<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:48:51 GMT Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:48:51 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[DIGITAL DETOX]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/digital-detox http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/digital-detox Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Hands up if your phone seems to rule your life. Yep, we get it. But it's time to detox.

Over the last few years, there has been endless research about how we should be frequently unplugging from technology. There’s no doubt that technology and more specifically, smart phones, have changed the way we communicate and interact. And don’t get us wrong, we adore our iPhones, our laptops, our computers, our iPads and every other gadget we seem to own. However, sometimes it feels like our technology owns us, rather than us owning it. Does anyone else feel that way?

We constantly rely on our phones, in particular, to speak to (or more accurately.... text!) our friends, to find our way, to look up something quickly on Google or to scroll aimlessly for 45 minutes on Instagram. Whilst we work in digital media and technology is a part of our lives and our livelihood, we still crave days where we don’t have to look at a screen. Although that is quite unrealistic in many people's lines of work nowadays, ours included, across the SWIISH team we have implemented a few small changes that ensure we’re not glued to our phones 24/7.

 

Just the sound of our phone vibrating or beeping can cause us enough distraction to lose our train of thought. Although we haven’t turned off notifications off altogether, we limit the time when we do have them switched on. If we’re in a meeting or we’re smashing through a whole tonne of work, or even if we're home watching a movie on the couch, we turn our phone onto Do Not Disturb mode so our phone constantly lighting up or beeping doesn’t distract us. Once we’ve finished whatever we're doing, we can then look at our phone to see what we might have missed. Hint: it’s usually nothing.

 

This is one we do at night to make sure we don’t procrastinate in going to sleep. An hour before we hit the hay, we plug our phones in to charge in another room and leave them until the following morning. This ensures it’s not the last thing we look at before going to sleep and it’s not the first thing we look at when we wake up. Similarly, if we have to buckle down for a huge project or if we have a deadline looming, we will hide our phone in the kitchen pantry (true story!) for as many hours as needed.

 

 

Another easy and effective way to not rely on your phone so much is to put pen to paper more often. Instead of having everything on our Apple calendars, we use an A5 leather diary and we get the exact same one every year. Similarly, instead of having a digital to-do list, everything is handwritten on a notepad. Hand writing things also makes us remember them more than if we typed them out on the computer.

 

 

This one is a little more drastic and we have to be honest with you that for true technology addicts (who, us?!), it takes a little while to be able to get to this point, but the best way to fully unplug is to have a proper digital detox. Start slow with half a day, and then work yourself up to one day and then a weekend. We find completing a digital detox on the weekend is a whole lot easier than during the week because you’re not generally expected to be online for work on a Saturday or Sunday. It’s also amazing how much you can accomplish when you’re not constantly checking your phone! Use the time you would usually spend on your phone to go to the beach, have a nap, read a book, bake a cake or ring your mum. You’ll feel so much better for it.

We would love to hear in the comments below how you keep sane in this overly digital world! Any and all tips are more than welcome!

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<![CDATA[KITCHEN CLEANING SHORTCUTS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kitchen-cleaning-shortcuts-angry-mama-cool-mama http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kitchen-cleaning-shortcuts-angry-mama-cool-mama Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you didn’t gather already, we spend A LOT of time in the kitchen. It’s one of our favourite places to unwind after a long day. In our opinions, there’s nothing better than cooking up a storm for an hour or two to truly relax and forget about whatever’s on our minds.

In saying that though, with the amount of cooking we do, our kitchens can admittedly get quite messy (especially when you have a one year old who likes to throw her food everywhere haha!). 

Although we love cooking in the kitchen, cleaning it is one of our least favourite jobs, which is why when we find a kitchen gadget that can do the job for us, we 100% jump on board. And when it’s THAT good, we also decide to stock it in our online store.

That’s what happened when we discovered Angry Mama and Cool Mama. We’re not going to sugar coat it – the Mamas are two gadgets you need in your life right now. 

But what are they? Angry Mama is a microwave cleaner that uses vinegar and water to make your microwave look and smell amazing. All you need to do is fill Mama up with vinegar and tap water, pop her in the microwave on high for 5 minutes and she will let off steam; helping to remove smells and softening stains or food that is stuck to the microwave.

Keeping your fridge odour free and smelling fresh has never been easier with Cool Mama. Cool Mamma brings the sass to your kitchen with her cleaning abilities. 

Add some fun into cleaning your fridge with our Cool Mama Fridge Deodoriser. Let Cool Mama do all the hard work for you. Deodorising your fridge has never been easier. Place Cool Mama deep in the fridge with baking soda to start absorbing odours caused by moisture molecules escaping from food. Yep, it’s that easy!!

So there you go! If you love cooking and hate cleaning kitchen mess as much as us, these gals will help you do the job!

Get your Mamas from our online store now! 

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<![CDATA[GET FIT FASTER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-fit-faster http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-fit-faster Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

What would you say if we told you that you could get fit faster, without doing any extra workouts?  Answers we’ve received so far include A) shuuuuuut uppppp; B) stop lying; and C) tell me more!!

