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HOW TO LOOK STUNNING IN ALL YOUR SNAPS

 

GO NATURAL

Shadows are only going to highlight features you don’t like, from wrinkles to imperfections. Lorna says natural daylight “is most flattering for skin and complexion” – facing a window or open door is your best bet.

ELONGATE

Want to look taller and slimmer? Lorna suggests tilting the camera upwards to elongate your shape. “I often ask people who take my pic to crouch down a little when they point and shoot.” Just ensure they’re standing a safe distance from you to avoid the double chin.

TWIST 'N' WIND

Front-on shots can sometimes look boxy, whereas a distorted angle will give the illusion of a tiny waist. Angle one of your hips towards the camera, and put your hand on your hip nearest the photographer to emphasise your curves.

CROSS YOUR ANKLES

If you are forced into a front-on shot, crossing your ankles will automatically make your legs look longer.

PROPORTIONS

Whatever is closest to the camera is, of course, going to look bigger, so practice posing with your least favourite body parts set back. Hate your legs? Lean forward a bit.

TONGUE IN CHEEK

If you often fall foul of a double chin, learning to push your tongue against the roof of your mouth could be the answer. By forcing everything upwards, your neck and jawline will look slimmer. 

STRAIGHT UP

Everyone knows good posture looks best, so make a concerted effort when posing for pics to unroll those shoulders and lift your head high.

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BEAT THE BRIDAL BLUES

Here are some of the challenges, and the tips, for brides-to-be:
 

 

BRIDEZILLAS ARE MADE, NOT BORN

It’s supposed to be the happiest time of your life – and you want it to be – but planning a wedding is like working a second job as a project manager. You have to find the time to tend to a multitude of details as part of an already busy schedule while managing a plethora of people, family anxieties and demands, your groom, your emotions and an array of tricky wedding dynamics. 
 

A bride has to include stress management, self-nurturing and time to chill out as an integral part of her wedding planning process. When you feel the stress building, take time out, go for a walk, slip into a movie, get a massage, go for a manicure, write in a journal, do something un-wedding. You have to love, honour and cherish yourself if you want to be loved, honoured and cherished by someone else!
 

 

EVERYONE'S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY

And you are not alone in feeling you can’t win. You may be showered with congratulations and gifts, but you are simultaneously bombarded with unsolicited advice, wedding horror stories you don’t want to hear, and negative vibes from well-meaning friends and relatives.

People tend to see your wedding as a chance to fulfil their own needs and family dynamics erupt in every which direction because as the clan prepares to gather they begin to act out what it’s all about for them – not you! The issues are classic – mum wants it to be the wedding she never had, sister or best friend wishes it were her, your groom is afraid to stand up to his family. 

A Bride has to clarify the wedding she truly wants, be assertive and set clear boundaries that no one can penetrate with words or attitudes. Learn the power of saying NO!
 

 

STIRRING UP EMOTIONS

The process itself sets forth a period of growth and change that can be very confusing and nerve -wracking. Once you decide to marry you will begin the process of getting ready for marriage, and unresolved emotions about parents and family, past loves and concerns about the person you have chosen will come to the surface to be explored.

A bride can embrace the awareness that she is embarking on a journey of evolution from one part of life to another, and recognise and address the emotions and fears that arise. Trust they are natural and pay attention to any issues that might require support or counselling.

It is important to stay on top of your emotions and be honest with yourself during this time. Don't sweep things under the rug.

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HOW TO THROW A PARTY...PROPERLY

 

CANAPÈS YOU SAY?

Too busy getting glam to spend hours slaving in the kitchen? No problemo. Canapés are quick to assemble, easy to serve and everybody bloody loves them. Opt for wooden boards or a nice big Neptune serving plate and watch, as your guests can’t get enough of these tiny little culinary treats.

 

BOOK A BARTENDER

Don’t spend your night pouring drinks and keeping everyone topped up with a tipple. Bring along a professional bartender that way you’ll have fancy cocktails and concoctions to impress and you’ll be tipsy too!

 

DÈCOR TO SET THE SCENE

Let’s not deck the halls, but making a little effort with a centrepiece or two will go a long way. Go all Dolce & Gabbana and get creative with some lemons for a summery feel, plus you can pop them in your G&T when the night starts to get spirit…ual.

