6 July 2011


my city: auckland by tatum savage

Story by Anna Kidman

The beauty industry maven introduces us to a few of her favourite places.

Aside from her role as communications manager at M.A.C cosmetics Tatum Savage has an obsession with felines (this even translates into her choice of pottery), is the first to cut shapes on the dance floor and has a passion for acting. When she’s not busy doing what she does best (working with some of the industry’s most creative people for M.A.C) she’s found alongside her husband Gavin making the most of her current hometown Auckland.

Jo Malone, Britomart
“My homely addiction is Jo Malone.  Auckland is so lucky to have a Jo Malone store, which has recently relocated down to the new Britomart precinct opposite Nike’s new store (and soon to be next to our new flagship M.A.C store) and the store is simply beautiful.  The store at Britomart has a divine Tasting Bar where you can be treated to a hand and arm massage whilst learning about the notes of a fragrance and fragrance combining to create your own bespoke fragrance.  It’s also the best destination for finding the ultimate luxury gift. I have ensconced myself in Jo Malone candles at home (to the point my husband thinks I’m regularly engaging in seances) but there’s a lot to be said for the good feelings you get from lighting a candle and filling your home with heavenly scents. (37 Te Ara TÄ?huhu Walking Street,Britomart, Auckland)

Dizengoff, Ponsonby
An utter foodie, but not much of a cook, I’m often found out dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Dizengoff, a.k.a, my second office, is a weekly regular.  Perfect for early morning breakfast meetings, Anita whips up the neatest soy latte and always with a smile.  The service here is impeccable and super fast – Jacqui regularly serves me my coffee before I’ve even sat down and mainly because Mark, Troy, Pat or one of the girls have spotted me on approach and have an incredible ability to remember my favourite daily fix. Yes, the food is always great and distinctly Dizengoff, but it’s the people that keep me coming back. Dizengoff also has a large number of regulars, so if you’re dining alone there’s bound to be someone you know who you can pull up a pew beside if you’re looking for a little company. (256 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

Mexican Specialties, Ellerslie
My favourite place for lunch is Mexican Specialties.  The girls from M.A.C introduced it to me and I’ve since become addicted.  Half the charm for me is that this authentically Mexican café, where you can also purchase Mexican food products and colourful handmade crafts, is unexpectedly set along the semi-industrial area of Marua Rd.  It’s like a hidden gem away from the usual hustle and bustle of more expected spots for cafes.  The other charm for me is that I’m a self-diagnosed chilli addict – and chillies are in abundance here.  From the sauces they serve, to the tins of jalapenos available for purchase, I am in seventh heaven.  My last visit saw me walking out with Mexican Specialties’ self-labeled ‘Magic Powder’ (which is totally magical), and two types of Habanero sauce.  Maria and Jose complete the experience, and dining in is a must to take in all the Mexican crafts that fill the cafe. (92 Marua Road, Ellerslie, Auckland)

Ponsonby Road Bistro, Ponsonby
My husband Gavin proposed to me at Ponsonby Rd Bistro in front of 20 of my closest friends on my 29th birthday.  Despite the fact that PRB was already my favourite restaurant before the proposal, it now holds an extra special place in our hearts.  Thursday night is date night for Gav and I and most Thursday’s we can be found dining at the bar.  The menu changes often, which we like, and is always clever and unique.  Whether you’re greeted by Melissa or Blair, you’re always in the best hands.  Melissa also has divine taste in wine so the wine list is equally as clever and fresh as the menu.  (165 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland)

Askew, Herne Bay
I love to shop, and when I’m not seeking out the latest clothes and shoes from my favourite NZ fashion designers, I’m on the hunt for things for the house.  I love popping into Askew to suss out the latest pottery by Jonathan Adler.  Our friends at Red Bull introduced us to Jonathan Adler and we have since collected 7 of his pieces including a ceramic cat, bird salt and pepper shakers, and puffer fish.  Jonathan’s ethos centres around ‘anti-depressive living’ and ‘happy chic’ and his ornaments make you feel exactly that: they make you laugh and smile and half the problem is choosing one creation over the other.  Askew is great because if there’s a particular piece you’d like, they’ll order it for you! (2 Jervois Road, Ponsonby/Herne Bay, Auckland)

Tawharanui Beach, North of Auckland
I also like to get a little out of Auckland – especially in the summer!  I love heading up to Tawharanui (about 1.5 hours north of Auckland) with a few buddies in convoy.  The drive is fun if you’ve got a little nippy car because the roads heading in are still unsealed and windy so it becomes a bit of an adventure.  And once you reach the top of the hill and look down on the bay the view is insane.  Beautiful beach for hanging out with friends and great surfing for the boys too!”

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