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STYLE Insider: Navvy Talks Favourite Artists, Style Inspiration, and Best Auckland Eats

Auckland pop musician Navvy, aka Phoebe Lee Jasper is taking over the music scene one step at at time. She’s had millions of streams on Spotify and is only just getting started. On the release of her latest EP ‘The Final Pieces’, we catch up with Navvy and chat about her style inspiration, favourite artists, best places to eat in Auckland and lots more. 

My style inspiration… I more look to brands for style ideas. I love brands like Lazy Oaf, and Ragged Priest, and how they style for shoots. In saying that, my icon for style and also everything is Lili Ahenkan , @flex.mami on Instagram. She is everything.

My earliest music memory is…  This question triggered something in my brain that started playing the song ‘Mack The Knife’, but the Robbie Williams version. Until I googled it just now on this very day I thought he had written it. I feel like I remember that song as a VERY young child in the car maybe? But my earliest solid music memory is of Rainbow Connection, performed by Kermit The Frog, with a 4 year old me singing very loud over the top.

Describe your style in three words… Colourful, thrifted, comfy.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt recently is… to try to let go of that which I can not control. I have a history of being a meticulous planner, and I always know what’s next. I used to be so incredibly upset if things changed, even if those things had nothing to do with me. Lately, I have learned to just try to let myself feel whatever comes up when I’m disappointed, but then let that feeling go as soon as I can. It’s been really helpful.

My 5 favourite places to dine in Auckland are… LOWBROW is my number one no doubt, get the OG Chicken Sando. I also love Fed Deli, who make some of the best, most complimentary sides. I recently went to Yume with some of my best friends and that was so good, can recommend the prawn roll. At Bangkok in Kingsland is really yum Thai food. Amano is a classic for a reason, and I would suggest anything on the menu that you feel like.

OG Chicken Sando via @lowbrow

My favourite hidden gem in NZ is… family bach in the Bay of Islands. I am convinced that part of New Zealand is not real. I think I also have so many fantastic memories there, so that may influence my decision.

If I wasn’t taking over the music industry, I would be… I think I’d be in social work, maybe therapy. Something where I had a lot of contact with people who I could help. I absolutely love people. I think that is what interested me about music to begin with, the fact that I could help hundreds if not thousands of people with the songs I write with my friends.

The last six months have taught me… that I am a lot more resilient than I thought. It’s also given me time to figure out exactly who I am and what I want to say in this industry, which can get so loud so quickly.

The song I have on repeat at the moment is… I genuinely have my own EP on repeat at the moment, and I am not sorry about it. It just came out, and I am just really proud of it and vibing it at the moment. But if not ‘The Final Pieces’, then I’m most likely listening to ‘Invisible String’ from Folklore.

My top three artists… It changes like you wouldn’t believe. At the moment, Taylor Swift, The Beach Boys, Maisie Peters.

If I could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, it would be… at the moment I would choose Jacinda Ardern, Hilary Clinton and my sister Chloe. We have spent a lot of time talking about politics lately, and I just think it would be cool to get all of that powerful female energy in one room.

My favourite city to travel to is… well, I love London, and I think it’s partly because I have spent so much time working there now. But I think my favourite place to be on holiday is Los Angeles. I just love it. I dream of skating from Santa Monica to Venice Beach most days. I will return.

Navvy in London via @thisisnavvy

The last item of clothing I purchased was… CROCS ! I got bright orange crocs during lockdown and I could not recommend them enough, they really are the comfiest shoe. I have had people make fun of me only because they are getting ‘trendy’ and I’m buying into it, but I am not mad about being a part of this trend.

The latest TV series I binged was… season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race. That season has SO many good lip syncs, and runways, and challenges. A masterclass in drag and drama and performance. It’s wonderful.

Stream Navvy’s new EP ‘The Final Pieces’ here.  

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Six Summery Fragrances to Spritz This Season

These summery fragrances will remind you that sun-drenched months are just around the corner. 

Spring might have arrived. But rather than bring sun-dappled days and warm weather with it, the month of September is often characterised by blustery southerly winds and drizzly days. Fortunately, there are a plethora of enchanting and uplifting fragrances that are sure to bewitch the senses and make you feel like summer isn’t too far away. They’re so good, in fact, that in just one spritz you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to warmer, sun-drenched climes.

Keep scrolling to discover the six must-have summery scents you need in your life.

Summer FragrancesGUCCI MEMOIRE D’UNE ODEUR 

Gender-bending scents are the in thing these days and of course, Gucci has nailed the trend with new Mémoire D’Une Odeur (60ml EDP, $149). The delicate and uplifting scent has been created to be worn by anyone and features Roman Chamomile and Indian coral jasmine alongside musk, cedarwood and sandalwood.

TRY IT: If you’re after a summery scent that is perfect to spritz no matter what the time or occasion is,  Gucci MĂ©moire D’Une Odeur is the perfect fragrance for you this season. It’s never overpowering but is always memorable.

Summer Fragrances


JOY BY DIOR EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE

The heady new rendition of JOY by Dior (50ml EDP, $209) is sure to bewitch the senses with radiant notes of neroli, centifolia rose and jasmine. A hint of sandalwood and vanilla add another dimension to the enchanting scent.

TRY IT: Whether you’re already a fan of the original scent or love vibrant contemporary floral fragrances, you won’t be disappointed by this radiant newcomer.

Summer Fragrances
AMOUAGE LOVE MIMOSA

Lauded fragrance house, Amouage, has released another head-turner with Love Mimosa (100ml EDP, $515 from WORLD). And given the name, it’s no surprise that Mimosa is at the heart of Amouage’s latest release. Hints of violet leaves, juicy pear, orris, heliotrope and ylang-ylang round out the scent.

Try It: If you consider yourself a bit of a fragrance connoisseur and you’re looking for something for a fragrance that’s made from the most exquisite ingredients, Amouage Love Mimosa is for you.

Summer Fragrances


TOM FORD METALLIQUE

While Tom Ford enthusiasts will no doubt be drawn to dazzling bottle, it’s the seductive notes in Metallique (50ml EDP, $250) that will have you head-over-heels in love with this scent in just one spritz. Think a mesmerising bouquet of contemporary florals heightened with a pinch of spicy pink peppercorn, creamy vanilla and sandalwood. 

TRY IT: If you usually reach for Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc or Santal Blush, Metallique is the perfect addition to your already stellar repertoire of scents that have the power to transport you to a sun-drenched beach. Those who love powdery fragrances that just seem to get better when the temperature rises will love this one too.

Summer FragrancesVAN CLEEF & ARPELS SANTAL BLANC

Some fragrances get even better when the temperature rises and Van Cleef & Arpels Santal Blanc (75ml EDP, $230) is one of those scents. An intoxicating heart of sandalwood is accompanied by zesty mandarin and tonka bean come to life on warm, sun-kissed skin.

TRY IT: If you’re after a fragrance will remind you of warm, sunny days once they depart, Van Cleef & Arpels Santal Blanc is the perfect scent for the job.

Summer Fragrances


BOTTEGA VENETA ILLUSIONE

Illusione  (50ml EDP, $160) features intoxicating woody floral notes; bergamot and blackcurrant sit atop a heart of orange blossom and green fig, and base notes of olive wood and tonka bean. 

Try It: If a trip to the sun-soaked Italian coast appeals. Illusione transports the senses in just one spritz of fragrance.