BLUSH Magazine- October 2019

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GET THE LOOK: 39 Carla Winters – Bounce Back in Business TRUE STORY 41


Work Life – Tips for balancing home and business

47 Kirsten Rees – Start-up Despite Diagnosis TRUE STORY

Beauty 8

The Power of make-up

10 Vickie’s Story 12

Homemade Beauty Hacks

14 Freedom to Look Good – Gender-free make-up 16


18 Get the Look MARILYN MONROE 20 Get the Look AUDREY HEPBURN 22 Get the Look DIANA ROSS 26 Get the Look MADONNA 29 Hair After a Crisis 33 Look Good Feel Better FEATURE

Leisure & Lifestyle



50 Formidable – Body-shape expectations and mid-year resolutions 54 To a great extent... We are indeed what we read 56 Furniture Village celebrates its 30th birthday in style

Ultimate Travel 61 7 Reasons to visit inspirational Egypt 64 Travel as Therapy with Puja K McClymont

Style 68 A O-Kley: Debenhams launches new brand Kley

36 Self-Empower with Kitty Waters


38 Claire Taylor – My Hobby-Business Despite Diagnosis TRUE STORY

72 FAIRFAX & FAVOR fashion and charity collaboration

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BLUSH | C O N T E N T S 73 Sustainable Hats – Pachacuti Panama 75 Zero-Waste Knits – Valentina Karellas

Dear powerful, elegant women...

76 Inspirational Snaps – Tina Nikolovski

Welcome to Blush – the magazine that

79 Low Rider FASHION

ever wish to be, that we can choose our

Health & Fitness

reminds us that we can be everything we paths in life and that we can succeed. Join the Blush team in supporting Look Good Feel Better charity; offering you a sensory reading experience... with stories of hope

87 Vital Minutes in the Sun

and articles to inspire each one of you

88 Is Intermittent Fasting the Real Fountain of Youth?

in various areas of your lives. This issue

90 Power in your Pose with Core of Steel coach Emily-Rose

through creativity, beauty, business and

93 Ask! Health and Fitness Goals 94 Are you Missing Out? Grape Tree’s guide to 5 vital nutrients 98 SHUSH! How we can talk about mental health

we are focused on self-empowerment the clothes we wear. With love, support and possibilities

Jordan Executive Editor Lee Gatland Art Director Richard Hejsak

COVER CREDITS Model: Katie Make-up: Kelli Waldock Photographer: Ryan Cox Hair: V-Team Disclaimer: BLUSH Magazine is published biannually (twice per annum) by Seven Star Media Ltd. No part of BLUSH Magazine may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted to any form without permission. Views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of Seven Star Media Ltd, and are included to provide advice only. No content is a substitute for professional medical advice. During printing, images may be subject to a 15% variation. © Copyright of content belongs to individual contributors with the magazine copyright belonging to Seven Star Media. All rights reserved. Please either keep this magazine for future reference, pass it on for somebody else to read, or recycle it.

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of make-up The impact of make-up… the lipstick effect? The impact of make-up to both wearers and viewers has been scientifically studied over the years, and the results are well documented. Wearing light make-up has been shown to have a positive impact on facial recognition, with faces described as more attractive, likeable, trustworthy and competent, than those with no make-up or heavy make-up. But how does it make the wearer feel? A research study commissioned at Harvard Medical School to investigate the impact of make-up on cognitive performance showed an improved performance for those wearing light make-up, which was thought to be due to improved mood level and positive emotions created through the increased self-esteem. Cogent psychology,

The impact of Confidence Confidence itself is attractive and appealing. Nancy Etcoff, clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and research psychologist, spoke of a study where men who had just sprayed themselves with a scented versus unscented product were judged more attractive by women who could not smell them. The men with scented body spray simply acted more confidently and so appeared more visually attractive. During the roller coaster of cancer treatment, patients are not just concerned for themselves, they worry about how ‘looking sick’ will impact on their children, their partners and their friends.

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“I was really pleased with my new look especially as my hair had grown back grey. Everyone says to keep it and now I have more confidence with new face and lip colours and some new techniques for applying them. It makes such a difference to have people give up their time for us. I’m so grateful. I’ve got a terminal diagnosis and so I want to look good right up till the end and I feel I will now.” LGFB Beneficiary


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“Going to a workshop was a real eye-opener for me. It was just fantastic to see what a difference it made to get professional guidance – not only to how I looked, but genuinely to how I felt as well! And my family noticed the positive difference it made to my confidence, so it was an enormous help to all of them as well, to see me looking and feeling so much better.” LGFB Beneficiary


This is where the ‘feel better’, that comes from the ‘looking good’, has real power. Feedback from those having attended a Look Good Feel Better workshop shows that their newfound confidence, even if only delivered over two hours, can be life changing. People have been able to leave their homes after living in selfimposed isolation, resumed socialising and even returned to work.

“With two young children, I don’t really have much time for myself, but the LGFB workshop showed me some simple make-up tricks that are so easy and yet make such a difference. Going through cancer treatment really saps you of confidence and you feel so low, but thanks to LGFB, I know that I really do look a whole lot better and it gave me the confidence to complete my Teacher Training and get a job as a teacher.” LGFB Beneficiary

lives. With the dramatic increase in survival rates (which have doubled in the last forty years), half of all people diagnosed now survive their disease for ten years or more in the UK. There is a huge potential audience for the services that Look Good Feel Better provide, statistically, we are all likely to know someone affected.

Can you help us help someone you know? Text to Donate - Every £50 we receive helps to fund another place at one of our free workshops, simply text FEELBETTER followed by the amount of your donation to 70085, for example FEELBETTER20 will send a donation of £20. Buy a Confidence Kit - The perfect present you could give to a friend or relative undergoing cancer treatment is the Confidence Kit. Consisting of a DVD and 48-page booklet giving invaluable information and guidance on skincare and make-up, wig selection and cutting, scarf tying and head-coverings,

as well as hand and nail care. Buy online for a suggested donation of £5 - £20. https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.

Raise funds - Visit the website for inspiration of how you can raise money to help support more people. Whether it’s a ‘bucket list’ challenge event or a brow wax, a cake sale or sitting in a bath of beans, you could change someone’s life through your support. https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.

Spread the word - Making more people aware of the charity will help to reach those that need support as well as those who might be able to get involved such as volunteers, qualified make-up artists, beauty therapists and barbers. With so many good causes and larger charities out there, it is hard to be heard, so please spread the word! https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.

Buy a gift from our shop - From a T-Shirt to a set of make-up brushes, a compact mirror to a stunning fabric bracelet designed to retain your favourite fragrance, anything you buy will help those that need it most. https://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.

Tip of the iceberg Look Good Feel Better currently provide support to over 20,000 people every year, through workshops, advice and online tutorials. However in the UK, over 360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. By 2020, almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their

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My name is Vickie, I live in the West Midlands with my husband and two-year-old daughter. Being diagnosed with cancer aged thirty-three has taught me a lot about life. This is my story...


n September 2016, I found a lump in my right breast, at the time my daughter was only two months old. Following an ultrasound at hospital, the lump was diagnosed as a cyst from breast feeding. I returned in January 2017 as I felt the cyst had grown. I continued to receive treatment for the cyst making monthly visits to have it drained, but in July 2017 I saw a different specialist who thought it needed to be removed and sent me for a biopsy. Following the biopsy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on the 11th August 2017. That specialist saved my life. Even though I had no history of hormonal cancer, I was sent for the BRCA test due to my age and it turned out that I was positive for the faulty BRCA2 gene. I had extensive treatment including a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, six cycles of chemotherapy, fifteen sessions of radiotherapy and a bilateral oophorectomy. Chemotherapy hit me the hardest. I didn’t recognise myself in the mirror; I looked so different with no hair, brows or lashes. The Look Good Feel Better workshop was an invaluable part of my cancer treatment; I was recommended to go on the course once I had started chemotherapy as it was at this point that my appearance started to change. It was a great two-hour


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session where you are with others going through a similar experience and you can talk openly about your concerns and feelings relating to your cancer in a safe and supportive environment. The professional beauty therapists showed us how to look after our skin during treatment as it can become dry and very sensitive. We were then given a beautiful bag full of cosmetics and skincare products that we were able to use during the session and take home afterwards. We were taught about how to colour correct certain areas of our face if we had any reactions to medication, how to apply foundation and natural base make-up, and how to make our eyes look like we had brows and lashes, (which was very beneficial once I had lost them). I would recommend a Look Good Feel Better course to anyone going through

That specialist saved my life

cancer treatment. My cancer journey has taught me and my family a lot – I don’t take life for granted and I enjoy every experience it has to offer. It also shows you who you can count on and who will be by your side in the darkest of days. I am so grateful I had my daughter, my husband and my family to keep me positive and looking to the future. My cancer has shown me how strong I am as a person and I now want to help and support other women going through the same thing. I have started a blog and I use my social media accounts to share my story and support other young women going through their cancer treatment. I am always looking at ways to give back to the cancer community who helped me through my journey. My next step will be to discuss the possibilities of reconstruction with my specialist. It wasn’t my priority at the time of diagnosis, but I can see further down the line the embarrassing moments that might occur as my daughter gets older and explains to her teacher that “Mummy keeps her boobs in a drawer!” If I could say one thing to someone newly diagnosed with cancer it would be, “Don’t put your life on hold, have as full a life as you can with it and take the support that is out there – it’s surprising how many people and charities really want to make a difference to people’s lives”. vickiesbreastcancerstory/



Make this easy seven-step homemade zesty body scrub to give your skin a boost: 1. Get rid of the sugar in the cupboards – Mix one cup with half a cup of virgin coconut oil – in its solid state. 2. Add some orange zest for a citrus zing... pop it in the fridge for ten minutes. 3. Remove the mixture from the fridge just before you take a warm shower – Wash as normal.
 4. Gently rub your homemade zesty sugar scrub into areas prone to dry or rough skin... commonly the bottom, hips, upper arms and upper thighs. 5. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. 6. Close your pores; increase circulation, and firm skin with a blast of ice-cold water. 7. Pat your skin dry. (Remember to store the remaining scrub in the fridge for use every other day).


Don’t leave your hair out – try this seven-step mask And for to give a natural shine: added hair-care use this avocado conditioner:


1. Use up to three raw eggs (depending on your hair length) – and crack them in a bowl. (Ensure they are room temperature.) 2. Whisk, or stir together, and add olive oil (so if you are using two eggs then two spoons full will be enough) – you can use coconut oil as well as or instead of olive oil – and then mix it all together. 3. It is advised to stand in the shower or sit in the bath and apply to dry hair – as it can be a little messy! 4. Leave the mixture on for ten to twenty minutes – maybe with a shower cap to keep the dripping to a minimum. 5. Rinse with cool water. 6. Then shampoo as usual. 7. Pat hair with a towel and allow to dry naturally.


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There are some fantastic products available on the market, but not every beauty answer requires spending out...

1. Mash a soft avocado up in a bowl. 2. Add a splash of either coconut oil or olive oil, and mix again. 3. Smear the simple mixture onto your hair, making sure you get a full coverage. (You can put a shower cap on to keep it from dripping – but it isn’t that messy!) 4. Set your alarm for thirty minutes and enjoy an episode of your favourite series or read a few chapters of a book.


5. Once the time is up, rinse with warm water. 6. Pat hair with a towel and allow to dry naturally. Your hair will feel silky and nourished.

Beautiful AT EVERY AGE

Clarins, for the love of women.

It’s all about you.

Photographer credit: Dawn-Marie Jones



TO LOOK GOOD BLUS H caught up with Jessica Blackler; founder of Jecca Blac – a gender-free and vegan make-up brand that supports all make-up wearers...


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We want people to be their own make-up artists and understand how to enhance their uniqueness

What is the future of beauty from your perspective?

Get the right coverage for your needs

Tell us about your gender-free make-up brand! Conceal scars

I began Jecca Blac by offering make-up lessons to trans women, as I was a makeup artist in film and TV. I soon noticed that clients from all walks of life would visit Jecca Blac studio because they loved how there was no judgement and it was a safe space for those who felt judged constantly. I began creating products for customers by partnering with a cosmetic chemist... Forward a couple of years and we have introduced several new products and are gearing up for international expansion.

