The Sunday Summary

The Mid Week Update

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So, I know there hasn’t been a Sunday Summary for 2 weeks now and for that I apologise (even though I’m sure it’s only my mum that’s interested). However, I thought I would do a mid week, hopefully quick catch up of the events that have taken place.

You know by now how much I love my binge telly watching and the past two weeks have been no expectation to the rule. I’ve, as bad as it is to admit, finished the most recent season of the Real Housewives of New York and am on the penultimate episode of the original, Orange County season. Chris reckons all they do is argue and it kind of stresses him out, but I kinda love it, it’s really addictive car crash tv. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek from the beginning. My tv watching was monitored when I was younger and this was a programme that 10 year old me was banned from watching, along with Power Rangers and Shorthand Street. I’m really enjoying reliving the 90s and the teen angst. However, I can very much see why I wasn’t allowed to watch, thanks Ma.

One thing I did want to mention was a play that Chris and I went to on date night about two weeks ago. It was at the Court Theatre here in Christchurch, called Ache. It was really good. Both Chris and I are play newbs, so really didn’t know what to expect. It was very intimate, with a great soundtrack, beautiful acting and a storyline that was both engaging and relatable. The intimate setting was a little awkward to start but once the story started to unfold you found yourself forgetting that it wasn’t real, well I did anyway. It really got us thinking it was something we should do more often.

On that very same date night we also went to Tequila Mocking Bird, on Victoria St. It is a, I guess Latin type restaurant, where you share tapas type dishes, which is my favourite, that way you get to try a little bit of everything. The two highlights, were the jug of sangria, so good in fact we had two and the ice cream sandwich dessert. Definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already. The staff were really friendly and it had a cool interior. I’d recommend going on a week night. We went on a Tuesday and it was lovely and quiet.

I also took a little trip up to Auckland to visit my parents last week. Mum and I decided to go for a wine tasting at the Villa Maria Winery, whilst Dad and my brother played golf, well actually mini golf. I’d never done a wine tasting before, but had always wanted to try one. For a mere $5 per person, which is redeemable on any purchase, you got to try 5 different wines. We went from a bubbly to a beautiful Pinot Noir. My palette isn’t very mature, but the lovely girl that did the tasting for us was so informative that she had me smelling and tasting different flavours within the wine that I never knew were there. I left with a sparkling rose and a pinot noir, which are now sitting in my pantry waiting to be devoured. Next time I’m up in Auckland, I’ll definitely be making mum take us back for one of their delicious looking platters.

So I think I’ll leave it there for my mid week update. I’ve finally got the weekend off this week, so there will most certainly be a Sunday Summary and selfie on its way.
Peace out
Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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Here we go again, writing these weekly posts highlights how quickly the weeks go by. Its been over two weeks since I started this blog and already I feel like I’ve had so much support for someone who’s new to this world.

I feel like this is going to be a rather short Sunday Summary, as I look back on my week not much has happened. I wrote my last post from a hotel room as I was away for work. I’m trying to be a little more organised this time and I have to confess, I’m writing some of this on a Friday (sshh don’t tell). My days off, have fallen in the week, which therefore means I have to get my butt to work on the weekend, whilst everyone else parties and relaxes.

I guess I’ll start with my visual summary of the week, as you can probably tell by now I’m always watching something on TV. It’s in my blood, the rest of my family are all the same. We’re about half way through The Returned and my oh my it just gets better and better. It has really blown the US one out of the water. I think I said this in my last Sunday post but it’s so much darker and gritty. The French are really not afraid to get down to the nitty gritty. Another show I’ve just finished is ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ about the Australian band INXS. I guess you’d call it more of a TV movie, rather than a show. I like to pop something on in the background whilst I’m in the kitchen, however with this I ended up sitting down and not doing what I was intending to do in the kitchen. I wasn’t overly familiar with INXS and was very surprised to know more of their songs than I originally  thought. I was however, familiar with Michael Hutchence, who was undeniably a bit of a babe. I was always a sucker for these types of dramas, especially about musicians, I remember being obsessed with the one that was made about Karen Carpenter and another about The Temptations, so when I saw they were doing this I was all over it. This was an intriguing story, that had me truly captivated. It certainly lives up to the tales of sex, drugs and rock and roll and I thought they handled Michael Hutchence’s premature death, really sensitively, as there was lots of controversy surrounding this. The acting was pretty decent, especially the actor who played Hutchence and considering many of the actors were playing well known celebrities of our time, like Bono and Kylie Minogue. The part I loved and always love, when it comes to these types of shows is when they do the montage at the end consisting of real footage of the band or singers. This one was done really well. It ends with a performance by the real INXS meshed together with clips from their time on the road. It’s definitely got me adding the odd INXS tune to my google playlist.

