December 28, 2015

My highlights of style in 2015

Before 2016 rings in, I want to mention a few of my favourite style trends to emerge in 2015. Style is something that constantly evolves and changes as life transpires. Some of my inspirational stylists this year were beauty vloggers like Chloe Morello and Rachael Brook, and sydney trend setters posting instagram shots with lush layouts of fashion, accessories and beauty products.

Of course Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle remain constant sources of influence, largely because they dedicatedly present fashion houses collections and keep us informed in all we need to know. Travelling to Europe this year also meant I could see designer collections first hand and see the trends first in the Northern hemisphere, knowing what I could expect to hit down under later that year.

Last but not least, what my friends do with their fashion and accessory choices always inspire me, as well as women I spot in my daily life. I admittedly check out women much more than I do men. People watching gives me some of my greatest style thoughts.

Here is three trends I will be taking through to the new year.

Ear Cuffs

Not brave enough to pierce my ears beyond the school girl pearls in each ear, ear cuffs allowed me to experiment with jewellery not usually for those less adventurous types. Ear cuffs come in all different sizes and placements with different stones, metals and designs. Ornate ones create a dramatic effect and small dainty pieces dress up a simple ensemble.

Rachael Brook - Ear Cuff Amber Sceats
My ear cuff from Mimco
Chloe Morello

Reflective sunglasses

Straight off the runway, the latest trend in sunglass wear in high gloss reflective pieces that will make a statement. Aviator shape, bright colours, loud styles and bold metals, this trend isn't subtle.

Mini Cross Body Bags


Long strap or petite handles.

Structured and super cute. May contain studs, tassels or buckles.

THE bag trend of 2015 and it's here to stay.

What trend got you excited this year?

December 21, 2015

Sweet omelette - protein packed paleo breakfast option

Sweet Omelette


  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons of almond or hazelnut meal
  • a few chopped pecan
  • 1/2 scoop of protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons of stevia or date sugar
  • spray coconut oil
  • sugar-free pancake syrup or maple syrup to serve

  1. Whisk the eggs together and add in the nut meal, pecans, protein powder and sugar. Mix until combined.
  2. Heat a small saucepan and coat with coconut oil. Once it is hot, add in the omelette mix.
  3. Cook for a few minutes before flipping one side over to fold the omelette. Turn the heat on low and cook for a few more minutes until the egg is set.
  4. Flip onto a plate and serve with syrup.

December 20, 2015

Healthy Christmas Treats - Paleo Rum Balls

Healthy Rum Balls

  • 150g raw almonds
  • 80grams almond meal
  • ½ cup of desiccated coconut 
  • 2 scoops vanilla Sun Warrior Protein/ protein powder (you can omit this if you want)
  • A dash of vanilla essence
  • One shot of rum (you can omit if you don't want the alcohol!) 
  • 2 cups of loosely packed medjool dates, soaked
  • Water from soaked dates
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder

For Mixing through/ coating balls:
  • Loving Earth Deluxe Bukinis
  • Cacao nibs
  • More desiccated coconut

  1. Firstly, soak the dates in hot/boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes - this is particularly necessary if you buy the sealed packet in the baking section and not fresh dates as they are more dry.
  2. Place almonds, almond meal, cacao powder, cinnamon, coconut and protein powder in a blender or food processor or blender and mix until the almonds are crumbly.
  3. Add the dates and the rum if you are using. Slowly add drained water until the mixture starts to come together. Stop adding water when you reach your desired consistency. 
  4. Mix through cacao nibs and bukinis 
  5. Roll into small balls and coat in desiccated coconut 
  6. Store in the fridge – Makes around 20-25 balls
(Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

December 07, 2015

Hot Yoga: Sweating your way to Success

I braved my fears and took a hot yoga class last weekend. Let's face it, yoga on a good day can be challenging enough but trying to pose and breathe in a balmy 37 - 40 degree studio can be down right impossible!

The room felt like a hot day in Singapore, when the air is thick with steam and the heat promises an afternoon rain storm. I dressed in appropriate sweat-proof yoga gear; something that would absorb moisture but not show any evidence of the impending sweat session. I once wore light purple tights to the gym once and it was not a pretty sight.

Strangely you get used to the warmth in a way that never seems to happen in the real world. As we went through a series of poses and stretches, I forgot about the temperature all together. We were all sweating but the air is so warm you can barely feel the wetness on your skin. Holding poses is a bit tricky when you are drenched in sweat; you can't hold on to your own limbs as they slip from your grasp. Downward dogs can be face plants and your palms slide around on the mat.

I thought I would only make it to 60 minutes but as the instructor finished the class at 90 minutes I couldn't believe how fast the time had gone despite the challenging nature of the class. It was a refreshing and energising way to start the morning.

More about Hot Yoga

Hot yoga is also called Bikram yoga. It can burn as much as 2500kj in one sweaty session. The 90-minute workout is scientifically designed to systematically work every part of the body – from massaging the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems, to toning and stretching a range of ligaments and muscles in the body.

Not only are the health benefits plentiful and the warmth of the environment a welcomed bonus from the numbing cold outside, it can also help protect you from catching a nasty cold or flu. Studies show the raised temperature in the room and the sequence of poses can assist in stimulating the thymus gland which improves T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system.

Even if you take it easy, Bikram yoga is not for everyone. It isn't recommended for pregnant women in their second to third trimester, unless experienced. Bikram Yoga can be practiced by all age groups, young and old. Though if you have concerns or other medical conditions like high blood pressure or a heart problems, it's recommended you get the go-ahead from your doctor first.

You also need to double your water intake (about four liters) to compensate for fluids lost through perspiration in class.

Avoid eating two hours before class and hold off on drinking more than a glass or two of alcohol that day as it dehydrates. And don't be afraid to show a little skin: wear light stretchy workout gear and leave the tracky pants and heavy t-shirts in the locker room.