How can make-up make people feel better about their self-image and their life situation? I believe we make clients feel comfortable and better about their life situation by understanding their needs. Clients say that they feel very

and under eye darkness. We always use different models on tutorials to show how anyone can use our products.

and acne

overlooked by the beauty industry due to not being reflected in brands’ marketing or product development, this is why Jecca Blac was born. The products that we create are to educate and inspire people to celebrate their own beauty – whatever your reason for choosing to wear make-up and whatever your gender. The reason why all of our products come with educational packs is because we want people to be their own make-up artists and understand how to enhance their uniqueness. Our first product was the Correct & Conceal palette, which is designed to cover acne, scarring, beard shadow

I believe the future of beauty is that brands will be more authentic with their mission, ingredients and values. Customers are demanding for brands to have amazing products but also to be conscious about the environment and to be inclusive.

Surely, this has to be the future of beauty. Thank you, Jessica.

Jessica Blacker, Founder of Jecca Blac

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The key to retro make-up is to incorporate the main trends, but with subtlety so your look is modern and not out-dated...


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Photographer: Samantha Jones Make-up: Kelli Waldock

Hair: V-Team

Model: Stefani





One of the most popular vintage looks is Hollywood glamour; think iconic actress Marilyn Monroe... Do you want those black-liner flicks that accentuate the shape of your eyes? And full lashes adding flirtatious fun? Not forgetting those statement scarlet lips? Yes! Here’s how to get the look: 18

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Apply plenty of blusher to the apples of the cheeks, and blend well up to the cheekbone; apply the colour strong enough to balance out the bright poppyred lip colour.


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Make-up: Use a light moisturiser on your face and neck.

Add a good quality primer all over your face as a base for the foundation.

Achieve flawless, porcelain skin with airbrushing foundation – build it up gradually to get a medium to full coverage that will have staying power.

diagonal line from the outer corner of the eye about half way up towards the end of the eyebrow, then make the diagonal line thicker, creating a point for that iconic flick. TIP: Be patient and use the tip of the brow and your eye shape as guides to create the perfect flick for you.

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Use a primer on the eyelids to conceal blemishes and veins, then apply the eye shadow in a pearl shimmer – choose a neutral shade of beige as an option.


The eyeliner flick needs to be black and neatly applied. Create a

Curl the lashes; then add black mascara on the top and bottom lashes – Apply full false lashes for added drama. You may wish to re-touch your flick with liquid liner after your lashes dry.


Apply a lip balm, then apply a red lip-liner – this is a must for staying power – then add red lipstick.


The brows need to be defined to frame this strong retro look. Choose one shade darker than your actual eyebrow colour.

Complete the look with red nails.

Hair: A sleek and glamourous style suits this era, such as the showstopping s-wave. This is achieved by either curling the hair with a wand and positioning the wave, or setting with curls and allowing them to drop with the help of brushing, before bringing a section up to create the quiff. The hair falls sexily onto bare shoulders as many dresses and tops from this era are strapless or sweetheart necklines.


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There is no denying that Audrey Hepburn has left a beautifully-shaped mark in many a heart... maybe it’s the kooky elegance portrayed in movies such as Funny Face; her sweet demeanour shown in Roman Holiday; contrasted with the feisty flower girl role in My Fair Lady or that inner strength and spirit in Breakfast at Tiffany’s... Or the real-life humanitarian that worked with children’s charities for many years? We all connect with Audrey Hepburn in one way or another. Here’s how to connect with her look:

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Make-up: Use a light moisturiser on your face and neck.

corner, and blend a light brown into the crease of the lid to create drama to this classic and sultry look.

Add a good quality primer all over your face as a base for the foundation.

An overall matte finish is required for this look, with full coverage – build up Airbase Airbrushing Foundation or a Bare Mineral foundation.


Apply your favourite primer to your eyelids as a base for the creamgold or cream-silver – apply this over the eye from the inside


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Subtle liner is applied halfway along the under eye, but not on the inside, this keeps the eye wider.

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Add a thick line of black kohl to the top lid, take it out to the edge of the eye and do not add a flick or a smudge.


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Eyebrows are defined in-keeping with this retro look.

Matte nude lips are a must and if the lips are dry, ensure you add lip balm before applying nude lip-liner and lipstick... Mac is a favourite in this shade.


Model: Kate | Make-up: Kelli Waldock | Hair: V-Team | Photographer: Ryan Cox


false lashes that are defined and separate, as opposed to thick or feathered.

Apply waterproof mascara to the top lashes and a light layer to the lower lashes, then apply


Lift the whole look with a delicate matte blusher, blended across and up the cheekbone.


Match nail colour with lip colour, and for a modern twist you can add delicate gems to the fingernail of the ring finger.

Hair: An iconic 60’s beehive doesn’t have to be very high. Leave a front section of hair out, and set the back section from the crown in curlers. You can create a beehive or chignon, before clipping the front sections to the side, framing the face. Use shine spray and hairspray during styling to fix the look and to ensure a sleek finish. This elegant style elongates the neck and works with sixties’ style high or square necklines.

Model: Yasmin Make-up: Kelli Waldock Hair: V-Team Photographer: Samantha Jones Flowers: Jane




Diana Ross


This look is about shimmer and glam, and pops of colour all tastefully done, as Diana Ross would have done in the glamourous era of the seventies. Here’s how you can add glamour to your look: 22

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Make-up: Use a light moisturiser on your face and neck.

Add a good quality primer all over your face as a base for the foundation.

shadow into the smokiness, but keep more intense colour in the centre of the lid.


Apply lots of mascara to the upper and lower lids, and then apply big flirty lashes that flick up and out.

Use your favourite foundation to create a flawless finish that is dewy and not matte.

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Add primer to the eye lids after the foundation.

Create a blue-grey smoky eye over the lids; bringing the colour beneath the lower lid from the corner of the eyes.


Add gold metallic shadow to create depth, then blend this gold

Remember modern looks need to be slightly subtler than the original retro beauty to avoid them looking over the top. But you can go wild with the ultra-glittery nails... metalics work as do deep and earthy shades combined with vibrant pops of colour such as orange.

Coral lips are a lovely colour for this look, but you can also go for a bright fuchsia-pink if this suits your skin tone or personality or outfit better.


Ensure the blush is subtle but tonal with the chosen lip colour.


If you want even more disco edge, add gloss to the lips and dab gold liquid liner to the lower lids of the eyes.

Hair: The hair is big. This look was achieved by working on the natural afro hair of the model, and teasing out the tight curls. For non-afro hair, use a crimper and keep a centre parting with a flower accessory to achieve an iconic seventies’ look, perfect for halter neck dresses or big sleeve, key-hole styles and plunging necklines.


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So, if you feel that mainstream squash comes with too many ‘nasty’ added ingredients, Belvoir’s Natural Cordials bridge the gap between premium and run-of-the-mill. The new Natural Blackcurrant Cordial and Natural Orange Cordial offer great taste, excellent value for money, and the confidence that you’re giving your whole family a drink that is totally natural; no nasties…just tasty! • Natural Blackcurrant Cordial – made with over 50% real fruit juice from luscious dark purple blackcurrants and a dash of lemon juice resulting in a full and delicious summery taste of sweet blackcurrants with a clean refreshing finish. • Natural Orange Cordial – bursting full of fruity goodness made with over 50% real fruit juice. A subtle combination of the best naturally sweet & tangy orange juices with a touch of lemon juice, creating a refreshing cordial with the natural sweetness of perfectly ripe oranges but with a zesty orangey finish. What better way of making sure your little ones drink plenty of water this summer, than mixing it with Belvoir Fruit Farms New and Natural Cordials, for a glass full of fruity goodness. Belvoir’s Natural Cordials retail for around £3.89 and are available from Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsburys**.

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Blonde Model: Fran | Make-up: Kelli Waldock | Photographer: Samantha Jones http://www.



Eighties make-up was all about shadow, cheeks, lips and nails... and colour! So, be bold if this is a look that you want to achieve for a night out or special occasion... Dare to go bright on the make-up paired with a modern crisp minimal styling of clothes to complement the overall vibe avoiding a fancy-dress look – But you can still go for BIG hair! Here’s how to recreate this Like a Virgin look: BLUSH | W I N T E R 2 019



Keep eyebrows defined but in a natural way – they don’t have to be pristine. Use a brow powder or gel to give the brows colour and to create more depth and thickness.




Firstly, cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin, then apply a primer to the face and neck. A primer is a great base for your foundation, as it gives it more staying power.


Apply a foundation that suits your skin type; apply a light layer if you have good skin and prefer a natural look and build up gradually if you prefer a fuller coverage.


In the eighties, the focus of the look was the eyes, so apply a bright eyeshadow. Start with a lighter pink in the inner corner and finish with a darker hot pink in the crease and outer corner of the eye.

Hair: Set the hair in rollers and use a lot of spray. Big barrel curls with lots of spray is an option for modern eighties hair, or you can choose a more structured androgynous style, smoothing the sides of the hair up into a neat French pleat or Mohawk with a statement shape to create height at the top.

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Finally, apply a pink lipstick that complements the eyeshadow colour, frosted lipstick makes lips appear fuller, and it was a popular choice in the eighties.

Intensify the look by applying the pink eyeshadow underneath the eye and after applying mascara apply false lashes to give the eye more definition. This adds a little modern edge. Instead of opting for several bold colours, choose one or two and blend them a little. Use different shades of one colour and blend into each other but keep the definition of each colour.


Apply the blusher to the hollows of your cheeks to contour your face and enhance your cheek bones. Use a pink tone, to match the eyeshadow.


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claimed the product helped their skin appear:

Noticeably firmer and smoother l Less lined and more youthful l More moisturised and hydrated *Results from a consumer perception study on 52 consumers


Photographer - Dawn-Marie Jones




A CRISIS Multi-award winning hairstylist and salon owner Vicki Lord provides tips on hair loss...

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t is important for people to feel special, if your hair looks good then you feel great! It may seem surface, but looking your best can help you feel better. I have worked with so many clients over the years – from brides, to celebrities for the red carpet, to models on the runway; the most rewarding work I do is with patients that are recovering from chemotherapy or other treatments or conditions that cause hair loss – hair can flourish after a crisis, and so can you! One such client is Jeanette; she has suffered some difficult times, and is a survivor of Cancer. There was a time when Jeanette had to wear wigs due to her chemotherapy – chemo targets cancer cells; but also, the healthy cells and as a result it destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of having chemo, hair loss can occur – in patches or completely. The extent depends on your treatment. It is no surprise that when people lose hair that they can suffer shock, or become depressed and this can worsen the overall recovery process. It is a time when a lot of family and friends, as well as professionals need to be supportive.

Here are some tips for this sensitive time:


Many ladies will want to cover their baldness by wearing a turban, scarf, or wig. There are so many fantastic wigs out there to try, some are synthetic, which are very light g and Jeanette durinerapy to wear or there are after chemoth more natural looking human-hair wigs with lace/net seams that can easily be disguised with a good quality foundation.


Try on different styles and lengths of wigs to see which one feels comfortable and which helps you feel your best.


Opt for a wig that is a slightly lighter colour than your natural hair colour, as the treatment may make your skin tone a little paler.



Ask a hairstylist for advice and whether they would be able to cut and shape the wig; styling it to suit your facial features and personality. Cutting wigs is an art in itself as one wrong snip then the whole wig is ruined! And that’s an expensive mistake to make!

Photographer: Darren Brade


Hair normally starts to grow back within a few months following chemo, starting with very fluffy hair for the first week or two then it will start to grow back at its normal rate. The new hair may differ from before, some hair will grow back curly, or thinner, or even thicker. I’ve had some clients come back to me after treatment and their hair is a completely different colour too. Jeanette’s hair has grown back beautifully and is shiny, but a little finer than before. She has a round face shape and I wanted to create lots of volume and height at the crown to lengthen and flatter her features.

Hair can flourish after a crisis, and so can you!

with wigs Vicki working and hairpieces

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GOOD Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is an independent national charity providing support to people living with all types of cancer.

It all started in the US with a female patient who was so depressed and selfconscious about how cancer treatment had made her look, that she would not leave her hospital room. Her doctor, who had some contacts in the cosmetics industry, arranged for her to have a makeover. Not only did it transform the way she looked, but it also had a profound effect on her outlook. She felt happier, less burdened and laughed for the first time in weeks. With such dramatic results, the cancer and the beauty sector worked together to develop the program ‘Look Good Feel Better’ and the charity was born. It

launched with two workshops in the US in 1989 and quickly expanded across twentysix other countries. Now in the 25th year of operation in the UK, the charity has extended their reach to include special sessions for young adults, as well as a dedicated programme for men. Workshop sessions are led by trained volunteer skincare and make-up artists (and local barbers for men’s groups) providing a setting for people to meet and chat to others undergoing cancer treatment, as well as learning useful tips to help combat the changes to appearance that can occur during different types of treatment. Being given a cancer diagnosis is a traumatic event and the physical and emotional roller coaster can leave you feeling lacking in confidence and selfesteem. Practical help and advice provided in a safe and secure environment allows people to share problems and find solutions for issues like missing eyebrows and lashes, sallow or drying skin, or flaking nails. The workshops are now running in over 140 hospitals and cancer support centres across the UK, from Guernsey right up to the Orkney Islands. Over 20,000 people each year receive this support, including finding advice through the charity’s online tutorials and Manual for Men.

