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My Summer Essentials

I LOVE SUMMER. Being a born and bred Sydney gal, my entire life revolves around gorgeous, warm weather. My mood and spirit is deeply affected by sunshine and the climate. I love the ocean, going for summer strolls and just being outdoors in general. As uplifting and energising as summer is, it’s not always “sunshine and rainbows.” The cliched adage “nights get longer, hair gets lighter, water gets warmer, skin gets darker, life gets better” may very well be true, however, let us not forget that skin gets drier, hair gets harder and sunburn quite frankly, hurts like a bitch.

Below are my must-have summer essentials which help me maximise the best summer has to offer and eliminate the negatives that come with it.

R E M O V E

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Do not look past exfoliating. Exfoliation is the number one thing you can do for glowing skin and should be a staple in your skincare regime. I personally love Li’tya Lemon Myrtle & Desert Salt Body Polish and Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub. If you’re going to be outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen after exfoliating as your skin will be more sensitive and more exposed to the sun.

H Y D R A T E

I am someone who dries up like a shrivelled prune in summer. My skin, hair, hands and nails tend to get really dry and hard from the summer conditions. So I literally could not survive without the products that keep me moisturised and hydrated.

Skin

Hair

My hair does not get very oily or greasy at all. In Summer, if I don’t look after it properly, it literally feels like straw. I use a myriad of conditioners and leave in treatments to help me combat this dryness, but my “go-to’s” are definitely Saryna Key Hair Therapy - Shea Butter ( UH-mazing!), Ultra Organics Intense Chamomile Conditioner, Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment and Moogoo Protein Shot Leave in Conditioner.

Hands

Dry weather = Dry Nails. It’s the worst. I love using Revitanail to make sure my nails are in tip-top condition

I love the brand Crabtree and Evelyn’s hand creams. My faves are the Gardeners Hand Recovery and La Source Hand Therapy Collection.

G L O W

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I know that you cannot purchase this next item in Australia, but I would be lying if I left it off this essential’s list. It has no name or brand but it is quite literally the most amazing product I have ever used on my face. I came across it during my travels to Morocco in a random store in a market in Fez. The maker, an elderly lady, sit and beats the kernels found inside the Argan nuts (tideously) until they expel argan oil. This oil is then mixed with Moroccan Clay and made into little clay bars.

I kid you not, nothing makes my skin feel more like a baby’s bum or makes me glow as much as this mask.

P r o t e c t

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When I was younger I used to douse myself in oil and sunbake until I was burnt and crispy. Looking back, it makes me feel completely sick to my stomach that I was so naive and ignorant of how dangerous the sun really is. Now, I don’t lie in the sun without a hat, completely covered in sun screen or under an umbrella.

My go-to sunscreen is Natural Instinct. Of course there are tons of sun screens on the market but this one is my go to for many reasons. It’s natural, completely organic and has no toxins. It’s like zinc, so it repels and doesn’t sink into your skin but the thing I love most about this product is that it has a clear sheen finish, it doesn’t look like a thick white paste and has a different texture to how zinc normally is.

B R O N Z E

Just because I don’t lie in the sun anymore doesn’t mean that I don’t love looking bronzed and golden! I am all about that fake-tan life (the more the better in my opinion!) Below are the ones that I am obsessed with!

BYRON BAY TAN

ECO BY SONYA DRIVER

CARAMEL! MINE TAN

What summer essentials are you all over this summer season? Comment below so I too can give them a go!

How to style your powder room

Your powder room may be small, but it is possibly the best place to showcase your home's signature style. In reality, most people that visit your home will enter your powder room at some stage. 

So here are my my top tips on how to style it!

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Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Beautiful hand soap and hand cream

Is there anything more unappealing than a grotty, old bar of soap. Opt for a beautiful, matching hand soap and cream set to delight your guests. This is not only neat but also feels somewhat luxurious. 

Don't forget to consider how the soaps will look in the powder room. A lemongrass and coconut handsoap might smell absolutely delicious, but how will that bright yellow and brown bottle go with the finishes in your bathroom?


Hand towels

I would advise either opting for gorgeous linen-like thin cloth or something really fluffy and cozy. What you prefer is up to your personal preference. Why not go for a bold print to really bring some life and character into the space. 

 

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Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Benchtop - Caesarstone

Plants Plants Plants

Bring a small indoor plant or even some freshly cut flowers to the powder room to make it feel extra lively and homely. If you are bringing a plant in make sure it is exposed to the sunlight it needs. This will vary depending on the type of plant you choose.

