Style

10
Sep

Goodbye summer blues, hello new you

The summer holidays are over and with any luck you’ve taken some time out and are feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to embrace the autumn and winter months, despite any post-holiday blues. What better way to give yourself an all over health boost than to address your fitness, your vitamin intake and your diet? After all, Christmas is only a few months away.

FITNESS – GET YOUR GEAR ON

If you’re planning to run away any excess holiday pounds, be it through running, boxing, Pilates, yoga, HIIT classes or a certain sport, invest in quality sports gear and you’ll feel twice as guilty at letting your training slide between now and Christmas, or giving up at the first hurdle. From renowned sportswear labels to high-street brands, the shops are full of new season fitness gear and footwear that combine fashion and function in a high-performance mix to take your training to new levels.

fitness gearDo your shoes fit? The most necessary purchase you’ll need to make is on a pair of performance enhancing trainers. Invest in a pair to suit your activity or sport and support the shape of your foot. Ask a trained shop assistant to recommend a specialist brand, such as Brooks, Asics, Reebok, Nike, adidas or New Balance based on the way they fit your feet. This will help you avoid any injuries.

trainers

Better comfort and performance? Look for breathable, durable, design-focused sportswear in fast drying fabrics, specifically designed to regulate temperature, such as sweat-wicking fabrics on vests for indoor training and thermal, long-sleeved tops for outdoor exercise.

Want to look the part? There is no excuse for looking drab, especially when there are so many fabulous fabrics, colours and prints available to buy. Have fun with neon and monochrome geometric, floral and splattered prints on clothing and accessories. The brighter, the better.

neon workout gear

HEALTH – NATURAL VITAMIN BOOSTS

Top up your vitamin intake and give yourself an energy boost. Whether you do this through supplements or with specific foods, it’ll help your performance and also make you feel on top of the world. As will drinking 2 to 3 litres of water per day, swapping caffeine for green tea, grazing on plenty of nuts, berries and grains and cooking only in coconut oil.

grazing

Why not start juicing? Super healthy cold-presses and juice-smoothies retain the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and enzymes that promise to help you lose weight, boost immunity and cleanse your system. Use fresh ingredients in a cold-press to create purple beet juices, green kale juices and orange carrot juices bursting with goodness. Alternatively, create a juice-smoothie using a blender by adding bulky fruits with some crushed flaxseeds, chia seeds and nuts. Take a look in department and electronic stores now for some of the best bargains on electric blenders and juicers.

juicing

Want a breakfast of champions? Start the day with a vitamin induced breakfast packed full of proteins, grains, vegetables and fruits and you’ll be well on your way.

  • Put apples and kale in your breakfast smoothie to boost cardio.
  • Include spinach, eggs and avocado on your toast to help maintain muscle.
  • Add blueberries and honey to your porridge help prevent injury.
  • Add pine nuts, walnuts and almonds to cereals to stay lean and healthy.

healthy breakfast

VITAMINS – SHAPE UP WITH SUPPLEMENTS

Exercising and eating in the right way will build new lean muscle mass while burning unwanted fat. However, training hard can deplete your body of vitamins and nutrients essential for muscle gain and fat loss. Even with the best diet possible, it can be tough to get all these vital elements, and that’s where supplements are needed.

Add several health and fitness supplements to your daily regime to help your body on its road to fitness, leaving you feeling energised, supporting weight loss, as well as boosting your immune system and improving your skin. Talk to an expert at a health food shop or pharmacist where you’ll find an abundance of fitness supplements in the form of tablets, powders, protein bars and protein balls.

fitness supplements

Vitamins A, C, D, E and Zinc – To boost your natural immunity and stay on top of your game.

BCAAs – To maximise muscle growth. These are amino acids that are a great source of protein for those who are dieting and counting calories.

Creatine – To aid muscle development and build strength. This is great for weight training and strength sports.

Omega 3 Fish Oil – To assist with cognitive function, fat burning and hormonal output.

Green Powder– To supplement a shortfall of nutrients and minerals. This is essential if you don’t eat enough leafy greens. Ensure your chosen green powder contains adequate amounts of fibre, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and wheatgrasses

Vitamin D – To boost bone density and energy production. From the lack of sunlight in the UK many people can suffer from low vitamin D levels which can drop dangerously low in winter.

Whey Protein – To repair sore muscles and trigger growth. Rich in BCAAs, whey is ideal pre or post-workout.

Glucosamine – For stronger joints. This is typically made from shellfish, can reinforce cartilage by stimulating the cells to produce proteoglycans, which can improve joint function and mobility.

