In an effort to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit, and cope with the fast pace of the silly season, I recently decided to have a mini pre xmas escape to take some time out to unwind and centre myself. We headed off on a little road trip down south to the magical turquoise paradise aka Bunker Bay.
We spent two very peaceful days at the lovely Pullman resort right on the beach. Walking out in the morning to see such vibrant blue waters and white sands was nothing short of magical. Such a short drive from Perth and yet we felt a million miles away. It was so refreshing and the perfect romantic escape for Bobby and I. My love cup has been filled to the brim and I was left feeling relaxed and recharged.
I hope you all get the chance to take some precious time out for yourselves. Especially when you feel overwhelmed. It’s amazing what a couple of days can do to relax your entire being. And also how efficient we can become with our time once we are refuelled. I managed to get a whole lot more work done once I was in the right head space.
I hope you all have the most relaxing and wonderful holidays!! I’m so excited for Christmas next week and the possibilities of the new year!!!!
Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout
It’s probably obvious by now that jewellery really speaks to my heart….the gypsy in me is beyond excited by all the creative energy and love that goes into each piece. Matters Speaking have really captured my heart with their divine pieces of jewellery. Simple, elegant and powerful emotive messages that speak directly to my soul. I love that you can share these with family and loved ones as the perfect gifts. A beautiful reminder to those you care about most they are always in your heart.
With the holidays almost upon us, and our families across the country and seas, I am feeling rather nostalgic these past few days. If life has taught me anything, it’s to say all that you want to say right away. Never wait. There might not be another day. Act now, today, this very moment, and let those you love know how much, and all you are grateful for.
“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” Nora Roberts
Whatever you believe in, that is what makes you the person you are, and all that you see in the world and those around you. Our beliefs govern our thoughts and our actions, the words that come from our tongues, the emotions from our hearts. Every moment we have an opportunity to question what we believe about ourselves and to reinvent our life. We have the chance to be anything at all. And this great gift is what can turn your days into absolute joy.
In the quiet gap where stillness lies, and there is only the present moment, allow yourself to question those beliefs that bring only stress and suffering. This is the space where the serious magic happens. Where we can choose to let go. Where we can dream and conjure, and choose what we want to believe in. I choose peace, love, light and the path of harmony each and every time. I choose to see magic in everything around me, and so I do. It only takes a moment of being in that quiet gap to allow the insight to arise, and let go of the ego that tries so hard to protect us. I say let’s be vulnerable and experience love and joy the way that children do (and we once did). And see the magic in everything, and most of all, see the magic that we are.
With the new moon upon us, it’s a wonderful time to plant new seeds of intention. I’ve spent these waning weeks in reflection, gaining clarity, reassessing everything! Today I feel very clear as I set forth my intention to flow harmoniously with the pace of nature. I want to really experience all the moments of my life with peace and love, rather than thinking about how to get from here to there. And rather than a need to necessarily slow down, (which I kind of need too) it’s more about finding peace within the chaos. Adjusting my sails and moving at a more natural rhythm. I’ve spent some time looking within to dissolve those threads that drive me into stress. I’ve allowed those beliefs to show themselves and gently be defused. And now I’ve awakened clearer, lighter and with even more acceptance for myself. I’ve come to realise that I want to follow my joy and passion within each moment of my day. To honour myself for who I am and all that I value. To see my worth with all the blossoming love in my heart.
Now is the time to refine our intentions for each day that we live on this amazing planet. I encourage you to spend this new moon time imagining all that brings you happiness and fills your heart with joy. Follow your passions and let us all live a beautiful, kind and peaceful life :)
I moved like a gently flowing river, ever so gracefully embracing the currents….the wind gently caressed my skin, and the warm ocean water met my bare feet.
This divine afternoon I floated upon the golden sands in this most exquisite Saboskirt dress and goddess jewels from Grace Bijoux. This entire outfit evoked so much light and grace within me. I felt extraordinarily feminine, fully embracing of my sensuality, and birthright of pure unconditional self love.
I’ve had the recent pleasure of trialling and reviewing the 28 day Fruiteatox. A beautiful herbal tea formula designed to encourage metabolic processes in the body. This means more energy, increased clearance of toxins, increased metabolism of important hormone messengers and neurotransmitters that help keep us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.
