We highly recommend BLOCing out some downtime to meander through this destination concept store. It’s filled with everything you need to celebrate life — and here’s how.

In association with BLOC.

You do you
This summer, consider honing a signature party trick. Whether it’s perfecting platters for your guests, rolling up with a stocked cocktail cart or taking your time to thoughtfully style full table settings from tablecloth to candles, enjoy perfecting your own art of entertaining — and shopping for designer finds such as these with which to ace it.

TOP Thallo tablecloth, from $155, and napkin, $62/set of four, by L&M Home, fatherrabbit.com. ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM MAIN IMAGE Wrap vest, $159; Elongate Elastic pants, $169, essethelabel.co.nz. Acre chair, $390, cittadesign.com. Ripple candleholders, $60/pair, achomestore.co.nz. Geranium fruit plate by Bordallo Pinheiro, $39, fatherrabbit.com. Sydney trolley, $1749; boconcept.co.nz.

Low-key luxe
’Tis the season to jolly well dress up whenever you feel like it, while keeping cool and comfortable by choosing garments made from breathable fabrics like linen and tencel (case in point: those pictured above and below). In the spirit of seasonal celebration, don’t shy away from being playful and matching the scene or going ‘on theme’ if you’re keen.

ABOVE Equality shirt, $150, hej-hej.co.

Move it & use it
Outdoor entertaining is where it’s at when it’s warm, so browse for occasional furniture you can arrange to suit the forecast and your mood. Chairs designed to work inside and out (the ones above and below, for example) are ideal for boosting seating when you’re hosting.

ABOVE Elba chairs, $479 each, boconcept.co.nz.

Total beach
Looking for ways to level up your coastal daytrip kit for a more cohesive look? Bearing in mind that you’ll have to schlep them from the car, choose items that are both beautiful and highly functional — a jazzy carry-all, a colourful chilly bin… Going bold will make it easier to spot your stuff on the sand when you emerge post-swim.  

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM MAIN IMAGE Umi towel, $60, cittadesign.com. 2-Piece chair by Business & Pleasure, $280, achomestore.co.nz. Chilly bin by Napoleon Goods, $195, fatherrabbit.com. Duck bag by Baggu, $80, achomestore.co.nz.

All of these items are available (with bonus extended opening hours and free parking for Christmas) at BLOC in Mount Eden, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, bloc.co.nz.

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