Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on July 28, 2014

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James in Japan.

Highs:  

  1. Finally booked some New York accommodation. You do not know how much of a relief it is to have that shit out of my life and paid off right now.
  2. Try this: slice banana up and chuck it in a bowl. Put a small scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top, then on top of that, a decent amount of whipped cream. Pour over a drizzle of maple syrup (or caramel if you can be bothered make it) and sprinkle over roughly chopped dark chocolate. You will feel ill after you eat it, but it will all be worth it.
  3. My brother is in Japan right now and he is sending through some really great photos. Some of which you can see on his instagram here.
  4. The chicken rolls at Bird on a Wire. Firstly, they taste really good. I’m pretty sure they used that Wild Wheat french baguette which is the best, and secondly it’s $10 and I don’t really know where you can go these days and get a lunch for $10. Oh, and thirdly I’m pretty sure they make the things to order so they’re not soggy, just fresh and really great. The end.
  5. This article on Jenny Lewis.
  6. CONGRATULATIONS BECCA AND DAN!

Low(e)s:    

  1. The cost of accommodation in New York.
  2. This is going to sound like I’m a huge hypocrite because I am often sharing personal things on this public forum, but if there’s something I can’t deal with it’s when people write public messages of thanks/disdain/whatever directed at a person on their personal Facebook page, but with the person in question tagged into the post. Like, why make that public? Why put that on your personal page when it’s a message to another person? Why not just message them directly?
  3. Turns out I am a jaded old bitch.

Does anyone read blogs anymore?

Posted on July 26, 2014

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Me at the height of my blogging, circa 2010. 

I’ve got to be honest with you, a lot of the motivation behind this post is self-brought-on anxiety based on the fact that I haven’t really put up anything all week. I tend not to like ‘filler’ posts but I haven’t got one solid ‘story’ idea and several half ones, so this will have to do to alleviate my non-posting guilt.

Lately I have been thinking a lot about this blog, why I have it, what I get out of it, what I put into it. It’s been 5 and a quarter years since I started it and I’ve gone from posting 3 times a day to 3 times a week if I’m feeling good. Why is that? I think a lot because there are a tonne of blogs and websites out there now with the same kind of thing I am writing about. I also have this feeling that if I know about it, I assume everyone else already knows about it too, so why write about it unless I’ve got something specific to say?

Back at what I would say was the ‘height’ of my ‘blogging motivation’, I was checking my RSS reader every day (RIP Google Reader), I would wake up early and check up on all the news, just so I was on top of everything, I would check other people’s blogs and I would pre-plan posts late at night for the upcoming week. I don’t do that at all anymore and I don’t feel like anyone else does either. Or maybe it’s a case of assuming the way my circle of friends acts, is the same way that ‘everyone’ acts.

I don’t think I spend less time on the internet now, but my output is a lot lower. It recently occurred to me that if I don’t give a shit about what the majority of bloggers out there have to say, why would anyone give a shit about what I do? The amount of pictures of myself I used to post. Holy hell. Is this the natural progression of a blogger? Information out, information out, information out, then a few years pass and for some reason it’s now nicer to keep a few things private? Do their blogs still garner the interest they used to?  Is it just me? Did I just fall out of love with the internet? And if so, why am I still here? What’s keeping me here? Will this pass? Tavi moved on, I feel like I haven’t heard from Bryan Boy in a minute, let alone Rumi Neely. I mean, what happened to all those #menswear bloggers from 2011? They all got real jobs, started writing for bigger publications, quit the menswear game, became photographers.

So that leads me to my final question: does anyone even read blogs anymore?

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on July 21, 2014

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Photo/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. Happy Birthday to my best favourite kid brother!
  2. The awesome Nike event I went to on Thursday.
  3. Holding out for the iPhone 6.
  4. I have been re-watching Breaking Bad from the start because Ben hasn’t seen it and I have actually only seen up to half way through season 5. Anyway, after weeks of watching eps every night, we’re up to the third of Season 5 and HOW INTENSE IS THIS SHOW? It is so good! Anyway, I don’t know why this is a high of the week but I really do think you should watch it if you haven’t seen it already.
  5. Electric blankets.
  6. I know it’s freezing cold in Auckland right now, but this bikini! Sporty, great back detail, good ass coverage. SO NICE. But kind of (read: a lot) expensive…

Low(e)s:

  1. I was all inspired to go for a walk/run after doing the 6km on Thursday with Nike, so on Sunday I got some friends to come up Mt Eden with me. I don’t know what happened (other than I am really uncoordinated) but I tripped and had a full fall and now I have holes in my running tights, bruises and grazes and my phone is scratched to fuck. This is what you get for trying to be fitspo.
  2. Airbnb rejections.
  3. Looking at photos of yourself that you’ve posted. I used to do this all the time and I gave zero fucks about what anyone thought. I mean, there are a shitload of photos of me on the internet, posted by me. I don’t know if it’s me getting old, more insecure or now having the ability to use models to show off clothes or what, but I feel so cringey when I look at them all now. THERE ARE SO MANY! I’m not adverse to the occasional selfie, but I think I was out of control back then.

