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Put some pizzazz back into your pants with a pair of Thunderpants! This New Zealand-based, family-owned and operated company has perfected the art of the ultimate undie, combining organic cotton and local production processes with perfect pant design. Thunderpants fabric is made in New Zealand and has just the right amount of stretch for maximum comfort. Their bright, fun prints are guaranteed to add some serious oomph to your undergarments, and with ranges for women, men and kids, there’s something for everyone! To celebrate the change of season, Thunderpants have launched a gorgeous new spring blossom print (pictured) – and you can spring into spring with a chance to win one of three blossom print undies-and-cami sets worth RRP$96 each! All you need to do to enter is this:

1. leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you love about spring

2. sign up to the Thunderpants email newsletter right here.

Winners will be drawn at 4 pm AEST on Thursday 8 October. Time to get springing!





Savvy UK stylist Emma Slade-Edmondson yet again demonstrated how to make the most of second-hand clothing at this year’s Oxfam Edit during London Fashion Week. Using only second-hand clothing from the Oxfam shop at Dalston Kingsland, Emma re-created looks from five shows just moments after they appeared on the catwalk, with top London fashion photographer Rachel Manns on hand to capture the results. Emma’s efforts didn’t just get the nod of approval from four out of the five designers (Mother of Pearl, Sibling, Jasper Conran and Hunter) – they also proved that it’s possible to create a high fashion look for low cost, giving old clothes a new lease of life and supporting the amazing work of charities like Oxfam. Watch this short film of Emma working her magic on the day and pick up some top tips for your own second-hand styling experiments!

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Summer in the country

Monday 21 September was World Gratitude Day, so what better time to sit back and think about all the things you’re grateful for? For clinical psychologist, life coach and yoga teacher Dr Lauren Tober, happiness is our true nature – and we can help harness our happiness with a healthy dose of daily gratitude. That’s why Lauren founded Capturing Gratitude, a totally free worldwide photographic happiness project that encourages you to snap and share all the things you’re thankful for. We caught up with Lauren to find out more …  {continue reading…}

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Get ready to welcome wellness with open arms at Utopia, Australia’s leading holistic women’s wellness event. Tickets have now been released for all three 2015 dates: Utopia is coming to Melbourne on 26 September, Brisbane on 7 November and Sydney on 14 November, and you can check out the full schedule for each city here. Each one-day event is designed to educate, inspire and empower you to transform your health and happiness for the better! Combining expert speakers with a warm, fun atmosphere, Utopia is a great resource for health, fitness and wellness information, as well as products and services. With an incredible line-up of speakers that includes nutritionist Lola Berry (featured in Peppermint Issue 21), author David Gillespie, life coach and yoga teacher Tara Bliss, academic, author and Buchi Kombucha founder Dr Sarah Lantz and many more, you’ll be sure to find your happy place at Utopia.

We’ve got a double pass to give away to the Utopia event of your choosing! To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post and let us know what you’re hoping to get out of this year’s Utopia and which location you’d prefer to attend. Winners will be drawn this Wednesday 23 September at 5pm AEST. Good luck!




Emu Designs

Australian Indigenous fashion is gaining recognition on the global stage – and Natalie Cunningham, founder and designer of luxury swim and resort wear label Emu Designs, is making history this week as the first Australian Indigenous designer to be invited to showcase at the prestigious New York Fashion Week, running 10th to 17th September. Natalie is winging her way to the US to present her Spring/Summer 2016 line of flowing kaftans, flattering one-pieces and structured two-pieces featuring Indigenous prints, embellishments and the vibrant colours of the Australian landscape – alongside other up-and-coming Aussie labels such as Sabo Skirt and Tatiana Light. They’ll be featured as part of the annual Fashion Palette show taking place this Thursday night, which is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating Australian fashion on an international platform. This invitation builds on the strong success of Emu Designs, which has been steadily gaining industry attention since its launch in 2009; Natalie was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Fashion Designer of the Year in 2013 and her creations also featured on the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week runway in 2014. On being the first Indigenous designer to be a part of New York Fashion Week, Natalie says, “I am excited that I was chosen to showcase our Indigenous garments to the 36 countries that go to NYFW. Our Emu Designs prints are so unique to Australia as they are Dreamtime Stories. Australia has kept them to ourselves for so many years and it’s about time we shared our gorgeous Indigenous fashion with the world.” We couldn’t agree more!