 

GOOD LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING

Add an atmosphere and make sure you cheekbones are picture perfect with some strategic lighting. Tea lights add a romantic feel, whilst lanterns will create an exotic element to a themed party.

 

PRESS PLAY

All the candles and floral niceness will be wasted without some tunes to back up the background noise. I always search for ‘Ibiza Chill’ or ‘Stay See’ on Youtube for a mellow start. Set your music to play a playlist so you can forget all about it and avoid an awkward Eastenders stranger entering the Queen Vic silence.

 

START EARLY

When the sun’s out and the summer is in full flow, everyone is keen to get on the rosé nice and early. Invite people round well ahead of dinner (making the use of those canapés), and party well after sundown.

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HONEYMOON HAIR

 

You're glowing with that fresh faced newlywed (morning after the night before) kind of skin, but your hair is battling the sun, sea and sand...the struggle is real. Here's the plan for honeymoon hair that will hopefully be roughed up and ruined in no time at all thanks to a cheeky beach romp with your new husband!

 

RELAXED BEACH WAVES

Give salty strands an extra boost with a quick spritz of texturising spray to create undone beach waves with plenty of surfer girl cool.

 

EASY HALF BUN

A half top-knot combined with a beach wave. A simple look that requires minimal effort, as easy to create as it is cool to wear.

 

PLAITS NICE

A perennial summer staple, whether you’re a halo, French or fishtail kind of girl, plaits are the foolproof yet stylish way to nail beach chic.

 

THE GO TO TOP KNOT

A messy top knot is a poolside go-to – sweep long locks up into a high bun and secure for a quick and easy sunbathing solution.

 

SCARF SAVIOUR

Protect hair from harsh UV rays with a light scarf. Not only is it beneficial for maintaining your colour, it looks super St.Tropez chic too.

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FOOLPROOF WAYS TO STYLE FLOWERS

 

There's something very special about the sight of fresh flowers around your home, either by your bed, on the kitchen counter top, or decorating your dining table. But, I'm no good at flower arranging, thankfully Sheerluxe have put together their 5 foolproof ways to style flowers making your home photo shoot ready - like something straight out of a Neptune Home catalogue. 

 

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PEONIES

Probably Instagram’s most snapped bloom; peony season only lasts through to July, so make sure get in on the action fast. The stems that start out as tightly wrapped balls and bloom into mille feuille-esque petals look best in big bunches and styled in a simple vase. Add a little eucalyptus leaf for a hint of green, which works beautifully against the pretty pink hues.

 

HYDRANGEAS

A favourite for weddings, the sheer size of these blooms mean you only have to buy a few for them to look good – thankfully, as the price does rack up. Stick to the golden rule of odd numbers – we like three of five – and style them individually in a row of recycled glass vases or as a group stacked on top of your favourite coffee table books.

 

COW PARSLEY

You may not be familiar with the name but you will have seen this delicate foliage everywhere. And ideal choice if you prefer a neutral or monochrome colour palette, these dainty white flowers look just right in an oversized apothecary vase.

 

RANUNCULAS

The cool girl’s alternative to roses, these rosette-style blooms look best bunched in big groups. For a classic look, choose white and style in a simple bowl, or go for a more vintage, rustic vibe by stacking individual stems in mini bottle vases.

 

STOCKS

Stocks offer a spicy, clove-like scent so not only will they look gorgeous but they’ll make your home smell great, too.  A tall jar vase is a must to complement their tall stems and keep them standing upright but we love the idea of lining it with lemon slices for a look that belies even the most amateur of flower arranging skills.

 

 

 

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THERE IS A WAY TO BEAT STRESS

 

Body Signaling: I’m hungry!

You Responding: Not now, I’m busy… we’ll eat later.

Body Signaling: Ahh, I’m tired!

You Responding: Now? It’s 6 p.m… it’s too early, we’ll sleep later.

Body Signaling: I need to go to the bathroom!

You Responding: Can’t… in the middle of something very important… we’ll pee later.

