Greetings! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas which included eating too much and having a lifetime supply of chocolate which will only last until early January if you're lucky.
 
I did a New Years post last year so I'd thought I would continue the tradition. This post will be very similar to last years, I have the same goals (if that's what you want to call them) which I want to continue working on.
 
I still want to be less scared of opportunities and not stress about everything. I want to be able to say yes rather than over analyse and then not end up doing anything because I invent problems that might occur. 2016 will be a year of change for me and doing new things. I won't be studying so I have no real plan for the year. Job hunting is top on my list but I also still have the desire to learn; skills to help with this blog, languages and whatever else I feel like wanting to know more of.
 
2015 was stressful, especially during the last few weeks of uni where it was the first time ever that I almost reached breaking point. I wasn't feeling that great about how I did with my courses so I was super relieved that I passed everything.
 
 
I hope you all have a great New Years wherever you are in the world and are ready to embrace the new opportunities and experiences 2016 has for you. In keeping with doing new things in 2016 I'll be in Wellington in the New Year which is a first. The image above is a still from a video I took on my new camera. I was thinking of making a little vlog but I'm not sure how well it will turn out. Like I said trying new things

Ashley xx
 

New Year 2016

Thursday, 31 December 2015


Greetings! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas which included eating too much and having a lifetime supply of chocolate which will only last until early January if you're lucky.
 
I did a New Years post last year so I'd thought I would continue the tradition. This post will be very similar to last years, I have the same goals (if that's what you want to call them) which I want to continue working on.
 
I still want to be less scared of opportunities and not stress about everything. I want to be able to say yes rather than over analyse and then not end up doing anything because I invent problems that might occur. 2016 will be a year of change for me and doing new things. I won't be studying so I have no real plan for the year. Job hunting is top on my list but I also still have the desire to learn; skills to help with this blog, languages and whatever else I feel like wanting to know more of.
 
2015 was stressful, especially during the last few weeks of uni where it was the first time ever that I almost reached breaking point. I wasn't feeling that great about how I did with my courses so I was super relieved that I passed everything.
 
 
I hope you all have a great New Years wherever you are in the world and are ready to embrace the new opportunities and experiences 2016 has for you. In keeping with doing new things in 2016 I'll be in Wellington in the New Year which is a first. The image above is a still from a video I took on my new camera. I was thinking of making a little vlog but I'm not sure how well it will turn out. Like I said trying new things

Ashley xx
 
Twas the day before Christmas and all around shopping malls are packed with people scrambling to acquire gifts. This pretty much happens every year so I made sure I did all my shopping 1. before it got crazy & 2. in the morning, on a weekday.

For today's post I'd thought I do a little gift guide for those of you doing some last minute shopping and/or for the people who are just too difficult to buy for.

Chocolate
Easy, everyone loves chocolate. Favourites and Roses are easy to give, there's a variety so there should be one flavour that someone likes. And of course there's just blocks of chocolate, just pick your giftee's favourite and you're good.
 
Books
Like chocolate you can never go wrong. There are so many genres and topics to choose from so hopefully you can find something the person your buying for likes. I chose to include an adult colouring book for an example. I love Joanna Basford's illustrations, I already have Secret Garden and I would love the other two.
 
Beauty Gift Sets
Gift sets are great, you get a variety of items all bundled up in some beautiful (sometimes Christmassy) packaging. Last year my sister got me Revlon gift set with two Colourburst Lip Crayons which I loved. It was great.
 
Magazines
Also like with books magazines covers a wide rang of interests. This is the road I took with my brother who is extremely difficult to buy for. Magazine and chocolate and he's all set.
 
Gift Cards
And if all else fails you can always resort to the good old gift cards. They're easy and it means the person you're buying for actually gets something that they like.
 
I hope this was helpful in anyway. Merry Christmas everyone! Can't believe it's only a couple of days away, hasn't set in for me yet but I'm excited. I got an early Christmas present yesterday in finding out I passed all my courses and I now have my Honours degree! Thank god. Hope you all have an amazing Christmas.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Twas the day before Christmas and all around shopping malls are packed with people scrambling to acquire gifts. This pretty much happens every year so I made sure I did all my shopping 1. before it got crazy & 2. in the morning, on a weekday.

For today's post I'd thought I do a little gift guide for those of you doing some last minute shopping and/or for the people who are just too difficult to buy for.

Chocolate
Easy, everyone loves chocolate. Favourites and Roses are easy to give, there's a variety so there should be one flavour that someone likes. And of course there's just blocks of chocolate, just pick your giftee's favourite and you're good.
 
Books
Like chocolate you can never go wrong. There are so many genres and topics to choose from so hopefully you can find something the person your buying for likes. I chose to include an adult colouring book for an example. I love Joanna Basford's illustrations, I already have Secret Garden and I would love the other two.
 
Beauty Gift Sets
Gift sets are great, you get a variety of items all bundled up in some beautiful (sometimes Christmassy) packaging. Last year my sister got me Revlon gift set with two Colourburst Lip Crayons which I loved. It was great.
 
Magazines
Also like with books magazines covers a wide rang of interests. This is the road I took with my brother who is extremely difficult to buy for. Magazine and chocolate and he's all set.
 
Gift Cards
And if all else fails you can always resort to the good old gift cards. They're easy and it means the person you're buying for actually gets something that they like.
 
I hope this was helpful in anyway. Merry Christmas everyone! Can't believe it's only a couple of days away, hasn't set in for me yet but I'm excited. I got an early Christmas present yesterday in finding out I passed all my courses and I now have my Honours degree! Thank god. Hope you all have an amazing Christmas.
It's been quite a while since I've done a fashion post so I'd thought I would do one since I have a couple of new additions to my wardrobe which I am quite fond of. They're all from Farmers and I got them all on sale which is a major plus.
 
 
I got this skirt a couple of weeks before the other items. It's a skater skirt (of course) but what I really liked about it was the colour and the texture. I don't have any navy blue skirts so thought it would be a nice addition.
 
 
 
I spied this skirt the week before I got it but it wasn't on sale. Mum, being so wise, told me to wait till it was on sale and what do you know there was 50% off women's clothes. What drew me was the colour, I love a deep wine kinda red colour and I just fell in love with it. The skirt also came in a black but it just didn't stand out to me as this one. The skirt is a little different to what I would go for, not skater/straight, but I really like it. There's material/a belt which you can tie into a bow which I think looks cute. What's really awesome is how deep the pockets are, you could fit so much stuff in there.
 
 
I tend to choose skirts over shorts because finding a pair that fits me right is basically mission impossible. These pair were the only ones that kinda looked fine. They're similar to the skirt in that you can tie a bow for a belt and there's deep pockets. It's a light material, great for summer and is a army kind of green which I like.
 
 
This is not really a summer shirt but I really wanted a tartan shirt. I love the colours of it, dark blue and pink, and thought it would be a nice piece.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I'm a bit nervous as tomorrow is my first shift. I got into a work experience program at The Pah Homestead and I'll be doing some shifts as a gallery host. I'm nervous/excited/all the emotions. Hope you all have a good weekend, can't believe it's only a week till Christmas!!!

Summer Fashion Acquisitions

Friday, 18 December 2015

It's been quite a while since I've done a fashion post so I'd thought I would do one since I have a couple of new additions to my wardrobe which I am quite fond of. They're all from Farmers and I got them all on sale which is a major plus.
 
