Fresh Feb means a fresh new look for your home!
Today we talk an easy breezy home refresh using the décor trends set to be hot in 2014, from Swedish interior stylists Alvhem Makleri.
From vibrant indigo shades to egg shells and teals, blue accents are a must for 2014. Introduce the trend at your place through a rug, a cushion or a funky ornament.
Adding a few pops of an accent colour to a room will instantly harmonise the space. In this dining room, a stunning blue rug and robin’s egg fridge makes a mark on a monochrome background.
An appreciation for the beauty of nature remains right in style, with new botanicals in the form of leaves, vines, and a variety of forest creatures taking the place of last season’s floral blooms.
Botanicals make for excellent wallpaper accents for a feature wall or for adorning the entire room, bringing a soothing, calming presence to the space. Other ways to embrace the trend include prints on soft furnishings, lampshades or framed artworks.
Tribal, eclectic influences from across the world meet to provide a rich and eclectic cultural tapestry for design inspiration that is introduced in subtle, attentive ways to the modern space.
The trend allows for experimentation in the form of mismatched furnishings, Aztec inspired prints, layered rugs and plenty of natural fibres.
A big look on the latest fashion runways, monochrome can be translated into the home in a chic and stylish way that really packs a punch! Build the space in a rainbow of tones – blacks, greys, whites and neutrals in various prints, textures and heights.
Monochrome tones work particularly well in the bedroom for a totally laidback, dreamtime feel.
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Are your new year’s resolutions starting to feel like a distant memory? It’s never too late to kick-start your health and start feeling fresh and cleansed. Amp up the nutrients in your diet and you’ll soon feel your energy pick up, your mood improve, stress decrease and anxiety fade away.
“Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet helps to balance hormones and improve immunity” says Cassie Mendoza-Jones, naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist and founder of Elevate Vitality, a boutique naturopathic clinic in the heart of Bondi Beach, Sydney.
SUPERFOODS FOR SUPER HEALTH
Cassie lives for healing power of nature (and a good dark chocolate). She recommends introducing a few nutrient rich ‘super foods’ in to your diet. Here’s the scoop on some of her favorites:
Coconut boosts the immune system, it’s anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-viral, and antibacterial. It can improve digestion, stabilise blood sugar levels, and increase your energy and metabolism.
Cacao is incredibly high in antioxidants and magnesium, and also contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium and zinc. It’s known for boosting energy and mental alertness, alleviating soreness (perfect post-gym) and sending your mood soaring.
Turmeric is an awesome spice for liver detoxification. It’s super high in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and protects the liver. It also improves digestion and can lower cholesterol levels. Amazingly, turmeric has been found to possess preventative effects against skin, stomach, colon, prostate, breast and oral cancer in mice.
Maca powder is an incredible herb when it comes to balancing hormones. It stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamaus and pituitary glands – the “master” glands that regulate and balance your hormonal and adrenal functions. This herb is classed as an “adaptogen”, meaning it raises the body’s resistance to stress of any kind.
Seaweed – e.g. nori in sushi, or wakame in miso soup – prevents the absorption of and increases the excretion of toxins. Plus it’s delicious, cleansing and high in nutrients like protein, iodine, calcium and B vitamins.
Vegetables from the Brassica family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage, are incredibly detoxifying. They are high in fibre, and also help to excrete excess hormones from the body
The original superfood, eggs are nutrient powerhouses that support healthy cholesterol and sex hormone production. It’s perfectly acceptable to eat 1-2 organic, free-range eggs a day. Not only are they versatile, but they’re also digested really well.
Himalayan pink salt
Rich with 84 minerals, this salt is wonderful for boosting energy, supporting the adrenal glands and improving mineral consumption. Use it in your everyday cooking, and you can even add a pinch to your water bottle before heading out to the gym. The mineral-rich salt will keep your cells replenished even while you’re sweating it out to Beyoncé.
It may be little, but garlic is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It improves heart health, reduces cholesterol, blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. It also protects the liver, and has antimicrobial and immune-enhancing properties
SUPERFOOD MEAL PLAN
Follow Cassie’s easy and delicious meal plan below, and you’ll soon the benefits of making the super food change and wonder what took you so long to start!
For more healing and cleansing meal plans tailored specifically to your dietary needs, visit Cassie at elivatevitality.com.au, and make that change today!
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‘F45’ is short for Functional 45 Minute Training. Luke develops all training programs across the group, based on tried and true functional movement patterns tested on celebrity and corporate clients, including Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman!
