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Behind the scenes of a Voon clothing shoot

Yesterday we had the pleasure of working in beautiful Kaitoki park for a gorgeous Voon clothing shoot. I can't reveal the amazing clothes yet but there are a few behind the scene shots to show.

And another one of our lovey bride's and bridal party

beautiful Penny - hair and makeup by Ange Duncan
Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan and Hil Cook
Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan

A few new bridal pics to show off

Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan

Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan and Kate Wilcox

Hair and makeup by Hil Coolk and Ange Duncan

Hair and makeup by Hil Cook

Hair by Hil Cook

Hair and makeup by Hil Cook

Hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

Hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan and Nat Henderson

Hair and makeup by Ange Duncan and Nat Henderson

Sophie Voon bridal, one of our favorites!

Voon has long been an essential shopping destination for the discerning
Wellington lady with its quirky and girlish yet sophisticated signature
style.  7 years ago Voon saw there was a gap in the market for bridal wear
that also captured this vision and the Sophie Voon Bridal label was

" We realized that our Voon customers who normally wore stylish unique
clothes were having trouble finding wedding attire that captured the
essence of who they were on one of the most important days of their
lives." says Voon. " Our dresses are designed from a fashion background so
are always flattering as we know what suits a body shape. We have a
conscious design aesthetic that is completely opposite from the 'costume'
look of some bridal wear. We have a vintage feel but our look always has a
fashion edge to it which makes it contemporary."

The Sophie Voon Bridal range which includes not only wedding gowns but
also bridesmaid, flower girl and mother of the bride outfits, has been so
popular that they have recently expanded their shop by knocking through
the wall in to the next door space and have created a specialised bridal

A luxurious sanctuary for the bride-to-be, the new shop is a girly
paradise with lush crimson carpet, french style white counter, specially
commissioned chinoiserie style feature wall by Mary Adams Design and, of
course - the best part, rows of heart stopping stunningly beautiful

But it is not only luxury that Voon has in mind, it is also important to
her that her label is made in an ethical manner that does not compromise
on quality.

The dresses are available in ethically traded silk from the Takeo province
in Cambodia about 40kms from Phnom Penh. Woman weavers work from their
rural homes making an income for their families using traditional skills
making silk for a modern international market. This silk is also for sale
in the Sophie Voon Bridal boutique.

All the wedding dresses are lovingly crafted with care in the Voon
workroom a few doors up the road from the shop in central Willis St.

Voon also donates $100 from each wedding dress to Empower Asia, a charity
which runs safe houses across Asia providing at risk children a home and
education away from the dangers of child prostitution and extreme poverty.

Also for sale are dazzling array of jewelry treasures commissioned by Voon
from Rahab. Rahab is located in the heart of the red light district of
Bangkok  and helps women who have been exploited by teaching them jewelry

Unlike other bridal shops Voon does not charge to try on the wedding gowns
and no appointment is necessary. You are welcome to pop in at any time and
the experienced, friendly staff will ensure you find the perfect wedding
dress style for your perfect day!

Contact details:

Sophie Voon
ph: 801 81 83
cell: 027 711 5042
email: info@voon.co.nz

Mary Adams Design
ph: 04 801 9960
cell: 021 0343 252
email: mary@maryadams.co.nz

Makeup tips for men for their big day

A few handy tips for the groom for those perfect pics

We have quite a few grooms these days needing a wee jooshh for their big day. I thought we would add some info for all our bridal readers just to know what products can be used to make a huge difference to those wedding day photos  :)

A few years ago, there was uproar where a man's desire to look attractive was debated upon. The West presented their idea of metro-sexual men while the rest of the world protested against it saying that men are predestined to look 'manly'! With the revolution, came the image of a well groomed, immaculate, clean shaven man with stylish glasses and this became the epitome of manhood. The cosmetic industry launched numerous products into the market that targeted the grooming and public presentation of a man. As the years have passed, men have become more open towards the use of makeup that was once considered women's domain. It is basically, 'society' that has learned to accept that use of makeup does not make one a lesser man! Now, if this application of cosmetics is overdone, it might give out the wrong signals. The basic function of makeup is enhancing features, covering up the flaws and boosting the self-esteem. Several men who are conscious about their looks and are introverts should find this highly helpful. :)

Men have much larger pores than women -  To give an even skin tone and close those pores for both men and woman, reduce oil and minimize shine - use "Pores no more" by Doctor Brandt its the best thing in the world!!
This can be purchased at Mecca and I cant tell you how amazing it is!!

TInted mosituriser for your fella's skin will even out skin colour for photos without looking made up and the amazing YSL touche eclait ( one of our favourites) is fantastic for brightening eyes and taking away dark circles.  It is light reflecting so will bounce dark circles away in flash photography, and what could be bad in that??

Winners of the "brightest idea for iPhone applications" through the Bright ideas Challenge!


WOOP WOOP, who would of thought two blondes could achieve sooooo much!!

Some of our latest bridal pics

Thought I would share some our Lea's stunning work on gorgeous bride Peggy Boolieris.  Looked to be a magic day and a lot of fun :)

Great photography by Fineline photography

A lovely mother of the bride below done by our talented Nat Henderson
Hair and makeup by Nat Henderson

hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

Hair and makeup by Lea Hoare

Antipodes latest products that I am love with !!

Everyone who reads these blogs knows I am an avid believer in ANTIPODES products! they are right up there with miracles for skin and yesterday I received two of their latest products below in our letter box :)
They are incredibly gentle on my terribly sensitive skin and made with our very own "NZ grapes" which are packed with anti oxidants!! I truly believe these products are the latest greatest thing for skin so when your passing Farmers next, pop in and try a tester :)

ORGANIC Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum

Deliver the ultimate fresh-faced beauty, every day
Here is a water-based corrective serum to help target pigmentation, brighten your skin and restore even tone. It is destined to have a leading role in your daily beauty ritual with its revolutionary bioactive ingredients from New Zealand nature. Waiwera mineral water from an ancient spring voted the world's best water* restores essential moisture to parched skin. Antioxidant-rich Vinanza Performance Plus addresses facial redness and the melanin production that can cause discoloration. Add in the subtle exfoliating action of superfruit kiwi enzyme and soothing Oxifend from red grapes, and your skin will be gloriously glowing! Mamaku black fern and Reishi mushroom assist with healthy cell renewal for the ultimate fresh-faced beauty.
* Voted 'Best in the World' of premium bottled waters, Decanter magazine (2008)
"The best product for my sensitive and dry skin, this product has dramatically brightened my complexion, resulting in a more even skin tone, even with the stress of life and work"
Elizabeth Barbalich, Antipodes founder

NATURAL Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

A high-performance gel cleanser that helps bring out your lightest, brightest complexion.
Reveal clean, clear and blemish-free skin thanks to the action of exfoliating extracts from the New Zealand kiwi superfruit and vibrant hibiscus flower. Manuka honey has antibacterial powers and antioxidant-packed Vinanza Grape which form the perfect union to help reduce and balance oil production, helping grant your healthiest glow ever. True love for normal and oily skin conditions. Lightly scented with refreshing green apple and cardamon.http://www.antipodesnature.com/