If you’re thinking along the lines of answer C, then here’s the low down… Basically, it all comes down to what you do in between your workouts – those crucial hours that your body uses to recover and rebuild.  If you know the right rules and techniques, you can help your muscles recover at record speed.  The result?  A longer, more powerful and way more effective workout the next day.  

Essentially, these techniques will help you complete more efficient workouts, as opposed to just working out more often.  It’s all about quality, not quantity!  

The catch?  You do actually have to workout sometimes.  Sorry! These techniques are designed to help your body recover faster but you’re not going to get fitter if there’s nothing to recover from!   Here’s what to do… 

You know… white rice, white bread, mash potatoes, even lollies.  The kind of carbs you’re actually supposed to limit on a day-to-day basis - THOSE are the ones you want to eat after a workout.  Why?  Well basically, when you do an intense workout, your muscles use up a lot of glycogen (stored energy).  Eventually, they get to a point where they just can’t be used anymore!  By eating hi GI carbs after your workout, you replenish those glycogen stores in your muscles, so that they’re ready to go for the next time round.

Rest days are SO important if you want to keep working at your peak performance.  When you workout, you actually break down the muscle fibres in your body.  Rest days give your muscles a chance to grow and rebuild, so that they can work even harder the next time.  Try doing a yoga class, going for a walk or a swim.

 

When you exercise, you sweat – a lot.  It’s important to replace that water loss as soon as possible if you want to avoid health complications.  If you allow your body to dehydrate, you’ll find that you have less energy and may feel a bit sick.  This is not going to help you in your next workout!  Within one hour after your workout, aim to drink the same amount of water you lost from sweat during that hour.  This is usually around 500ml.  

When you work out, you’re putting a lot of stress on your muscles.  This kind of stress is okay alone but when mixed with other stressors, it can get dangerous.  Chronic stress from other sources like inadequate sleep and work deadlines can stop your body from recovering at the speed it needs.  If you’re stressed, you’ll need to take longer rest periods between workouts.  Try meditating or taking a relaxing bath.  Even a short holiday might help! 

Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  When you sacrifice hours of sleep for a long period of time, it can start to make you both mentally and physically weaker.  You’ll find you don’t have the same drive during your workout and will find it way harder commit to long, intense training sessions.

If you don’t have good flexibility, both your cardio and strength workouts will suffer.  For example, if your hamstrings are too tight, you won’t be able to go deep enough into a squat to get the best benefits.  Try to work in at least 5-10 minutes of stretching after every workout.    

If you work out regularly, protein is vital for recovery.   During a workout, your muscle fibres break down.  Protein is what builds them back up again!  Aim to eat or drink about 20g protein after your workout.  Try a couple of eggs, a piece of lean meat, a protein bar or a protein shake.  

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<![CDATA[CRAZY FOR QUARK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/crazy-for-quark http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/crazy-for-quark Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Sure, it’s a little awkward to say out loud…”quark". But to be fair, there’s a whole lot more to this creamy creation than a crazy sounding name!

Quark (it rhymes with "shark") is a super soft, fresh cheese with a creamy texture and a mild, tangy taste.  Quark has a whole lot less fat than regular cheeses, which makes it an awesome choice if you’re looking to curb some calories.  

We’re always looking out for healthy, delicious alternatives to our favourite foods.  That’s exactly why we’re so into quark at the moment!  Not only is it low in fat, it’s also is a rich source of protein and calcium, as well as Vitamin A and B.

  

The best part though?  Quark is so versatile. It can be used as substitute for full-fat sour cream in dips and sauces.  It also tastes great in all sorts of cake recipes, on crackers, as a sandwich spread or even as a snack on it’s own!

Here are some of our favourite quark recipes for you to try…

 

QUARK CHIVE AND SHALLOT DIP

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g low fat Quark (German fresh cheese)
  • 70ml milk
  • 1 clove Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp White wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • small handful of chives, chopped

METHOD

  1. Stir Quark, milk, minced garlic and white wine vinegar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in shallot fritters and chopped chives. Stir until combined. Garnish with more shallots and chives if desired.

 

Original recipe here

SALMON & QUARK OPEN FACE SANDWICH

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 slices dark rye bread 
  • 100g quark, drained
  • 100g smoked salmon
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely chopped red onion, to garnish     
  • 1 tsp capers
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 25g watercress, to serve

METHOD

  1. Spread the bread with the quark. Top with the smoked salmon and a little lemon juice.
  2. Sprinkle with onions, capers and pepper. Serve with the watercress.

COCONUT, FIG & PISTACHIO QUARK CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS

Base

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp coconut oil  
  • pinch salt

 

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cup cashews (soaked)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup quark 
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 ripe fig, chopped
  • couple drops liquid stevia                                        

METHOD

  1. Line the bottom of a springform tin with baking parchment.  In a food processor place all the ingredients for the base and whiz until bread crumb size and sticking together. Press into bottom of tin and place in freezer.
  2. Whilst that is in the freezer pop all the ingredients for the filling except for the fig in the food processor and blend until you achieve a smooth texture.  Be careful not to over blitz as you don't want a dough to form!  Once mixture is smooth add in the fig and blitz until smooth. 
  3. Pour this mixture on top of the base and place back in freezer for around 3 hours. 
  4. Take out of freezer 20 mins before serving. Chop up some figs and arrange on the top as well as some crushed pistachios and coconut flakes if desired.

