<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Mon, 23 Sept 2019 00:44:36 GMT Mon, 23 Sept 2019 00:44:36 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Tomato & Ricotta Frittata]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/tomato-and-ricotta-frittata http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/tomato-and-ricotta-frittata Sat, 14 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 500g fresh ricotta (not low-fat)

  • 150g Danish feta cheese, crumbled

  • 45g (1/2 cup) grated parmesan cheese

  • 3 eggs (free-range, organic)

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • Small handful of basil leaves, finely sliced, plus extra to serve

  • 400g cherry tomato medley, halved (if you can’t find a medley of tomatoes, then just use a mixture of red cherry tomatoes and golden cherry or grape tomatoes)

  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into thick slices

  • 2 kumatoes, cut into thick slices

  • 100g mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method

Step 1.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Lightly grease a 20cm (8 inch) pie dish with the olive oil.

Step 2.
In a large bowl, using a whisk or an electric handmixer, combine the ricotta, feta, parmesan, eggs, garlic and sliced basil. Season with a pinch of salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Step 3.
Spoon the ricotta mixture into the pie dish. Arrange the red and yellow tomatoes, cut side up, with the heirloom tomato and kumato slices on top of the ricotta mixture.

Step 4.
Bake for 60 minutes or until set and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, transfer to the fridge for around 30 minutes just to firm up. Top the torte with extra basil leaves. Serve with mixed salad leaves.

Serves 6

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<![CDATA[GET YOUR ROLL ON]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-your-roll-on http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/get-your-roll-on Fri, 13 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Alright before you read on, just check your shoulders for a second - are you hunched over at your computer right now? How about your butt, we’ll bet it’s a little sore from sitting all day too?


10 hours every day - that’s how long most of us spend sitting… no wonder we’re sore. Instead of orange is the new black - sitting is the new smoking (according to Dr James Levine). 

The guidelines suggest; “you should sit for only 20 minutes out of every half hour, stand for 8 minutes, and then walk around for at least 2 minutes” … easy right? Uhhh, we think not. 

Between work, transport, and the couch, an inordinate amount of time is spent seated causing aches and pains accumulate to accumulate.

If only you had an all-in-one physiotherapist, acupuncturist and masseuse just waiting at home to destress you from the day…

Enter please; THE FOAM ROLLER.


So what is a foam roller and what on earth does it do?


It may not have arms and legs like your usual therapists, but nothing packs a punch quite like this foam cylindrical tool.

When you sit at a desk all day - fascia, the body’s collagen-containing connective tissue, becomes inflamed. 



Foam rolling is effective because it works on myofascial release. This reduces knots within the fascia through prolonged manual traction and sustained stretching.


The main pointers…

Releases daily pain and tension from sitting (bye-bye sore bums)

  • Promotes blood flow and oxygen delivery to tissues 

  • Enhances toxin elimination (think; alcohol, pollutants, chemicals!!)

  • Increases flexibility (*yogi mode activated*) 

  • Minimises inflammation and stressors on the body

  • Speeds up exercise-induced pain and fatigue (because is sore really the new sexy??)

Not to mention, foam rolling has also been shown to reduce celluliteand stretch marks. How you might be wondering?? Because contrary to what people think, cellulite isn’t fat, but rather, unhealthy fascia.


Okay, okay so tell me… How do I actually foam roll?


  • Position the roller under your target muscle group

  • Roll your body in a slow-motion, up and down 

  • Don’t rush - it takes time for your body to ease into the movement

  • Aim for 30-60 seconds on each area - and if you have the time - go over each muscle group a second time for max results

  • Don’t tense up, a little discomfort is normal - after all, it’s targeting deep tissue!

  • Use your other muscle to maintain stability… balance is key


Here are 3 of our go-to exercises for after a long day at the office:

FOR QUADS: 

Facedown, slowly work the roller up and down from just above the knee to below the hip. Use both elbows for support. 


FOR GLUTES:

Use both hands for support and place one foot in front of your body to roll up and down your glutes. 



FOR UPPER BACK: 

Either stretch your arms out in front or behind your head, rolling the area of your upper back. Fair warning - this one’s a mini ab-workout at the same time!!

For more ideas on foam rolling, we love these two apps:


Need a foam roller ASAP?

Don’t worry, we got you!! All you have to do is click below to get your hands on a brand new foam roller: 




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<![CDATA[Deliciously Nourishing Chicken Soup]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/deliciously-nourishing-chicken-soup http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/deliciously-nourishing-chicken-soup Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 1 leek, finely sliced (white part only)
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 600g skinless chicken thighs, cut each one into three pieces
  • 2 litres chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chillis or any kind of red chili paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Method:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, garlic, ginger and celery. Stir until softened (around 5 - 8 mins). Add the carrots, chicken thighs, chicken stock, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and crushed chillis.
  • Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Leave to simmer for about 15 mins and then check on the chicken thighs, to see if they have cooked. You may need to pop back in for a further five mins.
  • Once the chicken thighs have cooked then remove them and set aside to cool.
  • Add the peas, parsley and broccoli to the saucepan. Keep cooking until the broccoli is tender.
  • In the meantime shred the chicken thighs and once the broccoli has softened, add the chicken back in to the pot.


Serve and enjoy. Serves 6

 

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<![CDATA[THE BEAUTY BAZAAR 2019]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-beauty-bazaar-2019 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-beauty-bazaar-2019 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Hey guys, we’re so excited to let you know that we’re a part of an incredible event - it’s the first-ever Beauty BAZAAR - covering all things beauty, wellness, fitness and health - created by the amazing team at Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.

Running over Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of September, the Beauty BAZAAR will feature  a host of other speakers that I am honoured to be standing alongside - to name just a few - Kayla Itsines, Jessica Gomes, Teresa Palmer, Rae Morris and Melanie Grant and me. LOL.

