Feel the love

Feel the love

Feel the love

Feeling the love but not sure how to express it?

This Valentine’s Day head along to Farmers for all your inspirational gift ideas – we promise they’ll sweep your loved one off their feet

From gorgeous designer Calvin Klein bags, beautiful perfumes, wallets and lingerie sets for her, to classic shirts, wallets, belts and cologne for him there’s something for each and every cherished partner out there.

Express your love only with Farmers.

Feel the love
For her: From left to right (top to bottom): Calvin Klein OMC Saffiano Mini Satchel $389.00, Honey Vegas Intimates Marissa Soft-Cup Bra $29.99, Boston & Bailey Mary Lazer Shopper $79.99, Zadig & Voltaire This is Her Make Love 50ml EDP & 10ml Set $126 (available in-store only for a limited time), Honey Vegas Intimates Marissa Bikini Brief $16.99, Boston & Bailey Diamante Panel Clutch $34.99, Carte Clutch Wallet $59.99, Honey Vegas Intimates Mathilde Chemise $44.99.
Feel the love
For him:
From left to right (top to bottom): Zadig & Voltaire This is Him Make Love 50ml EDT & 10ml Set $89.00 (available in-store only for a limited time), Tarnish Formal Navy Three-Spot Print Long-Sleeve Shirt $69.99, Logan Persea Leather Belt $59.99, Mazzoni Leather Coin Wallet $39.99, Georgio Armani Code Profumo 60ml EDP $131.00 (available in-store only).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legends of St Valentine

The Legends of St Valentine

The Legends of St ValentineValentine’s Day is a festival that cherishes love and romance. The festival falls on February 14 every year and is celebrated in several countries across the world including US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, China and India. Though the festival commemorates the martyrdom of a Christian saint called St Valentine, the festival as it is celebrated today has little religious significance. In present times, Valentine’s Day has assumed a secular and global flavor and is celebrated by people of all ages and races.

There are various popular and interesting legends surrounding St Valentine’s Day. Some trace the origin of Valentine’s Day to pagan times while others link it one or more Saints of the early Christian Church. Yet another point of view on the origin links it to the beginning of birds mating season. Popularity of the festival is perhaps due to the combined effect of all these legends.

Feast of Lupercalia

Several historians trace the origin of Valentine’s Day to pagan times in ancient Roman Empire. In those times, people organized a holiday on February 14 to honor Juno – the mythological Queen of Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also regarded Juno as the Goddess of Women and Marriage. From the following day – February 15 started the Fertility Festival called the Feast of Lupercalia. Some writers link Valentine’s Day with Feast of Lupercalia because of similar date and connection with fertility.

Legends of Saint Valentine

Early Christian Church indicates the presence of at least two saints names Valentine. Some scholars however, says that there were as many as seven saints credited with the name of Saint Valentine or Valentinus all of whom lived in the Third Century and apparently died on the same day. Given here are some of the most popular of all legends of Saint Valentine:

Saint Valentine of Rome – I
According to one very popular legend, Valentine was a priest in Rome who lived during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Under his regime, Claudius is said to have engaged Rome into several bloody battles. To strengthen his army, the Emperor continuously needed to recruit soldiers. However, Claudius found that not many soldiers were keen to join the army because of attachment with their wives and families. In order to sever the bond of attachment, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine – a romantic at heart priest, defied this callous decree of Claudius by secretly arranging marriages of young men and women. When Valentine’s defiance was discovered by the Emperor, he was brutally beaten up and put to death on February 14, about 270 AD.

For his martyrdom and dedication for the cause Valentine was name a Saint after his death. By Middle Ages, Saint Valentine became popular as the patron saint of love and lovers in England and France to the extent that Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as Valentine’s Day on 498 AD and put an end to pagan celebrations. Thus, Saint Valentine’s martyrdom day became an occasion to celebrate love.

Saint Valentine of Rome – II

Another famous legend on Saint Valentine states Valentine was an early Christian in Rome who was very popular amongst children. But during the time when Valentine lived, Roman regime was not in favour of Christianity and it even persecuted Christians to make Rome free of the followers of Christianity. In spite of this strict law, Valentine continued to practice his faith and refused to worship Roman Gods. This enraged Emperor Claudius II and he put Valentine into prison.

Valentine is said to have spent a year in rigorous imprisonment during which he was missed a lot by children. They began to toss loving notes and flowers between the bars of his cell window. To an extent, this legend may explain the tradition of exchanging notes and flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Some scholars believe that during his stay in prison Valentine made friends with jailer’s blind daughter who at times brought to him notes and flowers from children. Whenever, possible Valentine also replied to the notes. Days before his execution, Valentine prayed for the jailer’s daughter and she regained her sight. Before his death, Valentine is also said to have written a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter and signed it “From Your Valentine”. This expression is popular even till date.

Some scholars believe that Valentine was killed because he tried to help Christians escape from the Roman prison as they were being tortured and beaten. Yet another set of scholars say Emperor Claudius II was impressed by Valentine’s kindness and good behavior. He even stated that Valentine could be freed if he agreed to worship Roman Gods. Valentine not just refused he even tried to convert Emperor to Christianity. This made Claudius very angry and he ordered his execution. Valentine was beheaded on February 14.

Birds Mating Time

During the Middle Ages, people in England and France held a popular belief that birds started to look for a mate from February 14. This popular notion further strengthened the idea that Valentine’s Day festival that falls in the middle of February should be celebrated as the day of love and romance. The concept soon gained ground amongst the lovers and they began to celebrate the day by exchanging love notes and simple gifts like flower.

With thanks to: http://www.stvalentinesday.org

 

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!

