Podcasts we are listening to right now

 

 

There are days when we are in the studio alone and so we constantly find ourselves listening to podcasts to alleviate the loneliness!

 

EMILIE’S CURRENT FAVES

 

Jonathon van Ness is a cast member from the new Queer Eye on Netflix (if you haven’t watched it what are you doing with your life?!) He interviews all sorts of people from leading professors and scientists to Hollywood celebs. He is exceptionally smart and informed as well as hilarious.

 

 

Host Jonathon Goldstein investigates events of everyday people that changed the course of their lives. It’s funny but also thoughtful and quite beautiful.

 

 

Each episode of Song Exploder is a different musician talking about how they wrote a particular song. I’m a big Solange fan and hearing her talk in length about how she wrote Cranes in the Sky was so interesting.

 

ABBY’S CURRENT FAVES

 

If you haven’t listened to this one you aren’t living. Three friends reading and commentating a terribly written erotic novel one of their fathers wrote. It’s beyond hilarious!

 

 

About a woman who escaped and exposed a self help group NXIVM, which was a pyramid scheme and a feeding ground for the leader Keith Raniere’s sexual perversions.

 

 

A 5 episode series made in association with ‘Are We There Yet?’ the women’s suffrage and equality exhibition at the Auckland Museum. Talking to women in NZ about feminism, equality and more.

 

 

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Maaike on The Project

Last week we were lucky enough to have the gorgeous (inside and out) Kanoa Lloyd wearing Maaike on The Project on TV3. Check our our favourite looks below.

 

The Element Jacket in stripe

 

The Kemp Shirt Dress

 

The Archive Top

 

The Fresco Dress in Marrakesh – also available in black and print

 

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How the Evie Kemp print came about

Our collaboration with artist Evie Kemp came about almost by chance. I had been a fan of Evie for a while and had always meant to get some of her prints for my home. When she was closing down her print store I commented on an instagram post of hers saying I needed to get in quick to get some prints before they were gone forever. I didn’t realise I was logged in on the Maaike account rather than my personal one and later that night Evie messaged to say she was a big fan of ours – I was shocked she even knew who we were! We ended up doing a clothes for art swap and kept in touch after. I thought it would be fun to post a couple of photos of her prints in my house which ultimately led to us working together.

-Emilie

 

A happy little corner of the kitchen

 

Florals by Mark Antonia

 

There are three different birds in the bathroom

 

 

My favourite pair in the spare room

 

Florals by Mark Antonia

 

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Let us introduce ourselves. It’s only been 8 years….

Maaike designers Emilie Pullar and Abby van Schreven – all photos by Sacha Stejko

 

Hey guys Emilie here. Abby and I are the owners, designers and pretty much everything in between of Maaike and we’d love for you to get to know us a bit better. To be honest, even having our picture taken is a huge ordeal and we have always been pretty happy to fly under the radar but we feel like we have grown such a beautiful and loyal customer base in these 8 years and maybe you’d like to see a bit more of us, so here is a small start!

Abby and I met in Auckland about 10 years ago working for another designer. We clicked straight away, bonding over a shared love of fashion but sometimes more importantly food! We became fast friends and a couple of years later started this adventure of Maaike. Right from the start we had a few strange connections – Abby is from Waimate, a tiny little town in South Canterbury which is where my Dad comes from and we are both half Dutch (Maaike is a Dutch name and is actually my sister Jess’s middle name). While we are on that if you don’t know, it is pronounced My-Kah!

 

Abby van Schreven

Where are you from and where do you live now?

From Waimate in the South Island (you’ll probably never go there!) now live in Grey Lynn, Auckland

What do you love about what you do?

Getting to turn ideas into an actual physical garment that hopefully someone else will fall in love with. Seeing people wear your designs is a pretty cool feeling.

If you weren’t doing fashion what would you do?

I have no idea, I’ve never wanted to do anything else. Fashion was my focus from a very young age.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc what would it be?

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, I love how it has intertwined with nature.

Ideal weekend?

Being close to the ocean – swimming and reading a book, followed by good food and wine.

Death row meal?

Fried chicken and hazelnut Lindt balls.

Signature dish?

I don’t think I have one! I love to cook and try new things, I should probably try and perfect one thing.

Where do you want to travel to next?

I would love to visit my beautiful friend Tash in Croatia again and tag on a trip to Morocco.

 

Emilie Pullar

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I am from Christchurch and now live in Grey Lynn next to Farro – heaven!

