Sip your way into summer with some of the most refreshing cocktails in town

The weather has been mighty fine, and accordingly, so have our moods. And as we ease into another beautiful Friday, we’re starting to think about how we can make the most of the delightfully summery vibes that seem to have pulled Auckland out of its wet-weather slump. What better time, then, to round up some of the cocktails we’ll be sipping on straight after work. Cocktails as refreshing as they are delicious, and ones you’ll likely return to when the festive season really gets going.

A Fine Blendfrom Coley & Punch
Blending sweet maple and concentrated cold brew with the smooth and rich Chivas XV whisky, Coley & Punch has given the classic iced coffee a revamp. The dash of Broittet’s Crème de Banane liqueur and cream takes the caffeinated pick-me-up to a decadent glass of pure indulgent bliss.

Black Rose from Cassia
Using aroma-rich saffron gin as the base, the floral notes of this outstanding cocktail from Cassia are elevated by elderflower and charcoal for extra depth and finished with fresh, zesty lemon and frothy egg whites. 

Death of a Sailor from Parasol & Swing 
Everyone’s favourite spritz ingredient is given new meaning with Parasol & Swing’s Death of a Sailor cocktail. Aperol is infused with pineapple for a fruitier sweetness and is combined with guava, fresh orange juice, almond and lemon to become a tipple that’s out of this world.

The Pan Am Cocktail from Clipper
Made from a quintessential summer mix — Aperol, Bacardi, Crawley’s Orgeat syrup, Angostura Bitters, egg whites and fresh lemon juice — the Pan Am cocktail is the drink that gave Clipper’s bartender, Barney Toy, his legendary reputation.

Royal Garden from Soul Bar & Bistro
To match Soul’s floral ceilings, the mixologists have created a botanical concoction that sees a melange of herbaceous, rosemary-infused vodka, strawberry purée, sweet vanilla, lemon and crisp Deutz sparkling rosé.


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Everything you should be locking in throughout December and the extended Christmas break

From fun and immersive kids offerings — set to keep the spark of creativity alive within little ones throughout the long break — to stellar musical performances, unique art exhibitions, comedic endeavours and cinematic offerings, the arrival of the summer season heralds a plethora of events worth leaving the beach for.

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Flavour Full Art Exhibition

Flavour Full Art Exhibition

Flavour Full Art Exhibition

Flavour Full Art Exhibition

You may not know his name but you will have no doubt seen designs — young curator and artist Serval Fandango has lent his talents to a number of exciting projects for the likes of Brothers Beer, Resene and Red Bull, alongside Auckland eateries like Kiss Kiss and Love Exposure. This month, he joins forces with an array of emerging artists — including Flora Xie, Abbey Gamit and AHSIN AHSIN — to showcase a vast and varied range of exciting pieces — spanning photography, paintings, digital art and motion graphics. be sure to pop in if you’re walking past the ASB Waterfront Theatre, it’s free and the works are fantastic.
For more information, click here
On until 13th December

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Set to be a vividly memorable show, this stunning adaptation of everybody’s favourite fairytale will be the first, full-length ballet score commissioned from a female composer in the history of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra alongside some breathtaking, plié-ing, pirouetting talent, this is local ballet at its finest.
For tickets and more information, click here
On until 14th December, ASB Theatre. 

Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Under My Skin

The latest exhibition to showcase at Allpress Studio explores issues of intimacy, relationships, and behaviour by delving into the animal side of human nature — via taxidermy. At Under My Skin, an exhibition presented by artist Karley Feaver, an array of weird and wonderful pieces await, from a set of 24 carat gold roosters to a deer with birds feet for antlers.
For more information, click here.
2nd – 19th December, Allpress Studio 

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

It’s been seven years since she released the insanely catchy Call Me Maybe and in that time, Carly Rae-Jepsen has transformed herself from innocent, girl next door with belt-it-out-tunes to a more edgy variation of herself with seductive songs and a bleached blonde, choppy haircut. Aucklander’s can expect to see this whole new side of Jepsen when she performs at the Auckland Town Hall, fresh off the back of her latest, disco-driven album, Dedicated
For more information and tickets, click here.
4th December, Auckland Town Hall 

