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Scarves and Gloves for Winter Warmth June 4, 2019 14:04

Looking out the window today, I think it's fair to say that winter has arrived in sunny Nelson... I was fortunate to be able to relax this holiday weekend at Hanmer Springs, a beautiful alpine village complete with thermal hot pools, and the snow... it was just magical! Needless to say I was very happy to be wearing my newly purchased gloves and scarf bought from my very own shop :)

For me, one of the best things about winter is being able to dress up jackets that I've had for years (and years) with new scarves and gloves. After all, jackets and coats cost lots of money so we make sure they last. I love that scarves can be purchased for reasonable prices and that it's easy to have a range of styles and colours in a collection to dress up jackets, coats and winter tops.

We have a lovely range of stylish scarves, gloves and ponchos in store and online at the moment - browse our range here - and treat yourself to a new look at an affordable price this winter.

I hope you all enjoy looking stylish and fashionable in the cold this winter!

 

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Get your guy into some natural body care stuff... March 19, 2019 16:23

Ladies - here's some fab ideas for your guy (and you) if you're looking for wee gifts (and hints) for him. 

All natural products that he can use every day.

Beer and Clay Shaving Soap from the Dirty Hippie Range - here

Hemp & Cedarwood Men's Soap - here - for an earthy and woody scent with a hint of spice.

Bamboo Toothbrush - here - your purchase ensures a child also receives a toothbrush.

All Natural No Pong Anti-Odourant - here - one of our most popular products for both guys and girls!

 

Fabulous gift and present ideas for husbands, sons, nephews, grandpa's, etc, etc

 

 

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Bookkeeping, Administration, Data Entry & Typing Services February 26, 2019 14:14

Did you know that I also provide the following services?

  • Bookkeeping
  • Administration
  • Data Entry
  • Typing

I am confidential, accurate, efficient and affordable. Based in Richmond, I can help clients in Richmond, Nelson and Tasman areas, and other areas working remotely.

So please contact me today, and we can discuss your needs further - phone / text Diane on 027 444 6387 or email maisey@internet.co.nz.

I can help with all aspects of your office work and run your club or organisation very efficiently.

 

Small businesses and family businesses / tradies - I can:

  • be your office!
  • send out your invoices, pay your bills
  • reconcile your bank accounts and code your transactions
  • prepare GST and PAYE returns
  • manage your cashflow and tax obligations
  • market your business with newsletters and social media
  • update your website
  • and much more...

 

Clubs and not for profits - I can help with:

  • the treasurers role, financial recording and reporting, member subs
  • preparing newsletters for members
  • updating social media pages and websites
  • the secretary's role, minutes of board meetings and agendas
  • helping coordinate events
  • and much more...

 

Bigger businesses and corporates - I can:

  • help with all data entry requirements - job costing, financial transactions, product updates, website maintenance, etc, etc

 

I have 20+ years experience in Office Administration and Bookkeeping and am able to provide practical assistance in all areas of your business admin and personal typing. 

All work is strictly confidential and I'm fast, accurate and reliable. I have excellent systems and organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail. 

Copytyping - writing a novel, manuscript or memoirs longhand? I can copy type into a document. Do you have a procedure / instruction manual and lost the original document? I can re-type for you, including scanning images as required. Handwritten material can be scanned and emailed or posted. 

Data Entry - I'm available for both regular ongoing data entry and overflow entry. I can input both text and numbers into specific databases / excel quickly and accurately. Customer Lists, Product Specifications, Patient Records, KPI's, Database Development, etc, etc. 

Bookkeeping - I am experienced in both Xero, MYOB and other industry based databases. I can reconcile bank accounts, enter payables and receivables and prepare GST returns. I can be the middleman between yourself and your year end accountant. 

General Office Admin - I can design and prepare newsletters, update and maintain websites, send your invoices, prepare funding applications, and many other general tasks... 



