So your diary is looking all clear for the week ahead and you need some inspo on what to you do with yourself? You’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re a total foodie, a self-confessed shopaholic and makeup buff, an art geek or someone who likes to get down and funky now and then—there’s aaaall kinds of shenanigans on to keep you busy this week.
From degustation to makeup parties, art gallery jams to inspirational talks, there’s all kinds of things to keep you looking sharp, well fed and thoroughly cultivated this week in Auckland!
Tuesday 10 October
Auckland Art Gallery and VICE Present: Open Late
Didn’t think art galleries could be ragin’ on a Monday night? Think again, my friend. Tonight Auckland Art Gallery is staying open past it’s bedtime and will be putting on a little late night party to commemorate it being a total rebel. Not only will the breathtaking Corsini Collection be open for you to wander through and be utterly inspired during the latter part of your day, the corridors of the gallery will be bursting with some of the freshest n’ funkiest beats around town. Who to thank for these tunes? None other than Onehunga-based hip-hoppers, SWIDT, who will be getting the gallery pumping with their fresh sounds. Nab your tickets online asap to avoid disappointment, because you’re certainly not gonna wanna miss out on the chance to get jamming with Caravaggio and Botticelli!
Eat for a good cause
Up until now, Taco Tuesdays has monopolised our start of week foodie rituals. While we do love a good mid-week Mexican food fiesta, this week it’s time to shake things up and shift continents. We’re still showing the love to the Mexican motherland today, but in a slightly different (but equally tasty) way: with a four-course Indian-infused degustation where all proceeds donated towards the Mexico earthquake relief! This is all thanks to the team at Satya, who have put together an uber tasty menu featuring Aztec soup, chicken biryani, dahi puri and so much more. Of course, they haven’t done things by halves when it comes to drinks here either. They’ve teamed up with Yeastie Boys beer, whose drops of golden goodness will be paired alongside all meals. With two sittings at 6.30 and 8.30pm, there’s no reason for missing out on this feast that’ll not only do good for your taste buds, but the whole of Mexico!
Wednesday 11 October
Boutique Holiday Preview Party
There ain’t no party like a mid-week party! And the friendly folk at Benefit Cosmetics Ponsonby know this all too well, hence why they’ve set aside this very Wednesday for the greatest shindig of them all: a makeup party! That’s right peeps, set aside your Wednesday evening this week because you’re going to be spending it it in the company of your dearest friends: lipstick, blush, highlighter and the whole sparkly, shimmery and glossy gang that you know and love. For $90 a pop, you can get a ticket to an evening of all the things you need in life: drinks, nibbles, spot prizes and makeup! You'll be able to see get a glimpse of this year's exclusive limited edition holiday goodies as well as a free gift with any purchase! As if this event couldn’t get anymore freaking fabulous, you’ll be stoked to know that the ticket is absolutely, positively, completely 100% redeemable on products in store. We guarantee that any dent in your wallet will be weeeell worth it. Because, makeup.
Thursday 12 October
Vodka Room Chef’s Table
Lovers of a good feast and tipple, this one’s got your name written aaaall over it. Vodka Room is hosting a decadent chef’s table degustation and, holy heck, trust us when we say that you’re gonna want to 1) loosen up your belt a notch and 2) hightail it to this joint when you hear what’s in store. Just what can you expect? Well, get ready for this one. This degustation will feature not one, not two, but five (!!) courses of Russian-inspired dishes whipped up especially for your eating pleasure by head chef, Murray Wiblin. Sounds good, huh? But wait, there’s more! In typical Vodka Room fashion, the dishes will be paired with a range of matching bevvies featuring—you guessed it—our friend vodka! We’re not talking about the vodka degustation you might be used to (i.e. Saturday night pre-drinks,) these sips are specially designed to go along with the delish meals you’ll be treating your taste buds to!
Follow Your Arrow
So you’ve sussed a beyond epic idea for a business that’s gonna blow errrbody out the water. Now what? Do ya fling your business cards left, right and centre? Should you re-write that rough idea you doodled on the back of a parking ticket into a proper business plan? Oh, and where do you start with taxes? The questions can be endless. So, if you're scratching your head and stuck wondering what the next steps are between now and building your empire, then get your #bossbabe butt to Follow Your Arrow! Catch four legendary girlbosses telling it like it is and share their experiences of bringing their visions to life. From Jordan Rondel of The Caker to Tesh Randell of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, you’ll be able to hear the true tales of successful home-grown bosses. Brace yourself to get whacked over the head with tonnes of inspo!
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Image credit: Anna Kidman at Vodka Room