Having tasted the last of summer’s heat, it’s time to retire our lighter fragrances in favor of the richer notes of fall and winter. As much as we love the light lingering smells of minty citrus—spicy woods and deep patchoulis offer a more seasonal fragrance. We still adore our Marc Jacobs Honey and Anna Sui La Vie de Boheme, but with darker weather, heavy layers and the oncoming cold, nothing says winter like the perfect scent. We have a few favorites that compliment both the feel and spirit of the holidays and these are sure to make you feel feminine and beautiful in the months ahead.
Acqua Di Parma-Profumo
While we love perfume for ourselves, there’s no denying this fragrance comes perfectly gift-ready. Delicately tucked inside its own display box and etched into a timeless piece of art, the Proumo packaging is almost more beautiful than the fragrance itself. With notes of damask rose, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk the fragrance is a heavier scent and lasts for hours. It’s lingering essence is dignified, but not overly mature and can be worn by women of all ages. Acqua Di Parma’s Profumo is available at Bergdorf Goodman and priced at $355
Lolita Lempicka-Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum
If you’re having a harder time adjusting to the early evenings, cold weather and heavy layers then you could definitely ease into the season with Elle L’Aime the newest fragrance from Lolita Lempicka. Neiman Marcus offers an exclusive set that comes with a (supercute) bracelet, and the fragrance itself teeters on the brink of summer and winter. While its top notes consist of white flower, coconut flower and lime and base consists of ylang-ylang, myrrh and sandalwood, making it a perfect combination for those who want to hold onto the light balm of summer, but transition smoothly into winter. Lolita Lempicka’s Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus and is priced at $100.
Tom Ford-Neroli Portfino
Made for both men and women the fragrance is a strong, crisp scent with a variety of undertones that can be worn all year round. While there are citrus notes they’re a spicier version of their summery counterparts and leave a distinct fragrance that’s perfect for the colder seasons. With woody and amber undertones this fragrance will leave a lasting impression on those around you without leaving a cloud of perfume in your wake. Tom Ford’s Neroli Portfino is available at Sephora and priced at $290.
L’artisan Parfumeur-Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin
While the bottle is absolutely something you want sitting on your vanity next to your wedding photos and grandmothers broach, it’s the scent that makes it such a boudoir fantasy. The fragrance has top notes of iris, suede, velvet and leather then follows with base notes of saffron, whiskey, lavender and rose. Despite the name the fragrance isn’t as heady and lustful as it sounds, but it will leave you with a sensual fragrance that’s your significant other will love. L’artisan Parfumeur’s Explosions D’Emotions Skin On Skin is available at Barney’s and priced at $280.
Seth Kornegay- Trés Belle Femme
One of our favorite new fragrances may not look like much from the outside. A simple bottle and label may leave you wanting etched glass and vintage pumps, but what the façade lacks in decoration it makes up for in intensely beautiful bouquet. A rich ultra-feminine scent that’s perfect for those that want the punch of a winter fragrance without the heaviness of more masculine undertones. Basil, lavender and coriander sit atop ylang, ylang, jasmine and sandalwood creating one of the most memorable signature scents. Seth Kornegay’s Trés Belle Femme is available exclusively at Seth Kornegay and is priced at $345.
House of Sillage- Holiday Limited Edition
With each fragrance coming in two bottles, one of which is a limited collector’s edition, it’s hard not to want every single one. This holiday fragrance is only available in the Swarovski studded limited edition snow globe bottle, which just makes it that much more covetable. While notes of peach, mandarin, and blood orange are heavy in this fragrance, its more floral scents help to balance out the fragrance for the colder seasons. House of Sillage’s Holiday Limited Edition is available online at Parfumerie Nasreen and is priced at $1,200.
Miranda Kerr has been slammed for posting altered images on Instagram.
Photo / Instagram
Supermodel Miranda Kerr has apologised for posting altered images of herself on Instagram.
Kerr added an image of herself backstage at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret fashion show with fellow Angels Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio. She shared the snap on her stream with over 2.5 million followers on November 13, the night of the annual Victoria’s Secret show in New York. Kerr – who is no longer an Angel – wished the ladies good luck with this year’s performance.
