Lifestyle

How I Lost ‘Me’ When I Had My Son

Maybe I just needed an excuse to get out of the house, child-free, for 15 hours a week.

April 13, 2017

How Your Gut Bacteria Is Affecting Your Weight, Mental Health And Immunity

They call it a ‘gut feeling’ for a reason… 

October 27, 2016

Do You Have Nomophobia?

Know that feeling of anxiety when you can’t find your phone?

November 16, 2015

Goodbye Hipster, Hello Yuccie! Are You One Of Them?

How many hipster cafes are in your neighborhood? If you have to start counting, this is proof that the hipsters have become mainstream, which is quite ironic considering that the original hipsters were rebelling against exactly that.

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The long-bearded, flannel shirt wearing, cold drip coffee drinking crowd is now all grown-up and faced with questions like: “which suburb has good schools for my kid” instead of “which vintage pair of brogues should I wear today.” This is why there’s a new crowd in town: The Young Urban Creatives, or Yuccies.

One of the best definitions for Yuccies I’ve seen is this one by Daily Mail editor Caroline McGuire: “[Yuccies] aspire to be as creative and cool as a hipster, but they also want to have the income and life of luxury that comes with being a yuppie”.

It all makes sense if you think about the ever rising real estate prices and difficulty to find a decent paying job even when you’ve got several degrees and years of work experience listed in your CV. Generation Y would love to live a creative and independent life, but they realize that creativity alone won’t pay your bills, unless you know a thing or two about building your own business.

Every day, I hear another success story of a 20-something Yuccie who couldn’t find a job/was frustrated at their office job and is now making a fortune by selling soy candles/Nutella milkshakes/Instagram printers or whatever else it is that hadn’t been done before (the success of candles never ceases to amaze me).

9-5 days are no longer the norm thanks to Yuccies working from home or shared office spaces, and having a professional social media presence is mandatory. Paying for marketing? No way, just post it on your blog/tumblr/vlog, or better, use a CMS to schedule your marketing content strategically planned by your social media intern.

If you know what a CMS is, chances are you’re a yuccie yourself (in case you were wondering: it’s a content management system which lets you upload social media content in advance and posts it whenever you want). Other signs that you’re a yuccie include but are not limited to:

  • You carry around an inspiration book full of quotes and affirmations.
  • You start your day by meditating.
  • You get your organic lunches from food trucks.
  • You buy stuff on Etsy.
  • You have at least one (hanging) pot of succulents at home.

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September 11, 2015

5 Steps To Living Life Like A Celebrity

Celebrities live an envious lifestyle that makes us all feel just a little bit bitter when we have to stand under a shady looking shelter waiting for a bus that may never show whilst the likes of Katy Perry and One Direction are being escorted to their destinations in private planes, helicopters and glamourous limousines. Wouldn’t life be easier if we were all rich and famous? Here are five simple steps that will have you feeling like a true celebrity in no time.

1. Get the look

Celebs always look flawless. They may have a team of beauty professionals on stand by but you can easily achieve the same look without all the extra fuss. Take a picture of your favourite hairstyle to the salon and don’t be afraid to ask the hairdresser for their opinion as they are likely to know what will suit you best. For the ladies, makeup can be a real life saver, especially on those bad skin days. You don’t have to wear thick layers of it to look like a celebrity, just a small amount is enough. Choose a shade of foundation that matches your natural skin tone and a subtle ‘smoky eye’ look is ideal and often sported by celebrities such as Cheryl Cole.

2. Shop till you drop

Fashion idols such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian all have one thing in common – they know how to shop. You don’t need to spend a fortune and you can even find some great bargains online or on the high-street. For the latest designer trends though, you may need to take out a quick loan from Car Cash Point but hey, it will all be worth it when you get a call from Vogue and they want you to feature on their next cover (that might be a slight exaggeration but there’s no reason why you can’t dress like a model in a glossy fashion magazine)!

3. Be confident

Confidence can make a huge difference to someone’s persona. Cosmopolitan says that ‘a smile conveys confidence’, which means that the more you smile, the more confidence you will radiate to others. By smiling a lot, you can even trick your brain into thinking that you’re happy so why not give it a shot?

4. Showcase your talent

Celebs are all famous for one reason or another and usually this is down to a particular talent or skill. Dolly Parton is famous for her country singing, David Beckham for his talent on the football field and Kim Kardashian is famous for her… um, well, you know. The point is, find your talent and showcase it. Enter competitions, get your name out there and you could be gracing the O2 Arena and signing autographs by next month.

