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. Sunday, 10 March 2019 .



Hi! Helloooo? Is this *taps mic*, is this thing on? Yes? Good. I know it's been a hot minute and I haven't really been blogging much. I miss it! I have all these things I want to write about but I don't have a lot of time lately. But let's not dwell on that.




I haven't done a ten things in a while. It's been years, even. Let's change that!




1. I went to the Aladdin closing show last week and took my friend Lio with me. Yes, that was my third time seeing it. Yes, I still cried. Yes, I'm going to see it again on Broadway because my nana wants to see it so guess I'm gonna have to go stateside to visit her anyway. Yes, I still stand by this review.




2. This version of this song is so freaking magical. It's become my meditation song of sorts. It's so powerful and ambiguous and just beautiful. Listen with headphones if you can.





3. I have a lot of feelings on International Women's Day. On one hand it can easily be tokenised by big companies jumping into days like these to push their own agenda. But on the otherhand, it is so need, so necessary in this current climate. I also feel as though most of the 'feminism' and social media activism we see are not intersectional and it frustrates the hell out of me. BUT I will say though that this year, my feed has been the most intersectional I've ever seen on IWD so that's progress, I guess. International Women's Day is more than a hashtag, though. More than a day of visibility. And the real work happens everyday. Anyway, I don't know where I'm going with this, but I wrote something about it here if you wanted to have a nosy.




4. Speaking of, I started International Women's Day with Berlei for the launch of their new UnderState collection. We were treated to a lovely breakfast, styling tips, and an expert bra fitter to help us find the right style and size. Unfortunately they didn't have my cup size there but will be sending me one from their warehouse. I will say though that even though the cup size was wrong, the bra fit me in the back. It was incredible stretchy and comfortable to wear and I can't wait to try this! Big boobied people will know that the struggle is real when it comes to finding a good bra and I have high hopes for this.




5. On Wednesday afternoon, I went on a tour of SO/Auckland. Their manager Neil kindly showed me around the place and WOW. It's sublime. It feels very New York-ish, the bathroom is impeccable, and the pool is lovely. They also have a spa and I got to visit a room that's currently being built. When it's done, it will have Himalayan salt tiles and I can already envision it backlit and glowing and I can't wait for it to be ready! I ended up staying for dinner and treated myself to a luxe four course meal at the Harbour Society, their restaurant by Michelin-starred Head Chef Marc de Passorio. It was divine. I haven't had a leisurely long meal in a while so it was a nice mid-week treat. Hotel tour on my Instagram page highlights!




6. We went to this bar in town on Friday after work and it was just so architecturally stunning. I wasn't expecting to find such a gem like that in the city. Their little balcony area felt like being in Paris! The food was lovely, drink deals awesome, and great service too. I'm definitely going to be back because I want to sit in the outside area without the tarp covering it (it was a bit rainy but we sat outside and it was still nice). Anyway, I'm totally obsessed and can't wait to come back.  I'll report back on the name of the place soon.




7. On another food note... the crayfish salad at Oyster & Chop is my most favourite salad in the world and I long for it every so often.




8. I realised the other day how insecure I've been about my body lately. I'm not sure when this happened. It's quite shocking, really. But somewhere along the way I stopped feeling confident in how my face looks and felt self-conscious in selfies. But now that I'm aware of that, I can be more conscious of how I feel and be in control of my thoughts. This would be another blog post in itself so let me gather my thoughts and we'll chat about it soon. But also - how amazing does Paloma Mija look in this latest issue of Unconditional mag?!





9. Autumn is coming. We are officially saying goodbye to summer! It's no secret that summer is my least favourite season and good riddance I say. I'm so so so so so excited for cooler weather, nice clothes, and wearing make-up again without having it slide off my face every five minutes. I've been stocking up on all these clothes and cannot wait to wear things that feel like me again. Hello, true self, can't wait for you to rise as the temperatures drop!




10. I woke up extra early this morning to make brunch for my brother and his friends. Joey had two surprise parties - a big one last week and then a surprise sleepover with his best friends last night so I've been cooking up a storm! I'm exhausted but so happy. Speaking of, I should really go and eat something now.




