On my final day in New Zealand I ran around the back streets of Ponsonby with Dan Roberts (streetstyle photographer extraordinaire for casual publications like Vogue Paris and Elle) to shoot these new Bad Things Apparel T-shirts, which were designed by one of my favourite Kiwi designers of all time, Mala Brajkovic, and her partner in crime, model Vinnie Woolston.Click to Continue!
Hello friends! For the past few years I’ve been one of those complete cliches of a human being who rejects everything about their home country. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve complained about New Zealand or New Zealanders or how isolated it is here or the tall poppy syndrome or the lack of fun things to do, or this, that, and the other thing. But home is where the heart is, and after a year of being gone (the longest time I’ve ever spent away from Auckland), I flew back in and realised how incredibly lucky I am to come from this godforsaken country.Click to Continue!
I always think that if I won Lotto, I’d buy apartments in New York, Paris, and the Courtville building in Auckland. Ever since I first enrolled at Auckland University and had to walk past the heritage high-rise on my way to classes, I have been obsessed. You see, Auckland’s property developers went through a terrible phase of knocking down most of our beautiful historic buildings in the mid-to-late 20th Century and replacing them with cheap, ugly office towers, and Courtville is one of the very few old buildings left in the CBD.Click to Continue!
I just got off the phone to my Mum and she told me that the New Zealand media were in an uproar because Lorde had fired off a couple of marginally unhappy Tweets saying how she hadn’t felt safe at the airport today when she flew in from LA because of how aggressive the photographers were. As someone who’s been to Auckland Airport on many an occasion to witness the arrival of a star (including Bieber when he was genuinely manhandled, age 14), I can tell you with no uncertainty that people do get super aggressive, and that New Zealand cameramen (and fans) are no less pushy than anybody anywhere else in the world. The Tweets were hardly worthy of a news story (or this blog post, for that matter), and were deleted soon after.Click to Continue!
Lorde won two Grammys last night!!! As a New Zealander, a fan, and a lover of all things underdog, this makes me insanely happy. I can’t even imagine how crazy the last 12 months must have been for that girl, but I can say in no uncertain terms that last night must have been next level amazing — James K Lowe instagrammed from the Daft Punk party at about 3:00am LA time and a Grammy pool party (with tons of people swimming) at about 4:00am LA time, so rest assured that we all missed out on big time shenanigans.Click to Continue!
Who here read the Sunday Star Times article on Jaeha’s debt in the weekend? I for one was really upset, annoyed and unimpressed by it. First off, let me state quite clearly that I don’t condone not paying off your debts, and I don’t think it’s right to go AWOL when creditors start calling. But I don’t think that’s what this is really about. Here we have a young designer, Alex Kim, just starting out in business. But he’s not just an ordinary young designer. He’s the young designer that fashion journalists have named the number one breakout designer toClick to Continue!
I’ve just heard a rumour that British tabloid queen Amy Winehouse is booked in to play a few shows here in New Zealand next year. Still unconfirmed at this stage but how good would that be? There’s nothing like a bit of drama to spice things up. Wonder if she’ll play at the Beehive? Get it – Beehive?Click to Continue!
“At time of writing New Zealand are below such Olympic superpowers as Azerbaijan, India, Tajikistan, Togo and Zimbabwe. Yes, Tajikistan.”Taken from the NZ Herald Website. Pictured is the Togo kayaker Benjamin Boukpeti who won bronze medal in the men’s slalom race. Also heard yesterday on why rowing is our greatest chance of an Olympic medal:“New Zealanders can only win medals in one situation: when they’re sitting down.”Click to Continue!
I’m home!And so happy to be here. Exhausted after the 12 hour flight, but loving New Zealand. It’s so clean, fresh and natural. God Bless this country!p.s. I just got the new black MacBook and that shizz is flyyyyyyyyy.Click to Continue!