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Well winter is well and truly here – so its time to either snuggle up and stay put until spring or brush away the cobwebs and get ready to meet those winter buyers that are still out in force!
I turn 50 today – woohoo and as in all things in life the journey keeps getting better and better, so if you have been procrastinating about selling – not fully committing as buyers at the auction – remember time is short and you need to stop waiting for the market to go up, or the market to go down – and just start living – happy birthday to me!
Some fabulous articles in the newsletter I hope you find something to tickle your fancy and look forward to seeing you soon.

Jackie Smith
Residential Salesperson


Key Articles


Urban-fringe living affordable for home buyers despite commuting costs

It’s official – it’s cheaper to buy a home on the outskirts of Auckland and commute to the CBD than it is to live in central-city suburbs. more



Earn Airpoints Dollars™ when you sell your property with Bayleys.

For listings from the 1st of April 2015, we’ve teamed up with Airpoints™ so now you can earn 1 Airpoints Dollar™ for every $2,000 of the sale price (capped at 500 Airpoints Dollars).

To find out more please visit:
http://www.bayleys.co.nz/airpoints more



Break the Rules...

We all know the phrase “Rules are made to be broken” and never is this more apt than when working with fashion. Fashion rules change constantly, which is why you’ll seldom hear a true fashionista spouting any. Rules belong in another, more conservative era. There were rules that were plain silly: blue and green should never be seen (why not?). Never wear white shoes after Easter (what if it’s really hot and you’re still wearing your summer wardrobe?). Don’t wear black and navy (who says? It’s a subtle and actually quite unexpectedly lovely pairing). You can’t mix spots and stripes (you can’t? Seriously, this is one of the easiest ways to creatively mix print).
In my role as a personal stylist I share insights into how to dress your body to look your absolute best. I give in-depth guidelines to my clients when it comes to dressing their shape – everything from what length jacket works best, what dress styles enhance you, which necklines work best, what to look for when shopping and what to avoid.
That said, I’m a true believer in challenging a few rules. The thing is, I think you need to know the rules in order to break them – by that I mean, if you know what works best for you and why, then you’ll know how to break that rule and still look great.
An example? I have a long torso and short legs, which means I look best in pants that are full length and have no cuff. Except, for the past couple of seasons ankle grazers and cuffs are totally on trend. What to do? I wear the cuffed ankle grazer pants, but I’ll wear these with a heel (adding length to my leg) and team them with a shorter top and jacket (visually shortening my torso). This means I can successfully wear one of the key trends of the season without looking like an ewok from Star Wars.
As an aside, I also provide detailed information about the colour palette that best suits you, which admittedly is an area where I am loathe to break any rules, as the colours that suit you best are just so damn flattering I have no desire to stray to hues that make me look tired or old.
If you’d like to know the rules for your shape, plus get a few tips on how to break them – get in touch. At Signature Style we can give you all the information you need to ensure you look fabulous every single day, no matter what the dictates of ‘fashion’. More information can be found on our website: signaturestyle.co.nz or call in for a coffee at our 35 Broadway studio.



PARADIGM SHIFT, Rebecca Morris
SHIFT your mind...

How do you get out of the hole you find yourself in? I was talking to a colleague last week about how we “get resilient”. It’s easy to say be more resilient but how do we know what we need to shift and keep going when things are tough. more



Home Staging Essentials

It’s always great when real estate professionals and home stagers create strong partnerships. In these situations, both parties support and rely on each other to handle the important aspects of preparing and selling homes. Ultimately both the real estate agent and the home stager are working together to achieve the best price and outcome for the client.

Here are some of our top tips for helping to sell real estate quickly and for the best price. more



Pile-it-High Orange and Rhubarb Meringue Pie

The flavour of orange zest does something quite magical to the flavour of rhubarb, and this light, fluffy meringue pie is a perfect dessert for late spring.

