If it’s been a hard day at work and I’m in need of a drink I’ll be at… I love the vibe of Hotel Bristol, and I go to Rogue and Vagabond a lot; we had our first HVNGRY writers meet-up there. I do enjoy a good stout beer. But to be honest, I’m not the type of person who goes out a lot. Like if it’s been a hard day at work and I want to treat myself, I’d probably just go to the liquor store, grab myself a nice craft beer, go home and watch some good TV.
The next day if I’m in need of a hearty feed and a cup of coffee I’ll be at… Sweet Mothers Kitchen getting their fried chicken waffles. It’s just the best thing ever. If people didn’t surround me, I would have been crying with happiness.
If I need a slice of inspiration you can’t go past… The start-up culture in Wellington. It’s so inspiring to have so many like-minded, passionate people in one place. The people I’m living with right now are in a start-up accelerator, and being surrounded by those kinds of motivated people just makes you want to get stuff done.
I know I shouldn’t, but Wellington’s best-kept secret is… Before I moved to Wellington I didn’t see it as a tech-savvy city. I saw it as a very cultural city, lots of art, and law students everywhere. But then I came here for Webstock, and I found it was a city bustling with tech start-ups, developers and designers doing exciting things.
The thing about HVNGRY that I think people respond to is… The honesty and the integrity of the magazine. There is something about teen girl magazines that is just so predictable. HVNGRY is refreshing because it has writers who are open and honest, and more importantly the readers are the writers. With an open-submission platform it gives opportunity for people to discuss the topics they are interested in, and chances are others will be interested too!
My motivation when creating HVNGRY was… Frustration maybe? I was shopping with a then boyfriend and started flicking through a men’s magazine they had in the fitting room. I found the difference from women’s magazines was ridiculously striking. There were articles about self-motivation, and how to negotiate a higher wage, get a better job, power and success. It’s so rare to see any of those topics in women’s magazines. Instead we are taught how to be pleasing, and I mean that’s fine, just not all of the time. So I feel it’s important to have places like HVNGRY, just so there are voices out there that teenagers can read and relate to, and feel empowered.