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Dream big for beauty’s sake


Sleeping Beauty was put under a sleeping spell for 100 years, but it begs the question: was it really a curse or a blessing? Catching those Zs is a science-backed way to achieve an inner and outer glow, and here’s three ways to do just that.

Beauty sleep
“You look tired” are three words no one wants to hear. Dr Shelby Harris, a New York-based behavioural sleep-medicine specialist says sleep helps repair muscle damage and cell regrowth, improves brain function and regulates your mood. The key? Consistently having between seven- and eight-hours (and no, playing catch up at the weekend doesn’t count).

Princess and the pea
We’re recommending against putting your vegetables underneath your mattress, but we do suggest putting them into your body. So does registered dietitian and founder of wellness education studio, Nutritious Life, Keri Glassman. She says a well-balanced diet combined with at least 20-minutes of cardio exercise each day optimises your sleep – and therefore its benefits.

Screen queens
The one-more-episode mentality is a dangerous game to play before bed. Bingeing on streaming services or having one last scroll through social media keeps your brain active – resulting in a greater struggle falling asleep once you put your device down. The solution? Scientific studies suggest avoiding screens one to two hours before bed.


 

Pass the pasta, please!


Versatile in form and flavours, pasta is a classic staple on high rotation for many household menus for very good reasons.

 

But don’t make the mistake of relegating this ultimate comfort food to winter. Instead, impress your guests (or even just yourself) with these refreshing springtime pasta suggestions that will make anyone say, “Mama mia that is good!”.

The creamy no cream pasta:
Hear us out – for those of you that are dairy-free or vegan, this is the substitute for you. Make like top tier New Zealand chef Nadia Lim who uses a creamy cashew cream sauce in place of dairy alternatives to ensure creamy cravings are satisfied, but dietary requirements are not compromised.

The no fuss fancy pasta:
Instagram foodie favourite @alexskitchenstory makes using highbrow ingredients look easy (and ‘grammable). Alex shows us how sometimes all it takes is one gourmet ingredient like truffle oil to elevate any dish from ooh la nah to ooh la la. She pairs such luxe components with fresh, nutritious partners like fresh mushrooms and herbs.

The non-pasta pasta:
If you were wanting to mix it up, try creating a pasta dish… without the pasta. Scandalo, as the Italians would say. Opt for courgette spaghetti, like that pictured, using the refreshing vegetable in season from October until May. You can also try using kumara or broccoli stems, or purchase readymade options fashioned from lentils and pulses.


 

Magic in the kitchen: MF Turnbull


While there are cracks appearing in our celebrated kiwi lifestyle of late, there needn’t be in your kitchen joinery. Local heroes MF Turnbull are again working their magic to return your surfaces to a brand-new finish, bringing you a great deal of pleasure and saving waste to landfill.

 

 

Co-owner Monique Turnbull explains, “For around the last 15 years, some kitchen joinery has been created using a plastic wrap finish, which owners sometimes assumed was a paint finish.

“People are finding that the plastic wrap is cracking – lifting from the base and breaking away. The great news is that we have a technique to remove the plastic and put a completely new surface on the base which is generally still in perfect condition.”

Monique says they are resurfacing a kitchen a week at the moment.

If this is happening in your kitchen and you’d like to put it right, the process is simple. A quick call to MF Turnbull will see Steve come out and have a look and provide you with a quote.

If you prefer, you can simply email in some photos and receive an estimate before you consider a quote.

“We are seeing this effect at all kitchen joinery price points, and you’ll usually see it go at the edges first or inside the panel on panelled doors,” says Monique.

“You might see it in just two or three areas to start with. Some people choose to get a colour match in just those areas, but as the rest of it eventually goes most opt to get all of the joinery resurfaced with a two-pack urethane paint finish.”

Refreshing and renewing your home doesn’t end at the kitchen. Rejuvenate bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors and more by spray painting.

MF Turnbull can also do French polishing of antiques, and the modern equivalent – staining and clears in polyurethane.

“I really like the idea that it’s an environmentally friendly way to refresh your house, our approach means reuse of the kitchen or piece of furniture, rather than throwing it out and buying new,” says Monique.

“A client will bring in an unusual piece, it might have lovely proportions and be beautifully made but the appearance no longer suits.

“Refinished in a bright colour it can be a real showstopper, or it could go out the door and start a whole new life with a shabby chic-style distressed finish.”

