Heavy Rotation

From humble beginnings as a small outfit selling iron-on prints in New York’s Lower East Side, Heavy Rotation have fast become my pick of the bunch as the forefront of excellent t-shirt design.

Merging the ’60s concept of fantastic orginal artwork with new ideas in print techniques, each season brings exciting advances in t-shirt and garment design which consistently stay ahead of the pack in the world of the t-shirt.

Each season keeps me excited and my wallet empty!

T-shirts available for both men and women, and also infants & tots.

USA: Heavy Tees
Intl: Palmercash

[Guest post by t-shirt connoisseur Zep]

Justin Smith | Millinery Habit

Milliner Justin Smith is rapidly making a name for himself (at Style.com no less!) with his handmade head ornaments. Moving from owning a successful London hair salon seems to have been a breeze, after a few short years he debuted a collection at London Fashion Week. While Philip Treacy is a genius, it’s nice to see another bold milliner coming out of the U.K.

His hats (for both men and women) are all saucy wee accessories, ready to dress your outfit up. I’m particularly loving the exaggerated beret. As Mr. Smith remarks in a Dazed Digital interview, in 10 years he sees himself as “tired”… and no doubt very successful!

Viewfinder: Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning

“Hi my name is Ladyhawke. I want you. I play a bunch of stuff and sing a bunch of stuff. Rad.”

My heart is beating like crazy for the sounds of Wellington fox Ladyhawke. She’s playing in Glastonbury very soon, has played with Soulwax and Peaches – and is totally going to take off, so I thought I’d give you a heads up now, so you can say ‘I loved her before she was a global-mega-star’. Paris Is Burning is her latest music video, directed by Casper Balslev. I think she looks very Kate Moss-esque…

Sandra Naylor | Stylist

The lovely Sandra Naylor is a up and coming stylist based in Melbourne, Australia. While her online portfolio isn’t huge yet, her work is pretty amazing, especially when it comes to women’s fashion shoots.

“She has a keen eye for trends and relishes the challenge of sourcing unique or obscure items. Originally from New Zealand, Sandra can oft be found hunting for treasures in the goldmine of Melbourne’s fabulous lane ways.”

I’ve had the joy of going vintage shopping in Melbourne with her and it was definitely an eye opening experience… I’m definitely looking forward to her future work with all the goodies she’s scooped up!

Photography by Matt Lowden, styling by Sandra Naylor.

Concrete Rings

Concrete rings from Designboom, designed by 22 design studio, Taiwan. There’s a lot of good stuff coming out of Taiwan now days. I’ve only been there on a one night stopover – I would love to go back and check out Taipei.

The concrete is an innovative use of an everyday resource. It reinforces that there is more to good design than using expensive materials. Good design is also driven by strong ideas, and in this case the design idea behind each ring is as inspiring as the aesthetics.. The corner ring, worn flat side out, is driven by the following:

“Turn a corner and discover a whole new world: new places, new faces, new heart spaces. Adding corners to the ring gives the sense of creating more breathing room for the person wearing this ring; building anticipation that something amazing is right around the corner.”

Ah! Sustainable, heartfelt and beautiful. I’m a size 5…

England Horst

From the May issue of Another magazine comes a beautiful spread, dripping with butterfly colours. I am definitely feeling all the Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen pieces. That would be because the stylist, Katie England has been a long-time collaborator with McQueen, working as a creative director.

And as for the garden? My god, it is unearthly gorgeous. Love, love, love it all.

The Transatlantic Price Divide

Exhibit A: one exceedingly desirable Marc by Marc Jacobs Fly Away T-shirt. Oh, I want this t shirt so badly! It doesn’t appear to be available from any store locally (nor Ebay), so I am resorting to online boutiques. Don’t get me wrong, I adore online shopping but sometimes I am just astounded. The source of this amazement is two contrasting prices for the shirt. From Net-A-Porter we have a price of approximately 61 pounds, plus shipping. However US store Standard Style comes in at US 68 dollars, plus shipping. I accept that shipping to NZ bumps the prices up for most things, so I haven’t included it here. So what gives with the almost US$51 price difference? Moral of the story kids – it pays to shop around, even online!

