Welcome to 2015 everybody! Or as the French would say, bienvenue à 2015! It’s about that time of year again when everyone thinks about what the new year will hold. If you follow the Chinese Zodiac it’s the year of the Sheep, so for all you Sheep/Goat/Ram people you may experience some road blocks in your career but if you persist and work hard, you will reap the rewards in the coming year. Money wise you need to look at reducing daily expenses so no January sales for you (!), health wise you need to avoid eating greasy foods (isn’t that everybody?! Who makes these predictions anyway?!!), and relationship wise look to communicate to avoid an argument. For the rest of us we look to refresh and start the year with a new set of resolutions. I read a good piece of advice today – look to create new habits rather than resolutions. You could even look to create a new habit once a month, and by the end of the year you could have 12 new habits! For example, perhaps January is the month of exercise. Maybe you can commit to making that gym class every Saturday? February is giving up a certain junk food? You get the idea.
It’s also around this time that we reflect on the year that’s passed, and cannot believe how quickly another year has flown. It is definitely true what they say, that the older you get the quicker time flies. For me 2014 was full of great things. I had a few months off at the start of the year after being made redundant in late 2013 (yes 2013 was a shit year) which was fantastic for the mind and body. I went on an amazing holiday with my husband to California in March/April and had a short stint in the Beauty Industry upon my return. The training, products, people and discounts that I was exposed to is something I miss. It was also a year to celebrate – I turned 30 which gave me an excuse to buy a very chic black jumpsuit, it was one year on from my husband’s open heart surgery (did I mention 2013 was a shit year?!), and a few friends welcomed some very adorable new little people into the world.
So what will 2015 bring we are all wondering? For me we started New Years Day off on a high by booking our flights to Europe and I’ve committed to going to my favourite gym class every Sunday. I’m also on a 30 day green smoothie challenge, looking to boost my body with energy and some great vitamins and just general goodness! It’s all about starting new habits and perhaps my gym class will turn into two nights a week, and my green smoothie challenge will go from 30 days to 365! I’ve had some time off the blog after working way too many hours in the last month or two at work (I returned to the Events Industry in late 2014), but this year I will be trying to work with the philosophy of “if it’s not done by 5:30pm it can wait until tomorrow”. That of course means that I should have time to commit to the blog which is something I do love to do and I hope you all enjoy it.
I’ll finish my first blog of 2015 by saying Happy New Year and I wish you all a great year in achieving your goals, and the best in health and happiness. And if you are feeling inspired, here is two of my current favourite green smoothie recipes!
Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie (serves 2)
2 cups fresh spinach (tightly packed), 2 cups of water (can use coconut water as an alternative), 1 cup of mango, 1 cup of pineapple (I buy a can of the pineapple pieces), and 2 bananas. I’ve also added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to this one. Chia Seeds are expensive but once you’ve spent the $10 on a packet, it will last you ages at 1 tablespoon per smoothie. Plus they are high in omega fatty acids which increase healthy brain function and are proven goodness for your heath in fighting cholesterol and heart disease.
Method: Blend spinach and water first. Then add and blend remaining ingredients.
Pineapple, Kale, Coconut Oil (serves 2)
2 cups fresh kale, 2 cups of water (again you could try coconut water on the second go), 2 cups of pineapple, 1 banana, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I got a jar of coconut oil in the health food aisle. It was expensive, at around $10, but like the chia seeds it will last for ages and you’ll get more than a few smoothies out of it.
Method: as above!
*Image johnstevensdesign.com / Recipes simplegreensmoothies.com
After a few weeks hiatus I am back! The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least. I started a new job which has taken every hour of my day but I’m making a stand and taking back my time! Before beginning my new job I squeezed in a long weekend to Port Douglas with the boy, and for anyone who hasn’t been I would highly recommend it. The flight into Cairns alone is beautiful. Coming from Brisbane my tip is to select a seat on the right side of the plane and you’ll get treated to an aerial view of the reef as you start to approach Cairns. Of course I have also managed to make a few purchases or two and add a few items to my wishlist! There were also a few valuable lessons in the last few weeks -
- SPF 4 or 6 is a big no no.
- Blush/nude pointy toe pumps that are not patent leather and don’t have a 15cm high stiletto heel do not exist.
