Monthly Archives: October 2014











crash diet

It is all good news (this week that is!) that crash diets do work and will the effects can last.  I think the actual bottom line is that if you can train your eyes, ears, heart and brain to work together into accepting the combination of small portions and no fat, carbs, dairy or sugar then the long lasting effects will be that you eat healthy always.

Having been an avid non-crash dieter and quite anti the strategies, I have this week embarked on a crash diet recommended by a personal trainer from the gym on holiday!!

The menu details only fruit, veg, rice (preferably brown) and brown bread with plenty of water and coffee if desired (having given up the dreaded caffeine a year ago I have been tempted occasionally this week into drinking it or at least into wanting to do so).

At first thought all my senses were screaming ‘no’ at the ridiculousness that was to be my intended staple for 6 months.  However, I embarked on the eating plan with exercise every other day and on the non-gym days it involves long fast power walks approximately 40 mins.  Coupled with this is my penchant for quick workouts and being somewhat a fan of the T25 workouts (focus for 25 minutes) involving max interval training with short recovery periods in between.

However, after 5 days, I already see and feel a difference!

There is a long road ahead (5 months and 3 weeks!) but it feels possible…












way to glow

1.  It’s all about the glow, so highlighters and luminizers are your new beauty BFFs.  Remember to highlight the T zone, if you want a fresh faced look then neutral colours on the eyes are a must.  Otherwise go for metallics and the colour blue is very on trend now.


fur clutch

2. Naturally Topshop have nailed all the trends again! But at £28 this is an accessory must have…



3. Bronze and mesh metallic biker boots, this is 3 trends in one; namely metallic, buckles, biker boots £29.99 Style Edit … WOW


Helen Mirren

4. Helen Mirren aged 65 is the new face of L’Oreal and this couldn’t be better news, in both terms of age and the fact that she is British!!!



5. Twenty Four a new type of fitness craze lasting 24 minutes.  A new high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class that promises to push your metabolic rate higher, meaning that just 24 minutes of exercise is equivalent to a 60-minute jog. The class is structured around a routine of six key moves, with as many reps done of each as you can in an allocated time, followed by a short rest, before doing another.


Halloween Make Up Tutorials with Netflix


I don’t know about you but I’m shunning the Halloween madness to settle in front of the tv, with a large glass of wine, a bowl of popcorn and some creepy films on Netflix. But if you’re going to be going out tonight and planning on transforming your look then Netflix can help you too!

Netflix have teamed up with internationally renown make-up artist Katy Fray, whose career includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1 and 2 and as lead prosthetic makeup artist in The Hobbit trilogy to show you how to recreate the creepiest characters on Netflix right now.

From Orange is the New Black’s ‘Pennsatucky’ to Elena from The Vampire Diaries – check our these how-to-guide’s on getting your favourite Netflix looks this Halloween.


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“HEALTHY HALLOWEEN” Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder and Chia Seed Smoothie


Halloween doesn’t have to be all about sweets and toffee apples. You can give it a healthy twist too…

This smoothie is jam packed with stuff that will give your body a well needed boost.

The nutritionists at that protein have developed a “Healthy Halloween plant protein super food shake using its I Heart Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder and Chia seed mix. 

Pumpkin Seeds are nutritional powerhouses containing zinc,iron,copper, manganese, phosphorous, B vitamins, magnesium and plant sterols. 

Chia seeds are high in fibre, protein, contain calcium and the minerals iron, potassium and magnesium.

• 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
• 250ml milk of choice
• 1-2 tsps Agave (optional)
• 2 tablespoons of That Protein’s I heart Pumpkin Seed Protein with Chia Seeds
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon mixed spice

Put all the ingredients in blender and whisk. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Treat your pooch this Christmas


If you’ve got dogs then you’re probably just like me and love them so much that there is not a single occasion where you don’t include them.

So Christmas is no different.

If you love your dog then you’re (and they are) going to love this – a Doggy & Co Christmas Gift Box.

Each Doggy & Co box is jam-packed with up to 12 ethical and premium treats, toys and accessories to bring festive joy to the best friend in your life on Christmas morning!

Plus each gift box comes with a personalised greetings card for that extra wag of delight!

Also Doggy & Co donate 1% of all sales to The Dogs Trust.

You can order your doggy & co gift box from


The new face of L’oreal is Dame Helen Mirren #loveit


Dame Helen Mirren is proof that age doesn’t need to stop you from doing anything as she is unveiled today as the new face of L’Oreal.

