This unexpected spaghetti and meatballs dish is what you should be eating right now

Universally acknowledged as a classic, the combination of spaghetti and meatballs holds as important a role in grandmothers’ cooking repertoires as it does in those of first-year uni students. Beyond its comforting, fulfilling nature, the beauty of this meal really lies in its versatility. And as if to prove this point, the culinary experts at The Candy Shop have created their own, unique take on the dish.

Combining the basic premise of pasta and meat with the flair we’ve come to expect from this eatery, the Newmarket hotspot has exceeded expectations with its Baa Baa Ball Spaghetti. Combining soft, freshly-made egg spaghetti with lamb meatballs, handcrafted ricotta, tomato, basil pesto and the savoury-sweet flavour of gochujang ragout, this might not be our grandma’s dish, but it’s certainly taken that one’s place as our new favourite.

The Candy Shop

2-8 Osbourne Lane
Newmarket

www.instagram.com/thecandyshopnz/

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Inside our cocktail party to celebrate the launch of Dior’s Cruise collection

Champagne and cocktails served from the Dior-decorated bar set the celebratory tone as we gathered underneath the handbag-laden walls of Dior’s Queen Street boutique in honour of its Cruise ’19 collection launching in-store. Admiring the new pieces and picking favourites from the bold prints and patterns characteristic to the collection, we shopped and socialised while the DJ (dressed in Dior) underscored our evening with a lively set from behind her decorated booth.

Check out all the action from the event in the video below.

Dior

45 Queen St
Auckland

(09) 373 4849

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(L) Stasis Floor Lamp (R) Tanto Wall LIght
(L) Sedge Pendants (R) Stasis light
(L) Shear pendant (R) Lizak floor lamp
Revolve Pendant
(R) Colt Single wall light

Meet the new British lighting brand enshrining a retro-futuristic sensibility

When it comes to artful illumination, we’re always paying attention, which is why we’re captivated by British brand Bert Frank, newly available in-store at Trenzseater. The company, which was founded in 2013 by designer Robbie Llewellyn and metalwork factory owner Adam Yeats, forges light fittings that are influenced by the design codes of the Industrial era but with a modern twist.

The result is a series of reassuringly retro designs that exhibit a truly modern sensibility. Rendered in burnished brass, coppers and opaque enamels, each product is designed and crafted in the UK from the highest quality materials. With nostalgic curves and wistful shapes employed throughout the collection, Bert Frank lighting is a transcendent choice for the timeless home.

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Our new issue is on-sale now and it’s the perfect thing to kick-start summer

Filled to the hilt with festive finery, new happenings and palate-wetting ideas, our new issue of Denizen is set to put a spring in your step as you waltz toward a well-deserved summer break. You’ll thumb through everything new and notable in Auckland, before being affronted with A Visual Essay of Summer’s [Gastronomic] Bounty and the country’s best restaurant openings further afield. In the coveted section, our After Dark shoot sees the season’s best fashion take the still life spotlight before our dreamy Get Away editorial puts a fawny lens on an ambiguous, Italian-inspired sojourn. We delve into the contentious nature of cannabis in the wellbeing article High Maintenance and profile artist Holly Schroder in the culture section. Moreover, a smattering of first-hand travel experiences comprises our Navigator section for some excellent beach reading. Need we mention, this bonanza issue is both the perfect stocking filler and the bearer of great gift ideas. Best get your hands on a copy STAT.

Pick a copy from a decent newsagent near you, or click here to subscribe. 

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Q&A: We chat with Hollywood’s renowned skin specialist Mila Moursi

With more than 35 years experience in the industry and a celebrity clientele comprising Hollywood’s elite — not to mention a collection of day spas, institutes and skincare lines under her belt— it’s clear to see that skincare specialist Mila Moursi is truly a force to be reckoned with. In a bid to learn more about the face behind the eponymous brand (and to discover what really goes into those celebrity, pre-award beauty regimes) we tracked down Ms Moursi for a quick Q&A.

What inspired you to work in the world of skincare? 
From an early age, my grandmother was very influential, encouraging my love for plants and flowers and helping me to understand their connection to beauty. She was like a mad scientist with her garden being her laboratory, where at any given point she was making natural face masks, toners, hydrating tonics. 

How did you become a skin specialist?
I first attended the Academie Esthetique in Paris for aesthetician training before moving on to study Hydrotherapy in England. Upon realising my passion for creating products, I studied cosmetic chemistry under cosmetology pioneer Dr Louis Renaud in Paris — together we created all the original Mila Moursi formulations — and also taught advanced skin care techniques on the side. 

