Soft Yoga Perth – Leederville Yoga Studio Review.

When I say that this yoga studio has changed and continues to change my life, I mean it. For many years now I’ve wished that the perfect yoga studio would magically open up on my street. A space to move and breathe and connect deeply to myself that has teachers I like, styles of yoga I like and that also happens to be minutes from my house. It never happened, until now.

As if the universe could read my thoughts, one day I was walking past an empty building that had just been leased on Oxford Street, Leederville and a thought popped into my head – ‘a yoga studio is going to open here’. It did, and the studio was Soft Yoga Perth – a womxns only movement space & a soft place to rest.

Specialising in ‘softer’ styles, such as slow flow, restorative, yin, meditation, breathwork, sensual classes and MORE (!!), this space exceeded my wildest dreams and then some.

When you arrive for class you’ll cocoon yourself in their impossibly soft and seriously cloud-like fluffy, grey blankets while sinking into the blush pink Lululemon mats which perfectly match the aesthetic of the studio.

In any given class, a gorgeous woman will lead you into a deeper discovery of yourself and you’ll leave feeling incredible, and maybe a few tears lighter as their classes are renowned for gently dislodging your deep emotions. I’ve cried there at least ten times, including today.

They also have the CUTEST shop selling the best little feminine goodies and treats – the Loca Love chocolates and La Loba Cliterally Amazing oil will change your life 😉

Do yourself a favour and discover this cute studio. You’ll need to book in advance as spaces are very limited – my personal recommendations are the Monday 9:30am Slow Flow with Tess, Thursday 9:30am Restorative with Brenna, any of the Slow Flow’s with Corne, and Courtney’s 9:30am Friday class!

Check out their intro offer for a month of unlimited yoga for $39. You’ll want to sign up for the membership once your month is up – trust me!

Soft Yoga Perth can be found at:

2/253 Oxford Street, Leederville
www.softyogaperth.com

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Rebecca Marsh, Perth Presenter & Influencer.

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

Hi! I’m Bec Marsh, a wife, mum-of-two, Emcee and presenter with a passion for fitness, fashion and sustainable living. Prior to having kids I worked as a TV news reporter for Channel Seven. My family has spent a lot of time overseas following my husband’s international cricket career. With travel winding down now I’m enjoying spending more time at home in Perth and laying down our family’s roots.

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

I’m a bit of a night owl so find it very hard to go to bed any earlier than 10:30pm. At the moment I’m trying to get up around 6 o’clock and do a 30-minute home workout in our garage gym before the kids wake up. For the garage workout I try to alternate cardio and weights each day. I’ve actually been riding a stationary bike for cardio too. I use the iFit trainer which came with the bike and I also pay for a Bike Bar at home subscription which gives me access to their daily playlists and workouts. For weights I make it up as I go along.

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

We are about three weeks into isolation now and as a family we are really starting to love the morning ritual of going for a walk or bike ride along the river and stopping to dip our toes in the water. My husband and I have also been trying to keep fit by running intervals at the park while the kids sit on a rug or try join in.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

My day usually starts with a double-shot Almond milk coffee and avocado on toast. For lunch my favourite dish to make is a nourish bowl with brown rice, tofu and whatever vegetables I have lying around. Having an almost four-year-old son means I’m constantly preparing snacks all day! I end up grazing on whatever I’m cutting up or preparing for him. My favourite 3pm pick-me-up is a homemade protein ball. I always try make a big batch and freeze them.

For dinner I love making pumpkin and chickpea curry, vegetarian lasagne or a stir fry. I cut out meat and dairy from my diet in October last year for a number of reasons and I’m really enjoying how it makes me feel.

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

My non-negotiable would definitely be my skincare rituals. In the morning I apply “The Secret” eye serum, ZO Skincare Daily Power Defence, Medik8 C-Tetra+ Intense Serum and Jan Marini Sunscreen. Before bed I cleanse, tone and apply the same eye serum and Daily Power Defence followed by Medik8 Vitamin A serum. Another non-negotiable for me is fake tanning. I’m naturally quite fair skinned (thanks to my wonderful Irish parents) so I always have a stock of St Tropez tanning foam in my bathroom.

For a nice healthy looking tan on my face I’ve recently started using MineTan Illuminating Face Water Mist. Just a few sprays after my shower in the morning on clean dry skin and by the afternoon I’m glowing.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Once the kids are in bed I’ll always put on the kettle and make a lemon and ginger tea to help me relax. My husband and I always put on a TV series and watch a couple of episodes of something before bed. At the moment we are watching Ray Donovan.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Apply SPF 40+ or higher on my face every day.
2. Stay hydrated
3. Take at least 10,000 steps each day

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

My number one cafe in Perth would have to be Cheeky Boy Espresso in Applecross. It’s our local and we absolutely love heading there for breakfast or lunch. Their food is unbelievably good. My go-to would be the Avocado Toast with Chilli Jam or the Nourish bowl washed down with a cold-pressed detox juice.

