Dyrberg Kern’s newest jewellery collection might just be the best yet

Recently, we’ve found ourselves searching for the perfect piece(s) of jewellery to add to a simple ensemble. Something that says ‘this was effortless’, where the jewellery is what ties everything together. The latest collection from Dyrberg Kern, Rhythm, has answered these minimalist prayers.

Taking inspiration from the sultry tones of jazz music, the sleek designs have been carefully curated in exquisite silver and gold. Earrings and rings that reflect graceful, swinging movements, with strong, clean lines. The bold structure of the Louie ring and Scharlet earrings (pictured above left and middle) are a must-have this season, capturing attention for all the right reasons.

 

Likewise, the Sarah bracelet and Alexandra necklace (pictured above left) are delicate and elegant, yet each piece packs a subtle punch, allowing for easy day-to-day wear or for adding a touch of glamour to an evening out. The soulful sounds of rhythm and blues embodied by a striking collection of jewellery have never looked so good.

To shop the entire collection, click here.

DYRBERG/KERN

65 Mackelvie Street
Ponsonby
Auckland

09 376 9989

www.dyrbergkern.co.nz

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Recipe: Josh Emett’s almond and pignoli cookies

A traditional Italian treat with a light, meringue-esque texture and delicate almond taste, a Pignoli Cookie is the perfect coffee accompaniment. Beautiful when coupled to a generous cappuccino, milky latte or macchiato made using Nespresso’s Tribute to Milano Grand Crus — a reissue of one of Nespresso’s most well-loved limited editions — the aromatic ristretto was inspired by the enchanting Italian city. Designed to be enjoyed alongside a light bite (where the dainty pignoli cookies come in), here, Josh Emett shares his family’s favourite recipe.

Ingredients
125g ground almonds
70g caster sugar
1 tsp self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg white
¼ cup pignoli (pine nuts), toasted
½ cup icing sugar for dusting

Method
Preheat the oven to 170ºC and line a tray with baking paper.
Toss the ground almonds, sugar, self-raising flour, and pine nuts into a bowl and mix well.
In another bowl, beat the egg white and vanilla together until stiff. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mix until you have a soft dough. Gently roll into teaspoon-sized balls, lightly cover with icing sugar and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown. Cool before serving.

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New opening, Madriz, brings a taste of Spain to the central city

Shake up your lunch routine at this traditional Spanish tapas bar.

Just like a classic tapas bar in the back alleys of Barcelona, Madriz is the unique new opening bringing something different to your weekly lunch routine. Dishing out authentic Spanish tapas from its cosy position tucked in the heart of Fort Lane, it’s a small space where the idea is to grab a few plates, a $3 beer (should your day allow) and lean up against the bar (inside or out), for a casual bite with friends — just like they do in Spain.

Open from early till late, the morning offers up a selection of freshly baked goods and coffee, then come lunch, the traditional cuisine really begins to shine through. A tasty line-up of pintxos (Spanish delicacies served skewered to fresh bread) awaits in the cabinet, with flavours ranging from chorizo to smoked salmon and Spanish belly tuna, as well as the house favourite, ‘pintxos tortilla’ which sees a thick slab of omelette spiked to a slice of rustic kumara bread.

In the evening, the concept continues, but you’d be wise to venture into the raciones and tapas menu too. All of the classics are there, from Pulpo Madriz octopus salad, Jamón croquettes and North Sea mussels to a moreish plate of patatas bravas, all of which match perfectly to the succinct but specialised wine list.

Completely genuine, the team even ventured over to Spain to retrieve a secret lamb recipe from owner Juan Manuel’s grandmother which you can order in full shoulder form to take away. A refreshing way to spend your lunch hour, or catch up with friends for an evening drink in the central city, Madriz is well worth a try.

Opening hours:
7.30am-9pm, Monday-Wednesday
7.30am-late, Thursday & Friday
9am-late, Saturday

Madriz

Fort Lane
Auckland CBD

09 869 43 28

www.madriz.co.nz

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WORLD’s new collection heralds the rise of the statement blazer

Never afraid of being bold, WORLD was always going to be the perfect candidate to deliver a line-up of stellar statement blazers. With the brand’s new SS18 collection dropping in stores today, we can’t help but notice they’ve made a point of putting a fearlessly tailored foot forward. Drawing upon the fun, trans-seasonal look demonstrated above, making like the it-girls couldn’t be easier.

From left to right:
Green Floral Gattopardo Blazer
Black and white embroidered Sicily Blazer
Blue Lily Pad Sicily Blazer 

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The Friday Feed: this guy depicts gangster rappers and sneakers using sushi

Yujia Hu (aka @theonigiriart) has an uncanny gift for crafting pop culture iconography out of sushi ingredients. He might not be able to fully express himself during his day job, working as a chef at his parents’ restaurant in Milan, but when he gets down time, he gets busy creating everything from Air Jordans to Adidas NMDs and gangster rappers like Gucci Mane and Migos (pictured above). What has come to be described as ‘Shoe-shi’ is an extraordinarily intricate assembly of rice, seaweed and sashimi that we believe is worthy of a spot on your Friday Instagram Feed.

