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LUMIRA is a luxury scented candle and fragrance house founded by Almira Armstrong in Sydney, Australia. LUMIRA products are your luxury lifestyle essentials. Copyright 2017 Atelier Lumira.

Journal

LUMIRA TRAVELS | NEW ZEALAND X SOUTH ISLAND

Kate Bonnett

Completely abundant with culture, life and scenery - New Zealand is nothing short of breathtaking. Venturing through the country it is quiet, but every which way you look there are signs of life and agriculture. It is the picturesque landscape, the type that your eyes will never forget as if you could capture it forever in your memories. It is the passion within the people, the passion that is feverish, so much so it leaves you wanting to be better and ignites your heart into a frenzy of gratitude and contentment. Both North & South Islands are very much unique in their own ways, offering different experiences across the whole spectrum. In this Journal post we will be sharing a few incredible, selected places from the South Isalnd, to stay (or just look at), eat and play.

SOUTH ISLAND
// LAKE WANAKA
Located in the southern part of the South Island, a mere hour's drive away from Queenstown, Lake Wanaka is an unbelievable destination for all year round. Wanaka is for the adventurous, the wanderers and stargazers. It’s best to dress casually, or better yet in active wear, for most of the things you may be doing will be outdoors and active. There are amazing restaurants, cafes, wineries, bars and markets to indulge in and make your local if you’re there for an ample amount of time.

// Aurora Australis (Southern Lights)
Constellations, shooting stars and possibly the Aurora Australis can be seen among the skies of Lake Wanaka. Said to be some of the darkest skies in the world, with very little light pollution, and clear, dark skies, there are millions of stars to be gazed upon and if you go in Autumn, there’s a larger chance you’ll be witnessing the Southern Lights.
lakewanaka.co

// Wanaka Farmers Market
If you catch yourself at the Wanaka Farmers Market on a thursday evening, we’re talking mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, handmade chocolates and award winning bread. That’s just in the winter time too. Between 3pm and 6pm every Thursday, the Markets are open and bustling with locals and visitors, eager to grab some of the freshest, local produce from around the area.
lakewanaka.co

EAT
// Alchemy
*Free sparkling water on tap alert* Alchemy Cafe is the place to go when you’re wanting to ‘refuel the mind, body and soul…’. Alchemy’s philosophy is built around the use of the healthiest local and fresh ingredients, fair trade coffee, and the presence of a friendly atmosphere. With a modern outlook on the title, the interiors are modern and the outside seating have mountainous views.
alchemywanaka.nz

// Kika
Kika is a quirky and detailed tapas bar, offering tapas style, piccolo sized dishes for you to enjoy when you’re not so hungry, or for when you are ravenous for flavour and fullness. This is when you leave it up to the chef to pick three grande sized dishes for you and your company to share and enjoy. Mostly the dishes are contorni style (mainly vegetables and salads), and the deserts sorbets and gelatos. The dishes can also be matched to selected wines and beers.
kika.nz

Via Lake Wanaka

Via Lake Wanaka

STAY
// Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Consciousness in design, committed to sustainability and with majestic mountainous landscape, the Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is a 19 room, modern and lavishly designed hotel, centrally located in Queenstown. One of the newest hotels to make it’s mark, it has incredible service, decor and location. With gourmet breakfasts and personalized grocery packages to suit your desires, they really have all bases covered, and in a humble and considered way.
queenstownparkhotel.co

Pigeon Bay
// Annandale Scrubby Bay | Mr & Mrs Smith Luxury Villas
Basically you have all you need here at Scrubby Bay. Part of the Annandale estate, on the Banks Peninsula, it is only accessible via helicopter or four-wheel drive. Facing a private pebbled beach, the villa has four bedrooms, three of which face the Pacific Ocean, the other impresses with it’s own walk-in shower and views of the luxury pool. Utterly breathtaking and simple, the villa breathes you in like it’s last breathe and transports you to every corner, making you feel at home and as though you’re living among the mountains and with them.
mrandmrssmith.com

LUMIRA X LUXE CITY GUIDES | GEORGES ANTONI

Kate Bonnett

Georges Antoni photographs. When you see one, you just know. Coming from a remote town in Australia, his humour, love for photography and on the go nature has brought Georges name into the spotlight and is staying. Featuring in the magazines of now and shooting the brands that everyone knows, he’s got his sights set, everyday fashion in the bag and dinner spots figured out.

Image via Georges Antoni 

Image via Georges Antoni 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE BUSINESS:
My Name is Georges Antoni. I am a fashion Photographer based in Sydney. I shoot for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, iD, Oyster and labels for this season AW 2017 include Lumira, Harrolds, Cue, Camilla, Sass & Bide, Marcs, Powerade, Bonds, Virgin, Perri Cutten, Sportsgirl and others.

