Winter

17 Vodka Cocktail Recipes That Are Christmas In A Cup

‘Tis the season to get very drunk…

November 29, 2016

6 Of The Weirdest Ways I’ve Picked Up Men

Without the pushup bra and cheesy pickup lines.

June 28, 2016

Get The Look: How To Style Dresses In Winter

Dresses are one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe. They can be styled during the summer straight through to winter with the help of a few layering products and some extra inspiration.

RELATED: 5 Winter Shoes Every Woman Needs

Shop directly from our favourite pieces below by clicking the image and don’t forget to share your purchases with us over on Instagram by tagging @shesaid. Happy shopping!

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July 17, 2015

Germ Warfare: How To Stay Healthy This Winter

My household has had the dreaded flu for over a week. Yet ironically, dear old mum has managed to stay healthy amidst an endless disposal of sick buckets and snotty tissues. Like most mums, I can’t afford to get sick because seriously, who’s going to look after me if I crash and burn? Therefore, I recently put my germ warfare strategies into action and managed to stay healthy in a house full of sick people. All without the slightest hint of a sniffle!

RELATED How To Avoid Dry Skin In Winter

Luckily, I trained as a nurse for a year and a lot of the training surrounded germ and disease control – and not just the everyday cold and flu, but more serious infections like golden staph, hepatitis and HIV. Regardless of the type of infection, however, the strategies to reduce the chance of catching anything is very similar. While a lot is basic hygiene, there are some other immune boosters I use around my home. They not only keep me healthy but get sick family members back on their feet faster. That’s a win, win for everyone!

Basic hygiene

Basic hygiene is stuff like hand washing after using the toilet or before cooking. While I’m in the company of sick people I make sure I wash my hands way more often. For example, if someone is bed ridden (like my family has been) I’ll wash my hands after dealing with them every time.

Overkill? Not really. Imagine if I were to throw out dirty tissues from my sons room and then get asked to grab my partner a couple of pain killers and a glass of water? They’re innocent tasks that we do without thinking, but if I go from one to another without washing my hands, I’d be transferring germs from one to another without them having any contact.

Luckily, in a household situation I know they’re sick so I take precautions. Cross contamination happens so frequently in public places and that makes hand washing really important. Then there’s other basics like always covering your mouth when sneezing and coughing. These are simple things we learn but essential in germ warfare, whether it be a common cold or Ebola.

Get some fresh air!

Many people avoid going outside in winter because it’s just so damn cold. However, a bit of fresh air is really good for you. So on days when the suns out, get outside when you can. So many of us rely on air-conditioning units to stay warm in places like offices, malls and our homes, yet these systems are excellent breading grounds for bacteria. Getting outside is a great way to boost your immune system and provide a bit of vitamin D if you’re lucky.

Using steam to clear your airways

You don’t need a vaporiser to be able to use steam to clear your airways – there are some excellent alternatives. Bathrooms offer a room full of steam, which is great if you start to feel congested. Another option is a bucket of hot water covered with a towel. I have wood heating and place a large saucepan of water on top of the unit with either with a drop of eucalyptus or a dash of chest rub in it. You can also do this with a saucepan on the stove.

Not only does this make the house smell great but eucalyptus is an awesome disinfectant. When you use it to vaporise the air, it’s like pumping clean air into your home which not only prevents illness but also helps heal the sick. It’s also a very strong and a natural cleaner; so when wiping over benches add a drop of eucalyptus to your cloth and it will prevent germs from spreading.

Homemade chicken soup

No, this isn’t an old wives tale! Apparently there has been significant medical evidence on the benefits of homemade chicken soup. For one, it can thin mucus and make it easy to expel. It’s also packed with easy to digest nutrition such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and sulfur. Furthermore, it’s good for your gut and great for inflammation. So why specifically homemade and not bought broth varieties? Well homemade is cooked slower and therefore the chicken can release more healing properties.

Final tip

The last thing to remember is that when you do feel something itching to strike, STAY HOME! Chances are if you do head out to work, study or socialise, you’ll ultimately get sick. That twinge we usually feel before we get ill is the immune system giving us a warning. It’s trying to say that it’s under pressure and fighting some bug, so take extra precautions.

If you learn to listen to your body you’ll instinctively know the signs. Either be very vigilant if you really need to go out, or stay home and give your immune system the best possible chance to fight it.  This will not only reduce any time off in the immediate future, but it will also lessen the chances of you passing your germs along to someone else. Unfortunately, it’s because sick people go out in public that we have a cold and flu season in the first place.

