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My Favourite Things This Season

 

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I’ve always loved embracing the different styles, tastes, colours and sounds of each season, and summer is no exception. This has to be one of my favourite seasons, because everything about it is light, bright and fresh! It was hard to narrow things down, but I’ve managed to come up with a few of my favourite things about this lovely season.

Clothing Item: Skirts

They’re versatile, feminine and fun – the skirt is hard to beat no matter what time of year it is, but they are just essential during those hot summer days. Wear it long, short or midi-length with a simple t-shirt or patterned blouse to suit the mood. At the moment I love high-waisted on-the-knee skirts paired with a simple crop top. Make the most of those summery colours, too, by donning yellows, greens and blues!

Shoe: Sandals

You can’t go past a pair of good leather sandals when it’s hot and sunny day after day. These should be every New Zealander’s go-to summer item – they’re perfect for everyday wear and go with most outfits. Sliders and T-bar sandals in tan or white are a great choice. Pair them with a floral maxi dress and tassel bag for the ultimate summer look!

Makeup Product: Lipstick

Since I spend much of my day during summer wearing sunglasses, I like to focus the brunt of my makeup efforts on the lips. With the huge range of colours and types of lippy available out there it can be a little overwhelming. To embrace those summery vibes, however, I love to wear a bright pink or soft orange matte lipstick during the day.

Drink: Pimm’s Cup

To me, summer is synonymous to fresh fruits. Therefore, the Pimm’s Cup is my ideal drink of choice this season. Packed full of delicious fruit and cucumber with those essential mint leaves on top, the Pimm’s Cup is the best refresher around. Make like the British and get yours now!

Food: Summer Salads

When it’s hot out (and in!), the last thing you feel like is a heavy stew or risotto. I can’t get enough of fresh, healthy salads at the moment. There are so many scrumptious and simple recipes to choose from, but one of my favourites has to be the classic beetroot, feta, pinenut and spinach combination. Throw some seeds in there for added nutrition!

Activity: Swimming

It’s almost a sin if you’re a New Zealander and you don’t spend at least some of your summer at the beach. I love the ocean – its healing properties, cleansing feel and natural refreshing powers are the best free gift around! As well as a host of beautiful beaches, we have some amazing lakes and rivers over here, so take a dip in one of those if salt water isn’t your thing.

December292015

5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Day

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We all have bad days, or bad moments during good days. While there’s little you can do to prevent those unpleasant daily instances from happening to you, it is possible to refuse to be brought down by them. I thought I’d share with you a few of the little things that boost my mood or make me smile – try them the next time you’re having a bad moment!

Flowers

There is nothing that lifts my mood as quickly as the smell and sight of fresh flowers. Whether it’s strolling through Christchurch’s beautiful botanical gardens or placing a bought bouquet on my desk at work, I instantly feel better! This isn’t surprising, since flowers have actually been scientifically proven to positively affect human behaviour and emotions. As Rugters’ Professor of Psychology Jeannette Haviland-Jones notes, being around flowers increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction. So now you have an even better reason to make that partner of yours buy you a bouquet!

Clean Sheets

It’s the little things, right? I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves getting into a newly made bed with fresh, clean sheets. Is it that pristine smell, or the crisp feel? Who knows! Whatever it is, hopping into a bed and instantly feeling cosy and satisfied is the perfect way to end your day, and the perfect way to start the next one!

Pudding

While some may find this the most effective way to improve your day, I wouldn’t recommend making it your most regular. It’s true, though – having a delicious dessert will definitely make you feel happier! If you’re craving sweetness, I find it hard to go past a good apple and rhubarb crumble or pear pie. For the chocolate lovers, mousse is a failsafe choice. However, there are also healthier options out there – at the moment I’m loving fresh strawberries and blueberries with homemade vanilla custard. Yum!

Baths

With all the trimmings, of course. Baths are just the best way to relax and recharge in the comfort of your own home and without spending a dime. I love to drop some lavender oil in the water and light a few candles. If you want a good steam, keep all of the windows closed and make sure the water is hot! Giving myself this timeout never fails to improve my day, leaving me feeling rested and pampered.

Favourite Song

Probably the easiest of my tips – listen to your favourite song! If you have a few, listen to all of them, and definitely sing along if you can. Everyone has at least one song that immediately brightens their mood when they hear it, so do yourself a favour and buy that tune, then play until your emotions are high!

