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Cup Week Headwear

Turning heads: Cup Week Headwear

Spring is in the air and with it comes New Zealand Cup and Show Week (NZCSW), the South Island’s premier Spring Festival. And, fashion alert, if you’re looking to turn heads, then it’s high time to start thinking about your headwear.


Cup Week Headwear

Christchurch sister duo behind Show Pony Millinery, Liv and Carrie, fill us in on what we can expect to see at this year’s Cup and Show Week. From the Melbourne Cup to England’s Royal Ascot, Carrie notes top trends for this racing season are centred on a return to elegance and vintage styles, with a mix of soft pastels and bold, bright colours to celebrate summer. “We saw a big nod towards classic, 1940s glam at the recent royal wedding. However, looking towards the earlier spring racing events in Australia you’re seeing bright and bold colours – canary yellow, hot fuchsia and statement reds among others.


“There have been plenty of flower crowns at New Zealand Cup & Show Week over the past few years so we’re looking forward to seeing Cantabrians branch out a little more this time round and embrace millinery like the rest of the world – whether that’s a classic-style headpiece, an on-trend boater or a standout crown or halo.” Liv adds, “As an example, one year ago we were selling halo hats to our international clients and wearing them to the track ourselves – but it’s only now, after the Duchess of Cambridge wore one to Prince Louis’ christening, that it seems New Zealand is starting to realise how great a style they are.


“Embellishments and bejewelled pieces – from feathers, bows and veiling, to classic Baroque-style detailing – are all over the international runways, at prominent events such as the Met Gala and being translated exceptionally well in Australia’s emerging 2018 spring racing millinery trends.” However, the girls are also keen to point out that trends aren’t everything. “Just like there are horses for courses, that’s the same for people and headpieces,” Carrie says. “They’re statement accessories, so they need to work in with not only your outfit, but your personality too”. Liv adds “it can be good to check out current looks and be inspired by them, but always come back to selecting something that also reflects who you are.”



Start in style

Start in style

Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day (November 13) is one of the most highly anticipated and prestigious events on the Christchurch social calendar so why not kick start (or finish off) this spectacular day of racing, fashion and fun at one of these fabulous establishments.

Start in style


1. Start your day in style at the Christchurch Casino in Victoria Street with a scrumptious buffet breakfast, glass of bubbly, beer or orange juice for only $50 per person. Tickets available online and include a return bus ticket to Addington. (R20 and dress code applies).

2. The perfect place to begin your race day celebrations is in the heart of Merivale with a champagne breakfast at No.4 Bar and Restaurant, along with Cup Week prizes and live music. Book your seat to Addington Raceway on November 13 on the legendary No.4 bus ($19) and enjoy a complimentary beverage on return.

3 . Trevinos Restaurant & Bar in Riccarton will be open from 9am offering an à la carte breakfast with complimentary glass of bubbles to get you in the mood.

4. Situated in Lincoln Road, The Pedal Pusher is a short stroll from the action at Addington Raceway, offering a champagne breakfast daily throughout Cup Week. A funky and vibrant gastropub, The Pedal Pusher now has live music on a Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

5.Get together with a group of friends and head to JDV in Merivale before – and after. With late night dining until 11:30pm you will not have an excuse but to return to the party at JDV.

6. Renowned for its amazing breakfasts, Bloody Mary’s in Latimer Square will be serving up a delicious pre-race day buffet (with a few extra goodies) on Tuesday November 13. Guests will be treated with a glass of bubbly on arrival starting the day off in style.

7. If champagne is your thing then you can’t look past the upscale neighbourhood bar Vesuvio Wine & Tapas Bar. Throughout Cup Week, the European style bar is running a special Champagne by The Glass Menu, champagne specials and champagne cocktails.

8. Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar Owner Jason Whitelaw says “a party without champagne is just a meeting”. G.H. Mumm is just one of the champagnes available at Louis where you can start your day in style. Louis’ celebrated after parties have proven again a hit (with two selling out) but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action at other times during Cup Week.

9. From November 13 to 18 Aikmans in Merivale will be turning it up starting with a Moet & Chardon Champagne Breakfast and return bus to Addington ($35 per person). There will be special events taking place every day with live music, drink specials and prizes for best dressed.