 
I got this skirt a couple of weeks before the other items. It's a skater skirt (of course) but what I really liked about it was the colour and the texture. I don't have any navy blue skirts so thought it would be a nice addition.
 
 
 
I spied this skirt the week before I got it but it wasn't on sale. Mum, being so wise, told me to wait till it was on sale and what do you know there was 50% off women's clothes. What drew me was the colour, I love a deep wine kinda red colour and I just fell in love with it. The skirt also came in a black but it just didn't stand out to me as this one. The skirt is a little different to what I would go for, not skater/straight, but I really like it. There's material/a belt which you can tie into a bow which I think looks cute. What's really awesome is how deep the pockets are, you could fit so much stuff in there.
 
 
I tend to choose skirts over shorts because finding a pair that fits me right is basically mission impossible. These pair were the only ones that kinda looked fine. They're similar to the skirt in that you can tie a bow for a belt and there's deep pockets. It's a light material, great for summer and is a army kind of green which I like.
 
 
This is not really a summer shirt but I really wanted a tartan shirt. I love the colours of it, dark blue and pink, and thought it would be a nice piece.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I'm a bit nervous as tomorrow is my first shift. I got into a work experience program at The Pah Homestead and I'll be doing some shifts as a gallery host. I'm nervous/excited/all the emotions. Hope you all have a good weekend, can't believe it's only a week till Christmas!!!

I'm a part of a couple awesome Facebook groups NZBloggers and #brunchclub which are spaces for New Zealand bloggers to share posts, ask questions and just be an overall supportive space. Great opportunities are also shared and when I saw the call for Game of Thrones fans I immediately put my hand up.
 
Trafalgar has launched TV inspired trips based on Game of Thrones as well as Outlander which I haven't watched but a lot of people love it.
 
Guests on the Highland Trail and Celtic Filmscapes will visit famous locations including the Whispering Woods and Winterfell Castle from Game of Thrones and Outlanders famous Kingdom of Fife. Imagine going to Winterfell Castle, that would be amazing!
 
A replica of Game of Thrones’ Winterfell Castle Courtyard has been created on the site where the filming originally took place in Londonderry, Ireland. Guests can dress up in character costumes from the show, tour the set and shoot live arrows. THIS SOUNDS AWESOME.
 
Here's the pricing for the trips and links for more information:
 
11 days, priced from $3983 per person and includes cinematic themed city tours, Game of Thrones experience in Castle Ward and more.
 
13-days, priced from $4,568 per person and includes visiting the Outlander filming locations for Fort William, 18th Century Cranesmuir and “1940s Inverness”.
 
Trips are available in the Northern hemisphere summer, between May and October 2016.

Trafalgar links:
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
 
 **I was asked to write a post about these trips but I think they're really cool and would be awesome to do especially if you love Game of Thrones as much as me.

Dreaming of Wanderlust - Game of Thrones

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


I'm a part of a couple awesome Facebook groups NZBloggers and #brunchclub which are spaces for New Zealand bloggers to share posts, ask questions and just be an overall supportive space. Great opportunities are also shared and when I saw the call for Game of Thrones fans I immediately put my hand up.
 
Trafalgar has launched TV inspired trips based on Game of Thrones as well as Outlander which I haven't watched but a lot of people love it.
 
Guests on the Highland Trail and Celtic Filmscapes will visit famous locations including the Whispering Woods and Winterfell Castle from Game of Thrones and Outlanders famous Kingdom of Fife. Imagine going to Winterfell Castle, that would be amazing!
 
A replica of Game of Thrones’ Winterfell Castle Courtyard has been created on the site where the filming originally took place in Londonderry, Ireland. Guests can dress up in character costumes from the show, tour the set and shoot live arrows. THIS SOUNDS AWESOME.
 
Here's the pricing for the trips and links for more information:
 
11 days, priced from $3983 per person and includes cinematic themed city tours, Game of Thrones experience in Castle Ward and more.
 
13-days, priced from $4,568 per person and includes visiting the Outlander filming locations for Fort William, 18th Century Cranesmuir and “1940s Inverness”.
 
Trips are available in the Northern hemisphere summer, between May and October 2016.

Trafalgar links:
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
 
 **I was asked to write a post about these trips but I think they're really cool and would be awesome to do especially if you love Game of Thrones as much as me.

The older I get the more harder it is for me to figure out what I want for Christmas. Usually I want a lot of things but trying to narrow it down is hard and I just come to a blank.
 
These are some of the things that I can be sure that I would like. You might see a couple of repeats from last year but they're just items that I always covet.

Typo
I just basically want everything from Typo. I went in to have a little look with the mind-set of gifts for my family but I ended up seeing things that I would like. Typical.

Essie
At the moment I have a small collection of Essie polishes which I will love to expand. Lately I haven't been motivated with painting my nails so hopefully a new shade will inspire me.
 
Perfume
I have a number of perfumes on rotation and am always looking for some new ones to add to my collection. I've never owned a Marc Jacobs perfume, I would love to have one. Their scents are amazing and their bottles are just gorgeous.
 
Frankie Magazine
This magazine always has the most beautiful cover and the inside is no different. It covers music, photography, fashion, travel and art which are all things that I love.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Would love to know what you hope Santa will get you this year. I still need to do some Christmas shopping... eek. Buying for my brother is so difficult when he just buys everything he wants anyway *sigh* I'll figure something out.

Christmas Wish List 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015


The older I get the more harder it is for me to figure out what I want for Christmas. Usually I want a lot of things but trying to narrow it down is hard and I just come to a blank.
 
These are some of the things that I can be sure that I would like. You might see a couple of repeats from last year but they're just items that I always covet.

Typo
I just basically want everything from Typo. I went in to have a little look with the mind-set of gifts for my family but I ended up seeing things that I would like. Typical.

Essie
At the moment I have a small collection of Essie polishes which I will love to expand. Lately I haven't been motivated with painting my nails so hopefully a new shade will inspire me.
 
Perfume
I have a number of perfumes on rotation and am always looking for some new ones to add to my collection. I've never owned a Marc Jacobs perfume, I would love to have one. Their scents are amazing and their bottles are just gorgeous.
 
Frankie Magazine
This magazine always has the most beautiful cover and the inside is no different. It covers music, photography, fashion, travel and art which are all things that I love.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Would love to know what you hope Santa will get you this year. I still need to do some Christmas shopping... eek. Buying for my brother is so difficult when he just buys everything he wants anyway *sigh* I'll figure something out.

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I think I love the build up most of all. The excitement, the lights, getting a Christmas tree etc just makes December a great month. The season also calls for Christmas movies (which I love) and songs. I might do a post on my favourite Christmas movies as well, let me know if you want one, but today is all about the music.
 
Most of the songs I'm going to include are the more older, traditional songs which I sang along to in primary school. These songs are very nostalgic and remind me of when I was younger where Christmas was even more exciting.
 
Jingle Bell Rock
 
 
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
 
 
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
 
 
Feliz Navidad
 
 
Santa Claus is coming to Town
 
 
I'd thought I would put a little bonus video in that's not a Christmas song. It's a really old Disney short of Santa's workshop. I would watch this over and over as a child.
 
