Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 17 January to Thursday 24 January

Happy New Year! We’re back with summer sales, street eats, and helpful ways to reach your 2019 #goals

On February 5 this year, the Chinese Year of the Pig begins with the new moon. Traditionally, on Chinese New Year’s Eve or Day, red packets containing money – 红包 or hóng bāo – are given as a way to share blessings and encourage prosperity and good luck. This year, we’ve introduced the Britomart Red Card as a fun alternative to cold hard cash. Load it up with a few dollars for the kids to splash out at Miann, or a generous gift for someone who loves to shop or dine here. Our plump golden piggie on the red envelopes that come with the card was designed by artist Pippa Fay. We talked to her about the symbolism behind the design and how she likes to celebrate Chinese New Year. The lovely James Ting shot the image above featuring Pippa’s envelopes. Also! Watch this space next week for news on an exciting Chinese New Year art installation we’ve got planned.

Were you lucky enough to receive a Britomart Black Card for Christmas? Well, now’s the time to hit our stores’ summer sales. As a taster: up to 70 percent off previous-season international brands at Zambesi, 2-for-$30 kids geothermals at Macpac, samples, one-offs, seconds and reductions at Kate Sylvester and 40 percent off summer stock at Huffer.

We like our fragrance to have a rebellious edge, like Jo Malone London‘s new Cologne Intense, Bronze Wood and Leather: a smoky, burnished scent with a twist of citrus. Worn alone, it’s sultry and addictive. Layered under woody scents like Wood Sage and Sea Salt, or Pomegranate Noir, it adds a subversive depth. $195 f0r 50ml and $295 for 100ml, on shelf now.

If you’re a regular at our Saturday morning La Cigale Market in Takutai Square, don’t panic if your favourite stall isn’t where it normally is. A couple of stallholders are still on extended holiday, and there’s likely to be some reshuffling over the next couple of weeks. But you’ll still be able to get your favourite French pastries, fresh fruit and veggies, takoyaki, fresh salsas, artisanal breads, hummus, fresh nuts, smoothies, crepes and much more. Come on down and enjoy the market from 8am-1pm every Saturday.

Our favourite Double Dutch Fries are back in the Square for this week’s lunchtime Food Truck Friday. There’ll also be a delicious daytime menu from Eatadlib, vegetarian offerings from Otherside and flat-out fantastic Crepes Creations. DJ Rose Alice will be spinning her tunes in the sun, so take an office break for some Vitamin D, or if you’re juggling childcare for the school holidays, bring the kids in for food and fountain fun.

The January edition of Street Kai on Takutai (now brought to you by our friends at Westpac) arrives Thursday 24, just in time to shake up office lunches and after-work eats. Auckland Food Truck Collective trucks (including newcomer The Hungry Swine and Taco Loco) will roll into the Square from 11am and park up all day. With live music and an outdoor bar, it’s the perfect place to book in some “year-planning” with the work team.

On Saturday, Takutai Square will once again resound with the sound of live music from New Zealand’s next generation of musical talent. This week’s young singer-songwriters performing at Strange Summer Streets are Auckland-based Jenna Jones (pictured), with a unique blend of modern pop and dark folk, 17-year-old acoustic rocker Cameron Halberg and 16-year-old multi-instrumentalist Marianne Leigh. The music starts at 3pm and signs off at 5pm.

Made a New Year’s resolution to treat your body better? This is a great place to start. On Sundays, ease into the new you at Lululemon‘s free Britomart yoga class at 8.30am. On Tuesday evenings, step it up with Adidas Run Club, leaving from outside the Britomart Adidas store at 6pm. And at Les Mills, all cycle classes are free – even non-members can test-drive them gratis – until the end of January.

The struggle to find a high-gloss, high-intensity lip colour that has the staying power to last the distance is real. But M.A.C‘s latest collection offering, Versicolour Varnish ($50), may be the grail at the end of the quest. A creamy formulation that delivers both an opaque stain and a slick-shine finish, Versicolour Varnish comes in 14 shades and lasts nearly as many hours. On shelves at M.A.C Britomart.