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July 13, 2015

Forget Global Warming, We’re Headed For A Mini Ice Age

If you think the big chill has hit hard this year, then you best brace yourself for what’s to come – because apparently Earth is headed for a mini ice age!

RELATED: Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

No, the apocalypse isn’t upon us – yet. However, according to a new study which claims to produce “unprecedentedly accurate predictions” of the suns activity, in 15 years time we will be faced with ridiculously cold winters that are said to freeze the River Thames which is the longest river in England. No biggie, right? Wrong.

Researchers at the University of Northumbria have warned that solar activity will fall so much (60 per cent to be exact) that between 2030 and 2040 a phenomenon called Maunder Minimum will occur, which is a period of time where the sun’s activity is lower than usual.

So what’s the cause, you ask? Scientists believe that it’s due to fluid movements within the sun converging in such a way that will make temperatures dramatically fall come 2030. According to a presentation by professor Valentina Zharkova, the result will be similar to freezing conditions between 1645 and 1715, wherein the first Maunder Minimum happened.

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“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun,” she told the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.

“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum.'”

In England during this mini ice age, River Thames frost fairs were a thing after it completely froze over for seven weeks making it passable by foot. While that sounds delightful in theory, the reality of it was bitterly cold.

Best get preparing, ladies!

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July 13, 2015

5 Winter Shoes Every Woman Needs

While we regretfully pack away sandals, strappy heels and espadrilles until next summer, it’s time to keep warm and embrace winter style.

RELATED: Party Shoes – Dancing Heels and Where To Find Them

Below are five main styles that will not only keep your feet warm all winter, but will also look fashionable at the same time! We’ve teamed up with our friends over at THE ICONIC to bring you some stylish picks for the winter season. Just click on the image to buy them directly.

Sneakers

These comfy shoes are a must-have, especially if you have an entire weekend planned in the great outdoors! Pair with jeans, tracksuit pants, or leggings to keep comfy and cosy all day and night.

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Ballet flats

A classic pair of ballet flats adds the finishing touches to any outfit – just like Audrey Hepburn! Our favourite way to style these classic shoes is with skinny jeans or a flowy dress with pantyhose.

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Boots

Keep your feet feeling warm and looking stylish with a pair of classic leather boots. They are a must-have for any wardrobe since they can take you from winter to summer (and everything in between).

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Brogues

Another classic pair of flat footwear has to be the humble pair of brogues. This unisex shoe is perfect with jeans, skirts and coats.

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Knee-high boots

Stay warm this winter with a pair of knee-high boots, which are back in fashion! Wear them over your jeans for an extra layer of warmth.

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What are your favourite shoes for winter?

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July 6, 2015

The Ultimate Hot Winter Date Idea To Get You Talking

Forget about snuggling up in front of the TV for another night of silence and instead try this hot winter date idea to get you talking, laughing and canoodling. It’s all about reconnecting and laying the foundation for a strong relationship, so why not have a bit of fun together and invest in some quality couple time.

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Now, dates don’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, the greatest dates are often the cheapest dates – it’s just a matter of using your imagination to come up with things you can both enjoy. So, pop your credit card away and take a look at what sort of hot winter date idea we’ve got for you. It doesn’t have to cost a cent to help your relationship blossom.

The bubble bath date

This date will cost you nothing and it can be a lot of fun. You just need each grab a glass of wine, or even a cup of hot chocolate, and set the bathroom up for the mood that you’d like to achieve. For example, if you want a night of communication rather than pure passion, light the room with more than just basic candlelight.

Also, don’t forget about the power of scent, which is prefect to use in a smaller space like a bathroom. If you want a night to reconnect and spend hours talking, Ylang Ylang is a good choice. It also has a seductive power so it has a dual purpose.

There’s something very soothing about water, but we tend to avoid it in winter. This idea reminds us of just how good it can feel to be submerged in it, despite being cold outside. Make the water as warm as you wish and keep topping it up as it gets colder. Also, take in a bottle of water each because dehydration is the primary reason why you’ll want to get out. The idea is to spend time together in there, relax and let the stresses of life melt away.

We often forget just how nice it can be to feel the naked skin of our lover when we’re wearing layers of clothes in winter. Plus, the sensation of touch can elicit communication. In a small environment like a bathtub you’ve basically got a captured audience, so use it to your advantage and make it a place where you can reconnect on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised at just how relaxed and reconnected you’ll be after a night together away from your regular routine.

