GemsofGorgeousness.com (aka GoG) is dedicated to helping you look and feel your best at any age. GoG is all about you. We hope you learn something, are inspired by something, or simply enjoy a bit of downtime when you visit.
Jenna Moore: Founder & Editor
Hello! Welcome to GoG. A bit about how we came to be. I worked in the beauty industry before ‘falling’ into magazines on a trip home from the UK. Over 18+ years I’ve written for various titles. I was the beauty and wellbeing editor of Next magazine for eight years, and I pioneered their annual breast cancer report. I also did two stints as New Idea‘s beauty editor and was beauty editor of NZ Women’s Health and Fitness Life. Over the years I’ve taken home a couple of industry awards, co-authored the book: In The Pink: a guide to breasts, cancer and living well (Bateman) with naturopath (and beautiful friend) Lani Lopez, and co-founded Pink magazine. A huge change occurring in publishing was the impetus for this e-zine. And I’m proud to introduce you to our team of amazingly talented experts. They rock.
Lauren is 20 and studying Communications at AUT with a major in PR.
She studied at Westlake Girls High School in Auckland before spending a year in Serbia as an exchange student, which changed her life!
She’s also my ex-stepdaughter so I love having her on board.
Dr Joanna Romanowska: Cosmetic Medicine Expert
Joanna gained her medical degree in 1990 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Settling in New Zealand in 1993, she worked as a GP throughout NZ before helping establish a practice in Auckland’s Mangere, where she was a partner for 15 years. She began practicing cosmetic medicine in 1998, and is a pioneer and trailblazer in this evolving field enjoying prominence as one of New Zealand’s more accomplished practitioners. She made the leap to open her own business, Clinic 42, in 2001, and she is a highly regarded media spokesperson on all aspects of her area of specialisation. Joanna is an Executive Board Member (and Fellow) of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine. She is also an Education Officer responsible for new graduate training, and plays a leadership role in ensuring the highest standards of clinically-based solutions and procedures are practiced in NZ.
Visit Clinic 42 here.
Nikki Lovrich: Makeup Maestro
Nikki is one of New Zealand’s best known makeup artists, and has clocked up over 25 years doing the makeup of hundreds of faces in the world of fashion, magazines and TV. Nikki is known for her beautiful, natural makeup, which is always applied with a touch of glamour. A regular on TV One’s Good Morning, she was the makeup artist for the television series 10 Years Younger, and has waved her makeup magic wand over many famous faces including The Bee Gees, Quincy Jones, Enya, The Fugees, Good Charlotte & ZZ Top as well as Kiwi favourites Crowded House, Split Enz & Hayley Westenra.
Visit Nikki’s own blog here
Lani Lopez: Naturopath Adv. Dip Nat, BHSc.
A naturopath for over 20 years, Lani is passionate about natural medicine – you could say it’s in her genes. On her Mother’s side, there are links to Rongoa Maori – the traditional Maori healing system, her Chinese grandfather used herbal medicine well into his 90s and her Dad is also a healer. In fact she apprenticed and prepared herbal formulas at his clinic during her teens/early twenties. Lani also has a basic knowledge of Indonesian and a little of Ayurvedic (Indian) herbal medicines. A regular contributor to radio and TV, she is a skilled formulator and the force behind Dynamised Pez Rez Resveratrol and Ole-Up . Find out more about these and her book: Natural Health – an A to Z Guide and our joint venture – In The Pink: A Guide to Breasts, Cancer and Living Well at www.lanilopez.com.
Louise Thompson: Life Coach & Yoga Teacher
A Certified Martha Beck Life Coach, Louise also has a BSc. Honours degree in Psychology, is qualified in Myers Briggs Personality typing, and is a fully trained yoga teacher with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta School of Yoga. English born, she’s lived in New Zealand since 2004. Before launching her wellness company: www.positivebalance.co.nz, Louise spent 17 ‘loooooong’ years in senior commercial roles in the publishing industry both here and in the UK, managing huge budgets and loads of staff. “I believe in everyone’s potential to have a happy, low-stress life; not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually too,” she says. “I’m super excited about sharing the knowledge I have in the areas of work/life balance and career coaching too. I have a life I LOVE, and I want to help others realise their happiest life too.”
Visit Louise here
Claire Turnbull: Nutritionist
Claire’s passion is to help you be your best – the happiest and healthiest you! She is one of New Zealand’s leading nutritionists, and has been inspiring others through her work in the health and wellness industry for over nine years. Claire is director of the successful private practice Mission Nutrition, and is the nutritionist for the Healthy Food Guide Magazine, TVNZ Breakfast, Newstalk ZB and the Millennium Institute of Sport. She is also the author of Penguin’s best-selling book, Lose Weight For Life, and is currently writing her second book. Claire believes you have to live it to give it. She loves getting in the kitchen and making delicious healthy food for friends and family, she enjoys keeping fit as well as tending to her backyard veggie patch and naughty little chickens! She is full of ideas and inspiration. Newsflash: Claire has just given birth to her gorgeous son.
Find Claire here
Dr Shira Michaeli: Wellness Chiropractor and Raw Food Enthusiast
Shira’s background as a competitive swimmer is what steered her towards a profession helping people unleash the untapped potential of their bodies. As a Wellness Chiropractor in Auckland, New Zealand, she enjoys playing a role in her practice members’ journeys to health. Shira is a raw food enthusiast and is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Physical Activity and Nutrition through AUT
Gretchen Lowe: Baking Queen
You may recognise Gretchen from her stint on TV3’s 2011 New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker. Her passion for baking took her to second place and fuelled her desire to continue her love of cooking. A dab hand in the kitchen since the age of five, Gretchen shares her creativity through food writing, demonstrations, catering, and she’s working towards her own cookbook. Gretchen has appeared on television commercials, written for food magazines and contributed recipes to the best-selling cookbook ‘PIE’ with TV judge Dean Brettschnieder. Her cooking style is innovative, specialising in creative flavour combinations. She is confident she has a great palate, and knows which flavours do and don’t work together. Gretchen’s a busy bee: she also manages Public Relations for The Warehouse and hires out a vast selection of vintage treasures.
Leanne French: Sparkle Advisor
Leanne is a relationship expert, artist and writer of books for children and grownups. With a career spanning 25 years she has worked as a family court counsellor, addictions counsellor, facilitator and therapist in private practise. She has been employed as a weekly relationship columnist for New Idea, a monthly columnist for The Martinborough Star and has written freelance articles for Next magazine. She has appeared on television and has had articles published in titles such as: Woman’s Day, Femme Fitness, Enhance, The NZ Herald, The Marlborough Express, Indigo and Scoop. She lives on an olive grove in Martinborough with her happily ever after husband, three sheep and her pet pig Giggles, inspiring others to live a life that sparkles.