5. Live it up

Celebs are always living it up at expensive restaurants, extravagant hotels and on exotic islands. According to Huffington Post, John Waters (the filmmaker) insisted that ‘wanting to be famous is everyone’s unspoken desire’. This gives the impression that whether you want to admit it or not, life would be far more tolerable if you were famous. Follow suit and take a break somewhere beautiful where you can walk about in sunglasses, sip champagne and carry your tiny little dog in a massive pink handbag. Why not?

September 8, 2015

How Sarah Wilson Is Making $4M A Year From Quitting Sugar

If someone had of told me ten years ago that if I were to quit sugar and write about it I’d be a millionaire, I probably would have laughed in their face. Magazine editor Sarah Wilson did it, however, and now she’s laughing all the way to the bank.

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Wilson’s I Quit Sugar empire is on track to make at least $4 million this year, after turning over $534, 000 in its first year alone. In case you’re not already familiar with her story, the journalist was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease back in 2008 that forced her to eliminate sugar from her diet. She then began blogging about her sugar-free lifestyle, before co-founding I Quit Sugar.com with former colleague Zoe Eaton.

So, what’s been the secret to her success? The health mogul attributes it to a gap in the market – at the time there wasn’t much out there about quitting sugar and she soon discovered via her blog that people were hungry for more information. “It just went mental and everyone wanted to know more,” she told Smart Company last year. “So I went off and researched. I interviewed experts and cardiologists, and tried to get to the bottom of the problem of sugar.”

This then led to the digital I Quit Sugar Cookbook, which was so successful it was picked up by book publishers and distributed across 43 countries. It even made the New York Times bestseller list. “I went from being a journalist, to making ebooks, and then the traditional book publishers approached me about print books. Usually it happens the other way around,” she told the magazine.

Now, with ten ebooks, a one million strong social media following and over 3 million visits to the website each month, I Quit Sugar is one of most successful self-funded health companies in Australia. What’s more, the website also runs three eight-week diet programs every year in which participants pay $150 to get access to dieticians, specialists and recipes.

Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald, Wilson’s business partner Zoe Eaton admitted: “Our primary revenue is from the program… [and] the advertising revenue, while we don’t rely on it, is also a very important channel to have and produces really beautiful integrated sponsored content, which is quite often our most read content every month.

“We are in a nice place with that side of our business; we can pick and choose who we want to work with at the moment.”

So, why can’t people get enough of I Quit Sugar? Eaton pointed out to the paper that besides Michelle Bridges and Kayla Itsines, “there is no-one else really doing what we do.”

September 3, 2015

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

Parents can’t be expected to remember everything, especially those who have recently had a child. If you have a smartphone, which you probably do – apps are a great to integrate all parts of your life into one compact device. Here are just five apps that every mum needs on her phone, and for good reason!

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Tasks

Keep your to-do-list all in one place with this helpful app which is quick and easy to use. It also translates voice entries which is ideal for busy parents who are constantly buzzing from point A to point B. The best part? It’s free.

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

The best way to access popular website allrecipes.com without leaving your browser. The search functions are are divided by relevance, rating and popularity so you always have a yummy dish.

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

RedLaser

Simply compare prices by scanning barcodes from your favourite shops, and the app will tell you where to find the best bargain. It’s just like a personal shopping system!

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

Mint Bills

Finding it difficult to keep up with all those bills? This handy app keeps tabs on bills, when you need to pay them, and links all of your accounts into one secure place. You can even pay online!

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

Key Ring

De-clutter your wallet from all those loyalty cards and keep them in this simple app right on your phone. Here, the shop assistant can easily scan the barcode straight from your phone. Simply search for the shop, and you’re ready to go.

5 Apps Every Mum Needs

What are some of your favourite apps?

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July 16, 2015

7 Flowers to Boost Your Health and Wellbeing

Did you know that flowers can be beneficial to your health and well-being? Depending on the type of flower, its properties can vary, but these are some of the most beneficial flowers for improving your overall health and treating common ailments:

1. The Viola Flower

The viola flower, sometimes called the purple flower earth herb, has many uses, mostly because of its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties when used in humans. This means that it can help reduce swelling, lower fevers, help to treat bacterial infections, and encourage the body to rid itself of toxins. These properties make it great for treating things like snake or spider bites. To get these benefits, the Viola Flower can be added to cough syrup, eaten on top of a salad, or added to a drink, like a tea.