 

See original recipe here

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<![CDATA[IMPRESS WITH THE BEST]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/impress-with-the-best http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/impress-with-the-best Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

It’s a well-known fact that people can assume a lot about you in under a minute and although they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, let’s be honest, we all do. 

Impressions go way beyond what we look like and extend to our homes as well. What your entryway into your home looks like says a lot about you and regardless of whether your house is on the market or not, there are a few rules of how to make your entryway as calming, functional and welcoming as possible. 

As with anything we do, when decorating our homes we thought we would share with you a few ways we create a space we love to come home to. 


 

This goes without saying but who wants to walk into a house with chaos and mess everywhere? Certainly not us! Keep your entryway clutter-free by using a side table that has drawers or use baskets on the floors to store shoes, bags and umbrellas.


 

When people enter your home for the first time, they want to see your personality and there’s no better way to do that than with a piece of art or a large statement mirror. Make a statement with colours that you love or make the room feel bigger with a mirror that reflects the light.

 

 

Never underestimate the power of a bunch of flowers – fresh or fake. These can go a longggg way in your entryway as they evoke a sense of calm and happiness. Not to mention, they’re just sooo pretty to look at. Succulents or indoor plants work just as well! 


 

Regardless of whether your entryway has amazing natural light that is the envy of photographers everywhere or if it’s the darkest part of your house, having a well-placed lamp in your entryway is the ultimate mood definer. 

 

 

Our love for a scented candle knows no bounds, which is why we have them in every room, but particularly in the entry way. Unless your house constantly smells like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, a scented candle can offset any other smells that may be looming. Our fave candles are from Island Trading Co.


 

 

 


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<![CDATA[NO NEED TO SUFFER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/no-need-to-suffer http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/no-need-to-suffer Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Imagine having a monthly period cycle that was so heavy and painful you couldn’t leave the house, venture far from the bathroom - let alone function properly for work.

Then imagine having it most of the month. For most of your adult life. Traditional remedies don’t work – and your Doctor tells you that you just have to put up with it until menopause – or have a hysterectomy.

Sounds extreme doesn’t it? 

For up to one in four Australian women, heavy menstrual bleeding and pain is a very real problem. The crippling side-effects impact not just quality of life, they can also make us anxious, anaemic, and cause heartache in our personal relationships. 

Many women resort to hysterectomy, when in fact they’re years off menopause, and don’t want to take such a drastic step. 

What many women don’t realise is that they could be suffering from Adenomyosis – which is a (rather nasty and painful) cousin to Endometriosis. In Australia it’s under-diagnosed and under-treated; but the good news is that a new treatment option has recently been recognised and identified by a team of doctors in Sydney. 

The treatment option is a procedure called UAE (Uterine Artery Embolisation), and is usually undertaken to treat fibroids.

“Adenomyosis is a benign disease of the uterus,” says Dr Eisen Liang, of Sydney Adventist Hospital. “It occurs when tissue infiltrates the wall of the uterus, and the result is heavy bleeding and period pain. It’s under-diagnosed in Australia, and common and easy option is hysterectomy – but for women who don’t want this, the good news is that UAE is a potential alternative.”

UAE was identified as an effective treatment of Adenomyosis following a recent study at Sydney Adventist Hospital. Compared to a hysterectomy, UAE is a much more user-friendly option for women suffering Adenomyosis. Not only does your uterus remain intact – but it is less invasive, carried out under local anaesthetic, and has a much shorter down time. 

“This study is major news for women who suffer extremely painful and heavy periods,” said Dr Liang. “UAE fills a huge gap in treatment between conservative options, such as medications or IUD, and hysterectomy. It’s safe and effective, and offers women living with adenomyosis a non-surgical option.”

If you’re suffering from very heavy and painful periods, make sure you talk to your GP about different options available to you. If you’re wanting more information about Adenomyosis and UAE, click here.

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<![CDATA[FITNESS HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fitness-hacks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fitness-hacks Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’ve all heard the saying “mind over matter,” especially when it comes to fitness.  That’s because for most people (us included) the physical work isn’t actually the hardest part.

Like eating bland veggies, going to a boring job or even doing the dishes, the hard part is finding the motivation to do something that you simply hate doing.  

So what do you do?  Well, you could sit back and accept a life of poor health and ill-fitting clothes OR you could take a tip from the SWIISH team and learn how to exercise when you hate exercise…

When you don’t like doing something, you want to do it for as short a time as possible.  Right?  If you don’t enjoy long, boring workouts, opt for short HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions instead.  The great thing about HIIT is that it gets you really fit in a much shorter amount of time.  

