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Wow. Hi. Hello. How are you doing?

I don't even know where to begin when starting this post... it's as if this long, unexplained and unintentional absence from this little corner of the internet has left me speechless - unfamiliar, unconfident and unable to find the words to even begin to explain what has gone on in our life over the last five months.

For starters, we've moved across the country. Dunedin to Nelson.

It's been the craziest whirlwind of emotions and technicalities and I'm the first to admit that I'm yet to fully find my feet in this new city. I spend most of my days riding the fine line between being both overwhelmed and underwhelmed and quite honestly, it's been some of the toughest few months of my life. God is stretching me in so many new ways - ways that are going to grow me and strengthen me and I've been battling to see these changes in that light each and every day.

So if you've been wondering, YES! I am in fact still around, I've just been taking the time to re-centre myself and blogging has been one of those things that has taken a wee bit of a backseat.

For more day-to-day updates, you can find me on instagram - @ariana.leilani, otherwise I'm hoping to be back to business on here slowly, but surely.

Hope you've all been well,

A x


When I first began thinking about starting a blog (way back in 2011) there were several different factors that came into why I put it off for so long. Apart from the natural "what will people think of me" thoughts that streamed through my mind (I know I'm not alone on this one!) one of the other big ones was - will I be able to generate enough good content?

Having the ability to and knowledge of how to take my own blog photos has been an absolute lifesaver for me. I'll outline a few of my top tips and tricks below - don't let the fact that you have nobody to help you with photographs stop you from starting a blog! It's totally possible to do it all on your own - you just need to be a little prepared before you go out and shoot. 😃


A tripod is going to be your best friend when shooting your own blog photos. It is going to be your camera-man, so it's important to make sure it will be able to do it's job well. A good tripod will have some weight to it and won't feel flimsy in your hand - this is to ensure that if there's a big gust of wind, it won't tip over and drop your precious camera to the ground!
The tripod I use is the Manfrotto 290 Xtra Tripod, but if you're after a more affordable version, this Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminium Tripod or something similar should do the trick!

If you have a cheaper, lightweight tripod that you're worried about being flimsy in the wind/on uneven surfaces, grab a pack of large men's crew socks and take them with you in your camera bag when you go out to shoot. Sounds weird, but you can use rocks/sand to fill them with when you get to your location, and tie them around each tripod leg to use as weights/sand bags! 😉


Are you like me, and hate running back and forth to press the shutter button between shots? If you are, you need to get a wireless remote shutter! You can pick these up pretty affordably at any camera store, or pick one up on TradeMe, Ebay or Amazon! This is the one I use.

If you want to see exactly how I shoot (when on location), I have also made a more in-depth "on-location" YouTube video about this topic, which you can view here.

Happy Blogging! 


If you know me personally, you will know that I am a fan of stripes. From striped tee's to striped pants, striped dresses to striped jeans, and now to striped romper(s) - yes, plural - I'm almost at the point where I can't wear a lot of my clothes together for fear of looking like one big candy cane. 😂 Stripes are one of those patterns that I truly believe will never go out of style - but it is exciting and makes my stripe-lovin' heart very happy to see that they are EVERYWHERE for this upcoming summer season! Everywhere I turn I am seeing stripes, and I'm not complaining one bit.

Although it would appear that my wardrobe is well and truly at stripe capacity, apparently I am extremely lacking in any kind of self-control because when I saw this beautiful linen romper/playsuit in Glassons the other week it didn't take much to justify to myself all the reasons why it just had to come home with me and find a place amongst my summer wardrobe. Seriously though, how cute is it!? It's going to be an essential for our upcoming international trip.... I just know I'm gonna get so much wear out of it! 😍

On a complete side note, my Birkenstock's are an absolute MIRACLE. My sister found them for me at an opshop (thrift store) for $20 and I just about died of happiness! I've been wanting a pair of birk's for probably three summers now, but have never been able to convince myself to invest the $160+ to get myself a pair so have always kept an eye out for some of these bad boys whenever I'm on an opshop mission, but hadn't had any luck - shoes (in your size) are probably one of the hardest things to find secondhand I reckon! Although I do like my fair bit of shopping from time to time, I am a true bargain-hunter at heart and will always scope out my local opshops to see if I can find what I need before I head into town. I have just made a video about some of my favourite opshop/thrift store finds over on our YouTube channel, so make sure you pop over and watch that here! There's some goodies in there, trust me 😉

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