well we have some news for you...
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you heard it here first… we are pregnant and having a little girl come april 2019, making us currently 14 weeks.

this week, she’s a peach, so we are loving referring to her as peaches and for some reason, its sticking, much to kurts dismay.

little poppet is a complete surprise and we have come to think of it as the universe having a bigger and better plan for us.

this being the case, i am determined not to let my resolution of visiting a new country each year from the age of 30 - and 2018 saw me add kuwait to the list, albeit by defaults it was a work trip.

i am currently going through the rollercoaster of emotions, some days its excitement and elation, other days its complete apprehension and anxiety as i am roughly three years off the age we were thinking of maybe talking about trying.

i am going to start compiling a list of all the things i have been using/avoiding through the up’s and downs of severe morning sickness and how we are coping with this new-found change of direction.

do you have any recommendations of things we should start looking at buying now that we are into the second trimester?

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top 30 by 30... i don't think so
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well fml!!!

vogue just released the top 30 countries you should have visited by 30 and i have heaps to go. to be honest, i am not doing too badly, but we still have a long way to go! i really need to get on to start to tick this shit off i tell you. i have highlighted the list below, perhaps you are doing a little better than me?

 

30. sri lanka

29. costa rica (phew – i have been here twice! loved it and cant wait to go back)

28. brazil

27. canada (have been here twice, but only in winter and only to snowboard so maybe i get half a point for trying…)

26. china (another one off the block; didn’t love it and probs wont be returning any time soon… #sorrynotsorry)

25. south korea

24. finland

23. ireland

22. portugal

21. the netherlands

20. germany

19. denmark

18. iran

17. morocco

16. argentina

15. the united states (yasss a tick for here, have seen a small amount of both the west and east coast and even called miami home for three months)

14. france (i can comfortably say oui s'il vous plait (yes, please) to paris and st tropez 

13. chile

12. greece

11. italy (i was in milan for 24 hours so i am not thinking this counts)

10. south africa

9. india

8. cuba (one of my fav places of all time – seriously, just go)

7. mexico (ok i am on a role here as i have spent time in all of the below. my absolute obsession and adoration for mexican food comes from our month spent all over this amazing country)

6. vietnam (a must visit in asia – really great for your first oe)

5. japan (love love love – a month here was no where near enough)

4. indonesia (well we lived in bali for almost a year and we have ventured to sumatra, nias and nusa lembongan but need to see more)

3. united kingdom (always a fav for both work and play)

2. new zealand (i was born here, its home when im not at home)

1. australia 9 (i am a little embarrassed to say i have only visited thee states in australia so i do really need to get my butt in to gear and see more of this great red land).

 

so how’d i do? 13/30 – ekkkkkkkk not even half way through. come on peeps – where should we go next? 

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life's good and all about family...
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2018 has gotten off to a great start. we are full steam ahead on the renovation and aiming to be in at the beginning of march, we have booked a few little weekend getaways in the coming months (a straddie getaway for our one year wedding anniversary and nz for easter) and things are ticking along for me at work, as well as for kurt who is building and managing two large scale renovation projects. 

my sister welcomed two beautiful identical twin baby girls (indi and isla) on jan 6 and its been so wonderful being about these two little babes over the past few weeks and my sister taryn and her family will be over to visit in the coming week - so 2018 for us has been very family orientated thus far. 

for those of you who have followed this blog since its inception since 2010, you would probably know how close i am with my family. my parents are not only parents, but great friends and fabulous mentors and my sisters are my best friends. 

i know how incredibly lucky i am to have some a loving and supportive family who are there for each other 24/7 (take for example my dad who shows up every weekend at our house ready to work or mum who drops take away coffee's off when she senses morale is a little low on a sunday afternoon when we've been working around the clock to get gyprock hung), no matter the up's or downs - and man... there were a lot of those in 2017. 

so looking at my 2018 goals from my last post, i am on track at the moment with numero tres (3) - getting through the reno and numero cinco (5) - making the most of weekends/long weekends etc. how are you going with your 2018 goals? given its the beginning of february, do you need to get back on track or are you still on the bandwagon? 

