Meet ‘Fun Cha’, Seven’s delicious new lunch menu

Japanese-fusion eatery by day and rooftop bar and club by night, Seven is the place to be no matter what time it is. Now with a line-up of new lunchtime offerings, Seven’s offering is only getting better and in celebration, we are giving away a chance for one lucky Denizen and three of their friends to be some of the first to experience the tasty new dishes.

The menu consists of starters such as Big Glory Bay salmon tacos, the infamous popcorn shrimp, an array of dumplings and baos and a variety of sides. But it’s the new ‘Fun Cha’ system that has us most intrigued. On each table, diners will be provided with a menu checklist and pencil. They then can pick what they want by ticking the boxes — one item from each of the sections (larger plates not included) and for just $25 will receive a starter, main and a side or for another $5, an accompanying beverage too.


Whatever you do, be sure to tick the soft shell crab bao with wasabi tartar. The freshly-steamed, pillowy soft bao is placed in stark contrast to the crispy crab which is drizzled with a spicy, rich and creamy sauce. The side of Asian greens with umami glaze is also one that you can never go wrong with and is the perfect dish to opt for alongside to the selection of flavourful baos and dumplings.

To celebrate the launch of Seven’s Fun Cha lunch menu, we are giving away a chance for one lucky Denizen and three of their friends to have lunch at the rooftop bar. To enter and for more information, click here.

*This competition has now closed. Congratulations in Tim Boyle*


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Working Style’s deceptively comfortable new jeans are flexible for any man

Working Style has long been one of our go-to menswear brands, and with its new denim collection, it is proving exactly why. Living up to its reputation for effortlessly combining casual wear with formal attire and always presenting both with some kind of innovative twist — here, Working Style is reimagining the traditionally rigid nature of denim, and the result is something entirely unique.

Ballet dancer, Henry Seldon wears Working Style Indigo Jeans

Created by denim specialists in Turkey — a country internationally recognised for producing quality fabrics — who have been honing their craft since 1959, the jeans come in two different washes, indigo and dark stone. Both washes are versatile, meaning that they really lend themselves to any look depending on what they’re paired with. Wear them with a plain white tee for example, and you’ll exude an effortlessly cool, casual vibe. Or throw on a merino sweater and a blazer and the jeans will take on a more sleek, formal air.

Looks aside, comfort is the key when it comes to Working Style’s new denim. The jeans are made from 12 oz denim and 2% elastane, allowing every man to feel that they’re capable of anything. And while stretchy jeans are not necessarily a new concept (we all remember the jeggings trend), jeans that sport a completely casual and regular fit but that can also stretch are the ultimate hybrid of practicality, style and comfort and very rare.

Henry Seldon wears Working Style Indigo Jeans

Showcasing the jeans’ true capabilities, Working Style called on New Zealand dancer, Henry Seldon for its campaign. The impressive expat — he grew up in Christchurch — now dances full time for the most prestigious ballet company in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet Company and was deemed the perfect person to demonstrate how truly flexible these jeans are. But whether you can do the splits or not, it’s nice to know that no matter how far you push these jeans, no matter how rigorously you hit the dance floor on a Saturday night or no matter how many times you have to climb the fence at home because you forgot your key again, Working Style’s new jeans have the strength and stretch to see you through.


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Issue Four of our annual design bible, Denizen Modern Living, has just landed on shelves

Comprising a line-up of the most inspiring, innovative and unprecedented pieces and trends from the world of design, Denizen Modern Living is nothing less than a bible for those interested in interiors. And this, the fourth issue of Modern Living, is undeniably our best one yet.

From a deep dive into the best pieces from Euroluce (the biennial lighting fair that coincided with Milan Design Week), to the new way to use concrete, to a thorough exploration of how outdoor living is being taken to new heights, we ensured no stone was left unturned as far as the most important trends to know.

As far as projects go, we offer a peek inside the beautifully appointed home of renowned Australian fashion designer, Camilla Freeman-Topper (of Camilla & Marc), an apartment that once was part of an infamous lunatic asylum that has been carefully renovated for a young family, and an off-the-grid cabin that redefines the idea of escaping into nature.

Of course we also detail all the brands and showrooms you need to know in order to festoon your home with incredible pieces, as well as delve a little deeper into the stories behind designers of the moment, including Kelly Hoppen and Apparatus Studios.

