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Archive for January, 2013

Coloured Wedding Dresses – Ruffles & Bows & All Things Gorgeous

Hello lovelies! So sorry it’s been a while since I posted last, but I’m serving up a beautiful blog post of massive proportions! I’ve been out of the wedding scene for a while – only went to one last year and one this year (so far), but both brides wore the most gorgeous dresses, and therefore I was inspired to post about – you guessed it – dresses.

But not just dresses, but beautiful coloured wedding dresses that grab the eye, make the heart race faster, make the ladies go ‘ah’ and the guys go ‘oh!’…there’s something about taking the traditional white dress and throwing a tint of sorts to make it stand out from the crowd. I’m not suggesting go bold in your colour, but as if you’d dunked it in mint tea or lavender petals and given a character-filled aspect to it. Anyway, enjoy the post, I certainly do!

xxx

Champagne Ruffles

Champagne Ruffles| source One Fab Day

Sky Blue Petticoat

Sky Blue Petticoat | source Bridal Musings

Pale Grey Feathers

Pale Grey Feathers | source One Fab Day

Pink Pastel Rose Satin

Pink Pastel Rose Satin | source Wedding Inspirasi

Latte Tulle

Latte Tulle | source Wedding Bells – Vera Wang

Pale Pink & Yellow

Pale Pink & Yellow | source Wedding Inspirasi by Alena Goretskaya

Mint Green Ruffles & Bow

Mint Green Ruffles & Bow | source Vera Wang

Coffee & Gold Shimmer & Ruffles

Coffee & Gold Shimmer & Ruffles | source Best Clothing Gallery Vera Wang

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Gorgeous Leather Jewellery | Flirty Friday!

Hi everyone, I hope your week back at work has been good, productive and not that long! I”m super happy that it’s Friday and also that the weather has cooled from 33 degrees to 25 degrees – much more manageable. Well I’ve decided to post on something a little different today: leather jewellery! No long the realm of hippies and bohos, leather jewellery is designer, custom, stylish and colourful (with a bit of cute boho on the side 🙂 From chains to cuffs, earrings to RINGS, you name it – leather is the new ‘it’ in accessories…

I hope you enjoy! Please leave any comments about where you’ve bought great jewellery items like these so we can all share in the goodness. Have a super Friday and I hope your weekend is fab. xx

Rainbow Earrings

Rainbow Earrings | source Design Love Fest

Leather String & Black Jewel Drop Necklace

Leather String & Black Jewel Drop Necklace | source IndieMode

Leather & Gold Cuff

Leather & Gold Cuff | source Reiss

Gold & Black Leather Earrings

Gold & Black Leather Rose Earrings | source Bottica

MultiColoured Drop Leather Earrings

MultiColoured Drop Leather Earrings | source Etsy

and then some fun DIY because that’s how I roll! A homemade leather cuff bracelet:

How to Make a Leather Cuff Bracelet

How to Make a Leather Cuff Bracelet | source Femour

Destress Your Stress | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing guest blogger* Sara Coppola, a creative content writer who works in the clothing industry, such as Miinto in the UK.  Her post today focuses on how to eradicate stress in your life, with a focus on sleep, good health and exercise. As it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all trying to eradicate a few Festive Season bulges as well as learn how to be happy and healthy, it’s the perfect way to get you smiling. Enjoy!

Avoiding stress is a self-teaching attitude that can greatly improve our lifestyle. Life can be much better by just caring more about one own self and dedicate time to our bodies and mental needs.

With increasingly busier lives: work, house, kids, husbands, family, friends (and the list could go on and on) most of us find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed, a lethal combination that seems to negatively affect our mental and physical health! How to manage and overcome all this? I think in life, are the small things that make the difference and help us feeling better. Regardless of all the responsibilities we are put or we put ourselves in charge of, it is very important to love ourselves and make sure to give time and to take care of our own person.

Here are my personal suggestions to tackle daily stress; they are small footsteps that usually help me through the most intense and stressful weeks. Taking care of one own self helps feeling better and more rested resulting in a better mood and more energy.

Relax, Everything is Interconnected

Relax | source Robert Sawkins

Manage your Time

Unfortunately there are only a certain number of hours in a day, and most of the time it is not possible to accomplish everything. Balancing work and private life is probably one of the hardest things to do, but remember to take some time for yourself, to rest and enjoy life. If you can´t manage to rest during the week, make sure to leave space for some relax during the weekend, do not stuff up your agenda with social events; rediscover the pleasure of spending in bed an entire Sunday or just chilling around the house. Make room for something that is just for yourself!

Be Free in Yourself

Be Free in Yourself | source here

1.       You NEED to Sleep

A regular sleeping pattern is what regenerates hour energy level. Contrary to believes, if you don´t sleep for a week, your body will not “make up” for it if the next night you sleep more; in a way, the body does not “storage” sleep. You need to get a good 7-8 hour sleep every night!

