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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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