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July 4, 2015

How To Avoid Dry Skin In Winter

Winter in Australia might not be as cold as in a lot of other places, but the cooler temperatures can still play havoc with your skin. To me, a sure sign that winter is here is when I start using my hand cream several times a day because my hands feel dry and flaky.

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The same goes for most other body parts, especially the face. Of course you can simply switch to a richer skin cream and keep moisturising, but there are many other things that you can do to avoid dry winter skin. Samantha Taylor, beauty director at Bellabox shared a few great tips with us on how to combat winter skin:

Exfoliate

This is key for luminous skin in cold conditions. Dry skin can impede your moisturiser or serum from absorbing into the skin. Exfoliate once a week if you have oily skin, twice a week if you have dry skin as it stimulates moisture and cell production. Look for an exfoliant with fruit acids such as AHA or BHAs, the tiny plastic spheres in physical exfoliators are being discovered in major bodies of water around the world and can be ingested by fish.

Skip hot showers

As much as a scalding hot shower feels amazing in the morning, it can actually rob the epidermis of oil, your skins natural protectant, leading to dry flaky perhaps even itchy skin. Hot water is not great for the fine capillaries on the face either, so aim for a warm shower rather than cranking up the hot water. If you are really tough, finish off with a blast of cold water to get your circulation pumping.

Moisturise your body

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it is often neglected, especially in winter. Apply a moisturiser when you get out from the shower to lock the moisture in. Don’t forget your feet and hands, slather on a thick moisturiser before bed and pop on a pair of cotton socks and/or gloves. Not very sexy, but your feet and hands will soak up the moisture overnight and you will wake up with lovely soft digits.

Invest in a humidifier

The combination of dry winter air and heating and then moving between the two can really dry your skin out. A humidifier increases the level of humidity in your home by putting moisture back into the air. Not only are humidifiers great for keeping your skin moist, they help keep colds at bay and may even stop snoring!

And remember, diet plays an important role as well. Besides drinking enough water, eating avocados and nuts will support your skin’s ability to lock in moisture thanks to their high level of antioxidants. Following these great tips, you’ll do your skin a big favour this winter.

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July 1, 2015

Get The Look: Latest Winter Looks For The Office

Coming up with stylish looks in the middle of winter can be difficult – we know! Lucky we’ve teamed up with The Iconic to bring you some seriously stylish picks for work over the next few weeks.

If all else fails, you can order something directly by clicking on the image, just make sure it’s before 10pm so you can receive it tomorrow morning. Happy shopping!

RELATED: The Winter Workout Edit

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June 26, 2015

Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

Got a nasty case of the winter blues? Fret not, sister – help is at hand here, so put down that bowl of ice-cream and Game of Thrones DVD box set.

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The winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a mood disorder which causes people to experience depressive symptoms in the winter, or in some cases, summer. Although why you’d ever be unhappy about warm weather is beyond me, but then again, I am a proud Queenslander.

Winter blues is a well-known phenomenon, particularly in the northern hemisphere where the poor peeps go for long periods without seeing any sunshine. Lack of direct sunlight (and consequently vitamin D) is known to cause depression. In Australia, we don’t have that problem to the same extent, but it seems people increasingly feel sad or depressed during winter – why?

Mental health experts say this could be due to physiological factors, for example: being in enclosed rooms (to keep the warmth in) leaves us more susceptible to catching colds and flu, leaving us feeling miserable. And there are psychological factors at play too, such as not going out and socialising as much when it’s colder, leading some people to feel lonely and isolated.

So, what can you do to ward off the winter blues? Here are five quick fixes:

