We all have that friend who takes dressing for the gym so seriously that it could almost classify as its own competitive sport - which, unfortunately - can leave shopping for this friend, not only exhausting but feeling like its own Christmas marathon.
Because really, where do you start? When she owns more pairs of leggings than you do normal pants, it can be hard to decide exactly what gaps need filling in her workout wardrobe. So, to help you navigate, we've rounded up the ultimate pieces in activewear-chic that we can guarantee she won't already have in rotation. Scroll to shop.
When life gets busy, the pre-made salads at your local supermarket get easy - we get it. Sometimes it feels like the lesser of two evils to throw in the (kitchen) towel and reside to that fact that maybe weeknight cooking is just not for you. However, we've come to the conclusion that sometimes all you need to get back on the healthy cooking (and eating) bandwagon is a fresh cookbook.
So, to help you upgrade your weeknight cooking arsenal, we've rounded up 14 pretty-healthy cookbooks that will make week-night cooking feel way more approachable.
If you've been needing a good excuse to update your activewear wardrobe, then look no further. Thanks to November bringing with it some of the best (and biggest) sales of the year, if you've been planning on re-stocking your workout essentials, the time is now.
To help you wade through the mass of product, we've rounded up our edit of the best activewear on offer - for a massive 30 percent off - in the Iconic's Click Frenzy sale. Also, because The Iconic is the most seriously efficient retailer, you're not going to have to wait a lifetime to actually work out in your new gear, with next-day delivery available for the majority of postcodes. Bonus, with 30-day free returns, we can guarantee this will be one impulse purchase you won't live to regret.
Whether you're shopping for yourself, or for a loved one, why not give a gift this Christmas that literally keeps on giving. Trust us, the gifts below are certain to bring a smile to the face of their chosen recipient - just make sure you don't forget the batteries.
Keep reading to shop our round-up of sex toys that will have you shouting it's a Christmas miracle.
Don't panic (well, at least not yet), as you still have a few weeks to get your Christmas shopping sorted. If you're taking part in Secret Santa this year, the deadline to pull together a winning gift (that also comes in under the allocated $20 budget) might be approaching a little quicker than you would like.
So, to help ease the anxiety that is trying to find a gift you can really be proud of, we've pulled together a list of the best presents we could find for under $20. And not that we're competitive or anything, but these gifts are sure to have your colleagues rigging next year's Christmas draw, in the hope they score you as their Secret Santa all over again. 'Cause obviously that's what Christmas is all about, right? (kidding).
We all have night time routines and rituals that allow us to leave the day behind, but have you ever wondered how other women, in particular, how a supermodel gets herself unready behind closed doors?
First on our list is model, businesswomen and mother, Miranda Kerr. She openly gave us insight into how she gets herself unready each day, including the rituals she relies on to keep her life in balance, what she considers her biggest luxury, and why it's important to have some Wi-Fi-free time.
"I love to sleep, it's one of my favourite things, you know? And I'm such a homebody, naturally. I'm a tactile person, so all the fabrics in my room are soft and all different fabrics that are soothing and calming."
Her Favourite Way to Make Time For Herself . . .
"For me, it's having a warm bath. I really like to take a bath (obviously that's not every night!), but when I get the luxury to take a bath, or when I've had a really busy day, just to take a bath is a luxury. One of my favourites baths is actually just a mix of baking soda, sea salt, and two drops of lavender mixed in the bath."
Her Thoughts on Wi-Fi . . .
"I have a button that I press that turns off all the Wi-Fi in the house . . . I just feel, in the whole scheme of things, it [Wi-Fi] hasn't been around for the longest time, so when we have a time, or a chance to switch it off, and turn off the phone, or turn off the Wi-Fi, we should. It can't hurt! You know what I mean? Just going back to our natural rhythm. It's the same with checking your phone before you go to sleep. If I'm away from Flynn obviously I will always do that, but when I know that he is here, and safely tucked away in bed there's nothing more than I love to turn my phone on flight mode and just zone out."
The One Thing She Always Does Before Bed . . .
"I always love to read after I put Flynn down to bed, and do a little meditation."