Come along and say hi, as I’ll be speaking as part of the ‘Natural Wonders; Inner Beauty’ panel on both days, and can’t wait to talk about my favourite topic; beauty from the inside out. I will be there along with Maha, and the whole SWIISH team.

There’s panels all day and you can get up close with leading beauty brands, participate in masterclasses with celebrity stylists, get all the makeup tips and tricks, find out how to get that elusive skin glow, and hear first hand from hair care experts. 

PLUUUUUUUUSSSS - they have the most amazing goodie bag.

To get tickets just head here. So grab a friend, and treat yourself to this beauty day-out… I know you’re going to love it and i can't wait to see you there.

Here are the details:

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September

Carriageworks, Sydney

Time: 10.45 to 11.15 



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<![CDATA[WORKING WITH BASICS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/working-with-basics http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/working-with-basics Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Jeans, a white top, black trousers, and a blazer. These are 5 of the wardrobe basics that we all have… hands up if you're with us!
They're essentials for a reason - reliable, classy, and they always look the part. The only issue with basics is that the outfits can sometimes become a little “one dimensional” if you don’t mix up how you wear them. 

So as we start preparing for Spring, it’s time to get clever with some simple wardrobe twists. 

THE WHITE TEE  

Dress it up or dress it down, there’s nothing that a white t-shirt can’t do. 

Layering is key in the transition to Spring. Play with loud colours and different patterns, then layer it with a white tee underneath. 


THE JEAN

The beauty of jeans is that they go with everything - so how can you take the look up a notch? 

Say goodbye to your white converse and black boots, and instead pair your jeans with some more unique flats and heels. All those shoes that you’ve seen, loved, but not known what to wear with - are the perfect match for this denim basic. 

THE BLAZER

No longer restricted to the boardroom, the blazer has reinvented itself from your run-of-the-mill formal attire. 

If pairing it with a bike short isn’t your thing, we’re loving a belted blazer to give your look some extra depth. Topping your blazer over a simple tee is the perfect way to mix up a transeasonal look. Go for belts of different size and thickness.


THE PENCIL SKIRT 

Pencil skirts are the perfect blank canvas, for some serious outfit creativity. 

Just waiting to be styled, the pencil skirt perfectly accentuates the feminine curves. Top this with a loose shirt and sleeves that flow – opting for a pattern or two! 


THE BLACK PANT

Black work pants are a wardrobe staple but to take it up a notch pair it with all black everything - a black heel, a black top and plain jewellery … timeless!





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<![CDATA[BEAUTY FOODS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beauty-foods http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beauty-foods Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Fact: Beautiful skin starts from within.Long gone are the days of creams and serums, as we take our attention to what we eat instead. 

So what constitutes a “Beauty Food”?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and rightly so - the nutrients it’s fed are important. The physiological processes that develop skin require a number of minerals, vitamins, and compounds to achieve their work. 

Some of the main nutrients involved include: 

  • Omega-3 fatty acids 

  • Zinc 

  • Vitamin C 

  • Resveratrol 

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin E 

  • Carotenoids

  • Isoflavones

  • Antioxidants 

  • Prebiotics + probiotics 

Knowing the ultimate eats for beautiful skin is tricky; so we’re doing the break-down for you. Here are our 7 beauty food favourites - you probably don’t expect:

1. Parsley

Vitamin C is natures very own antioxidant - and parsley is absolutely packed with it. 

With up to 3 times more vitamin C than oranges, parsley works its magic through the enhancement of collagen production as it interacts with the amino acids (which are protein molecules) required for this process. More collagen = brighter, smoother, and fresher skin - and who doesn’t want that?? 


2. Garlic & Onion


Vampires aren’t generally known for having “radiant skin” - and their aversion to garlic and onion is to blame!

It seems all anyone is talking about is the effect of probiotics on skin, but what about prebiotics - aren’t they important too? 

While PRObiotics are the living microorganisms that lower inflammation, fight harmful bacteria, and enhance skin complexion, PREbiotic’s are what feed them. Garlic and onions are rich in the soluble fibre inulin, which as a fructan (just meaning it’s made up of fructose molecules) is a prebiotic that feeds good bacteria for healthy skin. 


3. Salmon & Mackerel 


It seems that there’s no shortage of info out there claiming fish (thanks to their omega-3 content) are good for skin. What everyone fails to tell you is which types are best, because unfortunately, not all fish are equal! 

You want fish rich in EPA and DHA, as these omega-3’s are potent anti-inflammatories, also responsible for evening skin tone through their effect on melanogenesis (the process of distributing the skin pigment, melanin).

When choosing fish, wild-caught ensures they’ve fed on natural omega-3 rich food sources in the ocean, with Salmon and Mackerel containing more than 500mg of EPA/DHA per 150g serving.


4. Sunflower seeds 

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin (along with vitamins A, D & K), found at a high concentration in sunflower seeds. 

The vitamin E found in food is the most stable and proves to be far superior to any topical versions. Providing potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Protecting the skin from sun damage, vitamin E is an anti-ageing warrior promoting youthful and glowing skin. 


5. Pomegranate 


Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants - the powerhouse duo of beautiful skin - pomegranates promote skin renewal and provide enzymes that inhibit collagen break-down. 

Pomegranates also contribute to fibroblast production, which are cells that create collagen and elastin (a.k.a glowing skin NECESSITIES). 


6. Oysters 


If every food out there ran a race with their speed coming from zinc content alone, an oyster would be the Usain Bolt equivalent. 

Zinc is present in high amounts within the skins uppermost layer, the epidermis - and is responsible for fighting acne, preventing free-radical damage (such as that from UV rays in the sun!), and facilitating tissue healing.


7. Wine & Chocolate (and of course by that, we mean Grapes & Cacao *wink wink*)


Resveratrol is the excuse on all our lips when it comes to red wine and dark chocolate consumption - but the good news is, these claims aren’t a fallacy! 

The high resveratrol content present in red grapes skin and raw cacao, provides these foods with minerals and antioxidants vital for healing damaged skin. Resveratrol minimises free radical damage, enhances collagen, and reduces the onsets of uneven and dull skin tones. 

