January favourites

Now that the season for crazy hectic lives is over it’s time to focus on lots of self love, lots of love for others, family + friends but most importantly O U R  S E L V E S !

These things have been on my mind lately. Check out my January favourites below!


I’ve always loved a bit of reggae and ska. I’m a lover to Tash Sultana’s music, ever since the first time I heard her (via a Facebook Video randomly) I was in love with how the music moved and spoke to me. That sounds a bit hippy – but hey, I’m a hippy at heart! Anyway, if you love the sound of alternative + reggae + rock with a bit of psychedelic thrown in check her out!

The song I’m going to share is from a band called Ocean Alley. I looked them up after seeing they were playing at a small festival Tash Sultana is doing in Australia next month.

Their song “Confidence” makes me want to get up, dance and enjoy life. The band made up of 6 dudes from Sydney, Australia.

They’re playing in Auckland later this year – April 4th at the Powerstation. Anyone keen?


In 2018 I got my third tattoo by artist Dear Emily Ann in Sydney. She recently collaborated with The Sewn Seed, releasing an embroidered tee shirt. I snapped one up as soon as I saw it as I’m such a fan of Emily’s work – and Caitlin from The Sewn Seed is a kiwi too!

Check out my post on instagram wearing it! I tie it at the front, fold up the sleeves and pair it with jeans or a skirt for a cute casual outfit.

Want one for yourself? You can grab one at The Sewn Seed website for AUS$49.


When one of your favourite singers who is also an artist brings out a game – you need to do a shout out about it ? !

Singer from Incubus, Brandon Boyd, has designed a memory card game for us all to enjoy. It’s called Deux Portes / Two Doors: An OptiMystic Memory Game. ‘Play by pairing the card to its image & word match from memory’

Each card has a word and image created by Brandon and you find the match for each card. A fun, beautiful and interesting exercise! I need it.

Want it? It’s available to purchase via his website. US$60.


New favourite lunch spot is Saint Alice – It recently opened up in the viaduct harbour (dangerously close to my work), owned by the same people as Dr Rudi’s (that bar with the bowling alley in it!).

It’s located where Kermadec used to be and has been beautifully decorated to feel lush, relaxed and to welcome in the natural light from the harbour.

The food is insane! I went with a few girlfriends for lunch early December and shared a bottle of rose while enjoying three items from the menu, they were so hard to choose from and after I ordered I messaged another friend saying we HAD to go because I need to try as much on the menu as possible, omg.

wood fired steak (bavette) / cheese fondue / garlic potatoes

Want to go? Can I come with you… haha! Saint Alice is located in Auckland’s CBD / Viaduct Harbour – Level 1/204 Quay St.


Have you ever had a facial without any product? It’s life changing! In 2017 I discovered Rosenthal Skincare (via winning a competition) and I’ve been going back ever since.

Rosenthal facials are incredibly relaxing, and tension-releasing – the best destress for your mind and body – and it’s great for your skin too! After a few days my skin always looks better, plump and radiant, each time I go I can’t believe the difference. Also – I never knew just how much I clenched my jaw until I felt the difference

Rosenthal also have their own natural skincare range. All are hand blended, batch made and made to demand using only base and essential oils. I reach for their cleanser every night to easily remove my make up (and it can be doubled as a moisturiser!).

Check them out. First Floor, 87 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland (above Bulls & China Hair).

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Let me know what you are loving at the moment in the comments!

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