Whether you're looking to drop some hints, or you've got a hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list, there's literally no better gift you can give, than the gift of health. And while actual health might be a little out of reach, we're going to go ahead and say these gifts cut it pretty close, and are sure to inspire wellness in their chosen recipient.
From practical purchases that every wellness-lover hates to buy (but loves to use), to boutique finds that won't just do your insides good, but look luxe enough to hold their own. You can be sure these gifts will keep you in the good books.
Scroll to shop the wellness-centric gifts that will give back in more ways than one.
"I got these really cool bottles for my birthday that you can just refill with water, but at the bottom is a rose quartz," says Miranda. "I actually have a rose quartz one and an amethyst and I use them all the time. You feel like you're getting that little extra bit of love when you have your water."
If anyone ever tries to tell you that school sport can't teach you anything, I give you permission to tell them they're wrong (to their face), and then send them a passive aggressive email with the URL to this story.
During the last two weeks, I've spent way too much time watching The Commonwealth Games. And whether it was a result of a complete sporting overload, or just the excitement, watching all this sport really got me thinking about all the ways in which participating in sport has impacted my life.
I was incredibly fortunate to grow up in an environment where playing sport wasn't just encouraged, but almost expected. From a young age, sport was a regular, non-negotiable activity. Something you were expected to show commitment, and willingness to, regardless of whether or not you actually possessed any form of athletic prowess.
Besides the friendships and great memories formed that team sports naturally lend themselves to, I'm pretty certain I also learnt the majority of life's hard lessons while participating in sport as a young adult. Whether riding high after a well deserved win, or nursing a bruised ego, it was these moments that laid the foundation for many important lessons that would go on the serve me well, once I entered the "real world."
It's the ability to learn these lessons (and more often, make the many mistakes that accompany them), within the safe context of sport, that makes it so important to ensure both girls, and young women are not only encouraged, but have an equal opportunity to play sport, both during, and after their formal education.
As far as I'm concerned, there's much more to be learned from sport just than how to kick a ball. Keep reading for all the things that sport taught me about how to live life.
Sport can often shine a light on "the best", but when it comes to team sports, as cliche as it sounds, you really are only as strong as the sum of your team. Regardless of whether you're the best (or worst) player, everyone has a role to play, and value to add. It's learning how to recognise this value, in both yourself, and others that will lead to success.
Learning to Put Your Trust in Others Is Hard, But SO Valuable
Putting your trust in the hands of others, particularly when it's something you really care about can be a tough pill to swallow, but it's also a lesson that comes hand-in-hand with team sport. Just like any good relationship, no team ever succeeded with a foundation built on distrust. Learning to trust that your teammates are working as hard, care as much, and are doing what they are supposed to be doing, will allow you to let go of any hostile thinking, and let you focus on the task at hand, with the kind of confidence that can only come from knowing your team has got your back.
What You Do (and How You Act) Can Impact Other People
To be a good team player, you have to learn how to leave your ego at the door. Working with different personalities, motivations and emotions, you'll quickly learn that to flourish within a team environment you've got to be flexible, receptive to change and be comfortable with not always getting your own way. It's also important to recognise the potential that your mood and actions have to impact other people, both for better, and worse. Whether that means turning up on time (even when you're tired), being organised so you don't cause unnecessary stress for your teammates, or suggesting a positive alternative when something doesn't go to plan, it's all about learning to check yourself and thinking with a team mentality.
Communication Is Literally Everything
Without solid lines of communication, no team has the chance to succeed. Good communication is a sign of respect, and it's important to to ensure everyone understands what is required of them, and is on the same page. Learning how to foster an environment in which people are comfortable to express themselves, and feel understood is so important. Team sports also give you the opportunity to learn that we all communicate differently, and what works for one person, may not necessarily work for another.
Hard Work Pays Off (Or At the Very Least, It Feels Good)
Learning what hard work feels like, and how to persevere are incredibly important lessons. The ability to move on from sore losses, show sportsmanship in moments you wish you didn't have to, and learning to self reflect are all skills that take practice. It's also valuable to learn that sometimes there is no bitterness in a loss that comes after you know you've done your best. Success at the end of the day will always feel sweetest when you've had to work for it, and is celebrated in the company of great friends - your team!