Dragonfly has been a local favourite in Wellington Central since it opened: it’s the perfect bar to chill out at after work on any day of the week, even better on a Friday. It’s the spot to hit in the weekend, whether for fine dining or distinctive cocktails. It boasts a spacious and expansive breadth of contemporary environment in its indoor, bar, and outdoor garden seating. The atmosphere is beautifully constructed and decorated, which is what makes it such a magnetic regular spot for the locals, and a gem for the newcomers. It’s subtle, too, with no brash lighting or signage cluttering up its Courtenay Place location.
Dragonfly’s mixture of modernity, with rustic Asian influences, romanticism and relaxation matches its cuisine perfectly. This is reflected in the launch of their dĂŠbut cookbook, featuring the restaurant’s name on the coverâDragonflyâAsian Dining Loungeâbut referred to as the Dragonfly Cookbook. After years of successful cuisine perfectionism and experience, the book is a compilation of Dragonfly’s finest recipes, credited on the cover to brother and sister co-owners Brent Wong and Tania Siladi, with copy by Siladi and her daughter Jenna. Aided by a copious number of beautiful photographs and food imagery, by restaurant manager Ginny Maddock, who is a trained photographer, the book draws you to want to either dine at Dragonfly, or begin your own rustic Asian food adventure and exploration.
The book has been painstakingly art-directed, and lavishly printed in Wellington, New Zealand; and priced at NZ$55. Wong explains that they won’t be making much on the bookâand once time is factored in, the price will barely cover the cost. However, they see it as a way to share Dragonfly’s expertise. The Dragonfly Cookbook is available at Moore Wilson’s and online at www.orient-nz.com/dragonflycookbook.
Due to the recent 7Âˇ8 KaikĹura earthquake that also affected Wellington, Dragonfly was one of the many businesses and stores closed for safety reasons. However, nearby Mojo in the St James Theatre just metres away has opened its doors for regular night time pop-up openings of Dragonfly. To see many of their regular customers quick to attend this as well as their book launch event on Tuesday night reflects how well Dragonfly is liked and respected by many in the capital, and perhaps a little change in operating venue may be great for the Christmas season.âCecilia Xu; with Jack Yan, Publisher
Stolen Girlfriends’ Club and Redken have again joined forces to create something you won’t find anywhere else: the Redken Ă Stolen Girlfriends’ Club bathroom bag. The creative duo have worked together to bring you a limited-edition toiletry bathroom bag filled with Redken goods, Stolen Girlfriends-style.
Co-founder of SGC, Marc Moore says, ‘We wanted to design something you could be proud of the next time you had your bag searched at customs. Itâs tough, itâs understated and itâs fully functional and we dig it. We love that Redken always trust our direction and let us do what we do and we get to have a whole lot fun whilst doing itâdream partner!’
Each pack contains a full sized shampoo and conditioner from one of the four Redken ranges: Color Extend Magnetics; High Rise Volume; All Soft; or Frizz Dismiss.
The bags are available until December 31, 2016 at any Redken salon nationwide, including Rodney Wayne, retailing for NZ$58.âCecilia Xu
I had the privilege to experience the new Off & On beauty bar’s exuberant services in Wellington. With newly opened doors at 22 Panama Street, Wellington, New Zealand, the salon shouts contemporaneity, style, and professionalism.
The interior and graphic design of the space is vibrant and colourful, reflecting the advanced services the bar offers. Getting my quick tour, it was the first time I’d seen some of this high-tech equipment. I was briefed on the lash lift (what I was in for), their signature micro-blading browography, and introduced to services I was interested in such as brow extensions and eyeliner micro pigmentation. What a range!
Off & On is a combination of the Off Wax & Laser service, and the On Browhouse. This is a great idea, combining these services in one place, and the name works perfectly. They are all about the experience, and not just getting the job done. I was sure pampered! The service and people were extremely friendly; I chatted away with the girl who did my lash-lift about the wedding I was about to attend in the weekend, and she told me about the exciting wedding she’d just been to. We shared some interesting stories and laughs together. This makes the experience extremely relaxing and laid-back, the lash-lift itself was a 45-minute session which flew by in a flash, and when I opened my eyes, I couldn’t believe the difference! My lashes looked so great, even my guy friend (and guys barely notice these differences) responded in surprise and awe.
The lash-lift lasts around four to six weeks but I can say, so far, I love waking up with doll-like eyes, and mascara is definitely not necessary during this time. The quality, modernity and level of the service mean you’re paying a slight premium, but this is all detailed on their website.
