<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:02:50 GMT Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:02:50 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[GOT THE BLUES]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/got-the-blues http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/got-the-blues Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Blue.... it's a classic shade and one that more often than not, doesn't get the credit it deserves because it tends to be cast aside in favour of black. But as much as we love black here at SWIISH, sometimes, it can be so .... yawn.... same same boring.

The joys of blue are many - the other day when popping on my Pretty Woman Navy Maxi dress I realised that 1. I'M NOT WEARING BLACK (high fives all round, everyone!) 2. blue is super flattering for all skin tones and 3. It adds a gorgeous colour to your wardrobe that works in so well with just about every other colour - black, tan, white, red, pink, grey, yellow, the list goes on....  meaning that you get maximum mileage from each piece. 

Check out our top blue wardrobe must haves for this season. 

Think ruffles, floaty layers, embroidery, sheer, luxe detailing and more. Add a pair of heeled ankle boots and you're good to go.

 

Is it a dress? Is it a top? It's either - a tunic is so versatile and is a must have for Autumn / Winter. Wear it over jeans or leggings as a top, or with over-the-knee boots as a dress. Either way, you'll be nailing it in the style stakes.

 

It doesn't get any more chic and easy than a navy maxi dress. Flattering for all body shapes, you can dress it down with sneakers and a denim jacket, or dress it up with heels and some delicate gold or silver jewellery. 

 

As we transition into the cooler months, you want a dress that can take you from day to night. It doesn't get any easier than a long sleeve dress, worn in the day with sneakers and then just switch it up for heels at night. Gotta love a multi-tasker.

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<![CDATA[NEED A POST-EASTER DETOX?]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/post-easter-detox http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/post-easter-detox Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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OK - hands up if you ate too much chocolate over the Easter weekend? Yep, us too. Aaaaaand more than just a few hot cross buns. And you know what? It was awesome. But we're the first to admit that overdoing it can leave you feeling bloated and well, just blahhhh. Time to take some action. Time to detox and feel clean and lean again.

Here at SWIISH, we’re big believers in the idea that even the smallest lifestyle change can make the biggest difference.  This is the philosophy we kept in mind when we created our  SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder.  We know how important it is to feel good from the inside out – but we also know that getting enough of the good stuff into your daily diet isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be.  That’s why we specifically created this powder to be a delicious, fast and easy way to get all that goodness in one go. To help your body get clean and lean.

With a mouth-watering blend of over 40 super powered ingredients, including those all-important green veggies, probiotics and superfoods, this powder is designed to keep you functioning at your peak. With such a concentrated mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, our SWIISH DELIISH powder helps to improve vitality, increase energy, boost immunity and aid digestion. So what does all that mean? One teaspoon helps you detox, de-bloat and get a massive shot of energy - naturally! Exactly what you need after a weekend of indulgence.

Ready to detox?

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<![CDATA[BEAUTIFUL BURBERRY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beautiful-burberry http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/beautiful-burberry Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We've been big fans of Burberry for as long as we can remember. Yeeeeears ago, we squirreled away all of our pocket money just to save up for a scarf (Sally) and a wallet (Maha). As the love affair grew, we added to the collection - perfume, a tote and heels. Every item we bought was special and made us feel like a million bucks. When we discovered Burberry's beauty range, we were thrilled because it was an even easier, more afforable way to incorporate what we loved about the brand in our every day style.

And now, Burberry have launched 'The Essentials' - a collection of gorgeous products to help create a glowing complexion, flattering highlights and the perfect nude lip. Yes yes and more yes! In true luxe for less fashion, this range gives bang for buck with the products all in the $50 - $100 range. That's total 'luxe for less' in our book, particularly when they're products that you'll use and love to wear each and every day.

The campaign for the Essentials range is fronted by Iris Law (yep, daughter of Jude) - her natural beauty really mirrors the essence of the collection, which ultimately is about enhancing your features and getting that gorgeous Burberry glow. The range consists of:

Fresh Glow Highlighter: a lightweight and illuminating powder set - available in four shades

Lip Contour: a nude pen to prime, contour and shape for fuller looking lips (YASSSS) that lasts for up to six hours - available in four shades

Highlighting Luminous Pen: this cult favourite can be worn on bare skin or over foundation and has a universal shade that suits every skin tone. You use the pen to highlight precisely and illuminate complexion.

Luminous Fluid Base: a primer that blurs imperfections, hydrates instantly and can be applied on bare skin or under foundation to help illuminate complexion.

Face Contour: it's allllll about that contour! The Burberry Face Contour is designed to be effortless, creating soft shadows to sculpt, shade and define - in two shades to suit all skin tones (light to medium, and medium to dark)

You'll be able to pick up the Essentials range from David Jones and Sephora from May 14th. Woo hoo!

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<![CDATA[FAB FISH FAJITAS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fab-fish-fajitas http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/fab-fish-fajitas Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

For as long as we can remember, fajitas have been the ultimate party-starter food.  Fun, fresh and easy – they’re always a hit amongst family and friends.  Even the fussiest kid won’t say no to a fajita!  

Traditionally, fajitas are a Mexican dish.  But over the years, fabulous creations have started popping up all over the globe.  And while we can’t take credit for the fish fajita craze – this particular recipe was created in our very own kitchen.

With tender fish fillets, garlic, lime, chilli and coriander – this recipe combines both traditional and unique flavours.  Way tastier than your average taco, these Fab Fish Fajitas have a fresh and spicy flavour that’s so suitable for Spring.  We love whipping them up at outdoor parties, for Sunday lunch or even as a last minute Monday night meal.  

