Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on August 18, 2014

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Models in Karen Walker seen through the crowd at The Marr Factory show. Photo/James K Lowe.

Highs:

  1. The Marr Factory kicked off this week with Karen Walker’s ‘The League’ SS14-15 show. I was there, it was a good time, there was cauliflower truffle soup on offer. Very nice. The clothes were also pretty cool. There’s something about a head to toe Karen Walker look that is super appealing to me.
  2. The kind of motivation that only comes from having 2 hours ’til deadline. The kind of shit you can achieve under that sort of pressure is incredible.
  3. This.
  4. Trawling Trademe for fancy properties that you can’t afford to rent, just for kicks and because there’s something nice about looking at the insides of other peoples houses. Or is it just me?
  5. Less than 3 weeks ’til I go on holiday, yippie!

Low(e)s:

  1. Trying to find a place to eat on a Sunday night in Ponsonby. So many places are shut!
  2. The price of tampons. It’s annoying enough to have to purchase them in the first place.
  3. Heartbreak, wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Well, almost anyone lol.

Chelsea boots for big spenders.

Posted on August 15, 2014

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Margaret Howell Cropped Chelsea Boot, £425. Image/margarethowell.co.uk.

With fashion week coming up, the arrival of Spring/Summer collections, and my impending trip to New York, I have been thinking a lot about my wardrobe, what to donate, what to wear, what to pack, you know – frivolous ‘first world problems’ type shit. I got this email the other day from Margaret Howell. Well, when I say I got it from Margaret Howell I mean that I’m subscribed to their mailers, so I got one of those, and within it was a pair of chelsea boots.

I’ve always liked the idea of a chelsea boot. They’re practical, there’s no lacing or any of that nonsense, they’re classic, can be worn with a multitude of wardrobe items. The issue I have with most, is the shape. I don’t like them too pointy, I don’t like them too round. As someone with short legs, the height they go up your ankle is something I’m wary of. For a fussy person like me, there’s a lot to consider. The Margaret Howell pair look like they fit the bill. At £425, they’re not exactly a steal for most people (including me), but sometimes it’s nice to window shop online for things a little out of reach.

That big spiel leads us to here. A post on the best pairs of chelsea boots to buy, for people with disposable incomes.

Happy Friday readers.

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The Uniform feat. Moira.

Posted on August 13, 2014

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Moira (Clyne). All Photos/James K Lowe.

I’ve been keeping an eye on Moira (Clyne) for a while now, maybe a year. I mean it in the least creepy way possible. (It’s funny, when you spend decent periods of time at a modelling agency you pick up phrases like ‘keeping an eye on’ and ‘her body/face/hair/etc is looking good’ and after a while it doesn’t feel weird anymore.) She was pretty shy when I first encountered her, but over the last 6 months she’s really come into her own. She’s still quiet, but she’s got an energy and a presence where you can tell she’s comfortable and confident. She’s got a face that is both pretty and interesting. Maybe it’s the brows, I don’t know, but I like it.

Check out Moira, our 7th girl in this Uniform project, after the cut (clothing credits at the end):

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Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on August 10, 2014

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Really great Depot meal earlier today.  

Highs:

