<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:27:24 GMT Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:27:24 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[GET AN INSTANT TAN]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-an-instant-tan http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-an-instant-tan Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Sometimes you want a tan without the commitment. Just one night only. Then voila the next day, it’s like it never happened. Is there such a thing?

Yes, the good news is that there is. Say hello and wrap your soon to be tanned limbs around The Bronzer Instant Tan. 

The Bronzer is an Australian self-tanning brand that has been around since 1999 and was one of the first to ever launch a wash-off instant tanning product. 

The Bronzer Instant Tan is a fast-absorbing gel formula that lasts for up to 24 hours and simply washes off with water when you no longer want it. Easy! 

This is so perfect for those times when you’re time poor (practically all the time!), so it’s a perfect quick fix for the legs or arms! 

As a bonus, the speed doesn’t come at the expense of the ingredients. With no hidden nasties (parabens) and fragrance free, this works wonderfully for those with sensitive skin. 

Here’s a tanning tip we picked up on set from the professionals - we mixed our daily moisturiser in with the tanning gel and apply it as a combo. We highly recommend doing this if you have naturally dry skin, and the bonus of mixing your daily moisturiser together with Instant Tan gel is that it will help you spread out the tan. Alternatively, you can apply moisturiser beforehand – just ensure your skin is 110% dry before applying the tanning gel. 

The gel formula is brown so that way it’s easy to apply so you can see exactly where you’re going and where you’ve been. You can thank us later for no more hidden white patches! If you’re seeking that extra iridescent sheen, the Instant Tan is also available in ‘shimmer’ – and the best thing is, the more you apply the darker you get.

Head here to get your hands on this summer essential. 

 

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<![CDATA[THE YOGA DECODER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-yoga-decoder http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-yoga-decoder Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s January 2017 and the new years resolutions are now in full swing.  You’ve picked up a gym membership, put down the cake and swapped that much-loved champagne for a super green smoothie.  And if you’re amongst the hundreds of Australians who’ve put “stress less” at the top of their resolution list, then you may have also decided to “give this yoga thing a go.”

For the most part, this is an excellent idea.  That is until you find yourself sweating bullets in a 40-degree room when you were expecting a relaxing “stretch and roll.”   Or sitting on the floor humming and haahing when you what you really wanted was a calorie blasting core cruncher. 

The fact is there are at least five different common styles of yoga to choose from.  So, how do you know which one is best for you?   Well, it depends on what you want from the practice.  While some are all about flexibility and circulation, others focus on strengthening, detoxification or relaxation.  The good part is that no matter which style of yoga you choose, regular practice can help to reduce blood pressure, as well as reduce stress, anxiety and depression.   Got to love that! 

Below, we give you the lowdown on five of the most popular yoga styles to help you figure out which one is right for you…

Never tried yoga before?  This is the class you want to start out in.  While it requires strength and concentration, the movement is slow and the poses are fairly straightforward.  In this class, you’ll practice one static pose after the next, while focusing on good breathing techniques.  

As this type of yoga is quite gentle on the body, it’s great for beginners and those recovering from mild injuries.  As always though, if you are injured, make sure you check with the doctor before giving it a go.

Also known as “flow yoga,” Vinyasa is a more fast-paced, movement focused form of yoga.  While there are some static poses involved, you will spend a large part of the class performing a series of poses in a fast-paced, flowing motion.  These movements will cause you to breathe more heavily and work up a sweat.  For this reason, Vinyasa is seen as more of a physical workout than other forms of yoga.  This is a great option for those of you who want to improve strength, tone and flexibility, while burning a tonne of calories at the same time.

Ivengar yoga requires you to hold a series of traditional poses and focuses on body placement and alignment.  Unlike other types of yoga, Ivengar typically uses a lot of props such as straps and blocks.  These props help you to either stretch or balance better, which is great for people who are weak, inflexible or prone to injury.  Ivengar yoga is perfect for those who sit in a desk all day and are looking to relieve stiffness and improve mobility.  