That’s what we love about this recipe – it looks like Mexican fiesta style food but because it’s so quick and easy, you can eat it any night of the week!  And as an added bonus, it’s also lean and filled with ingredients that will get your metabolism firing.  

We can’t wait for you to give these a go and let us know what you think!  Oh and if you like this one, you'll find heeeeeaps more lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes in our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which you can pick up now from our online store right here.   

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<![CDATA[JOIN US: STYLE MASTERCLASS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/style-masterclass http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/style-masterclass Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We're so excited to be heading to Canberra in a couple of week's time to host a Style Masterclass at Canberra Centre!

We love Canberra, and cannot wait to meet everyone while we talk about trends for the season and how to put together the perfect Autumn / Winter wardrobe. In our true 'luxe for less' style, we'll have plenty of tips and tricks to help you get maximum mileage out of your wardrobe.

We'll also chat about style beyond fashion and into beauty, health and home - always with the idea in mind that you can live a fabulous life at an afforable price.

Come along to this exclusive event; we would love to meet  you! 

Tckets are selling fast - you can pick up them up from Eventbrite right here.

DATE AND TIME

Sat. 22 April 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm AEST

LOCATION

Level 1, near Country Road

Canberra Centre

Canberra, ACT 2601

 

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<![CDATA[‘SUPER’ START YOUR DAY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/super-start-your-day http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/super-start-your-day Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, many of us tend to take an “all or nothing” approach.  You know what we’re talking about… you tell yourself things like, “I’m never going to eat Nutella EVER again” or, “I’m going to go the gym every single day” or our personal favourite (slash the most-failed promise in history)…“I’m giving up carbs for good.”  Ha ha!

Sure, these resolutions are all well and good…  until you find yourself three donuts deep at an office birthday party thinking, “It’s okay… I’ll start Monday.”  Or you order the salad, only to end up inhaling a side of fries.  Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!

The reality is, even if we start off with the best intentions, all-or-nothing diets rarely do the trick.  Here at SWIISH, we know that it’s actually the small changes that can make the biggest difference.  This is exactly why we have adopted a smoothie-a-day philosophy.  We tend to have ours first thing in the morning, as it’s quick, easy and delicious and has sooo many benefits.  A smoothie is the perfect way to up your veggie intake, cut calories and get massive boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants at the same time. 

To really amp it up to the next level, we’ve also been adding our favourite fibre supplement, Metamucil*, into the mix.  Metamucil is made with 100% natural psyllium, a super-fibre with many health benefits, like helping you feel lighter and more active.  This means that on top of all the usual smoothie benefits (such as nourishing your body with essential nutrients)we also get the right amount of fibre, which helps to cleanse the body from the inside.  With so many delicious flavours, there’s a Metamucil supplement to match every smoothie we make.  For us, it’s been an easy way to incorporate more psyillium husk into our diet. 

We often refer to this smoothie + Metamucil concoction as our ‘daily glass of super’, since it leaves us feeling light, active and bouncing with energy.  We try to have one every morning so that we’re always at the top of our game.  With so many different digestive benefits, we’ve found that Metamucil always helps to keeps our tummies feeling comfortable and happy all day long.  So if ever we’re feel tired, sluggish or weighed down, it’s a winner.

Below, we’ve listed three of our favourite smoothie recipes – one with brekkie, one to go with lunch and another as a pre-sleep snack.  Each smoothie has a different flavour, along with it’s own set of unique benefits.  Smoothie ingredients can be found at your local supermarket or fruit and veggie shop; and we usually pick up Metamucilat Priceline or Chemist Warehouse.  Give these recipes a go and of course, let us know what you think! For new users, start with one dose of Metamucil per day and gradually increase to three doses per day as necessary. Enjoy Metamucil with adequate liquid. If mixture thickens, add more water and stir.

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<![CDATA[FRO-YO BARK 4 WAYS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-fro-yo-bark http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-fro-yo-bark Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

There’s nothing better than a dessert-style snack that doesn’t cause a calorie overload.  You know, those little sweet treats that taste naughty but are actually packed full of goodness.  This is what our fro-yo bark is all about!   

If you’ve never had fro-yo bark, it’s basically chocolate bark’s healthier, creamier cousin.  Smooth, sweet and delicious, it’s one of those melt-in-your mouth type of treats that you can’t help but love.  

The best part though?  It’s actually good for you!  Yep - made from Greek yoghurt, rice malt syrup and an assortment of delicious (and nutritious) toppings, it’s the perfect power snack on the go.  It also doubles as a delicious,  guilt-free dessert.  

We’ve found that this recipe is also a huge hit with kids - they love it.  Especially when they get to help you with the toppings.  After all, who can say no to their own creation?  

Below, we’ve given you four of our favourite fro-yo bark recipes to try.  Give them a go and let us know what you think!    

Oh and if you like this, you'll find heeeeeaps more lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes in our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which you can pick up now from our online store right here.

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<![CDATA[WORK'IN IT WEAR]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/workin-it-wear http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/workin-it-wear Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you're any anything like us, then you'll know when you're in a work wardrobe rut - you know the signs - you find yourself rotating between a button up blouse that is long overdue for a dry clean and a black t-shirt that hides the fact that A. You were in a super rush to get ready this morning and B. Your creativity extends as far as black on black with a pinch of black! Hahaha don't get us wrong black is a total classic, but when you have dressed in it for the 4th day in a row, then maybe it's time to add a little bit of WHAM BAM ALAKAZAM to your wardrobe.

So to help you claw your way out of your work wardrobe rut, here are our top looks for the season! 

