Friday, 28 July 2017

ESSENTIAL TRAVEL PREP



Is it finally time to go on holiday? Congratulations, you’ve surely earned the time off! Holidays are made for fun and relaxation, preferably with plenty of sun too, and maybe one naughty cocktail on the beach as well. But, more importantly, enjoying your vacation, and especially if you’re flying abroad, requires a lot of prep time. You can be spontaneous about your holiday destination, but you can’t be messy about your preparation. Preparing is about being ready to enjoy a stress-free time off. In short, looking and feeling your best when you’re on holiday is not a matter of luck or magic, it’s just clever organisation.


Don’t go anywhere without sorting out your holiday look

Relaxing on holiday doesn’t mean that you should let yourself go. You can still look dead on trends if you plan smartly. For a start, you need to consider the latest summer trends closely, especially as it’s likely that the time of the year when you can make the most of your summer clothes is on holiday. So let’s make it a fashionable time! There is a variety of styles around, so you can always find something summery to suit any kind of figure. Athletic types will prefer the relaxed style – a t-shirt with a pair of shorts and low converse sneakers – while curvier figures might enjoy full-length summer dresses or palazzo trousers.


Get the Essential Travel Bag

When you’re on holiday, you’re likely to go and explore the location during the sunny hours. So, after you’ve made sure to pack comfortable shoes, it’s time to think about your day bag. Preferably, you want something that combines stylish fashion and practicability, as you need to keep your belongings safe at all times. In other words, you need a day bag that comes with a zip, and that you can hang on your shoulder. Some leather bags come as elegant rucksacks, which is a great feature unless you are holidaying in a crowded urban area. People are more likely to try to open your open in public transports and a busy street, so be careful with those.


Travel Smart and Combine Bookings

If you’re still in the planning phase – don’t worry, it’s not too late, there are still plenty of last minute deals – you should be looking for combined bookings to save money on your vacation costs. For those who love to plan their holiday from start to end, easyjet.com offers deals on flights, hotels and even car rentals so that you can book everything at the same time. If you prefer to deal with a travel agency, you probably don’t have to worry about discounted price, as the agent will provide you with the best price for your list of wishes.


Are your Travel Documents Ready?

Some locations, like the EU, are easy to reach and don’t need any additional documentation – at least for now. Others might need an additional authorization of travel or visa such as the USA or Russia. If you’re travelling to a tropical area, you may need to check the travel vaccinations. You might find it easy to book a same-day vaccination appointment with samedaydoctor.org to get on top of your travel health requirements. As a rule of the thumb, it’s best to get all your vaccinations 2 weeks or more before you travel, as some might make you feel poorly for a few days.


Getting to know the Locals

If you’re flying abroad, getting to know the locals is the best way to understand the culture and find the best places to visit. It’s always helpful to get a phrase book and learn some of the essential phrases to deal with local commerces. Nobody will be mad at you if you can’t hold a conversation but knowing how to say “hello” and “thank you” is a minimum. Locals will be more likely to help you if they see that you’ve made an effort to learn some of the language. You don’t need to be fluent though, as most people speak English.


The Essential Leisure Time

Finally, a holiday means leisure time. As much as you’d love to lie down on the beach all day, you’ll rapidly get bored of it. You need to find something to keep you entertained when it’s too hot to be outside. The typical summer reading challenge is exactly what you need. You don’t need to pack your luggage full with half a library, but taking a couple of books with you is a good idea. Just imagine lying down under the sun with a book, or going to sleep while turning the pages of a romantic novel. It’s a simple pleasure that you can’t enjoy as easily every day!
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

FEELING OUT OF SORTS?

Many of us are reluctant to call our GP surgery and arrange an appointment, even if we feel out of sorts or we’ve developed unusual symptoms. There’s often a level of fear associated with seeking medical help, but it’s almost always beneficial to try and catch problems as early as possible. If you’re not very good at asking for help, here are some scenarios when it’s a good idea to see your doctor.