Try doing 5 x 1-minute sets of an exercise such as sprints, burpees, squat jumps or jumping lunges, with a 30-second rests between each set.  After the first 5 sets, take a break for a few minutes before repeating the workout again.  You’ll have a 20-minute workout done before you know it!  As you get fitter, you can add one or two more sets to make the workout longer.  


 

Did you know that mentally draining activities such as having to make lots of decisions or focusing on a speaker talking can actually drain away your willpower reserves?  And this is the same willpower you need to get up and off the couch.  That’s why trying to go to the gym after a long hard day at work can be more difficult than going in the morning when your willpower is still at an all time high.  If exercise seems like a major chore, try doing a quick workout first thing in the morning.  You won’t have time to think about it!  Working out on the weekend or on your day off will also be a lot easier.

The best way to make exercise less of a chore is to make it a habit. Think about your friend that works out every single day, it’s nothing to them!  That’s because it’s just second nature.  Even if it means just doing the tiniest little bit of exercise everyday, it’s consistency that counts.  Try going for a 10-minute run or doing a 5-minute ab workout every day. Then, as time goes on you can slowly build this up to 30 minutes.  The best part is, as you get fitter you won’t hate exercise quite so much.  

One of the most common excuses people have for not exercising is that they don’t have the time.  They can’t enjoy exercise because they spend the whole time stressing about all the other stuff they’re supposed to be doing.  Don’t worry, we’ve been there!

We’ve found that the best way to combat this issue is to kill two birds with one stone.  For us, that usually means getting somewhere when we exercise.  Take a power walk to the post office or bring a backpack and bike ride to the shops to pick up a few groceries.  If work or study is the issue, you might like to consider recording a presentation or notes that you need to memorise and listening to them while you workout.  It’ll also help to take your mind off the exercise! 

Exercise is always way more bearable when it doesn’t feel like exercise.  You’ve got to make it fun!  Try rock climbing, going hiking in nature or just cranking the music up in your room and dancing.  Across the SWIISH team, we’ve come up with a great dance playlist that always makes us want to move.  

You may also like to try out a ‘No Lights No Lycra’ class, which is basically a vamped up version of Zumba that lets you dance freestyle in the dark.  Sounds strange but trust us, it’s so much fun! 

Even if you don’t enjoy going to work, when you work with good people it makes it sooo much better.  Well, the same goes for exercise!  Working out with a friend or doing group exercise classes is one of the easiest ways to stay motivated.  You also have other people to hold you accountable if you don’t show up!

When you workout with a group, you’ll share goals, you’ll encourage each other and you’ll find it so much harder to give up.  Also, most ‘group exercise’ classes have a certain number of tracks (or ‘sets’ of exercise with short breaks in between).  This breaks the workout up and makes it more likely that you’ll finish.  Instead of ’10 more minutes of exercise’ you just think of it as getting through ‘2 more tracks’.  It makes it seem like a whole lot less!


Do you have any tips for how to work out when you really don't like exercise? We'd love to hear them!

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<![CDATA[CELEBRATE IN STYLE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/celebrate-in-style http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/celebrate-in-style Sat, 27 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The festive season is approaching! That means it’s time to lay down the laptop and get a head start on those summer celebrations.

Entertaining in your own home is always exciting. But with cocktails and canapes happening every other weekend, we like to think of ways to make our parties stand out.

To take the pressure off, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite ideas to make your dinner party one to remember…

STYLISH SETTING

The type of table setting you choose can mark the difference between a casual BBQ and an elegant affair.  I personally love to keep it light and bright with turquoise, metallic and white.  Gorgeous silverware is also a must.

CREATIVE COCKTAILS

While it’s always a good idea to keep wine and beer handy, make your party super special by pre-making cocktails instead. Team SWIISH adore this idea of placing fruity popsicles into drinks - fresh, summery and so unique. 

SERVE YOURSELF

A buffet style banquet is always a great idea because it gives people the freedom to pick and choose as they please.  You might even like to try something super unique like this D.I.Y bruschetta bar above.  How cute is that?!

MOOD LIGHTING

In my opinion, you can never have too many candles.  I just love how they can add a magical, romantic vibe to just about any space.  If you’re eating outside, lantern or fairy lights are another great way to totally transform the atmosphere.  

PUMP SOME TUNES

When it comes to music, never just play the radio.  Nothing kills the party vibe quicker than radio ads or talk show chatter.  Our preference is to keep the theme relaxed with a few crowd favourites.

If you’re stuck for where to start, YouTube has some great summer mixes.  Otherwise, you can never go wrong with a bit of Ed Sheeran or something by Lost Frequencies.    

The most important thing to remember is that the hostess / host sets the tone for the whole night.  If you’re running around stressing about little things, your guests will too.  So slip your shoes off, let your hair down and have fun!

