<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:36:05 GMT Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:36:05 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[LOOKING GOOD, GIRL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/looking-good-girl http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/looking-good-girl Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[GET YOUR FREE GIFT HERE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-your-free-gift-here http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-your-free-gift-here Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[GET READY FOR HAPPY HOUR!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-ready-for-happy-hour http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-ready-for-happy-hour Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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<![CDATA[THE SLIM DOWN SECRET]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-slim-down-secret http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-slim-down-secret Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here at SWIISH, we value healthy, nutritious food.  But at the same time, we recognise that when it comes to losing weight, there is only one formula that works – eat less, exercise more (which is exactly why we made our 30-Day Challenge recipes nutritious and low in calories).  The point is, when you need to drop a few kilos, portion control is key!

Yep - If you’re wondering why your low-carb, low-fat, sugar-free, vegan diet hasn’t helped you drop a single kilo, this might just be your answer.  Because unfortunately, even healthy foods can cause you to gain weight if you eat them by the truckload.

Portion control can be hard.  Especially when you’re used to eating your co-yo by the carton (guilty!) Don’t worry though, SWIISH has got your back.  Below, we’ve listed our top 5 tips to help you eat less and still feel satisfied.

Studies have shown that you’re actually more likely to have smaller portions if you use smaller plates, bowls and spoons.  When you fill a smaller plate with food, you can trick your mind into thinking you’re eating a lot more than you actually are.  If you put the same amount of food on a larger plate though, it will look a lot smaller and you’ll feel like you’re missing out!


It’s super important to eat regularly throughout the day because it keeps you from ever getting to the point of feeling starved.  If you get to this point, you’re way more likely to overeat.  Eat small, healthy snacks like carrots, fruit and nuts or have one of our Super Green Smoothies from our frozen range (they're super low in calories).

Just remember, there’s a big difference between eating when you’re hungry and eating when you’re bored.  Only reach for a snack when you really need to keep hunger at bay, not because you need a break from your work!  

This is a practical strategy that we like to use so that we don’t overeat.  While you are eating, rate your fullness on a scale of one to ten.  One is starving and ten is stuffed.  Do this a few times throughout your meal, checking back to see where you’re fullness is at.  When you reach about a 7 or 8 (comfortably full), this is when you should stop!



While it’s tempting to reach for a Tim-tam when the 3pm munchies kick in, stick to clean, wholefoods instead.  When you eat a diet filled with nutrient dense foods, your brain releases a hormone called leptin that makes you feel satisfied.  That’s why many of us can demolish a whole block of chocolate and still feel unsatisfied.  On the other hand, it would be pretty hard to finish of, say, a whole bag of almonds or 3 avocados.  The point is, eating nutrient rich foods can help you to eat less throughout the day.  

Mindfulness is a huge wellness trend right now and when it comes to portion control, it also happens to be super beneficial.  There’s a ton of studies out there that show that eating quickly, not chewing enough and not paying attention to your meal can result in substantial overeating.

On the other hand, eating slowly and mindfully will help you to pay attention to what you’ve actually eaten, making it more likely that you will consume less.  Here are some mindful tricks to practice while you eat:

  • Chew more – don’t swallow your food whole.  Aim for at least 25 chews.
  • Use your non-dominant hand to hold your fork or spoon.  This makes things tricker and forces you to pay attention to what you’re doing.
  • Use chopsticks, particularly for food you wouldn’t usually eat with chopsticks.  Like using your other hand, it helps you to focus on what you’re doing.
  • Try to figure out all the different ingredients in your food.  Tuning into what you eat, how the food tastes and how it was prepared all contributes to the feeling of being full.  This is especially fun at restaurants!
  • Eat at a table.  Don’t let yourself get distracted by your phone or the TV.

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<![CDATA[STYLE MASTERCLASS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/style-masterclass-1 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/style-masterclass-1 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT -

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<![CDATA[TO TEA OR NOT TO TEA]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/to-tea-or-not-to-tea http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/to-tea-or-not-to-tea Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Ahhh coffee and tea, two of our favourite drinks! A coffee in the morning and cup of tea in the afternoon is usually how we roll but this new hybrid version of the two is taking the world by storm for its taste and health benefits, which means we love it for any time of the day!

