To read my interview with the ever inspiring Tara Bliss (yes, that’s her last name) over on her blog Such Different Skies, click here. Thank you Tara for helping me open my heart. x 

SUCH DIFFERENT VIXENS: MIANN SCANLAN

Stunning. Captivating. Vulnerable in the softest and most surprising of ways.

It’s likely that you already follow Miann and the beautiful work that she shares with the world: The imagery. The finer details. The way she so beautifully curates and collaborates. The delicate blend of fashion and wellness, of the ‘x-factor’ with her unmistakable earthiness.

But what you may not know about this social media maven, is that she has an incredibly tender heart. The emails that we have exchanged have left me tingling with a smidge of privilege that I always feel when someone has opened up to me.

I so very much enjoy that sensation of one person reaching, and the other person reaching right back out, even if it is through the channels of cyber space.

Anyway, this isn’t about me.

I want more, more, more of Miann Scanlan. And I bet you do too. Stick around for a few minutes, and get to know this angel a little better…

SHARE YOUR SOUL

Sum up your mission in one sentence.

I want to inspire self-love, gratitude and connectedness in young women. (I tweeted that once, and it kind of stuck).

Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).

I landed in New York last year to spend a month in the city traveling around on my own. On the first night (after visiting an ATM and withdrawing a lot of cash) I had my wallet stolen out of my handbag. I woke up the next morning without realising. A little hungover, hungry and totally lost with not a cent to my name in the country. It really rattled me, I felt so alone, so vulnerable and hurt by humanity.

Over the next two weeks I walked around feeling scared and I thought that everyone was out to get me. I couldn’t strike up a conversation with a barista, people on the street shoved me out of the way. It’s a strange feeling being so deeply lonely in a city of nine million people. I decided that I needed to get on my mat and connect with some yogis. I found a class in Central Park which finished off with a savasana under the trees. I walked all the way home with my head held high and heart open once again. I even found people to be perfectly chatty and warm. I realised that I was feeling disconnected from others because I was just disconnected from myself.

What turns you on – cranks your dial right the way UP?

When women come together and support each other. In Australia there is such a prevalent culture of tearing each other down, something that I’ve never really been able to identify with. When I travelled through America I really got a taste of their collaborative attitude. I’m all about coming together with creatives to achieve great things rather than competing. It’s a waste of emotional energy and time.

What makes your blood boil? (Honestly)

When people can’t be truthful – further to that, when people spin their lives based on a lie. I see it happen a lot on social media and I guess that’s the downside to the beautiful web that connects us all.

How do you define ‘peace’?

It’s that sense of contentment you find only when being deeply present.

Belly laughs. Outbursts of ecstasy – the kind that leave you crippling over in agony from the sheer joy of it… What’s one of these memories that stand out for you?

When my friends and I were hanging on the Sydney harbour and decided to take the boat over to Manly for lunch. We anchored just off the shore and took the little inflatable boat to the sand, but the real fun started when we had to make it back to the boat after lunch. We jumped into the rubber duckie trying not to get our boots wet. Then we couldn’t quite push the boat off the sand. Then the tiny motor burnt out about 3 metres from the shore. So I grabbed a two foot long broken oar and tried to paddle us toward the boat in high wind, light rain, and all while wearing a ridiculous big fluffy jacket and cowboy boots (standard). My girlfriend had on an equally over the top outfit for a day on the boat. We were going in circles, about to sink only to look up and find everyone in the fancy restaurant on the pier filming, laughing and waving at us. We eventually made it to the boat and thought the embarrassment was over, until we heard well over a hundred people on the Manly ferry as they started cheering and clapping. I haven’t laughed that hard since I can remember. I hope that one day the footage surfaces on YouTube.

Looking back, how have you most GROWN?

I can pinpoint the moment my life changed, the moment my third eye literally opened and I truly began to SEE. I can see how differently I walk the earth. I can see truth in it’s beautiful form, and my sense of truth has changed. My priorities are different, they involve less narcissism and more love. I’ve grown in the way I approach situations and react to things. I am more calm, collected and understanding.

If we all looked up your name in a dictionary, what 5 words would we find to describe you?

Contemplative, dreamer, hermit, tender, bohemian.

QUICK & SLICK

Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel … complete, steady and sure.