2. Safflower

The red safflower is known widely for its uses related to blood, from treating issues related to menstruation to aiding in the disappearance of blood clots. Its properties can help treat cramps, heart disease, joint pain, and flat warts. When eaten, it can help to regulate blood sugar, absorb calcium, and even aid the formation of bone tissue. Often used in cooking, saffron also contains large percentages of manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

3. The Pagoda Flower

The number one medical use for the pagoda flower is to stop bleeding and treat bleeding disorders. It can be used to slow excessive menstrual bleeding, stop haemorrhoids, and can be useful in healing sores or open wounds. The pagoda flower can also be used to treat back pain due to anti-inflammatory properties, and work as a sleep aid.

4. Lavender

Lavender is a refreshing flower; it can help with the symptoms of insomnia by inducing sleep, it can refresh the body by promoting calmness and rest. Try drinking the blossoms as a tea to help relieve stress, anxiety, or insomnia. Lavender also has numerous antioxidants and other ingredients with properties like digestive and liver stimulation, which can help rid the body of toxins.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile has numerous uses: it can relieve chest irritation during a cold, it can help treat numerous digestive problems, it can help with skin irritations and conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or diaper rash, and it can help with menstrual pain, and help induce sleep.

6. The Magnolia Flower

The magnolia flower bud is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of the common cold, including stuffy and runny noses, sinus pain, headaches, the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and more.

Usually, to get these benefits, magnolia is applied topically, but it can whiten skin. Like most other flowers, it can also be made into a tea.

7. The Lotus Flower

All parts of the lotus flower have unique properties that can aid with numerous health issues. Brewing tea with the lotus flower and drinking it can help reduce acid reflux, and treat ulcers. Due to the numerous minerals and vitamins in the flower, drinking tea made from the lotus flower can generally improve your overall health.

By Ian Brown, founder and owner of A Touch Of Class Florist in Perth Western Australia. Ian set up his floristry business in 1981 and now runs one of the most successful independent florists in the state. A Touch Of Class thrives on being one of the most innovative businesses in the industry and they are always looking to share their knowledge and educate people on the wonderful world of flowers.

July 5, 2015

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay For Instagram Sensation

There’s no denying that a good flatlay is a must-have for any Instagram account. It’s a cute way to organise some of your favourite products, haul some new purchases, or simply show-off some of your favourite things!

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So, if you want to learn the tricks of the trade and gain instant followers, follow our guide below.

Light

A flatlay isn’t complete without some good natural lighting. Make sure the shutters are open the the sun is shining through. Don’t leave it to the end of the day since it gets dark around 5pm, especially around winter!

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay

Background

Make sure the surface you are using is bright and clean – this goes without saying! It doesn’t always need to be white (although it helps) and can be anything from your desk at work to the kitchen counter.

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay

Space

Make sure there’s some space between the items in the image. You can then choose whether or not you want to have each object straight, on an angle, or even curved over to the side.

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay

Find a theme that resonates with your feed and stick to it. The Instagram app can also help you create a straight picture by using the grid – easy!

Filter

Some people love filters and others prefer the au natural way of taking an Instagram snap. If you’re the latter, simply sharpen up the image to make the little details stand out. This feature leaves the image #filterfree but also makes it look more professional, even though you might be shooting on an iPhone 4.

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay

Crop

You can choose to have the image already cropped to size using the square feature on your phone, or zoom in at a specific resolution later on in the process. It’s not always easy to capture the perfect snap in one take, but make sure to snap a few different images so you have lots of variety to choose from.

How To Make A Fabulous Flatlay

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June 23, 2015

Could You Try Flexible Dieting?

The Atkins diet, the Raw Till 4 diet, the soup diet and the cabbage diet – we’ve all heard of them, and some of us have even tried them. Fad diets have been around for years as men and women try to achieve the perfect body via restricting what they put in their mouths. With the rise of the clean eating movement in recent years, talk about macronutrients and protein is regularly surrounding conversations about diet, but has the term ‘flexible dieting’ ever come across your table?

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First of all, let’s address what it actually is. Flexible dieting or commonly known as If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) is using a set number of macronutrients during the day to give your body the composition it needs. What it doesn’t set is a restriction on the types of food you can eat. As long as it stays within your macronutrient intake set for the day, you can try your luck at anything you’re craving. It is based on the composition of macronutrients – fat, carbohydrates and protein – rather than caloric intake, as it is believed that there are no right or wrong foods (so to speak), just a composition of macronutrients. This is said to be more effective at achieving a body composition goal instead of just weight gain and weight loss.