 

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<![CDATA[WIN: BREAKFAST WITH ROXY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/win-in-conversation-with-roxy-jacenko-double-passes http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/win-in-conversation-with-roxy-jacenko-double-passes Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Ever wish you could sit down with PR powerhouse, doting mum-of-two and forever-fashionable Roxy Jacenko to pick her brains on how she manages to do it all - and more importantly excel at it all?

Now is your chance - at Roxy's third highly-anticipated ‘In Conversation’ seminar. I will be asking her all the questions you've been dying to have answered on Friday the 28th of April at the stunning Westin Hotel Ballroom, Sydney.

Roxy famously started her glamorous PR Company Sweaty Betty PR at the young age of 24 and her charismatic personality helped her navigate the tricky world of PR, and build her business from the ground up.

Today Roxy boasts three thriving businesses, Sweaty Betty PR, Ministry of Talent (Australia’s first dedicated digital influencer management agency) and Pixies Bows, has three successful fiction novels under her belt and she still manages to be a dedicated mum to her two children Pixie and Hunter. 

Her entrepreneurial side has clearly rubbed off on her adorable daughter Pixie who has her own brand (assisted by her savvy mum of course!) called Pixies Bows - a collection of gorgeous hair accessories for stylish little girls (Annabelle loves them!).

After one of Roxy’s biggest years, personally and professionally, she has once again proven her prowess by continuing to grow her business and overcome every hurdle thrown at her. 

At the In Conversation With Roxy Jacenko event, you’ll gain an intimate insight to Roxy’s insider tips and tricks and of course you will take home the famous gift bag, packed with goodies from some of Australia’s favourite brands (valued at over $150).

Haven’t grabbed your tickets yet? You’re lucky as I’m giving you the chance to win 1 x double pass valued at $580. 

All you have to do is tell me the one question you would ask Roxy if given the chance! Just write your question in the comments section at the end of this post.

KEY INFO:
Date: Friday, 28th April 2017
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Venue: The Westin Sydney Ballroom,
1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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<![CDATA[VOTE FOR SALLY (AND WIN!)]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/women-of-style-awards-vote-and-win http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/women-of-style-awards-vote-and-win Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Hey guys, Maha here.  And I've got some incredibly exciting news to share!  Just recently, Sally was nominated for an InStyle Women of Style Award in the lifestyle category.  For those of you who don’t know, this is a huuuge honour, as the awards are dedicated to women who are leaders in their field and whose achievements touch many of our lives.

The lifestyle category in the Women of Style Awards is for women who have contributed across a vast range of areas.  This means that Sal is being recognised for her work in TV, in business (aka SWIISH!) and in writing books, as well as for the vast amount of charity work that she does.

Having been alongside Sally throughout her journey, I know how much she has given to get where she is today.  She works harder than anyone I know and is constantly giving back.  Of course, Sal is way too humble to write about this herself - and to be honest she will absolutely kill me when she sees that I have written this! - which is why myself and the rest of the SWIISH team are calling on you guys to help her get the recognition she deserves.  How?  By Voting!

That’s right – the competition is completely in your hands!  You want to know the best part though?  By voting, you also get put in the draw to win a Georg Jensen watch valued at $2,225.  So not only could you help Sally win, but you could also score yourself some stylish new wrist candy too.  Double win! 

To vote, simply head to the InStyle Women of Style voting page, enter your name and email and explain in 25 words or less why you think Sally should win.

For those of you who have been following Sally for a while now, you’ll know how much of a champion she is.  But just in case you need any more reason to vote, here’s a bit of background…

Sal is the type of person who will never let anything get in her way.  At the age of 30, she made the brave decision to leave money, status and security in order to pursue her dream of working in television.  For years, she worked for free.  It was an incredibly long, hard journey but being the fighter she is, she refused to give up.  

Today, Sally has made a name for herself as a respected TV presenter.  She has worked as a travel reporter for the Sydney Weekender, she was the National Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for Today Tonight, she co-hosts The Daily Edition on Channel 7 and makes regular appearances on Sunrise and The Morning Show.  We are so proud of her!

Then came SWIISH.  Sally was part way through her chemotherapy when she decided she wanted to do a blog focused on luxe-for-less.  And although she was very sick at the time, everyone knew she wasn’t going to let that get in her way!  As soon as her treatment ended, SWIISH was born.  And let me tell you, it was no easy feat.  We worked around the clock. There were many days in the beginning when we wondered what the hell we were doing.  But we believed in the idea and refused to give up.   

Today, SWIISH has grown beyond what we could ever have imagined.  We have had a complete website overhaul, changed logos, built a small team, opened an online store.  Without Sal, none of it ever would have been possible.  

On top of this, Sally has co-authored two extremely successful recipe books, with a third on the way.  She has also co-written two 30-Day Health Challenges and has partnered with me in the development of two brand new products, our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder, and the recently released Super Green Smoothie frozen packs, which are now available in supermarkets all over Australia.

Despite all these incredible time-commitments, Sal has always made time to give back to the community. As an ambassador for Shake It Up, Sally used her TV presence to encourage people to ‘Pause for Parkinson’s’ in order to raise awareness and funds for research.  She also works with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, participating in events and social media campaigns in order to raise money for life-changing cancer research.  In addition, Sally has worked closely with the Breast Cancer Network Australia, donating special edition copies of her book ‘Never Stop Believing’ in order to raise money for the cause.  On top of this, she is also an ambassador for the Nelune Foundation and the Sony Foundation. The part that you don't see is that Sal receives hundreds of letters each week from people going through illness or infertility issues or are just generally struggling and she replies to each and every one.

We are so proud of Sally for everything she has achieved.  She truly is a beautiful person from the inside out and in our opinion, the work she has done deserves to be recognised and celebrated.  If you agree, then join us in supporting Sally and Vote for her today! 

