Posts from the “Me” Category

I helped Moochi design a dress

Posted on April 30, 2014

Me, in my Moochi ‘Katherine’ dress. Photo/James K Lowe.

Designing a dress for yourself isn’t easy. Designing a dress in collaboration with a brand is even harder. I was put to the test when Moochi approached me (and four other great girls – see here) a few months back, and asked each of us to help design a black dress to go into stores as part of their dress week collection.

I can’t speak for the others but I was pretty gung-ho at the start, I mean – all I needed to do was think of a dress and then tell Moochi about it and they would make it, right? I soon realised there are a lot of factors that go into designing a dress – you need to think about fits and how the garment will look on a range of sizes, and then you have to think about fabrics because some fabrics don’t work with certain fits. Then there’s the actual construction of the garment – I mean, you have to get into it somehow, right? Also, I had to keep the commercial viability factor in mind.

So with all that being said, I think I did a pretty good job of producing a dress that has a bit of me in it and a bit of Moochi, and a little bit of what I think other people will like. I wanted it to be simple and easy to wear, be able to be worn in the day and at night, and I was pretty adamant it needed to be made from a good quality fabric. After a couple of fittings and a bit of back and forth, what resulted was a cute black silk shift with sheer sleeves, a sheer insert at the neck and an elongated keyhole at the back.

I’ve got some pictures of the dress on a real model, but until then, here are a couple of me lounging around wearing the sample. This Moochi ‘Katherine’ dress goes into stores during dress week (16-18 May) but is available for pre-order (all the dresses as part of dress week have been made in very limited numbers) from today onwards, from here.

Happy viewing, readers.

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A story about me playing tennis

Posted on April 24, 2014

Me on the court in my tennis gears last weekend. Instax (because everyone looks better on instax)/Ben Lawson.

I played tennis on and off for the duration of my childhood. I never partook in any other sport, aside from a one season stint at basketball when I was 10, and a one season stint at 6th form ‘Social Soccer’ which I did largely because there was a navy hoodie as part of the sports uniform and you could wear it at school in place of (or in my case, on top of) your standard v-neck school uniform sweater.

I don’t know how old I was when I first got sent to David Branks at Mount Eden Tennis Club. Young, though. I actually went through a bunch of tennis coaching clinics but mostly Mount Eden’s ones. I’d go weekly in Primary school, and more in the holidays. I’d do interclub on weekends in summer and at 15 years old I would spend most of my school holidays at the tennis club. I’d go in the morning from 9:00am – 12:00pm to the Junior Tennis Clinic and teach the 5 year olds ball skills, or umpire the 8 year olds games (for $7.00 an hour, cash in hand). I’d walk to the dairy in Mt Eden Village and get a drink, then a pie, then I’d walk back down Poronui Street and attend the Advanced Tennis Clinic as a ‘student’ from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. In January for a few years my whole family would fly to Melbourne to watch the Australian Open. Heck, I even had private lessons at one stage.

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Today my blog turned five years old.

Posted on March 6, 2014

In previous years I have forgotten about March the 6th. I almost forgot about this blog birthday again until someone asked me this morning how long I’d been doing it for. ‘Doing a blog’ is such a weird phrase, it doesn’t sound right. I’m actually kind of annoyed at myself for not putting today in my calendar. If I had I could have organised something as a celebration. I’ve always wanted to chuck a bunch of money into a party and have blog supporters be able to come and eat and drink and dance and take lip-sync selfie videos in a safe environment with no judgement and at no (or very little) financial cost to them. I guess it’ll have to wait ’til next…

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Old iPhone photos and other stories #2.

Posted on February 12, 2014

Here is the second edition of old iPhones and other stories. The backstory is here for those who didn’t read the first edition. For those who can’t be bothered click, long story short, I’ve got over 10,000 iPhone-taken photos stored on my computer from the past four years or so, some of which have never seen the light of day. I am giving some of them the light of day. The above photos is actually quite recent, it’s from Boxing Day last year. Ben and I took his son Oli to what Oli refers to as ‘the hill’, which is an astroturfed hump in the ground in Silo Park. ‘The hill’ sits next to a playground and this sort of manmade pond/paddling pool (but are…

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Old iPhone photos and other stories.

Posted on November 25, 2013

A year or so ago, I upgraded my dropbox account to the paid 100gb version. I did this so I would never (or probably never) run out of space to store my iPhone photos. I take a lot of photos with my phone, hardly ever post any of them anywhere, but like to have them as keepsakes I guess. My dropbox automatically syncs my phone photos, so it’s constantly updating. The other day I checked, and there are 12,229 photos in that folder. Holy hell. I did what one does when one is presented with a folder of 12,229 photos. I went back to the the beginning and started scrolling through. Oh, the memories! The nostalgia! The regret! The first one I have is…

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I’m doing a shoot at Moochi on Thursday and I need a stylist!

Posted on November 4, 2013

As the title suggests, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm this Thursday (7 November) I will be conducting a little photoshoot in the Moochi High Street store (cnr Vulcan Lane and High Street) as part of Moochi’s Dress Week. I’ve got the model – international babe Alexandra Storm, I’ve got the hair and make-up – thanks to Redken and MAC, I’m the photographer, so all I need now is a stylist: you. If you fancy yourself a good ‘put togetherer of clothes’, do come down to check out the dress week collection and have a go at styling Alexandra in whatever you like from the store. (See my efforts on myself, above.) But wait, there’s more. We’re throwing a bit of incentive (and competition!) into the mix:…

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