Monthly Archives: June 2013

We ♥ Jewellery

Our ancestors made jewellery and gentlemen’s trinkets in 19th century Birmingham, England, a place synonymous with fine jewellery design. It’s great to see the same creative spirit alive and kicking in Dunedin. We love Underground Sundae jewellery for its quirkiness, originality and use of recycled materials. Celebrities agree – Rita Ora and Rachel Hunter have worn pieces and it has been featured in magazines such as Black and Remix. Even though designer Anne-Mieke Ytsma recently located to Melbourne, her jewellery is still firmly linked to Dunedin, being sold in both Plume and Company of Strangers as well as online. We’re saving up to buy more of it!

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Underground Sundae 'Fall In Love Not In Line' Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae ‘Fall In Love Not In Line’ Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Old becoming new is also a part of the Company of Strangers jewellery aesthetic. We featured their protection necklace in our first blog post but it really needed to make another appearance.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets is an innovative range of jewellery made by Dunedin trained and based designer Steph Miller. We love her signature popcorn necklaces and sailor moon jewellery. Her pieces can be bought from Slick Willys.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Barking Fish in Port Chalmers is crammed full of unique pieces of jewellery to suit all budgets. They sell a good range of locally made bone pendants.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Design Withdrawals in Moray Place is a shop dedicated to promoting New Zealand design and is well worth a visit. We picked up this intricately laser-etched pendant by our old friend Wendy James.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Kate Sylvester has recently brought back her fob chain necklace, a very versatile piece.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

To conclude, this 1950s Kiwiana bracelet is an absolute stunner.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

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Special Events: What Are You Wearing 3?

Open Mic Night at The Church (Dundas Street), 5 June

Catherine KS and Irian. Catherine wears 1940s dress from Box of Birds. Irian wears  college blazer from Box of Birds.

Catherine KS and Irian. Catherine wears 1940s dress from Box of Birds. Irian wears college blazer from Box of Birds.

‘Queens Got Talent’ at Queens (Queens Gardens)

Laurence and Jordan, both from Normandy, France, and Belle. Belle wears op-shop.

Laurence and Jordan, both from Normandy, France, and Belle. Belle wears op-shop.

Michael wears op-shop jacket, vintage pants and purple waistcoat made by himself.

Michael wears op-shop jacket, vintage pants and purple waistcoat made by himself.

Rachel wears borrowed and op-shop.

Rachel wears borrowed and op-shop.

Laura Jane wears vintage.

Laura Jane wears vintage.

Anna’s 21st Birthday Bash

Adelaide and Anna. Adelaide wears vintage cardigan and scorpion pendant. Anna wears op-shop and high street.

Adelaide and Anna. Adelaide wears vintage cardigan and scorpion pendant. Anna wears op-shop and high street.

Alexa wears dress from SaveMart.

Alexa wears dress from SaveMart.

Nick wears vintage shirt bought online.

Nick wears vintage shirt bought online.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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What We Love About Dunedin 3

Mamma Mia Pizza Celebrates its 4th Birthday (74 Crawford Street, Dunedin)

There’s average pizza and there’s pizza to die for. Mamma Mia Pizza definitely comes in the to-die-for category – thin doughy bases, fresh top-quality local ingredients and cooked to perfection. Slovakian-born master pizza maker, Michal Rozenberg, started off as a newspaper photographer. Lucky for us, he changed direction and studied the art of pizza making in Italy and Austria. About seven years ago, he came to New Zealand, initially living in Wellington. He ended up in Dunedin by accident and intends to stay here. He’s taken his mobile wood-fired pizza oven all over the city (and beyond) and now also has a three month residency at the Otago Farmers Market.

Clockwise from top left: Vegetarian, Pizza bread, Puttanesca and Margherita with extra jalapenos. There's plenty of meat pizzas too but we happen to be vegetarian.

Clockwise from top left: Vegetarian, Pizza bread, Puttanesca and Margherita with extra jalapenos. There’s plenty of meat pizzas too but we happen to be vegetarian.

At the Otago Farmers Market

At the Otago Farmers Market

 

Otago Museum Discovery World Tropical Forest

It’s pouring with rain outside, so we’ve headed to the warmest spot in town, the Tropical Forest at the Otago Museum. It’s a magical experience for old and young alike. Every day at 10:30am, newly hatched butterflies from all over the world are released into the forest.

Butterflies being released into the Tropical Forest

Butterflies being released into the Tropical Forest

From left: tailed jay, emerald swallowtail, banded orange heliconian

From left: tailed jay, emerald swallowtail, banded orange heliconian

From left: birdwing, owl

From left: birdwing, owl

Feeding station

Feeding station

Red-eared terrapins

Red-eared terrapins

The Outfit

Monarch Butterfly Dress by World from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Winter 2005). Butterflies: Asian swallowtail.

