9 things feeding our Body+Soul this August

The tried and tested, unsponsored, unfiltered had-to-share, word-of-mouth ones. At Body+Soul we’re privy to new health and wellness stories, products, initiatives and trends all the time, and like you, we like sharing them with each other.

Maybe it boosted our confidence, gave us inspiration or made us proud. Whatever it is, if we think you might like to hear about it.

So, from our team to you, these are the nine things that have been making us happy and are literally feeding our Body+Soul this month. We hope they’ll feed yours too!

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1. Watching the vax rate go up

We have to admit we’re a little bit obsessed with watching the number of fully vaccinated legends in Australia climb every day. Yesterday alone 200,558 people rolled up their sleeve for a vaccine taking the nation to 20 per cent fully jabbed. With roadmaps out of the pandemic announced and vaccination targets to be achieved, every person that gets the double jab brings us one step closer to normality, to ending lockdowns, to seeing our loved ones, to the possibility of jetting overseas to sip a spritz in Italy or heck, maybe even make it to Melbourne for the weekend so we are glued to the starts eyeing off those 70-80% national targets.

An extra big shout out needs to go to the 81,000 under-40s who rolled up their sleeves for the AstraZeneca vaccine from June 29-August 1 and got it done. We’re in this together and our only way out of this is together, so please visit your state’s relevant health website and book your own vaccination as soon as you can:

2. Olympics

How is anyone supposed to get any work done from home with the Aussies are absolutely smashing it at the Olympics? The suspense, the anticipation, the yelling at the screens (and that’s just trying to fit in all the sport in between Zoom meetings with your boss).

The chicks absolutely killed it in the pool, on the water, on the field and pretty much just about anywhere giving us the feel good, rolled gold, go for gold good news we all needed this month. And then there was Rohan Browning ‘The flying mullet’ who took us all by surprise in the 100m heats.

We cannot get enough of the Olympic spirit.

If you want any more reasons to be inspired, check out Body+Soul’s interviews with gold-medal winners Cate Campbell and Jess Fox, surfer Sally Fitzgibbons and rugby-7’s star Charlotte Caslick on our Healthy-ish podcast last week. Boy we’ve got some superstars in our midst.

3. Kmart arts and crafts

As a locked down Sydney-sider I have been trying my hand at refined arts including painting and embroidery. With the help of Kmart’s paint by numbers and easy-stitch patterns I’ve become a bit of an extraordinaire. It’s also meditative and great for the ol’ mental health.

Often one to shy away from arts and crafts because it’s expensive and I don’t know what to do with it when it’s done – I’m impressed by the quality and price point of the Kmart range (for amateur artiste’s). While you’re scrolling, take a look at their recently updated homeware section if you’re sick of looking at the same four walls in lockdown and want to adorn them – I have an entire room filled with their rattan pieces and they’re gorg!

4. The Instagrammer chronicling the Sex and the City reboot outfits

I hate myself to say it, but I will definitely be watching the Sex and the City reboot, titled And Just Like That. I’ve watched the original six-season series and both movies—yes, even the horrendous sequel—more times than I care to admit, and the fashion always blows my mind.

As And Just Like That kicks off filming in New York, an enthusiastic and eagle-eyed fashionista on Instagram has taken a leaf out of @everyoutfitonsatc account and is chronicling the outfits spied on set. On @justlikethatcloset, we see that yes, THOSE sapphire Manolos are back, as well as a bunch of other items you recognise from the original television series. I am absolutely and embarrassingly OBSESSED.

5. Random acts of kindness

Living in a world of covid press conferences can get a little…hmm bleak? A nice distraction from case numbers is seeing some of the amazing acts of kindness happening all across the country. The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index found that community connectedness was a leading factor of Australia’s strong resilience as a nation – and to be honest it doesn’t surprise me.

Even on my local Manly Observer community group there have been countless offers to buy groceries and other essential goods for those isolating as close contacts. That’s not to mention the amazing community work happening across the country to translate vaccine and other health messages to Australia’s diverse communities. Go us!

6. Myles Gray – Esprit Clair room fragrance

Called Esprit Clair, this room spray from Myles Gray smells like the summer of my dreams.

With base notes of coconut milk and vanilla, middle notes of toasted coconut and eucalyptus and top notes of buttered rum, lemon and lime, I want to drink it in a tall glass with a cocktail umbrella under a palm tree at 30 degrees. But for now, I’ll make do with spritzing a few spritzes in my bedroom / makeshift home office and pretending I’m somewhere far more fabulous. It’s amazing how a scent can transform your mood and this one does it quicker than any candle.

(I also love that the crystal-infused product is hand-made by a small family-owned business in Melbourne. Co-founder Janelle started the candle and fragrance company to honour her late father. How sweet).

7. Artisan Week

After a successful launch in 2020, Aussie Artisan Week (August 16 – 23) returns to continue its support of local artisans and producers. Aussie Artisan Week founders Pierre Issa and Melissa Altman of Pepe Saya Butter Co have joined forces with artisans from across the country to encourage all Australians to consciously choose to support, champion and purchase locally made products, buying direct from artisans where they can.

The call to action is simple:

  • Visit your local farmers market
  • Shop on your local high street (in a COVID Safe way)
  • Buy online direct from artisans where you cann

8. Car picnics

It’s hard to find new things to do in lockdown – but a personal favourite of mine has been car picnics. I usually get some food delivered to my house (or make a little box of food at home), take it down to my car and drive somewhere isolated.

Simply pop the back seats down and sit in the boot, and you’ve got a very pretty view to look at while you eat your fave lunch.

Recently, I’ve been taking it a step further and bringing a journal, nail polish and a sheet mask to do a bit of self care. The best bit is you never leave your car or come into contact with another person – but you feel like you’re outside, in nature.

Studies have shown that immersing yourself in nature is great for mental health and I’d agree! Definitely a weekly trip for me and I’ll probably keep doing it – even after lockdown.

9. New gluten-free finds

It seems the world of gluten-free food just keeps getting richer. Coeliacs across the country have been buoyed by the fact that Arnott’s has just released its first few ranges of gluten-free biscuits – including Scotch fingers, Choc Ripples and Tiny Teddies. That was followed by the news that KRAFT has released its first vegan and gluten-free Mac and Cheese – a food that has been off-limits for coeliacs for years.

We’ve also been obsessing over Ayam’s huge range of GF sauces including Hoi Sin, Sweet Soy and Teriyaki, as well as the Two Bays Brewing Co Pale Ale, which literally tastes like a craft beer without the gluten. 10/10 we say!