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In your beach bag


A day (or longer) at the beach, lake, bush and pool is a Kiwi summer ritual. As such, our beauty rituals must change to incorporate products and practices which protect and nourish our summer skin. Here’s Metropol’s round up of products to include in your beach bag this sunshine season.

 

 

 

SUPER SUNSCREEN
Obviously. But investing in the growing breed of modern facial sunscreens can have added skincare benefits. Australian brand Ultra Violette is getting some serious attention for its hardworking SPFs which not only protect from UVA and UVB, but also hydrate and can even act as the perfect primer under your makeup.

A RITZY SPRITZ
Cool down with a cool facial mist. Preferably, one which packs a punchy list of ingredients to not only refresh, but hydrate and even give a little glow. Cult brands like Tatcha, Olay, Glossier and Kiehl’s all have options which come highly recommended. One spritz and you’re transported straight to the spa.

GET LIPPY
Nourish and protect those kissers with a reliable lip balm to stave off chapping and keep things plump and luscious. Options abound from every brand under the sun (ha), but you needn’t necessarily splash on this summer staple. You’ll get change from a tenner with Lucas Papaw Ointment and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.


 

Sparkle season


All that glitters is not gold – but it could well be some embellished holiday beauty. The party season is nothing if not an excuse to have some fun, makeup included. Glitter and sparkles have had a makeup moment in a year that needed some brightening up, so we’ve compiled three ways you can trial the trend this holiday season.

 

EMBELLISHED EYES
Take a leaf out of London Fashion Week’s book and try some stick-on gems or foil to accompany or replace eye shadow. The March shows saw model after model embellished with the materials. Makeup artist Deja Smith told Bustle gold foil is an emerging trend, and can be achieved with gold leaf purchased from a craft store.

GLITTER BOMBSHELL
Forget individual flecks of the sparkly stuff and use a glitter gel pencil or shadow to add a literal glint to your eyelids. If statement shades are not for you, more subtle holographic pigments can be found in neutral shades and with lower glitter ratios. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Liquid Diamond Bomb Glitter Highlighter comes highly recommended.

NAIL IT
If facial sparkle is a bit too out there, consider an iridescent manicure instead. Adorn your hands with some shimmering lacquer to bring some festive spirit to any outfit. Try a simple clear lacquer with added glitter, or the plethora of coloured options, too. To tone it down even more, add just one glittery feature nail to your DIY or salon set.


 

Face the freckles


You’re not imagining it, freckles have become a trending beauty look recently. While once these cute lil’ spots were covered, they are now showcased (and faux-cased) loud and proud. We all know these wee guys have a tendency to present themselves after some sun exposure – but please, don’t let your skin guard down in the name of freckle fashion. Instead, here’s expert tips on how to protect your freckle-prone skin this summer.

 

Sunscreen – This is a non-negotiable daily skincare product. Choose a UVA/UVB 50+ for everyday wear.

Niacinamide – A form of vitamin B3, this is a pigment inhibitor which helps to reduce the formation of pigment.

Vitamin C – Not only does vit C help to target pigment and increase light protection, it can also stimulate collagen and elastin and fight free radicals.


 

Summer staples


The Summer season calls for a total wardrobe shift. Think less layers and more sun-kissed skin, with SPF of course. With longer days and warmer temps we want to be ready for all the outdoor get-togethers and celebrations. So, we’ve curated our ultimate summer style inspiration to take you from afternoon to eve with ease.

