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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

HEALTHY NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FOR 2021 - EAT, SNACK AND DRINK SMARTER - GOODNESSMEBOX (USE MY DISCOUNT CODE: LIVIA10)




Health is wealth! 


With a monthly subscription to Goodnessmebox, it allows me to try out a whole bunch of new brands on the market. You'll be surprised which healthy snacks would be considered tasty! 


This is the latest subscription health box I received from Goodnessmebox which is filled to the brim with a range of healthy snacks from organic chocolates to brownie bars to dark chocolate dusted almonds.

2021: It's all about making smart decisions when it comes to my food choices! 

I am all about resetting my health and lifestyle goals for 2021, which means making smarter decisions when it comes to food choices - whether it be cooking at home or eating out or doing the weekly supermarket grocery trips. 

Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietician, all information and tools presented and written on this site are intended for informational purposes only. 

Here are some TOP tips on how to approach a better and healthier mindset with food: 

1. Look to follow a healthy eating plan. If need be reach out to a Health Professional Expert or Nutritionist to get their advice on setting yourself with a calorie plan that's suitable for your  lifestyle and needs.

2. Focus on nutrient-dense foods. By following the food group chart and making sure that you incorporate your share of healthy vegetables, fruits and proteins...you are well on your way of making a positive head start for smarter food choices and goals for 2021. 

3. Limiting calories from ADDED sugars, saturated FATS and most importantly, reduce the SALT intake. You will be surprised at the amounts of hidden sugar, salt and other unnecessary fats present in packaged and processed foods. The goal is aim for amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns within your lifestyle. 

4. Shift to healthier food choices. I am not saying always go for salads when eating out, there's a wide range of healthy choices you can opt for, and it's all about educating yourself with nutrient-dense foods across the healthy food groups. 

5. Having a Support Network is essential. Having a close network of peers, friends, family and workmates who all support the eating healthy mentality helps so much especially when it comes to food choices. Some examples could be grabbing lunch with a workmate over a cafĂ© that stocks healthy options. 

So how have I started my health-goals for 2021? 

It all starts with getting more exposure to newer brands which is why I signed up for the Goodnessmebox Monthly Food and Health Subscription here. Here I have my own personalized discount code: LIVIA10, for which you too can score 10% off your first box.

You can get started with the GoodnessMe by first selecting which month suits your lifestyle best, starting from either 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. You get free shipping which is a plus, along with the bonus samples that you get from time to time. 

In the monthly box you would usually receive about 7-10 wholefood health products and samples which have ALL been endorsed by their health practitioners and personalised for their dietary requirements (vegan, gluten-free, etc). I can honestly say that I have been really enjoying having a range of new and delicious snacks to try first before I actually buy. Also it's really good to know that the range of products included are always natural and GMO-free. So you can really enjoy these without feeling guilty (if you know what I mean). 









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(Use my discount code LIVIA10 for 10% off your box) 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

OUTFIT OF THE NIGHT: NEW YEARS EVE OUTFIT SORTED - HELLO 2021!

 

Bring on 2021! 

What better way to welcome the New Year celebrations of 2021 with some good food, company and of course with your favourite outfit of the day or night. I have got my maroon bodycon  dress sorted for this New Year's countdown through Femme Luxe's online fashion boutique. You can shop their latest trendy pieces from dresses, tops, pants, jumpers and even at-home wear. 

I love the dresses they offer on their website and you can easily pick out something for just about any occasion, whether it be New Year's, Birthdays, Weddings and much more. Look to shop the hottest trends in women's outfits with a range of hundreds of influencer's styles and trends. 


Wine Bodycon Dress 

I was feeling like a wine/maroon shade for my dress which is why I opted for this gorgeous wine body con dress also from Femme Luxe. They literally have a wide range of dresses to choose from, and I am so glad I picked up this easy-to-wear maroon body con dress for my ideal outfit for New Year's. You can easily look to pair this body con dress with some gold matching accessories, handbag and nice pair of heels to finish off this look. 

