Tuesday, December 11, 2012

my crazy life.

Okay so I know I said I was back in the previous post... then I didn't blog again for over a month!! So slack I know. But so much has been going on! Yet again. Let me update you.


  • I have finished my degree!!!!!!!!! :D I did it! I officially completed my 3 year graphic design degree! I am now qualified! How scary is that! That 3-year period of my life has been such a process of growth, learning, maturing, and making new friends who have become almost like family to me. I will miss them immensely, however I am looking forward to this next stage of my life!
  • Which lead me to looking for a job.. Haven't actually handed in my CV in to anywhere anytime soon, but I will be doing just that very soon. I really need to find a job ASAP, my money source is dwindling fast! I'm hoping to get a full time job preferably at a place which relates to what I've studied for (Arts & Design, specifically, Graphic Design) so I've been praying that God will lead me to a job soon that will be good for me! Even if it's just a stepping-stone type of thing...
  • I turned 21 on the weekend! It was such a fantastic birthday overall! As you may or may not know, I've been putting a lot of time and effort into the planning of my birthday party so that has been taking up a bit of my time these past few weeks. Spent most of the day setting up the backyard and getting ready, then in the evening, we had dinner at a restaurant then returned back to my house to have a dessert buffet! Was delicious! And the backyard looked reeeeeally pretty! It turned out even better than I had hoped! And the company was great. I love my friends dearly. I was so spoiled blessed! Got way too many gifts.. ;) Year planners, chocolate, heaps of jewellery, a voucher for a pro massage and manicure (yuss!) books, clothes store vouchers and much more!
  • I still have not done one sufficient/legit work out in months. How embarrassing. :/ I need to re-read this post I'm thinking. For inspiration..
  • I shall leave you with some photos of my 21st! You're welcome.
My outfit! Was wearing black heels but switched to flats after the dinner. (I am in between my parents in this shot but it's the only one where you can actually see my dress...kind of.)
Us at the restaurant after people sang happy birthday and they brought me a mini pavlova cake yum.
 The table centre pieces.
The overall set-up in the backyard!
 The amazing, delicious dessert table setup.
 Eclairs, cream puffs, mini pavlovas, chocolate cream stuffed strawberries, bavarian cheesecake, whoopie pies, jelly slice, boysenberry cheesecake. YUMMMMM!
Another angle.
Bestie #1
Bestie #2 and #3 
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Some of us in the marquee! It was a good night. (:

P:S: My one big, grating regret is not taking more photos of my own. I didn't take any of these ones above... And the ones of the setup were quickly taken by my dad. I SO SHOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME OF MY OWN PHOTOS WITH MY GOOD CAMERA!!! Told you this is a big, grating regret of mine. ): Note to self and a tip for everyone else? No matter how busy or hectic things get, or how many people you have to get around to catch up with and things there are to organize at an event such as this, always ALWAYS take your own photos of the things you want to capture and remember!!! You'd think I would have known this being somewhat of a photographer myself... Argh! Man, I'm quite angry at myself actually! fghdighfhdnganfm!! Okay, enough venting of my frustrations...............

Have a lovely day people! :D xx

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

no, i did not die. (i'm back!)

Life. Oh, Life. You really are a funny thing.

Hello again my faithful, ever-patient readers! I have missed this little space of mine! And I have missed sharing things with you all... I realise I have been absent from here for almost 2 months...shocking, I know. But let me tell you, life has been hectic crazy insane a roller coaster intense rather busy... And have had tonnes on my mind. Let me lay it down for ya.

  • Went through a break up. Not fun. Very complicated and not black & white at all. As these things usually aren't...
  • Went away to Wellington for a weekend to see the World of Wearable Arts show. It was AMAZING. A truly magnificent experience.
  • Started to plan my 21st birthday party, which will be taking place in December. OF COURSE I shall share pictures with you of the night... ;)
  • My 3 year degree (Graphic Design) is coming to and end very soon!! And when I say soon, I mean, like, 3 weeks! The graduate exhibition at which all the 3rd year students' final project work will be shown takes place on the 16th of November, BUT all our work needs to be boxed up ready to be taken to the gallery by  the 8th of November!! And I've still got soOoOoOo much to finish! Therefore, this has been taking up majority of my time and mental capacity, preventing me from blogging here regularly, and for this I apologize to you all! 
  • I lost my USB which has all the design work I've done this year on it. Cannot find it ANYWHERE. And I didn't back up any of it to another computer. How dumb am I.

I must also confess...