I come from a migrant Lebanese family with three older sisters. My family fled the Lebanese war of the early 70’s and ended up in a wonderful but very remote small town called Blackall in central Queensland. We owned a clothes shop, which is where the bases of my love of fashion comes from. Blackall stands 1100 kilometres inland from Brisbane and on the edge of the Simpson desert. I Studied law at university and worked for Coca-Cola and PWC as well as teaching at university. Then, in my 30’s I discovered photography… AND FELL IN LOVE. More than anything I feel incredibly lucky that my work is also my hobby. Its makes the day go so much faster.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL WORK DAY:
I get up at 4:30am, emails until 6am, gym until 7:30am, shoot at 8am, home at 7pm to kiss my wife, eat and play until 10pm, do emails for half an hour, sleep by 10:30/11pm, wake up and repeat.

HOW DOES SCENT EXIST IN YOUR WORK?
The scent of lunch is the indication of a welcome break in the day.

Images via Georges Antoni 

Images via Georges Antoni 

IS THERE A PARTICULAR SCENT THAT REPRESENTS A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE FOR YOU? 
My Father’s aftershave reminds me of my family home and my youth. Scent generates more memory than any of the other senses. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN SYDNEY?
It feels like a big international city in the country that I love the most.

HOW DOES TRAVEL FEATURE IN YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE?
In the past 14 days I've taken 13 flights so it features very heavily. In fact, a holiday for me is not travelling.

WHO HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BIGGEST INFLUENCES IN THE WORK YOU CREATE?
My mum and dad because their work ethic, business sense and customer service is second to none. 

WHO ARE THE THREE ACCOUNTS YOU FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM FOR INSPIRATION?
I don't use Instagram for inspiration. I tend to get my inspiration from a whole bunch of different areas. Mainly from nature and observing people down the street. 

TELL US A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE SYDNEY HAUNTS:
EAT //
Mercado in Sydney’s CBD is the place to go when you feel like a simple meal that is drenched in flavour, mixed with old and new kitchen skills. Slightly Spanish and completely sumptuous.

Sushi Express in Bondi Junction is a family run business that cater to all with flavoursome, fresh and healthy sushi and Japanese food.

Fishbowl - Combining fresh ingredients, creating delicious and healthy sushi/fish bowls, music, LA vibes and friendly service. That is fishbowl; Bondi & Surry Hills.

PLAY //
Bondi Market has an eclectic selection of vintage and up and coming brands, art, homewares and food & drink. A perfect destination for locals and not so locals, after a morning dip or beach walk.

Eveleigh Market showcases an abundance of homewares, upholstery and furnitures, local, known and up and coming. Also known as the Artisan arts and crafts market. They also have the Farmer’s Market on selling the best regional products of NSW.

Bondi Beach is easily a place to play in for a whole day. Morning walk, breakfast, shop, lunch, relax, shop, dinner and a late night ocean walk.

SHOP //
Jac + Jack are an everyday, easy to wear brand for a sophisticated, relaxed and well put together look. Comfortable and functional, they have 6 standalone stores in Sydney, Melbourne and London.

Bassike runs alongside Jack + Jac in terms of sophisticated and relaxed. They’re committed to high-end design, construction and sustainable manufacturing.

Zara are super easy and affordable, but still involves the elements of style, character and quality you’d hope for in any other brand.

Cos are a Swedish brand who offer Men and Women modern, functional and considered designs that go beyond the season. Transitional and unique, Cos are timeless.

Brought to you by Luxe City Guides in collaboration with Lumira

GIVE ME WARMTH

Kate Bonnett

If there’s one thing that makes Winter a little easier, it’s walking into your home after a day out and about, being welcomed with a warmth that wraps around you, embracing all the goosebumps. Not only do the trusty heaters help with this, our decor and interior details play a big role too. From knit throws to the dinnerware we use for our favourite Winter recipes, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite winter interior accessories we bring out and update each time the season comes around.

