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Monday, 31 August 2015

Be Safe in the Sun

Floral dip hem dress, Playsuit & Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters & Sandals - Topshop

 Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK , as over exposure to sunlight has been scentifically proven to increase the risk of causing damage to your skin. Since 2011, 115,000 were diagnosed with cancer in the UK and more than 13,000 of those cancers were found to Malignant Melanoma. Sadly as a resort of this on average each year 2,000 people die from this dreadful skin disease.

Unfortunately those  who are at risk of skin cancer have a family  history of  cancer or they have fair skin , sensitive skin or moles and freckles, which tend to burn in the sun. If you fall under any of these categories it’s important to take some simple measures when preparing to go on holiday, which will help protect your skin from the dangerous UV rays.
Spend time in the shade between 11:00 - 15:00 – Whether you’re on a city break or relaxing by the beach or pool it’s important to take the time out of the sun by cooling down in the shade, as this will prevent you from getting burnt. Aim to take cover under the poolside umbrella or beach parasol, as this will be a safe location for you to reapply your sun cream as you’re away from the harmful sunrays. However if you’re exploring around mainland areas, cities or towns aim to schedule some breaks within your itinerary and head to a little café as this will give you the time to repose and get away from the heat.  

Make sure you never burn – Pack plenty of sun cream, which is for your skin type whether you’re fair, medium or dark aim to get an SPF around 30-50SPF with a good UV rating.  Research has proven that some of the high end and high street skin manufactures sun creams do not protect the skin correctly in from UV rays so do not be fooled by the brand name or price.

 Aim to cover up in the sun  - Whilst being out and about in the sun it’s important to wear appropriate clothing, which not only keep you cool from the heat but most importantly will help create the barrier between you and an unwanted sunburn. However by selecting some sensible wardrobes you'll be able to stop your back, shoulders and face from getting burnt. 

Gentlemen - Aim to pack lose material clothing as this will prevent you from breaking out in a sweat, loose cottont-shirts are perfect for battling against a heat and will help keep your shoulders and back covered. 

Ladies – There’s various stylish summery pieces , which can help protect parts of your body from the sun aim to pick lightweight tops and cover ups which you can take off when it’s safe. Bardot tops and kimonos are ideal in warmer climates as not only will help give you some outfit variation but most importantly they’ll keep your shoulders and back covered from the sun. 
Swimwear - When it comes to swim wear it can be quiet difficult to find a piece which not only fits correctly but aims to cover up the areas of your body which are at risk of exposure.High waisted bikinis and one piece swimwear is ideal for those of you who have freckles, moles or sensitive skin as it will keep the majority of your back and chest covered.
Accessories – Hats, sunglasses , sarongs or  scarfs are essential to pack when it comes to any trip abroad as not only will these outfit extras give a pop of colour to your look but most importantly they help cover up your eyes and skin from the sun. 
Remember to take extra care with children – If you’re going on a family holiday make sure you pack plenty of gear which will protect your little ones from the sunshine .
Swimwear choices   - Many high street and online retailers have created affective swimwear to protect children from the sun as the mini surfer look is ideal to protect your tots back, shoulders and chest from the sun. 
Sun cream for kids – Most sun cream brands such as Nivea and Garnier have a children’s selection however please be aware that even though they’re aimed  for the younger generation it may not be the best product to protect your child from getting burnt.

Sun damage doesn’t just happened when you’re abroad in the sun . It can happen when you’re not expecting it. So remember to be safe and keep covered up.  If you would like further information please ask seek medical advice from your GP and check out the  Cancer Research website.  














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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Behind the scenes at Glam by Elizabeth Daisy



Glam by Elisabeth Daisy was created with a vision to build a business on making women look glamorous and feel fabulous for all special occasions and events they have in their social diary. Whether you love a statement smokey eye or a look more subtle and soft, every makeup application embraces glamour.

However building a successful reputation within the make up industry is not only based on skill but the trust and care of clientele. Elizabeth's goal is to make every woman who leaves the Glam studio feeling flawless and beautiful.

Throughout each stage of application Elizabeth captures the essence of her clients natural beauty by creating a look which highlights their facial features. Each brush stroke is done with precision as each stage of the transformation reflects on Elizabeth's artistic brauva.

When the finish touches have been made to the clients dewy complextion. Elizabeth guides her client  Anaïs to her fairytale mirror to see the final look. Whilst watching Anaïs   stand infront of the mirror with a stomach full of butterflies as she slowly opens her eyes and prepares to see her new look. Within a flutter of an eyelash ,  I witnessed at first hand how the act of surprise and a touch of make up can really change the way a woman feels within her skin.



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Sunday, 7 June 2015

City Break Accessories


                               Bag - H&M , Waist belt- Topshop , Sandal Heels & Watch- Urban Outfitters , 
                         Jewellery - H&M, Scarf- ASOS & Lipstick -Mac -Brick-o-la.

Selecting accessories which are within a neutral palette, will make your outfit planning a lot easier when it comes to packing for a short break.  With each outfit you’ll be able to give your look a city chic touch as the warm brown tones and leather accents will give you a more put together look.


Bags - A good sized shoulder bag is the most practical and safest on the go sack , as you’ll be able to keep your camera, phone and purse within arm reach however make sure you bring one which has a shoulder strap as you wouldn’t want it to snap.  As well depending on your location, If you’re heading to warmer climate opt for a side bag which is more of brown or cooler tone as it will  as it will draw the sun away from your bag and stop it from burning your arm and heating up your gadgets. 


