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The Most Cottagecore Collab of the Summer Just Landed

The romantic-yet-practical cottage-core trend dominated this year of low-key, I-want-to-wear-something-other-than-trackies-but-don’t-want-to-put-in-any-additional-effort looks, with easy, comfy day-dresses and buttondowns making up the majority of our wardrobes as we swung between working-from-home and working-from-work, and started making increasingly less-socially-distanced dates.

It tracks, then, that as the year draws to a (somewhat merciful) close, a cohort of cool Kiwi brands are delivering peak nostalgia with a gingham collaboration that’ll transport you straight to the cornfields of Kansas. Or at least your grandparents’ farm in the provinces.

 

A charming capsule that forms part of a wider collection built around the relationships between mothers and daughters, Mina’s latest SS21 drop features a number of gingham styles — including sundresses and pyjama-like separates perfect for bed or the beach — which designer Natalie Procter hopes will “transcend generations” by evoking “the sentimentality of picnic memories, or nanny’s homewares”.

 

To celebrate the launch of these sentimental styles and shine a light on other small Kiwi businesses that share her brand values of community, nurtured supply chains and thoughtfully made offerings, Procter has teamed up with Kōkako Coffee Roasters, The Caker, and ceramics-makers Wundaire on a small range of gingham-themed products, perfect for Christmas gifting or as an end-of-year pick-me-up.

 

Available now direct from each maker and at minaforher.com, let the limited edition gingham ceramics by Wundaire, gingham-frosted cake from The Caker and gingham-wrapped coffee bean bags from Kōkako add some cottage-core flair to your Christmas or picnic table setting, and take you and your guests back to simpler times.

Beauty Q&A: Bee Shapiro’s Favourite Fragrances and Skincare Routine

As a renowned beauty editor and founder of fragrance house Ellis Brooklyn, Bee Shapiro knows a thing or two about skincare. She talks to STYLE about her favourite fragrances, skincare routine and the beauty advice she’s passing on to her daughters. 

Your desk must be inundated with the worlds most interesting products. How do you decide what makes it into your routine?

I start with the ingredient listing. I want to see it’s interesting and uses quality ingredients – is there some ingredient I haven’t seen before? I’m interested in clinical trials as it shows that a brand is not just claiming things out of the blue. I then look at packaging and assess texture. It’s only after all that try the product. I try it for a 27-day period which is a full skincare cycle. It sounds technical but it’s also fuelled by gut and emotion. sometimes I love something because it feels good on!

What is your day-to-day Ellis Brooklyn scent?

I wear MYTH and Iso Gamma Super together. I always wore MYTH but I’ve found that Iso Gamma Super with it gives the scent even more depth and complexity.

What does your current skincare routine look like?

I currently love the Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. I usually go for something with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C fora serum. Innisfree has a very affordable hyaluronic acid serum. I also like those by Versed and Skinceuticals.

For a cream, I like richness but I try to avoid silicones when I can. I’ll also use a liquid acid-based exfoliator about three times a week. The Biologique Recherche one is still the best but I know it’s not clean!

What beauty advice will you be sharing with your daughters?

I’m a product lover and always have been. But rather than teaching them to buy buy buy, I want to share the fun aspects of beauty, which is that you can have these rituals like DIY face masks at home together. I also want to highlight to them that for me the best parts of beauty are the wellness aspects and also the freedom to be creative. I love that today’s makeup can be all over the place –how freeing.“I’m into the idea that we’re releasing a scent because it’s so terrific and compelling that I feel I need to share this with the world.”