Bikram is a type of yoga that is practiced in a 40 degree heated room.  Not only is it designed to help strengthen and stretch your muscles, but it also helps to release toxins from your body.  Bikram can be quite challenging and is definitely not for anyone who is very weak, unwell or injured.  We would recommend this class to those who are already active and looking for a new challenge.  You will leave feeling strong, refreshed and super relaxed.

Slightly less common than the other forms listed above, Yin yoga is typically practiced sitting down.  In the class, you will complete a number of seated poses, which you will hold for about 3-5 minutes.  The practice is designed to increase flexibility (particularly in the hips, pelvis and lower spine), improve circulation and create a feeling of relaxation.  This is a great class for those of you who may have trouble holding standing poses but are still looking to get a good stretch and relax the mind.

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<![CDATA[WE LOVE THIS A LATTE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/we-love-this-a-latte http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/we-love-this-a-latte Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We are self-confessed coffee lovers here at SWIISH. Not just almond cappuccinos and matcha lattes though. We’ve long loved the benefits that can be found when coffee and beauty meet. 

Coffee scrubs are well known to help with the appearance of cellulite (to get the lowdown on our favourite coffee scrub, just go here, but now that beautiful coffee smell and amazing benefit has been extended beyond just scrubs. 

The original, all-natural coffee scrub brand CLab & Co have extended their body range to include two new 100% natural body care products. We just had the new Body Lotion land on our desk and we tell you, we’ve never smelt so good.

Just as addictive as our morning coffee, the CLab Body Lotion awakens the senses, thanks to the fusion of aromatic coffee beans with orange and coconut fragrance. (we told you it smelt good!!)

The coffee beans used in the CLab products are sourced from coffee enthusiasts who roast the beans to a level referred to as “just racked” which allows them to retain their natural oils. 

CLab Body Lotion is made with 100% natural ingredients which when it comes to skin care is become increasingly important for so many of us. Loaded with goodness this body lotion contains nourishing Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil all for satin-soft smooth skin. In addition, it’s also infused with vitamin E, and grape extract. Quickly absorbing into the skin, with no greasy residue, the lotion left our skin feeling hydrated and replenished. 

Yep, we love this a latte. (Sorry we couldn’t resist!)

Ready for your coffee hit?... head here.

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<![CDATA[THE BEAUTY OF CLEAN]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-beauty-of-clean http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-beauty-of-clean Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Big claims and big promises are standard in the beauty industry. But every now and then a product comes along and it, well it knocks your socks off. Because it delivers on its BIG promise. That’s Santé by ENJO. 

The promise is that these discs can remove all your makeup as well as dirt and impurities with just water. Are you feeling doubtful? You’re not alone. Given that we’ve become conditioned to think we need a makeup remover, a cleaning oil, a face wash and a massive handful of cotton balls/makeup wipes, makes it hard to imagine we’ve been doing it wrong all these years. And that all we actually needed was – water!

So back to the question – does it work? The answer is a resounding and unequivocal YES. The discs take everything off and leave your skin feeling cleansed, without the chemicals and irritants of soaps and creams. And Sante also helps maintain the natural balance of your skin’s oils. The amazing part is that you’re not only saving money (great), your skin in the long run (even greater) but also the environment (the greatest of all). 

To see Sante by ENJO in action – watch here: 

The Makeup Remover Set by ENJO is a set of 7 discs, one for each day of the week, and then you just pop them in the washing machine at the end of the week. The set even comes with a laundry bag for easy use. 

If you want to go the extra mile with your self-care regime and ensure you’re giving your skin the TLC it needs, you can purchase the ENJO Exfoliators. Perfect for that once-a-week deep cleansing experience to stimulate the skin for a glowing complexion.

Keen to do you, your skin and your planet some goodness and make the Makeup Remover Set by ENJO part of your beauty routine? Find them here.

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<![CDATA[OUR NEW SLEEP POWDER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-new-sleep-powder http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-new-sleep-powder Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[ROXY’S TIPS AND TRICKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/roxys-tips-and-tricks-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/roxys-tips-and-tricks-02 Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

She's street-smart, business minded, doesn’t take herself too seriously and also happens to be one of the nicest people we know. Who are we talking about? Roxy Jacenko.

