Post-Holiday Recovery Tips

The holiday seasons can be hectic – and its no surprise many people (myself included) feel they need a vacation by the time work begins again in the New Year! Here’s some tips to help you recharge that weakened immune system and start 2018 refreshed and healthy.

Get some proper rest and relaxation

It may be easier said than done, but the best way to improve your mood and energy is to get a good seven to eight hours of restful sleep. It can be hard to prioritise sleep – but a quality sleep cycle affects all facets of your daily life! By ensuring that good sleep is the foundation of your week will help you on your way to achieving all your New Year’s resolutions.

Replenish Your System

After all those sugary treats and bubbly drinks during the holiday season, your body might be dehydrated and lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients. In order to feel healthy and energised again, make sure you are eating plenty of fresh produce – try drinking a fresh smoothie or fresh juice daily to get you feeling your best.

Reconnect with yourself

A large amount of research demonstrates that stress plays a major role in depression and anxiety.Fortunately, that same research also demonstrates that the stress response can be rebalanced through yoga, meditation, and massage therapy. For your burn-out recovery, try downloading a meditation app on your phone or iPad to help guide and inspire you. Alternatively you could look for a local yoga or bikram class to join. Setting aside a few minutes a day to reconnect with yourself will help prevent burnout from taking over.

Sweat and move

After you’ve re-established a good sleep cycle, and spent some time replenishing and reconnecting with yourself, its important to start back with your workout routine. As little as a 20 minute walk has been shown to promote brain activity which helps mental clarity and stress levels. Whether you walk, jog, spin, elliptical, bike, row, step, or do resistance training, make sure to get out and get moving.


I hope these tips help your post-holiday recovery! By spending some time to look after yourself you’ll be feeling better than ever for 2018. 



5 Things to Stop Doing in 2018

It’s 2018 already! While this is the time to ring in the New Year with celebration, there is also no better time to commit to ending those bad habits! It can be daunting thinking about all the things you want to improve or change in your life for 2018, but these 5 habits I’ve laid out below can be a good starting point for you. Whether you have made your own personal New Year resolutions or not, these points will be great to practice in 2018.

1. Spending too much time on social media

One minute you’re telling yourself that you’ll just read a few more Facebook posts before bed, and the next you realised you’ve been mindlessly scrolling for the last hour. It’s almost impossible to avoid social media at all costs these days – so try setting some limits to restrain yourself. Putting your laptop and phone into another room when you get home can be helpful in achieving this goal, and try to find another hobby you enjoy (like reading or art) that doesn’t involve a screen!

2. Not drinking enough water

Face it; you need to drink more water. Experts say that at a minimum you need to be consuming 8 glasses of water a day. Drinking enough water is one of the best ways to increase energy supply, help the body metabolize fat and, of course, avoid dehydration. Try finding a nice water bottle to carry around with you, or make a habit of having a few glasses with each meal. Your skin, brain and muscles will thank you for it.

3. Being “too busy” to exercise.

So you don’t have time to go to the gym, and it’s too cold to run outside. Plus you are so hungry after work that you don’t have the energy to work out! Right? Wrong. In reality, I guarantee that if you have time to watch a few episodes of TV in the evening, you have time for a workout. Instead of waiting for dinner, have a healthy afternoon snack at work so you will be ready for an evening gym session. And remember anything is better than nothing, so go for a brisk walk or turn on a yoga video at home, your 2018-self will thank you for it.

4.Ignoring your personal obligations

Just like you have a schedule at work, make sure you incorporate your New Year goals and resolutions into a personal routine. If your resolution is to call your sister more often, then pencil in a set time block each week that works for you and make the call. It’s important to remember personal obligations and things you want to achieve, and make time to balance it in with your work life. If you don’t schedule these things in, it makes it harder to reason with yourself to make time and fulfil your goals.

5. Embracing the chaos

Use 2018 as your year to sort through the clutter. Find a new filing system or orgnisational tool that works for you, and soon you’ll wonder how you went so long without it. If you want to stop spending entire Sunday’s running errands and cleaning around the house, try doing odds and ends gradually throughout the week, so you can sleep in on the weekend without feeling guilty about your to-do list.