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to know what your favourite Christmas songs are. Listening to all of these songs has put me into a festive mood.

Favourite Christmas Songs

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Christmas is my favourite time of year. I think I love the build up most of all. The excitement, the lights, getting a Christmas tree etc just makes December a great month. The season also calls for Christmas movies (which I love) and songs. I might do a post on my favourite Christmas movies as well, let me know if you want one, but today is all about the music.
 
Most of the songs I'm going to include are the more older, traditional songs which I sang along to in primary school. These songs are very nostalgic and remind me of when I was younger where Christmas was even more exciting.
 
Jingle Bell Rock
 
 
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
 
 
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
 
 
Feliz Navidad
 
 
Santa Claus is coming to Town
 
 
I'd thought I would put a little bonus video in that's not a Christmas song. It's a really old Disney short of Santa's workshop. I would watch this over and over as a child.
 
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to know what your favourite Christmas songs are. Listening to all of these songs has put me into a festive mood.

November was the first real month that I got back into blogging so there are quite a number of more posts than October. I know everybody is saying this but I can't believe that it's December, the last month of the year. I can't wait for Christmas but I'm not quite ready for 2015 to be over.
 
This purchase was heavily influenced by the many Facebook groups I'm apart of. Candles that come in a variety of nice scents and have a mystery ring inside them, yep you know I was going to get one.
 
Sometimes I just like to go on eBay and search random things. Most of the time I end up buying those random things.
 
Self explanatory really. Liquid Lipsticks are amazing and I'm in love with them.
 
Trying to take note of things around me and wanting to be more visually creative.
 
First of a little travel series I want to do. Am always dreaming of leaving this country and exploring magical places.
 
Long overdue reviews of some books that took me a while to get through.
 
Wanting to make a return with these posts. Includes TV shows, blogs and jewellery.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Now that it's December I want to do some Christmassy type posts. Not sure what yet, if you have any ideas I would love to hear them. xxx

November Review

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


November was the first real month that I got back into blogging so there are quite a number of more posts than October. I know everybody is saying this but I can't believe that it's December, the last month of the year. I can't wait for Christmas but I'm not quite ready for 2015 to be over.
 
This purchase was heavily influenced by the many Facebook groups I'm apart of. Candles that come in a variety of nice scents and have a mystery ring inside them, yep you know I was going to get one.
 
Sometimes I just like to go on eBay and search random things. Most of the time I end up buying those random things.
 
Self explanatory really. Liquid Lipsticks are amazing and I'm in love with them.
 
Trying to take note of things around me and wanting to be more visually creative.
 
First of a little travel series I want to do. Am always dreaming of leaving this country and exploring magical places.
 
Long overdue reviews of some books that took me a while to get through.
 
Wanting to make a return with these posts. Includes TV shows, blogs and jewellery.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Now that it's December I want to do some Christmassy type posts. Not sure what yet, if you have any ideas I would love to hear them. xxx
 
It's been a long while since I've done one of these posts. This was suppose to go up on Friday but I was busy/lazy to actually write it. It's the weather guys, I just can't function in this heat and humidity.
 
Jessica Jones
I like to think I'm a Marvel fan. I haven't read any of the comics but I love the movies as well as the TV shows. From the first episode I was hooked. The show is darker than any other Marvel show or film which I loved. The superhero aspect of it wasn't that stressed, the show did not centre around it rather it being focused on Jessica and her struggles. I've now watched the entire season and I'm very tempted to re-watch it all again.
 
World of Wanderlust
When I was trying to come up with a name for my little travel series I stumbled across this blog. World of Wanderlust is a travel and lifestyle blog and I found myself reading all the posts about many places around the world and daydreaming. There are also recipes and I found a couple I like the look of and bookmarked them for later.
 
Blue Sandstone Necklace
Ellen and Tara from Shop Style Conquer have recently opened a store which you can check out here. So far they are selling necklaces which are all gorgeous. I couldn't help myself and picked up a Blue Sandstone Crystal Necklace and it's now my favourite piece. There is limited stock with some necklaces already being sold out but the Blue Sandstone Necklace is still available to get.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! It's the last day of November, can you believe it! I can't wait for everything to be Christmassy (even though it has been since early November). We got out Christmas tree over the weekend and I'm so excited to decorate it, with the tree there it is actually starting to feel like Christmas.


My Favouite Things #35

Monday, 30 November 2015

 
It's been a long while since I've done one of these posts. This was suppose to go up on Friday but I was busy/lazy to actually write it. It's the weather guys, I just can't function in this heat and humidity.
 
Jessica Jones
I like to think I'm a Marvel fan. I haven't read any of the comics but I love the movies as well as the TV shows. From the first episode I was hooked. The show is darker than any other Marvel show or film which I loved. The superhero aspect of it wasn't that stressed, the show did not centre around it rather it being focused on Jessica and her struggles. I've now watched the entire season and I'm very tempted to re-watch it all again.
 
World of Wanderlust
When I was trying to come up with a name for my little travel series I stumbled across this blog. World of Wanderlust is a travel and lifestyle blog and I found myself reading all the posts about many places around the world and daydreaming. There are also recipes and I found a couple I like the look of and bookmarked them for later.
 
Blue Sandstone Necklace
Ellen and Tara from Shop Style Conquer have recently opened a store which you can check out here. So far they are selling necklaces which are all gorgeous. I couldn't help myself and picked up a Blue Sandstone Crystal Necklace and it's now my favourite piece. There is limited stock with some necklaces already being sold out but the Blue Sandstone Necklace is still available to get.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! It's the last day of November, can you believe it! I can't wait for everything to be Christmassy (even though it has been since early November). We got out Christmas tree over the weekend and I'm so excited to decorate it, with the tree there it is actually starting to feel like Christmas.


It's been a long while since I've done a book review. The last half of my degree got a bit hectic and stressful which left me no time to read anything other than Titian and Rembrandt. I decided to kill two birds with one stone with this post and write about two books which I was sent from Hachette NZ.
 
Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal*
 
Who is Eva Thorvald? The book follows Eva's life through the eyes of the people she meets. To her father, a chef, she's a pint-sized recipe tester and the love of this life. She's an enigma, a secret ingredient that no one can figure out.
 
I really loved how the reader learns about Eva, the main character, through the perspective of other people. Each chapter follows a different person who somewhere comes into contact with Eva; her father, cousin, boyfriend, work colleagues etc. This approach made the story more interesting, you never knew who was next and what their perception of Eva was.
 
Eva's life isn't perfect. There are a lot of sad and challenging moments for her but she follows her dream. Overall I enjoyed the story and how it was told.
 
 
Close Your Eyes - Michael Robotham*
 
A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student jeopardises the inquiry. There are no shortage of suspects and while the case becomes more complex his personal life also becomes disrupted.
 
As I was reading the story it felt like a crime thriller movie or a TV show. I could imagine watching it as I was reading it.  Most of the book is told through O'Laughlin's point of view but there are also snippets of perpetrator's point of view giving us a sense of him and looking at the investigation through his eyes. There are a number of suspects and throughout the book I was constantly like "it was him" "no, it's him". But of course, as good stories go it ended up being the person I didn't suspect at all. As well as the investigation we see O'Laughlin also dealing with issues in his personal life which unfortunately has an unhappy ending.
 
