6th, February, 2017

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Um, so the past couple of months have been slightly hectic (to say the least!) In short; I got married (will post photos from this so super soon!), quit my job, and migrated all the way over to Thailand. Northern Thailand, to be specific. Welllll, Udon Thani, Northern Thailand to be really specific. I haven’t been exactly sure how to even write all of this down – namely as so much really as happened. So I suppose I’ll start with why I decided to move to Thailand..

In June 2016 my Nana passed away and I have been really, massively, enormously struggling with coming to terms with it. I didn’t have a lot of family support in New Zealand. My parents live in Brunei, in South-East Asia, and my brother and his wife live in the UK. My Aunt, who I am close with lives in the North Island of New Zealand. So basically, no immediate on-site family support – from my side, anyway. Barnaby’s Mum, Jane was massively kind; taking us into her house and buying me a gym membership to help ease the pain. But oh my gosh, there was (and still is) SO MUCH PAIN. I have never lost anyone before – let alone someone so close to me (Nana and I emailed multiple times a day and had set weekly coffee dates). Around the time of the funeral all of my family was there, but when they left… it was just me. And I could see my Nana everywhere. I drove past all our favourite coffee places, vintage shops we would visit together, and to get to work I had to drive alongside the church where her funeral service took place. It was the absolute pits. And I didn’t know how I was going to be able to stay there.

But I stayed. And the pain eased a little.

But then I hit the point where I knew it was going to keep hurting for a long time, and I just wasn’t happy in Christchurch anymore. After all, we moved there from Wellington so I could be closer to my Nana, who had just started to get sick.

Sorry if this has caused any tears (eep, it has for me!) so lets get onto some happier stuff!

First up – I got married in December – as I mentioned earlier ! To the love of my life – my man for well over ten years; Barnaby. I will share some photos soon! It was a little intense planning a wedding in just over a week – but so, so wonderful!

You might not know that I actually grew up in Asia! From the age of 4-16 I was raised in Brunei. Since arriving in New Zealand I had been desperate to get overseas again! And luckily my love, Barnaby, felt the same way. We had had so many ‘what if?’ conversations over the past few years, and this time it all seemed just right. Right down to the fact that my car in Christchurch literally exploded the day after I signed the contract! Talk about meant to be!

So here I am! Udon Thani! Visiting the giant ducks – my favourite landmark. I hope you enjoy following along my Northern Hemisphere adventures – it sure is lovely having you here!

Dress РShopbop / Freda Jelly Sandals РKate Spade

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21st, December, 2016

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A little while ago now I was asked by Boohoo to tell you about some of my favourite spots in my current city; Christchurch, New Zealand. My computer hasn’t been behaving itself so this post has been hugely delayed – actually blogging in general has been! However, I couldn’t resist sharing – especially as this is genuinely the CUTEST street ever. But yeah, stay tuned on the blog, because I have some crazy, crazy, CRAZY news. Actually, you might have seen some of it on my Instagram… (I got married!)

Your favourite street and why you love it?

Without a doubt, my favourite street in Christchurch is New Regent’s Street. I am massively obsessed with old buildings, and although we lost 90% of the best ones in the big earthquake a few years back, New Regent’s remains! Between the pastel coloured facades, cute shopfronts, and adorable geranium displays on every balcony, what’s not to love?! Plus, the tram drives through constantly; making it all the more picturesque. This is definitely the must-see spot of Christchurch – especially if you’re a blogger or Instagrammer! ūüėČ

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How would you describe style in your city?

Boring! It feels a little harsh to say aloud, but being completely real; New Zealand in general (not just Christchurch!) is obsessed with black. Oh, and activewear. And for this colourful and not-always-active-or-wanting-to-be-in-activewear-all-the-time lady, you certainly learn what it feels like to stand out. And you find out pretty quickly what that feels like. So if anyone in Christchurch is reading Рplease get more colourful stuff out of your closet! It is way more fun, I promise!

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What’s the best new thing to do in 2016?

The suggestions given for this question were more along the lines of bars and restaurants, but the BEST new thing I’ve experienced in Christchurch this year absolutely has to be The Crate Escape. Have you done an escape room before? We were lured in by the pun-tastic name, but I think we’ve found a new obsession for sure!

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The best spots to Instagram?

That’s easy! New Regent Street of course! Just look at those pastel buildings (cue love hearts in the eyes!)

What 3 words sum up the vibe of your city?

Gardens, relaxed, and wobbly (hi earthquakes!)

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