Deadly Ponies Mare of Diomedes scarf

4 reasons why a silk scarf is the most versatile accessory to wear this season

There is a kind of delightful nostalgia attached to the silk scarf. Wrap it around your head with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and some red lipstick and you’re channelling screen sirens from the golden era of Hollywood. Or tie it around your neck and look as though you’ve come straight from La Rive Gauche.

Recently, the silk scarf has been experiencing something of a resurgence. No longer reserved for elegant, conservative grandmothers, the scarf is being used in outfits we wouldn’t have previously expected, styled in ways that add dimension and intrigue to an outfit. Here are four of our favourite.

1.The new wave bandana
You probably dabbled in the bandana at some point in the 00s. Despite it being a favourite back then, it would seem the style has returned — albeit in a slightly elevated way. Take a larger silk scarf and wrap it around your head so that it covers the top and ties at the back. If that’s too nostalgic for you, simply tie the scarf under your chin for a more classic look.

2.The exaggerated pony bow
Ponytail accoutrements are having a serious moment, so it’s hardly surprising that the scarf has been co-opted to the cause as well. Whether you sport short or long hair, an exaggerated scarf tied around a ponytail or bun will accentuate the sleekness of the style and make you feel undeniably chic.

3.The wrist wrap
Give your bracelets a break and wrap a thin silk scarf around your wrist instead. An easy way to add a touch of colour to your outfit without committing to a full neck-scarf look, this option offers a happy middle ground.

4.The bag accessory
Take your scarf off your head and wrap it around the handle of your favourite handbag to lend it new life. A great way to play with colours, use the tones of the scarf to bring our similar or complementary ones in the bag itself.

Left to right: Scarf with horses and feline print from Gucci, Desperado bandeau scarf from Louis Vuitton, Bandana bridle scarf from Deadly Ponies, Jonas Wood X Louis Vuitton Artysquare 70 scarf from Louis Vuitton, Empire large scarf from Deadly Ponies, Toile de Jouy Carnivora pink Mitzah scarf from Dior and Toile de Jouy Carnivora white square scarf from Dior.

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Sunny Town
Beef noodles

We find out what all the fuss is about at Lorne St’s Sunny Town

During a recent lunch break I took a stroll through Auckland’s CBD and while wandering along Lorne St I passed Sunny Town. When this eatery first opened in 2018, the queue was too long for my impatient tendencies and I never quite made it through the door. Fast forward to today and there’s still a long line of customers willing to wait for a table at Sunny Town, which told me that for the hype to continue, there must be something pretty special about this place. My interest was piqued all over again, and this time, I wasn’t going to let a line deter me.

Sunny Town

I returned the following day with my Denizen foodie confidant Clara. We strategically decided to go at 1:30pm, after the lunch rush, and were still greeted with a long line of customers. Thankfully Sunny Town runs a fast-paced operation, where people simply eat and exit as soon as they’re done. Diners order at the counter, and by the time they take a seat, the food arrives in almost an instant. The menu is categorised into three sections — Noodles and Wontons, Buns and Porridge, and Drinks making the ordering an easy task.

What we ordered:
– Sauced pork buns
– Vegetable buns
– Prawn shao-mai
– Dandan noodles
– Beef noodles

Watching the chefs kneading, rolling and filling the buns while we waited for a table put our expectations high, and when the buns eventually arrived at our table, they didn’t disappoint. With a pillowy-soft texture that I attributed to the fact that they are rolled, filled and steamed to order — a rarity in this town — the sauced pork buns were so soft and saucy, they reminded me of a meat pie, a very very good one. Not to be outshone, the vegetable buns were filled with vibrant greens and boasted a fresh and earthy flavour that was also utterly delicious.

Sauced pork bun

At Denizen, we love dumplings of all shapes and types, from gyoza to Italian ravioli and now Sunny Town’s prawn shao-mai is also firmly on our list of favourites. The skin of the shao-mai was thin with a gentle chewiness but it was the filling that stole the show for us. An unbelievably juicy pork mince with a plump prawn, it was almost like a xialongbao and we could have easily consumed a dozen more.

