Food & Lifestyle Blog

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Barre Core

Barre class is a full-body workout, combining pilates, ballet and yoga in one intense hour. It consists of interval training at the barre and lifting light weights and resistance exercises on the mat that use small, controlled movements and your own body weight to lengthen and strengthen your muscles as you are burning fat. Celebrities that swear by it include Natalie Portman, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Zooey Deschanel, Amanda Bynes and Dakota Fanning.


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Make-up: my favourite products

Today I will share with you a few of the essential products that complete my make-up bag. I start off by applying Laura Mercier concealer which covers any blemishes and under-eye bags. I put MAC bronzer all over my face for a naturally sun-kissed look and then apply Bobbi Brown blusher to my cheekbones for a pinch of extra colour. For eye-shadow my favourite brand is Nars and I tend to go for neutral shades such as pale pink, nude and golden brown. I love Lancôme eye-liner and of course the volumising, lengthening and thickening mascara of Clinique. MAC lipstick offers an enormous choice of different shades and Clinique lipgloss completes any look.


Friday, 23 May 2014

Roots & Bulbs

Located in the heart of Marylebone, Roots & Bulbs is London’s first standalone, cold-pressed, juice bar. Their juice menu encompasses six different combinations of vegetables, such as beetroot, carrot, cucumber and spinach, as well as small amounts of fresh fruit to sweeten the taste. In addition, they offer a selection of nutritious smoothies made from ingredients such as banana, dates and avocado, takeaway super-food salads and organic coconut water and almond milk. 


Sunday, 18 May 2014

How To Have a Healthier Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Scientific research has proven that people who eat breakfast are generally slimmer and healthier, as it revs up your metabolism, makes you feel energised and helps to reduce cravings throughout the day.

Cereal - Aim for cereals that are high in fiber and avoid those that are loaded with sugar. I love RudeHealth muesli and Nutribrex with almond milk, and I always add fruit, typically chopped banana and fresh berries.

Porridge - This is oatmeal that has been boiled and prepared slowly until a thick consistency is reached. Health benefits of porridge include appetite regulation, higher energy levels, oxygen transport, muscle recovery, strong bones and boosted immunity. I like to add a drop of Manuka honey or agave syrup, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few walnuts which are high in fibre, protein and essential fats.

Eggs - There are so many different types - poached, scrambled, fried, boiled, omelettes… The egg-white are rich in protein, vitamin B, vitamin D and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper, whilst egg yolks are a source of cholesterol, calcium, vitamins A, D, E and K.

Smoothie - Fruit smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base (water/milk/yoghurt). I don't use recipes when making smoothies; instead I just blend together a few of my favourite ingredients. I usually put one banana, a handful of blueberries and strawberries, a spoonful of chia powder and flaxseeds, a squirt of natural honey and 250ml of either almond milk or soya milk. 

Pancakes - Who said pancakes can't be healthy? A simple way to make them healthy is by adding mashed, grated or chopped fruits or vegetables to your pancake batter, enriching it with vitamins and minerals as well as flavour. Try mixing in banana, pumpkin, zucchini, pineapple, cranberries or sweet potatoes. Another trick is to swap regular wheat flour for quinoa, oats, flaxseed, rice or corn flour, which are suitable for celiacs or people following a gluten-free diet like myself! My favourite toppings include maple syrup and lemon juice, or melted dark chocolate with berries.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Baker & Spice

What better way to spend a rainy Sunday morning than enjoying a delicious brunch at Baker & Spice? Upon entering the café on Elizabeth Street, I was overcome by the inviting aroma of cinnamon buns, Danish pastries, flaky croissants and hand-crafted sourdough breads, all of which were freshly baked on the premises today. They offer a wide variety of sweet treats, such as cookies, tarts, toasted almond biscuits, shortbread brownies, decadent chocolate fudge cake and blueberry muffins. The all-day brunch ranges from French toast with caramelised apple slices and a drizzle of honey to home-made pancakes dusted with icing sugar and served with crème fraîche, fruit compote and honey, or for those searching for a healthier option, smoked Scottish salmon with scrambled eggs. The lunch menu is simple and Mediterranean-inspired, flavoured with spices and herbs. Most of the ingredients are seasonal, locally sourced, organic and Fairtrade. The three locations are Belgravia, Chelsea and Maida Vale, in addition to Selfridges Food Hall on Oxford Street.


DKNY Be Delicious

I received this perfume as a birthday present two years ago, and its beautifully fresh fragrance is exactly what I love to wear during the warmer months. This perfume has a floral base with a hint of citrus.

I love how this scent is very light-hearted and feminine. I adore the cute packaging of the perfume and the way in which it is shaped like an apple.

I also love the matching body lotion I received in the pack. The body lotion smells just like the perfume and is a nice creamy formula which is easily absorbed into the skin. The scent of the body lotion lasts several hours and works well with the perfume in making the scent last longer.

Do you have a signature scent?
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