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The ‘I’ dos & don’ts: Via Sollertia

If you’re thinking about popping, or hinting at, the big question, the first step is the engagement ring. Via Sollertia’s Phil Vicray talks to us about the dos and don’ts of engagement ring shopping.



Don’t: Order online from untrustworthy websites.

Do: Visit stores, like Via Sollertia, where you can physically see and try on the rings.

Don’t: Bring a big group of friends when making the final decisions around the style and shape. Too many opinions can sometimes do more harm than good.

Do: Come with your partner or a loved one who knows you well. A sense of support is always nice.

Don’t: Assume that the shop is okay with you taking photos of the rings. Like wedding dress salons, the designers often put a lot of time and effort into them; the last thing they’ll want is potentially having their design copied.

Do: Show off your ring, once given permission; it’s certainly something worth showcasing to the world.


Great garments!

Located in the new shopping precinct of Rosemerryn Village at Lincoln is Belleza Boutique, a clothing store for women who are looking for something beautiful yet a little bit different.

Soya Concept shirt, available from Belleza Boutique


Owner Anna Green moved her business from its former Tai Tapu site (across the road from The Store) to its current site in 2018.

It’s testament to her discerning eye in sourcing wonderfully wearable garments that many of her Tai Tapu clientele have followed her to Rosemerryn.

Anna predominantly showcases Australian and New Zealand labels, with the occasional European label to fill in the gaps.

With sizes ranging from eight to 18 (larger New Zealand labels can be sourced, if needed), her overarching focus is on style – finding the garment that’s right for the body shape and personality of customers.

“There’s no pressure-selling here. It’s so important for women to feel happy and confident in the clothes they wear.”

Budgets are another thing Anna takes into consideration; accordingly, there’s a good representation of both ends of the price spectrum – from affordable daytime casual wear through to the dressy/eveningwear category.

From the outset with Belleza, Anna wanted women to walk into her boutique and feel there might be something there for them.

“I handpick all the merchandise; it’s very much a curated collection. The strong relationships I’ve built with my customers over the years have stemmed from that philosophy.”

Find Belleza Boutique on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive, Lincoln. Phone 03 925 9614, or follow online.


Hanmer’s shopping event: Hanmer Springs Fete

Hanmer Springs Fête is set to be North Canterbury’s newest and finest shopping event, so start planning your girl’s trip now!



Enjoy the stunning historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds as you peruse more than 130 carefully curated stalls from across New Zealand.

Get your Christmas shopping sorted with this incredible range of creators offering everything from homewares, plants and gifts to clothing for you and your little people. Then take a break from all that retail therapy and head to the Queen Mary Gin Lawn for some fabulous food, gin cocktails and the sweet beats of Christchurch’s own iconic Topia Duo!

Use this as the perfect excuse to take a day trip or even better, a weekend getaway to Hanmer Springs. This awesome little resort town has plenty to offer to take you right through the weekend – kick it off with this fabulous day of shopping, food and indulgence!

Head to for tickets and event information.




Westfield Riccarton

It’s all in the detail: Westfield Riccarton

The joy of race day fashion should begin before elegantly shod feet meet verdant turf. The thrill of the chase for the perfect outfit must contain exhilaration swiftly followed by gratification and be stress free.


Westfield Riccarton


Westfield Riccarton is destination celebration, where you could assemble your dream outfit within your lunch hour, leaving time to raise a triumphant glass of bubbles, or a flat white to your successful quest. Your outfit, beauty, grooming and picnic shopping list items are assembled under one roof, with free parking at the door. Price points suit a wide range of budgets and there are three in-house stylists if you are seeking advice.

Stylist Stephanie Rumble says the best approach for a totally pulled together look is to choose one item around which your outfit gels. Much of the time it will be a main item of apparel: the dress, jacket, skirt or playsuit, but it can be every bit as effective to use an accessory as your starting point. For example, the black flowered bag (pictured) contains white, red, yellow and green, and Stephanie says any one of these colours could become the focal point of the outfit. The on-trend round sunglasses embellished with pearls (pictured) could offset a classic outfit in creams, whites, pale pink or pale yellow, with pearl jewellery. The little details connect your look, but avoid too matchy-matchy as it can remove the verve from a great outfit in an instant.


Westfield Riccarton



Make the most of race days as an opportunity to wear colours that might feel too frivolous or unsuitable for work days, plus a rainbow riot of colour always adds to the party atmosphere. Head to toe black can be too sombre for the pleasures of the day, but can be stunning blended with white – if used in unexpected ways. Stephanie notes that colour combining is a clever way to dress, and usually wins points with both official and unofficial fashion judges. However, if you want to colour combine in unusual ways, you need to understand how to do it or seek advice to make it work.


Westfield Riccarton


Key trends are jump suits, often with wide legs and there are many styles and price points at Westfield Riccarton, scarves à la Audrey Hepburn are huge, as are statement sunglasses. Sleeves are still a focal point in puffed, frilled, or exposed cuts, while violets, indigos, and purples dominate the spectrum, and excitingly, shoes are available in any colour you can dream.
Stephanie says race day fashion always follows the doctrine of decorum.


Westfield Riccarton


If ‘elegance is refusal’, today is the day to refuse to flash the flesh and consider hem and necklines carefully. Obviously, the stylish don’t end up barefoot, so your shoes need to have ‘legs’ to see you through the day, plus the ability to adapt to the temperature with layers is a sign of the soignée.


Maddie Traditional Fascinator from Forever New, Declan Sandal in pink from Mi Piaci, Miu Miu Pearl Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, Lila Circle Bag in Monochrome Floral from Forever New.