Please contact me to discuss your requirements. 
Phone or text Diane 027 444 6387 
Email maisey@internet.co.nz 


I'm happy to negotiate a rate for ongoing or larger jobs.


Beach Life Freebie February 21, 2019 12:29

Loving beach life and the summer sun?

You need these beach block signs and fun slogan bottles - on special now at - to remember your good times during the year.

BE QUICK as the first 4 customers will receive a FREE beach magnet.

 

View the signs and bottles here:

I was made for sunny days - here

Sand from my favourite beach - here

Beach block signs - here

And, for free, we'll send you one of these beach magnets if you're one of the first four customers :) NZ Art by Debbie Morgan. 

 

T&C's - offer available to the first four customers and NZ Delivery addresses only.

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Romantic French themed accessories for your bedroom and chalk paint February 13, 2019 14:07

With the increasing popularity of the new and improved chalk paints, DIY shabby chic furniture is becoming more widespread in our homes, especially bedrooms.

And your gorgeous piece of new furniture will look simply divine with romantic French-themed accessories.

We have some lovely pieces at the moment - do you like our photo below?

Browse our shabby chic collection here, or the following links will take you direct to the products in the photo.

Round Flower Container - here

Crystal Ball Necklace with Silver Beads - here

Glass Jewellery Dish - here

 

 Buy shabby chic home accessories at Vivre, Nelson, NZ, French themed romantic things for your bedroom

 Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Do you like to spread your gift buying throughout the year? January 12, 2019 12:09

Do you enjoy tucking away bits and pieces during the year for birthdays and Christmas?

Do you have a gift drawer so you always have the perfect gift ready when you need it?

And enjoy a wee treat for yourself?

Then you will love our Specials Collection...popular items from as low as $5.

We all love a good bargain! Shop Now.

Browse our Specials Collection at Vivre, Nelson, NZ, everyone loves a bargain

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

View our collections of:

 


Sunny days, the beach and fishing... January 4, 2019 14:33

Endless long hot summer days, picnics and bbqs at the beach and the river, eating fresh fish caught from the wharf and dinghy at the bach - we love NZ!

We've gathered together some summer essentials for you, from practical and fun to creating memories.

Survival Kit for your summer holiday - 100% natural sunscreen, insect repellant, herbal repair and muscle rub, sounds divine - Click here to go directly to this product.

"Sand from my favourite beach" and "I was made for sunny days" - fun glass bottles to remember your favourite holiday - Click here to go directly to this product.

Fun Beach Signs - nothing is better than the beach! - Click here to go directly to this product.

Fishy Fingers Odour Eroder - love fishing but hate the smell on your hands? Then you need this soap! - Click here to go directly to this product.

Fun mini metal signs - "Sandy toes and salty kises" and "I spend most of my life fishing..." - must have items for the beach and fishing enthusiasts - Click here for Fishing and Click here for Sandy Toes.

 

fun beach signs

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Believe in the magic of Christmas... December 10, 2018 16:44

Ahhh... the magic of Christmas... who has their tree up on the first weekend in December, the lights on and the decorations displayed beautifully?

We have these three timeless items that you can display in your home during the festive season year after year:

Christmas Nesting Boxes - buy as a Set of 3 or each box individually - bring JOY to your home - Click here to go directly to this product.

Black Hanging Merry Christmas Sign - be creative and hang on your tree, wall, front door, in a wreath... Click here to go directly to this product. 

Cute Little Pillow - Believe in the magic of Christmas - a beautiful message that never gets old - Click here to go directly to this product.

 

There's so many gorgeous decorations and a google search shows how creative many people can be, from pinecones to tinsel to indoor plants to fairy lights... we wish you many hours of happiness and fun - ENJOY!

 

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

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Yellow and Gold to bring a smile... December 3, 2018 16:31

Isn't there something about daisies growing wild in the grass that always makes you want to smile? So new, so clean and so fresh... Remember making daisy chains during lunchtime at school?

