<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:34:52 GMT Sun, 26 Jan 2020 11:34:52 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[WHIP IT AND DIP IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/whip-it-and-dip-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/whip-it-and-dip-it Sat, 11 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT

From: Simple and Lean

Serves: 4

Calories: 237 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 240g goat's feta cheese

  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 80g baby spinach leaves

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves

  • Zest of 1 small lemon

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)


Method:

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined. You want to achieve a nice whipped consistency. Season with salt and pepper if desired (we generally don’t as the feta is quite salty already).

NOTE: You’ll have to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times as you go, to ensure that the mixture is well combined.

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<![CDATA[A GORGEOUS EXCUSE TO JOIN US]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-gorgeous-excuse-to-join-us http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-gorgeous-excuse-to-join-us Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Our dear SWIISH readers, we’re asking you to prepare for a day filled with fun and inspiration! 

We are super excited to announce that we will be hosting a masterclass at the upcoming event series, A Gorgeous Excuse in March!

With a glass of bubbly on arrival, dozens of boutique market stalls to peruse, and numerous wellness, beauty and fashion masterclasses to enjoy, it’s set to be a totally fabulous day of luxury and you-time. 

We will be there sharing our wellness tips and tricks at the events in Sydney and Brisbane in March! 

At our wellness masterclass, we’ll share our story and give you realistic tips and strategies on how to create wellness routines and strategies to help you feel amazing inside and out. 

So gather your girlfriends and make a date with us! We’ll be at the Sofitel Brisbane  on Saturday 14 March, and on Saturday 21 March at Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney.

You can grab tickets for Sydney and Brisbane events here, and see a full schedule of events here.

 

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<![CDATA[THE SWIMSUIT OF YOUR DREAMS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-swimsuit-of-your-dreams http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-swimsuit-of-your-dreams Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Endless days at the beach, floating from the cafe, to the water, to lying on the sand is what summer is all about, and to get there we need a trusted, gorgeous and super flattering swimsuit (or two!). 

Yet, while laying on the beach for hours on end is definitely our idea of peak relaxation, finding that perfect summer swimsuit is often not such a dreamy experience…

We know very well the hours spent in the change room, (in lighting made for an operation room, not for our own self-esteem), tangling yourself in strips of strappy lycra that pull in the wrong places or just don’t look good.

It’s an experience that can be stressful and frustrating and generally makes us want to fling those tiny swimsuits out of sight, like a sling-shot.

But soldier on we must, and as it turns out, we’ve discovered a few tips and tricks for the next time you go swimsuit shopping, to make the experience all the more enjoyable…


SHOP FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

We all know about the classic object-related body categories: pear, apple, celery, hour-glass, triangle, the list goes on.

But for us, these categories have always seemed a little confusing, and way too limiting. How can anyone truly resemble a piece of fruit?

So, we’re calling you to scrap them, and instead, consider the characteristics of your body for what they are - short, long, fuller, flatter, rounder or broader.

It’s what we call the straight-forward shopping approach, and it’s going to save you some grief, some $$$ and some time. Here are a few expert tips:


BEAUTY IN BREADTH

If you’re blessed with a breadth in your upper-back, then it’s lines you’ll be searching for. Rock styles with all the straps, and suits with interesting cuts and shapes.

Go for…

  • Asymmetrical necklines

  • Halter straps

  • V-necklines


Our favourites...

Emma One Piece Dots Black | CONTESSA VOLPI | $116.00


Gilt Trip Brio One-Piece | MIRACLESUIT | $181.30


One-Piece Twist Front | LEONA RESORT | $62.96


IF YOU’RE AFTER LENGTH

For elongation, it’s all about swimmers that draw the eyes up. Single shoulder designs do this perfectly, as well as strappy necklines.

Go for...

  • one-shoulder designs

  • V-neck cuts

  • Low-rise bottoms

  • Stripes


Our favourites…

Beach Belle Tie Back One Piece | SEAFOLLY | $118.96

 

Angelica Swimsuit Dots White | CONTESSA VOLPI | $120.00


Zante Plunge Neck One Piece Swimsuit | BILLABONG | $90.99


COMPLIMENT YOUR CURVES

For gold-star swimmers that hug your curves, and provide ultimate support, thick straps, boning and shirring are your best friends.

Go for...

  • Thicker straps

  • Cup-sizes and bustier designs

  • Shirring and wrap-around designs for definition

  • High-waisted fits


Our favourites...

Angelica One Piece Ribbed Black | CONTESSA VOLPI | $116.00


Luna One Piece Burgundy | CONTESSA VOLPI | $116.00


Portofino Balconette Swimsuit | PANACHE | $129.95


CREATING SHAPE AND FLAIR

For a silhouette with a bit of pizzazz, opt for bright patterns, frilled-edges and elegant straps.

Go for…

  • High-neck designs

  • Tie-up straps

  • spaghetti straps

  • Frills, wrap-around and shirring

  • Blocked colours


Our favourites...

Clara Swimsuit Flowers | CONTESSA VOLPI | $116.00


Alice One Piece Wash Flowers | CONTESSA VOLPI | $78.00


Plunge Cut Out Swimsuit in Tropical Print | FIGLEAVES | $88.00

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<![CDATA[OUR NETFLIX PICKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-netflix-picks http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/our-netflix-picks Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT

In our humble opinion, there’s nothing quite like the luxury of a quiet, Netflix night at home.

From bingeing all our favourite TV shows and rom-coms, to checking out all the new and thought-leading documentaries on offer, it’s the best way to chill-out…

And since we’re so familiar with the streaming service, we’re also aware of how spoilt for choice you can be, and how difficult it can be to make a decision on what to watch. We’ve come up with our top 5 picks on Netflix, that got us talking, and the world talking:


1. 7 Days Out - (Season 1, Episode 5 - ‘CHANEL Haute Couture Fashion Show’)

Hectic and nail-bitingly good, the entire 7 Days Out docuseries is a great binge-watch. But if you’ve only got time for one, our favourite episode would have to be 7 days out to the ‘CHANEL Haute Couture Fashion Show’. Taking us inside the production of Karl Lagerfeld’s extravagant runway show, 7 Days Out shows us how the Chanel team hustles to bring their couture collection to life.


2. The Great Interior Design Challenge

Give us a home renovation show any day...

A BBC2 reality television extravaganza, The Great Interior Design Challenge is a mad search for undiscovered architectural design talent. The show puts ameteur interior designers to the test, giving them 3 days to transform various houses, rooms and spaces on a tight budget. The show skips all the dramatic back-stories about each contestant, and sticks to a no-fuss approach. It is purely a show about people transforming spaces. The drama and stories arise from what they make and renovate. 


3. The Game Changers

If you haven’t yet watched the highly controversial and acclaimed documentary supporting the plant-based diet, we recommend that you do for it’s insightful and forward-thinking attitude toward health and nutrition.