It’s been 28 days now and I’m feeling lighter than ever thanks to Fruiteatox. My energy has definitely improved and so has my sleep. I’m feeling more balanced, less mood swings, especially prior to my cycle, and improved digestion. And though I didn’t choose to partake in this program to lose weight, but rather to gain energy, it is wonderful for those looking to lose weight. The amazing combination of lemon oil, yerba mate and ginseng is the perfect adjunct to a healthy eating and exercise regime. It also does so much more, like improve skin health, digestive health and support your adrenal glands – these guys sit on your kidneys and are responsible for how you cope with stress.
This delicious tea comes as a day (lemon) time and night (orange) time formula. Bringing with it increased energy during the day and a restful, peaceful sleep at night. The herbs work harmoniously and gently to support the natural processes of the body.
If you are considering a cleanse or in need of a little extra oomph, I highly recommend this herbal tea as an adjunct to your health regime. Since I already eat a very clean and simple diet, this was the perfect little something I needed to step up my energy levels. This time of year, where we are transitioning into either summer here in the south, or winter in the north, we can use a little extra support to get our lymphatic systems moving.
Here are some additional naturopathic tips from me to support your overall wellbeing –
Dry skin brush. I can’t emphasise this enough. Not only will you have glowing skin, but the brushing movement on your skin will encourage the lymph and blood to circulate. This improves oxygenation and nutrition to all the cells of your body. It also encourages removal of congestion, immune complexes, and any other debri that might be clogging up the lymph fluids. By clearing out the lymph, and ensuring good hydration, with filtered water and herbal teas like Fruiteatox, you will feel fresher and more energised than ever.
Eat small, frequent meals. Overeating will cause fermentation of your food and upset the delicate balance of microbial flora that live harmoniously in your gut. This flora is responsible for creating and modulating vitamins and neurotransmitters that influence our thoughts and emotions, and even sleep. Read more about the gut and brain connection HERE.
As mentioned above anything that effects the delicate balance of microbial flora in the gut can potentially slow your metabolism. This includes too much sugar, junk food, alcohol, yeast foods, consuming allergenic or intolerant foods (dairy, corn, gluten etc), and stress. This is a very short list. Basically keeping everything in moderation is key. Up the raw veggies if you’ve had a few too many wines the night before or a candy binge. And consider taking good quality probiotics for support. As a general non specific all rounder I like Bioceuticals Ultrabiotic 45.
Please note – these are general guidelines and not intended for those with severe chronic illness where they require individualised support and treatment. Always consult with your doctor and/or naturopath to ensure if a product/treatment is right for you.
So for the past 28 days I’ve been taking my thermos with me everywhere filled with my delicious Fruiteatox. Here are some pics from a recent beach trip feeling ever so alive and refreshed. The simple act of drinking the tea each day, something so easy and simple, has been so nurturing for my being. It’s an act of love and a message to myself that I am worthy. I think for mothers who are constantly in demand to take care of the needs of small children, these small acts are more important than ever.
I hope I inspire some of you beautiful souls to make a small step towards improving your health today. There’s no need to make huge big changes all at once that are difficult to sustain. But rather one small step towards whole health. It might be to decrease your sugar intake, take a walk each day, dry skin brush, cut the coffee and switch to herbal tea….whatever it may be, acknowledge the act itself as love for yourself. Sending love and wishing you all an abundance of health and happiness.
“Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom” – Eckhart Tolle
An invigorating and super charged afternoon beach walk carrying the possibility of an impending storm (both outside and within) beautifully transformed into a a very clear and still moment of insight. Amidst the ocean winds and cool air I fell into a place of quiet sanctuary. I experienced a deepening of self, of love, an expansion of my heart. I felt the interconnectedness of all. I can’t explain why, only that when I am still amidst the ever changing elements I am transformed by the moment. Each adventure to the beach brings it’s own unique experience and I continue to give thanks to the ocean for it’s healing gifts.
