Set your seat on the plush velvet sofa of the moment

Opals, sapphires, canary diamonds and tourmalines are the precious stones we’re drawing inspiration from in the name of the hottest interior trend of the moment. Bringing depth and richness into the home, you’ll find that nothing delivers a touch of opulence more effectively than the Plumy by Ligne Roset. The re-issue of an iconic design conceived by Michel Roset and Annie Hiéronimus 35 years ago, the plush design is rendered even more indulgent in ultra-luxurious jewel toned velvet. Both supremely en pointe with its hallmark early 80s aesthetic, and sublimely comfortable thanks to its goose down cushions (which, by the way, unfold to create a modern-day Lazy Boy situation), its hard not to imagine ourselves enveloped in this inviting piece of lounge furniture.

Ligne Roset

299 Great North Road
Grey Lynn
Auckland

www.ligne.nz

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In a brunch rut? Mix up your routine with these 6 tasty options

Brunch dates are the best dates, but sometimes we tire of our go-to spots, no matter how dependable they are. Whether you frequent them for location, ease of parking, or the best eggs bene in town (if not all of the above), we seek to enlighten you with a few ‘new school’ brunch destinations — ones that have cropped up within the last year — to entice you to try something different.

Winona Forever
If the fact that it’s permanently jam-packed is anything to go by, we’d bet everything we had on the fact that this jazzy new Parnell establishment knows what it’s doing. The sweet dishes are enough to make us go cross-eyed thanks to superbly trained pastry chef Fran Mazza. Come to think of it, the savoury dishes are too.

Rosebank Coffee & Kitchen
The west-siders are already well-schooled on the virtues of this exceptional cafe, but those who haven’t yet made the journey ought to do so promptly. The dish that probably sealed the love deal? Bread gnocchi and poached eggs with mushrooms, herbed cream cheese, lemon vinaigrette and thyme.

Paris Butter
Offering the chance to indulge in a true Parisian petit déjeuner — i.e. breakfast with an abundance of pastries, Croque monsieurs and truffled omelettes — we’re getting ready to hot-foot it to this Jervois Road restaurant. Be sure to get in touch beforehand, however, as they’ve only just launched their brunch menu on certain days.

Bestie
The Saint Kevins Arcade saviour that casually sauntered into our lives last year is no less potent now. Exercising that quality of making things impossibly delicious for dishes that are inherently so simple, we’re still seriously besotted with this K’ Road brunch BFF.

Buoy
While the season for outdoor dining might be drawing to a close, there’s no stopping our affinity for being by the water. Buoy caters to the perfect weekend morning which involves a stroll down Westhaven’s boat-lined promenade and pitstop at this well-positioned address.

Homestead
Housed alongside the Wallace Arts Centre on the ground floor of Auckland’s heritage-steeped Pah Homestead, this Hillsborough cafe merges culture and cuisine in the finest way possible. A decidedly sophisticated way to start your weekend, we recommend trying the lemon curd crumpet with a side of cubism.

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How to wash your pricey panties

For such tiny wee things, luxe lingerie wields a curious amount of power — best handle it with care.

With the ability to take us from plain to phoar with just a lick of silk, fine lingerie is a magnificent thing. An epic tool in our quest for self and sexual confidence, it deserves to be treated with the utmost respect, especially when it comes to washing. And because your delicates are just that — delicate — there’s no other way to freshen them up than by hand.

To launder your bras and bits, begin by filling a tub with cold water (to avoid shrinkage) and mix in some mild detergent. While you can buy lingerie-specific laundry powders, we’re of the opinion that so long as you use a gentle formula, you needn’t splash the extra cash. Next, after separating your intimates into colours, plunge them into the soapy mix and rather than rubbing, gently swish them about. Once sufficiently soaked, rinse in fresh cold water then lightly squeeze (don’t ring) out the excess.

Now all spick and span, don’t even think about tossing them in for a tumble, instead, dry your smalls by laying them flat on a towel, out of direct sunlight and you’ll be sure to avoid a misshapen mishap. But what, you ask, of those truly time-pressed occasions when the cab’s on its way, and you just don’t have time for natural evaporation? Two words dear friends: salad spinner.

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The cutest mini coffee machine to hit the market

Despite its prowess in delivering barista-quality coffee at the touch of a button, Nespresso is never one to take life too seriously and has introduced its most accessible coffee machine yet. Easy on the wallet and suitable for the most compact of spaces, the new Essenza Mini comes in a range of fun colours — so there is no excuse to not have your favourite brew on offer from the littlest corner of the office or house.

 

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3 Scientology docos you should have seen by now

With the recent ribbon-cutting of Auckland’s brand new Church of Scientology, we’re giving you every excuse (not) to make like Tom and Cruise on in for some good old fashioned auditing.

My Scientology Movie: Louis Theroux
In this recent inquisition into the highly questionable L. Ron Hubbard-founded religion, the BBC journalist employs his typical endearing nature in the hope of getting close to Scientology members. Alas, his unthreatening manner and awkward silences are met with a recurring message: “Don’t go there big man”.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Another current foray into the church, acclaimed documentary- maker and film producer Alex Gibney’s account is a thorough and meticulous one, honing in on the religion’s very core. Winning three Emmy awards, Gibney methodically deconstructs Scientology’s claims, highlighting its abuses and exploitation.

