‘Tis The Season To Sparkle and Shine

Aside from the fantastic food, one of my favourite things about the holiday season is the fabulous fashion.  Beautiful reds, glittering golds and shimmering sparkle suddenly become acceptable everyday attire during the festive season and I love it! While holiday dressing is not for the faint of heart, it is the perfect opportunity to have some fashionable fun and add something bold and fresh to your wardrobe.  Here is some festive fashion inspiration if you are still searching for the perfect holiday look:

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Photo credit: @shalicenoel, @darjabarannik, @ariviere, http://www.pinterest.com

I hope that you have a fabulous and fashionable holiday season! XXS

My Top 4 Winter Beauty Boosters

Winter weather can cause a myriad of beauty woes.  Even the most well intentioned beauty aficionado can get caught easily with hat head, static cling and parched skin.  While updating your beauty routine for the cold weather is a necessity in many parts of the world, you may also want to consider adding in a few nutritional beauty busters to help maintain your glow all year long.  As I have mentioned (many times) before, I love to eat for skin health.  Here are a few of the food that I reach for when the temperature drops:

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Miso

Beauty and good health begin in the belly and miso is a perfect winter warming food.  Made from soy beans, this fermented food is very popular for it’s many benefits.  Miso has been consumed for centuries in Japan and China and many regard it as the secret to the luminous skin that many Japanese women are known for.  It is jam packed with antioxidants that help to address the signs of aging and bacteria (the good kind) which helps to balance the gut flora.  Packed with antioxidants such as isoflavones helps to address the signs of aging and contains beneficial bacteria that helps to balance the gut and in turn aids in keeping the skin clear.  Miso is alkalizing for the body and also helps to strengthen the immune system making it the perfect food to indulge in during flu season.

Tips:

  • Make sure that you use hot but not boiling water when making your own miso soup as you don’t want to kill the good bacteria
  • In a rush?  Enjoy a simple cup of miso soup by creaming a teaspoon of miso in a 1/4 cup of hot water until completely dissolved.  Top with 3/4 of hot water and a few drops of chilli oil if you like it spicy and enjoy!

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Mushrooms

I love mushrooms so I don’t need an excuse to indulge but, knowing that they are a fabulous beauty booster makes them taste even better.  Mushrooms are the only vegetables that make Vitamin D from sunlight which is essential for healthy skin and bones.  Vitamin D also helps to regulate the turnover of skin cells which will keep you looking beautiful.  Mushrooms are also a source of zinc which is well known as a acne fighting mineral.  Mushrooms are a total skin clearing winner in my book!

Tip:

  • Try showing mushrooms in to stir fries, pastas, curries and anything else you can think of.  The subtle earthy flavour will add a new tasty dimension to most dishes

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Red Cabbage

Most people reach for Vitamin C during the winter months, especially when they feel a cold going on.  While oranges are a great source of it, there are other foods that are rich in Vitamin C as well and red cabbage is definitely on that list.

Red cabbage is said to have twice the amount of Vitamin C then green cabbage making it a smarter vegetable to reach for.  Rich in fibre and antioxidants and low in calories, red cabbage is an amazing but underrated vegetable.  The collagen boosting properties of Vitamin C will help to keep your skin smooth and clear while red cabbage’s anti-inflammatory properties (the carotenoids) help to fight inflammation based skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Tip:

  • Roasted red cabbage is simple to make and seriously delicious.  Drizzle thick slices or wedges of red cabbage with olive oil (on both sides), sea salt, pepper and minced garlic and roast for 15 – 20 mins at 450F for an easy vegetable dish

Rosemary

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I read a study a few years ago that touted the longevity benefits of rosemary.  Since then I frequently reach for this fragrant herb.  Naturally astringent and filled chockfull of anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary is a powerhouse in the world of herbs.  Helpful in reducing redness and puffiness, rosemary even works to address breakouts due to excess sebum.  Rosemary’s ability to help stimulate the body’s circulation make it a great warming herb that helps you to achieve beautiful glowing skin.

Rosemary’s scent is said to help improve one’s mood, enhance brain function and boost energy – perfect for jump starting those sluggish winter days.  Many people swear by rosemary oil – applying it topically is said to help with indigestion and mental disorders.

Tip:

  • Not sure what to cook with rosemary?  Try a simple rosemary tea, simply steep a sprig or two of rosemary in hot water for 5 mins.  Remove sprigs and add honey to taste, and sip your way to a glowing complexion!

I hope that you have a beautiful winter season!  XXS

Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior is a small space with a lot of style.  Located in Kiev, this compact (484 square feet) apartment was tastefully designed by MARTIN Architects.  The owners intended to use this apartment as a rental so it needed to have universal appeal to attract potential renters.

Despite not being a very large space, the abundance of natural light and open layout makes this apartment feel much larger then it actually is.  The bedroom is partitioned off from the rest of the apartment by a glass wall allowing natural light from the bedroom window to brighten up the entire apartment.

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The colour palette is kept neutral with greys, blacks and brown but a aqua green accent colour has been incorporated throughout the apartment upping the style factor on this gorgeous space.

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My favourite part of this apartment though is the kitchen.  The exposed brick wall was painted black to contrast with the light floors – it’s positively swoon worthy!

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I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior home is a lesson in simplicity. Located near the Flemish town of Westouter in rural Belgium, this simple single story structure blends seamlessly into it’s surroundings.E0B778EC-1849-4A9B-A9B2-AB6CDEDC6FC1Constructed from both wood and concrete, the low lying home beautifully showcases both of these materials inside and out.  The large windows help to brighten the inside of the home while allowing gorgeous views from any place in the house, and the open plan living and dining area help this small home feel spacious yet cozy.  The living and sleeping areas are separated by a centre portion and patio enabling the residents to easily access the outdoor space regardless of what part of the home they are in.9DA46FC2-6871-4176-9633-8F82E2ACF1CDA1238098-CABF-4EDA-8108-A4067608E17EWarm details like the gorgeous oak floor contrasted with black joinery and window frames help to keep this space clean, welcoming and chic.1A973EE1-E7C3-44DF-ADB3-59990F2B96CE308C4C3E-E594-413A-B5C0-2D79F1851EF3Cozy, simple and beautiful this gorgeous home has me craving for a simple country abode of my own.

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXSC6C98750-D18E-45CD-A936-1C316E00D148All images from http://www.dezeen.com

Trendspotting – Fall Florals

Floral patterned clothing is normally reserved for spring.  They add a freshness and a softness to the wearer’s outfit marking the change of seasons after a cold hard winter.  My personal style tends to be a little bit more simple and edgy so florals rarely make an appearance in my wardrobe – the one exception is if I find a darker floral pattern that I can integrate into my wardrobe.  Thankfully this fall darker florals are trending in a big way.  From jackets and dresses to blouses and bombers, fall florals are everywhere this season.  The darker, more muted colours blend seamlessly with other fall trends such as red clothing and accessories , velvet and gorgeous suiting 

Fall florals can work for most people’s styles – the key is to pair it with things that you already own and love.  I love to toughen up the look by pairing it with darker denim, leather jackets or leggings and booties.  Here are some of my favourite fall floral looks this season.

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All images from http://www.pinterest.com

What is your favourite way to rock fall florals?  Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS