the winter gardens

Hello lovelies!

I went to the winter gardens yesterday for the first time in a while and it was amazing! The plants were gorgeous, I have included most of the below for you to have a look at.

I took these on an iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO.

What I’m wearing…

top, Zara

jeans, glassons

shoes, Nike Thea’s

backpack, fjallraven kanken backpack

enjoy xxx

 

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The things I loved in the Holidays.

sunday swooning1Hello, lovelies!

Happy Friday (for some of you)! Week one of Term two over and to be honest I have found it very tricky to get back into the swing of things.  For some unknown reason I haven’t been sleeping very well, I have only been getting about 5 hours each night. So school has well and truly taken a hold of me but I thought I would share and reminisce on the things I loved during the holidays!

01. SHOPPING

As it was my birthday in April (there’s a post on that) I had some birthday spending money! I loved walking around the shops with my mum, brother, and friends without a time frame. I got some gorgeous clothes and knickknacks that I will share with yall soonish!

02. CITY EXPLORING

Auckland is a pretty big place and I think there is nothing better than being a tourist in your own city. I walked down Queens street,  Walked around Wynyard Quarter and checked out the World Masters games entertainment hub on Queen’s wharf, I went to Devonport, shopped at Britomart.  I had a fabulous time!

03. EATING

As I had more time in my day I put a little bit more time in the food I made and ate and also cooked some pretty good dinners. Eating out was pretty damn good too! 😉

04. ROOM RE-ARRANGING

As you may know, I change my room around and update my mood boards almost every week! I had a blast with all my free time having a major sort out of everything and making my room look beautiful and cosy for Autumn! Tell me if you want to see!

05. CRAFT

I spent day’s chopping things out of magazines, I made my very first wall hanging, I did some sewing. It was really nice to have the time to do some crafty things. It sounds awful but I hadn’t for a long time.

06. READING

ahh, I read books, magazines, design books, blog posts, articles, newspapers. My heads a hive of information.

xxx F

F R A N K I E B R A D F O R D

stocking stuffers!

hello lovelies!

Christmas is fast approaching! which is amazing, but if you don’t have all ya shopping organized, pretty stressful!

i always find that small pressie, stocking stuffers, and secret Santa pressies are the hardest to buy! I’m not quite sure why but i always feel that they still have to be special!

i thought i would help you lovely folk out and share some of my ideas with you!

much love, frankie.b!

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01. a candle, i NEVER buy candles and pretty smelling goodies fo myself but i am always very happy to receive them! i think a lovely candle is a super idea for a little addition to your buddies Chrissy haul! i LOVE this George and Edi one  in the scent vanilla and anise! *swoon* p.s make sure you know what kinda smells they are into!

02. fruity tea! oh me goodness T2 have some super cute gift boxes filled with yummy fruit tea! i spoilt myself and got the peachy one! i think these make excellent little gifts! also, there are so many cute tea brands around now! red seal is another fav and it’s also pretty cheap!

03.  coin purse, i got given this cute one from rubi shoes and i love it! (thx bella) it’s tropical and lovely and perfect for change for summer ice creams! i love receiving wallets and bags and i am sure someone special in your life does too!

04. ama balm is perfect for your adventurous friend! my favs are the salty balm and the biting bug balm! both prefect for protecting your skin in the summer!

05. ORE design soy wax melts, like i said with the candles, ya cannot pass on pretty smelling things for Christmas! these smell like literal heaven if heaven was made out of blackberries and vanilla!

06. nail polish! love this mecca cosmetica one from their holiday range! would make a super sweet little gift and i think its deep blue is a color is lovely!

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thanks for reading! xx

my christmas wish list!

hello lovelies!

welcome to blogmas day 2! yay!

i am so excited for christmas! we put up our christmas tree last night so now or house feels all christmasy! i have been constantly listening to christmas songs! my favorite is feliz navidad at the moment!

hope you are enjoying advent and happy friday!

F x

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gorman socks // i love printed socks and i want to add a gorman pair to my collection!

bloom by estee lalonde // absolutely adore estee so her book is a must have for me!

palm peach clutch // eeekkk! peachy palmyness gorgeousness!

tigerlily bikini // i really need a new kini top and i have major heart eyes on this one!

black washi tape //  i think black washi tape looks better when your hanging prints!

2017 seed heritage dairy // this is super lovely and it’s also blush pink and gold so i love it!

 

shopping in wellington!

hello, lovelies!

I have found some more wellington photos to share! let’s go!

// M A T C H B O X

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pins, patches, zines, art, and supah cute stationary, this was frankie heaven!

 

// L E T . L I V

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loved everything in this shop! it was so dreamy!

// L O R E T T A

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Oh, how I miss Loretta! the food was amazing, the decor was amazing, and the people were amazing!

