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Body Appreciation Post Pt I

Everyone has their insecurities… I know I certainly have a few up my sleeve. But intermittently, I am able to rein these in and remember to be grateful to have a healthy, active, and functional body – when it chooses to behave itself, that is!

One body part I have always been okay with, are my hands.

 

 

I’ve often struggled with feeling too tall, or having bigger feet than all my high school girlfriends, or feeling a bit too clumsy with my big hips. But I never minded having long, lanky hands!

These hands have held my friends and family close, have stroked my dog Lacey when we said our final goodbye, they’ve reached the piano and flute keys (yet never mastered the guitar) and they have guided my horse Sarah safely when I would ride in the afternoon sunshine. Nowadays these hands of mine have become essential to my everyday adult life in the workplace and in my home, they support me in my yoga practice, and they carry my groceries so I can cook and nourish my body.

Essentially my hands facilitate the nourishment of my body, my heart, and my mind.

Many of us don’t realise how lucky we are to have our health, it is so important and one day, it could be all that you have.

Day by day I learn to appreciate a little bit more about myself, it’s a hard task to unlearn all that we have been bombarded with by advertisements and television programmes that suggest that there shall forever be room for improvement.

But we must start somewhere!

Please share your body appreciation in the comments below… and don’t forget to love yourself ❤

 

Lexie x

Matcha Green Tea Power Smoothie

…taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

I’ve recently moved into the city and closer to my work, which leaves me with much more free time in the mornings. To be honest, I usually use this time really productively by laying in the one spot on the couch for an hour slowly sipping my coffee and scrolling through Facebook and Instagram… 😉

Today I decided to make myself a healthy little green smoothie for breakfast and actually do something with my spare time. I’ve been getting back into the habit of making myself a Matcha tea in the mornings sometimes instead of a coffee for a bit of an antioxidant boost. But this morning I decided to incorporate my Matcha hit into my smoothie instead!

  • three large handfuls baby spinach & rocket mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 maple water or 1 cup purified water (this is Low FODMAP friendly – if you’re not following FODMAPs you could use coconut water)
  •  1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp matcha tea (I recommend Panatea or Kenkotea ceremonial grade)
  • 1 inch frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 small sprig fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small sprigs of fresh mint, chopped

I gave this a good blitz in the Nutribullet until it looked green and creamy.

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Ta-da!

Then, taking a tentative sip, I discovered that this drink had a delightful light flavour and was very refreshing!

Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your variations on this recipe 🙂

Lexie x

Les Bubbles

I guiltily noticed recently that an astounding two months had passed since I’d made a new post! Rest assured I hadn’t forgotten about poor old Lexie Lou, but in that two months I’ve been busy as always.

After coming home from a two week holiday in Perth for my best friend’s wedding, I was soon back into the swing of things… working my two jobs, preparing to move house, and trying to catch up on my ironing :/

I decided to make some time for my love and I to have a night out on our own. The first restaurant that popped into my head was Les Bubbles, a Parisian steakhouse in Fortitude Valley that had been popping up all over my Facebook newsfeed.

We got all gussied up in our finest, and off we went!

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Les Bubbles do things a little bit differently to other restaurants… they offer one main that they know they do well! Quality grass fed beef is chargrilled to medium rare perfection, and the most delicious fries (or as we say at Les Bubbles, frites) grace your plate. And did I mention the frites are bottomless?!

I requested gluten free bread with my entree of a warm leaf salad and was pleasantly surprised with a fresh, thickly cut slice that delighted my tastebuds (with a light slather of butter :P). To keep my meal FODMAP friendly I refrained from ordering any sauce to accompany my steak. I also paired my meal with a delicious Chandon Rose which went down a treat! It would have been rude not to order bubbles 😉

They also offer vegetarian and pescatarian options, so all will feel comfortable at this steakhouse. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming whilst keeping it’s funky edge, and was certainly somewhere I would recommend for families, couples, young and old alike!

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Our food was delicious, and the service was spectacular. We will certainly be back for more!

Dress: Camilla
Shoes: Forever New
Clutch: Target

Lexie x

Ferngully Fairy… Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of my Ferngully-esque escape into the Mt Coot-Tha Botanical Gardens!

I’m again wearing some beautiful pieces from Chip The Teacup, and I have to tell you… I’m dying for Summer to roll around again so I can sparkle all over the sea-side!

This high-waisted two pieces has a little gold sparkle through it, so up close it really catches your eye and it definitely puts a smile on my dial 😀

I often struggle to find swimsuits that I feel comfortable in and can really feel fabulous in… this one fits the bill better than I could have dreamed! Appropriate lady lump support plus fully lined & padded in the bust, and a flattering bottoms cut that isn’t going to give you a saggy nanna behind. Sorry Nannas. 😛

I paired my togs with a sheer midi length tulle skirt from Black Milk Clothing. All the links to these products can be found at the bottom of this post!

