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Supportive in pink

Canterbury is turning pink for breast cancer this month – with fundraising walks, relays, breakfasts and even buildings turning pink.



Thousands of Cantabrians are set to take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities including the Relay for Life, Pink Ribbon Walk, Pink Ribbon Breakfast and the annual Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, which is this year buoyed by the airport and Canterbury Museum being illuminated in the colour.

In the Canterbury DHB region around 400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and sadly around 77 die.

The initiatives celebrate breast cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost, promote breast health awareness, and raise much-needed funds to work towards Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand’s vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.

The Relay for Life on October 10 saw teams moving for 12 hours, while the Pink Ribbon Walk on October 17 is a 5km or 10km walk for groups to dress up in pink and lap Hagley Park.

Meanwhile, the Canterbury Museum, Fanfare Sculpture and Christchurch Airport and Airways Tower are illuminated in pink for the Global Illumination campaign to draw attention to the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, where collectors take to the streets to collect change and donations for the foundation.

Anyone can also register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, where guests are invited to attend and donate to the cause, too.

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Pink ladies of racing

Cup Week is as much about the fashion as it is the sport, so Metropol has pulled together a beauty look book to help inform your race face. This year, we’re all about fresh dewy skin with fun and vibrant pops of pinks. Afterall, the horses won’t be the only ones with thousands of eyes on them as soon as they pass through those gates.

Make up by Liv McCloskey – Kristen Stewart School of Make Up. Model, Milla from Portfolio Models.





Stila the spotlight. Stila Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow in Sassy.









An on point soft and subtle shade. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles in Ballet.









Shadows made to be seen in daylight. Maybelline Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette.











Ready, Set, Go! Make your makeup stay the day. Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Setting Spray.









Put some horsepower behind those lashes. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.









Add a burst of colour to your look. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles in Electro.







Pretty in Pink: RESENE

It has been the darling of recent times – millennial pink has appeared in all walks of life from clothing (men’s and women’s), products, accessories, hair and makeup, and interiors.

It’s a colour that may not be going away anytime soon but the sweeter truer shades of pink we’ve been seeing in recent years are morphing in two directions – to dusky peach/nudes and to soft fresh lilacs.

In this room, using two muted peachy pinks together means that the space doesn’t become overpowering.

The lighter colour, Resene Sorbet, is used as a neutral, leaving the darker colour Resene Just Dance, as a feature wall to frame the white linen sofa.

Adding to the soft, weathered look is a distressed floor where Resene Poured Milk is used over a basecoat of Resene Rebel, then sanded back in random areas.

The pendant light is in Resene Despacito, the tall vase is Resene Irresistible and the small vase is in Resene Rose Gold, a new metallic from Resene.

As with millennial pink, this newer colour is not one specific colour but can be many.

Think salmon, wafer, biscuit, nude and pale coral. In combination, these colours are like a pale, glorious sunset.

The surge of smoky pink and peach into our current culture has opened the door for androgynous and adult pinks of so many different shades.

It’s gentle, compassionate, composed, free-spirited nurturing and youthful.

It can be used as an accent colour or as a neutral depending on which version of the colour you choose – the muddier versions work well as neutrals. It’s not sickly sweet, but can be sophisticated, glamorous and edgy.

Paint Colours Back wall: Resene Just Dance, side wall in Resene Sorbet, distressed floor in Resene Poured Milk over a base coat of Resene Rebel. Side table: Resene Sunbaked Base of jute ottoman: Resene Colorwood Pitch Black Mesh platter: Resene XOXO Pendant light: Resene Despacito Vases: Resene Irresistible (tall), Resene BFF (medium) and Resene FX Metallic Rose Gold (small)


Think Pink

Broadcaster and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ambassador Stacey Morrison is encouraging Cantabrians to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this July, to help raise urgent funds needed to support patients and save lives.

In the Canterbury DHB area, about 400 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Nationally, that number is 3,300 and, with more than 650 of these women still dying every year, the need for support is greater than ever.

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have exacerbated this issue even further, with around 400 women who would have received a breast cancer diagnosis missing out on getting mammograms or a referral from their GP, delaying their ability to start treatment.

Proceeds from Pink Ribbon Breakfast will go towards helping these women get the support they need, help those already undergoing treatment, as well as helping to drive early detection and ground-breaking research to prevent further deaths.

Stacey Morrison lost her mum to breast cancer aged just 45.

“I’ve been inspired by the resilience shown by so many as Covid-19 became another issue to deal with, on top of their cancer treatment. Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi families and I feel for them, especially during this stressful time.

“As we rally together as a nation, I’m also hoping we can show some love for people affected by this devastating disease. Hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast is a fun and easy way to let patients know they don’t have to face breast cancer alone. It’s a fantastic way to raise awareness about breast health and honour the ones who have survived or the ones we’ve lost. All while raising much-needed funds for this important cause – which are needed now more than ever.”

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Chief Executive Evangelia Henderson says, “Breast cancer hasn’t stopped for Covid-19 but it has had a huge impact on our work”.