Overall I enjoyed the story and was constantly guessing till the end.
 
 
*These books were sent to me but the review was all my own opinions

Long Term Reads

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


It's been a long while since I've done a book review. The last half of my degree got a bit hectic and stressful which left me no time to read anything other than Titian and Rembrandt. I decided to kill two birds with one stone with this post and write about two books which I was sent from Hachette NZ.
 
Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal*
 
Who is Eva Thorvald? The book follows Eva's life through the eyes of the people she meets. To her father, a chef, she's a pint-sized recipe tester and the love of this life. She's an enigma, a secret ingredient that no one can figure out.
 
I really loved how the reader learns about Eva, the main character, through the perspective of other people. Each chapter follows a different person who somewhere comes into contact with Eva; her father, cousin, boyfriend, work colleagues etc. This approach made the story more interesting, you never knew who was next and what their perception of Eva was.
 
Eva's life isn't perfect. There are a lot of sad and challenging moments for her but she follows her dream. Overall I enjoyed the story and how it was told.
 
 
Close Your Eyes - Michael Robotham*
 
A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered, clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student jeopardises the inquiry. There are no shortage of suspects and while the case becomes more complex his personal life also becomes disrupted.
 
As I was reading the story it felt like a crime thriller movie or a TV show. I could imagine watching it as I was reading it.  Most of the book is told through O'Laughlin's point of view but there are also snippets of perpetrator's point of view giving us a sense of him and looking at the investigation through his eyes. There are a number of suspects and throughout the book I was constantly like "it was him" "no, it's him". But of course, as good stories go it ended up being the person I didn't suspect at all. As well as the investigation we see O'Laughlin also dealing with issues in his personal life which unfortunately has an unhappy ending.
 
Overall I enjoyed the story and was constantly guessing till the end.
 
 
*These books were sent to me but the review was all my own opinions
 
 
For the longest time I've had wanderlust, ie a strong desire to travel. This desire only increased when I went over to the Gold Coast in March and now that I have finished my degree and have no plans at all for next I find myself wanting to just get out of the country and explore.

'Dreaming of Wanderlust' is a little travel series which I thought would be cool to do where I write posts about countries and tours I really want to experience. Basically I'm creating a travel bucket list for myself.

One of the things I like to do is to go on travel websites and plan imaginary trips. It's fun but it also reminds me that I need money which entails me to have a job *sigh*. Like with anything these days it's much more easier and accessible to do things on apps. The website Webjet: Aus link here**, NZ link here**, which is great to look for flights/hotels/cruises etc, now has an app which allows you to window shop imaginary trips if you're anything like me.
 
 
 
The app is really easy to use which is great cause for me if something is too hard to figure out I just don't even bother. The screenshot above is of the flights section and as you can see there are separate sections for return, one way, multi city and you just add in all the other information. As you can see I played around with it pretending I'm gonna go to LA.

 
 
As well as flights you can also book hotels and hire cars. The app even has a flight tracker which is cool, you just put in the flight number or just search any flights between two destinations. Overall the app is simple to use and can aid you in your wanderlust daydreaming.
 
You can get the app from iTunes** as well as the Google Play Store** and it's free!! Yay for free things.
 
I would love to know what dream holidays you all want to have. Please tell me I'm not the only one who window shops flights. xx
 
**Sponsored Link/Post 

Dreaming of Wanderlust

Monday, 23 November 2015

 
 
For the longest time I've had wanderlust, ie a strong desire to travel. This desire only increased when I went over to the Gold Coast in March and now that I have finished my degree and have no plans at all for next I find myself wanting to just get out of the country and explore.

'Dreaming of Wanderlust' is a little travel series which I thought would be cool to do where I write posts about countries and tours I really want to experience. Basically I'm creating a travel bucket list for myself.

One of the things I like to do is to go on travel websites and plan imaginary trips. It's fun but it also reminds me that I need money which entails me to have a job *sigh*. Like with anything these days it's much more easier and accessible to do things on apps. The website Webjet: Aus link here**, NZ link here**, which is great to look for flights/hotels/cruises etc, now has an app which allows you to window shop imaginary trips if you're anything like me.
 
 
 
The app is really easy to use which is great cause for me if something is too hard to figure out I just don't even bother. The screenshot above is of the flights section and as you can see there are separate sections for return, one way, multi city and you just add in all the other information. As you can see I played around with it pretending I'm gonna go to LA.

 
 
As well as flights you can also book hotels and hire cars. The app even has a flight tracker which is cool, you just put in the flight number or just search any flights between two destinations. Overall the app is simple to use and can aid you in your wanderlust daydreaming.
 
You can get the app from iTunes** as well as the Google Play Store** and it's free!! Yay for free things.
 
I would love to know what dream holidays you all want to have. Please tell me I'm not the only one who window shops flights. xx
 
**Sponsored Link/Post 
As I've gotten older my creativity fizzled out. I've made a conscious decision to take it back as well as to stop and take notice of things around me. Last Friday I ventured out into the city and I bought my camera along and photographed what I thought aesthetically pleasing and interesting.
 







Photo Diary 13/11/15

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

As I've gotten older my creativity fizzled out. I've made a conscious decision to take it back as well as to stop and take notice of things around me. Last Friday I ventured out into the city and I bought my camera along and photographed what I thought aesthetically pleasing and interesting.
 







I love lipsticks, it's the makeup product I mostly gravitate towards when shopping both online and in store. I just love how there are such a variety of colours even though nine times out of ten I head straight for the section with all the reds.
 
When I've thought about it I realise I tend to reach for liquid lipsticks more that your traditional bullet. I find them easier to apply and they tend to last a lot longer. Because of this I decided to dedicated this post to my love of liquid lipsticks and highlight some in my possession (spoiler alert, most of them are red).
 
 
 
Australis Velourlips in Doo-Bai
I'd seen pictures of this lip colour and I just had to get it. It's a bit different from what I usually go for (red) but I really loved the dark smoky purple. With all lipsticks I usually put on a lip liner first so I can just easily paint within the lines. I find this lipstick more drying that the others, you can definitely feel it on your lips. It also tends to fade on more easily on the inner side of my lips. Other than that I love the colour and it does last nicely.
 
Rimmel Matte Apocalips in Burning Lava and Atomic Rose
Atomic Rose is really the only nude lipstick I have, I love it. As you can see from the swatch it's a peachy colour which looks natural. Both lipsticks are not overly drying when you apply them which is great. From looking at the swatches I've realised that Burning Lava is very similar to Redrum*. I will note that the Apocalips can be removed and stain more easily than its Jeffree Star counterparts as realised by me who now has a red stain on her shirt.
 
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood* and Redrum*
I have written a post about these lipsticks here in which I profess my love for them especially Redrum. They're very comfortable to wear, they don't dry out and they last well. They do wear off on the inner section of my lips especially when drinking and eating but it's easy to just re-apply as it is with all of them. I had my eye on Androgyny, a new shade, but unfortunately I missed out and it hurts so so much.
 
Australis Velourlips & Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks were from Makeup.co.nz. Rimmel Matte Apocalips were from Feel Unique.
 
