Monday, June 29, 2015

7 Incredible Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera juice isn't something new to hit the shelves, but it's only recently hitting up all the health and beauty headlines. It was formerly only known for it's skincare properties to help sunburn, but it's now being praised & renowned as a 'heal-all' product. The benefits of the stuff seem endless, but here's a few I thought I'd point out.

1. Aids digestion: Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory that cleanses your digestive tract. Sipping on it in juice form can decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines, heal and repair the stomach lining.

2. Detoxifies: Aloe vera juice is crammed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers.

3. Regulates weight & energy levels: When you improve your digestion, you’re eliminating waste more efficiently, and through the process of detoxification, you’re helping all of your bodily functions operate at their highest level, including your metabolism.

4. Reduces Stress: Aloe vera is an adaptogen, which means it helps you adapt to changes in your environment & affords you an increased ability to cope with all sorts of stress (physical, emotional & environmental).

5. Boosts immunity: Aloe vera juice contains polysaccharides, which are an important component of a healthy immune system, because they stimulate your white blood cells to fight off viruses. It's also an excellent source of Vitamin C.

6. Promotes hair growth: Not only is aloe vera full of natural vitamins and enzymes that directly promote healthy hair, but it also helps alkalize your body, keeping your scalp in the optimum pH range to boost growth.

7. Supports skin health: Apart from being an anti-inflammatory, a hydrator, and a healer, the juice contains natural hormones that have been shown to stimulate the growth of new cells and enhance collagen production.

So, who else is adding it to their daily regime? 

Do you drink aloe vera juice? Let me hear all your thoughts in the comments!

Sources: Photo & Info.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Currently Craving: Knitwear

Falling more and more in love with knit jumpers everyday - especially turtle necks. Who knew they'd make a comeback? You can dress knits up or down, and they're the easiest thing to throw on when you're having one of those 'I have nothing to wear' moments. Here's some of my current faves!

1. Helmut Lang
2. Dr Denim
3. Hope
4. H&M
5. H&M
6. Topshop
7. La Garconne
8. Mango
9. T By Alexander Wang

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Greetings From Greece

It feels like forever since I've written up a blog post (well 2 weeks is a long ass time for me) since I'm traveling Europe. I just wanted to say a quick hello, let you know I'm not dead and miss you all SO MUCH.

Not being able to reply to comments and interact with you guys seriously kills me. The wifi is pretty much non-existent or takes so long to load it's not even worth it (really not dealing very well).

Blogging is so therapeutic for me & a massive part of my life that I'm struggling without it. I've got so many ideas and posts to share it's driving me a little crazy. Being away from blogging and work made me realise how much I love it. I have major plans already to hopefully take TSC to a bigger platform once I get back. Many exciting things already in the works!

But for now, I'm currently enjoying the island of Ios (aka paradise). Gyros, Greek salads and frozen strawberry daiquiris are my life at the moment. Any of you guys visited before? If not, add it to your travel bucket list & thank me later.

Will talk soon! Lots of love xx

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Monday Moodboard

Currently loving a mix of pastels, marble stone, lace and sheer materials... a bit of inspo for your Monday!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Snapshots from Paris

Paris is like a dream! Every corner of the city was so picturesque I went a little crazy trying to capture everything. I have about 1200 photos from 3 days in Paris?! Going to the top of the Eiffel tower was probably one of my favourite experiences ever (besides having to battle gale force winds to get a photo) & eating nutella crepes in little laneways. Is it just me or does Nutella taste better in Paris?

Oh and my life will never be the same after trying Laduree macaroons and bread from french bakeries. Never.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Office Accessories

These items are inspired somewhat by the lovely Aerin Lauder, because I kind of fell in love with her home office and now I need it all in my life (current financial situation: what is a savings?).

1. Classic white rose bouquet by Diane James

2. Pencils with tiny gold hearts

3. Favourite Diptyque candle

4. Gold trimmed quips+queries cards

5. Acrylic & gold clip board

6. Robert Abbey Antique Brass Desk Lamp

7. Gold scissors

8. Engraved acrylic tape dispenser

9.  Malcolm white office chair

10. Kate Spade acrylic stapler

11. Marble utensil holder (used as pen holder)

12. Gold dot notebook

Thursday, June 11, 2015

London Photo Diary

It only took a missed flight, a lost passport and over 24 hours of flying - but we made it to LONDON! Typically everything that went wrong, did go wrong, but I expected nothing less.

