Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This is What Summer is All About





See you in the new year.

So Cosmic


It's now been a year since I saw Cut Copy perform at Rhythm and Vines. Why can't they visit NZ more often?

See photos I took at their first NZ gig, here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

I'm makin' a mix - Help!


In a couple of days I will be leaving the internet behind to spend a week with some of my favourite people, celebrating the new year / "fuck you 2009" (as my friend Sophia put it. Soph, start your blog now please.) near Napier, and driving back to Wellington via Taupo. I can't wait!

Thing is, I've offered to make a mix CD / playlist for the road trip... but I'm a little stuck. Any recommendations as to what I should put on it? What songs have featured on the soundtrack to your summer road trip?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

11th Dimension



Photo Credit: Knight Cat
Forgive them, even if they are not sorry...
- Julian Casablancas, 11th Dimension

The video's now up on Stereogum.

He is cool. Will always be cool. I will accept no criticism against him.


You Are My Clean, White Love

White is a very tricky colour to pull off, but these girls manage to do it splendidly.
Soundtrack: Lisa Mitchell - Clean White Love

Northbound Journey

Mum and I drove north this week for Christmas, stopping in a couple of places for some tourist-y shots.

Mt. Ruapehu, hiding behind the clouds.

Our first stop was the Desert rd. We took a couple of photos before the honking from passing cars got to be too embarrassing and we scurried back to the car - away from cheeky motorists and the chilly wind.

Mt. Ngaruhoe behind me to the right, between the electricity pillars.
This is probably the closest I will ever get to doing an 'outfit post' (Oh the vanity!). I will tell you that I am wearing a TV x Sportsgirl crop top and a twenty-sevennames skirt. (OK. Vom. That felt weird doing that. I'm such a dick. Sorry. It probably won't happen again.)

I thought I was pretty good at keeping relatively anonymous with this here blog, but @StarlaJo still managed to recognise me at Mighty Mighty on Saturday night! Good Nancy Drew work, there.

I love driving through the Desert Road, there's something beautiful about it, in its own barren way. I just find it amazing how one minute you're driving past this desert and then just 10 minutes later you're passing through a forest. Even though I've done many trips up and down the country, I still find driving along the Desert Road a thrill (don't mock me, I'm not big on geology, so I am fascinated by things that may seem minor to other, more sciencey-minded, people).

Our next stop was the Huka Falls, just out of Taupo. It was so lovely and warm, as you can see from these photos. Ice-creams were essential. Magnums are my favourite.


It's part of the Waikato River, where the river is squeezed through this tiny channel and the water goes all fast and rapid-y (sorry, I'm not good with the technical science words either... ). The volume of water passing over the falls is approximately 220,000 litres per second (Don't get too excited, I copied and pasted that bit from the Huka Falls website). That's a lot, right?

Well at least I can comment on the gorgeous turquoise colour of the water without sounding ignorant.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Launch Me Into Space

Speaking of Space!, I have been digging this song lately. Cut Copy speckled The Juan MacLean's Happy House with their magic to create the 'Space Is The Place' remix. Another summer anthem? Yes!

Give it a minute, at the 1.02 mark the song turns awesome. I prefer the parts with the female vocals to the male vocals.

Falling In Love With A Stranger, vol. II

I used to live in a heartbeat city,
I swear I'd fall in love every minute on the street.
You might be walking around the corner
And our eyes might meet.
Where you been darling darling? Where you been darling darling?
Where you been darling darling we've been holding this moment for you.
-Yacht, Psychic City

(Read the first Falling In Love With A Stranger post here)


Photo Credit: Computer Science Geek (this guy does great astrophotography)

Ever since I read Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, I have been thinking more about how the universe works. I've always been fascinated by the Moon (which could be linked to my Cancerian birth date), but my lunar love has now evolved to include all astronomy.

I love pictures of galaxies with the gorgeous array of colours. I love staying in the country and looking up at the stars. It makes me feel very insignificant and my mind almost combusts from all the philosophising that goes on during those nights.

I even have a folder on my iPhoto I have named 'Space!', which I plan on filling with pictures of cool celestial things. Do you have any cool pictures I could put in my Space! folder?

Dreams, and such.


Last night I had a dream where I met SBS newsreader Janice Petersen. I remember asking where she went to university and what she loved most about working in current affairs journalism. I don't remember her answers. I am so lame. Shouldn't I be dreaming about meeting actors or rockstars or something normal like that?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lonely Hearts Sale


I am so very excited about the Lonely Hearts sale this weekend! I'm hoping to get my hands on some Winter '09 goodies. The sale starts on Thursday and goes for about a week or until everything is gone, whichever comes first. The annual sale, which normally takes place at Willis York hairdressing will now be in a store near Coco on Willis st. Get in early, because the sale is always super busy.

I'll be working at the sale, so come say hi!


Friday, December 11, 2009

British Fashion Awards 2009


Georgia Jagger (yes, as in Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter) has won the British Fashion Award for Model of the Year. I think it should've gone to Daisy Lowe.


What do you think?

Read about last night's ceremony on
The Cut

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

You took the words out of my mouth, Edythe.

Photo Credit: Deers and Bears
"I admire anybody who wants to smile more, complain less, never take themselves too seriously and believe in beautiful things."
-Edythe Hughes

Thursday, November 19, 2009



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Photo Credit: The Sartorialist, Turned Out and Various Sources

To add to the two leopard-print photos I posted a couple of days ago, here are some more of my favourite leopard-printed moments. I need a leopard print coat. As in, essential. Santa? Miss Havisham?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Community Service Announcement

Remember a couple of months ago when I was gushing over 'The Community Service Announcement' by Jonathan Boulet? Well I still love the song a heck of a lot and I still don't know how to pronounce his name. So not much has changed.

The video for the song was filmed a couple of weeks ago in NZ by those uber creative creatives, Special Problems. They've done work for The Mint Chicks, Cut Copy and Cut Off Your Hands, don't ya know. Judging by photos posted up on Twitter the underwater shoot must have been very chilly.

The fact that Jonathan is the same age as me just astounds me... what am I doing with my life? But it's good to see all of these hugely talented people getting the success and accolades where it is well deserved.

His debut, self-titled album is out in Australia on December 4. I look forward to buying it.

Orwell's Six Rules of Writing


1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

-George Orwell

(I know the photo doesn't really have anything to do with the content of this post, but it's cool, no?)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Left My Heart In...



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