me a bundle of American beauty bits as well as some of my faves, York Bars (kinda like After Dinner Mints) and Lucky Charms. Btw I used that Wet N Wild shadow palette today and oh my gosh-it's amazing! Seriously, I didn't realise the shadows were gonna be so pigmented and had to bring out the Bioderma because I went a bit OTT with the crease colour. Whoops..
*Have the best weekend everyone! It's a long weekend in New Zealand this weekend, yasss. I think I'll be catching up with some friends, hopefully sleeping in-I miss the alarm-less mornings too much, bingeing on Parks and Rec episodes and hopefully visiting a beach or something-I feel like going somewhere a bit further afield this weekend. See y'all on Monday with part one of my October Favourites!
This year it seems like a lot of the beauty brand heavyweights have been getting innovative with foundations. Some have even been years in the making, here's looking at you Charlotte Tilbury. Ever since I got to play with this foundation from Mac at a trends presentation, I knew it would be something I'd want to test further. Seriously, the bottle nearly
accidentally deliberately made its way into my bag coming home. I digress, makeup thievery is not my forte. Reviews however, that's another story...
Mac's Studio Waterweight foundation is their second new base offering to launch this year and, spoiler alert it doesn't disappoint. I have the shade NC20*, the second lightest and it is a perfect match for my skintone. There is the chance that it may be ever so slightly too light in a couple of months, she types skeptically, but for now it does the trick. I am very bad at the whole selfie thing but you can see it on my face here and in any of my #fotd 'grams/snaps from the last couple of months.
The Mac site describe this as having medium, buildable coverage and that's really spot on. I only ever use one drop from the dropper and can get my whole face done with that. It actually amazes me how far this foundation goes because you barely need any. As for its finish, I'd say it leans more on the satin side of things. It's not entirely matte but it isn't overly luminous either. Studio Waterweight feels weightless on the skin too and it barely looks like you're wearing any makeup. So ladies+gents, if you are a fan of the no makeup-makeup thing then this is for you.
My skin doesn't tend to drink up foundation like it's going out of fashion, but with a primer layered over the top this base wears well for a good 6 hours before needing a slight touch up with some powder or concealer. It's impressive stuff! At $72 this foundation sits more on the luxe end of things but given how little you use per application, a bottle of this would do you nicely for a long time indeed. Studio Waterweight, it's love. Please don't be discontinued for a good while.
-Have you tried Mac's newest foundation? What did you think of it?
Now that Summer's well and truly on the horizon, it's time to inject a little bit of bronze back into your life. I'm not a fan of full on colour, my pale skintone just never seems to be able to pull it off. I am all about warming up the skin in a safe way though, no sunbeds or excessive time in the sun here. Today I'm going to share with you a few of my favourite bronzing products that I think are perfect for paler skintones. They'll all give you a sunkissed look without the sun damage or telltale Oompa Loompa streaks...
Soap and Glory Solar Powder-This is a bit harder to come by in New Zealand. I think mine was purchased on Trade Me, but if you're in the UK you'll be able to get your mitts on this a lot easier. It's one of my favourite bronzers for the face as it's not orangey toned and warms the face up without leaving you looking muddy. To apply this I swirl the colours together and blend in the standard 'three-shape' that is recommended for bronzing. Aside from its annoying cardboard packaging, I love this bronzer and will definitely try to get it again when I've run out of it.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist*-The Body Shop have extended their popular Honey Bronze range and there's a lineup of new beauty+body bits, including a face tint, cream blush+bronzing domes and this leg mist. It's an oil-free, transparent mist that dries matte and gives your legs that sun-kissed look without the streaks. It is so easy to apply and dries really quickly so even tanning novices like myself can get to grips with it. I hope this is a permanent product because I can see it becoming a staple in my beauty collection.
Australis 'AC ON TOUR' kit in Medium-People seem to have had a love-hate relationship with the original contour kit from Australis. I was never too convinced by it, but when I saw the new colour additions in Medium and Dark, I found myself more intrigued. The medium has a lot more brown toned shades in it and they lean on the cooler side of things. I use this on days when I want more colour on my face and stronger contouring. The colours are super pigmented so I use a very light dusting of colour on a fluffy brush to apply these. I've been really impressed with this palette so far.
-What are your go-to beauty products for creating a bronzed look?
Hello and happy Friday everyone. I would say thank goodness it's Friday but it's been a pretty good week so it seems redundant. This post may not be as photo heavy as I was working most of it, and I can't really take photos there for obvious reasons. There was still some fun things happening though so I'll stop talking and let the images and captions take over now...
