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Reebok Women #PerfectNever

#PerfectNever

In a world were perfection is so highly sought after, many of us face the daily battle with “what if I am not good enough”. The Reebok Women #PerfectNever Campaign has gone on a mission to reverse this mindset.

For me, reflection, positive mindset and goal setting helps keep my head above this doom and gloom cloud most days. Yet, there was a time where I was so far under this cloud I didn’t see much light shining through. That is why, the Reebok Women #PerfectNever Campaign was such a meaningful journey for me to be apart of.

Reebok Women #PerfectNever

My getaway with Reebok to the Maldives!!!

I was extremely fortunate enough to be invited by Reebok to take the trip of a lifetime to the Maldives. Where I joined a group of incredibly beautiful girls to share our #PerfectNever stories. Over an intensive 3 days, we shared, laughed and cried while all in the most beautiful setting at the W Maldives. The #PerfectNever campaign, fronted by Gigi Hadid encourages women to not only celebrate their imperfections, but be motivated by them, and that is exactly what we did.

Hangin At The W With These Lovely Ladies

Over 3 days, we filmed this video and took some incredibly gorgeous imagery. We were each asked to direct the style of content and how we wanted to represent ourselves through the lens. For me, I naturally chose to show how I quiet my mind, through mindfulness and meditation, along with walking along the beach. The beach walk is what I call my nature walk. At home in Australia, I often take my dogs for walks and take the time to truly appreciate my surroundings. These “perfect” shots, portray more than just a photo for me, they reflect my battles with PTSD, physical and mental health and my journey of healing through nature and mindfulness. 

Reebok Women #PerfectNever Campaign

Group Training at Reebok Women #PerfectNever Campaign

This message is so important for women as it invokes a sense of power, to reclaim individuals perception of perfection. With #PerfectNever the campaigns aim is to help women find their own inner quiet and use fitness to rethink their negative thoughts. I am so grateful to have been apart of the incredibly powerful message for the Reebok Women #PerfectNever Campaign to invoke power and personal strength. 

If you have enjoyed reading about this, I am sure you will like my post on my very first Fitness First cover shoot.

Kx

A beginners guide to going green

I find myself scrolling through drool worthy interiors on my Instagram feed daily. Wanting to make that greenhouse bedroom makeover happen, but not quite finding time to do so. Until now!

I have always wanted that greenhouse vibe in my house, yet it hasn’t been until recently that I have been paying close attention to how much of a positive effect plants and eco friendly interiors can have on not only humans, but those little fury friends of ours too!

So why should you have real plants in your house (not just fake)

Indoor plants: are they really worth the hype?

Breathe & Clean

When we inhale, we bring oxygen into our bodies. When we exhale, we release carbon dioxide. Plants, in fact do the opposite. During photosynthesis, plants absorb our carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making humans and plants a match made in heaven.

By increasing oxygen levels, and keeping the oxygen flowing 24/7, plants not only help us breathe easier, they help freshen up the air, and eliminate harmful toxins.

Focus & Energy

Who would have thought that having a bit of greenery could help you think clearer? Being around plants has been shown to help increase memory retention and concentration (1)

Spending more time immersed in nature gives you a sense of vitality and gives you a good dose of serotonin, so why not bring that nature inside?

Reduce Stress

Have you ever wondered why people love gardening? It may be the fact that they are outside in nature, or it might simply be the element of nurturing nature. Nurturing plants has been shown to reduce stress levels and gives people a way to cope with their negative feelings (2)

I wanted to transform my bedroom from a place of just sleep, into a relaxing haven, where I feel completely at ease. To tie in nicely with my green foliage, I have opted to go down the linen side of things with my bedding. These Sheridan pieces are made from 100% Belgian linen fibers that have been dyed in natural piece muted tones. I was a little hesitant to go down the linen option, even when I unpacked the sheets I was worried that the linen was going to be harsh on my skin. Sure enough though, after a wash and a few good nights sleep breaking it in, the linen has softened quite nicely.

