Wednesday, 29 February 2012


In exactly four months my bags will be packed and I'll be preparing myself to say goodbye to everyone I know, everyone that makes me who I am, well who I am today that is, who i am when I come home might be a different story.

I'll have to say goodbye to all my family and friends and hardest of all the one person who holds me together when I am feeling sad, insecure, scared or vulnerable, my boyfriend. I'll have to say goodbye and fly to the other side of the world... alone.

While in many ways this scares the living hell out of me i am so excited. I will be speaking new languages, eating exotic foods, learning new cultures, art and history, and of course shopping shopping shopping!!

However, the thing that excites me most is that I will be growing under the European sun, finding out more about who I am as a person and learning to love myself as an individual.

I can't wait to explore London, fall in love with Paris, drink wine in the Beaujolais Wine region, picnic in the French countryside, have my night of glamour in Monte Carlo, be amazed at the architecture in Florence, get in touch with my spirited side in Rome and the Vatican, go paragliding in Austria, struggle for words at the Dachau concentration camp in Munich, eating lots of chocolate in Switzerland, party away in Amsterdam and finally relax abroad in Croatia, finding peace and familiarity in a country I hold deep in my heart.

4 months and counting.....

Friday, 24 February 2012

Young love.

So lately i have been thinking about young love and the crushing power it has over most of us who have experienced it. These thoughts have been inspired by none other than the two men in my life at the moment, Nicholas Bean and the wonderful Mr Nicholas Sparks.
I am currently reading his latest novel 'The Best of Me' and i noticed a trend in his writing. With novels such as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Last Song, just to name a few, most of his work is based on young love.
We are drawn into towns such as those in Old America where Sparks bases most of his stories in, here it is easy to see how romance was something sought by all.

I think you would all agreed with me when i say that up until we experience that first-time love we all believe in romance and undying passion, and that is why first loves are so amazing, why we never forget them. And like me some of you may have experienced this in your teens. Two kids who know nothing of real life, figuring out love. And if you are lucky like me, that first love, that young love, turns into a great love. Sparks writes of losing that first, young love and being tortured by that loss and why wouldn't you be? I believe you can find love again, in someone else, but i cant imagine it being this strong, i still feel like a teenager at heart and this is something i never want to lose.

And just like when Carrie asked Big 'have you ever been in love?'
I can reply just as he did; ABSO-FUCKING-LUTELY!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

We are all different.

Still Alice

Still Alice is the debut novel by Lisa Genova. It is about Alice Howland, a Harvard professor, mother and wife who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

The novel follows Alice's journey from her first memory lapses to losing herself completely to the disease.
From the first page Genova draws you in, creating a world filled with wisdom, success and love.
Alice Howland has it all and at 50 years of age she hasn't been able to enjoy it for long enough. We follow her struggle in coming to terms with having a rare and incurable disease, we cry with her family and we fear with Alice, how much of herself is she willing to let go of?

Alice's story ends with one simple message: while Alzheimer's can take away your memories and intellect, it can never take away the one thing that matters, your heart. You can look across from you and not know that the woman sitting there is your daughter but you will always feel the love you have in your heart, because it is the emotions you feel and relationships you create that shape our lives the most, these are the things that will never leave us. These are the things that made her Still Alice.

For more information on Still Alice, Lisa Genova, Alzheimer's disease or the Dementia Association please click on the link below:

Cocktail anyone?

I saw an advertisement on the MTV Foxtel channel today and while i cant find the ad online to share i did find the fact sheet.

For those ladies and certain gentlemen (and i know there are plenty of them out there cause i know a fair few) who like a fruity drink to wind down with in summer or at the end of the day, here are some new ones. Just click on the link for lots of fun new recipes that sound so delicious. I cant wait to try them myself!

Just a click and a sip away from some summer fun :)

The Midori Carnival sounds amazing!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Check it out :)

Everyone should check out my friend Ellen's blog :
The Life of Me

(just click on the link above)

Xo N

Sex and the City.

Just a few of my favourite quotes from the seasons and movies:

"Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cites. People come into your life and people go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart."

‎"Later that day i got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started and those that bring you back, but the most challenging, exciting and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself, and if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, thats just fabulous."

“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

“That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore.”

And when Mr. Big finally opens his heart:
“It took me a really long time to get here, but I’m here. Carrie, you’re the one.”

“No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.”

“The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t. But, in the end, they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”

“Maybe you’re only alloted a certain amount of tears per man; and I’ve used mine up.”

“F**k me badly once, shame on you. F**k me badly twice, shame on me!”
Replace the 'F' word with the word "Hurt"

From the movie:

“And there, in the same city where they met as girls, four New York women entered the next phase of their lives dressed head to toe in love. And that’s the one label that never goes out of style.”

You cant say that you do not learn anything from television, because i learnt a lot from these girls.