Baller in Paris.

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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Whilst summer is well on its way in Sydney, I’ll never give up my classic blacks and whites. You’d have to offer me either a) a large sum of money, b) shout me a 3-month trip to Europe or c) a lifestyle supply of oreo McFlurries and/or Maxibons. Preferably both.

I was lucky enough to receive this outfit from a local Aussie boutique called Shop Bianca May. I simply couldn’t go past this the stunning skirt. There’s just something so timelessly sophisticated about the pencil skirt, and it’s something that is somewhat of a wardrobe staple. Especially when in black (here she goes again…) it creates the perfect silhouette and is super-flattering. Also known as: insta-perky-butt. The touch of lace adds that little bit of extra femininity, which balances it all out when worn with an oversized, plain tee like this one.

There’s almost nothing I love more than a comfy white tee that you can chuck on with anything. Not only are they fantastic when the weather starts soaring, but they’re incredibly versatile – think layering in the winter, and dressing up with skirts and heels. Exhibit A below. I love the rolled up sleeves on this baby, and the cheeky attitude of the text. Just tuck it in to shorts or a skirt like I’ve done.

Now, can we talk about these shoes for a second? They’ve changed my life. Drastic? Maybe. But if you consider the amount of times I’ve nearly broken an ankle, leg or back wearing heels, then you’d feel me. These are the Jase heels from Lipstik, and I can’t talk them up enough. I know, I know, I’m such a conformist… but guys, the hype is real. Comfortable, go with everything and make a shortie like me feel slightly better about myself. Win-win. My rings are from Lovisa.

Photography by Amee Ardipradja. 

 

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Freedom Is Finally Here & Recent Adventures.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

School’s out for the summer, woo!

Or more specifically, I finally handed in my last assessment for uni last week and I’ve for 4 sweet, sweet months of holidays to look forward to. Tom’s in town, Christmas is around the corner, the beach is calling my name…
I cannot describe how excited and relieved and happy and keen I am. Just so many feels, you guys.

I’ve got quite a few posts to catch up on now that I’m a free woman, so getting my sh*t together will be priority numero uno. The following priorities will be binge-watching TV shows (e.g. Girls at the moment), frolicking in the waves at the beach as previously mentioned, and eating my weight in summer fruit. I cannot wait to get back into blogging – uni is like a clingy boyfriend 100% of the time and doesn’t let you do anything else. Glad we broke up for the summer. Good decision is good.

Anyway, it’s been such a long time so I thought for now, I’ll do a little update on my shenanigans from the last few months through photos. Aka, you don’t have to listen to me rent on anymore than I have. Cue tears of joy. ;)

Enjoy!

That weekend I went to Canberra for a function and got to dress up and be a lady for once:

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Losing my cronut virginity at Brewtown Newtown at a lunch date with Mum.
Verdict: Where the hell has that slice of heaven been my entire life? Will have to exercise iron willpower to not consume 5 a day.

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Also, really kind of fell in love with this little place in Newtown. Worth a visit if you’re willing to eat yourself silly then proceed to roll out afterwards.

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Had to document that one day at work I felt the closest to a Disney Princess I’ve ever been/ever will be:

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Another work selfie because I felt all mature and professional and responsible. Had to document rare occasion:

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Easy like a Sunday:

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Life goal: When I get my own apartment/place, I’ll always have fresh blooms on show. Yep, good.

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That time I sat on Coogee beach,  watching the storm roll in and listening to T-Swift’s new ’1989′ Album:

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And some more food porn photos, because FOOD:

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And finally, quite literally a bowl of coffee with my girl Belinda from Tales of Desires, in a cute, secret cafe overlooking the city:

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I’ve missed my little space on the internet. :) Hope you’re all having a lovely week and are as keen for the weekend as I am!

Love,

Kloe x



Top Secrets to Better Energy.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The end of the year is fast approaching, and every man and his proverbial dog is thrown into a panicked frenzy.

We’ve got a billion and one things to do, a trillion things to remember, and it’s got everyone questioning: “2014, is this a sick joke? Do you genuinely enjoy this? I hope you’re amused.”

I know I’m feeling it big time. I’m (trying to) get my sh*t together to finish my degree next year, then making the big-girl decisions about careers and all my future adventures. All this responsible-adult stuff is making my head spin. I mean, I can’t even remember to pick up milk on the way home.

It’s times like these that I start to notice my energy draining, and I’m exhausted all the time. People point out that I look like I didn’t get much sleep, which we all know is a nice way of saying I resemble Britney Spears circa 2007. Okay, if that’s not a subtle hint to pick up my game, I don’t know what is.

There’s some little things I always turn to for a reliable energy boost. They’re my fail-proof remedies, and I’m feeling super generous, so I might just share them with you guys, too.

1. Get sweaty

You’ve all heard the saying “energy breeds energy”, right? It’s the most ironic reality I think I’ve ever come across, but it’s 100% true. The more you work out and get your blood pumping, the more energy you’ll have. That’s because magic kind of happens: increased blood flow means out bodies are flooded with more oxygen. On top of that, we get that addictive hit of endorphins, or feel-good hormones, that make you feel like a bad-ass and you can conquer the world, in a nutshell.
I know it’s pure insanity to smash a workout when you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus, and the couch is whispering sweet nothings to you. But I promise, give it even just 30 minutes and you’ll feel like a completely different person.

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2. Check your iron levels

A major contributor to fatigue in women is an iron deficiency, and it’s something you could suffer from without even knowing it. If you find you don’t get enough, a everyday supplement is such an easy remedy. I’ve recently completed a 60-day challenge with FAB HEALTH, where I took one of their FAB IRON liquid sachets each morning. I couldn’t believe how much of a difference it made – I felt miraculously more vital and energetic within weeks. They contain a blend of apple, cherry and beetroot juice, that makes me feel like I’m taking a naughty, fruity shot every morning. They provide you with valuable B vitamins as well. To check them out and stock up for yourself, head here.  I wrote a whole post basically banging on about how incredible I felt, so feel free to give that a read too!

 

3. Back to basics with nutrition

Okay, so we’re all guilty of falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. This is no surprise, and nor is it something to feel guilty about. Hell, that cronut was a legitimate gift from the gods and worth every messy bite. And so were those late-night drunken Happy Meals, all in the name of “reliving my childhood, oh my gosh I’m so nostalgic!” I regret nothing.

However, a day comes where you’re just feeling sluggish, exhausted and crappy, for lack of a better word. You will actually start to crave natural, wholesome foods, and you might even find yourself eyeing off a juicy punnet of tomatoes and wanting to demolish it whole. Go with it! This is a sign from your body that its missing all those essential vitamins and minerals. So go visit your local market and stock up on ALL the fruit and veggies. Throw in some lean meats, like chicken, turkey and beef as well as some healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil and nuts. Top it all off with whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oats, and dairy products such as skim milk (or a milk substitute like almond milk) and yoghurt. Then you’re good to go. I promise, 100% (hypothetical) money back guarantee, you’ll feel so much better in no time with a nourishing diet.

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4. Make time for the things you love & hang out with your favourite people

It’s so easy to let the days slip by, and realise that literally all you do is wake up, stuff your face with vegemite toast, throw back a coffee and go to work. Then you come home, and zone out in front of the TV, occasionally grunting at your partner/housemate. You come to, not remembering where the last 24 hours even went. I feel ya. We’ve got so many commitments and places to be, it feels like it’s all we’ve got time for.

But I’ve got a challenge for you. See it as compulsory homework. Make sure that everyday, you’re spending at least an hour to yourself, doing the things that simply make you happy. This could be anything! Your hobby might be dressing up like Shakespeare and reciting various plays to your cat, whatever makes you smile – just do it. This includes allowing time to just hang out with the people you love. Whether that’s a walk along the beach in the evening with your Mum and/or dog, a leisurely Sunday brekkie with your boyfriend or an immature sleepover with your best friend, complete with gossip and chocolate. Whatever it is, it’s a non-negotiable. There’s just something so grounding and revitalising about just chilling out, surrounded by the best people you know. Do it more often, okay? Good.

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Give these a go, and if you find they mysteriously don’t work for you, I’ll shout you a burrito everyday for a year. That’s a big commitment, you guys – those bad boys can be expensive.

Have a fabulous week!

Love,

Kloe x

 

 

 



The Weekend That Was: Masquerade Nights & Coogee Pavilion.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Spending Monday morning reminiscing about the weekend, and drinking copious amounts of coffee, is fast becoming a standard thing. I’m probably painting the image that I’m sitting here, sobbing into my cappuccino - but it isn’t nearly that dramatic, sorry guys!

On Saturday night Tom and I headed to a Masquerade-themed 21st. Like the typical girl I am, I was beyond excited to get dressed up, throw on some red lippy and some heels (whilst feeling on the edge of breaking an ankle all night. Didn’t happen! Kloe: 1, heels: 0). I’d like to report Tom and I stuck to the classy theme all night, and pre-party, takeaway burritos were eaten. Not even ashamed.

Sunday recovery was spent at Coogee beach, soaking up the beautiful weather. Sydney, you’ve been putting on a show lately! You minx, you. We decided to check out the Coogee Pavilion for lunch, which has undergone a huge transformation from its days as the local watering hole, the Beach Palace Hotel.

 

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It’s now the go-to place for a relaxed beach day lunch, and it almost set up like a marketplace with lots on offer. If you’re ‘hangry’ after hours in the rough surf, Vinnie’s Pizzeria whips up fresh, wood fire pizzas right in front of your eyes. Resisting the urge to salivate is harder than expected. In terms of the beverages, head to Will & Co for your daily (or if you’re me, twice-daily) caffeine hit, or Love Juice for a refreshing cold-pressed juice. If you’re feeling it, no doubt Coogee Pavilion can deliver it – heck, if you even decide you’re in desperate need of a quick haircut (as you do), Rudy’s Barbershop will get the job done.

If it’s finally 12pm and socially acceptable to start drinking again, make your way to the cocktail bar to get a head start for the night. Don’t do a Tom, and accidentally order a beer at 11.43am – he was embarrassed, I just laughed at him, really. We ordered a pizza and onion rings to share, and the onion rings may or may not have been the highlight of my life to date. Amazing. The pizza was satisfying enough and definitely hit the spot. The menu had a bunch of seafood, salads and sides to indulge in too, so you’re definitely spoiled for choice!

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Hope you enjoyed your weekend and feel refreshed and ready to conquer the week! (lol jokes, I’m on uni holidays).

Love,

Kloe x



Gypsy Heart.

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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Sydney is officially showing off with some gorgeous sunny days, teasing us with what will be perfect few months ahead.

Naturally, it’s time to dust off those summer pieces you’ve been secretly hoarding, in the hops there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Rest easy guys, the proverbial light is finally here. Specifically, in the form of relaxing at Coogee beach with my best friend, Ally, and a large coffee in hand (mandatory requirements: coffee must be as big as my head).

I’ve finally emerged from winter like a gremlin, and what do I turn to first? My beloved frills, lace and feminine silhouettes. I’m a sucker for all things girly in summer, and this outfit was no exception. I’m already loving the global/wanderlust trend for the coming season, and this little top fit the bill perfectly. It was love at first sight: the beautiful frills, the rich blue, the tribal pattern… and it wasn’t a pretty penny in the slightest. I snapped it up from Supre for no more than $40.

I can foresee these little lace shorts becoming a staple, I already live in them. If anyone tries to tell me I also own other shorts, tantrums will be thrown. In abundance. You’ve been warned. The frills around the hems do things to me, you guys. I snagged this hat from Sportsgirl earlier in the year. I’m currently slapping myself for not donning it more - but we’ll be attached at the hip this summer, so I’ll make up for it!

This outfit screams ‘gypsy heart’. I’m constantly on the lookout for my next adventure, always dreaming of the next exotic part of the world I want to explore. I get restless in one place when there’s so much to see and learn out there.
One day I’ll pack up and leave, but for now – summer days at the beach are what I live for.

 

 

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I had to stop mid-photoshoot and capture Ally’s outfit. There’s no reason why the photographer can’t get in on the action, too! I love how Ally is still playing on the monochrome winter trend, and the shirt around the waist, but gave it a breath of fresh air. Nothing beats a plain white tee, especially cropped in summer. Teamed with a floaty maxi, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a lot of brownie points. Hell, probably some actual brownies too, if you’re lucky. Chuck on some slides, and you’re good to go. While you’re at it, why not throw in some of your boyfriend’s accessories? So sneaky, but so on point. Gold stars – and brownies – all round.

 

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Kloe’s outfit:

Top: Supre // Shorts: Mishkah Boutique // Hat: Sportsgirl // Boots: Sportsgirl  // Lipstick: ‘Vegas Volt’ by MAC // Ring & cuff: Mimco // Necklace: Lovisa 

Ally’s outfit:

Top: Zara // Skirt: Forever 21 // Jacket: Zara // Watch: Marc Jacobs // Slides: Freelance



Spring Clean Extravaganza: What’s in it For You? Lots of my Goodies, Apparently.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

There’s something incredibly satisfying about a complete wardrobe overhaul. 

You stand there with a smug smile on your face, hands on your hips.. until you realise you’re knee deep in the pieces that didn’t quite make the cut, for whatever reason. More often than not, the things I decide not to put back into my wardrobe are either really incredible pieces that just don’t fit my booty anymore, or even sometimes things sitting pretty with their tags still attached. I can hardly chuck these babies out onto the street, and expect them to fend for themselves, can I?
They’re way to fabulous for that.

And that’s there Store Envy comes in.

I’ve just set up an online store there, creatively named The Sunday Best (I know, right? Intelligent/10. Applaud me later). I’m going to be selling some of my best pieces that I simply can’t fit on me, or in my wardrobe anymore! Trust me when I say there’s some amazing goodies there – never worn gems as well as some renowned, iconic brands. So go snatch up a bargain while you can.

Head over to my store by clicking this little link and shop your socks off! There’s much more to come where that came from soon, so keep a close eye out.

NB: The pricing under the item is in US dollars – this is apparently the only option, according to FAQs! So sorry about that, but a quick trip to this currency converter will do the trick.

 

Here’s a wee sneak peek:

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InStyle Style Sessions at Chatswood Chase.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Hey lovely people!

I got home late Sunday night from a fantastic (as per usual) weekend in Canberra visiting Tom, and since then have probably had a grand total of about 4 hours sleep between smashing out uni assignments and indulging in lots of American Horror Story – the obsession definitely continues. #cantstopwontstop

I’ve finally got a little quiet moment before work tonight to catch up on some much-needed quality blog time! And by “quiet moment” while living in the city, I mean a noticeable lack of drunk individuals singing and/or yelling outside, and 3 billion cars on the street instead of the standard entire population of Sydney. Bliss.

So let’s just straight into it. Last Thursday night, Mum and I headed to the Style Sessions at Chatswood Chase, hosted by one of my favourite magazines - InStyle. We were treated to four incredible fashion and beauty workshops, in which I may or may not have taken notes. However, I must mention I wasn’t in the front row, therefore it’s socially acceptable as I didn’t reach full nerd status. Shoosh, this justification helps me sleep at night, okay?

On arrival, we were treated to some out-of-this world canapés, along with a sneaky glass of champagne. What event is complete without a cheeky champers? The staff were extremely efficient, and I kept getting offered refills after a single sip… I actually had to start turning them down after a few to avoid getting tipsy. The stage was for workshops, and not drunken karaoke, after all. (Note: I have no idea what my dessert was, but it was some kind of mousse-like-situation, covered in candied popcorn. If anyone knows where I can purchase a lifetime supply of this glorious stuff, please do tell).

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The first workshop was run by InStyle‘s fashion news editor, Brittany Henderson, and was all about the salient swimwear styles throughout the warmer months. On show was the lots of gorgeous, pastel florals (still taking the spotlight for a few more seasons!), monochrome stripes and some 50s-inspired, elegant and timeless one-pieces. Brittany demonstrated how to take your look from the beach to the club in a matter of seconds. It’s all in the accessories, people. My striped top also got a very public compliment from Brittany – I fangirled a little bit. #playitcoolkloe

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The InStyle editor herself, Kirsten Galliott, presented the workshop on all the must-know SS14 trends, and how to rock them yourself. Making an appearance was the global trend, matching twin sets (any excuse to wear these babies for the rest of my life will do), casual tomboy with a big focus on comfort, as well as more sophisticated, mature florals in toned-down purple and blue hues. I had to fight the urge to snap a pic and publish every outfit on The Hunt app. For the best I guess, I can avoid living on two-minute noodles for months on end. Which I’d totally do for the sake of farshunn. Sorry, not sorry.

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I’m not going to lie, taking a sneak peak into celebrities’ perfectly furnished homes is a guilty pleasure of mine – despite the fact that it makes me feel like a bit of an inferior slob who needs to get my life together (read: buy a new house, hire an expensive interior designer, pose in front of my beachside view on Instagram with the caption “oh hey didn’t see you there” etc etc). The InStyle lifestyle & entertainment editor, Chris Urankar, perpetuated my bad habit by giving us a virtual tour of famous fashion designer’s and celebrities homes. I probably then went home and cried into my two-minute noodles.

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Last but not least, we hit up the beauty workshop, hosted by InStyle‘s deputy editor, Jacqueline Lunn, and a senior MAC makeup artist. This is where I went full-force #nerdmode and violently took notes. A girl can never have enough beauty advice, and I feel like there are always more little tips & tricks to pick up from the pros. This one really emphasised the art of contouring, which admittedly is not something I’ve delved into but am definitely keen to adopt into my daily beauty routine. I honestly didn’t realise there were so many types of brushes you could buy: “now we’re using the brush 74935 to highlight…” While I’m sitting there, questioning the fact that I use a toddler’s paint brush at home. (Okay, this is definitely not true, but that’s how I essentially felt – may as well be!) I think some good contouring products might be my next beauty investment. Then we had a bit of a Q&A session, where I just had to ask about the best way to apply liquid eyeliner without appearing as though you stumbled into a blender with a sharpie. We’ve all been there.

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Afterwards, I snuck back to MAC and redeemed my $25 Chatswood Chase voucher on my new official Spring/Summer lipstick shade: Vegas Volt! NB: See attached photo of myself displaying my sheer love for it. Good ol’ Volty wasn’t so hot on the PDA, though. (“Kloe, stop. Please, you’re embarrassing me.” etc, etc)

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It was a fantastic night out with Mum, and I feel like I’m fully equipped now to take on Spring/Summer head on! I cannot wait to whip out the florals, flowy skirts, peachy pink lipsticks and crop tops! However, not as keen to bring my legs out of hibernation and having to shave them… you win some, you lose some. What can ya do.

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Top: Supre / Skirt: Pink Luxe  / Shoes: Lipstik / Necklace & rings: Lovisa / Lipstick: Dark Angel by Sportsgirl 

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Hope you’re all having a brilliant start to the week! It’s almost Wednesday, keep calm and carry on and all that.

Love,

Kloe x



Lately: Spring Has Sprung, Severe Wanderlust & A Confession.

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Well hey there, it seems I’m still alive and kicking.

It certainly feels like a hot minute since I’ve hung out with you guys here. What’s everyone been up to? Anything super exciting?!

My life has been a little hectic hectic lately – and while I should be strictly sticking to the typical “eat, sleep, uni, repeat” cycle, I’ve been throwing a few curve balls in to shake things up. After every sentence and/or word I write for my assignments, I treat myself to a well-earned coffee date with friends, spontaneous shopping trip, or 15 episodes in a row of whatever show I’m obsessed with at the moment. Accompanied by peanut butter and banana on toast and tea. This is definitely a reoccurring theme, not even mad.

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I’m adoring my Friday brekkie/coffee dates with two of my favourite people, Ally from Edibles & Travels and my other partner in crime, Amee. We’re all coffee enthusiasts (fancy that) and we instantly turn into obnoxiously loud, chatty tweens when we’re together. Glares from strangers in cafes ensue, but all of us have little to no shame – it’s fantastic. There’s nothing like starting your day with a good ol’ girly chat, good food and good coffee, am I right?!

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Creeping on the Laduree macaroons at Pitt Street Mall on the weekend with Ally. I’m torn, because they look so delicious, but simultaneously too pretty to eat. Send help.

Spring has definitely sprung in Sydney, and I probably walk around grinning like a lunatic about this 90% of the time. I forgot that skies are generally blue and not always drizzly and grey. I have also forgotten what my legs look like, so it’s nice to whip them out and get a bit of sun on them. However, hot tip: become reacquainted with your razor before you come out of hibernation. Also, invest in some good tanning spray. Fake it til’ you make it! Despite the fact I’ll be faking it for eternity. Fellow pale gals holla at me! *raises hands*

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Had to take a sneaky snap of this beautiful flower stall. Give me all the blooms.

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Guys, I’m obsessed with chokers. I know it may appear I’m having a quarter life crisis and convinced that I’m back in the 90′s, but these bad boys are back in fashion with a vengeance. I’ve also got a thin black one with a tiny silver crescent moon on it. I may or may not feel like a Spice Girl, it’s great. This kimono is a new addition to the wardrobe, I picked it up from Top Shop and it’s perfect for the coming warmer months. I bought it with Stereosonic in mind! I cannot wait for that, I adore music festivals. Weekend of the 29th November, come at me. Anyone else going?! I’m already outfit planning, I don’t know if that’s organised or a tad obsessive. If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

With the warmer weather creeping back in, I’m daydreaming about my next trip to Europe, hopefully a Summer one next time around. I’m a woman on a mission when it comes to travel, and I’ve been lusting over some incredible snaps that just make matters worse for me, quite frankly. Photos like these will be the thing that tips me over the edge, and prompts me to back a bag and get on a plane right there and then!

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That stunning, iconic blue and white contrast of the Greek Islands. I have not been able to stop staring at this photo, it’s seriously got me hypnotised. Is this real life?!

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Oh, Paree. The city of love is still high on my bucket list. I’m coming for ya and your croissants and moustaches, Paris!

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You didn’t think I was going to stop at one Greece photo, did you? You have much to learn, young grasshopper…

So guys, I have a confession to make. I’m one of those people who becomes way too invested in a TV show once I find one I love, and last night got way out of hand… I decided to start watching American Horror Story, and it basically spiralled dangerously from there. I stayed up til 3am this morning and I’m not going to lie, almost finished the entire first season. I know, I know! It’s bad, but guys, the show is oh so good. I’m a bit of a thriller/horror junkie, so this is definitely my kind of fix. It keeps you so enthralled and at the edge of your seat and just can’t stop!
And just on the down low, it doesn’t help my addiction when I’m got a massive #girlcrush on the main character, Evan Peters. Girls, ya feel me. Those dimples, that hair… I will admit that it’s been my first “celeb crush” in like 7 years, but I’m gonna roll with it. ;)

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Oh hey, future hubby, didn’t see you there.

Anyway, they’re all the shenanigans I’ve been up to recently! Can’t wait to jump back into The Sunday Best full force now. Hope you all have a lovely Sunday, I’m off to the family’s house for Father’s Day dinner :)

Love,

Kloe x

 

 



INSPIRATION // Sneaker Freaker.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Lately, I’ve become increasingly obsessed with sneakers, one of the biggest trends of the moment hitting the fashion world. I was a little skeptical at first about pairing them with skinny jeans and a coat for winter, and had some traumatic flashbacks of my ‘really cool’ primary school days.

However, this is sneakers done the right way. The looks screams sports luxe, and seamlessly combines comfort with style. Whip on a pair of Nikes or Adidas’s with your favourite denim or leather skinnies, and you’ve earned yourself instant cool points.

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A Watercolour World.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Ever since my trip to Europe in January this year, I’ve fallen irrevocably in love with travel.

Once you’ve had a taste of it, it’s impossible not to be acutely aware of the big, beautiful world out there – and the desire to drop everything and explore every corner never really dulls. To make yourself feel remotely better about being home, you make sure every penny you save goes towards your next adventure. You write lists of cities you want to venture to. Wanderlust could pretty much be my middle name.

There’s just something wondrous about discovering new cultures, and delving into the unknown. It’s true what they say: travel is indeed the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Richer with stories, with memories, with knowledge. Not just of the cities you’ve wandered, but of yourself as a person. I may sound a little new age, and like I should be doing yoga by candlelight in hippie pants – but this is something you only truly will understand once you’ve traveled.

I wanted a reminder of the vast world out there in my own little space, something I could see everyday and feel inspired. Or alternately, feel tortured by the fact that I couldn’t pack a bag and disappear right then. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across WestridgeART, a gorgeous little Etsy shop selling original and custom pieces of artwork – all the way across the world in Canada. Incidentally, somewhere I’m dying to visit one day.

I laid eyes on the watercolour world map painting, and knew I had to have it. Everything about it is me: the world, the stunning magentas, blues and purples… it was a done deal in a heartbeat. It finally showed up in a crisp little parcel today, and I was excited to find it a place to live – and taunt me. Some future travel daydreaming may have ensued.

To check out WestridgeART and make one of these gems your own, head over to their store. 

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ENERGY OVERHAUL // My 60-Day Challenge.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Alice in Wonderland

“Why, sometimes (read: everyday) I down at least six strong coffees before breakfast.” – Kloe Sampson

Or possibly more. Okay, while this may be a slight exaggeration, the need to slap myself awake in the morning is entirely accurate. This year particularly, I’ve been waking up feeling as though I’ve been hit by a car – or like instead of sleeping, I run through the streets at night with a “sleep is for the weak!” attitude, deciding that partying is much more important.

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[Me in the mornings: source]

The ironic thing is, I’m definitely getting 8-10 hours sleep every night – I mean, like all normal human beings I adore sleep. So it was time for me to investigate what was up. It turns out I was low on iron, and not only was I sleepy 100% of the time, but it was really putting a dampener on my workouts and I certainly wasn’t performing my best.

Then by some miracle, FAB HEALTH popped up at just the right time, and challenged me to turn all that around with their FAB IRON range of supplements. “Let’s do this thang!” was my immediate response. I was keen to embark on a 60-day challenge, where I take one of FAB IRON’s liquid sachet supplements everyday, and see how I felt at the end.

Did you know that 70% of Aussie women between the ages of 25-55 don’t get enough iron in?! I definitely had no idea, and it was no surprise that I was one of these sleepy ladies, considering how I’d been feeling. After all, the main tell-tale signs of an iron deficiency are fatigue, not a lot of energy and low work performance levels.

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So, off I went on my little science experiment adventure, and I’m now about half-way through. And can I just say, these little sachets are working their magic! I cannot believe such a tiny dose of iron everyday can collectively make such a difference over time.

I’m now finding I’m able to jump out of bed in the morning and head straight to the gym, rather than feeling like a zombie and/or being physically unable to move due to pure fatigue. I’m pushing myself much harder in my workouts, and finding I can push on for a little longer. New research has shown that iron supplements are helping women get much more out of their workouts, and I’m more than happy to jump aboard that train. Not only that, but my coffee consumption has gone down a little bit (read: coffee is one of my few true loves and regardless of how incredible I feel, I’ll never lay off it. Fact).

The iron supplements I’ve been using are the FAB IRON  liquid iron sachets, which you can check out here. Not only are jam-packed with your daily iron needs, but have B group vitamins that help boost energy and give you an added pep in your step. Or if you’re me, the energy to smash out that last set at the gym. As a side note, can we just talk about how freakin’ good they taste?! They contain a blend of apple, cherry and beetroot juice, that makes me feel like I’m taking a naughty, fruity shot every morning. I could get used to this.

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["I still love you coffee, I promise. I'm just getting my energy from somewhere else now. It doesn't mean we can't still be friends!"]

Thanks for helping me chase down my energy that’s been on the run for a while now, FAB IRON. ;)

If you’d like to check out the range and find out more info, visit the FAB HEALTH website for deets. While you’re there, grab yourself some fruity iron shots, or if you’re more of a capsule person, they’ve got you covered.

