Friday, 29 June 2012

Hoodies and Boat-shoes

I literally just got home from an op-shop trip. Only a short trip because the weather is so utterly crap! I only visited 2 shops and bought ONE thing! I was practicing self-control, which is extremely rare for me. But what I did get was utterly amazing. A pair of leather boat shoes for $9.00. I am in heaven! It’s actually a bit silly how excited I am.

The shoes fit me perfectly! And in my opinion they are the nicest colours. I am super happy that they are more navy than red making them more practical, but they still have that nautical flare.  In summer I will pretty much live in these, they are some of the most comfy shoes I own. I was quite shocked to see these on the shelf in the store because they look as if they have never been worn before. Not that I am complaining. I had a look online and leather boat shoes, like these are normally $90.00 so I think I did pretty well for mine. I love them so much that I am wearing them as I write!

As for the hoodie, I bought this last Saturday but didn’t photograph it as had put it out to the wash. Ops. I nearly didn’t buy this. I wasn’t quite sure if I needed a giant men’s hoodie? But it was so cold I thought what the heck. I am so glad I did. I have been living in this hoodie; it’s so big and warm; perfect for snuggling up in.  Again I was really surprised to see this in an op-shop. It is originally from H&M, first off that store isn’t even in NZ, let alone in op-shops?

You also might notice that this is the first post I have styled an outfit for, as you can probably tell I am super un- photogenic. Sorry about that. As for the outfit its nothing special, I just chucked this on to go op-shopping in. Everything I am wearing is 100% op-shopped – I love it when that happens, it makes me feel special. Not really sure why?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


I picked up this cute little clutch from Opportunity for Animals last Saturday. I don’t normally buy clutches as I am so clumsy that I would probably just put it down and lose it, but I really loved the look of this one and couldn’t leave it behind especially as it was only $4.00. Luckily for me this one came with hooks so I could attach a strap.

What originally drew me to this bag was the texture of it. The entire bag is covered in sequin-like tiles made of metal. They have been finished in a gloss so that they catch the light, which I think looks really lovely. It has gold trim around the edging, also in metal. The fact that the bag is predominantly metal is nice because I don’t have anything similar in my wardrobe. Another point that I love about this bag is that I can dress it up or down, unlike some of my other leather bags which are strictly day time as they are all worn and battered.

I have seen a few bags similar to this one over the years but they have always been in black, but now that I have seen a white one, black really doesn’t do the bag justice, you can hardly see the beautiful detailing. Another thing that I also want to quickly point out is how good the quality of this bag is. I am guessing it is relatively old, yet it’s all still intact and not missing a single tile.

I really love the size of this bag, its perfect to just chuck my wallet, phone and some other bits and pieces in without becoming too chunky. I am also fond of the zip compartment, functionality as well as style is always important. I can’t wait till I get a chance to wear this out!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Updated wardrobe Stats

Please excuse the cat. 

Hopefully you can kinda see the split?

I have been doing a fair bit of shopping lately, so I thought it was about time I updated you all on my wardrobe stats. What I found was rather scary. I have gotten to the point where I no longer have enough hangers in my wardrobe to put all my clothes on. This is probably going to sound a tad pathetic, but it actually makes me sad that I have so many clothes and I don’t get to wear them all because of the dreaded school uniform. For a while I couldn’t justify buying new clothes I wouldn’t wear, no matter how cheap. However, I have now come to the conclusion that it’s really important that I do bulk up my wardrobe, as next year I have to kiss goodbye my uniform. Therefore, I will need lots of lovely clothes to wear full time. Admittedly, I am still slightly worried that in one month I have gained twenty new items of clothing. That’s not even counting jewellery, shoes, or bags. Either that’s really sad and I need to get a life, or someone should be giving me a pat on the back for being so dedicated.

