for the love of local
Waste-saving vege soup
+ beetroot brownie & beef rendang RECIPES
It’s what’s on the inside
How to master the
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A tale of two cafés
Why one took four days,
the other seven years
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THE COLOMBO BOOKSTORE
The latest store to open at The Colombo
is their Independent bookstore. It is
absolutely worth popping in and signing
up to the book club to attend all the up
and coming events this season.
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The Colombo’s European influenced Foodhall was the first of its kind in
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From a selected amount of food offerings and perfect stall to table ratio, The
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A note to you
Have you looked up and suddenly found yourself in August?
You’re not alone. I’m feeling as though the lockdown
slowdown has passed and a ground-rush type of existence has
taken back its place.
A friend and I were talking about the underappreciation of
‘mental load’, despite its ongoing effects. We seem to more
easily accept that someone is tired or less enthusiastic when it’s
the result of physical exertion, yet a frenetic mind will have you
run down in no time. The pressure of organising a household
and/or caring for dependents is part of the mental load – and
you haven’t even left the house yet. Add to that the pressures
of work and it’s little wonder you can find yourself with little left
in the tank at the end of the week.
With Style, we offer you a moment to pause. It might seem
a frivolous notion in such turbulent times – and, of course,
everyone is going through their own challenges – but only you
can care for yourself, no matter what else is going on. Dip your
toes into our wellbeing section, discover what you could be
reading, and see what we’re watching. Give your brain some
time to unwind and reset.
If lockdown taught us anything, it was the value of slowing
down. So, let us help you, in Style.
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Things that have caught
98 WIN WITH STYLE
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21 CAFÉ CULTURE
The stories behind two very
28 STILL LIFE GOES ON
Part two: artist Gill Hay
35 MAKE IT YOUR OWN
How to master those interior
looks you love
41 RIGHT FIRST TIME
The Robinsons’ dream home and
what you can learn from them
49 SMALL ON SPACE?
Entertaining goals for outside
55 BEYOND THE HYPE
Which plants you actually want
in your house
60 SAVE NOW OR PAY
Stylish side table options to suit
your bank balance
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62 FAIRYTALE FASHION
Own your character
66 FOR THE FRILL OF IT
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70 HUMAN EXPERIMENTS
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72 GLOW ON
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86 PUT YOURSELF FIRST
Ways to winter wellness
Tips to help ease the mind
92 FIVE COMMON QUESTIONS
Shining the light on endometriosis
75 SOUTHERN DELIGHTS
Why Dunedin has you sorted
80 VIEWS AND HITS
On the home screen
82 THE BOOK NOOK
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92 WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
Vege soup from odds and sods
94 SWEET TREAT
Beetroot, chocolate and ginger brownie
96 BE-GIN-NER’S LUCK
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The perfect pick-me-up, Untouched World
Kitchen’s gluten-free and vegan Protein
Power Balls are drizzled with chocolate
and packed with delicious dates and nuts.
Designer Jamie Richards is very excited to have opened a new studio
in Clyde. Her bridal and tailoring boutique, Margaret Wray, can now
be found on Holloway Street. A destination for bespoke evening
attire to boot.
The world’s largest volksfest might have been cancelled in Munich,
but you can still go to Oktoberfest in Lincoln. The new eatery and
bar (9/4 Eastfield Drive) is owned by German-born and trained
chef Jan Fryczewski, who is set to ensure Christchurch gets its hit of
Mid-week movie night
The last three movies in the Ghostlight Film Series will see What
We Do in the Shadows, Fight Club and The Greatest Showman
screening at the Isaac Theatre Royal on the first three Wednesdays
this month. A great cure for hump-day-itis.
Cooking up a storm is all the more
appealing in rose gold, don’t you think?
Kenwood has released a
limited-edition metallic kMix
range, which really does
make baking look good.
The little cinema that can
Catching a movie at Lincoln’s Apollo Cinema (17 West Belt) has
been on the to-do list for quite some time. A friend’s birthday
finally saw me arrive with pre-booked ticket on phone at the
15-seat theatre, which is part of The Laboratory (restaurant, bar
and brewery). Behind the ‘ticket holders only’ door, I discovered
the plush seats and warm environs where movie-goers watch
a curated collection of flicks. For my party, it was A Bump Along
the Way – a comedy/drama, set in Northern Ireland, about what
happens when an immature 44-year-old single mum ends up
pregnant after a one-night stand! Grab a drink at the bar and
take it and a Kapiti ice cream cone across the cobble stones with
you. There’s no popcorn, but with the likes of hot chips or an
antipasto board on the cinema menu, there are plenty of treats
to top off a great night out. – Kate Preece
Okay, so this year – this most unusual of
years – it’s all about home.
Staying home, enjoying your very own
backyard or that beautiful expanse we
know as our entire countryside here in New
Holidays, breaks, refreshers, little weekends
away are all to be enjoyed within our own
boundaries and borders.
Unlike other years, it’s about discovering
or rediscovering what many Kiwis take for
granted. Large, green open spaces, public
galleries and museums (that unlike those
in many cities around the world are free to
visit), and rivers, lakes and mountains within
driving distance for most.
I can vividly remember being on a European
trip with my family when the guide asked
where we came from. After listening to our
response, a long pause occurred, then a
rather loud, disapproving Gaelic sniff. “Noo
Zeeland, zee end of zee earth.” And at the
time I thought it was, having taken 30 hours
to arrive at our destination, but today that
very isolation feels like a blessing. It’s easy
to see why so many are also taking time
to reinvest some love and attention in
their own properties due to staying home
rather than traveling, and businesses such
as landscapers, renovation builders and
interior designers are seeing the benefits of
If a staycation is currently on your radar and
you want to take the time to focus on your
own home, here are some options that
might give you some satisfaction, add value
… or both.
Nail that garage first. Get rid of all the stuff
that’s broken, outdated or no longer useful.
If it’s still functional but of no use to you, give
it away, recycle or dispose of it in a method
that’s environmentally mindful, if possible.
I personally use the garage as a bit of a
dumping ground, much to the frustration
of my husband, but I also love the feeling of
nailing an area that’s long needed a tidy-up.
Once you’ve done that, move inside and see
if you can improve your surroundings and
wellbeing by editing some of the stuff that
fills your space.
With these two areas decluttered, let’s go for
some interior changes.
Move furniture, move art, have some fun and
enjoy the changes.
Edit, and what you don’t edit, use. Nothing
needs to occupy a precious space where
items are relegated as being ‘just for good’.
Use everything you have, no matter its value
or composition, and have fun.
Your family space should convey a feeling of
warmth, wellbeing and welcome.
During the lockdown period, I remember
watching people in Spain and thinking, what
must it be like not being permitted to go
This is where so many of us are fortunate.
No matter your home’s size, your property
address, whether you’re in a large residence
or a compact unit, try to make the most of
the outdoors. Your outdoors. Follow the
sun (if there is any!) and give thanks that
although we might not be able to travel the
world, you’d travel the world to find what we
have in our own backyard.
It seems that not only myself but others have
had a chance to stop chasing everything that
appears greener somewhere else, instead
appreciating what’s been in front of our
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How to set your iPhone
to turn off automatically
after 30 minutes of
On your Clock app, set your
timer to your preferred timeframe
and instead of choosing a
cheesy tune to chirrup
when the time is up, set
‘When Timer Ends’ to
Winter by the water
Whether it’s one of those blissful
sunny surprise days or a chilly
number, your spirits will be lifted
by pan-seared Chatham Island blue
cod. This tasty treat will have you
considering life as a pescetarian.
Sample the goods for yourself
at Fisherman’s Wharf (Norwich
Quay, Lyttelton), where they
dish it up with herb and garlic
roasted potatoes, steamed
seasonable vegetables and a
drizzle of herb butter.
In the wings
October will see Smiths City reimagined in The Colombo. Under
new ownership, the store is expected to showcase the company’s
fresh developments with a concept store feel. Electronics, whiteware,
TV and audio, beds, camping gear and more will soon be found where
Spotlight once was.
Clean up for good
Support the Starship Foundation
by adding a fresh tea towel to
the drawer. For the past 10 years,
cancer survivor Ruby Seeto has
created a new design for this
annual fundraiser, which sees $6
of every sale go to projects that
improve the facilities at Starship
Hospital. The ‘Starship Spritzer’
design is the 10th to be sold
through Wallace Cotton.
Still a little miffed that not all plastic goes in the yellow bin? A free way
to get certain brands away from landfill is to check out your options
with TerraCycle. Whether it’s The Collective Suckies or Glad bag
and clingfilm products, sign up and you’ll receive free postage labels to
send boxloads off to be recycled. terracycle.com/en-NZ
A running and walking series kicks off in August from Homestead Bay
in Queenstown. There are 5km and 10km events every month until
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His and hers
Freshen up ahead
of the new season
with a shopping date
at The Colombo.
perusing the likes
of Annah Stretton,
the Collective and
can deck himself
out at Stencil and
Back to Vogue’s cover of
August 1923. We were
apparently very fond of
looking rather demure
while wearing a rather
fetching pink shawl and
plaid dress. This edition
was on New Ideas for
flower arranging on
mantlepieces was very in.
Sweet beer, bro
Moa and Lewis Road Creamery have combined their awesome
powers to deliver you a significant stout. The Salted Caramel
Chocolate Stout is doing the rounds, following up on the tasty
success of the sweet chocolate combos that have gone before it.
With caramel qualities and a smidge of Marlborough sea salt to boot,
sneak a glass in while winter provides a chilly excuse.
