Favorite Things Part 2

I did a Favorite Things post way back in April, so I thought it was well time for another one. Below are a few things that I’ve been loving lately.

Spring

Winter is almost over, Spring is moving on in, and I’m so happy about it. It’s getting a little warmer, the days are getting longer, but most importantly the Spring lambs are out, and they are just so cute. My motivation to get out and exercise at my local park (which is also a working farm), has never been higher. Here’s a picture of one of my new friends.

Ripped Jeans

Okay, I’m a bit behind the times, but this weekend I bought my first ever pair of ripped jeans, and I just love them. They just add that little bit of effortless edge to an outfit.

Married At First Sight USA

Have you ever watched this show?? I always thought it was just another mass produced reality show, but when I stumbled across it whilst eating dinner in front of the tv the other night, I became positively intrigued. In the episode I was watching, the couples were moving in together, and I couldn’t help but question how you could possibly move in with someone YOU JUST MET. But apparently it actually works out for some of the couples. Totally fascinated. I’ve got to find more!

Garnier Micellar Water

I was given a bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water a little while ago, and it’s made my night time routine so much easier. This stuff literally takes my makeup off in one swoop, and it leaves my face feeling super clean. If i’m wearing full eye makeup, I might also need to use a bit of makeup remover too, but day to day, I generally just wear a coat of mascara, so this works perfectly for me.

Climbing Trees

I spent my Sunday climbing trees. Or to be more specific, I spent the day doing a high ropes course way up in the trees. It was both physically and mentally challenging, but also so much fun. If you live in Auckland, I would highly recommend checking out Tree Adventures


What have you been loving this week?

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TV Shows That Make My Heart Happy

I’m a sucker for a feel good tv show. You know, the ones that always have a happy ending, and are super unrealistic, but you just feel good when you’re watching them?

So I’ve compiled a list of my favourite feel good tv shows. Here they are in no particular order:

Gilmore Girls

It’s got those small town vibes, the lovable and quirky characters, and as a girl who grew up with a single mother, I can totally relate to Lorelai and Rory’s relationship. I don’t think my mum and I speak quite as fast though.

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Hart of Dixie

Like Gilmore Girls, it is set in a small town with a handful of characters that we grow to know and love throughout the seasons. I’ve imagined myself living in this town and being best friends with Zoe Hart once or twice.

Nashville

IT’S JUST SO GOOD. The soundtrack is incredible. If you are not a country music fan, you probably will be after watching this. It has it’s drama, but most of the time, everything works out in the end.

How I Met Your Mother

Oh how this show makes me laugh. Its hilarious and far fetched, yet smart and totally relateable. When watching it, I kind of feel like the crew are my friends, and I hang out with them in that booth in MacLarens all the time.

Friends

It’s amazing. It’s a classic. You will laugh. I don’t need to say anymore.

So there you have it, my list of shows that make my heart happy when I need a pick me up. Do you have anymore to add to this list? Comment below!

 

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

In the words of Jess Glynne, “don’t be so hard on yourself”. I’ve realized lately, that I can be incredibly hard on myself when it comes to my life and figuring out what I want to do with it. A quick Google search of the phrase “twenty something” is enough to know that I’m not the only one feeling this way.

See, I’m 26 years old, and I don’t have it figured out yet. I’m not even close. In fact, I feel even further away from having the answers then I did five years ago. And I feel like I should I have it sorted out by now. I should know what my ideal job is, and I should be doing it. I should have traveled the world. I should own a house. I should have a clear plan. But I don’t.

I’m so focused on all the things I haven’t achieved, that I forget to take a step back and look at what I have done. Five years ago I didn’t have a university degree, and my work mostly consisted on babysitting and retail. I hadn’t traveled more than a few hours away from where I lived, I had never traveled alone, and I hadn’t lived away from home.

Now, I have a post graduate degree. I have had four years of experience in jobs related to what I studied. I have traveled far and wide on my own, have ticked off a significant portion of my bucket list, and more. I have moved out of home, and have made some life long friends along the way.

And when I look at it like that, it doesn’t seem so bad. Five years ago, I could have never imagined that I would do all that I have done so far. Things happen as and when they should. And maybe in five years from now I still won’t know exactly what I’m doing with this life of mine, but I’m sure I’ll have added a few extra things to that list above.

So tonight, all my fellow twenty somethings, let’s all take a moment to look at what we’ve achieved, rather than focusing on what we haven’t done yet.Stop being so hard on yourself.

I’ll leave you with the quote below, which seems pretty fitting to this post.epicurus

 

 

 

Guide To Surviving Winter

You might have figured this out from my previous posts, but winter in New Zealand really isn’t my favourite time of year. It’s constantly freezing, it rains a lot, and there are absolutely no public holidays between June and October. It’s a long haul.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. These cold days give me the opportunity to take a step back and enjoy some down time at home, without feeling like I “should” be out doing something.

So what have I been doing to keep myself entertained?

Reading

I’m ashamed to say I don’t read near as much as I used to. When I have downtime, I find myself choosing to watch a show rather than read a book. Reading is something that I have been making a real effort to prioritize this winter, even if it is just fifteen minutes each night before bed.

My favorite book I’ve read lately is Me Before You, which I really enjoyed. It is a sad one though. Check it out here.

Blogging

I’ve really been enjoying working on this blog, whether I’ve been creating content, thinking of ideas and reading other blogs, or working on the layout. It’s been cool to have a new project. I’ve even created an Instagram specifically for the blog, where I’ll post pictures of what I’ve been up to, and pretty, inspirational things. You can follow me @thisgirlinhertwenties.

Cooking and baking

I’ve blogged about my adventures in the kitchen here and here. I’ve been working on creating wholesome and healthy dinners more regularly, more tasty and nutritious breakfasts, and also baking the occasional delicious treat.

To be honest, in the past, I often felt like spending time in the kitchen is a bit of chore. But I’ve actually discovered that if I just potter around the kitchen, put some music on and take my time, it can actually be quite enjoyable.

This weekend alone I baked a bacon and egg pie, made some toasted muesli, and baked some brownies! That’s me sorted for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next few days.

Binge watching

Of course I’ve spent more time than I should binge watching Netflix. I’m kind of obsessed with re-watching Gilmore Girls right now, and cannot wait for the new season to come out. November 25th is marked in my calendar.

Escaping to a warmer climate

There is no better feeling then trading in the freezing weather for 30 degrees sunshine. You can read more about my recent trip away here.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this winter. What do you do to make the winter months more enjoyable?

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Bali Bliss

It’s winter here in New Zealand right now, which means the weather is freezing cold, there is lots of rain, it is generally uninspiring. 

So what better time than to escape the daily grind for a week of relaxing in the sun, than in the middle of winter? 

About a month ago, my boyfriend and I put away the puffer jackets, dusted off the jandals and flew over to Bali, Indonesia. 

Everybody raves about Bali, and although I had been there once many moons ago as a kid, I was very excited to check it out as an adult, and I was not disappointed. 

What a wonderfully beautiful place it was. It was gloriously warm, and there was so much to see and do. It was also incredibly affordable. I’m talking $6 massages and $2 beers, what could be better??

We based ourselves in Seminyak, and went on some day adventures to other parts of the island. Between the lazy hours spent drinking cocktails by the pool, we explored temples, hiked to a waterfall, visited countless beach bars and ate the most delicious food.

Below are a few snaps from the trip, if you would like to know more about the wonderful Bali, drop me a comment below! 


Tegenungan Waterfall


Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple


Beach bar in Seminyak