Friday, April 18, 2014

Pastels, sorbets, mutes, neutrals

For the last few months I've been happily navigating my wardrobe of black, white and denim, confident that I was well set up for the change in seasons and the eventual progress into winter. Fashion weeks came and went and I remained impervious to the soft colours ruling the runways. Soft pink cocoon coats? I'll take my black biker jacket thanks. Lilac shirts proved no match for my white muscle tanks.
Then, all of a sudden, BAM! Seemingly out of nowhere, I find myself searching for pinks, greys, mints and lilacs. It's fashion by osmosis. I've morphed from a SOHO-dwelling Alexander Wang-wearing aspirant to having WASP-ish, Hamptons-esque daydreams. What's happening to me?
I'm going to tread as softly as these colours in an effort to try and avoid my legendary printed pants binge of 2013. I'm also going to try and stick to the budget end of the spectrum where a $50 hammered satin shirt won't be such a loss when I invariably go back to my black/white palette in six months' time.
Mint jacket; grey skirt; grey pants; pink shirt

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Balance Classics - Mixed lollies for the feet


Check out these cuties! They mount a pretty strong argument in favour of sneakers as an alternative to other popular casual footwear such as ballet flats and loafers.

Imagine, no more slippery leather soles, aching arches, pinched knuckles and rubs on the back of your ankles, all with the added advantage of being able to put in a quick sprint to make that pedestrian signal.

Done deal.

All from New Balance

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On a Mexican trip


Mexican food is the best, don't you think? Ever since my trip to Mexico almost three years ago, it's become a staple in my household. It's a great option for gluten free eating and is also a varied and tasty paleo option, if you're into that kind of thing.

My food photography leaves a lot to be desired but this post isn't about pretty, overly styled dishes, it's about healthful food that's fresh, nutritious and easy to prepare. 

In these photos are two meals I made on separate nights from a batch of chili made with lean beef mince. At less than 5% fat! it's a flexible base for what ended up being soft tacos one night and Mexican rice bowls the next. 

Here's a breakdown of my essential layers for these super meals.

Chili

Use beef, pork or turkey - just make sure it's lean (unless you don't care about that). All are great sources of protein and easy to cook.

Red kidney beans are a great source of fibre, more protein and low GI.

Cook with some red onion, olive oil, ground coriander, garlic powder, paprika and cayenne, or you can use a Mexican spice packet low on preservatives. 

Salsa

Tomatoes, capsicum, grilled corn, avocado and coriander (cilantro) are the staples. In the picture above I also added finely sliced radishes because I had them on hand; I've also been known to add cucumber sometimes. Dress with olive oil, some Tabasco and fresh lime or lemon.

Basically, your aim here is to have a decent raw component with a lot of crunch and freshness. The nutritional value of this layer goes without saying.

Guacamole

In some corners of the internet, this is a controversial topic. Even though avocados are super nutritious and delicious, they are fatty and I try to limit myself to one per meal (serving two). So I put half in the salsa and make my guacamole by mashing the other half with a couple tablespoons of non fat Greek yoghurt plus sea salt, coriander and some lime or lemon juice. The purists would be outraged!

This is my favourite layer because it adds a fresh creaminess to complement the sharpness of the salad.

Rice bowls

For the rice bowls, I layer the components above on a mix of plain boiled or steamed brown and black rice, two whole grains packed with antioxidants.

Eating it is the best bit: you dig your fork deep in the bowl and pull the rice through the salsa and guacamole for a complete little mouthful. Yum!




Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Feeling a little Violent (Soho)


Are you in need of something new to listen to? Fancy some rockin' tunes? Here's an amazing song from an amazing band doing amazing things all over Australia right now. Violent Soho are playing the kind of music that just makes you want to wish stratospheric success on them so everyone in the world can know who they are and share their great talent.

The TV lies;
It makes me anxious.
I want a dictator,
Saramona said.

Let's free desire;
Be unconnected.
I wanna pop this pill,
'Cause I'm a free man.

Lets start a fire,
It's like a big freight train.
Lets start a fire.
We are defeated.

Violent Soho, 'Saramona Said', Hungry Ghost 2013

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Thinking about: Printed workout pants


If you're a regular reader of this blog, it's likely no surprise to you that I have a drawer full of black workout pants. They're in all shapes and lengths, from a variety of my favourite fitness brands (I have a few) and they're all black. 

But have you noticed how, lately, printed workout pants are becoming a 'thing'? I first saw some supercool Nikes late last year and resisted - in other words, chickened out - instead buying a pair of black on black animal print (you can only see it from certain angles) compression tights from Under Armor. 

As you can see from the image above, Nike are absolutely killing this part of the market and have the greatest choice of patterns and colours. One of my new favourite fitness brands, The Upside, also makes some sweet prints - they have a full length leopard print version I didn't include here because I want to keep this real and am pretty certain that's not something I can comfortably rock at the gym.

Top left to right: Nike TwistyThe North Face TadasanaNike LegendReebok ONE Series

Bottom left to right: Nike Pro CoreThe Upside PranaThe Upside NYCNike Pro Print

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The joy of weekend sunshine

A glorious weekend of sunshine and warm weather at the end of March makes me very happy indeed!




Music gives a soul to the universe

From Pinterest

Anyone taking a cursory stroll through this blog would quickly come to the conclusion that music plays a big part in my life and that would be a very accurate observation. 


Every morning I wake up with a song in my head; I don't know where it comes from, I must pick it up in my dreams (!) but it usually stays with me through the morning. During my commute to and from work, there's the radio. While at work, if I'm doing something solitary that needs my complete attention, in go the headphones. At the gym, on the street, during my run, while cooking dinner, in the shower, doing housework, walking my dog, in the supermarket...you get the gist.

View from the afternoon

 

During my days at work, I spend inordinate amounts of time sitting down and in meetings. When I'm in a meeting that's taking place just over the phone, I've taken to sitting on the window sills and looking down on the world - it helps me concentrate and daydream at the same time!

I want to see all of the things that we've already seen,

The lairy girls hung out the window of the limousine.

And of course it's fancy dress,

And they're all looking quite full on,

In bunny ears and devil horns.


Arctic Monkeys, 'The View from the Afternoon', What People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not 2006

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sarah's Raspberry Chia Jam


Today I want to tell you about three of my major crushes right now and for a change they have nothing to do with clothes!

Sarah Yates is my new girl crush. She publishes my new blog crush, A House in the Hills. And she makes my current food crush, Raspberry Chia Jam

First on to Sarah and her blog, it's seriously pretty, cool, educational and just plain fun; she is one stylish lady and her gluten free and sometimes vegan recipes are out of this world. When I grow up, I want to be able to take photos of my food as well as Sarah :)

I'm not vegan by any stretch of the imagination - some days I practically live on Greek yoghurt - but I am trying a gluten free, paleo thing and Sarah's recipes are no fuss and delicious.

Take this jam for instance. A teaspoon of it with some almond butter on a slice of good, grainy gluten free bread will roll your eyes to the back of your head. Promise.

Sarah's Raspberry Chia Jam

1 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh - I used fresh and they gave me a lighter coloured jam)

1 generous tablespoon agave (or raw honey like Sarah uses)

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons white chia seeds

Cook raspberries with sweetener and lemon until they are completely liquid and broken down. Add chia seeds and mix well. Let cool and put it in an air tight jar until you're ready to devour it.