The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss.
Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village scenes. And stylish Italian scarves are of linens, cashmere and modal.
Hand-selected raincoats, by Ilse Jacobsen of Denmark, are practical but feminine investment pieces. Heavier-weight, washable, water-repellent jackets are ultra-warm as are the quilted coats. In contrast, the shell and feather-down jackets are super light. Colours range from mustard, taupe and French pink to inky-hued navy. Shaped to fashionably flatter, the detailing is divine.
Other gifts for mums are beautiful interior books, handmade European jewellery, candles and French soaps in glamorous scents such as cassis and mistral – or why not gift champagne or prosecco gummies in a classic little lolly jar?
There’s a new catch phrase that has made it into the local lexicon – lifestyle store – and that’s exactly where Ruby Six owner, Jenni Dobbie, believes the beautiful Amberley store sits. “I feel the term ‘lifestyle store’ captures our ethos at Ruby Six,” she says.
The carefully curated product ranges include stylish, quality fashion and accessories, beautiful prints, handcrafted ceramics, stunning jewellery and creative gifts for children. Ruby Six is brimming with items you won’t find elsewhere. “We enjoy showcasing NZ made products and proudly support NZ designers.”
This gem of a shop has fine hand-crafted ceramics by Nelson potter Melanie Drewery, funky clay Mayd earrings handmade in Christchurch, and simply cool accessories by Auckland label S O P H I E, along with many other brands that we already know and love.
Ruby Six offers an experience in its own right, tantalising the senses with beautiful aromas and stunning treasures. “Customers are always excited to discover us out here in Amberley.”
Located at 6 Markham Street Amberley, only 40 minutes north of Christchurch, Ruby Six offers a fun, relaxed shopping experience and has become a destination store for travellers and day trippers.
The Ivy has evolved since it first opened in 2014 stocking a simple collection of beautiful wares from all around the world.
Over time it has grown, broadening its ranges, a treat each time you walk through the door to see what new stock has arrived, whether ceramics, books, children’s gifts or new home fragrance lines or homewares. There is always something new to visually indulge yourself and find that perfect gift for a friend or oneself.
Recently the Ivy has started stocking more clothing and footwear, with such brands as Funkis and Birdie – beautiful, classic lines of clothing and accessories from Australia with a Scandinavian look – and Elk footwear, elegantly designed with comfort in mind.
Just in for the new season is the Birdie cashmere/wool range of jumpers and ponchos in fabulous original styles. They feature beautiful natural colours all the way through to pinks and blues. Visit The Ivy at 55 Nayland Street, Sumner.
With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.
The Christchurch branch of Georgies Wig Shop has just celebrated its first birthday. There are many reasons people require wigs such as chemotherapy, alopecia, hair loss, or transgender people who want to look their best.
“As well as hundreds of wigs, we stock a range of turbans, headbands and alternative headwear which gives our customers a lot of choice,” says Charolette from the Christchurch shop.
“Our job is special. Whether helping people going through chemo to feel better or celebrating with a transgender person who looks fabulous, we love what we do.”
Eleanor Burgess established Georgies Wig Shop in Palmerston North in 1993 when a close friend was diagnosed with cancer and wanted a quality wig she could rely on. Georgies’ team of consultants offer private consultations in the salon, at your home or in the hospital (clip ins can be done in-salon only). The products do not damage hair and are easy to wear. The real hair wigs can be treated just like your own and be foiled, curled and straightened.
“We pride ourselves on treating every client with discretion and respect. We hope to take away the stigma often associated with hair loss and love to help people find wigs that make them feel completely themselves,” Eleanor says.
For the longest of times, the handbag was the essential status symbol, but it looks as though the new ‘it’ accessory has shifted the focus to our feet.
Encapsulating street style – both in the literal and figurative sense of the expression – sneakers are trending in a very big way.
We’re seeing updated retro sneakers from the likes of Adidas, Converse and Vans setting the tone when it comes to shoes. Chunky soles are back in, while embroidered flowers are also making their mark and simple slip-ons offer casual chic.
Jewel hues and pastels are just some of the colours creeping into the consciousness, though traditional white never really lost its cool cred.
If you need an excuse to clear some closet space for some sneakers this season, other than the serious comfort factor they bring to the fashion fore, then we’ve got it right here.
We hit the pavement to get you a sneak-er peak of the hottest styles when it comes to this fashionable footwear.
Having an array of beautiful jewellery to choose from is a joy and, for Petersens Jewellers in the Bush Inn Centre, offering it is a privilege.