I am so ready to say goodbye to 2020, and welcome 2021! This dress is super comfortable and it hugs my mid-section very well with its cinching style, with the top having a cowl style cut to it, making it super chic and feminine to wear. I love how stylish this dress looks overall and you could either dress it up or down (by simply putting on a denim jacket for a casual look). I would definitely be picking up more colours of this dress, probably in either an emerald or black colour. Also Femme Luxe are currently doing a massive Christmas sale with their outfit pieces, which is a wonderful reason to re-stock on the trendiest pieces at such a good price. 


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What are your New Year's plans? 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

END OF YEAR - BASIC OOTD - SPRING LOOKBOOK


           Are you ready for some simple, easy-to-wear basics? 

I hope you are all well! I am back and ready to rock some new #OOTD for you guys. 

For all of your simple basic outfits which are great for the weekend, I've been loving these pieces from FemmeLuxe, my favourite go-to online boutique store (which ships incredibly fast considering they're UK based)

These styled pieces you can easily find them via the FemmeLuxe online boutique and there's definitely something for everyone. 

Here's how I'm keeping it basic and simple for the weekend: 


Quick Wedding Outfit Fix 

Black Bardot Cowl Neck Ruched Midi Dress - Malia, this is the perfect dress for a wedding/social function if you're after something black, simple, ruched mid-section and gives you a slim waistline look. I always love to opt for a ruched waistline style as it hides my belly (hehe). Style the outfit with some cute strappy heels and your favourite handbag. 


Just Going For A Walk 

Grey Cuffed Joggers - Lizzie - These adorable cuffed joggers are so comfortable! Love these pair of pants for an everyday basic look. It's great for a casual wear on the weekends, simply pair it with a hat and joggers to keep the 'active' look on trend. 


Black is Back

Black Boxy Cropped Hoodie Cuffed Joggers Loungewear Set - Another great find from their online boutique! I am loving the cropped hoodie as well as the fitted, cuffed joggers which makes my overall look stylish and on-trend. I'd highly recommend this Loungewear Set in your wardrobe as it's incredibly comfortable. 

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Stay safe and always remember to practice social distancing! 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

P'NUT STREET NOODLES FOOD REVIEW - IN CELEBRATION OF INDONESIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY + SPECIAL SATAY SAUCE RECIPE


In collaboration with P'Nut Street Noodles 

This August P'Nut Street Noodles is bringing Indonesia to Sydney, Brisbane and The Sunshine Coast. Monday 17th of August marks Indonesian Independence Day which means P'Nut Street Noodles will be celebrating Indonesian food and culture with special Indonesian curated dishes for August only. You can check out the specials with your local P'Nut Street Noodles restaurant. 

P'Nut Street Noodles are super passionate about serving up authentic asian dishes which incorporate real ingredients and flavours. Their food is bursting with flavour all thanks to the sauces and pastes that are made from scratch, combined with fresh ingredients. 

While we can't travel overseas at the moment, why not get a taste of Indonesia at your local P'Nut Street Noodles store. 
Simply drop into your local P'Nut to experience a taste of Indonesia, or order online at order-online.

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Here are some of Chef's Nut Favourite Indonesian Dishes I picked up from P'Nut Street Noodles: 


NASI GORENG, 
meaning ‘fried rice’ in Indonesian, Nasi Goreng is a top contender as the national dish but can also be found on the streets of Malaysia and Singapore. This dish originated as a convenient way to preserve extra cooked rice, fried in a wok with shallots and soy sauces to minimise food wastage. If you have ever been to Bali on a holiday, you may have been served this dish for breakfast, starting your day on a very delicious note. It gets its heat from the chili sambal which adds a depth of flavour to the rice. Chef Nut's naughty Nasi Goreng paste is Grandma’s recipe, made from scratch with wok-fried red shallots, tomatoes and
chilies crushed with coarse anchovies. The spicy fried rice is balanced against the
sweetness of kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce.

