Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'm moving to NYC

Kath and James on our last trip to NYC

This time next week I'll be in New York settling into my new room in Williamsburg. 
This time last week I told Katherine I didn't even think I'd cry at the airport.
I take that all back now. 
I read the card my boss gave me yesterday and turned into a blubbering mess. I think it all started to hit the other night when Paul and I hung out and had our typical Monday night dinner that always begins with me picking him up on my way home from work and us driving around, half trying to find somewhere to eat, and half just circling the block so we can sing one more Sinatra song. 
When I dropped Paul off afterwards it hit me... This would be the last time we'd do this for ages, maybe ever! What if no one in New York wants to sing songs and play Mario Cart with me? What if I have no friends and no job and I just have to wander the streets alone crying? Right then I got a lump in my throat that hasn't budged since. So I waved goodbye to him with the Star Trek hand and drove off, crying to Taylor Swift 'Treacherous' the whole way home.
I know I'm being a little over-dramatic but these kinds of thoughts go through everyone's heads when they're moving to a new country. All my friends who have recently done a big move had a freak out about something. Whether it was the flight or forgetting something or missing out. It is a pretty stressful thing to do after all. But despite all this, deep down you know it's good for you. My friend (and soon to be new flat mate) Kevin, moved over about a year ago on the same visa as I'm doing and he tells me once I get there everything chills out a bit. Hope so. 

My bags are all packed, my visa is all sorted, I have my amazing apartment ready and waiting for me. IT'S ALL HAPPENING!!!

Getting everything sorted before I went was a bit of a process, but having IEP help with all of the visa stuff made it a hell of a lot easier. IEP stands for International Exchange Programs and it's a company that helps people organise their overseas experiences. They do a bunch of different programs for Canada and the US but the one I'm doing is work USA program which is for graduates to work and live for 1 year. 
It's a pretty amazing opportunity that heaps of people don't actually know about. Especially since getting a visa to work in the states is nearly impossible otherwise. You can get the visa either if you're about to graduate from full time study or if you have been studying full time for at least a year. It's such a great thing to do. If you're not sure if you're eligible you should just email them and ask. They know all about the visas and stuff so they can tell you everything you need to know. Once you know you're eligible you just pay the fee and they sort everything for you from visas, flights and all the paper work and stuff once you get over there, pretty amazing. 

If you want to know more about getting the Work USA visa go to the IEP website or you can just email and tell him you want to do what Maddy Budd did and he can sort you out. Everyone there is so lovely and helpful. 

Yeah so basically I'm shitting myself and I said I wouldn't be upset but I've already cried 4 times this week. So yup.

Anyway, I'll keep you all updated with how everything is going on here on the blog and on twitter and insta etc. 

Please if you're reading this can you give me a virtual hug. I need it.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Take 5 with Katherine Lowe

Kath in her favourite twenty-seven names dress.

Howdy partners!! Welcome to the first edition of a series of posts titled Take 5!
This doesn't need a lot of explaining, it's basically a fun little post consisting of 5 photos taken by the person and a little bit about why they chose them. The photos will be of 5 things: 1. Them wearing something they love, 2. Their favourite kai, 3. Their favourite place, 4. Something they can't live without and 4. Something that makes them happy.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Losing Friends to Relationships

photo // tumblr somewhere

I don't think I am alone in this when I say I dread the day my friends get into relationships. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Beautiful List

My big plan of blogging everyday until I leave to go away in June/July has been a nothing but futile. I blame life. After work, uni, socializing, eating, sleeping, breathing and pottery there is literally no more hours left in a week, granted I do require more friend time than most to remain sane. But I'm going to make things very easy for myself, this post is literally a list of things I am thinking about buying but haven't yet. I do love a good list and I hear others do to. So I am creating, what I feel, is a very beautiful one. A beautiful list. What a perfect pairing. Enjoy.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Twenty-Neven Names Opened a Store in Newmarket

Took this photo on opening night and it's my fave photo of all time.

