Summer giveaways: part one


The first week of summer hasn’t brought a lot of sun with it – not such a great start I’m afraid! Something that isgood, however, is that I was awarded nzgirl’s Most Committed Blogger for November 2012! Head over to nzgirl and check out some of the articles I’ve been posting.

Another good thing is that I have finally set up a facebook page for my blog! Have a look, “like” it, and stay updated with what is going on in my world (and be kept up to date with details on the great giveaways I have coming up!).

Speaking of giveaways…

Leave a comment below letting me know what it is that you love most about summer, and you will go in to the draw to win a 230ml tube of ModelCo’s Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser! This fabulous product is a self-tanner, a tan extender and a moisturiser that allows you to build up a streak-free tan gradually and easily, without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. It’s a great way to get fabulously tanned legs before you bare them under that cute summer frock! You have until 5.00pm NZT on Tuesday 11th December, winner to be announced on my facebook page (so make sure you’re following it!!!).


This competition closes at 5.00pm NZT on Tuesday, 11 December 2012. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments on the competition post on The competition is open to people in New Zealand only, sorry overseas fans!

Karen Murrell True Miracle: Intense Balm

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I saw a Karen Murrell lipstick pop up as an nzgirl fave a couple of months ago, and after reading it I got the name Karen Murrell stuck in my head. When I saw a tube of Karen Murrell True Miracle: Intense Balm, I HAD to have it!

The True Miracle: Intense Balm is organic, and contains delicious things like beeswax, honey and cocoa butter. All of the ingredients in Karen Murrell’s products are cruelty free, come from renewable sources, and the company has a strong ethical policy (find out more about their philosophy here).

I am so glad I picked this up – it has been a saviour when my skin is dry after a hot sunny day, and even more so for my poor hands after spending hours in the garden! It’s also an amazing lip conditioner and gloss, meaning that it really is a multi-purpose miracle.

I’m now a Karen Murrell convert and can’t wait to try out some more of her products! Check out the website to find out what other amazing products she makes. If you’d like to purchase some, check the list of stockists – but hurry, because I’ve just found out that as of January 2013 Karen Murrell will no longer be selling skincare products. Make sure you stock up now!

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Images/Karen Murrell website

Text © Meagan Kerr 2012

WILD THINGS: Art for the Imaginations of Children

Fishing For Donuts by Michael Kennedy
Oil on canvas

Last week I had the immense pleasure of attending the opening of ‘Wild Things’, a group show at Black Asterisk, where imagination and reality come together in a mix of styles and mediums.

Michael Kennedy‘s whimsical creatures fish for donuts and enchant you with their cuteness (pictured above), while Vivien Masters‘ regal-looking portraits consider you from across the room.

Walk through a doorway and you are greeted by Minu‘s work, including one of my favourites from the show, ‘Shadow Girl No. 2’. I have found that I really connect with Minu’s characters and am hoping that one might find its way into my home soon (if you’d like to buy me a Christmas present, you should be taking notes!).

Shadow Girl No.2 by Minu
Acrylic and ink on recycled wood.

In another small room at the rear of the gallery, Prue MacDougall‘s stunning hand printed solar plate etchings of her chimera creations sit quietly, waiting for you to discover their secrets.

Venus by Prue MacDougall
Hand printed solar plate etching on rag paper

I thoroughly recommend that you pop down to the Black Asterisk gallery (located at 10 Ponsonby Road, Auckland) to check out the ‘Wild Things’ exhibition. The exhibition runs until Monday December 24th, with kids art activities being held at 1pm on December 2nd and 9th.

xo Meagan

How to get tousled beach hair (without going to the beach)

I love the way my hair looks after a day at the beach, all tousled and wavy and gorgeous, but I don’t like the way it feels.  To get tousled beach babe hair without stepping foot in the surf, follow these easy steps to surfer chic.

1. Work a curl enhancing product like PPS Beach Styler through dry hair to ensure that your style will hold.

2. Part your hair down the centre, and braid into two plaits (one on either side of your head) and secure with a small hair tie.

3. Twist one braid away from your face and twist a straightening iron on to the hair in the same direction your braid is twisted. Repeat this all the way down the braid, but make sure you don’t do this over the hair tie or you will get a weird crease at the bottom of your hair. Do this on both braids, and then repeat.

4. Once your hair has cooled, remove the hair ties and finger comb the braid out. You should now have gorgeous tousled hair!  You can either leave it down or style it up.

© Meagan Kerr 2012