Five minutes with: Kate Winslet

What makes a Lancôme woman feel beautiful?

I think it’s a combination of feeling confident, feeling feminine, feeling celebrated, strong, happy, and… I think free, as well. That sense of liberation and strength. I think all of those things are qualities that I think all Lancôme women possess.

What makes a woman luminous?

I think health and happiness are very important, and those things make a woman luminous. Because those things come from the inside and that shows on your face, shows on your skin, shows in your hair, shows in your eyes. And, again, I think confidence and knowledge, those are things that make a woman luminous. And a woman who dares herself to be free, unique, chic, simple and elegant.

What is your beauty secret?

My beauty secret, honestly, is drinking a lot of water, always taking makeup off, and Visionnaire. But it’s a secret weapon. It is a secret weapon, because it fixes everything!

What is youth for you?

Youth is laughter.

Tell us more about this radiant presence. Where does it come from?

A radiant presence, I think, is a woman who walks into a room and knows that they are bringing something with them. They’re not taking away from an atmosphere. They’re not taking away from anything. They are adding to it. And bringing with it a confidence and also a knowledge that the way that person has chosen to live their life- I mean, for me, I choose to live my life and be a certain type of person that I want to be. And that will never change. It doesn’t matter how successful I may have become in my life. It doesn’t matter how tired I am. Not to complain, not to celebrate too much. Just to be humble, to be sincere and to feel secure and happy within myself. And that, that is a radiant presence.

Five minutes with: Louise Laing, Director of Stow Lockets

Tell us about the inspiration behind Stow Lockets.

Creating Stow Lockets has been super exciting,  and I truly believe that we are forging our way to creating a quality New Zealand brand that exudes my passion for all things stylish and unique.  I absolutely adore jewellery, especially pieces that allow me to be creative and express who I am.  Our vision was to create a luxurious range of petite meaningful keepsakes that could be stowed safely inside a locket. Precious story-telling jewellery is the essence of Stow Lockets.

What made you fall in love with creating jewellery? 

When I was little (maybe 7 years old) I used to make jewellery out of buttons; my nana had a large jar of unique buttons all sorts of sizes, colours and designs.  I loved using my imagination (and still do) to create unique necklaces and earrings to wear.  Love you Nana.

What inspires each charm you create? 

Developing charms that people can emotionally connect to and build their own precious stories with is essentially what is important to me and the rest of the brilliant team that are behind the Stow brand.

My husband, Tim, and my two little daughters and I love the outdoors and travel.  We are inspired by gorgeous places and interesting people.  I feel especially lucky to live in beautiful New Zealand where it is easy to relax and think about what is important in life. So my Stow Locket holds a little silver fern, my treasured stowaway family and lucky horse shoe charms, also a stylish gold bow sits next to my wee wishing stars, reminding me never to give up on my dreams.

Louise Laing

Do you have a personal favourite from your collection?

 The Stowaway Girl – I think a lot of us would like to be just like her – daring and cute!

What are three things every woman should have in her jewellery collection?

Something that is cool and unique, a piece that you can wear that defines who you are or even what you want to become. At the moment my “fave” piece is my Stow Locket, it tells my story.

Something that is classic and forever stylish that can be worn on special events and passed down from generation to generation. Gold, a diamond, or a statement piece…….expensive and precious!

Lastly, something  that you absolutely love that may have been given to you by someone very important in your life. It can be of any style, of any value. For me it’s my wedding ring, designed by my husband and my specially blessed NZ Greenstone Evolve charm bracelet, both carry so many memories close to my heart.