Whether you’re seeking inspiration for your own spaces or are simply wanting to stay on top of the latest trends, Denizen Modern Living is the perfect place to start.

Available in two different covers, Denizen Modern Living is on sale now. Pick up a copy from any good newsagent today or subscribe here.


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From wearable houses to a library catwalk — the best moments from the Fall Couture shows in Paris

As Pierpaolo Piccioli sent models festooned in shagpile detailing down the Valentino runway and Iris van Herpen, in collaboration with American artist Anthony Howe, installed a kinetic sculpture on her runway, we were reminded why Paris Haute Couture week is such a special time.

Left – Pierpaolo Piccioli brought the Valentino seamstresses out to take a bow at the end of his show | Centre – Kinetic sculpture at Iris van Herpen | Right – Christian Dior

An opportunity for the most lauded designers in the world to showcase collections that speak to their creative prowess in a far more pointed way than ready to wear, Haute Couture serves up some of the most daring, intriguing, alluring and groundbreaking fashion of the year. As such, we thought we would line up some of our favourite moments from the week that was, and hope you find yourself similarly inspired.



Christian Dior

Giambattista Valli

Iris van Herpen



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Author to know: Get acquainted with the multi-faceted literary talent that is Elizabeth Day

Author, journalist, podcaster, broadcaster — Elizabeth Day, the latest name we’re highlighting as part of our Author To Know series, sure is a media force to be reckoned with. Admittedly, the previous two names we’ve focused upon (Yiyun Li, Juliet Escoria) have been a little on the lesser known side compared to Day, but given her remarkable rise to the literary top — and overflowing resumé — we thought it prime time we gave this writer a mention.

In fact, overflowing resumé is putting it mildly. Day is currently a columnist for British magazine You, the supplement that comes with the Mail on Sunday, a contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar and a well-received feature writer for a wide array of publications, including Vogue, The Times, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, The Telegraph and Grazia — to name but a few. In addition to this, the wordsmith has also lent her talents to four, award-winning novels, a memoir and a chart-topping podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day.

Growing up in Northern Ireland, it was an unbridled passion for writing that led to Day becoming a columnist for the Derry Journal at the mere age of 12. It was this tenure at the local newspaper that lit the spark on a decades-long career in journalism, where she would flit between prominent UK papers and leave her mark upon each. During her time as a news reporter for The Sunday Telegraph, for example, her penmanship resulted in a collection of the Young Journalist of the Year Award at the 2004 British Press Awards. It was a taste of what was to come, undeniably, for the young journo went on to also receive verbal praise during the 2012 UK Press Awards, and numerous accolades for her turn as an author.

Day’s first foray into books began in 2011, with her novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone, a frank story surrounding troubled family relations. Criticised by The Independent yet still called a “brave and thoughtful book” all in the same piece, and described by The Guardian as both “scrupulously written, impeccably structured” and also as writing that disengages the reader while being overly earnest and self-conscious in places, the jury remained out on the writer’s debut. And yet, it still won a Betty Trask Award for first novels by authors under the age of 35.

Day wasn’t hindered by her mixed reviews, and barrelled forward into what would be her 2013 and 2015 follow-ups, Home Fires and Paradise City, respectively. Her succeeding works — two novels completely different from her first, and from each other — were with met with much wider acclaim. Home Fires was an unexpected delving into the First World War, a tale of two female characters navigating the aftermath of the war, which led to an Observer Book of the Year award. While Paradise City, a gripping read exploring love, failure, death, and responsibility via a medley of characters, was named People magazine’s Book of the Week and received critical acclaim from notable publications, including The New York Times and The Guardian.

Her fourth and final (as of yet) novel The Party was released in 2017. The book — described by The Evening Standard as “sharply observant” and The Irish Times as “complex, intelligent and funny” — traverses social order in modern-day England. Proving that Day gets better with each literary child she births, her fourth works went on to become an Amazon bestseller and a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick — alongside being considered for a TV adaptation.

Yet all that considered, it wasn’t until this year’s April release of her funnily blunt memoir, How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong, that Elizabeth Day really began making her voice known. The book is based on her acclaimed podcast, How To Faila weekly discussion with celebrities about what they did when things didn’t go right in their lives — and covers, amongst other things, Day’s divorce to BBC News journalist Kamal Ahmed. It is a memoir already commended far and wide thanks to its ability to normalise failure, previously predicted by The Irish Times to be “wildly popular” and since described by Stylist as “remarkably honest”, alongside being a Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller.

