Hannah Abdulhak writes:

Spring Racing is in full swing, which means you have undoubtedly scrolled through Instagram only to find a plethora of fashionistas snapped looking nothing short of impeccable on the race course while having the best time of their life! After all, Spring Racing is one the most anticipated and exciting events of the year. With such a focus on fashion, planning your outfit may get overwhelming.

So in an effort to make it easier, I’ve compiled my top 5 Spring Racing tips to not only make you look polished but also have you feeling your absolute best at the Spring Racing Carnival!

 

Stay healthy and hydrated

Firstly, no matter how stylish you look, if you don’t feel great, you won’t enjoy the event. Therefore, make sure you follow these crucial tips to remain healthy and hydrated on the day!

 

  • Often enough you are crammed for time while prepping for races and forget to have breakfast, so ensure you eat a breakfast full of whole food. This will not only keep you fuller for longer, but it will also fuel your body, allowing you to stay energized throughout the whole day.

 

  • This is probably the most crucial tip, you must drink plenty of water before and while you are attending the races. You’ll be exposed to the sun all day so its best to stay hydrated to prevent headaches and nausea from ruining your day.

 

  • Also, we can sometimes feel pressured to eat whatever we are offered at the racing events but try and opt for healthier choices when possible, such as salads and oven baked food over deep fried and greasy food. You’ll be feeling much better with your choices at the end of the day!

 

 

Match your accessories

The key to pulling a look together is all in the accessories, particularly millinery. Whether you choose to wear a hat, a fascinator or a headband, your millenary will be the item that will make your outfit unique to you. In saying this, if you do choose to go bold in the millinery department, let your other accessories compliment it rather than compete with it. Think dainty rings, simple studs and simple bag that will help elevate your outfit while allowing the dress and headpiece to standout.

 

Stay true to your style

Trends are a fabulous way to look stylish, but they can also have you looking like every other person on the day. To avoid having a “who wore it better” incident, keep your outfit true to your style. Some of the ways you can do this is:

  • Buy online – ASOS, Nasty Gal and The Iconic are just a few of the online stores that have a wide variety of dresses to choose from.
  • Wear a two piece set – a mid-length skirt and structured top follow the dress code whilst remaining unique to you.
  • Pulling out a vintage dress from your mums closet or even from a vintage shop (keeping in mind the dress code).

 

Consider practicality

Taking your shoes off has never been appropriate and the Spring Races is no exception, no matter how much pain your feet are in! Taking into consideration that you’ll be standing a lot, ensure you choose footwear that looks good, but more importantly is comfortable enough to stand in for the whole day. A nice wedge, block heel or even kitten heel are all practical yet still trendy shoes that will keep your outfit looking fabulous!

 

Follow dress codes

Each Spring Racing day has a different dress code, make sure to follow the basic dress codes for each event.

 

  • Oaks Day – This day is all about the ladies, so make sure you get your femininity on. Think soft colour palettes, intricate lace, silk fabrics and shiny embellishments which will work perfectly for the day.
  • Derby Day – Black and white is the colour code for Derby Day so get experimental and try different fabrics and cuts.
  • Melbourne Cup Day – Go bold or go home – this is the day to wear your brightest and loudest outfit!

 

And the most important tip, don’t forget to enjoy the day while enjoying a glass of Rose!img_5614

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Athleisure, the trend that sees us go from workout to street in comfort and style.  Whatever your style, embrace a unique and individual approach to who you are. Through fashion, pick styles that compliment your personality, body type and most of all allows yourself to be confident and proud. Be comfortable, be bold, be anything but ordinary, as you my darlings; are extraordinary.

Below I have curated styles that express my personality, you can find these looks at Westfield’s Searchable Mall. Don’t forget to visit Westfield’s Beauty and Wellness Weekend on 15 – 16 October – check it out here!

Search more Witchery, Rebel Fashion Cotton On and T2 here.

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Situated in the middle of the Bass Straight, between Victoria and Tasmania’s North West Coast, lies an idyllic, quaint island; rich in history and rolling hills of fertile farm land. Known as King Island, this stunning country island produces some of Australia’s finest natural foods including an abundance of gourmet cheese’s and succulent, tender beef. We hopped off the small Regional Express plane, eager to explore all of King Islands offerings, including its iconic surf beaches, gourmet restaurants, hiking trails and some much needed country air.