The dandan noodles were a feast for the eyes. A deep bowl was filled with chilli oil and pork mince that had been infused into a soup and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Unlike most of the dandan noodles I’ve had in the past which left me feeling heavy and with a numbed tongue (which I love), this one was more refined, stripped back and clean-tasting. The soup included Sichuan peppercorns which Sunny Town actually imports from the Sichuan province in China and despite having the numbing effect I was expecting, were not overwhelmingly spicy. Surprisingly, the beef noodles were our favourite out of the two noodle dishes. The broth was comforting yet flavourful while the chunks of beef were tender — the perfect meal for when you’re feeling under the weather.

Dandan noodles

I was admittedly quite dubious about Sunny Town before this experience. The combination of its modern and spotless fit-out, food that was ready to serve in a questionably short amount of time and the fact that it’s a franchise in China had me second-guessing its authenticity and integrity. However, the flavours of each dish speak otherwise. It’s simple things like the fact that the broths for the noodles are prepared in large quantities in the morning so that they gain more flavour as they brew, and the dumplings and buns are made fresh to order all day, every day by hand. Sunny Town is ultimately reshaping people’s perceptions of Chinese food, proving that authenticity doesn’t have to be served in a rustic restaurant that’s located on Dominion Road. I for one will be returning very soon.

Opening hours:
Monday — Saturday: 10:30am until 8:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am until 3pm

Sunny Town

10-14 Lorne Street
Auckland CBD

www.sunnytown.co.nz

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How to nail the barely-there sandal trend everyone is wearing this spring

Remember when dad sneakers were the footwear everyone was touting? Big, chunky shoes with various add-ons and logos you could see coming from a mile away?

Now, it seems that fashion has (as fashion tends to do) swung in the opposite direction, with members of the style set wearing shoes that are decidedly less obnoxious (to the relief of those for whom the dad sneaker was a bridge too far). This is heralding the rise of what people seem to be calling the ‘barely-there’ or ‘naked’ sandal — and honestly, it feels like a more elegant approach to the season.

This sandal is characterised by what isn’t there. Made with thin, understated straps that have been used sparingly so that the shoe stays on without any unnecessary fuss, these sandals are designed to flatter the wearer and nothing more.

The antithesis of loud fashion, the barely-there sandal has arrived at a time when the idea of curating and building on a refined wardrobe of timeless, versatile pieces is far more important than owning the latest ‘it’ thing. It speaks to a more quiet, contemplative approach. One that in our growing awareness of the waste around the industry, feels appropriate for now.

That said, finding the kind of shoe we’re talking about can be a task. Lucky then that lauded Parisian label IRO Paris has released a style that suits perfectly, and it’s just landed at Superette International.

Left: IRO Paris Anaco heel | Right: IRO Paris Fixa heel
both from Superette International

Superette International

8 Kent Street
Newmarket

(09) 360 2363

www.superette.co.nz/international

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Why Christofle’s new tray is set to fulfil all our hosting needs ahead of party season

The art of entertaining has become a far more laid back affair. Dining out has become more about share plates and where hosting guests at home no longer requires a three-course meal, it has become more about the food fitting seamlessly around the flow of conversation.

When it comes to the etiquette around entertaining then, ease has usurped formality and even historic houses like Christofle are ensuring their offering reflects this change in mood.

Enter the Christofle MOOD Party tray — an extension of the iconic MOOD collection, but a centrepiece that acknowledges the changing manners. Anchored by the classic luxury of the French brand this polished steel tray boasts six compartments of varying sizes made from Limoges porcelain and both a central, circular compartment and presentation board made from walnut.

