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Daily Wellness Routine: Jessie Stoelwinder, Jessie Stoelwinder, Yoga Teacher & Lifestyle Reporter for The West Australian.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’ve been a journalist for The West Australian for nine years now, working across entertainment, arts and more recently all things lifestyle and wellness. I really love to champion local people doing cool things, and am always on the hunt for the latest phenomena and trends to test out.

Outside work, I have a keen interest in spirituality and I’m now a registered yoga teacher after completing my 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training with The Yoga Vine. I’m planning to further deepen these learnings in 2021 with yin and breathwork courses and I can’t wait to share my passion with others.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Getting at least eight hours of sleep is a non-negotiable for me, and hugely affects my focus and creativity. I have a personal alarm clock in the form of my four-year-old daughter, who often wakes me up between 6-7am.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Establishing a really solid morning routine is still in progress for me! When I’m in a good rhythm, I brush my teeth, drink a big glass of water, meditate and read before Winter wakes up. This makes such a huge difference to my day. I love the framework set out in The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which also includes journaling, a form of exercise like yoga, affirmations and visualisation, so it’s a goal of mine to incorporate more of these elements into my everyday morning routine this year.

♥ Cacao Collective

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

After a long and difficult path to healing my relationship with food, I’ve found that intuitive eating works best for my body. That usually ends up being some form of intermittent fasting until around 11am, but if I am hungry I will eat before that. My diet is 99 per cent vegan and I focus on packing as much nourishment into my meals as I can so they are dense and full of vitamins. Lots of vegetables, hummus, hemp seeds, homemade bliss balls, sourdough bread, smoothie bowls, legumes and some tofu are all staples for me – but I love chocolate and a good burger in equal measure! I have one-two coffees per day with macadamia or oat milk, and recently have become addicted to ceremonial cacao from The Cacao Collective.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I’m sure many mums can relate when I say I sometimes cut corners when it comes to my skincare routine! But the products I swear by are Fancy Face oil cleanser, Exfoliating Swipeys and Face Hero from Go-To, serums from The Ordinary and good old Cetaphil cleanser in the shower. Last year one of my goals was to wear sunscreen every day, and my favourite is Queen Screen from Ultra Violette.

It’s really important to me to use brands that don’t test on animals and use vegan ingredients as much as possible. I’ve swapped a lot of my beauty products because of this, and my favourite brands are Too Faced (Born This Way concealer and foundation, Better Than Sex mascara), Mecca Max (glow sticks and palettes) and Hourglass (eyebrow pencil).

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

Currently, I take iron, magnesium, a probiotic and Blackmores Sugar Balance.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Yoga classes as many days of the week as I can manage – the practise has such a profound impact on my mood, how I feel in my body and overall wellness.

2. Fresh air, sunshine and nature – they are all free, instant mood boosters and we are so lucky to have them in abundance here in Perth.

3. Sleep – without it, nothing else is possible.

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

Flora and Fauna in Northbridge or Manna Wholefoods in South Fremantle.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I firmly believe that the best exercise is the kind you enjoy. For me, that’s yoga and I take classes depending on how I feel that day – a mix of vinyasa, hatha, slow flow, yin and restorative. My favourite studios are Soft Yoga, Beyond Being, Nature of Self, Mudra, Yab Yum, Vital Beat and Cntre Space. Otherwise, I love walking and getting out on hiking trails. When I am doing both yoga and walking regularly I find that’s all I need to feel strong, flexible and well in my body.strong, flexible and well in my body.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Lululemon, the Align pants are the comfiest around.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Massages are definitely my guilty pleasure and something I will splurge on every so often. BODHI’s new Cottesloe retreat is gorgeous and so serene. I also recently discovered Heartwood and their facial was the best I’ve ever experienced, they use local sandalwood in their products and have lots of unique touches, like their playlists and post-treatment bliss balls.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends?

Yes, big time! This is my happy place. I get my tarot read once a year and it’s always been eerily accurate, and also have a deck at home. There are crystals all around my house, I use palo santo and white sage to cleanse the air and adore incense and candles. This past year I have tried a range of alternative healing methods, from reiki to breathwork, sound healing, acupuncture, chanting, group meditation and plant medicine and loved them all for different reasons. It’s an area I hope to expand my own learnings in as I feel intuitively drawn to natural and mystical practises.

♥ Anna Balston // Rhythmkeeper

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Past trips to Bali have always been wonderful for the amazing yoga and wellness offerings there. Also the vegan food is out of this world!