10. For Cup Day, the Carlton has you covered with three options to begin your day right with a champagne breakfast and buffet breakfast for $25 or add in a bus ride to Addington for $35 (inclusive) on the Carlton bus.




Treasure Box

All the best Treasures: Treasure Box

Combining quality with everyday luxury, finding a stunning Cup Day outfit amongst the beautiful, handpicked collection at Treasure Box by Biani is easy.


Treasure Box


From glamourous garments to stylish shoes and accessories, the welcoming and experienced staff can dress you from head to toe, says owner Andrea Bailey. “The girls will look after you and personally advise on which colours and shapes are best for you. They love sharing their knowledge.”

Amongst beautiful floaty dresses and cute jumpsuits, the Luxe Deluxe clothing will have you standing out in the crowd. Paired with beautiful headwear and fascinators – whether you choose a floral headpiece with subtle netting or a stunning structured hat – the range of beautiful bags and European shoes will complete your outfit. The unique selection of jewellery at the store includes a stunning range of statement earrings by Four Corners.



Canterbury Jewellers

Beautifully bespoke: Canterbury Jewellers

The talented team at Canterbury Jewellers can turn your ideas into a beautifully handcrafted bespoke piece.


Canterbury Jewellers


Located in the heart of the city, the family-owned business has been providing an on-site repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery service for more than 35 years. Visiting the business is a refreshing change to what can sometimes be a daunting and sterile experience, says second generation jeweller, Jason Baylis.

Canterbury Jewellers


“We are honest, friendly, down-to-earth and many customers come back to us for that reason. Our business is built on word-of-mouth, so pretty much everyone who comes here are referrals.”  Delivering a personal design and creation service for anything from a unique engagement ring, to an elegant pendant, Canterbury Jewellers has a large, skilled team of 13 to keep up with demand and all jewellery is made in-house. Current trends indicate sapphire engagement rings are popular and rose gold is back.




Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Now’s the time to give your hair a little consideration. We’re often told gorgeous hair is a matter of health and good diet, which makes sense.

Hair today, gone tomorrow


So foods high in good fats and proteins are the way forward. Salmon, chicken, cheeses, olive oil, avocados, nuts… all feed hair volume and gloss from within. Add at least one egg a day, plus one brazil nut, to be selenium-safe.
Then there’s the question of how to style your healthy hair for the fun days ahead, for Cup Day, and all the other seasonal dress-ups. Elaborate up-do, or a certain cut and stylised treatment?

As with dressing, retro looks are still conquering all, such as ‘80s rock-star perms, conferring luscious heads of curls, or the dead-straight and glossy, with the middle-part. Then there’s the kinked, balayaged ombre long-bob, fringed or not.
Two things are worth considering. The first is to make a hair appointment for the ideal time, so that you’ll look beautiful, no matter which style you choose.

The second is to play devil’s advocate with your tresses. Essentially this is the law of opposites. Be contrary. If your dress is very tailored or fitted, go loose, flowing and more natural on the hair front. Conversely, if you’re in a sharp-looking yet oversized double-breasted jacket (left swinging open), a close-groomed-cut and architectural sunglasses could look fab.


If a hat or fascinator is in the mix, take it to the hairdresser and, a tad of back-combing later, your best look will materialise.




One of a kind gym: Bodyfix

As more and more people join the Bodyfix family, the unique gym is moving premises to cater to its ever-growing membership.




“By early next year, we will have a much larger gym, in a brand-new world class facility – located at 29 Leeds Street – as well as more services to offer our members,” owner Moana Williams says. “Building on what we already have, the new premises will enable us to continue to grow – and not being linked to a franchise and being a one-of-a-kind gym is what sets us apart.”

The ‘family friendly’ club opened in 2011, featuring a full weights and cardio room, as well as a variety of group classes designed to motivate members to achieve their goals, including HIIT, spin and yoga. Starting your exercise regime today rather than tomorrow is one philosophy followed closely by the team at Bodyfix, and that’s because they know that when exercising under their roof, you are sure to see results. They know that when people walk into their club, everyone wants a better version of themselves.

Moana says getting the right mix of regular exercise can improve your health, vitality and wellness – which we all need more than ever in life. “There is no ‘right time’ to get started on an exercise programme, do it today – with a bit of hard work, sweat and commitment you will be fit, healthy and happy.”