August dates to note – or not
5 National Work Like a Dog Day
7 International Beer Day
9 National Book Lovers Day
10 National Lazy Day
13 International Left-handers Day
13 National Prosecco Day
21 Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
25 National Kiss and Make Up Day
28 National Red Wine Day
28 Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
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Designing a café takes careful consideration. For some, the visions
could take an intensive four-day blitz to create; for others,
the transformation could take seven and a half years.
Words Shelley Robinson
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Aimee and Samuel Nimmo recreated an existing inner city café in four days; Dried flower arrangments
add to the beach vibe at Ally & Sid; Storybook perfection at a café and restaurant tucked away in Springston.
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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A white interior showcases thoughtful
trinkets and floral arrangements; The mural has proved to be an
Instagram hit; Wicker chairs and natural materials add to the chilled
It is a dingy overcast day, where winter has definitely
come out to play. The Montreal Street area by
Moorhouse Avenue is ramping up with the flow of
trucks and cars. But on Walker Street, just around the
corner, there is a curious aberration.
Meet Ally & Sid: the café recreated in just four days.
And it is like a little light beacon, brightening the street
from what used to be a rubber moulding factory.
Samuel and Aimee Nimmo took over the lease for
the café, which was formerly the Anchorage and then
the Park Ranger, on a Friday in November last year.
That left four days to turn it from a darkened café
with walls, floors and tables coloured black, into their
vision of a light, beach-inspired café.
“We spent all day and night with our church friends,
painting to 3am. Building counters, chopping up tables.
We were honestly exhausted, it was crazy,” says
He felt his first inkling of dismay on Monday night
when he looked around and saw there was much still to
be painted, including the floor.
“If we don’t get this done, we’re not going to be able
to open. So we put the message out [on social media]
and literally within half an hour, 20 people had shown
up,” he says.
His father, Lachlan Nimmo, a builder by trade, made
smart work of a large black banquet table running
through the length of the café, chopping it into smaller
tables within 20 minutes.
“I’ve never seen anyone work so hard,” says Samuel
with a smile.
It was the same for Aimee’s father, Danny Steel, a
painter, who attacked the walls with his spray gun.
The tables and benches were all stripped back: the
tables to their raw beginnings, and the benches coated
in white paint with a shabby chic look. Just a hint of
the black peeks through in the in-between spaces, a
reminder that these tables carry with them a history.
The walls were painted a shade of white, as were
the bookcase structures over the counters, where pot
plants and keepsakes now reside.
A softness is added through the peach-coloured
feature wall at the back, but it is the mural on the white
brick wall by the entrance that suddenly became a hit,
appearing in Instagram feeds. Hues of peach in almost
wave shapes cascade over themselves in the mural.
“Our friend Saskia [Hoekendijk] had a dream. In the
dream she saw a pink wall in our café, because we
already had the apricotty colours going on. We said
sweet, let’s do it,” says Samuel.
“Once we did that, honestly it blew up on Instagram.
Every person that came in was getting photos in front
of it. We were stoked,” says Samuel.
The garage door, which once saw customers roaring
into the rubber moulding factory, now adds just
the perfect touch to the café, where you imagine in
summer it is thrown open so the café chatter and vibes
continue into the street.
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The neon sign was used at Aimee and Samuel’s wedding and inspired
the café’s name.
With the colours and paint in place, it was time for Aimee, or
“design genius” as Samuel likes to call her, to come in with her
subtle touch to add in a distinct beach vibe with the décor.
An area with wicker seats, a wooden table and a rug makes
you feel as though this café could be happily ensconced on
any beach location. Above the couch is an A+S neon sign that
doesn’t detract but somehow seems to enhance the space.
Perhaps it is because it is from Aimee and Samuel’s wedding.
It sat on the reception table, and the couple wanted to reuse it
in the café. Which is how the name came about.
“We said, ‘How can we come up
with a name that works with it?’ It was
random, but it works,” says Samuel.
He’s right. The name itself has that
youthful and chilled exuberance that
sticks out on the industrial street.
The look is signed off with a beautiful
arrangement from the Dried Flower
But make no mistake: although
the vibe is chilled, Samuel’s approach
to coffee is not. He is a true barista
captivated by coffee, which means you
are guaranteed a true brew.
He grins and laughs when asked if
he has a signature coffee. The short
answer is yes, but, as it’s a bit of
convoluted process to make, it’s only
made for his special customers. Our lips
It’s late afternoon now and heading
into the weekend. The lawyers, doctors,
car salespeople and office workers that
are their customers will swap out for
families and friends.
And so, the story has just begun for
this haven settled amidst an industrial
area, and created in just four days.
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You won’t find a coffee machine at Sue Gidden’s café
and restaurant tucked away in the countryside. Though
it raised a few eyebrows and her family tried to talk her out
of it, Sue knew what she wanted to create in her foodie
Springston sanctuary: a place where people could sit and let
their senses be charmed. And there was certainly no place
for a rude machine spouting steam and disrupting that peace.
“I do live by my own rules,” she laughs. But that is why
her café, Memorys, works so well: because she doesn’t
conform to what ‘ought’ to be in eateries.
And yes, you can still get a cup of coffee, but Sue wants
to make sure you only get the best. That means beautiful
French press and drip coffee, created from what she
considers to be the finest beans. She pays a bit extra to
make sure it is so. Because for this creator and collector of
memories, every person must depart with a little bit of that
special magic she has created in her Springston sanctuary.
Sue has always found beauty in what people no longer
want; a “magpie”, she grins.
And that is no more so than when she and her husband
Chris stumbled upon an overgrown property in Springston
12 years ago.
“The poor land agent was ready to shoot the gap. But we
promised we wouldn’t be long. We walked in through the
Labour of love
back entrance and there was an accumulation of debris. We
did a wander and the brains started whirring. We looked at
each other and said, ‘Bugger’.”
The property had snared its way into their hearts. Fortyfive
years earlier Sue had worked in hospitality and had
wanted to open her own place. But with family and life,
the timing just wasn’t right. But it looks like this property
was winking at them, telling them that now was the time.
Though they gave it a good nudge to convince themselves
“I suppose most people would say, ‘Walk away, don’t be
stupid.’ We went back four times to convince ourselves not
to take the step, but each time we felt more enthusiastic,”
She chuckles when she remembers the reactions of their
three daughters as they looked at the property.
“They stood with their mouths open,” she says.
It took seven and a half years for Sue and Chris to clear,
gut and renovate the property. Sue at the time was working
as a homestay coordinator at Lincoln High School, while
Chris was an engineer.
The property was a plant nursery and had a house and
three concrete block structures, two of which Sue suspects
were potting sheds. The third had a small kitchenette, toilet
ABOVE: Sue Gidden’s Springston café, Memorys, was created over 12 years. OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Thoughtful mementos
add to the traditional style of the restaurant; The Boardroom’s private dining caters for 6–12 people; The Gallery Room is rich with
wooden interiors; There are all sorts of thoughtful details; Sue cooks “food from the heart to feed the soul”.
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and bathroom; likely, former staff amenities. And so
once the paperwork had been signed, Sue and Chris
got on with the job of creating the café and restaurant
they had so often dreamed about.
The staff amenities building was to be the restaurant:
stripped back to its bones, insulated, plastered and
completed with textured paint on the walls. The ceiling
was lined with recycled rimu.
Walking into it is like walking into the handsome
pages of a leather-bound storybook. Beautiful wooden
interiors, with thoughtful little trinkets, weave together.
“I didn’t want any commercial-type furniture in there.
After the [Canterbury] earthquakes [September 2010,
February 2011] people who had lost their homes were
going into new ones and decided they didn’t want their
old furniture, so I just gave it a new home,” she says.
Some she managed to save just as a bulldozer was
about to flatten them. Because for her, it is a terrible
thing to see good furniture come to a sad demise.
Walk through the restaurant and into the courtyard
and gardens and it is difficult to think it was once a
potholed, overgrown jungle. You’ll walk on the 15,000
recycled bricks laid by Sue and Chris, while in Sue’s
“pop it in” garden (called so because of her approach
to gardening) you’ll find memories of the couples’
walks and weekend trips – like the daisies grown from
a cutting taken during a walk in Diamond Harbour.
In spring, the courtyard will be dusted with blossoms,
while in autumn it’s a haven for a golden mix of leaves.
Across the courtyard, the two potting sheds have
been transformed into elegant rooms, where intimate
dinners of 6–12 people can be held.
The Gallery Room is Chris’s wish of a tin shed come
to life, with recycled corrugated iron as the cladding
while it’s lined with recycled rimu. Charming leather
couches, animal skin rugs and memorabilia create an
almost hunting lodge feel.
“You can go in there, take your coffee and just sit.
Like yesterday, I just opened the doors and the sun
streamed in. People who go in there are inclined to sit
there all day and don’t want to leave,” Sue chuckles.
It has an old coal range, butter churn and a rather
interesting looking “slasher” in the rafters: a gorse
“My father-in-law as a teenager used to cut back
10 miles of gorse hedge around Tai Tapu with that,”
The second potting shed is now the Boardroom and
also lined with recycled rimu. It has a charming fireplace,
the sort you seldom see these days, and a dining table,
etched with the memories of family and friends laughing
and chatting while feasting on Sue’s fare.
It is not a “bums on seats place” where your table is
keenly eyed-up by the wait staff. Sue won’t be having any
of that. And she’ll cook for you with the same passion
and love she cooks for her own family and friends.
Though the menu changes fortnightly, you could feast
on such things as a yoga bowl, with warmed dahl on
a bed of spinach, roasted vegetables, mango chutney,
yoghurt and chapati pieces. Or perhaps you might try
an Italian pasta filled with pumpkin, served with a brown
butter Portobello sauce, pesto, pancetta and pecorino
cheese. Or maybe baked brie with shaved truffle and
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cheese, preserved figs and m nuka smoked bacon is
more your style?