If you’re not a faithful social media follower of Roxy, you may not know that she has built not just one, but four successful businesses – PR firm Sweaty Betty; talent agency, Ministry of Talent; content creation agency Social Union; and kids accessories label, Pixie’s Bows. Each of these businesses keeps growing from strength to strength, so if Roxy has a tip (and trust us, she has many!) then we definitely want to know about it. 

When it comes to PR and personal brand, you can’t deny that Roxy’s doing something right. And now she’s giving everyone the inside scoop in her latest book, ‘Roxy's Little Black Book of Tips and Tricks’.

This hot pink bible is full of all things social media, business, PR and general advice, and is quite possibly the best refresher to give you a kick-start for 2019. No wonder it’s been dubbed a No-Nonsense Guide to All Things PR, Social Media, Business and Building Your Brand. We certainly know that once we picked it up, we couldn’t put it down! 

If you want to get your hands on a copy, jump here.

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<![CDATA[2019 STYLE RESOLUTIONS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/2019-style-resolutions http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/2019-style-resolutions Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

 

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<![CDATA[HOME OFFICE INSPO]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/home-office-inspo http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/home-office-inspo Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

A home office is a place that many of us find ourselves spending a lot of our time in. Whether it's a little nook where you catch up on bills and admin, or whether you're running a full blown business from home, of all the spaces in our nests, this is the one that tends to be neglected the most. Who wants to work in a dull environment? We know we don't, so we've put together some of our favourite home office inspo to help you make your office space inspirational and productive!

A great way to inject your space with personality is a gallery wall (you can read our post on gallery walls here). Keep your spirits lifted with photos of family, inspirational quotes or travel pics - whatever gets you through the day.

Keep decorations as chic, clean and simple as possible. When a workspace is cluttered, we find the same thing can happen to our minds and we never get anything done! You should have enough space to move and think freely without worrying about knocking anything over on your desk.

Staying inside all day can be a bit of a downer, especially when it’s a beautiful day outside! Bringing natural flowers into your workspace instantly brightens the mood - just opt for low-perfume posies that won’t give you headaches, like daisies or tulips.

Finally, it’s time for a spot of colour therapy - really! Believe it or not, the colour of your office can actually affect your productivity depending on your personality. Blue is good for mathematical minds, yellow inspires confidence, orange enhances creativity and green is super calming for when you’re up against deadlines. Just don’t paint your office neon colours - they drain energy and make you grumpy!

Here's a little more inspo to give you some decorating ideas...

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<![CDATA[SALLY'S SUMMER DIARY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-summer-diary http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-summer-diary Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[A LITTLE TOUCH OF MAGIC]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-little-touch-of-magic http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-little-touch-of-magic Sat, 29 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

With Christmas over for another year and the New Year on the horizon, we’re starting to solidify our goals for the next year.

It sounds kind of nerdy but we love spending a day to ourselves before the New Year rolls around to reflect on the year that’s been and the year that’s to come. We write down our resolutions and our goals in both business and life and figure out a strategy to make it happen. One of our major goals for both of us in 2018 is to get our sleep routine down pat. As business owners, (and unquestionably for Sal, as a mum) sleep can be one of the first things to suffer if we have a busy day, week or month, which is why next year it’s all about the sleep!

One thing that guarantees a good sleep though, and something we’ve been using for years now, is applying magnesium oil to the soles of our feet before we go to sleep each night. Sounds weird, right? But hear us out on this one!

Magnesium is a mineral not many people talk about but yet is so vital for good health and wellbeing. A deficiency in magnesium can cause fatigue, insomnia, muscle soreness, and change in mood levels and studies show that over 75% of Aussies are magnesium deficient.

This is such a crazy statistic and one of the best ways to get more magnesium in our diets is to eat more magnesium-dense foods. But let’s be honest, whilst we can get a couple of cups of spinach into our diet thanks to green smoothies, eating five cups of it to get our daily intake seems a little unrealistic when we factor in all the other nutrient-rich foods we also need to include in our diets.

