<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Sun, 27 May 2018 09:42:00 GMT Sun, 27 May 2018 09:42:00 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[15-MINUTE PRAWN CURRY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/15-minute-prawn-curry http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/15-minute-prawn-curry Sun, 27 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

When you’ve had a long day, the last thing you want to be doing is cooking dinner for the family or even yourself. You probably think it’ll be quicker and easier to order takeaway or to just make toast for dinner. 

What if we told you we had a delicious and healthy recipe that can be on the table in 15 minutes? Our aptly named 15-Minute Prawn Curry takes only, you guessed it, 15 minutes to make and it’s loaded with healthy and flavoursome ingredients!

By the time you decide on what take-away to order, you could have this recipe on the table! 


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<![CDATA[8 WAYS TO FAKE 8 HOURS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/8-ways-to-fake-8-hours http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/8-ways-to-fake-8-hours Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Whether you’re working late at the office, binge-watching your favourite Netflix series, scrolling on Instagram or just struggling with falling and staying asleep, sometimes the recommended eight hours of sleep each night isn’t possible.

For most of us though, the show must go on the next day and unfortunately, we’re usually not able to sleep in to catch up on the shuteye that we missed. 

That’s why you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you fake the eight hours that you didn’t get. Like they say, you’ve gotta fake it til you make it!

The beauty of white eyeliner, compared to your usual brown or black, is that it’s designed to brighten and energise your eyes. Putting white eyeliner on the waterline of your eyelid will instantly make you look more awake than you actually are. Where charcoal eyeliner makes your eyes look smaller, white eyeliner has the opposite effect and can instantly make your eyes look bigger and wide awake.

If you’re tired and are running on a lack of sleep, your eyes are going to be the first sign that you need some extra zzz’s. Cover those dark circles with a concealer that will instantly add four extra hours of sleep onto your face. We're fans of YSL Touche Éclat and Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand Dynamic Duo Lift and Light Reflector.

Limited shuteye naturally means you’ll have a lower amount of energy for the day, which is why we swear by our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder. Most days, we will just take one teaspoon in a glass of cold water but for days when we need an extra boost, we’ll have a second teaspoon in water at around 3:00pm. The powder includes over 40 super-powered ingredients, including chlorophyll, flaxseed and broccoli, which naturally contain omega 3 fatty acids. This means your blood sugar levels are stabilised so you are waaaaay less likely to crash from tiredness mid-afternoon. 

You can grab your Super Green Superfood Powder here.

Jade rollers are everywhere right now and if you haven’t heard of them before, you really need to jump on the bandwagon because they mean business. Jade rollers are a skincare tool that have been around for centuries and are believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld massagers have two jade stone heads that when used boost blood circulation and reduce swelling. Essentially, jade rollers help reduce puffiness and inflammation of dark under-eye circles. Other benefits of using a jade roller include brightening and tightening. So basically, it's a miracle worker.

Nothing says awake, energised and ready to go like a little colour in your cheeks, so we always reach for our favourite blush when we need an extra pep in our step.

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know how much we love essential oils and swear by their benefits. There’s a whole range of reasons we use them and one of them is to invigorate and energise our senses. Citrus oils are particularly good a providing a powerful energy boost each morning. Citrus scents actively increase the production of serotonin, which is a huge mood booster. Before you jump in the shower, add a few drops of lemon or orange oil into the shower and make the room steamy and hot to invigorate you. Alternatively, you can also rub some on the palms of your hands before inhaling slowly. 

 

We’re not sure about you, but one way we instantly feel better and more lively is when our hair is done. It may sound ridiculous but anytime our hair looks good, we feel like we can conquer the world. But who has time to wash and blow-dry their hair to perfection when they’re running on less than eight hours of sleep? We know we don’t. This is where dry shampoo comes in. Not only does dry shampoo add some cleanliness to our hair but it also adds extra texture and volume, making it look like we’ve gone to a lot of effort. 

