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All wrapped up


From tex-mex chicken to colourful rainbow veg – we’ve got healthy dinners all wrapped up. It’s time to liven up your dinner plate and lunchbox with some inspired wrap fillings.

 

 

SPICY VEGETABLE AND PANEER WRAPS: Master Chef Gordon Ramsay turned his talented hand to creating this tasty Indian street food inspired wrap, packed with creamy paneer cheese and chopped vegetables cooked with Indian herbs and spices.


GREEK FETA CHEESE SANDWICH WRAP: It might just be time to say “Opa!” to this yummy and nutritious vegetarian wrap, which takes its delicious inspiration from Greece, with tangy feta, juicy black olives and saucy marinated veges.


RAW FOOD BURRITOS: Want a guilt-free option? Why not give lettuce wraps the burrito treatment with coriander, lime juice, and jalapeño peppers. Avocado, tomato and corn round out these super healthy, gluten-free and vegan raw foods.


TEX-MEX CHICKEN QUINOA SALAD WRAPS: Quinoa, beans and chicken make for the perfect protein trifecta. Remember, protein is filling – so you won’t be reaching for the
potato chips a few hours later.


PEANUT CHICKEN WRAPS: These easy, peanut chicken wraps are a simple and healthy lunch recipe. Use soft flour tortillas and fill with seasoned chicken, crunchy coleslaw and peanuts topped with a slightly spicy, homemade sauce.


 

Thyme to plant


We can all benefit from a little more “thyme” in the garden. So we’ve pulled together our top tips for thyme; a kitchen staple that’s easy to grow, low maintenance, and adds a serious touch of taste to stuffings, slow-cooked meals, soups, sauces, pesto and herb breads.

 

 

Ahardy, drought-tolerant herb which can be planted in gardens or pots, thyme comes in a number of varieties, the classic being Thymus vulgaris, with its full, rich flavour making it the popular choice for casseroles and roasts.

Growing thyme from seed can take work, so it’s best to go with seedlings planted in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn.

The popular perennial does best in well-drained soil in full sun, thriving with some protection from cold winds and wet winters.

It loves a good trim post-flowering to encourage new growth, and to help your plants last. Once established, thyme won’t need watering and it’s winter hardy, so you can pick leaves year round.

Use thyme fresh, dried or preserved in butter, vinegar or oil.

Pro tip: it can be used to make cough medicine, a hair rinse or a skin cleanser!


 

Networking 101


As the adage goes, “It’s not what you know but who you know”, but how do you get to know the who? Here’s some top networking tips for breaking the ice this conference and event season.

 

 

TIME TO SHINE: Attendees generally walk out of an event with a stack of business cards, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, creative cards will leave a lasting impression. Imagine a landscaping business card that sprouts tiny trees when wet!


MAGIC NUMBER: Set a goal for the number of people you will speak to at the event and stick to it. Throw in some curveballs like meeting five people wearing red and five with large briefcases to keep things interesting and ensure you meet a range of people.


PREPARE YOUR PITCH: Prepare your elevator pitch, a multi-million dollar sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Keep it punchy and have some icebreakers ready to keep things fun and relaxed. The more you practice, the more confident you will be.


FANCY A FOLLOW-UP? If you meet someone at an event, follow up straight away. Let them know it was great to meet them and offer to follow up with a coffee. All relationships need a little bit of help to get going – networking relationships included.


COOL, CALM AND CONVERSATIONAL: Dread the concept of “networking”? Networking is simply the process of building relationships, not putting the hard sell on. So just relax and get to know people – the rest will come naturally. Make sure you listen so the conversation flows.


 

Tile tales


Move over white subway tiles, we’re introducing a whole raft of new kids on the decorating block; there’s hexagon, finger tiles, mosaic and stone and they’re rocking a kaleidoscope of colours and textures. We check out some of the latest looks snaking their way across walls and floors.

