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Floral Fixation

Will floral prints ever go out of fashion? Never! But if you’re going to wear flowers, now is the time to splash out; if one thing screams ‘spring has arrived’, it’s blooming flowers! Check out our top tips for this season.




  1. Take inspiration from the tougher punk-style ensembles that incorporate delicate floral prints; a blouse bedecked in beautiful blooms paired with a leather skirt and knee-high boots is a fun look that’s equal parts feminine and edgy; perfect for both the office and after work drinks.
  2. If the beach is your fave summertime destination, surfer-girl hibiscus prints are hotter than ever – how about a bold jumpsuit in this playful print?
  3. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with interesting colourways and layered prints; up the ante with primary brights contrasting against pastels and lighter shades, or opt for 2019’s trendy tones of teal, peach and marigold. Feeling brave? Stand out from the crowd with a daringly feminine combo of a flowery dress and plaid blazer.
  4. While loud and bold is the look of the moment, let’s not forget about the elegant and classy; paler and prettier tones are still in style, and wrap dresses, ruched midi skirts and playsuits in pretty pastel florals are spring/summer 2019’s favourite silhouettes.
  5. Into a bit of the DIY? Jazz up a pair of old jeans with a flower patch or two – try a cluster of classic daisies or peachy roses.



Back to Black

Black has long evoked a sense of luxury, indulgence and dramatic sophistication, and it never goes out of style. Throughout the year we’ve seen interior designers opting for bold, dark and sultry, welcoming all shades of ebony from the kitchen to the bedroom. Now black is stealing the spotlight from the traditional white bathroom we’ve adored for what feels like centuries. Feeling a little wary of this dramatic colour? We’ll guide you through the ins and outs that’ll have you embracing the dark side in no time.




For the bold and the brave, perhaps a whole bathroom makeover is in store. The monochrome traditionalist seeking a bathroom revamp will feel right at home with a statement black feature wall behind an original white vanity, and black tiles are not only arguably more practical than their white counterpart, they’re also incredibly classy too.

Sleek black marble is highly appreciated in modern interior design for its striking stylishness; for that true grandeur, pair with gold or copper bathroom amenities like tapware, sinks and mirrors.

Black also works well as a complementary accent, particularly if you want to play it safe, so consider replacing your existing faucets, shower head, radiator and other fixtures with raw black versions. Industrial-inspired elements in black are also oh-so-trendy this year thanks to their minimalist look that’s equal parts rugged and refined.

So why not take a walk on the dark side – your bathroom will thank you for it.



Very Velvet

In 2019 we’re crushing on the lush fabric of velvet: this versatile fabric induces sumptuousness, warmth and elegance, and lends itself well to both minimalist and maximalist interiors. So how do we incorporate this beloved fabric into our home?




A simplistic style sofa in a rich colour is that luxury lounging staple you’ve been looking for, while an upholstered headboard in jewel-toned velvet will add a touch of sophistication to any boudoir. If in doubt, start with a plethora of small accents like lampshades, stools and plush cushions and throws.

Consider mixing and matching for contrast; other textural fabrics like wool and linen work well, or opt for a softer colour palette of greys, dusky pinks and duck egg blues.

Plush pieces in glorious stand-out colours like emerald green, mustard and peach make for statement additions to more minimalist living spaces, but maximalism is in – so don’t be afraid to go all out!



Crazy for crochet

As we crawl our way out of winter, we’re starting to spend our days daydreaming about our spring and summer clothing collection. 2018 was the year of the basket bag, paving the path for a trend of all things woven in 2019; enter an abundance of intricately entwined fabrics – crochet, knit, macramé and netting – in a variety of palettes; earthy, pastel and bright ‘n’ bold.




A crafty aesthetic is sweeping through the spring and summer collections of some of the world’s biggest fashion houses; NYFW saw Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and more utilising the homespun look in inventive ways, with two-pieces, long-sleeved maxis, shorts, frilly dresses and bags in a multitude of woven fabrics making waves on the runway. Are you ready to weave the woven trend into your wardrobe?

  1. Dip your toes into the trend with woven wedges or sandals and accessories, or if you’re feeling crazy for crochet, full-on woven maxis and midi skirts are your statement makers.
  2. Pair crochet and macramé pieces with cool, minimal fabrics like white or washed denim, linen, and add funky texture and oomph to any ensemble with netting and sheer knits in vivid colours like sunny yellow, bright green and neon peach.
  3. Heading seaside? Give crochet swimwear a nudge, or channel your inner beach babe with a cute open weave cover-up; think a plain white, cream or black maxi or midi dress hemmed with fringing – perfect for throwing over the top of a brightly coloured bikini.



