Travel

White Sand, Swinging Palm Trees & Turquoise Waters: Rarotonga Is A Tropical Paradise

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When you think about it, my hands were practically tied: we’d managed to accumulate $1200 in Airpoints dollars, the Easter break was looming, Air New Zealand were advertising $159 airfares to a range of different locations… it’d have been foolish NOT to book a spur-of-the-moment holiday, right?! Well, I thought so too (ha!), and even my incredibly conservative, let-me-think-absolutely-EVERYTHING-through-first partner responsed to the idea with “let’s do it!” Continue reading “White Sand, Swinging Palm Trees & Turquoise Waters: Rarotonga Is A Tropical Paradise”

Life

Planning A Wedding: Not Quite A Frolic Through Fun Town

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But then I knew that it wasn’t going to be, didn’t I? Of course I did! That’s one of the numero uno reasons why I never WANTED a wedding. I don’t like stress, I don’t believe in doing things “for the sake of doing them”, and if I can actively avoid making myself feel uncomfortable, then I usually will. But then my perspective changed (“no! Your “big day” doesn’t have to be boring, complicated and serious, in fact, it could actually be one of the best days of your LIFE!”), and here I am, suddenly less than 11 months away from having my own ceremony. But I’m starting to feel slightly unhinged. Continue reading “Planning A Wedding: Not Quite A Frolic Through Fun Town”

Life

Taking Stock: January 2018

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Jeez, it’s been a while (or at least, it feels like forever!) since we’ve spoken, hasn’t it?! Pull up a chair and tell me about your January, and I’ll fill you in on mine through an edition of ‘Taking Stock‘!

Making: WEDDING PLANS (dun, dun, dun, dun!) left, right and centre! Can you believe it?! Some fool wants to marry me! We’ve set a date! And I’m organising things without hyperventilating! It’s helping, I’ve found, to think of the day as a party with my favourite people, rather than a big, dramatic affair where you’re the focal point of attention (aka, my worst nightmare). Continue reading “Taking Stock: January 2018”

Style

What I Wore: A Day At Ohiwa Beach (And My Summer Bucket List!)

What I Wore: A Day At Ohiwa Beach, City Chic Mod Midi Skirt

With only 32 days of my maternity leave remaining (!), and 10 days until Casey heads back into the office (!!!), we’ve been asking ourselves every day “what’s the best way that we can spend our time?” It was for this reason that we piled ourselves – and a bunch of snacks, because what’s a road trip without snacks?! – into the car yesterday, and made our way to Ohiwa Beach!
Continue reading “What I Wore: A Day At Ohiwa Beach (And My Summer Bucket List!)”

Beauty

They’re Cute! They’re Fun! They Don’t Cost The Moon And The Sun! My Review Of Essence Cosmetics

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If you’ve ever found yourself searching for make-up that’s cute (check out that packaging!), easy to apply, and fun,
I’ve found a superb brand that I can recommend to you, and it DOESN’T cost the moon and the sun!

There’s eyeliners, eyeshadows, foundations and powders galore,
And their products are reasonably long-lasting; I’ve been wearing my lip gloss for the past three hours, maybe even four…

It’s hard to believe I paid a paltry $23.45 for the items that are pictured, and no, I didn’t use magic…
But anyway, enough rhyming. My poetic attempts are tragic! Continue reading “They’re Cute! They’re Fun! They Don’t Cost The Moon And The Sun! My Review Of Essence Cosmetics”

Life

Merry Christmas!

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Apparently, this enormous green box at the front is mine. What on earth could it be?! 

It’s Christmas Eve!

And while I know that Christmas can be a strange, stressful period for many, I hope that your day tomorrow, however you choose to spend it – celebrating or not, with family or without – is relaxing and peaceful, and that you eat and drink something DELICIOUS.

It’s been a really long time since my own, immediate family have celebrated Christmas (my parents have been separated for 9 years, and until recently, my mother co-owned a restaurant in Sydney where, believe it or not, December 25 was one of their busiest trading days… so she’s worked almost every Christmas for the past decade!), so for a while, Christmas has very much been “just another day” for me. Christmas has always been a h-u-g-e deal in Casey’s family, though, and his parents’ enthusiasm has totally rubbed off on him. He insists that we listen – and singalong to – Christmas carols. He decorates both the inside AND outside of our house. He wears Christmas-themed socks for most of December, he writes Christmas cards, and he’s even chirpier – “because it’s nearly Christmas, babe!” – than he usually is. It’s lovely, and it’s reignited my old excitement for an event that had lost a lot of its magic (for me)Continue reading “Merry Christmas!”

Life, Style

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Watching ‘Girl Boss’

5 Life Lessons I Learned From Watching Girl Boss
A blunt fringe and an awesome pair of sunglasses are always an excellent idea.

Oh my goodness, have you seen Girl Boss?! If you haven’t, it’s okay; I’ll wait. (Seriously, GO. I promise you won’t regret watching it!) If you have, YES! Can we start an Annie – or, as I refer to her, “the world’s cutest BFF” – Appreciation Club?! And let’s talk about how phenomenally talented – and underrated – Britt Robertson is, shall we? Actually, the entire cast were flawless, weren’t they?!

I switched Girl Boss on one evening when I was tired, grumpy (ah, the joys of pregnancy!), and looking for something “light and fluffy”. What I found was a television show that’s whip-smart, sassier than Sophia’s – the main protagonist – haircut, and hilarious. It’s also laden with some pretty bang-on life lessons, too, such as… Continue reading “5 Life Lessons I Learned From Watching ‘Girl Boss’”