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Beauty through the Ages

Perfection is a fascinating concept, yet hardly one that can be used for describing humans, for it is our flaws and imperfections that make us real, memorable and the special people we all are. Putting this feature together was so much fun most especially as we got to work with some supremely gorgeous Auckland ‘gals’, all beautiful both inside and out, and each one so different from the other. Best of all was their collective sense of humour and readiness to give anything a go. Thank you ladies. The time spent doing this shoot was a treat.

 

– Meet the Cover Crew –

 

Anne-Grete

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What do I do? 

I am a professional organiser, and I help people declutter and organise their homes and offices so that they can be productive, proud and purposeful. I also decorate interiors, set up systems for making paperwork paper fun, and help people when they move — house or office.

 

What is your philosophy on life?

From Hamlet: “This above all, to thine own self be true”.

 

If you could be a colour which one would it be?

Indigo.

 

What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

I did two weeks cycling in Bhutan a couple of years ago — it was an amazing experience that I am really pleased I did, but not one I would choose to do again.

 

From where/whom do you draw your inspiration — whether it be clothing or design?

Travel: colour and people. Interiors: fashion and anything that is beautifully designed. Amazing women like Oprah, Helen Mirren, Miuccia Prada —along with my own friends are also very inspiring.

 

What makes you laugh?

My gorgeous four grandchildren. They say and do such delightful things. Time with friends — we always end up laughing — John Cleese, The Goons, and Are you being Served?

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are — I always thought it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said this, but apparently it was Theodore.

 

What is on your to-do list for 2017?

My daughter-in-law is having a special birthday in Paris next year, which is where she is from, so the family is planning a trip over there, then we will go to Denmark, which is where I am from, and have a big family reunion there!

 

What suburb do you live in?

Herne Bay.

 

In your opinion, what was the best part of Verve’s ‘Beauty through the Ages’ photo shoot?

Within a couple of hours of being with a room full of women I hadn’t met before, we had a great connection and were having lots of fun together doing the shoot. There really is beauty through the ages and I think the women on the shoot embrace life at whatever stage they were at.

 

Anna Grete wears Vintage clothing and slides from SEED.

 


Jess

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What do you do?

I’m a full time student in my last semester at the Auckland University of Technology studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in event management. I also work part time as a receptionist at BodyTech Gym in Grafton, and am a finalist in Miss Auckland 2016.

 

What do people think you do?

Watch The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones 24/7. There are so many cliff hangers! When someone ask what shows I watch I can talk about them for years.

 

Use three words to describe yourself?

Bubbly, sassy, quirky.

 

What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

Bungee jump – OMG, what an experience! Will definitely not do it again though!

 

From where/whom do you draw inspiration for your clothing/the way you would like to dress?

Definitely Pinterest. It’s filled with so much inspiration. What I love to do is type in ‘redhead outfits’, and it pops up with so many different amazing colors to suit me. It’s the one thing I struggle with, choosing the right colour for my light skin tone and red hair, I’ve learnt to never go black and white and always go color!

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

 

What is the one place in the world you wish you lived in?

In 2013 I lived in Norway for four months with my dad. I don’t think there is any place that compares to how stunning it is there. I would love to go back!

 

What is on your to-do list for 2017?

Travel and explore somewhere new. I’m thinking America could be my next pit stop.

 

In your opinion, what was the best part of Verve’s ‘Beauty through the Ages’ photo-shoot?

The best part was how much fun we had together. It felt more like a girls’ day out, getting our make-up and hair done, learning some ballet moves along the way. And of course the clothes, everyone looked incredible in these shades, I’m defiantly going to add more of this colour into my wardrobe! Thanks so much Verve!

 

Jess wears a Promise Me in Ivory dress from Miss Crabb.

 


 

Rosie

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What do you do?

Endeavour to create mostly.

 

What is your philosophy on life?

Live in the present and try not to stress over the small stuff.

 

From where/whom do you draw your inspiration — whether it be clothing or design?

From everything around me, movies, magazines, art, internet, street fashion….whatever.

 

Do you have a beauty regime?

I use exactly the same products each day; not necessarily top of the line.

 

What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

Ride a bike on the road; I think the idea that cars and bikes share the same space is absurd.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Treat other people as you like to be treated.

 

What is the one thing you did in your past that you wish you could undo?

Giving away my beautiful 70s Scandinavian cutlery — which I have never been able to replace.

 

What is on your to-do list for 2017?

To see my youngest son and his beautiful fiancé get married.

 

In your opinion, what was the best part of Verve’s ‘Beauty through the Ages’ photo-shoot?

Meeting and playing dress ups with some very lovely girls.

 

Rosie’s wears a top from WITCHERY and pants from MISS CRABB.

 


 

Amber

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How did you discover yoga?

I picked up a 1960s paperback by Richard Hittleman from a secondhand bookstore when I was 13 and systematically taught my self the postures until years later I received proper training.

 

How did it change you and what does it mean on a personal level?

Yoga has always been an active meditation. I find it hard to sit still, and have a driven personality. Yoga helps me to confront myself within a posture. Within the movement, I have learnt to find stillness and a sense of integration of mind and body. Discovering how to use my breath effectively changed my whole experience of yoga, and after all these years, I still keep learning about myself and the world through my yoga practice.

 

Can you tells us about your overseas experiences?