But until the international borders re-open, there are so many local business and yoga studios running wellness retreats. I am going on one soon led by Anna Balston and I can’t wait – it’s the perfect counteractive for the soul.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

It sounds cliche, but meditation and yoga are the ultimate tools for self-awareness and compassion. The more we can learn to cultivate acceptance and love within ourselves, the easier it is to live in alignment with our values and optimum health. Also recognising that we are all different has been huge in my personal wellness journey. I gravitate towards enjoyment with everything I do now – whether that’s food, movement or other health practises – and that’s made a huge impact on the way I move through life.

Daily Wellness Routine: Carla Thomas, Holistic Health Coach & Podcast Co-Host at The C-Word.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to learn about me! I really hope you’ll find joy and inspiration in what you read and you’ll want to learn more. I’m a Perth-based Holistic Health Coach with a specialisation in mind-body medicine. I’ve been working in the field for close to 11 years now and have had the pleasure of coaching 100’s of people, both one-on-one and in groups, in improving their long-term health and wellbeing. I am a published author, wellness speaker and educator, and founder of The Juicy Movement, a holistic health collective. In 2019, along with by co-host Cal O’Connell, we launched our Perth-focused health and wellness podcast, The C-Word. I’m also a proud ambassador of wellness and nutritional brands I personally love and use daily. These are Juice Plus+, Life Cykel, PuraU, Gevity Rx, and Antipodes. You can also find me on fitness and wellbeing app KIXXFIT. And working with the team at Perth’s premiere wellness space, MindBody Lounge. My mission is to empower you to release your natural potential for wellness through wholefood nutrition, holistic practices of self-care and living within your values to show you how easy it is to look and feel A-MAZ-ING.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Most days anywhere between 5-5.45am as I truly believe in getting the most out of your day and starting before the rest of the world wakes up. I aim for the recommended average of 7-8 hours but generally get closer to 6.5-7 hours.

♥ Cold Nips!

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Based on Monday – Friday, I’ll always splash cold water on my face to wake up and then hit the kitchen to guzzle down a good 500-750ml of water with fresh lemon juice and my morning supplements. I’ll then grab a teaspoon of coconut oil for 5-20 mins of oil pulling while I roll the yoga mat out for a stretch and foam roll to some music. That’s usually followed by 15-20 minutes of priming and meditation before I make my Fully Charged Coffee and then hit the home office, read my vision board and get stuck into some work before hitting the gym!

On alternative days I’ll head straight to the river post water + supplement guzzle to walk the dog instead while listening to some sort of inspiring or educational podcast at the same time. Once home, I’ll make my coffee, read my vision board and then it’s time to start work. In February 2019 I cottoned onto the Cold Nips crew Wednesday morning dips & sips and that gives me an INCREDIBLE start and feel to the day! As you can tell – my morning routines are SUPER important to me as part of my set up for a successful day ☺

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I’m a two meal a day eater and have been for some time. This suits my particular body, appetite and lifestyle well. I usually don’t eat breakfast until somewhere between 9am-10am and it’s usually a jam-packed green smoothie or simple brekky bowl with a cup of green tea. I’m a very slow and conscious eater so it usually takes me between 30-45 minutes to finish. On weekdays I’m at my desk so I’m distracted too. I’ll usually make a black coffee around 2-3pm with the addition of some coconut oil and drops of Life Cykel mushroom liquid tincture and maybe snack on some nuts and seeds or even a couple of traditional quality dried pears or peaches drizzled in tahini.

Dinner is somewhere between 6-7pm (depending on the season, generally even later in summer as I tend to make the most of the sunshine!) and is always plant based be that hot or cold veggies/salad with some sort of vegetarian protein like legumes or quinoa or tofu most of the time and a couple of nights I aim for oily fish like sardines or mackerel or salmon. I generally save seafood or animal options for eating out socially. At the end of the day, I’m an intuitive eater. I eat according to what my body truly wants and needs and when it does. I treat it well, so it craves the right things 90% of time.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I truly believe that beauty starts from the inside out and that we should prioritise ‘eating ourselves gorgeous’ ahead of investing in ‘fix it’ products first. I’m blessed with great skin and always have been, but in your 30’s you begin to notice changes. I keep it simple, as it’s more for proactive care and maintenance vs anything else. I opt to use what I can from my fridge and pantry using recipes from our ‘Beauty-full Inside + Out’ eBook that’s part of The Juicy Life Program, otherwise my go-to’s are rosehip oil, coconut and hemp oil for the face, sugar and coconut oil scrubs for the entire body and face once a week, dry body brush pre shower at night, regular sweats to detox via exercise and saunas and steam rooms, ocean dips and rubbing ice on my face and under the eyes morning and night, sunshine, good sleep, being happy and smiling and laughing and enjoying life! Product wise, I take wholefood supplements and absolutely LOVE the Antipodes Skincare range that suits my needs and lives happily in my bathroom cupboard! All plant based and almost edible ☺ Oh and I mix coconut oil with my body moisturiser in my hands before applying at night too!

