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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coco Darling // 33weeks

Coco Darling is 33weeks and seriously, this girl is a fighter. 

It has been a hard few months. She has been gaining less and less weight, had trouble with her umbilical cord and generally not doing the greatest. The prognosis being she would most likely pass away in utero and we wouldn't get to meet her. And now she surprised us all by gaining a bunch of weight, and growing really well. She is a tough cooke. And while this doesn't mean we are out of any sort of proverbial woods, it is a glance at hope. Hope that at least we will be able to meet our girl.

We have wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your incredible response of love and support. From people far and near, from those who know us personally, and those who don't. It really has blown us away. But we still need you.

Although we may seem strong and brave as many of you have written, we have our days. Days where we don't want to face the world, days were I feel ripped off, that I have to go through all this, the stretch marks and bad sleeps and I don't get a healthy daughter at the end. Ripped off that I don't get to plan a nursery, have a baby shower or have any sort of the normality of a traditional pregnancy. Days where I feel sorry for myself, where I am so angry that we have to walk this, and days where all I can do is cry.
Then I tell myself, it will be okay. We still have Coco Darling right now. I get to feel her kick and move, she is with us, she hears us and I can face the day. It doesn't mean it doesn't break our heart and that we still don't feel ripped off, but we can enjoy her. 

Through the various messages and emails the resounding theme is that it is so hard to know what to do and what not to. So I thought I would share with you. 
We love getting your emails, we love getting your texts. We are not much for phone calls and visits, but we want to hear from you none the less. Yes, buy gifts for Coco, talk about her, write her notes that we can read to her. We want to celebrate her as much as we can while she is with us. I am still pregnant, We are still parents and she is still our daughter. 
Thank you to all those who already have, it means the world that you love our Coco too.

I never thought you could be so proud of someone you have never met. But we are so proud of our Coco Darling, Hang in there kid.

Until next time

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MAKE IT // Sunday Muesli

I've always been partial to a good muesli, and often tend to make my own over the store bought variety. You see, I like what I like. So this way it's win win for my morning repast.

YOU WILL NEED:3 cups of whole oats1/2 chopped raw almondsA handful of dried peaches

1/2  cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup chica seeds2-3 Tablespoons of honeyWhatever else you like

Preheat your oven to 180 C.  Spread out your oats on a large baking tray. Heat your honey in a saucepan until runny. Pour over the oats and quickily mix through evenly. Put into the oven and roast for around 20 minutes,  tossing every ten minutes or so until lightly browned. Add your almonds, peaches, coconut and chica seeds. Give it a good old mix. Pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Done.

Serve with some yoghurt, a few blueberries and a little honey.

Enjoy!Until next time.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LEAN CLOSET // Elizabeth Suzann

This girl has it all. Simple yet beautiful design. Mindful execution and method. Use of natural fabrics made to last longer and wear better. A self taught designer who designs, patterns and makes almost every garment she sells. Seriously, she is pure brilliance. 

I want it all. I mean C'mon! Black and neutrals in silks and linens! Sheesh. And as I am embarking on a new journey of Lean Closet, Lean Home, Elizabeth Suzann is a brilliant place to start. Pluuuus, I am pretty sure I could fit me & my ever growing belly in as well. It looks like I better start saving my pennies.

Go have a gander, She ships internationally too. Sigh.

Until next time

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Welcome to a new series called Home Comforts!

It will be a chance for you to rubber neck at some well-formed homes, and who doesn't want to do that?

To head us off we have a dear friend of mine. Heather Hale. Heather and I spent our adolescent summers climbing rocks and chasing boys. We headed separate ways for a while reconnecting older and wiser, and as kindred as ever. Some people you are just made to be friends with.

Sitting in a sunny little street in Auckland you will find the Hale home. Husband Michael at work on his bike, Their daughter Heidi Pearl by Heather's side who is undoubtably rearranging something,  hanging new wallpaper or banging a hole in a wall. That was always something we had in common. The bug for incessant change. 
Heather is a style master. A guru in all that is lux and lavish. She has an eye for mixing old and new and brings femininity into her home in such a constant and sophisticated way.  It is warm, and it is inviting, and you are never without a glass of rose in-hand. It is my kind of place.

Until next time.

Although her home may be the one on show today, Heather's personal style is up for grabs. She is a bangin' and sought after personal fashion stylist. You can contact her here

Thursday, April 3, 2014

MAKE IT // cotton knitted dishcloth

Let's face it, for the most part, dishcloths are pretty darn ugly and seem to die after a few washes.  I mean I know it is 'just' a dishcloth, but it is something we use multiple times a day, that gets used and abused and that generally hangs over your tap in the kitchen for all to see. So why can't it be a bit pretty, cheap, even more effective and sustainable? These guys cost about $1.25 a pop, plus a little time and last through countless washes. Boxes ticked? Yes? And they are fairly easy too.
If you can knit a line, you can make them.  


One ball of cotton twine - I found mine at the local emporium, $2.50 for two
One pair of needles - Mine were 3.5mm, the smaller the needles the closer the weave


Cast on four stitches
Knit one row
Increase by a stitch each row until you have 40
Knit one row
Decrease your stitches each row until you have one.
Cast off 

There you have it. I will no longer waste time staring at the ugliness that was my dishcloth.
Go forth and knit your way to a prettier cleaning experience.

Until next time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


A few months back I stumbled upon what has fast become one of my favourite blogs.

At the time Madelynn was taking part of Cuyana's Lean Closet Movement. A movement dedicated to smaller and higher quality wardrobes. To culling the noise which areo the extra items, the items you never wear but never get rid of. A movement that frees you from the hour long episode of standing in front of  the wardrobe staring aimlessly, resulting in wearing the same outfit you always do and complaining to your significant other that " I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR! "

Needless to say this resonated with me on many levels.

I had that overflowing wardrobe filled with items that I hated, the poor quality, the rush buys and I was finally done with it. So four hours, two trash bags and a trip to the Sallies later I was back staring at my wardrobe. I still had nothing to wear. And so began the challenge. To fill my wardrobe with well made, classic and timeless pieces, from quality fabrics that resonate with my personal style and not the trends of the current season.

And then it crossed my mind, Why just my wardrobe? Why not my home too?

So here we are. It won't be a quick or easy journey, but the result will be worth it.
My journey to a lean closet and a lean home.

Until next time

DISCLAIMER :: In no way does this mean I will be throwing away my Harley shirts. They are a quality all of there own.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

RENO LIFE : Master Bedroom Progress

We are nearing the end of week three here. Seriously! I do not know where the time has gone! But with the prep work out of the way, this week was painting and floor week. Most of you know by now that I swear by Resene Black White as a base colour. ( Yes, I believe white is a colour. ) It is pure brilliance. A dear friend told me about it once and I have never turned back. So with a rather large bucket of it in hand we took to the Master Bedroom.

I don't know if the 'before' pictures really do it justice. It was HIDEOUS. Because of the move, the ceiling was rippled, and there were gaping holes at top of the architrave's. The carpet had tinges of green throughout where someone had had a disaster trying to clean. The textured yellow wallpaper was billowing and torn in parts. So getting it to a slightly nice finish was a mission. Paint was scraped, Holes where filled, Wallpaper was torn down, Walls were skimmed, New backing paper was hung and those hideous blue glass light fixtures were taken far away ( thanks for that 1990's decor )

Finally a lick of paint, re-position of the lights, a built in wardrobe and ripping up of the old carpet ( hello delicious Matai floor boards ) and now we are on to the fun stuff. So watch this space.

Until next time.

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