Britomart highlights this week – Thursday 11 October to Thursday 18 October

Free lunchtime meditation sessions, Karen Walker’s monumental new eyewear collection and tacos with a twist.

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and Nick and Danica from Bikes and Bends (a social enterprise promoting wellness through yoga) want to help you get your mind right. Every Tuesday and Thursday from now until December 20, they’ll be running free 20-minute mindfulness sessions at lunchtime in Takutai Square (there will be two sessions each day, starting at around 12.30pm and 1pm). You don’t need to bring any gear or wear anything special – just turn up, sit down and chill out. We talked to Nick and Danica about what they have in store – read the conversation here. Photograph by Joe Hockley

It’s also Art Week, so make sure you check out our new streetside exhibition by Tracey Tawhiao along Customs St. While you’re here, check out the permanent public artworks at Britomart you can enjoy for free.

The Kapa Haka crew from Newton Central School that had to postpone their Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori performance is booked back in! They’ll be performing in Takutai Square at 1pm next Thursday 18 October. Don’t miss this!

A little bit beatnik, a little bit louche rich-kids-on-the-Riviera, a little bit 1970s New York art world, Karen Walker‘s new Visage Collection of eyewear has an eclectic but decidedly retro hipster feel. If you’re after a pair of shades that will give you the look of a creative iconoclast, you can’t go past the Klee frame ($329, pictured) in Crazy Tort, with a sunset lens. Black lipliner optional.

Kate Sylvester‘s new summer capsule collection has just arrived in store, including the gelato-coloured Megan and Meg dresses ($629 and $799) pictured above. The drop includes effortless flowing dresses, full linen skirts, tunic-style button-down shirts and silk shell tops.

The classic Nike Air Force 1 sneaker has evolved into the women’s AF-1 Sage Low – a lower-cut version of the shoe in soft colourways with a wedge midsole designed for women’s feet ($200). Rising British muso Jorja Smith is already a big fan. Get yours in store right now at Nike Britomart.

One week on from our first Street Kai on Takutai, we’re still rubbing our bellies and happily remembering the good times. And there were lots of them – over a thousand people showed up to feast hard – so hard that several vendors completely sold out! It was such a roaring success that we’ve decided to do it again… every month from now till the end of summer. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next event date! And in the meantime, click through here to see a gallery of all the fun had on the day – if you were there, you might even spot yourself. Photos by Joe Hockley.

Get your fill of non-traditional tacos at Fukuko‘s Taco Thursday. For $15, you can pick three delicious tacos from their Japanese-fusion collection – think beef with Shichimi mayo or spiced roast duck with shredded cabbage – anytime from 3-9pm.

With all this good street kai to eat, it might be worth signing up for the gym again. Les Mills Britomart is offering anyone a free day pass to try this month. A lunchtime workout may be just what you need to balance some dinnertime indulgence later.



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