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♥ Feature Friday ♥ 05.04.13

The end of another short week has arrived quicker than it started and with the end of Summer nearing (you can tell by the cold mornings we’re starting to get) and what an awesome Summer it was (still is), I thought we’d splash out all the colour that this go-getter, creative beauty produces for customers world wide from right here in our back yard.

 

WHO: ALISHA DAYA

I had to steal this off her facebook page because she’s too shy to slap her face up on her awesome website – she may kill me haha!!

 
WHAT: Owner of Something Epic (Yes, they really are affordable and yes you can get it custom made in ANY colour(s) you want!)

 

WHEN: About the same time as I met Jane Mow, so 8 years ago – WOW!

WHERE: Based in the City of Sails but her products have spread like wildfire across the world.

WHY: You can always count on this girl to brighten up your day with her warming, perfect smile. She’s the first one to put her hand up and help you with whatever you need, even if it means driving across the country after work. In our recent campaign photoshoot, I needed jewellery that could easily work with anything and everything – Something Epic was Something PERFECT! Lish was on board and had a table spread of handmade products for us to use (photo below).

 

 

Photography:Lydia Arnold

Here are some behind the scenes snaps which I took from here.

As for those of you thinking they’re affordable because the quality isn’t that great – TOTALLY THE OPPOSITE! Although at the moment they only come in gold (which is fine because I love gold! HA!) it is a heavy duty chain, I wear mine nearly every day and it still looks new, and to make it even better, each bracelet now comes with a signature pink silk tie-off and a 14K gold plated tag – how’s that for style and class!?! They make pretty meaningful gifts too, I recently went to a friends baby shower, she already has one boy and just had another boy, I got her a bracelet made with 2 different shades of blue to represent her 2 sons. Those of you getting married can even get a set customised for your bridesmaids to match their outfits and even better, they can use it for any occasion after the wedding. Colours have meaning so work this product to your advantage especially because it’s so easily customised to anything you want.

Check out SOMETHING EPIC even if it’s not for you because it is an awesome website and I guarantee something will catch your eye and make you think of someone it would be perfect for!

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That’s a wrap!

The planning for this day was a lot of work, the day itself was even more and the weeks of work put into  this photo shoot was insane, but to see the individual talents of each and every person on this set shine through, to turn a back yard in Mt Eden into a Vogue-esque setting was surreal and just the beginning of  all the magic that happened on set yesterday.

Of course no great photo shoot is ever done without a handful of drama, so here’s what really happened:

I brought everything, I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G over to my boyfriend’s house as he lives around the corner from ‘Landscape Mansion’. I stayed up to finish off a few things and when the sun started to rise I dropped him off in the City for Round the Bays, by the time I got back to his house it was locked…No one was home – a slight panic/Insert”French”WordsHere ran through my head. I needed to be on location in one hour and ALL my stuff is locked in a house that I am standing outside of, breaking and entering was not an option – for the first time everything was locked – WHYYYYYY!!!!???!!!!! I’m a good person! Why is this happening to me!?! Ok, breeeeeeeathe. His cousin arrived at the scene and we sat there trying to come up with a plan but just then one of the flatmates arrived and I was free at last! #LessonLearnt.

On top of a few smaller cake/humidity related disasters the frosting on the cupcakes turned into soup – delayed yet again! It’s ok; I tell myself, just breathe and add more icing sugar it will be fine. So I quickly mix up a new batch of frosting, not caring what it tastes like anymore but just caring enough that it will hold it’s shape long enough for the photos – 2 bags later (whaaaaaaaaaaat!?!) and we have some pretty average looking cupcakes but it’s good enough to make the feature cupcakes shine through. At this stage I am now in a panic, a slight sweat and it’s been about 38 hours since I’ve slept but somehow I manage to pull off this shot (kind of…).

So I pack up the car and shoot down the road just in time to catch my breath and then I am told we are down from 4 models to 1… *Breath in, breathe out*

At this point I remember that I am working with an extremely talented and amazing bunch of people and that no matter what, they can make it work, I don’t care that we are down to one model but I am grateful that I have her and this team. Within 15 minutes a plain white washed wooden table is transformed into a scene of girliness and fairytales – *cue Mariah Te Whana* and suddenly it is taken to a level of captivity, not only the whole set itself but the way that Lydia (photographer) and Mariah worked off each other, the way that Jane (stylist) and her assistant Brooke Hollows could almost read each others minds, the way that Gabrielle (make up & hair) transformed Mariah for each set in a matter of minutes and the way that Alisha from Something Epic not only made the AH-MAZ-ING arm candy but also took some epic shots with her camera in the background (which is where all these photos are from!). As I sat there completely dazed by how everyone was working and the ‘flow’ of everything from each set I couldn’t believe that this was for me – man am I one heck of a lucky girl, to have such talented friends that are willing to give up a weekend for me. I must have done something right, or at least I hope I have.

So for now, i’ll leave you all with some fun shots from yesterday (courtesy of Alisha):

Here’s a shot of Mariah stacked up with Something Epic bracelets in their new “Splash” range…

Here’s me wishing I looked like a model…                                                                                                                 But then I eat too many cupcakes…

And this is a shot of me and a couple of the magicians: Jane Mow and Gabrielle Houghton

And this…

Sail on Sailors!! And stay tuned for the upcoming photos…

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Cupid is a Genius!

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again where a single rose goes from $5 to $15 (at least), where chocolate hearts and teddy bears fill every shelf in every store and love is in the air. Where some single people celebrate being single on this ‘couples’ day and where other’s feel sorry for themselves. Where kids at school are most likely more cruel than the grown up world and find a weak spot in their victims or where chivalry still exists and a true gentleman comes shining through. Love it or hate it – this commercialised day has become a bigger thing as the years go by in New Zealand.

I’m not really a Valentines Day sort of person, but I appreciate it. My Dad wasn’t a V-Day person either, he always used to tell us it’s such a commercial day and that you shouldn’t need one day to show someone that you love them – he was however a very romantic person. Mum was a bit more into Valentines Day, so he did this for her. Every Valentines day Dad would buy Mum a single red rose, sometimes a huge bunch of red roses, as he got older it was me that was sent out with the money to buy the roses for her, from him – looking back now, I think he was training me up for what was yet to come. He passed away almost two years ago but my Mother still gets her Valentines day flower(s), each year I know she thinks the flowers won’t come, or there’s nothing planned but I still get the money in my account and it still says “flowers”: “True Love Never Dies”.

My Dad used to be a Civil Engineer and worked for the EU as a Diplomat for the German Embassy. My Brother and I were raised in a way with set rules, manners and behaviours, we were taught how to treat people and how people should be treated and both parents led by great examples. Having grown up knowing certain things, I love watching couples (and people in general – but not in a creepy, stalker-ish sort of way…) as they enter/exit a building, enter/exit a car, walk down the street. I love that middle aged- elderly couples still have the man opening the door for his lady and even better opening her car door for her to get in, such a simple gesture with such powerful meaning (no boys, this doesn’t mean you’re a “p*ssy” if you do this, this doesn’t mean you’re “uncool”, this doesn’t mean you’re “whipped”). On the other hand ladies, as much as you may think you are a Queen, it is still nice to be polite so thank him (and while you’re all warm in the car after he closes the door, you could lean over and open his door)!! I do see more and more of the younger generation holding doors open for their girls so maybe there is hope for the future, the car door thing though is not as popular and I can understand why, but once in a while – try it.

I’ll leave you with this. Ahhh, the beginnings of love hahahaha!

Gay, Straight, Single, Bi-, whatever it may be, just make sure you at least love yourself today. 

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