Few people know this about me, but I … am really afraid of flying – even for someone who travels so much my stomach still turns when it’s time for take off.

I secretly wish I could … stand up for myself. When it comes to friends I’m a loud and loyal bulldog, but when the attention is turned on me I’m quiet as a mouse. I never have been able to stand up to bullies, when I try it’s like my voice is stolen from my mouth and carried away with the wind. It’s something that I’m still working on.

To me, the words ‘Such Different Skies’ mean … the way I look upon the world now with a warm and grateful gaze. The skies literally look different. They’re so much bluer than I remember, but now I also see the beauty within the grey days too.

 

 

Tara Bliss is a spirit-stoked writer, mentor, yogini and inspirational speaker. She’s helped Party Girls find peace, been a lighthouse for Spirited seekers finding their way home to themselves, and even teamed up with her chef hubby to share radical, real food recipes with the world.

Her mission? To kick-start an avalanche of gutsy, fear-busting confidence and love (all with a side serve of swagger)! Think of her as your crystal-toting, skateboard-riding, raw-dessert-loving lumière, unveiling the path to peace and freedom, using Fierce and curious vulnerability as her compass. It’s time to embrace self-love. Seize adventure. Revel in unconventionality.

Connect with Tara on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

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miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

miann scanlan free people novella royal bell bottoms flares hippy boho chic modern style surrey hills fashion

When I laid my eyes on these Novella Royale bell bottoms from Free People, I couldn’t help but feel the need to instantly shimmy my way back into the summer of love. Unsure how to wear such a bold (for me) print and silhouette, I had to do what felt right… and that meant throwing on a hugely oversized stripy top and hoping for the best.

Et viola…. If you can’t match it, clash it.

Pants Novella Royale | Top Free People | Hat Free People

photos by Katrina Parker for FP Me

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miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

miann scanlan celine skate board fashion deck designer stop it right now black and white

 

So I know the charm in these Celine spired decks by lord blogger babe Stop It Right Now is in the colour, but I can’t help with how much I’m in love with it in black and white.

I nabbed up two of her decks (does anyone have the third green one they want to sell me?) back in 2011 and they have since lived on a lot of walls in a lot of houses. I figured I’d use them in a shoot given I could never afford any of the actual Celine prints from that season. A chic alternative, no?

Jeans Mura (smiler here) | Heels Alexander Wang | Deck Stop It Right Now | Hair Edwards and Co
Watch Swatch (similar here) | Jacket Vintage | Tee Marcs (similar here) | Rings Baby Anything & Karen Walker

Images by Tess Leopold

 

I’ve teamed up with Price Line to put together a post for you about my favourite yoga asanas!

This is my number one favourite at the moment… to discover which other asanas made it into my Top 5 click here to read it over on the Get Healthy blog!

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

I’m a sucker for a hip opener pose. They say when you open the hips you are open to more things in life. This is because deep hip openers are part of a larger process of breaking yourself from dependences. They’re also fantastic emotional releases as they unlock so much of the physical emotions that are held around this feminine area. This also is a fantastic back bend, chest opener and helps loosen up tight shoulders.

Pro Tip: Scissor your legs toward each other while tightening and locking your mula bhandas (in the pelvic floor) as this will increase strength and balance. If you want to ease into a back bend, tighten the gluts and core and gentle ease backward, pushing the shoulders back and down the spine and keeping your arms in line with or further back than your ears.

 

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photographs by Tess Leopold

Excited to announce that I’ll be heading off to Bali on Monday for the next #MuliaInstaMeet along with my good pal Lottie Hall!

My itinerary arrived in the mail today along with a care package of essentials from the folks over at Coconut Revolution, including After Sun Gel, Coconut Body Lotion (sometimes my usual coconut oil can be a bit too heavy over in humid Bali!) and Coconut Hair Serum – a must for keeping my blonde locks hydrated in the heat.

Follow my trip to the stunning Mulia Bali in sunny Nusa Dua via my instagram @miannscanlan and the hashtag #muliainstameet.

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I am undecided as to whether the occurrence of this post is serendipitous or just a case of perfectly poetic irony. Either way, it’s a story that makes me smile.

