FINDING YOUR COMMUNITY


Over the past few months, it's become increasingly clear to me how important it is to have a solid, reliable community around you.. both as an individual, and as a married couple.

We are lucky enough to have an extremely strong community in our family, and are eternally grateful that the relationships we have with our immediate family are so strong and so unbreakable. We know it's not always the case for your siblings to be your best friends, but for us, that's just how it is and we couldn't feel more blessed. I haven't always felt this way, so to now have that as my reality makes it all the more sweeter and even more difficult to imagine a life without our family a 10 minute drive away.

Finding friendships that feel like family is also something I think we have taken for granted over the past few years. It's only recently where I've really come to realise (and whole-heartedly appreciate) the impact that my friendships have on me. I'm not talking surface friendships - I'm talking the deep, soul-filling kind of friendships that remain stable, solid and consistent regardless of location, time and status.

My circle is small - and I used to think that only having a couple of friends was a bad thing. I used to think that the more friendships I had, the more fulfilled I would feel but I couldn't have been more wrong. My girlfriends that I keep close these days are some of the strongest women I know. They influence me and drive me to be better. They call me out when I'm in the wrong, and push me forward towards my fears because they believe in me and what I'm doing. They FaceTime me to say "hi"/"I'm thinking of you" even when they're in the middle of their supermarket shop, and they turn up at my doorstep with wine and chocolate when they know I've had a bad day.

Maybe not sisters by blood, but soul sisters, they are.

To finish, I want to bring light to this C.S. Lewis quote I came across and couldn't agree with more (but I'd say that a circle around a picnic blanket at the beach would also do the trick!) 

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”
- C.S. Lewis

I hope you all find your tribe.
 People always say don't settle for "the one", but I also think you shouldn't settle for friendships that aren't the real deal. They can do more harm than good and you deserve more than that.

Love + light,
A x 








NELSON & MALBOROUGH, NZ


A couple of snaps from our trip to Nelson/Marlborough last month. We explored Pelorus Bridge and Rabbit Island, but mainly just let ourselves be. In a time of craziness, that was exactly what we needed.

More to come...
- A x








THE END OF YEAR ONE


We have decided to take anniversary photos every year to mark the end, and the start, of each new season of our marriage.

We've been taking portraits of ourselves for years now (nearly six years!) and always find it so fascinating and so special to look back on them as the years go by. We've got photos from when we first started dating, to our first huge overseas trip together, to our university coffee dates, ski trips, picnics... the list goes on. We're big photo people, if you couldn't already tell ;-)

This year, we spent our anniversary in Queenstown and it was the most beautiful backdrop to start this new tradition. The mountains are one of our favourite places to take photos (on par with the coast) and we had so much fun taking a few moments out of our evening to capture these photos together. Already, they're some of my favourites.











SPA TIME - ONSEN HOT POOLS


On the morning of our anniversary, we headed to Onsen Hot Pools for a morning of relaxation and one-on-one time. When we arrived, we were shown to our private room, with our own private spa pool! Our jaws dropped when we saw the view - it was breathtaking!

Onsen Hot Pools is only a short drive from the centre of Queenstown and overlooks the Shotover Canyon. You can book a pool for one hour at a time, and the pools can fit up to four people! We were lucky enough to get the "tandeki" package, which meant we were provided with ice-cream, chocolate and wine to enjoy whilst spa-ing. Never too early for a cheeky celebratory wine! ;-)

We would highly recommend a trip to Onsen if you are ever in Queenstown - it was the perfect romantic start to our first wedding anniversary!

ONSEN HOT POOLS: www.onsen.co.nz








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










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