Summery Things!

hello again lovelies!

summer is in full swing and i am super happy bout it! i went on a school camp for four days and it was very very hot. i got sunstroke and currently have tan lines in the shape of my sports bra, but it was pretty fun!

as it is now pool and beach season i thought i would share with you the bathers, clothes, beauty products, and accessories that i will be over using this summer! i have a newfound love affair with the bread and butter letter which is a vintage and nz made shop located on k-road.  in the space of a month i have picked up 3 things from there but you will have to wait till after christmas for the third as its a christmas present.

anywho, enjoy! oh and enjoy the weather too! xxx F

 

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pink and red stripy polo

how cute is this! its a vintage dunlop one which i nabbed from the bread and butter letter of course, my favorite vintage hotspot! i love how it’s a singlet so it’s not too hot and my shoulders can get some sun.

silver hoop earrings

i love the way hoop earrings look with my bob, not sure why i think it just looks cool! hoops are a great way to fancy up an outfit but if your planning on playing a spot of something sporty be careful cause there easy to get caught or pulled. ouch!

 

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straw hat 

this hat is my school hat and i have taken it daily to school for the last to weeks because i sit in a very sunny spot while eating lunch, and i realised that it’s kinda cute, practical and comfy. but im not suggesting to take your school hat to the beach but getting or putting on a straw hat is a pretty good idea.

rose lemonade

probably the most aesthetically pleasing drink i have ever sipped on. and honestly it’s amazing and im not generally a rose scented or fragranced fan. good stuff.

 

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bikini

the top is from cotton on body last year, it’s a nice classic cut and navy as always goes with almost everything. and the bottoms believe it or not where five bucks from kmart, score! they are a little bit more risque compared to the swimwear i normally wear but their gingham and i’m not gonna look like i do now forever!

sun jellies bag

i talk about this bag all the damn time, sorry, but it’s my pride and joy. louis vuitton who? nah just kidding, but these are waterproof so if it drops in the pool (empty) it will be all good! cute and practical, win win!

 

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dotty spotty dress

i picked up this cute dress for 10 dollars at the factory markets, its vintage and was a little big so i chopped the sleeves and i now tie them in little bows which makes it look even cuter. long flowy singlet dresses are must haves for me for summer.

sunnies

i have never worn these out and i don’t think i have the confidence to. they were my mum’s when she was young and they look very cool. but wearing sunglasses is very important to protect your eyes and also prevent early eye wrinkles. yeah!

mandarin

citrus is too damn delicious! this might be an odd thing to add but summer and fresh fruit go hand in hand so chuck a mandarin in your bag on the way to the beach.

 

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fjallraven kanken backpack

although these pags are tiny you would be surprised at the amount of things i have managed to squeeze into mine, i use it as a school bag so plenty of books! these are also great for day adventuring, walking to a waterhole or a short bush walk.

book & notebook

if your planning on sitting out getting a tan you might as well expand your mind. i have to read while tanning other wise i get bored so i always have a book handy while away in whangamata.

 

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kini top

this is a new purchase from cotton on body. i like the quite sporty cut of this one and the girly cute contrast with the frilly sleeves! pop on some navy bottoms and away you go!

 

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scarf

i like tying these on my bag straps, around my neck or in my hair. a very chic accessory and make ya feel like your in a 60’s movie.

mario badescu green tea facial spray

this is the sh*t! everyone raves about it for a good reason. it’s refreshing and revitalising, i took it to camp and it was so nice to spritz some on after i had too much sun or got a bit hot.

aesop shower gel

a nice scented shower gel is nice for summer in my opinion cause i personally think its more cooling than a bar of soap. the eco store do a coconut one which is a great one for summer scent wise. this aesop one is geranium which i normally hate but as always aesop make is beautiful.

 

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one piece bathers

i got these at a very cheap price from glassons last summer and i think im the only person that likes them and i’m not sure why. it’s pretty pink has a straight neck and the straps tie into cute bows, what’s not to love? fashion aye.

strawberries

ahhhh i love that these beauties are back in season! i put them on my overnight oats, yogurt and just eat them by the punnet. i cannot wait to make our traditional strawberry cheesecake, christmas comfort food at it’s finest.

 

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cane basket

i got given this from my grandad filled with homegrown oranges which was very sweet. it’s now very useful for picnics and also quite on trend.

la croix in peach and pear

another aesthetically pleasing drink that tastes damn good! this one is lightly sparkling and lightly flavored, it’s a summer winner. perfect for a little beach afternoon picnic treat with a fwend.

avocados

what a lovely produce season summer is. avocados are perfect on and in almost everything. guacamole, salads, vogels, i could go on for a while… im sure everyone that is an avo lover has there own recipes to include these green things in.

