Thursday, November 20, 2014

Black for Summer...Takaya

People say NZers wear a lot of black. I can tell yo that when I went the Comme de Garcon in Tokyo, or Givenchy in was pretty much all black. And black black. We should celebrate it. Black in summer looks fantastic! Takaya is from Osaka, and is wearing all Japanese designers. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

20 Most Beautiful..coming soon

God, it's almost that time again. This is the 4th year we have done a 20 Most Beautiful. Really, what it is, is just a summary of the year gone by, in 20 images. It's not a definitive who's hot list, rather - 20 people I found memorable enough to collate for an end of year post. This image from 2011. Seems so long ago now! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alannah Hill RESORT collection sunglasses giveaway

Post a comment below to win a pair of sunglasses from the new RESORT collection from Alannah Hill. We have a tortoise shell and pearl shell to giveaway.

I have soft spot for the cat eye frames. They’re summery, and fun, they say Audrey and Marilyn. There is a little bit of film icon in them. They look great with denim or a cocktail dress – they’re a versatile shape.

Blurb time. “Alannah Hill frames are finely hand crafted from high-grade optical quality Acetate, and are produced by a partner of SAFILO (Italy), the company behind Jimmy Choo, Dior, Gucci and Celine eye wear.

Lenses offer 100% UV protection, conforming to Australian, USA and EU standards, and ‘prescriptable’ - therefore they can be fitted with an optical prescription lens by an optometrist if required. All lenses have been tested by the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency to the Australian Standard.”

A nice collection from Alannah Hill and I’m sure you’d want to be in for one of these pairs. Email now. Glasses come with hard case and soft case.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nick...Waterview Coffee Project

The WaterviewCoffee Project is a share-owned community focused cafe in a shipping container in Waterview. Nick is the barista...who does some of the best coffee around, using fairtrade Kokako coffee. 

If you're in the area, check in. Monday - Friday 7 - midday / Sat & Sun 7 - 1pm. 

Friday, November 7, 2014


* please let me know if I have spelt incorrectly. Blimming iPhone autocorrect. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

In the City

The thing old is that paper. It looks to be from the 1940's!!

And from another Generation....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Design Kids

Black for Summer. Black, Black, Black, Black, Black ! Love it. Design students Holly & Phillip.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

And the winner is...Jooles

Thanks so much to all the participants in the How to be Parisian book. As always we put all the names in a large brimmed hat, mixed it all up, closed eyes, and picked a winner. And that winner was Jooles. Please get in touch with your full name and address details and I'll post the book out. To everyone else best of luck next time. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Clean Fragrance.

A clean fragrance.

What IS that smell ? My wife asks.

What do you mean?

WHAT is that smell ?

Why ?

I LOVE IT, says Tabitha. My wife Tab is one with a well honed nose for any fragrance, and was intrigued about a new scent I’d just sprayed on. ‘Clean’ is the word I’d use, she said. I usually wear musky, woody heavy scents, so this one was a real change.

Artisan, by John Varvatos. Nope. I’d never heard of it either. According to the press it has Sicilian Clementines mixed with Juicy Tangelo, it has taut herbal accents of Wild Thyme, Majoram, solar floral notes of Indian Murraya…and on and on..I’m not going to read the rest.  

The packaging and the bottle is cool. And we know a lot of is ALL about the bottle. The cane detail, and the heavy metal cap is nice.

John Varvatos. Who is he you say? You might well ask. He is a US designer, who joined Polo Ralph Lauren in 1984, went over to be head of Calvin Klein menswear in 1990, and went back to be head of menswear at Ralph Lauren in 1995.

In 2000 he launched his Menswear collection and won the Perry Ellis Award for new Menswear designer. Last year he was honoured at the Style Awards during NY Fashion Week  - Menswear designer of the year. With his CK and Ralph Lauren background I can totally see where he is coming from with this fragrance. Cleeeeeeaaan. I like it. A good day scent. It is under the Elizabeth Arden umbrella, and stocked exclusively at certain Farmers stores.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cool Places...Slowing down in Te Aroha

I had a wonderful weekend away with Tabitha in Te Aroha. It is a little town of 3,500 people in the Waikato, and it’s slow pace, diminished energy, great light, and wonderful history is thoroughly energising. I think I have talked about this place before, but it’s imbued with a real sense of magic and charm. When spa treatments were all the rage in the late 1800’s and turn of the century, this used to be one of four geothermal centres, heaving with visitors fresh off the train: The others being Rotorua, Hamner Springs, and Waiwera. The wetlands area is just beautiful, and the Hauraki rail trail to Paeroa is a real gem. Slow down..and wind down in this little place. You might just never want to leave.

Champagne afternoon..

Lavendar, Lavendar everywhere! 

Evening light and lavender 

The Wetlands...

Tabitha in the Greenery 

Tabitha at the Green

Evening quiet


Red and Cream cottage 

Bridge to Te Aroha 

Bridge over the stream..

Hauraki Rail Trail under brooding skies

Te Aroha Lodge 

Evening walk...

Thinking about the day...