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November 14, 2013

WONDER WOMAN: HANNAH SAUL




Model Hannah Saul is undeniably gorgeous – she has a face that will stop you in your tracks and a body to die for. However, not being content with just being really, really ridiculously good-looking, she is also an inspiring and driven young woman. She is a huge health and fitness advocate is set to launch Mind Body and Saul, a website and app, sharing her passion for living a healthy lifestyle. So, in other words, she is a total knockout on all levels with her beauty just being a reflection of her personality - complete girl crush material.

Hannah was sweet enough to share some of her tips on healthy living, her own fitness regime and also revealed what her guilty pleasure is.


What advice or tips do you have for someone who wants to start living a healthier lifestyle?

My advice for someone who wants to start living a healthier lifestyle is not to be super strict on yourself, you still need to able to eat and enjoy the things you love. The biggest thing I find is to find a happy balance within your diet & exercise routine, start off with what you know is achievable for you and your current lifestyle. Write down your goals, plan your week ahead and get a training buddy so you can't skip out on training because you 'don't feel like it'. With someone by your side to motivate you, you'll be less likely to fall into old habits with lack of exercise, bad diet etc.


Can you take us through your fitness regime and diet?

Working in an industry where I always have to be swimwear ready I constantly have to be on top of my exercise and diet. I love to wake up and go for a run or fast walk first thing in the morning to start the day with a clear mind. I then hit the gym for a workout whether it be Pilates or strength and resistance training. I have a personal trainer I see weekly and am always finding new ways to mix up my exercise routine especially now the weather is warming up. It is so motivational for me to be outdoors whilst working out as opposed to being inside a gym 5 times a week!

I am not super strict with my diet, but I know what works for my body and what doesn't. I try to stick to the 80/20% rule. I avoid any foods that bloat me, make me crash and burn or even make my skin break out. I love cooking at home so I know exactly what is going into my meals and buying fresh produce from the local markets is always a must!


What motivates and inspires you?

The love I have every day for waking up and hitting the pavement or going to the gym to constantly be the best version of myself is second to none and has allowed me to look and feel my best from the inside out. The one person that inspires me the most is my mother who whilst even in her 50's still has an insane passion for living her life to its fullest every single day. She is constantly on the go and never sits still! Just this year she ran a half marathon with me, was selected to represent Australia playing Hockey and constantly keeps me on my toes when we train together! I can only hope at her age I look and feel like her!





What is your approach to skincare and beauty?

I try to keep my skincare range consistent as I know what works for me and what I love. In summer i definitely focus on products that contain SPF. I exfoliate regularly, I love face masks and a great fruity scented body moisturiser to top it off.


What can we expect to see from Mind Body and Saul?

Mind Body and Saul is everything from my training programs designed by myself and my personal trainer which will be in the MBS training app, beginner to advanced, at home or in the gym, toning or weight workouts we have everyone covered looking whatever your desired results may be.

There will be a series of eBooks which are all vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipes as we are aware of how health conscious a lot of people have become so we have created all the naughty treats and meals you love and made them super healthy!

We have teamed up with H2CoCo and Australian Sports Nutrition where you can purchase my supplement stacks and buy my favourite coconut water! We have all my tips and secrets for keeping healthy and fit all year round, Mind Body and Saul protein shakers, MBS Active gym singlets and training advice from the MBS PT. 


What has been the most rewarding thing you have ever done?

The most rewarding thing I have ever done is Mind Body and Saul, to be able to motivate and inspire young girls around the world to live their best life and look & feel their best from the inside out is everything to me. The response we have received so far over social media from young girls around the globe is incredible. I make a conscious effort to interact and connect personally through my social networks to allow them to ask me any questions regarding my training, eating and also giving them an insight into my personal and work life which I feel gives that point of difference.





Something people might not know about you?

The one thing most people don't know about me is I have a serious chocolate addiction! If I could I would eat chocolate for breakfast lunch and tea haha. It's the one thing I have to really discipline myself with. Max Brenner is my ultimate place to go for a chocolate fix!


Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Gym clothes! It's all I seem to splurge on. Mostly because I believe that when you are wearing something you love and looks great on you, you just feel better. I am in it every day so why not?! I hardly ever spend money on high heels and dresses, you will be sure to find me buying Asics and crop tops haha!


What is the best advice you have been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to look after your body, respect yourself and just generally be a good person as a whole.


For more information about Mind Body and Saul, be sure to like their Facebook page, follow them on Instagram and don't forget to follow Hannah’s here too (warning: scrolling through them will make you want to think twice about that chocolate bar and will motivate you to move)! 

Thank you to the gorgeous Hannah for being so lovely, such a pleasure to interview!


Emily xx

November 11, 2013

TAKE ME TO ELLERYLAND




vitreous |ˈvitrēəs|
adjective

like glass in appearance or physical properties.
×    (of a substance) derived from or containing glass


While it may not be the most beautiful day in Sydney – it’s currently pouring, the sky is a blinding shade of grey and I’m stuck inside finishing off my last assignment for the year – this enchanting little film directed by Kinga Burza for the Ellery Resort ’14 collection ‘Vitreous’ has made my Monday that much better.

Filmed in the incredible Japanese garden at the House of Kenzo in Paris, the only thing dreamier than the picturesque backdrop is the clothes. The Resort collection is full of divine prints, luxe silks and a heavenly palette of creams, whites, rich berries and blacks. And oh to be the model, all perfectly chopped hair, pomegranate stained lips and draped in Kym’s designs.

Set to the sweet sounds of Joe & Donnie Emerson, it truly is a delight for all the senses with each element working in harmony to make what is possibly my favourite fashion film ever.

So snuggle up, boil yourself some green tea, press play and get lost in Elleryland.


x Emily

November 6, 2013

MASTER MATICEVSKI


Toni Maticevski is one of those designers that wows you with each new creation of his. He is such a master of his craf and has established himself as Australia's top designers, constantly pushing the boundaries and delivering stunning collections one after the other. His show at Fashion Week this year was a highlight, with those incredible beaded pieces and standout neon neoprenes... simply put, he is a genius.

I was kindly invited to the showings for his A/W 14 collection and I was blown away by the his talent once again. Beautiful structured bodices, mesh tees, asymmetrical skirts and metallic bombers adorned the racks and. And, of course, no Maticevski collection would be complete without some of his signature gowns – my favourite being a strapless cherry red satin number. Despite it being such a large collection (I'm talking over 80 pieces here!), there was so much attention to detail with each one that made every one of his creations something special. 

Toni's use of textures was stunning - reptilian embossing, neoprene, delicate beading, buttery soft leathers and luxe silks worked so beautifully together. Rich shades of red, neon orange and pale purple worked well to balance out the blacks, whites and gunmetal silvers.

The collection was such a visual delight, with a range of beautiful pieces that would made any girl's heart beat that little bit faster. Now if only I had a special occasion to don some of those incredible gowns...

Thank you so much to super lovely Prasana and Toni for having me!

Emily xx


all images are my own


November 4, 2013

MONDAY'S MUSE



daria werbowy by nico for madame figaro via the fashionograpghy

Daria’s is a face that has always captivated me; let’s be honest, it’s hard to ignore. Wide eyed and full of wonder, she’s been on the scene for so long but hasn’t seemed to age at all. To me she is the ultimate model muse, with a cool girl attitude that can’t be taught. The quintessential ‘It’ Girl.


Emily xx