Monthly Archives: February 2014

Stranger Danger! George Street’s Sale Of The Century, Sunday 23 February

The Company of Strangers’ one day only, old season and samples sale was an event not to be missed! There were lots of very wearable samples for $10 to $20, jewellery as cheap as $50, and a recycled leather bag we’d been coveting for months was down to $95. The shop was packed but, despite the craziness, everyone seemed to find a great bargain.

Anticipation as the crowd gathers

Anticipation as the crowd gathers

Simone

Simone

Cecily and Katy try on sale items

Cecily and Katy try on sale items

Emma

Emma

Megan wears Zambesi and Wishagram pendant by Rebecca Scarlett.

Megan wears Zambesi and Wishagram pendant by Rebecca Scarlett.

Lucy

Lucy

Izzy tries on Strange Love top

Izzy tries on Strange Love top

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What Are You Wearing February?

On an O-Week summer’s day, the girls came out to play, along with their bold colours, feminine florals and funky footwear. And there was Wesley!

Jemma wears dress and bag by Company of Strangers, and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

Jemma wears dress and bag by Company of Strangers, and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

Veronica wears Radio One t-shirt and op-shop skirt.

Veronica wears Radio One t-shirt and op-shop skirt.

Anna and Niamh wear hand-me-downs and clothing bought online.

Anna and Niamh wear hand-me-downs and clothing bought online.

Holly wears op-shop.

Holly wears op-shop.

Wesley wears top by Rick Owens, shorts by Zambesi and Converse customised by Philip James Frost x Company of Strangers.

Wesley wears top by Rick Owens, shorts by Zambesi and Converse customised by Philip James Frost x Company of Strangers.

Anna and Christine. Anna wears skirt by Glassons, necklace from Thieves Alley Market and boots by Mi Piaci.

Anna and Christine. Anna wears skirt by Glassons, necklace from Thieves Alley Market and boots by Mi Piaci.

Nada wears dress gifted by friend and op-shop stockings.

Nada wears dress gifted by friend and op-shop stockings.

Anna-Marie and Christina. Anna-Marie wears dress from Yaks n Yetis. Christina wears skirt and braces from Topshop.

Anna-Marie and Christina. Anna-Marie wears dress from Yaks n Yetis. Christina wears skirt and braces from Topshop.

Tannia wears dress from Most Wanted Vintage and necklace from Thieves Alley Market.

Tannia wears dress from Most Wanted Vintage and necklace from Thieves Alley Market.

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Murray Eskdale’s Photographic Take On Dunedin Architecture

 

Who better to capture Dunedin’s cityscapes with an expert lens than Murray Eskdale? The curator of Mint Gallery (Moray Place) also happens to be a world-renowned photographer whose incredible photos are featured on Saatchi Art’s website – yes that Charles Saatchi!

Last night, Murray’s new exhibition, ‘Flux’, opened at Mint Gallery. His images individually capture the industrial (e.g. ‘Half Time’) and the residential (e.g. ‘State’) aspects of Dunedin but flow to tell a united story. We were also entertained by Gisborne poet, Johnathan Pere, whose recitals of ‘Otago’ and ‘Coffee at Mou Cafe’ added to the Dunedin spirit of the evening. The exhibition is on until 27 February and is definitely worth a visit! Individual prints are for sale.

Photographer and Mint Gallery curator, Murray Eskdale, with 'Half Time' (left) and 'State' (right)

Photographer and Mint Gallery curator, Murray Eskdale, with ‘Half Time’ (left) and ‘State’ (right)

Mint Gallery

Mint Gallery

The industrial ('Half Time') …

The industrial (‘Half Time’) …

And the residential ('South D')

And the residential (‘South D’)

Arianne and Dylan with 'Gregg's'

Arianne and Dylan with ‘Gregg’s’

Poet Johnathan Pere from Gisborne

Poet Johnathan Pere from Gisborne

Sylvia and Julian with 'Form'

Sylvia and Julian with ‘Form’

'Late dance on arrival where I stand without you', a collaboration between Murray Eskdale and James Bellaney

‘Late dance on arrival where I stand without you’, a collaboration between Murray Eskdale and James Bellaney

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Waitangi Day Queenstown-Style

For our last post from Southern Lakes, we wanted to share the spirit of Waitangi Day from the beautiful Queenstown Botanical Gardens, where hundreds gathered to enjoy the sunshine, music and entertainment.

Wakatipu High School's kapa haka group, Te Iti O Tahuna

Wakatipu High School’s kapa haka group, Te Iti O Tahuna

Zara (from the UK) wears dress by Phase Eight and necklace given to her as a graduation present.

Zara (from the UK) wears dress by Phase Eight and necklace given to her as a graduation present.

Shannon, Jessica (from Dunedin) and Kelly (from Ireland). Jessica wears bikini from Hydro Surf.

Shannon, Jessica (from Dunedin) and Kelly (from Ireland). Jessica wears bikini from Hydro Surf.

Michelle wears clothing from overseas.

Michelle wears clothing from overseas.

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Postcards From Queenstown

Dear Dunedin,

After a relaxing week in Wanaka, we’ve hit the lively streets of Queenstown – just as beautiful, but a few more people and a cosmopolitan vibe. Trending: arancini, Segway personal transporters, stand up paddle boards, classical instruments and tight ropes.

Queenstown People

Mathias, the 'Piano Man'

Mathias, the ‘Piano Man’

Harriet of Angel Divine wears 'Straight Slip' by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Harriet of Angel Divine wears ‘Straight Slip’ by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Mon and New from Thailand

Mon and New from Thailand

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

We’re obsessed with Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ which was filmed in and around Queenstown and has been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG awards. So we sought out some of the film locations.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti. 'Sunsparkle' dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Avanti. ‘Sunsparkle’ dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women's retreat.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women’s retreat.

Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.

Fountain at dusk

Fountain at dusk

'Icon' sculpture by Paul Dibble

‘Icon’ sculpture by Paul Dibble

Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.

The Den at Dorothy Browns

The Den at Dorothy Browns

Dorothy Browns' posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

Dorothy Browns’ posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

The Arrow River

Pineapple 'Rhi-Rhi Dungarees' by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Pineapple ‘Rhi-Rhi Dungarees’ by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Walnut Cottage, near Lake Hayes, is one of our all-time favourite cafés serving Indonesian and Kiwi fare. There, we enjoyed the company of two very handsome and enthusiastic boys, Beau Beau and Jackie.

Walnut Cottage

Walnut Cottage

Jackie

Jackie

Beau Beau

Beau Beau

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Before leaving Central, we headed to Sam Neill’s (yes, the world-renowned actor) ‘Two Paddocks’ Redbank near Clyde – the least pretentious and most beautiful vineyard we’ve ever visited. We didn’t see Sam but were really well looked after by the delightful and informative Jenny Blance (office manager) who even gave us a tour of the property. We enjoyed the numerous artworks (including Ralph Hotere, Laurence Aberhart, Marti Friedlander and Bill Hammond) and meeting some of the adorable farm pets, mostly named after famous actors and actresses. And of course there was the wine!

Two Paddocks Redbank

Two Paddocks Redbank

Wine tasting room

Wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill's father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill’s father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.

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