“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”—Thoughtful Tuesdays - Franz Kafka (via thingsthatsing)
“Though I am by no means a vegetarian, I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable in order to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.”—
Work the abs by starting on all fours, hands beneath shoulders and knees beneath hips. Imagining there are two full glasses of water on your shoulders and two on your hips that you can’t spill, inhale, then exhale as you slowly reach your left arm forward and your right leg behind you. Inhale, pause and reach out further. Exhale and return, then switch sides. Keep your torso stable by sucking your stomach in and engaging your abs. Reps: 5 each side Benefits: Works the deep abdominal muscles in a functional way.
Friday's sweet + a salad: French classics for Paris Fashion Week!
It’s Paris Fashion Week, people! In between drooling over the clothes (now now, that’s not chic), make these supremely awesome and naturally gluten-free buckwheat galettes (make sure you use real butter, and plenty of it s’il vous plaît) and if you’ve still got the stomach, go for these paleo & gluten-free peach hazelnut frangipane tarts. Or, make like Hanneli and eat a Kate Spade chocolate purse. Either way.
The end of September may seem a totally incongruous time to start a detox, but a) I feel like detoxing helps me maintain focus during this seriously bipolar weather (thank you England) and b) it’s always better late than never!
Wellness Wednesdays: 20 ways to take great care of yourself
Normally I don’t re-post pretty much an entire article from another website. But this list of ‘20 Simple Ways to Take Great Care of Yourself’ is so perfect I just have to. Implementation starts now. Because when is there ever a better time to start taking care of yourself?
1. Start your day with a warm cup of water and lemon.
16th of September (yes, Monday) is a date that’s hard to forget in Mexico. For one, it’s Independence Day. For another, it’s the name of the main road in Guadalajara. Yep, the road is named after a date. Avenida 16 de septiembre.
In any case, last night we had a bit of a fiesta to celebrate. We make our own traditions. We eat fish tacos, my favourite Mexican dish, rather than the traditional chiles en nogada (pictured below). We wear silly moustaches. We dance salsa and reggaeton. We invite our friends over and they dress up like Mexican drug lords/70s Eurostrash stars which make every word they say 100x more hilarious. Yep. No manches wey.
I saw this recipe for mixed nut milk on Welcome to the Harvest and fell in love. So many nut milk recipes abound out there, but not for mixed nuts. Mixed nuts = more flavour + nutrition. And I love this recipe for nut cream:
Place leftover nut pulp in a mini food processor with a little milk, juice of half a lemon or orange and a tablespoon or so of sweetener. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding vanilla, extra sweetener or some more juice to taste. / modified from Welcome to the Harvest
I love hazelnut and brazil nut milk with a dash of coconut butter. What about you?
Okay, okay. So we’ve established you probably don’t have any time to do anything during fashion month. But didn’t we say fashion was aspirational? So for those aspirations - the swankiest gyms in each New York, London, Milan and Paris to check out. Because if you’re gonna go to the gym, you might as well go in style.
Summer: it’s never too long. Ever. I was born in the summer and I will always be a summer girl. There’s something about long days and hazy nights, weather so hot you don’t give a damn, tossing all cares away to loll in the sunshine on the grass somewhere.
One of my favourite posts from Garance Doré, an oldie but a goodie:
Finding encouragement in my progress, I read a whole bunch of books on nutrition and applied some new principles that seemed to work for me. I revamped my entire way of eating.
No, it wasn’t following some diet. No, not counting calories. And it wasn’t stopping eating what I love to eat.
It was just harmonizing my way of eating with my tastes and my lifestyle. And that’s really personal. No one else can do that for you, and it would serve no purpose whatsoever if I told you what I’ve been eating. It suits no one but myself…
It’s funny… I never thought myself capable of change. And still, I wonder if I’m just dreaming here. I feel such a strong sense of balance and I hope to continue this way the rest of my life.
Read the rest of the post on Garance’s blog. Inspiration for your midweek, no?
“In my dreams the world would come alive, becoming so captivatingly majestic, free and ethereal, that afterwards it would be oppressive to breathe the dust of this painted life.”—Thoughtful Tuesdays: Vladimir Nabokov, from Invitation to a Beheading (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1935)
Okay, so it’s not quite September yet. But I’m going to start it anyway. It’s time to detox. Who’s with me? (Yep, definitely see masses of hands going up.) If anyone has any tips for detoxing or surviving sugar-free, let me know. I’ll need it. Xx Annette
Damn, it’s nearly autumn. Hurrah, it’s nearly fashion month. Yes, it gets a little crazy for just over four weeks when you can barely get a real meal in, let alone devote some time to yoga, but if there are days when you really just need to chill, here’s where to do it (courtesy of Gaia Repossi).