Sunday, October 30, 2011

13 Days of Halloween Swap - Part III

Time for another update from all the goodies I have been receiving for the 13 Days of Halloween swap with my friend Vany!

I lose my keys a lot - well not lose them so much as I simply can't find them when they are lurking at the bottom of my bag. I think that problem has mostly disappeared as I have a severed finger and tiny zombie on my key ring.
You can even keep a spare lip gloss inside the severed finger -fancy!


On day eight I received all kinds of things to make me into a pretty zombie!
Some zombie themed clips.
A bloody heart.
Finally, my favourite, a zombie and brain sweater clip - I love this!

I can't wait to share what I have received over the past few days with you all - but I want to wait for day 13 tomorrow as the last 5 days of the swap all work together.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wednesday Wardrobe Challenge (on Saturday) - Pattern Mixing

Hello All! Sorry its been a bit of a quiet week from me - I seem to have been busy each night and out till kind of late so no time for blogging, but I am now back.

This weeks Wednesday Wardrobe Challenge was "pattern mixing" which isn't something I normally do. But I did try - I worn a scarf, tights and dress all with a different pattern.
This dress is by my favourite New Zealand designer - Kitty Bridges who makes super cute Kawaii clothes. Here's some of the details of the frock - look at the details! Cuteness.

Here's some of the accessory details - I wore pink and red as well as mixing my prints!

Yellow shoes to match my yellow cardi!

Wednesday was a big day in Wellington - last Sunday New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup for the first time since the 1980's. Rugby is the "National Game" of New Zealand, I was in my twenties before I really realised that in most countries football was the "peoples game" and rugby for the private school types. In NZ rugby is the peoples game - its what all the boys play at school (the girls play netball) and its not seen as being posh in any way! So you can imagine how crazy people went when we FINALLY won the Rugby World Cup again. Here's some photos I took of the Wellington Victory Parade from my office on Wednesday - it was craziness!


Dress - Kitty Bridges
Tights - Valleygirl
Shoes - Op Shopped, Opportunity for Animals, Kilbirnie
Cardy - Given to me by a friend
Scarf - Equipt
Bracelet - Bought at Hello Kitty Cafe, Seoul
Brooch - Bought somewhere online (I don't remember where!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mount Victoria Walk

The weather is starting to get warmer and the days are starting to get longer so Rich and I have decided to make more of an effort to get out and about walking. We are hoping to go for a fairly decent walk at least once each weekend, it will end up being weather dependant of course, but hopefully we can get out and about more.

A couple of weekends ago we decided to start things off easy with a walk to the summit of Mount Victoria (0r Mount Vic as it gets called around here), which to me is actually much more of a hill than a mountain, but that may be due to the fact I grew up seeing this outside my window each morning.

Mount Victoria is right in Wellington city so we don't have to walk very far to reach it - I think I had forgotten how steep it was though.

It does often get a wee bit windy down here in Wellington!

I know I look like miss grumpy with my arms crossed, but I wasn't I promise, it was just really cold at the summit. Lots and lots of cold, cold wind!

Monday, October 24, 2011

13 Days of Halloween Swap - Part II

Its time to share more amazing Halloween goodies with you all - here's some more of my Halloween swap with Vany.

What's inside? MUCH chocolate! I am going to set aside most of these goodies for Christmas. I especially love the "Ritter Sport" chocolate, Vany has send me this brand a few times now and its awesome. I also love dark chocolate and she has included pretty much all dark chocolate. DAY FOUR

On day four I received these amazing wee skeletons all handmade by Vany using those fusing beads. I bought a set of these once but I never managed to make anything quite so epic as a skeleton! Unfortunately the white skeletons leg got damaged on his way from Germany to New Zealand, but I can fix it easily - I love these guys. I strung them all up together in our hallway - they are a permanent fixture, not just a Halloween decoration.

Here's the packaging for day five - which I love! I just knew from the zebra print it was going to be AMAZING!
So day 5 wasn't too creepy but it was full of something else I LOVE - Hello Kitty goodies. However, Vany did manage to find a creepy kitty pez dispenser and charm. Vany also left a special note for Rich on Hello Kitty Day - to acknowledge his further descent into Hello Kitty Hell.

Today I received four amazing handmade zombie bookmarks - I haven't had a decent bookmark in literally YEARS and I always end up using a bus ticket, envelope, flier or whatever else I can find lying around so these bookmarks will make for some happy books.
I love the beads on the bookmarks!
It was hard to pick a favourite - but I think I like this one best of all!
Finally the note that came with the bookmarks - it made me smile.

That brings you all up to date with my swap package so far - I can't wait to find out what else is inside. I love surprises!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Photography Course Photos

I do love photography, I am known by some of my friends as the "crazy camera lady" as I pretty much ALWAYS carry my camera. Sometimes I have two or even three cameras with me (in extreme cases).

Despite loving photography I have always felt I'm not particularly good at it, so when the chance came up on a one day deal website to do a one day photography course I jumped at the chance to do it.

The tutor was great, although I must admit camera envy as my main camera is still a little "point and click" camera and most people on the course had super huge and super fancy SLR cameras.

The course was taught entirely on the Wellington waterfront, which meant I ended up taking my photos somewhere that I spend a lot of my time, I am not sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing but in did help me to see one of my favourite parts of the city in a new light.

My favourite photos are the super close up photos - its not something I usually do when I am out and about with my camera but I really like them.