Friday, November 30, 2012

Fashion Friday

I just have to take a minute to gush about my friend Gemma. She's one of the most genuine and insightful people I've ever had the fortune of meeting and she has this knack of making life seem like a whimsical fairytale. I like fairytales. She's one of those people you feel lucky to know...

Me and Gemma. With ears on.
Gemma has just got back from overseas where she's been gallivanting around Europe and the UK and she bought me a present which I'm excited to share on this fashion friday post!
The world's most beautifully whimsical ring
A little mirror with Jemima Puddleduck on the back
from Beatrix Potter's actual house!
So I can check myself out!
How lucky am I to have such a thoughtful friend? I feel so surprised that she even thought about me while she was away having the time of her life and I've been showing off my gifts to everyone.
Now you've seen them too :)
Lola K xx 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snap! Middle Earth Hysteria

Hello from Middle Earth (sort of...)
Wellington has been buzzing all week with preparations for the world premiere of The Hobbit. As I type, half the country and what seems like a gigantic percentage of the tourist population is standing around on Courtenay Place to watch a bunch of movie people walk down a red carpet.

I'm not so excited about it but the atmosphere is pretty cool. All week I've been snapping pictures of Hobbit related stuff that's been put up to make Wellington look more interesting....

To visit the Hobbit Artisan Market, follow this sign
Gandalf hanging out on top of the Embassy Theatre
This is the conveyor belt at the airport...
...Travelers collect their bags from "Bag End!" Baahahaha
A little bit enchanting!
Lola K xx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Over the weekend I headed up to 'Wanga-vegas' (Wanganui) for a bit of family time. My Aunty and Uncle live on a decent sized bit of land just on the fringe of the city. They have amazingly manicured orchards with loads of lemon and avocado trees and super impressive veggie gardens that my Granddad tends to on a daily basis. It feels like I'm in another world when I'm there, so far removed from civilization wandering around the section after my Granddad.  

Hope your weekend was as pleasant as mine was.
Lola J

Monday, November 26, 2012

Music Monday

Time for some music love:

Lola J

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A beautiful life

"I can see clearly now the rain has gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind,
It's gonna be a bright,
bright, bright,
sun shiny day..."

Johnny Nash, "I can see Clearly Now," 1972

Even though I'm a rain girl, I was super appreciative of the weather on Thursday. Wellington can really turn it on! My friend Josie and I went to Eastbourne and lay on the beach where I devoured a mint chocolate nougat gelato milkshake (!) and slapped on SPF 50+ sunblock to avoid getting fried by the harsh NZ sun. Beforehand, we'd gone out for lunch to an amazing little place called Kilim. If anyone in Wellington is reading this: Kilim, Jackson Street, Petone. Go there.
It was a pretty perfect way to end the last week of my holiday. I've loved being a lady of leisure - I've done so much writing, sleeping in, going for walks, eating and hanging out with friends. I've also been super productive with my list of 10 things which I'll hopefully get posted this week. I'd be lying if I said I was looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, although I have been missing my work friends.
The forecast today was for rain but so far it's looking pretty stunning, so I think I might take the cable car into town and visit Starbucks!
Have a beautiful day
Lola K xx

Friday, November 23, 2012

10 things...

Photo from weheartit

I'm joining Lauren with her 10 small goals for the remainder of 2012. I meant to begin this a day or two after she put hers up but then I got sick with the longest lasting cold of my life and the only goal I could think of making was being able to breathe and eat at the same time again. I feel like I am fiiinally on the mend now (touch wood) so time for some real goals:

  1. A handwritten letter to a friend on the other side of the world
  2. Take my pills and vitamins everyday... the right amount of times a day too
  3. A spot of online shopping
  4. More crafting with my crafting box
  5. Wake up at the same time (and make that a reasonable time) every week day
  6. Send big catch up email to my bestie in England
  7. Eat fruit everyday
  8. Sew something
  9. Take more photos of my family (especially unexpected, candid ones)
  10. Do something interesting and drastic with my hair

Here I go!
Lola J

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A surprise in the letterbox

Two posts in one day! What?!
Just thought I'd share this card that Laura left in my letter box.
She made it herself! Super creative creature.
I do like being associated with Haloumi. It's not easy being cheesy!
It made my day getting this surprise card! Such a thoughtful thing to do and I've now been inspired to make bunting for my room!
I'm going to go and eat some haloumi :)
Lola K xx

Thursday Thoughts

A few thoughts today...

Picture taken from here
Picture taken from here
Picture taken from here
Hope you take the time to sparkle today!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

War is not cool, folks

Well, today I went with my mum up to Waiouru to the army museum. We've both been wanting to do this trip since my mum found out about an ancestor of ours, Thomas Cooke who fought in WWI at Pozieres in France and was killed in action. After he died he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military medal for bravery in the face of the enemy. His medals are on display at this museum, so we thought we'd go and see.

When you drive through NZ, this is mostly what you see...
...And almost every tiny little town you drive through has
at least one cutie old church masquerading as a craft shop/cafe.
I love the architecture and history of churches!
"Do what makes you happy" and raindrops on the windscreen
A list of conflicts that the NZ defence forces have
been involved in
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them"
"I do hope and trust my son will come home again."
He never did.
Thomas Cooke stood in a trench like this one using
a gun like the one on top of the trench (left) and was
the last man standing in the face of enemy fire.
81 of his friends were killed and lying at his feet.
Eventually he was killed too.
 The blurb about my homeboy
And his medals (L-R: the Victoria Cross, British War Medal,
and the Victory Award)
Yay nurses!
Number 7 on my list: Visit Waiouru and go to the army museum...Tick!
Lola K xx

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Behold my stained glass window!

