Introducing 'Friends of Moin'. Meet the people who make it all happen, from the ones in front of the camera to the ones behind the scenes. A series where we introduce you to those who helped us along the way, and the incredible people we work with to bring the creative vision of Moin to life. Allow us to introduce you to Briar (aka Misha). We were lucky enough to have our gorgeous friend model for us.

We had the most wonderful day shooting with the talented Samantha Totty, and feel grateful that we got to shoot at Briar's godmother's stunning home in Auckland, which was the most picture perfect setting. 

So Briar, tell us a little bit about yourself, where you've been and where you are now. 

I’m a North Islander through and through – born in the windy capital, moved to stunning Lake Taupo when I was very young, and went to boarding school in the mighty Hawke’s Bay. Since leaving school, I’ve lived in Auckland. Professionally, I work in the business services team at a Law Firm. I manage a small team and our work is very much reactive, so no two days are the same. 

What drew you to what you do?

I have a Law Degree and a Health Science degree. I’ve worked in quasi-legal roles for the bulk of my career, and the opportunity to have real-time exposure to a life in a law firm appealed greatly to me. I suppose there was a part of me that wanted a glimpse of the “big firm life”, but at a distance, to see if it’s ever going to be my thing.

What part of the industry are you most passionate about?

People. My greatest joy in working life (and probably life in general) comes from feeling like I’ve had fulfilling interactions with others – even if it’s just telling someone their hair looks nice in the staff kitchen, and seeing how it lifts them.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to travel more, I want to move overseas. I plan on doing both!

Tell me about your passions outside of work.

I adore my friends and I adore my partner and our dog. Again, the quality engagement I get with them is what energises me and at the same time soothes me. I also love to cook for my people – it’s how I show my love.

What’s the last overseas place you travelled to, and what was the highlight of that trip?

I was lucky enough to visit South Africa last year for the wedding of two dear friends. They are beautiful people, and meeting their extended South African family was so special. Being so close to wild elephants that we could have touched them was also pretty incredible!

We know you’re into fashion, what do you like the most about it?

Feeling like myself and inspiring others to try something different.

Where do you find your inspiration for your style?

Above all, I need to be comfortable in what I’m wearing, so I try to pave my own way rather than follow trends. I choose a few favourite labels and stick with them. They always pull through for inspiration.

How do you think your style has been shaped over the years? 

The older I get, the more comfortable I become with being myself in the way I dress, and not concerning myself too much with what everyone else around me is doing. My mother was a classic dresser, as was my very chic grandmother, so they have definitely had an influence. I’d say my style is ever-changing but the blueprint is solid.

What’s your favourite way to spend a lazy weekend?

Plenty of walks, plenty of food, plenty of friends. And just the right amount of productivity.

What is a self-care practice you do? Something that helps you slow down.

I love to escape reality with a good book. Time stops, but somehow also moves quickly, when you are soaking in beautiful words. My friend Helen has exquisite taste in books and when she recommends me something, I know I’m in for a blissful, therapeutic experience.

What’s your night time routine to get a good night sleep?

I’ve been spending less and less time on my phone close to bedtime, and more and more time reading. That, coupled with a hot shower, has been the antidote to restless sleeping for me.

What’s a place in the world where you feel your happiest, that brings you joy?

The world is a big place. If I’m with my special people, the joy will follow.

What’s your go-to coffee spot in Auckland, and favourite breakfast spot?

Neighbour in Grey Lynn for coffee, Williams Eatery in Wynyard Quarter for breakfast.

Breakfast in bed, yes or no? And why?

It’s a no from me – once I’m up, I’m up!


May 20, 2023 — Lisa Niemann