A creative talent who seemingly won’t stop until she tries her hand at every form of written prose, Day is the multi-hyphenate who not only entertains via her imaginative, written stories, but one who also teaches, counsels and motivates with her foray into non-fiction — something that is a true testament to her skill as a writer.


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Sharpen up: The 5 golden rules of grooming that every man should follow

It’s a sad truth that most men don’t commit to a regular grooming routine until they’re in their mid-20s, and even then, very few are open about it. It’s time that we stop calling men who take the time to groom themselves ‘high maintenance’ and start thinking about it as a critical step in preparing for life. I, for one, see it as nothing less than essential and have never felt any shame or embarrassment admitting that I spend at least half an hour pampering and preening myself before I leave the house. So it is with the confidence that comes from experience that I impart the five golden rules of men’s grooming and a lesson in the art of getting to a point where people think that Fucking Fabulous by Tom Ford is your natural scent.

Shower, every single day
It baffles me that I even have to include this but the number of men I know who don’t wash on a daily basis is seriously concerning. Even if you don’t want to wash your hair with product every day (as that can actually be quite damaging) there is no reason you can’t just run it under some hot water. When it comes to the rest of your body, grab some body wash, a loofa and scrub away. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a hydrating and natural product that is not abrasive to the skin, such as Ecostore’s vanilla and coconut body wash.

Keep it at one spritz or two
Overdoing the cologne is one of the most common mistakes a man can make. You would think that after a while, they’d learn to tone it down, but based on the number of times I’ve walked past fully grown men who reek of ethanol, it seems some will never learn. You don’t want your cologne to immediately permeate every room you enter. You want it to come out sporadically, such as in large movements like taking a seat or going in for a friendly hug. One or two sprays on the wrists and a few pats on the neck are enough. Over-spraying is also a waste of a good cologne and when your favourite scent is something like Tom Ford’s Noir, (my cologne of choice) you’ve got to make it last. But no matter how expensive a bottle is, too much of anything will give it a cheap, aerosol-spray-like quality (a la Lynx) and no grown man should smell the same as he did after his high school P.E class.

Ditch the gel
Although the trend towards a ‘matte’ finish (cars, furniture, accessories) is nearing the end, matte-textured hair will never die out. Hair gel was made for punk era mohawks and creepy wet-look hair, and should really be reserved for the Fashion Week catwalks. Unless you’re a pre-teen boy on the cusp of attending your first school disco, ditch the hair gel immediately. A natural ‘I woke up like this’ look is what we all strive for and what you need to achieve this is a matte wax. A good wax like Coltrane Clay from Triumph & Disaster has little to no scent and helps to create a natural and effortless wave while maintaining a firm hold over rogue flyaways. It almost makes you look like you didn’t use any product at all which, if you’re adamant about keeping your grooming regime a secret, is a bonus.

Know your face 
Considering that everybody is different, it simply does not make sense that there is one look that will universally suit everyone. What I recommend, therefore, is taking some time to get to know your face. I’m talking about standing in front of the mirror and studying it before you decide what look to go for. I, for one, cannot grow facial hair and have therefore made peace with the fact that it’s not for me. If you can grow a beard (good for you), make sure that it’s shaped properly and kept even and tidy. All I can grow is annoying strays and whiskers and I shave them off straight away. My facial hair shortcomings are not reserved for my beard either, with my sparse and patchy eyebrows demanding daily attention. Luckily, I have a simple solution, which is to fill the gaps in with powder, like Billion Dollar Brows’ 60 Seconds to Beautiful Brows from Mecca Cosmetica. I’ve found a powder to be better than a pencil as it’s easier to blend out. And yes, men can also use makeup.

Prevention is key
You might have clear, wrinkle-free skin right now but that won’t last forever. Prevention is key and it definitely pays to start early. If you’re old enough to legally enter a bar, a few splashes of water is simply not enough to balance out the impacts of the late night drinking. Keep your cleanser and moisturiser simple, don’t overthink it but be sure to get into the habit of applying sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather is like. Living in New Zealand, we are exposed to the sun and UV rays more than anywhere else in the world and although vitamin D is beneficial to an extent, too much sun is the main culprit when it comes to wrinkly and aged skin. Find something that’s light-weight such as Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face, so that the concept of a daily slip, slop, slap sesh becomes less daunting.


