Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Capsule Collection: Cool Stuff We’re Loving This Month

Happy September and welcome to our Capsule Collection! Here’s our eclectic collection of new things we love this month – from events and restaurant openings, to the best of new products in fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle – you’re welcome!


Father’s Day Cooking with Homeland
Homeland, $95

Don’t have plans for Father’s Day yet? Snap up tickets for Sunday to spend the morning with Peter Gordon, as you learn to make Turkish Eggs and a Kimchi Bloody Mary!

Homeland’s Turkish Eggs are legendary, and you’ll be shown how to make them in this short format Sunday morning class. Even better the Bar Manager, Di, will show you how to make our legendary Kimchi Bloody Mary as well – could there be a better breakfast combo?

Yoga and Art Immersion
Auckland Art Gallery, $18

If you want to try something a bit different on your Sunday mornings, head along to one of the Yoga and Art Immersion classes, running every Sunday at 9am until Dec 10 at the Auckland Art Gallery.

It’s the perfect setting to unwind in and to go on a journey inwards. The hour-long Hatha yoga classes we offer will include warm-up stretching, building to stronger poses, including flow balance and breath focus. Warming down will lead into breath practice, ending with a brief relaxation or meditation. Bookings are essential.

Winter Pride

Guys, there’s just enough time to book yourself a flight down to QT for the final weekend of Winter Pride. There’s still plenty of events available to attend (but be in quick, they’re booking out faaaast), including the Propaganda Snowball, although sadly, Booking.com’s ‘Ride With Pride’ (an exclusive luxe SUV transfer service) is all booked out, so you may have to just taxi about.

Te Wiki O Te Reo Mãori

September 11 – 17 marks Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori language week and it’s the perfect time to brush up on, perfect your skills, or start entirely from scratch. Take a look at what events are on in your local community, or take a look here, and set yourself some goals for the week. Head to Reo Māori where you’ll find loads of resources to help you on your journey, wherever you are along it. Whether your goal is to learn five new words a day, nail your pronunciation or just become a bit more confident, you’ll find everything you’ll need there.

Caitlin Crisp Summer 23 – Waiheke Long Lunch & Fashion Show
Friday 8 September

If you’re looking for the perfect girls day out, here ’tis! On Friday 8 September Caitlin Crisp will host an afternoon of mouth-watering food, bubbles, cocktails and a fashion show against the stunning backdrop of Mudbrick Vineyard. While enjoying a gorgeous lunch overlooking the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf, guests will be treated to a show previewing Caitlin’s latest summer collection.

Tickets include the ultimate luxury goodie bag, with friends of the brand coming together to spoil Caitlin’s guests – this will include La Mer, Jo Malone London, Serious Popcorn and exclusive Caitlin Crisp merchandise. Tickets, available from Eventbrite, include:

– Return Ferry ticket Auckland-Waiheke.
– Private Transfer to Mudbrick Vineyard from Ferry Terminal
– 1 x Flute of Mudbrick Bubbles on arrival
– 1 x Summer Spritz cocktail
– 3- Course Lunch at Mudbrick Restaurant
– Luxury Goodie Bag


Osmosis Stemfactor Growth Factor Serum

Lately – I (Alice) guess after having a baby and now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, still waiting to get a full night’s sleep – I’d been noticing that time was really starting to catch up with my face.

While I’m not someone who obsesses over every line and wrinkle (I know it’s such a privilege to get to age, and to have had all the happy memories that have etched laugh lines – and a few learning curves that show up in my frown lines!), I’d also like to look in the mirror and not get a fright by my face.

Well, two months ago I started using this serum, which utilises patented methods to feed stem cells and fibroblasts to replenish the skin’s shortage of growth factors and proteins. And last week, I was overseas, in the middle of talking to two women I’d only known for 24 hours, commiserating with them that I understood the situation they were telling me they were in. “Well… It’s a bit different, because I’m 37,” said one. When I said I was 41 the other woman literally spat her red wine across the table in surprise, which was horrifying for her and most of the other diners at the fancy restaurant we were in, but deeply, deeply satisfying for me. “God! I thought you were a lot younger than me!” they both said. Then, the next week, a teenager in the bottle store ASKED ME FOR ID. It was a wonderful day. Perhaps the serum is working?

July Carry On Pro

I [Kelly] am obsessed with July luggage – and even though I own their classic carry on, I’ll be looking to upgrade to the Carry On Pro as soon as possible. The new model features a hard-shell front pocket for protection and easy access to your laptop (the one thing that irritates me about my carry on as someone who travels for work a lot!) as well as a super-handy ejectable power bank to charge your electronics on the go – no more hunting for an outlet at the airport. These suitcases are an investment but they have a lifetime guarantee – and trust me, they’re worth it.

Mè the Label Biddy Tiger’s Eye Earrings

A slightly gothic vibe, these stunning earrings from local brand Mè are showstoppers and we can totally see them on high rotation throughout summer with simple dresses and long-sleeved shirts. Obsessed!

Lush ROOTS Hair Treatment

I [Kelly] can’t rate this high enough – I had some build up and needed a ‘lil scalp cleanse and this bad boy is brilliant. Minty peppermint and spearmint oils in a tingly, cooling fresh mint infusion revitalise the scalp, because healthy hair starts at the roots! Extra virgin olive oil and honey soften and condition hair to make it shine without weighing it down. It gives dull, fine and thin hair volume and shine – just a warning though, make sure you’re warm when you put this on because the mint in the treatment is cooling!

Swisspers 3in1 Cleanser Infused Pads

If you’re about to travel like I am, these babies will be your new best friend! Swisspers 3in1 cleanser pads are infused with Argan Oil and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E. The dual sided-pad allows you to both cleanse and hydrate, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised, anytime – you just activate with water. They’re also dermatologically tested, making them suitable for sensitive skin types. Plus they even remove waterproof mascara.

Embodyme Discovery Set

These gorgeous body oils are incredible on their own – with names like Courage, Joy, Peace and Kindness, there’s a scent for every vibe you’re trying to manifest – and each nurturing body oil is formulated with a luxurious blend of plant-based oils that deeply nourish and absorb easily (no sticky oil feel!) leaving your skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. But this brand goes further, by pairing body care with a simple framework for women to create their own, personalised wellness journey with daily rituals for self care.

Atopis Dry Itchy Skin Relief

Is it just us or is EVERYONE having skin problems at the moment? I [Kelly] was given some at an event to bring home to my partner who’s been struggling with some uncooperative skin and this cream provided almost instant relief. In summary, it WORKS.

My Food Bag & Nadia Lim’s Dinner Done Better

Our pals at My Food Bag have had a little bit of a makeover, and now offer more than 30 recipes a week (the choice!) to help us get into a better daily routine because hell, for most of us (almost three quarters apparently, according to MFB) it’s super-important for keeping the household running. I [Kelly] tried it out and the choice is SO much better with a massive range of recipes that make everyone happy and healthy (anyone else on a pre-summer health buzz!?).

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