All things in moderation, right?


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<![CDATA[HORMONES AND MOOD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hormones-and-mood http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hormones-and-mood Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Previously on Wellness Wednesday, you may have been lucky enough to tune into our Instagram live with Naturopath Belinda Kirkpatrick, where we discussed the close relationship between hormones and mood. In case you missed it, today we will be going through all the main points you need to know about hormones, and how they can help regulate your mood!

Am I in control of my hormones, or do genetics play a part? 

To some extent genetics can certainly play a role in hormone regulation, however, they are not the only factor. Although you will never have 100% control over your hormonal genetic predispositions, your environment can help turn them “on” and “off”. Diet and lifestyle can be of major influence to these, helping to encourage either a healthy balance or instead to trigger an excess/deficiency! 

What are the hormones that affect my mood? 

When referring to females, oestrogen and progesterone are the main hormones that affect mood, with cortisol also being of influence.

Oestrogen is essentially the hormone that just makes you feel good. Although it sometimes gets a bad wrap when in excess or deficiency, in balance oestrogen can actually make you feel vibrant, sexy, and motivated (and who doesn’t want that?!). Also supporting the production of your other “feel-good” hormones known as dopamine and serotonin, oestrogen is arguably the most important for enhanced mood. 

A rise in oestrogen is seen around ovulation which is why you’ll generally feel your best at this time, as you experience an elevation in energy, productivity, and creativity. On the other hand, a drop in oestrogen may be seen during menopause, or, in times of rapid weight-loss, carbohydrate restriction, and over-exercise. These situations can result in your period stopping, causing what’s known as “hypothalamic amenorrhea” in some women. Feelings of lethargy, irritability, lower mood, and poor daily ambition are common accompanying emotions throughout these low oestrogen times, making you feel sluggish and not your usual self. 

Progesterone is the other female hormone associated with mood, as it promotes feelings of relaxation and calm, even helping to regulate sleep. 

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may remember those times when you felt a little blasé about everything, and for some unknown reason adopted more of a “cruisy”, “easy-breezy” attitude towards life. Progesterone is the underlying hormone you can thank for those feelings, as it is particularly high during pregnancy, helping to provide those chilled, stress-free feelings that made you just want to smile and say "ahhh".

Ideally, progesterone will be dominant around the second half of your menstrual cycle prior to your period. If it is low for varying reasons, this can cause a significant drop in mood as oestrogen is also depleted at this time. Feelings of anxiousness, irritability, sleep deprivation and poor motivation before your period are therefore commonly seen, hence why some women unfortunately suffer from PMS worse than others. 

How do I know if my hormones are out of whack?

Although often put down to just “being a woman”, the mood fluctuations that women as a population have to deal with monthly are valid and should not just be brushed aside. Common signs and symptoms you may notice in yourself include:

  • Less energy 

  • Irritability 

  • Impatience 

  • Anger

  • Poor motivation 

  • Lack of creativity 

  • Brain fog

  • Poor memory 

  • Low self-esteem 

  • Fatigue


Although everyone feels these issues from time-to-time, it is important not to fall into the pattern of accepting these as the social norm. There are many different changes you can make into your day that will help you take control of these hormonal imbalances, and alleviate their severity. 

What can I do if my hormones are out of balance? 


DIET

Your diet plays a major role in the regulation of cortisol levels (aka your “stress hormone”) in the body, with caffeine, alcohol, and processed sugars all known to elevate it. Learning to sustain your hormones and not excessively raise or diminish them is important for mood and energy, as the issue with the cortisol high that everyone loves to thrive off, is that it inevitably leads to a low - making you feel less energised, motivated, and productive than you were, to begin with!

Tips to help support your hormones through the diet include: 

  • Getting a daily serve of 4-5 cups of leafy greens and vegetables (incorporating our SUPERGREEN SUPERFOOD POWDER is a great health hack to achieve this!)

  • Taking time-out to eat, and ensuring you take 5 deep breaths before a meal

  • Minimising processed sugar and alcohol intake (try switching to a protein ball, or kombucha instead!)

  • Limiting yourself to just one caffeinated drink per day 

  • Always eating something before you drink caffeine 

  • Having some type of protein with each meal (i.e. meat, nuts, legumes, or eggs) 

  • Drinking 1.5-2L of water per day

  • Eating foods rich in magnesium and B vitamins


LIFESTYLE

Sleep, sleep, sleep!! Yes, we know you probably already assumed as much, but sleep is vital for regulating your mood. Not only does a lack of sleep make you feel tired, energy-less, and lethargic, but it can also deplete oestrogen and progesterone, as hormones are made whilst you sleep. The other pivotal factor for mood and hormonal balance is simply slowing down and being a little more mindful in your day-to-day. 

Unfortunately, while there is no magic “slow motion” button out there that you can press to automatically add some down-time to your life, there are some easy little hacks that Belinda suggests: 

  • Use apps such as ‘Headspace’ or ‘Smiling Mind’ before bad, to facilitate sleep 

  • Prioritise sleep for a whole month, aiming for 8 hours of sleep each night

  • Spend 30 seconds when you wake up, intently going over something or someone in your life you are grateful

  • Do 5-10 deep belly breaths at different times in your day to reset your HPA Axis (Belinda likes to do this in her car at the end of each day when she gets home, to help clear her mind and disconnect from any stressors in her workday) 

  • Massage some of our SOOTHE ORGANIC MAGNESIUM OIL into your body before bed, to help relax your muscles and enter a deep sleep


When it comes to mood and hormones, finding stability is key. All you need to focus on is balancing your dietary and lifestyle behaviour, and the associated hormonal regulation will come! Plenty of sleep, water, and protein with each meal is the golden trio to start with, as these three changes alone are imperative for hormone production. Also, if you missed out on our Instagram live with Naturopath Belinda Kirkpatrick and want to learn even more about hormones, don’t worry - you can find the entire video here







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<![CDATA[ME TIME]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/me-time http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/me-time Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

It’s a chaotic world we live in, isn’t it?

