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Monday, April 14, 2014

Venice Queens Part II // #MeAndMyReefs Giveaway


Photos: Carly Brown
Top: Michael Kors // Shoes: Reef // Board: Satta // Jewels: Bahgsu Jewels // Hat: Pendleton


#MeAndMyReefs Giveaway

Do you want to win some new sandals for summer? Reef is giving away a pair of Prima Costa Sandals at the end of this month! To win, snap a photo of you wearing your favorite Reefs and tag @reef_girls and #meandmyreefs on Instagram. Post your photo by April 30 to enter and get creative!





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Supercharge Your Health // Green Juice Detox




It's Australian Fitness Week and as such, I've been challenged by Fitness First Australia to supercharge my health and wellness. I couldn't be more excited since I've been wanting this juicer for a while now, and finally I have an excuse to splurge! I figured a good, clean detox would be the PERFECT kickstart to a supercharged week of health and fitness. Feel free to try out my recipe although I always feel its best to experiment and modify according to your personal tastes/preferences.

Step 1: IT ALL STARTS WITH WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM. We are what we eat. It's as simple as that. The more knowledgable you can be about the source of your food including soil and pest control treatment the better. The more localized the better. The more in season the better. If you have a local grocery or farmer's market accessible to you, utilize it! It's a simple way to support your community, local agriculture, and feed yourself and family with the highest quality food available. I'm so incredibly spoiled to have a local market, adorably dubbed Baz and Shaz, with a huge organic section just walking distance from my house. Food shopping should be a delight, a full sensory experience that triggers sentiments of joy, not burden. Find somewhere that you feel the quality of product matches your excitement level to consume it. And make sure to buy organic veggies when you can, but especially for the ingredients in this juice: 

3 Green Apples
4 Leaves of Kale
Handful of Spinach
4 Stalks of Celery
1 Cucumber
1 Carrot
1 Big Nub of Ginger
1 Kiwi
Handful of Mint
1 Lemon
1 Lime

(Makes about 2-3 Mason Jars of Juice)

Step 2: PREP. The beautiful thing about a high quality juicer is that it makes this step very short. No chopping, no dicing, no manual labor. The only prep I did really was to pick the mint leaves off the stems and peel the lemons and limes as they can be harsh on the digestive system (although you can leave them on if you wish). 

Step 3: JUICE! Put all your tasty ingredients in and watch it turn to liquid gold! This juice is absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals and is incredibly detoxifying as it cleans out the red blood cells, essentially cleaning the blood. I basically took my favorite green juice recipe and added a few extras (kiwi, mint, carrot) for flavor. Feel free to do the same! Make it your own. I will be cleansing for about 1-2 days to start, based on my realistic schedule of commitments. But that's still plenty of time to refresh, cleanse, and supercharge!

What's your favorite detox?

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Fitness First Australia is going big in celebration of Fitness Week! Check out what they've got on:


Kicking off on April 7th, Australian Fitness Week is a weeklong line-up of fitness themed activities and events across all Fitness First clubs Australia wide. We want everyone to get involved and see where fitness can take them, so our doors are swinging open to members of the public, completely free of charge.

Free entry all week! Get your free Australian Fitness Week 7 day pass now and we’ll see you in club on April 7th.

Flinders Street, Gym Opening in Melbourne CBD – new $7m club 
This brand new club is located across the road from Flinders St Station in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Sydney – 13th April 2014 – Royal Botanical Gardens, NSW
Gold Coast - 3rd May 2014 - Douglas Jennings Reserve, QLD

#Nolazyfriends campaign has kicked off today click here for your chance to win a PT session or a 6 month Platinum membership for you and a friend!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Venice Queens // Sister Morphine






Photos: Carly Brown
Sister Morphine Tee: Sugar High Love Stoned // Shoes: Reef // Board: Satta // Jewels: Lakota | Lotus + Lime | Bahgsu Jewels