Game Changers follows James Wilks, elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, who discovers a world of renowned athletes and scientists all following and striving off the plant-based lifestyle. While the documentary itself has come up against some criticism, we love it for its basic message - eat fresh, eat veggies, eat healthy!


4. Broken (Episode - ‘Makeup Mayhem’)

 

Netflix’s Broken docuseries is a must-watch if you’re interested in becoming a smarter, more conscious consumer - something we absolutely back. The ‘Make-up Mayhem’ episode is a must-watch, to see the insides of make-up manufacturing, the scandals and the short-cuts that many in the business follow to make a buck. Not only that, but it presents a sharp observation of social media marketing and the power of internet and influencer culture in the industry.


5. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Thanks to the New Year, we’re in a bit of a cleaning buzz - something we’re determined to hold onto it with all our might, because it definitely doesn’t happen everyday…Tidying Up With Marie Kondo is the perfect way to take full advantage of any cleaning motivation. Pop it on and work through your own stack of personal items to see if they ‘spark joy’. It’s officially cleaning made fun and even simple...in our mind, there’s nothing better.

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<![CDATA[CHICKPEA TACOS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chickpea-tacos http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/chickpea-tacos Sat, 04 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Recipe from: SUPER EASY

Serves: 6

Calories: 358 per serve

 

INGREDIENTS

 
  • 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1-2 tsp garlic salt

  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage

  • 1 x 200g punnet sweet red cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 1 large handful of chopped coriander leaves, plus extra, to serve

  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 6 large tortillas 

  • 100g store-bought beetroot hummus

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

  • 4 golden pepperoncini, sliced (you can also use sliced jar jalepinos)

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges


DRESSING

 
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar

  • 2 tsp pomegranate molasses (optional)

  • Pink salt and freshly ground black pepper


METHOD

 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Place the chickpeas between sheets of paper towel and set aside for 5 minutes to absorb the excess water. Remove the top sheet of the paper towel and let the chickpeas air-dry for 2-3 minutes. Spread the chickpeas over two-thirds of the prepared tray and the onion on the other third. Drizzle on the olive oil, sprinkle over the garlic salt and toss gently to coat. Pop the tray in the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until the chickpeas are golden and the onion has caramelised.

  3. Make the salad by combining the cabbage, cherry tomatoes and coriander in bowl.

  4. Mix together the dressing ingredients and add to the salad, tossing well.

  5. Place the roast onion on a large serving platter. Sprinkle the smoked paprika over the chickpeas and shake the tray to ensure all the chickpeas are coated. Add to the platter.

  6. Quickly microwave the tortillas, and arrange the hummus, avocado, pepperoncini, lime and extra coriander on the platter. Serve with the salad and let everyone assemble their own tacos - it’s more fun that way!

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<![CDATA[MANGO CHILI GLOW POPS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mango-chilli-glow-pops http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mango-chilli-glow-pops Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Recipe from Super Easy

56 calories per serve

Makes 12 


Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups (555g) frozen mango pieces

  • 2 long red chillies, sliced

  • 1 lime, zested and juiced

  • 2 tsp SWIISH Wellness GLOW Marine Collagen Powder

  •  cups (375ml) water

 

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze overnight.

 

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<![CDATA[MIDDLE EASTERN LAMB CUTLETS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/middle-eastern-lamb-cutlets-with-pearl-couscous-tabouli http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/middle-eastern-lamb-cutlets-with-pearl-couscous-tabouli Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Serves 4 

Recipe from Super Easy

596 calories per serve

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 lamb cutlets

  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Marinade:

  • 2 tsp Moroccan or Middle Eastern spice mix

  • 2 tsp chilli powder

  • 2 tsp rice malt syrup

  •  tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste


CousCous Tabouli:

  • 250g pearl couscous

  • 200g sweet cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, sliced

  • 12 prunes, pitted & sliced

  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mint leaves

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


Method:

  1. Mix together the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the lamb and turn to coat thoroughly. Set aside while you crack on with the tabouli.

  2. Prepare the pearl couscous according to packet instructions. Season generously with salt and pepper whilst it’s cooking.

  3. While the pearl couscous cooks. combine the rest of the salad ingredients (except for the olive oil & lemon juice) together in a large bowl.

  4. Drain the couscous and add to the salad, along with the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to combine and season to taste.

  5. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Cook the cutlets in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or longer until cooked to your liking. 

  6. Divide the salad between serving bowls and top with the cutlets. Serve immediately. 

Tip: if you find your pearl couscous clumps together when you drain it, just run a little cold water through it and set aside for a few minutes to drain. You can also mix in a teaspoon of olive oil if need be.

Watch Maha make it:

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<![CDATA[BEAUTY ESSENTIAL: GUA SHA]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beauty-essential-gua-sha http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beauty-essential-gua-sha Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The theme for beauty products in 2019 was simple, the more beautiful the better. Now the time has come to take things up a notch. We're having a look at beauty practices from traditional eastern times that are just as effective (and just as pretty) as the current face roller obsession.

Taking the cake as the most uniquely shaped object we’ve seen is the beautiful and oh so easy to pronounce ‘Gua Sha’. So now to the next obvious question… what the heck is it?

As old as time itself… well, at least older than acupuncture, a gua sha is heart-like in shape, providing your skin and fascia (the covering of your connective tissue) with a whole lot of lovin’. Deriving from ancient Chinese healing practices, this tool combines massage with crystal therapy for the ultimate beauty duo. 

What does it do? 


REDUCES TIGHT MUSCLES AND TENSION 

In areas of your body that hold tension (such as your jaw and neck), a gua sha promotes blood flow to the area helping to break up the tight fascia. The unique shape allows the gua sha to work in even the trickiest areas of your body. 



INCREASES BLOOD FLOW AND CIRCULATION 

When you move the gua sha up and down your skin, the strokes stimulate microcirculation improving blood flow to the soft tissue. In traditional massages that involve a gua sha, light bruising can often occur as a natural result, however, this shouldn’t occur when using it yourself unless you’ve pressed a little too hard! 


SUPPORTS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE AND IMMUNE HEALTH

Lymphatic drainage is a term that has been thrown around a lot lately and there is a bit of confusion about what it actually means. Your lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that support your body’s immunity, and a gua sha helps eliminate toxins and waste products that build up in the lymph fluid… (who doesn’t want to get rid of that?!!)


MINIMISES BREAKOUTS AND ACNE SPOTS 

When used in the facial region, a gua sha works in the dermis and epidermis to improve detoxification and blood flow. This has shown to reduce chronic blackheads and acne spots, and even support surface level exfoliation of the skin.


ENCOURAGES COLLAGEN PRODUCTION 

When trying to maintain youthful and radiant skin, too much collagen is never enough. A gua sha is able to improve collagen and elastin by increasing blood flow to the skin. This improves complexion by helping to firm and smooth skin, minimise fine lines, and enhance your glow. 


