A model lifestyle

Mount Maunganui's Melanie Jayne had a choice to make. A fantastic career opportunity in Auckland, or summer fun with son Ezekiel Bevan. It wasn't a tough choice. “For me, as a mother, family time is more important than any job. He's... Read More

The benefits of bamboo

It's known as a highly versatile, natural resource – one of the world's fastest-growing plants. This special plant can reach maturity in about four years compared to the typical 25-70 years for commercial tree species. It's grown... Read More

Every day is an event

When a woman looks good, she feels great. It's infectious. She catches the eye of others in the room, the girls want to know what she's wearing and where she bought it from. And she'll say: “After Hours Eventwear in Bethlehem”. The... Read More

Success on the stage at sixteen

Ironically, Zoe Beck still gets chastised despite being an award-winning designer. Mum Donna Beck makes her meticulously unpick and re-sew any sloppy stitches, even though Zoe has won numerous competitions. Zoe is not all that great a seamstress under... Read More

Lynette’s celebrates 20 years

Bell-bottom trousers would fly off the shelves at Lynette Lochhead's clothing stores 40 years ago. “They were so tight down the top of the leg and flared out massively at the bottom,” says Lynette. “There was no stretch in the... Read More

A cool new look

Jenna Preest brushes her hair with her fingers and the blonde strands glide through. There's no tugging at knotted ends, or hair pulling out. Her hair is silky and shiny, and it looks healthy and strong. “I didn't do anything with my... Read More

Hannah’s passion for fashion

Heels or sneakers, dresses or jeans – whether you dress to impress or just for comfort, you can tell a lot about someone by their clothes. Even if you're adamant you don't care about fashion, your clothes make a statement. Your outfit... Read More

The show must go on

  When Robyn Speed walks the Tarnished Frocks and Divas catwalk on Saturday it will be one of the last outings for her left breast. Robyn is ensuring she relishes the occasion and she's not holding back. For one of her appearances she goes... Read More

Still a girls’ best friend

Fashion comes and goes, but one thing remains – women the world over love a classic. “Yes, diamonds will always be a girl's best friend,” says gold buyer for Pascoes The Jewellers Jenna Evans. “Women's love affair... Read More

Model behaviour

  Naturally slender, dressed head to toe in black, and hiding behind her rock star sunglasses – Danielle Hayes is every inch New Zealand's Next Top Model. As she poses for Life + Style's photographer, she turns it on, working her... Read More