Swapping flower girls for grans

A lot of practice went into the petal throwing.

5:00 AM  For these newlyweds, there were two very special people they wanted by their sides.

The scent of a man video

Yves Dombrowsky in his lab.

5:00 AM  In a predominently female focused perfume industry, many of those at the helm are men.

Is it OK to put on PDAs? video

Sweet or sickly?

Are public displays of affection to be celebrated - or do they just make everyone feel uncomfortable?

'Barbie Girl's' $60 plastic ride

College student Tara Monroe says, "riding a bike around campus sucks. Like really sucks”. So instead she bought a hot-pink, battery-powered jeep.

After this student had her driver's licence suspended, there was no way she was going to commute by bike. 

No, cats don't really need you

Cats are "much more independent than canine companions", a study has shown.

Unlike dogs, felines don't pine when owners aren't around - but that's a compliment, researchers say.

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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.

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

Rice pudding with fruit compote

This is nice served warm or chilled.

This makes a nice treat whether it's served warm or chilled.

Chicken legs with citrus

This orange-and-lemon chicken would be extra delicious when paired with a potato mash.

Hand-cut chips with caramelised onion aioli are a moreish treat.

What to cook for Father's Day

Show him you care on Sunday with a delicious homemade blue-cheese burger, served with hand-cut chips and aioli.

beauty

The scent of a man video

Yves Dombrowsky in his lab.

5:00 AM  In a predominently female focused perfume industry, many of those at the helm are men.

In Brigit Blair's beauty bag

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

You don't have to cut it all off - just follow some clever tricks and you, too, can rock a faux bob.

Get the look: Emma Watson

Put the scissors away and follow these simple steps to a cool faux bob instead.

fashion

Best & worst dressed celebrities gallery

Diane Kruger, Emma Watson and Lorde all made the cut this week.

Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger are white hot, Emma Watson turns drab to fab, and one actress makes Maria von Trapp's sewing skills look positively couture.

Nothing ruffles Tory Burch

The fuss-free American designer is arguably the coolest billionaire in the world.

Lady Gaga has spotted wearing a Christchurch designer's collars in an Entertainment Weekly fashion shoot.

Gaga for Kiwi designer

Christchurch designer's “dreams were leaking into reality” when she spotted Lady Gaga wearing one of her collars in a fashion shoot.

well & good

Telling bosses about depression

Things came to a head when my wife, who had long borne the brunt of my condition - the tears, the anxiety, my inability to cope - was able to persuade me I wasn't just stressed.

5:00 AM  My previous coping strategy was to lie and withdraw - but the first time I was honest was a cathartic, lightbulb moment.

How to grow echinacea

5:00 AM  If your immune system needs a boost, this herb has proven properties for fighting winter bugs.

A disease not everyone believes

The promise that saved a life video

life

Ash tattoos on the rise video

Johnsonville mum Sarah Field got tattooed with black ink that was mixed with her daughter's ashes.

5:00 AM  An increasing number of people are taking memorial tattoos a step further than most.

Swapping flower girls for grans

5:00 AM  For these newlyweds, there were two very special people they wanted by their sides.

'Barbie Girl' commutes by plastic jeep

Would you take a 'divorce selfie'?

home & property

21 tips for a beautiful bathroom gallery

Style up your bathroom with these simple tips.

5:00 AM  How to strike a balance between functionality and aesthetics with advice from the experts.

A bed in a shed in a room...

It sounds like Dr Seuss but the reality is even more comical.

Gently crumpled linen looks best with a casual arrangement of pillows.

A restful and romantic space

5:00 AM  Time to refresh your sleeping space? Here's how to make your bed, and then want to lie in it.

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

Swapping flower girls for grans

A lot of practice went into the petal throwing.

5:00 AM  For these newlyweds, there were two very special people they wanted by their sides.

Mistaken friend request turns into marriage

Patsy accidentally added John on Facebook thinking she'd gone to school with him - but instead she ended up with "the man of my dreams".

Those smiles! Someone must have said something amusing.

Introducing Ali and Stephen

Stephen Sinclair and Ali Silcock met when they were just 15 years old.

Video

Ash tattoos on the rise

An increasing number of people are taking memorial tattoos a step further than most.

Parenting

Beautiful shots of conjoined twins

The little girls, named Maria Clara and Maria Eduarda Oliveira Santana, arrived in June, conjoined at the stomach and sharing a liver.

5:00 AM  This couple was shocked to learn they were expecting conjoined girls, but when they "saw them and picked them up, my worries went".

My son, my hopes, my fears

I realised, he wasn't me. He wasn't his father. He was August.

Surprise! You're going to be a parent...

Guess what... I'm pregnant

Long gone are the days when Facebook updates simply said 'we are expecting'.

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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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