Glutamine – To add muscle faster. This is an amino acid that minimises the breakdown of muscle tissues during strenuous exercise as well as improving muscle synthesis. Having adequate levels has also been linked to improved brain and gut health.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

leggings

Sports Direct

USA Pro Leggings Ladies – £12

 

 

 

adidas cloudfoam racer mens trainers

Sports Direct

adidas Cloudfoam Racer Mens Trainers – £49.99

 

 

 

 

nike evolution 4 ladies trainers

Sports Direct

Nike Revolution 4 Ladies Trainers – £35.00

 

 

 

 

mbody superfoods

Boots

Mbody Super Greens 400g – £16.00

 

 

 

16
Aug

Ten Top Tips to Deal with the Tricky Transition Season

With sultry summer days still clear in our memory, this tricky time of transition, before Autumn arrives in all its glory, can be a wardrobe nightmare. Follow our top ten transition wardrobe tips and avoid the pitfalls of unpredictable weather by blending the seasons perfectly.

1. Darker basics

Replacing your whites and pastels with deeper colours gives a nod to Autumnal hues. Moving from summer brights to deeper tones will help mix and match summer favourites with Autumn staples to create a flexible look.

2. Feels like Autumn

The change of seasons is just as much about texture as colour. Bringing in a few textured items will achieve that new season look without you being overdressed when the sun puts in an appearance. Go for open knits rather than anything too heavy. Texture can come from accessories too: bags are exciting this Autumn with materials such as beads, and even wood, featuring heavily

autumn fashion

3. Summer repurposed

Don’t give up on your favourite summer dresses yet. The right styles can easily be teamed with a plain white tee and some will look just as good with a pair of boots as they did with your summer sandals.

4. Cover up with a cape

Cape-lovers will be delighted to hear that this easy, cool-but-covered style isn’t going anywhere soon. Blanket coats will be featuring this Autumn, helping us all to stay warm on those cooler evenings. Coats and jackets of all sorts are your friend in a transition wardrobe: they are the ultimate in layering and adding a chic look during inclement weather.

5. Versatility

Being versatile with every piece in your wardrobe will make dressing for the change of season much easier. Some of your summer outfits can be layered with an over-sized, chunky-knit cardi or even knee-highs for a look that’s a cosy as it is chic. And, for those ditsy summer prints, simply add leather for style that’s perfect for Autumn days.

cardigan

6. Prints are in

There’s no need to worry that an Autumn wardrobe means drab days ahead. Quite the opposite as there’s lots of emphasis on graphic prints and colour blocking. The season’s biggest hit though, is animal print. Leopard print leads the charge and with many more big design houses choosing faux over fur, it’s a look we can all enjoy.

7. Boho is back

Hooray, everyone’s favourite look, the effortless and enduring boho-chic is here to stay. Maxi dresses are a great transition wardrobe addition as they can be easily layered and teamed with all sorts of footwear from strappy sandals to knee-length boots.

8. These boots were made for wearing

We all secretly love the day we can wear our boots again – but AW18 signals a new style that’s perfect for transition. Ankle-length, heeled sock boots in purest white can be worn with long layers or minis and bare legs, for just the subtlest nod to summer.

For some fabulous looks, check out this Harper’s Bazaar piece on how to transition your boots.

As seems to be the theme for AW18, the rulebook on shapes, fabrics and finishes has gone out of the window. Check out this amazing take on the style from Topshop.

boots

9. Skirting the issue

We may take the humble skirt for granted but it’s probably the single best transition item you could own, with Elle even claiming 2018 is set to be the year of the skirt.

Quite happy coupled with long boots on a cooler day or teamed with anything from strappy heels to your kicked out converse, the skirt is flexible and fuss-free. Try different styles and colours to complement your late summer and Autumn wardrobes. With yellows, deep red and greens in the shops now, it’s easy to find versatile skirts whatever the weather.

10. It’s all in the details

For Autumn 2018, accessories are set to become the main event. Shoes, bags, jewellery and even hats have been pimped and primed.

The popularity of animal print is influencing shoes and bags and every material imaginable is fair game in the world of accessories. There are leather bags masquerading as plastic shopping bags, as well as mags made of carpet, plastic, and gem-studded. Jewellery is over-sized and amazing and hats range from wide-brimmed to balaclava style.

accessories

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Lilley women’s tan turn collar ankle boot

Shoe Zone

Lilley women’s tan turn collar ankle boot – £24.99

 

Lee copper Fleck Cardigan Ladies

Sports Direct

Lee cooper Fleck Cardigan Ladies – £5.99

 

 

 

Firetrap PinaforDrs Ld84

Sports Direct

Firetrap PinaforDrs Ld84 – £34.99

 

 

 

Miso Ladies Scarf

Sports Direct

Miso Ladies Scarf  – £5

 

 

 

USC PU Chain Bag

Sports Direct

USC PU Chain Bag – £17.99

 

 

 

3
Aug

Superpowered Schoolwear

The competition between high street retailers for the best school uniform offers is well and truly on, and the cheapest price points don’t mean the poorest quality either. New quality updates from all retailers allow for every lunchtime spill, playground scuffle and every inch they grow, and if you’re unsatisfied, many retailers offer a no quibble guarantee for anything between 60 to 200 days.

