Category: HEALTH


March 27

There’s a visceral truth that I’ve been running from for a good 3 years.

After some tumultuous months with my new husband, it dawned on me that my approach of arguing for my ‘truth’ and forcibly justifying my position was all wrong. Rather than reasoning and deflecting as my usual way of avoiding emotional confrontation, a wiser and indeed, more seemly tactic was to actually allow the gravity of our argument to consume me; then navigate my response from there.

Let’s rewind.


March 1
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I know what I’m going to say is probably going to sound crazy and unrealistic, but please go with me.I know life presents us with an endless stream of commitments that doesn’t always leave much room for hedonism and fun.

But I did have this zany idea…

What if, for a whole month, we only did those things that gave us bliss?

Instantly, a chill went down my spine. A concept of a month of pleasure.

This means really questioning a commitment before you just dive in:

– will I totally bliss out in doing this?
– do I have to do it at all?
– what would I rather be doing?
– can I make it fun?
– what would be the flow on effect of this activity in my life?This last question is vital.Because the mind can get all hatey and be like ‘boo! A month of pleasure is just about eating cake and lying on the couch for weeks – no thanks!’. Or worse, ‘Pleasure! Pah, you wish! I have two little kids to feed and a business to run. Go take this silly idea to people who have nothing better to do. A month of pleasure my bottom..!’But to your spirit, nothing could be further from the truth.
 The pleasure principle means that you’re present, devoted and having more fun. And that can extend anywhere.When I am in my daily shower, I sprinkle essential oils on the floor and play some sing-out-loud songs.

When I drive, I listen to more new Spotify playlists and take a lovelier route where possible. I don’t rush anywhere anymore… and when I order that divine meal I want, I eat it slowly. I love being outdoors, so when I write, I do so outside, in parks and on the beach.

Life is nice, my mood is better. When I’m with others I’m focused on the moment and on my body. Nothing else.

So this last week has just been a practice round – for the month of March, why don’t we try it all together?

Here is my pleasure list is below for your perusal.

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YES PLEASE… and share with me some of your new ideas.
My hunches tell me – only good can come of this. Let’s go!
1.The salty smell of the ocean
2. Blue sea waters and skies
3. Sunrise on the beach
4. Sunset on the beach
5. The stillness of forests
6. Babies. Their giggles. Their playfulness
7. Essential oils
8. Getting glammed up
9. Capturing a cool picture on my iPhone
10. Lush fabrics and textures
11. Singing
12. Dancing to awesome music
13. Drumming
14. Reading fashion mags, books and blogs
15. Talking to people about their love lives (always!)
16. Sexy time and cuddles (but of course…)
Can’t wait to hear what makes you sing.
* image via Ellen Von Unwerth for Vogue


December 27

So I am kind of a sunscreen skeptic.

Growing up in sunny Ukraine (not), we never needed it. And when I came to Australia, the sun-worship took hold with poor quality baby oil or the slightly less ridiculous tanning oil with an SPF of 5.

I wasn’t too keen to read skin cancer statistics and laughed off premature ageing stories as the result of hedonistic booze-fuelled lifestyles.

After all, how can the glorious sun be bad for you!?

But a blazing and dangerous star it is – and last week I had a suspicious looking mole removed myself. Suddenly, the stats felt real.

According to the Cancer Council, skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers. Think about what that means, in terms of precedence. And between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.

I used to think statistics like this were exaggerated only to encore us to buy sunscreens at the hands of phantom pharmaceutical companies. How wrong I was. Sure, short bursts of cream-free sun exposure where you are only in the sun for 15 minutes at a time are best (although I am sure some doctors would challenge me on even that opinion).

Yet during the quintessential Aussie summer, such measured bursts are almost impossible. I’m taking about long days boating, surfing, playing cricket or just wiling away the scorching hours on your beach towel with a good book. Like naughty kids (and normal humans), we are going to do defy some sensibilities and worship at the throne of sun exposure because it just feels so darn good. And when we make that choice, thank Lorde we cover up.