MY REVIEW: I haven't had this dish in such a long time and it definitely reminded me of my previous trips to Asia. It reignites that inner 'travel-bug' of mine and what better way to enjoy a spicy fried rice dish all at the comfort of my home. The fresh red shallots, tomatoes and chillies all complimented each other well, great for if you can handle your spicy foods. 


CHAR KWAY TEOW,
meaning ‘stir-fried rice cake strips, in Indonesian, this dish is also a very popular choice across Malaysia and Singapore. Originally made by frying noodles in pork lard with dark soy sauce and whatever fish or meat locals have on hand, the dish has evolved into a favourite on the P'Nut menu. At P’Nut we wok-toss flat rice sheet noodles with our garlic infused kecap manis, free range eggs along with fresh vegetables and protein of your choice. We perfectly balance sweet and savoury soy sauces and infuse smoky flavours of the wok. Charring the noodles gives this dish its distinct smoky flavour. It’s on the P’Nut menu for August only.

MY REVIEW: This was by far my favourite noodle stir-fried dish as there's a balance of sweet and savoury. I loved the texture of the flat rice noodles along with the stir-fried beef and vegetables. Super yummy in my belly! 


MI GORENG (Mee Goreng), 
Whether you spell it mi goreng, mie goreng, or mee goreng, it all translates to ‘fried
noodles,’ and is generally a spicy dish. Believed to be introduced to Indonesia by the
Chinese, it is thought to have been derived from chow mein. The dish commonly uses
yellow noodles and a variety of meats. It gets its spice from the chilli sambal, and is slightly
sweetened by the sweet and sticky kecap manis (sweet soy sauce). P'Nut's Mee Goreng uses Grandma’s special recipe to make the chili sambal from scratch, using wok-fried red shallots, tomatoes and chillies crushed with coarse anchovies. If you enjoy your noodles spicy with a sweet tinge, the P’Nut Mee Goreng noodles are a must-have!

MY REVIEW: Mi Goreng incorporates more of thicker based noodle, stir-fried with a mix of your choice of protein and vegetables. It's a great all rounder dish to share at the dinner table because who doesn't love some delicious stir-fried noodles?


AYAM GORENG 
Ayam Goreng, a popular Indonesian dish which translates to ‘fried chicken.’ Our version,
the Indonesian Fried Chicken, takes cage-free chicken wings seasoned with a special
blend of herbs and spices. The chicken pieces are then deep fried to golden perfection.The chicken is then coated with our made-from-scratch satay sauce and topped with home-made sambal.

MY REVIEW: I am definitely looking to re-order this delicious side dish as it complimented the other mains very well. When enjoyed with a Tiger Beer, this was the perfect snack dish to enjoy. The fried chicken is coated with a tasty later of satay sauce which made everything so enjoyable! 




P’NUT STREET NOODLES’ SPECIAL SATAY SAUCE RECIPE

P’Nut Street Noodles prides itself on making its sauces from scratch and serving up authentic Asian street food that’s full of flavour and no nasties. Now you can make their special satay sauce at home.

Spice Paste:
● 6-8 long dried red chilies, seeded and soaked in warm water
● 3 cloves garlic
● 3 shallots
● 2 lemongrass sticks, white parts only
● 1 inch galangal
● 1 tablespoon coriander powder
● ½ tablespoon cumin powder

Peanut Sauce:
● 1/4 cup oil
● 2 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
● 1 cup water
● 2 tablespoon brown sugar
● 1/2 teaspoon salt
● 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/4 cup water for 15 minutes, squeeze the tamarind
pulp for juice and discard the pulp
● 1 cup coconut milk

1. Crush the peanuts coarsely with mortar and pestle or mini food processor and set aside.
2. Chop the spice paste ingredients and blend until fine.
3. Heat oil and fry the spice paste until aromatic and spices have released colour.
4. Add the peanuts, tamarind juice and water.
5. Add brown sugar and coconut milk and stir thoroughly.
6. Simmer in low heat while continue stirring for about 3-5 minutes until the peanut sauce
turns smooth.

