Fashion

In Full Bloom with Erstwilder!

If you know anything about me you’ll know I just love flowers and nature and Erstwilder has made my dreams come true in their latest launch “In Full Bloom“. In full bloom is a collection dedicated to flowers and houseplants – from monsteras to orchids – there’s something for everyone (but let’s be real anything Erstwilder creates is just gorgeous). I got to choose four pieces from this collection and I can’t wait to share with you all of my favourites!

This collection in it’s entirety is perfectly cohesive – you can mix and match and I love the fact that there are matching earrings to brooches or necklaces to brooches. It makes me want to buy all of them! I’ve never been much of a necklace wearer but the rose and lily bunch would look perfect with so many of my outfits. Every time I look at the collection I want another piece – what piece do you love the most? I’m so excited to see what you all like!

On Sleeping Eyelids – Pansy Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Viola tricolor var. hortensis)
Pansies are one of my absolute favourite flowers so when I saw this in the collection I knew I had to have it! It’s such a gorgeous brooch, it’s purple hues and the resin used make it such a spectacular piece. It has been so hard not wearing it all of the time!! Flowers are so perfect for people that like to go with a more “classical’ vintage look and the pansy is a must have! I can’t wait until Autumn so I can grow some this year! 🙂

Opulent Orchidaceae – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Orchidaceae)
Another flower! Orchids are such a beautiful flower and perfect. I picked the ORCHID because I loved the colours of this one and it would match perfectly with the pansy (my other favourite!) Fun fact: There are over 25,000 different species of orchids on earth – isn’t that crazy??

Green Eyed Monster Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Monstera deliciosa)
This summer I have become slightly obsessed with plants and the fact that Erstwilder came out with a range of house plants is just too much! I can now wear one of my favourite things! The monstera has really been “in” for the last few years – now I can finally follow the trend but in a quirky Erstwilder way!

Show Me the Money Plant Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Epipremnum aureum)
There’s something very sinister about Devil’s Ivy – they are really hard to kill and can pretty much grow anywhere and everywhere. Also they’re moderately toxic to humans (via Wiki) so instead of hurting yourself , cats and dogs, why not wear it in brooch form? The house plants collection is perfect for all of you plant obsessed people or the plant obsessed people in your lives! They’re subtle but still super fun and informative!

A huge thank you to the team at Erstwilder for sending me these amazing brooches and for allowing me to be part of this release. I had so much fun putting all of these looks together and I’m so excited to wear each piece everyday!!

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Fashion

New Zealand Natives – Flora & Fauna – Daisy Jean Floral Designs

It’s finally New Zealand’s time to shine! This week I bring to you Daisy Jean Floral Design’s latest collection: New Zealand Natives. Daisy Jean recently reached out to me about this range and asked if I would share some with my audience and of course I jumped at the opportunity. A range dedicated to New Zealand – what’s not to love? I may be a little biased as I was born in New Zealand… So often as a small country we’re forgotten about and I think it’s super special to have a range dedicated to our native birds and flowers because they are just gorgeous.

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Fashion

Mahina Skirt from Cry Cry Cry Clothing – REVIEW

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Well I’m back with another Cry Cry Cry feature because I am the ultimate fan girl. This week I want to speak about the latest piece from Cry Cry Cry clothing – The Mahina Skirt.
Fran contacted me last month asking which fabric/print colour I would like and of course I went for the Palm and Orchid print (because PINK) which has now been gifted to me. But then I saw the Hibiscus on purple and I knew I had to buy one myself…
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Cry Cry Cry Clothing

Welcome back to this week’s blogpost, grab a cuppa and a snack because it’s going to be a long one! This week’s inspiration is all about ethically sourced AND I will be sharing unseen photos of my outfits from Miss Pinup New Zealand! I just want to start with: this isn’t sponsored I just really love Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I know the quality to be outstanding (I would know, I have 6 garments)! + I only want to share the best with you!

If you don’t know already know I’m a pretty big fan of Cry Cry Cry Clothing made in New Zealand by the lovely Fran and this is the brand I have picked for my ethically sourced theme. Many of you will remember the clothing Swonderful which was created by Fran and her daughter Ginny, it was a super sweet & edgy vintage inspired clothing line that caught the attention of many including me, I bought my first Swonderful piece at Rita Sue in 2015 and I wore it to DEATH (Rip gingham dress). On my next trip to Auckland I visited Rita Sue again in search of Swonderful and the lovely Alicia told me that Fran had launched a new line called Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I was genuinely delighted! I couldn’t find anything until one day I noticed a follow notification from Cry Cry Cry Clothing and I pounced on that follow back button. The rest is history!

From there Fran and I got talking and next thing I knew I was trying on the most beautiful pink swing dress with a scalloped collar and the cutest little black bows placed all around it. This was the dress I was going to wear for the Miss Pinup New Zealand entry video. When I got through to the MPUNZ finales I knew Fran would be making my outfits and we came up with some magical stuff.

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Evening dress:
I think this was probably the hardest one for both of us… I had no idea what I wanted as usual and we had to find something that I would feel comfortable in. This was the end result – inspired by Elizabeth Taylor we went for this striking blue fabric and I’m so glad we did! I love the romantic vibe to the dress; the wrap around mesh takes it to another level of sophistication.

