Butter Boards – Everything You Need to Know

The world has gone charcuterie mad! Lockdown 2022 saw the rise of homemade platters, weird food combinations and a whole lot of sourdough. My entire instagram was ruled by new recipes and challenges to tackle everyday. But things have changed drastically, and boards aren’t simply for cheese anymore.

The ratio of ‘dip’ to ‘dippers’ has also changed. Meet – the butter board. An indulgent spread of the finest butter, flaked with freshly crushed sea salt and lemon zest, decorated with individual style and flair. This is what I would label as cosy, boujee food; my personal favourite.

The butter board cannot be categorised or defined, other than simply a board decorated for any meal or occasion you have coming up. TikTok Creator Justine Doiron re-introduced the butter board and within a week, it is all I am seeing on my FYP. Perhaps it’s due to its simplicity and utter divinity, or that we really have gone cheese mad. Now I know butter doesn’t fall under the same umbrella as ‘cheese’, but I think on this occasion, we can make an exception – mainly for the point that we are eating it in the quantities that one would with cheese.

Finding stracciatella or burrata on the menu of a restaurant isn’t very hard these days, but the butter board is reserved for home cooking or dinner parties. It is open wildly to interpretation, but these are the underlying principles in which I would recommend following.

Fundamentals of a Butter Board

butter board ideas- figs, honey, nuts and herbs.

1. Source the finest butter possible – I always recommend going with French butter. (We can apologise to the bank account later).

2. The board is up to your interpretation and personal style, whether that be a large plate, dish

or chopping board, but let’s keep it sanitary.

3. Source the finest flaky sea salt – Maldon Salt is a pantry staple for this occasion.

4. Dippers – the practical choice here would be bread. A crunchy crisp sourdough is my personal favourite, but an artisan or french stick works wonders.


Edible flowers used on butter boards trend.

1. You want your butter soft all the way through. Depending on your climate, I suggest leaving it out of the fridge the night before. 

2. Spread your butter onto the desired board in whatever fashion that suits you. Coat with a generous amount of flaky sea salt and any citrus zest you have handy. Adding salt and citrus to your creamy butter will highlight the flavour and allow a brand new canvas for the rest of your decorations

3. Next – follow your intuition. Herbs and edible flowers will add to the aesthetic, but follow your hearts with this one. Remember to think about proportions when adding on ingredients – everything needs to be ‘scoopable.’

4. You need a drizzle… Depending on your flavour palate, I would source something to drape and drizzle on top, whether that be honey, chilli oil, herb oils or marmalade.

5. Freshly bake your bread to add crunch and warmth. Dip, dive, swirl, spread, spoon until your heart is utterly full. Finish with a glass of delicious red wine, and I call this the perfect beginning, middle or end to any occasion.


Below I have detailed some of my recommendations when it comes to butter boards. Butter is the perfect canvas, whether you like fresh, sweet or savoury flavours.

Honey, Thyme and Pistachio

The sweetness of the honey, earthiness of the thyme and crunch of the pistachio would be an incredible accompaniment to the butter. Use fresh honeycomb, crushed pistachio, and a honey and thyme syrup to top.

Cultured Butter, Quince Honey, Prosciutto, Pear

Now, this really is turning it into a cheese platter. Culturing butter adds the most cheesy taste possible to your base. Add fresh honey and quince paste in a pot to melt it down. Crisp up some prosciutto and thinly slice your pear. Spread out the culture butter and delicately top and drizzle this with quince honey and dip in your desired bread.

Apricot, Almond and Rosemary

Apricot marmalade is very easy to make and can be made with tinned fruits if they are not in season. I like to make the syrup thin and runny to top onto the butter board. Crunch or roast your almonds, speckle your rosemary and douse in marmalade.

Chilli, Coriander, Miso

This one highlights savoury notes. Before spreading your butter, beat in a mixer with some miso. Go lighter on the salt, but beef up the citrus zest. Fresh chilli or chilli oil works best, and a generous amount of coriander.


the best butter boards have peppers, olives, herbs and cottage cheese.

Like with any great food, we can adapt it and reshape it to fit our everyday needs. Though the recipe isn’t exactly dairy friendly, we can tweak it to suit almost everyone at the table.

