Lifestyle

21
Jul

It’s All About Staycations!

Many of us have sadly had to cancel our summer holidays, as a result of the worldwide pandemic.  If you’re currently reconsidering your July and August plans, how about a day trip to some of the UK’s beauty spots? Or for at-home relaxation, here’s our guide on how to re-create the holiday atmosphere at home this summer.

Are you Summer ready?

Whilst the run up to a holiday is usually filled with excitement, panic summer clothes buying and a quick dash to get pampered at the beauty parlour, you can still create those same endorphins but without the stress!

Not managed to get a slot at the beauty salon yet?  No worries, for all your summer beauty essentials head to Boots and grab yourself a DIY home manicure and pedicure kit. And don’t forget the all-important sun screen for when the sun (eventually) comes out!

Fun in The Sun!

With home schooling finally finished for the summer, how can you keep the kids entertained? Why not create your very own holiday kids’ club in your own back garden?

Creating your own garden getaway is easy, with an inflatable swimming pool, garden accessories including some new garden games and fairy lights! Or you could turn your back garden into a sports playground, with a host of sports accessories from Sports Direct.  And should the British weather fail us, Poundland will have all your essentials for an arts and crafts home workshop indoors.

Whet your appetite!

If you’re missing that ‘brimming-with-food’ buffet and want to break free from the kitchen, it’s time to put a holiday spin on your cuisine. Choose a different take away each night, design your own summer menu with a new cookbook from WHSmith, or perhaps your palate fancies a beach picnic or BBQ? With themed tableware and a wide range of accessories to compliment your feast, you’ll find some great ideas from Tesco.

So, you CAN make the most of holidaying at home. Whether it’s a picnic party or a playground in your own glorious garden.  You’ll find all your staycation essentials at Chesterfield Pavements.

For all the latest openings, check out the website and stay in touch!

21
May

Take time out to relax during lockdown

As lockdown enters week 9 (we think?) are you finding this enforced time together relaxing or tiring? According to recent You Gov figures, 87% of us think we are coping pretty well, although 25% felt it was putting a strain on their relationship.  So, if you’re looking for new ways to find a little me-time away from it all, look no further.

Just chill

Even though we are confined to a much smaller space than we are used to, it is possible to create a special place in the house or garden to just chill. Treat yourself to a comfy chair, some colourful new cushions and the perfect footstool, and then splash out on some new books and your favourite music from WHSmith. It’s all about recognising the need to walk away from work/family/the phone and taking a little time out before moving onto the next task.

Find a new relaxation routine

Many of us have found time to add one hour of permitted exercise into our lives. Whether it’s a gentle walk around the block, a vigorous jog or a speedy bike ride, it’s all good news for our mental health.  Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, and stimulates endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. So now the one hour restriction has been lifted, you have all day to watch some inspiration from Sports Direct before you get going.

Pamper yourself

Online sales of toiletries have increased, showing that with non-essential stores closed, many of us have rushed to order that special moisturiser, bubble bath or face pack. Good to see that taking care of our skin and looking good is still high on the agenda. Check out the luxury body and bath range from Boots and the latest health and beauty range from Poundland.

Learn to paint

From getting DIY tasks done around the house, or sorting out the garden, thanks to Poundland, to enjoying the challenge of painting by numbers, we seem to have been getting creative. And with offers on kids art and crafts supplies from Tesco and great deals on stationery essentials from WHSmiths it’s no surprise that local Derbyshire schoolchildren have been hitting the paint pots to create rainbow hands to say thank you to keyworkers in a display at Tower View School. Plenty of evidence that the nation’s artistic skills are on the rise. The perfect way to relax the brain after a busy day.

This picture was featured on Derbyshire Live. The rainbow of hands created by children of Tower View Primary School, in Winshill (Image: Tower View Primary School)

We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

 

20
Apr

Stay healthy at home

While gyms up and down the country are definitely missing their members, plenty of us are getting fit at home with a #StayInWorkOut.  You can work up a sweat just ordering your gym equipment online. And once you’re all set up, never fear, online workouts are here!