- Trends aren’t for everybody. I do not understand the flat slides with rubber or cork bottoms that are everywhere at the moment.
- Wide leg pants are a must.
- An urgent request is rarely ever urgent.
- Give yourself something to look forward to so it makes the hard times more bearable. On Friday 24 October I’ll be in the same room as Rachel Zoe at the Business Chicks lunch and for me that is beyond!
- Above anything else, your health is the most important thing.
The below pretty much sums up my last few weeks (minus the stress) and my current must haves and inspiration. Until next time…… Xxx
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Prada Sunglasses (these came home with me!)
Well technically it’s not my snack because I didn’t come up with the recipe but I do want to share it with you all! One of my girlfriends first introduced me to this super easy and very tasty recipe which could be eaten as a snack or dessert. This is also my first experience using chia seeds and I was not disappointed. If anyone has eaten sago it is a similar texture in this recipe. The great thing about chia seeds is they are a superfood with actual proven health benefits. Chia seeds have a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories, they are loaded with antioxidants, high in omega-3 fatty acids, can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink, are very low in carbs………and the list goes on!!! There are far too many reasons why you should be incorporating chia seeds into your diet and here is an easy way to begin. Let me know if you try it and love it!
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup honey
400g can organic lite coconut cream
Blueberries to serve
Method: Place ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine. Cover and store in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to thicken. Serve in a glass or small bowl topped with blueberries. Enjoy!
*Recipe sourced from Everyday Gourmet.
It’s been months since the last sale but the Gucci Soho Leather Disco bags are on sale again! This time in the black, white and orange which I am seriously coveting!! Yes I have the black but when you find something that works aren’t you supposed to get one in every colour?! The sale has only been going for a few hours but like last time you’ll need to be quick. Access the exclusive sale here. Log in or create an account to access the sale.
A crossbody bag is a wardrobe must have. The ease of throwing it over your shoulder or across your body, keeping your arms free to shop the latest sales, is something every girl needs. Keep it classic in black or add a pop of colour with edgy zips which are so on trend.
Michael Kors coveted watches and very cute messenger and satchel bags are on sale! Access the exclusive sale here, log in to your account or create one, and then start browsing!
Mulberry is set to be the colour of the season and it’s the perfect shade to wear as the temperature drops. Whether you call it mulberry, wine, ruby or oxblood, the colour can be feminine, edgy and ultra sharp. For me there is nothing like wearing a dark mulberry nail or lip to complete my look and make me feel chic. We’re now seeing leather pieces in shades of mulberry and my favourite, a mix of rose gold and mulberry statement accessories. If you’re not used to wearing a bold colour I urge you to try a mulberry shade on your lip for a full day – I guarantee you by the end of the day you will be hooked.
Some of you may remember my love for fine gold jewellery from a previous post, and I have been truly spoilt with an early birthday present for my milestone birthday fast approaching. I am beyond in love with these mismatched triangle turquoise and diamond earrings from Mociun Jewelry, and these diamond bar studs from Blanca Monros Gomez Fine Jewelry. They are the perfect pairing and I think it’s safe to say my search for triangle studs is now over! Fine and dainty earrings are the perfect accessory for every day wear and they don’t have to be expensive to make a statement. Check out a few amazing options I’ve found to add to complete your jewellery collection.
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RECREATE THE LOOK
I’ve spoken about my love of a good leopard print here and my obsession continues. Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a Californian label that evokes that west coast casual-cool style. The label has recently collaborated with Lily Aldridge who is not only a successful international model, but also a mother and rock ‘n’ roll wife to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. With this in mind it should come as no surprise that the Lily Aldridge for Velvet collection is full of easy, laid back pieces that have injections of 70′s vintage and glam rock style. The whole collection provides that effortless street style, off-duty model look.
My favourite piece is the Aziya Leopard Army Jacket which will work itself easily into my wardrobe. Shop the jacket here. Check out further pieces from Velvet by Graham and Spencer and the Lily Aldridge for Velvet collection here.
I’ve always promised to share designer sales with you and there are a few around at the moment that are not to be missed! To save you the time I’ve picked the top 5 designer items on sale at the moment.
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