Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hair like Kim Kardashian?

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Jen Atkin is the woman responsible for the luscious locks of Kim Kardashian and a true member member of the Kardashian Glam Squad. (Other members include Mario Dedivanovic, makeup artist and godfather of contouring and Gunnar Peterson, trainer).

Well, if you fancy tresses as gorgeous as Kim’s then good news – Jen has just launched her own website, Mane Addicts, and it’s chock-full of styling advice.

Atkin told Fashionista ‘“I wanted [the site] to showcase different hair artists who I think are amazing — and there are so many people I was inspired by — and my peers that I work with who aren’t so great with social media.”

The site is also optimised for mobile browsing – so if you’re en route to the salon then you can easily pull up some inspiraition. 

Why not head over to Mane Addicts to scope out some red-hot A List looks and get some insider tips.

image via @KimKardashian

Rules for going on a cleanse

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So you’ve eaten all the chocolate and drank all the wine, once New Years Eve is out of the way your mind is undoubtedly going to turn to clean eating and as most people do – a cleanse.

But before you jump on in, here are some rules for going on a cleanse…

Choose a cleanse you know that you can stick to. Cleanses are hard! If this is your first time undertaking a cleanse then you’re going to want to steer clear of extreme cleanses such as the Master Cleanse (you know that one that Beyonce used to lose weight for “Dream Girls”). Go for a cleanse that includes solid food.

Prepare at least three days before you start. Start, think about the positive effects the cleanse will have on your body, and prepare yourself to be eating all clean, healthy foods and drinks.

Get enough sleep! If you’re planning on doing a cleanse and still running around at 100 miles per hour then you’re going to experience problems. Make sure that you get plenty of rest for the first few days of undertaking your cleanse because you will have less energy as the toxins leave your body. It won’t last forever, before you know it you’ll be experiencing boundless amounts of energy.

Drink plenty of water. You should be making sure you keep your water intake up anyway but whilst you’re on your cleanse, do make sure that you have at least 2 litres of water. It’ll help move the toxins along.

Exercise.  You won’t be running marathons during your cleanse but some gentle exercise such as a walk on the beach or in the park, maybe some yoga will do your body the world of good.

Clean your cupboards. Remove the temptation of junk food by removing them from your space. If you’ve got loads left from Christmas, why not take them in to your work colleagues. By removing them from your space, you’re getting rid of temptation.

Expect side effects. After the over indulgences of Christmas, a cleanse will come as a shock to your system. Expect to feel a bit unwell for a few days and have symptoms such as headaches and feeling sick Your body is getting rid of all those nasty toxins in the first few days.

And once your cleanse is over… 

Once you’ve done the hard bit be sure not to run back to your regular habits. What’s the point in going through the pain of a cleans only to fill your body with greasy, fatty foods once it’s over. Draw up a clean eating fan so that your cleanse wasn’t for nothing.

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Country Cottage Deals to enjoy a New Year getaway

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If you are looking to delay the return to work and make the most of the festive season with an extended break or keen to plan an early new year getaway to battle away the January blues, property letting agency holidaycottages.co.uk has a number of properties with fantastic deals available to rent and enjoy a break away after the Christmas indulgences.

The Pad in Torquay, South Devon is a luxury studio apartment in the heart of the English Riviera. Sleeping two it is the perfect location for a cosy getaway. Guests can tour the palm-lined promenade of Torquay just three miles away or enjoy a day trip to a host of attractions nearby including Woodlands Adventure Park or Dartmoor National Park.

The accommodation is an open-plan studio apartment featuring a 50” flatscreen and surround sound TV, state of the art entertainment and monsoon shower, along with a private patio area.

Save £50 – The Pad is available to rent for seven nights from 9 January 2015 at a reduced rate of £285 (was originally £335). To book contact www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon

Buzzard Barn in Padstow, North Cornwall is one of three properties located in a private 40-acre estate complete with woodland walks and private fishing. The cottage sleeps six and is an ideal retreat for nature lovers, near to the River Camel which is home to otters, ducks and kingfishers to name but a few. The more active can enjoy bicycle rides along the forestry trails.

This barn conversion offers a private entrance and features three bedrooms with a main entrance porch that opens onto the lounge/diner with views across the Camel Valley.