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Interior Design - Studio Ezra

Tiles - Tiles of Ezra

Benchtop - Caesarstone

Sink - Omvivo

Tapware - Astrawalker

Candles

Light it up, baby!

All about the tray

Put your candles or soaps on a small tray to add an extra dimension and layers to the space. I personally love the brass, Moroccan look however this will depend on the style of your home. I have seen chic perspex, mirrored trays which look fab in a really modern home!

Less is more

Powder rooms are conventionally small. DO NOT OVERCLUTTER the small surface area that exists. We don't need to see every flavour of soap and hand-cream you own. Choose one and keep it simple. Less is certainly more!

Do you have anything in particular you are struggling with when it comes to styling your powder room? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to assist you!

You need to make this scrumptious chicken tagine!

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I love entertaining and cooking up a storm in kitchen. I often get asked for the recipes of the dishes that I record myself cooking on my instagram stories. WARNING - I am by no means a professional chef although I like to think I am ;)

So I have decided to share some examples of me doing my thang in the kitchen. WARNING #2 - I am also not a professional videographer so I have decided to share with you the raw, unedited, messy truth of how it all goes down. I hope this provides some inspiration for you to get creative in the kitchen. Sometimes you just need to have a little fun and get a little messy!

Check out my awesome chicken tagine recipe below:

10 steps for a Healthier Home

1. The science of Natural Light

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing ourselves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow through your home every day!

2. Bring greenery in

Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduced stress, and improved concentration. Pick some fresh flowers from the garden or even throw some kale into a vase if you are looking for an easy but beautiful quick-fix. 

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3. Make your bed

The morning rush often gets the better of us all. Whether we are scooting off to work or to drop the kids off at school or even to make it to our morning gym sesh on time, we often overlook the simple act of making our bed. The tone of your entire day is set in the first hour of being awake. The way you choose to spend this time will either set off a flow of events that will end up in an inspired, positive day ahead of you, or the contrary. Making your bed in the morning before you leave the house is imperative to increase productivity and motivation, harvesting hours of efficiency throughout your day.

4. Clean out your refrigerator door

We are all guilty of this crime. I have seen too many outdated children's timetables and take-aways menus stuck to the front of friends’ fridges to count.

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between the amount of clutter in one’s home and the number of items stuck to the front of the fridge door. Further to this, perform a fridge audit every 2 months. Are there opened and unused mustard jars, jams that have gone old etc? Get rid of everything you can in your fridge door to propel you into a field of inspired and positive orderliness!

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5. Invite friends over

A healthy home is a happy home. And true happiness is created in the company of friends and family. Spending quality time with your friends and family at your house will ensure your home is always kept to a high standard. When you know you are entertaining, you take pride in your space!

6. It's all about the smell

Essential Oils. Candles. Fresh flowers. Enough said. Excite the senses and watch how your overall mood changes.

7. Adopt the rule of 5 to keep your home tidy

I am by no means perfect. I am only human which means ofcourse there are times when there is a slew of Jesse’s toys decorating the living room and piles of clothes on my bedroom floor. But this is seriously the easiest hack! All you need to do is adopt a simple rule of five to have a healthy abode. Every time you get up from your desk or walk through your home, select five things to put away. Alternatively, each hour set aside five minutes for organisation. By the end of the day, you could have accumulated an entire hour of cleaning.

8. Don't overlook your front door

Your front door is an incredibly prominent feature of your home. Ensuring that this entry way is uninterrupted and opening freely has a profound effect on the energy that flows through your home via the front.

9. Sort out your paperwork

You may not realise it but those piles of old paperwork on your desk have a tremendous effect on your psyche and emotional wellbeing. Go through them, chuck out the papers you don't need and file the important ones away. You don't need to see them piling up every day. This will work wonders for your health!

10. Leave your phone and computer outside the bedroom

In today's day and age, this may seem like an impossible task. Just a "quick" scroll through your instagram feed before bed seems so normal. But sleeping with your phone next to your bed can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality.

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your bedroom phone and computer free. Studies have proven that people who sleep with their phones outside of their bedroom enjoy a better quality of life and have seen improvements in their overall happiness and quality of life.

What do you do to keep your home healthy? I would love to hear!

 

Insider peak: Look inside the Goodie Bags of Healthy Home, Healthy Plate

In last week's blog, you got to view the beautiful event of Healthy Home, Healthy Plate, hosted by Jessica Sepel and myself (If you missed out, you can click here to see exactly how this one-of-a-kind event went down.)

