• Annah Stretton Jul 06, 2020

    5 great gifts for that hard to buy for woman in your life

    For most people, gift-buying is a truly heart-warming experience.  Finding that something special for your someone special is such a buzz!  For others, however, it’s a tad more towards the heart-burn end of the spectrum.  We all have those hard-to-buy-for people in our lives so here’s our top 5 pick of original gifts for the one of a kind women in our world. Light Box Love - Your Heart is... For most people, gift-buying is a truly heart-warming experience.  Finding that something special for your someone special is such a buzz!  For others, however, it’s a tad more towards the heart-burn end of the spectrum.  We all have those hard-to-buy-for people in our lives so here’s our top 5 pick of original gifts for the one of a kind women in our world. Light Box Love - Your Heart is...

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  • Annah Stretton Jun 29, 2020

    5 Wedding dresses to blow your partner away

    When it’s time to get married, there are a number of boxes wedding dresses need to tick. Drop-dead gorgeous is unsurprisingly number one for many of our brides, but finding simple, stunning and affordable wedding dresses is just as important to a Kiwi bride-to-be. So, that’s exactly what New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton's Wedding Dresses have become famous for. The latest collection of designer wedding dresses are a stunning... When it’s time to get married, there are a number of boxes wedding dresses need to tick. Drop-dead gorgeous is unsurprisingly number one for many of our brides, but finding simple, stunning and affordable wedding dresses is just as important to a Kiwi bride-to-be. So, that’s exactly what New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton's Wedding Dresses have become famous for. The latest collection of designer wedding dresses are a stunning...

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  • Annah Stretton Jun 18, 2020

    What a girls wants.. What a girl needs...

    The Little Black DressThis will be no surprise to a lot of people reading and might seem a bit of a cliche but there's a reason this item appears on so many of these lists! One point many people seem to miss is that this dress should be very versatile - a pair of tights and boots with a scarf for a more casual look, heels and some bling to... The Little Black DressThis will be no surprise to a lot of people reading and might seem a bit of a cliche but there's a reason this item appears on so many of these lists! One point many people seem to miss is that this dress should be very versatile - a pair of tights and boots with a scarf for a more casual look, heels and some bling to...

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  • Annah Stretton Jun 16, 2020

    These are a few of my favourite things

    As we begin to get ourselves kitted out for winter in the wake of what has been an "unprecedented" journey, nothing feels the same anymore and it’s not. So how do we dress for our “new normal” and what does that even look like?   Winter has got me thinking about some of my "favourite things" (a classic song loved by my dad and made famous by The Sound of Music) that I’m going to... As we begin to get ourselves kitted out for winter in the wake of what has been an "unprecedented" journey, nothing feels the same anymore and it’s not. So how do we dress for our “new normal” and what does that even look like?   Winter has got me thinking about some of my "favourite things" (a classic song loved by my dad and made famous by The Sound of Music) that I’m going to...

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  • Annah Stretton May 07, 2020

    Are cotton face masks better than no mask?

    A cotton face mask is a non-medical grade mask and therefore does NOT provide you with 100% protection from contracting COVID-19. So is there any point in wearing one? A cotton face mask is a non-medical grade mask and therefore does NOT provide you with 100% protection from contracting COVID-19. So is there any point in wearing one?

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  • Annah Stretton Mar 06, 2020

    International Women's Day 2020 - Interview with Annah

    The theme for International Women's Day 2020 is #eachforequal - Below are some thoughts from Annah about IWD, RAW and Business. The theme for International Women's Day 2020 is #eachforequal - Below are some thoughts from Annah about IWD, RAW and Business.

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  • Annah Stretton Feb 18, 2019

    Helping Hand for Charities

    A business-led initiative that will give Waikato charities access to high-quality advice and support launches next month. A business-led initiative that will give Waikato charities access to high-quality advice and support launches next month.

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 15, 2018

    When Will Crime Stop Paying?

    Working in the women’s prison on a weekly basis, I am more convinced than ever that education is the solution to New Zealand’s amplifying crime rates.  Working in the women’s prison on a weekly basis, I am more convinced than ever that education is the solution to New Zealand’s amplifying crime rates. 

