With the weekend around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about markets. Every weekend, all around New Zealand you’ll be able to find a market, specially around Auckland, but today I want to focus specially on Saturday Britomart Market.
The market itself its every saturday from 8am to 12.30pm at the back of the Britomart Train Station and usually features all kind of stalls with delicatessen, it is placed across the pavillion (if you’ve read my previous post on Britomart is where the bean bags are placed. http://bit.ly/1cahemB )
Every time I went there was a singer or a performer beside the actual market, and in the stalls, you can find all different kind of goods, from coffee shops, to flowers, to hummus, and “my personal favorites” Argentina pies (empanadas) The stall is run by two argentinian guys and they usually have the “classic flavors,” unfortunately they are not every Saturday. I really wished I’d go more often, because they have a really lovely selection of fruit and veggies, and there is a stall with cheeses to die for.
Hope you enjoyed the post, let me know in the comment below if you’ll ever how to Britomart Market or if you have market in you city. Jules.-
Christmas is just around the corner!
I thought it was a great time to get into the christmas spirit and do some baking, and I thought I wouldn’t be much of a host if I didn’t share this great chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ve used it for years, usually to do round basic cookies, but since Im not a fan of xmas sugar cookies, I have used this recipe to do my own version.
As most of you are aware, Christmas is coming, which means I get to do the thing I love the most (without guilt)…that is giving presents, and at the same time I get to do the most stressful, mind-wrecking thing….that is choosing presents.
So I went on an adventure though the streets of Auckland, to find a nice christmas present for le boyfriend and of course I couldn’t find anything that convince me enough. “Im pretty sure i can get something online he’ll like, anyways” was my final thought, so I gave up and start walking back home. I starting walking with my head down, like I had just lost a battle, when I saw a window.
Just a small window next to the ground, full of toys. And I thought it was pretty weird because the shop above it was a women’s clothing line that was very different to these kind of toys. So, as you do, I starting following the little windows until I reach a black door that lead to a staircase to a underground floor. And after going through all the different scenarios were I went down and I end up kidnapped by a group of Russian dwarfs and forced to make toys for the rest of my life, I decided to walk down. And what a great decision.
The windows were actually from a design store called design vault, and it was filled with notebooks, toys, watched, and funny novelty gifts and while I was walking around the shop, I came across this amazing Alice in wonderland postcards, the only ones I could find and the ones you will see in the following photos but I guess there should be more.
[Disclaimer: Im not, in any way sponsored by, or was asked to do any advertisement on this brand, this is just my humble opinion on something I really wanted to share with you. If I ever get asked by anybody to create a post on a certain place or product I will add a note to the post explaining it]
As you already know (or not… I don’t know for how long you’ve been reading this blog) I am a graphic designer & illustrator, so I’m naturally bound to love great design and pretty things. Back in Argentina there are not so many stationary or “design” stores, so when I first set foot on a Kikki.k shop my reaction was pretty much this one….
I feel like Im a Bauhaus-swedish cleancut design type of girl, so my relationship with this brand was something that was meant to be, and I mean…. come on, who in their right mind wouldn’t LOVE a store that looks like this?!
This will be the last post on our trip to the northland. Last time I finished my post when we arrived to Pahia, after a quick stop at the Haruru Falls. We arrived as early as we could and set up our minds to find a hotel quickly (we didn’t want to spend another night drinking our arses off to not go to our rooms.)
And let me tell you something, never…ever underestimate a former job, no matter how much you might have hatted it. The couple that traveled with us had worked for a few months in a hostel in Pahia when they first moved to New Zealand, their contract was what they called “Work for accommodation” (which mean that instead of paying them, or paying them fully, they could live in the hostel and not pay rent) they did not completely hatted it but they had some not so nice moments they told us about. Anyway…. we went there, we thought that it was a good idea since they already knew the place, it turns out that because the guy at front desk remember they had worked there, they gave us a former employee discount and we stayed in a HUGE room. (big enough for 8 people)
After leaving our bags in the hostel room, we went out for lunch to a little cafe across the waterfront (the above photo was actually taken from the cafe’s deck where we were eating) We had some lovely fish and chips and some tasty prawn salad and we run off to the ferry terminal to cross to Russell for some ice cream and sightseeing.
As you might have guessed from the title of this post, this is part one, I really think the WHOLE of Britomart couldn’t fit into one single post, so I divided it into a few of them, and this one specifically will be about the Pavillions and the VIP shopping spree that was held on the 21 of November. After almost two month now living next to Britomart Station (Auckland), it would be only fair to write about the Britomart Pavillion, since it is where I spend most of my time I want to go for a stroll. A few Thursdays back I had the chance to attend it’s VIP shopping spree (day) and thought it would be a great day to go take some pictures, since they were all trying to look it best for the event.
It’s time to continue with our trip through the Northland. This time, the road from Opononi to Paihia.
