Our favourite: Kelly Barriball’s Favourite Things

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Kelly Barriball is a good friend of one of my good friends. She’s also the director of gran’s loose change, an account manager, a freelance writer, blogger and a daydreamer. You know those people who are dreamers, but also doers? That’s her! She’s the epitome of an nzgirl and we <3 her for this.

As if she wasn’t already busy enough, the lovely Kelly reecently launched The Little Big Markets with her friends from Idiom Boutique in Mount Maunganui – a unique concept that sees local designers selling samples and sale stock, jewellery, arts, craft, vintage clothing, kids stalls, home baking, food, and more; think Bondi or Glebe Markets, but on a ‘Mount’ scale. The perfect stop-off on a summer road trip we say…

Kelly Barriball’s Favourite Things:


  • Chow Restaurant, Tory Street Wellington. I can’t count how many times I have shared amazing meals with amazing people at Chow. Two for one nights are the best and you often end up ordering far too many dishes but enjoying every single bite. The rare beef salad is to die for, the banana leaf chicken would probably be on my list for one of my last meals and the service is fantastic!
  • I love nothing more than a BBQ in summer because it involves all of my favourite things – friends, shared food, fresh salads, smoky, barbecued meat (usually cooked by the boys), fresh fish (caught by the aforementioned boys), good music, sunsets and plenty of time for good wine!
  • Dizengoff, Ponsonby Road. The mushrooms on toast are divine. I have never found mushies like the ones Diz makes. Even better that the coffee is amazing too. Whenever I’m in Auckland, this is my first stop for brekkie.
  • Homemade peppermint icecream. I have never been a big fan of icecream but my boyfriend JM’s mum made the most amazing peppermint and chocolate chunk homemade batch and now I want it every day. If only she would give me the recipe!


  • I buy a lot of my clothing from thrift stores, garage sales, op shops and online. I love the antique stores in Paeroa and my fave op shop is tucked away in Te Awamutu of all places! I own gran’s loose change so it’s my job to find good, quality (and unique) products for the site. However some things I just can’t bear to part with and they end up in my wardrobe – like the Levis leopard denim skirt I found recently.
  • I do love the service www.goodasgold.co.nz offers – pretty much same day delivery and my first point of call for a lot of my fave NZ designers (like twenty-seven names).
  • www.shopnastygal.com. I love the simplicity of this website and buy all of my Jeffrey Campbell shoes through Nasty Gal (still not sure about the name…!!). The service is great and when the $NZ dollar against the US I am on there immediately adding things to my cart.


  • I have limited myself to an hour a day trawling blogs but more often than not I spend far more than that. They are a great source of inspiration for fashion, interiors and I love to scope out good writing. I am currently a tad fashion focused and am loving We the People, Inside Am-luls’ closet, They all hate us, Gritty Pretty, So much to tell you, Well that’s nice dear and The Cowboy Geisha. I also LOVE to read the scribings of Amy Fraser on On Islands. She can write the shit out of anything.
  • The new Kings of Leon album, Come Around Sundown is on repeat in my car, on my ipod and on my laptop. The boys are geniuses.
  • I am devastated that Outrageous Fortune has finished. It was my weekly watch – fabulous, fresh and unafraid NZ television. luckily I have all five series on DVD with the sixth on my current wishlist.


  • “It’s better to be overdressed than overlooked”
  • “If you can’t be good, be careful”
  • “Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day”.


  • JM. My mad scientist. My future. He snugs me up even when he’s hot. And he makes a killer apple crumble.
  • My wonderful group of girlfriends. I am so lucky to have such an amazing group of girls – they support me, wipe my tears, make me laugh, dance on tables with me, blog about me and for me, hold my hand,  remind me of what’s important. They critique my work, tell me to do better, tell me when I do well. They share their lives with me, they cook for me… I can count these girls on less than two hands and I wouldn’t be where I am, or who I am, without them.
  • My mum, Aunty Steph and my gran. The three most wonderful women I could ever have hoped for. They have shaped and moulded me into the dedicated and passionate woman I am today.
  • Erin Wasson, Lily Aldridge, Alexa Chunga and Christine Centenera. Stylish, beautiful and talented. Amazing. I want to be all of them all at once.


  • The Trelise Cooper kids store (gets me every time! Have you SEEN the changing rooms?!)
  • The top of the Mount – 360 degree views of paradise. You feel like nothing else matters.
  • The Oasis at Islington.
  • All of the places I am yet to see… Hey America, see you next year


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