Wedding Planning & Advice

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    Should you have a first look on your Wedding Day?

    When the bride walks down the aisle and all eyes are on her, it’s the groom’s face I want to see most – that beautiful, honest reaction to seeing his fiance in the moments before she becomes his wife is so raw and emotional.  It’s one of my favourite parts of a wedding – and […] Read more…

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    Dodgy Wedding Advice (what NOT to pass on!)

    I read a great article on Brides.com this week on the Worst Wedding Advice brides-to-be have been given.  I’m happy to report that I haven’t given out any of this advice, but I’d love to know what advice you’ve been given which you’ll never pass onto other engaged women! To summarise the article: Making the day […] Read more…

Newlywed Dating

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    Romantic in Rotorua: a Weekend’s Worth of What to Do and Where to Visit

    A weekend in Rotorua didn’t immediately spring to mind when organising a romantic getaway either, but the past few days in the thermal wonderland has shattered all expectations.  If you’re looking at whether to go, or what to do in Rotorua, look no further, because our experience couldn’t have been better. Lake Rotorua is visually stunning; […] Read more…

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    Planning the Perfect Picnic Date

    In the ten years or so we’ve been “dating“, you think at some time we’d have been on the simple Picnic date, and now that we have, it’s definitely going to be on the cards again. Planning the perfect picnic date is as such an easy, quick and romantic way to spend time together one-on-one: […] Read more…

Beauty

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    7 reasons to book a pre-wedding spa date with your bridesmaids

    Facing Auckland’s four seasons in one day is hard enough on my skin, but last week I added to the battle with a whirlwind trip to Buenos Aires (24 hours of dehydrating plane-time on top of acclimatisation and jetlag).  My skin was craving moisture, and I was craving relaxation – so a trip to East Day Spa this weekend was the perfect […] Read more…

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    Estee Lauder Genuine Glow

    My first ever video! I’ve been blogging about weddings, life and everything else worth celebrating at She Said Yes and on instagram for 18 months now, so it’s about time I turned my hand to video. This is a make-up and beauty tutorial/review of Estee Lauder’s brand new genuine glow collection. I loved trying the […] Read more…

Things I love

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    She’s just a cosmic girl…

    I have a weakness for anything celestial. Erica Elizabeth Design’s new Cosmic Beauty headband is the most beautiful alternative for a veil, and I’m wondering how I can justify it for myself… (Honeymoon attire..? It’s not very Hawaii is it?) It’s a double hairband of brilliant rhinestone studded stars that appear to be bursting in the air […] Read more…

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    SkyCity’s Rainbow Gala – 30 years’ anniversary

    Many things make me proud to be a New Zealander, and one thing in particular is how progressive we have been in ensuring equality.  While same-sex marriage only recently became legal in New Zealand on 19 August 2013, it’s actually been 30 years since the Homosexual Law Reform Act made waves in 1986. This weekend, SkyCity and Rainbow […] Read more…

Life & Lifestyle

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    East Meets West with Thai Fusion Tastes

    It’s been a few years since I visited Thailand with my best girlfriends, but my interest in the country and its cuisine was again piqued this week after an afternoon at young Thai sommelier Anong Klinyoo’s launch at Allure House. While New Zealanders have long loved Thai and Thai fusion cuisine, PB Valley Khao Yai is the first time I’ve […] Read more…

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    lazy sundays at home: brunch, books, beauty, #butfirstcoffee

    During the week, I barely pause to breathe.  I rush between home and work by bike, try to squeeze in a workout or catch up with a friend at lunch, go straight from work to blogging events or legal seminars and networking events, and then try to get home in time to spend time with Blair and/or walk […] Read more…

Style

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    Will you change your name after Marriage?

    While we didn’t follow every marriage tradition, the tradition to change your name after marriage was one that felt really right to me.  I took my new husband’s surname, Hutchison, after our wedding in February and was surprised by two things: How easy it is to change your name after marriage; and How much I […] Read more…

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    Working Style impresses with Champagne, Bluff Oysters and AW16

    It’s not every day we’re invited to black-tie events complete with Champagne, Al Brown’s oysters, and a Working Style fashion show starring some of New Zealand’s best rugby players (I wish it was!).  This particular invitation was exciting for a number of reasons: Champagne and oysters, obviously; Blair was actually in the country and could […] Read more…