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Chill Factor


Relax, it’s the 2020s and this decade’s décor retreats into a comfort zone that simply says ‘chill’. Home is a sanctuary where we recharge our batteries. We look at ways to do them up, so we can wind down.

 

FREEDOM FURNITURE

A softer palette
Muted, serene shades make a peaceful haven.

Warmer neutrals are snuggling up to hazy pastels for a luxuriously lived-in look as cool colours now give way to more yellow-based neutrals such as creams and all renditions of dirty white.

Star of the season, mustard, melds into this vibe with a cosy dollop of colour. Warm up any cool greys with nude and champagne pinks, washed-out teal, dusky aqua or faded moss greens.


Cutting the corners
The art deco era embraced all those sensuous curves – as seen in those glamorous circular mirrors and artwork, seating with gorgeous curved detailing and those graceful flowing figurines.

Cylindrical-shaped coffee tables are also a cool change. Couches are comfy with soft, sloping sides.

Round or oval tables can squeeze in more diners, inviting conversation – no one is on the edge.


Lounging around
A soft-cornered ottoman really owns the living room.

They can aspire to everything a coffee table can but without the sharp edges – from magazines and trays of morning tea through to extra seating for visitors or a footstool for three.

In deep-button velvet they’re opulent eye-catchers.

Magical Moroccan-style poufs add exotic chill factor; in fact oversized oval cushions in all styles are relaxing up lounge landscape.

Egg swing chairs and circular seating of the swinging ’60s have also become cocoons we love to lounge upon.

Tactile textures
Freedom from formality is frayed fringing, tussled tassels, worn velvets and canvas, linen and cotton.

Pamper with pom poms and mohair rugs and include touchable softness from silks and satins to worn leather and faux fur.


Fade away
Time worn and sun-kissed has earned its place.

Let pale, aged, natural wood have a break from the high polish.

Relax in the imperfect charm of wicker, rattan and cane in a faded shade.

Further invite with paled plump cushions and washed-out cotton throws. Faded evokes well-loved style.


Holiday mode
For a retreat-style home, embrace pale flooring of parquet or light woods, exposed rustic beams and let in plenty of light.

Bedrooms can be 24-hour hibernation hubs with lounging areas and soft dreamy colours to send us into slumber.

On the other hand, lounge couches have become bed-like with the trend in sumptuous wider seating.

Upholstered chairs around lower casual dining tables also become hang-out zones.

After all, who wants a visitor to perch politely on the edge of their seat – we’re now saying welcome, stay awhile and chill.


 

Energising the airwaves


Mike Puru energisers the airwaves along with Anika Moa and Stacey Morrison on The Hits Drive show from 3 to 7pm. After a decade at The Edge and as TV host for the first two seasons of The Bachelor, he’s the personality from Southland who has won hearts nationwide.

 

 


So how much fun is it sharing the studio with two of the coolest chicks in showbiz? What a trio!

It’s a great combo – two very special women who have the biggest hearts but also the best humour.

They are both admired in the specialty fields and maintain family life but are always keen to share experiences and laughs.

I’m always learning Māori and what it’s like to have kids, so I just add my yarns and experience and it makes me laugh every day.


What are a couple of awesome/weird/profound moments?

We all, quite often, sing along to the songs and every now and then Stace and I look up at Anika and think ‘wow you are amazing’.

We forget she is actually one of New Zealand’s best singers.

The other profound moment is the realisation of our backgrounds – all very similar upbringings and somewhat weird we all ended up together!


You hosted for the first two seasons of the Bachelor. So, The Bachelorette 2020 – wish you were there and what do you think of it?

Where to start? First of all I think the Bachelorette is brilliant; I would hate being a single straight male dating, so I’m finding it hilarious watching these guys.

Secondly it’s much better just watching it on TV – the problem you have with hosting is you know what happens before it airs and it’s hard to keep your mouth shut until it airs.

And thirdly, I think Art is great at presenting – although I miss being part of something so huge on TV.

I’ve been there, done that and quite happy to be a watcher… PS, it is all real – I used to get asked so many times but I can assure you what you see it what happened!


TV or radio – differences for you?

