Great gifts from people that are good at gifts

Posted on November 25, 2014

Lego Architecture Landmark Series – Eiffel Tower. Photo/Lego. 

I don’t mean to alarm you, but in exactly one month’s time today it will be Christmas. For a lot of people, Christmas isn’t a factor. For materialistic, first-world, middle-class, salary-earning creeps like me and (some of) you, it means there are gifts that have to be purchased (or made) for others.

I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but I consider myself pretty good at gifts, generally speaking. I get it from my mother. There are also a few people I think are not good at gifts. There’s a knack to Christmas shopping and some people just don’t have the patience or the inclination. For those in the latter category, do not panic. I’ve enlisted the help of a few people I think are (or assume are) good at gifts, so you can get some ideas.

First up is Murray Crane. He is the owner of Crane Brothers. He has quite a good blog. That is all:

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on November 23, 2014


Me squinting in the sun in my RUBY outfit for the VNZMAs. iPhone photo/Ben Lawson.


  1. I went to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on Thursday. I’d never been before, properly, so I was pretty lucky to have been invited by RUBY, who were an official sponsor. Anyway, it felt like going to the school ball – dressing up (I wore a combo of RUBY Resort and W14, getting my make-up done (big ups to Mecca Cosmetica for helping me out last minute and fuckin’ nailing it), painting my nails. All stuff I very rarely do because I’m lazy and a giant scruff but it was actually kind of fun to play this glam-like character. I even went on the red carpet (albeit very briefly and with my head down and walking very quickly the whole way).
  2. The Affair. I have been watching this (up to episode 5 so please, no spoiler alerts) over the last week and shit it is depressing. Depressing, but good. It basically is a (fictional) show that tells the story of two married people who embark on an affair, and it’s told from both sides – so half of the episode is from his side, half is from hers and there’s obvious memory biases which is interesting.
  3. Summer Paper Round at Melanie Roger Gallery.
  4. This giant round of cheese that Maddy had at her birthday party on the weekend.
  5. 601 Sake Bar. Went there for the first time after wanting to try the place for years. Actual years – like, back in 2009 or something I wanted to go and my boyfriend at the time didn’t like Japanese food very much so he didn’t want to. (Funny (kind of) story – he also hated scary movies and stuff so we never went to Spookers either even though I really wanted to go, and then like, 3 weeks after we broke up he went to both Spookers and 601 Sake Bar in the same night with who would become his new girlfriend, and my old flatmates. I was so mad. Still am. Still haven’t been to Spookers. End of overshare.)
  6. Lykke Li covering Drake’s ‘Just Hold On We’re Going Home’.


  1. I get told a lot that I never say hi to people a lot. Like, a lot. I was talking to Lani about this other day because she gets it too. You know what? If I don’t know you that well, I assume you don’t remember me so I never say hi. That’s actually what it is. I just assume that no one knows who I am or remembers me if they’ve only met me once or twice, because let’s be honest, that happens a lot too. But also, if someone doesn’t say hi to you and then tells everyone that you’re an asshole for not saying hi to them, aren’t they just as much of a dick because they never said hi either?
  2. Christmas shopping for people you don’t want to buy presents for lol. You feel like you have to, but then you’re also really mad you’re spending the money at the same time, but then you also don’t want to buy a shit gift because you still want to look good.
  3. Wow, some people are super racist.

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on November 16, 2014



Photo/Ben Lawson.


  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.


  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


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


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.


  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.


  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.