What makes your method unique?
We believe in a dedicated daily ritual of manually connecting with your skin, and my philosophy for restoring and maintaining radiant skin is rooted in the synergy of science and nature. Our skin care line offers customized, nourishing regimens to revitalise and protect skin from the five key factors responsible for accelerating the ageing process of skin cells: free radical damage dryness fine lines dark spots/uneven skin tone inflammation.

Do you have any hero ingredients?
I only choose to use the highest quality of ingredients for all of my products, as that makes all the difference in the quality and penetration. I use a lot of plant extracts, amino acids and peptides in my product formulations, although ingredients by themselves aren’t enough. You can have the best ingredients, but if you don’t have a strong base formula to carry it then you don’t have a high-performance product. 

If you could only use one product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is hard to say. I really believe in a regimen, as you need products that are developed to work in synergy for optimal results. I do, however, truly love a high-quality natural oil blend to nourish and regenerate the skin — I would have to say our Aromapure Oil.

How should we be cleansing?
Using a skin cleansing tissue or micellar water is not a thorough cleanse as debris, makeup and sweat will stay and clog pores. It is necessary to cleanse for a few minutes in a circular massage pattern, rinse with warm water and a warm washcloth, and then follow with a toner to further remove any lingering matter from the skin.

What is the biggest skincare myth?
There are a lot of ’empty’ products out there promising you hope in a jar for half the price. They often use the skincare ingredient buzzwords, but in the end, the concentration of the actives they have in the product is minuscule. It should be about the performance of a product – often products can have a higher price due to the high percentage and quality of anti-ageing actives such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and amino acids. I do recommend that if on a skin care budget, homemade skin products such as toners, face spritzers, scrubs and masks work beautifully. Choose quality over quantity. 

How do you feel about ageing?
I believe that beauty starts from the inside, and I believe in ageing gracefully. There really aren’t any skincare miracle elixirs, but with a long-term personal commitment and positive mental outlook, I think you can certainly delay it.

What are your opinions on cosmetic surgery?
Moderation is key. It can be a great tool when needed but I see a lot of people rushing into it and overdoing it. They look for the quick fix, thinking it is a fountain of youth, whereas often it is more counter-productive. Skin care and professional treatments are so advanced these days that just by investing in a regular skin programme with a spa and a good product line you can naturally maintain younger-looking skin and still look like yourself.

How would you define beauty?
Beauty is the synergy between the inside and the outside. Adopting a healthy, balanced lifestyle with the combination of a daily regimen, sleep, hydration, and a positive outlook can deliver the most beautiful, glowing skin.

How do you prep celebrity skin for a big event, like an awards ceremony?
A month or two prior to awards season, we recommend our Mila Moursi Boot Camp — six weeks of one a week treatments to help transform the skin, and then regular treatment maintenance after that. In the weeks leading up to an award show, I recommend limiting alcohol and abstaining from sugar, gluten and dairy, due to its inflammation of the skin, alongside avoiding excess salt for a few days before. In terms of daily habits, I suggest warm lemon water first thing in the morning daily on an empty stomach, for balancing the PH and detoxing, while a mixture of one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a litre of alkaline water should be sipped on throughout the day. We also encourage bone broth for collagen and elastin stimulation. Omega supplements and hyaluronic acid capsules are recommended for daily intake to nourish and moisturise the skin from the inside, and dry brushing every other day helps exfoliate, detox and encourage lymphatic drainage. Finally, add in some form of stretching and deep breathing exercises every day for circulation.

What is in the future for Mila Moursi – both yourself and the brand?
I love seeing the brand grow and I am excited for more individuals in different countries to have access to it. There is a lot of growth planned for this coming year, so that’s very exciting. Also, philanthropy is very important to me and I would love to expand my personal, and the brand’s philanthropic, outreach – especially for organizations aiding animal preservation and underprivileged communities worldwide.

All Mila Moursi products are available exclusively at a select number of Mecca Cosmetica stores and at Mecca online

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Club Aperol has us paying homage to everybody’s favourite spritz

Is there anything more synonymous with summer than an Aperol Spritz? We don’t think so, and it seems we’re not the only ones either. In what can only be described as an ode to everybody’s favourite summer fling, the Seafarers Building has revisited the aesthetic of two of its most popular hotspots, transforming them into something taken from our tangerine dreams just in time for the sun-drenched, silly season.

