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11 Jan 2018


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I hit my peak back in November!

But read on to see my feature for Stylenest and discover what a bootcamp could do for you…

Fingers crossed you lose more than a kilo!!! 

New You Bootcamp, Malaga


01 Jan 2018


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New year, new you right? 

That’s probably the thought in many a mind this morning, and what better way to start a shiny new year with getting rid of all your old baggage?? Well, you can start with the skin variety. I fell in love with the Custom Rituals at the Beauty and Melody Spa at the M by Montcalm in Shoreditch, and I am sure you will too. I definitely have Polynesia on my hit list this year, so I can try it in person!

Read my review for 55 here


16 Nov 2017

FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT- just what the doctor ordered

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This is what happened when I went for a break on my own.. 

It was paradise on earth! Actually at the Fountainhead Retreat in Andalusia..

Read my article for Flush magazine here:


03 Sep 2017


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The night’s are drawing in, and the memory of frolicking on sunny beaches is now a distant memory.. well maybe not the frolicking part! So it that means cosy nights in are the perfect time to take care of your sun-treated summer skin. 

I must admit that I have been using the Pestle & Mortar Hydrate moisturiser for a few months now, and I am in love! It has been a skin-saver for all my jet-setting antics. My one different country per month pledge has been paying off! So what with prancing about on the beach in Brighton, as well as numerous work trips to tropical climes, I have been using the Hydrate cream both morning and night. 

It is super light and you don’t need much to soak into even the most withered of skin, and the packaging is just what you need to impress! 

Founded by Irish mum and business woman Sonia Deasy, who wanted to  create something that would give instant results for dry and tired skin, I can vouch she has found the winning potion. Based on a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy, focusses on natural healing principles and don’t use any nasties or test on animals. 

Once only known as a Beauty Editor’s insider’s pick, this is something that should be in every bedroom- along with the rest of the range.

Shop the full range here


14 Jun 2017


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Spring has sprung, and summer is in the air. I can’t complain, but my poor eyes can! They positively weep at the jingle of the ice cream man, as that means the sun has his hat on, and the hay fever pollen is out.

I didn’t suffer with hay fever as a child. It is one of those pesky irritations which has developed, and is thriving even though I live by the beach. However, nothing is going to stop this Darling from going out and enjoying herself… and that is why I am very grateful to have found some non-irritable eye drops that soothe my poor itchy eyes, and I’m pretty sure give me some added sparkle! 


Thankfully, someone recommended Murine Bright & Moist Eyes which you can pop in morning, noon and night and the lubricating liquid gel adds that extra barrier of moisture. Be gone naughty itches! I love my sunglasses collection, but I like to wear make up underneath, with no fear of smudging down my face too! 

Boasting drops specifically for hay fever symptoms, and normal dry eyes, this is a brand I am super pleased to have discovered. Buy yours in most Boots stores, or online here.





17 Aug 2016


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When I heard about a new activewear label, I did a very teeny yawn. After all, you can’t walk five minutes down the road without seeing a yummy mummy in a bra-lette on her way back from her pilates class; Or the Mistress of sportsluxe, Rihanna in one of her infinite track-luxe get ups, in pretty much any magazine.

But when I delved further, Sundried is a label made for people who care. And I do like to think that’s a bit of me. Designed for people who actually work out and spend more time getting sweaty than getting a green juice, the team behind the label are big on training outdoors, and you can tell by the gorgeous capsule collection they have created.

Even though I attempt to look OK when I work out, I know I am going to get a sweat on, so I loved the idea that the simple, timeless styles were ethically produced, and wouldn’t wear out as quickly as some ‘fashionable’ competitors.

With carefully created fabric which is designed to be washed cool, and ‘sun dried’, this might be easier said than done in this climate; But actually the clever bods at Sundried HQ have used a very fine mix of  materials which minimise sweat and still keep their stretch after a good long run. Designed in the UK and made in Portugal, all the workers of legal age, get paid a fair wage, and work in safe conditions, which is more than can be said about some competitors.

In keeping with responsible lifestyle choices, for every item sold, a donation is made to the charity Water for Kids. So you can glow on the inside as well as looking fit on the outside; And the kids in disadvantaged countries such as Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya will benefit from you looking hot too.

Now what’s stopping you working out and feeling good?

Get inspired at Sundried

27 Jul 2016


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If you’re anything like me- I have the 21st century FOMO (fear of missing out), so I tend to cram in as much as possible, as often as possible! And that results in me feeling a little bit jaded from time to time..

So on my days of recuperation, I like to try and catch up on my sleep. Needless to say by then, I am officially exhausted and you would think sleep would come easy.. alas not. It seems whenever I attempt to get my head down at a reasonable hour, my sleep endorphins decide they want to be out dancing. Or starting a provocative conversation with my brain about a deadline. Hence even on those days off, falling asleep is a bit of a mish!

I’ve tried the chill out apps and the pillow spray- all very well and good but not quite effective enough! So when I got my mitts on the infamous Potter’s ‘Herbal Nodoff Plus Mixture‘ I couldn’t wait to see if this would be the answer to my insomnia.

Having produced successful products for years, the white coats behind the Potter’s brand must know something about herbs, and reading between the lines, it is quite a combo of ingredients which help the little sleep zzzzzs..

Valerian is widely used for excitability and exhaustion, (which sums me up rather well), along with Jamaican Dogwood, Passion Flower and Hops- but the potion didn’t look (or taste) as pretty as it sounded! However I persevered, and the tablespoon after dinner and two more before bed hit me like a brick wall! In a good way.

I’d love to tell you I had a great night’s sleep, but I can’t remember… I was out like a light, and felt fresh a a daisy the next day. No dreams, no anxiety, no grogginess. In fact I woke up feeling like I do on holiday- refreshed and raring to go.

I don’t know if it will be quite as effective if you get used to it, but I am definitely keeping this in my bathroom cabinet for emergencies.

Buy yours here