Someone once told me ‘radio pays ya mortgage, TV pays for ya holidays’ – and that was great advice!

TV is so fickle and short-lived.

I was out of full-time work for a few years constantly freelancing in many areas, but I loved the move back to full time radio as there’s something special about being live each day and having your listeners become part of your extended family.

TV is great fun, but changing fast; radio has stood the test of time and I love it.


Do you get to your hometown of Gore often? Is Southland still stuck in your soul?

Love Gore! It was big enough to have opportunities but small enough to not have to compete for jobs and experiences.

I host the Gold Guitars each year and love catching up with family as well as being part of something that is part of Gore’s history – I owe Gore a lot so it holds a special place in my heart.


What’s life at the moment for you when you’re off the air – what gobbles up your leisure time?

Radio demands mean you are constantly looking for material so it never really ends but you need to live life to experience that so I mainly just hang with my partner and dog at home doing house things – I’ve found mowing lawns and cleaning quite therapeutic.

We try often to sponge off our mates who have holiday homes; Auckland is a great region for weekend getaways so we try to do that as often as we can.


Dreams (big and small) for this year/decade?

I’d love for our radio show to become of the “must listen“ shows in the afternoon and I would also love to get back to France where my partner is from – his family and the region (Southwest France) is amazing and I can’t wait to get back …

so please tune in and give the gayest, brownest family-friendly entertaining show on radio a go so I can earn enough money to get back to France.


 

Tangerine Dreams


Fruity forms of orange fuelled our fashion sense in spring. Citrus shades are still sizzling on summer’s shelves and now they’re set to warm up autumn wardrobes.

Eastern cultures have always revered this hot spot on the colour wheel.

During Chinese New Year mandarins, tangerines, satsumas are symbols of abundance and fortune.

To wear the vibrant orange shade of tangerine brings happiness and enthusiasm – the mantra for 2020.

Tangerine is Fashion and Lifestyle Coach Angela Stone’s favourite colour – and has been for a while.

“My wardrobe is full of it; skirts, tops, trousers, dresses. Colour adds vibration and it really makes me feel alive, as it’s such a positive colour.”

Tangerine hails from the orange palette, but it’s a richer more saturated shade, just like the skin of its fruity namesake – injected with a juicy squeeze of scarlet.

Angela says it is a perfect colour to wear for those who would normally shy away from standing out in siren red. “It is kinder and softer than red – more subtle.”

Tangerine will show off a golden tan and will also add warmth to those with a more porcelain complexion.

“It is a very flattering universal colour, as everyone suits it. It can be paired with almost any other shade, including other universal colours like forest green or cobalt blue. Blonde, brunettes and red heads – we all look great in it.”

We don’t have to retire an outfit once autumn hits.

Tangerine is a sumptuous pop of colour pared against more retiring shades of autumn – such as darker greens, chocolates and burgundies.

Tangerine evokes a dream escape to a tropical retreat, sipping tequila sunrises by the pool. Wear it every way – from psychedelic crop tops to maxi skirts and boots.


 

A grand palaver!


Local comedic favourite Shay Horay presents his latest busker’s baby – Palaver Grand. With a handful of showbiz buddies, in the style of Graham Norton, riotous banter and sparing of wit will entrap the audience in the Spiegeltent on 14 February. The two-hour show promises hearty belly laughs.

 

Photographer: DEAN MACKENZIE

 

It’s for one night only and it’s going to be one heck of a line-up,” he says.

Shay is best known at the World Buskers Festival as Rubber Band Boy and, in 2019, packed the house with busker show The Revolver Club.

He recently hosted his inaugural Palaver chat shows in Lyttleton’s intimate Wunderbar – delving into the minds of colourful kiwi celebrities, one on one. Peter Rowley, legendary funny man and co-writer/sidekick for the Billy T James Show, was one of his victims.

“Shay’s a great smooth-talking, cool, good-looking guy,” Peter says.

“The show was sensational. He delved into drawers from the back of my mind that I never knew existed!”

He will be under the microscope once more for Palaver Grand, uniting with an eclectic cast of four on the couch – in front of a much grander audience.

