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The 10 Hottest Feel-Good Summer Sales Items

July 18th, 2013 by baoli

The summer is in a full swing and so are the summer sales. Here are just some of the gorgeous pieces we have discovered as we tried to hunt down the best bargains that will make you look and feel good…

Skin Organic Cotton Chemise
NOW £46.50 | WAS £155


Shine A Light Necklace 28″ Green Onyx
Satya Jewelry
NOW £46.40 | WAS £116


Floral Organic Printed Shoppers
Not On The High Street
NOW £9 | WAS £20


Vibram Five Fingers Bikila
Sweaty Betty
NOW £57 | WAS £115


Nvey Eco Eyeshadow Palette
NOW £22 | WAS £38


Wellicious 3/4 Yoga Pants
NOW £29.98 | WAS £59.95


Moroccan Black Olive & Argan Oil Scrub
The Body Shop
NOW £9 | WAS £12.50


Sophia Vegan Python Look Clutch Bag
NOW £52 | WAS £65


Cashmere Travel Set
NOW £118 | WAS £295


White Lotus Moisture Duo
NOW £64 | WAS £128


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My Top 5 Yoga DVDs For Home Practice

June 27th, 2013 by baoli

At various occasions I have been asked what are my favourite yoga DVDs. There are many and my preferences change but over the last few years I have come across a few that not only continually inspire my own yoga practice but they motivate me as a yoga teacher too. Typically, they suit students of all levels but I always recommend to watch the new sequence once before you start your practice to understand the flow.

Transform Yourself With Jivamukti Yoga with David Life & Sharon Gannon

Why? Although a bit challenging for beginners at first. It’s probably the most used DVD in our house (and by our friends). You have an option between David’s or Sharon’s voiceover.

Shiva Rea Fluid Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Why? Over 3 hours of a beautiful yoga flow. It features the unique Yoga Matrix menu that allows you to customise your practice to suit your time and energy level.

Kundalini Yoga to Detox and De-stress with Maya Fiennes

Why? This DVD deepens your yoga practice and introduces you to a better use of breath, mantra and chanting. Really energising on a physical level while you calm & still your mind.

AIR from Katy Appleton’s Elements Series

Why? You can choose between Solar dynamic or Lunar soothing practice. Katy also offers useful variations with the use of props.

Yin & Yang Yoga with Simon Low

Why? You can choose between Yin and Yang Practice to balance feminine and masculine energy. It features a beautiful and refreshing Sun Salutation flow I very much enjoyed in Simon’s workshop.

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Be Queen of the Surf: Why Getting Wet is the Way to Wellbeing

June 18th, 2013 by baoli

This month saw the death of Hollywood’s movie mermaid, Esther Williams, at the age of 91. Never imitated you’d be forgiven for not knowing Williams - a box office smash in her heyday - who starred in “aqua musicals”, swimming her numbers in sublime underwater solos and duets or in synchronised spectaculars.

In the film ‘Bathing Beauty’ she famously rose from the water, like Venus, all glossy smiles in a glittery swimsuit, surrounded by glamorous naiads and a host of sparkling fountains. This look was hard got - with a lot of baby oil, Vaseline and special make up, not to mention the hairpins clamped on her head like “crowbars” - but she made it look easy.

Indeed Time magazine’s obituary described Williams as possessing an, “…easy, self-assured radiance, in or out of the water… ” - she was poster girl for the multifarious benefits of swimming if ever there was one.

A bit of a wannabe mermaid myself – I used to swim every morning during my final year of uni - I’ve been meaning to dip a toe in the pool for a while now and the recent passing of one of my favourite stars has prompted me to reassess the merits of the life aquatic.

For swimming is not only an all-round, low-impact cardiovascular workout - with a thirty minute session burning at least 200 calories - it’s also an all-round people sport, perfect for pregnant women and the elderly, for example.

But swimming’s benefits are not just physical. Roger Deakin, author of Waterlog, what one critic described as a “liquid journey” through Britain, yep, that’s wild swimming in rivers, lochs, and lidos – if you’re lucky - wrote: “I can dive in with a long face and what feels like a terminal case of depression, and come out grinning like an idiot.”

