Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Namaste India

Okay - I have some time up my sleeve.  These last 10 weeks have been insanely crazy and I have to share my adventures and life lessons.  I feel like I have grown in these last 10 weeks than my last 24 years I have been alive.
About 7 months ago one of my best friends and I decided to plan a three week trip to India - to grow, to see a different part of the world, to open our eyes to a different way of life, to open our eyes to poverty and struggle far worse than our own, for amazing food, for spice and excitement and colour and yoga the list could go on.  I saw all of these things and more - however this was not like any other backpacking trip I have been on, and when people ask me - "omg how was your trip?", I can't help but say "oh, it was an experience I didn't love it and I didn't hate it... It was an eye opener".  People think this means I didn't enjoy the trip and ask why I even go if I didnt have the time of my life, and to tell you the truth I don't see anything horrible about this response and I don't see anything horrible about my experience.  Sometimes you need an eye opener to life's events, and to say the least I am if anything inspired.
In a nutshell here's how the trip went
-Arrive in Chennai airport, brave the public open carriage train, jump in a tuktuk, get lost a thousand times and finally we are on our way to Alleppey a small town that sits on the Kerala backwaters. (First day not successful)
-spend four days and three nights on a blissful houseboat with one guide and one cook.  Having positive vibes myself and Ebony start writing goals lists and future travel expeditions, it was calming and insightful and we also had some fun in the rice fields after a Kingfisher beer or 6.
-unable to travel to Goa with the original plan we flew to Mumbai in which we Flashpacked and stayed at the Mumbai Taj Mahal Palace, which is most probably the swankiest hotel I have ever set foot in - I mean we had a butler bring us drinks to our room.  It was certainly an opposite side to the usual Indian experience, but Mumbai itself was crazy and hectic and it was a nice oasis outside of the chaos.
-after sight seeing in Mumbai we flew back to Goa to relaxed on a beach with some fellow Aussies we had met that day, this is now a vacay.  Who would think 5 Australians (plus four English guys) would find a beach, with beer and epic food in the sun. Ridiculous - again... Did we again shy away from the real Indian experience. Probably... But we had our reasons.
-after having a relaxing couple of days staying in a literal beach shanty on the beach that cost a whole $7 each (it was bare minimum where I found a piece of artwork I had bought for a friend had been chewed up by rats) we headed to Dehli to finally get amongst the culture and see the taj, temples and elephants!! Woo I had been looking forward to this.
-Dehli - temples, good food and a cooking lesson
-Jaipur - epic - elephants literally in traffic as a form of transport (swoon), red fort - intricate, organised and amazing.
-Agra - TAJ and fort - simply the most epic thing I have ever set eyes on. The end.

In truth we most definetly liked the north rather than the south, but we were quite exhausted by the end of our 18 days and we quite happy to head to Kuala Lumpur for some sight seeing, amazing food and shopping. Looking back on my time in India I really had a good time, no matter how stressful and hectic it may have been.  We found the tourism wasn't very up to date and helpful but hey, that's real backpacking for you right? It makes you stronger and (theoretically) puts hairs on your chest. I encourage anyone to go there, but have a broad mind people and take things lightly and get amongst the culture as much as you can!!!

Take a squizz at some photos. By the way- I was living out of a 30L backpack... My clothing options were limited hehe so I had to do the best I could with what I had! :p


Thursday, January 16, 2014

New year... New beginnings

What a year 2013 was!! Not that it was a total negative experience but it has definitely taught a few life lessons  and to only make me stronger as a person.
Just having had a birthday - 24 years young! I am one year wiser and this is what I have learnt:

1. Not everything is always going to go your way but making the best out of every situation is the key to happiness.
2. The people who truly want to be in your life will bust through any walls and any previous problems you may be having no matter what, if not and your at your last tether of trying they are not worth your time.
3. Don't wish to grow up too soon - there is a whole life ahead and with recent events on the news and what I see others going through (have you seen the news lately?? It really makes you take a step back and reassess your attitude on life!!) there is no rush.

