Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Want to win $10,000 in Westfield gift cards?

Westfield are giving you the chance to win $10,000 worth of gift cards for Christmas. In addition, 5 lucky runners-up will win a $1000 gift card. All you have to do is enter your details here!

Good luck!!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sweat it out

This weekend SereneMuse visited Zen Hot Yoga & Spa located at Sherwood in Brisbane (Australia) to experience the Detox Box (as seen on The Great South East).  

This 40 minute detox involves sitting in a chair and sweating it out using Far Infrared (FIR) technology; also referred to as "happy rays". FIR heat is the most effective way to remove those nasty toxins from your body and stimulate endorphins. It's like doing a 10km run while sitting down! Trust me... the sweat will be dripping off you.

The beautiful set-up and friendly staff at Zen add to the relaxing atmosphere. You'll even be greeted with ginger tea and water. While you sweat those toxins away you can stay amused by choosing from a selection of dvd's - or bring your own dvd or music. A shower is available and much needed after your detox!

Also available at Zen Hot Yoga & Spa is Hot Yoga (obviously) and Pilates. The Hot Yoga also uses FIR heat; so if you don't feel like you're achieving anything without sweating - this is the yoga class for you! There are yoga and pilates classes every day so check out the timetable and book yourself in for some ancient therapy. 

So whether you live in Brisbane or elsewhere, research spa facilities that are utilising the FIR technology to get the most out of your time and money. SereneMuse is a big fan!

Also a great gift idea for Christmas.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Arnhem The Label - SereneMuse's First Purchase

I'm so totally excited, I can't wait to receive my first Arnhem piece!!

This hand made, hand screen-printed floral dress is made of a soft & lightweight cotton/ rayon mix. It looks stunning and perfect for the earthly, vintage inspired style which is bound to be popular this summer.

Ellie Sunshine Maxi Peachy Nectar Dress

I love the shape and the detail at the bottom of the dress...

So pretty & feminine...

xo xo xo

Luxuriously refreshing

Homemade Iced Tea

With the weather warming up, it's a good time of year to experiment with refreshing drinks to keep you satisfyingly hydrated. Usually this would be of the alcoholic kind, but instead I've discovered the joy of making iced tea at home. I've heard these concoctions can sometimes contain a lot of sugar... but my gosh it's a delicious little treat! And whats better is that it feels good to make something yourself and experiment with all the different flavours available. No doubt we'll be bringing you more idea's for yummy new teas in the near future.

See the bottom of this post for an iced tea recipe!

The teas used by SereneMuse are purchased from T2 Tea.

Here are our tried & tested favourite products for Iced Tea...

Green Rose

A vibrant medium-strength green tea based on currents, mango, papaya and rose petals; making an engaging brew with a bold taste sensation. 

The beautiful flavours are accompanied by grassy green tea, yet not overpowered.
Best served iced in the summer, but makes a delicious cup hot or iced. 

Ingredients: green tea, dried fruit (currant, mango pieces and papaya pieces), rose petals, cornflowers and flavour.

Brew: 2tsp, 2-3mins at 80 degrees celsius.

Click here for more details and pricing.

Strawberry Sensation

Fresh berry flavours and tender tart aromas combine to make a sensational juicy tisane "for all you strawberry sweethearts". 

Crimson berries have been mixed with a hint of citrus to give it a zing. Enjoyed hot or chilled. 
Caffeine free.

Ingredients: hibiscus, apple pomace, rose hip peels, blackberry leaves, orange peel, strawberry pieces, safflowers and flavour.

Brew: 2tsp per medium tea pot, 3-5mins at 100 degrees celsius.

You may also like: Strawberries & Cream, Vanilla Slice, Sencha Sensation.

Click here for more details and pricing.

Fruit Royale

For a truly regal fruity and intense tisane, this product contains the flavours of black & red currents blended with elderberries and a touch of strawberry.

Delicious served hot or cold; though SereneMuse prefers to blend this with other tisanes. Caffeine free.  
Ingredients: hibiscus petals, elderberries, currants, blackcurrant and flavour.

Brew: 1/2 - 1tsp per 200mls, brew 3mins at 100 degrees celsius.

You may also like: Very Berry Fruitea, Turkish Apple Chunky, Botanica.

Click here for more details and pricing.

Turkish Apple

The traditional version of the national drink of Turkey, making this an all-time classic.

Oh so sweet and full of crisp, crunchy apple flavour.

Traditionally served hot, but I like mine iced in summer for a sweet treat!

Moreish is the perfect word to describe this one. Great hot as an afternoon break or served iced in summer for refreshment. Add to it, a cinnamon stick or cloves when warm, or with lemon slices and fresh mint when iced. Caffeine free.  

Ingredients: sugar, citric acid, maltodextrine, colour, anti caking agent, vitamin C and flavour.

Brew: 1 heaped teaspoon per 200ml, dissolve in water at 100 degrees celsius. For an iced jug, add 1 teaspoon per cup, fill 1/3 with water at 100 degrees celsius, stir to dissolve. Fill to top with ice and garnish with mint and lemon.

