Happy 1st of July! This post is brought to your from Central Otago – I came home a couple of days ago for a funeral and have been making the most of hanging out at home. I was talking about this to my best friend last night and we came to the conclusion that coming home is great for clarity. It’s refreshing to come back to a tiny town that is completely separate from your day-to-day, but everyone knows you and you can pick up where you left off. When I say tiny, I mean you can literally address a parcel to my name + the town and it will arrive at my front door. Got to love small town kindness. On that note, it’s easy to get caught up in how much I don’t have, but coming home reminds me how happy you can be without all the extra. Plus, it pretty much forces me to slow down. You might not know this about me but I’m constantly working on something, seeing someone or basically anything to keep my mind busy. I don’t deal well having a lot of time to myself (low and behold the reason I move around a lot). I often end up over extending myself though until I burn out. Anyway, there’s not much to do here in winter so it’s my chance for a mental breather.
Okay, bare with me I’m about to go on a tangent. Death is always a sobering reminder of how fragile life is. The funeral this week brought up a mix of emotions, and forced me to re-evaluate. My conclusion: I honestly think life gets more complicated the older you are, in both good and bad ways. It’s kind of like when they say you carry your “baggage” with you – I think we’re constantly collecting more items that we have to drag through life with us. Then it’s up to the tools we have to get us through. Do you put wheels on your bag so you can move easier? Do you get friends to share the load? Do you drop it and try run away? Yup, definitely on a tangent but you know what I mean. Everyone has baggage, it’s the people who accept and deal with it straight up that move through life a little easier. I want to write a whole post about dealing with it all, but for now here’s your reminder to look after yourself.
On a lighter note, this is the first Highs & Lows post in a while and I have to say I’ve missed it. Thanks for all your messages reminding me to do this post too – I clearly need to get my shit together so I can have these up every Sunday for you all. I have heaps of new favourites though so here’s a round-up of what’s been happening in June, what I’ve loved and what sucked.
Talk about showing up anyone I’ve ever dated – last week a beautiful bouquet of flowers from The Botanist showed up to work with the new Viktor & Rolf perfume Flowerbomb Nectar. The perfume is my new favourite (like, I actually wear it daily now). It’s the perfect update to Flowerbomb because while I love it, too many people I know wear it. And you know, smells = memories, so it could never be mine.
Even though my trip home wasn’t necessarily for a happy reason, I love home in the winter when its bitter cold outside. Picture sitting by the fireplace, watching movies and drinking wine – this has been Dad and I every night.
I’d been stressed about just general life and such, so in my typical fashion I did some serious damage online shopping. I literally have no regrets because I did GOOD and I worked hard for it so who cares right? At least that’s what I’m telling myself right now. I finally bought The Naomi skirt by Realisation Par after a bit too much wine but luckily before it sold out again. I can’t wait to show you guys how I style it because it’s glorious. I also bought a massive mirror for my bedroom which I’m stoked about because #OOTD. I’m definitely going to post more interior updates as I get further around with decorating my room so watch this space.
I have so many new/rediscovered music favourites and I’m sorry but they’re a real mix: Honey – 070 Shake, Ralphy River, Hack & Tree | Sex – NoMBe | Selfish – SAINt JHN | Morning After – dvsn | Self-Destructive – Mothica | Penelope – Col3trane | Hallucinations – dvsn | Still Want U – ZHU x Karnaval Blues
I’ve watched so many good Netflix shows lately, including bingeing on the new season of Queer Eye. If you’re into crime shows I’d definitely recommend Marcella – it follows around a detective but there are just so many plot lines it’s hard to guess what’s going to happen next and there’s no way you can guess who’s the bad guy from day one (my pet hate). Also, if you’re looking for a light-hearted movie you need to check out Set It Up.
I went to Janken in Herne Bay with my brother before he flew out and it’s SO good. Such good sushi and bao buns. I’d definitely recommend, although it’s on the pricey side.
Hanging out with my Dad had to be in here – even if it means drinking too much wine and having to change my flight time because I was so hung over.
It cost me over $500 for a return trip home. I can fly return to Australia for less than that. Ugh.
You know when you listen to music and you relate because of some love/loss/scenario? Yeah well I hadn’t had that in so long, and now I do and I don’t like what my Spotify recommended playlist is telling me.
I’m sitting writing this, hung over in an airport.