Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on November 16, 2014

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Photo/Ben Lawson.

Highs:

  1. I was pretty lucky last week when it comes to food. I had 5 meals at the expense of others, whether it was because I had been invited to a dining event of some sort, or whether there was lunch at the meeting I was at. Very nice.
  2. One of those meals came courtesy of RUBY, at their Fall/Winter 2015 collection showing. It was held at The Engine Room – a place I’d always wanted to try but had never – and it was delicious. Miso glazed salmon on soba noodles with wasabi mayo, followed by churros and chocolate (amongst other things). Very nice. And so were the clothes – more on this later.
  3. Lani’s ‘A Drake Song A Day’ thing. It’s not actually called that but it seemed to the easiest way to explain it – every day she’s reviewing a Drake song in a countdown to his Feb 23 show.
  4. Ella ay, always killin it.

Low(e)s:

  1. Macbook chargers. I don’t know how many I’ve gone through now, what the f is wrong with them? (Same applies to iPhone chargers.)
  2. Driving in torrential rain.
  3. Parking in Ponsonby while Art in the Dark is on.
  4. Other people’s fridges. Is it just me who is freaked out by them?

The DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship winner is Georgia Alice

Posted on November 12, 2014

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Sneak peek from Georgia Alice’s W15 collection lookbook. Photo/James K Lowe for Georgia Alice.

As you may already have heard, it’s DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship award time. Every year DHL gives out an award to a top emerging New Zealand fashion exporter. The first prize/scholarship consists of NZ$10,000 worth of international freight, coaching in freight and logistics (which sounds boring but also incredibly handy), an export mentoring package from the Fashion Institute of New Zealand and a FINZ membership. The second and third prizes consist of freight from DHL Express to the value of $1500 and $500, respectively.

New Zealand fashion designers submit a portfolio in order to apply to win the scholarship, and the winner is chosen by fashion and exporting industry leaders – this year’s judging panel included Dan Gosling, director and part-owner of Stolen Girlfriends Club, the CEO of Max Fashions John Kelley, DHL’s Megan Wildermoth and FINZ Chairman, Paul Blomfield.

This years for the DHL Scholarship were Georgia Alice, Lucy McIntosh and Sly Guild, and today at this minute I am happy to announce the winner is Georgia Alice! I thought it might be interesting to get to know Georgia Currie (the designer behind Georgia Alice) a little better, so I asked her to answer a couple of easy questions and send me some pics:

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I took screenshots of Taylor’s ‘Blank Space’ video so we could see the outfits

Posted on November 11, 2014

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All Images/Screenshots from Taylor Swift – Blank Space video.

Ai ai ai. That’s what my grandmother would say if could work out how to use the internet and watch Taylor Swift’s new video for ‘Blank Space’. I watched it when I woke up this morning and two thoughts crossed my mind – firstly, how relatable it is (not the lavish lifestyle, but more how crazy people get in relationships – anyone who says they haven’t gone off the rails like this is lying) and secondly, how many outfit changes there were. 20 by my count, all in the space of three minutes and 55 seconds.

So, in predictable Katherine ‘I-have-an-idea-for-a-blog-post-and-I-don’t-start-work-for-two-hours’ fashion, I went through and took screenshots of them all so I could get a better look. So we could all get a better look:

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on November 9, 2014

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iPhone photo I took from the movie theatre tonight.

Highs:

  1. Had dinner at Kazuya for the first time on Wednesday. For those who aren’t aware, it’s this French Japanese restaurant on Symonds Street. They serve pretty much degustation only at dinner time – 5 courses ($75 pp), 7 courses ($95 pp) or 9 courses ($135 pp) We opted for 7, which didn’t include the amuse bouche, breads and whatever you call that sorbet-type palate cleanser thing. I was kind of nervous because I like to know the menu before I get to a restaurant because I’m one of those picky eaters that everyone hates, and the menu they on the website is very vague – one dish is called ‘Colour of Spring’, for instance. Anyway, long story short it was really delicious and I highly recommend it. There was one dish which was served in a glass and it was something like prawn and celery foam and a clear tomato sort of broth/jelly and I hate tomatoes and I ATE THE WHOLE THING GO ME!
  2. This beautiful but ridiculous ‘cashmere bed jumper’ by Margaret Howell. I don’t know how anyone could prioritise spending 395 pounds on a sweater to wear to bed, but at the same time, if you’ve got the money, why not?
  3. The new Lonely Hearts store fit-out. It was done by Rufus Knight at Fearon Hay (I think) and anyway, I had all these expectations of it being white, wooden floors, pretty flowers, white hangers, very Tumblr, but I was completely wrong and in a good way. It’s a very beautiful store. Very permanent feeling (weird description, but go there and see what I mean) – marble and what look like copper coat hangers. Very luxe. It’s on Mackelvie Street in Ponsonby, kind of down from Workshop but closer to Ponsonby Road. Just check it out already.
  4. I just came home from seeing Interstellar, which I can tell you is very good – but also a bit of a mind fuck – but also absolutely beautiful to watch. Also, it’s like 3 hours long so for those who haven’t seen it – be prepared.
  5. According to WordPress, this is my 200th Highs and Low(e)s. I actually think that is slightly inaccurate but you know, I’m not going to count all of them so let’s just pretend the technology is right this time.

