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13 Jul 2017

7 THINGS TO DO ON A SNOW DAY


Over the last 48 hours, Dunedin has been hit with one of the biggest snow storms we've seen in years. We often hear the forecast "snow to 300m", but very rarely do we hear "snow to sea level"! For once, the weather predictions were right, and all my wildest dreams came true. It snowed at the beach! At the BEACH!

7 THINGS TO DO ON A SNOW DAY

  1. If you can drive (and it's safe to do so), go out and explore! Head to the hills! Your favourite spots around the city transform into a whole different kind of wonderland when the ground is white... even your not so favourite spots may have a new appeal to them.
  2. Make hot chocolates. That's a given though, right!? The bigger the better!
  3. Go tobogganing! If you don't have a sled, a cardboard box often works just fine, haha. We didn't get to do this yesterday, but it's at the top of my list for next time we get a good dumping! When I was younger, we used to always go to the farm next door with whatever make-shift sled we could come up with and zoom down the paddocks -- some of my best snow day memories!
  4. Put on your favourite winter spotify playlist (this is my current favourite) and get fully into the winter spirit. Winter for us in New Zealand is in June / July, so christmas music doesn't quuuuuite make sense for us, but that doesn't stop me from putting this song on and feeling a lil festive!
  5. Have a snow fight. Let your inner child come out and go crazy. 
  6. Hike to the highest point around you and take in the view. Seeing a city blanketed in snow is the most beautiful thing.
  7. And finally, number 7 - ENJOY THE SLOW. Everything comes to a halt when it snows (in New Zealand, anyway!). Enjoy the fact that you can't get into work... enjoy the cozy, unexpected sleep in you get... and try and enjoy the influx of snow-related posts your FB and IG will be flooded with! ;-)
What are your must-do's on a snow day? Let me know in the comments!














20 Jun 2017

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN WITH NIVEA


As of late, Tim and I have become increasingly more and more aware of the importance of taking care of ourselves in all four aspects of our haoura (well-being) - mental, spiritual, social and physical. We are extremely conscious of eating healthily (give or take the occasional (or not so occasional) chocolate treat!) but it's only been over the last month or so that I've fully realised that it's just as important to be aware of what we're putting on our bodies, as well as what we are putting in.

As a society, we are encouraged to buy fresh and organic fruits and vegetables to ensure we aren't putting preservatives into our bodies through food consumption, yet the majority of us still put them onto our bodies through our makeup, our shampoo and conditioner, and other beauty products. It just doesn't make sense. We need to have a shift in mindset. 

NIVEA Creme is my new favourite thing -- not only is it incredibly moisturising, sinks into the skin so well and smells delightful, it's free of preservatives!! It's versatile and gentle enough to use on your face as well as all over your body (I love products that kill two birds with one stone), so I've been using it everywhere and am loving it.

We have replaced our old moisturiser with NIVEA Creme and have started using it daily to keep our skin looking and feeling fresh and soft. We have it in two sizes - a 150ml and a 60ml - and it's been so handy having the smaller tin in my handbag to use when I'm out and about! It's been a lifesaver to keep my hands moisturised on these freezing cold, wintery Dunedin days... anyone else first notice the change in weather through the way their skin reacts?!

How do you use your NIVEA?

@nivea_nz #NIVEAcreme #reinventing





16 May 2017

A HIDDEN GEM


One of my favourite spots in this entire city.

Where the sky meets the sea, where the cliffs meet the farm.

Gold, blue, green.



2 May 2017

BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED


bloom -- produce flowers; be in flower
/blu:m/
noun

I was unexpectedly gifted this gorgeous print today from a friend and these sweet words couldn't have come at a better time. 

bloom where you are planted.

26 Apr 2017

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEA


Ladies. Ladies, ladies, ladies.
Mother's Day is coming up on the 14th of May and if you're still stuck for gift ideas -- I've got your back!

I was so excited to receive these amazing ceramics from Claybird Ceramics in the mail the other day, and I'm totally obsessed with them! Each piece is priced under the $40 (NZD) mark, so are at a perfect price point for a meaningful Mother's Day gift that won't break the bank!

To shop Claybird Ceramics, click HERE





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!