Working with interior designers on a special or much-loved piece that needs to fit a new scheme is a speciality. Upholstered items with timber parts can be resurfaced before being taken to the client’s upholsterer for recovering.

Unusual items which pose a challenge are especially welcome – as the team at MF Turnbull thrive on turning visions into reality.

Such visions are achieved through consultation with clients, and showcasing samples and all the options available.


 

Extend your shelf life


Styled well, shelves can be a catalogue of beloved life knick-knacks on show for all, but done with less consideration can appear as a clustered after thought. Rather than being s(h)elfish we thought we would share our top tips to styling your shelves.

 

Book smart:
This may seem obvious, considering bookshelves are not new on the home décor scene, but experiment with the configuration of your books, stack them vertically, horizontally or in an L-shape. You can even try colour coding the spines, or displaying a particularly special title front on.

Texture and accents:
Add contrasting textures like glass and ceramics, plants, and metallics to bring some eclecticism to your shelves. Rearrange items and try different combinations – layer items, arrange in odd numbers, and with greenery creeping between shelves.

More is more:
A shelf serves the function of display and storage. Interior designer and blogger Chris Carroll says to avoid only displaying three or four items like your home is an art gallery. Instead, give your shelves personality by creating a visual story.

Quality over quantity
While too much negative space is not a positive, too much clutter is also not the goal. Instead, balance the space and interest by only incorporating items you truly love – whether that’s treasured family heirlooms, your favourite book titles, or a coveted vase.


 

Explore Antarctica from home


Sir Edmund Hillary’s hut is the coldest new hotspot to open its virtual doors. The Antarctic Heritage Trust, in partnership with Auckland University of Technology (AUT), has developed a unique virtual experience that transports viewers to the chilly continent.

 

HILLARY’S HUT | TIM MCPHEE

 

The project came about to celebrate New Zealand’s first presence in Antarctica, thanks to Sir Ed and his 23-man team building Scott Base’s first hut over 60 years ago.

The virtual experience means you won’t have to face the extreme and harsh environment that Hillary did, but you will get to tour five rooms of the hut and view hundreds of artefacts.

Professor Barbara Bollard from Auckland University of Technology played a huge part in getting this project up and running.

AERIAL FILM CANISTERS | GEOFF COOPER AHT

“It’s one thing to read about a place or see photos, but to interactively walk around and experience it as if you are there, really cements the connection,” she says.

“It creates a greater awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of these places.”

Ryman Healthcare was a principal sponsor of the unique experience, and Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod says the project will bring a unique Antarctic experience to thousands of people who otherwise could not get there.

“Sir Ed’s hut is part of the rich history of Antarctic exploration and we will be taking this experience to as many of our residents as we can. I am sure they are going to love it,” he says.

Antarctica New Zealand and Staples VR were also supporters of the project.

Put your explorer gear on and take a tour of the hut yourself, through the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s app and the gaming platform Steam.

SIR ED’S ROOM | SUE BASSETT AHT

www.nzaht.org/share/virtual-reality/


 

Dapper Dads


If you are looking for last minute Father’s Day picks for Sunday; Metropol has you covered… and no, it is not just socks.

Spruce up any outfit with a clean-cut blazer like the Sportscraft Chambers Item Jacket.

 

Channel his inner Hugh Jackman in a smart suede boot like the versatile R. M. Williams Rickaby.

 

Don’t let Dad leave home without some sleek specs like the impossibly cool, ever-stylish Moscot Lemotosh.

 

Mix classic and contemporary style with a tidy pair of casual-yet-polished chinos like the Brixton Choice Chino Pant.

 


 

Make-up your mind on study: Kristen Stewart School of Makeup


All beauty gurus start somewhere. And at Kristen Stewart School of Make-up graduates not only earn an industry-recognised diploma in make-up artistry – they gain real world experience alongside the best of New Zealand beauty.

CUSTOM-MADE CLASSROOM
KSSM’s huge Brutalist-esque building at 3C/75 Peterborough Street is custom fit so students have ample mirror space, great lighting and luxe chairs for a truly professional feel.

NZ FASHION WEEK
As an official partner to the prestigious New Zealand Fashion Week, KSSM is the only school in the country that takes graduate and attending students to the event – and have been doing so for the last 11 years. Runway makeup is often regarded as a pinnacle of makeup artistry, so students add that notch to their belt early on in their careers.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
The school is sponsored by industry-leading MAC cosmetics and has one-on-one classes with Kristen herself and two of her best graduates; Michelle Raasch and Tessa Taylor. But aside from learning from the very best – students get very hands on work experience including the ARA Pitch Fashion Show, Lynn Woods show, and local productions including school productions, Star Jam, Jump Jam, Christmas in the Park, Cup and Show Week, Ronald McDonald House, and the much-anticipated New Zealand Fashion Week.

