New Zealand Photo Diary 1

Recently I went on a trip to New Zealand with my mother and sister. New Zealand is one of my most favourite places in the world. I spent 7 years of my childhood there - those of you who have met me have probably wondered why I have an unusual accent. It's actually a mix of Kiwi and Australian (with a bit of South African/Zimbabwean from my parents thrown in there for good measure).

The first part of our trip was spent in Auckland, visiting friends and relatives as well as exploring the place. One thing that hit me is that New Zealand has pretty much the same brands as we do in Australia. My sister and I went into the local department store, Smith & Caughey's and were impressed with how many great local Kiwi designers were stocked. Whole sections for Karen Walker, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts, Deadly Ponies and Ruby among others. I'm a big fan of New Zealand fashion - it's a dream of mine to attend New Zealand fashion week one day!

Asides from shopping, we also checked out Ponsonby, witnessed a pedestrian run in front of a motorbike on K Road, went to Auckland's lantern festival in the botanic gardens and had a delicious dinner with friends at Manuka in Devonport.

More photos later this week!

 So many good restaurants along the Viaduct
 My sister and I decided it was a good idea to walk to Ponsonby...
 Wearing: Zara top // Mossman jacket // Cue skirt // Mimco bag // Chanel sunglasses
 Beautiful lanterns as part of the festival in the botanic gardens
 Skytower at night. They shot fireworks off it later that night (Kiwis love fireworks... a little too much)
 Wearing: Zara top // Mossman jacket // Cue skirt // Mimco bag // Chanel sunglasses
 A beautiful Pahutakawa tree by a bay we passed by
 I'm wearing: Zara top // Cue skirt
 Auckland from the SkyTower
Wearing: Zara top // Mossman jacket // Cue skirt // Chanel sunglasses
 From the other side of Auckland a.k.a Devonport

Icy Mint

Since I'm now working full time, I thought I'd share an outfit I wore to work and then to the launch party of the new website Spare Tables.

Definitely check this one out if you're a fellow Adelaidian - you can get some awesome deals at some great restaurants. Your bank account thanks me.

With Mayanthi from Gracious Magazine

I'm wearing: Christopher Kane dress // Cue coat // Sophie Bille Brahe ellipse earring

Black Lily

New hair, don't care! I've had a tonne of comments about my new hair on Facebook.

A completely new look for me, but I'm kinda loving it (and it seems like a lot of other people are too).

 I'm wearing: vintage maribou feather jacket // Sonia Rykiel dress (not pictured)

Kosmea Launch Party

After an extended hiatus, I am back (and with lots of content to post)!

I've been a fan of Kosmea for a while, particularly their Rose Hip Oil and facial wipes (which I use religiously to remove my makeup each day), so it was great to be able to celebrate the launch of their new Rose Hand Cream at their HQ on Glen Osmond Road.

If you haven't tried Kosmea's products before, they all have a very fresh and soothing rose fragrance - and their Rose Hand Cream is no different. It's also very hydrating but not oily, which makes it perfect for keeping hands soft and supple during the harsh winter months ahead of us.

It was so lovely to meet Olivia and the rest of the Kosmea ladies, and talk beauty and blogging over a glass of champagne (or two)!

Mayanthi and Ammy
 Mayanthi and Olivia

I'm wearing: Front Row Shop jacket // Sonia Rykiel dress // Mimco boots