Linden Leaves In Bloom

Linden Leaves In Bloom

This Christmas Linden Leaves is proud to launch one of their prettiest collections yet. In Bloom encapsulates fun, femininity and frivolity at its very best. It’s a breath of sweet air, a posy of fresh spring flowers and offers the most exquisite gift ideas for mums, daughters, sisters and grandmothers alike. The In Bloom range comes in two stunningly lovely fragrances:

Linden LeavesPink Petal – A modern floral fragrance with top notes of pink petals and grapefruit layered over fresh florals, with ylang ylang, clove bud and base notes of white musk and moss.

Green Verbena – A modern green fragrance featuring crisp notes of verbena and bergamot with citrus highlights, layered over herbal middle notes with a touch of freesia and a clean woody cedar base.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Christmas Cracker

A fun Christmas gift for all containing a deliciously scented hand cream enhanced with butter to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin, and a lip balm enriched with manuka honey and sweet almond oil to soothe, nourish and repair dry, damaged lips.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Fragranced Candle

Individually hand poured in New Zealand using clean, environmentally friendly, natural soy wax and multilayered fine fragrance exclusive to Linden Leaves.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Fragrance Diffuser

A stylish and long-lasting way to fragrance your home, Linden Leaves fragrance diffusers contain unique fragrant oil blends to offer a sense of ambience and delight to your home or office.

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Bath Bomb

Contains four fragrant bath bombs enriched with skin-softening sweet almond oil. Pop one into a running bath and swirl to dissolve. Hop in, lie back and relax!

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Linden Leaves In Bloom Nourishing Hand Cream

Intensely nourishing, fast absorbing hand therapy.

About Linden Leaves:

For 20 years, Linden Leaves have focused on utilising the best quality, natural ingredients contained in beautiful,

recyclable packaging, made without animal testing, and in accordance with their sustainability policy, and a sense of

guardianship of the pure New Zealand environment.

• Linden Leaves has been handmade in Christchurch for 20 years

• No nasty chemicals in products, 100% cruelty free never tested on animals

• The Linden Leaves skincare range is 100% certified natural by NATRUE regulatory body

• The new Gold Range is a perfect example of how what we put onto our bodies is an important as we put into our

bodies, containing key ingredients – Chia Seed Oil, Amaranth and Red Rice

• Linden Leaves like to encourage women to take moments for ourselves to help us remain present and centered. To

relax and unwind and take good self-care of our mind and our bodies and to incite moments of bliss,

self-pampering and peace in our daily lives.


Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

Yes, I know … it’s early; but being so busy, I do like to be organised. I start my Christmas shopping well ahead of time, ensuring I (a) don’t run out of money, (b) that I don’t forget anyone and (c) that I find great gifts that I’ve given plenty of thought to.

Here’s a handy list of goodies to help you find gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, especially for those who are notoriously hard to buy for. Check back often … no doubt we’ll update it as we discover more!