Set up your home gym from Tesco.

Pick up an activity tracker in Boots.

Your wellbeing comes first

From sustainable living, to vitamins, to stress relief and help with sleeping, Boots have a host of products to browse in their online wellness section.

It may be tempting not to dress up while staying at home, but putting on your usual make-up can contribute to your wellbeing. Have a browse around Boots’ make up range for some inspiration.

Time to get into mindfulness

There has never been a better time to get your head around mindfulness. Different activities work for different people. Some might find yoga relaxing, others painting or colouring in. There is no hard and fast rule, just so long as you take some time out to distract your mind from any day to day worries and anxiety that might create stress.

Here are just a few suggestions – have a go and share the results with us on our social media pages!

Easter activities from WHSmiths.

Crafting ideas from Poundland.

Bathing essentials from Boots.

Lose yourself in a whole range of mIndfulness books from WHSmiths.

We hope to see you back at Chesterfield Pavements again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

30
Jan

Tips on working out when you’re a parent

New year, new resolutions. We may be at the end of the month, but, we know how hard it can be to get back into it exercise after Christmas. And that’s why we’ve left it later in the month… you know, to give you that second burst of motivation. In case, if like us, you missed the memo first time around.

If you’re a busy parent, it can be doubly hard to get into that exercise mindset. After all, let’s be honest, feeding kids, doing the school runs and then bedtimes are workouts in themselves. But, that’s where we’re on hand to help… ready, steady, PUMP IT UP.

Join the gym

Ok, ok, we know, there’s no time… but just hear us out. Did you know? People who join the gym are 65% more likely to be motivated. And there’s great news, with many gyms now open 24 hours. It means, if you’re up to it, you can do a super early workout, before tackling the kids. Yes, that alarm won’t sound great at 5am the first few times, but once you begin to see the results and feel more energetic, you’ll be bouncing out of bed…

Slowly does it

If you have a teeny tiny one, then you’ll probably just be glad you’ve conquered the hair washing rather than the deadlift. However, there’s never a better time to start than the present. New mum? Practice strengthening those pelvic floor muscles while you’re prepping their dinner, or, make an extra trip up the stairs every day. It’s all a step (?) in the right direction.

Walk into it

Got a small one in tow and no-one to watch them while you go to the gym, then walk before you run. Grab your mini-me, strap them in their buggy and clear the cobwebs away with a stroll. Start slowly to begin with, then as you become more confident, walk briskly. Heck, after a few months, you could maybe even break into a jog. Great for your fitness and for getting baby and toddlers out and about.

Get Appy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll know there’s lots of apps that are made to get you moving, both at the gym and at home. Download a few on a trial, grab that yoga mat, kettlebells and weights and get watching! Go on, give it a try. And, if you do have a baby, consider a carrier to use them as a weight. Great for squats!  Not an app fan? You can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned DVD.  But be warned, you may end up shouting at the TV when the going gets tough. Ahem.

The advice bit…

Always make sure you wear a good pair of trainers, even if you’re working out at home. And the same goes for gym kit. Think non-sweat vests and leggings or shorts for ultimately breathability. They make a huge difference! Honest.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct:

Nike Swoosh Women’s Medium-Support Sports Bra – £19.99

 

Sports Direct:

Puma DryCELL Tension T Shirt – £20.00

 

Sports Direct:

Karrimor Tempo Ladies Running Shoes – £18.00

 

WHSmith

Home Gym Workout – £8.99

30
Aug

Top six savvy ways to save money

Let’s talk about money. No, we’re not asking for any, although, if you’d like to give it to us, we’ll never say no . We’re more about how to save it. Because, let’s be honest, we all like to get a few ideas on how to keep those pennies in our pockets.