  1. Little Miss Sunshine: The obvious one – get your coat on, baby, and get outside to catch some rays in the warmest part of the day. For Vitamin D will boost both your mood and your health. The “sunshine vitamin” is good for strong bones and teeth, fights disease and helps you feel sexy, vital and alive.winter blues, SAD, mental health
  2. You gotta keep moving: Winter is no excuse to stop exercising and start carb-loading as if your life depended on it (bugger). Get a personal trainer if your budget allows and if your motivation is sorely lacking; join a group exercise class, buddy up with a bestie or hit the weights/cardio equipment at the gym – anything which will boost your mood, give you happy endorphins as you sweat and make you look and feel great.health, sex, orgasms
  3. Let’s talk about sex, baby: In an ideal world, sex would be a nice way to start the day, if only the likes of tiredness, toddlers and work commitments didn’t intervene. A good, early-morning session with your lover will provide immeasurable health benefits, plus it’s a form of exercise, right? And if you can reach the Big-O – this will instantly put you in a good mood even if it’s crazy cold weather outside.health, sex, orgasms
  4. Let’s stay connected: Winter is no reason to neglect your close friendship circle and become BFFs with your doona. So, pick up your iPhone and make a date to catch-up with your friends – cocktails for all! Surround yourself with positive people who make you feel happy – not Debbie Downers – ain’t nobody got time for that. Alternatively, join a class, go to a library and/or a café – being around other like-minded people will boost your well-being.hangover, hangover cure, prevention
  5. Mind, body, spirit: The colder weather is a great reason to try an indoors exercise class like yoga, body balance (yoga, pilates and tai chi) and/or take up meditation. Your mind, body and soul will love you for it and it will bring instant calm and relaxation benefits. I’m doing a lot of yoga and body balance classes at the moment and I’ve really noticed how much happier and more zen this makes me. Repeat after me, ommm…fear, phobias, relaxation strategies

What do you think? How do you combat the winter sads?

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June 24, 2015

5 Things To Do In Sydney In Winter

If you live in Sydney, you are very lucky. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world and there is always something to do, but seemingly, more so during summer. With some of the most amazing beaches and the stunning harbour, Sydney has plenty to offer during the warmer months, but what about winter?

RELATED: Top 10 Brunch Spots In Sydney

If you’ve spent too much time curled up under a blanket in front of the TV lately, take some inspiration from the following list of things to do in Sydney in winter:

1. Bondi ice rink

You think Bondi is only good in summer? Put your ice skates on and change your mind! From June 20 to July 12, Bondi Pavilion will transform into a winter wonderland with its own ice rink. Enjoy the view on beautiful Bondi Beach while showing off your skills on the ice.

2. Art Gallery NSW

There’s nothing better than escaping a cold, rainy winter’s day and entering the magical world of a museum. The Art Gallery of NSW located in Sydne’s CBD offers over 30,000 artworks to inspire you and you don’t even have to spend a cent to see them. General admission to the museum is free!

3. Whale watching

If you’ve always wanted to see a whale but you don’t want to go on a whale watching cruise, then Sydney is the place to be in winter. Between May and November, thousands of whales are migrating and passing Sydney, so just keep an eye out! There are plenty of good vantage points; we especially like the many scenic lookouts around Watsons Bay.

4. Hire an igloo

Want the ultimate winter feeling? Gather your friends and hire an igloo as part of Sydney’s Winter Garden Festival. Ok, so the igloos aren’t made of ice, they’re inflatable. That doesn’t make it less fun, though!

5. Explore the Blue Mountains

Yes, you’ll need a warm jacket, but hiking in the Blue Mountains is a beautiful winter activity as the crisp winter air makes for an even more spectacular scenery than in summer. And if you’re lucky, you might even see a bit of snow falling from the sky!

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June 20, 2015

Lamb Shoulder With Chickpea Puree And Mint Bread Recipe

Lamb shoulder is one of the most economical cuts, however it’s also one of the most succulent and tender. Paired with a creamy chickpea puree and the fresh flavours of a mint, garlic and parsley bread sauce, this recipe takes your typical roast lamb to a whole new level!

RELATED: Easy Lamb Roulade Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

For the lamb

1x lamb shoulder (including bone)

10ml olive oil

Salt

Pepper

For the chickpea puree

1x tin cooked chickpeas

250ml cream

For the mint bread sauce

10g crustless sourdough

30ml milk

1/2 bunch of mint

1/2 clove of garlic

1/4 bunch of parsley

150ml olive oil

25ml chardonnay vinegar

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.

2. Lightly season the lamb with salt and pepper.

3. Place lamb in oven and cook for 4 hours, until meat is falling off the bone.

4. Drain the chickpeas and add to 250ml of cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes over very low heat.

5. Season chickpeas and blend until smooth.

6. Remove from oven and rest, keeping lamb warm.

7. For the minted bread sauce, soak the sourdough in bowl of milk for 5 minutes. Remove and squeeze out excess milk.

8. Add the soaked bread to the mint and parsley and place in a blender.

9. Add olive oil and garlic and blend until smooth. Do not add the chardonnay vinegar until serving.

10. On a large oval platter, spoon on the smooth chickpea puree and spread evenly across the plate.

11. Place the lamb on top of the puree and spoon the mint bread sauce generously over the top.

12. To add an extra element, oven-roast some tomatoes until the skin is just blistered.

Recipe Courtesy of Award-Winning Bistro, Le Pub

June 18, 2015

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Caring for your toddler or newborn this winter is easier than ever with a number of skincare items available from the pharmacy to the supermarket. We have hand-picked some of our favourites to treat your baby’s skin and keep it hydrated over the next three months of winter weather.

