Okay, okay, okay I must say I’ve been in love with pins/brooches lately – I think I’ve been buying them more than dresses and that never happens! I’ve noticed a lot of pin-up inspired gals rocking pins like these and I absolutely adore the whole pink ladies vibe from Grease (pink jackets studded with quirky pins/brooches) and I’m totally getting one of those pink Collectif clothing jackets so I can match y’all. I thought I would share my current favourite brooches/pins which are little different from the usual brooches/pins. As much as I like the typical ‘pin-up’ brooch brands I do prefer pins to have a bit of quirk and humour to them and I love supporting smaller brands!
If you’re looking for a new pin/brooch I highly recommend any of these amazing businesses – I know they are all fantastic quality as I own quite a few of these!
1. Oh You Fox
Oh my gosh, I think I’m a little obsessed with Oh You Fox at the moment every time I have a look at their website I find myself wanting everything?? I currently own ‘Resting Babe Face’ (MY FAVOURITE) & recently found myself buying the cutie pie black cat to help raise funds for Victoria’s(creator & owner of Oh You Fox) wee kitty Skittles (taking a kitty overseas is no easy feat)! And I wanted it, I mean really wanted it.
*Resting Babe Face – Oh You Fox
*Cutie Pie Black Cat – Oh You Fox
*Delicious but Vicious – Oh you Fox
If you have been following me on Instagram (@missflossypots #shamelessplug) you would have seen this super cool pin from Fairytale Collars. I love pins and I absolutely adore my red lipstick so this pin is everything. I know it will appeal to a lot of you pin up ladies so I had to share!
*Red Lipstick Club – Fairytale Collars
3. Pony People
I had a lovely lunch date with my good gal pal Xamia Arc a couple of weeks back and I remember her showing me these ADORABLE pins from Pony People. She bought the cutest pins from them (check out her instagram to see) and I thought I’d have a gander through their Etsy and boy did I not regret it! I fell in love with this kitty as it reminds me of one of my boys back home. I am hoping they will be restocking pins soon as their etsy stock is a little low!
*Fatty Catty – Pony People
4. Bel Air Baby
I absolutely ADORE Bel Air Baby! I bought the best brooch ever from their wee etsy store earlier in the year (pink doughnut with sprinkles!!) and I recently made a second purchase which I will share on my Instagram as soon as they arrive. I love the quality of these brooches, the fact they’re all original drawings by Mira (the creator) and they are all so quirky. The amount of pale pinks in the Bel Air Baby catalog genuinely makes me happy and I’m so excited to see what they do in the future. Those doughnut earrings have my name written all over them!
*Vintage Mixer -Bel Air Baby
*Custom Heart – Bel Air Baby
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!
Afghan Tray Bake
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 + 2 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cornflakes
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp milk
60g softened marg
70g Whittaker’s dark chocolate – chopped
3/4 cup toasted walnuts – chopped
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.
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.
What is one of your favourite bakes from your childhood?
1. Swing Jacket – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – $216.71 NZD
Oh my god this JACKET! It was love at first sight with this baby, I have never wanted a coat more than I have wanted this one. I fell in love with the red check (check it out on their website) and the entirety of the outfit the model was wearing. Pants? I don’t even wear pants but paired with this they look AMAZING. This is something I’m saving for but it can wait for winter (even though we haven’t had a summer here in Wellington).
2. Red Bamboo Hoop Earrings – Bows and Crossbones – $10.40 NZD
I have been obsessed with bamboo hoop earrings for a couple of months and I finally caved and bought two different styles from Bows and Crossbones last night. Whilst scrolling through their amazing catalog I saw these gorgeous earrings but girl, I’m on a budget so they will just have to wait. I will see how my other pairs work out then buy these babies!
3. Cherry Red – Besame Cosmetics – $30.55 NZD
I have fallen head over heels for Besame Cosemetics after my boyfriend bought me two of their lipsticks – Red, hot red and Victory red. I absolutely love the smell, colour and the fact they last all day and AND they feel so light on the lip! This is the next shade I want in their collection because you can never have too many red lippies, right?
4. Winnie Trousers – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – $84.95 NZD
Again, I’m not a huge fan of trousers but these look amazing on the model from Seamstress and I just want to look like her! I have an amazing jumpsuit from Seamstress and I know for a fact that crepe de chine is super flattering even if you’re not super confident with your tum!
5. Grace Blouse – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – $67.61 NZD
Well now I’m just looking super obsessed with The Seamstress of Bloomsbury… that’s because I am! I love their nod to the forties and this blouse is so forties it HURTS. I really love high necks so this blouse is up my alley. I just want everything Seamstress has to offer – note to self: win the lottery.
