Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on May 22, 2016


Maddy Budd. Photo/James K Lowe. 


  1. I’m going to Sydney on Friday!
  2. This profile on Vivienne Teo, on Lani’s blog. It’s really cool and interesting. Vivienne founded this event called Break Bread which you can read about here. If you are here next weekend I would really recommend getting a ticket, it looks dope.
  3. I didn’t buy lunch the whole week last week. It doesn’t sound like that big of an achievement but if you know me, you know I go out and buy something for lunch Monday – Friday and last week I didn’t! Go me! I brought it to work every day! I did end up eating 6 slices of toast on Friday, but it still counts.
  4. Already up to season 5 of Gilmore Girls, that’s how fast we’re going right now. This season I always forget about, the first 3 or 4 are the most watched for me, this season I have only seen twice (LOL) and we’re up to the bit where Logan is introduced to the show so you know, it’s really exciting.
  5. This is not really a high for me because I am not a dog lover (blasphemous, I know) but pretty much everyone I know loves dogs so I thought I should inform you that on Saturday (28th) morning you can take your dog to Victoria Park in Auckland, and someone is going to take a photo of it. I think that someone is Guy Coombes so you know it’s going to be good. The whole thing is part of an event called POP dogs and you can read more about it here.
  7. Booked a trip to Europe!


  1. Let me complain a lot about stupid stuff for a second. This is a full on over-share but HEY, it’s on brand for me so whatever. So I got my period, fuck my life I fucking hate getting my period. Then, I got like 5 pimples. ADULT ACNE IS IT? And THEN I got sick. So now I’m in the lounge, I mean I don’t have my period anymore but whatever, I still have the stupid pimples and I still have the stupid flu and when are both going to go away huh?
  2. Maddy is moving away in less than two months. :(
  3. Oi, why do kids wake up so early?

Highs and Low(e)s.

Posted on May 15, 2016



  1. Did I tell you I am now officially a full time employee with full time salary? The last time I was a full time salaried employee was in 2010. I forgot how nice it is to get a real pay cheque guaranteed on the same day every week. I have less time to go out in the middle of the day and do Nike Training Club workouts or nap, but you know, my boss is pretty nice and flexible with my hours so EVERYONE WINS! (Especially me though.)
  2. Sebastian Errazuriz’s ‘wooden wave cabinet‘.
  3. Lucy Zee’s tweets. (And her snapchat, for that matter.)
  4. For the past month or so, in anticipation of Gilmore Girls: Seasons (it’s a Gilmore Girls revival incase you weren’t aware), Ben and I have been re-watching the series from start to finish. We are up to season 4, episode 8. Each season has about 22 episodes, and each episode is approximately 45 minutes long so you can imagine how much time this is taking up. Anyway, I love it.
  5. Not much can beat getting into a bed that has fresh sheets on it, especially when it’s the first time you have change them in literally 6 weeks (gross).
  6. Went and had a skin consultation at Kiehl’s and the girl was really nice and not judge-y like I thought she might be (well, at least she didn’t openly show how horrified she was at the condition of my skin). I walked away with a bunch of samples she thinks would be right for me and since then I have been trying to be that person who cleanses, tones, serums, moisturises twice a day and then exfoliates every other day and masks every other, other day. It’s not easy when you are the kind of person who would rather spend an extra minute in bed than brush their hair in the morning but I feel like I’m an adult now and I need to do adult stuff so I’m doing it. Also, at the consult they put this thing on your face and hold it on there and then you look at it after and it shows you if you have dry or oily skin and it’s pretty freaky and you almost want to do it but without them there so they can’t see the result but you know, give it a go.
  7. I’m going to Sydney in two weeks to see Bon Iver! The first (and only) time I have seen them play was years ago at Radio City in New York, and it was weird because I knew I was going to be in NYC but I didn’t know if anyone would go with me or whatever because it was so far in advance, so I just bought 3 tickets and hoped and then on the actual night the guy that was going to go with me couldn’t go, so last minute my friend Jenny and her friend Simon came along and it was actually really amazing, one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever been to, and then the band was all ‘this is the last time we’re going to be playing for a while’ and I felt really lucky to have gone, and then two years ago Ben and I tried to go to see Volcano Choir play at a festival in Boston and we got the train there and everything and then a storm came and they had to cancel and it was really sad and now Justin and them, they’re reunioning Bon Iver for this bloody Sydney show and I have booked flights and everything and we are going and I AM PUMPED.