I hope this list gave you some inspiration about your 2018 resolutions and goals! Remember not to be too hard on yourself if you slip up, what’s important is that you make proactive steps to keep working towards your goals throughout the year.










My Christmas Gift List

Christmas is only 9 days away…eek! 2017 seems to have gone by in a blur, and suddenly the Holidays are upon us. I’ve complied a perfect gift idea list for everyone out there who (like myself) leaves their shopping till the last minute – or is stuck on a gift for some special.

Check out some of the ideas below, and have yourself a merry Christmas!


The Caker x Karen Walker: White Chocolate, Orange + Hazelnut Cookie Mix

This gift really doesn’t need justifying – cookies are fool-proof.

For only $22.50 treat the sweet tooth or baker in your life to some delicious Christmas cookies.

And an added bonus, the pack comes with stencils to create the runaway girl on each cookie!

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New York Times Digital Subscription

This is the perfect gift for someone who loves their famous opinion pieces. For only (US) $6 a month, you can get unlimited access to all of the articles, at any time, on any device.

Buy a year-long subscription for someone special in your life to give a gift that really keeps on giving!

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Out of Print Tote Bag

This brand turns beloved books into wearable fashion, such as tote bags. The perfect gift for the bookworm in your life – and even better, for each product sold a book is donated through their partner Books for Africa to a child in need.

Totes range from $18 – $22, and feature classics such as Nancy Drew, The Hungry Caterpillar, and Great Gatsby.

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World Vision Smile Gift

It can be hard to buy a gift for the person who has everything. So why not opt for a unique present like a Smile Gift to make a life-changing difference for people in need.

You also receive a limited edition card designed by one of 5  Kiwi icons. The perfect way to show how much you care about someone, and make help transform lives.

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Lush Sparkle Gift Set

Lush is always a safe bet when it comes to Christmas shopping, and this year, the brand has put together its best gift sets yet. My personal favourite is the Sparkle set, which includes a body conditioner, shower gel, shower scrub and more!

Not only do the products feel and smell amazing, the brand is also environmentally friendly and ethical – a win win. For $47.50, there are no excuses needed to treat someone special or yourself to this fabulous gift.

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Angela Stone Courses

Last but not least, a Teen Etiquette Course or a Women’s Styling Course is perfect for the female in your life. New dates have been added to the website – so be sure to get in quick!

These courses are truly life-changers, and might even be the most memorable gift you give this Christmas!

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I hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for someone in your life.
Merry Christmas



5 Ways to Jump-Start Your Month

I often find myself feeling equally overwhelmed and excited at the beginning of a new month – especially towards the end of the year. Here are some helpful tips to stay organised this month and achieve your goals.


1: Clean and Organise

 A new month is an opportunity for a clean slate, so starting it out on a fresh note will ensure you are feeling ready to tackle the weeks ahead. Spending half a day running errands you have been putting off, and completing some chores around the house you’ve been avoiding will get you prepared for the busy month ahead! This will mean you can enter the month with a clear head – and home – to make this your most productive month yet.


2: Plan it Your Way

Everyone has different ways to keep themselves on task – and not every way works for everyone! Find an orgnisiational tool that works for you, whether it be a monthly calendar, a to-do list, a phone app, or something different entirely. Plan your month out so you know what commitments and events you have coming up, and be sure to schedule in deadlines and requirements you have for the coming weeks. Don’t forget to pencil in some relaxation time or a date night as well!


3: Meals

A new month is a perfect time to try out some new meals – or start following that meal plan you’ve been meaning to do so for a while. It all starts at the supermarket, making sure you have all the ingredients you need (or not buying certain foods), will help your motivation later in the month to stay on track. Spend a few moments finding a new recipe or two to try out this month, whether it is a slightly challenging one, or a dish you’ve always been wanting to make, this is a surefire way to make cooking fun again!