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Talking of music I just have to say I’ve been obsessed with listening to the pop bands of the late 90s. Yes, Yes I do realise this is really sad, but this was my hey day people and I felt like reliving it. In fact my Aunty often says I’m stuck in a time warp, when it comes to my taste in music. I couldn’t even tell you who’s popular in the charts at the moment (is there even a chart anymore??). However I can tell you about my revived love for Westlife, Steps, Early Enrique, Britney, Christina, Blue the list goes on and on.It takes me back to being 13, watching Top of the Pops and recording all my favourite performances on the video player, the good old days. It’s also what’s been helping the creative juices flow, when writing these posts, so you can blame the dodgy cheesy 90s music if the posts aren’t up to parr. I’m hoping adding INXS in there brings the street cred up.

We had our friends over for dinner Friday night, which was lovely. I went full on housewife mode and made most of the dishes from scratch. Including one Banoffee Pie and one Lemon Drizzle cake. We did a clean eating beef stew and everything went down a treat. I was super excited because I’d just purchased some uber cool Gatsby style champagne saucers, so I got to crack those beauties out. As we have very much indulged this weekend, Chris and I didn’t feel much like going for brunch Saturday Morning, so I’m sorry but unfortunately this week there’s no new cafe to review in this summary. I promise the next one will be way more interesting.

On the D.I.Y front, you may have seen this post already but I finished the lamp. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, even if it was testing on our relationship haha. Make sure you check it out. I went and met up with my aunty during the week, who helped me pick out some fabric for my next project… A headboard, I also got some really cool upholstery pins to use as a trim. Keep your beady eyes on the look out for that. I’m so excited to get that one underway as I really think it’ll transform our room.

Sebastian has been a little strange this week, I’m thinking it’s the weather. We’ve been having highs of 21 degrees and it’s mid winter. I think he just doesn’t know what to do with himself, but to throw a strop and not eat. In order to entice him back, we popped over to Animates to get some treats. We came out with some chicken jerky and another cat…in my dreams. I have a love hate relationship with that place. I love it, because I could just sit there all day looking at the puppies and kittens up for adoption. I hate it because I want to free them and take them all home with me. Today sadly I left with just treats for little monkey but, maybe one day we’ll make the family bigger.

Well that’s really about it for our week in a nutshell. Sorry it’s been rather boring, it’s all probably really boring if you’re not my family. Next week might be a little light on the post front. I have a huge week at work with a really important check that I need to get my a into g and get studying for. However we’ve got some cool things coming up, including going to see a play for our date night, a first for the both of us and Chris is going away with working for fancy awards evening, we even had to hire a suit for the event today.

Once again thank you so much for reading, even though I know it’s mostly you, Mum! All of your support is so greatly appreciated.
Have a lovely, beautiful enjoyable week ahead.
Stay cool,
Bailey xox

 

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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So here we are again. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, you creep up on me like a champion ‘what’s the time Mr wolf’ player. Yet I feel as if I haven’t really achieved much this week.

This has certainly been the week of work and blogging. I’ve been feeling so inspired, with loads of ideas buzzing around my head , that I almost feel as if there’s not enough days to fit it all in. I’ve also been hugely overwhelmed by the support I’ve been getting. I know I’ve said this previously, but it was so daunting putting myself out there. Not to get into a thing , but I’m actually quite shy, especially when it comes to expressing my thoughts and feelings.So I’d just like to quickly say a huge, massive thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read this and put up with me waffling on and on.

In the spare few hours I’ve had where I haven’t had to work on this blog or my day job, I have turned to the tv. We started watching ‘The Returned’ and although we’re only a few episodes in, we are both already hooked. I know in my last Sunday Summary I said I loved the American version called ‘Resurrection’ I have to sadly eat my words, as the French have done it far far better. It’s much darker and way more sinister than its American counterpart and that in large part is why we both prefer it. It is subtitled and that may put some off but don’t let it, because to be honest it’s pretty darn awesome.

This week my baby brother and his girlfriend have come to stay, which is always lovely. Although it was a whirlwind of a visit its always a joy seeing them both and catching up. Laura my brothers girlfriend, bought me some new beauty goodies, that I can not wait to try.

Speaking of beauty, my big shout out for the week needs to go to Tanya Burr and her absolutely, friggin amazing lip glosses. I have 4 or maybe 5 of these beautys and they never EVER fail to impress me. I don’t want to speak about them too much as a future post is most definitely on its way but I would like to say that they are most probably what is on my lips all the time.

