Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Just a few pictures from the Sunglass Hut & OPSM event I recently attended! I always get way too excited over sneak peeks (it's kinda like the excitement of watching movie trailers I think) and I love sunglasses so this was the perfect excuse to try on frames and enjoy some wine + nibbles. The weather has been pretty miserable here in New Zealand lately so it's always nice to have a little pick-me-up event like this during the week!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Mink Pink cardigan c/o Market HQ | Skirt & Boots c/o Boohoo | Glassons Merino Knit | Ray Ban sunglasses
Just dropping in with a few pictures of what I wore when I was in Sydney with Boohoo last week. It was a fun trip and Sydney is one of my favourite cities I've been to so it was great to have an excuse to do some exploring.
I have to admit I'm struggling to keep up with blogging a little at the moment. I've got a bit of the winter blues and there has been so much rain/darkness that it's been hard to find the time and motivation. The winter season is always a harder one for blog content but I promise to find a way around it so I can keep updating with fresh and interesting things! I've got a few giveaways I need to draw this week so keep an eye out for that too :)
Happy Monday! xx
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Hi lovelies, It's Nicola from Eat Well NZ here to share another guest post with you. Today I'm sharing how you can grow and make your own fresh and delicious herbal teas. While I do enjoy standard herbal teas from the supermarket, there is something quite therapeutic and relaxing about making your own fresh concoctions. There's a lot of love going into growing and tending your plants, then picking and brewing them. Plus you can get the most benefits out of using fresh herbs and ingredients like ginger and manuka honey to add to your teas. The smell is also amazing as you brew them.
Growing your own herbs for a tea garden is super easy and you can use them for plenty of other non tea related uses too! The good news is you don't need a lot of room and I grow mine in pots on the patio as it's convenient to just pop out the door to grab a bunch (plus because I see them every day I'm less likely to neglect them!).
To get started on my garden I planted the following:
Lemon Verbena - this herb has a refreshing, lemony flavour and an amazing fragrance. It's said to be good for digestion as it stimulates the production of bile . Keep protected from the cool in winter months. This herb can be grown inside too.
Stevia - up to 300 times sweeter than sugar but with no calories, stevia is an excellent natural sweetener for teas. Growing your own is fairly easy, but be sure to bring it inside in cooler weather as the cold will kill it. I left mine out in a frost and it didn't make it!
Peppermint + Mint- Any mint plant seems to be super easy to grow. If it starts to look a bit shabby, just cut it all back and it will regrow. Peppermint is especially good for digestion and helps relieve bloating and nausea.
Chamomile - this is also super easy to grow and will in fact grow like weeds! Don't buy roman (also known as lawn) chamomile - the variety you want to get is officially known as Matricaria chamomilla as it has medicinal properties. This herb is an excellent relaxant. I sometimes drink chamomile before bed to help me sleep. You use the flowers from the plant to make tea, which you can use fresh or dried.
Plant your herbs in good quality potting mix to get the best results.
My favourite drink to make at the moment is a lovely mixture of herbs plus fresh ginger and honey. It's a lovely warming drink that I imagine would be equally nice served chilled with ice for those of you in a warmer place than New Zealand right now!
Lemon Verbena, Mint, and Ginger Tea (for one serve)
1 tablespoon lemon verbena leaves
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 thin slice of ginger, chopped in four
1 teaspoon manuka honey
1 slice of lemon
Bring a jug of water to the boil, and pour into a mug. Chop the herbs finely. This helps them release their flavours. Place the chopped herbs and ginger in a mini sieve and place on top of the mug of water. Make sure the cup is full enough so that the herbs/ginger are immersed in the water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Add the honey and stir, and drop in a slice of lemon. You can squeeze in some extra lemon juice too if you like. If your'e not a fan of ginger you can leave it out, or reduce it.
Drink warm, or refrigerate for a cool drink.
If you're keen to know more about growing your own herbal teas, I'm in the midst of writing up a little freebie about what herbs to grow and their health properties which I'll post a link to on my Facebook page. If you head over and like me there you'll be able to get a copy when it's done :-)
Eat Well NZ
Here Comes the Sun Contributor
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Just thought I would share with you a few of my tourist-y snaps from my quick trip to Sydney this week. It was only my second time ever in the city so it was fun to explore the iconic locations and unashamedly click away like a tourist. A few of the highlights include this big brunch, spending time with my good friend David who recently moved over, wandering around by the opera house and the harbour bridge, discovering hidden alley-ways and macarons and vanilla tea at the Ladurée cafe.
All in all, an amazing (but over way too quickly) trip!! Thanks to Boohoo for inviting me to be a part of it and thanks to everyone who made it memorable :)
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Todays giveaway is sponsored by the lovely folks at Stickygram. I'm sure most of you would have heard of them by now but if you haven't - Stickygram is basically a quick and easy way to turn your instagram pictures into fridge magnets. You can purchase them in a pack of 9 magnets for only $14.99 + free shipping and I've also got 3 sets to giveaway today as well!
How to enter:
• Leave a comment on this post! Nice and easy :)
• For a bonus entry share a link to this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook + leave an extra comment
Giveaway is open to all readers, international included. 3 winners will receive one pack of Stickygram magnets each. Winners will be drawn using random.org on Wednesday 22 May 2013.