The beauty of this tray, especially for longtime fans of Christofle, is that the middle has been designed to fit the brand’s MOOD Party set, a 24-piece silver-plated cutlery set that includes butter knives, small spoons, cocktail picks and two-tine forks. It’s a detail that will add a luxurious dimension to this tray in its role as a culinary centrepiece.

The perfect way to serve nibbles whether for a brunch, cocktail party, or pre-dinner snack, Christofle’s MOOD Party tray is embracing our more casual dining habits albeit in an elevated way, so that while formality might be waning, taste never is.

Christofle’s MOOD Party tray is available locally from The Studio of Tableware. For more information, click here.

The Studio of Tableware

5 Harold St
Mount Eden
Auckland

(09) 638 8082

www.thestudio.co.nz

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All the cultural events you need to be pencilling in this October

With a litany of enthralling, thought-provoking, inspiring, chuckle-inducing events occurring over the coming four weeks, we figured it best to scour through the cultural calendar and collate the best of the bunch into one space — to save you the hassle. From art exhibitions to stand-up comedy shows and everything in between, here are 17 of the finest cultural offerings to indulge in this October.

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Auckland Art Week

Auckland Art Week

Auckland Art Week

Auckland Art Week

Set to fan the creative flames of Aucklanders, via a litany of eclectic events, Artweek is back with a line up of galleries, private spaces and pop-ups playing host to some unprecedented, inspiring work. If you only have time to see one exhibition this year, we suggest you make it Emerging Fabrications by Holly Schroder. Showcasing her bold and saturated works via utterly compelling lighting and projection techniques, this Viaduct Harbour installation promises to impress both young and old.
For more information, click here
12th – 20th October

Natasha Wright: Angels & Icons

Natasha Wright: Angels & Icons

Natasha Wright: Angels & Icons

Natasha Wright: Angels & Icons

Renowned for her thought-provoking pieces, which often focus on the empowerment, representation and sexuality of women, Kiwi Natasha Wright is a painter that has become a feminist icon in the art world — both here and overseas, as she’s currently based in NYC. This month, Natasha will be returning home to showcase her latest exhibition Angels and Icons, a body of work which draws upon the history of art, paying homage to medieval painting and religious iconography. Showing at Parlour Projects in Hawke’s Bay, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience some ingenious homegrown talent. 
For more information, click here
October 5th – November 1st, Parlour Projects

Auckland Marathon

Auckland Marathon

Auckland Marathon

Auckland Marathon

Whether you are hitting the pavement yourself or merely hoping to show some enthusiastic support for this year’s runners, New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic running celebration, the Auckland Marathon, is a fine way to spend the afternoon of Sunday 20th. For those that aren;t running but want more involvement than simply cheering on the sidelines, the Auckland marathon team are always looking for volunteers to bring a dose of helpful energy to the event. If you’re interested in offering a helping hand, volunteer registration can be found here, otherwise, more information on the event can be found here
20th October

Listen In Auckland

Listen In Auckland

Listen In Auckland

Listen In Auckland

A fizzing juggernaut of a festival whose line up gets bigger and better every year, it’s no surprise that music lovers await the return of Listen In with seriously bated breath. The concentrated version of Australia’s Listen Out will again be blessing us with hip-hop and dance force majeures, with a line-up comprising Slowthai, 6LACK, Schoolboy Q and Diplo.
For more information and tickets, click here
4th October, Mt Smart Stadium

Metallica

Metallica

Metallica

Metallica

If you like your music loud and your mind blown by thumping riffs, then you might just want to pop down to Mt Smart Stadium to experience Metallica’s upcoming show. Almost ten years after their last New Zealand visit (in 2010) Metallica are returning to bring their head-banging heavy metal to Auckland — with the equally as legendary, heavy metal megastars Slipknot in tow. 
For more information and tickets, click here
31st October – 2nd November