We were only here for 4 days and it really wasn't long enough! I loved the city of London, but would love to explore more of East London during my next visit. I went a little crazy on Oxford street by spending a good 5 hours in H&M and discovering true love in River Island. We don't have it in Australia so I had a mini heart attack when I saw it.

I have an insane amount of photos from London which I'll probably share in a separate post so I don't completely drain your lives (& internet). I've just arrived in Paris now so I'm off to explore! Talk soon! x

Monday, June 8, 2015

Let's Talk About Oil Pulling

Oil pulling was a completely foreign concept to me up until the past couple months. Recently it's become a popular health trend, so obviously I had to try it because I'll do almost anything in the name of beauty.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm going on about, let me introduce you.

How to oil pull
Oil pulling, also known as "kavala" or "gundusha," is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. It supposedly draws out toxins from the body to provide better overall health.

Things to remember
- Do NOT swallow the coconut oil after - you'd just be putting all of those bad toxins back into your body!
- When you're done, do not spit it in the sink because it will solidify again and block up your pipes

Type of oil
You can use any type of oil you like, however most people opt for coconut oil because of its strong antibacterial properties and it's the easiest to work with

It's benefits
- Whiter teeth 
- Cavity and gingivitis prevention  
- Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath) 
- Stronger teeth and gums 
- Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement) 
- sleep problems and sinus issues 
- Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema) 

Pretty amaze, right? 

Here's how I went:

Day one, first thing in the morning I started off with 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil, and it almost made me gag. Five minutes in and it wasn't getting easier. I had sporadic whiffs of nausea from the strange and unfamiliar texture. I was honestly questioning whether it was even worth doing, but I pushed through it (pats self on back). I tried keeping myself distracted with some work and eventually the 20 minutes passed. I brushed my teeth after and thankfully there was no trace of coconut oil left.

After a few days, it did start to get easier. I'm still not a fan of the texture at all, but I'm learning to deal with it a lot better. I've found the time passes quickly if I do it in the shower or with a 15 minute morning meditation. 

It's also supposed to help cure a hangover, which is what I was most excited to find out. The morning after a night of too many glasses of wine, I woke up and felt somewhat like death. As you can imagine, that day it was really hard to stomach the coconut oil. I only lasted about 15 minutes BUT I can confirm it did help alleviate a lot of the symptoms, including a nasty headache.

My thoughts:

My teeth and gums feel so much cleaner, and have definitely become whiter. Not insanely whiter, but a noticeable difference. It's a perfect alternative to teeth whitening kits because it's painless and actually helps with sensitive teeth. It also helped get rid of a headache and my hangover symptoms, so I'm impressed.

If you haven't given oil pulling a go, I highly recommend it to everyone! Even if you're able to include it into your morning routine a couple days a week, I think you'll still reap the health benefits.

Have you ever tried oil pulling? I wanna hear your thoughts on it!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Links I'm Loving

1. Find out the best cocktail for your zodiac sign.

2. There's a Breaking Bad RV bar opening up in London.

3. This print is really cool (and true).

4. The easiest thin crust pizza.

5. Are you snacking right?

6. Made me laugh.

7. 6 style lessons Marilyn Monroe taught us.

8. 10 little towns in Europe you must visit.

9. A little trick to dress up an old drawer.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Autumn Leaves

Just some fun photos from the last day of Autumn. The parks are just too pretty this time of year, especially when the sun is setting - it's the most beautiful kind of light to shoot in. We grabbed some coffees and went for a walk which didn't last long because I got too cold! I'm always that girl complaining it's too cold (and the one who always forgets her jacket).

I've been keeping it simple and living in monochrome basics lately. I'm wearing this knit jumper and it is SO soft I'm in love.

Now I'm going to grab some dinner and spend the rest of the night by the heater, because I locked myself out of the house (again) today for 5 hours whilst it was 7 degrees outside. Fun, right? I'm just gaining feeling back in my body. Hope you've all had a great week so far!

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