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functional space, as large and luxurious as you like, containing not just clothes storage but also room for a dressing table, seating and plenty of mirrors. When space is restricted, perhaps in an apartment or older property, you may find that it is more efficient to turn a small room, part of a large landing or one end of a bathroom or the master bedroom into a dressing area packed with carefully designed storage. How big should a dressing room be? The most effective way to work it out is simply to get out your tape and measure everything that you’re planning to put in the room, then draw up plans and elevations of where and how they’ll fit. Most people opt for a combination of hanging space and drawers. Think of rails
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inset ceiling spotlights are often the best option. Ensure that you have enough to light the room brightly, particularly if your finishes are dark. And if you decide to screen off your clothes with doors, fit sensor-operated lights that switch on when you open the doors. While the organisation of storage is essentially utilitarian, there is always an element of aesthetics, too. Even plain, open-fronted storage comes in a choice of finishes, while bespoke versions could incorporate exotic woods, leather or wicker. In an ideal world, you would match the style of the dressing room to that of your bedroom, picking out colours, finishes and details such as drawer handles and light switches to blend seamlessly from one room to the other. MAIN IMAGE: Komplement interior wardrobe fittings, Ikea: 020 3645 0000; ikea.com/gb
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Entrepreneurial You – Dorie Clark If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on choosing what to do, building your brand and finding people to buy from you. There are plenty of case studies to be inspired by and, unlike many other business books, it’s not too heavy a read.
Extracted Trilogy – RR Haywood Harry Madden died after blowing up a German base in WW2. Safa Patel saved the prime minister, before being killed by terrorists. Ben Ryder was hit by a train while trying to stop armed men blowing up an underground station. Now these three heroes find themselves ‘extracted’ from their untimely deaths, by a man with a time-machine who wants them to save the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a tightly-written plot, great characters and plenty of action.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Now a critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. The US government has been overthrown by a fundamentalist Christian organisation, which strips women of their rights. Birth rates have plummeted and, as one of the few fertile women left, June is forced to become a handmaid to a powerful commander, Fred. Renamed Offred, her sole purpose is to bear her master’s children. Gripping.
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Beauty Breast Cancer Awareness by Kate Duggan www.kateduggan.co.uk Neal’s Yard Remedies is donating £1 for every Organic Roll on Deodorant (£8) bought in October. Rich in skinloving essential oils and natural ingredients, the deodorants are very refreshing, smell divine and protect from odour for up to 24 hours. Donations are going to The Haven, a national charity offering support to people affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the UK. Thankfully, it’s also one of the most treatable, with 87% of women now surviving for at least five years after diagnosis. The earlier you catch it, the more treatable it is. So put down this magazine and cop a feel! It’s best to check your breasts and armpits regularly for any changes. You’re not just looking for lumps – other symptoms include discharge, pain and a change in appearance, such as dimpled skin. Most changes turn out to be nothing, but do book yourself in for a check-up if you find anything, just to be sure. And now on to the fun stuff… From mugs to mints, there are loads of charity products out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year. Do read the pack to see how much is being donated though, as in some cases it’s less than 5%. 38
Elemis is a long-term supporter of breast cancer charities. This year the beauty brand has released a limited edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The cream has won numerous awards and has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave skin feeling firmer. It’s one of Elemis’s bestselling products – one Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is sold every nine seconds! The limited edition jar is being sold for £99. While the price seems steep, the normal 100ml jar is £140, so you’ll save £41, as well as helping to support Breast Cancer Care. Elemis has pledged to donate £25,000 from sales. In the market for some new hair styling products? Heated styling company ghd has raised more than £10 million for breast cancer charities over the last 13 years. This
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cancer research this year, including Bobbi Brown. The Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set includes a flattering pink cheek powder and a mini face brush. The set costs £35, with 20% of the sale price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
edition Platinum Styler (£165), Air Hairdryer (£99) and Paddle Brush (£20), with £2 to £10 being donated to Breast Cancer Now from each sale. Estée Lauder has been supporting breast cancer charities for several years, raising more than $65 million globally. Several of the Estee Lauder companies are releasing limited edition products in support of breast
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You, Your Bones and Osteoporosis malabsorption problems (e.g. coeliac or Crohn’s disease). • Some breast and prostate cancer medications. • Long periods of inactivity (e.g. long-term bed rest). • In men, low testosterone levels.
Worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged 50 and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October aims to raise osteoporosis awareness. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones weaken and decrease in density, increasing the likelihood of fractures. The high incidence of fractures in the over-50s is mostly due to weakened bones. Although osteoporosis can affect any bone, the wrists, hips and spine are the most commonly affected. WHO IS AT RISK? Women are generally at greater risk than men, as falling oestrogen levels during the menopause affect bone density. Women are at even higher risk if they: • Experience menopause or have a hysterectomy before age 45. • Over-exercise or diet, stopping their periods for more than six months. Other risk factors include: • Overactive thyroid or parathyroid glands. • Adrenal gland or pituitary gland disorders. • Family history of osteoporosis or hip fracture. • A BMI of 19 or less. • Long-term high-dose corticosteroid use (e.g. for arthritis or asthma). • Eating disorders. • Smoking and heavy drinking. • Rheumatoid arthritis. • Conditions causing
PREVENTING OSTEOPOROSIS DO: Take regular exercise that includes weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening activities, which exert force on bones and stimulate growth. They’ll also improve flexibility and balance, making falls less likely. • Weight-bearing exercise: brisk walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, rope skipping, aerobics or racquet sports. • Muscle-strengthening (resistance) exercise: weightlifting (hand weights are fine), resistance bands, weight machines, rising up on your toes and push-ups. Include plenty of calcium, vitamin D and protein in your diet. Dairy foods are great sources of protein, calcium, Vitamin D and other vital minerals. Other sources of calcium: some green vegetables (e.g. kale, broccoli, okra), apricots, canned fish with bones (e.g. sardines), nuts, soya beans and soya milk. Most of our vitamin D is produced naturally when our skin is exposed to sunlight (so ensure you spend a little time outside without sun cream). However, our sunlight exposure depends on location and lifestyle. Dietary sources include egg yolks, fatty fish (salmon, tuna and mackerel), beef liver and almond milk. You can also choose foods fortified with calcium and Vitamin D (e.g. some breads and cereals) or take supplements. Don’t take more than 500–600 mg of calcium daily and
take Vitamin D too, as it’s essential for calcium absorption. DON’T: Smoke or exceed the advised alcohol limits of 2 units a day. Both are proven to substantially raise fracture risk. Diagnosing Osteoporosis Doctors can use an online tool to assess fracture risk. You may also have a DEXA (DXA) scan that measures bone mineral density, giving you a ‘T score’. A score below -2.5 confirms a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Treating Osteoporosis Not everyone will need medication and treatment depends on age, sex, risk of fracture, previous injury history and existing conditions. It’s sensible to maintain healthy Vitamin D, calcium and fitness levels and reduce your fall risk by ensuring your eyesight and balance are fine. However, if you have a hormone deficiency, a supplement may be appropriate. Other medications include: • Bisphosphonates (e.g. etidronate) and Selective Oestrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs), which help maintain bone density. • Strontium ranelate, which reduces bone breakdown and stimulates new bone growth. For More Information: National Osteoporosis Foundation: www.nof.org International Osteoporosis Foundation: www.iofbonehealth. org
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My Journey So Far... Prior to qualifying at King's College University of London in 2007, I completed modified Pilates mat work and instructor courses with the Australian Pilates Physiotherapy Institute at Hemelhempsted London Studio. Since then I have used the techniques in hospital and community settings to help those with core stability/musculoskeletal and neurological complaints to re-balance posture and movement control.
Following a period of time working for Kent's Urogynae physiotherapy team I gained an interest in improving the core stability of the pelvic/lower back region to help those with postural/muscle strength changes as a result of pregnancy - then I trained as a FitBack&Bumps instructor, to bring valuable education and exercise to all those who want it most. Combining cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), movement control/balance, cardio and relaxation exercise is now my focus to ensure you gain a healthy body, mind and soul.
I have witnessed the benefits of this approach for all ages, including young children in Indian children's centres via group or one to one sessions.
Come and join the fun! @ Karen's Fit Tums For Mums 4-week ante and postnatal programmes expertly run continence, regaining your core muscles after with mums in mind - education/exercise booklet for pregnancy, physical preparation for labour, the list you to keep using - use of fitball and mats included is endless! Each programme consists of 4 (one hour) sessions The programme is run either on a one to one incorporating discussion (15mins), gentle exercises, basis or in small groups of up to 8 people. You can be seen in the comfort of your own home, stretches and relaxation (week 4)! at a venue near you or alternatively at Elements Topics include: Safe exercising during and after Studio, Repton Park or Goat Leas Community Hall pregnancy, the pelvic floor and maintaining (Wednesdays postnatal 3.45-4.45pm or antenatal 4.45-5.45pm; Fridays postnatal 10-11am or Educate Your Body - Exercise Your Mind antenatal 4.45-5.45pm; Fridays 7.30-8.30pm).
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