A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have another go at growing flowers for Spring/Summer this year. I knew right away that one of the flowers I wanted to plant were sunflowers, as I feel these are one of the most summery looking flowers and I love their bright yellow petals. I wasn’t quite sure what other flowers I wanted to plant, so 2 weeks ago I headed out to one of my local garden centres and had a look through their seeds and flowers. They didn’t really have a large variety of flowers as it is still Winter in New Zealand, so I decided planting seeds would be the best way to go and headed inside to look at what they had on offer. I ended up choosing a packet of Everlasting Daisys’ and Enchinaceas’ as they are very bright and summery looking.
The following week I had agreed to meet one of my friends at the same garden centre for lunch in their cafe and after eating, I decided to have a wander around to look at their range of indoor plants. I have currently been clearing out a lot of my stuff and had an empty corner in the bedroom to fill, and felt that a plant would really brighten up the room for Spring. Originally I had planned to buy a miniature palm tree as I think these are really summery looking, however I immediately changed my mind after seeing the $200 price tag. After looking around for a further 10 minutes, I noticed a display of peace lilies and knew that it would be perfect, especially because it had a price tag of only $22. I love the contrast of the big, dark green leaves and the white lily (which is getting ready to open any day now!)
As we had a lovely sunny day on Saturday, I thought it was the perfect time to plant my seeds and set about prepping the soil and cleaning out plant pots. After planting the sunflower seeds, I decided that I wanted to get some proper flowers to plant and headed over to another garden centre and have a look at what they had instore. I found some bright yellow, blue and pink flowers and felt they would go perfectly with the sunflowers and other seeds once they grow. I am not sure what kind of flowers they are as the card just said ‘potted colour’ but I’ve bought them before and find that they are quite easy to grow. I decided to plant them in white plant pots as I really like the contrast between the colours.
I am very excited to see the flowers growing as we get into the warmer months and I’m sure I’ll post quite a few pictures of the sunflowers on here and on my Instagram @ladydaisyblog in the coming months, so make sure to keep your eye out.
What are your favourite Summer flowers? 🙂
With Autumn in full swing here in New Zealand, I thought it was the perfect time to share a few of my Autumn wardrobe staples with you. Although Summer is by far my favourite season, I absolutely love shopping and creating clothes for Autumn and Winter. I love picking out new jeans, jackets and jumpers (especially fluffy ones). Most of my staples for this Autumn are actually really good condition secondhand items and I really like that I’ve managed to get some nice items that were only a fraction of the price of brand new items. Let’s get started!
Leopard Print Boots
I got the inspiration for these boots after they appeared in my Pinterest feed near the middle of January and Zoella posted a picture on Instagram of her heeled leopard boots. I instantly fell in love with the trend and searched so many shoe websites to find a pair. Unforunately every pair I found was priced around the $150 mark and there was no way I could rationalise spending that much on a pair of shoes. So I took to Trade Me to see if anything more affordable would come up and that was when I stumbled across this pair for only $15 that the previous owner had only worn once. I have worn these boots almost every day since I bought them and I absolutely love them.
Black Leather Jacket
I got my first leather jacket about 6 years ago second hand from my best friend. I loved it to pieces and wore it so many times, however it was more of a hooded bomber jacket style and in the last few years the biker jacket style has been more on trend. Early last year I made an attempt to turn my leather jacket into a biker style and everythng was going well until I got to turning the hood into a collar..I tried so many ways to get it work but eventually gave up after all of my attempts failed and took to the internet to find a replacement. As faux leather jackets tend to cost around $80 brand new, I took to Trade Me to see if I could find a cheaper alternative. I found this jacket for $20 that had never been worn by its previous owner and have worn this almost every day since. I’ve found that it makes a great outfit paired with the leopard boots, a pair of black jeans and a black or grey hoodie.
This is actually an item that I bought last Autumn from Glassons for about $25, however I am stil loving it this year and decided to include in this list as I plan on searching for a few more this year. As much as I love dresses, I don’t really wear them that often in Summer as it gets quite windy here and I constantly have to hold them down. But I find Autumn is a great time for me wear dresses as I can throw on a pair of thick tights underneath and as this dress is quite slim at the bottom, I dont have to worry about it being blown up by the wind. I really love that this dress is made out of a thick jersey knit fabric and has long sleeves, as it keeps me quite warm without having to wear alot of layers. I like to pair it with my leather jacket, some tights and my black leather Chelsea boots.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I would love to know what your Autumn wardrobe staples are 🙂
You may remember a post from the middle of last year when I wrote about the infinity scarves that I was making and had decided to sell. At that time I was selling them through email only as I hadn’t found a suitable website to list them on, but I am currently in the process of setting up an Etsy store which you can find here. Until then they can be order by emailing email@example.com.