What do you love about what you do?

I just feel really lucky I found my passion early and managed to turn it into a career. Earning a living from something we built from nothing is extremely rewarding.

If you weren’t doing fashion what would you do?

Something to do with food, photography or beauty.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc what would it be?

Any Rothko piece – going to the Rothko Room at the Tate Modern when I was 19 was an unforgettable experience.

Ideal weekend?

A picnic on the beach with friends – lots of food, wine and laughs.

Death row meal?

It would be a toss up between the poutine at Fed Deli and a big bowl of pasta.

Signature dish?

I think I do a pretty mean roast – my roast potatoes are my thing.

Where do you want to travel to next?

My husband and I are travelling to Europe next year so he can meet our family in Holland but for me Japan is top of the list.

 

 

We look forward to sharing more with you and make sure you follow us on instagram @maaikeclothing where we share a lot more of behind the scenes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our top food spots in LA

Ok so look, I have a motto that what you eat on holiday doesn’t count. I mean, you’re doing so much walking right?! If you watch what you eat on holiday I just have no time for you (in the nicest possible way!) as food is pretty much what I base travel around. I feel like a lot of people would think LA isn’t a great place for food and they couldn’t be more wrong. Here is a round up of some of our favourites

Bestia

 

I’m going to start with my absolute top pick and probably the best restaurant I’ve been to anywhere. The food looks simple but it is so complex and is the kind of food you don’t want to swallow as the flavours are that amazing – it literally brings tears to my eyes it is that good. I wish I had a photo of one of our starters which was a spinach gnocchi with a big bone sitting on top and when it came to the table the waiter scrapped all the marrow off the bone and mixed it in to the gnocchi. Just wow. We ordered three desserts and I feel like the chef working in front of us was giving us an appreciative slow clap. We sat at the counter and watching the chefs work in front of us was beautiful, the care and precision was incredible to watch.

 

Jon and Vinny’s

I feel like this is where the cool kids go, a super fun and loud Italian restaurant that plays Cardi B and the bolognese is slow cooked for six hours. The tiramisu here was indescribable and will stay with me for a long time. Like Bestia we reserved a counter spot for the best view.

Best breakfast – Sqirl

This breakfast was outstanding. A highlight being the HUGE slab of brioche with almond butter and homemade jam on top. A must to visit.

Best diners

If you are looking for a cheap meal diners are the way to go and the decor is always amazing. These were a few of our favourite spots

Cafe 101

Mel’s Diner

Corvette Diner – San Deigo.

This place was full 50’s neon amazingness. My sister and I ordered their specialty burger which was beef, bacon and peanut butter. It took us a few days to recover.

Best Rooftop Bars

There isn’t a shortage of rooftop bars in LA and these three were our favourites. When you have been walking around the often crazy streets of downtown LA these spots are a true oasis and the views are not to be missed.

Ace HotelPerchMama Shelter

Highland Park Bowl

This is the oldest bowling alley in LA built in 1927 and one of my top recommendations when in LA – the cocktails are incredible and it’s such a fun spot.

La Jolla

La Jolla is a really beautiful suburb about 2 hours south of LA and it’s well worth checking out if you are trekking around.

Galaxy Taco

A fantastic Mexican spot – the grilled avocado taco was something pretty special!

Harry’s Coffee Shop

This was the cutest coffee shop, the kind where the regulars sit at the counter and you can tell they have been coming here their whole lives. The peanut butter shake was life changing.

Coronado

Coronado is an affluent beach suburb in San Deigo. The Hotel Del Coronado was built 130 years ago and was where ‘Some Like it Hot’ was filmed. If you are here grab a drink on the sun deck over looking the beach. For lunch head to Clayton’s Coffee Shop it’s been there forever and is a spot we go back to every time.

Others!

Night + Market

This is Thai Street food and a really similar vibe to Kiss Kiss in Auckland. We went here before Highland Park Bowl and the food was really good.

Broken Spanish

This is a top rated high end Mexican restaurant in DTLA – the food was outstanding but we got a bit of a dud table so it ruined the vibe for us a bit. I’d be keen to give it another go.

Grand Central MarketĀ 

I think this is a must do in DTLA – it is like Ponsonby Central on crack with every type of cuisine you could imagine.

In and Out Burger

You cannot go to California without going to In and Out, it hasn’t been overhyped it’s just that good. It was pretty much out first meal and then we googled the closest one to LAX so we could have it as our last meal before flying out #classy

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