RELATED: Baby-Safe Skincare Products

Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner, $14.25

This is a very special cause as $1 from every 375ml bottle of Milk Baby Bath Time Wash and Milk Baby Shampoozle & Conditioner purchased at Coles and Woolworths nationally or online will be donated to Brainwave Australia for the month of June. Brainwave is the only online charity supporting the families of children with neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, tumours and acquired brain injuries.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Gaia Skin Natural Baby Moisturiser, $10.99

Apply this lightweight and non-greasy moisturiser every morning and evening to ensure skin is hydrated during the winter. Use after a bath to lock-in moisture, or even for nappy rash.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Little Innoscents Organic Baby Hair and Body Wash, $12.99

Treat your baby during bath time this luxurious 2-in-1 wash which is bursting with essential oils of spearmint, lavender and sweet orange.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath, $25

Make bath time enjoyable with a soothing bubble bath that gently cleanses your baby’s delicate skin. The non-petrochemical formula comforts the skin without causing dry patches and is gently enough to use multiple times per week.

5 Winter Baby Must-Haves

MooGoo Scalp Cream, $17.95

If your baby suffers from cradle cap or extremely dry skin, use this on a daily basis to hydrate the area and to keep it from getting infected. It can also be used on skin which suffers from eczema, rosacea or sun-burn.

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June 15, 2015

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Warm your soul and delight your taste buds with this spicy pumpkin soup recipe! It’s super easy to whip-up if you’re pressed for time and can be frozen in batches to enjoy throughout the week. Cooking for more than one? It’s the ideal family meal that the littlies will love when accompanied with warm, crusty bread.

RELATED: Corn And Zucchini Fritters With Poached Eggs Recipe 

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 red onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 (300g) golden delight potatoes, peeled, chopped

1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped

1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 tsp ground coriander

1 litre salt-reduced chicken stock

1/2 cup pure cream

Pure cream, chopped fresh chives and toast, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion has softened.
  2. Add potato and pumpkin. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until potato starts to brown. Add chilli and coriander and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add stock. Cover, then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until potato and pumpkin are tender. Set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. Blend in batches until smooth. Return to pan over low heat and stir in cream. Cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Season with pepper.
  5. Divide between bowls, top with cream and chives and serve with crusty bread if desired.

Recipe via Taste

June 9, 2015

How To Keep Hydrated In Winter

Now that the cold weather is here to stay, we’re probably drinking more coffee than water in the office. When you’re really chilly, the clear, coolness of water just doesn’t seem appealing compared to a warm, creamy cappuccino. However, while it’s great to indulge during winter, we also need to make sure that we stay hydrated.

RELATED: Top 5 Instant Winter Mood Boosters

During the colder months, we naturally consume less water. We don’t feel as hot, we’re not sweating as much and it generally rains more than it does in the summer time, but it’s important to still keep those hydration levels up or there could be some serious side-effects.

Drinking enough water helps us in many ways and depriving ourselves can have detrimental effects on our productivity levels. When we’re dehydrated, we’re more likely to suffer from headaches and the cold and flu, making it harder to concentrate and focus.

Drinking enough water keeps us healthy on the inside by helping our cells stay hydrated, which then also affects our outsides. Consuming enough water also makes our skin more supple and healthy. When our skin cells lack water, they become dry and flaky, which is often what happens in the winter. Dry lips, cracked elbows and scaly legs are signs that our bodies are not getting enough moisture and this can be helped by topping up your drink bottle during the day.

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Here are our top tips for keeping hydrated in winter:

1. Swap the coffee for tea

Instead of your milky latte, choose a peppermint tea or hot water with lemon instead. This keeps you drinking water throughout the day and lowers your calorie intake.

2. Snack on hydrating foods

It’s not just water that hydrates your body. Foods with high water content are great snacks to eat when you’re a little hungry. Tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries and watermelon are high in water content, so toss together a salad to have during the day.

3. Keep a water bottle on your desk

Keeping a count of how much water you drink during the day will help you to know how much more you need to be consuming. You also get a bonus calorie burn when you’re up and down from the toilet and the water cooler.

