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.

Sylvia Burgess went speed dating and reviewed it.

Posted on July 11, 2014

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Ever After. Photo/James K Lowe.

Okay so this is kind of an old post, I asked Sylvia* to write a review of her speed-dating experience a couple of months back and I forgot to post it, and I’m lazy so you know, shit happens. That being said, I think it’s good that this isn’t super fresh, because it means the subjects are less likely to be still looking up Sylvia’s name to find more about her and coming across this post and feeling bad about the somewhat non-complimentary things she’s said about them.

And with that, I give you Sylvia’s speed dating review:

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HERE’S A FIRST LOOK AT RUBY’S SS14 CAMPAIGN

Posted on July 8, 2014

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Photos/Steven Chee for RUBY.  

Hey guys, I know it’s the middle of winter here in New Zealand, but fashion seasons don’t really correspond to how the weather actually is in real life for reasons I am yet to understand. Spring/Summer collections are hitting stores very soon, and one particularly summery offering is RUBY‘s ‘Diamonds’ – launching this Saturday.

To celebrate the (near) end of dreaded winter and the arrival of ‘Diamonds’, here’s a first look at the SS14 campaign. This season has a strong Palm Springs references, and notes one of it’s most famous and fabulous residents, Elizabeth Taylor, who – in her Hollywood heyday with chic poolside style and taste for diamonds – is the ‘ultimate RUBY muse’. The campaign was shot by Steven Chee in the middle of the Cronulla sand dunes and features Valentina (Chic) in some key looks from the season, including my one of my favourites – a neoprene hot pink and burgundy bikini (below).

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