I have long admired the Icelandic Christmas tradition of gifting books on Christmas Eve and spending time with friends and family on Christmas Day, exploring new worlds and stories together.
If you are still looking for easy gift ideas try doing a book exchange with a loved one. You can trade your favourite books and spend time together reading them, or try to pick out something new you think they might enjoy. It’s a fun way to get to know someone better, and also a good excuse to catch up and spend some time in the same space.
While we might not feel like snuggling under warm blankets and sipping hot chocolate at this time of year in Aotearoa, one of my favourite things to do over the end of year break is find a nice sunny spot, make an iced coffee, and settle in with a good book.
I hope the above list has provided some inspiration if you are still looking for your next summer read. Feel free to send through some recommendations of your own as well if you’ve found a new favourite read this year or pop in to the store if you ever want to chat books!
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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 – email@example.com, she is here to help.