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Sparkle nonchalantly

We’re partial to a little festive finery at Denizen but, when our everyday existence calls for a shot of French-inspired stylish nonchalance, we have been known to forgo the showstoppers in favour of a more subtle statement. And so, in pursuit of the demure drops entrusted with the task of sensibly communicating an alluring innate elegance, herewith we present the six baby baubles that speak volumes when the icy specimens casually catch the light.

Slide 1: (from left to right)
18ct white gold pink diamond and white diamond halo set
18ct pink gold studs with green quartz, pink tourmaline and diamonds
– 18ct white gold halo set

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Cushion cut diamond pave set
Limited edition white and rose gold diamond earrings
18ct white gold cognac diamond studs

Partridge Jewellers

www.partridgejewellers.com

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Getty Centre
Musée d'Orsay
National Museum of Anthropology
Salvador Dali Museum
Palais de Tokyo
Getty Villa
Guggenheim Bilbao
Dia:Beacon
Guggenheim New York
Museu Oscar Niemeyer

The 10 most beautiful bucket list museums

Museums are essentially modern-day sanctuaries — peaceful destinations awash with culture housed in superbly-designed buildings. And while many of the world’s most celebrated institutions are renowned for their formidable collections alone, there are others whose architecture, ambience and ability to instil an overall sense of awe make them some of the most memorable places to visit. Our top 10 of the latter are as follows…

1. Getty Centre  Los Angeles, California
Arguably the most famed campus of The Getty Museum, this mammoth structure designed by Richard Meier overlooks the entirety of LA from its perch atop a hill just beyond Bel-Air. The sheer scope of the construction is truly impressive with Meier’s handiwork responsible for the extensive pavilions and rotundas, all clad in travertine giving rise to its monolithic effect.

2. Musée D’OrsayParis, France
Famed for its accessible clock tower through which one can see Paris’ northern-most bounds including the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, this incredibly romantic museum was once a Beaux-Arts railway station built in 1900. Famed for housing the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, it’s hard to find a museum that better embodies the Parisian spirit.

3. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  Bilbao, Spain
There’s no mistaking the allure of this Frank Gehry masterpiece. As one of Spain’s largest museums, it was built alongside the Nervion River in Basque country with a mishmash of titanium-clad curves that appear to be conceived at random from the exterior. Inside this feat of architecture is an incredible light-filled atrium nicknamed ‘the flower’ because of its flora-like shape.

4. National Museum of Anthropology — Mexico City, Mexico
It’s the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, but beyond its incredible exhibition covering South America’s indigenous people, it is famed for a pièce de résistance of architecture, the umbrella — a vast concrete slab supported by a single, totemic pillar that provides cover for the immense central courtyard and pond.

5. Salvador Dalí Museum — St. Petersburg, Florida
The largest Dalí collection outside of Europe is reason alone to visit this relatively new museum, but this unique structure, completed in 2011, features a 22-metre high glass entryway and skylight, referred to as the ‘Enigma’, and encompasses an awe-inspiring spiral staircase that the master himself would surely approve of.

6. Dia:Beacon New York, USA
Formerly a Nabisco box-printing facility, this home of the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of contemporary art was renovated with the input of artist Robert Irwin and a host of OpenOffice architects. Situated on 31 acres on the banks of the Hudson River, adjacent to an abundance of riverfront parkland, the expansive spaces within are well-suited to the needs of large-scale installations, paintings, and sculptures.

7. Palais de Tokyo Paris, France
Located in the heart of it all in the Trocadero area of Paris’ Rive Droite, this winsome address is dedicated entirely to modern art but offers a cool and creative environment more typical of the Rive Gauche. Excellent for taking an afternoon stroll around the Palais and Le Pavillion, here one can soak up, at once, the City of Light’s grandeur, romanticism and creativity.

8. Getty VillaMalibu, California
An extension of J. Paul Getty’s original home in Pacific Palisades, and the original Getty Museum, this replica of an Italian villa was designed to better house the businessman’s art collection. After his death in 1976, the collection outgrew the site and was then moved to the Getty Centre but the Romanesque country house remains open, brimming with sculpture, impressive fountains and whimsical gardens.

9. The Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum New York, USA
This one hardly needs explaining, but the famed museum has to be one of the most celebrated for its architecture alone. Conceived by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright to be a “temple of the spirit”, the cylindrical building is wider at the top than the bottom, allowing for its unique ramp gallery that runs from ground level up and ends just under the ceiling’s skylight.

10. Museu Oscar Niemeyer — Curitiba, Brazil
Conceived as an educational institution, the first building of what was to become Museu Oscar Niemeyer was designed by the lauded Brazilian architect in 1967. Faithful to the style of the time, its post-modern architecture has to be some of South America’s (and the world’s) most stunning.