Get Excited for Santa
Let Santa know if you’ve been naughty or nice this year when you visit him at Snowplanet!
Auckland’s only real white Christmas experience is back for another season. Santa’s magic castle in the snow is the perfect location for your annual festive family photos, then have family fun tubing down the slopes after your pictures. Santa at Snowplanet sessions start 19 November and run right up to Christmas eve.
For more information visit
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Never Miss A Moment
Capture every moment with instax! Unfussed by a myriad of bells and whistles and a mammoth instruction manual, instax is all about simplicity. Press the button and take a picture. Beautiful, real, physical photos, full of perfect imperfections, where you never know what you’re going to get until the image develops.
Take a break from loading on to social media and actually give a photo to someone. We guarantee you’ll get a very different, more satisfying, kind of ‘like’.
FUJI instax cameras are available at leading retailers nationwide. For full stockist information, please visit;
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Don’t Let Leftovers Go To Waste
If ever there was a need for a foodsaver it is the festive season! Hands down the easiest way to make the most of
what you have, by both prepping in advance and prolonging the life of leftovers.
Food Saver saves more than just food. Keep essentials clean and dry for your summer camping trip. Matches, first aid kits,  … you name it!
Sunbeam FoodSaver Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Norman.
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Pop the Cork on Something Special
Celebrations and sparkling wine go hand in hand. Akarua know
how to add the shine to any occasion. With three outstanding
Methode Traditionelle wines in their stable; Akarua Brut, Vintage
Brut and Rose Brut. Multi award winning Central Otago Akarua
winery has every special event covered. Akarua Methode
Traditionelle captivates judges the world over, but it’s how you
impress your friends and family that matters most.
Available at leading restaurants, supermarkets, Glengarry and
other fine wine retailers nationwide.
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The Ultimate Audio
ART by Tivoli Audio presents a new way of looking at wireless speakers for the home. The first offerings from their new release collection consist of two Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled speakers, ORB and CUBE.
These speakers offer an effortless mix of style and sound, enhancing home décor with cable free high quality music streaming. With their easy- to-use controls and full feature app, the ORB and CUBE allow you to stream music from your favourite services, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal via any iOS or Android device. The ART speakers can perform in mono, stereo, or be used as a multi-room system, and with their optional rechargeable battery, moving speakers throughout the home, boat or bach has never been easier.
Available in dark grey, oak and light grey. ART will be available from Tivoli Audio stockists throughout New Zealand and online at from November 1st.
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Super Skin
Sukin knows skincare. Give the gift of a glowing complexion with Sukin’s limited edition Christmas gift packs. Buff and shine or detoxify and nourish with these two beautifully presented gift sets.
Sukin products are available at Farmers, pharmacies, and health stores nationwide.
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Shave Kit
Delivering a great shave and healthy skin with an exclusive three-step regimen that takes into account beard type, hair growth pattern and skin condition. Even Santa will want to go clean shaven with this value packed Dermalogica skincare kit.
Contains: • Daily Clean Scrub • Pre-Shave Guard • Soothing Shave Cream • Post Shave Balm
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Pucker Up for Santa
Make a statement this holiday season. Let your pout make a bold impression with the Liquid Lip Paint range from Kiwi brand Mellow Cosmetics.
From dusky nudes to rich burgundies, there’s a shade for every mood and celebration, every colour as expressive as you are. Long lasting with a velvety soft finish that never dries hard.
Mellow Cosmetics are available online through
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Skin fit for Summer
Get all-over skin health benefits with the Dermalogica Body Therapy kit, containing cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating aromatherapeutic favorites for smoother, softer skin.
Contains: • Conditioning Body Wash (botanical soap-free cleanser) • Exfoliating Body Scrub (creamy skin polisher) • Body Hydrating Cream (conditioning body smoother) • Climate Control Lip Treatment (soothing lip shield) • Hydro-Active Mineral Salts sample (sea-salt polisher/bath soak)
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Mix Something Fancy
Cointreau Noir is the ultimate blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and Remy Martin Fine Champagne cognac. It is a deliciously smooth drink with soft vanilla and nut notes, a golden amber colour and a clean long finish.
The perfect way to try Cointreau Noir is simply poured over ice, or create your own luxury masterpiece by mixing with lime and soda.
Cointreau is available where all quality liquor is sold.
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Perfect Coffee
First we drink the coffee, then we do the things. The Café Series Espresso Machine plus Multi-Capsule™ Handle delivers the best in home coffee options. Busy mornings racing out the door are pod mornings, and lazy Sunday’s are made for fresh ground espresso. Whatever the landscape of your morning, Sunbeam has the solution in one sleek machine.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
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Ice Cream Magic
Treats for everyone! Get the lick on the finest homemade frozen treats with the no mess Sunbeam Snack Heroes Ice Cream Maker. Create Gelato, Ice Cream, and Sorbet at home. Impress your guests with limitless flavor options. Your limit is your imagination.
Available now from all leading appliance stores, including Farmers, JB HiFi, Smiths City, Heathcotes, 100% Your Electric Store, and Harvey Normans. For further information please visit;
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Avoid the Crowds
Get all your Christmas shopping done without fighting for a carpark. With everything from jewellery to fashion, electronics to homeware, there really is something for everyone in your whole family, but beware, TVSN shopping is so much fun, it’s oh-so-easy to grab a little something extra for yourself.Christmas colour that lasts a lifetime!
The special woman in your life will love the stylish simplicity of this 3ct Brazilian Rosanite Garnet & Diamond Ring showcases a striking cushion cut Brazilian Rosanite Garnet centre stone with ten round cut diamond accents on a 9ct yellow gold band.
Shop online now at
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Year Round Must Have
Silk Island kaftans are created with love for women to experience pure luxurious comfort. Slip into an enchanting kaftan to feel instantly glamorous thanks to the high quality range of silk materials. Feel and look beautiful in the fabulous Silk Islands range of prints and diamante embellished pieces, whether you are on the beach, by a resort pool side, going on a fabulous cruise or to a summer wedding!
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Sparkle & Shine
Diamonesque offers you stunning jewellery at a price you can afford. Using the finest quality simulated diamonds, these earrings will add sparkle to everyday wear, or transform evening attire into a Cinderella story (but this time you get to keep them after midnight!)
Shop online now at
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Sweet Dreams
For the ultimate in luxury sleep and loungewear from around the world Esalare is the name. Exhale is the meaning.
The Esalare ranges feature quality natural fibres, particularly silk, cotton, cashmere, linen and merino.
Enjoy the most luxurious sleep of your life with the highest quality sleepwear. You’ll be the best dressed in early morning Christmas pictures as you delight in family opening their gifts.
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Satisfy His Inner Child
Ford, Holden and Chevrolet lovers will be delighted with these die cast replica models. The range of limited edition 1:18 scale models include opening doors, hood and bonnet, complete with detailed interior, rubber tyres and a steering wheel that really turns! Icons any car enthusiast will adore are available exclusively. This is not a toy for children! Dimensions approx 26.5cm(L) x 8cm(H) x 10.5cm(W)
RRP from $54.95 – $289.00
Search collectible cars at
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Hair: Rock it short!

