The Good Life

The Benefits Of Hand Washing

The Benefits Of Hand Washing

One my favourite revelations about country living is the seemingly more abundant free time available. When you’re not tempted to pop out every half an hour you have far more hours in your day, not to mention a greater sense of resourcefulness. Then there’s the reality of relying on a…

The Lonely Garden Cake

The Lonely Garden Cake

I came up with the concept for this cake when fashion label Lonely Hearts and I decided to do a collaboration. The idea was to base a cake on one of their new season prints, and we ended up choosing an intricate floral design, which inspired this cake – aptly…

Obsession Du Jour: The Prism

Obsession Du Jour: The Prism

As children growing up in what many consider to be a bit of a hippie town, my sister and I both had glass prisms hanging against our bedroom windows, and the specific magic of the light they create has never left me. I’m back in my hometown this weekend and…

Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan

Who wasn’t that girl that, at 17, dreamt of a summer romance like Cecile from Bonjour Tristesse? He would be older and wiser, you would be in Breton stripes with freckles on your nose, and you’d roll around in the sand near a discarded dinghy. And now, who isn’t that…

Dahlia Haven

Dahlia Haven

The gardens of Dahlia Haven, located in Dairy Flat in rural Auckland, were looking a little bit shabby when I arrived, with Cyclone Lusi having messed up a few bushes. Dahlia Haven is a family-run business supplying incredible dahlias to anyone who wants to get their hands on a few…

Pistachio, Basil & Mint Pesto

Pistachio, Basil & Mint Pesto

I adore pesto. It so perfectly captures the bright flavour of herbs. Not much grew in my garden this summer but I have had a nice crop of basil and mint. A pretty pesto seemed like delicious way to enjoy my little bounty. Not wanting to keep it totally traditional,…

The Great Juliette Hogan Peppermint Slice Bake-Off

The Great Juliette Hogan Peppermint Slice Bake-Off

Those of you who follow us on Instagram might have seen a tempting little shot of a peppermint slice in progress a couple of nights back – the creation of one Juliette Hogan, fashion designer by day and passionate foodie, well, by day and night… Long story short, the J-Ho…

Natural Beauty: Dry Shampoo

Natural Beauty: Dry Shampoo

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 hair, and avoid unnecessary chemicals. Dry shampoo is…

Breaky Stack With Carrot Hash & Poached Eggs

Breaky Stack With Carrot Hash & Poached Eggs

Oh breakfast time… how I newly lust over you each and every morning I wake up ravenous, looking forward to an hour languishing about in the kitchen, devouring my eggs and taking a moment before diving into the day. The best time. Sometimes I’ll even get a little fancy with…

Undone Girl: Emma Gleason

Undone Girl: Emma Gleason

Meet our newest Undone Girl Emma, former urbanite, recently turned country gal, who’s now likely to be found growing vegetables in Miss Crabb or knitting on the porch in Lonely Lingerie… Stay tuned for her updates and observations on rural life for the modern fashionista on Undone Journal… I’m 25 and work in digital…

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

…to one of our favourite blogs for ages, Capture The Castle, and enormous, amazing congratulations to its creator (and Undone Girl) Hannah-Rose Yee, who has been giving us her beautifully written, insightful, super special take on fashion, food (if you’ve never enjoyed the visual feasts that are #breakfastwithhry you’re missing out…

The Gentlewoman No.9

The Gentlewoman No.9

The Gentlewoman is, in my humble opinion, pretty much a perfect magazine. Quiet, refined, understated, strong, intelligent, both visually and in subject matter. Immensely readable, covetable and collectable. Subtly humorous, carefully considered, always surprising, never boring. I once met editor in chief Penny Martin at a fashion film event in…

The Minimal Shift

The Minimal Shift

On my return home from a recent visit to Bolivia, I was immediately compelled to walk through my house with a black sack and remove everything unnecessary. The clutter and the collections seemed excessive and useless. I felt empty on the things that filled up my home. An intolerable surge…

Sesame Seed, Date & Cinnamon Milk

Sesame Seed, Date & Cinnamon Milk

Homemade sesame seed milk is really, really easy to make. The flavour is gloriously rich. It makes the best chia pudding and is amazing in smoothies. 1 cup of sesame seeds – soaked overnight and rinsed well 4 cups of water 5-6 medjool dates 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp cinnamon…

Literary Style: The Dud Avocado

Literary Style: The Dud Avocado

‘The day my laundry came back, I took out all my clothes and spread them around the room for Judy and me to look at. I was determined that for once, just once in my life, when I went to those readings, I would be wearing the ‘right’ thing. The…

Origami Book Sculptures

Origami Book Sculptures

Calling this ‘origami’ is a little deceiving, as while these folded books look intricate, they are far easier to make than Japanese cranes. All you need is a couple of old secondhand books, and some time for folding. Perfect for an evening when you feel the need to achieve without…

K Road Sweetness

K Road Sweetness

As you may have seen on Instagram last night, Undone Girl Jordan’s delicious secret is out – she’s opening a very cool little store on the legendary K Road! Jordan’s promised to tell us more about it very soon, but in the meantime, here’s some of her next level homemade…

Take Me Home

Take Me Home

Really it was that thick, solid, humble-feeling ceramic crockery, lozenge-shaped plates, deep bowls, shallow or mini, big coffee cups or petite – in the absolute perfect wash of pale pink, yes, pale pink – that drew us in. And yes we bought a set or maybe two, and then went…

If I Could Change Your Mind

If I Could Change Your Mind

This is the brand new video by Haim. We love Haim (rhymes with ‘I am’ in case you were wondering, two syllables) and we really love how this video takes us back to our carefree school days, when we unashamedly danced all the time, by ourselves, in pairs or small…

Literary Style: Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

Literary Style: Smilla’s Sense Of Snow

“After breakfast I put on a long suede coat and the Jane Eberlein fur hat. The coat has deep inside pockets. Into them I put the last, folded clipping, a bundle of krone notes, Isaiah’s tape, and the letter to my father. Then I leave. The day has begun.” Peter…

Girls Rule

Girls Rule

No words for how much we’re loving Connie McDonald‘s inspirational little illustrated guides to life, drawn exclusively for Undone by the multi-talented 20-year-old… (She’s also making cute badges right now, eep!) Happy Thursday! x