And yellow (and gold) is so warm and vibrant...

The sun's out today, which inspired me to wander around the shop and collect a handful of these gorgeous items below:

Daisy Crew Socks - simply delightful! Do you need a pair for yourself? Or a childhood friend who shares your memories? Click here to go directly to this product.

Love these socks? Browse our full range here of Modsocks - fun and funky knee high and crew socks.

And this Notebook - Happiness blooms from within - how true are these words? Buy now as a reminder for yourself or for your dear friend. At this very affordable price, Daisy Socks and a Happiness Notebook will make a sweet gift, whether it's birthday, Christmas, get well, or thinking of you... Click here to go directly to this notebook.

In this Notebook range our other titles are:

  • There is sunshine in my soul today - ruled lines
  • Adventures together last a lifetime - blank pages
  • Where you go I go - ruled lines

Click here to view these notebooks.

 

Fancy the Gold Earrings?  Like the Yellow Pendant?

Please contact us and we can send you more information and photos as they are not yet listed on our online store.

Earrings are priced at $24.90 and Pendant is $26.50

 

Daisies are cute, Daisy Socks, Notebooks, Happiness blooms from within, buy now at Vivre, Nelson, NZ

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

View our collections of:


Love shabby chic in my home! November 27, 2018 16:51

For those that simply love, love, love all things shabby chic - we have some gorgeous things for your home!

To get you started, here are two of our new items:

Dome Cage Fleur De Lis - both decorative and practical - let us know, would you put something inside the dome? Candles? Or leave it empty? 

Round Flower Container - so while this flower container is sitting in your favourite place looking gorgeous, it's also got your treasures inside... click here to go directly to this product.

Two beautiful things that match together or stand alone pieces. They will look pretty in your bedroom, entrance way and living areas. (And your 'she cave' as one customer laughingly explained to me!)

Treat yourself or a loved one, family member or friend today - sweet gift and present idea, especially for weddings and significant birthdays.

Would you like to see more of our shabby chic collection? Browse our range here.

 

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

View our collections of:

 


Black Cats or Ginger Cats? November 27, 2018 11:14

Attention all Cat Lovers... what's your favourite?
Do you love Black Cats or Ginger Cats?

We have a variety of unique and fun cat things that make fabulous gift ideas for your loved ones, family and friends or wee treats for yourself. They are cheeky enough to bring a smile to the recipient’s face and a little bit different from the usual stuff.

For Black Cat Lovers we have:

  • This fabulous black cat walking on piano keys in a pair of knee high socks - click here to go directly to this product.
  • Or this equally fabulous aristocratic looking black cat on a fine china mug - click here to go directly to this product.

For Ginger Cat Lovers we have:

  • A Purrmaid! That's a fluffy and very contented looking ginger cat with a funky mermaid tail in a pair of crew socks - click here to go directly to this product.

 

 

 

Love these socks? Browse our full range here of Modsocks - fun and funky knee high and crew socks.

 

Looking for gifts and presents to delight your family and friends?  We invite you to browse our gorgeous range of homewares and fashion – from novelty socks to teapots to shabby chic. We have something that your mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, nana, niece, aunty, and best friend will love!

Visit our online store here
Or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson (opp ANZ Bank).

View our collections of:

 


Your Favourites Back in Stock - UK Shipment Arrived October 29, 2018 12:01

Our latest shipment arrived last week from the UK - so lots of your favourites are now back in stock - exciting!
Plus plenty of new items as well - please keep checking our New Arrivals tab over the next few weeks.

Green Mosaic Pattern Pots

Green and Blue with vibrant patterns, we're excited to have these ceramic pots back in stock. Very popular with you all, these pots come in three sizes. Purchase as small, medium or large online and if you would like the set of 3, contact us and we're happy to give you a discount.
You may like to match these mosaic pots with our Blue Heart Trinket Box and our Three Bottles in a Metal Holder

 

Passionate golfers just have to have this metal sign...
it was so popular last time that we've doubled our quantities this time. A fabulously fun present for the golfer in your life.