When first starting out, Sue admits she was nervous
and thought she ought to follow trends. But she
squared up her shoulders, reminded herself she doesn’t
like conforming, and cooked “food from the heart to
feed the soul”.
Likewise, Sue refuses to be seduced by other
wineries trying to woo her because she considers
Burnham’s Straight 8 Estate to be just the ticket.
“I wouldn’t change the wine for anything. They are
a small boutique winery; we complement each other,”
And so if the city has been chasing at your feet, seek
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28 Style | Art
Still life in lockdown
In the final part of this exhibition series,
Ady Shannon speaks to Gill Hay about what emerged
on her canvas during lockdown.
Artist Gill Hay works from a studio in her home
overlooking Lyttelton Harbour. Large wooden easels
are poised to take in the views of the working port, the
sea and the landscape beyond. Inevitably, her work spreads
throughout her home. The spare bedroom acts as a drying
room for wet canvases, and brushes soak in turps on the
kitchen bench. Her tools of the trade – canvases, paint pots,
oil tubes and brushes – contribute to a colourful interior
along with a sizeable collection of art and sculpture. Pieces
of her own hang alongside the work of other New Zealand
artists, many from Banks Peninsula. As a founding member
of the crew responsible for Sculpture on the Peninsula and
the event organiser of the biennial event, Gill is an artist
immersed in her passion.
Lockdown provided a rare opportunity for the usually
busy artist-in-residence to focus on her work, with few
“It was a luxury to have uninterrupted time like that for
me,” Gill says, almost apologetically.
When the Prime Minister announced the Level 4
alert status was imminent, while many converged on
supermarkets to stockpile toilet paper, Gill headed to an art
supply depot to source canvases. The run on those outlets
was as frantic as the run on supermarkets.
“I went in to The Drawing Room on the afternoon of
the Monday Level 4 was announced and there was hardly
anything left on the shelves. Usually I plan the canvas sizes I
want to purchase in advance. That day I just decided to get
a few blank canvases and see what happens.”
She purchased six canvases in varying sizes and over the
course of lockdown, spent a good part of each day working
to fill the blank space.
She admits, “Not everything was successful, but that is
normal. It’s a case of working things out as you go.”
There is the possibility of swiping a canvas with turps
when the paint doesn’t produce the desired effect, but as
Gill says, “There is some scope for reinventing a canvas but
there is something about a new and fresh canvas that you
only get once.”
In response to the Covid-19-inspired situation, this body
of work has been inspired by the work of the still life Dutch
masters, creating compositions with the objects at hand.
ABOVE: Artillery Shell Vase with Violets, oil on canvas, by Gill Hay.
Style | Art 29
Painting Red Delicious on an easel in the Lyttelton studio.
“During lockdown life was quite still,
so I tied my work in with the lifestyle
I was experiencing. Lockdown provided
a unique chance to focus on something
and not be distracted or disturbed by
life or visitors. My dog was my constant
companion during the time in isolation.
She lay on the couch and watched
me paint. I felt her scrutiny, but she
“During lockdown life was quite still, so I tied
my work in with the lifestyle I was experiencing.
Lockdown provided a unique chance to focus on
something and not be distracted or disturbed by
life or visitors. My dog was my constant companion
during the time in isolation. She lay on the couch and
watched me paint. I felt her scrutiny, but she doesn’t
criticise,” she says.
Gill, a co-director of NZ Artbroker, was surprised
by the level of interest in the artworks on their
website during the lockdown period.
“We had a record number of views and sold
several works, including one to a buyer in Ireland and
another to a buyer in Australia. Our sales have hardly
been affected. In fact, they may be slightly up on this
time last year.”
She attributes the surge in sales to the impact of the
lockdown and people having more time to spend on
“People cancelling trips were probably wanting to
buy something special to compensate. As an online
business we were able to maintain the site and put
up new works created as a response to the unique
situation,” she says.
Gill is optimistic the situation for New Zealand
artists going forward will be positive.
“Art is a luxury item and many people in that
market have not been affected by the economic
outfall. The government has put a lot of money into
the arts. Once that is allocated, we will see some
interesting work based on a time when people really
had time to think. In New Zealand, many artists have
work space and studios based in their homes and they
were able to continue to work. In Europe and the UK
space is limited, so they are not as fortunate.”
The exhibition featuring work
from Anna Dalzell, Gill Hay and Alison Erikson
will be held at NZ Artbroker Gallery,
241 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch,
7–22 November, 2020.
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30 Style | Promotion
Style starts in the showroom
Frobisher National Retail Manager Jessica Beavon gives us
behind-the-scenes intel as to how showroom pieces come together.
How do you select pieces for your
This is certainly the most enjoyable
part of my job. In this day and age
we are spoilt for choice in just about
everything from fashion to furniture.
But there is a lot to take into
consideration. For example, does this
piece of furniture have a story? From
where is it sourced? What inspired
them to design this? Is it sustainable?
Will our clients love it or hate it? Am
I pushing the boundaries a little too
much? I take all this and much more
into consideration when selecting the
perfect piece for our Christchurch and
What are your favourite items in the
showroom right now?
Because I hand-pick the items, it is
particularly hard for me to have one
favourite piece. For its functionality,
design and comfort, I must say that
I love the new Hulsta 414 sofa
designed by Hoffmann-Kahleyss,
made in Germany. The new sofa
‘wraps around’ people sitting on it
in a uniquely soft and wonderful
way. Plus, the look matches its
style: a sophisticated lounge sofa
featuring upholstered units that can
be combined in many different ways.
For its unique style and individuality,
I love the Casey Credenza chest by
Maison 55. It is crafted from a steel
cantilevered ‘L’ base in an oiled bronze
finish. A dry, open-grain grey oak case
surrounds the solid walnut drawer
fronts, each featuring a handsome
geometric diamond pattern.
How does a showroom bring a
different experience to a client than
simply looking online?
As consumers, we bounce between
stores, desktops and mobile devices.
The main difference here is the
human interaction; the one-on-one
conversation about a piece you are
interested in. But most importantly,
Image: Olivia Woodward Photography
it enables the customer to be able
to see and feel the materials. The
showroom features products in room
settings, which helps clients who find it
difficult to visualise these pieces in-situ.
We have the flexibility to change this
around for our customers so they can
see a piece in a different setting.
For someone who is looking for
individuality, what would you
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areas that won’t cramp your
Open-plan homes have become the
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can end up being wasted. Put a stop to that
with some cunning tactics that utilise every
inch. With a clever use of colour, texture
and furniture you can improve functionality
and not clutter up your home.
Take a seat
Modular seating is ideal for allowing spaces in an
open-plan living area to do double duty. An L-shaped
sofa will define your main relaxation area and you
could reconfigure additional modules with some easily
moved chairs to form a separate conversation zone,
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from A to B.
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The book nook
How about turning that disused corner in your central
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a neutral colour scheme by painting the walls in a
contemplative counterpart, such as perennial favourite
Resene Quarter Duck Egg Blue, calm-and-misty green
Resene Pale Leaf or dusty umber Resene Soothe.
Cosy textiles such as linen cushions, or a woollen
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design from the Resene Wallpaper Collection to
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Storage can be at a premium in open-plan homes.
Remedy the issue in a generous master bedroom by
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Business and pleasure
A study nook neatly housed in your living area is a
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Style | Interiors 35
Interior designer Michelle Laming explores the relationship
between colour and style.
36 Style | Interiors
he meshing together of –
at times opposing – trends
has seen a beautiful cohesion
emerge in interior design.
It is simple to recreate
these looks, and you don’t
need to go big each time.
Often a thoughtful addition,
such as a wishbone-backed
chair with a linen throw, can
conjure the vibe. Or, simply
update the colour palette
because, where once styles
drove the colour, it is now
colour that leads the way.
Back to earth
The urge to reconnect to our natural
environment has influenced today’s colour
• Calibrate – explore and embrace
changes in a positive way. Tones
include soft coral and rose, with silver
and gold as an antidote.
• Balance – achieved with colours of sky,
sand, rose terracottas, smudgy neutrals
and, of course, everlasting green.
• Equilibrium – reflects what we see in
our natural environment, particularly in
the leafy green palette.
• Light – inspired by the ocean, with
vibrant and deep blues, and a whisper
of fragility in the lighter shades.
• Neutrals – celebrate that home is
truly where the heart is. A warm and
relaxed palette, from beige through
to a beautiful soft range of browns
with red undertones. Neutrals are
rich, soothing and provide a sense of
harmony within the home.
• Structurals – lead the way with black,
brown, dark grey and muddy/burnt
caramels to encase all other colours.
Style | Interiors 37
These colour palettes come to life in the latest interior trends.
A trend that combines the elegant
mix of Japanese minimalism and
Scandinavian simplicity. Think clean
lines with a subdued colour palette and
touches of wabi-sabi (imperfection) that
juxtapose the minimalist effect. Japandi
is centred on the acceptance of
transience and imperfection, sometimes
described as perfectly imperfect.
The minimalist look leaves space for
organic materials to breathe within the
discipline of these different styles.
Recreate this look in your home with
an organic linen throw on a wishbonebacked
chair or a natural wooden
hand-carved bowl on a Scandi marbletop
coffee table. This is about pairing
the beauty of craftsmanship with raw
materials and simple natural elements.
Imagine the seamless meshing of the
traditional with the modern, through a
marriage of youthful exuberance and
A very popular trend at the
moment, transitional furniture lines
are simple yet sophisticated, featuring
either straight lines or rounded profiles.