 

These are all ways we are shutting down our nervous system without even realising. Alongside the stresses of work, relationships, finances, deadlines… etc, there is a whole other level of stress we put ourselves under that shuts down our nervous system and adrenals. If things don’t go the way of your nervous system, then it just shuts down, it says, “Well, if you don’t want to listen to me then I’ll barely work for you.” That’s when we have sudden crashes, starvation modes, sudden urges to use the restroom… etc. Alongside all this, we fill our bodies with caffeine, energy drinks, zero food and stress, putting a huge stressors on our kidneys, which uses our adrenals to give us more of that desperate energy we’re looking for.

The worst part of all is, when we put our bodies in overdrive like this, we waste our precious adrenal energy to give us the energy to stress. This makes us older faster; no one wants that.

 

7 WAYS TO HEAL A STRESSED NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

EAT ON SCHEDULE. Putting your body on a schedule gives it comfort and trust in you. Build that relationship with yourself.

 

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY’S SIGNAL. Give yourself a week or two to really respond to what your body needs and see the difference it creates in your life. If your body is signalling sleep - go and rest, take a nap, go to bed early and honour this.

 

START YOUR DAY WITH WARMING FOODS. When we wake up our body, just like a car’s engine begins revving up, we start building speed with our metabolism. If we pour an ice-cold almond latte in our system, it’s a big no-no. We want to encourage the speed with heat, even if that cold drink feels so refreshing. This will also help to avoid that 12 o’clock crash.

 

SLEEP BEFORE 11PM. There’s a system to the organs in our bodies – each organ has a time for its peak performance. At 11 p.m. the liver is in charge, so what happens is that the liver stores the blood, meaning it gives a home to our blood. At 11 p.m. the blood needs to rest, so if we keep ourselves stimulated past 11, the blood doesn’t get good rest and we wake up tired and feel tired the rest of the day. Also, in Chinese medicine, we believe that our emotions reside in our blood, so this is also a good opportunity to take control over emotional issues by sleeping before 11.

 

HYDRATE. The easiest way to provide the body with oxygen is to hydrate. Oxygen gives us energy, reduces inflammation and keeps things functioning. If plain water is difficult for you to consume all day, I found that very light tea is great too. Make sure the tea isn’t sugary and is actually a little bit bitter such as a light green tea. Green tea is a natural body cleanser.

 

BE NICE TO YOURSELF. Every time you’re about to say something that disconnects you from your highest self, stop yourself and be nice. Create a good relationship with yourself, stay in your power and don’t give it away to anyone. This keeps your stress levels down.

 

TRY ACUPUNCTURE + HERBS. Acupuncture immediately resets your nervous system, It’s what we need when we’re stressed and tapping out our adrenals. Herbs replenish the body, blood and energy with natural elements that truly help heal by nourishing our entire system.

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A GUIDE TO DESIGNING A BESPOKE ENGAGEMENT RING

 

Is it expensive to design your own engagement ring?

When you think bespoke, you automatically think high value – and whilst this is true in some respects, commissioning a bespoke engagement ring doesn’t necessarily mean it will be more expensive. Choosing bespoke is about more than a price tag, it is driven by a desire for distinctiveness and your idea of what’s perfect. The actual price will vary based on materials and method, but most customers find designing their own rings invaluable.

 

Is there a starting price for commissions?

Part of the beauty of choosing bespoke is that you can set the budget to some extent; our portfolio comprises engagement rings that range from £2,000 to £25,000.

 

And how long does it usually take?

Around eight weeks from design to completion, depending on the intricacy of the design and how soon it’s required.

 

What’s the process?

You’ll start with a consultation so we can understand the story behind the commission before we head to the drawing board to bring these ideas to life. Once the design is approved, we use highly skilled British goldsmiths who have years of jewellery expertise to create each piece. Clients are in control, sharing their ideas, overseeing the design process and hand picking each gemstone.

 

What should you consider when designing an engagement ring?

The most important thing to remember is that you’ll wear the ring every day for the rest of your life, so the design has to be something you’ll still love in 50 years’ time. When going bespoke you can ignore convention and trends, instead, capturing your own style. Often couples share the experience together, to create a ring inspired by their relationship – reflecting their favourite pastime or with a hidden message. 

 

Materials

Always remember: colour and quality are important. Whether a sapphire or a diamond, the colour should be meaningful and, above all else, of the best quality for you requirements. There are endless possibilities but with expertise and guidance, sourcing the right stone is simple.