If I have a Saturday morning where I’m not at work, Chris and I will usually try somewhere new for brunch. This weekend was no expection to the rule and we went and checked out a little cafe called ‘Hello Sunday’. It’s located on Elgin St near the Colombo st mall. I’m so pleased that we tried it out. Again we both opted for a chai latte and it was pretty up to standard. Chris had the hash stack, which must have been amazing as he didn’t even come up for air once it arrived. I went for the fried brioche with mascarpone, stewed apples and maple syrup (as pictured below). It was divine, but so filling I couldn’t finish it all. The staff were really friendly and service was pretty prompt. What I did love about other than the great food was the decor. They’ve gone for a shabby chic kind of vibe, that I was very much feeling. Also the cabinet food looked incredible, especially the cakes. The only downside was that it’s pretty small inside, which would be fine if it wasn’t the middle of winter, as they have plenty of outdoor seating. I’d recommend either going really early to ensure you get a table or if you don’t mind sharing you can always pull up a pew with someone else.

I’ve also made a few pay day purchases this week (as pictured) all from Countdown. I’m super excited to give these a try over the week and see if they all live up to the hype and expectations. Talking of purchases I’ve also been into my local bolt of cloth again, along with spotlight and mitre 10, gathering bits and bobs for a current D.I.Y project. I’m really excited to get it completed and up here!

Sebastians weeks been pretty same old. Once again he’s mostly been snoozing, eating and attacking us, out of love we hope. Although he has been venturing outside a little more, we think he’s slowly becoming not so scared of the giant grey cat next door.


And finally our week ended last night with a trip to see my oldest and bestest friend Alyx compete in a pole competition. I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she put in. I had only been to one event like this in the past and again I was blown away with the skill and ability that the girls and 1 boy showed on the night. Chris was pretty excited too when I asked him to come along with me ( I think he thought it was going to be a different kind of show). My hightlight of the evening had to be, when one of the competitors took her jacket off and tossed it into the crowd landing in Chris’ face, I really wish I’d filmed that it certainly was priceless. I also did Alyx’s hair and make up for the event and had Chris take pictures so a post on this will be up shortly.
To sum up the weeks events it’s not been all that eventful but it’s definitely had a few highlights here and there. As I write this I’m actually away for work. So I’m really sorry if it’s a little disjointed and muddled. Also our Sunday Selfie was a little bit rushed as it was literally taken just before I rushed out the door for work (the joys of doing shift work). So thanks for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far.
The week ahead again is pretty busy, I’ve got a few D.I.Y projects on the go and a few beauty posts that I can’t wait to get up. We’ve also got friends coming for dinner and my dad is here from the UK. Once again thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy days to read these little post, it honestly means so much!
Stay cool and keep reading,
Bailey xox

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The Sunday Summary

The Sunday Summary

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As I write this technically its Saturday, but this is one post that I want to keep as a constant on my blog. The Sunday Summary, will basically be a summarisation of my week, what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been trying to achieve and what I’ve been loving. More on the lifestyle side of blogging. I also on consultation with Chris (and of course Sebastian) thought I’d include a Family Portrait or Sunday Selfie as I’ve decided to call it. This isn’t just for your entertainment, but I managed to wrangle Chris into it, by telling him that it would be a great way for us to watch us change.

So without further ado let’s get into this.

This week has seen some new adventures for me. The biggest one being this blog. As scary as it was it, I honestly feel so excited, inspired and motivated. I’ve already made a HUGE list of future post ideas and content that I hope you all will enjoy. I also started a Facebook page dedicated to this blog. So if you’ve amazingly managed to stumble across this not through Facebook, definitely check it out here. I’ve had lots of support so far and it’s been so awesome. I’m thinking the next step as I grow a bit more is to include twitter and Instagram to the fold. What do you reckon?

I also think I’ve already found a use and also a new D.I.Y project for the left over fabric from my chair post, so keep an eye out  for that.

