Yelping At Ponsonby Central

Recently I attended a Yelp event: Yelp Pairs Cider & Cheese at The Dairy, Ponsonby Central. Hosted by the cool crew from Yelp Auckland namely Alex the Community Manager and Tara, Owner of The Dairy & Foxtrot Parlour. A good crowd attended (as always) and we were educated about the hip ‘Zeffer’ Cider brand established in 2009 and has been successfully winning awards internationally. All the cider was partnered with heavenly cheese from The Dairy: St Benedict Buffalo Brie with Zeffer Crisp Apple, Mahoe Blue with Zeffer Pear, Wangapeka with Zeffer Hopped Up Pippin and lastly Earth Sheep Cheddar with Zeffer Mahana Red Apple. It was indulgent, superbly overwhelming and undoubtably enjoyable – with all the tastings and information buzzing in my head. I loved all the cheese and craved more. My favourite cider was the Crisp Apple that is honest, simple and deliciously dry. Cider is slowly taking preference in the supermarket aisles and as for the cheese – you need to shop at Ponsonby Central, and be wowed at The Dairy.




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Why are there so many starving writers?

Originally posted on Dream, Play, Write!:

A lack of understanding about writers ends up perpetuating this idea of the “starving writer.” Sure, some people think of the rich and famous authors, zipping around the world to attend book signings, vacationing in tropical destinations as they mull over their next New York Times bestseller. Or flying to L.A. to hammer out their latest movie deal. But don’t more people think of writers as just scraping by at best? And at worst, eccentric recluses, holed up in their dens with pots of coffee and ashtrays overflowing with cigarette butts, brows furrowed as they type furiously to crank out their bizarre, quirky essays and novels and screenplays that they’re hoping and praying will hit the bigtime?or at least bring in enough money to pay the rent every month.

But we know better, don’t we? We know that being a writer is about more than just sitting at a computer…

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#SMCAKL Event: The Social Media Image Frenzy

After not attending a #smakl event for a while – I was really looking forward to engaging with the ‘specialist’ panel of speakers: Ricardo Simich (Editor Spy HoS), Bradley Ambrose (award-winning photographer), Arran Birchenough (Getty Images ANZ) & Mark Sagar (Lab for Animate Technologies) who all shared their valuable dogma, about the selfie-obsessed society we live in today. Some are the question raised were concerning intellectual property and copyright – in reference to celebrity. Apparently, if you snap pictures in a public place – it’s your image. People (generally) create a lot of content imagery that is uploaded onto Facebook, SnapChat & Instagram. Nothing is private or protected anymore. Everything is transparent and available on Google. What about facial recognition? Have you had the experience before on Facebook when you are tagging people, and they are already recognised? One thing I did learn, is if you want to be published in social pages, newspaper or magazine – refrain from Instagramming and Snapchatting for the event. #SMCAKL always spoils it’s guests with flavoursome pizza, craft beer, wine & cider. Brilliant sponsors. I fell in love with the ‘Playground People’ Instagram Printer – that prints images (similar to a Polaroid, but bigger) that you upload with a hashtag. I know why I love social – it just keeps evolving and being disruptive; without predictability.




Interview With Amy Brosnahan

1) Tell me about for your first modelling job?
My first modelling job was for ‘Battle of the Babes’ which was such an amazing experience. Can’t wait to see what the future brings.

2) What age did you consider yourself female and/or transgender?
I was born a boy – but I was born in the wrong body. I have always been a girl; I just didn’t know how to express it.

3) Who/what is your inspiration?
I have two types of inspirations. My first inspiration would be family and friends. They are always the best kind of inspiration! My second inspiration would be my all time favorite famous idols. I live a happy and full life with no regrets.

4) What is your go-to cosmetic product and why?
MAC make up for sure, it’s just the best for coverage and when you’re in front of a camera – it’s a life saver. Every day I use BB cream.

5) What is your favourite social media platform?

6) What does the word ‘Whore’ mean to you?
It means someone who is unfaithful in a relationship. To be honest I do think the word ‘Whore’ has alot of stigma against it.

