Lani Says

Lani Says is food & music she loves, interviews with local artists and sharing stories of her life with the man she loves.

Month: March, 2012

SGC ‘Me & Mrs Bones’

On Wednesday night Stolen Girlfriends Club treated the media to a runway showing of their ‘Me & Mrs Bones’ Spring Collection, goodie bags and all (baby-pink MAC lipstick! Allpress Coffee beans! yussss). Floral prints Bright skull prints that appear (to my tired eyes anyway) to look like floral patterns, washed out denim, mesh cut-out body-con dresses and skeletal/tribal patterns were all features of the eclectic range. The golden and dark-brown eye make-up deserves a mention for being so pretty too. Here’s a few highlights from the show:

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bits & pieces

The Raid

Instead of spending your money on The Hunger Games, go see this instead. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire way through, holding my breath in almost every scene. Non-stop action forreals. And there’s every kind of action, gun-fights to knife fights to hand to hand combat. If you’re into super-styley next level martial arts films this is the one for you. Even if you’re not, this is still the one of you – just go see it so we can geek out together and talk about how that guy did that thing to that other guy, mmkay? Oh, and the Director has his own blog on the movie here. What a dude.

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autumn blues (what i’m wearing this week)

Two things happened for the first time in a long time this week. 1) I bought a pair of jeans. I’ve been a strictly dresses and skirts kind of gal for a good couple of years – but having to wear stockings so often so early in the year breaks my heart a little bit, so I purchased a pair of jeans instead. The logic there doesn’t really make sense, I know, but that was indeed the logic used at the time. This is the only pair of pants I have in my wardrobe, so expect to see me in them often. 2) On Wednesday, I could no longer deny it anymore, it was cold. I had to break out the trenchcoat for the first time this year. I hate being cold. But I love winter fashion. So, I guess, bring on winter? *cries*

The jeans are Topshop MOTO High-waist Kristen Jeans which I got from Playpark in Newmarket. I love the Dept. Store, but because I live out South I’m so glad I don’t HAVE to go to the Shore to get my Topshop fix. The coat was my winter purchase from last year, also Topshop. ASOS top, ZARA flats, Hello Kitty glasses.  #Chainstoreswag.

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Introducing James Jeffery

Please, allow me to introduce you to James Jeffery – a kiwi producer and drummer you need to familiarise yourselves with right now, you know, before the world’s up on this shit. He’s recently signed a publishing deal with Rondor Music, is currently based in LA and working with people that will blow your minds just a wee bit. I kinda feel like I have the scoop as there have been whisperings of a couple of the biggest names in Hip Hop jumping on ones of his tracks. I was lucky enough to catch up with James Jeffery just before he left for LA and the story of how he came about his deal is fascinating. He also gives a really great insight into how the music industry works.

This story begins, like many modern stories of discovery, on youtube –

Lets talk about how the deal came to be. Did that begin with your youtube videos?

Basically it’s a publishing deal with Rondor, they’re under Universal. It started out with the youtube videos. I was actually trying to push myself as a drummer at the time. I did these remix videos to show off my drumming, but it really ended up showing off my production more than anything. I’d already played drums for David Dallas, on ‘Say No More’, and I’d done drums for a B-side acoustic of this Tinie Tempah and Kelly Rowland song called Invincible.

I then started doing drums for this kid in the States called Julian Swirsky, he’s produced for a whole bunch of pop artists like Nicole Scherzinger. He didn’t pay me, he just said ‘I’ll post one of your remixes on twitter. He has 100 thousand followers on twitter. This guy, Sean Pace, who was managing him at the time, found me on facebook after seeing his tweet.

At the same time, mind you, Boy1da had posted one of my videos. Boy1da did ‘Not Afraid’ for Eminem and ‘Forever’ for Drake. Boy1da posted at least two of my remixes, so I’d had that going on as well. And another songwriter had been in contact, Heather Bright, who’s written for Toni Braxton and Usher. So, Sean Pace, who’d been Julian Swirsky’s unofficial manager at the time, added me on facebook and said, ‘Start sending me tracks, I think you’re really talented’. I started sending him tracks, and he loved all of them.

