<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Tue, 25 Sept 2018 03:09:58 GMT Tue, 25 Sept 2018 03:09:58 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[LOOKING GOOD, GIRL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/looking-good-girl http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/looking-good-girl Tue, 04 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT

It doesn’t matter if you’re Oprah, the Duchess of Cambridge, Gigi Hadid or Sarah Jessica Parker, it’s inevitable that there will be days where you feel like you’re juggling more than you can handle. You stand in front of your closet wanting to wear something that makes you look and feel amazing but you just can't muster the ability to pull something together.  We’ve been there... but it’s so much easier to get back on track when you have a few nifty tricks tucked up your sleeves.

These are our tried and true tricks for when you’re standing in front of your wardrobe on a Monday morning (well, any morning really) with absolutely no clue what to wear but you want to nail it. And nail it good.

A structured blazer can instantly pull a whole outfit together. There’s something about the cut and collar of this piece that makes you look and feel like you can take on the world. Even if you’re wearing boyfriend jeans and sneakers, the blazer takes your outfit to a whole other level. This is a 24/7 trick - from weekend to the office to dinner and drinks.  

The colour red symbolises power, determination and passion so to knock it out of the park, add a red lip to your outfit to show ‘em who’s boss. No one is going to argue with a gal wearing a killer red lip. It tells people you know how to get stuff done all while looking uber glamorous.

We’re not sure about you but as soon as we do something to our hair we immediately feel like we can achieve so much in our day! Moving house all weekend? Do your hair in a high topknot and you’ll feel like a million bucks! Going to a spin class? Braids are the way to go. Big meeting? Run a GHD through your locks and you’ll have the confidence to go in there and nail it.

When in doubt, wear black. It’s a universally flattering colour and it’s one of those shades where no one bats an eyelid if you wear it head to toe. Plus the best part about black is that you don't need to spend a fortune because it just looks expensive.

We love statement earrings at SWIISH! They’re the perfect accessory to a simple and chic outfit. Even a pair of jeans, striped tee and loafers is instantly elevated with a pair of statement earrings. Choose a bold and bright colour to add an extra bit of glam.

Is it just us or does putting on a pair of killer pumps make you feel on top of the world? We think it’s because we used to sneak into our mum’s wardrobe when we were little to try on all her shoes. It used to make us feel sooo grown up and we guess it still does because nothing stops us when we’re wearing stilettos.

A $15 manicure can go a long way in the art of looking put together. It’s amazing how a coat of Bubble Bath, Big Apple Red or our personal fave, Alpine Snow, can transform an outfit. Although it’s subtle, it can make a big difference in how we look and feel.   

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<![CDATA[SMALL SPACE HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/small-space-hacks-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/small-space-hacks-02 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We have to admit, we’re neat freaks. But that’s predominantly because we love space! Between furniture, kids’ toys, shoes (hey, we’re only human), books and kitchen appliances, most people don’t have the luxury of space or storage in their homes.

Over the past few years though, we’ve figured out some space saving hacks that have been absolute lifesavers. 

Buying a whole new cupboard just for an extra bowl or two is hardly savvy spending. Investing in a few shelf racks or floating shelves instead will not only save space, but money too!     

Who needs precious space in their cupboards taken up with annoying little spice jars?! Keep your kitchen tidy by simply sticking food to the wall (just not in the same way the kids do!) Magnetic holders are a unique and stylish way to store spices, along with any other bits and pieces that otherwise end up scattered everywhere!     

We think most women would agree that a one-story shoe space is just not enough. Four stories sounds a bit more reasonable… maybe five? Placing a multi-storey shoe rack in your closet or getting creative and making shelving on the wall for your shoes will leave you wondering what to do with all the space! Plus it’s a great way to display your favourite shoes and makes dressing in a hurry a breeze! Maybe it’s time to go shopping...

Hybrid furniture – a must-have for any space deprived apartment. You can turn an ordinary chest of drawers into a window bench with one throw of a cushion!  I also love to double up drawers as tables wherever I can.

Having more than two tables in your home can sometimes seem like an unnecessary waste of space. Especially if you don’t always use them! 
We’re obsessed with this idea of nesting tables that slide right over the top of each other. It’s so easy to keep one tucked away and then just whip it out whenever the girls come over for coffee. So simple but so stylish

Art feature or storage space? These cute little boxes provide that rare blend of modern, chic and practical. Ikea Trones are like little cabinets that take up barely any space because they’re so shallow. Each one of the squares (pictured) pulls out so you can slip all sorts of bits and pieces inside. Whoever thought of these things is seriously clever! 

 

This has got to be one of our favourite space saving hacks. Vertical wall gardens are the best if you want to add some greenery into your life but you don’t have the space and they can work either inside or outside so they’re perfect if you live somewhere with a small or non-existent yard. They’re perfect for growing herbs!

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<![CDATA[FARM TO TABLE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/farm-to-table http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/farm-to-table Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Last Thursday night, the entire SWIISH team came together for one of our favourite things: team dinners. 

It’s always a great chance to catch up with everyone outside the walls of SWIISH HQ and to talk about everything except work (okay, we talk about it briefly and then it’s onto other things).

You probably already know this but if you didn’t, everyone in team SWIISH are massive foodies. We love, love, love to eat so choosing where to go for our team dinners is always a difficult decision.

For last week’s dinner, we decided to head to Butcher and the Farmer at the historic Forest Lodge Tramsheds. If you haven’t been to Tramsheds before, we highly recommend it! It’s an incredibly cool space in Sydney’s Inner West that’s home to community-based retailers and 12 restaurants and cafes from some of Sydney’s most forward-thinking chefs (two of those head up the restaurant at Butcher And The Farmer). It was originally built in 1904 as the Rozelle Tramway Depot and was a very busy interchange and even though it’s not used for that purpose today, it’s still a popular gathering place that celebrates food and community.

One of the many restaurants at Tramsheds is Butcher and the Farmer, a beautiful and oh-so-delicious restaurant that uses the very best fresh, local produce to create delectable meals that will leave you wanting seconds (trust us, we asked for so many seconds haha!).

