It’s nearing the end of summer and autumn is almost around the corner. Bearing that in mind, with a new season comes a new wardrobe. We’ve put together a checklist of the most essential staples when piecing together a fabulous fall collection.
Feet first: This little piggy… got cold.
Autumn sometimes feels like a transitional season where some days are warm and others are just a bit nippy on the toes.
If you’re wanting to put them away but still give your feet room to breathe, loafers are the perfect solution to your problems.
Not to mention they are much more stylish than the jandals you’ve been rocking at the beach.
Bust out the blazer: We’re yet to find a blazer that hasn’t looked stylish or completed any look (maybe grandma’s hand-me-down, but don’t tell her that).
Whether you run with a petite tight-fitted blazer or go for more of an oversized look, there’s nothing wrong with giving your outfit a bit of personality.
Not to mention they look very professional at the office and equally as cool and quirky in the bar should you decide to grab a drink after work.
Meet in the middle: Midi skirts and dresses are everywhere. In saying that, it’s easy to see why – they’re just so versatile.
Dress them up or dress them down. If you’re stressing about what to wear to an event start with a midi skirt or dress and work from there based on what you’re feeling.
If you find the right one… it’s a match made in heaven.
Feeling snug: A sweater is something that you could quite possibly wear year-round, the summer nights can cool off quite quickly.
But to make that look feel exclusive to autumn, it might pay to find a sweater in a colour complementary to the season.
Ideally these will be colours that are both vibrant and warm such as coral, camel or orange.
If these aren’t colours you’re normally comfortable with trying, there’s no better time to experiment.
The trees are turning orange and brown and so should your wardrobe.
Try tweed: When you’re feeling a bit clueless on what to wear… sometimes it’s best to channel your inner Cher.
You should like totally try treed – is probably what she would say and she’s right.
It’s bold and it’s exciting and it’s definitely a statement staple that could make an appearance every autumn.
At the heart of the desirable Merivale shopping precinct, you will find the iconic destination store Corso Merivale.
The exquisite boutique is characterised by notable brands not found elsewhere in Christchurch and it is their goal to ensure that Corso Merivale sets itself apart in quality, selection and service. As we head into autumn it gives us an opportunity to embrace the cooler weather and all its characteristics. Strong rich colours in whisky, dark inks and saffron can be found in a beautiful range of hand blocked linen cushions made at the hands of talented artisans. Natural materials are the focus at Corso Merivale; cashmere, wool, linen and organic cotton, just to touch on a few.
Along with the change of season comes an exciting change in beautiful quality homewares and lifestyle ranges on offer, from the comfort of Danish house shoes Glerups to the stunning fragrances from Belgium, Baobab candles. Cashmere separates by Laing Home are enduringly stylish, while Missoni’s very latest towelling selection will add vibrancy to your bathrooms, and layering textures and colours will give you depth, creating a rich and inviting ambience.
For the fashion savvy, R.M. Williams’s boots have marked their territory firmly at Corso Merivale. These iconic boots will endure for many years and only get better with age. Bassike continues to be a firm favourite, while Good & Co.’s unique winter range of merino and silk scarves are a touch of luxury either as a gift or for yourself.
Corso Merivale invites you to come and be inspired at 209-211 Papanui Road, or visitwww.corsomerivale.nz.
Though it’s more commonly known as autumn on this side of the world, the fact this season’s moniker is known to some as fall is a fashionable little irony, as we’re falling for this shade in all its seasonal glory.
Whether you think of it as plum, burgundy, deep red, maroon, wine or even oxblood as it was known when it broke out as 2012’s seasonal shade, this moody tone signifies that the warm weather is officially coming to an end.
Incorporate it with some snuggly accessories or snap up a coat in this colour. It is after all, the hottest look around – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.
Autumn is often rated as the most picturesque time of year in the Southern Lakes region, and Queenstown Trails Trust Chief Executive Mark Williams says it’s the perfect season to explore the area by bike or on foot.
With the trees now displaying the full spectrum of golden-bronze to rusty-red hues, mild temperatures and plenty of daylight hours, Mark believes the pre-winter conditions and stunning scenery are ideal for both cyclists and walkers. He’s on his bike most weekends in the 120-kilometre network of trails and tracks that make up the Queenstown Trail. And, after a year in the job, he is more passionate than ever.
“The Queenstown Trail is very multi-purpose,” Mark says. “It’s a fantastic ride experience for visitors from out of town, but also a great commuter trail for residents. With Queenstown under a bit of infrastructure pressure, it means people can use a different mode of transport to get to work. So it serves a wide range of users.”
From April to June, the views along Queenstown Trail are breathtaking. It traverses two impressive suspension bridges, crosses three rivers (the Kawarau, Shotover and Arrow) and circumnavigates Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hayes.
“At this time of year, you get a beautiful mist. It’s pretty spectacular seeing the mountains poking out from the mist. And you get the first snowfalls, so it looks like a dusting of icing sugar on top of the mountains. With the golden trees and snow, it’s a really nice mixture of colours.”
Mark recommends trying Arrow River Bridges Ride during autumn. For more information, visit www.queenstowntrail.org.nz.
Luke Robertson, Landscape Designer at Christchurch’s celebrated Artworks Landscape Ltd, offers some advice for the enjoyment of spending Christmas and summer in your fabulous outdoor living space: “Just because it’s autumn, don’t put your plans on the back burner until spring – be smart, think ahead. Now is the perfect time to get your design completed so work can commence before the spring rush if you want to be able to enjoy your outside living over the summer.”
