Monday, August 25, 2014

Pick of the Day - Zara Two-In-One Casual Knitted Top

Zara Two-In-One Casual Knitted Top


This top from Zara looks warm but sleek, perfect for winter.  It's sold as a casual top, and this may be the case if you pair it with jeans, however this top can easily be dressed up with a pair of slacks or skirt for a more formal approach.  Love this top and I will be stalking it relentlessly.

Friday, June 20, 2014

How To Wear A Lace Skirt To Work



A good way to wear a lace skirt to work - make sure the hem falls around or below the knee. Pair it with a white blouse, patent Mary Janes and a jacket with cuff detail to add a bit of sparkle. Voila!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

How To Wear A Tartan Skirt To Work



Tartan skirts need context. Surrounded by Doc Martens and a black t-shirt, a pair of Mary Janes or some crazy boots, or change it up with a white shirt, a pair of low heels and some sheer stockings for a more dressed-up look.

Elephant necklace optional, of course.


Tartan Skirt


Prabal Gurung white shirt
435 AUD - bysymphony.com


Topshop blazer
96 AUD - topshop.com


Berkshire
8.49 AUD - lordandtaylor.com


Red skirt
725 AUD - farfetch.com


Leather shoes
gormanshop.com.au


Givenchy leather handbag
1 465 AUD - ekseption.es


Mango elephant jewelry
21 AUD - mango.com

Monday, January 27, 2014

10 Smoothie Recipes and Green Smoothie Heaven - Magic Bullet

My late night infomercial watching has finally paid off.  I bought the Magic Bullet.

I normally don't watch infomercials unless I want a bit of a laugh.  Well, this Magic Bullet thing made me giggle, but it also made me think, hmmm... maybe I could use one of these things...

So I got it:



Magic Bullet Smoothie Maker

How to use the Smoothie Maker:

Tips to remember -

  • Leave 5 or more cm from the top with nothing, not even liquid in it.  
  • Make sure the lid is firmly secured
  • Blend in quick bursts until desired consistency is reached
  • Buy fruit and vegies in bulk, then cut up and freeze in individual Glad bags
For example, I bought an entire pineapple last week (one of those ones that has been cut and cored already).  I cut it up into little wedges (about a couple of cm wide), and froze in batches in individual Glad bags.  Whenever I want a pineapple in my smoothie, I just grab a bag and empty it in the blender.
Another good idea is to buy bunches of grapes, wash them and freeze in small amounts.  You can be creative and do what I did, freeze 5 grapes, a few pieces of pineapple, some papaya and a bit of banana in the same freezer bag.  That way you have a ready-made smoothie whenever you want it.


Ziplock Freezer Bags - your new best friend







LJP's Smoothie Recipes


Green Zinger

Little bunch of spinach
A bunch of pea sprouts, cut into sections
Some small cuts of ginger (
5 small pieces of fresh pineapple
5 red grapes
Coconut water

Blend.

This is a tasty, mild green smoothie.  The ginger and pineapple give it a tropical feel.



Red Papaya Slurpee

Large handful of frozen red papaya (bought fresh, then bagged in Glad ziplock bags)
Coconut water

Blend.

You will find that this recipe creates a smoothie with the exact consistency of a 711 Slurpee, without all the sugar and caffeine.


Pine-Green Smoothie

Little bunch of spinach
Large handful of pineapple
5 small cuts of ginger

Blend.

This one is simple, but tasty and healthy as well.



The following recipes are a guide for making smoothies that taste good and make you feel even better.   Don't use all the ingredients listed, there are far too many.
Instead, choose 2 - 5 ideas from the list (or as many or few as you need!) and mix and match.

Enjoy!


Mix & Match Smoothies

Adrenal Support
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Ginger
Sprouts
Leafy greens (eg. celery, Spinach, lettuce, parsley, coriander)
Almonds and / or pumpkin seeds / cashews / brazil nuts / pecans
Papaya or dark cherries
Banana
Raw cacao powder
Red and orange vegetables
Flax seeds
Coconut water or water
Or... Almond milk
Pinch of Celtic sea salt


Weight Loss
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Celery
Grapefruit
Tomato
Chilli
Asparagus
Spinach
Lettuce
Cherries
Grapes
Pears
Cucumber
Lemongrass
Ginger
Unsalted pistachios or sunflower seeds
Papaya
Coconut water or water
Organic coconut oil


Immunity Boost
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Garlic
Potato (organic)
Banana
Ginger
Brazil nuts
Sunflower seeds
Coconut water or water


Metabolism Boost
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Almonds
Grapefruit
Whey protein
Avocado
Chilli
Coconut water or water

Vitality AntiOx Shake
Blueberries
Dried Cranberries
Prunes
Strawberries
Cherries
Papaya
Brazil nuts / sunflower seeds / Pecans
Raw Cacao
Coconut water or water


Digestive Enzyme Booster
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Avocado
Papya
Yogurt
Fresh pineapple
Peaches
Green or red capsicum
Coconut water or water


Skin Glow Shake
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Cucumber
Celery
Avocado
Tomato / Red Capsicum / Red Chilli
Spinach
Berries
Carrot
Papaya
Apricot
Coconut water or water


Green Machine
(Use 3-5 Ingredients from list)
Kale
Spinach
Broccoli
Celery
Parsley / Coriander
Romaine lettuce
Cucumber
Coconut pieces
Strawberry
Ginger
Apple
Pear
Pineapple
Lemon
Coconut water or water




Image credits CC Public Domain





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