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Thanks to Mazda, we picked up the new Mazda3 upon arrival and headed to the beautiful Porky Beach House, nestled in the dunes of Porky Beach.  We packed the car with winter woolies and set the seat warmers to high. It was time to explore; feeling right at home as a country girl myself, we took to the sweeping planes, and rolling hills, cruising the coast line and winding roads, greeting numerous wildlife along the way including, roaming wallabies, wild turkeys, peacocks, geese and of course an abundance of curious cattle.  The Mazda3’s lightweight, sporting agility made it a smooth, quiet ride. It took to the corners with control and conquered all terrain from beach tracks to rocky coastal roads. We explored North to South, East to West and thanks to it’s SKYACTIV-Drive technology and I-stop features, fuel was plentiful! In comfort we drove, stopping at some of king Islands favourite attractions. With not one taxi in sight, bus or equivalent, a car is the only way to get around the island. Thank you Mazda for allowing us to see all of King Islands glory.

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From shipwrecks, to cheese factories, there’s ample to see and do. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend away or an active surfing weekend I recommend checking out below all that the island has to offer.

Highlights

  1. Visit Disappointed Beach. (Don’t be fooled by the name, there is nothing to be disappointed about)
  2. Take a drive to Cape Wickham Light House
  3. Pay a visit to the Kelp Factory, where kelp is hung, dried and processed in preparation for exporting
  4. Indulge in some Cheese tastings at King Island Dairy
  5. Check our the surf at Martha Beach
  6. Pay a visit to the town center Currie
  7. If you are an avid golfer, there are multiple pristine golf courses situated around the island
  8. Trail riding is on offer through multiple companies, a good Google will suffice.

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Ingredients:

2 zucchinis

1/2 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup cashews

1/4 cup olive oil

pinch sea salt

pinch of ground pepper

1 clove of garlic

1 tbs goats cheese.

10 cherry tomatoes.

 

Pumpkin seeds optional.

 

Method:

Using a sprializer create your zucchini noodles and set aside.

In a small blender or food processor, pulse the basil, cashews, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic, goats cheese until a pesto is formed.

Slice the cherry tomatoes and place in the bowl. Mix through pesto and top with pumpkin seeds to serve.

 

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Spring has sprung, and whilst we are yet to see its true colours, it’s time to wean out the comfort foods and lighten up our diets, wardrobes and the ever-growing electricity bill.  Thanks heaters, you served your purpose this long, cold winter.

Lemon, the ultimate detoxifier, vitamin C booster and antibacterial hero is one of my favourite citrus fruits. While you wont see me chomping into this particular sour gem, you will see me add it to my daily routine, multiple times over.  Besides adding lemon to my water upon rising, I like to make this simple lemonade to drink throughout the day. It’s fresh, delicious and thurst quenching. Next time you are looking to spruce up your BBQ or dinner,  follow this recipe and reap the benefits of the glorious lemon.

 

5 health benefits of lemons

  1. Lemons balance PH levels in the body.
  2. Drinking lemon water helps flush out toxins and metals in the body.
  3. Lemons are full of Vitamin C and Pectin Fibre – Important for colon health.
  4. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells.
  5. Lemons prevent the growth of bacteria that cause disease and infections

 

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Serves 4, double the recipe for a larger quantity. 

 

Ingredients:

200ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 cups of water

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

4 tsp granulated stevia

1/2 tsp finely grated ginger

Ice cubes.

Extra lemons to garnish

 

Method

Mix the lemon juice, water, mint leaves and grated ginger in a tall jug. 

Melt the stevia into syrup by adding 1 – 2tbs boiling water in a mug, stir until dissolved then add to the jug. 

PrimusSydney – the home of the Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge. Do you have a weekend planned and not sure how to fit all the best bits in? Read on for a guide of things to do and see to make the most of your short trip.

  • Stay: Primus Hotel Sydney. This beautiful art deco, heritage listed, building is the perfect elegant and sophisticated hotel right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect location for you to go to and fro throughout your stay with ease and convenience.
  • Take a walk around to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, grab a coffee and walk along the bay-line and into the beautiful gardens near by. You will be sure to see a wonderful mix of culture events.
  • Do a spot of shopping around Pitt Street Mall and enjoy the atmosphere of the bustling Sydney side.
  • Get a little dolled up for an afternoon of cocktails. Start with an Espresso Martini in the lobby of Primus Hotel where they are chilled with Liquid nitrogen and presented with elegance.

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  • Watch the sun go down at Bondi Icebergs and snap away as the sun hits the water.

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Day two:

  • Get up early and head to Bondi,  embark on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, at a casual 6k return.
  • Fuel up for a nourishing breakfast at Porch and Parlour then head to the Bondi markets for a sticky beak of all things arts, craft, vintage fashion, and jewellery.Bondi
  • Next stop, head to the grounds of Alexandria and wander the grounds for a fresh juice,  soaking up the atmosphere.
  • Check out About Life and Kawa café in Surry Hills for a raw treat or two before heading back to the Primus Hotel for a little down time and relaxation. (Check out their amazing rooftop bar)
  • If you have time head to Circular Quay and take the  ferry across to Balmain. Check out all the sites and get a close up of the Harbour Bridge.Brooke_David_Sydney

For more info on Primus Hotel Sydney, click here.

