Thursday, 27 December 2012

GOODBYE FOR NOW ~ I'm on holiday.







For the next two weeks I will be at our family batch in endeavour inlet, for those of you who don’t know a batch is the New Zealand term for a holiday home.  Our batch – photographed above is pretty secluded, you can only get there by boat there isn't a road to it, just walking tracks that you can take a quad bike on if needed . Although it’s remote, in our bay there are about 25 other holiday homes so it’s not as if I will be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Plus I have two of my close friends coming over for New Year and to celebrate my 17th birthday as well as my family and grandparents being there too. It’s really bizarre because we have all of our family friends that we year annually out there so it’s always really interesting to see how we have all changed with in a year.

Personally I love the sounds (Our batch is in the Marlborough sounds but everyone just refers to it as the sounds) I can’t imagine holidaying anywhere else; I have been going there for over 10 years now. My days are mainly made up of painting, reading, a lot of swimming and lying on the beach (which is practically at my door step), boating, fishing, kayaking etc... It’s pretty much the perfect kiwi summer. However it’s not for everyone, you obviously have to enjoy the outdoors and be a good at packing because there are no shops. No cell phone reception and no internet. So that’s why I am unable to blog while I am away which is kind of sad but I guess the break will mean when I come home I will be egger to get back in to it.

Seeing as New Zealand is too small to really have an impact on anything, and if we are being honest no one really cares what’s going on down here as long as we aren’t causing too much trouble so I am assuming none of you will know that every now and again someone will accuse tourism NZ of projecting a false image of NZ to the world and that we are not as clean and green as we say. For the record I disagree with the people who say this and think that NZ is stunning and most of you will probably agree if you have seen the posts I have done on NZ. But I do think that the Marlborough sounds is one of the places in New Zealand that is untouched and you can come here and it really is like the images from a tourism campaign. It’s pretty incredible. One year I was able to swim with wild dolphins that came in to our bay and quite often the will come over while we are out on the boat. 





I also just wanted to say thank you so much to all my followers, it really means a lot that you take the time to read and comment. It’s been so lovely to get to know a few of you better as well. It’s pretty crazy to think it’s been less than a year and I have nearly reached 300 followers. Thank you so much and I hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoy your New Year celebrations. I am sure in 2 weeks I will have plenty of photos and ideas for new blog posts.

Anna xx

Thursday, 20 December 2012

END OF THE WORLD - Our last day alive

Wow I can’t believe it! The end of the world is here already. Crazy stuff.  I will be honest; I’m not too sure about the details of the world ending tomorrow. Basically the Mayans predicted the world would end on December 21st 2012 – TOMORROW (well its tomorrow for me being in NZ) So here is how I am celebrating my last day EVER.


I guess wellington is feeling kinda sorry for us seeing as we have a matter of hour left to live and put on a nice day. (This is the view from my room by the way)


I tried to explain to my cat what was going on and how he only has a few hours to live. He didn’t seem that bothered.



My new shoes from ASOS arrived so I wore them. They are all shiny and exciting!


I had a glass of bubbles with my mum and added strawberries - YOLO 


This is what I wore on my last day. Its nothing special mainly because I didn’t realise it was my last day till I heard it on the radio at 5pm. But I did crack out my purple socks to lighten the dooms day mood. 

Good luck surviving the end of the world. Sorry for the extreme amounts of sarcasm in this post. Its going to be kind of awkward now if the world really does end.. 

Anna. 


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

CHRISTMAS TAG - New Zealand/Summer edition



What is your favourite thing(s) about Christmas?
Seeing family! I only get to see my cousins and aunt and uncle once a year at Christmas so it’s a really nice time to catch up. Especially because we used to live an hour’s drive from each other so it seems really weird not seeing them as much now that we are in wellington. But what I think makes it extra special is the fact that everyone is so happy and relaxed around christmas, for me that’s the best thing.

