Sharing How I Live #MyBestLife with Doctor’s Best

Over the past year or two, I’ve become so much more conscious about health and wellness. Maybe something automatically kicks in when you turn 30, but it’s been a brilliant journey to discover and learn more about eating and nourishing my body for good health. When Doctor’s Best reached out to me about trying their range of supplements, I did a lot of research and everything cam up very positively – so I was thrilled to experience them and share my thoughts with you. I love that they have a few ranges when you’re on the go too – makes it so easy to pop them in your bag and have them when you need a little pick-me-up!

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I’ve been keeping a few sachets of Doctor’s Best Fish Collagen and Immune Probiotic in my bag, it makes it easy to get nutrients on the go!

 

Before I get into more about the products, I wanted to mention that an aspect I love about the brand is their wholistic approach to living your best life. It’s all about giving your body the nutrients it needs to allow you to live life to the fullest and enjoy the things you love most. Of course, that means something different to each of us. For me, my best life is all about travel, adventure, trying new experiences and making amazing memories with those I love most. There’s nothing better than the feeling of being able to jump right in and give anything a go!

Doctor’s Best are currently running a HUGE giveaway and entry is the easiest I’ve ever seen! All you have to do is share a photo that represents your “Best Life” and use the hashtag #MyBestLife on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. It could be a photo of anything you love in life… family, friends, cooking, travel, sport, lazy Sunday’s or even a simple pleasure like your morning walk, coffee or juice. The grand prize is valued over $1,000 and four runners-up will receive a Doctor’s Best vitamin pack worth $100. Because they’re only running this giveaway for a short time and sharing it with a small audience, I’ve been told the chances of winning are very high! You can find full details here.

I wanted to share a few photos with you that really sum #MyBestLife…

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#MyBestLife:  Hiking the Hollywood Hills and soaking in breathtaking views of Los Angeles

 

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#MyBestLife:  Sunset Yoga on Santa Monica Beach

 

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#MyBestLife:  Rooftop margarita’s with friends overlooking Venice Beach

 

I’ve been able to try a range of Doctor’s Best products and wanted to share a few of the standouts with you…

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Curcumin from Tumeric Root:  I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz about tumeric lately, especially after Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop site raved about the benefits of tumeric! This Curcumin supplement contains a potent extract of Curcuma longa root, known as Tumeric. It has been said this may benefit joints, brain, heart and the circulatory system by helping neutralize free radicals.

Wild Alaskan Fish Oil:  I particularly love this product as it contains fish oil from wild caught Alaskan Pollock. I’ve long been a fan of taking fish oil supplements, the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are said to support overall health and may benefit heart, joint, immune, cognitive (brain), eye and skin health.

Astaxanthin with AstaPure:  This product may help enhance skin moisture and elasticity to decrease the visible signs of aging, as well as help minimize collagen degradation from UV sun exposure. AstaPure supplies natural Astaxanthin, an ultra-potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

Lutein with Lutemax:  The carotenoids supplied by this product are excellent antioxidants which naturally accumulate in the retina and support healthy eye function. A key part of this supplement is the protection it may provide against photo-damage from blue light. Blue light is said to be the most hazardous component of the visible light spectrum and computers, TV’s and other digital devices are the biggest blue light offenders. This is one I’m really excited about continuing to use, as being a blogger and website / blog designer, I spend enormous amounts on time in front of my computer and phone.

100% Chelated Magnesium:  As an essential dietary mineral, magnesium plays many important roles which include supporting optimum nerve function, helping muscles relax properly and maintaining a healthy heartbeat. This may help facilitate the body’s energy production and support nervous system electrical activity.

 

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can visit Doctor’s Best. Be sure to also enter their huge giveaway for your chance to win a grand prize valued over $1,000 or four runners-up will receive a Doctor’s Best vitamin pack worth $100. All you have to do is share a photo that represents your “Best Life” and use the hashtag #MyBestLife on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

 

*This post was sponsored by Doctor’s Best, however all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Friday Faves – Seriously Gorgeous Christmas Gifts Under $60

With all the sales over the past week, I’ve managed to get quite a lot of shopping for Christmas gifts done – and couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s the best feeling! It just makes you feel like you’ve really got your ish together… kind of like when you eat a salad and think you’re literally the most healthy being to ever walk the earth.