 

That said, we recommend avoiding fragile or softer gemstones as they will wear too easily over time. As a rule, engagement rings are made from superior precious metals, such as platinum, 18ct gold or a combination of the two. Both have benefits but platinum takes the crown as far as we’re concerned, due to its high polish.

 

Inspiration

Be bold and brave when designing the ring. Think about what inspires you, what your personal style is, whether you favour traditional or avant-garde jewellery. Fashion periods you love can also be a useful indication of what you might want – set out your vision and ideas and trust the experts to turn them into a beautiful piece of jewellery.

 

What styles really stand the test of time?

New interpretations of classic designs aren’t likely to date, but as a general rule, going bespoke gives you the freedom to create something truly unique, so design something that tells your story.

 

Can you remodel inherited jewellery or loose gemstones?

Absolutely! Breathing new life into a treasured heirloom gives extra sentimentality and history to a ring, adding yet more individuality. And this isn’t just confined to engagement rings; inherited jewels can be transformed into a bespoke bridal suite or celebration rings. 

 

Is it possible to design a ring that could be added to further down the line?

Yes – whether it's eternity rings, stacking rings or jacket-style rings, there are any number of opportunities to embellish the original piece, and each addition can be tailored to perfectly complement the engagement ring in fit as well as style.

 

How to get a bigger end product with a small budget

Adding shape and proportions to the design is a clever way of creating a standout piece without necessarily incorporating a large diamond or gemstone. Always keep your budget in mind and ensure whoever you’re working with is aware of this, they’ll know how to design what you want within your limit.

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LIVING WELL WITH ELLE

 

She has always been my mind, body and soul inspiration - a beauty icon at just nineteen and decades later still one of the most stunning women on the planet, Elle Macpherson gives us her list for a life well lived (and how to look dayum fine whilst you live it).

 

THIS SEASON IN 3 WORDS:

Self-love, gratitude.

 

MY UNIFORM THIS SEASON:

Zimmerman summer dresses, Hermes slides.

 

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:

Freshly made almond milk, organic eggs, fresh produce from the local markets.

 

NATURAL BEAUTY TIP:

It’s nothing revolutionary, I know we’d all like a super secret product, but my secret is water, water, water! To stay hydrated from the inside, I drink at least three litres of water every day, sometimes more if I have done a hard workout. I know that if I nourish my cells from the inside it will show on the outside.

 

3 DAILY WELLNESS HABITS:

I wake at around 5:30 a.m., I set my intentions for the day, I try to be kind to myself and check in, to understand how I am feeling in my body and my mind. I try to take about 30 minutes every morning to meditate. It helps keep me stay balanced and feel strong and confident.

I always sip on hot water and lemon before I eat breakfast to kick start my metabolism.

I take two teaspoons of The Super Elixir Alkalizing Formula every day in 500ml of filtered water without fail. The difference it has made is extraordinary. My skin is never dry anymore, it looks plumper, and has something which has been called ‘the alkaline glow.’ The skin is a great barometer and can show how you’re feeling inside.

 

ALWAYS IN MY DAY BAG:

Smart phone; headphones (in case I get the chance for a walk); a notepad and pen – I find it’s better to jot ideas down as I have them rather than letting them swirl around in my head; nude lip gloss; my wallet and keys (of course).

 

HEALTH HABIT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:

A few years ago, following a health scare, I needed to look at a more balanced way of living. I was feeling really run down, despite living what I thought was a healthy lifestyle and taking an array of synthetic supplements. I learned from my nutritional doctor, Dr Laubscher, that by reducing acid-forming foods and replacing them with nutrient packed vegetables and fruits, the body can return to an alkaline state, rid itself of toxins and allow the digestive system and liver to rest and recuperate.

For the body to work optimally, the pH of blood sits in a narrow range of between 7.35 and 7.45, which is slightly alkaline, and the body does everything it can to maintain this value. So it’s quite simple: Eat more plants, less animal foods and to help along the way, take an absorbable bio-live alkalizing greens blend such as The Super Elixir. It’s the only daily supplement I take now, no synthetic tablets.

 

WORKOUT I LOVE:

I am all about variety right now. I am learning to listen to my body, to really understand what it is I need that day. Some days it might be a yoga class, other days I might have more energy and feel like a boxing or bootcamp session.