Upon walking into Butcher and the Farmer, we were greeted with the biggest smiles and great service, particularly by Sadie, who was a gem the entire night and was happy for us to pester her with requests for more chicken and potato (seriously, get the mashed potato if you go). 

We all shared a set menu and it was soooo good. We loved that we got to taste a little bit of everything, including a delicious red wine from Mudgee. The two head chefs, Will and Steve (you might remember them from My Kitchen Rules – they were the winners in 2015!), created a beautiful meal that was full of flavour, texture and aroma. 

From scotched green olives and pea and parmesan croquettes to start to delightful char-grilled chicken breast and crispy skin salmon for mains (that’s not even all of it!), it was truly amazing. Not to forget the most amazing buttered mash potato. It’s all about balance, right? You seriously couldn’t go wrong with any of it. It was out of this world good, especially the Earl Grey Chocolate Dessert.

Butcher and the Farmer is truly a showcase of love for food and we were all more than happy to oblige by eating all the amazing fresh and sustainable produce. The entire space is amazing and you can even eat in an old tram. How cool is that?!

We highly recommend heading to Tramsheds and specifically Butcher and the Farmer if you are in the Inner West. It’s well worth the visit and I hope the team at the restaurant get used to our faces because we will be there ALL THE TIME. (Not even joking hahaha.)

Butcher and the Farmer 

Tramsheds Harold Park,
Shop 7, 1 Dalgal Way,
Forest Lodge NSW 2037

Ph: 02 8629 8800

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<![CDATA[MAKE A COMEBACK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/make-a-comeback http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/make-a-comeback Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

The 90s were a huge decade and provided us with some of the most iconic pop culture references of all time. We were lucky enough to witness comedy gold from the likes of Friends and Seinfeld and musical genius from The Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys and TLC (listened to on our discmans, no less). It also gave us our favourite blockbusters (we’re looking at you, Titanic and Forrest Gump) and the supermodels of the moment were Cindy, Naomi and Linda. 

The 90s also gave us fashion. Really good fashion. From mom jeans and matching plaid suits to scrunchies and brown lipstick, like any decade, the fashion defined the era. Whilst we look back at some of our fashion choices with regret (hello butterfly clips!), there are some trends that we loved and would definitely wear again. Lucky for us, what goes around comes around and 2018 is the year of 90s fashion revision. Say hello to cat eye sunglasses, mom jeans, crop tops, bum bags and matching plaid suits. 

These are the 90s trends we’d totally wear today. Can you spot the difference between the photos from the 90s to now? 

 

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<![CDATA[HAIR DINKUM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hair-dinkum http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hair-dinkum Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’re sorry to say it, but according to hairdressers, ombre hair is on its way out and its cousin, sombre hair, is the next big thing. 

Although similar to ombre hair, a sombre colour is actually more subtle and soft. The roots are usually kept the same as your natural colour with slightly lighter colour on the ends. The appearance of dark roots isn’t as harsh, which creates a more blended colour. Through the use of different shades and tones, the sombre colour is able to create dimension and texture.

The good news for everyone is that a sombre colour is far less maintenance compared to ombre or balayage because your natural colour is used at the roots and it brightens towards the end, so there’s less room for regrowth. Yippee!

Our BFFs Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, J Lo, Olivia Palermo and Lily James are all fans so it’s only a matter of time before we’re seeing a lot more of this lighter and brighter ‘do around the place.

We think it might be time to book an appointment with our hair colourist!

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<![CDATA[DRINK UP + DO GOOD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/drink-up-do-good-republica-organic-coffee http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/drink-up-do-good-republica-organic-coffee Mon, 30 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

There are a number of things in life that we are passionate about and two of those things are coffee and the environment. 

In the last few years, we have seen a huge increase of coffee pod machines and we’re not sure about you but pretty much the whole SWIISH team, and most of our friends and family now have pod machines at home. They’re everywhere! But what you might not know is that traditional coffee pods aren’t actually great for the environment, which is why we now use Republica Organic coffee pods.

Republica Organic coffee pods are biodegradable which means that they decompose at the same rate as an orange peel. This is HUGE because aluminium pods and plastic pods take over 200 and 500 years respectively to decompose, compared to the 730 days of Republica Organic coffee pods. In fact, Republica Organic pods are the only biodegradable pods on supermarket shelves!

But what about my Nespresso machine, we hear you thinking to yourself. Well, the amazing thing about Republica Organic coffee pods is that they are compatible with Nespresso. It’s guaranteed each pod will fit in your Nespresso machine, which is music to our ears!

Republica Organic is an Australian family-owned business that was created by working mum and former ABC journalist, Jacqueline Arias, in 2007. We first came to hear about Republica through Business Chicks at the 9 to Thrive expo last year, and we’ve loved their products and their company ever since. Republica had a stall next to ours at the expo and we spent quite a bit of time at the stall, trying all the different types of coffee. They also held a competition where you could win a year’s supply of coffee pods of your choice (hello! A year's supply! That's pretty much equivalent to winning lotto in our eyes!). Renee and Liv from the SWIISH team both entered the competition and they both won! It was hilarious at the time and we couldn’t get over that both girls won so they have been using and loving the Paris pods ever since!

All Republica Organic pods are also Australian certified organic and so you know that you're getting the purest and the best. With the highest quality coffee beans from around the world (only from Fair Trade and organic coffee plantations), there are three delicious pods to choose from in the range: Sydney, Rome and Paris. 

We love the personality that Republica Organic injects into their products. Each delicious product is aptly named based on a city so Rome is strong espresso, Paris is smooth crema and Sydney is double shot. 

You can get your hands on Republica Organic products at Coles, with each box a bargain at just $5 for 10 pods. 

If you’d like Republica Organic for your workplace, you can get 30% off your entire cart purchase with the code SWIISH30. Because the team at Republica Organic are so lovely, they wanted us to let you know that this isn’t a one-time offer; it’s a recurring offer that you can utilise for as long as you like because as a company, they’re invested in reducing the impact of non-biodegradable pods going into landfill.

Note: República Coffee Capsules are compatible with Nespresso® coffee machines. Nespresso® is a trademark of Societe Des Produits Nestle SA. Neither that company nor its affiliates have manufactured or endorsed this product.

