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Friday 6 February 2015

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

We've spent the majority of this week wishing we were snuggled up somewhere like this...

But oh no we've been out in the arctic temperatures battling through the week!! Well the good news is...we've only gone and made it to Friday and you can officially spend the next 48 hours wrapped in your duvet, cuddling a hot water bottle with huge mugs of tea...BLISS!!

When we haven't been trying to push the thought of Barbados sun as far from our minds as possible, the Mice have mostly been....

Frantically pulling apart our wardrobes each morning to assemble the perfect outfit to withstand the frio British temperatures! I'm fighting the urge everyday as I sleepily brave the world outside of my cosy duvet cocoon, not to reach for my cashmere tracksuit - I'm not sure that's quite office appropriate!

My sticking spot...coats! I have jeans sorted for the next decade and a good selection of boots that cover every situation, however I still haven't cracked the final most important layer!

I popped into Topshop last week and picked up a cute monochrome cocoon coat - main issue - bracelet sleeves and extremely lightweight! Perfect transition piece but it's only going to encourage sneezing and teeth chattering at the moment - not the look we want!

Instead we want to look chic, cosy and cool...after searching high and low I think I've hit the nail on the head! An oversized, sheepskin lined, fur hooded parka of course!

As soon as I laid eyes on this beauty I knew I had to have it, annoyingly it's from the US which is always a bit of a pain delivery wise, however I picked it up on a day when the site had $50 off and free win!

No more miserable mornings for can instead find me wandering along in my new toasty fur cocoon!!

Minusey Parka, $329

Fast approaching the end of a 14 day detox courtesy of James Duigan's Clean and Lean diet. At London towers we've become slightly obsessed with this genius' book and way of living. Rather than embarking upon a totally unrealistic diet cutting out entire food groups and only eating 'low fat' labelled foods, you instead change your whole approach to eating, with a diet of good fats and clean ingredients which is easy to follow and sustainable. Fad diets never work as they are full of low-fat, processed foods packing your body full of toxins which actually cling onto fat, however get clean and you will see a difference instantly!

You begin with a 14 day kick start which involves no alcohol and three clean meals a day with a morning and afternoon snack of fruit and nuts. It's important to keep your fruit intake to a handful of berries a day and caffeine to a minimum (one cup of tea or coffee a day) - the aim is to clean the body of toxins so when you finish the detox you can continue a clean diet with one cheat meal a week and when you do have alcohol / anything not strictly clean, your body can cope with removing these toxins quickly and effectively.

Rosie Huntington Whitely and Elle Macpherson swear by this diet, Elle has even written the foreword for his book. If you're dedicated and follow the diet with the exercise routine 3 times a week (also in the book) you will see results by the end of 14 days. Not only does it transform your shape but also how you feel - we're coming to the end of ours tomorrow and have so much more energy and even find morning gym visits a breeze!

However the most important element, the recipes are delicious! At times you even feel naughty - eating lots of Brazil nuts, pecans, almond milk, avocados, full fat Greek yogurt, toasted pine nuts and real butter - believe me it isn't a hard eating plan to follow!

A couple of gems from this week...

Spelt, butternut squash and goats cheese....

Ginger, chili steamed salmon parcels...

But our favourite has to be will find yourself leaping out of bed, downing your morning lemon and pink Himalayan salt water just so you can gobble up a bowl of this magical brekkie!

Here's how you create it at home...

Almond Milk Quinoa & Berries

To serve 2 you need:

250ml Almond Milk
50g Quinoa
50g Blackberries
50g Blueberries
1 tablespoon of chopped pecans
Greek Yogurt to serve

How to...

1. Bring the almond milk to the boil in a saucepan, stir in the quinoa and reduced the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Once all liquid has been absorbed remove from the heat, stir in the blackberries, blueberries and pecans. 

3. Spoon into 2 bowls and serve with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt. 

Right on that note have a fabulous weekend, we know we will...

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