Sunny days, balmy nights

Incoming dreamy summer weekends, consisting of lounging in the sun, soaking up rays and maybe taking a dip, then easing into a night of socialising outside with friends, be it in the backyard around a barbecue or heading out to sip on cooling cocktails as the sun sets. In the warm weather, fashion has a […]

White chocolate and cherry cheesecake: Keepers

Ingredients Cheesecake 400g vanilla wine biscuits 200g butter, melted 500g cream cheese 1 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 3 eggs 1 Tbsp cornflour 250g sour cream 200g white chocolate, melted Cherry compote 500g frozen pitted cherries ½ cup sugar 1 Tbsp Bakers Blend, OR 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp […]

The scrunchie gains a hold

Style tends to be a bit of history repeating itself and that aptly applies to hair styles as well. The ‘scrunchie’ is most definitely back and it has a hold on all of us again. Hailing from circa 1980, you can now (once again) find them at shops all over town. That essential elastic band […]

Cocktail DIY

Throwing a cocktail party at home is easier than you can imagine. Sort out a few recipes, a few key tools and ingredients, plus a group of friends and you’re set to go. Stock up on ice, fruit for garnishes, fruit juices to add and a few spices also. Here is Metropol’s guide to successful […]

Cocktails at home

It is the last month of spring which means that the summer season is fast approaching, and the majority want to frolic on the beach and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea or probably go to the lake. However, our current situation prevented us from pursuing these beautiful plans. Although the introduction of the vaccines […]

Skin shield on

The more we learn about the importance of everyday sun protection, the more wonderful products are being created to keep our precious skin shielded from harmful rays. It is recommended you wear face sunscreen every day, even the gloomy ones or days you are mostly indoors. Why? Because even behind the clouds and through glass […]

Shade in style

For those bright sunshiney days ahead, stylish protection from UV rays is the way to go. Sunhats come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics, and colours, and can take you from lunch to the beach and everywhere in between. Go casual with a straw style, or more put together with a felt or sturdy cotton option. […]

The wines of Waipara

North Canterbury is abundant with award-winning wineries, and beautiful cellar doors and vineyards. The area is a haven for winemaking, with the perfect climate for grape growing; long sunshine hours, hot dry summers, and long autumns. The sheltered Waipara area is close to the sea, and the warm days and cool nights provide a prolonged […]

Time for a cool change

Brought together by shared experiences of grief, the Cool Change Sisters are a raw and honest voice, sharing their stories in the hope of sparking a much-needed shift in New Zealand’s mental health space. Grace Curtis, Georgia Harris and Tori Wheelans are the founders of Cool Change, a movement to give the bereaved a voice […]

It’s time to Talk Peach

September is gynaecological awareness month, and Talk Peach is the Kiwi organisation making big moves to educate about gynaecological cancers. Founder Tash Crosby shares her story in hopes to educate and support women across the country. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 36 years old, Tash is one of the mere 15% of people that caught […]