This post is sponsored by Republica Organic but all opinions are our own.

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<![CDATA[ON A ROLL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-a-roll http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-a-roll Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Want to have the benefits of a regular massage without the price tag? Of course you do and regularly using a foam roller is one way to do exactly that.

Foam rolling is a relatively new concept to the wellness and fitness world and after using one regularly for the past year or so, we wanted to share with you the benefits we’ve seen for ourselves and the ins-and-outs of this new wellness practice.

Firstly though, a lot of you are probably thinking that you don’t need to use a foam roller because you’re not a “gym junkie” but in actual fact, everyone, regardless of whether they workout or not, should be regularly using a foam roller. As a society, we are sitting and slouching more than ever before. From sitting down on our daily commute and driving in the car to being at our desks all day and going home to watch TV on the lounge, we’ve become a nation of ‘sitters’ so we need to alleviate the tension and pain that sitting can cause our bodies and to do that, we foam roll. Using a foam roller on a regular basis can provide similar results to that of a masseuse or specialist and the best part is that it’s simple to do and costs you a whole lot less.

By the time you finish reading this post, you will be an expert in all things foam rolling so let’s get started!

A foam roller is a long and cylindrical foam exercise tool used for massaging and fitness that can help to relieve tension, assist in muscle recovery and even reduce cellulite. 

As well as reducing tension and pain, foam rolling can offer your body a number of amazing benefits, such as:

  • Increased blood flow, which improves the delivery of oxygen during your workout.
  • It helps to stretch your body and muscles so you can get an increased range of motion.
  • Foam rolling decreases recovery time of workouts and injuries. If you’re foam rolling regularly, it’s less likely that you’re going to get injured because you’re letting your muscles recover after each workout.
  • Increased circulation can also help with removal of toxins, which can help to reduce cellulite. 
  • You can get the benefits of a massage without the price! No longer will you have to pay a massage therapist each time your body is sore from working out. Put your wallet away and save those pennies!
  • Reduced inflammation and joint stress.

You’ll find that almost anyone who regularly works out should be using a foam roller and it should be incorporated into nearly every workout because it’s been proven to improve a range of motion, decrease neuromuscular exhaustion and decrease post-exercise soreness. 

Besides gym-goers, experts also encourage anyone who sits at a desk for their 9-to-5 to regularly use a foam roller because it releases any muscle tension that can be caused from sitting down all day. Additionally, think of all the times you look down at your phone or a computer. This constant movement creates tension and pain in your back and neck so one way to relieve that stress is to regularly use a foam roller. 

We would also recommend checking with your doctor or health care professional before starting to use one.

Perform foam roller sessions when your muscles are warm (like after a shower) or after a workout. You want to release any tension that has been created during your workout. We find it works well just after a shower and before bed. The constant motion created from rolling can relax the body, which can help you to fall asleep easier.

We like using our foam roller in the living room whilst listening to one of our favourite podcasts, or Spotify playlists at the same time.

Everyone is different so we would recommend confirming with your trainer, instructor or healthcare professional first to make sure your foam rolling routine suits you but there are a few key points you need to know when foam rolling:

  • Position the roller under the soft tissue area you want to release or loosen.
  • Gently roll your body weight back and forth across the roller while targeting the affected muscle.
  • Move slowly and work from the centre of the body out toward your extremities.
  • If you find a particularly painful area (also known as a trigger point), hold that position until the area softens.
  • Focus on the areas that are tight or have reduced range of motion.
  • Roll over each area a few times until you feel it relax. Expect some discomfort and it is natural if it feels quite tender at first. 
  • Stay on soft tissue and avoid rolling directly over bone or joints, like your knees, elbows or lower back.
  • Keep your first few foam roller sessions short – about 15 minutes is all you need.
  • Drink plenty of water after a session, just as you would after a sports massage because you need to rehydrate yourself.

We have found using foam rolling apps to be really helpful if you want some extra guidance. You can always try Foam Rolling or Foam Roller Techniques

To get your hands on a foam roller, simply click here.

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<![CDATA[MUSIC TO OUR EARS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/music-to-our-ears http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/music-to-our-ears Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Sometimes, no matter how tired you are, it’s hard to wind down and truly settle for bed. 

Like us, after a long day, you probably want to unwind, relax and get into bed ready for a good night’s sleep but on the odd occasion the universe has other plans, this can be easier said than done, especially when your mind is racing with all the things that need to be done. From mentally adding things to your work to-do list, remembering errands you have to run in the morning to goals you want to accomplish, no matter how hard you try to relax, it can seem virtually impossible. 

To help us wind down in the evening, we’ve created a playlist that we play each night that signals to us that it’s nearly time for bed. We have a mix of lyrical and instrumental songs that are our go-tos when sleep seems like a distant possibility. We put it on about an hour before bed (at the same time we plug our phones into charge in the kitchen over night) and we swear it makes us sleepy straight away. 

You can listen to our Evening Wind Down playlist on Spotify here.

or the songs we’ve included are:

  1. All of the Stars – Ed Sheeran
  2. Collapse – Vancouver Sleep Clinic
  3. Heartbeats – José González 
  4. Night and Day – Oscar Peterson
  5. L’Ombre Et La Lumiere – Coralie Clement
  6. Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  7. Daisy Mae – Leon Bridges
  8. Think Twice – Céline Dion
  9. Calgary – Bon Iver
  10. Perth – Bon Iver
  11. Night – Ludovico Einaudi
  12. Love and Work – Theodore Shapiro
  13. May It Be – Enya
  14. Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  15. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan

Sweet dreams!


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<![CDATA[GUT INSTINCT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-instinct http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-instinct Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We all know how important good gut health is. It’s the foundation of good health and can have a huge impact on your immunity, digestion and mood. But could it be the reason you’re wide-awake in the middle of the night?

It’s easy to blame stress, anxiety, adrenaline or even too much coffee for why you’re lying awake at 3:00am but what if your gut was actually the culprit?

Scientists are beginning to wonder the exact same thing with a strong link between gut health and sleep health. Whilst the link is unproven yet, scientists suspect the diversity and wellbeing of bacteria in the stomach, small and large intestines could be affecting our ability to fall and stay asleep. 

