A look at the week that was and a little insight into the #bloglife, sharing things I just can’t share anywhere else!
Highlights of the week
Oh my goodness, it feels so, freaking good to be home! I have missed my own bed more than words can even explain. Hope you don’t mind but I skipped writing a TWTW last week, I was feeling a bit run down with everything we got up to last week in New Zealand and trying to keep up with my work so I gave myself a break (to stop myself having a mental breakdown).
New Zealand was, of course, incredible! This was the first time we’ve visited with a huge focus on skiing and snowboarding. Things started off pretty slowly for me, with a beginners lesson at The Remarkables and a day spent on the learner’s slope being bested by little kids. The next day we went to Coronet Peak for the twilight ski session which was amazing, most people had left so it was much quieter and I got to watch the sunset over the mountains while working on my parallel turns on a pretty deserted learner’s slope.
A couple of days later we made our way to Wanaka, my all-time favourite place in New Zealand. We stayed at The Moorings, which I’m really looking forward to writing a review on this week because the owners are lovely (they dropped us to the pub so we could all drink haha) AND they have a dog that guests can take for walkies… pretty much a dream come true. I had another lesson with an amazing instructor, Lorna (an illustrator – check out her Instagram here), at Treble Cone.
Here’s the thing about Treble Cone, it’s comprised of only 10% beginner terrain – uh oh! It’s pretty freakin steep but it’s achievable for a beginner to get down there, under the watchful eye of an instructor #ThankGodForLorna. I have this weird thing where, when I decide I’m going to do something, I just do it. I make it happen, I get it done and I do it until it’s 100% done, then I do it again, for good measure. It’s weirdly controlling and I think it has to do with this deep-seated idea that I don’t want anything to have control over me, ever, especially something I can’t do or fear. So, I decided I was going to ski down Treble Cone, twice…. Matt was like, “Ho, you sure?” and I was all, “Yeah, gurl.” It took me 1 1/2 hours to get down each time. I fell over countless times. My legs were SCREAMING because I was doing a death wedge downhill the entire time (yes, you’re welcome to laugh, it’s hilarious, don’t feel bad about it)… BUT… I freakin did it!
When we arrived at Cardrona the next day and I saw the super-friendly beginners run, I was like, “Bitch, I’ve got this! I made it down Treble Cone. TWICE,” and the lovely media guy who was with us, Shawn, was all, “You went down TC, twice? As a beginner?” and I was all, “Yeah, hunny,” and he was all, “Oh my god – you’ll be fine here.” I really ripped the band-aid off. We had a few more days off then headed up to Mt Hutt, somehow getting very lucky because a snowstorm dumped about a metre of fresh pow (Yeah, I’m down with the lingo now, you gnarly dudes). With my newfound ski confidence, I was zipping up the lifts and shredding down slopes all by myself. I’m officially a skier! I wrote a whole guide about skiing and boarding NZ’s South Island if you wanna read.
This week I’m back home and so grateful for it! When you travel all the time you kinda leave little bits of yourself everywhere so it’s really important to be home sometimes, get back into a normal routine, sleep in your own bed, eat your own food and get whole again. I am loving every moment of it! I went shopping with my sister briefly yesterday and picked up a really lovely dress from Katies for $10 (marked down from $70!) they’re having a huge sale at the moment, FYI, so if you’re looking for some light, printed dresses for summer, I recommend. They actually had another dress I liked online but it wasn’t in-store, so I’ve ordered it online and they bring it to the store for pick-up so you don’t have to pay delivery – brilliant (this is not an ad or anything, BTW, this is my genuine, bargain-hunting approach to shopping haha just wanted to share the tip!).
I also got my hands on some new makeup and a new makeup technique! My sister recommended the NYX wonder stick, I gave it a go last night and loved it. It’s basically a creamy contour stick. It was really easy to use, super blendable, light and lovely. Would recommend. I watched a YouTube tutorial this week and tried out a great technique for dewy skin… I dotted my regular foundation on my face (I use Maybelline’s matte & poreless in shade 120) and a few drops of rosehip oil and blended it together. I set my T-zone with a little powder, swiped on some bronzer and mascara, fixed up my brows and that was it. My skin felt amazing! It was really moisturising, light and dewy – it felt like I had no makeup on, which is ideal. AmIRight?!
Pantene saw my blog post about how I keep my hair healthy while travelling and sent me a whole swag of products to try. They saw an opportunity and they took it – good for you, Pantene (and damn good for me!). I was a bit nervous because, in addition to shampoos, conditioners and treatments, they sent me this BB Creme and I was convinced I was going to hate it and would have to be honest with you guys and tell you I hated it and then Pantene would hate me forever. Turns out I was worrying about nothing cos I used it and loved it… my hair is so soft, silky and healthy! I used the Smooth & Sleek Shampoo + 3 minute miracle + Treatement + Ultimate 10 BB Créme Thanks, Pantene, you’re the best! I’m thinking of taking some beauty swag and making a funny review vid…. thoughts?
Last night Matt and I went into Brisbane and watched a football game – it was great! So good to do something normal and have a regular night together. Usually we’re holed up in a hotel room, re-watching footage from the day and discussing schedules, delivery timetables, contracts and other work stuff. It’s nice (and important) to have a night off and be normal and not work-crazed animals!
What I learned this week
I got confirmation that it’s always, ALWAYS a good idea to confront your fears head on, ASAP. The longer you drag it out and hide from them, the worst it is. I’ve been watching a friend of mine not deal with theirs for a long time now and it’s incredibly frustrating (but, it’s not my journey to control – they need to deal with their own shit in their own time). Honestly, if there’s something that terrifies you and has control over you and your life, you need to kick its ass. Just face up to it, be 100% completely and totally honest with yourself and anyone else that may be involved (if needed), do the hard yards and get over it. Own your shit. Take responsibility for it and stand up to it. The sooner you take control, the better – it’ll minimise the amount of time this fear has an impact on your life and, once you’ve dealt with it, you’ll wonder why the heck you didn’t just do it sooner. NEVER let fears run your life. YOU run your life.
News and updates
We had a few things on the cards but they’ve kinda fallen away due to scheduling conflicts and all that other kind of stuff. So we’ve got plenty booked for August but totally free from September on at this stage. I’ve said it before but that’s really pretty normal for us, we tend to find we only usually know what’s going to happen 4 to 5 weeks in advance at most. Keeps things damn exciting though! We also got to release the video we created for Southern Great Barrier Reef and Visit Queensland (see below) it’s pretty surreal to think we just used to be fans of those tourism groups and now we get to work with them. Watch the video and let me know what you think of it.
One thing, actually, I’m thinking about getting a proper vlogging camera and filming my weeks, making a weekly video to go with these TWTW posts… how do you feel about that? Would you enjoy watching that? Let me know!
Watch the brand new video up on our YouTube channel this week!
You can visit our channel, if you feel like it, by clicking here. No pressure, mate – do what ya feel!
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.