Modern & Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Modern & Traditional Anniversary Gifts

It’s nice to give something with meaning to a couple on their wedding anniversaries. The chart below encompasses both modern and traditional wedding anniversary gifts, based on comments from both the US and the UK. We did chuckle at the idea of a couple living long enough to celebrate an 80th or higher anniversary, and truly laughed out loud at the 85 and 90 ….. you’ll need wine after being married 85 years, and the stone and engraved marble we assume would be a headstone!

Year Traditional US Traditional UK  Modern
 1st  Paper  Cotton  Clock
 2nd  Cotton Paper  China
3rd Leather Leather  Crystal, glass
 4th  Linen, silk  Fruit, flowers  Electrical appliances
5th  Wood  Wood  Silverware
 6th  Iron  Sugar Wood
7th  Wool, cooper  Wool  Desk sets, pens, pencils
8th  Bronze  Salt Linens, lace
9th Pottery  Copper  Leather
10th  Tin, Aluminium Tin  Diamond
15th  Crystal  Crystal  Watches
20th  China  China  Platinum
25th  Silver  Silver  Silver
 35th  Pearl Pearl  Diamond
 45th  Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
 50th  Gold Gold Gold
 55th  Emerald Emerald Emerald
 60th  Diamond (yellow) Diamond Diamond
 65th  Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
 70th  Platinum Platinum Platinum
 75th  Diamond, gold Diamond, gold Diamond, gold
 80th  —  Oak  Diamond, pearl
85th  —  Wine  The wife’s birthstone
90th  —  Stone  Engraved marble

Shopping for Mother’s Day made EZI

Shopping for Mother’s Day made EZI

There’s no doubt that mum’s a pretty special lady, but sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find her the right Mother’s Day gift. Here’s EziBuy’s five top gift ideas… (Plus, when you order via www.ezibuy.com, you can rest assured that your Mother’s Day gift will be delivered to your door the next day!)

1.  Give mum the night off with some comfortable nightware, so she can pop her feet up to relax and unwind with a cup of tea and her favourite book in hand – bliss! RRP $39.99.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

2.  Make sure mum’s winter-ready with this stylish Zambezi faux fur hot water bottle cover – that way she’s warm and snuggly! RRP $19.99.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

3.  Give mum the ultimate of treats – breakfast in bed, with freshly washed crisp white sheets and this beautiful Derby duvet cover set – RRP $149.

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

4.  With winter on it’s way, mum can keep warm with this 100% Australian wool tassle throw – RRP $129.99

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

5.  Nothing beats sitting on the sofa watching your favourite film wrapped up in this cozy robe – Mia Lucce Waffle Robe – RRP $59.99

Shopping for Mother's Day made EZI

To shop EziBuy, visit www.ezibuy.com or phone 0800 800 350 now!

 

Mother’s Day at Farmers

Mother’s Day at Farmers

Whether you’re looking for jewellery, accessories or beauty products ­- celebrate your mum with sentiment and style this Mother’s Day.

Choose from cosy slippers, beauty gift-packs and keepsake jewellery – the options are endless.

Find something special at Farmers for that lovely lady in your life.

Mother's Day at Farmers

 

From left to right (top to bottom):  Lyric Slippers $24.99, Boston & Bailey Scarf $14.99, Tilly@home Intricate details Jewellery Box $89.99, Your Home And Garden Arica Glass Candle $39.99, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Mother’s Day Set $145, Boston & Bailey Tote $79.99, Dafni hair straightening brush $299.99, Xcesri Impulse Necklace $14.99, Natio Lovely MotherÔÇÖs Day Set $28.

Spoil Mum

Spoil Mum

Spoil your mum with a gift she’ll love

You can never go wrong gifting a striking piece of jewellery.

Mummy, Mother, Mum, Ma, whatever name you use be sure to shower her in love this Mother’s Day.