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A recent survey by CRUK stated that 78% of people with cancer have unmet emotional needs. Organisations that support people with cancer are recognising more and more that the needs of cancer patients are more complex than the medical ones being addressed. It is widely recognised that how you feel about your appearance is linked to your confidence and self-esteem. Psychologists call this ‘appearance-contingent self-worth’ and ‘appearance self-esteem’. LGFB know from their substantial research that the beneficiaries of their service feel more confident after attending a workshop and for 96% of people surveyed this confidence had remained three months later.

‘The whole experience was relaxing and informative. Everyone at the session was given time and advice regarding their individual concerns. I am so grateful to those wonderful ladies and the volunteers who gave up their time to help, advise and support me when I was struggling. Thank you.’ LGFB Beneficiary


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‘I learnt so much at the session. The psychological impact of cancer is largely unaddressed and learning to apply my makeup properly made me feel more feminine, like my old self and was a real confidence booster. Just what I needed.’ LGFB Beneficiary ‘I’ve not worn make-up for years but since attending the session I put the full works on every morning. I feel so confident in my appearance that I have stopped wearing a wig or scarf. What a massive difference your session has made, I feel so much better.’ LGFB Beneficiary

Since launching in the UK, LGFB has helped over 170,000 people and this service is delivered by an army of over 2,600 volunteer beauty consultants. As a non-government funded independent charity, Look Good Feel Better rely entirely on the generosity of individual and corporate supporters. If you would like to get involved visit lookgoodfeelbetter., or text LOOKGOOD5 to donate £5 or FEELBETTER10 to donate £10 to 70085

It is about so much more than make-up.


What is Dharma and why follow it? We have each been blessed with a unique set of gifts and talents and when we use those in service to others, our happiness comes alive. We all have the capacity to turn our desires into our reality, our soul knows the way. And creating the life of your dreams doesn’t have to be a struggle. Nowadays, it feels like there is a trend around wellbeing and ‘following your bliss’ but this doesn’t come from nowhere, it has true meaning: life is not meant to be hard, we are meant to go towards our highest excitement in any given time, and this, in turn will lead us to what we are meant to be doing here on Earth. It shouldn’t be hard to create our own happiness. It’s all about taking the first steps towards it.

I was just using distractions to convince myself I was happy

SelfEmpower “Don’t dream your life, live your dreams” as the saying goes… But how do you get to that point? Kitty Waters shares how you can empower yourself by using Dharma principles and create the life you love...


n our busy lives, it’s not always easy to take a step back and really wonder whether we are living the life we truly wanted for ourselves. So many people go on with their routine, day after day, without thinking twice about it, without realising that happiness is just a step away, if only we took the time to assess our wants and needs and breakaway from the draining patterns we have created.


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Ultimately every human being wants to be happy. It’s what we strive for. For the most part of my twenties I was deeply unhappy, looking in all the wrong places, mainly using drugs and alcohol to distract myself from what was really going on around me and inside me. I had a high paying job and great friends. Anyone looking from the outside would have thought I had it all. But it didn’t feel right, I was miserable and my gut told me, ‘there is more to life than this’. I realised later I had no meaning, no real purpose in my life. And I was just using distractions to convince myself I was happy, but that worked only very temporarily. I reassessed my life and realised I needed more. That’s where I started my journey to healing and my hunt for happiness. What truly changed me was my discovery of Dharma. Dharma, in ancient Vedic means “The path of right action... Right action is the action which is of maximum benefit to the individual and the entire creation at the same time.”

To do your Dharma, take a bliss life audit:


How can you add more bliss to your life? By serving others! Who do you want to serve? Don’t let it overwhelm you, these are only ways to make yourself happier, not complicate your life. Take time to assess things clearly and make a habit of writing them down. Write everything down, from dreams and fresh ideas, to blocks, questions, ideals and solutions, with notes on how each point makes you feel. This will indicate the way to go, and where to take that first step to change your life. Remember to always follow what lights you up. If you are not sure where to start, start small. Having interviewed over one-hundred thought leaders on this path, the results and impact on their lives is amazing. When we do our Dharma, life responds in ways we never thought possible.



The gift is in the giving. By Kitty Waters, founder and host of Kitty Talks, and teacher of Do Your Dharma:


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lthough I have a Facebook page and a website, I don’t actually run a business as such; it is a hobby that I have turned into a service for free... Freya Finn Photography is my hobby-business; I’ve been interested in photography since I was a child – following my father’s footsteps who shared the same love for his photographic hobby. When I was old enough, he gave me his old Pentax 35mm camera to begin capturing my own memories. I have had no official training


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and shoots by making sure I allocated plenty of rest before and after the event. It can take me days or even weeks to get over an evening out photographing. If I get a cold or tummy bug, it can take at least twice as long to get over it than it would an average healthy person. And now I’ve breast cancer too – this is sapping even more energy from me. But, photographing music events keeps me going as it is something I love to do. The one person I take the majority of my photos for is Carla Winters who is the creator of the Abba Tribute Abalicious, and is a vocalist and Agnetha lookalike. We have known each other since our school days together and she has also gone through breast cancer recently. It has only served to bring us closer together. We have even started a support page on Facebook called Breast Friends Cancer Support Group, supporting people affected by breast cancer. Not just the people with cancer, but their friends and family too. We share our experiences, frustrations and advice to help others on their journeys. I recently had my mastectomy, and whilst it has been tough, I have shared photos and videos on the Facebook group and this has helped me push forward – Join the group to see some of the photos, including a photo that shows the reality of a mastectomy, and to stay up-to-date with my journey and others’ stories – and most importantly to get some support if you need it!

photographing music events keeps me going as it is something I love to do

in photography other than those years of personal practice. I have no need for the qualifications because I simply love taking pictures and I’ve just learnt as I’ve gone along. I had been struggling for years with a lack of energy and unexplained pain and discomfort, and I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and Fibromyalgia in late 2009 (both conditions are known as invisible chronic conditions). Although the symptoms started years before this, it took a long time to diagnose as they can mimic other conditions. I appear to look ‘fine’ but what others don’t see, know or understand is that I have crippling pain, chronic fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. When I am seen out, it is only about twenty-percent of the time at best. The other eighty-percent is spent resting and sleeping to recover from going out in the Facebook: Breast Friends Cancer first place. I have to pace my life accordingly Support Group | Website: www. which makes it hard to be spontaneous. It also means I am unable to have a job like most people, as I cannot sustain the levels of energy needed to be productive and as a result I end up having a Kent band called The lot of sick days... This happened Alchemy at my previous paid position. I was eventually dismissed due to the level of sick days I had taken. So, I am at the mercy of the state benefits and disability payments. Photography has always been significant in my life, but at this point of diagnosis it became a way for me to cope and gave me a reason to ‘keep going’ prior to becoming a mother. I was able to plan around music events



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ou may have read my story in the first new-look issue of BLUSH... if you didn’t it is available to read via the digital version... In a nutshell, I found a lump in my left breast, and continued touring with Björn Again as the tribute signer Agnetha Fältskog, as well as running my own business – All despite having treatment and the anxiety of a scheduled double mastectomy because I have a gene BRCA1 and Triple Negative BC. I didn’t tell anybody other than close friends and family at the time. I just needed to continue and play my part on stage... but the whole experience affected my overall health. These situations make you stronger, and they reveal who your true friends are... I can fully appreciate the stress and uncertainty that loved-ones experience during times of diagnosis, treatment and in some cases loss – and this is the reason I started the Facebook page; Breast Friends Cancer Support Group, where I document my whole journey with posts and videos; I wanted to show the reality behind survival... yes it’s tough, but you can bounce back. As I mentioned, I still continued with my singing throughout my recovery – because it is what keeps me going – and it has been a part of who I am since I was eleven-years-

old, when I used to do karaoke, singing songs like Venus. And when I made it through to the final fifty out of ten thousand hopefuls in Pop Idol 1 in 2001, it further made me want to continue with my music, so in that same year, I started Abalicious, which is my ‘business baby’. My first gig with Bjorn Again was at G.A.Y in London, where Agnetha was present promoting her new album. It must have been a sign... because all these years later I’m still doing Abba tribute. It has been all my struggles throughout my treatment and recovery that have given me a new enthusiasm for pushing forward; with my children, true friends and family by my side, I’ve been able to bounce back and to continue sharing ABBA’s uplifting music through my very own tribute band, and that feels so good.

I am delighted to share that Abalicious is touring the UK this year!

The time when business was the toughest, was when I had to continue touring with a happy face whilst going through chemotherapy. When I felt exhausted, and I lacked confidence about my appearance; Lucinda Ellery Intralace System for hair (London Paris New York) has been a dream come true for making me feel and look as glamourous as Agnetha always did on stage and how I used to look before the diagnosis. Along with a healthy (ish) diet, lots of water, key rest times and the support from the media and my Facebook page, I feel positive that I will get full strength back, and that my business will go from strength to strength too. If you find yourself facing a diagnosis, or you are going through treatment or a loved-one is, please join the Facebook page and the online community can support you. And for those of you looking to start a business or continue with your business – then don’t give up, because if you love what you do, like I do, then it could be one of the things that reminds you of who you are aside from your diagnosis.

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As a businesswoman and a mother, I know how challenging it is to be productive whilst balancing your home life – there are forecasts, and meetings, and you have resolutions and targets... Some of you may choose to work, others may need to work; either way, if you have family commitments, and other stuff going on too, then life can become a juggling act. This can be manageable at times, and can even be a buzz at other times, but sooner or later something is bound to fall unless you get good at the balancing bit...



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1. Phoning:

Leave the biz phone at home when you are on holiday

The phone can be ringing all of the time, and this is a sign of success for many businesses. With technological advances and smart phones getting smarter, you can pretty much be anywhere and receive calls and emails. This can however have an adverse effect on your private time with friends and family. Ensure you either switch off your phone when you are having dedicated family time, or invest in a personal phone, keeping your contracted smartphone just for business. Leave the biz phone at home when you are on holiday, with a greeting stating your date of return, encouraging the caller to leave a message.

2. Relaxing:

As a businessperson, you will be conscious of taking the work as and when it comes, which can mean a full-on schedule, often with back-to-back appointments or meetings. Be confident that the flow of work will be there for you regardless of whether you have a vacation or day off. Obviously, value your clients, but if you


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compromise too many other areas of your life just to squeeze in a client then it could burn you out, meaning you’ll be little use to yourself, your clients or your family. In order for you to reach full potential in your work, you must relax, and recoup. Take a day off. If you work weekends, then ensure you allocate some ‘me’ time throughout the week, either by setting aside an hour a day or one day per week. Do things you enjoy, including spending time with the children, friends, or simply relaxing on your own by reading a book or soaking in a bubble bath. A good way to achieve ‘me’ time is by paying for, and committing to a new hobby.

3. Planning: It is likely that your schedule will be sporadic, especially if you work for yourself. Keep a clear, concise diary so you can plan your days. At the end of each day, write a list of things you need to do on the following day, so that you can enjoy your evening with a clear head. Also, do this every Friday or before your designated day off. The key is to complete the list, so ensure it is achievable and prioritise the points on it.


4. Eating: Busy schedules can mean skipping meals,

5. Overlapping: Laptops and mobile devices are so convenient, especially with the help of wireless Internet, meaning much of your work, like replying to emails, organising your diary and studying online, can be done from anywhere. Try to avoid crossing ‘laptop time’ over with recreational time; you will not be giving the task full attention, nor does it count as relaxing or quality family time. Make a point of cuddling up with a loved one, or watching a movie with the children without thinking about work, and with your phone and laptop switched off.

8. Meditating: So many of you would have experienced mental fatigue as well as physical, as it is so easy to take home people’s problems or stresses depending on your area of work. Learn to leave the emotional aspect of your work at work. If you work from home, it may be more of a challenge to ‘switch off’. Ten minutes of meditation after each meeting, or two minutes after each task can do wonders for your mind and body, realigning YOU and stopping you from focusing on the last patient or client or student or meeting or email, so you can be present and look to the needs of the next task or customer. Add this meditation time into your daily schedule and include as part of your diary dot points. For those of you that work in a busy environment, avoid getting caught up with internal politics or gossip, this can be super draining, a waste of time and energy, and more importantly negative and nasty.