Cascara is deemed to be the new superfood of 2017 and after doing our research, we can’t disagree.

You’re probably wondering how a drink can be a tea and a coffee so let us explain…
Cascara means husk or peel in Spanish and is the dried skin of the coffee cherry (the outside layer of the actual coffee bean). Usually this part of the coffee plant would be thrown away or used for compost but it’s only recently been figured out that these skins have a life of their own. Not quite tea and not quite coffee, cascara is rich in flavanols, a type of antioxidant that works wonders on the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It’s high in fibre, low in caffeine and is sooo delicious.

To drink it, we have been preparing it just like tea so we pop it in a teapot or plunger and brew it for a few minutes. Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste like coffee at all as it’s got a fruity, sweet and woody taste. It’s so easy to soak up the health benefits when it’s so yum!
You can get your hands on Cascara by heading to the Campos website. 

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<![CDATA[MAKE MY DAY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/make-my-day http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/make-my-day Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

You know when you love something so much you buy it in both colours? And then you wear both so many times that you hope they restock said item every season? This was us (and the whole SWIISH office) with the Make My Day Knit.

We stocked it in navy and black in 2016 and it was so popular that we had to bring both colours back this winter. And because we're all about bang for buck and getting the most out of every piece of clothing you own, we’ve rounded up our favourite ways to wear these classic knits, so you know how to style yours too. The Make My Day knit is selling like hotcakes, so hurry if you want one!

 

We love the length of this knit because it makes it perfect to dress up for a lunch or dress down for casual weekend errands. Add a pair of denim jeans (any style – we love white or boyfriend jeans) and you’ll be good to go.

 

Navy and black is no longer a taboo colour pairing and is one of our fave combos because they’re both classic colours. No doubt you have both of these colours in abundance in your wardrobe – we do! Pair them together next time and you have an instantly chic outfit.

 

Ahhhh, you didn’t think we would forget our good friend black on black, did you? We never could! Dress up the Make My Day black knit with a pair of our favourite pair of black coated skinnies. We get major Olivia Newton John vibes from these coated pants which we are definitely not complaining about. But that's why we named them The One That I Want Coated Skinnies (yay for Grease!). This outfit looks as equally chic with a pair of killer pumps as it does with a pair of sneakers.

 

We hate to sound like a broken record but this knit is just so versatile! It pairs perfectly with our favourite LBS (little black skirt) and we love that we can wear this outfit in warmer weather with sandals or sneakers or on cooler days with over the knee boots.

 

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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 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 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[LOVE YOUR LUSCIOUS LOCKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/love-your-luscious-locks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/love-your-luscious-locks Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Want sexy hair? Us too. Want it without damage and way-too-many chemicals? Yep - we're with you on that one.
When it comes to the stuff we put in our body we like to keep it wholesome, clean and free from too many nasties. If we don’t, we end up feeling (and looking) worse for wear. The same goes for our hair.
We want it to be smooth, silky, soft and sexy but we don't want to pump our hair full of toxic ingredients just to get it looking that way. In the past, there were never really any options that would do the trick - it was harsh chemicals all the way.


So when we found a brand that was free from sulphates and parabens, cruelty free AND made right here in Australia, we were paying attention. Then when we tried the products and found that they actually did what was written on the label - detox, boost, hydrate, repair, smooth, plump, feed - we were hooked.


Pure Hair Food believe that our hair deserves to get the same respect that we give our bodies. That’s why all their products are pumped full of wholesome, hair-loving ingredients like macadamia oil, vitamin E, vitamin B, wheat protein and volcanic ash. They’re products that are so packed full of vitality boosting ingredients that they’re even referred to as ‘a green smoothie for your hair’. Needless to say, as green smoothie aficionados, we love that!

Their philosophy is pretty simple – clean, cruelty free and 100% Australian made.  That means all of the products are free from sulphate, paraben and sodium chloride.  Their products are tested on human hair only and help to support the local economy by using only ingredients sourced right in Australia. (hands clapping emoticon!)