So what if we told you that we have a solution - one that tackles these issues and helps to improve health and wellbeing (as well as those all important energy levels)? Not only that but is 100% organic, vegan and is proudly made in South Australia? Well - we do. The solution comes in a perfectly sized 125ml bottle and is aptly named Organic Magnesium Oil, because that’s exactly what it is.

Extracted from pure seawater, Magnesium Oil has no chemicals or other nasties and has been proven to reduce inflammation and assist muscle recovery for post workout or injury relief. It’s 100% natural and made with organic ingredients to produce the best possible result, leaving you to feel ahh-mazing (inside and out)!

But how does it make you sleep better, you ask?! Well, magnesium oil helps our bodies by relaxing certain receptors in our brain and nervous system. It also aids neurological and physiological processes when the body is under pressure. We apply the oil to our feet at night so our bodies can absorb the mineral so we can relax and get a great night’s sleep.

We also love adding magnesium oil to our baths (when we get a spare moment to have a bath hahaha).

You can pick up a bottle of magnesium oil here.




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<![CDATA[A SKINCARE MUST]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-skincare-must http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-skincare-must Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’ve always been strong believers that health and beauty can co-exist together without sacrificing one for the other. 

In actual fact, we believe that looking and feeling good on the outside begins on the inside, which is why we do whatever it takes to nourish our bodies (hello Super Green Superfood Powder!).

Dr. Tarj Mavi, founder of La Mav Organic Skin Scienceagrees and believes that “no woman should have to sacrifice her health for her beauty”. After suffering from skin pigmentation after the birth of her second child, Dr. Mavi was unable to find a skincare range that could deliver visible results but was free from harsh chemicals. It’s from this need for skincare for herself that Dr. Mavi created La Mav. She wanted to create a completely organic skincare range that would be gentle on the skin and the environment but also deliver clear results. 

One of La Mav’s bestselling products (and our personal fave) is the Intense Moisture Nightly Repair Nectarwhich works to calm and soothe the skin. The nutrient-rich, ultra-moisturising nectar works overnight to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. What we love about this nectar is that it does all the hard work while you sleep. The potent anti-ageing bio-actives included in the formula work in synergy to restore the natural radiance of our complexion, which we’re certainly not complaining about!

This certified organic, Australian-made nectar is super nourishing and also smells SO good. There are a few key ingredients that we love that make this product so wonderful:

  • Cucumber oil helps to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Argan oil and Marula oil re-energise and repair stressed skin, which helps to restore its healthy glow
  • Vitamin E and acai oil protects the skin and prevents premature ageing
  • Chamomile oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil provide immediate comfort for dry and dehydrated skin

With an abundance of 5-star reviews, this nectar is certainly a winner! We use ours after cleansing each night and we’ve found that it reduces redness and irritation by calming and soothing our skin. It’s super nourishing and strengthens the skin to ensure long-lasting hydration (which has been SO important over winter!).

To get your hands on this superstar product, simply head here.

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<![CDATA[THE FIFTEEN MINUTE WORKOUT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-fifteen-minute-workout http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-fifteen-minute-workout Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t need to remind you that it’s December and that the silly season is well and truly upon us.
With all the travelling, disruption to schedules and overindulgence it can be far too easy to let your fitness regime slide during the festive season.

When we go away, we tend to get in the mindset that we just need to relax. And this is so true!  But if you give up fitness completely when you go away, things are only going to be a whole lot harder when you get back.

In order for us to not miss out on all the fun of the holidays and Christmas and so we don’t let our fitness lapse, we rely on our favourite fifteen minute workout that we can do anywhere! From hotels to poolside at a resort, there aren’t any excuses not to do this quick and effective routine.

We do each exercise for 40 seconds and then have 20 seconds rest between each. We complete it three times to equal fifteen minutes! If you have a little longer to spare, add another round and similarly, if you’re short on time, do one round less. Anything is better than nothing!


