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A piece of Provence in the heart of Melbourne

L’Occitane’s new Melbourne concept boutique is set to open early December right on time for the Christmas festive season.

Australia’s first L’Occitane flagship store is opening its doors on Melbourne’s Collins Street in December, at the entrance of the famed Block Arcade.

This new store is the latest addition to the French brand’s concept store expansion, which includes boutiques on the Champs ÉlysĂ©es in Paris, Regent Street in London, and 555th Avenue in New York.

New York design agency School House has designed the Melbourne store’s interior to complement the building’s ornate ceiling, which features hand-painted scenes by London-born decorator and scene painter Philip Goatcher. The store promises to disrupt the customer journey enabling you to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Along with its partners, the concept store will redefine the shopper experience in the spirit of Provence. Shoppers will be able to browse the brand’s high-quality skin care, fragrance and body care offerings – that all make for the perfect Christmas gift.

And, in the festive spirit, shoppers can have their gifts beautifully wrapped with ribbon and flowers, even a name engraving can be added for that personalised touch.

While your gifts are being expertly wrapped up, why not enjoy a paper session in the beauty lounge downstairs, including a Divine Secret Everlasting Youth facial ($140), Immortelle Secret of Youth facial ($180), Relaxing Aroma Massage ($120), Shea Nurturing Massage ($120) Mediterranean Voyage ($180) and Joureny to Provence ($210).

All this while you unwind with French boutique wines, enjoy luxurious champagne, delicious cheese platters and indulgent pastries.

For all the latest offerings from L’Occitane Australia, click here.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s three looks on Day 2 in New Zealand

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex once again left royal well-wishes in awe during their second day of their New Zealand tour. We take a look at the Duchess’s three outfit choices.

While on an early morning walkabout in Wellington where Prince Harry and the Duchess did a meet and greet with locals, the mum-to-be chose a chic look wearing a black pair of Outland jeans, a matching Jac and Jack top with a seaweed green trench coat by Club Monaco, and black suede ankle boots.

Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex outside the Maranui Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand October 29, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

Following discussions with local youth on mental health projects and how they are having a positive contribution on young people in New Zealand, the couple made their way to the scenic Abel Tasman National Park.

The couple learned more about the region’s conservation program. Upon arriving at the park, which is famed for its golden beaches and sits at the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the couple were greeted by a traditional welcome ceremony.

The Duchess had tweaked her outfit for this part of the day’s activities, opting for a pair of white Adidas trainers and a thick, dark green scarf which she wore underneath a waterproof jacket to keep the cold weather at bay.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island, New Zealand to visit some of the conservation initiatives managed by the Department of Conservation, October 29, 2018. Paul Edwards/Pool via REUTERS

On Monday evening they visited Courtenay Creative, a new training facility for the screen and creative industries that provides young people with programs to excel in the film industry.

Here, the Duchess wore a white tuxedo dress called the “Leap of Faith Blazer Dress” by New Zealand designer Maggie Marilyn. Although the original version features ruched sleeves, the Duchess of Sussex opted for a sleeveless option.

Auckland visit

The royal couple will travel to Auckland on Tuesday where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

They will later be joined by the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand that supports children who have a parent in prison through the provision of special mentoring schemes. As a wedding present to The Duke and Duchess, the Government of New Zealand gifted $5000 dollars to Pillars.

In the afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This reception will include cultural performances and entertainment by members of the Pasifika community living in Auckland. 

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