Get those piggy banks at the ready guys…

Take the offer

Yep, we’re talking literally. Did you know, that a range of shopping centres have an offers feed that’s generated from retailers with info about in-store discounts. The best way to make sure you’re always up to date? Through good ol’ social media. As many centres and retailers share offers on their pages, it means you’ll never miss out on a great deal, which in turn means that you’ll be pocketing those pennies. Good call, good call… Oh, and don’t forget, many stores also have sales that they may not shout about. So, next time you’re near your fave retailer, pop in. You may just get a thrifty surprise!

Wireless wonders

It’s so easy to switch to 4G (or 5G if you’re there!) when you’re out and about. But, every second of surfing is lost data and, money. That’s why we love free WiFi. A whole host of shopping centres, coffee shops and even tube stations all offer this service. So, next time you’re out and about look out for the signs, or just switch on your WiFi and browse for a free to join network. Yup, so easy, so cost effective.

Shake your (car) booty

So, this is one that may help you make money, as well as save it…enter the car boot sale! Yep, if you’re looking for a cheap one off, then don your best bargaining hat and get on down to your local boot sale. We can guarantee, you’ll end up picking up some great stuff at a fraction of the price. And if you’re not looking to buy, then you can still make cash. Grab your old stuff and book a space because, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Not really the car boot type? There’s an app for that. Yup, thanks to the likes of Facebook Market Place, Shpock and of course, eBay, buying and selling secondhand kit has never been so easy. The best bit? You can do it on your sofa. And while we’re on the secondhand topic, that leads us nicely to our next tip…

Charge into the charity shops

Fancy doing your bit for charity and bagging a bargain? These shops are a no brainer. Not only are there some great finds, but they are stocked up nearly every day thanks to so many kind donations. We think they’re great for finding something that you’d only wear once – ballgown for a special event anyone – at a great price. Then, once you’re done with it, take it back and let someone else get use of it. That’s what we call sustainable, money saving fashion!

Fill it up

How many water bottles do you buy when you’re out? We’re going with at least 20 a year minimum. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much. However, what if we told you, you could save at least a tenner by bagging a stainless steel bottle and taking advantage of the free refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes. Oh, and let’s not forget, plastic bottles make up a huge majority of landfill and they take 1000 years each to decompose, so not only are you saving pounds, but also the environment.

‘I wanna be a supermodel’

Did you know? Hairdressing salons and beauticians need to train up their apprentices. The best way for them to do that? Get hands on. And that’s great news for you because in order for them to do that, they need to practice. Because they aren’t fully trained, these apprentices will ask for models and you’ll either pay half the price or nothing at all. But they’ll also be supervised all the time, so don’t worry, there won’t be any wonky haircuts or smudged nails. Just some more pounds for you to keep!

30
Jul

Going Plastic Free and Sustainable

Eco, plastic-free and sustainability are all buzzwords we’re hearing, especially since this month is #PlasticFree July. Yep, eco-consciousness has hit the mainstream as we all begin to realise what these materials can do to our planet. Thanks Sir Attenborough! We know that life gets in the way, and that’s why we’re here with a couple of tips to give you a helping hand when it comes to going plastic-free and being sustainable too. Just call us Captain Planet…

Reusable cool

Even if you’re too busy to do anything else, taking on the reusable challenge is a must and, if you take our advice, a cinch! We’re talking swapping those plastic bags for cloth shoppers and switching plastic bottles for a stainless steel one. With so many refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes, there’s really no excuse. Think of it this way, not only do both these initiatives help the environment, they’ll also save you money. No more 5p bags and no more £1 bottles of water either! #justsaying

Raving over recycled

We’re all pretty savvy when it comes to putting our stuff in the blue bins, at home, and in the range of split bins in shopping centres too. However, there are other ways to get involved in this! Did you know, that a range of places now offer clothing that’s made of recyclable materials? From tops made of old bags to backpacks made of plastic milk bottles, there’s something for everyone. And here’s a little FYI. From 2024, Adidas will also be making ALL its trainers from recycled goods. Sprint to it guys!

