All posts filed under: Inspiration

Doggie Knits | Wow the Poocherazzi

Is your hound on-trend or are you too embarrassed to be seen in public with your four-legged friend in case of stalking poocherazzi? Unless you’re knitting for a Saint Bernard, it’s a relatively inexpensive exercise producing a garment for your loved one. Here are some stylish knits to preserve the celebrity status of your canine fashionista. Pretty as a powderpuff, this stocking stitch pullover with matching hat (along with a multitude of variations) was available on eBay when I first sourced it but has since disappeared – perhaps due to overwhelmingly popularity. Adorable, but kind of weird to have your furball surpass you in cuteness. Strike a pose, swag in colour and slimline fit, this garment is cleverly designed with an aerated under passage to allow sensational access for those last minute calls of nature. Take a leaf, humans. Image courtesy of Pinterest. The snoods have it. Hail the Prince of Wales who made Fair Isle tank tops fashionable in the 1920s. Named after a tiny island off the Scottish coastline that forms part of the Shetland …

The Larapinta Trail

There’s nothing quite like climbing red mountains at dawn, showering in green canvas tents with dodgy flaps and “chewing the fat” fireside, under the expanse of a milky blanket of stars.  I’d never entered the Red Centre. Well, not Australia’s Red Centre anyway. It was high time I connected with the earth beneath me and dropped out of internet range for a stint. So last month with 7 friends, I trekked the Classic Larapinta Trail with company World Expeditions, starting at Alice Springs. All I knew of Alice came from absorbing the movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, so I was at least prepared for an abundance of red rocks (minus the cocks in this case). The extreme dryness, extreme heat and extreme cold were foreign to me, so the existence of wildflowers and abundance of bush tucker in this harsh landscape enthralled. Our six day expedition followed the line of the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges and involved hiking 10-13 kms per day, too easy when your back pack only contains water and blister protection …

What’s for breakfast?

Instagram is second to none for stimulating salivary glands, so this week we’re sharing some of our favourite breakfast instas to tantalise you. Clockwise from top left:  @symmetrybreakfast – Shanghai based breakfasts cooked by Michael for Mark. You are either a person who embraces order or you’re a fan of chaos, whichever way these images guarantee a smile. Breakfast is a smoked salmon rice bowl with avocado, nori, tamagoyaki, fish eggs and pluots (half plum, half apricots). @whatforbreakfast – Berlin resident Marta Greber loves to eat good breakfasts and loves to travel from time to time. Her photography is exquisite in its simplicity, evidenced by this bird’s eye view of banana porridge with caramelised pears. @thehealthyhunter – Holly from Melbourne is a food blogger, recipe developer and health enthusiast. Breakfast is not just your average smashed avo on toast, there’s always a delightful twist. All Holly’s delectable recipes are posted on her blog – link in profile. @breakfastinsydney – Liz Lyons shares food recommendations in and around Sydney, such an enviable job and a clever …

Wearable Art | Thirty Years of wacky

What would happen if art was ripped off the wall and thrown onto a human body? We all love a dress-up but there’s something thrilling and amusing about the World of Wearable Art and the international competition staged in my home town Wellington, New Zealand each year. It’s as if the concept of haute couture is poked, prodded and flipped on its head (or rammed where the sun don’t shine). Designers from the worlds of architecture, art, theatre, jewellery making, textile and industrial crafting are united by the challenge to construct without commercial constraint. The results are no less than inspirational. The opportunity for innovation and invention is irresistible to an enormous band of entrants worldwide. The show-and-tell takes place on a giant runway amid an extravagant lighting and sound display, overall it’s not too far removed from catwalk, but the outfits are seriously ingenious. The rest of Wellington rejoices and retail outlets show their support by proudly displaying entries in shop frontages, plus a few premium entries make the foyer of the world renowned Te Papa Museum on the Wellington foreshore. In Aotearoa, the competition has become an institution and this …