Love,

Kloe x

[This post was written in partnership with Fab Health]

 



Easy Like a Sunday Morning.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

I’m a self-confessed queen of lingerie – a lingerie connoisseur, if you will. It’s one of my biggest affinities, and one I don’t foresee calming down anytime soon. Between you and me, I’m completely okay with that.

The way I see it, it’s secretly a good thing: it means all the more gorgeous intimates will make their way into my growing collection. Plus, I’ll just have more lacy goodness to choose from every day. Feeding an obsession isn’t always a bad thing, ladies. Lingerie is the exception. You can just never have enough, in my humble opinion. There’s just something about donning beautiful undergarments that make you feel like you’ve got your life together. Admittedly, you may be the only one who knows how impeccable your lingerie taste is, but sometimes you’ve got to have a few secrets to yourself, right?

As you can imagine, I was beyond excited when I was given the chance to try out FOXERS. The label launched in 2007, as the designer April Spring set out to create the perfect fusion of comfort and sexiness. She was definitely on to a good thing here. Let’s be honest, all us women want from lingerie is to feel like a goddess, but not sport the world’s most persistent wedgie. Digging one out tends to ruin any semblance of sexiness, unfortunately. That’s where FOXERS swoop in to save the day: they’ve got both bases covered. Ladies everywhere rejoice! Also, word around town is that some of Hollywood’s biggest names are rocking their FOXERS, too. J-Law, Beyonce and Rihanna are all officially converts, so I’m definitely in good company. FOXERS are stealing hearts everywhere.

I’ve fallen in love with FOXERS, and how incredibly versatile they are. On one hand, they’re perfect for watching True Blood re-runs and eating popcorn on a Friday night. On the other hand, their your new go-to for a night with a special someone. They’re your new best friend, really. Not only that, but you can throw a plain tank over the lace camisole, and it can leave the house with you too. These babies shouldn’t be confined to your bedroom, they’re too stunning and deserve to be shown off! The lace boxers are super soft, and I adore the contrast between the boxers waistband and the feminine lace.

If you’ve been won over like me, head over to the FOXERS website to find out more, and to snag yourself a set of your own. I’ve yet to take mine off, and can see this becoming a serious love affair!

Thanks for my lacy goodies, FOXERS team.

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Love,

Kloe x



Concrete Jungle.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Today was a beautiful, sunny day in ol’ Sydneytown, and my Mum has just arrived home from a Fijian getaway. I’m a big, soppy Mummy’s girl at heart (always will be), so the obvious answer when we both had the day off?

Coffee. Chats. Lunch. All rounded off with a beautiful facial at Endota Spa – my favourite sanctuary in this big, concrete jungle of ours. I adore that place. It’s the little slice of quiet heaven Mum and I both needed in what is a crazy, whirlwind of a time in both our lives! Treat yoself, ladies. All in the name of “lower stress levels” (read: a perfect justification to be bloody selfish for a good hour), we’ve decided to indulge in an Endota Spa experience at the beginning of every season. Plus, we’re basically besties with the girls that work there now (“Oh, you guys again!”) 

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Shirt: thrifted / Cardigan: Cotton On / Leggings: Ally Fashion / Boots: Lipstik Shoes 

As you may have sussed out, I sniffed out a Windsor Smith store and finally found me some long-sought after leopard flats, in the form of some strappy sandals – perfect for the coming warmer months! Mum also picked me up some khaki harem pants from Seed that were on sale. I’m a sucker for harem pants, and am convinced I need them in just about every colour and style there is. A girl can never be too comfortable and/or underdressed okay?! This is most definitely a inviolable rule of farshun. 

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Kloe Gone Wild: The Safari Edition (I’m hilarious, I know. You have permission to laugh.)

Harem pants: Seed Heritage / Sandals: Windsor Smith / Hat: Sportsgirl / Clutch: Supre 

Now I’m locked inside like a hermit, attempting to actually get some uni work done. Hey, degree – yeah, you. Please go and complete yourself. Thanks.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day wherever you are! I’ll leave you with a luscious photo of Sydney turning it up today. Dat sky doe. 

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Love,

Kloe x



BEAUTY // July Favourites.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Okay, so I lied.

This post isn’t just the goodies I’ve discovered in July, but a few of my Holy Grail products have snuck in for the fun too. But technically they’re a July favourite… as well as every other month. Minor details, c’mon guys.

This is my first favourites post, and I’m thinking of doing them each month to give you guys a little glimpse into the products I fell in love with! I may have to go all out and do a fashion favourites too, because god knows I’m the biggest clothing hoarder and will have a billion and one things to show you every month. ;)

Alrighty, so let’s jump straight into it shall we? I had many contenders, but these guys took the cake for July:

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1. Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet:

This little beauty has been my absolute lifeline. Everyone who knows me/has met in the last month/probably their cousin’s friend’s dog has had to endure me raving about my Lime Crime velvetine all day err day (NB: not an exaggeration). It goes on like a gloss, and dries almost instantly with a gorgeous matte finish, and is so pigmented. Another thing? It could survive a nuclear explosion and still look flawless – this stuff lasts! I have to literally scrub so hard at it at night to get it off my face! I also can’t even count how many compliments I’ve gotten while wearing it. They’ve got some gorgeous shades in the range, so definitely worth investing in.

2. Sportsgirl lipstick in Dark Angel:

Okay, so by now it’s not secret that I’m a lipstick fiend. This has only been a recent obsession of mine, and there’s no sign I’m stopping anytime soon, give me all the lipsticks. Dark Angel is this beautiful, rich, deep red, which I’ve been slapping on almost every second day for the cooler months. Perfect vampy colour for Autumn and Winter. Of course, it doesn’t last as long as velvetines, and you’ll need to reapply, but that’s a small price to pay for such a stunning shade!

3. OPI nail lacquer in White:

White nail polish is very on trend at the moment, and I’m loving the polished, chic look it gives. Plus, it goes with literally any outfit you could imagine, which is always the aim! I’ve been wearing it as my go-to, basic nail polish, it’s just such a fresh and clean addition to any look. Pop on a top coat for a bit of extra shine and you’re good to go!

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4. Revlon Colourstay eyebrow liner:

So before we get start, here’s a fun fact: I’m undeniably a brunette, but have to use blonde shades with eyebrow liners?! If I use browns, I just end up looking like a yeti. True story, yet I’ll never understand. Another confession while we’re on a roll: I actually only have just started grooming/doing anything to my eyebrows the last few months, and I cannot believe the difference it makes, it completely frames your face! I’m not an eyebrow veteran yet, so as a newbie I’m sticking to pencils at the moment – and this one definitely does the trick. I’ve had lots of comments on my brows lately! Admittedly, one of those came from Tom only after I’d pointed out my new brows and said: “don’t they look awesome?!” A no answer would’ve seen his ass out on the street, so…

5. Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara:

Oh my god, you guys. Holy grail product alert. This is the heavenly god of all mascaras, no word of a lie. False lash effect indeed. There’s absolutely no awkward clumping involved, which you ladies out there will break out in victory dance over. I’ve got naturally crazy long lashes, so with lots of mascaras, as soon as I blink I get black mess all over my face. (Read: sexy). This one dries quite quickly, so I don’y have that problem. You only need to apply one sweeping coat, and instantly you have long, sexy, non-clumpy lashes! Words can’t describe my love for this mascara. Buy it, thank me later.

6. Napoleon Sheer Genius liquid foundation in Light Look 2:

I’ve been using this gem of a foundation for as long as I can remember now, and can’t see me going back. In foundations, I look for a medium coverage, with a healthy glow to it, and a dewy finish without looking like Shiny McShine (I don’t ask for much, really…). Napoleon delivers on every front! It’s the tiniest bottle that you ever did see, but is apparently bottomless. I literally buy one every 6 months or so, and that’s wearing it each day… and not sparingly, not going to lie. An added bonus is that it’s SPF 20 for my Aussies out there in the sunshine everyday! Now I can just hear my mum chiming in: “you need at least SPF 50 to protect you properly! Oh, and wear one of those bucket hats everyday – sun protection!” I’m sorry, love you mum. ;)

7. Vaseline spray moisturiser:

A little bit of a random addition to the party, but let’s just roll with it. I only just picked up a bottle of this baby a few days ago, and already I’m a little bit obsessed. Firstly, I adore the easy application of the spray bottle, because I’m clumsy and make a massive mess otherwise, so this is good for “challenged” people like myself. It’s absorbed almost instantly into your skin, and iy feels soft and hydrated all day. And it makes you smell pretty, so how can you say no?! SO CHEAP TOO. Love that. ;)

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Hope you enjoyed my first favourites post, and that you try out a few of these products and love them as much as I do!

Hope you’re enjoying your week so far.

 

Love,

 

Kloe x



ULTIMATE COAT INSPIRATION // The Cherry on Top.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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SNAPPING UP A BARGAIN // Where Are They Hiding?

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

We all know that moment of pure joy, followed by a bit of arrogance, after we nab a fantastic bargain.
I’ll be the first to admit it’s definitely a bit of an ego boost. Whether that bargain was based solely on your sneaky shopping skills, or just a stroke of (pretty damn good) luck, is irrelevant. Minor details! You scored an amazing deal and you’re allowed to bask in the glory of it all for a second, dammit! 

The question is, though: where are they all hiding? Where’s the best place to go to hunt down some great bargains for yourself? I’ve found a few enviable ones in my time (I sound about 87, please ignore that), and I want to share with you guys where I’ve come across my goodies.

1. Markets

It’s no secret that I’m a little bit obsessed with browsing markets with a coffee in hand, no matter what city I’m in. I have a 6th sense that allows me to sniff them out, I swear. If you live in Sydney or are ever visiting, there are some markets that should definitely top your list:

  • Glebe markets
  • Bondi markets
  • Kirribilli markets
  • Rozelle markets
  • Surry Hills markets
  • Paddington markets

I make an effort at least once a month to visit a few markets, and make a day of it – and usually come back home with a few bags full of loot in tow. I’ve found a Zara Basics pinstriped blazer for $10, a Top Shop sundress for $15, Zara pants for $10, some killer black Tony Bianco heels for just $20… you kinda get the idea. Of course most of the stuff you’ll find for great prices are pre-loved, but also are usually in pretty good condition – just make sure you check them first for stains, rips, etc before getting too excited and rushing into it! In saying that, I’ve bought some stuff that’s had minor problems, that I’ve just had fixed after. No big deal!
Make sure you rock up to the markets bright and early to snap up the best of it… the early bird catches the worm, right?

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2. Garage sales

Okay, so it’s easy to shrug off garage sales, thinking it’s all just old people selling their cats’ outfits and old kettles, but just hear me out. I remember one year coming home from the Easter Show, and seeing a tiny garage sale nestled into a front garden. It was being run by a group of young, trendy girls, a bit older than me, selling all their pre-loved, but amazing stuff! I bought a Cheap Monday denim jacket and the cutest polkadot button up shirt, both which I wear to death, poor things. Both together were a mere $15! So take a moment to stop, and poke your head in if you catch one on the street. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

3. Consider buying basics a little cheaper

We all need a wardrobe of solid basics, to build our outfits up from. I’m someone who is willing to invest more money into statement pieces, like jackets, tops or a bag, rather than the foundation of the outfit. Because of this, I’m completely okay with purchasing a nice collection of basic items from stores that aren’t super pricey: think Cotton On, Supre, heck, even Kmart! It gives you a little more cash in your pocket to splash out on that Mimco bag you’ve been eyeing off for months, or that Cameo the Label dress that was love at first sight.

The kinds of items I’d buy in this situation would be things like singlets, tees (white, grey and black), white button-up shirts and leggings. I bought a super-comfy red plaid shirt from Kmart that I barely take off during the cooler months!

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4. Little boutique shops

I for one am a big online shopper. Every other female out there nods their head in agreement, then hangs it in shame, am I right?! I find that often, things may not fit me (enter dress I couldn’t physically fit over my booty), or are truthfully far more expensive than I’d like. But I’ve recently come across a pretty sweet solution to this problem! I live in the city, so I stumble across a billion and one little boutique stores that sell the exact items I lust over online, for a fraction of the price. I’m talking an $80 dress would be about $30-$40, which is unbelievable. There’s a whole bunch of these shops at Parramatta Westfield and lining the Central train station tunnel, for my Sydneysiders out there.

I have one of these gems literally 100 metres from my place, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I’m spending up to only $20 a pop (mostly only $10!), but on the flip-side, I’m there almost everyday scouring the racks, looking like a creep with my crazy eyes. Most likely getting judged by the shop owner. But pfft, I ain’t complaining when everything is so damn cheap. 

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Finders Keepers Market (Bi-annual: Autumn/Winter & Spring/Summer)
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So that should have inspired you to get out and about next weekend and sniff out and hunt down some bargains of your own! Happy shopping!

Love,

Kloe x



Winter Monochrome Textures & Gold Detailing.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Today one of my best friends Amee & I braved the Sydney chill to shoot this look book for you. Right in the middle of Hyde Park. I lost count of how many strange glances I got from men in business suits… however, a few hobos seemed interested, which made for a questionable experience.

Nevertheless, we had a blast chatting, laughing and editing these babies. In full disclosure, there may have also been some immature behaviour when we realised there was a busker blowing bubbles for the nearby toddlers. Pfft, you’re never too old to chase bubbles in public!

For me, winter is all about mixing up different textures in monochrome, with a splash of bold colour to break it up. Apparently, I also insist on continuing to wear shorts well into the colder months – this pair I bought from Sabo Skirt last year, and they’re still going strong after wearing them to death. I adore the black shirt with the cut-out detailing, I actually scored it from a little boutique for only $10! It’s a fantastic basic that you can wear unbuttoned over a tee or tank, or buttoned up with a necklace under the collar for a more polished look – which is what I’ve done here with my favourite Lovisa necklace. I complemented the necklace with this gorgeous, simplistic hand piece.

I had literally just bought my shaggy, black cardigan from Cotton On, and couldn’t resist whipping it out and wearing it straight away – it’s incredibly cuddly, and I’ve been looking for the perfect sleeveless cardy. My boots, from Lipstik, are also new and go with everything - dresses, jeans, high-waisted skirts, you name it, they have you covered.

Please excuse my natural curly mane in these shots!

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Lace shorts: Sabo Skirt / Cardigan: Cotton On / Detailed shirt: Thrifted / Boots: Lipstik / Necklace & handpiece: Lovisa / Lipstick: Lime Crime Red Velvet 

Love,

Kloe x

 



A Slice of NYC in Surry Hills & ALL The Birthday Celebrations.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Hi all,

Holy wow, this has literally been the busiest week quite possibly ever, so far. But the good kind of busy, doing things that are actually enjoyable – all play, no work. :) I could get used to this.

On Tuesday night, I had dinner with Tom and his family at The Malaya in Darling Harbour, which was this fantastic, modern Malaysian restaurant (biggest shock of 2014, because the name reveals nothing at all, obvs). I’ve never really had Malaysian food, so that paired with some good ol’ cider and wine makes for a pretty good night. Oh, and late night games of ’20 questions’ and ‘charades’ on the train home were the whipped cream on top. And the cherry? Watching ‘Hamish & Andy’ with apple pie and ice-cream in hand. I then proceeded to shower Tom in the birthday pressies I got him. Good times all round.

We were treated with the most incredible view of Darling Harbour. On point, Sydney. On point.

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There’s a brand new New York-style bar in Surry Hills called Brooklyn Social, bringing a little slice of the Big Apple to Sydney. Naturally, Ally – who’s just returned from exploring the concrete jungle – suggested it, and we headed there for dinner and drinks on Wednesday night with our partners (I’d say double date, but I’m a mature adult and certainly not 12 anymore. But it’s tempting).

It had a very similar feel to The Soda Factory (also coincidently in Surry Hills), with the dim, moody lighting and endearing decor, instantly transporting you to another time and place. However, Brooklyn Social is a 1970s gin bar, saturated with rock ‘n’ roll influences. Everywhere you turn, vinyls and almost-naked women adorn the walls. The eclectic bars menu is written up on rustic wooden boards. I cannot even explain in words how excited I was for American food – it was a go hard or go home type of situation. I enthusiastically complied, and went with a beef burger that was as big as my head. Challenge accepted. The burger was, for lack of a better way to describe it, the best 15 minutes of my life. I then turned around to find a DJ behind me with a pink mohawk, and a t-shirt with an expletive in bold letters on it. I’m not sure when she crept in, but she was scary.

In summary, it’s totally my kind of place. I love finding little gems like this!

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Thursday morning was one of those gloriously lazy ones. You roll out of bed at around 9.30am, decide you’re hungry and are in desperate need of caffeination. So you emerge like a gremlin and find the nearest cafe to help you out. That’s exactly what Tom and I did, and headed to Project 8 for a much needed feed and multiple coffees.

I just feel like halloumi & avocado understand me, you guys.

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You know when you just feel like it’s a ripped denim & Connies kind of day? Yep.

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I’m off to work today, then heading straight to The Soda Factory for Tom’s 21st birthday celebrations tonight! Can’t wait. :)

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday night, and I’ll chat to you guys on the weekend!

Love,

Kloe x

 



A Little Announcement: Broadening my Horizons.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Hi all,

I just wanted to drop in to let you guys know about the little project I’ve been working on behind the scenes, I’ve decided that it’s time to tell you about it now before it all comes into effect.

You’re all well aware that this blog is like my first born! Okay, admittedly a bold statement, but I’m going to go there. I adore writing and creating content, and it’s something I’m extremely passionate about. I started my little corner of the internet back in January 2013, so that’s 18 months ago now.

I feel in that year and a half, I’ve discovered more about myself, who I am as a person, what makes me excited and what I live for. I’ve broadened my mind, explored different and new-to-me avenues that I’ve come to absolutely love. I’ve followed paths that have lead me to become more of the person that I’m meant to be. Having said all that, I just feel that I’ve grown out of my “health & fitness” identity, and am aching to expand my blog to write about so many things that make my life more beautiful every day. I’m deciding to rename my little corner, and get a redesign to reflect my new interests, passions and hobbies, that I can tell will be a big part of my life. This isn’t something i feel unsure or worried about, which is a fantastic sign that this is the right thing for me to do. In fact, I feel invigorated, rejuvenated, and newly excited for the next venture here in my blogging world.

I think as a blogger, and heck – as a human in general, you’ll experience periods of change, growth and self-discovery that will alter the direction of your focus, or even your life. These can be monumental or just small, but these ebbs and flows are worth following and going with to find out what it is you love and value in life. It’s an inevitable part of being alive in this big wide world, and is to be embraced – it’s super exciting, run with it! And this is my moment to do exactly that. But I can’t deny that it’s of course a little scary at the same time, but you’ve just got to jump, right?

I get so much joy out of writing, and sharing my life and passions with you guys – so that will certainly not change! I just want to create a space more focussed on lifestyle in general, rather than just health and fitness. So you can expect lots more fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel and photography. These are the things that make my heart beat faster these days, and these are the things I want to share with you. I’ll still talk about health and fitness, because of course those things are still important to me. I fell in love with the name The Sunday Best, I feel like it’s a name that more accurately represents what my content will be. So that will be what this space will be called now. And just quietly, it’s much snappier, and easier to type in, haha. Minor details that make all the difference! ;)

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and stay for the ride. I’m still me, I still write the way I do, with my own unique, personal style. I’m just expanding my horizons, and chasing my bliss.

I’m sorting out the redesign and name change at the moment – the technical stuff is well beyond me, and I’m so in over my head! So bare with me as I navigate that and annoy the experts for their advice. ;)

I’ll keep you lovely people updated! I want to also say a big thank you to all my readers – you keep me going and you keep my writing. You’ve helped me make my mark here and made my little corner feel much more like a home. <3

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Love,

Kloe x



Trekking in the Wilderness, Snort-Laughing at the Movies & Other Recent Adventures.

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Happy Saturday, people for whom it’s actually Saturday for in the world!
If it’s not, keep truckin’ son. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

So now my standard inspirational pep talk is over, let’s catch up. Life has been kind of glorious lately. I feel like the work and play balance is tipping exponentially towards play, and I ain’t even mad. We all need a week or two like that every now and again to recharge, and essentially just have a crap load of fun. :)

As you know, Tom’s in town so we’ve been hanging out. I headed to his place for dinner a few nights ago, we were meant to cook dinner but let’s just say my job was to cut the veggies… all the while asking multiple times: “is this right? Thinner? More square?” I turn into a 3-year-old who can’t think for myself in the kitchen, so the poor guy had to answer the same question about 5 times. I wish I was a cooking genius who don’t need no validation! *sassy click*
The end result was chicken teriyaki, tempura veggies, rice and edamame beans. Despite my cluenessness, it was absolutely incredible. 

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Before dinner we hit a nearby bush walking track to take Tom’s dog for a walk. It’s so strange to turn off a main road in Sydney, and straight into what looks like it’s a national park or something, or alternatively the Amazon. We hiked around the “wilderness” (use that term loosely) for a bit, before settling onto a rock overlooking a creek, surrounded by trees with a billion bats hanging off of them. It’s always damn amazing getting away from the hustle and bustle of streets/cities/general civilisation to enjoy some peace and quite and just think.

Or talk ridiculous selfies, like we did.

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For some reason, I only just realised that my hair is insanely long – my friend Amee pointed it out. Give it a few months, and I’ll have to hire someone to walk behind me 24/7 to hold it off the floor. Now hiring in advance, $15 an hour. Apply within. :P

Tex in his element:

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As per usual guys, it’s that time of the post. I’m sharing my outfit of the day! Cue a few “Oh Lord, save us!” comments, a few sighs, maybe a cough. You love it.

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Hat: Sportsgirl / Blazer: Zara Basics / Grey tee: Cotton On / Leather pants: Cotton On / Necklace: Sportsgirl 

It was a uncharacteristically gorgeous, sunny day for winter, so I took the opportunity to dust off my favourite hat I bought a few months ago. I got one for my mum for Mother’s Day, then proceeded to convince myself I needed one too. Best decision.

The Parramatta Cotton On factory outlet had a bunch of incredible basics I got for super low prices, like the tee here for $5. Get your butt there if you live in Sydney! I’m crying a little as a write this, because the leather pants I’ve worn to death (also $5 from Glebe markets) are starting to fall apart. Definitely going to need to invest in another pair of them, I live in them in the cooler months.

I love my new necklace from Sportsgirl. I’m getting into the whole crystal theme that’s becoming popular, so this was a must-have. I love that it’s doubled up too. And finally, you all know how strongly I feel about my Zara blazer… also a bargain at $10. It’s my lifeline this season! Well, a close second after coffee. ;)

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Last night Tom and I saw 22 Jump Street. Verdict? Hilarious, and as good as the first. I was snort-laughing the entire time, putting everyone else to shame and beating them all in the “who-can-laugh-most-embarrassingly” stakes.

If you haven’t caught it yet, it’s a good one. Definitely recommend it! I mean, Channing Tatum. Often topless. Need I say more?

What have you got planned this weekend?
What’s your favourite go-to basic winter outfit, and where do you snag all your bargains?

What movies have you caught lately and loved?

 

Love,

Kloe x



Breakfast Dates, My Partner in Crime is Back & Monochrome Obsession.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Hey there!

I’m emerging from the apparent abyss I’ve been camping out in for over a week to catch up with you all. First up, I just want to say a big, big thank-you to all the incredible support I got after posting my most recent: Why I’ll Never Be Perfect, How That’s Completely Okay, Even Kind of Cool.

I was so overwhelmed by the love I received, and even though it was an incredibly personal post and one that took a lot of courage to put out there for the world, I’m so happy that I did in the end. Knowing that I was able to touch and challenge people with my writing makes it all worth it! It was definitely something I’d been wanting to write about for a little while, so again… you guys rock my world. :) I’ve always admired writers who are raw, genuine and honest, and I try to always capture my true self.

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Phew! Now that my big, soppy thank-you is out of the way (you can all breathe and stop cringing now ;) ), let’s catch up, shall we? I’m still basking in the pure bliss that is uni holidays. And just to makes matters that much better, I’ve got my two favourite people back in my life: Tom is in town at the moment, and my best friend Ally just got home from her adventure in the city of dreams! We had a brekkie date this morning, and there may or may not have been crash tackles and high-pitched squeals. I cannot explain how happy I am to have my partner in crime home again! I loved hearing all her stories from the big, bad concrete jungle that is New York City – and of course, it’s ignited that damn wanderlust in me again. Yet another city to add to the list, pity that. ;)

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We decided to check out Pablo & Rusty’s on Castlereagh Street, which was a bustling little place in the middle of the city. I was enamoured with the minimalist, industrial interior, and had to snap a few sneaky snaps: “Ally, cover for me!” Cue distracting the waiter while I did the typical blogger photo shoot. The service was crap, and they almost forgot to feed us after waiting an hour for our food – but we barely noticed. We were way too busy catching up on lost time, laughing obnoxiously loud and forgetting our inside voices. Apologies, businessman in the black suit next to us who kept shooting us death stares over his long black. Get some friends, mate.

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We kept it simple (and cheap, let’s be real here, guys…). I was hit by a massive, insatiable craving for Vegemite – which was hard to differentiate from being hit by a bus. Aussies, I’m sure you can relate – it can strike anytime, anywhere. Be ready. It ain’t fancy, but sometimes, there’s nothing like it. Verdict: thoroughly enjoyed. Ally opted for “pudding” (I use that term loosely, as it appears suspiciously to be a muffin in disguise). This was apparently the closest thing to banana bread, upon asking the waiter… what kind of cafe doesn’t have banana bread, though? I feel like this is violating some kind of cafe code, somewhere. However, irrelevant. I have my favourite lady back in my life, so muffin or pudding, I’m happy. :)

I wanted to share with you a recent fashion pattern I’m noticing myself whipping out a lot at the moment. And by a lot, I mean I’m essentially not wearing anything else. This winter seems to be the season of the monochrome outfits for this lady, and I’m not even mad. There’s something effortless and sophisticated about it, and you can never really go wrong. Plus, it just gives you to opportunity to go crazy with a little pop of colour and get creative there.

Exhibit A: My brekkie date get-up

(Can we just talk about how gorgeous the army bear from Tom is creeping in the background? His name’s Ted. Don’t judge.)

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Top: Beginning Boutique / Blazer: Zara Basics / Leather pants: Cotton On / Jewellery: Lovisa / Lipstick: Babette by Lime Crime Makeup

Would you believe me if I told you that at least 50% of this outfit I snagged for under $10 from markets?! It seriously pays to dig through people’s old clothes sometimes, you find some real gems. The Zara pin striped blazer has quickly become a winter staple for me, I love that I can throw it over most of my outfits to give it more of a professional, sophisticated finish. I’m a blazer fiend, guilty as charged. I love the contrast of the feminine lace with the edgier leather pants (which I barely take off this season) and the basic blazer. I opted for a little bit of pastel with the necklace, rings and baby pink lipstick.

 

Exhibit B: My work outfit, snapped quite literally in it’s natural habitat (shh.)

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Dress: Peppermayo Boutique / Blazer: can’t remember! / Jewellery: Lovisa / Lipstick: Dark Angel by Sportsgirl / Shoes: Rubi Shoes 

Okay, so awkward pose and arm positioning aside, I adore this new dress I just bought. It has this really unusual reptile scale or snakeskin pattern, which I was instantly drawn to. Not only that, but it’s got the asymmetrical front, which I love. The long sleeves make it super wearable for winter, and if you chuck on a pair of black stockings underneath and some boots, you’re snug and good to go. I paired it with some black and gold jewellery, and my newest beauty obsession: this deep crimson/ maroon lipstick. It’s a great alternative to a bold red lip when the weather is darker and colder.

