Monthly Archives: November 2013

Rakel Blom Clothing Is Now Online

Rakel Blomsterberg was the sensation of iD Dunedin Fashion Week this year. Everyone was blown away by the originality, quality and attention to detail of her Rakel Blom clothing collection (‘The World Through My Eyes’). It was no surprise that she took out the Peroni First Place prize at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards – the first win ever for an Otago Polytechnic student. Rakel is now based in London and commercially producing clothing developed from the collection she showed at iD. The designs are vibrant, youthful and fresh. We couldn’t resist ordering a couple of pieces. They are very wearable, affordable and well made. You can visit her online shop here; there are lots of designs to choose from. Rakel, we wish you tonnes of success!

Rakel at the Di Lusso iD Designer Sale 2013

Rakel at the Di Lusso iD Designer Sale 2013

Model wears dress from Rakel's collection at iD Dunedin Fashion Show 2013

Model wears dress from Rakel’s collection at iD Dunedin Fashion Show 2013

Rakel Blom leggings from an early collection

Rakel Blom leggings from an early collection

Rakel talks about her collection at Meet the iD Emerging Designers 2013

Rakel talks about her collection at Meet the iD Emerging Designers 2013

These are the pieces we bought from her online shop.

Bell Sleeve Jumper, North America, by Rakel Blom

Bell Sleeve Jumper, North America, by Rakel Blom

Long Cardigan, North America, by Rakel Blom

Long Cardigan, North America, by Rakel Blom

Back detail of long cardigan

Back detail of long cardigan

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What Are You Wearing November?

Dunedin, you’re looking so stylish this month! The streets have been teeming with incredibly well-dressed people and these are just the ones we managed to capture on camera.

Severine and Nell. Severine wears dress from Paris. Nell wears dress from Recycle Boutique in Wellington.

Severine and Nell. Severine wears dress from Paris. Nell wears dress from Recycle Boutique in Wellington.

Charlotte wears dress by Lonely Hearts and jacket from Void.

Charlotte wears dress by Lonely Hearts and jacket from Void.

Seth and Olivia wear op-shop.

Seth and Olivia wear op-shop.

Arnika wears dress by Jill & Ange and vintage shoes.

Arnika wears dress by Jill & Ange and vintage shoes.

Cyprus and Izzy wear clothing bought online.

Cyprus and Izzy wear clothing bought online.

Mya wears opshop and socks from Ruby.

Mya wears opshop and socks from Ruby.

Chloe and Mike. Chloe wears Fred Perry dress and Monsterthreads top.

Chloe and Mike. Chloe wears Fred Perry dress and Monsterthreads top.

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The Cuckoos Have Built A New Nest

And what a great job they’ve done! Ethical boutique, The Cuckoo’s Nest, now has a new nesting spot at 82 St Andrew Street. At the re-launch party last Friday, we were overwhelmed with the meticulous care and attention that has been poured into this project. The shop is both charming and enticing, with jewellery creatively displayed under glass domes and in vintage drawers hung on walls. The owners/managers, Annika Metua (University of Auckland medical student) and Susan Wardell (University of Otago PhD student), are committed to supporting local designers and providing ethical consumer choices. We think they are wonder women; Susan even found time to give birth to a baby girl recently! So, if you are pro fair trade, recycling and vintage, this shop is a must for your Christmas shopping.

The Cuckoo's Nest shop window at 82 St Andrew Street

The Cuckoo’s Nest shop window at 82 St Andrew Street

Annika Metua and Susan Wardell, owners of The Cuckoo's Nest

Annika Metua and Susan Wardell, owners of The Cuckoo’s Nest

A selection of South Island-made jewellery

A selection of South Island-made jewellery

Fiona (Senorita Awesumo) and Tannia (Most Wanted Vintage)

Fiona (Senorita Awesumo) and Tannia (Most Wanted Vintage)

Clothing by Most Wanted Vintage

Clothing by Most Wanted Vintage

Re-worked spoon jewellery by Victorian Envy

Re-worked spoon jewellery by Victorian Envy

Morgan and Julia

Morgan and Julia

Jewellery by Cuckoo's Nest and Smash Palace

Jewellery by Cuckoo’s Nest and Smash Palace

Will

Will

Jewellery by Romance Rewound

Jewellery by Romance Rewound

Hannah and Nyssa

Hannah and Nyssa

Necklaces by Pico-Mo

Necklaces by Pico-Mo

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This Bar Ain’t Big Enough For The River Jesters

