<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:58:59 GMT Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:58:59 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[BE UNSTOPPABLE (AND WIN!)]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/be-unstoppable-and-win http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/be-unstoppable-and-win Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Everyone has their own ‘unstoppable’ story.  And if it could help you win a pair of new shoes, why wouldn’t you want to share?  

Yep!  Thanks to Ziera’s new ‘Unstoppable’ campaign you could go in the draw to win a pair of gorgeous Ziera shoes and all you have to do is tell us about what being an unstoppable woman means to you. 

If you haven’t heard of it before, ‘Unstoppable’ is a campaign that aims to discover and celebrate the stories of Unstoppable women from across Australia and New Zealand.  Whether they’re successful in business, overcoming hardships, or just putting others before themselves and have an inspiring story – the Unstoppable campaign aims to promote empowerment and support of all women. 

When we first heard about this Ziera campaign, we just couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The whole idea just fits in so well with our SWIISH philosophy, which promotes the idea of women inspiring other women and encourages all of us to lead strong, empowered lives.  We knew this would be something you guys would love to get involved in!

In my life, being unstoppable means working hard and striving beyond what you thought possible, to achieve success.  But it also means failing… over and over again. Resilience is at the core of success.  Sure, it might be an emotional roller coaster but at the end of the day, you refuse to give up. 

My all-time favourite quote by Harrison Ford sums this up perfectly.  He says “I realised early on that success was tied to not giving up.  Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things.  If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.”  My sister, Maha, who co-founded SWIISH.com with me, has a very similar analogy, which is standing in a line to get into a nightclub… eventually people give up and leave, and your place place in the line keeps inching forward until you get in. A little different to Harrison’s but the message is the same!  Persist.  Stay on the course.  Don’t give up.

My ‘unstoppable story’ has to do with the creation of SWIISH.  I had only just finished my first surgery during my cancer treatment when I decided I wanted to do a blog that focused on living a luxe-for-less lifestyle.  I called Maha from hospital where I was recovering to tell her the idea and that’s when SWIISH was born.  But to get from there to where we are now, it was definitely no easy feat.  

There were many days in the beginning where we wondered what the hell we were doing. Working until 4am writing blog posts, taking photos with a dodgy old camera and learning about this Instagram thing that had just hit the market. Ha ha!  For anyone who has started a business, you will know what I mean.  There is no off button.  Many days, you’re the creative director, the receptionist, the accountant, the shopkeeper, the writer, the cleaner, the therapist and the CEO all in one.  It was crazy!  But at the end of the day, we believed in what we were doing and we refused to give up.  

Four years on, SWIISH is absolutely thriving.  Our growth has been beyond anything we ever dreamed.  All because we believed in the strength of being unstoppable when it comes to chasing your dreams.

Now… back to those free shoes.  Ha ha! Seriously though, we are so keen to hear your stories. We would love for you to share them, and when you do, you will also go in the draw to win an amazing pair of Ziera shoes. So simply answer this question in the comments section below:

“What does it mean to you to be an unstoppable woman?”

Remember to speak from the heart and be creative!  You might even like to share a little story about a time when you were unstoppable. 

In addition to this competition on SWIISH, Ziera will be holding an online competition, in which five unstoppable women will win $2,500, plus five pairs of shoes to continue their spectacular journey. And for those who take up the challenge to nominate their friends and family members, Ziera will place them in a draw to win 1 of 100 pairs of Ziera shoes.

Head to www.zierashoes.com/unstoppable to enter this competition or nominate a winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to post your nominees to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #beunstoppable to let the world know who you are supporting.

PS. If you're wondering what shoes I'm wearing here, they are the Toni slides in silver. I love them!

This post is sponsored by Ziera Shoes but all thoughts and opinions including meal suggestions are our own.

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<![CDATA[DETOX + ENERGISE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/detox-energise-1 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/detox-energise-1 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here at SWIISH, we’re big believers in the idea that even the smallest lifestyle change can make the biggest difference.  Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going to bed an hour earlier or drinking one super green smoothie every day – it all adds up!  Because although these little efforts don’t seem like much at the time, if you keep them up, there’s no denying the results.

This is the philosophy we wanted to keep in mind when we were designing our new SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder.  We know how important good nutrition is – but we also know that getting enough of the good stuff into your daily diet isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be.  That’s why we’ve specifically created this powder to be a delicious, fast and easy way to get all that goodness in one go.

With a mouth-watering blend of over 40 super powered ingredients, including those all-important green veggies, probiotics and superfoods, this powder is designed to keep you functioning at your peak.  With such a concentrated mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, our SWIISH DELIISH powder helps to improve vitality, increase energy, boost immunity and aid digestion. So what does all that mean? One teaspoon helps you detox, de-bloat and get a massive shot of energy - naturally!   At the same time, it helps to alkalise and revitalise your entire body.   

We've been working on this powder for two years. If that sounds like a long time, it is. But we knew that we had to get it right. Not only did we need all the right ingredients in the right amounts to help boost health but also - almost as importantly, we wanted it to taste AMAZING. 

During the research stages of designing this powder, we discovered that one of the key reasons people give up on nutrition products is because they taste horrible.  This wasn’t surprising to us.  Most of the green powders we’ve tasted so far either need to be sweetened or  they're sickly sweet, or they just kinda taste like dirt and we need to hold our nose when we drink them. 

This is exactly the reason why our SWIISH DELIISH powder has been designed to be, well… DELIISH!  Giving it it's fresh and refreshing taste are the lime, herb and fruit extracts. What does it taste like? Pine-lime. Yep... yum! In fact, our favourite way to drink this powder is mixed straight in with water.  This is great because it also means we end up drinking more water throughout the day.  Your taste buds keep going back for another sip!

So we’ve already mentioned this powder has over 40 different ingredients but of course, it’s important to know what they are and why they’re so good for your health.  Below, we’ve put together the full list of ingredients in our SWIISH DELIISH powder, along with just a few of their primary benefits…

When we first did taste testings of our Super Green Superfood Powder at The Good Food and Wine Show, the feedback was resounding. We had produced a small batch to take to the show and everyone who tried it bought it on the spot. Which was great - but we sold out!  Everyone was genuinely impressed (and a little shocked) that a powder with so many greens and superfoods could taste so great!  We were so excited that everyone loved it as much as us! And now we have officially launched it, so that you guys can get your hands on some too.

Head to the SWIISH online store for more info and to try our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder for yourself.  

 

 

Posted in: Health & Fitness, Homepage

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<![CDATA[GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/getting-to-the-bottom-of-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/getting-to-the-bottom-of-it Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This is a story about me and my underwear. Yep. Sorry if you were sipping on your morning coffee and not quite expecting that hahaha! Specifically, this is a story about the dangers of wearing the wrong underwear. You think I'm kidding? Well, maybe I am a bit, but the truth is, me and so many women I know have had the most awkward, embarrassing moments all because of their undies.

