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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...

Monday, September 10, 2012

I've been on a spending spree...

My Naked Pallette came the other day! Having fun playing with the colours - they go on so smoothly! 

Went to Cotton On and scored these two tees for $30. They have stepped up their quality I think. 

Bought this skirt from Marcs! Expensive but it's adorable and great fabric and will be great for work over spring and summer!

Jeans from Cotton On - they fit so well! 

Always need more journals! 

YSL ring and chain link bracelet from ASOS. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

A carefree life.

I love this photography by Evan Tetreault. They're so fun and intriguing to look at! The first reminds me of a summer in LA that I would love to experience one day - the sweltering heat, that carefree nature, where all you can think of is driving off somewhere and leaving the past behind you. 

The I love the looks both the girls in the second and third photos are giving - one lazily at the camera, the other carefree, looking far away. 

For some reason I'm a sucker for photo's of interesting buildings. 

The last photo just makes me want to jump off a yacht somewhere and go swimming. 

So glad that it's only 3 months till summer, and it's only going to get warmer from here on out! I didn't even wear tights yesterday, and didn't need a coat today! Progress! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Spring in my step.

Source: Vogue AU

These gorgeous photo's from Vogue Australia are the perfect way to get excited for the longer days ahead and the warmer weather for us down here in the Southern Hemisphere! I've been hanging out for Spring to get here! 

Pastels, floral's, lace and happiness! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Photodiary: Lazy Sunday

I woke up Sunday morning with the day wide open and nothing to do. I'd cleaned, done my laundry, and the Zoo had been postponed for the following weekend. I called dad to say Happy Fathers Day, then went and made myself some pancakes with bacon and banana (yum yum, totally not healthy either but that's fine with me!). I watched my DVD of Chocolat while eating my pancakes - Johnny is so hot in this movie! 

With nothing else to do, I thought it would be good to get out for a couple of hours, so hopped on the bus and got off at Oriental Bay for a stroll around the water. I'm such a water person (I'm a cancer!) so I always need to be near the water. 

Look familiar from this post? Told you it was one of my favourite places to be in Wellington! 

I found myself at the Chafers Wharf Farmers Market, where these tamarillos were calling my name. I also picked up a couple of those passionfruit - anyone know when passionfruit is ready to eat? My ones feel quite hard. 

These herbs looked so pretty in their baskets! 

I was getting peckish so I got a bratwurst which was incredibly yummy! I ate it in the incredibly strong wind! Seems as though those spring winds are upon us already! 

More beautiful colours, I don't eat capsicum because my stomach doesn't like something in them, but they are very pretty! These olive oils were incredibly yummy. I loved the Lime infused one.  

Got home and played with my 55-200mm lens... this is actually the view from my bedroom window... I love the aesthetic between the freshly blooming blossoms and the concrete. 

I made risotto for my lunches this week - this is mushroom, bacon and snow pea risotto! 

I don't really do 'quantities' I just throw in how ever much I want and hope for the best. But here is the basic recipe:

1c-ish short grain rice/aborio rice 
Olive oil or butter
1 Onion (I used red since it was all I had) 
Rashers of bacon (I used honey smoked) 
Snow Peas
White wine 
A little milk or heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste 

1. Lightly fry the onion and garlic in a pan with some olive oil or butter (your preference) 
2. Pop the rashers of bacon on a baking sheet and in the oven at 200 C until crispy. 
3. Brown the mushrooms
4. Brown the rice slightly in the hot pan. 
5. Add about 1/2-1c wine 
6. Add some stock slowly to the pan and stir occasionally
7. While this is simmering, keep adding stock. Also chop the snow peas in half so they're more 'bite size'. Set aside for adding at the end. 
8. Grate about 1/4c fresh parmesan
9. Once your risotto is at a 'lava' consistency and the rice is al dente, it is done. Take it off the heat, add the milk, parmesan, peas and chopped bacon and stir to combine. 
10. Serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan on top and enjoy! 

Definitely not a super healthy meal, but pretty yummy! It should serve 3-4 people. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Photodiary: A Saturday stroll.

Last week I bought my new Nikon D3200, as you saw in the SPCA pictures. Today I went for a stroll around Evan's Bay, near where I live, because it was lovely and I needed som fresh air. 

This is what I've been having for breakfast lately - wholegrain oats, yoghurt, vanilla protein powder, LSA and berries. So much goodness and keeps my motor running all morning! 

Lunches this week have been pretty tasty as well! 

Going for my stroll today. Playing with the effects on my camera - this is fish eye, if you couldn't tell. 

 Miniature effect - doesn't really work on this picture, but this area is the old Boat Patent yard, my granddad used to work here when he was a captain of ships. 

The piers and the boat-sheds around Evan's Bay are so pretty and quirky!  

I stopped off at Greta Point Cafe for a Blueberry muffin as my treat for going to the gym 5 times this week (!!) and a...  

Long black, of course!  

On the way back home...  

Tomorrow my friend Abby and I are heading to the Zoo, so look out for a zoo post at some stage this week! 

Totally enjoying my playing with my new camera! 

Happy first day of SPRING!