Friday, 15 December 2017

Motivation & Positivity.

You know that saying 'when God closes the door, he opens a window'? I love that phrase and I'm not even one bit religious. I just really like the idea that there can be seeds of opportunity in adversity, if you are open to the possibility.

So as you might already know, I changed gyms recently. It because I was so devastated when the physiotherapist told me that I had to stop running, that I needed to do something differently and at the new gym, there was a sauna, so I thought that at least if I can't run, I can still have a nice sauna to reward myself after a workout.

I used to love running on the treadmill. It kept me fit, released happy chemicals in the brain box and allowed me time to let my mind wander creatively. So when I was told that that was it for running, if not for ever, then certainly for a very long time, you can imagine I was gutted.

It helped going to the nicer new gym, with the sauna, but what really has made the biggest difference is that the cross trainers at this gym are equipped with youTube. Now I'm so looking forward to going to the gym every morning because today I'm going to learn something new and start the day with a powerful positivity. This situation is an upgrade! So the door might have closed on running but the window is wide open and the possibilities are endless!

This is the video I watched today and it is really great...



Another reason that I'm super excited is that I'm about to relaunch my website. It should be up and running by next week. We have partnered with an NGO in Tamil Nadu India so that 5% of everything we sell on our web shop will go to invest in lifting women out of poverty by setting them up as organic micro farmers and I'll tell you all about that next week... I can't tell you how excited I am about it!

Lastly, if you have missed that I've got myself a youTube channel then please go check it out. The latest video is about transitioning from one diet to another. I don't mean diet as in weight loss, I mean diet as in Vegan or Vegetarian etc... It can be a difficult process and not everyone can just change over night, so if that describes you, or you are thinking more about what you eat, then check it out...



Friday, 8 December 2017

Making it All Count. Happiness, Gifts & Bags

Recently I changed gyms and in my new gym, I discovered, I can watch YouTube whilst I'm on the cross trainer. So I did what any normal person would do and watched funny animal videos to while away the time... (cross trainers are very boring!) But then I realised that instead of wasting my time watching funny kittens, I could actually be learning something. So yesterday I watched videos about recycling and waste management, yeah, I know you think that's weird, but I'm really into environmental stuff and I want to know how everything works. Today I watched an amazing video, a Ted talks about finding yourself, kinda... It's a total recommend so I'm posting it in here, try to watch it if you can, it will make you feel good...



Also, because it is that special time of the year when everyone goes mad and buys stuff like crazy, I thought I'd share with you my top gift ideas, and hope that my kids don't see this coz that will totally ruin their surprises! (I'm not too worried about that because they couldn't be less interested in my blog!)

So first up is cool gifts for girls:

Because my youngest daughter likes doing stuff with her hands all the time, this is perfect for her...Beautiful Fidget Cube
There are loads of these out there to choose from, I would've liked a wooden one really but I really liked the look of this one.

















My eldest daughter and I did a week long all natural cosmetics challenge a month or so ago  (you can read all about it here) and she really got into them, so this Neals Yard book Make Your Own Cosmetics should be right on target for her... Plus it is something she can do, other than be on her phone the whole time.... You mums, you know what I mean!















Cool gifts for boys:

Well I honestly don't know any...boys I mean, we don't have any in our family, but I did think this was kinda cool...Infinity Fidget Cube

I don't really like the whole idea of girls gifts and boys gifts but if you happen to be the wrangler/parent of these types of creatures, you'll know that they really do seem to want different things. So please forgive my gender separation here...





Gifts for Mums, Sisters etc:

I just fell in love with these black Lion candle holders, for the person who has everything and likes nice stuff for the home...
You can get them here

So those are some of my fave little things I found on the internet...













Lastly, if you didn't see last weeks blog, it was all the details to enter into a competition to win one of these bags:



So check last weeks entry for the details... AND because I love giving things away so much, I've decided that I'll give 5 runners up a free mirror compact for their handbag... so that's even more chances to WIN cool stuff !!!!





Friday, 1 December 2017

Van Asch Competition Time!

Hello my lovelies!
I want to get to know my customers a bit more and I thought a quiz could be a fun way to find out more about you... I would love to ask you all a hundred questions but I fear I might tax your patience ;-)

So, just by answering some simple questions you could win a brand new handbag worth €72!

Yes, you can choose which one of these you fancy...and just maybe you might win it!

All you have to do is email me with the answers to these 10 simple questions:


  1. What are your 2 favourite online clothing shops? (not including Van Asch)

  2. What are your 2 favourite online stores for interiors accessories?

  3. What are your 2 favourite physical stores for new clothing?

  4. What are you 2 favourite physical stores when buying stuff for the home?

  5. Do you go to the gym or do yoga?

  6. Do you have any tattoos? If yes, do you have just a wee one, several, or heavily tattooed?

  7. Have you seen my blog or watched my videos on YouTube?

  8. Do you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest?

  9. What main colours do you have in your living room?

  10. If you had to pick 1 word that best describes you, would it be: Lighthearted, sincere, outgoing, quiet, creative, pragmatic.. something else?


Lastly, which bag would you choose if you won?

email me:   rachel@vanasch.se   with your answers and I'll randomly pick a winner on December 22nd

I'll add your email address to my special customer list too so that you will get special offers and updates (nothing spammy I assure you, I'm too lazy to send out newsletters more than a couple of times a year! :-D so don't worry about that, and you can unsubscribe with a click, any time you like)

And, if you do feel like indulging me, I would love to know what country you live in and anything else you think is important to you, like if you are an animal lover, a vegetarian, or whatever it might be, I'm curious...a bit nosey too if I'm honest ;-)  But you don't have to do any of that for the competition...just the 10 main questions will do it :-) And good luck!

