Festivity and celebrations

Happy Advent! Download your free printable Chic Balance Christmas Planner

By On December 3, 2016

December has come around so quickly again! I have created a new Christmas Planner for 2016 including a December calendar, card and present list page, advent/festive activity page, Christmas budget page and… Read More


Lookbook: Barre-to-Bar; Off Duty Ballerina

By On November 24, 2016

A loose and comfy combo to throw on after a workout; slouchy boyfriend pants (Zara), and sweater (Esprit).  Sweep your hair up into a casual messy bun but add some heels and… Read More


Setting the Barre at Achievable -How get around to exercising

By On November 18, 2016

When time is tight it can incredibly busy to fit in regular exercise.  I love pilates and barre classes but with a little baby at home, going out for over an hour… Read More


How to Stay Balanced When You Have A Million Things to Do!

By On October 30, 2016

Sometimes it seems like life just gets busier and busier.  Are you constantly rushing around day long? Have even hobbies started to feel like a drain on your time? Or are you… Read More

a quick and easy dessert for weeknights

Sultana Bran Autumn Apple Crumble -a quick, delicious, and wholesome dessert for a busy autumn week-night

By On October 21, 2016

I love throwing an elaborate dinner party or doing a batch of baking in the weekend when time allows, but  so often, life gets busy and food preparation needs to be quick… Read More

Organsation and Planning

Tips For Relocating to Another Country

By On October 17, 2016

Its been awhile since my last post, because I have been busy moving all the way across the world from Auckland, New Zealand, to London!  For a number of reasons it was… Read More


A Klutz’s Guide to Wearing White

By On August 19, 2016

klutz (google definition) noun North American informal noun: klutz; plural noun: klutzes a clumsy, awkward, or foolish person.   White is crisp and classic, can be dreamy or sophisticated and looks and… Read More


Look-book: On a Roll

By On August 14, 2016

Today’s weekend look: Cashmere blend knit top and necklace from Decjuba, boots from Overland, Jeans from Esprit.… Read More


Boyfriend Pants…If Steve Urkel Was Your Guy

By On August 8, 2016

So when boyfriend pants became popular a few years ago, I thought they looked great.  Casual, comfortable, had that oh-so-cool “just-thrown-on” look.   I eagerly bought two pairs online. One grey and one… Read More

Helping Others

Think-Outwards-Thursday #1: Starting small and local…

By On August 3, 2016

It was last  Thursday (I have been a bit slow putting up this post) that was one month since my mother passed away from cancer. She was the most welcoming, giving person… Read More


5. Turning Dreams into Reality –the Game Plan…

By On July 30, 2016

This is the fifth and for now the final installment in the Make-Your-Dreams-Come-True series of posts.  Once you are clear on your goals, it’s time to make things happen!  Planning, organisation and… Read More


Look-book: Working Weekend

By On July 22, 2016

This is my going-in-to-work-to-get-some-paperwork done outfit; nice and warm for the trip there because it’s winter here in New Zealand (loving my new Esprit jacket), jeans (for that casual weekend feel),  boots… Read More

Sparkle, Magic and Wonderment

Captivating Casares (and nearby localities)…

By On July 11, 2016

When we planned our trip to Andalusia, in the south of Spain, we became intrigued by the idea of Casares, a fortified Arabian settlement of beautiful white-washed dwellings strategically nestled in the… Read More

Helping Others

Three Fun and Fab Ways To Support Your Favourite Causes

By On March 1, 2016

It can be overwhelming reading or watching news stories sometimes.  The scale of some of the problems can make us want to turn away and forget, thinking nothing we can do could… Read More

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4. Live The Dreams –that’s right, plural…

By On February 21, 2016

Some people might be brilliant at and passionate about one thing only, others of us need to pursue several different interests to feel balanced and complete. “Can I pursue more than one… Read More

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3. How Decide to Which Dreams to Pursue…

By On January 17, 2016

Of course no one else can tell you what you should be doing with your life.  Only you can decide that.  Also, no one single approach is going to suit everyone. Some people don’t… Read More


Style for the Lazy Shopper

By On January 7, 2016

I love having outfits to wear that make me feel stylish and put together as much as the next girl.  But I don’t have a lot of time to go shopping, and… Read More

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2. Why you should R-E-A-C-H for your dreams

By On January 7, 2016

Why should you reach for your dreams? So that you can be fulfilled and happy right? And because you almost certainly can make at least some of your dreams come true. The… Read More

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Sparkle, Magic and Wonderment

How to Use Memories as Inspiration to Inject Magic, Wonderment and Sparkle into Everyday Life

By On January 4, 2016

Remember how you felt on Christmas morning as a child, that frisson of excitement, of magic hanging in the air after weeks of anticipation? Or what about the sparks that flew when… Read More

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French Inspired

My Trip to Carcassonne in Southern France -it was magical!

By On January 4, 2016

I have been lucky enough to have had many magical moments on overseas holidays.  However some stand out in my memories more than others.  Carcassonne is a charming hilltop town in the Languedoc-Rousillon… Read More

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Festivity and celebrations

1. How to Make New Year (or Any-Time-Of-Year) Dreams and Resolutions that Really Happen

By On January 3, 2016

I like to categorise my dreams and resolutions/goals into different aspects of life such as those listed here. You will probably want to modify this list based on what you want to… Read More
Festivity and celebrations

New Year Reflections

By On January 3, 2016

I love New Year! It’s a great time to look forward to the next year as a fresh new start, a chance to take stock of last years accomplishments, tie up loose… Read More