Girl's school uniform

Trawl the high street and supermarkets and you’ll find that you can stock up on unisex polo shirts from as little as £1.00 to £1.25 for a single pack or between £2.00 to £2.50 for a pack of two. A pair of trousers or a woven pleated skirt can be purchased for the bargain price of £3.00 and school shoes for boys and girls can be scooped up for as little as £8.00, while sports shoes are available for £2.50.

School uniformYour A-Z of superpower terminology

ACTIVE SPORT
PE kit that keeps them cool and fresh thanks to special technology that safely repels bacteria, so gym kit remains reassuringly smell-free.

ADJUSTABLE WAIST
Almost all trousers and skirts come with an elastic inside the waistband to adjust the waist, perfect for growth spurts and extra comfortable for active kids; and since all children are different shapes and sizes, you can now buy slim fit and plus fit trousers for girls and boys.

BIONIC FINISH®
A breathable, stain resistant and water repellent finish.

CREASE RESISTANT
Clever uniform that doesn’t crumple so they’ll look smart all school-day long – whatever they get up to.

EASY DRESSING
Retailers have made dressing for school quicker, easier and more comfortable offering trousers and skirts with no buttons or zips, pinafores with longer zips and shirts that are buttonless and fastened with Velcro.

EXPANDICUFF™
Brilliantly clever, this shirt technology mean children up the age of 8 don’t have to mess around with fiddly sleeve buttons.

FRESHFEET™
Say hello to clever technology that combats that eliminates odours and prevents bacterial and fungal growth.

GUARANTEE
More retailers will guarantee their school uniforms for anything from 60 days to 200 days if you are unsatisfied and your proof of purchase will allow for an exchange or refund.

NON-IRON
The iron can stay in the cupboard with this brilliant time-saving innovation. Simply tumble-dry and hang up immediately. Job done.

PERFECT CREASE
Trousers and shorts with the added benefit of a permanent crease, held in place throughout washing and wearing.

PERFECT COLOUR
Coloured garments are treated with a Hunstman IQ® lasting colour wash, which provides improved colour retention properties.

PERMANENT PLEATS
Woven skirts and pinafores with the added benefit of permanent pleats, this means little or no ironing at all!

REINFORCED KNEES
Trousers have a reinforced inner patch at the knee for added resilience against wear and tear.

SCUFF RESISTANT
Durable, coated-leather shoes are made scuff resistant, to withstand any mishaps. Plus, look out for real leather ones. They’ll go on and on. And on.

STAIN AWAY™
Stain Away™ technology allows stains and spills to be washed out easily. Available on shirts, polos, blazers, trousers, shorts, skirts and pinafores, it is an invisible fabric protector that helps protect clothing from spills, stains, blemishes and everyday messy mishaps.

StayNEW™
This clever technology helps jumpers keep their colour, retain their shape and stay bobble-free, keeping kids looking super-smart.

SUPERCREASE™
Supercrease™ technology on skirts and trousers offers a unique, permanent crease for their uniform, withstanding washing, dry cleaning and normal wear and tear.

TEFLON ECOELITE™
A renewably sourced, plant-based fabric treatment for durable water repellency, to help remove ground in stains more easily after washing,

WASH RESISTANT
Uniforms will stay brighter for longer thanks to specialist perfect colour technology – guaranteed to stay colourful, wash after wash.

WEATHERPROOF
This water-repellent (and stain- resistant) finish means spills roll right off the fabric and kids stay dry in sudden downpours. Available on trousers, shorts, skirts, pinafores, blazers and coats.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe

Shoe Zone

Beckett Boys Black Touch Fasten Formal Shoe – £12.99

Mix + Match 2 pairs for £20

 

school uniform

Tesco

Two polo shirts, one jumper and either a skirt or a pair of trousers for £10.50.

  • A two-pack of polo shirts are available from £2.50,
  • a jumper from £4.00
  • a shirt from £4.00
  • a pair of trousers from £4.00.
  • All uniform has a 100-day guarantee. A 2-pack of trousers is £7.

