28 June 2015

This Week: Flowers, Feminism and Films!

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Look at that alliteration, will you? This week I have a few different things to talk about, namely, starting off with flowers. I went to the Winter Gardens as I'm sure you all know from the post I did on it, and that was quite a wonderful day. Getting out of the house is really good sometimes. Since then, I've been cooped up inside though, mainly in bed reading and watching things. But hey, when can I do that but in the holidays? I won't really mention much more about the Winter Gardens because that's kind of been there and done that, however a much more serious and interesting topic that has been popping up in my mind an increasing rate over the week is about feminism.

No, don't skip this part or click off the page in fear of me getting all up in your grill, preaching about women's rights and such. That's exactly what people expect out of feminists and frankly, I've realised how important women are from reading Caitlin Moran's book How To Be A Woman. There were a couple chapters I absolutely loved, and I learnt quite a bit about, well, life really. Before reading I didn't really get how important equal rights are and the various issues she mentions in the book. I really do like her writing, and something that I thought was really good was this video where Hannah Witton has a little chat with her. Aside from that, the issue of the Tampon Tax and the #JustATampon campaign has come to my attention lately. I really liked the video Rosianna did about it (and her videos in general are very informative and insightful!). If you wanna know more about it or read about feminism etc I'm sure there are plenty of great books/videos/discussions that you can delve into since I'm not going to pretend I'm an expert on this stuff, I just thought that it was something to mention here.

Something a touch more light is the topic of films. Since I have three more weeks off to do basically nothing, I thought this was a good time to watch a decent amount of good films and extend my list of to-watch things. I already have quite a strong list but if any of you have suggestions of just generally GOOD movies I would love to know. I'm currently rewatching some interesting movies that I feel the need to revisit/cry/lust over.

Anyway, hope your'e all doing well and if you're still reading I hope you have a good week next week. Mine should be pretty laid-back, I'm hoping to catch up with friends and take pretty pictures!
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27 June 2015

My Favourite Yoga Videos

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Admittedly, I haven't been doing yoga for very long but I have acquired some favourite videos to follow along with, particularly Yoga With Adriene videos. All of the videos I'll mention in this post are from her channel, so if you've never heard of her before/done yoga, I recommend checking it out! Now something to keep in mind with me is that I don't really enjoy exercise and I don't look for the hardcore cardio workouts at all. My favourite videos are often the ones that allow me to feel good, stretch nicely, breathe and relax. If you're looking for some beginner yoga videos this would also be a good place to start because none of this is too difficult at all.

30 Days of Yoga - Day 1: Adriene makes you feel so calm and positive about exercise, and after doing this I feel so calm but also like I've had a good workout - basically just all loose, stretched and lovely. I've been known to go back to Day 1 + 2 of her 30 day series as they're good beginner videos and not too hard.

Yoga To Get The Juices Flowing: This is ideal for a morning workout before you go about your day as it ensures you're stretched, focused and warmed up for the day. If I want to do some yoga but don't want to do too much/don't have much time I will do this one.

Yoga for Digestion: I feel like this is one I'm going to be doing regularly as it stretches the lower stomach and just gets everything feeling nice and stretched and revived. I do like a good twist, and it's just good knowing you're moving your body about every now and then. I did this one recently and despite it being quite short and simple, it made me feel focused and calm. When I come out of doing yoga, I'm more aware of myself and my posture. (Also this video is good for period pain as well as upset stomachs!)

Bedtime Yoga Sequence: The title says it all really, this one is great for doing before bed. I remember after doing this for the first time I felt absolutely wonderful - calm and sleepy. I feel like generally we're all pretty busy people that don't take the time out to just stretch and maintain a strong mindset. I would really recommend this one, it's super relaxing.

Yoga For Stress Relief: This one is really good for the mind, and Adriene makes you feel less anxious and stressed. I don't know, it's something about her attitude and outlook on her particular yoga practice that just sits well with me. I feel like taking 40 minutes out of your day every now and then to breathe and listen to her voice when everything gets to much is really beneficial.

