Turns out we Brits are loving a quirky fitness trend in lockdown. In one month alone there were 32,640 online searches for ‘naked yoga’; 10,750 for ‘dog yoga’; 1,020 for ‘beer yoga’; and even 210 for, erm, ‘zombie workout’. Fancy doing your sun salutations in the buff? Check out British Naturism for affordable online naked yoga and fitness classes. (Note to self: don’t open this page when there are other people around!) Meanwhile, London-based Pets Yoga runs sessions where puppies, kittens and rabbits (invited via owners, pet charities and breeders) potter around as you bend and stretch. Although lockdown means it’s shut currently, follow them on Instagram for a cuteness fix…
With beauty salons still closed, you won’t be surprised to hear that online sales of prestige nail products have soared in lockdown. There was a 24% increase in one recent week compared to the same period in 2019, including a whopping 102% boost for base coats and topcoats! On the lookout for new shades? We’re loving My Mood’s coffee-inspired crew (we’ll have a My Mood Nail Polish C U Latte. The whole range is plant-based and vegan. Yes, please!
Here’s an eyebrow-raising stat: of all the children’s books published in the UK in 2017, only 4% featured characters from minority ethnic groups. That’s why new crowdfunding campaign Change the Story has been created. It will help inclusive book company Little Box of Books – which has teamed up with TV host, author, and parent Rochelle Humes – to supply diverse storybooks to hundreds of UK primary schools. Hopefully, this means kids will grow up celebrating diversity. If you fancy donating, get in quick – the initiative ends on Friday 10 July.
The ticket to glowing skin? It could be a good karaoke session! Yup, a new report by beauty brand Foreo and The British Academy of Sound Therapy suggests singing for at least five minutes each day could help us look fresher and healthier. It might be because the activity reduces stress and boosts mood, both of which have an impact our skin. Other research has also linked facial exercises (similar to what we do when singing) with toning face muscles. Definitely worth a try, right? Throwback noughties playlist, we’re coming for you.
Upgraded your sourdough bread-making skills in lockdown? Got a whole new face-coverings wardrobe? There are now emojis for that. New York creative agency &Walsh has unveiled a set of designs to reflect these ‘unprecedented times’. Think healthcare superheroes, hand sanitiser, face masks and golden toilet roll. There are even ones for the classic work Zoom outfit – smart on top, PJs on the bottom… naturally! Download them by searching ‘Walsh’ on the free app Top Stickers to use on WhatsApp/iMessage or #andwalsh for your Instagram stories.