After an amazing trip in Hawaii, I was stoked to be back in Southern California. There's just something about that place that gets me excited about life -- revved up and ready for adventure. This time around, I was lucky enough to cross paths with one of my favorite humans, Australian photographer Carly Brown in Venice Beach. A few hours after landing, Carly messaged me that she was down at the local pub having some sunset drinks so I decided to cruise over. I had just scored the sickest little skatey from London's own Joe Lauder of Satta Skateboards and figured what better place to break her in then on legendary skateboarding grounds. As the sun set, we had a skate, some damn good spicy bloody mary's and a lot of laughs. No matter where we are in the world, Carly and I always manage to have a good time. And in Venice, it comes with the territory.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ironmum Karla Workout + Recipe Swap

In my collaboration with Fitness First Australia, I am being given a challenge every month within all areas of health and wellness. This month, I was encouraged to "switch it up" and exchange workouts with a fellow FFA Blogger. Little did I know I would be switching it up with former Iron Woman and world ranked Stand Up Paddle Boarder, Karla Gilbert of Ironmum.



This woman is beyond inspirational. After years of dedication to ocean lifeguarding and countless titles won in Iron Woman competitions, injury led her towards a new life path -- becoming a Mother. She is now the proud Mum of two little girls and she views her newfound role as a progression rather than a trade in. In fact she even says her shift towards family life has made her even more passionate about health, fitness and wellbeing. Aware of the challenges faced with busy schedules and the spontaneity of parenthood, she felt inspired to share her story and inspire others to continue to keep health and wellness a priority no matter what our daily lives bring.

Her weekly workouts make mine look like a mere warm up stretch. She runs 10k twice a week broken up by pilates, yoga, 30 minute ab stints, and 1.5 hour SUP sessions. Attempting this workout was a combination of humbling and inspiring, as my short and sweet work outs were now transformed into committed endurance training. As the month progressed, I felt a serious shift from obligation to devotion to my daily workouts. Since I can't run 10k straight, I started running 5k every day. And the times when I would normally feel unmotivated or overwhelmed, I just thought of Karla who manages to make time with 2 kids and a career traveling the world doing SUP. (That changed my attitude real quick!) I also prepared a killer recipe from her blog that you all MUST try, its absolutely amazing and is a great snack for giving you that extra boost of energy throughout your day.

Gluten-free Almond Acai Muffins

To start the week, it’s nice to fill your fridge with wholesome snacks so you aren’t scratching for food on the go or relying on making it to the grocery store on an already pushed schedule.

For this recipe you probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. These almond acai berry muffins are gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and full of goodness.


Ingredients:

+ 1 1/2 cup muesli (not too fruity)

+ 1/2 cup gluten free self raising flour

+ 1/4 cup finely chopped almond pieces

+ 1/4 cup flaxseeds

+ 2 eggs

+ 1/4 cup agave

+ 1/4 rice malt syrup

+ 2 tbs acai powder

+ 1/4 probiotic or greek yoghurt

+ 3 large ripe bananas, mashed


Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Mix in a bowl the muesli, flour, flaxseeds, aca and almonds.

2. In a separate bowl beat the eggs, yoghurt, agave, rice malt and add in bananas.

3. Combine the two bowls and mix well and then spoon out into mini muffin cases or muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until brown and risen.

4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt.



Make sure to check out IronMumKarla.com for all things body, mind, and life fit! She is truly an inspiration and I am so honored to have stepped into her fitness lifestyle even for just a few weeks!
Cheers Karla! xxx


Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Base x Amés Collective













Ahhh, there's nothing better than a good crossover. Like coconut and peanut-butter, the collab between First Base Amés Collective is super smooth and full of sunshine vibes. 

First Base, straight out of Bondi Beach, creates effortless, relaxed basics with a sophisticated black and white palette, while Tess Wilcox of Amés blasts the positive vibrations through her one-of-a-kind artisanship. These special edition hand shaped, hand painted, soul decks are black and white and RAD all over for a combined aesthetic that screams badass skater babe. Everything about this makes me wanna kick off my shoes, grab a beer and my skatey, and go cruise some concrete. Keep up the amazing work ladies, and make sure to check out ThisIsFirstBase.com to order your custom made craft.

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