Synonymous with high quality brands hailing from as far as Germany, Petersens’ clients benefit from the adventurous and trained eye of owner/operator Brent Morrison who handpicks not only the world-class diamonds on offer, but every range that graces the walls of his sophisticated store.
Brent travels to Antwerp twice a year to personally select his diamonds to ensure every diamond is high quality. Petersens has a range of cuts and carats to suit every budget and is a specialist in bespoke pieces of jewellery.
Brand new to the jeweller – and the only collection currently in Christchurch – is Couer De Lion. Timeless and season-transcending, the brand new pieces are based on geometrics. Titled ‘geocubes’, the collection has stunning necklaces featuring a combination of stones including Onyx and Swarovski crystal. There are beautiful and different textures created by these stones and striking colours that create a different looking accent with every different outfit you pair them with.
From soft teal blues inspired by the ocean to pretty pastals like quartz rose through to bold purples, reds and forest greens, Couer De Lion has a colour palette for every preference.
Colour is having its moment across the other collections featuring at Petersens, with the recently released ‘Tropical’ pieces by Thomas Sabo, who has also played with astronomy symbols like stars and taken inspiration from the nautical aesthetic with quirky features like starfish and anchors. Hearts and clovers add a romantic touch.
To discover the truly unique, modern diamonds and precious every day pieces, visit Petersens at Bush Inn Centre, Corner of Waimari Road and Riccarton Road or www.petersensjewellerschristchurch.co.nz.
While we’ve never needed an excuse to keep the style party going long after the curtain has fallen on our big day, the honeymoon presents such a significant opportunity to introduce some chic newbies to our wardrobes that we couldn’t let the opportunity go by without making a fashionable fuss.
If your wedding falls in 2018, and you’re planning on jetting off somewhere where the sun never sets, then we’ve got you covered from top to toe with our honeymoon must haves.
Resortwear: Ok, the name is potentially misleading; you don’t actually have to be at a resort to wear it. It could be a beach in the Bahamas or a promenade in Portugal. The aim of this style game is to provide you with sophisticated but practical options for your romantic getaway. Brands like Seafolly, Zimmerman and Marc Jacobs have the style goods.
The ‘It’ bag: Whether it’s an oversized tote or a tiny clutch, having a bag for your personal items is mandatory. There’s not a one-size-fits all accessory for everyone but we play favourites with totes thanks to their versatility. Scale their use up or down at will; whether you just want to pack your daytime essentials, or throw in your entire wardrobe for your honeymoon so you can travel light, then this is your answer.
Make a splash: A chic bathing suit fits into the fundamentals category when you’re flocking to summer fun on your honeymoon. We’ve selected a tongue-in-cheek option, but opt for whatever you feel most comfortable in – it’s absolutely key.
The night and day dress: Having a go-to dress that can transition with ease from day to night means you’re covered when you’re having one of those ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ moments. We love the styles that are chic enough to escort you to a dinner, but casual enough you can throw it over your ‘kini when you head down to the beach.
Glowing skin: Your honeymoon is the adventure of a lifetime, but it’s also the perfect time to give your skin some R&R time, so be sure to have makeup free days and get back to basics with some great cleansing.
Perfection – in a wedding ring, you want nothing less. Polished Diamonds on New Regent Street delivers that perfection.
The award-winning, manufacturing jeweller uses architectural CAD to model your ring so you can see how it will actually look.
The boutique design studio can create his and hers rings, with diamonds, gemstones or simple gold or platinum rings. In fact, any style and any material can be incorporated into your rings.
Add in workshop-direct value and you have highest quality craftsmanship at affordable prices.
Your uniquely designed and engineered ring is future-proofed and backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Whether it’s an engagement ring or wedding bands, creating a symbol of everlasting love is a special responsibility.
Via Sollertia Jewellery also treats it as an incredible privilege. Designing and making beautiful handcrafted creations, as unique as the couple that buys them, Clare and the team approach each and every ring with impeccable attention to detail.
With coloured diamonds and gemstones gaining in popularity and less conventional designs taking centre stage, Via Sollertia is embracing this new direction and offers a stunning range of diamonds and gems to suit every preference.
Its Nu Proposal is another inspiring innovation providing the opportunity for proposals to be centered around the gem only – a process that can be undertaken by the proposal maker, or the couple, through a collaboration of ideas. The couple can then design a setting together.
Ready to make the commitment of a lifetime? Via Sollertia would be honoured to join you on the journey. Visit 11 New Regent Street and www.viasollertia.co.nz.