Here's a quick guide to help you navigate the range:

  • DETOX: removes build-up of products and chemicals. Smells like a summer holiday!
  • HYDRATE: restores moisture. Hallelujah - the perfect summertime remedy.
  • BOOST: literally a burst of volcanic ash that plumps up your hair, naturally.
  • REPAIR: Think of it as a protein smoothie for your hair. Repairs and moisturises. Especially fab for coloured hair.
  • SMOOTH: No more frizz, baby! Tell Diana Ross she can have her hair back, yours is smooth and luxurious!
  • PLUMP: Plump up the strands! You'll get volume, body and shine thanks to coconut oil (is there anything coconut oil can't do?!).
  • FEED: Treat yo' self (well, your hair anyway) with wholesome ingredients to treat split ends, reverse damage, hydrate and restore hair.

The Pure Hair Food range is stocked right here in our SWIISH online store! You can get your hands on it here. 

 

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<![CDATA[LOVELY LULLABY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lovely-lullaby http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lovely-lullaby Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Finding natural skincare for our little ones that’s gentle, good for their skin, effective and smells delicious can be hard. As adults, we are flooded with choices when it comes to the  best possible products. But with kids, it can be a little trickier to find quality products that don’t cost the earth and that actually work. That's why when we come across a brand that's doing it for the mini-me's we want to report back to you all, stat.

Say hello to Lullaby Skincare. Even the name has us sighing and suddenly feeling more relaxed!

Kirsty Gow-Gates created Lullaby Skincare because she couldn’t find natural and luxurious skincare for her children. After years of product testing and a couple of hurdles, Lullaby Skincare was born with its range of aloe vera based products. Having aloe vera based products, rather than water-based products, is the real game changer here, as aloe vera is known for its therapeutic qualities and nourishing and healing properties. Perfect our little ones’ delicate skin.

The Lullaby Skincare range includes nappy cream, body wash, body lotion and sunscreen and is honestly so divine you’ll be wanting to keep it all for yourself. Plus we're suckers for gorgeous packaging, which this range has in spades. It would make for a really fab gift for a baby shower or a new mama.

To find out more, and to shop the range, head on over to the Lullaby Skincare website.



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<![CDATA[SWIISH FASHION HACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-fashion-hacks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-fashion-hacks Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Everyone knows that state of panic when something goes wrong with an outfit but if you’re armed with the right knowledge and know-hows, these catastrophes can become triumphs and you can end up looking like you belong on the streets of Paris during Fashion Week (the ultimate dream, right?). We’ve put together our ten favourite fashion hacks that you need to know now so you’ll never have another fashion meltdown again.

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<![CDATA[CHICKPEA & VEGIE CURRY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chickpea-and-vegie-curry http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chickpea-and-vegie-curry Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A few weeks ago, Sal made her favourite Chickpea & Vegie Curry and posted it on her Instagram Story. Since then, so many readers have emailed and messaged us asking for the recipe because it looked so delicious! And trust us, it tastes as delicious as it looks.

There’s nothing better than eating a big bowl of this curry on the lounge with a big blanket and a great movie on telly. Pure bliss…

If you love this recipe, you'll find heaps of others just like it - fast, lean, easy and delicious - in Sally and Maha's cookbook, The Good Life, available from our online store right here.



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<![CDATA[HOW TO: WEAR IT IN WINTER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/how-to-wear-it-in-winter http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/how-to-wear-it-in-winter Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

As much as we’re into our skinny jeans, knits and coatigans (you know how much we love them!!), it’s always a bummer seeing your favourite warm-weather styles going to waste. Especially when you start thinking about that silk slip dress that only got one wear. 

In our opinion, just because the chilly weather has kicked in, doesn’t mean you have to ditch all your favourite styles. There’s no reason why a mini dress can’t work just as well in winter – you just have to know how to style it in the right way. The same goes for camis, skirts and shorts… yep, shorts!

Working some of those skimpier summer styles into your outfits can be a fashionable way to add some variety to your winter wardrobe. Plus, it’ll help you get the most out of the clothes you already own. Here’s how to do it…

There’s no doubt that slips were one of the coolest fashion trends of 2016 and we’re definitely not mad that this 90s staple is sticking around for the rest of 2017. Models and celebs all around the world are keeping cosy by pairing silky slips with turtleneck tops, long trench coats and ankle boots.   




