Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on July 26, 2015

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Kirsty Godso in the Nike Flyknit Zoom Agility (her favourite workout shoe). Photo/Supplied.

Highs:

  1. A.P.C FW15-16. Simple, boyish, easy.
  2. The other day I went to the Mercedes Benz Presents designer announcement and a couple of great things happened, including being served a fried white bait sandwich and a scallop with a shaving of truffle on top, and Kate Sylvester receiving the prestigious award. In her speech, Kate said they’d been working hard on a Northern Hemisphere show! How great is that?! Anyway, congratulations to Kate Sylvester and big ups to Mercedes Benz for the French Café canapés which turned out to be my dinner for the night.
  3. It was my little brother‘s birthday on Tuesday, happy birthday buddy!
  4. I feel like I have probably talked about this before and I’ve definitely put it on my snapchat story (PLUG: If you want to see my shit you can add me @thedownlowe) but for anyone who missed it, try this: get some sweet, crunchy biscuit of some kind and crush it up. Whip some cream, slightly more than you would normally, past the soft peaks stage. Roughly chop up some dark chocolate. Mix the whole lot together. Add like, half a teaspoon of maple syrup if you like. This is my shit, man. It’s so gross but it’s so good.
  5. THIS.
  6. Kirsty Godso (pictured) launched her very first workout on the Nike N+TC app (if you don’t have it you can get it free, here) and as part of the launch a few of us lucky (unlucky? lol) people got to go up the Sky Tower at 7:00am and go through the workout with her. She f*cked us up, man. That workout is pretty high intensity. I suggest you try it if you’re trying to shred because all the burpees and tuck jumps will definitely increase your strength and agility and burn mad calories. I mean, this is how she works and LOOK AT HER.
  7. Speaking of workouts, I was pretty spoilt for choice this week. New Balance launched their Vazee shoe on Tuesday and took some media and whatever-you-call-me type people through a workout to test out the shoe. This involved shuttle runs and press ups and lots of competitive group exercise, all the while with a camera in your face. Not easy, but I can vouch for the comfort of the shoe.
  8. DRAKE.

Low(e)s:

  1. It’s been a while since I complained about parking tickets, and that’s because I haven’t really had any. Anyway, got two this week so there’s that.
  2. The cat threw up on the carpet.
  3. Maddy keeps going to bed at like, 9:00pm every ‘school’ night so we never see her.
  4. Oh come on Art Green, what the fuck

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on July 19, 2015

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Xiao Wen Ju at the Vogue PJ Party. Photo/Kevin Tachman for Vogue.com

Highs:

  1. I know I have been harping on about exercise a bit lately, but I am two and a half days away from the end of The Barrefigure Challenge (for those who don’t know, it’s basically go to as many barre classes as you can in 30 days and you could win a prize) and I am pretty sure I’ve clocked up 21 visits to their Richmond Road studio so far. Bloody hell.
  2. I’m going to China! More specifically, Hong Kong and Guangzhou! It will be my first ever trip to any Asian country (including stopovers) so I am pretty pumped.
  3. The sugar pie at Depot. That and the sliders and the bone marrow and the cauliflower side, I recommend them all, but especially the sugar pie if you like smooth, rich desserts.
  4.  Wild Wheat bread. I can’t really live without bread (even though everyone says it’s bad to eat it) and the Wild Wheat ones are my favourite.
  5. Pyjama-dressing.
  6. Fresh Off The Boat. It’s cheesy but I relate to it so I have a place in my heart for this tv show.

Low(e)s:

  1. The last two weekends it has gotten to 11:00pm and I’ve realised I haven’t put up a Highs and Low(e)s of the week.
  2. First parking ticket for 2015. My run of luck has ended.
  3. Getting half way through Episode 3 of True Detective Season 2 and realising you just have no idea what the hell is going on.
  4. When you have Low(e)s to put on your blog but you can’t because publicly calling out people can be an asshole move.

I am Freezing/Ways to keep it together this winter

Posted on July 10, 2015

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Karlie Kloss by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue, April 2010.

If you don’t live in Auckland you probably don’t know, but it’s bloody cold around these parts. If you do live in Auckland, you’ve been feeling it the last few days – icy as. I’m finishing this blog post by the fire, my back is literally 10cm away from it. There’s risk of burns but it’s worth it. Anyway, for a while now I’ve been compiling a little winter wishlist and I’ve finally had the time and inclination to compile it and get it out into the interwebs. So, without further ado, I present to you:

Katherine’s Ten Ways To Keep It Together This Winter:

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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.