1. Substitute the butter with fresh avocado. Top with fresh green leaves and it turns into an upside down salad.

2. Swap the butter for hummus and choose ‘dippers’ that fit the flavour palate.

3. Cottage cheese – a high protein cheese and something relatively accessible to most. Simply blend the cottage cheese with a bit of cream cheese (if necessary) until you reach the desired texture. Add your favourite toppers and enjoy!

Whether it be cheese, butter or hummus, food sharing and customisation isn’t going out of trend any time soon. Expand your at-home culinary skills by trying new combinations and flavours, or turn up to your next dinner party with the best new entrée.

Remember to make all your food with love and joy, and you will taste it in every bite.

Prawn Bisque Pasta & Grilled Caesar Salad

Prawn Bisque Pasta and Grilled Caesar salad

Eating oysters has become almost a personality trait of mine. They’re hard to resist at any restaurant but challenging to source at home. Same goes for truffle fries. If you’re craving that sea-salty umami flavour, I’ve got the perfect alternatives to satiate that craving without the need to head to the Viaduct’s Soul Bar. 

Prawn Bisque Pasta pairs well with my elevated caesar salad – arguably, the second best thing since sliced bread. The crunchy leaves, creamy dressing and butter parmesan dousing is something to salivate over. Grilling your romaine lettuce adds a juicy, mouth watering feel that has you dipping and diving for more. Plus, quail eggs – I think that is even higher up the food chain than oysters. 

Prawn Bisque Pasta
Prawn Bisque Pasta

Prawn Bisque Pasta

A bisque is a french style soup, made from turning crustaceans into stock. Cheffy tip – you can pretty much interchange any soup, sauce and dipping into another form by adjusting the texture and intensity. I am always using tomato soup as a base for a casserole, and soups reduced down to sauces. 

Prawn Bisque Sauce Ingredients

  • 700g Prawn (approximately – I suggest grabbing enough prawns to feed your party and use the shells and heads in this sauce)
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 cup white wine
  • Herbs such as bay leaves, parsley, dill
  • 1.5L fish stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 50mL double cream
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • 30g butter

Use any pasta of your choice. This dish works well with a fettuccine or paccheri.


Heat a large saucepan, adding the oil of your choice. Add the prawn shells and heads and fry. I like to get a very solid colour on these to intensify the flavours. Once the shells are orange, add shallots and tomato paste and stir continuously.

When they become lightly coloured, add ¼ cup of white wine to deglaze your pan. Reduce this down, then add the fish stock and bring to a boil. Add your remaining wine and herbs. Simmer for a further 20 minutes. Add the salt and lemon zest to taste

Remove the bay leaves from the pan. Add the soup to a blender in batches. You want to whizz it efficiently to blend all of the shells into the sauce. Once blitzed, pour through a fine sieve. Once sieved, it is recommended to go through again with a muslin or choux cloth. This is going to get rid of any shell remnants and provide a clean smooth texture. Add back into a clean saucepan, with lemon juice and cream. Season to taste, balancing the acidity from the lemon and ‘fresh ocean taste.’ Heat until a gentle simmer. Note – cooked lemon juice has an incredibly different taste to fresh lemon juice. I try to add it at the last possible minute, but make sure you allow time to balance the acidity with the saltiness.

Boil your pasta in heavily salted water according to the guidelines. Once cooked, add a ladle of pasta water to your sauce, along with 30g of butter to add shine and textural satisfaction.

Just as the pasta is cooked, I transfer the sauce out of the saucepan and use this pan (without washing) to cook the meat of the prawns. Stir around the remnants of the sauce with the cooking prawns to glaze. Once the translucent touch is just removed, the prawns are ready. Plate and eat fast, before your neighbors steal the leftovers! I love to top mine with fresh olive oil, chilli flakes, and pickled spring onion roots!

Grilled Caesar Salad
Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad


  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, or 2 small ones
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, chilli flakes
  • 1-2 cups diced ‘old’ bread
  • Parmesan (powder or grated)
  • 6 Quail Eggs


Turn your oven on the grill setting. Add the chopped croutons, garlic powder and olive oil to the pan. Add in the oven while the grill is heating up. Get them as crispy as you like!

Add your quail eggs to pre boiled water, that is now simmering. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add to iced water and peel the skins off. Slice as desired.