If you’re hunting for Christmas presents, I’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas gifts under $60. I’d love them all myself, so a few will probably end up as little ‘gifts to self’ under the tree – but there’s nothing wrong with that, is there? For example, I am uhbsessed with my rose gold Lumee iPhone Case. I think it’s the most life changing invention… so basically, every one I know is likely to get one in their stocking this year. I only just recently got one… and am seriously kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

What are your weekend plans? I’m currently writing this from a cruise ship. Quite honestly, I don’t think there’s a better place to work from. It’s my birthday tomorrow, yay! So my family organised a big cruise to celebrate. I went on a cruise to Papua New Guinea for my birthday last year and casually (but not so casually) mentioned I would love to do a cruise every year for my birthday. So far so good! I’m off to find myself a margarita and a sun bed, I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend too!

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Seriously Gorgeous Christmas Gifts Under $60…

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Christmas Gifts Under $60:  1. Lumee iPhone Case in Rose Gold    |    2. Polka Dots Monogram Mug    |    3. Mantra Band Quote Cuffs    |    4.  Pinata Tassel Drop Earrings    |    5.  Gilded Muse Collection Rose Gold Candle    |    6.  Marc Jacobs Daisy Roller Ball Set (only $49, valued at $78)   |    7. M.A.C Nutcracker Sweet Nude Mineralize Kit (only $49, valued at $78)

 

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What I’m Thankful For + My Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving my beautiful friends! I wanted share my favorite Sweet Potato Marshmallow recipe with you and also take the opportunity to truly thank you so much for your support, friendship and kindness over the years. The journey from clicking ‘publish’ on my very first post (eeeek! I still remember how scary it was!) through four years later to now, has been more than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. It’s all because of YOU! I can’t imagine my life without this journey and you part of it… from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Here’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats, a Sweet Potato Marshmallow recipe – it’s so tasty and super easy! Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Oranges x 4 (which will make 8 serves)
  • Sweet Potato x 3 (medium / large size)
  • Brown Sugar x 2 tablespoons
  • Marshmallows (allow for 3 – 4 per serve)

Equipment:

  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan (and optional steamer)
  • Large bowl
  • Vegetable masher or fork
  • Tablespoon
  • Oven

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Recipe – What you’ll do…

1.  Start by preparing the sweet potato first, which will give you time to do everything else while they cook. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into large squares, then boil or steam until tender.

2.  While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the oranges. Cut each orange in half, then use a knife and spoon to remove most of the inside pulp.

3.  Once the sweet potato is cooked to your liking, remove and place into a large bowl. Now use a vegetable masher or fork to mash the potato, do this thoroughly so all lumps are gone and you have a smooth consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the sweet potato mash and continue to mix well.

4.  It’s time to scoop the sweet potato mash into the orange halves. Then top each with 3 – 4 marshmallows.

5.  Finally, place the orange halves in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) until the marshmallows start to brown and soften. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy this warm, sweet treat and the deliciously gooey marshmallows!

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Friday Faves – I’m Obsessed With The Mindy Project + Must-Have Grey Scarf Cape

I’ve been flying so much lately and it got to the point where I’d basically seen all the good movies on offer. This forced me to branch out to TV series options and I couldn’t be happier because I finally watched The Mindy Project. Umm ok seriously, where have I been? I was instantly hooked!

Have you guys seen it? I watched episode after episode and couldn’t get enough. Ever since I’ve been binge watching it late at night when I go to bed and just finished the end of series two. Tonight, I’ll be moving onto series three – I can’t wait! The best thing about discovering a show multiple series deep is you can watch seemingly endless episodes back-to-back. I’m going to be so sad when I’m all caught up and have to wait for new episodes.

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Basically it now reigns as “my favorite show ever”. Who else loves The Mindy Project? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts. It makes me laugh so much and I adore Danny and Mindy together (ugh, finally! Although I know it doesn’t last, I accidentally read things online… but I love them together!). I’m telling all my friends they neeeed to watch it and if you haven’t seen it yet, trust me – clear your weekend and watch it!

I’m also delighted to share a few of my favorite finds this week (below). As the weather cools for fall and winter, leather pants are essential! They can be quite expensive (although I believe totally worth the investment), but I found this pair of coated jeans that look stunning. The perfect leather dupe!

