ROSIE | RED | ROUGE

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Autumn leaves, Pinot Noir, crayfish, lipstick, the Welsh rugby team & The Bachelor's roses
Yep, some of our favourite things are red.
Here are our top picks -
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EAT | DRINK | B.MARY

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EAT | DRINK | B.MARY

Legend has it that the Bloody Mary was named after a waitress called Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood - we salute you Mary! 

The brunch of champions, aka the Bloody Mary, is said to relieve you of your hangover in a three-pronged attack

  • Lots of vegetables to settle your stomach
  • The right amount of salt to replenish electrolytes
  • Alcohol (to numb body aches)

Of course it could be that the alcohol alone is what really provides the relief but who are we to judge a perfectly wonderful cocktail (placebo effect anyone?).

I wonder if there is another drink which ignites as much debate on what makes up the perfect ingredients, harissa? pickle juice? chilli - how much is too much? lemon or lime?

McClures Bloody Mary mix might just offer the solution - pre-made by the pickle kings to a tried, true and loved recipe, it makes for the perfect gift - $23 in store or online 

We are having a tasting of McClures Bloody Mary Mix (virgin this time) in the store this weekend, so pop in and give it go (with or without the hangover).

 Meg 🍅🍅🍅

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The Axe Interviews: Lucy Revill

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Lucy Revill is usually the one asking the questions, as the creator of successful local blog, The Residents of Wellington. Her blonde, T Swift-like bob can often be found scouting out the city’s hot spots and chatting to the interesting folk that make up Wellington. We took a virtual seat with Lucy, in our second round of The Lounge interviews.

 

 

Your full name: Lucy Jane Revill

 

Your occupation / what you do?

Policy Advisor at NZX Stock Exchange and blogger at theresidents.co.nz

 

What’s your earliest memory of home?

I was so lucky to have a happy home growing up, in Karori. My earliest memories are of playing out in the sunshine and picking daisies or with my Sylvanian Families. I also recall my mum eating avocado with balsamic vinegar (slightly odd!).

 

What’s your favourite newer piece of furniture in your home?

My Phillipe Starke Louis Ghost Chair. I love all their Kartel stuff - it’s so dreamy and instantly pulls an interior together. Also a Rose Gold lamp with a Navy Blue shade I got on sale at Freedom Furniture.

 

Once a classic, always a classic. Lucy’s Kartell chair in all its glory.

 

 

And your favourite old piece?

Our Lounge Suite which we got for $150 from a pop up second hand store. I love that it probably was picked up from a little old lady’s estate sale. I like to think that we’ve given it a second home.

 

Lucy’s given a new lease of life to her second-hand sofa, with colourful feature cushions. Shop similar here.

 

If you could cook (or order, let’s be real) a meal for a dinner party of five people in your home, what would it be, who would they be… and what would you wear?

I love hosting people, so I would cook dinner for friends - namely lettuce taco’s (my boyfriend Matt makes the best chilli) or a Roast Chicken - my favourite easy go to.

I’d invite entrepreneurial guru Marie Forleo (www.marieforleo.com), Blogger Lily Pebbles (www.lilypebbles.co.uk), my Mum, my friend Megan and facialist Margaret Hema to talk skincare, business, home styling and creativity. I would wear Wilson Trollope, whose new season collection is inspired by Chinese Porcelain (and which I want one of everything!) and shoes from Caughley’s.

 

Pairing together unexpected colours, such as Lucy has done with navy and rose gold, is the ultimate under-stated statement.

 

How would you describe your home style?

Eclectic, traditional, quirky. Family hand-me-downs and locally made pieces alongside modern European feature pieces. I also am obsessed by candles, especially Dyptique, DL and Co and Cire Trudon. An expensive habit I can’t afford to indulge in too often.

 

Lucy’s beloved Diptyque candle, crafted in Paris.

 

How has this style changed over the years?

I used to think you needed to match things. Now I like to really think hard about what will be the one crazy, contemporary piece to bring a home together. My mother and I have similar style but where she is more classic, I like to pair unexpected colours and give a nod to trends, like marble and rose-gold. Why not have fun!?

