Sunday, September 30, 2012

Three Generations of Fashion!

Granny, Mum, Me

I was recently inspired by a post on A Cup of Jo about her mother's style. I love looking back through pictures of my mum when she was my age and wishing the clothes she wore had survived. Then I realised something had survived: Her wedding dress. I've always thought her wedding dress was so beautiful - she said she wanted a garden wedding and her dress reminds me of a whimsical flower child. Luckily for me I fit it and it isn't in too bad condition for something originally worn in 1982!

While I was in the swing of it I dug out a dress my Granny wore back in 1976 when she graduated from Teachers College. Thought I'd put that on too, and pay tribute to the lovely ladies who raised me.

My rings

Mum's rings

Unfortunately my Granny doesn't have any pictures of herself in this dress

Psst..My mum and I also went to the same high school...

...Spot the Wellington Girls' College Jumper!

I'm definitely lucky to come from a line of such stylish, independant, warm and intelligent ladies.

Lola K xx  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fashion Friday

So I thought I'd share my Federation dress with glow in the dark hearts which is about 7 years old but still awesome.

Full disclosure: I absolutely hate this photo. Twilight and cold don't do much for me!
"Love is a battlefield." So true :)
I have this habit of writing on my shoes...
...Normally song lyrics...
(Do you like how my hand is in the picture? All class.)
Have a wonderlicious friday friends!
Lola K xx

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What's Cooking...

In case you weren't already aware, eating is quite an important thing if you intend to carry on living. Unfortunately my trip to Sydney has left me skint so I've been making some meals on a budget. I appreciate super quick meals because my attention span is short and I feel like I'm missing out if I spend too long in the kitchen. Last night my super speedy budget meal was vegetable fried rice and Eaton Mess for dessert. Deelish. Allow me to share :)

What you need:
  •  Microwave long grain rice
  • Frozen vegetables (go for ones with baby corn and snow peas - yum!)
  • 1 egg
  • Soy sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce (the sauces are the most expensive ingredients but once you've got them they'll last for ages)
Microwave the rice as per the instructions on the packet and give the egg a quick whisk and chuck it in a frying pan. It only takes about 1 minute to fry - break it up in bits, put it in a bowl with the rice and put it aside. Put the vegetables in the frying pan and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the rice, egg and the sauces (I always eyeball it but if I had to take a guess I'd say about a tablespoon of each). Cook for a couple more minutes, until everything is combined and heated through. Et voila!
Plugging NZ wines...
What you need for dessert:
  • Cream (thickened cream is easier but I only had the runny stuff which I had to whip)
  • Strawberries
  • About 5 meringues

Cut up the strawberries, whip the cream (if you're not using thickened) and smash the meringues. Whack it all in a bowl and mix it together! So delicious. So easy. So bad for the hips.
Crumble some meringue on top and serve with a cup of coffee.
Lola K xx

Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Monday

I struggle to express exactly how important music is to me in my life. Because of this I really like the idea of documenting the music I’m obsessed with (and also getting a peek at the music Lauren is currently listening to as well) so I can look back and see how my taste changes and the thoughts/feelings behind some of the music selections. I want to begin a post series devoted to my can’t-stop-listening-to song of the moment. Lauren: please join me J

One of my favourite parts of driving into town everyday is the 20 minute window I have of uninterrupted music-thrashing time. I refuse to listen to one song on repeat, afraid I’ll get sick of it, but listen to it each time I get in the car, even if that is 6 or 7 times in one day? Totally different. I’m going through a DeVotchKa phase at the moment and this one in particular I love to turn up loud and tap along on the steering wheel to. 

Lola J x

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Today was one of the most chaotic days of my entire life. Yesterday went by like a dream and I had a suspicion it was too good to be true! Every so often I get hit with the confronting reality that I'm an actual grown up. I have a grown up house and a grown up job which demands a lot of me at times. A wise woman once recommended I keep a joy journal - you keep it by your bed and every night before you go to sleep you write down five things you were grateful for that day. You get into the habit of it and begin to notice the small things as you look for things to write in your journal every day. It really got me out of a funk and I recommend it if you're feeling sad, angry, lost, or just stuck.
I have a lot to be thankful for this week, particularly today, and I thought I'd note it down here.

  • Pink masquerades
  • Sparkley sneakers
  • People who understand
  • Having my hand held in reassurance (literally and figuratively!)
  • Paper flowers
  • Words of wisdom from much more experienced people
  • The fact that my plane back from Sydney didn't crash (did I mention I hate flying?)
  • Margarita debriefs
  • Positive feedback from people who count
  • Cherry blossoms and magnolia trees!
  • Comfort food in the form of McDonalds
  • The ability to laugh on reflection
  • Friends who front up when you reach out
  • The fact that I don't cry in the face of adversity (otherwise today would've been a REAL shocker!)
I think it's important to reflect on a regular basis and remind yourself what you're thankful for, what's made you smile, who's had your back and what's kept you going that day. Life is hard. It's up to you to make it inspiring :)

Lola K xx

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fashion Friday

We mentioned in our first post that the Welly saying goes ‘you can’t beat Wellington on a good day’ and today was just that: a good day. I decided it a better idea to skip my last class of the day and instead I headed home to bask in the last hours of sunshine. Aaaaah.

I’ve noticed recently that my uni-going-uniform seems to comprise mainly of jeans and a top. (How boring!) I’ll quite often put on pretty skirts and dresses in the mornings but nine times out of ten I end up changing into jeans. Today was no exception.

I do particularly like this 'jeans and top' combo though. 
Lola J x

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Australie, Je t'aime

I've just returned from a wonderlicious weekend away in Sydney! I have a special bond with Sydney because I was born there and every so often it calls me to come back. This was a whirlwind trip with my mum to visit friends and family. I love travelling with my mum because she has an inbuilt GPS in her head - Sydney is way too big for me having been raised in wee Wellington...I get a bit overwhelmed trying to find my way around!
We stayed in Newtown which is an arty little town a stone's throw from the hospital where I was born. Two minutes down the road was the Enmore Theatre where none other than Hanson were playing!!!! So of course I couldn't miss their concert. I only knew about half the songs but my 11 year old self would've killed me if I'd passed up the chance. Those boys put on an amazing show and I'm in love all over again. Matt Wertz opened for them and you should definitely check him out - he is so talented and very hilarious! Staying on the music train for a minute, we discovered a busker by the name of Patrick James who was selling his EP on the street for $10. He's got a nice relaxed sound about him. Check him out too!

This is where we stayed

 Inside was very swish

Complete with cute little outdoor area

Newtown is covered in graffiti. This is the most famous

HANSON!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeee

And so it was a good trip. I wish it could've been longer though. Until next time Sydney. I love you x.

Lola K 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cheerio Chum

So Lola K is jetting off to Sydney tomorrow.. just for a long weekend away. Lucky duck. Cannot wait to hear your stories and see your photos on your return Lauren!! Safe flight and all that jazz.
Lola J 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lauren and Laura's Love Affair with Wellington!

We really love Wellington. We love the cafe culture (can't get a better flat white anywhere in the world), and that you can walk down the street wearing cat ears and no one looks twice. The fact that you don't need to use public transport since everything is within walking distance, and that it was named the coolest little capital in the world by Lonely Planet. And it is just that. Cool (read: cold) and small. But you can't beat Welly on a good day.
Lola and Lola xx