December232015

Looking After Your Body This Summer

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We are so lucky in New Zealand to have long, hot and completely beautiful summers. The festive season means days at the beach, outdoor activities and wines with your girlfriends in the garden. It’s easy to forget that our body needs extra attention during the summer months, but it is so important for your wellbeing and health! I always make sure I treat the following points with the utmost care, so I can have fun in the sun without having to worry.

Suncare

As obvious as it may seem, it needs stressing – especially in New Zealand with our high UV rays, taking extra suncare precautions is a must. Wear a hat and sunglasses, and cover up when possible – komonos and other light, breezy items are great for concealing skin without adding warmth. Now is your chance to wear that new felt hat you purchased and don your favourite pair of designer sunnies. This won’t quite be enough, however. It might feel unpleasant on your skin and make you look shiny, but sunscreen is not debatable. Just think of what you’ll look like in ten or twenty years’ time – you don’t want your skin to be leathery, dry or any more wrinkly than necessary! I opt for a non-greasy, lightweight suncream with high SPF, like Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum.

Diet

Your diet shouldn’t change greatly regardless of the season (though it most likely does), aside from the appearance and disappearance of various vegetables and fruits. You should consistently eat three meals a day plus morning and afternoon tea, each with a similar amount of nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates. Incorporate the different, seasonal ingredients available into your meals where possible to keep things fresh and interesting. Since cold temperatures are no longer present, swap the stews and soups for salads and stir fry, and have smoothies or muesli for breakfast rather than hot options like bacon and eggs.

Hair

It is super easy for hair to become dry and under-nourished with the intense heat brought on by summer. Make sure you continue to wash and condition it regularly, and get hydrating treatments at least once or twice a fortnight. I use Pureology products because they are 100% vegan, and sulphate and paraben free. Always check the ingredients of the products you put on your body – a good rule of thumb is: if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin! Also, try and avoid using hot tools like straighteners or curling irons as much, as these damage and dry out your hair. 

Supplements

Even with a healthy, nutritious diet there are always supplements that your body misses out on. For an extra boost in energy and to aid the health of your skin and body, I suggest taking supplements. These are quick and easy to incorporate into your daily routine so perfect for people constantly on the go like myself. For years now I have been using Xtendlife’s Kiwi Cleanse, Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil and Total Balance Women’s Premium tablets. The results I experience are phenomenal – I sleep better, and feel more alert and energetic. My body functions as it should and I look and feel younger. As well as these, I now religiously take Xtendlife’s Zupafood for SKIN. Completely natural, this is my number one product ever – I cannot recommend it enough for feeling wonderful inside out. Shop it here. Xtendlife

Hydration, Hydration

My last point is certainly not the least important. I’ve talked about dry hair, but now need to mention dehydrated skin and bodies. If you don’t give yourself enough hydration during those hot summer days you will seriously feel the effects – aside from feeling lethargic and irritable, lack of hydration increases the risk of high blood pressure and can make your skin look sunken and unhealthy. To keep things good on the inside, drink lots of water. This has been drilled into all of us since we were kids, but only because it is so crucial to your health. If you really need a change from water, drink some green tea which is full of antioxidants. In terms of your skin, you need to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Don’t slack off on your beauty routine – cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and night, and exfoliate one or two times a week. As well as this, make sure you use a body lotion to keep the rest of your skin fresh and healthy. I use Xtendlife for all my skincare needs because their products are paraben, allergen and fragrance free and have noticeably lasting effects. 

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December162015

What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs

Tony Robbins ‘Six Human Needs’

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It is unarguable that each and every one of us is different, in our appearances, our beliefs, our interests and our mannerisms. The one thing we all have in common, however, is our status as a human being. When you strip away labels and signifiers, we are all, at our core, human. Stemming from this simple fact, life coach and motivational speaker Tony Robbins has established six basic human needs which affect us all. These six needs are fundamental to our role as human beings, and it is Robbin’s belief that we are all motivated – whether consciously or unconsciously – by our longing to fulfil them. I found these really powerful, because they can be related to all aspects of our lives, from family and work to extracurricular activities and relationships. Realising that these six needs are important to your mental wellbeing and overall happiness is the first step in allowing yourself to live a more satisfactory life. Now you can pinpoint what, if anything, needs working on in your life, and pave the way for a happier, more in-control you. 