RELIEVES TENSION HEADACHES AND SINUS INFLAMMATION

A gua sha helps prevent and relieve tension headaches when used in a downward motion from your hairline to your shoulders. This relieves the build-up of pressure in the area, helping to minimise any associated pain. Similarly in your sinuses, when moved in an outward motion from your nose to your cheekbones, a gua sha reduces the inflammation and mucus buildup in that area. 

How do you use a gua sha?

Although it does depend on which area of the body you are trying to target (because a gua sha can work literally everywhere), you just press it in a firm but gentle motion so that it pulls slowly against the skin. 

It is often recommended that you use a serum underneath the face, neck, and décolletage for best beauty results. To learn some of the easy strokes for your facial region, check out this gua sha video: 





To use your gua sha over different points in the body, it is always advised that you start and finish at the base of the neck, as this is the major area for lymphatic drainage. Here is another one of our favourite videos to show you how to use a gua sha over your body:



So how do I know when I need a gua sha or a crystal roller?

Where can I get one?

You know we love anything that helps us feel amazing inside and out - we’ve got your gua sha needs covered. 

Shop it here



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<![CDATA[THE GREAT FITNESS DEBATE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-great-fitness-debate http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-great-fitness-debate Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s the debate that refuses to be settled: should we be working out in the morning or the evening?

For most people, working out before or after work is most convenient, and depending on your lifestyle, either can suit. But which one is the best?

Since just finding freetime toworkout can be a struggle, we’re determined to get to the bottom of this discussion so you can reap every fitness reward, no sweat.


BUT FIRST, WHY EXERCISE?

Before we delve into the science, it’s important to acknowledge that no matter what time of day, or how long or strenuous, every little bit of exercise counts

While there is a difference between an all-out HIIT workout and a quick walk around the block, we’re looking at the research. What the research tells us is that just 10 minutes of exercise per day can help people of all ages to improve strength, fitness and cellular metabolism.

Not to mention the benefits this can have for stress levels, mental health and productivity.


However, when it comes to the best time of day, experts are unresolved. Morning exercisers were once thought to be the ones on top, but now there’s a growing body of evidence to support evening exercise.

The truth is, the best time to exercise is whatever time you’re most motivated and available to do so. 

After all, the most important thing is consistency. And consistency comes with diligence, diligence comes with motivation.


Nonetheless, we’ve gathered pros and cons for both workout times, to help you figure out what might work best for you.


FOR THE EARLY RISERS

Early risers have long been associated with productivity, health and fitness. “The early bird gets the worm”, after all.

And there is proof in the pudding.

Morning workouts - especially when working out on an empty stomach, are the most effective for weight-loss. This is because in the early morning hours our hormonal composition most supports burning fat. 

According to Anthony Hackney, professor in the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, our bodies have naturally high cortisol levels in the morning, which causes the body to draw energy from fat reserves for fuel.

Studies have also found that morning exercisers experience a smaller appetite throughout the day, an added benefit for those with weight-loss in mind.

Weight-loss aside, morning workouts also do wonders for mood, stress and mental health. Since exercise is a proven form for reducing stress, completing your exercise hit at the beginning of the day can result in better mental function and mood all day long.

Sounds good...But what if I’m not a morning person???

While early rising seems to be dripping in health and fitness benefits, it’s important not to force it upon yourself. 

There’s nothing worse than dragging yourself out of bed at 6am to complete a half-hearted workout that’s left you feeling like you should’ve stayed in bed…(don’t we know the feeling…).


FOR THE NIGHT OWLS 

Night owls, don’t worry - we got you!

While night-time exercise has been routinely criticised for interfering with sleep, there’s convincing evidence that this is not the case.

Hackney says as long as we’re not going from workout, to shower to bed in one fell swoop, we should be safe - phew!

In fact, Swiss researchers found that a high-intensity workout performed 1½ hours before bed could help you fall asleep faster, improve your mood and result in fewer wake-ups during the night.


P.S.. 

While morning workouts are best for weight-loss, nighttime workouts can be seen as best for performance.

This is because by nighttime you’ve already enjoyed your breakfast, lunch and a few snacks, with plenty of glucose hanging around in your blood. And since blood glucose is necessary for high intensity workouts, this is the perfect time to push yourself at the gym!


THE GENERAL CONSENSUS

So...morning or night? 

Take your pick! As it goes, the best workout time is whatever works best for you.




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<![CDATA[BLACK RICE AND MANGO SALAD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/black-rice-and-mango-salad http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/black-rice-and-mango-salad Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 250g packet 90-second microwave black rice
  • 1 bunch of broccolini, ends trimmed
  • 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 50 g (2 cups) kale ribbons (stalks removed, leaves sliced and massaged)
  • 1 large mango (or 2 medium ones), sliced into wedges
  • lime wedges, to serve

Dressing:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) coconut milk (tinned variety)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves

Method

  • Microwave the black rice according to the packet instructions. Once cooked, place in a serving dish and set aside to cool.
  • Next, place all the dressing ingredients in a small jug or jar, stir and set aside to allow all the flavours to combine.
  • Blanch the broccolini (pop it into a heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and set aside for 3–4 minutes, or until just cooked through). Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Add the capsicum, spring onion, kale and mango to the black rice. Finally, slice the broccolini and add that too. Mix the dressing through just before serving. Mix well and serve with lime wedges.

Yum! Enjoy!

Tip: If you can’t find the microwave version black rice just get the normal version and cook it as per packet instructions—still very easy!

Watch Sally and Maha make it on The Morning Show:

 

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<![CDATA[KEEPING YOUR WELLNESS ON TRACK THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVE SEASON]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/keeping-your-wellness-on-track-throughout-the-festive-season http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/keeping-your-wellness-on-track-throughout-the-festive-season Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s no secret that December truly is the silly season, and what does that always encompass??

Food… more food….wine… and then, more food again

Now, we’ll be the first to tell you not to be so hard on yourself throughout Christmas because let’s be honest, no matter how many times you’re told to drink more water, do some extra exercise, or replace your glass of red with… brace yourselves… sparkling water (!?!) - the hard truth is, that is never going to happen. 

To help you stay on track, we’ve compiled the top 5 health hacks for the festive season that can be easily incorporated into your day - no stress, we promise. 


1. B’S FOR BEVERAGES 

If you don’t mind a drink or two throughout the holiday season it is important to support alcohol metabolism.

B vitamins are essential for producing one of the main enzymes that breakdown alcohol known as alcohol dehydrogenase. With B6 (aka pyridoxine) being of most importance, incorporating B6 rich food into your meals is a great way to help the body metabolise alcohol - and the best part is, you’ll find plenty of these foods on the table at all your Christmas functions!

  • Roasted turkey (is it even a coincidence that this is one of the main Christmas foods?!)