As I had so much fun making scarves and the ones that I gifted to other people got such good feedback, I decided that this year I would have a go at making beanies. I’ve been loving quite autumnal colours lately, such as mustard yellow, burgundy and rust orange. So when I found a burnt orange ball of wool at my local craft store, I knew it was exactly the colour I wanted to use for my first attempt at making a beanie. As a final decorative feature, I decided to add a pair of fox ears to the top of the hat as I have been loving foxes lately (as you may have been able to tell from the mug in my post here). I really love how it turned out and can’t wait until it is cold enough to wear it. I am currently working on making a grey pom pom beanie, and am very excited to see how it turns out. I have had so much fun making these beanies that I have decided to also start selling these on my Etsy store in the near future, so keep and eye out for these 🙂
I would love to know if you buy a scarf or beanie and what you think of them so feel free to tag me on Twitter and Instagram with your photos. You can find my usernames on my links page here.
I am so sad that it is the last week of Summer here in New Zealand, though to be fair, it has been a bit like Winter 2.0 for the past 3 months…I think there has only been about 15 beautiful summer days this year. However, this makes it the perfect time to create a list of everything I enjoy doing during Autumn 🙂
Here are my top 15 Autumn activities:
- Bake cookies
- Roast marshmallows
- Jump on crunchy leaves
- Knit a scarf or hat
- Go candle shopping
- Create different Autumn outfits
- Bake an apple pie
- Make hot chocolate
- Decorate your room with cozy pieces
- Have a movie night
- Have an Autumn picnic
- Take photos of leaves
- Try different soup recipes
- Read a book
- Go for a crisp morning walk
What activities do you enjoy doing during Autumn? I’d love to know 🙂
As I am writing this there is less than 2 weeks until the first day of Spring and I am beyond excited. Currently, it is a rainy and cold Monday morning following almost a week of incredible sunny weather. I had such a good weekend, preparing and getting very excited for the warmer seasons to start so I thought I would write about what I did 🙂
When I woke up on Saturday morning, the sun was out and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky so I thought what better day to visit my local garden centre to find some brightly coloured flowers to plant and help make the garden look a bit more lively. After spending the morning looking at all the beautiful flowers, I picked up six different punnets and then went home to spend the afternoon preparing my planter box for their new home. As I was planting them, the clouds began to cover the sun and I ran out of potting mix, so I still have few flowers left to plant on the next sunny day we get. I love the brightness of the flowers I selected and am very excited to see them grow over the warmer months.
Sunday morning also brought an amazing cloudless sky and warm sun but there was a slight breeze which made it a bit too chilly to be outside without a jumper, reminding me that there is still quite a while to go until Summer. Around 12pm I decided that I wanted to make a homemade pizza for lunch, so my boyfriend and I came up with a list of ingredients that would be required to make the most amazing pizza stacked high with toppings. The toppings we decided on were: chicken cooked in fresh herbs, thick cut bacon, fresh pineapple, tomato, red and green capsicum, red onion and cheese. It looked so bright and delicious and I couldn’t wait to dig in. I was so happy with how it turned out and I will definitely be making it again. I really wanted to take a photo to show you, but I completely forgot about it until we were already eating haha.
As the sun is beginning to shine a lot more and the temperature is starting to rise I have been getting out and about with my Fujifilm Instax camera quite a bit to try and snap some amazing polaroids. I am still trying to figure out the perfect angle to take the photographs from to avoid having a big circle of sun in the edge of each photo but so far I am really happy with how they have turned out. I’m looking forward to snapping some amazing photographs over the next few months. Although I didn’t do all that much the past few days, I really enjoyed getting ready for Spring and it made me really happy to see the sun as this is by far my favourite time of the year and I can’t wait for more sun and more fun weekends with my friends and family.
What is your favourite thing about Spring? 🙂