Reflecting on 2017

Well first, a delayed, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Heeelooo 2018. I love the new year. No, I am not all about the ‘New Year, New Me’, it’s more of a New Year, Lets learn from last year and kicksomeass. But first, lets reflect on the year that was.

 Summer

2017 started out on an  interesting note for me. I started with a bang fitness wise. Bought a few inspirational books & off to the gym I went. I managed to soak up a lot of sun, went to the gardens a lot & started my walkingeverylunchtime routine (which I have managed to stick to hooray!). We also had our friends Nick and Illana visit around Chinese New Year so we were able to have fun showing them around and enjoying the festivities before they flew back to NZ and Dietmar shipped off to South America.
Autumn
The start of Autumn was great fun. I spent a lot of time at the gym & being really active. I signed up to an Insurance Benefits program called AIA vitality in which exercise and being healthy is what earns you points. It’s actually really great. I also had my amazing Aunty come and visit for a girls weekend in which we did a tour up the Great Ocean Road – it was really cool.
 This was also the season where I travelled a lot. First – NZ to visit the fam – back for a few weeks & caught up with a few friends. Dietmar returned  from his adventures & then I shipped off to Europe for my 3 week whirlwind trip around Spain and Portugal! My solo trip of a lifetime! Definitely one of the major highlights of 2017. 2 Countries, 5 cities & all the little towns inbetween!
Winter
The beginning of winter was dedicated to getting used to normal life again. After living alone for 3 months and then flying off myself, getting back and realising I had to adjust was surprisingly hard. I managed to spend some quality time with Dietmar, baked a lot & cooked a lot of comfort warm food! My birthday rolled around & I was completely spoilt with gifts and a LOT of chocolate from my beautiful friends.
Dietmar and I also did another trip up the Great Ocean Road for our anniversary and stayed in Apollo Bay which was really nice!
This was also the time that I left my job – flew back to NZ for a few weeks to visit all the friends and fam & then came back to Melbourne to start my new position. Was a whirlwind of a time!
Spring
Cherry Blossoms! I love spring. The weather starts to warm up again, all the flowers start to bloom and people just become happier! I started spending my lunchtimes walking around the botanical gardens & ate WAY too much fruit… because when berries are in season, I will eat them. Dietmar and I also managed to hire a car and take a trip up to Portsea & do the Portsea-Sorrento Artists Trail which is a beautiful walk.
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I also relaunched my blog & began planning out all my ideas for 2018. We had some magnificent lightening and thunder storms & I started to take more care of my health & fitness by joining a 12 week challenge at the gym. We had our friends Michael & Sarah visit from NZ for 10 days which was so great! We did many amazing things. High Tea, Dior Exhibition, Lunches, Brunches & dinners and my personal favourite, The Book of Mormon, where I discovered my absolute love for musicals.
Christmas came around & it was one of my favourites in Melbourne so far. We spent it down in Barwon Heads with my cousin’s & their extended family. Food, many kids & sun made for a fantastic day. Hiking on Boxing Day really topped off the festive period.
Overall, 2017 was really amazing and I am so happy with everything that happened. As per anyone’s life, there were ups and downs but I know that I was challenged and have managed to come out the other side feeling so proud of myself and accomplished. Definitely ready to see what 2018 has in store and to smash all my goals!
What are your goals for 2018? Does anyone else just have this feeling it is going to be the best year?

Christmas Day Outfit

Its a summery christmas 

I recently discovered that googling “what to wear on Christmas day” or “Christmas day outfits” was no use to me, whatsoever. Why? Because this Christmas here in Melbourne Australia, it’s going to be 36. C/ 96.8 F. No Christmas Jumpers, No Christmas Cosy Socks and definitely no festive Onesie. Minimal is key in hot weather!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way a ‘fashion connoisseur’, if anything, I have very little dress sense. The outfit I have put together is comfy, breathable and as minimal as possible!

DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

For me, this means very casual, picnic wear. I wanted to wear a bit of red, because to me this shouts Christmas, so this skirt is the ‘redist’ thing I have.

I think I will pair this outfit with a  “No makeup, makeup” (e.g brows, mascara, concealer and of course a red lip) look.

Christmas Outfit 2015

THE TOP

Very simple black singlet from Big W.

The Watch – Is the “New Look Tan Faux Leather Strap Watch” which I purchased off ASOS.

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THE SKIRT

 Is the Daisy Street Wrap Skirt With Scallop Hem which is an ASOS Purchase also.

THE NAILPOLISH

is Natio Nail Colour in ‘MYSTIC”

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THE SUNGLASSES

are another ASOS buy. They are the ASOS Square Sunglasses in Tortoise

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THE SHOES

Rubi Shoes from Cotton On (can no longer find on the website)

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The Necklace is one I was given as a gift about 4 years ago – from a local market.

I would love to know what you will be wearing on Christmas day, is it going to be hot or cold where you live? Are you going out for a fancy tea, or a family brunch? How would you dress for each occasion? Let me know!

Is there anything I should add to this look?

I hope you all have a wonderful, love filled, joyful and safe christmas 🙂

With Love, Tracy

Welcome!

IMG_20170805_123339The idea of starting a blog has been following me around like a bad smell, for months.

I am in my last semester of my undergraduate degree and thought, what the hell, why not. I need a new hobby and this could be a lot of fun.

As I discussed the idea with friends about beginning this blog the top question asked: “What will it be about?”, My answer was simply, everything.

I love things such as beauty, healthy food, Travel and Cooking, Shopping, Books, and other kinds of fun and random things, so this is where I shall begin.

This may possibly turn into a blog about my (and my partners) cat,

but I will try my best to keep this from happening. I am hoping to post about once a week, but am not promising anything.

I know from all the blogs I read that there are plenty of blogs like this out there, but maybe mine will end up being a bit different, we shall see.

Now that the introduction is done and dusted, watch this space for a haul which will be posted in the next few days.

 

Much love,

Tracy