The Little White Book

The Little White Book

Little White BookWe all need somewhere to jot notes … some of you take to your phones or iPads, others prefer an old fashioned note book. Brides need somewhere to store supplier details, work out their seating plan and budgets, keep samples and business cards ….

As a bride and wedding blogger, when Megan was planning her own wedding, she recognised a need for a wedding organiser which simply and seamlessly incorporated wedding planning in a bride-to-be’s everyday life.

She couldn’t find anything available that incorporated a day-to-day diary, so of course … Kiwi ingenuity kicked in and she set about creating one.

The result is the Little White Book, a functional planner, and a treasured keepsake.

Visit: http://shesaidyes.co.nz/product/little-white-book-wedding-organiser-diary/ for more information.

 

The Myth about Breaking Out after a Facial

The Myth about Breaking Out after a Facial

Everybody BeautyBy Corinna Gerber, Skincare Professional

There are few things that can offer you a more glowing appearance than the results and feeling that comes from an effective facial treatment. Cared-for skin has a way of making you look restored and feeling fabulous.

Too often I hear that brides are apprehensive to have facial treatments before their big day because of the fear that a breakout might occur.  As healthy as your skin feels following a facial, this is a common concern – so much so that it can be a key reason in deciding not to have a facial treatment in the days leading up to a big event, like a wedding day.

As you know, there’s a lot of planning required for a wedding day, and your skin requires the same amount of consideration and preparation as the rest of your plans in order to achieve the positive results that give a bride a confident charm.  If you really want to get your skin looking the best you can, you’ll need to start a simple and consistent skincare routine as far in advance as possible. Along with an uncomplicated skincare routine, these secret weapons are all you need for picture-perfect skin on your big day.

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced and knowledgeable therapist who is fastidious and passionate about their work. Choose a professional therapist who is trained to provide expert advice and who can offer the most effective skin treatments available, customised to your age and skin condition. The right therapist will be committed to helping you overcome your skincare concerns, and inspire noticeable change to achieve your skincare goals.

A facial treatment should begin with a thorough consultation which will enable the therapist to prescribe a course of treatment suited specifically for your skin. The consultation should include discussion around your skin concerns, skincare you are currently using, your diet and lifestyle habits, medications and supplements that you are taking.  These aspects all affect the condition of your skin and, consequently, the treatment chosen and the correct skincare to be prescribed. Adopting the right skincare regime leading up to your wedding or special event is the secret to having a ‘no breakout’ day.

I know, as do you now, that the myth will remain. Do not let that spoil one of the little pleasures of getting married … the pleasure of spending time with your beauty professional to get your skin radiant and glowing so you’ll be at your very best all day.

“Advice with integrity to create beautiful skin through optimal skin health”

www.beautyforeverybody.co.nz

AN OFFER FOR EVERYBODY!

Contact Corinna to discuss your individual wedding skin care objectives and to retain a youthful and healthy appearance.

Book for a Primary Consult & Facial Treatment ($90) before 30 June 2016 and receive a complimentary skin care sample pack valued at $50.

Treatments are by appointment only, call 09-576 2673 to book in advance.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Fendi turns 90!

Fendi turns 90!

Fendi turns 90!FENDI sealed once more its profound and long-lasting bond with Rome, by choosing its hometown to celebrate the 90 years anniversary of the Maison.

The event started on 7 July late in the afternoon with a private cocktail at the San Luca Academy inside Palazzo Carpegna, an historical Roman Palazzo hosting an artists’ association founded in 1593, just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain, where it was launched – as a worldwide preview – the FENDI ROMA book. The book, conceived to celebrate 90 years of the Maison, its history, identity and the profound link with the city of Rome, has been presented in an exclusive set up inside the exhibition area where its photographic images were displayed as in an art gallery.

The celebration continued at the glorious Fontana di Trevi, for a never seen before fashion show with the Legends and Fairytales Haute Fourrure Collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, once more an example of the unique craftsmanship, daring creativity and expression of the excellence of the Roman Maison. The Trevi fountain’s water and play of lights fused with the catwalk rhythm giving life to an iconic Roman atmosphere. International Top models as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid walked down the transparent catwalk placed on water during sunset time as floating fairies.