You know those stories, probably because you have one of your own. For one of my besties, it was when she wore a pair of waaaaay too tight granny knickers on a hot date and didn't realise that you could basically see them through the sheer fabric of her dress. Not only did they give her a gigantic wedgie - but the dress kept getting caught in the wedgie too! She was mortified particularly as she had to keep reaching around to pull the dress out. Eventually her date asked... "Is everything ok? You know? Back there?" We laugh about it now but only because we know better.

For me, it was my very first big job interview. I had graduated from university and was ready to take the next big step and launch my career. I'd done hours of research on one company in particular that I really wanted to work for, and after many months of being in touch with them (read: stalking), I finally landed an interview for my dream job. I had put a lot of thought into how I would answer all the possible questions they would ask, I knew exactly what their long term strategy and vision was, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And becuase I am a fashion gal at heart, I also had purchased a new suit, new bra and undies, and heels. Oh, ok, and a new bag too hahaha! 

The interview day rolled around and I travelled into the city for my big meeting. There was just one problem. The g-string I was wearing was clearly a cheap "lace" pair. The elastic was cutting into my hips and the "lace" was scratchy and sooooo uncomfortable. I wanted to change them but there was no time or I wouldn't make the interview. I began to sweat, and when I went in to the meeting room for the interview with the Director and the HR Manager, I began to lose focus. All I could think about was that elastic practically cutting off my circulation, then I worried that I wasn't listening to their questions (which I wasn't... given all I could think about was how uncomfortable I was) which then made me sweat even more... aaaand then I worried about them being able to see the sweat patches under my arms..... All because of a pair of undies. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.

So you see, underwear might be one of those things you take for granted, until you have one of these moments.

These days, I've outgrown uncomfortable. I've managed to find the most comfy undies I've ever owned. It probably won't come as a surprise that they are Bonds, given we all know and love Bonds for their excellent quality and fun fashion style. The new Comfytails range in particular is a hands down winner. Made from breatheable cotton, and in a range of fits (full brief, midi brief, hi-leg and bikini) it's easy to find the perfect pair just for you. Plus they come in a range of gorgeous prints as well as basics so you can have the best of both worlds. They're so budget-friendly too, with 3 pairs coming in at $33. Yes! Comfort, style and affordability - three of our favourite things!

You can check out the full range and get your hands on Bonds Comfytails on their website: https://www.bonds.com.au/comfytails

This post is sponsored by Bonds, however all thoughts and opinions are that of SWIISH.

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<![CDATA[JOIN OUR SWIISH TEAM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-our-swiish-team http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-our-swiish-team Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

It's been a mammoth 4 years since we started SWIISH.com. First came the blog in 2012, and a couple of years later, we launched our online store. Full of goodies we absolutely love, it's a monthly edit of luxe for less buys we (and you) can't live without.

We've written cookbooks (two of them, with another on the way!), developed new products (helloooo Super Green Superfood Powder and the just released frozen Super Green Smoothies range at Coles & Woollies) and have grown our community reach through our charitable initiative Wish By SWIISH, which grants wishes to women suffering from serious illnesses. We have so much more planned for 2017 and beyond that we cannot wait to share with you all.

But here's the thing - to achieve all of this and to continue to create an online destination that we are insanely proud of - it takes an AMAZING team. A team who share the same passion and the same vision - that you truly can have a fabulous life at an affordable price. At the end of the day, we want women to feel good from the inside out and to do so in a way that doesn't cost the earth.

And now our team is growing (YAY!). We have a number of roles available - some full time, some part time, and some internships.

Regardless of which of these roles it is, a few things are critical to us. Passion. Commitment. A willingness to go above and beyond the role to get the job done. A flexible can-do attitude where no job is too big or too small. Teamwork. Fun! A love for our readers and our customers - they are, after all, our community who we love to engage with every single day. Excellent communication skills, particularly spelling and grammar. The ability to think ahead, to juggle conflicting priorities and keep a calm demeanour (we aren't saving lives here, it's all going to be ok!). A clear and organised mindset.

We have a strong company culture that is grounded in teamwork.  We pride ourselves on delivering engaging content, exceptional service and quality products to our customers.

We offer generous staff discounts, but even more importantly, we are big believers in supporting and celebrating our team members as much as we can outside of work - whether that's when one team member moved home, another's little one started school, and another finished uni - all of these milestones are just as important to us, and we want nothing more than to recognise and celebrate them with our team. We have regular team celebrations throughout the year (and many an impromptu donut delivery to the office!) because having fun is important to us. 

We also have created an environment where autonomy is encouraged. We don't micro-manage, we don't clockwatch. We care about the job getting done and we are happy to be flexible wherever we can with hours, or leave etc because we know that life is about life as much as it is about work.  At the end of the day, we offer the opportunity for you to learn and build your skills in a growing, creative, dynamic, flexible, supportive business.

This role is at the core of our team as it works across the entire business.

You will be responsible for:

  • Blog post creation, including writing content and sourcing imagery
  • Pitching fashion, health, home and beauty related story ideas that will appeal to the SWIISH reader
  • Assisting with writing social media copy
  • Scheduling of website content
  • Managing the efficient running of the office
  • Acting as 'Community Manager' – monitoring and replying to email correspondence, following up on any queries
  • Filing of receipts, credit notes, invoices and important documents
  • Scanning and filing
  • Managing the Director's diaries, bookings and appointments
  • Ensuring the office is kept in a neat and orderly fashion
  • Keeping manuals and other documents / templates up to date
  • Working with the Directors on launches and events
  • Liaising with PR agencies and industry contacts
  • Assisting with online store dispatch when necessary
  • General office errands – your flexible attitude means that no job is too big or too small

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Previous writing experience, particularly in the areas of fashion, beauty, health or general lifestyle
  • Organisational skills that are second to none – you run a to-do list with military precision… nothing slips through the cracks. You need to be able to plan ahead and adjust your workday accordingly during peak times
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to edit documents, and use correct spelling and grammar (you definitely know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'; and 'there', 'their' and 'they're')
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment, to multi-task, manage conflicting priorities and work well under pressure
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative and think ahead
  • Strong competence in Word and Excel. Experience using a Mac would be preferred
  • Strong passion for health, beauty, fashion and lifestyle and a mild addiction to social media – what's hot, what's trending and what's not
  • A flexible, can-do attitude (no job is too big or too small)
  • To enjoy being part of a small, tight-knit, hardworking and fun team culture

We are looking for an online store superstar. An all-rounder who has worked in retail previously, and is happy to pack and dispatch orders, talk to customers over the phone and over email, but ideally - and most importantly - someone who can bring experience in or knowledge of the set up / logistics side of online fulfilment. That might be best practice knowledge of setting up a dispatch centre, or of managing retail POS systems (or both!).