Any tips on now trying to keep my plants alive?! haha
Kx

From the ripe young age of 25, our storage of type 1 collagen diminishes (say hello to wrinkles, joint pain, sagging skin and all that fun stuff).

Other lifestyle factors like smoking, extreme unprotected sun exposure and processed food can help speed up this loss of collagen even more so, so if you haven’t already, put down the ciggies and slip slop and slap people.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though my friends!

By keeping a balanced lifestyle and feeding your body with nutritious food, we can help slow down the deterioration of collagen along with quality collagen supplements.

Top collagen boosting foods:

Chia Seeds

I am quietly obsessed with both chia and flaxseeds. They make it into at least one meal per day. Both seeds contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and cannot be produced by the human body. Instead, we need to consume these through our dietary intake.

top collagen boosting food chia seeds

Garlic

Garlic is renowned for its medicinal purposes to help fight against flus and the common cold. It also is a wonderful source of sulfur, which is essential for the production of collagen.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is a relatively new thing on the market, with gorgeous products popping up all over the place! Bone broth is rich in collagen which helps heal your gut and reduces intestinal inflammation. If you are like me and love your bone broth but travel often: Natures Way have a great product that is shelf stable and is perfect for those jet setters!

Avocados

Another fabulous source of essential fatty acids. Which are essential for the synthesis of tissue lipids and also plays an important role in the regulation of cholesterol levels.¹

Leafy Greens

We’ve all heard it before, eat your greens. But how important are they really? Well, studies show that not only are leafy greens rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they also help with that inner glow! The rich vitamin C antioxidizing powers help to create an unwavering environment to protect against collagen breakdown.

Collagen Powder

Collagen Supplement Powder

If you are collagen crazed like I am, then perhaps incorporating a collagen supplement powder is the way to go. By building up the second layer of your skin (which is called Dermis – where your collagen lives). It will also help you to retain moisture in the skin, create stronger nails and shiny hair.

Fish

Sustainably caught fish is a regular in my meals, helping to create stronger cells in your body and loaded with omega 3 fatty acid. A fatty membrane protects and borders around our skin cells, so by having a diet rich in omega 3 we create a healthy environment for our healthy cells to support the structure of the skin.

Orange Fruit & Veg

Think sweet potato, carrots, pumpkins, mangoes & papaya, these are all carotenoids rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a crucial part of increasing collagen production and aids to slow down the breakdown of collagen that makes for aging sagging skin.

Curcumin (Turmeric)

A member of the ginger family, turmeric is known for its yellow colour found in many Indian and South East Asian dishes. However, it isn’t just for colour, turmeric is a seriously good root to suppress inflammation all over our body and cells. Turmeric is a favourite ingredient of mine to cook with.

Stay tuned for some new and exciting recipes using these Top Collagen Boosting ingredients.

Kx
References:
¹ Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002;21:495–505. [PubMed]

#LGHomeCinema

Well Winter has well and truly hit Australia. I don’t know about you guys, but for me, Winter is all about snuggling up in front of that heater, having friends over and just simply, relaxing. If you have been following me on social media you may have seen that I have partnered up with LG to showcase the very best of their Home Cinema entertainment setup. The #LGHomeCinema.

Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to see how impressive the home set up can be at LG’s very own pop-up home cinema, right in the middle of Sydney’s CBD (I must admit, even though I have had my OLED TV for a month now, I have NOT been using it to its fullest potential). The team at LG helped explain Active HDR and Dolby Vision, and we also got a bit of a sneak peak of some new and exciting Netflix shows!

Lisa & I At LG Pop Up

You can win your very own #LGHomeCinema setup!

To make things even better, LG is running an amazing giveaway where every week for a month, you have a chance to win your very own home theatre package consisting of a 55” C7 LG OLED TV, LG SJ9 Soundbar and LG 4K Blu-ray Player.

LG Home Cinema

So how do you enter??