6. Talking:

9. Morning:

making you feel irritable and sluggish, ensure you eat regular healthy snacks and meals throughout the day. Arrange to meet a friend for lunch once a week, or carry snacks or a pack lunch with you. Try to sit down for a family meal as often as possible; this is good for your mental and physical health, and works wonders for family bonding.

Work can be all encompassing, and it can easily eat into unsociable hours, but this doesn’t mean that when you do have time to socialise that the conversation must revolve around work. Many of you will have a great passion for your work or the training you do, but remember to talk about various subjects with your friends and family too, as it is important to enjoy other aspects of life and of your relationships.

7. Delegating: If you have

Learn to leave the emotional aspect of your work at work

work, home, relationships, children, and your own needs to juggle, it may get to the point when you feel that you need help. Don’t be proud: call upon friends and family to spend time with the children while you run some errands. If you are able to allocate the funds, enlist the help of a cleaner once a week, or hire an admin assistant. There are plenty of ways you can delegate responsibilities and tasks, look at where best you need a little helping hand. It may mean hiring an accountant, or getting a gardener. If you enjoy tasks like gardening yourself, then incorporate them with family time; young children love to be involved in potting plants or safe household chores. If you are doing a mundane task, like cleaning your office space or dealing with admin work, put some of your favourite music on so you can balance the chores with fun. Dance a bit, sing a little, and basically use it as a way of staying in tune with yourself and with the pleasures of life.

Parents, walk your children to school, or dog-owners take your pooch for walkies first thing in the morning. This encourages a routine for those working from home, and helps motivate you to get on with your day upon your return. If you do not have a dog, or a child, then have a refreshing shower, get dressed and walk around the block before your working day, or do a stint in the gym, or go for a run. By having an activity to start your day other than work, you are really making the most of your time, as well as proving to yourself that work is not the first thing to jump to each morning. There will be days you have early appointments, but try to manage these morning activities a few times a week to achieve that balance and overall productivity. These morning activities also support motivation for homeworkers, an increasing area for modern work, not just parents working from home. Self-employed or contracted staff working in the virtual sphere will also benefit from this tip.

10. Shifting: Enjoy including these tips into your life, but don’t feel that big changes need to be made, as it is consistent small tweaks that are often more effective, and will ultimately lead to the perfect work-life balance.

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Kirsten Rees shares her story from diagnosis and loss to her business start-up... When it comes to the effects of cancer, it isn’t just self-diagnosis that rocks our world, is it? Lovedones also have to cope with the challenges that the illness faces us with… how did your father’s diagnosis affect you? It was shocking obviously, he’d had this terrible cough for months and had been back and forth to the doctor, and it felt like it had taken too long to get a diagnosis. So, there was some anger and guilt - Why didn’t they realise sooner? Why didn’t we make him go to the doctor earlier? He’d had previous health issues and had literally been brought from the dead after a heart attack years before, so I think we just felt like this was another hurdle to fight... but sadly, he lost this one. Someone else’s diagnosis can raise questions in our own minds, and we can fear the future and the possibilities of ‘what if it happens to me?’ When did you find a lump? What emotions did you experience waiting for a diagnosis? Just after my dad had received his diagnosis, I discovered a lump under my right breast and that was terrifying. Because of what was going on with my dad, I was sent for a scan within a week. It wasn’t a nice experience at all and very intimate, but thankfully it was quick and I was reassured throughout the process. The lump turned out to be something else entirely and thankfully nothing to worry about. I have a chronic health condition called fibromyalgia, so I always need to be extra

aware of increased levels of stress, and this whole experience taught me a lot about managing my own self-care and made me realise that I needed to change things in my own life. I’ve since learned what to look for and do regular checks. I think going through watching someone else die really makes you so much more aware of how we need to take responsibility for looking at our bodies objectively and regularly. I was on a lot of medication for my own health conditions and some of it was having a negative effect on me with some terrible side-effects, so I really began looking at what I was putting into my body and speaking to different health care professionals. Book that smear test. Do breast and testicle checks. If you’ve had something ongoing for a while, go to the doctor! Waiting is not worth it. Just because it’s not really worrying you, doesn’t mean it’s not worrying your child, or sibling, or best friend! Tell us about your start-up and how your father’s passing along with your realisation that you didn’t have Cancer led you to changing your career path? After my dad died, I took some time out and then began thinking seriously about my life and career and made so many changes! My business had originally launched in 2013 out of necessity as I have fibromyalgia, it makes holding down a nine-to-five difficult. I wanted to have a career I was passionate about and so I relaunched as a book editor and author coach, and I’ve been writing my own books too.

Just after my dad had received his diagnosis, I discovered a lump under my right breast and that was terrifying. Being self-employed has completely changed how I work and what I share. Since transitioning from copywriter to book editor, I’ve felt that uber-professional wall come down; It’s helped me connect with people better over social media and I’m now working with authors who have something worth sharing. Recently, I was hired to write a book to help raise awareness for Child Bereavement UK. It was really emotional as I met two young brothers who’d talked about their dad who died and we shared some special moments. It was nominated and added to The Independent’s Happy List. Sometimes, my clients are business owners who want to share their expertise and what they’ve had to overcome in life in a memoir/business book. I also work with fictional authors on YA novels, and other times I partner with people suffering with mental health issues who use writing as therapy. I also launched a weekly ‘women in business’ co-working day, as I find having people around you definitely helpful when you are trying to run a business on your own, but still sometimes struggling with external things – so it’s great to vent (or have a glass of wine after-hours). I now have a great self-care routine, I’ve been working with a personal trainer and focusing on my health and wellbeing, including my mental health. I also created a vision board with twenty-one goals – climbing a mountain (again) is one of them, and another is writing a book to empower people with invisible health conditions. I stopped saying, “I can’t”, replacing it with “I can’t do everything so choose wisely!” Website: IG & Twitter: @HauteBooks LinkedIn: MakeMeASuccess

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his is not my usual style of writing; I like to take the p*ss out of my life and all that comes with it. This article, however, is a self-reflection of many years of beating myself up (not literally) over the ‘ideal life’ and ‘perfect body shape’ that I formed magically some time ago. These lofty ideals or aspirations rarely come through, and so the cycle of loathing and defeat goes on... I am sure many of you can relate to me on some level. This is about ‘me’ – please understand that it’s not a dig at you and your efforts to self-improve (or should I’ve used this year’s 2019 buzzword ‘selfevolve’?). Read this article as it is intended to be read – as a very public wake-up call to myself, because my inner Goddess is an angry b*tch! Well, here we are mid-way through 2019 – time flying – and time to dust off our New Year’s resolutions yet again – because if you’re anything like me, you’ve not started your list yet! Do you catalogue your yearly failures? I do! Looking back on all the things I said I would do last year and the year before and so on and so forth... oh and this year included! A definite theme emerges... I will be better! Do better. Look better. Feel better. Take better care of myself and so on (in fact this list is as long as my New Year’s resolution one). Sprinkled in amongst the promises to do better there are the golden nuggets of prose borrowed lovingly from Ghandi, Atticus, Oprah – all reminding me to live in the moment and of course it wouldn’t be a misguided promise of a better self without a chestnut of wisdom from Pinterest! Why do I do this? Why then! When I know full well that I will not fulfil all, or any of those lofty ideals, and who decided that these ideals or life goals were actually required? My inner divine Goddess is always present, not really giving a rat’s left buttock if I am able to attend sequential Soul Cycle classes in the pursuit of a peach emoji rear. The divine Goddess is


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probably at a swim up bar laughing her ass off at the stupidity of it all. I AM THEREFORE I AM! I am the shape I am because, well, that is my shape. I can’t crochet because it’s boring and I couldn’t stick with learning how to do it, that goes for playing the guitar and for making origami cranes also. This isn’t gonna change just because I write a list at New Year or another list mid-year!

Rod for our backs Am I striving to materialise that divine Goddess? Or that image I was told will make me feel so much better once I obtain it? If I obtain it! Every day I am convinced that my life will improve once I buy this; eat that; don’t eat that; rinse with this; and hold it all in the right place with these! The female form is varied just like hair colour is, which I can change; eye colour, which I can change, along with my jaw line, bust size and even the amount of ribs in my body – all my genetic makeup and yet even though that’s my true form I desire to re-design it. Why is this? Because of society? Blaming society for the pressure to be a certain way and to live a particular life isn’t cutting it, sorry people, BUT – we are society!

I am the shape I am because, well, that is my shape.


There is a billiondollar industry built on keeping me feeling bad about my body and about my life in general.

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EXERCISE: is it a punishment or a celebration of what our bodies can do? The answer all depends on who you follow... There are billion-dollar industries built on keeping me feeling bad about my body and about my life in general. I am bombarded with conflicting messages of ‘love yourself’ and other self-improvement stuff. I am told that positive body image is the new diet plan – oh my mistake, because I thought it was Paleo-vegan-Keto-organic-clean eating, whole foods – that was a mouth full of ‘my bad’. Then there are the exercise plans that go along with it all; HITT, CrossFit, Orange Theory, Bootcamp, F45, Barry’s, SoulCycle... Dare I say it, but Yoga is just as bad; Bikram, Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga all claiming to do various things to help me achieve whatever it is I think I need to improve. The best news of all, is that I don’t even have to leave home to have all this help in getting that 2019 body life transformation. There are countless blogs and influencers sprouting the benefits of everything I didn’t realise I need. Not only that, but my obsession with screens has also weighed in. Seriously there is an APP for everything that has anything to do with body shape, image, eating plans, wazoo detox teas, drinks and shakes, aroma therapy oils, and misting sprays that can make you sleep, feel, live better. I am guilty of having all of the above. I have on my phone right at this very moment APPs for meditating, (used six or so times), for the gym (which I actually used consistently for at least one month), a whole foods pantry guide (I can’t work it out so I’m going to delete it soon promise), aroma therapy oil mixes guide (I have opened it), power yoga (I watched it a couple of times on the couch), running log ( I use this as I do run — well kind of more a shuffle-run of sheer desperation – but more on that topic later), FitnessPal (I use this on and off to make myself feel bad for eating anything that has flavour). I don’t just have one of these APPs, I have several. All of them downloaded in the vain hope that they will somehow miraculously transform me, but alas, nope. I however, won’t give in to making any actual APP purchases – I won’t actually buy the whole APP, I just do the free ad-riddled versions that cut out when it starts to get interesting, which may I add, is probably why I am not Gigi Hadid strutting for Victoria’s Secret. Yep that’s definitely the reason.

to lose that weight – maybe I should make an APP on that! When I did finally receive the recognition that I was desperate to hear – oh you look great, you’ve lost weight! – it was tarnished with despair as I knew that deep down it wasn’t going to last and I was left wishing that no one had said anything. Too make-up for the ‘failure’ that I knew was coming – the inevitable weight rebound – I proudly pranced about telling everyone how I’d lost ten kilos and have become a vegan on ethical grounds, (not really, I was still really queasy at the thought of certain foods – meat being one of them). I am sure they secretly wished that I’d hurry up and put back on those

I swing from restrictive eating to all in my mouth, the classic yo-yo dieter.

And now for my next trick I will make 10 kilos disappear and 15 kilos reappear... Last year, I lost ten kilos through literal blood, sweat and tears and a few tantrums; I had to walk to Mountain Everest Base Camp, get sick from the altitude, vomit consistently for ten days


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ten kilos and an extra five kilos. Why? Not because they dislike me or because they’re jealous... no, it’s because they feel like a failure too! They are feeling even lower now because someone managed to do it, someone else grabbed the golden ring even just for a fleeting moment. I scheduled in my fancy planner gym sessions; to roll out my yoga mat and sit in my space; I even scheduled cooking that whole-food dinner, and for those few weeks when the stars and planets aligned, I was smug and self-righteous.


Then I was not. And so, it goes; The weight goes off. The weight goes on.

I call bullsh*t I am guilty, I admit that I applaud publicly the ‘plus-sized’ advocates calling out body shaming, all the while quickly calculating in my head just what their weight or measurements are in relation to my own. Then I am horrified when I discover

image. But to be fair, this is my issue. Maybe you are happy to refrain from sugar, eat Paleo and exercise every day at the gym... good for you! I actually truly applaud you. I can’t do this myself. I swing from restrictive eating to all in my mouth, the classic yoyo dieter. Simply put, I have zero will power. I will plan and plot, write away my life, desperately hoping I will wake up motivated and inspired, nope. I have tried 5:2. I have tried apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cayenne pepper, still no! Juicers, teas, nope! I shame myself with unflattering underwear photos, bribery, rewards, still nothing.... no inner Goddess emerging from the depths into form. You must be thinking, ‘wow she must be huge,’... nope, not huge. I am just not the shape I had decided I’d be at some stage in my life. Therefore, my life is somehow not quite right, which, by the way is also not true... my life is pretty dang epic. See what I am getting at here? There is nothing wrong with my shape, bit soft and pudgy, but I am healthy and fairly fit, and my life is blessed.

