<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:50:24 GMT Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:50:24 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[A Bucket-ful of Style]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-bucket-ful-of-style http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-bucket-ful-of-style Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We’ve seen a lot of 90s trends resurface over the past two years and having grown up during that wonderful era of fashion, we can’t help but feel nostalgic and wholeheartedly embrace them once more.

We have fallen in love all over again with belt bags, chunky shoes, and tiny glasses. And who else is reviving their 90s music playlist? We are! The Spice Girls recently announced that they’re touring Australia in 2020 – who’s coming with us?

This year, we’ve seen another familiar item return to the accessories world: the bucket hat. This may surprise you … but after Dior launched it on their runway earlier this year, we’ve begun seeing bucket hats more and more, on celebs, models and on the street style fashion scene.

This time around, bucket hats don’t just come in boring shades of beige – they’re so stylish that you can wear them in a multitude of ways – think a pop of neon colour to brighten an otherwise black outfit, or a snake print that you wouldn’t feel bold enough to dress in, but that can elevate your outfit and give it a touch of on-trend chic.

Think of bucket hats as a ten-second way to finish your look… or to cover you on a bad hair day, Either way it’s a win-win.

In need of a little more convincing before you join our bucket-hat brigade? Here are a few of our favourite looks:

 

Prints Charming

Pump up your look with printed bucket hats:

 

Be Bold, Be Hue!

Spice up your otherwise plain ensemble with some of these bold-coloured pieces:

 

 

Keep it simple

Prefer to stick to neutrals? We’ve got you covered:

 

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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 Sat, 06 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s half way through 2019 and the new years resolutions are starting to fade.  You started the year with a new 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 realise you're 6 months in to the year, and the one yoga class you did manage to get to, you found 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… then all you need to do is book yourself a class (or even better, a 10-pack of classes), and finish the year the way you intended.

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[MINI ME SEE... MINI ME DO]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-me-see-mini-me-do http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-me-see-mini-me-do Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We all know that brushing our teeth is important - after all, it’s usually drilled into us from a very early age.

Thinking back to your youth, I know for me at least, brushing my teeth was a nightly chore that I rushed my way through, generally during an ad break on TV. All I wanted was to tick it off so that mum would be happy and I could go back to watching A Country Practice (hi to all the other 80s kids out there!), before being sent off to bed.

As I got older, I of course developed a better understanding of decay and needing to look after my teeth - but over time I’ve actually become much more aware and interested beyond just the health of my teeth. Rather, what’s actually important is whole mouth health, which includes your teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums.

This is a topic we have discussed on the SWIISH blog before - because we believe that your mouth is a gateway to holistic health. And having used Colgate for as long as I can remember, it’s great to see that they feel the same way too. Colgate have recently launched their new Colgate Total with breakthrough technology (25 years in development!), specifically to help us take care of our whole mouth health. 

It makes Total (get it?!) sense though - your mouth is one of the first lines of defence in your body. Whatever you eat or drink has to pass through it - and if not cleaned properly, means bad breath, tooth decay and the potential for bacterial plaque build-up. The flow on effect? Overall wellbeing can be compromised, and I definitely don’t want that for my family, or for me. 

So as I have begun to teach my own daughter Annabelle the importance of looking after her teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums, I have made this part of her day a fun ritual. Ever since she turned 6 and started brushing with Colgate Total, she looks forward to it - we sing songs as we brush and Annabelle is learning that it’s never too early to look after yourself and your smile.

For more information on the new Colgate Total, head to https://www.colgate.com.au/products/total.

 

#Sponsored by Colgate, however all thoughts and opinions are our own.


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<![CDATA[HOLY CACAO!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/holy-cacao http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/holy-cacao Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We’re pretty sure that all the chocolate lovers out there would agree that adding cacao to your smoothie or oats in the morning is a pretty delicious option.

After all, cacao is one of the tastiest ingredients on the planet. Not only does it end up in chocolate, cakes, muffins, brownies (need we go on….) and other delicious concoctions, but is also good for you.

What you may not be aware of is that in each tablespoon, you are getting a lot of amazing health benefits from this wonder food.

Originally, These benefits were discovered thousands of years ago when the Incas even considered it the drink of the Gods. They found it to be so beneficial that they relied on it for healing. (so, do we when we teach for a hot chocolate!)

The quick lowdown is that cacao is full of antioxidants, good fats, and fibre that are incredibly helpful to your health. Consuming cacao on a regular basis may help improve your energy, aid in weight loss, and help lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Sounds amazing, right? But before you go rushing off to the convenience store to grab a family-sized block or two of chocolate, let’s delve a little deeper to find out more about these benefits.

 

First thing first: Difference between raw cacao and cocoa

Raw cacao and cocoa might taste and look the same but they are actually two different things. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans and in this process, no nutrients are lost by the heat treating. Cocoa on the other hand is raw cacao that is roasted at high temperature and is heavily processed to obtain the powder form.

Raw cacao is heavily loaded with flavonoids and magnesium and other super nutrients that are beneficial in the long run for health and wellness, so you can officially add it to the superfood list. It’s the perfect way to satisfy a chocolate craving without the processed sugar.

