Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on June 30, 2015

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Chelsea Jade. Photography/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. It’s that time of the year again! The NZIFF kicks off on July 16th and the programme is out and everything and I’m pretty sure there are like 15 films I want to see so I have to narrow it down but I am just happy that all these films are on offer.
  2. I’m one day ’til the end of Junk Free June (well actually, 3 days, because I’m adding on an extra two days for when I was in Melbourne and wasn’t asking everyone if there was refined sugar in the food they gave me) and I feel pretty bloody great for doing a month of this. I mean, it wasn’t too hard, but I definitely will be hitting the bacon hard on Friday, as well as sushi, and I’m even thinking of making chocolate fondants, so yeah, okay maybe it was kind of hard.
  3.  Chelsea’s new song which makes me feel sad when I listen to the words, but also really great when I listen to the melody because it’s also a bit poppier than her other stuff. I like the direction. (Is that a thing I can say when I don’t know much about music?) Whatever, just listen to it.
  4.  Just booked some accommodation in Melbourne that is non-refundable so I guess I’m going lol.

Low(e)s:

  1. The internet doesn’t work in our bedroom and I don’t know why.
  2. On Sunday I woke up feeling average, then progressively throughout the day I felt worse, last night I got up probably 6 times to pee (no idea why), I was too hot, couldn’t sleep but so tired, blocked nose, headache, sore throat, watery eyes, it SUCKED. Yesterday wasn’t much better. Today I am only hating life half as much but still, I HATE BEING SICK!

Highlights from Melbourne

Posted on June 26, 2015

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I have a special little place in my heart for Melbourne. When I was a kid my family and I went there every year in January for maybe 8 years, to the Australian Open. It’s funny though, I went there all those times and we would stay in the same place, eat at the same restaurants (a Chinese one, this one cheap and cheerful Italian place I can’t remember the name of and breakfast at a touristy place on Elizabeth Street that did fried eggs, bacon on pre-buttered toast for like, $4.50) and basically just do the same things every time. I have fond memories. Then, in my early twenties, I went to St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (this was before it was in Auckland) with my flatmates and it was like a whole other place than I had experienced and I didn’t eat at any of the places my parents took me to, I discovered whole parts of the city I had never known existed.

So, back to my story. I got an email a few weeks back inviting me on what they call a ‘famil’ (which is short for familiarisation, apparently). I’d never heard of the term, but after I googled it and realised I was being invited on a trip to Melbourne to learn about what was cool and trending in the city, I said yes straight away and last Thursday I packed my bags, valeted my car (did you know Auckland Airport now has valet and because it’s new, they’ve got special, cheap rates? Well, they do) and hopped on that 4 hour flight across the Tasman.

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on June 21, 2015

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Kate Sylvester one-off dog blanket for auction. Image/Supplied. 

Highs:

  1. Spent a couple of days in Melbourne! More on this later, but highlights include: sleeping in a tent on a rooftop, sleeping in a 4.6 star hotel, eating a soft shell crab burger and hearing a great talk about social enterprise (actually though, it was one of my favourite of all the talks I heard, but like I said – more on this later).
  2. I watched this film on the plane, ‘The Last Five Years‘. It’s a screenplay based on the musical (I didn’t even know it was a musical before I saw the film). I have to admit, the film is not super good, but when I heard the song at the very start of the trailer, it was compelling enough for me to click through and play the whole film. Now I’ve decided I need to see the actual musical because I can’t get that bloody song out of my head – it’s called ‘Still Hurting’ and you can hear a little bit of at the start of this youtube video here.
  3. Jurassic World. I saw it last Monday and thought it was highly entertaining. There were some things I thought were stupid, but overall it was worth seeing. Great fun. (Also, kind of scary.)
  4. Speaking of movies, I saw Kingsman: The Secret Service on the plane and I found that highly entertaining also. Kind of silly but enjoyable viewing.
  5. This article on the TV Network, Comedy Central in the post-TV era. Great reading.
  6. I have never had a pet before in my entire life and up until the age of about 12, I couldn’t even really touch a dog because I was so scared of them. One time my mom said I could have a rabbit and I was all good with it until she told me I would have to clean up after it and then I was fully out, I didn’t want it anymore. So, yeah, that’s my pet back-story. More recently I have been a lot better with animals, less afraid, and the other day I let a cat sit on my lap for a while so GO ME! Anyway, Viva is running ‘The Pet Project’ to help support the SPCA. They’ve teamed up with local designers to donate or create special, animal-related pieces (including a Meadowlark cat ear ring, Karen Walker dog sweaters and a Lonely Hearts leopard print dress) for an auction with all proceeds going to the SPCA. My favourite is this limited edition (1 of 1) Kate Sylvester dog blanket. I don’t have a dog but I think it would be cute in my house anyway. Check out all the items available for auction and bid on them here.
  7. I got back home from my trip and Ben had cleaned the whole house! Cleaned out the fridge! Cleaned the bathroom and everything! (Not your bathroom though Maddy, sorry.)