Buy biodegradable

A standard plastic toothbrush takes around 1,000 years to decompose, while a plastic soap bottle takes 450. That’s a lot of Grandchildren’s, grandchildren, grandchildren to think about! That’s why we’re so pleased to be seeing cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo or wood toothbrushes, which decompose naturally, to biodegradable wipes. Great for wiping babies’ bottoms and using on your face too. Not at the same time, obviously!

Check out the charity shops

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Charity shops are pretty awesome for a whole range of things. First up, recycling the stuff you don’t want and reducing landfill, and secondly, for finding stuff. Buying clothing from here means you’re not fuelling the demand for new clothes, thus saving water and waste that goes into making new fashion! And let’s not forget those books, DVDs and household goods too… As they say, ‘one man’s waste, is another man’s treasure!’

So, there it is folks! Quick and easy ways to make sure you’re doing your bit to be sustainable and plastic-free… Sir David would be proud!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold

Tesco

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold – £5.00

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes

Tesco

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes – £2.50

 

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes

Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes – £3.99

 

 

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes

Boots

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes – £5.70

 

 

23
Jan

3 Ways To Beat The January Blues

So, the festivities are over, the lights have been packed away for another year. January can seem quite a dull month in comparison but it’s also a great time for starting a brand new adventure:  taking stock, making new plans and giving yourself some much-needed ‘me time’.

We’ve got some top tips on how to beat the January blues – it’s a whole body and mind project and we can point you in the direction of success.

sleeping

1. Sleep

Some say it’s overrated, we say it’s an essential element of feeling good and staying healthy. After burning the candle at both ends during December, January is generally quiet so it’s a great time for getting in some extra zzzz’s. But that doesn’t mean we have to be boring, oh no. Take a special trip to your local shopping centre to pick up some lovely new pyjamas (hopefully you’ll get a bargain in the sale) and maybe a new book that you can get stuck into during the dark evenings.

Loungewear is a relatively new clothing category that’s set to take off in AW18-19. Clothing that’s super comfortable but flexible enough to answer the door to the Tesco delivery man is essential for our near-24 hour lifestyle. Consisting of everything from underwear to joggers, loungewear allows real flexibility whether you’re spending the day working from home or just getting an early night.

fruit

2. Healthy diet

January is definitely the month-of-detox. How many of you are, or know someone that is, on some sort of healthy eating plan? Whether it’s a week, a month or some new habits for life, health and wellbeing is certainly on the agenda for 2019.

The NHS suggests focusing on a balanced diet – that’s a wide variety of foods in the right proportions. These days, we’re all more aware of the impact food can have on our health and lifestyle and, thankfully, it’s a lot easier to head out and about if you are following a restricted diet this month. Coffee shops always offer a range of different milks, such as almond or coconut. Many cafes and restaurants are happy to cater for gluten free customers and veganism has experienced a boom over the past year or so with the Vegan Society reporting that demand for meat-free food increased by an incredible 987% during 2017.

exercise

3. Fitness

You can’t beat fresh air and exercise for lifting the spirits and these cold, crisp winter days are perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. However, with a big freeze predicted for the UK in late January, don’t forget that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Head out and get kitted up at your local sports or outdoors shop and be British about it!

A similar concept to loungewear has also arrived on the sporting scene as we now see lots of clothing choices under the ‘athleisure’ badge. Apparently, some 65% of us will have set ourselves a goal to get fit in 2019 but it’s proven that if you announce your goals, you’re far more likely to achieve them than if you keep them to yourself. What better way to make that statement than by treating yourself to some new togs.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Fitbit

Boots

Fitbit Alta HR – £79.99

 

 

auritech sleep hearing protectors

Boots

Auritech Sleep Hearing Protectors – £19.95

 

 

 

Puma Axis Mens Trainers

Sports Direct

Puma Axis Mens Trainers – £32.00

 

 

 

 

USA Pro Leggings Ladies

Sports Direct

USA Pro Leggings Ladies – £22.00

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

1
Jan

Reign purple in 2018

It’s a new year, and as many often claim a new year means a new you. You make resolutions, many of which are broken within the first month of the year, all in the aim of being a better person. This year, being a new you does not have to mean trying to change who you are, but rather let it mean changing the things around you to make you the best ‘you’ you can be.

