Stuff's wedding of the week: Kimberley and Dane

“It was everything I dreamed our wedding would be,” says Kimberley. Kimberley and Dane had first met when Kimberley was 16 and in a  relationship with someone else –  and it was only three years later when they became a couple. Their love quickly blossomed and it didn’t take long for Dane to pluck up the courage to pop the question. Kimberley said yes, and the result was a beautiful wedding in Palmerston North. But we’ll let Kimberley fill you in the details…How did you meet? We first met in 2006 at a mutual friend’s party when I was 16 and he was 22. I was in a relationship with someone else at the time but for some reason I wound up talking to Dane and then ended up with…

Oman dining: An American tradition in Muscat There may be no more iconic American Holiday than Thanksgiving, and the history of the tradition is a bit murky, from tales of a peaceful meal shared by European settlers and the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans in 1621 at Plymouth rock, to historical facts, such as the nationalisation of the holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The president declared the holiday, a harvest festival, to be commemorated annually on the fourth Thursday of November, in a move that many assume was part of reunification efforts after the civil war. But no matter its origin, the heart of the holiday remains undisputedly centred on taking time to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. Well, that, and turkey.Cynthia, the director of sales and marketing for Laval...

Tupac and Biggie deaths to be investigated on new TV show ‹› The People v. O.J. Simpson vet Anthony Hemingway and the USA Network will soon reopen another infamous true-crime case from the 1990s. The still-unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace, and also known as Biggie Smalls) will be explored in a scripted series called, appropriately, Unsolved. USA announced the pilot pickup on Thursday. The hitmaking MCs were embroiled in a long-running coastal rivalry when Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996. Wallace met a similar fate less than a year later, when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Some two decades later, both cases remain a mystery. According to the USA announcement, Unsolved will be directed and executive produced...

Tell the truth and shame the devil The Bible says married men shouldn’t admire other girls because they might fall flat into temptation and then possibly break the eighth commandment. Then God will not be happy with them, and nobody wants to let down God, even though we all end up really disappointing Him throughout the day in some way or the other when we say things like “I swear to God,” or when we drive past a beautiful house and go, “My goodness, that’s a great house. Where do people get money to buy such digs?” And just like that you have coveted a neighbour’s house and God isn’t pleased with you because you should focus on getting your own beautiful house, not driving past people’s houses and admiring their gardens...

“I like to think we are Wellington's best kept secret.” One of Wellington's "best kept secrets" is celebrating a special milestone this week. Valerie Cranfield opened Cranfields, an independent homewares and gift store, on November 16, 1991, and this week the store celebrates its 25th birthday. Cranfields was originally found on Tinakori Rd and later spent over 10 years on Lambton Quay before moving to its current location in Johnston St, across the road from David Jones. She opened the store after realising there was nowhere she could buy quality New Zealand made products, a decision which daughter Nicola Cranfield says was brave. READ MORE:*Stylish Wellington homeware store owner Nicola Cranfield – in her own home*Specialty store overcomes quake dramas*Recipes to put a spring in your step*Retailer's winning way Nicola took over the running of the store last year...

Benetton teams up with Stella Jean ©Benetton by Stella Jean     United Colors of Benetton has revealed more about its first collaboration with a fashion designer, signing up Stella Jean to create a knitwear-focused winter capsule collection. In the space of just a few years, Stella Jean, who lives and works in Rome, Italy, has become a key figure in the fashion world. A former protégé of Giorgio Armani, the designer skillfully combines Italian style and expertise with African and Caribbean inspirations, with particular focus on Haitian culture. The result is an innovative, uplifting and colorful kind of fashion with highly feminine cuts and shapes. The capsule designed by Stella Jean for United Colors of Benetton features the designer's custom signatures. It will also be based on two of the brand's historic mainstays...

Sabah takes plunge with launch of 'End in Sipadan' diving campaign KOTA KINABALU: The State Tourism and Culture Ministry has kickstarted its "End in Sipadan" campaign to promote Sabah as a major, world-class diving destination. Ministry director Ahmad Zaki said the campaign, which runs till June, will highlight diving sites here and in Kudat, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Semporna. "Sabah's diving trails, both old and new, will ensure an enthralling experience for divers. "This campaign will also feature six volunteerism programmes, including coral planting, underwater cleaning, and turtle resting reef-building at the diving sites," he said during a press conference at Pulau Sapi island here, whereby the media and tour operators were taken on diving tours. Three-day beginner diving lessons, which started yesterday, are among the first activities of the campaign aimed at affording ...

Home plants do more than just beautify a space Ms Dyner Patrick Hadassah, a botanist and environmental scientist, has been working with plants all her adult life. She spends most of her time in her two gardens, one in Bungoma and the other in Nanyuki, where she analyses and experiments with hundreds of plant species. Over the years, she  has developed a bias for indoor gardening and is constantly researching on the effects of house plants on the interior environment. “House plants have so many benefits for  the occupants of a building that people should start viewing them as a necessity rather than just as a component of interior décor,” Ms Hadassah says. To begin with, the effect of indoor plants on the aesthetics of a room cannot be overstated. Plants help provide a serene...