• Lifestyle,  Projects/Collaboration,  Uncategorized

    Loud Places

    My haven at the moment, it’s in the middle of The Hub at Victoria Uni. More than a study zone, this is a locale for “social study”; a place which regardless of the books in front of us is inviting of guests. Alone, we dither away time between lectures people-watching. We indulge in teriyaki chicken sushi, the $8 berrylicious smoothie we can’t really afford. It’s okay, or so we tell ourselves, because the goji aids in curation of aesthetic study, and with all that vitamin C, in rejuvenation; lunch was curry again. For all it’s hilarity, I love the student lifestyle. Half…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    What Would Rihanna Do?

    Mel Ottenberg could dress Rihanna in a plastic bag – worse, crocs – and still, I’d build an argument for the way she – and only she – works them. It is her striking sense of style, her exotic voice and similar-natured manner that leave my brother and I at her feet. We are the largest advocates of this fierce R&B artist: who she is, all that she does and exudes. She, or at least the image we’ve created of her, depicts that of a golden girl; the girl whom everyone wants to be. Of course, while Tony just plain…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle,  Projects/Collaboration,  Uncategorized

    Dressing for Success: The Dos and Donts

    Guest-writer Ashley Thompson is a freelance writer based out of Virginia, U.S. Her English degree is being put to use writing about fashion and beauty instead of Chaucer and Yates. When she’s not following her passion, she enjoys attending concerts with friends and wandering her favourite city, Richmond. Read about her ideas re dressing for success, an exclusive for Currently Loving. Dressing for success is an art – however, one that can often be tricky to master. A professional wardrobe should impress; it should mirror the determination we feel. Equally or perhaps even more so, it should allow for a sense of…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    The Plainest Clarity

    The problem with guys these days is they just don’t know how to throw a good picnic. I wrote the line above as I shared A Pair and A Spare’s guide, “Five Rules for The Perfect Picnic” – the absolute idyll of outdoor occasions. I’d hoped to inspire (indirectly) a young boy’s valiant act of love; more likely, of course, I was warmed by my girlfriends’ agreement. Then, their wishes for picnics in parks and perfect men. Sigh. For the most part, I stand by my comment. However on second thought, there aren’t many girls out there buying brie for…

  • 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…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    To Do: Wellington

    Here’s two things you should know about me. 1, I’m almost never daring with food. And 2, I’m not big on fish. Oh and I’m also stubborn.  So if you throw salmon on my plate and tell me it’s going to be good, I’m probably not going to believe you.  Last Wednesday night, I ventured out of the rain, the 6pm traffic, and away from all things school, to The Capital, a pop-up city in Silo Park. Here, my brother and I spent the evening celebrating the best restaurants and bars of Wellington. Or rather, discovering the flavours we never realised…

  • Inspiration,  Lifestyle

    Not Coachella (Day 1)

    Other than quirky titles, other things that make me giddy: fairs & festivals. Perhaps it’s the bright lights, the fairytale music or bellowing voices from behind stalls. Somehow they manage to locate my inner (and outer) child.  The one who will willingly spend $20 on a game that guarantees a win of $0. And play with so much faith, in assurance that the 5th attempt will be different. To this day, I maintain the tiniest bit of hope, that I’ll come along and throw several winning balls into a clowns mouth, on the first go. I imagine everyone will be…

  • Lifestyle

    ’tis The Season

    Isn’t it funny how our mood and even personality can change depending on the time of year? New Year brings slouches into sudden pro-active mindsets and motivation. Then later on, winter brings out anger and frustration at newly-found 10 pounds, and a lost umbrella. Yet, you’ll hear no complaints from me at the mood and personality change that Christmas indeed invites. The christmas carols, the sales, the food, even the simple ‘Merry Christmas’ from the gift wrapper .. well it’s all set to cheer you up without trying. If that’s not a bit of jolly to you, then watch the…

  • Fashion,  Inspiration,  Lifestyle

    Parisians tell all

    In the midst of pre-exam study (I lie, prior to the pre-exam study I plan to begin), I’ve been indulging in much nicer things. Things too sweet to result in disappointment, and too easy to choose over exams. I’m currently reading a style guide by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet, called Parisian Chic. Because when it comes to any form of lifestyle, parisians live the model exemplars. Wearing: CottonOn top, Primark shorts, Rubi shoes loafers, Ruby and Kit bag, River Island watch If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that you don’t have to be born in Paris to live…

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle

    Currently Loving & NZ Fashion Weekend

    As I said in a recent post, I didn’t attend New Zealand Fashion Week itself (I hopefully plan to next year). Despite this, I was still lucky enough to attend a few shows and a seminar during New Zealand Fashion Weekend. After having debated homework and reading up about NZFW (choosing this almost every time – oops), by the end of the week, I was more than ready to get a taste for the trends, and the collections myself. Wearing: dress (Range Gal), shoes (Forever New), clutch (Glassons), bracelet (Karen Walker) Mallory wears: dress (Hunt No More), shoes (Siren) denim…