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December 18, 2014

Brancott Estate Falcon Encounter opens in Marlborough

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The Marlborough Falcon Trust Falcon Valley has opened at the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre this week, a memorable destination for travellers in New Zealand this summer. The result of a partnership between the Trust and Brancott Estate, visitors can check get up close with a kārearea (New Zealand falcon) for a donation. The donations will go toward falcon awareness and rehabilitation at the Trust’s aviary in Marlborough.
   The Trust has two advocacy birds in flight that visitors can see as part of the Brancott Estate Falcon Encounter. The birds help keep grape-eating birds away from the vineyard, and can reach 200 km/h when hunting.
   There are fewer than 3,000 pairs if kārearea in the wild, and they face a number of threats, including loss of habitat, electrocution on power poles, collisions with turbines on wind farms, predation by cats and hedgehogs, and stoats and rats preying on eggs and nestlings. They are listed as a threatened species by the Department of Conservation.
   The Falcon Encounter also includes a tasting of wines from the Brancott Estate Living Land range of organic wines. The range has raised a good deal of the NZ$500,000 that the winery has given to the Trust, where NZ$1 from each bottle is donated to the Living Land Fund. The funds have helped finance a 16-pen rehabilitation and breeding aviary, and the ongoing care of falcons.

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December 14, 2014

Global beauty news: Alive Skin & Hair launches, Living Nature opens Tokyo store, Spiezia Organics rebrands

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Above Alive Skin & Hair offers Australian and New Zealand customers a range of 3,000 beauty products.

Alive Skin & Hair has launched, stocking over 3,000 hair care, make-up, beauty and skin care products, targeting Australian and New Zealand customers. The website stocks brands including Alpha H, ASAP Skincare, Dermalogica, Elemis, Jane Iredale, Joico, Matrix, Moroccanoil, Skinceuticals, St Tropez, Thalgo, and Youngblood, supplied straight from the manufacturer, and sold ay 15 to 35 per cent off the recommended retail price. Alive Skin & Hair can ship the same day for orders placed before 12 p.m. AEST, and shoppers earn points with each purchase. There are experts to help with online and telephone enquiries. Alive Skin & Hair also gives shoppers the chance to choose two new samples to try, for free, with each order.
   New Zealand natural skin care brand Living Nature has gained a bigger footprint in the Japanese market with a concept store on the second floor of the Grand Tree Musashikosugi Shopping Centre near Shibuya, Tokyo. Operated by @Star Japan, the Living Nature distributor there, the new store reaches thousands of Japanese shoppers, located a few minutes from the busy Musashi–Kosugi train station, which sees 390,000 commuters per day. @Star Japan, meanwhile, has operated since 2000, and has had a long-standing relationship with Living Nature.
   In a release, @Star sales and promotion manager Ai Takahara said, ‘This development of the concept store provides a way to engage with consumers and enable our highly trained staff to share their experience of the Living Nature range, which offers truly natural products for face and body.’
   In Cornwall, England, Spiezia Organics has rebranded, and is about to launch three new hair and body products, containing 95–8 per cent certified organic ingredients and botanicals. Its Organic Gloss shampoo features ingredients including lemon peel extract, zizyphus joazerio bark extract and dandrilys; its Organic Shine conditioner helps stimulate hair growth with ginger oil and lemon peel extract, and contains royal jelly to strengthen the follicles and prevent hair loss; and its organic hand and body cleanser has aloe vera gel, radish oil and lemongrass oil. Spiezia Organics’ commitment to the environment extends to its 100 per cent sustainable packaging, while it is the first UK company to have Soil Association accreditation across its whole skin care range.