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Pom Pom Hairband: Chip The Teacup
Two piece swimsuit: Chip The Teacup
Skirt: Black Milk Clothing

Photography by Michael Mamo 

Lexie x

P.S. Although I may receive some items as gifts from my local fairy friends, I never endorse anything that I don’t truly adore! 

Ferngully Fairy… Part One

Hello everyone, and happy Friday!

I’m increasingly frightened by how fast this year has been passing us by.. eek! Anyone have any tips to slow down time? Even just a little?!

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m all about the slow life! Slow living, slow eating and of course the slow fashion movement! This has been quite a journey for me, as you have to reset your whole approach and mindset when it comes to consuming.

To slow down my weekend, I recently spent some time at the beautiful Mt Coot-Tha Botanical Gardens with my brother to soak up some natural vibes 🙂

I wore my gorgeous Chip The Teacup dress… which really stood out and I certainly got a few looks!

If you haven’t heard of Chip The Teacup, you can check out their gorgeous unicorn and mermaid worthy attire HERE. They are also on Facebook and (my personal fave) Instagram.

CTT love the slow fashion movement just as much as I do, with each piece lovingly handmade to last in beautiful Lennox Head, NSW. The quality is exactly what you would expect from something locally made with love, with the sizing definitely being a true fit and flattering!

Full outfit details will be included at the bottom of this post 🙂

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Dress: Chip The Teacup 
Earrings: Dinosaurs For Tea
Shoes: Solestruck
Handbag: Queen Shop

Photography by Michael Mamo

Lexie x

P.S. Although I may receive some items as gifts from my local fairy friends, I never endorse anything that I don’t truly adore!

Fresh & Raw Wellbeing Smoothie Delight

For an easy brekkie on the go, I’ve been whipping up this light and delightful vanilla & cinnamon smoothie!

Cinnamon & Maca are my super-foods of choice for my morning smoothie – they have a terrific array of benefits which include hormone regulation. I have had success with clearing up my skin and reducing PMS by increasing my Maca powder intake.

Here’s how to make your own 🙂

You’ll need:

• 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 1/2 tbsp Vanilla & Lucuma Paleo Fermented Protein Powder from Amazonia
• 1/4 tsp organic Ceylon cinnamon
• 1 tsp organic raw Maca powder
• 1 tsp organic maple syrup
• 1/2 a banana

Using a blender, combine all ingredients throughly, serve with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon & enjoy!

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I sipped mine while I flipped through this utterly gorgeous copy of Wellbeing mag! I couldn’t walk past this beautiful cover art.

What’s your favourite smoothie recipe?

Lexie 😘

Keep your skin Divine!

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Real Food Revolution event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise.

This was an amazing opportunity to open my mind up to some new health and wellness information; and gosh, there is SO much to learn!

One presentation that really struck a cord with me was Therese Kerr‘s speech on organic beauty products.

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It is hard to imagine that beauty or self-care products could be poisonous, particularly when the label refers to “organic”, “pure” or “safe”. The reality is that unless you read the ingredient label, understand organic certification and consider the packaging you really don’t know what you are putting on your skin and in your body by way of absorption through the skin.

You can absorb MORE toxins from personal, skin and hair care products than you can absorb from your food!

Our skin is said to absorb chemicals up to 10 times faster than by way of ingestion and that is because our skin simply doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to break down the chemicals that our digestive system has available to it. The average woman puts over 200+ chemicals a day on her skin, of which 65-70% is being absorbed by the body… yuckie! The Divine by Therese Kerr range of natural products are certified by Australia’s most stringent certification body, The ACO, and are also Australian made.

Therese recommended using an app called “The Chemical Maze”, so that you can look into what precisely is within your products. Nowadays before I purchase any products I am sure to check the ingredient list and look each chemical up to see if it is naturally derived, and safe to use.

I sampled almost the entire range of Divine products at the Real Food Revolution and loved them! I kept going back for more of the Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Lavender Baby Moisturiser – it was so luxurious and the smell was amazing. Who’s to say I can’t have baby soft skin! 😛

Until Sunday 26th July you can claim a $25 gift voucher with the code “BLESSING”. What a great opportunity to treat yourself to a product that will love you back. I had to share this awesome shopping opportunity with you!

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Click HERE to shop 🙂

I really, truly love these products – and I promise to you that I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t!!

Let me know what organic skincare and beauty products you are loving in the comments below – I’d love to find some more beautiful and safe products to try.

Lexie x