Once upon a time, before Talbot Avenue was born, Kim and I met as housemates and over a period of a few months we quickly came to realise that we were destined to be in one another’s lives.  We are both the kind of people who like to surround ourselves by dreamers, doers, believers and thinkers.  Many a time we have spent under the moonlight, drinking rose, dissecting life, our purpose, what connects us to this world and others around us.  It has always been important to open up a safe space between us where we can each share all that matters to us, from the mundane to the magical.

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    There are many opinions when it comes to snacking.  Here at Talbot HQ we refrain from using words like forbidden or can’t.  We recognise that moderation is the key and snacking for us is no exception to this rule.  The kind of snacks we reach for, crave and munch in our every day lives matter.  Healthy living is a lifestyle choice and the art of snacking is very much a part of this process.

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    The Talbot girls discuss many fitness and lifestyle products here at Talbot HQ. From a downward dog in the office to walking the pug, our lives and brand has been designed with the everyday side of active living in mind.  We have to put together a little list of lusters that we are crushing on.  Just a few of our favourite things we care to share…

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  • raw vegan brownie DID YOU SAY RAW VEGAN BROWNIE?!?

    Yep we went there…and this is one for the recipe book!  Traditionally, KS and I are more of the umami/savoury kinda ladies – having never really had much of a sweet tooth, even as kids we’ve always avoided the conventional sweet cakes and pastries.  However with the insurgence of healthy raw treats popping up at all our favourite eateries, we’ve dipped our toes into the dessert pool, and I hate to say it….but we’ve converted to the dark cacao side…

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  • The Whole Life Challenge THE WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE

    With The Whole Life Challenge just around the corner, today I reflected back on the trigger that lead me to a healthier and happy lifestyle.  Two years ago my partner and I embarked on The Whole Life Challenge.  At the time I was terribly unfit, highly inactive and ate cheese and white starchy carbs like they were water.  My partner had done the challenge earlier in the year, and he had been encouraging me for a while to get more active and understand more about what I was putting into my body.  So (slightly reluctantly) I agreed to embark on the WLC together with him, more for the fun of challenging myself than anything else.  Having never really stuck to any exercise regime or “diet” before, I didn’t have high expectations to see much change, but hey, I’ve jumped out of a plane and survived, a little lettuce and fresh air won’t kill me?  What started off as a fun challenge, quickly became one of the biggest eye-openers I’ve ever had…

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    It is 4:48am.  My mind and body are wide awake.  I (KS) have slept at most 4.5 hours.  Whilst this is not a common occurrence,  I know the day ahead will be full of activities, meetings and demands that require a good night’s sleep.  I often wonder how much sleep do we really need? The Talbot team pack a lot into a day and often our fast-paced, busy lifestyles result in us functioning on very little sleep.  Whilst our days are full and we work hard to balance both work and play, we often find that exhaustion and tiredness are something we have gotten used to.

    Trying to understand sleep, the quality of sleep and the power it has on our waking life…

    How much sleep do we really need?

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  • NIA

    The Talbot Girls are always on the hunt for new, fun and invigorating ways to move our bodies and nourish our minds.  Our weekly repertoire consists of morning yoga, a long walk most days, sporadic attempts at running (a work in progress…), some light weight work and in between it all…dancing.  We dance in front of the mirror, we break out in dance whilst we walk along the beach, and we can’t forget our daily outbursts when a really good song comes on whilst we’re working at our desks and our small shimmies turn into an all-out dance off (winner TBC).  So when a little birdie told us about Nia, our ears pricked up…

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    As adults we forget what it felt like to dream like a child, to create a vision for your future and believe so strongly that it will be a reality.  Whether you dreamt of being a power woman and had aspirations of conquering your career goals before the age of thirty, or you dreamt of falling in love, settling down and having a big family…we all have dreams.  As kids we would play make-believe, we would confess our desires to our friends, our family, even our dolls!  Enter adulthood, and somehow we lose sight of how impactful creating visions for the future can be.  So today, we explore the magic of manifesting…

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    There are endless ways to nourish the skin we are in.  Creams, pastes, beauty products, spas, facials…the list is endless.  Here at the Talbot Avenue HQ, we welcome the opportunity to try something that will refresh and rejuvenate (especially in the winter months), working to leave our skin and hair feeling awake and alive.  Here are some of the Do-It-Yourself remedies that have caught our attention.

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    The weekend saw our first attempt at Moussaka with a Bechamel sauce. Delicious. Cheesy. Delicious…

    Weeknights leave us a little more time poor and a little more healthy in our dinner mindset. Wednesday night cooking for a friend and craving a taste of the ocean, we welcome this delicious Tobie Puttock’s salmon recipe.

    A Talbot Winter Warmer x

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