Five Things for your Five Senses…For May
There is something so damn nostalgic about the onset of Autumn. Maybe because it’s almost pardonable to don a chunky coat when it’s crisp, or because the trees look like they have a mood filter on - even in the central city. Either way, metaphors of transition are abundant this time of year, and I for one will not shy away from the autumnal hype. To usher in the season of moody lip colours and sweatpants-as-daywear, here are your monthly five things for your five senses!
AUCKLAND ART FAIR 2019 [1 MAY - 5TH MAY]
This years’ art fair has us positively buzzing. Kicking off THIS Wednesday at the Cloud, Auckland Waterfront, and running till Sunday, there is no excuse not to miss this amazing event which showcases some of the best local and international artists. With a series of artist, panel discussions tours and of course access to pop-up eateries and bars (Daily Bread pastries available in the CBD!!!), you will kick yourself for missing out on this years’ art fair offerings, which promise to be their biggest yet!
Buy tickets here
Somehow Ponsonby Road is slowly but surely becoming the ice-cream parlour mecca of Auckland. Duck Island have made their Auckland debut to much fanfare and accordingly, there is heaps to love about their experimental flavours and extensive vegan/ dairy-free menu. I will never not love a good old salted-caramel and Duck Island makes one that is well worth standing in line for. Also Salted Chocolate Brownie is superb and also somehow vegan/ dairy-free! How?!
duck island icecream, 1/182 Ponsonby Road
If there is one thing that makes me less melancholic about having to stay indoors as the weather changes it’s a good candle. I consider myself an amateur enthusiast after a brief stint working at a fragrance and candle shop, and one that I still cannot get enough of is the Archipelago Birch. It is warming, woody – but not in a heavy or cloying way, and smells like the kind of magical forest that I would happily build a sustainable treehouse home in to escape the city. Available online here.
Still Processing is a superb podcast from The New York Times hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. The podcast dissects trending issues in pop-culture with sharp, incisive and witty commentary. (Circulars). The hosts have an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of personality and excess to spare, and they approach niggly topics that many of us are actually “still processing” in ways that make it easier to talk about how we feel on these issues. A recent favourite episode of mine is a discussion with David Wallace-Wells (best-selling author of The Uninhabitable Earth) about why conscious consumption isn’t enough to combat climate change. Each podcast is it’s own topic so listeners can dip in and out whenever they spy one that hit’s close to home.
If the Girl’s night out genre is now an established thing then I am not complaining. Someone Great has a great female cast, a great female director and feature women talking to their friends about things that are not a) men, b) other miscellaneous male-oriented things, which is pretty wonderful given it revolves around a heart-wrenching breakup. Things that I love about this movie: WOC representation is ON POINT (3/4 of the main characters and several of the supporting characters), funny dialogue, and a solid movie about the strength of the sisterhood! Worth saving for your next girls-night with face masks and take-out.
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