Thursday, 29 June 2017

Travelling with me: Tauranga NZ, Melbourne & Sydney AUS, Wellington NZ, Paradox Street Art festival

1. View from our back yard - Motuopae Island, tapu (sacred) Maori burial site.
We've lived here about 4 years and the view is always spectacular, even now in winter.

2. Melbourne CBD at dusk from the Spencer st Bridge across the Yarra River.
Dusk is my favourite time of night to take photographs, so moody.

3. View of Fireworks in the Melbourne CBD from our apartment in the Docklands.
Randomly one night there were some fireworks sprouting out of this high rise in the city.

4. The Sydney Harbour Bridge from Hickson Rd.
I like the pictures that show you a more industrious side to a city. Everyone takes a picture of the harbour bridge, but make it look more interesting/new in some way.

5. View across the estuary from Maxwells road.
I loved the light and colour in this shot - with the little brown dinghy framed by a Pohutukawa Tree.

6. Tauranga: Street art by Jacob Yikes. How to make a boring parking building a destination.
I LOVE this guys work - check him out.

7. Wellington waterfront boat sheds.
There are a million pictures of these sheds but I just loved the old church up there on the hill and the reflection of the cloud on the water. Wellington may be my all time FAVOURITE city.

While travelling I try to balance taking some good shots with really absorbing where I am. There could be nothing worse than taking 1,000 photos while not really immersing yourself in the experience of travel.

I'm going to write a post about the recent street art festival we just held here in Tauranga NZ (pictured above) So many great artists transformed uninspiring walls in our city into magnificent pieces of thought provoking art works we can be proud of for decades to come.

Happy travelling everyone.

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shoesday Tuesday - some things I've learned through my shoe fiendery - quality vs quantity/comfort vs pain.

If they're not right - send them right back.
I purchased 2 pairs of platform heels online and they were WAAAY too high!
These red beaded heels were beyond lovely - but once again the platform made me a giant
and the under sole was so slippery you WOULD fall over - even on carpet!

These wedges however, from Roc boots Australia were an online purchase I really agonized over that really paid off. They have the platform for comfort but they're not ridiculously high.

These Kathryn Wilson's - I purchased in store. I'm a total sucker for zebra!
They're SUPER comfortable and I get so many compliments on them.
We even spotted them in the Auckland Museum (right pic)

I like wedges with a bit of a platform - They're comfortable and the arch isnt too high, so you can wear them all day without getting sore balls... of your feet that is.
These above are from Kinki Gerlinki
I saw them in the shop and walked away, only to return later that day to snap them up!
I walked around Melbourne all day and not even one issue - super comfortable - and rose gold 😊

My parrot is also from Kinki Gerlinki - Nailed this pose

Cheap ballet flats will hurt you and fall apart - Very quickly! They may look cute - but the more you can invest in higher quality the more you feet will thank you.
My pop-art ballet flats in the first image don't carry any branding - I bought them from an online sale store, but they're amazingly comfy, I've had to glue them back together!

 I'm not a stiletto person, I just don't feel stable in them. I probably have 3 pairs now. Stilettos are super sexy and so nice on some, but they're just not me.

♥ But the ultimate thing I've learned as a seasoned shoe fiend...  your most 'boring' shoes will most likely end up your most worn. Fun shoes are all good... but you still need the comfy basics.

Aahhh, so much shoe heaven in one collage.

What do you guys think?
Do you suffer in your Louboutins or revel in your Birkenstock's?

Happy Shoesday Everyone!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.