Fendi turns 90!The fashion show was followed by a breath-taking dinner at Terrazza del Pincio in Villa Borghese, that hosts one of the most amazing landscape views of Rome. The guests walked through a corridor immersed in Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches since 1965, a special artwork called Gust of Wind conceived by the internationally renowned designer Paul Cocksedge Studio. An unexpected and circular “FENDI fountain” was constructed embracing the dinner venue to underline once again the profound and historic bond between FENDI and the roman fountains.

The dinner was followed by a special performance by Giorgio Moroder, an icon and live legend of the disco music, that has collaborated with the biggest stars on earth as Barbara Streisand, Freddy Mercury, Donna Summer and Daft Punk. He has an award winning record: 3 Academy Awards for the music of the famous movies Top Gun, Flashdance and Never Ending Story, 4 Grammy awards and 4 Golden Globes and more than 100 Gold and Platinum Records.

On 8 July, guests were invited to the preview of the exhibition FENDI ROMA – The Artisans of Dreams at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana’s first floor, designated to host exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, followed by a brunch on the terrace of the first floor ofPalazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The exhibition, open to the public starting from 9 July, is conceived to celebrate the Maison’s unique craftsmanship and creativity, founding and distinctive elements of the luxury Roman House core values.

Fendi turns 90!FENDI also presents the ultimate sublimation of the Peekaboo bag and the Selleria line with the exceptional PEEKABOO 90 YEARS,designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, a one-of-a-kind bag entirely made by hand in only 60 pieces, created to celebrate the 90thanniversary of the Maison. With the most ancient techniques of the Roman master saddlers, the PEEKABOO 90 YEARS, is sold exclusively in the Palazzo FENDI boutique in Rome, starting from July 2016.

Special windows have been developed exclusively for the Palazzo FENDI boutique to celebrate the 90 years of the Maison where special paper craft techniques are used to illustrate the story of the Maison, where suitcases become the cover of a giant books and paper miniatures, examples of fine craftsmanship, represent the five Fendi sisters, Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi.

FENDI, together with Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi, celebrated on this occasion, 90 years of the Maison’s great revolutionary worldwide achievements, avant-garde experimentation, unlimited research and innovation, proposing new luxurious and modern fur designs and accessories.

Monsieur Bernard Arnault with his son Alexandre also paid homage to FENDI and took part to the 90 anniversary with their presence.

Among the other most important celebrities that attended the event:

Kate Hudson, Actress
Gong Li, Chinese Actress
Bella Thorne, Actress and Singer
Lindsey Wixson, Model
Lottie Moss, Model and Sister of Kate Moss
Amanda Harlech, Karl Lagerfeld’s Muse
Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Jewels Designer and 4th Generation of FENDI Family
Elizabeth Von Guttman, Socialite
Fiona Scarry, Socialite
Alexia Niedzelski, Socialite
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director
Pierpaolo Piccioli, Creative Director
Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Influencer
Mira Duma, Influencer
Ginevra Elkann, Cinema Producer
3 FENDI sisters, Carla, Franca and Anna Fendi
Ira Furstemberg, Aristocratic/Socialite
Ornella Muti, Italian Iconic Actress
Kasia Smutniak, Italian Actress
Sveva Alviti, Italian Actress
Charlotte Stockdale, Stylist
Joephine de la Baume, French Actress, Model and Singer
Tiffany, Korean Actress
Leslie Han, Korean Actress
Alex de Betak, Bureau Betak’s Founder
Sophia Sanchez de Betak, Fashion Consultant
Osanna Visconti di Modrone, Aristocratic/Socialite and Designer
Madina Visconti di Modrone, Aristocratic socialite and Jewels Designer
Sofia Odescalchi, Aristocratic/Socialite
Edmée Nicolis di Robilant, Aristocratic/Socialite
Claudio Santamaria, Actor
Miriam Leone, Actress
Matilda De Angelis, Actress
Alessandro Borghi, Actor
Lorenzo Richelmy, Actor
Giorgio Pasotti, Actor
Alessandro Roja, Actor

 

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/G1FO6dHv7xI

 

Insider Guide to Maui, Hawaii

Insider Guide to Maui, Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines Insider’s Guide: Maui

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, Hawaii

Gerraine

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Gerraine Nakama joined Hawaiian Airlines as a reservations agent in 1991. Today, she welcomes passengers traveling in and out of Maui’s Kahului Airport as a customer service agent. Gerraine calls the Valley Isle her home and loves to offer local tips for travelers.

