Thursday, 15 December 2011

ONCE'IT



I heard about this great site when I was listening to the radio last week and  so as my Christmas treat to you all, I wanted to share it. It has some fantastic designer clothes at some very impressive prices, and who doesn't like an amazing deal especially around Christmas time?! It is a member only website and all you need is an invite to check it out...so just follow this link and sign up! Then get browsing!!!


"Imagine ONCE'IT like one of those fanatical designer sample sales – except an online, more convenient version. We go out of our way to bring you the most coveted fashion brands, hand picked ranges and of course those exclusive invite-only prices, right to a screen near you.
  • ONCE'IT features at least three designer sales per week, all exclusively online and all starting at 12 midday. (We recommend you get in quick as stock often sells out faster than an ABBA reunion tour in Stockholm)
  • With up to 70% off and featuring many designers that often do not discount their products or sell online it’s certainly something to tweet about.
  • What started out as just clothing now has moved in to a broad array of the finer things in life, handbags, jewellery, home d├ęcor, shoes, skin care, swimwear – the list goes on.
If by now you’re itching to get in – there is a catch. Membership is by invite-only. The only way to be invited is by an existing member. So if your not a member start being nice to that well-dressed person rushing to their computers at noon, because they may have your invite in".

enjoy :)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tickled PINK with ROSES

I found myself out in the garden today, enjoying the second day of Summer here in New Zealand. All the roses are out and the garden is looking great. I love cutting the roses just before the petals drop so I can place them around the house and enjoy the sight and the scent of them. Check out my flower arrangments in the pictures below. My Mum gave me the dishes which used to be used as serving platters, I haven't used them in ages, so I thought they would make a great alternative to a vase for the flowers.
WARNING:  If you don't like the colour pink...look away now;)







 Roses are a fantastic way to brighten up your home. Never underestimate the power of scent!! I use the petals that fall away from the rose for a freash potpourri. I store the petals in an open bowl  then drizzle them with "violets and roses oil" (also used in oil burners). Use the rose potpourri in the bath and soak up the beautiful oils.


 xo xo

Friday, 25 November 2011

PRETTY as a PETAL

 
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;
the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose
-Kahlil Gibran









Friday, 18 November 2011

Gym Class Heroes...



 Gym Class heroes is an American hip hop rock band from Geneva New York. Their new song is great, I have been listening to it all week...have a listen and see if you agree.







Monday, 14 November 2011

Tonight is the night...

...is the night, is the night... 
OUTASIGHT

I am just sitting on the floor eating a huge chocolate brownie (which will soon be OUTASIGHT), and seeing it is just after ten at NIGHT here in New Zealand, I doubt I am going to be getting much sleep with all the crystalline carbohydrates..so this song is perfect for my playlist! It's fantastic!
(excuse humour, I blame the brownie)


I dream in White & Black...

I love colour...but something about Black & White photography appeals to me. It limits your imagination in a way and forces you to think of the colours that would be there if it were a normal photo. These photos were inspired by old newspaper pictures, I edited the detailing to pick up the fine lines.










Thursday, 10 November 2011

BEE inspired by BEE's


I received a call from my dad a couple of weeks ago and in a serious tone of voice he said, "kiddo, could I ask you a favour?". In my head I was thinking, please be nothing serious...but said "yeah sure dad what's up?". He then said, "you know that honey I got down South, I want you to get me some more". Honey?! That's it?! Here I was feeling anxious by the serious voice, and he even gave a delayed pause for effect before answering, but he must have felt all this was necessary as the Honey was that important. Don't get me wrong, I like Honey, but I am not a huge fan...unlike dad. I had a school trip to Arataki Honey farm as a kid and was given a free container of Honey, which I ate, with my fingers, the entire container...which I believe was meant to be shared with the family and not consumed in one sitting. It was completely gone by the time I had walked home from school. Not my smartest moment, and ever since I don't eat too much of it. Anyway, back to dad, I knew that my duty as his daughter was to troop off to the farmers market and stockpile on honey. However to avoid doing this, I quickly typed in a few things online as I was talking to him, straight away I gave him a number to call. He was able to get all the Honey he needed sent straight to his door, and from what I have heard, it was great. All this talk about Honey got me thinking...we need to give Bees more credit...and not just for the Honey, but for their important role in pollination. I read something online which mentioned that around 1/3 of everything we eat is pollinated by Bees, yet they are mostly overlooked until one of them stings us!
So my final words here are....
BEE good to BEEs
and I say bee inspired by Bees....


for instance, this fantastic necklace by Alex Monroe...


you can take a look at all the jewellery available online at:

This is a great little braclet...by Blooming Lotus Jewellery
It has a sterling honey bee + charm

 and who can resist this BEE inspired outfit...


 Also, if you are a Honey lover like my dad and wish to get hold of some great New Zealand products,
where you can find all sorts of things, including Manuka and Clover Honey.

BEE wise and appreciate all those little hardworking BEEzzzzzzz
:)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Seth Haapu...Battery

100% New Zealand Music!
I found out a little bit about Seth Haapu on this website: http://www.amplifier.co.nz
Just to keep it brief...He was born in Wanganui, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by instruments. He formed his first group with two siblings at just 6 years of age. Two years later, Seth wrote his first song! Over the next 13 years, Seth taught himself to play the guitar and trained in classical piano.

This guy can write songs, play guitar and produced his own album...he is definitely talented!
I fell in love with his song "Battery" when I heard it on the radio...so I thought I would share it...
Have a listen...and see what you think :)


Check out his Myspace page

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Grahame Sydney...

 
It is difficult to believe that anyone can be this talented with a paintbrush. The paintings are so realistic that they appear to be more like photgraphs than anything constructed with intricate brush strokes. The artist responsible for these fantastic paintings is, Grahame Sydney.


Born in Dunedin in 1948, Grahame Sydney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. In the Sunday Star Times it mentions that "for more than 35 years, the Central Otago landscape paintings of Grahame Sydney have become iconic images in New Zealand and abroad"


Grahame Sydney writes of his love of Central Otago, " winter is magnificent here, breathlessly still most of the time, colours all drained to a monochromatic palette of earthy browns and greys"



" photographs are about a moment, an instant captured, and about being there...painting, by contrast is much more the product of contemplation, long thought & consideration"- Grahame Sydney


His work which now spans over 4 decades, encompasses oils, watercolours, egg tempera*, lithographs*, etching, photography & film
 *egg tempera, a water-based painting process that uses egg yolk to bind pigments to a vertical surface. The paint is produced by mixing finely ground pigment, water & diluted egg yolk. 
*lithography, a printmaking process which uses a press to transfer an image initially created on a stone or metal plate onto paper. 




On the Grahame Sydney website, Keith Stewart, an art critic writes " Sydney...piles his craft with great skill & subtlety...These hills, these skies give us a voice that is unique, a voice that is evoked by the art of Grahame Sydney. It is the voice of us all". 

For every...


For every heart that finds love
  There is a heart that cries,
For every dream that is reborn
  There is a dream that dies.
For every day that is filled with sun
  There is a day of rain,
For every hour filled with joy
  There is an hour of pain.
For every smile upon a face
  There is a tear to cry,
For every fond hello you say
  There is a sad goodbye.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Nature at its finest...

Each time I set foot on the beach I am reminded of just how beautiful New Zealand is. I could not imagine life without being able to access the beach. There is just something magical about it, even on a stormy day. I am amazed by the different scenery with every visit, no two days look the same. The cloudy days when the water looks dark and murky, the crystal clear surf when the sun reflects through to the sand...is really nature at its finest.










 enjoy...