Monarch Butterfly Dress by World from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Winter 2005). Butterflies: Asian swallowtail.

From left: scarce bamboo page, great egg-fly

From left: scarce bamboo page, great egg-fly

 

Cakes from Danish Delights (604 Hillside Road, Dunedin)

These cakes are so delicious, it’s well worth the trek to South Dunedin. The available range of cakes, biscuits and bread is impressive. Here’s just a couple of our favourites.

Almond Chocolate Tart

Almond Chocolate Tart

Mazarins. These are a Swedish speciality made from almond paste.

Mazarins. These are a Swedish speciality made from almond paste.

The Outfit

Pencil skirt made by Sant at Ace Suit Hire and Alterations (218 George Street). Fabric from Spotlight. Blouse by Kate Sylvester.

Pencil skirt made by Sant at Ace Suit Hire and Alterations (218 George Street). Fabric from Spotlight. Blouse by Kate Sylvester.

 

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Fabulous Finds 5: The Vintage Roundup Edition

Why wear vintage? There’s lots of good reasons. Quality, originality, affordability, nostalgia and indulging in your secret sartorial fantasy. We are lucky in Dunedin; there’s lots of good vintage to be found. This is what we bagged at the recent Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Angora jersey from Most Wanted Vintage ($40)

Angora jersey from Most Wanted Vintage ($40)

Blazer from Alice's Wonderland ($15)

Blazer from Alice’s Wonderland ($15)

Beaded bag with concertina clasp from First of June ($15) next to 1930s photo of our beautiful grandmother.

Beaded bag with concertina clasp from First of June Vintage ($15) next to 1930s photo of our beautiful grandmother

Dress from King's Emporium ($60)

Dress from King’s Emporium ($60)

Wool dress from Most Wanted Vintage ($30)

Wool dress from Most Wanted Vintage ($30)

Pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage ($25)

Pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage ($25)

Jersey from Ruby's Rack ($15)

Jersey from Ruby’s Rack ($15)

Butterfly top from King's Emporium ($30)

Butterfly top from King’s Emporium ($30)

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The Speakeasy Club at Chicks Hotel Presents …

Rikki Lind’s Speakeasy Club is a great way of bringing together some of Dunedin’s folk and country legends as well as rising stars of that genre: Rikki Lind, Dan Madill, Humboldt County and Seahorse. Last night at Chicks, the music encapsulated a strong sense of local pride with anecdotal lyrics and references to familiar places. Lind dedicated a song to Port Chalmers and Scott Klenner of Humboldt County humorously sang about the day his trailer got tagged in Port. Dan Madill’s poetic classics “Bee Moon”, “Porch Song” and “Doctor of the Sea” were highlights of the evening. The versatile band Seahorse entertained us by frequently swapping instruments. The mixture of comical lyrics, nostalgic reminiscences and accomplished musicality had the audience clapping, stomping and Lindy Hopping into the early hours! All in all, the night was a resounding success.

Chicks Hotel

Chicks Hotel

Rikki Lind

Rikki Lind

Rikki Lind and Michelle Hsieh

Rikki Lind and Michelle Hsieh

Dan Madill playing a guitar made in the 1970s by his uncle Pete Madill.

Dan Madill playing a guitar made in the 1970s by his uncle Pete Madill.

Dan’s new album will be out by the end of the year. Check out his Facebook and Bandcamp pages for more photos and recordings.

Humboldt County

Humboldt County

Humboldt County

Humboldt County

Seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse

Local personalities and violinist/saxophonist of Seahorse wear clothing from Box of Birds.

Local personalities and violinist/saxophonist of Seahorse wear clothing from Box of Birds.

Gabriel and Nick wear op-shop.

Gabriel and Nick wear op-shop.

Christian and Rocio from Spain.

Christian and Rocio from Spain.

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What Are You Wearing June I?

Winter weather seems to be bringing male style out of the closet. Check out this spectrum of different looks.

Freya and Charlie. Freya wears op-shop shorts and t-shirt from a friend. Charlie wears jacket from The Warehouse customised by himself.

Freya and Charlie. Freya wears op-shop shorts and t-shirt from a friend. Charlie wears jacket from The Warehouse customised by himself.

Tannia (from Most Wanted Vintage) wears cardigan from Shop On Carroll.

Tannia (from Most Wanted Vintage) wears cardigan from Shop On Carroll.

Sequoia, Ruby and Zoe. Sequoia and Ruby wear op-shop. Zoe wears op-shop jersey, pants from Slick Willy's and Minnie Cooper boots.