 

ON MY BOOKSHELF:

I’ve just bought Australian author Sarah Wilson’s book, First, We Make The Beast Beautiful. It’s all about how she deals with anxiety, which I feel like is a really pressing issue for a lot of people.

 

RECENT INSPIRATIONS:

My boys inspire me every day. My eldest just piloted over NYC at night – so proud of him.

 

CAUSE THAT’S CLOSEST TO MY HEART:

CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t.

Youth Focus is an independent West Australian not-for-profit working to stop youth suicide. Youth Focus works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts through the provision of free, unlimited and professional face-to-face individual and family counselling and other mental health services.

 

MY CURRENT MANTRA:

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

TO STAY HEALTHY ON THE RUN I…

If I know I am going to be on the go all day, I’ll pack our Nourishing Protein travel set with me – it’s in convenient sachets so I can make a shake on the go with almond milk to tide me over ’til the next meal.

 

HEALTHY RECIPE I RELY ON:

I am loving the breakfast smoothie bowl recipe below by Alison Wu.

 

ZUCCHINI NOURISHING PROTEIN SMOOTHIE BOWL

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 frozen zucchini
1/2 cup strawberries
2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
2 Tbsp raw almond butter
1 cup hemp milk (or any non-dairy milk)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
4 ice cubes
1 scoop THE SUPER ELIXIR Chocolate Nourishing Protein

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients and blitz.

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THOUGHTFUL WAYS TO USE CRYSTALS IN YOUR WEDDING

 

Every bride wants to shine on her wedding day – mind, body and spirit. A simple, but special way to bring the best vibes to you and your loved ones is incorporating healing crystals into this oh so special ritual.  So, fall in love with these beautiful ideas of how to use crystals to add even more soul and meaning to your big day.

 

 

LINE THE AISLES

 

Similar to setting the energy with a crystal altar, you can also set the tone by placing a crystal at the end of each aisle. Not only is it an elegant way to mark the aisle with a colourful adornment, it also elevates and unifies everyone with the same vibration. Connected in the resonance of love, your attendees will feel one with the spirit of celebration.

 

 

CRYSTALS FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS

 

While the day is all about the bride and groom, those who are joining you – and helping to make this occasion all that it is – should know the gratitude you feel at having their presence close. Rose quartz is a stone of the heart and surrounds you with the energy of love, so why not take a moment with your girls before the ceremony and gift them a crystal to surround them with your love.

 

 

WEDDING BATH RITUAL

 

A few days before your wedding, pick up some flowers that represent love to you. On the morning of the day before your wedding, ideally when the sun is out, fill your bucket up with water. Hold the flowers over your heart and say:

 

Healing flowers, please infuse my mind, body and soul with the grace, beauty and magic that resides within the energy of Mother Nature. I ask my guardian angel and love angels to surround me now. Please cleanse me of any fears or wedding jitters that I may be holding onto in my conscious or subconscious mind. Raise my vibration to its highest frequency of love. I am love. Thank you, thank you, thank you and so it is.

 

 

SOMETHING BLUE - CELESTITE

 

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is a tried and true wedding tradition. With something blue in mind, this is a chance for you to get creative and bring this saying to life with a little crystal energy. A celestite crystal carries high-vibrational, calming powers to uplift your energy and relieve any nervousness before you make your way down the aisle. Wire it into your wedding bouquet, use a Celestine stone to make a hairpiece or sew a stone into your dress.

 

 

CRYSTAL PLACE SETTINGS

 

Mark each attendee’s place setting with a small crystal that will also be their take-home gift. Atop the card scribed with their name, set a crystal that you have infused with positivity. In turn, it will release that elevated energy back into the environment of your reception.

 

 

CRYSTAL CENTREPIECES

 

Whether you choose a large size or the petite size, crystal geodes make the perfect centrepieces. They have two halves that fit perfectly together, representing the couple coming together to their new partnership. On an aesthetic level, the tiny crystals that line the geode sparkle and glimmer when they hit the light. On an energetic level, the calcite or quartz constantly work to cleanse and clear the energy of your wedding space to increase the flow of positive energy. 

