Month: October 2017

The New Breed of Whisky Drinkers

I have an attachment – it’s golden, it’s warm, it’s everlasting. It’s the attachment I have to my to my Poppa. He’s not here now but I remember how he would stand at his kitchen bench sipping his whiskey from a special glass, describing the virtues of various brands. He even brewed his own for a while, in a genuine old oak barrel and would proudly say it was the best he’d ever tasted….that sounds like a Scotsman doesn’t it!

My mother told me, how he and my grandmother would stop on their way to Auckland, at a little hillside waterfall to collect the purest brook water for their wee dram. He came from Scotland, so of course the ‘wee dram’ is in my blood.

When I was invited to experience the smooth and delicate taste of the Auchentoshan American Oak single malt whisky, I was honoured to write and experience something that would reignite such a cherished memory and connect me with my heritage. Auchentoshan American Oak and its story has the depth of Scotland and Glasgow at its heart and I am proud to have inherited age old Scottish traditions from my poppa. He was just like whiskey to me – liquid gold.

But I’m part of a new breed of whisky drinkers. Those who still enjoy and appreciate a refined taste but look for a bit of an edge. Auchentoshan American Oak is exactly that. Refined, unique, served with a twist. It’s a smooth, delicate, premium pour – all sounds a bit like my taste in men actually! Lucky for me, this night was spent with my darling friends Vlad Tichen and Jaheb Barnett. Establishing themselves as Auckland’s most influential fashion bloggers, they too have crafted the refined, unique, premium look, embodying the qualities and nature of the whiskey and the Auchentoshan brand.

The experience, celebrated the individual signature serves created by three bartenders from top urban establishments The Lumsden, Britomart Country Club and MyBar. What was once reserved for an elite few, a new whiskey experience is making its mark as a modern ritualism. I had been a whiskey sour drinker for years so was already sold on the idea of a whiskey cocktail, but this night, Auchentoshan was served with various ales, –  a completely new, yet surprising experience for me!

Bars across Auckland are introducing and pairing this beautiful whiskey with selected ales to create their own signature Auchentoshan and Ale serve.

The Lumsden

Auchentoshan meets the Epic Static IPA, the Sparks Repetition and the Auguring Bones – Lazy Bones.

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Britomart Country Club

Auchentoshan shaken with sugar syrup, honey, sours and topped with Sawmill IPA.

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MyBar

Named the Auchy Ale, they served it with fresh lemon, sugar, topped with Urbanaut NZIPA

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Follow the journey on:

www.auchentoshan.com

instagram.com/theauchentoshan

facebook.com/auchentoshan

A Zara Spring Pictorial at Dear Jervois

I walked along Jervois Rd every morning on my way to Ponsonby Intermediate as a kid. I knew every detail of each shop front that lined that stretch of road. I knew the store keepers, the daily specials at the fruit market and the new releases displayed in the windows of TransVideo.

The suburb is home to me. I still stroll its streets, although these days it’s on a Saturday morning listening to my Discover Weekly as I walk up to my favourite local, Dear Jervois, for my Hakanoa Lemon Honey Ginger. It was designed by David Lee, the original owner and I’ve crushed on the fit out since it opened. Inspired by the mix of colour, tropical patterns and brushed browns, I pulled a few Spring pieces from Zara, some frames from Bailey Nelson and shot a little pictorial as the sun went down.

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H&M X Kimchi Pictorial

The Kimchi Project is tucked away on Lorne St in Auckland’s CBD. Walking past the front you wouldn’t realise that a luscious garden courtyard exists out the back. It’s the most enchanting surprise – one of those hidden spots uncovered by those who explore and cherish the city hub. Plus they serve up THE best fried chicken in town – I’d recommend the Chicken Two Ways served with home made pickles.  It is absolutely huge so make sure you don’t have anything to do afterwards – high risk of a food coma!

This morning visit was spent sipping on a flat white while taking it easy in a courtyard full of contrasting textures, colours and lighting. Mixed with golden caramel satin and glittered moss green pants from H&M, my kind of way to start a Saturday!

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Lusting over my sparkled green high waisted pants? Or my caramel satin high neck shirt? They will all be in store at HM in Oct/November.

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O Cosmetics 1 Skin Treatment Foundation – 98% natural, Ive been using this the last few weeks and love the thick, creamy texture of the product. Confidently rate this a 10/10 for all of you natural skincare babes.

La Vie est Belle L’eclat – a new fragrance to the Lancome family that represents the idea of ‘happiness irresistibly spreading outwards from oneself to others …’ I’m wearing this in excess! In selected department stores now.

Bailey Nelson frames! Righting the wrongs in the eyewear industry, these guys have been busy crafting their affordable yet stylish frames to crowds eager to make eyewear a part of their unique style. Since their opening in Bondi 5 years ago they are now officially a global brand with stores in Canada, England and New Zealand. Oh and they do free eye tests by cute optometrists!

YSL Mon Paris, my current Friday night scent. It’s too gorgeous sitting on my bookshelf to not use sparingly. It’s not too sweet despite the pink shade, it has a subtle yet soft sweetness to it.

