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5
Feb

Photo courtesy of Wanderlust

The Wanderlust festival, which celebrates mindful living, is coming to the stunning slopes of Thredbo in New South Wales from 18 to 21 February 2016. It’ll be a gorgeous four-day retreat of yoga, meditation, music, mindfulness and nature – and whether you’re totally new to yoga or a super-limber yogini, the festival line-up features classes to suit every level and style of practice. Thanks to our friends at Wanderlust, we’re giving away one four-day Thredbo festival pass* valued at $1000. To enter, simply comment on this blog post and tell us who you’d most like to see at Wanderlust ThredboCompetition closes at 4pm AEST on Tuesday 9 February 2016. Please only enter if you’re able to get to Thredbo for the festival dates of 18 to 21 February. *The four-day pass does not include accommodation. 

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2
Feb

Photo courtesy of Karen Walker

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker has been an Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) partner since 2012, and her latest range for the organisation has bags of style. The EFI aims to shape a more ethically and socially responsible fashion industry by partnering leading brands with marginalised artisans and supporting Africa’s growing number of talented designers. Karen Walker’s third collection for EFI, ‘Made in Kenya’, comprises two vibrant beach totes and a clutch purse, all featuring the brand’s iconic bright colours and quirky designs. The bags have been handcrafted in Kenya and decorated with traditional beadwork by women from the Samburu and Maasai tribes; creating the collection engaged 11 communities and 216 artisans, and their efforts have produced 700 pieces. Bag one for yourself before they’re all sold out!

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25
Jan

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This year’s Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CAIF) is taking a fashion trip to Melbourne. The CIAF’s fashion performance, Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Rainforest and Sea Dreaming), will appear as part of the 2016 Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series on Thursday 3 March at the South Wharf Promenade. A vibrant celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture, Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal features innovative wearable fashion from 10 Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islander designers, showcased by 20 Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Islander models. Put together by curator Grace Lillian Lee and choreographer Fiona Wirrer-George, the show is sure to be a sell-out, so get your tickets quick sticks!

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11
Jan

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Fledgling fashion entrepreneurs, take note! Applications are now open for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia‘s Fashion Accelerator program, which offers participants the knowledge and resources to transform their creative idea into a successful business. Kicking off in February 2016, Fashion Accelerator includes workshops, networking events, mentoring and access to high-tech facilities and equipment. An exciting new addition to this year’s program is a five-month intensive program for fashion start-ups that covers essential business information such as development, finance, branding and marketing.In its four-year history, Fashion Accelerator has helped to establish brands that include SOOT, Gail Sorronda, Christie Millinery and Monica Tovar – a fabulously fashionable line-up.

Applications close on 22 January – find out more and apply online here. There’s no time to waste!

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5
Jan

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In need of a snazzy new home for your trusty personal computing device? Look no further than these ethically produced offerings from RUK Products, a new brand started by Melbourne-based textile artist Tara Whalley and Guatemala-based social entrepreneur Samuel Brizuela that celebrates traditional Mayan craftsmanship. Working directly with skilled Guatemalan artisans from marginalised communities, RUK utilises age-old techniques to create meaningful products for our modern world – with their first range featuring MacBook and iPad sleeves and cases that have been handwoven from 100% cotton thread and hand-dyed using natural vegetation. The company partners with the makers, paying them fair wages that help them provide for their families and communities. And it’s fitting that ruk means ‘with’ in the Kiché language (one of the main indigenous languages of the country’s Western highlands), as these hardy cases are perfect for taking with you wherever you go! Check out their range online or head along to their pop-up store at 106 Elgin St, Carlton before the end of this month.

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4
Jan

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Those with a passion for homegrown fashion might want to look out their best threads before heading along to the National Gallery of Victoria’s upcoming exhibition. Dedicated to Aussie style through the ages, 200 Years of Australian Fashion runs from 5th March to 31st July 2016 and is the first major fashion survey of its kind in this country – encompassing over 120 works from 90 designers, including Akira, Richard Nylon, Alpha60, Collette Dinnigan and many others. As well as contemporary pieces from some of the nation’s brightest stars, this showcase features Australia’s earliest known surviving dress (from 1805), a fabulous 1950s blue feathered ball gown by Collins Street salon La Petite (pictured above), a selection of colourful mini dresses from the swinging sixties, and Jenny Kee’s iconic 1970s Australiana-inspired knitwear. And after harking back to the past, it turns its focus to the future with a newly commissioned work by designer Dion Lee that demonstrates his ‘forward-thinking approach and innovative design practice’ – as well as a public symposium featuring leading designers, curators and commenters exploring the question ‘What is Australian fashion?’. We suggest you get all dressed up and head on down!