Taking the bull by the horns

Nineteen-year-old cow lover, rescuer and devotee Jasmine Hubber has always had an affinity with the bovine species, owning three cows at the mere age of seven. Now she dedicates her days liberating calves and cows who are destined for the abattoir.



Even when I was little I was like ‘I’m going to have a place where cows never get eaten’.”

And she does. That place is ‘Til the Cows Come Home’, a cow sanctuary on a 32-acre lifestyle block in the heart of the little North Canterbury town of Cust, where vegans are rare and cow sanctuaries are entirely unprecedented – until recently. For over two years this sanctuary has been a haven, an oasis where these rescued beings happily and healthily live out their days, basking in the sun and roaming the fields.

All 108 – and counting! – of these beautiful beasts, all breeds and sizes, have been saved from their inevitable demise from farms all over the country – from Northland through to Oamaru. Jasmine is often contacted via her Facebook page, social media and other connections by people who have information about cows and calves that are due to go the abattoir and can be rescued. She is also contacted by a few local farmers when they have bobby calves available for rehoming.

Each has its own name; Nellie, Templeton, Luna and Russell are just a handful of the happy herd. And although cows are Jasmine’s primary focus, she doesn’t just stop there; other animals feature regularly, with lambs and goat kids the latest additions to her backyard, alongside a newborn calf.

So why cows? “I grew up and I saw exactly what happened to them, I saw that they didn’t mean anything to anyone except for the price tag that was on them,” Jasmine says. “They are so peaceful, they have amazing personalities and they just don’t get enough credit.”



Jasmine was born in Christchurch and raised in Springston until age eight before her family moved out to an 1100-acre plot in Amberley, where they ran a commercial beef and dairy grazing farm of around 900 cows. After moving to Cust four years ago, Jasmine began to take cows in one by one, and soon she had 10. The year 2017 saw the rescue haven really taking shape, particularly after popularity for the ‘Til the Cows Come Home’ Facebook page skyrocketed.

Fast forward two years and Jasmine’s life is nothing short of busy! But not only is the sanctuary an ongoing 24-hour commitment, there are substantial associated costs; grazing fees, vet bills and stockfeed costs, to name but a few. Winter is obviously the most expensive time of the year, and extra costs come in like blankets for the babies, milk powder and bottles and extra feed. “Cows keep warm by eating and if they don’t have enough food, they can’t keep warm because their blood sits so close to their skin. A hungry cow is usually a cold one too. We feed out a lot during the winter so they can keep nice and warm.”

The sanctuary’s bills are partly funded by Jasmine’s own income from her full-time job, and partly through donations and sponsoring acquired through her thriving Facebook page. When unexpected costs arise, such as vet bills and extra feed, Jasmine requests donations via Facebook or Give-A-Little – these kind contributions, however small, help to keep head above water. Regular and random donations vary from $1 to $50, but some extend into the thousands. “One time we got $6,500 from a vegan restaurant in Thailand, which was really cool!”

Jasmine’s favourite thing about what she does is watching the cows grow into their own personalities. “They feel really comfortable and relaxed… they start to get really excited about things like food, and when we put them on the big grazing and it’s just hills and grass, they are so happy. Now they’ve filled out and they’re so fat!” she laughs. “That’s the best thing… knowing that once they’re here, that’s it, they don’t have to worry. It’s their last stop.”

Jasmine offers sponsorship starting at $10 per week and sends the sponsors regular photos and updates of their chosen cow.

To sponsor, donate or for more information on Jasmine’s heartwarming journey, visit or email tilthecowscomehomesanctuary



Shirting the rules

As soon as boyfriend blazers and boyfriend jeans hit the street style scene several years back, we were hooked by the casual and comfortable look that it offered us.



We can all agree that borrowing – or rather, stealing – our man’s hoodies and t-shirts is nothing new, and neither is women incorporating menswear into their personal style. In fact, this goes way back in history.

By the early twentieth century, a woman in beautifully tailored men’s clothes was a recognisable form of glamour – think the ‘suffragette suit’, created by the American Ladies’ Tailors’ Association in 1910, or Coco Chanel’s semi-androgynous style – namely cigarette pants and suits, or 1930’s actress Marlene Dietrich famously donning a top hat and bow tie on set.