The location of Off & On is greatâjust pop in for a quick intro and take away a menu of what they can offer. They could become the next go-to salon for all your beauty needs! I’ve heard when one lady from the nearby office visits, the whole office comes through the week after.âCecilia Xu
Women are often concerned about hair removal on sensitive areas of their body such as their face, which needs more gentle treatment, thus subtracting the option to treat these areas the same way as they would with other parts of their body. Research has shown that ‘Many women feel a stigma about shaving their face, and believed that shaving hair makes it grow back faster and thicker,’ Veet’s senior consumer marketing manager Emma Smith says.
Veet’s Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler provides the solution to this, as it is super-gentle on the skin, making hair removal on any sensitive areas easy and safe. Gone are the days of needing multiple tools to stay hair and fuzz-free. Veet’s Beauty Styler is an all-in-one portable, handbag-friendly tool developed to provide women with a quick, effective and pain-free hair removal option, handy and easy to use for touch-ups, and effortlessly trimming and shaping facial, underarm and bikini hair.
To facilitate precise shaping and styling, the Beauty Styler comes with multiple interchangeable heads: these include a two-headed trimmer for optimum eyebrow shaping and miscellaneous facial hair trimming, and a 20 mm trimmer head for underarms and bikini line.
Veet takes smooth skin to a whole new level with the introduction of the Precision Beauty Styler and is now available from leading supermarkets and pharmacies, RRP NZ$49Âˇ99. Veet also invites users to share their successful use of the Precision Beauty Styler on social media, hashtagging #smoothoperator.âCecilia Xu
Above, from top: The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s Executive Lake View Penthouse. The BarcelĂł Bavaro Grand Resort. Church Road Winery winemaker Chris Scott.
Church Road Winery winemaker Chris Scott, whom Lucire had the pleasure to meet earlier this year as he introduced his Tom vintages, has been named New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Winestate magazine. Scott also won the title in 2013. Winestate also awarded Scott’s Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2014 with the Syrah/Shiraz of the Year trophy and New Zealand Wine of the Year trophy.
The Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award is given to the individual who achieves the highest score from the top 10 different wines judged throughout the year.
Another international win was scored by the Rees Hotel Queenstown, which was judged Best New Zealand Ski Hotel at the 2016 World Ski Awards in KitzbĂźhel, Tirol, Austria. The awards are considered ski tourism’s most coveted prizes. The Rees Hotel is within easy reach of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardona, while its complimentary ski concierge services cater to the most demanding of skiers. The Rees team can help with arranging skiing or snowboarding packages, gear hire, lessons and heli-skiing.
BarcelĂł Hotel Group will create new brands to complement the parent one: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, and Allegro Hotels. After acquiring Occidental, which brought the Spanish-HQed company into Aruba and Colombia, BarcelĂł has had to rethink its structure. Royal Hideaway (seven per cent of its portfolio) is the top brand, with luxury resorts; BarcelĂł Hotels and Resorts represents affordable but upscale resorts, with U-Spa Health and Wellness Centres, and includes its flagship BarcelĂł Emperatriz; Occidental Hotels & Resorts is for families, friends and couples with adventure inclusions; and Allegro Hotels (five per cent) is aimed at budget travellers.
Above: Our pick among the Body Shop’s Jungle Bell Rocks make-up: the Go for Gold look.
The Body Shop never fails to conjure an exciting collection suitable for the festive season. This time, with make-up to amp up your holiday and party spirit, the Body Shop brings you Jungle Bell Rocks, a wild-for-Christmas colour campaign featuring three vibrant make-up collections: Rock the Night, Go for Gold, and a True Romance. Each with their own personality and character in differing colour combos, there will sure be one that fits your party mood.
These limited-edition looks are carefully crafted to each include nail polish, shimmering eye colour sticks, an eye-shadow quad and the on-trend matte liquid lipstick. Get a completely different look with each set, or mix and match to create your own. My personal favourite is the Go for Gold, a neutral brown-gold eye with a matte, dark plum lip that has been so popular this year. This may be best for the party.
A True Romance, as the name suggests, is perfect for the evening date: a flirty amethyst-plum eye-shadow palette with light sugar-sweet lips. Rock the Night is the statement look for a girl’s night out: with fierce gal-about-town matching red nails and lips, topped off with gleaming black and metallic eyes, this look sure speaks of a lively night out in loud celebration.
The Gold Leaf nail polish in the Gold collection is great and extremely appealing, while the colours in the Rock the Night shadow palette have the most dramatic and daring flair, not for the faint-hearted. The dĂŠbut release of their Matte Liquid Lipstick is a great success I believeâthe colours are fabulous and fun, and made to last as long as your night.
