Adding bling to your bach

For many, bach living is back to basics and the yearly relaxation exodus that allows us all to disconnect in order to reconnect. There is nothing basic however about the line-up of the new essentials we’ve selected, a mix of old world meets new, to jazz up your bach. No matter how easy bach living […]

Go for gold

New Year is a season unto itself, allowing fashionistas to go big and bold before they go home. When you go for gold, the look is always bold, no matter if you’re just accessorising or attempting to light up the night. Gold serves as a neutral that pairs with practically every ensemble, adding style and […]

Resolve to Read

The latest studies suggest that New Zealand adult and children’s reading levels are lower on an international level than ever before. The solution? Experts say we simply need to read more.     The stresses of the holidays have passed and we can celebrate a New Year with the personal resolutions to do something new […]

Master of Millinery

Fresh from the races and heading into the summer season, award-winning Christchurch designer Susi Meares, of Seventh and Figg, won best young designer at Riccarton Park Races this year and her avant-garde creations made the front page of The Press.   With the races done and dusted, we caught up with the busy mother and […]

The timeless trouser

Call them pants or trousers, this fashion staple transcends the seasons in an assortment of styles, making them one of the most-worn items in your wardrobe. We look at the history and the future of the timeless trouser.     Trousers can be credited to inventor and entrepreneur Jacob W. Davis who coined the term […]

Culinary Hot Property

With mums and dads managing work schedules, school runs, daily activities and then homework, busy households today are always looking for ways to cut back on time spent in the kitchen which still offer a nutritious meal for the entire family.     From ordering groceries online to meal delivery services that take the time […]

Autumnal Auburn

Dug deep from within the earth, natural pigments like ochre and terracotta, sourced from clays and volcanic rocks, have been used by artists all over the world for generations.     This year we’re expecting to see a rich, authentic colour palette of terracotta, umber and spiced reds coming through in homewares, creating warm and […]

Mid-century Magic

Mid-century décor is attractive, versatile and has staying power, with a classic shape and style that is timeless in its appeal.     When it came to deciding on designs for my recent flat renovation, I found myself overwhelmed with modern concepts and styles that didn’t truly reflect who I was. With a busy household […]

Basket Case

Basket Case

Where would we be without baskets? Used since ancient times to carry water, store household items and keep food dry, not much has changed as we continue to see the intrinsic value of baskets in our day to day lives.   As we increasingly seek alternatives to plastic, baskets boast that eco-luxury appeal and savvy […]

Skirting the rules

Skirting the rules

Originally part of both the male and female ensemble, skirts of all lengths, patterns and prints now help to define the form of fashion and create wardrobe continuity throughout every season.     Broomstick, flare, mini, pleated, maxi, A-Line and tutus are just a few of the stylishy defined variations offered up by the sartorial […]