  1. Hey, so last week I got sent this email about Where Next?, an app by Heart of the City that basically tells you things you can do within Auckland’s CBD at any given time. How it works is you click ‘Where Next?’ and it analyses the time and the day and your location and the weather and your preferences (if you put them in) and gives you options of places you could go right then and there, whether it be a restaurant or an exhibition at the art gallery or the film festival, etc. Anyway, today a few of us used the app to figure out where to go for a late lunch and when Depot came up as an option, I pounced, having never eaten a meal there before. IT WAS DELICIOUS! When I was reading the menu I was a bit weary, but when the food came out I was pretty happy, especially with the Snapper Sliders and the Sugar Pie. I highly recommend both. And I also recommend the app, especially for indecisive people like me.
  2. Last night I went to a joint birthday party for my friends Lani and Shirl. I won’t go into all the details but it was held at Las Vegas strip club on K Rd and there was Toto’s Pizza, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Hello Kitty napkins and this. THANKS FOR THE FUN TIMES GUYS!
  3. You may have already seen this, but if you haven’t you need to.
  4. I went to Disney on Ice on Friday night. It wasn’t just me – Ben and Oli (aka Buzz Lightyear) came along too. We were invited to this really cute pre-event thing for kids, which had really great kids catering – sausage rolls, little turkish bread ham and cheese sandwiches, cupcakes – and kids entertainment in the form of photos with the Disney characters, Disney goodie bags, fairy helpers blowing bubbles, colouring books and pens – you know, kid stuff. The actual show was pretty amazing. I was a bit skeptical about it all, having never been to any show on ice, but it was actually very entertaining. Aladdin even had his flying magic carpet.
  5. Having a brother that wears the same size pants as you so you can share clothes.

Low(e)s:

  1. People who ask you who you voted for previously or who you will be voting for in September, and when you don’t tell them, get really aggressive about it, and then when you do finally just tell them, completely lose the plot, get angry and try to convince you why you’re wrong and why you should vote for x party. I don’t get it. What purpose does that serve?
  2. Dear Jervois is closed on Tuesdays? What?
  3. Ramen Do is closed on Tuesdays too? WHAT?

NZFW: Show Packages 2014 – Red Eleven

Posted on August 8, 2014

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Juliette Perkins in Red Eleven’s NZFW Show Package. Images/Supplied.

I’ve saved the biggest show package for last. Since acquiring N Model Management, Red 11‘s model count has increased a tonne, so it’s not surprising that they have 73 show cards for this year’s fashion week. There are a few too many models of note to mention, so I’m just going to talk about a few of them. Firstly, Juliette Perkins – I’m pretty sure this is her NZFW debut and I think she’s Red 11′s new face to watch. She’s 5’11″, lean, and I can tell you first hand she’s a breeze to work with.

Ella Corbin came from N Models, she’s also a new(ish) face I think will do well based on the work she’s gathered so far this year. Same goes with Natarsha Orsman and Monica Cronin who both recently signed to IMG. Alex Stokes and Maxine are both models I have always found had a cool look, so I hope they book something this year. And as a bit of a wild card, I’ve never seen Ash Cole before, but I think if she’s got a good walk I think she’s got potential.

On the male front, I feel like I’ve heard a lot about this Djordje so I think he’ll be popular based on that. Dane Bell is edgy and has that whole European vibe, and David Holworthy is a guy I tried to scout outside a store in Britomart one time. I think he’s got a good look and a sort of ‘charm’ about him. Paul W also looks like he could be perfect for some of the edgier New Zealand brands (also, kind of unrelated, but I totally went to the same dance school as that guy. He was way younger than me but I remember he was good at tap. That is all.)

Finally, there are a few seasoned models thrown in there – Ngahuia, Penny Pickard, Siannon, Liv O’Driscoll to an extent. You’ll see even Jaime Ridge is giving this a go. Check out the full package below:

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NZFW: Show Packages 2014 – Unique Models

Posted on August 8, 2014

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Tessa, the one to watch from Unique Model Management’s NZFW Show Package (in my opinion!). Images/Supplied.

For a relatively new agency (formed earlier this year), Unique has a decent number of models on its books. Their show package consists of 28 girls and boys – many of whom are newish faces. There are a couple of people of note – firstly, upwardly mobile Tessa, who had a really successful first season at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia a few months ago, secondly, their international Amy, who has a pretty great portfolio from what I can see on the website, and finally, Finn who has just returned from Milan and is just classic good looking.

Others I am looking out for (at NZFW and just in the future) based on their showcards – Erin, Mackenzie – who is really new and from the South Island, and Ruby because LOOK AT HER FACE. Finally, Ed, and I’m not sure why I like the look of this guy but that headshot he’s got makes me want to see more. In the least creepy way possible.

Check the full show package below:

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