Currently Covet – Must-Have Grey Scarf Cape and Plum Hues

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1. Paige Verdugo Coated Jeans    |   2. Wide Brimmed Wool Hat   |   3. Ultima Crystal Ring   |   4. Crescent Moon Necklace Set    |   5.  Grey Cape Scarf (more colors too)   |    6.  M.A.C Plum Lipstick in Dark Side   |   7. Black and Gold Lace Up Flats    |   8.  Sole Society Handbag    |

 

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Friday Faves: Join Me Inside Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York

Like most women, there are few things I love more than an amazing day spa. Recently, I was lucky enough to experience the awe-inspiring luxury of the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

As soon as you step out of the elevator and into the warm, welcoming spa lobby, you’re enveloped in beautiful surroundings that exude sophistication. Instantly, you know you’re somewhere truly special.

Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York radiates luxury, sophistication, warmth and the ultimate in relaxation.

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After checking-in at the front desk, I was ushered into the most incredible treatment space I have ever experienced. For the duration of your treatment and a half hour following, you have exclusive use of your own personal suite. It’s basically a luxurious hotel room, complete with a sprawling bathroom that includes a heavenly rain shower.

As I settled in for my 50-minute Waldorf Touch Massage, I immediately noticed something entirely unique and oh so special… the beds have a heated pad on the mattress and it is just the most amazing sensation. As I snuggled under the fluffy down duvet, my whole body instantly relaxed and I knew I’d never want this massage treatment to end.

The next 50-minutes can only be described as pure, unadulterated relaxation of heavenly levels. My Waldorf Touch Massage was everything you hope and dream a spa day will be. At some point, I even fell asleep…

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When I gently awoke at the end of my blissful 50-minute massage, I was then left to luxuriate in the tranquility of the gorgeous spa suite. I relaxed in my fluffy robe, enjoyed a warm rain shower and prepared myself to re-enter the outside world.

As I emerged from the treatment suite, I was guided to the opulent spa lounge and greeted with a glass of cool, crisp champagne and a selection of delicious treats to rival those found in New York’s hottest bakery.

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I wholeheartedly recommend Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York, it is absolutely incredible. This luxurious oasis offers a warm, sophisticated indulgence that you need to experience at least once in your life. You can find more details about Guerlain Spa at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York here.

 

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Friday Faves: Champagne and Pampering at New York’s Legendary Plaza Hotel

New York is without doubt the most incredible city in the world and I’m sure many of you who live or have traveled here would agree, there’s no place like NYC! One of the city’s legendary places is The Plaza Hotel and this week, I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon there…

Champagne and Pampering at The Plaza Hotel

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It all started with their famous Champagne Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court and what a taste sensation this was. From French champagne and a tea menu unlike anything I’ve seen before, to perfectly pretty sweets, savory bites and the best scones you’ll ever eat in your life. It was an unforgettable afternoon! Whether you’re visiting or live here, this is a New York experience you need to have at least once in your life.

I invited my best friend and we had such a fabulous time! Lot’s of catching up and fun wedding planning, she’s recently engaged and is getting married next year (I organized an appointment for her at Kleinfeld), so this was the beautiful setting for lots of girl talk.

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After our gorgeous afternoon tea, I went upstairs (in stunning elevators that encompass all the elegance and old world charm of yesteryear), to the renowned Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza.

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This stylish, modern space is inviting and I was warmly greeted as I checked-in for a 50-minute facial treatment. I was excited to experience the new Facial Elixir. This is a facial treatment that starts with Caudalie’s signature cleansing ritual, which for the first time features the Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil, which is 100% of natural origin. In recent years, I have become very aware of the ingredients in products I use and absolutely love that this is completely natural.

My skin was then gently exfoliated, ready to receive the benefits of a relaxing Beauty Elixir massage. Through the use of misting and gentle pressure, this massage is said to boost micro-circulation from the face to the décolleté for an instant healthy glow effect. Application of the Glycolic Peel Mask, covered with cool patches soaked in Beauty Elixir, is said to enhance the skin’s radiance and multiplies the effects of the facial treatment. To perfect this moment of total relaxation, I also enjoyed a hand and foot massage… total bliss!

As my facial treatment drew to a close, I was wonderfully relaxed and my skin felt truly incredible. The difference in my skin made me realize how important facials are, not just because they are a beautiful experience, but particularly for the health of your skin. My face felt hydrated, soft, smooth and over the next few days, looked much more radiant and clear.

If you’re in NYC, I highly recommend this as a must-do… indulge in The Plaza Hotel’s Champagne Afternoon Tea and then enjoy a visit to Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa afterwards. It truly is the ultimate in luxury and an unforgettable experience not to be missed!

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Friday Faves – New Style Elixir Blog Design and Huge SHE Society Giveaway!