Low(e)s:

  1. As I mentioned, I’ve never had a pet before, so that perhaps is the reason why I’m so confused by the two cats I am living with right now. Basically we are looking after Fluff and Ollie – two cats – Fluff is really fluffy and white and fancy looking (I don’t know anything about cats) and Ollie is more your average cat and I got told he only uses 5% of his lungs and he fights other cats. Mostly they do their own thing but like half of the week, Fluff tries to come in our bedroom at night. We don’t let her in because I’m kind of allergic to cats, and she scratches and meows at the door ALL NIGHT wanting to be let in. Like every couple of hours, for minutes on end. Loud. Loud meowing and pawing at the door. Also, she follows you around for reasons unknown. It’s not food, because if you put it out, she leaves the food and follows you, and it’s not a pat, because you pat her and she just tries to get away. It’s so weird. Cats are so weird.
  2. Trying to keep those potted herbs you buy at the supermarket, alive.

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on June 15, 2015

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Highs:

  1. Tonight I went to my mom’s house for dinner and whilst I was there she started making her lunch to take to work tomorrow. She was making two sandwiches, and I asked her why she was making two, and then she told me it was for John at her work (not his real name, not sure if he wants his real name on here, have never met him so playing it safe). John, she told me laughing, was her ‘new work son’. He’s in his twenties and one time he borrowed $5 off her or something for lunch, and she from then on thought it would be nice to bring him food incase he was hungry. It turns out that she makes a sandwich for “John” 3 days a week and leaves it in the work kitchen for him incase he wants it for lunch! How cute is that?! MY MOM IS SO CUTE.
  2. You know how I’m giving up processed/refined sugar for the month of June in order to help raise money for The Cancer Society? Well, now you do. So it’s been an okay time, I haven’t had too many cravings but I have been absolutely smashing mandarins. Anyway, guess what, I just found out that Dr Feelgood’s Ice Pop‘s don’t have any refined sugar in them! HOORAAAAHHHHHH!!!!
  3. This week gone, I did exercise 6 out of the 7 days and I’m not even training for anything specific – I’m just training for LIFE, man. I motivated myself to do it! I was so fitspo!
  4. You might’ve seen this already but how could I not post it? This sassy, little tap dancing girl is amazing.
  5. I’m not sure if this should be a high, but is anyone watching Wayward Pines? Is anyone else up to date with this show? What the fuck is happening? Is THIS the angle they are taking?! WHAT?
  6. This long-sleeve, pink knit.

Low(e)s:

  1. Maddy decided to make a banoffee pie in the middle of bloody Junk Free June! And we live together! And I can’t eat it! And it’s in the fridge! Ahhhhh! Support my struggle (and the good work of The Cancer Society) by 1. eating your own slice of banoffee pie, and 2. donating here.
  2. There’s this guy who lives/hangs out on our street and three times we have seen him standing outside this dark grey hatchback and looking in the car like he’s going to get in, but never actually getting in. He kind of shuffles on the spot for several minutes and stares inside, acting mad shady the whole time. Why doesn’t he just get in the car? Is he okay? Is he wanting to steal something from in the car? Is it HIS car? It’s creeping me out.

Blue Jean Babies

Posted on June 10, 2015

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All Photos/James K Lowe. 

James and I paired up to create these images for the winter issue of Remix magazine, which is out on shelves tomorrow. This shoot is a bit different for us with the darker background and all, but I’m liking it. We should branch out more often. Anyway, not much more to say than that, see the rest of the editorial below – shoot credits are at the end of the post.

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Highs and Low(e)s

Posted on June 7, 2015

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Glassons edt. #5 campaign image. Photo/Darren Ankenman.

Highs:

  1. Moving into a new house, mostly because when you set everything up it’s all clean and organised and tidy and nice.
  2. The endless amount of entertainment that can come from Dubsmash. (Example below. Wind c/o me and a big shoebox lid.)
  3. Ages ago – like almost a year ago - I got sent a pair of Emu Patterson Mini’s (which are basically waterproof UGG boots). Anyway, they sat in the box for ages because I was all too cool for them, and I thought I would get them out and try them in the rain and see how waterproof they really were and everything - but I didn’t and then it was summer. Now the weather is cold and shitty and I moved house and got them out and I have worn them EVERY DAY. They’re so warm! I’m not sure whether I could wear them outside IRL, but around the house? Fuck yes.
  4. Cauliflower soup.
  5. Blunt Umbrellas – for starters there’s no fear of being poked in the eye by one of the spokes (a legitimate fear of mine), and secondly, apparently you can take them into extreme winds and they won’t go inside out. (I have one but I haven’t tried out the extreme winds thing, but I believe it when they say it.)
  6. Went to a family dinner at Molten the other night. We had 17 people and had the feasting menu. It was pretty delicious and mostly refined-sugar free. Hooray! I recommend. (They also have pig on a spit available. We didn’t have it but I feel like SOMEONE should.)
  7. Glassons’ latest edt range. Their best yet.

Low(e)s:

  1. You may or may not have heard that I am not eating refined sugar for Junk Free June (sponsor me here! All proceeds go to The Cancer Society!). It’s the end of day 7, which means it’s been one week. It’s actually not been too bad, but the one thing I am missing a lot is not cakes or lollies, but BACON. DID YOU KNOW BACON HAS SUGAR IN IT?! :’(
  2. Omg lol the cat at my new house (long story) pooed on Maddy’s bed.

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