What is your favourite look for the festive season?
Pretty much like everything in New Zealand Christmas and the ‘looks’ it includes are pretty casual. Normally if there is anything festive going on it will be a BBQ or something similar so it’s just the usual summer dresses and denim shorts with a little extra red, gold and green.

Real tree or fake tree?
REAL TREE!!! We got ours just the other day and the car on the drive home smelt amazing, plus I get to relive that smell every time I walk in to the living room.

Giving presents or receiving presents?
I really like giving gifts, I always get one for everyone in my family (there is only 8 for Christmas so it’s not too hard) I also get a present for all my close friends, it’s not something that all my friends chose to do but I just like doing it. In saying that though who doesn’t like receiving a gift? The presents that I really appreciate are when you can really tell that the person has really thought about you when buying/making it.

Do you open your Christmas presents morning or evening?
In the morning – I am still such a little kid at heart; I wake up at 5.00am and open my stocking.

Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
I don’t send Christmas cards! I don’t even give them with presents I use those sticky labels and write ‘TO: _________ with love Anna xoxox’. I always used to send one to my Great granny and they were hand made, and the ones I do send are made by hand – usually a painting I have done.

What is your favourite Christmas film?
I love Home Alone and Love Actually. They just get me in to the Christmas spirit and they are nice and light hearted. For a good five years when I was younger Home Alone was my all-time favourite movie.

What is your favourite Christmas food?
Traditionally Christmas food is seasonal for winter, being from New Zealand its summer during the festive season so naturally what we eat is a little different. I’m not trying to be a health freak but I really do enjoy salad at Christmas, it’s the time where vegetables are best and because it’s a special time of year you get all the added extras like feta cheese, pine nuts and home-made mayo which is 10000000 times better than the store bought stuff. I also love the Christmas berries I literally have them with breakfast lunch and dinner on Christmas day. This year my mum who has trained as a chef (you can imagine the kind of food we get) has made lemon and ginger ice cream which is heaven!

What do you want for Christmas?
For Christmas this year there isn’t really a main gift I want, last year I got my camera and most years there is something large I want but this year there is nothing that really stood out which is exciting! Because it means I can get several smaller things, when getting a big present you kind of have to forego the smaller possibly more exciting presents – the kind of thing you want but never buy yourself – like a new perfume or pair of shoes etc..

What do you do on Boxing Day?
On boxing day (the 26th of Dec) we normally go to the beach with the family or sunbathe in the garden at the farm depending on where we are. It’s usually a pretty laid back day, eating leftovers and enjoying the weather.

What is a typical Christmas day for you?
Wake up early and open my stocking with my cousins. Wait till about 8am for the adults to wake up. Sit around the tree and open presents as a family. Have breakfast: French toast, berries, coffee, juice, bacon etc... The rest of the day is spent on the deck in the sunshine then at about 3pm we have Christmas dinner: Ham, cold pea salad, green salad, new potatoes, followed by ice cream, meringues, Christmas pudding and berries. After dinner we normally go for a walk after eating too much and in the evening we might watch a Christmas movie or just sit around chatting. If we are at our summer batch for Christmas (every three years) The majority of the day is spent on the beach & swimming its honestly amazing – one year dolphins came right in to our bay, you could have touched them they were so close.

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what Christmas is like during summer, it’s probably quite different compared to Christmas in the northern hemisphere!  I also just wanted to thank Albertine from Lovely Rose Petal blog for the Tag.

Anna

Sunday, 16 December 2012

SOCKS - the forgotten accessory





In case you haven’t noticed, I have a raging obsession with socks. For years I had just dismissed them as something warm and snuggly that you hide away in your shoes so they can serve their functional purpose. Not anymore. Socks are so cheap so I can’t help but buy them, I think in the past week or so I have bought more socks than during the entire year? I realise that socks and shoes isn’t to everyone’s taste but I really like the way it looks, not to mention the fact it makes the shoes you wear 100 times more comfortable. And let’s be honest who can resist the patterns and colours??!