To create a satay stir Fry:
● 500g chicken breast fillets cut into strips preferably free range or protein of choice
● 1 tbs oil
● 1 red capsicum small
● 1 cup broccoli
● 1/2 cup brown onion
● P’Nut satay sauce

1. Heat oil in wok at medium heat
2. Add choice of meat along with vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes
3. Once the protein is cooked, add peanut sauce with some water or stock. Toss for another
minute
4. Serve with Jasmine rice and sprinkle some crushed peanuts


Friday, July 24, 2020

#OOTD HOME ISO - STAY COMFORTABLE WITH THESE EASY-TO-WEAR PIECES



This season I'm rocking comfortable...

For all of your at-home basics and loungewear, I've been loving these pieces from FemmeLuxe, my favourite go-to online boutique store (which ships incredibly fast considering they're UK based)

Staying comfortable is ideal and even better when you're working from home. I literally go through so many loungewear pieces and you can never have enough in your wardrobe. They are bound to get more wear so why not invest in the latest basics! 

Here are some of my top picks for staying comfortable (clockwise): 

Grey Fleece High Neck Loungewear Set - Avianna - This is probably the most comfortable fleece set I have ever owned to date and you'd literally want to sleep in it! I would highly recommend this loungewear set if you're after a really comfortable outfit for just at home, or if you really want to...pair it with some Ugg Boots for a quick drive-thru midnight snack. I wore this set for the whole day and it kept me snugged up all day long. 

Black Oversized T-Shirt & Leggings Loungewear Set - Everleigh - This is a great overall casual and day loungewear set, I have opted for a basic black colour because it's easier to wear and style. The t-shirt is made oversized in a crew-neck style, giving you plenty of options to style this outfit with. Pop on your favourite white sneakers or beanie! 

Grey Cuffed Pocket Detail Joggers - Teddy - These slim leg style joggers are definitely form-fitting and I would recommend you to size up than your regular size. However you can stick to your true size if you're after that slim figure look for the legs. The bottom of the joggers are cuffed giving you that on-trend slim jogger look. Bonus the joggers come with pocket details too. 

Grey Long Sleeve Loungewear Set - Jinell - Another great basic loungewear set to own is of course to have it in grey. Honestly this set is comfortable to wear for whenever you're at home, I live and breathe in this set. Alternatively they do come in other colours too so plenty of options to choose from there. 

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Hope everyone is staying safe! 


Saturday, July 4, 2020

SPRING/WINTER 2020 - BASIC WARDROBE MUST-HAVES - KEEPING ON TREND WITH THE BASICS


Outfit Of The Day: BASIC!

You can pretty much pull off loungewear basics if you layer them with the right accessories, sunglasses, bags, shoes, etc. This weekend I've styled some basic tops and loungewear sets, perfect pieces for on-the-go, meeting your friends or simply doing the groceries (some won't even notice they're loungewear). I've shopped these basic pieces from FemmeLuxe, my go-to fashion hub for the latest and trendiest outfits. 

See some of my styled loungewear and basic pieces below: 


Sassy Girl 

I've simply styled the Rust Rub Two Piece Loungewear Set in Aloranna with a pair of my favourite nude heels. You wouldn't have guessed it's a loungewear set, and I love anything that comes with a matching set. This gorgeous bright orange set features a cropped hoodie top and matching leggings which is perfect for wearing on the weekends. You can keep it casual by throwing on a pair of sneakers too. 


Feeling Cute

Spice up your jeans or pants with this cute Black V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt in Alaya. I feel like this top would be the perfect basic to have in your wardrobe because you can style it so many ways. The V-neck design adds a different touch to your overall #ootd and gives of a chilled daytime vibe. Add some basic vibes to your wardrobe with this must-have top. There are three colours available - Black, Khaki and Mink. 


Khaki Vibes 

Of course I had to get the V Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt Alaya in a Khaki shade. Khaki is such a feminine and pretty colour to rock with a pair of blue or black jeans. I'd be most definitely making more use of this top with a cute denim skirt during the warmer season. 


