January is a busy month for me, firstly it’s mine, my boyfriend’s and two of my best friends birthdays and I love celebrating and planning outings. Any excuse is a good excuse! The start of the year can become a miserable gloomy time for people because it’s all about restrictions. Stopping yourself from doing what you really want to do, going out, eating what you want, spending money. I agree that you may need quieter months of the year but don’t let it make you feel down by not seeing your friends or going on a date night with your man. It doesn’t have to be expensive or every night of the week, remember “life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!”
January and February are tough, the days are short; the wind is icy cold and our skin and energy levels seems to take the strain. Here are 5 simple tips to help you glow from the inside out during these winter months.
1. Drink Water
Drinking water is a great way to flush out the toxins in your body and keep skin hydrated. Dehydration makes you feel exhausted so when you’re lacking in energy reach for a glass of H20. When you’re hydrated your skin is plumper- filling out lines and making your complexion smoother. It’s like beauty cream from the tap!
2. Good Fats
Foods high in healthy fats and omega-3s are the best for a glowing even complexion. My favourites are salmon, avocado and almonds. Fatty acids are vital for regulating cell function and as our skin cells are constantly being renewed its important to eat essential fats for healthy skin.
3. Positive Thoughts
One of my favourite quotes is from Roald Dahl “when you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” You’ve seen those healthy happy positive people who just seem to light up a room when they walk in.
I was holding off buying a warm coat before Christmas because I just didn’t think it was cold enough but gawd almighty it’s getting pretty chilly now so I thought right get your booty out to the shops and find a warm coat. I think January and February are the coldest months so a well lined and long lengthed coat is definitely necessary.
I get asked a lot by friends, family and clients for a meal plan or examples of what I typical eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and as I’m not a qualified nutritionist or dietitian I cannot give people individual diet plans however I do believe I have a lot of knowledge on nutrition and what the right things to eat are. I notice where people go wrong in their diets and I am happy to give advice.
I am very passionate about changing your lifestyle gradually, I don’t agree with restrictive diets and I would never suggest cutting out a food group to anyone.
I’ve been craving culture for the last month, mentioning how I wanted to go to museums and galleries to my boyfriend, parents and friends. When I finally decided on a day to go, the only takers were my friends Toni and Chloe. So on Friday, we ventured out in the wind and rain to London to take on some culture.
First stop was The Tate. Now, Toni and I get extremely excited about things that most normal people don’t. For one, we spent the first 10 minutes excited about the fact we entered the gallery through the side entrance with a big slope rather than the front entrance.
I’ve decided I want to get more creative in 2014! I always feel really upset throwing away hundreds of Christmas cards each year so this year I thought I’d make them into home made gift tags for next Christmas or even for birthdays throughout the year if the tag is appropriate. Its so simple and…
LBLD is the little black leather dress! My go to outfit is always black. You’ll know by my wardrobe as I own 3 black leather jackets and 5 pairs of skinny black jeans. I think you can’t go wrong with a LBD and leather is everywhere at the moment. With a LBLD you’ll feel safe, sophisticated but on trend as well. Here’s a few of my favorites on the high street at the moment.
I’m a healthy eater, you may have guessed, but if you know me well you’ll know I have a sweet tooth and I do let myself off and have a pizza,takeaway or cake sometimes! Mmmmm cake! Most of the year it’s easy to manage as there’s only one occasion or outing a week where unhealthy eating/drinking is generally required and the rest of time I love to have a clean varied diet. It makes me feel good and feeling good is damn good!
Now there’s something about Christmas which makes staying balanced oh so much more difficult. For one there’s the numerous Christmas lunches, dinners and parties, the constant flow of celebration chocolates, the work drinks, mince pies, advent calender, then there’s my constant need to bake desserts when it’s cold and this is all even before the big day!
1) Fresh Air- Normally each year I try to avoid going out in cold air as much as possible as I become a grumpy bear when I’m cold. This year I am totally embracing the crisp cold weather and enjoying taking walks in the fresh air. Fresh air doesn’t do wonders for your hair but it does do wonders for your mind!
My first experience with yoga was Bikram yoga and I can definitely say it wasn’t love at first pose. The room was way to cramped, the stifling heat and repetitive poses weren’t for me. I know that a lot of people are hooked on Bikram but I needed to continue my search to find love.
I left my yoga practice for a while as I fell more in love with Pilates and my teaching training however after qualifying as a Pilates instructor and teaching/doing hundreds of classes I felt I needed to move my body in a different way and take a class where I wasn’t in ‘teacher mode’. This is when an amazon deal for 10 yoga sessions at Yotopia Yoga in Covent Garden came up and I thought perfecto lets get going again!