This morning I ran 6km in the Nike Lunarglide 6

Posted on July 17, 2014

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All Images (except where stated)/Supplied.

When I got the last-minute invite to come and do a ‘running challenge’ to launch the latest addition to the Nike Lunarglide family, (the Lunarglide 6), I’ve got to admit I was pretty hesitant to say yes. The last time I ran anywhere (according to my Nike+ app) was on the 31st of March. The time before that was the 24th of March (a good week for me, obviously), the time before that was May 4th 2013 – a big 10km as part of the Nike She Runs event in Sydney. The other 20 times I can see logged between then and now, were walks.

But who doesn’t like a challenge?

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The Uniform feat. Olivia

Posted on July 16, 2014

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All Photos/James K Lowe.

I couldn’t really do a series of 10 of me and James’ favourite faces without including Olivia (62 Models). I first came across Olivia back in 2010, she’d won this NZFW ‘New Talent’ competition and I thought she had such a pretty face. In July of 2011 I met her in real life for the first time, to take snaps of her for this blog. She was like, 15 years old and pretty quiet. I really liked her though, she was nice and looked great and had a gentle, calm way about her. Fast forward to today and Olivia is modelling in Sydney. She’s based there. I hadn’t seen her around for a while, so when I heard she would be back in town for a couple of days I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and see if she would be happy to have us take a couple of shots of her in this Levi’s 501, AS Colour tee, Vans combo that we’ve dubbed ‘The Uniform’. She obliged.

We only had a short time to get shots of Olivia with her being in Auckland for a limited time. The day we had booked was a Monday and it was pissing with rain. Like, insane amounts of rain. Having exhausted many of our favourite, nice-looking indoor spaces, James and I were slightly panicked. Lucky enough, I’d had a meal at Welcome Eatery a couple of weeks prior and liked one of their walls that they had painted up with some text. Doubly lucky for me, the guys that run the place are super nice and were happy to have us crash the place for a little while, so big ups to Welcome Eatery in Grafton for 1. having really good food (best mushroom soup I’ve ever tried) and 2. letting us take over their space during working hours to grab these shots. Good people!

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on July 13, 2014

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Me, doing who knows what at the Kate Sylvester 21st last, last week. Photo/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1.  On Monday I woke up at 7:45am (earlier than usual), drove to Ponsonby to pick up Maddy and then to Kingsland to The Centre, a new yoga and wellness venue above Little Bird. We were there for the 9:30am Integrative Yoga class which was a slight struggle for two not-very-often-aka-hardly-ever yogis, but in the end, very refreshing and actually quite nice. The rest of the day I spent attempting the Little Bird Winter Wellness cleanse which I was anticipating to get half way through before giving up. You know what? I was being a giant wuss because basically this cleanse involves 6 juices and a salad over a day (you can also eat raw fruit and veges if you’re feeling super hungry), and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was. I would go as far to say that I actually felt pretty good at 3:00pm while I was mostly through my drinks. Anyway, the point is, I gave it a go and it was pretty cool and I felt really #fitspo so if you were thinking about doing something like this, I would give you two thumbs up of encouragement.
  2.  On Wednesday I partook in my first shoot for well, this blog, and also Remix magazine. James shot it and sent me the images last night and I am really happy with it! HOORAY!
  3.  On Friday I got on a ferry and spent 40 rocky minutes travelling to Waiheke, where I stayed in this really nice beach house with Ben’s family for the weekend. I ate some really great food, including Mac and Cheese and this amazing Toffee and Ginger Pudding with caramelised banana at The Oyster Inn and a Spelt and Potato Gnocchi with walnut milk (?) and brocolli and grilled cos from Cable Bay Vineyard.
  4.  This really long but really good article about Justin Bieber and his career that I came across last week. It’s a really great read. Super interesting. Again, it’s very long – like 5000 words – but if you’ve got time, sit down and give it a go.
  5.  Getting really excited for New York – especially when rewatching this from last time.

Low(e)s:

  1.  So much rain.
  2.  Continuing on from point 1 – there was a lot of rain and wind on Wednesday, the evening that I backed my car into another one (parked) doing a three-point turn in a street with no street lights. Thank god for insurance, but also, leaving a terrible note (“OMG, I am so sorry I hit your car, I have full insurance, *insert phone number here*, Katherine”) and waiting for someone to call you and tell you what an asshole you were for smashing their headlight is pretty stressful. Especially when you are racked with guilt already and then paranoid that the note might have blown off because they haven’t called for over 24 hours. Not a good time.