Benefits of raw cacao in your diet

If you’re someone who has a chocolate addiction (basically the entire population!), then try finding ways to swap it for cacao in your diet instead. Here’s why it’s worth the swap:

1.Hello, Energy Boost!

If it seems normal for you to feel exhausted even if you are getting enough rest, chances are, your magnesium levels are way too low. Raw cacao is loaded with magnesium. It is actually one of its key mineral components . Having cacao regularly in the morning can give you the energy boost you need. Try adding a couple of tablespoons to a berry and banana based smoothie. Yum!

2. Good Mood Food

Cacao contains anandamide, also known as the “bliss” molecule, that is responsible for sending “happy” signals to your brain, boosting your mood and making you feel good. It also helps combat mood swings by boosting serotonin levels in the brain,

3. It’s Sweet But Keeps Sugar at Bay

As we’ve mentioned, you don’t have to worry about the sugar with cacao. In fact, studies have shown that the nutrients found in raw cacao can even regulate blood sugar level and can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

4. Skin Glow-Getter

Cacao helps increase blood flow to the skin surface giving you that bright and natural glow. It is also a good source of sulphur that aids in building natural collagen in the body, which is important in producing healthy skin tissues. Not only that, it keeps nails and hair shiny too!

5. Say No Thanks To Premature Ageing

Cacao is loaded with antioxidants. The Polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao protect the cell from premature oxidation that causes premature ageing. Natural cacao face mask, anyone?

6. Protects Your  Heart

Cacao contains Flavanol, an anti-inflammatory and heart protective anti-oxidant. This mineral, according to studies, can help protect against heart disease and helps greatly in improving blood circulation. Remember, a good blood flow means a happy heart. Polyphenol, which protects the cells and helps in premature aging is also responsible in reducing bad cholesterol in the body, prevent possible arteries’ blockages.

7. When you smile, cacao smiles with you

According to researches, the theobromine found in cacao beans is very effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay. This type of compound has an antibacterial agents that is also responsible in preventing plaque.

8. Get Gutsy

The good fats, fibres, and magnesium found in raw cacao has been shown to help prevent constipation and help with the overall health of the gut.

9. Lose It

Raw cacao is an excellent source of good fat and it can also help in improve metabolism, so if weight loss is a goal, then cacao could help.. In fact, it is noted in several studies that those who regularly consume cacao actually have lower BMIs that those who don’t. 

10. Soothe It

A recent UK study performed by the British Lung Foundation discovered that the theobromine found in cacao beans was quite effective at treating persistent coughs. Next time you are under the weather, try a cup of Hot Chocolate made with nutrient-rich cacao and see if that does the trick.


Want to try a recipe out for yourself?

Here’s a very simple raw cacao recipe that you make with just a few simple ingredients. These bites are ready in 5 minutes and you can make them in batches, so that you’ll have something to munch on when you’re craving something sweet and chocolate-y.

We’ve adapted this recipe from Simple Vegan Blog


Ingredients:

1 cup almonds

1 cup Medjool dates, pitted

2 tbsp rice malt syrup

2 tbsp raw cacao


Method:

Pop the walnuts into a food processor and pulse until you get a crumbly mix. Add the dates, rice malt syrup and cacao and pulse again until well combined. Once you have a sticky texture, form the mix into balls and place on a lined tray. Pop into the fridge for about an hour.

You can store these balls in an airtight container and enjoy them for up to a week!

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<![CDATA[KNIT WIT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/knit-wit http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/knit-wit Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The chilly temperature that winter brings has us running to our closets to get our hands on the cosiest winter outfits we can find. Sometimes, the cold can make us feel like we just want to wear trackies and uggs all day, every day, but ultimately, we need to power up, dress up, and face the day.

This season, we’re embracing one of the biggest trends from the runway – pairing our favourite knits with skirts for a feminine, comfy, and sophisticated look.

That best part is that this combo works day to day at the office, as well as on weekends. It’s literally two minutes to pull together. We love that you can play around with your knits and mix and match them with various types of skirts, depending on your preference. Just remember, always mix style with comfort!

We’ve put together some of our favourite knits + skirt outfits for inspiration. Check below. 

 

THE BOHO 

One look we’re loving has a real boho vibe – think a knit with a flowy midi skirt and heels.

 

MINI ME

Don’t you just love pairing up your mini skirt with an oversized knit sweater on a cold day? Don’t forget to put on your boots to complete the look. 

 


THE LAID BACK

For a more laid-back look, however, pair your knits with a midi skirt and chunky sneakers.

The good thing about knits is that you can wear them in just about any season for comfort and style. There are a lot of not-too-thick options available for in-between seasons and there are those that you can layer comfortably in the colder seasons. But whatever the season, you can pair it with just about anything and still look fab.




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<![CDATA[CHICKEN AND LEEK PIE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chicken-and-leek-pie http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chicken-and-leek-pie Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

As we officially welcome winter into our lives, we’ve started to think about all the yummy food we get to eat that nourishes and warms us from the inside out. We’re excited for slow cooked meals, delicious curries, endless cups of tea, apple crumble and all the delicious things that winter brings!