4. Add fruit to your water

If you’re not keen on plain water, chop up some mint, cucumber and strawberries, or lemon and lime, and put them into your drink bottle. The flavour will make your water a little more enjoyable.

5. Sip during your workout

In cold weather, sweat evaporates easier and we lose moisture through breath. Sip water before, during and after your workout to stay hydrated.

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May 31, 2015

Get The Look: Essential Turtlenecks For Autumn/Winter

Since we’re already in the midst of a cold snap, why not embrace the cooler weather with a few extra turtlenecks for your wardrobe? They’re a versatile piece and a staple in any winter wardrobe since they can be layered under coats and jackets, worn with jeans, skirts, and even styled with leggings for more of a casual look.

RELATED: Get The Look – Mother’s Day Outfits and Gift Ideas

We’ve picked some of our favourites according to colour and style below from our friends at THE ICONIC. Simply click the image to purchase it directly. Happy shopping!

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May 22, 2015

Get The Look: How To Style Capes For Winter

This winter look chic and cosy with one of our favourite pieces – the cape. Not only is it super easy to wear with almost anything, but it’s actually suitable for all ages.

RELATED: Luxurious Sleepwear For Autumn/Winter

So, from dresses to jeans, here we show you just a few of the best ways to style a cape this winter. Click the image to shop directly from our friends of style, THE ICONIC. It is Friday, after all!

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May 15, 2015

Irish Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cherry Tomato Hot Pot Recipe

With the cold weather well and truly setting in as winter approaches, keep warm with Zoey Bingley-Pullin’s hearty Irish hot pot recipe. It’s great for anyone who’s pressed for time as it’s relatively simple to make, and containing only fresh and whole ingredients, it’s also perfect for those that are health conscious. Really, what more could you want?

RELATED: Quick And Easy Winter Vegetable Soup

Serves 2

Ingredients

Hot Pot

300g chicken breasts

1 tbsp olive oil C

1 brown onion, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red chilli, seeds removed, finely diced

2-3 tsp smoked paprika

1 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup water

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1.5cm cubes

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

To serve

1/4 cup continental parsley, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, cut into 3cm pieces and season with salt.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large fry-pan (preferably non-stick) on medium-high heat. Brown chicken for 1-2 minutes each side (chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through), remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and cook onion for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add garlic, chilli and paprika and cook for a further minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the chicken stock and water and bring to the boil. Add chicken and sweet potato and cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
  5. Add the tomatoes and half the parsley and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  6. To serve, divide hot pot between plates and garnish with parsley.
May 14, 2015

Get The Look: Mad About Faux Fur

We’re embracing the drop in temperature this week, since it gives us all a great excuse to layer-up and keep warm.

RELATED: How To Wear White in Summer

Faux fur is a great way to keep the cold away, especially if you’re heading out for dinner and drinks during the evening. If you feel like you’re missing out, not to worry! We have teamed up with THE ICONIC to bring you some seriously cool faux fur threads for winter.

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April 24, 2015

How To Style Lace-Up Flats

Give your old ballet flats a style refresh this autumn with one of the hottest shoe trends, the lace-up flats.

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Not only are they appropriate for all occasions, but they look amazing paired with a little black dress, or even a pair of denim shorts. Style your lace-up flats with a bit of inspiration below.

Denim shorts

Take notes from blogger Elle Ferguson, and style your favourite pair of lived-in denim shorts with lace-up flats. A white blouse never fails to complete this casual outfit and a blazer is perfect for when the temperature drops.

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Cropped trousers

Any type of cropped trousers add the perfect finishing touch to a pair of lace-up flats. They allow the laces to sit a bit higher on the leg and are easy to style with a chunky knit or scarf.

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Oversized coats

A warm, oversized coat adds the perfect touch of high and low to an autumn outfit. How? Your body should feel warm and cosy without compromising your style – the best balance!

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Chunky sweaters

Make like master-blogger Jules Sarinana, and style your flats with a cosy, oversized sweater. This look is perfect for a day filled with brunch dates and shopping bags – don’t forget that classic oversized bag to hide all of your purchases.

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Distressed denim

Who could resist a touch of distressed denim, especially during the autumn/winter season? Tash Sefton style one of our favourite pairs of Isabel Marant flats with white and khaki colours – talk about outfit inspo!

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How would you style lace-up flats for winter?