This also might seem a tad OTT but we swear it works. Although we may like feel like wearing tracksuit pants or activewear when we’re running on low, the best thing we can do is wear our favourite ‘get sh*t done’ outfit. For us, it’s all about the blazer and heels but once we put those two items on, we swear no one can tell that we’ve been tossing and turning all not. It’s all about faking it, right?!

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<![CDATA[SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/shine-bright-like-a-diamond http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/shine-bright-like-a-diamond Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’re not sure about you but when we think of sequins, we think of soirees, New Year’s Eve, glamorous dinners, red carpets and costumes. What we don’t usually think of is daytime winter dressing. You too?

However, we’re going to change the sequin narrative everyone is so used to and throw caution to the wind by wearing sequins in the daytime and in winter. 

Wearing your favourite sequin-embellished pieces in the middle of the day, especially in winter, is one of the easiest ways to get your sparkle. Not only is it trendy, fun and totally unexpected, it’s also a major lesson in street style. 

Here’s how to wear sequins for all kinds of winter weather occasions:

Keep it casual by pairing your favourite sequinned top or jacket with your favourite pair of jeans and sneakers. 

Most of you probably own a denim jacket, a leather jacket or a bomber jacket so throw one of those on with your sequin-embellished bottoms (pants, skirt, etc.) and it’ll instantly transform you into a street style star. Bonus points if you pair the outfit with sneakers or ankle boots and a graphic tee.

It’s no secret that we love faux fur and we love it even more when we pair it with a sequinned number. Keep it tonal by wearing the same colour fur as your sequins.

For a lesson in juxtaposition, wear your sequins with your favourite knitwear. We just adore the look of a chunky cable knit sweater with a sequined skirt and ankle boots. It screams chic and warmth at the same time.

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<![CDATA[SELENA MAZURAN]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/selena-mazuran http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/selena-mazuran Sun, 20 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Selena Mazuran is one of Australia’s top names in fashion and whilst you might not recognise her name, you will probably recognise her business: FBI Fashion College. In this edition of Risk Takers and Role Models, we chat to Selena about the women who inspire her and the biggest risks she has taken. 

 My name is Selena Mazuran, I am the owner of FBI Fashion College. I started FBI in 1994 to fill a market niche. It's a successful business because we try to focus on WHY students do our courses and act upon those answers. I hope I have personally implemented some of the straits I admire in other people. I have certainly worked hard, been fiercely determined, had humour and have never accepted ‘no’.

My grandmother on my mother’s side – Matilda

She was of Lebanese descent and came to Australia with her younger sister to build a better life. With her husband, she established numerous businesses and was a property developer.  

I remember being in her kitchen when I was about 7. She had run out of gas and was on the phone to the gas company who were obviously saying that they would be there the 12th of never, like most services!! I heard her say 'I have got babies here I need a gas refill immediately!'  She had barely put the phone down and the gas company had just arrived out the front. I knew there were no babies and from then on I knew that she was a business woman.

My grandmother on my father’s side – Frana

Frana boarded a ship in 1929 and came to Australia from what is now Croatia with her sisters. With her husband, she established successful farms, mainly producing tomatoes which was such a hard business especially in those days and all the while raising 4 children. She was such an intelligent and humorous woman who got through the hard times with hard work!

Catherine "Cate" McGregor

 Australian Army Officer, Air Force Officer, author, cricket commentator and transgender.

For having the courage to be who she is.

Lucille Ball

American actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer. Lucy was the first woman to run a major television studio,  Desilu Productions, which produced many popular television series, including Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Lucy was told by her teachers that she would not be successful! Her career was thriving when she became ill, with rheumatoid arthritis, and was unable to work for two years. I feel that Lucy achieved massive success and was a true trail blazer. She was also the first woman to appear on television pregnant. Something that she fought for, agreeing to only refer to her as ‘expecting'. 

Bette Midler

Not the conventional commercial image of a female singer or actress, but with shear talent, fearlessness and determination is an international success. If you haven't seen her live, do yourself a favour.....

The first risk I took was to believe in myself, not to second guess my decisions. For example.. that I could make it in the big smoke.