Stunning separates which work hard alone, and together Juliette Hogan Farrar Pant and Zen Blouse

 

A day-to-night party dress Ruby Cruise Linen Bow Dress

 

Rose tinted glasses Karen Walker Afterglow Sunnies

 

A romantic summer scent Aesop Rōzu

 

Essential summer blues ReDone 70s Stove Pipe from Workshop

 

Non-negotiable block Skinnies Conquer SPF50+

 

Slightly heeled, majorly elegant St Agni Jiro Sandal

 

Understated bling Jasmine Sparrow Wave Earrings

 

A goes-with-everything statement skirt Auguste Maui Thompson Maxi Skirt

 

Day-to-night bag See by Chloe Tilda Braided Tote from Workshop

 

A throw-on white shirt Ganni Cotton Poplin Blouse from Workshop

 

Sustainable Style: Mini Moocher


It will always be on-trend to recycle your clothing – it adds a sense of sustainability to such a fast-paced and ever-changing market. Kelly Dobby of Mini Moocher agrees and thinks it’s great people are starting to understand the amount of clothing that goes to landfill.

 

 

The consignment-based store, in Addington, sells pre-loved goods on your behalf. Which means the hassle of listing, bargaining, and selling to a buyer is taken out of your hands.

Not to mention, the constant flow of recycled clothing means new garments are coming in every day and given a second chance on the runway of life.

When deciding what pieces are right for the store, Kelly believes, “some pieces of clothing are timeless.”

“I base my stock on what I know my customers will love and on the merits of each piece rather than the brand although I especially have a passion for New Zealand-designed and made clothing which is also abundant in the store.”

So, what’s trending this summer? “In-store the trends seem to be bright and colourful prints, summer dresses that are easy to wear matched with sneakers or dressed up for an event/evening occasion.”

Mini Moocher has moved into a fresh new store at 300b Lincoln Road.


 

Hat tricks


Protecting your precious skin from those harmful rays is an important, but not exclusive, benefit of a summer hat. There are serious sartorial gains to be had when adding headwear to your summertime style.

 

Seafolly Relaxo Hat *

 

While classic straw hats will always have a place in our hearts – and on our heads – this year, the popularity of bucket-inspired styles endures, and we’re enjoying the more mature interpretations like Seafolly’s Relaxo Hat (pictured). Here’s Metropol’s pick of summer hats which deserve a moment in the sun.

Marle Nonna Hat in Black Ivory

 

Avenue the Label Azzurra Black Sunhat

 

Seed Heritage Cutwork Visor

 

Lack of Color The Cove Hat

 

Karen Walker Wide Brim Sunhat

 

Marle Oma Hat in Tan Ivory

 

Image: Seafolly Australia
Model: Elyse Knowles Photographer: Nicole Bentley
Producer: Artboxblack
Hair: Sophie Roberts
Makeup: Peter Beard
Stylist: Emma Kalfus


 

Style insider


Canterbury’s Bridget Hope is behind beloved boutique Magpie Style, and her Cup Day look inspired our cover. She chats with Metropol about all things style.

 

PHOTOS NEIL GUSSEY

Magpie Style stylist and model, Marga Bastings, wearing hat by Seventh & Fig, outfit by Paula Ryan. Wardrobe Director, Bridget Hope in Neil Grigg hat and Trelise Cooper dress.

You looked incredible! Describe your raceday outfit – from hat to toe – and what inspired the look?
Thank you! Cup Week is such a wonderful opportunity to dress up, and this year was no exception! Dame Trelise Cooper made me my dress, and we were so happy with the results its been added to the Trelise Cooper holiday collection in two colours, which we will be selling in-store and online. My hat was designed by Sydney milliner, Neil Grigg, to match the dress.

You not only looked phenomenal at Cup Day, but you were a judge for the fashion competition at the New Zealand Cup Meeting on Saturday. In your opinion, what makes a winning race day outfit?
One word – effort. It’s about that perfect recipe of dress or separates, hats and accessories. I always admire the time, energy and often, money, people put into their race day fashion to achieve a polished look.

What trends or new looks did you see coming through this year, and why did those stand out for you?
Every year hats are getting bolder and bigger: Fascinators are now taking a back seat and almost look wimpy compared to the large hats and highly decorated headbands. I thought Covid-19 may see a quietening of race day fashion, but I think the reverse happened – everyone went all out!