‘Pile-it-high meringue', incidentally, applies only if you have extra egg whites to use up or want to make the meringue high. If not, you can simply use the egg whites in the recipe: it will still be superb! If you want to use more egg whites, then 4 egg whites need 8 oz (225 g) sugar, 5 need 10 oz (275 g) sugar, 6 need 12 oz (350 g) sugar.

Serves 6-8
For the meringue
3 large egg whites (minimum)
6 oz (175 g) golden caster sugar
For the pastry
1½ oz (40 g) softened butter, cut into smallish lumps
1½ oz (40 g) softened pure lard, cut into smallish lumps
6 oz (175 g) plain flour, plus a little extra for rolling out

For the filling
1 lb 8 oz (700 g) rhubarb
grated zest and juice of 3 oranges
3 oz (75 g) golden caster sugar
3 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornflour

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5, 375°F (190°C), and pre-heat the baking sheet as well.

You will also need a 23 cm tart tin, 3 cm deep, lightly greased, and a solid baking sheet.

Begin by making the pastry: rub the fats into the flour and add enough cold water to make a smooth dough that leaves the bowl clean. Then wrap it in a polythene bag and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest and become more elastic.

Meanwhile, wash and trim the rhubarb and cut it into chunks, place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle in the grated orange zest, followed by the sugar.

Take the pastry from the fridge, roll it out to a round on a lightly floured surface (giving it quarter-turns as you do so) and use it to line the tin, pressing it up a little way above the edge of the tin.

Next, prick the base all over with a fork and use some of the egg yolks to paint all over the base and sides to provide a seal. Put the tin on the pre-heated baking sheet on a high shelf in the oven and place the rhubarb on the lowest shelf.

The pastry should take about 20-25 minutes to brown and crisp, and the rhubarb about 25-30 minutes to become soft. Then remove them from the oven.

While you're waiting for that, you can pour the orange juice into a small saucepan. Use a little of it to mix the cornflour to a smooth paste in a bowl, then bring the rest up to simmering point. Next, pour the hot orange juice on to the cornflour mixture and pour the whole lot back into the saucepan.

Whisk over the heat with a small balloon whisk till it becomes very thick indeed, then remove it from the heat.

Now strain the cooked rhubarb over a bowl, then add the rhubarb juices and the remaining egg yolks to the cornflour mixture and, still whisking, bring it up to the boil again. Remove from the heat, tip the strained rhubarb into the bowl and stir the cornflour mixture into it.

Now, for the meringue, put the egg whites into a large, roomy, clean bowl and, using an electric hand whisk, beat them until they reach the stage where, when you lift the whisk, little peaks stand up and just slightly turn over.

Next, beat the sugar in,1 tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition. Pour the rhubarb mixture into the pastry shell, then spoon the meringue mixture over, making sure that it covers the edges of the pastry with no gaps.

Then just pile it on, 'normal', high or very high.

Place the pie on the centre shelf of the oven, at the same temperature as before, and bake it for 25 minutes or until the outside of the meringue is golden.

Remove it from the oven and leave for about 2 hours before serving.

From Delia Smith Pudding Collection



Supplied by Mike from Mills Reef

Buller Fine Old Muscat

T I M E is an essential element in the making of fine quality fortified wines. To create the rich and complex flavours of this product, the wines in this blend have had to spend years slowly
maturing in old oak casks.

This amazing wine has a perfumed raisin-fruit bouquet. Initial sweetness and raisiny flavours linger to reveal hints of toffee with an underlying structure of tannin and well integrated spirit. The finish is long and the raisin flavours return and linger in the mouth.

The Fine Old Muscat will indeed be a Fine Old Match to Jackies Orange & Rhubarb Meringue. The contrasts of sweet & sour of the pie with the rich indulgence of the wine will be a delight. Alternatively drizzle some of the wine over vanilla ice-cream on the side.

Buller Fine Old Muscat is a multi-award winning wine & is available from Mairangi Bay Fine Wines, Windsor Park Super Liquor & Liquorland Northcross.




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