 

 

 

diary

WHSmith

2018-19 A5 Tropical Pineapples Academic Mid Year Diary Week to View – £8.99

 

 

 

ringbinder

WHSmith

Pastel Lilac 25mm Rollbound A4 Ringbinder – £2.99

 

 

 

Assorted Pens

WHSmith

BiC 4 Colours Assorted Ballpoint Pens, Medium Nib, Assorted Ink (Pack of 6) – £5.99

 

 

 

23
Jul

Summer Goals

This summer you have most probably lost your partner to one sport activity or the other, whatever sport your other half is addicted to this season don’t let it stop you from having a sensational summer. While they are staying in glued to the box, take note of these five Summer Goals, some fun and fabulous things you can do alone or with friends. You may find your other half gets a little “grassy” green with envy.

1. Pamper party

Keep calm and have a pamper party! Whether you go solo, share with friends, share it with siblings or daughters, host it yourself, or bring in the experts; the sound of cheering and groaning from the TV room will become a distant sound, as you and your guests relax to the sounds of custom playlists whilst indulging in some in bubbly, healthy snacks and being cossetted with facials, manis and pedis.

Set the mood with pretty tableware and décor, and if you’re providing all the products make sure you get some bargains. From spa sets and face masks to nail polishes and pedicure bowls (we love a washing up bowl), the high street has everything you could need. Don’t forget your robe and slippers and tell your guests to bring their own!

spa items

2. Picnic paradise

Nothing quite beats a picnic in the park. Pick a gorgeous spot with a view, invite some friends, fill your cool bags with plenty of fizz and delicious treats and relax in your surroundings. With plenty of fabulous food offers in stores on picnic delicacies, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and whether you go disposable or invest in some picnicware, just remember to take plenty of picnic blankets to chill out on.

picnic

3. A day at the beach

Get your bikinis at the ready as the beach awaits you for a fun filled day of sand and sea. As long as you have plenty of SPF to wear and water to drink, some man-made shade, fluffy towels and flip flops to protect your feet from the burning sand, take advantage of this current heatwave and have yourself a holiday.

beach

4. Festival fun

Heading out to a festival is one of the highlights of our summer – what’s not to love about live music, sunshine and friends? Pack wisely to ensure you have the best time, or if you’re creating your own festival in your back garden then don some denim shorts, cheap flip flops, a sequin top, stackable bracelets, a cute hat, a crossbody bag and a water bottle. Face gems and body glitter optional.

festival

5. Mindfullness

Take 90 minutes of alone time and you’ll be amazed at how good you feel afterwards. Read a summer blockbuster, paint a picture, go for a run, do some colouring or some meditation – whatever floats your boat for 90 minutes of peace and quiet and you’ll feel fabulous for the rest of the day.

mindfulness

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Origins Plantscription™ Youth-Renewing Sheet Masks

Boots

Origins Plantscription™ Youth-Renewing Sheet Masks – £36.00

 

 

Gelert bag

Sports Direct

Gelert bag – £5.75

 

 

 

Face Jewels

Boots

Face Jewels – £4.99

 

 

 

Soltan Family Essentials Pack

Boots

Soltan Family Essentials Pack – £11.99

 

 

 

Everless by Sara Holland

WH Smith

Everless by Sara Holland – £5.75

 

 

 

28
Jun

Can you cut the mustard?

You may be forgiven for thinking that it was the sight of Amal Clooney in THAT mustard dress at the Royal Wedding that has catapulted this season’s hottest colour trend onto a high street near you, however thanks to designers showcasing this controversial shade on the SS18 catwalk, and the likes of Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski rocking it to award ceremonies, it has taken the world of fashion by storm this season, knocking millennial pink off its pedestal and leaving us to wonder just how is the best possible way to wear this sunny shade of gold?

Our advice? Tread carefully. The Marmite of the fashion world, mustard is a shade you either love or hate. Dressing head to toe in mustard coloured clothes may seem scary at first and for some fairer ladies it can be harder to pull off, but if you are of a darker complexion, then every shade of mustard, ochre, saffron and yellow will suit you.

If you’re of a certain age the thought of it may throw you back to corduroy jeans and striped knits of the Seventies, but the good news is that mustard is one of those trends that isn’t too difficult to weave into your wardrobe. Start with baby steps, find the confidence to wear it, and once you do, you’ll probably wonder why it took you so long to finally take the plunge. If you’re really dubious then remember, accessories are your entry level into every trend.

DIP IN

Fancy some mustard coloured arm candy? Take your pick. Every hot international designer and designer label has saffron versions, from bucket bags and bumbags, to totes, mini circular bags and more, and the glorious high street has followed. Shoes? From cowboy boots to slides, ankle-tie sandals and satin courts, any mustard shoe is super chic when worn with all black.

For just a flash of burnt sienna, a silk chemise, polo neck or cotton crew neck tee worn under a buttoned-up shirt and tucked into denim, feels very preppy. You could apply the same layering trick to any floral summer-dress combo or separate your co-ords for mix and match summer styling.