(Above)-Flatlay heaven at Freedom's SS15 launch on Tuesday afternoon. I've never been to a solely home decor focused event before so I loved getting to attend one. How awesome is that gold table ornament? Swoon..
-One place I always love to go to is the Auckland Botanical Gardens. It's a short drive away for me so I go there quite a bit. On Monday I decided to head there for a bit of a walk+camera snapping session and I could not stop taking pictures of the stunning cherry blossom. Seriously it was amazing. My trip to take pictures did serve a purpose though, but more on that another time..
-My Mum went to Australia last week and she bought me back the new issue of Yen. How dreamy is this cover? Frankie+Yen, both Australian titles seriously do the best covers out. They also do pretty rad magazines as well.
-Another shot from the Freedom showcase. I know a few of my friends will be loving that beaker style vase.
-The cacti portion of the Botanical Gardens. Cue desert daydreams.
*As always, have the best weekends everyone. I'm off to Blogger's Brunch Club tomorrow. It's the first time in ages that I've managed to secure a ticket before they've run out so I'm looking forward to that. Afterwards I'm headed to Mt Eden to hang with the rad Amy which'll be loverly. This song will be on repeat, I'm addicted to it atm. See y'all next week with a fresh crop of beauty posts.
If you've been a longtime reader of this blog, you'll know just how obsessed I am with Etsy. It seriously is the best place to find unique, one of a kind things. Whether it's something for you (treat yo'self, amirite?) or someone else, you won't come away empty handed. When I am feeling a tad on the spendy side, I like to check out Etsy and see if anything's caught my fancy. Today I thought I'd share with you some of the stores I've discovered and loved this year as they're all fantastic. Their wares would make great Christmas gifts too..
Velvet Wolves-I think I first spotted Velvet Wolves' illustrations on Tumblr and her Lana Del Rey prints had my eyes turning into heart emojis within seconds. She also has some Great Gatsby prints, Pride and Prejudice and even an Alexa Chung zine. I love the whimsical quality her work has and just how ethereal all her portraits look. Side note: Everything is made to order so if you're after something as a gift, be prepared to wait a little while for your goodies to arrive.
Studio Matte-This was a Buzzfeed find. Good old Buzzfeed eh.. I've been smitten with fruity prints this year and these bookmarks were too good to pass up. They're painted onto beautiful cardstock and are so adorable. My favourites are the pineapple and the one with the assortment of fruits on it. There's also has some rad metallic notebooks in this shop too which are a must if you're a stationery obsessive.
My Bookmark-To be honest I can't remember where I first saw these bookmarks, possibly Pinterest but c'mon, when you see cute lil' shoes hanging out of books, you're going to be intrigued. My Bookmark specialises in unique, clay-made bookmarks with shoes inspired by literary characters hanging off the ends. They're really awesome-my favourite design has to be this Harry Potter one. I actually got the Dorothy bookmark because I love the iconic ruby slippers from the film. How can you not though? Those shoes are stunning. I digress, these bookmarks are unique, really well made and I love them. PS-They ship from Ukraine and orders arrive crazy fast! From memory mine took just under a week door to door.
*What have you bought and loved from Etsy? Do you have any store recommendations? Leave 'em in the comments and we can all go on a virtual/literal spending spree.
The aforementioned post title is really not a term I like, but it works with this post so I'm willing to put my dislike for it aside today. When it comes to books I seem to have patterns where I'll want to read at least one memoir and a novel at once. However with novels I don't like to read too many 'heavy', emotionally draining or intense books at once so I alternate with what I'll call chick lit. Today I thought I'd share three of my recent additions to the bookshelf that fit the genre..
Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass*-Thanks to Maria I became obsessed with The Selection series this year. Some of my friends, thanks to some not so subtle persuasion became addicted to them as well. The new book in the series is a collection of all the novellas Kiera has written thus far and she writes introductions for all of them as well. There's illustrations throughout which are stunning as well as some bonus content included. I won't give you full-on spoilers for those waiting for release day, which is tomorrow (yuss!) but there is a sneak preview of The Siren, out in January. I can't wait to read this and suspect it'll be finished within
hours seconds because I love this series.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han-One of my favourite booktubers, Zoe often raves about this book so I decided to pick it up recently. I've not read this yet but it tells the story of Lara-Jean, a girl who has a hatbox of letters for every boy she's loved. They're secret, until one day they're found. I'm assuming chaos ensues. This sounds like quite an awkward situation. Hmm..