Our small intestines are full of microbiome (“your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in your intestinal tract. These microorganisms, mainly comprising bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing”) and it could be these trillions of microbes that are keeping us awake at night.

 

Matt Walker, the director of the Centre for Human Sleep at the University of California, Berkeley, says “we know an enormous amount about the relationship between a lack of sleep and appetite, obesity and weight gain… what we don’t fully understand yet is the role of the microbiome in sleep.” 

We’ve spoken before about how sleep deprivation can be linked to weight gain and obesity so it’s not surprising that our gut can be such a major player in our ability to sleep. 

Whilst the investigation into how our microbial ecosystem may affect sleep patterns, experts, including Dr. Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep medicine agrees, stating “Scientists investigating the relationship between sleep and the microbiome are finding that the microbial ecosystem may affect sleep and sleep-related physiological functions in a number of different ways: shifting circadian rhythms, altering the body’s sleep-wake cycle, affecting hormones that regulate sleep and wakefulness.”

Whilst it’s not yet definitive, it’s definitely worth considering. A healthy gut equals a healthy sleep. Experts suggest regularly taking probiotics (a type of live bacteria) and prebiotics (non-digestible carbohydrates) to feed the good bacteria in our guts. It’s no secret that probiotics are excellent for gut health so regardless of whether you’re sleeping through the night or not, they’re a good addition to any diet.

Other gut-loving goodies include kombucha, sauerkraut, berries, broccoli, bone broth, leafy greens, kimchi, kefir and yoghurt. 

So although the jury is still out, if you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s definitely worth checking to see whether your gut is in tip-top shape. It may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

And on that note, sweet dreams! 

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<![CDATA[SLEEP ON IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sleep-on-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sleep-on-it Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

It’s no secret that sleep is good for you. Regardless of who you are or what you do, sleep is one of the key pillars of good health and is capable of impacting your whole day.

Think about it – when you have a good night’s sleep, you’re probably nailing life. You’re on top of your game at work, you’ve meal prepped your lunches, you’re exercising regularly and you’re just a much happier person. In contrast, when you have a bad night’s sleep, you’ve probably snoozed your alarm so many times that you don’t have time to eat breakfast, let alone pack lunch for the day, you’re now running late, which means you’re frustrated and flustered when you get to work. It’s not until you’re on your way to the gym after work that you realise you actually have not one ounce of energy for the gym. All of this? It stems from a night without rest.

Sleep is absolutely paramount in a healthy lifestyle because when you’re sleeping, your body is able to recharge for the next day. During sleep, your body heals damaged cells, boosts your immunity, recovers from the day’s activities and recharges your heart and cardiovascular system. 

If you don’t get a decent night’s sleep, your body doesn’t have the chance to fully reset for the next day. Of course, this means that you can become extra drowsy; you can struggle to take in any new information or remember things, and your coffee intake goes from one cup a day to three cups.

But did you know a lack of sleep could increase the risk of weight gain and obesity? Yep, that’s right. Not only does a small amount of shut eye mean you’ll need a few extra coffees the next day, but studies have shown that when you’re sleep deprived, you’re more likely to crave unhealthy, greasy and sugary foods, resulting in weight gain. Further to this, sleep helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones that make you feel hungry (ghrelin) and full (leptin). When you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of ghrelin increase (making you hungrier) and your levels of leptin decrease. 

Does your extra cup of coffee in the afternoon and your penchant for a few rows of chocolate make sense now? We get you because we’ve been there. That’s why we’ve set ourselves up with a foolproof evening routine that ensures we have a solid amount of zzz’s each night. Sure, it means we have to be organised and be in bed by a certain time each night, but that small timeframe of getting organised each night is far less stressful and totally worth it compared to the hours lost when we have a bad night’s sleep. 

Our Winter Wellness Challenge is all about making small changes that make a big difference and everything we’ve shown you so far this month are fast, easy and manageable ways to make those small changes. 

1. It goes without saying but we limit all caffeine (including black and green tea) before we go to bed. Caffeine is a stimulant and does the opposite of winding your body down. Instead, we opt for a cup of herbal tea instead. Peppermint tea usually does the trick but we also love the specific ‘sleep’ teas that can be found on supermarket shelves. They usually include ingredients such as lavender, camomile, peppermint and fennel, which all promote rest and relaxation.

2. We release any tension from our bodies by giving ourselves a massage. Not any type of massage though; we use a foam roller for maximum benefit. A lot of you probably think foam rollers are specifically for people who exercise regularly, but we’re here to tell you, they're not. Everyone should be giving themselves a self-massage because it releases tension and relieves pain from our muscles. Whilst it is important to be foam rolling if you are working out regularly, it’s also really important if your job requires you to sit down a lot. Foam rolling is a type of myofascial massage that keeps your muscles loose and well hydrated and eases pain in the tissues that wrap around, connect and support your muscles. When your muscles are tight and sore, your body becomes stiff and is unable to fully rest properly, which inhibits your sleep.

3. We’re not sure about you, but we always potter around the house at bedtime. We like to go to bed with the house (relatively) clean so we can start the next day fresh and ready to go. Whilst we potter, we put on some calming music that soothes and encourages rest and relaxation. It’s such a simple thing to do each evening but we can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is!

4. We put our phones down an hour before we go to bed. To be honest, this was a hard one to get used to but ever since we’ve put our phone to charge in the kitchen each night, we’re able to fall asleep a whole lot easier than ever before. The constant stimulation our eyes and brain get from our phones, the television and computer screens all impact how restful our sleep is. Instead of being on our phones right up until we fall asleep, we use the extra time to read a book or a magazine and if time permits, we’ll meditate.

5. We try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each morning, so our body can maintain the same routine and rhythm. 

6. We use a sleep mask, which we swear, has changed our lives. Sleep masks are amazing because not only do they block out any light but also, as soon as we put ours on each night, it signals to our body that it’s time to go to sleep. We don’t know how it works but we swear, as soon as we pull it over our eyes, we’re out like a light. Silk masks, in particular, are also worthwhile because the cool silk on your face is really good for your skin. It helps prevents fine lines and wrinkles. 

