Travel

24h Getaway at The Billabong Retreat

December 29, 2016

Billabong Retreat Sydney

The other week Phil and I were lucky enough to be invited to The Billabong Retreat, which is a yoga and meditation retreat about a 1-h drive outside from Sydney. A little getaway is exactly what I craved before heading off to my beloved-but sometimes crazy family over the Christmas holidays, so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Billabong offers different retreat programs, like a yoga, wellness or meditation program. We opted for the latter, and even though the program runs for a couple of days, you can join it for just 1 or 2 days if you like. I’ve built up a meditation practice ever since moving to Sydney, but this trip really allowed me to tap back into it and also to discover new techniques that I had never tried before.

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Real Talk

How To Survive The Christmas Holidays As A Binge Eater

December 11, 2016

How To Survive The Christmas Holidays As A Binge Eater

Christmas holidays are supposed to be a magical time, filled with loved ones, laughter and sharing beautiful meals together…There are occasions to look forward to, people to see and things to celebrate. But for someone suffering or recovering from an eating disorder, Christmas can mean panic, fear and overwhelm.

First off, there’s the plethora of parties like the office luncheon and the Secret Santa parties. Then there’s the gift baskets full of food everywhere, left-over cake in the office kitchen and your well-meaning grandma who has baked you all your favorite childhood cookies. And there is also a lot of stress, a lot of busyness, a lot of un-self-care.

Over the years, I totally developed a personal holiday FOMO. While it seemed that everyone else was just going with the flow and couldn’t wait for the holiday season, I was stuck in my anxious head trying to figure out how I would get through weeks and weeks of being confronted with food, social obligations, and family.

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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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Real Talk

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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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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