Bondie’s cupcake kitchen is taking sweet treats to the next level

About two months into her pop-up venture in Takapuna, Chanelle Bond knew she had already outgrown the space in the square on Hurstmere Road. Still baking out of her certified kitchen at home, she could prepare only so many of her beloved sweet treats before they sold out, meaning misser-outerers were almost a daily occurrence. The time was ripe for a new, standalone location.

Closing down in May, it is has taken Bond (aka Bondie) just over two-months to unveil the new space in Rosedale. Configuring it from scratch, the creator has kept to a similar aesthetic to that of her pop-up, only with a courtyard, onsite kitchen and office to boot. Cleverly devised bench seating means that cupcake aficionados can take a seat and watch the Bondie ladies work, assembling batch after batch of Bondie’s ever-inventive flavours as they come out of the oven and get decorated accordingly. Taking things one step further, Bondie will also be the first location on the North Shore to serve up freak shakes — a fitting accompaniment for her fanciful sweet treats.

Bondie’s freak shakes

With a LouvreTec sheltered outdoor courtyard in which one can enjoy their chosen cake or shake in-house, this permanent new Bondie also serves as the perfect place for birthday parties and Sweet Sixteens. With a plan to keep the kids occupied with soon-to-be-introduced cupcake classes, we’re quite sure Bondie will become the North Shore’s new favourite situation for next-level sweet treats.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8am onwards, for orders and more information, click here.

Bondie Designer Cupcakes

9/56 Apollo Drive
Rosedale

0800 BONDIE

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These are the faux fur jackets you need this winter

Wild thing, you make my heart sing. As do these deliciously, lush faux fur jackets by London based designer Jakke. One of the newest labels to drop at Superette, its timing really couldn’t be better. Offering pieces that are just as cool as ‘the real thing’, the focus lies on producing an alternative to fur and leather that still delivers enough oomph to make these statement pieces last you through the season. From the subtle collarless black coat inspired by the iconic styles of the 70s, to the bold, bright red chunky fur jacket — each piece caters to anyone and everyone’s affinity, so we suggest you get in quick before these bad boys are gone for good.

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What knot to do? A gentleman’s guide to the scarf

From the too skinny to the over-manicured, the humble neck warmer thrives in an unexpectedly dangerous style domain. So, in an effort to see you through the season without any flops on the scarf front, here are five simple rules to follow.

1. Be practical
First and foremost, a scarf’s role is to keep your neck region toasty. If you’re wearing yours with a tee shirt, singlet, shorts or jandals then you are 100% doing it wrong. What, is your neck chilly but your forearms are burning up? Get it together man, you look like a confused hipster on holiday.

2. Not too skinny
Again, this touches on the point of practicality. If your scarf is more of an adornment than anything else, cut your losses and buy yourself a necklace, son.

Left to right: Paringa River Scarf from Rodd and Gunn; Henrik Vibskov Planet Scarf from The Shelter; Tassle wool scarf from Superette; Mohair scarf from Workshop.

3. But also not too thick
Though we don’t doubt the comfort factor of XXL woollies, big scarves do tend to teeter on blanket territory. If Lenny Kravitz taught us anything it was a) sunglasses are a magical aid in masking your age, and b) oversized scarves make you look like a fool.

4. Make it a goodie
A decent wraparound will last you years, so high-quality wool and neutral colours are the way to go. Though the jazzy green cotton number on sale may seem like a winner today, fast forward through autumn and winter’s snotty noses, spilt mulled wines and sleety days and chances are it won’t be looking so fresh.

Left to right: Balenciaga Logo-intarsia scarf from Matches Fashion; Bee-embroidered cashmere scarf from Gucci; Fumagalli 100% virgin wool scarf from Crane Brothers.

5. Keep things simple 
Though a slew of menswear magazines will show you how in 12 easy steps you can whip up the perfect nonchalant knot, we’ve got an easier tip: take the scarf and wrap it around your neck. Voilá, fashion.

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Together is an exceptionally delicious kitchen luring us to the shore

An exceptionally delicious new kitchen offering epic smoothies slices, cakes and salads.

About a year has gone by, filled with multiple weddings, functions, corporate events and birthday parties, since two passionate best friends, Emily Read and Phoebe Carr begun their bespoke catering venture, Together. It is their adoration for sharing good food that resulted in each event flourishing with almost-too-pretty-to-eat grazing tables, antipasto platters, slices, cakes and salads, all of which they have quickly become renowned for.

To say it has been successful would be an understatement; it’s been so popular that a cute new outpost has blossomed, carrying the same name. Making use of the extra space in their commercial kitchen based on the Shore, the duo (with the help of their respective boyfriends, who happen to be quite handy when it comes to building) have transformed the space into a simple, yet slick, little pitstop. White tiles, recycled wood benches and shelving, a concrete bench top made from scratch by said handymen, a beautiful hanging piece from Muck Floral and, of course, a cabinet abundant with treats, all make for an alluring drive to Rothesay Bay.

