I’m kind of shocked by the evolution of man, mainly due to a recent wave of almost naked Instagram pictures. Pumped up dudes taking porno selfies in the gym locker room. I find it kind of weird. At the other end we have the modern dandy, today’s gentleman who combs his hair and wears tailored clothes. When it comes to my look I take grooming as seriously as fashion and when it comes to shopping I like online for convenience or interesting concept stores offering an intimate environment with a curated selection of hard to find brands.

Recently, I was surprised to discover WOODBERG Natural Grooming Supply. As the name suggests, this is an online store dedicated to natural and non-toxic grooming products exclusively for men. Cool huh? Very! I’m now in touch with the founders who sent me a selection of products to try out. I’m currently obsessed with the Herbivore Botanicals Face Elixir, Skin Renewing Face Scrub by Ports Products and the deodorant spray by PROSPECTOR CO. There is a lovely bar of soap from Buckler’s which I plan to open very soon. The guys included a selection of samples which are individually packaged in tiny test tubes and dropper bottles, the care and attention to detail is impressive. I mentioned in a recent post that I’m not a fan of traditional face scrubs with the grainy bit’s. I’d like to take that BACK as the Skin Renewing Scrub is a hybrid containing finely crushed walnut shells and glycolic acid. Genius! During the colder months I like to use a face oil as it soothes my skin and creates a protective barrier from the central heating and cold air. After cleansing I massage the Face Elixir into my skin to boost the circulation whilst moisturising, it smells so good and leaves my skin glowing.

Woodberg is based in Germany they also offer international shipping and the online store is in both German and English. The selection of brands is stylish and everything I have tried works very well indeed.

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Work is so full on that a quiet weekend is literally my everything right now. Sleeping, reading, eating, tv. On repeat for 48 hours.

As you might have guessed from my Instagram feed, books are up there with my favourite things in life. It needs to be a real book (no e books allowed) preferably from an independent shop such as Daunt Books in Holland Park which used to be my local. There’s something about being surrounded by books that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plenty of snacking is an essential part of a lazy weekend. To ensure I feel fresh and springy come Monday morning I want to have plenty of good food within the weekends feasting.

Only recently I posted a recipe featuring a heavy dose of beetroot and here I am posting pictures of them again, except this time it’s in a very simple salad. What’s with the beetroot love you ask? Well, it’s just so damn healthy that despite it staining everything it comes into contact with I think it’s cheap, tasty and super versatile. This week I brought the cooked variety because who wants to boil beets when there is sleep to be had?! I simply chopped it up before adding it to a large salad bowl containing some chopped, blanched broccoli and then added salt and pepper. The dressing is a combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and a little honey. I tend not to measure when creating a dressing I just throw it all together then taste it and see where it needs tweaking. After gently mixing everything I served on plates and finished with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. I always make enough to snack on throughout the weekend and any leftovers become part of Monday’s lunchbox.

Have a good one!

hills-innitIMG_5864IMG_5850As we enter a new season I’m excited to introduce new pieces into my wardrobe. I’m drawn to neutral and earthy tones, especially at this time of year. Combining textures gives my look subtle dimensions without drawing the eye to a particular area, everything just flows. These are valuable pieces as I can combine them many ways depending on my mood.

The last couple of weeks have been full on with work. Last night I worked into the evening getting everything done so that I can relax throughout the weekend. I can feel the season changing from late summer to early autumn, day by day the leaves are turning from green to yellow and the bite in the air is a refreshing change to the lovely hot summer we had in Germany. I love this time of year when the jumpers come out and I want to curl up, read a book and eat comfort food. This is my perfect time of year where it’s cooler and cozy but not unbearably cold. There’s been a pile of beetroots sitting in the kitchen which I haven’t been in the mood to juice as I’d intended. Feeling creative I decided to put together a quick, simple and healthy meal using ingredients from the kitchen.

I started by roughly chopping and then parboiling the beets before discarding 80% of the water and then adding tin tomatoes, a jar of mixed beans, a beef stock cube and a couple of bay leaves. In a hot frying pan I added a splash of rapeseed oil then some chopped red onion and garlic. Turning down the heat to let them gently fry for about 10 minutes I then mixed the garlic and red onion with the beets and beans adding salt, pepper and hot chilli sauce. Putting a lid on the pan I left to gently simmer for about 25 minutes. Rice seemed like the perfect sick kick which worked out well as there was loads in the cupboard.

This tasty meal is healthy and super cheap to make. It’s can be warmed up and eaten throughout the weekend which means I don’t have to cook or spend money on a pizza. Next time I’d like to try adding mushrooms and red wine. It can even become vegan by replacing the beef stock with vegetable stock.

Ingredient ratio’s;

  • 4 large beets
  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • 1 jar of mixed beans
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 stock cube

Leave a comment if you have any questions of tweet me.

In the last 24hrs some work related issues have come up causing me to feel stressed. Recently I’ve been doing some work on myself and through these teachings I am slowly learning to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Naturally I’m one of those people who becomes stressed or anxious quite easily and now that I’m aware of the damage it causes to both my body and state of mind, well I’m ready to kick it to the curb. For a long time I was unaware of the stress I was under and how it become a day to day reaction, popping up if I was running late for work or with someone not replying to an important e mail. It’s got to the stage where I’ve had enough, now I’m at a point where I manage to catch myself and make the decision to turn the situation around. I’m hoping that one day I will get to a place where it isn’t my go-to response when something doesn’t go as I had intended. For now I simply pause, clear my head of any thoughts and just breathe. Taking a few breaths with a clear head put’s me back in control of the situation which feels a lot better, for a second or two at least. I tell myself I’m not doing this, I am NOT going to stress. After all, is it going to make a blind bit of difference other than making me feel exhausted which just prevents me from finding a solution.

Another thing I am learning is that worrying about something that might happen is the dumbest thing ever. The amount of times I’ve sat somewhere anxiously worrying that I might lose that important business client and then it turns out I didn’t and everything was fine. I will never get that time back and I’m not OK with that. Until the moment comes when the business client say’s bye bye I’m not going to worry because it’s all a big fat what if.

There are so many facets to every daily event that other people, the horoscope or past situations must be factored into these moments. Because of this it’s no surprise that things don’t always go how they are supposed to. Taking this on board can be comforting, I don’t take it so personally and it certainly put’s things into perspective. Stress has it’s function and whilst I hope it never happens I would like to reserve it for the moment when I am required to fight off a sabre toothed tiger.

Ironically, as I’m finishing off this post. I just received an e mail regarding the work related issue that had been bothering me, and guess what. Everything is OK! But, if that situation hadn’t happened then I’d be wracking my brain trying to find something to blog about.

Another lesson learned.