24 February 2017

Amethyst In The Violet Spotlight


For those birthday babies of February, purple Amethyst marks the precious birthstone of highly esteemed legendary powers and symbolic mythology. February delivers an unpredictable month of gloomy rain showers, shivering temperatures amongst the short, dark days of monotony for many. The semi-precious violet birthstone of Amethyst therefore provides a soothing antidote of strength to fight the February fatigue and inject a little warmth through its calming properties of of peace, stability and courage.


As one of the most widely used naturally hard gems, Amethyst is generally sourced in the form of six-sided crystals and contains the second most abundant minerals in the world: Quartz. An Amethyst's colour can range greatly from a pale mauve to a much more intense and deeply beautiful purple. 


The colour spectrum of Amethyst from purple, pale lilac and mauve correlate to its geographical location with gems sourced in and around Eastern Mexico being very pale in colour whilst brighter, more pigmented stones are found closer to Central and Southwest Mexico. The physical colour properties of this precious gemstone is highly sensitive and unstable meaning that their colours can depreciate through prolonged exposure to sunlight.


Historically, the colour of purple Amethyst has been strongly hailed as a symbol of royalty with the gemstone being used as an adornment of many precious crowns as a symbolic gesture of power, humility and material wealth. Having always been strongly related to higher societal class, Amethyst was thought to deliver visions of power and prophecies of riches to those that wore it. The stone is believed to encourage a sense of contemplation and bravery to its wearer and is thought to be a precious gem that controls evil misgivings to reveal the most pure, intelligent and selfless beings within mankind.


Being a stone of power, protection and healing, Amethyst has a rich history as a natural and therapeutic aid for bodily ailments such as overindulgence and excessive drinking. Amethyst is thought to install a clear and wise wind to its wearer with ancient Egyptians using this gemstone as a symbol of the goat. The goat is of significance within this zodiac energetic field as it was thought to be the antidote to wine in its strong dislike of vineyards. Since then, this vibrant violet gemstone has been considered to represent the act of sobriety.


Amethyst is also strongly connected to restoring he equilibrium of a healthy sleep cycle. It is thought that the low level of heat emitted from the purple stone helps to calm bodily activities, loosen the mental blocks associated with stress and heal the frequency of bad dreams. As a spiritual stone, Amethyst is seen as a natural healer which is why when placed under a pillow as its wearer sleeps, amethyst is seen to bring about prophetic dreams, drive away insomnia and emotional struggles by bestowing courage and good judgement.


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18 February 2017

Greenery: The Colour Set to Revive, Refresh, Renew


Welcome to the fresh and zesty world of Greenery15-0343, the Pantone colour blooming into 2017! Greenery is natures' authentic omnipresent hue of thriving; emblematic for vitality and the need to strip back to our organic state of being. 

After suffering a turbulent political and social upheaval throughout most of 2016, this yellow-green shade symbolises a need to reconnect to nature and a more grounded sense of purpose.


In a world monopolised by social media and technology, 'Greenery' reminds us of noticing the real truth and beauty in the natural aesthetics around us; a sense of escapism from our materialistic society and discover the wonder of the outdoors outside of our Instagram feeds.


Pantone Greenery embodies our desire to escape, revive and restore expressed through our global urban lifestyle choices, architecture and sustainable living. The Spring/Summer 2017 runways have hopped like bunnies onto the emergence of this bright zingy shade of green with collections standing out in illustrative passion and lushness from Michael Kors to Cynthia Rowley.


Marked as a 'trans-seasonal' shade, the hue of Greenery makes for one stunning show when paired with a plethora of colour combinations. From ethereal earthy tones, neutrals and metallics to bright pastels and moody palette shades.


Get in touch with nature and refresh your accessory cupboard with a ping of zing and get inspired by Springs' fresh and fabulously green new beginnings...



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13 February 2017

Champagne Supernova of The Moment: Theia


When it comes to music, the global industry is never short of a fresh spin of inspiring sounds and the chilling vibes of breakthrough kiwi solo artist, Theia is making electric waves in the ocean of music with her chilling vibes of talent. 

With her new single 'Champagne Supernova' catching fire within the international charts with its heartfelt vocals, Theia looks ready to maximise the heat on her infectious deep-cut beats.

'Champagne Supernova' follows on from the top 5 radio hit (and NZ #1 airplay) 'Roam', which surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify in only 3 months and placed it on viral charts across the globe including the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.


The title of the song comes from the book 'Champagne Supernovas' about the 90s renegades of fashion, namely Alexander McQueen, Isabella Blow, Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss.