Goose Boards travelling Pump Track

Goose Boards travelling Pump Track

Goose Boards travelling Pump Track

Goose Boards travelling Pump Track

One for the thrill-seekers, a transportable ‘skate park’ is coming to various locations around Auckland. Kicking off on 30th November at Grey Lynn’s Ozone Coffee Roasters, the epic Pump Track will then move onto other discerning hospitality hotspots before travelling further around the North Island as part of its Summer Series. 
For more information on its whereabouts, follow Goose Boards’ Facebook page, found here
On until March

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Thanks to his highly anticipated Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot and his stand-up comedy album Live From Seattle —which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts less — Jo Koy is the comedian who is tickling the funny bones of people from all over the world — not bad for a guy who started his career performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. You can expect to join his swarming legion of fans when he brings his Just Kidding World Tour to The Civic mid-December. Taking place on a Tuesday, this makes for a perfect mid-week pick-me-up.  
For more information and tickets, click here
10th December, The Civic

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

For the first time ever, the Queen of Burlesque is coming to New Zealand, bringing with her a show filled with humour, contemporary, sophisticated strip and more glorious fashion choices than you can shake a red-soled Louboutin at.
For more information and tickets, click here
13th December, The Civic

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Forget everything you thought you knew about the Addams’, because in this bewitching musical, Wednesday Addams is all grown up, and has a secret that only her father knows: she’s fallen in love with a ‘normal’ boy from a respectable family. Expect a storyline as gripping as the live accompanying orchestra is electrifying. 
For more information and tickets, click here.  
13th – 15th December, ASB Theatre

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts

Terrific and twisted and so deliciously Dahl, we’re pitching this stage adaptation of Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts — which sees everybody’s favourite fairytales get a modernistic makeover —  will be adored by adults and little ones alike.
For more information and tickets, click here
21st – 23rd December,
Bruce Mason Centre

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, renowned for his sartorial conveyor belt of parkas and incessant loud-mouthed antics, is bringing his one-man show to Auckland for one night only. Prepare for a night of Oasis classics, new solo material and countless profanities from one of Britain’s best rock ‘n’ roll stars.
For more information and tickets, click here
20th December, Spark Arena

Cats

Cats

Cats

Cats

Trippy as hell but entertaining as ever, the latest movie adaptation of Cats — starring a smattering of big names you wouldn’t expect to see together, like Judi Dench and Taylor Swift — is going to be one wild ride.
In cinemas 26th December

Bombshell

Bombshell

Bombshell

Bombshell

More relevant than ever in this post Me Too environment, the star-laden Bombshell recounts the dramatic toppling of Roger Ailes, Fox News’ former chairman and CEO, and the media storm that ensued. We’re anticipating Oscars for Theron, Kidman and Robbie — a triumphant win for females all round. 
In cinemas 1st January

 

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi

Hitting Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his slow jam, ‘Someone You Loved’, and promptly going viral due to his self-deprecating Instagram posts, Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi has a name that’s made itself at home on everybody’s lips. Especially so of the lips of New Zealander’s, given his impending arrival mid-January, where he will be bringing all of his hearty ballads to the Auckland Town Hall. 
For more information and entry, click here.
7th January, Auckland Town Hall

Little Women

Little Women

Little Women

Little Women

Another film that’s With Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet at the centre of this divine reimagining, we can only suspect that this new movie adaptation is going to be just as magical as the book.
In cinemas 2nd January

 

 

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco

Touching down in the City of Sails for just one night early January, McBriare Samuel Lanyon, aka lackadaisical Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco, is set to offer one of the most alluring performances of the summer. His lighthearted sound tied in with his on-stage practical jokes and general tomfoolery make for an entirely riveting experience. 
For more information and tickets, click here
8th January, Auckland Town Hall

Alice In Wonderland: Live On Stage

Alice In Wonderland: Live On Stage

Alice In Wonderland: Live On Stage

Alice In Wonderland: Live On Stage

Take a trip down the rabbit hole via Boyd Production’s enchanting performance of Alice in Wonderland. With captivating puppetry and jokes galore, you can rest assured this is one madcap adventure children will remember long after the curtains have closed.  
For more information and tickets, click here.
9th – 12th January, Bruce Mason Centre

