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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Saturday's smoothie

Healthy juice ideas

Life has been super busy recently, so when a Saturday with nothing in the diary other than a training session arrives I take full advantage of doing very little. I enjoy pottering around the house. Doing little jobs that I don't get time to do during the week, arts and crafts with Scarlett and generally anything that times my fancy. I love my juice drinks and during the week pop to a fab local fruit and veg shop that also have an amazing juice & smoothie menu. I do like to create my own though, but Monday to Friday it is more effort than it's worth. It does create a bit of a mess, so you do need a little of time. Scarlett adores putting the fruit down the shoot, so it seemed like a great mother & daughter Saturday afternoon plan. Plus it's super healthy!

I picked a true melange of fruits and veg. I am sure that many of you juicing experts out there will be saying NO that doesn't go with that! But, I don't care. I just picked a mix of some of my favourite fruits and added  some super foods and threw it all in to see what the outcome was.

My sous chef

My ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Blueberries (super food)
  • Apples
  • Kale (super food)
  • Tea spoon of Coconut oil (super food)

There has been a lot of hype in the media about the benefits of coconut oil. It is now regarded as one of the new Super Food . Just a few of the benefits it claims to have (cos there are literally hundreds!) are:

  • It aids weight loss
  • Help Glucose intolerance, i.e helps control type 2 Diabetes 
  • Can be used as an intensive moisturiser 
  • Can help prevent sweet cravings
  • Boosts immune system

It can be a little messy, just some of the remnants ewwww!

The end result

OK, aesthetically it isn't the most pleasing (under statement!) although believe me or not, it was actually quite tasty. I threw a few ice cubes in to cool it down. The only problem was that I had to either drink it quickly or keep stirring it as in separated quite quickly.

Anyway I am full to the brim with Super Food goodness and even my top little helper has had a taste!

Friday, 20 February 2015


Copenhagen has to be one of my favourite cities. It is a large city, but it manages to keep a rare calmness and tranquillity. It also stands out how clean it is,  you don't feel dirty and full of pollutants as you do in many capitals. I have just spent the past 4 days in Denmark. It is the first time that I have been in 8 years, so I was actually quite excited to rekindle my relationship with the Danish capital. My trips vary in how much actual time I get to spend there, but I had a bit of free time to walk the streets and soak up the wonderful Danish atmosphere that I have missed.

I stayed at the buzzing Nyhavn which is a cluster of former shipping buildings which are now fantastic restaurants, buzzing bars and trendy cafes. Nyhavn translates to "New Harbour" is a 17th century waterfront which still houses some amazing boats and ships. It is also the former home of the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. Unfortunately it is not the best season to visit Hyhavn as it is icy cold and the long line of outdoor seating doesn't look quite as appealing. They do offer outdoor heaters and blankets, but I wasn't convinced. The bars and cafes are dimly lit by candlelight and there is a super cosy atmosphere everywhere you go. On a summer's evening you can't move in this busy drinking spot for tourists and Danes making the most of the local beer and sunshine.

It's not just the country that I love it's the people. I guess it's like anywhere, it's the people who make it. This advert for Carlsberg tickled me when I landed. "Welcome to the world's happiest nation". It is true that the Danes have been voted the world's happiest nation. I guess that there must be something making them so happy:-)

Denmark is super expensive, but they have the salary to match, although it's not great for those visiting. It has one of the worlds lowest un-employment. They pay high tax, but have a real social responsibility for their patriots. They live good lives, but are not consumed by wealth and belongings. I guess this is why they are so content.

Winter isn't the best season to see how stylish they can be, opting more the quilted coat in an attempt to keep warm. However, as soon as the sun sheds a glimmer of sunshine this beautiful nation dress to impress. The girls are stunning and the boys handsome. Copenhagen has some amazing shops. Cute little boutiques hidden off the main drag, but also fab department stores such as ILLUM, you can browse for hours at the beautiful handbags and designer clothes. Danish girls are not afraid to show off their bods and to be fair the majority of them are a sight for sore eyes.

I can't wait go head back to this city, but next time hopefully I won't be working and will have more time and I will definitely wait for the sun to come out.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Let's talk accessories

It is still cold outside that's for sure, but there are some glimmers of Spring not being too far away. The mornings aren't quite as dark and driving home from work has a small hint of day light.
These pre Spring accessories are the ideal for the in between seasons.
Retro black & grey hat

I do love a good hat, but can never decide if they suite me or not. I have quite a varied collection but I have to admit, I often chicken out and decide against it. However, I do like this retro inspired black and grey hat. It has a real twenties vibe to it, makes me want to get out my flapper dress and start doing the Charleston. 
Sunflower purse

How stunning are these bright, bold colours? I adore the large daisy print. This clutch/purse gives you a real spring feel. it's fresh and light and adorable.
Orange bucket bag 

Are you picking up on a theme? BIG, BOLD AND BRIGHT. We're tired of the grey sky and the dark mornings, Spring is all about colour. This orange bag has to be my ultimate favourite. It's not called a bucket bag for nothing, it can hold everything including the kitchen sink! I love big bags, you can just throw anything in. This amazing colour will add sunshine to any outfit.
Paris print clutch bag

Bonjour! This retro inspired clutch bag is just so cute. I am loving the kitchness of the Paris print. It's so kitch it's cool.
Black & white flower print scarf

Finally, this black, white and yellow scarf with big, bold daisy print is delicate yet a statement piece. It could cheer up any outfit.

I hope you like my new accessories, I'd love to know your thoughts and any ideas for new styles you are looking for, I'm ALWAYS on the look out for new and interesting pieces. 
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