In saying that, macros all have caloric representations. One gram of protein or carbohydrates has 4 calories each and one gram of fat has 9 calories. This is the way a flexible dieter’s food day would be tracked. So, what are the pros of flexible dieting?

The most obvious, of course, is it’s a flexible regime that still allows you to indulge in your favourite foods. As long as your track them and work out their macronutrients, you can keep your body composition goals on track. This also means that the diet will be more sustainable than something that is strict and doesn’t allow any indulgences.

One of the cons of the diet is getting used to counting your macros and working it all out. Don’t let this deter you, however, it just means that your brain is getting a workout too! You can use a macro calculator – like this one – to get started, while investing in a food scale will also help you get on your way to improve your lifestyle with a flexible diet.

How do you think you would go with flexible dieting?

May 28, 2015

How Colours Influence Our Mood

What is your favourite colour? It’s one of my most dreaded questions as I find it hard to answer. My favourite colour depends on the context: Is it interior design? Fashion? Cars? It varies, and one explanation for this might be the fact that colours influence our mood up to the point of manipulation.

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Ever wondered why red is such a popular colour for kitchens and restaurants? The colour red is a stimulating colour, it can increase our heart rate and also our appetite. It is a bold colour that grabs our attention and is therefore one of the most popular colours in marketing. Just think of all the food brands that use red logos such as Coca Cola, KFC, Kellogs etc.

Colour Psychology is also very helpful when it comes to painting and decorating a room. Blue, for example, acts like the opposite to red. It has a calming effect, can bring down our heart rate and relax us. This is why blue is very popular in bedroom design as it can support a good night’s sleep.

We associate green with nature and health, which is why it can be found a lot in the health food aisle in supermarkets or on skincare products. It’s also a very balancing colour that’s said to make people feel at ease and create a harmonious atmosphere.

Yellow is the ‘happy colour’ and can lift our spirit and help with a positive attitude. We associate yellow with the sun and warmth, therefore it is well suited for small or dark rooms.

Orange is a colour that has a motivating and energy-boosting effect. The biggest proof of this is the fact that it is used so much in workout gear and active wear. Orange can also support creativity, which makes it a good colour choice for schools and offices.

Purple is considered a very rich, luxurious colour. It is associated with royalty and sophistication, especially the darker hues like eggplant.

With this bit of colour coding in mind you can make a more educated decision next time you want to decorate a room, choose between two products, or even manipulate your mood.

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May 17, 2015

5 Essential Foods For A Better Body

If you want a better body then you need to consider your diet. You need to look at the nutrients you consume and plan for a balanced diet. Cut out excess takeaways, fast foods and products high in saturated fat and boost the number of ‘superfoods’ you consume on a regular basis. Here’s 5 things to get into your diet straight away in your quest for a better body:

Broccoli

This traditional green veg has earned a bit of an image makeover in recent years, with many people realising that the health benefits it possesses make it an essential food for a healthy body. It contains vitamins C, A and K natural folic acid, calcium, fibre, (notably indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane). The British Dietetic Association guards against the more headline-grabbing claims that broccoli can combat cancer, heart disease and diabetes – but says it is a healthy and versatile food, making it an essential part of your diet.

Brown rice

This is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and niacin and also provides you with iron and zinc. It’s filling so will satisfy your hunger for a long time. The ‘polishing’ process of creating white rice removes many of the nutrients that brown rice contains so making a simple switch to this will give you a much healthier option without involving a big change.

Berries

Whether it’s blueberries, cranberries or strawberries – get plenty of berries into your diet for a better body. Strawberries are high in folic acid and contain more vitamin C than oranges, blueberries get their colour from powerful antioxidants while cranberries support healthy bacteria. All berries are a good source of fibre – leaving you feeling full and avoiding the need to snack on sugary treats.

Pomegranate

This fabulous fruit is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols which can help to combat disease, making it one of the most powerful fruits when it comes to health. The seeds are ideal in salads or a host of other dishes while the juice can be a refreshing drink. Avoid buying drinks laced with too much sugar.

Dark chocolate

Yes, chocolate really can be good for you. Dark chocolate – ideally with more than 70% cocoa content since it’s the cocoa that you need – has a number of potential benefits. It is a good source of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc. It also contains the antioxidants catechins and procyanidins. Beware some of the grand promises you may have read but dark chocolate can help with blood pressure and stress levels.

