I'm pretty late with posting these, but I went to Queenstown at Easter time – back on the other side of Winter, when it was all beautiful and Autumny.
So… Queenstown is stunning. No matter how many times I visit, and I've spent a lot of time there, it still takes my breath away. It's my favourite place in the world, or maybe a close second to Arrowtown.
We ate at this Boathouse and then fed the ducks by the lake.
It's Super Oscar! My Godson, and Ray's comedy hero.
It's The Lady of the Lake.
The view from where we stayed. Ah-mazing.
I forget what this place was called but we stopped here for some good eats on the way out of town.
Aw, Ray has grown so much since this pic! Not sure what's going on behind the tree (twerking?)
Want to feast your eyes on more New Zealand goodness from Queenstown and surrounds? Here are some blog posts I've enjoyed in the past year:
Hungry for That. I wish I could dive right into that bottom photo, mouth first.
I have been really into the new Jamie Oliver series, Comfort Food. That's him and Caitlin Moran ogling his toasted cheese sandwich, above, which was an amazing episode. The series, and cookbook is all about taking retro, run of the mill dishes and making them spectacularly, over the top. That cheese sandwich was so impressive.
When Mr Meet-Cute and I moved to Melbourne 5 years ago we got an apartment in North Fitzroy, where we stayed until a few months ago, by which time we were three. Although I loved the area, our place was way too small once Ray came along. I'll always remember the epic walks around the neighbourhood when Ray was small and would nap for hours in his pram.
Walks in Edinburgh Gardens were an almost daily occurrence. So many hours spent walking those paths!
I was surprised to see hibiscus bushes when I came here as I thought it only grew in tropical climates. I made the mistake of picking some, but hibiscus wilts as soon as it's picked, so it's best enjoyed while still growing.
I loved watching the foliage on this house change with the seasons.
My favourite second hand bookstore is in this block, and that cafe is one of many in North Fitzroy which features in scenes from Offspring. I still can't believe I never came across the show filming on any of my epic walks.
I wholeheartedlyendorse both El Chino and Pinotta for being extremely yummy.
I don't think I've ever posted about beauty products before (that's more my sister's forté), but I feel the need to share these incredible Go-To Skincare products. The line was started by Zoë Foster Blake, ex beauty editor and hilarious author of Amazing Face. You wouldn't think a book on skincare mumbo jumbo would be so readable, but Zoë is bloody hilar. My Mum and I both follow her instagram, where we found out about a Go-To Skincare event which was held last Friday. Not something I would normally attend, but as my Mum has been in town we jumped at the chance to have a girly, fancy night out. At first during the Q&A I felt way over my head, as skincare can get pretty scientific and I had no idea what everyone was on about. But then the discussion swinged to blackheads and dark circles under the eyes and things became much more relevant to me.
Here we are being fancy ladies clinking our 'bubblegumtini's'. And then taking photos of our photo on the social media wall. Very exciting!
So I walked away with a few 'prods' at the end of the evening. They all smell like roses and oranges and leave your skin feeling great. The 'Properly Clean' face wash is a favourite. It doesn't leave your skin with that tight feeling, and it certainly lives up to it's name. My skin feels SO clean. The lip balm is also super lovely, and would be a great small gift for yourself or a pal. The range is only available online right now. I've been stalking the website for a while wanting to order stuff, but I do like seeing sizes and things irl before committing to buy. It's quite a small range at the moment, just the basics to promise you better, healthier and nicer smelling skin!