- The anorak. More specifically, the army green/khaki anorak. There are a few options around town but one of my favourites has to be this men’s one by Huffer. (They do a women’s version too for those that way inclined.) It’s simple, has just the right amount of details (the leather trims!) and is supremely practical for Autumn weather. I tossed up between the men’s and women’s and decided to go for the men’s because I’m actually a boy trapped inside a girl’s body. I copped an XS one on Friday – the sleeves are a bit long but I just rolled them and went with it. I think I like it even better with the sleeves rolled anyway. I didn’t plan to but it ended up that I wore it literally all weekend. I even took it out on Saturday night and put my things in the pockets instead of taking a bag. Genius.
- The breakfast at Domain & Ayr. I know it’s not exactly a new café, but it’s new to me. Since changing from Kokako, I have visited approximately seven times – and twice on my own. The food is good. More specifically, three things are particularly good: The Orange Refresher (carrot, orange, pineapple and lemon juice served in a giant glass jar), the caramel and macadamia slice (I have driven across town just to get a slice of this to go) and the ‘crispy hinemoa produce potato and juponica garden herb hash’ – you really can’t get much better than fried grated potato. But if you’re not that way inclined, the place has a whole range of model foods (read: salads) which are particularly good too. Domain & Ayr is situated at 492 Parnell Road, Auckland – half way between Parnell and Newmarket, near the Mobil station and entrance to The Domain.
- Baggu has come out with a new and improved backpack – one with a pocket on the front. And as a shared owner (Isaac and I bought them conjointly so we could share different colours. We’re not at all nerds) of three of the original version of these bags already, I can vouch for them. With a multitude of colourways at your disposable, and at US$34.00 a pop, they really are a steal. I’m thinking about grabbing the navy as my next colour choice. Imagine chucking on that tan one with the army green parka over a dress and a beanie and some Chucks. You’d be away laughing.