T-Shirt Journals - Nam (P. 2)

It feels good. You can't go wrong with organic cotton. Not every t-shirt I own is organic cotton, but I'll definitely buy it again. It's a good material, and it doesn't shrink after putting it in the wash.

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T-Shirt Journals - John (P. 1)

A black t-shirt is the laziest, easiest way to be stylish; effortlessly stylish. It offers a timeless look from the 60's, all the way up until now. It never goes out of fashion. I pretty much had the same..

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YEVU West African Wax Prints

Inspired and born in Ghana, YEVU showcases a beautiful collection of West African prints.

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All garments are constructed by hand in Accra in collaboration with local businesses. Their range is über colourful and ethically produced. How satisfying!

Here are some photos from their lookbook.

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I visited their pop-up store in Surry Hills in October, but they sold out before I could get my hands on them. But check out this place. Doesn't it look just FUN?

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We'll have another chance to snatch up their amazing gear some time near Christmas. Check back in for updates, especially if you're looking for that one amazing summer get-up!

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As Return Co., we also feel strongly compelled and inspired by West Africa, and are seriously looking forward to designing a West Africa-inspired collection.

But for now, thanks to YEVU for their astonishing work in bringing us closer to an amazing culture.

 

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Hemp Fitted Baseball Caps / Yosuke Kubozuka

A sweet and simple hemp caps from 7Union, LA and Tokyo. Let the photos to the talking.

東京、LA発祥の7Unionが届けるシンプルでクールな麻のキャップ。

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The Japanese actor Yosuke Kubozuka is known for his avid support for hemp production and its environmental benefits. It seems an undeniable fact that the number of like-minded supporters are growing as we speak, much thanks to this information age.

俳優の窪塚洋介さんは麻産業の環境的価値をいち早く認め、その普及を力強くサポートしてきました。そして情報社会のおかげもあり、同じ可能性を信じる人たちは世界中で確実に増えています。

 

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As we continue our journey in producing great fashion with our GOTS certified organic combed cotton, we're also setting our sights to launch our own creations with the distinctly earthy-aesthetics and amazing sustainable properties of hemp in the future. 

GOTS認証 オーガニック・コームド・コットンを使ったファッションを普及させていく中、麻の持つ独特のアーシーな魅力、そして抜群にエコな特質を最大に生かした服作りにも取り組んでいきたいです。

 

If you have any ideas you want to see realised using the awesome powers of hemp, we're hear to listen!

そんな素敵な麻を使ったファッション・アイデアがあれば遠慮なくお知らせください!

 

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MAITO Natural Dye Collection

A beautiful natural dye brand from Tokyo, Japan. Wish they made guys stuff! 

天然染め、自然染めを扱う東京発のブランド。男性用の服も是非作ってほしいです! 

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Organic Wine that won't break your wallet #1

Just bought these for $30 at Stanmore Cellars. Organic red wine made in the Orange region of Australia.

Tamburlaine Shiraz & Cab Sav

You can learn more about organic wines on Tamburlaine's website, but basically wines are organic when: 

  • produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and artificial fertilizers on the farm, and;
  • Does not contain wine additives which are residual in the end product (with the exception of some sulphur dioxide to prevent spoilage & premature oxidation.)

Australian Certified Organic

Our good friend is a wine guy (buyer, educator & seller) at the The Oak Barrel so we're excited to get more organic and biodynamic wine to try. Will share them here when we do :)

 

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Korean Soybean Sprout Salad (with beer)

Ok, so I like beer, and I can truly say that drinking beer is one of my favourite blissful pastimes. The only thing that is possibly blissful-er, is nibbling on a snack with beer.

And though I dig my wedges and calamaris, sometimes you just want something a bit more fresh..

But what goes with beer that's fresh? Try sukjunamul, a simple and tasty Korean invention that makes a fine use of über nutritious and curative sprouting food.

Korean Soybean Sprout Salad: Sukjunamul

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Korean Soybean Sprout Salad (raw, refined-sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian)

Serves 2

  • 200g soybean sprouts
  • 2 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 litre filtered water
  • A dozen or so ice cubes
  • 2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp chopped up spring onions
  • 1 tsp pure sesame oil

Directions

  1. Wash and clean sprouts.
  2. Pour 500cc filtered water in a pan. Add himalayan salt, stir a little then drop the soybean sprouts inside.
  3. Put pan over medium-high heat. Once it starts boiling, count ten seconds and remove from heat. Immediately drain.
  4. Separately prepare large bowl and pour the rest of the filtered water inside. Drop ice cubes in.
  5. Pour boiled bean sprouts inside the bowl and rinse until nicely chilled. Drain and remove any ice cubes that didn't melt. Wipe off remaining water from the bowl, fill it back with the bean sprouts.
  6. Prepare dressing: thinly slice spring onions, then sprinkle in along with black sesame seeds. Pour sesame oil in and mix all ingredients together. Add salt to taste.

The health benefits of soybean sprouts are so astonishing that it is even recommended in hospitals in Japan!

Not only are Soybeans a complete protein food (higher in protein content than any other bean), extremely rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals and lecithin, they contain a powerful antioxidant known as genistein, which not only acts as a preventative of cancer, but an inhibitor:

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All these benefits just from sucking on my beer and nibbling on bean sprouts.

Amazing, isn't it?

With a cup of Raw Spiced Hot Chocolate, so it begins

Welcome to our first post!

No doubt, I'm über excited about this.

Our first video post should be up as soon as I get a Mac OS upgrade - I'll be editing everything in a true DIY style, on iMovie 11. Ghetto.

In the meantime, check out these awesome pots on how to make raw spiced hot chocolate. What!? Yes..

Raw Spiced Hot Chocolate

Photo via  Choosing Raw .

Photo via Choosing Raw.

I consulted these two recipes (1, 2) and came up with my own based on ingredients I already had available at home.

Raw Spiced Hot Chocolate (raw, refined-sugar-free, gluten-free)

Serves 1

  • 1½ cup organic soy milk
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1½ tsp raw honey
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom 
  • a sprinkle of cayenne
Photo via  Choosing Raw .

Photo via Choosing Raw.

You can replace raw honey with any kind of honey, but in order to get all the (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal goodness out of it, try picking up a jar next time you're in a health food store.

Though we're really beginning to feel the first chills of Autumn in Sydney, it really isn't so bad when you have the perfect warm, chocolatey, and spicy cup of goodness.

I especially recommend adding sprinkling a little bit of cayenne in the end. Cacao & chili just goes so well together they must be distant cousins.

Stay tuned for subsequent rawsomeness!

Ryo