  • Canned chickpeas

  • Chicken breast

  • Beef liver (a good option here is beef liver pâté!)

  • Yellowfin tuna 

  • Sockeye salmon

  • Banana

  • Wholegrain cereals, including oatmeal and brown rice

  • Marinara sauce

  • Potatoes


2. SWAP-TIONS

As delicious as they may taste, traditional Christmas recipes are usually packed with nasties. This list of quick & easy “swap-tions” are the perfect healthy alternatives for all those refined ingredients.


3. ANTIOXIDANT BOOST 

Although well acclaimed by health experts, the potent antioxidant properties of green tea & matcha are often overlooked. The catechin EGCg in green tea is to thank for these antioxidant benefits, showing that sipping on a green before or after you’ve enjoyed a Christmas feast will help your body: 

  • Reduce free radical damage 

  • Decrease inflammation caused by processed foods and alcohol 

  • Burn fat

  • Enhance metabolism 


4. FIBRE FUELLED BREAKFAST 

Starting your day with a satiating breakfast that’s filled with fibre, protein, and healthy fats will stop you from over-eating the more indulgent foods throughout the day as well as stabilise your blood sugar levels. 

Packed with prebiotics, omega 3’s, soluble and insoluble fibre, and amino acids, these are the top 5 nuts and seeds to incorporate into your breakfast: 

  • Chia seeds

  • Ground flax seeds

  • Hemp seeds

  • Walnuts 

  • Almonds


5. ENGAGE THE CEPHALIC PHASE OF DIGESTION 

There are 3 main phases of digestion, with the cephalic phase occurring before your body has even eaten any food! 

This phase triggers the secretion of gastric acids that help your body breakdown and metabolise food efficiently. Not only will this reduce bloating and discomfort, but it will also allow you to best absorb all the nutrients you’re ingesting. 

So how do you enhance your cephalic phase of digestion, according to this research paper

  1. Enjoy the anticipation of food by simply thinking about what you’re going to eat

  2. Help cook and put together a meal so you can see, smell, and touch the food you’re about to eat 

  3. Discuss the appetising meals you’re about to eat with friends and family 



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<![CDATA[GO-GETTER HABITS TO STEAL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/go-getter-habits-to-steal http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/go-getter-habits-to-steal Mon, 02 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: December is here! Which means it’s Christmas! And almost the end of the year! Which means we must have our lives on track! 

- Actually, let us get back to you on that last one...

While the end of the year is always exciting for us - full of anticipation, celebration and festivities, it can also come with a major head-against-wall moment - that moment that makes you want to just wind-down and pop yourself in front of the TV for a few hours, or days...

And while we’re all for winding-down, we’re also keen believers in ending the year on a good note - gotta spread that good karma after all! 

We’re also way too busy to even look at the TV right now.

So on our last bout of good-willed life motivation for 2019, we’re seeking top-notch tips that will make us feel like the driven, successful, inspired women we’re always striving to be!

Take a look, these tips will get you back on-board the go-getter band-wagon, so you can send out 2019 with a bang!


1. Back yourself and be decisive

We’ve made this our number one because at the crux of this habit is self-empowerment, which is something that can sometimes feel like an impossible goal. 

Unlike ‘getting up earlier!’ or ‘exercising more!’, making a habit of self-empowerment - like backing yourself, affirming yourself and trusting your decisions isn’t just a change to your morning, but a change to your entire mindset.

 

Too often are we depending on others’ opinions to set the tone, and affirm our own success and ideas. While it can be comforting to get the go-ahead or nod from someone else, the reality is, this is sort of the easy option..

And no go-getter lingers too long on the easy option.

From designing personal affirmations you can read-over in your mornings or afternoons, encouraging yourself to take initiative with a new idea or pitch for work, or even just feeling ok to say ‘no’, these small habits of self-empowerment will work to change your headspace to one that trusts and depends on you first.


2. Get scheduled


No good work comes without good organisation. And a trusted schedule is the key to that.

But by scheduling we don’t just mean getting close and personal with your e-calendar and diary - although that is an important part. We also mean figuring out a basic life routine to stick to.


Whether that be a go-to morning and night routine (our personal favourites), a set wake-up time, exercise regime or errand day, factoring in these things and making them priorities will ensure organisation, and more importantly a good  and healthy work/life balance.


3. Sleep and more sleep

Sleep. Where would we be without it?

Key to ensuring optimal brain function, physical performance, wellbeing and mood, it’s the secret to feeling energised, positive and on top of your day.

That’s why it’s no surprise that in the list of every highflying, go-getter’s habits, sleep is Always. Listed.

While we’ve discussed the topic of sleep to (almost) ad nauseum there’s no denying that it remains an enigma to most of us, and something we still need to master.

Quick tips? Regular bed-time and exercise combined with less caffeine, alcohol and screens are critical to getting more Z’s.


4. Crave to be curious

You can’t try and change the world, or at least your world, if you’re not intrigued by it. After all, we only work hard for what we’re interested in.

However, the idea of ‘finding curiosity’ is about as curious as the very term itself. If you’re not already curious, is it possible to make yourself curious? Confused yet? Us too.

Let’s break it down. Basically this is about making an effort to be more observant of the world around you - of life, your relationships, your everyday - and to question and ponder it.

With curiosity comes a will to learn, and also an openness to new and creative ideas. Keeping curious will keep you alert and prepared for challenges, which is why we think it’s fair to make an adjustment to the old adage: curiosity didn’t kill the cat, it ‘skilled’ the cat.


5. Be a lot to a few, not nothing to many

As much as we’ve talked about the importance of believing in you, we can’t deny the power of having others that believe in you too.

It’s innate to us as humans to crave love and connection with others - we basically thrive off it. Loving friendships and relationships keep us healthy. 

No, they really do. Creating and fostering deep, meaningful relationships will:

  • reduce stress

  • improve sense of self-worth and self-confidence

  • Build resilience

  • boost happiness 

And for us, the evidence is clear - just think of the buzz you feel after a long, much needed catch-up with your girlfriends!

 

6. Depend on your down-time


Down-time is definitely a sacred thing. And it’s important to note, that switching-off is not just a treat, but a form of self-care. 

Everyone has their own way of doing it - from a serene meditation, to completely switching off your phone, to drawing a hot bubble bath.

The difficulty for most of us, is making time for it, especially when life is all GO, GO, GO.

But make time for it we must, especially if we want to keep energised and motivated. Though it can be tricky to let yourself have a break, scheduling in an afternoon, night, or even an entire day (try Sunday!) to completely disconnect is a perfect solution to avoiding burn-out and allowing yourself to recharge.





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<![CDATA[5 FRESH WAYS TO WEAR MIDI SKIRTS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-fresh-ways-to-wear-a-midi-skirt http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-fresh-ways-to-wear-a-midi-skirt Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

We have midi skirts on heavy rotation at the moment. Oh-so easy to wear and elegant at the same time, they’re the perfect wardrobe staple. 

