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Monday, July 30, 2012

Blogger Spotlight: Caroline from Carolines Mode/Stockholm Streetstyle


I know, I know, it's been too long! I've been quite busy researching health and fitness things, educating myself on nutrition a bit more and also researching supplements. It's been very interesting. I'll do a post on it later on. In the meantime, I'm sure you know Caroline from Carolines Mode and more importantly, Stockholm Streetstyle. I love her style, it embodies the similar aesthetics I go for when I'm dressing - skinny jeans, a shirt or tee shirt, blazer or leather jacket and some killer shoes. I think it's such a simple and easy way to throw on something and look stylish no matter what. It's really hard to go wrong!  





I love these bright blue blazers. Really need to get myself one! I can totally see myself rocking around spring/summer in the above outfit. 

P.S. currently growing out my fringe (bangs) and it's driving me nuts. Blow drying my fringe off my face and it ends up sticking up like Bart Simpson's hair, so I have to use headbands which get annoying when you want to have sunglasses on as well... anyone have any tips? It's at the annoying eye-level length that you can't even sweep it to the side without it looking dorky. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul.



In my haze of sickness, I found a recipe online that I memorized quickly and only needed a couple of ingredients to pull it all together. Yeah, it's not going to win any beauty pagents, but it's so yummy, it doesn't need to. Here's my spiel at trying to sound like a food writer:

The golden overtones of the salty butter and stock make way for a the creamy corn. The mushrooms, roughly chopped, provide a meatiness and the carrots provide some comforting warmth reminiscent of home cooked meals. The noodles make it all a bit more interesting with more textures.

I'm a 'throw and chuck' kinda cook...

1/4 roasted chicken (the ones from the supermarket are fine, get the breast piece).
1 litre chicken stock
2-3 carrots
5-8 mushrooms
1 onion
A big knob of butter (I probably used about 3-4 tbs cause I wanted to use it up)
1 can of creamed corn (the best part!)
100g Vermicelli Noodles (really thin rice noodles, I had them lying around so threw them in too).

Heat the butter in a big pot, throw in the chopped onion, carrots and mushrooms and soften. Add about 1/2 the chicken stock, stirring, and the creamed corn. Shred (and I mean shred into tiny pieces!) the chicken into the pot. Add the remaining chicken stock, a big pinch of dry basil and any other herbs you think would go well, a big pinch of salt and pepper, and break the noodles in and volia! Easy and yummy chicken soup to cure all your ills!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Home is where the heart is.


Last week I headed home, to South Canterbury, NZ. I knew it would be about 8 degrees colder than Wellington, frosts and crisp air. But there would be a fire warming every night, and homemade meals. I had venison, duck and salmon. Very spoiled. Here is a collection of photo's from my trip home. Above is the sunrise on the way to Mt Hutt skifield for a day of skiing. 


The mountains. 


The Canterbury Plains from the top of Mt Hutt. 


The top of the mountain.


At home, the cats lay languidly infront of the fire. This is Belle, or Tinkerbell, my brother & sister-in-law's cat who is staying with my parents for a while. 


Neo's massive paws, he's not even two yet, and he's huge. My brother and I bought him for my parents Christmas of 2010. He used to be so tiny. That Christmas he fell asleep draped on my chest while I tried to digest the meal. 


Attack of Neo. 


Our wintery back yard. The yellow weeping willow is where I used to go to think and ponder life. 


The way to Christchurch for my flight the fog was just lifting - it made for some beautiful shots. 



Fog over the riverbed. 



Monday, July 16, 2012

Organizing my health.


