Weekend Tunes: Movement

I downloaded this track a few weeks ago after hearing it on my way out in the car one night, heading out to meet someone for dinner. It’s been on high rotation and reminds me of someone every time I hear it, which I can never decide is a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to music!

It’s so damn good. That percussion *nice*.

Local Exploring: Devonport

With all the rainy weather we have been having for the last few weeks, the first sign of a dry day I just had to wrap up the small person and get out of the house and into some fresh air. We live relatively close to Devonport, I guess you could call it a naval town? I grew up in Devonport on and off and have spent a lot of time there over the years. It’s a pretty place to visit, albeit a bit out of the way.

We visited the Devonport Craft Market, played at the playground, had fish and chips on Cheltenham Beach then went for a mission up and around North Head before an amble back down the mountain through the quiet, wide streets filled with Victorian villas. Needless to say, we were all very tired from masses of walking.

IMG_4647 IMG_4630 IMG_4646 IMG_4640 IMG_4651 IMG_4670  Top: Gun turret along the south side of North Head, walking along the waterfront with Lil G, looking across to the city from the bottom of North Head, Rangitoto Island from Cheltenham Beach, looking down along Cheltenham from the top of North Head, Lil G stopping for a swing on our walk home.

Auckland Art & Craft Fair

Another Auckland Art & Craft Fair is completed (the 9th one!) here are some of my favourite photo’s from the day. Until November…

Hydrangea Ranger
June 2014 Fair
Sewer Powers
Plastic Fairy
Native Creative
Crushes  Top: Hydrangea Ranger bracelets, Crowd shot of the market in full swing, Sewer Powers screen printed cushions, Felt.co.nz table, Workshop concrete mounted light, Plastic Fairy brooches, hanging plant holder from Native Creative, earrings from Crushes.

All photography by Jessica Whiting.


photo (1) (1) Annie (the musical) has hit New Zealand’s shores with much fanfare! I sent along my guest writer, Britta Sisam, to check it out on opening night this past Friday 13th and here is what she had to say…

When a musical fanatic like myself is given the opportunity to go and see a broadway classic set in stunning NYC and starring a real life dog, needless to say, expectations are high.

Seated in the Civic surrounded by 10 year olds, Annie exceeded my expectations. The glitz and glamour of New York in the 30′s was brought out through the ever-changing set, mixed with a fantastic ensemble who oozed American enthusiasm with both their songs and fab dance routines.

But, I have to say the highlight was the incredible young actresses playing the girls of Municipal Girls Orphanage. The cutest I swear was only two feet tall and managed to belt out a song and back it up with some slapstick comedy – hilarious. “It’s a hard-knock life” was a crowd favourite.

Zoe Fifield playing Annie was such a joy to watch, especially on stage with the dog, great chemistry (drip feeding treats probably helped there). I couldn’t look away from her rendition of ‘Tomorrow’.

All in all a great night, maybe a bit long for the little ones in the crowd (some of whom were fading at intermission) but definitely worth it for the Disney-esque feel-good factor.

- Britta Sisam

For more information you can visit the official website. Click here to purchase tickets.

Weekend Tunes: Deftones


BAM! A blast from the past with this one. I was chatting to a lovely person the other week about the kind of music we listened to when we were younger, several bands came up and it reminded me of this acoustic version of the Deftones track, Be Quiet & Drive. It was released on an EP, I forget the name.

My friend from Art College, Sam James, loaned me the CD (before we had i-whatevers, we had portable compact disc players and walkmans with tapes) when I went on a trip home from the UK to Auckland for a few weeks, I listened to this track on the plane on repeat. It reminds me of being 17, hanging at the saktepark, going to Art College and generally having one of the best times of my life.

And for educational purposes, here is the original of the song. This is always on my running playlist.

Image kindly borrowed from MetalInsider.com

Hip-Hip Hooray! Birthday Times

It’s a mere 11 days until my birthday! I’m actually looking forward to it this year, I do every year, but now having left behind the pressures of the impending THREE-OH, birthdays for the next five years are in a splendid area of less pressure and my own high expectations that I for one, am going to enjoy.

So as I do each year, I’ve put together a little list of the things I’ve had my eye on as of late! (Any excuse to peruse online stores) I’m a very easy person to buy for, but also a right pain in the ass (don’t just agree, let me explain) if I see something I like, I usually just self gift (I’m so kind to myself) which is a little self sabotaging. I also tend to suggest very boring, practical things when people ask, so I really should stop doing that.

Really, all I usually want on my birthday is a sleep in, breakfast in bed of pancakes and bacon to magically materialise next to me and a good book to read. Ammiright?

Birthday Gift Guide 2014 1. Marc Jacobs ‘Baker’ watch 2. Minimalist silver bangle from TheFORMA 3. Isabel Marant black lace bra 4. Sylvia print by Margaret Petchell 5. CLIC Metal iPhone case made from Cherry wood and Stainless Steel 6. Peony pillow case from Society 6 7. Embellished knit from Witchery 8. It’s OK Banner from Secret Holiday Co 9. Cup with birch wood coaster from Kikki K 10. Essie in Eternal Optimist from Farmers 11. Colour block knit scarf from Country Road 12. Faceted sterling silver stacking rings from Shoppe

Home Inspiration: Flora & Fauna

I love having plants at home, unfortunately however, it’s a little hit and miss with the survival of my plants. I used to be so good at gardening and looking after plants! Unless they are quite hardy, they do tend to have short lives…

Murderous tendencies aside, I love having plants in my house. They bring life to a room and make it feel like home. They soften hard edges and can create height and interest where it was previously a little boring.

group of plants 1 I’m sure plants are like us and like to have friends. Keep them in groups with varying heights for an interesting display. Repurpose old baking tins, fill with soil, succulents and rocks for a coffee table centrepiece that will change from week to week. Left, Right

shelves etc If you’re small on floor space, place plants on shelving. Use tall and hanging plants to soften harsh edges or surfaces in a room. Left, Middle, Right

square planets etc Fill small window ledges and shelves with life! I love having little plants along my kitchen and bathroom window. Hanging plants like this ‘string of pearls’ above a table or in a corner creates interest in an otherwise lifeless space. Left, Middle, Right tray of cactietc Cacti and succulents have great colour tones, plant them in groups for an interesting yet subtle colour palette.

What are your tips for easy to take care of house plants?

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