There you have it! Our quick and effective fitness routine that saves us during the holidays! Now we can get back to the Pavlova haha! It’s all about balance, right?






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<![CDATA[WHAT GREENS ARE MADE OF]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/this-is-what-greens-are-made-of http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/this-is-what-greens-are-made-of Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Whilst December might be one of the best months of the year for obvious reasons (Christmas, summer, buying presents for yourself guilt-free, etc.), it’s also a month where overeating and drinking is at an all time high, which is why we’re always excited when the New Year rolls around.

The New Year is a time to hit the reset button and to officially start that healthy eating plan again, to get back on the treadmill or to start that activity you’ve always wanted to try.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your health back on track, why not start now? You don’t have to wait until the 1st of January to change your habits. We have a simple and easy way that means you don’t have to miss out on the mince pies or the glasses of champagne this Christmas but it will mean you’ll be adding extra superfoods, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to your diet. Now who could complain with that?

The solution is our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder and if you are someone who wants to focus on their health now and into the New Year, this is the product for you! Just one teaspoon a day in a glass of cold water or your morning smoothie is all you need to debloat, detox and energise! Loaded with over 40 super ingredients, including those all important prebiotics and probiotics, we rely on our Super Green Superfood Powder to ensure we function at our peak all day, everyday. We absolutely swear by it and so do hundreds of other people. If you don’t believe us, we’ve rounded up a few reviews below!

 

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<![CDATA[CONFIDENCE IN BLOOM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/confidence-in-bloom http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/confidence-in-bloom Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you speak to makeup artists, hairstylists, chefs, artists or any creative, they’ll often say that the tools they use are one of the most important, if not the most important, aspect of their craft. 

Think about it, world-class chefs don’t cook with blunt knives and artists only use the best materials. Similarly, to create an amazing look, makeup artists use only the best makeup brushes. After all, there’s no point using the best quality makeup if you don’t use the best quality brushes.

To create the same professional look, we swear by the Eco Tool brushes. And what’s better than one brush? Eight brushes !  Eco Tools have put together this fabulous limited edition Confidence in Bloom Beauty Kit

Containing over eight limited edition brushes, the kit contains everything you need to create any look you love. Natural look? Absolutely! Smoky eye? You bet!

In a time where environmentally friendly products are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, EcoTools is a leader in eco-conscious beauty products for quite some time. The handles are made from bamboo, are 100% cruelty-free and ensure our makeup is applied flawlessly. 

Here’s what comes in the Confidence in Bloom Beauty Kit. It has all of the essentials for your entire makeup routine and even comes with a cute little storage tray. 

  • Airbrush Complexion Brush
  • Classic Concealer Brush
  • Full Setting Brush
  • Precision Powder Brush
  • Precision Shadow Brush
  • Blurring Shadow Brush
  • Micro Smudge Brush
  • Flat Liner Brush
  • Storage Tray

You can get your EcoTools here.

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<![CDATA[ALL SUMMER LONG]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/all-summer-long http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/all-summer-long Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 GMT

One of our all-time favourite things about summer is the chance to catch up with friends and family over a long meal. Whether it’s a lazy lunch or a chilled-out evening barbecue, we love setting the table with a creative twist, entertaining our guests and rustling up a homemade feast.

To help everything go as smooth as butter, here are our best tips for creating an elegant, inviting, warm and relaxed setting for your next summer soiree!

Nothing looks more welcoming than a big, open, cosy wooden table. Using this as your starting point, choose a bright summery tablecloth or even try making your own place settings with butcher’s paper. Très rustique, super affordable and kid-friendly (just put a bucket of pencils on the table and they can colour until their hearts are content).

A stunning centrepiece like a vase or candelabra is sure to create a “wow” moment when your guests walk in the room. Choose showstopper pieces that reflect your personal style, but make sure to keep the decor at a low height so that your guests can see each other. You want to keep the conversation flowing.