At 17 years old I called the Personnel Manager for David Jones, from my home in Broken Hill, and asked if she would give me a job. She said " Well what are you doing there, come to Sydney and I will.” And she did. 

After studying at college and gaining experience throughout all managerial levels in fashion at David Jones, I saw a definite niche market in training in Fashion Business and decided to go for it. In 1994 I set up FBI Fashion College.

Then just last year we decided to invest in a partnership with a top 5 Fashion School in the world. Previously I had never entered a partnership, sponsorship or anything of the kind. 

Lucky I had the courage to do this as it opens doors for our students to choose to extend their FBI experience and study around the world.

 

Thanks Selena!

 


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<![CDATA[SECRETS TO AMAZING SKIN]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/secrets-to-amazing-skin http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/secrets-to-amazing-skin Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Collagen is something that you might hear a lot about and see it listed as an ingredient in your skincare products, but you might not know what it is exactly or what it does. The only thing you do know is that it’s really good for you! 

To save you time researching collagen for yourself, consider this your ultimate guide to what is being dubbed as the skin’s multivitamin.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, it’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, helping to prevent wrinkles, which is why collagen works so well in an anti-ageing skincare regime. Collagen naturally occurs in our bodies and it’s what keeps our skin plump and strong but as we get older, collagen levels can decline. That’s why so many skincare products contain collagen and why there are so many collagen supplements on the market. It gives our skin a helping hand to maintain youthful skin - it’s like winding back the skin clock! Not only is collagen excellent for our skin, it also does wonders for hair and nails too. 

There are loads of different ways you can consume collagen but the key message is this: you need to be using a collagen skincare product or consuming collagen in some way if you want your skin to look its best skin. 

There are collagen tablets, powders and capsules as well as being a key ingredient in many skincare products - if you're not sure where to start, we would suggest going with a powder or capsule as we firmly believe in nourishing the inside first. Once you've added it to your routine, then you can add skincare to it. Below are a few of our favourite collagen products for you to try.

If there are any that you love, or swear by, let us know in the comments below!

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<![CDATA[BARRE ON A BUDGET]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/barre-on-a-budget http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/barre-on-a-budget Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

It’s no secret that ballerinas are incredibly fit, toned and strong. Their work requires them to be absolute guns at what they do so their regular workouts are obviously paramount in their daily routine. 

If you always wanted to be a ballerina but never got the opportunity (we hear you!), there’s a workout you can do that is inspired by ballet: barre. Barre classes have gained popularity over the past few years and you’d be hard to find a suburb that doesn’t have a barre studio or two. But with everyone’s busy schedules and the demands of everyday life, we know how hard it can be to get to a class a few times a week, let alone once a week!

But as Maria would say, let’s start at the very beginning. What is barre? It’s talked about so frequently and you’ve probably heard about it but you might not know what it is exactly. Let us explain. Most barre classes are a workout that combine the best of yoga, pilates and ballet. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on strength training. Many barre classes will also use props like small handheld weights, exercise balls and bands. Half an hour of barre will really have all the muscles in your body fired up - it’s definitely not a workout for the faint-hearted!

If you want to start barre but you don’t want to commit to a studio membership or if you struggle to get to a class once a week, don’t worry because we are here to help. We’ve done all the hard work for you and have trawled the internet finding the best barre workouts you can do at home! The beauty of doing barre at home is that you don’t have to commit to a one hour class; you can do it for as a little or as long as you’d like. The other redeeming factor is the cost. These workouts are free! So if you don’t mind working out in your living room, this is the workout for you!

Happy pirouette-ing! 

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<![CDATA[BUM BAGS ARE BACK]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bum-bags-are-back http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/bum-bags-are-back Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

When you think of bum bags, you probably think of polyester pouches that were a staple in pretty much every travel photo in the 90s. We know we do. 

Back in the day, celebrities adored them as part of their normal fashion repertoire (case in point below - Goldie, Drew and SJP were all major fans) and so we also wore them with pride to the shops and the movies on weekends. 

