I Went To Christchurch

So I spent Christmas this year with my boyfriend's family in Taranaki, so I wanted to catch up with my parents before Christmas. The festive season doesn't mean a lot to us, but I barely get to see my parents because they live in Vietnam for 95% of the year so I was super excited to hang out with them and drink sav in the sun.

When I arrived, I saw Aaron Gilmore in the airport! So the trip was off to a good start.

 I was also super excited to see Christie and go opshopping with her, such is customary every time I go back to Christchurch. First we stopped off at her place where I tried on everything in her wardrobe and we, as always, dressed in matching-ish outfits. It's a pretty regular occurence when we hang out that people ask if we are sisters, which is hilarious because do you know any sisters who have the same haircut and dress in the exact same way? Nooo. But we just run with it.

But yeah, after like 5 hours of shopping and bargain-finding and a little bit of arguing over 1950s dresses (THANK YOU CHRISTIE, I LOVE THE DRESS SO MUCH!!!) we were parched and some fancy drinks at The Tannery were in order. The Tannery is a new development in Christchurch, full of sickeningly beautiful boutiques and homewares shops and cafes. We took some outfit snaps too, in front of the beautiful Christmas tree.

Christie is wearing a 1950s floral dress that her grandma made for a sewing contest, with Urban Outfitters t-bars and her Cambridge Satchel.

I am wearing a 1950s rose-print velvet dress that I got from a vintage garage sale thing, with won-from-Mimco t-bar sandals, opshopped belt, bangle from Ziggurat, 1950s sunnies from Trade Me and my Cambridge satchel.

I always sort of forget to take photos on my proper camera but here are some Instagram shots from Chchchch:

Drinking something minty and delicious / Overcast garden in my childhood home

Cracks in my (condemned) childhood home / The flat my mum lived in when she was my age, where she met my dad, now earthquaked

My mum and I both wearing opshopped 1950s dresses / Returning home to my massive wardrobe

Stay tuned for Part 2: I Went To Taranaki And Some Other Places


  1. i always love the photos you take

  2. Great photos....both of you look SO gorgeous. LOVE the frocks. I must actually visit the Tannery when we return later this year. Last visit the op shops won & I didn't have the energy for the Tannery. Looking forward to your North Island post. Xx

  3. You seem to have an utterly amazing vintage collection, and a wonderful personality to match! No let us see that kangaroo dress you posted on IG all ready!!! Dying to see it!!

  4. Christchurch, cosmopolitan place with exciting festivals, theater, modern art, department stores, variety of attractions and a host of activities galleries. You can find all the amenities of a modern city, although it is still a regional center serving the hinterland rich in rural areas, with a relaxed pace of life. I would also like to recommend where to rent a car in Christchurch for having best deals.

  5. Your comment about sisters not having the same haircut, etc., made me laugh because my sister and I totally do! Same haircut, same color eyeglasses (not on purpose, I swear!), and similar vintage styles (we favor slightly different eras/shapes, but general passersby don't notice that). And we keep accidentally buying/wearing similarly colored coats! In any case, you look adorable as always. And that frothy white thing with silver polka dots in the last photo? Full shot please!

    1. Haha, that is so funny! Now I feel like an idiot for saying that! I guess all the sisters I am close to have such different styles and looks that it is hilarious to me that strangers see two girls dressed the same and are like 'well OBVIOUSLY they are sisters'. That is so cool that you have so much in common with your siblings though. My mum used to dress my brother and I in matching outfits when we were kids, though.

      I will definitely do an outfit post with it soon! It's this amazing 60s dress I got from Pearl Archive Vintage.

  6. I am totally in love with both your frocks!
    I haven't been to The Tannery yet, it certainly looks flash! XXX

  7. Velvet dresses are comfortable to wear but tough to care.


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