Simply upload your best “Movie Star Selfie” to Instagram and tag both #LGHomeCinema and @LGAustralia in order to enter the competition. To find out more about this awesome giveaway head here http://bit.ly/2sNK3DJ

#LGHomeCinema
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by LG as part of my LG Partnership. All views and opinions are my own.
If you’re lucky enough to win one of these bad boys or already have one. Let me know what you think. Life’s Good (pun intended).
K x

A little behind the scenes

Fitness First Cover Shoot

Having shared my journey of self discovery, building a business and weight loss with you all here (or if you’ve never read it – check out my story via this link here) you will all know that being outdoors, taking photos and trying to spread positive vibes is what I am all about.

So when the team from Fitness First approached me about sharing bits of my journey, I knew it would be a fun day! Not to mention I got to share the day with some extremely talented individuals and learn about their stories too!

You can head to the web version on the Fitness First website here.

Behind the scenes: Fitness First Magazine

Kx
Flower Crowns & Fairy Hair

Flower Crowns & Fairy Hair w/ FlowerBomb Bloom

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf have just launched their tantalizing new fragrance FlowerBomb Bloom. I was fortunate enough to work with the team to create this magic.

The divine fragrance Eau de Toilette is a fruity, floral explosion, initially captivating with pomegranate and enveloping with peony. It is delicate and feminine and although Winter is approaching us here in Australia, those Autumn days are made that little bit lighter with the added touch of this before I jet out the door.

Are you dying to know more about this divine fragrance?

Keeping the addictive imprint of Viktor&Rolf’s first, iconic Eau de Parfum, the floral signature of FlowerBomb Bloom becomes more aerial and is defined as fruity floriental. The top of this new Eau de Toilette is sparkling and juicy, led by the delicate pomegranate accord, bergamot and mandarin oils.

The heart is perhaps most notable as it is freshly infused with unexpected pure air molecule – an innovative molecule captured at the top of the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest, and recreated synthetically. A subtle touch of living liquid air brings a fresh and aerial mountain breath, elevating the fragrance’s thousand-flower heart and creating a surreal bouquet of scents.

The strong, memorable base remains addictive with musks, vanilla and patchouli. This burst of fresh flowers brings upward movement and a breath of fresh air.

Shop this look

FlowerBomb Bloom
Kx

So, you want to know more about where you came from?

Well I might have just found the solution you have been searching for! Introducing my AncestryDNA Kit Review.

Arriving in my mailbox, my AncestryDNA kit came in a small parcel (perfect for that gift to your loved one, friend or even yourself!)

I must admit I had seen the ads on TV but I was skeptical of how it actually worked, but I thought hey it’s worth a try right.

Honestly, I am not quite sure what I was hoping for or even expecting. Somewhere deep down I think I was hoping for something a little bit left of centre, being the blonde hair blue/green eyed girl that I am, what if I had something a little bit more than just European?

AncestryDNA Kit

The Kit

The kit itself is pretty straight forward, spit here, seal there, post here, register there. And before I knew it, my kit was off in the mail.

And then what?

Sit put for 6-8 weeks

 My AncestryDNA Kit Results

AncestryDNA Kit Results

So there you have it, no real surprises!

According to the results I am 71% Western European, 16% Irish, 9% English & traces of Spanish and Greek/Italian. I must admit I had never even contemplated having bit of Italian in me (although I really do love pasta so maybe that’s a bit of my Italian side coming out haha).

Having this information has peaked my interest even more. I am now in the process of building a more in depth family tree and wanting further insight into my DNA.

Want to know more about where you came from? Check out AncestryDNA here.
Kx

A Hybrid What?

Yes yes yes, you’ve heard it all before, eat your greens. In the most recent years, we have all been told that kale is the holy grail to your leafy greens, however, if you are like me, and you haven’t particularly fallen in love with kale as much as the next go kale supporter, you will be happy to read that there is a new kid on the block.

It isn’t everyday that I come across a new vegetable, in fact, I was actually introduced to Kalettes over a year ago. I received 3 packets, demolished them, then I couldn’t for the life of me track any down, until now!