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The days are getting warmer and we have a spring in our step, which can only mean one thing – our brand new Spring Issue 27 is out now! For this special ‘slow living’ edition we’re finding out how scaling back, getting out of the fast lane and spending more time just ‘being’ can help us live better, more fulfilling lives – with thoughts on slow parenting, slow business, slow food, slow thinking and more from Ellie Beck, Carolyn Tate, My Darling Lemon Thyme, James Tutton of Smiling Mind and others. Our cover duo Amanda and Andrew of Church Farm General Store talk about living the good life in their unique converted church home and garden in a small town in NSW, while Belinda Evans from eco weaving and accessories label Alchemy talks finding inspiration from nature and crafting a simple, purposeful existence. Elsewhere, there’s women’s health with Dr Libby, a Melbourne cafe that’s serving up happiness, an ethical fashion startup that supports women affected by conflict, an Indigenous health project that’s giving hope to a remote community, and wisdom from ethical farming guru Joel Salatin. Plus, there’s all the usual natural beauty, sustainable style, cool crafts and lots of other lovely stuff. Grab a copy from your local newsagent or independent store today, and then put your feet up, take a deep breath and enjoy. We hope it inspires you to stop and smell the flowers this spring!

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Mindful Leadership Forum2

We spend much of our lives at work, and, thankfully, more and more companies are cottoning on to the fact that mindfulness can work wonders for productivity rates, job satisfaction, happiness levels and general wellbeing – with Google, Yahoo! and other tech giants investing in lunchtime meditation sessions and mindfulness education for their staff. But what difference could mindful leadership make to people’s professional lives and overall satisfaction levels? Organised by Sydney-based organisation Wake Up Project (see our interview with founder Jono Fisher in our current kindness-themed Issue 26), the upcoming Mindful Leadership Forum aims to explore this topic and give people the tools they need to ‘create well-being, innovation and productivity in your workplace’. Aimed at business leaders, executives, academics, consultants, professionals across all sectors and anyone in charge of leading a team, the forum features talks from leaders in the fields of business, science, the arts and society – including Marc Lesser from Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Anakha Coman of Intel’s Awake@Intel mindfulness program, and the mind trainers for the South Sydney Rabbitohs  – exploring key areas such as self-awareness, authenticity and compassion. This two-day event runs from 27 to 28 August in Sydney – get your tickets here and learn more about injecting a little mindfulness into your management style, bringing out the best in your people and encouraging others in the industry to follow your lead.

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Faye de Lanty - Salvos Stores

Get ready to rock some secondhand style this August during National Op Shop Week, which runs from Sunday 23 to Sunday 30 August. This year, Salvos Stores are supporting the ‘Op Until You Drop’ campaign with the launch of their Style Army, which encourages consumers to support the Salvos by hitting up their local store and having a good old rummage for one-of-a-kind pre-loved threads. Pop along to the Salvos Street Boutique as it travels around Australia during Op Shop Week (dates and locations are on the Style Army website). In every location, you’ll find vintage and recycled wares from your local Salvos store and get treated to a fashion show curated by fashion blogger and Salvos brand ambassador Faye de Lanty. If you’re in Sydney, don’t miss the Style Army launch at Wynyard Park on Monday 24 August, where Faye will be dishing out her sensational style tips. Support the Salvos in style and op til you drop!

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Looking for something splendid to do next weekend? Why not head on down to this year’s Splendour in the Grass – a three-day celebration of good tunes and good vibes, set in the lush surrounds of the North Byron Parklands from 24 till 26 July. Highlights of the musical variety include Florence and the Machine, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations and Boy & Bear, while over in the craft tent there are plenty of classes to get your creative juices flowing – think piñata-making workshops, quilt-making classes and a brooch-making session with Beci Orpin. Designer Rachel Burke of i make. you wear it. (featured in Peppermint Issue 24) is the official Splendour Craft Captain, so there’s guaranteed to be glue guns, pom poms and glitter galore! And if you’re in need of a little refreshment, there’ll also be a pop-up version of Southside Tea Room, run by Patience Hodgson from The Grates. The little people in your life will be enthralled by the magical offerings at Little Splendour, where they can wear themselves out with live performances, bouncy castles and giant board games. And from a sustainability perspective, Splendour in the Grass certainly walks the talk, with a number of impressive environmental initiatives including a carbon offset option for festival-goers, on-site eco cops, a tree-planting program (last year they planted over 1700 native trees), waste and recycling programs, and their special eco camping area – Camp Little Foot(print). Let the festivities commence!

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Queensland’s tropical north has become home to a colourful new fashion label that draws on the spirit of two ancient cultures. Cairns-based Mainie Designs, created by Charmaine Saunders and Denis Keeffe, blends traditional Aboriginal artworks from the Yuendumu community of Central Australia and the luxurious fabrics of the famous ‘Silk Road City’ of Hangzhou in China. Newly launched this month, the initial collection includes nine scarves and wraps made from 100% silk, all beaming with vibrant hues. Named for the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories they represent, the collection is made up of stunning styles including a ‘Water Serpent Sarong Wrap’ and a ‘Fire Stone Scarf.’ At the heart of the brand lies a strong commitment to fair trade principles, with all Aboriginal artwork acquired ethically under license through the internationally acclaimed Warlukurlangu Art Centre, which has long been a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri arts, language and culture. The full collection is available on the brand new Mainie website, as well as in selected boutiques, retailers and galleries.


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