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The powder adventure continues in Shiga Kogen After three days of exploring Hakuba, our crew were feeling acclimatized to the immense and fascinating Japanese culture and ready to venture further into the wintry reaches of Nagano. A bus and train transfer got us to Yamanouchi town which sits in a wide river valley 30 minutes from Nagano and at the base of the mountain that played host to our next ski destination, Shiga Kogen. With only a portion of our day used for travel we decided to take advantage of the clear

The adventure continues… and hits the powder jackpot in Nozawa Onsen Nozawa Onsen may just be the complete combo of charming Japanese culture and brilliant snow that an overseas ski trip is all about! After visiting Hakuba and Shiga Kogen which are surrounded by relatively sprawling urban areas, Nozawa in contrast is a compact and beautiful hillside township dotted with big old trees, bath houses, street side shopping and accommodation. The silky thermal water of the area is central to not only the local way of life but has been attracting visitors for centuries. Streets

The end of the line for an epic ‘Japanuary’ adventure… I think Mother Nature took a keen interest in our winter tour of Nagano, because she decided to treat us on our arrival in Myoko. She decided to treat us REAL good. The Myoko area, on average, receives 13 metres of snow a year. That’s kind of up there as one of the snowiest places on the planet! Who knew?! Well we definitely didn’t and that is why the 3.5-plus metres of snow that fell over the three days of

Rebekah Codlin is obviously super talented and as it turns out she is also super young! On visiting her site I was gobsmacked at the gallery ( you know me and my addiction of photo realism!) especially considering it showcased work from when she was 16 years old. She is now 18 years old. I know.  

I’m excited to share the brand new bridal range from young NZ designer Kelsey Genna for a few reasons: #1 we have watched her work grow and mature from the early pieces I blogged when she was a teenager yet she still retains her signature style. #2 when I say “mature”…all the range below is designed by a 21 year old (!!) #3 Kelsey hasn’t just done 3 or 4 dresses, she has produced a full and large collection and I really think she is offering a style that is

Hollie Martin is back at it again with her second solo show hitting up the walls of China Heights Gallery in Surrey Hills, Sydney. Once again there is her trade mark geometry and amazing use of colour. I’d definitely skip down for a look when it opens this coming Friday 5th of October.  

The Southern Lakes region of NZ is not at all renown for it’s street art scene, something I can vouch for having lived down here for six years. So when I was forwarded the link (thanks Norwood!) of this AMAZING piece of work by travelling Australian artist RONE recently completed in Queenstown I got super excited. I think it’s incredibly beautiful and whats more, take a look at the detail in the words….they are formed by scrubbing off the dirt and moss using a wire brush!

The mother/daughter team behind Ink & Stitch offer an awesome example of the power of presentation. Their bags are simple and functional with minimal but beautiful detail BUT they went all out armed with creativity for these campaign shots! Instantly they have added attitude and fun to a very simple product and I find myself looking for the “add to cart” button.      

It’s Monday. What a better thing to do than look a pretty watercoloury girls by Caitlin Shearer. Her blog is just packed with one off commissions and they are all beautiful. If you like her style you should drop her a line and get your own watercoloury version of yourself!  

The pic above is one I snapped a week or so ago, looking across Lake Wanaka on a hazy winters day. I am almost at the end of the first week of the ski season at Treble Cone -Murphys Law has struck me down with a mean cold/cough/temp/gross thing to coincide nicely with the busy time and my managers departure. Uptown problems my friends but nonetheless it has been a challenge to tick all the boxes and yet again the blog seemed to slide. All health boosters are out so

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