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The strangest cookbooks you need in your life

Since the discovery of the Brad Pitt-inspired ‘Fat Brad’ cookbook, our interest in unusual gastronomy has grown. Indulging our new fascination by hunting down some of the weirdest recipe books the internet has to offer, we thought we’d share some of our findings…

Cookin’ With Coolio
Stopping off in the kitchen on his way to Gangsta’s Paradise, our favourite 90s rapper released his own cookbook a wee while ago. Based on his ‘Ghetto Gourmet’ cuisine, the easy-to-follow recipes include ‘Finger-Lickin’, Rib-Stickin’, Fall-Off-the-Bone-and-into-Your-Mouth Chicken’ and a whole chapter dedicated to making ‘Pasta like a Rasta’.

Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook
From everything we’ve ever seen, read or heard, vampires only eat one thing — and it doesn’t require cooking. Determined to prove us and Stephanie Meyer wrong though, this rather strange collection of ‘suckulent recipes’ includes the Bloody Mary Fondue, Coffin Cake and Van Helsing’s Veggie Rolls.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes
Delectably nostalgic, this kiddie cookbook has been around for years. With iconic dishes from some of Dahl’s most magical books like the Bruce Bogtrotter’s Cake (Matilda), Willy Wonka’s Lickable Wallpaper, Frobscottle and Snozzcumbers (BFG), it’s a classic.

Fifty Shades of Chicken
Exactly what you’d expect, this is one for all those poultry fans with an immature streak. Weaving 50 recipes throughout a slightly odd storyline, it’s great for those who get a kick out of words like ‘moist’ and ‘dripping’. For a little taste we’d recommend checking out the book’s video — maybe not at work.

The Official Star Trek Cooking Manual
Though we weren’t surprised to learn that there was more than one Star Trek-themed recipe book out there, we were a little taken aback with the aggression some Trekkies show for the unofficial imposters. Promising genuine intergalactic fare, the OFFICIAL Star Trek Cooking Manual guarantees to get it right with dishes like Dr McCoy’s Cornbread and Romulan stew. Err, yum?

The Karl Lagerfeld Diet
“So stylish, so classy” says Karl Lagerfeld of his semi-obscure diet/recipe book. With dishes like Quail Flambé and plenty of protein supplements, we don’t know how delicious it sounds, but seeing as it helped the Chanel designer shed over 40 kilos in just 12 months, we may just give it a whirl…

What the F**k Should I Make for Dinner
One for all the indecisive chefs out there, this simple-to-follow, easy-to-make, funny collection of dishes is the perfect aid when you really just have no clue of what the f**k you want to eat.

Quick-Fix Cooking with Roadkill
Following on from ‘The Original Roadkill Cookbook’ that was published more than 25-years-ago, this second instalment delivers over 50 new ways to whip up a street squashed meal. Great for those on the go, each recipe promises to be ready in just 30 minutes — not including the time it takes to procure the animal element.

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Lord Kitchener — the local spot Sandringham has been waiting for

Sandringham, the wait is over...your new local has finally arrived.

Named after the British Army officer who supposedly cured himself of malaria with a cold pint and good sleep, Lord Kitchener is the local spot Sandringham has been waiting for. Sitting just off the main drag where an expired pharmacy once lay, what we found when we visited the swish new watering hole, was a true blue British gastropub — done blimmin’ well.

Dishing up hearty fare like beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas; bangers ‘n’ mash; sauce smothered stout wings; Yorkshire puds; chip butties and the pivotal roast beef with all the trimmings, the new Sandringham haunt plays the theme to the last note. But though inspiration is undoubtedly care of Old Blighty (seriously, one of the dishes is called ‘The Tally Ho’), the local community is where this pub’s loyalties lie. Offering a few clever nods to the area and its Indian backbone — like Executive Chef Ross Birch’s vindaloo mayonnaise and the old ‘Sandringham Pharmacy’ sign that’s been replicated on the interior wall — there can be no doubt that this is a place for the people.

With an outdoor courtyard for the sunny days, a cosy fire for the not-so-nice and a $12 menu for the sprogs, Lord Kitchener is the spot to be for a good old Saturday knees up and the shady Sundays that follow.