Unexplained Pain

Most of us experience pain from time to time. Usually, it’s caused by accidents, and we can shrug it off with a couple of painkillers and some rest. If you do have pain that is getting worse or you can’t seem to shake off the feeling of discomfort, arrange to see your doctor. It may be that if you’ve slipped or fallen, you’ve damaged the ligaments or even fractured a bone. If you’ve banged your head, it’s particularly important to get checked out, as the symptoms of concussion can be delayed. Look out for other signs that you may have an injury. Broken bones and soft tissue injuries may cause bruising and swelling while concussion can make you feel dizzy and cause blurred or double vision. If you think there’s a good chance that you have a significant injury, visit your local Accident and Emergency or minor injuries department. If you can’t recall having an accident of any kind, but you’re experiencing pain on a regular basis, this could be a sign of internal injuries, and it’s wise to book an appointment.


Symptoms that Last a Long Time

The human body is a miraculous machine, and often, we find that we develop illnesses only to bounce back and be back to our best a couple of days later. If you’ve got symptoms, for example, a cough, this is probably nothing to worry about. However, if symptoms last longer than 2 weeks, you should seek medical advice. It’s very unlikely that there is a more sinister problem, but it is possible that your symptoms could be linked to serious health issues such as respiratory diseases or lung cancer.


Feeling Unhappy or Anxious

Most of us tend to devote all our attention to our physical health, but mental health is also really important. If you’d broken your leg or you had a headache, there’s a good chance that you’d ask for help, but it can be much harder to recognise psychological symptoms and to reach out. It’s normal to have days when you feel down or to be anxious if you’ve got an exam or an important meeting. What’s not normal is to go through periods where you feel on edge all the time or to struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed or spend every night tossing and turning. If you are struggling with symptoms that could be related to stress, anxiety or depression, talk to your doctor. They are there to help you, and they will ask you some questions about your symptoms and try and ascertain the best course of action.


Changes in your Body Weight

Most of us go through times when our body weight fluctuates slightly, but if you’ve noticed a significant change in your weight and you haven’t been trying to gain or lose weight, see your doctor. If you’ve been dieting, and you’ve lost weight, this is not a cause for concern, but if you’ve been eating normally and you’ve still dropped weight, this could be a sign of hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems or even cancer. It’s highly unlikely that there’s anything seriously wrong, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution. If you do have imbalances that are affecting your weight, your doctor will be able to recommend treatments.


Changing Treatments and Getting Advice about Medication

If you take medication and you’re finding that it’s not working as well as you hoped or you’ve developed unpleasant side-effects after trying a new drug, ask your doctor for advice. Sometimes, people get on better with some types of medication than others, and it may be possible to switch to a different medicine. If you’ve recently started a new course of treatment and you find it hard to remember to take tablets, your doctor or local pharmacy can also help. Taking medication in blister packs, can help you remember to take your medication. You could also set alarms and reminders on your phone. It’s also a good idea to speak to your doctor if you’re thinking about trying a different form of treatment or medication and you’re not sure about your options. If you’ve been taking the contraceptive pill, for example, you may be considering switching to a different method, and your GP can give you more information about alternatives.


Changes in your Bowel Habits

Diarrhoea and constipation are fairly common, but if you’ve started to experience persistent symptoms, it’s wise to seek advice. If you’ve eaten rich foods, there’s a bug going around, or you’ve not been well, it’s common for your digestive system to be affected. However, if there don’t seem to be any underlying causes, changes in your bowel habits may indicate that everything isn’t quite right. If you do have digestive conditions, such as IBS, your doctor can recommend treatment options. It’s essential that you make an appointment immediately if you notice blood in your urine or stools.

For many of us, going to the doctor is a scary experience, usually because we fear the outcome. It’s natural to be apprehensive about going to the surgery, but seeing your doctor can have such a positive impact on your health. It’s unlikely that your symptoms will indicate that there’s something seriously wrong, and seeking advice will give you peace of mind and ensure that any unpleasant symptoms you’re dealing with can be remedied. Your doctor is also there to offer advice and give you information about treatments, so don’t be afraid to approach them. If you’re guilty of burying your head in the sand, it’s time to be more proactive and put your health first. Making that appointment could make all the difference. 