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new year - new me...
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when the clock strikes at midnight and we celebrate the start of a new year we are always banging on about new year resolutions. what are we going to do different. better. what are we going to do more or less of. its a revolving door each and every year and ill admit, i do jump onboard.

but this year, 2018 felt different to me for some reason. perhaps its age. perhaps it was that 2017 was full of life lessons. perhaps its that i feel like 2018 will be full of hope, wonder, joy and prosperity. well - at least thats what im hoping. 

january 1 2018, started off well - i was clear headed (read. not hungover) and we made the most of it by road tripping it down south for a lovely long lunch. our christmas and new years hasn't been the most "restful", to be completely honest, we have worked everyday we could without pissing off our neighbours. 

this being the case, i have some goals (i am not going to call them resolutions because that term is usually short-lived) for 2018 that i am going to write down here, in the space, to keep me accountable.


1. quality over quantity - my mission for 2018 is definitely to consolidate and surround myself with more like minded peeps that enrich my life rather than add drama

2. spend more time in/at/near the ocean (no explanation needed...)

3. finish our friggin renovation 

4. travel to at least one new country this year (this was something i vowed to do every year after i turn 30, visit a country i haven't been to before - in 2017, it was italy) 

5. make the most of long weekends and public holidays by pre-planning trips away or tacking on a few additional days here and there when i have to travel for work and making the most of the places we get to visit  

6. use eye cream religiously 

7. practise self love (slow down a little and go for a walk/pilates or mediate instead of a high-impact, cardio based, loud thumping music f45 class, don't beat yourself up for having a carb heavy, creamy meal instead of a salad, be more mindful and finally be present in the moment) 

8. learn more - i want to spend time learning new skills, be it a short language course, a pottery or art class or a few modules of interior design at university 

9. decide on a chosen career path and set some goals for the next 1,2 and 5 years 

10. purchase another property somewhere (nz, northern nsw or straddy)


just a little fyi peeps - a 2017 study conducted by pilot pen concluded that only 12% of australians stick to their new years resolutions...

so with that in mind; bring on 2018 i say. lets do this damn thang! 

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2017 has been...
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if someone could have told us, this exact time a year ago, that 2017 was going to be an incredibly trying year for kurt and i, i honestly wouldn't have believed you. we had just relocated back to the gold coast from a nine month stint of travel and work whilst living in bali (a bucket list item) and we were newly engaged. the world was our oyster and we were trying to find our groove after an interesting career change (read yachting) but we were positive and optimistic. 

one year on, 2017 has been tough to say the least and i am so hoping that 2018 will be bigger and brighter for us. as some of you fly-the-coopers would know, i am usually proactive-ish on keeping you up to date with our adventures, but alas, this year, our "adventures" have consisted of getting married, starting a business and taking on a full scale renovation whilst working full time. 

when i turned 30 in september, while in fiji on a belated honeymoon (i will get around to posting a few snaps of that soon), the unfortunate passing of my nan turned september into a bit of a messy month with plenty of travel back and forth between australia and new zealand to be with family at a very sad time. this being the case, i really wasn't able to take a step back and look at what 30 really looked like. 

what did i want to have achieved by 30? am i close? do i even know what i want out of this first year in my 30's? its suffice to say that there are a lot of looming thoughts floating around my head and i really cannot answer any of my own questions, let alone other peoples. 

two things i do know at this point in time are (relative to being 30 and 2018) i would like to endeavour to visit at least one country per year that i have never visited before every year from now on and two, that 2018 has got to be better than 2017. i mean, it can't be worse. so there it is. 

not to sound underwhelmed but it seems as thought my first goal will soon be achieved by a last minute whirl-wind trip to milan in early december - so bring on all the pizza and pasta i can eat in two days.  

how has 2017 treated you? am i alone on this or has this just been a really disjointed and random year? 

