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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Travel Series: Rome & Italian Adventure

Sorry about bombarding you with a huge number of photo's of Rome and the Amalfi Coast, but it's just so pretty! 

And besides, I'll be spending about 10 days in and around Rome - I'm also doing Busabout's Italian Adventure, which is a three day trip to Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. It looks so charming and rustic and elegant and *swoon*.

What has also got me all abuzz with excitement is - I just paid for my flights over to Europe today! All paid and locked in! Dates are, I arrive Paris the 21st July, leave Paris the 23rd October. Three whole months of TRAVEL. 

I've been planning my OE (Overseas Experience), which is a Kiwi right of passage, for about 6 years now. All through uni, I was wanting to go, then I thought, I really need to save some money cause I was broke after uni, so I got a job. I will have been at my job for two years when I go - and my boss has said that I can go for three months and my job will be waiting when I get back! I just need to find someone (not so good as me but good enough to make sure my boss doesn't fire them right off the bat) to take over for three months!

So pretty... *sigh*.

These photo's are so gorgeous - I can't wait to visit these stunning cities with a huge amount of history and beauty to them. After Rome, I head to Greece for 12 days, then come back to Rome to explore some more. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I love lists, and this To Do list is now on my desk at work, with an awesome printable version available here. It's super useful for the super-organized like I am! Pinned! 

I thought this was a great idea - we currently don't have a coffee table in my new fabulous flat - and crates nailed together would be a super cute idea! I would probably do a wash of white over them as well! Pinned!

With Christmas coming up, I always love to wrap presents prettily! These flowers are super easy to make with a bit of fabric, and would look so elegant under the Christmas Tree! Pinned!

Aren't these bottles just gorgeous? Over our Summer Christmas I'm imagining sipping soda and cranberry vodka cocktails out of old glass bottles! A great way to recycle also! I would get these adorable mini milk bottles from Little Ink! Or some pretty glass jars to make homemade Mojitos! 

I'm enjoying that it's growing warmer over here now - I no longer need to wear stockings to work, and walked to work with bare arms! I'm looking forward to a summer of sun and laughter. 


Friday, November 9, 2012

Travel Series: Venice & Other Things.

Ahh, Venice, I think I could fall in love with you. My cancerian-water-sign heart swoons when surrounded by water - and I think I would feel right at home in Venice. Even if it is sinking! 

Cruising along in a gondola (I think everyone must do this once, even if the price is high!), eating fantastic Italian food, listening to music, drinking red wine on a warm summer night, exploring the side streets and wandering around markets. I could get lost here for days I'm sure, taking in the scenes, people, and la dolce vita. 

I think I'll stay for a few days. 


In other news, I'm moving this coming Monday back into the city back into the old apartment block I used to live in. I'm moving in with two lovely girls, one of which is a fan of the blog (yay Mal!), one of which is headed to Europe for our Summer, the European Winter (brrr!), so we have a Swiss-German girl in her room for Summer. It should be a blast to live with lovely, like-minded, positive people, and I know I thrive best in an environment like that rather than the oppressive one I have been in the last 6 months. Hopefully you will be seeing more of my own photography on the blog as well! 

What was also completely awesome was Mumford & Sons, whom I saw on Monday evening thanks to a fabulous friend! It was a bit touch and go there for a bit with tickets, but we pulled through! On Sunday I was standing about 2 feet from Marcus Mumford himself. Yes, they are amazing live. Yes, you should go see them if you ever get the chance because their stage presence is amazing. Here is a video of Little Lion Man. Yes it was amazing.  

xx Olivia 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Travel Series: Munich, Germany

From Lauterbrunnen I will travel to Munich - home of Oktoberfest (BEER). To be honest, I don't have much knowledge of this city. Museums, art galleries, and nude sunbathing are what I've heard. It seems to be a very old city, dating back to 1158 (according to the all knowledgeable Wikipedia!).  

It has quite a rich history to do with the World Wars, and was damaged extensively - it would be interesting to see this history in person! 

The architecture of the city and the back alleys and people are what interests me most about visiting new cities. Diversity and the lives of people who live there. 

I think I will most definitely be getting on the beer, when in Munich! I think the best way to travel around many European cities is by bike - one of the best ways to see a city! I love all the cobbled streets in these old cities that you never see in New Zealand (unless artificially done). They give such character!

Does anyone have any pointers as to what I should do and where I should go while in Munich? xx

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Travel Series: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.


When I head over to Europe on my OE, I will be using this handy independent traveler bus tour called Busabout. After Paris, where I'm planning on staying a week, then heading to London for a week, the first stop of my independent tour will be the small town of Lauterbrunnen, in the middle of the Swiss Alps!

From the photos, it definitely reminds me of home in South Canterbury - but with sheer faced rocks and waterfalls. Perhaps it is more likened to Milford Sound? I feel like the size of the town (Pop: 2480) reminds me of Geraldine, my hometown - that coupled with 'alps' and beautiful greenery, it will be lovely to spend a few sleepy days here cycling around, looking at waterfalls. Perhaps I'll even go paragliding over the alps!?

I will be spending three nights here before moving onto Munich!