They’re also perfect for summer, paired with a lightweight shirt and slides for a totally effortless look.

So, how else can you keep the look fresh?

When you’re working with such a versatile silhouette, there’s not much you need to do to make it work.

But since we’re obsessed (and we are, quite literally ob-SESSED) with these skirts, we’ve curated 5 different ways to revamp your midi-skirt style, to inspire all your summer-time outfits:

1. NEAT PLEATS

If you’re looking for a statement skirt with body, the pleated midi is your best pal. Stylish and eye-catching, we love this super swiish-y style (pun absolutely intended) paired with a button-down, cami or lightweight jumper for a more casual look.

THE UPTOWN PLEATED SKIRT IN BLACK | $69.95


TANGO IN TOULOUSE PLEATED RED SKIRT | $79.95

 

Style Inspo...

Style tip: Add belts for more definition and shape

 

2. WRAP-AROUND AND GO

This is the perfect skirt for office drinks or any day to night occasion. And we haven’t even told you the best part...The hidden secret of this style is its power to provide the ultimate feminine frame: simply wrap-around and knot, and watch as these skirts cinch your waist in an ever so flattering way. 

GRAB THE DREAM NAVY SKIRT | $99.95


Style Inspo...

 

3. PUNCHY PRINTS 

At SWIISH, we are all about a bit of punch, so why not embrace it in our favourite midi? From snakeskin to leopard print, to floral or striped, striking patterns are the perfect style statement to freshen up any midi skirt look.

THE WILD HEART BLACK AND WHITE SKIRT | $89.95


TWILIGHT KISS PRINTED SKIRT | $79.95


Style Inspo...

 

4. SILKY SATIN 

The silky satin midi kills the game in all instances. It can be laid-back casual, when paired with a plain or printed t-shirt, but also totally classy when worn with a simple cami or button-down.

A PARISIAN DREAM MIDI SKIRT | $89.95


Style Inspo...

5. DENIM DREAM

Everyone needs a trusty denim skirt. A denim midi just ups the style game. 


JESSIE BUTTON DENIM SKIRT | Atmos&Here | $69.99


ARIANA MIDI DENIM SKIRT | Vero Moda | $89.95

Style tip: For a touch of something different, try white or black denim

Style Inspo...

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<![CDATA[THE EASY CLEAN BEAUTY ROUTINE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-easiest-clean-beauty-routine-ever http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-easiest-clean-beauty-routine-ever Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Everyone has a skincare system - for some, it’s a multi layered approach that takes time, for others, it’s more about ease. 

Whatever your skincare system, there’s no doubt you’ve established some kind of consistency, with products you always buy, steps you always take and an order you always follow. 

Which is why we understand that the idea of overhauling your current, trusted routine, and switching to something less toxic can make you apprehensive.

But hear us out...there is value in cleaning up your beauty routine and it’s also a lot easier than you might think…


DO I REALLY NEED TO CLEAN-UP?

Whether your current beauty regime be meticulously designed by expert dermatologists, or a simple wash-your-face-with-soap procedure, switching to more natural products can do a lot for your skin.

Especially if your skin is sensitive, prone to blemishes, irritation or redness, opting for products that avoid toxic chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances will work to ease congestion and reduce breakouts.

Natural products are also less stripping than conventional treatments. This will do wonders for dry skin, as gentler formulas can keep the oil glands from going into overdrive and clogging up your skin’s surface. 

Not to mention, harsh chemicals should never really be used long-term. Making the gradual swap over to natural products and remedies can ensure your skin is self-sufficient, keeping its healthy glow all on its own!

‘IT’S EASY’ YOU SAY?...

It sure is! 

From brushing up on what common toxins to avoid (see our Breaking Down Clean Beauty blog), reading more labels or even making swaps in your beauty product line-up, every effort counts.

But for a guide to a super simple Clean Beauty routine that works, follow-on:


STEP 1: Prep

The proof is in the prep when it comes to an effective clean beauty routine.  Which is why we don’t go without a rose quartz face roller and body brush.

Natural Bristle Body Brush | $19.95


Rose Quartz Face Roller | $39.95

Regular body brushing is an effective way to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin by naturally removing dead skin cells. It also aids in blood circulation to boost skin elasticity and firmness, and bring you that #glow!


As for our rose quarts face roller, we swear by it for detoxing the skin and softening fine lines. Facial rollers help to stimulate oxygen flow to the skin, reducing puffiness and tightening pores. It’s a yes from us!

Pro-tip: Pop your facial roller in the fridge overnight for the ultimate cooling massage.


STEP 2: Hydrate

Beauty editors and those in the now are all skipping the toner. Instead hydration is the next steop. The Bio Juice Hydration Skin Drink is perfect for plumping, hydrating and smoothing the skin. 

Bio Juice Hydra Skin Drink | $49.95


STEP 3: Serum

Because serums are super-concentrated treatments targeting very specific skin concerns, we like to keep them as close to the skin as possible. And because they are so directly coming in contact with our skin, a toxin-free formula is always a better option. 

Depending on your skin concerns - hydration, anti-ageing or exfoliating - you can choose one to match your needs. 

HYDRATING: 

Super Drink Supercharged Serum | $49.95


ANTI-AGING: 

Firm Face Supercharged Serum | $49.95


EXFOLIATING:

Party Peel Supercharged Serum | $49.95


STEP 4: Moisturise

The holy grail of beauty acts, moisturising is a no-brainer. Considering the havoc that sun, weather and pollution wreak on our skin, extra hydration is necessary, to keep the skin’s pH balanced and offer general protection. Our favourite Superfood Face Oil is deeply hydrating and offers protection from free radical damage - restoring strength and natural bounce to your skin. 

Superfood Face Oil | $49.95


Equally important to keeping your skin moisturised, is keeping your lips moisturised. And since whatever goes on your lips ultimately gets ingested at one point or another, it’s important to ensure any lip balm you apply is non-toxic and devoid of harsh chemicals. This is one of our favourites: 

Buddha Wood and Blackcurrant Lip Balm | $15.95


STEP 5: Protect


By now, even earthworms must know about the importance of wearing sunscreen.Whether it’s summer or the dead of winter, the sun’s rays still shine, and our skin is still prone to damage. That’s why we lean on our favourite natural Sunscreen Face Stick. It’s SPF 50 and with a subtle face tint, so you can wear it all day, everyday for ultimate sun protection.


Premium Sunscreen Face Stick | $29.95


BONUS STEP: Deoderise

The value of using a natural deodorant is that they don’t block your pores. Unlike anti-perspirants, which do block your pores - hence why you don’t sweat, natural deodorants promote the good bacteria on your skin, to improve odor, and keep you feeling fresh.

