Dear New Zealand, I owe you an apology

Dearest New Zealand,

I’m sorry for all the times I called you boring.  You are a magnificent bastard of a country.

Thanks for the chocky fish.

Love Stacey x

I grew up in New Zealand from the age of 10 – 21.  I will call these my least appreciative and some what ungrateful years.   Perhaps I was too busy thinking about school, boys and what my career will be, to appreciate the beauty of my surroundings.

People would say ‘Oh New Zealand, its beautiful, so many sheep and the landscape is spectacular.

I would tell them, ‘it’s boring, there are no cool animals like pandas and the isn’t everyones greenery, well green?’

After 31 years on this planet,  Ive had an epiphany that no, not everyones greenery is green.

I travelled back to NZ last week for a family wedding, and took some time to explore the country I had taken for granted a decade ago.

For the first time, I truely saw the natural beauty.  The country side previously slated as boring, is so lush it was mesmerising.

The rolling hills looked like scenes from a movie, I had half expected King Kong or a hobbit to stroll past.

The beaches and mountains in New Zealand are world class, perhaps it took a few years and some travel abroad to realise that.

The stand out from my brief trip was Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.   A short hike, a climb over a keep out danger sign and navigating some missing stairs had us arrive at a beach so stunning, I thought would only exist in a far off exotic island.

I now look back at my old home of New Zealand with a heart full of appreciation and a tummy full of chocolate fish.




Postcards from Summer – Take me back

A few weeks ago I was eating a hot dog and drinking beer at the Roar Football game.

Now Friday nights watching football at Suncorp Stadium is a far cry from my natural habitat.

I don’t follow or play sports…. but I do quite fancy a guy who likes sports so much, he flew from Australia to England return for a weekend to watch a football game.  That’s over 47hrs flight time for a 90 min football game.  Crazy right? – But I like crazy.

*Go sports team* Note: Beer and Hotdog are just out of frame. Crazy sports guy Mark & Stace

So here I was at the football when I received an invitation to spend the following Friday on a super Yacht with the gorgeous creatives of Naudic at the ‘Postcards from Summer’ event.

Swapping my beer for champagne?

Swapping my hotdog for Hors d’oeuvres?

As you can imagine my reply was ‘Holy Crap Yes’ 

‘I’d be delighted to attend’.

I had met Emma the owner /creative boss babe of Naudic a few weeks earlier when I modelled her beautiful clothing collection in a charity catwalk event.  Emma is a smart, savvy, fashionable and fun business woman.  Naudic clothes are beautiful, bold and bohemian.

Onboard the incredible Crystal Blue luxury yacht we had the chance to meet and mingle with like-minded women.  

Whilst sipping champagne we viewed some stunning Naudic clothing that was styled to suit three travel destinations in collaboration with Chic Travellers.

Feet on Fleek

‘We’re gonna need a bigger boat’ – actually no no this one is just fine!

Jorja, Stace & Marie (@thebrisbanegirl)

Bohemian girl band Album cover… or just some Naudic loving babes crusin’.  Photo cred: @thebrisbanegirl
Whenever I look at the photos from this crazy fun fashion day, all I think is ‘take me back‘.  Thanks for having me Emma.

This post isn’t sponsored, all views expressed are my own.  I was a guest of Naudic at the post cards from Summer event.