I generally eat very healthy however of late I have found my snacking to be a little out of control and I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to sweet biscuits. Just like planning your meals, planning your snacks is a great idea too because it will save you from reaching for processed and/or sugar loaded options.
This week I’m making a conscious effort to ‘snack right’ so here is my list of energy boosting snacks:
1. Hummus dip with carrot sticks [preferably make your own, or, buy a preservative free one from the store]
2. Cheese & gluten free crackers – I’m not gluten intolerant but I think the less gluten you eat the better
3. Fresh yoghurt with berries
4. Wholegrain muesli bar – I like Carmen’s fruit muesli bars, great for ‘on the run’ days
5. Other great on the run options: fresh fruit, nuts, smoothies, fresh juice
And water, water, water!
“Hi, I’m Nikki. I write this blog to help busy women like me get out the door each day looking and feeling the best they can. It’s not about embracing the latest fashion (although this certainly helps). It’s about really understanding what makes you tick, what drives your personality, and dressing accordingly so that others can see the real you. I’ll share a secret with you here … sometimes the real me isn’t so crash hot. On those days I choose to stay home and embrace my inner dag (You have my permission to do the same).”
It’s time for our favourite post of the month…. A Day in the Life of Nikki Parkinson [a.k.a. the gorgeous lady behind ‘Styling You’]. What we love most about Nikki’s website is that she keeps it real. She makes fashion easy and accessible to all women regardless of their lifestyle. Nikki is a busy mum of three who started her blog after a 20-year journalism career including a role as fashion and beauty editor.
We are so grateful to Nikki for taking the time to show TSN readers a day in her life. We are so excited and hope you love it as much as we do! Enjoy!
1. First thing I do when I wake is check Twitter and Facebook on my iPad ... I know this is bad, isn't it?!
2. Make lunch and breakfast for my youngest ... Flynn, is almost 7. I have two teenagers as well: A son, who is nearly 17 and a daughter who is 15.
3. Shower, get dressed and apply makeup. I'm working at home so keeping it casual.
4. Do the school run. This is my everyday arm party.
5. Where I blog ... most of my day (during school hours) is spent here at my desk. It's a corner of our lounge room. When I "grow up" I'll have a separate office.
6. New beauty products arrive. Time to sort what I'm trialling for the blog next.
7. The trialling zone in my bathroom ... it's ever-changing as I try to keep some sort of order to the process of trialling and blogging about new skincare and makeup products.
8. I love deliveries. Today is a new orange coat I ordered from Gorman. It's love at first tissue paper sighting!
9. A weekly fruit and vegetable delivery is just one of the things that help me to keep on top of both work and family life.
10. It's 4.30pm and I'm off to Brisbane (about 1.5 hours away) with my friend and journalist Amy for the opening of two new stores in the city's revamped Wintergarden centre: Coach and Mecca Maxima
11. Wearing Leona Edmiston ... in Mecca Maxima.
12. Then on to the Coach opening. Yes, New York cab in Brisbane. I had to look twice!
13. There's a party crowd at Coach.
14. Lychee cocktails ... yum.
15. Celebrity factor ... Gyton Grantley ... and
16. Natalie Bassingthwaighte
17. Amy and I go looking for dinner before driving back home ... and manage to sweet talk ourselves into the opening of Grill'd
In a world that is driven by mass consumption it is so rare to find a company that still has it manufacturing roots firmly planted in Australia. One Sunday is a beautiful store that is designed specifically for older girls and is entirely Australian owned, designed and manufactured. Their preppy, chic styles have the entire Style Net office wishing they made them big enough for us – think on-trend stripes, beautiful prints and block colours all achieving the perfect balance of classic yet edgy design.
We have fallen head over heels for this beautiful label and we were lucky enough to sit down for a quick chat with Henrietta, the designer and owner of One Sunday.
What inspired you to create One Sunday?
One Sunday was a natural step. I had always designed clothes for myself and my children and was very interested in fabrics and their capabilities. So when my eight year old started to grow out of the young girl brands she had been wearing, I decided it was time to launch my own brand for the older girl market.
Why was it important to you for One Sunday to be made in Australia?
For me it is all about transparency. I need to know who is making my garments, I need to know what conditions they work under and that they are properly paid. The quality of the work produced here is amazing and consistent. One Sunday clothes last and last for parents that is so important – there is nothing more frustrating than clothes that fall apart or don’t survive the first wash, especially if it has taken some time to agree on an item for a 12 year old!
What have been the greatest challenges in creating an Australian made clothing line?
Definitely the cost. It is expensive to manufacture in Australia. However the pluses far outweigh the minuses.
What three One Sunday pieces are essential for every young girl’s wardrobe?
That would have to be the Swing top – such a great top. It can be a throw over jeans, shorts or leggings it is comfortable and flattering. Our banded linen shorts are also absolutely fabulous. They are easy to pull on but have a lovely tailored look to them. Then I would choose one of our dresses, because every girl needs a fabulous dress. Either go casual with the Capri dress or more formal with the Bilbao dress.
Where do you look for inspiration for the One Sunday collections?
I always keep an eye on what is happening in the northern hemisphere. I love Isabel Marant’s style and, for pure French pared back style you can’t go past Bensimon. Most of my inspiration however comes from looking at what young girls are wearing, particularly my own – I love seeing what they do with their clothes. In order for an item to be successful, you need to know that a child will wear it and love it.
What books are on your bedside table?
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It is such a beautifully written book about a fabulous time in history. However, I have just finished yet another Coco Chanel biography. I love her story and the time she was designing. She liberated the way women dress and for me that is truly inspiring. She was also the first designer to use jersey, which is a staple fabric in my collection.
What can’t you live without?
Music – it feeds my soul and inspires me.
What is your dream holiday destination?
New York, the perfect destination… food, art, shopping, design, drama, atmosphere and the people. What is not to like… apart maybe from the coffee… I am going to NY soon and can’t wait!
‘Everything will be all right in the end… if it is not all right it is not the end’. As an eternal optimist this is my mantra.
Thank you so much Henrietta!
I try and create a meal plan every week – it means that I know what to buy when I go grocery shopping and it saves me loads of time [and money] in not having to run to the supermarket every night after work, and, it also saves a bucket load of frustration as I don’t have to think about what to cook every night.
Each week is different, but I always double at one least recipe so that the following night I can just reheat the leftovers. This week I will be in Sydney for fashion week on Wednesday & Thursday, so I will make a risotto and leave it in the fridge for my husband on these days. Also to note, on Monday night I will make a big batch of mash potato and use it for Tuesday night’s dinner as well.
What’s cooking in my house this week?
Sunday: Moroccan meatball subs
Monday: Chicken Parmesan – these are good[!] & if you use a pre-made sauce or one from your freezer they are really quick too – with mash potato [recipe here]
Tuesday: Pork with mash potato and soy-plum glaze [recipe here]
Wednesday: The Cheat’s Baked Chorizo Risotto [recipe here]
Thursday: Left over risotto
Friday: Easy pasta [recipe here]
Saturday: Night off, hello take out!
Snack: Banana bread [recipe here]