 

Fancy a Black Cat Mug? Or know someone who would like one?
This adorable black cat mug fine china mug comes beautifully presented in the gift box, as pictured. Last time we had these in stock, we'd sold them in store before we had a chance to get them online.

When ladies come in store looking for a gift that's just a little different from everything else they see, but still reasonably priced, they inevitably buy this 3 Vases in Wooden Heart Tray - it's just lovely!

(And we only have one Violet Pottery Vase left in stock...)

 

Last time these three items were very popular gift ideas and with Christmas coming, we suggest you be in quick to buy - priced at either $10 or $12.50.

"Always look on the bright side of life." We all need one of these inspirational ceramic hearts in our home or workplace. 

Cute Love Reminders - who would you give one too? "I can't say I love you enough, so this is your little reminder."

Notepad and Pencil in stylish shabby chic from the Les Fleurs range, a fabulous wee treat for yourself or an easy gift for a friend. Match with our hearts, candles and bunting.

 


Our Customer Loyalty Programme at Vivre October 23, 2018 15:29

We really do want all our customers to know how much we appreciate your continued support - both in store and online, so we just want to remind you of our Customer Loyalty Programme.

Online - well that's easy, the cost of postage is always an extra, so make 3 purchases online and receive free postage on your next 3 purchases.

In Store - When you reach a total spend of $200 (it doesn't matter how long it takes) then you get to choose either an in store credit of $20 or to donate your $20 to one of the following local community organisations: 24-7 YouthWork based at Waimea College and Waimea Intermediate, Ma's Place Richmond and Pinnacle House Nelson.

So...thank you! We appreciate you supporting us at Vivre!

 

 


Free Gift in October 2018 October 23, 2018 15:17

❤️❤️ FREE GIFT OCTOBER ❤️❤️
Simply spend $50 or more either in store or online and we'll give you a free gift - choose one of these fab Slogan Rope Jar Vases, check them out here: https://www.vivre.co.nz/products/slogan-rope-jar-vase

"Home is where our story begins" 

"Life takes you unexpected places love brings you home"

"Love makes a house a home"

These jar vases are something a bit different and make a fabulous gift - fill with flowers, tealight candle, fairy lights, fudge, lollies...


T&C's offer available while stocks last or 31Oct18 for NZ delivery addresses only.


Why blue and white accessories are always the perfect combination in your home October 5, 2018 16:17

I love wandering around the shop and collecting an armful of things to photograph... this week I was a bit surprised to have picked up so many blue and white items and was thrilled with how attractive they looked in the photo's. And now I keep admiring it...

If you're feeling a little inspired, here is a few of our blue and white bits and pieces...

  • White Ceramic Heart Design Sealed Jar
  • Blue Spice Jar in Fleur Medallion Pattern
  • White Ceramic Teapot, matches the Sealed Jar, above
  • Pastel Heart Tealight Holder
  • Blue Trinket Box
  • Blue wooden eggs - these come in a range of colours, blues, greens, reds, pinks - to many for our website, contact us and we'll send you images.

So if you are looking for a wee treat for yourself, or birthdays and wedding presents for family, friends and loved ones, you may like to browse our range of unique home accessories.

So what was it about Blue and White that got me excited? A quick google search bought up the following: 

American designer, Mark D Sikes, has a soft spot for the timeless country combo of blue and white. Some of his favorite accents are blue-and-white ceramics—from porcelain jars on the mantel to the garden stools as a side table. "You can use ceramics sparingly as an accent, but I like a lot of pieces displayed together as a collection. It gives instant colour and detail that's intricate and alluring," he says.