♥ Refresh Juice Cleanse

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I sure do! Don’t get me wrong my diet and lifestyle is fantastic and above the average person, but I’m still not perfect and on the mark every day and I’m still living in a modern world so am aware there are multiple factors that can affect my level of health and wellbeing. I’m allll about a PROACTIVE vs fix it approach! I have used Juice Plus+ for over 11 years now as my daily supplement and also as my plant based smoothie/shake powder of choice. I also use the Life Cykel liquids as mentioned earlier and the PuraU Gut Cleanse Kit on the regular as a maintenance vs fix it approach. I hit up my naturopath, Kat Blake of Invigorate Naturopathy, time to time for a herbal elixir to promote good rest and sleep. And 2-3 times a week I take a charcoal tablet to help eliminate any bugs/toxins that may be lingering in the gut. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’m conscious of consuming more collagen via powder form and I’ll often add that to a smoothie along with magnesium powder and gelatin powder. And I do a one day Juice Cleanse once a month with @refresh.juice.cleanse too. Oh and I am starting to use and appreciate the benefits of CBD oil.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Yes, I definitely do! I LOVE and crave my nightly cup of tea and it’s always something herbal like chamomile, peppermint or lemon + ginger etc and I’ll pair that with some dark chocolate, some mixed berries and some kefir. That’s usually for the couch while I watch something to unwind and then I’ll hit the bathroom to do my nighttime beauty routine. I enjoy taking my time with this (you know – cleanse and moisturise and brush the teeth). A couple nights a week I’ll brush my teeth with charcoal, too (thanks to @my.moondust) I’ll also rub a mix of magnesium oil and cream (I use @lifewithmagnesium) on my feet, calves and neck/shoulders to promote relaxation and sleep. Once in bed I inhale some lavender oil I keep on my bedside table, maybe pop the oil diffuser on and read a few affirmations from a book and do some quick gratitude and then it’s book time and before long I’m out! I also sleep with a yoni egg in 2-3 times a week. Suggest following @rosie.rees to learn more on this!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Ohh I have a few things I love to do as having a variety keeps it interesting and also works your body in different ways! I used to be a dancer so moving on the daily is a non-negotiable for me! I’ll generally run three times a week (I’m a treadmill gal so I can adjust the incline and sprint/jog speed), I do mat Pilates every so often with @mvmtsociety, Jungle Body once a week with @_thejunglebodywithbec_, yoga 2-3 times a week with Flow Space Perth and I try to get a @bikebarfitness class in every couple of weeks. And then most days I get the dog out be it a half hour walk on the path or running him at the dog park while I enjoy some earthing on the grass. I love my coast walks too. So yes – I keep active! But I also have the energy, fitness and healthy body to do so due to the commitment I make to fueling right and recovering right.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

Well when I first started in the area of holistic health over 10 years ago it was called woo woo! I think (and I have this conversation frequently with other wellness friends and colleagues) that I’m a good mix of straight and sideways. I use a yoni egg 2-3 times a week and also keep a stone on my bedside table that I sleep with under my pillow. They are lilac in colour and purple (amethyst) is my birthstone so it’s what I’ve always been intuitively drawn to anyway. I have really gotten into astrology and horoscopes even more so than I already was over the last couple of years and began to start learning more about moon tracking over the past year too. I definitely believe in all of that in terms of energy and retrogrades etc and how that affects us, along with the weather (if it’s a night where it’s humid and has that level of intense, electric air I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep very hot and restless – so I joke I’m slightly witchy because I can tell from that a storm is coming and I’m always right!) Otherwise even if I don’t do it or haven’t felt the need, I absolutely believe in healers, tarot cards, sageing etc

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Happiness. You can follow every single trend and tip and trick under the sun but if you aren’t living your life according to your values, passions, beliefs, calling and ultimate truth, you will never truly reach and fulfill your ultimate level of health and wellbeing.