However, hawk eye bloggers at Livejournal pointed out that the 30-year-old’s waistline appeared to be digitally trimmed down. The model was then accused of posting several pics of herself with an artificially altered waist.
Kerr, who was in Japan with designer Micahel Kors when the online fury erupted, removed the picture, replaced it with the original and said she “had no idea” the one she grabbed from the internet had been Photoshopped.
Kerr posted: “Hi guys, here is the original VS image! When I re-posted the photo this week to support the girls I screen grabbed it off the internet when I was working in Japan. I had no idea it was photoshopped. All good intentions- sorry for the confusion and congratulations to the girls for such a great show!”
The Fashin blog at Livejournal has picked more discrepancies in the model’s Instagram feed. Check them out here.
More men remove body hair than is let on. Photo / Thinkstock
Aaron Jackson is one of an estimated 42 per cent of Kiwi men who “trims the hedges” and is happy to admit it.
“I do what’s called a manscape – trim the hedges and keep the section nice and groomed,” the builder and sometime-actor says.
“I just do it myself but I know other guys who get waxed.”
Jackson and his well-kept friends are not alone. They might not talk about it, but Kiwi men are increasingly turning to beauty products and treatments to keep themselves looking great.
A survey of New Zealand men found more than a third of the 500 men surveyed used moisturiser daily, but half did not tell their mates.
The Nivea Men survey by Galaxy Research found other taboo topics included teeth-whitening and the removal of body hair. Fifty-eight per cent admitted removing hair and three out of four blokes believed good grooming would increase their luck with women.
Jackson, a single dad of one, said: “I’m not embarrassed. I’m 33, so I’m just in a headspace where I don’t care. I need to moisturise. Half the time when you do your little reveal, half the boys admit to doing it anyway.”
He encourages Kiwi men to embrace their metrosexuality, which he defined as having “good hair, being clean and having good dress sense”.
Sylvie Salanoa and her daughter Tailani with a range of their coconut oil-based beauty products. Photo / Richard Robinson
Kiwis are turning to coconut oil for everything from moisturiser and hair conditioner to using it as a butter alternative.
A company in Samoa that has been selling organic coconut oil-based products for 13 years says it frequently receives inquiries from New Zealand, Europe, the US, Japan and Australia.
Pure coconut oil has long been a staple food and beauty secret in the Pacific, but has become popular in the West thanks to endorsements from celebrities such as Aussie model Miranda Kerr and American singer Mandy Moore.
Kerr has revealed she uses coconut oil on her skin and takes spoonfuls of it every day, saying it has played an important role in her success.
Mailelani Samoa has been making skincare and beauty products out of it for more than a decade.
The company is displaying its products in Auckland today at the Buy Samoa Made trade show, which is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Mangere Art Centre in Manukau.
Sylvie Salanoa, who owns the company with her husband, Kitiona, said: “We made coconut oil soap bars that were 100 per cent organic. It’s basically oil in a bar and it’s so soft.
“Yes, it’s a soap, but you can even use it to wash your hair.”
The soaps became so popular that the couple branched out, releasing a range of coconut oil-based lotions, moisturisers and massage oils.
They are now working on a range of cooking oils.
Auckland nutritionist Jeni Pearce, who works for High Performance Sport NZ, said it was important for people to take coconut oil as part of a balanced diet.
She said a level teaspoon of coconut oil was about 45 calories.
“People need to make sure that they’re swapping it for another fat and not just adding another fat to their diet.”
This weekend’s trade show is hosted by the Samoa Association of Manufacturers & Exporters and has 30 different stalls offering handicrafts, services and specialist foods such as vanilla, chilli, taro, coffee and cocoa from Samoa.
The Buy Samoa Made trade show kicked off yesterday. It opens at 8am today and finishes at 1pm.