So those are my favourite yoga videos from Adriene's that I've tried and liked so far. I definitely have loads more I want to try. I never, ever thought I'd get into yoga, but I'm so glad I did. Have you tried yoga/what videos do you recommend I try?
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25 June 2015

The Winter Gardens

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One of my favourite places to visit in Auckland is the Winter Gardens. I love taking pictures there and exploring around the area as it's by the Museum and Auckland Domain. My friend and I visited and had a great time taking photos before taking a bus to Newmarket for coffee. I snapped a couple pictures of my outfit too, so look out for those outfit details further on.
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This particular day was absolutely FREEZING - very sunny with no clouds but just freezing. I wore my favourite Topshop jeans, a grey sweater, my trusty boots and this cool ripped mens denim jacket I stole from my sister's wardrobe. I'm seriously in love with it - it's oversized, outrageously ripped and the perfect colour. I also love the necklace I was wearing, a gold two chain, one with a half circle/horse shoe type design and one which is just a circle. I find it so pretty and dainty, it's my favourite piece of jewellery as of late.

I'm wearing... Jumper from Forever 21 / Jacket from Forever 21 (mens) / Jeans from Topshop / Boots from Glassons / Necklace from Forever 21
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So pretty, isn't it? Hope you enjoyed this post, I hope to venture out more over the next few weeks and take more photos! xx
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22 June 2015

Books I Want To Read Again

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: I read this quite some time ago and I feel like I've just forgotten the story. I really want to read this again as I think, generally, if you read something when you were younger, you'll 'get' the book so much better if you read it once you're older and have more experiences. I own the book so this is definitely something I'll reread at some stage.

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heany: This is a book about a girl around her mid 20s who has never had a proper boyfriend, basically struggled to find love. I read this last year but I would kind of like to pick it up again soon because *TMI?* I think I identify with this book a little bit? Haha.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I really, really need to read this again. I read it before it was 'popular' I guess? Well not popular, but before quite a few people found it. That makes me sound really stuck up. But anyway, point is, that I read it like two years ago and I need to read it again. Once again, I think I'll appreciate it a lot more and really 'get' it now that I've had a bit of a chance to grow up... Oh geez.

One Day by David Nicholls: I think this is one of my favourite books I've ever read! I love this so much. I like the weird little things like the font and size of the writing from the version of the book I read, the style of the authors writing, the way it flicks between perspectives, and I also really like the movie. Admittedly, I read the book after watching the movie, but I liked both mediums quite a lot.


Have you read any of these books, and if not do you want to? x
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21 June 2015

This Week: Exams Are Over!

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Sorry I haven't posted for a week since my last 'This Week' post but I had three exams and I'm so glad they are over, I cannot explain! I don't really have any responsibilities for a month so that's a nice thought...

I've been rethinking my blog a bit lately, with a bit of a change but I think I'm going to work on my blog quite a bit during the next four weeks when I have the time off. I'm excited to blog about new things and kind of get into a good blogging groove because it feels like lately I don't really blog about too much, just the same old stuff which isn't very exciting. I'm thinking of buying a disposable camera these holidays and when I go out take photos and get them developed to post on the blog?

I'm just beyond excited to see what I can do over these next few weeks. I was scrolling on Tumblr and came across this post and even though it's not summer for me, I suppose I kind of have like a summer break now although it's the opposite season. ANYWAY, the message behind it kinda resonated with me because I want to do things with my time off and not just stay in bed all day with my laptop, but also I shouldn't have expectations that it's going to be the best 'summer' ever. Etc, etc.

Sorry this post has had awful grammar and everything (practically braindead now anyway) and these posts are pretty pointless but just to ramble about things/my boring life! So I shall get to blogging more in the meantime and catching up on ALL THOSE BOOKS I HAVEN'T READ because of exams.

xx
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14 June 2015

This Week: Coffee Dates, Cold & The Importance of Balance

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This week has been full of revision/study for exams and I've been cooped up inside for most of it. Yesterday I went outside for the first time in a few days (haha) and it was great! The weather was COLD but refreshing. My friend and I studied at the library (and procrastinated a bit, let's face it) then went outside and spent a bit of time in the park/walking around before we went to a lovely cafe for lunch. I had a super gorgeous mocha and a chicken sandwich with curly fries (um, amazing).

Speaking of the cold weather, something kind of related to that is Emily Diana Ruth's trailer for her new film. It looks so amazing! The quality looks phenomenal and it's something she's written and directed herself. To be honest, while we're here, I'll chat a bit about her talent because I love her. I really liked reading her blog post on her trip to Greece with Charlie (and the video!) and to me she's just a very soft-spoken, beautiful and inspirational person. Add her videos/blog to your watch/reading list.

