Monday, January 18, 2016

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

By Georgia





Now that Christmas is a distant memory and you've finally recovered from your New Year celebrations, it’s time to get stuck into 2016…

And if you’re anything like me, a New Year means new plans and new goals.
This year, I am determined to get fit and stay healthy – in body and in mind. So for my first post for 2016, I thought I would share some of the little things that are going to help me achieve it.

1. Keeping Social
Something I lost touch with in 2015 was making an effort to see many of my friends. It wasn’t that I’d fallen out with them or didn’t love seeing them; just that sometimes finding the time and energy was hard work and it was easier to bail or cancel… at best making a half-hearted attempt to reschedule for ‘sometime next week’. Having an ongoing ankle injury for most of the year also didn’t help.



So for 2016, I am becoming a Yes girl when it comes to friends. From now on, I have determined that I won’t say no to anything – no matter how exhausted or unenthused I’m feeling, I’m going to put in the effort and get my social on. If there was anything I learnt about myself last year, it was that keeping social keeps me happy and sane.

2. Getting a Change of Scenery
I don't know about you, but a large part of my 2015 consisted of a couch, a glass of wine and back-to-back Netflix. When you're single and you don't have anyone to spend time with, you loose the desire to do anything new and exciting. My resolution for 2016 is to get out of the house more; explore more; see more.



I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful city (and country) and its high time I take advantage of it and appreciate my surrounds.

(That is to say unless I'm on a Making a Murderer binge... the only exception!).

3. No Dating...For Now
You might be thinking "say what?" - why would a young woman in her prime want to stop dating? Isn't finding the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with pretty much the primary goal?




Well yes, I have always tried to find that one special person, but it’s time for me to take a break. For too long my sole focus has been finding a partner that I’ve almost forgotten how to be happy by myself. 2015 was guided by an obsession with apps like Tinder and Happn (on which I've only ever had bad experiences by the way). Yes ladies, I know you've all had friends who found their boyfriends on those apps and are now happily married. They are the exception, not the rule.

Now this one is easier said than done, but I've had enough heartbreak to last a while so I’ve decided 2016 is the time to concentrate on just having fun!

4. Float More Think Less
I previously did a post about my time in a sensory deprivation tank and to this day I am a big believer in it. Our minds need time to shut down and think… and this is the way to do it! Floating is a great way to keep me happy and focused at least once a month. Elevation Flotation and Yoga in Camberwell is officially my 2016 happy place.



5. Losing Weight
Toward the end of 2015, I discovered The Body Coach. Created by Englishman Joe Wicks, this weight loss program is amazing. In three months your body will be completely transformed. I have tried so many different diets in the past and find that Joe’s is by far the best.




Although it takes dedication and motivation, the 15-minute workouts fit perfectly into my busy schedule and the food (prepared by myself based on recipes) is so delicious you don't even realise you are on a diet (Joe's Instagram account Lean in 15 shows how great the results of his diet are and some pretty inspirational meal ideas - you can sign up to The Body Coach here). In my calendar, 2016 is down as the ‘Year of the Joe’.

6. Yoga
Being injured sucks, especially when you enjoy working out and staying fit. Cue Yoga - a great fitness method for when you have physical limitations and can’t be as active as you would like. This year I'm focusing on those core muscles and relaxing the mind. Elevation Float recently opened their Yoga studio and it is going to be my go to for classes.




7. Cleanse That Body
When cleansing tea's first came onto the market I was in awe - here were teas that could make you healthy and skinny! After some trial and error I now realise that the majority of these products are mostly all hype. Not only do they sometimes make me sick in the stomach but up until now, I haven’t seen much of a difference to my weight or skin clarity.



Recently, I was given the chance to try out Stay Lean Tea. I was hesitant at first due to my previous experiences but gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised!
Stay Lean Tea is formulated using the Longjing Green Leaf, which is full of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and catechins.




aThis leaf cleanses the body while stimulating fat loss… all without decreasing much-needed nutrients. What I like about the brand is that it doesn't include laxatives with its blend, nor does it make me sick. Head to Stay Lean Tea to try out their great detox's here! 2016 = healthy tea, healthy body.

8. Glowing Skin
It's not really a new thing for me, but definitely something I will continue in 2016. I cleanse my skin twice a day, exfoliate once a dat and moisturise at least twice a day.



My favourite brand would have to be Sukin. Their Rose Hip oil has done wonders for my scars and their Cleansing Gel and Rose hip day cream has kept my skin glowing and outbreak free! Let's not forget the amazing prices!

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All in all I believe 2016 will be a year to remember. I can't wait to see what I have in store and I hope my New Year tips help, even just a little.


xxx
M & G
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Float Time

  Float Time
By Melbourne and Georgette Editor
Georgia Power
 


It's not often I do lifestyle pieces, but I thought I would share my most recent experience with you in a sensory deprivation tank. 

Since floating has become the latest trend in Melbourne, it was definitely an experience I wanted to try out. I had had lots of close friends do it and they spoke highly of the relaxing results.

So what is floating? Well, its where you are placed into a confined space that is filled with around 40 cm of water mixed in with 550kg of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). The water and air temperatures are matched to that of a person’s skin temperature. The buoyancy of the water and Epsom salt solution allows the user to easily float in the water, removing any sensation of gravity. A state of the art float tank removes all visual, audible and physical stimulation to create experience that is not replicated anywhere else.


 
After a long year, all I wanted to do was spend an hour concentrating on me and my relaxation skills with absolutely no distractions.