On the countertop sits a variety of bliss balls, freshly made sourdough sandwiches, cupcakes doused in vanilla mascarpone and topped with candied walnuts, and delicious savoury muffins. Your eyes are then swiftly diverted to the chilled cabinet that holds beautiful, colourful raw salads, wraps brimming with chicken and seasonal vegetables, chia seed breakfast bowls, Banoffee baby cakes, raw ginger slice and our personal favourite, the crunchy raw snickers bar oozing with caramel.

There is no coffee on offer, but that’s made up for with the Forage and Bloom teas and five delectable whole food smoothie blends to choose from. The Golden Pina Colada has mango, pineapple, banana, turmeric, fresh ginger, coconut cream and passionfruit. It’s equal parts sweet and sour and it’s heavenly. It’s evident that there has been a whole lot of love poured into this venture and with an emphasis on food that not only tastes good but looks good too, we suggest you go and get amongst. It’s a love that’s meant to be shared, after all.

Together

585 Beach Road
Rothesay Bay
Auckland

www.facebook.com/togetherbespoke

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This Trocadéro Apartment is modern Parisian living at its best

Nestled in the Parisian neighbourhood of Trocadéro, boasting vistas that optimise its proximity to the Eiffel Tower and Seine, Marseilles-born, Paris-based designer François Champsaur took up the gauntlet of gutting this beloved 500 square metre apartment that hadn’t been renovated in 40 years.

522 Tokyo Chaise Longue and 836 Tre Pezzi Chair available from Matisse

The space evokes the spirit of Japanese architecture, where the void is the most important space, while taking into consideration the owner’s desire for a dramatic transformation, necessary respect was paid to the historical underpinnings of the original architecture by overhauling false ceilings, narrow corridors, heavy doors and internal walls to let the light back in and breathe life into the storied home.

Mars chairs available from Matisse

The space, elegantly partitioned with undulating wooden dividers, was also freshened with a classic palette of glass, bronze, marble and oak. Demanding visual scarcity so they may be adored for generations to come, the striking residence also spotlights stunning statement-making custom furnishings by Champsaur such as the green leather banquette, Mars chairs by Konstantin Grcic for ClassiCon as well as wrought iron pieces by Eric Schmitt, culminating in a dwelling that is both dramatic yet tranquil.

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Recipe: These homemade Yorkshire puddings are a cinch

Between haggis, black pudding and the congealed horror that is jellied eel, Old Blighty has never really delivered in the realm of delectable cuisine. However, for all of its failings (hello, stargazy pie) one thing we will forever salute the settlers for is their affinity and ability to put together a smashing roast dinner. An enthusiastically-retained tradition that tends to reappear in the cooler months, we are long-time advocates of its family-pulling power, and in particular, the puffy accomplices that come with it. Golden and crisp on the outside with a rich, chewy centre, Yorkshire Puddings are winter comfort food at its finest. Ludicrously simple to make, here we share our favourite recipe.

Yorkshire Puddings
Makes one large or 12 individual puds.

Ingredients
2 cups plain white flour
A generous pinch of salt
300ml whole milk
4 free-range eggs, beaten
2 tbsp beef dripping (can be substituted with sunflower oil at a push)

Method
Heat oven to 230ºC and sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten eggs, and a few glugs of milk. Whisk until you have a smooth batter. Add the remaining milk, whisking until you reach a cream-like consistency, then set aside for half an hour at room temperature.

To bake, take a large roasting tin (or 12-hole muffin tin if you prefer individual puddings), grease generously with dripping then pop onto the top shelf of the oven to heat. After 10 minutes, remove from the oven, swiftly ladle in the batter and put it straight back in. If the batter doesn’t splutter, then keep heating the tray until it does — piping hot dripping is widely considered the difference between triumph and disaster. Cook for 15-20 minutes (without opening the door or you’ll risk sinkage) until they’re well puffed and golden then enjoy!

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Paris basketball court by Pigalle and Ill-Studio

We discover some of the most extraordinary sports courts in the world

If you happen to follow any design blogs or Instagram accounts, chances are you didn’t miss the recently reinvigorated technicolour tennis court by Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike. A highly saturated piece of graphics, snuggled in between two classic French apartment buildings, the Parisian court captured our attention and led us down a rabbit hole to where some other exceptional sports courts lay in wait.

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Astor Court Mansion

Astor Court Mansion

Astor Court Mansion

Astor Court Mansion

New York

Tennis al Settimo Piano Positano

Tennis al Settimo Piano Positano

Tennis al Settimo Piano Positano

Tennis al Settimo Piano Positano

Italy

Playground by GUE

Playground by GUE

Playground by GUE

Playground by GUE

Italy

Home Tennis Court

Home Tennis Court

Home Tennis Court

Home Tennis Court

Japan

Rooftop Court

Rooftop Court

Rooftop Court

Rooftop Court

San Francisco

Singita Sabora Camp at Serengeti National Park

Singita Sabora Camp at Serengeti National Park

Singita Sabora Camp at Serengeti National Park

Singita Sabora Camp at Serengeti National Park

Africa

Floating Court

Floating Court

Floating Court

Floating Court

Cambodia

3D Basketball Court

3D Basketball Court

3D Basketball Court

3D Basketball Court

Munich, Germany

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Push Trump off a Cliff Again is the perfect Friday activity

Corruption, misogyny, election tampering, collusion to undermine democracy, racism, bigotry, elitism, meanness, terrible fake tan application, an assault on the senses, the personification of societal rot — there are many reasons to hate on Trump which might be why Justin Hook built a fabulous game to engineer his fictional demise. ‘Push Trump off A Cliff Again’ sees the user select a backdrop of their choice — either the streets of NYC, a bona fide cliff, a lava pool or Jurassic Park — then proceed to push the ‘forward’ button and seek great satisfaction when POTUS is gobbled up by a man hole or dinosaur. Strangely soothing, we suggest you spend the best part of your Friday afternoon playing the game here.