In winter, shorts tend to get kept stowed away and it’s a fashion trend not many people think they can pull off. Well, not anymore! We love the way these models have paired their shorts with tights and ankle boots for a chic look.    




Short dresses and stylish midis look amazing all year round. Pair them with your favourite skinnies and heels, or simply with this season’s most sought-after shoe – the over-the-knee boot. These dresses will keep you cosy and looking chic all day long.



Wearing mini skirts with boots is one of the easiest ways to get a fashion-forward look this winter. Layer your top half up with an oversized cardigan or jumper and add a pair of ankle boots to make you look bang on trend.


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<![CDATA[DRINK UP]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/drink-up http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/drink-up Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We all know drinking lots of water does wonders for our health, but let's face it, some days can be a little harder than others to fit in the recommended two (or more!) litres. Well, we have a few little tips that we have implemented at SWIISH HQ and it’s worked wonders for our team.

Regularly throughout the day, someone in the team will yell out “Hydration Break!” and it’s a reminder for us all to drink some H2O or to refill our drink bottles. If you work at home, just set a timer for every half an hour or so to remind yourself to have a big drink of the good stuff. Rather than glasses, we love drink bottles because we can easily track how much we’re drinking, they’re good for the environment (so important!) and we can take them from the office to the gym and everywhere in between.
We’ve rounded up our favourite drink bottles that are so stylish you’ll want one in every colour but most importantly, they’re good for the environment.



We first heard of this brand of water bottles because all of our favourite celebs were carting their BKR bottles to and from yoga, the gym, press events, premieres and restaurants. If it’s good enough for Jennifer Garner and Gisele Bündchen, it’s good enough for us, right?! These luxe glass water bottles are the key to staying hydrated all day long and come in the best range of colours and sizes. Pick yours up at your local Mecca or online here.  

 



S’well drink bottles are well, you know, swell! They’re insulated which means your drink can stay cool for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. Yep, they do double duty so not only can you use them for your H2O (or wine?! hahaha) but you can also use them for your tea and coffee as well! Combining fashion and function, S’well bottles are BPA-free, eco friendly and come in a range of different sizes. Get your hands on a swell S’well bottle by heading to The Iconic.

 

 


Another hot tip we have for upping our water intake is to infuse our H2O with fruit and this is one of the main reasons why we love our Bobble water bottles – the nozzle is big enough to add chopped lemon, cucumber, strawberries and blueberries to our water. The bonus is that Bobble water bottles also contain a carbon-filter, which removes all the nasties, like chlorine, that can find its way into our water. Get your Bobble from your local Woolies, Coles, Target, Big W or Officeworks.

 

 

 


When we first heard of CamelBak drink bottles, we immediately thought of the backpacks that are filled with water that hikers wear hahaha. While we’re not professional hikers (obviously), we were so pleased to hear that CamelBak does a range of drink bottles for the non-hikers like ourselves and the Eddy is our favourite. It doesn’t leak (yep, we’re not kidding!) and comes in a range of colours. The spout makes it super easy to drink, which makes it perfect for exercising. Pick up your Camelbak Eddy from your local Rebel store or online here.

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<![CDATA[GLITTER GLAM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/glitter-glam http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/glitter-glam Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

When a brand launches at Coachella, you know it’s going to be big but when the said brand has only been out for one year and already has people like Dakota Fanning, Kelly Rowland and Bella Thorne using it, you know it’s going to be massive!

The brand we’re talking about is Lemonhead LA and it has brought all of our unicorn and mermaid beauty dreams to life. The vegan and cruelty-free product is the glitter that adults all over the world have been waiting for. Who said kids have to have all the fun? Definitely not us!

Spacejam and Spacepaste are Lemonhead’s hero products and can be used on your hair and body (it’s like jewellery for the skin!), so professionals, makeup artists and everyday gals like us can use it. One of the reasons we love it so much is because it’s mess free and so easy to apply and remove. We think this is a trend we can definitely get on board with. Who’s with us?
To get your fix of glitter glam (let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you?) head to Hyde Haircare.



