22 January 2016

This Is Your Jam: Sugar Heat Playlist

Seeing as it's a Friday and you're nursing a sugar hangover from your Netflix and skittles binge last night (I am so I'm guessing you are too) I decided to be a top notch gal and scurry together a a beats compilation playlist to put the glory in your fabulous Friday! It's ok, you can halt the applause, I've already taken my bow!

So I've pulled together a music mashup of some chilled back sunday morning vibes and some pumped up Friday night kicks for a magic mix of festive feels and inspired house hooks. Plug your headphones in, hit play and disappear for a moment (or several) and enjoy some of the good stuff in life! 

It's time to ignite happy hour shenanigans where good tunes, good friends, good times and good wine are essential and shoes, makeup, bras, pants (clothing per say) are entirely optional. T-t-turn up the heat!

Black Coast, M.Maggie - Trndsttr (Lucian Remix)

Cazzette, Terri B! - Blind Heart

Joywave, KOPPS - Tongues

Krewella - Somewhere To Run

Yellow Claw, Ayden - Till It Hurts

Chris Brown - Make Love

Neon Indian - Polish Girl

Kiiara - Gold

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Niki Minaj - Bang Bang (3LAU Remix)

Flume, Kai - Never Be Like You

Cosmo's Midnight, Lido - Falling Out

CHINAH, Skizzy Mars - We Go Back (Jarami Remix)

Diplo, Faustix, Imanos, Kai - Revolution

Campsite Dream - Crush

Fergie, Q-tip, Goon Rock - A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody

Enjoy this grimy mix of eclectic beats and amp up your Friday fun with some electric blood buzz!

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

19 January 2016

Here's To Us: We Are Enough

It's a fact of life, plain and simple: we are imperfect. Perfectly, fabulously imperfect.  It is truly outstanding to realise how much we hold ourselves back through fear of uncertainty and fear of f***ing up that we fail to acknowledge and soak up just what we as humans, as flawed as we are, have managed to create and continue to achieve. Yet why do we never feel it is enough?

An astonishing amount of us habitually put on our pants of crippling self-depreciation day in-day out and slip into the view that we're never quite enough. From not being smart enough, worthy enough, desirable enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, fit enough, popular enough, successful enough to quite simply, just enough. Well you know what? E-N-O-U-G-H. Whose scale are you using to judge yourself and your worth? Who has the right to weasel your value and all that you do and have achieved into some subjective standard of 'enough'? You do and only you. We are all enough, in all our quirks, oddities, endearing ways, e-n-o-u-g-h. Yet this will only feel real and truly experienced if you adopt the mindset that you are undoubtedly enough. Plain n' simple just the way you are.

Media will always be the big bad wolf of society, whispering that we need to pull our socks up to be successful, that we need to lose x amount of weight to be beautiful, that we need to "get over ourselves" to lead a social highlife. Why concern yourself with that? By using some figurative subjective scale of worth of course you will never be enough. Not by the unrealistic standards of media narrated value - no-one will ever be enough. Not even Channing Tatum! (..and let me tell you that a pretty mean feat to beat!) Yet you can be enough if you keep grounded in your own self reflective standard of self worth.

No one judges us as critically as we do ourselves. That extra skin roll lurking on your hips, that crook in your nose, that cow's flick of morning glory - those perceived flaws and shortcomings are your beautiful imperfections that make you unashamedly you and genuine. Our f*** up's and struggles are never failures but lessons of opportunity to evolve and keep aiming towards our goals. To judge yourself on what society sings will never leave you believing that you are 'enough' because these standards of value are constantly moving, altering and changing with the evolving cultural paradigm shifts. Remaining true to your genuine and natural self and appreciating that being you is a content place to be speaks volumes that you are irrevocably enough. In every single way.

The sticky biscuit of this accepting mindset is that it is by all means HARD to reach, let alone sustain. Sadly it seems far easier for us to dismiss, neglect and toss aside our brief moments of glory and instead focus, ruminate and glory the weaknesses that make us bolt and miserable. We somehow instinctually believe that an accepting viewpoint is always that little bit out of reach, a shiny vision that everyone except us are entitled to have and live. I urge you to challenge this. Challenge and square up to the voices that tell you that you're not worthy enough to be who you really are, fight back against the niggling nags that scream you are not entitled to grabbing life with both hands and square up to the belief that you alone are not enough because I assure you, what you were yesterday, who you are today and what you'll be tomorrow is more than enough.

Believe in yourself and believe that what you have to offer benefits the world in all its unique, individual and invaluable ways. The world loses a special sparkle when it loses an individual who doesn't value their unique worth. Serve the world by staying true to yourself and sticking two fingers up to anyone who tells you that y-o-u is not good enough. You are; we all are.