 

Fast forward twenty years (yikes, the 90s still feel like maybe only 10 years ago decade!) and the cyclical nature of fashion means bum bags are having a moment.

Thankfully, the polyester style has been left in the 90s and fashion houses like Gucci, Chanel and Prada have resurrected the style but in a much more fashion-forward way. Think beautiful leather in different colours with signature statement logos.

Rather than wearing your bum bag low around the waist like you may have in the 90s, the new style of “belt bags” are now worn higher up and on the side. Although belt bags won’t be everyone’s bag of choice, you can’t deny how practical and versatile they are. What a dream to carry all of your essentials with you, hands-free! 

We’ve rounded up our favourites for you to shop below!

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<![CDATA[ETHICAL KIDSWEAR]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ethical-kids-clothing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ethical-kids-clothing Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’re popping in today to deliver a public service announcement that we think parents are going to love!

It involves an New Zealand organic clothing range for children that we reckon you will fall in love with, stat. Buck and Baa is the brand we’re talking about and their beautiful prints and functional yet stylish silhouettes are just half of the reasons we love their clothes. You should see the acorn print – it is the cutest!!

The other half is because Buck and Baa are all about ethical streetwear. All their clothes are produced without the use of toxic chemicals and everything is made with organic cotton and merino wool (the wool is from New Zealand as well with the cotton coming from India). The fabrics they use are sturdy enough to keep up with your little ones, whilst being velvety soft and beautiful against your children’s skin.

If you’re a parent who struggles to find ethically sourced clothes for your kids and you want to look after your kids by dressing them in organic materials (rather than ones loaded with chemicals) whilst simultaneously looking after the environment, then you really need to head over to Buck and Baa and have a look for yourself. 

If you’re too overwhelmed by all of the beautiful pieces, we’ve done all of the hard work for you and have selected our favourite pieces!


 

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<![CDATA[SUPERFOOD OF THE YEAR]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/superfood-of-the-year http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/superfood-of-the-year Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Move over kale and matcha, there’s a new super green superfood in town that everyone needs to know about. 

Welcome to the superfood club, moringa! Moringa oleifera, also known as a horseradish tree because of the bitter flavour of the roots, is a tree native to India, Pakistan and Nepal. Moringa is a plant that grows incredibly fast and is comparable to growing at the rate of weeds AKA super quickly! 

Whilst this may be one of the first times you’ve heard about moringa, it’s a plant that’s been around for centuries and one that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years! 

The leaves are the most popular part of the plant and can be eaten whole but you’ll find that the flowers are most often dried and ground into a fine powder, which you can sprinkle in smoothies and juices and on yoghurt. 

Moringa is packed with nutrients and is one of the only plants to contain all nine essential amino acids. It also contains high quantities of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium and is loaded with antioxidants. It’s like a natural multi-vitamin. With its long list of nutrients, it’s really no surprise that moringa nourishes the immune system, supports hormone levels, promotes healthy circulation, providse relief from acne, boosts energy, encourages a balanced metabolism and has natural anti-ageing properties.

Studies say that moringa has four times the amount of protein as eggs, seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges and even 15 times the amount of potassium as bananas!

Sounds pretty good to us so where do we sign up? Get your hands on moringa here and we promise your body will thank you for it!

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<![CDATA[THE WINTER ESSENTIAL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-winter-essential http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-winter-essential Mon, 07 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t need to tell you how stylish and versatile blazers are. For decades now, they have been a staple in women’s wardrobes all over the world. 

From structured to loose-fitting, neutral colours to brights, blazers can be worn with jeans, a tee and sneakers or to the office with tailored pants. Whilst structured black blazers will never go out of fashion, this winter we are seeing the return of a blazer trend that we haven’t seen since the nineties.