  1. I got instagram ages ago, like, years ago. Ever since I got it there has been a slow decline in posting on this blog, almost to a complete halt (I talk about this so much, I’m sorry) and then like a year ago or whatever, I got snapchat. Ever since I got snapchat there has been a slow decline in instagram posting. (Especially since they started that new weird algorithm thing.) I just think to myself all the time, WHO CARESSSSSS? NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS. Is Snapchat the new Instagram? Or is my life just that boring? Or do I just THINK my life is that boring, therefore making it boring. Or am I lazy? Probably all of the above. The other day someone said to me they felt like Instagram was now like shouting into an empty room. Food for thought.
  2. For months my laptop has been dead – it won’t turn on. For months my phone screen has been cracked from me placing it (okay, placing it firmly, face down) on a tennis court. Now my phone battery is doing that thing where it says it has 40% left and then you open an app and it just dies. Technology is failing me. That being said, I am also obviously not that bothered by it, considering I haven’t had the time or inclination to put aside the money to fix any of these things.
  3. I paid $12 to park in the Britomart carpark for 45 minutes on Tuesday and I can’t get over it.

I had a lucid dream, what does it mean?

Posted on April 29, 2016


Photo/James K Lowe.

The other night at around 12.30am, I had a lucid dream. I don’t really ever have lucid dreams, or not that I can ever remember, but this one was pretty hectic and I got woken up shortly after and because I felt so weird about it and wanted to analyse it later, I groggily noted down what happened in the notes section of my phone.

I’m not sure if anyone really is interested in hearing about my dream because I mean, it’s a dream, it wasn’t real, blah blah who cares? Either way, I hardly ever blog on here anymore so I’m just going to assume the only people who will see this are diehard fans or my parents so let’s go right ahead.

Firstly, some other weird shit happened in the dream, I was in a house, for some reason I was sneaking around and I was scared of being caught so there’s that. I don’t know why but it’s a common theme for dreams of mine (that, and being chased – terrifying) so yeah, no biggie.

The really weird part was that I was in a really high building, kind of like a motel building – you know the ones? They’ve got outdoor corridor/walkways with rooms along one side and a handrail along the other. So a building like that. It was warm, kind of how I think Singapore feels (not that I have been there). I was walking along, handrail on my left, doors to rooms on my right, and then I kind of looked down over the handrail. I was maybe 30 stories high. Then, because I was fully aware I was in a dream, I thought to myself, ‘I wonder what would happen if I jumped off this building?’, like would my mind quickly come up with something to break my fall? Would I die? Would I not be able to do it? Would I just start flying?

Anyway, I was kind of freaked out but I decided that I wanted to jump and if I died, well, it was a dream right? It was still scary but I jumped off and let me tell you, it was the most fucking terrifying, awful, stomach-dropping feeling. The last time I felt that sick was on that Tower of Terror at Disneyland California Adventure Park. It lasted forever, and it felt incredibly real, but I didn’t die. I actually almost slightly slowed down towards the end and landed like a cat and then a second later Ben woke me up, but that’s not really the point. The point is, why the fuck did I decide to jump off? What does that mean? Does it mean anything? And has anyone else had a lucid dream because HOW FREAKY ARE THEY? Any insights welcome.

The end. Happy Friday.

new faces in my old clothes

Posted on April 8, 2016




Becca Collyns at Clyne. All Photos/James K Lowe.

Yesterday James did some go sees* with new faces because you know, that’s what photographers do sometimes. I was there because you know, that’s what annoying, hang-er-on-er sisters do sometimes. It’s also really good just to stay in the loop with the girls in development because they turn into main board girls eventually, blah, blah, model stuff, etc.

Because we were doing this out of Thievery Studios and because James bought a new camera recently, we decided to take some pictures. And just to complicate things even further, I made the girls wear various items from my wardrobe for the pictures, some of which are below. Happy viewing!

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Twenty-seven Names opened a new flagship store and it is beautiful

Posted on March 22, 2016


Store imagery/James K Lowe for twenty-seven names.

My friends Anjali and Rachel have a brand called twenty-seven names, and I know you have heard me talk about it before but they opened a new store in Newmarket about a week ago and it is quite beautiful so I wanted to share some photos of it. Fun fact: they did it all themselves. How cool is that? Anyway, I went to see it and this is going to sound really nerdy but the coathangers are verrrry nice. I suggest you check it out if you are in the area.

To celebrate their opening I decided to do a short Q&A with Anjali, who is hilarious and super cool, has great taste in music and is basically everyone’s dream girl. Check it:

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Things to do in Auckland if you’re coming up for ACL

Posted on March 8, 2016

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Maddy Budd on Sentinel Beach. 

Being a born and bred Aucklander, I get asked a lot about where to go and what to do in this fair city of ours, and with Auckland City Limits coming up I thought it an appropriate time to pre-empt the questions and post some of my favourite things to do here for those visiting.

Firstly, you must eat somewhere good. There are plethora of brilliant dining options in Auckland right now so plan your culinary journey wisely! There is no sense in grabbing McDonald’s on the way from the Airport to your accommodation, it’s a waste of precious stomach space. I can’t actually list all of my favourite things to eat in this city because I will be here forever, but this is a small guide:

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