In Review: The Optimum 9400 Blender & Froothie

froothie review
The green smoothie obsession is real, my friends.

Though I’ve bought (and blogged about) a lot of juices, smoothies, and detoxes in the past, it has taken me a while to decide on the blender I would bring into my own home. This is mostly down to a few twenty-dollar ‘smoothie makers’ I bought and bailed on as a teenager.

Thankfully, blender technology has progressed past the days of ‘smoosh it or you’ll break it’. Blenders have become a thing.

The best of which I can assure you is the Optimum 9400 blender.

I ummed and ahhed between cult favourites, raw food blogger favourites and infomercial favourites for months before landing on The Optimum 9400 (I got mine at Froothie because they have a 30-day money back guarantee). 30-plus days later? I am a happiest smoothie maker there could be.

Unlike its more mainstream competitors, The Optimum 9400 is commercial-grade (completely stainless steel vs ‘personal-grade’ mild steel), durable, speedy (44,000 rpm), strong, spacious (read: margarita party), and incredibly versatile.

As well as being BPA free.

In my opinion, it’s the Holy Grail of Blenders. I have made almond butter, flour and milk all in less than 10 minutes. I have grated cheese, chopped onions, and grinded coffee with it. I have kneaded bread dough, whipped cream, and juiced into oblivion – all as well as making my daily green smoothie.

However many thumbs I can get my hands on…I give it that many thumbs up.

Click below for my circulation-boosting smoothie recipe!

froothie review
froothie review
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Free Spotify Playlist – October 2014

free spotify playlist october 2014
This month’s free Spotify playlist is something special to listen to while you watch the seasons change. It’s a hop, skip, and jump between genres, decades, bands and solo artists.

It is also a rather snazzy collection of snappy, happy tuneage. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for September’s free Spotify playlist.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Until the Sun Explodes by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yes, It’s Good For You by Koko Taylor
I’m Not Part Of Me by Cloud Nothings
Bad Thing by Kiesza and Joey Bada$$
Kites by Geographer
Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix
Dip It Low by Christina Milian
Simple and Sure by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
9TS (90s Baby) by Redlight
They Want My Soul by Spoon
One More by Elliphant and MO
Pretty Green by White Denim
Sound Of Da Police by KRS-One
I Am An Animal by Twin Atlantic
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

The Prosecco Moments

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I am a firm believer in celebrations. I’m not necessarily talking about birthdays, holidays, and the societal Hallmark ‘moments’, but – instead – the little celebrations.

The Prosecco moments.

Prosecco is the perfect midway point between a glass of wine with dinner and a champagne shower. A tipple which, in my mind, one should always have on standby. (Or, y’know, a case on standby – I blame Waitrose Cellar’s ridiculous deals on Prosecco).

After a month of eye surgeries, travel mishaps, delayed invoices, and an exorbitant amount of little niggles, the aforementioned case came was a constant reminder to celebrate. Celebrate new business deals, restaurant-quality homemade meals, shopping steals, et al.

In fact, discovering the Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene was reason to celebrate enough…

…time to order another case.

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prosecco

Competition: Go backstage at London Fashion Week with LG!

backstage london fashion week
Are you a fashion student that wants to go behind the scenes of London Fashion Week? You are?! Have I got an excellent opportunity for you!

For the seventh consecutive season, LG Electronics (LG) are taking the reigns as the Official Garment Care Supplier of one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year and, as their official London Fashion Week blogger, we’re looking for a talented fashionista to be a part of the action!

LG will provide expert support at this season’s London Fashion Week (12th – 16th September), with a dedicated ‘Steam Team’ helping backstage. For one passionate fashion student, LG and I are excited to offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of the LG Steam Team! Working alongside an industry expert in garment care, the lucky winner will experience the fast-paced fashion environment backstage at London Fashion Week with the opportunity to increase their knowledge in fashion and fabric care.

LG’s latest home appliance range includes leading innovations in washing, such as the introduction of 6 Motion Direct Drive technology that uses a combination of drum motions to deliver an amazing wash performance coupled with optimum fabric care. With such a range of fabrics used in today’s fashions, LG’s 6 Motion Direct Drive Technology ensures that everything from jeans to delicates come out looking and feeling their absolute best, as well as thoroughly cleaned. So you can take the trends off the catwalk and into your everyday wardrobe, safe in the knowledge that your clothes will look good for seasons to come.

To enter:
Simply tweet @LGUK using the hashtag #LGSteamTeam and tell us which catwalk show you are most looking forward to this season to be in with the chance of winning!

For more information on LG please visit: www.lg.com/uk/appliances
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Travel Blog: Postcards from Paris – a 48 Hour Vlog!

paris video vlog
I knew that the 48 hours Tiffani and I planned to spend in Paris were going to be all sorts of manic. Though I am by no means an expert, it was my chosen responsibility to deliver her an amazing weekend (after all, it was her first-ever visit to a language-diverse country).

After an eventful overnight coach trip from London, we arrived in Bercy and logged in to the Hotel Tonight app just in time to secure a fantastic deal for Hotel O (a gorgeous, central, and Pantone-hued design hotel).

The following two days were an unforgettable blizzard of adventure, carbohydrates, discovery, accidental seduction, Frenglish, and more.

But enough chat, there’s a vlog to watch…

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