Fast forward to 2019; we’re still seeing menswear influences within women’s fashion, and the boyfriend trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We’re particularly loving women transforming men’s shirts into the ultimate fashion statement.

A men’s button-down shirt can be utilised in a multitude of ways; worn over a dress, jeans or a pair of shorts; tied at the waist and paired with bright pants or a midi skirt; or worn on its own, cinched at the waist with a wide belt.

A men’s basic tee styled up with a blazer, leather pants and heeled boots makes for a perfect nine-to-five ensemble, or tone it down by tucking it into a pair of boyfriend jeans and sneakers, and you’ve got yourself a casual weekend look.



Seven days of style

Bring on 26 August – the highly anticipated 19th annual edition of New Zealand Fashion Week is hitting the City of Sails, bringing with it a line-up of the country’s most beloved designers, plus some of the freshest new kids on the fashion block. We’re here to give you a rundown on the schedule!



Bursting at the seams with all things glitz and glamour, the week will showcase the best of New Zealand fashion – everything from bridal wear to contemporary street style – courtesy of budding fashion designers and some of New Zealand’s biggest fashion trailblazers.

NZFW 2019 returns to the historic Auckland Town Hall, where the event’s legacy began in 2001, and Aotea Square. Confirmed to hit the runway this year is Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Maggie Marilyn, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Adrian Hailwood, Kathryn Wilson and more, plus some up-and-coming labels like Wynn Hamlyn, Rachel Mills, Olli, Starving Artists Fund and Project Runway NZ’s winner Benjamin Alexander (pictured below).


Benjamin Alexander

After an exceptionally energetic week of runway shows comes the NZ Fashion Weekend. The Resene Designer Runway Show will kickstart the festivities on Friday 30 August with a fast, fun and funky display of fashion from every NZFW designer.

Explore a beauty haven brimming with everything hair, makeup and wellbeing on Saturday 31 August, then get your glam on and hit the Concert Chamber at the Town Hall in the evening for the Official NZFW Party. Shop ‘til you drop at the famous Designer Pop Up Sale on Sunday 1 September and prepare to score some serious savings on designer pieces from the likes of Hailwood, Flo & Frankie and exciting newcomers like Jet Set Bohemian.

This year there’s quite a theme on the cards: sustainability – both environmental and social – which will be integrated throughout all elements of the show. Sit in on a sustainability seminar featuring a star-studded guest panel of major names in the sustainability and fashion spheres, and don’t forget to check out a range of free fashion activations around the city centre, including sewing and textile upcycling workshops and a recycled clothing swap.

The team aims to keep a minimum of 70 percent of waste out of the landfill – a percentage they hope to increase year by year.


For more information and tickets, visit



Mac is back!

Some of the greatest musical talent of all time is hitting New Zealand’s shores this September – the perennial Fleetwood Mac!



The legendary band’s original members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie will take the stage at five concerts throughout the country this September. They will perform alongside newcomers Mike Campbell and New Zealand’s very own Neil Finn, who replaced vocalist, lead guitarist and key band member Lindsay Buckingham when he was axed from the band in early 2018.

The beloved group say they are thrilled to welcome the talents of the calibre of the two new additions to their cast, and will be performing all their popular classics, as well as a range of tracks from their historic musical catalogue.

Following a 50-show tour of the US, the band will perform shows in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne before crossing the ditch to rock Auckland’s Spark Arena on 12, 14, 16 and 19 September. They will then head south to perform their last show at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 21.

A pop rock band like no other, Fleetwood Mac’s enduring spirit has stood strong for more than five decades despite an unstable cast, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their best-selling album Rumours has shifted more than 40 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in history.

Tickets are still available but snap them up quick! Visit for tickets and more info.



Makeup Master

Off on a nationwide tour, Sephora Beauty Bus’ first stop was our very own Cathedral Square and I had the absolute pleasure of being treated to a makeover at the talented hands of Sephora Australia’s National Artistry Lead, Alphie Sadsad. Read on for some of Alphie’s top tips for a stellar face of makeup!




  1. First things first! Applying a moisturiser suitable for your skin type and finishing with a setting spray (Alphie’s recommendation is Resting Boss Face Waterproof Setting Spray by HUDA Beauty) are the makeup guru’s two top tips for keeping your makeup in place for an extended period of time.