Visit Bodyfix now at 450 Tuam Street, phone 03 389 9892, or visit



Getting a fabulous fit: Blackwell’s

The perfect foundation will set off every Cup Day and special occasion outfit.


It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.


When investing in fabulously fitting lingerie, the result will be a flawless shape. Blackwell’s lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says “It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.”
Lynn works closely with each and every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup.

“We can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to complement your outfit. It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.” Blackwell’s lingerie department has an outstanding variety of brands including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi collections, designed specifically for fuller busts. Also available in store is new season’s women’s fashion clothing, footwear and accessories.



Please call to book your bra fitting with the instore lingerie specialist. Appointments available Tuesday – Friday.

Blackwell’s Department Store, Kaiapoi
Ph 03 327 8029



An inspirational boutique: Fashionworks

Take a trip to Hanmer over the next month – the perfect Cup Day outfit could be waiting. Inspiration flows in this stress-less alpine atmosphere, especially at designer boutique Fashionworks.




Owner Alice Stielow says spring’s burst of flowers and sunshine inspires dressing up in fashionable florals and colour. “However, Cup Day encourages individual personality, be it smart casual, to a classical little black dress.
“Styles and colours are so exciting now.”

Django and Juliette, and Hey Monday are Fashionworks favourites. “This season’s blazers and jackets look so smart with anything – a Cup Day outfit or a pair of jeans.”
Cooper St and IvyBlu have beautiful occasion-wear, as does Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Cooper St, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal. Alice’s second store, Lifestyles, has amazing swimwear and urban wear such as White Chalk and Home Lee.


Phone Fashionworks on 03 315 7120, Lifestyle on 03 315 7126 or follow on Facebook.


Ecco Shoes

Stand out in the Crowd: Ecco Shoes

Beautiful shoes and accessories for Cup Day are a must – and a unique new range in the ECCO Spring/Summer collection will ensure you stand out in the crowd.


Ecco Shoes


Ecco True Indigo Leather has opened up more colours, textures and possibilities for shoes and bags, with a new leather innovation and a dye that has coloured almost every civilisation, from the ancient to the modern. For thousands of years, man had not found a way of dyeing premium cow and camel leathers indigo blue and achieving exceptional results. But Ecco Leather, based in the Netherlands and widely regarded as the world’s leading research and development centre for the material, made the breakthrough. Reinterpreting the traditional, artisanal methods of dyeing jeans, three different finishes for Ecco True Indigo Leather have been developed – with more colours to come.


Ecco Shoes


Just as every hide is different, the same drum at the tannery can produce many different gradations of indigo blue. Highlights amongst the collection include the Ecco Shape Wedge Plateau Sandal, and the Ecco Sp 2 Medium Doctor’s Bag, with its denim look achieved with Ecco True Indigo camel leather, which shows more of the natural imperfections than cow hide. The combination of the denim-inspired camel leather and the hand-stitched top handles gives the women’s bag its distinctive appeal.

With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.


Ecco Shoes


Visit the store on 195 Papanui Rd, or shop online


Eyes on

Eyes on: Elegant Eyebrows

Elegant Eyebrows is an expert in the fine art of threading and can transform your eyebrows, creating a defined beautiful and sophisticated look.


Eyes on


An ancient hair removal technique, threading is a popular alternative to plucking and waxing and effectively deals to unwanted facial hair.
Using a thin cotton thread, threading removes the entire hair follicle, is faster than tweezing and is perfect for those who suffer from skin irritations or allergies. No hair is too thick or thin for threading and hair grows back thinner and finer.
Tame sparse, overgrown or wild eyebrows and take that first step towards better brows by heading into Elegant Eyebrows. The team does eyebrow tinting, eyelash perming and eyelash extensions.

A quick glimpse:

• Threading only removes hair and not skin.

• Threading is chemical free and better for sensitive skin.

•Threading lasts longer than plucking or waxing.

•Threading is more precise and gives a more defined finish.

• Threading is faster.

• It is generally agreed that threading is not as painful as waxing and other hair removal procedures.

•The technique grabs even the shortest hairs, giving a smooth finish.