For 2018, Pantone has announced that Ultra Violet is the colour of the year. So why not infuse this colour into the different aspects of your life? Refreshing your wardrobe, beauty regime and even your diet may have surprising impacts on the various aspects of your life. This vibrant and energetic colour could be just the thing your 2018 needs to give it a boost and help you be the best.

THE POWER OF PURPLE

Purple is believed to have a calming effect on the mind and nerves, as well as encourage imagination and creativity. A colour often linked with authority, adding this colour to your wardrobe could give you the added confidence you need during a tough day, while also helping your mindset. However, be careful not to over do it with the purple, as too much of this glorious hue is thought to bring out some negative qualities, like irritability, impatience and arrogance.

There are a few ways you can add some purple to your wardrobe, without it becoming overbearing. Think accessories, a statement top with muted trousers or a skirt, or be a bit more daring and go for purple shoes to add pop to your outfit. The purple can simply be a small detail of the entire outfit, but this can still be powerful.

Images: New Look, Peacocks, Dorothy Perkins, Select, Bonmarché

Apricot purple lace scallop hem bell sleeve top £25.00 at New Look
Purple tie sleeve top £15.00 at Peacocks
Tie front short sleeve top £17.50 at Dorothy Perkins
Bardot lotus long sleeve blouse £12.99 at Select
Floral print bubble hem blouse £22.00 at Bonmarch
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Images: New Look, Clarks, Shoe Zone, Deichmann, Quiz

Satin ribbon tie heels £17.99 at New Look
Vendra Bloom in aubergine suede £29.00 at Clarks
Marco Tozzi multi coloured brogue boot £49.99 at Shoe Zone
Puma Vikky trainers £44.99 at Deichmann
White and pink embroidered boots £19.99 at Quiz

Images: Claire’s, Peacocks, Bonmarché, New Look, Evans

18ct gold plated cubic zirconia purple studs £6.00 at Claire’s
Plum chunky knitted snood £10.00 at Peacocks
Pastel checked scarf £10.00 at Bonmarché
Purple zip side metal handle tote bag £24.49 at New Look
Purple twist bead collar necklace £7.50 at Evans

BE BOLD WITH BEAUTY

There’s no need to limit your use of purple to your wardrobe alone. There are fun ways you can incorporate this shade into your beauty look without looking like a little kid playing dress up. A touch of purple nail varnish, or a subtle touch of purple eyeshadow can be enough to update your beauty look for 2018 and give you that extra boost of confidence when you need it.

Images: Boots, Superdrug, Bodycare

Orly nail polish is Velvet Rope £5.00 at Boots
Rimmel nail polish 60 Second in Black Cherries £2.99 at Superdrug
Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad eyeshadow in State of Grace £5.99 at Bodycare
Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette in Mermaids vs Unicorns £4.00 at Superdrug
L’Oréal Paris Color Riche mono eyeshadow in purple velour £5.99 at Boots

BERRY COLOURED EATS & TREATS

And why not extend the Ultra Violet trend into your eating habits too? According to research, the antioxidant that gives purple foods their colour (anthocyanin) is beneficial, having been linked to increased longevity, cardiovascular health and dementia.

Some of the foods that you can add to your diet that not only feature this beautiful and vibrant colour, but are good for you too, include red cabbage, berries like blackberries and cranberries, aubergines or eggplant, as well as purple or heritage carrots and red kale.

Next time you visit the grocery store keep an eye out for purple (healthy) foods you can buy. Sainsbury’s, Asda, Iceland and Tesco as sure to have a selection of in-season fruits and vegetables in this powerful (and healthy) colour.

In 2018, Ultra Violet is not only the colour of the year, but the colour that could change your year and you.