Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on December 15, 2014

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Karlie Kloss by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK May 2010. 

Highs:

  1. Live crays delivered to your house for Christmas. Did it last year, can tell you that it’s pretty great. Also, good gift idea for the person with everything.
  2. Speaking of Christmas shopping, I’ve fucking nailed it. For those stuck for Christmas ideas, you should ask me because it turns out I am ace at gifts this year.
  3. Wait, the bloody OG Calvin Klein Underwear sets are available on ASOS now?!
  4. Are you like me and have a pile of old, nice clothes that you’re compiling to re-gift/sell, but can’t quite seem to get it organised because Trademe is a mission and Tatty’s and Recycle Boutique take 50% of your sale? Well, I may have the solution for you (if you’re in New Zealand). I was recently introduced to Designer Wardrobe – a place to buy, sell and rent designer clothes. At this stage there’s no commission on your sales! I haven’t actually used it yet but my friend Sarah has sold two Alexander Wang tees on there and says it’s awesome so I’m taking her word for it and sharing with you.
  5. HAHAHAHAHA THIS.

Low(e)s:

  1. Being a highly strung, impatient, always-expecting-the-worse type of person, I can’t deal when people don’t pick up their phone. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they’re probably busy or in the shower or anything that isn’t dead, but I get stressed about it anyway. I pretty much never call anyone for a ‘chat’, it’s always for a reason. Just pick up the bloody phone, okay?
  2. It was a slow week, okay?

Great gifts from people that are good gifts

Posted on December 9, 2014

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Images from ‘Food Worth Making’ by Sam Mannering. Photos/Daniela Aebli for ‘Food Worth Making

Rebecca Lawson is not only the sister of my mister (yuck, I apologise for that. Actually, I don’t even know why I’m not immediately deleting that phrase) but she is also a really great, really organised, really ‘thinks of everything’ type person, which makes her a pro when it comes to presents. Here’s her answers to my gift-y questions:

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on December 7, 2014

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Love this model. All Images/acnestudios.com

Highs:

  1. A couple of weeks ago I was kindly asked to tell the NZ Herald Viva about how I spend my weekends. The Q&A went live on Friday. I waffled on a lot and ended up sending through the longest answers ever (in comparison to other people who have contributed to the ‘My Weekend’ section) and I thought they might edit them down but they didn’t so that either means they couldn’t be bothered or they thought my answers were really good. I’m going to go with the latter. You can read it here.
  2. I got to get out of Auckland twice this past week – once to Marlborough with Brancott Estate to help them celebrate the first day of summer and the launch of their new ‘Flight’ range of wines, and once to Sydney with Converse for their Winter 15 press showing. Very nice.
  3. The Asian model on the Acne website. I don’t know who she is but she is doooope. She really sells those clothes to me. So much so that I made a special effort to go to the Acne store in Sydney and I even bought something so there’s that. UPDATED: Okay so Demi just told me her name is Dylan Xue. Thanks Demi.
  4. The Tourist Refund Scheme.
  5. “Everything for which the media criticises fashion shows – the veneration of skinniness, the reduction of women to their physical appearance, the pointless expenditure, the power of advertising, the racism – is encapsulated by the Victoria’s Secret show. And yet no show is covered as extensively and as adoringly as this annual advertisement for an overhyped lingerie brand. “Good read.

Low(e)s:

  1. Left my passenger car window open the whole time I was in Sydney, didn’t even realise until yesterday when my brother sent me a photo of it.
  2. I have a pimple on my SCALP of all places. It hurts.
  3. Starting to take off on a flight (far enough in that the safety video has been and gone), then slowing down to a stop and being told on a flight that the departure has been delayed due to having to remove ‘dangerous items found on the plane’. WHAT THO? WHAT DANGEROUS ITEM?

Great Gifts from people that are good at Gifts

Posted on December 3, 2014

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Cute Stationery. Photo/Bread and Butter Letter.
If I try to think of people I know that are good at gifts, Shirlina Deans comes to mind immediately. (Her, and my mom). I first met Shirl in New York a few years ago with Lani (they’ve been friends for ages), and since then we’ve all kept in touch. We play tennis together most weeks, even. But enough about my social life. What I’m trying to say is that Shirl is cool and she is into cute, crafty things and I thought she would be a great person to ask for this series of blog posts leading up to Christmas, so here we go:

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WE SHOT SOME OF THE COMMONERS S/S 2014-15 COLLECTION

Posted on December 1, 2014

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Renee (Clyne) lounging in my favourite piece from the Commoners SS/14-15 collection – the ‘half sleeve tee’. All Photos/James K Lowe for Remix. 

James and I got asked to do a little shoot for the latest issue of Remix magazine (which is out today) in the same vein as the Penny Sage one we did in the last issue – use some of our favourite pieces from a New Zealand brand that we liked, and photograph it however we want.

We chose to use pieces from Commoners - a brand made of up of, essentially, boutique basics. They create classic pieces – beautiful, worn-in feeling tees, functional and soft knitwear, crinkly linen shirts, shorts that tie at the waist – all in lovely and neutral colour palates and in fabrics that are comfortable, natural and made to touch.

It was interesting shooting a basics brand, because the collection isn’t exactly ‘flashy’ or super ‘editorial’, we kept everything simple and pared back. We used one of our favourite girls, Renee (Clyne) and had the wonderful Paige Best on hair (brief: ‘I just woke up’) and make-up (brief: natural, flushed, freckles were Paige’s genius). Results below:

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Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on December 1, 2014

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Jenna Earle. Photo/Andrew Soule for Flare magazine.

Highs:

  1. Nike invited me to this breakfast talk thing as part of the Seafarers Members’ Club. The breakfast component was provided by Ostro, the talk component was provided by Dr Libby, someone I’d heard of before but not really known anything about. Anyway, it turns out Dr Libby is a ‘nutritional bicohemist’ and usually I shy away from that kind of title but she was actually an amazing speaker and she gave this engaging, interesting, non-lectur-y (very important) talk which made me want to eat better foods and have her be my own personal nutritionist. Two thumbs up.
  2. On Saturday night we had our family Christmas for my mom’s side of the family (early, I know) and as part of it, each of the grandchildren were given a gold sovereign from my deceased grandfather’s estate. Mine is dated 1908. Pretty cool.
  3. This of course.
  4. Bloody Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’re an online shopper you’ll know already but there are deals everywhere. ASOS has 20% off everything until 9pm Tuesday if you enter in promo code FRIDAY2014 at the checkout, for instance.
  5. This sweater.

Low(e)s:

  1. Got sick. Nothing too extreme but having a cold suuuuuccccckkkssssss.
  2. Being in the same room as someone who is checking their Vine, but not being able to see the screen.
  3. ‘On Fleek’. Not sold.