Endings and Beginnings

Hi guys,

I never thought writing this blog post would be something I would ever find myself doing. However with the New Year being about endings as much as new beginnings, I think the time has come.

I am taking a break from being a blogger, at least for now… My interests in particular have shifted remarkably from what this blog was founded on. Yes I still love fashion, style, and food… but the way those things fit into my life has changed. I also work in digital marketing, which means I spend a lot of my working time on the computer. While I love my work for the challenges and opportunities it’s given me, it has meant I’m more interested in spending my non-working time away from the computer.

I do want to thank you for reading my blog and being a part of Style by Joanne as it has grown up over the past 3-4 years. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’ve met some amazing people and been given opportunities that never would have otherwise come to me.

I might return to blogging in the future, though perhaps in a different shape or form. Though the best thing for me this year is to take a proper break, and enjoy this time in my life that I’m not quite sure how blogging fits into just yet. I still intend to be involved with the NZ Blog Collective, and of course will remain active on Instagram, and Twitter – so follow me there if you’d like to know what I’m up to.

For now, best,


Berry Yoghurt Smoothie


There were three things I had considered doing this afternoon –  1) attempting to make peanut butter cups, 2) make smoothies, or 3) try on dresses in Juliette Hogan. I ended up being persuaded towards number 2 (*cough* Tim *cough*), however it was a good opportunity to experiment with a few new ingredients – namely chia seeds, coconut oil, and cocoa nibs (#superfoodsunday, obviously). Continue Reading

Link Love 15.09.13

Image: Citizens of Fashion

Stolen Girlfriends Club – Dirty Magic


Last week Stolen Girlfriends Club held their NZFW show in a grungy basement/car park. Titled ‘Dirty Magic’, the show had a dark carnival atmosphere (light show, check, neon signage, check) and the collection strong goth, punk, and witchy influences. Plaid, leather, full length velvet dresses and paisley patterned mesh featured heavily, accessorised with safety pins, piercings, and mohawks. Eye makeup was especially memorable and dramatic, with an extreme interpretation of crying blood. Continue Reading

Stanley’s Cafe


One of Tim and I’s favourite weekend rituals is brunch, and Stanley’s cafe in Milford has recently become our new favourite place for it. Not only does it happen to be within walking distance, but everything from the food, to the service and interiors is pretty spot on. The coffee’s fantastic, and the menu fairly varied – full of old favourites as well as new things to try. Being a creature of habit, I haven’t ventured too far off my staple poached eggs on rye toast (today’s pick), though I can speak for their scrambled eggs (they’re the best I’ve ever tasted) and the breakfast salad which is totally scrumptious. Tim opted for the ‘Big Stan’ – an epic combination of eggs, bacon, sausages, fried potato, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Yum Continue Reading

Link Love 08.09.13

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