These five foods are essential to getting a diet that will help give you a better body but getting the right mix can be very tough. That’s why you should also consider the sensible use of supplements. Don’t use these instead of food but to make sure you get everything you need – particularly if your better body is part of a project to get fitter, more toned or enhance your sporting performance. Fysique Nutrition is the latest brand in this field and has a variety of products that can help towards your better body.

May 8, 2015

Is Your Breakfast Making You Fat?

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. It’s also been widely reported that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be at their ideal weight, as opposed to those who skip it. But sometimes when you think you’re doing the right thing by eating first thing in the morning, you’re actually doing the wrong thing because of the foods you’re consuming. So what are the most commonly mistaken ‘healthy’ foods and how are they making you fat?

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Cereal

Nutritionists say that cereal has no nutritional value whatsoever, contrary to the belief. Most breakfast cereals are overly processed, loaded with sugar and are high GI, meaning you’re more likely to be hungry sooner rather than later. Also, because the recommended serving size is so small, you’re likely to over-eat and consume more calories.

If eliminating cereal from your diet is out of the question, opt for something that’s high-fibre and low-sugar like a bran. You could also try making your own cereal or muesli by combining oats, seeds and nuts and sweetening it with a small amount of honey.

Fruit Juice

Just like with cereal, we can be led to believe that a glass of fruit juice is nutritious. And while it does have a small amount of antioxidants and nutrients, it contains nearly as much sugar as a soft-drink. A better option would be to freshly squeeze your own juice using real fruit, or ideally, opt for a green juice with some spinach and kale.

Bagels

There’s no denying that a bagel with lashings of cream cheese is delicious, but it’s not going to do your waistline any favours in the long run. Most bagels are equivalent to around five pieces of bread, and that’s not including the topping! Instead, opt for rye or wholemeal bread with a high protein topping like tuna, eggs or salmon. Not only will it keep you feeling fuller for longer, it will keep any unwanted calories at bay.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a great source of calcium, protein and contains good bacteria, but don’t be fooled – some yoghurts are full of sugar and high in calories. Some low fat options actually incorporate more sugar into their ingredients, so always be sure to check the back of the label. Natural yoghurt is a great alternative as it contains minimal sugar and has maximum benefits, otherwise goat or coconut yoghurt is a great swap, too.

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April 18, 2015

5 Steps To Help You Create The Perfect Garden

If you’ve spent the winter months gazing out of the window dreaming of spring, now’s the time to plan your perfect garden. You should always be realistic, and create a garden that you’ll be able to manage. You don’t want to design an environment that means constant hard work, leaving you little time to unwind and enjoy your little version of Eden.

1. Carry out some research

If you don’t really know much about plants, soil conditions and gardens in general, then the magazine Country Life suggests that you call on the services of an expert to help you design your perfect garden. A professional gardener may stop you making expensive mistakes and will be able to help you create a garden that’s perfect for your gardening needs and skills. For ideas about flowers, and plants to stock your new flowerbeds, then click here for inspiration.

2. Remember to create an area for sitting

Once you’ve planned your garden and know the types of plants that you want to stock, then an article in The Daily Mirror suggests that you also reserve an area for sitting and enjoying your outside space. Once you’ve dug the flowerbeds, turn your attention to designing an outdoors seating area with decking, or paving that you can use in the summer. Make sure that this area benefits from the sun so plan accordingly. You can always erect a pergola over this space, and use jasmine or other climbing plants for beautiful scented shade.

3. What do you use your garden for?

For some people the perfect garden will resemble the splendours of Sissinghurst, or Hever Castle, but if you don’t have an army of gardeners to hand, or you have a young boisterous family, then this effect will be difficult to maintain. If you love flowers but don’t want to go to the trouble of maintaining herbaceous borders, then hanging baskets and decorative pots might be a useful option. The kids can still play on the grass, and you can enjoy your blooms.

4. Create a wildlife habitat

If you want to encourage birds, butterflies and bees to visit your garden, then make sure you include plenty of flowers in your design. Bees love flowers that are rich in pollen, these include forget-me-nots, herb flowers and the blossom from any fruit trees. A wilder, less manicured garden is easy to maintain, and will allow you to enjoy a constant stream of pollinators throughout the spring and summer months. Wild grasses also look great in this type of garden, as do wild herbs, including chamomile.

5. Gardens do change

Once your flowers are in bloom and you are satisfied with the overall effect of your garden, remember that you can always add different plants to your initial plan. Nature is never static, and your garden shouldn’t be either. You could try a mix of formal borders and have a wild area at the rear of your garden. Alternatively, you could just fill your space with shrubs and trees and have some raised beds for vegetables. Perfection is very personal; so try to stamp as much of your individuality on your garden as possible.