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Effectively organising customer orders
  • Quality control of stock
  • Packing and processing orders for dispatch
  • Liaising with postal and courier services
  • Direct contact with customers to provide assistance regarding orders
  • Entering new products and product descriptions into the online store system
  • Liaising with suppliers as required
  • Managing regular stocktake of inventory
  • Online store administration including ensuring sufficient supply of dispatch materials
  • Ensuring stock is organised and replenished as needed
  • Ability to project manage implementation of new processes, future moves to larger premises including warehouse set-up and logistics etc.

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Previous experience in a retail environment, preferably online
  • Strong organisational skills including time management and multi-tasking
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative and think ahead
  • A flexible, can-do attitude (no job is too big or too small)
  • Experience working with Shopify online retail programs is highly regarded
  • To enjoy being part of a small, tight-knit, hardworking and fun team culture

In this role, you will be responsible for photographing and videoing SWIISH content, across all aspects of lifestyle which includes fashion, homewares, food, flatlay, products, SWIISH events and more. As part of this, you would also assist to scout locations, and ultimately take ownership of your role to ensure that final copy is ready for publication.

We require a commitment of at least 1 day per week, with a view to this potentially increasing over time to 2 days per week. You would be based here with us at SWIISH.com HQ in Bondi Junction and we also shoot around Sydney (usually Eastern suburbs). We are flexible as to which days you are available.

Experience in street style fashion photography is essential. A can-do attitude, attention to detail, enthusiasm and ownership of your role are critical.

An internship is an amazing way to gain meaningful training and experience and obtain real insight into the world of blogging and business. Every member of our SWIISH team completed an internship with us, before they were hired.  

As a Graphic Design Intern, you would learn and assist with:

  • Upload and layout of website and online store content
  • Social Media content
  • Web design
  • Administrative tasks and ad-hoc duties
  • Working on special SWIISH projects    

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Experience in both Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Lightroom would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Accuracy with spelling and grammar

The internship would commence as soon as possible and run for 6 months. We require 2 days per week to be spent at the SWIISH office (ideally Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

An interest in fashion and beauty is favourable but not essential.

You would assist with:

* administrative tasks across the SWIISH office, blog and online store

* working on special SWIISH projects

* attending and assisting at photo shoots where required

* ad-hoc duties

* attending events

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Strong interest in fashion and lifestyle
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Minimum 6 month internship, 2 days a week in the SWIISH office

You must be available 2 days a week for a 6 month period commencing as soon as possible.

 

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<![CDATA[SKILLET BAKED EGGS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-skillet-baked-eggs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-skillet-baked-eggs Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you’ve never had baked eggs before, you’ve seriously been missing out.  This gourmet brekkie option is delicious, comforting and oh-so-satisfying at the same time.  Plus, it’s the perfect way to make eggs interesting without adding carbs.  

Our ‘Skillet Baked Eggs’ is a super healthy recipe that the whole household will love.  With soft baby spinach, crispy pancetta and a hint of spice, this dish is a mouth-watering medley of textures and flavours.  And, like all of our recipes in The Good Life, it can be made with minimal effort.  No fancy cooking skills required!    

This dish is so tasty, we often forget that it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, paleo and packed with essential nutrients.  Luckily, the kids do too.  Ha ha!  

Coming in at under 350 calories per serve, our baked eggs can be enjoyed 100% guilt-free.  If you’re after a full tummy, a happy heart and a slender waistline – this dish is your new go-to!

Oh and if you like this one, you'll find heeeeeaps more lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes in our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which you can pick up now from our online store right here.

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<![CDATA[GET A DESIGNER DRESS FOR LESS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-a-designer-dress-for-less http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-a-designer-dress-for-less Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

When you’ve got a special event coming up, finding the right dress is always a top priority.  And if you’re like us, you probably start off at the sale rack and find nothing... before drifting mindlessly into the designer section to drool over the gorgeous gowns.  But although designer dresses are amazing, it’s near on impossible to justify dropping $900 on an outfit you’ll only wear once.

So then you’ve got two options - you either don’t buy the dress and you settle for something kind-of-ok-but-not-amazing and feel less than your fabulous best at said event. OR you buy the dress, feel super guilty about how much you spent and then even worse - only wear it once because you feel like you can't possibly wear it again since everyone has seen you in it before - especially in the age of social media where there are dozens of pics of you across Instagram and Facebook… hands up who's with us? Yep, we know we're not the only ones guilty of this. Ha ha!

The issue is, even one or two wears doesn’t justify a $900 spend. Which leads us to the final (and best) option… GlamCorner.

Many of you have probably already heard of GlamCorner before.  Aside from the fact that we’re always singing their praises on SWIISH, the website has also become a hot ticket on the fashion scene.  If you haven’t heard of it though, GlamCorner is basically a rent-a-dress website that lets you hire designer fashion for a fraction of the retail price. Yes! Tell us what is not to love about that!

If you jump on the GlamCorner website, you'll see that you can have a browse through their collection, which includes a huge range of styles and sizes from incredible designers like Alex Perry, Camilla, Manning Cartell, Shona Joy, Thurley, Rachel Gilbert, Maticevski, Zimmerman, Balmain and heeeeeaps more.  Then you just pick a size, pick a rental period and hit the checkout.  Easy as that!

I recently had a cocktail event to attend and wasn't sure whether I wanted to go more formal in style, or more boho in style. I found a couple of dresses I loved on the GlamCorner site - a Zimmerman ‘Havoc Suspend’ dress which retails for $850 but on GlamCorner, you can rent it for just $149.  Same with the other dress I found - the Sunday Ruffle Dress by Talulah – It usually costs $240 but you can rent it for just $69!

If, like me, you can't decide which one you want to rent, or you're not sure which dress will suit you best - GlamCorner have you covered with their ‘Back Up Dress’ option.  We all know how tough it can be when you're getting clothes online - size and fit can be hard to work out. So basically the back up option lets you rent a dress, then add a second dress to your booking - a 'backup dress' - for just $15. YES! $15!  Then when you receive your dresses, you can decide which on you actually want to wear.  How awesome is that?

There is so much to love about GlamCorner! The outfits are gorgeous and on trend, and the prices are a bargain which ultimately means you can potentially wear a different designer dress every time you have something on. Why would you buy that Zimmermann dress for $850 - if instead you could rent out 5 different dresses at $149 each. It seems like a total no brainer to us!

Across the SWIISH team, GlamCorner has saved us countless times when we’ve needed a last-minute outfit for an event.  If you live in the Sydney Metro area, you can get same day delivery and if you’re anywhere else in Australia, it typically only takes a day or two to reach you. Then after you’ve worn the dress, you simply place it in the pre-paid satchel provided and pop it in the post box to be returned.

Fair to say we are totally OBSESSED.  The whole idea just fits in so well with our luxe-for-less philosophy.  If you’re on a budget but need a jaw-dropping dress for your next event, then we definitely recommend hitting up the GlamCorner website. You’ll love it!

Check out my video below to find out more about GlamCorner and to see the dresses I chose to order (and why)!