Eye quads (with Community Trade sesame and babassu oils) retail at NZ$49Âˇ95; the matte lip liquid at NZ$19Âˇ95; eye colour sticks (with Community Trade babassu oil and beeswax) at NZ$25Âˇ95; and the Colour Crush matte lipsticks (with Community Trade beeswax, Brazil nut, argan oil and organic coconut oil) at NZ$29Âˇ95. The products are 100 per cent vegetarian, with no gluten, carmine, petrolatum or mineral oil.âCecilia Xu
Living Nature’s Colour Me Beautiful lipstick gift packs have become a permanent line, featuring three complementary, certified-natural, organic lipsticks in each pack. They are presented in three themes: Colour Me Natural, Colour Me Romantic, and Colour Me Vibrant.
Living Nature points out that in a lifetime, we can ingest up to 1Âˇ7 kg of lipstick, hence choosing ones with natural ingredients is vital. Living Nature’s lipsticks feature coconut extracts, vitamin E, and nourishing waxes, moisturizing the lips. They are allergen-free, have no synthetic chemicals or preservatives, and are safe for use during pregnancy. Retail price is NZ$75, and they are available through Living Nature’s website.
Meanwhile, Ăgean-raised, London-based designer Ămran Aysan is contributing to sustainability in fashion.
As a counter to fast fashion, and with a desire to reintroduce craftsmanship and a respect for local and ethical sourcing, Aysan has launched her eponymous label, featuring pieces for resort 2017 using exquisite, natural fabrics. Look closer and you’ll see delicate needle-craft and other details from local artisans. Positive Luxury has deemed Ămran Aysan a âBrand to Trustâ for her commitment to sustainability and her support of local communities.
New Zealand is once again promoting womenâs golf this November, as Kiwi Lydia Ko herself returns as one of seven high-profile She Loves Golf ambassadors. Also back are Toni Street, Laura McGoldrick and Jamie Curry, this year joined by She Loves Golf newbies Matilda Rice and Daisy Dagg. With a month of activities, Lucire readers can again be part of a giveaway, with a total value of over NZ$800, as part of the She Loves Golf campaign (hashtagged #shelovesgolf).
The spokeswomen will be documenting their personal golf experiences via their own blogs and social media channels, inspiring other budding young Lydia Kos to grab a friend and go play some golf!
There are pop-up events to take place in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington during November. The website at www.lovegolf.co.nz shows what activities women can participate in nationally, as well as gear they can buy and prizes they can win. Clubs are running their own events and offers, all of which can be found on the website.
All you need to do to be in to win the following prize pack is to like our Facebook page and the post where we mention #shelovesgolf: on top of the golf introductory lessons, there are plenty of goodies. Weâre only shipping to New Zealand addresses, and weâll take entries till the end of November. Weâll draw one name from the likers. Enter nowâand enjoy your next round of golf on us!âCecilia Xu
Prize pack contents
â˘ Caffe L’AffarĂ¨: two bags of L’Affare’s Gusto Fair Trade organic coffee, a copy of How to Make Really Good Coffee, and a KeepCup Brew
â˘ Maybelline New York: Falsies Push-Up mascara, Master Precise curvy eyeliner, Master Fix setting spray, Vivid Matte Liquid Lip in Possessed Plum, Vivid Matte Liquid Lip in Fuchsia Ecstasy, Master Contour palette (medium)
â˘ OSM: four six-pack boxes, four twin packs, a bag of each of cranberry and apricot bites, an OSM postcard pack and two bonus Cookie Time Original Chocolate Chip Cookies
â˘ OVI Hydration: four bottles (watermelon, citrus, berry and peach) and a dual compact speaker
â˘ Essano: “treat your skin” pack with rosehip cleanser, moisturizer, body lotion, rosehip oil and night cream
â˘ Aloe Up: Pro Ultra Sport SPF 30 sunscreen stick, Pro Ultra Sport SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, Pro Ultra Sport SPF 50 sunscreen lotion, White Collection for the face (SPF 25), Pro Ultra Sport SPF 15 lip ice and Aloe Kote SPF 25
â˘ Anti-Flamme: pack of 90 g bottles of five essential sports rubs and K6Âˇ0 tape
â˘ Institute of Golf voucher for a one-on-one 30-minute golf lesson
â˘ The Cut and World magazines: magazine and 12-month subscription to both titles
â˘ Srixon: a dozen golf balls
â˘ Hertz upgrade voucher
â˘ LoveGolf bucket hat
â˘ She Loves Golf golf tees