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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last week I returned home from the mall and as I was going through my purchases, realised they all had something in common. All four items were lovely shades of pink! You can imagine my excitement when realising my favourite colour featured on every single item I bought that day. I'm really happy with what I picked out so I thought I'd share them with you in a photography type post. Let me know if you enjoy haul posts in the comment section below! Also feel free to tell me what you're favourite item from this pink themed haul is. 

Waterproof Backpack + Pom Pom Keychain

Bomber Jacket

Sleeveless Blouse

Quote T-shirt


Thanks so much for reading!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

A couple of days ago I wore my school uniform for the last time. I can't believe I've finished high school. Since I've left, I've had a bit of time to reminisce about the last five years. The memories I will be taking away are primarily my happiest and proudest moments however that doesn't mean I didn't experience sadness or disappointment during my high school years. Even though I prefer to remember the positives, I can't pretend like the negative times never happened as the challenges I faced in high school play a very important part in this five year journey. Even though I'm prepared to continue on the next chapter of my life, I can't say I'm not grateful for the things high school has given me. Not only am I leaving with new knowledge, memories and friendships, I'm also leaving with a confidence my Year Nine self didn't enter the school with. I know that what I have to say has value, as do my strengths and abilities. I'm no longer that shy 13 year old who was to afraid to speak up or put myself out there. I've grown so much as a person during the five year timespan and I'm so thankful to be leaving the school as a wiser, bolder version of myself.

I'd always imagined what my final day would look like. Tuesday definitely didn't pan out the way I expected it to. To be honest, it felt like any other school day. Final assignments were due and since I was so busy trying to complete them, it felt like my typical Tuesday. The only thing that made it special was the fact that we opened our time capsules from Year Nine. In our first year of high school, we were told to write a letter to our future selves. These were to be opened in our last year. When I was finally reunited with my letter I was surprised to see that my handwriting hadn't changed one bit. Anyone could easily mistake the letter as something I wrote recently. In my letter, I talked about my form class as well as my favourite things at the time. At the end of my letter I had written "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." Am I sad to be leaving high school? Of course, but a part of me is definitely ready to move on. And since I've finally settled on what I want to do next year, I'm excited to see what's to come.

How did you feel after graduating high school OR how do you feel about graduating high school? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Out of all the shops in the city where I live, Typo offers the best range of stationery and homeware. Most of their items reflect me and my personality perfectly. I'm obsessed with their stuff! Since I'm on the lookout for new photo props, I thought I'd share what's on my Wishlist at the moment. I hope you enjoy reading this post!

1. 2018 Clipboard Calendar: NZD 19.99 || GBP 10.55
This would make a really cute prop for a start-of-month/end-of-month post. I like that it can be used repeatedly throughout the year. I also like the watercolour design on the clipboard and think it really suits the aesthetic of my blog. 

2. Mini Marquee Letters (10cm): NZD 14.99 || GBP 7.91
This rose gold 'A' would be the perfect addition to any blog photo set up. It's super trendy, cool and stylish. I could even get a couple to spell out a word or the initials of my name. 

3. Anytime Mug: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
This holographic mug has quite a subtle design which is great for any side/corner prop. Mugs are fairly versatile props and can work with a variety of blog post topics. 

4. Confetti: NZD 11.99 || GBP 6.33
Confetti is a popular blog prop which I'm really keen to try out. I absolutely love rose gold things so this confetti will work really nicely with the blog props I already use/have. 

5. Manilla Folders (5pk): NZD 8.99 || GBP 4.74
Manilla folders are my all-time favourite background props. They serve the same purpose as patterned paper but are more practical and functional. The designs on these ones are super modern and chic.  

6. Shaped Candle: NZD 10.00 || GBP 5.28
This unicorn candle is absolutely adorable! It's such a cute design and your eyes are instantly drawn to it's glittery horn. This prop is simple but does the job well. 

7. Clam Light: NZD 29.99 || GBP 15.83
This clam light is so fun and creative. It would make a really good prop for a beach/summer themed post. The sphere can be removed so the shell can be used on its on. I think the shell is a really gorgeous colour and shape. 

8. Novelty Pen: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
Pens are quite a reoccurring prop on my blog so I couldn't not include this feather pen on my Wishlist. I really like the look of this pen. 

9. A5 Campus Notebook (240 pages): NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
I love the colours and patterns on this notebook. The paint stroke effect is really cool and fits with my blog theme/design. It would make a really good central prop to capture your attention. 

