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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Take Note Tracks: Blame It On All About Psychosocial

currently: cold. Man this weather.

Welcome to Thursday's Take Note Tracks.

Basically it's an attempt of a weekly feature where I will share with you tracks you should take note of - whether good, bad or bizarre. Because everyone loves to be at the forefront of new music before everyone else, you indie wannabees.

George Ezra - Blame It On Me

If you live in New Zealand, you would have heard George Ezra's song 'Budapest' (currently #1 on the NZ RIANZ charts). He came to New Zealand recently where at work he did a studio interview I filmed, and honestly he seems like a funny, down to earth guy who's really talented. And when he sang a bit of 'Budapest' acapella and it captivated me. So for the past week I've been listening to George Ezra's music and fell in love with the album. The video for 'Blame It On Me' only came out a few days ago, and this song is amazing, and really catchy.
Take note: Britain's best export since Ed Sheeran. He's also super tall.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Life Lessons You Can Actually Learn From Taylor Swift's song '22'

currently: eating birthday cake.

I recently turned 23 last weekend (it was a great birthday, thanks) and so ended the year of playing Taylor Swift's '22' as a theme song for the double twos.

Being 23 is that weird spot in life where you're not old...and yet you're not that young either. No big birthday milestones happen until you're 25. And let's be fair, that's when everyone says it goes downhill from there.

I'm not ready just yet to depart from 22. A time where Taylor Swift says that we're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time, it's actually true. And who knew, you can learn things from a Taylor Swift song.

Life Lessons You Can Learn from Taylor Swift's 22 for people 22-years-old and over
"It feels like a perfect night for breakfast at midnight..."
I endorse eating whenever you feel like it. I feel feeling young and free is the ability to make up your own rules and not taking yourself seriously. Concerned about your hashtag-paleo diet? Calm down and enjoy the ability to make decisions and enjoy things out of the norm. Life is too short.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Ellie Goulding + Broods in Auckland: Mini concert review and photos

currently: keeping warm.

Last Saturday night, I went to Ellie Goulding's concert, and while I quite enjoy Ellie Goulding, but I wouldn't say I'm her biggest fan in the world, or in New Zealand. But after hearing great reviews from Ellie's concert at the Studio a year or so back, as well as quite enjoying the hits from her latest album, I figured I could pay the $79(+fees) worth to go see her at Vector Arena this time around.