Upping the Gift Game

Incred styling and photography by Bonny Beattie

The Great New Zealand Wrapping Paper Book is baaaaack, and this fourth edition is all about Celebrations.

There’s 10 different wraps for 10 different occasions – whether you need a gift for a child, a new baby, or a friend, for Christmas or for a birthday, or just to say Thanks or to say I Love You, this edition has you wrapped on all sides and secured with sellotape. Or, covered.

The Celebration Edition has been created in collaboration with these NZ designers and illustrators: (follow the links for some new creative finds) Hannah Hutchinson; Glenn Jones; Aleisha Findlay; Hamish Thompson; Becky LazarevicStudio Bon; Hydrangea Ranger; OsloFleur Woods; Studio Soph;

Available here and where lovely things are sold.


Material Worlds

Layering your home with texture and warmth
– Styling by Alice Lines and Sam van Kan; Photography by Simon Wilson

What a bathroom! Photography Duncan Innes


I’m only sticking the tip in today with peeks at two of the many home tours and styled features from the new issue of Homestyle magazine, out on shelves now.

This August/September issue – Material Worlds – outdoes itself yet again, with practical tips on styling your space with simplicity and ease, visits to a NZ artist’s studio and a beautiful new lifestyle store, the usual hella-good picks of the latest things to love in food, lifestyle and interiors, and – what we came for – loads of exceptional home tours (including this amazing home pictured above, and the impressive yet humble home of Mahsa Willis, founder of one of my favourite fashion labels Mahsa).

Always such a good buy. Good bye!


Scene Stealers – Homestyle June/July Edition

Styling Juliette Wanty, Photography Melanie Jenkins for Fisher & Paykel and Homestyle

Styling by Juliette Wanty, Photography Wendy Fenwick for Resene and Homestyle

The covergirl for this issue – the Ponsonby home of Jess & Cam Hodgson

Photography by Simon Wilson

The home of Tessuti founder, Ali McIntosh. Photography by Michelle Weir

Another incredibly beautiful issue of Homestyle magazine is out on shelves this week! If you haven’t subscribed already, can I please recommend? Five Stars, would subscribe again. It’s a stylish little parcel of joy that arrives every 8 weeks, and you save loads on the normal cover price. I mean, you’re a grown woman/man and you can do whatever you want, but if you needed to justify it, there it is. You’re actually saving money.

Anyway – in this issue, there’s several tours of inspiring New Zealand homes (and a couple of great international homes too), studio sessions with NZ makers and artists, and Homestyle’s always-enviable styled features. Go get yo copy.


200 Women

Introducing you today to what’s both a landmark book, and the realisation of an epic global journey by two New Zealand creatives to meet with 200 women across  the world – rich and poor, black and white, educated and uneducated, famous and unknown and ask each woman five fundamental questions. What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with?

Their answers, alongside honest portraits by photographer Kieran E. Scott, form this almost-400 page hardcover book. I’ve been reading my copy of 200 Women slowly, dipping into one interview at a time, and the women’s answers take you through the whole gamut of the human condition. It’s an at-times painful, but ultimately massively powerful – inspiring, empowering, and real.

Along with iconic internationals such as Jane Goodall, conservation and animal welfare activist and Graca Michel, widow of Nelson Mandela and an impressive political and social activist, there are a number of New Zealand women featured in the book too – golfer and Olympian Lydia Ko, musician Kimbra, designer and fashion empire founder Karen Walker, noted NZ feminist Marilyn Waring, co-owner of beloved NZ eatery Coco’s Cantina Damaris Coulter, politician and change-maker Marama Fox, and more.

Images copyright © 2017 Kieran E. Scott 


Behind the book are New Zealanders Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday. Geoff and Ruth are the founders of Blackwell & Ruth, award-winning creators of international book projects for publishers in 40 countries. The duo’s books are founded on subjects that matter personally to them and books that they hope, in their own words “will add to the volume of good in the world.” Their bestselling series of cookbooks, as just one project of note, has already raised over $1 million for organisations devoted to providing meals for people in need. Give these people TV news coverage, not Don Brash.

A percentage of revenue from book sales goes to organisations nominated by the women in the book.

Buy a copy of 200 Women here   /  Visit the dedicated 200 Women website

200 Women by Ruth Hobday, Geoff Blackwell, and Kieran Scott,
Distributed by Upstart Press, $75 RRP 

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