This post is sponsored by GlamCorner but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Posted in: Fashion, Homepage

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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 Sun, 05 Mar 2017 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[SMOOTHIE THE KILOS AWAY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/smoothie-the-kilos-away http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/smoothie-the-kilos-away Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Do you want to lose weight and feel amazing from the inside out?  Do you want to feel healthy, vibrant and energetic?  Do you want 2017 to be YOUR year?   Then we have some exciting news for you… Our 30 Day Super Green Smoothie Challenge is BACK and better than ever.  

With 2017 now in full swing, there’s no better time to start tackling those new years resolutions.  And if one of your goals is to get healthier, then you’ve come to the right place!  Not only can the 30-Day Super Green Smoothies Challenge help you to shed those excess holiday kilos, but it can also help you sleep better, make your skin glow and give you a massive boost of energy!    

In addition to everything you already know and love about the challenge (delicious smoothie recipes, detailed shopping lists, bonus celebrity smoothies, etc.) the new 30-Day Super Green Smoothie Challenge also has an updated, easy-to-read layout, a tonne of bonus tips and tricks AND over 22 new mouth-watering lunch, dinner and snack recipes.

You can start the challenge whenever you like.  As for us?  We have kicked ours off on March 1st - but it's not too late for you to join us. Simply head to the SWIISH online store to sign up for the 30-Day Super Green Smoothie Challenge today. 

Not sure how the challenge works?  Here’s a bit of a break down.  All you need to do is drink one green smoothie a day for 30 days. Sounds easy, right? Well - it's actually harder than you might think. We all know that life gets hectic, and sometimes it's easier to skip brekkie altogether, or grab a sugary treat to eat when that 3pm slump hits.

That's why we're here to help you turn your green smoothie into a habit. From one green smoothie a day, you'll get vitamins and nutrients that give you increased energy, that help your digestion, assist your body to detox, give you stronger hair and nails, and help your skin to glow.

We'll share what we know, we will help you to prep, we will give you shopping lists to cut down on waste (of time and ingredients) and be with you each step of the way to answer any questions you may have. We will make this as easy for you as possible.  And as delicious as possible too - double win!

Why do we love smoothies so much? Aside from their deeeelicious taste (and we've created and tested hundreds of these recipes ourselves over the years, so we know these ones taste absolutely amazing), smoothies keep you full. If we were to pile up on a plate the ingredients of a green smoothie – it’d look something like this…. a huuuuuuuuge mountain of spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, avocado plus fruit such as banana, mango, kiwifruit, berries or pineapple.  Oh and of course, superfoods too! We could never eat that much if it were put in front of us on a plate. But when it’s all blended it up it is so easy to drink and keeps us feeling full all the way through until lunch.  That means no mid-morning biscuits and definitely no 3pm block of chocolate.

So not only have we skipped the calories and fats from unhealthy snacking, but the smoothies in our 30 Day Challenge all contain under 300 calories per smoothie. When combined with clean, healthy eating the rest of the day, Super Green Smoothies make getting lean easier than ever.

Now, lets talk energy.  If you tend to find yourself in a 3pm slump, or even an around the-clock slump (we’ve been there!) Super Green Smoothies can help.  When we’re put under a lot of stress and we don’t always have time to give our bodies the love and respect they deserve.  If you’re always eating on the go, you may not be making the healthiest food choices either.  This means your body is constantly fighting to clean out all the toxins that are entering it - no wonder you're exhausted!  Drinking green smoothies is a delicious and easy way to give your body a break from all that junk while at the same time fuelling it with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to keep you buzzing all day long.

Pesky pimples, brittle nails and dry, unruly hair can be a sign that something bad is going on below the surface.  A bad diet, air pollution, smoking, drinking and sun exposure can lead to a huge build up of toxins in the body.    

Don’t worry… they don’t have to stay there.  Fruits and veggies are jam packed with powerful antioxidants that help protect skin, hair and nails against  nasty toxins and help to rid them from your body.  With a huge variety of antioxidant-rich and protein-packed recipes, the 30 day challenge is the perfect way to bring your hair, skin and nails back to life.  

Don’t believe us?  Here's some of the feedback from our 30 Day Challenge participants:

  • “17kg lighter in 16 weeks… Love the smoothies.”
  • "Every day has been delicious and so different. It's been something to look forward to every day!!"
  • "I've had compliments on my skin, so thanking the challenge as that's all I've changed"
  • "Both of my daughters want to do the challenge as well - they like me are loving the delicious taste of the smoothies"
  • "Have lost weight and improved my skin"
  • "Loads more energy and sleeping and eating better all around. Thank you"
  • "I feel stunning with my #supergreensmoothiechallenge"
  • "Today was a ripper!"
  • "I can't believe my energy levels and my psoriasis is improving"
  • "Delicious and Nutritious"
  • "I'm loving the challenge and am feeling the benefits" 
  • "Here's to being a healthier me!"
  • "I have lost weight, skin improved and am just amazed at my energy levels"
  • "It was so delicious - loved it, now can't wait for tomorrow"
  • "I've gained superior health and it has helped me build on my strong positive mindset"
  • "Into my second month... it's fabulous... Go The Green"
  • "I lost weight... A huge thank you"
  • "I love the energy I have and all the smoothies taste so good"
  • "I would definitely recommend it to my friends... it's a game changer"

You can join us by clicking on the link above (in the middle of this blog post), or head to our online store right here.

By the way, for anyone who loves Afterpay (yep, us too!) the challenge is just four easy payments of $17.48 (or one payment of $69.95).

We can't wait to connect with the hundreds of our fellow smoothie sippers who have already signed up. Let's do this!

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<![CDATA[TOMATO & RICOTTA TORTE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-tomato-and-ricotta-crustless-torte http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-tomato-and-ricotta-crustless-torte Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Tortes and quiches are the ultimate party-pleasers, no matter what time of the year it is.  There’s just something so undeniably satisfying about the classic egg, cheese and veggie combo.  It’s fresh, filling and tasty – can’t say no to that!

Our Tomato & Ricotta crustless torte is our go-to recipe for family brunches or when we have friends over for lunch.  Not only is it insanely delicious, but it’s actually super healthy too!  Coming in at only 302 calories per serve, this tasty torte is also gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free and vegetarian.  Woohoo! 

With sweet cherry tomatoes, sharp Parmesan, soft ricotta and a hint of basil, this torte is absolutely bursting with flavour.  Whether you’re feeding a fussy kid or your calorie conscious friend, this dish is a guaranteed winner.

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<![CDATA[THINK PINK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/think-pink http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/think-pink Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Say hello to 2017’s hottest colour trend – PINK.  That’s right!  This summery shade has been popping up aaall over the street style scene, especially at fashion week.  And I don’t know about you guys, but we are absolutely obsessed.

Pink first started popping up again last year with pale blush, mauve and other soft shades.  But this year, we’re seeing a move towards bright, sweet, flirty shades that land somewhere between bubblegum pink and strawberry shake. 