From the invention of airplanes to skydiving out of them, mankind has always dreamed of flying. Ever since the appearance of jetpacks in cartoon and movies, we’ve wanted one and have worked towards making them a reality. The New Zealand-based Martin Jetpack, which claims to be the very first practical jetpack, is one of the neatest options we’ve seen — it was even named one of Time magazine’s Top 50 inventions of 2010. Strap yourself in and you can either control it yourself, or trust someone else to play God and control it remotely. Able to hold 45-liters of fuel, you’ll get around 30 minutes of in-air flight time and experience a maximum speed of 40 knots (around 46mph) — though they recommend a cruise speed of 30 knots (36mph). The jetpack won’t be commercially available to the masses until 2015 and is expected to cost anywhere between $150k and $250k, but you may be able to get your hands on one earlier if you have the clout.
There’s one little thing that women want for the holidays—it’s not bags, shoes or holiday makeup kits (as much as we love those)—it’s glittering, sparking and jaw-dropping diamonds. So when we spotted this bangle we knew we had a winner on our hands. The Phenomena High Jewelry collection at De Beers is meant to be an expression of nature—metals and diamonds curling like the movement of water. As a way to capture natural occurring motions, the jewelry mimics the crest, waves and even frost formations of the world’s oceans. One of the most beautiful pieces in the collection, the Phenomena crest bracelet, is almost 200 diamonds worth of natural beauty. Set in white gold, a 2.15ct pear cut diamond is surrounded by 197 diamonds for a total weight of 11cts. And while we’re big fans of all diamond jewelry, this piece is probably one of our favorites—and you know it can be so hard to pick just one.
Just in case you’ve already got the winter blues, the new Maison Kitsuné lookbook is out and filled with styles from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Rolling around in bed wearing chunky sweaters and silky tops is our favorite singer slash songwriter slash actress slash model Sky Ferreria, who’s been tapped for the new spring campaign. Trading in her punky outfits and bold red lips for a bare face and slouchy separates gives Ferreira an innocent girl-next-door meets fashion maven vibe that looks totally effortless. Shot by Henrik Purienne, the images are meant to evoke the feeling of young New York for the “New Wave” collection. But while the look is youthful, the styles are retro with a totally modern twist. Basically the lookbook leaves us craving one of those weekend mornings when you just don’t get out of bed—but we have a feeling even if we were rocking the new collection and a silky bandana we wouldn’t look as cool as Ferreira.
And since men have started to care more about style in recent years (finally), it only makes sense you start from the bottom up. Pun intended. Charles van der Pear wants to give you luxury and fun, because hey, they want you looking good “for yourself, your significant other, your date or your hot one night stand.”
While the label is currently on its premiere collection, their pattern selection, design and feature styling suggests a brand that has long known its trajectory and end goal—and as their motto suggests “the key to success is in your hands and in your pants.” Indeed.
Come on say it with me: “Cap, shirt … Bata Bullets. Cap, shirt … Bata Bullets.”
One of the great TV ads of our – OK, my – time. Not only does it prove how they took a lot of beating, it shows we even let girls wear them.
Then again the only remaining options back then were jandals or bare feet, which was only one more choice than we had in colours on the television, so I won’t go making any grand claims around equal rights.
Anyway, like Georgie Pies, it seems they’re back. And they’re probably just as tasty.
It was those horrible Sparklers that finally killed Bata Bullets for me. They were your standard sandshoe, but they came with this nasty strip of plastic down the side that was supposed to magically change colour. No, it did not.
Then came the day when I discovered Bata was a Czechoslovakian company. Commie shoes? We were wearing Commie shoes?
And I hear they’re even being sold at Para Rubber again. Have they brought those back, too? I thought they’d died out together. Actually, I’d really go a Crazy Joe iceblock and some Gold Rush. Who’s with me?
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The fitness benefits of the exclusive membership include a personalized fitness evaluation. Members can partake in two training sessions weekly with one of Equinox’s top-level trainers. Equinox calls its premium-training program Tier 4. It is based on individual body composition, gait, metabolic rate and movement ability—or simply stated—physicality. An advisory board of doctors that specialize in sports and fitness is also available. E memberships can be used at Equinox clubs in Greenwich, Connecticut, and in New York City’s Columbus Circle.