Elevated over the Viaduct and looking out on the water, Saint Alice is the perfect spot for picturesque sea views and soaking in the sun. Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to experience their stunning menus as well as their fun, vibrant, cosy atmosphere – and loved it so much that I returned for more.
[One of my favourite memories from April, 2016.]
A month after my fiancé, Diony, and I fell in love, he came over to my house. He arrived at 5 in the afternoon, and didn’t leave until midnight. We’d spent all night in bed, but we hadn’t watched movies, eaten, or slept; all we did was talk. Yes – for seven long, blissful hours, it was just me and him, lost in a heart to heart. We talked about our childhood dreams, our upbringing, our life goals, our favourite music, and much more.
This is one of my favourite memories because of its pure simplicity. Memories like this, and the soul-stirring emotions they create, are hard to put into words. I finally found it, beautifully articulated, when I discovered this poem from Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers.
you must remember it too
how the rest of the city slept
while we sat awakened for the first time
we hadn’t touched yet
but we managed to travel in and out
of each other with our words
our limbs dizzying with enough electricity
to form half a sun
we drank nothing that night
but i was intoxicated
i went home and thought
are we soul mates
Poetry has a way of articulating what we feel in our hearts but don’t always know how to express. They make art out of our life experiences, and find beauty in the mundane. Poetry romanticises little miracles we experience on any given day – whether it’s related to love, loss, heartbreak, purpose, or finding yourself.
I am currently in the process of grieving and processing my emotions after what has been a very tough week. For days, I was in denial and shock as I did what I could to avoid the pain and heaviness in my heart. Today, feeling in much need of self-care and inspiration, I took myself out on a brunch date at a local cafe – taking with me my entire poetry collection (so far). And I’m excited to share with you my favourite poetry books that have stirred my soul and won my heart.
I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! It’s been a long month, so I was truly looking forward to this one – a four day weekend thanks to annual leave. My fiancé and I were travelling up to Matakana to attend a friend’s wedding, and thought, why not stay longer?
We attended the wedding on Thursday, a beautiful wedding ceremony at The Stables that continued into a wild and wonderful wedding reception on a night full of delicious food, lots of bubbly, music and dancing. A perfect night of celebrating the bride & groom’s love. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Cornwall! ❤
Here’s what we got up to on our mini weekend getaway, post-wedding..
Today I took my fiancé to one of my favourite healthy cafes, Mondays Wholefoods in Kingsland. Featuring a covered courtyard overflowing with natural greenery, the cafe is warm and welcoming; the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch. We enjoyed their Mondays Benedict with organic pullet eggs, whole potato rosti, wilted greens, vegan hollandaise & parsley pistou, adding bacon & mushrooms, and their Ambrosia Waffles – buckwheat waffles with coconut ambrosia, berries, vegan meringue & toasted coconut. These were complemented by coconut milk hot chocolate & emerald (matcha) latte. Our lunch was wonderful in every way – friendly service, calm atmosphere, and of course, delicious food. Our highlight was the soft, creamy sweetness and subtle berry flavour of the ambrosia, and the earthy, wholesome flavour of the buckwheat waffles.
A lover of natural, rustic chic spaces, I found inspiration in their natural autumn colours, bohemian style cushions, teapots & essential oils on their shelves, some luminous citrine (my favourite healing crystal), and even some floral styling wedding inspiration. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a moment of calm, good food and nature, Mondays is the perfect place for a cosy meal.
Hi friends, I hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend!
Last weekend, my fiancé and I went on a little weekend getaway to my favourite city and second home: our capital, Wellington, New Zealand. We stayed two and a half days, which while short was plenty of time for us to see an incredible exhibition, eat delicious food, rest and recharge, and simply enjoy each other’s company. The purpose of our trip was to see the Terracotta Warriors at Te Papa Museum and celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. Happy Birthday, my love!
Last month, my partner and I spent an amazing week in our favourite city – Melbourne, Australia.. Where we got engaged!!
Aside from this incredibly exciting news, another highlight of our time in Melbourne was, unsurprisingly, the food! Today I’d love to share with you some of the places we visited and warmly recommend.