Hair: Rock it short!

Hair: Rock it short!Hair: Rock it short!


Consider cutting long locks and going short – then join the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign that provides invaluable support to Kiwis living with cancer and dealing with the effects of cancer treatment, while rocking a stylish new look at the same time. Approximately 5,000 ponytails have been donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and, as Barney says, there’s no better reason to go short than this. “I know how much women value their hair and being able to donate yours to help make a real-hair wig is such a generous gift.”

Short styles can work for all occasions and the recent celebrity trends for a pixie crop prove that there’s no better time to let your hairstylist sharpen their scissors!

Barney’s Guide To Short Styles For Every Occasion:

Boardroom: A cute pixie crop with a side part is the perfect grown up look to take you to the top in the boardroom.

Work event: Sweep the front of hair back off face to create a voluminous crown, and use pins to secure hair pulled back at the sides. The elegant look works well with chin-length hair blow-dried to turn in slightly at the ends.

Tip: Use the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Collection to smooth hair and repair damage to prepare hair for this sleek look.

Night out: Up the glam stakes for a night out with a layered shoulder length cut, with waves and subtle side fringe.

Date night: Go smooth and sleek with a glossy cut finishing just below your chin. Complete the look with a blunt fringe sitting just above your eyes for maximum impact.

Tip: Use Pantene Styling Treatment Foam Smooth Straight before blow-drying for a smooth finish.

Music Concert: For extra edge, a bleach blonde undercut is an ultra-cool way to rock a short style.

Beach break: For the ultimate in easy holiday styling, make the most of a low-maintenance jaw-length bob tousled by salt and sun. Opt for an eyebrow-grazing fringe for a playful edge.

Tip: Use Pantene Styling Treatment Mist Soft Curls to keep waves soft and touchable.


Big Day Beauty Tips

Big Day Beauty Tips

Big Day Beauty TipsBig Day Beauty Tips

By Rachel Dawson, Radiance Naturopath


Rachel Dawson, Radiance Naturopath, shares her top ten tips for getting a beautifully flawless complexion, so those wedding photos have you looking like a million bucks!

1. Drink lots of water! – Dehydration leaves your skin looking dull, dry and listless as the body “steals” water from the skin to help maintain other essential body processes. Aim for two litres of water a day.

2. Keep tea, coffee and alcohol to a minimum – Tea and coffee contribute to skin dehydration, while alcohol not only dehydrates the skin but also dilates blood vessels exacerbating redness and issues like rosacea. Save yourself for the champagne at the wedding!

3. Make sure you eat enough protein – The skin is made up of amino acids, which come from dietary protein. To ensure healthy skin renewal make sure you include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds in your pre-wedding eating plan.

4. Eat those good oils – Skin is reliant on a steady supply of essential fatty acids to maintain its lipid layer, essential for keeping moisture in and protecting from the environment. Eat oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados and take a skin specific oil supplement like evening primrose oil.