Anna


Friday, 14 December 2012

NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND - photography















As far as I know there are only really a handful of New Zealand bloggers posting the same sort of thing that I do, perhaps I just haven’t come across them but its seems that not many people have because the amount of questions I get about living in New Zealand and what it’s like is unreal. Some of you may have noticed I disappeared for a few days, I headed up north to attend a funeral with my mum and on the way I managed to snap a few photos, they are nothing special I just thought some of you may be interested. All of the photos were taken either in Gisborne or on the main highway there, so all these photos are what you would typically see driving around the lower half of the north island.

Also, I just wanted to mention something really funny I saw on the internet the other day – can’t remember where, but someone from overseas was asking if we celebrate Christmas in New Zealand because its summer over here during December: Christmas isn’t about celebrating the weather? Personally I find it hilarious the assumptions people have about NZ, I also saw someone asking if we had the internet over here because apparently we are ‘behind the times’ and a fair few people think there are just a bunch of sheep and hobbits running riot down here, hopefully this can put your mind at ease and reassure you that it’s pretty typical here in NZ.

Anna

Sunday, 9 December 2012

VINTAGE T-SHIRTS//CHRISTMAS NAIL POLISH//NEW SHOES

Just like pretty much every other blogger out there, I will state the obvious – ITS CHRISTMAS!!! Meaning I have been doing a fair bit of Christmas shopping. However, I am awful at knowing what to get people.. therefore I tend to end up buying more for myself than other people.. Which is what happened this weekend. 



I picked up this t-shirt for $3.00 at opportunity for animals. It’s such a random print on front, I’m not sure but I think it’s something to do with Speight’s beer? The three stars is the brands logo but I have no idea about the sausage??  I am a huge fan of white t-shirts with random/vintage prints and I have been trying to get a few more especially as summer is now here. I am thinking of doing a D.I.Y with this and making it sleeveless? What do you think?


If you read my last post then you will know that make up here in New Zealand is super expensive, double what you pay in the UK or America. However I came across the store Postie Plus – if you live in NZ then you will probably know it but they have amazing sales on make-up. I got this Revlon nail polish which is usually around $16.00 for $5.80. I am thinking that this might become my Christmas nail polish? It’s called mistletoe, and it’s such a beautiful colour – a dark khaki green with flecks of gold and bronze through it, which look like somewhere between glitter and a metallic shimmer – it’s not chunky enough to be glitter but not fine enough for it to just be metallic meaning it has a finish that reminds me of granite? It’s hard to explain but looks really nice.
Yesterday after pondering for so long I finally decided to buy these shoes. They are quite adventurous for me and I realise that some people won’t like them. Personally I’m not sure if I like them! They are something quite different to what I would usually wear, I have never worn flatform shoes so I am not too sure how they will fit in with the rest of my wardrobe or if I will be able to walk in them?! In the end I decided why not, they were on sale for $35.00 so if I don’t like them it’s not a biggie. But hopefully I will! I am a bit of a magpie and what drew me to these was the distressed silver colour and the overall grunge look they have, fingers crosses they fit and I can walk in them!

Anna


Saturday, 8 December 2012

BREAKING THE BLOGGING RULES - Beauty post.

I realise that this isn’t a beauty blog, but I think that most people will agree that make up is part of an outfit for most people, so I thought I would do a post on my favourite beauty products. This will probably be a one off post mainly because I don’t have/ buy enough beauty products to make it a regular post! Over here in New Zealand make up is crazy expensive. I am not entirely sure but I think we pay roughly double what you would pay in America or Britain. I also just wanted to point out I am no makeup expert and all the products below are just what I personally like it not necessarily  the best products on the market or miracle workers, it’s just what works for me personally.


