An open letter to an old Spice.

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I’m still struggling to get my brain around the fact that my least favourite Spice Girl, renowned for her collection of spaghetti strap black mini dresses is now a fashion maven. She has done a complete switch up (also the Olsen twins – never saw that one coming either). Although when I see her stiletto clad silhouette I still can’t shake that heavy lip liner look that 12-year-old girls around the world tried to copy (and failed), I think she does an incredible job as a designer. And unlike most singers turned to fashion, she demands respect, deserves it, and gets it.

Victoria showed at New York Fashion Week yesterday, then followed up with her ‘Victoria’ by Victoria Beckham range today.

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So, in light of her recent fashion week glow, I wrote an open letter to an old Spice.

Hey Vicky!

Wowsa, haven’t you done a bloody good job! How are you? The kids? And your hunk of a husband? Great! Well, I just wanted to say sorry I didn’t pay attention to you when you were in the Spice Girls. Sorry I made jokes about your severe haircut and ill-fitting singlet dresses. I was young and naive and you almost never wore those cool platform shoes (in hindsight, good move). But, you have taken your ridiculous persona of “posh” and pushed it into a beautiful, clean cut, streamlined and gorgeously tailored collection after collection. I always covet your bags and you were recently snapped in my favourite piece in the latest Victoria collection (I plan on saving every penny I can to snap it up when it hits net-a-porter).

 

Thanks for teaching me not to judge a book by its previous life as a pop star, and thank you for keeping the style inspiration flowing.

 

P.s. Harper looks goddamn gorgeous in front row! Snaps for having a gorgeous baby and gorgeous collection!!

Victoria

Images from Instagram, nowfashion.com and Splash

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Mondayitis

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This week, over your morning coffee, I’m going to take a moment for some shameless self-promotion. I work for a New Zealand magazine called New Idea (and for those of you who don’t know), I’m the fashion editor. Recent, at New Idea headquarters, we have been working on a special edition of our weekly rag. And the best bit? The issue has just hit stands all over NZ! It’s all our usual celebrity filled goodness, plus a flip fashion and beauty magazine. It has been amazingly fun to create for all our wonderful readers (like you).

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Having cut my teeth for three years in the design department, getting to art direct this little section (which I did), and design the flip cover (yup, did that too) was huge for me. I loved every inch of it. I really appreciate that in New Zealand the publishing industry is so small, yet so incredibly supportive (on the whole), people get to try a whole variety of things. They get to see every teeny tiny step that goes into creating a magazine, and if they’re lucky, they can get to be a part of each of those processes. I am very lucky.

So, this Monday I don’t have any blues to banish, I’m happy as Larry with this little baby in my hands. But, if you are feeling the pangs of mondayitis, you should grab yourself a copy of this super special New Idea (New Zealand). Not only will it get you completely pumped for the new season, it will show you some super hot trends in both fashion and beauty and is packed with gorgeous pieces that you can go and buy right now. What could compliment that latte better? Absolutely nothing.

P.s. Check out my Instagram for a rather nifty video of the flip in its full flipping glory.

 

Kicking the habit: acne cures and sugar fiends.

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I think I’ve discovered the cure for acne! No, maybe not, but the first and most insanely noticeable change since cutting out sugar has been my skin. It is miles clearer and my skin tone has evened out dramatically. Great!

What’s not so great is the crazy sugar fiend that roars her unattractive head at precisely 330pm and then again post dinner – like every day.

So yes, it’s seven days into my detox. To recap, I’m doing Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ eight-week plan. Technically the first two weeks are all about cutting back, so I skipped straight to week three, because I’ve been slowly cutting down my sugar for a few months now. For those of you a little confused about what I am or am not eating…

I have cut out all sugar. This (rather obviously) means I’m eating no refined sugar, and I’m reading labels like a nut job to check for sneaky sugar added (seriously – almost everything has it). No sugar replacement (sweeteners). No honey/maple syrup/rice syrup/any of those sorts of things (I know, I know, all that stuff is “all natural”, but it’s sugar, so its out). Finally, no fruit.

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The idea of going cold turkey on bananas is the part that sits funny with me, I can’t get my head around the idea that fruit could be negative. But Sarah has convinced me that this “detox” is simply that, it is a period of time to reset your body. Once I nip my sugar cravings/dependency in the bud, I can introduce the correct amount of fruit back into my diet.

I know its controversial, and I’m not going to pretend I have all the answers, my research so far seems to support Sarah’s notion that a couple of pieces of fruit a day is the best number to stick to on a daily basis (and no other sugars at all) once back to my normal eating (aka post detox).

Anyway, enough of the nitty gritty! Back to what’s been going on through out this week.

I’ve been easing up my paleo ways. I still completely believe in the benefits (and have been reaping them for some time) of primal eating, but I’m also painfully aware of my own limits right now. Cutting out so much and leaving myself with no “treats” at all is a bit tricky (especially for the early stages). So I’m letting myself indulge in a bit more dairy (think full fat milk/yoghurt and some cheese). I’m not going crazy with it, but if I feel the pangs of dessert cravings, a few slices of creamy cheese to satisfy my need to indulge are keeping me sane. As the weeks continue I can cut down and down on these last vices until I am pure, clean and brilliant!

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It has been a hard seven days, if anyone ever says kicking sugar to the curb is easy – well they are SO wrong. Simply living your life is tough on sugar free. It doesn’t mean you CAN’T do things like go out for dinner, but it means you have to be conscious of every single thing that passes you lips. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just not always and easy one.