Think of an old villa with white internal
walls that are rich in architectural
features, such as cornices, ceiling roses
and Paris moulding.
Introduce this style with modern
pendants and a marble-top French
sideboard, a straight-armed sofa with a
white slipcover, and modern dark/jute
rugs. Cushions and other accessories
bring the old and the new together.
38 Style | Interiors
Hark back to the sophistication and
refinement of the early Hollywood
era. Luxe interiors are sometimes
more expensive because they can
include investment pieces, such as
furniture, art, mirrors or chandeliers.
Metallic elements in gold,
champagne or copper are a must,
as are curves, perhaps from sofas
or chairs. Over-sized pieces are to
be expected. This style sees large
art above a fireplace, big lamps and
arched mirrors with gilt frames,
velvets and sateens, and large
feather-filled leopard-print cushions
with the odd tassel.
Introduce a good splash of colour
on curved sofas, but keep the base in
a coloured neutral (like Paris Grey).
Style | Interiors 39
Image: Xavier Furniture
Yin and yang
For the first time in interior styling,
we have what is referred to as the
‘mirror’ or ‘yin and yang’ style: white
one side, black the other, but with
the same design structure within both
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grains on side tables, headboards and
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A sanctuary of light and
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St Albans saw owners Emma
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Words Shelley Robinson
Photos DJ Hewitt
42 Style | Architecture
It was the cedar panelling that got
Emma Robinson laughs as she
recalls the builders saying people were
pulling up in their vehicles to ask about
the colour of the cedar on the garage.
And it’s easy to see why. The stunning
tone of the cedar, especially when lit
up with the subtle outdoor lighting,
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Despite a two-year search, Emma
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After a stint in the United Kingdom,
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and have central heating, they
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would be snug. Instead of adapting
to what someone else had built, they
decided to tailor-make their home.
Feature wallpaper in the media room
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TOP: Emma and Logan wanted wood floors, but with two children who love to play
the scratch-proof laminate was a perfect compromise. ABOVE: The window seat
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“Daryl [Hewitt] came to visit us and
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which is what we needed because we were a
Emma was apprehensive about her own
design nous and initially veered towards
simple colours. But soon she had eye-catching
feature wallpaper in the media room and by
the entrance. And that was due to not only a
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“She took me around all the bathroom,
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And the result is a beautiful cohesion
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What the family wanted was a warm home
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Style | Architecture 43
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feature wallpaper from Nextdore.
HEATING: Central heating through
a hydraulic heat pump, with ducted
TOP: The cedar garage adds a beauty and warmth. MIDDLE: Beautiful wallpaper adds
an elegance to the entrance hall. BOTTOM: Gunmetal was preferred over chrome.
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MAKE SURE: “If you really want something,
don’t be afraid to speak up and voice it. If
you have the right team, they will advise you
on the pros and cons.”
CHALLENGE: The budget. “We were lucky
we had a builder who was meticulous in his
quotes from the get-go.”
FAVOURITE PLACE: The window seat with
a bookshelf by it. “Sunny, warm and we find
ourselves curled up reading books and the
cat joins us.”
CLEVER SOLUTION: “We wanted wooden
floors in the kitchen but knew they would
get ruined with two boys who love to play.
Nextdore showed us a product that looks
like wood and is water and scratch-proof. It
has been incredible and people are surprised
to learn it is a laminate.”
A glass shower maintains the feeling of space.
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GALLERY DE NOVO
From the ‘Travelling Men’ series,
Christchurch Man is an original
woodblock print featuring a
hand-carved map of the innercity
streets within a silhouette.
Created by Kiwi artist Michele
Bryant, others in the collection
feature Dunedin, Wellington,
Auckland, London, Paris and New
York. 66 x 125cm, $1250 framed.
LITTLE RIVER GALLERY
Nostalgia 1 is an original oil painting from
Nina Cook’s Frame of Mind exhibition. The
curated context of the k k riki, monarch,
ferns and flowers arranged within a
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Style and comfort combine
with luxurious natural fibres.
The Zen Sweater ($249) is
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Come and visit the
flower shop in the
heart of Merivale for
an individually created
bouquet of flowers or
that special gift. With
40 years of experience,
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vision become a floral
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Original designs incorporate
a wealth of beautiful semiprecious
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vermeil. Known for directional
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jeweller Joanna Salmond
creates pieces that are unique
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The brief was small, as was the area. Turning a backyard into
a haven of entertainment means crafty thinking.
Words Shelley Robinson
Photos Goom Landscapes
ABOVE: There was a lot to fit in a small space, but it was seamlessly done at this inner-city property.
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COMPLETED: November 2019
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND
BUILDERS: Goom Landscapes
SIZE: 8 x 7.5m
PLAN & BUILD TIME: Two months
BRIEF: Outdoor living; ‘wow factor’;
something that doesn’t block out the
light; low maintenance.
ELEMENTS: Spa pool, bar, cooking
area and structure for shelter.
PLANTINGS: Ligularia reniformis; Fairy
bamboo (Bambusa gracilis); Lomandra
‘Lime Tuff’; Jasmine (Jasminum sp.);
Camellia ’Fairy Blush’.
MATERIALS: Silencio louvre system;
barbecue black mosaic bench tiles
from Nextdore; purple heart decking;
Xtone Kala White bar and kitchen
benches from Stone & Tile Wholesale.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
The finished backyard, with
barbecue, spa pool and kitchen
area nestled comfortably together;
Planning and construction took
about two months; In spite of the
small space, there is plenty of room
to move around; The property
before the transformation.
spa pool, barbecue, kitchen area
A and a bar, all to fit into a rather snug
Landscape architect Emma Johnston
has been designing for more than 27
years, including in the Cayman Islands
and the United Kingdom, but even she
sucks in her breath, with a bit of a laugh,
when she recalls the project.
“It was a challenge, for sure. It is a
pretty tiny area and when he [the client]
started reeling off what he wanted to fit
in, that was my challenge,” she says.
But the end result is seamless. Cook
on the barbecue, while chatting to
people enjoying a few brews at the bar,
then clean up in the outdoor kitchen
without breaking up the party. The bar
table even has a gas burner in the middle
for warmth. Not too shabby indeed.
An intimate vibe is created from the
thoughtful use of planting and louvre
shutters; it is almost as though the busy
city streets outside the walls don’t exist.
Intricate planning was required for this
project. Emma started by tackling the
best place for the covered area. This was
not as easy as it may seem because the
structure could not block the flow of
light into the home.
“That’s why I left the middle bit open
and pushed all the covered area to
the outside. The sun still goes into the
house,” she says. “If you had done it
around the other way, it would have
blocked the sun.”
The shelter was created with a louvre
system. When the sun shines, they are
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open, and if the heavens decide to fall, a
simple press on a remote closes them back
to their rain-proof form.
Somehow, the area retains an illusion of
space. Though we marvel at the magicians
that landscape artists must surely be, it
comes down to using “every little bit of
space” in a thoughtful way, says Emma.
“All the posts of the overhead structure, I
needed them to belong somewhere. That’s
why they come into the bench wall so they
are not taking up valuable space in the deck.”
Cages are ready to capture the evergreen
plantings as they grow to ensure they don’t
encroach on the space.
Emma prefers a design and build approach
to her projects.
“When you have the same company doing
design and build, it helps deal with all the
challenges when they arise. The designer is
on-site the whole time and available for all
decisions to be made. When that doesn’t
happen it can be a bit disjointed.”
But there is nothing disjointed about this
space. It is the backyard for those who love
to host and proves you don’t need a huge
space to create an entertainment area. Just a
very crafty landscape architect.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The barbecue area fits seamlessly with the rest of the
outdoor dining area; The tiles on the barbecue are a standout feature; The plantings
have cages to help stop encroachment into the area when they are fully grown; Goom
Landscapes senior landscape architect Emma Johnston designed the space.
with Tim Goom
It probably seems like the best place to be at the
moment is hiding indoors in the warmth - especially
when it might appear there isn’t much happening in
the garden. If you’re wanting your garden to flourish,
take action now to ensure when growth erupts it’s
ready to handle it!
Roses should have been pruned by now- if not, don’t dally- sharpen
secateurs and get cracking! If you’ve procrastinated because you’re
worried you’ll get it wrong, just get stuck in. Roses are more robust
than you might think. Any dead or diseased stems need the chop!
Winter has plenty of pests and disease hiding amongst the leaf litter
so after pruning, give the canes and surrounding soil a good spray of
copper followed up two weeks later with spraying oil. Your herbaceous
perennials will have died back above ground so ensure you cut these
back to provide the best chance for spring growth. Under the ground,
the roots are alive and well and ready for action.
To ensure your plants are primed, make sure your composting and
mulching is up to speed. August is a great time to get your first dose
of slow release fertiliser on the ground and applying light mulch at the
base of your plants will add a layer of protection to keep moisture in
and frost out.
Tools & Safety
Your gardening tools are probably tucked away out of sight in the
garden shed. What better time to check them out, undertake any
repairs and ensure any blades are sharpened. Obviously one of the
most vital pieces of equipment during spring and summer is your
lawn mower. Having this serviced now will ensure it is primed for the
coming lawn growth explosion.
Safety first! It’s that time of the year when moss can get away on younot
just unsightly but also hazardous. A quick spray of Wet & Forget
will help keep things at bay and ensure visitors can make it to your front
door without running the gauntlet of a slippery path. Moss might be
attractive on a forest floor but not creeping over your paths!
