31 March 2014

Outfit// J's on my feet.

Hi lovies,

Last week I finally went shopping again and so I have a few new things to show you. This outfit is Black and White with gold touches, those are my favorite kind of outfits ;). And I finally bought Jordans, I am so in love with my shoes. I love wearing sneakers and these are good to combine with everything because they're black. I also love the neon red inside of the shoes. I hope you like my new outfit.

Sweater: Forever21
Top: Forever21
Pants: Bullhead
Shoes: Jordan
Necklace: Forever21
Ring: Forever21

Xoxo, Laure. 

28 March 2014

Health// Tea time!

Hi lovies, 

It's tea time! 
I'm a huge fan of herbal teas, I love to drink all different kinds of tea.. from green tea to black tea to jasmine tea, etc. 
Did you know that besides the great taste it also has some amazing benefits?

Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated and support the health of the cells, tissues and organs.
At this moment there are thousands of medicinal herbs on the market, it may be confusing to know what herbs are safe and effective for many complaints. So I made a list  of my favorite teas that are gentle, effective and really available.

Green tea

Starting with my all time favorite, called the 'wonder herb' by tea drinkers and medical practitioners alike!
They call it the 'wonder herb' because it comes with such a host of health benefits.
Drinking green tea lowers cancer risk.
The tea contains potent antioxidants called polyphenols, which help suppress free radicals.
Green tea also stops certain tumors from forming, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby promotes heart health.
Green tea also lowers blood pressure, prevents and fight tooth decay and dental issues, and inhibits different viruses from causing illness.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint -known scientifically as mentha piperita- is known for relieving stomach problems, it can assist with irritable bowel syndrome, naussea, stomach aches, diarrhea or constipation.
Peppermint tea helps to relieve pain in the digestive tract by helping gas to move through your stomach and intestines after you have eaten.
peppermint tea will boos your immune system, reduce bad breath and relieves stress.

Black tea

Black tea can help manage - or even prevent - diabetes. Even better, regularly drinking black tea may protect you from developing diabetes in the first place! 
Black tea protects your heart health and is a tremendous source of potent antioxidants, these antioxidants can also help reverse the visible effects of aging.
Black tea may help with weight loss because it helps to regulate blood sugar levels, leaving you felling more balanced and satisfied.
Black tea may help you and your muscles recover more quickly after a workout.
Black tea can protect against dental plaque, cavities and toot decay. It may also freshen your breath!

Roseship tea

Roseships are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of Vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for a roseship tea next time you need a health boost! 

Jasmine tea

Jasmine tea reduces anxiety, the smell of the tea reduces the heart rate and the person becomes calmer, relaxed and stress-free. 
Jasmine tea prevents aging, combats cold and allergies, prevents/cures cancer, restricts foodborne diseases, reduces cholesterol levels, aids weight loss and improves mental health.

Xoxo, Jelka

21 March 2014

Food// Mango, pear and apple smoothie bowl

Hi lovely readers, 

It's spring time! 
To me Spring is a great time.. Blue sky, the sun that's shining now and then and it's getting a little bit warmer and warmer! 
All those things are how it should be but in Belgium, Belgium oh Belgium, it has to be different.. The past few days in Belgium were like summer already. Then exactly on the first day of Spring it's raining and the sky went from beautiful blue to ugly grey.. oh, How I love Spring in Belgium! 
Anyway, when I see the sun I love to eat fresh things. Especially lots of fruit and salads! 
A smoothie bowl is a healthy, refreshing breakfast that gives you the energy you need for the rest of the day.

A smoothie bowl is not so different from a normal smoothie, it's actually a normal smoothie in a bowl so you can add some toppings. (I think it looks much nicer and more delicious in this way!)

So for my first time I made a smoothie bowl I just used some fruit leftovers.
My tip: Use what you have to make great and delicious things! It's a great way to not waste any kind of food!

Sorry for the bad looking picture but taking photos from food isn't my profession haha but good enough for instagram! 

Mango, pear & apple smoothie bowl recipe
It's probably one of the the easiest and fastest recipes you've ever seen!

- Ingredients - serves 1:
Half a mango
1 pear
1 apple

Mix the mango together with the pear (when too thick, add some water), put it in a bowl when you finished mixing it. 
Cut the apple in little pieces and use them as a topping.
Ready to serve!

Note: You can use some more toppings or mix more fruits together but these were the only fruits I had that moment. 

XOXO, Jelka

18 March 2014

Beauty// Japanese 'Face slimmer exercise mouthpiece'

Hi lovies, 

While I was doing my daily online routine I bumped in to one of the funniest things I've ever seen in the beauty market. A no-surgery anti aging gadget: The face slimmer exercise mouthpiece
I don't know if we can take this gadget serious but funny it is for sure! 

We all know when it comes to finding solutions to everyday problems that the Japanese are world leaders in it. 
The gadget promises to "give sagging facial skin and muscles that much-needed daily lift." 
It only takes 3 minutes a day, you've to wear the silicone rubber lips (I think they look like the candy I used to eat when I was younger) and make mouth movements. 
It's as simple as that and you'll strengthen your facial muscles and slow down aging.. sounds very promising! 

What do you think about this funny gadget and would you try it out? 

XOXO, Jelka

17 March 2014

Outfit// Kneesocks.

Hi lovies,

The cali weather has been so good this spring break that it's hot enough for shorts at night. I get cold very fast so the kneesocks are a perfect solution for when you want to wear shorts but don't want to be too cold. I got these socks as a present from Justine (the girl in the picture with me) so I can't tell you where they're from but you can find them in a lot of stores. I personally love the kneesocks and I'm so happy with them. 

Xoxo, Laure.