It's been a rough time but it has been amazing to see the cool and innovative things people have been doing during this lockdown period. We want to celebrate this silver lining and share our favourite trends, activities and ideas that have emerged for your enjoyment. Check them out below!
Concrete Playground have shared 10 online gallery, museum and landmark tours to virtually get you out of the house. The tours include the Lourve and the Sistine Chapel! You can find out more on Concrete Playgrounds article.
Kyall Shanks has created a clever series of colour-coded photographs during his lockdown isolation. Not only are these attention grabbing images, he has also included an I-Spy element complete with a downloadable list of things to find in each photo. You can check them out on his Facebook page here.
A group of Wellington restaurants and Cafe’s have made a collaborative e-cookbook with 41 recipes from 16 different local businesses. It is pay what you can with a suggested base price of $10. You can check it out here.
Tussen Kuns & Quarantine on Instagram and The Metropolitan Museum of Art have been sharing people’s recreations of famous art. Check out @tussenkunstenqurantine and @metmuseum or #mettwinning to see people’s creative and accurate re-creations.
If you take a walk you are likely to see at least one teddy bear in a window. We have been enjoying doing the teddy bear hunts on our walks. Jacinda Ardern jumped on the trend sharing a colour in Easter Egg people could print off, colour in and share in their windows. You can join the bear hunt by putting a teddy in your window and registering it on the New Zealand Bear Hunt website.
Essential workers all over the country have been hopping on the trend of doing the #essentialworkerschallenge where they do a dance at work and share it on social media with the tag #essentialworkerschallenge to keep up the positivity and encourage each other.
The talented Bonnie from @studiobon has created colouring pages from her illustrations that are free to download. The designs are perfect for kids and adults alike and you can either print them off or colour them on your phone/tablet. Once you are done she is encouraging people to share them on Instagram and tag her so she can see your creations. If you want to give them a go you can find the pages here.
Colin King has made a how-to on creating still lifes in your own home. We love how simple yet stunning his creations are and have been trying out making our own. Check out his website here and if you want to try it out yourself head to his "how to" highlight on Instagram.
Musicians across the world have been doing live concerts online for their followers. Our favourites have been Chris Martin on Instagram, Sting and Jimmy Fallon performing on a Zoom call and Andrea Bocelli performing at the Duomo in Milan.
Actor John Krasinski has been making an internet show called Some Good News (SGM) where he shares cool and positive things going on in the world in the format of a news show with his own comical commentary. You can watch the show on John Krasinski’s social media.
We have been enjoying the view from my window Facebook page where people all over the world share what they see from their window in isolation. You can check out and join the group here. Below we have shared ours.
Gynaecological cancer. How much do you know about it? ...Yeah, we didn’t know too much either! Which is why we chatted with very inspiring woman and the founder of the Talk Peach Foundation, Tash Crosby, so we could understand how to protect ourselves. This is IMPORTANT stuff - like the fact that one New Zealander dies every 48 hours of ovarian cancer alone (that's more more than melanoma). Please read our interview with Tash below - you won't regret it.
Are you looking for a new read to get lost in this summer or some last minute gift ideas for the holiday season? Well, look no further! I’ve put together a list of books that I have been enjoying lately and also some that I am really hoping to get to over the next few weeks.
Summer is here and we couldn't be happier about it! Even better – our summer artworks by the talented Claire Redford have arrived. We chatted (remotely!) with Claire about her new works, Just Past Paradise, and a summer to look forward to after what seemed like a never-ending lockdown.
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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.