 

What do you love the most about Maui?
Known as The Valley Isle, Maui’s tranquility makes it an ideal escape for relaxation away from the busy city life. Hawaiian Airlines offers several quick flights from Honolulu to Kahului throughout the morning, day and evening. It is no wonder Maui is consistently named among the world’s best islands!

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiWhat’s the one thing you can’t miss when visiting this island?
The beautiful and unforgettable sunrise at Haleakala Crater. The drive up to the crater through winding roads and the clouds offers breath-taking views. The picturesque bicoastal views feel like heaven on earth.

What’s Maui’s best kept secret?
The Lava tubes and stunning waterfalls deep in the east Maui Mountains. Watch for these waterfalls on the road to Hana.


Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiWhat’s your favorite sightseeing spot?
‘Īao Valley: A beautiful lush rainforest and state park located at the end of ‘Iao Valley Road, west of Wailuku. Rich with Hawaiian history, the valley is where The Battle of Kepaniwai took place in 1790. There is nothing like hiking up to the ‘Iao Needle Lookout trail and ethno botanical loop, pausing for a picnic and swimming in the clear, cool stream waters.

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiWhat’s the hot spot locals are going to right now?
Big Beach, a wide sandy beach over a mile long in Makena on Maui’s south shore. By night fall, I recommend going to Three’s Bar and Grill to unwind and listen to live local music.

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiBest hotel?
The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, which is tucked in a very secluded area in Makena south of Maui.

Best places to eat?

Locals love the little hole in the wall restaurants. Sam Satos in Wailuku is one of my favorites, known for their delicious dry mein seasoned noodles and local dishes. It’s difficult to find, so you’ll hardly see a rental car on the parking lot!

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiBest places to shop?
The Outlets of Maui in Lahaina has a lot to offer. If you want to walk around and have lunch, just spend the day at Kaahumanu Shopping Center. There’s a food court on the second floor, as well as name brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works.

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiAny recommendations for families traveling with children?
The Maui Ocean Center is a great experience for children to walk through the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit inside a 54-foot tunnel. Featuring Hawai‘i’s sharks, turtles, and thousands of tropical fish, it has been named among the top 25 best U.S. aquariums by TripAdvisor.

Best outdoor activities on the island?
The whale watching tours during our peak whale season – Dec. 15 to April 15 – are a must! You can experience whales from shore but nothing compared to the thrill of seeing these gentle giants emerge from the water right next to your boat and swim directly under you.

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiBest tip for travelers passing through Kahului Airport?
While passing through Kahului airport, stop by Sammy’s Bar and Grill for a picture of the big gorilla outside the entrance. In the mood for dessert? Pinkberry Yogurt is the airport employees’ favorite. If time permits, a five-minute cab ride gets you to Hawaii’s only Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

 

What do you love most about Hawaiian Airlines?
The feeling of being in a ’Ohana (Family) and the Aloha spirit that is evoked in the hearts of the employees. Working as a team to care for our guests who arrive in Hawaii from all over the world is extremely rewarding.

 

What’s your favourite Hawaiian Airlines destination?
We now fly to so many exciting countries and cities that it’s hard to pick one – but Tokyo is on the top of my list! I love the Japanese culture and traditions, the friendliness of the people, enjoying the delicious ramen, and of course the shopping; you can find almost everything you need and more. Visiting a Daiso store is a must!

 

Insider's Guide: Maui, HawaiiAbout Hawaiian Airlines:

Hawaiian Airlines offers direct service from Auckland to Honolulu three times a week, departing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and operates approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 12 years (2004-2015) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast TravelerTravel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 87th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti.

Instax your home

Instax your home

Instax your homeInstax your homeLOVE instax camera photos? Well, now you can create instax like photos at your nearest FUJIFILM kiosk.

Introducing instax prints at kiosk, where you can create the instax look without the instax camera.