*These were sent to me but the review is all my own opinions

Ode to Liquid Lipsticks

Thursday, 12 November 2015

I love lipsticks, it's the makeup product I mostly gravitate towards when shopping both online and in store. I just love how there are such a variety of colours even though nine times out of ten I head straight for the section with all the reds.
 
When I've thought about it I realise I tend to reach for liquid lipsticks more that your traditional bullet. I find them easier to apply and they tend to last a lot longer. Because of this I decided to dedicated this post to my love of liquid lipsticks and highlight some in my possession (spoiler alert, most of them are red).
 
 
 
Australis Velourlips in Doo-Bai
I'd seen pictures of this lip colour and I just had to get it. It's a bit different from what I usually go for (red) but I really loved the dark smoky purple. With all lipsticks I usually put on a lip liner first so I can just easily paint within the lines. I find this lipstick more drying that the others, you can definitely feel it on your lips. It also tends to fade on more easily on the inner side of my lips. Other than that I love the colour and it does last nicely.
 
Rimmel Matte Apocalips in Burning Lava and Atomic Rose
Atomic Rose is really the only nude lipstick I have, I love it. As you can see from the swatch it's a peachy colour which looks natural. Both lipsticks are not overly drying when you apply them which is great. From looking at the swatches I've realised that Burning Lava is very similar to Redrum*. I will note that the Apocalips can be removed and stain more easily than its Jeffree Star counterparts as realised by me who now has a red stain on her shirt.
 
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood* and Redrum*
I have written a post about these lipsticks here in which I profess my love for them especially Redrum. They're very comfortable to wear, they don't dry out and they last well. They do wear off on the inner section of my lips especially when drinking and eating but it's easy to just re-apply as it is with all of them. I had my eye on Androgyny, a new shade, but unfortunately I missed out and it hurts so so much.
 
Australis Velourlips & Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks were from Makeup.co.nz. Rimmel Matte Apocalips were from Feel Unique.
 
*These were sent to me but the review is all my own opinions

I like to peruse around eBay when I'm bored which usually leads me to find things I want to buy. A while ago I bought a  Deathly Hallows Necklace which I really liked so I decided to see what other cool Harry Potter related jewellery pieces I could find. 
 
As you can see I found something, it's a Wand Necklace. It's not just any wand though, it's Hermione's wand. I bought it from here and you could pick either a necklace or a key chain. There were also options of wands; Hermione, Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort. I opted for Hermione's as her wand was the nicest and because she's my girl.
 
So yeah, there's another random thing I bought off eBay, you're welcome  xx

Stuff I Bought off eBay #003

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


I like to peruse around eBay when I'm bored which usually leads me to find things I want to buy. A while ago I bought a  Deathly Hallows Necklace which I really liked so I decided to see what other cool Harry Potter related jewellery pieces I could find. 
 
As you can see I found something, it's a Wand Necklace. It's not just any wand though, it's Hermione's wand. I bought it from here and you could pick either a necklace or a key chain. There were also options of wands; Hermione, Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort. I opted for Hermione's as her wand was the nicest and because she's my girl.
 
So yeah, there's another random thing I bought off eBay, you're welcome  xx
I'm a part of a couple of Facebook groups which are all about beauty as well as one about lifestyle. I'm pretty sure it was via the lifestyle group which I first saw Reveal Candles mentioned. The candles come in a variety of delicious scents but the thing that really got me, as well as everyone else on the Facebook group, is that there is a ring hidden inside which could be worth $10, $100 or $5000. As a kid I loved lucky dips, you never knew what you were going to get so needleless to say this really appealed to me.
 
 
After much deliberation I went for the French Pear scent. A couple of days after ordering I received an email from Reveal Candles saying as there was such a huge demand for them (thanks to the Facebook group) I would have to wait a while to get it. They gave me an option to get a refund which I thought was great but I decided to wait it out as I had to have one.
 
I pretty much had it light almost everyday and it smelled amazing, it wasn't too sweet and it just smelled nice. Like with perfumes I'm really bad with describing scents. Slowly but surely I eventually uncovered the ring.
 
 
I got one of the cheaper rings, if the ring is worth $100 or more it comes with a tag stating its value and mine did not come with one. I still love it though, it's gorgeous. I love the blue heart and the clear stones along the side. The best thing about it is that it actually fits my finger, I think my fingers are bigger than the generic ring size so I was pleased.
 
The candles are $39.95 + shipping. There are a varity of scents such as Fairy Floss, Fresh Linen and Wild Watermelon.

Reveal Candles

Thursday, 5 November 2015

I'm a part of a couple of Facebook groups which are all about beauty as well as one about lifestyle. I'm pretty sure it was via the lifestyle group which I first saw Reveal Candles mentioned. The candles come in a variety of delicious scents but the thing that really got me, as well as everyone else on the Facebook group, is that there is a ring hidden inside which could be worth $10, $100 or $5000. As a kid I loved lucky dips, you never knew what you were going to get so needleless to say this really appealed to me.
 
 
After much deliberation I went for the French Pear scent. A couple of days after ordering I received an email from Reveal Candles saying as there was such a huge demand for them (thanks to the Facebook group) I would have to wait a while to get it. They gave me an option to get a refund which I thought was great but I decided to wait it out as I had to have one.
 
I pretty much had it light almost everyday and it smelled amazing, it wasn't too sweet and it just smelled nice. Like with perfumes I'm really bad with describing scents. Slowly but surely I eventually uncovered the ring.
 
 
I got one of the cheaper rings, if the ring is worth $100 or more it comes with a tag stating its value and mine did not come with one. I still love it though, it's gorgeous. I love the blue heart and the clear stones along the side. The best thing about it is that it actually fits my finger, I think my fingers are bigger than the generic ring size so I was pleased.
 
The candles are $39.95 + shipping. There are a varity of scents such as Fairy Floss, Fresh Linen and Wild Watermelon.
It's been a long while since I've written something that won't count towards a degree. I won't lie it's nice to not be having anxiety attacks wondering if an essay has a good enough argument and actually makes sense. Here's a fun fact for you all, I HATE reading my own writing. The thought of it actually makes me ill so editing is my form of hell.

This kind of sums up October for me.  Everything just came crashing down and it felt as though the weeks and hours were going so fast. Even while time was moving fast it felt as though it would never end. Thankfully it has and I never ever want to read anything on Rembrandt or Titian.


With that out of the way, HELLO! How are you? How's your October been? This post is my reintroduction into the blogging forum. I'm excited to do something creative, not just with arte della moda but in general. I don't know why but I'm just in the mood to do something, to be creative, be spontaneous.

So yeah, thanks for reading if you got this far xx 

October Review - Hello Again

Monday, 2 November 2015

It's been a long while since I've written something that won't count towards a degree. I won't lie it's nice to not be having anxiety attacks wondering if an essay has a good enough argument and actually makes sense. Here's a fun fact for you all, I HATE reading my own writing. The thought of it actually makes me ill so editing is my form of hell.

This kind of sums up October for me.  Everything just came crashing down and it felt as though the weeks and hours were going so fast. Even while time was moving fast it felt as though it would never end. Thankfully it has and I never ever want to read anything on Rembrandt or Titian.


With that out of the way, HELLO! How are you? How's your October been? This post is my reintroduction into the blogging forum. I'm excited to do something creative, not just with arte della moda but in general. I don't know why but I'm just in the mood to do something, to be creative, be spontaneous.