Basically, it’s all about putting a retro spin on the trend.  So when you think PINK, think American 50’s diners, pink Cadillacs and art deco buildings on South Beach.  Not sure what we mean?  Check out the style inspo below… 

Who says pink has to be girly?  For an edgy take on this feminine trend, try pairing a long pink skirt with biker boots and a leather jacket.

Move over LBD!  This year, it’s all about the little pink dress instead.  Try layering a sleeveless mini over a white t-shirt and adding a pair of sneakers for cute, sporty and modern look.

The great part about the pink trend is that you can afford to go all out.  The more pink the better!  We love layering different shades of pink for a look that really makes an impact.

For a truly statement look, try taking the trend head to toe with a matching jacket and pant set.  This look is bright, bold and totally fashion-forward. 

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<![CDATA[HAPPY HEALTHY STRONG]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/happy-healthy-strong http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/happy-healthy-strong Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Is hitting the gym not exactly your idea of “fun”? Believe it or not, it’s not ours either! Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about keeping fit and healthy… but if we told you we just loooved ditching our cosy covers at the crack of dawn for a bit of Crossfit or HIIT, we’d be lying… big time.  Ha ha!  Hey, we’re human too.

The reality is, finding the motivation to exercise is a struggle that many of us face.  But getting out of bed to burn calories and sweat it out is much easier than you think if you’re having fun!  Which is exactly why we have been so excited to tell you about to this incredible new, FUN workout plan. Yes, FUN!

It’s called ‘Body of Dance’ by Rachael Finch and seriously you guys, it is amazing!  If you haven’t heard of it before, Body of Dance is an energetic, four-week online lifestyle program that offers an awesome combination of dance-inspired workouts, healthy meal plans and peaceful meditations.  Exactly what you would expect the gorgeous Rachael to offer.

We’ve always been huge fans of Rachael.  As a certified Health Coach, TV presenter, author, dancer and mother, she really does it all!  Her philosophy about life, health and happiness is truly something to be admired and we always love hearing about her latest work.  

We checked out the ‘Body of Dance’ February program, and not only are the dance workouts super fun, but they really get your heart pumping as well.  You'll sweat and laugh at the same time… a rare occurrence.  Ha ha!  The aim is that you'll feel a lot fitter, as well as more flexible and coordinated - love that!

Having authored several recipe books and healthy living plans ourselves, we can really appreciate the effort that went into creating balanced, healthy meals as well.  Her philosophy isn’t about giving up food you love, but just learning to love new foods as well and enjoying everything in moderation.

We also think it’s really cool how the program incorporates weekly mindful meditations that help to relax your mind, along with creative mindfulness activities like drawing and writing.  This means on top of feeling fit and nourished, you get a bit of relaxation in there as well.

The February ‘Body of Dance’ program is almost over but registration for March is now open!  The program will commence on March 6th.  You can head to www.bodybyfinch.com to register today.  

On top of the workout program, Rachael has also released a new book (is there anything this girl can’t do??) It’s called ‘Happy Healthy Strong’ and it’s all about looking and feeling great, inside and out.  On top of over 85 delicious, healthy recipes, the book also includes a two-week vitality plan to kickstart your health, inspiring wellness principles, mindfulness advice, inspiring affirmations and a whole lot of other tips and tricks for living a better life.

Click here to order one online.

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<![CDATA[POWER THROUGH YOUR DAY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/power-through-your-day http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/power-through-your-day Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

These days, eeeverybody is busy. Let’s face it, we live in a world where time is precious, back-to-back commitments are the norm and “do you have a minute?” is kind of a crazy question.  Ha ha!

But for most people (the SWIISH team included), having lots to do isn’t the issue.  In fact, we love being busy!  Instead, the issues arise when something sets our schedule back.  Yep!  We’re talking about broken heels, traffic jams, coffee spills and everything in between.  

Out of all the common ‘day disrupters’ though, unexpected pain and discomfort have to be the worst.   Whether we're working on our feet or sitting at a desk all day, nothing kills our productivity like a pair of tired eyes or way-too-tight shoes.  Even things like headaches, backaches and sore muscles can keep us from functioning at our peak.

Below, we’ve put together some of our top tips for eliminating daily discomfort so that you can keep powering through your day #likeaboss.  It’s time to put an end to day disrupters once and for all!     

If you’re part of the large percentage of Australians that stare at a screen most of the day, then strained eyes are something you know all too well.  Not only does having sore eyes slow you down, but it can also lead to other issues such as headaches. 

There are a few things that we do to combat this issue.  Firstly, making sure we’re not sitting too close to our computer.  We try to take a few ‘eye breaks’ now and again by looking away from the screen.  We find that regular, unmedicated eye drops are great for freshening up your eyes.  We've also invested in special blue-light blocking lenses, which are available at a number of optometrists.  Trust us, you’ll notice the difference!  

Everybody has that one bra that’s probably a little past its used by date.  It’s had one too many washes and now, the metal boning is peeping through the back.  Eeek! 

We all know how uncomfortable (and distracting) this can be.  To temporarily fix the problem, try using a bit of tape to cover up the piece sticking out.  The tape will be a whole lot smoother on your skin and will stop the metal from scratching you. 

Whether you’re wearing them to fit the dress code, to gain some height or simply to make your legs look good, high-heels aren’t always that comfy.  If we find ourselves on our feet for more than a few hours, they can start to hurt.    That’s where gel cushions come in!  The SWIISH team slip these babies into our shoes to help relieve pressure off the balls of our feet so that we can keep stomping through our day in style.

Out of all the little day disrupters, a headache has to be the worst.  When this happens, the obvious option is to take a painkiller.  There are a whole lot of them to choose from but when a headache strikes in the SWIISH office, Nurofen Zavance is our number one and as far as we're concerned, a total lifesaver.

Due to its different formulation, Nurofen Zavance tablets and caplets are absorbed up to two times faster than standard Nurofen.  And let’s be real, who doesn’t want their headache to go away fast?  We also love that it can be taken without food, water only.  That means there’s no waiting until lunchtime to have your headache disappear - you can kick that pain to the curb as soon as it strikes!  

Nurofen works at the site of the pain.  This is why we use it to treat neck and back pain as well.  We seriously don’t know what we’d do without it!   

It’s 3pm on a Wednesday arvo, your head’s about to hit the desk and the coffee cravings are getting real.  Yep, we’ve all been there!  While there’s nothing wrong with coffee (hey, we’re up to our 2nd cup today), it tends to lose its effect after a while.  Instead, try standing up and having a stretch, stepping outside and getting some fresh air or going for a short walk.  We find not getting enough H2O can really slow us down.  Make sure you’re getting 8 glasses a day!

This post is a paid post by Nurofen. Any information about non-Nurofen products is the opinion of the author.

