Lifestyle

Life doesn’t get any better than this. We’ve got home and garden trends to inspire an at-home makeover – as well as wellbeing and fitness tips to help you in your very own, personal makeover. Need a little retail therapy? We’ve got that too. Cityscape is all about Christchurch City, of course, but if you simply have to leave town, we’ve got travel ideas to get you going.

Cityscape Home & Garden
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You only have to stand in Artworks Landscape’s award-winning show garden at their premises at 404 Prestons Road and take it all in to immediately appreciate the style, quality and craftsmanship that are the company’s hallmarks. Husband and wife team Ross and Jayne Marriott have built up the business over nearly 30 years and their hard work is paying dividends, with the company racking up design awards left and right in recent years. Passionate about what they’re doing, the Artworks team love to create outdoor spaces that their clients are proud of and can enjoy all year round. Providing a range of services from custom landscape design through to construction and maintenance and with a balanced mix of extremely experienced, clever landscapers and enthusiastic, up-and-coming young talent, Artworks can completely transform your outdoor space into a stunning work of art.  Artworks Landscapes404 Prestons Road, Marshlandwww.artworkslandscape.co.nz...
Cityscape Retail Therapy
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A funky recent addition to Sumner's trendy boutiques, STORE 17 is a gallery of uber cool. Taking their inspiration from the distinctive Scandinavian style sweeping the world's interiors, the talented crew both create their own simple-but-special STORE 17 collections as well as stocking swish bands such as Uashmama, Olli Ella, Blue Earth, Fox & Ivy, Creative Clay Studio, and Little Nik Nax.   You'll find everything from killer designer planters and sharp must-have pieces through to jewellery with a difference, locally-designed and made stationery, wall hooks and hangers and more – all with that clean, minimalist razor sharp Scandi-style to next level vamp-up your digs. Drop in to browse their unique wares in person or check out their covetable range at their online store! STORE 17 17 Marriner St, Sumner03 326 5762www.store17.co.nz...
Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Mother Earth has a clever way of providing us with what we need most at each time of the year. Vitamin C and zinc are essential for strong immune function and are more abundant in winter produce. Vitamin C is used to signal the production of white blood cells to protect us when foreign bacteria or viruses enter the body. It is also present in the fluid lining in our lungs and mucous membranes, where the antioxidant activity helps prevent inflammation and damage by bacteria and viruses, and is crucial for collagen production in the skin – something we also want to support over the winter months. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so we need to consume it every day. Eat a piece of fruit or add lemon, orange or grapefruit to your morning juice. Incorporating leafy greens and broccoli into stir fries is another great way...
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The Year Ahead Cityscape catches up with Harcourt's real estate guru Mary Turnbull on the current market situation and her predictions for the rest of the year. I’m often asked ‘when is the best time to buy?’, with many clients eager to get the timing right and trying to anticipate the housing market. I always reply: ‘When you find your dream house and you can afford it’. However that being said, 2016 is definitely shaping up to be a strong buyers’ market, with all signs pointing to a stable year with no surprises on the horizon. And with some of the lowest fixed interest rates we’ve seen in years – and the strong possibility of further drops to come – combined with a stabilised property market and a growing number of properties available, it’s an excellent time for first homeowners to enter the market and for investors to add to their property portfolio. It’s generally indicators like this that convince first...
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Walk into Interiors by Lume and you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped onto the set of a high-end lifestyle magazine shoot. Eschewing the dull, ordinary and design-by-rote, interior designer and owner Melissa Merrin has curated an exquisite collection of the rare and covetous. No surprises then that the boutique interior design studio and neighbouring showroom have become the first port of call for those looking for something a little different – indeed, special – and a welcome addition to the village-like atmosphere of Strowan shopping centre’s bustling Normans Road retail hub. In a testament to Melissa's design prowess, the showroom is home to one of the city’s finest selections of international design pieces and furnishings, many of which are exclusive to the store, and a case study in opulence. Rocking a safari luxe aesthetic, the showroom elegantly blends tactile Armadillo & Co rugs and Bandini cushions with natural,...
Cityscape Wellbeing & Fitness
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Health and wellbeing guru Dr Libby hits town again in April for What Am I Supposed To Eat?, a new 90-minute seminar that's designed to help attendees navigate the increasingly complicated world of conflicting food advice, fad diets, nutrition studies, and how they all affect your own health goals. Questions Dr Libby will tackle include: • Are you confused about what to eat to meet your health goals?• Will eating fat make you fat?• Are your fitness gadgets helping or hindering your health goals?• Are you confused by ways of eating such as paleo, vegan, fasting, low carb or high fat diets? • Do you know how much sugar you might be unintentionally consuming?• How can you stop carbohydrates causing you chaos?• Do you overeat or undereat when you feel stressed, tired, overwhelmed or even happy?Limited tickets are available to the event, so head to Dr Libby's website to secure your...
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One of the biggest reservations I hear when people are transitioning to eating more real food is the perception that they will have to sacrifice taste. This most certainly doesn’t have to be the case at all and there are many quick little tweaks you can make to add flavour to your food. Add fresh chilli or spice If you’re not great with hot food, start out slow and remove the seeds of the chilli to reduce the hotness. Fresh chilli is particularly delicious in Asian-inspired dishes. Use good quality oil Good quality olive oil is one of the most versatile additions to any kitchen and is particularly handy when making homemade dressings. Coconut or avocado oils are also good options for cooking – and they make a difference to the flavour of your food. Use fresh herbs and lemon Add a delicious freshness and nutrient boost to your food...
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The holistic health and fitness gurus at Mint Whole Body Health & Fitness rock a one-stop-shop. With a staff of professional personal trainers, a fully-equipped gym, and an on-site professional nutritionist, they also offer clean-eating café Pure Café Co., which eschews sugar, salt, butter, additives, preservatives and trans fats (and pretty much anything processed!) with their nutrient-dense creations. In fact, the Mint experience is unlike any other health and nutrition facility! Their unique approach combines industry-leading training with basic body measurements, macro calculations and meal planning with advanced BIA profiling and intolerance testing to redesign your body and awaken your potential. www.mintfit.co.nz ...
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Cityscape taps into the latest fitness and health trends to rock your most stunning summer yet. CROSSING OVER Wondering how Channing Tatum and the cast of Magic Mike got so ripped? It’s all about the CrossFit, says CrossFit Trailblazer’s Kyp Kotzikas. Putting stock in strength and endurance – aerobics this ain’t – CrossFit is all about measurable, observable, and repeatable results. Tackling a combination of lifting heavy objects, body weight movements, and monostructural-based cardio activities such as running, rowing, or jumping rope, CrossFitters are put through a series of exercises in a certain amount of time and the results are epic! What’s more, leveraging group dynamics, the bootcamp-style workouts create a super-competitive yet super-supportive space, and sees everyone digging in and achieving their goals. www.crossfittrailblazer.com NATURAL BEAUTY Beauty ingredient of the moment active charcoal has a long history of medicinal use; its millions of pores can bind harmful agents and prevent their absorption...
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In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people’s health and wellness goals – energy and the desire for more. When you ask someone how they are, the most common response I tend to hear is “tired, so tired”. And hence our reliance on caffeine and refined sugars – or anything – that gives us more energy increases. If we think of our daily energy as a bank account, it’s easier to consider what ‘adds’ or ‘takes’ our energy. Energy supplies us with the power to function, grow, heal and regenerate ourselves daily. We are designed, however, to supplement this original endowment of energy with what we generate from eating, breathing, sleeping, working, playing, learning and relationships. Each day we make withdrawals and deposits; we invest or...