When it comes to a stylish table, we typically opt for chic stemless glasses, extreme flute shapes and coloured classics (they make it easy for guests to spot their drink!). If you’re on a budget, then mason jars or mismatched jars in your pantry will give your dinner setting plenty of summer charm.

Dress up your table with splashes of gold and silver, like chic napkin rings and weights, wine glass trinkets and tea light candles - basically, all that glitters!

 

See more inspiration below!

 



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<![CDATA[SMALL SPACE HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/small-space-hacks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/small-space-hacks Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a neat freak.  But that’s predominantly because I love my space!  Between the furniture, Annabelle's toys (and ok... my shoe collection too...) in my apartment, there isn't any room for unnecessary clutter.  Over the past few years though, I’ve discovered a few sneaky little ways to save a whole lot of space.

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

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

Stackable shoe shelving
I 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...

Draws inside furniture
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.

Nesting Tables
Having more than two tables in your apartment can sometimes seem like an unnecessary waste of space.  Especially if you don’t always use them!
I’m 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

Ikea Trones
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! 

So there you have it! Just a few of the ways I maxmise my space... If you have any space-saving hacks then I'd love for you to share!

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<![CDATA[FACE FRAMING WITH SPECSAVERS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/face-framing-with-specsavers http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/face-framing-with-specsavers Mon, 26 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

When it comes to finding the perfect pair of glasses, I would encourage everyone to have fun with their look and have a pair of glasses to suit every occasion and outfit. I always have a bold pair of glasses ready to go when I’m looking to make the ultimate style statement. I recommend pairing a monochrome outfit with a bold frame to make it pop and really stand out. For variety, I usually have a pair of classic frames on standby available for when I’m in the mood and my wardrobe calls for it. I also keep a pair of glasses on my desk at work and I leave another pair at home so that I’m never caught short. 

Working as a Style Ambassador with the Specsavers team, I have discovered a lot when it comes to finding the perfect frame to match your face shape. As a general rule – opposites attract. If you have a rounder face, you should choose a rectangle frame to balance out your features. Similarly, if you have a square, chiselled features, it’s best to go for a round frame.

Cat's eye: Characterised by a rounded shape that extends to an upward point near the temple, the cat’s eye is both elegant and glamorous. Cat’s eye glasses are best suited to those with triangular or oval faces.

Square: The square shape is best suited for round, heart and oval face shapes.

Round: The round eye shape has been seen more and more in recent years and is particularly on trend right now. This frame shape is ideal for people with square, or heart-shaped faces.

Here are some more tips to help you find a style to suit your face shape and some of my top picks from the latest designer styles at Specsavers. 

 

A round face has fuller cheekbones and little to no angles, with the width and length being similarly proportionate.  Slightly angular frames will create a narrowing effect and sharpen softer features. These frames will provide some contrast to those with rounder features and the pop of colour will provide a stylistic angle as well. 

Frames that will suit a person with a round face shape:

A square face is defined by a broad, deep forehead, a wide jaw and a square chin. Soften angular features with more rounded and oval frames. A frame such as these will provide soft lines to those with more angular face structures. 

Frames that will suit a person with a square face shape:

Oval faces are evenly proportioned and softly rounded.  An oval shaped face can suit most frame shapes. We recommend trying a bold and oversized shape or experimenting with different colours and materials. This face shape will suit frames such as these pairs designed by Alex Perry that offer more definition to rounder features.

A triangle face shape is narrow at the forehead becoming wider at the cheek and chin areas. Ensure the width of the frame is wider than the jawline to emphasize the narrow upper third of the face. Frames with more heavily accented colours and details on the top half will balance out the more angular features, such as these styles from Will.i.am and ELLERY.

A heart shaped face features a broad forehead which tapers into a small chin. Cheekbones are high and defined, following the contours of the face. Choose shapes that balance the varying widths of the face like these Country Road glasses. Translucent frames suit almost all skin tones and eye colours, as they are almost “not there”. Pair these with a sharp, tailored suit and attitude. They are sure to leave a lasting impression.

 

Shop your favourite Specsavers styles here.