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LOOKING YOUR BEST

Everybody wants to look their best, but that desire often leads to one fundamental question: how do I look my best, when hectic 21st-century life is always getting in the way, pushing me to the max? It’s a fair point. The socialising, work and all the other responsibilities we have to contend with can all take their toll on our body, and before we know it we’re looking older than we’d like. However, you don’t have to accept your fate: you can take action. And it’s often easier than we usually think.

Dressing Younger

You have to put in a degree of effort if you want to look young, trendy, and fashionable. If you’ve been wearing the same old, same old for too long, then it’s time to hit the shops and pick up a few new pieces for the wardrobe. Never underestimate how much of a difference a new outfit can have! Dressing well is a fundamental component of feeling confident, trendy, and for turning heads for all the right reasons. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to fashion (and we don’t blame you: it changes all the time), then take a read of the best fashion blogs and find your style.

Tricks of the Trade

You don’t have to do all the hard work on your own. There are a few tricks of the trade that you can incorporate into your lifestyle that’ll have you looking great, and no one will be none the wiser that you’ve had a little help along the way. Look at getting Botox treatment from a clinic like Dr Aesthetica, and you’ll have healthier, younger looking skin in no time at all. On top of your treatment, you can also find a makeup routine that can take years of your appearance: take a look at Allure for some ideas.

Intense Detox

On top of your makeup and botox routines, you can also go on an intense detox for a week and give your body the refresh it needs. There’s plenty of vigorous plans out there that you can follow, but it doesn’t have to be complicated: eat only fibre rich foods, top up on the water, and cut out the junk food and drinks and you’ll be on your way to feeling and looking better from the inside out. And talking of feeling better….

Hitting the Gym

There’s no way to underestimate just how important it is that you get your daily dose of exercise. There’s no substitute for hitting the gym, or going for a long run around a park: it’ll keep your heart healthy, give you a natural glow, and make you feel better all around. You’ll also have much more energy, which is important: you can’t look young and have no energy!

Attitude

Remember: how you look is half the battle when it comes to age. The other half is your attitude. Stay positive, inquisitive, and ready to throw yourself into the world, and you’ll have restored much of that youth that life has taken out of you!


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

BATTLE OF THE TANS

Tan
Apart from those lovely English Roses out there amongst us, everyone looks better with a tan. I know I feel better when I have a little glow, and seeing as I hate going on sunbeds and can burn to a crisp if I am not careful in the sunshine, faking it is my only option really!

Today I am sharing my favourite tans from the budget to the more expensive and there is something for everyone!

The Temporary(ish) Tans

Rimmel's Sunshimmer still remains a fave for a fail-safe cheap option to get a glow, I opt for the medium matte shade as pictured and actually tend to take this on holiday so that I can sunbathe to my hearts content during the day but not look ghostly pale in the evening if my factor 50 is doing it's job properly!

Another gorgeous option which is more costly is the Vita Liberata Body Blur - it is a lovely formula and really does provide a gorgeous glow!

The Quick Turnaround Tan

If you need a tan and quick, then Skinny Tan 1 Hour Tan is the one for you. On the pricier side but literally one of the best tans I have ever used. You can leave it on for a mere 60 mins and get a nice glow but leave it on three hours for a deeper colour. I've probably had the least amount of fake tan fails with this product and considering 90% of the time I have previously used tans I have ended up with the dreaded orange paws or dirty looking feet, I realise this is a big statement!

The Luxury Tan

Xen Tan Dark Lotion is a lovely product which smells like marzipan and is super luxurious. I like to apply this when I have a special event and I can build up the colour a few days before. This leaves a lovely natural glow which on me doesn't go too dark or transfer onto my clothes once ypu have showered off the guide colour. The only negative to this one is that the guide colour is pretty dark and does need to be worn over night leaving your sheets looking a little worse for wear...

The Gradual Tan

Everyone seems to have raved over Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Gradual Tan and I do agree it is good and smells like coconut (massive plus) but I feel like this one really comes into it's own after the second and third application. The first application for me ended up a bit patchy on my legs but it did even out when I persevered. I liked it as it is an oil application and therefore nice and moisturising without leaving any tell tale orange palms or brown sheets! On the top half of my body it was perfect!

