Hot Five: 3 August 2012

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This week’s Hot Five has been compiled by nzgirlHQ. It features our favourite fashion, beauty, homewares and foodie finds that we discovered this week. Happy Friday!

LOVING_ My Dame de Paris Bra

You can’t go wrong with a subtle yet sexy bra – which is why I love my new one from European brand Marlies Dekkers. The Dame de Paris style has full support so it’s comfortable yet the strap detailing gives you a little somethin’ somethin’ that’ll catch the eye. Trend setters Lady Gaga, Mila Kunis and Victoria Beckham have all been spotted in this bra – so why wouldn’t you? It’s a great way to dress up a simple black singlet or dress and looks flattering under sheer tops. The Dame de Paris black wired padded balcony bra seems to be a little tricky to get your hands on but it looks like you can buy it online here. Also keep an eye out on ASOS, as it’s been on there before but is currently sold out.

CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF_ Kerastase Fibre Architecte 

Although balayage may look cool, it’s not so forgiving on your hair. Throw in some hair straightening damage and a couple of month’s worth of the winter elements and hey presto my tresses look dull, split and a little frazzled. If your hair is in a similar condition I’ve got some good news. Fibre Architecte from Kerastase is a miracle worker. The leave-in treatment has a dual serum that works to reconstruct, repair and restore your split ends. The results? My hair (especially the ends) became softer, shiner and stronger. I’ll swear by it. Find it at your local Kérastase Paris salon for $48.

CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING FOR_ BLANK Customised Wall Art

Can’t seem to find that perfect piece of art to finish off your room? Well Scottish-Chinese designer Tinja Wright had the same issue before she launched BLANK – an interactive website that offers customised wall art that won’t cost you a small fortune. You can now create your own striking, graphic canvas in colours to match your particular interior. You simply pick a background print and an icon to put overtop and you’re set. But if that’s not limited edition enough, there’s a bespoke arm of the business where the BLANK team will whip up prints made to order. BLANK first launched in 2009 in Hong Kong, but as of now it’s officially available to us over here in NZ. Try it for yourself here www.blankbespokeart.com.

DEVOURING_Mad Millie Cheese Kits

Ask any of my friends, say the word ‘cheese’ and I’m there. So when an invite came across my desk for Mad Millie Cheese Kits I was like a moth to a flame. And I was not to be disappointed either with fried haloumi cheese offered to me as I walked in the door. But my personal fave was the block of fresh feta with basil pesto in the middle… and to think I can make it at home simply by adding water to a Mad Millie Cheese Kit. Yes please! I’m not sure where I got the notion that cheese making was a time-consuming trait that had to be left to the experts because basically if you can bake a cake you can make cheese. And make it you should. Not only does it taste good, you get to see exactly what’s going in, there’s no artificial baddies and it’s likely to work out cheaper. Mad Millie Cheese Kits are available from www.madmillie.com and range from $39.90 to $179 depending on what cheese you’re making.  #foodieheaven

TREATING MYSELF TO_ ‘Grilled for Time’ pamper package

Feeling a tad swamped under lately? We have something that may help. East Day Spa and Sean Connolly’s restaurant, The Grill have teamed up to offer you a little slice of luxury. Cleverly named, ‘Grilled for Time’ the package includes valet parking at Skycity Grand Hotel, an hour of pampering at East Day Spa and a three course meal at The Grill. (On a side note, we had our Christmas dinner here last year and it was ah-maz-ing!) You get to pick two 30 minute appointments at the spa including a Shellac manicure, a Shellac pedicure, Elemis taster facial or Thai foot massage. ‘Grilled for Time’ is available for $145 per person and both the spa session and meal must be used on the same day and not on weekends. Contact East Day Spa on 09 363 7050 for more information.

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