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Summer wouldn’t be summer without a pair (or two) of Havi’s

Havaianas + Lemons

With Christmas fast approaching, a pair of Havaianas are the perfect stocking filler for family and friends of all ages!

Affordable ✓
Perfect to dress down or up your look ✓
Can wear from day to night ✓

Havaianas

Here are some of my favourite Havaianas.

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

Fun in the sun with BONDS

Aussie house-hold brand BONDS (click here) have outdone themselves with this year’s SWIM range. With gorgeous mix and match bold prints, it not only has something for everyone in the family, but delivers above and beyond with quality garments that will last year after year.

The BONDS SWIM range includes children sizes from 000 to 7 and then caters for sizes XS to XL for both men and women, with styles designed to fit everybody.

Adapting from its much loved female hipster range, this year is all about variety for us ladies, from bikinis, one-piece, tubes, triangle and bandeau.  Each piece has been crafted, so we can easily mix and match with the rest of the range.

This season we see the return of one pieces on the runway, with an array of colour to black. For me, while you all know I love colouir, black is always a safe bet, allowing you to seasonally flow into Summer and out. While the other colourful bold prints create energy and highlight a playful side to the brand we so love and adore.

 “Prints are part of the Bonds signature. We do a lot of work to make sure our prints are dynamic and energetic but also appeal to a wide audience. There is definitely a boldness to our prints, in a sense they have their own character. Each print has been designed to tie in beautifully with our colour palette, which is both punchy and saturated, as well as pared back and neutral. We spend time working prints into the stories we want to tell. In this instance, with our bright modern florals and playful motifs, we wanted to echo the intensity of high summer in Australia.” – Senior Designer Anna Banno

Here in Australia, we are faced with rough surf and a strong UV, so what better way to combat this with swimwear that actually stays on when swimming, and protects your bod at the same time. With two way stretching lycra and UPF 50+ protection, BONDS delivers on providing us with the enjoyment that a day on that Aussie beach in summer we dream of.

Kx
Disclaimer: This was a paid collaboration with BONDS, however all thoughts and opinions are my own and I genuinely do love and wear their garments!

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]

“The Balé had a big WOW factor!!!”

The Balé

The Balé is the perfect place to unwind and relax in sleepy Nusa Dua. The ultra chic and luxurious resort surpassed all our expectations, The Balé’s main focus is getting guests to enjoy each other’s company in their own private “zen” pavilion.

The Balé, Nusa Dua is a short 15-minute taxi from the airport and a 30/40 minute taxi from Seminyak. The resort is located approximately 10 minutes from the main beach in Nusa Dua although it’s only a short 2-minute drive to the private beach club Gegger. 

Getting Around The Balé

Check’n In

Upon arriving at the Bale, the somewhat sombre entrance soon led into a minimalistic pathway surrounded by monochromatic neutral colours and different sizes of columns and decorative pipe pillars with the gushing sound of the waterfalls cascading throughout the resort.

From check-in, we walked up the three-tiered monolithic stone staircase that has water gracefully flowing down the middle. The attention to detail in each of The Balé’s 29 immaculately designed villas will make your stay second to none.

The Room

The villas design highlight was bringing the inside out or the outside in (whichever way you want to look at it). Our room featured stunning polished concrete throughout, including the substantial elevated slab that the king size bed was built upon. Apart from the gigantic bed, the room also included a window seat and a free standing cupboard with floor to ceiling glass mirrors.

The bedroom looked out to the tranquil garden area and cabana with its own floating day bed, which was the perfect place to unwind during the Balinese heat.

On the other side of the mirrored cupboard is the bathroom. An abundance of light filled the room through its many floor to ceiling glass windows and the reflection of the water outside glistened on the polished stone to create a beautiful effect.

The room was very spacious, with a floating double vanity, spa bath, inside and outdoor shower which the latter being in its own personal garden Also through double sliding doors you could literally walk straight into the pool.

During my stay in the villas, simple things like reading a book in the sun, eating breakfast on the daybed or just enjoying the gentle breeze from your very own private pool, I felt like I was enjoying a lifestyle usually reserved for the super rich.

Food & Beverage

There is a resort wide focus on wellness and health. There are numerous healthy options on the food menu.

Pool & Gym

The gym is small yet functional with a lovely view out onto a pristine garden area.

If you want to explore outside of your villa, The Balé has a two-tiered large swimming pool with day beds and luxurious water features. If you are after a bit of beach action.

The Balé has its very own beach club located on Geger Beach. It’s within walking distance or a quick car ride (provided by resort).

Pros:

  • Tranquil grounds
  • Beautiful design
  • Privacy
  • Chic villas
  • 24hr butler

Cons:

  • There isn’t too much ‘night life’ in Nusa Dua, so if you are after an action packed night, I suggest somewhere else!
  • Also the bed sheets were a bit uncomforatble
Sun-baking At The Balé

Overall:

The Balé exceeded in delivering an extremely enjoyable relaxing couple of days in ultra chic comfort. It was very hard leave!