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<![CDATA[OUR FAVOURITE APPS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-top-5-favourite-apps http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-top-5-favourite-apps Sat, 27 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

These days, apps play a pretty big (and fun!) role in our lives.  Can you imagine if Instagram didn’t exist? Or Facebook or Pinterest or that game you can't stop playing? While there are some apps out there that are not particularly useful, there are others that we love and use daily (ok - multiple times hourly in the case of Instagram).  Recently, the SWIISH team put together a list of a few apps we've discovered that we think everybody needs to know about…  

UNROLL ME

If you’re one of those people that simply signs up to everything and then regrets it later, this app is right up your ally.  It’s always such a pain going through every single email and finding that barely visible ‘unsubscribe link’.  With the Unroll me App., all you do is log in with your email and then it allows you to unsubscribe or keep the subscriptions you already have with the swipe of a finger.  How easy is that?  You also have the option to “rollup” your favourites so that you receive them at the top of your inbox every day.  

COFFEE RUN

Coffee runs are a daily occurrence here at SWIISH HQ.  Okay, maybe twice daily… But the problem is our orders aren’t the same or straightforward (3/4 skim double shot latte, anyone?), which means it’s easy to get them wrong.  That’s where the Coffee Run app comes in.  It has all the different categories like size, strength, type of coffee, type of milk, etc. You just enter in the name, tap in their order and then rattle off the clear list to the barista.  You’ll never get an order wrong again!

STOP BREATHE THINK

In our buzzing world of emails, social media, work and back-to-back commitments, stress has become a bit of a social norm.  Well not anymore! The Stop Breathe Think app is here to help.  Along with a simple meditation how-to guide for newbies, this clever app also generates personalised meditations for you based on your mood and current emotional state.  It even allows you to track your progress and stress levels throughout the week.        

TABATA STOPWATCH PRO

We absolutely love this one.  Especially since it incorporates the exact training method we use in our new ‘Summer Body Challenge. The Tabata timer is a universal interval timer for people who follow the Tabata training method.  Designed with both beginners and advanced users in mind Tabata Stopwatch Pro comes ready to use with basic Tabata already set up for you. The best part is that you can actually customize all the intervals to match your pace as your fitness levels start to increase over the weeks.  You can even choose to create and store your own interval presets to quickly change to different workouts.  This app also has a special beeping feature that allows you to identify what part of the workout you are up to. 

MOONPIG

If you love personalised gifts as much as we do, this one is perfect for you.  Moonpig is an app that allows you to create and send personalised cards, mugs and even children’s books, all on your phone!  You have the option to add photos, names and special messages to each of the items.  Our favourite feature is the way you can have a storybook printed with your child as the main character.  How cute is that?

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<![CDATA[SALLY'S STYLE GUIDE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-style-guide http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-style-guide Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

 

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<![CDATA[ZEN YOUR ZONE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/zen-your-zone http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/zen-your-zone Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Looking after our mental wellbeing, whether it’s through yoga, meditation or simply breaking bad habits, calmness and clarity is something so many of us are striving for.  

But have you thought about how your home affects your wellbeing? The right environment does have the potential to transform your mood - all it takes is a little styling.  So without further ado, here are some of our favourite styling tips and tricks from the feng-shui masters themselves…

CLEAR CLUTTER 

It probably goes without saying, but keeping mess around the house is the easiest way to build up negative energy in your home - it can become a major stress-factor.  Not to mention, it’s just distracting!  If you’ve got a bit of a hoarding habit, this task may seem a little daunting but believe us when we say it will make a world of difference.  Once you get started it’s not so bad, it can even be quite therapeutic!  

LIGHT 

There’s not a lot of people that want to live their lives in dark, danky room… and there’s a reason why!  In Feng Shui, light represents yang energy, which promotes feelings of inspiration and happiness, so roll the blinds, sweep back the curtains and let that happiness flow!  If you don’t have access to a lot of natural light, consider buying a warm-coloured desk lamp to increase the amount of ambient light in your home.  

STYLE ACCORDING TO BAGUA 

So according to the masters of Feng-shui, in order to create good energy in your home you need to adjust feng shui energies according to your home’s ‘bagua’.  Basically, bagua is the feng shui energy map of a space, with north being your career, east being your health and so on.  The five feng shui elements are wood, earth, fire, metal and water and they all have matching colours.  Use the right colours in the right places and you’ll have yourself a very happy home!  Here are some of our favourite colour coordinating tips…

Wood represents growth and balance so colours like green and brown are best used in the East bagua area of your home in order to improve your health and balance your family life.

Blue represents water and is good to use in the North, East and Southeast areas as it helps to support the energy of your career growth and nourish the Wood element.

White is representative of metal.  Using it in the West bagua area of your home is said to help provide supportive energy for all your creative projects.  Not to mention, white is also a great light-reflector so it’s the perfect way to help open up a room when you don’t have a natural light supply.  

 

Yellow is of the Earth element and not surprisingly, it represents happiness!  Using this colour in the South bagua area of your home is perfect for promoting happy gatherings and good memories.  

ART

Feng shui is all about finding ways to help people become more conscious of how a space relates to them.  That means when you’re choosing art, make sure it’s because you love it!  Think art that inspires or brings feelings of joy... it's unique to you.  Try displaying one of your favourite quotes on the wall or even an image of your favourite holiday destination.