DEEP DIVE

If you are willing and have the complexion to move beyond just dipping in with accessories and go the full monty with head-to-toe mustard, then not only are you making a fierce style statement, you will be applauded as well as the envy of everyone around you.

The it-hue of the season, mustard yellow, is no mean feat. Whether you carry off a figure hugging dress, statement heels and a hat inspired by Mrs Clooney, a floaty maxi dress or a jumpsuit, it is sexy, it is sassy, and it is not for the faint-hearted.     SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

 

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

mustard ruffle dress

Tesco

Mustard ruffle dress – £13.00

 

 

mustard top

Tesco

Mustard top – £8.00

 

 

 

13
Jun

Summer wardrobe revamps

This summer there are a lot of looks to add to your wardrobe to stay on trend. But the great news is, you can stick with the trends that suit you best and still look fabulous, as there are so many to choose from. The SS18 catwalks were oozing old-school charm, with inspiration taken from Jackie Kennedy, as well as 1980s style. Donatella Versace looked into the Versace archives, drawing inspiration from her brother Gianni Versace’s collections on the 20th anniversary of his death. Nostalgia and making a statement are the themes for the new season. Bright, bold colours, contrast with pretty pastels, as well as floral patterns, and sequin and embroidery details are in vogue for summer. And if you can pull it off, mustard and different hues of yellow will also make an appearance on the streets and in the stores.

It’s all in the detail

This season it’s all about the finer details of your look. Whether you’re into sparkling sequins or a simple embroidery embellishment, find the style that works for you. A simple accessory or great pair of shoes is also the perfect way to add some animal print to your wardrobe if you’re not brave enough to do head-to-toe prints.

Time to dress up

In summer, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful dress. It is possibly the simplest item in a woman’s wardrobe. Just slip on a dress and you’re good to go. There’s no need to fret over putting an outfit together, struggling to find different pieces that complement each other.

And to make sure you stay on trend, look for pretty florals and different shades of yellow, particularly mustard, to make sure you are hitting the right sartorial note this season. This season you can also play with pastels and bright colours, with both making an appearance on the catwalks for the SS18 shows.

The perfect pair of trainers

If you don’t already have a great pair of trainers, this is the season to find the perfect pair to go with all your casual looks, as well as to pair with dresses and smarter outfits too. Look for a versatile style that can be dressed up or down.

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Shoe Zone

Stylish, fashion forward and comfy, Sketchers Grey Lace -up Memory Foam Trainers will see you through Summer. Find them in Shoe Zone for £49.99!

 

 

Warren James

Fancy making a fashion statement this season? Warren James’s Florentina Sterling Silver Twist Creoles will make any outfit a winner!

 

 

 

Sports Direct

Be comfy and fashion forward with Sergio Tacchini GT Ladies trainers from Sports Direct!

 

 

 

21
May

Summer’s new beauty trends

A new season is the perfect excuse to update your makeup look. And spring and summer are a great time to pare down your makeup to the essentials and embrace your natural beauty and glow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your look or try new products.

There are several beauty trends making the rounds this season, including bold eyeliner and blue eye shadow. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new. You might find your new favourite makeup look. The main theme of the season’s top beauty looks: Have fun!

Makeup Brusehes 

A NEW TAKE ON A MODERN CLASSIC

Cat-eye eyeliner. What can be said for this classic beauty look? From Twiggy in the swinging ‘60s to Kate Moss in the ‘90s, the cat-eye is a beauty trend last looks set to last, no matter how much fashion and other trends change.

But this season, there are some shake-ups to the simple and neat black cat-eye flick. Add a touch of glitter to your cat-eye to take your look to the next level or take your cue from the catwalk and don a double cat-eye flick.

For a big, bold black cat-eye that is easy to draw on and has clean lines, L’Oréal Paris Tattoo Signature Liquid Eyeliner is a great option for £6.99.

Eye Liner

Don’t be afraid to play with colour! Swap out your classic black for a flash of blue, lilac or pink, and take your summer beauty inspiration from the pages of Vogue.

Lip Gloss 

AN ‘80S REVIVAL

Some people believe the style of the ‘80s should remain in the past. But this season heralds a revival of blue eyeshadow. And if you want to be really bold and daring with your eyeshadow, why not opt for a splash of blue glitter?

Eye Shadow

If you’re not brave enough to attempt blue eyeshadow, some blue eyeliner on the bottom lash line is also a trend spotted on the SS18 catwalks.