Here's an extract from interior designer Phoebe Howard: "What is it about this Blue and White palette that gives it such widespread appeal and inspires such devotion?  To start, there's the fact that blue is the world's favorite color. Found all around us in nature, it knows no limits when it comes to a particular fashion or style, time period or geography. As for white, it shows blue off in its truest form, without distraction or competition. And though it delivers plenty of contrast, the combination is less stark than black and white. It's easy on the eyes. White sets blue up for success, which sets you and your decorating scheme up for success too."

So it seems that the pairing of Blue and White brings out the best in any room, whether it's the kitchen, living room or bedroom - it is a classic for a reason.

Browse our full range at our online store or pop in and see us, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson, opp ANZ Bank.

Buy blue and white homewares and accessories at Vivre, Nelson, New Zealand. We have great gift and present ideas for your family and friends.


Richmond Late Night Thursday Mini Market September 27, 2018 14:58

We're hosting a mini market next Thursday, 4 Oct from 5pm.

Opposite Sundial Square, come and browse our range of shabby chic, vintage and boho - treats for you and your friends - clothes, duffle bags, bits and pieces for your home, gift ideas, jewellery.

 

 

 


"The trouble with trouble is that it starts out as fun!" September 26, 2018 00:00

"The trouble with trouble is that it starts out as fun!"

Fun hip flask for the ladies... buy here

Suitable for all women with a wicked sense of humour! 

Great gift idea for friends, workmates, brides-to-be, significant birthdays, and many, many more... this flask also looks fabulous displayed in your home where you will see it and smile :)

 


Spring is here, bringing a 40% off sale September 25, 2018 12:00

Do you love all things Vintage and Retro?

We're offering you 40% off your favourites in our Spring Sale... 

Browse our Vintage Collection, our Retro Collection and our Specials.

This sale is on for the month of Sep 2018 or while stocks last - enjoy! 

(Just a thought, it's never to early to put away bits and pieces for Christmas and birthdays).

Richmond & Nelson residents - you are welcome to shop online and pick up in store and we'll refund your postage.

Did you miss out on this sale? Please sign up to receive our weekly newsletter and you'll always know about our specials, discounts, free gifts with purchases and new products. 

 

 

 


We'd love you to enjoy a FREE hot drink... September 2, 2018 16:11

We’d love you to enjoy a FREE hot drink at The Wooden Spoon Café next door with our compliments

Simply spend over $50 in our store, we'd love to say thank you by giving you a voucher so you can enjoy a FREE hot drink to the value of $5 at The Wooden Spoon Cafe, next door. 

Offer available for the month of September 18. "In our store" means our physical location of 251a Queen St, Richmond, Nelson.

 


Fun, funky novelty socks August 10, 2018 10:39

There's socks and then there's our socks!

We've been selling our range of ModSocks since Feb 2018 and they have quickly become one of our most popular and best selling items - our range of ModSocks are fun & funky, beautiful, durable and designed to look and feel great on real legs.

For me, the most enjoyable part is listening to the stories from the customers as they chat about why they are buying the socks. And after selling hundreds of pairs of socks there's two stories that stand out the most to me, I'd love to share them with you.

Customer #1 - Saw a pair of our Piano Cat Socks in the window as she walked past, came in and picked them up along with the Bold Poppies Socks and bought both pairs. Her plans - her elderly friends are in a rest home, she visits them regularly and she bought them a pair each to wear, "when they are sitting in the community lounge with other residents their socks will be the talk of the room, which will delight my friends and bring back many, many fond memories for my friends, the other residents and carers as well."  What a hugely thoughtful gesture!

Customer #2 - Mum and babe popped into the shop on impulse and mum immediately got excited and selected a pair of Unicycling Unicorn Socks. Turns out she's in the IVF programme and needed a pair of socks to exchange with her IVF sock buddy. As she explained more to me about IVF and the support of sock buddies, I was very impressed and for those of you who are in similar situations - all of us at Vivre want to wish you all the very best!

