Once again I prepared an impromptu dish and just as I’m about to tuck in I decide I should share it on the blog. Therefore this post isn’t picture heavy nor is it beautifully styled. But, it’s a real moment from my daily life which hopefully you will agree is far better! This cheeky cous cous salad is as a healthy vegetarian lunch option or a lightweight dinner that’s perfect during the summer months. Cous cous provides a good source of lean vegetarian protein, the grains swell up making this nice and filling and a good source of fiber. I added lot’s of complimenting flavours to make sure it’s satisfying and tasty. View Post

This is a super easy Thai curry recipe that we like to prepare at home whenever the weather is a bit cold or miserable and we need some cheering (or warming) up. Sorry that it’s just the one image in this post. Christian prepared this tasty looking dish during the week and as an after thought I decided to take a quick photo so I could share his recipe with you. Thanks to curry paste everyone can prepare an impressive tasting dish that’s full of exotic flavours. We pick up ours from the local Asian supermarket here in Germany but I used to buy the same ones in England also. For this mild dish we used a yellow Thai curry paste with chicken, sweet potato and chickpeas. View Post

A Modern Way To Eat by Anna Jones is my go-to cook book for healthy vegetarian (and some vegan) food recipes. Unlike many modern, healthy cook books this includes ingredients you can find at the local supermarket with dishes that are hearty enough to satisfy my hunger! And considering Jamie Oliver has given this his stamp of approval I knew I was onto a good thing when I received this as a gift. View Post

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The selection in my forth and final gift guide can be found at online mecca Niche Beauty. Whilst many of their cult brands are gender neutral the store has a section dedicated to men. I’ve put together an eclectic mix of products that harness the power to help us look good and feel good. All of the items are perfectly giftable with options for stocking fillers.

The Michael Van Clarke No. 1 Brush has bendy bristles that gently de-tangle longer hair. If you have shorter hair like me I recommend this as a wonderful scalp massager. Sounds Crazy? Gently running this brush over your scalp in different directions for 30 seconds feels like a 15 minute neck and shoulder massage. Bargain! Keeko coconut oil pulling in morning mint. If you are new to oil pulling then I guarantee you will have cleaner and whiter teeth by adding this to your daily routine. It’s also known to be an ancient method of detoxing. Bring it on! Pure Elixir skin supplements. These tiny bad boys are infused with marine collagen, vitamin c + e, hyaluronic acid and tomato extract. Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and brighten the skin. Yes please! Tata Harper face moisturiser. This brand is completely natural and non-toxic. Yes, some skincare contains ingredients that are toxic. Tate Harper manufacture their products themselves in Vermont. In-house manufacturing allows small batches, produced often to ensure the products are fresh and of the highest quality. MINIMERGENCY KIT. The trusty tin contains 13 essentials, especially useful when traveling. There’s everything from shirt buttons to a safety pin, plaster and nail clippers. I had my own minimergency yesterday when I discovered a small hole in one of my bed pillows. I used the needle and thread from my kit to quickly sew up the hole. Viola! Sleeping crisis averted.

Have a wonderful Christmas! If you haven’t already, come say hi on instagram and twitter.

 

 

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A good quality serum is where the majority of your skincare budget should go, especially if your skin is showing the first signs of ageing. I’m currently using Yüli M.E. Skin Fuel in the morning and African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique at night.

I have wanted to try something from Yüli for a while and the brand suggested M.E. Skin Fuel and so far I’ve been super happy. This is a high-end line of natural skincare products from the US. The sleek and minimalist packaging is certainly instagram worthy but what I like most is that it’s gender neutral. Sometimes I prefer products that have a subtle fragrance or none at all, especially during the day. This is on the subtle side which also means it will appeal to men and women as it’s not particularly floral or sweet. It contains a cocktail of actives such as Broccoli Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Red Raspberry Seed, Seabuckthorn + Helichrysum and Jojoba which are suitable for all skin types including oily or sensitive. It’s rich yet absorbs easily with no greasiness. I like to apply it to damp skin as the oils trap any water in the skin for added moisture. It’s sold here in Germany otherwise you can go directly to Yüli.

I’ve been deeply into African Botanics since I first featured the brand here. This is also a high-end natural skincare line except these products are from South Africa. The Fleurs d’Afrique is an advanced corrective serum with the ability to reverse the signs of aging. Those are big words on my part, I know. This is mostly because it contains retinol which alongside spf is the only legitimate anti-aging ingredient.

The most important thing to remember when using anything containing retinol is to use an spf 30 or higher. Personally, I use 50+ everyday. Marula oil is the heart of the range so it naturally features in this serum as well as CoQ10, vitamin C, marine micro algae and essential oils containing omega’s 3,6,7 & 9. After application my skin tingles a bit but I haven’t experienced any redness of sensitivity. I still advise you to use with caution until you know how your skin responds to retinol. You don’t need this if you are in your 20’s, unless you smoke. Otherwise it’s perfect for 30+, looking to prevent aging or reverse aging. Find your nearest stockist here. If you would like to read more about retinol I recommend this article at The Huffington Post.