Nutrition & Fitness Plan:

Nutrition

Breakfast
  • 1/2 c Oats
  • 50g greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 c warm water 
  • 1 tbs Chia seeds (help with keeping full for longer - great benefits) 
  • 1 tbs LSA (Linseed, Sunflower seeds, Almonds). 
  • 1/2 c peach slices 
or
  • Organic toasted muesli 
  • 50g greek yoghurt 
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs LSA
  • 1/2 c peach slices 
with
  • cup of herbal tea, no sugar
  • coffee, no sugar
Lunch
  • 2 c Rocket 
  • Red onion 
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 20g walnuts 
  • Grated carrot 
  • 80g Roast chicken 
or
  • Hard boiled egg
  • 80g roast chicken 
  • Steamed broccoli 
  • 1/2 an avocado with lemon juice 
or
  • Red curried lentils with beans
  • 80 g roast chicken 
  • 1/2 an avocado with lemon juice 
or
  • 1/8 c dry quinoa (1/4 c cooked) 
  • 1/4 c black beans
  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • 1/4 c corn 
  • 100 g grilled prawns 
  • red onion
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil 
Snacks:
  • 1 hard boiled egg 
  • 50g yoghurt w/ chia seeds & 1 apple 
  • 1 handful almonds 
  • Banana w/ 1-2 tbs peanut butter 
Dinner:
  • Stir fry (no carbs, or 1/2 c brown rice occasionally) 
  • Salmon w/ salad 
  • Chicken salad 
  • Beef salad 
  • Steak & steamed veges 
Fitness:

Monday: 20 min morning walk; 55min BodyAttack 
Tuesday: 60 min own workout (stepper/run/bike/weights) 
Wednesday: 20 min morning walk; 55 min BodyAttack 
Thursday: 60 min BodyPump 
Friday: Rest Day 
Saturday: 20-30 min walk; 60 min BodyPump 
Sunday: rest day or; 20-60 min walk or run 

At least 4 times per week, preferably 5. 

Unfortunately I've come down with a horrible cold, so my intention of getting back on the bandwagon once I got back to Wellington has fallen on the wayside. Must get better fast. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sydney Photodiary.

1. Walking to Darling Harbour

2. The city behind Darling Harbour

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4. Bondi Beach & surfers (click for larger). 

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7. GPOY. 

8. Highest view in Sydney (according to my guide).

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10. Playing with my camera... 

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12. Red & Blue.

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15. View from the Hotel - George Street (the Four Seasons is all kinds of awesome). 

16. Opera House at night. 

17. City Lights on the water & Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

18. The Bridge in daylight.

19. In front of the Opera House. 

20. On the ferry to Manly. 

21. Manly Beach. 

22. Hi. 

23. Beach! This would be fabulous in summer. 

24. More beach. 

It feels like forever since I was in Sydney, but really it's only been 2 weeks. It was a fantastic, though short, trip. I enjoyed every moment of it. I loved exploring and just having a good time. Hopefully next time I'm there longer and won't feel so rushed, and perhaps it will be spring/summer? Who knows. 

Right now I'm starting to plan my OE (Overseas Experience), I'm thinking of traveling straight for a couple of months around Europe, and then perhaps I will find a job in the UK for a few months, then travel again. I'm starting saving now. I've been looking for a good way to travel (because I'll probably be on my lonesome), and Bus-about looks like a fun and easy way to just make it up as you go. You can stay longer in some places than others, meet people who are like-minded travelers, and won't break the bank. I think I need to do a backpackers holiday just to be classed as a veteran 'OE'er'! 

Of course I will be needing a more fantastic camera (Canon 550D tri-lens kit, you will be mine!) than my Canon G12 (although I do love it!), and I think also an ipad would be a good backpacking tool. 

I don't think my Boss will want me to leave just yet though, so these plans are about a year out from now! Does anyone have any 'must do/see' things in any city in Europe? There's so much history there that I'm a tad overwhelmed with googling everything! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Blogger Spotlight: Natalie Off Duty







I love the stylings of this hippy chick from NYC. I think I seriously looked through her entire blog the first time I came across it and absolutely died over all the photos, of her and her friends being silly. She seems like a really fun, down to earth girl and her style is so earthy with a rock edge, which I love. I want to be friends with this girl!

Go check out her blog, I'll bet you you won't be able to stop scrolling through her life and smiling at all the silly photos.