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux

From swingers parties to notoriously harsh prisons, Louis Theroux has a love for throwing himself into the centre of some wild endeavours. In his first-ever live show, Louis Theroux Without Limits, the BBC filmmaker and immersive journalist will delve into his weird and wonderful catalogue of work to share some of his most phenomenal stories.
For more information and tickets, click here
10th January, The Civic

Orville Peck

Orville Peck

Orville Peck

Orville Peck

At the epicentre of a whole new wave of Country music is Orville Peck, a masked musician whose debut album Pony, has garnered a serious amount of attention. Next month, he’ll be bringing his spaghetti western-style to the Tuning Fork for just one night only — so we suggest you dust off your cowboy boots and get on board.
For more information and tickets, click here
12th January, Tuning Fork

FOMO

FOMO

FOMO

FOMO

One day, one stage, and a plethora of fine musical talent — FOMO Festival is back for another year. This iteration might just be the best yet thanks to a setlist comprising vocal powerhouse Lizzo and Californian rap collection Brockhampton, to name just a few.
For more information and tickets, click here
15th January, The Trusts Arena

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Whether you’re a die-hard Idol fan or just regard ‘White Wedding’ as a favourite guilty pleasure, with classics galore Billy Idol’s upcoming live show is set to be an enjoyable experience for all. 
For more information and tickets, click here.
19th January, Western Springs

My Dad Wrote A Porno

My Dad Wrote A Porno

My Dad Wrote A Porno

My Dad Wrote A Porno

Prepare yourself for more hilarious un-erotica, because the live iteration of the acclaimed My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast will be returning to Auckland for the second time this January, lowering the tone of the Auckland Town Hall and splitting our sides in one fell swoop.
For more information and tickets, click here
20th January, Auckland Town Hall

Denmark Design

Denmark Design

Denmark Design

Denmark Design

This October, the Auckland Art Gallery will be paying ode to impeccable Danish design craftsmanship via an all-encompassing exhibition. Spanning centuries, Denmark Design charts developments from the 19th century right up until modern-day, putting over 200 of the most iconic, original Danish household items on display — from the Lego brick to the Panton chair — from some of the country’s most skilful designers and manufacturers.
For more information, click here
On now until 2nd February 2020

Auckland Folk Festival

Auckland Folk Festival

Auckland Folk Festival

Auckland Folk Festival

Ideal for those families who are still in the city come late January, the Auckland Folk Festival — now in its 47th year — is a laid back event for all ages comprising live music, kids programmes, workshops, and more.  2020’s iteration sees two-time Grammy Award winner Tim O’Brien, a folk legend in America, take to the stage as the headliner, alongside an array of other folky talents from both near and far.
For the full line-up, tickets and more information on the event, click here
24th – 27th January 

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Rose Buds earrings, Ring of Roses necklace and Obey ring from Alice Herald's new Once Upon a Time collection

Alice Herald’s exquisite new collection is inspired by the classic fairy tales

Fascinated by the way jewellery accrues layers of meaning as it’s passed down through generations, Wanaka-based jeweller Alice Herald turned to a medium that worked in a similar way as the starting point for her new Once Upon A Time collection — fairytales. 

Exploring how classic folk stories had started, how small, subtle storylines would change depending on the moral priorities of different countries, and whittling down the core aesthetic motifs of each, Herald conceived three capsule collections called Obey, Grace and Virtue that evoked the essences of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast

“I wanted to make a narrative collection to highlight design and storytelling because that is what I do,” Herald explains, “I story-tell for my clients, putting their personal narrations into a piece of jewellery.”

As such, most of the pieces are designed to be inspirational, with Herald explaining that clients can add their own personal touches if they would like. The designs also remain largely true to the jeweller’s underlying imperatives of versatility and wearability — even in the most intricate pieces.

The Drops of Happiness earrings, for example, fall under the Grace capsule, inspired by the moral message of Cinderella. The earrings evoke honeysuckle leaves (historically considered symbols of happiness) and can also be worn in cuff versions, or asymmetrically.

But beyond its overt messaging, what Alice Herald’s new collection is really reminding us to do, is to use our most precious jewellery as conduits through which we tell our own stories, and that the generations after us can use to tell theirs, too.