 

Mixed geometrics: Geometric shapes made their mark in 2019, but they’re not going anywhere in a hurry. In fact, they’re actually getting more clever and creative than ever before with trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles hitting the homewares sphere.

Pencils and pennies: Pencil tiles or finger tiles – narrow rectangular tiles – are proving popular as accents on walls, while penny tiles – small coin-shaped tiles laid in sheets – are being used for borders, niches, accent strips or whole walls to add sparkle, depth and interest.

Industrial chic: Concrete and stone look tiles are a sleek, low maintenance, easily-installed alternative to actual concrete and stone, pairing beautifully with matte black fittings.

Moroccan magic: Morocco is famed for its vibrant colours and intricate designs, so Moroccan tiles add an exotic touch to the room, either as a wall or floor covering.

Darks arts: Just like the little black dress, a black bathroom is ultra chic. The dark tones work surprisingly well in small spaces and textured tiles add a sense of drama.


 

Vested Interests


It’s time to in-vest! This style staple has made a welcome return and this sartorial season, designers are offering up just about every shape, size and silhouette imaginable.

BRAVE+TRUE PORTLAND VEST

 

Whether you opt for a sexy tuxedo design sans shirt like Kaia Gerber at Saint Laurent or a fluffy number to keep the chill at bay as spotted in the latest Coach lineup, vests are the optimal layering piece, adding dimension to any look.

MORRISON JONAH LEATHER VEST BLACK

 

CALVIN KLEIN VEST

 

BRAVE+TRUE KNIT VEST FAUX FUR TRIM

 

ORDER OF STYLE VEST

 

Shine bright


Blazing a trail, both figuratively and literally, the fashionably elite have been hitting the catwalk and the red carpet dressed in a selection of shimmer this sartorial season.

SKAGEN BRACELET FOSSIL GROUP

 

There are endless interpretations, with an option for every occasion.

TRELISE COOPER MADE YOU LOOK JACKET

 

Dazzling diamantes and floor-skimming metallics traditionally reserved for evening attire have been liberated from their after-hour confines and are sweeping into sartorial consciousness as appropriate attire for, well… anytime!

ORDER OF STYLE IRO LAVAUR TOP

Cut loose in a suitably shimmery midi, step into the limelight with a sequined blazer or bedazzle your tee-and-jeans combo with the sparkliest of accessories.

ASOS SEQUIN MIDI SKIRT

Minimalism may have dominated on the catwalks for the past decade, with muted colours and shapeless silhouettes, but ‘70s-inspired DESIGNS have trickled down from high-fashion and the last couple of seasons have seen a resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter, sequins and feathers.

KARMME METALLIC EVENING POUCH

Take the opportunity to shine and add the Midas touch to your wardrobe this season. After all, when it comes to our wardrobes, we’re all about ‘shimmer, spice and all things nice’.

 

TRELISE COOPER MADE YOU LOOK JACKET

 

Gut Feeling


Our tummies are at the top of mind when it comes to the top trends for the coming year, with digestive health dominating our culinary picks.

 

While we have long sought to get more fibre and probiotics into our days, as research continues to demonstrate strong links between gut health and total mental and physical wellbeing, we’re increasingly stepping this up with the addition of prebiotics and fermented foods.

FIBRE-LICIOUS FOODS
The research jury is out; high-fibre foods such as legumes, beans, peas, oats, bananas, berries, asparagus and leeks have a positive impact on gut health, helping to keep the digestive tract flowing.

VERSATILE VEGES
Garlic and onion are versatile ingredients packed with prebiotic fibre and some studies suggest these may be even better for your gut than the fibre in some fruits, vegetables and whole grains!

PACK IN THE PROBIOTICS
Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, yoghurt, tempeh, miso and kefir are packed with probiotics, which help balance the friendly bacteria in the gut. Best part? They taste great.