 

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bucket hat

$10 sale sun protection is the best kinda sun protection. this has come on two tramps and a camp with me and i did’nt get burnt (on my face!) bucket hats in cutey prints for life!

 

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another spotty dotty dress

spots and singlet dresses seem to be a fav of mine! this is another pink vintage beauty from the bread and butter letter that i adore so very much. it’s kinda see through though which is a bit sad but pretty nonetheless.  looks cute with the hoops too.

 

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gorman bikini

on of my favorite brands is gorman although it’s a little over my price range when this one was on sale and was one of the only bikinis that actually fitted me well i splurged and nabbed it. atelier bingo who are the crafty duo behind the print produce some pretty groovy things!

 

if you got to here your a champ! xx

 

 

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christmas gift guide!

hello lovelies! it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

oh my goodness, this is a selection and a half! although the meaning of christmas runs way deeper than getting presents (happy birthday jesus! xx) the art of selecting, wrapping and giving to the people you love is so special. but sometimes you run out of ideas or just need some more. so here are my ideas, there are gifts for three different ages groups in each gender – but of course can be mixed up, women need bottle openers too!

anyway enjoy reading (it’s very long), shopping, prepping, celebrating and eating this festive season!

see you soon for more festive fun! xx frankie!

 

Ladies

gifts for the ladies! that means your mum, auntie, nana, wife, or any special lady in your life!

  1. penny round velvet pillow in the hue dusty blue by rachel castle, but can be bought at small acorns – $109. I am not aware of anyone that would turn down a new gorgeous addition to add to a pillow collection.
  2. brie earring in all white by pigment studio and can be purchased at the bread and butter letter for $40! statement earrings are one of my favorite things and they are also a bit on trend. these ones from pigment studio are made by hand here in new zealand by a small business, it’s so important to support local brands!
  3. PLAY red heart perfume by comme des garcons but can be found at FABRIC for $165. if you know a lady that doesn’t already by her self a regular perfume gifting one is a great idea! i love this CDG one, mainly because of the bottle, but other option like the new gucci bloom or the chloe perfume would make special gifts!
  4. circle suncatcher by hydrangea ranger can be nabbed for $75 at the bread and butter letter. another local, nz made product that is totally gorgeous! i love all the work hydranger ranger makes and her business story! i interviewed here if you want to read it after this!
  5. avery bag from seed heritage $110. these look very similar to the cult gia bags but they are a little more affordable but still as cool.
  6. everything i want to eat cookbook $63 from tessuti. the gift of recipes or food is never ever a bad idea. cookbooks are great as they can be taken into the new year and used to update a few meals.
  7.  js ceramics pink handmade vase $50 at iko iko. another nz business, we have some amazing potters here! gift this with some flowers to make a ladies day special!
  8. odeme nail polish in the shade los feliz, $22 from good as gold. who does not want summery yellow nails that came from a beautifully presented and packaged bottle?
  9. ycanta 2018 calendar by rifle paper co, $53 from iko iko. there is nothing like organisation, prettiness and paper goods, this calendar ticks a lot of boxes.
  10. comme des garcons wallet $215 at FABRIC. something a little more lux and cool.
  11. hydrangea charity pin $15 from the bread and butter letter. the holidays are a great time to support causes you feel are important. profits from this cute pin go to look good feel better which supports women with cancer feel great again after the loss of hair or change to their appearance due to treatment.
  12. fold rack $89 at let liv. sleek modern design at it’s finest!

 

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gifts for gentlemen, pop, dad, uncle, hubby…

  1. hunters race wrist watch get it for $220 at the bread and butter letter. so the man in your life can tell the time all the time.
  2. flotsam and jestsem bottle opener $22.50. cause every boy needs a vessel to pop open a cold one.
  3.  riders club socks $13 from barkers. everyone needs socks no matter the number of people that say they are a boring present, these ones are covered in little surfers with their boards, whats boring about that?
  4. indoor watering can $69 from father rabbit.  cause all those houseplants need a good water everyone once in a while.
  5. crossbone cufflinks $120 from the bread and butter letter.  for the snazzy suit wearer but these one are kinda edgy.
  6. as colour bucket hat $25. sun protection is very important.
  7. lost in city guide to copenhagen $33 from FABRIC. perfect for the traveller of the one with a huge book collection.
  8. js ceramics coffee filter and cup $60 from iko iko. coffee drinker love their coffee so a coffee accessorie would make their holiday!
  9. jason markk shoe cleaning kit $39 from good as gold. something to keep all those sneakers looking fresh.
  10. kingsly leather keychain $35 from the bread and butter letter. another nz made gift with a very practical purpose.
  11. bat and ball set $10 from the one-stop shop cotton on. perfect for the beach and bbq’s!
  12. a to z of david bowie $40 at iko iko. the man the myth the legend that is no longer has been honoured in this gorgeous illustrated book. perfect for a bowie fan.
  13. crosley portable record player can be bought for $120 at urban outfitters. something to play that huge old vinyl collection on with music from the good old days!