It’s an exciting day! If I could still manage a cartwheel, that’s what I’d be doing over here. I am so thrilled to launch the brand new look Style Elixir blog design! I love all the fun little features and hope it brings a wonderful new desktop and mobile experience for you.

Oh and it’s even more special to me because I built it myself… yep! I don’t just dress myself anymore, I’m also somewhat of a digital seamstress. Welcome to the new Style Elixir, (virtually) poppin’ bottles with you to celebrate…

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After building Bloggers Closet and with my professional background (and Masters degree) in strategic advertising and marketing, over the last few years I’ve also been asked to consult for a number of big global companies, as well as start-up’s too. As many of you know (because we’ve worked together), I have also been doing one-on-one consulting for bloggers and budding entrepreneurs, plus I’ve had the privilege of working with many of you who have done the Blogging Course too.

Over the last year I’ve been doing increasingly more website and blog design projects, I absolutely love the mix of creativity and strategy. If you want to start a blog, or give your current blog a super stylish makeover (mobile-optimized of course), let’s talk!

With all this happening, I decided it was high time I created a dedicated hub for all this fun, fabulous, girl boss fearlessness – enter SHE Society!

SHE Society was created to evoke Success, Heart and Empowerment for women.

It’s about helping you realize your full potential to achieve professional success and personal empowerment, whilst being true to your most authentic self and what’s in your heart. You’ll find stylish Website and Blog Design, plus Consulting and Workshops for Entrepreneurs and Bloggers.

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Although seemingly paradox, the truth is blogging, entrepreneurship, business ownership can be lonely. Often friends and family really don’t understand the challenges; it can be difficult to gain objective advice, fresh ideas or a non-judgemental, open-minded approach.

Need a stylish blog design? Seeking strategy and marketing expertise to grow your business or blog? Have an idea you’d like to discuss? Want advice to get your venture off the ground? Longing for a plan to balance work and personal life? We’ll work together to make it happen!

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As someone who’s experienced the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur and business owner, I understand the pressures and delicate balance of professional and personal challenges facing women.

I don’t believe in blindly chasing your goals no matter the cost. If you’re not careful, the price you pay can be enormous and without realizing, too many female entrepreneurs can lose the things that mean the most. Family, friendships, health and happiness are everything in life. Without these things, business success and a big bank account don’t mean much.

SHE Society offers Blog Design, one-on-one Consulting Sessions and this Blogging Course (which excitingly, has proven to be very popular). I’ll also be adding more workshops (like Instagram) in the near future.

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Let’s celebrate the launch of SHE Society!

Giveaway + your exclusive discount…

I’m offering Style Elixir readers 20% off ALL services – including blog design, consulting sessions and the blogging course. Simply use the coupon code ‘STYLE’ at checkout. To organize blog design, email me and we can chat about your project – the 20% discount will be applied on the invoice I send you.

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I’m also doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY…

  • Five people will win a place in the Blogging Course (valued at $175 each)
  • Plus two more people will win one-on-one consulting sessions (valued at $90), where we can talk about blog strategy, business strategy, or how to juggle that work / life balance all girl bosses face.

If you decide to take advantage of the special 20% discount and sign up, you can still enter the giveaway! If you’re drawn as a winner, your payment will be refunded.

Entry is easy:

  1. Subscribe to SHE Society
  2. Follow on Instagram and tag a friend (you’ll see a post about the giveaway on Instagram)
  3. Follow on Facebook and tag a friend (you’ll see a post about the giveaway on Facebook)
  4. When you’re done, just leave a comment below to let me know.

SHE Society services are available to everyone, anywhere in the world – so of course this giveaway is open worldwide.

I’ll be drawing the winners next week. Good luck and thank you so much for your ongoing support and friendship, I never thought in a million years when I started a blog it would take me the places it has, I’m forever grateful for you all! Through SHE Society, I hope to help you to achieve your wildest dreams too!

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Obsessed With… Organic Matcha Tea, Flower Bath Soak and Iceland!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this, but I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve been into lately (hint, matcha tea and bubble baths are where it’s at). You know the kind of things you talk about and share with your friends? Well I wanted to do that with you, because over the years I’ve been blogging so many of you truly have become friends.

So let’s catch up ladies! Here’s what I’ve been reading, listening to, drinking, doing and dreaming lately. I’d love to hear about something you’ve been into, please leave a comment and let me know!

 

Reading…

After watching The People vs. O.J Simpson American Crime Story series recently, it made me want to read more. After checking out lots of books and their reviews on Amazon, I downloaded ‘I Did It: Confessions of the Killer‘ on my Kindle app.  I’m almost finished and it’s been a very interesting read – the chapter about that night is chilling. Have any of you read this book too? Thoughts?

