Hey, hey! It’s Monday again. May is here and that meant Mother's Day yesterday.
I hope you all had a good Mother’s Day, wherever you are in the world. I certainly did with my mama! As I get older, I've loved getting to know my mother as a person, not just my mum. One thing that is great about having stayed in Wellington almost all my life, is that I've had a chance to do that. As a result, we've grown closer. Even though sometimes I have to tell her I'm actually 27 and I can choose which items I want to buy at the shop myself, thanks very much, we are the best of buds and hopefully will continue to be for years to come (don't expect any photos though - she is determined to keep off The Residents... for now..!).
I wanted to share some of the cool experiences from over the weekend I think y’all would be into - in celebration of Mother's Day. I found myself doing some things I’d never tried before, from food to shopping, which made me remember why it is SO important to actively seek out new experiences ALL the time. Sometimes you see things and you think "Oh, I'd like to do that. I'll remember it for next time." NO! You should do it today! Get the manicure, buy the expensive cheese, get the ticket to the show! Life is precious and short. Don't wait until tomorrow to experience all life has to offer. There you go - that's my 5 minute nugget of wisdom for today! Which leads me to...today's post!
This one is full of my favourite things - movies, shopping and food! Stand by for some seriously quick analysis because I’m gunna hit you these - and tell you, residents of Welly, why you should give them a try.
1. Brunch At Two Grey
What is it? Two Grey is a new eatery in Wellington.
Why did I go? We decided to head there for an elegant and fresh Mother’s Day brunch. We arrived at 10:30 am. You cannot make bookings but the staff managed to seat us immediately at leaners and then we were moved to a booth when one became free after 15 minutes.
What’s the vibe? Melbourne style eatery with fresh modern cuisine. Expect plenty of smashed avocado on toast, wild rice porridge and kumara rosti.
The Service? Pretty damn good! We were well attended to, so much so that we actually got asked for our order twice!
Waiting time? It certainly felt pretty speedy, in light of how many people were there, eating at Two Grey. Sounds like Wellington is ready for a brand spanking establishment for eating - staff whispered that they’d been run off their feet since opening 10 days ago!
Highlight? The decor - the black tiles are sleek and as modern as the menu.
Will we be back? 100% - Lambton Quay needs a shake up, food-wise, and Two Grey is bound to blow the competition out of the water!
2. The Autumn Event Series by the New Zealand International Film Festival
What is it? The NZIFF Autumn Event Series is the pre-cursor to the New Zealand International Film Festival in July and August. If you can’t wait to get stuck into the main course, Autumn Events is the perfect appetiser. Various cinemas around New Zealand are screening a series of classic movies, spanning the whole of the twentieth century. This charity raises funds for the NZIFF - therefore is a worthy cause to get behind if you are a film buff like me! It has been showing films since 3 May and will finish on 21 May of this year.
What did we see? I went with my dear friend Gina to see ‘A Star Is Born’ - A Judy Garland Film from the 1950’s - a famous movie about life in showbiz, Directed by George Cukor, which paved the way for such films as La La Land.
The Plot? Judy Garland plays a singer opposite James Mason, who plays a matinee idol, struggling in his career. As he discovers her, they fall in love and her star is on the rise. Meanwhile, she goes from strength to strength, he fumbles and falls, as is sadly inevitable from the start. Nonetheless, amazing costumes and incredible acting. You really feel the full spectrum of emotion from Judy Garland, in every single scene. She puts her heart and soul into the part!
What was the movie like? A beautiful romp through the world of 1930’s Hollywood - full of singing and dancing, tragedy and hope. Garland plays a girl working in a band who unexpectedly meets a Hollywood icon. You can’t watch the picture and not compare it against Judy Garland’s own life. In real life, when she made the film, her own star was falling. Plagued by personal problems, Garland was no longer the girl from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and had bene dropped from her contract at MGM. Bring a box of tissues and a cushion. At 3 hours, it is a long watch (it’s so neat though - there was an intermission - harking back to old times).
What movies are still going in Wellington? You can catch the classic Greta Garbo flick, ‘Camille’ and the movie doco ‘Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music (Director’s Cut)’ on the 20th and 21st at the Embassy Theatre, next weekend.
3. Personal Shopping At TopShop Wellington
What is it? Basically, TopShop offers personal shopping as a free service at certain stores. Wellington is one such store. The deal is, they do all the hard work for you, including finding out what you like, your size, and what you don’t like, and then they go and find clothes for you to try on.
How did you find it? This is an AMAZING service - and really useful. I hadn't experienced personal shopping before, but it was something which I really loved - and I also loved the fact that it was free. Plus, TopShop isn't going to break the bank!
What was on offer? Because it was Mother’s Day, TopShop was offering beautiful high tea along with the service. You’re taken into a side room, where you can relax, and then asked by the great personal shopper (here, the divine Jen - check out her Instagram account here) what you are about. She then goes away and picks out certain items! It is as simple as that!
What things did we buy? After looking at a wide variety of items which Jen had picked out (but not too many so we got overwhelmed), I chose a new pair of jeans which were high-waisted and cropped, a blue shirt, a striped top and some awesome beige chinos.
Why did I love it? No hassle shopping - easy as anything and fun to feel treated. Mum enjoyed it too!
What was the best bit? Seeing all the clothes Jen had picked out arrive on a rack and not having to leave the little room to go and find other sizes myself!