Welcome back check blazers! Although we are partial to our favourite black blazer, we’re obsessed with check blazers for winter. You definitely need one in your wardrobe because they instantly dress up whatever you’re wearing. You know those days when you just want to wear sneakers, jeans and a tee but it’s not dressy enough? Add a check blazer and you’re good to go! On those crisp autumn mornings and cold winter days, check blazers are the perfect accompaniment to any workwear outfit - tailored pants and a blouse? Add a check blazer! Your favourite LBD? Add a blazer!

Here’s how to wear your new winter essential and you can shop yours now here.

 

 

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<![CDATA[MUM’S THE WORD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mums-the-word-2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mums-the-word-2 Sun, 06 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t know how it happened but apparently we’re already five months into the year. Are you as shocked as us that it’s already May?! Not only is it May but Mother’s Day is next week so we’ve been thinking of ways to treat our mum this year, but what do you do and what do you buy the woman who has done everything for you?

There’s a meme we love that says something along the lines of “when you’re buying a present for your mum and she deserves an island but all you can afford is a scented candle” and when we read it, we laughed so hard because it’s true.

Most mums love and appreciate anything that is handmade and done with thought (anyone else’s mum still have their artwork on the fridge from decades ago? Haha!) so this year, to go with some gorgeous gifts (unfortunately, there’ll be no island), we’ll be making Red Velvet Pancakes to treat mum for Mother’s Day. The best part about any celebratory day is that you can eat whatever you like, whenever you like so even though this recipe is typically for breakfast, we are giving you permission to make and eat it for lunch and dinner as well! 

Here’s the recipe so you can spoil your mum this Mother’s Day as well!

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<![CDATA[KIINDRED SPIRITS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kiindred-spirits http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/kiindred-spirits Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

For all the parents out there, this is one post that you need to read. What we are about to tell you is going to make your lives so much easier!

Being a new parent is a completely magical experience. From the sheer delight of having a little human being that you’re responsible for to falling in love with them more and more everyday, it’s certainly a magical time when you’re in the newborn bubble. 

But, it can also be completely overwhelming. How do you know when to feed them? Is she tired? Is he hungry? How do I know how much milk to give them? There are so many questions and unknowns for parents of little ones and there are so many resources out there that it can be daunting to know what to do. If only there was an expert you could refer to in the leisure of your own home to help! Oh wait… there is!

Chris Minogue is Australia’s most in-demand registered Mothercraft Nurse. With over 35 years experience, Chris has teamed up with one of our favourite parenting go-tos, Kiindred, to be that expert for you in your very own home.

In their new Kiindred Expert Series, Chris will guide you through each development stage of your child in a video series so you feel confident in understanding your little one's needs - whether you have a newborn, baby or toddler. 

There is one bumper package available that contains videos lead by Chris that cover everything from newborns to babies to toddlers. For parents with twins, you can also get an add-on package designed just for you! (Parents of twins and triplets - we don’t know how you do it!). We also think these packages would make the perfect gift for any new parents, and at only $99, it’s a great price to pay for expert advice and guidance! 

  • Exclusive video access to Australia’s leading registered Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue.

  • Your most pressing questions around feed, sleep and development changes answered through our 'Ask Chris' feature

  • BONUS downloadable guide that includes Chris' highly sought after 'Daily Rhythms'


The series is self-paced so you are able to go through each video when it suits you and when you need it most. 

This series with Chris has already changed so many lives of parents and children and it’s really not hard to see why. 

Get all the info about the series here.


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<![CDATA[MASK MAYHEM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mask-mayhem http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mask-mayhem Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

You all know we’re beauty aficionados, right? We’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest beauty products and we truly love nothing more than spending a night playing beauty salons, (like we did when we were kids) testing new masks, creams, lotions, serums and any other potions that come our way. 

You’ve probably noticed by now that we are huge fans of face masks (we even stock our favourites in our online storeso we wanted to tell you about two new types of face masks that are on our radar.

The first is a jelly face mask. Yes, jelly, and yes, before you ask, they do wobble like jelly on a plate! The texture is reminiscent of slime when you first use it but once you apply it to your face, it is designed to leave your skin feeling silky smooth. 