I booked in with Elevation Flotation and Yoga for $69. Situated in the heart of Camberwell, this business was one of the first of its kind in Melbourne.

When you walk in you are greeted by a beautifully big space with two doors. One door leads to a staff area, while the other leads to the floating rooms. You get the sense that when you walk through that second door you are leaving all your emotions, problems and stress behind. 



There are three floating rooms in Elevation, with the yoga space soon to be opened upstairs. Each room is fitted out with a custom made deprivation pod, sensory lights and a shower.

Before entering the pod, it is a necessity to shampoo your hair and wash your body as to not contaminate the water. Once you head inside the timer starts, you close the pod and relaxing music soothes you for around 2 minutes before switching off. When you are comfortable you turn off the light in the pod. 



Essentially, it was dead quiet and dark.

At first, I have to admit I freaked out a bit. I am not easily scared, nor claustrophobic, but my body just went into a state of shock. There is no way of knowing where you are in the pod and eventually due to the temperature control you can't even feel the water.

Then I was restless - I started to realise an hour is a REALLY long time.  

After that? Pure bliss. Even though I was aware my mind and body was awake, my consciousness went into a deep state of relaxation. It is a really hard experience to describe but its almost like you feel nothing and you are nothing. Almost alien like in its expereience.

Some people never reach that state, while others say it took them around three visits to achieve it. 



I came out feeling as if I had a lovely nap. The salts also made my skin feel fresh and rejuvenated.

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. It would also be a great gift for someone for Christmas! 



Head to Elevation Float now to book your float online.







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Friday, November 6, 2015

Melbourne Cup Day 2015

Melbourne Cup 2015
By Melbourne and Georgette Editor
Georgia Power


A crowd of 101,015 people attended Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday. I was lucky enough to be one of them. 

I knew it was going to be a marvelous day purely because of the blue skies.  

The Melbourne Cup is renowned across the world and attracts the finest international and national guests and horses. It truly is an honour to every year to be a part of such an amazing day.

The Birdcage was my home once again and was host to celebrities and corporates. One of these special guests was Lady Kitty Spencer, the late Princess Diana's niece. Also in attendance was Leyton and Bec Hewitt, David Guetta, Ricky Ponting and of course our favourites, Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith. 




It was really a day for the Bachie Peeps, with our favourite couples Sam and Snezana and 

After the monochrome at Derby I was excited for all the colour. Although blacks seem to be the only thing on the shelves - everyone took to either having crazy neons or beautiful dark neutrals.


I took to Lavazza again to admire their architecture. Derby day was intense, but Cup Day was a time to relax and enjoy the marquee. The Block Judge and Editor of Vogue Living, Neale Whitaker designed the beautiful space - boy did he do an incredible job. Inspired by the Lavazza brand colour of blue, the marquee represents six masters of Italian mid century design. The highlight of the marquee is definitely the cloudscape roof art, which transcends guests into endless dreams. 

I was lucky enough to be wearing the gorgeous Kookai Venice Dress in Plum and their Aria Comb headpiece.



The day was topped off with the win of Prince of Penzance winning the Melbourne Cup, making Michelle Payne the first female jockey ever to win the 6.2 million dollar race.

Here are a few of my favourite outfits from the day:
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Derby Day 2015



Derby Day 2015
By Melbourne and Georgette Editor
Georgia Power




Wow. What a start to the carnival!

I woke up Saturday to thunderstorms and lightening and I was pretty disappointed. My first thought was "oh crap my dress is white", then came "thank god I'm in the Birdcage this year!".



I arrived to the course very early alongside blogger and model Carly Gordon. Getting there before the crowds is the best way to take in each of the marquees, get some good photos and of course, choosing the perfect spot to people watch!


Derby Day is the start to the carnival, and everyone was looking chic in their monochromatic outfits. I definitely feel that everyone put so much thought and time into their outfits this year. 


The rain continued to pelt down all morning, but it didn't stop the celebrities rocking some amazing outfits or Hilary Swank pulling off a sparkly jumpsuit and looking cool, calm and collected in the awful weather.


Jen Hawkins and Kris Smith shone in the Super Botanica themed Myer Marquee. Hawkins literally glowed during the photo op for press. 


After everyone arrived, the Melbourne and Georgette team settled at the Lavazza Marquee for the day - which still holds is name for the most fun marquee in the birdcage. By 3pm the tent was at capacity, the music was going off and the espresso martini's were flowing.




I was dressed in an amazing White Shieke dress and Morgan and Taylor fascinator. I teamed it up with my favourite Marcs shoes and clutch.

The whole day was an amazing success and to wrap it all up, here are some photos of the best dressed celebrities and public for the day.


Until Tuesday guys!

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Raf Simons Leaves Dior

Raf Simons Leaves Dior
By Melbourne and Georgette Editor
Georgia Power




We were with him through several stressful Paris Fashion Weeks, and witnessed it all first hand in 'Dior and I'. Now world renowned designer, Raf Simons has decided to take his final bow with the couture brand.

Dior was left in pieces after its previous designer, John Galliano, went of on anti-sematic rants and struggled with drug addiction in 2011. After he left the company, the brand was so confused as to where it stood in the industry and the direction it was going to take that it was going to take a miracle to come back to life. 

And thats just what they achieved. Raf Simons stepped in and brought colour, unique designs and a modernist feel back to Dior.

“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” Simons, 47, said in a statement.

“It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book."

No word yet as to who will take over the company, but the search is on.

Congratulations to Raf and we wish you all the best in your future!


xxx

M&G

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