  • I have no idea what I'm going to do next year or where I'm going to go.... or what will happen! 
  • God has been absolutely AMAZING in my life lately. He has been my constant source of comfort, confidence, joy, love and He is teaching me new things always. Since I have re-committed to living life for Him, I have felt a lot more at peace even though things have been raging on around me! He has been so patient with me, and I really feel His hand upon my life, changing me gently into more of the woman I know He intends for me to be. (: I'm learning to put my trust in Him more and more. Loving it! God is good all the time.
  • I have quite a few things I'd like to blog about in the weeks to come (and especially once my course is finished!) so stay tuned! 
  • I have failed to do a proper sufficient exercise work out for over a month... I really should get back into it... Argh, why am I so lazy!?!?
  • I've lost my beautiful silver bracelet (that was a gift) that I love. It's just disappeared into thin air. Like my USB... ): 
  • I cannot wait for Summer!!!!!! It's nearly here! :D Friends! Hanging out! Laughing! Beaches! Tans! Food! Fun! Birthday celebration! Free time! Reading books! Photography! Travelling! Road trips! Shopping! Summer clothes! Bring on the Summer. Can you tell I'm just a little keen for it?

So yes. This has been my life lately, in a nutshell. Hopefully you understand a bit more about why I have failed to blog for so long, and I hope you shall continue to stick around, as I will get back into it again at some point, I promise!

I shall leave you with a couple (unedited!) pics of me taken when I was in Wellington for the Wearable Arts show... 

  

I wish you all a happy rest of your week. (:

Monday, September 3, 2012

21 things im really glad i know how to do.

Hello readers. (: 
Hope you all have had a good weekend!
You may be wondering how I became inspired to write this post. Well,  I was working on my seminar at my desk in the studio at tech, and was talking to a fellow classmate about touch typing. As in typing without looking. I'm doing it right now in fact. (: I learned this ever-helpful skill back in high-school, and I am so glad that I did! It has been extremely good being able to type fast without looking when it comes to writing those essays and seminars for sure. This lead me to wondering what other skills I'm happy to have in my skill bank.. 

Knowing how to...
1. Touch-type. (as mentioned above)
2. Drive a car.
3. Use online banking.
4. Use Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/In Design.
5. Read.
6. Write. 
7. Draw.
10. Pitch a tent.
11. Apply makeup to myself and others. (well.) - foundation, powder, blusher, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara etc. 
13. Design posters, invitations, business cards, brochures, logos (and more!) 
14. Make scrambled eggs. 
18. Organise a party. ;)
19. Use the self-checkouts at the supermarket.
20. Encourage others and give advice.
21. Ride a horse. 

Some may seem/are pretty basic or mundane, but I am no less thankful for these than the rest of them! (: 
What are you really glad you know how to do?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

we always want what we can't have.

How true is this?!?!

It's a phrase we hear a lot, I bet. Well, I know I have anyway! We always want what we cannot have. Be it objects, aspects of another persons physique or body shape/size, hair colour or style, lifestyle, intelligence, abilities, talents and basically almost any desirable thing you could think of!  But do we really every stop and seriously think about this commonly said phrase? Probably not as chances are it will usually make us more unhappy about ourselves or that we don't have the things that we really want that others do have. However, I was thinking about this today and wondering how we could maybe turn it around into a positive personal reminder to make us feel better/happier about ourselves/our situations etc. 

Let me explain.

If you twist it around and think about it in a different way, we will realise that we have things that other people would want! Including physical things such as body size/shape! There is always someone (or more realistically at least 20,000 people) who would be highly envious of what you have. There is ALWAYS people who are a lot worse off than you in more ways than one! Next time you are feeling down on yourself because of how you look, remember that you are actually blessed with what you do have. You really are. Honest. And next time you feel sad because of the things you don't have/can't do/can't afford, keep in mind that there are literally millions of people who have next to nothing and will never own even 1/25th of what you have! 

It's all about PERSPECTIVE, people. The key word here. 

You may not ever be able to have what others have or look how others look or be how others are, but you are YOU and there are people out there wanting what you have whether you think so or not. So how about we start making a conscious effort to make the most of what we do have and stop wasting precious time feeling down on ourselves or envying others? God made you and loves you just the way you are. If He does, then should we not learn to do the same?? Easier said than done, I know. But when we hear this phrase we should learn to think of it in a positive way and learn to be happy with what we've got. (:


Friday, August 24, 2012

friday fancies: road trip.

How is everyone on this sunny Friday morning? That's right, it's Friday. My oh my how the weeks are flying!  Bring on the weekend! (: I realise I haven't done a Friday Fancies post for the past 2 weeks, and for that, I do give my apologies. But here we are today and yes I have participated in this week's theme, Road Trip. 


When I picture a road trip, I always think of hot summer days for some reason... Therefore, I went for a Summer outfit. Also, our Summer here in New Zealand has not yet begun, so I am anxiously awaiting its arrival! Got to finish Winter and get through Spring first.. 

The main feature of this outfit is the peach/pink coloured blouse! Nice and flowy, perfect for a sunny day. Of course to go with that you need some short denim shorts, sandals and sunnies! To top off the look, I chose a rose flower headband, and a tan tassel handbag which compliment the naturalistic feel of the outfit. Also, love the 3 heart skinny rings and the nail polish is a very cute colour! Can I have this outfit please?!

Linking up with {av} at Long Distance Loving

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

pin-tastic.

I haven't been on Pinterest in a while!! Well, until today, that is. I'm amazed at the never ending screeds of goodness and amazing things found on there! It still blows my mind.

