Life & Style

'Why the abuse, life is beautiful'

lesley elliott

For Lesley Elliott, the simple rhyme is of morbid importance.

Weightlifters tie the knot after Commonwealth Games


The marriage of two NZ weightlifters in Glasgow was the icing on their Commonwealth Games cake.

A mother still weeps for her lost son

Graeme Timlin

It has been 49 years since Ursula Purchase last saw her son's face, heard his voice, felt his touch.

Diners treated to a taste of food in film

The Hobbit food stylist Deb Logan

Food scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies have been lovingly recreated for 130 guests at a special Wellington On A Plate event.

We try a floatation tank


I jumped at the chance to let go of gravity and switch off the world. But was it as easy as it sounded?

In My Beauty Bag: Emily Trenberth


How does she manage to look so fabulous while backpacking with haste? We find out.

New Zealand Fashion Week Live: Day Two


While feathers fly over Cooper's use of headdresses last night, the shows must go on at Fashion Week.

NZ daily street style: August '14

Street style

Check out your daily dose of real Kiwi fashion, courtesy of our street style snappers.

Be in to win! A fancy sake dinner


Fancy dining on a nine-course Japanese feast next week? Well click here to win.

What's your secret to lasting love?

Ross and Mary Grant

Have you and your partner been together a while and yet you've still 'got it'? Tell us how

It's all about re-loving, baby


Re-loving furniture can result in a beautiful, unique item for your home and you can even do it yourself!

Dame Trelise under fire for headdress use


NZ-based Native American weighs in on Dame Cooper's use of his culture's headdress.

I'm a fat girl who wears revealing clothes


OPINION: I don't believe there's anything inherently wrong or bad about being fat. In fact, I love it.

Hail, Caesar's salad

Southland Times photo

Let's take another trip on our culinary journey and visit the salad created in 1924 which changed the way the world we viewed salads - from there on, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Uphill Battle: Children give inspiration

My first sports-related injury

Uphill Battle column

I'm barely into a 10km race, my armpits are chaffing . . . but a drive-by high-five helped pick up my speed.

A day in the life of a food addict


It starts the moment you open your eyes in the morning.

He did what to your phone? It's time to walk.


What kind of adult urinates on things in anger? I'll tell you what kind: an uncivilised one, the kind you need to run from.

How to train through those annoying niggles


Do you know the difference between a niggle and a looming injury? Many runners don't.

House of the week: Kelburn, Wellington


This 1930s villa in Kelburn, Wellington used to be cold, dark and in need of repair: now it's a beauty.

'Food hub' for central city site

Christchurch food hub

A bare site in Victoria St in central Christchurch is to become a container food hub - perhaps with a weekend farmers market alongside.

NZ Fashion Week gets edgy

New Zealand Fashion Week

Spooky, creepy, and lots and lots of black. New Zealand Fashion Week is off to a dark start.

The stylish new way to prevent date rape?


A group of students have invented a nailpolish they believe could help combat sexual assault.

MKR NZ: Meet Dan and Sam


We meet the young 'social media buddies' ahead of their instant restaurant challenge tonight.

How to lead a brain-healthy lifestyle


Challenging you brain now might reduce your risk of dementia later. Learn how to lead a brain-healthy lifestyle.

When thoughts turn to tomatoes


Now that we are into August, it's the right time to start thinking about tomatoes for the new season.

Best & worst dressed: Emmy Awards 2014


It's more fun than the Oscars, more glam than the VMAs - all the looks from the biggest night in TV.

She said yes! Police chopper catches proposal

Police helicopter spots London park proposal - but who are the lucky couple?

Let's live in...Te Kauwhata


Nestled in rolling dairy farmland in the north Waikato, Te Kauwhata is tucked away just off bustling SH1.

Bootcamp battle

Trainer Essendon Tuitupou

After 12 weeks of a fitness boot camp can four South Auckland residents beat the stereotypes?

Model remembered at NZ Fashion Week

Charlotte Dawson

A moment of silence for the late Charlotte Dawson was held at the beginning of NZ Fashion Week tonight.

The 8 tackiest wedding trends


Facebook invitations, bridal party lap dances, asking for money, bare bums? Say 'I don't'.

Miss Spain is first openly gay national beauty queen

Patricia Yurena Rodriguez

Former Miss Spain, Patricia Yurena Rodriguez, has become the first openly gay national beauty queen.

New Mavis has things in order

Mavis & Co Made To Order

Denise Irvine likes what they're doing at the new Mavis in Hamilton's CBD.

Lupita Nyong'o reveals her beauty tips

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Lupita Nyong'o has dished her beauty secrets. Two words: avocado oil.

Is it better than The Block?


Interior design students from Sydney complete a renovation that makes 'The Block' look like child's play.

Best & worst dressed: MTV VMAs


It's an outrageous red carpet, and that's why we love it - expect mesh, studs, sequins and stilettos.

One man's heartwarming random acts of kindness


Mark Bustos spends every Sunday - his only day off - doing his part to help the less fortunate.

A guide to mustard


It's so hot right now: here's a guide to the sandwich-making condiment and its many varieties.

How to clean your house in 30 minutes


There's a trick to keeping your house spotless and it doesn't involve spending the day with your mop and bucket.

5 lessons in dealing with a crazy ex


I told him we were never getting back together, but he refuses to cut ties. What do I do?

'World's best diet' revealed by scientists


Scientists in Denmark believe they've nailed a way of eating that keeps the weight from creeping back on.

Got a question for our DIY experts?


Whether you're contemplating a serious reno' or just want to jazz up your living room, our experts have the answers.

'I was scammed by my online lovers'

Ben Ivey

At 32, Ben Ivey thought a string of women really loved him – but what happened next was truly depressing.

What Bao Bao shares with other 1-year-olds

Bao Bao

Washington zoo's panda bear Bao Bao is not the only 1-year-old with an over-the-top birthday party.

Why diets don't work: Three things to know


A neuroscientist explains how we can overcome our brain's barriers to achieve our weight loss goals for good.

Sunday loves: eye creams


We have gathered together three creams that help the appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes.

Paula Ryan's essential selection

 Paula Ryan

Teen model, magazine publisher, fashionista . . . Paula Ryan is the last word on New Zealand chic.

Time for summer lovin'

Eye shadow

Summer beauty products are arriving in store. It's the perfect time to plan your new-season look.

Is sleeping in underwear bad for you?


Is sleeping in underwear bad for us? A definitive answer at last.

Clearing a path to less stress


Keeping on top of things around the home could be one small way to keep your stress in check too.
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