New Zealand Wildlife

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Photography by Moritz Lips.

It has been exactly 55 days since Moritz left for his adventure to New Zealand. The last update was on his birthday and already more than one month ago, click here to see the visual diary of Auckland (if you haven’t already seen it). This time though I’ve forced him to write down some of his experiences and impressions himself:

Traveling New Zealand has been a great experience so far. Sometimes you almost get the feeling it’s only built for you to discover. Everywhere walks, signs, museums and tours educate you about the islands history and mysteries. They do a lot to protect what’s left of this fragile habitat; You could argue whether that effort is made for tourism or because they really care, but nevertheless it’s great! All the amazing places you encounter here are almost spotless. No plastic bags or bottles, no rubbish, no polluted water. It’s a very different sight to what we’ve gotten used to in most places… New Zealand feels like a lot of different landscapes, packed in to these two comparably tiny islands. After the arrival of humans, the amount of land covered in forest has dropped from 80% to about 23% (!), leaving most of it to farmland. But what’s remained, combined with the many impressive mountains and volcanoes, is absolutely stunning and creates a great scenery while driving around.

The great forests now face drastic changes, having evolved here, isolated from modern explosion of fast, adaptable warm-blooded mammals. It has poor defences against newcomers released on these islands by humans. The predators amongst the introduced have already taken a drastic toll on the wildlife. Only a few of the endemic birds sing their haunting songs in the depth of the forest.

The country feels young, whereas the islands feel ancient. A place worth visiting.

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A quick visit to Wikipedia clarified, which predators endanger New Zealand’s biodiversity. Animals that aren’t considered dangerous in Europe or elsewhere, but that the fauna (especially birds are threatened) and flora of this unique habitat are overstrained with: cats, deer, ferrets, goats, European hedgehogs, horses, house mice, pigs, rabbits, rats, but also different kinds of wasps. And the list on the side of the plants is even longer.. We tend to forget that certain animals and plants only live at certain places, because they have adapted themselves over thousands of years and have become a cycle in their own. Traveling is beautiful, exciting, adventurous, mind-expanding and we all love it, but ultimately we should adapt ourselves to the places we travel to and not trying to adapt the places to our needs! That’s the reason why the imbalance between nature and humans has grown rapidly over the past hundreds of years.

New Zealand is by far not the only country who is experiencing those difficulties.
For example: In Europe and North America species from Asia (fish, plants and insects) have been spreading like a fire, because tourists may have brought a living “souvenir” back home from their holidays and then threw it away carelessly. Or with all the goods that are being transported a stowaway came along. Indeed it is hard to calculate the consequences, but always think twice before bringing back home something that doesn’t belong to the place you live…

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Help preserving New Zealand’s wildlife by donating, if only a few dollars, to the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand. Click HERE to donate or HERE to watch their campaign video.

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adidas Energy Boost 2.0

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Photography and editing by Shermin T.

I have to admit that back in my teenage years I wasn’t very fond of sports and a lot of times I would skip gym class. It was probably the fact that I was a lazy-ass, but I believe that it also has something to do with the equipment. For all the sports we had in school I wore the same pair of sneakers; for football, basketball, gymnastics, running, etc. etc. When I first learned more about adidas I saw that there were a ton of different types of shoes, specified for all the sporting activities mentioned above.

Last week I was introduced to the newest version of the adidas Energy Boost, which had first appeared in February 2013. In collaboration with the chemical company BASF they developed the BOOST foam cushioning that returns more energy than any other foam cushioning in the running industry. The secret lies in the thousands of energy capsules, which – to me at least – look like styrofoam. Indeed that all sounds very good, but the best way to test this new high-tech sneaker is to make yourself the “guinea pig”. That’s why adidas had gathered a few bloggers and other people from the press to try the adidas Energy Boost. We received a whole bag with running clothes, specially designed for the launch of the new Energy Boost shoe. The boys’ outfit looked like mine and the girls were dressed in an orange / blue look. In the end 20 people, fully dressed in adidas, ran through the town of Winterthur. It was a 4 km run and boy oh boy did the people stare at us… Nonetheless it was a great run, not too exhausting as I had expected in the beginning, and a fantastic way to test the adidas Energy Boost 2.0!