While the East Terrace of Ostro will play host to a distinctively orange ‘corner’, decked out with everything spritz related, those frequenting the forever boisterous SEVEN bar and restaurant this season can expect to find themselves in Aperol’s unofficial HQ. Dubbed ‘Club Aperol,’ the vibrant spot has enshrined the beloved Italian aperitif via a saturated orange and white festooned interior, all topped off with drippings of lush foliage. Not only will the refreshing libation be flowing all season long, but guests can also try their luck with one of the specially crafted zesty orange fortune cookies — who knows, you might even find a free spritz awaiting inside.

Delivering arguably the best spots in the city to indulge in the unofficial drink of summer, melding panoramic harbourside views, quirky design and tantalising tipples, it seems Seafarers has really pulled it out of the bag with this one.

Seafarers Building

52 Tyler St
Britomart
Auckland Central

www.seafarers.co.nz

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5 great things to do this weekend

The weather is fine (well, for the moment) and there’s that festive feeling of impending emancipation in the air. As such, we’ve rounded up a medley of activities to keep you occupied this weekend. Whether you fancy eating your body weight in delicious street food, throwing yourself headfirst into seasonal theatrics, or staying tucked up in bed with your laptop, we can certifiably say we have something for everybody.

Night Noodle Markets
Back for its fourth year running, the night noodle market is set to be better than ever. In pursuit of the mouth-watering tastes of Asia, visitors to Vic Park can revel in live entertainment and an array of Eastern flavours from top-notch international and local stallholders. As well as fan-favourites Hoy Pinoy and Gelato Messina, Bangkok Street Thai and Bao Brother’s Eatery are joining the line-up of international vendors to bring fresh and exciting dishes (think fusion dumplings, fresh-off-the-grill BBQ skewers, poké bowls, delicious eastern desserts and much more) to Auckland. Free entry, 23rd November to 2nd December, Victoria Park.

Red Bull Fresh Produce – Straight from the Studio
For this weekend only, a selection of handpicked artworks from new and emerging artists will be on display for purchase at Red Bull’s Grey Lynn HQ. Curated by producers Shea O’Neil (Sideroom.com) and Ross Liew (Cut Collective), the works have been sourced by their respective, extensive networks and will be the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas presents sorted early. Free entry, 24th & 25th of November, Red Bull HQ, 27 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn.

Shop the Black Friday Sales
We might not be running around ‘giving thanks’, but we sure as hell can get on board with a bit of retail therapy. Offshore retail outlets are doing their bit but so too are local ones including Workshop with 20% off all Helen Cherry and Workshop Denim, Paris Georgia, with 30% of everything, and Deadly Ponies, who will have a limited number of the Mr Mini Tulip (in black, of course!) available to order exclusively in-store and online. The shoe sensationalists at Scarpa, are also offering 20% off everything for a short time only.

Here Lies Love
For those who want to mix things up and dabble in a bit of song and dance, this amazing cabaret experience, based on David Byrne and Fatboy Slims’ ‘revolutionary’ concept album of the same name, kicks off this weekend. Starring Jennifer Ward Leland, Ria Hall Here Lies Love is set to be the theatrical night out of the party season. From 22nd November, Q Theatre. 

Go and see Steve McQueen’s New Movie ‘Widows’
Steve McQueen, aka the Oscar-winning director behind 12 Years a Slave, has teamed up with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn to write and direct this high-intensity, female-led thriller based on the 1983 TV series. Set in contemporary Chicago in times of turmoil, a group of women including Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriquez, are bound by the common thread that is the debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. As they take the reigns in a bid to turn their unfavourable fate around, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat more than once. In cinemas now.

Culture


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Forget the jet-ski. The Manta5 is what you should be getting on board with for summer

Armed with a vision to somehow combine his two loves — cycling and watersports — Guy Howard-Willis teamed up with bike designer Roland Alonzo and a team of engineers to create a product that fit a very specific set of requirements. From relatively rudimentary beginnings — early developments were made in Roland’s garage — to setting up shop in an airport hangar in Mount Maunganui, to finally settling in Cambridge where Lake Karapiro served as the ultimate testing ground for their invention, it has taken six years and seven prototypes to transform this passion project into a viable, commercial product. Enter the Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1.

Beginning as nothing more than a pipe dream, to being on the verge of release this summer, the aquatic e-bike has been designed with assisted rider capabilities (via a waterproof, removable battery), hydrofoil technology (think a scaled down version of Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup boat) and a carbon fibre frame. By combining the operating systems of a bicycle with the technology that allows it to zoom across the water’s surface, the Manta5 is unlike anything created before.