So yeah, thanks for reading if you got this far xx 
Things have been very stressful at the moment uni so there hasn't been much on the blogging front but I had to do a special post to celebrate art della moda's 2nd birthday!


Thanks to everyone that has read and commented on the blog, it means a lot to me :D

I promise once the semester is over blogging will resume.

xoxo

Happy 2nd Birthday!!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Things have been very stressful at the moment uni so there hasn't been much on the blogging front but I had to do a special post to celebrate art della moda's 2nd birthday!


Thanks to everyone that has read and commented on the blog, it means a lot to me :D

I promise once the semester is over blogging will resume.

xoxo

Well this is a familiar sight. Guess who got herself another pair of black boots.  I'm obsessed. I just love boots ok. I love winter fashion; skirts, leggings, boots and coats. I do however hate the cold.
 
Like a moth to a flame Farmers was having a sale a couple of weeks ago and of course my Mum and I went along. Our local Farmers doesn't have much variety of shoes but I've always seen these ones and loved them.  On that fateful day shoes were half price so it was too good of an opportunity to miss.  There wasn't much left and the fact that there was a pair in my size means it was meant to be.
 
I just love the style, you could dress them up or down and the fact that they're black means they pretty much go with anything.
 
The only thing I don't like is the laces, they're very long and they often come undone when you tie them.  I need to find some better laces or I could try wearing them without any. We shall see.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post xx

Boot Obsessed

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Well this is a familiar sight. Guess who got herself another pair of black boots.  I'm obsessed. I just love boots ok. I love winter fashion; skirts, leggings, boots and coats. I do however hate the cold.
 
Like a moth to a flame Farmers was having a sale a couple of weeks ago and of course my Mum and I went along. Our local Farmers doesn't have much variety of shoes but I've always seen these ones and loved them.  On that fateful day shoes were half price so it was too good of an opportunity to miss.  There wasn't much left and the fact that there was a pair in my size means it was meant to be.
 
I just love the style, you could dress them up or down and the fact that they're black means they pretty much go with anything.
 
The only thing I don't like is the laces, they're very long and they often come undone when you tie them.  I need to find some better laces or I could try wearing them without any. We shall see.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post xx
#BlogGreatness are weekly prompts/suggestions for posts.  They were created by the awesome #NZBloggers and #brunchclub and the theme for this week is Film.


This is the first time I've done one of these prompts, I've always wanted to participate and when I saw the theme for this week I had to do a post.

These films are ones that I really loved when I was younger and still love today.  Most of them are quite old, some more than others so they're basically classics.

The Princess Bride (1987)
I think I first saw this back in primary school. Anyway I loved it and is a film I've watch a number of times again.  It's a mix of genres; romance, action, fantasy and comedy that just makes you enthralled with the story and want to come back to.  You know how you have those films you loved as a kid and when you watch them again you realise how average they are, this is not one of those films. 
 
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Do you sense a theme? I was OBSESSED with this film as a kid. Every time we went to the video store (remember those) I always wanted this movie.  I just loved the idea of one day finding out you're a princess of a far away unknown European country.  Mia was the coolest girl ever and the fact that her grandmother was Mary Poppins just added to my love for this film.
 
Mary Poppins (1964)
Speaking of which this just had to be on my list.  When I was younger I use to get out an umbrella and jump off a step and pretend to fly like Mary. I think I also use to jump on chalk drawings on the ground as well.. like I said I love this movie.  I love the songs, when I watch it again I might know most of the words. This movie is a classic and made my childhood imagination go wild.
 
The Secret Garden (1993)
I mentioned how the Secret Garden colouring book reminded me of the film and how much I loved it.  The film was based on the book of the same name.  The movie starts off kinda sad but I assure you has a happy ending.  Mary is the main character, she's orphaned and goes to live with her uncle in England. While there she discovers her late aunts secret garden and brings it back to life while also building and mending relationships in her family. 
 
Pollyanna (1960)
This film was also based on a book and the main child actress won an Oscar for this. It's also a Disney film so you know it's going to be good.  This was one of the films my grandparents had on video and every time I visited them I would watch it.  Pollyanna is another orphan and is sent to live with her aunt who is quite wealthy. She is very positive, she sees the goodness in people and wants to help everyone.  The movie is generally upbeat, there is a sad moment at the end but don't worry there's a happy ending... somewhat.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to hear what your favourite films are  
                                                                                                                       xxx

Favourite Films #BlogGreatness

Friday, 4 September 2015

#BlogGreatness are weekly prompts/suggestions for posts.  They were created by the awesome #NZBloggers and #brunchclub and the theme for this week is Film.


This is the first time I've done one of these prompts, I've always wanted to participate and when I saw the theme for this week I had to do a post.

These films are ones that I really loved when I was younger and still love today.  Most of them are quite old, some more than others so they're basically classics.

The Princess Bride (1987)
I think I first saw this back in primary school. Anyway I loved it and is a film I've watch a number of times again.  It's a mix of genres; romance, action, fantasy and comedy that just makes you enthralled with the story and want to come back to.  You know how you have those films you loved as a kid and when you watch them again you realise how average they are, this is not one of those films. 
 
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Do you sense a theme? I was OBSESSED with this film as a kid. Every time we went to the video store (remember those) I always wanted this movie.  I just loved the idea of one day finding out you're a princess of a far away unknown European country.  Mia was the coolest girl ever and the fact that her grandmother was Mary Poppins just added to my love for this film.
 
Mary Poppins (1964)
Speaking of which this just had to be on my list.  When I was younger I use to get out an umbrella and jump off a step and pretend to fly like Mary. I think I also use to jump on chalk drawings on the ground as well.. like I said I love this movie.  I love the songs, when I watch it again I might know most of the words. This movie is a classic and made my childhood imagination go wild.
 
The Secret Garden (1993)
I mentioned how the Secret Garden colouring book reminded me of the film and how much I loved it.  The film was based on the book of the same name.  The movie starts off kinda sad but I assure you has a happy ending.  Mary is the main character, she's orphaned and goes to live with her uncle in England. While there she discovers her late aunts secret garden and brings it back to life while also building and mending relationships in her family. 
 
Pollyanna (1960)
This film was also based on a book and the main child actress won an Oscar for this. It's also a Disney film so you know it's going to be good.  This was one of the films my grandparents had on video and every time I visited them I would watch it.  Pollyanna is another orphan and is sent to live with her aunt who is quite wealthy. She is very positive, she sees the goodness in people and wants to help everyone.  The movie is generally upbeat, there is a sad moment at the end but don't worry there's a happy ending... somewhat.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! I would love to hear what your favourite films are  
                                                                                                                       xxx
Hello hello how's it going. I am now on mid semester break which is great as I don't have to get up at 6:20 every morning but I still have a lot of work to do. It's terrifying to think that the uni year finishes next month.

Anyway today's post is another little book review; The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning* from Hachette NZ.


Book Summary
A Grimm Warning is the third book in The Land of Stories series.  The book follows twins Connor and Alex Bailey, Connor lives in our world while Alex lives in the Land of Stories training to become the next Fairy Godmother. 
 
While on a school trip to Germany Connor hears a 200 year old warning and along with Alex has to fight and protect the Land of Stories.
 
