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Competition Closes

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to MOTIF Magazine’s Fashion Photo Competition.

Without your pluck and sass we would not have been able to create our fashion story for The New Feminine.

Tegan is putting together Issue 4 as we speak and I can’t wait to see the results.

The winners of the Frockshop.com prizes will be announced shortly.

Watch this space.


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MOTIF’s Evelyn Goes to NZFW

What a proud little family we are here at MOTIF Magazine

Our very own fashion guru Evelyn Ebrey was lucky enough to snag a job reporting for New Zealand Fashion Week!

Officially, Evelyn is reporting back to the fantastic folks at NZGirl.co.nz with all the happenings of her local fashion scene.

NZGirl.com is a reader oriented website that gives all the fashion loving gals in NZ the skinny on everything from latest fashion tips to the best You-Tube clips to awesome beauty give-aways. NZ Girl is unique because it makes reader interaction a big feature which results in a website that provides a wonderful reflection of what people are really thinking and doing.

Unofficially, you can catch glimpses of NZFW on Evelyn’s fashion blog ‘Just So Pretty‘ which is, by the way, just so pretty!

Evelyn’s blog is a constant inspiration of the prettiest fashion on the catwalk, in print and in the stores. You can get lost for hours just browsing through the images of pretty girls in pretty frocks.

Well worth a look, we think Evelyn is marvelous and feel very lucky to have her on the MOTIF Team.

If you’d like to follow Evelyn’s fashion journey, you catch her on Twitter, Facebook, NZgirl.co.nz and of course her blog.

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As much as I would love the ultimate power of doing the entire magazine myself, unfortunately I must share the duties with not only my cousin Tegan, but also the many wonderful contributors who help us out with each issue.

You may not know this but we outsource help from artists, writers, photographers, bloggers, crafters and designers for things like our cover art, photo shoots, craft section, articles, reviews and images.

We like to spread the love and get in a new artist or writer for each issue, to help give that theme it’s own personality and differentiate it from the last one.

We are always looking for people who can help out, because last time I checked, working on MOTIF Magazine should be a full time job!

Alas, it is something Tegan and I and our army of creatives put together in our ‘spare time’ each quarter and all for the love of creative expression and just getting it out there.

So if you’ve got a talent you think we can use, please don’t be shy and get in touch.

We need help with marketing, social media, articles, images, website….and whatever else you can think of!



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Food for Travellers

Here’s something cool and perfect for the latest JOURNEYS issue of MOTIF Magazine.

MyCityCuisine.org is a new Wiki project that helps travelers discover local foods from all over the world.

Food is an integral part of the local culture so naturally tasting local food is high on most traveler’s to-do list.
However, until now there has been no single comprehensive source for this information.

The MyCityCuisine project aims to fill this void.

Check out the super cool FREE app for iPhones.

Imagine strolling through the streets of Bolivia and wondering what the locals like to eat and being able to browse the dishes of the area with just a quick click on your iphone?

Here are some examples of Dish of the Week from the website:

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. In more modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal. It is sometimes called Atholl Brose (which is more properly a drink using similar ingredients). Earlier recipes used crowdie cheese rather than (or as well as) cream, and were sometimes called cream-crowdie.

Pique macho (pronounced pee-kay maacho) is a typical Bolivian food. It is a heaped plate consisting of bite-sized pieces of beef, sausage (hot dog type), and french fry-cut potatoes. Added to this mixture are onions, locoto, boiled egg, mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

Smaller portions are simply called pique; pique macho is a huge portion, and traditionally spicy hot because of the locotos. Urban legend suggests that this is because you are macho if you can finish one by yourself.

As a little side-note to anyone interested in spreading the good word when it comes local cuisine, MyCityCuisine.org is looking for contributors. So get stuck in and help out!

And, a final note, MyCityCuisine is giving away a Free City Walking Tour App (worth $4.99) to everyone who Likes them on Facebook.

The app provides GPS coordinates and interesting descriptions for not only the main city sites, but for off-the beaten path destinations as well.

People can sign up to receive the free city app of their choice by clicking the orange bar at the bottom of MyCityCuisine.org or by visiting their Facebook page.

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Megan Russell Cover Artist

This post is dedicated to the wonderful and highly talented Ms Megan Russell from Mr Illustration .

Megan created the evocative cover art for Issue 3 of MOTIF Magazine.

Here’s what it looked like before we put our MOTIF masthead and text on:

Born and raised in sunny Florida, Megan now lives in the Windy City of Chicago and has since graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Megan has completed work for The Peabody Institute, Muse Magazine, HPN Magazine and Kamaka Foods.

Take a browse through Megan’s blog and you’ll catch a glimpse of her talent and personality.

Her work is inspired by fairy tales, myth and legend and draws upon the style of Art Nouveau, Ballet Russe and the Golden Age illustrators including Kay Nielsen, Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham.

Aubrey Beardsley from Le Morte d’Arthur

Or for some more inspiration try looking up the work of Jessie Wilcox Smith, Howard Pyle, Charles Dana Gibson & Norman Rockwell).

Click on these links to get lost in a world of nostalgic portrayals of life and fantasy, whimsy and mystery.

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Xiaohan Shen

Xiaohan is the photographer who made MOTIF Magazine’s Issue 3 JOURNEYS fashion spread possible.

Her keen and discerning eye coupled with a pretty cool camera makes for a powerful combination.

Xiaohan was born in Shanghai and raised in Sydney and brings a unique blend of China and Australia to her perspective.

Not just a budding photographer and designer with some big names like Pandora, Vodaphone and Special K under her belt, Xiaohan is author of one of the best Australian Street Fashion Blogs around Xssat.

Xssat is so awesome, ABC’s Art Nation did a feature on her blog, watch the CLIP here. She really brings out the best in old Sydney Town.

And here’s something else Xiaohan is working on, she is hoping to become the next Style Correspondent at NY Fashion Week in cahoots with Nokia and Elle.

To vote for Xiaohan please CLICK HERE and simply ‘Like’ her page. Too easy.

Come on people – let’s show some MOTIF Magazine Reader support for one of our fantastic contributors!

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Issue 3 – JOURNEYS

Thought it was fitting to use a snap from my current travels to introduce the upcoming JOURNEYS issue of MOTIF Magazine.

Of course, it’s not quite ready yet…Tegan is still busily setting and resetting the issue until it is perfect.

In the meantime though, how about I tell you what you can expect from the new issue.

We have a dreamy cover created especially for us by Megan Russell , a photographic fashion journey expertly shot by Xiohan Shen – and keep an eye out for Xiohan’s street fasion blog Xssat.

We have some absorbing articles by talented writers Robin Sidwell, Fiona Murphy and Laura Lawson exploring everything from childhood holidays, packing for trips and dealing with loss.

We’ll look at all things travel related from fashion and holidays tips to our darling Blythe.

As usual we’ll serve up some recipes, review journey-inspired books, movies, music and TV, plus we’ll take your eyeballs on a visual feast that will leave you wanting more.

Finally, we have some super prizes for subscribers to giveaway next quarter by Tom Hide Designs and Mushu.

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