Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Spa

A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to treat myself a little bit. I was feeling stressed out and gross after a busy week so I popped into Spring Spa in St Heliers for the 45 min Spring Pedicure. I decided drag Dave along too, he had just come back from a very busy cold trip to the states and so I thought I'd surprise him. It was his first time so he was a bit nervous but he loved it. 
Spring spa is so gorgeous, the staff are lovely and the fit out is beautiful. It's the perfect place to go if you need some chill time on your own or with a pal.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tyla's Friday Five: Five real #goals I have for 2015

Pic // Alexa cos #goals

Ok so this weeks FF is very Elite Daily/Buzzfeed/every female mag ever but after 2014 turning into a wank of a year I’m feeling all enlightened and focused so I’m gonna spread that shit round. Here are five real goals I have for 2015!


Quality over quantity with everything but friends especially. Everyone should have those few friends they can totally be themselves around. The ones that give honest advice about everything including boys, waxing, that dress you wanna buy and whether or not that's the right filter/caption choice for your gram. And bonus if they don't mind the fact that you never wear pants, ever.


I've already decided 2015 is my "focus on work" year. Being 22 I have very few responsibilities so I'm going to channel all my energy into doing awesome things that will get me to my dream job.
- Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. You can't assume that everyone already knows.
- Be nice a nice human. It's a pretty standard life rule but in terms of work you never know who you'll need to call on so be nice to everyone you meet.
- Network. It's cringe and weird but it's got to be done.


When it comes to money and spending I am THE worst so this is forever a goal of mine. Save more, spend less. The usual. But I feel like if I have it in writing then I might try harder. I'm also about to book a trip away (once I get my course related costs LOL) so hopefully having something locked in will force me to put money away each week.


Do more dope shit. It could be some extravagant European excursion, mid winter get away somewhere tropical or just heading home for the weekend. Don't get me wrong, I love Auckland, but I love leaving it more. Having trips planned gives you something to look forward to, you can leave the stresses of work/uni/life and come back all inspired and motivated.


- Be chill. I’m the person who needs a plan for everything and if I’m honest most things stress me out (especially anything involving decision making). I never show it on the outside, very few people have seen my stressy side - that’s probably the issue, maybe if I just spazzed out every now and then I’d feel way better. Anyway, my aim is to stop sweating the small stuff and know that everything always works out exactly how it’s suppose to.
- Find a hobby that doesn’t involve drinking, shopping or someone else. Suggestions welcome.
- Also, more fitness. Obvi.

Words by Tyla McKenzie.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Paper Pirates x Tokyo

Hey, so my good friend Tim did his little photo exhibition in Tokyo recently and made a video for it. He's a real hip, cool dude as you can probably tell. 
But actuals, I'm very proud of him and he is all kinds of wonderful. He has done a couple in Auckland and I think the next one is going to be in the states somewhere which is very exciting. What happens at these exhibitions is they ask people to send in their prints which then go on the wall on the night of the exhibition and people are aloud to steal them off the wall if they like them. Pretty cool eh!
They have a blog with lots of pictures taken by Tim and this dude guy Joe who makes up the other half of Paper pirates.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5 Chunes

Hey so I'm not very good at this music stuff. I pretty much just listen to the same 3 Katy Perry CDs I have in my car on repeat. But occasionally I'll branch out and try find something new. I don't really have a specific genre of music that I'm into, I guess it depends on my mood. My taste in music is probably a good reflection of my personality... confused but mostly happy.  

So here are 5 songs that aren't by Katy Perry that I am enjoying listening to at the moment...

Courtney Barnett just played at Laneway. I think she is my new idol. Her stuff is super chill so I love listening to it on my own. 

More songs after the jump...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Five: Laneway Essentials

(Pic from my disposable cam. ALT-J Laneway 2013)

Comfy outfit  

Denim cut offs for the pockets, you can chuck all your festy essentials in there and not have to worry about a bag. Singlet cause it’ll be a million degrees and thats about as minimal you can go without being topless. Comfy sneakers cause dancing and running round for a whole day is a total workout and girl gotta have support. Finally, a shirt round your waist for when the sun goes down and that evening sea breeze hits.

A good squad

How good (or bad) the day pans out relies heavily on the people you’re with. I’m planning on starting the day with (almost) all my fave baes and a boozy brekkie before walking down to the Silo’s. Phone networks tend to go down as well so have a buddy and a meeting spot for when you lose the squad/phone dies from trying to post that epic gram.

Card holder

This year I’m taking the essentials only and swapping out a bag for a cardholder and chucking it in my back pocket along with phone and ticket. All you need is your I.D and a eftpos/credit card. So pop those all into a card holder, card holder into short pocket. Done.