 

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gifts for girlies, sister, friend, girlfriend, niece, daughter. or me, i kinda want all of these pretty things!

  1. little feminist playing cards $13 at chronicle books. oh my goodness gracious have you ever seen anything cuter or more empowering? while you play card game you can be reminded by the strong badass women that came before us or are present in our lives today!
  2. satin scarf from supre $12. pink, navy and starry, and it’s a scarf so would look gorgeous around your neck, in your hair or tied to a bag!
  3. pink hair clip from seed heritage $23. i love the pearl look of the handy clip.
  4. gingham turkish towel $15 from cotton on. who doesn’t need a towel, let alone a pink gingham one, this summer!
  5. will you accept this rose notebook by ban.do but can be purchased for $20 at iko iko. dreams, recipes, lists, all very decent things to pop in a pretty notebook.
  6. chuck taylor all star pink suede 70’s converse $150 from FABRIC. i adore my CDG converse, once you wear them in they are very comfy, these pink one are more affordable but still super cool.
  7. goodheart hoops $35 by hydrangea ranger but can be brought at the bread and butter letter. i love hoop earing they make me feel really cool, these one have little gemstone strung on them for something cute but different.
  8. circular wicker bag $110 from seed heritage. another on-trend item for a very good reason. would make a perfect gift for a fashion lover.
  9. butterscotch velvet pom pom cushion $115 by rachel castle at small acorns. i don’t think many girls would treat themselves to a plush velvet pillow receiving one makes at all sweeter!
  10. super cool vintage sunglasses $30 from the bread and butter letter. i adore bread and butter letters collection of vintage threads and accessories, sustainable gifting! three cheers for that!
  11. ue wonderboom in pink $100 from urban outfitters. this handy dandy speaker is waterproof and pretty, what more could you need?
  12. gingham swim visor $15 from cotton on body. gingham is my favorite print this season and this cap with the bow at the back is too cute!
  13. altea earrings $85 from tessuti. what girl doesn’t love jewels especially these lil ones!
  14. js ceramics pink mug $32 from iko iko. the handle on this mug is so cool, that’s a weird thing to say but it just looks really nice.
  15.  comme des garcons PLAY long sleeve $196 from FABRIC. love the light blue with the contrasting red mini heart.

 

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gifts for dudes, brother, boyfriend, son, newphew, grandson, mate…DUDES!

  1. reebok werkout plus vintage shoes $160 from good as gold. most people already have white sneakers so buying someone a colourful pair that’s a bit different is an original way to gift a pair of shoes.
  2. supreme beanie $225 from FABRIC. it’s not really beanie season but knowing my brother he would be totally stocked to receive this, just make sure they don’t lose it as it’s pricy!
  3.  fjallraven kanken bag in olive $110 at urban outfitters. these bags are the shit! love love love and i could nor recommend them enough!
  4. clear cassette player $38 from urban outfitters. bringing a lil bit of old school back.  i love that cassette tapes are coming back, there is a huge selection of great new albums that can be brought on cassette.
  5. potted plant from father rabbit $22.50. give the gift of green!
  6. pantagonia hip pack $59 from good as gold. if you know a bit of a hype beast they will love this blue hued bag, or maybe a louis vitton X supreme one?
  7. flowerboy by tyler the creator on vinyl $27 from urban outfitters. in my personal opinion, this is one of the best albums that came out of 2017, tyler is a genius.
  8. socks $8 cotton on. pink and purple ain’t girl colours, these would look super rad popping out of white sneakers.
  9. sex wax surf wax $6 amazon. this surf wax is my favorite because of the coconutty smell.
  10. nautica cap $32 from urban outfitters. less than the beanie and a lil more weather appropriate.

 

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gifts for bebe’s, little girls! 

