Look on the bright side this winter with our edit of the most covetable sunglasses to shop now

Throw shade from behind some sleek glasses this season, with these styles that will do more than simply frame your face. Whether bold and statement-making is up your alley, or classic, chic and timeless is more your bag, here we bring together a selection of frames to suit any taste — and face.

Circle Rectangle Sunglasses from Louis Vuitton
Prada geometric sunglasses from Farfetch
DIORNUIT sunglasses from christian dior
METAL 01 SUNGLASSES from faradays
Lisa sunglasses from saint laurent
GUCCI GG0516S013 Sunglasses from Muse
VALENTINO EYEWEAR III Irregular Sunglasses from Faradays


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Get your bagel fix at BB’s Bagels — the new grab-and-go bagel shop from the team behind Domo Bakery

Soft, fluffy, and impossibly fresh bagels are what you’ll find at BB’s Bagels, the tasty new bagel shop in the heart of Ponsonby from the team behind Takapuna’s much-loved Domo Bakery. From sweet to savoury to Soy Mochi and more, here you’ll find something sure to satisfy, with a number of cult classics and novel takes on offer.

Right: Soy Cream Mochi bagel

On any given day, you’ll find an incredible array of unique and inventive bagels on the counter, as well as a four-strong savoury made-to-order menu covering the classics, from salmon and cream cheese with red onion, capers, and dill, to a delicious-looking corned beef iteration with mozzarella, cheddar, onion and a special burger sauce. On the sweet side of things, from what we’ve seen, flavours are ever-evolving, but the matcha bagel has our attention, as does the pistachio, and the blueberry is a delight both to behold and enjoy.

Left: Classic smoked salmon bagel

And while the menu clearly has an American influence, the clever team at BB’s Bagels have woven in a Japanese slant too, with the likes of Soy Cream Mochi on the menu (for those not familiar, Mochi is a cult Japanese dessert that sees pounded sticky rice in the shape of a sphere filled with ice cream, and it’s phenomenal), alongside Hojicha (a roasted Japanese tea leaf), Black Sesame, and a tasty Yuzu number.

There are also more decadent options on offer, from Biscoff to whipped feta, scallion and cream cheese, with more to join the line up next week. When it comes to the drinks, there’s fresh coffee, as well as matcha, hojicha, and a stunning, bright purple ube latte.

Left: Matcha, blueberry, and hojicha bagels. Right: Blueberry bagel

The American influence is clear in the fit-out, too, with green and white check detailing throughout. Floors are rendered in unfussy polished concrete, with pared-back, mismatched wooden seating spanning several small tables, benches, and one larger communal table inside, with bench seats in the front window and outside to perch and watch the world go by.

From what we’ve seen so far, and given the clever team on the tools, BB’s Bagels is a new spot that is well worthy of your attention. And given the inclement weather ahead, we can’t think of anything better than a tasty, satisfying bagel to quell the winter blues.

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 8.30am until 2.30pm


BB's Bagels

1/33 Ponsonby Road
Grey Lynn


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No plans for the weekend? Consult our edit of everything worth enjoying

In typical Denizen fashion, we’ll be making the most of the weekend ahead, with plans to get our social and cultural fix before cosying up at home with a good book or captivating film to round off the week. If your own weekend agenda is lacking, consult the below edit of everything we’re currently enjoying (or planning to relish over the coming days) — from must-try new dishes and cocktails to immersive cultural experiences and the books and films that have our attention.

Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Eat

Discover Somm‘s New Sharing Plates

From a delightful new burrata iteration to an impressive, French-inspired anchovy pissaladière (a delectable pizza-esque topped flatbread), Somm’s latest sharing plates have been thoughtfully crafted to compliment the incredible, extensive list of drinks on offer. Make for Somm this weekend to revel in its many gastronomic delights.

Left: Somm’s New sharing plates. Right: Bivacco’s Dopo Cena Cocktail
Denizen’s Weekend Edit
What To Drink

Bivacco‘s Dopo Cena Cocktail

Settle into the season with this rich, smooth, and irresistibly tasty libation from the clever bar team at Bivacco. Marrying white chocolate liqueur, cream, and Cointreau, the decadent Dopo Cena cocktail is the ultimate indulgence, perfect to enjoy post-meal, paired with dessert.