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<![CDATA[PRE-PREPPED SMOOTHIE PACKS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pre-prepped-smoothie-packs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/pre-prepped-smoothie-packs Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

What if you could have your Super Green Smoothie everyday, without having to prep ANYTHING at all.  That means no washing, no chopping, no peeling, no pre-portioning and no washing up.   What if you could have all that super-powered goodness ready to go in literally under 60 seconds? 

Well guess what?  Now you can!  Yep, after three long years in the making, we are so excited to announce that we have just launched our brand new product – Super Green Smoothies Frozen Packs.  And we promise, you guys are going to love it!

Over the last few years, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received on our bestselling book, ‘Super Green Smoothies’, as well as our 30-Day Super Green Smoothie Challenge.  We have been inundated with comments, emails and Instagram messages from people raving about their weight loss, how their energy has increased or their digestion has improved.  It’s been amazing!

At the same time, we’ve also noticed the same questions popping up over and over again.  These questions include things like, “I have no time to prep!  How can I make my smoothies faster?” and “I’m always in a rush in the morning, can I make my smoothies the night before?”  It seems like no matter how many tricks and tips we gave to make things as quick and easy as possible, people always wanted more.

As a result, we have been on a mission to make drinking Super Green Smoothies faster, cleaner and more efficient than ever before.  Hence, Super Green Smoothie Frozen Packs were born!  With tasty, snap-frozen vegetables, fruits and herbs - chopped, calorie counted and ready to blend in just 60 seconds, these packs are the perfect solution for the time-poor smoothie-lover.  Simply add water, coconut water or almond milk and blend for a quick, delicious and super healthy smoothie.  

The best part is that they’re super affordable as well.  Retailing for $3.50, we've addressed five different needs - ENERGY, DETOX, SLIM, WELLBEING, and GLOW. Across the range, you guys will have a choice of six different smoothies – ‘Un beet-able’, ‘Rocket Fuel’, ‘Choco-licious’, ‘Bikini Babe’, ‘Smoothie Me Skinny’ and ‘Get Minted’   With all the feedback we’ve received from the book, we wanted to create packs that we felt you would most strongly benefit from.  Plus, they taste amazing! 

Essentially, we’ve taken all the hard work out of creating a smoothie for you. It literally is blend and go!

The Super Green Smoothie Frozen Packs are available now at Coles and Woolworths all across Australia, so you can pick them up on your next grocery shop!  Oh, and don’t forget to write in and let us know what you think.  We always love to hear from you guys!

 

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<![CDATA[NEW AGE NAIL POLISH]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-age-nail-polish http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/new-age-nail-polish Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you’re like us, you’ve probably tried every nail trend in the book… French nails, acrylic nails, shellac nails, SNS nails, matte nails, nails that change colour, nails that clean the kitchen… okay, we made that last one up, but you get the point. Ha ha!

The issue is, no matter how many new nail trends we try, we always run into the same old issue – dry, damaged, unhealthy-looking nails.  Don’t get us wrong, there’s always that initial post-mani period where your nails look healthier than ever.  But fast-forward a couple of weeks and it’s a whole-nother story…they’ve gone from totally snap-worthy to, well, almost snapping off!  

Unfortunately, this is because most nail polishes actually contain some pretty harsh ingredients that don’t do your nails any good.  To us, this just doesn’t seem right.  I mean, we live in the age of wrinkle-reducing makeup and strand-strengthening hair dye.  So why can’t we get a gorgeous polish that nourishes our nails at the same time?  

We know we’re not the only ones who feel this way.  In fact, this insight is exactly what inspired Sally Hansen’s latest innovation in nail polish…

Say hello to Colour Therapy – the cool new nail polish that ‘cares while you wear’.  Yep!  According to the experts at Sally Hansen, this polish has a special micro-delivery system that infuses your nails with a nourishing blend of Argan, Acai and Evening Primrose Oil, which helps to moisturize, and strengthen your nails from with in.  How amazing is that?

We were super excited when we found this polish.  But of course, there’s always a bit of skepticism when you buy ‘natural’ or ‘healthy’ beauty products – sure, I know it’s good for my nails, but does it work as well as the others?  So we decided to put it to the test to see if it matched up with some of our salon favourites like shellac.

The first thing we noticed is that the whole application process is super easy.  First, you apply 2 coats of the colour polish, then you apply the top coat and lastly, you brush on 1 coat of the nail and cuticle oil.  We love this process because although it only takes about 10 minutes tops, it helps to create that leisurely, salon-like experience, without even having to leave the house!  And the fact that the polish comes with a stunning, rose-gold bottle top only adds to the whole luxury experience.    

As soon as the polish dries, the colour is absolutely popping.  And even after 10 days, it’s still sleek, shiny and free from any chips or scratches.  We are super impressed, to say the least.  This Colour Therapy polish seems to hold up even better than some of our old faves, PLUS it cares for our nails at the same time.  Got to love that double-duty!

With 14 gorgeous colours to choose from, there’s a Colour Therapy polish to suit every mood.  We personally love ‘Chai On Life’ (a warm, calming, taupe shade) for a classic everyday look.  If we’re heading out at night for an event, we like to use more vibrant colours like ‘Ohm My Magenta’ (a lustrous maroon shade) or ‘Ready to Glow’(a medium red tone).  

If you like the idea of an easy, salon-like experience at home that leaves you with healthy, strong, perfectly polished nails, then you’ve got to try this new Colour Therapy polish by Sally Hansen. You can pick yours up from Priceline, Terry White Chemists, Chemist Warehouse and other independent pharmacies all across Australia.

Trust us, you won't look back!  