1. Certainty

The first need that Robbins describes is certainty. As human beings, we desire an amount of security or safety and tend to dislike uncertainty. We want to know that we can avoid both physical and mental pain, and that we can find happiness. To give you an example, think about when you are in a relationship with someone. During the early days of romantic involvement, we can generally handle uncertainty because we are just getting to know one another. We don’t expect things to last yet, and naturally protect ourselves in case it doesn’t work out. However, as things progress, it becomes normal to crave a level of assurance. We want to know that our relationship has a direction, and that we aren’t investing our time and feelings into someone who will only be in the picture for a brief period. Furthermore, we want to know that our future happiness is not in danger. Do you feel certain in your relationship? Why?

2. Uncertainty

Just as we yearn for certainty, we also desire an amount of uncertainty in our lives. Think about it – if we literally knew everything that was going to happen our lives wouldn’t be very exciting. So while certainty is a valid need, too much will lead to boredom and dissatisfaction. We need to have unexpected or unplanned events and experiences in our lives to stimulate us. Go on a road trip, read a new book, try a new hobby – pushing yourself to do something that you are uncertain about will likely cause excitement and fun. Robbins also describes uncertainty as variety, pointing out that humans need a balance of certainty and uncertainty in their lives to be content. We need enough variety in our lives to keep things interesting. This is why jobs which are very monotonous and unchangeable can be extremely un-motivating and even depressing – we need a bit of diversity to keep us content at work.

3. Significance

For me, this is a big one. Everyone deserves to feel important, special and loved for the unique person that they are. As Robbins asserts, we all want our lives to be meaningful and have purpose in every aspect – we need to know that we matter. There are many ways that we seek to achieve significance on a general level, from creating a distinct appearance to helping others and gaining qualifications. I think needing to feel significant is really important when it comes to relationships, both familial and romantic. If you are a mother, you want to fill that parental role and be acknowledged for it; you want to be known as ‘mum’ for the care you give to your child. When you are dating someone, you want to feel like you are beautiful and special – you want to feel valued by your partner so you know your relationship has a purpose.

4. Connection

Human beings are social creatures, so without companionship we would naturally become lonely and despondent. Robbins describes the importance of connecting with other people, stating that it is necessary in order for us to feel loved, wanted and cared for. We need to form bonds with others to prevent loneliness and allow us to feel significant. This is why friends, family and romantic partners are so important to being happy. Close relationships such as these allow us to feel like we are part of a community which appreciates and understand us.   

5. Growth

It is natural for human beings to want to learn, grow and progress throughout our lives. More than a ‘want’, however, we need to feel this way – it is vital to the way we view ourselves and the level of contentedness we feel with our lives. Imagine how mundane life would be without goals, achievements or the possibility of development. Everyone desires growth at different levels – some people are truly afraid of change, while others are just unmotivated. Yet the desire to advance is significant, no matter how small or big these advancements may be. For some, growth is determined by career progression or study, while for others it could be learning a new skill or hobby. It could even be as simple as learning to cook a new meal. Whatever the method or meaning, growth gives us something to aspire to and believe in, challenging us to seek accomplishment.

6. Contribution

Robbins’ final human need is simple: we want to make a difference and contribute something of value outside of ourselves. The basic need to improve the world in any way possible and give our energy to the greater good is found in everyone. Generally, it combines growth and connection, adding to our feeling of value and increasing ours sense of belonging or identity. Again, this need means different things to different people – for one person, it could mean putting more energy into a friendly or intimate relationship, while for another it could mean volunteering for a charity or donating money to a not-for-profit organisation. If you don’t think you are contributing enough in your life, now is the time to pick an area you think needs work – you will be amazed at how great it makes you feel.

December112015

Angela Stone Teenage Styling Course

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Angela Stone Teenage Styling Course

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Dealing with confidence and finding your unique personal style can be tricky at a young age, which is why guidance and support may just be what a teen will need. 

Angela Stone has carefully crafted a teenage styling course which combines guidance, fashion and entertainment altogether.

Angela Stone began her career as a model at the age of fourteen, from there she has since become a fashion designer, author and stylist. Her goal is to help individuals to become a confident version of themselves. 

