New kid on the Ponsonby-boutique block this week is designer Ingrid Starnes, with a super-chic store that’s an on-trend triumph of white walls and copper fittings – pared-back elegance with a dash of whimsy for dessert. Not only does Ingrid offer a bridesmaid dress collection, holy lovers of lace – the divine Tilly dress, $435, had us at hello!
New book For the Love of a Place: the Stories and Cuisine of Otahuna (Penguin Random House, $80), by Hall Cannon and Miles Refo with Simon Farrell-Green, opens the door to a wonderful world imbued with romance and history. A wedding present in 1895 from Sir Heaton Rhodes to his new wife Jessie, Otahuna is a magnificent homestead set on parkland just outside of Christchurch. Get a piece of the action through the story and gorgeous imagery in this coffee-table tome, via the pages of scrumptious recipes (navigate your way to your man’s heart via his stomach with strawberry and watermelon spoons, little lemon curd tarts, or potato gnocchi with spinach, pinenuts and blue cheese sauce), or with a visit – to stay, or even celebrate your nuptials in the ballroom or formal dining room.
Nothing says “I couldn’t have done this without you” quite like something that’s equal parts pretty, practical and perfumed. Introducing MOR’s So Smitten With You Marshmallow Trio aka the ultimate bridesmaid gift. The set is part of MOR’s holiday gifting collection and, at $35, it’s an absolute steal.
Sometimes you want serious bling: a whopping great cocktail ring on your index finger. Chandelier earrings. A cuff emblazoned with diamantes. Other times, subtlety is the order of the day – and for those times, the glimmering numbers above reign supreme. Clockwise from top left: Pascoes pendant, $139; rings $169 and $129.
Need something to do this weekend? Good news! Our Spring issue has hit stands and it’s packed with inspiration. Pour yourself a drink, find somewhere comfy to park yourself and proceed to get your styling, fashion and logistics sorted in one blissful read.