Chicago

September 26, 2017, 6am, I boarded the first flight on my journey – to Sydney. A mere 37 hours later, I landed in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This was the first big overseas adventure for me. And a first for me by myself, at that.

I don’t have a lot of say about my trip, but I have been thinking about it a lot and the affect it has had on me.

So I wanted to share it the best way I know how right now, and that is with photos. I took more than 2000 on my four week journey. Here are just a few of them from Chicago.

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Five years

Jethro and I on our first Valentine's Day.

Jethro and I on our first Valentine’s Day.

I was sitting on the couch at Jethro’s flat in Wellington, watching something on TV. It was a Saturday night. I think we’d just finished dinner. We were still in the phase of getting to know each other – we’d been ‘official’ for just under a month.

My phone rang. It was mum. I picked it up. She immediately asked if Jethro was there with me. Yes, I said. Why? I could hear something in her voice. I asked what’s wrong?

She replied, “Granddad’s dead.”

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Review: Alexia – Kmart’s plus size range

I don’t really need an excuse to head to Kmart – I love the homewares and exercise gear. But I would often look at the Alexia range and never find anything that I really liked.

So when I received an email saying the range had had a refresh and that more focus was being put on the plus size range by Kmart designers, I was intrigued as to what I would find.

So a trip out to Kmart in Porirua was needed.

The Alexia range has definitely had a refresh – I tried on a lot of pieces. Roughly 18 pieces in total, there were rotations and a bit of a change-room circus.

WHAT I TRIED ON

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It was a year ago…

Just over a year ago Jethro and I moved in to our house.

It’s been an interesting year. How can it not when a pipe bursts your first day of home ownership? That was a learning experience. I don’t think I ever blogged about that – most people who know me IRL have heard the story. It’s a pretty simple one, but something I will never forget. Having only taken possession of the keys a few hours earlier I wondered what the hushing sound coming from the dining/kitchen area was. At first I thought it was nature! Because we have a lot of trees, birds and other things around. But no. Thus began the hunt for the toby of which we have two and the one by the house apparently doesn’t turn off all water. The real one is at the top of our 38m long path. Yay for dux quest (not).

Since then, owning a house has been a bit easier, but still one massive learning experience.

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Spin the Pin – May

The lovely Jo from iCurvy has created a new blogging challenge which I thought I would have a go at.

It is called Spin the Pin and each month Jo will choose an outfit from Pinterest where we take inspiration from it to create an outfit of our own. It sounded like such a cool idea, so here I am.

May’s outfit was to take inspiration from this pin:

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I thought of a couple of ideas, but ultimately I landed on this:

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I took inspiration from the trench coat and the loose, chic layering of the outfit. I even attempted to keep a somewhat monochromatic palette.

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Outfit details:

Trench: I recently picked this up in the City Chic sale. It is the Caramel Kisses Trench and I have fallen in love with it.

Top: This is the New Look Inspire Longline Turn Back Tee I recently got from ASOS. It offers a relaxed, chic look and would be great with leggings or jeans, as I’m wearing here.

Jeans: Zip Me Skinnies in blue from City Chic.

Scarf: Another recent purchase from Ruby Shoes.

Boots: Ziera

Beanie: Cotton On

Necklace: Catch Coeur jewellery from the Rocks markets in Sydney.

Handbag: Nica from Farmers.

Make sure you check out the other spins here, or on Instagram with the hashtag #spinthepin.

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