Here are some simple home-truths to remind you why you are good enough...

#1. You are enough because you have, you do now and you will make mistakes. You mess up, we all do because it is human nature to. Those f*** up's are in fact down-right fabulous because they present you a chance to try again. They're golden tickets to do better, be better and more importantly grow and change as you get to know yourself better. 

#2. You are enough because you are loved. Indefinitely. It's a big bad world out there sometimes and often loneliness can overbear leaving us feeling unloved, forgotten and totally alone. Whether we fail to notice or others forget to remind us, love is always around us. Someone out there loves you because you alone are enough to be worthy of being loved. 

#3. You are enough because you have something unique to offer this world. You are an individual like no other and your presence brings something to this world that cannot be matched by any one else. Your speciality and skill - whether that be glorious confectionary bakes, wizard-like maths skills or a crackin' sense of humour bring something that no-one else - no matter how hard they try- can match. 

#4. You are enough because you persevere. You may be riding the wave of struggle or feel engulfed in a cloud of darkness but you continue to believe in the possibility that things can - and they will - get better. Despite the scary moments of fear and doubt, you keep hold of the opportunity for hope. Your resilience and forgiveness of hardships show just how human you really are and that alone glorifies the beauty of your very existence and worth on this planet. 

#5. You are enough because you let yourself feel. You've experienced moments of uncontrollable sadness, heart-wrenching tears, giddy moments of euphoria, happiness and laughter and you will continue to do so. Allowing yourself these emotions enables you to be real, be genuine, be nothing but unashamedly y-o-u and show you what it truly means to be human. They're blessings in disguise. 

#6. You are enough because you can see beyond yourself. You are here on this planet, standing upon two feet for a purpose. Whether you do or ever will know why, you were placed here for a reason and the fact that you can soak up the beauty that surrounds you - the early morning bird songs that burst at sunrise, the springtime awakening of flower blossoms and the feel of bustling winds upon your skin demonstrate your intelligence. You are able to go beyond yourself and appreciate the unforgettable moments around you. They are there for a reason, there to allow us to learn and develop and there to show us that we are enough to experience them. Enjoy it. 

Here's to us and to those striving to create a better future by being nothing but down-right fabulous and celebrating being the  sexy stallions we undoubtedly are! 

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

13 January 2016

The New-Age Fage

Thick, creamy, fully-loaded and one hunk of a greek God...ladies n'gentleman bow down to the satisfyingly sweet delights of Mr Fage UK.

Never one to disappoint on all levels and a bit of a scampish pleasure buff on the protein and probiotic stardom, this stacked and hench dairy number is getting around loud n'proud. 

He's always up for a soft n' gentle breakfast wake up call, a quickie morning or afternoon delight and delicious for that sweet little something naughty when the cravings for more call! He's devilishly sweet and silky on the tastebuds with a tang of zing and bursting balls of juicy flavour. Have I got your attention well and truly locked down? Of course I do you filthy bunch of hustlers!

But let's face it, no one wants to spoon just any old plain n'simple piece of hunk do they? That'd be like settling for a touch of vanilla rough n'tumble under the sheets and quite frankly, where's the memorable fun and thrill of that? 
Don't be shy now, everyone likes to dip their fingers into a tub of au natural Fage or Chobani that's been knocking around the corners of their fridge for too long but it's about time to ignite some magic and get the sparks of ecstasy flying high. Grab your thick, creamy, jam-packed man of pleasure lurking amongst the sultry dark corners of your fridge shelf and get inspired by this recipe roundup to whip you into being a greek goddess in the kitchen - those juices will well and truly get flowing...!


What better way to kick-start your morning with a slinky smooth sea of tangy tart bed of pleasure scattered with a sweet plethora of playful tastebud tantalisers and crunchy twists to really get your teeth stuck into! Vibrant, sweet and always ready to deliver the goods, get one of these creamy babies on the go and it'll sure bring a lil somethin' somethin' to your day!

Fluffy, silky soft and light as air! This dip may be deliciously good for you and as innocent as a saint to sink your teeth into but he's anything bunt lacking in the flavour department. A good boy on the hips but a filthy devil on the lips, get your veggie cracker pick n'mix all sticky and dirty with this dip of a lifetime. 

Get yourself tucked in and marvelling at the moorish mingling flavour explosions of this homemade tangy bowl of comforting goodness. Creamy, smooth and always ready to blow your mind with a bang, it's about time you get your lips smackin' around the contents of this loaded lad!

C'mon who can really say no to pancakes?! Stacked to the heavens with a concoction of sweet nothings, these delicious fruity stacks are guaranteed to deliver the oomph you so notoriously seek in the morning... or any time of the day. You cheeky scamp, you! 