Sleeping helps concentration and therefore outputs; it has a big impact on our mood and gives us energy to be happier and accomplish more things.

2.       Sleeping Environment

To achieve a better sleeping pattern, it is also of outmost importance to ditch all non-bedroom related things. Sleeping with your phone next to you or watching movies in bed keeps your body in “alert” mood, preventing from good sleep and real rest. Make sure your bedroom is solely the place where you sleep and not an extension of your living room or office. Lights and noise unconsciously awake your brain.

Peaceful Sleep

Peaceful Sleep | source here

3.       Exercises

Even small exercise can do you a great good. To stay healthy you don’t need to work out 7 days a week and become a ‘gym-aholic’. If you are more of a lethargic type (then I´ll feel in good company), easy things like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, biking to work, getting off one metro stop before yours and just walking the remaining distance, can help you keep fit and feeling more energetic!

4.       Healthy Eating

Apparently exercising regularly contributes to your body health only for a 30 per cent. The remaining 70 per cent of effort lies in what you eat! So it would not make much sense to be a hard core gym-aholic if then you stuff yourself with chocolate and fried juicy food! A good diet is what matter most of all; I do not mean starvation or bird-size dishes, but simply remember to eat a bit of everything, natural non-process food and in “normal” dish-size. Most of all, if you are full, STOP eating! And if you are stressed, do not indulge, go take a walk, it would help you more than you can imagine!

Trail Run Your Heart Out

Trail Run Your Heart Out | source Mountain Girl Fitness

5.       Sun & Vitamins

Exposition to sun is very important for the human body. With the winter season at the doors and less daylight available, it is important to assume the right intake of Vitamin D that we would usually get from the sun. Vitamin D can be found in pills, but also in some types of food such as eggs, milk, grapes ‘skin, many type of fish (sword fish, tuna, smoked salmon), cereals, orange juice and many other

6.       Smile

Feeling tired and stressed has a huge impact on hour daily life and mood. The worse thing is that it triggers a negative chain of negativity and unhealthy feeling. Luckily, just smiling during our day and trying to have positive thoughts can greatly impact all this. Constructive optimistic thoughts can go a long way by themselves; in the end, one´s self-influence is the most powerful weapon we have on our own well-being.

Smile girl

Smile girl | source here

About the Author

Sara Coppola is a creative content writer within the fashion clothing industry and is now launching herself into freelance writing. When not writing Sara loves to travel, take pictures and keep up with the latest fashion trends.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.

Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Pistachio Yoghurt | Recipe Yum

As we start the year, many of us will have ‘lose 5 kgs’, ‘get fit’, ‘tone up!’ or something similar at the top of our resolution lists. Well to kick it off in a fun way, I found a stunning (and easy) recipe for a yummy yet healthy dessert on the Pick’nPay recipe website.

Impress your friends with this yummy dish 🙂 Have a happy & healthy day…

ROASTED NECTARINES WITH VANILLA PISTACHIO YOGHURT

Roasted Nectarines with Vanilla Pistachio Yoghurt

Main Ingredients

  • 6 nectarines, halved and pitted
  • 100 ml juice and grated peel of orange
  • 80 ml agave nectar, plus extra for drizzling
  • 50 grams pistachio nuts, shelled and roughly chopped
  • 250 ml low fat vanilla yoghurt

Method

  • Preheat oven to 200ºC.
  • Toss nectarines with orange juice and place cut-side up in a roasting tray.
  • Sprinkle with grated orange peel and drizzle with agave nectar.
  • Roast for 12-15 minutes or until heated through and caramelised.
  • Scatter with pistachio nuts, dollop with yoghurt, drizzle with extra agave nectar and serve.


More good ideas:

  • Swap nectarines with apple or pear wedges.
  • Add a generous handful of berries for the last 5-8 minutes of baking.
  • Agave nectar can be found in the health section at PnP. If it isn’t available use honey, though the GI won’t be as low.
  • Want more yummy and easy to make meal ideas? Check out Pick’n Pay Featured Recipes

Happy New Year! It’s 2013…

Hello everyone! I’ve just got back from holiday – and what a vacation it was – and am now only discovering this thing called ‘a computer!’ how brilliant to have 2 and a half weeks off from all technology, really refreshing 🙂

But in the meantime, wishing you all a very happy new year; may 2013 be the year your dreams are realised, your passions grow and your life sees amazing change for the better! My husband and I are starting with what we’ve termed a ‘relaunch’ – a full health & fitness overhaul to get us in shape and happy for 2013. With that, and a whole bunch of other big ‘life changes’ on the cards, I’m certainly looking forward to the year! Wishing you a successful, happy and prosperous 2013!

Happy New Year!