Indeed a survey by swimwear brand Speedo found that around 70% of frequent bathers reckoned swimming was the ideal way to de-stress, improve self-esteem and help clear the mind. So what are you waiting for? Get wet and get in the flow.

1. Chandni Chowk, a fair trade company specialising in textiles, hand-made in India and Bangladesh, does a lovely selection of beachwear, including sarongs crafted from prints made using the ancient method of Wooden Block Printing by hand.

2. Stella McCartney’s Eyewear aims to be environmentally-friendly with over 50% of the materials used in their production coming from natural resources – as if you needed another excuse to shop Stella.

3. Kiss Me Deadly is a small, independent lingerie brand based in England, with a perfectly formed line in swimwear. There’s a retro edge to these designs which can be especially flattering for curves.

4. Model and natural beauty advocate, Miranda Kerr frolicked nude on the beach to launch her organic skincare brand, Kora; which boasts products, like this Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil – Miranda’s secret skin hydrating travel companion. Available from Net-a-Porter.

5. Aspiga has become a “one stop holiday shop” selling beautiful handcrafted sandals, and accessories, mostly made in Kenya by small workforces, helping sustain local communities, as well as donating some profits to charity.

6. Tania Covo’s Etsy shop is bursting with jewels crafted from “found objects”, like pretty pottery shards and luminous sea glass – glass which has been smoothed by the sea – discovered by the Thames in London.

About Helen Davis

Helen is a writer and Holistic Colour and Style consultant with a passion for the wellbeing of women and the planet. Her aim is to lead you on a journey of self-discovery: creating an image which reflects the authentic beautiful you inside and out. Combining wardrobe wisdom, goddess-based myth, tales from inspiring women, with ecological and ethical principles, and spirituality she’ll show you how to shine, Adventuress style. To find out more see:

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Tom Gartside of Carrot Banana Peach: “Be deliciously different this summer”

June 18th, 2013 by baoli

It’s summer! And this means one thing – colour! Lot’s of bright colours, particularly in your wardrobe. We love delicious yummy colours in the summer yoga & fitness wear collection by Carrot Banana Peach. This UK-based eco-centric brand has launched a new collection in their signature hybrid natural-based sustainable fibers made from; aloe vera, banana, organic cotton, bamboo and beechwood. We spoke to the company owner, Tom Gartside, about the new range which ticks all the boxes whether you want to lounge, hit the mat or join a retreat.

What’s your message to your customer in your new collection?
The brand encourages customers to draw breath, drink water and seek out the sun in their UV resistant, skin conditioning, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-stink, super absorbent, lightweight and quick drying fabrics.

Is the summer range suitable for yoga only?
There are over forty yoga-centric styles in this collection, however many of them have specific functions and detailing ideal for Pilates, dance, fitness, running, travel and spa. The broadening of styles supports the importance of having a holistic and balanced approach to keeping fit and healthy.

Any special details or inventions in this collection?
Plenty! The brand’s attention to detail this summer goes beyond skin deep. Majority of the tops come with a mesh ventilation inner-bra made from 96% bamboo, which provides; anti-bacterial, anti-stink and anti-fungal properties - all of which have removable and washable pads. The bottoms have anti-chafe flat seam stitching with specially designed inner-gussets for added comfort as well as unique detailing and trims that include ventilation slits in key areas that increase the flow of air.

What sort of colours does the summer range feature?
This summer’s collection is bursting with colours. The natural and neutral colours of aqua, seaweed, ash and hazelnut blend into the bright and cheerful hues of pink guava, heather-mint, lemon, damson, cranberry and apple. We encourage to layer up, mix and match across the texture of fabrics with the vibrancy of colours to find the right combination and performance benefits which meet your appetite for yoga, health and fitness!

Discover three ways to glow this summer!

