In our fourth installment of our MY CITY series we had a chat with our lovely Dunedin manager Amy who let us in on her favourite places to hang out around her beautiful student-filled city.
I've lived in Dunedin all my life and I love it! Dunedin is a great place to live if you are interested in fashion and art, with it's range of fashion boutiques, cafes and museums. I love how you can get from one side of town to the other in no time at all.
This cute café is just along from RUBY and makes delicious salads and sandwiches. It's perfect for me to pop next door for lunch and coffee.
Rob Roy Dairy & Desserts
The students of Otago love this dairy for it's famous ice creams! They have recently opened a specialty dessert shop next door to the dairy. Definitely the first place to go if you have a sugar craving.
This area is especially great in summer, with the beautiful beach, walking track and cafes in the area. The Starfish Cafe at St Clair makes the most delicious kumara fritters!
Rhubarb Café, Roslyn
When I was in high school I worked at this cafe and I have always loved it for its beautiful coffee. It has been iconic to the Roslyn area since it opened, nine years ago.
This reservoir area has a great walking track, which hundreds of locals use on a daily basis. It makes running a little more bearable with such beautiful surroundings!
Otago Settlers Museum
This museum has recently undergone huge renovations and now features an amazing café and spectacular exhibitions, including the ‘Fabulous Frocks 2’ exhibition, which showcases dresses from the first half of the twentieth century.
This area in Central Dunedin hosts the best restaurants and bars in town. Bars such as Macs Brew Bar and Carousel are great for cocktails and a night out.
Granny Annie’s Sweets Store
This store is on George Street as well as in Meridian Mall and has a huge range of sweets including specialty items such as Pop Tarts. Impossible to walk out without a purchase!
The best Vietnamese food in town and amazing service. The 5-spice grilled chicken is one of the yummiest options on the menu.
A wonderful BYO Italian restaurant. They make great pasta and pizza. Super popular for dinner before a night-out in the Octagon. Located in the historic Savoy building.
We asked Amy what her must-have pieces are from the RUBY & Liam autumn/winter 2013 collections...
Definitely the RUBY Liberty Denim Jacket. I love how the white stardust print is super versatile and looks great worn over dresses. The Liam Little Suit Jacket in Paisley is a standout piece, which is stunning when paired with the Liam Decided Pant in the matching print and I couldn't resist the RUBY La Belle Coat. It's beautiful in all three gorgeous colours and super warm and snuggly for the cooler months in Dunedin.
One of our favourite New Zealand bloggers Leilani Momoisea of Lani Says dyed her hair last week a beautiful pastel lilac colour and we think it looks stunning! It's such a refreshing look for the cooler season ahead and the dreary colours that are generally associated with winter.
We spoke to the lovely Leilani about her inspiration behind making the daring decision to dye her brunette locks....
It's a look I've been wanting to try for years now. It started with wanting to try the pastel dip-dye trend, which I never did, and somehow from there I became fixated on lilac hair.
I took this picture in to my hairdresser, Mark Henare from the new LoveHair salon, asking if it was possible. If he'd told me no, I would have been happy to give up the dream, but he said yes - so here we are.
Check out these beautiful shots, taken by Karen Ishiguro, of Leilani's new look below wearing a few of our RUBY & Liam autumn/winter 2013 pieces.....
RUBY Valerie Pleat Dress
Liam Ruffle Sleeve Shift
RUBY Round Midnight Dress
The 21st NZ International Comedy Festival starts today and here at RUBY we're really looking forward to seeing one of our favourite acts Rose Matafeo! We spoke to the lovely Rose about her involvement with the festival and show The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour (which we think you should all head along to!) that will run from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th of May at The Basement.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Rose Matafeo and sometimes I tell jokes and sometimes I'm on TV and other times I'm pursuing my true passion of mosaic art.
Tell us a little bit about The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour...
It's an hour of me doing a variety of things that I hope are fun and/or funny. I sort of called it the Rose Matafeo Variety Hour so I had the freedom to do whatever I liked!
What can we expect?
Some jokes, hopefully. Roller skating, definitely. A 45 minutes pyrotechnics display, although we're still waiting on OSH to approve this.
How many years have you been involved in the Comedy festival and what do you love most about taking part in it?
I've been performing in the festival for 6 years now. Festival time is such an amazing couple of weeks where you not only get to watch a lot of your friends be funny, but also are introduced to some amazing international comics. I can't say that I don't dread show week though!
What other shows will you be heading along to in the festival this year and why?
I met Josie Long when she first came to the festival when I was 16 and she has been such an inspiration for me comedically, and just in general! She is amazingly funny and smart, and her shows always leave you feeling awesome. I can't explain it, just go see her! Oh, and see Dr Brown as well!
I'm also looking forward to all of the other Billy T nominees - Joseph Moore, Eli Matthewson, Tom Furniss and Pax. And of course my other two favourite guys, Guy Williams and Joseph Harper!
We've got one double pass to giveaway for the opening night of The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour show on Tuesday 14th of May at 7pm. To enter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city and why you'd love to head along. Entries close on Friday 10th of May.