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TAKE THE PLEDGE!

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NINA?! VEGETARIAN?! I thought I’d never hear those words together in a sentence. But, as my followers on instagram may know, I recently finished the 30 day vegetarian challenge (wooot!) and at the same time, I started the vegan version. I must say that I am immensely proud of myself for doing this, because I never thought that I could go a day without meat. I mean, I used to say chicken nuggets was my life (lol), Prior to this, the thought of giving up fish, steak and fried chicken seemed like a nightmare to me.  And because I think this is something major, I decided to create a special blog post to share some of the things I learned during and after being a vegetarian for a month, and also some tips on how you can survive the challenge. Since this is for a good cause, I hope I can inspire you to take the pledge and save some lives. :) 

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Posted on April 05, 2014 by Nina ♥
LEGENDARY

AHHHHHH!!!! How do I even begin to explain the feels that Im feeling right now?! The final episode of How I met your mother is set to air tomorrow. That’s right- after 9 years, the story of how ted met the mother will finally be revealed, and frankly, I am freaking out. I started watching HIMYM when it was on its 3rd season (I think) and since then, I’ve always loved the show. I cannot believe that its coming to an end. Im excited, yes, but Im certainly going to experience extreme withdrawals

With all things said, I figured that it would be necessary to make a blog post dedicated to HIMYM. I spent the last few weeks going into dollar stores looking for a yellow umbrella, but unfortunately, I didn’t find any. I then raided my closet- and was able to come up with an outfit which in my opinion, is very how i met- ish. I messaged my very good friend Lena, and being the amazing person that she is, she agreed to take some photos of me :) (Lena, i know you’re reading this. you’re amazing! ) 

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The two main inspirations for this look are sparkles and mosby. Reason for this is the fact that Ive been a tedxrobin shipper since day 1!!!! ( but I’m happy for swarkles haha) Im sure we all have our own theories regarding the identity of the mother, and I just have to say that I was a bit disappointed when the real mother was revealed. My personal theory goes like this : all this time ted has been referring to a different aunt robin - so robin is really the mother. I knew it wasn’t stella (because neither of the kids have blonde hair) and bla bla bla…. Bottomline: I thought that ted was just prolonging the story, but in the end, the first clip of the series (when ted met robin) would be replayed and everyone would be like “….” but the ship has sunk, barney and robin are now married. CAN WE JUST FAST FORWARD TO TOMORROW ALREADY?!?! 

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I chose to wear a plain black dress because I wanted the (in)famous red boots to stand out.  My aunt got this pair of Doc Martens for me from the Philippines- and the story of how I ended up with this is actually quite interesting hahaha! Originally, I wanted a maroon pair (as seen on Miley cyrus’ wrecking ball video) I didn’t know that there are different shades of red available- so I was just like "I would love the red one please" So when she sent me a photo on Facebook I was like “oh no no no I don’t want the very loud red ones!!!!” Lesson learned: ALWAYS BE SPECIFIC. But hey, I don’t see any reason NOT to love these red boots. Its got a life of its own. hahaha!

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Not only does this denim jacket remind me of Robin’s teenage popstar years, its also a very handy & timeless statement piece. As I’ve mentioned before, denim is an undying trend, so everyone must have a reliable denim jacket in the closet. Wear it with a dress, shorts or pants for an easy peasy classic look. everybody come and play! throw every last care away! LETS GO TO THE MALL TODAY!!!! This song has been stuck in my head for days now. 

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"PULLING.THEM.OFF!!!!!"  Ted mosby inspires me lol 

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Probably the main thing I learned from How I met your mother is that everything happens for a reason. I know this is really really cliche, but its true. The story of ted’s life can be an emblem for life in general - so much things happened, so much heartbreaks, decisions,failures & friendships built and broken along the way- but every single thing and all the people we encounter are all part of the journey. The journey that will eventually lead us to when, where and who were supposed to be. 

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"The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do; they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan kids, and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be, exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place at the right time"

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After 8 years of waiting, tomorrow, we will finally know the story of how Ted met the mother. It feels weird knowing that there won’t be another new episode after tomorrow’s, but I know this show and the characters will always stay with me. So instead of being sad, i’ll take barney’s advice to be awesome instead :) 

I guess now we don’t have to wait anymore. Lily, marshall, robin, barney & ted, thank you for the 9 years of awesomeness. The journey truly was, and will always be legendary

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Nina ♥
HONEYTRAP CAFE

Had a little coffee date with my awesome friend Lena yesterday, and we decided to try out Honeytrap, one of the cafes in St. Kevin’s arcade, Karangahape road. As I mentioned on my previous post, I’ve decided to start my search for a new favorite cafe in Auckland and share some photos of every visit here on my blog. So, here’s one of many!

Both lena and I live in the city and we pass by St. Kevin’s arcade everyday on the way to school. From the looks of it, I never would’ve guessed that St. Kevin’s arcade had so many nice cafes inside! and not just ordinary cafes, I’m talking about real vintage, rustic, hipster cafes. (lol) We originally planned on going to another cafe to sit at the table by the massive window with a view of the sky tower and all, but due to the extreme heat, we opted for a cafe indoors. Hello, honeytrap! 

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Honeytrap is a really cool hole in the wall cafe. It looks cramped and crowded outside, but its actually quite spacious. The heat was so extreme yesterday that we didn’t bother ordering coffee. I was genuinely afraid that I was going to collapse if I took any hot beverage haha! Lena got a red velvet cake slice & gingerella. 

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I think the thing I like most about this cafe is the unique interior. (It even has a mini second floor!) Its like your usual sunday brunch cafe but with a vintage twist. Everything, from the furnitures to the frames on the wall makes me feel like I’m living in the 80’s. This is definitely the type of cafe that hipsters would go to hang out haha! 

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View from the second floor. The thing is, even though the floor space is small, they managed to arrange everything efficiently so you don’t feel contained and crowded. 

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In conclusion, I think honeytrap is a real unique and fascinating place. I wouldn’t suggest it for big groups though, as the tables are small and if lots of people come in, it would be jammed. I would love if they add more things to the menu, since the options available are quite limited. Personally, I think the rustic- country inspired interior is fantastic. Im all for dainty and bright cafes, but I find honeytrap’s uncommon approach admirable. 

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Nina ♥