The Unmistakable Effect

Young New Zealander designer Sian Richardson was travelling around Canada for a summer, wondering what was next for her in life and work, when the idea for The Unmistakable Effect came to her. A magazine to, in her words, get people stoked on winning at their own game. As Sian says: “We spend way too much time thinking about what other people think of us, or living life a certain way because we think we should, or just because that’s how it’s always been done… when in reality we can – and should – do whatever the hell we want.” GURRRRRRRRL. Yes.

She launched into creating a magazine based on this philosophy, and in just over a year has put out fourteen digital issues of The Unmistakable Effect. Amazing how productive you can be when you lean in to your passion. Each issue runs to a theme – I’ll give you a couple examples: Issue 01, No Apologies, is about doing things on your terms and being ‘selfish’. Issue 07, Inspiration vs Imitation, talks to creatives about their own experiences with people ripping off their work, and how they approach inspiration. Every issue includes interviews with inspiring, trailblazing women from every sphere (not just the creative world), resource round-ups that relate to the theme, a regular column where Steph Jagger jams on people’s big life questions, and more.


The interviews in The Unmistakable Effect are with women from every sphere – Rachel Ricketts is a writer and grief coach with an online platform that supports people through loss

New Zealand amputee model and fitspo, Jess Quinn

Issue 12 brings together the entire founding vision of the magazine – Winning at Your Own Game
– for a special print edition. Sian enjoyed the process so much that The Unmistakable Effect will be a quarterly print magazine going forward.

The digital version of The Unmistakable Effect. All 14 past issues are available to buy here.

For Issue 12, Sian created a special print edition of the mag. She loved the process and result so much that The Unmistakable Effect will be, from now on, a quarterly print magazine (with a digital version still available each issue for you thumb-swipey types).

If you’re after some inspirational summer reading, all 14 digital back issues of The Unmistakable Effect are available to purchase (individually or bundle those babes) here.


The Unmistakable Effect website  /  Sian Richo Instagram


The Alchemy of Giving

I got a lovely surprise this week when one of the beautiful Sans [ceuticals] Alchemy of Giving kits arrived at my house… but I would’ve shared them with you even if I hadn’t, because I love everything about this local-gone-global brand: its incredible soft-minimalist packaging; its realistic, woman-celebrating, self-nourishing representation of beauty; its founder (inspiring New Zealand beauty industry pioneer and businesswoman Lucy Marr); and most importantly its results-focused formulations, each one developed in collaboration with NZ’s best scientists to be superbly effective and multi-functional, while still being sans (it’s French for without) harmful, non-sustainable ingredients.

Lucy has created five special Alchemy of Giving kits (in the most delicious colour palette – russet and blush pink) with the concept that you can offer more than presents, but presence with a loved one. Each one is accompanied by a step by step ritual that invites you to give them (or yourself!) the gift of your time and touch – a head massage, reflexology or hair treatment.

I also wanted to mention Sans’ new 48-hr Reset Kit too… because the best gift you can give all year is a little time-out for yourself to reset and restore. This kit gives you all the tools for two days of gentle, joyous self-care and rejuvenation, including a range of Sans products, a guide to specific daily rituals and pamper rituals, beautiful recipes to make during your 48 hour reset, and a list of inspirational documentaries, podcasts, books, films, and Sans music playlists.

You can buy someone you love (that includes you, you’re amazing) a Sans Kit here.


Nox Bridge


Back in 2014, three Auckland friends (Stephanie Coote, Luke Hawkins-Belliss and Nelson Dilimi) set out to put New Zealand on the map for watch design. Those beautiful timepieces up there (and others from their launch range) are the result of three years of design and development.

This week, Steph, Luke and Nelson launched NOX-BRIDGE watches on Kickstarter.

Thanks to my father, his father, and his father’s father all being watchmakers, I know that a lynchpin part of a watch’s quality and longevity is its movement. I also know that watchmaking is an art, and that Japan produces some of the best watchmakers in the world. Nox Bridge respect the precision workings of a watch as much as the outward aesthetics, and have sourced a newly-released Japanese VH Sweep-Second movement for their watches. (Horologists, you might like to see more detail on the specs here. Also, I just wanted an excuse to say ‘Horologists’. Great word.)

Another big focus for NOX-BRIDGE has been sourcing beautiful quality and water resistant vegan leather straps. They’ve also spent many months perfecting the technology to make the straps waterproof, so water and sweat won’t soak in like it does in traditional leathers.

As always, design is in the details, so they’ve included things like intricate crown and ring engraving, a custom-made NOX arm (the second hand), small dials for day, date and 24-hr Greenwich Mean Time, quick-release straps (so you can buy different coloured straps and easily change up your #ootd), and dial hands that glow softly in the dark.

They’ve launched with two sizes, five different colourways, and a choice of gold, silver or rose gold cases. If you support the Kickstarter and pre-order a watch, you save something like $160 off the normal price.

Designed in New Zealand, made with premium quality workmanship in Japan… super nice Christmas gift for someone whose wrists you love. (By the way, they say that a lifetime-quality watch is the Male Engagement Ring… and we’re in engagement season… *winkyface*)

NOX-BRIDGE website / Support the Kickstarter (pre-order a watch) here / NOX-BRIDGE Instagram



Caffeine Chemistry


This Brutalist babe is the newest cafe from NZ coffee roasters eighthirty.
(If you haven’t seen it yet – their High St cafe is one of our most popular blog features – see that here).

Located in the iconic 1920’s Tasman Building (Anzac Ave, Auckland), the space is actually eighthirty’s wholesale production facility. They just happen to also be open cafe hours, so you and I can grab a brew and a bite. It’s been designed with the same meticulous attention to craft and care that eighthirty take with their coffee, and is a collaboration between architect Dominic Glamuzina and eighthirty founder Glenn Bell, who set out to create a modern coffee laboratory.

The state-of-the-art tech here includes a stainless steel Loring roaster (there’s only one other in New Zealand) that lets eighthirty triple their output, with impeccable consistency of roast. There’s also precision coffee scales, a reverse osmosis water filter which guarantees the proper water mineral content for your coffee, and New Zealand’s very first Modbar pour-over system – an intelligent tap that pours water at the perfect temp and perfect speed for Chemex and V60 brews. Cool Science.

Details you would have spotted but that I still want to mention: white La Marzoccos with matching matte white milk jugs (I want this at home!), that hulking faceted concrete counter, black timber stools designed by Ben Glass, and steel wire furniture custom built by eighthirty engineer and co-owner Tim Solomon.

Don’t ask for a trim bowl latte here. (Not that you would.)



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