Once your croutons are cooked, remove and use the same tray for the rest of your dishes, keeping all the goodness! Add halves of romaine lettuce, doused in olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder and chilli flakes. Place under the grill until the tops of the leaves go a dark crisp brown colour. Note – this is definitely something I would do under the grill or on a BBQ – doing this in a warm oven will wilt the lettuce instead.

Dressing Ingredients

  • 6 anchovy fillets (essential – don’t skip this please)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 large full egg 
  • 1 large lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ⅔ cup oil of your choice (homemade garlic oil, made from sunflower oil is my favourite)
  • 3 tablespoon parmesan
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste 


Roughly chop the garlic and anchovies and add to a blender. Add in the egg, and additional egg yolk. Blend until lightly combined. Add salt, dijon mustard and lemon juice. Once completely combined, slowly drizzle in your oil of choice – doing this too fast will ‘split’ the oil instead of thickening it. Once thickened, add parmesan and seasoning to taste.

To serve:
Add the lettuce to the bottom of your desired dish. Spread on the dressing, then sprinkle in parmesan powder. Add sliced eggs, bread crumbs, and a final wink of seasoning. This is best eaten right away, but will last in the fridge to snack on.

I promise to you, the sea saltiness of the prawn pasta, with the grilled parmesan, bready, crunch salad to pair will satisfy your inner oyster feen. Pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and say ‘bon voyage’ to your taste buds to the beach.

Celebrating The World of Whisky & Coffee: The Macallan Harmony II

Whether you’re an avid drinker of the precious amber hued liquid or a newbie who’s only just whetting her palette, you will not want to miss The Macallan Harmony II. And I don’t say this in some pushy salesy way like a car dealer with a thick gold chain around his neck. This is a PSA – a public service announcement. No lie – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. 

The Macallan Harmony Collection Inspired by Intense Arabica is already sold out all over the world with the last few bottles being auctioned at head spinning prices. And of course, New Zealand is the lucky last country to launch this exquisite water of life nearly half a year later than the U.K. If you know your whisky, you’ve probably already secured one of these bottles. 

On the 14th March, I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Arabica Garden Experience and I can well and truly say that it was worth the $350 ticket as I got to take home a bottle to imbibe in the comfort of my own armchair with a book and crackling wood-wick candle. This drop gives major ‘Succession’ vibes and for a moment, while you sip on this not-so-cheeky tipple, you can pretend to be a white whale who owns a piece of the world. If you were sorted into Slytherin, then you’ll know what I mean. 

The Macallan II is the second edition of a limited annual release series in which innovation, social and environmental sustainability lives at its core. Everything about the drop is considered, right down to the packaging. This year, it celebrates the Ethiopian Arabica coffee bean and the otherwise discarded coffee bean husks have been repurposed to create the gorgeous   rich red pantone packaging, inspired by the coffee fruit. 

A little bit about Macallan as a brand – it was founded in 1824 above the River Spey in north-east Scotland and the reason as to why whisky drinkers seek their juice so much is because their single malts are aged in sherry oak casks. I love bourbon and I love sherry – peat and smoke isn’t quite my thing (yet – I know I’ll get there in a decade or so). I’ve yet to fall head over heels into a barrel of whisky but last week, I did. It was love at first sip. I mean… I think I love this drop as much as Charles loves Camilla. 

The Macallan Whisky Maker Steven Bremner created The Harmony Collection to pair perfectly with coffee. And because The Macallan doesn’t do anything in halves, Bremner hosted a masterclass at the estate to fill his cup, so to speak, with Ethiopian coffee grower Kenean Asefa Dukamo, whose family works with the Arabic variety; Scottish coffee roaster Lisa Lawson, an acclaimed pioneer of speciality coffee in Scotland; Andrea Allen, an award-winning American barista; Dhan Tamang, a UK-based coffee artist; and Professor Jonathan Morris, a leading coffee historian to bring it full circle. 

“Exploring the world of coffee with our masters in the industry, who shared their knowledge, creativity, and love for their art, was both an education and an inspiration. There are many parallels between the approach to creating incomparable whisky and coffee. Each requires unique skills and craftsmanship to achieve depth and complexity of taste and both worlds aim to deliver an extraordinary consumption experience, “ Bremner said. 

