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Favourite Things

NOVEMBER FAVOURITES

There’s no denying that the little things in life make a big difference, especially in the pandemic landscape. So we’re bringing back our Favourite Things feature, which was a staple of our Wild Hearts magazines. Each month, we’ll be putting together a lusty list of things to dream over, from jewellery, to books, shoes and products (and everything in between).

November’s lustful list features not only things of beauty and creativity, but some thoughtful items that stem from either small batch productions and/or conscious business practices. Revel in the small things that evoke happiness, better practices and wonder. Enjoy this November’s covetables x

Home style for the wild at heart, Wilde The Label

Lifestyle brand, Wilde The Label, focusses on community, sustainability, artisan craftsmanship and an untamed elegance intertwined with nature. Their ethical, natural pieces are consciously created to build beautiful spaces and to inspire better practices in consumers and other businesses. From throws, cushions and prints, each piece is hand printed to tell a story and highlight different environments, places and people.

View Wilde The Label’s full range here.

Follow Wilde The Label on Instagram @wilde.the.label

Scandi Christmas Ornaments by The Paper Gazelle

Chic Christmas decorations are hard to come by and we think these Scandi ornaments by The Paper Gazelle are the answer to adding a little Christmas touch without the tinsel. Designed to sit on your shelf or coffee table, these large ceramic baubles are customisable ~ The Paper Gazelle will hand-paint your name in either black or gold, and add a matching black or white bow.

Scandi Christmas Ornaments are $29.00 NZD each.

Pre-order yours here while stocks last and while you are there check out the rest of The Paper Gazelle’s beautiful custom made products, including wooden wedding signs, wall calendars, custom jackets and more!

Follow The Paper Gazelle on Instagram @thepapergazelle

Getting to know the people behind the brands, The Wild Hearts Brand Series

With the launch of our new Brand Series, we are helping couples to delve deeper behind the veil of our beautiful vendors. We love sharing how our vendors have succeeded, so we are introducing them on a deeper level via behind the brand film interviews. We’ll be sharing relatable insights and conversations, which will elevate connection between couples and vendors and instil confidence when taking the plunge to book. You’ll see behind the scenes footage of our vendors in full creative mode, whether that be shooting photos, creating florals, an up-close view of beautiful gowns and the exact texture and flow of the fabric and so much more.

See Volume 1 of the Wild Hearts Brand Series here, which was filmed in Queenstown by Emily from Woven Images and features Dawn Thomson & Gypsy West from The Lovers Elopement Co

Khalo Robe by Leave Her Wilder

Looking for the perfect luxe robe for your bridesmaids or to add to your summer wardrobe? We love Leave Her Wilder’s Khalo robe, which features kimono style sleeves and under arm cut outs which will keep the air flowing during the summer months. Choose from either Noir or Snow fabric, which is natural, hand dyed and boasts anti-static properties. The Khalo robe has a generous wrap and tie and comes in sizes XS – 2XL.

The Khalo Robe is $140 NZD each.

Choose your colour way here.

Follow Leave Her Wilder on Instagram @leaveherwilder

Forever Memories, Bespoke Pendants by Love In A Jewel

The most precious piece of jewellery is one that is connected with love. Love In A Jewel evolved to celebrate and honour life’s big moments, memories and milestones. Designs are softly modern with sleek contours and each is made with a compartment to hold your chosen memento ~ treasure it for a lifetime and share it with the next generation.

Personalised pendants start from $199 NZD.

Hold personal love close to your heart and view the range here.

Follow Love In A Jewel on Instagram @loveinajewel

Capturing the Lakeside Lovers, Charlotte Kiri Photography

Moment inspired photography based in Wanaka for lovers of adventure, wide-open spaces and snowcapped peaks. Charlotte is known for capturing the organic moments and the deep connections whilst putting you at ease. Her visual detailing of your important moments is instinctive and natural to reveal the tender emotions so that you can cherish them forever.

See Charlotte’s work on the Wild Hearts Vendor Collection here.

Follow Charlotte Kiri Photography on Instagram @charlottekiriphotography

Organic Teas by Storm + India

Storm + India certified organic teas continue to lead the industry in their wide range of flavours and their sustainable design. Teas are handcrafted from recipes that utilise medicinal herbs, spices, botanicals and organic fruits and vegetables. Each loose leaf blend is designed to support your immune system and keep you hydrated. Aside from the wellbeing benefits, their tins are both practical (they protect the tea from light, air and humidity to ensure aromatic flavour is retained) and they are sure to make a statement in your kitchen. If teabags are more your style, opt for their gorgeous hand-stitched teabag range made from natural cotton muslin. Plastic free and compostable.

Explore Storm + India’s tea menu here.

Follow Storm + India on Instagram @stormandindia

Places To Eat, St Georges Restaurant 

St Georges Restaurant is a Wild Hearts longtime love and one of our favourite places to eat in Hawkes Bay. Family owned and operated, their food is always incredible and ingredients are largely grown on site (and in the rare event that they’re not, they’re locally sourced). St Georges has several multi-purpose spaces, perfect for different sized weddings & events. They’ve had much experience in crafting dreamy and unique weddings and we can’t get enough of the modern, slightly Tuscan surrounds.

For more info, see St Georges on the Wild Hearts Vendor Collection here.

Follow St George’s Restaurant on Instagram @stgeorgesrestaurantnz

Sustainable Shopping, GoodFor

GoodFor’s mission is to create beautiful shopping experiences to inspire and educate us to make better choices for our health and for the planet. Fill and refill your pantry and household goods without wasteful and unnecessary packaging and start the change in your home towards conscious consumption. With over 400 pantry ingredients and a large range of sustainable lifestyle products, GoodFor provides the ability to take only what you need. GoodFor has six refilleries across the country, with the seventh opening in Nelson soon.

Consume less and consume quality here.

Follow GoodFor on Instagram @goodforstore

Limited edition release by Karen Walker for Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Get your wardrobe ship-shape for wet days at sea (and let’s face it, land) with Karen Walker’s latest collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. On the eve of the RNZYS’s 150th anniversary, Karen Walker’s new range was released from the Squadron’s quarters, which is currently the home of the America’s Cup.
Featuring an array of nautical prints (think signal flags, Breton stripes, ropes, post cards) and a healthy dose of navy, the range is teaming with lustrous silk twills and viscose, organic cotton denim, and many shower-proof materials. Elegant, clean lines with a buoyant flare and the perfect amount of tailored drape are incorporated across the collection, along with a host of nautical accoutrements.

Get ready to lead the seaside this summer and check out the full range here.

Follow Karen Walker on Instagram @karenwalker

All Eaters Welcome Cookbook by Two Raw Sisters

The second cookbook by sister duo Rosa and Margo is full of recipes for entertaining, easy weeknight meals, or portable work lunches. Whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, a meat-eater, a some-times pescatarian or vegetarian, this cookbook covers all bases. Recipes are time efficient and incorporate everyday, affordable pantry ingredients and are designed to be flexible with lots of substitution options.

All Easters Welcome is $40 NZD.

Find new and inventive ways to make the basics taste more exciting and delicious here.

Follow Two Raw Sisters on Instagram @tworawsisters

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