Our picks for natural deodorants are totally organic and chemical free, blended with essential oils with no traces of artificial fragrance:


Lavender & Bergamot 100% Natural Deodorant | $19.95


Rose & Geranium 100% Natural Deodorant | $19.95



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<![CDATA[SOLVED: SUMMER WARDROBE WOES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/solve-your-summer-wardrobe-woes http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/solve-your-summer-wardrobe-woes Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The trick to a successful seasonal wardrobe is all in the basics. And when it comes to Summer, basics are what we rely on. 

We’re talking white linen shirts, airy skirts and throw-on dresses - the cult faves that keep sweating to a minimum and comfort to the max.

With Summer basically upon us, we’re on the hunt for new basics to fall in-love with, and to give our style a bit of oomph.

 

HOW TO APPROACH BUYING YOUR BASICS:

As for buying basics, we’ve hacked it.

Buying good basics is all down to investing in the right places and being meticulous in your style choices. 

Consider what your go-to outfits usually consist of and what you already have in your wardrobe. Also think about what you like to wear and what you feel good in.

This way, you’ll be sure to make choices that work with your current wardrobe and style sense, meaning last-minute and even lazy day outfits will turn out super chic and on-trend.

To make the process even more of a breeze, we’ve picked out the staple items we can’t live without this summer. (Literally. Take our kidneys, but not the linen shorts.)


A PAIR OF TRUSTY LINEN SHORTS

An absolute essential, linen shorts are a necessary summer staple. Not only are they easy to wear, but they provide ultimate moving-around/jumping-around room. If you’ve got little ones around, these will get you through somersaults in the sand and all those impromptu running races. 


PASSAGE OF LOVE KHAKI SHORTS | $59.95


Style Inspo...


A GO-TO STATEMENT SKIRT

Every summer wardrobe needs something bold, bright and beautiful. And bold, bright and beautiful in skirt form is what we’re reaching for. Soft, flowy and flattering, statement skirts are the perfect solution for any quick and easy outfit number. Just add a simple black or white blouse and off you run!


DREAM DRIFTER FLORAL SKIRT | $69.95


Style Inspo…

 

A THROW-ON MAXI DRESS

We have so much appreciation for a good maxi dress. They’re easy, they’re graceful and they’re stylish to the Max. They also tackle the summer heat better than any other item in your wardrobe, which is something we can definitely attest to...

Our personal fav...

EVERYDAY BLISS BLACK MAXI DRESS | $99.95


Style Inspo...


SOME STRAPPY TAN SANDALS

If anything is having a moment this summer, it’s strappy sandals. From gladiator styles to grecian styles, the more straps the better. Here are some of our favourites, to make your feet look oh-so elegant.


ELEFTHERIA | Ancient Greek Sandals | $270.00


ELECTRA SANDALS | Ammos | $109.95


TILLY SANDALS | Dazie | $49.99


DENVER | Billini | $79.95


A BEACHY RAFFIA BAG

For an on-trend and beachy addition to any outfit, a classic woven raffia bag is the way to go. Go for boxy rectangular shapes or round designs for an added statement.


Our go-to boho bags:


CALIFORNIA DAYDREAM WOVEN BAG | $79.95


HAVANA DREAMING ROUND TOTE | $79.95


Style Inspo…

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<![CDATA[IS A CLEAN HOME A HEALTHY ONE?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/is-a-clean-home-a-healthy-one http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/is-a-clean-home-a-healthy-one Sun, 24 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Cleaning is hardly anyone’s favourite job, and it’s fair to say we’re probably more interested in getting it over with than we are in trying to improve our cleaning game in any way…

Something we don’t tend to address are the health and environmental flags that come with cleaning and products we use. Particularly the association with toxins, pollutants and waste.

The truth is, a lot of the popular cleaning products on the market use thousands of potentially damaging chemicals. Chemicals we freely ingest the more we use these products in our homes.

While they may be effective cleaners, the impact they have on the environment and us, by polluting our airways and natural environments, is pretty alarming.

Here’s why you should make the switch to clean living products, how to do it, and where to shop:

What is green cleaning?

Green cleaning is a multi-layered term, but its main goal is to encourage the use of cleaning products and methods that are natural, environmentally friendly, safe and healthy.

Overall green cleaning follows a single, number one rule. To reduce waste.

For some, this might mean leaning on home-made remedies and household substances like baking soda, vinegar and lemons, while others might rely on certified ‘clean’ or ‘green’ brands. 

And guess what, both are equally positive changes to make to your home!

Whether you’re mixing up home-remedies, or being smarter about the products you buy, these choices will work to detoxify your home and lifestyle and prevent waste. 

Home remedies skip-out on the toxins, and avoid the excessive and draining manufacturing process that branded products undergo. While clean branded products often use biodegradable packaging, are fair-trade and use organically-grown and sustainable ingredients.

However, there is a need to approach ‘green’ or ‘environmental’ brands with a little caution.

Since there is little regulation of the household cleaning industry, many brands that claim to be ‘clean’ or ‘green’ may still be using harmful chemicals unlisted on their ingredients list. So be wary!

Why is it so important?

Detoxing your lifestyle has certainly become a trend in the wellness space, and for good reason. 

Switching to home remedies or clean products can reduce your exposure to noxious fumes that settle on surfaces and pollute the air.

And with a large majority of us spending most of our time inside, due to work, school and other commitments, cleaning up our air indoors should be a priority, especially if we want to reduce potential health risks.


Certain chemicals used in conventional cleaning products present known or suspected problems for those that use them and can also be harmful to the environment once washed down the drain.

Phosphates are an example of this, causing (to use a fancy term) eutrophication of waterways. This simply means lakes, rivers and other bodies of water are polluted by chemicals in your cleaning products, causing reduced water quality.

On top of this, there are also many chemicals used in conventional products which we know nothing about. Since companies choose chemicals for their effectiveness, and not their healthiness, there are a multitude of risks we could be unknowingly exposed to.

Not to mention that many on-the-market conventional cleaners have been found to be ineffective, and not worth your money. On the counter, natural home-made remedies have been found to be a cheaper and more effective option for many households.


So, what products can you trust?

Sourcing brands that truly are environmental can be a bit of a treasure hunt. Which is why we’ve narrowed it down for you, with a list of products from Australian brands we love, who are open about their manufacturing and acting ethically: 

LEMON TEA TREE & MANDARIN BENCH SPRAY | Bondi Wash | $19.95


TASMANIAN PEPPER AND LAVENDER LAUNDRY WASH | Bondi Wash | $19.95


LEMON TEA TREE AND MANDARIN DISH WASH | Bondi Wash | $19.95


ORGANIC HAND AND BODY WASH | Rosa | $24.95


Swaps and home remedies to make now

Detoxing your home can be much easier than you think. A few simple household swaps and habit changes can lead to a healthier, safer home for you and your family. 


SIMPLE SWAPS

Swap...