The feeling I get walking up down the cobbled path that leads to the new Twenty-seven names store on Osbourne Lane in Newmarket (you know, in that new bit where all the cool stores are popping up) is straight up excitement. Which is different to how I feel walking up to the opening of many other store openings or any ‘event’ type situations. A situation that might usually be a little awkward or intimidating is the complete opposite with these guys. It goes without saying that the clothing they make is out of this world amazing. The current collection is this peachy, linen dream hanging from perfect brass racks. But the great feelings are also hugely thanks to the beautiful personalities behind the label, Rach and Anjali. I always describe them as two of the best people in the entire world. They are both so smiley and gorgeous and ridiculously sweet.
I’ll always remember thinking when I was a little fashion grom that they were so nice to me and straight up cool compared to all of the weird freaky fashion people I had come across previously. They feel like my awesome big sisters of the fashion world. Kath is my other fashion sister and Leonie Barlow is my fashion mum. I just need a fashion dad… maybe that can be Steve Dunstan. Except I feel like he would hate being called that haha.
Anj is amazing, I feel like I like her so much because she sort of reminds me of a strange combination of my mum and my sister. She tells it how it is, but is also very funny and still the sweetest human being on earth. And Rach might be an actual angel, she is SO kind. I would hug them all the time if that were socially acceptable. Unfortunately it is not and also they live in wellington so I don’t get to see them nearly enough.

Anyways, that store though! Holy balls it is beautiful. The sandy coloured wooden counter and fitting rooms and brick tiled floor is classier than a first date degustation. Damnn. Twenty-seven names is like that girl in high school who is so perfect and good at everything that you want to hate her but you can’t because she’s also fucking awesome and so you just want to be her best friend. But then you don’t want to be creepy so you just admire her from afar, stalk her Facebook regularly and always like her statuses.

The new store is all open now so go have a look and get the linen jacket. You’ll know the one I’m talking about.

Kind regrads,

Madeleine Budd

(sighing all my posts off like a shit email from now on) lol

Monday, March 7, 2016

Words From a Professional Athleisure-lete

photo // outdoor voices

I know there are certainly some opposing viewpoints on this Athleisure business, but I am just going to come right out and say it: I am well and truly a supporter. The people who are against the Athleisure movement do have a strong argument. It is a lazy form of fashion and yes, it does strip away some of the necessary societal norms that may be the only thing stopping some people from wearing their pyjamas in public. However, pyjamas are totally already a thing. I hate to break it to you, but the battle has already been lost.
I love everything about Athleisure. It fits with every aspect of my personality, lifestyle, and overall attitude. If I could, I’d wear tights most days. I do draw the line at wearing sports gear to work, but that’s probably the only place I wouldn’t. Without a word of a lie, I once wore my Nike tights to a Marr Factory fashion show under my Twenty-Seven Names camel jacket and a grey Uniqlo sweater. It was nighttime so nobody would have been able to see much anyway but I remember feeling like a bit of a rebel for doing it. A very comfortable rebel.
This passion for Athleisure means I always have my eyes out for my next sporty splurge so here are some of the fitspo-fits I’m lusting over at the moment…

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My Journey Through Cropped Flares

Greetings from the worst blogger of all time!! It's a little bit sad that my wee blog has been so neglected. If my blog were a tank full of sea monkeys it would have maybe 2 out of the 300 sea monkeys still alive and they would be lots of mold and dust in the sad little tank. I won't go into a big spiel about why I haven't been blogging. I will just do a blog. How does that sound? You can't answer so I'll just assume you're replying "GREAT!".

Okay so every now and then I get on some sort of rampage.
Usually it begins with a photo I have seen of Leandra Medine or Alexa Chung wearing something, and ends with me spending all of my money. My most recent rampage have been in search of the perfect cropped flare. I've been seeing them everywhere lately, all you need to do is scroll through a couple street style photos on any website ever and you'll come across some of these curvy, stone-wash beauties. I used to think they were just for Sydney babes with sassy
Instagram accounts with lots of black and white and weird quotes, but I've changed my tune! I was on a mission to find the perfect pair and I actually found tons.
Since I worked to heard researching this topic I thought it would only make sense to share the fruits of my labor and possibly save someone else 73 hours of googling and scrolling in the interwebs. So in this post I have done 2 things. 1 I have some lovely picture of people wearing them that you could use as inspiration for your on cropped flare wearing and 2 I have included the best cropped flares you can actually buy right now! Woohoo...