 

Drinking…

Matcha Tea Lattes! It’s become a daily ritual. A lot of coffee shops still don’t have matcha tea, so I find it best to make mine at home in the morning. I love the Organic Matcha DNA Tea Set (it has over 240 five-star reviews), you use the bamboo whisk and it creates the most deliciously frothy matcha tea latte.

Matcha is an ancient ceremonial Japanese tea, it’s high in antioxidants, increases energy levels, burns calories, detoxifies the body, enhances calm and fortifies the immune system. It’s really good!

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Doing…

Recently I’ve become obsessed with baths! They are just so beautifully relaxing, especially when you have a great book or mag to read and a gorgeous smelling bath soak. I love this Flowers and Salt Bath Soak, it’s infused with lavender, rose petals, calendula, chamomile, dead sea and epsom salts.

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Dreaming…

I have a perpetual case of wanderlust and am always dreaming of the next destination to explore.  I would absolutely LOVE to see the Northern Lights and sleep in a glass igloo in Iceland. I found a travel deal recently – three nights with airfares for only $489! Such an incredible couple or family vacation.

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Listening…

I’m still loving the song I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner, Seeb Remix).

 

 

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Slendertone Connect Abs Review

I am so excited to be heading off on vacation next week! We’re flying to Sydney (Australia) and doing a 12 night cruise through New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu… guys, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.

When I booked the trip months ago, it felt aaages away – now I can’t believe it’s almost here! I’ll be posting lots of photos on Instagram, so be sure to join me for the adventure.

In the lead up to my vacay, I have been sharing some things I’ve bought (a girl needs a fresh vacation wardrobe, obv!) and am waiting on a few final arrivals. I’m really excited about this embroidered pom pom caftan, it’s the final item and due to arrive on Monday (yes, I stalk my post like a crazy person… please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?).

As well as sorting out a fab vacation wardrobe, I’ve also been trying to tone up a little – it’s almost bikini season and as I mentioned, this trip has come up really fast! I’ve had so many blog projects and lot’s of website / blog design work lately, which is ahhhmazing… but makes it a little tricky to hit my regular spin and pump classes. Around a month ago, I couldn’t believe the fortuitous timing when Slendertone contacted me about their new Connect Abs device and asked if I wanted to try it… ummm, YES! I couldn’t respond fast enough.

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I’m super selective about what I share with you… honestly, I spend hours on my posts, along with testing, trying and experiencing all the products I recommend. Before I buy anything I always (always!) read reviews online first and because I rely on them so much, I equally ensure anything I share is something I genuinely think is a great product.

I was looking forward to testing the Slendertone Connect Abs thoroughly to see if it really lived up to all the hype before sharing it with you… especially as sometimes products like this can be hit and miss. But, I’m so pleased to report I have been really eager to write this post because I personally found it to be a quality product – and even one Chris has been constantly hounding me to use too!

Probably one of my favorite things has been how super convenient and easy it… as I’m sitting here typing this, I actually have it on. Because my work, especially website and blog design projects, is all quite sedentary and involves long hours at a computer, it can be hard some days to give my muscles a workout. I’m very aware how important your core ab muscles are, particularly when it comes to posture and as one of my new years resolutions was to improve my posture this year, it’s an area I have been focused on.

What I’ve loved most about using the Slendertone Connect Abs, I can just put it on and let it work away, while I get stuck into my own work!

Basically, to break it down the Slendertone Connect Abs works using electrical muscle stimulation, technology physio’s have used for years. I remember back when I played sport competitively in high school, I would suffer knee injuries and the physio often put current pads on as part of the therapy treatment. This is basically the same thing and embraces that technology to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Based on my own searches online, from what I understand, the electrical pulses mimic actions from the central nervous system and cause the muscles to contract.

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I was quite intrigued to see how this technology had been used in the Slendertone Connect Abs. When I opened the box, I saw the kit comes with the adjustable belt and controller, reusable adhesive gel pads, the USB charging cable and a little carry bag to keep it all in.

The user manual was really thorough and simple to follow; it steps through the set-up instructions easily. To get started, all I had to do was plug the controller into my computer and charge it via the USB cable (which took around 30 minutes and it beeped to alert the battery was fully charged). Once that was done, I popped it into the belt and turned it on. The intensity can be adjusted using the plus and minus buttons on the controller.