At any given moment it can feel as if you have 101 things to-do, and simply not enough hours in the day to do them! Now whilst life may never really slow down like we all hope it will, you absolutely can.

Taking just 10-minutes out of your week for some well deserved ‘Me-time’ is something that is easy to forget in this world where everything is go-go-go. Intentional solitude is a concept that some of the most brilliant minds to have walked the planet praise for their success.

Me-time has been proven to enhance physical health, strengthen relationships, elevate cognition, and increase your creativity (just to name a few). By reducing the amount of environmental stimulation you are exposed to, the 4 critical benefits of freedom, creativity, intimacy and spirituality have been seen to transpire.The understanding that solitude is a vital social phenomenon stems from these, as all 4 are what allows us to connect with each other, and the world around us.

There are a million different ways that you can give yourself some TLC, so today on Wellness Wednesday we’re going to have a little look at 3 of our favourites that take only 10-minutes to be incorporated into your week!

 


Mindfulness is a practice that can be implemented into almost every daily task, regardless of what that may be. It is simply the act of focusing your awareness towards one particular thing.

For example; mindful eating is the process of paying full attention to the food in front of you. This includes the smell, colour, taste, and sensation that this particular meal provides, acknowledging that in this moment you are engrossed entirely in the act of eating, and nothing else.

Although mindfulness is an innate ability that every human possesses, its usage is at a loss in the modern world. Nowadays while you cook dinner, you also have to be on call for a meeting, feed the dog, pay attention to the news, write down a grocery list, organise whose picking up the kids up from sport, and make a mental note to message your friend about the new job you think they started today.

Acknowledging mindfulness is the first step (seeing as you’re reading this, that part is done!). Now that your attention has been brought to it, you will hopefully find yourself in moments throughout the week where you recognise mindfulness could be incorporated.

SWIISH Tip: Try to integrate mindfulness into just one of your weekly tasks whether that be walking to work, eating a meal, or folding the clothes. Taking this short moment to pause and focus on one thing only, without judgement, without distraction, and without others, will give you an insight to yourself you didn’t even realise was needed.

 

Stress is the 6 letter word we all know too well, that is always found hand-in-hand with one thing in particular… tension. Tension can build up within the body and can often go unnoticed, as we can be too preoccupied to pay attention.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), is a technique for relieving these stressors, by working through a sequential process of tensing and relaxing each muscle in the body. As you tense, you draw attention to the localised stress in that area, making the release of pressure more noticeably relaxing. The beauty of PMR is that you can practically do it anywhere, however, taking yourself to a private space tends to work best.

SWIISH Tip: When you tense and relax, start from the facial muscles and work your way down the body. We found this 10-minute one on youtube, which can be played whilst you lie in bed at night.

 

When was the last time your feet physically touched the earth?

If like most, you found yourself surprisingly stumped by that question, that’s because between shoes, buildings, and pathways, practically every possible measure that could have been taken to keep you from touching the ground, has been.

The electrons (these are components of an atom) that reside within the earth are negatively charged. These ions help to balance out the body’s own positively charged electrons, with some describing them as “natures largest antioxidant”. Grounding has been shown to help neutralise free radicals in the body through the use of these electrons, with some of the benefits of this including less inflammation, sleep improvements, energy enhancements, tension relief, and lowered stress levels. 

SWIISH Tip: Try spending just 10-minutes with your shoes off whilst walking or sitting in the grass, or at the beach. 10 minutes a day is enough to make a difference.

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<![CDATA[Collagen Raspberry Brownies]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/collagen-raspberry-brownies http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/collagen-raspberry-brownies Sat, 17 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

INGREDIENTS

  • 115g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • 200g 70% cocoa dark chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 cup plain flour

  • 1/4 cup GLOW Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries


METHOD

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line square tin with baking paper, ensuring two sides of the paper overhang

  2. Add butter and dark chocolate to a heatproof bowl and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.

  3. Add sugar and vanilla to chocolate mixture and stir. Add the eggs, one at a time and stir until well combined. Add flour and GLOW Hot Chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth.

  4. Pour mixture into lined baking tin and scatter raspberries on top.

  5. Bake brownies for about 30-35 minutes or until you see the edges crack.

  6. Leave brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Makes approx. 16 squares.

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<![CDATA[CLASSY CLIPS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/classy-clips http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/classy-clips Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Making its way back onto the fashion scenes, hair clips are everywhere right now and we are LOVING IT! Adding that extra feminine touch to an outfit, hair clips have travelled their way out of the 90s and into today being seen on every runway, magazine, and social media post out there. 

The cyclical nature that fashion works is almost comical, as “new trends” are essentially just a recycled version of something popular 20 years ago. First, it was a blast from the 80s with scrunchies making their ever prominent return, but now that trend has a sister trend to go alongside it - hair clips have worked their way into the spotlight. 

The difficulty with hair clips is that it’s not necessarily as easy to incorporate into your style. The fine line between looking like the power woman you are and your little 4-year-old self can make it hard. 

We think that the trick to making it work is to always cater to your individuality, and not just simply copy a trend for the sake of it. 

Maintaining class, style, and elegance is essential, which is why we’re going to break down the do’s and don’ts of the look so that you can wear it as your beautiful and confident self - without compromising your own style! 

Rule 1: Nudie neutrals

Going for the neutral colours that are closest to your natural hair colour are ideal for keeping the look subtle. If you have lighter hair go for a beige or fawn colour, and if you have darker hair opt for the deeper brown, hazel tones. 

Rule 2: Keep it simple

If you are going to try a clip that is a little more dominant in appearance, implementing the “less is more attitude” is imperative. Try not to overpower your look with too many clips, instead focusing on just one, larger clip that will make a statement on its own. 