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<![CDATA[GROW YOUR SPARE CHANGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/grow-your-spare-change-acorns http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/grow-your-spare-change-acorns Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT  

You know that at SWIISH we are all about living a luxe for less lifestyle. We want to look good, we want to feel good and we want to do it at an affordable price. We're all about bang for buck, and sharing savvy tips across every part of the lifestyle spectrum from fashion to beauty to food to homewares and beyond. This has basically been the way I have lived my entire life, even as far back as when I got my first casual job at 16. I loved fashion and I wanted to buy everything but I always kept an eye out for the sales, I bought booklets that contained discount vouchers for restaurants and movies and I even got a little wallet in which to put them (hey, you should always do things in style, right?!). I would throw all my spare change in a bowl and wait for it to fill up. I would count it all out and use that money to go and buy more clothes. This process taught me that even the smallest things can make a huge difference.  At the end of the day, it all adds up! 

This idea of saving your coins in a piggy bank or a spare change bowl is the same idea behind our favourite new finance app – ‘Acorns’.  If you haven’t heard of it yet, it's because it only just launched in Australia recently.  But we've got no doubt that this is one of those apps that everyone will be talking about. We're calling it the 'Uber' of finance - that's how clever it is. The idea behind it is so good that we only wish it was created sooner. Because get this…not only can this app save you money, it can actually make you money as well.  Nope, we’re not kidding!  

OK, here's how it works. Instead of leaving your spare dollars sitting in that bowl, Acorns lets you invest them instead.  The way it does this is by rounding up purchases made on your credit or debit card to the nearest dollar. So let me explain this to you in real terms. You go to buy a coffee and it's $3.50. You tap and go with your debit card. Your purchase gets rounded up to $4.00. Of that, $3.50 goes to the coffee vendor, and 50 cents into your Acorns account. Another example - you do the grocery shopping and it comes to $49. The app will round up your purchase to $50, and that $1 difference will go towards your portfolio. So what happens to the money you're saving? Well, it goes into an investment portfolio. I'll bet you're thinking 'Oh, I'll need thousands of dollars in order to kick this off'. Nope - all you need is $5. That's it.

Next, let’s look at an example of a whole days worth of purchases:

Coffee No#1                                                          

$3.50

Sandwich

$8.80

Coffee No#2

$3.50

Groceries

$80.70

Petrol

$54.55

Bottle of water

$2.60

Parking metre

$2.50

Acorns will round all those little purchases up so that you end up investing $2.75 for the day.  Times that by 365 days and you’re saving almost $1000 a year.  Now imagine if that number increased to $5 a day… you’re saving almost $2000 a year, without even thinking about it! 

The best part is, that’s just the money you save before interest.  Let’s say you’ve chosen a moderate portfolio to invest your spare change in and are earning an annual return of approximately 7%.  If you’re investing $5 a day ($1 825/ year), at the end of five years you’ll earn about $1 370 just in interest!  And that’s on top of the $9 125 you made in deposits.  How amazing is that?  With Acorns you can literally earn thousands without even noticing it.

Now whether you’re financially savvy or not, you’ll know that the general aim of investing is to increase the value of your money.  Of course, there are some risks involved but with such small amouts being invested, there isn't a lot to lose! 

Plus, one of the great things about Acorns is that users can decide whether they want to invest more conservatively or aggressively.  In fact, there are a total of 5 different investment portfolios that people can choose from, depending on how much risk they are willing to take. 

The best thing about this app is that it’s just so easy.  Investing can be confusing, time consuming and hard.  With Acorns, making your first investments is as easy as heading to Westfield and buying a new bag ha! The rest is up to the app!

We absolutely suggest that you try Acorns out for yourself.  You can head to the Acorns Australia website to find out more info or go to your app store to download it today.

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<![CDATA[QUICK & EASY OFFICE LUNCHES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/quick-and-easy-office-lunches http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/quick-and-easy-office-lunches Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

2017 is officially in full swing! And if you’re amongst the hundreds who’ve made saving money and getting healthy a top priority this year, then you’ve probably thought about brown bagging your lunch.  We know we have!  Because speaking from experience, we know that packing your own lunch for work can save hundreds of calories and hundreds of dollars too.  

Unfortunately for a lot of people brown bagging often ends up in one of two ways – a) you cook something so boring you don’t even want to eat it, or b) you don’t cook at all because you just have no time!  So where do you end up?  Back at your building’s café buying a sauce-drenched schnitzel wrap.  Sure, it tastes great, but now you’ve broken your budget and your diet. 

It’s no wonder we’ve been receiving so many emails from SWIISH readers lately, asking for easy, healthy, cheap lunch ideas. They’re hard to find!  Because in reality, the only prep-time people have these days is no prep-time.  Ha ha!  Which is why we’ve been suggesting that our readers try the new Weight Watchers meal range.  

We first came across this new range last year when we returned from our massive US trip.  On top of having a new baby in the picture, there was no food in the fridge and a mountain of work to catch up on.  There was literally no time to cook!  We’d heard amazing reviews about the Weight Watchers frozen meal range and so we decided we’d give it a go.

We were a little sceptical at first.  Like a lot of other women, we’ve tried a number of different ‘diet’ meal plans in the past.  What we tend to find is that lot of them are really out-dated.  The portion sizes are tiny and they focus on drastically reducing fat and calories, rather than concentrating on nutrition.  Plus a lot of the time, it just looks (and tastes) like cardboard!  

The new Weight Watchers frozen meal range, on the other hand, is sooo not like this.  The recipes are modern, flavoursome and filling.  We’re talking about things like Mango Coconut Chicken, Pumpkin and Ricotta Cannelloni and Beef in Spiced Plum Sauce. The gourmet menu particularly blew us away with the delicious sauces and flavour!  It’s exactly what we had been looking for!

Having authored several healthy recipe books, we know a thing or two about nutrition.  That’s why we were particularly impressed with the Weight Watchers frozen meal range.  In our opinion, the meals provide the perfect combination of wholesome ingredients, flavour and nutrition.  

The best part though?  These meals are so quick and easy!  All you have to do is pack them in your bag and then pop them in the microwave at work.  Plus, they’re super affordable as well.  Ours averaged out to be around $6.49/meal.  That’s just $32.95 for a weeks' worth of lunches.  We don’t know about you guys, but we could often spend that in one day!

The range has three different menus - Light, Classic and Gourmet, so you can pick and choose depending on the occasion.  We tend to mix it up a bit throughout the week but here are our top 10 favourites:

This new range has officially solved all the issues we run into when we want to pack our own work lunch.  They’re delicious, healthy, cheap and require zero prep-time.  It’s a time-poor foodie’s dream!

If you’re looking for super convenient, healthy and affordable work lunches, then you have to give this new Weight Watchers range a go.  Make 2017 the year you finally achieve your health and financial goals!

You can pick them up in the freezer section at Coles and Woolworths, and independent grocery stores.  For more information on each of the meals, head to www.wowfrozenmeals.com.au.

