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Healthy Snacks: One of a KIND


Now that the holidays are swiftly approaching, you may be doing a lot of travelling and burning a bit more energy with all of your holiday shopping ventures. It might seem difficult at times to pack in a well balanced diet around the clock. But, there is hope!

Being the keen traveller that I am, packing along high-energy snacks is nothing new to me! And, as you may know (if you’re a follower of this blog), having a good mixture of healthy food on the go is paramount in my travel essentials.  

I am collaborating with KIND, to share with you their all-natural snack offerings. You can eat healthy no matter where your destination might be, and without compromising good taste. KIND truly takes your snack experience to a whole other level. From Thai Sweet Chili to Honey Smoked BBQ, some of their concoctions include sweet, savoury, and bolder tasting bars, just to name a few.

The company prides themselves in being both, transparent in their ingredients and in influencing the world through compassion—for people and their body. They encourage acts of kindness, regardless of how big or small it may be. In fact, the KIND movement is a testament to their good-nature roots and ethos of the brand. 

As the company has simply stated, “One simple, foundational belief underpins it all: there’s more to business than just profit.” And, that’s one of the many reasons that I appreciate this brand. 

More To Love:
This would be the perfect holiday gift for a health conscious foodie, or anyone that loves tasty snacks loaded with ingredients that even my four year-old nephew can easily utter. All KIND Healthy Snacks are made from all-natural whole grains, fruits, whole nuts, as well as being fortified with ingredients that are high in antioxidants.

Do you have a friend or family member with certain food restrictions or allergies? Don’t fret, there’s heaps of variety when it comes to options to choose from, including alternatives that are entirely nut-free, and vegan-friendly. So, their categories in KINDness is bountiful for all to enjoy!
If you love almonds as much as I do, then I recommend the Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar. For chocolate lovers, you might lean toward the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bar, it’s a delicious way to taste both fruit and nuts together and cuddled with dark chocolate (bonus: this also has vitamin A, C, and E).

I also tried the raspberry clusters with chia seeds, but the cinnamon oat clusters with flax seeds are also great. I sprinkle them atop my morning yoghurt, or crush them into a blended breakfast shake with raw coconut.

What do you think of KIND? Have you tried KIND bars?
A-Almond & Coconut, B-Roasted Jalapeno, C-Peanut Butter & Strawberry, D-Maple Pumpkin Seeds, E-Blueberry Pecan. 

The goods: KIND bars, and Healthy Grains Clusters/Raspberry-Courtesy of KIND snacks. To view more selections or to buy gifts click here.

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Bittersweet Nights, and Unicorns


This week has been quite a busy one, so I took a few days off to get things in order, as well as finish a few projects that I can’t wait to share with you very soon. I was hoping to get to do a bit of vintage shopping earlier in the week, but I could not even get motivated after being somewhat frosty and then exhausted from the autumn day. Fortunately, dressing brightly for most of the week helped to boost my happiness!

Several weeks ago, I was asked to try out a few items from TrendyFine, and selected this big comfy sweatshirt. I actually don’t have many sweatshirts at all, but I wanted to style this one. It has a screened unicorn on the front, which I loved. I figured that a little fashion-fable of a unicorn couldn't hurt!
When one typically thinks about unicorns, pastel colours, or somewhat ethereal and fanciful imagery comes to mind, but the simple black and white actually worked well for me. Plus, it was an easy outfit to wear to an evening art showing. It was one of those nights where I had a few options to choose from for attending multiple events. However, at the end of the day we were disappointed and wished that we had went to option A, instead of option C.