Rule 3: Think outside the box

Most of the on-trend clips follow the sleek, more rectangular shapes. Although these are beautiful, selecting a circular clip can provide a depth of difference to your hairstyle that is both unique and elegant. You can even mix up the texture of your rounded clip by going for a sleek gold alternative!


Rule 4: Make it match 

The silver or golden details of a clip are often visible when paraded around in your hair. To keep the look classy you should aim to match these to the rest of your jewellery, as mixing too many gold and silver accessories can often take away from the class of a look. Keep it streamlined using gold with gold, and silver with silver if you’re wanting to give this trend a go. 


Rule 5: Fine lines 


If you‘re wanting to group a couple of hair clips in a messier look or have them sitting symmetrically on either side of your head like the runway models have, thinner clips are the way to go. Aiming for a finer, straight, and understated hair clip will let you exert elegance whilst still keeping up with the contemporary style. 

Rule 6: Let it speak 

When you have a stronger hair clip, be sure to let it be the talking piece of the outfit. Not overpowering it with earrings, necklaces and jewellery is important, as this is where you can overdo it. Aim for minimalistic, understated accessories that blend into the look, rather than compete with the hair clip style.

Rule 7: Location, location

Exactly where you place the clip on your hair plays a big role in whether the look works or not. Although putting these hair clips right at the forefront of your head seems to be the look the runways are going for, in your day-to-day this might not have quite the desired effect. We suggest either putting the clip at the back of your hair to create a half-up-half-down look, or, pushed further back on your sides so that it isn’t bordering right where your hair meets the skin line. 





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<![CDATA[Effortless DRESS-ing]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/effortless-dress-ing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/effortless-dress-ing Mon, 12 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

BOHO VIBES BLACK DRESS

MAGNETIC LOVE FLORAL DRESS

DOWNTOWN AMBITION DRESS

HEARTS OF PARIS BOHO MAXI

HEARTS ON FIRE NAVY DRESS

KEEP IT COOL NAVY DRESS

COME INTO MY WORLD MAXI DRESS

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<![CDATA[Join The Club]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-the-club http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-the-club Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

You know that post-workout feeling where you just feel good?

No, not the one where you think “thank goodness that is over” haha. The other good feeling – that’s the one that’s important.

Currently 1 in 5 Australians suffer from a mental illness every year. With the two most common types being depression and anxiety. Still an uncomfortable topic in many social groups today, mental illnesses are unfortunately on the rise.

Awareness, education and destigmatising mental illness is important if we are to see a change in those statistics.

Recently there has also been a tremendous amount of research directed towards understanding the effect of cardiovascular activity on mental wellbeing.

To help further unpack this notion, we spoke with David Finnimore who is the founder of Sydney's first rhythm riding studio, Cycology Club.

Based in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, you’ll find anything but your typical spin session at Cycology Club. Building the foundations of their studio around enhancing your mental wellbeing, everything you’ll do there is rhythm based… “We incorporate principles of HIIT, dance and weight lifting into our classes. What this ensures is that no two classes are the same with different playlists and movements for every single one” David explains.

Emulating the feeling of a nightclub, Cycology Club helps clients reach the natural high that only exercise can give. Also located within the studio is their ‘M3’ room designated for the three M’s; meditation, mindfulness and mobility. Monthly mindfulness workshops are offered in addition to classes, to help promote mental wellbeing among their clientele.

Due to the overwhelming number of people with a mental illness in modern times, we asked David why he feels there is still a stigma associated with these issues today?

We arent having the right conversations around mental health or discussing it in the right ways. We dont talk about mental health in the same way we talk about physical health.

If mental health was spoken about in the same light that fitness is discussed in, David believes the stigma would be reduced dramatically.

I think we need to start by clearly distinguishing the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness as too often when we talk about mental health we jump to mental illness, or conditions like anxiety, depression and stress disorders. The two are very different and I believe there are misconceptions around the terms.

The link between cardiovascular activity and mental health is becoming increasingly prominent. David first connected the dots between the two through his own experiences…

I found that I was of peak mental performance when incorporating regular intensive cardiovascular activity into my day. I also found it beneficial to help manage my anxiety.

The ever-growing body of work that supports the link between cardiovascular activity and mental health all point to similar conclusions that it reduces anxiety and depression, promotes resilience to stress, increases energy, enhances brain function, and lowers insomnia.

The turning point for David that drove him to open Cycology Club came after he lost everything in a house fire that he barely managed to escape.

To help cope and manage the anxiety and depression that followed, I spent time in London, New York, Hong Kong and LA practicing Rhythm Riding and always felt a sense of love and community.

Soon after, I decided it was time to head home, bring my experience and follow my passionand Cycology Club was born.

If you’re wondering how Cycology Club works on training the mind, and not just the physical body, we asked David to give us some insight.

There is a certain physical discipline to what we do. Hand-eye coordination plays a role, but its much more than that! It is really about what the physical activity does to your mind. The endorphins production of serotonin, and the space we create, all allows you to focus the mind and take that energy with you into your day or week.

The importance of community is everything at Cycology Club. Its in the name David says…We aren’t a ‘studioor a ‘gym’ – we are a CLUB and a group of like-minded people. The relationships, friendships and moments shared off the bike are equally, if not more important, than the class experience itself.

Whether or not you are a Sydney-sider that can go enjoy a session at Cycology Club, the implementation of cardiovascular activity for your own personal health is something that has perhaps never been more important than today.

Better yet, even if you’re someone who doesn’t love high intensity workouts like the ones you’ll find at Cycology Club, alternative options suggested by David include simply going for a nice stroll…

A long sustained walk does wonders for the mind and body and is still relatively low impact. Walking with a friend or in a small group is incredibly beneficial for the social elements, but also helps keep you accountable.

On the other hand, for any of you that are fortunate enough to live close-by to Cycology Club,   and are curious about how often you should take a class, and how long long before you’ll experience some of the benefits, David recommends going in about three times a week.