This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers but all thoughts and opinions including meal suggestions are our own.

 

 

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<![CDATA[TOP BEAUTY TRICKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-top-beauty-tricks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-top-beauty-tricks Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

To all the women out there whose beauty regimes have burnt holes in their wallets and become waaaay too time-consuming (we’re all guilty of it!) – here are some amazing beauty hacks that are incredibly quick, cheap and effective, From fixing broken nails with a teabag to beating mascara smudges with a spoon – here are our top ten beauty tricks.

Use a credit card to get the perfect winged liner

Hold the edge of a credit card to the natural shape of your eye and angle it up to create a flawless cat flick with your fave eyeliner. Winged liner can be incredibly hard to master and this’ll save you from looking like a raccoon!

Peppermint pout

If you’re a fan of plump lips – forget the needles and opt for peppermint oil! Mix it in with your lip-gloss and you’re on your way to achieving Angelina Jolie lips!

Treat a blemish with yoghurt

Can’t seem to get rid of that damned pimple? Full fat yoghurt is packed with probiotics, lactic acid and fat which will reduce inflammation, redness and pus.

Beat mascara smudges with a spoon

There’s nothing worse than getting mascara all over your eyelids and to have it smudge everywhere and ruin your eye makeup! Hold a spoon over your eyelid as a barrier next time.

Remove foundation or fake tan stains with shaving cream or baking soda

Accidentally get concealer, foundation or fake tan on your new white shirt? Never fear – apply some shaving cream or baking soda to help remove that nasty orange spot!

Thicken lashes with a powder

Sick of having thin, stumpy lashes? After one coat of mascara, apply some translucent powder onto a cotton bud and run it along the base of your lash line before applying another coat - voila! 

Fix a broken nail with teabag

 

Just got your nails done and they’re already chipping away? Not to worry – simply cut a piece of tea bag, place it over your nail and paint over it to strengthen the nail bed. No need for excessive trimming or filing!

Revive old mascara with salty water

Has your tube of mascara dried out before you could finish it up? Just add a few drops of salty water into it and it’ll be good as new!

Fix that broken powder/eye shadow/blush/bronzer with a knife

Before you have a meltdown about that brand new powder that smashed all over your floor into a million pieces – try mixing the powder with salty water and smooth it back out with a knife. You’ll thank me later!

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<![CDATA[CHICKEN SALAD IN A JAR 3 WAYS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-chicken-salad-in-a-jar-3-ways http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-chicken-salad-in-a-jar-3-ways Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Too many people tend to think of salads as ‘a bowl of leaves’ or ‘rabbit food’, but that’s so not true. In our opinion, salads can be exciting, satisfying and delicious – you just need to know the right combo.

We’ve probably come up with hundreds of salad recipes over the years.  But of all the combos we’ve created, there’s a few that we find ourselves going back to over and over again.  The following three salads are not only super healthy, they’re also super quick and convenient.  We often like to whip one up the night before and then just grab it out the fridge before work.  

The thing we love most about these salads though?  They’re packed full of exciting ingredients like soba noodles, mint, cranberries, goats cheese and black sesame seeds, just to name a few.  In other words, these are salads you’re actually going to look forward to eating.  

Don’t believe us?  Try them for yourself.  It’s time to stop salad stereotyping once and for all! 

Oh - and if you're in need of a mason jar to put your salad in - you can pick them up right here.

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<![CDATA[THE EASY TRAVELLER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-easy-traveller http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-easy-traveller Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you know me, you know that I love to be organised.  That’s why in the lead up to Elyssa’s birth last year, I wanted to make sure I had every single piece of baby equipment ready to go.  But while things like clothes, toys, dummies and diapers were easy, the one thing I really struggled to find was an easy travel pram. 

I had searched around online and at various baby stores but at the end of the day, nothing matched what I was looking for.  Then I had a brilliant idea… “Why don’t I just ask my Instagram followers what they think?”  I knew there had to be heaps of mums out there who had been through this before! 

Well turns out, I was right.  Within just a few hours, I was absolutely flooded with comments from mums raving about this thing called the Babyzen Yoyo Pram.  I hadn’t heard of it before but according to some comments it was “revolutionary,” “a total life-saver,” “the best travel pram I’ve ever used” and “a travelling mums dream.”  I couldn’t say no to that! 

I found exactly what I needed at Baby Kingdom and I need to give a shout-out to the amazing staff there, especially Kon Karanastasis.  They knew exactly what I needed.  Seriously you guys, this pram had everything I was looking for and more.

Unlike some prams, which I find can be a nightmare to try and take away with you, the Babyzen Yoyo Pram is completely collapsible.  It folds right down into a tiny 52 x 44 x 18 cm pack, which made it super easy to pop in the overhead compartment on the airplane.  On top of this, it’s also sooo light (6kg in total!) and really easy to move around. 

My one also came with this cool, multi-position bassinet, which can convert from lying totally flat, all the way to an upright, seated position.  It’s like a business class flight for your baby.  Ha ha!  And what I love is that aside from doubling as a seat and a bouncer (got to love that double-duty!) the bassinet part is also totally removable.  This is so handy for me because I also have a five year old and it so it meant that I could use the pram for he aswell when she got tired on our long walking trips.

Now, I happen to know we have a tonne of SWIISH readers who either have young children already or are expecting a baby soon.  That’s why I knew you guys would appreciate this recommendation just as much I did.  

If you are on the hunt for a new travel pram, I could not recommend the Babyzen YoYo highly enough.  The best place to pick one up is from Baby Kingdom.  For our NSW readers they have stores in Castle Hill, Alexandria and Bankstown or for everyone else around the country you can order online.

Click here to view the pram on their website or give them a call on 02 8700 1900.

Oh and don’t forget to check out the vid below to see how easy it is to use the pram...


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<![CDATA[RUSTIC TOMATO & SPINACH SCRAMBLED EGGS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-rustic-tomato-and-spinach-scrambled-eggs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-rustic-tomato-and-spinach-scrambled-eggs Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

When we think about delicious, gourmet brekkie options, eggs are always the first thing that come to mind.  There’s just something so satisfying about creamy scrambled eggs tossed with tomatoes and served with toasted bread.

If you’re going to do eggs though, you’ve got to do them right.  With a couple of good cooking techniques and a few flavourful additions, you can turn a simple dish into something spectacular.  With blistered sweet cherry tomatoes, wilted spinach and a few carefully selected spices, our ‘Rustic Tomato & Spinach Scrambled Eggs’ are a total flavour bomb.  

Served with a side of crusty sourdough bread, this is one gourmet meal you can make in minutes.  About 10 minutes to be precise.  We even whip this one up before work sometimes!  Who says you have to save delicious brekkies for the weekend?  

Our favourite thing about this dish is that it’s sooo satisfying and super healthy as well.  On top of being dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free and paleo, each serve also comes in at under 350 calories.  Hooray!  

