December152017

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

XOXO Ange

November172017

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…

TO LISTEN

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.

TO WATCH

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.

TO READ

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.
XOXO Ange

November032017

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August062017

Spring Handbag Essentials

It’s time to re-evaluate what you have in your everyday handbag. As the temperature gets warmer, the items you carry around on a daily basis should be changed to ensure you’re prepared for the changes spring brings. Here’s what my handbag absolutely has to contain in those sunnier months.

 

Sunglasses

I never leave the house in spring or summer without a stylish pair of polarised sunglasses! There’s nothing worse than spending your entire time outside squinting – not only does it ruin your fun, it increases the likelihood of wrinkles on the brow and around the eyes. Protect your eyes and stay safe on the roads by adding a pair of high quality sunglasses to your handbag.

 

Sunscreen

On that same trend, sunscreen is another essential item for spring/summer handbags. Buy a small bottle that you can easily carry around so you’ll never get caught in an unpleasant situation. Sunburn isn’t just painful, it’s extremely bad for your health and causes excessive ageing to the skin. Try to keep your skin as youthful looking as possible by applying sunscreen every morning during spring and summer – even if it’s grey outside. Reapply at midday if it’s particularly hot.

 

Lip balm

An SPF lip balm is another item I always carry during the hotter months. Chapped lips are both unsightly and unpleasant, and can result in flaking for several days. By applying an SPF lip balm as a base layer each time you apply or reapply lipstick, you’ll keep your lips looking plump and healthy. I love Eco Lips’ Sport balm (SPF 30) and Hurraw’s Sun Balm (SPF 15) for natural, cruelty-free lip protection.

 

Water

Carrying a mini water bottle is a move you definitely won’t regret. As women on the go, we often don’t pause to refresh and take a drink between lunch breaks. I find keeping a small water bottle on me at all times makes me drink, which keeps my body hydrated and energised. Fill it up whenever possible and your skin and body will thank you for it!

 

Headscarf

Last but not least is the headscarf, or neckerchief if you prefer. Functional and stylish, the headscarf is there to protect your scalp should the sun suddenly decide to shine full-blast while you’re outside for a lengthy amount of time. Fold it diagonally in half and tie it at the back of your neck for sweet vintage style – easy chic.

July242017

Spring Hair and Beauty Looks

It’s hard to believe with all the shocking weather we’ve had lately, but Spring is actually on the way! Already the runways and stores are beginning to fill with the hottest trends for the Spring/Summer season, so keep up with the game by taking on board these hair and beauty styles.

 

Natural Brows

Natural brows are here to stay. Embrace your God-given brows and enjoy having a more natural look this summer. Ask your brow specialist for a tidy-up and gentle tint rather than an overly-defined style. You’ll save time and still look gorgeous!

 

Plaits, Plaits, Plaits

For simple spring and summer style, throw your hair into a messy plait. Side braids are a beautiful casual chic hairstyle, while a traditional braid softens the face and keeps things tidy. For a night out, why not try curling your braid into a bun, or pinning it around your head?

 

A Touch of Gold

Metallics are in this season, so add some shine to your appearance by using gold, bronze and silver makeup. Shimmery eyeshadow is perfect for a night on the town, while a little bronzer on the cheeks will give you the metallic effect in a more subtle way.

 

Free Locks

Summer in New Zealand is usually about beach hair, and this season it’s not different. Let your hair down and forget about fancy styles. Think soft curls and natural waves. Simple additions like pulling a section of top hair back into a small ponytail add a little more flair.

 

Pastel Perfection

Like metallics, pastels are here in full force. Enjoy the lighter things in life with tones of marshmellow, soft blue, mauve and mint. You can never go wrong with a gentle pink lipstick, but if you feel like branching out a little, give pastel eyeshadow a go.

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