Most of our clients will ride along with some other type of training be it pilates, yoga or lifting. You will experience the mental benefits immediately and physically you will notice changes to your body within weeks.

So if you’re ready to #RIDETHEHIGH and learn more or book a session with Cycology Club, check out their website here.



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<![CDATA[Eliminating Eye Bags!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/eliminating-eye-bags http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/eliminating-eye-bags Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Ah bags. So many brands, shapes, colours, and sizes - to say there is a bag for everyone o would be an understatement. Yes, indeed, this accessory is a girl's best friend, however, there is one type of bag out there that we can all agree will never be loved, and that is… EYE BAGS!

Usually put down to fatigue, it seems that no serum, cream, or mask is ever able to completely get rid of dark circles quite like make-up will. We think that concealer really should be garteful to eye bags for the steady business because without them, they'd have no purpose! haha

It's a tricky cycle really; with hard work you become busy, then by being busy you become tired, and from being tired you get a glass of wine and foot massage the moment you walk through your door? No. You get dark circles! 

So in light of their ever-persistent residence underneath our eyes, we think it's time to get to know these dark circles a little better, learning what they are, why they're there, and how on earth we can get rid of them!


What are dark circles under the eyes? 

To first understand eye-bags (otherwise known as "infraorbital dark circles" by the medical world), a teensy bit of eye anatomy must first be discussed. Just beneath the lower eyelid is a thin layer of both muscle and fat, with each of these structures requiring a blood supply for their function.

A multitude of anatomical factors can contribute to the presence of dark circles, including bone layout, soft-tissue distribution, and facial ligament structure. Unfortunately, with age, the alignment of your face changes slightly due to a decrease in bone density and adipose tissue. This can make the hollow structures beneath your eyes more prominent, and further stretch the fairly transparent skin that is already present. 

The vascular network that resides right behind your eye-lids is provided by little coverage from the thin skin above it, causing it to look dark in appearance. As well as this, a fluid build-up can often occur, causing the eyes to look "puffy", with some of this liquid containing the breakdown products of haemoglobin (a component of red blood cells), thus playing a part in its colour. 

Various conditions (all largely to do with the fun process of ageing!) can enhance the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The decline of collagen and elastin production from around your mid-twenties reduces skin turgor and elasticity, whereby even though the actual pigment will remain, the skin will be stretched and thinned thus increasing its transparency. 

Why are dark circles even there?

There's nothing worse than waking up, checking the mirror and seeing eye-bags. If you've just been asleep, you would at least assume that they wouldn't appear until later in the day, right? Sadly, that's not the case. This is because when you lay down at night, the horizontal positioning causes an increase of blood flow to the eyes, thus deepening its colour. 

When you are tired and stressed (which we know can feel like always) your blood vessels will dilate so that the body can produce stress hormones to cope with the physical state it is in. This is exacerbated with fatigue as your body will retain excess fluid, particularly under the eyes, causing your bags to seem worse than normal. 

How to get rid of eye-bags and dark circles?

As with most issues, the answer is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Darkness under your eyes can appear for several reasons, therefore the steps to fix them will vary from person to person. Below we've come up with a list of things you can try at home to help figure out which option will work best for you!


1. Cool and compress

Perhaps the old wives' tale of putting spoons under your eyes isn't so old after all! Placing anything cool underneath your eyes will help to constrict blood vessels that are dilated, thus reducing the amount of blood flow to the area. Eye-patches are a great way to do this, as you can just pop them in the freezer and then place them underneath your eyes while you get ready of a morning. The applied cool pressure will also help remove any excess fluid from the area, reducing puffiness and discolouration. 

2. Slowdown on the salt

Sodium in the body binds with water molecules, resulting in fluid retention which can be noticeable under the eyes. When you eat a meal that is packed with salt, you are essentially asking the body to hold onto its fluids, which can become particularly problematic overnight. Although dinner is principally a savoury meal, don't forget that salt is not the only way to add flavour to it! Get creative with garlic and onion bases, or utilise the plethora of herbs and spices available out there. If you can't seem to get through dinner without constantly reaching for water, less salt should help you (and your eye-bags) out a little!

3. Tea time

Everyone loves incorporating tea into their nightly routine, but what about breakfast we ask? The anti-inflammatory properties found in tea are predominantly due to the presence of tannins, caffeine, and antioxidants. These constituents have been shown to constrict the blood vessels under your eyes when placed topically on the skin. All you have to do is let the tea bags chill in some water in your fridge, then leave them under your eyes for around 15-minutes for the results you need. 

4. Pump the potassium 

Working in opposition to sodium, potassium is a part of many physiological functions, with one in particular being to reduce blood pressure. In most cell membranes (the outer lining of the cell), there are little sodium-potassium pumps that, you guessed it, pump salt and potassium in and out of the cell. Eating a diet rich in potassium has therefore been shown to reduce eye-bags, as it counteracts the negative, water-retaining effects of salt. Fruits such as bananas, apricots, oranges, honeydew, or grapefruit are perfect breakfast toppers, otherwise, mushrooms, cucumbers, spinach, and other leafy greens are the way to go. Although at the time they may feel as if no instant difference is made, working these fresh foods into your diet will pay off with the long-term benefit of under-eyes that are fresh as a daisy!


5. Let it lift 

Sleeping with your head slightly raised has been proven to reduce the accumulation of fluid and other liquids in your eye area while you sleep, as this helps to minimise puffiness and dark circles significantly! Try getting a pillow with a little extra plump to see if this works for you. 

6. Fridge it

If like most of us you've spent your fair share on eye creams and moisturisers that just won't seem to work, don't worry - they still can help! All you have to do is pop those creams into the fridge so that they are nice and cool when you go to use them, that way they will work on the same principle as applying a cold-compress to constrict the associated blood vessels. 

7. Hello aloe

We all know to apply aloe vera when we are sunburnt, but what you may not have realised is that this potent anti-inflammatory is also excellent for applying under your eyes to reduce darkness. Applying moisture to the skin, aloe vera gel fights free radical and toxin build-up under the skin thanks to its amino acid profile, even reducing physical signs of ageing, and applying a youthful complexion to the skin. 

