Mexico | Christchurch

I was so excited when I learnt that Mexico (the uber cool and delicious restaurant chain) was finally going to have their first restaurant in the South Island in Christchurch!

We have been a number of times to the Britomart restaurant when visiting Auckland and have never been disappointed – delicious food in a funky environment that is very well priced, washed down with tasty margaritas.

Eli and I were lucky enough to attend the opening of Mexico Christchurch last night and were suitably impressed with the decor. They have turned a low lying building into a riot of colour and Mexican paraphernalia as you would expect if you have been to any of the other restaurants. It’s a huge restaurant compared with the Britomart one which is great as the only downside to these restaurants is that you can’t book.

We enjoyed a number of margaritas (I was very surprised by my lack of a headache this morning!) along with the amazing food – Mexican fried chicken, pork crackling with guacamole (this may be the best combo ever!!), pulled pork tacos to name but a few of the dishes that were being generously handed around. Word on the street is a new menu rolls out to all the restaurants over the next couple of months so we are looking forward to getting amongst that!

I highly recommend Christchurch punters head on down to Mexico – you won’t be disappointed… Andale andale arriba arriba!!!

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All the staff had amazing Mexican themed face paint!

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I love how that in Christchurch you look out the doors and see an empty lot with porta-loos and a number of road cones!

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Pretty impressive walls in the ladies loos!

Four things…

I’m excited about this week are: 1. The Ferm Living wallpaper we ordered for a section of Axel’s room is due to arrive this week from PaperRoom. Can’t wait to get it up and show you guys. Here is a pic of it via Ferm Living to give you an idea…

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2. I love Pamela Drukerman’s French Children Don’t Throw Food and my copy of French Parents Don’t Give In arrived on Friday – my highlighter is itching to be swiped across the simple pearls of parenting wisdom.

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3. On Friday it is Waitangi Day (a public holiday each year in NZ that celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document) and we are heading to Christchurch’s first ever EDM festival Electric Avenue. Can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on (although they could be my Wellington Boots if the weather forecast is correct!) with a fab group of friends.

EA-Header-Sub-Page-2560 4. The school year starting up again this week means Axel’s swimming lessons start again. Our boy is a fish!!! We took him to a local school pool yesterday where another mum came up to me and asked me all about how we got Axel to become so confident in the water! He literally throws himself into the water at me at the conclusion of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty! Love that kid x

All wrapped up in luxury

That I most certainly was when I finally booked an appointment at Beauty at the Tannery to use the very generous voucher my brother and sister in-law gave me for my birthday.

As soon as you walk in you immediately feel like an A-Lister; the modern, fresh interior oozes style and sophistication and the staff are genuinely kind and very professional. After being checked in I was led through to the lounge area before being shown to the changing area where I was given a locker and changed into a lush white robe and spa slippers. There is a shower for clients to use before or after a treatment which is a great idea, especially if you have somewhere to be after a massage that leaves you a little oily.

While waiting for my treatment (after filling in the obligatory new client paperwork) I enjoyed a glass of water infused with mint, orange and raspberries while catching up on the latest and best fashion and lifestyle mags in the lounge area – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were actually in someones plush living room. After a short wait – I could have quite happily sat there for longer! – I was introduced to the lovely Sarah who would be completing my treatment. I was lucky enough to be enjoying Beauty at the Tannery’s signature treatment, Grace Yourself. This was 90 minutes of pure bliss! A full body massage with exfoliation as well as a facial where I was wrapped up a little like a mummy.

Once my treatment was complete I enjoyed a delicious herbal tea (you can choose from a variety of flavours) and special fortune telling chocolate! My skin felt AMAZING and I was incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated. So much so that I am now cheating on my regular beautician and going to Beauty at the Tannery for facials every two months!!

I have been lucky enough to experience some beautiful spas in the UK and Beauty at the Tannery is right up there with the best of them. It is by far the most impressive in Christchurch and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Images borrowed from Beauty at the Tannery website.