My dad said, ‘Why don’t you go to LA and just meet all of these people?’ I’d been to UCLA for a year in 2008, so I had friends out there and places to stay. I went out there originally for a four-week trip. Sean Pace picks me up the first night and talks about trying to get me signed, but I didn’t know how serious he was. About 3 weeks later he took me to a random studio and I met Cassie and Rock City.

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Monday Silliness – Songs to Dirty Dance To

I’ve actually been trying to write a mental ‘best dirty-dancing songs’ list for a while now. However, the bar I set myself for this list was perhaps too high – I was trying to construct my list with only the ‘timeless’ bump ‘n’ grind songs. ‘There’s such a thing?’ I hear you ask. Yes, there is. See, when I was in High School, Ice Cube’s – You can Do It was the ultimate ‘rush to the dance floor to back dat ass up’ song.’ But people don’t really feel that song the same way anymore. I’m talking about that ‘you’ve been lining up for the bathroom for 20 minutes, but when that song comes on you lose your place in line just so you can go get nasty on the dancefloor’ pulling factor. It’s tough criteria to live up to, so I figured, who cares, let’s just celebrate our favourite dirty dancing songs, just because. Because it’s Monday, because they’re fun, because the lyrics are always lol worthy, because the boss won’t mind if you begin humping the desk just a lil bit, and because they bring back so many beautiful memories….riiiiight? Also, I opened it up to twitter last night and have included a lot of the suggestions. Oh, and while there were many excellent dirty slow-jam suggestions, e.g  Jodeci & Usher springs to mind, not all of those you necessarily really dance to, so, another post perhaps.

Let’s begin with the GOAT dirty dancing song. This is the only song that truly lives up to my lofty criteria, tis a true classic : Ginuwine – Pony:

Key lyrics: ‘if you’re horny, let’s do it, ride it, my pony, my saddle’s waiting, come and jump on it.’

Rihanna – Rude Boy: The song is dirty, but the video took it through the roof. I think Rude Boy’s effect on dance floors is the closest I’ve seen come to Ginuwine’s Pony, but only time will truly tell. All I know is every female tries in some way to emulate Riri’s  moves when the song drops.

Key lyrics: ‘Come here rude boy, boy can you get it up? Come here rude boy, boy is you big enough?’ 

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bits & pieces

Image: Askew One

Askew One – Smoke Signals Exhibition: I went to Askew’s opening of his Smoke Signals Exhibition on Friday, and I implore you to leave the house, and check it out in real life. The majority of the art works are really large (taller than your average person) and it needs to be experienced up close to truly appreciate the months of work that have gone into these paintings. The above picture is my personal favourite of his works, and looking at it in the gallery made me think of comic book art. See the exhibition at The Australis Room, 36-38 Customs Street, showing until the 22nd of March. Learn more here.

The OHS Cooks Islands Group at Polyfest 2001 (me in the middle, lolz)

Polyfest: I went back to the Polyfest for the first time in about 10 years to watch my nephew on the Samoan stage for St Paul’s College. It always blows me away the creativity that comes out in this competition, especially on the Samoan stage. The Samoan stage is always pretty crack up too with plenty of humour thrown into the dances – the sasa is always my favourite part. It was funny to go back and see that nothing had changed at all, except my age! The last time I went, I was competing on the Cook Islands stage for Onehunga High. And by competing, I really mean participating haha. Coconut bras for the win!

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Image: Nikau Hindin

OK, so fashion fest was two weeks ago but I’m still holding on to that memory. I’ve already posted up all my fave pics of the shows, but I really love these ones Nikau took of me (yep, me – sorry to disappoint) so I thought I’d share.