 

 

 

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our nuptials - part three
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omg! i know its been forever since i updated this and added part three to our wedding series. life you know, sometime gets in the way. i have to say, excitingly queensland brides featured our big day, which you can perve on here

the food

i like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie. i love to eat as much as i love to cook so food was the one big thing we wanted to get right. kurt being the person he is, allotted one hour for photos and didn’t want to miss out on cocktail hour, where we had a champagne bar and roaming oyster shucker along with hot and cold canapes.

i have been to a lot of weddings and left some still feeling hungry, so that was something i didn’t want at our wedding. we worked with the wonderful team at wine n dine em to offer guests alternate drop of the following; entrée roasted sea scallops and beetroot carpaccio, lime and watercress or apple glazed pork belly with a petite waldorf salad, mains were char grilled beef fillet with heirloom carrots, pea and wild mushroom alternating with ginger glazed atlantic salmon with black sesame, white miso and coconut rice with dessert being a selection of artisan cheeses or a passionfruit parfit cheesecake.

ontop of this, we also had a roast station (roast beef with bread rolls and gourmet spreads), which was served at 11pm. as there are no late-night greasy food options (i.e. no mcdonalds) we felt that it was the responsible thing to do as hosts. you know, to soak up that alcohol.

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the drinks

cocktail hour was predominately focused around a champagne bar with the bride and grooms signature drinks also served. hers being a champagne cocktail featuring champagne, a nip of cointreau and fresh muddled lime and his, a dark and stormy (gingerbeer, rum and fresh lime).

from here, there was also a selection of beer and wines to suit the flavors of the food and the time of year (summer). we opted for a zesty new zealand sauvignon blanc and an australian pinot noir for the red wine drinkers and a light and mid-strength beer for the guys (and gals). we also made sure there was a selection of non-alcoholic beverages available and served both still and sparkling water on tables so no one dehydrated.

p.s. i also just noticed there seem to be a lot of photos with me in a drink in my hand... not sure why...

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the sweets

our lovely wedding cake and the favours were made by the lovely casey, from i heart cakes on the gold coast and our divine cake topper was from the uber talented jesse from louie luxe. i did find that the wedding favours also served as a bit of a late night treat for those craving a bit of sugar at the end of the evening. 

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we wanted something a bit fun with the photobooth so guests to occupy themselves throughout the evening. we chose theme-appropriate props and what can i say, everyone had a blast and its so fun looking back at all the pics from the evening. it really tells a great story of the evening and the shenanigans that were proceeding.

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surprise

my amazing family managed to pull off the impossible and surprise us with fireworks half way through the reception. it was so magical and such a big surprise. we both had no idea. all i can say was that it topped the whole event off dreamily and i honestly felt like it was all part of an enchanted movie.

all in all, it was the perfect day, in everyway and looking back, i would not change a single thing. i hope you enjoy reading about it and please let me know if you have any questions or comments. 

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our nuptials - part two
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well here we are - up to part numero dos (or part two). this is probs my favourite as its all about the clothes, hair, makeup and all the glittery-sparkly, cherries on top of the pie, deets that everyone loves to hear about. 

the dress

i always knew i wasn't a big, puffy dress type of gal. time was a bit against us (read. less than six months) which is like a swear word when you walk into a bridal boutique wanting something a little different. needless to say i was very VERY lucky that the lovely karen willis holmes boutique in paddington had a dress that suited me, my style and vision for the day that was also able to be tailored to what i wanted. after a few fittings (five) it fitted like a glove and i love love loved it.

as we were getting married on the sand, i thought something textured could work - lo and behold we found that the dress i loved had an almost shell like beading to it, which looked a bit much on the coat hanger, but looked fab at the ceremony.

the stylist that kitted up kurt and the boys suggested that i use some of the cutoff material to cover kurt's tie (which was a bit of a big call) so along i went to the tailor and got the tie covered. i showed it to him the morning before the wedding and judging by the reaction, i wasn't expecting him to wear the glittery god-damn thing, but he surprised me on the day - and wore it. pics below. insert smiley face emoji here. 

my beautiful bridesmaids were dressed in simple silk slips by gold coast company silk laundry.

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the groom and groomsmen

kurt and his groomsmen were styled and dressed in top to toe topman and we worked with the gorgeous stylists at topman brisbane to get them all looking all dapper. given it was a beach wedding, we opted not to go for full suits and rather something a bit more causal and fun. 