Ostro Dinner and A Show

Ostro Dinner and A Show

Ostro Dinner and A Show

Ostro Dinner and A Show

Funny Bones, Ostro’s latest iteration of its widely regarded Dinner & A Show series, will see some of New Zealand’s funniest personalities (think Ben Hurley and Jeremy Elwood) take to the mic, while guests are invited to tuck into a delicious menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Emett and Head Chef Josh Shields. Set to take place one Sunday of every month until October, this is the perfect way to round off the weekend.
For more information and tickets, click here
20th October, Ostro 

We Are Luminaries

We Are Luminaries

We Are Luminaries

We Are Luminaries

An endless source of fascination and beauty, there’s nothing quite like the allure of glass. Upcoming exhibition We Are Luminaries showcases delicate glassworks from an array of talented, contemporary artists who have mastered the challenging material. On show will be works from the likes of Ben Young, whose ocean-themed sculptures transform materials from robust to fragile, Tim Shaw, whose uniquely beautiful pieces play with transparency and colour, and Holly Grace, whose expert glass-blowing skills produce awe-inspiring, organic works of art.
For more information, click here
4th – 30th October, Black Door Gallery

Parris Goebel Presents GIRL

Parris Goebel Presents GIRL

Parris Goebel Presents GIRL

Parris Goebel Presents GIRL

She’s the homegrown dance prodigy whose talents have seen her choreograph moves for some of the biggest names in the biz — including Ciara, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Sam Smith. Now, Parris Goebel returns to her hometown of Auckland for GIRL, an intimate show that focuses on the female journey that promises to be fantastic and feisty in equal measure.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th – 12th October, Q Theatre

Dawn Philharmonia

Dawn Philharmonia

Dawn Philharmonia

Dawn Philharmonia

A glorious conglomeration of mime, contortion and high-flying acrobatics set against a backdrop of some sublimely evocative musical scores — think Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ and Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’ — make this partnership between Auckland’s leading circus company and its Philharmonic Orchestra one not to be missed.
For more information and tickets, click here
11th – 12th October, ASB Theatre

Show Me Shorts: Film Festival

Show Me Shorts: Film Festival

Show Me Shorts: Film Festival

Show Me Shorts: Film Festival

Comprising an array of cinematic talent from both local and international creatives, in what’s set to be its largest-ever programme to date, the acclaimed Show Me Shorts Film Festival is a must-do for lovers of film. This year’s program, boasting 60 short films and three music videos, spans a variety of genres, topics and styles, serving up everything from apocalypse-focused science fiction to thought-provoking true stories. 
For more information and tickets, click here
5th – 24th October

Hustlers

Hustlers

Hustlers

Hustlers

Hustlers, quite possibly the most hotly anticipated movie of the season, is here. We finally get to see J-Lo, Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu and Keke Palmer take on the roles of savvy strip club employees,  and watch them as they turn the tables on their Wall Street clients in order to escape the 2008 financial crisis. If the rave audience reviews are anything to go by, this one is going to be a scorcher. 
In cinemas from October 10th 

The Turn Of The Screw

The Turn Of The Screw

The Turn Of The Screw

The Turn Of The Screw

The New Zealand Opera retells one of the greatest ghost stories of all time in this hauntingly beautiful operatic depiction of Henry James’ famous novella, The Turn of The Screw. Theatre-goers will be chilled to the bone and completely enthralled in equal measure.
For more information and tickets, click here
3rd – 23rd October

Sculpture By The Sea

Sculpture By The Sea

Sculpture By The Sea

Sculpture By The Sea

The world’s largest free-to-the-public exhibition, Sydney’s Sculpture By The Sea, is back for another year with a blinding medley of weird and wonderful artworks. One hundred thought-provoking pieces will transform the beaches and rocky outcrops of the iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, resulting in a breathtaking, two-kilometre-long sculpture park that will inspire and awe in equal measure.
For more information, click here
24th October-10th November

