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Smoothie Moves


Smoothies – a breakfast lifesaver that packs a nutritional punch like no other. When made with the right ingredients, they can offer almost all of your required daily vitamins and minerals. What better way to start your day? Here are some of our favourite things to add to smoothies.

 

 

FLAXSEEDS & CHIA SEEDS
These super seeds may be just what your diet needs! Brimming with fibre and protein, they also offer good sources of omega 3 and 6. It’s recommended you soak your seeds in milk or water overnight – soaked chia/flaxseeds are easier to digest, and the nutrients are much better assimilated by the body.

SPIRULINA POWDER
This mysterious green sea vegetable deserves a lot more recognition! Dried spirulina is considered one of the plant-based sources of ‘complete protein’, making it an excellent dietary supplement for vegans and vegetarians. Not only does this superfood also contain calcium, niacin, magnesium and B vitamins, it’s also one of the most alkaline foods on earth!

DARK, LEAFY GREENS
Spinach and kale are great staples for a supercharged smoothie. Greens are typically low in sugar and calories and provide more iron and protein than fruit. They’re also bursting with fibre, folate, and phytonutrients like carotenoids, saponins and flavonoids.

NUTS AND NUT BUTTERS
If you want to improve the nutrition of your smoothies without adding protein powders, consider using nuts. Nuts, nut butters and nut powders are excellent smoothie additions that will provide your body with satiating protein and heart-healthy fats, helping you go the distance.


 

A not so white wedding


Calling all brides-to-be! Your wedding is just around the corner and we know there’s a million and one decisions to make – with colour palette top of the list. While traditional white will forever remain the staple shade of the big day, it’s time for these unconventional colour themes to have their turn in the spotlight.

 

 

TERRACOTTA, CREAM AND GREENERY
Having an autumn wedding? This pretty palette is just the ticket.

Rich and earthy, terracotta captures the magic of autumn, especially when paired with the elegant neutrality of cream and the simplicity of green foliage.

If you’re tying the knot in winter, experts suggest swapping terracotta for a burgundy shade for more warmth and depth.

Bridesmaids dresses in terracotta offset the bride’s traditional ivory wedding dress wonderfully well, while a gentle backdrop of greenery ties the whole look together in a rustic but sophisticated fashion.

These dreamy shades offer endless opportunities for stunning floral bouquets, garlands and table centrepieces of blush and cream roses and sage-coloured foliage like eucalyptus.

Consider complementing this palette with gold accents and the soft glow of candles or fairy lights.


PINK AND GREY
Pink and grey have long been heralded as a perfectly balanced colour combination – and it’s not hard to see why.

Pretty pink hues, particularly the dusky shades of blush and mauve, paired with tones of grey offer a contemporary, stylish colour palette that’s 100 percent wedding album-worthy.

Dressing groomsmen in grey and bridesmaids in pink reserves the complementary colours of white and black for the special couple – the groom with a grey tie perhaps and the bride with pretty pink jewels.

Adorn tables with metal embellishments and floral arrangements featuring soft pink roses and grey foliage.

Carefully chosen lighting completes the look effortlessly – and voila! Tying the knot never looked better.


WHITE AND CLASSIC BLUE
The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year was bound to make its appearance – and we’re not complaining.

The timeless and enduring hue is striking on its own, let alone balanced by the crisp classiness of white.

If your heart’s set on a traditional white wedding, consider adding a dash of this regal shade for interest.

Accessorise your reception with blue lighting, bunting and table accents such as napkins and placeholders.

Or why not forget the classic white tablecloth and wow your guests with a classic blue one instead?


TOP TIP: If it’s a cohesive yet mismatched look you’re after, share swatches with your bridal party and let them pick the style of dress that they like best.


 

Denim delights


Denim may be the mainstay of the fashionable field, but the latest new season designs offer some classic styles – with a twist that make them feel brand new.

 

Levi’s new fit, the Balloon Jean

 


Polished pleats
Pleated jeans – say what? Well, this defining detail is taking a variety of standard styles to the next level in 2020. Set to replace the high-waisted mom jeans that have dominated the denim world for the last few years, these waist-cinching pants are climbing the ranks, championed by big brands and celebs alike. Channel your inner 80’s fashionista by teaming this trend with an oversized blazer and chunky boots.


All about the overalls
Calling all 90’s fashion fans – denim dungarees are back (did they ever really leave?) and 2020’s take on the trend sees these casual silhouettes get an oversized makeover, making them perfect for lounging around at home. Layer over tees, turtlenecks or tank tops – whatever the weather, dungarees have you covered.