The Magic Mitt

Skinny Tan's Exfoliating Mitt is legit the best tan remover I have EVER USED. I hate coarse feeling exfoliators and this quickly and easily gets rid of any errors and can be used with your fave shower gel. I was sceptical at first at how it would be any different to those exfoliating gloves you can get but this is completely different and alot more durable when wet.
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Monday, 24 July 2017

HABITS TO KEEP YOU LOOKING AND FEELING YOUNG


Life has been a pretty nasty habit of creeping up on us, and before we know it, we can be swamped down with work, feel and look tired, and have an all round lethargic, uninspired spirit. We can all feel like this sometimes, but it’s important to know that the power to change, to give our body and enthusiasm a jolt, lies with us. And it’s not as difficult as you might think. Below, I've outlined five lifestyle habits that’ll give you the energy and look you need to face the world with gusto.

Stay Relaxed

Nobody likes to feel stressed, but scientists are beginning to discover that it doesn’t only cause poor mental health: it can also have a detrimental effect on our bodies and speeds up the aging process at the same time. While modern life is full of stressors and can feel like we’re moving a hundred miles per hour, there are a few tips you can do to keep the stress levels down. Practising yoga, meditation, or simply spending an hour reading and relaxing each night can all keep the negative aspects of modern life at bay.

Take Care Of Your Skin

It’s all good and well feeling young, but we want to look young too - and the biggest indicator of this is how healthy our skin is. As such, it’s important that you’re doing all the right things to help keep your skin looking and feeling fresh. You’ll need all the essential skin care products in your cupboard, and a daily skin routine to help keep rid of all the buildup of dirt and oil, too. When you’re spending time in the sun, it’s important that you wear sun lotion and moisturize after. Avoid using certain products that can damage skin, as well.

Exercise

When you are young, it’s possible to get away with doing whatever you want and still feeling and looking good. As we age, our body begins to turn on us if it’s left to its own devices. We can fight back, however, simply by signing up for a gym or going for a nightly run. Having a workout routine helps keep your body and skin healthy, and gives us more energy in the process. We’ll be looking our best and have the energy to strike out into the world.

A Full Night’s Sleep

We know that life can feel pretty jam packed, and you want to make the most of each waking hour, but if you’re not getting a full night’s sleep, then you’ll be doing yourself more harm than good, regardless of what you’re cramming into those extra waking hours. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and avoid things like caffeine and excessive screen time before you hit the hay.

Eating Well

Our body only represents what we’re putting into it. There are foods that boost the skin, such as avocado. Other foods, like berries and foods with a lot of water (like watermelon, cucumbers, apples) will keep your face looking hydrated. Time to ditch the donuts and other sugary snacks, sorry!
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

HELPING HUBBY STAY HEALTHY

Cancer Charity, Men's Health
As a loving wife (or girlfriend), you consider your partner’s health to be as important as your own. Unfortunately, as we all know, men can be a little stubborn with regards to their health. This can bring very serious consequences, which is why you must do everything in your power to keep him on the right track.
 
You don’t want to be pushy in life, but their health is far too important to ignore. Here are five simple ways that you can encourage him to take greater care.

Get Him To Quit Cigarettes / Booze

In many ways, ridding yourself of addiction is the hardest thing on earth. However, it only requires not doing something. With your love and support, he can finally stay mentally strong for long enough to finally quit for good.
 
Of course, there are many products and support groups out there. These can be very useful tools throughout the journey ahead. If all else fails, remind him of the financial gains.  

Get Him To Rediscover The Love Of Exercise

If your man loves his food, getting him to start dieting may be off the cards. Most men enjoy sport or exercise in one shape or form, though. Encourage him to get back into the gym, and his health and fitness will soon increase.
 
Motivation is often the major stumbling block. A gym buddy will help him stay on track. Meanwhile, rather than focusing on goals related to health, teach him to concentrate on times and sporting progress.  

Get Him To Drink More

Even if the diet option is on the table, it would be wrong to suggest a strategy that will work. After all, we are all individuals and should adopt unique eating habits. Nonetheless, drinking more water should sit at the heart of all nutrition plans.
 
Drinking more water brings many physical benefits. When supplemented by a black coffee before workouts, your man will feel healthier and happier than ever. Even if he sticks to his old eating habits.  