 This post is sponsored by Sally Hansen but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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<![CDATA[BE UNSTOPPABLE (AND WIN!)]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/be-unstoppable-and-win http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/be-unstoppable-and-win Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Everyone has their own ‘unstoppable’ story.  And if it could help you win a pair of new shoes, why wouldn’t you want to share?  

Yep!  Thanks to Ziera’s new ‘Unstoppable’ campaign you could go in the draw to win a pair of gorgeous Ziera shoes and all you have to do is tell us about what being an unstoppable woman means to you. 

If you haven’t heard of it before, ‘Unstoppable’ is a campaign that aims to discover and celebrate the stories of Unstoppable women from across Australia and New Zealand.  Whether they’re successful in business, overcoming hardships, or just putting others before themselves and have an inspiring story – the Unstoppable campaign aims to promote empowerment and support of all women. 

When we first heard about this Ziera campaign, we just couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The whole idea just fits in so well with our SWIISH philosophy, which promotes the idea of women inspiring other women and encourages all of us to lead strong, empowered lives.  We knew this would be something you guys would love to get involved in!

In my life, being unstoppable means working hard and striving beyond what you thought possible, to achieve success.  But it also means failing… over and over again. Resilience is at the core of success.  Sure, it might be an emotional roller coaster but at the end of the day, you refuse to give up. 

My all-time favourite quote by Harrison Ford sums this up perfectly.  He says “I realised early on that success was tied to not giving up.  Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things.  If you simply didn’t give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.”  My sister, Maha, who co-founded SWIISH.com with me, has a very similar analogy, which is standing in a line to get into a nightclub… eventually people give up and leave, and your place place in the line keeps inching forward until you get in. A little different to Harrison’s but the message is the same!  Persist.  Stay on the course.  Don’t give up.

My ‘unstoppable story’ has to do with the creation of SWIISH.  I had only just finished my first surgery during my cancer treatment when I decided I wanted to do a blog that focused on living a luxe-for-less lifestyle.  I called Maha from hospital where I was recovering to tell her the idea and that’s when SWIISH was born.  But to get from there to where we are now, it was definitely no easy feat.  

There were many days in the beginning where we wondered what the hell we were doing. Working until 4am writing blog posts, taking photos with a dodgy old camera and learning about this Instagram thing that had just hit the market. Ha ha!  For anyone who has started a business, you will know what I mean.  There is no off button.  Many days, you’re the creative director, the receptionist, the accountant, the shopkeeper, the writer, the cleaner, the therapist and the CEO all in one.  It was crazy!  But at the end of the day, we believed in what we were doing and we refused to give up.  

Four years on, SWIISH is absolutely thriving.  Our growth has been beyond anything we ever dreamed.  All because we believed in the strength of being unstoppable when it comes to chasing your dreams.

Now… back to those free shoes.  Ha ha! Seriously though, we are so keen to hear your stories. We would love for you to share them, and when you do, you will also go in the draw to win an amazing pair of Ziera shoes. So simply answer this question in the comments section below:

“What does it mean to you to be an unstoppable woman?”

Remember to speak from the heart and be creative!  You might even like to share a little story about a time when you were unstoppable. 

In addition to this competition on SWIISH, Ziera will be holding an online competition, in which five unstoppable women will win $2,500, plus five pairs of shoes to continue their spectacular journey. And for those who take up the challenge to nominate their friends and family members, Ziera will place them in a draw to win 1 of 100 pairs of Ziera shoes.

Head to www.zierashoes.com/unstoppable to enter this competition or nominate a winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to post your nominees to Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #beunstoppable to let the world know who you are supporting.

PS. If you're wondering what shoes I'm wearing here, they are the Toni slides in silver. I love them!

This post is sponsored by Ziera Shoes but all thoughts and opinions including meal suggestions are our own.

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<![CDATA[COOKBOOKS WE LOVE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/cookbooks-we-love-2017 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/cookbooks-we-love-2017 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Over the last few years, we've seen a lot of fad diets hit the health food scene ... low fat, high fat, low carb, high carb, no sugar, the list goes on.  But, as our nutritionists keep on telling us, staying slim and healthy is much easier when you’re simply eating whole, nutrition-rich foods. Why?  Well, not only are diets totally unsustainable, but the word ‘diet' itself gives the idea that your healthy eating habit is going to come to an end at some point.  Eating 'whole', on the other hand, is a habit you can keep for life.

That's why we were so excited when we found out that Vladia Cobrdova was releasing a brand new recipe book called ‘A Whole New Way To Eat’, which is filled with deliciously nourishing recipes that you can create at home.

We first met Vladia a couple of years ago when we released Super Green Smoothies.  We met her when we did an in-store event at About Life (where she worked) demonstrating how to make smoothies from our book.  She is so warm and engaging and just such a lovely person.  Like us, she's also passionate about good, whole food and we could honestly chat with her for hours about our shared food philosophies.  As a qualified nutritionist, Vladia loves to educate and inspire others about the effects that good nutrition can have on one’s health and quality of life.  A Whole New Way to Eat' is a major stepping stone in this journey and we couldn't be more thrilled for her! 

The book is essentially a modern take on healthy eating for people who, like us, are way more interested in eating well than following the latest craze.  We especially love it because it promotes an attitude towards food that is just so in line with our own – “no more complexity just simplicity and goodness”.  There’s no worrying about grams of fat and sugar, just simple wholesome recipes that bring joy back into healthy eating.  How great is that? 

Not only are all the recipes seasonal and sustainable, but they're also perfect for impressing your guests.  There's one for just about every social occasion!  Some of our faves include the Umeboshi Black Bean Spaghetti Salad with Sesame Toasted Broccoli, the Greek Lemon Chicken with Farro and Wild Rocket and for dessert, the Giant Lamington with Raspberry Kakadu Jam.  All gluten free, diary free and absolutely delicious! 