Renovation Masterpiece

This Herne Bay home featured in Urbis Magazine demonstrates how to bring the love back to an older home that others may have torched!

The owners saw the potential in the bones of the 1970’s home and employed architects Tim Dorrington and Sam Atcheson of Dorrington Atcheson Architects to complete the renovation. They have managed to highlight the original features while seamlessly integrating the modern addition and allowing indoor / outdoor living to work harmoniously.

A pretty impressive transformation if you ask me.

Follow this link to check out the whole feature.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

Photos by Emma-Jane Hetherington

Road Trip

We hit the road on Saturday and headed to the rugged West Coast to attend my sisters engagement party. Here is a photo journal of our journey from one side of the beautiful South Island to the other. We traveled through the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass and made a quick stop at Punakaiki to view the stunning pancake rocks and blow holes.

 

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Request Line: Up-Cycling for Vic x

Up-cycling seems to be everywhere I turn at the moment, whether it be on the pages of a home decor magazine or in the flesh in a new cafe or restaurant.

Taking a pre-loved piece of furniture and giving it a brand new lease on life is such a wonderful way of adding a little bit of character and history to a space. It’s no surprise that there are many stores and businesses regularly  popping up to help fill people’s desire to get a little up-cycling going on in their home.

There is a wide range of options in terms of the era / style of furniture and antiques, as well as the price tag attached! In some cases the hard work has already been done for you, but there are still many stores where you may find the perfect piece of furniture to have a go yourself with.

I have rounded up a number of stores from Christchurch and the wider Canterbury area that may or may not have the type of thing you are looking for Vic, but having visited many of these stores myself, I know that there is always something quirky or gorgeous that could easily find a place in our home!

Ferry Road:

Ferry Road seems to be the go-to location for antique / second-hand stores in Christchurch making it easy to peruse a number of stores in one trip.

– Vintage Warehouse

– Chaos & Collections

Vintage Wonderland Boutique

Ferry Antique Centre

Foragers

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Glitz and Glamour:

These options are more the kind of place where you may find what you’re looking for already up-cycled. Along with antique furniture, industrial pieces, English China, chandeliers and modern pieces thrown in to the mix as well. Unfortunately the price tag is often a little on the up rather than recycled side!

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The Painted Room

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Rekindle

I particularly love The Painted Room, Rekindle and Reincarnation and highly recommend anyone in Christchurch check them out (Rekindle is in Auckland now too).

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Hit the Road:

These stores are a little further afield but deserve the scenic drive (and could be worked in with a delicious lunch along the way somewhere!)

Last Chintz & Co.  in Tai Tapu

–  The Barn on Giles in Kaiapoi

The White Cat Emporium in Cheviot

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All images via respective stores websites

Further Links To Love:

I also came across these on my internet travels that look fantastic…

– kiki

– Hibiscus NZ

Recycled Interiors

Industrial Design NZ

Draw’n In

and one of my favourite Blogs is Little Green Notebook where interior designer and DIY whizz Jenny Komenda lets us see her amazing transformations! Check out the DIY section here.

Henry & Co.

No weekend wardrobe today as Eli (who acts as photographer) was in Wellington on a boys trip to watch the football which meant Axel and I slopped around in our pyjamas – no, not really but I did keep it very casual and wore my Uggs which isn’t overly stylish (but was very cosy)!

Instead a focus on the brilliant Henry & Co….

Vanessa Quin’s past life involved traveling the world racing the mountain bike world cup circuit, but after she hung up the bike in 2008 to start a family she got the creative itch and Henry & Co. was born.

From her home studio in Tauranga, New Zealand, Vanessa hand prints a range of bed linen, cushions, tea towels and art prints using non-toxic water based inks.

I am loving her most recent bed linen range for small people – the cloud duvet cover is yet another item that I am NOT going to buy in advance for when Axel is bigger (it’s taking a lot of will power to resist it though!) and the fox cushion cover is also pretty darn cute.

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