Get Him To Pay Attention To Problems

It’s one thing to help your partner maintain positive habits. However, the far greater danger comes from the health problems that will inevitably impact us all. Everyone will face a few health issues from time to time. Whether it’s a minor or life-changing problem, early action is essential.
 
Let’s face it; something like prostate cancer diagnosis will lead to some very worrying times. Nevertheless, the sooner treatment is started, the more likely a full recovery will become. Ignoring the smaller issues like flu can be damaging too. Essentially, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if he puts up a fight, stamping your foot down in this area is key.

Get Him To Relax (Properly)

Many men will spend their evenings glued to the PS4. While a little recreational gaming is fine, you cannot afford to let this dominate your lives. Not only is it bad for the relationship, but it’s bad for his health. This is because it will reduce his quality and quantity of sleep.
 
A good night’s sleep does make a huge difference and is something we should all seek. When combined with a little walking or practicing yoga, your man’s physical and emotional health will look better than ever.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

WORKOUT MOTIVATION


We all have the best intentions when it comes to exercise, but it’s difficult to stay motivated in the face of exhaustion, busy schedules, and the siren call of the sofa and a new Netflix show. That said, there are a few ways you can push yourself to meet your workout targets, whether you’ve set yourself a daily goal or a weekly goal. Give it some time, and soon you won’t be able to skip a workout without feeling restless.


Join a Gym

While there are many ways to workout at home for free, you might feel more motivated to work out if there were money at stake. Joining a gym isn’t too expensive if you go often enough, but the more sessions you miss, the more money you’re throwing down the drain. It’s not a motivation tool that works for everyone, but it’s worth giving it a shot if you think you’ll benefit from routine and instruction.

Recruit a Friend

Exercise can be painful, especially during the early days. But it feels less painful if you’re sharing your suffering with a friend. Having a gym buddy gives you some healthy competition, a cheerleader, and emotional support when you both collapse from exhaustion. Alternatively, you can drag a friend dancing to burn a few calories on the dance floor.


Quick Workouts

If time is something you’re lacking, then you can do some quick, but effective, ten minute workouts that are just as beneficial for weight loss. Jump rope burns more calories than running (an estimated 1300 calories per hour) and it’s easy to just stick some music on and skip for the duration of three or four songs. As it’s a bodyweight exercise, jump rope does help improve muscle tone, but it also targets the thighs, shins, and calf muscles, while simultaneously working on the abs and arms. It’s also easier on your knees and ankles because it’s a low impact workout. With just ten minutes a day on a trampoline, you could boost weight loss, define muscle tone, and improve your overall health. A ten minute workout on a trampoline is the equivalent of running on a treadmill for thirty minutes. It firms the legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips, increases agility, and improves sense of balance. Most importantly, it lowers the risk of injury, as the flexible surface reduces the impact of landing.


Dancing

Sometimes the problem with structured workouts is that they’re boring, or they’re not fun enough to keep you interested. Dancing is one of the more fun workouts out there, whether you buy a dance workout DVD, look them up on YouTube, or just blast the music on your radio. It’s also a full body workout that’s good for your heart, makes you stronger, and aids with balance and coordination. A 30 minute workout can burn as many calories as jogging. But unlike running on a treadmill, dancing is also a creative outlet; you can make up your own moves, learn established steps, and choose your own music.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

KEEPIN' IT CLASSY


Sometimes, life calls for an outfit that’s a little classier than the rest. Not that you don’t dress in classy manner usually; just that sometimes, it may not be your main focus. One day you may want to dress in wild prints, another you might want to show off your legs and enhance your curves. However you want to dress, that’s A-ok. That being said, it’s worth knowing how to put together a classy outfit without bordering on boring territory. The following 5 simple steps will help you:

Step 1 - Choose Just One Body Part To Show Off

If you want to make sure you look classy, whatever the occasion, then the general rule is to ensure that you only show off one body part. For example, your legs, chest, or even your arms. Showing off too many of these body parts will distract from your outfit. It might be fine for a night out or a festival, but if you’re going to a wedding or a formal function, it’s best to be a little bit more conservative.