When you’re not turning heads at the track, you’re running a fashion empire. Tell us about your business and your exciting new Rangiora store.
We run three businesses from our new location in High Street, Rangiora; Magpie Style fashion boutique, magpiestyle.co.nz and paularyan.com. I am so happy to be in Rangiora, it has been wonderful working from a smaller town, and the people are so welcoming.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is all about prints, I often complain that my own wardrobe has so much action and not enough quiet! I am a total magpie in that I love anything sparkly, bright and printed.

We’re at the start line of summer. What are some of the seasonal styles you’re observing, or predicting, we will see for summer 2020/2021?
I continue to be surprised as to how animal print continues its reign every year and this summer is no different, but with cheetah and right through into accessories and scarves as well. I am also seeing a lot of white coming through. A top to toe white look can be so fresh for the festive season.

As we mature, our tastes and personal preferences evolve, too, but there have long been conflicting stereotypes around women dressing “too young” or “too frumpy”. What is your advice for women to help them embrace new stages of life, without losing their style?
The only thing we really need to consider as we age is very short hemlines and cleavage. Other than that, I think women don’t need to be too worried about dressing their age. I have sold some of our most flamboyant looks to women over 70. It’s about having a level of confidence to own it and not apologise. Confidence when it comes to fashion is half the battle. If you have the confidence, I say own it!

What is your go-to style tip for anyone, whether they are already a fashionista or someone looking to evolve their wardrobe?
Buy the dress, but own the look!


 

Short story


Hyped as one of the biggest trends for summer and its flanking seasons, the boxy Bermuda short has certainly made its presence known in sartorial circles of late. From luxe linen and silk to more structured suiting and leather – these high waisted, lower thigh grazing numbers are flattering, multi-purpose trouser shorts to see you through summer, and beyond.

JAG

 

Trelise Cooper Back to Basics It’s A Leg Show Short
Hej Hej Oh Ni Hao Shorts in White

 

Oroton Leather Short in Deep Latte

 

Oroton Pin Tuck Detail Short in Rich Cocoa

 

Linen loves


No summer wardrobe would be complete without some linen. The heroic natural fibre breathes with you on hot summer days, making it the ideal companion for a trip to the beach, farmer’s market – or even a day at the office.

Seed Heritage Tiered Linen Dress.

 

Pandemic chic. Seed Heritage Face Mask

 

A crisp, yet floaty, white tee. Sara Lila Linen Top White

 

The ever flattering high-waisted, wide leg combo. Brigid McLaughlin Belted Mata Culotte

 

Micro floral patterns *chef’s kiss*. Ruby Bounty Linen Skirt

 

Tiered, floaty and fabulous. Trelise Cooper Linen and Waffles a Day in the Country Dress

 

Last minute outfit heroes


Cup Week is here and with the tail end of the week’s celebrations still in sight, we’ve rounded up our favourite last-minute pick to take you from brunch, to the track – and beyond. Not only are these accessories great for a day at the races, but reuse them for the myriad of summer events on the horizon.

 

Scarf-ing off. Mix it up with a chic and bold patterned head scarf for the ladies, or pocket square for the guys. Ruby Bounty Head Scarf. Working Style Toucan Pocket Square.

 

Bright and right. Nourish your skin between events with a nourishing face mask. La Muse Skin Repair Signature Mask.

 

Ear, ear! Pop on some eye-catching bling. Murkani Hope Earrings.

 

Hat trick. Textured headwear instantly glamourises any outfit – hats for the men, and floral fascinators, puffy headbands and bejewelled hair clips for the gals. Brixton Messer Fedora

 

 

Lashings of style. Add some DIY glamour with stick on fake lashes. Ardell Lift Effect #743

 

 

Eye see you. No outdoor outfit is complete without a slick pair of shades – or choose something fun and funky. Coveteur X Karen Walker Blessed Caramel Marble. Garrett Leight Kinney Sun.