What The Heck Is Going On?! Ginny Blackmore performing for free, a Christmas block party, a new beauty website & heaps more…
With so many fantastic events, launches, free music gigs and pop-up stores being announced, I thought it was time to fill you in on “what the heck is going on”! Like I said, there are a tonne of great things happening, and I’ll let you know as new events and launches crop up, but for now, here are a few of my top picks and the first one kicks off this Thursday (28th Nov). From feel-good causes at Miss Clawdy, a block party in Nuffield St, a free music gig featuring Ginny Blackmore, through to a newly launched beauty website and an exotic-vintage-furnishings pop-up store…
Miss Clawdy supports the Auckland City Mission for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday 28 November and popular eatery Miss Clawdy, founded by the Wiley Boys, is celebrating by supporting the Auckland City Mission.
To give thanks to all their loyal supporters and give back to the Auckland community, Miss Clawdy will be inviting diners to bring in a canned good in exchange for a slice of their Thanksgivin’ pumpkin pie. All canned goods collected at the end of the evening will be donated to Auckland City Mission.
It’s so heartwarming to see a business giving back to the community and Miss Clawdy’s is doing just that – but it’s not going to happen without you! So head along, take a few canned goods, enjoy a fabulous southern style dining experience, all whilst knowing you too are supporting the Auckland City Mission.
Food and drink enthusiasts will not only be invited to practice the art of giving thanks but can enjoy a special Thanksgiving menu available only on Thursday 28 November. The menu includes a Thanksgiving po’ boy, made with pulled turkey, green apple, cabbage slaw and mustard topped with homemade cranberry that will entice diners with a taste of Thanksgiving southern magic.
To top it all off, diners can toast the day with a glass of ‘The Slow Co’. A Thanksgiving cocktail of spiced Orange and Southern Comfort with cranberry juice and ginger beer.
‘Thanksgivin’ at Miss Clawdy’ will take place on Thursday 28 November from 11.30am till late. For more information visit www.missclawdy.co.nz.
Nuffield Street Christmas Block Party
This Saturday (30th November) Nuffield Street is throwing the neighbourhood a Christmas party and you’ve been cordially invited! Head along and celebrate Christmas with the likes of Alannah Hill, Huffer, Isakelle, Gorman and more.
Enjoy a day of entertainment, exclusive offers, giveaways and Christmas festivities on the street where fashion lives from 10am-5pm, Saturday 30th November.
Santa’s gifting you two free hours at the Nuffield Street Car Park for the day too.
For more information head to www.nuffieldstreet.co.nz
Belvedere brings Bono’s RED event to New Zealand for World Aids Day
Belvedere and RED, founded by U2’s Bono, have teamed up to launch ‘Red Night Out’ for the first time in New Zealand. This Saturday (30th November), in support of the global celebration of World Aids Day on (1 December), Ginny Blackmore has been picked as the New Zealand artist to perform at this one-off, free for public event on 30 November in 1885, Britomart.
The first 200 guests will be treated to a velvety Belvedere RED cocktail to get the party started, followed by DJ Vincent Hanna, to kick-start the music for the evening. Only condition for entry is to wear red.
RED was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and consumers in the global fight against AIDS. Big names like Usher, Mary J Blige and now New Zealand’s own platinum selling hit star, Ginny Blackmore will be part of Belvedere’s bold commitment to create an AIDS-free generation in 2015.
Dedicated to make a significant contribution to the Global Fund, created to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, the event also marks the launch of Belvedere RED Special Edition. 50% of profits from Belvedere RED Special Edition bottles sold in New Zealand will contribute to helping this global epidemic.
Don’t forget to wear red for free entry into 1885, Britomart!
Natural beauty lovers rejoice – Vanilla Bloom Natural Beauty Boutique has a fabulous new online store
If you’re searching for natural and holistic beauty offerings this festive season then Vanilla Bloom is the perfect destination. This newly launched website focuses entirely on natural and organic beauty.
Vanilla Bloom Natural Beauty Boutique is the brain child of Jo Davenport, who has more than ten years’ experience in the health & beauty industry. “There’s definitely an increasing appetite for a greener, more holistic approach to life. Globally, the market for natural and organic personal care products is expected to grow annually by almost ten percent for the next five years”.
Navigating the ingredient labels on beauty products can be complex and overwhelming. Vanilla Bloom has made this easier for natural beauty lovers by checking products for them. All natural & organic beauty products are thoroughly researched and every ingredient checked. In order to be ranged, products must be free from animal testing, be manufactured by companies committed to a greener approach to beauty and meet the Vanilla Bloom Ingredients Policy of being free from the most common and potentially ‘dirty’ synthetic ingredients.
How fabulous is that! All the hard work has been taken out of shopping for beautiful natural & organic beauty products (plus they stock some of our beauty faves such as BITE Beauty and butter LONDON).
Masutti & Masutti; a successful online treasure trove of bohemian and exotic vintage furnishings from around the world is opening a pre-Christmas pop up store in Grey Lynn. 453 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland from December 5 – 22nd.
Providing high-end hippies, and interior aficionado’s alike with diverse vintage, unique handmade pieces of beautiful textiles and textures, crafted with skill and love and all deliciously eclectic.
Initially making a name for herself by combining vintage furniture and embroidered textiles from Central Asia, Angie of Masutti & Masutti has now expanded the range to include an Exotic Tropic collection.
You’ll find a selection of sofas, chaise loungers, ottomans, bed spreads, chairs, foot stools, cushions, rugs and lamps as well as jewelry, clothes, and bags all exquisitely individual, exotic and inspirational pieces for your home.
In a nutshell – a treasure trove of exotic vintage fabulousness!!
453 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland from December 5 – 22nd www.masutti.co.nz
Ok so this one isn’t an event or a pop-up store, nor is it a newly launched website, however – what it is, is a damned good PR campaign! It’s not often that a press release or a PR campaign intrigues and delights me, but if it really catches my eye and makes me look at something twice, that I normally probably wouldn’t look at, at all – I think it’s worth sharing, because it’s just damn clever!
So a couple of days ago I received this really dodgy looking parcel – I’m talking a package that was sealed with masking tape, had a bow on it – taped flat, ripped paper, the works! (admittedly the wrapping paper was green so that’s always a win in my books, even if it does look like its been run over by a truck – twice!). Of everything that arrived that day, the badly wrapped parcel was the first thing I reached for because it was just so strange. I was even more intrigued when I found it contained a really beautiful Annabel Langbein cookbook! Who the heck would send such a beautiful book, wrapped so badly? Turns out the incredibly bad gift wrapping was all part of the campaign and inside the book was a note explaining what it was all about…
Paper Plus is launching a fun, tongue-in-cheek, Christmas campaign which involves ‘turning the tide’ on bad gift wrapping this Christmas.
In order to identify those Kiwis most in need, and to separate them from the wrapping masters, Paper Plus has created an online quiz called ‘Wrap it like this’, which will categorise individuals into one of six wrappers: The Crap Wrapper, The Try-hard Wrapper, The Shortcut Wrapper, The Recycled Wrapper, The Craft-Master Wrapper and The Couture Wrapper.
Once Kiwis have determined what sort of wrapper they are (having a bit of a laugh along the way), they are then directed to an online video tutorial that caters to their level of ability, with the aim of up-skilling even the most disadvantaged or misguided wrapper.
Well – quite simply I think this is gold! A bit of a fun, a cool campaign and some pro wrapping tips from Paper Plus.
Head over to: www.paperplus.co.nz/wrapitquiz and get your ‘wrapping profile results’.
A Girl Interrupted By Fashion, Beauty & Anything Pretty That Catches My Eye