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Agnes Peel-McGregor

One To Watch: Meet Agnes Peel-McGregor, the filmmaker on the precipice of greatness

To say we’re expecting great things from filmmaker Agnes Peel-McGregor would be an understatement. In 2014, esteemed filmmaker David Lynch awarded Peel-McGregor’s short film Milkmaid first place in his scholarship competition, resulting in her studying at his prestigious film school in America. Under Lynch’s watchful eye she developed her next film, Last Tree Standing, a dystopian fantasy about a girl who befriends a half-man, half-tree magical creature. The film tackles themes of environmentalism in a profoundly unique way, and it became an instant hit amongst critics.

Long story short, we’re fairly certain Agnes Peel-Mcgregor is on the brink of great things, and as such, we suggest you get yourself acquainted with the young filmmaker. Here, we sit down with her to discuss her background, her future projects, and what it’s really like to work alongside David Lynch.

Hello Agnes! Tell me about yourself, where are you from?
I was born in Poland and I moved to the Southern Hemisphere over a decade ago, after I met my husband and emerging Kiwi cinematographer — Zachary Peel-McGregor.

What’s your background?
I have a background in poetic performance art. As a child and a teenager, I often participated in poetry recitals and I was a laureate of numerous monodramas and spoken-word contests across Poland. The figurative language of poetry taught me to think in terms of visual metaphors, which translates beautifully to cinematic language and, having experienced the performance side of storytelling first hand, informs me as a director to this day when I work with actors.

How long have you been working in film?
My first contact with film happened on the Channel Islands back in 2007, where I was cast for the role of a pirate on a local film production — but it wasn’t the performance side that I was most drawn to, rather the creation. Soon after, I took up film studies and started gaining work experience in the industry. I continued to work and further my craft in between my screenwriting studies at UCLA and doing my Masters of Fine Art in Film at David’s course.

What’s been your favourite film to work on thus far?
Milkmaid. It came from a very vulnerable place and I had all the time, space and creative freedom I could have wished for. I think what makes it special in my eyes is the fact that there was no dialogue, so it was pure cinematic storytelling, which makes it very powerful and poetic. It’s been over five years since I made it and I still love it.

Milkmaid

Your film Last Tree Standing is fantastical fiction, but it makes the viewer consider very real, very grave, current issues, like deforestation and the way we treat our planet. Why did you choose to tackle such an important issue via such a whimsical genre?
With this particular film, it was the process that actually informed the genre. It wasn’t an intellectual decision, it’s not that one day I decided I’m going to make an environmental fantasy film set in a dystopia. Instead, I first saw an image of a fantastical creature, who was a half-man, half-tree. The image was very evocative and it stayed with me, so I decided to meditate on it and somehow, little by little, a connection formed to my previous film Milkmaid, which also had an environmental theme.

What’s the biggest takeaway from this film?
The film is a tale of tolerance. The fantasy aspect of the main half-man, half-tree character touches on the problem of our attitude towards anyone and anything that’s different and towards those who have no voice. I guess, I wanted the audience to discover that being unique is a part of nature itself.

What was it like working with David Lynch during the development of the film?
There was a huge difference between learning from film school teachers and from an artist such as David. With him it was a very different school of thought, which was truly liberating. He allowed me to disregard all the fixed rules completely and instead taught me that the most important thing is to stay true to yourself as an artist.

Did he give you any advice?
David used to say that it’s better to fail and own your mistakes rather than allow others to decide for you and still fail. If you let others make creative decisions for you and the film flops, you will never forgive yourself for allowing it to happen.

The film has won numerous awards and, in June this year, it was given a week-long theatrical release in Hollywood. Did you ever expect it to be this well-received?
You make a film and you let it go and as soon as you let it go it’s ultimately out of your hands. You’re hoping for the best, but you never know how the audience is going to receive it. With Last Tree Standing, just when I thought the film had reached the end of its lifespan on the festival circuit, I found out it was selected from a few thousand films for a theatrical release in Hollywood, which simultaneously qualifies it for this year’s Oscars consideration. I definitely did not see that coming!