I am kind of a newbie to make up and recently I decided to purchase a set of makeup brushes – how very grown up of me! I am not sure if it’s the norm, but I was looking at makeup brushes in a department store and a lot of them (a single brush from an average brand) cost more that the make up its self which to me seemed crazy? A friend of mine bought this set of makeup brushes of ASOS for $20.00 (NZ$), once they arrived and I saw that the quality seemed pretty good – for a beginner at least! I decided to purchase them too, and it’s crazy how much of a difference they make. If you’re just starting out I would really recommend these.
I am not sure if any of you have noticed in my outfit pictures but I suffer from eczema all over my body – especially my legs and have done since I was 5, it’s not really a big issue for me anymore and most of the time it’s not even that bad but in general I do suffer from dry skin especially on my face as most face wash products are really stripping and dehydrating. For me it’s really important, for comfort more than anything that I have a good moisturizer. I just started using this Nivea cream a week ago and it’s so nice! Really thick and creamy but doesn’t irritate the skin as it doesn’t include laurel sulphate which is some nasty chemical that some skin types find irritating. I tend to apply it at night before bed because it can leave you a little shiny looking if you were to apply it before going out but by the morning it’s all completely soaked in and leave your skin feeling nice and soft. 
 I am hopeless at painting my nails, because I take art at school I am used to painting and actually getting the formula on to my nails isn’t an issue but I honestly can’t sit still long enough for it to dry and always end up with finger prints and bumps on my nails. So frustrating. There are honestly so many quick dry nail polishes out there; the only ones that I have used that really do dry fast are these Maybelline ones. I am honestly in love!!
Along with dry skin I also get dry lips. I love this lip balm it’s really moisturizing and is really handy to have throughout the day, plus I find it works well to apply five or ten minutes before lipstick.  I am also really fond of the vanilla scent this lip balm has.


I will be honest, lipstick is kind of intimidating. However there is an exception for me which is this lipstick that I am in love with. For my own lip colour and skin tone, this shade almost comes across as a nude. I would describe it as a nicer more uniform version of my own lip colour. The formula is really creamy and easy to apply which is perfect for a novice such as myself! The colour is’ Mauve it over’ by Revlon.

Anna.  

Thursday, 6 December 2012

INSTAGRAM // blog button.




If you look to your right, you should be able to see my shiny new Instagram badge.  I didn’t realise Instagram had an official badge but I came across it today and thought it might be a nice new addition. If you’re interested in getting it on your blog too its really easy, you just go to the Instagram website, click your account, badges, select size and copy the HTML code. EASY!

Anna

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OUTER WEAR OPSHOP HAUL






I thought I would quickly show you guys a few pieces of outer wear that I have picked up over the past few weeks. Its supposedly summer here in New Zealand at the moment but you seriously wouldn’t know it! Yesterday I was forced back in to tights and a jacket, today there was a violent storm/tornado in Auckland that has left 3 people dead (R.I.P) which is so sad just before Christmas. So although I would like to think I don’t need all these layers sadly I do!!

As far as opshopping goes most things are a few dollars, but I actually picked these items up at a second hand store – therefore store owners can charge three times as much apparently? But I decided to have a little pre-Christmas splurge. I have honestly been looking for a denim jacket for so long! I was in a store with my mum when I found this one. It was originally $50.00 which I think is much too expensive but with a half-price sale they were having  I was happy to pick it up for $22.00 – I know it’s not exactly half but it’s what they charged me. I always thought I wanted a lighter wash denim jacket but I am actually really pleased with this one. It’s never been worn and its billabong so I know it will be good quality hence why I was happy to pay a bit extra.

Next I got two cardigans, the first is a kind of deep dusky rose colour?? I’m not exactly sure what you call it but I really liked it. Its 100% wool and the scalloped edge detailing is really lovely. I will admit It was extremely over priced at $25.00 but I really like it so I thought why not and I know I will get a lot of wear from it, which I already have. The second cardigan is from Salvation Army and it cost $15.00 I love the colour combination of black and navy it’s quite a bold stripe pattern but the similar colours make it very wearable. I also really like how the black sections are almost mesh looking? It just makes it that little bit more individual and interesting.

Anna 


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