8. Cucumber eye-masks

Just as every Hollywood film will tell you, cucumbers on the eyes are a beauty essential in their industry. Largely due to their hydrating abilities, placing cucumber underneath the eyes will apply cool moisture to the skin, reducing the darkness and swelling associated with a lack of sleep! Although placing cucumber under your eyes may not be so practical for your everyday routine, they will certainly help if you have a spare 20-minutes to relax and let them work their magic, perhaps on a weekend when you're going out to dinner!

9. Crank up the collagen!


As mentioned earlier, another fun part of growing up means losing the collagen that provides you with plump, youthful, and radiant skin. By your mid-twenties, enhancing collagen intake becomes more and more pivotal for your skin health, with the skin under your eyes also included in this! For the perfect daily dose that can be added to any hot or cold beverage (or even meal!), we suggest using either our GLOW Marine Collagen Powder, or, our GLOW Hot Chocolate Collagen Powder for ensuring you get enough in - the delicate skin underneath your eyes and over your whole body will thank you if you do!





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<![CDATA[MEET THE MORNING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/meet-the-morning http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/meet-the-morning Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Early mornings did we just hear you sigh? Don’t worry - we feel you, mornings can be rough, especially when your bed is about 10,000 times warmer than the world outside.

When you hear about those 5am yogi’s that have time to meditate, read a book, walk 5km, and squeeze a fresh juice all before you even wake, you can’t help but wonder… how?

Does it come down to mindset? Up-bringing? Or, are they simply built with some special “morning gene” that the rest of us just don’t have?.

It has been long suggested that morning people are at large more proactive. Various studies have been conducted, because there's a link between morning people and successful people. Putting this down to mere coincidence just won’t cut it, so we’re about to face the facts for you.

Whether you are more of a morning or night person can be largely due to your genes, as these play an important role in determining your ‘chronotype’.

So what is a chronotype?

A chronotype is closely linked to your circadian rhythm, which is your “internal clock” controlling the changes in your body that occur a 24-hour day cycle. These can be both mental and physical. 

Your chronotype is essentially the timeline you follow throughout the day, such as when you wake, when you eat, etc. There are four dominant chronotypes: 

1. Dolphins  those that find themselves struggling to fall into a deep sleep, often describing their nights as restless. They tend to follow a fairly sporadic sleep pattern, never truly getting into a regular routine.

Peak productivity time: late morning to early afternoon

2. Wolves the night-lovers of the world (hence the animal of choice). They wake up and go to sleep later than most, always finding their motivation late at night when the rest of the world is at rest.

Peak productivity time: later at night when most are fast asleep

3. Lions the early risers that everyone wants to be, making days that start at the crack of dawn look easy. They are energetic and highly active the moment they wake, and usually are tired and ready for bed by the early evening.

Peak productivity time: the early morning up until lunchtime

4. Bears -  those that follow the natural cycle of the day, generally waking up around the time the sun rises. They usually experience the 3pm slump, representing the majority of the population. Falling asleep at night is rarely an issue, and they seem to find themselves in a nice and regular sleeping pattern.

Peak productivity time: mid-morning

How to become the coveted early-bird ‘Lion’ chronotype?

Although you can’t exactly change the underlying biological factors of chronotypes, you can certainly help encourage a dominance! In order to become a morning person (or a ‘Lion’ if you’d like to call it), there are many daily tips and tricks you can use to encompass this.

Here are 5 easy ways that you can become a morning person 


1. Be rigorous with your routine

Our tip: Try setting an alarm for a few separate check-points in your morning. For example, one to be out of bed by, one for 15 minutes before you should leave, one for breakfast, and so on. Using different sounds and songs at particular points in your morning will help keep you accountable, until this routine becomes habit!

2. See the sun

Our tip: Whether it’s eating breakfast, or exercising, try to take one component of your morning routine outside into the sun to get your body out of the sleep mode it’s in!

3. Don’t hit the snooze button!

Our tip: Place your phone (or alarm clock if you’re old school!), far enough away from you bed so that in order to turn it off you’ll have to physically leave your bed. In addition to this, try making your bed as soon as you leave it so that you aren’t so tempted to jump straight back in!

4. Move your body

Nothing wakes you up quiet like a bunch of pushups, burpees and jump squats will.

Training and exercising in the morning will not only increase the release of chemical endorphins, adrenaline, and cortisol to help you wake, but will also enhance mitochondria production in skeletal muscle specifically, helping you to produce more energy every day.


Our tip: Start where you’re comfortable. Do what feels best for you. Exercise is awesome for releasing all the feel-good hormones but did you know it also releases chemical compounds (such as adaptogens) in the body?

5. Food: everyone’s favourite F word!

Our tip: Breakfast prepping the night before can be done in 5 quick minutes leaving you with one less worry of a morning. We love making overnight chia puddings and oats, or chopping up any smoothie ingredients that we want for the next morning, so that all we have to do is add liquid and usually either our GLOW or SUPERGREEN powders, then blend!


So whether it’s solidifying your morning routine, getting some more sun, or just going for a walk, becoming a morning person doesn’t need to be complicated. 

Just remember that each and every one of us have the exact same amount of time in the day as Beyonce! 





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<![CDATA[Apricot and Coconut GLOW balls]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/apricot-and-coconut-glow-balls http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/apricot-and-coconut-glow-balls Mon, 05 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

When it comes to snack time, we love to whip up quick and easy treats that are delicious and good for us too. These Apricot and Coconut GLOW balls definitely tick the boxes. We make up a big batch for the week, bring some to the office and keep some at home. 

Let us know in the comments below if you make these, or any requests you might have for snack recipes. 