Loaded with natural ingredients, jelly masks are quite squidgy but incredibly cooling and undeniably Instagram-worthy. Rather than eating jelly like you usually do, you scoop a piece into your dry palms and then blend it until it turns into a cream before you apply.

The other type of face masks you need to know about, to up your Instagram and skincare game are rubber face masks. Like most trendy beauty products, rubber face masks hail from Korea and are slowly making their way to Australia.

Nothing quite gives us fresh, hydrated and plump skin like a sheet face mask and although no one (not even our fave celebs) look good in a sheet face mask, the benefits do speak for themselves. The new kids on the sheet mask block are rubber face masks and Korean skincare company, Dr. Jart, is leading the way with their Rubber Hydration Lover Face Mask.

Suitable for most skin types, rubber sheet masks are made to help with brightening, tightening and hydrating your skin. But what’s so good about rubber? The rubber creates a barrier that gently forces those good for you ingredients into your skin, which we’re certainly not complaining about!

Get your hands (and face) on jelly and rubber masks by shopping below:


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<![CDATA[ON THE SUNNIE(S) SIDE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-the-sunnies-side http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-the-sunnies-side Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Just when you thought you had seen enough 90s trends making a comeback (mom jeans, anyone?), the inimitable Hadid sisters have revived the small sunglasses trend that has now been seen on everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner. 

As a side note, who could forget Julia Roberts wearing a pair with a leather jacket and a black beret when she played Anna Scott in Notting Hill? Gotta love a 90s rom com!

Here’s how to wear them below and if you want to go back to the 90s like all the cool kids, you can shop these sunnies now at our online store.


 

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<![CDATA[THE NEW MUST HAVE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/leather-look-for-less http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/leather-look-for-less Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you love the look of leather fashion pieces but are concerned about the ethical repercussions of wearing and using animal products, you’re not alone.

In the past few years, vegan-friendly fashion pieces that are sustainable and cruelty-free have been on the rise, with fashion companies finding new ways to create beautiful garments, textures and products that are ethically-produced and don’t cost a fortune. 

As much we loveeeee shopping, we’re also conscious about the impact our shopping habits can have on the environment, which is why we always donate or sell our pre-loved clothes, bags and shoes. 

As much as we want to play our part for the environment, we also don’t want to sacrifice our style. Thankfully, we’ve found some amazing products that look like leather but are made from vegan-friendly products, like PU (polyurethane), cork and PVC. The best part is that because these products aren’t made with leather, they usually cost a fraction of the price of what you’d normally pay. Their appearance and durability scream luxury leather but their cost and materials scream animal-friendly and cruelty-free, and that’s exactly what we like to hear!

If you’re not sure where to shop vegan leather bags from, we’ve done the hard work for you so you just have to click and shop!

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[SUPER KIDS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/super-kids http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/super-kids Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Are you a parent who struggles to get your kids to eat fruit and veggies everyday? It probably doesn’t matter how hard you try but we bet your little ones turn their noses up at whatever you put on their plate. You could hide carrots and spinach in their bolognese, turn their fruit platter into a smiley face or make cauliflower rice and try to pass it off as white rice but they still won’t eat it. If only they applied this kind of detective work to finding their lost lunchbox or the socks that mysteriously disappear, ha!

We get it though, all you want to do for your kids is the best, which is why you want them to eat their fruit and veggies daily, and preferably, without any tantrums! 

What if we told you that we had a solution that meant your children could have over 30 fruit, veggies, superfoods and probiotics all in one go? No need to hide their veggies or turn their fruit into funny faces anymore! In just half a glass (yep, only 125ml!), your kids can get a huuuge dose of fruit and veggies without the hassle and without the tantrums.

Enter: Kids Green Fruit and Veggies + Superfoods PowderSpecially formulated to support the healthy growth and development of children, we have specifically chosen the blend of over 30 ingredients to support growing kids’ immunity, brain function, bones, energy and teeth, so you, as a parent, can sleep soundly each night knowing that you’re doing the best thing for your little ones.