Originally introduced by British vegetable seed house Tozer seeds to help boost the sale of Brussel Sprouts. It is a non – GMO vegetable that has been developed through traditional hybridization and not genetic modification.  If you want to find out more about Kalettes – head over here. 


Kale is extremely low in calories and packed full of fibre, not to mention is nutrient dense and high in folate, vitamins and magnesium.

Brussel Sprouts are (in my opinion) a bit of an underused veg, it is seen to be a bit of an older generation veg. While they are extremely high in vitamin C, K, B6, B1 & potassium (to name just a few), I just feel as if they are not seen in many house hold dishes with any pizazz.

So: enter – Kalettes the hybrid of two extremely nutrient dense overrated and underrated veggies out there


Ways to eat Kalettes

Halve & sauté in olive oil/coconut oil with garlic, chili for 2-3 minutes
Pick leaves, squeeze lemon and pop in salad
Roast with your favorite root veg (add in with 5 minutes left)
Steam & serve with bacon/spec, chestnuts (think Christmas or Thanksgiving)
Kx

China Sightseeing Tips : The Great Wall, Pandas & More

So much has happened for #KrumbleAbroad in the past month! I thought I would do a really quick recap on my China Sightseeing Tips – The Great Wall, Pandas & so much more. I cannot wait to share with you all exactly what I have been getting up to (trust me it is a lot haha) I am actually going backwards in my month, and starting from my final week here in China.

Well now, let’s do a quick recap of where I went, stayed, saw and most of all, ate!

Shanghai

Shanghai was pretty manic, in between hotel tours, meetings and getting our bearings, we decided to jump on a double decker bus and let our legs get some rest.

Highlight of the double decker was believe it or not, seeing the impressive road and bridge systems. The way that they build roads on top of roads upon more roads, is pretty cool (nothing like you get in my home town in Aus!)

Hotels: Banyan Tree on the Bund & Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai. Both hotels were honestly two of my favourite hotels for the entire month long trip, both for extremely different reasons too! You will see why this is in the next week or so.

Food: I didn’t get much of a chance to venture out food wise in Shanghai which is unfortunate, however I did have 2 great meals at each hotel which I will share later in the hotel review posts

Must See: The Bund, The road system, Shanghai Tower, Jade Buddha

Chengdu

My main goal for my trip was to get up close and personal with a Panda. I was actually quite impressed with Chengdu, to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting anything like it was!

My panda encounter will be posted in a completely separate post, full with videos, so stay tuned for this!!

Hotels: I stayed at two hotels in Chengdu; The Fairmont & The Temple House. Both in two pretty different locations, so was great to get out and about and explore both of these areas.

Food: Don’t make the same mistake I did and boast about being able to handle hot food, because I can assure you, being in the Sichuan region, these folks like it hot.

Must see: Panda Base, Buddha at Leshan

Beijing

Well, you can’t go to China (in my opinion) and not go and see the Great Wall. Beijing, I have been told, is a great spot to get in some Great Wall action, we had a fantastic tour guide named Debbie, an absolute sweet heart! I will be doing a whole big post on The Great Wall – where the best and the worst spots (crowds etc) are soon.

Hotels: Fairmont Beijing

Food: Similar to Shanghai, I didn’t get a chance to eat out much as we were SO busy with sightseeing!

Must See: The Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square

So that is it for now, if you want to know anything else or see any specific China related (or even anything Travel) related let me know in the comments below!

Kx

Benefit x The Upside

When I received an invite in the mail for a morning full of yoga and then a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, I couldn’t help but feel excited.

 

Benefit x The Upside teamed up for a morning of relaxation, laughter and most of all, a flawless filter free event.

 

I honestly couldn’t have planned it better, the weather (amidst one of Sydney’s worst weeks of rain in quite sometime) the sun came out, the yoga class by none other than Kate from Flow Athletic in Paddington was actually a little tough (hadn’t stretched from a workout the day before! Whoooops) but nonetheless it was relaxing. Then it was off to the bridge for a harbour climb.

 

Here are some snaps from the day!

 

A big thanks to both Benefit & The Upside for organising such a fab filter free morning.

Kx