Last post ended with us going through the Waipoua Forrest. After almost a two hour drive we reached it’s end and continued out trip to Opononi, I think the following picture will explain ten times better what an amazing view we got when we reach the entrance to the town. Opononi is a really small town, there is not much to do (in a tourist point of view) but it has the most amazing view ever.
Last night I had the chance to attend M.A.C’s Divine night, where they introduced their new collection. I think it would be unfair to begin this blog post without first giving a big shout out to the ladies from M.A.C, because they were amazing. I had the chance to talk with a few of them while I got my face done as well and they were so friendly and helpful.
The event itself was hosted in the M.A.C space in Smith & Caugheys, which is one of Auckland oldest department stores, (it’s been around 130 years.) Probably one the “Must see’s” in every Auckland city guide. But I wouldn’t recommend buying there if you are a backpacker, given that is a High end store and it can be a bit pricey.
The room was packed, it was full of ladies trying out the new collection and we all were amazingly treated with champagne and nibbles. It was hard at first to get hold of some of the girls to talk and show me the new collection because all of these ladies were so excited that they keep the girls for themselves. (I was able to get my face done when the room was more empty by the end)
For the collection itself, I have to be honest I wasn’t much of a fan because usually I don’t use glittery eye shadows and blushes, I tend to prefer matte colours and the Divine collection had some pretty shimmer pigments, but nevertheless, what I did love was how the duets were put together. I was a bit worried on how the black and gold would work because I know that, personally, I would make a mess and mix both colours in less that a week.
All of the girls were wearing the same makeup using the new Divine Collection, and the second I set foot into the store I fell in love with the lipstick they were wearing and of course I sinned and purchased it in the first 15 minutes. The colour I’ve got is the Divine Collection “Private Party“, that is a Dark Plum Mauve, It’s a matte colour and really pigmented. I put on some today in the early morning when I went to work (say 7.30am) and just touched it up a bit after lunch and its now 6.16pm and it’s still perfectly on. I tend to be quite lazy and don’t do a lot of touch ups so I was really pleased with the duration on the lipstick. (I’m a heavy coffee drinker so I would use up all my lipsticks if I had to touch up every time they run off)
When the venue got less crowded I was able to get one of the girls and got two different looks done. First, I met Roshm and we used as a base, the lipstick the I was wearing (that was the Private Party, that I had previously bought) and she paired it with some eyeshadow. Bare in mind that I’m a brunette with very a fair skin tone (and some freckles) and have dark green eyes. So, after we went through the kind of colours I liked, if I preferred matte or shimmer colours, she picked up two tones that would pair perfectly with the Mauve lipstick and my face, the first one (Haux) was a pale pink, with a bit of shimmer, that she apply all over the eyelid and the second one (Sketch) was a darker plum that she apply only on the crease of the eye and under the waterline.
[Disclaimer: The light in the following two images was different so the colour may look more dark and saturated]
Second look was quite different, (because the first one turn out to be quite cold and I’d imagine I would wear that more for winter or night) and I got with one of the other girls and got a 1950’s rockabilly inspired look, I really suck at names and I can remember the other MAC Artist name, but she was Scottish and had this amazing accent (so if you happen to read this, sorry, and comment below or send me an email with your name please!) She used the same pink eye shadow as a base (Haux) and a darker bronze tone for the crease (Twinks) she used black gel eyeliner to do a thick winged line on my eyes and finished up with some blusher and red lipstick. For the lip she used the colour Russian Red, which is by far the best red lipstick i’ve found, because it has a blue tone so this make it a darker richer red. Most of the red lipsticks I’ve tried were red with orange tones so they very bright and they didn’t suit me at all. So If I had to recommend any red lipstick I would recommend the Russian Red, hands down.
To sum up I had an incredible night, lots of fun. Once again the girls were great, and if have the chance to go to Smith and Caugheys, go and let me know what do you think. I will leave some more images of the other products on the store because I think they look great and even thought they are not part of this collection the colour are incredible and worth trying out.
Lately, between work and lack of time I wasn’t able to walk around the city, always the same route, home to work, work to home, maybe the gym or the same bar on the weekends.
So today, in sake of Auckland’s art week I decided to get my camera out and start walking, and it’s funny because usually when people go sightseeing or travel to some place for the first time…. they look up.
They follow the buildings, they see the sky, they are wondered with the lights and the sun and the amazing things the horizon shows…but to me, specially today, the most amazing things, “the secrets” of the city (if you want to call it that way) can be found looking down. Down a staircase, in the corner of a “dodgy” street, next to a sewer, in the bottom of a light post, there, is where you can find the soul of a city.
Hope you like it.
Next post will continue the trip to the northland (that is if I stop watching videos in youtube and actually sit down to write)
Let me know what do you think or if you have any ideas for me to do next.