Flaws and all


those bodies that are plus-sized are actually smaller than I am, or the luscious curvy girls on Instagram are the same size, and all that bravo goes out the window as I shrink away privately disgusted at the shape on display – MY shape. But why? I am asking this seriously because, what am I really afraid of? Who decided what I want to look like? When did I subscribe to that? And am I that stupid or vain? Okay, quite a few serious questions there!

My harshest critic I started this article to look back at the crazy sh*t I have a tendency to do when trying to diet and to feel better about the way I look. As you have probably gathered it turned into a rant about evil social media, expectations, and unrealistic body

Well I say Fu*k it. I am this mid-year making a deal with me and my inner Goddess... yes, she’s still there somewhere! I will be healthy, I will exercise because I like it, so I will just do the stuff at the gym I enjoy or that makes me feel satisfied. I will eat what I feel like just knowing that takes away 90% of my need for crappy foods. I am going to take time out in my day for ME, in whatever shape that may be – it could be yoga, meditation or crocheting, I will decide as I please. I am never going to be that size again; the smaller version I once was! Nor will I be twenty again, and that’s okay. I have done a lot in this Earth suit – it has held babies, rocked bikinis, and walked down the aisle, and up mountains... so, I will just let my body be what it is today, and as for tomorrow, who knows. We cannot predict what the future holds – but our choices no matter what life throws our way, are our own... and this mid-year resolution for me includes the following: To eat cake at my workplace morning teas; take long walks; wear my special occasions clothes - whenever I want; wear lipstick every day; use the best china for burgers, because let’s face it whatever it is you think you’re saving it all for may never actually come. My aim is to be my version of healthy; move how I feel; dance to my music; sleep far too much and love every dang minute of my blessed life no matter what my dress size is. To all the people out there, aside from what I say or any other person with an opinion says, know that it will be your journey with your body; your essence... so be true to your path; strive for your true self. And get some sleep. Turn off the screens – APPs and all, and be an active participant in life. Rant done!

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TO A GREAT EXTENT... We are indeed what we read


eading is a force to be reckoned with... the material that we choose to read fills our inner beings with information that we process either consciously or push somewhere into a corner of our minds. During times of challenge, it is great to escape inside the pages of a story... powerfully written fiction that transports us away from our daily trials and tribulations. Other times reading a real-life story that we relate to personally can help us to feel less alone. And when it comes to good self-help literature, our book shelves and virtual libraries can literally be our therapists.

1. Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, is a practical programme for helping body, mind and spirit, written by the bestselling author of Anatomy of the Spirit (another great read), Caroline Myss, Ph.D.

2. The Power of Now, is a

3. Breaking Mad, is an insider’s guide to conquering anxiety, written by counsellor and TV personality Anna Williamson, with Dr Reetta Newell.

4. Happy As, is a book that discusses why the quest for happiness is making us miserable, written by Lisa Portolan. www.

5. Women Who Run with the Wolves, is the classic New York Times bestseller, that brings together myths and stories of the wild woman archetype, written by Clarissa Pinkola Etsés, Ph.D.

guide to spiritual enlightenment, written by the international bestselling author and spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle.


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Furniture Village Celebrates its 30th Birthday


his summer, Britain’s largest independent, family-run furniture retailer, Furniture Village, will celebrate thirty successful years in business. To mark the occasion, Furniture Village has teamed up with five of its mostloved brands to create a limited-edition collection of statement furniture pieces in its signature colourway of Cyan Blue and Yellow. The collection – named Thirty – demonstrates the breath of brands available at Furniture Village: From British household names such as Ercol and Sleepeezee, through to iconic Italian designer brands such as Nicoletti and ALF Italia. Just as Furniture Village does, Thirty offers furniture for every room in the house.

Ercol Stacking Chairs in Cyan Ercol’s iconic Stacking Chairs have been finished in Furniture Village’s distinctive Cyan, which is exclusive to the retailer. Originally launched in 1957, the Stacking Chair has become a recognisable marker of British design, showcasing many of Ercol’s classic hallmarks, from turned legs to an elegant steam-bent back rest. Perfect for adding a pop of colour to any scheme, the chairs can be styled alone or as a set for maximum impact. Furniture Village is Ercol’s biggest UK retailer and the two brands have a long-standing relationship that goes back to the early days of Furniture Village’s history.


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G Plan Hannington Archetypal British upholstery brand, G Plan, has been making sofas and chairs in the UK since 1898. Showcasing a retro design and sprung seating, the Hannington sofa is exclusive to Furniture Village.



Sleepeezee Tranquillity 2800 Divan Set

British bed-maker, Sleepeezee, has updated its luxurious Tranquillity 2800 Divan Set to offer a brand-new colourway, available exclusively for Furniture Village’s anniversary. Upholstered in a bold blue fabric, the divan’s platform top offers superior comfort and support. Its sumptuously soft mattress includes a pillow top and up to 2800 individually nestled pocket springs. The Sleepeezee Daniel Headboard is also available to buy in the same fabric, and features pretty pleat detailing. Made in Britain, Sleepeezee holds a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.

Charlie Harrison, Director of Multi-Channel at Furniture Village comments:

ALF Italia Avellino Dining Table and Furniture Village Argo Dining Chairs in Cyan ALF Italia’s Avellino Dining Table has been paired with six upholstered dining chairs from Furniture Village’s Argo collection, which has been created by its in-house design team. The striking pairing is available exclusively for Furniture Village’s 30th birthday. Upholstered in a luxurious Cyan velvet and featuring quilted stitch detailing across the back, the Argo chairs will bring colour and style to any dining space. ALF has been crafting high-end Italian furniture since the 1950s and is renowned for its ongoing innovation when it comes to contemporary design.

“The range, quality and diversity of brands that we stock at Furniture Village are one of the many reasons that customers keep returning to us year after year, so it was important that they played a big role in the creation of the Thirty collection. “We wanted to create a collection of pieces that not only reflects our brand colours in a fun and celebratory way, but also showcases the dedication to beautiful design and craftsmanship each brand brings to the table. ”Our brands have been integral to Furniture Village’s success over the last thirty years and we very much look forward to the next thirty, and beyond!” The first Furniture Village store was launched in 1989 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire by Peter Harrison. The business is still family run and Peter was joined by his son Charlie Harrison in 2002. Charlie has worked his way up through each area of the business and has been instrumental in developing Furniture Village’s online and digital offering – ‘future-proofing’ the company for generations to come. Today, Furniture Village has 52 stores across the country, offering products to suit every style and budget. The Thirty collection will be available for customers to buy until December 2019.

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Furniture Village Corelli Velour Cushion in Yellow, £25

Furniture Village Evie Chair in Linnet Ochre, £699

Mellow Yellow


ellow hues have translated beautifully from summer’s bold banana and sherbet lemon shades into softer, more sophisticated marigolds and ochres for winter. Perfect for bringing sunshine into your home this season, this warming palette can be styled with soft greys and crisp whites to create a bright and airy look. We’re big fans of a statement bed and the Hypnos Embrace Natural Splendour divan and headboard is no exception. Upholstered in a rich mustard tweed, it offers a bold injection of colour that defines this look perfectly. Cushions and throws in dusky pink or russet tones work beautifully with this palette and will bring an extra layer of cosiness for winter nights. Carefully placed accessories in fun, contemporary shapes add a modern twist to complete this inviting theme.


s the summer draws to an end and we move into the autumnal months, the team at Furniture Village talk us through some of the coming season’s hottest trends, perfect for creating a cosy and welcoming retreat to enjoy throughout the winter.

Furniture Village Inaluxe Jazz Flute Rug £249

Furniture Village Cera Table Lamp, £89

Furniture Village Connections Large Drum Stool in Ealing Ochre, £255 Furniture Village Hypnos Embrace Natural Splendour Double Divan Bed in Tweed Mustard, £1,449 58

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rom mid-century shapes to 70s-inspired colour palettes, retro design continues to influence interior trends and this season is no exception. In this bold autumn/ winter look, contemporary jewel tones are introduced through geometric shapes and abstract accessories which are positioned alongside modern upholstery, giving a bold and rhythmic element to the space. Shades of baby blue and teal are contrasted with pops of bright orange and pink, resulting in a playful look that captures the spirit of the 70’s.

Furniture Village Ercol Rimini Wooden Bed Frame, £1025

Furniture Village Lista Smart Side Table £249

A Nod to the 70s

Furniture Village Uniqa 2 Seater Fabric Power Recliner Sofa, £1495

Furniture Village Connection Fabric Accent Chair £525

Slow Living

S Furniture Village Michelle Collins Time To Reflect Rug £249

implicity takes centre stage in our Slow Living look, establishing an inherent sense of calm and tranquillity. Less is definitely more in this contemporary trend that goes back to basics. Dark khaki greens and earthy shades of grey sit alongside natural wood tones to create a minimalist sanctuary that is uncluttered and cool. Clean lines, found on Ercol’s beautifully crafted Rimini Bed, contrast beautifully with unstructured linens and tactile velvets to achieve balance and softness. Carefully curated minimalistic ornaments add subtle interest to the space, enhancing the serene atmosphere and ensuring that the room doesn’t feel too stark.

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Attempt a camel ride, or simply get up close to these amazing mammals of the desert.



Go on an earlymorning hot air balloon ride, and glide across still skies to experience the valleys of Luxor from a bird’s eye view.

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It’s less than five hours to fly from the UK to Cairo – the capital is a must-stay for culture, and iconic sightseeing like the Giza Pyramids.


Experience the awesome hieroglyphics for written and artistic inspiration.


Stand next to one of the large pharaoh statues for an ultimate travel selfie.


Take a tour around the ancient tombs and the Valley of Kings for some remarkable sights and stories from the tour guides.


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Wake Up & Go Start your day right with our multi-tasking citrus infusion. This Citrus Caviar & Mandarin Shower Gel & Shampoo deeply cleanses your hair and skin whilst infusing them with essential vitamins. Providing you with an uplifting experience by stimulating the senses, boosting your mood, and leaving skin and hair with a long-lasting fruity aroma, putting you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.


Need something cooler? Our multi-award-winning Arnica Skincare Gel can be applied as many times as you need. Massage into sore, aching muscles, shoulders or back to soothe muscle tension and strains.

Antioxidant-Rich Green Caviar Keep daily aggressors at bay with our new vegan-friendly Green Caviar range. Formulated to leave you with a smooth, supple and healthy-looking complexion. Combines unique active ingredients including Green Caviar, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea and Aloe Vera, all in 100% recyclable packaging too!

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Over done it in the gym? Or suffering from general aches and pains? We have just the thing, Arnica & Wintergreen Targeted Thermal Rub! This intense body cream is an SOS in a tube. The heating infusion provides warming relief with invigorating benefits.

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Prep your skin before bed with a double cleanse. Start with our unique Collagen Micellar Gel Cleanser to remove make-up and impurities. Follow with the awardwinning Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser to deeply cleanse and provide skin with essential hydration. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – tap the Collagen Illuminating Eye Cream around the eye contour. Finish with new Hydra-Collagen Intensive Moisturiser to intensely nourish, and wake up with a beautiful, radiant complexion day after day.

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Lavender Skincare Gel is a wonderfully therapeutic face and body moisturiser. It helps aid relaxation and promotes a restful sleep. Massage into the skin before bedtime. Finally, spritz pillows and bedding with Lavender Room & Pillow Spray, then slip on an eye mask to keep out any light.

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AS THERAPY Travel can do wonders for everyone if done regularly and with awareness. In most cases, it can be used as a form of therapy as it prioritises YOU and your self-care... NLP Coach Puja K McClymont gives some valid reasons to seek out a retreat in 2019... Sail away from the Grey The Facts: The sun has an effect on our mood and emotional wellbeing. Research shows that too little exposure to sunlight can lead to so-called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a type of winter depression. (Find out more about the benefit of sunlight on page 87.) Coaching: By allowing yourself regular intervals of sun and warmth, you’ll be able to appreciate time and self-care much


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more, which helps to keep you motivated and focused. The clean air you breathe will also help to re-boot your immune system, which in turn helps you to feel physically and emotionally better.

Escape from Routine The Facts: People are at their happiest when they have a holiday planned, a study by the University of Surrey found, and are also more positive about their health, economic situation and general quality of life.

