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What the FQ team are wearing, watching, and reading this summer

21 December 2021

Team FQ have rounded up their favourite things to inspire your holiday must-haves.

You know that moment when you’re packing for your summer holiday, and you just can’t decide what to take? If you’re after a new book for your vacation reading list or are intrigued by the fashion and beauty the FQ team can’t get enough of, read on.

Sarah Murray, managing editor

1. What you’re wearing:

The Maggie Marilyn ‘Kerikeri Inlet’ shirt — perfect to throw on over my swimsuit at the beach.

2. What you’re watching:

And Just Like That (Neon). While I found the first episode a little jarring, I’ll be waiting every Friday for a new episode to drop. 

3. What you’re listening to:

The Shit Show podcast by the wildly popular instagram page Shit You Should Care About. It’s part current affairs, part pop culture and provides a smart (and funny) start to your day.

4. What you’re reading:

Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly. The book, set in Auckland, has been called fresh and funny — a dose of which I could do with this summer. 

5. What’s in your beauty bag: 

Sharni Darden’s Retinol Reform. I use it every evening, and it makes my skin look brighter and feel tauter.

6. Where you’re travelling to: 

Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula. I’m planning multiple swims in the saltwater, fish and chips at the beach, and trips to the ice cream shop every other day. 

Vanessa Bathfield, commercial director

1. What you’re wearing:

The Anni Lu Tutti Necklace — a delicate pearl and bead number.

2. What you’re watching:

Succession (Neon).

3. What you’re listening to:

Ocean Alley —the hit Australian rock band. 

4. What you’re reading:

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney.

5. What’s in your beauty bag: 

The Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow Crème to protect myself from the sun’s harsh rays. 

6. Where you’re travelling to: 

Queenstown.

Hemma Vara, digital producer

1. What you’re wearing:

The Olivia Cashmore ‘Bubble’ top in passionfruit. I’ll be pairing this with everything from mini skirts to bike shorts for a chic and floaty look. 

2. What you’re watching:

Emily in Paris, season 2 (Netflix). I can’t wait to check out the fashion! 

3. What you’re listening to:

The Sweet Bobby podcast. Topping the charts everywhere, it’s an incredible listen about a real-life catfisher. 

4. What you’re reading:

The Chiffon Trenches by author, fashion journalist, and former Vogue creative director André Leon Talley. 

5. What’s in your beauty bag: 

Chloe Zara silk hair balm. It’s so nourishing and the sandalwood, pineapple, fig and saffron scent is sublime. 

6. Where you’re travelling to: 

Port Underwood, Malborough Sounds. After the year that’s been, I’m in dire need of a few sleep-ins, good food, and quality time spent with best friends. 

Jacquie Fraser, digital sales director

1. What you’re wearing:

The RUBY ‘Butterfly Knit’ dress. It’s so easy to throw on with some sandals and it’s great not having to think about putting an outfit together. 

2. What you’re watching:

Selling Sunset (Netflix) which is my guilty pleasure.

3. What you’re listening to:

I always find the Ted Talks podcasts really interesting so I’ll probably listen to a few of those while going for walks

4. What you’re reading:

If I get a chance, I’ve downloaded these two books on my kindle: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike, and Ghosts by Dolly Alderton. 

5. What’s in your beauty bag: 

The Ultraceuticals UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Sheer Tint. It’s perfect with concealer or mixed with foundation for greater coverage. 

6. Where you’re travelling to: 

I’m spending Christmas with my sister and her family in Wellington, then a cheeky two days (child-free) in Marlborough at a vineyard with girlfriends, before making my way back north. 

Catherine Ribiere, business development manager

1. What you’re wearing:

The Zimmermann ‘Postcard’ sleeveless blouse

2. What you’re watching:

Call my Agent! (Netflix). 

3. What you’re listening to:

The best of Zaz, a French singer-songwriter. 

4. What you’re reading:

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley — the first book in a series of seven! 

5. What’s in your beauty bag: 

The Avène Eau Thermale SPF 50+ emulsion and the Nuxe ‘Huile prodigieuse’ dry oil for face, body, and hair. 

6. Where you’re travelling to: 

Taupō Bay, Northland. I’m staying at the Taupo Bay Lodge

For even more holiday inspiration, check out Fashion Quarterly’s feel-good playlist, the perfect soundtrack for your summer road-trip.

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