Bamboo Twister Tank (4) provides support, breathability and comfort | Finish the look in the Reversible Waist Capri (1) | Join a yoga retreat at Hazur Vadisi’s new stunning location - Suleyman’s Garden (2) | Repair and restore with Green & Spring latest collection (3) | The nature’s best, non-slippery yoga mat from Jade Yoga (5)

Find comfort in the Banana Spinal Tank (6), which gathers down the center back to inspire better alignment | Combine it with the front-to-back Banana Roll Down Capri (8). The two items are crafted from the lightweight, stress absorbent banana fiber that helps disguise and spread the flow of sweat. | Gaiam Metro Gym Bag gives you everything you need in a gym bag to fit all your gear (7) | Include teapig’s super healthy Matcha Tea in your daily diet for an extra energy boost (9) | Bootcamp Pilates gets you the body you want in a whole new way (10)

The spirit of spa and wellness is at arm’s length with the skin loving Aloe Vera Long Sleeveless Droop Neck (13) available in mint, blackberry, hazelnut and rose colour | Contrast it with the Modal Groove Pant Legging (11) in blackberry, seaweed, apple or ash colour for a fashionable mind, body and soul experience | Find harmony and balance of your body at 1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat & Spa (12) | Celebrate your inner goddess with Lakshmi Necklace from Ananda Soul Creations (14) | Nourish’s Golden Glow Toning Souffle gives you a smooth lustrous appearance and a naturally healthy sun-kissed glow (15)

Discover the entire Carrot Banana Peach collection by visiting

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Midsummer Dreaming

May 17th, 2013 by baoli

The longest day of the year is almost here, so stop thinking and start dreaming about festivals, flora, fauna and fairies for a feel-good summer, whatever the weather.

The other day I re-watched Jim Henson’s Labyrinth where the young heroine, winds up wandering a mystical maze in search of the little brother she wished away in a teenage tantrum. Forced to see things differently in order to complete her quest, and grow up, various childhood notions are discarded: the first is fairies – no longer wish granting beings, but little more than pesky mosquitos.

Although fairy folklore contains creatures big and small, both wish-granting and cursing, it’s the childish, chaos creating, but oh-so-cute nature of fairies which has endured in popular culture. So popular in fact that every summer parks and theatres throughout the land - and now Google with the RSC - stage that seasonal classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

And it’s no wonder our imaginations are so delighted with the floral, be-winged, dew-jewelled, moonlit fantasy world Shakespeare created – it revels in nature as something magical. Magic and yet real, according to Hayhouse author Doreen Virtue, author of Fairies 101, who says:

“Fairies are nature’s angels who protect our air, water, land, plants, and animals. They are the angels who keep our planet green.”

Reconnecting and developing a deep respect for nature seems as good a reason as any to rekindle our fairy love affair in adulthood. Indeed, although Midsummer traditionally marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, probably to most urbanites it signifies the start of Festival season; and for many our only real foray into the natural world.

Once the preserve of the young, Glastonbury Festival, has become a music-lover’s mecca, well into middle-age; and for those who want to be in the big outdoors but with less mess in the portaloos there’s the “festival of ideas”, Port Eliot, or Wilderness, “a festival of the arts and the outdoors in the wilds of England”, boasting the fairy-tale art direction of Kristjana S Williams.

And for those really keen to get back to their story book roots and reconnect with nature on that mystical level there’s even  The Three Wishes Faery Fest where adults and children alike come together to: “[E]xperience how the ‘little people’ celebrate their love of the sacred land…”.  And as Doreen Virtue says, “The more people who believe in fairies, the more power they have to help our environment.”

So perhaps it’s time to ask yourself: Do I believe in fairies?

1. We love these floral Fair + True vegan sandals that are hand-made in communities in Vietnam using up-cycled tribal fabrics and rubber soles.

2. Ava Mirabelle reignites the ancient art of hand block printing, rediscovering blocks from the Indus Valley Civilization and archiving century old prints into modern silhouettes. Her dresses are created from hand printed silk promising luxurious summer elegance.