Toby Raine: Heroines and Heroin

Toby Raine: Heroines and Heroin

Toby Raine: Heroines and Heroin

Toby Raine: Heroines and Heroin

Toby Raine’s approach to art is incredibly distinctive. His unbridled creative passion sees lashings of paint strewn across the canvas via energetic strokes, bringing his inspiration — usually an image or a photograph — to life in a textured form. His upcoming solo exhibition at Gow Langsford Gallery, promises an array of abstract works that put Raine’s unparalleled talent on show.
For more information, click here.
2nd – 26th October, Gow Langsford Gallery

 

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Funny, self-deprecating and notoriously brash, Chelsea Handler has earned her stripes in the comedy world by crossing the lines that most of us wouldnt dare approach. Mid October, Handler will be bringing her All-American, no holds barred riotous persona to Auckland in the form of a splendidly ostentatious stand-up show — one that’s not to be missed if you think you’re in need of a good laugh or two. 
For more information and tickets, click here.
9th October, Auckland Town Hall

American Idiot: The Musical

American Idiot: The Musical

American Idiot: The Musical

American Idiot: The Musical

Fans of pop-punk band Green Day will revel in this Tony Award-winning musical production. With American Idiot, attendees are invited to experience a visual take on the 2004 concept album of the same name — where they will follow the story of three suburban youths, Johnny, Will and Tunny, as they navigate youthful delusion and the mistrust of society and government in America. Expect fan favourites performed throughout, like Jesus Of Suburbia, Boulevard of Broken Dreams and, of course, smash hit American Idiot
For more information and tickets, click here.
10th-20th October, The Civic

Ann Shelton's Close To The Wind

Ann Shelton's Close To The Wind

Ann Shelton's Close To The Wind

Ann Shelton's Close To The Wind

An exhibition that invites guests to compare and contrast selected works by Ann Shelton and 19th-century historical vernacular photography, in order to identify and attend to certain omissions and presences, Ann Shelton’s Close To The Wind (a title that alludes to the idiom of ‘sailing too close to the wind’, where an individual and/or action is on the verge of doing something illegal or improper) makes for a riveting way to while away an afternoon.
For more information, click here
On now until 26th October 

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Redeem

This healthy soda might be the best thing to happen since the rise of kombucha

Meet Redeem, the soda brand created by the team behind The Collective, the premium dairy company renowned for the unique yoghurts it creates by collaborating with chefs like Al Brown. Redeem is redefining soda with its new range of kefir soda that comes in four different flavours — Natural Ginger, Charcola, Mandarin Yuzu and Raspberry Hibiscus.

For those of you unfamiliar with what kefir soda is, listen up, as it’s about to become the hottest beverage around. Each bottle of Redeem’s Kefir Soda contains less than a teaspoon of sugar and has been created through a process of fermentation that means it is rich in probiotics. Redeem ferments and brews kefir cultures (a particular SCOBY comprising over 30 different probiotic culture strains) with natural, certified organic ingredients such as aromatic ginger, sweet raisins and zesty lemon, to create its delicious flavours. It may sound similar to kombucha, but Redeem’s Kefir Soda is rising above the other fermented drinks on the market for its particularly low sugar content and inclusion of a more diverse range of probiotic strains.

And while this drink is undeniably good for the body, it’s also working to benefit the world. Redeem has gone beyond just employing sustainable packing and has opted to take part in the One Percent for the Planet initiative. This sees one percent of all sales made by the company donated to ‘Trees that Count’ in order to support the planting of native trees in New Zealand. More trees means increased biodiversity, cleaner waterways and improved air quality, and at a time when climate and the environment could not be more important, it’s a worthy cause indeed.

Redeem Kefir Soda is available in selected stores and cafes. For more information, click here.

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Farewelling his signature eclecticism, Alessandro Michele changes the game at Gucci, again

Fashion is notoriously fickle but there are some things we have come to expect. Seeing a line-up of outrageous, eclectic looks at Gucci’s show in Milan is one. The incredibly unique (incredibly popular) world that the house’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has created, even has its own terminology — where pieces featuring detailed appliqués, over-the-top bedazzling and detailing that toys with the idea of ugliness in a bold but not unappealing way have all come to be referred to as “Guccified”. It has carved out a particularly profitable niche for the brand, with Michele’s vision drawing in a raft of new fans over the last few years and the house’s show at Milan Fashion Week guaranteed to be one of the more fascinating fixtures of the fashion month calendar.