Here are the stats:

June 25th                                                                                            May  15th
First hand items – 12                                                                          First hand items - 11
Op-shopped – 57                                                                             Op-shopped - 37
Total = 69                                                                                         Total = 48

I think it’s safe to say I am op-shopper through and through. For me there is nothing better than finding something amazing in the piles of…. Not so amazing clothes.  I would highly recommend you try op-shopping in your local area, it’s so worth it if you find something you love, and the best thing is chances are no one else will have it. Feel free to ask any questions I have a billion tips if anyone is interested.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

The Liebster Blog Award:

The Liebster Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 
Plus it's a nice opportunity to ramble.
The Rules:

1. Each person must post eleven things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
3. Create eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer.
4. Choose eleven people and link them in your post.
5. Go to their page and tell them.
6. No tag backs.

11 “Interesting” things about me: 

1. I am probably a teacher’s worst nightmare, this year I dropped science and maths so I could take art subjects. It paid off though as I got NCEA excellence. And next year I plan on taking it up a level and only doing: Art, design tech, photography and art history. Can’t wait to see their expression when I tell them!
2. I used to live in Christchurch but moved a few years before the earthquakes. It was a really awful time in February when the city was in ruins. I visited last September, Its barley recognisable. But I am really excited to see what it will be like when it’s re-built, I’m sure it will be amazing.
3. I am quite a good singer. Not amazing or anything, but I do enjoy it. Every year I say I am going to join the school choir. 4 years later still haven’t gotten round to it.
4. I only just got my ears pierced a few months ago, I really wanted to get them done when I was 12, I was told I had to wait till I was 13, and by then I had gone off the idea and then never really got to it.
5. I love fishing.
6. I have decided to collect reeeally old books. I think they are beautiful and kind of mysterious.
7. I literally spend half my life staying after school working on photography and art internals.
8. I am terrified of learning to drive. it’s stupid I know.
9. I adore Russian fudge and peppermints
10. I am obsessed with cardigans. I can’t resist buying them when I see them in opshops. It’s bad. I need an intervention.
11. I am a true New Zealander, I LOVE rugby. I watched the Ireland vs. NZ game last night, it was great. 


1. If you were stranded on a deserted island what 3 things would you choose to have with you? Bear grills – wouldn’t be stuck for long with that guy. Sun screen and a camera – there would be a billion beautiful things to photograph and I burn like a chip.
2. What food can you just not stand? I hate luncheon meat and bananas.
3. Favourite season? Summer for sure. I love swimming in the sea, and we have a family batch in the Marlborough sound so that’s always something to look forward to.
4. Are you a morning person or night person? I’m a Night person. 5pm and I am dying of sleep deprivation but when it comes to 10pm I am full of beans and doing a whole lot of random crap.
5. Favourite animal? Its kinda lame but I love cats. Yes, I am that crazy cat lady.
6. If you could have any super power, what would it be? To be able to fly.
7. What would you spend your money on if you won the lottery? I would love to start up my own op-shop store. That would be amazing.
8. Favourite television show? I love the show 7days, if you’re not a New Zealander, chances are you won’t know it.
9. A quote you like.  Everything that happens happens for a reason. And when it’s done you can’t un-do it so you just have to move on.
10. Weird fact about yourself. On my right foot, my middle toe has stopped growing. It’s really weird.
11. Must have beauty product. Either lip balm or eyeliner.

My questions: 

1- What has been the best year of your life so far?
2- Favourite item in your wardrobe?
3- what/who is your Style inspiration?
4- Best thing about blogging?
5- Have you ever op-shopped?
6-top three subjects at school
7- Do you have a hidden talent?
8- Where would you love to travel in the world?
9- Most loved and hated food?
10- The thing that you have done that you are most proud of?
11- A quote you live by?

I know I supposed to choose 11 people, but I only have 19 followers so….. I am just going to ben the rules a little and tag 3 lovely ladies. Check out their beautiful blogs :

One Windy Op-shop Trip

Here are today's op-shop finds, as promised.  I am honestly one of the most dedicated shoppers I know. Not only did I wake up early to head out to the shops (9.00 a.m. on a Saturday!), but I also had to battle the elements, the wind here at the moment is nuts! Wellington is living up to its reputation of being the windiest city in the world! And stupid me, I rolled out of bed, flung on the nearest thing I could find, which happened to be a skirt. It was not till I ventured outside my house that I realised just how windy it was. Me being my lazy self couldn’t be bothered to change so spent half the day walking from shop to shop holding down my skirt. Hopefully I didn’t flash anyone.

