Seeing as it’s nearly the beginning of Spring (yes!!) I recently gave my hard drive a spring clean; I tidied my desktop, organised files (even the misc. one *shudder*) and I updated my desktop.
So, I thought I would put together a sweet as little round up of my favourite desktop papers that I like to use. You know, because sharing is caring and you deserve to have pretty stuff to look at during the day.
Click on the one you want to go to the original source and download.
I love the work of Megan McKean, especially these gold and enamel bangles depicting city-scapes. She’s based in Sydney (just over the ditch!) and also designs illustrations of souvenir scarves.
One of these beauties will set you back about $75, collect your favourite cities for a colourful bangle-jangle! Check out her Etsy store, here.
I’ve been exploring a lot on Soundcloud lately, finding new music and artists I’ve never heard of before doing their own thing, and it’s great!
I stumbled across Tokimonsta via another artist I like, I love this tune, perfect for a sunny weekend like this…
If you’re thinking that it’s been mighty quiet on the blog as of late, well, you’d be right. I’ve been throwing myself into quite a few things (new job hunting, licking wounds after various breaking of hearts by boys etc.) one of those things being the Auckland Fair! Formerly the Auckland Art & Craft Fair, it’s had a long overdue rebrand and a general polish up, there is a new venue (Shed 10!), new sponsors and a brand new website that I’ve been busy creating.
Oh, and the other thing, I’m now doing the Fair on my own. Which, I’ve discovered many people already thought I did it on my own, so that has been interesting finding out along the way! So that makes it slightly busier, but nothing I can’t handle. The best thing about working on a passion project like this on your own, is that you have total creative control. All those barriers that were holding things up before are no longer there, it’s awesome to see things change for the better, and have others’ notice the change as well.
I’m really excited about the future of the Auckland Fair and I hope that you can come and see it for yourself! If you would like to sign up to hear about more (either as a visitor or a vendor) you can do so here.
Sunday 7th December
Shed 10, Auckland Waterfront
11am to 3pm, $2 on the door
I actually can’t get enough of this song, I want to listen to it ALL THE TIME. It’s a remix of her original track but I think the beat compliments it ever so nicely.
Having a wistful moment, thinking a holiday would be nice, right?
Meow! Pyropet are a candle making company from the UK, as the geo kitty candle burns, a metal skeleton is exposed. They are available in grey or pink, you can buy one for yourself here (and maybe you might like to get one for me too?).
Hello Sunday! You might be a bit miserable and rainy, but fill it with some decent music like this and you’ll be fine.
Available as a free download too. Sharing is nice, huh?
Earlier this year I ran Round The Bays (ye-yah! Go me!), I wanted to keep that motivation going, not only to do a single achievement like run a race, but create healthy habits that fit in with a real lifestyle of being a busy, full time working mum with (what feels like) a million side projects.
I’m a gal who enjoys food and wine (or a G&T) with friends, sometimes I eat just toast for dinner, occasionally (ok, maybe more than that) love a take out of Thai or KFC and microwaveable popcorn is sometimes a realistic meal option once the small person is taken care of. Don’t judge me. But I digress… Between all that, I eat pretty well with a balanced diet. I’m naturally a slim person (which has it’s downsides) but I’ve managed to keep some good stuff going for longer than a few weeks. I want to be fit and healthy, not skinny!
With Spring about to kick in, the days are lighter for longer and the temperature isn’t as cold, so you might be thinking of getting out and about more. Before I ran Round The Bays, I hadn’t done any exercise and was pretty much starting from scratch, and I think the starting part is the hardest. So how did I start, well I’m glad you asked!
- GET SOME GEARS: I am in no way saying exercise needs to be fashionable, but you want to be comfortable and part of that is feeling like you don’t look silly or out of place. DO get proper shoes for what you’ll be doing (this link is handy). Having shoes that fit right makes the whole process more enjoyable.
Get some clothing that is just for exercising; think of it like a uniform, it helps you get in the right headspace. I have these Under Armour compression capris and LOVE them. I don’t feel jiggly (legitimate problem), there is a handy little zipped pocket for my house key and they are super comfy. Keep the girls in a supportive bra and chuck on a t-shirt.
If like me, all your music is on your phone, an armband is really useful as it also doubles as a place to tuck coins or your house key.
- TUNES! You know I love my music. Put together a playlist that is up-tempo and keeps you motivated. I’ve added mine to Spotify if you want to give that a try.
- APPS: I’ve tried a few apps for tracking my fitness, I personally really like the Nike+ app as it links to playlists on your phone, it pauses your run when you stop (to cross the road for example) and keeps you posted on distance/speed. Apps are a a good way to map your progress. I’ve used Runkeeper and Couch 2 5K, but still prefer Nike+.
- SLOW & STEADY: Don’t compare yourself to other people, just compare yourself to what you did last time. It’s a one person race y’all. Start slow with long walks to ease into it, then maybe do a run/jog/walk after a few weeks. I started doing 3km at a time with brisk walking a bit, then running, then more brisk walking. I’m still doing that and managing about 3-5km each time.
- CHOOSE A ROUTE: I like to mix up where I go each time, I live in a beautiful neighbourhood with beaches everywhere. Jump on Google Maps and map out a route that is the distance you want. Try and keep it flat, it can be a loop or back the same way, maybe on the other side of the road.
- STAY SAFE: be aware of driveways, people are oblivious of pavements/sidewalks when they leave their houses. Be aware crossing the road when you have headphones on. You’re a smart person with common sense I’m sure.
- WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? If like me, you are a single parent and can’t leave the little ones at home alone – take them with you! G will come along on her scooter and race me between markers like power poles or street corners. She’s a lot of fun to go with (and is like a miniature slave driver).
I’m one of those people now that really enjoys getting out for a run, and when I can’t, I get antsy so have to do something. There are of course times when I can’t get out and you have to get a bit more creative! More on that another time.
So, do you think you might get out and about soon?
Images are from my Instagram: @foxesblog TOP: pause mid-run at Takapuna Boat Ramp, shots of the Nike+ app etc.
I absolutely love Mademoiselle M jewellery! Made by the delightful Emma Politzer, she is originally from France but has called Auckland, New Zealand her home for a few years now. Her style is constantly evolving and I’m absolutely in love with these necklaces and bracelets she has begun making. She makes all kind of beautiful accessories, including these knot bracelets.
Of course, I think they go with absolutely everything so have styled four unique looks for different occasions as a little inspiration, and to show you how versatile they really are! Black and gold, it really does almost go with everything. You lucky ducks can win the set pictured for yourselves!
Would you like to win your very own Mademoiselle M necklace and bracelet set?
Simply like the Mademoiselle M facebook page, then enter your details below and you will be in the draw! If you follow me on Instagram (@FoxesBlog) keep an eye out today for my giveaway post for another chance to win.
Congratulations…. Charlotte Turner!! Winner of the giveaway.
Items pictured above: 1. White linen shirt from Old Navy 2. Casual denim look 3. Kitty Shades from Nasty Gal 4. Black felt hat from Everything Golden 5. Leather skirt by Pinko from Far Fetch 6. Great look from Always Judging 7. Metallic leather clutch by Marie Turnor from Bluefly.com 8. Gold jumpsuit 9. Lace Sequin dress by Dolce & Gabbana from Far Fetch 10. Long sleeve beige waterfall jacket 11. Love the neutrals of this put together and polished look 12. Shoes from Shoemint