 

Exhibit C: What I wear 98% of the time at home, but wouldn’t be caught dead sporting in public

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Hot water bottle & slippers: Peter Alexander / Tea: Tiny Tea by Your Tea / Quilt: made by my very talented Nan. It’s so colourful and beautiful, I’m kind of obsessed.

However, perfect winter set-up. Don’t even try to fight me on that. You will lose.

Hope you’re all having a lovely week, and I shall speak to you all soon! <3

Love,

Kloe x



Why I’ll Never Be Perfect, & How That’s Completely Okay, Even Kind of Cool.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve always been a perfectionist, ever since I can remember.

Even as a young child, making sure my Barbie’s mini-skirt fit just right, no creases, and her hair was in flawless plaits.
I’d always leave the most delicious thing on my plate until last, insisting on savouring every bite of that particularly sprinkled fairy bread.

Fast-forward to my school years, and this perfectionism morphed into something a little less harmless. I started putting pressure on myself to be “perfect”, to perform and deliver every single day – whatever that really meant. I expected too much of myself. It began as beating myself up if I wasn’t chosen to be the ‘centre’ in a netball game, or if I didn’t score the first try of the touch footy season. Then, I’d accept nothing under A’s for assessment marks, berating myself if a red, glaring B- stared back at me.

When I reached high school, the inevitable and incredibly sad body image insecurities crept in. I went to an all-girls’ private school, and comparing what girls were eating at lunch and what gym class one had been to (and how many times that week) was a way of life. Darwin was right, it was survival of the fittest: the more make-up you could physically put on your face, the more prominent your thigh gap or the more boys you had lusting after you, the more valuable you were as a person. Not only that, but there was this intense academic competition, that was rarely acknowledged, but well and truly brutal and unforgiving.
If you didn’t quite cut it, you were quickly deemed the runt of the pack. Like I said, survival of the fittest (read: smartest, prettiest, most popular and thinnest. No pressure, girls). It’s only a matter of time before being exposed to that kind of environment starts to beat down a person’s psyche, and skew their sense of self-worth.

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From then on, I began placing unrealistic expectations on myself, in every aspect of my life. Surely, if I can ace my HSC (final year of high school), have the best/thinnest/most toned body, have my boobs be at least a C-cup… oh, and go to as many parties as I can, I’ll be accepted, a better person for it and ultimately, be happy.
Oh young grasshopper, it doesn’t work like that. I had so much to learn, and such an astounding journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance yet to embark on.
I was constantly forcing myself to pretending I was always happy, bubbly, the loudest in the room. I had this crazy idea that to reveal who you really are, imperfections and all (as much as I was in denial about mine), was to risk losing everyone, and everything. “Flaws don’t suit you, darling. They make you unlovable, unattractive and, well, imperfect.” This was genuinely what I believed as a teenager, and in the first few years of adulthood.

However, a few years into my uni degree, my perception began shifting. I started to challenge all these pre-conceived ideas I had about humans and their flaws, what really bonds us to other people and makes us real, genuine and relatable. After meeting some of the most incredible people in my life in those early adulthood years, like Tom and my closest girlfriends, I learned something that liberated me more than anything else could: those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. The people that love you, love you unconditionally for who you are. The don’t care about your past, they don’t judge you. You are you for a reason, and when you reveal your whole self, you attract the people in your life that you’re meant to. These people will give you more fulfilment and happiness than finally reaching the elusive “perfection” ever will.

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Slowly, I allowed myself to just be. To open up, be honest and unapologetic about my imperfections, and who I was. I also allowed myself to be more vulnerable with people, to take more risks in life and abandon that crippling fear of failure. It has been the best, and most freeing decision I’ve ever made to date. It’s given me the strength and freedom to travel, to chase my passions, to go against the grain when I don’t believe in the mainstream values… and to love with my whole heart.

Through this adventure, I’ve learned so much about myself, and who I am. Yes, I’m still young, and still have so much to discover. That said, that transition from teenager to adult being released to fly in the real world is a huge, scary but exhilarating thing. It’s to be embraced, and not feared.

Here’s the quote I came across the other day, that inspired me to write this:

“In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting.”

— Robert Glover

So, here’s the thing.

I can be too stubborn and feisty for my own good sometimes (blame that on being an Aries), but that’s okay.

I’m constantly restless and looking for new adventures, like traveling the world. I hate staying in one spot for too long, but that’s okay.

I appreciate having time alone everyday to reflect, think and recharge my batteries. But I love being around other people, too. That’s okay.

I’ll never look like one of those “fitspo” models, I’m a woman so I have a few spots of cellulite – us ladies all do, but that’s okay. 

Cooking isn’t my thing, and I’ve got an intense weakness for peanut butter and Nutella, but that’s okay. 

I can be lazy and leave things until the last minute, then consequently freak myself out completely, but that’s okay.

I’ve got a weirdly loud voice for such a small person, and have to be told to use my inside voice a lot, but that’s okay.

I’m a really emotional person and often feel all the things, all at once, but that’s okay.

 

All of these things aren’t perfect, but they’re my little quirks and flaws that make me exactly who I am – and why no one else is like me.
I’ve decided to embrace them, because hey, ingredients in a cake are pretty crappy by themselves – like flour – but as a whole, a cake is pretty damn delicious.

Plus, there are plenty of things that I’m good at, and I have my own talents and strengths.

Have you ever struggled with the pressure to be “perfect” or not have flaws?
How have you helped yourself embrace exactly who you are?

Love,

Kloe x



Winter Warmers: My Top Tea Picks.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s (almost) nothing like snuggling up at home on a chilly winter’s day, rain beating the windows, all your most unattractive woolies on, a steaming cuppa in hand…

Look, I’m an absolute coffee fiend, but a poor uni student like me can’t buy a billion soy cappuccinos a day – although that would be pretty damn fantastic (minus the sleep… a small price to pay though, am I right?). However, I’ve been looking for a way to curb my constant need to be caffeinated by dabbling in the wonderful world of tea, which was previously unexplored by me. Everyone I know is an avid tea drinker, and I was determined to track down a few blends I could fall in love with.

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So, I set out on an epic tea-hunting adventure, and can happily report that I’ve returned with some pretty delicious loot. I’m starting to really genuinely look forward to sipping my teas throughout the day. I owe that to actually trying to find what type of tea I was into, rather than forcing myself to down all the herbal teas people swear by.

Okay, so honesty hour: herbal tea kind of makes me gag is most definitely not my thing. I just can’t help but thinking I’ve popped a nearby forrest through the Vitamix and now I’m casually ingesting it. Slight exaggeration? Maybe, but you feel me.
But in saying that, I’ve discovered that I’m obsessed with all the fruity, dessert teas. What’s new, huh?!

Here are the contenders for the best winter warmers this season, according to me. If you haven’t tried these, get on that! I mean, tea collections are never complete… mine is slowly but surely taking over my kitchen counter. To the point I question whether I have one anymore. But that’s irrelevant, because yummy tea stash errywhere. 

 

1. Strawberries & Cream by T2:

In my sweet-toothed, fruit-lovin’ mind, this tea is pretty much as perfect as they come. The actual tea is “loose leaf” (except doesn’t actually involve any leaves), and is made up of hibiscus petals, rose hips, apple & strawberry bits, with yoghurt pieces. Yep, you heard me right. This gem is literally that much-loved fruit and yoghurt combo, in tea form. I adore it with a stevia sachet and a touch of milk to make it more of a creamy treat. This one is fantastic for after dinner, when your sweet-tooth starts to inevitably run rampant. Tell it to chill out with a cup of this good stuff!

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Tiny Tea by Your Tea:

Okay, let me first start off by saying this is not one of those gimmicky, and not to mention plain unhealthy, weight loss teas. I am so adamantly against those supposed “fat burning” teas which so often contain harsh laxatives, causing drastic (and dangerous) water loss, and maybe even dehydration – all in the name of dropping a few pounds. Of pure water, really. Not a whole heap of fun, to be honest.

However, Tiny Tea is an organic blend of Chinese medicine herbs, that is intricately designed to help nourish your digestive system, and bring it back to balance. It’s the only herbal tea I drink, and have found that it’s aided tremendously with my tummy bloating and made me feel that tad more energetic and lighter/not so heavy and lethargic. You can purchase the teabags in a 14 or 28-day course, with the end goal being to feel much more energetic and to improve skin, energy levels and digestive problems. So far, so good! I don’t follow the plan or anything, I just grab a teabag when I feel like a cup of it. Can we also just appreciate the gorgeous little pink tea bags?! Typical girl status. Let’s move on.

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Toasty Nougat by T2:

Oh, wow. There are no words to describe just how comforting and delicious this one is. It’s like freshly made nougat, but just pretend you’re too lazy to chew (hypothetically. Get that checked out by a professional if you genuinely are), and you just sip the goodies instead. Bam, liquid nougat, right here. It has these incredible undertones of almond and caramel, with a burst of apple. See what I mean when I said I had a penchant for the dessert-kinda teas?! I mean, clearly I wasn’t joking. This is taking it to the next level. This is the definition of comforting on a blustery winter’s night, for sure.

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Chocolate & Orange tea by Kusmi Tea:

This beauty was gifted to me by Mum when she recently travelled to Paris. Apparently, this brand is all the rage of in Paree, according to her (look, she’s fitting right in with the locals! Go Mum! Next step is taking me there, cool. Thanks.) It’s absolutely divine! It’s a blend of roasted mate, orange peel and chocolate. For anyone who has experienced the absolute glory that is chocolate and orange together, will understand where I’m coming from here. And let’s be honest, chocolate has an insane power when it comes to making us feel happy/warm/fuzzy/possibly sick after an entire block/all of the above. This tea delivers the feel-good vibes, with a really lovely orange-y summery vibe… making me reminisce about the warmer months. Behave, Sydney weather.

If ever you’re in the city of love, do yourself a favour and pick up some Ksumi teas! They’re the real deal.

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Cocoa Loco by T2:

Chocoholics that can’t physically consume enough chocolate to satisfy their craving: this hero of a tea just saved your day. This baby is made from 100% pure cocoa bean husks, so you get slapped in the face (in a good way) by that rich, decadent chocolate-y goodness. Without the added guilt of downing a full block of Dairy Milk while watching ‘Orange is the New Black’ (“But it all happened so fast!”…). And if you’ve got a specific hankering for a creamy hot choccie, as is completely justifiable during winter, we’re all human here – you can add hot or steamed milk for an instant, healthy hot choccie. You’re welcome. Thank me later.

…Or you could just hop in the car in your trackies and ugg boots, and drive to the nearest Max Brenner for their hot chocolate (read: pure melted chocolate). You’d be forgiven.

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Fruitalicious by T2:

This is probably the most versatile out of all of my favourite teas. It’s got that perfectly sweet mixture of fruity flavours, and it’s not even just your standard, run of the mill fruits either. This one contains apple, dragon fruit, sea buckthorn berries, chokeberries, Goji berries, kiwi fruit, pinapple, papaya, cranberry and blueberries. Yes, all of those actually exist. Admittedly, I’ve only heard of, ooh, three of those – but that just makes it all the more exotic and mysterious. (Had to stop and remind myself I’m describing a tea, not writing a script for the Bachelor).

Perfect for a warm cuppa with honey or stevia for an after-dinner indulgence, or you can make a mean iced tea in the summer time. Add ice, mint, and actual berries to a jug of it for the ultimate refreshment.

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Speaking of tea, I think I might go brew myself a cup now. Brb.

What’s your absolute favourite tea?
Are you more of a coffee person like me, and trying to educate yourself more about teas?
Best iced tea recipe you know?

Love,

Kloe x



Egg of the Universe Yoga Studio & Wholefoods Cafe, Rozelle.

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

So, I’ve never been a die-hard yogi.

I’ve had an unpredictable relationship with yoga, one minute declaring I’m going to start practicing twice a week – the next year realising I actually never went. Once.

However, recently a friend of mine gifted me a month pass to Egg of the Universe, a gorgeous little yoga studio and whole foods cafe in Rozelle, Sydney. It’s primary focus is urban holistic yoga, transformational Power Vinyasa yoga. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this was kind of gibberish to at first, but reading up on it on their website, it sounds positively incredible.
Here’s what the studio has to say about their practice:

“Vinyasa” means to arrange or place in a special way. This refers to the sequence of yoga asanas that move intelligently from simple to more complex, allowing your body to open up slowly without force. A Vinyasa Yoga practice involves linking movements together with fluid breathig, creating a meditation in motion that allows you to move with grace and ease.

“Power” relates to your own evolutionary process of becoming more of who you are meant to be – letting go of anything that holds you back from your true state of openness and oneness with the web of life. It’s about finding your own true potential by letting go of negativity, competitiveness, and self-criticism. It’s about embodying the heart qualities of acceptance, compassion, truthfulness, passion and grace.

A Power Vinyasa Yoga practice will definitely work your physical body, but in a highly sensitive way. During a Power Vinyasa Yoga class you will become more aware of yourself on every level including your bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Power Vinyasa Yoga helps you cultivate somatic intelligence, reconnecting mind and body into a fully conscious, vibrant whole.”

- Egg of the Universe website (discover more here)

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My Mum and I headed in for a bright and early sunrise class on Tuesday morning, which was called Essentials. Now, like I said, I’ve had a rocky relationship with yoga, but I honestly felt like this class renewed my love for the practice, and I’m more determined than ever to at least get in a weekly session. The teacher was Murray, and he was fantastic. He gave great, detailed instructions, and on top of that, said some incredibly insightful things that really got me thinking mid-downward dog. There are some yoga teachers that are purely only good at teaching the yoga itself - then there are others that really challenge you to think about yourself and the world around you. Murray was one of them.

The class was 90 minutes long, with the perfect mix of challenging flowing movements and poses, and meditation and stretching at the end. I can honestly say, I’ve never sweated so much in a yoga class in my life, and I’m insanely sore today – the ol’ hamstrings and shoulders definitely got a beating! It’s a rare thing to feel extremely rejuvenated and reflective after a class, as well as feeling like you got a quality stretch and workout. Well, big tick for all of those elements. We’ll be back next week for sure, already booked in online!

Afterwards, we were starving and our muscles were crying out for a good refuel. We headed downstairs to suss out the whole foods cafe, which we found upon inspection had some pretty damn delicious stuff on offer. Breakfast and coffee, please and thank you.

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Mum and I both got almond milk coffees. I opted for the avocado & tomato on spelt sourdough, with hemp, oregano, basil & extra virgin olive oil. All topped off with a poached organic egg. There are no words, the only evidence of it’s complete yumminess was me polishing it off in about 10 minutes flat. Mum went for this beautiful raw cacao granola, with seasonal fruit, almond milk & cashew yoghurt. This food was unlike what you get at your standard cafe: it was all made with the best quality ingredients and you could definitely tell.

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I’m already looking forward to our class next Tuesday morning, you guys. There’s just something really special about the relaxed and renewed feeling you’re left with after a quality yoga session. It’s unique to post-cardio and post-weights rushes… but I’m just as much of a fan, that’s for sure. I was left feeling awesome for the rest of the day, and felt like I’d started it on the best possible note.

I need more of that in my busy, non-stop life. It’s not often we get to pause, and focus purely on ourselves and the present moment. Nothing more.

Are you a yoga fan? What is your favourite studio?
What’s your absolute favourite thing about the practice?

Love,

Kloe x



Sometimes You Just Need To Get Away.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Hey everyone, how’s this week treating you so far?

I got home from an amazing weekend in Canberra on Sunday night, and was ricocheted (quite violently) back into reality. I definitely feel much more rejuvenated and relaxed after a weekend of escaping everything. Sometimes all you need is to get away from everything that’s stressing you out and just forget about it for a few days – it seriously does you the world of good, mentally and emotionally. I’m a small town girl at heart, so I secretly really look forward to getting away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. It really doesn’t stop for anyone, and I get so overwhelmed by the sheer speed of it all. Canberra, on the other hand, is nice and silent and chilled out. Albeit small and cold, but hey, a small price to pay really! ;)

I got in on Friday night, and Tom took me to the hotel we were staying at. Guys, if you’re ever in Canberra for whatever reason (probably not for an adventure-packed holiday, I admit), stay at the QT, Canberra! It’s got this awesome, eclectic old school/retro political theme. It was so luxurious, I totally felt like a queen! The ultimate proof of it’s classiness is when Tom randomly and excitedly exclaimed, “Look – they have robes and slippers!” He was right. We spent more time in the robes being lazy than we care to admit. That decor, though! On point.

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They’ve got a really nice restaurant (and bar) downstairs called the Capitol Bar & Grill, which we ate at on Friday night. You can head there even if you’re not staying at QT, so it’s that kinda deal. Just check this place out. There are no words. Just a crapload of photos to prove my point:

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Am I right, or am I right? Just to top it all off, we got a breakfast buffet included for both Saturday and Sunday morning. Cue victory dancing and resultant food comas. All was good.

On Saturday night, we headed out for dinner with some friends, and actually ended up back at our hotel bar for drinks! Clearly just can’t keep away. QT, you have my heart.

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Pretty fairy lights on a bunch of trees on our way to dinner. See guys, Canberra can be remotely pretty and exciting sometimes. Cut it some slack, okay? Good.

I always look forward to my little weekend getaways in Canberra with my favourite person. Pity the kid lives (semi) far away, huh? Definitely missing the lazy hotel mornings raiding the breakfast buffet and reading the paper. If I could do this every morning, I’d be doing life right. One day, when uni or work or making a living and/or being a productive human being isn’t a thing anymore. ;)

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Look at him, being all worldly and intellectual while I’m most likely (read: undoubtedly) scrolling Instagram and double-tapping things.

Tom had to head home early, so I was stranded at the Canberra shopping centre for an hour or so before heading to the bus. I then proceeded to drink coffee and eat sushi and look like a general homeless bum. Sorry, everyone at the shops, for taking up about 3 seats with all my crap. I do not travel lightly, and am not even ashamed.

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Well, I’m off to finish up my final assignment for the uni semester (best moment ever.) and then continue my binge-watching of Orange is the New Black. Why did no one warn me about this show earlier?! Why did no one tell me I’d forget what sleep is? Pfft, it’s for the weak anyway, right? ;)

 

What did everyone get up to on the weekend?
Where’s your favourite place to getaway to when escaping the hustle and bustle of the city? Or is that your thing?
Have you seen Orange is the New Black, and are you a massive fan like me?

 

Love,

 

Kloe x



Something I’m Seriously Considering, New Finds & Exciting Times Ahead.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Oh hey there!

It would appear that I’m in fact still alive and kicking, hence this post. My week has been so chock-a-block, and next week will be just as hectic. Last Friday was my last day of uni for the semester (yes, 1000 times yes.) But that said, I’ve still got a monster of a 3000 word final essay to smash out, due next Friday… meaning: Kloe, get yo sh*t together and actually do said essay.
Patience, young grasshopper.

I’ve got my Nan over from Adelaide next week, and then I’ll be escaping to Canberra next weekend to hang out with Tom and get out of the damn city. Am I the only one who actually craves getting away from the hustle and bustle?! #grandmastatus ;) So it’ll be a really fantastic week to say the least, and I’m really looking forward to it! That, and my 8-week uni break ahead of me. So good it hurts.

As you guys may know (because I generally don’t shut up about it… #sorrynotsorry), but I’m making the conscious effort to reduce the amount of animal products I eat after some docos and books shock me to the core. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with a few different vegan products to see what they’re like and if I can see myself living on them happily rather than meat/dairy. It’s a completely new venture for me, but I’ve actually snagged some pretty yummy products and want to share them with you!

1. Cheezly mozzarella cheese substitute 

Guys, these rolls of “cheesy” goodness are actually amazingly like the real deal. I was really skeptical going into the fake cheese trial, not going to lie. But Cheezly delivered, 100%, and I was so pleasantly surprised. They even have a billion different styles: mozzarella (the one I had), blue cheese, super melty, mature cheddar… you name it, they have it, in dairy-free, ethical form.
I could easily live on this stuff and not miss cheese one bit! The texture is much the same as cheese, so you can pretty much do whatever you like with it. I popped mine on a vegan quarter pounder… no word of a lie. Will elaborate in a sec. ;)

Check out the product here.

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2. Vegideli vegan quarter pounders

Oh my lord. I never need beef/a late night drunken Maccas drive-thru again. These succulent babies are made from soy, and have onion and seasonings to make them extra irresistible. They’re equally as satisfying as any red meat burger, so you don’t have to be concerned with feeling like a rabbit in any way. You can still certainly go big or go home with these! I mean, prime example: I put one of the patties on a burger bun with Cheezly mozzarella style, avocado, tomato, onion, spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper. I went all out and even added some over-baked sweet potato fries in coconut oil. So. Flippin’. Good. So much so, that I clearly can’t even artfully articulate through words!

Read more about the product here.

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3. Macro Wholefoods Market nut butters

So anyone who knows me, even slightly, will be aware that I have an insatiable appetite for nut butters. I have been known to consume a whole jar within half a week… basically every week. If anyone’s up to challenge me on that, bring it on. I usually just grab the natural Sanitarium peanut butter and the health food section almond, brazil and cashew nut butter from Coles. I saw these bad boys in Woolies and thought I’d give them a go. Verdict? Sooo creamy, I thought I’d just save time and sit down with a spoon and said jar. A good time was had. As you can see, I’m cradling them like they’re my children and I care deeply for them. Accurate.  They’re made from all natural ingredients, as in, just the nuts themselves!

Suss the range here.

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In other news, I have a confession to make.

I’m kind of, sort of, obsessed with tiny little tattoos and want one. I just think some of them look just so delicate and gorgeous!
Before you start freaking out and threatening to call my Mum (she’ll be reading this anyway… ha, beat you to it!), take a look at the kinds of tattoos I mean:

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{Little aztec arrow design via @riseofdawn Instagram}

 

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{Tiny sun and moon via Tumblr}

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Here’s my problem though. I’m a massive wuss, truth me known, and almost had heart palpitations walking into the tattoo place about 6 months ago… to just enquire. Yep, that’s my scaredy-cat level: roughly 793.

I’d love some advice if anyone has some about getting a tattoo, how scared out of my brain I should be, good places in Sydney to head to… all that good stuff. :)

Oh, also, before I disappear: I HAVE AN AMAZING GIVEAWAY COMING YOUR WAY, LOVELY READERS!
So keep your eyes peeled over the next week for the big reveal ;) You’re going to love this one, so be ready to enter! I’ll be hosting the competition and giveaway on Instagram, so head on over and give me a follow and be raring to go when I post it. ;)

Have a great Friday all! I’m hibernating today because Winter has finally decided to come out to play here in Sydney, and it’s bucketing. I can’t see out my window.

Love,

Kloe x



Top health documentaries that’ll change the way you think.

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Hey guys,

As you probably know, I’ve been diving in head first to loads of books and documentaries and am devouring them like a fiend! Yes, I’m a book/research, let’s just get that out there. ;) Anyway, today I wanted to share with you some of my all-time favourite health and nutrition documentaries that’ll change the way you think, challenge you, enlighten you, and you’ll most certainly learn something you didn’t know before.

It was only until I really started thinking about all this for myself, and actively going out and finding out all the facts and information I could, that I realised how sheltered and a bit blinded I’d been to so many things! Watch a few and see what you think. :)

My I Be Frank?

This documentary really hit home for me and moved me in really unexpected ways. This doco follows the journey of Frank, a 54-year-old Sicilian living in San Francisco and battling drug/alcohol addiction, depression and being estranged from his family. On top of that, he’s been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and is pre-diabetic.

One day, Frank stumbles upon a little raw vegan cafe in New York, and becomes friendly with a few young men who work there. They ask him: “what’s one thing you want to do before you die?” His answer was “fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do.”

What happens next is absolutely extraordinary and such an incredible journey of transformation, healing and discovering self-love. Frank embarks on a 42-day experiment with the staff at the cafe that includes eating raw vegan foods, practicing gratitude, going to a spiritual retreat and seeing holistic practitioners along the way. What Frank doesn’t bargain for, is not only the physical healing, but the miraculous redemption, love and purging of toxic emotions that had been weighing him down for years. Finally, and possibly the greatest moment of all, he’s able to reestablish a relationship with his daughter after years of anger and resentment.

Definitely made me cry a bit, I won’t lie! This was one of my favourites, and I love how it combined witnessing the healing benefits of natural foods, but also delves deep into the darkest corners of Frank’s life, and shows his spiritual and emotional transformation as well.

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Earthlings

Earthlings is probably the most confronting thing I’ve ever watched. I spent the entire film with my hand over my mouth in shock, wiping the tears that I couldn’t stop from streaming. You can read all about how I felt afterwards here‘Earthlings’ provides behind-the-scenes insight into what goes on in slaughterhouses and factory farms, and it’s been deemed ‘the Vegan Maker’. This film is so vitally important, because it shines a light on what society turns a blind eye to, or is simply not aware is happening or how their steak made it to their plate. What I saw was astoundingly heart wrenching, and for me, it’ll be impossible to reverse the emotions that came up, and to ever see the meat and dairy industries the same way again. I vowed to myself to refuse participation in such a cruel and disgusting cycle.

The gruesome footage shows the inhumane, callous slaughtering and torturing of animals to provide for the meat and dairy industry. They scenes before your eyes show you things that you had no idea were happening, and will not only make you sick to your stomach, but will make you instantly want to make a difference and do anything you can to save at least some animals from being tortured and killed.

As horrendous as this was to watch, I’m so grateful that I’ve now learned the truth that is hidden to flawlessly by multi-billion dollar industries. It’s so important for us to know exactly how our food gets to us, so that we can make informed decisions using our own moral and ethical compass.

You can watch the film here.

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Hungry For Change

This one divulges all the dark, dirty secrets of the dieting and weight loss industry. It reveals exactly how they strategically make us keep coming back for more and are making us sicker and unhealthier.

‘Hungry For Change’ shows you all the hidden, nasty additives in our foods that are designed to be addictive. Not only that, but we learn about how they’re damaging our hormone function and contributing to chronic malnutrition (even in the face of rising obesity). Ironic, right? Experts in the health and nutrition industry talk about how we’ve strayed so far from how we should be naturally and instinctively eating, and are now consuming hundreds of “food-like substances”, riddled with harmful chemicals, that are making us obese and diseased. The vicious cycle continues when we place our trust in the diet industry, another one purely after stockpiling money, to desperately lose weight… when all along what we need to do, is strip everything back to how we should be eating and our body will react accordingly and in amazing ways we couldn’t imagine. We just need to break free from addiction and stop being brainwashed by big money-hungry giants in the food and dieting world.

The doco includes bold and controversial statements such as: “If you walk the aisles in the average grocery store and you look at the amount of sugar in a child’s breakfast cereal, you might as well be rolling up the kid’s sleeve and putting in heroin, because it’s the same thing.” It really makes you critically think about it all, and want to make a change in your own life to become the healthiest version of you. A real eye-opener.

Check out the film here.

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Food, Inc

This one explores things from a slightly different, but intriguing, angle. It investigates how Americans see it as more important to get fast, easy, convenient meals than to look at the associated dangers, costs and environmental impacts. The director interviews people with completely opposing views to get to the crux of it and the wider picture: CEOs, farmers, experts and advocates. The one that struck me most was a mother who’d been lobbying for years for better E. coli standards after her 2-year-old son was killed by it creeping into his burger. This is something that is life-threatening, and not even taken seriously or monitored closely enough… all in the name of shooting the most animal products into a hungry nation.

Behind the scenes footage show chickens who’s breasts are growing too fast (due to growth hormones) that they can no longer walk and support their own weight. It reveals cows munching on feed pumped with toxic chemicals and antibiotics, and illegal immigrants risking their lives simply to bring this food to the table. The FDA and USDA are bodies that should be protecting the health and safety of citizens, but the doco reveals that they’ve been guilty of favouring profit over this. Even the government is affiliated with dairy and meat companies.