Today I just did my normal Kilbirne – Newtown route, but I only visited four of the nine shops. I had plans for 3.30 so I had to be snappy.  And before you go ‘OMG she shopped from 9-3’, I didn’t get to the first shop till 11.30, and I have to walk everywhere so it takes time.  I visited my 2 favourite stores, Vinnie’s and Opportunity for Animals as well as the Salvation Army. I would say the Kilbirne Salvation Army is the best in Wellington – if you’re in the area check it out. Today I spent a total of $33.00 for a jacket, bag, t-shirt, hoodie (no photo sorry it’s in the wash) a shirt, a shirt dress and a woollen pull over. Not bad if I do say so myself!

In the next few days you can look forward to seeing all my lovely finds in more detail

Thursday, 21 June 2012

To face, Or not to Face?

This is a little painting I did today for some design work. I haven't added in the face yet. And i am not sure if i want to? When the work is complete (not the painting, the design piece i am adding it to) I want it to have a slightly abstracted vibe. I am very undecided. Thoughts?

I know that this isn't op-shop related, but I have come to the decision that this is my blog and i shall post what ever i want. Enjoy :)


Saturday, 16 June 2012


As well as op-shopping i am also in love with photography and thought i might start posting a few on my photos on my blog? I have been taking photography at school for 6 months so these wont be amazing as they are still a work in progress and a bit if a learning curve. At the moment i am no working on a folio to hand in at the end of the year, these are some of the photos. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


If you have read some of my other posts then you will know that I went a bit nuts and purchased 3 blazers within 2 weeks. This is the last blazer that I picked up; I also got this one in Opportunity for Animals. It cost $6.00, what a bargain!

The reason that I like this blazer is the colour, it’s a very neutral tone that will go with anything, and considering I also just purchased a rust coloured blazer and a tweed pattern one a plain one will definitely come in handy. I already have a cardigan this colour that I love and literally wear all the time, there isn’t a colour it doesn’t go with. Where I am it's winter, so to keep warm I am always layering clothes. The neutral tone of this blazer means that I can easily put this on over the top of whatever I am wearing to add warmth, which is always helpful.

This was a bargain at $6.00 for a designer blazer. The blazer is by Ashley Fogel, a New Zealand designer. Although I don’t op-shop specifically to get designer garments at op-shop prices, some people do. It’s beyond me why you would totally disregard the rest of the amazing clothes in op-shops just because they are not designer. However, in saying that I do appreciate the amount of detailing designer clothes have.  For example, the structure of this blazer is amazing, the collar is beautiful. I am also quite fond of the double pocket and the single button. They are all just little details that add to the style of the blazer.

And finally, as you may of noticed, this blazer is a size 12 meaning it a little to big for me. But I do prefer my blazers a slightly larger fit making them more casual. I don’t really fancy looking like a wanna-be office worker.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Brightening Up Winter

Ok, I will be the first to admit that this shirt is a little scary, so scary that I nearly didn’t buy it. But then I realised $4.00 is hardly an investment, so why not? Naturally what drew me to this shirt was the crazy print. It’s large and slightly hectic but I like it. I’m not actually sure why? I think it’s probably because this shirt is so refreshing in amongst all the winter gloom. At first I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find anything to wear this with, but I have found that it works really well as a statement piece paired with a cream cardi and black skirt.

At first glance this shirt appears to be pretty basic, if you ignore the print of course, but as well as the print it’s also silk and stripy. When I say silk, I mean nylon or some other manmade fibre that looks like silk. And yes, there are stripes. Well I suppose they are more panels? If you look closely there shirt is made up of strips of sheer and opaque fabric. It’s quite subtle but I really like this aspect of the shirt. It adds a point of individuality which I am always keen on. 
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