 

Murad Gift Sets – For you or as a gift

Get Christmas ready with the NEW range of Murad Gift Sets – making gift buying easy or prepping your own skin for the festivities ahead. There are five limited edition Murad Gift Sets  featuring their  top-selling, most luxurious skincare solutions. These sets include: Merry & Polished, Party Perfect, Merry & Beautiful, Merry & Renewed and Merry & Glowing.

For more information visit Murad.co.nz

Murray Gift
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 www.snowplanet.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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; www.instaxshop.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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.
Christmas Gifts
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. www.akarua.com
Christmas Gifts
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 www.tivoli.co.nz 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.
Christmas Gifts Christmas Gifts
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
For further information, please visit; www.dermalogica.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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 www.mellowcosmetics.com
Christmas Gifts
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)
For further information, please visit; www.dermalogica.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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.
Christmas Gifts
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; www.sunbeam.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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; www.sunbeam.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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 www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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!
Shop online now at www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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 www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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.
Visit www.esalare.co.nz
Christmas Gifts
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 www.tvsn.co.nz
Christmas Gifts

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester Black

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester Black

Congrats to Anna Ross of Kester BlackOur heartiest congratulations go out to Anna Ross, founder of Kester Black who was recently named as the  2016 Telstra Australian Young Business Woman of the Year!

Upon accepting the award, Anna commented: “I have made aligning my own values with my business goals central to my approach, and am proud to demonstrate through this award that it has enhanced rather than hindered my success in business. I ask you to imagine what the world might look like if everyone incorporated their personal values into their work and leadership.”

Kester Black, a leading manicure and skincare brand built on beautiful design and uncompromising ethical values, offers consumers sustainable, Australian-made and vegan beauty products that a free from animal cruelty.

“From very humble roots, starting with $50 from my wages, Kester Black now produces more than 60 products, supplying in excess of 300 stockists globally, showing that purpose- and values-led business and commercial success are not mutually exclusive.”

An important aspect of her business is consumer inclusivity and bringing products to consumers who might otherwise be marginalised by the beauty industry, such as vegans and Muslim women.

 

Coming off The Pill?

Coming off The Pill?

Are you thinking about coming off The Pill? So many women do soon after their wedding and honeymoon is behind them. It’s the next step!

Realistically, you may have been on The Pill since you were a young teenager. Therefore you may not remember, or even be aware of just how your body actually works ‘down there’!

Usually, women will go back on The Pill if they don’t know what to expect during this time. They’ll convince themselves that they were ‘better off’ for taking it i.e. if things don’t go according to plan maybe they are experiencing acne, hair loss, anxiety, or their period doesn’t come back quickly).

In this blog-post, registered Naturopath, medical herbalist and holistic nutritionist, Lisa Fitzgibbon, helps to explain what you can expect to occur when you come off The Pill.

http://lisasaid.so/how-to-come-off-the-pill

 

Congratulations, Anna!

Congratulations, Anna!Anna Ross, owner and director of Kester Black, has been named the winner of the 2016 Young Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award at a lavish dinner at Peninsula Docklands in Melbourne.

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards are Australia’s longest running and most esteemed women’s awards program in Australia. They recognise and reward the courage, leadership and creativity of brilliant business women.

Joe Pollard, who hosted the event, said that the Victorian winners are exceptional business women. “The winners of the 2016 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Awards are brilliant, passionate and courageous women who are thriving in their chosen fields. Not only do they have the courage to challenge the status quo but they also demonstrate exceptional business acumen and strong leadership skills,” Ms. Pollard said.

In 2012, Anna Ross founded Kester Black, a leading manicure and skincare brand built on beautiful design and uncompromising ethical values. Kester Black products are the first in the world to obtain such a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation.

Anna is set to be a finalist for the National Awards, which will be held at a glittering Gala Dinner on the night of Wednesday 16 November 2016.

“In business, my beliefs manifest in a drive for innovation and establishing sustainable, ethical options for the consumer.” – Anna Ross

Congratulations from us all at My Wedding magazine, Anna!

 

Experience the ‘Joi of Giving’ this Christmas

Experience the ‘Joi of Giving’ this Christmas

More Christmas shopping inspiration … and one that works towards a fabulous cause!

This Christmas, JOICO will once again be lending a helping hand to the Starship Foundation with the release of JOICO’s Christmas holiday gift sets. For every specially marked JOICO K–Pak & Colour Therapy holiday gift set sold, $1 will be donated to the Starship Foundation.

JOICO have been working with the Starship Foundation since 2014, supporting the national children’s hospital.

“We are very grateful to JOICO and their customers who will help raise important funds for Starship, our national children’s hospital,” Chief Executive of the Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, says.

“The 2016 JOICO holiday gift set campaign will help with the refurbishment of the Starship Hospital’s Level 5 General Paediatrics ward, and will benefit our young patients and their families for years to come.”

Hair pamper lovers can help the Starship Hospital by purchasing one of five JOICO holiday gift sets:

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Classic Set
Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Traveller Set

1. The Classic Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner

2. The Traveller Set:
K-Pak Shampoo, Conditioner, Intense Hydrator, Flip Turn, Heat Set and clutch

3. The Beach Lover Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner, Intense Hydrator, Restorative Styling Oil

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
The Beach Lover Set

4. The Miracle Treatment Set:
K-Pak Colour Therapy Shampoo, Conditioner, Luster Lock

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
Miracle Treatment Set

5. The Revitalisation Set:
K-Pak Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

Experience the 'Joi of Giving' this Christmas
Revitalisation Set

JOICO holiday sets are available exclusively in salons nationwide, with gift sets starting from RRP $46.

 

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.

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!