packing for paris

counting down the days

the go-to visual collector obliged with a 'packing for paris' post

see a series starting

thanks to miss moss for this fantastic spread

feverish for imminent travels

this is what we know about paris in january. it's really cold (2 degree lows and 6 degree highs) and it rains a plenty.

1. go thermal. there's no reason to wear all your clothes at once and look like a puff ball to prevent from freezing. that is why some clever person invented thermal underwear. my mom calls them spencers. get a spencer (aka thermal vest). kinda dorky, but it's under your clothes for a reason.

2. boots. as a tourist, you'll be walking a lot - so heeled shoes are a no no. it's also cold and wet as heck - so boots are the obvious choice. i'm quite partial to leather ones that look better with age and can withstand the cold, wet & sludgy parisian streets.

3. a coat. only take one. i know you're going to be tempted to take more than one because you want 'options' - don't. nine times out of ten you will only wear one of your coats! a warm one (insulated), preferably with a hood (when you don't want to carry an umbrella) and that you won't mind getting rained on. you take them off whenever you're inside anyway - the euros love their indoor heating.

5. corduroy jeans. they are warmer than ordinary jeans, and they evoke that seventies vibe i love so much. (take normal jeans too though, at least 2 pairs - light / dark = day / night)

6. long cardigans. for layering.

7. tights / leggings. not the willy nilly opaque types - the thick wooly ones. awesome!

8. shirt dresses. the kind that can work over tights or jeans, that look great layered under cardigans and coats.

9. beanie. also good for covering up rainy hair syndrome.

10. one bag. i have learned this from months of travelling - you will only ever need one handbag. it has to be (a) big enough (b) have several pockets and (c) have a variety of handles so you can carry it by hand or strap it over your body when you're walking. alternatively, take a backpack.

11. one fancy outfit. a simple black dress + a pair of heels - done.

But my number one rule for packing - take 1/2 of what you think you need. You will want all that extra suitcase space to bring back most of Zara.

(I couldn't be more jealous if I tried)

in your spare time

ten copies of extra curricular - issue 3 and 4 - are finding their way to the sibling mine store all the way from new zealand

totally winsome - and a big thanks to ellie for helping me out with such fast and friendly service

hailing from new zealand it is : 'a magazine for and about people doing creative projects in their spare time'

discovered it while browsing store spaces in australia for inspiration

cant wait to prop all things up at the meeting point

hop on over to extracurriculars facebook page to see these images
become their friend
then read their blog

summer sailor shebang

amelia hosted a blistering barnacle of a birthday party

the attention to detail was extraordinarily whimsical

i was elemental all afternoon

photos : amelia jane smith of whimsy

meet you there, quite soon

measured and plotted the dimensions

looking forward to amsterdam and paris inspiration for layout and display, all up in the air right now

we're planning on opening late feb

measuring out 'The Meeting Point'


with two weeks to go, im putting together 'must-do and visit' lists

pia-jane bijkerk has an exceptional eye and has transported me to a frosty wonderland

she has written two books, paris by hand and amsterdam by hand, which i have reserved at an bookstore in amsterdam, ready to collect so soon

pictures : pia jane bijkerk

misty inlands

the two of us ventured out for new years eve

to a thick midland fog

pub food and beer


yours for the taking

ensure to be taken

issue 39 is here

frankie issue 39
140 zar

penguns rat

head over to lauren's blog for ensemble and detailed pic - she captured the whole thing in pure delight

trio of party pics

what remained of yellow and white dala-painted polystyrene lettering indicating the occasion spelled the above

we lost an 'i' 'p' and half 'y' ( previously dissolved by super glue ) in the quickmove ( thanks helpful friends ) fifteen minutes to kickoff when rapidly flapping yellow bunting strewn across the parking lot signalled the arrival of the south wester, and rain

which didn't drizzle/dazzle us at all

frantic two hours prior to the guests arrival was spurred on by moronic 'doing their duty' metro blocking off all entrance to the beachfront, and my street

not even tears would convince the kfc friendly blue badged stoic

luckily two others, swayed by the unmet promise of cake, obliged us with car entry in a sneaky lane

but all disparity dissipated once changed, adorned with hideous clangy perspex necklace ( as only nataniel can do ) and amassed by loved friends who spoilt me so ( cant believe these presents ... so special )

a well-fed penguin of gratitude to each person who obligingly cut and stuck yellow bunting, set tables, baked cupcakes, came to my party, belled, tweeted, facebooked or texted

i had a very happy day, just as you all wished me ... all thanks to you

im sure its going to be a wonderful, this twenty five

some silly snaps i took ....

quarter centuryness

i had childhood dreams on what i wished to have achieved by twenty five

ive checked the list

and more

celebrating with my friends this afternoon

just wishing my family could join me too

my birthday invite
created specially by dear amelia of whimsy