Sunday, 31 March 2013

Stuff I Luff #6

Here's what I've been loving this week.. there seems to be a strong food theme, but oh well, it is Easter!

These gorgeous decorated eggs made by one of my favourite bloggers, Jen from Earl Grey:

Oh So Lovely's sweet potato and peanut soup has me wishing for cooler days!

How fab is this bed??

Some yummies:
Cookies by A Sweet Baker / Sundae by A Cup of Jo

Loving this lace decoupage DIY! Looks super easy, its one I will have no reason not to try!

One last thing-the most amazing wedding invitation ever on Always Rooney

I hope you're all having a lovely Easter! The hubby's away on a surfing trip, and I've been doing crazy amounts of study, drinking tea non-stop and having plenty of cuddle time with Smudge.


Friday, 29 March 2013

Friday Fancies: Pretty Pastels


I'm dying over these pretty pastel dress from Ruche!  Loving number two with its oh-so-dreamy floral pattern! I really don't want summer to end, I want to wear pretty dresses like these forever!! If you haven't come across Ruche before, check them out on my sidebar.

Linking up with Long Distance Loving


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Advertise with The Cottage Diaries in April

I can't believe it's nearly April already! Time to think about sponsorship again! 

I currently have 510+ followers on GFC and Bloglovin', and I've just joined up to Twitter and Facebook. This means my large ad space now include social media shout outs and it's still only $8!

I also have a few swap spaces available.

Check out the options here

Thanks so much for your ongoing support!


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Afternoon in Napier

What I'm wearing: Dress by Temt, Sandals by Wild Pair, Necklace by Vintage Rose Boutique, Sunglasses by Glassons.

Last weekend we had a lovely afternoon away in Napier.  We had a picnic lunch in a rose garden, had a look around the shops and finished off with fish and chips and a walk along the beach.

Perfect afternoon!


Monday, 25 March 2013

Style Crush: Serena van der Woodsen

I know Blake Lively could make anything look good, but how amazing is Serena's wardrobe!! 

She has the most amazing formal dresses, but she also looks super put together no matter what she's wearing (remember her in Nate's shirt?).  I love the cozy winter outfits she wears, it almost makes me wish it got cold enough for that here!

Is anyone else sad about the end of Gossip Girl?


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Smudge Saturday

Saturday is just another day for Smudge.  A day to sleep in, go exploring and have cuddles with mum and dad.  Oh to be a cat!


Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday Fancies: Spring has Sprung


This Friday Fancies is all about Spring! While its still looking like summer here, I can imagine how happy all the northern hemisphere peeps are to be getting some warmer weather!

How cute is this dress? Its from Chicwish (check them out on my sidebar!)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Who are you?

I’ve recently gained a lot of new followers, yay!  While I have developed good relationships with some of my regular blog readers who have been with me from the beginning, I have no idea who most of you are.  I’ve seen ‘get to know your readers’ posts on other blogs and I think it’s an awesome idea!   I’d love for you to answer some questions for me. 

1.  Are you a regular reader?
2.  Are you a new reader or have you been here for a while?
3.  What do you like most about my blog?
4.  What do you like least?
5.  Tell me about YOU! Where are you from, what are your     interests and are you a blogger? If so, leave your link below!

I can’t wait to read your comments! I know there are a lot of you who have never commented, so come on, don’t be shy!


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Stuff I Luff #5

Some things that have caught my eye this week..

 Loving the look of this bedroom! / These lemon and anise pancakes look so good!

I have always been to scared to make macarons but I might try them now I have this easy guide! Featured on Lara's Vintage by Autumn from The Busy Bee

Loving the lavender sachet DIY from Bekuh at Secondhand Sundays

How cute are these kitties?  / Loving these vases

This yummy fizzy kiwi limeade recipe

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Smudge Saturday: Lazy day

Today is super hot. Its meant to be autumn but it still feels like the middle of summer! Smudge has been chilling out inside in the bedroom with the window open.  

The hubby has been working hard on the kitchen renovation all week and I've been buried in books so this arvo we decided to head away to Hawkes Bay! 

What do you all have planned? Are you celebrating St Patrick's Day?


Friday, 15 March 2013

South Island: Christchurch City

1-5: Container mall in the center city
6: Punting on the Avon river
7: Beautiful Sumner beach

On our trip down south we visited a friend in Christchurch.  You may have heard about the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch City back in 2011.  While there is still a lot of work to be done, the city has done a great job at keeping things going, and there is a super cool container mall in the centre of the city.  While it was originally meant to be temporary, there is talk of keeping it as a permanent shopping area! It think it's a great idea.  

We had a wander around the mall and then headed out to Sumner beach.  Sumner was one of the worst-hit areas with a lot of houses now unliveable, but the beach was lovely.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

New York dreaming

Sometimes when I sleep I dream of living in a loft in New York.. an old industrial-type building that has been converted into an open-plan apartment.  

Of course, when I wake up and find myself in a small-town cottage, the logical thing to do is extend my dream by turning to the ever-faithful Pinterest.  Pinterest is basically a place where dreams are at your fingertips, an online pinboard of hope and inspiration.  Is it just me who is addicted?


Which is your fave? I love number 7, I love the way the red brick contrasts with the softness of the bed.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Lookbook Love: Sabo Skirt

Loving the summer look from Australian label Sabo Skirt

We are officially having the Best.Summer.Ever here in NZ. The long hot days just keep on coming!


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