But last night, Gucci presented a collection for Spring/Summer 2020 that seemed to wave farewell to the outrageous aesthetic that anchored its predecessors. And while we were certainly taken off guard, it felt the right time for Michele to switch things up.

Underscoring the whole presentation, was this idea of a clean slate. From the sterile, moving runway illuminated by bright fluorescents to the opening series of monochromatic looks that felt like they’d come out of some kind of asylum (like white tops clearly inspired by straight jackets), Michele seemed to be making a symbolic break from the old before he sent his new-look collection down the runway. It was a palette cleanser of sorts, a neutral prologue that foreshadowed change.

From tailored suiting to pencil skirts to sheer, peignoir-inspired pieces, Gucci’s Spring 2020 asked how ideas of sensuality and contemporary practicality could coexist in the modern wardrobe. Where most looks felt altogether appropriate for the workplace, there were nods to the show’s title, “Orgasmique” in leather detailing, plunging necklines and cheeky accessories like the chunky chains on the sunglasses and the whips some of the models were carrying. The difference here was that the accessories felt quirky without being polarising, and the definitive DNA of Gucci was present but subdued.

Because despite the fact that the looks themselves indicated a clear change of pace for the house, Alessandro Michele is (and always will be) provocative. The opening sequence was bold and the collection still served up surprises while feeling immediately wearable. In all, it seemed to be a timely maturation for the brand and indicated a promising step forward. These were some of our favourite looks…

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We chat with legendary wordsmith Dominic Hoey ahead of the release of his new poetry book

We’ve long been fans of Dominic Hoey. Also known under the moniker Tourettes, Hoey is an artist who has tried his hand at nearly all forms of creative expression, and with four critically acclaimed rap albums, a debut novel longlisted for the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards, two well-received books of poetry and an applauded one-man play under his belt, it’s clear that anything Hoey touches turns to artistic gold. Now, Hoey is piquing our attention once again with his latest creation — his third poetry book. Here, we sit down with the lyrical mastermind to learn more about what we can expect from I Thought We’d Be Famous.

First things first, tell us about I Thought We’d Be Famous. What can we expect?
I Thought We’d Be Famous is my new poetry book. It’s about Channing Tatum and Edward Furlong and Chilli the Pomeranian and the teacher who beat us half to death and killing your landlord and sleeping with zombies and falling in love so hard you wake up concussed.

Okay… sounds interesting. Is there an overarching theme?
There’s a bunch of themes running through the book, but I guess the main ones are love, living with a disease and politics.

We hear you’ve been working on it for quite some time, how long exactly?
I’ve spent about five years chipping away at it. I was planning on releasing it in 2017 before my novel, Iceland, but the publishers came to me with a date, and then I did a one-person show, and the next thing I know its 2019. I’m glad I waited though. I feel like it’s a much more solid book now.

If we only had the time to read three poems from the book, which would you suggest?
I have a love poem to Channing Tatum called Sex Army that I really like, there’s a poem called Kill Your Landlord which is always a hit live, and a poem about my rescue Pomeranian, Prince Chilli, and how morons yell at me in the street for having a ‘gay dog’.

Okay, moving on from ITWBF. How did you first get into writing?
I was always really into words but I’m dyslexic, so the idea that I would become a writer seemed a bit silly. I started rapping around nine or 10-years-old with my best friend Danny. We had a poetry competition at my school when I was 12 and I won. I think that was the first time anyone showed me attention at school, apart from yelling at me, so it was a moment that really stuck.

