The Good Life

The Rose #1

The Rose #1

There’s no other flower that has been admired and lusted over as much as the rose. For centuries they’ve inspired with their beauty, fragrance and colour and are the only flower that has developed its own language to convey various meanings. To celebrate this magnificent bloom I’ve put together a little series,…

Literary Style: Love, Nina

Literary Style: Love, Nina

“Dear Vic… MK uses a kind of basket thing. Like a shopping basket, but soft stuff, like hay not straw, but straw-coloured with muted stripes. Long leather straps over the shoulder and a pickpocket’s dream. I’ve gone on to a longish canvas bag like a plumber’s bag. MK can’t bear…

Onsen

Onsen

After boarding the bullet train at Tokyo station and switching to a local train line in Nagoya, the hustle and bustle of the city is left behind as the countryside whips by out the window. Cherry blossoms burst like fireworks across the hills as we wind our way up through…

Honey-Roasted Carrot, Miso & Ginger Dressing

Honey-Roasted Carrot, Miso & Ginger Dressing

This dressing is absolute heaven. You’ll want to pour it on everything. The roasted carrot, miso and ginger combine to make a sweet/savoury and ridiculously crave-able dressing that can fancy up even a simple bowl of steamed vegetables or salad. I’ve been making dreamy dinner bowls with crispy tofu, raw…

Natural Beauty: Ginger, Lemon & Honey

Natural Beauty: Ginger, Lemon & Honey

As part of an ongoing series in collaboration with Glasshouse Salon, we’re bringing you simple beauty recipes you can make at home with everyday natural ingredients. It’s the perfect way to make sure you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin, and avoid unnecessary chemicals.We’re constantly on the look out…

Banana, Walnut and Dark Chocolate Loaf

Banana, Walnut and Dark Chocolate Loaf

Yesterday we posted an instagram of our morning tea (instant coffee actually), featuring a delicious banana loaf baked by our lovely friend James Dobson (Jimmy D designer and co-owner of Children Of Vision). We’ve since had a few requests for the recipe, so asked James if he would write it out…

Literary Style: Love All

Literary Style: Love All

“Then I’ll get out of my mistress clothes and make some coffee. I might even have another bath, she thought. The clothes were simply not wearable at home. Thin black stockings, no vest – far too unromantic – a tight black skirt that showed her knees, fortunately elegant… and a…

Homemade Bread: Part 2

Homemade Bread: Part 2

The sourdough sessions continue… (See Part 1 here) Now you’re ready to make your dough. Respect the process – don’t rush it. But also don’t be afraid to be creative and try new things. Experiment with flour choices and the addition of seeds, nuts and honey. You can’t really go…

The Caker HQ

The Caker HQ

Our favourite baker and original Undone Girl Jordan Rondel never fails to inspire us (or make us hungry), and her latest, possibly most exciting (though not many of us can say they have their own amazing cookbook!) venture as The Caker is opening her own headquarters on Auckland’s legendary K’ Road….

Homemade Bread: Part 1

Homemade Bread: Part 1

Although it’s one of the simplest elements of life, food is become increasingly over-thought and over-complex to the point of near hysteria. We’re inundated with societal pressures from all sides. From the large-scale food corporate to the pressures of various diet movements like “paleo” “clean eating” and “raw vegan”, to…

Oh Peony!

Oh Peony!

Last week at the market as I was collecting all my favourite blooms, balancing them on one arm as I piled them up with the other, I spotted flower market gold – peonies!!! Thank you magic flower kingdom (Holland) for sending these over! Peonies aren’t usually around this time of…

Chandelier

Chandelier

So loving this new video for Sia’s latest track ‘Chandelier’. Where previously we were simply enjoying singing (yelling) along in our most powerful epic-ballad voices accompanied by the occasional fist pump, now we see no reason to restrain ourselves from cutting a few spontaneous dance moves as we move about…

Chocolate-Dipped Anzac Biscuits

Chocolate-Dipped Anzac Biscuits

This is my take on the traditional Anzac biscuit. The cookies themselves are wheat and refined sugar-free, with decadent dark chocolate bases to make them that little bit richer. They are completely addictive, taste like something from your childhood and are 100% perfect with a cup of tea. These are…

Literary Style: I Capture The Castle

Literary Style: I Capture The Castle

“It was thrilling when we started to get dressed. There was still some daylight left, but we drew the curtains and brought up the lamp and lit candles, because I once read that women of fashion dress for candlelight by candlelight.” Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle Do we ever…

Twenty-Seven Names Store + Cookies

Twenty-Seven Names Store + Cookies

The launch of Twenty-Seven Names‘ second boutique on Ponsonby Road (the first is on Vivien Street in Wellington) was such a perfect fit for the quaint set of cool shops that nestle there you get the feeling it’s been there for a lot longer than just a few weeks. Finished with…

An Undone Long Weekend

An Undone Long Weekend

“We’re about to head to Whangamata for Easter weekend. I have a lot of writing to do and being in a place like this allows me to have some thinking space and the time to play around with ideas. Aside from writing, we’ll be lighting the fire, reading our books,…

Tokyo Travel Kit

Tokyo Travel Kit

I’m seasoned at packing for a weekend away, but a long haul flight always takes a little more consideration. We’re heading to Japan this week, and I’ve aimed for a pared-back approach to my kit list. With luggage checked in, Mr Mini Robin will accompanying me on board. He’s small…

Polka Golden Dawn Chocolate

Polka Golden Dawn Chocolate

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are actually quite high on our list of favourite things, but another two other things that sit up there are Polka Chocolate and Golden Dawn bar – so our excitement on learning that the two have come together in the coolest and most…

Raw Chocolate & Walnut Thickshake

Raw Chocolate & Walnut Thickshake

This morning thickshake feels like pure indulgence but is filled with lovely ingredients to set you up for a great day. I’ve just started working for the first time since going on maternity leave a year and a half ago. I’m really enjoying being out there in the world again…

Thinking Space

Thinking Space

I was recently speaking with a friend about how I was finding some of my best ideas were coming to me whilst showering. As she quickly agreed and confessed to that exact incident happening to her that morning, I figured we were onto something… Was it in the un-disruptive, un-distracting…

Obsession Du Jour: Penny Sage + Bon Weekend Socks

Obsession Du Jour: Penny Sage + Bon Weekend Socks

Our heart skipped a beat when we saw these beautiful Penny Sage socks, whipped up from the most deliciously snuggly blend of black or oatmeal possum fur, merino and silk. Finding out they’re a collab with cool new kids on the retail block Bon Week-end (definitely more on them to…