FURNITURE

When it comes to furniture, round shapes tend to soften a room and are said to make a space feel happier and more inviting.  So ditch the sharp corners and opt for a circular coffee table or a round ottoman instead.

AIR

When talking about Feng shui, one thing that’s always mentioned is AIR.  Clean, good quality air is not only good for your health, but your overall wellbeing as well!  If you live in an area with fresh air, make sure you open up those windows!  Otherwise, bringing a few plants in to the home is an awesome way to improve your air supply and promote relaxation.  

Time to get styling!  Just remember, the number one most important rule for styling your home is to make sure it’s representative of you.  Pick pieces that you make you really feel like you’re in your place and you’ll never want to leave the house again....

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<![CDATA[KICK THOSE CRAVINGS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kick-those-cravings http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kick-those-cravings Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Have you ever stopped what you’re doing to grab a snack, even when you’re not hungry?  Or have you caved after two days of dieting and hit up the donut shop for a quick sugar fix?  Or maybe you’ve found yourself reaching for a second slice of cake because it’s already been “a bad day” anyway.  Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!  Sometimes, it seems like no amount of self-control can keep those cravings at bay. 

Believe it or not though, cravings and overeating can be controlled.  But what some people don’t realise is that this doesn’t involve cutting out whole food groups or always skipping seconds.  Instead, it’s all about shifting your habits and your mindset so that your body never feels like it’s missing out.  

Easier said than done, we know!  But lucky for you guys, we’ve done our research and rounded up some top tips for keeping those cravings under control…

Eating intuitively is all about honouring your hunger and giving yourself unconditional permission to eat.  At the same time, it’s about respecting your body when it tells you it’s full.  

In case you haven’t realised, your body does a pretty good job of telling you what it does and doesn’t need.  If you really feel in your gut that you need that piece of chocolate right now, then have it!  But also have the strength to know when you really don’t need it.  Your body will tell you.

You may be skeptical about the whole ‘listening to your body’ thing but the truth is, there’s science behind it!  According to one 2014 study, eating intuitively appears to decrease episodes of overeating or ‘bingeing’.  So remember, always go with your gut!

If you know you’ve got a big event or party on this weekend, make sure you plan ahead.  And by that, we don’t mean starving yourself or working out excessively before or after.  Instead, just be prepared, mindful and excited about the fact that there will be lots of food and drink there.  Let yourself enjoy the indulgence but also keep your health and fitness goals in mind.  By doing this, you’ll find that you end up showing a lot more self-control around the food.

Have you ever reached for a piece of chocolate when you were super stressed out, only to realise afterwards that it didn’t fix anything?  Yep, believe it or not, that deadline is still due at 4 o’clock and that parking fine hasn’t paid itself.  Don’t worry, we’ve been there… and we were just as shocked as you were.  Ha ha! 

The thing is, while cravings can be a sign that your body needs a certain nutrient, most of the time they’re just a bi-product of being bored, stressed or tired.  Instead of taking steps to fix these issues, we reach for food.  This can lead to overeating because no matter how much we eat we will never be satisfied.

Next time you reach for a snack, try asking yourself why you need it.  If you think it’s because you’re tired, stressed or bored then STOP.  Instead, focus on figuring out these issues instead.  Go for a walk to wake yourself up, meditate for 15 minutes or do something else to cure your boredom like reading, drawing or our personal fave… ONLINE SHOPPING! 

Try to avoid using negative terms when it comes to food like “cheat day,” “giving in” or negative self talk like “I have no self control.”  These types of phrases create bad energy and they imply that you have no power over the situation.  Instead, try to remember that you have full control over your eating.  You have the power to say no to anything you don’t need.  At the same time, if you feel like indulging, embrace that choice.

Remember, almost everything is okay in moderation.  If you absolutely love hot chips, chocolate or wine, then don’t cut them out altogether.  Let yourself have these things in small amounts once or twice a week.  Not only will this help to curb your cravings and stop you binge eating later on, but it will also teach you to exercise self-control when enjoying the things you love.  

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<![CDATA[JOIN US AND GIVE BACK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-us-and-give-back http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-us-and-give-back Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[NEXT LEVEL RELAXATION]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/next-level-relaxation http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/next-level-relaxation Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Can you believe 2018 is actually almost over?  Wasn’t it March like 5 minutes ago?!  Whilst we may have started the year off cool, calm and collected, October is typically the time when reality starts to set in.

Deadlines, financial pressure and a feeling of ‘so much to do so little time’ can leave us feeling overwhelmed.  Lucky for us though, this year has seen the continued rise of some cool relaxation trends.

Some you may have heard of, others have been flying under the radar.  One things for sure though, they’re a whole lot more interesting than your basic spa bath or massage…  

Microsilk baths are getting more and more popular as the year goes on.  Essentially, a Microsilk bath involves soaking in a spa bath full of special oxygen-rich microbubbles.  The increased oxygen level energises your skin, kills bacteria and can even boosts your immune system.  What’s even cooler though is that these bubbles also provide therapeutic levels of anions (negatively charged ions).  These anions have been known to increase serotonin levels, which can help to relax the mind and body, help you have a deeper sleep and promote an overall feeling of wellbeing.   