4: Create an ‘Impossible List’

While you are spending some time at the beginning of the month planning out the weeks to come, it could be a great time to start (or add to) your ‘impossible list’. This is similar to a bucket list, but filled with things you are actively working towards doing. The impossible list provides an opportunity to define goals for your life to start working towards now. They could be anything from running a marathon to hosting a dinner party. The beginning of each month provides a perfect time to check back in and adjust it to reflect your long-term goals, and give yourself a bit of a challenge.


5: Create a Positive Atmosphere

A timeless cliché, but being positive really can solve (or at least ease) many of your day-to-day problems and tasks. And there are countless ways to establish a feel-good atmosphere. You can watch a TED talk or find some writing/quotes that inspire you – having these written down or thinking back on them over the weeks ahead can help transform your state of mind in difficult situations. Changing up your décor, getting a few fresh flowers, or even organising a nice playlist to listen to while at home can also help. Starting off the month with a positive mindset, and emphasising positivity when the going gets tough will set you up for a terrific month ahead!


I hope your December is filled with lots of joy and cheer.
Love Ange xoxo


My Summer List!

Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach and spend time with loved ones. But I’ve found there is always time for a good book or podcast throughout the holiday period – and even a TV show if the weather packs in! Below are a few of my favourites for you to try out this summer…


The Nutrition Diva Quick and Dirty Tips: these podcasts narrated by Monica Reinagel, a nutritionist and trained chef, will walk you through different nutrition tips and ideas. She covers topics such as how to brew a coffee that wont upset your stomach, whether timing your meals is important, and if miso can really benefit your health. She has all the answers on her podcast.
Perfect for: people wanting to clean up their eating habits


Anna Farris is Unqualified: hosted by actor and comedian Anna Farris, this down-to-earth podcast features a new celebrity guest each week. She covers topics of love, friendship, sex, and fame, and even has calls from listeners who she gives advice to.
Perfect for: people who love comedy and celebrities.


This American Life: a weekly American radio podcast that focuses on non-fiction journalistic reports on different areas. Each week covers a different topic – from the strange life of a polygraph operator to how to have more meaningful connections. Within the thousands of episodes they have released already, there will surely be something for you!
Perfect for: people looking for a broad, well-polished podcast.


Sinner: Jessica Biel stars in this show about a woman who stabs a stranger on the beach. The mystery of this series isn’t about whodunit but rather a psychological whydunnit. This show is getting rave reviews – New York Magazine’s Vulture called call it “a superbly executed series.”
Perfect for: people wanting a fresh twist on the classic murder mystery.


The Affair: This show explores the drama and effects of affairs, but splits the episode by showing the events from the two different character’s perspective. This show won countless awards, including a Golden Globe for ‘best television series’.
Perfect for: people wanting a creative show that explores themes of truth and desire.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Detective Jake Perolta attempts to navigate life at the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. The show is quirky, lighthearted and quite frankly, hilarious. This comedy is filled with impressive supporting actors and tight scriptwriting.
Perfect for: people wanting to binge on a show.


American War: Omar El Akkad’s has produced an impressive new must-read novel. Set in a plausible future scarred by civil strife and climate change, it delves into themes of lies, power, and moral disintegration.
Perfect for: people looking for a book they won’t be able to put down.


In Defense of Food: This health classic by writer and journalist Michael Pollan breaks down the evolution of food production and culture. He explores the relationship between nutrition and the Western diet. This book received glowing reviews and topped the New York Times Bestseller list for 6 weeks upon release.
Perfect for: people wanting to learn more about nutrition.  


All Stories are Love Stories: Elizabeth Percer’s novel is set in San Fransisco, in the aftermath of a severe earthquake. In the midst of the chaos, three characters come together and their lives are permanently changed as a result. This mesmerising novel about the power of nature and the resilience of human spirit is a perfect beach read.
Perfect for people: wanting to indulge in a story about the power of love.


I hope you enjoy, and have a lovely summer.


Essential Holiday-Season Products


This year has gone extraordinarily fast, and already holiday season is quickly approaching! Here are some essential products to get you through the hectic months ahead…


Protection: holiday season in New Zealand can mean hot, dry days, and thanks to our lack of ozone layer, the sun is very dangerous. I suggest a light moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated, and has SPF added in. This means you can avoid having to apply a greasy sunblock on your face, and stay protected.


