Summer Loving

Styling Alice Lines & Sam van Kan; Photography Simon Wilson

It’s the Dec/Jan issue! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Meh, I may have aged another whole year in what feels like two months, but at least I have midday swims, dining outdoors, sun-kissed skin and legitimately wearing sunnies at 6pm to look forward to! Oh, and a little refresh at home that I’m planning, with some inspiration from Homestyle’s Summer Loving issue.

This bathroom sink! Photography by Pernille Kaalund

Just one of many babe’n homes in the latest Homestyle. A 1800’s cottage renovation, in an old fishing town just outside Copenhagen. Owned by an interior designer Louise Kamman Riising.

Photography by Bonny Beattie

As always, there’s the best New Zealand homes hiding out in the pages too – this is the Hamilton home of Jacinta Stevenson, the founder of contemporary knitting brand Plump and Co.

Teeny tiny tiles for the luxury-spa-at-home win. Photography Simon Wilson

And my fave home tour this issue – this Auckland home where the interior design risks they’ve taken (like the super-dark kitchen) have paid off, maj.

Get your copy (actually, get yourself a subscription so you can feel flash when each issue lands in your mailbox a week earlier than the peons get it. #lifehack because it saves money but feels so, so good.)



One to Watch: Connor Pritchard

Just a little of Connor Pritchard’s photography

Hawke’s Bay-based, globally-roaming Connor Pritchard is only 18, but has already racked up work for New Zealand’s best emerging musicians, and some big brands including Nike.

So how do you get that sort of cred while still in your teens? It starts with being lucky enough to discover your passion at a young age, and then pouring every bit of spare time and spare money into what you love to do – because passion won’t let you leave it alone. Connor started making films around age 13/14, teaching himself everything he could about videography and photography through literally thousands of hours of practice and online tutes. After years of obsessively honing and building on his craft, he decided to leave school early, to pursue his own creative path and establish his own name and brand. People say all sorts of stuff about Millennials, but I personally love smashed avo, and I champion anyone ballsy enough to embrace and chase who they dream of becoming.

Knowing projects wouldn’t jump into his lap (even with an Insta following of 8,000+ and growing), he decided to make his own luck, and spent hours contacting different labels and artists. He’s since directed and shot music videos and shorts for the likes of Omega Levine, SWIDT, Baynk, The Black Seeds, and more. He’s one to watch, for sure.

Music video for NZ rising star of EDM, Baynk

Connor’s take on Chengdu, China

Connor has just returned home after a year travelling Europe and China with artist Raiza Biza, capturing every show, every moment. The entire trip was self-funded, by the way – through old fashioned hard work. He’s condensed what he describes as a year of complete craziness into a 40-minute film, Here’s A Story, which will be premiering next week (Nov 26th) in Napier. Tickets and details here – you should go if you’re in town.

Like with everything I share on The New, I hope Connor’s story inspires you. There has never been a better time to make a living from your passion. Too-young-too-old-too-whatever…  none of that matters. What matters is grit and late nights and loving something so much you’d still do it without finances or followers.

If you want to hire Connor, or follow his career:

ConnorFilms website  /  Instagram



The Alchemy of Giving

I got a lovely surprise this week when one of the beautiful Sans [ceuticals] Alchemy of Giving kits arrived at my house… but I would’ve shared them with you even if I hadn’t, because I love everything about this local-gone-global brand: its incredible soft-minimalist packaging; its realistic, woman-celebrating, self-nourishing representation of beauty; its founder (inspiring New Zealand beauty industry pioneer and businesswoman Lucy Marr); and most importantly its results-focused formulations, each one developed in collaboration with NZ’s best scientists to be superbly effective and multi-functional, while still being sans (it’s French for without) harmful, non-sustainable ingredients.

Lucy has created five special Alchemy of Giving kits (in the most delicious colour palette – russet and blush pink) with the concept that you can offer more than presents, but presence with a loved one. Each one is accompanied by a step by step ritual that invites you to give them (or yourself!) the gift of your time and touch – a head massage, reflexology or hair treatment.

I also wanted to mention Sans’ new 48-hr Reset Kit too… because the best gift you can give all year is a little time-out for yourself to reset and restore. This kit gives you all the tools for two days of gentle, joyous self-care and rejuvenation, including a range of Sans products, a guide to specific daily rituals and pamper rituals, beautiful recipes to make during your 48 hour reset, and a list of inspirational documentaries, podcasts, books, films, and Sans music playlists.

You can buy someone you love (that includes you, you’re amazing) a Sans Kit here.



I’m loving this palette that’s coming through – burnished reds and pinks, with sand and clay. You can give it a modern boho vibe with woven textures, but if I did it at my place, this would be my approach. Keep the base clean and white, and just change up bedding, cushions and other textiles, and some art that draws from the same tones. While we’re here, shall we check out the kitchen?

Typical teen tiny Stockholm apartment kitchen. Bedroom is WAY too close to the meat-cooking action, but let’s not judge. A double butler is my sink soulmate, and I love it with the matte white tapware.

Accidentally chose another image that embraces the same rust/burgundy/blush palette – a yummy commercial space in Perth by architects Woods Bagot. Love the original doors and windows – this palette loves deeper coloured wood as much as it loves light wicker/cane furniture and blonde timber. Photography Dion Robeson.

If you’ve been thinking about what to do in your hallway, just wanted to show you how good a couple of MASSIVE, moody floral prints look.

Light and lovely, with a couple pops of black to keep it contemporary. This is the Charlottenborg chair by the legendary Arne Jacobsen (designed back in the 30’s and still available today).

If you a reaaaaal elegant lady, your powder room opens with french doors. (Life goal.)

Beautiful kitchen reno of blogger Almost Makes Perfect.  More images (before, and lots of afters) here.

Oh hey, super slim, super wide, his and hers (his and his, hers and hers, love is love) sinks.

I’m currently obsessed with striped linen and I’m here for this striped french blue, with grey and tobacco. YES. From Cultiver linen.

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