Max Pictorial… “In the Garden” Inspired Nail Art

Max Pictorial… “In the Garden” Inspired Nail Art

Since Black Grace formed 17 years ago the New Zealand dance company has wowed audiences and cemented their place on the international stage by combining pacific and contemporary dance in an innovative form to entertain and enchant.
Now, following a sell out tour of Germany, Black Grace has brought their latest creation, Waka, home. Waka’s initial 35 minute showing evolved into a stunning 60 minute masterpiece since its return and further demonstrates the incredible choreographic work of Neil Ieremia Waka is inspired in part by The Raft, video installation by Bill Viola, as well as a response to The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand by Louis J. Steele and Charles F. Goldie 1898, influenced by Theodore Gericault’s famous The Raft of the Medusa depicting the terror of a shipwreck. The show was met with a standing ovation and rapturous applause upon its performance in Europe and we can’t wait to check it out.
We’ve got a double pass to giveaway to the Auckland show on Sunday August 26th. Simply name the choreographer of Waka to go in the draw to win! Email your answer, full name and address to enter@maxshop.com by August 12th.
Read more about Waka and the show dates here
Conditions: Prize is for tickets only and the winner must make their own way to the show. Competition closes August 12th 2012 midnight NZT. Winner will be drawn August 13th 2012. Max’s decision is final. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or other goods.

Since Black Grace formed 17 years ago the New Zealand dance company has wowed audiences and cemented their place on the international stage by combining pacific and contemporary dance in an innovative form to entertain and enchant.

Now, following a sell out tour of Germany, Black Grace has brought their latest creation, Waka, home. Waka’s initial 35 minute showing evolved into a stunning 60 minute masterpiece since its return and further demonstrates the incredible choreographic work of Neil Ieremia Waka is inspired in part by The Raft, video installation by Bill Viola, as well as a response to The Arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand by Louis J. Steele and Charles F. Goldie 1898, influenced by Theodore Gericault’s famous The Raft of the Medusa depicting the terror of a shipwreck. The show was met with a standing ovation and rapturous applause upon its performance in Europe and we can’t wait to check it out.

We’ve got a double pass to giveaway to the Auckland show on Sunday August 26th. Simply name the choreographer of Waka to go in the draw to win! Email your answer, full name and address to enter@maxshop.com by August 12th.

Read more about Waka and the show dates here

Conditions: Prize is for tickets only and the winner must make their own way to the show. Competition closes August 12th 2012 midnight NZT. Winner will be drawn August 13th 2012. Max’s decision is final. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or other goods.

Max Loves… Fashion at the Olympics
Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani are just some of the designers who lent their incredible talent to create the uniforms for what many are calling the most fashionable Olympics to date. In fact many fashionista’s watched the opening ceremony with the same critical eye reserved for Fashion Week catwalks offering opinions on what worked and what didn’t. “For any designer, this is the biggest audience you can possibly have for your designs and arguably the most critical,” said Avril Graham, Harper’s Bazaar executive fashion and beauty editor. “These outfits have to fly the flag and represent their nation in the eyes of the rest of the world.” Rodd & Gunn designed New Zealand’s outfits and Time.com named the uniforms one of the best! Pretty impressive when you’re up against such amazing international names. Read their story and check out the other team’s looks below.
Click to read the story behind the Rodd and Gunn design Click to view what the teams are wearing Image Source

Max Loves… Fashion at the Olympics

Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani are just some of the designers who lent their incredible talent to create the uniforms for what many are calling the most fashionable Olympics to date. In fact many fashionista’s watched the opening ceremony with the same critical eye reserved for Fashion Week catwalks offering opinions on what worked and what didn’t. “For any designer, this is the biggest audience you can possibly have for your designs and arguably the most critical,” said Avril Graham, Harper’s Bazaar executive fashion and beauty editor. “These outfits have to fly the flag and represent their nation in the eyes of the rest of the world.” Rodd & Gunn designed New Zealand’s outfits and Time.com named the uniforms one of the best! Pretty impressive when you’re up against such amazing international names. Read their story and check out the other team’s looks below.

Click to read the story behind the Rodd and Gunn design

Click to view what the teams are wearing

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MAXshop.com Behind the Scenes - Hacienda Collection Spring 2012 

Max launches a fiesta of colour and flurry of ruffles with their new Hacienda range with the romance of the flamenco and elegance of the matador.

Rich combinations of texture and colour mirror the colours and themes of this story. Colours are the burnt oranges and umbres of Seville mixed with the ochres and ultra marines of Bilbao. All embellished, beaded and braided for a rich and textured story.

