Sunday, August 2, 2015

weekly recap...

What a week it has been! So much happening...

This one started ballet classes. To say she loves it would be somewhat of an understatement.

Speaking of dance - mum and I had a night out together seeing Bangarra Dance Company. So much talent on one stage.

E had a bit of a mishap on Friday morning - honestly thought she had broken her wrist. She is fine, thank goodness. Cake helped make everything better.

In far more pleasant news, our finances have been approved and arranged with the bank! Happy dance! We have a pre settlement inspection in a few weeks, who knows, we may be in our new home around about E's birthday!

Celebrated a lovely friend's birthday on Saturday night...

And indulged myself at High Tea with some other lovely ladies on Sunday. A veritable whirl of gaiety!

I had plans to go to the library this afternoon, but the small one is taking an unprecedented long nap (2 hours and counting!), and it's getting cold and windy out there. I'm thinking an afternoon in may be called for.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

aiming for sartorial simplicity...

I have recently jumped on the bandwagon and have been working on a capsule wardrobe for myself. I see some bloggers who use this as an opportunity to identify perceived "gaps" in their wardrobe, and purchase new items to fill those gaps. I wanted to stick with what I already had, and not purchase a single new item. So far, I have stuck to that, and haven't shopped for clothes in, oh, longer than I can recall!

I have kept my work wardrobe separate, as I dress in corporate wear for work (although my work wardrobe has always been fairly minimal). I also have seen some bloggers who have seasonal capsule wardrobes. I love the idea of this, but it wouldn't work on a practical note due to storage space in our current unit.

Here are the results so far...

All of my tops/shirts and cardigans - I feel there are probably still too many items here (4 striped tops???) but I just can't pare it back any further at this point.

Pants (not including jeans, which are folded), skirts and jackets.

Dresses! I had faaaar too many dresses, ridiculous. I now have one formal navy dress suitable for black-tie events; my trusty Nicola Finetti LBD; fun yellow cocktail dress; and a couple of blush or cream semi-casual dresses. Eight in total. Definitely happy with that.

My knits are folded in a drawer and total half a dozen. Happy with that also! Shoes I am really struggling with - I have it down to about 15 pairs at the moment. Maybe I should offload my beloved floral Doc Martens, which I rarely wear, but love soooo much. Decisions.

It's still a work in progress. I think I enjoy culling my wardrobe a little too much and will need to stop myself at some point haha

Have any of you got a capsule type situation going on? Aiming for one? Would love to hear your stories of how it's working for you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

long white (snowy) cloud...

Kia ora from lovely (chilly!) New Zealand. It hasn't been land of the long white cloud, so much as land of the great big snow clouds! We have honestly been loving it.

An early start to head for the airport meant waking the small one an hour early, eek!

Thankfully, she was cheerful enough about the whole situation - "big airplanes!" and her beloved grandparents certainly helped.

The Koru lounge breakfast went a long way to cheer us all up...

Fizzy water and the Shaun the Sheep movie and this one was in toddler heaven!

We flew direct to Queenstown and stayed a few nights with my aunty...

Who lives right on the shore of the lake - not too shabby a view to wake up to!

Catching snowflakes (thanks Oishi-M for the most amazing quilted jacket!)

Kiwi kid, happily consumes ice cream (orange choc chip, of course!) in 2 degree weather.

We arrived in Dunedin last night, after a 5 hour car trip (mercifully E was a little angel, bless her). And woke this morning to this...

Exactly what we had hoped for!

Braved a walk this morning for essential supplies (ie coffee).

Sledding! So, so much fun! I may have fallen flat on my arse at one point, it was all good hahahahaha

We are currently keeping warm and cozy inside with giant mugs of tea while the kiddo sleeps - stew in the oven, rugby on the TV, a Central Otago Pinot ready to go. So much yes.


Friday, June 26, 2015

after a not-so-brief hiatus...

Howdy! Long time, no blog! My apologies. We've had a hectic few weeks, culminating in E being unwell last week and having to stay home from daycare. So blessed to have parents around to help out! By the end of the week of quarantine she (and I) were both climbing the walls.

Anyway, let me catch you up...

Managed a flying visit to the Highlands with mum for some essentials - replacing my beloved French coffee press that recently died, plus a trip to Gumnut bakery for the best pies and eclairs, then Harris Farm on the way home. (Seriously, why can they not open a Harris Farm in my neck of the woods!)

As always, loving winter dressing sick...

And morning cuddles in bed with this one.

We celebrated my birthday. V's workmates made me cards. Hilarious and so adorable.

I received a waffle iron. It is amazing. Like, angels from heaven singing Beyoncé amazing.

So much win.

This little guy accompanied me to work last Tuesday. He seemed quite comfortable at my keyboard.

Ahahahaha I have not missed the old Furzer tables! Maths and I have a love/hate relationship.

Saturday mornings are always MY time - V gets up with the kiddo and they make pancakes, then head out swimming and to the park. Leaving me lots of blissful time for... cleaning and laundry hahahaha And hot coffee and enjoying this winter sunshine.

Definitely top notch laundry weather here today!

Hope winter has been treating you all well, and those of you with kiddos have been avoiding the daycare plague!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

mummy days...

I have been missing my little shadow so so badly when I'm at work lately. Like a constant ache. Work is interesting and engaging and socially a whole lot of fun - but I am just hating being away from her at the moment. Perhaps it's because she's developing in leaps and bounds lately? Starting to speak in sentences, her unique little character and quirks really starting to become obvious.

The time I spend with her, is my best time...


Friday, June 5, 2015

hazy shade of winter...

The first day of winter certainly hit with a blast of frosty air! We have been running the oil heater in Evie's room, layering up in our cosiest knits, and just generally settling in to enjoy the cold weather.

This Witchery Coatigan has been worth it's weight in gold as the chill really sets in - it's somewhat akin to wearing a blanket hahaha

It has most definitely be slow-cooker weather, and ours has been getting a real workout!

Chicken cacciatore...

Kashmiri lamb korma...

Winter is birthday season in my family. This week, we celebrate my mum, sister and brother, then me in a fortnight. 

I don't understand how Coles can be selling roses in winter for only $10 a bunch, but I'm not complaining! 

We bumped into a neighbour-to-be at the new property flying a drone-mounted camera to take photos of his new apartment - he was kind enough to send us a few awesome aerial shots. The scaffolding is almost all down now and it's looking so fantastic!

We have been getting right into the interiors magazines, so many ideas for the new place! Some would say it's a fairly generic space, but I love that it's all white and neutral, it's a real blank canvas for us to personalise, and I cannot wait!

I'm currently making the most of the bright winter sun and the wind to get a week's worth of laundry done. Winner!

Hope the weekend is good to you all - stay cosy!

Monday, May 25, 2015

discovery day...

We headed over to the Uni at the weekend, to check out the new Early Start Discovery centre. Oh my goodness, so freaking excited this has been opened here, it was amaaaazing!

Finally got to push the shopping trolley - life's ambition ticked off hahahaha

Dress the kiddos in play clothes because there are awesome messy crafts to be had!

Some of the installations were clearly geared for older kids - my 3 year old niece adored the Cave (complete with torches and little animals) and the Shipyard.

Lovely outdoor area (totally fenced - winning!) with water play tables and pumps, even a sunscreen station!

Free fruit for the kiddos and half price coffee at the cafe for parents - two big thumbs up.

It's not cheap, at $15/person including children. We ended up buying an annual pass for $90 for E and I, and they deducted the cost of our tickets from the membership which we thought was fantastic.

We will absolutely head back again next weekend. Will be a real winner on a rainy winters day!