Thanks for hanging out with us Carla! Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to keep up with her wellness journey 🙂

Be well,

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Lucy Thomson from Lifestyle Lucy, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor & Nutrition Advisor.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I was born in Spain and grew up in a combination of Spain, Bali and Australia. I am extremely passionate about all things health, fitness, food & nutrition. I recently lived in London for 5 years where I qualified as a Personal Trainer & Pilates instructor. I love to inspire others to become a stronger and better version of themselves both physically and mentally. I am a mobile personal trainer, so I bring the gym to you – in the privacy of your own home or local park! I also run outdoor Bootcamp classes at Allen Park in Swanbourne. My Bootcamp sessions are a full body, 45 minute workout that combines cardio, strength and endurance based exercises! They are a great way to start the day, outdoor in the fresh air – all fitness levels are welcome. In my down time I love to cook and dabble in a bit of blogging here and there. I love to share my recipe ideas with others over on my website – www.lifestylelucy.net!

Describe a typical day of eating for you (Drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert – the whole lot!)

It very much depends on the seasons. However at the moment, I am really enjoying smoothies for breakfast. In winter it’s a hearty bowl of porridge! I think smoothies are an amazing way to get an abundance of vitamins and minerals into one meal. My favourite combo at the moments is –

♥ Frozen blueberries
♥ ½ a frozen banana
♥ Chia seeds
♥ A large scoop of Chocolate protein powder ( I like Tropeaka or Raw protein)
♥ Psyllium husk
♥ A fresh knob of ginger
♥ Raw zucchini
♥ A handful of spinach
♥ Water or coconut water if I have any

Lunch varies depending on If I am at home or out and about – I love making a couple of big fresh salads at the start of the week that I can add some chicken to for lunch. I also love having eggs for lunch too! Dinner tends to be very similar to lunch – lots of veggies and wholesome ingredients with some protein on the side. Although I am not vegan, I try my best to make some delicious plant based meals each week as well.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

Every morning I take Vital Greens powder mixed in warm water with a collagen powder (Nutra Organics). I then take a probiotic and Omega 3 supplement. I believe it is super important to nourish your body from the inside out!

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Once my baby, Sophia, is asleep around 6pm, I clean up all of her toys and mess after a day of playing, I take a shower to freshen up and eat a wholesome home-cooked meal. I then try and cut out screens at least half an hour before I go to bed. I take an evening magnesium supplement (BioCeuticals) and rub lavender oil on my chest before jumping into bed with a good book.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

I start my day with a greens powder as mentioned above and a huge glass of water! I also love my daily coffee, it’s something I look forward to every morning. A good coffee = a happy Lucy! I also apply SPF every day. My favourite brands are Edible Beauty SPF and Ultra Violette SPF drops. It is so important to protect your skin especially when living in Australia!

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Well that is easy – I live in Lululemon, always have and always will! It’s honestly the best quality activewear that is not only flattering with some great designs, but it also lasts for years!

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I try to treat myself to a facial every quarter to give my skin a little bit of TLC! Facials are so relaxing and they are a nice way to switch off from the outside world too! My favourite place in Perth is Rationale in Subiaco – I love all their products!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

Skin needling, I am a little bit skincare obsessed and have always wanted to try skin needling! I’ve heard so many good things – maybe I should book myself in!?!

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! I would also try to manage my stress levels and get as much sleep as possible – not always that easy with a 5 month old though!

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Bali! My mum has been living in Bali for the last 20 years, it really is such a magical place with beautiful people – a place I call home. I love visiting her and the beautiful island, practicing yoga each day, eating wholesome foods and getting pampered!

Thank you Lucy! To find out more about Lucy, head to her website! And don’t forget to follow Wellness WA on Instagram for more wellness updates 🙂

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Mukti from Mukti Organics, Eco-Activist, Author & Green Cosmetic Chemistry Pioneer.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I am the founder of Mukti Organics, author and green chemistry pioneer.

Originally educated in complimentary medicine I have always had a penchant for beauty, botany and clean living. I launched my skincare line 20 years ago, setting the benchmark for certified organic skincare in Australia.

My aim is to reconnect people to nature, creating health and happiness via toxin-free lifestyles and beauty regimes. An apothecary artisan at heart, I have mastered the process of creating dynamic, organic and natural beauty formulations.