Ingredients

  • 90g (1 cup) desiccated (shredded) coconut, plus extra for coating
  • 155g (1 cup) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 135g (1/2 cup) tahini
  • 90g (1/4 cup) rice malt syrup
  • 40g (1/4 cup) almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp GLOW Marine Collagen Powder

Method

Step 1.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste and add a little extra rice malt syrup if you like it sweeter. Shape the mixture into balls, then roll in the extra desiccated coconut.

Step 2.
Transfer to the fridge to set, about 1 hour.

These balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Makes about 16

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<![CDATA[Belly, back, or side?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/belly-back-or-side http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/belly-back-or-side Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Back when you were younger, you would have eventually figured if you were a front, back, or side sleeper. Chances are that since then you’ve not changed that position, sticking to what you know best!

When you bring up sleep positions with friends, it’s a rather funny topic to get into. You’ll notice  that people start to get ever so slightly defensive about what they do and don’t do. Some will say sleeping on your stomach is bad for your back, while others think that if you’re a back sleeper you’re bound to snore! 

So when it comes down to it, have you ever wondered what really is the ultimate sleeping position for your health? 

Each position holds its benefits, and on the same note, it’s disadvantages. As you get older, the position you sleep in actually becomes more important than in your youth, due to the build up of medical issues that accompanies age. The position you sleep in can therefore positively or negatively impact you in more ways than one, making it more important than ever to figure out what is best for you.

For the back sleepers…


The science says that sleeping on your back (preferably with a pillow under your knees) is best for your spine health, as it alleviates the pressure off of your vertebrae as you lay. The natural curvature of your head, neck and spine is particularly supported in this posture, which is why you may have noticed it being used in yoga practices, massages, and physiotherapy treatments. Sleeping on your back is typically the go-to for those suffering from lower back pain, often being recommended by sleep physicians to help support this.

For the side sleepers…

Did you know that around 74% of adults prefer to sleep on their side? 

It has been proven that lying on your left side is more preferable than the right, largely for the digestive support it presents. This is thanks to the internal placement of your organs, with your stomach not being as smack bang in the middle of your body as you may think. 

The effect that gravity has on your bowel movement can be most prevalent through the 8 or so hours you’re asleep, which is hence why some are “regular” in the morning, and others, well… not so regular! Because your stomach is slightly to the left of the body, sleeping on this side is known to minimise acid reflux, support toxin removal, facilitate digestion, and improve your circulatory function. Additionally, the direction that chyme (digested food) travels through the ascending, transverse, and descending colon, is best supported by lying on your left side.  


For the stomach sleepers…

Okay, before any stomach sleepers can get upset, let us just preface that sleeping on your belly tends to get a bad wrap - but hey, that’s just science talking, not us! The main areas of complication are that sleeping on your front can throw your back out of line, place pressure on digestive organs, and force some of your muscles and joints into a position of discomfort. The only time that it seems to work best for your airways is when your head is straight down (think a massage bed here), as opposed to turned sideways.

Due to your spine being the "peak-hour busy” intersection of nerves that it is, placing any type of pressure in this region can shoot pain out to all areas of the body. If you experience pain in the lower back and neck, generally stomach sleeping is ill advised. 

On the bright side, sleeping on your stomach has been shown to ease snoring, so if you or someone you know is too noisy for their own good, perhaps this is the position they need. 

So let’s break down the take home position pointers: 

BACK SLEEPING 

  • Put a pillow under your knees

  • Eases back pain 

  • Helps keep skin clear

  • Minimises digestive issues and reflux

SIDE SLEEPING

  • Place a pillow between your legs for spinal support 

  • Sleep on your left side 

  • Good for regulating bowel function and digestion 

  • Supportive for sleep apnea

  • Facilitates brain health 

STOMACH SLEEPING

  • Helps minimise snoring  

  • May place pressure on digestive function 

  • Bad for back pain sufferers 

  • Puts some muscles under stress

Ok so regardless of the science, and the studies, it really will come down to you as an individual. 

Figuring out a good sleep position and routine is as important as the food you eat and exercise you do! Take the time to get to know yours by trialling different things … you need to find what works for you.

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<![CDATA[KNIT WIT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/knit-wit2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/knit-wit2 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

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

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

 

THE BOHO 

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

 

MINI ME

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

 


THE LAID BACK

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

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

To shop all of our knits and skirts, go right here.




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<![CDATA[MINI ME SEE... MINI ME DO]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-me-see-mini-me-do2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/mini-me-see-mini-me-do2 Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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<![CDATA[A BUCKET-FUL OF STYLE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-bucket-ful-of-style2 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-bucket-ful-of-style2 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Prints Charming

Pump up your look with printed bucket hats:

 

Be Bold, Be Hue!

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

 

 

Keep it simple

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

 

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<![CDATA[RISE AND SMILE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/rise-and-smile http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/rise-and-smile Mon, 29 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMT

My morning routine is all about setting myself up so that I can create the best possible day ahead. I start with the basics and build from there - a quick stretch when I get out of bed and a five minute meditation to set my intentions for the day, then it’s go mode!

I down a shot of coffee while I prep school lunches and hustle my two girls into gear - trust me, that's no easy task.

While I love my morning coffee, I know that coffee isn't great for your teeth - and it's certainly not great for your breath. I'm a big believer in whole mouth health - what I mean by that is that my passion about looking after my skin, my gut health, overall wellness and what I put into my body also, extends to my teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums.

That's why I've been using the new Colgate Total, because it's centred around whole mouth health. So - first up, I use a tongue scraper and then I brush (yes brush!) my gums, tongue and teeth. I use the Colgate Total mouthwash too, to make sure that my breath is fresh.

I like taking a few minutes to look after myself and my smile. It’s embedded into my hair and beauty regime - because for me, a smile is where it all begins. I like that I can enjoy my coffee and know that the new Colgate Total is helping protect the health of my whole mouth. 

I do the same for Annabelle as well since she turned 6 - because kids tend to mimic what they see, and it's critical that I set a good example, and that I help her learn to create a morning routine centred on looking after herself.

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

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

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