5. Get stuck into fresh fruit and veges – Research from University of St Andrews shows that people who eat more fruit and vegetables have a ‘golden’ skin tone that looks healthy and attractive. Results were discernible in just a six week period, so start tucking into salads now!

6. Exercise – Exercise has benefits for the mind, body and soul and also benefits skin, as it promotes blood flow to get all those nutrients flowing into the skin.

7. Keep stress in check – Stress definitely shows on your face, so implement stress support techniques and provide nutritional stress support with B vitamins and magnesium.

8. Get your beauty sleep – A sleepless night shows on your face so address stress, adhere to the sleep hygiene rules and maybe try Radiance® Medi-Jubes Sleep, the natural, yummy, and guilt-free way to support a sound sleep.

9. Take Radiance® Ageless Beauty – While beauty starts with a great diet and exercise, Radiance® Ageless Beauty provides NZ marine collagen to support collagen production for that constant battle against fine lines and wrinkles. NZ skin specific antioxidants protect the skin and support hydrated, evenly toned skin, hormonal helpers to help guard against any dreaded wedding day pimples. It also contains all the other nutrients needed for the production of beautiful, supple, wedding ready skin.

10. Take Radiance® Silica Beauty- One of the key nutrients for the production of strong, beautiful hair and nails is the mineral silica. Radiance® Silica Beauty provides silica alongside a full complement of herbs and nutrients to make sure your hair and nails turn heads on the big day.


The Unveiling

The Unveiling


By Alison Brewer


Veils have been used over the centuries for various reasons, even shielding a woman’s identity as she rushed to meet her lover.

Brides once used to wear their hair flowing down their back at their wedding to symbolise their virginity and bridal beauty … oh, how things have evolved … or have they?

In the 19th century, wedding veils came to symbolise not only the woman’s virginity, but also her modesty. After the full conclusion of the wedding ceremony, often the bride’s father would lift the veil, thus giving the bride to the groom who would then kiss his new wife. Sometimes the new groom would lift the face veil in order to kiss his new bride, symbolising his taking of her and his right to enter into conjugal relations with her. In these instances, the lifting of the veil was a ritualistic act.

In the dance of the seven veils, the veil was used for mystery and to hint at sensuality, framing the body and accentuating movements. Did you know that in some parts of West Africa men wear veils, albeit for protection from the heat and sands. In countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh the man’s veil, referred to as a Sehra and typically made of flowers or beads, is worn on his wedding day.

In Roman times brides were thought to have worn an intensely flame-coloured and fulsome veil, called the flammeum, apparently intended to protect her from evil spirits on her wedding day. Just imagine if that was still standard practice with today’s colour coordinating and styling!

Modern brides choose more elaborate hair styles for their big day with the hair itself becoming an accessory, created to be on display. Yet quite often this is hidden for the majority of the wedding day proceedings by the veil.

Brides today have the option of many veil styles, from Angel-cut and birdcage to mantillas and bandeaus. The styles and lengths are endless and can be selected to suit your dress, your personality and any cultural or religious beliefs you may follow.

So, the question remains … to veil or not to veil?


Wedding Cake : Size

Wedding Cake : Size

Wedding Cake : SizeWedding Cake : Size

by Thea Poole

Your wedding cake will be a focal point at your reception, and the cutting of your cake will be the first task you will undertake as a newly married couple. Traditionally, it is the bridesmaids who serve the cake to all the guests, ensuring that everyone can wish the bridal couple good health by eating a piece of the wedding cake.

You may have dreamed of a spectacular showpiece towering high towards the ceiling with many tiers, or perhaps a simple cake that blends into the overall decorations at your venue. Each couple has their own ideas of what is perfect for them.

For many couples, the size of the wedding cake is a balance of what you need and what you want, and somewhere in between will be your budget!

So how do you decide on the size of your designer wedding cake? On a practical front, the size of your cake should match the number of guests attending your reception, plus any additional tier(s) that you want kept for a future event.

The first decision to make is how you plan to serve your wedding cake. Will it be served with coffee, as an addition to other desserts, or as a plated dessert? How does this relate to your wedding cake? Let’s look at an average three-tiered round cake measuring 15cm, 20cm and 25cm.

Depending on how it is cut, the same cake can be served in different ways: 200 finger serves, 150 small coffee serves, 100 standard coffee or small dessert serves, or 50 full size dessert serves.