The Macallan Harmony II Arabica Garden Experience was in collaboration with none other than Ozone Coffee Roasters to share the full sensorial experience of drinking this wicked drop. By enjoying both the coffee and whisky side by side, the tasting notes of tiramisu, cappuccino, vanilla, gingerbread and berries swirled intensely in the mouth and gave an almost euphoric feeling. If you haven’t had your a-ha moment when drinking whisky, this particular whisky will most definitely awaken your inner hedonist and help you understand the expressive language that Bremner speaks. 

The Art of Indulgence: A Chef’s Guide to Making Healthier Choices in the Kitchen

Healthy Eating Guide

Ladies, have you ever felt like finding a balance between eating healthy and delicious food is like trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, let me tell you that it is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, it can be absolutely mouth-watering and delicious. The key is to get creative with your ingredients and cooking methods.

First things first, let’s bust a myth: healthy food does not have to be bland and boring. Experiment with different spices, herbs, and seasonings to add depth and flavor to your dishes. Try roasting, grilling, or sautéing your vegetables to bring out their natural sweetness. And don’t be afraid to incorporate healthy fats, such as avocado or olive oil into your meals to add creaminess and richness. Plus, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to a glass of wine while you cook!

As we savor each bite of a meal, we are not only satisfying our hunger but also indulging in the art of nourishment. To truly nourish ourselves, it is vital to understand the role of the three essential macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates, and fats – and how they interact in harmony to create a balanced masterpiece on our plate.

Protein, found in foods such as fish, chicken, and legumes, serves as the building blocks for our muscles, tendons, and organs. Carbohydrates, found in fruits, grains, and vegetables, provide energy to fuel our daily pursuits. Fats, found in foods such as avocados, nuts, and seeds, are vital for the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals and aid in maintaining healthy skin and hair.

The true virtuoso of a balanced diet is none other than the vegetable. These leafy greens, vibrant root vegetables, and colorful fruits not only add depth and complexity to our meals but also provide a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. A diet rich in vegetables has been shown to lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

One of the most common misconceptions about healthy eating is that it requires a lot of time and effort. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of simple and easy ways to make healthy food that doesn’t take hours to prepare. For example, you can throw together a quick and tasty salad by mixing some greens with some cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and a simple vinaigrette. Or, you can make a delicious stir-fry by sautéing some vegetables with some lean protein and a flavorful sauce.

kale salad with chickpeas

My simple rule for success is ½ vegetables, ¼ protein, ¼ carbohydrates, and ‘drizzle’ of healthy fats on top of that. Following these guidelines helps me to prioritize my vegetables first and foremost. Utilizing a ¼ of my plate for protein makes sure I feel full for longer, and the carbohydrates sustain a healthy blood sugar. The fat on top usually comes in the form of olive oil, avocado, chia seeds, etc. This is a bonus to every meal, and one I would never skip on. And the best part is, you can enjoy it while catching up on your favorite show or having a girl’s night in. 

Healthy balanced meal

One of the most important things to remember when trying to find a balance between healthy and delicious food is to listen to your body. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel and adjust your diet accordingly. If you find that a certain food makes you feel sluggish or bloated, it’s probably best to avoid it. On the other hand, if a food makes you feel energized and satisfied, it’s likely a good choice to include in your diet.

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. Eating healthy is not about being perfect all the time, it’s about finding a balance that works for you. So, if you slip up and indulge in a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on track with your next meal or snack. And remember, a little indulgence is good for the soul.

Style Segment: Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams Dancing

Wednesday’s child is said to be full of woe, and when it comes to her wardrobe, black is the way to go.

TikTok has been absolutely revelling in the style of Miss Wednesday Addams once again. A 2022 remake based on The Addams Family story has been hugely popular online. To nobody’s surprise, at the forefront of this popularity – Wednesday’s wardrobe. 

Designed by costume creator genius, Colleen Atwood, Wednesday is often caught wearing all black outfits, sometimes with a pop of white to add a bit of dimension. A few of these broody, gothic looks are simply standout and have been inviting the dark academia further into relevancy. 

Actress Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday in the series, said one of her personal favourites of Wednesday’s looks only appeared on screen for one scene. This luxurious leather jacket and of course, her signature plaits, one on each side make for a classic Wednesday silhouette. Chunky black shoes like loafers and low cut Dr Martens seem to be the go-to when it comes to Wednesday shoe choices.

