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Healthy habits


We’re not here to talk about total body transformations, swearing off carbs or overhauling your fitness routine. We’ve got far better news! In fact, we’re here to fill you in on some simple ways to improve your health and wellbeing.

Walk it off

The process of digestion actually ramps up our metabolisms temporarily; a brief walk does the same. Together, a short walk within 20 minutes of eating is believed to increase the metabolism by 20 percent, leading to an increase in caloric burn. What better motivation do you need to get off the couch?

 

Just breathe

Ever noticed when you’re stressed, you tend to take shorter, sharper breaths? Diaphragmatic or belly breathing comes with a raft of benefits, like alleviating stress and even lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. Research shows deep breathing through the nose, as opposed to the mouth enhances cognitive function, such as memory!

 

Something fishy

With its ability to prevent heart disease and stroke, we all need more omega-3 fats in our lives – but humans can’t produce them ourselves. Thankfully there’s a tasty way to get the benefits – eat more fish! Seafood is packed with high-quality protein, vitamin D and calcium, but low in total and saturated fat.


 

Small changes for your big day


White may be the colour traditionally reserved for weddings, but it seems we’re increasingly looking to harness green in life, as in love. So, what does it mean to have a more sustainable wedding and how do you pull one off? Turns out there a plenty of small changes that can be made for your big day. We’ve pulled together our favourites.

 

SOMETHING BORROWED:
When it comes to the big day, many of your requirements will never be used again. So put some very real emphasis on the “something borrowed” and enlist your local hire company for whatever you can. It’s also a great way to support local.

LUXE LOCALS:
The closer your destination, the greener your big day! Cut back on those CO2 emissions by looking at some of your luxe locals. Canterbury is rich with stunning options for wedding destinations and your wedding day will be kinder on local guests – and
the planet!

CLEVER WITH CATERING:
Whether your venue is providing catering, or you’re hiring a catering company, look for someone who is environmentally conscious and uses local produce where possible. Perhaps it’s time to give a vegetarian or vegan menu a whirl? Not feeling brave? Perhaps just incorporate elements – it all helps.

TAKES THE CAKE
Does your cake really need to be shipped around the country? Why not order locally – makes sense when it comes to taste testing, right? Sourcing alcohol locally is another step towards slashing carbon emissions and, with Waipara’s exceptional tipples at our doorstep, why wouldn’t you?

GREEN OPTIONS
We’re taking green more literally with this suggestion, but potted herbs, plants and foliage make a beautiful, sustainable option. If you’re sticking to flowers, ask your florist to source locally. Make your flowers the new wedding favour or donate them, à la Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

SAYONARA TO SINGLE-USE
It’s time to ditch single-use decorations, such as confetti. There are plenty of green alternatives, such as biodegradable confetti or even dried flower petals. Send digital invitations and use chalk boards for menus and signage – getting the green tick never looked so good!


 

On reflection


We’ve been courting a boho aesthetic in our abodes for a while now, and with the effortless chic that a large format mirror leaning casually against a wall affords us – they are poised to play a starring role in this style narrative.

 

 

A stand-out style in any abode, the boho or Bohemian look is a welcome digression away from the conservative. Relaxed, carefree and impossibly chic, its aesthetic flies in the face of convention.

Rugs, curtains, duvets and lighting can all play their part in the ultimate boho style story, but it’s the full-length or large format freestanding mirror that we’ve been reflecting on and we think it captures the beauty in any space.

With warm, earthy tones playing a popular role in the boho story, mirrors with natural timber frames are a stylish addition au naturel for a more coastal feel, or in a crisp white if it’s a cleaner, pared back palette that features in your décor dreams. Gilded frames bring a château mood, and black metal frames feel clean and contemporary.

If wall space is limited, corners can be the ideal spot for a freestanding mirror, which can soften the overall effect of your space. Bring the outside in by angling the mirror to reflect a
window or internal greenery, making the room feel larger.

Draping a climbing plant around the mirror will provide some visual interest and some serious styling brownie points, while hanging a rustic straw hat or purse from it will further spruce up your space.


 

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.