Blue Eye Shadow

Barry M glitter and Fixer 4 Pack £14.99, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow Paint £5.99, No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define £8.00, L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Eye Quad Turquoise Spell £7.99

THE LIGHT & NATURAL LOOK

If you’re not one for bright colours or bold cat-eyes, a trend you can embrace this season is the natural look. Learn to love your own skin this summer and pare back your makeup to the essentials. Embrace your freckles like Emma Watson and draw attention to your eyes with a simple swipe of mascara.

The key to this look is to make sure your eyebrows are neatly groomed, and a light application of blusher or highlighter will add a glow to your complexion without appearing too heavy. And when it comes to your lips, a clear gloss or natural lipstick is the perfect finishing touch to your natural look.

Natural Makeup

FIND YOUR FRAGRANCE

Add the final touch to your look this season with a great fragrance. Summer indicates floral accents and something light. But there are so many undertones and scents available, it can be daunting to decide which one works best for you.

When picking a new fragrance, keep in mind that the same perfume will react with everyone’s skin differently. So, a fragrance that smells great on your friend, might not smell the same when you wear it. There are hundreds of fragrances available, with a host of new scents released in time for the new season, so you’re bound to find the perfect scent for you. The experienced staff in your favourite perfume shop can lend a helping hand.

Fragrances

Hugo Boss Boss The Scent for Her £85.00, Ariana Grande Moonlight £30.50, Tom Ford Eau De Soleil Blanc £81.50, Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo £29.50

Beauty insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Boots

Kiss Lash Couture 5th Avenue are handcrafted with the finest sourced silk for the most sumptuous looking lashes

Poundland

Get 2 for £1 on Make Up Gallery – Dare to Bare Lip Gloss!

The Fragrance Shop

Calvin Klein CKIn2U Eau De Toilette is an expression of freedom and dependence! Buy 100ml and get a branded Calvin Klein tote bag for free

Tesco

Stay bang on trend this Summer with Elegant Touch Core Nails!

3
Apr

Let’s celebrate Cats & Dogs

In the words of George Eliot  “Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no question; they pass no criticisms”.

National Pet Month is back this April, attracting thousands of animal lovers, charities, businesses, retailers and schools to celebrate the value of pet ownership, raise funds for pet causes and have fun! As Britain’s most popular pets are cats and dogs, we urge you to show your little friend some extra love with treats and toys they’ll enjoy or get ready for bringing a new cat or dog into your life.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Every animal has its own personality, but with a dog you get to know that personality so well that you can tell when your dog is unwell, unhappy or if something is wrong. Any dog lover will tell you that the best part about owning a dog as a pet is that they are always happy to see you. Whether you have been gone for a few minutes or a few days, you will be treated with bounds of enthusiasm when you walk through the door.

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs” Charles de Gaulle

With so much unconditional love bestowed upon you by your dog, isn’t it time to show your love and appreciation? Why not treat your dog to a new and improved bed or some new toys?

When choosing a new bed for your dog, follow these important rules.

  1. Weigh and measure your dog before you shop for a bed. Measure him from tail to nose with a tape measure.
  2. Have in mind the room that he will be sleeping in.
  3. Determine which features are important.
  4. Select a colour and style that complements your dog and your home.
  5. Always check the washing instructions before you buy.

When you go toy shopping for your pup or dog ensure you buy toys that are size-appropriate. Big dogs will rip apart and eat toys meant for little pups, which could cause choking and small dogs (or older ones) could injure their teeth on hard toys meant for large dogs. Most dog toys are size labelled but if in doubt ask an in-store expert for some help and advice.

TREAT YOUR CAT LIKE ROYALTY

Cats are in many ways more independent than a dog, and so they have very different needs. Did you know that cats spend around 60% of their lives asleep, splitting their sleeping time up into a series of longer naps throughout the day? Given that cats could almost class sleeping as a hobby, a warm and snuggly cat bed is an essential accessory if you want to make sure your cat stays happy and contented.

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”. Terry Pratchett

If you have more than one cat in your household, it is advisable to provide each cat with a separate place to snooze, to avoid any conflict over territory. A wide variety of styles and designs of baskets and dens are available to cater for every cat’s taste. Cats can be very particular about their place of rest: some may prefer something fluffy and padded, whereas others will opt for something more minimalist.

Consider these factors when choosing a bed for your cat.

  • Choose the right size. Make sure your cat can stretch out comfortably, but don’t get one that is too big. Cats feel more secure and comfortable in smaller places.
  • Choose a bed that is easy for your cat to get in and out of. If you have a kitten or older cat, you’ll want to make extra sure that the walls of the bed are low enough so they get in and out easily
  • Natural fabrics for the lining and stuffing are best. This provides extra comfort for your cat and helps with some allergies. Natural fabrics include cottons, wool, feathers, and kapok. Synthetic fibres that are hypoallergenic are also good.
  • Choose one that is machine-washable. This will allow you to keep your cat’s sleeping area clean and free from potential fleas and also from allergens.