Step 2 - Focus On Sophisticated Accessories

Sophisticated accessories are going to make your outfit. Without accessories, your outfit can fall flat. You can include things like rings, clutch bags, and even a nice shawl/bolero jacket. Bear in mind that you shouldn’t go overboard with your accessories, as you’ll start to look garish rather than classy. Many people like to order pearl earrings and wear those to add an element of class to their outfits. They look especially great with a hair-up style to show them off!


Step 3 - Make Sure You Include Plenty Of Texture

Texture in your outfit is the thing that’s going to stop it from looking boring. If your outfit doesn’t have enough texture, you need to add some in, pronto! You could add a textured jacket or cardigan, or even make sure you have some texture on your shoes/bag. You can include it however you like, just make sure there’s enough of it!


Step 4 - Don’t Forget To Show Off Your Personal Style

Not all classy outfits need to be created equal. You might not like the idea of a ‘classy’ outfit as you may think it has to suit a certain type of style, but this is not the case. Make sure you show off your personal style when putting your outfit together. Even bohemian dressers can put together a classy outfit that suits them down to the ground. It just takes a little planning!


Step 5 - Ensure A Great Fit

Finally, your outfit should fit you well if you're going to put together a classy outfit. Baggy t-shirts and oversized dresses can be great, but they don’t look ‘classy’. If you have an outfit you love, it might even be worth taking it to a tailor for them to make it fit you perfectly.

Are you ready to create a gorgeous, classy outfit with these 5 simple steps? Use Pinterest for inspo if you need it!


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EVENING CALM IN THE CITY


Sometimes you just need to admit that you need TLC and schedule in some me-time. This is exactly what I needed when I booked in to sample the 'Evening Calm in the City' Package at the stunning Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Having felt a little stressed with the dreaded office induced neck and shoulder niggles that just would not shift, this experience came at exactly the time I needed it most, and I left feeling relaxed and pampered!

Situated in the very heart of Manchester, the Spa at the Midland is a private city hideaway steeped in luxury where the ‘Art of Relaxation’ is taken seriously and stress immediately melts away.

The package I enjoyed was the Evening Calm In The City which starts at £49pp.

I was able to indulge in an evening of pure tranquility which included;
•Access between 5.00pm - 8.30pm to the award-winning facilities,
•Use of the Himalayan rock salt sauna, salt-infused steam room and relaxation pool,
•The snuggliest most comfortable complimentary robe, slippers and towel,
•A yummy two-course evening meal in Mr Cooper's House & Garden (available between 5pm - 10pm)

I also spoiled myself further by adding an Express Spa Treatment to my evening for an additional £20pp! I opted for a 30 minute massage and it was absolutely divine.

Each part of my evening felt super luxurious and the relaxation room was one of the most relaxing places I think I have ever been!

I can highly recommend the Evening Calm in the City, I went alone and loved it but it would be equally as lovely with friends too.

After my treatment and some chill time, I head over to Mr Coopers House and Garden Restaurant for a meal. They have the option of a 2 course meal or you can select from the main menu and pay the difference which is what I did! It was so nice and I really loved the ambiance of the restaurant.

To book in please contact the Spa at the Midland on 0161 932 4086.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

UK LINGERIE

There's something about wearing matching undies which makes you feel like you can kind of conquer the world..! It goes without saying that correctly fitting underwear can completely transform your shape so when I stumbled across UK Lingerie I had to share the wealth.

The site is jam packed with some of the most beautiful lingerie that you would get great joy from selecting from the underwear drawer each morning! They have everything from the day to day essentials, smoothing garments - a fab selection of spanx and some slightly more playful pieces for the bedroom...  😜

For me the stand out pieces for when you realllllly wanna treat yo'self are the PrimaDonna bras and knickers, they have some seriously dreamy embroidered sets that are *almost* too good to hide away!

If you know your size and want to buy some new lingerie then I would definitely recommend you checking out UK Lingerie! They cater for all sizes too!

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

PROTECTING YOUR GORGEOUS LOCKS


Your hair is a big part of your beauty. It’s fair to say that when you change your hairstyle, you can completely alter your look. But you can only do this, if you have beautiful, healthy hair that doesn’t fall out, get weak, grow thin or look frizzy. That’s why it’s important to examine the ways that you can keep your hair healthy and vibrant. There are a number of tips and tricks that you can think about here as well as advice if you do find that your hair is starting to look unhealthy.
 