Jenna Ortega Wednesday Addams Black Fencing Outfit

Fencing outfits are traditionally all white, but in true Wednesday Addams fashion- hers was all black. It was very cool to see so much contrast in the scene, making Wednesday the focal point. How could you miss an all black ensemble in a room full of head-to-toe white.

Wednseday Addams Alaiia Prom Dress

That brings us to Wednesday’s most notable look – the prom dress –  an Alaïa black dress made up of tiers of tulle and heightened shoulder detailing. The weird and wacky dance she does in this scene, paired with the Lady Gaga song ‘Bloody Mary’ absolutely took off on TikTok, with thousands of users partaking in the dance trend.

Steal Wednesday’s Wardrobe

Checkered Cardigan

Checkered Cardigan Wednesday Addams
MÊME Baby Black & White Checker Stripe Cardigan

Black Leather Jacket

miu miu black leather jacket
Miu Miu Leather Jacket

Black Dress

Needle & Thread Ruffled Tier Dress
Wednesday Addams Black Prom Dress Dupe
Noir Kei Ninomiya Corset Ruffled Tulle Midi Dress

WOMAN’s Picks: Summer Reads

It’s the season of big, glorious novels to transport you to other times and other places. There’s plenty to choose from this spring, from both debut authors with mind-blowing first books and established writers back with more epic storytelling.

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Faber & Faber, $36.99)

Barbara Kingsolver needs no introduction. The author of The Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, many other novels and critically acclaimed non-fiction, returns with a modern adaptation of Charles Dickens David Copperfield. Kingsolver tells the story of Demon’s life set against the backdrop of the devastating opioid epidemic.

The Unfolding by A.M. Homes

The Unfolding by A.M. Homes (Granta, $34.99)

In her first novel since winning the Women’s Prize with May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes returns with a biting satire of the American dream. Picking at the scabs of division in American society, Homes follows the family of Big Guy, his wife Charlotte, and daughter Meghan, as their relationships start to shatter in the wake of the 2008 presidential election. 

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday, $34.99)

From the award-winning author of Life after Life – an adaptation of this novel was recently screened on TVNZ with Aotearoa’s own Thomasin Mackenzie in the lead role – comes the tale of Nellie Croker and her empire of nightclubs in 1920s London. Lush and engaging, and full of Atkinson’s trademark narrative skill and wit.

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Hutchison Heinemann, $37)

Taylor Jenkins Reid is back too, with yet another engrossing novel. Fierce and ambitious, Carrie Soto retires with every record in women’s tennis history – but six years later, another player claims her crown. Carrie’s determined to win it back, even if it means facing all her greatest demons. 

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer (Picador, $38)

At just 26, Maddie Mortimer’s debut novel is seriously accomplished – written in short, poetic vignettes, this novel charts Lia’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Dark and wild, and quietly affecting, this novel honours family, desire, loss, and forgiveness, all in a brave and melodic style.

Joan by Katherine J. Chen

Joan by Katherine J. Chen (Hodder & Stoughton, $38)

A reimagining of the famous Joan of Arc, written in gorgeous lyrical prose. This Joan bursts out of a brutal childhood to take a place at the head of the French army, but who can she trust? This feminist celebration of the historic figure is thrilling storytelling.

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus, $37)

Described as a Zimbabwean version of Animal Farm, Bulawayo’s political satire Glory tells the story of the animal kingdom Jidada, and the ousting of the leader Old Horse after a 40-year rule. Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, was shortlisted for the Booker prize, and Glory is bursting with the same gorgeous writing and extraordinary humour. 

Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty (Oneworld, $40)

Winner of the inaugural Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize, Rabbit Hutch is set in Vacca Vale, Indiana, a fictional town slowly decaying in the United States rust-belt. Blandine, a beautiful and incredibly intelligent young woman, is given a chance to escape her life of poverty and destitution, and Gunty explores Blandine’s choices with exquisite and daring prose. 

Spinning Yarns: The Top 7 On Our Boucle Hit List

Bouclé (from the French word boucler, which means “to curl”) is a heavy textile containing nubby, looped yarn.

Boucle is the fabric of  2022/23 and beyond. Contrary to popular belief, bouclé isn’t a high maintenance fabric. Made from linen and cotton, boucle has low liquid absorption and won’t ball or pill like poly-blends or wool. Aesthetically, boucle is a great way to add texture and interest to a space instead of incorporating a new color. Comfort and quality are two things you won’t need to compromise on.