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XXX by Steve Messam
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Mellerstain House and Gardens

This Scottish sculpture installation has captured our attention

Set within the grounds of Scotland’s grand, 18th-century Mellerstain House and Gardens, the Borders Sculpture Park has just opened, and if the first installation is anything to go by — it’s going to be exquisite. Created by ‘environmental artist’ Steve Messam, the work entitled ‘XXX’ consists of three enormous inflatable artworks that connect with the landscape. Spikes poke out the top of one historical building, while white balloon-like columns protrude from another. Over on theresidence’s sprawling pond, floating ‘bubbles’ round off the installation. A striking contrast of then and now, if a Scottish sojourn just so happens to be on the cards, it’s well worth the visit. If not, the artist’s website should surely suffice.

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Waterlight Graffiti is the art installation inviting you to create ‘lit’ masterpieces

Public art installations are so hot right now.

As Paris Hilton might say, public art installations are so hot right now. Which is why Aucklanders ought to know about the interactive project set to grace Aotea Square. Entitled Waterlight Graffiti, the dynamic installation by French artist Antonin Fourneau is set to light up central Auckland from 3rd August.

The critically acclaimed project has arrived directly from a season at the EPM Water Museum in Colombia, the first time it has made it anywhere near the antipodes after visiting events such as Light Night Leeds, and New York Design Week. It’s comprised of a large street art screen made up of thousands of LED lights which illuminate when they come into contact with water. Using a tool of their choice, visitors can sketch or draw directly onto the screen, which lights up in response.

At once eco-friendly, playful and unique, Waterlight Graffiti is the perfect excuse to create some ‘lit’ masterpieces. As well as exhibiting the work, Fourneau will be running workshops at AUT and Semi Permanent, sharing his insights into the creative, design and development process of the work.

Waterlight Graffiti will be open every day from 3rd-21st August until 10.30pm. For more information, click here

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The My Little Pony x Deadly Ponies collab has landed and it’s pretty darn cute

Catering to our inner child’s most ardent desires, Deadly Ponies for My Little Pony has landed. Paying homage to the mystical horses from the far-off land of ‘Equestria’, the capsule collection encompasses it all with rainbow swathed totes, wallets, clutches and cute wee coin purses that conveniently latch on to your keys or bag. Using leathers from DP’s archival lines, the colours are more muted than the traditional MLP bright bubble gum palette, which keeps the covetable collection from teetering into too-sweet territory.

Immortalising the fillies in soft toy, clip-on charm form, you can snag your own Rainbow Dash, Applejack or Twilight Sparkle ‘Pony Puff’ head, or take home Deadly Ponies’ very own stead, the all-black (and aptly-named) Shadow. Certainly, something different from the local lords of leather, Deadly Ponies for My Little Pony is a bit of fun and a bit of colour. I mean come on, whose shopping day wouldn’t be brightened by a rainbow leather tote?

The My Little Pony x Deadly Ponies collab will be available in store and online Thursday 3rd August. 

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Denizen X Partridge host an intimate evening of whisky and watches with Hublot

Last night, in the underground confines of Fort Lane whisky bar, The Jefferson, Denizen teamed up with Partridge Jewellers to host an intimate evening celebrating luxury Swiss watchmaker, Hublot. Greeted with whisky cocktails, guests were invited to peruse a collection of the fine time pieces with a special welcome from Hublot’s Australia/New Zealand brand manager, Joel Ruiz. In keeping with the revered marque’s appreciation of ‘fusion’, the evening was supplemented by a whisky tasting that covered a traversed a stellar line-up of Glenmorangie’s most acclaimed drops.

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Ain’t No Taco is putting a twist on the Mexican staple

Expect an unlikely line-up of flavours at this inner-city eatery.

There are few things more delicious than a perfectly made taco. A warmed tortilla, loaded with succulent meats, crisp salad and a salsa that boasts just the right balance of sweet and spice, they’re a thing of great beauty. Embracing that allure and furthering Auckland’s education on the ins and outs of the tasty taco, is new opening Ain’t No Taco.

From the same people that brought us Burger Geek (which happens to be just a few doors down), the casual spot is a welcome addition to the Symonds Street dining scene. Specialising, the team says, in “tacos without borders”, the tasty handheld delights leap all over the globe for inspiration, bringing about some beguiling creations. How does a bulgogi pork taco with daikon pickle, slaw and aioli sound? Or a tequila and lime chicken number? There’s an orange braised beef taco and a jerk Jamaican tofu one with coconut yoghurt crema too, as well as a bountiful build-your-own salad bar for those after a quick and healthy meal on the go. With an intriguing cocktail list and sumptuous dessert selection to finish it off — you’d be seriously remiss to pass up the vegan chocolate mousse — there’s a lot to like.

A quaint and colourful space with plenty of room to dine in, the upstairs area makes for an interesting experience, where towering indoor plants and a low ceiling create a cubby-like atmosphere. Honouring the taco’s Mexican heritage with a 60-strong hot sauce selection, the truly culinary courageous (or foolish) should ask the team to try the hottest one (kept behind the counter for safe keeping), an unbelievably potent concoction that measures one million on the Scoville scale. Certainly not your classic taco experience — it was never intended to be — Ain’t No Taco is where you go when you’re after something a little different.

Opening hours:
11am-late, Monday-Friday
5pm-late, Saturday & Sunday

Ain't No Taco

187 Symonds Street
Eden Terrace
Auckland

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