Just Going For A Walk 

The Black Rib Two Piece Loungewear Set in Aloranna is a great piece to relax and rewind in, whether that's going for a walk or heading out to pick up coffee. I'm feeling hella cute in this set and what better way to keep it basic, comfortable and stylish all at the same time. When it comes to choosing my pieces I always gravitate towards choosing black pieces because they're easy to pair with just about anything. 

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What's your go-to basic outfit? 


Saturday, June 20, 2020

WEEKEND WINTER OUTFITS: HOW TO DRESS IT UP IN CASUAL WEAR


Are you ready for some weekend outfit inspo? 

From running the weekend errands to having brunch with your friends, I'm sure we've all been in the 'what am I going to wear today' sitch. I've collated some easy to wear pieces for everyday and they're perfect for weekends. Since Covid I've been really amping up my basic wear collection because I know that I'd get more wear out of them. I've been shopping for my pieces online through FemmeLuxeFinery, my favourite online boutique. 

Check out some of my styled pieces: 


Just A Day Out Shopping 

The Navy Loungewear Tracksuit Set - Maria is super comfortable to wear to the shops or if you're simply running errands. You can dress it up with a nude pair of heels or some sneakers for a casual look. I love matching tracksuits especially when they're breathable and thin to wear. The pants are fitted at the ankle giving you more of a sleek overall look. 
Seriously I can wear this tracksuit all day long and it's great because it's not simply just pyjamas. 

The set is available in two sizes, S/M and M/L; and come with a stretch fit. 


Keep Snug This Season 

Of course I had to get the Wine Loungewear Tracksuit Set in this gorgeous wine colour as well. It's perfect for a casual outing or even if you're going for a jog in style. (Just remember to pop on some comfortable sneakers). I love the material as it feels so luxe and soft. 

The set is available in two sizes, S/M and M/L; and come with a stretch fit. 


Let's Grab A Coffee 

Look to slay in this Black Belted High Neck Ribbed Bodycon Mini Dress trend this season. The dress comes with a belt which is great for cinching at the waist for the added detail. It is more of a bodycon mini dress so I do recommend sizing up if you do choose to opt for this piece. Nevertheless it feels good to finally show some skin with this outfit! 


Mix And Match Look 

My crop top is from the Lilac Ribbed Cropped Skinny Leg Loungewear Set, where I've paired it with my favourite leggings. The set does offer matching skinny leg tights too. This look is great for a casual brunch outing as it's cute and fun. 

Score some serious fashion points by amping it up with a pair of heels. 


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What do you love rocking on weekends? 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

WINTER BASICS - LOUNGE WEAR ESSENTIALS & KEEPING IT BASIC - CREW NECKS, SETS, ETC.

Keeping It Basic and Casual 

From oversized loungewear sets to comfortable t-shirts matched with your favourite tights is pretty much what I love wearing for everyday. I love feeling comfortable in the outfits I wear and since we're heading towards winter in Australia, you can never have enough basics in your wardrobe. As for my go-to online shopping website, I highly recommend shopping online via Femme Luxe because they stock the trendiest and most comfortable outfits. 

Here's how I love keeping it casual for everyday: 


On The Go - Black

You cannot go wrong with the Black Oversize Leggings Loungewear Set which is basically a crew-neck top matched with black leggings, so perfect for everyday. This is basically my go-to outfit for when I'm out and about, picking up my little one or even doing the groceries. Of course you can dress it up with your favourite handbag, accessories, etc. 

This outfit comes in two sizes being S/M and M/L, I have opted for S/M and also note that it's more of an oversized wear for the top, giving you ultimate comfort. 


Femme La Mode 

Every gal needs a good slogan t-shirt which is why I have picked out this Black Leopard Print 'Femme La Mode' Print Shirt. Pair it with your choice of bottoms, in this instance I have opted for some basic leggings. 


On The Go - Grey 

Of course I wanted the Grey Oversized Leggings Loungewear Set in Grey as well. Having both colours gives me more variety to switch it up on different days. I love the crew neck cut which also gives you that home-wear feel to it. And should you wish to dress it up further, simply pop on some strappy heels along with your favourite bag and accessory! 