Images via Shalini Papas, Elle Ferguson, Styleoholic, Sincerely Jules

March 25, 2015

5 Winter Skincare Tips

Most of us know how to protect our skin from the sun, but what about the cold? The air is typically dryer in the winter months, making it more difficult for our skin and hair to retain the moisture it needs to stay healthy, vibrant and supple. Prevent chapping, cracking and dryness with these winter skincare tips.

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1. Use an oil-based moisturizer

The cold dries out your skin, so you will need a heavy duty moisturizer for the winter season. Oil-based moisturizers are preferable to water-based, as the oil will not only hydrate your skin, but form a protective layer to shield you from the cold. Keep a travel-sized product in your bag or pick up a tester from your local cosmetics counter.

2. Humidify

Indoor heating systems can suck the moisture out of the air – and ultimately, out of your skin! Fortunately, a humidifier can return the moisture to the air, without stealing any of that glorious warmth. Include a few drops of essential oils to help your skin, sinuses and stress levels.

3. Keep a hand cream handy

There is a reason why hand cream is often thicker than other body moisturizers! The skin on the hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands, meaning it is harder for them to stay moisturized. Keep a hand cream in your purse, and moisturize after you wash your hands.

4. Protect your lips

The cold can burn and chap your lips, so be sure to keep a lip balm handy. You will need something thicker than your normal gloss or balm. Avoid a balm with perfumes that will sting or irritate cracked lips and opt for something organic and protective. The thicker and oilier your balm, the better it will work to prevent wind burn.

5. Avoid the heat

Sticking your feet in front of the heater is a no-no for your skin. We know the temptation to warm yourself by the fire, or jump straight into a hot bath is strong, but exposure to extreme temperatures can be more damaging than beneficial. When in the cold for long periods of time, your body hoards heat around your vital organs, reducing the circulation in the parts of your body that are far from the centre, ie. toes and fingers. This can put you at risk of chilblains – a form of frostbite – in these sensitive areas. Chilblains can be exacerbated by sticking your hands and feet directly in front of the heater when you return home. You want to encourage the natural flow of your circulation to these areas so put on some socks and wriggle those toes!

November 18, 2014

Our Favourite Winter Trends

The weather is getting cold and gloomy but this doesn’t mean your clothes have to be dull as well. Winter is one of the best times of the year to show off your personal style and involves some of our favourite trends here at SHESAID.

This is our checklist for the must-have essentials this season influenced by the wearable items straight from the runway:

Coats

The elegance of the coat makes it a timeless piece, one colour to flaunt is navy blue, the dark intensity is a standout this winter, it seems popular as a nice change from the usual black. If you want to make the look a bit different to your normal silhouette, wear a short or long coat with oversized shoulders, Balenciaga and Gucci have both channeled this recently in their collections, this 80’s style revival has been a hit in street style too, with top heavy becoming one of the biggest trends this year.

Boots

I’m sure you all know by now that boots are a must have. Here are the three boot styles you should invest in:

  • Ankle boot: Guaranteed to look chic whether they are heeled or flat both will also lengthen your legs and make you feel sexy at any time of the day.
  • Over-the-knee boot: This trend has seen numerous famous fashion bloggers working it this season, perfect with an A-line dress and coat.
  • Work style: As Australians the work boot is part of a practical lifestyle; Dr. Martens are easy to find in an op shop for less than $70, or if you want a pair nice and cheap, replicas are available from many fast fashion shoe stores.

Jeans

Most online and physical stores are having their End of Year Financial Sale, therefore it is the best time to take advantage and buy a new pair of jeans. Glue Store now have jean specialised fitters, this would be a great way to find a pair you love and you know are the right fit. If you are more interested in what is on trend, grab a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, the loose look is flattering and works well with a basic tee and blazer.

There you have it, our three necessities this winter. Happy shopping!

Image via newyorkgirlstyle.com

 

By Amy Miller

August 14, 2014

Your Winter Homewares Checklist

Conquer the cold in your decor with this easy survival guide. 

Add layers

It’s a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to escaping the chill, but we couldn’t compile a winter list without indulging our love of all things textural and cosy. Think chunky knit throws, patterned rugs, and lambswool for an inviting haven. Remember to vary the textures between each piece for an eye-pleasing finish.

Play with mood lighting

Warm the senses with functional and artful lighting solutions including candles, and table and floor lamps. Better yet, put that indoor fireplace to good use for a maximum cosy effect. 

Keep warm with colour

Avoid a complete monochrome finish that will leave your decor cold and uninviting. Just because it’s grey outside, doesn’t mean it has to be grey inside. Don’t be afraid to play with bright highlights to warm things up. 