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<![CDATA[ONE FOR THE BOOKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/one-for-the-books http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/one-for-the-books Sat, 24 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We relish our summers to get through our book bucket list. There’s nothing better than sitting outside with a good book and a bowl of chopped mangoes and peaches getting lost in a completely different world. It’s one of our favourite summer rituals.

One book that you definitely need to add to your summer book bucket list is ‘Group’ by Chloe Flynn. We cannot even begin to tell you how funny this book is; it’ll have everyone, and mothers in particularly, rolling on the ground laughing. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the weird and wonderful world of Mother’s Group, which we’re sure a lot of you will know is a secret domain dominated by mummy bloggers, alternative parenting methods, kiddie fashion shows and LOTS of activewear hahaha.

The book chronicles the life of Liv Huntley, who never saw herself as the Mother’s Group type. In fact, there was no way she was going to become one of "those" mums. But with husband Hugo always at work and bestie Sophie distracted with her latest fling, the realities of life at home with daughter Annabelle soon starts to grate, and Liv begrudgingly joins her local bub’s club.

To keep her brain from atrophying whilst on maternity leave, Chloe Flynn wrote Group to capture the sheer ridiculous of those early months as an inexperienced new mum. Chloe says Group is ‘Chick Lit plus 10 years, a mortgage, a baby, and a lot less sex’, which is probably the best description of a book we’ve ever heard haha!

Group is a humorous look at love, friendship, motherhood and finding allies in unlikely places. Oh, and coffee – lots of coffee. Always coffee!

If you love a good scandal like us, you’ll seriously love this book. It’s like Gossip Girl for mums. Throw in the isolation new mums face and the unseen challenges of motherhood with the hilarity of 21st century parenting and you’ve got yourself a cracking summer read!

To get your hands on a copy of Group, you can order a hard copy through the US’s Amazon print on demand service or you can buy it as an e-book. We ordered the paperback version and it came within a week; it surprised us how fast the shipping was! If you download Group as an e-book, you can read it on your Kindle or simply download the free Kindle app for your device.

Get Group here and make sure you let us know how you like it!

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<![CDATA[THE POWER BASE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-power-base http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-power-base Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Don’t you love that feeling when you’ve come out of the hairdresser and your hair is silky smooth, strong and simply looks amazing? Not sure about you but whenever we leave, we literally cannot stop running our fingers through our hair - haha! 

For those of us who spend a lot of time outside in the sun or use hair styling products like hair dryers, curlers and irons on a regular basis AKA all of us (!!), you’re probably aware that 95% of the time, your hair doesn’t look or feel like it does post salon treatement. 

Before now, we found it hard to maintain that gorgeous salon feeling. That was, until we met Original & Mineral’s (O&M) signature hair masque, The Power Base.

Hailed as the king of fixing dry and damaged hair, The Power Base, is a dual action treatment that works to restore your mane from within. It contains wheat protein, which reconstructs weakened hair to bind the broken strands. The apricot kernel and sweet almond oils work to moisturise and nourish your locks.

We have been longtime fans of O&M because they’re an Australian-based brand that bridge the gap between natural beauty and luxury. O&M products are PETA approved and 100% animal cruelty free, which is SO important! The formulations replace harsh chemicals with active natural extracts and minerals, including native Australian ingredients like Lilly Pilly, Banksia Flower, Quandong, Tasmanian Kelp and Kakadu Plum, as well as quality essential oils. 

Jose Bryce Smith, founder of O&M, says “I have always been passionate about natural products, wellbeing and beauty, and when I saw firsthand how harsh chemical products harm hairdressers and clients, I knew we could make a difference with O&M.”

We’re using our masque in the shower after we shampoo our hair. We rinse out the shampoo and apply The Power Base for one to two minutes. If our hair is feeling really brittle or particularly dry, we’ll leave it on for about 10 minutes. We then rinse it out, followed by conditioner and get out of the shower feeling like we’ve just left the hair salon AKA we feel a million bucks!

You can get your hands on The Power Base here.