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What To Do

Head to Auckland Writer’s Festival

Auckland Writer’s Festival is taking place this weekend, with a number of major literary voices taking to the stage to discuss the nuances of their work, alongside an impressive list of local talent that is just as worthy of your attention. There are a number of incredible events that still have tickets available, such as Katy Hessel‘s discussion on her groundbreaking book, The Story of Art Without Men, or Trent Dalton‘s conversation with Samantha Hayes, which is bound to be brilliant.

Left: The Idea of You on Prime. Right: Trent Dalton at Auckland Writer’s Festival
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What To Watch

The Idea of You on Prime

With nearly 50 million viewers and counting, it’s fair to say that The Idea of You is worthy of a watch. The film stars Anne Hathaway alongside Nicholas Galitzine in an age-gap romance, telling the tale of a 40-year-old single mum who ends up in a complex entanglement with the 24-year-old lead singer of the world’s biggest boy band. Based on the book by Robinne Lee of the same name, the film presents a tender portrayal of women and relationships, while maintaining a lighthearted (and at times hilarious) tone thanks to the stars’ unfaltering performances. Pitch perfect escapism.

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What To Listen To

Peggy Gou’s New Single, Lobster Telephone

Artist, producer, DJ, and cultural trailblazer Peggy Gou’s new single, Lobster Telephone, releases today, taken from her long-awaited debut album I Hear You — out next month. The song is a perfect distillation of the kind of balmy, technicolour house music that Gou is globally renowned for, and also happens to be the artist’s personal favourite from the album, named for the Salvador Dali sculpture of the same name.

Left: Peggy Gou’s New Single. Right: In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
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What To Read

In Ascension by Martin MacInnes

This inquisitive epic charts the astonishing story of a microbiologist who makes an extraordinary discovery that forces into focus everything she thinks she knows about life on our planet. With compassion and curiosity, In Ascension encourages introspection and illuminates matters of the heart, promising an unforgettable journey.


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End the week on a high note with Sìso’s Slow Sundays — we’re giving away a table for four to indulge in this delicious banquet-style feast

It’s as winter nears that we find ourselves craving the comfort of a shared, Sunday lunch or dinner. There truly is no better way to end the week well than gathering your loved ones for a comforting, hearty feast (with a glass of red for good measure), and thankfully one of our favourite, neighbourhood eateries has just announced the return of its popular Sunday series, Sìso Slow Sundays. A weekly event that began in 2022 and has continued ever since, so loved has it become, Slow Sundays offers a curated take on the traditional roast with a mouthwatering menu of dishes on offer for lunch and dinner that are reminiscent of a meal made at home (although with a decidedly elevated spin).

Right: Porchetta

In a banquet-style feast, guests will be given the option of two mains: a porchetta with free-range pork, braised puy lentils and pancetta, or a slow-roast lamb shoulder served with wild herb tabbouleh, pomegranate, golden raisins and pistachio. Both of which are to be enjoyed with an impressive array of toppings including romesco, jus, labneh and green harissa, and delicious sides like sautéed greens with lemon and toasted almonds, roasted heirloom carrots with pistachio dukkah, and harissa-roasted baby potatoes. It is a long lunch offering that perfectly showcases Sìso’s signature, culinary approach — simple food, exquisitely done.

Left: Slow roast lamb shoulder

Just like the traditional Sunday roast, Sìso Slow Sundays are designed to embrace food as it was meant to be eaten — unfussy, full of flavour and much better when enjoyed in good company. The menu is designed to be shared (among a minimum of two guests), making it the perfect excuse for getting together with friends and family at the end of the week.

Sìso Slow Sunday Menu

Available on Sundays only, bookings are essential with 48 hours’ notice, and at $45 per head, it is an easy Sunday commitment we’re willing to make.

We’re giving one lucky Denizen the chance to win a table for four to enjoy Sìso’s Slow Sundays with your friends or family, on the house. Enter below.

Win a delicious banquet-style feast for four at Sìso
Enter here to be in to win a table for four to Sìso’s Slow Sundays, where the family can enjoy a curated take on the traditional roast with a mouthwatering menu of dishes on offer for lunch and dinner that are reminiscent of a meal made at home – valued at $180.

Entries close Wednesday 29th May 2024 at 10:00am.
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The prize must be redeemed by the end of June 2024 at Sìso on a Sunday lunch or dinner service for their ‘Slow Sundays’ menu only and cannot be exchanged for cash. A minimum of 2 people are required for the seating (the prize value is $49pp), bookings are essential with at least 48hr notice required.
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Go waste-free in the kitchen with this genius innovation from Ecostore

Making it easier than ever to ditch the plastic waste that typically comes with all dishwashing products, Ecostore has unveiled its new range of Dish Soap Bars, a genius innovation for the kitchen sink. Equally as tough on grease as it is gentle on hands and, of course, the environment, Ecostore’s Dish Soap Bars are made from plant and mineral-based ingredients, and come in 100 percent recyclable cartons.