She is a priceless figure in your life so take the opportunity to treat her to a piece of stunning jewellery from Stewart Dawsons.

Whether celebrating your mum, mother-in-law or grandma, there’s a style to suit them all. Choose from diamond pendants, vibrant gemstone rings and delicate earrings or exquisite aquamarine and peridot stone treasures.

Mum

A fuss-free Mother’s Day gift

A fuss-free Mother’s Day gift

Want to sort out a fuss-free Mother’s Day gift in a flash? Whether you’re looking for a gift for a fashion lover or beauty queen we’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide


1.The Mint Republic – Boh Runga Feather Stud Rose Gold (RRP $289.00) –  Boh Runga’s incredible knack for creating simple and stunning pieces of jewellery makes her Feather Collection the ultimate gift for Mum – this pair of Rose-Gold Feather Studs being the best little gift to express your love. 
2.The Mint Republic – Gala Darling Spirit and Courage Slim Silver Cuff (RRP $179.00) – Gift her something really special and heartfelt this mothers day, in the form of a Gala Darling bracelet with words of love and courage to take with her everywhere she goes. 
3.The Mint Republic – Lindi Kingi Halo Topaz and Diamond Drop Pendant Necklace (RRP $189.00) – Treat Mum to something timeless this Mother’s Day, this gorgeous Lindi Kingi necklace will make the perfect addition to any ensemble.
4.Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Masks (RRP $24.99) – Encourage Mum to indulge in some “Her Time” with a box of Neutrogena’s ultra-luxurious, ultra-hydrating Hydro Boost Face Masks.
5.Smashbox #ShapemattersPalette (RRP $170.00) – Sure to make you Mum’s favourite, this palette has everything she needs to create the perfect look, every time.
A fuss-free Mother's Day gift6. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (RRP $164.00) – Give the gift of beautiful, hydrated, more youthful-looking skin thanks to Murad’s NEW Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence – it’ll be the Mother’s Day gift that just keeps on giving!
7. FABY Where Is My Head (RRP $20.00) – In a warm wintery shade of purple form the Faby’s latest illusion Collection, she’ll be wearing this versatile shade for many months to come!
8. COLLECTION Cosmetics Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze (RRP $22.99) – This palette by COLLECTION Cosmetics is perfect for the Mum who loves to keep things neutral, but always glam.
9.  Timothy Oulton Severn Tote available from Dawson & Co (RRP $489.00) – Update Mum’s bag-of-everything with a beautiful leather tote from luxury British designer Timothy Oulton – style and practicality all in one!
10. LASHEMLash & Brow Enhancing Serum (RRP $85.00) – Pamper Mum by gifting her a tube of LASHEM – sure to help her achieve her most luscious lashes and beautiful brows yet   
WIN … head HERE to see how you can win some of these stunning products to kick-start your Mother’s Day shopping!

Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s Day

Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s Day

Pure Langham Luxury on Mother’s DayEd: Brides are mum’s too, so we’re going all out to find you relevant goodies to make this Mother’s Day a special day!

Make this Mother’s Day a luxurious and indulgent occasion for your Mum with The Langham, Auckland. Whether you indulge in a Champagne breakfast, a decadent Afternoon Tea or lunch and dinner in Eight with your family or friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Sunday May 8, 2016.

 

Champagne breakfast in Chandelier

Celebrate mum’s special day with a Champagne breakfast from 7am to 11am for all the family. There’ll be a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne on arrival for the adults and a soft drink for the kids before indulging in Eight’s sumptuous breakfast buffet. Every mum will also receive a special chocolate gift. Just $85 per person. Children 5 – 12 years are half price and 0-5 year-olds are complimentary.

