Floral Street Perfume: Eco Packaging

Floral Street is a new chic british perfume brand. I headed to their flag-ship store in London’s Covent Garden to sniff myself towards a new favorite perfume for spring. Everything from packaging to the shop and everything in-between is beautifully designed and insta-friendly. I normally only write about totally natural, clean products but I want to give this brand a big applause because the packaging is totally eco-friendly! The secondary box holding the perfume bottle is totally biodegradable,  made from recycled paper packaging and held together with a bright coloured band perfect to use as a hair tie! The body products might look like they come in bog standard plastic tubes but the sales person told me they are also biodegradable and are made from sugar! The beauty business have been shockingly slow in coming up with eco-friendly packaging,  so this company gets a big thumbs up!


I liked almost all of the eighth different fragrances, but I liked the Ylang Ylang Espresso a little bit more, so that was the one I bought 🙂
They all come across a bit “What you spray is what you get” if that makes any sense? I didn’t find they developed on the skin as they day passed. This is not a criticism at all just an observation. This is the same feeling I have when I use Byredo’s perfumes and as it turned out the perfumer Jerome Epinette also developed thirteen of Byredo’s scents.

The selfie seating outside. Genius!

XX Lisa

London Exhibition: Isle Of Dogs

Director Wes Andersons’s Exhibition and Noodle bar from his new movie Isle Of Dogs is on at 180 The Strand until the 8th of April.
It’s a perfect day out with the kids this holiday especially if they have seen the movie or are into film making.
The que was quite long and you join another que after that, but once inside it’s not cramped and you can easily wander around for as long as you want.
Me and my 10 year old headed straight to the Noodle Bar for a surprisingly good bowl of ramen and to our delight the restaurant looked exactly like in the film!
The exhibition features 17 different sets all with amazing details.
It’s such a treat and It’s completely free!



 

Film: Isle Of Dogs

As I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan and my 10 year old loves anything Japanese we went to see Anderson’s new stop-motion-animation Isle Of Dogs yesterday. We both loved it!
Set in a not-too-distant future Japan, dogs have been vilified by the  loathsome Mayor who prefer cats, and the mutts are banished to Trash Island. But 12 year old Atari wants his dog Spot back, he steals a plane and crash-lands on Trash island to find his best friend.

Beautiful animation, great rhythm, fab music and amazing characters!
Just look at the faces of those adorable dogs in the above trailer 🙂
These mutts are further brought to life by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johanson and Yoko Ono to name a few of the voice stars.

We loved it so much we are off to Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs exhibition at The Strand tomorrow!

 

 

Healthy Eats: London – Squirrel


I love all the fast food health cafe’s that have popped up all over London the last couple of years. I’ve been to Squirrel in South Kensington a few times before and I love the treehouse décor! It’s very cute. The overhead lamps are shaped as acorns, plants and trees are everywhere. Minimalistic it’s not!
Squirrel offer a wide range of healthy foods, catering for all types of diets at any time between 8.30am and 10pm. You can customize your own salad, or chose something from the menu. The picture above is “The Mexican” from the breakfast menu.  I also had a “Glowing Squirrel” smoothie.

Squirrel is on 11 Harrington Road in South Kensington, 2 minutes from the tube station.


Raw Food and Nama Has Closed

I was really sad to hear that raw food restaurant NAMA in Notting Hill closed  yesterday. It was the first raw food place I went to and that is where I fell in love with raw food.
I always loved the surrealistic vibe of it all – that something that for example looked like a bog standard spaghetti Bolognese  was actually made from un-cooked vegetables and tasted nicer and fresher than the real deal.

A lot of people seems to have lost their apatite for the  raw food movement lately. Maybe it was just too much nuts and died fruit. But it gave us a new perspective on how to keep nutrients and enzymes intact and also a whole bunch of new cooking technics. The spirulizer, blender and dehydrator. AND I think we can thank the raw food movement for the explosion of interest in FERMENTATION!