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23
Dec

Christmas 2015

Hello friends! It’s that time of year again. We hope you’ll find some time to slow down, relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones in between all the turkey, tinsel and Boxing Day bedlam. If you’ve got a lot on your plate this Christmas (figuratively and literally!), remember — it’s not all about presents and putting on the perfect festive spread. It’s the time to pause and practise gratitude for everything and everyone in our lives, to realise just how lucky we are — and to maybe give back to those who are less fortunate. If you are planning some wind-down time (please do), don’t forget to add our bright and breezy Summer Issue to your holiday reading pile for some New Year inspiration. We hope this issue fills you with the confidence and creativity to make your own positive change in your own personal way; pick up your copy and start living a life you love – the time is now! It’s sure been a big 2015 for us here at Team Peppermint, and we finished on a high by winning Consumer Magazine of the Year back in October — hurrah! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our lovely readers, so thank you all for continuing to inspire us every day. We’ll be taking a festive break until Monday 4 January (online and in real life!), so we’ll see you then for a new year that promises plenty of minty goodness! Til next year, Peppermint x

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15
Dec

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Get your festive dining all wrapped up with a pretty pack of 100% organic cotton beeswax reusable wraps from Byron Bay’s HoneyBee Wrap! Handmade using 100% organic cotton infused with local organic beeswax, certified organic coconut oil, jojoba oil and natural tree gum products, they come in a range of sizes and are perfect for covering food bowls or wrapping snacks and sandwiches. We’ve got three Kitchen Collection Packs each worth $45 to give away – every pack contains four wraps (1 x 47 cm x 40 cm, 1 x 34 cm x 33 cm, 1 x 28 cm x 29 cm and 1 x 19 x 20 cm) in a range of cute retro prints. For your chance to win, simply comment below and tell us what you’d use your wraps for! {Competition closes Wednesday 16th December at 4pm AEST. Australian postal addresses only.} #presentsfrompeppermint

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11
Dec

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Sip on a sustainable drop this Christmas with New Zealand-based winemakers Yealands! Hailing from the magnificent Marlborough region, Yealands produce a delightful range of wines that’ll have you raising your glass this festive season. Recently named The Most Successful Winery of Competition at the Sydney International Wine Competition, this innovative brand has a number of impressive sustainability initiatives, including building the world’s first winery to be certified as carboNZeroCertTM from inception, harnessing solar and wind power to reduce emissions, and using miniature Babydoll sheep and Kunekune pigs to graze their vine rows rather than tractors. We have three six-packs of their top award-winning wines to give away, including their Yealands Estate Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2015, Yealands Estate Land Made Pinot Gris 2015, Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014, Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris and their trophy-winning Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc – valued at $185 each. To be in the running, simply comment below telling us why you’d like to win! {Competition closes Sunday 13th December 4pm AEST. Australian and New Zealand postal addresses only. Open to over 18s only.} #presentsfrompeppermint

 

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9
Dec

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Christmas wouldn’t be the same without sharing a fabulous feast with loved ones, and Melbourne-based company Spiral Foods wants to help you kick off your celebrations with a pack of their signature healthy and delicious snacks! We have three tasty gift packs to give away featuring their preservative- and MSG-free offerings, including Black Olive Tapenade, Green Olive Tapenade, Sundried Tomato and Basil Dip n’ Toss Oil, Organic Salsa, Organic Green Pea Chips, Black Sesame Crackers and Vegetable Crackers (worth $40 each). For your chance to win, simply comment below and tell us why you’d love to tuck into these treats this festive season! {Competition closes Thursday 10th December 4pm AEST. Australian postal addresses only.} #presentsfrompeppermint

 

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