Other guests for the R18 show include favourite television host and comedian Dai Henwood, actor Jonny Brugh, aka Deacon the Vampire, of film What we do in the Shadows fame, and from Daredevil Chicken Club from USA – sensational improvisers and regular busker act. House band Lawrence Arabia will entertain.

“These are all people I’ve loved performing with in the past,” Shay says.

“Palaver means to talk unproductively at length – exactly like the open and free-flying nature of the show.

None of it is scripted, I just cut and edit a loose script as it goes on.

These are stories the audience wouldn’t normally get to hear – personal information and funny bits. And because it’s from the horse’s mouth, it must be true!”

As the Rubber Band Boy, Shay has smashed two Guinness World records for the most rubber bands strapped to a human face, and took the stretchy show to 30 countries.

He asked a plastic surgeon if it was OK.

“It was a great thing for my skin, he assured me, and would probably keep me looking younger!”

Hailing from Geraldine, he cut his comedic teeth at Burnside High School, where his parents sent their talented son to for the renowned drama department.

In 1996, while still a student, he hit busker bigtime.

Now a quarter of a century later, he’s just turned 40. “I’m over the hill now – so I’ve got to start ticking off all the boxes.”

He lives in Lyttelton with Riley the dog, who also has a few talented tricks.

Shay’s a wicket keeper for Heathcote Cricket Club, where he also volunteers.

Always having a side-splitting project on the go, he recently starred as butcher, florist and masseuse in NZ on Air shortlisted The Woolston Complex, filmed at The Tannery.

Aspiring to launch Palaver as a live-audience TV series, he loves the concept of a chat show.

“There’s nothing on TVNZ like it at the moment. It is closest in format to This Is Your Life”.

Except this show will be a grand palaver of life’s more funnier follies.


 

Sensational street food


The Night Noodle Market is not just noodles – it’s music, fun and fabulous Asian flavours.

 

 

Hagley Park’s lakeside Entertainment Triangle will have 21 local and international hand-picked food stalls from February 6, Waitangi Day, until February 15.

That’s 10 mouth-watering nights for Christchurch’s celebrated pop-up event under neon lanterns.

Event Manager Vanessa Fleming says stallholders are working on exciting new menus, with more plant-based options.

Aussie Hoy Pinoy’s smokin’ BBQ skewers and Gelato Messina’s Thai full moon gelato dessert menu will wow.

New onboard are Japan’s The Flying Noodle and Melbourne’s Puffle Dessert.

Favourite local fare includes new restaurant Dish. Moa Beer, Crafters Union and the Coca-Cola Caravan have beverages to match the feasting.

Achieving NZ’s Best Sustainable Event at the 2018 NZEA Awards, compostable packaging partner Ecoware, recyclable cans, and 100 percent recycled plastic bottles help the event move towards zero waste.

Lion dancers, Takumi drummers, performers and live bands spice up the mood, with local funk/reggae band Horizon for opening night.

Sport Suzie will entertain the kids both Saturdays.

Eclectic new visuals include an immersive entranceway and an 9m-wide neon-look “selfie” wall.

Vote for the favourite ‘Top Chopsticks’ stallholder to be in to win $1000. Also Air New Zealand offers the chance to win economy flights for two to Asia.

Entry is free and all ages are welcome, including dogs on a leash.

There’s free Wi-Fi at the cashless event – all stallholders accepting major credit and debit cards (excluding AMEX) and have contactless payment facilities.

Noodle Night Market runs from 4pm to 10pm daily – with a 1pm start for Sparks in the Park, on the last day.


 

Sports Luxe: Leisure-wear’s cool new makeover


Comfortable, classy and practical while still being gorgeous and glamorous – the luxe sportswear style is less trend and more lifestyle. It is the second skin of healthy active people with multi-faceted lives, who also adore fashion and femininity. Putting it together perfectly is the goal post. Is an outfit truly luxe or lackadaisical? We explore the rules to rock this racy ensemble.

 

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  1. Sneak it in
    Flat sneakers – there’s no need to unlace when bounding into the boardroom.

    Sneakers with flirty summer dresses through to long maxi skirts all add bounce to our stride.