10. A5 Mini Light Box: NZD 39.99 || GBP 21.11
Light boxes are great because you're in control of what sentence or phrase you have on display. This light box glows blue and has a pale blue border and backing. I think it would really work with the colour scheme of my photos.

Thanks for reading! What would you buy out of this list?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

In this quiz, we're focusing on seasons! If all goes well your answer should match up to your favourite time of year but I can't guarantee this will work for everyone. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal whether you're autumn, summer, winter or spring in terms of personality and lifestyle. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong! 

1. If I could control one of the four elements, it would be...
A) Fire 
B) Water
C) Wind
D) Earth

2. When I wake up in the morning, I like to...
A) Open the curtains to let in the sunlight. 
B) Snuggle back under the covers and rest my eyes a little longer.
C) Go to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea. 
D) Jump out of bed and get straight into the day. 

3. When it comes to baking, I know how to make the best...
A) Banana muffin.
B) Ginger slice. 
C) Chocolate chip cookie.
D) Carrot cake.

4. My favourite type of flower are...
A) Marigolds.
B) Snowdrops.
C) Daisies.  
D) Daffodils.

5. I can't help but smile at the sound of...
A) Waves lapping the shore.
B) Rain pattering on my window at night.
C) Leaves crunching under my shoes. 
D) Birds chirping in the early morning.

6. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be...
A) Sydney, Australia!
B) Moscow, Russia!
C) Los Angeles, USA!
D) Tokyo, Japan!

7. I really like the girl's name...
A) Cora.
B) Elsa. 
C) Hazel.
D) Daisy.

8. When I was younger, I used to...
A) Collect seashells at the beach.
B) Jump in rain puddles.
C) Try catch falling leaves.
D) Make daisy chains at the park. 

9. If I could have any mystical creature as a pet, it would be a...
A) Dragon.
B) Baby yeti.
C) Phoenix.
D) Unicorn.

10. The next time I'm out, I think I'll treat myself to a...
A) A new pair of sunglasses.
B) A wooly rug for my room.
C) A cinnamon scented candle.
D) A cup of strawberry frozen yogurt. 

You are.......

(Mostly A's)
Long days outside, picnics by the beach, bike rides with family and pool days with friends. You're a summer kind of person and your adventurous, carefree nature reflects these warm holiday months perfectly. 

(Mostly B's) 
Lazing by the fire, drinking homemade hot cocoa and watching your favourite festive film on the TV. You're a winter kind of person and when the weather's cool you like nothing more than spending cosy nights in.

(Mostly C's)
Going for hikes, collecting armfuls of leaves, kite flying and finding pumpkin recipes online. You're an autumn kind of person and because of your love for Fall traditions, know all the best ways to get the most out of this time of year.

(Mostly D's)
Cleaning out the house, planting in the garden and admiring all the pretty nature. You're a spring kind of person and if anyone knows how to appreciate and share the beauty of this season with others, it's you! 

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

When it comes to study and revision, everybody has a learning method that works best for them. I'm a visual learner which means I find it easiest to process things through charts and diagrams however you may prefer learning through listening or reading. Even though we all absorb information differently, there are still certain study habits that will benefit everyone no matter what their learning style is. My end of year exams are coming up so I know that compiling this list of tips and tricks will be a good way for me to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming months. If you know you'll be undergoing a test anytime soon, hopefully you'll be able to take something useful away from this post!

Start With The Tricky Stuff
Always study the harder content first. This should get top priority over the things you find least challenging. Make sure you've wrapped your head around the trickier stuff before reviewing the easier topics. Most of the time, the more complicated it is, the more points it offers so even if you aren't perfect at the basics, you'll still have a very good chance at achieving a high grade. 

Try a Practice Test
Find a past paper or test and try to complete it under exam conditions. To make it as official as possible, set yourself the same amount of time you'll have for the actual thing and make sure all devices are turned off or switched to silent. Aim to have just your test paper and stationery in front of you. After all, this is all you'll have on the day. Once you've completed your practice test, you should have a better idea of the exam format and how you're going to manage your time when it comes to the real thing. 

Keep Your Notes Tidy
Make sure you have notes that are both legible and easy to follow. There's no point in having a book of class notes if you can't read a single word of it. If you're really struggling to make sense of what you've written, ask to borrow a friend's book and review the content by writing all the information out again. After you've finished, you'll have both tidier notes and a better understanding of the things you re-wrote.  