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hair, makeup and nails

hair and makeup was something that i really needed to get right. that being said, it was probably the second thing i locked in after the photographer. the amazing husband and wife duo, john and kathy, behind the multi-award winning salon nook, came over to do hair and makeup for the day. #winning!  

i wanted to look like myself on my wedding day, just a slightly more dewy, sculpted and hydrated version. kathy nailed my look to a tee and i must say, mac strobe cream will be you new best friend, if it isn't already. 

with the assistance of some perfectly colour matched clip-in extensions from showpony, my wind swept wavy mane was ready to rock and roll and my hair, i have to say, was exactly exactly how i wanted it. (i heavily advise a makeup and hair trial for you and at least one of your bridesmaids pre-wedding.)

my signature nail colour is red, i wear it practically every day, so i thought why not make it work on the wedding day. zavier my usual nail gal sorted us all out and took extra care to make sure we were primped and perfect. as part of my gift to the girls i face them each a gorgeous robe from posy robes which matched the theme of the whole shebang perfectly. 

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scents

i am big on scents. i believe they can transform you to a time and place if you think hard enough. working in the beauty industry i read articles and blogs on perfumes and fragrances all. day. long.

when i was younger i used to adopt a bit of a french-chick philosophy and have either a winter and summer signature scent or a day and night specific scent. in my latter years though i have absolutely fallen in love with byredo's gypsy water and i wear it day and night, summer right through to winter.  described as allowing you to tap into your "inner bohemian with this vivacious, woody scent laced with bursts of citrus, incense, pine and orris" its my fav and i layer it literally with the entire collection (body wash, body lotion, hand cream and hair parfume). 

on the day of the wedding we also opted for a signature scent to waft through the reception. the girls at gypsy and pearl candles supplied us with three different sized candles which had the island appropriate coconut and lime scent whic made the evening all the more romantic. 

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flowers and styling

after looking at the logistics of the wedding i knew i would need assistance on the day as we were getting ready on one side of the island, the reception was taking place on the opposite side of the island and our ceremony was taking place on a sandbank in the middle of moreton island, which was on another side of the island. help was totes needed.

so here comes emma and the coco and confetti team. i knew i was able to organise a lot of the suppliers in the lead up but i couldn't physically be there on the day so i was on the look out for an on the day coordinator. to my luck emma also provided seperate quotes on our floral requirements as well as the styling elements. after a few emails back and forward we met up for a few coffees, lunches and wines (she is a girl of my own heart) and we were able to create something uber spectacular.

i didn't want to go over to top with flowers, given the time of year (SUMMER and hot as SHIT) flowers on the beach was a bit of a stretch so we opted for a lot of tropical lush greenery, native australian flora and hints of white flowers throughout.

emma created a gorgeous bouquet for me (it wasn't too big or too small) as well as the bridesmaids beautiful individual flower crowns that suited their luxe bohemian beach look. pintrest certainly is a brides little black book for inspiration, so look at creating a board and share it with your vendors. 

the flowers for the reception and ceremony were beyond perfection. from the palm leaves lining the isle to the beautiful arbor and the hanging installation in the marquee, we really loved what the team created and i think the pictures will tell the story a little better than mere words. 

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our nuptials - part one
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i am going to start from the start and cover the details. all the glorious details. yes it was six months of manic-craziness but we pulled it off. not just our big fat wedding day, but a memorable weekend that makes me smile every time i think about it.

north stradbroke island was where we chose to wed, not only because of its raw and untouched beauty but the deep connection both kurt and i have with the island. straddie really turned it on and our wee-little festival as some were calling it, went off without a glitch. 

we started the celebrations on the thursday evening with a low-key rehearsal dinner for the bridal party, their partners and our parents. this was a golden opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle over pizza and wines at the straddie hotel and for both kurt and i to thank our bridal party and discuss the weekends agenda. 

friday was d-day for most of our vendors but it was also welcome beach bbq day, hosted by kurt and i. as we opted for a kiddie free wedding day, this was a good opportunity for everyone to meet other wedding guests over some casual drinks on the sand and kick start a beautiful few days of festivities. a big fat thank you to my band of bridesmaids for cooking up a storm pre-bbq and really helping pull it together. 

we had 64 guests all together and while this was not small, it was by no means big. it was the perfect number for us and it was a balanced mix of family and friends - we were honoured to have so many peeps take time out of their hectic schedules to take part of our special day. we had friends that not only symbolised some of the incredible journeys we have been on in the past years as well as family from all walks of life in attendance. 

without further a-do i will get into the deets of everything as the time and energy spent to pull it all off is worth going over, if not for you, for me, when i am looking back in a few years and thinking would't it be lovely to do it all again... 