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November 5, 2014

Heading eastward: glamorous events from Los Angeles to Paris

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Top Poolside at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Centre Inside the Eileen Fischer cabana at the Organic Spa Magazine event. Above TV host Nancy O’Dell.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills is known for its sophistication, adding a European flair in a Californian setting. It was a perfect location for Organic Spa Magazine to host the launch of their 2014 Los Angeles Experience Wellness Media and Eco-Celebrity Event. Celebrities included John Salley, Katie Chonacas, Jennifer Taylor and their stunning October cover girl Nancy O’Dell. With natural holistic services offered in cabanas by the poolside on the rooftop, overlooking marvellous views, the event was based around the beauty and delicacy of naturally infused products.
   Eileen Fischer’s stylish, restrained fashion appeared alongside Nubian Heritage, founded by Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman, who presented a slew of high-end natural skin care products. Others tapping in to their organic creativity included Ikove, Ayushi, Jurlique, the Organic Face, Susie Frazer, Two Bunch Palms, Organics Brasil, Plantlife, Shankara, Aura Cacia, Tsuiya, GaĂ«lle Organic, Malebranche, Nordic Naturals, Green Spa Network, Vana Retreats, Immunocologie, Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Natracare, Kari Gran, Riviera Maya, Dahliana Skincare, Fifth Dimension Clothing, Golden Door and Shea Moisture. The brands had one special factor in common: they brought the mind, body and soul together in the midst of natural products.




Top John Salley. Centre Nancy O’Dell and her Organic Spa Magazine cover. Above Organic Spa Magazine publishers Rona Berg and Bev Maloney Fischback with Nancy O’Dell.

   Travelling cross-country, we arrive in New York where Alyson Dutch hosted her Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Event. The Artisan Group was in attendance to present everything from jewellery pieces to skin care products. Brainy Pac presented their conveniently designed hats, where separate compartments permit the wearer to store away important items, including their gadgets, while staying chic. Signature Soul Socks introduced their comfortable socks, with solid soles that can easily slide into a boot. Lulu DK’s jewellery-like metallic temporary tattoos, in gold or silver, illuminate. Grande Lash-MD is perfect for the woman interested in elongating her eyelashes, with a product made out of exclusively natural ingredients. Dollipop Cosmetics featured their radiant eye shadows consisting of a range of various shades from lusterless matte to shimmering gloss.
   In Paris, Deux A’s head designer and founder, Anna-Liza, presented her spring 2015 collection during an intimate gathering in Paris. The collection entitled Naga Botanicus added her personal take on floral creativity, with vibrant, vivid shades and slightly psychedelic features. Casual, basic knee-high skirts to hip-hugging dresses are accompanied by large floral headdresses.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor







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September 13, 2014

Living Nature’s Skin Steps: all you need in a natural, single package to look after your skin

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We have to take our hats off to Living Nature for constantly innovating—and staying true to what it stands for, as the world’s purest and most natural skin care brand. (Remember, it’s not what they put in, it’s what they leave out, that makes Living Nature the brand that’s certified natural by BDIH and the safest skin care range by the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.)
   We’ve had a chance over the last few weeks to try out its newest release, the Skin Steps pack featuring five Living Nature products: the nourishing day cream, vitalizing cleaner (both with active manuka honey) and extra-hydrating toning gel (with harakeke), each in 50 ml bottles, plus a sampling of the nourishing night cream (again with manuka honey) and firming flax serum (with harakeke). It’s one of three packs that Living Nature offers depending on your skin condition—we had the normal skin one, but the company also offers one for oily skin and another for dry and mature skin.
   The pack is a particularly handy size, and each of the 50 ml bottles makes the beauty rĂ©gime all the simpler. There’s no colouring, no artificial fragrances—if there’s a scent associated with natural goodness, you’ll find it here. The cleanser actually leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother thanks to a moisturizing effect and its mild kumerahou, while the nourishing cream has a pleasant, gentle scent that we noticed had a positive effect on the skin throughout the day. The toning gel, with harakeke flax gel and Totarol feels lighter than the creams, and helps restore your skin’s natural pH balance while repairing dehydration, ideal for the warmer months ahead, and very gentle on the face.
   Living Nature has made looking after your skin such a simple process, and it’s well worth the NZ$69 retail price. For more information, head to www.livingnature.com or freephone, in New Zealand, 0508 548-464. It’s available at selected salons, pharmacies and health stores nationally.