Save £110 – Buzzard Barn is available to rent for seven nights from 17 January 2015at a reduced rate of £385 (was originally £495). To book contact www.holidaycottages.co.uk/cornwall

To book a stay at any of the properties mentioned or for more information on other holiday cottage deals please visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 426 256.

What are your plans this New Year?

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A Very Christmas Tipple

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It goes without saying that at Christmas if you can’t enjoy a tipple or two, then when can you?

We love this round up of Christmassy Cocktails from this Grazia.

Here’s our favourite Christmas drink with is just like a Christmas pudding in a glass…

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Enjoy David Beckham’s new whisky ‘Haig Club’ in this punch perfect for festive sharing. Brought to Fitzrovia by Punch Room at trendy hotel London Edition. A mixture of Haig Club, Jonnie Walker Black Label, Mead, Raisin Syrup, Earl Grey Tea and finished with a dash of Italian bitter liqueur, Cynar. Tastes like Christmas Pudding in a glass!

Want more? Take a look here.

The Beauty Edit: Last Minute Christmas Gifts

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If you’ve a beauty fan in your life or you’re planning on stocking up for yourself, we’ve put together some top products that you can get for yours or a loved ones stocking…

Coca-Cola and OPI Bearest of Them All, £11.95, www.opiuk.com

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Orange Blossom with Wild Honey & Olive  Hand and Body Lotion £10 http://www.dipalomo.com/

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Brave Nail Polish – This nail colour would make a lovely gift even for the most discerning recipients!  Truly a gift that keeps on giving – 50% of each sale goes to aid injured soldiers and their families.  This bespoke red nail polish is colour matched to the regimental red tunics of the Household Cavalry. Free shipping for Christmas! 12ml £9.95  www.maisondanu.co.uk

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LDN : SKINS – sets are available for £27.95 and £29.95 respectively at www.ldnskins.com

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Balm Balm Lip Balm Cracker
This festive gift includes three lip balms in Tea Tree, Rose Geranium and Fragrance Free, plus a cute mirror. £15.25.
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Eye of Horus – Goddess Mascara £19 – http://www.beautybay.com/eyeofhorus

 

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Olay & Venus Razor set (ideal for travellers) £10.99 from all major retail outlets

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The 11 piece gift set also offers the complete pamper package. Including the MICRO Pedi device and extra coarse micro-mineral roller, it removes the roughest of skin in seconds. Including the MICRO Pedi Ultra Finishing Foot Cream, specially formulated with coconut to keep your feet smooth, it also comes with a complete pedicure and manicure kit. Containing five interchangeable attachments, nail scissors, nail clippers, toe separators and a nail brush you will be left with fabulous feet in an instant (£79.99 – on offer up to half price from 15th October).  Available from Argos, Amazon and micropedi.co.uk.

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Name of gift Along Came Betty Feel So Glam Gift Set – Exclusive Along came Betty bathing gift set. Treat yourself or someone special to a little pampering. Includes bath crystals, body lotion, bath soak, skin buffer & hand lotion http://www.tesco.com/direct £5

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Skinprep Super C-15 Serum, skinpep.com £49.99

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St. Moriz Salon Essentials Gift Set – RRP £10.00. Available from supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide. Includes a medium mousse, oil free moisturiser and tanning mitt – perfect for beginners or tanning fans alike!

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Asda, £8.99

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SLEEPING BEAUTY NIGHT TIME FACIAL OIL – makeitmakeit.com

Super-boosting seed and nut oils to restore, refine and repair your skin.
Whatever your skin type, Sleeping Beauty can help the skin retain moisture, reduce excess sebum, nourish and plump the skin.
Check out our short film to see just how simple it is to mix and customise it, in minutes…£35.00

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Love Me Beauty offers a unique service whereby each member has their own personal beauty expert to source and recommend products to trial that fit their individual requirements every month.  Members can then create their own beauty box, all for only £10 + PP lovemebeauty.com

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Benefit Goodies A Go Go Gift Set £19.99

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Molton Brown Stocking Fillers Body Wash Collection Gift Set £39 John Lewis

LTV SPEAKS…

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This week I had the divine task of sampling the culinary delights that are Miriam’s Munchies. The first impression that takes you is the cleanliness and order of this fabulous eaterie.  The counters are neatly stacked with enticing tid bits and the welcoming smells of delicious fayre…

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I was given a soup shot of corn chowder which was a treat on my taste buds followed by a toasted mozzarella and tomato pesto sourdough bloomer.  The sandwich literally melted on my tongue.