Bring the outdoors in

Fill your vases with the season’s latest floral. You’ll find the flower market blooming with orchids, tulips, hyacinth and white magnolias. Keep an eye out for poppies and ranunculas that will dazzle late in winter, too. 

Content and images via TheHome.com.au

By Lauren Circosta

July 25, 2014

Winter Layering 101

Despite the bitter cold and rain, winter need not be a time to feel blue. It’s as a chance to experiment and get creative with different textures, colours and stylish accessories. One key element to winter dressing is mixing things up with layers. Here are tips for layering this winter:

Keep the base simple

By keeping your base colour simple, additional layers and colours are more easily thrown into the mix. Hues such as cream, white or light grey are best. To avoid enlarging your silhouette, base layers should also be thinner than additional layers.

Vests

Vests allow you to add texture to your look without overbearing the rest of your ensemble. They are the perfect way to add that extra touch of style and warmth; think fur, shaggy, denim or biker leather.

Experiment with accessories

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Accessories are an easy way to show off your personality and an affordable way to trial trends without having to invest in a whole new wardrobe. Stylish accessories such as leather gloves, a floppy winter hat and a neck-warming scarf are fantastic options this season.

Get bold

Investing in a statement skirt, shirt or dress this winter is a great way to stand out from the sea of grey. Fierce animal prints, monochrome and florals are a perfect addition if the other layers are kept simple.

Investment jacket

Investing in a simple warm jacket is the final way to ensure you stay warm and fashionable this winter. We recommend selecting in a piece that will last a couple of seasons. Keep the style traditional and the colour simple so your accessories can take the lead.

These winter trends are courtesy of Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne. For more information visit www.uhfo.com.au or follow on Facebook and Instagram @UniHillFO.

July 13, 2014

Top 5 Ways To Heat Up Your Sex Life

It’s cold outside, baby! And, if you’re constantly in trackie dacks on the couch, and would much rather cuddle the cat than swing naked from the chandeliers with your significant other; it might be high time you sexed-up your lovelife this winter. After all, it’s easy to get complacent in the colder months when you’re all rugged up, and your white bits have turned albino from lack of sunlight.

Don’t fret – help is at hand, thanks to leading Australian sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein. Here, Dr G talks us through her top 5 ways to heat up your sex life this winter:

Water sports: Get in the shower! If you’re a time-poor couple, a hot shower together will save time, get you both clean and then hopefully in the mood for some hot lovin! “One of the biggest complaints I hear from couples is that they don’t have time to have sex,” Dr Goldstein says. “This is the perfect chance to create intimacy through caressing – you don’t even necessarily have to have sex. It’s still pleasurable together and fingers can achieve so much.”

Some like it hot: Your local supermarket aisle can be a treasure trove for heating up your love-life, erm, literally! Case in point, the Durex Embrace Pleasure Gels (pictured): two sensual pleasure gels, one which has a cooling sensation and another which heats up with touch. “When rubbed together, these gels are supposed to heighten your arousal and sensation,” Dr Goldstein says. “It’s a fun way to spice up your sex life.”

Durex Embrace Pleasure Gels, $19.99, is at supermarkets, pharmacies and independent grocers.

Bedtime stories: Love a good, seductive bedroom romp? It might be prudent to indulge in some erotica with your partner (or alone, to get you in the mood) before you try porn, says Dr Goldstein. “A lot of women feel feminine and safe reading erotica rather than porn. Women picture the story in their heads, so we become more comfy with erotica because we are in control over what the characters look like.” And if you’re looking for idea on what to read, check out shesaid.com’s erotica special with author Krissy Kneen.

I like to watch: When it comes to porn, it’s important to experiment to find out what you like, says Dr Goldstein. “What is it that turns you on?” she says. “Often women are scared to talk to their partners about what they like, but it’s important that both parties remember porn is about fantasy, not reality.” Like watching S&M? Tell him all about it – chances are, he’ll appreciate your boldness and honesty.

Break out a sweat: Exercise, whether together or alone, is a fantastic way to boost your body image, well-being and self-esteem in winter – oh and to get your loins racing. What’s more, if you opt to do it together, it can be a great way to be intimate, but not sexual together, says Dr Goldstein. “Exercise boosts endorphins and makes you feel more energetic, sexy and happy. What’s more, being fit also helps you in the bedroom when it comes to stamina and blood flow to the body.”

So, there you have it – go get ’em, tiger!

By Nicole Carrington-Sima

July 5, 2014
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