Scented candles for our SWIISH essential oil blends:

Restore Essential Oil Blend | $29.95

Unwind Essential Oil Blend | $29.95

The natural scents of our Restore and Unwind Essential Oil Blends are the perfect touch for any home, completely non-invasive and soothing.

Swap...

Plastic wrap and sandwich bags for beeswax wraps

Apiwraps Beeswax Kitchen Wraps | $29.95

Beeswax wraps have revolutionised our kitchens, and dealt with much of our consumer conscience around plastic waste. We love Apiwraps Beeswax Kitchen Wraps, made from natural pine resin, organic coconut oil and hygienic recycled paper envelopes.


GENIUS HOME REMEDIES

For an inexpensive homemade cleaner…

Add apple cider vinegar in water and scented with one the Unwind or Restore Essential Oil Blends

For a quick and easy floor cleaner…

Add vinegar and tea tree oil to a bucket of warm water. Vinegar and tea tree oil work as effective, natural disinfectants, with tea tree oil leaving a clean, sweet natural scent.

For an effective stain lifter…

Wet any stained surface with lemon juice, let sit for 30 minutes. Then all you need to do is sprinkle an abrasive dishcloth with baking soda and give the stain a good scrub. Gone in seconds!





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<![CDATA[MAKING ROOM FOR MINDFULNESS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/making-room-for-mindfulness http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/making-room-for-mindfulness Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

While we’re all focused on increasing moments of mindfulness in our lives, not a lot of us look at how we translate this into our home.

It’s often said that a mindful home is a healthy home, and the kind of home that will leave you more inclined to live a healthy life. 

And who doesn’t want that?

At SWIISH we’re all about getting in touch with ourselves and making positive impacts on our wellbeing, so we’ve done some digging on the most effective (and easy) way to healthy-fy your home.

The answer? Make space for mindfulness. 

With a designated mindful space, you’re more likely to keep it as a constant in your life, prioritising your own self-care and wellbeing. As a result, you’ll be keeping stress levels low, energy levels high, and building healthy habits to deal with future bumps in the road.

Not to mention, it can be done in one afternoon.

Here are our tips on how to make room for mindfulness in your home:


Make your space work

There’s no need to knock down a wall and downsize your kitchen just to make room for mindfulness in your home. Instead, work with what space you’ve got. Whether it be a reading nook, your favourite chair, a patch of grass in the garden or just a spot with good light, having a space designated for your self-care is more important than it’s size. 

Joy Rains, wellness expert and author of Meditation Illuminated: Simple Ways to Manage Your Busy Mind offers the simplest of strategies for carving out a space in your home - either hang a sheer curtain in any available corner to divide the space or simply plop down on your yoga mat near an open window. Genius.


Declutter and clean

It’s no mystery that clutter and mess is your worst enemy when it comes to wanting to unwind. Various studies have proved that a messy environment can be anxiety-inducing and lead to higher levels of stress. And we’re all aware of the Marie Kondo #sparkjoy movement…

Grab a duster and give your space a good wipe-down. Then get onto organising, making sure that all things in eye-view are tidy and put away. The aim is to keep things as minimal and clear as possible, to keep your mind as clear as possible.


Minimise distractions and noise

As much as clutter can serve as a troublesome distraction, so can noise and technology. And if you’re new to mindfulness - especially meditation, minimising these distractions is key to keeping you focussed and in the zone. 

Try and keep laptops, phones, tablets and chargers in a separate space, as well as your television. If this isn’t possible, make a point of switching your phone to aeroplane mode or completely off. If you live in a noisy area, consider a white-noise machine, or try listening to a soothing playlist of natural forest sounds or rain.


Let there be light! And colour!


The power of natural light can not be underestimated, especially when it comes to a mindful space. Natural light is found to boost concentration and energy levels, and can keep negative thoughts at bay. Try and locate your space somewhere outside, or near a window for optimal light. If you prefer darker spaces however, opt for salt lamps, candles or lamps with mood-lighting settings.


Embrace nature

To create a calming space, you need all the elements - especially natural ones. Potted plants, simple colours and non-invasive, natural scents all fall under this category. Keeping these things around will effectively change the mood of any space, and introduce a sense of tranquility that will have you focussed and clear-headed.




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<![CDATA[NEW RESEARCH IN OVARIAN CANCER]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-research-in-ovarian-cancer http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-research-in-ovarian-cancer Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynaecological cancer worldwide. Currently the second leading gynaecological cancer in Australia to date, this year alone (2019) there were 1613 newly diagnosed cases. 

Unlike other cancers, ovarian cancer doesn’t get quite the same amount of attention and research funding, however, it is clearly having an impact on so many women. There is a desperate need for new research in this field as current treatment options are unfortunately limited. 

As some of you may have seen on our socials, Maha was recently invited to tour the UNSW Lowy Cancer Research Centre by one of the current scientific researchers Nicole Yuwono. Maha and Nicole were lucky enough to cross paths at a recent ovarian cancer research lunch, with both sharing a keen interest in spreading the word about this disease. As most of you may know, cancer research is something both Sally and Maha are incredibly passionate about, which is why this SWIISH post will help get you in the know.

Quick facts about ovarian cancer: 

  • It’s the 8th most common cancer in women

  • It’s the 6th most common cause of death from cancer

  • Most cases are diagnosed at stage 3 and stage 4 

  • The 5-year survival rate of stage 3 and 4 is less than 39% 

  • Overall 5-year survival is 43% 

  • The average age of diagnosis is 63, but women can be diagnosed at any age

Risk factors include; genetics, high BMI, low exercise, alcohol consumption, and having children at a later age or not at all. 

Unlike some of the more researched cancers, treatment that specifically targets ovarian cancer cells is currently unavailable. 


 

Today’s issue...

Right now there is no early detection test available for ovarian cancer. To make matters more difficult, the beginning stages of ovarian cancer are seemingly asymptomatic which is why it doesn’t tend to be discovered until the later, detrimental stages. 

In the past, the majority of research has been conducted by men, meaning that certain nuances in the female hormonal cycle and their possible role in progressing ovarian cancer have mostly gone unconsidered. Most prevalent in post and peri-menopausal women, the new research is taking into account the effects of oestrogen and other female hormones. 

The mask of ovarian cancer signs and symptoms… 

Due to its prevalence in and around menopause, many women confuse the red flags of ovarian cancer with natural hormonal changes. Although relatively asymptomatic, some of these masked signs and symptoms include:

  • Postmenopausal bleeding

  • Abdominal bloating, nausea or indigestion 

  • Appetite variations

  • Lower back and pelvic pain or pressure

  • Frequent need to urinate 

  • Bowel movement changes including constipation

  • Increased abdominal girth

  • Fatigue and low energy

  • Menstrual changes 


This crossover in symptoms between menopause and ovarian cancer makes early detection difficult. On top of this, current treatment options do not account for the various gene changes in each type of ovarian cancer, meaning that targeted therapy isn’t yet possible. 