7) Are you a ‘shoes’ or ‘handbag’ girl?
I’m both – Come on, every woman loves her shoes and handbags!

8) Are you recognised a lot now after being in the media?
At first I was recognised a lot, but not so much anymore. I want to be successful in life and leave my foot-print on the world.

9) Are there many support groups in NZ for ‘transgender’ youth?
Yes, there is.

10) What makes you laugh?
Funny people, lols, I mean I laugh a lot through my day – it’s good for the soul. If you don’t laugh and have a joke or worse can’t take a joke; in my eyes you’re not living.

My words of wisdom, “Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path…and leave a beautiful and unique trail.”






Interview with Suzy H: Skincare Specialist & Cosmetician

1.When did you discover your love of skincare?

I have loved skincare my whole life!! At the age of 4yrs, I broke into a neighbours’ house and ‘borrowed’ all of her face cream…I am not promoting ‘Breaking and entering’ however you can now get where my obsession began!

2.Tell me about your skincare range?

Suzy H Skin Nutrition is Clinical Grade: Scientific Skin Nutrition, WITHOUT the supermodel, fancy packaging or the expensive price tag! All ingredients are top-notch. Although I am the Founder of Suzy H, there are 3 of of us behind the brand, who are Jack Hammond: Scientist/Compounding Pharmacist and Andrew Argyrou: Pharmacist. Both of these men are passionate about creating skin care products that give outstanding results, and promote great skin.

3.What is your POD (point of difference) with your brand?

Primarily the price and I’m passionate about keeping it ‘real’ (for want of a better description) and ‘Taking the B.S out of skincare’. Previously, I use to pay up to $155 for a clinical skincare product: stabilised Vitamin C 10% serum – it was good, but my equivalent is $49.95 with the same result. I think everyone deserves the right to have good skin. I am transparent and accessible to my customers, who can contact me any time for advice and I’m happy to answer any questions.
I have an important message behind ‘Suzy H': Anti-bullying advocacy. I am about bringing back the ‘Sisterhood’, where women should celebrate one another – as opposed to insulting each other. Therefore, when my business exceeds target, a percentage will be donated to Suicide Prevention, Anti bullying and Mental health organisations. My moto is ‘Helping you love who you see in the mirror’.

4.Is there a secret for youthful and unblemished skin?

I have always looked after my skin and do not believe there is any one potion or lotion, that will make you look 18 yrs again! It’s about looking good for your age, having said that I do believe the right combination of clinical grade glycolics, topical vitamins and peptides ( which is what Suzy H is about) has helped maintain my skin to optimal condition. I also take collagen capsules and have done so for 9 years. I will never stop – these are amazing, and a whole body treatment. ‘Suzy H’ has collagen capsules containing 100% bouvine collagen, Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C.

5. What is your favourite social media platform?

Facebook and Twitter are my favourite platforms at the moment. Although TV ads are our next ‘Port of Call’ to share our story.

6. Where can I buy your skincare ?

Now, just on-line at We ship anywhere in the world. It’s also sold in-store at Priceline Pacific Fair, Broadbeach Gold Coast where I currently work as a Skincare specialist/Cosmetician. At the moment we are giving away a FULL sized free product with any $50 purchase on-line. Every week it’s something different!

7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt when working in beauty?

Less is more! When you start using quality Clinical Grade skincare you don’t need a lot of makeup! Many women buy cosmetics they don’t need really. Don’t be fooled by a hefty price tag – just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s premium or quality. The skincare/cosmetic industry is synonymous for charging a fortune, and we buy it.

8.What is in your makeup bag ?

My Snake venom peptide wrinkle Cream is a quick fix and long-term treatment. I apply it when I feel like a quick ‘pick me up’….especially around the eye area, lip gloss, Thin lizzy bronzer, Wet wipes and Nivea Q10 hand cream. I don’t feel the need to wear much make up now since using Suzy H, my skincare range.

9. What is your favourite inspirational quote?

My own Quote. “Its hard enough to ‘Survive’ let alone ‘Succeed’ so be kind.”

10.What makes you smile?

My husband and four (adult) kids…we laugh a lot together, and have fun!! They all keep me ‘Grounded’!