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Archive for June, 2012

Crussh Summer Porridge

Crussh Summer Porridge

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick these past few months. I never really eat much in the mornings, but with my clothes falling off me, I thought getting into a good routine of three meals a day plus snacks would help me look less like a skeleton 🙂 I have to say that I always thought healthy food would be bland, but when I tried porridge for the first time (I never had it as a child) I was pleasantly surprised.

With the warmer months approaching (or yet to approach), I wanted an alternative. Browsing my local Crussh store, I came across their summer porridge. At first glance, their blend of yoghurt and oats looked unappealing, but to my surprise I loved it. I even add a tablespoon of Barleans fortiflax (ground flaxseeds) from Planet Organic for those essential omega 3’s. Delicious, healthy and filling.

I was browsing the internet for some tips on how to make my own version but a bit more interesting, and I came across a recipe called Swiss Bircher named after the physician Maximilian Bercher-Benner. The photo I came across on Flickr looks incredibly yummy…

Bircher Muesli

Considering my cholesterol and weight was very low to start with, it will be interesting to see the effects of all this healthy eating. I have to say changing my diet has been easier than I anticipated, but I put that down to having a strong willpower.


Boden Autumn 2012 – Helena Christensen models new collection

Considering that we haven’t really had much of a summer yet and all the clothes I’ve bought haven’t been worn, I was surprised to see Boden’s preview of next seasons collection. I’ve been buying from Boden for the past two/three years, and I love the quality of their items which fits my size 6 frame pretty well, their customer service is also excellent.

I like the models they use – I recall seeing Louise Pedersen (Danish model who I recognised as the face of Pilgrim jewellery a couple of years ago, but most famously known as the face of DKNY’s ‘Be Delicious’ perfume) modelling their Spring/Summer collection two years ago. Now Boden have the beautiful Helena Christensen modelling their Autumn 2012 collection – she is one of my favourite models, great figure and the most striking eyes (swoon) 🙂 The blonde model (wearing Boden’s sixties jumper) I do recognise but I don’t know her name…

There are some very nice pieces shown in their preview, their upcoming collection certainly gets the thumbs up…


French Connection Fez Garden Top

Absolutely love this French Connection smock fez garden top (ÂŁ77). This ticks all the boxes for summer style – pink, floral embroidery, cool cotton, sixties style.  Would look equally lovely with skinny jeans, flares, or shorts when on the beach.