Max Loves… Winter Getaways
When it’s oh so cold outside and your last long weekend is a distant memory it’s easy to get a little down. That’s why we’re embracing the Winter Getaway. Whether you splash out and head to the tropics to up your Vitamin D levels or opt for a mini break a little closer to home (preferably somewhere with a roaring fire and a heated pool)  it’s a fantastic way to beat the winter blues. If you’re looking for something a little different, a must do during New Zealand’s winter is the TranzAlpine scenic train trip where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful sites in the world including winding through the Southern Alps. Wherever you go make sure you take a good book, grab a wine and stay warm…and remember Spring is only six weeks away!
Click to view more info on the TranzAlpine train trip

Max Loves… Winter Getaways

When it’s oh so cold outside and your last long weekend is a distant memory it’s easy to get a little down. That’s why we’re embracing the Winter Getaway. Whether you splash out and head to the tropics to up your Vitamin D levels or opt for a mini break a little closer to home (preferably somewhere with a roaring fire and a heated pool)  it’s a fantastic way to beat the winter blues. If you’re looking for something a little different, a must do during New Zealand’s winter is the TranzAlpine scenic train trip where you can enjoy some of the most beautiful sites in the world including winding through the Southern Alps. Wherever you go make sure you take a good book, grab a wine and stay warm…and remember Spring is only six weeks away!

Click to view more info on the TranzAlpine train trip

Max Loves… Channing Tatum
Ever since the first Step Up film we’ve all swooned over the slick moves and chiseled….face of Channing Tatum. Most recently he had us all a flutter in The Vow, trying to win the love of his life back (played by Rachel McAdams) after a horrendous car crash gives her a bad case of amnesia.
Lucky for us we get to see him again this week at Chicks at the Flicks in his new film Magic Mike, a film loosely based on his life working as an exotic dancer before he found fame and fortune as an actor.
Legend has it he first came to the attention of the powers at be as a dancer in the Ricky Martin She Bangs music video, we dare you to try and spot him, and a warning if you haven’t seen the vid before – get ready to cringe.
His progression has allowed him to star in a number of gritty films, the most acclaim coming from his performance in A Guide to Recognizing your Saints (2006), as a troubled teen.
These days he’s starring in multiple films and has his own production company with Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan – sorry ladies, they’re married.
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Max Loves… Channing Tatum

Ever since the first Step Up film we’ve all swooned over the slick moves and chiseled….face of Channing Tatum. Most recently he had us all a flutter in The Vow, trying to win the love of his life back (played by Rachel McAdams) after a horrendous car crash gives her a bad case of amnesia.

Lucky for us we get to see him again this week at Chicks at the Flicks in his new film Magic Mike, a film loosely based on his life working as an exotic dancer before he found fame and fortune as an actor.

Legend has it he first came to the attention of the powers at be as a dancer in the Ricky Martin She Bangs music video, we dare you to try and spot him, and a warning if you haven’t seen the vid before – get ready to cringe.

His progression has allowed him to star in a number of gritty films, the most acclaim coming from his performance in A Guide to Recognizing your Saints (2006), as a troubled teen.

These days he’s starring in multiple films and has his own production company with Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan – sorry ladies, they’re married.

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Max Loves… Mid Winter Christmas
The dreaded long stretch without public holidays is in full swing and a Mid Winter Christmas is the perfect way to bring that holiday feeling to the winter months.  It’s also a great way to enjoy Christmas the way we see it in the movies wrapping up by the fire with a warm cup of mulled wine and even (if you live down south) making snow angels! Make it an inexpensive and stress free event and have a pot luck dinner with friends and for a bit of fun get everyone to buy $5 gifts – you can even go for winter themed presents with woolen socks, gourmet hot chocolate or homemade wrapped puddings (or Aunt Betty’s delights to keep things super easy!). Check out some great ideas and helpful links below and get planning!
It’s hard to find Christmas tags in July so here’s some printable cards from Martha Stewart -click to view
A few homemade gift ideas  - click to view
A recipe for the perfect Mid Winter Christmas - click to view  
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Max Loves… Mid Winter Christmas

The dreaded long stretch without public holidays is in full swing and a Mid Winter Christmas is the perfect way to bring that holiday feeling to the winter months.  It’s also a great way to enjoy Christmas the way we see it in the movies wrapping up by the fire with a warm cup of mulled wine and even (if you live down south) making snow angels! Make it an inexpensive and stress free event and have a pot luck dinner with friends and for a bit of fun get everyone to buy $5 gifts – you can even go for winter themed presents with woolen socks, gourmet hot chocolate or homemade wrapped puddings (or Aunt Betty’s delights to keep things super easy!). Check out some great ideas and helpful links below and get planning!

