Escape Winter in New Zealand with Community Member Jo

What’s the best way to beat the winter woes? A sun-soaked vacation! If you’re headed for warmer climates this spring, we’ve got some resort styles you’ve just got to check out. If a dream getaway isn’t in the cards for your bustling schedule, you can still warm your heart by letting your mind wander to a dazzling destination!

And that brings us to Jo, a Style Gallery user and the fashionable mind behind Lost in the Haze. Jo hails from Wellington, New Zealand, which is basically as beautiful a seaside paradise as you can get. Community Specialist Bridget caught up with Jo to get a taste of what life is like on the shoreline. Let Jo’s insider info and gorgeous snapshots take your imagination on a much needed vacation!


New Zealand is home to some of the most impressive and gorgeous topography in the world—all surrounded by water. If you had to choose your favorite, would it be the beaches or the mountains?

This is a conversation I’m forever having with my boyfriend—he’s a water sign, I’m an earth sign! I think I’d ultimately have to choose the beaches—I get way too out of breath walking up hills, and I need to use that lung capacity to talk!

Travel Bug: Come Along to the New Zealand Coast with Jo

I’ve heard people rave about the brunch in Wellington and in particular, the coffee. Where is the best place to get a great breakfast and a delicious cup?

I don’t exactly fit the Wellington stereotype as I don’t drink coffee as I don’t like the taste! I can tell you a great place for a soy hot chocolate though—Deluxe, in Wellington does incredible ones—and I hear the coffee is rather excellent too!

As for breakfasts, my all time favorite restaurant is an American style breakfast diner called Drexels. It’s quite expensive, so we only go twice a year—my boyfriend’s birthday and then my birthday!


What are some ways that you can enjoy the summer weather other than hanging at the beach?

Wellington has SO many great options if being outdoors is your thing! The focal point of Wellington is its beautiful waterfront, which is full of a bunch of fun activities—paddle boating, rollerskating, and riding on a crocodile bike (it’s as great as it sounds). In addition, the Wellington hills are filled with pathways—so if you’re a keen walker, you really don’t have to go far to get a stunning view—and feel the burn in your legs!

Travel Bug: Come Along to the New Zealand Coast with Jo

New Zealand has arguably led the way in gender equality and was even the first country where women won the right to vote. How has your country’s values and aspirations towards equality inspired you in your day-to-day life and your aspirations as a fashion blogger?

I am ridiculously proud of New Zealand’s stance towards equality. As well as the vote, we have had several female prime ministers, which I genuinely think is awesome. Growing up, I always had the sense that women could be as powerful as men, and I really hope that is reflected in my blog.  I’m a big believer in going out and doing exactly what you want (which I did with my blog!), and I know that it all stems from the fantastic stance that New Zealand has towards gender equality.

Ka pai Aroteoroa—”well done, New Zealand”  in our other national language, Te Reo Maori.

+If you could travel anywhere this spring, where would you go?

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1 Comment

  1. Christine Junge 01/14/2016 at 1:50 pm #

    OMG, you have to say more about the alligator bikes! What are they??

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