It all begins with your typical bare-foot childhood in the leafy suburb of Hawthorne, Brisbane. The local fish and chip shop was the hangout. We patrolled the streets on our BMX bikes and spent lazy summer days under the jacaranda tree at the park by the river. Somewhere between mud fights, grazed knees and countless games of tiggy, there was a boy named Benjamin Ringuet who lived one street over from me. But our paths never quite seemed to cross.

Though they came very close.

Ben and I went to the same primary school. He hung out at the same fish and chip shop as me and spent countless hours at the corner store in my street deliberating over the very same $0.30 lolly bags that I did. He even lived right across the road from the front gates of my highschool and was in the same circle of friends with all of my mates in our brother school. But it wasn’t until university when I was interning as a PR agency that Ben and I met, albeit briefly, I spied one of his dresses on a rack and I was enchanted. We  met in passing. I had a feeling I knew who he was, and he shared same sentiment.

Fast forward a few more years, I keep seeing his creations pop up in my Instagram feed, and just as Ben and I had grown up, so had his designs. They’re clean and sophisticated, but still exude a sense of fun, paying homage to the playful childhood we didn’t know we shared some years ago.

A girl can’t help but feel super chic and sexy in one of Ben’s designs. I had the pleasure of trying on much of the latest collection and you immediately get the sense that Ben knows the female body better than most women. His cuts tenderly pre-empt every curve, gently skimming over peaks and webs to create a smooth, flattering silhouette no matter your body shape. Here is my take on the Balaclava Signature Dress and it’s safe to say, we’re officially all grown up.

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dress by Ringuet available at Adrenalin Boutiuqe | watch by Michael Kors | clutch Comme Des Garcons from Opening Ceremony NYC | faux fur vest by Country Road | boots by Zara

Photographs by Tess Leopold

I trust you’ve seen this quote by Isak Dinesen superimposed over beautiful images of the ocean across the internet. And I trust the words resonate with you, the same way they do with the endless number of souls who share the message across social media every single day.

You see, that small collective of words holds a spell over me and is the reason I live by the ocean, every morning photographing my undying love for the body of water. Even catching a faint glimpse of the indigo horizon through parting trees is enough to fire up my instinctual senses and cause every cell within my body to yearn for a sweet submerge. If I am away from the water for even a few days, I feel my energy levels deplete and my mood drop – which is why my personal remedy to most ailments in life is literally the ocean.

Dating back to the age of ancient Greeks, Hippocrates placed great faith in the healing powers of the ocean and the marine environment, penning the term Thalassotherapy coming from the Greek “thalassa,” meaning sea, and “therapia,” meaning to heal….

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A few Friday’s ago my little old recipe made it’s way onto one of my favourite websites ever, The Wellness Warrior run by the super inspiring (and fellow Sunshine Coast girl) Jess Ainscough. I made my trusty lentil patties using my juicing scraps, this time measuring the ingredients and photographing the result! Lots of fun trying my first hand at food styling. There will be some more food styling to come – take your first sneak peak at my next yummy project here.

But for now, with today being a Friday I thought I’d share the article with you below or you can read the post over on Jess’s site here. Enjoy!

Miann Scanlan proves that it’s possible to be both utterly committed to wellness and totally obsessed with fashion. She’s a former PR girl, turned green juice guzzling, yoga-loving wellbeing and fashion blogger. Her stunning website, miannscanlan.com, is an alluring and inspiring mix of health, spirituality and style. Just like Miann herself!

What was the catalyst that turned you into a healthy foodie?

I went through some really big life changes in 2012. Someone very close to me passed away from cancer. I quit my job in fashion PR and moved back to Queensland to do some much needed healing and soul searching. I stumbled upon yoga which opened up everything within me and I started to become in tune with my body’s needs after years of ignoring it’s cries for help and health. My outlook on food and health really stemmed from assessing how I felt after eating certain foods. I played around with my diet for a few months and fell into what works for me, which is the way I understand and approach food now.

Why do you eat the way you eat?

Eating meat and dairy both make me feel awful. I eat the way I eat purely based on how the foods I eat make me feel, and what my body asks of me. I eat intuitively. I’ve really mastered how to listen to my body. Moving to a plant-based lifestyle has naturally fired up my tastebuds! I’ve never felt healthier in my life and I literally crave fruit and vegetables in abundance.