7. We rub the soles of our feet with magnesium oil. Magnesium helps to get us to sleep but the biggest difference we’ve noticed since rubbing it on our feet is that we stay asleep during the night. We don’t wake up tossing and turning all night long and we wake up feeling rested and ready to go. Magnesium also helps with muscle soreness and tightness so if we’ve had a particularly gruelling workout, we’ll rub it on our sore spots followed by the foam roller.

Have you got any tried and tested sleep tips that work for you night after night? The above tips are what works for us but we’re sure there’s more out there. Let us know how you’re going with our Winter Wellness Challenge in the comments below! 

 


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<![CDATA[WEEK 4 – WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-4-winter-wellness-challenge http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-4-winter-wellness-challenge Sun, 22 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Welcome to week 4 of our Winter Wellness Challenge! We can’t believe it’s already the last week of July and the last week of our challenge!

Based on your comments, DMs and emails, it appears that you are feeling more empowered to take charge of your wellness. That can be tough to do, particularly in Winter, so we’re thrilled that you have adopted some of our simple yet effective tips and rituals, as well as tried a variety of new things including recipes, face rollers and float tanks! 

For our last week of the Winter Wellness Challenge, we want to discuss sleep and how to get better quality sleep that can have an impact on your overall wellbeing, help you to stress less and keep the kilos off. Yep, that’s right. Not getting enough quality sleep could also be the reason you can’t lose weight. 

We’ve also created strategies to help increase the number of zzz’s we get each night so if you’re someone who lies awake mentally adding things to your to-do list at 3am or if you have trouble falling asleep, continue reading because we might have just thing to help you. 

Let’s do this!

Not getting enough sleep? You may not think that’s such a big deal, but it’s worth reconsidering your approach because these are the surprising effects a lack of sleep has on your body. Find out more here.

Do you find yourself wide-awake every night? Your gut might be the reason why. Learn more about the link between your gut health and sleep here.

Last week, we shared with you our morning routine and encouraged you to create your own. This week, we’re looking at the opposite end of the day: the evening. One thing that has undeniably helped us get into an excellent nightly routine is having an evening wind down playlist. We pop it on about an hour before we go to bed and all of the calm and soft songs signal to our body that it’s time to get ready for some shuteye. 

We would love for you to create your own evening wind down playlist. We’ve put all the details of ours here if you’d like to listen to that, otherwise, simply head to Spotify to start creating your own. 

This week, we highly recommend you try foam rolling. A foam roller is the latest exercise tool in the wellness world that can help to release muscle tension and pain, decrease recovery time, reduce inflammation and increase circulation. 

We have been using one on a regular basis for the better part of a year and now couldn’t imagine our lives without one. We love that they are a simple and inexpensive way to get the benefits of a specialised massage in the comfort of our own homes. 

Find out why you need to start foam rolling ASAP, regardless of whether you go to the gym or not, hereYou’ll be surprised!

To celebrate everyone’s hard work over the past four weeks, we wanted to end our Winter Wellness Challenge with a BANG! We’ve decided to give away four Aktivaal boxes to thank you all for participating in our Winter Wellness Challenge.

If you haven’t heard of Aktivaal before, listen up! Aktivaal is an online fitness destination that offers a collection of beautifully curated essentials to get you started and keep you motivated throughout your fitness journey. An extension of founder and creator, Lindy Sorensen’s love of fitness, Aktivaal provide the staples needed to make a start and maintain a healthy lifestyle at home, whatever your fitness level or schedule.

The Aktivaal collection is made up of a series of boxes, all thoughtfully put together to include the essential equipment needed to cover a range of activities – from yoga to running, swimming, postnatal and kid’s fitness – the collection has something for everyone.

We have two Back To You Boxes AND two Yoga Boxes to give away!

Valued at $240, the Yoga Box contains:

  • Yoga mat
  • Stylerunner voucher to the value of $50
  • iKOU Muscle Aromatherapy Soak (125g satchel)
  • Yoga block
  • Yoga strap
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • Fitness towel

Valued at $350, theBack To You Box contains: 

  • Yoga mat
  • Rose gold swiss ball (55cm medium) + pump
  • Stylerunner voucher to the value of $50
  • iKOU Muscle Aromatherapy Soak (125g satchel)
  • A set of 4 resistance bands
  • Stainless steel waterbottle
  • Fitness towel

For the chance to win one of four Aktivaal boxes, simply:

1. Head to this post on our Instagram post;

2. Like the post;

3. Tag a friend;

4. Make sure both of you follow @swiishbysallyo and @aktivaal

Good luck!

Giveaway closes  at midnight on Sunday 31st July 2018. Open to Australian residents only. You must be following @swiishbysallyo and @aktivaal. You can enter as many times as you like ensuring one tag per comment line. Winners will be randomly drawn within 48 hours. By entering, you agree that you are over 18 years of age. Giveaway is no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.

And THANK YOU all so much for what has been a truly wonderful month doing this Winter Wellness Challenge together! 

Love Sally and Maha and the SWIISH team xx

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<![CDATA[COAT OF CONFIDENCE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/coat-of-confidence http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/coat-of-confidence Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you’ve followed us for a while now, you will be well aware that summer is our favourite season (mangoes, beaches, hot weather, etc.) so we find it hard to accept that we still have at least two months of chilly weather left.

The one redeeming factor that winter isn’t yet over is the winter shopping. We’re obsessed! We love how chic and put together everyone looks in winter compared to the little summer dresses and sandals of summer.

Considering we still have quite a while left of this weather, we thought we would round up our favourite coats for the season and how to style them. Coats are one of the most versatile pieces you can own in your wardrobe, which is why they are seriously worth the little bit extra. 

This coat is a lesson in versatility because you can seriously wear it running errands with sneakers and jeans or you can wear it out to a beautiful restaurant or event with heels. Get yours here.

This grey wool-blend beauty is a fave because it’s so deliciously warm and stylish. You can opt to keep it tonal with grey jeans and sneakers or choose to go with pumps and a statement bag. Get yours here.

