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Yesterday my parents decided to go to Taupo and I decided to tag along. The picture above is of one of the wall art pieces the parentals liked and decided to put up. Seeing as I'm without my usual marble background I decided to take a picture of this. Prints are something which I've recently become obsessed with, mostly thanks to Kate whose interiors are just goals. With the festive season soon approaching they're also great gift ideas and I've found some which I would love to adorn my room.

All of these prints are from Etsy & are downloadable ones so you get them instantly and print however you want them. As a side note I've recently started up my own little shop on Esty, La Vivienne Edit. There are some photos as well as prints up at the moment & I would love if you all visited it.


Having a print of a city map has always interested me and of course the city I most want to have on my wall is Paris. There are quite a number of these on Esty so there's plenty of choices but what I liked about this version is that it includes street names. There are other cities I would love to get maps of, someday I'll end up with just a wall of them.

I'm an Art History fan girl basically and when I stumbled across this while searching through Etsy I was enamoured. The seller has got a number of Altered Paintings for sale and I just really like the idea of taking an established piece of art and adding a twist to it.


I've always been attracted to 'fashion' prints or just any prints with the female form. I also like how monochrome & simplistic it is. It also had a watercolour effect to it which I'm a fan of. 

I absolutely love the illustrations by the seller, they're gorgeous. I picked this one as I love the style of the Dior bottle and the colour. This illustration comes in a number of other colours and there are also prints of shoes, cameras etc. 

Once again I really like the minimalism with it as well as the pop of red. I quite like a number of the illustrations in this shop. At this rate, my walls are just going to be covered in art.

Are you a fan of wall art?

Ashley xx

Wall Art | Christmas Gift Ideas

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Yesterday my parents decided to go to Taupo and I decided to tag along. The picture above is of one of the wall art pieces the parentals liked and decided to put up. Seeing as I'm without my usual marble background I decided to take a picture of this. Prints are something which I've recently become obsessed with, mostly thanks to Kate whose interiors are just goals. With the festive season soon approaching they're also great gift ideas and I've found some which I would love to adorn my room.

All of these prints are from Etsy & are downloadable ones so you get them instantly and print however you want them. As a side note I've recently started up my own little shop on Esty, La Vivienne Edit. There are some photos as well as prints up at the moment & I would love if you all visited it.


Having a print of a city map has always interested me and of course the city I most want to have on my wall is Paris. There are quite a number of these on Esty so there's plenty of choices but what I liked about this version is that it includes street names. There are other cities I would love to get maps of, someday I'll end up with just a wall of them.

I'm an Art History fan girl basically and when I stumbled across this while searching through Etsy I was enamoured. The seller has got a number of Altered Paintings for sale and I just really like the idea of taking an established piece of art and adding a twist to it.


I've always been attracted to 'fashion' prints or just any prints with the female form. I also like how monochrome & simplistic it is. It also had a watercolour effect to it which I'm a fan of. 

I absolutely love the illustrations by the seller, they're gorgeous. I picked this one as I love the style of the Dior bottle and the colour. This illustration comes in a number of other colours and there are also prints of shoes, cameras etc. 

Once again I really like the minimalism with it as well as the pop of red. I quite like a number of the illustrations in this shop. At this rate, my walls are just going to be covered in art.

Are you a fan of wall art?

Ashley xx

Is it just me or does it seem like it suddenly went from cold to hot even before summer 'officially' started? Summer is great and all but whenever I'm outside I only last about 5 minutes before passing out from the heat. I'm not cut out for it. I'd rather be inside with a book while a fan is blasting cold air at me, which is probably what I'll be doing all summer. 

I'm currently still getting through the books I mentioned last month but these are the next two off the reading pile. 



Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir*
This is the second book in the series, following the life of Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn. I read the first book on Katherine of Aragon last year and absolutely loved it. The books are a historical non-fiction/narrative fiction hybrid of sorts with the people, dates etc being true but the story is shown from the female perspective. In this case, Anne Boleyn. There's next to no works or documents written by women at that time so the narrative employs the use of creative licence. None the less, it will still be an interesting read and one I'm looking forward to. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*
This novel follows the character of Eleanor Oliphant who leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal & buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. She is happy, nothing is missing from her life. Except, sometimes, everything. When one act of kindness shatters the walls Eleanor has built around herself she must learn how to navigate the world. I really like the premise of this book, I kind of relate to Eleanor in a way as I always tend to stick to a routine and rarely stray from it. It's safe but at the same time boring & lonely. The central theme is about change which is a word that both excites & frightens me.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ & Harper Collins NZ

Books to Read in December

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Is it just me or does it seem like it suddenly went from cold to hot even before summer 'officially' started? Summer is great and all but whenever I'm outside I only last about 5 minutes before passing out from the heat. I'm not cut out for it. I'd rather be inside with a book while a fan is blasting cold air at me, which is probably what I'll be doing all summer. 