3. This gold Titania necklace featuring beautifully patterned and textured wings comes from Nina Osborne’s Midsummer collection. Every piece is inspired by nature and handmade in the UK.

4. Handmade in Cornwall, Claire Armitage of Armitage Design creates silk scarves inspired by floral and nautical imagery with literary references to poetry and fairytales.

5. Rainbow-hued copper bangles, by Anna McD at Fashion Conscience, are etched and adorned with magical dragonfly designs using environmentally friendly processes and hand-formed in brass.

6. This statement brass and glass cocktail ring is handmade in Kenya, as part of the Made collection, which, based in Kenya, through teaching new skills, seeks to create sustainable employment.

About Helen Davis

Helen is a writer and Holistic Colour and Style consultant with a passion for the wellbeing of women and the planet. Her aim is to lead you on a journey of self-discovery: creating an image which reflects the authentic beautiful you inside and out. Combining wardrobe wisdom, goddess-based myth, tales from inspiring women, with ecological and ethical principles, and spirituality she’ll show you how to shine, Adventuress style. To find out more see:

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Going Natural & Organic!

May 4th, 2013 by baoli

One of the most exciting things about my job is finding new inspirational brands and sharing their products and services with The Baoli’s fans. So imagine it felt like a holiday (more than a job) walking into The Natural & Organic Products Show last month and discovering the latest wellbeing arrivals, catching up with our award-winning partners, not to mention trying and testing hundreds of delicious and healthy samples.

Let us introduce you our skin, body & hair favourites!

Lucy Annabella Organics

Go & Home Natural Cosmetics

Childs Farm Toiletries For Children

Jack n’ Jill Natural Toothpastes

Original Colour Care

The Konjac Sponge Co.



…too many to mention so we just wish to celebrate The Baoli’s wellbeing partners!

Winner Best Organic Retailer:

Winner Best Innovation In Organic Cosmetics + Best New Natural Beauty & Spa Product:
Pukka Herbs Nourishing Brightener

Finalist Best New Natural Beauty & Spa Product:
Essence Of Morocco’s Moroccan Rose Body Argan Oil

Finalist Best New Special Diet Program:
Pulsin’ Raw Sprouted Rice Protein

Finalist Best New Drink Product:
Pukka Herbs Black Tea

Finalist Best New VMS Product:
Pukka Herbs Wheat Grass Juice/Fibre Plus Sachets

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Here Comes the Summer

April 17th, 2013 by baoli

Weddings, garden parties, Royal Ascot - summertime is a cause for celebration, and with The Great Gatsby set to be the film event of the year why not do it twenties style?

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

No sooner have the snows and winds of a timid spring made way for some elusive sunshine, than summer itself is hailed in with the glamorous fanfare that is the Cannes Film Festival. Apparently May’s sun-drenched ceremony – there are even golden palm trees as prizes, the show offs! – will open with Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated The Great Gatsby.

Remember the lavish 1974 Mia Farrow-Robert Redford film with all its ivory suits and cream lace courtesy of Theoni Aldredge and a bit of help from a certain Ralph Lauren? Well, Luhrmann’s re-make boasts designs by costumier, Catherine Martin, with a dash of Prada.

Martin told UK Vogue that the collaborative cocktail that is Baz Luhrmann and Miuccia Prada works because the duo share a “…fascination with finding modern ways of releasing classic and historical references from the shackles of the past.”

How to make cream lace less bridal and more rebel? Because there was a lot more to flappers than bubble-headed Betty Boop. As empty-headed as some may have been, they were also the height of rebelliousness: from their corset-less, boyish figures, bobbed hair, cigarettes and made-up faces.

Well, the Prada-inspired palette includes rich, jewel hues like gold, emerald and jade, while Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy Buchanan in the upcoming release, adorns the front page of May’s US Vogue in acid green velvet, bleached bob and glossy red lips, looking very punk meets jazz baby.