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HOW TO BE HAPPY

 

No matter who we are or what we do, we could all use a little more happiness.  And you’ll be pleased to read it’s not as difficult as you might think to turn that frown upside down. By developing a few simple habits we can boost our happiness levels significantly, here’s how…

 

SHRUG OFF NEGATIVE COMMENTS

Refusing to accept negative comments is one of the most positive things we can do. At the end of the day criticism is all about the person delivering it – generally those who criticise others reserve even more criticism for themselves. So, even if they are being really harsh to you, chances are they’re harbouring some sort of self-hate in there. A negative comment will only affect you if you allow it.

 

 

STOP CRITICISING YOURSELF

When you look in the mirror as soon as you wake up and pin point all the bits that you hate. Too many of us start our day this way and it truly does nothing but damage. This destructive dialogue will continue through the day if you let and will only build. So, be kind to yourself, train yourself to start with positive thoughts about yourself and most importantly forgive yourself if you make a mistake.

 

 

SOAK UP THE PRAISE

As a country we are notoriously crap at accepting compliments, but we really do need to break the habit of batting away nice words. All too often we let the bad words in and turn away the good ones. No more! Embrace the positivity and accept the kind energy into your life.

 

 

KNOW THAT YOU ARE ENOUGH

Some want to be funnier, more successful, wealthier, more loveable or just better looking.  Even those that are already all of the above are not immune to the feeling of not being enough. Because, if you keep moving the finish line every time you get close to it, you’ll struggle to feel that sense of achievement. Reaffirm the phrase: ‘I am enough, I have enough, I have always been enough and I will always be enough.’ Over and over again, say these words to yourself in the gym, when you’re walking the dog, or whilst you’re on your way to work.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH BOBBI BROWN

 

Bobbi’s new books Beauty From The Inside Out dives deep into the topic of beauty in terms I can most definitely relate to: from the benefits of yoga and mindfulness to beautifying recipes that us glowing with confidence. See Chalkboard Magazine’s interview with Bobbi listing out the empowering style rules that she lives by…

 

This season in 3 words : Health confidence and simplicity

My uniform this season : Same as always – jeans, a navy sweater and Stan Smiths.

Healthy dish/recipe I rely on lately : Chocolate, collagen smoothie with coconut milk

Always in my fridge : Pellegrino and fresh lemon juice

3 daily wellness habits : Hydrate, move my body and breathe

To stay healthy on the run I… Always have packets of healthy snacks

Natural beauty tip : Coconut oil is the best to remove makeup. Pinch your cheeks to give them an instant and perfect flush

Always in my day bag : My iPhone and sunglasses

Health habit that changed my life : Walking 12,000 steps a day

Workout I love : SoulCycle

On my bookshelf : Joan Juliet Buck’s Price of Illusion

Recent inspirations : Gloria Steinem

Cause that’s closest to my heart : Women’s empowerment

My current mantra : Do what you love

 

 

Bobbi Brown interview with Chalkboard Magazine - http://thechalkboardmag.com/beauty-from-the-inside-out-by-bobbi-brown

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RAVISHING RHUBARB RECIPES

 

Delicious in just about everything, whether it's sweet, savoury or somewhere in between, rhubarb is now in season until June. It's distinctive tart taste and punchy pink colouring can spruce up a salad, bring a whole new level to baking and add a sophisticated sort of drama to your desserts. Pink is not normally top of our list, but rhubarb crumble undoubtedly is so give these unique recipes a try and put a bit of blush into dinner time...

 

Raspberry, Rhubarb & Almond Paleo Bars | Bakerita

 

Rhubarb & Lemon Baked Cheesecake | Delicious

 

Spring Salad & Rhubarb Vinaigrette | Chatelaine

 

Cardamon & Rhubarb Creme Brûlée Tartlets | The Boy Who Bakes

 

Spiced Rhubarb & Quinoa Salad | Abel & Cole

 

Rose & Rhubarb Layer Cake | Vikalinka

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NAILED IT

 

With all the other fuss that’s going down on your wedding day, keep your nail varnish clean and simple for an effortless look that won’t steal away from your dress.

Sophisticated but understated, a nude manicure adds a feminine touch to your look. Plus, to keep things easy you can do all the Bridesmaids too – no matter what colour they’re in...

