2015 highlights

Highlights of 2015

I do a monthly highlights post here on the blog which is a look back on the great things that has happened in my life. This time, I looked back on the year just passed.

2015 was not the best year if I have to be quite honest. It was an emotional rollercoaster ride with plenty of ups and downs. I’m not going to dwell on the bad and will focus on the positives instead.

If you want to see the best parts of last year, continue below.

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Travel Bag Essentials

Last week, I shared part 1 of my Melbourne trip. That trip was my first proper time in Australia, first overseas trip with my partner and my first overseas travel since moving to NZ nearly 10 years ago.

We went to Queenstown last year but that was just a domestic flight that did not require going through customs and needing a passport. Our Melbourne trip required that and I wanted to be prepared.

The things above are what I had in my bag on the plane and what I consider flight essentials. Check all the details down below.

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chaos and harmony boots haul

Chaos & Harmony Boots

It’s already spring in New Zealand so before it gets too hot, I thought I’d share my last shoe purchase.

For some reason, I’ve always wanted a red pair of boots but a good one is hard to find. I’ve found some tacky looking pairs or ones that aren’t my style. It changed when I saw this Chaos & Harmony pair.

Chaos & Harmony is a NZ shoe brand. I’ve known the brand for a while now but this is my first ever pair from them. I saw an event on Facebook about a sample sale and I couldn’t resist. My sister and I went and I came home with these lovely boots.

They’re beautiful so click below for more photos.

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Devonport, Auckland

One of my favourite places in the North Shore is Devonport. It has great old buildings, it’s close to the water and you can go up to two volcanic cones to see a different view of Auckland.

This quaint little town has so much character. I love going here for a stroll on a good day. Luckily, I live quite close to Devonport so one Sunday, we woke up early and had brunch in one of the cafes along the main road then we went for a walk around town.

Click below for a few photos I took during this sunny winter day.

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NZFW: CLEO Presents RUBY & HOLY CHIC

This is my last runway post from NZ Fashion Week. It has been a few weeks already but I still wanted to share this. NYFW is on right now and I could only dream to watch a runway show there.

Anyway, this post is all about the CLEO Presents RUBY/HOLY CHIC/COOP show during the NZ Fashion Weekend. This is a great combination of three wonderful designers. This is the show that was most wearable to me and closest to my style. I loved the clothes I saw and want them all.

To see more runway photos, click below.

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Beauty Vault Haul

As you may know, I’m a member of Beauty Review which is this great NZ website where you look at beauty products, review them and engage with other members. it has a forum which a good way to know new products, good deals and meet people.

BR also has a Beauty Vault which members get to ‘buy’ products using their points gained from writing reviews and posting in the forums. I managed to grab a few things from the points I’ve accumulated over the past few months which is great because I basically get to try all these new products for free.

See below what I’ve chosen from the vault.

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NZFW: RUBY

The last New Zealand Fashion Week show I watched on Thursday was RUBY. It was the only off-site show I watched too and it was in a Wilson Carpark near K Road.

We had to be there early for the NZFW Backstage blog and when we got there, the two top levels of the car park was closed off for the show. It was un unusual place to have a runway but RUBY made it work.

See below for more runway photos.

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NZFW: Miromoda

The second show I went to was Miromoda. I could tell it was a much anticipated show compared to the first show of the day, Frances Jerard by the amount of well-known people in front row and people who wanted to get seats.

We managed to get in but there was a wait to get seated so I decided to be in the media pit along with the photographers. I was towards the right and my view was partially blocked by a pram but I made it work.

I still managed to get some runway shots. See below for more photos.

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Blog Business Cards

I’ve launched this blog 5 months ago and I did not expect the response and feedback I’ve gotten so far. Thank you to everyone who has checked out my blog, liked and commented on my posts. You are awesome!

I still have a long way to go but so far, so good. When I finally ditched .wordpress.com and had a proper domain name (thanks Ted!), I ticked one thing on my long blog to-do list and it made me feel like I had a proper blog.

I also thought it was a good idea to get some business cards. See below how I did it and what I used.

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