  • It’s hard to find Christmas tags in July so here’s some printable cards from Martha Stewart -click to view
  • A few homemade gift ideas  - click to view
  • A recipe for the perfect Mid Winter Christmas - click to view  

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Max Loves… Hot Chocolate
Nothing beats the winter blues like a delicious frothy hot chocolate and lately at Max HO we have been nipping to our local cafe more than a couple of times a week to grab ourselves one of these delicious beverages.
We found this classic albeit rather indulgent recipe that would be sure to cure any chocolate cravings!
Hot Chocolate:
2 cups (480 ml) milk
3 ounces (90 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 ounce (30 grams) milk chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste (optional)
Place the milk, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and sugar (if using), in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk periodically until the mixture just reaches the boiling point. Remove from heat and if more foam is desired, use a wire whisk or hand held immersion blender to whip the hot chocolate.
Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup (120 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar
Grated chocolate or cocoa powder
In your mixing bowl, place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. If you have time, cover and chill the bowl and wire whisk in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
Pour the hot chocolate into cups and place a dollop of whipped cream on top, yum!
If you’re up for some experimenting check out this great collection of recipes for 10 different variations of hot chocolate on the Chow blog – some we would have never thought of, but will be sure to try!
Recipe credit | Image source

Max Loves… Hot Chocolate

Nothing beats the winter blues like a delicious frothy hot chocolate and lately at Max HO we have been nipping to our local cafe more than a couple of times a week to grab ourselves one of these delicious beverages.

We found this classic albeit rather indulgent recipe that would be sure to cure any chocolate cravings!

Hot Chocolate:

  • 2 cups (480 ml) milk
  • 3 ounces (90 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ounce (30 grams) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or to taste (optional)

Place the milk, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and sugar (if using), in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk periodically until the mixture just reaches the boiling point. Remove from heat and if more foam is desired, use a wire whisk or hand held immersion blender to whip the hot chocolate.

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar
  • Grated chocolate or cocoa powder

In your mixing bowl, place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar and stir to combine. If you have time, cover and chill the bowl and wire whisk in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Pour the hot chocolate into cups and place a dollop of whipped cream on top, yum!

If you’re up for some experimenting check out this great collection of recipes for 10 different variations of hot chocolate on the Chow blog – some we would have never thought of, but will be sure to try!

Recipe credit | Image source

Max Pictorial… How to: InstagramDon’t forget to check out our new Instagram Gallery -http://www.maxshop.com/community/instagram-gallery/Follow Max on Instagram at Max_Fashions

Max Pictorial… How to: Instagram

Don’t forget to check out our new Instagram Gallery -http://www.maxshop.com/community/instagram-gallery/

Follow Max on Instagram at Max_Fashions

Max Loves… Snow White and the Huntsman
As much as we love a fairytale it was refreshing to watch Joe Roth’s (Alice in Wonderland producer) unique and distinctly dark take on the classic tale of Snow White and the Huntsman. The film offers a raw and gritty adaption where Snow White gets to don armour and defend her Kingdom leaving behind the days of waiting around for Prince Charming to save the day. While enjoying the epic story unfold you’re also bombarded with stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and unbelievable special effects that together temporarily draw you into another world which to us is the mark of a great film.
This was last week’s Chicks at the Flicks film but opens to the public this week if you missed it. It’s the perfect date film as it has plenty of action mixed in with romance and drama along with an incredible cast of actors including Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Check out the trailer below.

Max Loves… Snow White and the Huntsman

As much as we love a fairytale it was refreshing to watch Joe Roth’s (Alice in Wonderland producer) unique and distinctly dark take on the classic tale of Snow White and the Huntsman. The film offers a raw and gritty adaption where Snow White gets to don armour and defend her Kingdom leaving behind the days of waiting around for Prince Charming to save the day. While enjoying the epic story unfold you’re also bombarded with stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and unbelievable special effects that together temporarily draw you into another world which to us is the mark of a great film.

This was last week’s Chicks at the Flicks film but opens to the public this week if you missed it. It’s the perfect date film as it has plenty of action mixed in with romance and drama along with an incredible cast of actors including Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Check out the trailer below.