‘Food, Inc’ aims to educate Americans on how corporations, and even the government, are exploiting laws to become increasingly powerful and earn more cash – all without a single care for the health and safety of the food they’re feeding millions.

You can see it all here.

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Best Speech You Will Ever Hear    +    101 Reasons To Be Vegan

These are both speeches that are presented in such a persuasive, logical and rational way, that the discrepancy between how we eat, and how we’re supposed to be eating makes total sense.

‘Best Speech You Will Ever Hear’ is by Gary Yourofsky, a renowned animal rights activist. He goes behind the scenes of farms and slaughterhouses, and gives incredibly thought-provoking information and indisputable facts about a vegan lifestyle vs. a carnivorous one. He speaks for the forgotten victims, animals, and not only explains how veganism is beneficial for our health, but how eating animal products is deteriorating it.

He speaks in a confident, captivating way, and really draws you in and makes you think. He makes you seriously consider what your values are, and question how society’s thinking and behaving has veered so far from what’s natural over the years. He highlights that humans are the only animals that drink milk after infancy, not only that, but we drink the milk of another species entirely  - something that is completely unnatural when you really think about it. He uses examples like this to challenge the stereotype of vegans being ‘weird’, ‘undernourished’ and ‘preachy’. Loved it! So worth a watch!

’101 Reasons to Go Vegan’ by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida redefines what being healthy and nourishing our bodies means. It dispels the stories we’ve been told our entire lives about animal products and how they’ve simply become a part of cultural tradition, and not necessarily something we do for health. For example, he addresses the notion that calcium can only be found in dairy products, and are needed to “build strong, healthy bones!” In reality, dairy products are creating an acidic environment in the body, and to desperately counteract this, the body leaches minerals and vitamins from the bones – leading to osteoporosis in the long run.

The presenter made a fantastic point that really slaps you in the face: if he walked into the room and placed a punnet of strawberries in front of the audience, they’d likely naturally and instinctively want to eat the delicious berries. However, if he placed a basket of little pink piglets in front of them, they sure as hell wouldn’t dive right in and start chomping on them. They’d probably smile at how cute they are instead! So how come, when pigs are in bacon form, they’re all of a sudden okay to eat? Especially after they’ve been unnecessarily tortured and killed? Hmm, wow. Good point there.

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Hope you enjoyed the post, and dive in to some of these incredible, eye-opening documentaries! I can guarantee you you’ll be moved, educated and enlightened all at the same time – it’s opened a whole new world for me. :)

On that note, have a fantastic Sunday! I’m on uni holidays and am being the biggest lazy slob just because I can ;)


Have you watched any of these documentaries? What did you find most shocking and interesting?

Any other gems that I haven’t added to the list? If so, please let me know!

Love,

Kloe x



Farmer’s Market Haul, DIY & Keen for the Journey.

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

And so another Monday rolls around again. Where are all these weeks going? Anyone know?! It’s completely freaking me out, but at the same time I can’t complain, because this week is my last week at uni before a giant break. Which I’m in desperate need of. Couldn’t come sooner!
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This’ll no doubt be me every morning until Friday. Can we just talk about how gorgeous French bulldogs are for a second?! I’ve found myself a little obsessed with them, and getting super clucky if I see one in public. No tears, mind, not that far – but wanting-to-smuggle-in-my-bag kind of obsessed. Still equally as serious. Anyway, like everyone who knows me would be well aware: the first thing I do when I buy my own home, is get myself a puppy! Yes, as a priority over a bed/fridge/etc… I’ll just cuddle it in the corner of an empty room. Priorities, people!

Wow, that was a really spontaneous puppy rant. I apologise for putting you through that, haha. Let’s talk about my Saturday instead, shall we?

After the gym on Saturday, I headed to Paddy’s Market for the first time in, ooh, about 2 years? I used to go and buy all my fruit and veg for the week there when I first moved out of home, but gradually got lazy because I’d have to travel to Coles for the rest of the stuff anyway. Cue me paying like $4 for one (crappy) avocado, and $6 for about 3 apples.
I was in absolute shock at how cheap everything was at the market! Check out this haul I picked up, totalling a mere $20:

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Please excuse the cheeky champers and wine bottles in the background that make me appear an alcoholic. I swear they’re just there to make me look more sophisticated/grown up amongst the soft toys I legitimately still have in my apartment. ;) But yeah, I’m extremely happy with this little purchase, and can’t believe I ever gave up market shopping! So, I made a promise to myself to head over and do a big, juicy shop every weekend before the week ahead. The thing that’s not so crash hot is how aggressive everyone is, it’s like “that’s my bunch of kale! MINE!” and you kind of have to back off, surrender with your hands in the air… but my tip? Just get aggressive back. Works every time.

As you guys may have read, I’ve changed my eating philosophy quite drastically after seeing some things that effected me deeply. I feel like re-discovering the market was a bit of a sign for me that this is the way to go – chomping on lots more veggies and fruit, and plant-based foods, much less animal products. So it’s all very exciting and I’m keen to get stuck into some plant-based recipes. My books marks are overflowing with recipes I’ve hoarded over the months, better get onto that!

I also whipped up some of my own almond milk, which I learned how to do at the Raw Food Kitchen workshop I went to with Mum a few weeks ago. Admittedly, it tastes quite different to store-bought almond milk, but did you know that only has 2% of almonds anyway?! What’s the rest of it, right? My thoughts exactly. So at least this way, I know I’m getting the real deal – lots of almondy and plant-based goodness. Plus, you can always add agave syrup or stevia to sweeten it, or raw cacao to make it into choccie milk. So. Flippin’. Good. I used this recipe here. I swear I didn’t put it in a mason jar to be all alternative/hipster, it was literally the only thing it all fit in… haha. Damn, I was almost one of the cool kids there! :P

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That was my Saturday dedicated to starting this new journey of mine, and I couldn’t be more excited for all the new experiences, getting really into cooking (which I’ve been meaning to do for years now!) and discovering a whole new way of eating ethically, without animals having to die and be tortured for me.

I want to leave you with a few nice quotes that hit home for me this week:

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What did you guys get up to this weekend?
Which markets do you head to, and what are the fruit and veg you simply have to have at home?

Love,

 

Kloe x

 



That Time I Turned Into A Monkey.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Hi everyone, how’s this weekend treating ya?

I just got home from a ‘Getting Started With Raw’ workshop with my Mum at The Raw Food Kitchen. It was a little 3-hour workshop run by the owner Amanda, teaching you all about the benefits of eating raw foods, how to get started and she walked us through some simple recipes to get us started. Oh my god, you guys… can we just take a second to talk about how good the food was?! I don’t think I’d ever go fully raw, there are things I just love too much, but I’m super interested and motivated to bring more raw food recipes into my life! :) I think I’ll do a separate blog post about our experience this morning, and what I’m thinking about it all.

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{Amanda & her day on a plate article for Loving Earth}

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It seems like I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone quite a bit lately and exploring new health and fitness endeavours. Fitness First recently challenged their bloggers to supercharge their fitness: basically, find something that out of your ordinary health routine, and skyrockets your fitness in new ways you may not have thought of. It’s all about discovering different ways to be active and get fit, and ultimately, to keep your fitness journey interesting and fun.

Rock climbing came to mind, and I was suddenly set on it! I’ve always loved climbing things. As a kid, I was essentially a monkey, scrambling up anything I could really get my hands on – trees, ropes… people.. (they weren’t as keen as I was, obviously). So I thought this was an awesome opportunity to rekindle an old love. Since Tom was in town, I employed him as my sidekick for the day. He was such a good sport, not being too embarrassed to snap pics of me posing on the walls, and even agreed to be in photos with the less-than-attractive harness on. What a guy. For that, I might not even put up the most incriminating photos of him… ;)

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We headed over to The Ledge at Sydney Uni, just around the corner from me. They have a little climbing gym, and you can just go in and do your thang whenever, even if you’re not a student. The man running it gave us the safety brief, showed us the ropes (literally and metaphorically) and we were on our way.

I forgot how damn hard rock climbing is! It literally requires every bit of upper body strength you can muster. Mere metres away from the top, all I could think was: “how was I such a buff little kid, for this to be no big thang?!” After smugly touching the top and making sure Tom saw me so I could rub it in, I descended down the wall. Less than gracefully. In fact, extremely awkwardly with a wedgie to match – winning. My arms would not stop shaking after a few climbs! Because you’re constantly supporting almost your entire body weight with your arms, and then pulling yourself up, it’s a pretty intense strength workout. However, rock climbing is definitely not something you’d instantly think of to create more tone and strength in your upper body… but I’m telling you, you’d get some pretty fantastic back muscles, triceps and biceps from it!

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I really enjoyed my little foray back into rockclimbing! Needless to say, I was feelin’ the old arms the next day. It’s so important when choosing a workout, to pick something that you genuinely enjoy and have fun with. I know you hear that all the time, but honestly, it couldn’t be more true. Even better when you’ve got a sidekick with you who’s threatening to drop you motivating you to keep going, give it your all and just to laugh with, let’s be real. Admittedly, most of my laughs came from making fun of Tom when I beat him and made it to the top when he couldn’t… but hey, you could say that doubles as motivation to then kick my butt, right? :)

With Fitness First’s support to supercharge my fitness, I also bought some amazing new Lorna Jane pieces to wear not only to my rock climbing sessions, but to the park, the gym, and every other workout I hit up. Sometimes, there’s nothing like a few fresh pieces to amp up the determination and keep ya going. What is it about cute gym clothes?! I have yet to carry out a scientific study to find that one out.

Until then, I’ll be rocking these gems for my workouts:

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{Fierce Core Stability Full Length Tights}

 

What have you ever spontaneously tried to ‘supercharge your fitness’?
What’s the best way to motivate yourself to stay
active?

Love,

Kloe x



The Soda Factory, Surry Hills.

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Burgers and fries and onion rings, oh my!

I’ve always considered myself somewhat of a burger n’ fries connoisseur. Ever since I was a kid, my eyes instantly lit up when I saw this combo on any restaurant menu. I could blame insatiable salt tooth, but let’s just be honest here… there’s nothing like a good burger when the going gets tough. Or you’re just hangry.

I’ve heard amazing things about The Soda Factory in Surry Hills, renowned for their retro American-diner-esque menu and decor. Think classic burgers, milkshakes with striped straws, gourmet hot dogs… it’s okay to drool, I certainly did.
So naturally, I told Tom that’s exactly where we’d be heading for dinner on Wednesday night. After meandering through the streets of Surry Hills, determined to find the place, we finally came across a little door in the wall with a sign above, reading “Bobby’s Boss Hot Dogs”. There was also a scary-looking security guard, who told us that this was in fact the place, and to step inside. Wrong name on the door? Oh Surry Hills, how hipster and alternative of you.

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One door lead to another, and all of a sudden you’re standing in an American 50s diner. The little place was complete with waitresses in red scarves and short skirts, little booths, and black and white photos of Audrey Hepburn and pin-up ladies on the walls. We decided to hit the bar and order some beer and cider to sip while we perused the menu. Oh, my god you guys… the food. This stuff was the real deal. There was every burger and hot dog you could imagine, milkshakes (oreo and salted caramel? Sold.), and everyone’s favourite sides: Southern fried chicken, onion rings, nachos, mac n’ cheese/cheeseburger spring rolls – you name it.

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After seriously considering challenging Tom to an eating competition, I settled on just one main: the big luck veggie burger. Tom went with the pulled pork burger with slaw, and then grabbed some onion rings to share. Because really, they were necessary, couldn’t pass those bad boys up! The burger was definitely as big as my head, but I knew I could take it on. I won, needless to say. It was exactly what I felt like: a big juicy burger, with melted cheese and mayo for days, chilling out in a bed of hot shoestring fries. I was one happy girl. We literally sat there in silence nodding in agreement at each other about how fantastic the food was. Satisfaction has reached a completely new level, that’s for sure.

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After our meal, we hung around and chatted over drinks, and enjoyed the live band in the background. Even for a Wednesday night, the place was pumping! It’s one of those hole-in-the-wall places that are difficult to find, probably most frequented by the locals. You hear about it through word of mouth and then commence the epic journey to find it, and it was so worth it.

Tom approached the band and told them, “it would be so great if you guys could play a cover of Star Wars Cantina!” to which they replied, “don’t you go anywhere!” We sat down again as told, got comfy, and  they played that exact song! A special serenade just for Tom. I kind of just smiled awkwardly and clapped at the end, having no idea what just happened as I haven’t seen Star Wars (sue me). But apparently it was kind of a big deal. Okay Tom, whatever you say. ;)

We then grabbed an ice cream to share on the walk home.

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We both had a fantastic night at The Soda Factory, and could not stop raving about it! Both the food, service and atmosphere were incredible, and make for a perfect venue for any occasion. Bring a bunch of friends to enjoy a relaxing night out over good grub, a cute little date night, heck, even a Hen’s Night! We spotted a girl sporting a plastic tiara at the bar :P I cannot wait to head back!

Where: 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, Sydney
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 5pm til late
Thursday: 5pm til 2pm
Friday: 5pm til 5am
Saturday: 5pm til 5am
Phone: (02) 8096 9120
Website: click here. 



Mother’s Day Market Shenanigans.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

And all of a sudden, it’s almost Hump Day. How does this keep happening? I need to stop blinking. I literally miss about 5 weeks when I do.

How was everyone’s Mother’s Day weekends? I hope everyone spoiled the incredible women in our lives, and had a lovely day. We often don’t tell our Mums/Grandmas/sisters/aunties/other amazing women that we love them and are super-thankful for everything they’ve done for us over the years.

So, shout out to my gorgeous Mum: you’re my best friend, my sister for life, and the strongest, most generous woman I’ll ever know. I could not be more proud to call you my mum. :) (yep, cue my mum probably tearing up/being a blubbering mess)

On Sunday, the family and I headed to Marrickville markets, which is a cute little organic food market with the best goodies on hand. It’s chock-a-block with fresh produce, amazing healthy food stalls, eclectic antique stuff, vintage clothes, free samples… I used to go there sometimes with Tom and his family, and really liked it.

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If you guessed that Mum and I have matching hats, you would be correct. I bought Mum this awesome winter hat from Peppermayo for Mother’s Day, convinced myself I absolutely needed one too.. and picked one up from Sportsgirl. I was right, I did need it. Such a good winter accessory! Refusing to take it off so far. ;) #twinning

Here are a few cheeky snaps from the day. Special mention has to go to the corn fritters we got for lunch: smothered in sour cream, dukkah & sweet chilli. Oh, holy yum. Do you reckon I could get away with kidnapping one of the cooks from the stall next week, to whip them up for me all day errday? Challenge accepted.

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I’m such a sucker for markets, and that’s one thing I adore about Sydney – there are so many little gems to discover scattered all over the city. I still haven’t done my rounds to them all yet, and I’ve been here almost 8 years!

Had such a nice day. Note to self: must spend as much time as I can with my family, it’s hard to these days but really makes all the difference.

Now I’m off to le gym (well attempting to work up the motivation… currently in my pj’s. Standard.) and then I have a full day with Tom tomorrow.  He’s leaving Sydney on Sunday! Endless #sadfaces. :( But we’re doing something really fun and out of the ordinary for my next challenge with Fitness First, so pumped for that – keep a sneaky eye out on the blog soon!

What markets are your favourites from where you’re from?
What did you get up to for Mother’s Day this year?
What’s a little tradition you do every Sunday?
Speak to you soon lovely people. Hope you’re having a good week!

Love,

Kloe x



Lately: Mini Beauty & Skincare Haul/Review.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Oh Saturday, where have you been, ya cheeky bugger? Well, it’s currently 5am on said Saturday morning, so there goes the whole relaxation thing I was about to gush about.
Why is it the one morning I can have a blissful sleep-in, my mind decides to have ALL THE IDEAS EVER and I can’t sleep? Logic.

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So it’s been 10 days since I posted, and I miss my little corner of the internet! As always, uni is having one if it’s pre-break moments where everything is due within seconds of each other. Fun times all round! But just quietly, this 6-week break coming up is just what I need. It’s getting to that point where I need that long to sit down and actually use my brain (what is this?!) to think about the future/careers/what I want to do with my life/the meaning of life and all that jazz. No biggie. But with being so close to the end of my course, it’s truly crunch time! We shall see what happens. All very exciting and intriguing. *strokes metaphorical beard*

However, for now, the weekend is here, so it’s all good! I’ll just be catching up with some friends, heading to some markets on Sunday with the family for Mother’s Day, and assignment-ing… begrudgingly. And procrastinating… a lot. Haha.

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I’ve been re-vamping my skincare and beauty products collection a bit lately, so I’m thinking it’s time for a mini-haul! I haven’t used all of them yet, but definitely will let you know which ones I fall madly in love with so I can force you all to buy them too ;) I’ll give a bit of my opinion on the ones I’ve broken in!

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I can definitely say for sure I’m in love with this shade – I’ve already been wearing it to death and get lots of compliments! It’s this deep, vampy burgundy red, which is absolutely perfect for autumn and winter (aka the next half of the year here in Australia). It’s super bold and looks fantastic paired with stripes and leather for an on-trend look. I wear mine with any of my basic winter outfits to add an unexpected pop of colour. An awesome seasonal staple!

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Self-tanning Product: Bondi Sands foam (light to medium)

If you haven’t heard amazing things about Bondi Sands products, I’d say you’ve definitely been living under a rock (and hence, probably need a fake tan!). I haven’t tried it out yet, but I opted for the light/medium for a bit of a glow in the winter months. Apparently, it also smells like coconut. Um, sold times a thousand? To be honest, I’m not a big fake tan guru, but I’m finding myself more and more envious of girls with that gorgeous glowy skin. So hey, this is my attempt to steal said look ;)

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Eyeshadow Pallette: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow x4 in Glimmer of Gold

I’ve been on the hunt for a great, everyday, basic eyeshadow pallette for a while now. Then for my 21st, I got a David Jones voucher, and convinced myself the stars had aligned… which is obviously necessary before buying makeup, haha. I had a chat to the lady working at MAC in DJs, and she recommended this little pallette for hazel eyes, and something that can be worn in essentially all situations. It’s very mild so you do need to layer quite a bit and don’t have to be cautious, but it’s good because you can have it super light or build it up for a bit more of a smokey eye.

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Face Mask: Kakadu Plum face mask by Endota Spa

I picked up this little gem on my 21st when I headed to Endota Spa for a massage with my Mum and Nan. They’re crazy good sales people there, and took advantage of my post-massage zone out to convince me to buy this. BUT, the few times I’ve used it I’ve loved it! You have to pop it on dry skin, and leave for 5-10 mins before washing off. It left my face feeling so fresh, smooth and soft – I was shocked. I like the fact that it’s organic and natural too, so you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin. :)

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Body scrub: Frank Body

Yep, I caved. I succumbed to peer pressure/fantastic social media marketing and bought some Frank Body scrub! You would’ve seen it taking over Instagram, with people posting semi-nakey and suggestive photos of themselves post show, all bedroom-eyed claiming they’ve just “got dirty with Frank.” It’s cheeky, but I think it’s highly amusing! Anyway, I snagged some for my Mum and my best friend Ally for Christmas, they’ve both reported back that it is incredible – working wonders on smoothness, as well as cellulite (all women everywhere: WHERE CAN I GET ME SOME?!). I’m excited to try it, and will let you guys know if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. ;)

 

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Primer: Australis primer

Okay, so admittedly I’ve been using makeup for yonks without ever using primer – until I started watching beauty YouTube vloggers and hearing the phrase: “it’s a crime not to prime!” To avoid imminent gaol, I hastily purchased some. And also I’d heard it was amazing for keeping your makeup on and crease free, or something. :P I’ve used this Australis one a couple of times, which was super affordable, and it’s great. It felt really nice on my skin, and my makeup went on flawlessly. It lasted all day too, which made me want to pop open some champers. That never happens to me!

 

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I’d definitely recommend giving some of these products a go, and I hope you liked me little haul/semi-review! I’ve been to le gym this morning, and explored some of the Newtown markets, now I’m off to have coffee with a friend and force myself to study after. I’m going to have to be real strict on myself, my procrastination skills are getting too well defined now… haha.

What are your holy grail beauty products?
Do you use fake tan, and which one works well for you?
What have you got planned for the weekend ahead?

Have a good one!

Love,

Kloe x



This New Thing That I Do & Winter Fashion Essentials.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Why helloo there, how are you on this fine Thursday mornin’?

I’m running around like a headless chook trying to get anything and everything done that I have to do. Yeah, it’s not very attractive and my frantic self gets me some weird looks in public… #sorrynotsorry. I’m a woman on a mission, don’t even question it! Does anyone else feel like their to-do list is weirdly never-ending?!

However, yesterday morning was a tad different. Different good. I had a completely free morning (what is this sorcery?!) and decided to head to a nearby cafe in Glebe, laptop in hand, to get some of my uni assignment done. I mean, I headed in all guns blazing, determined as anything… but kinda got lost in the cool, eclectic decor and awesome coffee. I may have had more than one. Okay, I definitely had more than one. I always feel obliged to keep buying stuff when you’re just stealing wifi, ya know?!

It’s becoming a bit of a ritual, and I’m not even mad. Uni tutors sure will be in the foreseeable future, but minor deets. I hung out at Clipper Cafe, Glebe.

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Not a bad setup, really. I was much more amused than I should be about the bikes on the wall. I had to hold back from yelling to random cafe-goers, “look guys, flying bikes, lol!” I’m really cool, most of the time, obviously.

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Guys, I’ve been thinking. I really want to add a fashion aspect to my blog as well, it’s something I’m equally as passionate about as health and fitness. What do you all think? I reckon it would be fun to mix up my topics just a tad, and hey. This is my blog, and I should totally be able to expand my horizons and write about whatever I want *insert sassy finger click*. It’s a health and fitness blog, but also about lifestyle and life in general. I guess there are no hard and fast rules that I absolutely must follow, or I’ll be chucked into naughty blogger gaol! …I hope. That would be going a tad overboard.

So, with that being said, I want to share the top fashion pieces I’m adoring for autumn/winter 2014. Now I’m just shooting myself in the foot, or more specifically, encouraging myself to spend more money on clothes. How unfortunate, right ladies? ;)

1. Tartan

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Truth be told, it took a while for tartan to grow on me – at first all I could think of was that it was a flashback to my school days. But now, I’m really loving it! Cute tartan print dresses and skorts look great paired with a warm pair of stockings and boot heels. The bold reds add a striking burst of colour, as outfits can easily becoming black-on-black-on-black in the cooler months. I’m loving the fact that cropped tops (like the style of the one above) will be fashionable through autumn & winter, you can just wear them with high-waisted skirts and jeans to keep toasty.

2. Boyfriend jeans

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Oh, boyfriend jeans… I’m absolutely obsessed with them. One of this season’s must-haves, these babies are so effortless to chuck on, and achieve a billion different looks. They can easily be dressed up with a pair of strappy or boot heels, and your fave printed top. Add a clutch and a statement necklace, and you’re good to go for cocktails or out to dinner. On the flip side, nothing quite beats a comfy pair thrown on with a good vintage t-shirt, flat boots or Converse. Pull on a knitted cardigan or leather jacket to complete the look/avoid imminent frostbite (because obviously that’s a real risk for us Aussies…).

3. Stripes

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Okay, so it’s no secret that stripes are essentially always classic and on point. I think I could easily claim that 20% of my wardrobe is striped, and I’m not even ashamed. There is pretty much no situation where stripes won’t work for you. I love how strong and bold the print is, and because most items are black and white, it’s the perfect opportunity to add an amazing pop of colour/focal piece: a bag, jeans, statement necklace… anything goes. Have fun with stripes, and use it as a base to get creative!

4. Winter boots & shoes

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One thing that I always get so excited to rock in autumn/winter: boots. Super-warm and stylish, I literally have so many pairs to mix and match with any given outfit I’m wearing. Staples this season will be a pair of black or tan heeled ankle boots to throw on with skirts, jeans, dresses… they’ll never let you down by instantly taking an outfit from day to night, or giving you a bit of extra height (#shortiesunite)., Timberlands (in the middle on the left) are sneaking their way into Australian fashion. It’s funny, when I was travelling around Europe in January, everyone was rocking a pair of these – no exaggeration. I was perplexed, but secretly loved them. Now they’re here and I have permission to buy a pair! Also adore the classic white Converse, and I’m drooling over the leopard print heels. Need in my life.

5. Cosy knits

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Admittedly, knits are always a thing in autumn/winter. They’re snuggly, and so simple to pull on with essentially any outfit. My favourite ways to wear them are teamed with a pair of skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans, and boots of your choice. Popping them on over printed dresses (even some you may have from summer) with stockings and boot heels creates an instantly feminine look.
I’m also secretly diggin’ the beanies with the quotes on them, which look awesome with a plain tee, leather-look jeans/boyfriend jeans, and a tartan shirt tied around your waist. Grunge city, but looks amazing, and not homeless at all – trust me.

So that’s all folks, and I hope you enjoyed my first little foray into a fashion post for you! Expect more to be popping their heads in around these parts. :)

One more day to brave, then it’s FRIDAY! I’ve got my nan coming up from Adelaide to celebrate Mother’s Day early with the fam, so it’s nice to get the rare moment to hang out with family these days :)

So, your turn:

What’s your favourite cafe to set up camp at when you’ve got heaps of work to do/to escape to?
Which autumn/winter 2014 fashion are you adoring at the moment, and can see yourself living in?

Love,

Kloe x

 



A Girl Can Dream: Top 5 Luxury Health & Fitness Holidays.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

As May is sneakily creeping up on us, I’ve found myself daydreaming about my next escape from reality.

It’s been 3 months since I (begrudgingly) got home from a trip around Europe, and it’s official. I’m itching to get away again. It was only a matter of time! Once you’ve caught that travel bug, there’s no going back/ever having any money again. ;) #travelproblems

Since I’ve just done the whole European winter gig, I’m craving something warm and tropical. I’m talking palm trees, sand between your toes, rolling waves… oh yes. Be honest, does that not sound like perfection right about now, as we’re welcoming in the cooler, cloudier months in Australia?

And I’m not even going to pretend that I couldn’t go for a little luxury right now. Hey, you may as well splurge and go all out, none of this half-hearted shiz. Girl’s gotta spoil herself sometimes, amiright? Even if it involves probably busking for the next 8 weeks afterwards and living on Maccas… minor details. Also, worth it.

So in the spirit of my sudden and untameable craving for tropical retreats, I’ve put together a wish-list of some breathtaking health, fitness and wellness retreats from across the globe. Drooling and sobbing may have ensued.

Take a look at these incredible oases… sitting there being all luxurious and pretty and tempting and stuff. I hope this reignites a passion in you to jet off to a far away paradise! See you there ;)
The Body Holiday, LeSPORT, Caribbean

Set amongst the unbelievable beauty of St Lucia in the Caribbean, the Body Holiday is the ultimate health and fitness experience. From sunrise to sunset, there’s a huge range of activities to get lost in, then finish your day with a rejuvenating spa treatment. All while surrounded by waterfalls and rain forests. Pass me a cocktail, will you? I’m sorry, a detox wellness kale juice. Forgive me.

Activities: Yoga, boxing, pilates, circuits, spin, beach blitz, step, zumba, dance, running, mind & body.

Price: 7 days- Singles & sharing from $1935 per person (low season), singles $3265 & sharing $3215 (high season).

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Absolute Sanctuary Fitness, Thailand

Absolute Sanctuary is perfect for anyone looking to take their health and fitness to the next level, or completely starting out on their journey. Your program is personalised based on your goals, so the 7-days you spend in paradise (working hard, though!) bring some amazing benefits. Resistance and cardio sessions are complemented with relaxing yoga and walking to provide a perfectly rounded routine. You’ll need your fuel, so they’re sure to feed you lots of nourishing meals and their “power blast super shakes.” Wow, is anyone else slightly curious? Sounds like Superman in shake form! #pow

Activities: Yoga, juice fasting, sunrise walks, thai boxing, aqua power, boot camp, massages, body scrubs & healing therapies.