Artworks Landscape Ltd has been in Canterbury for 31 years and offers the full service of design, build and maintenance, so can complete your whole project. “Communication flow between our departments means it’s a streamlined process, ensuring continuity between design, construction and maintenance,” Luke says.
Every client has different outdoor space requirements and Luke is driven by the challenge of variety. While he has some favourite design concepts, your outdoor space will be unique to you.
From the sculptural lines of a symmetrical formal garden, to a more relaxed free-form outdoor space, you’ll receive a distinctive, well-serving design and completed product that works for you.
Artworks Landscape Ltd has a reputation for quality landscapes on time and to any budget. The benefits in using Artworks, is that it offers the full package. Whether you need a paved area, or an integrated design complete with swimming pool, Artworks can help. Phone 03-387 0673 or enquire through www.artworkslandscape.co.nz
There’s great excitement in the autumnal air, with feijoa season upon us.
Generally available from about mid-March until early June, the small, green, egg-shaped fruit is pretty unique to New Zealand – although not native.
A distinctive flavour and culinary versatility sees feijoa making their mark on an exceptional range of cakes, salsas, jams and curries. And yet, although we naturally gravitate to some of the more traditional options, such as feijoa crumble, feijoa chutney, feijoa cider or just cut in half, scooped out and eaten raw, we’ve donned our detective caps and hunted out a fruitful range of some of the more unique options that may well become some flavourful favourites.
So what not try some of these clever culinary creations or get out your innovative chef’s hat and try some creative creations of your very own.
Planning a hair shake-up? Need some inspiration from professionals around the world? H&B has been taking notes on the colour trends for autumn 2018 and is ready to help you transform your locks!
With leaves changing and temperatures dropping, red and copper-based colours are making their comeback. The latest autumn trends point towards burgundy and purple-based reds being the must-have. With Pantone’s Colour of the Year being announced as Ultraviolet, many homages to this within the hair industry have been seen already. A dash of purple in a red or brown colour can give a striking result.
With moisture in the air, cold temperatures creeping in and heaters blasting in the office, you may feel a little lacklustre. The Keratin Blowout is an essential treatment for anyone struggling with frizz, fluff, or unmanageable hair. It leaves your hair significantly smoother for up to eight weeks, making blow-drying and flat-ironing a breeze. If done immediately following a colour service, Keratin Blowout will lock in your colour, helping it to look fresh for longer.
Along with its superstar stylists, H&B has beauticians armed with the best and brightest technology. The new Ultraceuticals Sonophoresis service is the perfect add-on to a facial. Using ultrasonic vibrations, it allows your skin to absorb the products used in your facial more efficiently. Pop into H&B now to get a glimpse of the day spa progress – opening this year!
If you would like to make a consultation appointment with a stylist or beautician, contact Hair Art & Beauty on 03-381 8939, email@example.com, or book online at hairart.co.nz.
Whether you want a winter wonderland or a spring soiree, every season can play to its strengths; it just comes down to which of the weather gods you want to work their magic on your big day.
While we don’t like to deal in cliches, we are keen advocates of what each season is synonymous with when it comes to creating a beautiful vibe, so here’s what you can expect or strive for if you’ve got a certain season in mind for your matrimonial celebrations.
Spring: Nothing can beat the blossoms and sweet smells of spring, from the delicious produce to the romantic blooms. All things bright and beautiful come with dependable spring, which also provides a gorgeous backdrop for photos.
Summer: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when guests have great energy; the weather is usually quite consistent; you can enjoy your gown without having to cover up; there are more options for an outdoor event. What’s not to love?
Autumn: Who wouldn’t gush over this seasonal showstopper? It’s arguably the most picturesque of the seasons with its rich colours – yellows, golds, chocolate brown. The perks of an autumn wedding are multitudinous. The chance of rain isn’t as high; it’s harvest time so there’s an abundance of delicious foods; costs are still reasonably affordable.
Winter: Think roaring fire; mulled wine; amaryllis, orchid, greenery and berry bouquets; furs (faux, to be kind) and snow if you win the wedding weather lottery. This glorious season has many benefits – potential increases in vendor availability in the ‘off-season’; a honeymoon in the sun to escape the grey skies; the divine details – wreaths, candles, a cosy ambience.
Made in the Shade is a boutique brimming with a colour wheel of flattering fashion – in natural, breathable, fabrics.
“This season’s Optimum Knitwear has arrived and includes the ‘coffee-bean top’ with contrasting cuffs and collar,” owner Ali Donn says. “Clients often say ‘I love that style but would like perhaps a different colour’ so we order it for them. They can browse their website or our Optimum lookbook.”
“It’s all good fashion fodder here – with a twist,” she says. “Pretty prints, bling cardigans – so cute and different. There are lots of blues, textures, twin sets and stripes, and scarves to match. We can help you choose and organise your entire winter wardrobe from go to whoa. And we advise clients when their favourite collections arrive!”
From Canada, there is the Gabby Isabella collection, with feminine detailing from lace-embellished jerseys to floral quilted jackets, and also the lovely Lissette-L pants. NYDJ jeans’ winter range has landed, and timeless New Zealand-made Anne Mardell dresses and tops come in adorable patterns in sizes 8 to 18.
When Ali was a youngster, her favourite saying was “I’m made in the shade” – meaning I’m cool, home ‘n’ hosed. And that’s how she likes her clients to feel – relaxed and comfortable. “I buy in what’s easy to wear, and what fits and hangs beautifully. You just put it on and feel great.”
Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.