All I did was take off my blazer, to make this outfit more casual, which suited the laid back ambiance. And, thank goodness, we ate beforehand, as the food and wine options were underwhelming, to say the least. Has that ever happened to you before?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Do you have anything exciting planned?
Well, here's some unicorn inspiration to make you happy! 
  Images: (top, bottom)
  Images: (top, bottom)
The goods: Unicorn Sweatshirt-c/o Trendyfine, Leather skirt-Won from a giveaway via Choies, Vintage patent ballerinas-Salvatore Ferragamo, Leather painted clutch-DIY 
*I am also linking this post with Sacramento's Black and White Share-In-Style. View more styles here

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Style and The Darkest Days


During the time of year when we have shorter days and it seems as if the sun has requested its own holiday, there’s still room for dazzling inspiration. Brightness does not have to translate into literal sunshine instead, just bring your own bit of intensity in any environment through your clothing.

I know, the dreary and often lifeless weather doesn't help at times, especially when it’s blended with the bitter cold. 

If you’re a dedicated follower of this blog, then you know that I immensely adore colour! There are times when I wear darker hues, but they still convey a cheerful mood. And, to top it all off, when I need to add a comfort element in my outfit (in general), jersey comes to mind.
Gudrun Sjoden Styleblogger winter 2014
I wore this printed jersey dress from the Gudrun Sjödén winter collection and paired it with tights, and a scarf for this look. The dress silhouette is quite simple, yet the print screened on the fabric makes it somewhat marvellously elaborate. It’s comfortable and easy to style, be it for versatility or dashing out quickly in layers. So, to me it was a clear winner. I almost forgot that it had pockets until I randomly tried out a few more belt options for other ways to wear it—the added bonus of pockets was a smart choice.

Unbelievably, we finally narrowed down our Christmas dinner party menu last week in advance. A couple drafts and translations later, in addition to a few group e-mails, it is now complete. To be honest, I don’t know why I’m always the one elected to take the planning lead for our gatherings and dinner parties, but deep down inside … well, of course I love it. So, I will not complain too much!

How has your November been so far?  
Gudrun Sjoden prints autumn winter 2014

The goods: Klöver" lyocell dress in Cranberry, Nubuck boots in Forest Green-Courtesy of       Gudrun Sjödén. Tights-Selfridges, Leather belt-urban Outfitters, Moto-jacket-Marshalls, Necklace-SF  Flea  market,  Scarf-Goorin Brothers,  Knit hat-Express. *Shop Gudrun’s new winter collection here.

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The Great Outdoors


Since I have slightly neglected our little garden, we decided to go to the markets the past weekend, and grab bundles of flowers, succulents, soil, and clay pots that we needed for the home.

I also had an extra few hours the next morning to enjoy, because a scheduled meeting was delayed until the latter part of the day. So, I was very productive—hopefully seasonal crafting sessions will arise again soon. But, for now, I am working on some outdoor décor projects. If time permits, I will try to keep you posted on some of those in the near future.

Here’s another bold piece that I currently love from the Gudrun Sjoden home collection. This colourful Leo doormat is perfect for showing some style outdoors. It’s very durable and made from coir, the same fibres found from the husk of coconut fruit. We usually have an inside shoe rack to keep some footwear, so having this outside doormat will be very helpful for entries beforehand, especially for wellies or garden boots, etc. There's an elephant version of it here as well.

The Porla embroidered throw (seen below) has a plush feel to it, and even though it’s wool, it did not bother me at all like most wool. I took a very brief moment for a cosy encounter, and wrapped myself in the throw for a morning cuppa. This will also work well as a sitting blanket for a weekend outing or lunch in the park, or even as an inside accent alongside your room décor.
 Above: "Porla" wool throw in “heron.

Have you done any home revamping or decorating lately?

*Lastly, I wanted to share a feature that I was honoured to be a part of this week. A couple weeks ago, I did an interview with Berlin online magazine REglam, which focusses on women’s health and empowerment. It was featured earlier this week. You can view it here.

 Indoor revamp: a few autumn decorations. The goods: "Porla" wool throw in “heron, "Leo" coir doormat, Lace-up leather boots-(worn here), Nubuck boots preview in Forest Green-Shop other colours here-Courtesy of Gudrun Sjödén. Denim-Acne, Handmade café chocolat cup-similar.

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