Below are a two examples of raw food recipes that I make on a  regular basis. A pudding and a fab breakfast:

Lime and Rose Dessert Raw and Vegan

Orange Chia Breakfast

The Perfect Sports Top From H&M

 

This sports top is SO flattering and cheap!
I’m heading back tomorrow to cop a few more before they sell out!

Here are a few reasons why it’s so great:
1. Short Sleeves to hide bingo-wings!
2. Flattering cut, not to tight, but still gives you shape.
3. Extra long in the back, covering the behind but at the same time giving it awesome shape.
4. It’s only £12.99. Have seen something similar with an extra 0 at the end.
5. It’s from the conscious range.


Unfortunately these new trainers are more Style over Comfort…

The Problem With Coffee

I absolutely love coffee! I’m on and off it constantly. When I’m ON I have one a day. I especially like it on holiday.
If you are not sensitive to caffeine and have a healthy life-style, a small cup of coffee a day it’s not going to pose a health risk to you.
But knowing what could be problematic with drinking coffee empowers us to make good decisions for our health in the long run.

Here are a few reasons why you drink maximum 1 cup a day:

– Coffee makes us loose important minerals that we are likely to be deficient in anyway. To metabolize coffee the body needs minerals. On top of that coffee is a diuretic so more minerals are lost, which can further contribute to nutritional deficiencies.

– Caffeine is a natural insecticide to protect the plant against bugs. Some people are sensitive, and no wonder.

– Coffee is one of the most chemically sprayed crops in the world!  (Always buy organic coffee if you can!)

– Coffee stresses the adrenals. When you drink a cup neurons send messages to the pituitary gland which makes the adrenal send out adrenaline and cortisol. Basically your latte send you straight into fight or flight mood. Boom!If you drink several cups a day your nervous system will take a beating.

– Unfortunately de-caffinated coffee is not a solution as it’s not guaranteed to be a 100% caffeine free and nasty chemicals can be used to remove the
caffeine.

–  The roasting process creates acrylamide, the chemical which is formed when starchy foods are roasted, grilled or fried. This chemical can case cancer .

Great Coffee alternatives here:

Lemon & Apricot Energy Bar


These Lemon and Apricot Energy Bars are nut free, so perfect to put in your kids lunchbox.

Ingredients:
– 2 cups apricots

– 1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

– 1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds

– 1 fermented lemon (about 1/2 cup) or zest from 1-2 fresh lemons

Direction:
Blend everything in a food processor. Put baking paper in a square oven dish. Let it set in the fridge for about 2 hours. Cut up into squares and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Artichoke Tea

Have you ever tried Artichoke Tea? I can highly recommend it! Both for it’s fabulous health benefits and also for its delicious taste. The taste is smooth, sweet and softly woody, I take it with a drop of stevia.
Artichokes were used as a health food and as a digestive aid by the Egyptians and Romans, and has traditionally been taken as a health tonic  in Asian countries for many ailments.

Here are 5 reasons why you should drink it on a regular basis:

1. Artichokes comes with fantastic antioxidant action which can protect the body against damage from free radicals and environmental toxins. (Among other things preventing premature aging).
2. You will also be adding Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin A, B and C to your diet.
3. It helps to protect the liver and gall bladder, so excellent as a detox aid and because of that an extra bonus is clear skin!.
4.It’s soothing for the stomach, helping digestion.
5. It’s also a diuretic, preventing water retention. And is sometimes used as a weigh loss aid.

Invisibobble


Hi!
Am I the last person on earth to hear about and try the Invisibobble?? How could I have missed this miraculous hair assessor? I blame it on having boy-children only.
I love to have my hair up in a pony tail IF I have had my roots done fairly recent.
And of course I always have it up when I go training. (Which is happening regularly nowadays :))
What is so different with this gadget in comparison to ordinary hair ties is that it  doesn’t pull on the hair. You won’t get those big indentations in the hair when you let it out, after training for example. This is normally a major issue for me and my fine hair!  But this old-style telephone cable fixed that. I also like that the company was founded by 2 college students and is now massive! Everyone and his aunt have copied their idea, but the plastic in the fakes seem inferior, they don’t stay on as well or they pull to hard. I bought my original Invisibobble at Boots, they were about £5 for 3 ties.