22nd, May, 2017

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Let me whisk you all the way back to New Zealand for a second. And yep, I promise it will be worth it.

A wee while ago now (longer than I’d care to admit!) we spent a magical few days in the Kahutara PurePod. I’m pretty open about my obsession with tiny homes (I really, really want to live inside a customised shipping container one day) so for me, this really was living the dream.

Have you heard of Kaikoura? It’s known in New Zealand as the go-to place for visiting seal colonies. It’s also the main road when you’re driving up the South Island. It’s kind of obvious that it’s a beautiful place – just kind of quintessential NZ, you know, but I had no idea that views like this existed. I mean, come on.

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The building itself was a real stunner too. Everything, honestly everything was glass. I’m talking ceilings, floor, walls – even in the bathroom (though there were blinds too, mind you). It was a pretty insane feeling being woken up by the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. And then it outdid itself by offering a rainbow in the mix too. Totally one of those “how is this even real life” moments.

If you’re headed to New Zealand, which I totally recommend by the way, you should definitely make time to stay in this luxury tiny home. If the drive is a little far (which it totally isn’t, I don’t want any excuses!) there are four locations in total – with two of them being a whole lot closer to Christchurch.

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I feel a little guilty over taking so, so long to post this video, but luckily it’s something I’m hugely proud of. Moving to Thailand meant that a lot of my projects got somewhat pushed to the back-burner (or locked away on one of many hard drives, in reality) and things have taken way longer than excepted. I have a whole bunch of travel videos in the pipeline; some are half done, others are just copious amounts of footage dumped on one of those hard drives I was talking about earlier, but I promise I’ll get around to sharing it all soon. In the meantime, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to be updated when stuff goes live.

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7th, May, 2017

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As promised; a video from our amazing trip to Koh Samui, Thailand! (And hopefully the start of MUCH more to come with my YouTube channel!) I don’t want to give away too much in this post – after all, you have to watch the video to see just how gloriously beautiful our hotel, the Outrigger Resort Koh Samui, truly was. We had our very own villa – complete with private pool (!) and the tastiest breakfasts I think I’ve ever consumed in my entire life.

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Relax

This trip, I remember so clearly turning to Barnaby and saying “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed!” And trust me, I am someone who really hates being patient and doing nothing. I like to be out there checking out everything. This time though, beach walks completely did it for me. It was the best feeling just lounging by the main pool (or our private pool at other times) just reading and sippin’ on drinks. I read three books while I was away. It was the BEST. The resort is so soothing and secluded; everything ‘real life’ feels so far away. Ah, take me back!

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Eat

Oh man, the food at the Outrigger really was something else! We ate so much pizza, drank our water weight in cocktails (if you’re heading that way I thoroughly recommend the Outrigger Collins) but my favourite was undoubtedly the breakfast buffet. Pretty much, every morning I struggled to walk away from the table. Not in willpower terms – more along the lines of I had consumed so much food it was genuinely hard to move! No regrets though, that stuff was GOOD! We had some breathtaking dates beside the ocean too. Cocktails, food and beaches just go so darn well together. Watch my video to see more mouthwatering meals.


26th, April, 2017

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Hi from Koh Samui, Thailand!

We spent a week chilling out on this beautiful island; exactly what you picture if you think of the quintessential Thailand holiday. We had visions of sunshine, laying on the beach reading; you know, the usual.

Guess what?

It rained. No, it monsooned for the first four days we were there, thunderstorms and all. Then it was glorious sunshine to top it off. And yes, I have the sunburn to prove it.

Being with my husband 24/7 is definitely the best thing about vacations (I always say that “holiday Barnaby is the best edition” to him, ha!), second best was the food, and thirdly was without a doubt was this incredible swing that was right on the beach. Hopefully these photos capture just how HUGE it was. Seriously, the photos of me climbing aboard were absolutely hilarious. It was all like ‘one foot up, pull the rest of my body up’ and to swing I pretty much had to go through the whole thing again. Totally worth it though. It was FUN. And it makes for cute Instagram and blog content too. Always a plus.

Dress – I bought it from a market in Udon Thani 

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19th, February, 2017

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Welcome to Vientiane, Laos!

After being in Thailand around a month or so, we decided to pop over the border and give Laos a visit. I had been before as a kid, but couldn’t remember anything at all about it – because at the time I picked up a horrendously nasty case of food poisoning and was hospitalised. Actually, my only memory of Laos was a dehydration hallucination I had of Joey Tribiani giving me a giant cheque. Um, yeah, so I was MIGHTY excited to give it another go – preferably not as a sicko!

We only had a couple of days to explore, so we hired an electric bike (SO much fun!) and whizzed around the central city. The French influence on the architecture and signage is beautiful, and although I was excited to put my high school knowledge to good use, it turns out none of the locals speak en Francais.

In all honesty, besides visiting an array of incredible temples, most of my time was spent eating pizza. Seven, yes, seven pizzas were consumed over the span of three days! You might think that I wouldn’t be able to make eye contact with a pizza ever again.. but if Pomodoro Pizza was presented any time soon, I would absolutely be there (please guys, move to Thailand!)

All in all; I enjoyed this a LOT more than I did being a kid.. even if there was no Joey Tribiani or giant cheque this time! 😉

Dress – A gift / Hat – ASOS / Shoes – Kate Spade

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26th, November, 2016

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Myself and Barnaby started a travel website a couple of months back, & the really, really cool thing is that it means we are seeing a whole lot more of our very own New Zealand. Last week (or thereabouts) we visited one of truly the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life. Living in NZ, we are pretty blessed with insane views – and they can become the ‘norm – just because you see them.. well, everywhere! So you know it must’ve been a good place to stop this kiwi gal right in her tracks.

