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Competing with a man's first love

Research has found men are more likely than women to carry a torch for their ex.

1:14 PM  Wise women know you can fight present danger, but life-long obsessions are in a different league.

Bad driving a real turn-off

British research discovers the surest way to woo a potential love interest is to brush up on driving skills.

#AskJaquie: 'Just hope he loses his eyesight before you'

Staying single after losing a spouse

food & wine

How to make chorizo Scotch eggs

Scotch eggs are making a very tasty comeback.

Scotch eggs with mustard are back on the radar.

Why dessert can be good for you

Desserts need not strain your system – in fact they can benefit gut bacteria.

Domaine Rewa, as its name suggests, is a New Zealand winery with a leaning towards the old world.

NZ's best chardonnays video

Can you guess which winery makes Cuisine magazine's top chardonnay pick?

beauty

The power of self-pamper

Taking care of yourself is not about vanity; it's about self-respect.

Self-care is not just an indulgence; it's an investment in your wellbeing.

Perk up those tired eyes

Find out what's causing those dark under-eye shadows - and how to fix them.

Elisabeth Moss is now a ravishing redhead.

Get the look: Elisabeth Moss

Bold red hair is all the rage at the moment. Here's how to do it right.

fashion

A is for air kiss

A is for All Blacks. Rugby met runway for Jockey in the Designer Selection show.

From Andrea Moore to Zambesi: The A-Z of Fashion Week.

Kiwi fashion pioneer dies

The man who joyfully brought hot pants and flares to a generation of fashion-hungry New Zealanders has died.

Kiwis have made 6000 searches on Trade Me for Yeezy Boost 350s in the past week.

Yeezy shoes on sale for $1200

A pair of Yeezy Boost 350s are for sale for a cool $1200 - four times the retail price.

well & good

Is your phone your shield?

The vast majority of us own mobile phones and are rarely parted from them.

This is the new normal, so to speak - our emerging consensus on when and where to use phones in public.

Suffering from memory loss

Taking aerobic exercise every day helps because it increases blood flow, sending more oxygen to the brain.

How many close friends do we truly need?

How 'friend therapy' helps

life

Raising an eyebrow to middle age

Tom Cruise mocks his Oprah mid-life crisis by repeating his couch-jumping stunt on David Letterman's talk show, 2005.

OPINION: Botox, fast cars, leaping on Oprah Winfrey's couch: all signs of a mid-life crisis. Now add eyebrow tattoos, says Lynda Hallinan

'I love every minute of it'

Thalia Harteveld fundraises every Daffodil Day to honour father who died of cancer in 1962.

Us Two: Darren Meredith and Ezra Huege de Serville

Megan Nicol Reed: On girls' night out, a pact

home & property

The O.C mansion's up for sale

Got a spare $NZ9.6million? You too could live like the Cohens.

California here we come! If you loved The O.C and have a spare $9.6million, you too could live like the Cohens.

Brad Pitt builds 109 homes

This Saturday marks 10 years since the devastating event and no celebrity is more in sync than Brad Pitt.

How do you raise issues with your neighbours? Write them a wee note, of course.

Doorstep notes you don't want

How does one deal with a neighbour from hell? You write them a letter, of course.

luxury

Is this the Rolls-Royce SUV? gallery

A computer-generated concept of what the Rolls-Royce SUV will look like.

This vehicle shapes as the new face of luxury motoring that the mega-rich will crave.

Crazy new must-have of the super-rich

A dog nanny: akin to that of a governess, but entrusted with a slobbering pug in a pink diamond-studded collar.

'Dinner Time' by British artist L S Lowry commanded $95,000 at Dunbar Sloane's Wellington auction on Wednesday. The work beat Lowry's previous record for a work on paper of AUD $38,000, setting an Australasian record.

Pencil drawing sells for six figures

Pencil drawing of working-class men eating dinner snapped up for six figures in Wellington.

weddings

The 'saddest bride I have ever seen'

Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, poses for photographs with his new bride, 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter.

On her wedding day, Nasoin Akhter looked "melancholic" - and with good reason. She was just 15.

Surprise proposal on the catwalk video

Designer delighted onlookers when he popped the question to his partner during their Fashion Week show.

A little help from their friends.

Introducing Bekah and Tom

We love a good proposal story and Bekah and Tom's is definitely one that had us reaching for our tissue box.

Video

Hipster house creeps out UK media

An eerie-looking hipster house for sale in Sydney has UK media in a spin.

Parenting

How to talk to teens about sex

It seems many teenagers feel school sex education focuses too much on risk prevention and not enough on communication in relationships.

12:16 PM  Teenagers have good understanding of the mechanics of sex, but want to know more about building relationships.

My son isn't getting a mobile

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered high school last year. My son wasn't so lucky.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast with a fuller, and some would say, more realistic figure.

'Realistic' Disney princesses

From beards to 'real life', Disney princesses have been re-imagined too many ways to count.

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Why dogs make us smile gallery

Dog

Whether it's their knack with selfies or a love of cushions, they're guaranteed to do something cute every day.

My toastbusters mission

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Moata Tamaira
Blogger for STUFF

Try as I might, I struggle to be served bread items at cafes that aren't flattened into a melty oblivion.

The super-secret life of pets

The Secret Life of Pets

It's my conviction that a pet spends part of every day practising to be more adorable.

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