Talk soon x



Hi! Helloooo? Is this *taps mic*, is this thing on? Yes? Good. I know it's been a hot minute and I haven't really been blogging much. I miss it! I have all these things I want to write about but I don't have a lot of time lately. But let's not dwell on that.




I haven't done a ten things in a while. It's been years, even. Let's change that!




1. I went to the Aladdin closing show last week and took my friend Lio with me. Yes, that was my third time seeing it. Yes, I still cried. Yes, I'm going to see it again on Broadway because my nana wants to see it so guess I'm gonna have to go stateside to visit her anyway. Yes, I still stand by this review.




2. This version of this song is so freaking magical. It's become my meditation song of sorts. It's so powerful and ambiguous and just beautiful. Listen with headphones if you can.





3. I have a lot of feelings on International Women's Day. On one hand it can easily be tokenised by big companies jumping into days like these to push their own agenda. But on the otherhand, it is so need, so necessary in this current climate. I also feel as though most of the 'feminism' and social media activism we see are not intersectional and it frustrates the hell out of me. BUT I will say though that this year, my feed has been the most intersectional I've ever seen on IWD so that's progress, I guess. International Women's Day is more than a hashtag, though. More than a day of visibility. And the real work happens everyday. Anyway, I don't know where I'm going with this, but I wrote something about it here if you wanted to have a nosy.




4. Speaking of, I started International Women's Day with Berlei for the launch of their new UnderState collection. We were treated to a lovely breakfast, styling tips, and an expert bra fitter to help us find the right style and size. Unfortunately they didn't have my cup size there but will be sending me one from their warehouse. I will say though that even though the cup size was wrong, the bra fit me in the back. It was incredible stretchy and comfortable to wear and I can't wait to try this! Big boobied people will know that the struggle is real when it comes to finding a good bra and I have high hopes for this.




5. On Wednesday afternoon, I went on a tour of SO/Auckland. Their manager Neil kindly showed me around the place and WOW. It's sublime. It feels very New York-ish, the bathroom is impeccable, and the pool is lovely. They also have a spa and I got to visit a room that's currently being built. When it's done, it will have Himalayan salt tiles and I can already envision it backlit and glowing and I can't wait for it to be ready! I ended up staying for dinner and treated myself to a luxe four course meal at the Harbour Society, their restaurant by Michelin-starred Head Chef Marc de Passorio. It was divine. I haven't had a leisurely long meal in a while so it was a nice mid-week treat. Hotel tour on my Instagram page highlights!




6. We went to this bar in town on Friday after work and it was just so architecturally stunning. I wasn't expecting to find such a gem like that in the city. Their little balcony area felt like being in Paris! The food was lovely, drink deals awesome, and great service too. I'm definitely going to be back because I want to sit in the outside area without the tarp covering it (it was a bit rainy but we sat outside and it was still nice). Anyway, I'm totally obsessed and can't wait to come back.  I'll report back on the name of the place soon.




7. On another food note... the crayfish salad at Oyster & Chop is my most favourite salad in the world and I long for it every so often.




8. I realised the other day how insecure I've been about my body lately. I'm not sure when this happened. It's quite shocking, really. But somewhere along the way I stopped feeling confident in how my face looks and felt self-conscious in selfies. But now that I'm aware of that, I can be more conscious of how I feel and be in control of my thoughts. This would be another blog post in itself so let me gather my thoughts and we'll chat about it soon. But also - how amazing does Paloma Mija look in this latest issue of Unconditional mag?!





9. Autumn is coming. We are officially saying goodbye to summer! It's no secret that summer is my least favourite season and good riddance I say. I'm so so so so so excited for cooler weather, nice clothes, and wearing make-up again without having it slide off my face every five minutes. I've been stocking up on all these clothes and cannot wait to wear things that feel like me again. Hello, true self, can't wait for you to rise as the temperatures drop!




10. I woke up extra early this morning to make brunch for my brother and his friends. Joey had two surprise parties - a big one last week and then a surprise sleepover with his best friends last night so I've been cooking up a storm! I'm exhausted but so happy. Speaking of, I should really go and eat something now.




Talk soon x

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