7 Favourites of the Week
This New Zealand chain store has picked up its game over the past 18 months turning itself in to a ‘High Street’ favourite capable of competing with the best – Top Shop; soon to open in Auckland, (I hear March).
I am loving their latest collection, it captures the essence of summer and will have you festival ready in seconds. Here are my picks.
Wearing my favourite, the white off the shoulder blouse.
Wellington is famous for its great coffee, food, the wind and being the culture & innovation hub of New Zealand, it also is one of the prettiest cities with a beautiful harbour, hiking on your doorstep and beautiful beaches to swim.
To top this off, what about the weather we have been having?! This is a big deal for Wellingtonians. Not only has it been calm, but consistent temperatures between 25 – 30 degrees – winning! Being able to go for a swim almost every day after work has been the highlight of my week!
Did I mention the wind?
Not only is it a wonder food, but with this amazing weather it has been great to put in my hair after swimming in the sea. Just finger comb it through, put your hair in a braid and wash out the next morning.
Dr FeelGood All Natural Frozen Pops
Deliciously refreshing, these handcrafted frozen pops come in 6 flavours – Chocoholic Cacao & Cream | Raspberry, Lime & Coconut | Flat White Coffee & Cream | Salted Caramel & Apple | Lemon, Manuka Honey & Ginger | Granny Smith, Lime & Mint. All are refined sugar-free and they are a healthy treat! My favourite flavour is Raspberry, Lime and Coconut. Check out ingredients and stockists here.
I was pretty excited to learn that one of my favourite online homeware and accessories stores had set up shop in down town Wellington. Let Liv oozes clean Scandinavia style and the shop on Hunter street showcases this. I popped in to check it out and did not leave empty-handed.
The Allegiance Boot
Chaos & Harmony have done it again with the creation of the elegant Allegiance boot. Perfect for Autumn and Winter, pair them with your favourite skinny jeans or a knee-length or midi skirt. I am pretty excited about this release!
Last but not least…..
Shake it Off
The perfect way to forget any ‘BS’ is to dance! Thank you Taylor Swift!
Now go on, turn this one up loud.
What have been some of your favourite things this week?
Photo Credit – Glassons, CielPR
My Slice of Paradise
Taranaki, New Zealand, famous for its surf beaches, (shh don’t tell Mr Hayle & Grace I’m sharing that), stunning coast line, hiking trails and being able to gaze, from wherever you are, at the majestic towering beauty that is Mt Taranaki. In addition to it’s magical beauty there are also some great places to dust off the sand and experience good food, coffee and shopping. Here are a few of my favourites.
Oakura beach, where any trace of city life is washed away with the tide and the uniform of choice becomes a bikini, denim shorts and jandals. In recent times there have been a couple of new additions in town that have appealed to my love for food and coffee and what better way to enjoy either than with this stunning beachside view.
Originating from near Biarritz in France, I have a feeling the coffee is going to be good; and when I learn the baked goods are made fresh each morning by Francois I immediately add a croissant to my order! I am so pleased I did, the coffee and croissants are among some of the best I have had.
Needless to say it became a morning ritual, after our surf of course.
The other great combination that works so well in Oakura is Mexican food served seaside courtesy of Holy Guacamole. Pull up a bean chair, crack a refreshing drink and order one of their amazing tacos, quesadillas or, my favourite, fish burittos and settle in to watch the sun go down. Oh and….they are community conscious too serving ‘Burritos for Brains’ in local schools! Great idea.
Nothing like a beautiful sunset – Oakura beach.
If you find yourself wanting a hit of the city while on holiday take the 15 minute drive in to New Plymouth and head straight to Ozone Coffee Roasters – The Bean Store for your morning coffee. Ozone Coffee Roasters are the ‘old boys’ of coffee in NZ and at The Bean Store serve some of the best brews you can get. It is always a must stop whenever we head in to the city. Don’t forget to stock up on those fresh roasts before you go.
Using this new found energy shopping is surely in order, so I insist you drop in to Katwalk Fashion House for some stylish finds. Katwalk is where this happened…..oops!! So right for so many reasons.