Anyhoo, here are some of my recent faves from there from a few of my boards... Check it! All are pretty self explanatory.








All these pin-tastic (excuse the cheesiness, k guys!) beauties can be found upon the boards of my Pinterest if you would like to find the sources! Happy Wednesday everyone! The end of the week is nearing... ;)


Friday, August 17, 2012

physical exercise anyone?

Hello there, my faithful readers! Apologies for my short hiatus. I have actually been incredibly busy in more ways that one {academically/physically/mentally/emotionally}. I would also like to remind you that I am in my last semester of my design degree, so finding the time to blog very regularly will be a challenge and has already proven to be so...!

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One thing that has been on my mind a lot this past week is healthy eating and exercise. Something tells me I am not alone on this. Recently, I have decided to get back into is doing regular exercise during the week. Someone told me the other day that any exercise is better than no exercise! Good words.

I have a confession to make. Up until very recently, I hardly exercised. Like, never. I have been put in the 'slim' category basically all my life because of a fast metabolism, so people will say to me, "You don't even NEED to exercise, look at you!" I disagree because exercise isn't and shouldn't ONLY be about losing weight. It's about keeping your body and mind healthy, improving fitness and the quality of life etc. This is why I was becoming more and more unhappy with myself. Not because of my size/weight, but because on the inside, I felt like a big, lazy slob. Kinda harsh, but true. I didn't feel healthy on the inside.

 My eating habits haven't been too wise either, lately... To be honest, I began to put on weight. Not that I weigh myself much ever, but I could visually notice a change in my body... Guess where the weight goes on me??? BUM, HIPS AND THIGHS. How do I know I've gained? Well, I tried on a pair of my favourite summer short shorts....... I could barely get them on, let alone move in them! Not even kidding.Talk about utter disappointment. This was the point where I made the decision to finally get back into a more active lifestyle, and undertake some form of exercise, rather than none!

I would just like to stress that my main goal is not to lose weight. Rather, the aim is to TONE UP and improve my FITNESS, a.k.a actually gain a fitness level. 'Cause right now, it's zero. No lies. Can't even run for like 10 seconds without getting puffed. Not proud of this at all.

I realise this is going to be no easy task. It never is, never has been and it never will be. There's always deliciously bad food available. There's always a lazy attitude waiting for me. There's always a lack of motivation. There's always something less painful to be doing. But I NEED to do it! I want to feel good in my own skin and happy with myself on the INSIDE as well as the outside. I want to fit into my favourite short shorts again in time for summer. And I want to generally be a much more fit and active person.

I want to highly commend anyone who has this working out regularly (as in 3-7 times a week) thing down-packed!! Whether it be by playing a sport, going to the gym, going for runs or doing personal workouts, I am very envious of where you are at! You obviously have the motivation and mental strength which I am severely lacking in at the moment. I want this to change! I want to improve slowly steadily but surely and get to where YOU are. You are my inspiration. Keep up the great work. :D

If you have made it this far down the post, I will leave you with these words which I constantly try to remind myself of: Don't exercise regularly because you hate your body or how you look, exercise because you love your body and want what's best for it (or so you should!) Also, exercise should be fun, not a chore! 

Any thoughts? Would love to hear what you have to say!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

blog spotlight: put flowers in the mud, baby.

It's long since overdue that I finally did a blog spotlight on this blog, owned and kept by my best friend! She started her blog before I started mine and was actually the inspiration behind me wanting to start a blog of my own! There would be no blog here right now if it weren't for her. (:


A bit of background? We met when we were ten as we used to go to the same church. Then we went through all of intermediate school (like junior high) and high school together! It was at the latter that we really solidified our friendship into one that is life-long and unbreakable. We have remained close through our 2 and a half years of tertiary studies so far despite her living 2 hours away in another city and attending another university.

She is truly an amazing person in every way, one who has made a lasting impact on my life in these past 10 years, and continues to do so. I honestly believe that we will still be close right up into our 80's and beyond, grey hair, wrinkles and all! ;) Love this girl so much and she will always be in my heart no matter what.


HER BLOG {Put Flowers In the Mud, Baby} is awesome. Definitely remains one of my favourites, that's for sure. It's so unique and true to who she is; she doesn't try to have a blog like everyone else but writes what she wants when she wants. Did I mention she is currently a journalist student at uni? Therefore, she is an excellent writer and I am immensely proud of her.

What does she blog about, you ask? Well, anything and everything basically! Definitely something for everyone I would say.... entertainment, food, books, friends, adventures, fashion, movies, music, travel, and her own life in general as a uni student!! Definitely a blog worth following!

A few of my favourite posts (was very hard to choose as there are a HEAP which I love)

Below is a photo grab of some pics off her blog!











Please be friendly and pop over to her blog and say hello! :D 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

some awesome truths.

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Some awesome truths. Things which I constantly am needing to be reminded of as such things are so easily forgotten or disregarded... I need to be thinking upon these things more often!

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