Previous representatives of the brand have included x-factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, 31, model Lara Stone, 30, Hollywood actress Blake Lively, 27, Eva Longoria, 39, Jennifer Lopez, 45, and Andie MacDowell, 56

We think this is great news and at 69 years old Helen Mirren looks amazing – what are your views? Tell us on twitter

THE venue for luxury fitness breaks…


Leicestershire spa Ragdale Hall has been established as a top spa for over 40 years, being recognised not only for its world-class facilities, fantastic customer service and amazing therapies, but also for its cutting edge fitness offer.

As well as the regular timetable which boasts over eighteen classes per day in two separate studios, a dedicated Exercise Pool and the grounds, Ragdale Hall hosts a wide range of luxury fitness breaks where guests can enjoy more specialist private sessions.

These breaks are suitable for all ages, ability and sizes and cover a range of different interests from weight-loss to dancing to yoga. All sessions during these breaks are taught by highly trained, caring and motivating instructors in a fun and relaxing environment.  

With blissful treatments, healthy yet delicious cuisine and amazing spa facilities to enjoy as well, Ragdale Hall offers the perfect ingredients for an inspiring and motivating fitness break.

Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd November 2014

Want to win at losing?

At Ragdale Hall, we’re stripping weight loss back to the basics and giving you the knowledge and confidence to adopt an exercise regime and healthy eating plan that suits you. Sessions include ME Time which shows you how to maximise hormonal responses, Cellulite Circuit, WOW; how using weights can change your shape quicker and Fat Fighter which will help build self-confidence PLUS seminars Slim Hopes & Fat Chances and Why Weight.

This ground-breaking event is led by Ragdale’s own award winning fitness expert and author, Dean Hodgkin. Dean’s approach to weight loss is simple; increase activity levels and eat healthier. We can’t promise you’ll be a size smaller when you leave the Hall, as we all know that fast weight loss in a short time is unhealthy and unsustainable; however we will ensure, when you leave, you’ll have taken the first steps on the path of your healthy new life!

View prices and further details on the website.

The Great Thing About Fashion – Oscar de la Renta


The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward

World famous fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at 82. Here are Maison Du Vann we are a huge fan of all his work. From Jackie O to Sarah Jessica Parker, he dressed some of the world’s most famous and glamorous women.

Possibly the U.S.’s most noted fashion designer, Mr. de la Renta managed to stay relevant for more than six decades. Even in his final days, he was the go-to designer for celebrity brides and socialites who flocked to his rich, ever-feminine designs, which radiated wealth and power. He dressed Amal Alamuddin in September for her wedding to George Clooney.

Mr. de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, then got his start in the 1950s as an assistant to Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Mr. Balenciaga was noted for his daring approach to volume, which certainly trained Mr. de la Renta’s eye for proportion. But the American designer—who later designed for Lanvin and Balmain—kept versatility as his mark. He designed for every era’s jet set in his lifetime—from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Babe Paley and Zsa Zsa Gabor , to Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz.


Would you buy your makeup in Poundland?


When it comes to shopping for your makeup its more likely that you’d head to a department store than your local pound shop. But this week high street pound emporium poundland have launched their very own make up range.

The beauty range which has been named Make Up Gallery is a 100-piece range and includes 20 shades of eye shadow, 39 different nail colours as well as a foundation for eight skin tones.

Poundland has been trying to overcome the snobbery associated with the store and brush off the “cheap and nasty” image. Poundland’s beauty team expects the best sellers in the make-up range to include a long-lasting foundation, volumising and lengthening mascara with a conditioning formula, quick-dry nail polish, sheer lip gloss with moisturiser and pressed powder with vitamin E.

It plans to develop the range, on sale later this month, to reflect trends and seasonal changes.

So what do you think? Would you buy your make up from poundland?











This week I am going to extol the virtues of a makeover, more precisely, sassy, sexy, shorter hair!!! For so long now sexiness has been equated to the length of our tresses and this can also apply to men (remember Ollie Locke in the early days of MIC?) .

Last week, for some reason I decided that I wanted shorter hair, I know that psychologically it points to a change in circumstances, or physical differences e.g. weight loss, and usually I would be at pains to point out that this is not the case, or is it…

I have felt a shift for the last few months, like huge tidal waves of change are approaching and as per my mantras and karmic values I do embrace all manner of situational flotsam and jetsam (new processes within my life!).

A new dawn is approaching and I relish it and all that it will foist upon us, for it is up to us to seek out every new opportunity and to veritably dance in the surf of it all.  Even if things do not look how we imagined they would be, they are always inevitably better and definitely for the best.

This being said, after many years of sporting longer tresses I am of resolved mind (and body) and will be doing the ‘chop’.  This week Brave Beyonce has sported her new ‘do’ and here we are following suit – with words of warning people and that is to stick to what suits you, how it looks best on you, interpretation of imitation is what we are after!!!

So after much #flirting with the ideas of having a makeover and safe in the knowledge that hair extensions are

See you when I am half cut!!!!