Coaching: It’s essential for you to be able to reset yourself from your everyday. By having less to do, you are able to consider your life more. You’re able to appreciate your family and friends and even work (as it’s essentially enabled you to do the trip) and lets you understand your needs better.

Quiet Time The Facts: When you feel like you are stuck in a rut, taking a holiday and having



a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, can work wonders, and it has been scientifically proven that travel provides a number of benefits to your mental health.

Go ahead and book that trip right now, you deserve that time to yourself.

Coaching: Often times – no matter how many yoga classes you attend, or how serious you are about meditation – you still need to literally find more ‘quiet’. Being away from every usual distraction in your life can make your relaxation practices all the more powerful.

Manage Stress The Facts: Margaret J King of the Center for Cultural Studies and Analysis says about the stress-relieving abilities of

travel: “With a short list of activities each day, freed up from the complexities of ongoing projects and relationships, the mind can reset, as does the body, with stress relief the main outcome.”

Coaching: We all now know how important it is to manage stress. We simply can’t avoid stress in our lives anymore, whether it is affected by things in our control or not. We will inevitably falter in some way; through mental or physical disorders. Travel can be your best asset to guarantee stress relief.

Re-evaluate your Goals The Facts: You may have goals already in place that you’re working towards or you may want to set some new ones. Being ‘away from it all’ will provide you

with the creative focus you need to drill down into the ‘whys’ of your goals and create a tangible plan of action for when you get home. Coaching: Re-evaluate your goals, check-in with yourself on what you’re doing well and what may need tweaking. It gives you the time to be creative; thinking more freely without having to default into ‘sensible thinking’. We need to have the ability to dream and envision the life that we want for ourselves. So – go on... treat your self to a retreat! Puja K McClymont is a Certified, highly effective NLP Life Coach in London, and the founder of the Frankly Unstoppable Retreats. These wellbeing getaways are designed to help clients change their mindset, re-set, re-focus and re-energise. To find out more about Puja including when her next workshop is, visit

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Your next adventure aw With over 1,000 expertly-planned itineraries, visiting almost 200 destinations on all seven continents, the world is waiting to be discovered with Shearings! Whether you dream of seeing Orangutans in the jungles of Borneo or spending some time beside the British seaside, we give you the freedom, flexibility and opportunity to explore all corners of the world! Our UK and European event breaks are second to none! From theatre breaks in the West End to the thrill of the Grand Prix, there’s something for all interests! All you have to do is sit back, relax and let us handle the details. And with travel options by air, coach, car and rail - ease and flexibility are key.

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Lost in Music - Theatre Break Recreating the magical 1970s, this fabulous show lets you relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic! Boasting a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals, this show is sure to have you dancing in the aisles – it’s the feel5 DAYS FROM good show of the year!


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York Christmas Markets One of the most popular Christmas Markets in the UK, York’s Christmas Market fill the historic streets around the splendid Minster. With traders dressed in costumes from eras of the past, step into a scene from Dickens and soak up the medieval charm, scents of mulled wine and magical fun at this wonderful market. 2 DAYS FROM


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Cyprus Winter Sun Relax and enjoy fabulous weather and a well-appointed hotel with great facilities. Enjoy included excursions to explore the islands highlights. Paphos’s Old Town is where you will find the main shopping area, whilst the resort area hosts numerous restaurants, shops and bars. Visit the resort’s focal point - the charming 8 DAYS FROM fishing harbour by the ancient Paphos fort. £ PP


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Michael Bublé in Liverpool An evening with Michael Bublé is the singer’s first tour for more than four years and takes in 108 shows across 22 countries and three continents. You’ll enjoy the fantastic songs from Michael Buble’s Love album as well as some of his most famous tunes and classic standards. Enjoy this 2 DAYS FROM magnificent show, it’s not to be missed. £ PP


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Kley Collection



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ebenhams introduces new brand KLEY for AutumnWinter 2019…. Designed by women, for women, the brand oozes effortless feminine style.

Kley represents the desire for ‘Realwear’; modern, clean cut and effortless garments that satisfy dressing for the everyday. Focusing on a curated versatile, seasonless wardrobe that lasts, offering outfits that you can build-up and layer on to create the ultimate easy and enviable wardrobe. “Kley is about effortless styling solutions for the everyday. The collection is a combination of timeless wardrobe staples and ‘must have’ pieces, offering items which we hope will be loved for years.” Lucia Heffernan, Kley Designer Comprised of your L.I.F.E. pieces, your ‘Luxury’ leather skirts, silk blouses and cashmere blends. Your ‘Important’ fashion informed, seasonal heroes and sustainable fabrications. Your ‘Function’ items, such as weatherproofed outerwear and hybrid garments that can be reversible. And finally, your ‘Essential’ layering, the foundation blocks building your wardrobe. L.I.F.E. Luxury, Important, Function, Essential. The collection is available in 70 stores across the UK and launches in store and online on the 16 September 2019 with prices ranging from £20 to £220.


Blush’s top choices from the Kley Collection…

Kley Scarf drape top £59

Kley Ultimate wool touch roll neck £25

Kley Pleated Asymmetric Skirt £55 Kley Relaxed jumpsuit £55

Kley Robe wrap coat £110

Kley Button detail wide leg trouser £39

Kley Trench coat £89

Kley Ultimate crew neck t shirt £20

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Piccolo by Keith Scarrott, £139 available at


Wear blush with patterns.

Halcyon Rose Quartz Necklace, £85 by Emily Mortimer Jewellery, available at

Thin Audre k Pink! like a y H ep ctress movie burn in retro Funny Face.

The Met Gala was all about pink this year, with over thirty celebrities choosing a pop of pink to celebrate the ‘camp’ themed event – from blush, to fuchsia to baby to bubblegum – every hue was hot... particularly Lady Gaga’s show-stopping gown... somewhat reminiscent of the Think Pink ribbon in the film Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn.

Dusky pink feathers and furs work.

Rock hot pink hair with baby pink lace or net.

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The Fonzie Jumper, £90 by Mistamina, available at


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BLUSH | S T Y L E BLUSH TOP PICK Rose Gold animal print twin set with tassel trim from The Padstow Deck Shirt in White and Pink, £59.95 by Whale of a Time Clothing, available at

Pale Pink Cashmere Roll Neck, £119.95, available from

Ladies Holkham Panama Hat with Pink Ribbon £80 by Hicks & Brown, available at hicksandbrown. com

Patterned pinks and peaches look fabulous with ruffles and luscious fabrics.

Lucia by Keith Scarrott, £449 available at

Pair bright pink boots with block colour accessories.

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For the fourth consecutive year, luxury British footwear label Fairfax & Favor will donate 100% of all profits from their limited-edition product to the charity in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.


ollowing Fairfax & Favor’s successful partnership with Breast Cancer Care in 2018 – whereby the brand raised over a staggering £40,000, this year co-founders Marcus Fairfax Fountaine and Felix Favor Parker have designed a special limited-edition Hot Pink version of their popular Mini Windsor handbag and Hampton belt. The Mini Windsor is a sought-after staple to any summer wardrobe. This handbag features a cutesy interchangeable mini tassel in addition to a detachable leather shoulder strap and internal zipped pocket; the perfect handbag for all your day-to-day essentials. The Hampton belt is the smart, everyday leather belt incorporating a raised contrasting hot pink suede inner stripe, brass buckled end and embellished stud logo. The perfect pop of colour to any outfit! This year Fairfax & Favor have a target to reach, wanting to raise a further £14,000 for the charity. To date, the brand has received unprecedented support from their loyal followers and customers, social influencers and celebrities alike. In previous years, their Breast Cancer Care campaigns have received support from famous faces including three times Olympic gold medallist and world champion Charlotte Dujardin CBE, Sporting Presenter Clare Balding, Ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, and Queen of the Jungle Georgia Toffolo, to name a few. The Breast Cancer Care products are on sale throughout October, with 100% of profits being donated to Breast Cancer Care. Fairfax & Favor Co-Founders Marcus Fairfax Fountaine and Felix Favor Parker said of the campaign: “We will continue to show our utmost support to this fantastic charity. Both of our grandmothers have suffered this awful disease, it is a cause which will forever remain close to our hearts.”


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Lisa Gilmour, Community Fundraising Manager at Breast Cancer Care, said: “We’re so grateful to Fairfax & Favor for fundraising for Breast Cancer Care. The money raised will help Breast Cancer Care to continue to provide free services including; support over the phone with a nurse or someone who’s been there, welcoming online forums, reliable information and local group support. We really can’t thank them enough”. “691,000 people are living with a breast cancer diagnosis in the UK today, and that figure is only set to grow. With support from brands like Fairfax & Favor, we can be here for more people, whenever they need us.”

About Fairfax & Favor

and formal, the countryside and the city, they believe there is a piece in their collection fit for everyone - no matter of personal taste or style.

About Breast Cancer Care Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973. Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK. From the moment, someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.

Fairfax & Favor are shaking up the luxury footwear market by creating authentic and timeless products, through their commitment to drive innovation in craftsmanship and design. Influenced by the founders’ love of British style, the line of footwear and accessories has been created as an aspirational investment rather than a transient fashion piece. Founded by Marcus Fairfax Fountaine and Felix Favor Parker, who were born and raised in the glorious Norfolk countryside, the collection is reflective of the brands country roots. Fairfax & Favor pride themselves on their ever-expanding collection of shoes, boots, handbags and leather accessories. Designed to bridge the gap between casual


Sustainable I’m Dawn-Marie, a fashion and beauty photographer based in London, and I cannot deny, I love my job: The excitement of working with teams of incredibly creative people; being behind the scenes and meeting those at the cutting edge of the industry and the creative process of producing beautiful images – There’s really nothing quite like it and I think It’s something of a true calling for me personally... I am however torn by the darker side I know to exist within the industry, and the very real environmental and social impact it has globally...


’ve been able to work with brands who have a real commitment to making the world a better place: Who are the trail blazers and the movers and shakers, putting environmental impact, sustainability and social wellbeing and fairness at the forefront, not the afterthought of their business practices. I had the pleasure of shooting for Pachacuti Panama hats out in Ibiza, whilst visiting the island for an event with Fashion for Conservation last summer. I began

I’ve felt a whole new world opening up before me; a world I am proud to be a part of!


working with the charity since 2018 and learning more about the impacts of the industry in the process. Since making a decision to focus my efforts on working with sustainable and ethical brands as much as possible and actively connecting with more people and brands within this realm, I’ve felt a whole new world opening up before me; a world I am proud to be a part of! Whilst ‘sustainability’ is a real buzz word at the moment, Pachacuti was founded on the principals that underpin the phrase and was in fact one of the first companies in the world to receive an official certificate in Fair Trade. Pachacuti has been a truly inspirational company from the outset; Their story begins within a small community in Equador, where for over two decades, they have worked with local artisans to create hats, which subtly combine tradition, luxury and sustainability. The craft of the weaver stretches back generations and is a highly specialist art, which needs to be protected. Having seen the hats and photographed them personally, I can confidently say that the quality is something to be admired. Each design is unique and combines handmade luxury with a timeless sense of style. Whether you’re simply looking for

a beautiful hat, with distinguished style or you’re looking to spend your money in a more conscious way, you can be sure that your Pachacuti Panama hat will make you look and feel incredible! Founded by Fashion Revolution’s Carry Somers, there has always been a strong focus on sustainability, ethical practices and the minimisation of environmental impact within the Pachacuti company framework. Carry’s husband Mark has deep artistic roots and takes pride in the craft and skill of their artisans. He now runs the company fulltime, expressing equal passion in maintaining the principals on which it was founded. Working within strict guidelines, Pachacuti ensures that the communities are always receiving fair and sustainable wages and are encouraged to protect their environment. The organically-grown Carludovica Palmata plant used to create the hats, is cultivated on a community-owned plantation, encouraging biodiversity of plants and animals within a 5600hectare protected area. With their hard work and protection of their land, the community has seen a big improvement in biodiversity in recent years. Another way in which Pachacuti is striving to be at the forefront of sustainability in fashion, is by adapting a no-seasons approach. In 2014, they made a major decision to stop creating seasonal collections and focus purely on designing beautiful, enduring pieces. In doing so, they hope to encourage customers to cherish and love their Pachacuti hat, rather than encouraging more ‘mindless consumerism’ within the industry. I sense the mood is finally changing across the length and breadth of the planet... many of us are becoming aware of the direct impact our spending choices make on the world at large and on families and people just like us, in not so distant places. And that, is a really good feeling.

