Hot Five: 28 May 2010

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Those with their ear to the ground may have already come across the wonder that is Gran’s Loose Change, an online store selling very reasonably priced vintage and preloved clothing, wrapping it up gorgeously and delivering it to your door. Great for those who like the thrill of ‘vintage’ without combing through shops of dead people’s clothes or furious bidding wars on TradeMe. GLC founder Kelly describes the inspiration for her site: “I remember being a wee lassy and my gran taking me to this place called The Chalet, down a back alley in New Plymouth, (sounds dodgy but it’s not, it was one of the town’s best cafes in those days!) and she would buy me, without fail, a white bread ham sandwich and a neenish tart. Every single time. And she would pay with her loose change, taken from her gold glomesh Oroton purse. And this memory is one of the many that have attributed to the passion, ambition, drive and heart for gran’s loose change.” There’s a selection of new goodie’s including d-luxe jewellery, but all the vintage is a one-off, meaning if you’re reading this at 8am, you’ll want to get shopping before the hordes of nzgirl readers find out. PS, how gorgeous is the shot above!

LISTENING ON REPEAT (ACTUALLY)_Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’
Every Hot Five is written to the soundtrack of the music that I feature – and this week I’m typing along to the amazing album that is ‘Sigh No More’ by Mumford & Sons. You may have heard their single ‘Little Lion Man’ somewhere; it’s starting to get radio play or that indie friend of yours might have heard about it somewhere and been playing it over Summer, especially given that Triple J in Australia voted it the top song of 2009. Five Brit folk-rockers, have pulled together something that sounds not unlike an indie Irish pub band as Fi pointed out on the third repeat listen of the album. Kings of Leon meets the Pogues if you will. I just really love these guys and think you will too. The album’s out now in stores and on iTunes. Songs to sample would be ‘Little Lion Man’, ‘ The Cave’, ‘White Blank Page’. One of my favourite songs of theirs ‘Liar’, isn’t on the album or iTunes, but can be found on trusty YouTube.Heartbreaking.

DEVOURING_Naked Organics Locals Fresh Soup
You may have noticed that nzgirlHQ revolves A LOT around food. Last Friday for example, we had bagels with cream cheese and salmon to celebrate my trip to New York this week, then Rosie pulled out a package of delicious homemade biscuits, before we each picked our favourite ‘Naked Locals’ soup for lunch. Fresh pouch soups are the office worker’s best-friend, but not all are created equal. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Delmaine Chicken Chowder (chicken soup for my soul), but I’ve got some new favourites now that we’ve sampled the new range of Naked Locals. Points for great looking packaging (you’re buying premium soup, let’s look better than a can shall we), labelling the source of ingredients (ie Ohakune Carrots, Pukekohe Potato) and taste that’s as good as homemade! Actually! I sampled the Bay of Plenty Asparagus and Spinach soup (and had visions of buying a few pouches of this, heating and serving in vintage teacups at my next dinner party) and the Ohakuna Carrot and Coriander, which had just the right amount of kick (thanks to the ginger) to warm me up sufficiently on a dready Autumn day in Auckland. $5.99 each from your supermarket.

SUPPORTING_Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition
I came across this great event via artist Neal Palmer’s new website – after the above work, ‘Flowers for the Brave’ drew me in for a closer look. Curated by art legend, Liz Caughey, the Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition compiles 600 artworks from over 200 pain-stakingly selected emerging and well-established artists – preview the art that will be on display here. Proceeds from the Art Exhibition will go towards The Right Track education programme, to support young people who are at risk of entering our courts or prisons. The Gala Preview evening was held last night, but the exhibition will run from today through til Sunday at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. For more information, check out the Braveheart website or email

I love a good collaboration – and to be honest, I don’t know why someone hasn’t through of this sooner! Best opening line of a press release this month; The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is out for blood, this time with the help of some of the world’s most popular vampires. Prime, the broadcaster of HBO’s True Blood, Hachette, publishers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels have teamed up with the New Zealand Blood Service to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation, and ‘glamour’ (apparently that’s vampire for ‘encourage’) eligible Harris and True Blood fans to become blood donors – and to be honest, those nzgirls who swore they’d love Edward to sink his lovefangs into your neck, this includes you too! Currently, less than 5% of New Zealanders  provide the blood and blood products to help more than 42,000 New Zealanders every year. For more information about making an appointment to become a blood donor, you can text TRUE to 515, visit or call 0800 GIVE BLOOD.

WIN: To celebrate this collaboration, we’ve got three books from the Sookie Stackhouse series to giveaway. All you need to do is text TRUE to 515, then click ‘I Want to Win’ below and tell us what reply you received.

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