More after the jump

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RDG x NZ Mint x Tikitoon

The Tikitoon jewellery line was launched last week, and David was on hand to perform a few tracks. The line has been created by twins, David and Michael Robinson, who along with their father, Ken, make up Robinson Designer Goldsmith, or RDG. If you haven’t heard of RDG before, it’s an exclusive jewellery studio that boasts the most exquisite hand-made jewellery, or, in other words, one of the most baller places you’ll ever set foot in. You know, expect to drop racks on racks on racks to acquire a piece from RDG. But not everyone has a spare 5 to 50 thousand lying around, which is where this lil guy comes in, at much more accessible prices. The Tikitoon range, in collaboration with NZ Mint, features the character that they hope to become NZ’s version of Hello Kitty. It’s also the first uni-sex range NZ Mint, perhaps best known for the Boh Runga collection, is bringing to the market. Oh, and the connection between David and the RDG guys? That sits on a certain left-hand finger of mine. 😉

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love was out of my control.

The walls of this hotel are paper-thin
Last night I heard you making love to him
The struggle mouth to mouth and limb to limb
The grunt of unity when he came in
I stood there with my ear against the wall
I was not seized by jealousy at all
In fact a burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control
A heavy burden lifted from my soul
I heard that love was out of my control

– Leonard Cohen, Paper Thin Hotel.

I’ve had this sitting in my drafts for months and months now, I love Leonard Cohen, I read his poetry and lyrics all the time, I’d say I read more of his songs than I ever listen to them, but I don’t like to attempt to analyse his words.

‘Paper Thin Hotel’ though has one of my favourite lines from Mr Cohen, lines that came in handy in a particularly difficult time in my life. ‘A heavy burden lifted from my soul, I heard that love was out of my control.’ During that time, I remembered the song, and would repeat the lines to myself in my head. That’s not to say we have no control at all, because we do, we have control over our own feelings and our own actions and reactions. But, unless it’s unrequited, love involves another person. And that other person and their actions, you cannot control. Love is, in many ways, an exercise in faith. You are putting your faith in another person to not abuse or betray that. Often we are disappointed, often we are betrayed. How you react AFTER that, is up to you, you control where you go from there. But whether it’s overhearing your love with someone else through the wall of a paper-thin hotel, or simply being taken for granted – that’s not on you, and that’s not your burden to carry.


bits & pieces

The bloggers at Fashion Fest:

From Left: Nikau, Maddy, Me, Emma and Katherine

Apart from the rad ladies in the pic above, I got to meet all the lovely fellas at Four Eyes and Tiffany Low who is the fashion editor at The Down Low. I was a bit nervous before the Festival began, as this was my first official fashion event I’d covered so I thought I’d be a bit of a Norman No Mates, or bug the hell out of Katherine by being too much of a cling-on, but everyone was so friendly and lovely and welcoming and it was good vibes all round. I can’t wait to cover the next big event and  hang some more with my new internet buddies IRL.

Meeting Mayer Hawthorne:

um, LOL at the above pic. Mayer and I, twiiiins. This was taken at his soundcheck, which was one of two meet and greets my girl Shirl, aka Mayer Hawthorne’s biggest fan, had won. That’s right, she won TWO meet & greets. I’d actually randomly met him last year at SXSW, and I was all cool about it, but for some reason this time around reduced me to the cliche of a silly giggling fan-girl. The soundcheck was fantastic, an actual mini show, and the actual, actual show was even betterer. When he played ‘I Wish It Would Rain‘, I damn near lost my mind. Hey Shirl, remember that time we met Mayer Hawthorne??

Honey Boo Boo Child:

My mate Keshani showed me this video, and we’ve been quoting from it in pretty much every conversation we’ve had ever since. “My special juice is gonna make me wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin”. It’s better than quoting from Precious all the time, right? “I think you tryin me…I think you trying to f**k with me”

The Rose Tint – Taite Prize Nomination: Yep, David’s been nominated for the Taite Prize for a second time, this time for The Rose Tint. Yayayyy.