    Note: sneakers with track pants are straight sports girl, so beautify the bottom half to sporty-luxe them up.

    Black or white are a wardrobe staple to pair with most outfits.

    However, pick a complementary or contrasting colour, metallic or embellishment for even more kick-ass cool.

  2. Sport a pair of heels
    Wearing designer track pants?

    They desire a cute pair of heels to take them to Hollywood heights. It’s all about juxtaposition!

    Pointy toes peeping out from track pant hems is relaxed attitude. It is about blurring the lines of leisurewear.

  3. Change it up
    Pair an edgy over-sized jacket with slinky bike shorts.

    Baggy tops with baggy bottoms are lax rather than luxe, so pair a fitted top with a floaty pant, or over-sized sweater with tight tapered trackies.

  4. Crop the top
    Bare midriffs have made a re-appearance – from 80s crop t-shirts to gym-style racer-backs sporting the latest logos and feminine bra tops.

    Layer under a loose or fitting jazzy jacket, t-shirt or summery coat.

  5. Material girl
    It’s time to give the grey marle of yesterday a new decade onceover.

    Exciting new trends in materials keep luxe-lovers even more cool and comfortable – and strides ahead in the fashion stakes.

    From a luminescent track-pant stripe to an all-over shimmery ensemble, from jersey to neoprene.

    There is stretchy, flexible, breathable textures in everything from pearlescent to high sheen.

  6. Comfort is queen
    The goal is to be eye-catching, but the reason we are secretly in love with luxe is the comfy, cosy feeling we don’t want to change out of.

    A pair of Lorna Jane track pants, that feel silky soft and buttery are worth every dollar.

    Fitting and stretchy means they won’t linger on the wardrobe side-lines.

    Even natural-based fabrics are designed these days with flattering but fitting flex.

  7. Keep the cool to look cooler
    Along with bare midriffs, perforated materials and edgy laser cut-out designs are so hot right now.

    That extra airflow has the bonus of keeping us from overheating as we dash about our day.

  8. The right recipe
    Tempting – but head to toe super-sporty luscious luxe is just a tad too tempest.

    It’s easy enough though to tone it to perfection with a mix of textures and an item or two from our current fashion staples.

  9. Dress it up dress it down
    From the collecting the kids to dinner and dancing – transformer luxe is easy as.

    A blazer with rolled up sleeves, belts, handbags, bling and scarlet lippy – take them on, or off.

    A Wonder Woman quick change and it’s off to the next mission looking a million dollars.


 

Plump up the pension pot


Whether it’s a comfortable three decades away or in a few short years, it’s tempting to put off planning for retirement and facing fiscal reality.

 

 

How much of a nest egg we really need can be subjective, varying vastly depending on situations and expectations.

A figure plucked out by a few professionals is $300,000 per person or $400,000 per couple.

And then there are some experts that say we need a million or two to relish our twilight years.

Ironically both can be right. We all have unique needs, dreams, and fates.

  1. Do the maths
    All incoming funds and likely outgoing expenses meld to make the final pot of gold. Calculate incomes from weekly New Zealand Superannuation, other pensions, tenants, boarders, projected KiwiSaver funds and other investments. Will the mortgage be paid off? Will there be lump sums from cashed-up investments such as property or the fine art collection? Whether it’s a flowchart of likelihoods or a list of outgoings and incomings, it pays to put pen to paper and update continually.
  2. Downsizing
    Many plan to downsize upon retiring to plump up the pension pot, but when it comes to the crunch, it might be difficult to sacrifice creature comforts. Living frugally in a nicer home might appeal to one, and a humble abode and overseas trips to others.
  3. Decide on your lifestyle
    Some people might be content living off a well-tended vege garden, for others it’s banqueting on a river cruise. Lavish or frugal – or indeed somewhere in between – decide what lifestyle fits with reality, and work toward a healthy dollar sum.
  4. Expect the unexpected
    Unplanned medical costs, helping the children out financially, global events or even new opportunities, being over-prepared brings peace of mind. If forthcoming inheritance is in the mix, be aware anything can happen. Security is planning for the worst case scenario.
  5. How much to save
    The closer we are to retirement, the larger percentage we should be stashing away from our salaries. Invest wisely in purchases that increase in value or will make money. For example, will this latest computer help increase my income? As leisure days loom faster we are more likely to work smarter than harder. Regardless, every little amount will help and it’s never too late.
  6. The bucket list
    Retirement buys the time, but not necessarily the bucks. Wish-lists invariably come with a price tag and they are generally better crossed off early, while we are fit and able. Make a list of the ‘must-dos’, and ‘would like to do’, and ferret away the required funds.
  7. Get advice from all angles
    Take on board all the workable tips from financial advisers, success stories from happy retirees, an accountant who knows your spending habits and online research. The website www.sorted.org.nz has useful advice and current pension rates.

