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The weather is starting to warm up here in Australia and whilst we know that somewhere in the world it is summer, we are starting to adventure outdoors and get back into our summer fitness regime. We always love to find a way to combine summer and fitness. For a while now we have had a slight obsession with Stand Up Paddle Boarding!

Now I get those who are hesitant to jump on this band wagon…why wouldn’t you just surf instead huh? We do love to surf don’t get us wrong, but Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as it commonly called, lets you take in all the summer sights along the way. It is the perfect combination of core strength, endurance cardio and summer fun. All the benefits of regular exercise without actually feeling like exercise.

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An SUP workout can vary from level entry on a very calm flat water bay, to riding the big waves out with the surfers or a mixture of both. All of which work your core and challenge both your cardio and endurance strength. If you are really keen there is a new combo of Yoga and SUP. Yep. Yoga on a paddle board. Taking balance to a whole new level.

For me, I enjoy a good paddle board session on a calm day. There is nothing like paddling out, crystal clear aqua water beneath me, sun shining down and all the while my abs and core are getting a workout. Obviously with all the summer vibes surrounding me, I am always too distracted to realise that I am actually working out.  Plus if I get tired, I can simply stop, relax, lay down on the board and catch a tan. MY KIND OF EXERCISE!

So change up your exercise routine this summer and go and grab yourself an SUP. If you don’t want to buy one, most surf shops rent them out for fun. Get on this bandwagon!

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Now I am well aware that every year about this time (post winter), I catch a second wind and decide that this will be my time to get healthy. I guess winter really does a number me. I get sick of being sick and tired of being tired and vow to change my ways. So I have reintroduced one old faithful super food back into my diet. Having an Acai Bowl a day will surely keep the doctor away. Monday Mantras.

Why an Acai Bowl?

An Acai berry is called a super food for a reason. Full of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids and packed full of Vitamin E, Acai helps to build your immunity, increase your energy and helps to fight any foreign chemicals that may attack your body. If you are like me and have had a good dose of antibiotics this winter, then Acai Berry will help your body to recover and renew.

An Acai bowl is a delicious mix of Acai berries, banana, protein, strawberries and coconut water. What I love about this base, is how filling and nourishing it is. You are getting the benefits of the Acai, plus all of the vitamins and sweet taste of the other ingredients.
Then you get to play with your toppings! The fun part! Add berries, chia, granola, yogurt, kiwi, anything you like! Healthy, fun and delicious. What more could you want in a breakfast or snack?! You will feel sustained for most of the day until your next big meal, which will help you to avoid sugar based or starchy carbs.

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Recipe:

Base – Blend ingredients together 
4 packs frozen Açaí berry puree – you can grab this at your local health food shop
2 cups of organic coconut water
2 bananas
1 cup organic/natural frozen strawberries/berries (avoid the supermarket variety)
2 tbsp protein powder

Topping- amount to your liking
Granola
Kiwi
Berries
Chia

So if you are like me and have had a rough winter, an acai bowl is such a simple thing you can do for the greater good of your health. Plus look how pretty it is! Who wouldn’t want to eat that!?

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Recently we stumbled across the extremely talented Heather Lafleur who is the brains behind Blumenbabe Illustration. As a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Heather has worked as an award-winning corporate designer for a range of international branding agencies in NYC, Toronto, and Zürich before opening her own studio, Lafleur Design, in Munich. She is obviously one talented lady! Describing herself as an “avid doodler and journal keeper” Lafleur combines her love of drawing & creative writing with what’s trending in the world of fashion and design.

Loving flamingos and fashion just as much as we do, Heather created this rendition of The Bahamas print from our collection Tropic Of Babylon. We thought it was so cool we just had to share it with you! We always appreciate a handsome interpretation and discovering talented, creative individuals like Heather is certainly a bonus.

 

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To view more of her incredible work follow Heathers instagram @blumenbabe.

www.lafleurdesign.info

www.fashionfreude.blogspot.de

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Our new collection ‘The Catalyst” is finally here. We are extremely excited to release this collection as things are a little different, as you may notice. The collection sees our aesthetic taken to whole new level. With more athletic shapes and strong silhouettes as well as new and inspired prints ‘The Catalyst’ is exactly that, a catalyst for change.