This week has been all about balance for me. There have been some days where I've really hit that balance and it feels so good. There are some days where things don't really live up to my expectations, but that's okay because the world will go on no matter what. Balance between studying, doing what I want, relaxing, eating something fulfilling and exercising (yoga!). I think sometimes I can just get in a rut doing the same boring things everyday, but I want to build up more of an exciting/broad routine which amounts for many things, like taking the time to go for a walk, do yoga or make something tasty to eat.

Anyway, those are my ramblings for the week. I'll no doubt see you soon but sorry if there's a lack of posts next week as it's exam time! I can't wait to be free on Friday night. It's going to feel like a dream. x
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13 June 2015

Things To Do In Winter

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The Southern Hemisphere has just hit winter so I thought I'd better do a post about all the lovely winter things I want to get up to, and you can too if it suits.

1. Visit Lots of Places and Take Lots of Walks. This may seem really vague and broad, but I do have some places in mind that will be really nice to visit around this time of the year when the leaves are still orange. If you live in Auckland you will know of certain places like The Domain, The Winter Gardens, The War Memorial Museum and Albert Park that I want to spend time in and take pretty pictures! I love the idea of taking walks and rugging up with a cosy scarf and hot drink.

2. Drink Those Hot Drinks For Once, Emma! I want to actually embrace the season and drink hot water and lemon, coffee, hot chocolates, etc. I'm just really lazy and don't make yummy drinks to sip at so I should really get around to doing that. On that note, I should probably bake a little more because I rarely do these days!

3. Catch Up On All of The TV Shows and Movies You've Been Meaning To See. I'm talking Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, True Detective, etc. At least for me. There are loads of popular TV shows I just need to watch! Speaking of, if you want to recommend me any shows to watch, please tell. I have a list of movies I've been compiling over months that I need to watch as well.

4. Go Shopping. Even if I don't buy anything, there's nothing sweeter than just walking around town musing around the shops and stopping for something to eat at a cafe. I should also make this one: 'try lots of new places to eat'. There's literally too many cafes to count that I want to try/have been receiving some hype lately.

5. Stay Active. I mean, I think we'd all agree it's difficult to feel motivated in winter sometimes. I've been doing Yoga for a few weeks now (on and off) and I really like doing it. I love that I can do it from the comfort of my own home and I can follow a short or longer video if I want to. Doing something little is better than nothing, and I've just realised that, really.

6. Read ALL The Books. I have been reading quite frequently this year and I'm so glad. I love getting into a book and taking my eyes off a computer screen for once! I'm not reading a book at the moment because *exams* but you can bet I will be reading many once they finish, and what better way to do it with said stated beverages above.

I'd probably put something here like 'Have a snow fight!' expect we don't get snow in Auckland which is a shame. Can 'take a trip to the South Island' be an option, please?! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, tell me what your plans are for the season! x
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11 June 2015

Fresh Cut

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I finally got a haircut! I've been wanting to from near the beginning of the year, really. My hair was the longest it's ever been and I felt in need of a change, mainly because it was so long that it was so annoying to wash. I'm really happy with my haircut and I'll probably go shorter next time. I had imagined it being probably a couple of inches short than it is now, but my ends already look so much thicker and healthier, I love it!

If you've been meaning to go for the chop I would recommend it. I didn't exactly get really short hair or anything, but I think something shorter generally doesn't drag my face down as much. I got some subtle shorter layers in the front, nothing too major but makes all the difference to me. I didn't get it coloured this time, I'm just growing out my roots a little at the moment and going for a bit of an ombre look. I feel like making my hair look good won't take as much effort as I'll probably just wave/curl the front sections of hair and I'm good to go!
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I will be enjoying the hairdresser's lovely shampoo & conditioner for a couple of days (my hair feels so lovely, why can't it be like this all the time?) Anyway, just a short post to update you all on my huuuur business. x
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9 June 2015