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There is nothing quite like sitting down in the midst of Winter with a nice glass of red and tucking into a delicious hearty Lasagne. The old Brooke (pre gluten intolerance and on a mission to put on weight days) used to, without fail, order the creamiest most glutinous Carbonara for dinner whenever it was on a menu. Lasagne, however actually was never a favourite until the new and reformed Brooke, (sans gluten) where I began experimenting with vegetables to replace pasta sheets along with dairy free sauces made from cashews. Who knew, that with such swaps, it would evoke a new appreciation for a food I would not have looked at before. Now, it’s become a weekly staple where I cook up a batch on the weekend to make a perfect, high protein, low carb option to enjoy right throughout the week.

 

Ingredients:

 

Meat sauce:

1 garlic clove

500g mince  ( Beef, chicken, turkey)

2 tins of chopped tomato

1 handful of basil

Salt, and pepper to taste

 

Pasta:

1 eggplant sliced thinly into “pasta sheets”

1 sweet potato sliced length ways into “pasta sheets”

2 zucchinis sliced length ways into strips

 

White Sauce:

1 block of silken tofu.

½ cup raw cashews (preferably soaked for half hour)

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tbs nutritional yeast flakes

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

 

Extra nutritional yeast to garnish

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c.

In a pan fry off 1 garlic clove, and  500g of beef  (or your meat of choice) until almost cooked.

Add the tinned tomato, basil, salt and pepper and reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the sauce has reduced.

 

Place sliced eggplant and sweet potato on a baking tray, spay a light surface of coconut or olive oil and bake for 10 minutes (eggplant) 15 minutes (sweet potato) or until golden brown and soft.

 

While your meat sauce is cooking and vegetable pasta is baking, it’s time to make the white sauce.

 

In a high-speed blender (I use a Nutribullet) add the silken tofu, cashews, nutmeg, nutritional yeast and wholegrain mustard. Pulse and blend until smooth and creamy. If you feel the mixture is too thick, add a tbs of water at a time to help blend.

 

Assemble the Lasagne

  1. Grease a medium sized casserole dish with olive oil
  2. Place a layer of sweet potato slices on the bottom, slightly overlapping edges so it covers the entire dish.
  3. Next spoon the meat mixture, spreading to form an even layer.
  4. Top with a layer of White Sauce
  5. Add a layer of eggplant
  6. Add a layer of meat
  7. Add a layer of white sauce
  8. Add a layer of zucchini

Repeat until you get to the top of the dish.  With the final layer It’s best to finish on zucchini with white sauce on top. Sprinkle a generous amount of nutritional yeast on top and place back in the oven for 20 minutes or store in the fridge. Reheat in the oven as per needed.

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Some would say a juice cleanse in winter is a little ambitious. The thought of drinking liquid for three days straight, in the midst of the coldest months of the year does sounds a little crazy, but I can assure you I needed it.  Fatigued and brain fogged, I needed a kick-start to reset, recharge and fuel my tiresome bod. With recent demands and long days I could feel myself getting a little run down, so I opted to embark on the Karmic Organic Skin and Immunity Cleanse, designed specifically to improve skin health and to boost the Immune System through bone broths, healing soups and organic cold pressed juices.

Our bodies do have a natural detoxification processes, and whilst I am super healthy, I had been over- indulging through winter and could really feel the effects of extra sugar cravings creeping in. Alas, I was time to cleanse.

After 3 days of the Karmic Organic Skin and Immunity Cleanse I felt dramatically different. It doesn’t take me long to get back to my spritely self, I just needed a little accountability to see me though the initial days of forgoing any forbidden foods and chocolate treats. I opted for the skin and immunity package because it comes with two bone broths, and warming soup at night. During winter a cleanse which contains soups and bone broths are far more beneficial for our bodies and allows us to digest enzymes from the nutrients more easily than pure cold pressed juices which can be harsh on our digestive tract.

I found the cleanse quite easy, perhaps this is because I’ve juice cleansed before but surprisingly I never found myself hungry. A little headache on the second morning (due to coffee withdrawals) was inevitable but seemed to disappear by midday. By the end of day three, I felt like I could keep going; my energy was great, skin was bright and cravings had subsided. The verdict? It’s exactly what I needed to kick start this bod back into gear and I highly recommend the Skin and Immunity cleanse for those who are wanting to try a cleanse, but hesitant to consume only juice.

 

What is bone broth and why is it good for us?

