Italy Part 1: Rome


Here are some photos from our Italian Honeymoon – first city? Rome.  It was staggeringly hot, and as it was the first stop, it took a bit of adjustment learning that we needed to pace ourselves, hydrate all the damn time, and go back to the room for a rest if needed. We had 33-36C days during our time there. My favourite spots were the Vatican Museum (especially all the ceilings – this applies to all of Italy, really), the Colosseo/Forum, and it was just lovely seeing my friend Francesca again and her wee family (we’re both from the same town but they are living in Denmark – we just both happened to be in Rome!)

Here we go…


With Francesca and baby Adeline.

Sadly the Trevi is under maintenance but I still got to make my wish.

Yes, the hat is the dorkiest. All wardrobe decisions each day were based on “will this make me want to die”.


Next up, Florence!  The rest of our Rome shots are on Flickr here.








Reading:  So I haven’t read much since our honeymoon, where I devoured The Royal We (so good!) and then Fahrenheit 451 because Dave was all, ‘Yeah! I studied that!’ – it was good but kinda a lot to take in, too.  I still have a few summer reads to get through, then I’ll be back to the neverending ASOIAF read, too.

Thinking about:  How it’s September tomorrow. Like, wut.  I know we say this every year, but geez, I really need to appreciate the passing time better. How is it going to be the last 3 months of the year already? How are we rapidly approaching autumn already? Time is a mystery.

Listening to:  Obsessing over the new Carly Rae Jepsen album, Taylor of course, and the new Hilary Duff is fun, too!  I’m also still really into podcasts, and my current favourite is If I Were You.



Watching:  As well as the sun disappearing (see the epic sunset above), I’ve also just started the new Fear the Walking Dead, ANTM and Project Runway are back, and D and I just completed a 30 Rock rewatch (sniff). I’ve also been back into Gilmore Girls because I’ve been listening to Gilmore Guys, which is quite a good podcast if you fancy a rewatch.

Trying:  To get back into a good routine. Since we got back I haven’t been very good at keeping everything tidy and together and organised.  I’d quite like to sort out our spare room so I can get my clothes together for the upcoming season, and have more space for music and dressmaking hobbies in there.



Loving:  Our garden is blooming and the hydrangeas are finally showing us some colour – we had them at our wedding and it reminds me of that. They’re also just so unique in colour. My favourite these days.

Celebrating:  Making plans (nothing to share yet!) and receiving so many Save the Dates through the door for weddings next year. We’re gonna be busy.  The last one is in September, and then we’ll be making plans to move.  I’ll let you know about that another time.

Making me happy:  I’ve been going through honeymoon photos (1st Rome post very soon!) and well, see the below. This place was magical and every time I think of it, it makes me happy. Take me back to Riomaggiore…






Our Italian Adventure


Sadly we’re not flying Air New Zealand. But it seemed appropriate.


Tomorrow, pals, we’re going to Italy!

Rome, then Florence, Cinque Terre, Lucca, and Venice.  It’s our long awaited honeymoon.

I’m so excited, but so, so tired from getting my work prepared to be without me and getting all of the trip planned and together (if it was up to Dave we wouldn’t have anything booked yet!).

I can’t wait to share our trip with you – make sure to check out my instagram if you want to follow along!



I promise to write and share pictures when I get back mid-August.  Have a great 2 weeks!