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...
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...
Cityscape hits up Cashmere Cuisine's Kurt Robinson for some BBQ pointers.
Salt, pepper and a BBQ is all you need. Why Rich and beefy this fatty cut, dry-aged to perfection, is the BBQ king pin. How Sear over medium-high, direct heat until charred, 3–4mins perside. Move to medium-low, indirect heat and continue grilling before searing edges. Pro tip Let the meat reach room temperature before cooking.
A light alternative to red meat. Why A rich yet delicate protein and excellent source of Omega 3. How Place on tinfoil and sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar, salt, pepper, squeeze of lemon juice and sweet chilli sauce. Wrap tightly to seal and cook for about 20mins on medium heat with BBQ lid down. Pro tip Get boneless salmon to avoid those pesky pin bones.
MEATY STICKY PORK RIBS
No knife and fork required! Why A tasty moreish pork cut perfect for the whole family. How Marinate ribs overnight in a good smoky BBQ...
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...
With Kristen Stewart of Kristen Stewart School of Make-up.
This Spring look out for glossy lips, perfect shiny or bronzed skin, the ‘no make-up’ look, either soft pastels or some seriously smoky eyes, striking red lips or the brilliance of some other off-the-hook colour, and to finish it off, fine liner.
For the perfect skin, with a very light looking see-through base, I recommend M.A.C Face and Body Foundation. This is a light foundation that has a buildable coverage and a flawless, natural satin-shine finish. We are falling back in love with eye products! So when prepping your face with amazing moisturisers and primers, do not forget to do this to your eyes, as this will help keep your eye make-up looking fresh and vibrant all day long.
My absolute favourite mascara M.A.C Haute & Naughty Lash is a two-in-one mascara that lets you have either a very natural-looking lash or...
Paul Dean of Sergios provides some style tips for lads approaching their wedding day.
Tying the knot? There are no excuses for grooms not to be looking sharp on their big day. The good news for guys is it doesn’t need to be difficult. Suit, shirt, tie and done … well, we could put a little more effort in than that. Regardless of how often you're going to wear the suit, I'd recommend the groom purchasing a suit for his big day – you'll own a garment that fits you perfectly and you will look and feel so much better. At the end of the day a wedding is a big spend for most couples, so you might as well come out of it with your own suit – it beats buying one down the track for someone else’s wedding!
The groomsmen’s suits (generally hired) don’t have to match the groom's,...