In the throes of winter, relaxing outdoors on your deck probably seems
a way off- but preparing your deck for the warmer weather can start
now. Regularly removing debris and dirt is vital to keep your deck
looking great- even when not in use. For oiling, hold fire until Spring
when the weather is slightly warmer to maximise absorption.
Goom Landscapes is well known throughout Canterbury for its
Iconic Landscape design and quality construction- but we also have a
dedicated team available to keep your garden looking fantastic yearround.
Our team of gardening and maintenance experts are on hand to
breathe life back into tired hardscaping, overhaul your greenery or have
a good clear out before summer entertaining season.
Recently, Goom Landscapes welcomed Pete Pithcaithly
on board as Manager of our maintenance team. You
might recognise Pete from Colombus & Ware, where
I first met him hiring a suit for my first formal! Over the
years since, I learned he is a passionate gardener and
has an outstanding wealth of knowledge about all things
garden related. If you want advice on how to get the best out of the
garden you have, Pete can assist.
To talk to the experts in Landscape design, construction and
maintenance, call Goom Landscapes today.
The champions of
landscape design & build.
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DESIGN | MANAGE | CONSTRUCT
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To extend the al fresco dining season
and experience all-weather outdoor living,
Stratco has a range of options to suit your
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Let us create your perfect outdoor space.
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Ph: (03) 338 9063
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The indoor plant fad is back with gusto.
And in today’s modern environment, air-purifying
plants need to stick around.
Words Sue Witteman
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any fads come and go in the world of what’s fashionable,
and while some should never come back into our lives
– leg warmers, tight perms, yellow conifers – others should
always be in fashion. Into this category I place indoor plants
and, in particular, air-purifying plants.
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We live and work in houses and offices that are
constantly giving off chemicals, many of which are
really not good for us. And this is where we introduce
our cape-wearing heroes, the indoor plants, for they
can do something that borders on the miraculous
– transform those chemicals from nasty to harmless.
Worse still are hermetically sealed buildings, both
offices and homes, in which there is a lack of fresh air
blowing through. The air in the building can be more
polluted than the air outside.
Different plants absorb differing amounts of toxins,
and different plants deal with different toxins, so the
clever thing is to have a variety of plants to cover all
the toxic bases. Each person has a personal breathing
space of about 0.2 cubic metres and most people
occupy this space for long periods of time – when at
the computer, watching TV, sleeping – and by adding
a plant to this breathing zone you are not only
getting something pleasing to look at, you are getting
a biological system that will filter the nasties out of
your air – with very little input from you.
How many should I get?
To work out how many plants to use, aim for one
15cm plant for every 10sqm of home or office, or
15 to 18 plants for an area of 170sqm (which is the
average size of a Kiwi home).
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What plants to use
The answer is basically all plants, though there are some that will be more effective than others.
Also, the size of the plant will dictate its ability to do the job – bigger is better. The following is a selection of those
effective, readily available plants to begin your clean-air family:
• Peace lily
• Mother-in-law’s tongue – Sansevieria
• Flamingo flower – Anthurium
• Ivy – Hedera helix (surprisingly, this scores high in its
ability to remove toxins)
• Weeping fig – Ficus benjamina
• Rubber plant – Ficus robusta
• Dracaena sp.
• Boston fern – Nephrolepis exaltata
• Aloe vera
• Bamboo or reed palm – Chamaedorea seifrizii
• Dwarf date palm – Phoenix roebelenii
• Chinese evergreen – Aglaonema modestum
• Heartleaf philodendron – Philodendron scandens
• Spider plant – Chlorophytum comosum
• Broadleaf lady palm – Rhapis excelsa
• Devil’s ivy – Epipremnum aureum
• Kentia palm – Howea forsteriana
• Chrysanthemums – though last on this list, they
actually score up the top of the scale in terms of
air-filtering ability. Plant in the garden when flowering
has finished and buy more to put back inside.
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Add a slice of funk or sophistication with this range of unique leaf
patterns and colour variations.
Available at selected stores nationwide.
Visit www.gellerts.co.nz to find your nearest stockist
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BEFORE THE FAIRY
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OH SO PRIM
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Coined a certain way.
But watch them break free.
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P i e c e s
Director/Owner Lynn Woods
& Store Manager Paige Fleming
> Tip: Blue looks best worn
Boundaries between seasons are
becoming less defined, which is
reflective on how we no longer
buy for one season only.
We believe investing in quality
pieces that have a lot of value,
building a timeless wardrobe you
will love forever.
1. Halo Hoops, Rachel Stichbury
2. Bellitude Floral Blouse,
3. Margot Cropped Straight
Leg Jean, Camilla and Marc
4. Camilla and Marc,
Timeless does not have to be boring!
We are inspired by playing
with colour and silhouettes.
Don’t be scared to take risks.
Throughout spring and summer blue is
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with vintage-inspired silhouettes
(cue puff sleeves) and
trans-seasonal items like
trench coats are hero pieces.
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The New Romantics
Mixing the strong and soft silhouettes,
creating a dance of harmony
Hera Pant $269, RUBY Becky Skirt $359, ISAAC+LULU Halt Tabard $369.99, MOOCHI Matilda Ruffle Dress $329, RUBY
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1. Romantics Top $329,
STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB
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3. Wave Bracelet $429,
4. Harmony Pearl Drop Earrings $1485,
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Face to face
After a busy first year in business, Lovoir Beauty’s Teresa Sime says
it is just the beginning for the salon.
What are some of your achievements from the
I built this salon from scratch within a year, working
countless hours to get it exactly the way I wanted it to
be. Hearing the positive feedback from our clients and
staff is definitely good motivation to keep going!
I think it is really important also to look after your staff
by nurturing them as the beautiful people they are. I find
that the industry can sometimes forget this, so I have
taken measures to ensure our staff are very well looked
after. This simple approach has manifested its way along
the chain to dramatically elevate the experience our
wonderful clients have.
What is the key to maintaining good relationships
with your customers?
The spa experience should not end when clients leave.
They trust us with a purpose and that is results. Whether
it is skin-related or pure relaxation, we use every tool in
our power to give it to them. Not only do we provide
clients with a high-end spa experience in each visit, but
we also give them many opportunities for feedback so
that we can continue to improve their experience. In such
a competitive market, it’s incredibly important for our
clients to know that they’re valued. Personal attention is
What are you looking forward to next?
Being able to fine-tune our treatments and client
experience. We have so many amazing modalities at
our disposal with a brand new OBSERV Skin Diagnostic
Device, IPL for hair removal and skin rejuvenation and we
are a Dermapen Gold Authorised Treatment Provider.
Having access to technology gives us so many options for
helping our clients on their skin journey.
How has skincare developed during your time in
I have been in the beauty industry for 13 years now and
skincare has developed at a phenomenal rate. We now
have skincare that can repair telomeres, chromosomes
and DNA and alter the production of melanin, to name
a few. Skincare is getting fine-tuned in laboratories, but
we’re also seeing a resurgence of professional-strength
natural and organic skincare, which is fantastic. Clients are
more aware of what they’re applying and consuming now.
If you had one piece of skincare advice, what would it be?
Find a beauty therapist who listens to what you need
and who you enjoy and trust. Listen to their advice. Your
beauty therapist has trained for years and continues to
train to bring you the best results. Consumers are blasted
by social media and advertising so much that it can be very
difficult to know what you could and should be doing to
actually achieve the results you’re after.
LED Light thErapy FaciaL
Allow 60 mins | $119.00
Wavelengths of visible light promote the skins
natural healing and rejuvenating responses. Perfect
for any age or skin type, regular LED Facials induce
change for many skin concerns including acne,
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Allow 60 mins | $139.00
Numerous combinations and peel variations
achieve change for any skin concern at a cellular
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Indulge your body and soul with soothing hot
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your senses delight in our luxuriously scented
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Allow 2 hours | $249.00
This is the perfect package to relieve stress and
calm your body & mind. We begin with a relaxing
back, neck and shoulder massage using long flowing
movements to relax your upperbody and release
tension from tight muscles. You’re then tucked
into bed and treated to a Janesce facial bringing
your skin to life with fragrant, botanical ingredients
and lymphatic facial massage. Finish with a file and
polish of your fingers or toes.
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Photo: Olivia Woodward Photography
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Tried and tested
The Style team trial the latest in beauty products.
Ahhh Shower Steamer –
“This was a very relaxing scent with a
nice strong lavender aroma. I would
recommend using this in the evening
as part of a pamper routine before
a beauty sleep! I wished it lasted
longer as mine dissolved relatively
quickly once placed directly under
the stream of water. Next time, I’ll
pop it in the corner of my shower to
extend its use.”
Retails at $4.99
Te Wai Hydrating Fine-mist
“With facial mists designed to refresh and
rejuvenate the skin, as well as help extend
your makeup, it’s great to turn to something
natural – and oh so Kiwi. Te Wai (the water)
is an infusion of kawakawa, m nuka, k whai,
mamaku and p hutukawa in artesian water.
With all these native plants known for healing,
soothing and moisturising properties, a spritz
now and again is like taking a vitamin for
your skin. An ‘added-extra’ sort of product,
it would be nice to have in the travel kit
or gym bag.”
Retails at $55
“‘IF YOU’RE GONNA BE TWO-FACED AT LEAST MAKE
ONE OF THEM PRETTY” – MARILYN MONROE
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Manicare Glam Xpress Lashes
“I’m going to be honest. I love a
bit of fake; there’s nothing wrong
with some enhancement here
and there, and that’s what the
Glam Xpress Ella-Rose Natural
lashes did. As a first-time fake lash
applier, I found these very easy
to apply. I wore them for a day
without any hiccups and I had a
few people comment. Bonus!
Did someone say party? A 40th
birthday party and we have a
babysitter; music to my ears!