You can pick up your copy of ‘A Whole New Way to Eat’ for only $39.99 in store at About Life, or you can also pick it up online (which we’re guessing is what most of you prefer!) right here at Booktopia.

With over 135 mouth-watering dishes, these are recipes your body will love from your taste buds all the way down to your gut.  We can’t wait to try them all!

 

 

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<![CDATA[GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF IT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/getting-to-the-bottom-of-it http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/getting-to-the-bottom-of-it Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This is a story about me and my underwear. Yep. Sorry if you were sipping on your morning coffee and not quite expecting that hahaha! Specifically, this is a story about the dangers of wearing the wrong underwear. You think I'm kidding? Well, maybe I am a bit, but the truth is, me and so many women I know have had the most awkward, embarrassing moments all because of their undies.

You know those stories, probably because you have one of your own. For one of my besties, it was when she wore a pair of waaaaay too tight granny knickers on a hot date and didn't realise that you could basically see them through the sheer fabric of her dress. Not only did they give her a gigantic wedgie - but the dress kept getting caught in the wedgie too! She was mortified particularly as she had to keep reaching around to pull the dress out. Eventually her date asked... "Is everything ok? You know? Back there?" We laugh about it now but only because we know better.

For me, it was my very first big job interview. I had graduated from university and was ready to take the next big step and launch my career. I'd done hours of research on one company in particular that I really wanted to work for, and after many months of being in touch with them (read: stalking), I finally landed an interview for my dream job. I had put a lot of thought into how I would answer all the possible questions they would ask, I knew exactly what their long term strategy and vision was, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And becuase I am a fashion gal at heart, I also had purchased a new suit, new bra and undies, and heels. Oh, ok, and a new bag too hahaha! 

The interview day rolled around and I travelled into the city for my big meeting. There was just one problem. The g-string I was wearing was clearly a cheap "lace" pair. The elastic was cutting into my hips and the "lace" was scratchy and sooooo uncomfortable. I wanted to change them but there was no time or I wouldn't make the interview. I began to sweat, and when I went in to the meeting room for the interview with the Director and the HR Manager, I began to lose focus. All I could think about was that elastic practically cutting off my circulation, then I worried that I wasn't listening to their questions (which I wasn't... given all I could think about was how uncomfortable I was) which then made me sweat even more... aaaand then I worried about them being able to see the sweat patches under my arms..... All because of a pair of undies. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.

So you see, underwear might be one of those things you take for granted, until you have one of these moments.

These days, I've outgrown uncomfortable. I've managed to find the most comfy undies I've ever owned. It probably won't come as a surprise that they are Bonds, given we all know and love Bonds for their excellent quality and fun fashion style. The new Comfytails range in particular is a hands down winner. Made from breatheable cotton, and in a range of fits (full brief, midi brief, hi-leg and bikini) it's easy to find the perfect pair just for you. Plus they come in a range of gorgeous prints as well as basics so you can have the best of both worlds. They're so budget-friendly too, with 3 pairs coming in at $33. Yes! Comfort, style and affordability - three of our favourite things!

You can check out the full range and get your hands on Bonds Comfytails on their website: https://www.bonds.com.au/comfytails

This post is sponsored by Bonds, however all thoughts and opinions are that of SWIISH.

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<![CDATA[ONE POT PASTA]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/one-pot-pasta http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/one-pot-pasta Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Three words that have scared me for quite a long time: One. Pot. Pasta. 

It goes against my Italian heritage*. Honestly it seems wrong. How can it be? One Pot Chicken - yeah sure. One Pot Lamb Ragu, yes also possible but one pot pasta ???? No. 

My whole life I’ve done pasta and the sauce totally separately. You need the sauce to simmer, to take time for the flavours to come out. That’s what my mum said. Yours too, I’ll bet. Yes? Well, maybe mama hasn't tasted this one pot pasta!

So I heard about this dish and have had it in the back of my mind for ages and then recently I figured what the hell, let’s just try it and see. 

The recipe is below, but in short, you put everything into the pot, cover it in water, bring it to the boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes and it’s done. 

How is it??? Delicious !!!!!!!!!! It’s actually very surprisingly delicious. 

A few key things i would suggest is that it is enhanced by having strong sauce ingredients like onions and basil and maybe chorizo. I don’t think it would be as yummy with just a plain sauce. 

Also, to be honest I think it tastes better the day you make it, as opposed to when you make pasta the traditional way and it gets better when you eat it later in the day or the next day, once it’s had more of a chance to soak up the flavours. In my opinion one pot pasta is the best on the day of making. 

What is fabulous about it though, is that you can use up lots of leftover vegetables - it is an amazing way to clear out the fridge!

When I shared this on Instagram I was flooded with people telling me that they would make it - then I was flooded with people reporting back that they had made it and loved it. The key point that seemed to come up over and over was how many people it fed and how cost effective it was.

So try it and let us know how you go.

*not actually true. I just wish i was italian hahaha! 

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<![CDATA[MASH 3 WAYS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-mash-3-ways http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-mash-3-ways Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Mashed potatoes are probably the longest running staple in the history of side dishes.  Us Aussies have been serving this simple dish up for decades!  And we’re by no means the only mash-loving nation.  

Yep, there’s just something about the comforting flavour and creamy texture of mash potatoes that we can’t fault.  Plus, they go with everything!  The only issue is they can sometimes be a bit boring, which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to impress your guests.  

So, we decided to amp up our mash game with some exciting new flavours.   Think ricotta cheese, sweet potato, bacon and garlic… our mouths are watering already!  For us, it’s all about keeping that classic, creamy texture but also adding something a little unique.