Over the past few years my attitude towards sports completely changed and it became important to me. The consequences of “Genereation McDonald’s” have become more visible than ever… Not only are children getting fatter and fatter at a younger age, but also the rest of the modern civilization moves towards obesity. Luckily there is a huge trend for a healthy lifestyle, which includes sports and our nutrition.
Previous to the run through Winterthur we were given some tips on how to run the right way, to do a proper warm up and end our running session by stretching. Running is a perfect example of a sport where you can observe your improvements. One day you’ll run further in shorter time and it’ll be less exhausting for you. And with the right running equipment you definitely double the fun factor! I have already used my new gear several times since the event and whether it was on the running track, on the road or in the forest the shoe performed excellent.

To conclude my text from the beginning I believe it has a major impact if your gear is professional and custom-made to the sport you’re doing or if you just use the same pair of sneakers / clothing for every sport. Not only will it enhance your performance, but you will also feel better and more prepared to reach the goal you’ve set yourself!

To learn more about the adidas Energy Boost 2.0 click here.

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I am wearing:

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Pier

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Photography and editing by Andrea Monica Hug.

The weather lately has been a real privilege. Sunshine and temperatures above 20° C make you want to dress like your at the Riviera – at least that was my inspiration for this look. I still can’t decide whether this outfit looks more French or more Italian, but just imagine a late afternoon with your friend strolling along the boardwalk, having a cooling drink in one of the cafés and waiting for the sun to set. You know it’s not summer yet, because as soon as the sun went down it starts getting chilly, but you still get this feeling of “I believe this is going to be a great summer“.

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I am wearing:

Massimo Dutti blazer
Levi’s long sleeved t-shirt
Knowledge Cotton Apparel chinos
n.d.c. made by hand espadrilles
VIU sunglasses
Hermès Hapi bracelet
Bernard James ring
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A thing I started, inspired by the Louis Vuitton SS 2014 collection, is to tie a bandana around my neck. It instantly adds a certain Parisian garçon look, don’t you think?

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Kavinsky x Surface to Air

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Kavinsky and the French label Surface to Air have worked together on a limited edition Varsity Jacket to celebrate his debut album OutRun. The jacket is available from today on, exclusively on surfacetoair.com and club75.fr.

Click to listen so you’ll get in the mood while reading!

Kavinsky reached fame after his song Nightcall had appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s DRIVE. I was lucky enough to see him perform live at the Digital Maag in the beginning of February, I even touched his hand that evening – haven’t washed it ever since.. Read below the interview between Kavinsky and HIGHSNOBIETY:

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How did the collaboration come about?

I’ve known the S2A team for years. Surface to Air Studio, more particularly Charlotte Delarue, did my album OutRun‘s artwork and cover. So the idea of a collaboration came up pretty naturally.

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Why did you decide to collaborate on a varsity jacket?

I guess it’s because that’s the aesthetics I like. I’m a lot into the ’80s and the varsity jacket is a classic piece I love to wear. My avatar wears one in my album artwork as well.

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What materials did you use?

It’s made of leather for the sleeves, wool with a bit of cashmere for the body – but I’m probably not very accurate. Also, the “K” and the “Kavinsky” logo are in full embroidery on the chest and on the back.

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What is the idea behind the design?

The idea was to stick to my imagery and to my character – to create a jacket that could symbolize my album OutRun as well as myself.

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How do you integrate fashion into your live shows and your musical persona?

I don’t really. I mean as I said earlier, I’m a big collector of anything from the ’80s; from Jaws to The Goonies and Back to the Future. I love the aesthetics and the clothing from that time. I collect sneakers, t-shirts, watches. It’s just who I am, I don’t really make any effort to integrate fashion in my persona, I always dress the same way.

Can we expect more collaborations from Kavinsky and Surface to Air in the future?

That experience was great so who knows? Yes…

Interview from highsnobiety.com

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Bophut beach

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Pictures taken with the Samsung NX300. Editing by Moritz Lips.

Here are the last pictures from our trip to Thailand shot at the very end of Bophut beach. At first I wanted to show you these pictures in black & white, but then again it would have been unfair to withhold you those incredible colors! Dreaming away on a Monday morning.. Have a great week everyone!

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I am wearing:

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