  2. Foundation time! Alphie says the easiest way to pick the right foundation is to select and swatch three shades of the appropriate foundation on your jawline, starting from the corner of the mouth, then blend all three shades into the skin to see which one melts in the best.

  3. When applying CC cream or foundation, try starting from the centre and moving outwards. “Why we tend to go centre out is because I don’t like to put too much on your jawline or even on your neck. Most of the problem areas are usually in the centre,” Alphie says.

  4. Alphie advises opting for a contouring product that’s two to three shades darker than your complexion. In order to define, start by shading the parts of the face you want to recede; corners and the top of the forehead, underneath the cheekbones, sides of the nose and jawline.

  5. Go for the warmth of your skin when choosing a suitable bronzer. “People tan different ways. Always look at your undertones and how you tend to flush and how you tend to bronze, and that’s the colour you should go for.”

  6. Quick and simple eyebrows? Easy! Alphie recommends using a brow pencil to mark the start, the arch and the tail. Use a spoolie to brush your brow hairs upward and against the direction of growth, as this will highlight gaps where product should be applied. Using your brow product, connect the three marks and fill in sparse areas with short, upward strokes. To finish, set with a clear brow gel.

  7. For a simple eyeshadow look, Alphie advises starting with the lightest colour (a neutral or skin coloured eyeshadow that will neutralise and balance the eye) and blending it into the crease and towards the brow bone. Follow with a medium coloured eyeshadow, working it into the crease to create depth and enhance the eye’s natural shape. If desired, apply liner following the natural shape of your eye, then curl your lashes and apply two coats of mascara.

  8. Luscious lips? Alphie’s go-to is to first apply a lip oil or a lip balm before even starting your makeup, so that by the time you’re done, your lips are hydrated. If you need to, blot any excess off. After applying your lipstick, finish off with a lipliner, rather than starting with one. “It will hide all of your sins,” he laughs.

Kiwi beauty lovers can now get their Sephora fix – the first New Zealand store recently opened on Auckland’s Queen Street. Here’s hoping Christchurch is next in line!



Local team’s NZFW adventure!: Q&A with Kristen Stewart

Get ready for 26 August – New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) is hitting Auckland! Christchurch’s very own Kristen Stewart Makeup School is taking up 16 graduates and 14 assisting students – their largest team yet – to work their makeup magic. We caught up with Kristen Stewart about the NZFW experience and what she’s looking forward to this year.




You’ve been participating in NZFW for quite some time! What has been a big highlight over the years?
There have been so many; heading shows and watching my teams thrive is always a highlight. But if I had to pick the most memorable few days, it would be my time with Pamela Anderson. Not only was she an interesting and very beautiful woman, but she taught me how to layer false lashes! I had never put on more than one set at a time before I met her.

How have you and your team been preparing for NZFW?
There hasn’t been too much preparation so far except putting the teams together. The production meetings start in a couple of weeks’ time; this is when we meet the designers and get inspiration for what they want. Then between hair and makeup, we collaborate to come up with something that suits the designer/s. This can be quite difficult in group shows where the designers are sharing models and they want a completely different look from each other, and we need to come up with a compromise.

What is an average day at NZFW like?
Long! For my teams, the first show starts at 10am, so the makeup artists need to be on site by 6:45am ready for the models by 7am, then it is full noise for the next 3-4 hours, until the show is finished and the models have gone. Depending on how many shows we have each day, this can happen back-to-back and even overlap until 9:30pm. The workload can change depending on the number of designers and models on each show – it makes it exciting and the adrenaline keeps you going.
For me though, I have the best of both worlds. I am there early each day, I may get to lead some shows, however I generally keep an eye on everyone and everything backstage, but I also get the luxury of going to the shows. For me it is a family affair, not only in blood, but a lot of these people I have been working with for over 20 years, so it’s a big catch up session also.

What has NZFW been like for you and your team in previous years?
It has always been a fabulous experience for me, my team and students. We have grown each year and, with that, we get more shows and artists get more recognition. The students have been very lucky as we’re the only school in New Zealand that gets to take a team. They find it an eye-opening experience to really see what happens behind the scenes – it is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding.

What are you looking forward to this year?
This year NZFW is back at the location of where it all started – the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square. It is going to be very nostalgic walking back in there and I am excited for what it will be like now, as we have all learnt so much since it all began. We love working on the Graduate Shows; this is where new talent is taking the stage for the first time and has an awesome vibe and a lot of ambition!