For reasons unknown, I intermittently get people asking me for advice on Tumblr. I am in no way any expert on anything and have no idea why anyone would ask me for life advice, so this is somewhat confusing for me. Regardless, it’s kind of interesting to read the questions and definitely a nice change from the usual ‘where do I get a black jacket from?’ and the like.
In the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few more ‘life advice’ related questions than usual, and because sharing is caring, I’ve decided to enlist the help of some of my friends when answering the things, hence this (hopefully regularly) post: “Advice from a stranger”.
First up, the following:
“I don’t know how you feel about giving relationship/love advice but hopefully it’s a nice change. I’m your average 21y girl – reasonable looking, smartish, slim, kinda short, brunette etc – ie. nothing intensely wrong with me (I hope..). The trouble is, I have never had a boyfriend or kissed anyone while sober (total= 3 boys, each while both parties were drunk/Sat night in town). I’ve also never slept with anyone and am starting to feel a bit lame about it. I think I’m too scared. Any advice?”
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to come and check out the happenings behind the scenes at a Number One Shoes shoot. They were shooting their TVC and other press for the Winter boots which have just gone into store. Eager to see how things happen on a commercial shoot with an actual budget, I packed up my camera and my coat and went down on that cold and rainy day to do a little documentation.
Boy was it cold. I was not prepared to be standing outside for great lengths of time, trying to escape the rain. The models must’ve been freezing. Kelvin and Kelsey (both internationals at Clyne) were consummate professionals though – no complaints, no nothing – just get out there in their tiny outfits and do their thing until someone says they’ve got it. How they do this stuff for hours on end, I do not know. Anyway, I digress. Outside was the shoot location, inside was for giant wusses like me. Also, inside was where they kept the snacks (crackers, cheeses, lamingtons, donuts, lollies – a good spread for those wondering).
If you’re an internet freak and you keep up with all the brands and happenings online, it’s likely you’ve already seen this. If you’re a bit slower off the mark (ie. me these days) you may not have, in which case I implore you to take a look. This is Karl Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel film – 18 minutes or so long (five of which are credits), starring Kiera Knightly as Coco Chanel, and a whole host of models (Lindsay Wixson, Baptiste Giabiconi, Saskia De Brauw, etc) as other characters, including New Zealand’s (well sort of) very own Ashleigh Good as Jacqueline Forzane. Her role isn’t small – she’s got lines and everything. She first appears two minutes and 27 seconds in – it’s worth watching just to hear her New Zealand-y accent.
Lonely Hearts Patchwork Dress in the new black and white floral. Image/Area 51.
Hey so that was the longest title of all time, but my post-Sydney-running brain combined with the absolutely abysmal cold rainy Auckland weather has given me blog-post-title block.
As you have probably already gathered, Lonely Hearts has released a couple of black and white floral pieces for high Winter that are right up my alley. Firstly, they’ve recut their infamous Patchwork dress in the new fabric. I own this dress in two other fabrics already and it is my go to. It’s literally one of the most easy things to wear – it’s supremely comfortable. Secondly, the ‘Easy’ pant: a drawstring, light pair of pants that feel like pyjamas but look a million bucks. Supreme casualwear. There are a few other dresses and things in this new fabric but the two mentioned are my favourites. All of the pieces are available at Area 51 (dress here, pants here) online and instore from yesterday, so check ‘em out.
In related news, Lonely Hearts has also (as of just over a week ago) opened up shop within The Department Store. They’re on Level 2, just next to Lucy and the Powder Room, so you can get your nails done and shop for lingerie at the same time. Marvellous.
We landed in Sydney at around 5:30pm last night. I’ve been feeling pretty good. I mean, I’ve been put up in one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed in - the room is huge, modern and clean, the pool/spa/sauna is open 24 hours, there are two televisions, a kitchen, a big ass bed with great pillows, a laundry and robes all for me – so there’s not much to complain about.
I haven’t done any exercise since Wednesday where I went on a 3.5km walk. We’re supposed to be tapering in preparation for our 10km which is becoming increasingly closer. It will be the furthest I have ever run in my entire life. On Thursday, us Nike running NZ media girls (Leonie Barlow from The Style Insider, Tina Moore from Remix magazine and I) were treated to lunch with Olympic athlete Sarah Walker. She gave us some pretty good advice: drink water all day today, have a good meal at 3pm, and one thing that resonated with me – do what you can do to make sure that you’re doing the best you can at this time. Forget about wishing you had a couple weeks more of training and do what you can right now. Particularly good advice for this non-running runner.
So basically for the last couple of days I’ve just been fine. Not worried, kind of excited, relaxed. I mean, I figure it’s like being pregnant. You’ve got to actually give birth at the end, it’s not like you can just keep the baby there forever. It’s coming. The run is coming and I am going to do it and it might be hard but the worst that can happen is that I’ll walk it and that isn’t so bad at all.
In saying all those things, I’m now slightly panicked. 3.5 hours is not so far away, I’m a bit jittery, I’ve forgotten what it feels like to run because I haven’t done it since Tuesday. Do I take a jacket? Should I try to nap now? Was eating fries for lunch a bad idea? Should I put blister plasters on? So many questions! Only time will tell. See you on the other side…!
Recently I was invited to an event with the dress code, ‘cocktail’. As you may already know, I’m not exactly good at dressing up. Casual I can do, but any kind of ‘fancy’ is beyond me. I have many a dress, but none really seem appropriate for ‘cocktail’, and I generally never feel comfortable wearing anything that is cocktail, so I had a bit of a search around and came across this RUBY ‘Pixie’ dress, which is part of their ‘An Education’ capsule collection that Evan Tetreault shot a few months back (remember?). It’s comfortable (eating friendly) and cute. It’s black so it’s versatile, but the shiny, textured fabric makes it that little bit fancy. Note though: You can not wear a bra with this dress, the back is mad low. Boys will probably like it. It actually sold out, but has since been re-cut so we’re all in luck! We can all go to cocktail events with no stress! Hoorah!
PS: The clutch is Isabella Anselmi from Overland, my lipstick is Ronnie Red by MAC. My hair is a mess so let’s not talk about that.
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