Low(e)s:

  1. Swimsuit shopping.
  2. This.
  3. HAAAA turns out I blog once a week now guys. Nah but seriously I have all these things to say and then just no motivation to do it, blah blah story of everyone’s lives.

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on November 2, 2014

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Photo/intlbff.com.

Highs:

  1. Don’t know why I like this so much, also don’t know how I only came across it this week, but this video of Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine doing ‘musical impressions’ has been watched 3 times already, the Michael Jackson one is my favourite.
  2. I signed up for one month of unlimited Barrefigure classes on the 22nd of October and I have been 6 times to date! That’s a record for me! Still can’t do those diamond push-ups, but it’s still early days, I’ve got faith.
  3. Drake.
  4. Lorde’s final show of the ‘Pure Heroine’ tour, which was last night. I was there, I feel like it’s stupid for me to review it because I’m biased but read what everyone else had to say about it. It was great.
  5. This article about bloggers and sponsored posts/native advertising.
  6. Ay, first time in years that I’ve remembered to enter the US Electronic Diversity Visa (Greencard) Lottery and actually done so within the time allotted. Good on me.
  7. Not really a high but where does one get a swimsuit from these days? I feel like it’s so hard to find a normal, nice, plain-ish swimsuit. Everything has crazy extras all over it. I mean, is this cool? I think it’s kind of cool but they’ve sold out in my size. Is it too early in the season to be looking? Also, I think I have been looking at pictures of models for so long that I feel like I will look how the model looks in the swimsuit and that is NOT THE CASE. Anyway, please let me know if you have any great ideas when it comes to swimsuits.

Low(e)s:

  1. Don’t feel like being negative today …Weird, huh.

G.KERO

Posted on October 29, 2014

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All Images/Supplied.

It’s weird. I’ve been getting emails from ‘G.KERO‘, a brand that I’ve never heard of or had any contact with as far as I know.  I don’t know how they got my email address, whether it was because I went to one Paris Men’s Fashion Week one time and they got it then, or if it’s by accident. The emails are press/media release type things, but don’t include anything in the body of the email. For example, yesterday I received this email from them, with the subject line: [worldpress] G.KERO Spring Summer 2015 Collection’. A lookbook was attached and that was all (aside from the email signature, which included a Paris address). No explanation, nothing. Usually I just flag those kinds of emails to deal with later or just delete them but for some reason I was curious to see what it was all about right then and there. 

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I had a flick through the lookbook and firstly thought how interesting the model looked, and secondly how much the clothes weren’t so much anything I would buy for myself, but how cool they looked in the lookbook. (Shot of parrot skirt on the girl on the boat, I wouldn’t wear it but she looks so carefree that I just MIGHT). Branding is so interesting to me. The whole idea that a someone can take something you generally wouldn’t like, and present in such a way that your opinion is swayed, is fascinating. I don’t know how many times I would’ve passed a trend off as stupid and then seen it in an editorial and decided it wasn’t so bad after all. Or does that just mean I’m flighty with my opinions? Either way I think maybe I should’ve studied branding and psychology and sociology because it’s all so riveting to me. (While we’re on the topic, I feel the same way about ‘attractiveness’ of people. How interesting is it that you often find people more attractive the more you see them? Celebrities, for example. The familiarity aspect plays such a big part of whether you think someone is beautiful or hot or not. SO INTERESTING!)

Anyway, so I did a quick internet search and G.KERO is the creative baby of Marguerite Bartherotte, an artist who (as far as I can gather) comes up with prints for tees and other items of clothing. I know you’re thinking this is just another printed tee brand but just take a look at the lookbook (the rest is below the cut*). It makes printed basics look good. I wish they had mad it apparent who styled and shot it (and who the model is) because I’d like to see more of what they’ve done. Great summery vibe. Enjoy. 

PS. NSF(some)W(places).

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