February 24, 2015

Grumpy Cat Gets A Book Deal

In a world filled with inspirational know-it-alls and quotable blowhards, only one figure is indifferent enough to tell the cranky side of the story: Grumpy Cat.

Following the success of her New York Times bestselling debut, everyone’s favorite disgruntled feline is back with this demotivational guide to everyday life, love, friendship, and more. The perfect antidote for feel-good fluff, Grumpy Cat’s philosophy is perfect for anyone who feels a little bit of relief in seeing the glass half empty every once in a while.

Featuring many new photos of Grumpy Cat’s famous frown and packed with uninspiring observations, The Grumpy Guide to Life is sure to help anyone get in touch with their inner grouch.

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June 1, 2014

Charlotte Dawson’s Homewares Collection

The homewares line spearheaded by late celebrity Charlotte Dawson will be launched this month to carry on the much-loved media personality’s legacy in support of her favourite charities. The range of handmade Balinese canvas cushions and coasters carries elegant old world-style images of palm trees, elephants, ships and toucans that will add a whimsical touch to any indoor or outdoor area.

Charlotte first fell in love with the cushions on a holiday to Bali when she spotted them at the villa belonging to her longtime friend of 25 years, homewares designer Billy Allen. Charlotte styled the cushions around Billy’s Seminyak villa, taking snaps to post on Instagram. The pair collaborated and the line Charlotte Dawson Home was born. The business was already rolling ahead before Charlotte’s passing in late February. She was so passionate about the cushions that they became her main focus, the warming designs having caught her keen eye for style, beauty and fun. The new homewares line was also one of the many ways in which she planned to expand her talents in the coming year.

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Seven different styles of cushions are in the range with colourful designs printed on white canvas. Patterns include a black and white elephant, a large cruise liner in two shades on white and orange background, toucans in two sizes as well as a palm tree.

The homewares line is being run by one of Charlotte’s long-time friends, Jai Evans, who had partnered with her on the project. Jai wanted to continue both Charlotte’s legacy and support of her favourite charities.

Jai said:

“Charlotte is still with us, she was always there for others, and this is a great opportunity to give back. This will put a smile on Charlotte’s face wherever she is now.”

Proceeds from the sale of the handmade Indonesian cushions and coasters will be donated to Charlotte’s favourite charities: Lifeline, Community Brave, ACON, Variety’s Smile Program, and Angels Goals for whom Charlotte campaigned relentlessly.

May 14, 2014

Q&A with Nutritionist Emma Sutherland

Emma Sutherland is not only a naturopath, nutritionist, and busy mum, but she is also the co-author of 50 Foods that Will Change your Life and the expert Nutritionist for Wagner’s Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract. It is Emma’s mission to encourage and inspire women to take control of their lives through advocating healthy eating and making positive lifestyle choices – she is such an inspiration for all of us who feel like we need that little extra motivation.

Emma recently had the chance to visit Japan, the home of Aged Garlic Extract, and experienced first hand the garlic aging process and the research behind its benefits. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is the only aged garlic product in the world and recent studies have shown that taking Aged Garlic Extract supports healthy immunity and maintains healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is fast becoming the secret super unique extract that everyone should be taking.

Recently, SheSaid had the opportunity to catch up with Emma to get her advice on healthy eating, her time in Japan and the benefits of taking Aged Garlic Extract.

You’ve just released your book, the ultimate guide to healthy eating, 50 Foods that Will Change You Life. What have been the key foods that have changed your life?
Avocado would be the number one food that has changed my life. As a child I didn’t like it but once I hit puberty I couldn’t get enough. Full of beautiful monounsaturated fats, avocado supports optimal hormone health for women. Avocado also contains high levels of vitamin E, vitamin B6 and fibre.

Fennel is another favourite due to its ability to reduce bloating. The essential oil anethole combats digestive complaints such as IBS and works beautifully to alleviate painful menstrual cramps. I love fennel finely sliced with orange, walnuts and rocket.

 50 Foods That Will Change Your Life

What are your top 3 tips for maintaining a balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle?
1. Avoid chemicals in any form and eat clean, fresh wholefoods instead of packaged, processed foods. A book called The Chemical Maze is a great user friendly guide to avoiding chemicals.

2. Practice mindful eating – take 5 deep breathes before each meal, avoid multi tasking and put your utensils down between mouthfuls.

