Travel

Wholesome Travel Guide To Melbourne

November 26, 2016

Wholesome Travel Guide To Melbourne

I’m in love with Melbourne. There’s just something about its deeply-engrained coffee culture, boutique shops and mix of new/old architecture that gets me excited. Melbournians are especially spoilt for choice when it comes to all things healthy, both in the food and fitness department. If they had nicer beaches and a bit warmer weather, I’d totally consider moving there!

I’ve only been twice so far, but in that time I have made sure to explore as many places as possible. And by that I mean I went out for a pre-workout juice, breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner every day because there were so many amazing options and I wanted to check them all out. Plus some workouts here and there. In case you missed the latest #vicandstef travel shabam, check out our hashtag here.

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Fitness

New To ClassPass? Try These 8 Sydney Studios

November 12, 2016

ClassPass

It’s no secret that I love my ClassPass membership. I basically rave about it to anyone that I meet and can’t stop talking about how amazing it is. There’s recently been some changes to the model which I’m disappointed about, but I’ll get to that in a second…In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last year and haven’t heard about Classpass (they just celebrated it’s 1-year Aussie anniversary), let me fill you in:

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Lifestyle

The Ultimate Aussie Foodie Giveaway

November 3, 2016

Foodie Giveaway

Have I told you guys how much I love you? If not, here it is: I FREAKINNNG LOVE YOU!

To celebrate my love for you, Vic and I decided to create the ultimate giveaway that’s bound to make your tastebuds and skin tingle with happiness.

It includes some of the most amazing Aussie brands that we have discovered ever since moving to Australia, because we want to share this experience with y’all. The giveaway is open worldwide, both for people in Australia who might already know these brands and peeps over the pond.

So, what can you win? Get all the deets below. P.S.: We’re giving away 3 of these amazing boxes, so triple chance for you to win!

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Lifestyle

Loving Lately – 31.10.16

October 31, 2016

Loving Lately - 31.10.16

It’s time for a new Loving Lately post! In case you missed the last one, take a look here. I absolutely love writing about the ish I am into and currently there’s a lot. From natural skin care to toxic-free home cleaning supplies and my latest activewear obsessions, here’s a little overview of what I’m loving at the moment.

There’s some promo codes for you guys below in case you want to try some of the things for yourself, so keep your eyes open for those!


Natural home cleaning products | I was so happy to see how well My Healthy Apartment Tour blog post from a couple of months ago  was received. You guys loved learning about all the healthy, natural, organic and eco-friendly products that I use and hopefully I have inspired some of you to make the switch to better products yourself.

At the time, I included a dishwasher from Organic Choice that I had discovered at Coles. After the post went live, I was approached by the team behind Organic Choice thanking me for the mention and to ask if I would like to road test the rest of their range. Turns out they have heaps more products, which I had no idea about! Think air fresheners, dishwashing liquids, soy candles, multi-purpose cleaner, fridge/dishwashing/bin cleaner and shower cleaners.

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Wellbeing

My Acne Story and Horrific Experience with Roaccutane

October 12, 2016

Horrific experience with Roaccutane

I’ve stripped myself “naked” on this blog by sharing my deepest struggles with food and body image, heck I even posted pictures of myself in undies of when I was anorexic/in the depth of my bulimia.  Yet, hitting publish on this post today was a whole new level of anxiety-causing.

Ever since I was about 15 years old, I’ve had problems with my skin. But what started with the typical teenage-pimpled face got worse and worse over time instead of getting better. Now, before I go on, I want to make clear that I never had a severe case of acne and I don’t want to offend anyone who’s looking at the above picture thinking “If only she would know what real acne looks like!”. It actually used to be waaaay worse, but turns out I was pretty good in a) deleting any pictures that showed my bad skin or b) photoshopping the heck out of them. Obviously, there definitely are kids on the block who had it way worse than me. Still, it affected me very much.

I felt uncomfortable, naked, embarrassed, humiliated and not taken seriously. As thought my own face was a distraction to others. I felt like I was walking through life with a big fat sign on my forehead reading “I don’t have my shit together.”