Of course The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fictional depiction of the booming economic prosperity of the 1920s and the accompanying busting of morals – a time of massive excess. And summer, with all its weddings and whimsical garden parties in lush greenery – and not least the appearance of the sun itself – is something to be celebrated in this cold economic climate.

Nowadays vintage and the re-use of formerly precious pieces in new designs is an ethically sound proposition, so why not take a peek at some vintage stores and pair lingerie-esque lace or evening beading with this season’s tribal geometrics – think Art Deco – and vivid colours, like orange, blue or green for a fresh feel this summer.

1. Minna’s vintage-fused pieces are made from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles. Their twenties-inspired dresses and tops are a very feminine take on the flapper classics and are perfect party pieces.

2. Headbands and fascinators are all the rage, and a must-have for many summer soirees. Mich Dulce’s pieces are crafted from banana fibre and are hand-crafted in the Philippines by the women of the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.

3. Add a splash of zesty nail polish, like this crème orange, called Holla, by Orly for a quick and easy update to any look. Orly’s collection, which numbers over 150 shades, is free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene.

4. The textiles used to create Voz’s pieces – which include clothes and accessories – have been naturally dyed with mud, berries and herbs; and the geometric shapes in this season’s collection are a very Art Deco in feel.

5. Beyond Skin’s shoes combine contemporary style with vegan ethics; and these zig-zag print wedges are the perfect mix of geometric print and modern glam.

6. Joanna Cave’s jewellery is inspired by tradition and crafted to be modern and wearable. A favourite of Livia Firth, Cave’s jewellery combines good ethics with great design - see some key pieces as picked by Eco-Age at Yooxygen.

About Helen Davis

Helen is a writer and Holistic Colour and Style consultant with a passion for the wellbeing of women and the planet. Her aim is to lead you on a journey of self-discovery: creating an image which reflects the authentic beautiful you inside and out. Combining wardrobe wisdom, goddess-based myth, tales from inspiring women, with ecological and ethical principles, and spirituality she’ll show you how to shine, Adventuress style. To find out more see:

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Duncan McGechie: “Wellbeing is a state of being well”

April 16th, 2013 by baoli

I have become a strong advocate of Acupuncture ever since it helped me with a severe neck pain a few years ago and recommended this traditional Chinese treatment to some of my friends with equally great results. Therefore I was really keen to ask Duncan McGechie of Acubody Therapies about his practice and how your body and mind can benefit from his professional touch.

What is Acupuncture and how can people benefit from it?
Acupuncture is part of Chinese medicine, a system of healing involving the insertion of fine needles into specific points in a prescription tailored to the patient to bring about healing. It does so by bringing the persons functions into balance. An acupuncturist will select a number of points to trigger a healing response in the body, based on their diagnosis in terms of symptoms, history, pulse, tongue and abdominal palpation. These signs indicate the pattern of disharmony that needs rectifying. People can benefit by a reduction or end to their symptoms, a greater sense of wellbeing and sometimes a personal transformation which can enrich their lives. Patients often report side effects like improved circulation (warmer hands and feet) and being better able to deal with their problems and stress.

What are the common ailments people turn to Acupuncture for?
In the first instance pain, a lot of people try acupuncture for muscular and skeletal pain (including arthritis) as this is an area it has a good reputation for. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), insomnia, anxiety and stress related problems, migraine and headaches and menstrual problems including period pain, PMS, heavy bleeding, and fertility issues also make up a significant part of my practice. Other areas I have found it successful but for which people come less frequently are allergies like hay fever, sinusitits, excema (which I will normally also treat with herbal medicine)

Would you describe Acupuncture as a preventative or healing technique?
Yes, I would say it is both, Chinese medicine systems are able to identify imbalances which are likely to lead to disease and treat them before they develop, indeed this is seen as superior, but it is still an effective treatment in its own right.