Wide-leg moment
Move aside skinny jeans, it’s time for the wide-leg style to return to the spotlight. From the subtle boot-cut to the full-on flare, high-rise wide-leg jeans in all kinds of shades are getting the tick of approval from celebs like Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. Pair them with chic heels, sneakers or your trusty pair of ankle boots.


 

Honeymoon Staycation


Honeymoons may be thought of as an opportunity to head off to a far-flung corner of the world, but sometimes a fancy overseas trip may just not be on the bridal cards. We’ve put together our own how-to guide for solidifying a magical marriage on the home turf.

 

 

  1. BOOK A LOCAL ROMANTIC HOTEL OR AIRBNB
    While your honeymoon accommodation doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, you do deserve to indulge in some relaxing amenities like a mini bar and a jacuzzi to ease the post-wedding tension. Cosy up at a lakeside log cabin, treat yourself to some well-deserved R&R at your local spa resort or get that foreign-city feel by booking an apartment in a skyrise hotel.
  2. TURN OFF YOUR PHONES
    If there’s ever a time to switch off and disconnect from the outside world, it’s for your honeymoon. This is a time to revel in your newly-wed life, so take a break from social media and dedicate your time to enjoying each other’s company.
  3. SPLURGE ON THE FOOD
    There’s never been a better excuse for getting fancy with the food. Why not order in room service or snag a reservation at that fancy new restaurant you’ve had your eye on? Oh – and don’t forget the bottle of bubbly. You’re celebrating, remember?
  4. PAMPER EACH OTHER
    Whether you take a trip to your nearby day spa or conjure up your own spa paradise at home, what better way to decompress the post-wedding stress than with a pamper package? After all, it wouldn’t be a honeymoon without a couple’s massage!
  5. GET OUT AND EXPLORE
    Creating an informal itinerary certainly cultivates the getaway feel. Perhaps your city has a food or wine tour you could take advantage of? Hit up your local theatre, hike a mountain and enjoy breathtaking vistas, enjoy a lakeside picnic or take a cooking class – the options are endless!
  6. CAPTURE THE MOMENT
    Just like you would if you were honeymooning in Hawaii or Mexico, take pictures – and share them on social media later when you emerge from the honeymoon cocoon. Bring your camera or buy a disposable one so you’re not tempted to use your phone.
  7. BUST OUT YOUR BEST ATTIRE
    Just because you’re not holidaying abroad doesn’t mean you can’t dress to your very best! Now’s the time to don that nice dress and heels to dinner or splash out on a new bikini or lingerie.
  8. RELAX AND HAVE FUN!
    This is the most important step! Forget about work, family, friends and post-wedding responsibilities. Break out the boardgames, binge-watch your favourite TV series or curl up on the couch with a good book. This time is yours – so enjoy it.


Building a bridal bouquet


If you want to add your own personal flair to your big day, why not DIY your own beautiful wedding bouquet? An increasing number of brides-to-be are getting hands-on with the flowers with their bridesmaids ahead of the wedding. So grab the girls and make a party out of it! Check out our top tips and tricks for DIY-ing your own beautiful bouquets.

 

 

  1. Calculate how many flowers you’ll need by considering the venue, your bridesmaids/groomsmen, the number of tables etc. Download a free wedding flower worksheet to help you figure out if you’re going to under or over-order flowers.
  2. As soon as you have the flowers, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and put them in water (you might need a few buckets for this!). This allows them to absorb more water and keeps them super fresh.
  3. Start by picking your first flower, then add a complementary flower. Keep incorporating flowers until you’ve got the bulk of your bouquet ready, then add smaller filler flowers or greenery between them.
  4. The last thing you want is your bouquet coming apart mid-way down the aisle. If you don’t have floral tape, bind your bunches with a few clear hair elastics, then conceal them with fabric or ribbon.
  5. Trim the stems so they are all the same length – but make sure there is room to hold it comfortably. Top tip: measure two hand lengths from the base of the flowers, then add a few centimetres of wiggle room.
  6. Pre-purchase the supplies you need. You’ll probably want floral scissors, floral tape, pins, floral wire and ribbon. If you’re using roses, we recommend investing in a stem stripper to remove thorns and leaves without damaging the stem. You can find these online or at most specialist flower/garden stores.
  7. Order your flowers well in advance and have them arrive the day before the wedding to ensure they’re still fresh. Utilise the help of the florist if you’re not quite sure on the blooms you want. Traditionally, most flowers in a bridal bouquet stick to the colours of white with delicate greenery like eucalyptus. Splashes of pink or other pastel colours are commonly incorporated – think peonies, lilies, pink statice and of course, roses. Got your own unique colour scheme? Pick beautiful blooms to match.
  8. Loose petals or excess flowers? Save them for eco-friendly confetti! Keep the shavings in a vase for guests to toss at the newly-weds. You could also get creative with floral ice-cubes – just press petals into an ice tray filled with water and freeze.