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins-Stephanie Perkins' trilogy gets a lot of love on YouTube and Instagram so when Book Depository had a sale, this book got added to my cart. It's about a girl from the US who is shipped off to an English-speaking boarding school in Paris. Anna, however is not so thrilled at the idea of leaving her friends and family behind, until she meets St Clair. Aside from this book giving me mad nostalgia about Paris, it's also a really sweet story and it gives me heart emojis for eyes and I love it.
-Which chick lit novels do you love?
-Tales From The Back Row: This seems to be the year for great nonfiction reads, especially in the memoir/life essay department. Tales From The Back Row** isn't out until December but I couldn't resist talking about it now as it's what I've been reading this week. Amy Odell is the online editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and used to write for The Cut. She has many an interesting story to share about fashion. Her insights on street style were intriguing because while it's a part of our fashion week, it's nowhere near as intense as it is in New York. I also loved her chapter on the time she met Anna for an interview at Vogue. It's a brilliant read if you love fashion and magazines so definitely grab a copy to read.
-Letters from Lena Dunham: Lena Dunham is a person I have a lot of time and respect for. I know she gets a fair bit of hate but she's done a lot of good for feminism in general, not to mention her creative endeavours. Well now, she has a new email series called Lenny Letter. Twice a week you're emailed a new, lengthy letter if you will featuring stories, interviews and other awesome stuff. I've not had a chance to read them yet but it's definitely going to be on the cards soon.
-New Beginnings: October is an exciting month for me as I finally start my new online course. I saw someone tweeting about the Parsons+Teen Vogue Fashion Industry Essentials and it really intrigued me. Long story short, I applied, got accepted and start the ten week course next week. I'm really excited, and while it's going to be a bit weird getting back into the study mindset, I am looking forward to it. If anyone wants me to do a post or something on this once I've completed it, let me know.
-The Goodness Grocer: I always seem to find the best things when I'm just wandering aimlessly and not focused on anything in particular, so when I spotted this store in Pukekohe last week I had to go in. The Dr Feelgood iceblock freezer caught my eye, and then I saw Hurraw lip balms in the corner so it was a done deal. They specialise in all things natural, organic and delicious. It's worth the trip if you live in South Auckland.
*I hope you're all having great weekends! This post is a lil' late sorry. There's no real reason for that other than I was busy yesterday and wasn't in the mood to blog. It's been a long but rewarding week. The lowlight was I got sick on Wednesday but the major highlight was finally getting my restricted license. This means I can now drive by myself. Yay! It's really strange driving alone and I am not used to it yet so it feels weird. This weekend's been pretty chill so far. I have a work pre-Christmas dinner tonight but other than that it's a low key affair. I'll see y'all on Monday with a book post! x
**Advanced reader copy or ARC as they are known. Thanks Simon and Schuster!
Christmas in October!? I'm sure many of you will find that idea ludicrous. I'll be honest, I've been shrinking away from the Christmas trees and displays that seem to be going up far too early. One thing I don't run from though are the Christmas beauty collections. They tend to never disappoint. Now I know you may think it's early to be discussing Christmas gift ideas, but to be honest you can never be too organised. Today I thought I'd talk you through some of the Christmas products I received at the Lush Bazaar last month. You don't have too long to wait for these goodies either, they're out tomorrow and some have already dropped online. Now, on with the box..
We all got to pick a Lush gift box to leave with, and myself and Laura were smitten with the Snow Fairy products so we got this one, aptly named Snow Fairy Castle*. Now, the contents inside the box differ to what I have pictured, they didn't quite have all the Christmas products in, but it still gives you a good idea of some of the products you can expect to see this Lushmas. Oh I'm so good with puns...
First up, and a new product this year is the Fairy Dust Dusting Powder. Infused with the delicious Snow Fairy scent we all know and love, this powder is designed to give a bit of lustre to the skin. Sprinkle it over your limbs, or use it on the cheekbones if you want for a touch of sparkle and glitz this holiday season. This was one of my favourite products on the night so I am looking forward to using it again.
Next we have the well-loved Snow Fairy shower gel, a product that appeals to ladies and gents alike. Scouts honour. Due to its jellytip, raspberry scent it is super popular. I like this mini sized bottle because I get through shower gel super slowly. This is the perfect size to take traveling so it'll get a heap of use over the Summer. Another product in the Snow Fairy scent is the Magic Wand bubble bar. This year she's had a makeover and now features sparkly glitter on the outside, just like a legit fairy's wand. The best part about bubble bars is they're reusable. I usually get between 4-6 baths out of most of my bubble bars so they're worth buying if you love your baths.