I'm currently still getting through the books I mentioned last month but these are the next two off the reading pile. 



Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir*
This is the second book in the series, following the life of Henry VIII's second wife Anne Boleyn. I read the first book on Katherine of Aragon last year and absolutely loved it. The books are a historical non-fiction/narrative fiction hybrid of sorts with the people, dates etc being true but the story is shown from the female perspective. In this case, Anne Boleyn. There's next to no works or documents written by women at that time so the narrative employs the use of creative licence. None the less, it will still be an interesting read and one I'm looking forward to. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*
This novel follows the character of Eleanor Oliphant who leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal & buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. She is happy, nothing is missing from her life. Except, sometimes, everything. When one act of kindness shatters the walls Eleanor has built around herself she must learn how to navigate the world. I really like the premise of this book, I kind of relate to Eleanor in a way as I always tend to stick to a routine and rarely stray from it. It's safe but at the same time boring & lonely. The central theme is about change which is a word that both excites & frightens me.

What books are you planning to read this month?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Hachette NZ & Harper Collins NZ

Not gonna lie I'm pretty pleased with the title of this post. Coming up with titles just isn't my forte so when this popped into my head I was stoked. There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, one of which is all the gorgeous beauty holiday collections. As usual, I wasn't planning on buying anything at all but when I saw everyone going crazy over the Mecca holiday gift sets I had to see what all the fuss was about. Of course, the inevitable happened and items made their way into my basket and arrived the next day which was amazing especially since I live rurally so things tend to take longer. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion / NZ $26
I've heard a number of bloggers/YouTubers say really good things about this product so I thought I would give it a go. Previously I was using the Lioele A.C Control Night Spot which is basically the same thing but cheaper at $14.95. It's made with a blend of calamine and salicylic acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. Whenever I use it, there aren't any immediate results the next morning but I have noticed my pimples come up and disappear quicker which is great. 


Kitsch Astrology Hair Ties / NZ $13
Hair ties weren't on the top of my list when I was looking through Mecca but as soon as saw these I just knew I had to have them. I'm a sucker for anything astrology/stars/moon related. These are crease free limited edition hair ties and are stunning. I just love the astrological designs + the glitter.



Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set / NZ $39
Speaking of glitter... This was the item I knew I wanted to have. Once again I'd seen the Stila liquid eyeshadows be brought up by bloggers and I've always wanted to try them out. This set is absolutely gorgeous and is perfect for the festive season. There are three stunning glitter shades; Diamond Dust, Kitten Karma & Smoky Storm. As an eyeshadow novice I'm a bit nervous about letting it loose on my eyelid so hopefully, it does'nt turn into a glitter bomb.

Did you get any of the holiday gift sets from Mecca?

Ashley xx

Have Yourself a Mecca Christmas

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Not gonna lie I'm pretty pleased with the title of this post. Coming up with titles just isn't my forte so when this popped into my head I was stoked. There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, one of which is all the gorgeous beauty holiday collections. As usual, I wasn't planning on buying anything at all but when I saw everyone going crazy over the Mecca holiday gift sets I had to see what all the fuss was about. Of course, the inevitable happened and items made their way into my basket and arrived the next day which was amazing especially since I live rurally so things tend to take longer. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion / NZ $26
I've heard a number of bloggers/YouTubers say really good things about this product so I thought I would give it a go. Previously I was using the Lioele A.C Control Night Spot which is basically the same thing but cheaper at $14.95. It's made with a blend of calamine and salicylic acid to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads overnight. Whenever I use it, there aren't any immediate results the next morning but I have noticed my pimples come up and disappear quicker which is great. 