 

As Lucy says, a touch of on-trend materials, such as marble, can instantly lift an interior. The Axe marble side-table, $430.00

 

If you could have any sitcom apartment or home, whose would it be?

Edwina’s Pad from Absolutely Fabulous! OF COURSE, DARRLING.

 

Finish this sentence: My home is often…

My sanctuary, my blogging studio and my inspiration.

 

Do you skew more toward comfort or style?

Style - Hopefully a comfortable variety of…

 

 Best housewarming gift you’ve ever received?

A Missoni ‘Steven’ hand-towel. 

 

Practical, everyday items need not be an afterthought, such as Lucy’s Missoni hand towel.

 

What’s a trend you’ve seen that you might get onboard with next time you re-decorate your home (or a trend that makes you want to re-decorate your home)?

I love the current trend for Hygge and small spaces. I want to make sure every part of my home is functional as well as cosy.

 

What in your home do you get the most compliments on?

The Oriental Bay location, and the space room.

 

Are you a “coasters on the table” kinda person, or more of a “stains give it personality” type?

Stains give it personality, but only because I am lazy/normal…

 

If someone had a $500 budget to jazz up their bedroom, what would your tips be?

Get quality sheets and nice lamps. I can’t bare a bedroom without bedside lamps! It’s my pet peeve.

 

 

Make a statement with bedside lighting, that adds both interest and functionality. Formaliz 3D Printed Lamp, $439.00

 

What are your top 5 home decorating tips?

Go for neutrals as a base like Resene Scotch Mist, Pale Green or Blue.

Add old antique furniture and mix it with modern pieces that are more trendy but well made.

Add ART.

Plants give a room a fresh feel.

Don’t forget heating - especially in Wellington.

 

Adding art to your space need not be expensive; prints are a great way to give your home personality without the price tag. Just South West Magnolia Print, $45.00

 

Best house party you’ve ever been to…

I had my 25th Birthday just before Matt and I got together (he was there though!), at my old flat in Mount Victoria. Heaps of people came, I was wearing a killer Huffer playsuit and there was so much love (and three cakes). I nearly cried. It was the start of feeling like a grown-up for me and was the beginning of a wonderful new time in life.

 

What makes a fantastic house party i.e “house party essentials”

Be generous with food and drink, make sure you’re well-rested and there are enough people, but not too many. Most importantly, have fun and DANCE!

 

Thanks for joining us in The Lounge Lucy! Check back again for our next segment in The Axe Interviews series.

 

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The Axe Interviews: Hannah Laity

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You may know her as the blonde babe in active-wear spicing up your Instagram, or the loyal other-half to this year’s World Rugby Awards’ Men’s Player of the Year, Beauden Barrett. But as we sit down with Hannah Laity of PricewaterhouseCoopers in The (virtual) Lounge, we learn the beauty followed on Instagram by 19 thousand and counting, has an interiors style all of her own. 

 

Hannah lounging in her living room with pooch Monty.

 

Your occupation / what you do for a living: I am an Accountant specialising in tax, currently studying to get my Chartered Accountancy. When I’m not at work I am usually walking my mini-schnauzer, watching rugby or entertaining friends/family. I love to travel, eat out and be outdoors.

What’s your earliest memory of home? My first birthday party, I vividly remember being parked up at the food table for the entire time.
 
 
If you could cook (or order, let’s be real) a meal for a dinner party of five people in your home, what would it be, who would they be… and what would you wear? Definitely roast pork belly. Guests would be a selection of close friends and I would be in active wear (as always!).

 

Make a statement as Hannah has done with feature cushions on couches and beds. Nkuku Linen Striped Cushion - $65.00
 

 

What’s your favourite newer piece of furniture in your home? Our waterfall dark oak coffee table, so subtle but so great.
 
 
And your favourite old piece? An old armchair which we got recovered in a grey crushed velvet.

 

 

An armchair can be a great way to add a timeless feature to your living space. Like Hannah has used, grey is a neutral tone that will blend in with your other furniture seamlessly. The Axe Hukanui Chair - $1045.00
 
 
How would you describe your home style? Classic, mainly black and white with a hint of colour.
 
 
How has this style changed over the years? I used to just go into furniture shops and want to buy the whole display, now, I like to collect items from different stores and seasons to make the space my own.
 