My insight – There is nothing more beautiful to me than when we fully embrace who we are. To embrace, LOVE, celebrate and share our unique, quirky ways, our ups and downs, our strengths and vulnerabilities is not only inspiring but a gift to all. To love and accept all sides, all aspects, both yin and yang, that make us who we are. I am sometimes happy and sad, loving and fearful, courageous and scared…there is no shame in being human and feeling all these emotions. Embrace it all with love. This is what it is to be human. These emotions are rooted in the mind, in the thoughts, a place that is both who we are and not who we are. Here we own the key to our emotional freedom and to choose the life we want to live. We are all different, unique and amazing and at our core we are essentially the same. We are one. We are beautiful. We are all enough.
Make sure you check out Da-sh & Dol…an awesome spot I found for the girl looking for something a little different, a little unique, just like her.
Adorn yourself in all that reflects you, your soul style, your essence…adorn yourself in what you love! And above all – LOVE who you are, and feel the shift in your life as that love resonance draws all that is LOVE into your life.
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne
As much as I love to be around people and their inspiring energies, I also deeply yearn for solitude….And perhaps it’s in part my Finnish heritage, though I think it’s more than that….it’s that time I get to refuel, to simply be and go deeper within, to reflect and create and imagine from a place of complete stillness.
These photos were taken on a quiet still morning in Bali at the magical Kubu beach at Ayana Resort. There wasn’t a soul in sight as I walked along the beach allowing my connection to the earth to centre and rejuvenate my being. I feel so thankful to know myself, to understand with love and compassion the needs I have, and to take action to care for them. Every single act of self love builds my energy stores and sets my vibration soaring to a place where only complete wellness can exist. For those suffering from illness of any sort, I urge you to step out in nature, somewhere peaceful, somewhere still, where it’s just you and the elements. Allow this space and experience to refuel your being and bring healing to every cell in your body.
I love this little beachy bohochic outfit so much. It’s the little details for me that make it feel so special. The perfect cut ivory blazer from Myee Carlyle with it’s divine intricate embellishments. A simple Amilita cami trimmed with divine lace. My custom Wilde flower boots with all their amazing adornments. And then there’s the perfect accessory for the woman who loves a little sparkle and embellishment in her life – the hand woven Moroccan sequin basket by Ethi Collective.
If it’s time to add a little sparkle and embellishment to your outfit, check out my favourite picks below this post.
Who’s planning a Bali getaway soon!! I’m already dreaming of another ;) haha! I’ve been to Bali quite a number of times now since it’s only a 3 + a bit hour flight from Perth, and we are always trying to find that perfect space and location that really resonates with our aesthetic and laid back holiday style. We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Fraser Baye villas on this recent trip of ours and it was just divine. A fabulous luxe villa layout with privacy and all the essentials that you could possibly need to help you bliss out by the pool in the sunshine. Need a coconut drink, cocktail, some delicious authentic Indonesian food, banana pancakes, a babysitter, a driver or any information at all, you’ll have the most attentive staff on hand at Chloe’s kitchen pod to cater to your every whim. Feel like an incredible massage by the ocean at an amazing price point, then stroll on down to Micks place. Want to add to your rejuvenating holiday experience and get in a yoga sesh, eat some delicious organic food, and drink the best smoothies and juices ever, then less than a minute walk is the lovely Cashew tree. We even stepped out for lush cocktails at El Kabron beach club and had some incredible tapas as we watched the sun setting over the Indian ocean. Everything we needed was within walking distance, which meant no need to drive anywhere, and this in itself was just so wonderfully relaxing for us :)
The villa itself boasts an incredible luxe teak 4 poster king size bed overlooking the infinity pool and gardens. Though the outdoor stone bathroom is probably the most incredible part of this place. You have to see it for yourself to really take in all of it’s beauty.
Overall the laid back pace of Bingin, and being a short walk to the magical Indian ocean, sealed the deal as our favourite little nook on this magical island paradise. Bobby was so happy to be within walking distance of some of the best surf breaks in Bali. It was really more than just a beautiful place to stay for us….it brought with it a communal, local vibe that we had not experienced in Bali before.
Here are some of our pics from our amazing stay at Fraser Baye and the local places/beaches we visited while we were there. I miss you already Bali!
To BOOK Fraser Baye for your next Bali holiday check out Bali Retreats HERE. They will take care of everything you need for your holiday and provide you with so much amazing information about Bali, like where and where not to eat, hot spots, restaurants (like CUCA!! culinary amazingness you must try), the best beach spots, and so much more.