The store is very inviting and Laura, the owner, is exceptionally helpful and welcoming. Check it out.
You would have worked up a bit of an appetite by now so make your way immediately to Social Kitchen to settle in for vino and some delicious tapas. If the sun is shining take a seat in the courtyard, it’s a treat!
If I’m yet to tempt you to take a trip to Taranaki then maybe this backdrop will.
A beautiful part of New Zealand for so many reasons and my wee slice of paradise.
I decided to step outside of my usual power vinyasa practice and give hot yoga a go. I went along in my hot yoga attire – shorts, bra, loose tank – it’s going to be hot right so best I get some air.
I walk in to the studio and wonder why the heck everyone is in long tights? I couldn’t think of anything worse when I was going to sweat!
We get started and I’m noticing how the heat of the room really assists in relaxing your muscles. I’m thinking ‘this is good’, then it started….drip, drip. Next thing I know I am falling out of ‘tree’ pose because my arms and legs are covered in sweat. Now I get the long tights!
As we make our way to ‘child’s’ pose I’m wondering if this is normal….other people seem to be handling it. I move to ‘downward facing dog’ and decide to embrace it, who cares that I look like I just got dowsed with a hose, it made me feel like I had worked hard.
For those of you who have tried hot yoga, you will likely completely get what I was experiencing! If you haven’t tried it don’t let this put you off, it is amazing exercise. It is challenging, energising, cleansing and you leave feeling relaxed.
My tips would be to take your own mat and water, invest in a yoga towel and make sure to drink plenty of water after class. As for whether to wear short or long tights, I’m going to give longer ones a go next time to see which I prefer. I will come back and let you know.
In the meantime give it a go! There is no time like the present. I am hooked!
Here’s To You
With 2014 drawing to a close and the champagne on ice I want to say thank you to all my readers for your support this past year. It has been a great year of learning for me blogging and I am excited about bringing you more in 2015.
In the meantime have a happy and wonderful New Year celebration!
Happy New Year everyone!
Images via Pinterest
The Enticing Broods
It’s not often I get the chance to sit back and listen to an album from start to finish, but on a recent long-haul flight I plugged in and soon became absorbed in the ethereal sounds of New Zealand duo Broods.
Stemming from Nelson, New Zealand, siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott are making their mark around the globe with their fresh, intelligent sounds; most recently touring with Sam Smith.
Starting with the delicate track ‘Bridges’ I soon got lost thinking of summer days, wearing floaty dresses and laying in the grass with the sun streaming on my face. Hearing what followed did not disappoint, Mother & Father, Never Gonna Change, was finished beautifully with ‘Four Walls’.
Broods music brings a sense of melancholy – one that reminds you of what it feels like to be young, vulnerable and excited. Their music is enticing and I am loving it!
Check out their debut album ‘Evergreen’ on iTunes or click here for a sample.
So You Want to Be a #GIRLBOSS?
This weekend I have not been able to put down #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
Inspirational and kick ass, Sophia shares how she has come from ‘dumpster diving’ to being the owner of the multi million dollar business ‘Nasty Gal’. She describes the challenges and hard work required to create the business from the ground up and emphasises, by learning from many of her own experiences, that ‘…true success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths.’
This is a refreshing, witty read and ranges from tales of rebellion, which in themselves were opportunities, to providing direct, yet simple advice on becoming and succeeding as a #GIRLBOSS!
I love Sophia’s attitude and finished this book feeling inspired!
“So you want to be a #GIRLBOSS?”- take charge of your own life, prepare to bust your butt for your dreams and laugh along the way.
Enjoy the read x
Favourites of the Week
Along with the Winter Solstice, this weekend brought some cool temperatures and weather that did not make me feel guilty at all about laying low and relaxing inside. I was quietly excited as it was the perfect opportunity to burn my new Coconut with Fig candle from Blanc & Co.