“Although Pink Ribbon Breakfast wasn’t able to happen in May like it usually does, we’re thrilled to be bringing it back for July. If the last few months have shown us anything, it’s that there are many different ways we can still be together as a community. Pink Ribbon Breakfast is all about Kiwis coming together, in a way that works for them, for one cause: to bring us a step closer to our vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.

“Through all of the upheaval, we are still making sure people get the best possible support during their treatment and recovery, spreading the word about the importance of early detection, and relentlessly pushing for scientific breakthroughs. The money raised will go towards this life-saving work. So, please get involved in whatever way you can – your support will make a real difference.”

For more information and to register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, visit the website.


Power Pink

With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2020.



From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before.







This year pink has emerged with an intriguing new edge.

The 2020 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look.

Now it’s taking over as fashion’s new power player.








Pastel Passion

This fashion season calls for a muted, pretty palette of pastel hues; colours reminiscent of macarons and cotton candy. So, what shades will be hanging in your wardrobe this year?



  1. Whether you’re a girly girl or not, there’s no denying that the precious pastel pinks of 2020 – think sugary sweet peach and gentle rose shades fit for a princess – will freshen up any wardrobe. While ‘millennial pink’ still stands strong, a rival is in town; introducing ‘perracotta’, a trendy mashup of pink and terracotta that packs a serious pastel punch.
  2. Wave goodbye to 2019’s neo-mint and say hello to pistachio green! Our new favourite neutral, pistachio has been rising through the ranks over the last few seasons and it has well and truly staked its claim as the ‘it’ colour for 2020. This light and fresh hue works wonderfully well with stark white, denim and other pastel shades. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for other delicate shades of green like mint and lime!
  3. Calling all minimalists! If you really do want a mellow yellow, then ‘sunlight’ is the shade you’ve been looking for. Sunlight yellow is an ethereal, romantic pastel shade that’s hot topic right now – namely because of its versatility. Keep things sweet and simple by pairing an investment piece – like a chic blazer, linen wide-legged trousers or a silk blouse – with off-white or pale denim.

Pink Homewares

Blushing Beauty: The new homeware style

Pink is the pretty new palette that is winning affections in homewares and we’re head over heels for all things in soft blush tones because, although we may be inevitably heading into the colder months, that doesn’t mean our homes have to plunge into darkness with us.

Pink Homewares

A relaxing, peaceful colour, it makes the perfect partnership with shades of grey, while a pale blush champagne can complement metallic highlights and contrasts perfectly against a white wall.
This heavenly hue isn’t just for the ladies, in fact, pair it with black or charcoals and it can pack a powerful punch. But perhaps the best part of this colour crush is that it looks elegant, sophisticated and simply timeless paired with other neutrals.
Don’t want to take the plunge with statement furniture? Add pops of colour with tableware or an artwork. Some sweet accessories for on the coffee table, a new print for on the wall or some new cushions for on the bed can add an elegant touch to a room.
Check out our mood board for looks that might just make you blush.


Tickled pink: this pretty shade is all grown up

With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2018.


From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before. Yes, the dusky shade of postmodern girlhood has emerged with an intriguing new edge.
The 2018 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look. Not so much in the pieces themselves, but rather how they’re put together.
Teamed with masculine cuts and dirty shades of olive and brown, pink is quickly taking over as fashion’s new power player.

Villa 23 Cafe

A rare city treasure: Villa 23 Cafe is the bright pink, Dutch, vegetarian cafe you didn’t know you needed but won’t want to live without (and it’s for sale!)

The secret is out about Villa 23 Café, New Zealand’s first and only Dutch vegetarian café with the ambient charm of a rare city treasure. Hedwig Dunbar-Keek and family have infused creativity into this gorgeous stand-alone villa. It’s now seeking a new owner, with new passions.

Villa 23 Cafe

“It’s a central location, with little competition, between Blenheim and Riccarton Road. It would be perfect for any restaurant, culinary dream, or a combined office space,” she says.
An interior designer from Amsterdam, Hedwig wishes to move on to her next project spending precious time with her gorgeous new granddaughter while concentrating solely on her Dutch-style catering business.
The landlord let Hedwig recreate the once drab, unnoticeable villa with colourful imagination. Amazing Dutch-designed wallpapers add delightful difference to the disco-glam ‘Arabian nights’ room, the light-filled ‘colour room’ and the must-see optical illusion bathroom. Husband Gregory restored its soft-pink exterior, polished floors and sturdy structure to its 1911 glory.
Her son and barista Quentin greets customers, while Hedwig conjures no-nonsense-great food from the spacious new kitchen. The café oasis serves Peruvian-origin coffee to the lucky customers working in the area – and many pop in for Dutch grocery items. The healthy award-winning smoothies, little Dutch poffertjes and oliebollen are delectable and specialties which are also sold at their Dutch stall at Deans Bush market on Saturdays.
Hedwig is off to Amsterdam this winter for her annual inspirational research. However, for interested parties, she can be contacted at, anytime.
Villa 23 Café, 23 Mandeville Street, Riccarton (next to Flow Hot Yoga). Phone 03-343 3375. See Facebook/Instagram for details.