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    NZFW DAY TWO // LESSONS I’VE LEARNT

    Since Day One of NZFW, we’ve been learning things, and these things have not been limited to the nature of Autumn/Winter collections 2017. I’m talking how to balance your coffee between two laptops and two cameras, how to make a half hour journey fit into ten minutes, and how to shoot in the same time frame. Needless to say, it’s been hectic, and the lessons are ongoing. Here’s where we’re at so far. 1. Respect the schedule. I hinted at this slightly in Back To Blak, my first post of NZFW. What ought to be noted is that while recognising…

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    NZFW DAY ONE: SEEN AND LIKED

    1. Free Champagne. Any event which welcomes with a glass of champagne – and follows through by offering free top-ups – is a good one. It’s not a reason to come as much as it is most definitely a reason to stay. Last night, the opening was said to finish at 7.30pm, however, people didn’t start vacating the scene until at least 8.30pm. This, I took, as a suggestion of the stimulating people, an equally riveting atmosphere, and undeniably, the fact the bottles were still bubbling. We’re humans, and we’ll take any excuse as one to celebrate – even at the…

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    Back to Blak

    There are about 10 things that irritate me in this world, and 9 of them can be linked to my brother. Despite his varying talents, organisation has not been – and I imagine never will be – a strong point. We’ve been gearing for this day (the opening of NZFW 2016) for several weeks now: contacting back and forth between Auckland and Wellington, prepping gear, organising outfits, finalising collaborations, flights and schedules. For an instant, all seemed to be flawless. In fact, as far as my brother and I go as a combination, the way things were so effortlessly laying…

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    Welcome to Failure; good to be here.

    “This is a soft generation. You quit on everything.. I dare you to take a little pain.” Back in the early days of high school, I first heard Eric Thomas’s words. He spat them with such power from my laptop screen, they drove me through mid-years and finals. A few weeks back -at a time when I needed them most – I scrolled down the length of my youtube history. It was a dull Thursday morning, but over the next twenty minutes, Eric Thomas would radiate out of my speakers. Here I was to rediscover the impact of his words.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…