Mine The Depths | 10 Heartening Winter Ideas

Winter light, originally uploaded by Amber P*.
Winter usually is a sign of colds, miserable long nights and darkness. Often with a matching dark mood because you’re all snuffly and bedridden (or wishing you were!). Partly to make myself feel better about the colder months and partly to inspire you, I’ve made a list of 10 tips to making winter better.
  1. Make a big batch of comfort food! The more carbohydrates the better I think. One very successful recipe I’ve made is: orzo pasta + roasted vegetables (red onion, carrot, kumara, potatoes, garlic etc. – all chopped up into small pieces) + crumbled feta. Yum! It works well served both warm and cold, so make a bit of it and save it for the next day when you can’t be bothered cooking! Or invite a friend over for a wee dinner party. Wine, hearty food and friends – it’s a wonderful combination that has popular since we all lived in caves.
  2. Wrap up with a big stylish scarf. Here’s a few of my top picks for the girls. For the boys, may I suggest this killer yellow men’s scarf by Paul Smith.
  3. Hold a movie night! Some of my recent favourites have been the Indiana Jones series (which leads in well to an expedition out of the house to see the next installment. Another idea is a themed marathon – my flatmate and I are looking to do a young Tom Cruise evening soon (Risky Business, Top Gun, Cocktail) and a NYC overload (movies that star the beautiful city as a main character).
  4. Add to the movie night with a big bowl of popcorn. My favourite topping (ooh not healthy at all) is 2 tablespoons of butter, a cup of icing sugar and enough boiling water to mix it all together. Slather your popcorn with the entire mixture, until it is drippingly delicious.
  5. Pull on your shoes and go for a body heating power walk around your neighbourhood! All you need is shoes and some sort of head covering. I only just realised why my ears get sore every time I go for a walk – it’s that whistling wind, so cover them up. For bonus points, measure your distances on Google maps.
  6. Set some goals… things that make you want to get up in the cold mornings! My goals include taking wardrobe_remix pictures, which means I have to get up with enough time to consider outfits and take a photo. Another goal is around increasing my writing productivity, so every morning I leap out of bed and savour my writing time before work (hello Code for Something)!
  7. Go skiing! Whether outside carving it up or indulging in my favourite bit, après-ski, a bit of snow business never fails to make me happy.
  8. Make the most of the gorgeous light winter gives us – go photo mad. The shot above was taken in my candy coloured bedroom on a Sunday afternoon. Experiment with Lomos, digital camera, different lenses, new formats, expired film, Vaseline or stockings over your camera! A photo a day or a photo every hour for a day? Colour or shape themed photo missions?
  9. Go see a band on a cheap night. Tuesdays are good nights to go out… quieter, earlier in the evening, usually no cover charge, beer specials and it will make you feel better to get out of the house.
  10. Most importantly, keep up your health! I’m taking flax seed oil, 5-htp supplements (it aids my sleep as well), drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day and trying to exercise more! Don’t let the winter take you out… keep up the vitamin C and try some sort of olive leaf extract if your immune system is weaker than usual.

Yep…winter can be fantastic! It takes a little bit more effort to make the most of, but it’s a season definitely worth trying to exploit. Now only if I can listen to most of my own advice…

We Love You Too! Loulou Loves You Lingerie


Lingerie is an area where you can always make a personal style statement, no matter what the restrictions on your outer layers are. Loulou Loves You designs and makes the most delightfully flash knickers, as well as satiny bows, jackets and garters, all to be found on her pretty wee site.

“‘Loulou Loves You’ was born out of one girls personal love affair with lingerie. When she realised that she owned over eighty pairs of knickers and thought it was time that she turned this obsession into a business.”

I am particularly fond of the shiny pink Lou style knickers (as seen above) and the frilly black & white gingham Dorothys. You also can’t go past her Bow Emporium – full of lovely bows that will give all the folks a sneaky peek of what’s underneath. Perhaps it’s time to express the real you, the smoky eyed starlet lurking under the surface, with some shiny new delights?