With the capacity to handle 125 washes (the equivalent of two 500ml bottles of conventional dish soap), these dish bars are the future.

Dish Soap Bars
How to use

For Individual Dishes

To quickly clean individual dishes, simply scrub the dish soap bar with a wet dish brush or sponge to create a lather, and run over dishes to clean before rinsing.

For Larger Loads

To clean a sink full of dishes, or a load of pots and pans, add the bar into a wire holder and swirl around inside a sink full of water to create a soapy base. Clean as you usually would, rinse, et voilà!

Dish Soap Bars
Shop the range
Lemon Dish Soap Bar from Ecostore
Grapefruit Dish Soap Bar from Ecostore
Dishwashing Brush from Ecostore



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The Barrel Room at Ayrburn

Indulge in a feast fit for royalty at Ayrburn this King’s Birthday weekend

Ayrburn is nothing if not consistent. And the sprawling dining destination’s latest venue opening, The Barrel Room — an opulent underground bar and event space, is yet another example of how Chris Meehan and his team continue to redefine the boundaries of hospitality, offering unmatched and world-class gastronomic experiences.

Come King’s Birthday weekend, the subterranean sanctuary will transform into a regal banquet hall bathed in candlelight, where guests are invited to indulge in a decadent feast accompanied by the finest Ayrburn wines, soothed by the melodies of the venue’s grand piano.

Bubbles will greet guests upon arrival, followed by a three-hour beverage package showcasing Ayrburn’s curated range of wine, while on the food front, a delectable, share-style spread that heroes the best of local New Zealand produce promises to surprise, delight, and satisfy.

Following The Royal Feast, those indulging will be invited to linger over a glass of wine or two, and allow the night to reveal its secrets — for an uproarious evening will undoubtedly follow.

With only 50 tickets available, seats at this intimate, candlelit soirée are sure to sell out — so secure your spot today, and celebrate the monarch’s birthday in befitting style.

The Royal Feast is taking place at The Barrel Room on Saturday 1st June from 6.30pm — 9.30pm, and tickets are $289 per person. Secure your spot here.


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Soho Home MORRELL CHAIR from Design Central

Add a touch of tactility to your home with our edit of the velvet furniture pieces to shop now

Long beloved for the depth and richness it lends to contemporary spaces, velvet is a simple way to imbue homes with tactile charm. Embrace the luxury and opulence of velvet furnishings, which, when used correctly, are the perfect way to update your home for the cooler seasons.

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Velvet Furnishings
Molteni&C D.153.1 Lounge Chair from Dawson & Co.
RUCHE ARMCHAIR from Ligne Roset
Soho Home FLOWER FOOTSTOOL from Design Central
Soho Home MORRELL CHAIR from Design Central
Miniforms Boterina from Matisse
Arflex marenco sofa from Studio Italia
Poliform mad armchair from Studio Italia
Soho Home KARINE ARMCHAIR from Design Central


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Meet Twofold — a new, retro-modern brewery and eatery taking up a coveted spot in Parnell

“We want people to come in hungry and thirsty, and leave thinking ‘damn that was good’,” John Austin tells me of his new venture, Twofold — a retro-modern, Americana-inspired pub in the heart of Parnell.

Austin co-founded Twofold with friend (and fellow beer aficionado), Bernard Neate — a partnership that, he tells me, was a long time coming. “Twofold has been stewing away in our collective heads for a good few years now,” says Austin, “We wanted to create a place to enjoy with our friends, families, and workmates, and while Twofold is a brewery, we want it to be more than that. We want it to become a place that fosters community; where customers can really get to know one another.”

Left: anchovy po-tada.

The beer list (and entire drinks list, which spans beer, cider, wine, and cocktails on tap, plus a considered list of bottled wine, made-to-order cocktails, and several non-alcoholic options) is concise and incredibly considered. There are six beers and one cider on tap — featuring a range of styles that will pair perfectly with the tasty food on offer, served alongside three tap wines (a white, rose and red), and three tap cocktails, with a bottle list that spans a range of options from local and international makers, and a short list of inventive takes on classic cocktails thrown in for those looking to indulge.

