It’s the last day of the working year, the office closed at lunchtime and Phillippa was due in town for a Christmas party at 4pm. But first, she needed gifts!
Finally leaving her desk at 2:30pm, she still had to do the shopping, change into her party clothes, and be back in town in 90 minutes. Thankfully, she knew exactly where to head. Her first stop was Coco Gifts, located right in the heart of St Albans, just a few blocks from Merivale Mall.
Finding a park outside was easy and, while the shop was busy when she arrived, friendly staff were on hand to help with gift selection. There was something for everyone, including popular brands, like French Country, Citta Design, Beau Accessories, Four Corners, Helga May, Babu, and Moana Road.
Exploring the beautiful range around her, Phillippa was soon ticking items off her shopping list:
• Secret Santa – tick
• Gift for the woman who has everything – tick
• Gift for a candle lover – tick
• Gift for a male – tick
• Gifts for little people – tick
• Gift for a jewellery lover – tick!
Next thing, the staff were busy wrapping the gifts and, as she went to pay, a bonus $20 loyalty voucher prints out from the Coco Gifts VIP club. Tomorrow, she can come back and treat herself. At 4:05pm, Phillippa arrives at the Christmas party with the best gifts for all her favourite people and, most importantly, the experience was a breeze.
To make your Christmas shopping simple this year, pop into Coco Gifts at 63 Rutland Street, or visit www.cocogifts.co.nz.
Brendan Murray is a young guy with a solid future. At just 27 years old, he’s been building for ten years and operated his own building company, Brendan Murray Construction, for nearly three years.
He’s got a lot of experience, whether in light commercial fitouts or building architecturally designed homes. Brendan works with a team of builders and apprentices and project manages all the jobs he’s involved with.
He also works with designers and architects and has an affinity for constructing architecturally designed houses. They are more challenging and rewarding, he says. “Every day’s a learning curve. But rather than thinking I’m the be all and end all, it’s a much smarter move to seek advice from people that have been doing it a lot longer than I have. Always an apprentice to the trade.” This wisdom he brings to all projects.
His latest job is one such home in St Albans. A 220 square metre two-storey house, he’s worked closely with the designers and is bringing the client’s vision to life. From having the existing house demolished (including some asbestos removal) and the property cleared, to installing 25 14.5m screw piles and constructing the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, Brendan and apprentices Morgan and Jack are on track to finish the project in good time to segue perfectly to his next job, another architecturally designed house in Sefton.
Brendan employs another qualified builder and together they oversee their apprentices, training a new generation of builders. A Site Safe member, Brendan prides himself on customer satisfaction and attention to detail. He can be contacted on 0274 900 592.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or book online at hairart.co.nz.
The Coffee Fans is a new eatery on Cranford Street. You may have seen owner Fan Yang’s schnauzer, Brownie, winking at you in the billboard or the logo.
Not only is The Coffee Fans a bright, airy place with great cabinet food and menus, it’s pet friendly as well. Doggies are welcome in the smoke-free al fresco dining area where you can sit, relax and watch the world go by.
In the cabinet is a vast array of delicious food. There are salads such as ‘roast cauliflower and broccoli’ and the ‘energy booster salad.’ There are croissants and bagels with cream cheese, salmon, or pesto. There is also an assortment of pastries and some of the biggest wraps – such as the tandoori wrap, or the falafel hummus and mixed salad wrap, with many more available.
Of course, there are sweets. Slices and muffins, and that old favourite, lolly cake. Or apple crumble shortbread. Something that will need to be experienced is the ‘fairy floss cheesecake,’ likely to be as decadent as it sounds.
The Coffee Fans is open 7 until 5 weekdays, and 8 until 5 weekends. The light menu is available 9 until 1 Monday to Friday, and the brunch menu 9 until 2 Saturday and Sunday. Popular are the eggs benedict on the weekend menu, and the French toast – with a bacon option – on weekends. There are lots of vegetarian and gluten free choices, too.
Drop by The Coffee Fans at 159 Cranford Street, grab a coffee and a treat, bring your pooch, and read the latest copy of Metropol from the stand. There is free wi-fi and lovely, friendly staff.
Imagine perfectly designed eyebrows, defined eyes and beautiful lips, without the need to reapply every day. With permanent makeup at Red Beauty, this dream can become a reality, and you can look glamourous any time of the day or night.
Red Beauty owner Glenda has more than 25 years’ experience in permanent makeup. The ITEC qualified beauty therapist trained in Auckland and Australia – and she is also an expert in a new eyebrow hair stroke tattooing technique. The virtually painless micropigmentation (permanent makeup) procedures are carried out using the latest in European technology.
Natural pigments create a fantastic finish whether you are naturally fair or dark, depending on your desired result. Whether you want a permanent eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, pigmentation corrections, or scar improvements, Glenda can make it happen. Permanent cosmetics allow busy people to look their best at all times. It can even camouflage the scars from accidents, burns or surgery, by restoring the natural skin colouring.
The friendly and professional therapists at Red Beauty provide a full range of beauty therapy treatments from facials using Environ products to fight the signs of ageing, to the latest IPL, e-light laser for hair removal, freckles, acne, red veins, pigmentation and skin rejuvenation treatments, as well as teeth whitening and the latest fat freeze body slimming treatment (cryo). Pamper packages and gift vouchers are also available, which make the perfect gift for a loved one.
Call for a free consultation appointment now on 03-385 8600 and why not have a free Environ skin analysis done at the same time?