Kitsch Astrology Hair Ties / NZ $13
Hair ties weren't on the top of my list when I was looking through Mecca but as soon as saw these I just knew I had to have them. I'm a sucker for anything astrology/stars/moon related. These are crease free limited edition hair ties and are stunning. I just love the astrological designs + the glitter.



Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set / NZ $39
Speaking of glitter... This was the item I knew I wanted to have. Once again I'd seen the Stila liquid eyeshadows be brought up by bloggers and I've always wanted to try them out. This set is absolutely gorgeous and is perfect for the festive season. There are three stunning glitter shades; Diamond Dust, Kitten Karma & Smoky Storm. As an eyeshadow novice I'm a bit nervous about letting it loose on my eyelid so hopefully, it does'nt turn into a glitter bomb.

Did you get any of the holiday gift sets from Mecca?

Ashley xx

As a fantasy genre lover, I was very pleased with these fantasy epics. At times it got a bit overwhelming and eventually, I ended up favouring one over the other. They were both also more of the weightier books I've read in a while so I'm grateful I made it to the other side (soz for sounding dramatic).



Godblind by Anna Stephens*
The narrative is set in a world of neighbouring waring kingdoms, Mireces & Rilpor. The Mireces worship the Red Gods, the Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death, blood & fire. Rilpor, on the other hand, worships the Gods of Light with the Dancer being the main deity. When the king of Rilpor's health declines the kingdom is in danger, to fall to Mireces and the Red Gods. 

The story rotates around the perspective of ten characters, it's kind of like a TV show were we the viewer sees what is happening in multiple locations on each side. Aside from the 'gods', the story is similar to wars that have happened throughout history. For me, it sounded familiar to the War of the Roses. While no side was particularly evil, the Tudors did paint the Yorks badly in order to support their claim to the throne. One part that I enjoyed most was the interactions between the high priestess of each side. They were snarky towards one another but respected each other's position with the Blessed One (Red Gods) being especially curious about the Gods of Light.

The book finished in the middle of the battle so I'm presuming there will be a sequel. I hope so, I want to see the outcome of the conflict.

3.5 stars


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor*
Compared to Godblind this book was much more fantastical and lighter in terms of the story. The narrative is mostly split between two characters. Lazlo, an orphan librarian who gets the chance to travel to the place he's dreamed of his whole life, & Sarai who is one of five godspawn who are hiding their existence from the people who tried to kill them. The structure in which the godspawn live in is causing the people below trouble which is how Lazlo becomes part of the team brought in to solve it. 

While the book uncovers the mysteries of Weep, (the place Lazlo has dreamed about) the main aspect of the book is Lazlo & Sarai's relationship. Lazlo is a dreamer who lives in fairy tales and from him, Sarai discovers another side to the world that isn't filled with hate and fear.

Like with Godblind the book finishes before the story so I'm looking forward to the next part.

4 stars

Have you read any of these books?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Harper Collins NZ & Hachette NZ. Opinions are my own

Review | Godblind & Strange the Dreamer

Thursday, 23 November 2017


As a fantasy genre lover, I was very pleased with these fantasy epics. At times it got a bit overwhelming and eventually, I ended up favouring one over the other. They were both also more of the weightier books I've read in a while so I'm grateful I made it to the other side (soz for sounding dramatic).



Godblind by Anna Stephens*
The narrative is set in a world of neighbouring waring kingdoms, Mireces & Rilpor. The Mireces worship the Red Gods, the Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death, blood & fire. Rilpor, on the other hand, worships the Gods of Light with the Dancer being the main deity. When the king of Rilpor's health declines the kingdom is in danger, to fall to Mireces and the Red Gods. 

The story rotates around the perspective of ten characters, it's kind of like a TV show were we the viewer sees what is happening in multiple locations on each side. Aside from the 'gods', the story is similar to wars that have happened throughout history. For me, it sounded familiar to the War of the Roses. While no side was particularly evil, the Tudors did paint the Yorks badly in order to support their claim to the throne. One part that I enjoyed most was the interactions between the high priestess of each side. They were snarky towards one another but respected each other's position with the Blessed One (Red Gods) being especially curious about the Gods of Light.

The book finished in the middle of the battle so I'm presuming there will be a sequel. I hope so, I want to see the outcome of the conflict.

