Right As Rain

Usually one to opt for a stylish woollen coat and a sturdy umbrella for the winter, living in Wellington has provided me with a challenge.

Being the windy city the rain comes at you horizontally and you are often left battling with your umbrella only for it to be blown inside out or out of your hands altogether. (Cue a little laughter)!

So, I am on a mission to find a raincoat that is both stylish and practical.

I immediately think of the ultimate classic, Burberry!

Burberry Midlength Trench

Yes, this beauty does solve the stylish and practical problem and is a quick win if your budget extends that far. For me …I am going to have to put it on the savings list for next year.

Off I go and do a little research and I have come up with the following options.

The Classics

Nothing beats a good quality trench coat or the casual cool of the parka. Barbour are an excellent and reliable brand, you get your money’s worth. ASOS has great and affordable variety.

Barbour Cedar Trench Coat     ASOS Waxed Clean Parka

Barbour Cedar Trench Coat                                   ASOS Waxed Clean Parka

The Colour

Loving these coats with their pop of red to brighten a dull winters day. (I think I may have found a favourite).

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Rains Curve Jacket (dropping in NZ stores soon $195) Sylvester The Parka

The Trendy

A little obsessed with capes this season, I love the Raincape by Moochi. Hmmmm….now I just need to decide.

Moochi Rain Cape

Moochi Raincape

 

Photo Credits: Burberry, Barbour, ASOS, Rains, Kate Sylvester, Moochi

Kombucha – Fermented Goodness

One afternoon during summer a friend of ours introduced us to Kombucha. Ever since I can’t get enough and I want to share this goodness with you.

Kombucha is a probiotic rich, naturally carbonated drink. With live bacteria it is excellent for digestive health and is what the Ancient Chinese called the ‘Immortal Health Elixer’. The natural fermentation process to make Kombucha has been used for over 2000 years.

To make Kombucha check out this You Tube clip. Essentially it is Oolong tea with sugar (organic, unbleached) which then gets a SCOBY added to it. A SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or a ‘starter culture’ and looks kind of like a mushroom. Don’t let appearances scare you off, it is delicious and refreshing, I promise.

The mixture of tea, sugar and culture then ferments. As it does so the culture is ‘digesting’ the sugar with the end result being practically sugar free. It is recommended to ferment for 7-10 days in glass, mason jars are great.

If you want to try Kombucha before making it yourself you can buy it pre-made from Commonsense Organics or any health food store. Let me know how you like it.

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Kombucha fermenting with the SCOBY on the top

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Kombucha Wonder Drink available from Commonsense Organics

Dry and Tea

After a summer of surf and sun my hair was in desperate need of some TLC. I had been thinking for a while that I wanted to change things up a little and had found a cut and colour that I wanted to try.

Finding a hair stylist that just gets what you want as well as ensuring the style is easy to maintain is hard to come by. Thanks to Zoe Marshall posting a pic on Instagram of her new do I knew where I would be booking my next appointment.

Dry and Tea City Works is based in the newly refurbished City Works Depot on Wellesley Street in Auckland. Travelling to Auckland that week I managed to secure an appointment.

When I arrived I was greeted by one of the friendly team and given a complimentary tea while I waited. When introduced to my stylist, the brilliant Kurtis Counsell, it took only a few minutes for him to understand exactly what I wanted to achieve and I was very happy with the end result.

I have deliberately left posting this for a week as I wanted to see how manageable the cut was after a few washes. It has been simple. I love the blunt cut, it is easy to style after a wash or get out of bed and create a few beach waves for a fuss free and stylish look. I am already booked in and looking forward to my next visit!

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Before and after shots

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The beautiful tea menu and you are spoiled while you wait on your colour