CLEVER COLLAGEN
Collagen-rich foods such as bone broth and salmon are understood to be beneficial to gut health. Foods like mushrooms, some dairy and certain meats offer dietary ways to get your collagen fix.


 

Statement Sofas


Whether you call it a couch, a sofa, or a settee, nice and neutral has long been the name of the style game when it comes to picking a stylish seat.

 

 

We get it – it is one of the largest pieces of furniture in the main room of the house, so it’s natural to approach this purchase with some trepidation. And neutral, by its very nature, goes with everything right? But then nobody remembers the wallflower…


Bold and bejewelled: We’ve been crushing on jewel tones for the past couple of seasons and sorry to all the commitment-phobes around; it seems this infatuation is here for the long haul. These richly saturated hues named after the corresponding gems, such as sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow and emerald green, are not going anywhere.


Size counts: In a large living room, a large sofa is a great option, but when your room is on the smaller end of the sizing scale, smaller may just be better. When you’re going for loud and proud, size becomes an even more important consideration. You want a couch that makes a statement for all the right reasons.


Crushing on textures: Velvet may have been a hallmark of the eighties, but the luxurious fabric is experiencing a renaissance and is well and truly at home in the modern day. We’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for its sumptuous style. But there are plenty of other textures that can make a statement, such as a hard-wearing waffle fabric, or a timeless worn leather.


Cutting shapes: Ok, so we’re talking the living room, rather than the D-floor here, but let’s be honest, it’s just as critical to look cool when those shapes are that of your new couch. There’s lots of interesting shapes on trend right now, from modern square shapes to curvier edging. Start with the vibe you’re wanting to create and go from there.


Natural instinct: Natural colours in various shades are coming through strong in 2020. But don’t go thinking you can’t make a statement in natural shades! Pastel blue, sage and coral pinks are all popular natural couch colours that still make a stylish statement. The best part? They’re all so easy to decorate around.


 

Lofty Ambitions


If you have the lofty ambition of creating more space without increasing the foot plan of your abode, a mezzanine may just be the answer.

 

 

There are numerous ways to incorporate a mezzanine or intermediate floor within a space and, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a double-height ceiling to pull it off.

If you want the intermediate level to feel part of your home’s main space and not have it cut into the open feeling, then an open-plan mezzanine could be the option for you.

Open stairs and a transparent balustrade will further maximise the sense of space.

Seal off the space and you have a completely new private room in your house, or hedge your bets and create a glass wall that provides both a fixed balustrade and an openable section of windows.

If you do have a double-height room that happens to err on the large side, consider suspending a mezzanine in a corner of the room so you can see a second side of it, providing the illusion of a floating room.

For those of us without the luxury of space, a mezzanine may still be on the renovation cards, with a mezzanine nook; a cosy elevated space that offers a sleeping or reading platform accessible by ladder or stairs.


 

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

From the Editor: 06 August 2020


“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut” – Dr Seuss

Metropol Editor Melinda Collins
Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

 

I have interviewed and written about some of this city’s most passionate and inspiring people over the past seven years working across Canterbury Rebuild and Metropol magazines. But it is perhaps the words below that are some of the most poignant – and daunting – as it will be the last time I title a blank word document with ‘Editor’s Perspective’.

I am sad to announce I am hanging up my editor’s cap and this issue will be my last in the hot seat.

It’s been an incredible ride and I’ve met some beautiful and inspiring people along the way.

I have been part of a wonderful team of people that are equally as passionate about what we create every fortnight.

I am leaving my post in very capable hands, with our new Editor, Morgan Tait taking the reins from our next issue.

Having spent the past few weeks working alongside Morgan, I know we can expect to see more of the interesting and engaging reads that Metropol has become renowned for and I look forward to tuning in every fortnight to get my Metropol fix, just as you all do.

It will be unusual experiencing this from the outside in, without seeing the heart and soul that goes into Metropol’s production, but I know that the same passion and dedication that has seen this prestigious publication thrive for 22 years will still be there.