The real thing
My amazing version...
You didn't actually think I'd make a real one did you??
I have this thing for pretty windows and have always wanted to have stained glass ones in my house. I was on Pinterest the other day and discovered that if you colour in wax paper with Sharpies or some other permanent marker, it has a similar pretty effect! Unfortunately, I have the attention span of a three year old (ant) and I'm fairly hopeless at the whole drawing thing, but I think if you're an artist, you could make these look amazing. And all on the cheap!
I made an experiment one using an old toilet paper roll to make circles
I think they would look a lot prettier and more vibrant if the sun was shining behind them but today there was no sun.
Thanks to Amy and Sophie for the fun idea! A good way to spend a rainy day.
So, number 8 on my list of 10 things: Make a stained glass window...Tick :)
Lola K xx


Friday, November 16, 2012

10 things...

Photo taken from here
My goodness, I can't believe it's almost the end of the year! I've decided to make a list of 10 things I want to do before the year is up and it turns into 2013 (woah!). I'm hoping to be able to blog about it as I make my way through the list, so here it is for you to see...

Photo taken from here

1. Paint and rehandle my set of drawers.
2. Make a dream catcher.
3. Make a canvas print.
4. Visit Somes Island.
5. Do something to change the world.
6. Make soap/body lotion.
7. Visit Waiouru and go to the army museum.
8. Make a stained glass window.
9. Make some ordinary jars extraordinary.
10. Buy an outfit for under $40.

So there it is. Wish me luck!
Lola K xx

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Photo taken from here

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Totally stealing Lauren's post today to give my own snapshot of what I've been up to lately in collage form:

Some reading, singing, crafting, strolling, kitty-sitting, coffee-dating, driving, ukulele-learning and more!
Lola J

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Lone-Rangered trip away

Last week I ventured up to Auckland to get to the Radiohead concert, this is about an 8 - 8 ½ hour drive from Wellington. I was planning to drive up with a friend and make a bit of a trip of it but he bailed on me last minute (nice of him, eh!?) so I was left to journey alone. I was a bit bummed and a lot angry at his actions so in the days leading up to the departure I wasn't really looking forward to it but then I thought about it and changed my tune a bit. I've driven to Auckland quite a few times but never on my own so what I was originally nervous about turned into excitement- I love driving and 8+ hours of it meant 8+ hours of uninterrupted guilty pleasure music listening time that no one else could complain about. And then it just got better, I had a brainwave: AUDIOBOOKS! Hell freakin’ yes! I downloaded 28 hours of books/podcasts (ya know, so I had options) and set off. It was so great.

I stayed with my oldest sister who just moved up there 6 months ago so that was really cool and lots of fun. She and the fiancé headed to work as usual the morning after I arrived and I was left with another day to myself. After a leisurely lie in (ahem, on the couch) I took off to the coast and spent a blissful morning walking around the bays listening to more books on the ipod.

The gig was pretty incredible, as I expected. My only major complaint was that I was seated near quite a few colourful characters that distracted me from Thom and his amazingness. But I guess I can't really blame overly enthusiastic fans, it is Radiohead after all. 

Then the following day I rose early to hit the road again. No unnecessary toilet stops, no bothersome conversation, no compromising on music, and lots more audiobooks. I really enjoyed all the unexpected ‘me time’ and I definitely think I need to make this quick escape again soon.

Lola J

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hey! Lola J!

Photo taken from

Remember when I crashed your psych lab and pretended to be one of the students?

Remember when we were studying exercise science together and I felt sick and you drove me all the way home even though classes hadn't even begun for the day?

Remember when we went out to dinner at Public and my lemon exploded and landed on the lap of the woman sitting at the table next to us?

Remember when we went to see the Christmas tree at Frank Kitts Park and used the phone box to call Santa?

Remember when you showed up at my place with homemade red velvet cupcakes and a new book for my poetry which you'd made a cover for yourself?

Remember when I dragged you to the brewery about 1000 times to keep checking out hot bartender?

Remember when you came to my place for an early Christmas dinner and I forced you and Paul to listen to Snowed In, by Hanson?

Remember when we thought we were talking in a civilised manner, but the neighbours still came up and told us off for being raucous?

Remember when we freaked out about an exercise science assignment and drove all the way out to Josh's at about 9 o'clock at night for help?

You're a pretty stellar friend, yo!
Just thought I'd remind you :)

Lola K xx

Friday, November 9, 2012

A trip to the beach

Yesterday I went to a teeny little town called Paekakariki with my good friend Josie. It's only about a 20 minute drive out of the city and we'd been looking forward to it for a while! Unfortunately, the Wellington wind didn't cooperate and we decided it was definitely not beach babe weather. We were dying to try the little wood fired pizza place though, so along we went! Later on we went for a windswept walk along the beach and then got coffee and parked up in front of the pretty, pretty sea and talked about everything and nothing. I love hanging out with Josie - she's one of the most genuine and positive girls I know and I've been missing her lately because our days off never seem to coincide...
Here are a few photos from our little date.

My home girl, Josie!
 I get way too excited about pizza
This gelato changed my life. They had rocky road gelato too!
We made friends with this pretty kitty who we found had some
 abandonment issues when we tried to walk away
Later on, my mum and I went to see the film "Mental" which
was organised by my friend Steph to raise funds for an orphange in India
that she's going to work at for three months.
If this movie is on at a cinema near you, you should go along and see it,
it's hilarious but has a whole lot of wisdom between the lines.
Lola K xx