Hello Tumblr, sorry for neglecting you!
It’s currently uni holidays and I have unexpectedly found myself on the other side of the globe in England. It’s only 6.49am, on a Sunday no less, but I am wide awake (thanks jetlag). Although I am here first and foremost to visit family, for me shopping is unavoidable…The sheer range of clothes, shoes and accessories within my grasp is so overwhelming and I love it! In the short time I’ve been here I’ve picked up some fantastic bits ranging from Chloe to Primark (or ‘Primarni’ as my Aunty calls it). Pics to come.
Probably one of my faves if I had to choose. Tomorrow night. Live!
Guess who’s off to see Taylor Swift in Auckland tomorrow?! So excited to see her again. Can’t wait. Too bad I have to get up around 4am! But staying at the Langham and seeing Tswizzle all in one night totally makes up for it.
This is what we do on sunny afternoons. Lie in the car, roof down, looking up to the sky and singing our hearts to our 1990s playlist. We might be obsessed with the 1990s.
That’s how we roll!
Over the past few days I have found myself re-addicted to Project Runway. I’m now about half way through season 9 and just had to express how much I loved the result from the dream team that was Anya, Oliver, Viktor, Anthony Ryan and Bryce during the HP Intel Challenge. I want every single outfit in my wardrobe…the prints are to die for!
I’m excited for Struck By Lightning which is both written by, and starring, Chris Colfer. It looks really good, and I just hope in comes out in NZ.
Just found some chocolate in the cupboard. Will pick up Pringles on the way home. I need to try this!
The new arrivals to my ever growing OPI collection, and the shades currently on my nails, are Fly and Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj collection. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly need anymore shades, these came out and I just couldn’t resist. When they arrived I couldn’t choose which one to use first so I went with both, and am loving the combination.
For some reason I’ve been obsessing over cartoon moustaches recently. I just ordered these nail wraps and am so excited for their arrival.
So, I’ve been obsessed with The Cambridge Satchel Company’s satchels for quite some time now, and seen as I am starting uni next week, I think I now have a legitimate reason to get one. The problem is choosing just one, I love them all. Help!
Turns out Valentine’s Day is cancelled this year. See mathematical proof, 14-02-12=0 !
The main reason for my visit to Sydney was the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, and it was amazing. I’m such a Harry Potter, and film nerd, so the exhibition full of actual props, sets and costumes was my mecca.
As the school holidays were over, the exhibition wasn’t very crowded and I was able to get a detailed look at everything. I also enjoyed the extra tidbits of information the audio tour provided, and the interactive parts such as uprooting the mandrakes and the quaffle throw (even though these are probably designed for 5 year olds).
I’ve seen all the behind the scenes clips, and ‘making ofs’, so I know the extent the film makers go to for attention to detail, but to see examples of this right in front of me was incredible. I’m not only talking about the costumes, but also the food from The Great Hall feasts, the wizard boardgames (only seen in the background of shots) and all the written material such as textbooks, test papers and fliers posted on the Gryffindor noticeboard. Also, I was glad to see a lot of the character’s wands that I hadn’t really noticed before, such as Narcissa’s, Tonks’s and Slughorn’s, up close.
As for a favourite part of the exhibition, I really couldn’t choose, I loved all of it and just wished I could’ve stayed overnight amongst the props in one of the opulent four-poster beds. I thought the exhibition was superbly put together and each time I turned the corner or entered a different section, I didn’t want it to end. As I exited The Great Hall, and the end of the exhibition, all I wanted to do was go to Hogwarts, or at least watch all the films again from start to finish (something I will try to do over the next few weeks before starting uni).
Finally, I didn’t leave empty handed. From the gift shop I bought a timeturner, some chocolate frogs (the most expensive freddos ever, and don’t even come in a box), Bertie Botts every flavour beans (complete with vomit and earwax flavour, but also don’t come in a replica box) and as you weren’t supposed to take photos inside, an exhibition guide. Overall, I’m glad I made the trek over from New Zealand and obviously my description does not give the exhibition anything close to justice, so I would definitely recommend it as a must for Potter fans.
So, I’m back from Sydney! It pretty much rained all day everyday until 2 hours before I left, which isn’t really what one expects when heading there in the height of summer. As I’d planned to just wander about the city, relax in the parks, stroll the the beach and take photos, this didn’t really happen. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with the grotty weather I was forced inside and subsequently did quite a bit of shopping. Oh, and of course went to the Harry Potter Exhibition! (details to come).
This looks so amazing! Add to the bucket list.