3. Have a huge side splitting belly laugh at least once a day.

You are the expert nutritionist and naturopath for Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract and recently had the opportunity to go to Japan. What did you take from the Japanese lifestyle and their approach to health?
Japanese people have a completely different approach to health – it’s hugely preventative and they are very proactive about preserving good health rather than waiting until they are sick to take action. They walk instead of drive, eat small portions of a wide variety of foods, practice regular tai chi and they really take the time to care for their health. Its no wonder Japan has the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease in the world!

What did you learn about the ageing process behind Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
First of all the 20-month ageing process takes away the strong odour that raw garlic has. Harsh compounds found in raw garlic that cause nausea and stomach upsets are eliminated. The antioxidant properties are boosted which results in AGE having more antioxidant capacity than vitamin C! The process also produces new compounds that are incredibly beneficial – S-allylcysteine is a great example which is responsible for the blood pressure lowering effect of AGE.

What are the key health benefits of taking Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
Research from over 700 scientific papers shows that AGE will boost immunity, increase your antioxidant levels, reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Who would you recommend to take Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
I thing everyone would benefit enormously from taking AGE. It has so many proven benefits that it will not only support your immediate health by improving immunity and resilience to stress but also lower your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, Australia’s number one killer. Personally I have been taking it every day for nearly two years as I have a young child and need to boost my immunity and avoid getting infections.

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December 1, 2013

Q&A with Juice Master Jason Vale

Australia was one of the first countries to truly embrace juicing culture, and the craze is only getting stronger. There is now a growing trend towards juicing diets, cleanses and detoxes that offer impressive results; not only in terms of weight loss, but also for their undeniable health and lifestyle benefits.

Juicing is a tasty way to provide your body with the natural nutrients that are often lacking from eating over-processed foods and making unhealthy lifestyle choices – and let’s face it, drinking a juice is much easier than eating a huge bowl of salad.

UK author and motivational speaker Jason Vale, better known as the ‘Juice Master’, is an advocate for the juicing lifestyle, and SheSaid caught up with Jason on his recent visit to Australia to get his insight on the benefits of juicing and his advice for maintain a balanced juicing diet.

What inspired you to get into juicing?
It was my own ill health that led me on this juicy journey. I was covered from head to toe in a skin condition called psoriasis to the point where almost every inch of my body- including my face- was affected. I was badly asthmatic, using an inhaler up to 14 times a day. I was also overweight and suffered terrible hay fever and smoked 40-60 cigarettes a day.

When I started to juice I saw my life and health transformed and I have witnessed tens of thousands of others do the same. I transformed myself by drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day, losing 25kg and gaining a new perspective on health.

What are the key benefits of a juice diet?
Juicing allows the perfect liquid fuel to help you improve your general health. Beauty comes from within and once you start to hydrate your body with vegetable and fruit juices everything shines.

When you give up processed foods and replace just one meal a day with a freshly made juice you have changed 1/3 of you diet in one simple step. Your friends will notice the shine in your skin, your hair your nails, your eyes, the whole you. It’s like adding super unleaded instead of diesel to an unleaded car.

Juicing is definitely not a fad.

By fasting you are giving your body a rest from trying to breakdown the processed foods that seems to have taken over our diets. Once we stop eating these foods and give the body a rest, then the body is able to reboot the liver, kidneys, intestines, blood, every organ in the body gets an overhaul. We are always detoxing, yes the body is designed to detox, but sometimes it is too difficult for the body to do its job properly.

I like to compare it to how often do people work hard up until their holiday and then complain for the first week of their holiday they were struck down with the flu. This is the body saying yes, seeing as you have finally slowed down, now I can start doing some cleaning up here.

At my health retreats we have seen the transformation in many people once they have been shown how to make nutritious, tasty juices.

What are your favourite ingredients to juice together?
I always take a couple of apples for juice volume, soluble fibre, and sweetness. I then add celery, spinach, kale, raw beetroot, cucumber, ginger, carrot and lime. This gives a wonderful spectrum of nutrition, plus it tastes stupidly lovely!

The first couple of days on a juice diet can often be quite challenging. What advice would you give for someone just starting out with juicing?
Anyone who starts a juice diet of any kind needs to understand that for the first 72 hours the body is in ‘withdrawal’ mode. People call this ‘detox’, when it is in fact withdrawal like the withdrawal from nicotine. The maximum it lasts is 72 hours, but the vast majority of people only feel it every now and then. The feeling of withdrawal from refined sugar and caffeine is one of ‘hunger’. This ‘false hunger’ will go and by day four you are left flying on a juice high!