  1. the fuzzy duckling golden book $8 from iko iko. what lil kid doesn’t love a good read?
  2. pom pom tired dress $70 from seed heritage. perfect for christmas day.
  3. play and go storage bag $70 at let liv. perfect for a quick tidy up of all those christmas toys.
  4. sonny angel fruit series $19 from iko iko. too damn cute!
  5. small felt mushroom $11 from father rabbit. perfect for making a fairy garden or house.
  6. wooden mixer set $95 at father rabbit. i think any budding chef would be ecstatic to get this from santa!
  7. jamie kay cotton cardigan $29 from father rabbit. to keep the small ones warm.
  8. meri meri days of the week bobby pins $28. perfect for those just learning their days of the week!
  9. lemon bucket hat $12 from cotton on kids. cute summery sun protection!
  10. swan puzzle $35 from iko iko. perfect to take to the bach and do after a big day at the beach!
  11. bambi bubble bath $8.50 from cotton on kids. oh me oh my i love bambi, what a way to make washing fun!
  12. goodnight stories for rebel girls $45 from iko iko. i wish i had a book like this growing up. girls need to support girls!

 

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little lads/ trouble makers!!

  1. dachshund money box $70 at iko iko. a place to store christmas money!
  2. knitted cactus cushion $59 at father rabbit. add a bit of fun to a pillow pile!
  3. moomin comic strip boom $45 from iko iko. ahh moomin is too cute!
  4. ukelele $32 from cotton on kids. perfect for christmas concerts.
  5. country road coral bucket hat $35. i think i have a slight gifting hat obsession!
  6. rachel castle banana pillowcases at small acorns $79. how cute!
  7. embroidered shirt $45 from seed heritage. make your lil one look a bit dapper on Christmas day!
  8. blabla balthazar the bunny $85 from father rabbit. how cute is it’s little hat?
  9. dog printed enamel cup $25 from iko iko. this gift guide is full of things from iko iko, if your stuck travel there because they have plenty of kids gifts and something for everyone!
  10. shark tank bubble bath $8.50 from cotton on kids. bringing jaws to bathtime.
  11. casper the friendly ghost enamel drink bottle $5 from cotton on kids. everyones favorite ghost looking a bit cheeky, who said halloween has to end?
  12. country road splice overnight bag $65. perfect for sleepovers, athletics day and everything in between!

the winter gardens

Hello lovelies!

I went to the winter gardens yesterday for the first time in a while and it was amazing! The plants were gorgeous, I have included most of the below for you to have a look at.

I took these on an iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO.

What I’m wearing…

top, Zara

jeans, glassons

shoes, Nike Thea’s

backpack, fjallraven kanken backpack

enjoy xxx

 

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The things I loved in the Holidays.

sunday swooning1Hello, lovelies!

Happy Friday (for some of you)! Week one of Term two over and to be honest I have found it very tricky to get back into the swing of things.  For some unknown reason I haven’t been sleeping very well, I have only been getting about 5 hours each night. So school has well and truly taken a hold of me but I thought I would share and reminisce on the things I loved during the holidays!

01. SHOPPING

As it was my birthday in April (there’s a post on that) I had some birthday spending money! I loved walking around the shops with my mum, brother, and friends without a time frame. I got some gorgeous clothes and knickknacks that I will share with yall soonish!

02. CITY EXPLORING

Auckland is a pretty big place and I think there is nothing better than being a tourist in your own city. I walked down Queens street,  Walked around Wynyard Quarter and checked out the World Masters games entertainment hub on Queen’s wharf, I went to Devonport, shopped at Britomart.  I had a fabulous time!

03. EATING

As I had more time in my day I put a little bit more time in the food I made and ate and also cooked some pretty good dinners. Eating out was pretty damn good too! 😉

04. ROOM RE-ARRANGING

As you may know, I change my room around and update my mood boards almost every week! I had a blast with all my free time having a major sort out of everything and making my room look beautiful and cosy for Autumn! Tell me if you want to see!

05. CRAFT

I spent day’s chopping things out of magazines, I made my very first wall hanging, I did some sewing. It was really nice to have the time to do some crafty things. It sounds awful but I hadn’t for a long time.

06. READING

ahh, I read books, magazines, design books, blog posts, articles, newspapers. My heads a hive of information.

xxx F

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stocking stuffers!

hello lovelies!

Christmas is fast approaching! which is amazing, but if you don’t have all ya shopping organized, pretty stressful!

i always find that small pressie, stocking stuffers, and secret Santa pressies are the hardest to buy! I’m not quite sure why but i always feel that they still have to be special!

i thought i would help you lovely folk out and share some of my ideas with you!

much love, frankie.b!