What the amazing research at LOWY Cancer Research Centre is looking at… 

Imagine if there was a blood test that could detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages? Well, thanks to the incredible team at LOWY, this may one day be possible. 

Aiming to discover a blood test that detects DNA changes specific to ovarian cancer is Dr. Kristina Warton’s mission. To give you an understanding of how this is achieved, just think of it like this… 

You know when you accidentally over whip cream and it separates into clumps and liquid? Well, in order to extract the DNA to assess it for changes, Nicole and Dongli have to do exactly that, only difference is… they use blood.

After drawing a sample of blood, the vial gets put into a machine known as a centrifuge, which spins it around at a high speed until it separates (see, just like cream!). In its separated form, it’s divided into three visible layers from which the DNA can be extracted. From here on it gets a little more complicated in regards to the science of it all, but essentially, the DNA can then be assessed for changes specifically occurring in ovarian cancer cells before they even reach stage 1. Incredible, we know

The future…

With current clinical trials already underway or in development for the treatment of endometrial cancer, brain cancer, and blood cancers, the over 400 researchers at LOWY are aiming to do better by patients in all types of cancer. The search for prevention methods aims to protect the generations of the future, and the research for treatment focuses on helping patients of the now. 

The current research and technology leading the way in new treatment and diagnostic measures are predicted to increase the survival rate of ovarian cancer of up to 80%.

How can you get help pave the way for this change?

Get involved by raising your voice. Talk about cancer. Get educated. 

From donating a spare dollar to research or simply raising awareness about the limited funding, there’s always extra ways to lend a hand. Of course, the most important thing you can do for yourself is to always remain wary… if you’re having abnormal signs and symptoms, never just ride them off for menopause - always take yourself to get a further check. 

Until then, we’ll leave you with this little quote that they loved over at LOWY… and for good reason!

BE BRAVE & …

For more information, head to the LOWY Cancer Research Centre site or the Gynaecological Cancer Research Group.

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<![CDATA[SKIN BRIGHTENING BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/your-skin-brightening-beauty-weapon http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/your-skin-brightening-beauty-weapon Mon, 18 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Cherries are delicious in every way. They taste delicious, smell delicious, and they’re even delicious for your skin.

Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, these summer-picnic favourites are your new secret weapon to fighting free-radical damage (aka aging) and even pigmentation.

Here’s the low-down on what these beauties have to offer:

WHY CHOOSE CHERRIES?

According to Dermatologist Sharli Sperling, MD. cherries are a great source of vitamin A, B, C and E - the power vitamins which encourage healthy skin and hair. On top of this, they offer anthocyanins, antioxidants which fight damaging environmental aggressors and pollutants. Ultimately, cherry extract works as your own personal skin warrior - fighting off all the bad things that contribute to aging, darkening, lines and wrinkles.

While this is all news to us, the benefits of cherries have been well-known in the skincare world, with cherry extract being a common ingredient in various skin products.

For this reason, it’s likely that some of your favourite beauty-buys are already using cherry extract. Check  the ingredients list for ‘Prunus Serotina’ - the common skincare term for wild cherry extract, ‘Acerola’ and ‘Tart Cherry’, all often used in supplements.


What about cherry juice?


Drinking 100% cherry juice is a great, healthy way to receive the best vitamin and mineral benefits from cherries as well! If you’re on the look-out, just know there are two types on the market: black cherry juice and tart cherry juice. 


While tart cherry juice has a higher concentration of Anthocyanins, black cherry juice carries higher levels of vitamin A and C. Black cherry juice is also slightly higher in sugar than tart cherry juice, but both are considered healthy additions to a daily diet.


WHAT SKIN TYPES ARE CHERRIES BEST FOR?

Cherry is a natural hydrater, so they’re likely to benefit drier skin types the most. But that’s not to say that other skin types won’t benefit from a little cherry in their lives!


Because of their antioxidant properties, cherries work well to protect the skin and maintain hormonal balance. This means that cherries play a part in reducing breakouts, redness and inflammation - something every face will love!


For oily skin, light creams or serums are your best bet, while dry and mature skin types will suit richer creams and oils.


The Takeaway?

If your skin is looking a little on the dull side, cherry skincare and supplements are definitely what you should reach for.



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<![CDATA[5 MONDAY RITUALS TO START NOW]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-monday-rituals-to-start-your-week http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/5-monday-rituals-to-start-your-week Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

How does a 4:30am wake-up, 20 minute meditation, 15 minute walk and 10 minute journaling exercise all get squished into one morning? We’re not too sure...

Our guess is it definitely doesn’t happen when there are mouths to feed and deadlines looming.

While this go, go, go approach to the morning might not be for everyone, having and maintaining morning rituals is something we definitely support, especially for your Monday.

A few focused morning rituals can do wonders for setting up your day and week and centring your mind.

Whether they be as eccentric as a 5km hike, or as simple as taking your breakfast outside, these habits will empower your day and make you want to get out of bed.

Here are 5 rituals to add to your routine, that will start your week off right:

1. MONDAY STARTS ON SUNDAY

No Monday will ever feel right if you haven’t done some preparation the night before. 

This might mean taking an hour out of your Sunday to get through a small to-do list of things, and ensure you’re starting your Monday off on the right foot.

Whether it be sending those last few lingering emails, editing some work needed for the next day, or prepping your lunch, getting these small tasks done will take a weight off your shoulders and keep you focussed for the week ahead.

2. MOVE YOUR BODY

Anticipation for a new week can sometimes build over the weekend, leaving us feeling tense and anxious come Monday morning. But just a little bit of movement can ease nerves and reduce stress levels.


Whether it be a 20 minute at-home cardio session, a yoga flow or a dance in the living room, raising your heart-rate will do wonders for energy and clarity throughout the day.

 

3. PERUSE YOUR MOOD BOARD

No day calls for a bout of inspiration more than Monday does. Grabbing a coffee and taking a quick glance of your mood board can not only boost your #mood, but it will also get the creative juices flowing. You’ll be more open to abstract ideas and solutions to benefit the rest of your week. 

 

4. FASHION, DARLING

Nothing feels better than stepping-out in an outfit that makes you feel good. Dressing up or down according to your mood and how you’re feeling can bring a sense of power and confidence to your day. 

We highly recommend this one, to have you tackling your day in comfort and style, and in an outfit that makes you feel in-charge.


 

5. TAKE A MOMENT

We are no stranger to a hectic morning. 

The “I forgot my phone, left my credit card on the table and didn’t brush my teeth”-type of hectic. So the idea of taking a moment to take thanks, or meditate for a few minutes is a foreign concept.

However, giving yourself time to do so can have major impacts on positivity, self-esteem and stress-levels. Try a 10 minute guided-meditation, or simply sit-down and enjoy your cup of coffee.



Posted in: At Home, Homepage

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