Autumn Leaves

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I have a quick little outfit post for you today - something I wore to work in the weekend. The outfit consists of something very causal, monochrome and comfy - exactly what my 'style' is, really. The main purpose of shooting this outfit was the scarf as it's new from ASOS and I'm in love! It possibly looks better in real life, it's super oversized and snuggly! It could literally be a blanket when you unwrap it, I've found myself snuggling with it when reading a book, on my laptop, etc! I can just tell I will be wearing it with literally everything over the next couple of months.
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As for the rest of the outfit, I'm wearing my favourite comfy jeans, a striped top and a black cardi. I also wore these boots that I thrifted a while ago but don't wear often as you can't really get them wet as they're real leather. I couldn't not wear sunglasses as well as I think it works well with the scarf, and it was actually sunny this day (on and off though, that darn sunlight comes out intensely when I need decent photos). As you can see from the photos, Autumn looks like it exploded in my garden. I think generally we've had a late Autumn as it was still really hot in March. Right now is the time where the leaves are so orange and they're beginning to fall to the ground. I think it makes these photos look extra pretty. I love autumn and I'll probably be sad to see it go, so think of these photos as the last memoir of the season.

I'm wearing... Scarf from ASOS / Shirt from K-Mart (I think) / Cardigan from Jay Jays / Jeans from Topshop / Boots from an Opshop / Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters
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As for the long hair (well, hidden under the scarf) - that will all be gone tomorrow. (Alright, slight exaggeration... it won't all be gone, but I am so excited for a good ol' chop. I think it's exactly what I need. Does anyone else just get so sick of washing their hair? I can't wait to have new hair! Have a good day everyone x
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7 June 2015

This Week: Cat Tattoos, Cozy Scarves & Finishing Semester One

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Semester One of my first year at University has just finished. Now I'm on break and I have exams coming up in about a week. So from now until then I'll be busy studying (hopefully, if my procrastination levels aren't too high), and then I have a month off to do what I please, which is one of the greatest feelings ever. One of the things I like about Uni is how long the breaks are. I've completed all my assessments and got my marks back and I'm happy with how it's gone so far! Yay for end of semesters and feeling really good.

It's a bit random to mention on my blog, but the other night my sister and I stumbled across some nostalgic things - exercise books from Uni and even temporary tattoos in the form of cats. Temporary tattoos are awesome, I should get some of the more stylish ones though. I laughed so hard at some of the stories I wrote from Year 6 in Primary School. Some imagination I had.

Anyway - on Friday afternoon I was super pleased to see an ASOS package sitting on my doorstep, the best thing to come home to, I think you'll agree! I bought two things - this super cozy oversized scarf with a herringbone print. It's like a blanket and I'm so excited to start wearing it as it gets colder. I also bought a workbook with dividers for Uni notes for next semester from Paperchase - not too exciting but it's a good book for notes! Speaking of online shopping and Uni, I'm on the lookout for a tote or shopper bag that's relatively cheap so if you've got any suggestions, send them my way. There's a few I quite like, but nothing I've fallen in love with.


And this week Drones was released - My favourite song at the moment is definitely Reapers which was released before. Is there anything better than listening to new music from your favourite artists?

Hope you have a good week everyone x
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4 June 2015

Noteable Music Mentions

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I love listening to music a whole lot, so I thought I'd give a few artists a mention as there's been many I've been loving lately. Discovering new, cool music is one of the best feelings ever. Sometimes I stumble across songs on Tumblr, artists/albums that are mentioned in magazines like Yen and from other people's suggestions. These are some rad artists that I think deserve a mention on my blog!

SOAK: Bridie Monds-Watson (SOAK) is a singer-songwriter from Derby, England who has such an amazing voice. Seriously, one of the best I've heard. Her music is something good to chill to or to listen to on a long bus ride or something, and ponder life... just amazing. My favourite song is Sea Creatures - I can't tell you how much I love this song.

All We Are: I stumbled across these groovy people because I was reading Yen Magazine and they were mentioned in the music part. I decided I should probably actually check out some of the music suggestions they put in it, and I did and I loved. All We Are kind of remind me of Tame Impala in a way because of the psychedelic element, however I think they're a little more soft and chilled. This music is just perfect to have in the background while you're working away. Some of my favourite songs are Feel Safe, I Wear You and Something About You.