6. Keds – Champion Oxford CVO – Hannahs – $69.95 NZD
A few years ago I bought some canvas white sneakers that were SO cute and I really want a new pair that I can just wear with all of my outfits. I am all about comfort and I refuse to wear heels especially in summer! These are something that I will probably buy once I find out how to keep them super white.
Well I’m not going to pretend like I’m some car aficionado but I do try to make it to the American Vehicle day every year even if it’s just to “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty cars. This year I went with my boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it and as I blogged it last year I thought I would blog it this year just to keep the tradition alive! When you live in Karori getting to Trentham is quite the mission ESPECIALLY if you don’t own a car so in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (10.30) we took our first form of public transport for the day – the first of many. After the first bus we set out on our journey – the Upper Hutt line (train) it was a forty + minute ride but it was pretty stunning, the first half of the trip overlooked the Wellington harbour and on a sunny day it looks incredible (by chance it was sunny for the first time this summer). Continue reading “AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017”
Here we go again with the wishlist Wednesday! I am so pleased with how the last post went down, I loved hearing all of your wishlist items and might have bookmarked a few!
This weeks wishlist is heavily focused on spring – flowers, gingham and pink! My questions this week is: What are some of your fashion favourites for this month? And will you be dressing for the festive season? I haven’t added many of my festive wishlist items this week but starting December I will have A LOT!
Continue reading “Wishlist Wednesday #2”
Earlier this month my Mum and I decided to head up to Auckland for a few days to refresh and unwind! For those of you who don’t know Auckland is located near the top of the North Island – one hour away from Wellington via plane; a pretty quick flight! Whilst we were up there I decided to blog and try to take as many photos as possible and I’ve come home only to realize that all of the photos are pretty much food related – typical. I hope you enjoy this little follow me around – let me know in the comments below!
Continue reading “Miss Flossypots’ trip to Auckland!”
If a slice recipe contains sweetened condensed milk in the ingredient list then I’m 100% interested in baking it. Recently my boyfriend bought me The Great New Zealand Baking Book filled with tons of Kiwi classics from complete and utter indulgence to healthy twists to usually quite rich recipes all from Kiwi chefs such as Nadia Lim, Niki Bezzant, Dame Alison Holst, Jo Seagar, Julie Le Clerc, Ruth Pretty and Simon Holst just to name a few! I came across the lemon fudge slice within minutes looking through the book and just had to bake it! Lemon fudge has a nostalgic feel to it, something I had a lot growing up and there’s something about two packs of digestive biscuits mixed with condensed milk and lemon that’s incredibly enticing for me (& hopefully you too)! This recipe is super easy, requires no oven time and tastes amazing! Continue reading “Lemon Fudge Slice”
Last Saturday Sam (the boyf) and I headed out to Wellington in search of the NZ wide Pokemon GO event so I thought I would photograph it. I’ve been wanting to do a sort of day in the life/vlog but in photographs (almost like a diary) for a long time! We headed into Wellington around 12.30, the meeting place was at Waitangi park on the cusp of Oriental Bay and on approach all we could see was a wave of red. Sam and I first thoughts were “Team Valor (red team) are really organised!” Then it hit me, all the people were ladies and were dressed in red dresses with a flowers in their hair – not a normal thing in Wellington. It was of course ‘The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever’ a global event with thousands of women, men & children participating in a Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush video reenactment.
Continue reading “A DAY IN THE LIFE 16/07/2016”
I don’t think I have ever taken this much of a break here on Miss Flossypots but with the move and lack of internet (over a month now – thanks Slingshot for being rubbish) I haven’t had a chance! I’m still without internet so I’m not back to my regular schedule just yet but here’s a post to get your through. Without internet I have had to venture outdoors (into the real world – oh god) and find my entertainment elsewhere so on a boring Sunday Sam (the boyf) and I dragged ourselves down to the gorgeous Wellington Botanic Gardens to soak up the sun and get some OOTD photos with a glorious backdrop.
I have set myself a challenge this year to go out of comfort zone and wearing a dress without sleeves is in another galaxy to my usual sleeved comfort zone. So I had to document this momentous occasion and guess what? It wasn’t that bad, I didn’t get weird looks from strangers (other than the fact I dress like I’m in the 1950’s and I’m used to that) and no one died, so it went pretty darn well. Anyway – enough with words here are some photos from the day. Thanks to my gorgeous boyfriend Sam for taking most of these.
Continue reading “OOTD – 21/3/2016 – WELLINGTON BOTANIC GARDENS”