The waves of wellness

Every year we see wellness trends come and go. Let’s take a look back at some of the all-time greats of the last decade and see what has stuck the course. Gut health When research emerged that gut microbiota play a fundamental role in our health, it became a huge focus in the wellness industry. […]

Living healthy, living well

“You can’t pour from an empty cup” – Joseph Fleming Taking care of others comes naturally to most of us. Our children, our parents, our cherished friends, we don’t think twice about looking after them. So why do so many people struggle to take care of their own health and wellbeing? Wellness is now recognised […]

Finding balance

Author, speaker, and wellbeing retreat leader are just a few of the hats wellness coach Rachel Grunwell wears. Metropol’s Georgia Summerton chats to her about her experience coaching others towards a happier and healthier life. After decades working as a journalist, Rachel was offered a wellbeing column while on maternity leave. It was writing this […]

Influencing with style

The 2021 Women of Influence winners were recently announced, and amid the impressive line-up is Yu Mei founder, Jessie Wong. Taking out the Business Enterprise award, Jessie has seen amazing success in her career, and is making her presence known in the fashion industry. Metropol writer Georgia Summerton chats to her about her journey so […]

Chic shirt styling

An essential trans-seasonal wardrobe item, (in our humble opinion), is an oversized shirt. When worn as a layer over t-shirts and tanks, it provides a light amount of warmth but doesn’t add too much heaviness to an outfit. Buttoned up and tucked into pants or a skirt, a shirt becomes a smart casual option, and […]

Delicious, fresh fare: Urban Revival

We’re all foodies at heart and it’s great to know that we have plenty of choice, and not just in the central city. The growing hub of Silverstream is home to one innovative, fully licensed eatery where fresh is best, and as local as possible. Urban Revival is open seven days a week and has […]

On and off the stage

Actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and director, Mark Hadlow wears many hats and is one of New Zealand’s most loved and well-known performers. His outstanding appearances in musical theatre and plays, as well as television and movie roles have lead to him receiving multiple awards for his work. Metropol writer Georgia Summerton chats to him […]

Autumn air

The last of the warming summer sun is about to say goodbye, and chilly autumn days are soon to take its place. The in-between seasons are always a struggle to get right in the wardrobe department, often we still have nice warm weather for weeks after summer, and then the sudden chill hits, catching bare […]

Go for gingham

Ever-popular gingham isn’t actually a print; it refers to the lightweight material, hence its popularity in spring and summer. Originally the fabric was covered with stripes, but it has since evolved into the playful checkered pattern we know and love today. Appearing in pop culture after Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz donned her famous […]

Bringing the outside in

A more natural look has become increasingly popular in interior design and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. Rattan and bamboo furniture, stone and timber surfaces and accents, and materials sourced from nature are available across the range of high end and more affordable interior design stores. To introduce more natural materials into […]