Monday, September 8, 2014

Food Tour Party - Miss Clawdy (Wynyard Quarter, Auckland)

currently: listening to 'Robbers' by The 1975

In between shows at New Zealand Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago, my best friend and I needed to get a bit of dinner without walking too far. As the hard wind blew outside the Viaduct Event Centre, we needed to take shelter in a delicious restaurant - good thing we found Miss Clawdy, a place I've been wanting to try for ages.

Located near the Viaduct Events Centre and in Wynyard Quarter, Miss Clawdy has become one of those places that you always see on your Instagram feeds with their soul food and rustic decor. You instantly feel welcomed as you walk in and are served a bowl of cinnamon popcorn while you mull over the menu.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NZFW - Designer Selection Show (Photoset)

currently: listening to 'Chocolate' by The 1975'

The annual tradition of the New Zealand Fashion Week Designer Showcase is still strong with me and my best friend. This year, the Designer Showcase returned to the weekend (hooray!) and was this time sponsored by Resene and a supporting magazine. We attending the Saturday night Cleo showcase and while I still love attending this show (for their happier, different sized models and the tasters of all the different fashion brands) this year seemed a little lackluster and limited. But Resene's opening outfits (the first three images after the jump below) were something different at least.

On a side note, I officially bought my first Designer Garage Sale dress! See the post at the end for the photo.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

NZFW 14 - Kowtow, TK Store, Company Of Strangers & BLAK (Photoset)

currently: listening to Anberlin's latest album.

I love New Zealand Fashion Weekend and seeing the different members of the public attend these shows. You see many walks of life attend - from teens who take selfies from their seats during the show, to ladies with wine glasses and girlfriends at their sides. And of course bloggers and amateur photographers like me who take photos from their seats.

I hadn't heard much about TK Store or Kowtow in the past but BLAK and Company of Strangers are two of my 'must see' designers - and they had some of my favourites in their showcase.

Kowtow:
Kowtow didn't appeal too much to me as they are very much in that oversized style but I've heard that they're fairtrade cotton, which is a good plus.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NZFW 2014 - Juliette Hogan

currently: listening to 'Up We Go' from Lights



I can't say I've always been a fan of Juliette Hogan. To me, her brand over the past couple of years has felt a little dated and aged, and just predictable. Usually I'd give a miss to her line.

And even more so did I want to leave as my friend and I waited more than an hour for this delayed show to begin. But the minute I walked in to the Runway, (The Shed as labeled previous years) my expectations changed.

The show, titled as 'Take It Or Leave It', was laid out with all the seating to one side as if it was more stage hall than runway. We sat down excitedly discussing what was going to happen and if this was why the show took so long to set up. As the lights dimmed and the curtains parted to reveal the sounds of an alternative band, I can tell you this show wasn't feeling dated like others.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

365 Day Photo Project (Days 1-16): What Was I Thinking

currently: listening to 'Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)' by Hillsong United.

"I have a flash new camera. It should be much easier to take photos everyday."

These are words I'll probably eat now for ever saying. But yes, for those who are connected to me on Facebook will know that I have begun a 365 Photo Project. For the next 356 days I aim to take a photo each day. Simple? Yes. Easy? No.

It all began when I, after months of saving and waiting for the perfect sale, bought Jerome my new Canon 700D DSLR camera (named after Jerome from Switchfoot - because Jon and Tim as camera names don't work too well). For a good portion of my teenage life I've borrowed the family's 400D, and later on my boyfriend's 600D when I had to work at concerts. No longer wanting to rely on borrowing other cameras, it felt good to finally invest into my own. It was like living out all the dreams I had. I wanted to be that person capturing moments every day just like I used to in high school at the peak of my photography passion.

"I'll take photos every single day! I'll always be prepared in every moment. I will capture beautiful things."

16 days later, I'm still going - just.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 MTV VMA Fashion Review

currently: listening to Sheppherd - Geronimo

Another year, another VMAs. Another year of questionable tastes in fashion.

This year didn't really seem as exciting as last year's, or as interesting. The only saving grace was probably Beyonce, as per usual.

But thankfully, there's always something to talk about when it comes to VMAs fashion, because in the words of our Lorde, "What is this?"


Best/Worst Matching Couple:
Katy Perry and Riff Raff.
They're the best matching couple because they match really well, yet again they match and it's super ugly, which makes it the worst. So I'm very conflicted with the best award to give them. But I do have two questions:
1) why are they doing a Britney and Justin?
and 2) who is Riff Raff?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Food Tour Party: Better Burger, Britomart

currently: listening to George Ezra 'Blame It On Me'.
Slotted in between 1885 and Britomart Country Club is a new burger joint modestly titled 'Better Burger'. What makes this place better? Well that was the question on everyone's minds.

My ex-uni friends and I (I call them the homegurls) have done a fair bit of touring together around the city's food establishments (and fun fact, they inspired my idea of the first Food Tour Party). From our student tight times of $5 takeaway meals at Wendy's to more recently Burger Burger on Ponsonby Road, our tastebuds understood what a good burger was. And for the first time, no one in this food tour party had ever tried this place before, so it was to be a brand new experience for all. My friend had overheard Better Burger described as 'good burgers but at McDonald's prices'. With that description it was hard to figure out what we were to expect.