I've made a new video too which is up on my YouTube channel now... If you fancy watching me have a bit of a rant about the environment...





Friday, 24 November 2017

Decluttering Your Life & More

Hello my lovelies! So I'm a week into making my videos for my new YouTube channel. I've posted up 2 videos already and recorded a third and I have to say that I'm totally LOVING doing it! I thought I would feel self conscious or awkward, but it's quite the opposite! I feel like I'm getting lots of stuff off my chest in a way that's not always possible with the written word. The thing about the written word is that it is much harder to imbue it with subtle humour, but in videos is as easy as giving a funny little look or the rise of an eyebrow.

And there is this other thing...and this is no disrespect to my nearest and dearest, but a lot of the things I want to talk about, my nearest and dearest don't give a damn about. Makes me feel like I've got no-one to talk to about all these important things going on in my head and out in the world. But sharing them in video styleee means hopefully I'll reach people who feel similarly and I can have more of a sense of community about those things... I'm going to be talking a lot about the environment, plastics, vegetarianism, creativity and stuff like that...

The video I've just uploaded to you tube is about decluttering your life and I hope it tickles your fancy... I know I'm a bit silly, I can't help myself...



Also, I've been asked a lot about when the yoga clothing is coming... The printed fabric has just arrived at the sewing factory so I'll keep you updated as I know more... but just know that it is on the way...

Next Friday I'm going to give you some details about entering a Van Asch competition... Gonna be real simple, you just email me the answers to some simple questions and I'll randomly pick out a person... they get some cool free stuff. So more details about the questions and the prize, coming next week...

In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, 17 November 2017

My YouTube Channel & Black Friday

I'm so excited to tell you that I've just started my very own YouTube channel, like what those youngins' do. Actually my kids don't watch any linear TV anymore. It's all about the YouTube and I feel like getting right in there and getting more connected with my friends, fans, customers and what not... That is part of the thing about mostly selling to stores, I never get to meet my customers and I don't feel like a have the depth of relationship with them/you as much as I would like. So that's all about to change!

I'm going to be doing a new video every week about all kinds of different topics and you can watch my intro video here, to get a flavour of what you can expect...



I'm also going to give all you lovely people an awesome half price discount code to use in my web store over Black Friday weekend (Friday 24th November) Yes, you can get 50% off your entire order, right across the whole store for the entire weekend, even up to the end of Monday 27th. Just use code BLACK50 when you check out and your discount will be applied at the checkout.

In the meantime you can check out what's there and plan your Christmas gifts and stuff...
Have a wonderful weekend and feel free to let me know what you think of my video...don't be too mean though...I'm a sensitive artist ;-)


Friday, 10 November 2017

Healthy Skin Boost Challenge Results!

If you read last weeks blog, you will know that my daughter, mum and myself have been on a 7 day challenge, swapping out all  out usual lotions and potions for the Daily Skin Boost organic fresh concoctions.


So here are our collective results....My mum managed to use all the products for only 1 day, couldn't handle the earthy whiff of the Radish Power Boost but carried on with the Night in Heaven oils which smell gorgeous. She didn't put her stuff into the fridge, her toners went bad so she only used them once. Naughty mummy.
My daughter and I both did the 3 different products for 3 days but then we had to stop using the Radish business because it had gone proper smelly. That was a real shame because hands down, it is the best product I have ever put on my skin in terms of the effect. We are talking soft skin, like angels bottom cheeks and glowing with vitality. Marvelous effect but not the nicest smell. They all absolutely have to be kept on the fridge, maybe not the oil so much, and even then they only seem to last a few days, maybe 5 at best.
The toners made my skin feel fresh and clean. The oil is amazing and seems to last much longer than the other things. I will be very sad when my little tester runs out. I've been using it twice a day, ditched my usual moisturiser and have never had such soft and clear skin.

Because they need to be kept in the fridge, you can't chuck them in your gym bag or take them travelling, but like the name suggests, these work as a great boost. Something you can do now and again, maybe in the week before a special occasion or as part of a detox. So long as you understand that, as fresh food for your face, they have a short life span, but whilst they work, they do work wonders.

Have a wonderful weekend you lovely peeps.

Friday, 3 November 2017

When Beauty Really is Skin Deep

Getting food on your face is not the done thing in polite society but what about food FOR your face? Well that's another matter entirely! We eat and drink all kinds of healthy things for the inside our bodies, but what about the outside? Skin is the biggest organ of the body so how about giving it the nourishment it deserves...

I was very lucky to get my hands on some samples from a brand new company based in Stockholm called Daily Skin Boost. What really got me interested in this company in the first place was their company ethos. They are all about sustainability, locally produced ingredients with no chemicals, no preservatives and no plastics (apart from the lids on the glass bottles of course). We like that!


But these are not the usual 'lotions and potions' style of skin care, this is more like food for the face.. nourishing, full of antioxidants and other good stuff.

Now why did I get 3 sets of samples? Because I've got my 14 year old daughter and my mum to get in on the weekly challenge too. We are going to ditch all our usual face creams and stuff, and just use these daily skin boosts for a whole week to see what happens to our skin.

So don't forget to check back next Friday for the results! In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and take care of yourselves.... and your skin!