Yoga has been a way to sustain and support myself as a professional dancer and choreographer in Europe. As a yoga student, however, the most memorable was a teacher in Vienna who was an ashtanga teacher. He helped me to discover that the limitations I felt I had about what my body could do was literally in my mind. Somewhere between German and English and Sanskrit I found a mental language to overcome physical boundaries. It was also in Vienna that I first started teaching barre and played around with combining barre and yoga, teaching in the John Harris Gym chain. Another very profound development came in studying and working with Power Living Yoga in Sydney. Their training and discipline with both philosophy and anatomy for yoga led to a more honest and real approach to teaching or facilitating a class.

 

Can anyone take part in a barre session?

Barre is for everyone. I have created a syllabus using dance technique that is taught by professional dancers and in a really safe and practical way for all body types. As in yoga, each body has its own journey of development in barre, and we teach from the ground up. Our Barre 101 class is great place to start.

 

What are the main points of difference?

Professional dancers as teachers giving knowledgable sound technical assistance, integrated use of breath through yoga principles, a beautiful New York loft style studio, and a world-class sound system with DJ beats and innovative and varied class syllabus.

 

Are men put off by the dance aspect?

At the moment it’s 85% females, however, this is changing, especially with my Warrior Class which is super strong and gets guys to develop different muscle groups to complement their sports. Also, the men love the Yoga Flow classes. At the end of the day, what girl doesn’t want to be graceful with sculpted lean muscles? So yes, majority ratio will remain in favour of the girls, I imagine.

 

What makes a good yoga instructor?

Experience, and anatomical knowledge. Also, a way to inspire others though though their own personal journey with yoga. You have to be very honest when you teach and allow others to feel an opening within themselves. Last, but not least, love teaching.

 

Amber wears a Silk Yem Top from WIXII and shorts from WITCHERY.

The stunning New York loft style space in which these photographs were taken is Amber’s Barre Yoga studio. Located in the Saatchi and Saatchi building on The Strand in Parnell, Barre Yoga offers a selection of classes to build strength, fitness and flexibility, and at times to fit in with your daily demands. Amber is well-being personified, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of fitness, dance, barre and yoga with you

 


Daniella

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What do you do?

I’m an established and published artist, I have been painting for the last 20 years and love it.

 

What do people think you do?

I often get asked if I’m a fashion designer or stylist.

 

Describe yourself in three words?

Vibrant, compassionate and glamorous.

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from for your clothing?

My biggest inspiration has to be Iris Apfel, I love her unique and quirky sense of style and combinations of prints, textures and jewelry. She dances to her own tune, so to speak, which resonates with the artist in me.

 

Do you have a beauty regime?

I use Aspect products. In the morning I use the Aspect cleanser followed by Active C serum and Resveratrol moisturising cream and SP suncreen, and at night I use Aspect cleanser followed by Exfol A plus serum and Resveratrol moisturising cream.

 

What makes you laugh?

Someone who has a great sense of humour combined with expressive body language and facial expressions to match, the antics animals get up to, and movies.

 

What is your philosophy on life?

Be kind, caring and loving towards others. Have fun and enjoy every moment, however big or small. Don’t let fear hold you back from trying new things, don’t judge others and don’t sweat the small stuff. Make the most of every opportunity, but above all stay true to yourself.

 

What quirky habit do you have?

I have a high heels fetish. Can’t walk past a store without being tempted to buy a pair.

 

What is the one place in the world you wish you lived in?

I was born and raised in Holland and have travelled to many countries, but I absolutely love living here in Auckland.

 

What was the best part of the Verve’s ‘Beauty through the Ages’ for you?

I had so much fun with all the amazing people on set. I loved being part of a team of people, the other models, make up artists, hairdressers, stylists, photographers and the lovely Verve crew. I especially loved seeing how the vision and concept for this shoot came together so beautifully on film.

 

Daniella is wearing a dress from MISS CRABB and a Vintage coat.

 


 

Nadine

 

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What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

Internet dating. I was fortunate to meet my husband online and I’m hoping he sticks around.

 

From where/whom do you draw inspiration for your clothing/the way you would like to dress?

Celine/Phoebe Philo and Robin Wright in House of Cards.

 

What makes you laugh?

New Yorker cartoons, Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, and my husband.

 

What do you do?

I am the mother of two sensational little girls, and a writer.

 

Do you have a beauty regime?

My daughters are three and five. So, no. I’m lucky if I get a chance to wash my hair and slap on sunscreen, moisturiser and a little blush.

 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

My aunt Jo always says: “Life is short, but it’s also long.” It’s a reminder to me to live for the moment, to tread with care and to have faith that there is still a whole lot of life yet to be lived.

What is the one thing you did in your past that you wish you could undo? I worked in New York for most of my 30s and missed a lot of my friends’ weddings.

 

What is on your to-do list for 2017?

Learning jujitsu and renting a hotel room in the city during the Auckland Writer’s Festival so that I can attend everything I want to see. It’s world-class.

 

Where do you get your morning coffee?

4&20 Bakery on Clonbern Road, Remuera

 

In your opinion, what was the best part of Verve’s ‘Beauty through the Ages’ photo-shoot?

Colour coordinating with a border collie.

 

Nadine wears a Solar Silk Slip Dress and a Minky Basic Silk & Cotton Tee both from Wixii.

 


Phototographer: Michael Lewis
Stylists: Verve Magazine
Location: Barre Yoga, Saatchi & Saatchi Building