Rejuvenation: between the Christmas stress and scorching weather, your skin will likely need some serious rejuvenation. Instead of having to fork out on a facial, face masks can help hydrate, tighten, and brighten skin. You can buy these in single sachets from any beauty store or chemist. I always opt for one with avocado oils to keep my skin looking bright and fresh.


Accentuate: 2017 has been the year of the highlight. Whether you’re opting for a full face of makeup, or wanting to go natural, adding some liquid highlighter to the top of your cheekbones will ensure you look radiant all day long.


Glow: if you would love a sun-kissed glow, but don’t want to lie out in the sun, opt for a tinted moisturiser for your tan. Not only will this stop your skin drying out, you get the benefits of laying out in the sun without any of the dangers!


Summer Secret: my secret Summer product is coconut oil. While this product has an array of uses – from cooking to toothpaste, it also can work as a moisturiser, lip balm, under-eye cream and more! This product is cheap, natural and is kind to your skin. I would recommend buying a jar of it next time you visit the supermarket – you might just be surprised!












Your guide to Spring-Summer trends.

With Fashion Month behind us and all the SS shows left in its wake, it can be tricky to navigate through the what’s-hot/what’s-not of it all. So I’ve picked out a few of my favourite trends from the runway to help you perfect your Spring-Summer wardrobe.


Bags: Tote bags seem to be synonyms with warmth, and every year they make an appearance during the Spring/Summer fashion shows. Whether you want to make a statement, or just need some extra room for a towel, a tote bag is your go-to accessory.


Jackets: Because some days during spring can be a bit chillier than we would like. Oversized blazers and trench coats were spotted on runways across the world – from Chanel’s 2018 Spring Season show, to NZFW. This is a perfect way to create a chic look. Dress it up or down, and avoid catching a cold!


Rouching: Drawstring rouching took centre stage during Fashion Month. Designers have made a homage to the classic trend, while adding a fresh twist. This detailing gives pieces a feminine look, as it outlines and cinches the silhouette. And the best part is, it doesn’t only look great on models! This design is incredibly flattering for all shapes and sizes.


Florals: At this point, if there weren’t florals on an SS runway, we would be very concerned. This season the trend has moved to more delicate, pretty patterns. Primarily in light colours, these romantic dainty florals will definitely be in full bloom this summer.





Eye Magazine covershoot 20 Years – 2017


Summer: Staying Motivated


For those of us lucky enough to get a break over Christmas and the New Year, there lies the issue of motivation. It can be so tempting to simply spend your time off sleeping, eating and lounging around watching television. While you certainly should treat yourself to a bit of the aforementioned behaviour, it’s also really important to make the most of your free days and New Zealand’s gorgeous weather. Here are a few helpful pointers on how to keep motivated during this time:

Set an Alarm

Unless you’re one of those people that wakes up at a decent hour automatically, definitely, definitely set an alarm each morning! There would be nothing worse than going back to work in January and realising you spent your entire holiday sleeping until noon each day. Try setting your alarm for 8am during the week, and 9am during weekends – this way you still get the best of the day but aren’t up with the sparrows. Of course, if you like getting up at the crack of dawn, go for it! The more daylight you give yourself, the more time you have to both relax and do activities. 

Have Attainable Goals

This one is really important. It’s hard to be motivated about anything if you don’t have something to strive towards or look forward to! Whatever that goal may be is completely up to you, your personal interests and desires. It could be as simple as building a herb garden, or as complex as hiking the Heaphy Track. Pick something (or several things) that you want to accomplish over the coming weeks and work on achieving them each day. Not only will this stop you from spending the majority of your break lazing around, but it will leave you feeling proud and inspired when you see the end result.