“But what about taste? Surely something this good for my kids won’t taste good!” Don’t worry, we know what you’re thinking, which is why we created the flavour of this powder to be a natural pine-punch taste, which will make the fussiest of eaters very happy.

“My 2 year old son loves this product so much he thinks juice is always green! It’s perfect for taking on holidays when it’s more difficult to get their usual fruit and veggies into them...but to be honest it’s just a great supplement to use on a daily basis, particularly as we start to head into winter... highly recommend!” - Erin, mum to 2 year old, Hugo

The beauty of the pine-punch flavour is that you can also add it to your favourite kid-friendly snack recipes, like muffins and ice-blocks, for an added dose of goodness! We’ve included two of our recipes for you below!

Oh - and we almost forgot to tell you that it’s also gluten and dairy free, paleo and vegan and has no added sugars, artificial colours or flavours. Tick, tick, tick! 

Simply add a teaspoon to 125ml (half a glass) of water, juice or a smoothie everyday to give your kids the helping hand they need. 

To find out more about our Super Kids Powder, click here.


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<![CDATA[NO NOODLE PAD THAI]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/no-noodle-pad-thai http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/no-noodle-pad-thai Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you are a fan of Thai food, like us, then listen up! From Pad Thai to Green Chicken Curry, there’s a reason Thai food is so popular in Australia and it’s because it’s so delicious! 

Although it’s undeniably tasty, Thai food isn’t the healthiest take-away food option, which is why we created a recipe that gives you the great flavour of your favourite Pad Thai, minus the calories.

One of our favourite things about this recipe is how easy and quick it is to make. This one can be prepared and on the table in under twenty minutes. Gotta love healthy fast food!

Here’s the recipe if you want to make it for your next take-away night!

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<![CDATA[EASY FRENCH STYLE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-french-style http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/easy-french-style Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

It’s a well-known fact that the French do everything better. From fashion to food, they certainly have it covered. 

But emulating French style is a lot harder than it looks and one of the reasons it’s so well loved and appreciated is because it looks so effortless. 

One person who nails French interior style is Sydney’s best hair colourist, Belinda Jeffrey. Belinda’s hair salon, La Boutique, in the heart of Sydney’s Double Bay, is a lesson in how to do French interior style just right. In two words it’s effortlessly chic. 

You would be forgiven if you walked into La Boutique thinking you had walked into a Parisian apartment. With stunning parquetry floors, lush green velvet sofas and endless amounts of light, the space is reminiscent of the perfect Parisian apartment. We seriously want to move in ASAP.

Whilst La Boutique is certainly a Pinterest-dream come true, it is also our favourite hair salon (we’ve been going to see Belinda religiously for around 13 years). Belinda aka ‘The Blonde Whisperer’ is a superstar stylist. It’s no wonder celebrities like Megan Gale, Miranda Kerr, Russell Crowe, Baz Luhrmann, Kate Ritchie, Abby Earl and Erica Packer all rely on her for their colour and style.  

If you’re in Sydney and are looking for a new hair colourist or stylist, Belinda and the team at La Boutique will certainly look after you – and then some! There’s a reason we only get our hair done by the team at La Boutique and it’s because the whole experience from the minute we walk in the door is absolutely flawless.

Because we know you love La Boutique’s interiors as much as us, we have rounded up our favourite products so you can get those Parisian apartment feels for yourself!

 

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<![CDATA[FITNESS IN A FLASH]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fitness-in-a-flash http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fitness-in-a-flash Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If you’ve been a reader of SWIISH for a while, you’ll know that at the start of this year, we made a goal to dedicate more time to self-care. 

The first five years of running a business are no joke and usually every spare minute we had outside of being with our family (and for Sally, her TV role), we would dedicate to the business. This year, though, we decided to actively commit to looking after our health and fitness. 

You’ve probably seen on Instagram that we’ve been training at Base Body Studio a couple of times a week and we also have a personal trainer, Christa, come to our office or house once a week. We’re in a good routine now but sometimes, there are days where we just can’t get to the gym, or if we’re travelling, we need a quick workout that can be done in a hotel room.