What would be your advice for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle?
Use juicing as a tool, but don’t become too obsessed with food and nutrition. We are all human and a balance is not a bad thing. I would always advise at least one good veggie juice a day and a five or seven day pure juice diet once every three months. When it comes to food I would keep what I eat as unprocessed as possible whilst having the odd blow out remembering that we are human and food is there to be enjoyed.

Coming into summer, what would be your favourite summer juice?
It has to be the homemade Lemon-Aid. This is the healthiest, creamiest and most natural lemonade in the world. You’ll need…

2 x golden delicious apples
1 x 1/3 unwaxed lemon
1 x small handful of ice cubes

Sandwich the lemon (with skin on) between the two apples in the chute of the juicer, and juice the lot. Pour over ice and enjoy.

This is best served with friends. Why not make a pitcher and of this delicious refreshing juice? Using the ratio of two apples and a third of a lemon per person, make a large batch and pour into a jug of crushed ice – perfect for a sizzling summer day.

Together with Juice Master Jason Vale, Philips aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle this summer by making juicing at home even more convenient. With their clever QuickClean design, the easy-to-use Philips QuickClean Juicers can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute. Maximum juice with minimum fuss. Happy juicing!

November 18, 2013

Want to make a fashion statement?

Want to make a fashion statement? Then you better hotfoot it to a Target store nearest you. Some of Australia?s hottest fashion folk have tee-d up with Target to help support the Breast Cancer Foundation. Collette Dinnigan, Easton and Pearson, Jodhi Packer, Akira Isogawa and the Zimmermann sisters just to name a few have created a stylish, yet effective message. Slick short sleeved and long sleeved tees that will suit all types.

Under $20 they will not only look great but they will also make you feel better about yourself. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Tees goes towards Breast Cancer Foundation. Breast cancer affects more than 10,000 Australian women a year ? read more about breast cancer. What are you waiting for? Go to Target now!Back down to earth

We don?t just limit our talk to fashion and beauty in this column. We

also think it?s important to keep you up-to-date on hot new lifestyle products. So what?s new? Conventional furniture is looking a little pass? at the minute. So, you fashion and lifestyle devotees ask, ?What is the new thing?? Exotic, oriental-inspired pieces that lie very low on the floor – that?s what. Oversized floor cushions are all the go in London. Known as ?opium beds?, they are fast becoming a very ?cool? alternative to the everyday sofa. They are perfect for lounging, relaxing and apartment living. We?ll keep you posted on stockists because they are so hot they are not even out of the oven!Bags of the week

Canvas is back. Any bag made out of this fabric is the go. We?ve done our research. Some of these military style, uber chic handbags may break the bank but they certainly won?t break once you?ve stuffed them with all your everyday goodies. Check out:

Gucci Canvas and leather bag ($1,385)

Longchamp canvas and leather bag ($375)

Salvatore Ferragamo canvas and leather bag ($995)

Fashion News

Keep ahead of the rest with our up-to-the-minute fashion news:

Eclectic Creations

Sydney based artist Natalie Wood, (you might know her as one half of the label, Sample) is working on a brand new project. Wood?s new label ? Beauty of Nature is a mixture of collage, lace and antique pieces. For further information and stockists tel: (02) 9358 6003

The eyes have it

The only sunglasses to be sporting right not are a pair of Histoire De voir. All the Hollywood heavyweights are wearing them. Naomi Campbell has 8 pairs. We can?t get enough of the leather detailing. For stockists telephone (02) 9363 9040.

No more bum crack!

Sick of you g-string being on display? Then check out the Levi?s Red jeans. This old 1850?s style jean has been re-worked so it?s very 2002. They have a very low slung front and a higher rear cut. Thank god, is all we can say. They are the jean to get into.

 

September 3, 2002

Things to Discuss Before Marriage

Have you heard of couples who start arguing and disagreeing on what religion they would bring their children up or that she should become Jewish and so on? Before you tie the knot you should address sensitive issues such as religion.

How do you do it? Firstly when you get engaged you should look as yourselves as a couple and that you are becoming a family. You should also discuss things like, how far you want each others family involved in certain issues, money managing and child discipline and so on. We have a list of Must Discuss issues if you believe you are heading into a long-term commitment. Try to be as honest and understanding about these as you can when you sit down to do it.

Must Discuss Issues

 

  • Money and Work.
  • Values and Lifestyle.
  • Careers and Goals.
  • Families, parents and children.
  • Problem solving and decision-making.
July 1, 2000