Opening hours:
3pm till late Monday — Wednesday
12pm till late Thursday — Sunday

Lord Kitchener

6 Kitchener Road
Sandringham
Auckland

www.facebook.com/lordksandringham

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New In Store: Punk… but pretty

Softly spoken and notoriously organised, we didn’t think it would be Alexander Wang to draw us into the realm of punk fashion. But doing just that, and doing it oh-so-well is the New York designer’s new ready-to-wear collection. Tipping his hat to rebellion, the ragged range is diet punk — a wearable take on the trend. Studs, leather, tartan and mohair reign, but by partnering them with impeccable tailoring and premium finishes, Wang has kept the collection from falling into full on Sex Pistols style. A line that the designer says, “deliberately opposes standard definitions of beauty and taste”, we don’t know if we’d agree. Sure, some of the pieces are more weekend than work day, but those heels? That bag? Those boots? They look pretty good to us.

The new Alexander Wang ready-to-wear is arriving now at Workshop, to peruse the collection, see here.

Workshop

74 Mackelvie St
Ponsonby

(09) 361 3727

www.workshop.co.nz

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A lofty former factory

Located in the Big Apple, the residential project designed by Union Studio has completely transformed the private home from its former life as a NoHo factory. And while the exposed brick and sun-soaked feel in the loft are enough to draw us in to stay a while, we especially heart the headboard of hexagonal Frozen Garden tiles by Marcel Wanders and the master bathroom’s custom teak soaking tub.

 

 

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Cable Bay calling!

Cable Bay's new dishes are a salute to the summer season.

It’s not that we necessarily needed another excuse to hop on the ferry and head Cable Bay ways over the weekend, but if we did, the Waiheke winery’s new lineup of seasonal dishes would surely suffice. Made with ripe fruit and veggies hand harvested daily from the kitchen’s sprawling organic plots and orchard, the new ferry-fare-worthy additions are minimising the distance between garden and fork to just a few steps.

With an ever-revolving arsenal of produce, Cable Bay’s focus on seasonal goods means that we’re met with different, garden-fresh fare on every visit. Take the ‘Angus Beef in the Garden’, for instance. A succulent slab artfully laid on a plate with an array of nature’s finest, because the dish depends on what’s good in the garden that day, you can never be sure what will arrive before you. It’s the same with the ‘Gnocchi di Patata’, a delicious lucky dip of a meal that takes shape depending on what organic goods take the chef’s fancy that day. Following the seasons rather than the trends, the ever-changing accompaniments also mean that the uncomfortable pang of guilt usually associated with ordering the same thing each time you visit — gone!

Making strides towards self-sustainability (if you go for a wander you may just chance upon the chooks that donated the eggs to make said gnocchi), Cable Bay’s new dishes are a delectable tip of the hat to Mother Nature. And while it seems such a homely thought — the idea of the chefs simply popping out to the garden and plucking what they need every day — we can assure you, the cuisine here is far from your standard home cooked fare.

Cable Bay

12 Nick Johnstone Drive
Oneroa
Waiheke Island

09 372 5889

www.cablebay.nz

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The trailer park of our dreams

We never thought life in a trailer park would be something we aspired to, so this AutoCamp just 90 minutes outside of San Fran has us all kinds of confused. Lying in the heart of a Redwood forest, Russian River is our kind of outdoor adventure. Offering nature lovers an indulgent escape, the holiday park boasts an impressively luxe line-up of canvas tents with hotel-worthy interiors, but it’s the Airstream campers that caught our eye. Sleek silver bullets with plush modern fit outs, the romantic motor homes are not your usual King of the Hill caravan. With a mid-century-inspired ‘clubhouse’ for cooking, and communal bathrooms that more closely resemble a five-star retreat than your classic ablution block, the California getaway even houses a shop that stocks all your ‘camping essentials’ — like wine and beer.

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Lovers of Hollywood hunks and hedonistic foods rejoice! Fat Brad a new cookbook inspired by Brad Pitt’s onscreen eating habits is here and dishing out the recipes to some of the main man’s most memorable film meals. From the ‘breakfast’ his now-ex Angelina literally threw together in Mr and Mrs Smith, to the game bird and taters he gobbled down in Snatch and Tyler Durden’s semi-revolting Fight Club seafood bisque, Pitt-heads can indulge in all of their boy Bradley’s onscreen cuisines. ‘Part fan fantasy, part filmic study’ as publishers Long Prawn put it, we’re not sure how the blonde-haired, blue-eyed babe manages to consume such horrendously bad bites and still maintain his Adonis-esque physique. But hey, we’re into it.

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The Friday Feed: Crap Taxidermy

Animal activists needn’t get their panties in a twist over our latest Instagram account find, @craptaxidermy. After all, these dear animals died humanely. It was only until they reached the afterlife that their soulless physical forms became the subject of such… well, crap taxidermy. We admit, this find is one of questionable taste, but we can’t help but become enthralled upon trawling the astounding compositions that comprise this very kooky Instagram account.

 

#craptaxidermy #taxidermy

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