Time for the Glam Xpress Mia-
Louise Intense lashes. Easy to
apply, even with two little rug
rats at my feet. They definitely
were made to party. Longer,
fuller but still felt natural without
looking over the top. There is
a bit of blending to be done
with the eyeshadow due to the
adhesive glue, but they were light
so I could blink away without
feeling like something was heavy
and pushing on my own lashes.
I had many compliments on
how brilliant they looked. Highly
recommend both sets and, even
better, they are reusable. What
more could a girl want?”
Both retail at $39.99
“This serum was lightweight, easily
absorbed and made my skin feel supersoft.
It instantly lifted and tightened my
skin. It has a moderate rose scent that
lingers for a long time, so you may wish
to keep that in mind if you prefer your
face to be fragrance-free. I used it by
itself in place of my regular moisturiser,
which worked well for my normal-oily
skin type – but for those of you with
dry skin, you may wish to mix it in with
your moisturiser. It was very gentle
and didn’t sting or burn.”
Retails at $59.99
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5 tips for that
Nourish, protect and adjust to warmer colour tones.
Words Emma Peters
1. Proper cleansing
Daily cleansing and regular exfoliating encourage
the turnover of new skin cells. This will remove
excess dead skin cells from the surface, allowing
for better absorption of your skincare products.
2. Skin prep
In the winter months, the skin has a tendency
to be lacklustre and drier than usual. To counter
this, step up your ‘skin food’. Choose a rich
moisturiser that will add extra hydration to the
skin. A great bonus step is to seal moisture
in with a serum or primer that will prep
the skin for flawless foundation application.
Aleph Serum/Primer contains nourishing
and regenerating ingredients to offer extra
protection to the skin barrier, while enhancing
its appearance over time.
3. Choose cream-based products
Selecting a cream-based concealer, foundation
and cheek colour is a must for winter skin. Not
only will this look and feel better on dry skin, it
will continue to nourish the skin throughout the
day, adding an extra layer of protection against
4. Blush those cheeks
Year round, blush is important. It’s even more
so in the winter months when the skin is at its
palest. Once you even out your skin tone with
foundation, it’s crucial to add some colour back
in the right areas with a little cheek tint. This
often seems counter-intuitive to those with
high colour in their cheeks, but it will mean the
difference between a pallid complexion and a
5. Select warm rich tones
Winter is a great excuse to choose shades that
you might shy away from otherwise. Warm, rich
tones, such as plum, terracotta and burgundy on
the cheeks, lips and eyes, are a great way to give
winter skin a boost and lend a bit of comforting
creativity to your look.
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Delve into Plan D
It’s been called “a pretty good Plan D” since international travel is
off the cards. So, let’s delve into the D-Lights of Dunedin.
ABOVE: Allans Beach View. Photo: DunedinNZ
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Head north from Dunedin for 25km and at low tide
you can wander along the beach and black stone
caves to little Canoe Beach and the small Mapoutahi
headland, once a fortified Maori p . There is a sandy
track and staircase across the headland’s neck to reach
the longer Purakaunui Beach. Or retrace your steps to
Doctors Point, stopping for a coffee at Waitati, or head
up to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary to see some local
Otago Museum’s Discovery World is now known as
the T hura Otago Community Trust Science Centre
and has 45 hands-on science interactive displays,
including the three-tier Tropical Forest. Then there is
the digitally interactive Beautiful Science gallery and the
Perpetual Guardian Planetarium to wow visitors.
Moana Pool is open for swimming, and its leisure, dive
and spa pools are also open, as are its hydroslides. If
you are into surfing, Dunedin has a wealth of beaches
known for producing good waves, from St Clair and St
Kilda to Aramoana and Allans Beach.
Betty the Bedford van
Small-batch ice cream handmade in Dunedin is served
from Betty the Bedford van, which is regularly parked on
the Esplanade at St Clair. Unique flavours include doublefold
vanilla and doughnut berry ripple. Or, if you prefer
something a little sweeter, Nova Cafe’s world famous in
Dunedin injectable brioche doughnuts are available in salted
caramel, chocolate hazelnut, bavarian apple, and white
chocolate, pistachio and rosewater flavours.
Now is the time to update our wardrobes with some
cosy winter pieces, from designer boutiques like Plume or
Belle Bird to main street chains. Plus there are plenty of
options to find fine merino to go under summer dresses
or chunky cardigans to go over them, or wool dresses and
jumpers for those frosty winter days.
Dunedin Prison is a rare example of a purpose-built
courtyard prison. Designed by John Campbell and built
in 1896, the Heritage NZ Category 1 listed building was
operational until 2017 and is now looked after by the
Dunedin Prison Trust. Tours will restart in November. It is
just one of Dunedin’s historical buildings to have a look at
in the central city, including the well-photographed Dunedin
Railway Station and the First Church.
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Dunedin has some spectacular beaches if you
have a few hours to kill and are reasonably fit,
especially Sandfly Bay on Otago Peninsula, which
has awesome dunes to climb – or you can take
in the spectacular views from the top viewing
platform. More easily accessible are Boulder Beach
and Victory Beach further down the peninsula. At
all these beaches, you have a chance of seeing sea
lions, seals or penguins.
There are plenty of options for going for a nice
Sunday drive from Dunedin, but you can also find
several good drives within the city. A nice afternoon
out is a trip to Aramoana for a walk along the pier,
stopping for lunch at Careys Bay Historic Hotel on
the way there and maybe a coffee on the way back
at Port Chalmers, along with a browse of the shops.
In the other direction, head to Brighton for a walk
along the beach and a coffee.
Home to some of the city’s most popular street
art and art galleries, including Milford Galleries, the
Blue Oyster Art Project Space, the Artist’s Room
and the Brett McDowell Gallery. All feature work
by New Zealand artists, from the emerging and
experimental artists at Blue Oyster to the more
established at Milford Galleries. Within a couple
of blocks are the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the
Gallery De Novo and the RDS Gallery, which
have just opened their first exhibitions post-Covid
Dunedin street art
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After lockdown rained on their
opening day parade, Dunedin’s
most influential hospitality couple,
chef Hannes Bareiter and Melanie
Hartmann, have finally opened their
new offering, T t (24 The Esplanade).
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For a late-night tipple coupled with
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his experience to the cocktail menu,
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With retro fittings and the team from Dunedin’s iconic
Perc eateries behind it, The Swan Café and Bar (23
Bath Street) is a must visit for those fond of a brew
with some toe-tappers.
With a rumoured ‘cult-like following’, add Beam Me
Up Bagels (9 North Road, North East Valley; 102
Great King Street) to your Google Maps. Because who
doesn’t love a good bagel? It is arguably the hair of the
dog of the food world.
Vegans rejoice! Try The Vegan and Vegetarian Vault
(4 Wharf Street), a one-stop-shop of sorts, with all
kinds of goodies. And, of course, you’ll need a solid
burger, so check out Burger Plant (654 Great King St),
a fully plant-based fast food restaurant with delights
such as the Mexi Burger and the Big Boi.
The Swan Cafe and Bar. Photo: Facebook
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Views and hits
Our guilty and not-so-guilty pleasures on the home screens.
What we’re watching
season two – July 31
season three – July 26
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of
the Songwing – July 24
Light-hearted Rachel Lang comedy
based on the lives of a bunch of
25-year-olds going through their
quarter-life crises… with plenty of
bumps along the way.
The Bad Seed
The loyalty of two brothers is truly
tested in this twisted tale of murder,
deception and down and out lies.
David Lomas Investigates
We challenge you not to get
emotional as the stories of broken
Kiwi ties cumulate with incredible
family connections, all
over the world.
Dead to Me
After losing her husband in a late night hit-and-run, grieving
and angry mother-of-two Jen (Christina Applegate) joins
a grief support group in an effort to cope with her loss. It
is here that she meets the lovely, free-spirited Judy (Linda
Cardellini), complete with her own baggage, and the two
quickly strike up a friendship.
But Judy is keeping a devastating secret that would most
certainly put an end to their friendship if the truth should
Made up of equal parts drama, comedy and suspense,
Netflix’s Dead to Me adds new twists and revelations to
almost every episode of its two excellent seasons.
The brilliant performances from the two leads coupled
with the ever-twisting story make this a treat worth digesting.
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Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) takes on the IRA,
leaving Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister
Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) out of his depth
and looking like half the man he used to be.
Hennessy, a former IRA leader himself, is
covertly working with the British to expose the
rogue group detonating bombs around London
and wipe his own slate clean.
Quan, having experienced significant loss, is
Based on the novel The Chinaman (Stephen
Leather, 1992) and directed by New Zealandborn
Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale,
Green Lantern), this is a proper action flick that
will keep your attention for more than just its
impressive cast. Who will you back in this battle
to settle old debts? How many men will it take
to stop Jackie Chan? And why are Irish actors so
good at playing bad guys?
Family Karma (ThreeNow)
Jane the Virgin (Netflix)
Blown Away (Netflix)
Your Home Made Perfect (TVNZ)
Styling Hollywood (Netflix)
Playing for Keeps (TVNZ)
Below Deck Mediterranean (ThreeNow)
Jack Irish (Netflix)
Line of Duty (Netflix)
The Nest (TVNZ)
Janet King (Netflix)
Inspired by true events, this limited Netflix series is based on four
main characters, whose lives collide in an immigration detention
centre in the desert-like setting of Port Augusta, South Australia.
There’s the flight attendant buckling under life’s pressures, the
Afghanistan refugee fighting for a better future for his family, the
security guard wrestling with his own morality and the bureaucrat
battling for control in an emotionally charged environment.
