Thursday, September 27, 2012

In my kitchen: Warm Mushroom Salad

I tried making this warm mushrooom salad the other day that I found here. It is amazing and won me some serious brownie points with my flatmates! I used bacon instead of prosciutto because prosciutto is really expensive at my local supermarket. 

Monday, September 24, 2012


This Saturday we set off for a hike in the Waitakere Ranges. Halfway there we decided to head to Whatipu, which is one scary drive but so worth it at the end! 

I don't think these photos really do justice to the beautiful untouched natural beauty that this place holds. Neither can my words really. All I can say is if you ever get a chance, visit. Its absolutely magic.

Lunch was had in the grassy dunes on the beach sheltered from the wind. I was so relaxed I even managed a snooze in the sun afterwards. Uni was the last thing on my mind and it really felt like I had escaped the city without going too far. I felt so lucky to be living in such a beautiful country!

Friday, September 21, 2012


1.  Something I am very proud of is    at the moment I'm proud that my workplace is sending me to a conference in another city next month. It sounds silly but it is the first time I've had to travel for my career and I hope it is the start of exciting things to come.

2.  My favorite thing about myself is  my positive attitude. I can pick myself from all kinds of situations and make the best of them. I know that sounds a bit obnoxious but making the best of things has literally saved my life in the past.

3.  My favorite color for fall is   maroon.

4. Something I've been learning lately is    that I need to balance to be at my best. I don't operate well under extremes.

5. A book I am reading now/have read recently is The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. Its really nice escapism.

6. My favorite Pandora Station is  uh this must not be a thing in New Zealand because I have no idea what it is...

7.  This weekend I will   be going for a bush walk, catching a movie and going to the local french markets. I've given myself the weekend off assignment writing and I'm excited as lame as that sounds.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blue and Grey Sunday

I fell in love with Titirangi again this Sunday. Blues and greys just seem to ease out of these photos.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fill In The Blanks Friday

This week has gone super fast! You can take part in the blanks over here.

1.  Right now the weather where I live is     cold but sunny most days. Spring is definitely in the air and I love the sense of possibility the nicer weather brings.

2.  The best piece of advice I've been given is    my two really good friends (my best mate and another who is my oldest friend) sat me down last year and said something along the lines of "some people don't deserve to be in your life. don't beat yourself up over it. move on." I really needed to hear that.

3.  My most favorite person in all the world is    my best friend and my little sister get equal favourite.

4. If I were to have a "mission statement" for my life, it would be     do whatever it is that makes you happy, be purposeful and remember that live is a verb. Something like that anyway.

5. My most favorite item in my closet is  a red snuggly circle scarf I got given on my birthday on Wednesday and my mustard coloured cardi.

6. The best cure for a bad day is   step outside and get some fresh air. Works every time for me. 

7.  Today is   almost over which means relaxing. Yus!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Food! Now that I have your attention...

I was quite stoked to come across this free e-book today. I'm such a foodie and great food with less ingredients appeals to my budget. You can download it yourself here, just remember to share the love.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy birthday to me

24 today. I like the place I've got to after 24 years. Here's to another year :-)

Corners of my world

My favourite blog posts are when bloggers show a sneak peek of their home. So I thought I would share a little bit of my space this month, starting off with my bedroom.

 My bedside table: Jasmine from our garden, what I've been reading and my pandora bracelet.

 I have my degree by my desk to motivate me during this year of post-graduate study. I really should get it framed at some point. That vase and elephant are probably my two favourite belongings. The elephant I obtained from my ex boyfriend (note the word obtained as he didn't exactly give it to me...) and the vase I bought at a craft market last year.

 Books. I have a growing collection in my room and an already full bookcase in the lounge.
 My wardrobe door has a selection of pretty photos, postcards and other things I find inspiring. The drawing at the top is a picture a little girl drew for me at work.

 I like lying in my bed, staring at the world map and dreaming of the places I will visit one day. My room also gets really nice afternoon sun.

 My collection of scarves. I think they are pretty.

I love this print, I bought it at the Splore Music Festival to remember the amazing time I had there at the start of the year. I was blessed with free tickets from a friend who had a stall at the market and felt very lucky.

My bed is probably the best place in the world in my opinion. I have a pretty sweet duvet cover too, don't I?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Afternoon

My flatmate and I are addicted to Mad Men at the moment. We watched the first season last week and when she got back from a weekend away on Sunday afternoon there was only one thing we wanted to do. So we went and got the second season from the dvd store along with a bottle of red wine and some ridiculously priced applewood smoked cheddar cheese. As far as Sunday afternoons go, it was pretty hard to beat.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A walk in the park

I've blogged about Cornwall Park before, but honestly its awesome. How many other cities have a beautiful farm and park bang in the middle?

Yesterday I had an exciting Saturday working on my current assignment and by 4pm I was craving fresh air. Unfortunately it had just started to rain. I decided to brave it anyway, grabbed a rain jacket and headed out the door. And boy, I was so glad I did! The park was pretty empty except for a few determined runners and some children who didn't seem to care either way. So I relished the solitude and enjoyed how pretty the park is looking now that spring has arrived. And there were lambs!!! So flipping cute! By the end of my hour loop around the park I had wet feet and a big smile on my face. Invigorated, I went home thinking about how lucky I am. It really is the simple things that make the most difference.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012