It’s the personal touches that make a house a home. Get your valuable family memories off your phone and into real life for everyone to enjoy! Turn your fridge into a photo board, create personal cards, and beautiful photo walls. Printed pictures are all about creativity and joy, and instax is with you the whole way.

At the forefront of family friendly design FUJIFILM offers you more choice at their FUJIFILM kiosks with the new instax prints. While instax cameras offer instant pictures, FUJIFILM kiosks offers endless possibilities. From cute and tiny 4×4 snaps, to impressive hold-it-with-two-hands 12×12, their image size options aren’t the only personal touches available. Decorate the frame, add personal text, and select a range of sizes. Every picture is capable of further personalizing. Scrapbooking has just reached new heights.

Cable free kiosks offer fast and simple printable options straight from your smart phone.

Curate the perfect heartfelt gifts for those you love. Share memories with your friends and family, and update that old picture in your wallet!

Available in 4×4, 5×5, 6×5, 8×8, 12×12, 5×7, 6×4 and 6×8 sizes.

Stockists: FUJIFILM photo printing kiosks are available nationwide at your local Harve Norman Photo Center, Warehouse Stationery Copy Centre, Smiths City, Fujifilm Imagine Service, selected pharmacies & photographic stores. For more information please visit; www.fujifilm.co.nz/storelocator

 

Ponsonby stylist takes top hairdressing award

Ponsonby stylist takes top hairdressing award
Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design
Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design

DANNY PATO NAMED 2016 HAIR EXPO AWARDS NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Ponsonby stylist takes top trophy in NZ and Australia’s premier hairdressing awards

The most prestigious award in hairdressing, the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year was last night awarded to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Ponsonby – a first-time winner.

The annual awards are the final night highlight of Hair Expo Australia, the largest hairdressing event in the southern hemisphere which was staged for the first time this year in Melbourne over the Australian Queen’s birthday long weekend. Danny received his trophy at a spectacular gala ceremony in The Plenary event centre on Monday 13th June, hosted by TV personality, Richard Reid.

Celebrating their 31st anniversary this year, the annual Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards are the longest running and most respected awards in the New Zealand and Australian hairdressing industry. They set the industry standard in the region and represent the pinnacle of hairdressing excellence in the southern hemisphere.

The strength of the Hair Expo NZ Hairdresser of the Year award lies in the fact that unlike any other industry award, it is based 50/50 on a photographic collection as well as on a year of service to the industry plus business performance. The end result is that the recipients of the awards in represent not only the best, most creative hairdressers of our region but are also industry leaders with the highest possible levels of personal integrity.

“The Hair Expo Awards are an engine of excellence for hairdressing”, says Julia Erben, Hair Expo Event Director. “For over three decades, they have created an independent platform for the best of the best in our industry to showcase their talent to their peers and to the rest of the world”.

This year’s awards were judged by an illustrious panel of twelve international judges and twenty-five from Australia and New Zealand, comprising a global who’s who of the hairdressing industry. And for the first time, this year, the winners of both Australian and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year were awarded funding to stage a show at Salon International in London, Europe’s premier hairdressing event.

The awards gala wrapped up the 31st year of Hair Expo Australia – the largest hairdressing trade industry showcase in the southern hemisphere. 2016 was a record year for visitor numbers with over 10,000+ visitors from around the region and interstate as well as overseas. Having staged the show in Melbourne this year for the first time, Hair Expo will return to Sydney in 2017 at the ICC in Darling Harbour from 10-12 June 2017.

2016 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS

NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR

Frank Apostolopoulos – Biba, Fitzroy VIC

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Tabatha Coffey

PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

Frank Apostolopoulos – Biba, Fitzroy VIC

COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR

Adrian Rotolo – Ibiza Hair, Albert Park VIC

MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR

Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA

NEW CREATIVE FORCE

Hermiz Daniel – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC

APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Kelly Manu – BLAZE, Auckland, New Zealand

SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR

é SALON – Wahroonga NSW

SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR

Koh Sataporn, Viviens Creative Agency, Sydney NSW

BEST SALON DESIGN 2016

Edwards and Co. Alexandria – Surry Hills NSW

EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016

DCI Education – Darlinghurst NSW

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2016

Jules Tognini – AKA Togninis, Fortitude Valley QLD

INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2016

Sustainable Salons Australia – Sydney NSW

SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016

Elysium Hair Brisbane – Brisbane QLD

STATE CATEGORIES

NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2016

Mary Alamine – Royals Hair, Hornsby NSW

SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year 2016

Kristy Hodgson – Jarahs Hair, Loxton SA

VIC Hairdresser of the Year 2016

Dee Parker Attwood – Wieselmann Salon, Melbourne Vic

WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year 2016

Simone Lee – Simone Lee Creative, Canningvale WA

Grateful thanks to all members of the 2016 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo

Awards judging panel

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES

Edward Darley

Gerard Scarpaci

Guy Tang

Indira Schauwecker

Jayne Lewis-Orr

Jorge Cancer

Lucie Doughty

Mark Hayes

Mark Leeson

Peter Gray

Tabatha Coffey

Vivienne Mackinder

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JUDGES

Adrian Barclay

Benni Tognini

Bronwyn Illingworth

Cameron Pine

Caterina DiBiase

Dennis Langford

Emiliano Vitale

Haye Murray

Frank Apostolopoulos

Glenn Chaplin

Iain Smith

Jayne Wild

Jules Tognini

Justin Pace

Lisa Muscat-Vitale

Mana Dave

Matt Clements

Ruth Browne

Sandy Chong

Sara Allsop

Sarah Laidlaw

Shane Henning

Sharon Blain

Stelios Papas

Tracey Hughes

 

Beauty therapists wrongly removing skin lesions

Beauty therapists wrongly removing skin lesions

WARNING!

Mystery shop finds beauty therapists wrongly removing skin lesions

Consumer NZ mystery shop found seven beauty clinics willing to remove a raised skin spot, when our undercover shopper should have been sent to a GP.

Shoppers visited 46 clinics across the country. The majority of clinics did the right thing and said our shoppers should see a GP but seven clinics in Auckland were willing to use a variety of treatments to take off a raised lesion on our shopper’s arm.

Our shopper had dermal melanocytic naevi, which can be removed once correctly diagnosed but looks similar to types of skin cancer.

Four of the Auckland clinics – Ametrine Rose Health & Beauty, The Eye & Face Institute, Parisian Clinic and Beauty Forever – offered to use a laser treatment on the spot. Amax Laser Hair Removal offered to cut it out and Laser Clinics New Zealand offered a skin-needling treatment. At Q Medispa in Onehunga Heights, our shopper was told the clinic would soon have a machine that would “electrocute” off the spot.

Ametrine Rose and The Eye & Face Institute said staff would receive training as a result of our mystery shop. Parisian Clinic’s owner said “the whole industry needs to be trained better”. Beauty Forever declined to comment on our findings and the three other clinics did not respond to our emails and calls.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the risk of beauty clinics offering treatment was that staff might not recognise the spot as a symptom of skin cancer.

“Given New Zealand’s high skin cancer rate, we think beauty therapists should steer clear of this type of treatment and leave diagnosis to the doctors,” Ms Chetwin said.

Auckland Council’s health and hygiene code of practice states only health practitioners should remove skin lesions. Members of the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists are also prohibited from removing unidentifiable lesions and skin tags without permission from a medical practitioner. However, membership is voluntary. None of the clinics that offered a treatment to our Auckland shopper were members of the organisation.

More information is available at consumer.org.nz and in the June issue of Consumer magazine.

 

Em’s Power Cookies

Image_4286 2Much-loved New Zealand brand Em’s Power Cookies continues sustained energy mission with new look packaging

Em’s Power Cookies, arguably New Zealand’s most-loved natural energy bars maker, is forging ahead with new-look packaging on its mission to get more kiwis eating food on the go that tastes good, is healthy and provides sustained energy.

Em’s Power Cookies is the business of trained nutritionist and multi-sport icon Emily Miazga. Emily, who lives on the West Coast, has won the New Zealand Coast to Coast World Multisport Championship three times and has a lifelong passion for promoting healthy eating.

“Food needs to taste good and be natural, healthy and provide slow-burning energy,” says Emily. “Our cookies and bars certainly reflect that philosophy. We only use real, quality ingredients – the kind you would find in your own kitchen.”