TV has been a huge player in our week. To be honest I love nothing more than spending the day sitting in my pjs and catching up on TV…Chris not so much. However, this week I’ve manage to get him to sit down with me and relax and enjoy a little telly (I think it also helps that I’ve lost my voice, because I’m sick so, he doesn’t have to listen to my commentary). We just finished the first season of Resserection. I’ve got to say I really enjoyed it. The plot kept me interested and constantly guessing what was going to happen next. They managed to build some strong characters, that had you really rooting for them. Whilst Wikipedia-ing it (my favourite thing to do when watching TV) I realised it was based on a book called ‘The Returned’ and that there is a very similar French series called ‘Les Revenants’, that we might try. If you haven’t caught the trailers cut a long story short; small town middle of no where America, the dead start returning and well, raising a lot of questions to say the least. I would highly recommend it. It got both of us pondering about what would we do if someone we loved returned. What would you say? What kind of questions would you ask?. Very, very much looking forward to season two now. To fill the void we’ve just begun watching Fargo. I think I’m really going to enjoy this one. It’s quite graphic so do be warned but I’m intrigued to see where it’s going to go. Plus it’s had some outstanding reviews.
Honourable mentions:
*The Only Way Is Essex; I’m sorry but I spent the whole of my teens and early twenties in this glamorous county, I can’t help myself!
*Real Housewives Of Orange County Season 9; no excuse really. I just love me some trashy telly.
*Nashville; brings out that inner Country Music lover in me that I try and suppress, bring on Season 3. I’ve already got my cowboy boots at the ready.
*Game Of Thrones; I know I’m a bit late on watching the final episode of the season, but boy this show has certainly reinvented the meaning cliff hanger TV.

We also took a visit to The Alice Cinematheque, on Tuam st, here in Christchurch. If you’ve been in Christchurch prior to the earthquake you’ll know the place, if not, you definitely have to check it out. It’s a boutique cinema, with what I can only describe as a cheesey-chic vibe to the decor. It’s has an Egyptian theme, big comfy red chairs and the best Ice Cream EVER! Whilst the average age is about twice mine, it’s definitely a quirky option for ‘date night’.Check them out here. We saw an Irish film called Calvary. It certainly was a dark comedy which, had me laughing and crying. If you enjoyed The Guard then you might like this.

Speaking of Tuam St, we also checked out a cafe called C1 Espresso. Which happens to reside right next to the Alice Cinematheque. On recommendation from a few friends, we tried out the Chai Latte. This is their own special blend and was probably more on the spicy side, rather than the sweet. But was pretty good, I still think Coffee Culture do the best. We also had the Chicken Nachos and this unusual White Chocolate Lamington, with Lemon curd that came in a syringe for you to inject into the Lamington (Pictured below). It was super busy. I feel like it’s the ‘place of the moment’ here in Christchurch. It had some really cool quirky touches, for example an old Singer sewing machine that you turn and water came out, and the roof was covered in shoots that certain meals would be shot over in. Overall vibe was pretty cool, however its was pretty expensive for what it was. I’ve linked them here, if you fancy checking it out.

On the beauty front this week, it’s been a bit poor to be honest. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from work as my days off have mostly been grouped together, and I’ve been on call. This has meant that, I haven’t needed to wear much, if any make up. In fact I didn’t leave the house for 3 days (not sure if I should be saying this). I have however have been enjoying my skin care routine at the moment and can’t wait to share it with you. Big shout out to the return of the Hot Cloth Cleanser to my life, boy have I missed you; post coming soon!

Sebastian’s weeks been, well pretty non eventful. He’s mostly looked cute, slept and clawed us. The weather here has amped up into full on winter mode which, in turn means we one have an inside cat, who runs outside quickly to do his business and then is straight back in, under our heat pump. This too means he’s becoming one fat cat, that we’ve now had to put on a portion control diet.

On the old health and wellness front. As I mentioned earlier, I got sick. Actually I’m still sick, so sick I’ve had to break my no sick days at work record today. I haven’t been taking the greatest care if my body since I finished the 17 day diet (post to come) and something I really want to focus on and get a handle on is making these ‘diets’ not just a faddy thing but a real lifestyle change. I mean, you’ve got to be able to indulge, but what I need to learn is to just have a slice not the whole cake!

We also had a Mid Winter Christmas Meal at a friends house. It felt just like Christmas. Even though I am a Kiwi and have had numerous Summer Christmas’, I’ve also spent the other half of my life in England having Northern hemisphere Christmas’. Our Friend is from America, so we had the pleasure of trying Egg Nog for the first time and boy was it delish. It was so lovely to catch up with friends, eat good food and  have a laugh. We also played an interesting game of Secret Santa, which involved being able to steal other peoples gifts!

So that’s really our week in a nutshell/big huge essay. The week ahead see’s my baby brother and his girlfriend coming up to Christchurch, which is always lovely. My dad also arrives from England for a holiday, which is always exciting.  I’m hoping too that next week will be the start of my healthy eating and exercise regime (she says whilst eating Caramello Chocolate) and that there are no more colds, flus or bugs to catch, I’m so over it!  What have been the highlights of your week?

Thanks again for you’re support and for reading!

Have a great week ahead everyone 🙂

Bailey xox

 

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