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May 24, 2014

The 2014 Prix Pictet awarded in London

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Top Michael Schmidt’s winning installation. Above Stephen Barber and Kofi Annan during the award announcement.

A gala presentation ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on the night of May 21 named Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt as the winner of the eighth annual Prix Pictet. The award endeavours to promote the message of sustainability to a global audience via the medium of photography. This year’s theme, Consumption, had a record number of applicants and was decided from a shortlist of eleven finalists. Schmidt’s assemblage of 60 photographs arrayed in a huge grid (finalists are given 21 mÂČ of exhibition space), entitled Lebensmittel, engaged the tensions of food production and transport with a range of provocative images.
   The SFr100,000 award (US$112,000) was presented by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN, and Honorary President of the Prix Pictet. Pictet Group, founded in 1805, is based in GenĂšve. The award for Mr Schmidt, unable to attend due to illness, was accepted by Tate Modern director Chris Dercon.
   The finalists remain on exhibit at the V&A through June 14.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor



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Top The reception before the award announcement. Above Chris Dercon, Kofi Annan, Jacques de Saussure, Stephen Barber.

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April 28, 2014

Sponsored video: Burt’s Bees’ lip colour’s at the trend forefront

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You don’t necessarily expect Burt’s Bees to be at the forefront of what’s in fashion, but this season, you may be proven wrong.
   This company, with its roots in Maine, best known for its beeswax lip balm, is bringing the same nature-first, socially responsible philosophy to lip colour, with its range of lip shimmer, gloss and shine. There’s even a tinted lip balm, which gives lips a hint of colour as well as 100 per cent natural moisturization.
   But what colour should one opt for? Burt’s Bees is letting its customers find out, by consulting a questionnaire by celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno. Denno has four simple questions on the Burt’s Bees website, and this will allow you to choose the ideal shade.
   The questions don’t even take that long to go through: the first three are on a single page, while the last asks whether you are up for an adventure or have a go-to shade.
   The best thing is that everything is responsibly made, with Burt’s Bees maintaining a small operational footprint, using sustainable packaging, and having a strict supplier code where human rights are at the forefront. Each year it still engages in community outreach, having planted urban gardens and built hive boxes for the recovering bee population.
   It has also established its own charity, the Greater Good Foundation, where it empowers inspiring grass-roots initiatives and supports sustainable agriculture. Its ethos still centres around a phrase in one of its first catalogues 20 years ago: ‘What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.’
   You can find Katey Denno’s shade finder here.


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January 15, 2014

Go luxe or go home

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Elyse Glickman

Top Cassie Scerbo enjoys her Colgate Optic White treatment. Above Wholesome food thanks to the discerning judgement of Nathalie Dubois and DPA.

Nathalie Dubois and DPA continue their annual tradition of showcasing some of the most interesting luxury products and services coming to the fore. While her evergreen support for Tahiti Tourisme and and its lavish properties brought a lovely tropical flair to her nest at the Luxe Hotel, as did unseasonably warm temperatures, the way she organized the event provided a nice respite from the usual experience a journalist covers when meeting vendors at a pre-awards suite. A courteous guide takes journalists through the well-organized maze of vendors, allowing to have quality one-on-one time to speak with the artisans and representatives of the products.
   Galina Sobolev showcased very simple designs from her Single dress line that provided lovely canvases for the fine and fashion jewellery inside the penthouse used for the event. Alice’s Chic Boutique by Alice Nemeti made such an impact, in fact, that a staff member at the nearby Crescent Hotel where Nemeti stayed literally bought the necklace off of her (with the help of her online store). Lots of people are doing natural stone stackable bracelets, but those from Sisco Berluti are so beautifully made that it is no wonder they made Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ list.