Cats and their owners love playing together with toys, it is human and feline nature and part of forming a close bond with your cat. Pet shops and discount shops are full of toys suitable for cats of all dispositions, from the nervous to the outgoing and boisterous. Look out for ball toys, play tunnels, scratching posts, stick teasers, treat balls, interactive toys, soft cat toys and cat nip toys.

Some cats prefer delicate fluffy toys, perhaps a cat stick teaser or a plush toy for you to dangle whilst they chase, while other felines prefer the rough and tumble of a rustling bed, cat activity centre or a place to play hide and seek.

HEALTH & SAFETY

There are a few extra items that you should consider when you have a pet. Pet insurance can save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds every year, helping to cover those unexpected and costly vet bills. The Post Office offers pet insurance, covering up to £7,000 in vet fees per policy year.

And don’t forget your pet’s ID tag. All dogs and cats should have an ID tag incase they get lost, to help them find their way home.

3
Apr

Be in the running for a new challenge

The London Marathon takes place this month, signifying one of the biggest challenges for recreational runners taking part. It’s a daunting and monumental experience for marathon newbies, and an inspirational time for anyone wondering “could I do that too?” With the right training and commitment to a healthy eating plan, you too could run 26 miles. This handy guide breaks down what you need to know to get yourself in the running for next year’s London Marathon, and for a fitter, healthier you in just 17 weeks.

BEGINNERS ESSENTIALS

Don’t even think about putting a step forward before investing in the best pair of trainers to suit your feet. You don’t need to go for the most expensive pair, as long as they support the shape of your foot.

Make sure you go to a specialist shoe or sports shop with experts that can appraise the way your feet move and have knowledge of specialist brands, such as Brooks, Asics, Reebok, Nike, New Balance and Adidas.

Shoes that don’t fit your feet properly can lead to muscular imbalances in the body and allow for foot, knee and hip injuries.

IMAGES: SPORTSDIRECT, JD SPORTS, SHOEZONE

Reebok YourFlex £39.99, Gola Active Ortholite £34.99, Nike Air VaporMax £150.00

IMAGES: SPORTSDIRECT, JD SPORTS, SHOEZONE

New Balance W 680v4 £54.99, Nike Air VaporMax FlyKnit £170.00, Gola Lightweight £34.99

SHAPE UP

As important as it is to practice running, it is just as important to get fit and strong. Whether you exercise alone in the gym or attend classes with friends, building strength and stamina is the key to success.  There are some great resources to help you get into shape, from specialist classes to training courses online and in apps.

The Virgin Money London Marathon website has a three-level 17-week training plan, one for beginners, an intermediate plan and an advanced plan. Pick the level you need and use this as a guide on your journey to the starting line.

Add several supplements to your healthy diet and fitness regime to help your body on its road to fitness. Talk to an expert at a health food shop where you’ll find a plethora of running and fitness supplements, as well as to your pharmacist about supplements and your doctor for your overall health.

  • BCAAs – Amino Acids that help to maximise muscle growth.
  • Creatine – Helps with muscles development and building strength.
  • Fish Oil – Omega 3 assists with cognitive function, fat burning and hormonal output.
  • Green powder – Can help make up for the shortfall of nutrients and minerals you don’t receive from eating enough leafy greens.
  • Vitamin D – In the UK many people can suffer from low vitamin D levels, which can affect bone density and energy production.
  • Whey Protein – Rich in BCAAs for repairing sore muscles and trigger growth.

IMAGES: BOOTS, SUPERDRUG, HOLLAND & BARRETT

Women’s Best BCAA Amino Ice Tea – Peach Flavour (200g) £18.00, Alexanders Omega 3 tablets £0.99 Precision Engineered Creatine 120 Capsules 700mg £14.99

IMAGES: BOOTS, SUPERDRUG, HOLLAND & BARRETT

Hion Green Powder Ultimate Blend 150g £20.99, PhD Natural Whey Protein Powder – Chocolate (500g) £19.99, Superdrug Vitamin D 12.5mcg Tablets £2.15

EAT WELL

What you eat is just as important as the exercise and training you undertake to train for a marathon. You should rely on supplements to give your body the nutrients that it needs. One of the most important aspects of any diet is to drink an adequate amount of water. While the amount you should drink differs for each individual, the general guideline is between 2-3 litres per day, and it is also important that you drink water during each training session to replenish the fluids you lose.