HeelsWhen it comes to packing shoes you want to think about what is practical as more than likely you’ll be doing a lot of walking. A wooden sandal heel is the best option when it comes to grabbing the right city break shoe , as not only will the wooden block battle against uneven surfaces but it give you some extra height but it will keep your toes and soles of your feet comfy whilst tackling those cobbled paths. 

Waist Belt A waist belt is an essential in your accessories travel kit as the leather belt will help define your body shape.  Select a waist belt which is within neutral colour palette and contains metallic accents as not only will the embellishment give your outfit a touch of glam but most of it will help you give you the right guide line when it comes to picking out jewellery for your look.

Jewellery  Aim to select the simplest pieces out of your jewellery collection as the minimal themed bijoux will give your outfit an artistic touch . As well the silver or gold collar and ear pieces will help finish your outfit as it will compliment the rest of your neutral toned accessories such as your waist belt and bag. Add a suttle pop of colour to your look through wrist wear like watches. Which can colour coordinate with your favourite lipstick. 

Scarf- Whether it’s a light weight or thick a neck-wrap will not only give your outfit a boost of colour and pattern but it’s multi purpose use will not only help protect you against the UV rays and cold weather . But it can also be used as a blanket or throw for a holiday picinic whether that’s sat on the grass  in front of the Effiel Tower or on Barcelona’s luxurious sandy beach. 

Let me know if this city break accessory list has helped you with by tweeting me with the hashtag #citybreakaccessories .
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Mock Up A Mocha



We can all admit early mornings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and the thought of taking the time to make breakfast yet alone a caffeine filled beverage can be quiet a chore in itself.  However this quick and easy coconut brew is perfect for those of you who are looking for energy boosting pre-work out drink or a morning pick me up. 



        x2 Mugs ( x1 microwave safe)
 x2-3 Tsps of granulated coffee.
 x1.5-2 Tsps of macca power 
5-10ml of hot water
Coconut Milk 



Whilst letting the kettle boil ,  take ¾ of a mug full of coconut milk and warm it up in the microwave for approximately one minute . Lift the boiled kettle from the hob and pour 5-10ml worth of hot water into the second mug and mix coffee and macca powder together.  When the coconut milk is ready to be taken out of the microwave pour the warm drupe liquid into caffè mocha mix and enjoy! 









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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Traveller Tips For Berlin



The pocket friendly booklet written by Lonely Planet is ideal for any tourist who wants to learn the basics about Berlin, as the travel guide highlights the top sights to see along with inspiring you to explore into the German nightlife and of course indulge into some delicious multi cultural cuisine.  With its pull out map the booklet provides a detailed layout of the city as it outlines the main attractions and metro stops, which makes your on the go exploring much easier as you’re able to plan your route. However standing aside from its insightful information about the local German lifestyle and must- see sights. The booklet doesn’t give you all the practical tips that you may need, especially if this it’s going to be your first time going to Berlin.


Limited Metro signs and tourist information - If you’re starting your journey from Schönefeld Airport you’ll shortly realise that there’s no information booths or signs, which will help guide to your accommodation whether that’s a hotel , B&B or flat. Purchasing a bag friendly tour guide will help you get round the basic of the metro route as the underground and over ground route displays are not very clear in the station as it does not follow the same rail plan as other cities like Paris and London.


Apart from the little blips of navigation the ticket machines offer tourists a great rail card deal, as the WelcomeCard  (€29) provides tourists with up to five days worth of unlimited rail access and discount towards some of the cities most popular attractions.

Checking out the sights -  The tourist attractions are fairly priced even without the Welcome Card discount you're able to explore the majority of Berlin's actechicture and historical sights without any finacial issues as the entry fees vary between 15-20 . If you're interested in taking a city bus tour please be aware there's two separate buses which can take you around the city  . The tickets cost roughly 12.50 (Welcome card discount ) and can be purchased in advance online or at the Alexanderplatz stop just next to the German Market.

The Markets – Depending on when you go visit Berlin there’s no traditional weekend markets that you’ll tend to find in other European cities .However you can find a dainty German market within the high street quarter in  Alexanderplatz, which is filled with unique souvenir shops and tasty treats such as Nutella Crêpes , Churros , Pfeffernüsses and authentic heart shaped ginger bread cookies .
  
No traditional German restaurants or bars- Apart from the cities well known Curry Wurst and Pretzles stands you wont find anything else that gives your taste buds a real taste of Germany’s cuisine.  As well alcoholic wise apart from the sophisticated cocktail bars you wont be able to find any traditional beerkeillers in Berlin.


Stepping away from wanting to try some pure German grub and beverages. Berlin’s multi cultural menu gives you the opportunity to try various restaurants that are catered to all nutritional needs.  So If you’re after a taste bud tingling repas try out the tapas restaurant in Hackescher Markt .As well for those of you who have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to check out the Häagen-Dazs café as the desserts are delightful.


On the go goodies - Keeping hydrated and well nourished is important when you’re on the go especially when you’re on a city break.  Within Berlin there’s plenty of Starbucks cafes located near the key sightseeing locations. However if this isn’t in your budget there's plenty of small  supermarkets scattered around the city centre which will allow you to stock up on water and some snacks to keep you energized.

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