BEQ LOVES

 
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For a new dining experience, fab fashion, an excellent beauty treatment, and the ultimate in skin hydration, follow the 'BEQ Loves' list for a round-up of where to visit, what to covet and buy each month. Kick off July with this ultimate list, curated by editor Trudi Brewer.

 
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Get cozy with Sportscraft

Aussie brand Sportscraft is about to ramp up their presence here in NZ with a second store in Christchurch opening soon - and we could not be more delighted. Our pick of 'the perfect coat' would have to be this dusky blue Laurel Peacoat, $360. Bang on trend, this flattering double-breasted design is ideal for these chilly winter mornings. Fully lined, this wool peacoat has a flattering notched collar and stylish welt pockets, it will become your wardrobe staple. 

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Hydrate your skin with Clinique

Right now your skin is under siege. Air conditioning and chilly temperatures exacerbate dryness and sensitivities. Perfect timing Clinique, your new smart Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, $69 is just what we need right now. Crystal clear, lightweight and oil-free, this water-jelly formulation hydrates skin instantly, while helping to repair the skin’s moisture barrier with a combination of glycerin and hyaluronic acid, and sunflower seed, barley, and cucumber fruit extracts. Say goodbye to a tight, dry-feeling skin, and hello to a fresh, nourished looking complexion. Try Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, from $69.


 
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Get ready for summer at About Face

Bikini bodies are created during winter including being hair free. It's time to invest in the arduous task of hair removal and About Face is making it so easy with free consults in July. Treat two areas on your face or body, and only pay for one, when you sign up for a year’s worth of IPL. If you are regularly waxing and want a more permanent solution to removing unwanted hair, you could save yourself thousands of dollars. Not only do About Face have some of the best skin experts in the business, their IPL machines are the very best on offer - guess that's why they have been successfully addressing hair removal for 15 years. There are also two easy ways to pay – upfront or with an easy payment plan for as little as $25 per week. 


 
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We are not major food hall fans. However, the new eating precinct Queens Rise has exceeded our expectations of group dining. It certainly has lived up to the press release of a new 'luxe food court'. Inspired by the best international food courts and laneway eating destinations with eleven new eateries including out style directors favourite The Ottoman Mezze Lounge, a Turkish-inspired menu, you must try the cauliflower fritters (Louise Hilsz is raving about these).  To a more substantial meal from Potato & Me, also with a good vegetarian offering, with a focus on oven-roasted potatoes. For the kids, Dante's Pizzeria,  and Dolly Bird or go Japanese, with donburi to die for from Tokyo Loco Bowl, or grab a delicious dumpling from Chinese dim sum restaurant Panda. Nourish Pod, will satisfy those who are calorie counting with salad and soup or try the juice bar Jar Story. 

There is indeed something for every culinary taste at this 900sqm dining destination, located in the heart of Auckland city above New World Metro at 125 Queen Street. To check the menus click here queensrise.co.nz.