Highs And Lows Of The Week #100

Queenstown & Wanaka, Onsen Hot Pools, helicopter rides and mental health taking a hit. Here’s the highs and lows of my past weeks while in lockdown 2.0

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I’ve been so out of the loop with blogging lately that this feels weird. Ever since returning from Wanaka I have felt uninspired in all areas of my life and haven’t been able to get my shit together long enough to write a post. With a coffee poured, The Bachelor Australia finished and all my life admin done, I no longer have an excuse to avoid it. Sometimes you have to know when to call it, and I’m not mad about giving myself the time to breathe and reset. So let’s begin the 100th Highs and Lows post brought to you by some personal space.


  • I don’t think I have even mentioned my birthday yet. A couple of weeks ago I turned 27 in Wanaka surrounded by family and friends. It was a much-needed break and I’m so glad I finally got back down south after having so many of my flights cancelled.
  • For it, my brother gifted me an insane and very last-minute helicopter ride over the Pisa Range. Such an amazing experience and it makes me so grateful to call Central Otago my home. Would 100% recommend if you’re in the area.
  • After that, my best friend and I treated ourselves to a spa day at Onsen. Such a typical white girl arvo but there’s a reason why everyone loves going there – and not just for the famous spa photo. The package with a spa and massage is a must!
  • This episode of Girls Gotta Eat has to be my favourite EVER. Clinical psychologist Guy Winch features on it talking about heartbreak and rejection, but it’s not limited to relationships. It gives some insight into the way the brain works and why we react the way we do to unfavourable situations. Very interesting!
  • I’ve been binging podcasts while I’m at work to keep my brain busy (ugh, the 9-5). I’ve been working my way through the Life Uncut podcast which is a great girls chit-chat pod, and Blindspot: The Road To 9/11 which is much heavier, taking you through the events leading up to the terror attacks. 
  • I was kindly gifted the Pascale sandals from Alias Mae and I can’t stop wearing them. My dream shoes for sure!
  • I popped into Sandro Paris the other day in Commercial Bay, which is a beautiful new store which ridiculously nice clothing. I’ve kind of been avoiding going out shopping since our second lockdown was announced so it was a great excuse to get out of the house. I was kindly gifted this leather jacket which is my idea of the perfect leather jacket. Definitely a great shop to check out if you’re looking to invest in some lifetime worthy staples.
  • A very Covid inspired dedication to my Auckland friends. I hadn’t seen some of them in two months so it’s been a bloody dream to be able to catch up over drinks on the weekend. They feel like family.
  • I actually really liked Enola Holmes on Netflix. A little bit quirky but one of the best movies they’ve released in a while. Plus, can we just take a minute to appreciate the beauty that is Henry Cavill, woweee.
  • Music: Untitled (Hit Record) – CaleborateMove Me – Mura Masa40 Nights – i.amsoloNo Idea (Crooked Colours Remix) – Don Toliver


  • I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to pack up, quit my job and hibernate in Wanaka more than what I have over the past couple of weeks. I’m not sure if having a holiday helped or hurt the situation.
  • I’m tired 24/7.
  • Before I went home I’d lost so much weight from stress and was feeling like a shell of a human by the time I went home for a break. Needless to say, Covid 2.0 did a number on my mental health in a way I never anticipated.
  • I literally can not get on top of my emails or collaborations right now. It’s great but also, a little too hectic for one person. Admin takes up 90% of my spare time these days.
  • The fact that we now have to put #ad on everything that’s sent to me making it look like I get paid to post everything I do when I don’t – otherwise I’d be rolling in it. When bloggers accept gifts (in my case anyway) it’s because you like the item but most of the time no one expects you to post, so writing #ad makes it all look so inauthentic. Like I get it, but it’s still dumb.

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