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Autumn Check-In - It's not too late to take charge of your Mindfulness Journey

June 06, 2023

Autumn Check-In - It's not too late to take charge of your Mindfulness Journey

Autumn Check-in

The time has come. The cicada lays her eggs in the bark of the tree. Her eggs hatch, becoming little nymphs. They drop to the ground with the Autumn leaves. They burrow under the leaves and into the soil.

The days have been gradually getting shorter, the air is cooler, the garden is winding down, and we’re back into the rhythm of our daily lives. Have you noticed all the wonderful colour changes? Deciduous trees have turned brilliant hues of yellow, gold and hot orange set against bright blue skies.

As Autumn comes to an end, take this opportunity to check-in on your year so far. Here are some of our favourite thoughts and activities to end the season.

Supporting Others - An illustration of a mug filled with coffee

Recent nation-wide events have helped remind us of the importance of being there for each-other and the strength in coming together as a community.

What does your community need right now?

Even if it is just remembering to check-in with those around you; your neighbours, friends, family etc. They may not show it, but everyone needs a little support sometimes.

How can we help our community?

  • Donate some of your old clothes.
  • Volunteer for a few hours each week or month.
  • Take part in a beach clean up or some local tree planting.

How can we get involved with our community?

  • Visit a communal market.
  • Visit local eateries.
  • Shop at local brands.
illustration of autumn leavesThese are some great ways of spreading aroha to our fellow New Zealanders. Being immersed in the local produce, crafts and small businesses is not only a great source of inspiration but also a great way to be amongst your community. A little goes a long way in this sense, even spreading the word of goods you find is showing your support.
"What is done in love is done well" - Vincent Van Gogh quote
Autumn Styling Tips with Designer Annabelle

Have you prepared your wardrobe for the colder months? Autumn is a season of transitions, both in nature and in your wardrobe, so it’s the perfect time to get ready for the winter months.

Change over your wardrobe

  • Pull out your winter things and put your summery things away.
  • Make sure you have space to see everything – your future self will thank you on those dark wintery mornings!

An illustration of a Wilson Trollope Maeve Biker Jacket

Play with new outfit combinations

  • What’s making you feel good? Are there new combinations?
  • What no longer feels good or is worn out? Remove these items.
    1. Take them to a charity shop
    2. Sell them online
    3. Host a clothes swap with friends

An illustration of shoes

Are you missing anything for the new season?

  • What are you going to wear everyday that makes you feel good? Have you got enough of this to take you through the week?
  • Identify the gaps that you need to complete your wardrobe for the season.
Writing it all out - with an illustration of an oak leaf
Journaling is a powerful tool for mindfulness practice. It can help you align your energy, goals, thoughts and beliefs. Here are some ways to help you get started!
  1. Start by finding a journal that inspires you, one that you're going to be excited to reach for.
  2. Put pen to paper and just write whatever comes up. There is no right or wrong when it comes to journaling. This is where you show up fully as yourself, it doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Find a spot that you love and start your journaling here. It could be a cafe, beach or within the comfort of your bed - anywhere you like. This helps create a positive and calm space, both externally and internally.
  4. Try the journaling technique called future forecasting. Imagine it's the end of the day and you're winding down by journaling about how your day went. Write it out in past tense, as though it has already happened. You're ultimately writing a script for your day.
  5. Journal on your goals and visions once a week. This helps to consciously direct your focus onto them. Write down the actions and steps you can take throughout the week to come closer to achieving these.

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Body measurements of Wilson Trollope sizes*
   Size    Bust (cm) Waist (cm) Hips (cm)
6 78 65 92
8 83 70 97
10 88 75 102
12 93 80 107
14 98 85 112
16 103 90 117
18 108 95 122
*To take your measurements, please see our instructions below
Comparison of Wilson Trollope sizes with international sizes
Wilson Trollope     6          8         10       12      14  
Aus/UK 6 8 10 12 14
USA 2 4 6 8 10
EU 32 34 36 38 40
Japan 9 11 13 

There are three body measurement points that you need to know to ensure a great fit – bust, waist, and hips.

When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Use a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string and ruler, and hold it around each body point so it is comfortably snug.  If the tape is cutting into your flesh, it is too tight.

To ensure an accurate measurement around your body, keep the measuring tape as level as possible from front to back. We recommend measuring yourself in front of a mirror so you can check this from a side view. If you can, get a friend to help you to ensure the most accurate measurements.

Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and where the tape meets across the fullest point of your bust is your bust measurement.  

Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, the slimmest part of your torso, pulling the ends to the front. Where they meet is your waist measurement.

Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your bottom – this is usually low down towards your thighs. As with your bust and waist measurements, where the tape meets is your hip measurement.

Length: To measure the length of individual garments against your body it is best to measure down the centre of your back. To do this, start the measuring tape at either the base of your neck for dresses and tops, or at your waist for skirts. Measure down your body to the measurement listed in the garment description. This will show you where the garment comes to on you. When you are measuring for length, remember to make sure you are standing completely upright – it is best to have someone help you with this. Alternatively, compare the measurement with the length of a garment you already have.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Annabelle – annabelle@wilsontrollope.com, she is here to help.