The Hot List
Look no further than our edit of the top 15 places to go, objects to desire and everything in between
1 THE EXHIBITION… Art lovers, you’re in for a treat. Christchurch Art Gallery is showcasing the work of NZ Arts Laureate Tony de Lautour, and the exhibits have
a particular resonance for their host city. Says the artist: “After the earthquakes I found figurative work seemed a little… facile. I just wanted to deal with shapes. Shapes
seemed more real.” US V THEM, until September 9. christchurchartgallery.org.nz
2 THE DRINK… Feel a little fuzzy?
You could try Arepa. Created with a top neuroscientist, the beverage combines New Zealand pinebark and blackcurrant with Japanese green tea extracts to improve mood and sharpen your
mental clarity. And thanks to the addition of apple juice, it tastes pretty good too. drinkarepa.com
3 THE WRITER… When Jodi Ann Bickley, 28, suffered a stroke five years ago, she made it her mission to learn to write again by penning letters to strangers who needed help. UK-based Jodi set up a website, onemillionlovelyletters.com, so people could email her asking for a letter. She got 200 requests overnight. Today, with thousands of request in her inbox, she employs a global
team of helpers.
4 THE BROLLY… When style queen Rihanna sang about her Umbrella, we’re
thinking the latest Blunt brolly would have been an ideal fit. Blunt has paired up with Karen Walker to launch a limited-edition umbrella in a pretty Wild Flowers print. $109. bluntumbrellas.com
5 THE ARTIST… We’re a multitalented team here at NEXT and none more so than our designer, Bridget Daulby. Bridget, who also created last year’s gorgeous Christmas cover, started out sharing fun scribbles on Instagram which soon turned into comedic and relatable caricatures. Check them out on Insta at @oh.bridget.
6 THE GOOD READS… The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most coveted annual book award for fiction by a female writer. The winner is unveiled this month, but in the meantime have a read of some of those shortlisted. We recommend Sight by Jessie Greengrass; one woman’s journey to motherhood; and The Idiot by Elif Batuman, which ponders the perplexities of love.
7 THE APP… Getting your car fixed. Yep, the one thing that won’t be appearing in our gratitude journals any time soon. But now the FIXR app is set to make the whole process a lot more reassuring for the mechanically challenged among us. Enabling you to connect directly with any of their 100 (and counting) certified mechanics so you can find the most convenient, and competitive rate for your car, you also get to rate the service so there’s in-built accountability too. app-fixr.co.nz
8 THE SUNNIES… We’re coveting these beauties from Le Specs. The ‘Petit Panthere’ sunnies, from a limited edition collection in collaboration with jewellery designer Jordan Askill, have been spotted on no less than Bella Hadid, don’t you know. All 12 styles are $139. Every pair comes with a gold metal sunglass chain, special edition box, hard clam case, and carrying pouch.
9 THE CAMPAIGN:… Find it hard to cut down on the drinking? What if we told you that, by laying off the vino, you’d be helping someone with cancer? Sign up for Dry July this year, and funds raised will go to the incredible Look Good Feel Better charity. Cheers to that. To sign up, head along to dryjuly.co.nz
10 THE INITIATIVE…
Hats off to social enterprise Make Give Live, which is helping those in need, one crocheted beanie at a time. Make Give Live gets people together, usually at a local café every week or fortnight, to knit and crochet 100% pure wool beanies. For each beanie sold, Make Give Live gifts one to a homeless or older person in need. To get involved see makegivelive.co.nz.
THE GALLERY… A road trip can be dull, but not if you’ve got a drive-by art gallery to gawp at. The Louvre
Abu Dhabi (yes, who knew?) – which holds art by the likes of Rodin and Giacometti – recently put works on 30 x 19ft roadside billboards to give punters a sneak peek of its exhibits.
We’d love to see the ‘Highway Gallery’ idea catch on here…
12 THE CONCEPT… What would the love
child of Uber and Airbnb look like? Well, just like Tentrr. The app lets you find and book upmarket campsites by connecting you to private landowners. Best
of all, your luxury tent is already set up and equipped when you arrive. It’s not operating here yet but, here’s hoping. tentrr.com
THE GARMENT… If you want a sturdy winter coat that’s stylish enough for gadding around the city, Macpac has nailed it with the Demi Coat, which is filled with 650 loft responsiblysourced duck down to keep the cold at bay. $259, macpac.co.nz
14 THE FLICKS… It’s been a long 14 years in between movies but finally it’s back. The Incredibles 2 hits the big screen on June 28 – with Mrs Incredible (aka Elastigirl) busy saving the
world while hubby stays home to watch the little Incredibles. Nice. And speaking
of girl power, Ocean’s 8 – the all-female spinoff of the Ocean’s trilogy – is out
June 7 and features a kickass lineup including
Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.
THE PODCAST… When you’re done with Dry July, have a listen to The Wine Down. Perfect for the wine lover who nonetheless knows very little about their fave tipple, this entertaining podcast explains wine in a highly
palatable way. Each episode, comedian Ben Schwartz and a guest comic sit down with an expert to taste wines and voice all those questions
you’ve always felt too silly to ask.