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What are your go-to comfortable basics? 


Thursday, May 21, 2020

THE LOUNGEWEAR EDIT - GET COMFY WITH THE MUST-HAVE WINTER ESSENTIALS


The Best Part Of Working From Home is...Loungewear. 

Being able to wake up and not stress about what to wear everyday is something I am enjoying for now. Best to enjoy it as much as we can before we all head back to work! 
For my recent fashion haul I picked up the trendiest and the most comfy outfits from Femme Luxe, my go-to fashion e-commerce boutique for my wardrobe essentials. 

Here are some of my favourite loungewear outfits: 


Lounge In Basic Black 

I'm keeping it simple in the Black Long Sleeve Boxy Cuffed Joggers Loungewear Set. This outfit it perfect for lounging around at home or pair it off with your sneakers to go for an outdoor run. The joggers come in a cuffed style giving you a slim leg look.This two piece outfit set is definitely a must-have in everyone's wardrobe as it's great for casual outings, running errands or simply lounging around at home. 


Feel Like A Teddy Bear 

This Cream Sherpa Oversized Jumper definitely feels super warm and comfortable to wear all day long. It's perfect for cold, wintry days where you simply want to feel warm all day. You can wear this oversized jumper either by itself, or pair it with some joggers or tights for an outdoor look. This jumper does come oversized and I am wearing size small as this may be something to consider when opting for this piece. Overall, I feel like a polar teddy bear and what better way to enjoy Netflix and chill out with a hot mug of cocoa. 


Keep It Casual In Grey 

I couldn't stop myself getting the Long Sleeve Boxy Cuffed Loungewear set in grey as I feel that it's good to get an outfit you love in both colours for variation of course. For my wardrobe I love to mix it around with black, grey or white outfits when it comes to loungewear, that way it can easily be worn outside. You can simply dress up loungewear for a quick jog or grocery run, by pairing it with your favourite sneakers, mini-bag and beanie. 

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What's your favourite piece to lounge in? 

Stay home and keep safe everyone. 


Thursday, May 7, 2020

GET DRESSY - IN ISOLATON - HOW TO WEAR BODY CON DRESSES


It's time to look your best...even when in ISO 

So we're all at home, resting up, learning new recipes and of course...trying to look our best. Here are some new bodycon outfit additions that I picked up from Femme Luxe, which are perfect for wearing to social events (once restrictions are lifted...otherwise dress it up right at the comfort of your home). The online shopping boutique has a range of the trendiest pieces and what better excuse to stimulate the economy with more pretty outfits for our wardrobe essentials. 

Here are THREE ways I've styled these new bodycon dresses: 


Wine & Dine 

This perfect Black Satin Draped Mini Dress is the best excuse to rock on date night or a zoom video call with your girlfriends. It's elegant looking and cinches on both sides to give you a slimmer looking waist. It comes in a satin luxe material which feels incredibly comfortable and won't leave you feeling itchy whatsoever.

Pair this lovely outfit with some gold accessories and a snazzy pair of heels and off you go! 


Let's Dress It Up a Notch 

Feeling like a fancier outfit? The Black One Shoulder Bow Body Con Mini Dress definitely speaks angelic and fancy vibes. It's perfect for weddings, formal occasions and dinner. I am definitely digging the one shoulder bow detail as it really amps up the one shoulder mini dress to another level. 

Pair this outfit with a bright coloured clutch or evening bag, otherwise any favourite bag of choice will just do. Also put on some matching heels either black or nude to finish off this look. 

Add a Pop Of Colour! 

Want to really stand out from the crowd? This Orange One Shoulder Bodycon Mini Dress in Livia is bright, eye-catching and comes with a frill-detailed design on the side. It's another great outfit for social occasions such as weddings, date nights, etc. I quite loved the fit of this dress as it's comfortable to wear for all day. 

Simply match it up with some strappy heels and add some gold jewellery to complete this look. 

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What's your favourite to go outfit?