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Sustainable knitwear Designer, Valentina Karellas empowers us through her creations... This issue of Blush is all about the ability to empower one’s self in life and in business, as a businesswoman in a creative field have you ever struggled with this? I would say ‘yes!’ – every day there is some form of struggle to feel empowered. It’s easy to feel low about yourself and have selfdoubt. I learned very early on to not sweat the small stuff; to adapt, pivot, and move on as quickly as possible... Stepping back, then stepping forward is the key to stepping up. When I first decided to start my own sustainable knitwear brand, it took five years of research, saving and planning before I even put design to paper. It then took a further two years of trying to convince UK-based factories to even give me quotes to produce my pieces. This made me realise that I was never going to even get to sample stage if I continued down this path, it made me rethink my strategy. This then led to the ‘handmade in London’ knitwear brand that I have today. By being able to produce everything in-house, I not only solved the product issue, but costing was lower, plus the design restrictions were gone – this has also lead me down a path of zero-waste – being able to control every element of the product from start to finish has given my customers the security of knowing that each item is made carefully, thoughtfully, and sustainably.

I learned very early on to not sweat the small stuff; to adapt, pivot and move on as quickly as possible.

How do you empower people through your work? With the fashion industry being so cut-throat and competitive, it’s very hard to stand out, especially with a small budget. The way I empower people, is by giving them the option of having something handmade to order; that is bright, light, and comfortable to wear. The main way I empower my customers is by giving them the knowledge that they are doing no harm to the planet by wearing a piece that is zero-waste and sustainably made. How do fashion and beauty play a part in how women feel? If an item doesn’t fit well, and looks unflattering, then it can directly change your mood. Now that sustainability is finally making it in the media with a lot of fingers being pointed at the fashion industry, women are torn between style and sustainability – we have a choice to feel good within and look good on the outside, by choosing to consciously buy from an independent, ethical label – this conscious decision also plays a part in the customer’s mood. Knitwear is generally not known for being a high-fashion item, however it’s a staple piece of most people’s wardrobe; my pieces are bright and make my customers feel joyful when wearing them.

What advice would you give to those who have faced healthrelated diagnosis or mental illness, but still wish to start their own business? Starting your own business is extremely difficult, time-consuming, mentally draining and a constant struggle for all people. Having a physical or mental illness on top of these ‘every day’ challenges adds a lot more pressure. It’s something not to take lightly, however, I do not want to discourage anyone from starting a business, it can also be incredibly rewarding, especially to celebrate the small wins of your day or week. Sometimes using your disability or your condition as an advantage to help other people and turning your passion into a business leads to success. No matter what your situation or background, starting a business can bring you and others so much joy. As long as you are enjoying the product or service that you wish to delivery, then everyone around you will soon see that too and things start to fall into place. What is your one style tip? I would say, keep to one key piece in your look, so if it’s a striking jumper, then keep the skirt or trousers plain. Choose fits for your body, nothing is one size fits all, so make sure it is complementing to your shape. Try to pick colours that bring you joy – no need to be a rainbow – but a pop of colour on a scarf or cuff can make all the difference to your look and mood. www.valentinakarellas. com | IG: @vkarellas FB: @valentinakarellas

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Fashion Photographer, Tina Nikolovski empowers us through her lens...


his issue of Blush is all about the ability to empower one’s self in life and in business. As a businesswoman in a creative field have you ever struggled with this?

Being a businesswoman in a creative field is challenging, yet so rewarding. I have certainly struggled with this balance, as in my field of photography (and as a talent agency owner), I often feel like I have to wear so many hats: photographer, accountant, administrator, salesperson, agent, web developer, social media manager, and so on.



Not to mention that often business and creativity use two opposing sides of the brain. When I first started, I was very much the ‘creative artist’, it took me years to learn how to become a good businesswoman; to be able to make a career out of something I love and not just ‘collaborate’ and struggle to pay my bills. Having said this, for me personally, autonomy, variety, and continual progression are very important values. They keep me ‘happy’, they keep me motivated. I would not change what I do for the world, and whilst I started both businesses with minimal knowledge about business – just based on my creative passion – I can’t even begin to articulate what I’ve learnt in thirteen years. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to just ‘do it’, and learn as you go, and be ‘okay’ with not knowing everything.


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This photo best shows ‘empowerment’ - both for the ‘model/ballet-teacher’ (who created the garment and did her own hair and make-up), and for myself – at this point of my life, I continually doubted my own ability, but pushed forward regardless and achieved this image in the second year of my degree. I surprised myself with the results. The image reminds me to be empowered, to be free, to leap outside of my comfort zone and to reach for the sky... I hope others receive these same messages when looking at this photograph.


How do you empower your subject through your work? Much of the magic of photography takes place before the shutter is even released. Part of that magic is establishing a relationship with the subject (person) who is being captured in front of the lens. The way that I empower my subject/s in front of the lens (and I normally prefer to work with one person at a time), is firstly by making sure they feel comfortable in every step of the process. Some examples of the way I help empower my subject include: building an authentic, yet professional relationship; using music in the background that resonates with them and resonates with the theme; guiding my subject with direction, especially if they are feeling lost; showing them the images on the back of the lens that are working well, and so on. In a general sense, me being onehundred-percent confident in my role and showing them that they are in trusted hands, generally makes them feel comfortable. The empowerment then comes from within; then they see how beautiful they come across on the back of the camera and often see themselves in a new light. Through my energy, expression and direction I always want my subjects to ‘feel beautiful’ from inside out, in front of my lens – and I believe this aids in their empowerment. How do fashion and beauty play a part in how women feel? Fashion and beauty play huge parts in how women feel. Of course, the impact of fashion and beauty largely depends on what each individual chooses to focus on through popular culture and other avenues. For example, the depiction of women in a large number of settings can certainly be detrimental to one’s self-confidence if they compare themselves to something that isn’t

an authentic image. However, we can also use the power of photography to empower others, especially within the fashion and beauty realm, in the portrayal and inclusion of diverse beauty across the board. This includes, but is not limited to: body shape, ethnicity, sexual preference, clothing, posing, expression and energy. Popular culture plays a large part in how women feel about themselves (both consciously and unconsciously), however as consumers, we also have the power to only support and pay attention to the images that make us feel empowered. Knowing what and how much is ‘photo-shopped’ or ‘altered’ is also empowering, as it prevents us from taking in something as a form of reality when it’s not. What advice would you give to those who have faced healthrelated diagnosis or mental illness, but still wish to start their own business? I would say to anyone who has the intention of starting their own business to GO FOR IT! Mental illness (particularly depression and anxiety) haunted me before and during my journey of becoming a ‘business owner’. Whilst at times it was certainly difficult, the times that I temporarily gave up what I love (photography, art) were the times when I felt the most ‘empty’. Art has taught me so much about myself. My passion for art was a light, throughout my various stages battling mental health. It pushed me outside of my comfort zone but also gave me so much comfort. It gave me an escape whilst also allowing me to travel to new places, meet new people and see more of the world. Everyone’s journey is different and I can’t tell anyone what is right for them

and when to do it, but I wish to abolish the stigma or misconception of thinking you have to be ‘whole’ or have to have overcome your mental health issues or physical conditions before you start a business. You may not have to, as the journey itself may help you overcome it. What is your one style tip? My one style tip is to BE COMFORTABLE AND BE YOURSELF. I am a fashion photographer, and ironically, I don’t necessarily follow trends or the latest fashion. I wear clothing in combinations that I love and garments that make me feel good. I dress for my shape, but also for comfort and feeling. I can laugh about the fact that the majority of my wardrobe is neutral (blacks, whites, denims…. mostly blacks!), but I love it! Any time I have tried to dress outside of what is authentic to who I am, I have spent the night thinking about how uncomfortable I am and whether I look okay. Be bold, be authentic and be YOU!

It pushed me outside of my comfort zone but also gave me so much comfort.

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limiting our exposure to the sun can actually have negative effects on our health

larmingly, Over the last few decades what has the emphasis on protecting not been ourselves from the harmful rays highlighted enough is how of the sun has increased with limiting our information readily available on exposure to the sun can actually have negative effects how direct contact with UV light on our health. Vitamin-D is integral to our to remember to do this sensibly, whilst can cause us harm. Many of us development, growth and psychological avoiding the damaging effects of the sun. now avoid UV rays, by wearing wellbeing, and although we can gain this Two to fifteen minutes in the sunlight through supplements, the cheapest and high factor protective lotions at non-peak times is enough to keep most efficient way of getting a daily dose that immune system up with the help of or by staying out of the sun of ‘D’ into our system is exposure to natural vitamin-D. altogether... What advice are sunlight. Supplements are expensive, and Remember that if you are fair skinned they don’t always provide the amount of we supposed to follow? you need far less time in the sun to absorb the vitamin that we need, especially vitamin-D. Our colouring is our if somebody has a high deficiency natural protection – so the darker we level. You would think that the are, the more protection our skin has sunnier countries would have against UV rays. We should all avoid lower rates of vitamin-D deficiency, the hottest parts of the day, with however this is not necessarily the early morning and late afternoon being the safest time to expose case, as in some hotter climates ourselves to sunlight. Also, by eating the culture or religion may dictate ‘super foods’ such as pomegranates, that skin is covered – and because blueberries and acai we can boost humans absorb vitamin-D through our body’s capability to protect it the skin, people who are covering up from harmful UV rays. Worshipping all the time are not getting enough the sun and spending hours trying of it. to get a ‘Hawaiian Tropic’ tan is not We all know the uplifting feeling good for us, but getting outside we get on a sunny day, which definitely is, and benefits us all round, can help to improve our mood. both psychologically and physically. Take this one step further, and the To read more about this other psychological benefit is that important health subject, including vitamin-D actually helps to combat the scientific research to support that depression, as well as ease general vitamin-D boosts the immune system aches and pains. Also, in recent years and therefore the recovery process Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) for cancer patients, check out the has been highlighted as a condition book Vitamin D Is this the miracle suffered by people mostly during the vitamin? By Ian Wishart Available here at winter. SAD is also caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight due to a Vitamin-D-This-Miracle/dp/0987657313 melatonin imbalance. The most common treatment for this is spending time in front of a light box for between thirty to sixty minutes daily. Article by Louise Howard | Illustration by Calin Muir Although it is important to spend time in natural sunlight, we do have

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Intermittent fasting is becoming a particularly popular health topic. There are many different styles of intermittent fasting, and it can be challenging to know which choice is the safest and most effective for you personally... 88

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ntermittent Fasting (IF) or Time Restricted Eating (TRF) are terms used for when you have periods of extended time that you don’t eat. The most popular is a 16:8 protocol. This means sixteen hours of fasting and an eight-hour window in which you can eat, which is especially beneficial for promoting longevity and anti-aging. This is a lifestyle change rather than a ‘diet’, and it is seen by many as one of the easiest to adopt. Intermittent Fasting is about the balance of Fasting with Feasting. This allows the breakdown of the old cells (autophagy) and the building of the new healthier ones. To get the most of IF, the ‘building phase’ is just as important.

the expression of genes that increase the capacity to withstand stress and resist disease and aging.

Autophagy is the most impressive process that Intermittent Fasting promotes.

Controlling our blood sugar – Fasting helps us leave the sugar rollercoaster behind! It stabilises our blood sugar levels by allowing us to tap into our fat stores for fuel.

Fat loss Fasting is the opposite of starving, you are simply switching fuel source… during fasting we are teaching our body to burn our fat as fuel.

Detoxification When we fast, it allows for the liver and kidneys to detoxify completely: Ensure you Hydrate properly to facilitate this process.


What are the benefits of this eating regime?

Better Blood Sugar control

many studies, that during fasting, our microbiome greatly benefits. In particular, there is one species of bacteria that thrives and flourishes when we fast, called ‘Akkermansia’. It lives on the mucous lining of our guts, an anti-inflammatory for the gut lining, keeping it in good shape.

Autophagy (the Greek word to mean self-eating) is the most impressive process that Intermittent Fasting promotes. It is a natural bodily process that rids of unwanted cells and cleanses, making way for anti-ageing and disease prevention. Fasting activates an increased rate of cellular response (autophagy) to allow our body to clean itself of its old and dead cells. There is a balance here, of course. You get sick from too much autophagy as well as too little. Which gets us back to the natural cycle of life – feast and fast. Not constant ‘dieting’! This allows for cell growth during eating, and cellular cleansing during fasting – BALANCE – Life is all about balance.