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Talent dress:
Well this was all Fran! I decided to do my talent to a song from the Musical Hairspray! I absolutely love the sixties, hairspray and purple so this dress was perfect for me! I love the fact this dress is mistaken for true vintage all of the time; it just shows the workmanship in Fran’s work. Its skirt is a proper swing/circle skirt (I must wear two petticoats in this and I’m sure I could get a third in there too!) which really helped with the twirling in my act.

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About Cry Cry Cry Clothing:

Are you inspired by the elegance of the 1950s and 1960s? So are we!

Here at Cry Cry Cry we want to help you look as chic as Audrey Hepburn, as sassy as Marilyn Monroe and as sexy as Brigitte Bardot. We have pinup basics and feature pieces to suit your vintage look.

All Cry Cry Cry clothing is made with love in New Zealand to our own original designs.


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Beachwear:
This is my favourite piece from Cry Cry Cry Clothing. I’m the gal who hadn’t worn anything sleeveless in 13 years, the girl that didn’t want to show leg – I could go on. But in this number I feel fabulous; which I never thought I could in beachwear. I fell in love with a similar piece a couple years back and pinned on my Pinterest board and that’s what inspired this!

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Getting something custom made for your body isn’t always a priority but my god is it worth it! I had never had  (or dreamed of having) a custom made dress before I met Fran but I’m so glad I own a few pieces that are made just for me and that I can treasure forever. Even the made to order/standard sizing from Cry Cry Cry is amazing and really reasonably priced for all the love and care that goes into it all. My goal for 2017 is to cut down on buying dresses that aren’t made with love and fill my closet with one of kind pieces that are.

Pros of buying ethically made/custom made:
You know where it’s coming from
It will be good quality
You’re helping someone get paid what they should! And that’s how it should be.
If custom; you can get it tailored to your body – so it fits in all the right places.
Made to order offer unique styles that aren’t mass produced – so you can stand out!

Recommendations – ethically/NZ made:
Cry Cry Cry Clothing 😉 (Ships worldwide)
Devel Men & Women
Honey L’amour
Curvy Couture by Judy Dee

What are some of your favourite lines that are ethically made? Please let me know ❤
If you have any questions at all – feel free to email me at; missflossypots@gmail.com

Food

Afghan (biscuit) Tray Bake

The Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand bake and has been around for yonks! I remember my Mum baking these throughout my childhood and I still adore them to this day, you can’t beat a homemade Afghan bikkie! This week there was a bake-a-long event in the group Miss Charlotte’s Caker’s created by NZ Pinup Miss Charlotte Cake and the bake was Afghan biscuits; you could go the traditional root or mix it up and I decided to do something a little different as did others. Bare in mind I made this recipe up – I used the Edmond’s Cookbook recipe as my guide but added a few different ingredients so it would hold up – it’s very light and buttery but it’s more cake-y than slice-y.  I think you could use my brownie recipe for a firmer bake – just add cornflakes and it should be fine!

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Afghan Tray Bake

Makes 12 

Ingredients:
200g margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 + 2 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cornflakes

Icing:
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp milk
60g softened marg

Topping:
70g Whittaker’s dark chocolate – chopped
3/4 cup toasted walnuts – chopped

Method:
Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper – set aside.
In a medium/large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy – next add the egg and mix until combined.
Sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and fold into the mixture.
Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated fold in the cornflakes.
Spoon into the baking tray; be sure to spread the mixture evenly that will improve your bake.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool before icing.

Icing:
Sift together the dry ingredients and then add butter and milk – stir until smooth.
Spread the icing over the tray bake and sprinkle the dark chocolate and walnuts.
Cut into twelve slices.

Enjoy!

What is one of your favourite bakes from your childhood?

Food · Life

WHITTAKER’S K-BAR CAFE

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After finishing up at work for the day last Friday I checked my phone only to see at least five different notifications about a pop up 10 day K-Bar Cafe. The K-Bar Cafe has been created in honour of the new Whittaker’s K-bar chocolate  that are available in three flavours; raspberry, pineapple and lime. If you don’t know what a K-Bar is – it’s a kiwi classic created by Whittaker’s, most of us growing up in New Zealand would buy them from local dairies or the local ice cream truck (Mr. Whippy) they were affordable and sweet – all you could want when you’re ten. They’re essentially a toffee bar in fruit flavours – they aren’t something you can eat in one sitting (in fact I don’t think I’ve eaten a full one)! I love Whittaker’s especially since I grew up around the corner from the factory and can still remember the smell of when they were making their famous peanut slabs (you could smell it for miles).  Continue reading “WHITTAKER’S K-BAR CAFE”

Fashion

OOTD -25/4/2016 – PINK AND BLUE

Saturdays are one of my favourite days of the week; I get to spend the day with my boyfriend, go food shopping, laze around and last Saturday was no exception! I’ve been dying to wear an amazing hair scarf that I had won in a pinnylicious giveaway but I felt that all my of my dresses weren’t the right shade of blue. That is until I realized I had the perfect dress in my wardrobe all along; a turquoise dress with pale pink flowers  that matched the turquoise and pink of the hair scarf perfectly – as soon as it clicked I knew I had to pair them together.

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