Disposable camera

The bulkiest item I’ll be taking for sure, but definitely an essential. It’s so fun going HAM with a camera and not being able to see the pictures till you get round to developing the film. It’s best when you forget about it for about six months before getting it developed as well cause, #TBT. Disposable cameras also fit perfectly into your back pocket.

Sunnies & sunblock

‘Cause you didn’t spend all summer with your kini top tied awkwardly, barely covering ya nips getting that flawless tan to have it ruined with singlet/t-shirt lines. No one can be bothered carrying round sunblock, just be sure to layer up with a decent SPF right before you leave the house. As for sunnies, go with a cheap pair that you don’t mind getting knocked around. And that also fit well, nothing worse then sunnies slipping down your face.

Words by Tyla McKenzie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

High Maintenance

Heidi and Mark.

Okay so I'm aware this isn't exactly new. I watched all of the first season while I binged out on red liquorice one time ages ago. You've probably already seen it but if you haven't then HOLY CRAP you're missing out. Personally I think it's the best webseries I've seen yet, but I haven't seen that many so my opinion doesn't really mean much. But yeah I guess it depends what you're into, basically it's about a guy who sells weed in New York and each episode is about a different one of his customers so the cast is different every episode except for him obviously.
It's super funny and features my fave Asian babe Greta Lee as homeless Heidi and Hannibal Buress as a real sad comedian with this weird annoying non-girlfriend.
It's made by a husband and wife and I'm pretty sure they funded the first season themselves but Vimeo has backed the second season. I haven't seen the second season yet but I'm gonna.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bitch Be Cool - This new thing I'm doing on George fm

So yeah, I'm doing this new thing on George fm drive with Thane and Kara on Wednesdays at 4:30pm. I started out going in to do 'Life Coach' but Tammy Davis did it before me and everyone was just pissed that I replaced him because obviously he was 20x better than I was ever going to be. So we changed it up and now I'm doing 'Bitch Be Cool' which is where I talk about 3 things that I think are cool cause I'm obviously real fucking cool, my mum even said so.
I choose 1 thing to eat, 1 thing to wear and 1 thing to just do.
I have done it for 2 weeks already, I think I chose things like the natural coloured organic AS Colour tee and maybe asparagus. I probably sounded really awkward because I was quite nervous and it is real fucking weird hearing your own voice through the headphones.

Anyway, here are my 3 things for this week:

1) EAT:

Eden Noodles

I went here on Monday night after softball with Lily and Paul. Lily saw it in the Metro cheap eats and was so determined to try it she made us go despite a severe limp due to the leg crap she got sprinting to third base. They said to get the Dan Dan noodles but I thought those were average. The dumplings in spicy sauce and the wontons in chicken soup were the way to go. Damn son. I'm hungry just typing this. Oh yeah and it is mega cheap. Like $8 for the large wontons which I'm pretty sure was like 20 wontons or something.
p.s it's tiny and super Asian and I can defo say that cause I am Asian. So only go with your mates who are like down with Yum Char and shit.

2) DO:

Not Funny

As if I needed another reason to go to Golden Dawn. My favourite bar now has some of my favourite people there on Thursday nights telling jokes. Joseph Harper (the captain of my softball team and nice as guy) organises the night and he always manages to pull together a pretty sweet lineup. From what I saw by stalking through the facebook events some of the joke tellers have been people like  Paul Williams, Dominic Corry, Chris Parker, Guy Williams and Rose Matafeo was apparently supposed to be there one night but wasn't.
But yeah like I said it's on Thursdays and I think it starts around 8/8:30pm.
Like their facebook page for when shows are and who's playing and stuff: https://www.facebook.com/notfunnynz

3) WEAR:

The Aim Lennie Dress

So you've probably already heard about huffer's new line AIM which is slightly more sophisticated high-end stuff for women. Well I'm obviously quite the expert as I have to sell it to people all day and I picked out this as my favourite piece. I honestly didn't really notice it initially because on the rack it just looks like a big black blob and the lookbook didn't actually do it much justice. But trust me, it's AMAZING! It's the kind of dress every girl of any size could wear. It's super baggy, so really comfy and if you wear it with the tie around the waist it's flattering and dressy or without the tie it's more smart-casual and you could just chuck on some sneakers with it!
I bought it and I'm totes wearing it to my birthday party on Saturday night.

Yep so that's basically it. I'll post this up every week after I've done it on air which will hopefully get me blogging more cause I'm currently the worst blogger of all time. I think the last time I posted was like a month ago.

K Bye!