Be Organised

If you aren’t an organisational freak, there are a couple of things you could take from those that are. Having a little organisation in your day-to-day life can work wonders! You don’t have to write lists or plan everything you do right down to the final point (though if that desire is in your nature, I wouldn’t discourage you!), but following a few basic tips can really help with staying motivated. First, keep your space literally organised. By this I mean: don’t live through your holiday in a mess. Try to maintain a tidy house so you actually feel like moving around in it. More importantly, however, know what you need to before it needs doing, and have an idea of what exactly you’ll be doing each day. Even simply deciding that tomorrow you will go for a walk somewhere is enough to set your mind on that channel. You don’t need to establish where or when, just know that you are going to do that. This gives you something to work your day around.

Reward Yourself

If you’re still finding it hard to stay (or get) motivated – I know reading in a hammock by the beach all day can be VERY tempting – give yourself a small reward upon completing your goals. Establish what this reward will be when you first decide upon your goal, so that you have an incentive throughout the achieving process. It could be a chocolate bar, a spa or an evening watching your favourite chick flick – you decide!


New Year, New You

Girl jumps to the New Year 2016 at sunset

Hello, 2016! As we welcome in the New Year this week there is no better time to begin planning the year ahead. The old saying ‘it’s a New Year, it’s a new you’ is popular for a reason – a fresh year means a fresh start. Gone are the 365 days that were 2015, and with them any mistakes, embarrassments or mishaps that you may have suffered. You now have an opportunity to improve your life and lifestyle, in whatever way best suits you. Make this your year to shine – achieve your goals, live your life fully and be the best person you can be!

What Do I Want to Achieve in 2016?

First and foremost: establish a few aims you want to fulfil this year and write them down. I recommend having at least one big goal, and then several smaller ones. Don’t write down anything you know is completely unattainable, or things that are ridiculously simple. Choose something that you have to work towards to achieve, which will change a small or big part of your life in some way. What do you wish you did last year? Do you really want to travel? Have you never been white water rafting? Is there a course out there you’ve always wanted to complete, or a career you dream of pursuing? What about hobbies? Do you regret not taking up the saxophone in 2015, or wish you hadn’t given up on tennis or painting? Once you’ve decided on a few goals (and remember, you can always add to the list as the year goes progresses), put them somewhere you can see. Some people say to put them away and look at them at them in December; I believe being exposed to them on a daily basis will motivate and inspire you even more to pursue them. Pin them to a corkboard or tape them into the front of your diary on some cute paper.

Mentality is Magic

My best advice for 2016? Start the year with the mentality you want to hold throughout it. Here at Angela Stone we are all about positive vibes – kindness, confidence, optimism and energy are the fuel that keep our team powering through the good times and the bad. When you have a positive outlook on life, you feel better and brighten the day of those around you. There are times when being sad or frustrated are warranted, of course, but in general if you try to see the beauty in day to day life and the many different situations and experiences each day brings with it, you will be a happier person and have a happier year. If something is getting you down, think of someone that inspires you, or do something that you enjoy. If swimming is what soothes you, go for a swim. Call up a girlfriend and let them cheer you up, or grab your favourite coffee and take some time out. Having a positive mentality is a choice – while we don’t actively choose to be upset or negative, it is our choice to stay in this mood or get out of it. Lift yourself up instead of dragging yourself down this year ladies!

Reinvent Your Image

If there is anything you have been wanting to change about yourself, now is the time do so. Tired of your hairstyle, or sick of feeling unconfident about your ‘problem’ area? Over your current wardrobe and looking for some motivation? Change all that this year! Enlisting the help of a professional stylist such as myself is a fabulous way to revive your image and help you feel and look great, but there are smaller ways you can change your image on your own. Firstly, decide what you like and don’t like at present. Are there particular colours you no longer want to wear, or an item you want to buy? Which, if any, of your features are you hoping to improve? From here you can make a start. Go through your closet and clear out any items you no longer like, fit, or feel good in. Then, go shopping! Try on EVERYTHING before you buy it, and take an honest friend along for advice. If you want to work on a particular area of your body, find some exercises that target it – for example, squats and lunges are great for toning thighs. Doing the above will help inspire you and lift your spirits, as well as give you something to maintain throughout the year.


My Favourite Things This Season


female pursed mouth with red lipstick

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.


5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Day

Pretty woman lying in bed at home

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!


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!


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!


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!