Price: 7 days- Singles $2320 & sharing $2050 (low season), singles $2645 & sharing &2295 (high season).

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Golden Door Retreat, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Of course, I had to go all patriotic on you and include one in our very own country. Aussies, specifically those on the East Coast, this gem is right on your doorstep! Golden Door is nestled in the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, surrounded by amazing picturesque views. It’s just the sanctuary you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, and refocus on yourself. During the day you’ve got a billion and one activities to choose from, whether it be tai chi, deep water running or a seminar. You’ll leave Golden Door feeling rejuvenated, and like a completely new person.

Activities: Deep water running, walking, tai chi, stretching, seminars, evening entertainment, spa treatments & a wellness centre.

Price: 7 days – singles $4090, twin-share $3605 or multiple options for multi-share from $3745.

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Ananda Yoga, The Himalayas, India

Your go-to destination for pure tranquility and relaxation, Ananda Yoga focuses on giving you an unforgettable wellness experience. Throughout your stay, you’re introduced to the ancient yoga practice, and treated to yoga sessions specifically designed around your needs. Afterwards, head over the the spa to indulge in some bliss. Guilt-free. Life can be so fast-paced and overwhelming these days, it can be so powerful to step away from it all and just give ourselves time (and permission) to slow down, breathe, and do something purely to treat yourself. Recalibrate and take in the beauty of India’s Himalayas at AnandaYoga.

Activities: Yoga, personal training, private session: abs, legs and bums, private session: the fit ball, meditation & spa treatments.

Price: Singles $3485 & sharing $2770 (low season), singles $4370 & sharing $3430 (high season).

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F12 Fitness Retreat, Spain

Not one for the faint-hearted, F12 Fitness Retreat is ready to kick your butt back into gear and get the fitness motivation spark burning bright. Unlike some of the other retreats, F12 isn’t about kicking back under the sunset, it’s about kicking some butt under the sunset. If you’re looking to become fitter, stronger, or transform your lifestyle, then this Spanish retreat is it. Calbanque National Park has an incredible coastline, which the retreat takes advantage of. Morning session on the beach are where it’s at, as well as lots of outdoor adventures to get your heart racing. If you’re in need of a good massage or mud treatment to soothe those sore muscles, F12 have you covered.

Activities: Weight training, tai chi, spin, aerobics, step, pilates, running, swimming, zumba, cardiotonic, facials, body scrub & massages.

Price: Singles $1195 & sharing $1195 (low season), singles $1295 & sharing $1295 (high season).

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Okay, so if you’re anything like me right now, you’re literally planning the next 10 years of your life. How you’re going to possibly save up for all 5 (yep, it’s happening), who you’re going to bring with you, and when you’re going to jet off.

Love,

 

Kloe x



Easter Weekend, I Miss You. Please Come Back.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Hey lovely people, how was your Easter long weekend?

I hope you enjoyed every second, had an incredible time with family and friends… and are now paying for your #yolo attitude towards all the chocolatey goodies. I know I’m still nursing a choccie hangover. ;)

I had one of the best weekends I’d had in a while. On Saturday, Tom had a bunch of people over at his place, and we just spent the night playing pool, chatting and cooking sausages and potato gems at 11pm… cue the desperate quest for tomato sauce that got everyone involved, haha. I ended up calling it a night shortly after the midnight feast, as I was so exhausted. The guys just stayed up watching a movie before everyone else crashed. I mean, by this stage I was the only girl, so I thought I’d leave the boys to it!

On Sunday morning, we were up early and Tom was cooking up the biggest batch of bacon I’d ever seen. Boys know how to eat!  Since I was feeling like a bit of a domestic failure, I started baking creme egg brownies to take with us to Easter lunch at my family’s place. I was feeling all accomplished and slightly cocky, until a scientifically unexplainable disaster happened… the brownies were both burned and still gooey at the same time?! This could only happen to me, haha. I took this as a warning I should not be allowed in the kitchen, unless it involves toast. Or maybe eggs. If I’m feeling particularly adventurous :P

Here’s what they were meant to look like:

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Here’s a probably accurate image of what the scene really looked like:

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{‘Breaking Bad’ fans, ya feel me: I’m Jesse on the left, not knowing what the hell I’m doing… playing it cool. Tom is Walter, wondering what the hell he’s gotten himself into. ‘Nuff said.}

Anyway, after the baking dilemma and kicking everyone out of the house, we got ready and headed to my family’s place for Easter lunch. Verdict: it was all good about the lack of brownies, there was definitely enough chocolate stuff to go around. Times a thousand. Could breathe again.

…Except after the feast. No breathing, just rolling. So much food, but so, so good!

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And yes, Tom and I are both wearing crazy shirts. I swear we didn’t plan it! My Mickey Mouse jumper wins, just quietly. ;)

It was a lovely afternoon. Although, like I’ve said, I’m not a massive Easter fanatic, it’s still a nice little holiday coming up to the middle of the year. We all need it: everyone can just relax, recoup and take a bit of a breather, spend time with family and eat lots of goodies. :) Then you’re ready to take on the rest of the year and before you know it, Christmas is just around the corner. What even.

So now post-Easter-long-weekend reality is setting in, and I’m feelin’ the effects of all those late nights and indulging. I’m super tired, and am so glad I had a whole day off today to reset for the week.

My day so far has pretty much looked like this:

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{I spent my morning at a local cafe reading magazines, and of course, guzzling coffee. Straight to the bloodstream, caffeine. Please & thank-you. }

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{A bit of veggie/salad prep for the week}

I always find that after indulgent holidays, my body craves veggies, fruit and lots of quality protein straight after. It’s like clockwork! I’m sure it’s my body’s way of telling me to calm the eff down and get some actual nutrients back into me. I mean, let’s be real here… I don’t think I’ve eaten one green thing for about, ooh, 5 days? Tom and I have essentially lived on bread, chocolate, chips, lollies from show bags (BERTIE BEETLES!) soft drink and brownies (…yeah okay, you caught us. We ended up eating the brownies anyway. They’ve still got it, even though you can’t even tell what they are ;) ) Actually looking forward to some good, healthy food back in my life this week. :)

Hope you’re not suffering too much from the post-holiday blues and aren’t sobbing at your desk at work or anything… as tempting as it is, I hear ya.

Hope you all had the best Easter break, and a great week ahead! :)

What did you get up to over Easter?
Any traditions you and your family always whip out?
What’s your all-time favourite Easter recipe or indulgence?

Love,

Kloe x



80s Spin Dance Party & This Crazy Weekend.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Good morning all, how are we this Easter long weekend?

One can only assume you’re fabulous and have already consumed your body weight in chocolate. I had a rather large Easter egg for breakfast yesterday, and while I wish I was kidding and could retain some dignity… nope. My excuse is that’s socially acceptable this weekend, in fact it’s necessary at some point over Easter ;)

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{Proof: Tom and I’s post-dinner “treat” watching Frozen… yes, I could probably fit inside the egg. Minor details.}

On Thursday morning I was given the opportunity to head over to Vicious Cycle at Bondi Beach to try out one of the spin classes. It’s Sydney’s very first indoor cycling studio dedicated to purely that – so you really get a fantastic and intimate ride.

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I decided to head to Vicious 80s, which is an incredible mix of fun 80s music and a sweaty spin workout. I adored the class, the owner Tanya took the time out to help us set up our bikes properly, and explain why it’s important. She also got to know a little about me and another blogger who were having our first ride there, which was lovely. It’s not often you get such a personalised experience like that at big gyms, and all throughout the class Tanya was able to focus on everyone individually, giving us encouragement and little tips along the way.

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Not only that, but there was an amazing scene painted on the wall in glow in the dark paint, and there were screens set up on stage with flashing fluoro words letting you exactly what we were doing then and there. Throw in some 80s classics, like ‘She’s A Maniac’ and ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ and you’ve got yourself one of the most enjoyable, but tough, cardio workouts you can get.

You know what’s super refreshing? No contracts or joining fees, you just pay per ride. Love it! I’d definitely recommend checking the little studio out and prepare yourself for a party and a workout in one. Thanks for having me, Vicious Cycle, I had a great morning! :) Head over to their website to book in your next spin class.

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{Tanya & I post-spin: sweaty messes. And it’s a V for vicious, duh. ;) }

I’m so glad this weekend is here now. I definitely need a good few days to relax, rejuvenate, spend time with family, eating good food (read: lots of chocolate) and catching up.

Yesterday Tom and I braved the Sydney Royal Easter Show, but who knows why… it was a really hot day, and we picked the busiest day to check it out! But hey, it’s always fun snagging free food samples from the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, and sussing out the show bags even though you’re at least 10 years too old to actually buy any :P I ended up grabbing the Cleo one with lots of mags I hadn’t read, so I’m a happy girl.

Today we’ve got a big one ahead. We’re getting ready for a party tonight, fitting in a gym session, baking for Easter (rather I am, Tom can be a taste tester or something!) and just running around generally like crazy people.

Hope you have an absolutely amazing Easter, enjoy the relaxation and time with family and friends. <3

Speak after the Easter shenanigans!

Love,

Kloe x



The Fitness First Corporate Triathlon.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Nothing ruins your Friday like realising it’s Tuesday, amiright?!

But you know what? I’m actually not complaining for once, because I’ve got an amazing weekend planned, it’s definitely going to be a good one. Tom’s heading over on Thursday night, and I’m staying at his over the long Easter weekend! We’re going to be 10-year-olds and check out the Easter Show on Friday, which should be a lot of fun. We’ll feel a little elderly amongst the kiddos, but we both haven’t been in a few years and hey, what’s not to love about rides, show bags, winning giant stuffed toys and free food samples? Nothing. Exactly.

Then there’s a party on Saturday night, followed by a lovely Easter lunch at my family’s house on Sunday. Even though I’m not the biggest Easter person in the universe, I love the opportunity to spend some quality time with family… and eat some cheeky chocolate. Just being real here, guys. Don’t deny you hit that Lindt like there’s no tomorrow too. ;) White chocolate is my absolute weakness, so any white chocolate bunnies better watch their back yo. :P But in all honesty, I’m really looking forward to a great weekend of no work, lots of time with Tom and the family, good food, relaxation, watching the latest Game of Thrones episode… what, who said that? Hehe. :P

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Rewinding to Sunday, as you guys know I participated in the Fitness First Corporate Triathlon National Series. It was a fantastic morning with a great buzzing atmosphere, and was incredibly well organised too. It was a super early morning, I was stumbling around in the dark with my iPhone maps out at 5.30am trying to locate Mrs Macquarie’s Point in the massive Botanical Gardens, but finally made it there alive. I was greeted by the PR consultant I’d been chatting to for weeks organising the event, and as soon as I met her we both kind of looked at eachother for a few seconds… then both said, “don’t I know you from somewhere?!” Turns out a couple of years back, we were both in a music clip together, Earth Boy’s ‘Knee Length Socks’ (so much fun filming, lots of long socks- obvs- and lame dancing). So that was a weird/funny moment!

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{The swimmers killin’ it doing their thang in the harbour. Oh, and the torrential rain!}

I then headed to the Fitness First media team tent to pop on my 2XU uniform (damn that thing was tight!), meet my team member and get a briefing. I was paired up with a super-fit guy who’d just “casually” done a few triathlons before… you know, the usual. He covered the bike ride (9km) and swim (300m), and my little leg was the 3km run. I didn’t get a chance to train for the entire thing, but I’d love to tick a triathlon off my list someday, such a sense of achievement! When I got there, and for a few hours of waiting for my event, it was pouring. I mean the I-can’t-see-a-metre-in-front-of-me kind of rain, it was insanity! I really felt for the swimmers, but they were machines and just hopped into the harbour like it was no big deal! Respect. I’d be a little baby about it, that’s for sure.

By some miraculous twist of fate, the rain had stopped by the time it was my turn to shine huff and puff like a crazy person, scaring runners half to death when I was overtaking them. It’s been a long time since I’ve ran due to a nice little string of injuries (yay!), so it felt both amazing and super-hard to run again. I tell ya, running is tough. You really need a specific type of fitness that I’ll need to work on building up if Mum and I want to do the Blackmore’s Run or City 2 Surf later this year! But I love a challenge and it gives me something new to work towards. Let’s do this ;)

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{Number 5070: done & dusted. And a leg #selfie to prove it, naturally}

No matter what event you’re racing in, it’s always an incredible feeling crossing the finish line, lungs and legs burning. Can you imagine doing that after a half or full marathon, after months and months of hardcore training?! You’d feel on top of the world. Next stop: half-marathon. :P

After the biking/swimming/running shenanigans, we were greeted with lots of yummy goodies thanks to the caterers. Lots of wraps, fruit, mini quiches, fresh fruit juice… perfect re-fuel food. Get in mah belleh. All in all, it was a really enjoyable morning, and it was a lot of fun to get a little competitive in a team, it’s been a while since I played team sports! (aka circa 2000, netball in school haha). Thanks Fitness First for organising it all, you did an awesome job! Would love to tackle the entire triathlon next year for sure. :D

Now, I’m off the Apple store to get this bloody charger sorted finally… and there may or may not be some sneaky window shopping involved too. Hey, when in Rome/the shopping centre. ;)

Have a lovely week and shall chat to you soon!

What events have you been a part of before?
I’ve done lots of fun runs, and the Nike She Runs the Night event in 2012 which was soo much fun, I loved it!

Would you ever consider doing a triathlon?!
The whole hog intimidates me a bit… but I’d love love love to do smaller one like the one I was a part of to get a little taste :) Biking (apart from spin classes) and swimming aren’t really my thing!

Love,

Kloe x



Lately: My Incredible Birthday & Australian Fitness Week Fun.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Hello lovely people :)

How are we all on this splendid Hump Day? …Wow, 2 words/phrases I never use, in one sentence. That made me sound like a snobby super-rich lady swirling wine in a glass, pinky out… and I promise not to do that to you again. :P

It’s been a while since I’ve caught up with you guys (aka probably like a week, I have attachment issues okay?), so let’s debrief, shall we? Last Thursday on the 3rd of April it was my actual birthday – not to be confused with my 21st celebrations the weekend before ;) By the way, did I tell you guys I lost my iPhone? Yep, true story. In between multiple cocktails and glasses of champers, and I recall playing on a swing in a park at 2am with Tom, it went AWOL. My baby disappeared. I had to rock a Nokia circa 1999 for a week before I was able to snag a new iPhone 5S. It was a tough and mentally challenging week, I’ll tell you that much… moral of the story? This girl isn’t allowed cocktails.

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{One of my favourite ever photos: three generations of Sampson ladies, and the women I look up to most in life. So much love in this photo! :) }

Anyway, back to the day of my birthday: it was absolutely perfect. I spent a day with the two most amazing, most important ladies in my life, my Mum and Nan. We headed over to Endota Spa in the city for an hour-long relaxation massage, which was exactly what we all needed I think. The experience was phenomenal, I don’t get massages very often as they’re pretty exxy, but they’re fantastic for special occasions or when you just, simply, really need one. Hey, we all do sometimes :) We all left feeling completely blissed out, but insanely hungry. So, we headed eagerly to the Park Royal Hyatt on the Harbour for the high tea we had booked in.

Just, wow. I felt like an absolute princess and so spoilt, sippin’ champagne with a view like this. Oh hey there, Sydney Opera House and a massive ship that appeared somewhat… lost? Haha.

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Can we take a moment to appreciate the never-ending tiers of delicious little treats? You guys, I must have eaten close to entire one of these babies. There was no stopping me. Don’t worry, we had two between us ;) There was this macadamia praline cheesecake that was hands down one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I don’t joke about such things, either… c’mon now, it’s me ;) There were little raspberry tarts, chocolate ganache bites, macarons, little sandwiches and wraps… perfect way to end the day, it does not get much better than that. I got home feeling completely satisfied, and completely grateful. Thanks Mum and Nan for the wonderful day. <3

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On a bit of a different note, let’s go straight from copious amounts of alcoholic beverages and cakes to fitness… I know, a bit of a shock to the system! This week over at Fitness First, it’s Australian Fitness Week: a whole week dedicated to celebrating being active, getting moving, getting sweaty, and living your best, healthiest life. The doors are even open to the public, so head on in and join in the workshops and classes available for anyone! You can also get some awesome expert advice to help you on your fitness journey, and to  keep you smashing those goals of yours.

Each day of the week, there’s an exciting theme with lots of activities to get involved in. I’m like a kid in a candy store, there’s just too much to do! This morning Mum and I got up when it was still dark, bumping into stuff, yawning like a champ etc (you know how it is), and headed to an outdoor yoga session. In the park. With the most beautiful sunrise. Followed by a cappuccino as big as my head. It was the best start to the day, to say the least.

 

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{“Life is getting up an hour earlier, to live an hour more.” – Unknown}

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This is an awesome shot from this morning that I found on the Fitness First Instagram (you can follow them at: @fitnessfirstau). I don’t make a sneaky appearance in this one, however, since I was probably mid-stack that can’t be a bad thing… just quietly. ;)

A beautiful start to our Wednesday, and a much-needed Zen moment before the Fitness First Corporate Triathlon this Sunday! I’m participating in the running leg of the race, and I’m a big ball of nerves and excitement (please don’t trip, please don’t trip, please don’t trip…). Should be loads of fun, and a great way to finish Australian Fitness Week with a bang. Wish me luck! You’ll hear about it that evening anyway, no doubt :)

Hope you’re all enjoying your week… two days to go, you’ve got this! Tom’s heading up this weekend for a footy match so I get to spend some time with him just watching the new Game of Thrones episode (IS IT GOOD?! Wait, no one tell me ANYTHING! #beyondexcited) and maybe going out for dinner and just relaxing. Keen for it :)

Love,

Kloe x



Twenty one.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

You guys, I had the most unforgettable, amazing 21st birthday party last weekend.

Words cannot really describe how happy the day made me, and how wonderful it was to have everyone I love in one place to celebrate with me… but as always, you know I’ll try anyway. ;)

Just a little (rather embarrassing) disclaimer: I lost my iPhone somewhere between cocktails and champagne on the Saturday night, so I lost all my photos! However, I had to find some to show you how stunning the setting was. :)

Mum had booked a room in Pilu at Freshwater – an award-winning Italian restaurant right on the beach at, you guessed it, Freshwater. Before we headed in, we had a lovely professional photographer take a whole bunch of photos in front of the beach to remember the day. I’m so excited to get those babies back! Will definitely show you as soon as I can, keep your eyes peeled.
This is probably, no definitely, the first time that we’ve had photos taken professionally of the entire family, and I’m so glad we could do that on my 21st. The wind didn’t cooperate, but we all felt like we were being snapped by the paparazzi nonetheless!

 

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After that, we made our way up to the restaurant… and oh. My. God. It was absolutely stunning, couldn’t have had a more perfect venue! The room was bright and summery, decorated with my Mum’s touch including some balloons and 21st confetti… because no birthday is complete without those. ;) I quickly made friends with one of the waiters, Ben, who was brilliant, but Ally and him took it upon themselves to decide when I needed another peach bellini cocktail… or a glass of champagne… let’s just put it this way: I probably didn’t need another one, but hey, how often do you turn 21?! :P

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And the food? Oh, the food. I honestly don’t even know where to start. It was just… incredible. Put it this way, I can definitely see why those awards are coming in, and they’re well-deserved! We had a three-course meal, and here’s what I chose (when I found out I couldn’t have the entire menu, I had to narrow it down… tears nearly ensued…):

  • Ricotta-stuffed fried zucchini flowers (um, zucchini flowers are good at the best of times, but stuffed with ricotta? Next level. Mind blown.)
  • Salmon and chickpea dish
  • Honey mousse, spiced sponge, macadamias and a beer sorbet (not kidding – we had a sneaking suspicion, and asked Ben who confirmed!)
  • A slice of cake, because really, if you’re going to do a birthday – you’ve gotta do it right ;) My cake was a giant cupcake from My Little Cupcake, who I’ve worked with before and as always, they didn’t disappoint! Super buttery and sweet :)

 

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The rest of the afternoon was just spent chatting, and soaking up the awesome atmosphere. There’s just something so special about literally having everyone who’s meant a lot to you in your life in the one place, at the one time… especially when most of the group lives interstate and I rarely get to see them. Good company, good food, good champagne and cocktails… it’s the simple things. Couldn’t have asked for anything more :)

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{Up close and personal with the honey mousse: stolen from Ally’s Instagram}

I got some amazing presents too, everyone was a little naughty. I got a few Tiffany’s jewellery pieces, and I remember walking into the restaurant and Ally instantly going: “is that what I think it is?!” upon seeing that iconic mint coloured bag and white ribbon, haha. It must just be this thing us females can register straight away ;) I also got some stunning diamond earrings, a little black Mimco bag with some hair clips, a pink Swarovski wrap-around bracelet, a few super-generous vouchers, and Ally put together the most beautiful little book for me from Printstagram: she picked her favourite photos and memories from my Instagram profile (she had to ask for my login deets, cheeky bugger! I wondered what she was up to!), and popped them into a stunning white book with glossy pages. I also got a little army bear from Tom… so cute, I die.

After a blissful lunch, we all headed back to our place near Manly beach and laughed and chatted (some more… can never have too much good conversation, right?!), and ate nibbles under the sunset. Perfect end to a even more perfect day. Big shout-out to Mama Jodes (as I affectionately call her) for organising it all for me, I cannot thank you enough. It was beyond incredible, and something I’ll remember for years and years to come. Will be hard to beat, that’s for sure! :)

The fateful night I lost my iPhone in amongst the shenanigans, I just went out for drinks in Darling Harbour with a couple of friends. And then spent the entirety of Sunday being lazy/really appreciating all the amazing people in my life, I’m one lucky gal. <3

It’s my real birthday today actually, and my Mum and Nan have a surprise for me – once again, my family generally spoiling me and being unbelievably cheeky. But I’ll be sure to let you know how my actual 21st birthday goes and what we get up to!

 

I’m asking you guys:
What’s been your most memorable birthday so far? Why?
What did you get up to on your 21st, if you’ve had it?
Are you a surprise person, or not a fan? I love ‘em ;)

Love,

Kloe x



Playing Swapsies: Harder Than You Think.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

My GOD, this week has not been my biggest fan. At all. It’s been giving me every kind of hell it can possibly think of, which is impressive… I mean, I have to give it a gold star for creativity.

Firstly, I had 2 assignments due this week. All my technology had a meeting and decided it would be tres hilarious to just… ya know, stop working and such. So, my MacBook just randomly wouldn’t turn on (like it did last week- yay round 2!), then my iPhone charger bailed. Flashback to me spending copious amounts of late night hours staring at a screen in the uni accommodation computer rooms.

Party at mine, no? Then on top of that, I legitimately became nocturnal for a bit, and didn’t catch a lot of sleep. That’s where coffee comes in – and lots of it.

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{This was me: except it’s me on Monday, vs. me on Friday. Rough.}

But, it’s all good, you know why? Because it’s FRIIIIDAY and my entire weekend will be filled with spending time with family, friends and Tom, celebrating my 21st birthday, which is on the 3rd of April. Tom’s arriving in a few hours, and I haven’t seen that boy for 6 weeks… 6 BIG ONES. I’m ecstatic and I’m like a little school girl, giddy with excitement! :)

I’m so looking forward to a whole 2 days of just soaking up the amazing company, laughing, chatting, sharing a few cute hugs, and just being grateful for the incredible people I’m blessed with in my life. Corny? Maybe. But absolutely true.

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Training has been one of the things keeping me sane this week, and was my go-to thing to get the endorphins pumping, shake the stress off, and just get away from it all for an hour.

For my partnership with Fitness First, through the month of March we got to do something pretty damn fun: we all wrote down what our training generally looks like for a week, and then we swapped it with another blogger. There was a huge variety of different ways people were moving their bodies and getting their blood pumping, and it was interesting to see all the different things people were training for, or just loved doing!

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I was given a training plan by Liz, from Fitter Liz. She’s right in the middle of training for the National Road Series, and is in a Women’s Development Team. Here’s a sneak peak into what Liz gets up to. Warning: it’s pretty impressive and crazy intense! Kudos to Liz!

Monday: Pilates/Core/Yoga
Tuesday: 40-60 km hilly terrain, 30 km intense cycling – including sprints, hill sprints, etc. (total 100km) = equivalent to 2 x RPM classes + 2 hours of cardio (machines your choice) strength training (group workout at FF) , running 20 minutes
Wednesday: 40 km moderate to hard ride am, boxing training 30 minutes, 60 minutes maximal intensity stationary bike intervals (equivalent 3 x RPM classes) 
Thursday: 30-40 km hard ride at near maximal HR, 40-50 easy kilometres , small group strength training FF (equivalent 2 x RPM + 1 hour cardio)
Friday: 60 min Cycle class, pilates/core yoga
Saturday: 2 hour handicapped workout or bike racing (road, ITT, criterium), 1.5 hours bike handling skills training – balance and coordination drills on bike.
Sunday: 100-150km (3-4 hours) on the bike

Now, admittedly I had to adapt this a bit (okay, a lot) because this is high-intensity stuff that your body really needs to be used to by building up to it for a long period of time. Something I obviously hadn’t done!

So instead, in my week of tackling the plan, I followed it loosely to suit my body. I committed to 3 RPM or cycle classes, 2 Pump classes and a day of super-relaxing and slow stretching/a bit of yoga thrown in.

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{A lot of this definitely went down this week. Just minus the awkward matching wardrobes.}

Verdict? I was pretty exhausted! I haven’t done a lot of hardcore strength training since I went to Europe, so most of the week I was hobbling around like a elderly penguin due to intense pain in my legs. Hell, my entire body, let’s be honest here. However, I was definitely in my element with the cycle classes, as I generally do 2-3 a week anyway! I adore them, and am very much a girl who’s always done more high-intensity cardio than weight training… even though I equally love it.

The day I spent foam rolling and stretching was pure bliss – I could tell my body needed a bit of TLC, it had been beaten around a bit and was definitely forced to work extremely hard. It loved me for loosening up all the tight muscles and rolling out the knots! :)

All in all, I thought this was an interesting little experiment – oh hey  there, science nerd Kloe. Coming out to play? It was fun to walk in someone else’s shoes for a week, and get a glimpse into all the effort they’re putting in to reach those fitness goals of theirs. All I can say is, Liz must be one super fit chick! ;)

Are you training for anything excited at the moment?
What does a general week of training look like for you right now?

I’m off to enjoy my 21st weekend I’ve got coming up, have a good one!

Love,

Kloe x



Spill It, Sundays: Hey, I’m Kloe, and I’m a Carboholic.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Some people hate Sundays with a passion, and I’m over here all “oh Sunday please never leave me, let’s elope.”
There’s just something so nice about a day dedicated to slowing down, rejuvenating, and getting ready for another busy week ahead.

I hopped out of bed this morning for a 9am cycle class (which almost killed me because my legs are still jelly from yesterday’s weight training), and I honestly find that whenever I exercise early in the morning, it really sets me up for a productive and positive day. I’ m currently sitting here planning my week (because I’m the world’s biggest organisational freak, I’m calling it!), with a coffee in hand.

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{I’m also a sucker for cute stationary, what of it? Oh, and coffee. Always coffee.}

And now I’m about to join the ‘Spill It, Sundays’ link-up with Arman from The Big Man’s World, and basically profess my love for carbs. Then, I’m finishing up the day with a cute coffee date with my mum and little brother. :)

In conclusion, today is lovely. And Sundays, I don’t hate you, I’m sorry you’re so underrated.