One of those recipes is our Chicken and Leek Pie. Nothing says comfort food like a delicious homemade pie and our recipe from The Good Life hits the spot perfectly!



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<![CDATA[SELF CARE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/self-care http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/self-care Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[SPICY BROCCOLI SOUP]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/spicy-broccoli-soup http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/spicy-broccoli-soup Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We’ve had so many readers send us emails asking us how to cook broccoli in a different way this winter, rather than the usual plain steamed variety (yawwwwn).

We don’t think little old broccoli gets enough recognition for how delicious it can be if you actually know what to do with it! Not only that, but it’s immune boosting, aids digestion, improves bone health and is simply one of the healthiest vegies out there. It’s super versatile and besides adding it to our smoothies everyday, we also love turning it into soup.

This is our fail-proof Spicy Broccoli Soup, which is oh so tasty, oh so easy and is dairy free, nut free, vegan and paleo!

Enjoy!

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<![CDATA[WEEK 4]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-4 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-4 Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[WEEK 3]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/love-your-skin-from-within http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/love-your-skin-from-within Mon, 20 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[WEEK 2]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-get-glowing-week-2-of-our-glow-challenge-is-here http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-get-glowing-week-2-of-our-glow-challenge-is-here Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[WEEK 1]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-glow http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/time-to-glow Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT

 

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<![CDATA[FOR THE LOVE OF OIL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-body-oil http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-body-oil Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Summer is sadly over and as we head into the cooler seasons focusing on hydrating our skin will be paramount, The cold days bring a trifecta of skin irritants - the heating and the wind and constantly wearing long pants/jeans or stockings all mean that the moisture from our body is totally zapped. 

To combat the winter blues, daily hydration is key. But not all moisturisers or oils are created equal. So we went in search of one that ticks all the boxes. 

Milk and Co is an Australian owned and made brand and their goodies are naturally derived and contain effective formulas. Best of all their products are SIMPLE. Meaning no over powered fragrances, artificial colours or paraben.

This winning formulation combines the skin-loving benefits of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Soy Oil, Calendula Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Papaya and Rosemary Leaf Extract to lock in hydration and assist with the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Calendula extract has been included for its unique and effective anti-inflammatory properties. 

Nourishing Vitamin E, papaya and rosemary leaf extracts help to improve the appearance of skin imperfections and uneven skin tone. 

Moisturising Soy oil is a great source of antioxidants and is proven to help protect skin from UV rays and treat skin damage caused by the sun. 

Free-radical fighting Vitamins E & A have also been included to protect the skin from environmental pollutants and UV damage.

Lightly scented with essential oil of Lavender, this body oil reminds us of holidays! 

Designed for skins of all types & ages; Milk & Co Body Oil is Paraben free, vegan, made in Australia and uses 100% recyclable packaging and is not tested on animals.

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<![CDATA[PACKED WITH GOODNESS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-packs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/milk-packs Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

There are two kinds of people. Those who, when packing for a trip take just their toothbrush and toothpaste (who are these people – LOL). 

And then there are those who decide they need EVERYTHING … even if it is just an overnighter. Hands up if that’s you, because it certainly is us!  You pack all these things and then before you know it your toiletries bag weighs more than a long haul suitcase. 

Because we can’t bear to leave anything at home - we’ve found the perfect solution. Milk & Co has three of our all-time favourite products all packed in together - ready to go, so you can nourish and pamper yourself, without being weighed down.

Here’s what’s included: 

Face Cleanser 

Designed to wash away your day, this naturally based foaming cleanser, is perfectly scented with essential Geranium Oil and Ylang Ylang, and with the right amount of extracts of Hibiscus Flower and Turmeric. 

This Face Cleanser is the ideal wash to invigorate the senses and refresh the skin. And of course, it is paraben free and perfect for all skin types. 

Beauty Wipes

Offering exfoliating micro beads on one side to wipe away the muck and grime, whilst offering the perfect cleansing tool on the reverse side. These extra-large wipes will be your saviour during both work and play.  

These dual sided beauty wipes are also paraben and alcohol free, lightly fragranced and suitable for all skin types. No doubt you’ll love them as much as we do.

Rejuvenating Face Mask

Containing all the right ingredients such as green tea extract, aloe vera, rosehip oil, Goji fruit extract and vitamin E. No surprises there! 

Milk & Co. have combined these multiple fruit extracts with vitamin E and green tea extract to exfoliate, smooth and moisturise your skin, clearing away dead cells. 

For under $40 we think we’ve struck gold with this pack. It even comes with a cute bag too! To get your hands on one head here.

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<![CDATA[MOST WANTED]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/most-wanted http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/most-wanted Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[SALLY'S DAILY ROUTINE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-daily-routine http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-daily-routine Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[GET THE LOOK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-look http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-the-look Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[MINI, MIDI, MAXI]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-midi-maxi http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-midi-maxi Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

 

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<![CDATA[LAST CHANCE TO SAVE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/last-chance-to-save http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/last-chance-to-save Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[MAHA'S FIJI FASHION DIARY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-fiji-fashion-diary http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mahas-fiji-fashion-diary Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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