Via Pinterest

TIGHTLY KNIT
Oversized, knitted throws are hands down, one of the best things to have displayed in winter. Over the end of the bed, over the back of chairs or the lounge, they can be used at a variety of different times and for different things. Grabbing an extra layer of warmth during the night, to snuggle up with whilst reading on the lounge or getting up in all the warmth during date night/movie night. Choose a neutral colour that goes with the rest of your decor colour scheme - making it easy to rotate throughout the home.
Shop Knit throws and blankets
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STAR GRAZING
A vessel for an outdoors setting that holds lighted coals to create a perfectly safe and fancy campfire at home. You don’t have to farewell dinners at dusk from the summer during the winter. On those nights that aren’t completely, unbearably frosty, having a brazier to light a fire supply amazing warmth so you can star gaze and graze during the cooler months. Make sure to get one that isn’t too solid so heat does pass through the walls of the brazier.
Shop Braziers

THE BOWL TO MY ‘NESE
When the single digit days come knocking, so do the comfort food recipes. Even if you’re not so into bolognese and go for a hearty, hot soup or roast vegetable salad, having luxurious bowls and plates to cradle your winter favourites are definitely must haves. Plates with heightened edges, like walls, and deep-dished bowls are great places to start, focusing on earthy colours like greys, dark beiges and whites too are all divinely wintery.
Shop cozy Dinnerware  

LIGHT MY FIRE
Candles are most definitely an all year round accessory, usually for their fragrance qualities. But never underestimate the power of warmth from a candle, especially on your bedside table or at the dining table. Choose candles that are larger in size and ones with earthier/richer fragrances. Scents such as amber, sandalwood and rose are all fabulous Winter scents. Having them sprinkled over the abode creates a warmth, even when unlit.
Shop our Candle picks 

THE STAR FEATURE
Wallpaper can be easily mistaken as outdated or can seem daunting at the thought of a whole room clad with wallpaper. With simple processes and steps, wallpaper can be removed and placed relatively pain and tear free. Choose a room that has all white walls, and feature only one wall with wallpaper. Earthy coloured, thick stripes are always sophisticated and stylish, or a victorian pattern with a bit more going on brings movement to the space. A feature wall with pattern can make a room feel fuller and warmer, as if it were less spacious, in a good way.
Shop temporary Wallpapers

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

LOST MY MARBLES
Marble is a trend that will continue for a while longer, but during winter it’s a lovely finish to have on decor accessories. Having the grey and white colour tones magnifies the vibe of the specific season, the same as you’d display bright coloured flowers in the spring… Marble goes so well with most colour tones, which makes it easier to buy more and more! Candle bases, platters, dinnerware, small pots etc.
Shop Marble decor

RITUALS FOR MATTINA, GIORNO, & NOTTE

Kate Bonnett

As an ode to Collezione Bianca, we have curated three small lists dedicated to each candle of the collection. La Primavera, Sirocco and Darsana - Morning, Day and Night. The lists are filled with rituals subject to a specific time of day, in which are all beautiful times to burn your candle, completely utilising them to their utmost potential.

LA PRIMAVERA | MORNING

  • Early rising - answering emails, taking five minutes to lay in bed and relax
  • Coffee or tea and water - Take the time to appreciate your morning caffeine fix or hot water with lemon
  • Think about the day/week ahead and set goals to achieve by the end of either or both
  • Write in a diary or journal - cleanse your mind of worries or stressful thoughts
  • Listen to music whilst you get dressed - puts you in a happy and energetic mood!
  • Stretching and/or meditating for 5-20 minutes
  • Eat breakfast - The most important meal of the day should be enjoyed. This also sets you up for a healthier day if you fuel yourself well
Image via Atelier Lumira 

Image via Atelier Lumira 

SIROCCO | DAY

  • Touch base with your hobbies - cleanse your mind of work if you have finished or whilst on your break, by reading your favourite magazine or singing/drawing etc
  • Tune into your body - have some water, or fuel your system with a healthy snack or take a walk
  • Power-clean - Clean out your fridge or tidy your room/study to feel tidier, and tidier in your mind too
  • Be aimless - Don’t do anything, just relax, take a few minutes to be in the moment and not think

DARSANA | NIGHT

  • Read an actual book
  • Spend quality time with loved ones
  • Plan the week or day that lies ahead - gives you direction
  • Gratitude - write down what you’re grateful for; this is also great for in the morning as soon as you wake.
  • Reflect on the day you had
  • Take a bath - Focus on your breathing and ease your muscles
  • Evening beauty routine
Image via Gemkwatts

Image via Gemkwatts

LUMIRA CANDLE MASTERCLASS WITH MIND OVER MANOR

Kate Bonnett

Founder of Lumira, Almira Armstrong, will host a three hour Candle Masterclass with Mind Over Manor on Sunday 11th of June, 2017.  Almira will share her journey to date, the history of Lumira and her candle making secrets whilst you create a few candles with fragrances from Almira's exclusive (and secret!) fragrance library. 

Venue: Mind Over Manor, Camden
Date & Time: Sunday 11th June, 1:00pm
Price includes all materials, light refreshments & sneaky snacks.

LIMITED FEW SPOTS AVAILABLE - REGISTER HERE