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So, let’s get onto one of the greatest things in the world: carbohydrates.
Anyone who knows me at all, knows I’m a self-confessed carboholic, and it’s my hands-down, favourite macronutrients. Carbs just make me (and my stomach and my muscles) pretty freakin’ happy. So, carbs, this post’s for you! (cue love song dedication ballad).

1. What is your all time favourite carbohydrate based food/dish?

Oh wow, where do I even start… I’m going to have to separate this into “naughty” and “nice” I’m thinking!
Nice (or healthy) would be:
A whopping big sanga (sandwich, for the non-Aussies or just non-patriotic Aussies…) filled to the brim with roasted veggies, hummus and pesto. Or another combo of chicken and avocado. Sandwiches in general are my all-time favourite lazy girl meal! Works everytime.

And I’d be crazy to ignore all those good “naughty” (per se) carb-based meals, even though moderation is key in a healthy, balanced lifestyle!
My vote goes to pizza, pancakes and hot chips/fries. Will never get old, forever my weaknesses.

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2. What is your favourite fruit?

BANANAS! (No Gwen Stefani, didn’t ask for your spelling lesson, go home.)

I literally didn’t even think about that, I just blurted it out. Bananas are such a great source of carbohydrates and potassium, and there are so, so many ways to use them – most versatile fruit, in my humble opinion. :) Great for adding to baking, brekkie cereal/oats, smothered in nut butter or as a pre-workout snack, the options are endless.

In fact, I made this incredible gluten-free banana bread on Thursday. I can’t even. There are no words. Prime example.

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3. What is your favourite grain?

As I alluded to with my sandwich obsession, I’m bread’s biggest fan. Coming in a close second would have to be oats, not going to lie. I’m fairly sure I have at least one serving of oats AND bread a day. S**t’s getting real here.

 

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4. What is your favourite starchy vegetable?

I’m agreeing whole-heartedly with Arman here: the potato. No, not a sweet potato, organic/carb-free potato, or purple potato (..may have made those up, but you get the picture). I’m showing my love for the simple, humble, white one.

Yeah sure, it may not be considered “healthy” or “the right kind of carbs” in the healthy living/blogging world, but I’m basically saying… screw that. White potatoes conjure up so many memories for me, like when my Nan takes takes them out of the oven on Christmas Day, all crispy and buttery. Eating hot chips on the beach as a kid, watching the sunset and feeling completely content. They’ll always have a bit of a special spot in my heart, and make me a tad nostalgic. <3

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{Balmoral beach in Sydney: I’ve spent many hot summer afternoons here, hot chips in hand. Quintessentially Aussie}
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5. Which carb receives unfair flack? Which carb is most overrated?

Le sigh. Definitely bread.
It makes me want to tear my hair out/throw slices of bread at haters. There’s recently been this huge movement in the healthy living sphere about bread, specifically the gluten and wheat it contains, and how it’s essentially the “devil” and toxic. Now, I understand that if there’s a genuine intolerance involved, it may in fact be a pretty evil product for those people.

However, for everyone else, there is absolutely no reason to have to cut out gluten and wheat (which involves bread) for your “health.” Wholegrains, such as bread which contains wheat, are a perfectly good source of complex carbohydrates, especially for those who live an active life. In saying that, I’m not ignoring other great carbohydrates, like brown rice, millet, amaranth and quinoa… which do happen to be gluten-free. It’s all about (yep, I’ll say it again) a healthy balance and enjoying carbs from all sources.

Plus, I know I’d be pretty damn miserable if I cut out all gluten sources (read: bread) without medically needing to. ;)

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6. Link up a favourite carb embracing recipe (it can be your own or another bloggers!)

These oatmeal banana pancakes stuffed with pumpkin-peanut butter filling sound like a heavenly carb-fest I could get used to every morning. How’s that sound for a wake-up call and start to the day?!

Kylie from ‘Yeah… Imma Eat That’ continues to amaze me with her foodie creations. Check these decadent, delicious-looking babies and tell me you don’t want them in and around your mouth.

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7. What is YOUR perception of this macronutrient?

As I’ve kinda made pretty clear by now, I’m a massive advocate of carbohydrates. I honestly believe that they’re an essential macronutrient in any healthy diet. They’re so important for energy, balancing hormones, recovery post-workout, maintaining a stable blood sugar level and satisfaction from our meals.

And hey, while I’m at it, here’s a fun carb fact: 70% of the body’s glucose is burned up by the brain! So carbs are the key to optimal brain function… which is always probably a good thing, let’s be honest. ;)

8. What benefits do CARBS play in YOUR personal eating habits?

I know that personally, if I’m not eating enough carbs, I’m grouchy, moody, sleepy and to be honest, feel pretty down. For no apparent reason… other than carb deprivation, of course! I need carbs for effective, powerful workouts, and I also need them for hormone regulation (like all women do – depriving yourself of carbs can wreak serious havoc on your hormones). Also – it’s gotta be mentioned that I need carbs simply because I love them, and they make me happy :)

I have a source of carbs with every meal of the day, and yes… even after 6pm (shock and horror!) Carbohydrates will not automatically be stored as body fat, just because they’re carbs. Body fat is simply excess energy that your body isn’t using, which can come from any macronutrient source. So carbs aren’t necessarily little creatures that squeal (in little creature voices) “let’s make ALL the fat, now we’ve been eaten!” …Nup. Doesn’t happen.
As always, I believe a diet with moderation and balance of all the macronutrients is optimal for health. :)

Now, over to you guys:
What’s your favourite meal involving the good stuff (aka carbs)?
Which carbohydrate do you feel gets an unfairly bad rap?
What benefits to you get from adding carbs to your meals everyday?

Love,

Kloe x

 



Future Music Festival & My First Triathlon.

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Hey long lost lovers!

My gosh, I just realised I haven’t written a post for 10 days – who am I, and what have I done with the real Kloe?! (…that line may or may not have reminded me of The Real Slim Shady… relevance: zero. Moving right along.)

I’ve been crazy busy with work and settling back into uni, but I’ve got lots of stuff to tell you guys :)
However, first thing’s first… I spent my Saturday at Future Music Festival which was such an incredible experience! Sydney put on a show with the beautiful sunshine (savouring those last summer days), and there was a fabulous line-up.

My absolute favourites were: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams (he’s so sexy and DOES NOT AGE! What is your secret buddy?!) and Rudimental. It was just one of those rare moments where you just forget about all the stress in life, and just for a day, you’re young and carefree. And apparently also naked, according to some people judging by their attire?! Haha. :P It was so much fun, and I cannot wait to buy a ticket to the next music festival that pops up in Sydney!

Some memorable and/or just plain funny moments:

  • When I was waiting out the front for my group to rock up, a girl offloaded two Midoris onto me… I then proceeded to stand there awkwardly with a handful of alcohol, then dropped one and it smashed everywhere. Cue the massive crowd walking past to yell “oooooooh!” in unison, implying I was too drunk to function. At this point, I’d had zero drinks. Yep, just clumsy.
  • I started talking to a girl while waiting who I discovered lived near me, works at a similar jewellery store to me, goes to the same uni as me, and went to primary school with Tom… it was such a weird/pretty cool moment. Out of basically half the population of Sydney, what are the chances?!
  • Singing/screaming along to ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Blurred Lines’ like my life depended on it. Oh, and also booty-twerkin’ to ‘Bubble Butt’.

Now for a photo dump from the day… c’mon, don’t act like you didn’t see it coming!

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So, you know how I was talking about feeling a tad unmotivated in my fitness routine a couple of weeks back?
Well, literally a week after that, Fitness First contacted me asking if I’d be interested in joining their team for the Corporate Triathlon National Series. I didn’t jump at the chance at first, because I’m going to be completely honest here… I’m not a bike rider (unless it’s spin class!) and the only time I hit the pool is a) when I was 10, and b) when I absolutely have to if I am injured. It’s a 300 metre swim, 9 km bike ride and 3 km run.
I was so close to giving it a miss, worrying that I’d fail and look like an idiot. But you know what? I promised myself this year that I’d get out of my comfort zone, and try new things - especially things that scare me. This is one of them. Getting better and stronger only comes with challenges, so I’m willing to take this one on!

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It’s on the 13th of April in Sydney, and Fitness First is kicking off a 6-week training plan to get me race-ready by then. I’m really nervous, but excited at the same time to give it all I’ve got. I’m not worrying at all about making certain times, my goal here is to finish, and that would make me happy and proud enough :)

I’m kinda trying not to think about it too much, and as Nike would convince me to do… just do it. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Has anyone done a triathlon before? Where was it, and what was your experience like? I’d love to hear!
Also, who went to Future Music Festival and had the time of their life?! Who was your favourite act?

Love,

Kloe x



Mid-Week Surprises Make Hump-Day Better.

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

So on Monday, I was checking out the week ahead and things were looking decidedly crapola: I’m back at uni now, and I’ve got (HOPEFULLY) only one more semester to get through of Journalism. Then I’m planning to start Exercise and Sport Science in the second half of the year. It’s going to take a lot of tough love from myself to get through the next 10ish weeks, I’m telling ya…

I have this thing where if I come to the conclusion my heart’s not in something, or I just don’t want to do it… I kinda just… don’t. I can really foresee me being the stubborn Aries I am, and being all “but I don’t wanna!”, throw a tantrum, and not put my all into the assessments. Gotta keep reminding myself that this is the last little bridge to cross before I’m doing what I want! Hang in there, tiger. Hang in there. (just casually pep-talking myself on my own blog… this is what it’s come to people) ;)
Just when I was feeling like throwing in the towel and eating ice-cream out the tub, I got a exciting package of goodies from the new Kmart fitness range! Ah Kmart, swooping in and saving the day, I owe ya! … a bite of my ice-cream. Maybe. If I’m feeling generous.

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Bridget Jones knows what’s up (me, right now. All day, erryday).

Anyway, back to my awesome surprise in the mail. Kmart have released a brand new fitness range to inspire people to reach their fitness goals, offering cute items for your journey at an affordable price. I mean c’mon, as much as I love Lorna Jane and Lululemon, I’ll buy a piece and be living on the streets for approximately 3.5 weeks. The struggle is real. This is where Kmart comes in to solve this dilemma! Cute fitness things that get me pumped up and ready to go, but I can actually buy? Sign. Me. Up.

Check out what I got:

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  • Sports bra
  • Gym leggings/capris
  • Gym tank
  • Weighted skipping rope
  • Weekly exercise/meal planner
  • Spotty ankle socks
  • 900ml drink bottle (I probably needed this the most… it’s a sign I need to start drinking water more!)
  • Beauty wipes
  • Melon shower gel
  • Paw paw ointment
  • In-ear headphones
  • Little sweat towel
  • PLUS a cute leopard print bag to pop it all in – set to go!

 

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Thanks so much, Kmart! I’m in love with everything and can’t wait to put it all to good use (aka cover it in sweat, let’s me real here) at the gym soon! I’m digging all the bright, bold colours – everyone who’s seen me working out knows I don’t wear anything else. I have to be blinding everyone, I accept nothing less, haha. :)

What are your must-have gym bag essentials?
You’re hands down favourite active wear brand?
Any secret gym beauty tips I should know about?!

Love,

Kloe x

 



Cardio meets strength training: Super sweaty circuit.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

{This post is in partnership with Fitness First, however all thoughts and advice are my own}

When it comes to working out, it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut. You might be getting bored with your regular routine, or finding you’re not getting those results you want.

You feel like hauling a dumbbell at something and/or someone: “I’m so frustrated! Why am I feeling like it’s such a chore to drag my butt to the gym? Why don’t I love it as much as I used to?!”
The answer to this might just be that you’re craving a shake-up to your workouts, and need to inject some fun, new ways to get active and keep your body guessing.

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A perfect solution to these little “blah” moments are circuits: they’re a fantastic way to get both strength and cardio training in one effective workout. It’s almost like combining two workouts into one quick, sweaty burst! I’ve been incorporating them into my routine lately, and another awesome thing is I can take them to the local park when the weather is beautiful for a change of scenery- so refreshing. Alternatively, you can hit the gym and smash one out there.

I’m going to give you guys a little circuit that I promise will give you one hell of a monster workout, in as little as 30-45 minutes. This baby doesn’t require any equipment, so no excuses ;) hey, you could even casually whip this out in your own lounge room! It’s got a great variety of exercises that focus on different muscle groups to target all areas. Hello, toned bod all over!

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Rules:

  • Rest for 1 minute after completing 1 round of all 6 exercises
  • 30 seconds are dedicated to each exercise (as shown), then straight onto the next one
  • Repeat the circuit a total of 7-10 times, which will give you a 28-40 minute workout
  • Make sure you’ve mastered the form! This is so important to work out the muscles properly and avoid injuries. If you don’t know what some exercises are, I’ll provide a link to YouTube videos demonstrating them below :)
  • You’ll notice I’ve got 3 pretty intense plyometric exercises focussing on the legs in a row: this will hurt, but will get your legs super strong, lean and toned! Think of that when you feel like they’re going to fall off ;)
  • HAVE FUN and work up a sweat! 

Exercises:

  • Squat jumps- Targets the hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteals, abdominals (switch ‘em on!)
    Video demo here.
  • Push up to side plank- Targets the triceps, chest, shoulders, abdominals.
    Video demo here.
  • Burpees- Targets the trapezoids, lower back, pectorals, deltoids, triceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, quadriceps, abdominals.
    Video demo here
  • Bicycle crunches- Targets the abdominals.
    Video demo here.
  • Jumping lunges- Targets the hamstrings, gluteals, quadriceps, hip flexors, abdominals (switch ‘em on!)
    Video demo here.

Have fun and let me know how you go/how little you can move the next day! :)

Love,

Kloe x



Operation 21st: 4-Week Challenge.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hey there lovely people, how’s Monday treatin’ ya so far?

What, don’t even talk to you? Yeah, I hear ya – I feel exactly the same way.

So lately, some of my favourite bloggers (Clare & Kristy) have been talking a little bit about honesty and being your authentic self on your blog… which can often be really hard to do. Ultimately, you’re putting yourself out there, being vulnerable, in front of an audience. It’s daunting and terrifying to say the least. But, despite that, I feel like it’s important that you show that you’re human, and that it’s not all sunshine and butterflies and cake. We all have struggles, we all have challenges… it’s life.

So in saying that, I’ve got a confession to make: I seem to have lost my mojo. And by mojo, I mean my motivation has decided to go AWOL. Ever since I’ve gotten home from Europe, I found it so hard to drag myself to the gym and keep active, when usually I absolutely love it. I have no idea what’s wrong with me – it’s so not Kloe! I’m doing this weirdo thing where I keep on procrastinating and doing the whole “I’ll go tomorrow… nah, Friday…” thing… so I’ve decided it’s time to do a bit of tough love here.

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(This is so accurate, it’s not even funny. Well, scratch that, it is… I may have chuckled)

And it’s all worked out with really convenient, nice timing: it’s my 21st in 4 weeks, so I’m doing a 4-Week Challenge. It’s my own little way to get my butt back into gear, with the motivation that I want to be feeling my best when the big 2-1 rolls around. I’m pumped to get into it! I’ve never really done anything like this before, but it’ll be interesting to see my progress over the month. Bring it on! Excited to see what the next few weeks will bring.

Here’s what I’m thinking my 4-Week Challenge will involve:

  • Trying to workout/be active 5-6 times per week
  • Planning my workouts on the Sunday before the week begins
  • Having fun with my workouts! Trying new things/classes
  • Doing a round-up of said workouts & some new recipes I tried on my blog (to help me keep accountable – hell, even just writing this will!)
  • Trying 3 new recipes a week (gotta get some excitement happening with my meals, I’m tellin’ ya! #studentlyf)

 

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I bought this giant monthly planner a while back from Kikki.K, and I adore it – I’m a super visual person, and love to organise things (especially when it involves highlighters, just sayin’). So I whipped this bad boy out, and wrote up my month to get a real overview of it. I’ll be writing in my workouts (I’ve already set out this weeks trips to the gym!).
The pink diary I got from Lorna Jane, which I use as my everyday planner – it joined in on the fun here, haha.

Well, here goes nothing! I’m determined to get myself back on track this next month, and set myself up for an awesome 2014 :) I’ll be doing a reflection on the challenge at the end to tell you all about how I went. I’ll also be documenting some of it on my Instagram account, just a few update snaps here and there (aka possibly a workout selfie or two… you’ve been warned).

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(Sorry, just reminiscing on a really good brekkie with my Mum last week… you can drool. It’s okay.)

If anyone else wants to join, please do! I’d love to have some buddies smash this out of the park with me :) Plus, the more the merrier, isn’t that what they say?!

Let the countdown begin. 6.15am Cycle class tomorrow, come at me.

Love,

 

Kloe x



A Few Big Life Decisions in 12 Hours.

Friday, February 21st, 2014

So I’m currently sitting here, probably looking like a dishevelled zombie at 11.32pm – exhausted, sure, but just can’t sleep.

It’s been one of the most stressful days in a long time. One full of decisions and soul-searching, and really deciding what direction I want to go now with my studies, and in the end, my career. I’ve decided that journalism just isn’t for me: I’m not cut out for it, and it’s time to move on from a course that I just can’t muster the passion for, no matter how hard I try.

As you all know, I’ve got a big passion for health and fitness (hence the blog!), and so I’ve started looking into options in that field. So far, I’m thinking Exercise and Sport Science, which will qualify me for a whole variety of careers in that arena.

The steps to now get my shiz together are the following:

  1. Decide which uni I want to go to
  2. Find out if said uni can take me in Semester 2 this year
  3. Hopefully get an offer
  4. Finally have said shiz together
  5. Proceed to victory dance. Intensely.

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In a way, having this epic realisation today I think is a blessing in disguise – the event that made me question it all came a month before I’d be locked in for another year. Plus, it’s made me re-evaluate what I truly want to do, and what job I can go to everyday feeling excited and passionate. Hey, I’m young, I’ve still got enough time to change career paths… and people do it everyday. I mean, how often does someone strike gold in their very first uni course and fall madly in love with it? I don’t think I know one person, come to think of it.

So, all in all it’s worked out kinda alright – I’m finally pulling myself together and doing something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. You know what that is? Being honest with myself. Admitting that I’m not cut out for it, and that’s okay – you can’t be everything. Everyone has their own thang that they rock, whether it be writing news stories, battling it out in a courtroom, cooking up a storm in the kitchen (which, incidentally is definitely not mine). It’s what makes us all us, keepin’ the world interesting. How boring would it be if there only were 7 billion doctors in the world, nothing else? Pretty damn uninteresting.

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{And just as a slight (rather embarrassing) side note: I’m secretly a massive science and/or research nerd. I did lots of science in my final year of high school and just had a thing for it, still do!}

…But you didn’t hear that last thing from me.

Have you ever changed career paths?
Are you in a job that you love and are completely passionate about? What did it take to get to where you are today?

I’m off to attempt this thing called “sleep” …

Love,

Kloe x



Spill It, Sundays: The Shuffle Edition.

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Whoa, hold up.

Was it not Sunday, like, 3 days ago, when I did my first Spill It, Sundays link-up? Where did this Sunday come from? Sneaky bugger… (note: my excessive use of the word ‘Sunday’ deserves some kind of award).

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But it’s all good, because I’ve got Spill It, Sundays (hosted by Arman) to dull the pain of impending doom (aka the working week), and brighten up my Sunday with a bunch of random, fun questions.

This week, I’m shuffling up my iTunes and seeing what pops up. You guys get a sneak peak into my music collection… so I’m just warning you now, at least 40% of the songs are incredibly embarrassing and shouldn’t see the light of day. Please keep calm and carry on if (and when, bound to happen) a Miley Cyrus song comes up.

Unless you see me twerking in public. Definitely say something then.

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Song #1: Never Grow Up – Taylor Swift

Oh come on, no one can deny they love a bit of T-Swifty every now and again. It’s about a mum singing to her baby, wishing she’d stay that little and cute and innocent and not get hurt later in life, or grow apart from her mum.
Bottom line: it’s adorable, and consequently, I’m a blubbering mess. I’m already embarrassing myself, let’s move on. :P

Song #2: Give Your Heart a Break – Demi Lovato

Yep, looks like we’re continuing with the embarrassing poppy songs theme – you caught me. I actually really like Demi Lovato, but mainly because she’s, in my opinion, an amazing role model for young girls. She’s tackled her own demons, and come out the other side stronger, knowing who she really is, and determined to teach self-love. We need more celebrities who are as real and genuine as her.

Song #3: Work B*tch – Britney Spears

Before you write me off, this is seriously a fantastic workout song. It gets me pumped up every single time!
… and I just try not to think about the fact that she’s sexily dancing on an expensive car wearing a blonde wig, when she’s like 40 with 2 kids.

Song #4: Sometimes – Miami Horror (Ministry of Sound remix)

I love this song! There’s something amazing about the Ministry of Sound annuals, that make you want to drop everything and whip out your best (read: worst) dance moves… in the privacy of your room, so as not to alarm the public. And so you can wear your onesie/undies while doing so.

Song #5: Skinny Love – Birdy

Possibly one of my favourite songs. Ever. It’s got this really unique, haunting feel to it. I’m that in love with it that I’ve got both versions: the original by Bon Iver, and this one. It’s the best song to chill out, and I often crank it when I’m feeling stressed and need to relax.

 

Well, now that I’ve been stripped of all dignity and you know what’s hiding in the dark depths of my iTunes, have a lovely Sunday!

It’s all rainy over here, and as tempting as it is to hang inside and drink coffee… I’m going to drag my sorry butt to the gym and do some much-needed shopping. :)

Love,

Kloe x



Valentine’s Day Surprise & How I Do It.

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Hey lovers! (sticking with the V-Day theme)

How are we all? It’s post-Valentines Day over here in Australia, and I’m still a bit of a grinning idiot after my surprise.

Yesterday afternoon, Tom had just got back from an almost 2-week trip for work, in which I wasn’t able to talk to him. At all. Needless to say, I was so excited just hearing his voice. He told me to be home at a certain time, because he’d got some stuff delivered.

“Hmm,” I thought. “Is there a possibility that maybe he’s going to rock up?!” Surely not, he’d be exhausted after work – plus, what a trek. Nup, ain’t gonna happen. But I still had this slight inkling… anyway, I was waiting outside for this elusive “delivery guy” (my place is hard to find) and guess who walked around the corner holding a single red rose? Yep, you guessed it – Tom.
I was so excited to see him, I literally just ran and jumped at him. I couldn’t believe he’d actually gotten off one bus, bought a rose, and hopped right back on another to come see me. I’m one lucky lady. :)

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What a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. In long-distance relationships, any moment you get to spend together is pretty special. I know that sounds incredibly corny, but I don’t get to see Tom everyday and not think twice about it – unfortunately it’s just not that simple.

This post is a little different today, but I wanted to talk about how I survive the whole long-distance thing, and what gets me through. Hopefully it’ll help someone else out there who’s struggling with the emotion of it all. Yes, it’s very challenging, but there are some amazing positives that can come out of such a unique situation, I promise. :)

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Things that help:

  • Something to look forward to together - this might be a big, overseas adventure together, or as simple as your next visit. It’s knowing there are exciting times in the near future with your partner that will make all the difference. Tom and I were planning our trip to Europe all last year, and I was looking forward to it for months!
  • Regular contact/catch-ups - communication becomes the number 1 factor in a long-distance relationship, and it’s got to be a priority to keep connected. Make an effort to have scheduled phone or Skype calls to catch up on what the other person’s been up to. For example, you might agree that you guys chat on the phone every second night. Little texts here and there are nice too!
  • Have an end in sight - I think  one of the biggest things is having an idea of when you’ll be able to be together, and the gap won’t be so big anymore. This doesn’t mean having an exact date locked in, but just talking about what you both want to do in the future regarding your careers, etc – and thinking about how your relationship will fit in to it all. When are you going to visit eachother? Are you considering moving in together in the next few years? Which city will you live in? Just to make sure you’re both on the same page. :)
  • Spend lots of time on your own friendships/passions/hobbies - one great thing is that you get to be super-independent and have some time to invest in you, and the other important things in your life. Go and pursue your passions, as well as spend quality time with your friends and family. This can sometimes help keep a healthy work/play/relationship balance in your life :)

Things to remind yourself & some positives:

  • This is (hopefully) not a forever thing. Soon enough you’ll be able to spend more time together/be a little closer.
  • You are with someone who cares for you very much, so admire their loyalty and dedication.
  • The time you spend together is so special, and you never take it (or the person!) for granted – reunions are always just that bit more amazing!
  • You guys are both so strong to be able to take this challenge on! Keep on keepin’ on.

 

So there ya have it – just a bit of an insight into how I manage the not-being-in-the-same-city part of my relationship. I hope that these tips inspired at least one person to hang in there – and realise there are absolutely positives and ways to make it work!

Love,

Kloe x

 



Spill It, Sundays & Wolf of Wall Street Obsessed.

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Guess who finally got her ass over to the movies to see Wolf of Wall Street last night?!
Yep, this girl right here.

And you guys, can we just take a moment to talk about how good it was? I mean, the eye-candy wasn’t horrendous either… Leo, you’ve still got it, you sexy creature, you. I’m just going to get all proud and patriotic here and bow down to Margot Robbie, who was brilliant in it. She’s my new Female Crush, that woman is absolutely stunning! Jonah Hill cracks me up everytime, too.

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It was a super-fast paced movie with lots of… well, I’m just going to come right out and say it: sex, drugs and money. Lots of all three. Usually in the same scene. It was a bit awkward because I was sitting next to this middle-aged bald dude, who kept tutting and exclaiming “oh, that’s horrible!” in a ‘youths-these-days’ kinda way. Wanted to slap him right on his shiny bald patch (I refrained though – that deserves a gold star). Anyway, long and short of it, go catch it while you can! I loved it :)

A final casual thought on Leo: GIVE THE MAN AN OSCAR, WILL YOU? 

On that note, I’m joining a fun link-up today called Spill It, Sundays. The brainchild behind this little weekend tradition is Arman from The Big Man’s World. Keen to get in on the fun! This survey-style questionnaire takes me back to dem MySpace days… ;)

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The last 5 people you spoke to on the phone:

  1. Mum
  2. Mum
  3. My grandma (special mention, hey you two! I know you’re reading ;) )
  4. Tom
  5. My uncle

I tend to ring family, but text friends, to save the more technologically-challenged, older generation the hassle of working a phone :P (I kid, I kid)

The last 5 meals you ate:

  1. Brown rice & salmon salad
  2. Cappuccino, an apple & almonds
  3. Sweet chilli chicken & avocado sandwich
  4. Banana & peanut butter on toast (literally my reason for living. May or may not be exaggerating…)
  5. Nibbled on some cut-up raw veggies (secretly a bunny at heart… #bunnysnackin)

The last 5 places you travelled:

I’d only just gotten over my post-European adventure depression! :( But here ya go…

  1. Madrid, Spain
  2. Barcelona, Spain
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Salzburg, Austria
  5. Budapest, Hungary

The next 5 places you will go:

The cities I’m dreaming of jetsetting off to next… so many to pick {check out my travel page} but my top picks:

  1. Berlin, Germany
  2. Paris, France
  3. New York, USA
  4. Brussels, Belgium
  5. The Greek islands
In love with this photo by Gary Pepper Girl: one of my fave fashion bloggers!

In love with this photo by Gary Pepper Girl!

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The last 5 workouts you did:

The last week and a half I’ve been getting back into my workouts after my trip away, did miss it a tad!