We love these mash recipes because they’re also super quick and easy.  You can make them in minutes any night of the week but at the same time, they’re fancy enough to serve up at a dinner party.  Just like a great dress, they’re perfect for every occasion!    

Give these recipes below a go and let us know what you think!  And if you like them, don’t forget to check out our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which has heeeeeaps more lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes. You can pick up now from our online store right here.

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<![CDATA[DETOX + ENERGISE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/detox-energise-1 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/detox-energise-1 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here at SWIISH, we’re big believers in the idea that even the smallest lifestyle change can make the biggest difference.  Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going to bed an hour earlier or drinking one super green smoothie every day – it all adds up!  Because although these little efforts don’t seem like much at the time, if you keep them up, there’s no denying the results.

This is the philosophy we wanted to keep in mind when we were designing our new SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder.  We know how important good nutrition is – but we also know that getting enough of the good stuff into your daily diet isn’t as easy as it’s cracked up to be.  That’s why we’ve specifically created this powder to be a delicious, fast and easy way to get all that goodness in one go.

With a mouth-watering blend of over 40 super powered ingredients, including those all-important green veggies, probiotics and superfoods, this powder is designed to keep you functioning at your peak.  With such a concentrated mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients, our SWIISH DELIISH powder helps to improve vitality, increase energy, boost immunity and aid digestion. So what does all that mean? One teaspoon helps you detox, de-bloat and get a massive shot of energy - naturally!   At the same time, it helps to alkalise and revitalise your entire body.   

We've been working on this powder for two years. If that sounds like a long time, it is. But we knew that we had to get it right. Not only did we need all the right ingredients in the right amounts to help boost health but also - almost as importantly, we wanted it to taste AMAZING. 

During the research stages of designing this powder, we discovered that one of the key reasons people give up on nutrition products is because they taste horrible.  This wasn’t surprising to us.  Most of the green powders we’ve tasted so far either need to be sweetened or  they're sickly sweet, or they just kinda taste like dirt and we need to hold our nose when we drink them. 

This is exactly the reason why our SWIISH DELIISH powder has been designed to be, well… DELIISH!  Giving it it's fresh and refreshing taste are the lime, herb and fruit extracts. What does it taste like? Pine-lime. Yep... yum! In fact, our favourite way to drink this powder is mixed straight in with water.  This is great because it also means we end up drinking more water throughout the day.  Your taste buds keep going back for another sip!

So we’ve already mentioned this powder has over 40 different ingredients but of course, it’s important to know what they are and why they’re so good for your health.  Below, we’ve put together the full list of ingredients in our SWIISH DELIISH powder, along with just a few of their primary benefits…

When we first did taste testings of our Super Green Superfood Powder at The Good Food and Wine Show, the feedback was resounding. We had produced a small batch to take to the show and everyone who tried it bought it on the spot. Which was great - but we sold out!  Everyone was genuinely impressed (and a little shocked) that a powder with so many greens and superfoods could taste so great!  We were so excited that everyone loved it as much as us! And now we have officially launched it, so that you guys can get your hands on some too.

Head to the SWIISH online store for more info and to try our SWIISH DELIISH Super Green Superfood Powder for yourself.  

 

 

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<![CDATA[JOIN OUR SWIISH TEAM]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-our-swiish-team http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/join-our-swiish-team Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

It's been a mammoth 4 years since we started SWIISH.com. First came the blog in 2012, and a couple of years later, we launched our online store. Full of goodies we absolutely love, it's a monthly edit of luxe for less buys we (and you) can't live without.

We've written cookbooks (two of them, with another on the way!), developed new products (helloooo Super Green Superfood Powder and the just released frozen Super Green Smoothies range at Coles & Woollies) and have grown our community reach through our charitable initiative Wish By SWIISH, which grants wishes to women suffering from serious illnesses. We have so much more planned for 2017 and beyond that we cannot wait to share with you all.

But here's the thing - to achieve all of this and to continue to create an online destination that we are insanely proud of - it takes an AMAZING team. A team who share the same passion and the same vision - that you truly can have a fabulous life at an affordable price. At the end of the day, we want women to feel good from the inside out and to do so in a way that doesn't cost the earth.

And now our team is growing (YAY!). We have a number of roles available - some full time, some part time, and some internships.

Regardless of which of these roles it is, a few things are critical to us. Passion. Commitment. A willingness to go above and beyond the role to get the job done. A flexible can-do attitude where no job is too big or too small. Teamwork. Fun! A love for our readers and our customers - they are, after all, our community who we love to engage with every single day. Excellent communication skills, particularly spelling and grammar. The ability to think ahead, to juggle conflicting priorities and keep a calm demeanour (we aren't saving lives here, it's all going to be ok!). A clear and organised mindset.

We have a strong company culture that is grounded in teamwork.  We pride ourselves on delivering engaging content, exceptional service and quality products to our customers.

We offer generous staff discounts, but even more importantly, we are big believers in supporting and celebrating our team members as much as we can outside of work - whether that's when one team member moved home, another's little one started school, and another finished uni - all of these milestones are just as important to us, and we want nothing more than to recognise and celebrate them with our team. We have regular team celebrations throughout the year (and many an impromptu donut delivery to the office!) because having fun is important to us. 

We also have created an environment where autonomy is encouraged. We don't micro-manage, we don't clockwatch. We care about the job getting done and we are happy to be flexible wherever we can with hours, or leave etc because we know that life is about life as much as it is about work.  At the end of the day, we offer the opportunity for you to learn and build your skills in a growing, creative, dynamic, flexible, supportive business.