Bamboo Oils

If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your hair, you should think about using bamboo oils. This is perfect if you think your hair is looking thinner than usual. Not only will bamboo oils make your hair look thicker, they have been shown to improve the strength of your hair. As such, you’ll suffer less hair loss. Of course, it is important to realize that the average person sheds about a hundred hairs a day. So, if you do notice your hair falling out, it might just be the natural amount, rather than a real problem with your hair. 

Stem Cell Research

You might have a bald patch or an issue with thinning hair in a particular area of your head. If that’s the case, you should think about looking at the next generation of research into this, and that’s stem cells. With stem cell technology, it’s possible to get the hair to grow back. Stem cell treatment for hair loss is a brand new innovation and is being developed right now. The biggest benefit of this treatment is that it doesn’t require surgery and as such there are no signs that you have had treatment as is the case with hair plugs.

It’s easy to assume that men are the only people who have issues with hairloss, but that’s not true. As women get older, it’s quite common for their hair to thin as well and if you have this issue, you should definitely think about exploring this treatment option. 

Give Your Hair A Break

There are lots of different ways you can style your hair from dye to straightening to curling. They all have one thing in common. Used to excess they will damage your hair. Even hair dye can cause your hair to lose its natural colour. So, if you do use any of these style techniques, you should make sure that you give your hair a break in between. If you have been straightening your hair give it a few months off to recover and regain its strength. At the very least, you should make sure you are using heat protection when straightening your hair. 

Extra Tip

Finally, if you find that your hair has lost its colour and shine lately, you might want to try the tea bag trick. Soaking your hair in hot water with tea bags can give it a natural, glossy look that is absolutely stunning. After you have rinsed your hair, you’ll certainly love how it glistens in the light.



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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

MAINTAINING YOUR INNER HEALTH


Being healthy is more than just having a body free of disease; it’s about taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Doctors don’t recommend diet and exercise because they’re sadists who like to see people suffer. They do it because, since the beginning of time, diet and exercise have been crucial factors in maintaining a healthy body. It’s more important than ever that we pay attention to our mental health, because chronic stress can have a direct impact on your physical well-being. True health starts from within, and here is how you can kick-start the journey.

Diet and Exercise
It’s always good to start with the basics. Consult your doctor about your ideal diet plan and try your best to stick to it, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you occasionally indulge in some cheeky puddings. Finding an exercise that you enjoy doing is important for your physical fitness, and it’s good for reversing the effects of your sedentary lifestyle. If you find it difficult to stay motivated, then get yourself a gym buddy or running buddy to stay on track. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water; drinking at least two litres of water a day will keep your brain sharp, clear your skin, and help you lose more weight.
Keep your body in peak condition
Exercise will definitely improve your physical appearance, but it also leaves you more at risk of injuries. The best person to treat your sports injuries and help undo all the strain on your body is your local chiropractor; they can reduce pain symptoms without medication, reduce the risk of injury, and even enhance athletic performance. Chiropractic can also help you treat the cause of any other health problems you might have, instead of just alleviating the symptoms. Finally, this non-invasive treatment can improve your mental health, mostly because you’re no longer in pain, or suffering from the side effects of your medication.
Yoga
One of the best things about yoga is that it encourages you to focus on your breathing, your inner self, and on cultivating a sense of calm and serenity. You don’t even need to go to a gym to enjoy the benefits of a yoga workout. There are a number of yoga instructors with free YouTube channels for you to try in the comfort of your living room. Even when you have a To Do list a mile long, yoga teaches you to focus on the moment, and on recharging your energy. As an added bonus, yoga also does great things for your body. You get toned, you give your spine a much-needed stretch, and with a little time most of your aches and pains will vanish.
Sleep
Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to suffer from an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. On the other hand, getting more sleep will improve your memory, lower your stress, and enhance creativity.








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Thursday, 6 July 2017

BODY SHAPES AND HOW TO DRESS THEM

No matter what kind of shape and proportion your body is - there is always something out there for everyone. It's just about finding what's right and dressing your body appropriately.