Danske Mobler Milan Boucle 3 Seater Sofa

Curves are having a moment, we know this. The reason this 3 seater boucle sofa works so well, is because it’s a neutral piece in an ivory colourway  with a low-profile design and inviting curved edge that presents the perfect opportunity to make an enclave – and not have one oversized couch directed at your TV.

Valera Occasional Chair, Mocha

A stand-alone statement, this Parisian inspired chair is one of a kind. Standing at 720mm high, this is the perfect designer piece to elevate your living area and create different layers of height throughout the room. When everything is the same height, a space can feel flat and basic (no matter how many beautiful pieces are in there!) but when you mix and match, and more importantly layer the space, your eye moves around the room, enabling you to create different moments and vignettes.

Danske Mobler Tash Swivel Occasional Chair

Don’t underestimate the power and impact color​​ can have in your home. This Danske Mobler swivel chair is simple in its form of soft curves and minimal detailing which contrasts strikingly against the bold copper tone of the boucle. Colors influence our mood, so depending on the environment you’re in, you could feel any type of way. The colour copper can make someone feel energetic and ecstatic, but mixing it with a soft boucle fabric gives it a homely touch that feels welcoming, inviting and down-to-earth.

SKIMS Cozy Knit Boucle Robe in Bone

The best boucle robe by Skims in the colour white.
SKIMS Cozy Knit Boucle Robe in Bone, $277.

Fashion and interiors are often strongly linked to and influenced by one another, which is why it’s no surprise to see Kim Kardashian has taken Boucle to the next level with her ‘Cozy Knit’ range. Crafted from an exceptionally stretchy boucle, this collection is warm, sexy and cozy.

Halo Barstool in Ivory

This barstool is everywhere right now -Target, Home Sweet Whare, Lounge and Living – all retailing for between $242-$248  (Home Sweet Whare currently has a sale on for $220 which is why they’re my chosen store to shop from). AC Homestore also has the same chair, retailing at $329.99, maybe because their photography is more expensive? We love this bar stool for a few reasons. A footrest and backrest make for easy sitting, and the contrast of black against the soft ivory adds elegance whilst keeping true to the simple form and design.

AC Homestore Boucle Curved Bedhead

Ivory boucle material headboard from AC Homestore.
AC Homestore Curved Bedhead, $1,799.

The sweeping romanticism of curves in the bedroom is hard to beat which is why we’re loving this creative take on an otherwise typically ‘standard’ shaped piece of furniture; the headboard. Boucle is the perfect fabric choice for a headboard, easily spot cleaned with minimal absorption means your hair creams and serums are less likely to stain or mark behind your head. If you love your bedroom to be  light and bright, this is the perfect way to add interest and texture. The only thing to be aware of is that this particular model doesn’t go to the ground, so you may need to consider sizing up to hide the base of the headboard.

Contempa Soho Boucle Armchair

Mid-century modern has found her knight in white shining armor. The extra-wide seat is designed for the utmost comfort, stuffed with memory foam on a fixed cushion base means you’ll never need to fluff and chop your pillows again. The refined design and slim profile that the Soho provides creates huge versatility. Propped off the floor by slimline NZ hardwood feet, your eye can travel ‘through’ the furniture and create a calming visual narrative.

All in all, Boucle is the one fabric not spinning yarns on itself and its popularity illustrates how designers are successfully crafting Boucle  into stylish, versatile and comfy pieces.

Head-Turning Fragrances for the Summer Season

Lining up the top underrated fragrances that will match your energy this Summer season.

Summer is the time for luscious fruits, hypnotising spices, energetic florals and invigorating aquatics. So, what will you choose? 

D.S & Durga once said, ”fragrance is armchair travel,” and I couldn’t agree more! It is the best thing about seasonal fragrances. A summer fragrance can take you anywhere from the hot and spicy nights of Marrakesh, to the sunny beaches of the Amalfi Coast. 

A summers day in Italy, Positano.

Although a signature fragrance seems like the right thing to do, seasonal fragrances can add an extra boost to your mood, step up an outfit or become an interesting conversation topic when socialising. Don’t underestimate the power of our senses. If you are looking for a rejuvenating summer scent, read below to find your unique fit. 