// SMALL ACORNS

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oh how i loved small acorns! i actually miss it sooo much!

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i hope you enjoyed! if you plan on going to wellington e-mail me at: frankiebradfordblog@gmail.com and i can give you the locations of these places and many more places to go!

xxx f

 

wellington haul!

hello!

my first week of term 4 is over! eight more weeks to go! i am so looking forward to the summer holidays! christmas, beach holidays, new year’s, stranger things season 2! so many lovely things to look forward to!

my blog has grown so much since i first started! thank-you lovelies! it means the absolute world! glad you enjoy my posts as much as enjoy writing them!

so i present to you the long awaited wellington haul! i brought so many lovely things, and went to some very gorgeous shops!

xxx frankie.b!

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C A N D L E // iko iko

C A N D E L . S T I C K // let liv

W A S H I . T A P E // underground market

P R I N T // haly design at the underground market

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W A S H I . T A P E // small acorns

N O T E . B O O K // te papa – 3 pack

C A N D L E // iko iko

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F L A M I N G O . C A N D L E // iko iko

E A R I N G S // miss midnight

P R I N T // haly designs at the underground market

S O O T H E . T U B E // small acorns and ashley & co

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P A T C H // matchbox studios

S T A M P S // matchbox studios

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C A N D L E // iko iko

B I R D . P R I N T // te papa

W A S H I . T A P E // small acorns

P R I N T // haly designs at the underground market

P E N C I L S // small acorns and rifle paper co

 

whangamata

hello lovelies!

long time no see! i have been beaching in whangamata which was lovely and also very wet and rainy! although the weather was awful it is always nice to leave the city and enjoy the beachy serenity! so this is a list of all i got up to while holidaying in whanga!

01. went to hot water beach

02. went shopping – love the whanga shops

03. went for a kayak in the estuary

04. had a swim at the surf beach – it was quite cold!

05. ate pizza in whitianga

06. went for walks on the beach

07. went to a little market for brits on the beach

08. saw a classic car parade

09. brought my first yen magazine

10. ate a super yum salad at wild sage cafe

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all in all i did a lot and made some pretty good memories with my family! i am back in whanga for labour weekend so hopefully the water and the weather will be warm enough for a surf!

F xx

 

patterned paper boxes!

hello lovelies!

happy september equinox – according to google?

I’m back again with another crafty post! this time it is patterned boxes! yay! tomorrow is my last school day until the holidays! i’m so looking forward to a break! if you want to know what i’m getting up to check out my previous post!

this is a super simple diy, i think easy projects are just nice to slip in while doing homework! i hope you enjoy!

F x x x

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what you will need:

01. a box – mine is quite small but as long as you paper is bigger than the box your good to go!

02. printed/ patterned paper! – to cover the box with!

03. glue to stick the paper to the box!

04. anything else you want! – i’m talking stickers, pom-pom’s …

 

method:

01. get the lid of your box and apply glue to the top.

02. press your patterned paper onto the glue and make sure there is room on all sides to cover the sides of your box.

03. now you pretty much wrap the lid with the rest of the paper like you would a pressie!

04. put some pretty things in the base of your box, place the now bedazzled lid on the base, and your done!

enjoy!

my finished box:

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what’s going on?

hello lovelies!

thought i would update you on what i’m doing/ what’s going on in my life right now!

let’s just get started!

 

sooo..

this week is the last of term 3, which means the holiday’s are so close. i am going on a beach holiday at whangamata so brace yourselves for a mass of beachy photos. i am also going to wellington for the world of wearable art’s so there will be a blog post on that too! for me school is something i enjoy but i prefer staying at home. i am a homebody and school is just a mass of rushing people and assessments so this 2 weeks off is going to be bliss! although i do have holiday homework – damn!

also be prepared for a spam of craftyness!

 

what am i doing?

what’s floating my boat?

well … those are easy questions!

my mumma (hello mum xx) pulled out her old electric typewriter and i have to say i freaked out a little bit at it’s clunky electronicness (that’s not a word)! it’s superb! i have been typing out a lil journal where i just type out a lil bit of each day to look back on!

here’s an example of what might go on my page a day:

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i have also been typing out some recipes that i have created/ adapted so i can look back on my own versions! as i have an egg allergy i changed a pikelet recipe to be egg free and it worked! here they are: tell me if you want the recipe!

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i have been looking super cool recently (not), i jumped on board the mom jean train and i am never getting off – bye skinny jeans you ain’t comfy enough! i have been tucking my top in them which looks kinda cool/ super weird depends what you think!

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also i have quite a collection of patches now thanks to $2 set’s from rubi shoes! i love a good bargain – but who doesn’t!

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i think that’s all i wanted to say ..

not quite sure but anyway! i will be back soon with a september playlist for you all!

xx frankie!