Steady blood sugar levels help the increased natural production of Human Growth Hormone (known as the ‘youth hormone’) at night, leading to a more restorative sleep. Here are the Supplements we use to get the most out of our fasting journey, available on www. along with more information about fasting. C60 is reported to be the most potent antioxidant in the world and will help ‘mop up’ those toxins to support weight loss and reduce inflammation. Ancient and Brave – MCT and Collagen, helping you feel satiated without raising insulin. Nuzest is an ideal ‘full nutritional support’. SkinnyLuxeTea is ideal for reducing cravings and making you feel full in those fasting windows.

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Anti-Ageing Fasting activates a ‘cellular stress response’, an increased capacity to resist stress, disease and aging. Cells upregulate

Our microbiome is the colony of bacteria that lives in our stomach. A better balance towards ‘good bacteria’ = good health. It has been shown in

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in your POSE

Research shows strong connections between our mind and body – so when you position your body into a particular pose – you are actually telling your mind how to think... Core of Steel Coach Emily-Rose explains...


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f you want to change your mood and feel more powerful and confident, forget the stuff out there that says, “think your way to being happy”, because this alone is not going to cut it! You need to get up, move your body – basically change your physiology and that will change the biochemistry that makes up dominance and stress. As Tony Robbins says: “Physiology creates psychology.” And “Motion creates emotion!” You see, our posture does more than change our emotional state; it has a huge effect on those around us too! Becoming consciously aware of your pose gives you the ability to build rapport with everyone you meet – it’s your superhero power!

it not only makes you feel empowered; it also enables you to be less reactive to stress.

Think of a time when you were speaking to someone who stood in a dominant pose, you may have closed your body off, which in turn made you feel disempowered. We can only feel dominated when we allow ourselves to be dominated! To counteract this, simply mirror the other person’s body language. Little things like matching their facial expressions or the tempo of their voice,

even the types of hand gestures they use when it’s your turn to speak can level out the power. You will quickly see that you regain a balanced level of rapport – and you are both likely to relax too! If you are not in a great mood, or you aren’t feeling particularly motivated then take note of the way your body is positioned... You’ll probably notice that your body is a bit more slumped over, and if you’re tired, maybe the way you are talking and moving is a bit slower too. Generally, your body posture will be closed-in and smaller than your natural frame. Now picture a dominant person or a highpowered leader, how do you imagine their body is positioned? Their posture would likely be big, open – taking up space: This is called the ‘power pose’. The power pose is incredible, because it not only makes you feel empowered; it also enables you to be less reactive to stress.

like it. (The power of a smile is incredible.) Hold the smile for two minutes with one of the following:


Power Pose – Hands on Hips


Power Pose – Hands behind Head with Leg over Knee


Power Pose – Hands in the Air

Here’s how to effectively use power poses: During everyday interactions, you may want power poses to be a little subtler – we could run around with our arms in the air like an athlete who’s just won a gold medal, but in some settings, this option may not be a suitable reaction. Small adjustments are sufficient in social situations. For example, you could uncross your arms, pop your hands gently on your hips, keep your shoulders back. When you are seated, being mindful that your back is straight and strong and your shoulders are back, creates positivity and a feeling of empowerment. If you want to change your emotional state quickly, or you know you are about to do something that requires confidence, find a bathroom or a private place and use one of the following power poses: Start by smiling, even if you don’t feel

How would it feel to feel confident in everything that you do? Amy Cuddy did some research into the power pose and found that in the high-power pose there was a twenty percent increase in testosterone (dominance) and a twenty-five percent decrease in cortisol (stress). As you can imagine, this is not just about changing how we feel in the moment. Once you understand how powerful this technique is, you’ll experience how quickly it affects your entire life! How would it feel to just know that you are totally capable and can assert yourself in situations that you would have previously felt small in? From now on, if you hear the phrase ‘no-one can make you feel anything’ you’ll know it’s completely true, because at any given moment you can whip up your superpower, change rapport, react confidently and totally transform the way that you feel. Enjoy the results!

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ASK! Let me help you with your health and fitness goals...


s a fitness and health professional I get asked all the time ‘how can I stay fit and healthy?’ – and most people believe it to be a really massive change of lifestyle – but actually, it really is simpler than that. One of the most important things is to consider what you are putting into your body. Eat really healthily! But this does not mean you cannot treat yourself to some of the foods and drinks you enjoy – just not all the time and not in high quantities. When it comes to exercising, although we all know what we are meant to do, it often seems too much hard work. If you set yourself goals to stay in shape or to lose weight, and choose an exercise you actually enjoy then you are more likely to stick to it. What if I told you that exercise can completely reset your mood? I have had the most chaotic and emotional year dealing with personal family issues and the one thing I credit for getting me through the trauma is exercising. The benefit of exercising on your mental health is exceptional. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins – these endorphins trigger positivity in the entire body... enough of a positive feeling to keep you going even during the toughest times. Form a good habit and try a daily 20-30-minute exercise routine to combat negativity; this, alongside a nutritious diet can work wonders for your overall wellbeing.

My top 3 exercises to encourage happy feelings are:

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Healing African Golden Milk This delicious hot drink is very satisfying and nourishing, perfect for first thing in the morning. The powers of turmeric and African cayenne pepper are immense: They both assist digestions, and turmeric is detoxifying and anti-inflammatory, whilst cayenne pepper relieves congestion and improves circulation. This recipe makes two cups


Running – outdoor running is the best. It is free, you don’t need a kit, just a pair of good trainers. You always feel amazing out in nature breathing fresh air.

200ml, milk (I use coconut or almond milk) 1/2 Tsp, grounded turmeric A pinch, cayenne pepper 1/2 Tsp, grated ginger A pinch, black pepper 1 Tbsp, raw honey

Dancing – you could try a dance-based class like Zumba or Barre. But just dancing in your own home for twenty minutes every day is a great start. I encourage any form of daily movement.

Method: 1. Combine all ingredients in a small milk pan on medium heat until milk is hot – be careful not to burn! 2. Strain and serve in a tea cup.

Yoga – you enter a more relaxed state when you practise yoga. You also spend time breathing and being present... try a YouTube session or your local gym for group classes.

the one thing I credit for getting me through the trauma is exercising

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The human body has more calcium than any other mineral.

for calcium is close to one in ten; for selenium, the figures are a quarter of the male population and almost a half of the female; and one in ten of us is missing out on magnesium. So where should we be looking to find the missing five? Well, the good news is that they are readily available in some foods that are also a joy to eat.

1. Magnesium As well as turning the food we eat into energy, magnesium is important for bone health. It also steadies the heart rhythm and regulates blood pressure. A deficiency can lead to muscle spasms, agitation and anxiety, sleep disorders, loss of appetite and fatigue.




Here is Grape Tree’s guide to why we need five vital nutrients that we could be lacking, and which foods contain them...


ou have probably never given much consideration to what quantity of potassium you eat each day. Or selenium, or magnesium for that matter... but perhaps now is the time to pay attention, because these are three


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minerals that have vital roles to play in our nutrition and overall health. And yet millions of us in Britain simply do not consume enough of them, and many of us are also going short of iron and calcium. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey lists that more than a quarter of females have below the recommended levels for potassium and iron. The figure

How Much Do We Need? Men: 300mg a day. Women: 270mg a day. Where to Find It: Sources include green leafy vegetables, fish, meat, and dairy foods. Plant-based options also include nuts, wholegrains and lentils. Nuts are recommended as a source by the NHS. An ounce of brazils (a handful) contains over 100mgs of magnesium, a third of the daily requirement. The same weight of almonds or cashews serves up a quarter of the total advised. A handful of linseed or chia will each give you around 150mg. Quinoa has 60mgs in every 100gs.

2. Potassium Potassium controls the balance of fluids in the body and is crucial to the working of the heart, brain, nerves and muscles. A deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue, muscle stiffness, aches and cramps, and irregular heartbeats.


How Much Do We Need? Adults: 3,500mg a day.

women need 14.8mg a day until the onset of the menopause.

Where to Find It: Many fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry meat and beef contain potassium, but levels are reduced by cooking, particularly boiling. So, eating raw is recommended. Which makes dried fruits, nuts and seeds even more attractive options. Of the nuts, pistachios have the most. A handful will give you 290mgs or eight percent of your target. But a handful of most nuts will hit five percent. A large handful of raisins (a quarter cup) will hit 250mg (seven

Where to Find It: The best food source of selenium is brazil nuts. Just one or two nuts a day contain all the selenium you need. While 3oz of beef or turkey will give you forty percent of your daily requirement. Other good vegetarian sources are seeds: A quarter cup of sunflower seeds will give you a third of your daily needs and the same amount of chia and sesame seeds will provide a quarter of the requirement.

fortified with iron. Recommended sources of plant-based non-haem iron include chickpeas, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. An ounce (28g) of pumpkin seeds has 4.2mgs, almost half of the daily male target, and a cup of quinoa (185gs) has well over a quarter. A handful of cashews (40g) has 2.67mgs, and cup of boiled lentils (around 200gs) has a hefty 6.6mgs – almost half the female daily target.

5. Calcium The human body has more calcium than any other mineral. It is vital in building teeth and bones, regulating muscle contractions (including the heartbeat) and making sure blood clots normally. A deficiency can lead to osteoporosis in later life.

One in ten of us are missing out on magnesium.

How Much Do We Need? Adults: 700mg a day.

percent) and 25gms of pumpkin seed or linseed will supply over five percent.

3. Selenium Selenium has key links with the thyroid, which is vital for the functioning of all the cells in the body. It helps the immune system and may improve fertility. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals. It is also linked with mood. How Much Do We Need? Adult men and older women: 8.7mg a day. Younger

4. Iron Critical for making the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body, iron also helps maintain the immune system. Being low on iron can make you feel tired and faint, and can lead to iron deficiency anaemia. How Much Do We Need? Adult Men and Older Women: 8.7mg a day. Younger Women: 14.8mg a day until the onset of the menopause.

Where to Find It: Dairy foods, green leafy vegetables (except spinach), bread and anything else made with fortified flour have supplies of calcium. But nuts are also an NHS recommended source. Ten almonds or nine brazils have 50mg. Seeds and dried fruit are also an excellent source. A tablespoon of sesame seeds has over 90mg and a tablespoon of chia has almost 80mg. Four figs have 100mg, three dates (50gs) have 20mg, and fifty raisins have 13mg.

There you have it, tasty options to reach your daily dose of vital nutrients.

Where to Find It: Red meats are rich sources, in an easily absorbed form called haem iron. Many breakfast cereals are

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Shush... Shush... How we can talk about mental health.


t is often assumed, as well as found in some studies that women are more emotionally expressive than men, but let’s face it, it isn’t always easy for anybody to open up a conversation about mental health. To begin with, where do we start? What if we say the wrong thing? What if the person we are talking to doesn’t want our help? What if it is us that needs the support? What if we burden them? Or offend them? There are so many questions that overwhelm us, to the point when an appropriate moment to approach someone about our own mental wellbeing or their mental health has gone... or worse still, we may actually bombard someone else with well-intended but unwelcome advice. Research shows that humans tend not to take advice from others; we either ask for it as a way of reaffirming our own opinion, or we don’t ask at all – because we don’t want advice, or we are not ready for it, or we are ashamed to tell others how we are really feeling... Do you relate to any of these scenarios? It doesn’t matter how relevant or well balanced the advice is, this type of information mostly comes from a subjective


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place based on the advisor’s experiences or knowledge, rather than the best option for the other person. With all the good intention, experience and expertise in the world, we can never completely know what somebody else is going through, in the way that they are personally going through it.

So how can we help without giving advice? Well, the first thing to remember is that mental health is something we all need to be on top of... just like we are on top of our physical fitness. It is good to talk, but it is even better to LISTEN... and it is vital to approach any situation appropriately, because one of the biggest problems is recognising the symptoms of mental ill health and supporting a person to manage their condition or to point them in the direction of seeking the necessary professional help. As a Mental Health First Aider, you are not a qualified therapist, just like physical first aiders are not paramedics, but by following the Action Plan that is learnt during a Mental Health First Aid course, you can really make a difference to a lot of people.

It is a simple process to become a Mental Health First Aider:

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Visit the Mental Health First Aid courses, Choose the right course for you... Attend the full course you apply for and you will be a Mental Health First Aider.

You can do these courses as an individual, or get work colleagues on board so that your organisation can assign specific team members to the role of Mental Health First Aider, with the aim of having someone allocated in each department. There are also courses available for those working with youths and with the armed forces. Remember, mental ill health can affect anybody, so the more awareness on the subject, the better for everybody’s overall health and wellbeing. Just like if you are a physical first aider, you do not have to help, but what these courses do is raise awareness, reduce stigma, and shed light on your own mental health status. It is an ideal course to do if you are supporting somebody going through treatment, loss or trauma, as well as, if you are too, experiencing life challenges.

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