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<![CDATA[CHARLOTTE ROSE X FAWN & FINCH]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/charlotte-rose-x-fawn-and-finch http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/charlotte-rose-x-fawn-and-finch Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Sometimes we hear stories that touch us in so many ways, that we feel compelled to share them with you. This is one such story.

In January this year, our gorgeous friend, Sarah Jane Young’s daughter, Charlotte Rose, was born into heaven at 21 weeks. To say that this is the most difficult, heart-breaking thing that any mother-to-be can go through, is an understatement. Sarah Jane's loss was so deep, so raw and so real; and felt by thousands of others, not least of whom those who have experienced the same tragic circumstances.

Sarah Jane has decided to honour Charlotte Rose's memory, as she explains it, "along with all the other babies who grew their tiny wings too soon". In memory of Charlotte Rose, Meagan from Fawn & Finch, one of our favourite online boutiques for children and mummas, was compelled to collaborate with Sarah Jane to design a pair of shoes with all proceeds going towards Sands Victoria, a support organisation for bereaved parents and families.

The shoes Meagan makes are honestly the most darling little things and you can imagine how special it was to design the Charlotte Rose Moccasin T-Bar shoes. You'll see in the photos below, Sarah Jane's daughter Mia Grace wearing the Charlotte Rose shoes.

Made from 100% leather and with the roses illustrated by the amazing artist, Cass Deller, these little shoes are temper tantrum proof (which we love!!) and are only $43. We think its music to all parents’ ears when they can dress their children stylishly for an affordable price – especially when all proceeds go towards such a worthwhile and wonderful cause.

To pick up a pair of these precious shoes for your little one, head over to Fawn & Finch and you can read all about the beautiful Charlotte Rose here.

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<![CDATA[EASY ENTERTAINING IN STYLE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-entertaining-in-style-2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-entertaining-in-style-2 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We’ve had a few big months at SWIISH HQ so we thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a big team dinner. We love to entertain and we love to eat (way too much sometimes haha) so having a dinner party seemed like the one and only choice!

Entertaining guests can be stressful so consider us your fairy godmothers that are here to share all of our tricks of the trade with you, to guarantee a stress-free night of food, fun and more food (can you tell we like our food?).

Set the table the day before. This saves so much time on the day of entertaining and is something that can be done fairly quickly. To set the table, we keep it pretty simple but we always make sure to have assorted candles and fresh flowers as our centrepiece. Make sure the flowers are small enough though so you can see the person opposite you because you don’t want to be seeing a sunflower instead of someone’s face hahaha. Any flowers will work, our favourites are tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, short-stemmed roses or even a mix of natives.

As many SWIISH readers will know, our food philosophy is almost the same as our flower philosophy in that we like to keep things very simple. Simple enough that we don’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen all night but tasty enough that our guests want to finish their meals ha! The dinners we keep coming back to when entertaining are our one-pot pasta, or a roast. We always serve our one pot pasta with a fresh loaf of sourdough with lashings of butter and olive oil and a salad to you know, balance all those carbs out. You can tell that our Italian heritage* really shines through when we entertain (*we aren’t actually Italian, we just wish we were hahaha).

 

Sometimes the time it takes to clean our home can take as long as the actual dinner itself, so to make it a quick and easy job, we always have our Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum on hand. The hassle-free and superlight handheld vacuum is perfect for days and nights when we’re entertaining.

Even if the house is a mess, we always find that by just giving it a quick once over with the Dyson, it's clean in next to no time. The trick, though, is just to leave the Dyson out, and do quick cleans as you need to throughout the week, so that you aren't saving it all up for one huge vacuum that takes ages on the weekend.

Although we have a slight obsession with cleaning gadgets and things being tidy, we are also busy women who don’t have a lot of time to be lugging a vacuum cleaner from room to room so when we heard the new Dyson V8 Absolute cord-free vacuum cleaner had 40 minutes of battery life (compared to 20 minutes in previous models) and is only 2.6kg, we were over the moon!