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Mahsa’s Mood 3 is a considered collection that puts a tailored twist on her signature

There is a contemplative calm that permeates New Zealand designer Mahsa’s latest collection. Comprising the kinds of pieces that simply lend themselves to a spot of philosophical pondering, A Single Woman – Mood 3, is a continuation of the designer’s signature relaxed refinement and yet in many ways, feels like a definitive step forward.

Shot by Derek Henderson at The Brake House — an icon of modern architecture just outside Auckland — the collection finds its feet in the shirting we have come to know as Mahsa’s mainstay (soft, flowing styles with simple silhouettes and occasional bow detailing) but breaks away from expectation with the introduction of subtle but powerful masculine touches — an exaggerated collar here, an oversized blazer or trench coat there.

The feminine-masculine binary is balanced with precision and perfected with sharp tailoring. It results in a collection that is, as the name indicates, for ‘a single woman’ — which is not to say that it caters only to women without romantic partners, but that it speaks to an independent spirit, a daring resolve and a way of existing in the world that isn’t dictated by the opinions of others.

Just as the model stands alone on the balcony of The Break House surrounded by dense greenery, and Henderson pulls back to create a frame that captures her solitude, we are given a picture of autonomy that represents the way Mahsa clearly wants her clothes to be worn — with a sense of fearlessness and in total freedom.

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Delectable toastie food truck, Guerilla Grill, has found a new permanent home in Auckland

Back in 2015, Stephen Kennedy and his partner, Yang Yang took to the streets of Auckland and shook up the dining scene with a universally-loved delicacy. Together, they opened Guerilla Grill, a food truck that quickly earned a reputation for grilling up some of the tastiest toasted sandwiches in town. Four years later, the couple has finally found a permanent home for their delicious offering in Three Kings, affording them the opportunity to expand their menu and us the chance to bite into the cheesiest of cheese toasties whenever we please. Without further ado, give a warm welcome to Cheese On Toast.

Yang Yang (on the left) & Stephen Kennedy (on the right)

Located on the quieter end of Mt Eden Road, Cheese On Toast exudes a humble and calm ambience befitting of the charming neighbourhood. The cosy space seats only fifteen people and the front counter is manned by the same friendly faces from the truck, Stephen and Yang. Although seats are limited, this doesn’t stop the loyal patrons and longtime followers of the pair line up for a delectable sanga, just as they would at the truck. The only difference here, is that sandwiches aren’t the only thing people line up for at Cheese on Toast, as its expanded menu now features an array of toast slices with various loaded toppings. 

Mushroom toast

Every element of the toasts and sandwiches, from the sourdough to the toppings and fillings are made from scratch. For the die-hard avo fanatics, you’ll be pleased to know that you can find the classic smashed avo here, but for us, it was both the cured salmon and mushroom options that caught our eye. The salmon has been cured in beetroot and is served atop a slice of housemade sourdough that has been slathered with cream cheese and sprinkled with dill and puffed rice. The rich salmon is freshened by the beetroot curing while the cream cheese adds a decadent texture, enhancing the melt-in-the-mouth properties of the vibrant fish. The mushroom toast, on the other hand, sees a heap of sautéed mushrooms piled atop a slice of sourdough that has been coated in whipped feta cheese and laced with pickled onions and semi-sweet candied pepitas for some extra crunch.

Spaghetti toastie

The toastie menu only consists of five options, but you’d be surprised at how challenging it is to make a final decision as they are all absolutely divine. The spaghetti toastie is definitely one of a kind and taps into the nostalgic feelings you’d get from classic mince on toast but takes them to a whole new level. The two slices of sourdough have been grilled in butter to lend them a golden crisp and they encase a generous helping of spaghetti noodles that have been marinated in marinara sauce and melted cheese. The carb on carb combo goes down a treat with a cup of Yang’s hot chocolate which features an indulgent chocolate ganache that Yang makes herself. 