The Balé
Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Selatan,
Benoa, Badung, Kabupaten Badung,
Bali 80363, Indonesia
+62 361 775111

Kx
Disclaimer: My stay at The Balé was provided free of charge from Lifestyle Retreats in return for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions/thoughts are my own.
Have you stayed at The Balé before? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear any comments or questions you might have below!

Turn things upside down this year by serving this healthier version of the Iconic Aussie Lamingtons

Ahhhh…The iconic Aussie lamington has been around since the 1900’s and has even had an official day created to celebrate all things lamingtons. Albeit a little heavy on the sugar & gluten side of things, these little pillowy morsels of chocolate coated sponge cakes have made a regular appearance on the shelves in the Supermarkets and family homes for decades.

This recipe was originally going to take shape of lamington cake pops, however, when opening my fridge this morning and seeing a jar of my delicious raspberry chia jam I knew I had to keep it old school and keep these non traditional lamingtons, rather traditional.

Those were the days when I think back to my childhood and my gran and I would spend hours picking raspberries from the trees and make jars upon jars of decadent tangy jam.

Trying to steer clear of flour and sugar for this recipe, I have made my sponge by  using ingredients like cashews and coconut butter amongst other things to give it a moist almost spongy texture, while keeping it raw and nutritious. I then go and layer the sponges with my chia jam to add a bit of sweetness to the nutty centre, to finish it all off, dunk those bad boys in chocolate and roll them in yet again, more coconut.

Cashews are a substitute for the traditional flour and baking powder sponge, they are high in vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, they also have a low fat content (which is good considering that coconut is the next main ingredient!)

Coconut butter and coconut are a full of good fats that help lower your bad cholesterol raise good cholesterol which leads to a healthier heart.

Lamingtons

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

    Sponge

  • 4 cups raw cashews

  • 1 ½ cup desiccated or shredded coconut

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (recipe here)

  • ½ cup rice malt syrup

  • ¾ cup coconut cream
    Chia Jam

  • Check out our recipe here.
    Coating

  • ½ tablespoon cacao (cold pressed if strictly Raw)

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • ¼ cup rice malt syrup

  • 1 pinch of himalyan sea salt

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

Instructions

    To make the sponge:

  • Blitz in a food processor cashews until they are broken down into a crumb like size, add in all of the remaining ingredients and pulse.
    Tip:

  • Don’t blitz too much, you want it all to just come together and work it with your hands into the trays.

  • Line a tray with baking paper, and spread out your mixture. Depending on how tall you want your lamingtons to stand will determine what height you spread the mixture out (I gave myself about 1-2cm so I would have a nice tall lamington).
    Tip:

  • If you are all about portion control, make these smaller in height so you get less in one serve!

  • Pop in the fridge to let the sponge set for approx. 1-2 hours.
    To make the chia jam:

  • Check out our recipe here.
    Chocolate coating:

  • Melt your coconut oil (if raw work the coconut oil until liquefied) and mix remaining ingredients into a small bowl.
    Assembly:

  • Cut your sponges into equal portions. Line a tray with fresh baking paper. Dip your individual squares into the cacao mixture and leave bottom side naked. Dunk your cacao sides into a bowl full of desiccated coconut and coat evenly. Pop back into fridge for 30 minutes so the cacao can set.

  • Once set, spread your jam onto the naked side of the lamington, and pop on top of the paired square. Repeat until all of your squares have matching buddies.

  • Best served straight out of the fridge!
    Tip:

  • If you aren’t strictly raw and vegan, to make these less bitter (with the cacao) melt dark chocolate and dip your sponge straight into the melted pot.

http://krumbled.com/lamingtons/

Kx

Good for the Soul

Shakshuka

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients


  • • 1 can tinned tomatoes

  • • 200ml water

  • • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika

  • • I teaspoon ground cumin

  • • 2 eggs (per pot)

  • • 1 bunch of kale, finely shredded

  • • 1 bunch of parsley, finely shredded

  • • 1 red capsicum, finely diced

  • • 6 cloves of garlic

  • • 1 red onion

  • • 4 chilies

  • • 1 lemon

  • • ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds

  • • *optional 50g of feta*optional gluten free bread

Instructions


  • Pre heat oven to 200 degrees fan forced. Sauté the onion, garlic, chilies, cumin and paprika for 5 minutes on a low heat. Add the tinned tomato, water and ¾ of the kale. Reduce heat and cook for a further 10 minutes until tomato sauce thickens. Remove from heat.

  • Get yourself 2 ramekins, (or anything that is ceramic/oven proof). Carefully spoon the tomato mixture until half full. Crack in 1-2 eggs (depending on how hungry you are) and then without breaking the yolk, spoon more mixture over the egg white, until egg is ‘nestled’ in.

  • Pop in oven until yolk is set to how you like it.

  • The sauce can be made ahead of time, even kept in ramekins in the fridge, when you are ready to cook, simply crack an egg or two on top, pop in over for 8-11 minutes and it’s ready.

  • Serve with a wedge of lemon, shredded kale, toasted sunflower seeds, and if you are feeling indulgent, serve with some feta and gluten free bread!

  • Enjoy!

http://krumbled.com/shakshuka/

Kx