Sequoia, Ruby and Zoe. Sequoia and Ruby wear op-shop. Zoe wears op-shop jersey, pants from Slick Willy’s and Minnie Cooper boots.

Andrew and Alice. Andrew wears top bought online. Alice wears Lonely Hearts dress, Kathryn Wilson boots and a vintage cloak bought online.

Andrew and Alice. Andrew wears top bought online. Alice wears Lonely Hearts dress, Kathryn Wilson boots and a vintage cloak bought online.

Jack and Robbie wear Hallensteins and items bought online.

Jack and Robbie wear Hallensteins and items bought online.

Simon wears coat from Barkers.

Simon wears coat from Barkers.

George and Tayla. Tayla wears pinafore dress and top from Glassons and hat from Cosmic Corner (a surprise present from George).

George and Tayla. Tayla wears pinafore dress and top from Glassons and hat from Cosmic Corner (a surprise present from George).

Becky and Zac. Becky wears op-shop. Zac wears high street shirt, pants from Hallensteins and bow tie from The Warehouse.

Becky and Zac. Becky wears op-shop. Zac wears high street shirt, pants from Hallensteins and bow tie from The Warehouse.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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The Vintage Roundup at Queens Bar

Top quality vintage clothing and accessories were up for grabs, today, as Queens Bar metamorphosed into a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Stallholders came from far and wide, from Herbert to South Otago, and Dunedin’s finest were there too! Tannia Lee from Most Wanted Vintage organised the event. Her meticulous attention to detail ensured that there was a style of vintage to suit everybody (even the boys) and that the day ran smoothly. The bar was open, serving coffee and beer to keep the thirst at bay. It was certainly hard to drag ourselves away!

The Vintage Roundup

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Kings Emporium

Kings Emporium

Hayley from Queens wears vintage from Wanganui.

Hayley from Queens wears vintage from Wanganui.

First of June Vintage

First of June Vintage

Alice from Alice's Wonderland

Alice from Alice’s Wonderland

Needlebot Crafts

Needlebot Crafts

Becky and Christina. Becky wears high street. Christina wears vintage op-shop skirt from Dunedin and retro brooch from Christchurch.

Becky and Christina. Becky wears high street. Christina wears vintage op-shop skirt from Dunedin and retro brooch from Christchurch.

Sam from Auckland wears op-shop.

Sam from Auckland wears op-shop.

Kelly wears vintage from her own stall.

Kelly wears vintage from her own stall.

Ruby (from Ruby's Rack) wears top from Wanaka Wastebusters.

Ruby (from Ruby’s Rack) wears top from Wanaka Wastebusters.

Rachel Blackburn (designer) and Amanda (from Brown Street Bespoke). Rachel wears retro and leggings designed by herself. Amanda wears op-shop.

Rachel Blackburn (designer) and Amanda (from Brown Street Bespoke). Rachel wears retro dress and leggings designed by herself. Amanda wears op-shop.

Edward wears jacket from The Modern Miss.

Edward wears jacket from The Modern Miss.

 

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Street Art Dunedin-Style

Dunedin doesn’t pretend to be London or New York. You won’t find much in the way of politically satirical street art in the style of Banksy or Obey. But, we do have some fabulously decorated bus shelters which add a unique element to many of Dunedin’s suburbs. Over a period of 15 years, Broad Bay artist John Noakes (who sadly died in 2006) painted murals on 65 bus shelters around Dunedin. Since then, Dunedin artists Daniel Mead and Jemima Pedro have taken up the mantle, painting murals in their own style as well as restoring originals by John Noakes. Thanks DCC for funding this special feature of our city.

Here’s a small selection of them.

Wakari

Wakari

Company Bay (portrait of John Noakes by Daniel Mead)

Company Bay (portrait of John Noakes by Daniel Mead)

Company Bay

Company Bay

Vauxhall

Vauxhall

Portobello Road

Portobello Road

Burkes

Burkes

Burkes

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

St Leonards

St Leonards

Maia

Maia

 

Dunedin street art isn’t restricted to bus shelters. Here’s a few more examples.

 

Near Sawyers Bay (by Ange Spears)

Near Sawyers Bay (by Ange Spears)

Near Sawyers Bay

Ravensbourne Road (near Forsyth Barr Stadium)

Ravensbourne Road (near Forsyth Barr Stadium)

George Street (featuring Maxwell Bury, architect of the Otago University Clock Tower Complex)

George Street (featuring Maxwell Bury, architect of the University of Otago Clock Tower Complex)

Heriot Row and Hanover Street

Heriot Row and Hanover Street

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