Coffee and chocolate

It’s a match made in heaven although I think Mr Rosanna would add red wine into the mix.  I made it to a class at Cinch PT in Macleod last week and it was good to see my ever-inspiring trainer Nikki who is currently completing some studies in metabolic nutrition. Through Brooke De Propertis at Elm Natural (who has previously featured on my blog), Nikki is stocking some Peak Chocolate at her studio – yes, a pre-workout dark chocolate for endurance, focus, muscle and strength containing 80% cacao and Himalayan salt.

Image via Peak Chocolate

While I’m not sure about the science to back up the claims, I bought a pack and had a taste last night and it’s pretty good – I just wouldn’t eat it before going to bed as this ‘performance chocolate’ contains guarana!

Image via Gridlock Coffee

Another local friend who is a serious coffee aficionado has been raving about Gridlock Coffee in West Heidelberg who roast Grinders coffee on-site and also have a cafe.  He and his partner went there for a coffee three days in a row so that’s saying something.

Image via Faithfull the brand

I hope you had a good weekend enjoying the sunshine.  While some of us are gearing up for race season, I also wanted to mention a few of the more glamorous resort wear brands I’ve come across if any of you have plans for a beach holiday over Christmas.  While I’ve previously bought from Byron Bay-based Spell & the Gypsy, another boho label is Faithfull the brand.  If your taste is more simple then another label based in Byron Bay, St Agni, has caught my eye – they do absolutely beautiful modern linen and handmade leather goods.  Their slides and loafers, in particular, are gorgeous.

Image via St Agni

While I love LA label Marysia Swim, started by a ballet dancer turned surfer, locally Peony Swimwear have some lovely styles although Jets, Seafolly and Sunseeker all do consistently good swimwear as well as Zimmerman and Tigerlily if you want something more fashion-forward.

Image via Peony Swimwear

Finally, I love some of the wide-brimmed hats like the Helen Kaminski‘s Alessa and Fallen Broken Street‘s Rolling Stone. Stay cool!

Image via Fallen Broken Street
Disclaimer: Miss Rosanna is sponsored by Cinch PT.

Local Profile – Brooke De Propertis

Like Carlie Ward, Brooke is another local person whose beautiful wares I’ve come across at my training studio Cinch PT in Macleod.  I particularly like her Earth water bottles and had been admiring the one our trainer Nikki uses in class. I wish some of Brooke’s things had been available when my kids were little and I love her green aesthetic – it’s not surprising to me that she is also someone who appreciates being around nature, and the local community here in the north-east.  I’m sure our paths will cross in real life at some stage soon!IMG_4918

Name: Brooke De Propertis

Occupation: BizMum – Owner of Elm Natural

Lives/works: Macleod

How long have you lived/worked here? 7 years


Describe yourself/what you do:
Full-time exercise-obsessed BizMum! I am a stay at home mum to 2 young kiddos, Poppy and Archie, while at the same time I run my online business – Elm Natural.  If I am not doing either of these, you will probably find me at the gym (Cinch) or the parklands walking or running!IMG_5133

In my previous life before kids, I worked in the city and after I had Poppy I couldn’t imagine going back to work.  But then after being off for 3 years and having my second baby, I found the urge to do something else other than just being ‘Mum’.  Elm is perfect as I can run the business in my spare time (ha, does that even exist when you have kids!) which is usually during nap times or after bedtime! Thank goodness I have a very supportive and understanding hubby!

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne’s north-east:
The open spaces available, especially the parklands and Yarra trail – perfect for my runs and walks.  The sense of community in Macleod is very welcoming.  You can walk into any of the stores and people know your first name and the café knows your coffee order (and brings it out before you even have to order it – thanks Marcus at Café Aberdeen!)

For more information:
Instagram: @elm_natural

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