28 November 2013, 19:17
I’m taking time out from my turkey-addled haze to get on the gratitude train. (Choo choo!) Now, y’all know that gratitude is my primary attitude, but on Thursdays I make a point of sharing it with everyone else.
Thanksgiving is no exception, of course.
Walking home through the park yesterday, I thought back on the year we’ve just had, and it occurred to me that it has been one of the very best years of my life. It has become clear to me that the presence of magic in my life is absolute. 2013 has been magnificent: so much has changed and shifted for me in the last (almost) 12 months.
Home is where the heart is, so it makes sense to start with Mike. I’m so thankful for him, and especially for his sense of humour, incredible passion and curiousity for the world around him, and ability to make me see things in a whole new way. (Also, his cooking. It is beyond words!)
I’m thankful for my parents and the way I feel when I’m at home with them. I’m thankful for their emails, my father’s text messages and the way they always want to Skype. I’m eternally grateful for their never-ending enthusiasm. They taught me that bringing your energy into everything is important, and it has carried me such a long way.
I’m thankful for all my other friends, too, who inspire me, send sweet emails, invite me out for drinks and dinner and rituals, make me laugh and keep life fascinating. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such enchanting, irresistible and charming babes.
And finally, to you… Who I am sometimes fortunate enough to meet in the street, at airports, on trains and in strange, far-flung locations. You make my world go round. I simply adore you. I hope that wherever you are in the world, you’re having a fabulous day. Thank you for being a part of all this madness!
This weekend, I’m going to clear off my desk and start making some big, big plans for 2014. I can’t wait to get stuck in!
Photos by Corey Sleap.
P.S. I loved this post on Thanksgiving truth and prayers from Mystic Mamma.
14 November 2013, 16:11
Dress is Plenty by Tracy Reese.
7 flights down, 3 to go. New York to LA to Brisbane to Cairns to Melbourne to Auckland to Wellington to Melbourne (and soon to Brisbane to LA to New York). Wow. These last few weeks have been chockablock with more time in the air than ever. I think I have well and truly proven my international playgirl status this month!
It has been such a wonderful and dizzying whirlwind that I can’t believe our trip down under is almost over! Our #babesdownunder tag has been going off, and you can see by looking at it that we’ve been having a grand old time.
Our (very) quick jaunt to Wellington was one of the highlights of this trip for me. The three of us stayed with my parents, who doted on us, brought us cups of tea and carefully-orchestrated snacks, and helped us stage elaborate Instagrams. It’s been two years since I last saw Mama and Papa Darling, and they are two of my favourite people on the whole planet.
On Tuesday, Kat, Shauna and I headed into the city for a spot of shopping. In addition to new dresses for all 3 of us (success!), that night I was able to catch up with several old friends, which was fantastic.
As I put the finishing touches on this post, we’re just about to head to day two of our last Blogcademy for 2013. And I have to say, getting the opportunity to meet 120 blogcadettes over the last couple of weeks has been magnificent. Sitting cross-legged on the floor during lunch yesterday, surrounded by sweet, excitable, positive babes, it couldn’t have been more clear to me that I have found my people.
When I was growing up in New Zealand, I always felt like such a freak, like I would never really meet anyone who truly got me. Thankfully the internet has proven me wrong. The world is absolutely full of people just like you, who love what you love. And, as Brittany said to me yesterday, when you put yourself out there, and when you are unabashedly yourself, you begin to attract those people to you.
J’adore… Corn cob chairs Big, comfortable beds Avocado and tomato on toast for breakfast Neon pink nails Late-night Big W shopping trips Glitter rose crowns Business planning over strawberries and ice-cream Honey, lemon and ginger drinks Actually, ginger everything: ginger beer, ginger ale, ginger chews, ginger crunch… The list goes on. I am a ginger addict! I think NZ/Australia feels the same way about ginger that Americans feel about peanut butter and pumpkin. Blogcadettes who bring branded snacks to class! Poking around weird little boutiques and exploring beautiful restaurants Raw vegan chocolate truffles Sitting cross-legged with blogcadettes, talking about life, the universe and everything Sequins on the floor Singing Return Of The Mack in restaurants Jamming out to Silverchair (hey, we are in Australia, after all) My oversized mohair cardigan (it’s getting a lot of wear on this trip) Street art all over Melbourne Striped long-sleeve t-shirts The definition of jouissance: The French feminist writer Hélène Cixous uses the term jouissance to describe a form of women’s pleasure or sexual rapture that combines mental, physical and spiritual aspects of female experience, bordering on mystical communion: “explosion, diffusion, effervescence, abundance…takes pleasure (jouit) in being limitless”
One thing we’ve been discovering over the past month is that Australia is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, I always knew it was a beautiful place, but I hadn’t seen it with my own two eyes. As a Kiwi, you always grow up with the slightest bit of silly trans-Tasman rivalry, but I have to admit that Australia is exquisite.