 The Angela Stone Teenage Styling Course is about helping teenagers explore and create their sense of style that is true to their identity. In the process, the course will also help them build a good level of self-esteem and confidence to pair with their new fashion style.

The Teenage Styling workshops run throughout the school holidays which means it will not interfere with school related commitments.

If you can learn to be confident through fashion and beauty, with the guidance of a well-established stylist, fashion designer and author, why wouldn’t you?

Treat a special teen this holidays for an ultimate fashion and beauty lesson at The Angela Stone Teenage Styling Course. 

Courses will run in Auckland and Christchurch this Summer for 3 days. Refer to the Enrol Now link for course dates.

Cost $450.00 Per Person

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December032015

Stay Healthy This Summer: My Top Tips

This week officially marks the beginning of Summer, and a long, hot Summer it is promising to be! We are lucky enough to have some of the finest weather in New Zealand over the holiday months, so it’s important to make the most of it while also ensuring that you look after your body. There are a few things I do to stay healthy inside and out during the wonderful warmer months – read on for more information!

 

Fresh, Local, Organic

My number one piece of advice for keeping healthy throughout the Summer is eating well. It can be easy to indulge in all of the delicious foods available in the lead-up to, and wake of Christmas and the New Year, but maintaining a balance is essential to looking after yourself. There are so many beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables in season at this time of year, so swap the big breakfast for a homemade muesli with fresh fruit, organic yoghurt and honeycomb, or exchange that soft drink for a carrot and beetroot juice. Berries, apricots, watermelon, asparagus and avocado are all in right now.

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Skincare

The more we are exposed to the sun, the more important it is to protect your skin and keep it hydrated. Applying sunscreen should become a part of your morning beauty regime during summer – choose an oil-free one for a natural look, or simply replace your foundation with a tinted sunscreen. As well as this, you need to moisturise your face and body at least twice daily. My go-to products are Xtendlife’s body lotion and day and night creams. They are loaded with nutrients which work to repair and rejuvenate the skin in a light form. Shop these amazing items here. And remember – drink lots of water!

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Fitness

There is no excuse for avoiding exercise when the weather is beautiful day after day. I recommend biking as the perfect form of exercise for all fitness levels – if you are just getting into things, take your bike for a ride around your city’s parks or waterfront; or if you are more experienced embark on one of the many trails around the country. Water sports are another fun, fitting way to work your body. Think swimming, kayaking and snorkelling.

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Health Drinks

These beauties should be drank year-round, however there is no time like the present to make these a regular part of your diet. Smoothies are a great meal alternative, as you can incorporate oats and seeds into them to fill you up. Juices are a wonderful refresher and full of important nutrients, so be sure to add these to your list of things-to-get. For a simple, healthy drink at home, I choose green tea. Packed full of minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, green tea cleanses the body and assists in fat loss and brain function, as well as lowering the risk of cancer. Available in a range of flavours and in hot and iced form, green tea is the ideal year-round healing drink. I love Green Tea X50, a natural energy drink which is completely free of artificial colours, flavours and sugars. Get yours here!

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Relax the Mind

As well as keeping our bodies healthy, we need to keep our minds healthy. Make sure you give yourself some time to rest this Summer, whether it’s reading your favourite magazine, listening to some music like Natalie Wood below, or doing the daily crossword in the paper. Get off your smart phone or tablet and engage your mind in other ways for a period each day – you will be amazed at the difference it makes!

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December032015

NZ Cup & Show Week at Riccarton Park

12246987_972276866144463_7579440874559531643_nNZ Cup & Show Week Fashion in the Field 2015 at Riccarton Park was another huge success. We were basked in sunlight for a spectacular day of fashion, fun and some fierce competition.

With an abundance of different styles displayed by contestants from throughout New Zealand it was the hardest year by far for our panel of judges – Paul Dean – Sergio’s Menswear, Mel Radford-Brown – Portfolio Model Agency, Amanda Linnell – Managing Editor Viva Magazine,  and previous winner Nettles Lamont.

After much deliberation Sergios Best Dressed Man was awarded to Gunther Rowe and  Fashion in the Field winner Eleanor Campbell took out first prize on the day. Needless to say they were both ecstatic to be showered with gifts from Mondo World Travellers and Millennium Hotels.

A well deserved prize!

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As for the Angela Stone team we had a fabulous day lapping up the sunshine and the amazing
atmosphere. Another job well done!

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