If you could have any sitcom apartment or home, whose would it be? Probably somewhere on Wysteria Lane (of Desperate Housewives fame) – never a dull moment.
 
 
Finish this sentence: My home is often… Full of people!

 


If like Hannah, your home is often more crowded than empty, a large dining table is an essential investment. Meraki Dining Table - $1775.00
 

 

Do you skew more toward comfort or style? Style.
 
 
Best housewarming gift you’ve ever received? Tall black candle sticks. They add great height to the dining room.
 


Hannah’s dining room complete with those to-die-for black candlesticks.
 


What’s a trend you’ve seen that you might get onboard with next time you re-decorate your home (or a trend that makes you want to re-decorate your home)? I love free standing bathtubs and marble vanities.
 
 
What in your home do you get the most compliments on? Most people appreciate the view we have over Evan’s Bay and the airport. It’s really nice to sit in the lounge with a cup of tea and watch the planes land.
 
 
Are you a “coasters on the table” kinda person, or more of a “stains give it personality” type? DEFINITELY coasters on the table. I have some really nice marble ones – simple yet effective.
 
 
 
If someone had a $500 budget to jazz up their bedroom, what would your tips be? Feature cushions on a bed make a huge difference, I’m also a sucker for velvet or linen bed heads.
 


A bedhead can instantly update and refresh your sleeping space. The Axe Feature Linen Bedhead - $300.00

 

What are your top 5 home decorating tips?                                                               

  • Buy what you love and it will all come together.                                                            
  • Shop around, don’t settle for the first thing you see
  • Fresh flowers not only smell amazing but look great
  • It’s ok if things don’t match!
  • Sometimes, less is more.

 
What makes a fantastic house party i.e “house party essentials”? Good food, good music and never a shortage in drinks!

Ensure the drinks stay topped up and have plenty of fabulous glasses on hand at your house parties. The Axe Champagne Glasses - $30.00.

 

 

Thanks for joining us Hannah! Check back for round two of The Lounge interviews coming soon.

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THE AXE Makeup Bag Essentials

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Here’s a toast to life and its ability to not always go according to plan. #TheAxeLife is about rolling with hiccups and making less than ideal “life situations” work for you. In this post we acknowledge that despite our best efforts to walk out the door a pristine model of poise, more often than not we're a closer resemblance to a hot mess. And to that we say “that’s ok”. Be hot. Be a mess. But, be a hot mess with a weapon (ie our make up bag filled with our favourite essentials). 


Our Meraki Print Makeup Bag may look minimal, but its understated dove grey exterior can be a fine home to our favourite daily essentials that will be your hero, when Enrique Iglesias isn’t available and you're running out the door sans-shoes and toothbrush in hand. 

 

Wellington Apothecary Sun Wind and Sea Facial Serum

Otherwise known as summer in a bottle (and prefect for ATM when Wellington's decided to prematurely go into autumn). This lightweight botanical serum is made with sea buckthorn and aloe to soothe, hydrate and calm all skin types. The perfect antidote to yesterday's wine o'clock in the sun! 

 

Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream

One sniff of this floral knockout will have you slathering yourself in the scents of the tropics. 

 

Tailor Face Mist

This blue-bottled beauty is the perfect antidote to the not so bright side of summer - sweaty brows and melting makeup be gone! 

 

Tui Spearmint Lip Balm

Smooth over dry lips and go. The perfect hydration remedy to a night of a few too many (and the smell will totally hide that you didn't have time to brush your teeth the next morning). 

 

Maryse Mineral Dew

For some reason, the only glow we ever seem to get is those rosy cheeks synonymous with half a bottle of pinot... Thankfully Maryse is to the rescue with their Mineral Dew which enhances (or in our case, totally creates) your natural glow.

 

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn Lipstick

The last colourful weapon in our repertoire is Karen Murrell's range of lipsticks, available in an array of intense hues, from mauve to magenta. Perfect for making a statement (and drawing attention away from the bags under our eyes, courtesy of our latest Netflix binge). 

 

***All of our featured beauty products are proudly made right here in little ol' NZ. We can testify that buying local definitely lowers any shoppers' guilt considerably!

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