3.5 stars


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor*
Compared to Godblind this book was much more fantastical and lighter in terms of the story. The narrative is mostly split between two characters. Lazlo, an orphan librarian who gets the chance to travel to the place he's dreamed of his whole life, & Sarai who is one of five godspawn who are hiding their existence from the people who tried to kill them. The structure in which the godspawn live in is causing the people below trouble which is how Lazlo becomes part of the team brought in to solve it. 

While the book uncovers the mysteries of Weep, (the place Lazlo has dreamed about) the main aspect of the book is Lazlo & Sarai's relationship. Lazlo is a dreamer who lives in fairy tales and from him, Sarai discovers another side to the world that isn't filled with hate and fear.

Like with Godblind the book finishes before the story so I'm looking forward to the next part.

4 stars

Have you read any of these books?

Ashley xx
*Review copies from Harper Collins NZ & Hachette NZ. Opinions are my own

I first heard about MOR Boutique through bloggers I follow and hadn't tried anything till a couple of sets got sent to me earlier this month. Along with the sets was a booklet filled with gorgeous products that would be great as a Christmas present.



The first set I received is part of the Marshmellow Collection and is some moisturising shampoo & conditioner*. They come in 250ml squeezable bottles and the packaging is absolutely gorgeous with gold accents. As yet I haven't used them on my hair but they smell amazing and the product feels very moisturising. 


The second set I received was the Sweetheart Perfume Oil Trio* which comes in a gorgeous pink & gold box which you could reuse to keep possessions in. It includes three different perfume oils; Marshmellow (light pink), Lychee Flower (dark pink) & Snow Gardenia (white). They all smell delicious although Lychee Flower is a lot stronger than the other two so make sure not to go overboard with it. These would make a wonderful gift and are a great alternative to regular perfumes.

As well as haircare & perfumes MOR also has candles, skincare, diffusers & handcare. There are also different collections such as Marshmallow, Pomegranate, Rosa Noir, Emporium Classics etc. Everything is reasonably priced and can be found at Smith & Caughey's in New Zealand. Like I've mentioned before MOR products would make a great Christmas gift, I'm actually thinking of getting my Mum a diffuser. Just have to figure out which one to get.

Have you tried any MOR products?

Ashley xx

*PR Samples. These were gifted, I was not paid to write this post. Opinions are my own.

MOR Boutique | Christmas Gift Ideas

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


I first heard about MOR Boutique through bloggers I follow and hadn't tried anything till a couple of sets got sent to me earlier this month. Along with the sets was a booklet filled with gorgeous products that would be great as a Christmas present.



The first set I received is part of the Marshmellow Collection and is some moisturising shampoo & conditioner*. They come in 250ml squeezable bottles and the packaging is absolutely gorgeous with gold accents. As yet I haven't used them on my hair but they smell amazing and the product feels very moisturising. 


The second set I received was the Sweetheart Perfume Oil Trio* which comes in a gorgeous pink & gold box which you could reuse to keep possessions in. It includes three different perfume oils; Marshmellow (light pink), Lychee Flower (dark pink) & Snow Gardenia (white). They all smell delicious although Lychee Flower is a lot stronger than the other two so make sure not to go overboard with it. These would make a wonderful gift and are a great alternative to regular perfumes.

As well as haircare & perfumes MOR also has candles, skincare, diffusers & handcare. There are also different collections such as Marshmallow, Pomegranate, Rosa Noir, Emporium Classics etc. Everything is reasonably priced and can be found at Smith & Caughey's in New Zealand. Like I've mentioned before MOR products would make a great Christmas gift, I'm actually thinking of getting my Mum a diffuser. Just have to figure out which one to get.

Have you tried any MOR products?

Ashley xx

*PR Samples. These were gifted, I was not paid to write this post. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday was the day in which I finally went and marvelled at the current exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery. The Corsini Collection: A Window On Renaissance Florence truly excited me as it's very rare (not at all) that works from this time period actually go on tour let alone come here. The Italian Renaissance was basically my main area of interest at uni, I did my dissertation on a series of Renaissance works by Titian. As surmised by the name of the exhibition the works are from the collection of the Corsini family who were a family of prominence in Florence. A contemporary family of theirs was the Medici who I first studied all the way back in high school. I don't recall ever hearing about the Corsini family which is interesting given how influential they were in Florence.