It’s no joke being a jester! Meticulous planning went into the making of The River Jesters’ video for their new release ‘Pony’ at Inch Bar last Tuesday. Thankfully, we weren’t trampled by a herd of mustangs, but cowgirls, gamblers and guitars took over the bar for the day and there was even a ‘brawl’ at the end. The River Jesters are Michael Morris and Tom Batchelor (from X Factor), a psychedelic folk and blues rock duo who formed in Dunedin in 2012. As soon as filming was over, the duo launched straight into an amazing performance of original material and covers by Led Zeppelin (‘Whole Lotta Love’) and The Beatles (‘Oh! Darling’). Great stuff guys!

River Jesters: Tom Batchelor and Michael Morris.

River Jesters: Tom Batchelor and Michael Morris.

Inch Bar

Inch Bar

Inch Bar beer memorabilia

Inch Bar beer memorabilia

Jonas of Inch Bar

Jonas of Inch Bar

Laura-Jane, the heroine from the River Jesters' new music video, 'Pony'

Laura-Jane, the heroine from the River Jesters’ new music video, ‘Pony’

The fabulous style of Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

The fabulous style of Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Elena

Elena

Evan and friend

Evan and friend

Jivy

Jivy

Justine

Justine

The River Jesters

The River Jesters

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We’re Nuts For The Two Squirrels

Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton has only been open for just over a month and we’ve already been there three times – we just can’t keep away! Warren and Vanessa’s vintage clothing and collectibles are second to none for quality, originality, condition and especially price. They really go the extra mile which is why their carefully selected pieces just fly out the shop! As you can see, it’s impossible for us to come away empty handed.

Beaded cardigan from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with dress by Kate Sylvester and vintage necklace by Miracle (Birmingham).

Beaded cardigan from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with dress by Kate Sylvester and vintage necklace by Miracle (Birmingham).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with retro pendant from the Clothing Port (Port Chalmers). Cake stand from Broad Bay China holds cakes from Delicacy by Alison Lambert. Susie Cooper tea set from Dunedin Antiques Centre (sadly no longer there).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with retro pendant from the Clothing Port (Port Chalmers). Cake stand from Broad Bay China holds cakes from Delicacy by Alison Lambert. Susie Cooper tea set from Dunedin Antiques Centre (sadly no longer there).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage close-up to show embroidered detail.

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage close-up to show embroidered detail.

Collection of perspex 3D brooches. Top left brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Collection of perspex 3D brooches. Top left brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Vanessa's own silk dress worn with wooden dog belt, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Bag by Radley. Scottish pendant by Miracle (Birmingham).

Vanessa’s own silk dress worn with wooden dog belt, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Bag by Radley. Scottish pendant by Miracle (Birmingham).

Like mother, like daughter. Left: late 1970s towelling beach dress from Two Squirrels Vintage. Original 'Tubular Bells' (Mike Oldfield) LP. Right: c1980, Bridgnorth, Shropshire featuring the latest fashion trend – the towelling dress.

Like mother, like daughter. Left: late 1970s towelling beach dress from Two Squirrels Vintage. Original ‘Tubular Bells’ (Mike Oldfield) LP. Right: c1980, Bridgnorth, Shropshire featuring the latest fashion trend – the towelling dress.

Red bobble jumper worn with retro necklace, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Slip by NOM*d from 'Spaced Out' AW13 collection.

Red bobble jumper worn with retro necklace, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Slip by NOM*d from ‘Spaced Out’ AW13 collection.

1940s floral print day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with vintage locket from Birmingham.

1940s floral print day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with vintage locket from Birmingham.

Vibrant Clos de Conte wine bottle skirt from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Vibrant Clos de Conte wine bottle skirt from Two Squirrels Vintage.

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Claim To Fame On Campus: Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg has it all. Not only does he have film star good looks to match his intellect but his musical talent comes in bucket loads! Luckily for us Dunedinites, in June 2012, he made the life-changing move across the Pacific to take up a position as Associate Professor at the University of Otago.

Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg

Nathan was born into a creative, artistic and well-travelled family in Iowa City where his father was completing a PhD in film studies. Shortly after, the family moved to New York City for five years. While his father wrote for Downbeat Magazine, Nathan started his career as a child actor. This included TV commercials (e.g. Dunkin Donuts) and the voice of Jeffy in ‘A Family Circus’ cartoon series – very cute. However, Nathan considers Lawrence, Kansas, his hometown because he grew up there and became immersed in its “creative energy”. At the young age of 15, he started a jazz studies degree at the University of North Texas. Soon, he was on the road performing as a “fulltime jazz bassist” and was offered a record contract. Unbelievably, while still actively performing, he gained a BA (Hons) in American studies, MA in mathematics and PhD in economics!

Nathan in his office

Nathan in his office

So how did Nathan end up in New Zealand? He was drawn here by both academic (the research being carried out at Otago’s Economics Department) and creative reasons. “I read about Graeme Downes, heard US rock bands expressing appreciation for the Dunedin Sound and bands like The Chills and The Verlaines, and noticed many other aspects of Dunedin that attracted me. Being in Dunedin has opened a rich, new chapter in my life. One aspect that I especially appreciate is the face-to-face contact with people pursuing many different projects. The academic community, artists and students are one part of this – but there’s so much more, which includes agricultural production, manufacturing, tech entrepreneurs, etc.”

Nathan with a student during his 'office hour'

Nathan with a student during his ‘office hour’

We asked Nathan to explain in layman’s terms about his academic research. We loved his answer: “I’m trying to create new scientific evidence that will help us all feel happier, healthier and wiser. Not like Huxley’s Soma. But by understanding the way humans make high-stakes decisions about money, food, exercise, and big medical decisions.”

Music runs in the family. Nathan’s grandfather toured with “jazz big bands in the 1930s” and his father is still playing saxophone and flute professionally. It was inevitable that Nathan would be infected with the music bug. He plays acoustic bass, electric bass, piano and drums. And he also has a great singing voice.

Nathan playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe

Nathan playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe

Check out his music video for ‘Right Now’. Can we detect a punk influence?

Nathan has toured with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (with whom he recorded the ‘Live at Ronnie Scotts’ album in London) and played with an impressive list of jazz royalty: Clark Terry, John Scofield, Bernadette Peters, Chaka Khan, Bill Stewart, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Joe Morello, Alan Broadbent and many others.

It’s no wonder that he was snapped up by jazz band Philtre who have a residency at Circadian Rhythm Cafe every Friday night (5:30 – 8:30). He has also recently performed as a solo artist at Queens Bar and at a Sunday Porch Session for Operation Underground. This Sunday afternoon, he will be performing at Inch Bar (Opoho) and we intend to be there.

Philtre. From left: Phil Lyons (guitar, tenor sax), Nathan Berg (electric bass), Kevin Finigan (drums).

Philtre. From left: Phil Lyons (guitar, tenor sax), Nathan Berg (electric bass), Kevin Finigan (drums).

So, if you want to be taught economics by a charismatic musical genius, take BSNS104 at Otago in the second semester next year.

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Dia de Los Muertos at Purple Rain

Last night, Purple Rain Retro Cafe hosted Halloween or, for the Mexican aficionados, ‘Day of the Dead’, but the cafe could not have been more alive. The basement thudded with the beat of unsettling, spine-tingling performances by Messier 57, Nick Knox, Not From Space and THE VAMPS. The air was thick with cobwebs and zombie mannequins lurked in dark corners, transforming the normally elegant boudoir into an eery dungeon. Guests were treated to a spicy Bloody Mary on arrival – it packed a punch! To buck the ghostly trend, one of us went as Cruella de Vil, whose intentions would scare any pet owner to death (including us!). We wonder what tricks or treats will be up Debbie’s sleeve next.

Tannia and Gabby

Tannia and Gabby

Spooky Faces in the Crowd

Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil

Frits, Nick and Debbie

Frits, Nick and Debbie

A creepy encounter: Andrew, Erica and August

A creepy encounter: Andrew, Erica and August

Kylie and Julianna

Kylie and Julianna

Nick Knox

Nick Knox

Messier 57

Messier 57

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