You may also like: Turkish Apple Chunky, Turkish Apple & Cinnamon, Turkish Cherry, Liquorice Legs, Gorgeous Geisha.

* This is a staple for me as I have quite a sweet tooth *

Click here for more details and pricing.

French Earl Grey

For an oh-so-fruity twist on the classic earl grey, look no further then T2's French Earl Grey.

A black tea base infused with petals, fruit and classic bergamot.

This medium-bodied tea is bold and refined with hints of peach, apricot, citrus, a field of sunflowers, rose, cornflower and hibiscus... wow! This elegant tea is full of good taste. Best served black, with a sprinkle of sugar if desired. 

Brew: 1tsp per 200ml, 2-3mins in water at 100 degrees celsius.

Click here for more details and pricing.

T2 The Jug

The perfect accompaniment for making iced tea; these 1.2L tea jugs are the easiest and most effective way to make iced tea. The lid is completely leak proof - perfect for picnics! 

Click here for more details and colour choices.

Combination Iced Tea Recipe

2tsp Strawberry Sensation
1tsp Green Rose
1/2tsp Fruit Royale
1tsp Turkish Apple (2tsp if I'm feeling naughty)*^
Boiled water
A squeeze of lemon juice*
Ice cubes
mint leaves (desired amount)*  

1. Place the Strawberry Sensation & Green Rose in the detachable strainer.
2. Place the Turkish Apple in the jug.
3. Add boiling water to the jug, filling most of the way.
4. Squeeze some lemon juice into the mix.
5. Attach the strainer to the jug lid and place the lid on the jug, ensuring there is sufficient water to allow the tea to seep. Stand for 3-5mins.
6. Remove lid and remove the strainer from the lid. Replace lid.

When serving
7. Fill your glass with ice cubes.
7. Pour tea over ice and add mint leaves.

* optional
^ remove if wanting a sugar free iced tea

Find more recipe's here.

Get your tan on

Bronzed Babe St. Tropez Self Tanning Range

Having tried many self tanning products I feel confident in recommending St. Tropez to everyone. The Bronzed Babe range will give you a streak free, natural looking tan with a delightful smell. Number one for tanning experts; this product will last for days and is suitable for most skin types.

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronze Mousse

With it's easy application and lightweight velvety mousse you can rest assured that, unlike other products on the market, St. Tropez will leave you with a natural-looking, even and streak-free tan.

Through innovative fragrance technology they've created a self tanning product with a beautiful fragrance that won't leave you with the tell-tale tanning aroma. 

St. Tropez Naturals
Self tan for sensitive skin

I just heard about this product and can't wait to try it! Occasionally tans can irritate my skin but the self tanning St. Tropez bronze mousse seems to be the only one that doesn't react; so I'm excited to see whether the Naturals range by St. Tropez feels more hydrating for my skin as it boasts super hydrating qualities. I must be too eager though as I went looking at Priceline and David Jones last week; neither of the retailers had heard of it (which wasn't a good sign they stocked it). As soon as I track some down, I'll let you know how it goes. Remember, a safe tan is a fake tan! 

St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Milk

This lightweight milk comes with a subtle hint of tan. This is achieved through the use of Vegetan, a naturally derived tanning ingredient. Included is Melanobronze, a melanin-stimulator "distilled from the berries of the monk's pepper tree". Your skin is lovingly hydrated through the infusion of grape and blackcurrant seed oils. All of this, plus babassu oil, makes for their most gentle natural formula.

St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Lotion

Much like the St. Tropez Naturals Self Tan Milk, this melt-in-your-skin lotion delivers a subtle tan through Vegetal and Melanobronze. The lotion is infused with grape and mango seed oil ensuring deep hydration. The addition of avocado butter just adds emphasis to the gentleness of the formula.

St. Tropez Tanning Mitt

An absolute must for the perfect looking tan!

Find St. Tropez tanning products at Priceline or David Jones.

Time to get your tan on for summer! xo

Sale Alert: Sukin Skincare Products

Priceline currently have 20% off the entire Sukin range. 
Hurry, offer ends 21st November!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Arnhem The Label..

Photo by Caitlin Morey Photography

"Free spirited and elegant, Arnhem's collection basks in the light of femininity and playfulness, embodying the love for simplicity and creation."

Delicately crafted by the lovely and gifted Arnhem Bickley, reaching out from the beautiful Byron Bay hills, Arnhem The Label is a brand much adored by SereneMuse. Her designs include vintage inspired florals, hand sewn beading and sequins, alongside more contemporary styles; varying from simple to elegant.

With a celebrity following, Arnhem The Label is destined for a bright future. We love her creative flare and hand crafted touch, her beautiful embellishments, hand screen-printed signature florals and tribal prints on natural fibre fabrics... how could we not fall deeply in love with Arnhem The Label!

Isabel Lucas spotted wearing Arnhem The Label

'Arnhem The Label' we love you!
Check out her blogwebsite and stockists & become obsessed like we have :)