Your worst date in five words

BAD DATE: Candlelight dinner

A terrible date can provide all means of fodder to laugh about and cringe at with friends - or share on social media.

Santa dressed in high-end garb gallery

Santa in Kenzo

Joint London have upgraded Santa with new threads from high-end designers like Alexander Wang and Kenzo.

20 epic style moments in 2014 gallery

CATE BLANCHETT, $100,000: Not only did Blanchett take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film Blue Jasmine at the 2014 awards, she also earned the title of most expensive Oscars outfit ever worn. The Armani Prive nude gown featuring hundreds of Swarovski crystals accounted for only $100,000 of the cost, while her jewellery and shoes brought her total outfit cost up to $18.1 million.

From Angelina Jolie's wedding dress to Amal Clooney, these are 20 jaw-dropping style moments of 2014.

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TOTALLY CRACKERS: These Christmas celebrity impressions are crackers on two counts: they crack us up, and feel a little unhinged. We're in love.

From Ariana Grande to Drew Barrymore, SJP and Miley Cyrus - these festive singing take-offs are on-point.

Otago lads do the Sugar Plum video

SHEER ELEGANCE: The Selwyn Ballet has a nearing century-old heritage.

... and how elegant they are when pirouetting.

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Your worst date in five words

BAD DATE: Candlelight dinner

A terrible date can provide all means of fodder to laugh about and cringe at with friends - or share on social media.

A long-lasting romance

A couple married for almost seven decades died only 12 days apart from each other.

Relationship rules to ignore

Outrage over advice column

food & wine

Brewers tap careful drinkers

Steve Major pours a low alcohol 4 percent Three Piece Wheat beer at The Free House.

Even before Simon Nicholas finished the first batch of his lower alcohol craft beer, it had "pretty much" sold out.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

SIMPLE AND SEASONAL: Pomegranate, feta and nut salad.

Perfecting the summer salad

Salads can be intimidating because of the number of choices. Here's how to make a great summer salad.

beauty

Kate's hair is William's 'nightmare'

The Duchess's long and thick hair could be the reason she has a private hairstylist on call.

Princely payback for his beloved's hairpiece quip.

In my beauty bag: Leonie Barlow

Take a peek at the products on the The Style Insider's current love list.

PRESSURE: The pressures are always there telling women they're not good enough without some assistance.

How do women survive the day?

OPINION: As a guy I find women deliciously mysterious. But it's clear from all the ads that I'm in the growing minority.

fashion

Santa dressed in high-end garb gallery

Santa in Kenzo

Joint London have upgraded Santa with new threads from high-end designers like Alexander Wang and Kenzo.

The week's best & worst dressed gallery

Rita Ora wears a full-body scrunchie, pubic pom poms are a thing and Kim K wraps herself in mesh.

CATE BLANCHETT, $100,000: Not only did Blanchett take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film Blue Jasmine at the 2014 awards, she also earned the title of most expensive Oscars outfit ever worn. The Armani Prive nude gown featuring hundreds of Swarovski crystals accounted for only $100,000 of the cost, while her jewellery and shoes brought her total outfit cost up to $18.1 million.

20 epic style moments in 2014 gallery

From Angelina Jolie's wedding dress to Amal Clooney, these are 20 jaw-dropping style moments of 2014.

well & good

How to not get smashed at XMas

COMMON SIGHT:  A study survey showed that a whopping 96 per cent of respondents went to work hung over after a holiday party or knew someone who did.

3 min ago  The holidays aren't known as a time of alcoholic restraint but here are some tips how to drink to excess.

Fellow man over marathon

He was so close to the finish line, but he gave that up to save a stranger's life while others ran on.

Win holiday goodies!

Top 10 wellbeing stories of 2014 gallery

life

Twitter: Rape threats, then no response

PLAYING FIELD FOR CYBERBULLIES: Twitter

What it was like to be a woman on Twitter in 2014

SBW reveals biggest challenge

Superstar athlete Sonny Bill Williams' greatest challenge has nothing to do with sport.

100 and dancing on table tops video

Legless quake survivor's gift

home & property

A to Zzz guide to mattresses

TENTH BIRTHDAY: If your mattress is turning 10 in 2015 then it might be time to purchase yourself a new one.

Don't let the thought of mattress shopping keep you awake at night.

Seven fairytale castles for sale gallery

Always fancied yourself as a bit of a king or queen? Now you can live the dream.

CENTRAL OTAGO: Geoff and Belinda Andrew's home, which sits beneath the Crown Range

Striking gold in the South gallery

An old schist cottage near Arrowtown was the starting point for a home that cleverly blends old and new.

luxury

10 pricey Oscar dresses gallery

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, $4,000,000: The blush-pink ballgown by Dior Haute Couture worn by J-Law at the 2013 Academy Awards tops the list of most valuable awards dresses in recent times. Why? All because she tripped. That's right, the image of Lawrence tripping on the stairs was broadcast around the world giving Dior enormous publicity. Winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook possibly also played a part in the exposure, but one is starting to think that trip wasn't an accident...

Designer brands gain enormous exposure on Oscar night. Here are 10 of the most valuable dresses worn in recent history.

The bike that costs $512,000 gallery

Coated in 24-carat gold, it’s for the man who has everything.

TELLING HER MOTHER'S STORY IN STYLE: Diane von Furstenberg says writing her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, helped her understand her mother's history and how she survived the Holocaust.

Luxury looks like DVF

Luxury smells like exotic flowers, tastes like peppermint tea, and looks like Diane von Furstenberg.

weddings

Introducing Kathy & Mike gallery

Kathy and Mike.

The proposal was high-tech (with a remote-control chopper) but the wedding was beautifully rustic.

Treasure hunt proposal video

The race to the altar for a Wellington couple hit the heights of Mt Victoria, Amazing Race-style.

Solange Knowles weds Alan Ferguson

Top 11 celebrity weddings of 2014 gallery

Kim and Kanye and George and Amal dominated the headlines, but they weren't the only A listers who tied the knot.

Video

Limited space for Christmas cheer

Christmas morning in a caravan is nothing new for Phil Thompson and Debra Savage.

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