The first three rooms were kind of in chronological order. The first thing you see is the Corsini family tree and starts off with the Renaissance and moves towards the Baroque period. As well as paintings there were examples of cookware as well as 19th-century costumes members of the family wore which was amazing. A dining table was set up in one room which was accompanied by operatic music and there were also drawings & prints from the collection. The last room of the exhibition nicely combined the two worlds with works from the gallery collection displayed which tied into the rest of the exhibition.

Photography (not flash) was allowed so I took a couple of pictures of the works I loved the most.


Copy, preparatory sketch of 'Portrait of Pope Julius II della Rovere' by Raphael. 1511-12


'Saint Simon' by Tintoretto, c. 1585


'Saint Andrea Corsini' by Guercino, 1630

As you can see from the title the Corsini family can boast about having a family member made a saint. Another thing about the painting are the obvious bullet holes, I overheard the story from a tour that was happening. So during WW2 the Nazi's just took artworks from museums & homes. To combat this Princess Elena Corsini drove a truck with the paintings to the family villa of Le Corti. They were hidden behind a false wall and this painting was hung on it to protect the collection. When the Germans arrived they saw the wet plaster and having not enough time to dismantle the wall they shot at it believing people to be in the room. None of the paintings inside were damaged so the family saint really did protect them. 


'Madonna and Child with Six Angels' by Botticelli and Workshop, c. 1500


'Portrait of Maffeo Barberini' by Caravaggio, c. 1597


Costume worn by Anna Barberini Corsini, 1887


Unsurprisingly I highly recommend this exhibition, it's absolutely amazing to see works of artists I studied throughout my time at university. I loved it so much I even bought the exhibition catalogue, so now I can just flick through the book and reminisce.

The exhibition is on until 21 January 2018 and the admission is $19 for adults.

Have you seen the Corsini exhibition?

Ashley xx

The Corsini Collection: A Window On Renaissance Florence | Auckland Art Gallery

Friday, 17 November 2017


Wednesday was the day in which I finally went and marvelled at the current exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery. The Corsini Collection: A Window On Renaissance Florence truly excited me as it's very rare (not at all) that works from this time period actually go on tour let alone come here. The Italian Renaissance was basically my main area of interest at uni, I did my dissertation on a series of Renaissance works by Titian. As surmised by the name of the exhibition the works are from the collection of the Corsini family who were a family of prominence in Florence. A contemporary family of theirs was the Medici who I first studied all the way back in high school. I don't recall ever hearing about the Corsini family which is interesting given how influential they were in Florence.

The first three rooms were kind of in chronological order. The first thing you see is the Corsini family tree and starts off with the Renaissance and moves towards the Baroque period. As well as paintings there were examples of cookware as well as 19th-century costumes members of the family wore which was amazing. A dining table was set up in one room which was accompanied by operatic music and there were also drawings & prints from the collection. The last room of the exhibition nicely combined the two worlds with works from the gallery collection displayed which tied into the rest of the exhibition.

Photography (not flash) was allowed so I took a couple of pictures of the works I loved the most.


Copy, preparatory sketch of 'Portrait of Pope Julius II della Rovere' by Raphael. 1511-12


'Saint Simon' by Tintoretto, c. 1585


'Saint Andrea Corsini' by Guercino, 1630

As you can see from the title the Corsini family can boast about having a family member made a saint. Another thing about the painting are the obvious bullet holes, I overheard the story from a tour that was happening. So during WW2 the Nazi's just took artworks from museums & homes. To combat this Princess Elena Corsini drove a truck with the paintings to the family villa of Le Corti. They were hidden behind a false wall and this painting was hung on it to protect the collection. When the Germans arrived they saw the wet plaster and having not enough time to dismantle the wall they shot at it believing people to be in the room. None of the paintings inside were damaged so the family saint really did protect them. 


'Madonna and Child with Six Angels' by Botticelli and Workshop, c. 1500


'Portrait of Maffeo Barberini' by Caravaggio, c. 1597


Costume worn by Anna Barberini Corsini, 1887


Unsurprisingly I highly recommend this exhibition, it's absolutely amazing to see works of artists I studied throughout my time at university. I loved it so much I even bought the exhibition catalogue, so now I can just flick through the book and reminisce.

The exhibition is on until 21 January 2018 and the admission is $19 for adults.

Have you seen the Corsini exhibition?

Ashley xx

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