I’m starting to turn a corner and feel really good, I’m noticing that my energy is consistently up through out the day, I feel a lot fuller after my delicious sugar-free meals, and as I mentioned before, my skin clearing up.

Saviors? Peppermint tea (it’s an amazing sugar craving killer) and nuts (roasted, tossed with cinnamon, and mixed through yoghurt – serious sugar free dessert right there).

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Watch out for? Flavoured tea – If it’s fruit flavoured, likelihood is that they actually contain fruit (which isn’t bad, but if you are on this detox, they should be nixed). Another tea I found the other day was a “Crème Brulee” tea, and rather obviously that was PACKED with sugar, so read EVERY label. Bar none. Not even tea is safe from added sugar.

I’m having a love/hate relationship with the detox currently. But I am still excited to see how I feel, and how many changes I notice, come the end of this journey.

Hopefully the roaring sugar fiend stops popping in to say hi. Oh an I also hope people at work stop getting older – because all the cakes I can’t eat are driving me mental!

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All images from Pinterest

Drunk or not, Sunday Painters is a good idea.

If you haven’t been to Sunday Painters yet, you need to go. I know I say that about most of the places that I eat (probably because I am a big fatty and I love everything and anything I can chow down on). But Sunday Painters really is great.

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Images from EAT HERE NOW

It’s a modest little place with mismatched vintage glassware, pristine linen napkins and black boards on easels. It had a warm feel with, with a classic edge. I felt instantly at home when I stepped in.

The menu was piled high with gorgeous sounding French cuisine. The boy felt adventurous and went for lamb rump, beetroot gratin, creamed spinach and crumbed lamb’s brain. I test tasted this (my second favourite thing, after eating, is eating other peoples food) and the brains were actually quite good! They were perfectly crispy on the outside and almost gooey on the inside. Another favourite from this dish was the beetroot gratin – yum.

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Mother opted for the confit duck leg with parsnip pommes dauphine, brussel sprout puree and blackcurrant jus. Having had memories of brussel sprouts in her childhood over Christmas dinner, she was hesitant on the puree, but really liked it.

Dad and I tried the fish of the day, which was a baked snapper with a potato and celeriac croquette, pureed parsnip and blood orange salad. It was amazingly light and I loved the citrus kick from the salad. I always try ordering fish when I am out. It is something we don’t have that much of at home, and at great restaurants they always buy the most amazing produce.

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Although the dessert menu was very tantalizing, we were heading home to the boys sugar free, dairy free, grain free carrot cake. Next time however, I have my eye on the chocolate tart with hazelnut meringue and toast parfait!

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I think I may have been a little bias, because when I visited it was not only my birthday, but I helped polish of a rather lovely bottle of Chablis. Drunk on not, I would go back. And back. And back.

I’m doing away with monogamy.

You regular readers may know that I’ve got a rather long-standing love affair with my Sketchers GOruns. They are (to me) the most perfect of all the nifty running shoes on the market, and they have guided me from my starting 2k to my now 16k runs. Which is why I was very hesitant when some rather gorgeous, but not Sketchers GOruns, arrived for me try.

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Reluctantly I caved to the idea of ditching my trusty (and a little worn) trainers for a go with the aptly named Adidas Boosts.

I’m a little like a child (or maybe a fish), bright and shiny things attract me. They catch my eye. Make me lose my concentration. If I’m out, and spy some bright and blingy things, I WILL walk straight into the nearest lamppost. (And yes, when I do so my friends pretend they don’t know me). So these Adidas Boosts were off to a good start. I fantasized that the bold pink finish on these babies may even distract me from the hard bits of running, “damn a hill…oh pink…argh it’s rainin…ooohh pink”.

Yes, my mind works like that. Don’t pretend yours doesn’t. We are all fish/children at heart.

Anyway, back to the shoes!

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As much as I kind of wanted them to be terrible, so my one true love running shoe could be back in prime spot, the Adidas Boosts were really good. They quite literally boosted my run. The first time I tried them my best 5k time of 29 minutes 59 seconds was slashed to 27 minutes 39 seconds!! That is a serious cut (especially for a slow coach runner like me).

The downside? The sizing on these shoes is a little funny and I think (despite actually getting my usually size) they were a bit big. Oddly this hasn’t seemed to have effected my run badly at all, so maybe the slightly flipper-ish length of the shoes was intentional. In an odd way I felt like I bounced a long.

All in all I’m going to keep both my new shiny pink and my old favourite runner on board and mix them up between short and long runs. I can’t seem to distinguish which is better, they both have their ups and down.

Until I can pick a clear winner I’m doing away with my monogamous runs, and I am keeping them both on hand. For a good pound (of the pavement).

Mondayitis

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I have a little bit of a thing for fashion label Ruby. So, this Monday I am dreaming of getting my mitts on their latest collection (hitting stores tomorrow). This is not your usual collection; Ruby has gathered their fifteen most loved pieces over the years and are recreating them. Ingenious!

Just like when you snag the perfect lipstick shade and get to the end of it only to find out MAC don’t make it anymore (yes, I am still dark about it). Ruby is answering your wishes and bringing back your loved styles in the Ruby Favourite campaign.

The problem? Now you have to decide which one you’ve missed most. Will it be the leopard coat (yes), the burgundy knits (yes, yes) or the mint green playsuit (yes, yes, yes). Looks like the only way to get over my Monday morning blues is to snap up the lot.

Obviously.

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All images from the Ruby website.

The month that was.

August

As well as my amazing birthday, August was filled with 90’s parties, cats and the start of some beautiful weather. Follow me on Instagram here to get up to the minute foodstagrams, fashion finds and maybe even a feline or two!

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