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we went for a luxe island theme that we wanted to filter right through from save the dates right  to the wedding itineraries handed out on the wedding day. we really wanted the local flora and fauna to be featured at the ceremony and reception, so felt it only fitting to continue that through all the stationary. we used sarah and the team from the print fairy for the save the dates, invites, menu cards, wedding signs and even a matching wedding website, which for us was fantastic - we were able to detail accommodation and transport details to guests via this medium. i found the lovely nikole from la bohemme paper on etsy and she was able to whip up the wedding itineraries and custom cocktail cards and a few other bits and bobs that came up last minute. 

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venue - ceremony

kurt and i were married in a beautiful yet windy ceremony on a sacred sandbank in the middle of moreton island. we had to obtain special permission to get married here from the local aboriginal community and to their knowledge there hadn't been a wedding on the sandbank for over 100 years. after being turned down three times we were eventually granted permission and it really was a spectacular location. why a sandbank? well there is a certain romance to it. the ever changing, ever shifting, transient nature along with the knowledge that never again will it be the same as it was on that day, made it all the more beautiful. 

given its location and its venerability to weather, guests were only notified the morning of the wedding where they needed to be at what time by a google pin drop. the amazing team from the amity trader made the difficulty of access seem too easy, as boat was the only way of getting to and from - it became a novelty to guests once they realised what was going on. 

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venue - reception

we were lucky enough to be able to use kurt's family beach house at stradbroke island as the reception venue. it was essentially a beautifully manicured blank canvass that we were able to ship everything we needed, too. we brought in everything from the lights and marquee to portable powder rooms right down to the cutlery, everything was ferried over by our team of wonderful vendors. (i have linked all suppliers through in this post and the next few for those brides looking for more ideas.)

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next up i will go over the hair, makeup, dresses, shoes and flowers - oh and the food - oh the food. as you can see the details were something i really wanted to capture on the day and our beautiful photographers did an amazing job snapping the essence of the finer details. below is a video link to the drone footage of our ceremony shot by the amazing daniel from north head films. let me know what you think. 

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with my one and only, at the one and only....

well we wrapped a pretty manic two weeks of wedding festivities, which some dubbed a wedding festival, we took the chance to take a mini-moon up north to the gorgeous one and only hayman. while we only have a long weekend, it just just the perfect amount of time for us to take a few seconds out and reflect on the wedding that was. (p.s. it was kurt's birthday so what better way to celebrate...?)

i had read a few reviews on the one and only and after chatting to family and friends, decided this would be the spot to take a few days break and i can honestly say, it was amazing. the staff were phenomenal and un-faultable. the food was good, as expected and the facilities great. as you will be able to see from the below, it was a little wet, but that made the lazy sleep-ins even better.

here are a few snaps from our weekend away - i hope you enjoy. nb. there will be an "official" honeymoon later in 2017, we are still deliberating on locations but are thinking of making it a honeymoon/30th birthday celebration, so if you have any suggestions, let us know. 

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2017...

this year got off to a whirl-wind of a start with a trip to singapore - london - dubai straight up, on jan and the momentum honestly has not stopped. work is pretty manic right now, we are in the early stages of getting two business off the ground, we are about to start another renovation and on top of all that, we are getting married in 20 days.

this is the reason its taken me so god damn long to update this blog. one of my new years resolutions was to certainly keep on top of this more however some times, its a bit difficult to be honest.

i will turn 30 this year which is something i am acutely aware of and for some reason, i felt compelled to try and do my best to visit a country i have never been before every year, from now on. i am actually really excited to see which country that will be in 2017. perhaps africa. somewhere in south america or maybe even somewhere closer to home. who knows?

i am going to upload a few travel snaps from the past months adventures, to keep you abreast of where i have been before doing another quick wedding update. i hope you enjoy! 

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bangkok

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