It's not about weight, so don't focus on that otherwise your risk beating yourself up about the little things that you can't change. Everyone comes in all different shapes and sizes, so it's not about comparing yourself to your best friend, it's about working with what you've got and owning it!
 
A skinny girl can have the exact same shape as a larger girl, just as much as a taller woman can be the same shape as a short woman.

The different body shapes tend to be put into five different categories which are hourglass, wedge, pear, apple and rectangle. It's possible to be one of these, or even a blend of two or more. So get looking at your body in the mirror and come to a conclusion of where you fall. Once you have an idea, you can start looking at the different fashion trends to add to your wardrobe, remember that your clothes care, so you need to know what to get, and what to avoid.

The Hourglass
Hourglass bodies shoulders and hips are in similar proportion to one another, while the waist dramatically goes inwards.
 
Because of the shape, your goal is to show off the curves that you have going on. The thing to focus on when doing this is balance. You want your bust area to always follow what your hips are doing. Because of your small waist, you will want to look for dresses that hug that area nicely, without creating any bunching from any extra material, as this will do the opposite of what you want to do.

Belts are a great accessory to have, as they can be tied around your waist over an oversized top, jumper or dress, to show how tiny you actually are in that area, while making your bust and hips look incredible. It's also worth investing in a decent bra that holds your boobs correctly. And consider wearing some high waisted skirts and jeans too.

The Wedge
Wedge bodies are also known as the inverted triangle, which means they have wider shoulders and a broader chest with a narrow waist and hips.

Your main goal here is to show off those great legs while softening what going on up top to take away any harshness.

So for your legs, go a little shorter down below, while wearing something with light sleeves over your arms. This will instantly put the attention onto your bottom half, without showing off too much skin in one go.

Another way you can do this is by wearing a brighter colour on the bottom, with something neutral on top. Wide leg pants are also a great trick in creating the illusion of an hourglass shape by evening out the balance that your shoulders created.

You may want to avoid spaghetti straps and strapless tops as this will put the focus on your upper body again.


The Pear
Pear bodies have hips a lot wider than their shoulders. The bottom tends to be slightly rounded while getting narrower the higher you go.

Your goal is to add volume to your upper body, emphasizing your waist as you do so.

You can do this by playing around with different necklines when it comes to dress shopping. Sweetheart, plunging and a scoop-neck all work very well at showing off your small shoulders. Pair this with something that slims down your hips and thighs, like a tulip fitted skirt.

Experiment with lighter coloured tops and darker coloured bottoms for a nice contrast. And try some strapless dresses to show off the lovely frame you have. Add a pointed toe heel with it to extend your legs, and you'll look fabulous.

The Apple
Apple bodies carry most of their weight above their narrow hips, while the shoulders and back are quite broad.

The goal for you is to elongate that torso and show off the legs that you're working with.
Because you have a fuller torso paired with a minimal waistline, the key is to lengthen your body out.
Do this with dresses that have a V-neck. You can create your own waist and take the attention off your midsection by wearing a jacket with a lot of structure, over a dress. The jacket will essentially work as a cover up, but to others, you will look great.

If you are wearing trousers, go for something with a bootcut, or that flares out, creating an even line from your shoulders down.

The Rectangle
Rectangular bodies shoulders, waist and hips are all similar widths apart. Your goal here is to create a smaller waist, resulting in an hourglass shaped body.

Think of choosing a sweetheart neckline, as this will add more of the illusion of having curves. You could also wear a pencil skirt that has a slit up one (or both) sides, showing off the legs a little, but not too much, leaving behind visual interest.

It's all about building dimension to the body so it doesn't look flat. So wear a chunky belt that pulls you in and gives you a waist, and don't be afraid to add some accessories to the look to give it more elements
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Consider wearing a two piece with a crop top and skirt, shorts, or pants. Not only is this bang on trend but it will create the illusion of a narrower waist because it's left bare.

So as you can see, there are tons of options for every kind of shape out there. So no more hiding away not knowing what to wear, and feeling down about your body. You're gorgeous, and now you know the tricks to dressing right - you have a great excuse to go on a shopping spree with your besties and look for what's hot.

As long as you wear your self-confidence, you will look amazing every day.



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