We have seen the most glorious sunsets, lounged on palm tree-strewn beaches, splashed in the surf and flown over the Great Barrier Reef. It’s going to be a bit of a rude awakening to go back to NYC, where the first snow has already fallen, and the lows are regularly below freezing…
It’s very exciting for me to consider that the next Things I Love Thursday I post will come from New York City, though! As incredible as this trip has been, and as much as we will miss each other, all three of us are thrilled to be going home to our husbands, dogs and cats!
“No matter how bad it gets, I’m always grateful to know that I don’t have to stay with the negative.” (Maya Angeloui)
Photos by Janneke Storm.
8 November 2013, 00:16
Since my last Things I Love Thursday, so much has happened! We’ve taught two jam-packed classes (in Brisbane and Melbourne) and are on the brink of class number three (Auckland). We flew to New Zealand at the crack of dawn on Friday morning, and jump right back into classes on Saturday. Phew!
It’s really lovely to be back in New Zealand (even if it is for a flying trip!). I was never very patriotic until I left, and these days, I am crazy for anything and everything kiwi!
I have to say, though, now that the Tourism Queensland portion of our trip is over, and we’re back to fending for ourselves, we’re realising how truly spoiled we’d been! TQ didn’t just cover our flights and accommodation, they also took us out for dinner every night, ferried us around the state and catered to our every whim. Our host, Celeste, completely doted on us, buying boxes of peppermint tea, booking us onto last minute sunset cruises, and waiting patiently as we took yet another Instagram selfie! Gosh. What did we do to deserve such superstar treatment?! Celeste, we love you, and we’re looking forward to dinner on Sunday night!
By the way, The Blogcademy was on ABC News on Wednesday night! How amazing is that?! Click the link to watch the news clip. We all felt quite chuffed about it!
Mostly though, life has revolved around taking planes from place to place, only partially unpacking our suitcases, and meeting lots of new people: over 70 in a week! It’s wonderful but I can’t lie, it’s a little bit exhausting too. We are generally in bed — and asleep — by 9pm each night. Very rock ‘n’ roll!
J’adore… Eating fish and chips maybe a little too often… Having a hoop-off at Blogcademy Melbourne! Stocking up on my favourite snacks (Barbecue Shapes for life!) These rad wicked witch legs on the street Practicing our best Dame Edna impressions Voyeurism Our B balloons — we never get sick of ‘em! This illustration of me by one of our very talented blogcadettes, Jane Davenport Receiving this Dolly necklace from our Brisbane scholarship winner! Rocking the house at the Brisbane Radical Self Love Event (full recap to follow!) Flying over the Great Barrier Reef in a helicopter! So gorgeous! Raspberry ice-blocks Carrying snacks everywhere Accents! Fat Freddy’s Drop The safety videos on Air New Zealand Researching for our next big project! Looking forward to having two days off at my parents’ place Doing face masks and lying around Antipodean smiles, friendliness and hospitality!
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” (Marianne Williamson)
So pleased to be back in NZ,
31 October 2013, 12:11
This time last week, I was bundling up in a sweatshirt, walking the dogs and putting the finishing touches on my suitcase back in NYC. Today, I’m writing this from a day-bed beside the private pool at our #bloggermansion in Port Douglas. Spoiled rotten, for sure.
Kat, Shauna and I touched down in Brisbane on Sunday, and after a day at the spa, we were on the go, experiencing the best of what Queensland has to offer. From cuddling koalas to riding rollercoasters, surfing lessons to bicycle rides along the beach, jungle surfing to snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, it has been an incredible whirlwind. We’re all feeling so, so thankful right now, and kind of stunned. What did we do to warrant this sort of treatment?!
I have so much to share from our trip so far, and I will go into it in super-detail as soon as I can! For now, I just wanted to give you a taste… (And remember, you can always follow my almost-instant updates on Instagram!)
Today, which is Friday for us, we head back to Brisbane and I’ll basically be bouncing straight out of my hotel and over to the Radical Self Love event. I’m beyond excited to meet a room full of you radical self love warriors and give out a whole lot of hugs! Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we’re teaching The Blogcademy, before heading off to Melbourne for a class down there!