Last but certainly not least, introducing the fairest bath bomb of them all, So White. As her name would suggest, and Disney enthusiasts will love this, she is apple scented. There's also bergamot and rose absolute in there to help soothe the senses. I used this last night and I don't know if it was a placebo effect but this bath bomb made me feel so relaxed. It helped that the water was turned pink too.
So that concludes the first roundup of Lush Christmas goodness. Don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from. Side note: Lush's gift sets don't just have to be a standalone present. You could always buy a gift set like this and split the products up as stocking stuffers or just cute lil' bits to go with people's gifts. That way your money goes further, and if someone doesn't have a bath where they live, you can give them a shower product instead.
-What Christmas collections are you most excited for?
*PR Sample, but all love of all things pink and lolly-scented are my own. Seriously, if you don't know by now how attracted I am to sweet things where have you been!?
Why hello there everyone. I hope you're all well and had awesome weekends. Mine was pretty chill and a lot of reading+hot drinks happened so it was great. Today I'm back with another edition of things I bought, liked and inevitably loved+felt compelled to share with you guys. There's stationery, a splurge and even a Christmas gift idea. It's never too early to be thinking about the holiday season, let's be real, so maybe you'll find some ideas in this post. Enjoy!
2016 A6 Inspire Diary, Kikki K-Kikki K diaries have been my go-to for years now. They're available in an array of sizes and colours, beautifully presented and help to make you feel like you have your life in order. This A6 size is my favourite because it fits nicely into most handbags and doesn't take up too much space on your desk. This style also has a protective clear plastic cover so it's less likely to get wrecked if you're using it on the go. I have this diary (in a different design) this year and it still looks as good as new. I also love how this one has rad type and cute lil' inspirational messages throughout.
Taylor Headphones, Frends-I am a bit ashamed these haven't made a single appearance onto the blog yet. It's been what, three or four months since they came into my life, but who's counting.. A lot of people don't know this about me but I am an avid music listener+enthusiast. I cannot go a day without listening to it, Anyway, music enthusiasm means my standard Apple headphones were no longer cutting the mustard and so I decided to treat myself to the Frends Taylor headphones. They weren't cheap, the US versus NZ exchange rate has been sucking for a while now but so far I think they've been worth every cent. The sound quality is top notch and their noise canceling capabilities are awesome. One thing I will say though is that they can feel a bit weighty after extended wear, which tends to lead to a bit of a headache. Other than that though I can't fault them.
Photostrips, Social Print Studio-Now these are not a new purchase by any means, but seeing as Christmas is coming up I thought I'd mention them to you. Social Print Studio, formerly Prinstagram is my go-to for printing out my Instagram pictures. They do an awesome job and everything always arrives pretty fast and well packaged. These photostrips are another awesome way of sharing your snaps if you like that old-school, photo-booth style of presentation. What I like to use these for though is as bookmarks, either for myself or to gift to friends and family. They're the perfect size for marking the pages in your books. You could also use these on a pinboard or inside one of these cute frames. Side note: NZ stores, get on the unique frame bandwagon please.
*What have you bought, liked and subsequently loved lately?
Pinch and a punch for the second of the month. How aside from the scientific reasonings is it October already?! It's insane. The last few weeks have been jam packed, in the best kind of way. I was in Wellington at the end of last week+spent a day in Palmy, and in amongst that I had a lil' shopping excursion to Newmarket, worked and cried buckets whilst reading Me Before You x Jojo Moyes. It's been a busy time. Here's what I snapped over the last couple of weeks..
(Above)-*Notebook club. *I was so happy to be wearing jeans, my kimono and jandals. *Mirror selfies before WOW last Thursday. *Clouds setting the scene before the WOW show. So many surrealist vibes from this set. *New Zealand lollies and music en route to Palmerston North last Friday.
-Looking out across Wellington up at the Botanical Gardens. I put my hand up because I thought my face was gonna be in the shot and I didn't want to be. It kinda ruins the picture but I like it anyway.
-Some of the past Wearable Arts costumes outside TSB Arena in Wellington. How cool is that shell dress? I loved it.
-*A display of banned books inside Unity Books. *Tulips at the Botanical Garden. *Sea salted caramel milkshake and gems inside paper bags at Fidels. Home to the best milkshakes
on Earth in Wellington. *Some items soldiers took to war inside the Gallipoli-State of War exhibit at Te Papa.
-Christmas came early with this delivery of Frosted Plum goodies from The Body Shop. They're out in November but don't fret, I'll do a writeup or feature them in a video so y'all can get a closer look.
-Beauty bits that came to Wellington with me. There was some new products in the mix too, which you can read up on over in Wednesday's post.