And it's not just before the dinner party where it comes in handy. Cleaning up a mess under the table is a breeze! You know those guests who literally miss their mouth every time they eat and half of the food ends up on the floor? Us too! So a quick clean under the table after everyone heads home means a sleep in the next day instead! Yippee!

Check out our video for the full scoop and even more tips and tricks:

We consider ourselves to be quite the singing and dancing queens (other people would happily disagree haha) so it’s no surprise that a dinner party is not complete without some good tunes. And if that consists entirely of Adele, then that’s okay with us! But if our guests like more variety than Adele’s three albums (highly likely), we just jump onto Spotify and choose one of their playlists.

There you have it – our top tips for entertaining! If you have an obsession with vacuuming like we do or want to try the Dyson V8 Absolute cord-free vacuum cleaner because you’re constantly spilling things on the floor, you can shop online or head in to any major electrical retailer.

This post is sponsored by Dyson but all opinions, thoughts and comments are our own.


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<![CDATA[SAL’S FASHION DIARY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-byron-bay-fashion-diary http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/sallys-byron-bay-fashion-diary Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

I have just returned home to chilly Sydney after spending 10 heavenly days in sunny Byron Bay. There really isn’t anything better than holidays with those you love to get you energised, to lift your spirits and to leave you feeling like you can take on the world. We had the best time as a family eating the most sensational food, enjoying amazing coffee and smoothies, swimming and doing a spot or two of shopping (hahaha okay, that was just me)!

We had such a phenomenal response to our Melbourne Fashion Diary post and because you all loved it so much, I thought I would round up everything I wore in Byron Bay and most importantly, where we ate haha!

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<![CDATA[GUT LOVIN’ GOODIES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-lovin-goodies http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/gut-lovin-goodies Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about our favourite foods for super healthy hair and we had such an amazing response that we thought we’d share our favourite foods for good digestion. Good health starts in the gut so what we’re eating can have a massive impact on how we’re feeling (both good and bad). We’ve rounded up the best food to get you out of your gut rut!

Honestly, what can’t green veggies do?  Not only are they are amazing for healthy hair but they’re also just as beneficial for a healthy digestive system. Leafy greens are pretty much sugar and starch free, low in carbohydrates and high in fibre, making them super easy for the body to break down. One of the best greens to help you get out of your gut rut is asparagus, which helps promote regularity, decreases bloating and contains high levels of chlorophyll, which decreases inflammation. Grilling asparagus is our favourite way to eat it, served with lots of other veggies, a generous squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. YUM.

Your gut is made up of millions of bacteria that help to digest food. There’s good and bad bacteria found in the body but fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles contain the good ‘live’ type that’s essential for a healthy gut. Not all yoghurts are created equal though, so to reap the full benefits, make sure you look out for a brand that is ‘live and cultured’, like Chobani.

If you’re suffering from sub-optimal digestion, bloating and generally poor gut health but find it hard to fit in all the different types of gut-lovin’ food into your diet, our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder is here to help. It’s packed full of 40 ingredients including vitamins, nutrients, prebiotics and probiotics, veggies, fruits and superfoods which we have specifically included to aid digestion such as pineapple, cucumber, alfalfa, ginger, bromelain and papain. Mixing one teaspoon into a glass of cold water every morning will not only leave you feeling energised but your gut will also eat up all the benefits!

 


We all know that fibre is good for our health but did you know there are different types of fibre that all benefit our bodies in different ways? Insoluble fibre is the best for gut health and good digestion and can be found in wheat bran, vegetables and wholemeal bread. As bread lovin' gals, we like knowing that we can have our bread and eat it too, all whilst keeping our gut happy.

Posted in: Health & Fitness, Homepage

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<![CDATA[BEHIND THE SCENES AT SWIISH]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/behind-the-scenes-working-at-swiish http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/behind-the-scenes-working-at-swiish Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We’re BACK with ‘A Minute With Maha’.  If you happened to miss the first post, this is a special series where we spend a minute (or two!) with Maha, and she answers your questions relating to different business and entrepreneurial topics.  Whether you’re a want-to-be entrepreneur, a serial go-getter or even if you’re just looking for a bit of inspiration, these interviews are designed for you. 