What is the difference between Acupuncture and the western medicine?
Principally the difference is in viewpoint. Western medicine uses acupuncture techniques for that small part of its scope that a research base has been developed for; physiotherapists use acupuncture, nurses in pain clinics use acupuncture. The difference is that their treatment is very symptom based and does not involve any deeper evaluation of the persons health or state. It can still be effective used in this way but many of the benefits of Chinese medicine theory and acupuncture are missed out. For example a case of recurring tennis elbow was unsuccessfully treated by physio with acupuncture focusing purely on the muscles, when I took the case I identified a digestive problem. The patient was low on energy due to not being able to process his food properly and unable to heal as he was run down. When this was treated with minimal needling at the site of the pain the injuries resolved and he returned to his game.

Do you think Acupuncture is getting more popular in the UK? And why it should?
I am not sure if it is getting more popular, but it seems more people are trying it. I think it is a snowball effect from individuals’ experiences. We get a fair bit of bad press but people are more likely to believe their friends and family than some hostile journalist, so they give it a try when they are told of the positive effects it has had. I also see a lot of patients who have tried everything on offer conventionally, and it hasn’t helped, for them acupuncture is a last resort, and I am glad to say we can help a lot of them.

How many sessions do you normally recommend to see the results and feel benefits?
I aim to have people experiencing some benefit after the first session, but this is not always possible in certain conditions. I am concerned if no progress is made after three sessions, but certainly after five there should be improvement. Some people choose to have ongoing treatment every 2 weeks or month to stay well and because it helps them on so many levels.

Do clients have to come and visit you or do you offer treatments at the comfort of their home too?
Mostly people come to see me in the clinic. I do occasionally do home visits but it is more time efficient in the clinic, I can see more people in a day, and it is more affordable for them as a result.

What can a client expect in your session?
It really does depend on what their issues are. There is a case history and diagnostic consultation initially, which may involve diagnostic tests like range of movement, feeling the pulse, looking at the tongue. The aim is always to develop an understanding of the persons experience of their problem and identify their priorities. Sometimes the session will include massage, tui na or myofascial release therapy without acupuncture, sometimes I will combine them. Sometimes I will use cupping or moxibustion, and sometimes it is just an acupuncture treatment. One of the things that is special about my approach is that I use and integrate my knowledge of biomechanics and the body’s fascia in my treatments, which brings a new angle to musculoskeletal problems. I work with a fusion of modern research and classical knowledge that retains respect for Chinese medicine theory. I also do sports massage and structural myofascial bodywork without the acupuncture.

How did you start and what does it take to become an Acupuncture therapist?
I have always been interested in oriental thought and culture for as long as I can remember. Alongside studying Taoism and Buddhism I started learning martial arts, and reflecting on balance felt I should learn to heal if I was to learn to harm. Acupuncture called to me as its roots were in the same culture that gave rise to Taoism, it just felt like the right thing to do. To start out you need to find a school that teaches acupuncture to learn the basics, this should be around three years of training, more if it includes herbal and tui na training. One benchmark you can use in the UK as a standard is BAAB (British Acupuncture Accreditation Board) accreditation. This body was set up by the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council) to ensure standards in acupuncture education. After this training is completed the learning starts, a whole world of practitioners to learn from and study with, over 2000 years of Chinese textual history and masses of modern research (although to access most of it you need Chinese language). Chinese medicine is an incredibly diverse field that can be confusing for some, but there can be different ways of doing things that are all effective.

How do you define wellbeing and what are your tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I define wellbeing as a state of being well simply put. Not just free of disease but with enough energy and joie de vivre to enjoy life and be happy. My tips aren’t anything especially new I’m afraid - seek balance, but within that, a little bit of what you fancy does you good, its excess that does you wrong. Exercise is incredibly important - movement is life. We evolved to move and the vast majority of our energy is devoted to the musculoskeletal system which allows us to move. It is a biological imperative and improves our physical and mental health. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise, just any you enjoy. I like swimming, yoga, qigong and kettlebell training but that is not for everyone, some prefer running, horse riding, dance or tennis, just move.

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GOOD Hemp Pesto Recipe

April 3rd, 2013 by baoli

We’ve just got inspired by this simple and healthy pesto recipe made of GOOD Shelled Hemp Seed so you can enjoy its health benefits whilst enjoying a tasty meal at the same time.