So that's just two stories, among many, many stories... customers buy our socks because:

  • the socks make them smile (how great is that!)
  • they are a fabulous gift and present for all ages, teenagers, mums, nanas, aunties
  • they post easily
  • when someone already has everything they are a fun gift
  • they know the socks will bring pleasure to the recipient

 

Choose knee high socks or crew socks or both!

 

A mum bought Pugs & Kisses for her teenage daughter who was going through a hard time and didn't feel like smiling...

A sister-in-law received Black Poppies to wear during her cycling tour of France...

An older lady received a pair of Cherries Socks to remind her of some wickedly fun times years and years ago with her dear friend...

A mother-in-law received a pair of Gardening Socks because she collects watering cans...

The piano players, the choir director, and the owners of black cats all love the Piano Cat Socks...

Avocado Socks, goes without saying, everyone who likes avocados either buys these socks or gets given them...

And again, those with Ginger Cats, either buy a pair for themselves or they get given them...

The sloth lovers have a real dilemma as they genuinely can't decide if they should buy the knee high sloth socks or the crew sloth socks...

Another friend, (and also a daughter bought her mum), received a pair of Rosie the Riveter Socks, because, apparently, they both had a bit of attitude... (haha)

And I haven't even mentioned yet all the golfing ladies, the bowling ladies, the skating ladies and the early childhood teachers who have either bought our socks or been given our socks, just because they are simply fabulous! 

So as I said at the start, it's truly enjoyable (and humbling) listening to how a pair of socks can change someone's day for the better.

So if you are ever looking for a gift or present for your mum, daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, nana, best friend, etc, etc - think of our fun, funky novelty socks.

Browse our full range of socks here

 

 

 

 

Browse our range of novelty socks here 


Prize Draws for August 2018 August 3, 2018 15:15

We're delighted to announce our prize draws in August...

Back by popular demand, each week in August all purchases will go in a draw and the winner gets to choose one of the following prizes, valued between $13 and $25.

This competition is open to all customers purchasing in store and online.

Draws will take place on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st August 2018 and the winners will be notified by email.

Winners are welcome to choose from one of the four following products.

1. Salad Servers Kiwiana Style - RRP $19

2. Vegetable Planters - Set of 2, Carottas & Radish

3. Pink Hearts Votive & Tealight Holder - Set of 2, RRP $19 - view here

4. 3 Hanging Heart Wooden Photo Frame - RRP $24.50 - view here

 

 


Buy bamboo clothing in Nelson NZ July 27, 2018 14:09

A quick google search, "What's so good about bamboo clothing" gave me heaps of info, as you would imagine... But the sentence that stood out the most was:

Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool - a more soft and luxurious feel

So I bought some bamboo socks, wore them during my daily exercise... they felt divine... I fell in love with them... found a supplier and bought a range of bamboo clothing to sell in my shop, Vivre, so that all my fantastically loyal customers could have this opportunity too!

Research yielded two interesting facts:

a) there is some amazingly good reasons why we should be wearing bamboo clothing

b) it's quite hard to find someone who sells bamboo clothing in Nelson, NZ

So I'll address the second fact first, you can now buy bamboo clothing at Vivre, in Nelson, NZ. We have a range of socks, both ankle and crewe, racerback tops, v-neck t-shirts, long sleeve thermal tops and capri leggings.

 

So why wear bamboo clothing?

Just quickly, here's some really good reasons to wear bamboo clothing:

  • because of the softness
  • because bamboo fibres absorb mositure
  • because of the ease of wearing for skin sensitivities and those with allergies
  • because of the anti-bacterial qualities of bamboo (odour resistant)

And who wears bamboo clothing?

  • everyone!
  • active people who enjoy yoga, tai chi, meditation etc for the natural qualities of bamboo
  • tramping, hiking people for the thermal and mositure qualities
  • those with eczema or other skin irritations
  • people who love nature and going back to basics

And what's the 'eco-friendly' and 'green' thing about bamboo clothing?