PS. You'll find heeeeeaps more gourmet brekkie options, along with other lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes in our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which you can pick up now from our online store right here.

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<![CDATA[THE PERFECT PRE-DATE PREP]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-perfect-pre-date-prep-2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-perfect-pre-date-prep-2 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

As an all-girl team here at SWIISH, we’ve had our fair share of date night disasters. Yep, everything from overnight breakouts, patchy tans and hairy legs to outfit malfunctions, garlic breath and mid-date wine spillages. We’ve seen it all! But if we can think of any bright side, these cringe-worthy stories have often left our team in stitches on the office floor. Ha ha!

The truth is though, date night disasters are sooo not funny at the time. And in our opinion, some situations are way more embarrassing than others. But we’ll put it to you guys... what do you think ruins a romantic night faster? A) bad breath, B) chapped lips or C) a dandruff-dusted scalp. If you answered C, then we are totally on the same page! Because whether it’s a first time fling or the 1200th dinner with hubby, an itchy, flaky scalp is always a major mood killer.

I mean think about it… we all know the power of a flirty hair flip. But if you end up showering your date in a sea of dead skin, it doesn’t quite have the same effect. Haha! That’s why when it’s time to get up close and personal, we always make sure to use a proper anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner that offers proven results.

Now over the years, we’ve had a number of SWIISH readers write in to us about anti-dandruff shampoos. And what we discovered is that many of you have avoided anti-dandruff shampoos because you think it means you have to give up softness and shine. But we’re here to tell you that this is sooo not the case! Lately, we’ve been using the new 3Action Formula from head & shoulders and the results have been nothing short of amazing. Not only does it provide proven protection against dandruff, but it also leaves your hair feeling super soft and shiny and looking beautiful. Plus, we reckon we’ve seen a huge difference in the strength of our hair as well. No compromise necessary!

The reason it works so well is that it’s got 3 different core benefits. First, it cleanses the hair, which means that any extra dirt, grease or dead skin is gone. Second, it protects using micro-zinc minerals to fight away dandruff-causing fungus, to keep you flake-free for up to 72 hours. Lastly, it moisturises using active ingredients that lock in moisture. The result? Shiny, smooth, flake free hair for days!

We first tried the new 3Action Formula shampoo and conditioner about a month ago and ever since then, we’ve been hooked! The ‘Smooth & Silky’ version is typically our go-to but the range also includes a ‘Clean & Balanced’ and a ‘Dry Scalp Care’ version as well, so there’s one to suit every hair type. To be honest, we were really surprised that a product that can eliminate up to 100% of dandruff can also make your hair look so soft and shiny. And you know us – we love getting more-for-less and maximum mileage out of our products so clearly, finding this product was a massive win. It means we don’t have to spend a fortune buying both anti-dandruff and shine-boosting shampoos and conditioners.

SO if you’re looking to score beautifully soft, shiny hair AND an itch-free scalp for your next big date night and beyond, then we seriously recommend having your head & shoulders3Action Formula shampoo and conditioner handy. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

  • STAY SMELLING FRESH - When you’re out on a date, nothing kills the vibe quicker than body odour or not-so-fresh breath. Make sure to use a 48-hour long lasting deodorant. Also pack a roller perfume and mints. 


  • ZAP THOSE ZITS – Overnight breakout? No problem! Use our sneaky SWIISH tip and apply toothpaste to the pimple. Yes, toothpaste! It helps to dry the pimple out and decrease inflammation and redness. Just dab a little bit on, leave it there for a few hours and wash it off before you apply your makeup.


  • SEVEN MINUTES TO SMOOTH - Typically, getting your legs hair-free and silky smooth is very time consuming but if you rush, you’ll be left with micro-cuts and razor burn. Ahh, no thanks! Instead, try picking up a hydrating hair removal cream from the supermarket or chemist. You typically only have to leave them on for a few minutes, they smell great and they leave your legs so silky smooth.

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<![CDATA[FAST TRACK A TIGHT CORE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fast-track-a-tight-core http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fast-track-a-tight-core Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The struggle to get a strong, toned core is one that most of us have faced at some point.... or let's be real... are still facing hahaha! We get it - you’ve done your planks, your lunges, your squats and your sit-ups.  You’ve crunched your little heart out and kicked carbs to the curb but still, nothing seems to work.  Don’t worry, we hear you! 

Yep, getting a tight mid section is definitely no easy feat.  But believe it or not, there are ways to speed up the process.  In fact, one of the main reasons people don’t see results is because they keep doing the same exercises over and over again (guilty!)

So with that being said, we’d like to introduce you to the next generation of core tightening exercises.  Unlike your regular static exercises (like crunches and standing squats) these exercises are designed to work your core from every angle.  They require you to move in a more complex way, allowing a much more effective workout.  The result?  Faster, more impressive results.  Can’t say no to that!     

While most classic exercises can help to strengthen your muscles, they won’t lengthen or stretch them.  But you sit at a desk all day, your muscles can become pretty stiff and immobile.  In order to have an effective workout, it’s important to reactivate them through specific exercises like the supine hip bridge.

Start by lying on your back with your arms by your side.  Next, squeeze your glutes together and push your hips up towards the ceiling, making sure your abs are tight.  Hold this bridge for about 5 seconds before lowering back down. 


Very rarely will you find an exercise that activates just about every single muscle in the body.  The Squat Press, however, activates your abs, thighs, glutes, shoulders, even your fingers and toes!  Try completing 15-20 reps.

Everybody knows that lunges can do wonders for your butt and thighs.  The issue is, most people tend to focus on static, forward and backwards lunges.  While this strengthens the muscles at the front and back of your legs, it doesn’t do much for the muscles on the side.  Working these muscles can help to tone up your hips and keep you stable while you run and walk.  

Begin a lateral lunge by standing straight.  Then, pick your right leg up and take a huge step to your right, bending your knee as you land.  Keeping your weight in your heel, push your right leg back off the floor and return to a standing position.  Repeat with the left leg.  Do 15 reps per leg.

Much like your squat press, the spider man walk works just about every muscle in the body.  It’s sort of like a mountain climber, except it helps to target those hard to reach obliques (your side abs).  

Start in push-up position with your hands directly below shoulders. Pull your right knee out to the side and hover it next to your right elbow. Return to the starting position and repeat on opposite side. Do 15 reps per side.

 

While regular squats are great, single squats really require you to switch on your abs.  You have to keep your core tight while at the same time keeping your hips and knees aligned.  It’s a major challenge!  But if you can do it right, it will seriously pay off.  

Start by bracing your abs and lifting your right foot off the ground.  Maintain a tall posture and make sure your weight is in your heel.  Slowly bend your standing leg and move down into a squat position, keeping your right leg off the floor.  Go as low as you can while keeping your knee in line with your toes.  Hold for a second before pushing through your heel to return to a standing position.  Do 15 reps on each leg.


Do you have any tried and true methods to getting a toned mid-section? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below!

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