It Happened To Me: I Lived In A Commune-Style Share House – xoJane, 2013

This article on my former flat (or share house, as they’re known outside of Australia and New Zealand) was a lot of fun to write. Another personal story for xoJane, it describes my time living in New Zealand’s biggest share house. I really enjoy writing stories with personal angles, such as this. I find it equally as challenging and interesting to produce them as it is to read them. I hope to do more writing for xoJane in the future.

So, for an entertaining account of my three-and-a-half years of communual living on a grand scale, my brush with scabies and many, many hippies, click the images below. They’ll take you to the website where you can read the article and leave a comment (there’s over 200!).

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Online style / fashion article: Black & White trend – Missy Confidential, 2013

Here’s a fun article I wrote on the black and white fashion trend that I observed in the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collections in New York Fashion Week.

I really enjoy watching trends evolve with the times, and for this article I showed how easy it is to take this high impact look from the runway to the streets with designs from Australia and around the world. Click the screenshots below to read the article on their website.

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Online cafe profile: Platform Espresso – Broadsheet, 2013

I’m excited to be writing for Broadsheet, a quarterly newspaper and website dedicated to the best new things happening in Melbourne and Sydney.

My first piece published on their website is a profile of a cosy new cafe in Melbourne’s Glen Iris, called Platform Espresso. Check it out, try the smashed avocado! And click on the screenshots below to read the piece on their website.

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Online travel feature story: South Central Los Angeles – NZ Herald, 2013

I met some of the most interesting people of our whole three-month trip across the United States of America last year during our first few days in the country, in South Central Los Angeles. Catching four buses for two and a half hours from Inglewood to Santa Monica Beach may have seemed like a dodgy idea initially, but the people we encountered along the way made for a wonderful – if a bit wild – ride, and changed my impressions of the city.

I’m excited to have been able to share my story with the New Zealand Herald! Click on the screenshots below to read the article on their website.

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It Happened To Me: I Can’t Drive – xoJane, 2013

Jane Pratt’s website xoJane has been a daily read for me for the past six months, its riveting combination of intimate blog-style writing and real, relatable stories on everything from BDSM to beauty products has inspired a cult-like following, including myself and many, many others. So naturally I was excited when I became aware of the opportunity to make use of my obsession and push myself with my writing.

I submitted this story to their “It Happened To Me” section, which comprises raw, real-life stories from people all over the world. It was the most challenging story I’ve ever written, and very personal. But I found it so rewarding to share it with a publication I am so excited by and respect so much, and I think ultimately it will help me grow as a writer. I have submitted another story to xoJane which has yet to be published, and hope to do more for them in the the future.

Click on the screenshots below to read the article on their website.

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Magazine travel feature story: Baltimore – New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, 2012

Last year I travelled across the United States of America for three months from LA to NYC, visiting 16 cities and other small places along the way. My boyfriend and I travelled by train, bus and occasionally plane, encountering (among other things) a naked hippy cult with a shaman in Oakland, an elderly African man who hadn’t a clue where New Zealand was (and didn’t realise the South Pole existed) in South Central LA, radical punks and moneyed matriarchs in New York City and a lot of mind-blowing vegetarian and vegan food. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to share more of my adventures! But for now here’s a travel story I wrote on Baltimore for New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. It was published in their December 24 issue!

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Online style / fashion article: Backpacks Are Back! – Missy Confidential, 2012

Since August I have been writing trend-related fashion articles for Missy Confidential, an Australian fashion website. I am also currently developing a series of articles on fashion and styling solutions for them, which will start to run in late January. But for now, here’s my first article, titled ‘Backpacks Are Back!’ Click on the screenshot below to read the article on their website.

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Online lifestyle news article: Facebook couples’ pages – Essential Groom, 2012

I wrote a number of pieces for Australian website Essential Groom in late 2012. Along with informative articles for men getting married, I wrote news-based pieces. Here’s one I wrote about the new Facebook couples’ pages. Click on the screenshot below to read the article on their website.

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Alexi Wasser interview – No magazine, 2009

I interviewed beautiful, eccentric Los Angeles-based actress and I’m Boy Crazy blogger Alexi Wasser for No magazine, a quarterly arts magazine based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Alexi Wasser is an anomaly. The Californian born 28-year-old model, actor, writer, blogger and sometime-musician has built her brand on being many things at once, and retains her kooky charm every step of the way.

Her latest incarnation is as a blogger, documenting in gory detail her forays and infatuation with boys. Acting as a sort of Ellen or Oprah for dysfunctional teens and twenty-somethings like herself, she started posting autobiographical essays, hysterical rants and videos – both of herself and of boys she’s crazy about, just for something fun to do. She also conducts live talkback-style podcasts online where she dishes out advice to callers.

Her website Imboycrazy.com, has gained fans as afar as Egypt, Argentina, Germany, England and New Zealand. When she put out a call for interns she got “50 replies for interns in LA and 150 replies for interns all around the country and the world”. She now has three who look after her social networking sites and street teams.

So who is this girl? The daughter of renowned photographer Julian Wasser and Leslie Knauer, singer in the cult ‘80s band Promises (popular in Australia), Alexi Celine Wasser was born and raised in Hollywood.

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18-page magazine cover feature: NZ Fashion – REMIX, 2008

I interviewed 20 New Zealand fashion designers in the lead up to New Zealand Fashion Week 2008 for REMIX magazine. It was an 18-page cover feature with interview-based profiles on: Aduki, Carlson, Chapel, Crowded Elevator, Cybèle, Des Rusk, Doosh, Federation, Huffer, Hailwood, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Laurie Foon, Nom*D, Richard Moore, Ricochet, Ruby/Madame Hawke, Stitch Ministry, Stolen Girlfriends Club, WORLD, Workshop, and Zambesi.

Click the cover image to download and read a pdf of the whole thing, or read some excerpts below.

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