Teach Others
When you explain something to a fellow classmate, not only are you helping a person in need but you're also strengthening your understanding of the information being taught. Sharing your knowledge and strategies is a great way to see how well you get the content. By teaching someone, you're testing your ability to process information. If you can teach it effectively, then you can execute it with ease however if you struggle to phrase your ideas then you may not have a complete grasp of the concept just yet. 

Communicate With Your Teachers
If you're ever unsure about anything exam-related, talk to you teachers. They know the content and test material better than anyone. They'll also be able to point you in the right direction in terms of what to study and how to best prepare for the questions. Your teachers are there to help you so so don't be afraid to contact them if you're feeling a bit stuck. 

Thanks for reading! What's the best piece of study advice you've ever been given? Let me know down below!

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Friday, September 29, 2017

December is just around the corner which can only mean one thing. Christmas will soon be upon us! As much as I look forward to this festive occasion, there's no denying how busy it can get. Leaving things to the last minute can make those days leading up to the 25th an absolute nightmare. I love Christmas shopping but consider it the most stressful part of the holiday season. Not only are the crowds and queues tricky to handle sometimes, but you're never guaranteed to find the item you're looking for straight away. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and constant travelling from store to store. This is where online shop comes in. With their wide range of festive gifts, you'll find all you could possibly want at the click of a button AND from the comfort of your own home. In today's post, I'll be showing you my favourite items from their site. Whether you're looking for him or her, this gift guide will hopefully inspire you to get giving this Christmas time.

Gifts For Her

Homeware Gift
Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug: NZD 52.70 || GBP 28.30

Tech Gift
Bedside Smartphone Vase: NZD 44.40 || GBP 23.83

Foodie Gift
Row Boat Serving Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils: NZD 90.20 || GBP 48.41

Craft/Stationery Gift
Sewing Station: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Pedestal Jewelry Holder: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75

Fashion Gift
Literary Scarfs: NZD 66.60 || GBP 35.75
Note: This scarf is made up of a selection of passages from famous novel, Alice in Wonderland. You can choose from other classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

To find more gift ideas for her, be sure to look at this page here.

Gifts For Him

Homeware Gift
Around the World Alarm Clock: NZD 50.00 || GBP 26.81

Tech Gift
Driftwood iPhone Charging Dock: NZD 94.40 || GBP 50.65

Foodie Gift
Record Bowls: NZD 34.70 || GBP 18.62

Craft/Stationery Gift
Nailed it Desk Organiser: NZD 80.50 || GBP 43.20

Accessories Gift
Eye Glasses Holder: NZD 25.00 || GBP 13.41

Fashion Gift
Men's Llama Socks: NZD 13.90 || GBP 7.45

To find more gift ideas for him, be sure to look at this page here. is, without a doubt, your one stop shop these holidays. Not only are their products incredibly creative and unique, the intentions behind this company are as pure as ever. UncommonGoods is working at making their company as sustainable as possible. They choose to print their catalogues on recycled paper and refuse to sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. UncommonGoods strongly believe in the protection of both our environment and our animals. For me, their mission is what makes their company stand out from the rest. Definitely check UncommonGoods out! It's truly amazing what they're doing!

Thanks so much for reading! What's your favourite item from this gift guide? Let me know in the comments below!

* This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. *
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Today, I'm going to see if I can guess what kind of Pinterest bedroom you have. If you don't already know, I'm obsessed with pretty interiors and room decor so this post was a lot of fun to write. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal what type of bedroom you have. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong!

1. On top of my work desk, you'll find...
A) My laptop and a table clock.
B) A patterned pen pot and my favourite notebooks.
C) My current reads and lots and lots of candles.
D) A funky table lamp and several potted plants.

2. I feel most __________ when I'm in my bedroom.
A) Organised
B) Creative
C) Comfy
D) Optimistic

3. Whenever someone sees my room they always compliment on how...
A) Neat and tidy everything is.
B) Well decorated it is.
C) Relaxed they feel.  
D) Colourful it is. 

4. The three words that best describe the aesthetic of my room are...
A) Natural, airy and neutral.
B) Sweet, stylish and light.
C) Modern, quiet and moody. 
D) Fun, cool and loud. 

5. Whenever I'm in a homeware store, I go straight to the...
A) Lighting section. 
B) Wall art. 
C) Pillows and blankets.
D) Artificial plants. 