Sumptuous lunch and dinner in Eight Restaurant
Eight will have all your delicious favourites from our Eight kitchens, plus a glass of bubbles to welcome you on arrival, a soft drink for the kids and a special chocolate gift for Mums to take home for just $129 per person. Lunch is from 12 noon to 2:30pm and dinner is 5:30pm to 10:00pm. Children 5 – 12 years are half price and 0-5 year-olds are complimentary.
Decadent Afternoon Tea 
A stylish and decadent Champagne afternoon tea together is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

 

Enjoy our exquisite Langham Afternoon Tea experience and sip on a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne as live music creates the perfect ambience. Enjoy the exquisite array of sweet and savoury teatime treats – plus Mums receive a special chocolate gift – all for just $125 per person. Children 12 years and under are half price.

 

There are three sittings to choose from: 11:30 – 1:30pm,  2:00pm – 4:00pm and 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

 

If you’d like some additional Mother’s Day pampering, there’s always the indulgent Louis Roederer beverage package. For just $175 per person, you can enjoy all of the above plus a two-hour Champagne package.
Bookings for Mother’s Day dining are essential and can be made on (09) 300 2924 or email tlakl.mothersday@langhamhotels.com.

In Chuan Spa

Why not pamper your mum with a luxurious “Revitalise Me” spa treatment package? With this special package, she’ll enjoy a lovely Body Massage (45 minutes), a gorgeous Thalgo Booster Facial (15 minutes), and a take home Chuan gift for just $185 (usually $230). Valid from now until June 30, 2016, Monday to Fridays, 9am-6pm. For reservations: call (09) 300 2960, email tlakl.info@chuanspa.com or visit www.chuanspa.co.nz.

 

Gift Cards

Searching for an original gift idea to provide the perfect treat for Mum this Mother’s Day? A gorgeous Gift Card from The Langham Auckland is sure to delight. Treat Mum to a luxury night’s sleep in a Blissful Bed, a delicious dining experience at Eight restaurant, The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood in Palm Court or a pampering spa retreat at Chuan Spa. Beautifully presented, a Gift Card from The Langham Auckland is the perfect way to thank Mum too.

To purchase a Langham Auckland Gift Card, telephone (09) 300 2924 or order your Gift Cards online at www.langhamhotels.com/auckland.

Mother’s Day at Pascoes

Mother’s Day at Pascoes

Whether you’re shopping for your mum, grandma or mother-in-law, Pascoes has everything you need to attest your unconditional love this Mother’s Day.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a moment and their hearts for a lifetime. Treat your role model to a fashion-forward diamond ring or a meaningful heart pendant to show her how much you care.

With gold, silver and rose-gold tone options available, there’s something for every special mother.

Surprise your most precious mum with a stylish gift to last a lifetime – from Pascoes the Jewellers.

Mother's Day at Pascoes
From left to right (top to bottom): 9ct RG Diamond Ring TDW=.20ct $799, 9ct Heart Ring $189, 9ct WG Diamond Ring TDW=.15ct $799, Sterling Silver CZ Heart Ring $59, 9ct RG Diamond Pendant $149, 9ct #1 Mum Heart Pendant $119, Sterling Silver CZ Heart Pendant $59, Sterling Silver Mum Heart Locket $75.

Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, Dubai

Fort Island, DubaiMadinat Jumeirah opens new Fort Island

Set on a private beach in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia, including nightlife destination Pacha Ibiza Dubai.

Madinat Jumeirah offers the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates. The new expansion was completed in October 2015. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals for up to 1,400 people. In the past six months the space was converted to host several international events including Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the World Economic Forum, the Museum of the Future and Art Dubai.

Fort Island is connected to the resort by four bridges and guests can also access the venue by the traditional wooden abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Its privileged location, steps away from the bustling Souk Madinat, the 600-seater outdoor amphitheatre, Madinat Theatre and the nearest hotel, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam makes Fort Island a one-of-a-kind venue for spectacular events.