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There was literally too much choice when it comes to the desserts and given that the lunch time trade had already been and gone and the tea time trade about to descend I made my selection. I was given a taster plate of the above!

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Fortunately, Miriam’s Munchies supply doggie bags!  They also deliver to surrounding offices who make their orders earlier in the day, and they can obviously feed hungry mouths on the premises too.

Their story actually begins with their large catering division which takes place in the back of the premises here and caters to celebrities amongst others throughout the land.

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www.miriamsmunchies.co.uk

@Miriam’sMunchies

 

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1. The big cuddly sumptuous and totally decadent fashion statement for now! Cashmere blankets are a stylish addition to literally any outfit.

 

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2. Spice up your workout life…these bright neon trainers are perfect to liven up your dull training sessions.  Did you know that new fitness apparel increases your performance, and double that by doing so in lower temperatures.

 

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3. Sexy light fittings, update the look of your home with pendant multi level lights they create ambience and uplift the mood.

 

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4. Comfort in a box. A warm bath, a cuddly gown and fabulous scented crystals and bath smellies. There is nothing better at this time of year.

 

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5. Possibly the worst home delivery experience ever.  Rather than ringing the bell or calling the number supplied, this driver decided to chuck the food over the wall?? #WaitroseFail

 

Have a wonderful weekend

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The Victoria Beckham beauty line is coming

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We love Victoria Beckham here at MaisonDuVann.

So when we heard that she’s thinking about extending her range in to Beauty then we were naturally impressed (and excited).

Beckham has collaborated with Nails Inc. on a range of polishes for her Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, making her debut into the beauty market. (Ignoring her fragrance with husband David Beckham that is).

Among the shades are Bamboo, a nude which Beckham uses for her all shows, and Judo Red to complement her spring/summer ’15 collection.

Available on Nailsinc.com from December 8 or in store from February, priced at £25 each.

Gigi Hadid is Victoria’s Secret newest Angel

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Being given your Halo is no easy task. I mean, just look at the hoard of Amazonian-like women who have been Angels past and present such as Izabel Goulart, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima and Gisele Bundchen.

So huge congratulations are in order for  Gigi Hadid who’s just announced that she’s working with the luxury lingerie brand.

who stormed the Victoria’s Secret catwalk show in London earlier this month. So hats off to Gigi Hadid who’s just revealed she’s working with the glitzy lingerie brand.

What do you think? Good choice?

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LoveBites Set to Get Pulses Racing – The Canapé are back

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Ditch the Dinner Party…the LoveBites Revival of the Canapé Offers a fabulous alternative to sit down suppers!

Hospitality, like fashion follows trends but often the best ideas are based on modern twists of the classics and whilst canapés have been the staple welcome to the best dinner parties they now take centre stage. There is a shift away from traditional supper parties and an innovative canapé tasting menu is driving this new concept and is looking to be one of the top food trends for 2015.

LoveBites http://www.lovebites.events specialises in crafting fresh, quirky and beautifully creative canapés for special occasions, private parties, weddings and corporate events.

Forget curried prawn vol au vents, salmon pinwheels and Welsh rarebit encroute, the humble little edible has transformed into a dramatic showstopper! The visual spectacle, taste explosion and delicate craft of today’s canapés means every guest can experience the finest foods in a relaxed yet stimulating way.

Rachel Thursfield, director at LoveBites commented: “Canapés are now injecting a sense of fun, theatre and drama into the ultimate ‘food experience’ which allows any budding host to reflect their individual personality and style. We are finding more and more that people are really enjoying the opportunity to have a beautiful menu designed around their theme and because of that we are constantly coming up with new and exciting bites. Recently we did a product launch and the colours were green and shocking pink, Kelly Bailey, creative director at LoveBites created a wasabi caviar and beetroot crème fraiche on an edible spoon with iced vodka shots, it was stunning!”

We love a good canapé, what’s your favourite?