Bone broth is a simple recipe that has been around for centuries, known for its warming and healing properties. It contains high amounts on amino acids which are known to boost immunity and fight inflammation. It contains a good source of L-glutamine (building block of protein) necessary for the body and good gut health – therefore it’s great for soothing leaky gut symptoms, digestive issues and even weight loss. Bone broth is also rich in collagen which is great for protecting skin, and helps to keep youthful. It also helps to protect your joints and sustain energy levels. Yep, all round amazing!

 

Why Cleanse?

Prolonged periods of stress (physical/mental/emotional) cause oxidative stress and adrenal fatigue in the body. When not addressed, this can compromise daily performance and long-term health. Ever thought about doing a cleanse? Check out the list below for some indicators that might just mean you need one.

 

  • Fatigue and slow recovery – e.g. feeling ‘dusty’ upon waking
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms; blocked sinuses (mucus build up)
  • Irritable bowels (irregular)
  • Performance plateau (difficulty increasing fitness and/or strength)
  • Skin irritation (dry/itchy skin, cloudy complexion, pimples or fungal build up)
  • Moodiness and easily irritated
  • Foggy brain function (lack concentration)
  • Sugar or caffeine cravings

If you are interested in any of the Karmic Cold Pressed Juice cleanses  Head over to their website and enter “CONSCIOUS” at the checkout for $25 dollars off.

Happy cleansing!

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Sometimes we just need a little Winter wellness weekend to refresh, relax and pamper. Forget expensive airfares and long haul flights; jump in the car and head to our local favourites, thaw out and indulge.

 

Ellen Tibaldi writes:

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Lake House

Daylesford, VIC

The Lake house is a tranquil retreat with rooms and suites on the waterfront or in their beautiful lodge. Their head chefs embrace seasonal and regional ingredients to create cutting edge, modern Australian Cuisine. The Lakehouse is also home to the Salus Spa which offers private treetop mineral water spas, advanced performance facials and seasonal signature body treatments.

For more click here 

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Peninsula Hot Spring

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

The peninsula hot springs is famous for its unique outdoor mineral bathing experience. Their bath house has over 20 experiences to choose from and thats not including their day spa packages. The spa dreaming centre is focused on providing tranquility and relaxation which is easily created amongst such beautiful surroundings.

For more click here

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Samadhi Health & Wellness Retreat & Spa

Daylesford, VIC

Samadhi spa encourages their guests to design their own personal ‘Samadhi’ experience. Stay a weekend or up to 5 days and enjoy their wide selection of rejuvenating spa treatments, complimentary therapies and retreats. Samadhi offers you healing spa services and rituals infused with traditional wisdom from around the world. Samadhi retreats focus on health and wellbeing, delicious cuisine and rejuvenating spa treatments.

For more click here 

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Saltair Spa

Torquay VIC

Offering the ultimate day spa experience, Saltair’s luxurious spa resort is the perfect setting to relax, unwind and enjoy stunning views of rolling green hills and crystal blue water. Saltair spa offers a complete menu of day spa treatments which include highest quality aromatherapy oils, earth ochres, desert salts, ocean mineral polishes, moisturisers and elixirs.

For more click here 

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Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Hepburn Springs, VIC

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa has been in operation since 1895, with their communal baths filled with the natural mineral waters of the area. The spa also offers a range of hydrotherapies including spa, relaxation pools, spa couches, aroma steam room and salt therapy pools. Also available, the day spa which is dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing.

For more click here 

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Pre- and post-workout smoothies never tasted so good thanks to our favourite foodies David and Luise of Green Kitchen Stories. Beets (and other nitrate-rich vegetables) improve blood and oxygen flow in muscles and prompt them to use the oxygen more efficiently. Sour cherries are rich in antioxidants and help the body to recover from intense training, as well as reducing delayed-onset muscle pain. So next time you finish your workout instead of opting for a protein shake, grab your blender, and give this a whirl.. literally

 

Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 small raw beetroot, peeled (approx. 80 g/3 oz)

1 tablespoon dried sour cherries or sour cherry powder (or goji berries)

60 g (2 oz/½ cup) frozen raspberries

1 ripe banana, peeled

1 tablespoon hemp seeds or hemp protein powder (or more if you like)

½–1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or ¼–½ teaspoon ground ginger)

350 ml (12 fl oz/1½ cups) almond milk (or unsweetened milk of choice)

1–2 tablespoons lemon juice

 

Method

Depending on the strength of your blender, roughly chop or grate the beetroot and add it to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients.

Blend on a high speed until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the spiciness and sourness to your liking by adding more ginger or lemon juice if necessary.

Pour into two medium-sized glasses and serve, or store in a large airtight glass bottle to pack into your gym bag (as featured in the photo).

 

Recipe from Green Kitchen Smoothies Book.