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#Healthspo Talk

Healthspo Talk with Claudia from Bare Vitality

October 6, 2016

Claudia from Bare Vitality

It’s time for another #healthspotalk, yay! Sorry being MIA on these lately, time has just been flying by and life got in the way. But they are coming back with a bang, because today I am introducing you to the lovely Claudia from Bare Vitality. Claudia runs a holistic health and fitness business in Balmain, Sydney, but also wears many other entrepreneurial hats. Like with many of my friends here in Sydney, we initially met through Instagram and hit it off straight away. I have yet to go to one of her training sessions, but in the mean time I’ll let her take over and share her story with you.

Welcome, Claudia!

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Food, Products I Love

Eat Fit Food 1 Week Review + Your Chance To Try It

October 4, 2016

Eat Fit Food Review

I’ve been feeling VERY blah of late. Struggling to find a good routine between office work and working from home,  putting a lot of pressure on myself for literally everything and subsequently having gained a little unwanted pudginess has left me feeling not my best self.

I also stopped meal prep Sundays, which was such a big part of my routine when I was following the 8-week I Quit Sugar program. And frankly, without that my eating routine has kind of just been off track. So there I was thinking…: “All I want is someone else to make me three healthy meals a day for me so that I don’t need to shop, cook, clean and can just get back on track…”

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Uncategorized

Celebrating 100 Blog Posts – Here’s What You’ve Loved The Most

September 23, 2016

Vie Active Pacific Palm

I’m having a great big party over here because I just hit publish on my 100th blog post. Wuhoooooo!

I started WSS back in December of 2014, when I still in the midst of my own ED-recovery. The more I opened up about my journey, the more I began to realize that I wasn’t alone in this. Over time, I started getting FB messages and emails from friends, or friends of friends and other distant acquaintances, who confessed how much they could relate and that they were going through something similar. Some of these girls I had never met before, but somehow they felt like they could open up to me because we shared a similar story and there was nowhere else they could turn to. It was then that I realized I am not alone and that in this “epidemic of beauty sickness” there are so many girls struggling with emotional eating, anorexia, bulimia, binging, purging, orthorexia and that there is not nearly enough awareness on the topic. That’s when I decided to start a blog and share my story, and now almost two years later, I have this amazing platform that allows me to connect with beautiful souls from all over the world and spread a positive message. And it’s all because of YOU, so THANK YOU.

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Fitness

Workout Essentials | What’s In My Gym Bag

September 20, 2016

What's In My Gym Bag

We’ve all been there: having to go to work in our gym shoes (Holly, I’m looking at you!) or spending the day with our arms crossed because we’re secretly free-boobing.

Fitting in a gym routine is no easy feat as it is, but remembering all the things you need to bring for your workout and post-workout shower is a whole other story. And let’s be frank: nothing kills your motivation like forgetting your headphones (I’ve actually had times where I considered going back home because I couldn’t bare the thought of doing a gym workout without my beloved music…).

That’s why I decided to share a sneak peek into my gym bag, filled with all my workout essentials and more. I’m notoriously clumsy and forgetful, so I try to prepare my gym bag the day before so that I won’t be running around at 5am in the morning in complete darkness trying to look for a pair of clean socks and hair tie.

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Wellbeing

Why It’s Time For Everyone To Recognize Meditation’s Healing Power

September 13, 2016

Meditation's Healing Power
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Before I got into health and fitness the way I am now, I was one of those people that considered meditation a “waste of time”. I mean, why would I just sit there quiet and not do anything for 15 minutes, if I could be running around ticking stuff off my to-do list?! Time is precious, after all.

But with time I realised that slowing down is actually a good thing and that it’s necessary. In fact, becoming more mindful and present in the moment was a big part of my recovery journey.

It wasn’t easy to start with, to say the least. For the longest time, even just five minutes of sitting and breathing was extremely difficult. It was like a crazy jungle party in my brain 24/7 and I always felt like I wasn’t doing it right…

And even though I now try to meditate regularly (15 minutes a day), I feel like I’ve fallen a bit off the “meditation bandwagon” lately.

As if it was a call from the universe reminding me to get back onto my (imaginary) meditation cushion, I recently got an invitation from Nikki and Kevin from Centred Meditation to come by their meditation studio. Centred Meditation is a contemporary meditation studio in the heart of Sydney’s CBD that offers 30min guided meditation sessions for the urban professionals to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The studio is an urban sanctuary giving your body all the cues it needs to de-stress: a relaxing atmosphere, diffused soothing scent, warm calming tea and comfortable armchairs with lots of cushions and blankets.

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