So my goals for this year is:
1. Focus on myself for once and find what makes me truly happy....
2. Stay fit and healthy - continuing my Isa journey I am feeling a million bucks and my motivation is through the roof!!
3. New car
4. Travel to India in April - this is booked!!! Wooooo
5. Start saving for my own apartment - weeeeeeee - I understand this May be contradicting myself with the whole growing up too quick.... But I'm back living with my parents hahah I think I am ready for my own small place!

What are your dreams and aspirations for 2014??
Here are some quick snaps we took today of my outfit of the day!

Top: op shop find / shorts: Princess Polly / shoes: Tony Morrissey


Thursday, December 5, 2013


I have been M.I.A lately - but not by choice I promise!
My job is crazy when I'm up north, but WOOOAAH when I am back for the week at a time there is no stopping!! My job needs me to be at my fittest and my healthiest, not only my body but mentally fit and healthy especially when working FIFO away from Friends and Family (and life).

My best friend from Adelaide has been harping on about a product called Isagenix - how amazing she is feeling and how her pole vaulting results have been soaring.  I had been feeling a little run down and sore from all the training I had been doing up north with taking daily group fitness classes and P.T sessions as well as my own personal training.  I was finding it hard to be constantly upbeat and ready to help anyone out with their fitness and wellbeing queries and worries. 

So I am day 3 on my Isagenix 30 day Presidents Pack and I couldn't be feeling better.  The pack comes with cleanse products (which I will be doing once a week - Monday will be my first so stay tuned!) and normal shake days which comes with snacks and vital nutrients. 
I thought I would have a play yesterday, and make a

Healthy Isagenix Brownie:


1 cup of liquid egg whites

3/4 cup of Isalean Creamy Dutch Chocolate

1/4 cup of cocoa

1/4 cup Melted sugar free chocolate

3 tbsp coconut flour

5 tbsp cottage cheese

1/2 tsp of baking soda

3 tbsp of natural organic peanut butter
1. Set oven to around 170 degrees
2. Melt chocolate with natural peanut butter over a low heat on the stove
3. Using an immersion blender, blend all the ingredients together. Bear in mind that what you want to end up with is a thick pancake-like batter. If your batter is too runny, add a tbsp more of coconut flour until it thickens. If it’s too thick, add an extra egg white or two.
4. Once your mixture is smooth and thick, yet pourable bake it in a small brownie pan for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.






Thursday, October 3, 2013

A month away a girl will play

Sooooo I have been away for one whole month for work!  And the site I was at didn't have any WIFI (the nerve?).  I guess sometimes you take things for granted, and internet is definitely one of those things. 
While I was away I got a lovely little surprise from Spin Dizzy Fall that I had won from her birthday competition - a bracelet surprise from Surreal jewellery.  I chose a silver charm bangle that has a 'T' for Tahnee on it, and it is definitely going to be a staple piece for the coming months in Summer!! :)
Check out the beautiful accessories at Surreal Jewellery Here.

So my family all went and had a lovely holiday in America while I was stuck working in the sticks!  BUT they did bring me back some pressies, so I forgave them and now I'm focusing on catching up with everyone before I head back on Monday.  Oh the FIFO life!

Watch this space.  Behind the scenes photo's from my latest shoot for a friend will be up soon!

How has your month been??


Thursday, September 5, 2013


Ola! Como estas amigos?

It's birthday time for my two housemate's (a day apart) so we went and had a little Mexican fiesta at 'That Little Mexican Place' in North Perth.  Being a bit of a Mexican enthusiast I'm quite fussy with my Mexican food.  This place is the bomb.  We ended up having Guacamole, Crab empanada's, a saucy duck dish and pork and fish taco's all for $25 each, plus it was BYO annnddd I brought sombrero's for an extra Mexican kick.  The place is small and intimate, and the staff are more then accommodating.  The only woe I have with the place is the price - the meals are on the small scale, and unless you are sharing meals it almost wouldn't be enough to fill up the tank. 

To keep in the Mexican spirit I wore:
Mika and Gala print skater dress / Target Sheepskin leather jacket / Miss Shop strap boot / Ltd Edition Tension gold watch / King Kong Mexican hat

This post is quite special.  I think I have turned Mum to the blogging side so she did a few photo's for me too.  She's one pretty cool lady. Must be where I get it from... right?