Growing up


Vertical gardens are growing into one of the most popular plant trends, as green-thumbs channel their love of gardening to new heights of creativity. A tonne of easy, budget-friendly options await – we’ve picked out our favourite DIY designs.

 

 

  1. Give any small garden, urban courtyard or interior space the undeniable wow factor it deserves with a framed wall planter – the perfect piece of living art!

    These are fairly easy to find but even easier to make, using some simple materials available from your nearest gardening centre and following a tutorial online.Succulents are a popular choice for this design because they grow slowly and demand little water.

  2. Breathe new life into a boring old fence or outdoor wall with a versatile and contemporary pocket planter!Easy to craft using some landscaping material or felt, these hanging planters will spruce up any space.If it’s an edible garden that piques your interest, herbs grow easily in these receptacles and the result is an ornate tapestry of colour, scent and texture.

    Choose one made from recycled materials for greater water retention.

  3. Upcycle all of those tin cans by spray painting them, drilling holes in the bottom and attaching them to your trellis or fence.Alternatively, you can drill a hole in either side of the tin, attach string and hang them wherever you see fit!Fill these funky planters with beautiful flowers, herbs or healing plants.

Benefits of pilates


It’s one of the hottest ways to exercise and for good reason. Check out how pilates benefits your body like no other workout.

 

 

1. Build strength
Pilates focuses on strengthening and toning the body from the core out – long, lean muscles are the name of the game here. Completely reshape your body through controlled and progressive movements.

2. Improve posture and flexibility
Through the use of movement fundamentals and mat and equipment exercises, Pilates strengthens and stabilises the core, while helping to maintain correct spinal and pelvic alignment. Joints are also moved through their full range of motion, easing tension and stiffness and encouraging full mobility.

3. Maintain good balance and coordination
Pilates requires a high level of concentration and forces you to use your mind and body simultaneously, increasing coordination. Many Pilates exercises challenge stability by focusing on improving both static and dynamic balance.


 

Clean Cuisine


You’ve been told your whole life about the importance of clean eating right? Well what if you’ve been taking the concept of clean eating wrong this whole time? Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen is a clever little ditty that tells us that some of our veges are clean and some of them are not so much. We break it down for you.

 

We all know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, but we often disregard how the produce was grown.

Take pesticides, for example. There’s a huge body of evidence that links these nasty chemicals to a variety of health concerns.

The Dirty Dozen refers to 12 most ‘dirty’ crops, or those which farmers use the most pesticides on.

Alternatively, the Clean Fifteen refers to 15 crops that use the least amount of pesticides.

It’s not just a random guess, nor is it static data; the list is compiled from an analysis of the United States government’s Pesticide Data Program report, a pesticide residue monitoring system enacted back in 1991.

A new report is released every year and, although most of the information stays the same, sometimes crops come in at different numbers depending on varying pesticide residue levels.

Importantly, these handy little lists determine which fruits and veggies you should be buying organic, where possible, making your next grocery shop that little bit healthier.

The Dirty Dozen defines the top twelve crops that farmers use the most pesticides on, and therefore have the most pesticide residue when the reach the shelves of the supermarket – despite being washed beforehand. The EWG recommends buying organic:

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6.Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

While it’s also wise to buy the Clean 15 when it’s organically grown, these fruits and vegetables are recorded as having little to no pesticide residue in a conventional setting:

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Frozen sweet peas
5. Onions
6. Papayas
7. Eggplants
8. Asparagus
9. Kiwifruit
10. Cabbages
11. Cauliflower
12. Cantaloupes
13. Broccoli
14. Mushrooms
15. Honeydew melons


 

The white way


We will forever love the white room; it’s clean, serene and the stuff of interior dreams. We’ve pulled together our top tips for painting the white way.

 

  1. The right white

    White has long reigned supreme in the world of interiors – and for good reason; it’s perhaps the most typically used wall colour for our internal spaces due to its safe practicality and versatility.

    But which shade of white does one choose? Will it be pure white, off-white or simply white?

    Taking the time to choose the ‘right white’ makes more of a difference than you might think.