Created by Auckland duo Lucy White & Cam Burns, Blanc & Co have three scents available, Coconut with Fig, Vanilla with Cinnamon and Pomegranate with Rose. I love candles and how they easily uplift your home, and with them being locally made, I couldn’t resist ordering.
With vino poured and my favourite mag’s within arms reach, there is not a better way to share some of my favourites things of the week with you. If only I could capture the beautiful scent!
With the days getting shorter and the weather a little dull it was a perfect time to visit the beautiful Jade at Buoy to brighten up my look. A little more blond, a little less length, some beach waves and voila…I left happy.
One of my favourite weekend get ups at the moment are my Bassike lo slung jeans and Juliet Hogan Derek Sweater. This pairing is both comfortable and stylish, and I throw on my heels for a little glam.
Lastly, a finishing touch, Blue Satin by Chanel. I love a dark polish and winter is the perfect time to give this look a try. This silky polish is navy in colour and the more you layer the darker it is. Nothing like a Sunday DIY mani to perk up your style after the shortest day of the year……
The days only get longer from here! Enjoy xo
Sea Salt & Sunbeams
Hi everyone, I am back! With a very busy couple of months at work I have been distracted and had a few weeks absent from posting. I have missed it.
A variety of lessons have been learned along the way, the most important being balance. Being at the beach this week I have had some ‘me’ time to read and enjoy the sunshine.
Here is a lovely quote I came across from one of my favourite authors, Roald Dahl. Enjoy!
Toast to Martinborough
Saturday morning saw me being whisked away over the Rimataka Ranges to Martinborough, wine country of the lower North Island. Only an hour and a half from Wellington, we were soon sitting with vino in hand, bathed in hot sunshine, surrounded by dry paddocks and vineyards.
Simon had booked us the Gatehouse at Margrain Vineyard. It is a gorgeous villa set in the vineyard with a private garden. Wine tasting was complimentary with the booking and so off we went to the first cellar door of the day.
Margrain has a good range of wine varieties on offer and one of the most consistent line ups I have experienced in quality. The stars of the day were the Pinot Rose 2013, Chenin Blanc 2013 and Chardonnay 2011. With delightfully written descriptors of each wine, which the Duty Manager so eloquently described as ‘…a load of bullocks’ this was without a doubt the best stop of the day and an all round great and humorous experience!
The rest of the afternoon was spent cycling from one cellar door to the next. It was such a fun way to get around, although you really do need to concentrate as the day goes on!
The Gatehouse at Magrain Vineyard, the stunning villa where we stayed. I was very pleased to open the door to this.
Margrain cellar door – fantastic and then off we cycled to our next stop.
Enjoying some of our purchases back at the villa
View from the lookout on our way out of town. Martinborough, see you again soon.
Week in Review
First wedding of the summer – stripes! Dress by Bec & Bridge, shoes Mi Piaci
Medicine for the soul!
Enjoying the summer sunshine at Back Beach, Taranaki
Then, summer disappeared for a few days. Loving stripes by Ruby, jeans G-Star, leather jacket by All Saints.
What better way to enjoy a cooler day than getting out for a hike. Kaitake ranges, Taranaki.
Love this Portman’s number for wedding number two of the season.
After a great break, back to work. Monday morning #messybedroom! Dress – Country Road, shoes Kathryn Wilson.
After a big week at work Summer makes it’s glorious return! Ahu Ahu, Oakura
Roxy bikini, top Urban Outfitters.
Taking time to breathe……
So often I find myself rushing, constantly thinking of things I ‘need’ to get done without taking any time to stop and breathe. Sound familiar?
Well today I took a morning out and what a better way to start than with yoga.
I went along to Lululemon and was delighted to see the mats laid out in the park across the street. I settled in to my mat – listening to the birds, feeling the warmth of the sun and started to breathe. I was reminded of how important it is to try and calm your mind by a quote from Shunryu Suzuki shared at the beginning of the practice:
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginners mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”
Feeling stretched and relaxed, (I wonder if this is how a cat feels?), I headed home to spend the rest of the morning reading in the sun and fell asleep listening to the Cicada and Tui. Bliss!