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 31, 2018

    Dealing with Internet Trolls

    When did we as a race get so inhumane, so gutless and faceless, and why the need to say these vile things at all? When did we as a race get so inhumane, so gutless and faceless, and why the need to say these vile things at all?

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 24, 2018

    Steve Jobs' Last Words

    He died a billionaire at 56yrs of Pancreatic Cancer and here are his last words on the sick bed. He died a billionaire at 56yrs of Pancreatic Cancer and here are his last words on the sick bed.

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 03, 2018

    Growing your own food - is like printing your own money

    We have reacted to so many challenges within our lives and environment with a positive change yet prioritising our wellness still seems to be the last cab off the rank. We have reacted to so many challenges within our lives and environment with a positive change yet prioritising our wellness still seems to be the last cab off the rank.

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  • Annah Stretton Jul 26, 2018

    Joy is Price-less

    Joy is the most wonderful feeling to factor into our day. It heightens the senses, it makes life feel lighter and brighter, and sometimes it even makes us 'jump for joy'. Joy is the most wonderful feeling to factor into our day. It heightens the senses, it makes life feel lighter and brighter, and sometimes it even makes us 'jump for joy'.

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  • Annah Stretton Apr 12, 2020

    The official word, face masks help stop the spread

    Extract of an article by Siouxsie Wiles published on The Spinoff on 6 April 2020  Will surgical and cloth masks help stop the spread of Covid-19? Because of what they are made of and how they fit, surgical and cloth masks are unlikely to stop you catching Covid-19. But the question everyone is asking is: do they play a role in stopping the spread of the virus? The prevention of spread has become especially... Extract of an article by Siouxsie Wiles published on The Spinoff on 6 April 2020  Will surgical and cloth masks help stop the spread of Covid-19? Because of what they are made of and how they fit, surgical and cloth masks are unlikely to stop you catching Covid-19. But the question everyone is asking is: do they play a role in stopping the spread of the virus? The prevention of spread has become especially...

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  • Annah Stretton Jun 15, 2018

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    A topic that is awful to think about and even harder to comprehend; the elderly being abused. But it is happening, it is a global issue, and New Zealand is no exception. A topic that is awful to think about and even harder to comprehend; the elderly being abused. But it is happening, it is a global issue, and New Zealand is no exception.

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  • Annah Stretton May 29, 2018

    Small Steps Lead To Big Gains

    The Kia Puāwai approach is based on three core principles - nutrition, movement and mind management - and is the brainchild of fashion designer Annah Stretton. The Kia Puāwai approach is based on three core principles - nutrition, movement and mind management - and is the brainchild of fashion designer Annah Stretton.

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  • Annah Stretton Oct 10, 2017

    STOP the Body Shaming … Now!

    So we get up every day, and self-deprecate as to what our body isn’t, with little thought to how damn amazing our body actually is. So we get up every day, and self-deprecate as to what our body isn’t, with little thought to how damn amazing our body actually is.

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 17, 2018

    The Extremities That Are China

    China is evolving quickly, I am constantly amazed at this counties ability to copy with no consequence but I guess if you set up your manufacturing base here, there will always be repercussions. China is evolving quickly, I am constantly amazed at this counties ability to copy with no consequence but I guess if you set up your manufacturing base here, there will always be repercussions.

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  • Annah Stretton Aug 10, 2018

    Working Poor verses Business Poor

    The working poor is an environment that I know so well with my much-loved charity work and one that I am constantly looking for more opportunities to bring to the people within this environment. The working poor is an environment that I know so well with my much-loved charity work and one that I am constantly looking for more opportunities to bring to the people within this environment.

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  • Annah Stretton Jul 13, 2018

    Success in Fashion needs a WHY

    Today’s consumer is asking us to remember why we started our business in the first place; to rediscover our roots and to bring that story to life in everything we do and say. Today’s consumer is asking us to remember why we started our business in the first place; to rediscover our roots and to bring that story to life in everything we do and say.

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  • Annah Stretton Jun 21, 2018

    Take Your Dog to Work Day

    2018 marks the Pet Sitters International (PSI) 20th annual event of Take Your Dog To Work Day. But does this event really work? 2018 marks the Pet Sitters International (PSI) 20th annual event of Take Your Dog To Work Day. But does this event really work?

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