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10 Apr 2017

A LONG, LONG WEEK


Last week was a long, long week.

Our friends have been going through such a rough time (why do the kindest people always seem to have the worst luck?) and we ourselves have been in a new season of impending change and uncertainty. We'd kind of put the idea of purchasing a home to rest for the forseeable future and were 100% ok with it, with our eyes set on plane tickets, new experiences and big dreams. That's all been turned on its head however, as new circumstances mean that the house "door", if you will, may have a chance at re-opening again! It's so exciting, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling a wee bit nervous about it.

Change is good, and so is stability. I know this deep down, with Tim bringing so much stability to my life since day one, however when it comes to other big decisions (like settling, buying a home etc) the idea of being "stable" gets me all jittery inside. Until we got married, I'd never had a consistent home - a home from childhood, a home that felt totally like mine, a home that I felt I had some sort of ownership over. Of course, home is where your family is, but the physical, "four-walls" part of that is not something I've ever been used to. Although I'm ridiculously apprehensive about the whole house-buying process, the fact that we get to do it together is beyond exciting. We could paint the walls whatever colour we wanted, we could plant a G A R D E N ! (pretty freakin' pumped about that last part, although my green thumb is something to be discovered)

Last night we decided to end the week by going out and shooting at sunset. We've both been in a bit of a creative rut recently, but it felt so good to get out and be creative together to say goodbye to the week that was. As you can see, I didn't get a chance to photograph my sweet husband at all... It's quite a change being the one in front of the camera nowadays - oh boy have the tables turned!

The wind was insane (as you will be able to tell from the photos), and it was a littttllleeee bit colder than we had anticipated, but that's what you get for living so close to Antarctica, right?











30 Mar 2017

ID FASHION WEEK


Every year at the end of March, the city of Dunedin comes alive with excitement and anticipation. Its the time of year that Duendinites pull out their most fashionable attire and dress to the nines to attend ID Fashion Week. ID is an event which runs over several nights, showcasing the collections of both up and coming design talent and well-established New Zealand and international designers. It is such an important event for the culture of our city, and is held at the Dunedin Railway Station. It's the most stunning venue for an event like this - with a runaway that is the longest in the southern hemisphere! 

This year was the first year that we attended, and we loved it. We were lucky enough to be invited along to the shows as media, so got to shoot from the media pit alongside the big news outlets! Tim was absolutely buzzing off the vibes and atmosphere down there - it was so cool to see him in his photography element!

We were both ridiculously blown away by the creativity and talent we witnessed across both nights, but particularly in the emerging designers show! From fishing tackle to pompoms, the creativity was out of this world.

I was debating whether to split this blog post into two, but then decided I may as well just make an entire, full blog post and include a whole bunch of photos from across the two nights!
I'm not lying when I say I was obsessed with everything that came down the runway on the first night at the Emerging Designers Show - it's too hard to pick a favourite! (I feel like that's a total cop-out, but its true! SORRY!)

My favourite collections from night two however would have to be that of Charmaine Reveley, Winifred and DADA. Can I have it all please?!?!

If you're a Dunedin local (or even just a visitor!), we'd highly recommend grabbing a ticket for the show next time it's on.

P.S. If you make it to the end... there's a sneaky wee vlog from the show!

























20 Mar 2017

THE BEACH PEOPLE


We love living close to the beach. To be honest, we can't really imagine (or want to imagine) a life that isn't coast-side. A life where we can see the ocean from out our bedroom window and a life where we can venture down to the sea whenever we please.

Although the nights are definitely getting darker, there have still been a few beautiful, golden-lit evenings over the last week which have reminded me of why I love summer in the first place. After a season of pretty average "summer" weather, it can be hard to remember what January and February were supposed to feel like! We've missed the bbq's and the shorts / jandals so much this year!

I've always got my eye out for quality pieces to add to our growing collection of picnic essentials (our hallway cupboard is begging me to stop), and my latest obsession is this beach towel + bag combo from some friends across the ditch - The Beach People! They specialize in luxe beach essentials and this towel certainly fits the bill. This is the Avalon roundie, and it is the perfect beach towel / picnic blanket combo! 

TOWEL / BAG: @thebeachpeople










17 Mar 2017

A MINUTE IN ARROWTOWN


Despite being to Queenstown more times than we can count, we've never really taken the time to explore Arrowtown. Even though its so close to Queenstown, it's a spot that we have always just driven through - in one end, out the other. 


When we were visiting Queenstown for our anniversary, we decided to take the drive back to Dunedin slowly and finally stopped in Arrowtown to have a good look around. It's so cute! We ended up eating at The Chop Shop, and it was delicious. I often find it hard to find good vegetarian food, and as I don't like eggs, finding good vegetarian breakfast food is even harder! The Chop Shop did not disappoint - I managed to get a ridiculously tasty mexican vege dish for brunch and it was divine! We didn't snap any photos of it unfortunately, it got gobbled up too quickly. You'll just have to trust me that it looked as good as it tasted!