Review
This book may possibly be more for kids but I enjoyed it, my love for fairy tales didn't diminished once I grew up.  The book is part of a series and there were instances where they referenced events in the previous books but you can still follow the story without having read them.  The book mixes history and fiction which is something I enjoyed with the Grimm Brothers getting their stories from fairies.  The villains' are Napoleon's soldiers intent on conquering The Land of Stories.
 
I just love fairy tales so there was a very high chance of me enjoying this post. I also loved when Connor was travelling around Europe which is something I really want to do.  The book can get very 'fairy tale' such as in a chapter Sleeping Beauty mentions that she can't have children and a few sentences later discovers an orphan child and adopts it.  A part from that bit which felt forced the rest of the story flowed nicely. 
 
*This book was sent to me but the review was all my own opinions
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post xx

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - Chris Colfer

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hello hello how's it going. I am now on mid semester break which is great as I don't have to get up at 6:20 every morning but I still have a lot of work to do. It's terrifying to think that the uni year finishes next month.

Anyway today's post is another little book review; The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning* from Hachette NZ.


Book Summary
A Grimm Warning is the third book in The Land of Stories series.  The book follows twins Connor and Alex Bailey, Connor lives in our world while Alex lives in the Land of Stories training to become the next Fairy Godmother. 
 
While on a school trip to Germany Connor hears a 200 year old warning and along with Alex has to fight and protect the Land of Stories.
 
Review
This book may possibly be more for kids but I enjoyed it, my love for fairy tales didn't diminished once I grew up.  The book is part of a series and there were instances where they referenced events in the previous books but you can still follow the story without having read them.  The book mixes history and fiction which is something I enjoyed with the Grimm Brothers getting their stories from fairies.  The villains' are Napoleon's soldiers intent on conquering The Land of Stories.
 
I just love fairy tales so there was a very high chance of me enjoying this post. I also loved when Connor was travelling around Europe which is something I really want to do.  The book can get very 'fairy tale' such as in a chapter Sleeping Beauty mentions that she can't have children and a few sentences later discovers an orphan child and adopts it.  A part from that bit which felt forced the rest of the story flowed nicely. 
 
*This book was sent to me but the review was all my own opinions
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post xx
It's an art post! Remember these? You probably won't as I've not done one for a long while. The more I have to write about them for uni the less I want to write an art blog post.  I thought I did a post on a Danaë painting but I was mistaken. There's a Danaë in the series I'm writing about for my dissertation which I did a little post about.

 
The painting depicts a mythological subject. In the Greek myth Danaë's father Acrisius asks an oracle if he will ever have any males heirs, the oracle tells him that he would be killed by his daughters' son.   Acrisius then locks Danaë in a tower but Zeus arrives in the form of a golden shower and impregnates her, Perseus was a result and ended up killing his grandfather.
 
The scene depicted shows the moment Zeus impregnates her.  Rembrandt first painted it in 1636 and later came back to it in 1643 and re-painted Danaë and the old nurse in a different style. 
 
A number of things have happened to this painting; it was cut down on all sides and in 1985 it was attacked with acid.  It was badly damaged with most of it being Danaë's body.  The painting is currently at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. 
 
The painting is different to other depictions of the myth with the golden shower not being shown.  Danaë however is bathed in a gold light showing the impregnation.  I had to give a five minute spiel about this painting in front of my fellow classmates and my lecturer who just happens to be an expert on Rembrandt, no pressure.
 
 
A lot of Rembrandt's paintings are spread out across the world and would be impossible to bring them together in an exhibition.  The Rembrandt Remastered exhibition is great as this is pretty much the only time you'll see a lot of them displayed together. It's also the only time you'll see paintings such as the Storm on the Sea of Galilee which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
 
The paintings are digitally remastered and they show so much detail such as the brushstrokes and you can get up close to get a better look.
 
The Danaë is included in the exhibition and is one of my favourites.
 





Rembrandt Remastered is at Smith and Caughey's on the 6th floor and is open everyday till September 13. Tickets are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! xx

Rembrandt Remastered + Danaë

Thursday, 27 August 2015

It's an art post! Remember these? You probably won't as I've not done one for a long while. The more I have to write about them for uni the less I want to write an art blog post.  I thought I did a post on a Danaë painting but I was mistaken. There's a Danaë in the series I'm writing about for my dissertation which I did a little post about.

 
The painting depicts a mythological subject. In the Greek myth Danaë's father Acrisius asks an oracle if he will ever have any males heirs, the oracle tells him that he would be killed by his daughters' son.   Acrisius then locks Danaë in a tower but Zeus arrives in the form of a golden shower and impregnates her, Perseus was a result and ended up killing his grandfather.
 
The scene depicted shows the moment Zeus impregnates her.  Rembrandt first painted it in 1636 and later came back to it in 1643 and re-painted Danaë and the old nurse in a different style. 
 
A number of things have happened to this painting; it was cut down on all sides and in 1985 it was attacked with acid.  It was badly damaged with most of it being Danaë's body.  The painting is currently at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. 
 
The painting is different to other depictions of the myth with the golden shower not being shown.  Danaë however is bathed in a gold light showing the impregnation.  I had to give a five minute spiel about this painting in front of my fellow classmates and my lecturer who just happens to be an expert on Rembrandt, no pressure.
 
 
A lot of Rembrandt's paintings are spread out across the world and would be impossible to bring them together in an exhibition.  The Rembrandt Remastered exhibition is great as this is pretty much the only time you'll see a lot of them displayed together. It's also the only time you'll see paintings such as the Storm on the Sea of Galilee which was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
 
The paintings are digitally remastered and they show so much detail such as the brushstrokes and you can get up close to get a better look.
 
The Danaë is included in the exhibition and is one of my favourites.
 





Rembrandt Remastered is at Smith and Caughey's on the 6th floor and is open everyday till September 13. Tickets are $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! xx
It's been a while since I've done one of these mostly because I've been too lazy to paint my nails.  I was however motivated this weekend and added some colour to the end of my fingers.




I was in the mood for something neutral and grey paired with pink is one of my favourite colour combinations.

I'm happy with them but I also feel like something is missing, like glitter. I dunno what do you think? The only glitters I have is blue and red which I don't think will go *sigh*

Hope you all enjoyed this post xxx

NOTD 25/08/15

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

It's been a while since I've done one of these mostly because I've been too lazy to paint my nails.  I was however motivated this weekend and added some colour to the end of my fingers.




I was in the mood for something neutral and grey paired with pink is one of my favourite colour combinations.

I'm happy with them but I also feel like something is missing, like glitter. I dunno what do you think? The only glitters I have is blue and red which I don't think will go *sigh*

Hope you all enjoyed this post xxx

I've had this for couple of months and I've finally remembered to do a post on it. *Oops memory problems*
 
Adult colouring books have been quite popular recently and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I can't even remember the last time I had a colouring in book, probably back in primary school, but I do remember that I loved it hence why I'm so happy about this book.
 
The illustrations are gorgeous; intricate designs of flowers, butterflies and other things which become even more aesthetically pleasing once there is colour on the page.  I haven't yet done much but I enjoy switching off from whatever's going on and just adding colour to the page.
 
I also love the name of the book.  I've always loved to have a secret garden, when I was younger I created my own one at the back of our property.  Also reminds me of the movie 'The Secret Garden', it was one of my favourite films.
 