This role is at the core of our team as it works across the entire business.

You will be responsible for:

  • Blog post creation, including writing content and sourcing imagery
  • Pitching fashion, health, home and beauty related story ideas that will appeal to the SWIISH reader
  • Assisting with writing social media copy
  • Scheduling of website content
  • Managing the efficient running of the office
  • Acting as 'Community Manager' – monitoring and replying to email correspondence, following up on any queries
  • Filing of receipts, credit notes, invoices and important documents
  • Scanning and filing
  • Managing the Director's diaries, bookings and appointments
  • Ensuring the office is kept in a neat and orderly fashion
  • Keeping manuals and other documents / templates up to date
  • Working with the Directors on launches and events
  • Liaising with PR agencies and industry contacts
  • Assisting with online store dispatch when necessary
  • General office errands – your flexible attitude means that no job is too big or too small

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Previous writing experience, particularly in the areas of fashion, beauty, health or general lifestyle
  • Organisational skills that are second to none – you run a to-do list with military precision… nothing slips through the cracks. You need to be able to plan ahead and adjust your workday accordingly during peak times
  • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to edit documents, and use correct spelling and grammar (you definitely know the difference between 'your' and 'you're'; and 'there', 'their' and 'they're')
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment, to multi-task, manage conflicting priorities and work well under pressure
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative and think ahead
  • Strong competence in Word and Excel. Experience using a Mac would be preferred
  • Strong passion for health, beauty, fashion and lifestyle and a mild addiction to social media – what's hot, what's trending and what's not
  • A flexible, can-do attitude (no job is too big or too small)
  • To enjoy being part of a small, tight-knit, hardworking and fun team culture

We are looking for an online store superstar. An all-rounder who has worked in retail previously, and is happy to pack and dispatch orders, talk to customers over the phone and over email, but ideally - and most importantly - someone who can bring experience in or knowledge of the set up / logistics side of online fulfilment. That might be best practice knowledge of setting up a dispatch centre, or of managing retail POS systems (or both!).

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Effectively organising customer orders
  • Quality control of stock
  • Packing and processing orders for dispatch
  • Liaising with postal and courier services
  • Direct contact with customers to provide assistance regarding orders
  • Entering new products and product descriptions into the online store system
  • Liaising with suppliers as required
  • Managing regular stocktake of inventory
  • Online store administration including ensuring sufficient supply of dispatch materials
  • Ensuring stock is organised and replenished as needed
  • Ability to project manage implementation of new processes, future moves to larger premises including warehouse set-up and logistics etc.

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Previous experience in a retail environment, preferably online
  • Strong organisational skills including time management and multi-tasking
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • The ability to demonstrate initiative and think ahead
  • A flexible, can-do attitude (no job is too big or too small)
  • Experience working with Shopify online retail programs is highly regarded
  • To enjoy being part of a small, tight-knit, hardworking and fun team culture

In this role, you will be responsible for photographing and videoing SWIISH content, across all aspects of lifestyle which includes fashion, homewares, food, flatlay, products, SWIISH events and more. As part of this, you would also assist to scout locations, and ultimately take ownership of your role to ensure that final copy is ready for publication.

We require a commitment of at least 1 day per week, with a view to this potentially increasing over time to 2 days per week. You would be based here with us at SWIISH.com HQ in Bondi Junction and we also shoot around Sydney (usually Eastern suburbs). We are flexible as to which days you are available.

Experience in street style fashion photography is essential. A can-do attitude, attention to detail, enthusiasm and ownership of your role are critical.

An internship is an amazing way to gain meaningful training and experience and obtain real insight into the world of blogging and business. Every member of our SWIISH team completed an internship with us, before they were hired.  

As a Graphic Design Intern, you would learn and assist with:

  • Upload and layout of website and online store content
  • Social Media content
  • Web design
  • Administrative tasks and ad-hoc duties
  • Working on special SWIISH projects    

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Experience in both Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Lightroom would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Accuracy with spelling and grammar

The internship would commence as soon as possible and run for 6 months. We require 2 days per week to be spent at the SWIISH office (ideally Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

An interest in fashion and beauty is favourable but not essential.

You would assist with:

* administrative tasks across the SWIISH office, blog and online store

* working on special SWIISH projects

* attending and assisting at photo shoots where required

* ad-hoc duties

* attending events

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Strong interest in fashion and lifestyle
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Minimum 6 month internship, 2 days a week in the SWIISH office

You must be available 2 days a week for a 6 month period commencing as soon as possible.

 

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<![CDATA[SKILLET BAKED EGGS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-skillet-baked-eggs http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/swiish-kitchen-skillet-baked-eggs Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

If you’ve never had baked eggs before, you’ve seriously been missing out.  This gourmet brekkie option is delicious, comforting and oh-so-satisfying at the same time.  Plus, it’s the perfect way to make eggs interesting without adding carbs.  

Our ‘Skillet Baked Eggs’ is a super healthy recipe that the whole household will love.  With soft baby spinach, crispy pancetta and a hint of spice, this dish is a mouth-watering medley of textures and flavours.  And, like all of our recipes in The Good Life, it can be made with minimal effort.  No fancy cooking skills required!    

This dish is so tasty, we often forget that it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, paleo and packed with essential nutrients.  Luckily, the kids do too.  Ha ha!  

Coming in at under 350 calories per serve, our baked eggs can be enjoyed 100% guilt-free.  If you’re after a full tummy, a happy heart and a slender waistline – this dish is your new go-to!

Oh and if you like this one, you'll find heeeeeaps more lean, healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes in our cookbook, THE GOOD LIFE, which you can pick up now from our online store right here.

Posted in: Health & Fitness, Homepage

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