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   One of my favourite things was the denim scarf at Hzurdadi Jeans. These thick, resilient scarves are made with premium denim and a lining of fleece, animal print fabric or flannel, and while they may be a bit heavy for southern California’s climate, they are a great invention for stylish celebrities flying back to New York, Chicago or Boston, given the tundra-like conditions in the eastern US. The vibrating ZaaZ Studios machine, meanwhile, offered celebrities a try of an invention that is essentially a self-contained spa, as it massages, tightens and tones depending on who uses it and how it is used.
   In addition to the regularly featured properties from Tahiti, select celebrities received stays in spots that could be “paradise” in different ways. Cape Breton Island, off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, is a golfer’s paradise, as well as a haven for seafood during the summer and winter months. Jill’s Chocolates, made in Nova Scotia, reflects the fact that the Canadian Maritimes have arrived as a gastronomic destination that can compete with MontrĂ©al, Vancouver and Toronto. The newly opened eco-luxury resort Copa de Arbol in Costa Rica is an environmentally conscious labour of love that features such natural geological attributes.
   The foods and beverages served were also heavenly, running the gamut from Foxy’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt (from Australia, down to the slang and irreverence of the packaging) to vegan snacks, vitamin supplements, healing skin care and supplements from South Africa, the Yes Bar (tailored for those adopting the Paleo diet in the new year). Herzog Wine Cellars, based in Oxnard, Calif., uncorked Bartenura, a positively delightful moscato from Provincia di Pavia, Italy and a 2010 cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma County produced for its own label.
   Balancing the event out as well as the state of mind of the guests was psychic Lisa Greenfield, who made some very uncanny observations and dispensed sound advice and easy meditations.
   In West Hollywood, a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of Golden Globes weekend Beverly Hills, the PrivĂ© Salon and Ona Spa provided a lovely safe haven for Colgate’s Optic White Beauty Bar, where celebrities and press could primp in a serene setting away from maddening crowds and throngs of paparazzi. This little gem not only offered guests a nice selection of Optic White products, but also some fantastic new products from Sexy Hair and Joico (demonstrated through blow-dries by Privé’s expert staff), a braid bar, Lifeway frozen kefir, manicures and makeup touch-ups.
   Celebrities on site getting prepped and primped included Jessica Szohr, Chloe Bridges, Crystal Reed, Cassie Scerbo, and Keke Palmer.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




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January 24, 2013

Next Top Model Sverige winner to model for Panos Emporio; H&M and WWF partner on water; Peninsula’s new campaign

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Panos Emporio has announced that one of the contestants in next week’s Top Model Sverige will become its new model for 2013.
   In next week’s episode on Sweden’s TV3, the 10 models will be photographed by Nigel Barker, with one winner being adopted by the swimwear label for a future campaign.
   Filmed at the end of last year, Panos Emporio boss Panos Papadopoulos flew to Los Angeles for the show. It is the sixth season of the Swedish licensed version of the programme.
   Staying with Swedish companies: in another nod to corporate social responsibility, Hennes & Mauritz has announced it has developed a water strategy in association with WWF.
   As part of a three-year global partnership, H&M says it will build water into its corporate planning, including ‘being a good neighbour and good steward of shared resources,’ says WWF International’s director-general, Jim Leape.
   WWF had evaluated H&M’s water usage and challenges through 2012 to form the basis of the strategy. In 2013, the company plans to implement it globally, working with public policy-makers, NGOs, water institutions and other companies, to support better management of river basins in China and Bangladesh, it says. It will also support WWF conservation projects in the Yangtze River basin.
   Internally, staff will receive training on the water impact on raw material production and its value chain. It will also improve its water efficiency and minimize its suppliers’ impact on water. The company is targeting all 48 national markets and reaching all 750 direct suppliers, with all its 94,000 employees receiving education on water issues.
   Finally, the Peninsula Hotels has announced a new campaign for all its properties, called Peninsula Moments. The campaign shows what is distinctive about each one of its properties, from stunning architecture, authenticity, design, to insight. Unsurprisingly, the clip from Hong Kong—arguably the most famous Peninsula property—features its fleet of green Rolls-Royces, while Bangkok shows off its nearby temple and Shanghai its aviation lounge.



Above The Peninsula Hong Kong Rolls-Royce fleet and its pool.




Above The Peninsula Shanghai Aviation Lounge. The Peninsula Manila’s lobby. A temple in Bangkok, near the property.

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