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For those of you who were lucky enough to catch what happened, you will know that guests were given amazing take-home gift bags. A lot of time, thought and effort was put into selecting the products that we feel passionately about, to include in these stunning giveaways.

I wanted to share this with all of you because these products deserve to be celebrated! Have a look at what the lucky ladies who attended the event got to walk away with (Cue uncontrollable envy and drooling!)

 

Jimmy Blacks black bean powder

Who doesn't love a good superfood? It seems everyone these days is going crazy for black beans. And we are too!

Jimmy Blacks organic black bean powder is gluten free, non GMO, vegan friendly, contains no added sugar, is organically sprouted, is rich in anti-oxidants and is a great source of fibre. Its wide range of benefits include:

• 31.9% of vegan friendly protein in every serve; essential for muscle development and repair.

• Complex carbohydrates to provide energy to a working body throughout the day

• A low GI of 30 ensures long and sustained fuel increasing concentration and brain function.

• Powerful micronutrients of molybdenum and folate to aid a healthy lifestyle. 

Website: http://www.jimmyblacks.com.au/

 

Hanako Therapies I AM...Bliss essence

Wow! I actually want to bath in this essence for eternity! I AM...Bliss assists you to let go of any frustrations and negativity, uplifting your moods and increasing clarity, instilling balance and peace. WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR IN AN OIL?! 

The oil contains Sandalwood (relaxing and uplifting it encourages “higher” consciousness and deeper meditation,) Sweet Orange (Also known as “the smiley oil” it is cheerful, uplifting and joyful, encouraging positive emotions,) Lemon, Geranium and Lavender to name a few.

Have a look at all their amazing flavours and products here at http://www.hanakotherapies.com/

 

Nuzest Clean Lean Pea Protein and protein shaker

Leading an active lifestyle is so important not only for physical health, but for mental health and wellbeing too. Hand in hand with working out goes protein and we are totally obsessed with this Nuzest Pea Protein. Not only is it gluten free, dairy free and non GMO but it tastes SO. DAMN. GOOD!

Website: http://nuzest.com.au/

 

Kasbah Moroccan Imports

No surprises here - we love everything Moroccan (DAH!!) Ofcourse the goodie bag had to include a discount voucher for one of our all-time faves, Kasbah Moroccan Imports, who offer a huge selection of unique Moroccan handcrafts, including ceramics, lanterns, furniture, mosaic tables, tea sets, gift ware and everything you’ll need for your home décor. Their pieces can really add that va va voom to your home and make it something truly special. 

Website: https://kasbahimports.com.au/

Address: 673 Nepean Hwy, Brighton East, VIC

 

MooGoo full cream moisturizer

MooGoo is as amazing to use as it is to say! MooGoo is an Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks. We particularly love the full cream moisturiser, designed to moisturise easily irritated skin using natural ingredients. The base oil of the cream is Sweet Almond Oil, which is high in the types of fatty acids needed for troubled skin. Other ingredients include pasteurised honey (so safe for babies) and Coconut Oil. The pH is balanced to the skin through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. It also smells delicious!!

Website: http://moogoo.com.au/

 

Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder

Melbourne is overflowing with coffee shops and cafes. It seems like every day a new coffee shop has opened up on a different corner. But boy oh boy have I found an absolute GEM! Mr Hubbard Cafe & Larder, which can be found at 117 Wattletree Road, Malvern, never fails to plate up the most delicious, organic and healthy food. Some say the next best thing to eating the food is talking about it, and I could speak about just how delicious Mr. Hubbards catering was FOR HOURS. I am salivating right now just thinking about it. Definitely give @mrhubbardcafe a stalk on instagram!

 

Murchison-Hume products

Being a mother to my gorgeous baby boy, Jesse, has ensured that I am very particular when it comes to what products I choose to use in my home. Murchison-Hume products are:

  • Free from dyes (Linked to cancer, can be toxic to animals and slow to biodegrade) 
  • Free from Petrochemical solvents (Respiratory and skin irritants. Petroleum based)
  • Free from non-sustainable Palm Oil derived ingredients (Causes destruction of tropical rainforest)

They are also natural, marine safe & effective, non-irritant, biodegradable, do not contain harsh chemicals and are cruelty-free and the packaging is recyclable and re-usable.

I am really loving the bathroom cleaner, hand cream and all surface spray but they literally make every product imaginable! 