You’ve been writing, rapping and poetry-making for the best part of your life, how do you think your writing style has evolved over the years, if at all?
I think my style just keeps getting simpler and more childlike in a way. I try and get rid of everything that doesn’t need to be there. When I was younger, I think I was self-conscious about being dyslexic and not really having an education, so I’d overcompensate in my work. But now I embrace all of that and make it part of my style.

You’ve dabbled in rap, poetry, acting, documentary making and playwriting, which do you prefer?
I probably prefer poetry. Its the art form I get to do the least because it makes the least money. But I love being on stage and connecting with people with only a mic and some words.

What inspired you to make the transition from rap to poetry? Was it an easy transition?
I’ve always done poetry, even when my music was going good I did poetry at my rap shows. But even six or so years ago people’s perception of poetry was very different from what it is now. Although I love that I’m not making music anymore! The music industry is filled with the worst kind of people you can imagine.

What do you think it takes to be a great wordsmith?
I think having your own style is a big one. Trusting yourself. And also learning to kill your darlings.

When do you feel at your most creative?
I usually write late at night and edit in the day. I wish I was one of those people that can get up and create in the day time, but its just not in me.

What do you do in your spare time?
I hang out with Prince Chilli, I mentor rangatahi through the Atawhai program, I run writing workshops, and I walk aimlessly through the first out by my place in Laingholm.

Are there any up and coming rappers, poets, or musicians in general that you’ve got your eye on at the moment? Who are you listening to right now?
There are so many talented rappers and poets in this country. Eno and Dirty have just dropped an album which is really cool, there are a few Auckland poets who are about to do bigs things, too — Ria Masae, Liam Jacobson and Vanessa Croftskey are who your readers should be checking out. Also, one of the rangatahi I mentor, Queen Stel, is blowing up at the moment and is an incredible poet.

What are you working on right now, is there anything exciting in the pipeline?
I’m writing a new one-person show about class, money and art called 45 Cents An Hour. I also have a new novel that my agent is shopping around.

What’s in the future for Dominic Hoey, both personally and professionally?
Prince Chilli just got a hair cut so I’m planning to take him out to show off. I’m also going to do a residency on Malcolm Island off Vancouver next year.

I Thought We’d Be Famous is available for preorder here, via Dead Bird Books.

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Recipe: these spicy BBQ prawn tacos are perfect for every night of the week

Taco Tuesday isn’t actually a thing. We firmly believe they should be devoured no matter the day, preferably more often than not. This is a beautifully, tangy and citrusy prawn taco recipe, which is super simple to make — especially if you have guests coming over. 

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 tsp Sriracha, divided
4 tsp Lillie’s Q Hot Smoky BBQ Sauce, divided

2 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag frozen prawns, peeled with tails removed
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil
2 limes
Pinch of Himalayan salt flakes
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1/4 cup coriander, freshly chopped
1 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil
8 corn tortillas

Method
1.
Stir together 2 teaspoons of Sriracha, 2 teaspoons Lillie’s Q Hot Smoky BBQ sauce, soy sauce and minced garlic in a large bowl. Then add prawns and mix until well coated before setting aside to marinate.
2. In a Ziploc bag, add sour cream, the remaining 2 teaspoons of Sriracha and Lillie’s Q Hot Smoky BBQ sauce before closing the bag and keeping in the fridge until ready to serve.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sesame oil, honey and the zest and juice of one lime with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the cabbage and coriander and lightly toss, then set aside.
4. Pour extra virgin olive oil into a large pan on medium to high heat. Add the prawns and marinade and lightly pan fry until caramelised, then flip. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until firm before transferring onto a plate. (The extra marinade can be poured over the tacos at the end).
5. In a separate, dry pan place the tortillas on medium heat. Once warm, transfer to a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
6. Assemble the tacos with a handful of cabbage slaw and a few pieces of shrimp. Snip a corner off the Ziploc bag and drizzle the tacos with the Sriracha-sour cream sauce. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve immediately.

Adapted recipe by Judy Kim.