New Zealand-made Em’s Power Cookies certainly has its share of ardent fans, including Cameron Brown (12-times champion of Ironman New Zealand), Hayden Roulston (NZ Olympic cycling medallist) and Kim Hurst (WEMBO 2014 Champion and Karapoti MTB record holder).

Em's Power Cookies“Our cookies and bars are beneficial for anyone who needs sustained energy – you don’t need to be a multisport athlete to enjoy them. They are like a log on the fire for your body. They appeal to anyone wanting a delicious and satisfying snack. From busy parents, sporty kids and tradespeople to trampers – anyone who is active and loves good food will love Em’s Power Cookies.”

Em’s Power Cookies’ new packaging is designed to illustrate the company’s use of great, natural, GMO-free ingredients.

“Our great cookies and bars haven’t changed on the inside. You won’t find soy protein, whey protein additives, superflous vitamin or mineral additives, or preservatives and colourings in our products and we source as many ingredients as possible from New Zealand.

“We chose softer colours for our new packaging to inspire a more natural look and feel. We used real food ingredient imagery to represent the key features of each product and to set apart the variants. The twisting fern device represents a trail to take you on your adventures, and of course the fern is a quintessential representation of New Zealand.”

Em's Power CookiesAbout Emily Miazga

Emily was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada and started making yummy cookies at age 14. She has always been a plant-based carbohydrate proponent (vegetarian since 1986). Her interest in nutrition and sport led her to compete in track and cross-country at University level in the USA and earned her a Master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. After practicing as a Registered Dietitian in Oregon for four years, she left her job to travel in 2002. She stumbled into adventure racing while traveling and first competed in the Coast to Coast in 2004. Emily has 18 years clinical and practical experience as a sports nutrition consultant and registered dietitian.

About Em’s Power Cookies

Emily Miazga started Em’s Power Cookies in 2004, initially to provide yummy, slow-burning energy food to fuel her own sporting endeavours. Em’s Power Cookies have grown into a loved and trusted New Zealand energy food source. They are a great source of all-natural energy with no added soy protein, whey protein additives, superflous vitamin or mineral additives, preservatives or colourings. The Apri-Choc, Chocolate Cranberry and Chocolate Oat varieties are also available as 30g Power Bites (mini-versions of the Em’s Bars that are an ideal food during competitions or when travelling light – also great for lunchboxes).

Em's Power Cookies

 

 

Cuddle Down in Comfort this Winter

Cuddle Down in Comfort this Winter

Cuddle Down in Comfort this WinterAs the rain batters sideways and the wind whips your hair, smile knowing that indulgent winter luxury is waiting at home. The weather can rage, because you have a comforting secret, a hot indulgence, the ultimate snuggly embrace. Say goodbye to compromise because your best night in is the touch of a button away.

The definitive gift of both care and indulgence, the luxurious Sunbeam Feel Perfect Heated Throw features a dense faux fur top with a reverse side of cuddly micro fleece. This multipurpose throw rug compliments any lounge room or bedroom, adding style and warmth to a couch or bed. Incorporating all of Sunbeam’s safety features such as 9 levels of safety protection and temperature sensing technology. Including 9 heat settings, 10 minute fast heat up and our 3 year replacement guarantee.

Create the best ever Saturday morning cartoons for the kids and eke out a little more time in bed for the parents, knowing the children are toasty warm in front of the TV. With the Feel Perfect heated throw being machine washable, any spilled cereal is easy to clean up.

Cuddle Down in Comfort this WinterFor more targeted comfort Sunbeam’s Feel Perfect Heated Pillow delivers warmth to specific areas, making it ideal for sore limbs, aches and pains. With three heat settings, 10 minute swift heat up and a 3 year replacement guarantee it’s a race to the couch to snuggle down for a night of warmth and comfort.

Stockists: Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Briscoes.

RRP:     Feel Perfect Heated Throw  $229.99

Feel Perfect Heated Pillow      $ 99.99

For further information please visit; sunbeam.co.nz or facebook;     facebook.com/sunbeamnewzealand.