There are certain foods that can assist in different aspects of your training and nutritional needs. You can find a full break down of nutritional advice on the Virgin Money London Marathon website, but some of the tips include:

  • Marmite, apples and avocado to boost cardio.
  • Spinach, eggs and almonds to help maintain muscle.
  • Watermelon, coffee and bran flakes to help you run faster.
  • Blue berries, honey and smoked mackerel to help prevent injury.
  • Pine nuts, green tea and coconut oil to help you get lean.
  • Kale, walnuts and white button mushrooms to help you stay healthy.

5
Mar

Get down & dirty with some spring cleaning

The sun is rising earlier, setting later, and slowly the temperature is starting to climb. But that also means that it’s time to get down and dirty with some spring cleaning. For some this can be daunting, and for others a cathartic experience to remove the clutter from their lives. We have some great tips to help make your spring cleaning an easy and simple process.

Before you even start cleaning, there are some steps you can follow to help you through the process:

  1. Draw up a schedule and break up your cleaning into easy to manage portions – by breaking it up over several days you won’t tire yourself out and the process can become more enjoyable.
  2. Tackle your cleaning one room at a time – by tackling one room at a time you can give it all your attention, for example, in your bedroom you can take the time to organise your closet and get rid of things you don’t wear or need.
  3. Get everything you need before you start cleaning to avoid having to stop.
  4. Create multiple piles of items as you go through your house, one for storage, one for charity and a rubbish pile for the things you want to throw out.

BE MASTERFUL WITH YOUR MUCK

The kitchen and bathroom are probably the worst places to clean as the steam from cooking and hot showers can make the dirt and grime more difficult to remove. There are plenty of tricks and clever products that will make this arduous task a lot easier.

  • Lemon cleans stainless steel – Simply halve a lemon and use it to scrub away those annoying streaks and marks.
  • Steam clean your microwave – Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of a scented essential oil of your choice with water and place this in the microwave on a high temperature for five minutes. Not only will it remove those tough stains and food build up, it will smell great too.
  • Organise your refrigerator – Place a lazy Susan in your fridge for bottles, jars and containers, to make it easier to get to the items that you want, and keep your fridge organised. Plastic containers are also a great way to keep your food fresh, and make it easy to see what you have in stock.
Images: Asda, Argos, Wilko

HOME Clip Fresh Plastic Food Containers Pack of 10 £16.99 at Argos
Sistema Multi-Coloured Klip it Food Storer 5 Litres £7.00 at Asda
Wilko Food Container Square 2.3 Litre £2.50 at Wilko

BRIGHT AND BLISSFUL BATHROOMS

Steam marks and water stains can be laborious to clean, and with so many products required for daily grooming, your bathroom is bound to look untidy unless you create clever storage solutions. Look out for storage products to ensure everything is kept neat, while being easily accessible.

  • Get rid of water stains and product build up – Tumble Dryer sheets are great for removing product build up on glass shower doors.
  • Keep your bathroom smelling fresh – Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil inside your toilet paper roll for a constant, pleasant smell.
  • Deep clean your shower head – Regularly fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie this around your shower head. Let this soak overnight to loosen dirt and grime and use an old toothbrush to scrub it clean.
Images: Sainsbury’s & Wilko

ODIN Bamboo and white lacquer 3 tier storage unit £80.00 and ODIN Bamboo and white 3 shelf corner unit £80.00 at Sainsbury’s
4 Tier Storage Unit White £18.00 and Pop up Laundry Bin £3.00 at Wilko

Images: Wilko, Sainsbury’s & Argos

COLLIER Copper metal over door hooks £12.00 at Sainsbury’s
Wilko Over Door Rack £10.00 at Wilko
Croydex Hookover Steel Shower Caddy £11.99 and HOME 2 Tier Hookover Shower Caddy £6.99 at Argos

SOLVE YOUR STORAGE WOES

For most people, storage is an issue. Either there is not enough storage space at home, or drawers and cupboards are untidy, and things are difficult to find. But there are a few simple steps you can follow to make sure that your bedroom cupboards, laundry cupboard and even your sitting room are neat, and that everything has a proper place.

The great thing about storage, is you can choose whether you want to make it a feature of the room, or if you want it hidden. And when it comes to your wardrobe, vacuum packing the clothes is a great way to clear up some space.

HOME Single 2 Rail Wardrobe Frame £39.99, HOME 2 Tier Shoe Rack £19.99, Protect & Store Mixed Vacuum Storage Bags 6 Piece Set £11.99, and HOME 10 Pocket Hanging Canvas Shoe Storage £5.49 all at Argos

Images: Ryman, Argos, The Works

HOME Large Fabric Ottoman £32.99 at Argos
Habitat Jacobs Upholstered Storage Bench £250.00 at Argos
Really Useful Storage Box 9 Litre Pack of 2 £10.00 at Ryman
Floral Storage Suitcases Set Of 3 £7.00 at The Works