We adore the classic, luxe style of this trench. With the very on trend Prince of Wales Check design, this jacket is the answer all your warm winter needs. We love layering it over a dress, blouse or teaming it with a pair of black pants for the office or a pair of jeans and a tee for an effortless weekend feel. Get yours here.

Modern, sophisticated and cosy - that sums up this one. We’re obsessed with the tailored style, versatile colour and flattering fit. Multi purpose in nature, it can be worn over a dress, with tailored pants and a blouse, with denim, faux leather leggings/pants, to and from the office or a special event. Get yours here.


 


Get more coat inspiration below!


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<![CDATA[BRUSH TO BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brush-to-beauty-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brush-to-beauty-02 Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

You may have heard of dry brushing your skin before, but you may not know why it's so important and such a good thing to do.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, which whilst an amazing fact, also involves some not so pretty details - like the fact that one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. Yep, pretty gross... we're sorry. But that's why it's important to start dry body brushing ASAP!

Dry body brushing is basically a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over dry skin, followed by a bath or shower. The best thing about it is that it only takes five minutes out of your day, costs next to nothing, and helps your body inside as well as out!

There is literally an encyclopedia of dry body brushing benefits but some of them include: 

  • Removing dead layers of skin and other outer impurities

  • Stimulates and increases blood circulation

  • Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface

  • Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs

  • Rejuvenates cells

  • Strengthens immune system

  • Increases muscle tone

  • Improves skin texture

  • Helps prevent premature ageing

  • Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce cellulite appearance

  • Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin

 It’s amazing how one little (and super inexpensive) beauty staple can do so much for you inside and out!!

But before you go running for that dry brush there are a few tips you should keep in mind to get the most out of this routine… 

  1. It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.

  2. Use a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.

  3. Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.

  4. Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.

  5. Using a long handle brush, brush your back next.

  6. Lastly, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.

  7. Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.

  8. Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin and impurities. Follow up with a moisturiser or body oil to lock in moisture and you're on way to gorgeously healthy, glowing skin. 

Want to get your hands (and body) on a dry body brush? Grab one here.

 

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<![CDATA[FLOAT YOUR BOAT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/float-your-boat http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/float-your-boat Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

What if we told you that you could float your way to better health? Sounds crazy, right? But hear us out on this one.

Floating is the latest wellness trend to hit the streets and we are 100% obsessed with it. And no, we’re not talking about going to your local pool to float around for half an hour; we’re talking about floating in a controlled tank where the environment around you has been designed to be free of distractions or obstacles of any kind.

Floating involves lying in a lightless, soundproof float tank filled with 25cm-deep saltwater solution heated to the skin’s temperature. Created by neurophysicist Dr. John C. Lilly over 60 years ago, floatation therapy involves lying in a specifically designed floatation tank that is filled with 1000 litres of water warmed to your skin temperature at depth of 25 centimetres. Dissolved in the water is 600kgs of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt, which results in an incredibly dense solution. This enables people of all body types to float effortlessly and escape the pull of gravity.

It’s designed to help eliminate any outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations and gravity (due to the buoyancy of the water). The result? It literally feels like you are floating in space because you lose track of where your body ends and where the water begins.

Due to the reduced stimulation, your mind and body are transformed into a complete state of relaxation. Not only does this ease the mind, but it allows your body to fully absorb the magnesium from the water, which is what relieves tension, aches, pains and sore muscles within your body. It also increases circulation and can even help to regulate blood pressure. As your physical ailments begin to fade, your mental state then follows suit, allowing you to be incredibly relaxed. Trust us on this; the relaxation levels after our floating session were a high ten. 

We visited Sydney Float Centre for our float session and we couldn’t have had a better time. Upon leaving, our bodies were in a total state of relaxation and our muscle aches from working out were noticeably gone. To reap all the benefits, we would recommend going to three to five times to fully understand how you can use floating to the absolute maximum. 

After visiting Sydney Float Centrewe thought we would give you all our insider tips on what to do for your float visit. We know that when it comes to trying new things in the health & fitness area it can sometimes be daunting, which is it helps to insider knowledge. You can consider us your besties who are here to help.

 

  1. Eat beforehand. Yep, priorities, ha! If you don’t eat beforehand, chances are that you’ll spend your entire float session thinking about your next meal. Don’t eat right before your session because you’ll feel bloated and full but you might like to eat something light an hour before your float begins.

  2. Take really comfy clothes to change into once you finish your float. We would recommend booking in your float session in the late afternoon so you can head home afterwards. You want to take your favourite trackies, a sweater and ugg boots. When you’ve finished floating, you’re in a complete state of relaxation so to keep that momentum going, wear your relaxed clothes and head straight home.

  3. Further to the point above, to keep the relaxation momentum going, have your dinner prepared when you get home. Trust us, you will not feel like cooking or preparing dinner when you finish your float. Instead, you’ll feel like curling up on the lounge with a good book or TV show with a pre-prepared dinner ready to go!

  1. Get there early! Sydney Float Centre recommends getting there at least fifteen minutes before your session commences. Like any gym or workout class you go to for the first time, you want to get there early so you can familiarise yourself with the space. The staff at the float centre will also go through the floating instructions and any tips before you start. Arriving early will ensure you maximise your float time. 

  2. Don’t rush out of the float centre afterwards. Utilise the chill out room at your float centre and use the time to make yourself a cup of tea and to really unwind.

  3. After your float, you’ll notice that your skin will be velvety soft and luxuriously smooth. Invest in a beautiful body oil to use post float. You won’t regret it. 

If you’re in Sydney, we can’t recommend Sydney Float Centre enough. Everything about it was sublime and we can’t way to go back! If you’re not in Sydney, we’ve rounded up more float locations for you below.

Sydney Float Centre - 66 Riley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Flow Revive - 50 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Beyond Rest - 18 Rokeby Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Elevation Floatation and Yoga - 167 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123

Beyond Rest - 125 Edward Street, Perth, Western Australia 6000

Beyond Rest - 3/58 Holdsworth Street, Coorparoo, Queensland 4151

Blue Lagoon Float & Spa - Shop 2, 137 – 139 Brebner Drive, West Lakes, South Australia 5021

The Float Room - 69 Finniss StreetMarion, South Australia 5043

Hobart Float and Spa - 80 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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<![CDATA[LET’S ROLL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lets-roll http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lets-roll Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t need to tell you how much we love rose quartz rollers but if you want a refresher, you can read our full post on the simple and super effective beauty tool here.