With only ten things written on their menu board, it might appear at first glance that Cheese on Toast’s options are limited. But this could not be further from the truth. While the menu itself is peppered with delectable bites, the cabinets are stocked with fresh salads daily, as well as a variety of tasty baked goods. These include classic sweets such as chocolate brownies and chocolate chip cookies which are all baked in-house as well. Loaves of sourdough (some of the best sourdough we’ve ever had, by the way) are also available to purchase, and boast mouth-wateringly crunchy crusts and soft, airy, fluffy centres.

Taking the toastie, a comfort food beloved by all, and managing to elevate it to a whole new level, the shrewd operators at Cheese on Toast are sure to see their new opening become a fast favourite on the Auckland dining scene.

Opening hours:
Monday — Friday, 6:30am until 4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am until 4pm)

Cheese on Toast

931B Mt Eden Rd
Three Kings


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Why this all-natural haircare range should become part of your daily beauty routine

We’re always on the hunt for natural products that deliver, especially when it comes to taming our tresses. It’s all well and good slathering a homemade concoction through your roots but even better when someone’s done the hard yards for you. Which is where Adelle Rodda comes in.

A leading hair stylist from M11 Studio, it’s her down-to-earth and precise approach to styling that has garnered her a loyal client base. She also holds a degree in Applied and Cosmetic Sciences, a passion that led to creating the Botaniq range. Produced using green chemistry, from local and organic sources where possible, the luxury haircare range has been formulated to smooth, replenish, strengthen and protect locks all while enhancing its natural texture. What’s more, the packaging — each bottle is crafted from amber glass — can be infinitely recycled alongside the labels, which are printed using vegetable ink on unbleached recycled paper. It’s as natural as you can get.

Botaniq Cleansing Powder

With a hair texturizing mist, luxurious hair oil, cleansing powder — a crowd favourite here in the office — mineral sculpting balm and a grooming oil (for the lads) they’ve got you covered from your roots to your ends.

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Te Mata Estate Pinot Noir'18 & Alma'18

Te Mata Estate’s new release is the acclaimed vineyard’s first pinot noir

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand and also one of the most acclaimed. The proudly family-owned winery has held a consistently strong presence in the New Zealand wine industry and has reached some impressive milestones in the past few decades. Including the release of Te Mata Estate Coleraine, internationally recognised as one of the finest red wines in New Zealand, alongside the release of the Bullnose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay — both of which proved Te Mata Estate’s prestigious standing and superior know-how.

But in the midst of these achievements, the historic vineyard has been in the works of expanding its legacy even further. Introducing, Te Mata Estate’s Alma ’18. First planted in 1999 this premiere vintage of Alma has materialised as a world-class pinot noir and a quintessential expression of great New Zealand wine. A project that has taken decades to realise, Alma ’18 is the first pinot noir to be released by Te Mata Estate this century from their very own vineyards, which makes this a significant moment in Te Mata Estate’s rich history.

Under the careful guidance of Te Mata’s renowned winemaker, Philip Brodie — through the process of hand-harvesting single-vineyard, inland grown, low-cropped vines — a sophisticated wine has been carefully created, one that embodies the elegance of its Estate. The rich and deliciously ripe pinot boasts a blend of aromas that resonate with scents of black cherry, wild strawberry, currants, marzipan, sandalwood and sage. The dark wine sports a complex melange of flavours from decadent berries, Black Doris plum, an underlying taste of semi-bitter tannins and notes of cherry, truffle, cinnamon and warm smoke that linger on the palate.

A wine that was conceived in commemoration of the heroic Dr James Thomson, a forefather of the Buck family (who established Te Mata Estate) and a man who sacrificed his own life in order to save others, the history and origin of Alma ’18 is as rich as its tasting notes. Following the Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War, Dr Thomson volunteered to aid wounded soldiers despite the fact that they had contracted the highly infectious and deadly disease, cholera. The medal he received for his selfless acts of courage has been stamped on the labels of Te Mata Estate’s Alma ’18, as a reminder of the inspiration behind the name.

For those who seek a more energetic and expressive profile, Te Mata Estate has simultaneously released the Pinot Noir ’18. Rather than deep flavours of dark plum and rich cherries, this wine boasts a floral aroma and presents fresh boysenberry and cardamom with only a gentle touch of tannin and spice. Both of the Hawkes Bay pinot noir wines are available in selected stores and are extremely limited in stock, click here for more information. 


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