Scientology and Me
First broadcast in May 2007, this was the TV series that brought Scientology’s absurd practices to light. Following British reporter John Sweeney as he investigates the church, exploring claims of mind control techniques, as he delves deeper Sweeney is harassed: shouted at, spied on, visited in his hotel room at midnight and much, much more.

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Embodying the pop and colour of the Italian way of life, we can’t stop thinking about the Peroni Spritz that was served at this year’s Cinema Peroni. The perfect effervescent accompaniment to the much-anticipated screening of The Great Beauty, the delectable drink also seamlessly embodied the film’s portrait of modern day Rome and the lavish life led by the protagonist, Jep Gambardella.

A classy concoction we have eagerly adopted at home, you can make your own Peroni Spritz too by simply adding 30ml Prosecco, 30ml Aperol, 50ml ruby red grapefruit juice and 110ml Peroni Nastro Azzuro to a tall glass then topping with ice. A crisp, refreshing cocktail that has our après-work gin and tonic on edge, the new-age spritz is one we’ll gladly whip up whenever we’re in need of an Italian escape.

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Auckland’s King of Ice Cream, Giapo, opens an inventive new parlour

Auckland's beloved avant-garde ice cream purveyor unveils its flash new flagship digs.

There are few people you could meet who are more committed to the art and evolution of ice cream than Gianpaolo and Anna Rosa Grazioli. The Kiwi-Italian couple opened their unique ice cream store, Giapo, on Queen Street nine years ago, and as soon as people began to experience the love that went into their outlandish frozen creations, things began to get a little out of control.

They were serving up to 1200 people a day, seven days a week out of a minuscule store next to The Civic Theatre on Queen Street. Devotees were queuing for an hour to lap up the exceptional ice cream out of ‘dog bowls’ and waiting almost as long to devour a bubble-wrap embossed cone dipped in biscuit, covered in meringue and then fired up with a hand-held torch. Then, a little over a month ago, it all came to an abrupt halt when Giapo shut up shop without explanation. Now we know why.

For years they’d been looking to expand their premises, dealing with Auckland’s shark-toothed landlords to no avail. But now, finally, a recently-renovated space on downtown’s Gore Street has proven itself worthy of becoming the new home of the cult ice cream operation. Walk into the store and you won’t be met with any glass fronted cabinets. Guests are instead greeted by hostesses at various stations who take you through the menu. Orders are then processed in the mise en place kitchen half a level up — “the process is much faster” Gianpaolo says.

The top floor serves as the pair’s “creative hub”, where Giapo’s never-ending ideas have all the space they need to come to life. Though the new ice cream concepts to match the new space are yet to come — they are currently serving most of the same mouth-watering creations they used to — our anticipation is at an all time high. The ever-experimental kitchen is already serving ice cream made on the spot to your preferred cocoa concentration, and a ‘discombobulating’ section of the menu that will soon comprise all sorts of unthinkable savoury-sweet combinations. All in good time however.

Though they may have left us in the lurch for a few weeks when they shut up shop, there is a reason Auckland’s avant-garde ice cream parlour has been a long time coming. They were busy getting it just right.

Open from midday till late, seven days a week. 

Giapo

12 Gore St
Auckland CBD

www.giapo.com

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We’re making summer go the distance with these luxurious outdoor rugs

Inviting us to step out into what can otherwise be a harsh-underfoot environment, outdoor rugs have proven themselves to be this year’s must-have design addition. With the intrinsic ability to soften and breathe life into an unforgiving space, there are few better examples of the alfresco accessory than those from RODA’s new KNOT collection. Seamlessly balancing practicality and panache, the durable floor coverings come in a melange of colours and designs to suit all exteriors, from a subtle charcoal rug to the jagged ‘Babylon’ patterned design. An instant outdoor update certain to elevate your verandah, backyard or garden game, the elegant rugs are available exclusively from David Shaw, now.

David Shaw

17 Earle Street
Parnell

(09) 368 5829

www.davidshaw.co.nz

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Montblanc brings its classic luxury to the smart watch movement

A beautifully engineered smartwatch hybrid with all of the modern day features we need

Wearable technology is nothing new, but many companies forewent traditional design aesthetics in favour of more hi-tech compositions. That was until luxury designers Montblanc partnered with tech giants Google and Qualcomm Technologies to create the Montblanc Summit Smartwatch for men.

Taking the cutting edge technology of Android and pairing it with their classic 1858 timepiece collection has resulted in a smart watch that will lure in even the most traditional watch wearer. It comes with features for travel, fitness, business and leisure and includes a personal assistant, heart rate monitor, personal trainer, messaging, navigation, a global translator and more — basically, it has all of the features we need, and none of the features we don’t. Made with high-quality steel, titanium cases and leather or rubber straps, and with the ability to customise the watch face, you can tailor the look to suit any occasion.

Promising its owners the freedom to have it all, Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert explains that the Montblanc Summit bridges the world of traditional watchmaking and digital information with a simple and highly functional product. In a move to inspire a younger generation with an appreciation of classic designs, Montblanc has joined in the race of combining old-school luxury and modern technology.

Montblanc

87 Queen Street
Auckland CBD
Auckland

09 309 5074

www.montblanc.com

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