 

Essie | Ballet Slippers      £7.99

 

Leighton Denny | Undercover Matte Base Coat      £12

 

Chanel | 167 Ballerina      £18

 

Nails Inc | Montpelier Walk NailKale      £15

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PUTTING IN THE LEG WORK

 

It’s not often that I subject the world to the sight of my legs in shorts, when I say not often, I actually mean– NEVER! But, for those of you lucky enough to have socially acceptable pins, here are a few ways to get them out of winter hibernation and prepped and ready for the glorious spring sunshine that we’re having…

 

 

RUB N' BUFF

 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the key to getting most things right is preparation. Wake up weary legs by scrubbing off dead skin cells and boosting your circulation. Whether you make your own, I mix ground coffee with sugar and coconut oil whilst my coffee percolates, or you want to invest in a scented scrub, exfoliate away and revive your legs with a little in-shower bump (removal) n’ grind.

 

 

FLAKE AWAY

 

After many months inside jeans, under your desk and cosied under a multitude of layers, your skin will need a little extra hydration.  Lather your legs with a little extra moisturizer before you put them on parade, it’ll also help to keep up a natural tan once the sunbathing sessions start.

 

 

COLOUR THEM IN

 

 

Originally hailing from Essex, I’m not ashamed to admit that fake tan is my goddess - my golden, slimming, sometimes shimmery goddess. All out ochre, or a gradual build up to bronze - there are so many good fake tans, gradual tans, instant tans, wash on/wash off and tinted moisturisers (that’s still fake tan just admit it) on the market nowadays. Just remember to moisturise elbows, knees, feet and the back of your hands before you get started, to avoid the tell tale signs of a faked bake.  

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HEN DO HOLIDAY

 

I can’t quite believe it’s a year ago since my sister, my Muma and I planned my older sister’s hen do. We hauled a gaggle of girls to the countryside and hired a beautiful cottage where we had a fancy dinner, zorbed around a big lake (without throwing up) and even had a bake off competition. This get away style of hen do seems to be growing in popularity, but if you’re quite the party girl, why not do like the boys do and think about going a little further afield for a long weekend of all-night dancing sessions and gin-fuelled fun.

 

Well then, here’s where to head for a hedonistic hen party…

 

 

AMSTERDAM

It’s an obvious choice. They’ve got canals, clubs and copious amounts of cafes serving up a dose of the green stuff. Yes a city break here is packed with culture, but with an underground dance scene to rival other popular party islands, Amsterdam is a hotbed of the world’s biggest DJs.

 

 

BARCELONA

Lay back in the day and get lit after dark. With golden beaches offering up the ultimate pre-party tanning sessions and open-air dance clubs, as well as a gigantic beachside dance festival - Barcelona has got the balance of beach vibes just right. 

 

 

LAS VEGAS

We’ve all watched the hangover and as the credits roll immediately made plans to head out and get turned up - well why not go the whole hog and make your way to the original ‘Sin City’. Glittery gambling queens adorn the aisles of just about every hotel, whilst a bevy of beautiful young people frolic at the daily pool parties and late-night super clubs. 

 

BERLIN

When I went to Berlin, I spent the entire time walking around saying ‘this is so weird’. A total clash of communist style architecture and cool young hipsters with spray cans make Berlin a super trendy stop for a hen party. From jazz and techno to hip-hop joints, all bases are covered along this city’s buzzing avenues. 

 

 

RIO DE JANEIRO

A totally different clubbing culture, Rio’s street food and spectacular street parades amp up the party spirit almost nightly. Al fresco bars, complete with pool and sweaty samba joints - try something new and embrace their healthy passion for pop music. 

 

 

NEW YORK

Known as the city that never sleeps, New York’s party scene simply won’t disappoint. Go down town and party with the locals or get dressed up and head somewhere swanky with the up town crowd.

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MAP YO' FACE

 

Face mapping is essentially a guide to what your skin is saying about your overall health. It takes into account everything from circulation, what you eat, whether you’re getting enough sleep and even gynecological issues. Clever ey?

So here it is…

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WHERE TO STAY IN IBIZA

 

Need to get your tan topped up for the big day, but out of the bottle just won’t do? Head to the island of Ibiza for a little pre-wedding getaway, and you’ll be gorgeously golden and blissfully Balearic brown, with a hint of rejuvenation too.

