- This fashion week coverage is much the same as every other, except I’ve got Maddy Budd on board (‘Backstage with Budd’) to share snaps of what she’s seeing as well as what I am. SO, for posts on things I (and Maddy) saw at the shows, models off-duty and people I met and liked at New Zealand Fashion Week 2012, see my blog.
- For a semi-constant, sort-of-live (as close as we can get) stream of iPhone photographic updates on what’s going on at the venue and behind the scenes, see nzfwisawesome.tumblr.com. (Last year’s was pretty funny at times, so if you’re only going to choose one thing to follow, I recommend this.)
- If that’s not enough, you can follow my twitter for (sometimes scandalous) things overheard at New Zealand Fashion Week (#overheardatNZFW) and other incoherant ramblings, and you can see photos I deem good enough to post on my instagram here (or follow me @thedownlowe).
- Finally, if it’s all too overwhelming, for a place to see a summary of the above you can subscribe to my Facebook page.
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What: The Officeoriginair Herb Garden. A place for your herbs.
Why: Because who doesn’t love things like this? And because people should grow their own herbs. For cooking with. And putting in cocktails, especially when summer is on its way. And because those little pots you get at the supermarket don’t look nearly as nice as they do in one of these. Plus those scissors are awesome. This is the kind of thing you get and you put in your kitchen and you feel like you’re one of those real human beings who cooks food and trims their herbs and keeps things tidy and perfect and lives in the real world like a real adult. (As opposed to one of those human beings who eats takeout everyday and drinks from the milk container and leaves their crap all over the floor.) I swear if you had one of these, people would come into your house and see it and think to themselves ‘this is a real grown up, onto it person’.
Best for: An older (and when I say older, I mean probably at 18 and up) person. I say this because not many under 18 year olds have their own kitchens (they have their parents kitchens). Great for people who have just moved into a new place. It’s something slightly different from platters and coffee cups, but still useful and beautiful. Best for those who like to cook or make cocktails. People who like tidy and stylish kitchens – this thing isn’t exactly cheap (NZ$154.00). Good for parents. And if you want to make it that extra bit special, you could pick out and purchase some herbs to go in the thing as well.
Okay, okay I’m sold. Where can I get one?: At the Simon James Design store in The Department Store in Takapuna, Auckland, or if the North Shore is just that bit too far (and let’s face it – it nearly always is), you can get it online here.
I started packing for my trip last night. This is good and bad at the same time. Good, because I’m working today and don’t have very much time between getting home and having to be at the airport so at least I’m being organised, but bad because the more time I have to add things to my suitcase, the more I do.
I’ve got five t-shirts already (above), is that excessive for 35 days travel? It’s so hard to say. Five tees and three pairs of pants and one short sleeve shirt and one long sleeve shirt. But that’s not all…
Presenting: A gratuitous ‘iPhone pictures of my suitcase’ post:
Today I popped into Pencil, a charming new boutique stationery store in Ponsonby (next door to Agnes Curran, it occupies the space formerly held by Parinto). The brainchild of stylist/girl-about-town/daughter-of-World-founders, Pebbles Hooper, Pencil is basically heaven for anyone who likes stationery. Seriously. The place is filled with all sorts of anything you would ever need to occupy your office or home – there’s luxury pencils, pens, paper and notebooks and cards as well as knick-knacks (potato gun, anyone?) and vintage furniture. And tonnes of unique-to-the-store items: Crayola pens sit in the cabinet, there’s a giant pencil in a school locker in the back corner, and at $2.00 a pop, the original salt water taffy is there for the trying. The place is perfect if you’re trying to find an original gift. Even if you’re not into stationery, it’s worthy visiting just to see how cute the decor is. Check it out (a gazillion more photos below):
Attention budding creative-business types: Nothing says professional like good quality stationery. And nothing says creative like good quality, good looking stationery. These Kraft envelopes encompass both. And because I think I am both a professional (kind of ) and creative, I think it’s best I be getting some. I mean, how good would it feel to open up one of those babies, put in some (obviously very important) crisp documents, tie up the whole thing with that bit of string and deliver it to a client? How good would that be?! Imagine the look on their face! AMAZING. (I’m a nerd.)
If you think you are also a bit of a creative professional and you want to add some fancy-envelope-goodness to your life, you can get your hands on some (in various sizes) here.
Somewhere between October last year and now, I lost my suitcase-packing skills. Back in October, I was organised and calculated and I knew exactly what to take where, and how many pairs of socks I would need and everything. In January I was pretty good, I had one suitcase that took me all around Europe and America, but I did have to buy a bigger carry-on. Now it’s April and I’m going to Sydney in about three hours, and for some unexplained reason, it took me four hours to pack yesterday. I’m taking the same suitcase I took on my 7 week Great Adventure. It’s full. I have lost the inability to efficiently pack a suitcase.
I have six pairs of pants for God’s sake! Six! (This sh*t ridiculous!)
Anyhow, the point is, we all know in reality I’m only going to want to wear half of what I’ve packed, but to prove a point I will probably try to change twice a day in order to justify bringing all these clothes.
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) officially starts on Monday, so I’ve got nearly four whole days to properly hang out and explore the city. Got a recommendation as to somewhere I should go (that I haven’t been before)? Let me know!
PS. It is 4.30am. Note to self: You are an idiot for booking such an early flight. IDIOT.