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What to buy when you’re in search of some (unclichéd) Kiwiana

Every so often, we find ourselves in need of a New Zealand-centric gift. Whether that be because we’re entertaining foreign friends, looking for presents to take with us on international travels or sending those overseas a taste of home, it can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge. It’s not that the idea of a tourist shop keyring isn’t great, it’s just not what we’re after. Thankfully, The Poi Room has more than enough covetable options to keep us from resorting to such options. Lining its shelves with books, artworks, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and curiosities that are all made by local artists and artisans, any piece you pick up from the boutique is a genuine piece of Kiwiana. Here, we share a few of our favourites. 

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The Photographs of Whites Aviation by Peter Alsop

The Photographs of Whites Aviation by Peter Alsop

The Photographs of Whites Aviation by Peter Alsop

The Photographs of Whites Aviation by Peter Alsop

Available here

Māori dolls by Poki

Māori dolls by Poki

Māori dolls by Poki

Māori dolls by Poki

Available here

28th Māori Battalion by Regal Enterprises

28th Māori Battalion by Regal Enterprises

28th Māori Battalion by Regal Enterprises

28th Māori Battalion by Regal Enterprises

Available here

Emissaries by Lisa Reihana

Emissaries by Lisa Reihana

Emissaries by Lisa Reihana

Emissaries by Lisa Reihana

Available here

Flipper hanging mobile by Nuzilla

Flipper hanging mobile by Nuzilla

Flipper hanging mobile by Nuzilla

Flipper hanging mobile by Nuzilla

Available here

The Floating Bowl by Maak Bow

The Floating Bowl by Maak Bow

The Floating Bowl by Maak Bow

The Floating Bowl by Maak Bow

Available here

Mitre Peak print by Nic Tucker

Mitre Peak print by Nic Tucker

Mitre Peak print by Nic Tucker

Mitre Peak print by Nic Tucker

Available here

Eskimo sculpture by Simon Lewis-Wards

Eskimo sculpture by Simon Lewis-Wards

Eskimo sculpture by Simon Lewis-Wards

Eskimo sculpture by Simon Lewis-Wards

Available here

Manuka Honey Pot

Manuka Honey Pot

Manuka Honey Pot

Manuka Honey Pot

Available here

Heaven and Void print by Sofia Minson

Heaven and Void print by Sofia Minson

Heaven and Void print by Sofia Minson

Heaven and Void print by Sofia Minson

Available here

Maui and pther Māori Legends by Peter Gossage

Maui and pther Māori Legends by Peter Gossage

Maui and pther Māori Legends by Peter Gossage

Maui and pther Māori Legends by Peter Gossage

Available here

Helen Clark cup

Helen Clark cup

Helen Clark cup

Helen Clark cup

Available here

Giant Knuckle Bones by Simon Lewis-Wards

Giant Knuckle Bones by Simon Lewis-Wards

Giant Knuckle Bones by Simon Lewis-Wards

Giant Knuckle Bones by Simon Lewis-Wards

Available here

The Poi Room

(09) 520 0399

www.thepoiroom.co.nz

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Did Celine Dion just become the ultimate style icon?

Celine Dion is nothing short of a legend. A vocal powerhouse whose musical repertoire has the ability to bring a tear to even the burliest of blokes, the woman is something else. Famed for comforting Kate Winslet as Leo dropped to his watery doom, it isn’t her singing prowess that has recently made the headlines, but her style. Photographed front and centre at Paris couture week, images of the French-Canadian star draped across park benches in head-to-toe Balmain, and sprawled atop a car in a navy Louis Vuitton co-ord, were everywhere. A relatively sharp departure from her usual stunning but safe aesthetic, the Grammy award-winning songstress is wearing it well.



A metamorphosis that has largely been led by her recent partnership with stylist Law Roach, the ‘image architect’ (his words, not ours) told Vanity Fair that the new look is part of Dion’s way of coping with her husband’s 2016 death. Extending beyond her day-to-day attire and into her touring wardrobe too, recent shows have seen her step onstage in a melange of couture gowns and accessories, each more outrageous than the last. It was perhaps the cloud-sleeved Stephane Rolland gown she wore to perform at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this year, however, that cemented her position as a straight up icon.

Trying on everything from Vetements to Dior, Giambattista Valli and Supreme, we really can’t get enough of this striking reinvention. Pushing the boundaries in the most glamorous of ways, Miss Celine, we bow down.

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