The Spring Heels We’re Wearing Right Now

Can’t wait for spring to arrive? We’ve rounded up the spring heels that we’re wearing right now.

It’s around about this time of the year that we start daydreaming about sunny spring days and start thinking about putting our winter wardrobe – boots included – into hibernation for another year. While it still might be a little chilly to start slipping into strappy sandals, with warmer weather just around the corner, you don’t need to wait for spring to arrive to start shopping the best spring heels.

Spring Heels

1.  Mi Piaci ‘Halo’ mules; 2. Gucci heeled sandals. 3. By Far ‘Tanya’ heels from Workshop. 

Last spring square-toed 90s-inspired heels made a notable comeback and the trend is definitely here to stay this season. And the best news is that these strappy numbers that are guaranteed to see you right through spring and into summer.

If it’s colour you’re after when it comes to your spring footwear, you won’t be disappointed this season. With pops of pink, blue and every colour of the rainbow as well as a plethora of timeless nude shades, your footwear wardrobe has never looked brighter.

Spring Heels

4. René Caovilla’s ‘Bessie’ mules from Net-A-Porter. 5. Miss Wilson ‘Mariah’ heels. 6. Mi Piaci ‘Orlo’ sandals

For more trends you should be trying this year, click here. 






Everything You Need to Know About Cult Kiwi Skincare Brand Syrene

It was a love of New Zealand’s pristine coastlines that ultimately became the catalyst for Jo Gilberd and Karen Yang’s skincare brand, Syrene. “Jo and I both emigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago and fell in love with the beautiful, clean New Zealand beaches,” explains Yang. Combined with their love of the NZ coastline was a realisation that something was missing from our skincare offering. This led the pair, who both have extensive experience in the health and beauty industries, to harness marine-based ingredients for a new luxury skincare company, Syrene.

“Everyone’s skin is different and I found that the brands in the market were too rich and heavy for my skin, so we talked about the possibility of creating a skincare range that was light on the skin but still nourishing and hydrating to suit all skin types,” says Yang. From the brand’s inception, the pair worked tirelessly to ensure that Syrene would stand out in a cluttered skincare market. “From the very beginning, we’ve made sure to keep Syrene unique from other brands – from the look, feel, formulations and our story,” explains Gilberd.

Drawing inspiration from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, Gift From The Sea, Gilberd and Yang forged the brand to become much more than just a traditional skincare line. “We feel that we all need to lead calmer and more contemplative lives and so developed our range with that in mind,” says Gilberd. “Syrene embraces the tales within this memoir and forms an essence for women to live by through each product, by reminding women to find moments to relax, be mindful and look after their skin.” Gilberd and Yang were also mindful of the fact that today’s beauty consumer is more educated than ever before.

“They are more aware of what they are putting into their bodies and very much aware of what they are putting onto their skin, so from the beginning we knew we wanted to use natural ingredients,” says Gilberd. Although many ingredients are sourced locally, Yang and Gilberd believe that combining the best New Zealand ingredients with internationally sourced active ingredients is one of the things that sets Syrene apart from other skincare brands. “We have a highly effective skincare range that combines science and nature, and we use incredible local ingredients, which all add to the efficacy,” says Yang.

For the collection’s hero ingredients, Yang and Gilberd turned to the ocean. “Finding effective marine ingredients was a must as we knew the great benefits these have for your skin,” says Gilberd. At the heart of the range is a game-changing seaweed-derived ingredient, Ephemer. “It’s a seaweed extract that enhances the protection of the skin by helping strengthen its antioxidant capacity, slowing the formation of free radicals that are responsible for ageing,” Gilberd explains.


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The hydration-enhancing properties of marine collagen are also harnessed throughout the range to help promote a glowing, well-hydrated, vibrant complexion. “Outside the ocean, you’ll also find homegrown extracts such as pōhutukawa, which contains ellagic acid that helps the skin to remain soft, even, moisturised and toned. There’s also black fern, which is a natural skin tightener, and mānuka honey to help keep the skin moisturised and clear,” says Gilberd.

The pair’s love of the ocean doesn’t stop at the ingredients and ethos of Syrene. More recently, Gilberd and Yang overhauled their packaging, becoming one of New Zealand’s early champions of Ocean Waste Plastic within the skincare industry. “These are plastics that have been collected from the oceans and recycled into new packaging,” explains Gilberd.

After launching just four years ago, the pair were thrilled to be named as the first New Zealand skincare brand to be stocked in beauty behemoth, Mecca. “It means a lot to our whole team,” says Yang. “We’ve all worked really hard to grow this brand and for a company like Mecca to stock Syrene as the first New Zealand brand. It’s a huge honour.” Although Yang and Gilberd believe the partnership will increase Syrene’s brand awareness, there’s plenty more innovation to come from the New Zealand-born brand. They’ve also recently launched into the UK and European markets. “We are also moving forward and working on other international markets, which we will be able to announce soon,” says Yang. As for product development, Gilberd says there’s always something in the pipeline and it’s a process the entire team gets involved with. “We’re currently working on bringing a serum into our Aqua range, which the team have been trialling and perfecting for more than a year. We also have another collection we’ll be launching soon with a new, very special marine ingredient in the mix.”