Here, the offering is approachable but refined, and there really is something for everyone and anyone — something the duo placed much emphasis on. “We’ve worked extensively on our beverage programme with our front of house manager, Harry Huxley, who has recently been nominated in the Lewisham Awards for Outstanding Bartender,” Austin tells me, “We wanted a drinks list that catered to a range of beer, wine, cocktail, and non-alcoholic beverage drinkers alike, and a food menu that boasts a mix of fresh and bright options served alongside some inventive bar snacks and pub classics.”

The concept for Twofold was shaped and inspired by visits to breweries and restaurants across New Zealand, and the pair’s time spent exploring Australia, the United States, and Europe over the years. The European influence in particular is evident in the contemporary, all-day menu, which is split into sections based on what guests are in for. The ‘larder’ section is perfect for light snacking, and includes the likes of duck liver parfait and gabagool, while the ‘raw & oyster’ section is perfect for those looking for a tasty morsel to pair with a glass of sparkling. The ‘small plates’ section is perfect for sharing with the table, and the ‘large plates’ are best for those seeking the perfect, comforting feast to enjoy alongside a crisp drink or two, with the likes of steak de jour and burgers both featuring. A few stand out dishes across the board are the buffalo oysters, venison carpaccio, anchovy po-tada, lamb ribs, charred cabbage, and chilli oil chicken.

Right: charred cabbage

The fit-out is light and bright, with cleverly conceived details injecting life into the ex-restaurant. The Twofold team worked with hospitality design experts Millé to help bring their vision to life, changing the layout of the interior to breathe new life into the space and creating a clean and modern look. “We worked with brand specialist and graphic designer Carly Black through Millé, who was spot on with our retro-modern American themes,” says Austin, “They wove everything together to create a space that is great for people getting together for a good time.”

Given the pair’s collective background, it’s little wonder that an establishment of their own was on the cards. Neate is the head brewer and has just finished an eight-year stint leading Tantalus Estate’s on-site brewery, Alibi Brewing Co. where the ex-winemaker honed his skills (and picked up a few awards along the way). Austin, the brewery’s general manager, got his start in brewing at a small brewpub outside Aspen, before a stint in craft beer importing, distribution, retail and events, followed by a role that saw him visiting nearly every brewery in the country managing kegs, studying beer and brewing along the way.

Pooling their diverse skills (and calling on the skills of their families, too), Austin and Neate have created something novel in Twofold — bringing together the casual and convivial vibe of gastropubs and the more refined and considered nature of modern breweries to bring a new kind of hospitality venue to Auckland’s vibrant dining scene. And one that is proving a very welcome addition indeed.

Austin finishes our chat by telling me, “We want people to enjoy a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, with great food, great beverage, great service, and some good old-fashioned fun,” and it seems like what they’ve created is a space where people can do exactly that.

Opening hours:
Wednesday, 4pm until 10pm
Thursday to Saturday, 12pm until 11pm
Sunday, 12pm until 9pm



196 Parnell Road
Auckland 1052


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End the week on a high note with Sìso’s Slow Sundays — we’re giving away a table for four to indulge in this delicious banquet-style feast
Left to right: Elsa Hosk, Lovisa Barkman, Danielle Laz & Kelly Wearstler

From classic cardigans to chunky crews and preppy polos — these are the knits you need now

The abrupt temperature change has seen us blasting the heater and turning to our most cosy attire, only to find that our winter wardrobes require a serious update. And while the cold, rainy weather might be putting a dampener on our social lives, we’ve decided to combat the blues with a spot of seasonal shopping. After all, what better excuse is there for picking up some new cashmere?

Here, we round up all of the knits we’re coveting to get us through the cooler months in style.

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01. Cardigans
Jewel Button Cardigan from Louis Vuitton
SOFT GOAT Classic Cashmere Cardigan from Muse
DÔEN Petra Cardigan from Muse
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02. Turtle Neck
SOFT GOAT Cuddle Cashmere Turtleneck from Muse
Jacquard-knit turtleneck sweater from Net-a-porter
DADELSZEN Rebecca Roll Neck from Faradays
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03. Polos
Polo Shirt from Christian Dior
Róhe knitted wool-blend polo shirt from Farfetch
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04. Light & Fine
SAINT LAURENT Ribbed-knit top from mytheresa
ALAÏA Ribbed Crinoline Turtleneck Sweater from Faradays
SPORTMAX Murena sheer wool sweater from mytheresa
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05. Chunky
TIBI Deluxe Tube Yarn Sweater Mini Puff Pullover from Muse
MAX MARA Berlina cable-knit sweater from Net-a-porter
ALAÏA Heart Ribbed Sweater from Faradays


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Seeking a novel escape? Immerse yourself in a world of wonder with Ponant’s polar expeditions

Across the past year, there’s been burgeoning interest in two striking holiday spots that sit in stark contrast to Europe’s ever-beckoning shores. Here, travellers are offered a vacation far more intrepid and eye-opening than a summer jaunt spent sipping margaritas on Ibiza’s picturesque white sand beaches. We’re talking, of course, about the two, snow and ice-covered Poles located at the Southernmost and Northernmost points of the globe, fast-becoming the most desirable destinations to vacation. 