Website: http://murchison-hume.com.au/

 

IN BED discount voucher

Few things in life are sweeter than getting into a crisp, clean bed that is covered in gorgeous linen. IN BED are experts at producing not only the best bed linen, but table and clothing linen too. All their products are made from high quality, natural fibres & fabrics . The goodie bags contained 30%-off vouchers on their amazing linen range!

Website: https://inbedstore.com

FYI: I am not endorsed by any of these products and I do not gain any benefit/reward in return for promoting these products! I'm just sharing the love and showing you products that you too might also go ga-ga for!

What products do YOU absolutely adore? What essentials would you include in a goodie bag? Have you tried any of these products before? Share the love in the comments section below.

xxx

Georgia


ALL ACCESS: Healthy Home, Healthy Plate with Georgia Ezra & Jessica Sepel

Healthy Home, Healthy Plate with Georgia Ezra & Jessica Sepel


Birds of a feather flock together; this could not be more relevant to myself and Jess. Essentially we both live and breathe health. We both identify with how important a healthy mindset is - healthy nutrition choices together with healthy environments have an unbelievably positive effect on a person's mind, soul and wellbeing. There are so many benefits in creating healthy and beautiful living spaces and environments - and it starts with YOU, in your home with what you surround yourself with as well as on your plate, with how you nourish your body and your soul.

Last month, myself and Jess made magic happen with a unique, exclusive and intimate event "Healthy Home, Healthy Plate." The aim of the discussion was to highlight the importance of a detoxified and decluttered space for a healthy mindset and lifestyle, and furthermore how we can apply these beliefs in the kitchen.

We hosted the soiree at my home, a space which I feel truly exemplifies me, what I love and a space that is MY personal escape. The evening turned out to be so much more than just a discussion. Being able to spend time with like-minded individuals, who all appreciate how vital it is to identify these obstacles that stand in the way of us living the lives we truly want and desire, is priceless. It was a beautiful affair filled with love, knowledge and GOOD VIBES (and lets not forget the yummy food we devoured either!) 

Miss out on the special event?

I get it - life happens and sometimes we miss out on amazing events. If you did miss out, make sure you get yourself a ticket to the next one. You can also see a bit of what went down below.

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Have a look at what one of our lovely attendees had to say!

I knew nothing about the Interior Designer who was hosting the event and I was skeptical of how practical her advice was going to be. I absolutely loved it! She spoke about the importance of reducing “noise” in your space. Noise is anything that drains your energy. It can be the accumulation of mail, books and junk that sits on your bench or dining room table. It causes a tightness in your chest and you think “I really must fix it/ move it/ throw it out when I get a chance” every time you pass it.

Yesterday I decided that I was going to clean - like a crazy person - and restore some order back into my space. I was so inspired that I even cleaned the skirting boards, walls and light switches! I threw out any toys that were broken or hideously ugly, packed up a whole heap of clothes and even steam cleaned the couch.

I sent messages to the friends that I had attended the event with (feeling very pleased with myself) and they had been doing the exact same thing!
This morning I woke up and felt a wonderful sense of calm.

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However, if what I touched on before about healthy homes or about creating healthy habits remotely struck a chord with you, I implore you to have a look at my ebook "A Healthy Home, A Healthy You." It will change your life more than you know by getting to the source of what's stopping you from achieving the home you truly desire! With the help of customised worksheets and tips, it will provide you with the tools to make the necessary actions actually stick! Have a look at the book here. 

Are there any other events you would be interested in attending? What topics do you feel you want to learn more about? I want to hear from YOU peeps!

xxxx

Georgia


Natural light and it's importance on your health

When we enter a space, we are automatically aware of how we feel (either consciously or sub-consciously.) Different lighting schemes create different moods within spaces. Without natural light, a room will appear to be dark and moody, which in some instances may serve a purpose, but ultimately can have detrimental effects on a person's general wellness. But - what is the science behind this notion? Why does natural light have the incredible power to alter our moods? Let's delve a little further...

Natural sunlight causes our brain to release a hormone called Serotonin – this being the happy hormone and feel good neurotransmitter – so this means that without sunlight in our homes we are in fact exposing our selves to the risk of depression, anxiety and an array of other yucky symptoms.