Image credit: Judy Kim

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The week in review: 7 things that happened that you should know about

Although we often get to Friday and waltz through the office doors high on the promise of a weekend, let’s not just brush off the week that was. Many interesting, zeitgeisty, cultural, fashionable, delicious things happened. Things that, before we slap on our glad rags and never think about this week again, deserve to be acknowledged.

1.Victoria Beckham released a beauty line
It was something that had been highly anticipated by the wider beauty community, so when Victoria Beckham dropped her debut beauty line this week, the Internet was awash with praise for the designer’s clean approach and signature, sleek delivery. The collection comprises a smoky eye series that includes beautiful, brown tones, cream lid eyeshadows and effortless eyeliners. The line comes in packaging that is 100% post-consumer waste and entirely recyclable or biodegradable shipping materials.

2. London Fashion Week delivered another iconic front row photo
Feeling like an extension of the last Anna Wintour front row photo that went viral, where Harlow Beckham had had her hair cut in the same style as the Vogue icon, this season, it was the whole Beckham clan that inadvertently teamed up with Wintour to deliver yet another viral front row pic. Seeing Romeo, Brooklyn, Cruz, David and Harlow sitting next to a classically ‘cool’ Wintour, it was a moment that seemed to ignite the Twittersphere and reminded everyone why the Beckhams are the unofficial first family of fashion.

3. The Jellyologist released an at-home jelly kit
If you’ve never tried Auckland-based culinary creative The Jellyologist’s jelly, it’s a real treat. A reimagining of the simple, gelatinous dessert into bite-sized, sculptural shapes, her tasty morsels are always a hit when they emerge at a party, wobbling to the delight of anyone who manages to snap a quick ‘boomerang.’ Taking her concept a step further, The Jellyologist has just released an at-home kit, available in Countdown, that includes cone-shaped moulds and two flavour varieties, and can be bought with other flavoured jellies that include Chocolate Lamington, Apple & Elderflower and Nan’s Pavlova. It’s the perfect treat to surprise dinner guests with and is sure to be a hit heading into the season of celebrations.

4. Milan Fashion Week kicked off
Prada took to the Milan runway with an elegance that took us ever-so-slightly off guard — so used to the brand’s penchant for eclecticism, were we that a more understated, immediately wearable collection was not what we expected. See our more detailed round-up of Prada’s Spring 2020 show here. With more still to come, including Gucci on Monday, we’re watching eagerly and will endeavour to bring you the best moment from the week.

5. Ad Astra was released and Brad Pitt continues to be a heartthrob at 55
Is it possible that Brad Pitt is getting better looking with age? Watching the veteran actor (and Hollywood icon) in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and then in this recent photoshoot for GQ, and now, finding ourselves back at the cinema watching him headline yet another blockbuster Ad Astra, many of us were left wondering if Pitt was Benjamin Buttoning himself IRL (but with good looks rather than age). Not to detract from his impeccable acting skills — he really is a master of his craft — but we are definitely on board with seeing more of Pitt’s new ‘distinguished heartthrob’ identity.

6. Greta Thunberg spoke in front of the United States Congress ahead of the Global Climate Strike
Impeccably-spoken climate activist (and overachieving 16-year-old) Greta Thunberg this week spoke in front of US Congress in a bid to urge them to take decisive action on the environment. “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to science, and then act,” she said, attempting to emphasise the growing urgency around the issue. This came ahead of the Global Climate Strike set to start today (20th September) and go on through until the 27th September. It’s set to see students from schools and universities and workers from around the world join in a combined strike effort, in a bid to get their governments to take action. More information here.

7. The Rugby World Cup kicks off today
And in news that hasn’t actually happened yet but has undoubtedly dictated the vibe of the week, the long-awaited Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan today with the first All Blacks game (versus South Africa) set to start at 10:45pm tomorrow night. If you don’t know where you’re going to watch it yet, we’ve rounded up the best places in Auckland, here.

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