Sound baths are kind of like meditation, only instead of sitting in silence, you sit in a room filled with the sound of gongs, chimes, chanting and musical bowls.

The whole idea is that when you listen to and focus on the sounds around you, you start to become more present in the moment.  Your mind becomes quiet and you can start to feel deeply relaxed.  

Although hanging out in a vapour filled chamber at -155 degrees doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of fun, it’s actually pretty good for you.  At least that’s what Cryotherapy clinics are claiming.  The idea of Cryotherapy is that when you expose your body to freezing temperatures, a whole bunch of health benefits are activated.  Apparently, it can help you feel more relaxed, improve your mood, detoxify your body, reduce cellulite, cure headaches, increase your energy levels and even help you sleep better.  On top of that, you can burn up to 800 calories per session. That sounds pretty good to us!

Active meditation basically involves moving around while you meditate.  It gives you the chance to get a bit of exercise and de-stress at the same time.  Once you’ve learnt how to meditate sitting still, you can begin trying out meditation techniques while you’re walking, eating or even while you’re working!  The idea is that you experience a meditative state in your everyday life, which can not only help you relax but also increase your performance and productivity. 

Most people have heard of this concept of ‘getting away’ to relax.  But in today’s busy world, spa-cations are becoming increasingly common.  Instead of going away to the beach or to go sight seeing, you’re going away to indulge in luxury treatments.  We’re talking daily massages, five star room service and spa baths overlooking the ocean.   If you’ve hit a wall at work and have some extra cash to spare, one of these luxury escapes might be right up your alley. 

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<![CDATA[MAHA'S STYLE GUIDE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-style-guide http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-style-guide Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[LET THEM EAT CAKE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/let-them-eat-cake http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/let-them-eat-cake Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Hands up who loves cake? If you could see us right now, you would see everyone in the SWIISH office with two hands in the air. We are obsessed.

We don’t need to tell you how much we love food (hello three cookbooks and another one on the way!) but we’re particularly obsessed with cakes. Chocolate, carrot, vanilla, red velvet, banana, orange and almond, lemon and coconut or sponge; you name it, we love it and we will eat it! 

Enter: Stacy Brewer Cakes. The cakes that will make you look at them like a piece of art because that’s exactly what they are. We would expect nothing less from Stacy Brewer, a former art director for some of the big name hair salons in London, Sydney and Brisbane. Creative flair runs through her bones and she’s brought this talent from the hair salon to the kitchen. 

Making the bold career change (we know exactly what it feels like!) from hair stylist to pastry chef, Stacy has now worked across Australia’s best ‘hatted’ restaurants including The Grounds of Alexandria, Andy Bowdy Pastry and Chester Street.

Stacy’s cakes, though? They are next level and cutting into them almost feels wrong because they’re so beautiful. Why ruin a perfectly good piece of art?! But then we taste the cake and forget all about it because it just tastes SO GOOD! Anyone else find that sometimes a cake will look good but doesn’t necessarily taste good? That’s not the case with Stacy because they’re all delectable. 

Anyway, that’s enough fan girling from us haha. The only thing to do from here is to try one of Stacy's cakes for yourself. Whether it's a birthday party, engagement, or any event, these cakes won't disappoint. Take a look at Stacy's masterpieces for yourself:

Happy eating! 

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<![CDATA[A WORLD OF IMAGINATION]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-world-of-imagination http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-world-of-imagination Sun, 30 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t need to tell you how much we love children’s wear, do we? Whenever we’re shopping for the little loves in our lives, you can often hear us proclaiming “why don’t they make that in our size?!” so we’re thrilled that we finally found a brand that does kids + mum clothes! Yippeeeee! 

One such brand that we have to share with you is Rylee + Cru, a children’s line founded by illustrator Kelli Murray. The line merges art and imagination, which, as you can imagine, results in unique and artistic clothing for kids. We love the thought and detail that goes into each Rylee + Cru piece - the collection consists of quality basics and each garment is hand dyed. 

The soft vintage feel of the pieces appeal to both the kids and the adults, which is music to our ears! Plus, the floaty, comfortable silhouettes are also winners. Think floral motifs, gingham, polka dots and stripes in natural colours like mustard yellow, olive green and grey.

Although Rylee + Cru is an American-based brand, we’re stoked that they have stockists in Australia so we’re able to get our fix of this delightful brand!

This our roundup of our fave pieces!

Here’s where you can get your hands on Rylee + Cru in Australia:

birdie & co

bloom & co mini

buckets & spades

cheeky bambino

dragon fly

finn & dash

harley & soo

hoochie coochie & co

in my hood

infancy

kido store

lila & huxley

little darcy

max & hound

mr & mrs smith

she and little

so beau baby

somewhere great

tiny people

zarlak kids

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<![CDATA[THE NEW SUPERFOOD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-new-superfood http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-new-superfood Sat, 29 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT

There’s a new superfood in town and it’s definitely something you need to know about because this one is a goodie. 

