• Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Projects/Collaboration,  Uncategorized

    Christmas Top Five

    Last Tuesday, my siblings and I sat down with ginger nuts and green teas (in envy of the British Christmas) for the first screening of Elf. If one thing is promised in our household, it’s that many more screenings are to come. Failure to attend movie nights in December is like skipping granola on an all-day breakfast menu: you just don’t do it. 5 minutes late, and you can expect to be criticised by the masses for having poor Christmas spirit. The truth is, nothing starts the silly season on a more joyful note than the escapades of Will Ferrell in…

  • Inspiration,  Travel

    And then we went South-East

    In less than twenty four hours, I will head to Europe. It’s a fortunate reality I’m still getting my head around. Travel is funny like that. It’s all up in the air (metaphorically), until of course, you’re up in the air (literally). Clouds never appear more dream-like, and life, never more unrealistic. With such a daze in mind, it’s time I looked back. To the moments, the people, and to the South East Asia. It was April this year when I travelled to Vietnam. I was 16. With a hunger for dumplings and meeting new people, they called me young and…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration,  Projects/Collaboration

    Let’s Talk About The Edit.

    While it’s still hot outside, Boohoo.com is thinking ahead.   What’s on their mind? An inevitable chill, black paint in the sky at the early hour of five. In case the first coat smears, they’re handing us a jumper. A jacket to sling over our shoulders. A beanie that like Zoella makes even Winter look desirable.   Boohoo.com is introducing the second season of The Edit.     And basically, I want it. Not in a beggy, little school girl sort of way. I want it because it displays the place I’m at in a combination of cuts.      …

  • Fashion,  Inspiration,  Projects/Collaboration

    2015 poses one big question: How daring is too daring?  12pm on the 1st of January and I was already being forced to answer it. Standing on the edge of the wharf along Auckland Harbour, the waves taunted below.  Rough, dark, and ready to swallow up anyone who dared jump. Namely, me. Two boys, they must have been about seven years old, stood metres away from the edge, egging myself and a few friends on. What they lacked in height,  they made up for in sass. “I bet you won’t jump.”  Deciding I actually wanted to see the sun rise…

  • Inspiration,  Projects/Collaboration,  Travel

    It’s 2015. It’s the second of January, and here I am. Finally ready to join the conversation. After some thought, I know what I want to say. Inadvertently, also how I want to begin 2015. I had to write this one on paper because I want my thoughts to be as pure and genuine as possible. The truth is, up until around 10 years old, I was a very serious person. I took people, and well, life, seriously. I kept reasonably to myself. In the earlier years of school, I remember there were times I would sit in the sun,…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration,  Projects/Collaboration

    Nomad. Described as a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer – though much less cringe. Rooted by different versions of insanity year long, December sees us all becoming the overly-excited, bohemian/wanderlust type. It’s inevitable. We crave the sun, like the people we’ve missed. We’re as predictable as we are impulsive. We forget that rain ever existed. That days could be and once were more stressful. You’ll find us packing picnic baskets on days that whisk the sky into a blue masquerade. As with every summer, shoes will become optional, no shoes: socially acceptable. We’ll wear anything that comforts.…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration,  Projects/Collaboration

    Stand Out

    //player.vimeo.com/video/114317911 For the second post in my series with The Leather Satchel Company, Tony and I took to the streets of Auckland  City to capture Currently Loving’s first video editorial. I style three satchels, with one intention: to stand out.  Until death does us part with colour, let’s dress lively, and let’s dress colourfully. As always, let’s remember  that one is never overdressed. It is that the accusers are overwhelmed.  McKenzie xx P.S. Viewing in HD is recommended. 

  • Inspiration

    Willow Smith for Wonderland

    These photos shot by Thomas Whiteside for Wonderland magazine, likewise to Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space‘, could not have come at a better time.  Both are refreshing, a bit edgy and frankly, nothing like notes on genetic variation. They’re ticking all the right boxes that a source of escapism should.  I don’t know what it is about Willow Smith. She’s something special. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s fourteen, and has these bold, gaping eyes that look close  enough, and I feel you might just see the world in. There’s something delightfully naive about the way she smiles, and then surprisingly…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration

    Alexander Wang X Haydenshapes | My Interview with the Founder

    Alexander Wang has a way of making things known. Firstly, his cool, off-duty pieces. Secondly, his four year old niece (especially when she wears her  ‘parental advisory’ t-shirt). And more recently, Haydenshapes Surfboards. Haydenshapes is a brand thanks to a failed attempt at ‘surfer chick’, I definitely would  still be oblivious to if it weren’t for AW. Being slightly more versed when it comes to fashion, it’s in my interest when the two worlds cross. As the saying goes,  often the best things are unexpected. The collaboration is no different. Above, is the latest Summer Cage installation in Alexander Wang’s…

  • Inspiration

    Cameron

    Sometimes inspiration comes close to home. In some cases, or at least in the case of 18 year old Cameron Roby-Mais, it comes in Timberlands, dark denim  jeans, a white t-shirt and an Arcade hoody. Perhaps in the rawest of forms, you could say. Cameron, an old family friend, now budding photographer, fits his hobby  in between school and jams to Childish Gambino, or all-time favourite, Bob Marley. To uni or not, design or otherwise, are some of the bigger questions that loom  over his head. Shooting with a model or an object is a decision, though still difficult, he’s less likely to procrastinate for…