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01. a candle, i NEVER buy candles and pretty smelling goodies fo myself but i am always very happy to receive them! i think a lovely candle is a super idea for a little addition to your buddies Chrissy haul! i LOVE this George and Edi one  in the scent vanilla and anise! *swoon* p.s make sure you know what kinda smells they are into!

02. fruity tea! oh me goodness T2 have some super cute gift boxes filled with yummy fruit tea! i spoilt myself and got the peachy one! i think these make excellent little gifts! also, there are so many cute tea brands around now! red seal is another fav and it’s also pretty cheap!

03.  coin purse, i got given this cute one from rubi shoes and i love it! (thx bella) it’s tropical and lovely and perfect for change for summer ice creams! i love receiving wallets and bags and i am sure someone special in your life does too!

04. ama balm is perfect for your adventurous friend! my favs are the salty balm and the biting bug balm! both prefect for protecting your skin in the summer!

05. ORE design soy wax melts, like i said with the candles, ya cannot pass on pretty smelling things for Christmas! these smell like literal heaven if heaven was made out of blackberries and vanilla!

06. nail polish! love this mecca cosmetica one from their holiday range! would make a super sweet little gift and i think its deep blue is a color is lovely!

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thanks for reading! xx

my christmas wish list!

hello lovelies!

welcome to blogmas day 2! yay!

i am so excited for christmas! we put up our christmas tree last night so now or house feels all christmasy! i have been constantly listening to christmas songs! my favorite is feliz navidad at the moment!

hope you are enjoying advent and happy friday!

F x

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gorman socks // i love printed socks and i want to add a gorman pair to my collection!

bloom by estee lalonde // absolutely adore estee so her book is a must have for me!

palm peach clutch // eeekkk! peachy palmyness gorgeousness!

tigerlily bikini // i really need a new kini top and i have major heart eyes on this one!

black washi tape //  i think black washi tape looks better when your hanging prints!

2017 seed heritage dairy // this is super lovely and it’s also blush pink and gold so i love it!

 

shopping in wellington!

hello, lovelies!

I have found some more wellington photos to share! let’s go!

// M A T C H B O X

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pins, patches, zines, art, and supah cute stationary, this was frankie heaven!

 

// L E T . L I V

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loved everything in this shop! it was so dreamy!

// L O R E T T A

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Oh, how I miss Loretta! the food was amazing, the decor was amazing, and the people were amazing!

// SMALL ACORNS

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oh how i loved small acorns! i actually miss it sooo much!

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i hope you enjoyed! if you plan on going to wellington e-mail me at: frankiebradfordblog@gmail.com and i can give you the locations of these places and many more places to go!

xxx f

 

wellington haul!

hello!

my first week of term 4 is over! eight more weeks to go! i am so looking forward to the summer holidays! christmas, beach holidays, new year’s, stranger things season 2! so many lovely things to look forward to!

my blog has grown so much since i first started! thank-you lovelies! it means the absolute world! glad you enjoy my posts as much as enjoy writing them!

so i present to you the long awaited wellington haul! i brought so many lovely things, and went to some very gorgeous shops!

xxx frankie.b!

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C A N D L E // iko iko

C A N D E L . S T I C K // let liv

W A S H I . T A P E // underground market

P R I N T // haly design at the underground market

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W A S H I . T A P E // small acorns

N O T E . B O O K // te papa – 3 pack

C A N D L E // iko iko

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F L A M I N G O . C A N D L E // iko iko

E A R I N G S // miss midnight

P R I N T // haly designs at the underground market

S O O T H E . T U B E // small acorns and ashley & co

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P A T C H // matchbox studios

S T A M P S // matchbox studios

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C A N D L E // iko iko

B I R D . P R I N T // te papa

W A S H I . T A P E // small acorns

P R I N T // haly designs at the underground market

P E N C I L S // small acorns and rifle paper co

 

whangamata

hello lovelies!

long time no see! i have been beaching in whangamata which was lovely and also very wet and rainy! although the weather was awful it is always nice to leave the city and enjoy the beachy serenity! so this is a list of all i got up to while holidaying in whanga!

01. went to hot water beach

02. went shopping – love the whanga shops

03. went for a kayak in the estuary

04. had a swim at the surf beach – it was quite cold!

05. ate pizza in whitianga

06. went for walks on the beach

07. went to a little market for brits on the beach

08. saw a classic car parade

09. brought my first yen magazine

10. ate a super yum salad at wild sage cafe

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all in all i did a lot and made some pretty good memories with my family! i am back in whanga for labour weekend so hopefully the water and the weather will be warm enough for a surf!

F xx