Last Tree Standing

What are you working on at the minute?
I am currently collaborating with an Australian writer on a mystery web series. She approached me to direct it and I liked her writing. We are both aligned creatively, so I very much look forward to seeing what this collaboration will bring. I have also recently completed the first draft of a script for my feature film.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I plan to go into development with my feature film, which is a bleak, female-driven satire. And as for more immediate projects, I want to exercise my directing muscle in the world of advertising. It is an avenue I’ve never tried before and one I would like to explore. In addition to this, I also have some ideas for video art, which I would like to materialise. I love the bizarre and dreamlike world of this medium, which allows your imagination to run wild, without asking for anyone’s permission, so if there is anyone out there willing to commission this kind of work, please get in touch!

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We are giving away a timeless piece from Le Creuset’s latest Sage collection

Crafted from the highest quality materials for superior performance and durability at the foundry in Fresnoy le Grand, France;  Le Creuset cookware has been a long-lasting favourite for professional chefs and everyday cooks since 1925.  In a time when we are moving away from being a throw-away society Le Creuset cookware provides longevity, ever-lasting elegance and treasured memories around the dining room table for many years to come.  It really is the crème de la crème of cookware.

Renowned for its bold and vibrant shades, Le Creuset has taken a new route with their latest fashion colour Sage.  Inspired by the soft hue of the delightfully fragrant herb, Sage’s muted green is a cool, soothing addition to any kitchen and is sure to be the star of all the soirées this season.

To celebrate this new modern shade, we are giving away a brand new Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole 24cm Sage, valued at $600, to one lucky Denizen.

For more information and entry, click here.

*This competition has now closed. Congratulations Paul Kim*

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Here’s why you should be transforming your interior with European Ceramics’ tactile materials

For 30 years European Ceramics (EC) has honed its reputation as an expert in all things flooring and surfacing — decorating clients’ homes in innovative porcelain and natural stone materials that offer a foundation of elegant luxury. It is a company renowned amongst aesthetes in the know, for its conglomeration of fine, Italian brands are some of the most coveted in the business.

From the UK to the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, European Ceramics has been at the epicentre of some particularly notable projects, spanning residential projects, luxury hotels, shopping malls and more. On home soil, it has elevated significant establishments like the Sofitel waterfront, where the creative spaces are blanketed in refined dark basalt, the Auckland Fish Market, where graphite tiles in varying hues of grey create a sophisticated ambience, and the ANZ Building, which harnesses luxe ivory-white stone and elegant polished flooring.

Not merely adept at elevating the entire interior of commercial spaces, European Ceramics is also the reason why so many abodes boast such a chic and luxurious aesthetic too. In the living quarters of the home showcased above (left), for example, matt floor tiles from the Matières de Rex collection and walls in stone from the Les Bijoux de Rex collection create a space that is both bold and inviting.

Able to work their magic on a vast and varied selection of spaces, and proficient at graduating interiors from simple to polished and alluring, it’s clearly with good reason that every discerning design buff in Auckland is utilising the talents of those at European Ceramics.

European Ceramics

8 George Street
Parnell

www.euroceramics.co.nz

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Ecoya is celebrating Antipodean Christmas with a new candle inspired by the tipple of the season

There is nothing that conjures Christmas spirit quite like a scented candle, but the traditional scents that are inextricably linked to the season — like gingerbread, mulled wine and mistletoe — struggle to find their place amongst antipodean festivities. As such, those at Ecoya have taken it upon themselves to craft the ultimate olfactory representation of Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere — and it’s more reminiscent of balmy evenings and summer soirées than it is cosy nights by the fire. In fact, it’s a scent inspired by the unofficial drink of summer: rosé.

The tipple-inspired candle, entitled Wild Strawberry Frosé, is suitably refreshing and fruity, crafted from summer berries, tropical fruits and rosewood. It will be Ecoya’s second Christmas inspired fragrance, set to become as instantly recognisable as the cult classic, sharp and crisp Fresh Pine. Both are available in Ecoya’s classic Madison Jar, the Monty Jar, the Mini Diffusers and the quaint tea lights, the vessels of which have been given a sublime festive makeover, now crafted from frosted glass and topped with white, gold-coated lids.

Last week, proving that those at the iconic candle brand are just as proficient at throwing parties as they are crafting candles, Ecoya curated the ultimate celebration at the Vaucluse Yacht Club in Sydney. The space was festooned with glorious decor fitting for the launch: an entrance fashioned from blush-hued balloons, strings of pink LED lights and a fuschia carpet to welcome notable guests in style. Floral decorated frosés and an overflowing fresh seafood station, complete with freshly shucked oysters, Moreton Bay Bug and fresh prawns, ensured guests were sufficiently satiated, while DJ Niki De Saint kept everyone entertained long after sundown. Of course, variations of Ecoya’s new summer offering were peppered throughout the scene, but, out of respect for those affected by the bushfires currently rampaging through Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, candles remained unlit — and donations to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service were made.

