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There are truly no words to describe how incredibly thankful I am for all of your generosity, support and love towards Gem, Nath, Coco Darling and their family – they are so grateful and humbled by your love. In tragic and heart breaking moments like this you feel terribly helpless, if you wish to help Gem and Nath through this time please have a look at this post for more details. The generosity has been beyond what I ever imagined would come of this, all I can do is thank you with all of my heart!

I shared on my Instagram account this afternoon a little of what I was up to – my ‘therapy’ has always been to bake and adapting old recipes, I find baking so calming and it always add’s a little comfort to dark and cold winter days. And as promised, here is the delicious recipe I adapted from a 1978 edition of The Australian and New Zealand Family Cookbook that my Grandma so kindly handed down to me. I wanted to add a modern and warm touch to the classic chocolate chip cookie, the end result is a perfect batch of Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, with a twist of orange zest and delicate spices – which turns out to be a perfect combination of flavours. These cookies are so simple to make and are a delicious treat for a cold winters evening, I’d love to know what you think. x

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s finding it terribly hard to concentrate on work at the moment – the sun is shining, Christmas holidays are just around the corner, the weather is deliciously warm and it feels like all of New Zealand’s beautiful beaches are calling our names. Summer is easily my favourite season, I’m defiantly someone who adores the heat and warmth that summer brings with it – plus it’s the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy our amazing country. So I thought what would be better than a pretty, and bright, round up of a few of my favourite summer beauty essentials – for me summer is all about soft sun kissed skin, bright nail polish, loose beach curls and simple but pretty makeup. It really is such a lovely time of the year, plus if you’re running short of Christmas ideas everything above would be beyond perfect. Happy Summer everyone. x

sun bum suncream | bourjois colour boost lipstick | martina organics oil cleanser | hairband ball | remington hot pink curl itnars | wella professionals sun haircare | topshop false lash mascara | ted baker vinyl bow wash bag |

shop here for more gorgeous summer beauty essentials

Be sure to click here for, Christmas Gift Ideas for her, him and foodies. Click read more to find out about these wonderful products.

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It’s not very often, actually it’s incredibly rare, that I don’t post images the full width of my blog – I simply had to bend the rules for this beautiful Bohemian Southern California Wedding that I stumbled upon via 100 Layer Cake the other day, it’s far too stunning not to share. You might remember seeing the brides absolutely gorgeous Martha Webb dress a while ago in this Organic + Sustainable Wedding, there really is something so magical about a colourful wedding dress and the detail on the bodice and orange train on this is beyond breathtaking! There are so many amazing details about this wedding that are absolutely to die for – the venue is like a dream, the simple table settings with handpicked garden flowers and mismatched vintage plates is gorgeous, the rustic dessert table and heart back drop is so perfect and of course the crepe wedding cake looks too far good to eat. I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than attending a beautiful wedding like this, be sure to take a peek at 100 Layer Cake to see more of this stunning wedding. Oh, and Happy Friday everyone I hope you have a lovely weekend! x

Via, 100 Layer Cake | Photography, Jenny Markham | Venue, Casa Encantada in Malibu, CA | Makeup, Monica Giselle monicagiselle7 (at) gmail (dot) com | Engagement Ring + Wedding Band, Michelle Oh | Sweets, Figgy Bakery | Food Truck, The Border Grill | Table & Chair Rentals, Alex Party Rentals | DJ, The Flashdance | Camper Rental, Happier Camper | Tabletop & Decor Rentals, Casa de Perrin | Furniture Rentals, YEAH! Rentals | Bride’s Dress, Martha Webb | Groom’s Suit, J.Crew

HONEYCOMB GARLAND by Oh Happy Day

Party Mix by Eat Drink Chic

With spring hopefully just around the corner I’m craving bright pops of colour and of course waiting patiently for all the wonderful lazy summer parties that the warmer weather brings. I stumbled upon this absolutely stunning dessert table by Oh Happy Day she also shows you how to create your very own honeycomb garland – how lovely is that is that? Of course, no party is complete without a gorgeous goodie bag and this beautiful Party Mix by the lovely Eat Drink Chic really is too perfect for words! x

honeycomb dessert tablestraws | balloon | flag | salad servers | tassle | popsicle studs | napkins | button | card

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a really lovely weekend. I’m so jealous of those very lucky and lovely ladies who attending the Wedding Style Workshop at Studio 46 on Saturday, I was so sorry to miss it, it sounded like such an amazing day! We have so many other incredible workshops coming up over the next few weeks, be sure to take a peek at our schedule before they sell out.

With the end of Winter hopefully drawing to a close soon I thought that I would share a few of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been using over the chilly winter months, and of course some delicious items to make your bathroom that little bit cozier. Some products are new favourites and others have been staples in my bathroom cupboard for years – they’re all so fantastic and I promise that they will leave you feeling very pampered indeed! x

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Paper Plane Store

Oh wow, how is it already Friday? Not that I’m complaining that the weekend is here again, but gosh this week has gone fast, I hope that everyone has had a really lovely week and has something wonderful planned for the weekend. I’m so very excited to share one of the most gorgeous new shops that has just opened in Mount Maunganui, the very lovely and oh so chic Paper Plane Store! If you’re lucky enough to call Mount Maunganui home you simply must take a peek at Krista and Timothy’s gorgeous store, for anyone out of town either road trip there immediately or of course take a peek at their online store! Their style and carefully curated items are just to die for and so many of them have already been added to my endless wish list – especially the stunning is the sidekick high stool and oh so cute dog collar, they’re so perfect! Krista and Timothy also recently sat down for a interview with the lovely The Design Chaser to chat about their gorgeous new store, be sure to take a peek, it’s a wonderful insight into their beautiful new business. x

| shilence print | leather clutch | natural slingshot | dog collar | towel | pantone mug | storage baskets | sidekick high stool |

bathroom luxe Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all had a really lovely week. I’ve had a wonderful week full of catching up with lots of lovely people, tidying up my workspace with Gem, admiring the cutest video ever from my ruffle cake workshop at Studio 46 and of course dreaming up new ideas for our home on pinterest.

One thing that has been on our never ending to do list for a while now is our bathroom, it’s not in a terrible shape but it certainly does need a little love. But of course with all renovations they’re never as simple as they appear, for us to renovate the bathroom we’d also have to redo the laundry so that all the shiny new plumbing we had installed when our kitchen was renovated would work together – hehe, it’s probably why our bathroom still on the to do list! In saying that though, you don’t have to completely renovate when a few gorgeous new pieces and some lovely storage items really can transform any space – I’m very very smitten with the oak mirror, canisters and sky planter, they’re too perfect for words! I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing and cozy weekend planned, I’d love to hear what you’re thinking of doing around your home. x

| sky planter | blueberry & vanilla candle |oak mirror for kate sylvester | hand & body wash | wire baskets | bath towel | canisters | bathmat |

Aw, some things really are far too beautiful not to share – and this gorgeous assortment of flowers by Naked Bouquet is one of those things! I’m a little in love with Kiana’s stunning collection of beakers, cylinders and flasks, they really do make the most perfect vases and would be absolutely stunning for any wedding table decor or simply just having around your home – plus how lovely is her chalkboard of flowers to show what was used? Be sure to take a peek at her beautiful blog, it’s beyond gorgeous!

Oh and I’m beyond proud and excited to finally be able to share with you that there is a Made From Scratch recipe card is in this months gorgeous Sample Bar pack. If you haven’t heard of Sample Bar, each month they send out a gorgeous collection of luxury products to try, all of which are a complete surprise – it really is too lovely for words! x