Winter is well and truly here and we’re not mad at it at all. Not with the gorgeous colour tones hitting our stores. A few simple tones matched with the right textures and small design details make facing the brisk winter mornings more bearable. 

Pantone named ‘Living Colour’ (Pantone 16-456) as THE shade for 2019. The colour brand describes the colour as “an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone that was all about optimism—a much-needed attribute of late”. Yum, sign us up!

First things first, winter doesn’t mean you need to pack your favourite footwear into those ugly vacuum bags (you know the ones!) in favour of warmer options. Give your summer kicks a winter update and pair them with some cute socks or tights. Try these cult favourites – Grace Two-Part Pointed Court Heels⁠ from Forever New.

After the last few seasons focusing on sharp, tight silhouettes, bold colours and touchable textures, suiting is now in. Think soft colours and soft cuts, with light textures to break it up. Buttermilk yellow, heather grey, oatmeal and sage green silks and cottons, with trousers that softly pool just the tiniest bit around the legs. 

Clear out your crisp whites and oyster silvers because your new best friend oat is here for Winter 2019. A reminder of summer linen, this shade is the new neutral. Wear paired with deeper tones like olives, navies or terracottas, buttermilk yellow or sage green.

So this winter lets skew neutral! Let go of the traditional colour blocking and a pop of colour and go neutral all the way.  Hey, we understand the need for the familiar, so add your favourite red lip. We suggest Flower Mix N Matte Lip Duo Red Velvet from Chemist Warehouse. 


The Australian summer is endless – and winter is so short and sweet when it does arrive. This winter, take the opportunity to rug up and escape on a camping weekend.

Whether it’s a stay-cation locally on the beach or you are packing up for a 4X4 adventure get-away, check out @kathmandugear.

Kathmandu was born in NZ and they believe that adventure begins when you pack your bag. Now, the staff at in store are the real professionals but here’s what we know…

You need a good tent, come rain, hail or shine your tent is your home! Better to be over prepared than under prepared. Here’s some good options for your home away from home…

The Retreat 80 3 Person Tent easily fits 3 people or the right amount of space for you, your partner and all the stuff you just HAD to bring with you. 

Connect it to the Retreat Compass Hub for an indoor dining and leisure area for when nights are super chilly. You can store your UNO cards here, as well as the extra snacks. If you can get enough friends on board this Hub can connect to up to four tents.

Secondly, there is no electricity. A seasoned camper may have grasped this, however for the first timers this means no lights, no charging points – no nothing! I know, it sounds like a lot and if it’s too much you can always look into powered camping sites. Otherwise, Kathmandu has it covered. Source lanterns, cooktops, cutlery and even dehydrated outdoor meals for the extra dedicated participants. You can even get batteries and solar power kits for your camp set up.

For those of us who love a gadget, you will appreciate the illuminosity generated through four different settings on this Retreat 1200 Lantern, with a handy beam distance of 39 metres. 


Finally, you can’t forget sturdy footwear, warm socks and a good winter coat, thankfully all are available at Kathmandu. Comfort is key when you are trying something new. Try bringing your pillow from home for an extra touch.

Now, grab all your goodies, pack the esky and take that weekend off.