1. Glass act
The season of hosting is upon us, and what better way to celebrate that with a new set of glassware? Inspired by the world of dance, Maison Balzac has debuted a new range of homewares called ‘La Danse’ which features a whimsical array of products that are as beautiful as they are functional. From hero pieces such as the Bordeaux Wine Decanter that is adorned with a delicate cluster of glass grapes, to the Margarita glasses that feature their own built-in glass lime wedge, each piece within the range invites you to add a hint of playfulness to your table setting.
Shop La Danse now at maisonbalzac.com
2. The Dress Room
The number is up on our free weekends hibernating indoors, and with the opening of The Dress Room, we’re leaving no RSVP unturned. The designer rental boutique based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s Newmarket shopping precinct has the latest arrivals from local and international designer favourites including Paris Georgia, Harris Tapper, Aje, RUBY, Juliette Hogan, Rat & Boa, and more. Founded by Designer Wardrobe’s Donielle Brooke, The Dress Room provides conscious consumers an alternative way to dress for special occasions while making each season’s most coveted pieces accessible to a wider community. “I love how our rental service empowers our community to express themselves and embrace fashion with playfulness for every event, all while being mindful of the planet,” Brooke says. “They can rent a garment, wear it once, and feel confident knowing that it will continue to be enjoyed and shared by others after them.”
Try on The Dress Room’s most immaculate styles at their boutique found on Teed Street in Newmarket, Auckland, or visit thedressroom.co.nz
3. Squeaky clean
Taking care of your skin starts with investing in quality products, and here at FQ we’re all about nourishment from the outside in. This is a sentiment shared by local body care company Only Good, who just relaunched their line of clean and conscious products around Aotearoa with a fresh new aesthetic. Formulated with honest ingredients and free from palm oil, parabens, and petrochemicals, the new range includes a selection of 11 products, ranging from hand washes to body washes, with five luxurious fragrances to suit all preferences and skin types. Now packaged in full recyclable bottles made from sustainable sugar cane, you can feel good knowing that your products are not only good for your skin, but for the planet as well.
Only Good is available at all good supermarkets and online at onlygood.co.nz
4. Oui oui!
Spring has officially sprung, and in honour of the change of season, Saben has just welcomed the second drop of its sprightly Parisian-inspired SS23 collection. Embodying the playful essence that the brand is known for, the new drop leans on a très-chic palette of red, white and blue, anchored with pops of black for those who prefer to stick to the classics. Joining the brand’s signature silhouettes comes the introduction of a brand new style, ‘Giselle’ – a voluminous east west silhouette with overemphasised top handle. Handmade using a knotted woven technique and a sturdy leather frame, it’s the perfect companion for those long al fresco lunches and spring soirees that are starting to populate your social calendar.
Drop two of SS23 is available in store and online now.
5. Taste of summer
Nothing says spring like a wee afternoon aperitif, and this week we’re reaching for Hint, the newest pre-made cocktail RTD on the market. Free from added sugars, sweeteners, and carbs but packing a solid flavour profile, Hint caters well to those who err towards more natural tipples. Launching with three punchy new flavours, including Peach and Passionfruit, Yuzu and Lime, and Feijoa and Green Apple, they’re the ideal beverage to have on hand for those warm summer evenings. And with a low ABV of only 4.0%, you can easily enjoy a couple without the worry of a dreaded headache the next day.
Hint is available now at all good liquor stores around New Zealand.