Postcards From Perth

Here is a photo journal of some of the highlights of our amazing week in Perth. We had such an incredible time with our beautiful friends Leila and Scott who showed us some of the best that West Australia has to offer.




Cottesloe Beach


Hillarys Boat Harbour










Rottnest Island



Little Creatures Brewery Fremantle





Voyager Estate – Margaret River




Leeuwin Estate – Margaret River



Kangaroos on the side of the road in Australind


Back to Back


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Flights that is. Tomorrow. Christchurch to Melbourne to Perth! Super excited to see our gorgeous London friends Leila and Scott who returned to their home city, Perth, around the same time that we returned to Christchurch. They joys of London living means so many of the fabulous friends you make don’t actually live a tube ride away forever!

I’m looking forward to girly catch ups, warm weather, blue skies, sparkling water, white sand, wine country, family time, shopping… the list goes on.

I’m going to take the week and a bit off the blog but will have HEAPS of amazing material and photos to share when we get back. I have finally set up a Mrs Adorable Instagram account (mrsadorableblog) where I’ll be posting photos of our trip along the way.

Axel has learnt a new noise recently, a high pitched squeal that he enjoys practising regularly, he especially likes to rev it up when we are out in public – restaurants and shops in particular. I can’t wait for the 9 hours of travel that we have to look forward to with that to try to minimise. Happy days!!!

Have a fabulous weekend and week ahead. If you aren’t signed up for email notifications please do, or check back in from Wednesday the 22nd of October when I’m back!

Up Up and Away


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Tomorrow morning the Doornenbal household will rise well before dawn, throw copious amounts of luggage into the boot of the Jeep and head to the airport with a 5 month old baby. We will be the ‘that’ family. Memories of muttering under my breath ‘I hope we are not on the same flight as that baby’ are ringing in my ears and I shudder to think about the potential karmic horrors that may await us.

However, Axel is so laid back I have high hopes for a stress-free flight! Friends have completed tear-free flights to Europe and America recently with their little ones so I’m sure we too can achieve this on a meagre 4 hour fight to Australia; BUT if he screams the house down on take off and landing it’s good for his ears right? And we (hopefully) will never see the people seated around us ever again!

I endeavour to still post regularly while relaxing at my in-laws winter getaway in Noosa. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time with keen babysitters at the ready! Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Xx

PS: I apologise in advance to anyone traveling to Brisbane from Christchurch early tomorrow morning, especially if things end up getting a little loud…. but surely everyone will forgive this face?!

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Photo Jane Read taken when Axel was about 12 Weeks

Champagne on Ice

We are heading to Noosa this weekend to visit Eli’s parents so I am mentally compiling my Duty Free shopping list. My beautiful cousin Jen who manages JR Duty Free in Auckland, gave me the heads up on Moet & Chandon’s “Ice Imperial” Champagne, the world’s first champagne to be enjoyed over ice. Drinking champagne in the sun is definitely one of my favourite things to do and over ice sounds extra special. Loving the gorgeous bottle it comes in too.

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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.




















Fly Me Away on Friday…

to the luxury Matakauri Lodge set in the stunning scenery of Queenstown, here in the South Island of New Zealand. This small luxury 5 star lodge has been nominated numerous times on hotel hotlists and from the images I am sure you can see why. Subtle, yet stylish decor of the rooms and hotel facilities allows the scenery to take pride of place.

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New York City has to be one of my favourite cities around the world. A friend of mine is off to the concrete jungle these holidays and has asked for a few of my top tips… here we go Erin!

1. I highly recommend taking the hop on hop off bus tour. It’s a great way to familiarise yourself with the different areas, major sights and learn a few interesting facts along the way. You’ll be able to hit all the major tourist destinations by using the bus and I really enjoyed the New Yorker attitude and sense of humour from the guides!

It’s definitely worthwhile heading up to Harlem and across to Brooklyn on the bus, as well as taking in the sights at night. It was summer when we were there so we sat up top, however you’ll need to rug up warm Erin!


2. We decided to go up the Rockerfeller Centre to the Top of The Rock observation deck as that gave us a great view of the Empire State Building for photos. We went for the sun and stars ticket option so we were able to go twice in one day and head back at sunset to watch the lights across the city come on. It was amazing!

3. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge so you can take a number of iconic photos and get a great view of the city.

4. Visit the Meatpacking District which is full of amazing restaurants and high end designer clothing stores, as well as the super cool High Line, a 30ft high abandoned stretch of elevated railway tracks that have been transformed in parkland.

5. Obviously a visit to New York wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Times Square. Standing amongst the crowds, looking up at the dazzling advertising billboards, as yellow cubs buzz around the square is a quintessential New York moment. While there take a trip to  M & M’s world for some tasty treats!


6. Make sure you go to Century 21 the best ever discount department store. Here I had a Cinderella moment when I discovered a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels for $150 actually fit! Major endorphin rush!!!


7. Go for brunch! We had the most amazing brunch in the West Village before walking to the High Line. It was delicious, service was amazing and worth every penny of the tip! Have a read over this Time Out article for brunch recommendations.

8. Walk everywhere. We stumbled across so many amazing things walking the streets; New York is a city of districts each with their own style, culture, and tale to tell.

Any New York tips for Erin please comment!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and have the most amazing holiday Erin x