Describe your day on a plate.

As soon as I roll out of bed I’m sipping on warm lemon water to wake up my digestive system. Breakfast is usually a huge dairy-free smoothie after a workout. Lunch will be some more fruit. I eat an early dinner around 4:30pm of cooked foods or a big hearty salad. Or both! In between meals I snack on dried fruits, nuts (not too many as they make me tired) and cherry tomatoes. And I’ve always got my lemon and ginger water by my side to keep my hydrated.

Any tips for eating well on a budget?

Focus on what you already have in the kitchen rather than buying for each meal. Try and be creative using what you have! Waste is the biggest problem in Western kitchens. Plan ahead and don’t overdo it. I used to try and make really complicated and impressive meals, but I found that there was a lot of waste, especially when cooking for one. So keep it simple and minimise waste is now my kitchen mantra.

If you were trying to convert someone to your dietary philosophy, what would you make them?

My favourite smoothies and juices. I’d encourage them to add one or two to their day and slowly they would cancel out bad habits. They would inevitably get addicted to that post-juice buzz!

How do you stay healthy while travelling?

For meals I always plan ahead and look up vegan restaurants on websites like Happy Cow. Yoga is an amazing way to meet people while travelling. I found a yoga group on MeetUp.com in NYC and had some incredible sessions in Central Park in the summer.

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?

Smoothies, they’re so quick and easy with minimal mess.

Juices or smoothies: which do you prefer? And what’s your favourite combination?

Smoothies. Though right now I’m loving a juice & smoothie combo. I juice celery, mint, parsley and cucumber. Then blend that with coconut water and pears.

What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always clearing up for people?

That you must eat meat in order to get enough protein!

If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?

I’d make two big fresh juicy banana and mango smoothies with strawberries on the side for my loved one who passed away and I. We’d drink them on the beach after having a long sunset bodysurfing session at Noosa.

What does being a Wellness Warrior mean to you?

It means sharing my positivity and passion for nourishing, love-filled health with my friends, family and my gorgeous online community. It means supporting local farmers and organic farm shares. It also means not funding multi-national corporations and industries I believe are harmful to us humans and to our planet.

A recipe from Miann

Lentil and juicing scrap patties

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I’ve been trialing lots of ways to consume my juicing scraps as I hate seeing them go to waste! I created these patties one morning using whatever I could find in my kitchen. This one is perfect for when it’s the end of the week when supplies are low before you hit the markets for your grocery shop.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of juicing scraps (I had juiced cucumber, beetroot, orange, apple, celery, lemon and ginger)
1 cup cooked lentils
2 tbs green curry paste
½ small onion diced
1 clove garlic
1 tsp chili paste
Handful of fresh basil
Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)
Coconut oil (for cooking)
Chickpea flour (for coating patties)

What to do

  1. Finely chop onion and garlic in a food processor. Remove and cook on medium heat in a non-stick pan. Add curry paste with a drop of coconut oil and cook until fragrant.
  2. Process all fresh herbs, then add in lentils that have been strained and rinsed and process lightly.
  3. Push juicing scraps through a strainer to remove all moisture and add to food processor.
  4. Process until mixture is roughly chopped and well combined. Add pepper, Himalayan salt and chili paste to taste. If the mixture is a little too wet add some chickpea flour to help it combine.
  5. Roll into small patties and coat in chickpea flour.
  6. Place on baking paper and leave in fridge overnight as this helps bind the ingredients.
  7. Fry patties in a little bit of coconut oil and enjoy them hot with a fresh salad.

Excited to announce that I’ll be regularly contributing to the Free People Bldg 25 Blog. While you’re at it checking out their amazing blog, make sure you follow @freepeopleaustralia as we kick things off Down Under! 

I am forever inspired by California but Australia is what I call home. I’m originally from a small beach town in Queensland, Australia. I moved to the big city for university, tried my hand at an even bigger city for work but decided that back by the sea is where I feel most like me.

My days revolve around the world outside my window and the ocean below my balcony. I rise with the sun and thirst for salt and sand. When I’m not at my laptop writing, styling, editing shoots, planning trips away or working for clients, I’m outside surfing, taking off in the van with my boyfriend, listening to my dad’s old records, or practicing yoga.

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