Here are a few things I was loving in September:
Bone Broth from Alchemy Juice
As the weather is changing to being a bit chilly, I’m craving warming foods. Bone broth is like a warm hug in a mug and it’s so nutritious – loads of health benefits. It’s pretty easy to make but I’m a little lazy sometimes so it’s been handy to be able to pick up a cup of it in Alchemy (upstairs from where BT2 used to be) on Grafton Street (http://www.alchemyjuice.ie)
#SprinkleAwesome Masterclass with Linwoods
This last Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to a Masterclass with Linwoods Health Foods (https://linwoodshealthfoods.com/ie/) in Medley in Dublin. The speakers were healthy cooks Roz Purcell, Susan Jane White and Madeline Shaw along with food photographer Joanne Murphy who gave us some hints and tips for food styling and photography. Susan’s demo for chocolate seed soldiers was pretty awesome: http://susanjanewhite.com/2016-chocolate-seed-soldiers/. Hard to believe that something that looks and tastes so delicious (that hint of orange!) is so healthy! Was totally inspired to start experimenting in the kitchen with recipes more suited to my own diet needs!
‘The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo’
I love a good giggle (it’s good for your health!) and I’ve been having lots of laughs reading Amy Schumer’s ‘The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo’. I was probably on the fence with Amy before reading this book as I find her comedy a bit too vulgar sometimes but I’m well over the fence now and a huge fan. Not only is she funny, she’s very smart, insightful and brutally honest. Totally recommend this book.
‘The First Monday in May’
Back before health and wellness was my passion, I was very much into fashion and design so I love going to costume design and fashion exhibitions (the V&A in London is awesome) and watching documentaries or films about fashion and design. The First Monday In May is a behind-the-scenes doc about putting together a costume design exhibition in The Met in New York and the infamous Met Gala that launches the exhibition every year. I was blown away by what goes into putting on such an exhibition and event and I developed a new found respect for Anna Wintour who features heavily in the film. A visit to The Met in NYC is now firmly on my bucket list.
Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion
I’m experimenting with different body lotions at the moment and this month I tried Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Body Cream. It’s hydrating without being greasy, has a subtle scent and leaves a hint of a shimmer too so you actually have a little glow after applying it! Its ingredients include rosehip oil and Manuka honey which boost nourishment and help with repairing and hydrating the skin. While it has more ingredients than I’d probably like, there are a lot of pluses to their products – the company use natural, organic and non-GMO ingredients, don’t test on animals and support ethical trade production. https://www.trilogyproducts.com/uk/products/category/body/ultra-hydrating-body-cream