Mango Skin by Vilhelm Parfumaries

Mango Skin is not your typical fruity fragrance. You can practically take a bite out of this perfume. Perfectly capturing the juicy yet creamy flesh of the mango that is sticky and juicy, it is overflowing with the essence of this crowd favourite fruit. 

Although it is extraordinarily sweet, Mango Skin is well balanced by the tart blackberry, savoury blackpepper, and honeyed jasmine. Mellowed by the notes of wild orris, black lotus and vanilla, this fragrance is wonderfully complex and irreplaceable. Grounded by patchouli and pink sugar, your skin will be sure to radiate all the bright mango deliciousness that transforms into the night. 

If you love a distinct fragrance that captures the attention of a crowd, Mango Skin will be your best friend. Sweet, creamy, fruity with a touch of darkness – don’t miss out on this unbelievable creation.

Fior Fiore by Eau d’Italie

Sitting by the brick hedges, you are overlooking the sparkling bays of Positano, Italy. The skies are bursting with shades of bright orange, violets and blues as the sun sets beyond the terraces of your view. As the moon begins to shine, the night-blooming Siranuse jasmine flowers release an intoxicating warmth of white floral aroma. Ambrette seeds imitate the salty breeze while the fresh lily of the valley brings light to this passionate fragrance. 

Fior Fiore is a seductive love potion that isn’t too heavy or sickly sweet. Instead, it is energising and calming due to the comforting scent of the Siranuse jasmine. One whiff of Fior Fiore will make you feel like you’re on holiday mode. Pair with your best summer dress and an orange or hot pink lip for a breathtakingly chic summer vibe.

 Promise by Frederic Malle 

Sick and tired of fruity and floral Summer fragrances? Looking for an intensely sensual and lavish perfume? Promise by Frederic Malle is for serious fragrance lovers. An imagined world somewhere in the Middle East, it is luxury in a bottle. 

A dynamic fragrance that strikes the perfect balance between the feminine and masculine, it’s perfect for confident people who want to stand out.  

Bulgarian and Turkish rose forms the body of this deeply rich fragrance. Uplifted by notes of apple, pink pepper and clove, the fragrance is grounded in patchouli and labdanum – there is nothing quite like it. This combination is incredibly mysterious, spicy and reminiscent of hot Middle Eastern climates. Where a promise is an unbreakable vow, this fragrance is strong and dependent.

North Bondi by Ouai

North Bondi by Ouai is for the cool girls. Effortless, sheer and irresistibly chic – this fragrance is perfect for all your day time festivities this Summer. Described as a nuanced blend of rich florals, sheer white musk and fresh citrus notes – North Bondi is part of the fresh and floral family. 

At first spritz, Italian bergamot, lemon and apple blossom fill your nose with a sparkling fresh aroma. At the heart, a bouquet of rose de mai, violet and jasmine creates an ever so slightly powdery ambiance that gives this fragrance that beachy quality. Patchouli and white musk creates the lasting impression of this sheer musky fragrance that is almost skinlike. 

North Bondi is a fragrance that will work all year round absolutely seamlessly. Pair with denim and a pair of sunglasses at your next brunch or a chill day in the sun! 

Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford

We can’t talk about a summer fragrance without covering a good citrus scent. Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford is an absolute classic that overcomes all the challenges that a citrus fragrance poses for a perfumer. It is exceptionally long lasting, possesses an incredible depth of flavour and boasts a complexity that is rare in this category. 

Neroli Portofino is Tom Ford’s personal olfactory portrait that captures the cool breeze, flowing water and the healthy greenery of Italy’s Portofino. Using citrus oils at the forefront of this fragrance, the backdrop of amber notes and floral accoutrements, Neroli Portofino is sure to turn heads during the Summer months. 

Italian bergamot and Sicilian lemon are staples in the citrus fragrance family and Neroli Portofino pairs the two together. With the addition of winter yellow mandarin, the holy trinity of bitter-sweet citrus notes is complete. Tunisian neroli and orange flower brings balance while lavender harmoniously blends with the citrus, floral and amber notes. 

Tom Ford fragrances are not for the faint hearted. Often quite strong and intense, Neroli Portofino is not as out-going as her other friends and does not overpower the wearer. Instead, this fragrance is inviting, mesmerising and bewitching.  

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