I'm getting back into the swing of my travel series - and it's getting me excited for my travel! I will definitely be heading over to Europe next year to explore, even if I have to take out a huge personal loan! I'm determined to have my 24th birthday be in summer!

FYI, This is the loop I will be travelling! Along with a couple of extra 'trips'. Look out for those coming up! If you're wanting to do some independent 'backpacker' travel - I definitely suggest checking out Busabout.  I'm doing it because I'm travelling on my own and it's a great way to meet like-minded people! Super-duper excited and need to keep this excitement up so I can continue to save the monies! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Summer Lovin'

I'm absolutely loving white for this upcoming summer! Yes, it can be very difficult to keep clean, but it's fresh to death and super chic. Here are a few of my picks! 

Can't wait to get this Breton Tee.

My friend has this and looks sooo good in it! 

Perfect for a day at the beach! 

I'm loving the sports luxe look - these shorts would be fabulous paired with the sandals below or some brown leather sandal wedges! 

Super easy and comfortable for Summer! My last pair of Witchery sandals have lasted me two seasons, so I think it's time for another pair! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time to get serious.

After being sick all last week, and eating horribly throughout (although I had the best of intentions before being sick, as you may recall), I need to get back on this bandwagon and start eating clean, training mean. 

Yesterday was a great day of doing so - easing myself into it again. I went to the gym and did a pretty intense cardio workout. Heading to the gym again today for another one. 

This week I'm making the following promises to myself:
  • I will eat well, when I'm hungry, and when I am no longer hungry I will stop eating.
  • I will exercise and aim to perform to the best of my abilities
  • I will take 10,000 steps each day. 
  • If I am not going to the gym in the evening, I will go for an early morning walk/jog
  • I will track my calories in/calories out each day and make sure I am not lying to myself. 
  • I will allow myself one treat item this week - be that a cookie, a piece of cake or a takeaway meal. 
  • I will not allow myself to quit.
What are you doing this week to better yourself? xx

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Everything's going to be alright.

Images via Pinterest 

I've been shockingly bad at updating, and I apologize! I've had quite a lot on my plate lately with attempting to find a new place to live, getting sick this week (damn there goes my good intentions for going to the gym this week!), and just general feeling glum. I mope when I'm sick. Thankfully I think it's on the up and I'm feeling a little better today. 

Haven't had a lot of inspiration lately but desperately wanting to decorate organize and just be for a little bit. 

So bear with me for a while, and I promise I'll bring you something good! xx

Monday, October 1, 2012

Abs are made in the kitchen.

Lately I've been letting my diet get away from me. I've been craving sweets, fatty food (I demolished a Hell's pizza snack pizza, some squid rings and most of a Spanish doughnut in my hungover state yesterday and I'm completely ashamed of it). 

A good motivation = summer is coming up and I want to look amazing in my bikini! 

I've been exercising well enough, four times a week, getting my burn of at least 500cal in. But if you don't eat well, then you won't look good and this has been my issue of late. 

I'm re-booting my stomach, my mentality and my appetite for healthy food. Just because I'm stressed out at home shouldn't mean I eat horribly. These are the steps I usually take to make myself more accountable, and to make sure I only eat when I'm actually hungry. 

  1. Wait until your stomach rumbles until you even think about food. This will make sure you learn the difference between bored, emotional hunger and real physical hunger. 
  2. When your stomach does rumble, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. If you're still hungry, either have a snack or your meal (if it's around lunch/dinner time). 
  3. Snack on healthy items - fruits, vegetables, nuts, and yoghurt are all good things to snack on - but only when you're actually hungry! 
  4. If you're really craving something sweet or fatty, don't deprive yourself completely. Have a square of dark chocolate (at least 70%!) or make homemade baked chips or a homemade burger! 
  5. Dramatically decrease the amount of alcohol consumed. Alcohol is the worst thing for fat loss! You get dehydrated, your ability to have self control is impaired and you make bad choices regarding food. The hangover is the worst day the day after as well! If you want to drink, make sure you either limit it to 1 glass of wine and then move onto clear spirits (vodka or gin) with soda water and lime rather than sweet soda. You're somewhat hydrating yourself as well. Have an entire bottle of water before bed and another when you wake up to feel better. 
  6. Drink at least 3L of water a day! I tend to drink 3-4L. 
  7. STOP THINKING CONSTANTLY OF FOOD. It just makes you hungry for more. 
So who else wants to clean up their diet for the month of October and carrying on over the New Year? 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Spring time.

Some pretty flowers that were near my house. I think they're bluebells? 

Sorry for the lack of posts! Have been busy lately and haven't had much time to get out and photograph! 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Six Barrel Soda Co.

I haven't really been up to much lately - been busy on the hunt for a new flat with my future flatmates (who are awesome by the way!) and haven't really had the time to post these photos I took a few weekends ago! 

I went to Six Barrel Soda Co. one weekend to sit in the sun, sipping a soda and reading my book. I ended up having a lunch there (below) and meeting up with one of my friends. I love that they have bottomless single origin filter coffee, and it's just a really chill place to sit and read. The sun streams in through the windows so it's also really warm. Above is Ginger soda. 

My haloumi Slider - the perfect size! 

View from the window - perfect all day sun! 

The Blackboard. Love the decor. 

Soda and coffee...