Muse: I mention Muse because they are releasing their latest album, Drones, fairly soon (5th of June, in fact, google is telling me!). If you're a fan you'll surely know, and you'll also probably know of the little complaints and such fans are having over the 'sound' of this album. From the songs that have been released so far, it's clear that they are vouching for a more 'rockier' sound and toning down classical and electronic influence. Some people are loving it and some are a little unsure until the whole album is released. I'd probably say Muse is my favourite band, I just love watching videos on YouTube of them performing live. So I'm looking forward to the album and new songs to listen to. From what has been released so far my favourite song is Reapers.

Hope you enjoyed this, maybe I'll do more of these posts every now and then x
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1 June 2015

May

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Hello all! I feel as though May has gone very quickly, with busy Uni times and the daylight disappearing very quickly as we head into winter. Lately it's been freezing, I need to go shopping for some more heavy duty clothing items. I have to say, while I've enjoyed the autumn weather, I think it's time to move onto another month as I get closer and closer to a month off Uni! I can't wait to have nothing to do. It leaves so much possibility. (But in the end, I'll probably be on the internet all day in bed). I won't ramble any longer... here are some of my favourite things from the month of May.
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Beauty wise, I've been loving products I got from America as they're the newest things I have, so you've probably heard me mention all or most of these. The peach body scrub from The Body Shop smells so delicious and is super nice. It's exfoliating and makes my skin super soft after. I use this once or twice a week. A few make-up bits for you: A NYX Blush in Pink Rose, I believe, which is the perfect rosy pink - good for my complexion and is really pigmented. Jackie Oates from Lush is a colour supplement which I've been liking for a lighter base. I kind of hate the feeling of heavy make-up on my skin but this feels satiny and light. I have been enjoying the Maybelline Miss Manga Mascara too, it's probably the best mascara I've used for lengthening my lashes and will give you volume too if you add a few layers. Lastly, I have to mention the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask which is lovely. It softens my skin very nicely and is just generally soothing on the skin.
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Possibly one of my favourite topics to talk about: books. I really do enjoy reading now and this month I managed to read just two books. Not my best effort but I'm happy with that. The first book is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven which I read earlier on in the month and I loved this so much. I would have to say it's one of the most brilliant books I've read in a while. I feel like this will stay with me as I loved the character Finch and felt like I could visualise him so perfectly. It was different although easy to read as I read it fairly quickly, especially the second half of the book. If you've been meaning to read this I would say put it straight to the top of your reading list.

The other book is I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. This was a brilliant book I would also recommend. Somehow, I think I would have been more wowed by this book if I read it before All The Bright Places as I especially enjoyed that one. However, this really was worth reading and the story itself was so beautiful and quite touching. There was something especially unique about this book, the way it was told and the paint splatters and brush lines throughout to match the mood and themes of the book. Definitely pick up this book as well as All The Bright Places! If you like, follow me on goodreads to see what I rated the books and for future reading.

As for other entertainment, I didn't watch much this month other than starting the first seasons of True Detective and Game of Thrones but haven't ventured very far. One of the things I really enjoyed watching this month was the third season of Sherlock. I watched Sherlock 1 + 2 quite a while ago but never got around to watching Season 3 (I was itching to though) and I absolutely loved it. One of my favourite shows ever. Hurry up Season 4! I've also been enjoying watching YouTube videos and in particular recently I've been liking Casey Neistat's vlogs.



At the start of the month I was obsessed with Arcade Fire's album 'The Suburbs". My favourite songs are on this playlist. I recommend you listening to it!

Aside from that, I've discovered such cool music this month including songs like Coffee by Sylvan Esso, BTSTU (Edit) by Jai Paul and Gasoline by Alpine. A song I've been obsessed with recently, and I can't seem to stop singing is Pillow Talk by Wild Child. It's a soothing and cool song which will leave you humming along.

I've had some Tame Impala in my life this month too, if you haven't heard of them you should definitely give it a try. They're what I would describe as a psychedelic rock band and listening to their songs is kind of what I would image being high to be like. So good! If you have any music recommendations feel free to let me know.


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These Banana muffins I made this month, so easy! / This adorable video of ViviannaDoesMakeup where her boyfriend Mark does her makeup / This video from Charli on multi-coloured dip dye / 3 Colour Palettes to try in your home / The Chop - major hair inspiration


I hope you have all had a great month, I'm excited for June! x
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