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

My absolute favourite way to get sweaty is to train at the Applecross Bike Bar. It’s my way of releasing tension and letting my hair down. I can’t wait to get back there when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted. We recently bought an exercise bike for our garage and I’m really enjoying put on a pair of headphones and playing the Bike Bar playlists while I train. It’s not as good as the real thing but it comes a close second!

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

My favourite beauty treatment is a Revive Facial from Assure Cosmetic Centre. It’s a three in one facial with a chemical peel, facial masque and Healite II LED therapy session. I find it brightens and hydrates my skin. It also reduces some of the fine lines around my eyes for a few days afterwards.

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?

To prepare for a big event I always try stay hydrated and cut out as much sugar as I can in the days leading up to it. I’ll always get my nails done and have a spray tan the day before. Then if I’m really prepared I like to apply a hydrating face mask and a hair mask the night prior.

Thank you for sharing your routine with us Bec! Follow her on Instagram to keep up to date with her life in Perth. <3

Where to Find Local Honey in Perth.

The bee is one of the most important creatures on the planet: we rely on bees to pollinate around one third of the plants we eat, with ecosystems around the world depending on them for balance and survival.

One Perth local, Blaine Campbell, experienced their magic first hand. She cultivated a beautiful vegetable garden at home with one problem, there were no veggies! Her husband Tristan suggested a beehive for pollination, sending Blaine into a two year spiral of researching and reading beekeeping books before she ordered her first hive in 2010. Fast forward a year and her garden was laden with veggies and the pair launched Honey I’m Home, selling raw honey from their own and other Western Australian apiaries.

Honey possesses naturally occurring antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that promote healing and can reduce infections. This is measured on what’s called a Total Activity Scale, with high TA rated honey excellent for sore throats, mouth ulcers and even used for topical medicinal use. There is also evidence to show that consuming honey from your local area can help prevent hayfever (and that’s a big win in my ever-watering eyes!)

Honey is influenced by the surrounding flora, meaning not only that honey flavour can vary greatly depending on where it has come from, but the honey produced by a single hive can have a different taste from one harvest to another. “Being an apiarist makes you look up. Literally,” says Blaine. “You notice the flowers, how many there are, and where they are flowering. You look at the clouds and consider how that will affect your beekeeping day, the bees and the honeys they will make.”

Whilst global bee populations are being threatened by colony collapse disorder, thanks to our strict bio-security laws the Western Australian bee population is the healthiest in the world. It’s vital that we protect it, and one way to do so is to support our local apiarists. Imported honey is often not 100% honey, despite being marketed as such. It can include antibiotics, be mixed with corn syrup or other fillers. If you want to know exactly what you’re getting, as well as keeping those food miles to a minimum, nothing beats buying from the source!

“However the bees make the honey is how you will get it,” explains Blaine; the Campbells’ honey is 100% pure, cold extracted honey, without being homogenised, pasteurised, micro-filtered or blended.

You might also have seen Postcode Honey at your local gourmet supermarket. With the hive’s location apparent from the postcode emblazoned on the front of the jar, it’s clear how few food miles this honey has clocked. Postcode Honey was launched by John Faherty back in 2014 when he quit his day job to set up the business with a goal to represent every postcode in and around Perth. Though the number fluctuates seasonally, 75 different postcodes are currently represented. Head here for a full list of stockists.

I first discovered Small Batch Honey by chance – I parked my car out the front of their residence and saw someone rounding the corner in full beekeeping get-up. How could I resist grabbing one of the jars for sale on their doorstep? It’s worth a detour past their Mt Lawley abode, but make sure you bring cash to leave in exchange for your jar. Get in touch with Small Batch and request their address through their Facebook page.

For me, a trip to the Swan Valley is not complete without stopping in at The House of Honey. If I am hosting visitors to Perth then all the better – local honey makes an ideal souvenir or gift for them to take home! The House of Honey is an experience: you’re invited to taste a raft of different honey types, check out bees in action at their observation hive, as well as take a seat at the Sticky Spoon Café and refuel with afternoon tea where the honey ice cream comes highly recommended. You can even participate in a mead tasting, to spice up your valley wine tour.

Beautiful honeycomb is the specialty of Bayswater based business, Pure Naked Honey. As well as the goodness of the magnificent raw honey inside the comb, the actual comb part is highly nutritious itself – not to mention it looks great on a grazing board! Locate Pure Naked Honey products through their stockist map.

If you’re heading out of town, West Coast Honey in Gingin will delight you with free honey tastings and a live bee display. Take time out with a coffee and a slice of their layered honey cake, and if you are lucky enough to drop by when the plant is in action, you can watch the honey extraction process too!

Want more? Try More than Honey for honeycomb sections and raw honey jars, Sticky Goodness for unique products like honey jar wedding favours, and head to Bee the Cure Honey Map to browse your area for more small producers.