Produced and co-created by Cate Blanchett (who also plays
an unsettling cult leader), the casting is great, as is the character
development. You’ll find yourself at the end of the six episodes of
Stateless with ground rush.
82 Style | Read
The book nook
A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.
(Harper Collins, $32.99)
(Penguin Random House, $37)
A bank robber on the run locks himself in
with an overenthusiastic estate agent, two
bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a
suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit.
But when the police storm the apartment
it is... empty.
Olive knows her own mind. But life comes with expectations;
choices to be made and stereotypes to fulfil. So, when her best
friends’ lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood,
leaving the path they’ve always followed together, she starts to
question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a
little bit different.
The Tally Stick (NZ)
(Penguin Random House, $36)
After being in the country for only five days, the Chamberlain
family vanished in 1978. In 2010, the remains of the eldest
Chamberlain child are found in a remote part of the West
Coast, showing he lived for four years after the family
disappeared. Found alongside him are his father’s watch and a
mysterious tally stick...
(Harper Collins, $36.99)
Exotic dancer Polly Manaia lives in Sydney’s
notorious Kings Cross. She’s desperate
to bring her young daughter, Gina, to live
with her, but beneath her brash confidence
lie dark secrets that threaten to drag
her under. Rhoda and Star, transgender
performers and Polly’s flatmates, bring
stability to Polly and Gina’s lives. Yet this
unlikely little family will find themselves
7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every
Day of the Week
(Penguin Random House, $60)
Jamie’s done his homework and looked at the top items we
buy each week on autopilot, like chicken breasts, salmon
fillets, mince, eggs, potatoes and broccoli. Rather than trying to
change what we buy, Jamie wants to give everyone brand new
inspiration for their favourite ingredients.
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(Bateman Books, $29.99)
What inkling did Tina Shaw have that the New Zealand
she so deftly creates in Ephemera would be so relatable
amid the global Covid-19 pandemic?
After a worldwide crisis, life has come to a
standstill. Airports closed. No electricity, broadband
or, horrifyingly, coffee. Supermarkets, hospitals and
medicine are all a thing of the distant past.
And what protagonist Ruth desperately needs is
medicine for her sister, who is dying from tuberculosis.
There are whispers of an arsenal of drugs at Huka
Lodge, so the former ephemera librarian, somewhat
foolhardily, travels up the Waikato River via a DIY
steamboat with two men. Ruth, who thinks she has led
a sheltered life, soon learns that not even New Zealand
society is immune to the unpalatable parts of basic
An absolute marvel of a book. Humour is inserted at
just the right time to catch your breath, but be warned;
within the first few sentences, you are sucked into a
world where to survive the choices you make may
mean you no longer recognise yourself.
– Shelley Robinson
Nicola Berry Series
(Penguin Random House, $15 each)
In book one, Nicola Berry and the Petrifying Problem with
Princess Petronella, Nicola is surprised to see a stranger
arrive in her geography class. The stranger’s name is
Georgio and he has come to Earth from his planet,
Globagaskar. He makes the whole class (except Mrs
‘Zucchini’, their teacher) take an odd test to see who
will be the so-called Earthling Ambassador.
My favourite character is Shimlara, Georgio’s
daughter, because, like all Globagaskarians, she can read
minds. According to Georgio, Globagaskar is 2000 years
more technologically advanced than Earth.
I enjoyed this book because it has enough suspense
to keep you reading. If you enjoy adventure, this series
is for you! I devoured all three within a few days.
– Ava Preece (age 9)
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now a TV series.
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84 Style | Wellbeing
It is a disease that cannot be seen, but
many women suffer from it, often feeling
like they are alone. Oxford Women’s
Health gynaecologist Simon Jones
explains the facts behind endometriosis
and what treatment can look like.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that affects
up to one in 10 New Zealand women. Because it has
many symptoms, diagnosing the condition can be difficult,
and often women don’t realise that issues such as period
pain, bowel problems, pain during sex, and tiredness can
be an indication that they have the disease.
If women have period pain, that lasts more than one
or two days, and prevents them from attending work or
school, they should definitely talk to their GP or contact
us at Oxford Women’s Health. It is important not to leave
symptoms too long before seeking advice, as it is much
easier to manage the disease when it is in its early stages.
At Oxford Women’s Health, we see many women
every year with endometriosis and offer a range of
options for alleviating symptoms and treating the disease.
This includes everything from lifestyle coaching and
nutritional advice to surgery.
and treatment for
every stage of a
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Oxford Women’s Health specialist Simon Jones
answers 5 common questions on endometriosis.
I get painful periods. Does this mean I have endometriosis?
Not necessarily. It is normal for some girls to experience painful or erratic
periods in their first few years of menstruation. However, if the pain lasts
more than one or two days and is preventing you from doing the things
you enjoy in life, you should talk to your GP or book an appointment with
Is there a “cure” for endometriosis?
There is no guaranteed cure for endometriosis but once diagnosed it can
be managed by using a variety of treatment options. At Oxford Women’s
Health, we perform laparoscopic operations to both diagnose and remove
endometriosis. We also use offer hormonal medications (like the pill),
physiotherapy, coaching, and lifestyle advice to help minimise the impact
of the disease.
What is the easiest way of explaining endometriosis to people?
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus
– the endometrium – grows outside the uterus. It usually affects fallopian
tubes, ovaries and tissue lining the pelvis. Surrounding tissue can also
become irritated. The disease causes pain, which can be severe when you
are having a period. Thankfully, effective treatments are available.
I feel quite alone because people struggle to understand the
pain I am in. Is this normal? What can I do?
This is normal but you are definitely not alone in living with endometriosis.
Oxford Women’s Health is lucky to have Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain
Coach and Consultant, Deborah Bush, as part of the team. She is available
to provide coaching and lifestyle advice to our patients. The Endometriosis
NZ website https://nzendo.org.nz/ also offers ways to access support.
Taking time off work because of endometriosis is not always
easy, or understood by management. Are there ways to lessen
the impact on our daily lives?
It is a good idea to speak to your manager about your condition and
the support you may need. You can then find solutions that work for
both of you. There are a number of lifestyle changes that women with
endometriosis find useful. For example, regular exercise and avoiding
certain foods are often beneficial. Physiotherapy can also be helpful.
At Oxford Women’s Health, we want you to leave every
appointment feeling better than when you arrived.
We understand it can be difficult living with health problems but
sometimes finding sympathetic expert help can feel even harder.
Our staff are friendly, respectful and professional, so you can feel
comfortable while receiving the very best advice and treatment.
We have 15 health professionals who are highly-respected leaders
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Women of all ages come to us for advice and treatment, including
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prolapse, incontinence, fibroids, menopause and hormone issues.
Call us today on 03 379 0555.
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Fire up your wellbeing in dreary winter months.
Words Deanna Copland
A state characterised by health,
happiness and prosperity,
according to the dictionary.
In other words, wellbeing is
that desirable condition where
we thrive (prosperity) both
physically (health) and mentally
And yes, that can even
be found on those grey old
winter days; after all, home
is where the heart is. There
is something quite warming
about the memories created
in the cooler months: a
fire crackling away, candles
flickering, slippers, stacks of
good books and the aromas
of slow-cooked hearty meals.
You can make a big impact on
your health by making a few
changes to your lifestyle in
your winter home to keep it a
sanctuary for your wellbeing.
Restorative rest, not binge-watching
Bunker down and get into bed earlier to read. As
appealing as it is to binge-watch crime series, this
is not the most restorative way to unwind after
a day at work so try to set a bedtime that allows
seven to eight hours of overnight repair. Being
well-rested helps with stress adaption, tolerance of
others, pain sensitivity and blood sugar regulation,
so this is a great time to recharge.
Smell = digestion
Digestion starts through the olfactory system
(smell), so a slow cooker is a wonderful
investment. You can make an array of things
in them, from vegetarian curries to self-saucing
puddings. The Beef Rendang Curry (page 88),
for example, uses cheaper cuts of meat to
provide a good source of collagen for skin,
hair and joint health. Make a double batch and
freeze one to enjoy another time.
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Air it out
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated centuries ago that
“What you eat, your lifestyle and the place in which you live affects
your health.” Health issues from asthma, allergies, attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder and eczema to hormonal imbalances, infertility
and chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused or exacerbated by
environmental exposure. Spending more time indoors can mean
you are exposed to more pollutants. Healthy Home, Healthy
Family author Nicole Bijlsma writes about how indoor air has been
estimated to be five to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air.
This is due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released
by building materials, glues, cleaning and air freshening products, etc.
There are currently 145 million chemicals registered for use on the
world’s largest chemical database, and every 60 seconds another 20
chemicals are registered; we are exposed to more chemicals than
• Ensure your spaces are well ventilated to avoid mould exposure.
• Microfibre cloths are great to clean with – try to use cleaning
products that do not contain chemicals that adversely impact
animal, plant or human health.
• Taking shoes off at the door is also worthwhile, especially if you
have children playing on the floor.
Indoor plants (page
55) can act as natural
air purifiers, but just be
sure to keep them out
of bedroom areas due
to microbes in the soil.
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Beef Rendang Curry
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cardamom seeds
1 star anise
1 tsp clove powder (or 4 cloves)
1 chilli (optional)
5 garlic cloves
3cm piece ginger, peeled
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, white part only, cut into pieces
6 macadamia nuts
40g shredded coconut, toasted
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1kg gravy beef, cut into 2–3cm pieces
1 can coconut milk
½ tsp salt
1 tsp palm sugar, to taste
1. Place cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and
cloves into a frying pan and heat until fragrant.