Seeing retirement as an exciting staging of life makes the saving up for the adventure a pleasure.


 

Blue Bayou


We’ve long had a love affair with the colour blue and in 2020 it’s just as popular as ever. We check out how to work this watery hue into the home.

 

 

Blue is a cool colour on the palette wheel, but one which warms the heart.

Mysterious inky depths of French navy and indigo through to the softness of powdery baby blue, there is purpose and place for its mood-inducing effect in every room.

Blue buddies up well with other shades.

Blue and white is a traditional combination with historical beginnings on exotic palace walls and tiles, to classic crockery patterns and gingham cloth.

Dark blue and white in a kitchen is a sophisticated alternative to the smart black and white theme. Blue and green can be harmonised to copycat nature.

A blue and purple blend is pure lavender-patch lusciousness.

Whereas blue and yellow evokes Italian themes.

Pairing bold blues with orange, fuchsia or hot pink saturates the shade. Adding sandy shades as a neutral softens blue.

Bright blue adds adventure to kids’ rooms, when paired with other primary bolds.

Pale blue with silver or gold is so palace of Versailles, and is pure art deco decadence against cobalt blue.

In the bathroom, blue creates a watery playground and in the living room, an expansive airy feel.

Peace and serenity abound in a bedroom of blues – a restful, natural background.

French blue is always chic – think dusky denim and cornflower, with blue on blue textures perhaps merging with whites and greys.

Washed out grey-blues are perfect in a home that follows a neutral palate. Blue greens of the aqua palate fit in anywhere.

Certain shades of blue in the wrong lighting, or without natural light, can feel a little cold.

Just like the sky, blue comes alive against the sun rays. Dark shades ironically make small rooms appear larger, as the depth merges the corners.

However too much expanse of navy in a large room can be too sombre.

In the living room, especially with large windows, blue merges with the sky or blends with watery view.

Jazz up a beige carpet with a sumptuous blue rug.

Blue glass for water vessels or ornaments conjure up images of Greece, a place where they love to paint the walls and floors in this very Mediterranean colour – even with all that sea and sky they’re blessed with. But we all just can’t get enough of blue.


 

Beauty for the big day


Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.

 

 

Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.


 

Hair today, gone tomorrow


Laser hair removal is a pretty smooth way to sail hair-free through summer.

 

 

Who doesn’t wish for silky smooth skin every single day without having to worry about regrowth ever again?

Technology and science have come a long way and the process is generally a fast, safe, painless and permanent one – and definitely not as scary as its light-zapping title suggests.

However, it is vital to choose a well-trained, highly qualified professional that uses a medical-grade machine.

While the initial outlay maybe costlier than waxing, the savings in the longer term make it an affordable and far more lucrative beauty investment.

It also saves so much precious time!

No more maintenance. Another bonus is no ingrown hairs, or having to put up with regrowth in between waxes, just when you need it the least.

And as for the daily grind of shaving – need we say more?

A laser treatment is often over a series of 6-12 sessions, during the cyclic hair-growth phase, with breaks in between.

Some people notice a finer regrowth right from the beginning. Both men and women have seen the light and chosen a laser treatment to de-fuzz all sorts of body parts.

Laser uses a concentrated light beam which penetrates directly and deep into the hair follicle.

It is not to be confused with an IPL treatment, which uses a broad spectrum of light. The two procedures are very different.

The professionals will be happy to explain all the facts, debunk the myths, and recommend the best treatment for your skin and hair type.

Hairless summer days, here we come!