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  2. Complement with colour

    As with any other interior colour, the shade of white you choose needs to complement the other colours and furnishings in the room – and don’t forget about the lighting.

    Blue undertones give a crisper, cooler shade of white which best suits a modern, urban space where strong, dark colours like navy or black prominently feature.

    Yellow undertones, on the other hand, provide a warmer and creamier appearance that’s more relaxed and works well with rustic, earthy colour palettes like browns, reds and oranges.
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  3. Pick your palette

    When it comes to decorating a white room, it’s important to firstly choose your colour palette – will it be tonal or complementary?

    The danger of a white room is the tendency to stick solely to a neutral colour palette, which can often make a space look washed out.

    Consider the classic décor rule of 60-30-10 – 60 percent of the room should account for the primary colour palette, 30 percent should be the secondary colour or texture, and the last 10 percent is for your accent hue.

    A bright pop of the right colour can go a long way, adding depth and variation.

    While white will always combine particularly well with black for eye-catching contrast, interior trends are telling us to opt for other bold colours like emerald green or crisp yellow.

  4. Let’s talk themes

    It’s also equally as important to pick a theme – namely what textures, furnishings and accessories you will use.

    Gold detailing works best with warmer whites, and silver with cooler tones.

    Warm woods complemented by weathered, whitewashed finishes provide a comfortable, country rustic vibe, but if it’s a sleek, modern atmosphere you’re after, consider materials with a colder feel like metal and stone.

    A carefully curated collection of plants can also add to the atmosphere of any white room.

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  5. Fabulous fabrics

    Selecting the right fabrics is critical to creating contrast successfully – texture is your best friend, particularly when it comes to an all-white interior.

    For instance, a carefully chosen rug will tell the textural story of a room, allowing the other furnishings to subtly reference back to it.

    Remember to choose one that’s the right size so it doesn’t look out of place – interior designers recommend that the rug is large enough to stretch underneath all the core furniture pieces like the sofa, armchairs and coffee table.

When executed well, the bright white interior offers serenity and sophistication that truly stands the test of time.


 

Accessorising for the big day


Bridal accessories may just be the icing on the wedding cake when it comes to the big day – and this year beholds beautiful pieces aplenty. We’re pleased to present the best bridal accessories we can expect to see heading down the aisle this year.

 


Vogue veils

Veils are the icing on the cake when it comes to bridal attire, offering brides the chance to showcase their own signature style, whether that’s dainty and demure or bold and beautiful.

This year we’re expecting to see a shift from plain and simple veils toward more unique, modern designs.

Embroidered and lace-edged styles are sure to remain steadily popular, while unconventional coloured designs are expected to have their moment.

But veils covered in pearls, crystals or flowers are what true wedding dreams are made of – and they’re definitely a bridal fashion favourite for 2020.


Heavenly headpieces

Whether you embrace a big, bold band or take the minimalist approach with a more delicate piece, headbands make for eye-catching additions to more simple wedding attire, as do crowns, hair vines, barrettes and pins.

This year, these ladylike headpieces feature pearl embellishments, shiny diamantes and funky 3D florals that will elevate your wedding hairstyle into something unforgettable.

A thick, jewelled headband can be attached to a veil for fuss-free functionality, while those opting for no veil can consider flower crowns or hair vines featuring metal flowers and diamantes.

For the minimalists, why not adorn your tresses with the natural, whimsical beauty of dainty pins featuring sparkling crystals, opalescent pearls or romantic florals?


High-fashion hats

Calling all high-fashion brides-to-be!

This wedding veil alternative is the perfect crowning glory to your big-day look. Perhaps the most unexpected yet practical wedding accessory of all, hats are proving themselves to be a popular bridal accessory for the fashion-forward among us.

While it is, of course, important to consider the setting of your wedding when selecting a statement hat, the possibilities are endless – how about a straw hat for that French-countryside feel?

A Provencal-style one with ribbons for 20th century appeal? Or a floppy black hat for indie boho-inspired nupitals?


Statement sleeves

These arm adornments are hot topic in the street fashion sphere, so it’s not surprising they’ve made their way into the bridal world too.

From delicately embellished sleeves to big, bold, balloon sleeves, these over-the-top statement-makers reigned supreme on the bridal runways of 2020 – the poofier, the better!

Offset a simpler silhouette with long, voluminous sleeves for that much-needed sartorial edge, or try puffy, shorter mesh sleeves for a sweet, feminine feel. Love the long-sleeve look but want to keep things sexy?

Consider opting for an off-the-shoulder style or one with a plunging neckline.