What not to say to a woman

Amie Richardson: Forget Fifty Shades, the dirtiest words you'll ever say to a woman is "middle-aged".

5:00 AM  The first time Amie Richardson was called "middle-aged", she was pregnant and 34. She cried.

Yes, red can be restful

Loena Wilson McCormack bought the Domo furniture soon after the dramatic red glass wall had been installed.

5:00 AM  This outdoor room proves that bold colour can be used to create a serene setting.

Why I don't want male babysitters

I am determined to do everything I can to make sure my daughter is not a victim of abuse.

OPINION: My husband and I made a rule: no man would ever babysit our children.

What my daily selfies revealed

I like to think that the instinct to take the photo was rooted in hope.

I took a photo of myself every day after my marriage ended - and I'm glad I did.

The secret to the female orgasm

Faking it: Soon to be a thing of the past?

You only need to do three things.

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love & sex

A secret romance

Love story. For years Tanya Moir has been leading a romantic double life.

5:00 AM  For years, historical novelist Tanya Moir has hidden her second identity as romance writer Holly Ford. Now she is ready to celebrate her success.

Paid leave for sex in Sweden?

A Swedish town is considering giving people an hour off during the work week to have sex.

Secrets to the female orgasm

Do mums prefer sleep or sex?

food & wine

Home's poke salad bowl

Poke salad bowl from Home eatery in Christchurch.

We help readers track down a dish from a restaurant or cafe.

Top 5 summer delicacies

From slippery shellfish to champers on the rocks, these are delicacies that give summer its flavour.

You'll be able to find carbohydrate and calorie content on beer labels.

Nutritional labels added to beer

As of Friday, local brewers will voluntarily add dietary information.

beauty

Tested: A laser facial

KM Surgical's Laser Genesis facial is a great way to refresh before an event.

The non-ablative laser stimulates collagen growth and tightens skin without removing any skin layers.

Condoms for your face? video

 It's one of the most bizarre beauty trends we've seen, but it has some merits.

This is a trend we didn't see coming.

Would you get freckles tattooed on?

Some spend a fortune trying to get rid of them; others pay good money to ink them on.

fashion

'Shame on Nike'

An online commercial released by Nike this week showing Arab women playing sport has provoked debate.

Online Nike ad that attempts to smash stereotypes about Arab women has stirred up controversy.

Barefoot on the red carpet

No shoes? No worries! Wellington woman's very Kiwi approach to the Oscars.

Jane Fonda shows us how it's done this week while Emma Watson has an almost-hit and model Bo Krsmanovic has a big miss.

Best & worst dressed celebrities

This week, Jane Fonda works it, Emma Watson can't make it work and a swimsuit model needs to fire her sister.

well & good

The benefits of having cancer stuff nation

David Downs has lost 9 kilos in 5 weeks, one of the changes his friends have noticed since his cancer diagnosis.

David Downs: I'll tell you what – if you want to feel good about yourself, get cancer.

Gwyneth's new book is a doozy

From the woman who introduced the world to vagina steaming and conscious uncoupling.

Back pain could kill you early

10 a day keeps the doctor away

life

Waiting around for payday

Kelly Ana Morey.

5:00 AM  When the going gets tough, the award-winning novelist puts on her apron and gets busy.

What not to say to a woman

5:00 AM  The first time Amie Richardson was called "middle-aged", she was pregnant and 34. She cried.

Kellyanne Conway slams feminism video

What my daily selfies revealed

home & property

Perks of outdoor fireplaces 

Warren and Mahoney Architects designed this stunning house and outdoor living area in Bremner Bay, overlooking Lake ...

5:00 AM  A beautiful outdoor living area with a fireplace will lengthen your time spent outdoors.

Building with the Drents video

5:00 AM  The Drents start digging and develop case of cold feet.

Loena Wilson McCormack bought the Domo furniture soon after the dramatic red glass wall had been installed.

Yes, red can be restful

5:00 AM  This outdoor room proves that bold colour can be used to create a serene setting.

luxury

F1-inspired Aston Martins revealed gallery video

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Edition.

British sports car maker unveils limiited edition variants of its ageing Vantage coupe.

Merc's monster luxury off-roader gallery

Mercedes-Benz's flagship brand adds uber luxury off-roader to its exclusive ranks.

The 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

New Ferrari is 'Superfast'

Geneva debut for the most powerful and fastest Ferrari in the marque’s history.

weddings

Introducing Whytney & Andrew gallery

The couple outside the beautiful South Yorkshire church where all previous generations of Andrew's family have been married.

Andrew came to NZ to help in the Christchurch recovery project, but found love instead.

Introducing Kirsty and Wes gallery

After a melt-your-heart proposal, this couple tied the knot in a rustic-romance themed wedding.

Natasha Utting and Anika Moa met in 2013.

Anika Moa ties the knot

New Zealand musician Anika Moa has married partner Natasha Utting.

Video

Building with the Drents - part 3

The Drents start digging and develop case of cold feet.

Parenting

Parents ban male babysitters

I am determined to do everything I can to make sure my daughter is not a victim of abuse.

OPINION: My husband and I made a rule: no man would ever babysit our children.

Ordinary day with autistic son

Mum sometimes cries and wonders "why me?". But then her autistic son Jesse brings a flower and says, "mum, love".

A survey of behaviour in the bedroom reveals what Aussie mothers prefer between the sheets.

Do mums prefer sleep or sex?

A survey of behaviour in the bedroom reveals what mothers prefer between the sheets.

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blogs

Furry Friday: A simple life

Dodo doesn't need to know that a ball has perfect aerodynamics. What she loves is that it bounces, and keeps on bouncing.

For a dog, there's no need to complicate things.

Furry Friday: Cats at play

Bosley has hunted down his audacious prey. How dare it sparkle so irresistibly!

All kinds of things can excite a cat's play drive. And it's fun to watch.

Furry Friday: Dog delights

The bliss of canine companionship: Lace gets a respectful smooch from Neeko. Lace is a stately 16 years old, whereas ...

Here's a lineup of dogs following their bliss and doing what nature commands them to do: seek out joy.

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