In Brigit Blair's beauty bag

Brigit Blair is a big believer in healthy living, positive thinking and letting your natural beauty shine through.

5:00 AM  This successful businesswoman has a simple beauty philosophy: less is more.

My grandson wants to be a girl

Anna Bianchi says her grandson (not pictured) is teaching her the truth.

5:00 AM  What do you do when your five-year-old grandson likes girl's clothes and wearing his hair long?

Tattoo reveals hidden battle

The text inked onto Bekah Miles' leg reads "I'm fine" to onlookers, but when she looks down on it, it reads: "Save me."

Woman gets tattoo to express her ongoing inner battle with depression.

Kylie J's anti-bullying campaign

Kylie Jenner.

Kylie Jenner might look like she has the perfect life, but she says she has been bullied too.

My singles-friendly wedding

Tossing the bouquet? Not at my wedding.

It was important to me that my wedding didn't single out my single friends.

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love & sex

Dads need to talk about sex

Attention all fathers: A proper sex education can be a tremendous gift to your children.

5:00 AM  Attention all fathers: A proper sex education can be a tremendous gift to your children.

What makes love last?

A renowned relationship expert has the answer - and it may surprise you.

Is Instagram the new Tinder?

Competing with a man's first love

food & wine

Persian love pavlova

This is a dessert is a beautiful mess, but one that is always a crowd pleaser.

5:00 AM  This is a dessert is a beautiful mess, but one that is always a crowd pleaser.

Treat Dad with chocolate

If your dad's a chocolate fan (and aren't they all?), here's what to make him this Father's Day.

When you taste a wine, nothing else matters for the next half minute except what that wine's smells, tastes and texture mean to no-one else but you.

Tasting wine is hard work

A day's wine tasting is both mentally and physically exhausting.

beauty

In Brigit Blair's beauty bag

Brigit Blair is a big believer in healthy living, positive thinking and letting your natural beauty shine through.

5:00 AM  This successful businesswoman has a simple beauty philosophy: less is more.

Proof redheads aren't all white

Photographer Michelle Marshall is on a mission to bust myths about redheads.

A female average.

Beauty 'not about being average'

Take a bunch of faces and layer them together and they turn out to be really, really good looking.

fashion

The onesie to save lives

Wellington designer Sophie Voon has created a modern onesie for Wellington Free Ambulance's annual appeal.

5:00 AM  It's not furry, doesn't cover every inch of skin from wrists to ankles and could proudly be worn in public.

Costumes all Cyrus, not serious gallery

We thought she'd be left field, not dressed like Xena: Warrior Princess on acid.

Barbara Gilchrist creates and sells old fashioned aprons made from tablecloths and teatowels.

Old cloths become trendy aprons video

Barbara Gilchrist created quirky vintage aprons out of recycled tablecloths and tea towels with her apron business, Inapinny.

well & good

Healthy brain, happy life

Bananas can make you happy, thanks to the part they play in lifting dopamine levels.

5:00 AM  It's the magic ingredient in your brain which controls much of how you feel about life, and it's surprisingly simple to boost.

See the good in yourself

Allowing ourselves to see the good within us, we can be motivated which can take us to a higher level.

Is organic a waste of money?

A gruelling charity run in Kenya

life

Tattoo reveals hidden battle

The text inked onto Bekah Miles' leg reads "I'm fine" to onlookers, but when she looks down on it, it reads: "Save me."

Woman gets tattoo to express her ongoing inner battle with depression.

Kylie Jenner's anti-bullying campaign

Kylie Jenner might look like she has the perfect life, but she says she has been bullied too.

My grandson wants to be a girl

'Every fear I had vanished'

home & property

How to mix and match

Perfecting a well-executed eclectic home involves trial and error.

5:00 AM  Using patterns can inject some fun and colour into your home. Here's how to do it.

How to get those roses growing

Rose guru Barbara Lea Taylor shares her tips for feeding roses this spring.

Small appliances can freshen up your kitchen in a flash.

10 kitchen must-haves

5:00 AM  Small appliances are the perfect way to make your kitchen look new – and your life a whole lot easier.

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

My singles-friendly wedding

Tossing the bouquet? Not at my wedding.

It was important to me that my wedding didn't single out my single friends.

How to have a horsey wedding gallery

If horses are the love of your life (bar your future spouse, of course), here's how to tastefully include them in the big day.

As young Chinese become wealthier, they have taken to Paris the national tradition of having wedding photos taken in advance for display on the big day.

Paris: Perfect for pre-wedding bliss gallery

Chinese tourists are flocking to the 'City of Love' in search of the perfect wedding photo.

Video

Old cloths become trendy aprons

Barbara Gilchrist created quirky vintage aprons out of recycled tablecloths and tea towels with her apron business, Inapinny.

Parenting

Double Trouble: Insomnia!

Yep that's right.  There are two buns in the oven.

5:00 AM  If one more person tells me to enjoy my sleep before the babies arrive I’ll go berserk.

Dads need to talk about sex

5:00 AM  Attention all fathers: A proper sex education can be a tremendous gift to your children.

Rachel Sarjantson with her son Ronnie.

Mum denied pap smear dies

5:00 AM  A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was "too young" to need it.

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blogs

When pets are 'naughty'

Oscar is a freedom fighter. He liberated the spaghetti from its bonds. Now Oscar's work is done, and yours begins.

Stuffed toys, paper towel, spaghetti - they're all fair game for curious cats and dogs.

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

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