Luke is passionate about building strong, lean, well-functioning bodies, optimizing his clients’ individual range of movement, strength, speed, power, agility, and perhaps most importantly, health and happiness.
“Back in the early childhood days for myself, getting fit essentially meant going for a run around the park for an hour or so until you got bored with it or until the local dogs chased you away!” says Luke.
“But with so many new and great options available to us all, the excuses for not having fun and also getting fit are pretty thin. Here’s a few of my favourite activities I tell my friends and clients to try.”
Indoor Rock climbing
You’ll love it if you’re: Time poor and love being in the great outdoors on the weekends.
You’ll hate it if you’re: Afraid of heights, or have trust issues.
Your body will love you for it because: It’s a great workout, and your upper body especially gets worked hard. The stronger you become, the more defined your arms will be.
What you’ll need to get motivated: A trusty rock climbing buddy to guide you from below, and remind you of how easy it looks from where they are!
Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP)
You’ll love it if you’re: A lover of the ocean.
You’ll hate it if you’ve: Ever watched Jaws as a kid!
Your body will love you for it because: This is a great workout for your midsection, upper body and most importantly, your mental state. With both your balance and power being tested at all times, and gliding along the open waters, this workout can be as peaceful as a meditation session, or as intense as open water racing.
What you’ll need to get motivated: A bit of early morning sunshine, but failing that, a dorsal fin behind you!
Activity: Kickboxing / MMA training
You’ll love it if you’ve: Ever had an older brother. Or have a horrible ex-boyfriend/ girlfriend who you would secretly love to show what you really thought of them!
You’ll hate it if you’re: Afraid to break a nail.
Your body will love you for it because: It’s a great stress relief. Being in your physical mind and hitting the pads or bags at 110 percent is a fantastic and empowering feeling.
What you’ll need to get motivated: A tough day at the office or some repressed memories of your childhood nemesis. It’s also great to have a buddy who is of the same physical strength and fitness that you are to practice with.
Activity: F45 Training
You’ll love it if you’re: Overweight or super fit, shy or extroverted, uncoordinated or coordinated… there’s something for everyone!
You’ll hate it if you’re: Afraid of a good time with other people.
Your body will love you for it because: With innovative programs incorporating everything from athletic training, strength training, cardio training, super metabolic circuit training, running clubs and plenty more, we are creating a culture of lean, fit mobile bodies ready to tackle the world head on and come out smiling with some new friends.
What you’ll need to get motivated: Just one session to experience the magic it’s been creating!
Luke is so confident you’ll love F45, that he is offering anyone who mentions this article a week’s free trial at any of the F45 studios! For more information or to find a gym near you, visit Luke and the team at www.f45training.com.au
Some of the brandsExclusive team has already taken advantage of the offer, heading down to Luke’s gym in Paddington,Sydney, to try our hand at a great to way to get fit!
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Welcome to brandsExclusive’s very special FRESH FEB sale, because it’s never too late to start something new!
Shop across our specially curated, New You, New Home and New Hobby categories and get back on track with those resolutions after the silly season, pursue that passion you’ve always wanted to, refresh your home space or simply treat yourself to something special.
Be sure to check back to the blog this week as we bring you tips, tricks and special advice from nutritionist and natropath Cassie Mendoza-Jones and Personal Trainer Luke Istomin, for freshening up both inside and out!
Spring is well and truly upon us and you know what that means…Spring Racing Carnival time!
Get excited because we have some complete fashion forward looks that you can put together to get your ideal look for a big day at the races.
Here are some of my favorite looks…
This race season is all about classic styles in bright, bold colour’s with your very own modern take. The best way to add your modern take is to accessorise.
Race day fashions are not just about the ladies, gentlemen you too are required to lift your game in fashions stakes. They races are definitely an opportunity to get a little creative, but if in doubt a classic slim cut suit paired with a icy blue shirt (blue is huge this year), a black printed tie with a matching handkerchief and some nicely polished shoes.
Take a punt on white like Avril, as it never fails to turn heads for all of the right reasons. This Unspoken dress exudes effortless sophistication, the classic shape of the boat neckline and cap sleeve has been given a touch of modern with this cheeky double length hemline.
The two most important rules to look your best is to dress for your body shape and do not wear too much make up so you can make the most of your day and not have to worry about visit to the bathroom to re apply.
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Until next week! Have a lovely week!
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