Creativity

Haven Series: Nina

Haven Series: Nina

Auckland City is one of my favourite places and one of the locations where we did the shoot (Myers Park) holds quite a few memories for me as I lived right next to it for a little while. The natural, sleepy theme was something different and it was awesome to…

Undone Book Club Review: Lab Girl, Hope Jahren

Undone Book Club Review: Lab Girl, Hope Jahren

In year seven the big science project was ‘Science Badge’. To earn our badge we had to choose from a wide range of scientific subjects and complete activities on that subject. The activities ranged from mediocre (meteorology – record the weather for a week) to complex (energy – build a…

Salon de Cake + Lemon & Lime Cake Recipe

Salon de Cake + Lemon & Lime Cake Recipe

Our new location is not exactly a shop nor a hospitality space. It’s something else. It’s like a girly lounge or parlour. So we’ve decided to call it a ‘Salon de Cake’! The beautiful old French ‘salons’ were where people collaborated together on points of high culture – and that is…

V for Victory

V for Victory

Undone are unashamed advocates of good books and magazines, so were beyond delighted to hear that our fellow creative Adam Bryce was launching a very cool new bookstore – Victory Books – both online and out of Eugenie (one of the most knock-out, forward-thinking, directional fashion boutiques we’ve been to)…

Undone Book Club

Undone Book Club

We’re not ashamed to say we do often judge a book by its cover – though not exclusively – what’s inside is obviously of even more value, but it doesn’t hurt to look good either, right? So it did place a teeny tiny part in how we chose the next…

Haven Series: Sophie

Haven Series: Sophie

Alex and I shot at Minnehaha Beach in Takapuna, there were heaps of opportunities for photos. It was quite a sunny day, which we were stoked about because it’d been pouring down in the days before. It’s quite a secluded area, it doesn’t have a proper beach access. You can…

Haven Series: Talia

Haven Series: Talia

Alex and I shot at my house on the [North] Shore. I’ve lived here for about 10 years and have created so many memories here, so I thought it would be the perfect place to shoot. It’s a place where I feel comfortable and relaxed – and the morning sun streaming through the…

Undone’s Week In Things

Undone’s Week In Things

I’ve been in various beauty editor roles over the last decade, which translates into a lot of product I’ve been sent to try and write about. I’m also not the excitable type. But every so often a delivery still comes that causes even my heart to beat just a little faster, and…

Alexis Arnold: Crystallised Books

Alexis Arnold: Crystallised Books

Have so many ideas and projects on the go just now (see The Mamas for one of the biggest of the bunch) but somehow still managed to spend about an hour looking through photos of the work of Alexis Arnold, who has transformed boxes of discarded books into beautiful sparkling specimens using…

Haven Series: Fiona

Haven Series: Fiona

The shoot was at my house. We shot mostly in the garden which had heaps of small palm trees, different pot plants, and a cute little treehouse. We also shot in the living room which had a really nice window looking out onto the garden,and a large tea set. This…

Haven Series: Bernie

Haven Series: Bernie

The locations Alex and I shot in were around my neighbourhood and home. It felt completely different to the other shoots I’ve been on because it was completely natural, we were walking around places I’ve known all my life, it was comfortable. The shoot did’t feel like any other I’d…

Haven Series: Zazi

Haven Series: Zazi

Alex wanted to take the photographs in my neighbourhood. We walked around the streets of Grey Lynn and chose locations or surroundings that felt very natural, familiar and ‘local’. We were outside, only using the light from the sun and the breeze of the wind as our guide. There are…

Undone Zodiac: Aries

Undone Zodiac: Aries

Aries March 21 – April 19 Aries is a cardinal fire sign, ruled by Mars – the planet of action, named after the Roman god of war. As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries almost always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are…

Haven Series: Pepa

Haven Series: Pepa

The shoot was at Junk and Disorderly, a massive warehouse full of vintage stuff like nice old furniture, heaps of cool paintings and cute lil’ knick-knacks everywhere. It felt different from studio shoots and location shoots outside in gardens etc because it was actually in a store while people were there…

Undone’s Week In Things

Undone’s Week In Things

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even just looking at this little book makes me feel calmer. I ordered the smaller hardcover version from Book Depository as I preferred it to the bigger but flimsier version paperback (which also doesn’t have the pretty watercolour cover) I’ve seen in stores here, and…

Undone Zodiac: Pisces

Undone Zodiac: Pisces

Pisces February 19 – March 20 Pisces is a mutable water sign ruled by Neptune – the planet of enchantment and illusion. Being the 12th sign and hence the final sign in the zodiac, it’s said this sign brings together many of the characteristics of the eleven signs that have…

Méjico Por Favor

Méjico Por Favor

My home in Puebla for a month was a four-storey 1939 colonial Mexican California-style compound, newly coated in bright red paint, and shared with five other artists and a musician. Days were spent finding ways to distract ourselves (like hours of people watching in the zócalo) from the Mexican midday…

The Modern Preserver

The Modern Preserver

Us Undone girls love a good workshop (off to Annie Oxborough’s terrarium workshop at Collected this week woo!), so we’re pretty stoked to be signed up for the opportunity to do a spot of preserving with the wonderful Kylee Newton. A passionate self-taught preserver, Kylee grew up in New Zealand…

Undone’s Week In Things

Undone’s Week In Things

Davines Texturiser: More specifically labelled ‘This Is A Dry Texturiser, It’s For Instant, Full-Bodied Hair’, this came in a hand-written paper bag (points for real-mail feel), looks pretty, smells pretty, and does what it says. Also contains high moisturising power that facilitates the deposit of water molecules on the hair…

Terrarium Workshop With Annie O

Terrarium Workshop With Annie O

We’re calling 2016 the year of the house plant – OBSESSED! With stores like Garden Objects, websites like The Plant Hunter and The Garden Edit and books like Bree Claffey’s Indoor Green, we’re spoilt for inspiration. As well as conventional pot plants, we’re also turning to art forms like bonsai and terrariums…

A Wreath-Making Brunch

A Wreath-Making Brunch

A couple of Fridays ago a little group of some of my coolest and creative friends (though they all are, really) and I got together for a relaxed wreath-making brunch, and discovered this combination – coffee, toast, toppings and getting crafty with flowers and foliage – is a really bloody…