I started on the lowest intensity and it felt like a tingling sensation. Then, I gradually raised the intensity until I could feel my abs contracting. The intensity range is 0 – 100, so subsequently each time I used the Connect Abs I raised the intensity a little more than my previous session. At first it’s an unusual sensation to get use to, probably because I’ve never really given my abs such a good workout, but I quickly became familiar and comfortable with it. The company explains 30 minutes using Slendertone Connect Abs is like doing 202 sit-ups… this is so much easier than doing hundreds of sit-ups!

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Slendertone Connect Abs further embraces the power of technology with a handy app. I love a good app! You can easily download the Slendertone Connect app to your smartphone and use it to run the personal toning program. It is a fully interactive environment, with workout programs, weekly targets and tracking tools to help achieve the results you want. Depending on what your individual goals are, the app has five different six week programs including increasing your physical performance, getting back in shape after pregnancy, staying in shape and toning muscles.

It is recommended you use the product for 6 – 8 weeks to see the best results, I am only half way through my journey but have been genuinely impressed and happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I’m also feeling a lot more comfortable getting into a bikini on my vacation next week than I would have otherwise! So thank you to Slendertone for sending me the Connect Abs to try. I’m excited to continue using it and seeing even more results… we all know how much food is on a cruise, so after serious over-indulgence, I’ll definitely need to get back into my Slendertone Connect Abs program when I return!

If you’re interested to find out more, check out the Slendertone website and Instagram too.

 

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Happy Friday! I’m excited to share my blogging course with you today and with the chilly weather rolling in, I wanted to share my absolute favorite jackets and scarves. I think you always need a couple of options… leather is amazingly warm and gives an edge to any outfit, a classic wool coat looks perfectly polished and a snuggly but stylish down jacket is an absolute must for every day.

I’d love to know, what’s your go-to coat style? My two all-time favorite’s are my black Vince Scuba Leather Jacket and Mackage Trish Coat. Love love loooove them!

I’m super delighted to announce that after a number of sell-out blogging courses last year, I have completed building the new online learning hub for my Blogging For A Living Course! They say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Want to start earning a living through your passion? Already have your own blog, but want to take it to the next level? Or have you always wanted to start a blog, but aren’t sure how or what it takes? Join us for this blogging course!

 

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Blogging is an incredible career. All you need is a laptop to get started! But as many people find, being a successful blogger involves much more than they ever imagined. There’s no manual to walk you through the essentials, no guide to creating a community and growing your following, no list for must-have tools of the trade, no how-to for earning money and turning your passion into a successful business… until now! Blogging For A Living lifts the lid on what no one talks about and delivers the strategy, tools, tips and tricks you need to know.

With interactive content, simple step-by-step tutorials, plus honest insight and advice direct from one blogger to another, this blogging course is a comprehensive guide to take your blog to the next level.

When you sign up for the six week Complete Pro blogging course, you also receive access to our members-only forum. This exclusive community hub is the perfect place to network, share advice, tips, ask questions, as well as organize collaborations and giveaways with like-minded bloggers to grow your audience. Plus if you’re looking for a fresh new blog design, you’ll find details here. I’d absolutely love to work with you!

designer Leather Jacket on sale vince brogden shopbop Luxe Leather Jackets:   1.  Vince Scuba Leather Jacket in Pale Blush    |    2.  BLK DNM Motorcycle Jacket with Quilted Stripes    |    3.  Brogden Grey Leather Jacket (only $189, was $850!)

 

designer wool coats sale blush pink Wool Coats:   1.  DKNY Wool Coat ($309, was $598)    |    2.  Guess Blush Wool Coat    |    3.  Club Monaco Zelfine Wool Coat

designer Down Coats mackage trish on sale Down Jackets:   1.  Mackage Trish Jacket (my favorite ever!)    |    2.  Canada Goose Shelburne Parka    |    3.  Pajar Canada Down Coat ($379, was $760)

Oversized plaid scarves cashmere Cozy Scarves:   1.  Halogen Reversible Plaid Scarf    |    2.  White + Warren Cashmere Scarf    |    3.  ASOS Oversized Gray Herringbone Scarf

 

 

Thank you for joining me at the Fab Favorites Link Up! I hope you enjoy connecting with other bloggers, reading their favorite posts of the week, sharing your favorite post and making new blog friends all over the world. We’re so lucky to be part of this amazing community! Remember, you can share anything in the link up and be sure to visit and say hello to the blogger listed before and after you, link up’s are all about networking and making wonderful connections!

 

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