The stunning mountains would make the perfect backdrop for well, pretty much anything, but I do feel that they look pretty fabulous with my lacy green dress. The shades of green really complimented each other – and naturally I had to bring in a burst of my favourite colour – bright yellow! It was absolutely roasting during our entire stay, so I’m so glad I decided to pack only dresses (although in honesty I probably would’ve done the same; rain or shine!)

By the way, these photos were taken out the front of our Purepod, which really was the dreamiest spot. I’ll be sharing more about it all on my next post – prepare to be blown away!

P.s. One of my FAVOURITE online stores – Shopbop is holding the most amazing Black Friday sale. I’ve already swooped in and bought a pair of Charlotte Olympias (which are now sold out, so that was lucky!) Enter the code GOBIG16 for 25% off.

DressChicwish / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Hat – Glassons / Necklace – Black Matter Jewellery

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19th, October, 2016

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While we were away glamping we were treated (no, treated is definitely not the right word!) to a big ol’ serving of the type of weather that New Zealand’s West Coast is famous for: rain! And when it rains – oh boy, does it bucket down. And you guessed it – it rains a lot.

Almost as if it was meant-to-be, I picked up this gorgeous coat by Lighthouse Clothing literally two days before my trip! The tag assured me it could hold up to rain galore – so obviously there was no better place to put it to the test. After all, I wanted to keep enjoying my mini vacay despite the rain!

This rock filled river ran directly next to our campsite. Waking up to the gentle sound of it’s flow was incredibly relaxing (and also majorly mystical!) but it also proved to be a massive source of entertainment. When the sun was out we built a little dam so we could paddle in the warmer waters. And when the weather was like – well, this, Barnaby retaught me how to skim stones. I haven’t done it since I was a kid, and although it did take a really, really long time, I definitely got a couple of shots in that I was happy with.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that the jacket lived up to it’s reputation. This lady stayed bone dry.

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(my excited face when I finally skimmed one properly!)

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22nd, August, 2016

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After the mouth-watering visit to Springfield’s giant donut, our next stop was the beautiful (almost beyond belief) Lake Pearson. Surrounded by winding trees that gently dip their limbs into the water, Pearson truly is a treat for the eyes. I couldn’t resist climbing up into the branches with my trusty Instax Mini Selfie in hand, but hopped down quick-smart after a whopping big breeze almost decided to do it for me!

If you can remember way back to January, one of my goals was to branch out and travel more. I grew up in South-East Asia and despite being a New Zealander, haven’t seen too much of my birth country. Not-so-slowly and certainly surely I am ticking more and more places off my list – and I am ridiculously happy about it! My wonderful boyfriend, Barnaby has seen most of New Zealand, so I’m eagerly awaiting the day I can surprise him with somewhere new. Perhaps that should be my next goal?

Until then, I’ll just be lounging in front of the most beautiful lake ever; complete with it’s very own snow-covered mountainous surroundings.

Gingham Co-ordChicwish / Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens / Hair ties – Mane Message

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8th, August, 2016

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Living in New Zealand can be pretty surreal sometimes. If you’re ever lacking in inspiration – or feeling ‘meh’ for any reason in particular, it only takes a short drive (or bus ride, if you time it right) to see some truly overwhelming sights. And believe me, there is an awful lot to see.

We drove for just over an hour to the beautiful (beyond belief!) town of Akaroa (more on that later!) and our first move was to go on a three hour – yes, three – uphill walk! Talk about intense. But seeing those views made it all worth it. I walked a lot of the track backwards so I could admire it as I went – not to mention that it was easier on the calf muscles!

It was a great chance to try out my latest gym set; a Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga polkadot crop top & bright pink tights that I bought from Shopbop. These tights were so warm it was brilliant! Especially when we got to the peak and almost blew over from the wild winds. Seriously, this was the most incredible trip ever – I am ridiculously excited to tell you all about it!

Kate Spade crop – Shopbop / Kate Spade tights – Shopbop / Shoes – Nike

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4th, August, 2016

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We spent the past weekend away in the most beautiful little New Zealand town known as Akaroa. It’s a favourite getaway spot for locals – and I’m quite the fan too – although it’s been years since my last visit. One of the things I love most is the beautiful lighthouse. It sits on the edge of the bay so it can be seen by almost everywhere on the waterfront.

It only seemed right to get dolled up in one of my finest nautical numbers; in this case an appropriately coloured fit-&-flare from Chicwish. The hat is one I picked up in the ASOS sales not too long ago – and one that always seemed to finish off an outfit just right!

I am genuinely so looking forward to sharing more of Akaroa with you. You won’t believe just how beautiful it is!

DressChicwish / Coat – Borrowed / Boots – Glassons / Hat – ASOS

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4th, May, 2016

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When I told you I was at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world I certainly wasn’t lying! Totaranui is famous for it’s wondrously golden beaches – and although I was hopeful, I wasn’t sure it would be my dream temperature – we are in the middle of Autumn, after all. Luckily I packed my swimsuit, as by mid-morning, daily, we would hit the beach, usually with a book and Corona in hand (ahh, what a life!)

Now I’m curled up at home in my pyjamas, fully emerged in Autumn weather, Totaranui can’t help but feel a world away. I’m hope hope hoping for another great stint in warm weather as now we have a tent, we can escape any single time we like (eep, I genuinely can’t wait!) Oh, and if you enjoy the pretty New Zealand landscapes in these photos (I truly can’t stress how picturesque this was!) then you might be happy to know I filmed a little Totaranui guide! I just have to summon up the courage to record my massively kiwi accent for a voice-over, then it’ll be up on YouTube!

Bikini – Red Dolly Swimwear / Hat – Borrowed / Coverup – Jeans West

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