5 Aussie Music Favourites

Music taste is such a subjective thing but it’s so satisfying to discover new artists and tracks that you love. Some people find that their preferences fall into just one or two genres whereas others enjoy music from a wide variety of genres – I am definitely in the latter category! I think sometimes it can be a bit daunting discovering new music outside of the top 40 charts because there’s just so much out there! This post is a compilation of a number of perhaps lesser known Australian artists and songs that I have discovered over the past couple of years whose work I want to share with you (if you haven’t already come across some of them)! For each I have picked my favourite track and I hope that you will enjoy them too!Read More »

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What’s All The Fuss About Barre?

I’ve been planning to write about barre for a while now (I’ve had a draft of this post for about a year) and after having had a 3 month break and trying out a couple of different styles of exercise classes and corporate gym group fitness classes, I’ve come crawling back.

I first started barre 2 years ago, about the time that it exploded as the “it” exercise class in every fitness magazine. However, unlike every other fitness class I have taken in the past, I still love barre two years on – it has well and truly passed the fad stage. It’s never a chore for me to go to a class in my lunch break and I always feel great afterwards. Basically, the jackpot when it comes to exercise!Read More »

Walking v Running?

Most people seem to have a strong preference for whether walking or running is better for you in terms of health, fitness and weight loss and which one they prefer to take part in, if either. But does it really make a difference which activity you do and is one better than the other?

Personally I am more of a walking person. I find it a nice way to clear your head and take in some fresh air and scenery (the picture for this post is one of my favourite walks in Sydney, the Bondi-Coogee coastal walk). While I also go for a run once a week to have a bit of extra high intensity cardio in my life, I don’t love running (although I always feel good afterwards). When it comes down to it, it’s a personal preference. I think both are effective forms of exercise although interestingly the benefits derived from each can be quite different.Read More »

5 Skin Tips For Flying

I am so excited to go on my first big holiday this year to the West coast of the U.S.!! So much so that I have thoroughly annoyed everyone at work by voicing my excitement on a daily basis for the past month (I know – I’m that person!). The only hurdle is the 14 hour flight to get there from Melbourne. I don’t think there are many people who genuinely enjoy long-haul flights. I don’t mind flying but 14 hours is a long time in one seat, breathing recycled air that slowly sucks moisture out of your skin. However, there are a few things you can do to combat the dehydration and help your skin recover quickly after!
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Chai Body Scrub

Exfoliation can do wonders for your skin and this chai scrub is amazing! It’s also super easy (and quick) to make and is full of ingredients that you will probably already have in the kitchen! Exfoliation helps to maintain clear, soft skin. This is because our skin cells are regenerating all the time with the dead ones falling away. But sometimes the dead cells cling on and this can lead to blocked pores and and pimples as well as a feeling of rough skin.

Sugar is one of the best natural exfoliants as it it much gentler on the skin than salt or other gritty things used in exfoliators. It is also a natural humectant which means it draws moisture in and contains glycolic acid which encourages cell turnover, generating fresh skin. However, while you should exfoliate regularly to maintain soft, clear skin, you shouldn’t exfoliate more than 2 – 3 times a week as this can lead to damaging healthy skin cells.Read More »