Got any local / organic honey recommendations or any burning bee questions? Let us know in the comments!

Article lovingly written by Claire Trolio. She sells nice things at her shop Ruck Rover General Store in Northbridge – check it out 🙂

My Three Favourite Cleansers this Winter.

When the weather starts to get chilly, my skincare tends to need a bit of a switch up in order to prevent dry & flaky skin. And it has sure been cold and rainy the past few weeks!

I currently have three cleansers in my kit that I wanted to share with you because they are all FANTASTIC, and I use them in different ways depending on how my skin is behaving on any given day. I would love to hear what your favourite Autumn / Winter / cooler weather cleansers are, so please leave a comment below to let me know!

ESK Hydroxy Cleanser

ESK, or Evidence Skincare, is a results-based, cruelty-free skincare range and I am absolutely obsessed with their Hydroxy Cleanser.

I’ve never experimented much with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids (which are meant to be incredible for your skin, according to the likes of Zoe Foster-Blake and many others), and this cleanser contains both.

What does this mean exactly? Well, according to Adore Beauty, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) are water-soluble, so they dissolve surface level dirt and some dead skin cells – revealing smoother skin below and assisting with reducing fine lines.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) on the other hand are oil-soluble so they can unclog pores (!!!) and assist with acne prone skin, making this cleanser a winner for many age groups.

Over a month or so this cleanser made my skin supppppper smooth, and dare I say it – better than ever? I use the ESK cleanser every evening and every second morning to dissolve away any dirt, makeup, pore gunk & dead skin cells and it is honestly working wonders – I think it may be the best cleanser I’ve ever used.

Highly, HIGHLY recommend giving this one a go if your skin is dull, ageing, or acne prone.

The Hydroxy Cleanser is $45 direct from the ESK website.

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

I’ve been using this one for a while now, and its yummy fruity scent is always welcome when I pop the cap. Packed full of kiwi fruit, Manuka honey, and grape extracts, this certified organic cleanser is more suited to oily skin types, and I tend to use it every second morning when I want to give my skin a more gentle cleanse or if I’m feeling a bit oily.

Highly recommended if you’re looking for a light, gentle, organic cleanser that is non-stripping and suitable for oilier skin types.

Available from Adore Beauty for $35.50.

House of Immortelle Gentle Cleansing Oil

Oil cleansers are all the rage at the moment, they feel amazing on the skin, are especially good in winter, and – most importantly – they deliver fantastic results.

My current favourite is this Gentle Cleansing Oil which has a grapeseed & almond oil base. I call this bad boy in when my skin REALLY needs some extra nourishing, or if I have a full face of makeup to take off.

The best way to describe it is that it really feels like you are nourishing each and every cell when you massage it into your face. Dirt, oils & makeup are all magically dissolved by the oil, and when you wipe it off with a face washer / flannel you’re left with ultra soft, beaming skin.

My favourite mini ritual on a Sunday evening is a deep oil cleanse, followed by the ESK cleanser, and finished off with The Ordinary Hyaluronic Serum to lock it all in. It’s a bit of a pick and mix routine, but one I currently swear by!

The Gentle Cleansing Oil is available from the House of Immortelle website for $29.98.

Looking forward to hearing what your favourite cool weather cleansers are!

Be well,

Annette

xoxo

Beauty & Wellness Routine with Sarah Hamilton, Founder of Sand & Sky + Bellabox.

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

I’m Sarah, I grew up in Geelong with 4 siblings (including a twin sister) and have 2 kids of my own – 3 if you include our dog Gilchrist.

My background in beauty started with Bellabox, Australia’s leading beauty box. Like most people my sister, Emily, and I were obsessed with discovering new products. Testing and retesting products to find what we loved and what genuinely worked became our passion, so we founded a business where we able to bring this to all the beauty junkies out there.

Not long after, Emily and I created Sand & Sky, and the iconic Australian Pink Clay mask was born. We knew we wanted to showcase Australia to the rest of the world and highlight our incredible botanical ingredients. Oh, and I’m the co-founder and Managing Director of both brands!

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

Most days I’m up at 6am and I aim for 8 hours sleep. Although I’ll settle for a solid 6!

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Banana and latte, pre exercise, then fruit and toast with avocado and vegemite for breakfast. Salad and a protein for lunch, and whatever I am given for dinner as I don’t cook! Finally, at least one bottle of kombucha!

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

Definitely Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops, a good coat of mascara, Olaplex for my hair and then Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask as an overnight spot treatment to wake up blemish-less.

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

I try to have WelleCo Super Greens every day and anything by The Beauty Chef. I get hay fever and I think garlic is the answer to all ills, so I take horseradish and garlic tablets daily.

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in Melbourne?

Laneway Greens.

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop?

I’m still a sucker for Whole Foods Market.

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

Nimble Activewear.

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

Well being activity that I can’t make happen is a monthly body massage and exfoliation.

Thanks to Sarah for taking the time to share her routine!

Be well,

xoxo