Our range of Bambu Dru bamboo garments have been produced and processed under certified organic conditions. The clothing is kind to your body due to the natural purity and be assured that a similar kindness has been shown to the environment and workers that contribute to their making.

Did you know that bamboo can grow up to 1 metre per day, an exceptional rate, with bamboo being the fastest growing woody plant on Earth. 

Bamboo is also naturally pest and disease resistant so requires few or no chemical inputs when farmed. Bamboo also has a small ‘water footprint’ as its irrigation requirements are minimal.

For more technical information about Bambu Dru bamboo manufacture and processing, please click here.

 

So what can our range of bamboo clothing offer to you:

  • organic, eco-friendly garments to wear in every day life
  • garments produced to high ethics and the moral standards of sustainable living
  • a helpful way to make a small difference for our planet
  • the convenience of buying quality bamboo clothing right here in Nelson

 

So all you eco-conscious, active, organic people who love natural purity, come in and browse our range of bamboo clothing or visit us online.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Enjoy reading books through the winter July 3, 2018 14:58

Growing up, mum always had books around our home and my sister and I are still, happily, book worms... 

And it was with great pleasure that I was able to introduce my own children to the delights of a good book! Story books and reading together in the evenings will always hold fond memories for us all.

What to read... so many, many interesting books, both fiction and non-fiction, series and one-offs...

And so many different ways to read... real books (you know, old school with pages to turn), e-readers (the last one got dropped down the stairs in our house when two of the kids wanted it at the same time, say no more...), magazines, etc, etc.

I was recently reminded at our 'Meet the Teacher' evening of the educational importance of reading. The English teacher talked about the flow on benefits of reading, such as improved spelling, vocabulary and the ability to write well structured sentences and paragraphs.

(If you need more inspiration to make your kids sit down and read for 20 minutes before bed, just google, "why should I read a book" and you'll get really excited.)

We have books for your toddlers - a fun NZ book, designed for small hands and featuring our favourite Kiwi Critters, Kiwi and Pukeko, playing at the beach, hide and seek, sausage sizzles, etc.  Browse our range here

And we have books for kids who like reading themselves - two books based around the Nelson Lakes National Park and featuring raindrops and native animals.   Browse our range here

And for the adults - crafts, recipes and gardening. These books are great for inspiration on winter evenings.   Browse our range here

 

So enjoy your reading everyone.

 

Browse our range of books here.

   


Postage Stamp Jewellery – Earrings and Pendants June 26, 2018 14:19

Postage stamps have been around for a while now – since 1840 – actually. The UK featured Queen Victoria II on their first stamp, which was used in Great Britain and Ireland. That stamp was known as the Penny Black and is now in the top 10 of the world’s most famous stamps.

From their humble beginnings, postage stamps and the world wide postal service went from strength to strength as more and more countries developed their own signature stamps in a variety of colours, styles and designs.

Which inevitably led to the rise of the hobby stamp collector… I had a stamp collection as a kid – did you? (I had coin collection too 😊). The most famous stamp today (per catawiki.com) is the British Guiana 1c Magneta, if one of these gems, sorry, stamps, ever comes on the market, you’ll only have to pay around NZ$15 million.

So, what does one do with their stamp collection?

Let me introduce you to the very clever Cindy Allison, from Canterbury, New Zealand.

Cindy is now a mature student currently completing her PhD. She was having a clean-up but couldn’t bear to throw away her childhood stamp collection… so made jewellery instead!

We are very fortunate to have some of Cindy’s Postage Stamp Jewellery in store and her beautiful pieces featuring NZ flowers.

Choose from Manuka, Kowhai, Clematis, and many more… and receive a beautiful piece of NZ history. Wear your Earrings and Pendants proudly, knowing that:

  • you love your piece of jewellery
  • the colours & pictures are stunning
  • you’re supporting a NZ Artist
  • and re-using a piece of NZ history!

Browse the collection of Cindy Allison’s range here.