I got Secret Garden from Book Depository.  Johanna Basford also has another book, Enchanted Forest which is next on my list to get.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! xxx

The Secret Garden

Thursday, 20 August 2015


I've had this for couple of months and I've finally remembered to do a post on it. *Oops memory problems*
 
Adult colouring books have been quite popular recently and I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I can't even remember the last time I had a colouring in book, probably back in primary school, but I do remember that I loved it hence why I'm so happy about this book.
 
The illustrations are gorgeous; intricate designs of flowers, butterflies and other things which become even more aesthetically pleasing once there is colour on the page.  I haven't yet done much but I enjoy switching off from whatever's going on and just adding colour to the page.
 
I also love the name of the book.  I've always loved to have a secret garden, when I was younger I created my own one at the back of our property.  Also reminds me of the movie 'The Secret Garden', it was one of my favourite films.
 
I got Secret Garden from Book Depository.  Johanna Basford also has another book, Enchanted Forest which is next on my list to get.
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! xxx


The week before last I wrote a post about the exhibition my class was involved in.  The opening was that Friday and I went along to it.  The weather was horrible, there was a lot of people but I enjoyed it. This was the first ever exhibition opening I've been too and was a cool experience.  The exhibition my class worked on, Camouflage, is on till the 26th of September.  There is a catalogue which goes with the exhibition and I'm in it! We all had to write around 500 words about the artwork we were given, it's a cool experience to see your name in print.

In other exciting news I got a part time job! I'm working at the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition at Smith and Caughey's.  I'm up on the 6th floor when the art is. I had my first shift on Friday, there wasn't much people so I mostly just walked around.  I should remember to bring a book or some work to do.  If any of you are interested you should definitely come along!

Hope you all enjoyed this post xx

Art, Uni, Life

Monday, 17 August 2015



The week before last I wrote a post about the exhibition my class was involved in.  The opening was that Friday and I went along to it.  The weather was horrible, there was a lot of people but I enjoyed it. This was the first ever exhibition opening I've been too and was a cool experience.  The exhibition my class worked on, Camouflage, is on till the 26th of September.  There is a catalogue which goes with the exhibition and I'm in it! We all had to write around 500 words about the artwork we were given, it's a cool experience to see your name in print.

In other exciting news I got a part time job! I'm working at the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition at Smith and Caughey's.  I'm up on the 6th floor when the art is. I had my first shift on Friday, there wasn't much people so I mostly just walked around.  I should remember to bring a book or some work to do.  If any of you are interested you should definitely come along!

Hope you all enjoyed this post xx
So I was at uni and I was taking a little 'break' on Twitter when Makeup.co.nz had a little competition. The first five people to retweet got a prize so I hit that retweet button as fast as I could. 
 
Being the most amazing people that they are I was also sent a couple of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks.
 

 
I won a 'How 'Bout Them Apples?' Cheek and Lip Cream from The Balm in Pie on Twitter.  This is my first Balm product and I mostly love it as it's miniature and it opens up like a book. The colour is gorgeous, cream blush confuses me so I've mostly been using it as a lip colour.
 
 
I chose to get Redrum* and Unicorn Blood* from Jeffree Star as I'm a sucker for reds and the other colours scared me.
 
These are amazing. They're very similar to the Lime Crime Velvetines in that it's a liquid lipstick and they last quite a while.  These don't dry out as much as the Velvetines which is a plus so they're not that uncomfortable to wear.
 
For me it was easier to use a lip liner beforehand so I could apply it nicely as my lips don't naturally have a defined line so I have to create one.  The applicator is very squishy and flexible and is easy to use.
 
When you first apply it you can somewhat feel it on your lips but the more you wear it the less you notice it on your lips which is great.  They last very well, for me it does however wear off on the inner section of my lips especially when drinking and eating but it's easy to just re-apply.  They come off easily with makeup remover, I use the Elizabeth Arden Eye and Lip Remover.
 
I may be jumping the gun a bit but Redrum would have to be my new favourite red.  The formula is great and the colour is gorgeous, for me it's the perfect red.  Unicorn Blood definitely lives up to it's name, it looks almost brown in the bottle and swatched it's a dark reddy brown.  This would be great for a night time look or the day if you're brave enough.  Overall I really love them, especially Redrum.
 
The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks are NZ$32.  Makeup.co.nz are now selling Milani  products and it's exciting.  
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! A little fact for you all, I swatched both my arms as I realised it was impossible to take a picture of my right wrist with my right hand (the side of the button on the camera). I should of thought that through.
 
*These were sent to me but the review is all my own opinions.

Makeup.co.nz #003

Monday, 10 August 2015

So I was at uni and I was taking a little 'break' on Twitter when Makeup.co.nz had a little competition. The first five people to retweet got a prize so I hit that retweet button as fast as I could. 
 
Being the most amazing people that they are I was also sent a couple of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks.
 

 
I won a 'How 'Bout Them Apples?' Cheek and Lip Cream from The Balm in Pie on Twitter.  This is my first Balm product and I mostly love it as it's miniature and it opens up like a book. The colour is gorgeous, cream blush confuses me so I've mostly been using it as a lip colour.
 
 
I chose to get Redrum* and Unicorn Blood* from Jeffree Star as I'm a sucker for reds and the other colours scared me.
 
These are amazing. They're very similar to the Lime Crime Velvetines in that it's a liquid lipstick and they last quite a while.  These don't dry out as much as the Velvetines which is a plus so they're not that uncomfortable to wear.
 
For me it was easier to use a lip liner beforehand so I could apply it nicely as my lips don't naturally have a defined line so I have to create one.  The applicator is very squishy and flexible and is easy to use.
 
When you first apply it you can somewhat feel it on your lips but the more you wear it the less you notice it on your lips which is great.  They last very well, for me it does however wear off on the inner section of my lips especially when drinking and eating but it's easy to just re-apply.  They come off easily with makeup remover, I use the Elizabeth Arden Eye and Lip Remover.
 
I may be jumping the gun a bit but Redrum would have to be my new favourite red.  The formula is great and the colour is gorgeous, for me it's the perfect red.  Unicorn Blood definitely lives up to it's name, it looks almost brown in the bottle and swatched it's a dark reddy brown.  This would be great for a night time look or the day if you're brave enough.  Overall I really love them, especially Redrum.
 
The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks are NZ$32.  Makeup.co.nz are now selling Milani  products and it's exciting.  
 
Hope you all enjoyed this post! A little fact for you all, I swatched both my arms as I realised it was impossible to take a picture of my right wrist with my right hand (the side of the button on the camera). I should of thought that through.
 
*These were sent to me but the review is all my own opinions.
As part of one of my papers every student got an artwork to write a catalogue for which will be shown in an exhibition this Friday, 5:30 pm at the Gus Fisher Gallery.





So yeah I'm really excited. Feel free to come along if you're interested :D

Hope you all enjoyed this post xx

Class Exhibition

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

As part of one of my papers every student got an artwork to write a catalogue for which will be shown in an exhibition this Friday, 5:30 pm at the Gus Fisher Gallery.





So yeah I'm really excited. Feel free to come along if you're interested :D

Hope you all enjoyed this post xx

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