Last time, our interview was focused on the topic of 'starting a new career' and was all about what it took for Maha to switch careers, begin a business and make the move from the corporate world into a lifestyle related industry.  Click here to view the post.

This week, we take a step further and look at what Maha's job actually entails, and is aimed at giving you a behind the scenes look at what happens here at SWIISH.  Maha will cover her day-to-day activities, explain the most challenging and rewarding parts of running the business and de-bunk some fashion business myths. 

Maha is always happy to answer anything - whether it's work related or even just her favourite ways to make fun of Sally (true!), so if there's anything you want to know - leave a comment below or send us an email via hello@swiish.com.au and we'll be sure to include it in upcoming posts.

There are so many elements to my job, it’s hard to wrap it all up into a few sentences.  But I suppose that on a daily basis, I’m a business director, an editor and a buyer for our online store.  Alongside Sally, I manage our various business activities and make sure everything at SWIISH is running smoothly. 

Aside from that are two other major parts to my job - one is working with Sal to develop products for our SWIISH DELIISH range, which currently includes our Super Green Superfood Powder (available from our SWIISH online store), and our Super Green Smoothies frozen smoothie range, which is stocked in Coles, Woolies and IGA supermarkets across Australia. The other major part is being an author. We have released two recipe books now, and have another on the way.  

In all seriousness, no two days are the same!  Some days, I might be in the office planning next months shop collection, organising photoshoots, working on the new cookbook, editing website content or working with our graphic designer to fine tune our newsletters.  Other days I might be out at meetings, buying stock or recipe testing.  I really have to manage my time well and determine which tasks need to be prioritised each day.

I think people would be surprised that it’s not at all as glamorous as it might seem from Instagram! You don't typically see me posting photos of Sal and I working late into the night trying to get on top of our emails, or cleaning our office, or doing runs to our storage facility to pick up more tumblers, or going to the post office, or crouching between two cars to get changed for a shoot in the freezing cold. Hahaha! People often say, "you must go to glam, fun events every day!" But the truth is, while there is the occasional event, it's mostly very un-glamorous tasks like sales reporting and finance management and yes, cleaning our office! I work long hours in a fast-paced environment and at times it can be very full on. There are definitely lots of highs but also there are lows. Having a business is so tough - it's just that you don't always hear about or see photos on social media of the stresses, failures and rejections - but they do happen. At the end of the day though, I truly love my job. It's my passion and my purpose and it’s all so worth it.

We have a few VERY exciting projects in progress. First, there's our range of frozen Super Green Smoothies - we worked on this range for three years, so to see it come to life is incredible. What we're most proud of is that it makes healthy eating (sipping!) accessible to people in a way that is quick, easy and affordable.

We're also working on another Super Green Superfood Powder - this new one is especially for kids! It's so exciting to be able to help parents with ensuring that the little ones are getting plenty of veggies, nutrients and superfoods.

And finally, there’s the new book we’ve been working on. It will be released in September. On top of some seriously delicious, healthy and easy recipes, we’ve also added some super exciting new elements that we know our readers are going to love. 

I’m not really sure, so I had to ask them!  This is what they wrote:

“She is driven, hard working and strong.  The type of person who knows how to get shit done.  She is vibrant, approachable and hilarious - lighting up the room every time she walks in.  She is a go-getter, a forward-thinker and a fashionista.”

AWWWW you guys!!! I wish I had that emoji of the monkey covering his eyes right now. I'm chuffed. Thank you!

I wish someone had told me to dedicate more time to manage my own personal financial position and to budget properly, because more often than not when you're starting out, you don't get paid. You may not be paid for years. So whilst I just always trusted that it would somehow work out ok, it's been much harder than I ever thought it would be. I probably would have said "no" way more often when asked to go out or do things, or gotten a flatmate to help pay the rent, if I knew how long it was going to take for me to earn even a teeny tiny salary.

 

Of course!  To be truthful, I’m a serial lotto ticket buyer.  For some reason, I always so certain I’m going to win.  I guess that’s just the big believer in me.  Ha ha!  If I won the lotto I’d use the money to expand the business and kick-start some cool new projects (after I bought my beachside mansion, and my huuuuuuge yacht of course…)

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