  1. Spin + legs & abs
  2. Cycle
  3. Body Pump
  4. Walk
  5. Spin

Yep, you caught me. I’m a bit addicted to spin classes, sue me. :P

5 things making you happy right now:

  1. Dinner date with my gorgeous best friend Ally tonight, we haven’t caught up for 6 weeks and I’ve missed her red hair hilarity and general awesomeness in my life :)
  2. The fact that I get to talk to Tom this Friday – he’s been away for work for almost 10 days and I’m being a pathetic loser and missing him.
  3. Reading good books – Ill be the first to admit I have the attention span of a 3-year-old, but I’m getting back into reading and loving the quiet time to relax. I’m reading The Book Thief at the moment, so I’ll be accepting no spoilers from the speedy people who’ve read it and/or watched the movie. Okay? Good. ;)
  4. Family – I’ve been able to spend some more time with my family lately, and it’s been amazing. They all live interstate, so when I do get to see them all it’s time cherished. Also, when I was in Adelaide last, my little baby cousin just happened to be born in those 4 days I was visiting! She’s absolutely beautiful, congrats to my uncle and aunty :)
  5. The fact that I have a year and a bit left of uni – it’s equally as exciting and terrifying, but I can’t believe the time to enter the “real adult world” is almost here! So exhilarating to journey into a new chapter of life, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.
Throwback to my fro-yo & beach date with Al-dog

Throwback to my fro-yo & beach date with Al-dog

Thanks for hosting Spill It, Sundays Arman, looking forward to revealing all too much about my self and losing my dignity next week!

Love,

Kloe x



My fitting session at Athlete’s Foot with Mizuno

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Let’s call this part 2 or my “finding your perfect running shoes” series, shall we? I’m sensing just a little bit of a theme here!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a detailed fitting session at Athlete’s Foot, which was organised by Sally from Mizuno. I headed in to a store in the city, and had a chat to Sally – she is not only in marketing for the brand, but is also a podiatrist! I was then introduced to Brent, an employee at Athlete’s Foot who coaches running as well. I think it’s safe to say, I was definitely in good hands! Between the two of them, they helped me find the Mizuno running shoe that would best suit my feet.

They have a brand-new, state of the art shoe-fitting technology that’s just been introduced (called Fitzi) that tells you everything you need to know in order to pick out the right shoes. It’s got a rear camera that actually films you walking and replays it, and a pressure platform tracking the way your foot moves as it hits the ground, and when standing.

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Here’s the interesting/random things I learnt about my feet:

  • My achilles tendons are on slight curves, probably due to my arches being low.
  • When I walk, I place one foot directly in front of the other – ideally, you’re actually meant to place it slightly out to the side.
  • When I put my foot down on the floor mid-walk, I start with my heel to the floor first, then the outside part of my foot, followed by the ball.
  • I sweep my right leg out much further to the side when walking than my left leg.
  • Due to my previous injuries (stress fracture) it seems I place too much pressure on one leg when I walk or run.

Now, that is a lot of info about yourself/your running style, and to get all of that from a shoe store is absolutely fantastic. This is what separates Athlete’s Foot from their competitors – the incredible service and the latest science behind it all.

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I ended up going with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10, which has more bang for it’s buck in terms of stability as it’s a super-lightweight shoe. It felt like I was walking on clouds, whilst still giving my the support I need for a better run. With these babies, I’m able to both put in the miles if I’m training for something, as well as do speedwork – they’re a truly versatile shoe.

Thanks so much to Sally from Mizuno and Brent from Athlete’s Foot, I couldn’t have asked for a more insightful shoe-fitting and better service. I learnt so many things about my feet/style in an hour that will help me for years and years to come to make the most out of my running. :)

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Ready to go!

What have you found about your feet or running gait that’s helped you?
Ever been to a podiatrist?

Love,

Kloe x

 

 



How to Buy the Perfect Running Shoes & a Giveaway.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

You’ve heard it once, twice, possibly three (or 300) times: running is the cheapest form of exercise.

While this is somewhat true as you don’t need a gym membership or scary-looking torture devices equipment; splashing out on a really good pair of running shoes is so important. Take it from me: as a girl who’s been super-silly and/or a cheapskate, and had multiple injuries to show for it… get those bad boys fitted. And I promise you, they’re worth every pretty penny you’ll spend.

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“But what’s the big deal?” you may ask. “I see people out running in what appears to be their grandma’s croquet shoes from the 60s. Therefore, Crocs aren’t going to kill me.”

Oh dear. You have much to learn, young grasshopper. Properly-fitted running shoes will not just benefit your overall performance, but they’ll prevent injuries when you’re really clocking up the miles. Injuries are so easy to get when you’re wearing the wrong shoes, as it throws off your biomechanics. The right shoes compliment the way you run, or correct problems you currently have.

I’m going to give you aspiring runners a little guide to explain exactly how you meet your running-shoe match. Make sure you head into a store to get fitted by experts.

STEP 1: FIND OUT WHAT TYPE OF FOOT ARCH YOU HAVE.

I hear ya, this can seem a little over the top, but I assure you it’s not. Each person’s foot has a different arch, and you’ve got to find a shoe specifically to suit it and support it.

Your arches can be high, flat or neutral. For example, I’ve got pretty flat arches, so I always opt for shoes that have arch support/motion control so mine don’t collapse as I run. I head to Athlete’s Foot, and they ask you to walk across a pad that determines whether you pronate (roll inwards) or supinate (roll outwards).

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STEP 2: DISCUSS YOUR RUNNING SCHEDULE.

One runner might be a weekend warrior, running a few 5k runs on the weekends, pretty casually. Another person could be a dedicated marathoner, about to train for their first ultra-marathon. Or that guy over there could be an awesome track runner, needing different shoes entirely.

There’s a huge spectrum, and it’s important to take into account how much running you’ll be doing. Also, have a chat about what kind of surface you’ll be jogging on: is it grass? Cement? Trails? Each option needs a different type of shoe. The person fitting you will then direct you to a pair that’s good for your type of activity.

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STEP 3: FIGURE OUT YOUR PERSONAL RUNNING STYLE.

Everybody has their own way to run, kind of like a running-signature if you will. Before you buy new shoes, you need to pay attention to your style. Ask yourself: “Do my heels hit the floor first, or my forefoot?” This info will really help when deciding where most of the cushioning needs to be.

Make sure you disclose any running injuries you have, or have had in the past. It might be things like plantar fasciitis (not fun, been there!), tendonitis, shin splints… these are all conditions that can actually be remedied by wearing the right shoes for you!

I know it’s tempting to go straight to the newest, brightest models on the market – believe me, I get it. I’ve done the whole “I need the most fashionable shoes that ever existed in the history of the world!”… and guess what? They turned out to be horrible for my feet. Cue fun things like a stress fracture and plantar fasciitis. So find the right ones for you, and own them!

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To get one lucky reader off to the right start on their running journey, I’ve got a Paul’s Warehouse $30 voucher to giveaway!

Simply click on the link below, and follow the prompts to rack up points by entering as many times as you want. Whoever has the most by Tuesday 11th February, wins! :)

Only for my Aussie readers as Paul’s only delivers Australia-wide, sorry!

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Question time:
What running shoes brand do you swear by?
What kind of runner are you: weekend warrior, marathoner, half-marathoner?
Have you had any injuries/problems associated with wearing the wrong shoes?

Love,

Kloe x



And the {incredibly awesome giveaway} winner is…

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Hey all, and happy weekend finally!

I can’t believe it was almost a week now that I got back from Europe. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a serious case of post-holiday depression. I follow all these fashion/travel bloggers on Instagram, and every time they snap a picture of their new snowy European destination, I want to sit in a corner and weep. #sendthekleenex

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{ Exhibit A: I may have pathetically drooled over this photo of Copenhagen snapped by fashion blogger, Camille Charriere. }

But on the plus side, I’m in Adelaide for a few days spending some time with family, which is absolutely bliss. Did I mention there’s some intense heatwave, and it’s something ridiculous like 41 degrees here today?! Well, now you know. Feel sorry for me and send me copious amounts of ice-cream. ;) Definitely came back to an Aussie summer (on crack), haha.

Anyway, back to the actual point of this post, huh?! My health & fitness giveaway ended at 12am this morning (just, you know, to be really precise and all), and I’m so excited to announce the winner I chose!

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What a fantastic, honest and authentic entry. I’m inspired by Ali’s bravery, as well as her determination, and I think this is definitely something that needs to be changed in Australia. Mental health is such an important and common issue, but there is still stigma and misconceptions surrounding it. We need to realise that struggling is nothing to be ashamed of, and that you deserve the best quality help you can get.

I agree wholeheartedly with Ali when she says that education and challenging stereotypes is the key here – as well as drastically improving treatment facilities that are no where near up to scratch to help those suffering recover the best way they can. The “perfect body” myth portrayed in the media needs to be abolished, it’s both completely unrealistic and harmful – girls and women shouldn’t be made to feel self-conscious or self-hatred because of the way they look, they need to realise they’re beautiful and unique in their own, amazing way.

Again, Ali: I admire you so much and a big congratulations! I’ll get your prize bundled up and on its way to you ASAP. :)

Enjoy your (albeit hot) weekend, loves!

Kloe x

 



2014: The Year of You & an Exciting Giveaway

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The new year is a magical time, sparkling with the promise of smashing goals and generally kicking life’s butt.

You get this renewed determination, so often lost in the flurry of pavlova and eggnog during the silly season… we’ve all been there. Without the blur of Christmas lights, though, we can see where we want to be this year. Half the fun is figuring out a way to get there!

I’m set on making 2014 my best year yet, so over the last few weeks, I’ve been brainstorming some of my health and fitness goals.
So, here’s my grand plan for the “Year of Me” (aka 2014):

1. Get back into my running groove.

I’ve been kicked out of the running game for over a year due to a string of injuries, and I miss it more than ever. It used to be my go-to way to workout and way to let off steam – nothing compares to that runner’s high! So this year, I’m going to get my run back on!

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2. Practice yoga once a week.

I’ve had a pretty rocky relationship with yoga, kind of getting into it off and on, a few classes here and there… but never really committing. I’ve heard about all the life-changing benefits, from stretching and strengthening, to injury prevention and relaxation, and it sounds pretty damn good. It’s time to dedicate myself to at least 1 class a week.

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3. Focus on my eating: think adding more to my day, rather than taking things away.

With all the information out there about what we “shouldn’t eat”, “should cut from our diet”, etc, it’s easy to get sucked into restricting things you probably secretly adore. This year, I want to focus on adding health to my day, whenever I can – I’m talking green juices with brekkie, or having cut-up veggies on hand to snack on, and other sneaky ways to amp up the nutrition in my day. However, my daily cappuccino and a few pieces of chocolate ain’t going anywhere. Girl needs treats! ;)

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4. Start following that weight lifting program I’ve been meaning to.

Sometime last year I was trawling through Bodybuilding.com to find a weights program to suit my goals, which were to build lean muscle and tone up. I wanted a plan that split body parts into days, for example, on Wednesdays, we do “leg day” (sly Mean Girls reference!). Sure enough, I was able to enter my stats and goals to personalise a program, and I was so excited to get stuck into it – except one small detail: I just… didn’t. So this year, I’m going to get on that!

Now, just to continue on with the New Year high, in partnership with Fitness First I’m running an incredible giveaway! These gems will help you in your journey to a fitter, healthier you this year, and keep that energy buzzing.

Fitness First has recently made their own #changeforthebest, introducing some exciting new initiatives:

1. The option to pay as you go
2. The New You awards to help motivate Aussies everywhere to stay true to their health & fitness resolutions

To celebrate, one lucky winner will receive the following prize pack:

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8GB 3 7″
Nice Asana Jacket by Lululemon
The Pure Mat 3mm by Lululemon
Women’s Fitness subscription 

To enter, leave a comment below with your top 3 health and fitness goals of 2014, or what you want to achieve this year.
Unfortunately, only my Australian readers can enter, but I’d still love to hear from my international readers anyway!

The competition will close at 12am on the 1st of February, and then I’ll be judging the responses and picking a winner.
Best of luck everyone!

So, let’s kick this exciting competition off:
What are your health and fitness goals of 2014?
What would you like to achieve this year?

Love,

Kloe x



European Adventures {Part 2}

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’m back with the next and final instalment of the highlights of my Eurotrip! Well, providing I don’t write a novel for each city, which I can’t promise. ;)

Next stop,

BUDAPEST:

I’m going to be honest here. Budapest confused the hell out of me for a bit. We were both super excited to head to Hungary, but the first day we were a bit disappointed. Between getting put into a hostel room decorated with all the spare furniture (Hoarder’s Anonymous much?!) and there being almost no English, we weren’t sold. However, there were a few awesome moments that changed our minds! As most European cities, it ended up winning my heart.

Highlights:

  • Matthias Church – the church was over the bridge in Buda, and was incredibly beautiful. It was quite a walk up to it as it’s set on a hill, but when we turned around, blubbering messes and gasping for air, the view was breathtaking. Had to give it credit for that!
  • Szimpla Kurt (ruin pub) – Budapest is renowned for it’s ruin pubs, which occupy abandoned warehouses and are made into really cool, quirky hangouts. We headed to the oldest one, Szimpla Kurt, for dinner and drinks, and it did not disappoint! The whole place was dimly lit, with eclectic, mismatched furniture everywhere and cool ornaments. We were lucky enough to catch an open mic session on that night. Check one out if you ever head to Hungary!
  • Szechenyi baths – these were the first thermal baths in Pest, and were amazing! Although a little pricey to get in, and having to hire old swimmers (cringe…), it was definitely worth it. There’s nothing like taking a dip in 40 degree water, with steam rising off of it, when it’s 7 degrees outside – perfect. The place is huge with different little baths scattered everywhere to explore.
  • Langos - this delicious delicacy deserves a point of its own, I’m not even kidding. Langos is deep fried flatbread, with different toppings – sweet or savoury. We went for Nutella, and it changed my life forever. It was so huge, I could probably easily wrap myself in it all burrito-like. Ultimate #foodgasm!

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SALZBURG:

C’mon, admit it: you’re all wondering if it’s just like it is in the Sound of Music. The answer? YES. Salzburg was this quaint, absolutely stunning little town, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It was love at first sight for me. Because of the high altitude, it was much chillier than the other cities we’d visited, but also much quieter and was a nice, relaxing change. Oh Austria, you’ve done it again!

Highlights:

  • Mountain ridge hike – okay, that sounds incredibly vague probably because it is: I can’t remember the name of the actual ridge! But it took us through wintry forests, to a lookout with the view to beat all views, really. Cue mouth dropping open. The whole town was just nestled in between these majestic mountains, it was like it was a scene from a snow globe! May or may not have wanted to break out into Maria-esque swirling from Sound of Music.
  • Nighttime shenanigans – both of the nights in Salzburg we just did really random, low-key stuff, but had heaps of fun. The first night, we took advantage of the hostel playing the Sound of Music (which they do every night, no joke) – it was the first time I’d seen it, and adored it! The second night we hit up a local pub for dinner for some more traditional Austrian food, and hijacked the jukebox to play some old school favourites (e.g. Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69″, classic). Then Tom decided to film me taking an apricot Schnapps shot. I almost died. It is now on Facebook. :P

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VENICE:

Ah, Venice… a gorgeous little town, but a sneaky one at that. We spent the least amount of time here, but probably spent the most money. Because it’s such a touristy place, prices are magnified times a thousand. One single lunch ended up costing us 76 euros – I couldn’t breathe for about an hour! In saying that, the azure canals, gondolas and town in general are so picturesque and something to see. I probably wouldn’t go back, but am determined to see more of Italy in the future!

Highlights:

  • Traditional Italian food – Okay, you guys knew this one was coming. The food here was to die for! I got to have some of the usual suspects: pizza, bruschetta, cannoli and lasagne, and not even ashamed to admit we finished up both dinners with gelato ;) (side note: Baci gelato, get on that!) We dined in gorgeous little family-owned trattorias, we got free Campari and bread too! An awesome moment was when we got a waiter called Fabio, who said, “mamamia!” quite exuberantly. I was fangirling, not gonna lie.
  • The scenery – the canals were such an amazing blue, and were lined with shops and restaurants (or should I say ristorante? Clearly a pro, step aside). It was like I’d stepped into a Lonely Planet guide or something, Venice was exactly like you see in all the photos.

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BARCELONA:

It scared me how much Barcelona reminded me of Sydney, I felt like I was home! It’s a city based around the water, with lots of wide, open roads filled with the popular shops, like H&M and Forever 21, that we saw in most cities. There are some really interesting facades by Gaudi scattered around the city. We booked a room in a penthouse in a really nice square through Air BnB, and our host was a hilarious and super-chatty older Spanish woman. She was lovely, and made us breakfast every morning and welcomed us with a bottle of champagne. :)

Highlights:

  • Shopping and Mercat de la Boqueria – Barcelona was another city with a fantastic shopping scene. I may have dragged poor Tom to a hundred and one shops, but he was a good sport – bless. Not only is there a massive mall with all the shops we don’t get in Australia, but countless main streets lined with them as well. Mercat de la Boqueria is a great little food market with lots of fruit, veggies, meat, sweets, yoghurt, juices, etc.
  • Classy dinner & relaxing on our private balcony – the perks of staying in a square with heaps of classy restaurants? Walk down our (105) stairs, eat, done deal. Downsides? Had to get out of my pyjamas and put real person clothes on/have a shower. All jokes aside, we ate at one called La Roma, and you could get a set menu with 3 courses for awesome value. We ended the night sippin’ champers on our balcony. Couldn’t have done any better.

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MADRID:

Madrid was definitely my favourite Spanish city out of the two. Dare I say it reminded me a little bit of Melbourne? I loved its little streets compared to Barcelona’s giant ones, and it was bursting with local joints and boutique shops, unlike Barcelona’s chain stores. The weather was so much warmer, at about 15 degrees – the locals were much more decked out in winter clothes than me! I even wore thongs one night (bad choice, almost lost a few toes), and got more than 3 disgusted/confused looks. #strayarepresent

Highlights:

  • Flamenco dance & sangria – on our second last night, we had the opportunity to watch a flamenco dancer perform with complementary sangria, all for 13 euros. It was at a little bar and there was a small audience, and we were able to ask questions afterwards. The dancer was spectacular, I couldn’t believe just how much coordination and speed you need, I was beyond impressed! There was also a fantastic guitarist and singer to accompany her. Sangria was a nice touch, too ;)

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And, just because I’m one of those people who get overly excited about snow because I’ve never really seen it, here’s some photos of the Swiss Alps I snapped on our way from Salzburg to Venice (aka, the closest we got to snow. My face was literally against the window, smiling like a lunatic):

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Love,

Kloe x

 



European Adventures {Part 1}

Monday, January 27th, 2014

You guys.

You all need to drop everything, and go to Europe right now. Next flight out. Real talk.

Okay, so you’ll probably write this off as jetlag-induced babbling, but in all seriousness… I just got home to Sydney yesterday (Australia Day, no less!), and cannot get over how incredible our adventure around Europe was. Each city we visited had it’s own beautiful flair – whether that was its snow-capped mountains, its intricate cathedrals, its fantastic food… they all had that little something I’ll never forget. And of course, spending the month with my favourite person (cough, Tom, cough) wasn’t too horrible either. ;)

I have absolutely no idea how I can even begin to describe each city, words just wouldn’t do it justice. However, I’m going to dive right in the deep end here and give a little overview of the “Eurotrip 2013/14″ (as it was affectionately called… don’t ask). Also, there’s no way to share with you even a fraction of the photos I snapped without my computer imploding on itself – so I’ll have to just give you the best/most beautiful/most drool-inducing/most incriminating photos of Tom (…kidding about the last one. Maybe).

LONDON:

I love London – always have, always will. I’m half-English, so I have a bit of a connection to it. I just love the little cobblestone streets, the lane ways, the markets, the shopping (Oxford Street, Carnaby Street & Regent Street is where it’s at y’all!), the terrace houses… I could easily live there, just sayin’. One of the best days in London was catching up with a friend who lives in Newcastle, Emma, who I met when I did volunteering in Africa – Epic reunion!

Highlights: 

  • The markets – The best were: Bricklane, Camden and Portobello Road. There were just endless stalls of vintage finds, clothes, jewellery, delicious baked things… I couldn’t get enough. It was awesome just sippin’ on some mulled wine, and weaving through all the stalls that were just buzzing with people. They all had a great atmosphere. We also had the best indian feast at Bricklane, just a little insider tip!
  • New Year’s Eve – we met a few American dudes in our hostel, and went on a pub crawl organised by “London Gone Wild.” Let’s just say that the free shots & double vodka/rum and cokes sounded like a good idea at the time… yeah. Lethal, I tell you! Nevertheless, we got to explore the nightlife in the Shoreditch area, which was a great way to welcome in 2014.

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MUNICH:

Munich is a city with such a rich history, and so much to explore. It was my first introduction to Germany, and I’ve already decided I have to head back and see a little more of the country! The German was a bit full-on at first and hard to catch on to, but we like to think we were experts after… As Tom would remind me, by constantly trying to start German conversations with people, much to my embarrassment :P

Highlights:

  • Hofbrauhaus & Augustiner Braustuben – we checked out both breweries, and if you’re looking for a solid traditional German feed: you’ve met your match. These are the real deal for a giant schnitzel, pork belly and a casual litre of beer. I’m not even remotely kidding when I say there were men in lederhosens sighted, multiple times! Hofbrauhaus is much more touristy, but Augustiner had a totally local feel to it! I’d never seen Tom so happy – I think he cried. ;)
  • Free walking tour – we had this super-sarcastic Aussie tour guide, which made me both excited to feel a tad at home, but also shake my head at the typical Aussie humour. The hostel offered a complimentary tour (as pretty much all of them did), and it was really interesting getting to know the city’s history more… I’m not a mega history buff, but the guy made sure to point of some completely random/hilarious stuff to amuse the immature kiddies of the group, aka just myself, probably. :P
  • Dachau concentration camp – this wasn’t the most pleasant day of the trip, but definitely one I will never forget. It was confronting and saddening learning about it all, but I felt it was an important part of German history I wanted to know more about.

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PRAGUE:

Oh, Prague…  you seductive city, you. I fell madly in love with it, it was hands down one of the most stunning cities we visited. The architecture, the old bridges, the river snaking through the city… I die! Not only that, but everything was insanely cheap! We were able to buy full meals AND drinks for just $10 between us. This made me eye the waiters off suspiciously, waiting for them to be all: “KIDDING! Now hand over the other $50, you sad, gullible girl.” But nope, it was real life. Prague is a fantastic city to visit for that real European feel, on a budget.

Highlights: 

  • Petrin Hill – this is a lesser known way to appreciate the city, but hands down the best! We hiked up the hill, which was actually quite the workout – had to resist the urge to collapse and roll back down several times. The amazing view from the top is reward enough though! I was in absolute awe – you can see the city stretch on for miles and miles, with fog hanging over the top of it. There are no words (apart from the paragraph I just wrote… haha).
  • Prague castle & the cathedral – you have to check these wonders out if you ever visit – the detail and intricacy of the architecture is astounding. I could totally see myself buying one as my first house, I’m sure the Prague government would be all for it and throw me a housewarming party. It will happen. You’re invited.
  • Wenceslas square – this is the hub for an array of market stalls, shops and places to eat. Bring money and an appetite. Oh, and if you don’t buy at least one of the sugary, spirally pastries (definitely the traditional term, obviously), you’ll have me to answer to.

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VIENNA:

I think I could probably just go out and say it: Austria was my favourite country. Big claim, but I went there. Again, so much history, incredible buildings and for the ladies out there: the shopping was out of control, and there were lots of cute little coffee shops. It was about 5 degrees during the day, so I loved exploring the city all rugged up in gloves and a beanie, however did not lose 3 fingers and a toe to frostbite. Bonus.

Highlights:

  • The shopping district – was so fantastic! You see the main street filled with shops like H&M, Forever 21, Mango, Chanel, etc, flip out and do a victory dance… then realise there are a billion little streets connecting to it lined with shops just as good. I was in (albeit very expensive) heaven. Money was spent. Life was good. :)
  • Naschmarkt – our hostel was literally across the road from this market. One side was a string of stalls selling anything from meat, to cheese, to fruit and veg; and the other side was all just little cafes and restaurants. We had breakfast and dinner here a few times! We were unsuspecting victims, and got bombarded by sales remarks. If you slightly look at any of the stalls, there was an onslaught of: “you like hummus? I sell! It good!” or “lovely lady, you try our tiramisu almonds. Taste just like it!” (note: they definitely didn’t, the furthest thing from it actually). Great little market though!
  • Schonbrunn Palace – after a gruelling 12km walk that day, which may have involved a hangry Maccas stop, we finally got to the palace. It was one of those “jaw-dropping-wow-people-LIVED-here?!” moments – it was the grandest palace I’d ever seen (and admittedly probably the first, but no one needs to know that ;) . There’s a casual zoo there, and the gardens are beautiful.

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Well, that’s part 1 done and dusted – there were 5 other cities we explored, so stay tuned to hear about them!

But, tell me:
Have you ever been to any of these places? What did you love most about them?
What is your absolute favourite place in Europe, and why did you adore it?
Any tips to give about travelling Europe for those planning a holiday?

Love,

Kloe x



Cafe Hopping: About Life Natural Marketplace

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Whenever I discover a little gem of a cafe, I instantly have this urge to whip out my phone and snap pictures and share it with you guys – despite onlookers appearing pretty darn confused.

I’m just waiting for the day I get arrested for being a complete creeper! Or the day I see signs scattered around Sydney warning people of the weird chick with the phone camera. ;)

Now that you know what I go through (potential arrest, guaranteed loss of dignity), you’ll have to go and check out About Life. It’s only fair! Haha. Lucky for you, it was incredible, so that shouldn’t be too hard. ;)

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My gorgeous friend Izzy showed me this place yesterday over on the North Shore. We caught up for a good ol’ chat, which quickly turned from: “2014 is going to be our year! Just you wait!” to: “…hey, want to go halves in that banana bread? It’s been staring me down all morning.”

Organic fair trade coffee & coconut sugar-free smoothie

Organic fair trade coffee & coconut sugar-free smoothie


This place is incredible. Not only is it a cafe, but it’s also a natural marketplace and body wellness bar all in one. After our chat over some bevvies, we checked out the aisles and aisles of natural products. They were all wholefood, nutritious goodies, and so many items were ones that are stocked no where else.

They’re from overseas and things I ‘d usually buy from iHerb: think natural nut butters, cliff bars, coconut & peanut flour, activated nuts, granolas… there was also a hefty supply of Pana and Loving Earth chocolate, which are by far my favourite brands!

I may have almost cried when I realised if I let loose, I’d have to build a new room onto my apartment purely for my loot. (sadface) But I did pick up some peanut butter (standard) and a Cliff bar to try. You can also snap up some sneaky organic and chemical free produce while you’re at it.

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Already dug into it, clearly. Calm down, Kloe!

Already dug into it, clearly. Calm down, Kloe!

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I’ll definitely be heading back to About Life to try out their menu, I’m definitely expecting great things! You can find one of these natural marketplaces tucked away in Cammeray, Rozelle and Bondi Junction. If you’re keen to experience it all for yourself, head over to their website to find out the deets. :)

Now I’m off to work to brave the holiday season in retail – Wish me luck!

I’d love to know of some great little nutrition/wholefood focused cafes like this one! Which ones have you discovered, and recommend?
What do you look for in a cafe/eatery when you’re heading out for a bite?
What are your favourite health food products?

Love,

Kloe x



Christmas Came Early

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Hey party peopleee!

How are we all? Let’s just take a moment to mourn the weekend that was. Sigh.
Tears are ok. Here, have a pat on the back and a lollypop. You’re welcome.

Even though Monday’s here in all its crappy glory, Christmas has in fact come early for this girl. Over the last week, I’ve had so many deliveries! So technically, that makes up for everything. It’s science, don’t argue. I’m actually starting to think I may as well just ask the post office person out on a coffee date, I’ve seen them so much lately. It’s starting to get pretty serious guys… haha. ;)

The incredible team over at Quest Nutrition were lovely enough to send me a little pack of goodies, including some of their new products they’ve launched.

