Lewis Fredericks

Posted on February 3, 2016

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Phoebe (Clyne) in Lewis Fredericks. All Photos/James K Lowe for Lewis Fredericks.

A while ago me and James and Paige Best got together and created these images for Lewis Fredericks, an eyewear brand based out of New Zealand. They make handcrafted horn frames, they’re pretty dope – great quality and nice, classic styles (nothing too freaky or trendy here). Anyway, I thought you might like to see the images so here they are:

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Just checking in/Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on February 1, 2016

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(I am using James’ computer and he has a great collection of photos on here including this one.) Photo/Stephen Shore. 

Wa-ha-ha-haaay 2016 is really up and running huh. It’s bloody February already! I’ve spent the last three weeks ignoring this here blog, not because I’ve been that busy but mostly because I’ve been lazy. So, since January 10th a few things have happened:

Firstly, two people I know got engaged, which is mental to me because I still can’t believe I’m at the age where that is normal. I mean, it’s not even just normal, it’s like, extremely common but for some reason not many people I know very well have gotten married. I can’t figure out if that is because all my friends are young/immature (lol) or because a lot of them aren’t religious or something? Same with kids, I have hardly any friends with kids. Well, Ben has a kid but he’s the only one. Speaking of, we only have him half the week and I don’t really have to do any ‘parenting’ at all and it still stresses me out. I cannot figure out how other people have time/money to have kids and do the things they want to do full time, let alone part time. Anyway… I digress…

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Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on January 10, 2016

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Photo/Jamie Hawkesworth for NY Times’ T Magazine. 

Highs:

  1.  My latest Youtube obsession (aside from watching Jimmy Fallon clips) is watching all the videos that Dr Sandra Lee aka Dr Pimple Popper, puts up on her channel. WARNING: Not for the squeamish. Sandra Lee is a dermatologist based in California who puts up these videos of various procedures she’s done – mostly blackhead, whitehead, cyst removals. It’s insane, very fascinating and addictive to watch. (I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing.)
  2. Auckland without as many people in it. I love it.
  3. Yesterday I was lucky enough to do the coin toss for the women’s final of the ASB Classic! I had a snapchat story of it but it’s gone now so I only have this crappy video but you can trust me when I say I did a really great job lol.
  4. A couple of nights ago I went to Giapo for the first time since like, 2012 or something and I had the Organic Lemon sorbet, as well as a scoop of the ‘Paradise Garden’ which was a tangelo and pineapple sorbet and it was DOPE. I mean, at $10 it doesn’t come cheap, but it was delicious.
  5. The hummus at the kebab place in Ponsonby Food Court. Best I’ve ever had.
  6. This post is old, but worth reading.

Low(e)s:

  1. Body clock is fucked. It all started on Christmas Day, Ben and I were on that Making a Murder buzz and we watched it ’til 2:00am. Since then I’ve had really sporadic random sleeps – last night for example – I watched youtube til 4:30am and didn’t wake up until 12:15pm this afternoon. Then I went for a run/walk because I felt so gross, but I undid it at all by making a huge croque monsieur and eating it at 4:00pm and just now I had a shower then fell asleep and woke up and it’s bloody 8:45pm. I’m fucked, the whole thing is fucked.
  2. Oi, trust me to have an $1100 car insurance bill due now.
  3. My boyfriend and my flatmate have gone absolutely mental buying cans of coke. They bought 60 at around Christmas time and they’ve gone more than half way through them, AND we were away for part of the time. I don’t know why but it bothers me, this can’t be good for you.

Goodbye 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015

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Photo/James K Lowe.

I woke up at 6:23am this morning, the last day of this year. I couldn’t sleep. I wasn’t sure if that was due to the fact that I’d left the east-facing venetian blinds up and the light was pouring in and keeping me awake, or because tomorrow is going to be 2016 and my body was telling me to take note and that I was having some anxiety about change.

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on December 15, 2015

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Photo/Elaine Constantine for Vogue China November 2015

Highs:

  1. I don’t know much (read: anything) about Aare but from what I can see on their instagram (they don’t have a website as far as I can see), Aare is an Australian swimwear label arriving soon and I like it. The imagery is nice, the styles are limited and simple. My only problem with the label is that I have no idea how to get it, when it’s going to arrive or anything like that. (If you have any information, please share!)
  2. Gü chocolate puds. More specifically, the ‘hot chocolate melting middle’ pudding that you would’ve seen me try on snapchat the other day (my username is thedownlowe). I found them at the New World near my house and decided to give them a try and basically you just unwrap this little cake and you put it in the oven for 10 minutes and it’s delicious. I haven’t read the nutritional info on the back because I feel like it will make me feel bad about eating them but I have had them twice since and I am so into them.
  3. THIS IS SO FASCINATING!

Low(e)s:

  1. I washed our sheets on the weekend and then when I went to get another set to make the bed with, I discovered that we have somehow lost/misplaced all our linen. Lol. (Kind of.) We had this collection of linen linens and new towels and everything in a box and I have no idea where it went and long story short I am now lying on a mattress protector under a duvet inner.
  2. Do I have heartburn (have never had it before) or am I having a heart attack? Please be the former.
  3. Any shopping district in Auckland from now until Christmas.
  4. Wholewheat pasta. Tried it last night, had really high expectations and thought I was going to love it. Really, really didn’t.
  5. The god damn flag. I can’t.

Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on December 6, 2015

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Jordan (Red 11). Photo/James K Lowe for Monster Children. 

Highs:

  1. For those who are wondering I did 30 full push ups in one go on Tuesday at my final challenge! YAY!
  2. On Wednesday we had our work Christmas do and my boss gave me a Fitbit and I have been obsessed with checking my heart rate ever since. Also, related to Fitbit – how does it know when I’m asleep? Is that real? What about the calories? How does it know if I’m burning calories? HOW DOES IT WORK?
  3. I have moved house and the closest supermarket is the most expensive one in Auckland, New World Victoria Park. Prices aside, I have recently discovered the deli section and holy moly, chicken bechamel pies! Hot ham off the bone! It’s so good. The supermarket obviously caters to people who can’t be bothered cook because the amount of convenience foods and prepacked meals and the like is insane.
  4. It turns out I have a knack at finding gifts for people. Do you have a person you need to buy a gift for, for Christmas but you’re stuck on what to get? Email me and I will help you! Tell me your budget and some facts about the person and how they’re related to you and how old they are or whatever and I will try and think of something good.
  5. Fargo season 2.

Low(e)s:

  1. Noah from The AffairIt’s like in the first season he was okay but now he’s a complete asshole. He’s not likeable at all! (Or at least to me he’s not.) Is anyone with me? God he’s such a dick.
  2. I woke up the other day and my neck hurt and I think I probably slept on it weird but it latest for like 5 days which is quite a long time. Anyway, I decided to book an appointment at the Osteopath (never been before but someone said they would fix it)  but the earliest they could take me on is tomorrow and so back then I was all ‘it will go away by then so there’s no point in wasting my money’ and I cancelled it. Then the OTHER side of my neck hurt yesterday and then today the original side that hurt is hurting so I should’ve just kept the bloody appointment in the first place. Not sure what the point of this story is but if anyone has any tips or advice about osteopaths or acupuncturists (bit scared of that tbh) or whatever, feel free to share.