Leopard seal in the Ross Sea, captured by Ian Dawson

As winter settles in, so too does the impetus to plan our next escape, and we’ve got our sights firmly set on the intimate luxury and exceptional itineraries of Ponant’s luxurious small ship polar expeditions. The elevated French cruising company was founded by a group of professional sailors in 1988 and has been perfecting the art of sea exploration ever since. With 25 years spent visiting the polar regions of our planet, their industry leading captains and destination experts have carved out bespoke itineraries to immerse guests in the wonders of these great white lands, each offering a true exploration experience like no other. The 14-fleet company specialises in small vessel cruising, with capacity up to 264 guests, offers unmatched access to both the Antarctic and the Arctic Seas.

Left: Free-flowing French Champagne captured by Violette Vauchelle. Right: The elusive polar bears of the Arctic captured by Ian Dawson
Sauna with a view

Ponant’s ships are yacht-like in style, which, when combined with quiet, comfortable spaces, hospitality excellence, and luxurious offerings encompassing spas and salons, entertainment areas, shopping and more (not to mention a 24/7 open bar including free flowing French Champagne), makes for an experience akin to sailing on a private yacht of your very own. When it comes to the voyages themselves, few do it better than Ponant. With exceptional itineraries that offer insight into the authentic beauty of the world — featuring visits to iconic ports, and exotic destinations off the beaten path.

HIKING THE ANTARCTIC COAST captured by Olivier Blaud
Left: One of the Zodiacs visiting ashore. Right: Antarctica’s Adélie penguin

Ponant’s luxury polar expeditions include daily excursions led by expert guides, both on Zodiacs over water or visiting ashore. Opportunities for kayaking, hiking and wildlife encounters abound — from meeting Antarctica’s majestic penguins, to the elusive polar bear of the Arctic, while Ponant’s small ship fleet allows access into the farthest flung areas of the Poles, and as such, offers opportunities to visit rare ports of call — including Shackleton’s Hut in Antarctica (a place fewer than 1000 people have visited).

When exploring Antarctica with Ponant you’ll have the opportunity to hike snow-covered landscapes, visit research stations, and immerse yourself in informative lectures covering everything from wildlife to environmental protection, while in the Arctic, sail past volcanic islands, black sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs, as you delve into the traditions and customs of the Sami people of Norway, and marvel at the geological wonders of Iceland.

For intrepid explorers, Ponant’s expertly designed polar Grand Voyages combine multiple itineraries, so travellers can delve deeper into these remote regions and experience the ultimate adventure. From soaking up the beauty of the towering glaciers and rugged coastlines of the Antarctic Peninsula, to sailing through the fjords of Spitsbergen, these combined itineraries offer an expert-led and comprehensive exploration of the polar regions, allowing guests to venture further and linger longer in these extraordinary environments. 

Le Soléal exploring Neko Harbour, Antarctic Peninsula captured by Olivier Blaud

Thanks to Ponant, these wondrous regions are now more accessible than ever. For a limited time, Ponant is offering a flight credit up to $2,500 per person* on a selection of Antarctica and Arctic 2025/26 luxury expedition itineraries. And for those wanting to stay longer, take advantage of 10% savings on second and subsequent itineraries when you book a Ponant Polar Grand Voyage*. Conditions Apply.

Need To Know

When to Visit: The best time to visit the Arctic is April to September and for Antarctica November to March, when wildlife is most active with long sunny days.

What to Pack: A comprehensive list of requirements is supplied by the specialists at Ponant. Comfort is key with winter trousers and waterproof over trousers a must. A Ponant polar water-resistant parka is offered to each adult guest for all departures with an Expedition programme. And remember to pack binoculars and a great camera for wildlife viewing.

*See au.ponant.com for terms and conditions or call 0800 767 018 to take advantage of exclusive polar savings today. For more information email [email protected] or talk to your preferred travel agent today.


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