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(I’m going to interrupt your scrolling to ask you don’t judge me on the unmade bed… it may or may not have been like that for a few days already. You didn’t hear that. #queenoflazy )

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I was pleasantly surprised by how big my goodie box was – thanks, Quest superheroes! I got a 12-pack box of all their classic flavours:

- Chocolate brownie
- Vanilla almond crunch
- Peanut butter supreme
- Apple pie
- Mixed berry bliss
- PB&J
- Banana nut muffin
- Chocolate peanut butter (oh hey there, love my of life. Where have you been?!)
- Coconut cashew
- Strawberry cheesecake
- Lemon cream pie

And a few sneaky samples on the side of their brand-new flavours: White chocolate raspberry and double chocolate chunk.
Oh, my god. Can we just take  second to appreciate the godly existence that is the white chocolate raspberry quest bar?! I mean, I’m a hopeless addict to all of them, but this one is just… in a league of it’s own. Do yourself a favour and get on that!

I was also a fan of the healthy, protein-rich version of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Kudos to Quest for re-producing the naughty favourite so well! Big thumbs-up. :)

I also placed an iHerb order a few weeks ago, forgot about it, and thought I’d won the (extremely chocolately) jackpot when I ripped open the package. Check out my successful loot:

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(Go on, make fun of my unmade bed again. I dare you… yeah, that’s what I thought.) :P

Peanut Butter & Co make the most amazing peanut butters. Quite possibly one of my favourite brands, and that says a lot coming from a self-confessed peanut butter addict (but I prefer the term connoisseur, thanks). They’ve got a fabulous selection of mix-ins, like dark chocolate, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon and raisins, white chocolate… the last one is my hands-down favourite, but they didn’t have any in stock so I had to settle for dark chocolate. It’s a hard life, right? ;)

Now, peanut butter and chocolate puffins cereal: sounds like a dream come true in theory, right? Well, Barbara’s Bakery, I need to have a word with you. I was quite disappointed and these didn’t live up to my (admittedly probably completely unrealistic) expectations. They were okay, but I was honestly expecting some crazy flavour explosion like no other with a combo like that, complete with some rainbows and unicorns.. maybe. I don’t really think it’s too much to ask, amiright?!

The hot cocoa is sweetened naturally with stevia rather than sugar, so I thought that was a winning point. I tried it with boiling water and it was sadly non bueno, however I’m sure that with milk it would be awesome! You hear that, cookingly-challenged Kloe? MILK. Okay, good.

I have a confession to make. I bought at least 60% of the Lorna Jane store and will need to buy a small house specifically for my workout wear wardrobe. Not even ashamed, just concerned that will cost a lot. Oh well, uniform requirements and all that. ;)

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I apologise if you’ve been blinded by the insane fluoro colours, should probably have included a disclaimer.

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finally got my shiz together and ordered some Lime Crime lipstick, in colour Babette, that I’ve been lusting over for a good chunk of time.  It’s the perfect summer nude, and I’m in love! I picked mine up from Beginning Boutique. Handy hint? They make really good nail polish as well!

Well, I’m utterly exhausted after so much shopping/squealing with excitement when I get deliveries/chatting up the post office dude.

What are your go-to products on iHerb, if you order from there?
What’s your favourite online shopping store you’ll never move on from?
Your favourite beauty/cosmetics product or Lorna Jane item?!

Love,

Kloe x

 

 



Christmas Gift Guide: Health & Fitness Edition

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed…

…but it seems Christmas is just over 3 weeks away. What happened? Where am I? What even is life?!
I think I must have blinked sometime back in July or something, and opened my eyes to an inflatable Santa invading my personal space in the supermarket. This year has escalated so quickly, and I cannot believe how fast 2013 has gone by!

Now, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not one to wrap my entire house in tinsel and pump Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” across the neighbourhood and/or whole universe, but I adore Christmastime.
There’s just something about the festive spirit, the collective joy and the smiling faces. I love the chance we get to reflect on the year, and spend time with the friends and family we cherish the most. There’s just so much warm-and-fuzzy I can’t even take it. Tacky candy cane dangly earrings not even necessary.

All the warm-and-fuzzies and pudding aside, gift shopping can be a bit of a killer. You either have no idea what to buy, or you buy something and fall so deeply in love with it, that you keep it – bringing you back to square one. We’ve all been there! I’ve decided to pop together a few little gift guides with different themes for the people in your life, and hopefully you get a few good ideas from it!

Kicking things off, is of course, the health and fitness edition. Here’s a teeny snippet of some things I wouldn’t mind to see under my Christmas tree to help kick off an active, health-focussed year in 2014, or to continue the awesome habits that have already been made! There’s a great mix of different priced items to suit any budget.

Enjoy – and then proceed to spend ALL the money on ALL the things. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… call this a disclaimer, if you will. ;)

health and fitness gift guide

1) Lorna Jane Sunrise Bra, $65.99

This gorgeous gym staple is an amazing pop of colour under a singlet. It’s got medium support, and is made in Lorna Jane’s renowned Excel and mesh fabric – designed especially to wick that sweat away from the skin, and stay dry and breathable. I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with the bold hue and detailed overlay!

2) Lululemon 3mm Pure Yoga Mat, $39.00

Anyone you know a seasoned yogi? Or are determined to become a super-flexy yoga expert by the end of 2014?! Then this handy little mat is perfect for them. It’s extra-cushy and grippy, so it’s great for those upside-down moments where you need all the support you can get. It’s also got an antimicrobial additive to help keep away that mould – a yoga mat that’s both really smart and hygienic? Doesn’t get much better than that. Comes in fantastic bold colours.

3) Batiste Dry Shampoo, $9.99

You know how it is. Finish up a workout, you’re standing confused in a puddle of your own sweat… how does one fix the gross, drippy post-gym hair?! This is where Batiste dry shampoo comes in, probably donning a cape because it’s that much of a lifesaver. This is a must-have in any girls’ gym bag: give your hair a spray, and the sweat and/or grease magically disappears. Now, you’re free to carry on with your day without worrying everyone is judging you! In fact, they’re all probably enviously gaping at your incredible hair, wondering how you did it. Shh, it’s a secret. ;)

4) Lorna Jane Supa-Lite Training Gloves, $34.99

If the most practical thing in the world had a lovechild with the cutest thing in the world, these training gloves would be it. The defined muscles you get from weight training? Sexy. The callouses covering your hands? Not so sexy. That’s where these babies come in, to help you keep those hands and nails in tact while you smash it out! These are a great little gift for that fearless chick you know who’s not afraid to battle the dudes in the weights room. ;)

5) Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub, $27.95

Sometimes the only thing you want to do after a hard week of training/working/generally living your busy life is relaxing. Specifically, relaxing in the bath or shower with an amazing body scrub. This coconut one leaves your skin silky smooth, your muscles soothed and you smelling like summer in a nutshell. It’s the perfect little tool to help someone relax and wind-down, with the complimentary “feeling like a million bucks” affect.

6) Garmin Forerunner10, $149

Not only is the Forerunner10 cute and stylish, they’re amazing quality and have all the features any avid runner would look for. There little gems track distance, pace and calories, and keeps a record of all your personal goals. Grab one of these for that someone you know who’s a running fiend, so they can be more motivated than ever to smash their goals. Then when they win a marathon, they can dedicate their whole success to you, right?

7) Cotton On Jumbeau Water Bottle, $6.95

These are great little stocking fillers, and something any fitness-loving person will both love, and get use out of. We all know how important it is to stay hydrated and drink lots of the good stuff, especially now that summer has just kicked off here in Australia. Complete with funny quotes, I can definitely foresee a few “laughing-until-liquid-comes-out-of-nose” moments. Totally worth it. The bottles are available in a few different designs and colours.

8) Lorna Jane Galvanise Run Short, $59.99

Okay, there’s no secret that I’m a bit obsessed with Lorna Jane – a few products have snuck their way into this guide. But there’s a reason! LJ is the perfect fusion of fitness, fashion and function, and these gorgeous shorts are a prime example. I’ve been eyeing these beauties off for a while now, and can’t wait to snap a pair up myself. These are super-lightweight and are designed to move with your body as you run, jump, backflip, fly… whatever your thang is ;) They’ve got sneaky little built in undies for support and tiny pockets for your essentials, like keys or a few dollars. And come on now, the print is to die for! These will carry your butt through any workout, whether it be a run, CrossFit, weight training, spin… you name it, the Galvanise shorts have you covered. Literally.

Wow, this was quite possibly the longest post I’ve written… and if you’ve made it to here, we just became best friends. :P
I hope this guide was helpful, and you now know exactly what to get your fitness fanatic buddy or family member to stay in their good books all year!

Have you got anything to add to this guide?
What goodies do you want for your active journey in 2014?!

Love,

Kloe x



The countdown is officially on & I’m a wee bit excited.

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Oh hey, didn’t see you there.

How are you lovely people?!

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit MIA lately – it’s been a hectic week, I spent it in Adelaide with my family. But I’m back home, back into routine and everyday life! Just between you guys and me, is it really shameful that I’m a serious routine/familiarity fan? Hands up if you’re equally as weird… haha. Promise I won’t judge ;)

Nevertheless, uni holidays are overall treating me very well, definitely cannot complain. I’ve been a workin’ class girl, saving up some big bucks for the impending Europe trip, which may I add was EXACTLY A MONTH AWAY on the 26th November! “Excitement” doesn’t even adequately explain my hyperactive, cannot-wipe-the-smile self. I’m counting down every. single. day. With an app. No, I’m not even kidding. Permission to laugh at me for the second time in this post!

 

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Hopefully my map will look like this one day! (insert ambition here). The thing is, I’m already itching to travel to every single country there is, but I’m sensing this Eurotrip will definitely seal the deal. I’m going to come home with absolutely no money; but a crazy-ass travel bug and case of wanderlust. But hey, it’s true what they say: “travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I like this quote. It justifies all the moola being spent and helps me sleep at night. End of story. Shoosh. ;)

I also may or may not have other exciting news. You all know just how much I’m obsessed with/spend all my money on Lorna Jane, right? I wrote a gushy post all about her philosophy and how I apply it to my life this year. Well, GUESS WHAT?! I recently was offered a job at one of the city stores! And if you’re wondering whether I squealed like a little school girl on the phone when I found out, you’d be right. I cannot wait to get started and fusing my love for fitness, healthy living and fashion!

I’ll wrap this up with a few of my favourite Lorna Jane snaps:

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Now, tell me:

Are you heading off on a holiday soon? It seems everyone is! Or, what was your absolute favourite trip to date?
What’s your dream job, if you could pick only one?

Love,

Kloe x



All work & no play? Balancing uni/work & healthy living.

Monday, November 18th, 2013

(I wrote this post in a partnership with Macquarie University, Sydney)

That coveted, and extremely elusive, work/life balance.

We all dream of it, we know how important it is, but we don’t always strike it.

Whether you rock a full-time job, you’re still at school or you’re a uni student, it doesn’t matter – that vital balance between work and life is something we should all be striving for. It’s all about spending time studying/working, but making sure you’re also doing all those things that make you feel alive, as well as ensuring you’re taking care of your health.

The fun things could be having a girl’s night out, playing footy with the boys, going for a long run, writing, shopping (oops, maybe shouldn’t encourage that one!), cooking… it could even be stamp collecting. Just whatever fun little activities that are your thing. Make sure you do them – and never feel guilty for it.

The other aspect of work/life balance, is making your health a priority, no matter how busy you are. You know the saying, “you don’t find time for important things, you make time?” Yeah, sometimes that’s the case, especially when it comes to health and fitness. But it’s all good! Luckily there are a few things you can do to make it much, much easier to stay on that healthy track of yours, eat well and get your sweat on more regularly.

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Start working out early in the morning:

This is a toughie, I know. I dread that 5.30am alarm just as much as the next person, but just think: you’ve got your exercise done and dusted for the day, and the awesome endorphin hit to go with it! It becomes a routine before you know it, it’s just the first few weeks test you. Then, you question why you didn’t start working out early sooner! You can head off to uni, or wherever you need to go, feeling refreshed, energetic and accomplished – all before 9am. Say whaat?!

  • Lay out all your workout gear before bed, so you can get up and go the next morning!
  • Prep a portable brekkie so you can grab it on the way out and head straight to work/uni/school afterwards. That way, you’re not spending unnecessary money, and you’ve got a healthy meal to refuel with! Win-win.
  • Plan your workouts for the week on Sunday so you know exactly what you’re doing, then treat them like any other appointment you wouldn’t miss.

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Start meal prepping on the weekends:

Setting aside an hour or two on Sunday to get together some healthy foods for the week will do absolute wonders. Not only will it keep you sailing along with your healthy habits, but it’s much more convenient. We all know that feeling: you come home after a super-long day, and the pizza place across the road is calling your name.

It’s much more tempting when you’ve got nothing organised for dinner! If you’ve prepped some things, you can whip up a delicious, healthy meal in minutes. You can also bring lots of yummy food to work/uni/school with you in tupperware containers. Done and done.

  • Ideas for snacks: Hard-boiled eggs, chopped up fruit, home-made trail mix, home-made protein bars, banana and oatmeal cookies (or other healthy baked goods alternatives), yoghurt, etc.
  • Ideas for meals: Chopped veggies, grilled chicken/fish fillets, cooked quinoa/wholewheat pasta, stir fry, roasted veggies, etc.

As much as it’s completely do-able to keep on top of your health game and work or study, it isn’t always easy to do. I’ll pop my hand up now and say that I’ve had a week and a bit of not working out much, with lots of treats (think garlic bread and hot chips out with the fam… yum!). You know what? That’s okay too. I’ve enjoyed myself,  I’ve loved having a bit of a break, but I can’t wait to get stuck into the gym again tomorrow. It’s all about balance over time, so never feel guilty for skipping the gym for a week, or having a few extra chocolate brownies. ;)
(see below for additional food porn – a bit of an oxymoron to the meal prep pic!)

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Macquarie University is one of Australia’s leading universities. Located in Sydney, Macquarie University has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (such as a Bachelor and Master of Journalism) available to suit every student’s needs and interests. 

Love,

Kloe x



Celebrating the holidays the best way we know how.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Guess what this girl is doing for the next 4 months of her life?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I’m officially a free woman on uni break!
…Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ll be travelling around Europe for one of those months, and the rest will obviously be hardcore partying all day erryday. Take today for example:

Awesome weather.

Beach.

Best friend.

Biggest lunch of our lives.

Fro-yo on said beach.

Pretty out of control, better lock ya doors Sydney. ;)

But in all seriousness, today was a lovely day. Ally and I welcomed in the holidays the best way we know how. We headed out to Coogee Beach to enjoy the absolutely flawless weather. Definitely have some epic sunburn to show for that.

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Coogee beach, I don’t know how you do it. Beautiful every. Single. Time. Coogee has quickly become one of my go-to beaches after Tom introduced it to me almost two years ago. It’s equally as incredible as the other beaches in Sydney, but without the throngs of crowds all the time. It seems like it’s a little less well-known and it’s more locals that visit – and I’m cool with that. Much more relaxing!

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May I introduce you to the mother of all sandwiches?! All that chatting and admiring the view made us starving, so we went to Globe Fine Food & Coffee - a little gem that has a fabulous menu. I opted for a sandwich as big as my head (hey, girl’s gotta eat ;) ) with goat’s cheese, sundried tomato, roasted capsicum, onion and salad. This was hitting the spot at it’s finest. So delicious! May have also stole a few sneaky sips of Ally’s mango smoothie and a few grilled mushrooms.. can’t turn those beauties down!

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Oh come on now, don’t say you didn’t see this coming. What kind of people go to the beach, and don’t buy some kind of icy treat? Hence, the idea to raid the froyo joint was born. For the record, strawberries and milo is amazing – do it! I also have to point out how much enjoyment I get out of the fact it looks like Ally’s snorting her froyo… and faceplanting into it in the other photo. I have really cool friends. :)

(raises froyo) here’s to a fantastic holidays filled with lots of memories! We all need it after the semester from hell, I’ll say that much.

What’s your favourite beach where you’re from?
Best sandwich fillings? I won’t judge… I’m a bit of a self-appointed sandwich expert.
Which froyo toppings beat all other toppings ever?!

Love,

Kloe x



Life in Pictures: Let’s Play Catchups.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Happy Hump Day everyone! :)
Friday is so close I can smell it. But you know what’s even closer? My 4-month uni break! I cannot even contain my excitement: a whole third of a year to just chill out and have some fun. After the full-on semester I’ve had, nothing sounds better.

Especially the part where I’m jet-setting off to travel around Europe for a month. Quite possibly the most excited I’ve been in my life, just quietly. We’re leaving on Boxing Day, so no doubt we’ll be like little kids at Christmas on Boxing Day Eve instead. ;)

Let’s play catch-ups shall we? Prepare for a bit of a “lately” photo dump with all my shenanigans from the last week or two.

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Sunnies, refreshing coconut water and lace shorts: could it be? Hey summer, I’ve been waiting for you all year!

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Tom wanted me to sneak this one in to show just how intellectual and cultured and stuff he is.
…I’m kidding. We were chilling at the park reading (a magazine for me, I know.. shameful) on Sunday when I went to Canberra for the weekend. So relaxing… until something bit me. Grass and I don’t get along…

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On Saturday night after dinner with some friends, Tom and I headed over to this little cocktail bar called Knightsbridge Penthouse. It had a really cool vibe and decor, so I was sucked in by it all and ended up ordering some insanely strong drink. I’ve never had a cocktail before, so naturally one was definitely enough for this girl… Tip: never just go up and say, “I like berries and rum!” It’ll most definitely be a glass of rum with a few berries in it. Bam, straight to the head! Great night though. :)

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Lunch with my mum and little brother last week: This mountain of bruschetta puts Mt. Everest to shame. The bread was topped with tomato (obviously!), basil, bocconcini and balsamic. So good, and I may or may not have hoovered the whole thing. Could you blame me though, really?!

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The Museum of Contemporary art with this little one. Because hey, if there’s an excuse for me to head to the kid’s section of the museum without being judged, I’ll take it. Thanks, Wil, I owe you one… ;)

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Shameless selfie of my internship attire last week. I’m absolutely, madly in love with this new lace crop I bought from Lucy in the Sky - it’s the perfect staple for summer, and I’ve been teaming it with high-waisted denim shorts, floral shorts and skirts like this one, and my black disco pants (that I scored from Supre, not American Apparel, sadly #poorunikidproblems )

Well, I’m off to tackle all these assessments, head to the gym and go to work. Yes, all in one day.
I’m actually Superwoman.

Love,

Kloe x



Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Slices.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

So I’m on the home stretch to the end of uni.
Less than two weeks  to go, a billion assessments to go, and the only logical thing in this situation is to either nap or bake something. Right?

Good, I’m glad we can all agree on that. Seems legit.

So while deep in the throes of procrastination, I came across a delicious-looking recipe – pumpkin pie oatmeal slices. It’s very autumn-inspired, considering it’s fall over there in the US. But it’s also a winner to whip up for Halloween, especially if you’re going on a pumpkin-carving extravaganza and don’t know what to do with all the leftovers.
Here’s a fun fact for you too: apparently 98% of pumpkins grown in the United States are used on Halloween! However, can’t really confirm that considering I heard that from Tom… very questionable source. ;)

ANYWAY! These little bars literally taste like a pumpkin pie… they’re chock-a-block full of amazing spices like nutmeg and cinnamon that give it that perfect autumn feel, and make them super-comforting. And as a girl who loves finding recipes that healthifies some ol’ favourites, this one is no exception. I’ve got expectations to uphold here!

I’ll go right ahead and admit that I dug right in when they were fresh out the oven and still warm, and “forgot” to snap a pic.
No fear though! Feast your eyes on the batch that Amanda from Running With Spoons made – which are the originals, and hence probably look much nicer than mine anyway. :)

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Slices

Ingredients:

Crumbly crust:

  • 1 1/4 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal/whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Gooey filling:

  • 1 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (I just used the ground ginger you buy in little shakers)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 fahrenheit), and grease up a baking tin.
  2. To make the crust, add all the necessary ingredients into a large bowl and mix it all up. Remember, you want it to be nice and crumbly!
  3. For the filling, mix all the needed ingredients with either a spoon or a immersion blender. I actually ended up adding about a tablespoon of oats to thicken it up a bit.
  4. Divide the crust mixture in two – press half of it into the bottom of your tin.
  5. Pour the filler and spread out evenly.
  6. Crumble the rest of the crust mixture on top randomly.
  7. Bake for about half an hour, or until the pumpkin has set.
  8. Cool it off before hacking into it! I know, a test of the will… :P

    {Original recipe here}

  9. Now just eat and be merry and all that.


Theory: Birthday’s are natures way of telling us to eat more cake.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Hello everyone, how are we all? (Could be a rhetorical question, didn’t think that through, but feel free to answer anyway ;)

Last Friday night was possibly the most warm-and-fuzzy inducing night of my life for a looong time. Let me back that up with an explanation: It was my Mum’s birthday, and all of us (except for said birthday girl) were in on a little secret. It was organised that my grandparents would fly over to Sydney, as they live interstate, and mysteriously appear in the house.

Mum came home from work and lo and behold, her parents were casually sipping tea in her lounge room. Needless to say, she was extremely happy and excited, and that in turn made me feel exactly the same way. :)
Not only that, but I got the rare chance to spend some time with my grandparents who I miss dearly and grew up super close with.

After managing to stop the flow of happy tears, we headed out to Le Kiosk on Shelly Beach for dinner. The restaurant is amazing, and is situated right on the beach with an uninterrupted view right out to sea, and across to Manly Beach. The food was also to die for! I ordered a chicken and chickpea salad, which was lovely and fresh – and left just the right amount of room to stuff my face with their thick cut chips and aioli, and of course a few sneaky slices of beautiful bread. ;)

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The fam bam :)
Can we just take a moment to appreciate and/or have a chuckle at my little brother at the end of the table? Okay, poll time: are we thinking zombie or demon child? Hey, at least he’s got Halloween sorted.

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Zoe (my step sister), myself & Mum: being classy and sippin’ on some champers… and by sipping I mean I may have had a generous skull. Really nice champagne!

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Oh, turns out this is why it tasted like liquid gold. Definitely may have found a new bevvie of choice ;)
And that cake in the background? You better believe it’s a $6 one from Coles, and not even ashamed: it was damn delicious! Two slices definitely happened.

It was a wonderful evening with the family, and I cannot even tell you how nice it was to have everyone together. With me living out of home, it’s hard sometimes to even get to catch up with the family in Sydney, let alone the family from Adelaide!
Icing on the cake for that week, for sure. 
…So much discussion about cake. An affordable $6 mud cake is sounding super tempting right now…

What’s a beautiful restaurant you’ve been to, and what did you like about it?
Your all-time favourite cake out there?!

Love,

Kloe x



Running with the glucose: How running helps with diabetes

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

This post is done in partnership with Accu-chek.

For years it was believed that if a person contracted or inherited either type-2 or type-1 diabetes, their ability to exercise and perform strenuous physical activity would be limited. Fortunately, new research indicates that this is not necessarily the case.

Far from worsening your diabetes or leaving you with an injury, physical exercise under the right circumstances actually can improve your condition. The key to balancing the effects of diabetes through physical exercise comes from closely understanding how your body works and knowing how to strike the right balance, as will be seen below.

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Running and Exercise: Type-2 Sufferers

Many diabetics with type-2 diabetes suffer from high levels of intra-abdominal obesity and insulin resistance. What this means is that the bodies of type-2 sufferers respond less effectively to the production of insulin in their bodies.

Out of fear that exercise will only exacerbate their predicament, many type-2 sufferers avoid physical exercise and as a result their condition worsens with increased weight gain and physical inactivity.

However, new research has shown that exercise may actually help type-2 sufferers with their insulin resistance. Data suggests that when type-2 sufferers perform physical exercise such as running, jogging and other aerobic exercises, their bodies respond more acutely to the presence of insulin.

In other words, the insulin naturally produced in their bodies begins to operate more like insulin produced in people who do not suffer from diabetes.

The positive effect of exercise on the insulin resistance of type-2 sufferers, combined with the weight loss that comes from consistent physical exercise, has lead doctors to speculate that type-2 sufferers who exercise may have less or even no need for insulin injections in their later life.

Type-1 Sufferers

Distinct from type-2 sufferers of diabetes, type-1 sufferers usually inherit diabetes for genetic reasons and have little no control over having it. Most type-1 sufferers require regular insulin injections for their entire lives. In the case of type-1 sufferers, the issue is not that they are resistant to insulin but that their body actually destroys the insulin because it fails to identify it correctly.

Out of fear that exercise might make their condition worse, type-1 sufferers often shy away from physically straining exercise. However, as with type-2 sufferers, it is still possible for type-1 sufferers to enjoy physically active and rigorous lives.

There have been numerous documented cases of type-1 sufferers participating in large-scale marathons and iron man competitions, and completing them without any major difficulties.

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Monitoring Sugar Levels and Eating Healthily

The most important thing to bear in mind for both types 1 and 2 sufferers wanting to exercise, particularly type-1 sufferers, is that they regularly monitor their blood sugar levels and carry proper medical equipment.

Both sufferers must ensure they adhere to a healthy diet, and focus mainly on eating regular vegetable servings, lean meat portions and moderate amounts of carbohydrates.

When performing exercise, sufferers should bring energy capsules and food bars with them so they can restore glucose and sugar levels that become depleted during exercise.

Most importantly, people with both types of diabetes need to regularly monitor and record their blood sugar levels, particularly at certain times of the day (i.e. before and after medication, eating, exercise, sleep etc.). In this way they can better understand their bodies and with help from their doctors work out how to exercise safely and enjoyably.

 

Brendon Farraway is a sports-science student at the University of Sydney who wants diabetics to be fully aware of the range of options they face when looking into starting an exercise regime.

 
If you’re interested in checking out these products further for yourself or someone else, pop over to their website where you can learn more about management solutions and even shop online. :)

 

Kloe x



Get your bake on: Chewy pumpkin paleo snickerdoodles.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The countdown to Summer is officially on, and you swore this year you’d have a rockin’ bod to show off – but your sweet tooth has other plans. The lure of your nana’s famous choc chip cookies is all too much.

Wait! Before you give up all hope, slip on your ‘fat pants’ and devour the whole plate, give these paleo alternatives a go. Whip up a batch and we promise you won’t be disappointed, and they’ll be much more supportive of your ‘Operation Summer Bod’. While you’re at it, make some paleo pumpkin ice cream sandwiches too.

I snatched this recipe from a blog called The Freckled Foodie – I felt a special connection as a fellow freckled girl myself ;)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal/flour
  • 1 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 heaping tsp plus 1 tbsp Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar or maple sugar
  • 1 whole egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin butter
  • 1/4 cup palm shortening, coconut oil or ghee

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper
3. Mix flours, salt, baking soda, 2 tbsp sugar and the tsp of pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl
4. In a small bowl mix together the egg, pumpkin butter, and shortening
5. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly
6. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes
7. While the dough is chilling add the remaining sugar and pumpkin spice to a small bowl and stir to mix
8. Scoop the dough with a small cookie scoop to make them uniform and roll in the sugar/spice mix
9. Place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet
10. Once the sheet is filled, lightly press down on each cookie with the bottom of a glass
11. Bake for 8-10 minutes
12. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack
13. Store in an airtight container, room temp for 2 days or refrigerate for up to a week

This article appeared first on Urban Society.

What’s a healthified version of a fave you love to bake?
Anyone out there follow the paleo/primal lifestyle? What do you think are the benefits and/or drawbacks of it? Keen to know!

Happy Friday, for the Aussies – and other readers, soldier on troopers, you’re almost there! :)

Love,

Kloe x



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