Just picture yourself gliding across a lake, wind in your hair, cruising at a top speed of 20 kilometres per hour, without a care in the world. With a focus on seamless functionality, the modular bike is light, user-friendly — it’s able to be carried to and from the water by hand — and operable in both fresh and saltwater. But for Howard-Willis, the Manta5 has the potential to go further than just laid-back, summer cruising. He says, “Eventually, I want this bike to be a sports product, so it’s competitive.” Does this mean we’ll start seeing Manta5 clubs popping up all over the country after its release? Perhaps. If Howard-Willis has his way, this will become something included in the Olympic games. “It might take a while to get there” he comments on this lofty vision, “maybe I’m too ambitious, but I’ve always been a dreamer.”

The Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is available for pre-order here

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Celebrate the ASB Classic in style at Moët & Chandon’s luxurious champagne club

To the Denizen team, tennis brings to mind quite a few things: lounging in the sun, donning our summer best and watching the sport itself, of course — but mainly, it brings to mind cool, crisp glasses of Moët & Chandon. In fact, the titillating beverage is so synonymous with the sporting event that it came as no surprise that the ASB Classic will once again — for the sixth year in a row — be sponsored by the luxury champagne brand, subsequently bringing with it the renowned Moët & Chandon Racquet Club and a whole host of enticing, Moët inspired events.

Not only will tennis fans be able to clock some of the world’s best players (think: Venus Williams, Gaël Monfils and teen tennis prodigy Denis Shapovalov) from the luxurious Racquet Club, but on Saturday, 5th January, to celebrate the ever refreshing Moët Ice creation, guests can also indulge in a delicious lunch menu, courtesy of renowned Wellington chef Martin Bosley. Ensuring that you are well entertained, prior to first serve, while you relish in the cedar planked salmon and specially curated artisan platters, (with a Kapiti cherry bomb creation for dessert, no less) Moët & Chandon has also put together a lively fashion show, presenting the finest trends of the moment from the likes of local talent Working Style and Superette.

For those unable to make the Saturday festivities, not to fear, on Friday, January 11th, Moët will be throwing the ultimate pool party for guests. Here, you can expect a premium poolside oasis that truly brings meaning to the art of celebration. Alongside the glistening pool will stand a medley of VIP cabanas, each fitted with ‘press for champagne’ buttons, meaning that you can sip away on Moët without having to lift a finger, while the on-site DJ keeps the beats flowing until long into the afternoon.

While those at Moët & Chandon have always been the ones we rely on for a thoroughly considered celebration, it seems that this time they just might outdo themselves. That being said, we suggest you don your best summer ensemble (preferably all-white to match the effervescent Moët Ice) and start the new year in style at what will undoubtedly be the most fun-filled sporting event of the season — game on, we say.

For more information and tickets for the Moët Ice Tennis Lunch, click here, while those interested in the Moët Ice Pool Party, should click here. Guests can experience all the action live at the ASB Classic from 31 December 2018 -12 January 2019 from the Moët & Chandon Racquet Club, which can be accessed by all tickets and ground passes. 

Gastronomy


Skip the stress this festive season with the city’s most enticing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining events

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Win: Have you been to Bar Magda yet? Now’s your chance as we’re giving away a delicious meal for six

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This Bella Freud-designed penthouse is a masterclass in 70s revival

Known mostly for her cult cashmere, fashion designer Bella Freud embodies the nonchalant ‘cool’ of the 70s — and not just because one of her bestselling jumpers is a homage to Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. With a creative nous that extends beyond the realm of fashion, Freud’s vibrant colours, pared-back silhouettes and scrawled, handwritten prints have led to a collection of key interior pieces, including cushions and blankets that we’ve long coveted for our own living rooms. So we were hardly surprised when we heard she’d turned her hand to interior design.

Collaborating with Maria Spoeke of interior firm Retrouvius to design a three-bedroom penthouse in the London’s historic White City (formerly the BBC headquarters), Freud created a series of spaces that evoked the sensibilities of the 70s. From the geometric furnishings to the surprisingly harmonious clashing of colours (the green-carpet-orange-sofa combination works far better than one might think) everything in this apartment speaks to the decade that gave us disco — and it works.

Aside from the obvious aesthetic inspiration, Freud also makes a couple of practical, interior choices we would do well to try at home. The displacement of rugs and plates, for example, from their natural habitats and onto walls is something to be taken from this idiosyncratic interior, and an easy thing to try in our own spaces.

Considering the important, historic place White City holds in London’s urban landscape, this apartment is both a nod to its own origins and a reflection of contemporary tastes. Perhaps Scandi-minimalism is set to be usurped for a bout of nostalgia… but we don’t want to speak too soon.

Bella Freud is available locally from Workshop.

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