 

Windstar – top cruise line for couples

Windstar – top cruise line for couples
Windstar - top cruise line for couplesBoutique, luxury yachts named a Top Cruise Line for Couples In the 2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons Awards!
Boutique luxury cruise line Windstar Cruises, recently named a Top Cruise Line for Couples in the 2016 BRIDES Best Honeymoons Awards as voted by thousands of top Virtuoso travel agents, is making a Tahiti holiday more than a bucket-list proposition. With new lower pricing on select sailings, Windstar offers extraordinary value for those looking to experience romantic paradise in the South Pacific.
“Our private yacht style of cruising brings guests closer to the worlds they want to discover, and there’s perhaps no better example of that than on board our elegant sailing yacht MSY Wind Spirit, designed to sail throughout beautiful French Polynesian waters while catering to just 148 pampered guests,” says Joe Duckett, vice president of sales and marketing at Windstar Cruises.
When honeymooners, or any couple looking for an escape, think of a romantic destination, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the islands of Tahiti are at the top of the list. But with airfares, expensive lodging, and sky-high food and beverage costs on the islands, few can afford the luxury. Windstar, however, is making the Tahiti dream trip more attainable, even on a luxury yacht. “The biggest secret about Tahiti is that exploring by yacht is not only the best way to experience the islands, it’s also the best vacation value,” Duckett remarked
Windstar - top cruise line for couplesWith Francis Travel Marketing’s Dreams of Tahiti package, guests experience six islands inclusive of roundtrip flights from Auckland, nine night’s accommodations, all ground transfers in Tahiti, gourmet cuisine in multiple dining venues (including 24-hour room service), water sports activities from the sports marina, all non-alcoholic beverages, a champagne welcome reception, and special Private Event in Bora Bora complete with fire dancers and a locally-inspired feast of fresh Tahitian specialties.
Experiencing the region aboard an elegant sailing yacht provides more opportunity to explore a variety of tropical islands and picturesque lagoons in a relatively short amount of time, without the hassle of local island-hopper flights. Guest enjoy multiple overnights at popular Raiatea and world-renowned Bora Bora, the Polynesian islands are never more than a few hours of scenic sailing away from each other, perfect for a week-long cruise getaway. The cruise vacation package also features both a pre- & post-cruise overnight hotel stay, with a choice of the Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, Le Méridien Papeete Hotel or the Manava Resort. Reached by a five-hour flight from Auckland, Tahiti is closer and more convenient than guests imagine.
Windstar - top cruise line for couplesIn private yacht-style, guests enjoy the aqua blue water of the South Pacific at the stern of Wind Spirit from the yacht’s ingenious water sports marina, which offers kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, flotation devices for relaxing in the water, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing — all complimentary. Windstar’s signature dive programme offers guests an excellent way to discover the sport, and for certified divers, Windstar’s one- and two-tank dives offer the best in deep-sea sightseeing. Upon boarding the yacht, each guest receives complimentary snorkel equipment for their personal use throughout the journey. Bikes are also available on board for a nominal rental fee. Throughout the voyage Wind Spirit unfurls its computer-operated sails for wind-powered sailing, an exceptionally romantic and unique way to experience the South Pacific seas. The yacht’s well-appointed, nautically-themed staterooms were refurbished in spring of 2015 unveiling romance-inspired design and décor.
Windstar began sailing year-round in Tahiti in summer of 2015 and offers weekly seven-day voyages on the Dreams of Tahiti cruise, as well as several longer 10- and 11-day itineraries that explore both the Tahitian Islands and the remote Tuamotu Islands. The Tuamotus are known as a diver’s and snorkeller’s paradise. The Dreams of Tahiti voyage begins in Papeete and sails to Moorea, Tahaa, Raiatea (overnight), Huahine, and Bora Bora (overnight). For travellers planning an island paradise getaway in 2017, Windstar will offer Thursday cruise departures from Papeete starting in June 2017 (current sailings leave Fridays).
Francis Travel Marketings’s Dreams of Tahiti package starting at NZ$4,899 per guest includes a 7-day cruise, return flights from Auckland, pre and post hotel stay including 1-full American buffet breakfast, and is available on any Windstar Tahiti 7-night cruise. Packages are also available on the 10- & 11- night voygages. For additional information, including daily itinerary highlights, special offers, and product information, please contact the team at Francis Travel Marketing on 09 4442298 or reservations@ftmcruise.co.nz