A glorious addition to the brand’s iconic Christmas Collection — which comprises everything from Christmas-cracker bonbons to tea light sets — we’re thanking Ecoya for making the art of secret Santa gifting and stocking-filler filling undeniably easy. A rosé-inspired candle is, after all, a highly covetable gift, just perhaps not as covetable as the rosé itself — but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

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Young & Co.'s Passion Crush

With their bold presence and intriguing flavours, Young & Co.’s new wines are set to hit the spot this summer

With thought-provoking labels and flavours that read more like lip-glosses than elevated wine varietals, Young & Co. is the cutting-edge brand putting a sassy spin on the sophisticated world of viticulture. Breaking the mould of classically high-brow wine (in all but the wines themselves), this New Zealand brand is carving its own distinct path, by not taking itself too seriously and creating bottles that practically leap off the shelves.

Wrapped in labels that hero bold, voluptuous lips and catchy names — including ‘Berry Riot,’ for a French Grenache and ‘The Jam,’ for a McLaren Vale Shiraz — Young & Co.’s wines are certainly not your typical drop. And while its red wines have laid the foundation for Young & Co.’s following, it’s the refreshing line-up of white and rose varietals that are stealing the spotlight this season. 

Young & Co. Wines

In a salute to the summer staples, Young & Co.’s ‘Passion Crush,’ a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Butterscotch Bliss,’ a Californian Chardonnay and ‘Strawberry Hustle,’ a Hawke’s Bay Rosé are the bright new range for the brand, landing just in time for the long lunches and languid afternoons that summer inevitably brings.

Each boasting their own tantalising, lively flavours — from invigorating berry to hints of vanilla bean and honeysuckle — this new series of conversation-starting wines will offer timely respite from the season’s heat and are set to be the perfect drops to enjoy with friends.

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Photo Credit: Ruby Rowe

The Kiwi illustrator behind that Time Magazine cover tells us about her new book

You may not know her name, but you will recognise her illustrations. Ruby Jones is the brains (and heart) behind: “This is your home, and you should have been safe here.” The artists’ response to the Christchurch attacks, which depicted two women embracing, was promptly shared across the world upon her posting on Instagram. The single image received international attention on such a large scale that Jones was consequently singled out by Time magazine to design a cover for its April issue.

Now, the young illustrator has released her first book, All Of This Is For You: A Little Book of Kindness, a heartwarming publication filled with pages of enlightening, soul-stirring illustrations and hand-drawn messages. It is beautifully simple and oozes Jones’ applauded compassion, but no one can describe the book better than Jones herself. And so, here, we sit down with the artist to learn more about her touching debut.

Hello Ruby! Congratulations on the new book, it’s wonderful. Can you tell me a little bit about All Of This Is For You: A Little Book of Kindness?
Thank you! It’s a small book exploring the ways in which we can be kinder to ourselves, each other and the world we live in. It aims to shine a light on some tender moments we often shy away from and might only think to ourselves at 3am when we can’t sleep. It’s not a guide to anything, instead, I want it to be a set of reminders of things we already know but might sometimes forget.

Is there an overarching theme?
Its focus is really just about what it means to be a human in the world today; what that involves, feels and looks like. Within that, it covers themes such as body image, mental health, relationships and social media.

How would you describe it in three words?
Small, tender and honest.

There are so many illustrations in the book, do you have any favourites?
I do have a couple! One of them is ‘look after yourself the way you’d look after your 5-year-old self’ which is something my mum told me as a teenager and I’ve tried to live by ever since. Another one is ‘your family is whoever you love’ with a group of friends sitting around together. I think that’s an important reminder for everyone, especially for people who don’t always feel accepted or valued by their biological family.

Is there anything that you hope people will learn from the book?
That no one on this earth is worth more than anyone else. Social status, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, religion, bank balance etc., none of it matters. We are all just silly tiny humans going through this weird, confusing thing called life and we need to remember to help each other through it rather than turn away from each other. I think the two main things I hope it will do is make people feel less alone and spark important conversations between people.