My pearled, black patent faux leather flats from Zara in stores now. They soften and mould to your foot within a few days, these will be a staple for overseas travel this year.

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How to Style a Spring Dress

I’ve been glued to my Instagram feed over the past few months watching the fashion weeks of the world roll out, and the fashion icons roll in. I’m constantly in awe, watching these women explore and proudly celebrate their creations. Instagram has definitely become an exhibition of style that was otherwise seen on the streets of places I only dreamed of exploring.

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One’s style is captured in a mix of colour, texture or patterns. It’s the number of buttons done up on a shirt or the way a dress is tied. It’s the broach pinned in the corner of a shirt or the sunflower yellow vintage earrings that match the pop of yellow in the shoe. Each decision made is a piece of our own style puzzle that we lay out and plan everyday. This is what intrigues me about the world of fashion, there are millions of puzzle pieces, yet they don’t necessarily need to ‘fit’.

As I stood in the foyer of the Farmers store on Queen St, I watched all the different types of people walk through it’s door and loved how we are all so happily different in our interpretation of style. It doesn’t matter that our garment choices might be similar, it’s the way we interpret each piece of clothing once we put it on that contributes to the world of fashion.

As glimpses of summer start to appear, our wardrobes start to get shorter, lighter and colourful. I partnered with Farmers last week to share my interpretation of style, featuring some of the dresses from their Spring/Summer 17 Collection.

How I style the Spring Dress:

  1. Incorporate a belt. It breaks up the outfit, adds colour and can adjust the length of the dress to match your own preference or occasion. Without belt loops, I fold the end of the belt up and under, acting as its own little style feature. I keep the front of the dress longer and the sides shorter, bunching up the dress at the front for a fuller effect.
  2. Blazers. Blazers are my “work week” to “weekend” staple.. I have a mix of both longer and shorter styles, however when matching with a dress I go for the longer, preferably the same length as my dress or a touch longer. Blazers perfectly compliment a summer dress as they allow for the dress to remain the feature of the outfit.
  3. Hand bag. I was once the ‘one hand bag for everything’ woman. Whether it was a night out or a day at work, there would be one bag … for everything. As fashion has become more accessible, affordable and fun, I have collected a range of different sized, colored and textured bags that I use to add colour and detail to an outfit.

Look One : The Whistle Floral Ladder Lace Dress

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Whistle 3/4-Sleeve Floral Ladder Lace Dress $99.99

Boston & Bailey Kurt Ring Crossbody 39.99

Boston & Bailey Phoenix Embossed Belt $29.90

Look Two : The Mineral Deconstructed Chambray Shirt Dress

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Mineral Deconstructed Chambray Shirt Dress $99.90

Boston & Bailey Kim Ring Bucket Bag $49.90

Look Three : The ¾ Whistle Sleeve Spot Swing Shirt Dress

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The Whistle ¾ Sleeve Spot Swing Shirt Dress $79.99

Boston & Bailey Phoenix Embossed Belt $29.90

Boston & Bailey Kurt Ring Crossbody $39.99

This is only my interpretation of spring style, how I chose to place my puzzle pieces together. What’s your favourite piece of spring style? Is it colour, an accessory or a particular style of dress? Share with us below or in the Facebook link and be in to win a $100 Farmers Gift Card to create your own look this Spring. I encourage you to pop into Farmers one afternoon and browse their range, I think you might just be surprised at what you find.

#FashionatFarmers  #FounditatFarmers

Shoot Location: www.thenightingale.co.nz

Photography: www.instagram.com/torihayley/

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How To Make Those Blue Eyes Pop

Just as you would dress for your body shape, your makeup look should be created to compliment the colour of your eyes. I had always gone for a smokey eye with blacks and greys with a few pops of colour. My girlfriend told me I should try a deep golden brown colour as my eyes would then pop-bright against contrasting backdrops. Since I switched up my shades of colour people often comment on how blue my eyes look, more than before! So I sat down and left my eyes in the hands of a professional makeup artist, Alison Brewer, to share a few of my favourite HAN shades guaranteed to make those blue eyes pop!

I chose to take a more natural approach to my skincare years ago and found there isn’t a broad selection of makeup brands in the local market that are natural but, I was recently introduced to HAN skin care. HAN is leading the way with their 100% naturally derived range. Their products are a blend of lush colours and skin care ingredients that promote a healthy complexion. They are products that are good for your body, kind to animals and kind to the environment…. Tick! Their range is versatile, you can use a bronzer as an eyeshadow like we did, or the shimmery eyeshadows as highlighters on the cheekbones.

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For this look we used:

  •       Bronzer in Maui
  •       Bronzer in Malibu
  •       Eyeshadow in Sunset
  •       Eyeshadow in Chocolate Bronze
  •       Cheek and lip tint in Coral Hibiscus
  •       Natural lip gloss in Nude Rose

HAN is brand new to New Zealand and available from Life and Unichem Pharmacies. With all products ranging from $25 – $30, these are perfect stuffing fillers or even to gift a full kit created specifically for someone’s features.

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