Say hello to skyr. Pronounced ‘skeer’, skyr is a nutritionally charged Icelandic cheese that closely resembles Greek yoghurt.

What makes it a super star is its nutritional profile. Whilst it’s high in protein and calcium, it’s low in sugar and fat (in fact, it contains no added sugar) so it’s a healthy, no-nonsense staple that you can easily add to your diet.

Because skyr is similar to yoghurt, you can eat it with anything you’d usually eat yoghurt with from granola and fruit to topping your favourite spicy curry with it. Although it tastes really similar to your usual Greek yoghurt, it has a thicker consistency so you can bet that it won’t fall off your spoon when you tip it upside down.

Like most yoghurts, skyr goes through a fermentation process, which means the live culture in the yoghurt makes it REALLY good for your gut health. We all know that your gut health is the secret to optimal wellbeing, which gives skyr a big tick of approval from us (and nutritionists everywhere).

Want a super easy recipe for Overnight Peanut Butter Banana Oats using skyr? Try this one:

We told you it was easy!

You can get your hands on skyr at Woolworths.

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<![CDATA[THE NEW WAY OF NAPPING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-new-way-of-napping http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-new-way-of-napping Fri, 28 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Ever had one of those days where you’re SO tired but you only have a short period of time to take a break? If you’re like us, you might have a spare 30 minutes tucked up your sleeve but you can never decide whether to have a quick nap or drink a cup of coffee. 

Now you don’t have to decide between the two with experts proving that the best way to boost your energy levels is to have a coffee and then take a nap. Yes, that’s right, you can have the best of both worlds! Whilst it seems like a complete oxymoron to have a coffee before sleeping, there’s scientific evidence that this method is an incredibly effective way to nap.

But how can coffee before napping help? The reason it works so well is because it takes approximately 20 minutes for the body to respond to caffeine. Upon consumption, caffeine passes to your small intestine and gets absorbed into the bloodstream. It then kick starts your brain chemistry by blocking a chemical called Adenosine, which is known for causing drowsiness. Adenosine makes you feel sleepy and tired but when you have coffee, the opposite happens and gives you a jolt of energy and focus. This whole process takes about 20 minutes so by the time you’ve had your power nap, your earlier coffee is in full swing, ready to keep you awake and alert.

  1. Have a cup of coffee. Whilst other forms of caffeine do work (tea or soft drink), coffee is most effective because it has the highest caffeine content and that’s what you want (and need). You want to drink the coffee relatively quickly to give yourself enough time to sleep. We’d recommend a strong coffee like an espresso that gives you that much-needed caffeine hit without the volume of liquid. 

  2. Time to nap! Set your alarm for 20 minutes. It’s vital to keep your nap to 20 minutes because once you pass that mark, you’re much more likely to fall into a deep, deep sleep, which isn’t what you want. 

  3. Don’t worry if you can’t fall asleep straight away or if sleeping doesn’t come easily to you. Even being half-asleep or in a meditative state is beneficial. The most important thing to remember is to let your mind and body relax. 

  4. Wake up after 20 minutes and feel refreshed and ready to go!

 

What do you think? Do you think you’ll be having a caffeine nap anytime soon? We have a sneaky suspicion we will be, haha!

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<![CDATA[LUXE LEATHER FOR LESS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/luxe-leather-for-less http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/luxe-leather-for-less Fri, 21 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Say hello to your new fashion BFF: leather look pants. They’re dressier than a jean but so incredibly versatile, which means you can style them in a million different ways (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but you get the gist!). 

These pants can be worn no matter what, making them the perfect solution for tricky styling situations. Kept casual with sneakers and a knit or dressed up with heels and a blazer, these pants are a winter wardrobe staple. 

Whilst real leather pants will set you back close to $1000 (yep, we wish we were joking), you can get the same look with leather look coated skinnies for a fraction of the price and the best news is that they’re vegan friendly!

If you’re thinking “I can’t wear leather pants!”, don’t worry because you absolutely can and we are going to show you how.

As with anything, when styling leather look pants, we like to mix up the textures and colours so we don’t end up looking like we’re about to compete in a gymnastics tournament in a full-body unitard haha! Think knitted jumpers, beautiful blazers and denim jackets.

Here are all the ways you can wear your leather look coated skinnies:

For a casual look that’s perfect for the weekend, wear your leather look coated skinnies with your fave sneakers, a denim jacket and cotton tee or an oversized knit jumper. 

Who said corporate wear had to be boring? Certainly not us because some of our favourite work attire is our leather look coated skinnies with a beautiful blazer or blouse.

Long lunches with your besties call for a mix of casual meets dressy. We’re thinking open toed heels with bright accessories or your fave pumps with a cute jacket. Be bold and make a statement with a fun pair of earrings.

See, we told you leather look coated skinnies were easier to style than you thought! Head here if you want to pick up a pair of your own. 

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