It’s no secret that rose quartz rollers have taken the beauty (and Instagram) world by storm and for good reason too. They increase and stimulate blood flow and circulation, reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, just to name a few. Even though they’ve been around for centuries for their healing and restorative properties, they really are the MVP of the 2018 beauty world.

Rose quartz is the crystal of not just love, but unconditional love, especially towards oneself so we think it’s fitting that using a rose quartz roller can be a large part of a self-care routine. Rose quartz is one of the most well known crystals and that’s not just because it looks beautiful. Rose quartz is known to help raise self-esteem, restore confidence, lower stress and balance emotions. As the crystal of love, it can also help heal the heart from anger, disappointment, lost love, resentment and jealousy. We’re firm believers that you have to nourish and look after your insides and that will then translate to the outside. Because rose quartz is known to help heal you from the inside out, your skin reaps all of the benefits. Hello glowing complexion and youthful looking skin!  

The question is though, are you using your roller properly? There’s so much information out there in the big world wide web so we thought we’d do all the research for you and consolidate it into this post for you. 

So how do you use a rose quartz roller? Firstly, the most important thing to remember when using one is to always roll it upwards or horizontally. You shouldn’t roll it back and forth across your face. 

See our easy-to-follow diagram below: 

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<![CDATA[READY TO ROLL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ready-to-roll http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ready-to-roll Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Do you wake up in the morning with puffy skin, dark circles and pronounced fine lines and wrinkles? Unless you’re on holidays or are enjoying life at a yoga retreat, it’s a common sight for most people who are living in the everyday hustle of life. 

So what if we told you that we found a tool that decreases said puffiness, dark circles and fine lines? It would be a total game changer, right? No longer would you have to wake up and coat concealer under your eyes or pat your face with your hands until your skin woke up. This tool, that is super easy to use by the way, can have your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated in only a couple of minutes! 

That’s where a rose quartz roller comes in. Rose Quartz has been used for centuries and Ancient Egyptians believed it had anti-ageing properties that prevented wrinkles and fine lines. Rumour has it, Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Life, used to rub rose quartz in an upward motion around her eyes to retain her beauty and youthful-looking skin (and who are we to argue with a Goddess?).

In today’s world, rose quartz is the crystal of not just love but specifically unconditional love, especially towards oneself so we think it’s fitting that using a rose quartz roller can be a large part of a self-care routine. Rose quartz is one of the most well known crystals and that’s not just because it looks beautiful. Rose quartz is believed to help to raise self-esteem, restore confidence, lower stress and balance emotions. As the crystal of love, it can also help heal the heart from anger, disappointment, lost love, resentment and jealousy. 

The purpose of face rolling is to massage your face. It’s common to get back, neck, shoulders and full body massages to relieve aches and pains and to release tension so considering how often we use our facial muscles (from all the talking and eating we do, ha!), it’s really no surprise that our face should also be privy to regular massages. It functions as a tool to clear away toxins and impurities while increasing blood flow and stimulating circulation. The movement of increased circulation brings more oxygen to the skin’s surface, which loosens up spots where wrinkles are born. The result? You’re left with plump, firm skin and a glowing and healthy looking complexion. 

The best way to store your rose quartz roller is in the fridge because upon using it, the cool stone will help to alleviate puffiness, leaving you with ‘I just had ten hours of sleep’ skin (even if you had less)!

We put the rose quartz roller to the test and Olivia in our team has been using one for the past few weeks. Liv has been using hers morning and night for different reasons. She has been using it at night, after applying her serums and moisturisers, to lock in the products she’s used. The movement from the roller allows the skin to absorb the benefits from the serums and moisturiser. In the morning, Liv’s been using it to decrease puffiness (especially around her eyes) and to stimulate circulation and blood flow after a long sleep. Her verdict? She says “I’ve loved adding this simple step into my morning and night routine. It’s simple, it’s relaxing and I feel like it’s made a difference to my skin. I’m quite prone to a puffy face in the morning and this has made a noticeable and fast difference.”

It also comes in handy when we’ve been on an airplane and the pressure from the cabin has dried out our skin. When we’re just about to land, we do a quick once-over with our rose quartz roller and it leaves us feeling relaxed and ready to go!

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest, and in this case, it’s true; the simplest beauty tools are the best. 

Want rejuvenated skin and a glowing complexion? Get your rose quartz roller here.

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<![CDATA[WEEK 3 – WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-3-winter-wellness-challenge http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-3-winter-wellness-challenge Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Welcome to week 3 of our Winter Wellness Challenge! We’re so pumped and ready to go for this week. 

We certainly felt all the food love with lots of you messaging and emailing us with your culinary successes. How is everyone feeling? We’re half way through our Winter Wellness Challenge and we have to admit, we are feeling SO much better than how we did at the start of the month. It really goes to show what a big change small differences can make. 

Before we get stuck into week 3, if you’re joining us now, you’re not too late – simply catch up on previous weeks here:

This week, we’re going to focus on tightening and toning our body and the best news is – there’s no exercise needed! Hooray! We’re going to show you how two simple (and inexpensive) beauty tools can help to transform your skin from lifeless and dull to healthy and radiant. 

We’re also going to show and explain to you how you can float (yes, float!) your way to health and wellness and the health benefits floating can have on your entire body. 

Let’s get started with this week’s challenge!


Have you heard about facial rollers and have no idea what they are and what they do? Don’t worry, we explain everything you need to know about rose quartz rolling and why you should be doing it every day here.

There are very specific dos and don’ts when using a rose quartz roller and a dry body brush. Learn if you are rolling the right way here and brushing the right way here.