Now that I’m over 20 (ahem), the thought of lying in the sun without protection cream is incomprehensible. It’s not that I am even bowing down to vanity – I just don’t like the terrible sensation of feeling burnt. A thick and luscious cream provides a physical and psychological insulation against me and my nearest blazing star. I can enjoy, but with caution. None of us can assume that we’re invincible to its potent life giving yet destructive powers.

For many many years now, NIVEA SUN has been my genuine sunscreen of choice. I like its happy yellow and blue bottle, yummy texture and pleasant smell. Low SPF coconut oil long forgotten, it’s now the new, more sensible scent I associate with summer.

When NIVEA SUN contacted me out of the blue to check out their latest video, I smiled at that delicious irony. But of course!

Check it out here – because I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.

Full of fabulous sentimental summer imagery, it’s the perfect anti-dote to the rainy December days we’ve been having lately!

Best of all, it drives home the important message of sun care by giving beach goers an honest glimpse at their skin through an ultra-violet camera. When it protects and when it does not. And the cream protects. You can see it working.

When the proof is in the pudding, one can almost imagine a whole afternoon frolicking and living in the sun, guilt free – because we’ve taken care to cream up. Check out the NIVEA Facebook page for more information.

*This post has been sponsored by NIVEA SUN, but all thoughts and experiences are my own.


November 24

If you were to dream up the perfect skincare range, it would work magic on sensitive skins, use local, organic and high grade ingredients, be developed by a knowledgeable physician and be infused with heart-warming family legend.

Well, someone has gone all “inception” on you and interpreted your thoughts – as at 8am on Wednesday 12th November, Aussie twin sisters Zoe and Kim launched their new Australian skincare brand, Dr Roebuck’s.

With the aforementioned virtues, this product hits the mark – plus comes in totally bathroom friendly, recycled, hipster-approved packaging.

Dr Roebuck’s “Yoga For Your Skin” refers to the feeling individuals have, similar to that of a healthy workout after they use Dr Roebuck’s. Our philosophy is to look after yourself “inside and out” to have great looking skin”, Says Zoe Roebuck.

Over 30 years ago the girls’ physician parents searched high and low for an effective and safe skin care product for their children – yet discovered it did not exist. So they tried combining an old English dermatological formula with their clinical and practical knowledge. It yielded instant results in their daughters’ eczema prone skin and “Dr Roebuck’s” was born.

Three decades on, Dr Roebuck’s is still delivering on the cream’s original PURE Formula, which has been extended to include a body range, after-shaving care and children’s products.

“All our products are formulated from the original PURE Dr Roebuck’s blueprint to ensure the ingredients are active and non-toxic. All our skin products are BPA free and have been tried and tested for more than 30 years”, says Zoe.

This is a family brand who takes the integrity of all their products seriously!

“To ensure we can control the quality and standard of everything, all Dr Roebuck’s packaging and product is 100% Australian made. Our packaging is also BPA free and made from recyclable material”, adds Kim Roebuck.

Dr Roebuck’s has grown from 20 stores globally to 600 in the last 12 months and it’s no wonder it made its way to sunny and health conscious Australia. As well as being stocked at Priceline, Dr Roebuck’s is the only Australian skincare brand stocked in Shoppers and Drug Mart Canada.


The delicious product range

To celebrate this momentous occasion, forty fit and fab guests (including Olympic Gold Medalist Tora Bright, celebrity author and trainer Scotty Gooding and style blogger Nicole Benton) gathered at The Boy Charlton Pool for a morning of yoga followed by breakfast.

As one of the lucky guests, I experienced a full yoga session by Power Living yogi Mandy Kopcho amongst Boy Charleton’s laid-back, Harbour-sweeping beauty. What better way to celebrate a product that gives the skin a gentle workout (hence, ‘yoga for the skin’!), than with a fabulous stretch session?

Post yoga, guests sipped on green smoothies and C Coconut Water, as well as the most to die for acai bowls. The gift bag was generous, boasting a  lululemon athletica yoga mat, yoga bag, Dr Roebuck’s towel and goodies from the skincare range.

The verdict? Lush nourishment, gentle fragrance, happy skin – and chic packaging that is the pride of display on the bathroom cabinet.

Some more launch pics below!


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