A colourful bowl of utter golden goodness that's fully loaded with tantalising flavours bursting with essentials vitamins and packed full of manganese. With flavours ready to pop, this scrumptious bad boy will leave you in hazy delight for the rest of the night. Oh la la!

Quick, easy and cheekily healthy, this tart little number is a must have to try! Infused with all the good things in life and a reliable little comrade always ready to satisfy, it's time to get this one swirled and whipped as you get yourself poised and ready to dip!

A quirky twist packed with flavour explosions all whipped up in silky, creamy goodness. This delightful little flavour package pairs wondrously with an array of fruit kebabs, crumbly animal crackers, salty crunch pretzels, softly moist pound bundt slices or anything that takes your fancy!

A quick morning romp a chomp ready to set you up for a glorious day full of possibilities. And fully satisfied smiles! Light and fluffy and quite simply gorgeous paired with freshly sliced banana coins and a sprinkling of warming cinnamon, get your whisks singing and soaring to set you up for one deliciously memorable morning!

Crunchy in all the right places, mingled and laced with bursting explosions of fruity flavours and dipped, flicked and licked in a smearing of sticky zingy yoghurt blanket coating. Nuts, pleasure and shivers down the spine...what more could a darling girl ask for?

Fresh, softly moist but rock hard in the flavour department, this little minx may look like a healthy breath of fresh air but once your lips hit the goods, they'll be hankering and hanging for the next quick fix! It'd be rude to deprive your tastebuds of this sunshine hit of pleasure so go get your lemons prepped and polished ready to be juiced and playing havoc! 

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, Popsugar, ezrapoundcake]

08 January 2016

You Is The New Black

Now that all the fun, games and mischievous nonsense of silly season has been slurped, burped and most definitely indulged, the period of "New year, New me" has touched us with her presence and you can't glance your eyes left, right or centre without stumbling upon some revolutionary detox programme or streaming through an Instagram feed of wailing wallies torturing themselves with gruelling workouts and powder grit shakes. 

Yet let's face it we can't blame January for being one shitter of a month purely due to the ghastly plummet in the temperature gauge. We make it notoriously painful all on our own by being sheep to the trend of groundbreaking reinvention. Everyone's a keen bean to artistically post a snapshot of the tofu, black eyed bean buddha wellness salad bowl (that's a bloody mouthful in itself) that they've slaved away making for nearly 2 hours but they sure as heck aren't going to be tweeting about the miserable wails their hungry bellies are making two hours post budda bowl. 

It's all too easy to get swept up with social media and put ourselves under the pressures to conform to the health bandwagons dancing and luring us in with their pretty promises of change, revolution and energy to rival a hippie on crack. You know what's more important than trying to cut down on the amount of sugar in your morning bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes? Staying true to yourself and your own needs. Not the needs of your neighbour. Nor the needs or wants of your Instagram fitness idol. They eat what they eat according to their own needs, they exercise to what their bodies can take, they dress according to what they like and the same applies to you.

Eat how you want to eat and what your body craves, exercise to a level that compliments your lifestyle and dress however the hell you want to. If you're feeling like a sexy seƱorita in your a high bun, shades and black gazelles then go ahead and work it girl. No one is dictating to you that you should be strutting around in a VS sports bra, lulu lemon luxury gym pants and a pair of nike airs to be seen as one of the cool aspirational new year "go-getters". If who you were last year and who you are now is enough for you then take that confidence and fly high with it! Change for no one but yourself and for reasons that will only help benefit and nourish your future. 

Your worth and achievements for this brand new year are not determined by your ability to deadlift 70kg at David Lloyd's or your saintly willpower to chow down on a cashew coconut bliss ball instead of that slab of chocolate tiffin winking at you on the counter. 

March to your own rhythm and dance to the beat of your drum and inner heart. There are artists inside each and every one of us and we can consciously decide to pick up our paintbrush and colour our worlds with choice. The golden light in this magic is that we have the power to control how colourful or how black and white we make our experiences and memories. Something small and steady can shine just as bright and colourful as a loud n'proud publicised life overhaul. 

My parting advice for navigating your way through jaded January is to stay true to your own beliefs and don't feel like you have to partake in the competitive energy buzzing through the streets you walk. Life, just like art streams through subjective beauty. It's powerfully mysterious; often frustrating but staying mindful to where you are now rather than pining for where you once were or craving for future achievements allows the magic of change to occur naturally and most authentically. 

The creative living of change occurs not through putting yourself under restrictive fads and trends but when the acceptance of who and what you are and where you are now becomes less than the fear of the unknown future. Learn to recognise and accept what is right for your body and needs and not anybody else's.

Don't simply conform; perform to the calls of your own song and dance and life will delight you in more ways than one.

Keep doing what you're doing buttercup as if it's enough for you then it sure as heck is enough for this big wide world!

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]
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