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Always inspired by our search for the never-ending summer and respect for nature, the collection of unique prints range from playful to fierce. We decided that it was time to change it up, with racer neck lines, strong panelling, cropped rashies and of course a hint of resort wear, the collection has a something for everyone. What we love about this collection is that it is a daring as it is demure. Think cocktails on the beach, lazing by the pool meets jet skiing, paddling boarding and surfing. The collection caters the ultimate We Are Handsome woman. Strong, feminine, feisty and active.

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Now you may have noticed that every now and again, we head off on a little ‘workation’  to shoot our latest look book. With Odyssey Rising shot in The Maldives we thought ‘How could we possibly top that?’ turns out, we did. We jetted off the homegrown paradise of Hamilton Island in The Whitsundays, Queensland. We played on the white sandy beaches, drank cocktails, floated around and on the Great Barrier Reef and all along the way we took a few pictures. Ok maybe more than a few. It really is a hard life. Inspired by Jeremy’s all time favourite photographer Slim Aarons, our look book pays homage to 60s and 70s hotel and beach lifestyle. It’s playful, it’s fun, it’s handsome. See for yourself.

Shot by the talented Sebastian Kriete and filmed by Anthony MacFarlane ‘The Catalyst’ was brought to life by our favourite babe Margot Bushueva and the beautiful Olga Yalanskaya. What more could we ask for? Perfection

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See all the Behind the Scenes action below.

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Now you all know that I am a regular traveller to Bali. People often wonder why I travel up to three to four times a year to the island. I guess for me, Bali is like my second home.

After the first trip there, we got over the hype of “tourist Bali” and opted for something a little bit more low key and quiet. The village life. It is simple, wonderful and truly spiritual. Feeling at home, eventually led to my family buying land in a village called Marga (about 45 minutes inland) and as I write this our beautiful Balinese villa is being built. I can only imagine how often I will be in Bali, or whether in fact it will become my new home in the next 6 months. But I know one thing is for certain Bali is in my heart and always will be. That is why I return.

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So on my recent trip back to the Island I spent a few days jungle wandering at Pondok Puspa, a beautiful traditional Balinese villa that my family has built in the village. I rode a push bike (lets just say my lack of fitness showed its true colours) around the village and was more than well received, I was welcomed with open arms.

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The best thing about being up in the village is that there is no need for eccentricities, no need for opulence, in fact no want for anything but a good meal and good company. And that is what I got. Traditional Indonesian food and quality time spent with my family. Surrounded by palm trees, jungle and rice fields, being up in Marga, Tabanan, truly is the real Bali. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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Now whilst village life is serene and certainly healing both mentally and physically, the ocean is just as cleansing for the soul. I have visited many of the beaches in Bali but my favourite is Pantai Geger in Nusa Dua. Fortunately for me I was able to spend an entire day at Gegers new hotel, The Mulia of course in my brand new WAH swimmers from our Odyssey Rising collection. Treated to a decadent and delicious brunch at one of their many restaurants Soleil and then spending all afternoon pool hopping, was simply amazing.

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Now I have seen the Mulia go from a pile of rocks on the beach to the worlds “best new hotel” as crowned by Conde Nast in 2013, and I have to say you cannot realise the magnitude and innovation of this place until you actually view it from within. Pools for miles; private pools, big pools, decorative pools, just pools forever and ever. Between exploring the secret hidden spots around the hotel and our brunch at Soleil, the experience was memorable. With free flowing sparkling wine, a selection of ridiculous seafood, tapas, antipasti and deserts, not to mention the gorgeous chefs specials we got to experience. From the beautiful and delicate ravioli to the sweet crab creme brûlée, every aspect of the meal was THE “Foodie” experience. Combine this with sunshine, salt water and fresh coconuts and you really have the perfect day.

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For the last couple of days, I decided a villa in Seminyak was the best way to end my holiday. All I wanted to do was relax by a pool, listen to music and enjoy my own space. Hopefully when I return I will see some significant progress on our own villa. Who knows I might just become a regular expat.

But for now, Melbourne is home. Until next time Bali.

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