We’ve read that some of the proceeds go to a good cause, can you tell us a little bit more about that?
Some of the proceeds from each sale of the book are going towards I Am Hope’s Spare Change Fund which provides free counselling for 20-25-year-olds. I felt strongly from day one about giving proceeds to a cause around mental health. I think mental health is an enormous area that we’re really struggling to tackle in New Zealand, particularly when it comes to young people, so I’m really pleased we can help out, even in a small way.

You illustrated Time Magazine’s incredible cover in April, how did it feel to be tasked with such a huge job for such a weighty publication?
I tried to not overthink the publication it was for and just focus on the story it needed to tell. I knew it was big and exciting, but it wasn’t what was important to me at the time — suddenly an enormous magazine cover seemed like nothing compared to what our country was actually going through; real loss, real pain. And I think Time knew that in choosing a local, unknown illustrator to do the cover, they simply wanted an image that captured the feeling of our country in the aftermath.

What kind of reaction did you receive?
A really overwhelming response from people all over the world. I think it meant a lot to New Zealand, especially our Muslim community, to have our story shared.

Was it a tough decision, landing on one particular image?
Weirdly no, as I said I knew I couldn’t overthink it. It was the first image that came to mind and I knew it felt right. I wanted it to show how quiet it felt here in the following days, but also how much the attacks had brought us together.

Were there any other contenders?
No. I was totally prepared to do a few but they liked the first one. There was just one change made and then it went to print.

Your works are instantly recognisable: soft and cartoonish and colourful. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
It’s all about the idea for me. If I ever sit down and try to draw without anything in my head it’s a disaster. So I’ll usually be inspired naturally by something — an event, a song, a little moment in time — often that’s when I’m out somewhere so I’ll scribble a note down or write it in my phone to myself. Then when I am ready I’ll start sketching it out on my iPad, then do a final version and add colour/text etc.

Is there anything you are working on at the moment?
I’m doing a few commission jobs and working on building up my online store. There are a few bigger projects on the cards but I don’t think I can discuss those just yet!

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ll always continue to put my drawings out there for the world – hopefully both in digital and print, maybe even another book someday. I’d also love to get into some hands-on work around mental health at some stage.

Kindness in all its forms resides at the core of everything you create. What does kindness mean to you?
Kindness to me is giving your time and your heart, even for just a moment.

Ruby Jones’ All Of This Is For You: A Little Book of Kindness is out now, available here.

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The end of the year brings with it a time of great revelry. It’s a time for catching up with old friends, reconnecting with family and generally indulging in good food and drinks that celebrate the year that’s been.

That said, it pays to make sure you are adequately prepared for the good times ahead, which includes catering to house guests (even if unplanned, people will inevitably end up at your house at some point or other). A fully-stocked at-home bar will be your saviour when situations like this arise, and will undoubtedly result in you being crowned the MVP of party season.

Luckily, Delux Interiors has a line-up of bar cabinets to suit any taste or situation, and we’ve rounded up three of the best. These will make at-home hosting — impromptu or not — a total breeze and are designed to be filled with your favourite spirits and glassware so that when guests arrive, everything you need is right there, ready to go.

For the minimalist
The Piet Bar is smaller than most, but that’s not to say it doesn’t make an impact. Perched on long, elegant legs and with plenty of space to stock the essentials, this simple, sleek cabinet will sit quietly in the corner until it’s needed — at which point, it will spring to life.

For the traditionalist
Delux Interior’s Piano Bar is the kind you might expect to find in a room festooned in leather and mahogany. With a stoic, impressive presence and ample space for all the essentials and more, this is the perfect place to store your favourite glassware and special-occasion spirits and is sure to make a bold impression on anyone who enters the room.

For the modernist
With its dark, patterned-wood facade and simple shape, the Viento Bar draws on Art Deco motifs to offer something a little different. Big but not imposing and subtle but not unnoticeable, this bar cabinet has a suave presence that will transport you to a more glamorous time and will imbue any celebration with a similarly sophisticated vibe.

Delux Interiors

15-31 Wellesley street
Auckland

0800 994 930

www.deluxinteriors.co.nz

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