How you spend your morning can either make or break your day so this week, we would love for you to create your own morning routine that includes using a dry body brush and a rose quartz roller. To really get the most out of your morning, and consequently, your day, we find getting up a little bit earlier than we need to works really well. One of the best things about getting up earlier is that you don’t feel like you’re getting up for work. As much as we love our work, we find it’s a bigger incentive to get up each morning to read a book or meditate or exercise before the daily grind begins. Here’s what our morning looks like (if we don’t hit the gym):

6:00am – We wake up and have a 10mls of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of lukewarm water. It kickstarts the digestive system and we learnt last week that drinking warm beverages is incredibly important for an Ayurvedic diet

Whilst we’re setting our apple cider vinegar and water up, we get our rose quartz roller out of the fridge (yes, the fridge! A cold roller is best for decreasing puffiness) and roll our skin using the techniques we learnt here.

6:15am – We hop on the lounge with a cosy throw rug and read for 15 minutes. Sounds super indulgent, right? But the first part of your morning should be dedicated to some form of self-care and we’re usually too tired at night to read for a long period of time so we spend a little bit of time reading. Sometimes, it’ll be a page-turning novel and other times, it might be a book about business. Either way it’s just a nice start to the morning.

6.30am – It’s time to use our dry body brush before we have a shower. A dry body brush can help to increase circulation, stimulate blood flow and reduce cellulite. We find it especially important to use in winter when our skin is SO dry. It gets rid of all that dry skin that tends to build up in the cooler months.

6:40am – After we’ve used our dry body brush and had a shower, it’s time for hair and make-up.

7:00am – Breakfast time! Brekkie is the most important meal of the day and to be honest, probably our favourite meal of the day. We usually both have a green smoothie (no surprises there) and we also have a glass of water with a teaspoon of Super Green Superfood Powder, which helps to detox, debloat and energise. It’s also packed full of fruit, veggies, probiotics, prebiotics and superfoods so we know we’re doing something amazing for our body first thing in the morning. 

7.30am – Head out the door for a productive and energising day!

How does a one-hour session of floating sound to you? It would be just you and a tub full of water to help you relax and rejuvenate. This week, we would love for you to try a float tank. You can read about what happened when we went to a float tank here but in essence, floating relieves tension, aches, pains and sore muscles within your body. It also increases circulation and can even help to regulate blood pressure. The relaxation levels upon completion of your float are also a high ten. Make sure you read this post for our insider tips and tricks on floating (trust us, you need to read this). 

To tighten and tone without exercising, this week, we’re offering 10% off all rose quartz rollers and dry body brushes at shop.swiish.com! Shop your rose quartz roller here and your dry body brush here and use the code: WELLNESS10 to receive the discount. Hurry, as this offer ends Sunday 22nd July 2018 at 11:59pm AEST. 

Don’t forget that we’ve also got our Winter Wellness Challenge calendar to make things easier for you. We’ve created a calendar for you that highlights all the information you need over the next few weeks. As you can see, you can expect to find something for every day of the month. Don’t worry though; these are all super simple tasks that can easily be slotted into your everyday routine. Click here to download your calendar. We would suggest printing it and keeping it on the fridge or on your desk so it’s always nearby and ready to go! 

There you have it, simple ways to tighten and tone without exercising. Thanks for joining us on our Winter Wellness Challenge and make sure you follow us on Instagram to get the latest in health and wellness! We’d love to hear how you’re going with the challenge so feel free to touch base with us on social media or leave us a comment below. 

Love Sally and Maha and the SWIISH team xx

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<![CDATA[BROCCOLI COFFEE IS A THING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/broccoli-coffee-is-a-thing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/broccoli-coffee-is-a-thing Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

First, there was mushroom coffee and now we’d like to introduce you to broccoli coffee. 

Yes, that’s not a typo. Broccoli coffee is now a thing and according to scientists, having 2 tablespoons of broccoli powder in your daily caffeine drink of choice, is akin to having one serve of vegetables. 

We can’t deny that broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable with plenty of fibre, vitamins (including A, B1 and B6) and minerals such as potassium, zinc and magnesium but what’s it doing in coffee? According to scientists, the powdered form of the brassica vegetable is an excellent way to meet your daily vegetable intake and although it might turn your coffee a slight green colour, the taste isn’t all that different. 

The benefits of broccoli are plentiful with it constantly being referred to as one of the world’s healthiest vegetables. It’s anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, it can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and it can help promote strong bones so even though it might make your daily cup of joe taste a little... different... it’s probably worth it for the abundant health benefits. 

If you want to experiment with broccoli powder in your next coffee, it can be added to an espresso shot before the steamed milk is poured.

Would you be game enough to try broccoli coffee? We’re up for giving it a try!


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<![CDATA[HELLO CUTE!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hello-cute http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hello-cute Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

All of your mummy and me dreams have come true because we’ve found a brand that creates beautiful shoes for the modern mumma and child.

Say hello to Hello Zef, the Victorian-based shoe brand that launched in 2015 by Suzie Goold. Originally just selling kicks for kids, Goold had request after request to launch a Mumma collection so that’s exactly what she did. 

Like us, Goold believes in supporting small businesses and quality products that can be passed down from sibling to sibling or friend to friend.

 The shoes range from sandals and sneakers to trendy high tops and we’re obsessed. The prints are incredibly cool and totally on trend; they’re definitely something you will both want to wear. Another thing we adore about this brand is their work with local charities and organisations. 

Shop Hello Zef.

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<![CDATA[SET THE TONE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/set-the-tone http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/set-the-tone Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If there’s one thing we’d like to thank the 2018 fashion gods for, it would be tonal dressing. 

We’re obsessed with this trend that’s taken over the fashion world this year and we honestly can’t get enough of it. What is tonal dressing, you ask? Like it sounds, it’s when you wear the same colour head to toe but in different shades. Navy and sky blue? You bet! Aubergine and lilac? Absolutely! Mustard and buttercup? Yes please!

The key with tonal dressing though is to mix textures and even patterns, and to have one item that contrasts against the whole outfit. This usually works best with accessories like shoes or a clutch. Wearing head to toe red? Go for a black clutch. 

Like us, you’ve probably already nailed wearing head to toe black but if you need inspo on wearing colours outside of your comfort zone, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up our favourite head to toe colour combos for you below!

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