Allow to cool slightly. Use a food processor
to crush into a powder along with macadamia
2. Add chilli (if using), garlic cloves, ginger and
lemongrass to food processor and mix. Scrape
down the sides of the mixing bowl with a
spatula and repeat the process, until a smooth
paste consistency is achieved.
3. Add peanut oil to a pan and cook beef on a
high setting for 1–2 minutes on each side, until
4. Place browned meat, spice paste, shredded
coconut, coconut milk, salt and sugar into a
slow-cooker and set on low for 6–7 hours.
5. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving on
a bed of steamed rice or cauliflower rice.
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Tips for finding a bit of ease, and does collagen in your coffee work?
Cursing through gritted teeth those
jolly grey days when the washing is
piling up? Try some instant sunshine
by putting pink grapefruit essential
oil in your diffuser and let the sweet
fragrance sweep over you, reviving
your body and mind. It is reported to
refresh a fatigued, stressed mind and
thought to help release anger.
Could the “World’s most relaxing song” send your frazzled weekday
into a Sunday? In 2016, UK band Marconi Union released ‘Weightless’,
a song they developed with sound therapists to help reduce anxiety,
blood pressure and heart rate. Mindlab International research says it
reduces anxiety by 65 per cent. We gave it a whirl on deadline day,
and well, it’s like a warm cup of tea right in your heart space. It does
come with a warning not to listen to it while driving, so perhaps don’t
use it in the car – even if the kids are yelling at each other.
Kondo your newsfeed
In the wake of the overconsumption
of everything Covid-19-related, people
are opting to be very mindful of what
they absorb through their social media
scroll. So is it time to Marie Kondo
your newsfeed by asking, “Does this
bring me joy?” If it makes you feel
anxiety, shame, guilt or anger, hit
‘unfollow’. Instead, choose things that
make you laugh, think and smile. Yes,
even cat videos. Or take a break from
the scroll. That’s the real tonic.
Can collagen in your
coffee really help? Or
are we just buying
Naturopath Deanna Copland
says: “Supplemental collagen has
a specific amino acid formulation
that targets the production of new
collagen. As a major component
of connective tissue in the body,
adding collagen to soups, smoothies
or your daily coffee should actually
be of benefit if you feel your diet
is lacking in gelatinous-based foods.
Diets used to have more gelatinous
cuts of meat, like shanks, tendons
and oxtail, but nowadays we opt
for different cuts, which means we
may need a supplemental boost.
Interestingly, research investigating
collagen supplementation for
patients with fibromyalgia showed
positive effects on all symptoms.
There is also evidence to show that
chronic bursitis and osteoarthritis
are improved with collagen
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Soup from scraps
Before you hiff out the stragglers in the vege drawer,
take Sarah Burtscher’s advice and save money, food and
the planet with soup.
Photos Jet Campbell
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Do this the day before
you go shopping so
you have a clean vege
drawer and no veges to
Forgotten Vege Soup
This soup sees a fabulous clean out of the fridge.
Look at what you have neglected in the fridge
vege drawer, and this is literally what this meal is
made from. I call it a ‘flexible framework’ recipe,
as you can use all sorts of different ingredients
but the ‘basic frame ingredients’ remain the same.
You can include most fridge-kept veges, or potato
or k mara, remembering they are all going to be
whizzed up together at the end.
BASIC FRAME INGREDIENTS
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion (use up odds and ends if need be)
2–4 garlic cloves
1–1½ cups milk or milk alternative
2 dried bay leaves
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
For years I’ve been clearing out the fridge
and using up the ugly and forgotten
foods by cooking up what I’ve termed a
‘fridge cleaner’. This could be a soup, cake,
casserole, or whatever. I started looking into
food waste, and, wow, do we throw out a
lot of food in New Zealand!
According to Love Food Hate Waste
NZ: “New Zealanders throw away 157,389
tonnes of food a year. That is equivalent
to 271 jumbo jets of food that has to go
somewhere to rot, instead of being eaten.
[...] All of this food is worth about
$1.17 billion each year.”
A lot of household cooks just don’t know
what to do with the sad-looking fruit in their
fruit bowl, or the limp carrots in their vege
drawer. So, I started Fridge Cleaner Cooking
(fridgecleaner.co.nz) to showcase how to
make forgotten everyday ingredients into
delicious, nutritious meals.
¾ of a very limp cauliflower/broccoli or
2 medium potatoes/k mara
4 stalks celery
2 rashers bacon
1. Roughly chop all veges, including your celery
leaves if they are not too old.
2. Sauté bacon, onion and garlic in olive oil in a
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, including
a handful of celery leaves, and cook off for
approximately 10 minutes.
4. Pour in enough stock to just cover
5. Add bay leaves and remaining celery leaves,
then simmer until all veges are tender.
6. Remove from the heat, fish out the bay leaves
and blend till smooth (I like to use a wand).
7. Add milk, stir well and put the bay leaves
8. Taste and season, adding more salt or
pepper as required.
94 Style | Food
One square meal
For those who love beetroot, chocolate and ginger, you are in for a
treat with this delectable brownie recipe.
Words Kristina Jensen
Style | Food 95
Cook beetroot whole
If they have been cut
in any way, they bleed
their juice into the boiling
water and the flesh
tastes rather insipid.
It is a vegetable that the Romans considered
to be an aphrodisiac – and when teamed with
chocolate in this delicious brownie recipe, well,
that is quite a combination.
The natural earthy sweetness of beetroot
makes it excellent for baking, and it also contains
betaine, which is a mood enhancer. So get your
measuring cups out and get baking this deliciously
healthy treat that can actually make you feel good.
Note: It is important to have the ingredients for this
brownie ready to mix together, as the chocolate tends
to go hard as soon as it is mixed in with the beetroot.
2 large beetroot (roughly 500g)
200g plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
or dark chocolate melts
200g brown sugar
¾ cup plain flour (for gluten free,
use fine rice flour)
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp powdered ginger
100g butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Line a sponge roll baking tin with baking paper.
2. Place the whole unpeeled beetroot in a pot and
cover with water. With the lid on, bring to the boil,
then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Remove the pot from the heat, tip off the water and
leave the beetroot to cool for half an hour with the
lid off the pot.
4. Once cool, carefully peel off the beetroot skin and
5. Melt the chocolate gently in a bain-marie.
6. While the chocolate is melting, whisk or beat
together the sugar and eggs in a large bowl for about
two minutes, until the mix is thick.
7. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and powdered ginger
together and add to the egg/sugar mix, folding in
gently until combined.
8. In the following order, add the grated beetroot,
melted butter, vanilla extract and lastly the melted
chocolate to the large bowl, and mix together until
the ingredients are well integrated.
9. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes
at 180°C (fan oven if possible). Then drop the
temperature to 150°C for a further five minutes.
The brownie should be just cooked and caramelising
slightly around the edges.
10. Allow to cool in the tray and then cut into squares.
Dust with icing sugar if desired.
HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE IN A BAIN-MARIE
Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a small
pot. Place the small pot inside a slightly larger pot
containing 2–4cm of water. Bring the water in the
larger pot up to a simmer and stir the chocolate
pieces in the small pot until they melt.
96 Style | Drink
Let us be-gin
Boutique gin production is booming, but are you too afraid to go near a
potential tearjerker? Kate Preece shares some game-changers.
f the thought of a tall glass of G&T has
you suppressing a sob, it’s time to make
new memories. Like chardonnay, tastes
have changed, and as such the range of gins
readily available will make for much happier
experiences all round. The flavours this
juniper-based spirit can boast range from
grapefruit to gingerbread – and that’s not
gin-snobbery talking, that’s a fact. So why
not start with one that will truly challenge
those reoccurring preconceptions?
If you’ve dabbled in the
Japanese gin world you’ll
know that their range of
delivers a range of tastes
distinctively different to those
of other countries. With
very little English writing on
the bottle to guide me, my
taste buds yelled ‘lemongrass’
when I first sipped my Nikka
Coffey G&T. Upon further
research, it’s likely the result
of the combination of four
types of Japanese citrus (none
of which I had heard of) and
a bit of pepper. Best served
strong to make the most of
the subtle nuances.
Transport yourself to a place far, far
away with this doosy of a Galician
gin. Even the novice will be able to
taste liquorice in an ice-filled glass
of Nordés gin, but there’s also sage,
verbena and mint among its 11
botanicals. Named after the Nordés
wind that blasts in from the Atlantic
Ocean, it a fresh pick-me-up that
demands another round.
Wine or what?
For the last month of winter, it’s okay to mix your
wine and your spirits. The Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz
Gin adds Australian grapes to its solid white spirit
base. It’s a good way to pull the wool over the eyes
of non-believers as it truly does blend these two top
drops in one. For something quieter (i.e. under 30%
alcohol), a sloe gin (infused with English sloe berries)
will keep the home fires burning too.
The Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
comes in at the cheaper end of the
boutique gin scale (as low as $56),
but brings with it a mighty impact.
Imagine you’re eating a fragrant
curry and finish off with a slice of
citrus. With cardamom and cumin in
its ingredient list, the Opihr is much
easier to drink than to say or spell.
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(Livener definition: something with an effect,
especially an alcoholic drink)
60ml ClemenGold gin
50ml Black Doris plum and
10ml orange juice
10ml lemon juice
2 slices ginger
Garnish: Candied orange slice
Muddle ginger – add other ingredients then ice and shake.
Double strain over large ice block and garnish.
The sweet hints of citrus notes of the ClemenGold gin marry
beautifully with the delicate yet refreshing profile of the plum and
blackcurrant, with a warmth added by the ginger that is well balanced
by the cinnamon and candied orange garnish.
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98 Style | Win
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