Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year readers!!

I hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas!
This is one of the pieces I got on my little holiday and I'm betting you're sure I bagged a lot of loot while on it, but lo and behold I didn't actually buy all that much. I got a cute little teapot in Akaroa and this cute little vintage 70's halterneck and a pair of navy blue vintage gloves (which I've wanted for a long time!!) and that's it.

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Yellow

Our little road trip around Central Otago was amazing - and while I certainly have itchy feet when it comes to traveling international waters, it was great to get out and explore my own backyard. New Zealand has some of the most diverse scenery from wild tussock covered mountains to pretty english country side and some of the most beautiful little towns from Arrowtown - a miners settlement from back in the gold rush days, to Akaroa - a beautiful French seaside village a short drive from Christchurch. The weather was also beautiful and warm, I finally got my summer :)

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Arrowtown

Christmas was spent in Naseby with David's dad and some old friends of theirs and it was lovely - lots of great food, wine and conversation (and a great game called the Dictionary game which I'll fill you in on if you're interested!).

As we drove around, we slowly learnt the game of fruit buying from the side of the road - the number one rule is don't stop at the first place you see. They are bound to be the most expensive because they are counting on you thinking they are the only one's there, we made this fatal mistake and spent $15 on 1kg of cherry's (which where mighty yummy though). The second cherry place we stopped at we got two 1kg bags of cherry's for $10 and a box of jam cherry's that were $10 for 5kg. The only difference between jam cherry's and normal cherry's are that they are a few days older and so still perfectly yummy to eat - over 10 days 5 people attempted to finish them and David and I are still munching our way through a bag of them now.

I took these pictures last night of Mocha playing with a cherry, she was only interested in eating the stalk but had great fun playing with the cherry after that!!

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I also got the chance to catch up with the lovely Andrea for coffee before we left to come back down to Dunedin, of course silly me made sure I had my camera with me but then totally forgot to take a photo with her. I find I'm one of those travelers that has good intentions of taking photos but then always forget to take any. I think I prefer to experience everything in real life as opposed to through a lens. However we did manage to take some token photos... (more of which are available for viewing on my flickr)

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Wanaka

Some of you may have noticed that I have a new banner! I'm in love with it and have a very good friend to thank for it, Caroline and I used to work together and now she's up in sunny Nelson doing design work. Thank you so much! I know i really wasn't any help in the process, all I told her was that I wanted it to be clean, simple and have a blue theme. And after about two different concepts this magically appeared, so thank you again - I hope you get my little package soon :)

David and i have spent the last couple of days getting back into being at home, tripping over mocha because she's so happy to see us she doesn't let us out of her sight, eating the rewards of our road trip in the sun (fresh cherry's, raspberry's and yummy cheeses) and now enjoying one more relaxing week before i have to go back to work (which reminds me - I'm officially the manager as of today!!)


So, that's the end of my first blog post for 2009! I have many more vintage and thrifted lovelies to show you all in the coming weeks and months that I never got around to showing in 2008 and I have some different plans and ideas for this blog that I hope you all enjoy.

xx
Jen

Ps) I do have a few resolutions (as we all probably do) but I'm not going to list them here, nor do i plan on writing them out anywhere - they are safely tucked away in the back of my head for something to think about when things get a little tough.

33 comments:

  1. I glad to see you had such a lovely trip! Your pictures are gorgeous! I've seen so many beautifully scenic pictures of New Zealand over the years and yours are the truly icing on the cake! I also lovelovelove the third photo from the top! :)

    Happy New Year!

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  2. you look so pretty in your vibrant yellow accents. very spring and summer-like. i think this may be one of my favorites on you.
    xoxo,
    Micaela

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  3. Cute new header honey! Happy New Year!!

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  4. These pictures are truly lovely. You look like you had a fantastic time!

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  5. jen, the header looks so cute - i'm stoked!

    your pictures of central are awesome, i can't wait to get back down at easter and go to our holiday house in naseby (it's actually just across the road and in a bit from the large's!)

    hey if you go into your blog settings for colours etc in the dashboard, change the picture border colour to white, so you'll lose that grey border round the title...

    cheers
    caro

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  6. good work - that looks much better :)

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  7. i LOVE your yellow heels in the first few photos! ;) They're fantastic, and match your blue halter perfectly. You have gorgeous photos in your blog! if you don't mind, i'd like to link to you so i can check back in for more fashion tips! happy new year to you too!

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  8. Hi there-I love your halter dress and the yellow accessories my dear! Your trip looked amazing, the photos are stunning! A very Happy New year to you!

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  9. Your photos are so lovely here, the scenery is just gorgeous! And I love the yellow and light blue colour combination - it's so perfect!

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  10. Happy New Year!
    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing :) Glad you guys had a good trip and a nice holiday!

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  11. Your pictures are so gorgeous!
    I adore your yellow shoes and umbrella :)

    Happy new year!

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  12. Lovely pictures of the nature and your outfit! Happy new year!

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  13. The photos from your trip are gorgeous! Especially love that little church with the pointy door.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    Happy New Year!

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  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. And I have to know, where did you get your yellow shoes? Are they vintage? I absolutely love them.

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  15. Thanks for visiting my blog! Leaving you a comment here in case you dont make it back. You dont have to trade flours out for the dog biscuits just make sure to clean your work space well after you are done making the dog biscuits and wash your hands well, don't touch your mouth while making them and you should be just fine. I have Celiac disease as well so I understand how careful you have to be.

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  16. The blue dress is awesome with the yellow details!

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  17. lol! i love the yellow shoes and umbrella! aww... u did have a cool christmas! hav a blessed new year sugah!

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  18. Mocha is adorable!!!! And I love all the brilliant colors on the photos...Winter is so dreary here sometimes it's depressing!!

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  19. Beautiful pictures my dear, glad you've nice Holidays.
    Happy 2009

    xoxo

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  20. I am blown away by how beautiful NZ is! Gorgeous photos. And great shoes!

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  21. these pictures make me so happy, darling! i love the blue and yellow :) you look so gorgeous!

    xoxo,
    La C.

    happy new year!

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  22. The new halter dress is adorable and so cute paired with the yellow shoes and umbrella, love that series of pics! Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip, the photos are lovely :) How fun that you got to meet up with Andrea too! Happy New Year to you!

    P.S. The new banner is really great. Love the birds and that font :)

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  23. Happy New Year! I adore all of these pictures. The blue-yellow combination is perfect.

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  24. thanks for checking out my blog=)
    happy new year to you too!!
    you are so lucky to be experiencing a warm and sunny climate now! it's cold here!! take care & sweet wishes=)

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  25. Thank you for the new year blessings and the same to you. DARLING shoes and dress and parasol etc etc. Love the pics

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  26. The pictures are so well taken! yellow & blue looks good together :)

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  27. So glad you had such a fantastic, sunny, cherry-filled time! Welcome back, and happy new year.

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  28. happy new year!
    your photos are making me so jealous, it's overcast and so cold here!

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  29. Wishing you a beautiful new year, lovely photos and I love the one of Mocha and the cherry :-)

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  30. an excellent first post for the new year, and if it is anything to go by, 2009 will be just fabulous. i love the dress and the gloves! i've been searching for gloves like that too.

    can't wait to see what the new year brings!

    XXX

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  31. Happy New Year, Jen! Your new header is gorgeous! Also your photos are just beautiful ... the yellow shoes are ACE! xx

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  32. Ahhh, hands-down my fav shots... awesome!

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  33. The pics in this post are amazing, so vibrant and full of life! Looks like you had a great time :)

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Jen