Enter: YouTube workouts. 

Yes, YouTube workouts. Now, hear us out because we can hear all of you wondering whether they actually work and we’re here to tell you that they absolutely do - if you find the right one. Whilst, we of course would prefer to workout at the gym or with a trainer, these YouTube workouts are ideal for when we don’t have time or if we’re away.

Here are our five favourite workouts that will save you time and money. Plus, you don’t even need to change out of your PJs!

Best for: if you’re short on time, this 7-minute abs workout will be your new bestie. We love doing this workout when we’re travelling or if we have a super busy day. It’s also particularly good if you’re in a hotel room as you don’t need much space at all. Everyone can spare seven minutes in their day so there really are no excuses not to do your workout with this one. 

Duration: 7 minutes


Best for: working on flexibility and stretching sore muscles. If you’ve had a long week of workouts and your muscles are feeling tight (we hear ya!), this workout will show you how to get more flexibility in your legs, your hips, your back, your chest, and all the tight areas of your body.

Duration: 18 minutes

 

Best for: if you’re new at yoga or haven’t done it in a while, this workout is for you. We find this workout incredibly energising so we like to do it first thing in the morning. 

Duration: 20 minutes 

 

Best for: if you want a full body workout that will help you strengthen and tone. It will leave your body burning but we guarantee that you will feel amazing afterwards.

Duration: 30 minutes

Best for: when you’re in a rush but want to have a full body workout, you can’t go past this routine that will push you to the max. The best thing is that it’s done in 5 minutes and you don’t need any equipment!

Duration: 5 minutes

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<![CDATA[BURN FAT FAST]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/burn-fat-fast-2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/burn-fat-fast-2 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

While food and diet trends come and go, there are some that stick around for a lot longer thanks to their proven benefits.

Once such diet is the ketogenics diet (or keto diet). You’ve probably seen celebrities and It Girls talk about the keto diet on Instagram and whilst they are praising the diet for their shredded abs and lean legs, there’s actually a lot more to the diet than you may think.

If you’ve heard about the keto diet but have no idea what it is, we’ve deep dived for you to find out what you need to know.

The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet, which works to turn the body into a fat-burning machine. On a keto diet, your body switches its fuel supply to run almost entirely on fat. As a result, insulin levels are lowered and the fat burning process increases dramatically. The goal of the diet is to get the body to burn fat and not sugar. 

To do this, you need to dramatically decrease your carb intake to below 50 grams per day. This allows your body to use your stored fat for energy, which in turn, creates a metabolic state known as ketosis.

On the keto diet, low carb foods that are high in natural fat are what you want to be eating. Think natural fats like butter, olive oil and avocado, fish, seafood, meat, eggs, cheese and veggies that grow above the ground (tomatoes, capsicum, broccoli, etc.). We’re sorry to say that potatoes (and yes, that extends to fries and hash browns!) are a no-go. You’ll also need to say see ya later to soft drinks, juice, chocolate (*insert sad face here*), bread, rice and alcohol. 

Here's what your day on a keto plate might look like:

Breakfast – eggs your way with sautéed greens (we like spinach) and a sprinkling of feta cheese.

Lunch – grilled chicken salad

Dinner – your favourite pasta but have zoodles (zucchini noodles) instead of pasta. We love our 15 Minute Hunger-Busting Prawn Zoodles from Simple and Lean.

The benefits of undertaking a keto diet obviously include weightloss and a reduction of excess body fat. But it also enhances energy (something we think everyone wants more of!) and optimal mental wellbeing. A keto diet should help you to build lean muscle mass and control your appetite and blood sugar. In saying all of that though, the transition to an all keto diet can be tough - cutting carbs is much harder than you might anticipate - but once you push through the initial transition, you should come through the other side feeling fab. It's worth giving it a red-hot go for 2 or 3 weeks and then see how you feel.

Have you tried the keto diet before? How did you go? We’d love to hear in the comments below!


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