They are not only a 100% natural healthy snack & ingredient for every day use, they grow right here in the UK and are also good for the environment.

We’ve also found out that Shelled Hemp Seed gives the entire daily intake of Omega 3 and is naturally rich in protein so suitable for vegans and vegetarians. What are you waiting for, get cooking now!


30g GOOD Shelled Hemp Seeds, toasted
30g garlic, peeled and roughly chooped
70g rocket
100g pecorino cheese, grated
100ml GOOD OIL Hemp oil


1. First roast the Shelled Hemp Seeds in a pan for 5 minutes.
2. Blend the seeds with garlic till you have a coarse mixture.
3. Now add the rocket and mix till well blended.
4. Add grated pecorino cheese.
5. When all this is combined, slowly pour in the GOOD OIL to bring the mixture together.

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It’s A Small World After All

March 19th, 2013 by baoli

Flower power is changing the face of the urban landscape; creating beautiful spaces for us and places for insects to flourish – it’s time to rejoice in the small things.

Once upon a time a young woman with flame red hair rode her bike through the English countryside. It was the height of summer and the ripening fields were bejewelled with wild flowers. When, suddenly, a cloud of blue butterflies settled all over her vibrant hair like a living veil. The end.

The point being this wouldn’t happen today: pesticides don’t discriminate between pests and pollinators. And as Kathryn Lwin, Founder Director of River of Flowers, knows her mother’s story tells it better than a statistic ever could.

The plight of our pollinators is a real and serious one. As Sir David Attenborough says, the world could manage pretty well without back-boned creatures: “But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.”

Although it’ll be interesting to see if any insect faces make it onto the photographic mosaic promoting the Face of Climate Change for Earth Day in April – as climate change, too, is thought to be hampering our flower foraging friends.

So River of Flowers is urging us to embrace our wildflower heritage, beautify our communal spaces and create pollinating pathways for our mini beasts.

In fact, Guerrilla Gardening, another urban planting movement, focussed more on food and fauna than insects, has inspired Liberty to create a series of lawns; some depicting a blooming London landscape, Canary Wharf and all.

So women about town let’s have an Ugly Bug Ball – such a great song! – get out of your window boxes, start planting in the streets and infuse your wardrobe with prints and pieces celebrating the magical miniature world of wild flowers and our insect friends.

1. Ultra Tee kind of does what it says on the tin. Using environmentally friendly textiles, like Tencel Lyocell, and innovative vintage meets geometric prints they’ve created a wearable, ethical brand with understated style.

2. Craig Fellows uses traditional as well as contemporary printing techniques to create his pieces, each of which is designed, made and hand-finished by him. His wonderful insect prints, which include everything from beatles to bees, are modern with a clean, classic edge.

3. Flutter Designs, at Folksy, create hand-made, silk printed butterflies in an array of colours to pin in your hair or on your clothes – a beautiful alternative to a fascinator for wedding and garden party season.

4. Sika Designs, create feminine pieces made from Ghanaian or British-made prints and handmade in Ghana. These Cosmo Trousers are an unusual take on floral style using the famous Liberty Lawn fabric.

5. Consciously gorgeous jewellery brand Caipora says of its ant design jewellery: “Inspired as a reflection of the constant change and the natural flow, this beautiful piece has been created to form balance and the feeling of engagement with nature.”

6. Hetty Rose handmade shoes re-use vintage materials in their handcrafted shoes, which can be tailored to your specifications.These handmade slingback sandals have one-off vintage kimono fabric bows and a small antique brooch detail.

About Helen Davis

Helen is a writer and Holistic Colour and Style consultant with a passion for the wellbeing of women and the planet. Her aim is to lead you on a journey of self-discovery: creating an image which reflects the authentic beautiful you inside and out. Combining wardrobe wisdom, goddess-based myth, tales from inspiring women, with ecological and ethical principles, and spirituality she’ll show you how to shine, Adventuress style. To find out more see:

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