Whether you plan to be up all night dancing, slipping into your spa robe or working up a sweat whilst you work on your tan amidst the beautiful landscape - here’s the cream of the crop of the Balearic’s most popular hotspot.

 

CAS GASI BOUTIQUE HOTEL

 

In the heart of the hills of Ibiza, sits the uber chic family home of Margaret Von Kroff and Luis Trigueros. High-beam ceilings, terracotta floors and a touch of bohemian interior design make the old farmhouse, the place to stay for a rejuvenating break. Two pools, a spa, a fully equipped gym, open-air yoga deck and beautiful gardens are all yours for just £315 per night. 

 

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ATZARO

 

Beautifully secluded and built on an ancient orange farm, the family-run Atzaro hotel offers a stay unlike any other on the island.  A blend of Asian inspired décor and Mediterranean architecture make up the private terraces and luxury sleeping quarters. Enjoy a spot of morning meditation in the yoga temple whilst a sweet scent drifts over from the orange and oil groves that surround you. 

 

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PURE HOUSE IBIZA

 

Your very own oasis just a short drive from Ibiza town, Pure House Ibiza located in the region of San Jose presents the perfect balance of party and peace. Fresh, modern interiors induce a sense of calm with a few quirky Balinese details to add to the glamour. Hammocks and thatched cabanas adorn the bright turquoise swimming pool - the perfect place to sip sundowners after a day of doing nothing much at all. 

 

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TOP WEDDING DAY PERFUMES

 

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY | SCENT OF A DREAM

 

JO MALONE | PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE

 

NASOMATTO | NARCOTIC V. EXTRAIT DE PARFUM

 

DIOR | POISON

LE LABO | ROSE 31

 

TOM FORD | VELVET ORCHID

 

LANCOME | LA VIE EST BELLE

 

BYREDO | SEVEN VEILS EAU DE PARFUM

 

CHANEL | NO.5

 

DIPTYQUE | ESSENCES INSENSEES ROSE DE MAI

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IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL

 

 

No relationship is perfect, and frankly thank goodness. It would be terribly, boringly idyllic if relationships were all running through meadows and waking up together looking Pinterest perfect. You’re sharing your life, and sometimes life is a total backwards, upside down, right royal pain in the arse – so inevitably your relationship will take the hit. But, how do you know those rough times are what makes you guys so right, and how do you know if it’s pointing to a bitter end or a better life together. Max Blumberg, psychologist and researcher at London’s Goldsmith’s University and Samantha Evans, sexual health and wellbeing expert know what it’s all about, and more importantly how it all works out.

 

 

 

SORT IT OUT

 

Blumberg says, “If there’s no conflict it could be a sign that the relationship is really dull – or that one of you might be walking all over the other.” Turns out, the secret to a strong relationship is resolving those little rifts the right way. 

 

“Good conflict comes from being able to air your differences in an unemotional way”. Max reckons the trick is to take a minute (or a few hours) and let your angry chemicals get back into balance with the good ones before you go back in the other room and discuss the matter with him, calmly.

 

 

 

MAKE UP SEX IS ESSENTIAL

 

The frustration has built up and now you’re trying your best to let it wash over you. ‘Having make up sex is a good thing – and from a female perspective it’s critical’, Max’s words and we’ll take them. Sort out the argument without too much emotion and work out the frustration under the sheets…or in the shower.

 

 

 

SOME PEOPLE JUST DO NOTHING

 

At the beginning it’s all weekends away, long lustful dinner dates and all those other heartwarming honeymoon moments. Realistically, these things start to fade out but the experts say that doing nothing can be just as valuable as doing all those lots of lovely things. Quality time can be a movie night in or a stroll along the beach, it’s practical – but studies show it works. It’s all about finding a life partner that you can muck along with for the every day stuff.

 

 

 

TAKE TIME TO TALK

 

Talk about what you like in the bedroom, what you don’t like in the bedroom. Talk about your feelings, his feelings, the dog’s feelings. Whatever the subject, Max suggests you sit down every six months and have a good old heart-to-heart with the one that holds your heart. A successful relationship is built on communication and understanding, without that, you’ll miss each other and get the wrong end of the stick more often than not. 

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