6. My favourite combination is...
A) Marble and metal. 
B) Copper and pink.
C) Gold and navy.
D) Yellow and wood. 

7. The best thing about my bedroom is...
A) The huge windows that look out onto the back garden.
B) The adorable, fluffy rug I have on my floor. 
C) The bed of course!
D) The crazy wallpaper I have up. 

8. I think every bedroom should have...
A) Good natural lighting. 
B) A colour scheme. 
C) A comfortable reading nook. 
D) Some nature and greenery. 

9. When it comes to pattern, I like...
A) Stripes.
B) Polka dots.
C) Chevron.
D) Floral.

10. I love that my bedroom...
A) Is a really open space. 
B) Reflects my personality and style.
C) Promotes sleep and comfort.
D) Is such a happy place to be in. 

You have a __________ bedroom!

(Mostly A's)
Simple and Spacious
Love the size of room and window, plants are awesome along with that killer headboard!

(Mostly B's)
Pretty and Pastel
Pastel bedroom

(Mostly C's)
Cute and Cosy
Cozy winter decorating tips. All the decor inspiration you need this season:

(Mostly D's)
Bright and Bold
mixed patterns + bright colors

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Since my school ball is less than a month away, I have decided to write a post dedicated to the occasion. There is quite a lot of thought and preparation that goes into this one night but that just adds to the fun of it all! I recently checked off the last of my to-buy list and am now looking into different hairstyles, nail designs and makeup looks. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you my top essentials for the night. Hope you enjoy!

Out of all things ball-related, the dresses excite me the most. Ball dresses have definitely been a constant topic of conversation at school lately but that doesn't bother me at all! I love hearing about other people's dresses as well as telling them about my own! My ball dress is creamy white with pearls around the neckline and pleats in the skirt. It's simple, sweet, glittery and pretty much me in a dress. I can't wait to wear it on the night!

My dress has quite a high neckline so I probably won't be wearing any necklaces for the ball. Instead, I'll compensate with hand and wrist accessories. I recently went ring shopping and came back with six rings to pick and mix with. When choosing which rings to buy, I was definitely drawn towards the more dainty and delicate of the lot. These were the ones I knew would compliment the aesthetic of my dress quite nicely. Having jewelry for the night is definitely a top essential for me as I don't think a formal look is quite complete without a bit of sparkle here and there.

I'm pretty terrible at applying makeup so to disguise my lack of ability, will be sticking to the softer colour palettes and tones. The lipstick I'll be wearing is only slightly darker than my natural lip shade, and the blush colour I have decided to use is the palest of the five shades. The school ball is the perfect opportunity to really showcase your makeup artistry but I think in my case I'll be keeping it light and subtle.

Small Purse
I'm obsessed with this floral purse I bought a little while ago. It's the perfect addition to my school ball attire. The contents of your purse are definitely worth thinking about. This would be the best place to hold any make up wipes or bobby pins in case anything needs fixing up throughout the night. Not only is this purse super cute, it's functional too. Definitely a necessity for the ball. 

They'll be heaps of chances for me to take photos so I'll definitely be having my camera close by. I'll want to be able to look back on this night in years to come so taking pictures is definitely a top priority for me. As well as during the ball, I'll be able to snap lots of photos before the ball too, when everyone is getting all dressed up and ready to go. I'm bound to make heaps of memories on the night so it's important I have my camera with me to capture these. 

Thanks so much for reading! 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Deciding to start a blog was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Since starting my own website, I've learnt so much about myself and what I'm capable of. Blogging has definitely had a positive influence on my life and I would recommend this hobby to anyone and everyone. No matter how long you maintain your blog for, whether that be a month or two years, you're guaranteed to take something really valuable away from it. Today, I'll be writing about the skills I have acquired through keeping a blog. Let me know if you're skill set is similar to mine! 

Everything to do with your blog relies on you and your commitment to the hobby. Time management is so important. Not only must you be able to set deadlines for yourself, they must be realistic enough in order for you to see them through. In terms of time pressure, there is definitely quite a bit of flexibility with blogging. When managing your own website, no one is telling you what to do or when it's due. It's all up to you. Because of my blog, I have a much stronger work ethic and a better sense of responsibility. 

Communication Skills
Your blog is a reflection of you and your personality therefore it's natural for your own personal values and beliefs to come through in your writing. Blogging is a way for me to arrange my thoughts, making it easier for me to articulate these in real life. Through creating content every week, I've been able to really refine my writing style and written ability. 