Your wedding cake specialist will be able to guide you to the most suitable size for your reception. There are many options available when catering for larger weddings, including having kitchen cutting cakes that are iced but not decorated and that are not displayed. This lowers the cost overall.

The grooms at our consultations often think that these serving suggestions are much too small! Do remember that your wedding cake will be served after a full wedding meal, often including several courses, and your guests will likely be very well fed! Unless you are happy to have cake left over, there is no need to over-cater when it comes to your wedding cake.

For small weddings, a single tiered wedding cake placed on a cake stand is just as beautiful.





You will need:

• 50g Desiccated coconut

• 50g Whole almonds

• 50g Toasted pecan nuts

• 50 g Macadamia nuts

• 3 Egg yolks

• 40g Hazelnuts

• 90g Unsalted butter

• 45ml Cream

• 45g Liquid honey

• 100g Brown sugar

• 100g Dark chocolatebuttons


Toast nuts and coconut separately. Cream butter and brown sugar, add eggs one at a time.

Mix in cream and honey. Fold cooled nuts into cream mix. Add chopped chocolate.

Place into blind baked pastry case and cook till set at 170 C

To serve:

Slice into wedges, add a scoop of ice cream, garnish with fresh mint





You will need:

• 600g Hapuka fillet, skinned and boned

• 320g Mashed potato – with 80ml boiled cream and 200g butter added while hot

• 160g Prawn tails – shelled

• 4 Tomatoes

• 1 Clove of garlic – crushed

• A pinch of saffron

• 60ml White wine

• Olive oil


Remove the skin from the tomatoes by placing into boiling water for no more than 8-10 seconds then plunging them into iced water.

Cut the tomato into chunks, about 8 pieces from one tomato. In a pan, pour a little olive oil. When hot, add the garlic and saffron. When starting to colour, add the tomatoes. Cook on high for two minutes.

Add the white wine to add moisture and to wilt the tomatoes. Cook for another two minutes, or until the raw wine taste has gone.

Season to taste. Keep the mash hot. Add the cream and butter and mix in thoroughly. In a hot pan, add a little oil and place the fish into the oil away from you. Do not move the fish at all for at least a minute. This will give the fish a chance to colour up. If the fish is 2cm thick it will take 4-minutes either side to cook.

In the same pan as the fish, add the prawn tails and sauté till cooked. Fold the prawns into the mash and mix over heat.

To serve:

Serve the mash in the centre of the plate. Place the fish on the mash and add the tomato saffron sauce .

Serves 4





For the salsa:

• 1 medium ripe mango – peeled and finely diced

• 1 shallot – peeled and finely chopped

• 1 small red chilli – finely sliced

• 1 tsp coriander leaves – finely chopped

• 1 tsp fish sauce

• 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

• 1 tsp wasabi powder

• Rice paper wrappers

For the rice

• 1 cup uncooked short grain rice

• 1.5 cup water

• 2 tblsp rice vinegar

• 1.5 tsp sugar

• 1 tblsp mirin

• 1 tsp salt


Cook the rice with the water, covered, until the water has been absorbed. Then cook on low for 5 more minutes and turn off. Leave for 5 more minutes.

Combine the vinegar and sugar till dissolved. Mix into the rice and set aside.

Soften the rice paper in a little water and cut into 4 strips per sheet.

Wet your hands and mould 2 tablespoons of rice into a small block. Wrap the sides of the block or disc in the rice paper. Continue with all the rice.

To Make the mango salsa, mix all the ingredients together. Top the rice with mango salsa and serve at room temperature

Makes 12


Style File: F G J

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F is for Flannel

The term flannel most commonly refers to a woolen cloth that is brushed during the later stages of the weaving process to create a “nap” (a raised pile giving a wonderful softness to the touch). The “flannel shirt”, as popularised by lumberjackts and Nirvana, mistakenly refers to shirts made of tartan and plaid fabrics, rather than flannel cloths.

G is for Gingham

Even if you don’t know the name, you know the design. Gingham is a yard-dyed, balanced check available in an almost infinite array of sizes and colours. It was made fashionable in the 60’s by Mods and remains one of the most popular fabric designs for shirts to this day.

J is for Jigger

If you’ve ever worn a double-breasted jacket or a Peacoat then you’ll have used a jigger, even if you never knew what it was called. The jigger is the button on the inside that is fastened before doing up the buttons on the front of the jacket.