My internationally acclaimed and award-winning products combine functional, plant-based ingredients with indigenous Australian actives, nature identical vitamins and peptides that deliver results by boosting skin health, vitality and youthfulness.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

My daily routine is normally to wake around 5am after usually being in bed no later than 9pm. I am for 8 hours. I avoid looking at my phone for 2 hours leading to bed and I use an Oura ring to track my sleep.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I meditate upon rising for 20 minutes. I was trained by Vedic practitioner, Gary Gorrow. This is my daily sanity. I then do 10-15 minutes of holotropic/Wim Hof breathing to alkalize my blood and reset for the day. I walk my dog, (Yuna the jug) on the beach each morning along the shoreline where the water laps at my bare feet to get a negative ion charge. I ensure that I get the morning sunlight into my eyes to reset my circadian rhythm (sunglass free) as well as sunlight on my body (solar panels) to get my daily dose of Vitamin D. This is then followed up by a plunge in the ocean.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Everything that I consume is from organic farming. I’m a stickler for nutrient dense food that is going to feed my body and assist me with feeling great and aiding longevity. I’m primarily plant based and eat meat occasionally although it must be biodynamic and grass-fed. I eat fish once a week. I fast intermittently every day for 12-18 hours, so my eating window is reduced. In that time, I will have two meals one that is a protein-based smoothie and the other is a small amount of protein and salad or vegetables. My favourite indulgence is baked sweet potato wedges served with Guacamole.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

My main skin concern is ageing and ensuring that I don’t damage my skin barrier by using too many products.  Less is more when it comes to my skincare ritual and I like to be gentle yet effective with my choices.

First, the basis of any effective skincare routine is a good cleanser. I swear by my Hydrating Cleansing Lotion. Without a clean canvas, products have difficulty penetrating. Next I add my serums, which I call the “worker bees” of your skincare regime!

There are so many serums which I enjoy using, but my favorite is Mukti Organics Vital C Elixir. Vitamin C is an essential building block for collagen which is the primary protein of the skin. A daily dose of Vitamin C morning and evening feeds my skin and helps to mitigate the visible signs of ageing including sun damage and wrinkles.

Lastly, this one is a MUST HAVE and one you won’t be able to live without when you try it. Our new Hyaluronic Marine Serum. It sold out when we launched it last year. This delivers an instant boost of visible plumping to the skin due to its unique ability to hold up to 1000x its weight in water. It is a highly effective means of me preventing the formation of further wrinkles and acts to strengthen my skin’s moisture barrier for visibly improved firmness and elasticity.

I also take a “daily dose” of the evidence-based beauty elixir Bioactive Collagen Booster. It is an internal supplement for skin, hair, nails & gut health.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

As well as taking the Bioactive Collagen Booster I swear by regular body brushing, saunas, ice baths, IV Vitamins, meditation, clean healthy living and consuming minimal alcohol. Maintaining an awareness of the body and functions at a cellular level. If I am unwell, I turn to herbal medicine and supplements. I make sure I get my Vitamin D via the morning sunlight, and I regularly take magnesium.

Focusing on gut health and minimising inflammation is an integral part of my health and wellness regime. I consider this at a cellular level to assist longevity and vitality.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

– Organic Food and skincare

- Meditation
– Living near the ocean

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

Vagabond which has just opened at Habitat Byron Bay.

Favorite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

Byron Bay Farmers Market, Santo’s Organics and Wild Things in Melbourne.

What’s your fitness routine & favorite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

My fiancé Matt Chaplin is a personal trainer and we are fortunate enough to have a fully equipped studio where we train daily. For my mental and physical health, this is a daily non-negotiable. I walk every day for 45 minutes along the beach. I train 3-4 times a week with Matt. In training sessions, our holistic objective is human optimisation and primal movement patterns. We focus on longevity, strength, mobility and energy systems that includes breathing techniques and cardiovascular fitness. Matt is a biohacker that tests just about everything. He walks his talk and is one of the most committed and healthiest humans I have met. Clearly, a great influence in my life.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

I prefer to not be brand loyal and to be honest in Byron the less you wear the better as it’s so humid and I’d rather live in my bathers – but I am loving Nagnata. They are extremely stylish and functional; I think their mission and core beliefs around sustainability and longevity of use are amazing. I really try to avoid throwaway fashion.

What is the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favorite place to have it done?

A facial at the Little Company Byron Bay with Stacey Burt.

You have a big event in 7 days’ time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

I would enjoy my morning outdoors, swim in the ocean, get my endorphins rushing for the day. Enjoy a beautiful lunch which won’t make me bloated.

Then before the event I would get my hair freshly taken care of at Organika Hair.

