An Oxford University study has found that the condition of being poor is universally linked with feelings of shame. A new film, based on the researchers' findings, examines attitudes to poverty in culturally different societies across the world - read more
Ritual Pain Exhausting for Loved Ones
Witnessing the ritualistic suffering of loved ones may be more exhausting than actually experiencing extreme pain, according to a study involving Victoria University of Wellington researchers - read more
Research Shows Pitfalls of Homework
A Stanford researcher found that too much homework can negatively affect kids, especially their lives away from school, where family, friends and activities matter - read more
Wellington Fashion Week
AW14 Trend Report
This month we've not only been lucky enough to spend some time falling in love with our cultured nation's capital, we've also acquired a few new style crushes!
Star struck by big names like Anna Stretton, deNada and Trelise Cooper at the first group showcase of Wellington Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014, we had the chance to get to know a few of the locals on Wellington's fashion scene too.
Goodness, Autumn Winter 2014
Home to some of the most desirable and coveted designers from NZ and afar, Goodness is a store that truly lives up to it's name. With models styled librarian-chic, we couldn't help but crush on every look that Goodness put down the runway.
Grey is AW14's hottest hue, Goodness showed how to mix tones of the same colour to produce an outstanding look. Popping a fuchsia blouse into the mix lifts the overall look providing a fresh twist on officewear this season - read more
iD Dunedin Fashion Show 2014
Dunedin Railway Station became New Zealand's longest runway once again this weekend for iD Dunedin Fashion Week's 15th Anniversary Shows.
Sold out crowds were wowed by the dynamic moves of dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, who ushered Tamsin Cooper's Autumn Winter 2014
collection onto the 120m long runway.
Image credit: Chris Sullivan
Local veterans NOM*d opened with a punk array of navy plaid and mustard chord for AW14 preceding Otago Polytechnic's School of Design, 2013 Highlights;
Lauren Arthur, Justine Tindley, Georgia Ferguson and Hannah Louise Heslop. Trend-spotting, we're obsessed with Heslop's knitted turbans and won't be surprised to see them around more in the very near future - read more
Funky, warm and stylish, fur-sure this is the best way to glam up your Winter wardrobe. Who could ask for more during what always feels like our endless Kiwi Winter!
The team at KiwiChic have created two easy ways to rock some fur this AW14. Our weekend look features the zippered faux fur lapel colour blocked coat from Pariscoming.com. In this season's hottest military hues with subtle fur collar, this coat will have you styling casual cool.
An advantage of the fur collar for plus-sized beauties is this detail draws the eye up, framing your face and detracting attention away from your - ahem bottom half.
For the ultimate in weekendwear, style with high-waisted skinny jeans and a stripped long-sleeve crop top. Splurge on these funky Jimmy Choo Lace & Leather sneakers (yip Choo does sneakers!) from net-a-porter.com and top with a bandanna headband to set the whole look off.
Transition to evening with a black faux fur jacket, like this one from Topshop.com
Adding a black faux fur coat to your Winter wardrobe will glam up any evening dress. Break up the black with some lighter coloured accessories, emerald is a fave of ours but other precious stones like torquoise or resin stains will provide the pop you're after.
By the way single ladies, just a heads up, these coats definitely make you more hug-able on those cold Winter nights ;)
When Mothers are Active So Are Their Children - But Many Mothers Are Not
A study of physical activity patterns of women and their four-year-olds reveals a strong association between the two. It also shows that only 53% of mothers engaged in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least once a week. Taken together, these results provide valuable pointers for policy makers.
"Our study shows that the relationship between mother and child activity is moderated by demographic and time factors."
- Esther van Sluijs
Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. A new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, it is mothers who set (or don't set) the pace.
An analysis of the physical activity levels of more than 500 mothers and pre-schoolers, assessed using activity monitors to produce accurate data, found that the amount of activity that a mother and her child did each day was closely related. Overall, maternal activity levels were strikingly low: only 53% of mothers engaged in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity at least once a week. The UK Government recommends achieving 150 minutes of at least "moderate intensity physical activity" (such as brisk walking) over the week as one of the ways of achieving its physical activity guidelines - read more