For Rebecca Simcock, a thing of beauty lasts forever
Rebecca Simcock, whose arts and crafts house in Christchurch is the lead home in this issue, describes her approach to personal style as “a little bit sentimental”. “Everything I buy, whether it’s homewares or clothes, has to be something that I think I’ll like and want to keep for a long time. I look after things; keep them well.”
Most of her clothes are elegant and understated but, as the co-owner of Youngs Jewellers, a specialist in vintage pieces, and the owner of a heritage home, she has a well-established vintage aesthetic. “I really like Trelise Cooper’s clothes – they’re different and often have that vintagey look.” Country Road is a favourite for basics.
A typical day for Rebecca includes work time – “I dress up for that; it’s fun” – as well as home and sports time with son William, seven, for which she needs comfortable clothes that you can “dress up and down as you need to”. At regular intervals she gets together with a group of friends – “all working mums” – on a shopping expedition to Auckland or Sydney.
What’s the best thing you’ve bought recently? The Trelise Cooper coat I’m wearing in the picture. It’s long and I can wear it with dresses, but it also looks great over jeans. I also love a beautiful beige French linen apron I wear when I am entertaining, with a big frill around the bottom; you feel dressed up when you wear it.
What about make-up? I use a concealer, blusher and lip gloss every day. If I’m going out somewhere really special, I’ll go and have my make-up done professionally.
You’re a very young-looking 41. What’s your secret? I’m lucky: I’ve got good genes. I use Olay Regenerist for daytime skincare, I eat well and my husband and I don’t drink in the week, only socially.
Story: Tracey Strange Watts
Photographs: Guy Frederick