Online Confidence
Blogging has really opened my eyes to the world of coding and web design. Not only that, it has opened my eyes to the tools and platforms I had little to no association with before starting a blog; these being Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Twitter and Bloglovin'. Having a regular online presence and knowing how to promote yourself on social media not only proves helpful to blogging but to any other passion as well which is why I'm glad I've been able to really develop this skill through my blog. 

When it comes to maintaining a blog, everyone has their moments of self doubt. Blogging has definitely tested my determination and resilience but I'm thankful for this because it has helped me to grow as a person. I like to give my blog a little moment of attention each day, whether that be sharing my link on social media or planning my next post. Every little bit counts and I know that each time I tend to my blog, whether it's for 2 minutes or 2 hours, I'm putting myself one step closer to where I want to be. 

Thanks for reading! 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

I've always considered myself an introvert. It's definitely not unusual for me to feel a little out of place at big social events/gatherings. I tend to keep to myself in large groups, need to step away from the crowd from time to time and take a little while to warm up around new people. Over the past few years I've been able to come out of my shell quite a bit however I still have my introverted preferences. I definitely feel more comfortable talking one-one-one than with a group of about 5 or 6 and when having a conversation with someone I've just met, like to ask questions instead of sharing stories about myself. In today's post, I'm sharing with you 4 tips for introverts. If you find socialising a bit tricky at times, hopefully this post will be useful in some way. 

1. Fake it Til You Make it
If you find yourself in a social situation where you don't know anyone, try not to let your discomfort show. If you're not quite ready to approach someone, make yourself look as friendly as possible. People are more likely to come up to someone who is smiling and looking around rather than someone who is frowning and staring at their feet. Stand tall and proud even if you're shaking inside. You'll have company in no time. 

2. Seek Advice
It's okay to ask for help from family and friends. If you struggle in certain social situations, don't be afraid to ask those who are more comfortable talkers/socialisers for advice. You don't have to change your personality completely, but if you're wanting to build on your social skills, it may help to get some tips and strategies from a person who is of the extroverted type. Talk to those who encourage you to meet new people and open yourself up to others but don't let them turn you into someone you're not. Introverts and extroverts are two different personality types and there is nothing is wrong with either of them so don't feel bad if you can't keep up with what they're telling you to do. 

3. Practice Makes Perfect
For quite some time, I really struggled with small talk and making conversation. Every time I went to speak with someone, I almost rehearsed the conversation in my mind, making sure I was completely prepared to say what I wanted to say. This was the only way I felt safe starting a conversation with someone and even though this probably wasn't best way to interact with people, it definitely helped me to develop this skill. Nowadays, I'm able to make small talk more naturally and I feel like I definitely have the practice I put into this skill to thank for that. Just put yourself out there. Even if you don't start off doing it in the right way, don't worry because you'll get there in the end. 

4. Start By Talking About Them 
My favourite way to start a conversation is with a compliment. If you like their jacket or their shoes or their earrings, tell them! This is a great conversation starter in terms of leading on to questions and personal stories. If you ask them where they got something from, it's highly likely you'll be able to continue the conversation from their response. If you're not very good at talking about yourself, make the conversation about them. Listen and ask questions. They're bound to appreciate your strong engagement and focus. 

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Whenever I find myself in a shopping mall, I always gravitate towards the stationery shops. I can't help it! I love stationery too much! I've been obsessed with bullet journalling lately so I thought I could use my newfound hobby as an excuse to buy more stationery. I hope you enjoy this mini haul. Let me know if you'd like to see more bullet journalling posts in the future!

The first thing I bought was this pack of washi tape. The tropical, island theme was prominent throughout. I love the range of widths and the vibrant designs. There was also gold foiling on several of the tapes making them even more appealing to me. I couldn't resist buying these!

The next thing I picked up were these stickers. I love the pastel colours in the first pack. Not only are the graphics really cute, but the little quotes and phrases are really sweet also. I really like the holographic letters from the second pack and will probably use these to decorate the front of my journal.

The last thing I got were these pens. I did my research on the best writing tools for bullet journalling and selected the ones I believed would work best for me. I got a pack of Crayola super tips, a Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip, a Muji black pen (0.38 tip) and a Uni Pin Fine Line black pen (0.3). I've been really interested in calligraphy and hand lettering lately and know that I definitely make good use out of these pens.

What did you think of this haul? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading!

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