I would pop on a divine gown from Kit X or Zimmerman and lastly, I would go with someone who makes me laugh. To me everything is better when shared with someone who also wants to have fun and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

And lastly… do you have any top-secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Get a dog. They will love you endlessly, keep you active and make you laugh. Also surround yourself with likeminded people, in your work & personal life, who share the same values. You can choose the energy you have around you, so choose wisely.

Thank you to Mukti for taking the time to share her inspiring routine with us! You can find out more about Mukti Organics at their website 🙂

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Grady Wulff, Presenter & Model.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hi! I am Grady Wulff. I recently graduated from the Graduate Diploma of Broadcasting at WAAPA/ECU Perth. I won the Fox Sports News award in my course that lead to a 3-month internship at FSN in Sydney where I relocated in February this year. I have worked in many different industries over the years from events, to technology, fashion and more, having also completed a Marketing and Advertising degree. I am a very bubbly, outgoing person who loves to keep myself overly busy (have a problem with saying no to things). I love to keep fit and am always looking to challenge myself in new ways.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I like to wake up at 6am to make the most of my days. It has been difficult to maintain this of late as I have been working night shift, however I am trying to get back onto this routine now that I have moved to Melbourne. I am guilty of running off 5 hours sleep many times but I like to get at least 7 hours to make the most of my day and ensure I have adequate energy levels to get the most out of my days.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I like to exercise first thing in the morning to start my day on the right note – I wake up and pop on my exercise kit and get out the door for either a 10km run or 15km walk. I follow this up with a lemon tea, water bottle, coffee and eggs or a banana.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I don’t eat a lot but I like to eat very healthy of late. I start my day with scrambled eggs with mushroom, goats cheese, onion, kale, or if I am in a rush just a banana and a coffee. For lunch I like to have salads with some meat in summer and soups in winter. Dinners I like to explore my newfound love of cooking!

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I take Bioceuticals Armaforce and the JS Health Hair Vitamins every morning.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Have a bath, listen to a podcast (Serial, Cold Case Files, The Claremont Trial and the Teachers Pet are all my favourites!), and have a peppermint tea.

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

I have just moved to Melbourne so am yet to try any green juices however I was introduced to Green Cup for acai bowls and boy oh boy am I addicted! In Perth my favourite green juice is from Yelo.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I love to go for 10-15km walks and runs every day. I find running or walking is the best way to clear my mind and centralise my thought process. Exercise for me is more of a mental release than physical but I obviously love the feeling of satisfaction after a great workout. I also do Zoom workouts with my PT Aian from The Clubhouse in Perth – I love that i have found a trainer who pushes me and doesn’t tolerate my excuses for not pushing myself harder!

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

JAGGAD – I love the support and tight fit of their ranges. The leggings always have a pocket on the high waist band which is perfect for keys when running and the quality of the product is second to none.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I love getting Hydrafacials at Youth Lab in Perth. I haven’t had one in the three months I have been gone from Perth so I definitely miss them but they have set me up with the Ultraceuticals MD range as a replacement while I am away.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

I would love to try the Ella Bache Instant Glow Mask that a lot of influencers post about on Instagram – I love the look of the mask and the results look incredible.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

I can’t say that I am but I am always willing to try new things!

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Great question! I up the amount of water I have everyday to ensure my skin is looking very well hydrated and I feel great, I increase the amount of sleep I get every night, if I am presenting I will be researching the topics I am to talk about everyday and ensure I am very well prepared for any question thrown at me, I increase my exercise for mental and physical well-being and I will make sure I have had a Hydrafacial in the lead up.

If you could have the ultimate day of wellness & happiness in Melbourne / Perth what would it involve and where would you go?

I went to the Japanese Mountain Spa in Melbourne last year and promised myself to make it a yearly visit. It was the most surreal experience mixing both Japanese culture and tranquility in our own little isolated spa. I would recommend it to anyone.

My ultimate relaxation and day spa experience in Perth is definitely at the Crown Towers – I was fortunate enough to have the massage at the towers and the experience was second to none.

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

A week in the Maldives to completely relax and unwind – spending most days at a day spa and treating myself to the ultimate relaxation vacation. I would also like to do a yoga retreat in Bali – I have always wanted to escape the craziness of my daily life to just stop and spend a week focusing on myself through yoga.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Wake up everyday and read one positive affirmation! I know it sounds cliche but it really works. I always look to start my day on the right note mentally and physically. For the physical start to my day I always wake up and have lemon tea.