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<![CDATA[STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stop-and-smell-the-roses http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/stop-and-smell-the-roses Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We are the first to admit that we are serial plant killers.

It’s a big statement to make but it’s true and we’ve finally come to the realisation that we need to do something about it because fake plants simply don’t make the cut anymore. Fresh flowers are fine, but it’s the succulents, herbs and indoor plants that really get us. We just can’t keep them alive!

To help us get our green thumbs, we spoke to horticulturalist, Brandon Brightman, who gave us the lowdown on what we should and shouldn’t be doing to the greenery in our office and homes.

We knew we officially needed Brandon’s help when we sent him a photo of a fiddle leaf fig and he replied asking what type of plant it was because it looked so dead haha!

What are some plants that don’t need much natural light? There are parts of SWIISH HQ that don’t get a lot of natural light and our plants seem to be suffering from all the fluorescent lights (RIP fiddle leaf fig).

Some great indoor plants that are known to survive in low natural light areas of your office or home:


Another bit of advice would be to try the plant in different areas of the room and see how it reacts to the position.
Always research the plant you intend to grow not only for care requirements but also for health – some plants can be poisonous.

What’s the best plant to have if you don’t have much time do devote to looking after it? Besides a plastic plant, of course.
Best indoor plant in my opinion is the Mother In Laws Tongue. It is a versatile indoor plant with a striking growing habit and foliage combination. It’s also very low maintenance.

 

Succulents are often heralded as the easiest plants to look after, but how do you keep them alive exactly? We have one in the office that is looking pretty worse for wear and it’s only been in our hands for just over one month. How many times a week/fortnight/month should it be watered? Should they get natural light?

Succulents are extremely hardy plants, but they do need natural light. They tend to grow well in sandy/loamy soil that is free draining as to avoid water logging the plant and leading to rotting.

With saying that though they still need water, it is fine to let the soil completely dry out every now and again but just a little top up once you have noticed that the pot is dry is adequate. Also a lot of succulents will show physical signs they’re not getting enough moisture by their foliage starting to shrivel.

An indoor environment with little to no natural sunlight and with an air conditioner running is definitely not ideal for successfully growing succulents.
In conclusion, they need a good amount of natural light, a well suited potting mix specifically for succulents, do not over water and drown the pot.

What are your top 5 plants (indoor or outdoor) that you would recommend to people that are accidental plant killers?

As long as you do some research on your plant, most plants found in your local nursery or Bunnings can be successfully grown.

Geraniums come in many different hybrids and varieties. Very hardy, rambling geraniums can easily take over a garden bed and can become relatively drought tolerant once established. They’re easily grown from soft woodcuttings.

Bromeliads are a tropical grouping of strappy leaf plants. They tend to grow in shaded areas although there are some that can be grown in heavier sun positions, as along as the "eye" or centre has water in it.

Some bromeliads are epiphytic which basically means they don’t need roots to source their nutrients and water.

Euphorbia species are very easy to take care of and can become relatively drought tolerant once established. They’re hard to kill, although the milky sap it exudes is poisonous and can cause irritated skin. Always wear gloves and long sleeves when working with this species.

Can a plant be resurrected once it dies? How do you know if it’s beyond help?

Once a plant dies it cannot be brought back... sorry! Signs a plant is dying/dead:

  • Browning and wilted/shriveled up foliage
  • No active green growth visible
  • Discoloured foliage
  • Limbs of woody-stemmed plants tend to snap rather then bend and flex.
  • With secateurs prune a little section of the plant to see if there is still activity inside the stem (is it green?).

It’s also worth your while depending on what plant species you have, to do a little bit of research so at least you have a little bit of an idea how that particular grows.

If we want a garden full of flowers next Spring, what’s the best time of year to plant them?

Depending on what you’re intending to plant, all plants are different so again a little research will go a long way. But typically planting out a garden bed in the previous season is recommended, this gives the plants roughly a year to adapt and hopefully perform their best for the following spring.

This isn’t to say that they won’t or can’t flower before or after, it is just a rough guide.

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