Theia was drawn to the juxtaposition of the grandeur and glory; darkness and self-destruction – champagne being a symbol for elegance and supernova being a star that shines its brightest when it’s dying. The song is a way of dealing with inner turmoil or fighting your inner demons - whatever they may be.


I caught up with the girl of the moment herself to coax out the inspirations of the stripped back goddess behind the soulful voice of 2017. Any resistance is futile so strap yourselves in, prepare to be enchanted and turn up the alluring sounds of Theia...

Have you always been passionate about music and pursuing a career as a singer or did you have a sudden 'Uh hah!' moment?
I've written since about 7 years old, both poetry and songs and always lusted after a career in the arts, whether in movies, dance, broadway or as a music artist. Music was always going to happen, I believe. I just truly loved it so much and couldn't bare the thought of not pursuing it to the best of my ability.

What are the biggest inspirations behind your music?
I'm inspired by many things : fashion, life experiences, culture, music and art.

You're fast becoming a covetable musical 'it' idol, who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
Amy Winehouse, Gaga and Rihanna are a few of my biggest inspirations. I could go on and on about my love for their fearlessness, strength, passion and style. Also I think there's a real strength in vulnerability, and being unabashedly yourself to the world. They're all truly inimitable and I really admire that.


You've got a very distinctive voice and vibe in your music. How would you describe your sound?
An eclectic mix of all my influences. Pop, electronic, dance, urban, R&B, with ethereal layered vocals, strong lyrics and melodies.

When you're not working, where and what would we find you doing?
Exploring, swimming at the beach, eating good food, in the pages of a good book and sharing laughs with family and friends. 

What are you most excited about for the upcoming year?
There are so many exciting things ahead. I can't wait to release more music, to make more music, performing and traveling.

What would you say was your biggest life lesson to date?
Kindness.

What would be your parting piece of advice to young individuals feeling stuck or lost as to where to go in life?
Don't be scared to do what others aren't. Find what you really enjoy, what gives you fulfilment and pursue it. Focus on your strengths. Constantly make goals, write them down and work towards them.



Quick-fire Questions:

#1. Current book you're reading…
Bossypants by Tina Fey

#2. Dream destination hotspot…
India and Machu Picchu 

#3. Salty or Sweet?
Salty

#4. What is your signature scent?
Vintage Femme by Marcel Rochas 

#5. Go to track?
Literally anything Amy Winehouse 

#6. Ice-cream or Chocolate?
Chocolate

#7. Are you a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter baby? 
Summer


The new single will feature on the Theia’s upcoming debut EP (release date TBC).
Find Theia: Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Youtube



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05 February 2017

A Hint of Pink to Make Them Wink


Now it wouldn't be the fashion world if it didn't use the dismal first months of the year to tamper and tease our tastebud trends with a glimpse of Spring time fashion delights. One blushing shade of romance struck the catwalks in dazzling delights and has laced her charm into the jewellery cupboards of many buzzing designers.



Bid farewell to the dark and gloomy days of winter depression and skip into the bright lights of Spring with the covetable tint of pink! Delicate, dainty but undeniably charming, a hint of pink swishing and swaying against bare skin adds an innocently playful touch to any Spring style look. Nestled within individual pendant gemstones or demanding the attention in bold stone rings, keep your peepers set upon a plethora of blooming pink tones from flushing Rose quartz to burning Morganite.




Solidify your stakes in the fashion jewellery world by accessorising your look in bubblegum rose-hued tints guaranteed to make your admirers wink! 



Take a peek at this Spring fling lookbook and prepare to reign supreme in all things darling pink...!


From left to right: Carved Flower Opal EarringsPink Sapphire Cocktail RingMorganite & Diamond Droppers

From left to right: Empress Rose Quartz RingAztec Pink Sapphire DroppersGeo Spring RingPink Opal Teardrop Earrings


From left to right: Pink Sapphire & Diamond StudsMutala Morganite RingMadagascan Ruby EarringsMystic Pink RingCrackled Quartz Ring


From left to right: Prince Charmant BraceletTourmaline & Pink Sapphire RingTivon Red Monte Carlo EarringsHaylcyon Days Hearts Bangle

From left to right: Silver Pink Mystic StudsKunzite & Diamond Ring'A Drop of Rose' PendantRajasthan Garnet RingPink Spinel Studs

From left to right: Platinum Pink Sapphire BraceletAfrica Pink Stone EarringsBaobab Rose EarringsPink Spinel & White Zircon Ring


Love, Sarah

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