When designing, depending on what mood we are trying to create, we will employ a combination of natural and artificial lighting to best achieve this aesthetic. But as a general rule, I do not believe artificial light is ever a better alternative to natural light.  I think natural light is always the best source in all circumstances within our offices, homes and interior spaces. Our bodies respond to it in such a positive way. We need natural daylight to function, just as we need darkness to help us go to sleep. It goes further than just aesthetics and more so about what our bodies respond to and need for the benefit of our emotional health and wellbeing. After all, what could possibly be more important than a healthy home and a healthy mind?

 

In the video below, I cover this concept in greater detail. 

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

Sensory Design - The Secret to a Healthy Mind

When introducing light and airy colours you completely change the mood of the home to a clear, clean, bright and uplifting space. Keeping this in mind, of course there are certain circumstances where I like to utilise a more moody palette. I do this by painting the walls and ceiling a deeper colour as well as using dim pendant or lamp shade to light the room. Introducing retail tones in the upholstery and furniture as well as soft moody casts of light and shadows creates an extremely romantic emotional experience for most. Lush deep drapery and rugs as well as coffee table books of choice will compliment this too. This ultimately makes anyone who enters the room feel a completely different sense of experience purely through the tone and light within the room.

Here are my 5 easy tips on how to improve the natural light in your home:

  1. Open the blinds and let some natural light and fresh air flow throughout your home every day.
  2. Introduce large mirrors which bounce the light around the room.
  3. Style and accessorise with neutral and lighter colours 
  4. Paint your ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to make the ceiling height look taller. 
  5. Declutter and remove as much as you can from shelving and walls.

Be sure to watch the video below where I talk about this exact topic

Employ these tips and I ensure you you will be on track in creating the healthiest and most desirable home possible; and hand in hand with a healthy home comes a healthy YOU! 

xxx

Georgia

P.S - Do you struggle with certain spaces where bringing natural light in seems impossible? Tell me about it below and let me find ways to help you!


As seen on JS Health: Simple Ways To Reconnect Our Minds & Bodies To The Earth In Our Homes

For those of you living under a rock, Jess Sepel is absolutely dominating the world of wellness, nutrition and health blogging; she does so much to teach people how to nourish and take care of not only their physical bodies, but their souls too. You can read more about the incredible stuff she does here but for now I want to talk to you about something which I feel very passionately about. Jess recently invited me to share my insights on how to transform our homes into beautiful spaces that keep us grounded to the earth. Here is my two cents on simple ways to ground your bodies and your minds to the earth in your home.

Man was created in Nature, and as biblical as this all sounds, it’s the truth! When man was first created we didn’t have high rises and brick walls.. air conditioners or TV’s! So when we spend time in Nature it would be naïve to say we don’t feel rejuvenated and reconnected with our soul and core. Have you ever stared out into the vastness of the ocean and felt completely grounded. This overwhelming enormity of what we call ‘the sea’ reminds us of how small we are in this infinite planet and how little our problems really are.

Fresh flowers, indoor plants and greenery are so important to connect us with nature within an interior.

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Bring Flora and Fauna in to your home!

Indoor plantation and nature is directly linked to mental and emotional development, reduce stress and improve concentration. The introduction of potted plants within indoor environments have proved to lower blood pressure, increase concentration, increase productivity, improve wellbeing, lower levels of anxiety and raise satisfaction of users of the space.

We all know the sense of nostalgia that is felt when we smell a certain scent; maybe a specific perfume or the smell of the initial drops of rain on a dry curbside. Associating smells to past experiences, there is something incredibly magical when we are taken back to long gone places and times in our life solely through our sense of smell.

Certain fragrances can result in how we feel and result in physiological functions, causing us to feel relaxed, reducing tension leading to a more motivated and excited state… the beneficial list goes on.

This particular sense literally affects areas of our brain function that directly relates with emotions and feelings and ultimately leading to our behavioural responses. HOW COOL IS THAT!

In our homes this information is gold, because we can literally change our experience within our spaces to reflect a positive end-user experience! We also have a serious power to connect us and ground us to the earth. Through the aura of a natural burning fireplace or the rich varnished oak of a new floor, or burning lavender oils, we are connected and reconnected with nature and innately brought back to our core essence of who we are as human beings without the noise that comes in and out of our lives and within our minds.

Second to this, certain fragrances and oils have the power to literally induce a state of energy and motivation leading to an all-greater productivity in our daily life. This golden information is miraculous because we hold the key to really dictate our footprint and daily outcomes in a direction we wish to go, purely by the smells within our home!

So whether it be a gorgeous bunch of flowers or even the scent of a wood fire burning, you won't regret bringing a lil' bit of nature into your home!

xxx

Georgia