Photos by Getty Images NZFW 2019 Make Up by #teamkssm

KSSM’s top makeup tips:
• Focus on creating – not covering – healthy skin
• Keep heavy “Instagram makeup” online
• Barely there or minimal makeup is trending
• Know what you’re doing and if you don’t – find out through courses and industry professionals

Made up your mind yet? Find out how to apply for the October 12 intake online.


 

Why Waitaki?


For some, a trip away can be as spontaneous as hopping in the car and hitting the road, while others may need a bit more persuasion. Whether you’re a serendipitous sort or a research-driven roamer, Metropol puts together the answers to the question, “why Waitaki?”

 

Moeraki boulders.

 

IT’S BOLD: Moeraki Boulders Beach is a popular tourist destination and any geologist’s dream. Its large, perfectly round rocks can be enjoyed up close or from a distance at the Moeraki Boulders Café.


IT’S EDUCATIONAL: The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is too cute to handle. Visitors can partake in a tour to get a glimpse of the little guys arriving at night after a long day fishing.


IT’S INTERESTING: Steampunk HQ was the result of creative minds coming together to produce a collection of retro-futuristic sci-fi art, movies, sculpture and sound.


IT’S HISTORIC: Oamaru seems to have it all, with the old Victorian Precinct being another attractive feature of the little town. The Steampunk HQ is situated there, so you can hit two birds with one stone (just mind the penguins).


 

Equipped for anything: Total Food Equipment


For kitchen and cooking lovers, walking into Total Food Equipment is like a kid walking into a candy store: It’s hard to know where to look. With a gadget for everything from bakeware to cookware, the name Total Food Equipment makes total sense. It is Total Food Equipment owner Sandra McLay’s firm belief when buying cookware, you should buy once and buy right. She tells us her top in store picks.

 

 

KITCHENAID MIXER: Comes in awesome colours such as Dried Rose (pictured) or a Fresh Linen shade – yes you read that right. If you were wanting to mix it up, the inclusion of the attachment hub can transform your appliance into a pasta maker, food grinder, vegetable slicer, sausage maker and much more. Appliances having more than one function is trending.

 

 

 

 

WACACO NANOPRESSO: Get coffee on the go. If you’re an espresso fanatic and want to be able to whip one out of your pocket – literally – at any time, then this is the machine for you. All you need is ground coffee, hot water and the Nanopresso for a perfect espresso shot every time, and you don’t have to be a qualified barista to do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTANT POT 5.7 AND 8 LITRE DUO ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER: Wow what a mouthful but it sure will keep all of the mouths full at home. The store is the only independent stockist in Christchurch of this amazing multi-cooker with seven appliances in one: pressure, slow and rice cooker; steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. Get one that does it all!

 

 

 


 

Let’s talk tan


Travel might have been put on hold, but when done right you can achieve that “just gotten back from Europe” tan sans passport.

 

 

We’re nearing the end of August and coming into a new season; spring! Those big winter jackets are being swapped for lighter layers with bare arms and legs, and that means one thing: tan is needed, stat. So, we’ve put together some essential tanning tips to make sure you get a natural look, without any harmful UV rays.

FINDING THE FORMULA: I was never a big fan of math but what I did learn is, finding the perfect formula is crucial to the end result. The same applies for tanning products. Personally, I’ve found Bondi Sands to be very reliable throughout the years. The lightweight foam gives you that bronzed perfection after just six hours.


AD-MITT IT: I would strongly recommend against using your hands to apply faux tan. Instead, a good quality mitt ensures even distribution, and your hands are kept clean. And if you don’t have a friend to apply it to your back…you can invest in a back applicators, too.


BYE TO DRY: Before applying the tan, and after you’ve showered and exfoliated, make sure to lightly apply moisturiser on your elbows and knees. This will prevent the tan from clinging onto those dry spots! You can also use moisturiser once your fake tan has developed to prolong your tan and prevent cracking.


MEET THE TAN-SIE: A custom-made zip front onesie, the Tansie by Spray Tan Wear is designed to protect your furniture, bedding, clothing – and your tan. Wear it while waiting for your tan to develop or while sleeping, and bid adieu to bronzed sheets, PJs and chairs.