This is where I’ve been, part one

Posted on September 20, 2014


So you may or may not have noticed that I have been on a little holiday – meant in the sense that I have been away from both New Zealand and this blog. I had great intentions before I left. I was going to post a photo or two every day and talk about what I’d done. But then, you know, turns out I was doing too much to have time to talk about what I was doing.

But now I’m back so it’s back to it.

Before you go and click the ‘read more’, I should warn you that I took a tonne of snaps and there is going to be a lot of scrolling involved, so if you give zero fucks about what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks, please skip this post. (By the way, I call them ‘snaps’ because the photos are more documentation than works of art. Keep that in mind!) SPOILER ALERT: Most of the pictures are of Ben or food. Also, all the photos (aside from the above) are in chronological order:

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So fresh, so clean

Posted on September 5, 2014


Elena (62 Models) in a cream/white outfit. Credits below. All Photos/James K Lowe

As summer rapidly approaches, the appropriateness of wearing an all white outfit increases. I’ve been thinking a lot about all white lately, ever since my brother got a pair of vintage, cropped, white Levi’s in Japan and I tried them on with this old white tee and it was fresh. Then Vans brought out those all white Old Skools and I was all, ‘oh shit’ and decided that this was going to be the look I’m going to try this summer.

The actual reality of an all white outfit is a bit scary with the threat of spills and all, but I think this season is the time it’s really going to be embraced by New Zealanders (or Aucklanders at least). I’m not sure about all stark bright high white, but there are a tonne of different shades of it (off-white is softer and a lot less Liz Hurley if you know what I mean) and I think cream is just as good, if not better in some cases.

James and I decided to take on this trend and put together a little editorial of some white/off-white/cream looks this week, check em out – credits below:

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The Uniform feat. Kendell

Posted on September 3, 2014


Kendell Tobin (Clyne). Images/James K Lowe.

Bloody rain. Wet weather is hardly conducive to a relaxed, easy photo shoot. It was pretty average weather the day we had booked Kendell in to take these photos – no rain, but the threat of it most of the morning. As it happened – Murphy’s Law – it just started to piss down the minute that James picked up his camera. Oh well, no bother for Kendell, a consummate professional. She ducked under covers and braved the cold for us. What a gal.

Kendell has been on my radar (CREEP ALERT!) for a while. I’m pretty sure she was scouted at around 13 or 14 years old, so she’s been in the game for a little while. Her face is interesting and beautiful. She has such nice hair. And she’s funny – such a great person to be around, especially in a shoot situation. She’s also got really good style. We took these photos of her in ‘The Uniform’ of tee, Levi’s 501s and Vans at Ponsonby Central a couple of days before she left for Milan. Check ‘em out:

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on September 1, 2014


Emma Boyd (Clyne) backstage at Stolen Girlfriends Club’s NZFW show. Photo/James K Lowe.


  1. Fashion Week! I got super tired and grumpy on Thursday night but what a great week in terms of working (relatively…) hard and having fun and seeing lots of people I don’t see often and you know, generally having a good time. I wore clothes I felt comfortable in for the first time at any fashion week, I got all the things done on time that I wanted to have done (and all the things that I needed to have done for others) and me and James didn’t kill each other in the process. HOORAY for NZFW!
  2. These cute pyjama shorts and the story behind them.
  3. I went to the movies with my mom tonight and we saw Boyhood. I’d heard about it but I hadn’t read the synopsis which is rare for me – I kind of hate watching movies without knowing what they’re about – so I was feeling kind of nervy. Anyway, it was a really great film. Super long – like, over 2.5 hours but really cool. The best part is that nothing really happens but so much of it feels real and relatable. I almost cried at one point, and I don’t cry much in movies (except Armageddon – the scene where Bruce Willis goes off to die to save the world and Liv Tyler is all “daddy, don’t leave!” gets me every time).
  4. Being extremely busy. It feels like you’re achieving things in the world.
  5. This time next week I’ll be in Boston! (I hope.) At the very least I should be in America and that is pretty cool in itself.
  6. Orange Is The New Black is now on demand!


  1. People who do the Ice Bucket Challenge and don’t donate. For what?

Things I’ve seen at NZFW: Day Three.

Posted on August 29, 2014


Backstage at Celine Rita. Photos/Me and James K Lowe. (James’ are the super professional backstage ones.)

It’s done. I’m done. There is like one show tomorrow that I can’t make because I have a meeting so I am officially done. Have you seen me and James’ Viva coverage? If not, I hope you check it out because that’s where the best of James’ backstage photos have been going. But I’m done! I’M DONE! I’m feeling pretty giddy right now. Sounds stupid after only three days and René Vaile said I complain too much (I do) but it feels like I went on school camp and now I’m back home and I feel really great about it.

Here’s my day in pictures (and captions). Thanks for reading, guys.

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