Fort Island was built in 2003 and has since been a unique stage for a significant number of conferences, events and a range of high profile occasions. The new Fort Island offers over 1,750sqm of events space, an overflow terrace area and four new bridges. In addition, it includes a new and enlarged fort building comprising a roof terrace, pantry, reception counter, prayer rooms, ablution facilities, and restrooms. The space can be arranged to cater for either 1,100 people banquet style, 1,400 people for cocktail/events, or alternatively can accommodate a large marquee of 35m x 30m.

www.jumeirah.com

 

Secrets turns 16

Secrets turns 16

Secrets turns 1616 years ago beautiful designer diamond jewellery with stones larger than 1 carat were simply out of reach for more than 90% of women. Being motivated to change this and to be able to offer women an alternative, Secrets Co-Founder and Managing Director, Jane Meredith researched the new technology in Diamond Simulants that was emerging in the late nineties.

‘We were amazed at what we discovered; a stone that looked like a diamond, sparkled like a diamond and had brilliance that would last a lifetime.’ Ms Meredith shared.

Since the creation of Secrets in Noosa in the year 2000 Secrets has grown to become a respected fine and fashion jewellery retail brand around the world. Delivering quality and care to its stores located throughout Australia and online, Secrets has celebrated life’s memorable moments with customers over the years.

Secrets turns 16Ms Meredith shared some highlights and challenging moments managing the business over the years.

‘We started out with a small shop in Bay Village Noosa Heads. I was really unsure how women would react to the concept of state of the art diamond simulants set in high quality fine jewellery designs, because they are manmade stones. Surprisingly over 40% of our market is actually engagement rings.’

Many women were quick to share their discovery of Secrets and the brand grew as a franchised own network in the early days. After the effects of the GFC in 2008 Secrets changed its business strategy to a company owned network and now has a new vision for the future and are preparing for 100 stores by 2025.

Recently Secrets has shared a number of achievements and opportunities from being a finalist in the 2015 Prix De Marie Claire Awards to celebrating collaboration with the official VIP Tour Packages for an evening with Oprah tour in Australia late last year.

To celebrate Secrets Sweet 16th Birthday Secrets participating stores and online will be offering a special offer each day from the first of April to thank their customers for 16 years of loyalty. Ms Meredith invites everyone to visit Secrets Noosa store for a morning tea on Friday April 15, 2016 to celebrate Secrets birthplace.

 

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and Then

It has been years since the first weddings were established in the biggest gambling centre of Nevada. Las Vegas became a wedding mecca for many couples seeking non-traditional ways of organising the ceremony.

What’s the tendency now? New Zealanders, being rather eccentric and enthusiastic in terms of any entertainment, often seek out wedding spots like Nevada casinos, despite the threat of ending up in regret and swift divorce, afterwards.

Las Vegas began to recover after the 2009 crisis as a popular tourist destination. In 2010, the number of tourists in the city increased by 2.7%. That’s up to 37.3 million.

Despite the fact that the popularity of Las Vegas increased amongst tourists, and despite the popularity of budget weddings in the state which enticed millions of adventuresome couples, the number of marriages in the city decreased by 7.2%, according to USA Today.

Casino Wedding Tendencies in Nevada: Now and ThenIn 2010, some 92,000 weddings were carried out in the city’s chapels, the lowest number since 1993. The most productive year for weddings was 2004, when more than 128,000 wedding ceremonies took place.

Nowadays, a wedding ceremony in Las Vegas is once again a popular consideration from couples all over the world, primarily due to a fairly simple procedure of marriage registration, but also due to the unlimited entertainment opportunities the city offers. It truly is is one of the most amazing cities of the United States.

Some couples find their homegrown nightlife quite boring : disco with DJs, concert halls, theatre, ballet, jazz and many other hot spots that, while well organised, seem too traditional. That’s why a lot of young and more risque couples prefer the immense variety of the Las Vegas casinos, night clubs, cabarets, concerts and live performances.

If you’re planning a Nevada wedding in a casino, and fancy a little online practice, head to Online Casino Guide.

It will either whet your appetite or put you off Las Vegas for life!