November 12, 2011 in Bright and Shiny
1. Huge recycled clothing stores with free parking. Mr. P got Hugo Boss suit for $39.99 NZD. www.savemart.co.nz
2. Vintage shops like Tango in Auckland, where the French owner is open 7 days a week and has his own collection of vintage Courrèges that he just won’t sell.
3. Fa’afafine (Samoan) – big, gorgeous, hardworking and totally glittery.
4. Bean Supreme for the best vegetarian sausages ever! www.beansupreme.co.nz
5. Style Pasifika for a yearly celebration of music, dance and fashion – all things related to New Zealand’s Pasifika identity. www.stylepasifika.co.nz
6. Ecostore because you don’t pay a premium for their cleaning products, which are stocked in practically every NZ supermarket, and they work! www.ecostore.co.nz
7. Annabel Langbein, the free range cook, and her new book Free Range in the City, launched at Taste of New Zealand. Sensible cooking from an awesome lady. www.annabel-langbein.com
8. Coast Radio because Mr. P is so happy knowing almost every tune that comes up. www.thecoast.net.nz
9. Lindauer sparkling wine. They have so many varieties starting from Vintage Reserve, Brut to Fraise – a little bit of bubbly fun for all pockets. www.lindauer.co.nz
10. The Kiwis themselves because they are genuinely kind people and always go out of their way to help. Love them!
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.
October 25, 2011 in Bright and Shiny
Aperol Big BOSS in New Zealand - Rene Bros preparing an Aperol Spritzer
Whever I see Orange I think of 3 things Courrèges, Marian Kihogo , Plastic Seconds and Aperol. I can’t always have them ALL at once, though!
So,when Mr. P and I saw Aperol at the TASTE of NZ event, I flipped. Dave Campbell is Mr. ORANGE in New Zealand and has been entrusted to educate Kiwis on this secret nectar. He happily mixed us a jug of Aperol Spritzer to celebrate our encounter. Although both Mr. P and I suddenly became concerned to see our beloved Prosecco being subsituted with Morton Premium Brut - a Kiwi sparkler – for this summer cocktail. BUT, APEROL IS APEROL and just the taste is toooooooooooooo DIVINE!
August 3, 2011 in Bright and Shiny
My Favourite dress the skirt can be worn as a cape
I’m gobsmacked at the Balenciaga Museum at Getaria that just opened June. The museum is housed in the Annexe designed by AV62 architectects, built onto the newly restored Aldamar Palace. It counts itself with such prestigious names as Hubert de Givenchy, founding president of the Foundation and Queen Fabiola of Belgium, president of the Honourary Committee. Both have donated terribly important pieces from their own private Balenciaga collections, which now stands at 1,200 items and continues to grow. Only 90 pieces are on perminent show and these have been carefully selected to follow the themes of “Beginings”, “Day”, “”Cocktail”, “Night”, “Bridal” and “Essential Balenciaga”. Starting his house in 1917 at only 22 years of age, Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga retired in 1968 leaving behind him a string of internationally prestigious disciples and followers including Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Courreges, Ungaro…
One day would be as little as you would want to take to see the collection here, although two days is more like it and forever would be about fine for me!