Suffice to say, our schedules are jam-packed… But we’re absolutely loving it. I had no idea how truly gorgeous Queensland is!
J’adore… Being back with my babes again This 90’s mixtape (perfect for listening to poolside at the #bloggermansion) Feeling healthy and strong (and working out in the mornings!) Hot showers with great water pressure Surfing!!! I even stood up! Looking forward to seeing Jess, Jennie and Helen, my babes Sunset sailing Looking up at the stars and seeing Venus shining so brightly Coconut palm trees and mango trees just growing on the beach and on the streets Climbing into bed with Kat and Shauna in the morning Making tea and coffee for everyone when we wake up Asking a million questions all the time Salt water and fresh sea breezes “Too easy!” Katy Perry’s PRISM Skypeing with Mike Getting whipped into a frenzy over the design and awesomeness of all the QT hotels Sleeping reeeally hard Grilled salmon and chefs who make you apple crumble, just because Dancing devils Wearing false eyelashes while surfing Ziplining through the rainforest and flipping upside down! Raspberry ice-blocks Being really appreciative, all the time
“I sincerely believe that energy grows from itself and the more energy you expand the more you create within yourself. I also believe that energy is habit — which can be created quite easily. In other words, use your energy and more energy flows and then it is very hard to stop it — as if one would ever want to!” (Diana Vreeland)
Full of love,
Photos by the brilliant and talented Janneke Storm.
10 October 2013, 14:43
Rachel Rabbit White and I on the very last summer day of 2013.
And just like that, it’s suddenly autumn. Rabbit and I lucked out on our park date: ever since, it has been strictly cardigan weather. I feel so lucky to have been able to squeeze in a day at Tompkins Square Park, sprawled out on a blanket, reading astrology charts, drinking juice and pulling tarot cards. It was the perfect day.
You might have noticed that it’s been a little quiet on the blog front lately, and for this, I apologise. I’m knee-deep in creating DARE/DREAM/DO, a thirty-day course all about dreaming, doing, and demolishing self-doubt. I’ve been logging mega hours in coffee shops around the city, putting it all together, but I know it’s all worth it… It launches later this month, and you’re gonna l-o-v-e it. (So exciting!)
Naomi and I went on a sugar-rush date to Ladurée… And I thought this fortune was perfect!
I’m loving the cool change. The heat was beginning to get unbearable! I’m so glad that it’s been bare legs + sweater weather, and it doesn’t get much better than that after a sweltering hot summer! The city has been extra-beautiful, and walking around has been a pure delight. I have two more weeks of crisp air and cool evenings before Kat, Shauna and I head to Australia... And then it’ll be time for sundresses and swimsuits all over again!
I can’t get quite get my head around it, to be honest…
The amount of things that need to be checked off the list before I fly to L.A. (where I’ll meet Shauna and fly on to Brisbane) is sick. Intense. Extreme. Major. If only I could clone myself!
J’adore… This quote from Michael Taft: “Everything is not only alive, but soaked with divinity, dunked in “god-ness” or “goddess-ness.” Angelica Kitchen dates Good mail days! Friends who give you Miu Miu and McQueen shoes?! What magical universe is this?! Realising that on Halloween, I’ll be flying through a rainforest in a full-body harness Hypnotic alien butts (don’t ask) My oversized mohair cardigan (“Made from the hair of the mo,” as my husband says) which I snagged at Buffalo Exchange Chunky crystal necklaces Texting about Marilyn Manson (like, always) Organising THE BEST venues for Blogcademy 2014, you don’t even know! “Lipstick wiccans” Leopard-print Ladurée boxes Gravity (my first IMAX experience… Totally worth it!) American Horror Story: Coven, which I watched with extreme glee last night! My bright pink sheepskin (!!!) which I have layered into the ghost chair at my desk for maximum comfort and extreme fabulousness Being a responsible adult… Kind of Citrine crystals Leather pants (drool) Burning candles while I write Finally getting my mitts on a copy of Rock N Roll Bride magazine... Gorgeous! My husband’s cooking (did I luck out or what?) Very very very good things in the pipeline…
I call these my “Elizabeth Taylor from the future” earrings (ASOS!). This pin is from the 1960s and it cracks me up.
Your gratitude prompt: As the seasons change around you, what are you most thankful for? Cozy socks, delicious soup, ice-skating anticipation? If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, maybe you’re glad about pink blossoms, big blue skies, sun on your back. Share it with me on Facebook or on your own blog!
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” (Brian Tracy)
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