So – you have finally joined a gym (yay!); you’ve been on the tour, watched equipment demos, but everything seemed to have gone in one ear and straight out the other. (Brain. Not. Computing. Sound familiar?) – The consequence of which is that you have no idea what to do and potentially no money to pay someone to tell you where to start.
Fitness Buddy to the rescue!
Running. It seems to be what the young and successful do these days. I blame it on the movies; all those good looking people slicing their way through central park in their too-cool-for-school-running gear – why wouldn’t anyone want to take it up.
Wait… oh yes! – I remember! Pretty much every runner who has passed my line of site looks to be in the severest sort of discomfort. No pain, no gain – right? Scepticism aside…
Running is a great cardio workout. Here are ten reasons why running is good for you:
1. It’s a great way to distress – running floods the brain with endorphins, which are the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Running will send you on a high and it’s totally safe!
2. The fit factor – running is good for your health.
3. It burns calories – running burns up to 30-40% more calories than in the gym as you fight wind resistance and tackle hilly terrain, according to celebrity trainer Matt Roberts – (“Marie Claire” magazine).
4. Status value – much that goes on in life is about the ‘cool factor’.
Gals, it’s time to get your Twiggy on – sixties is totally trending this spring/summer season.
Retro has been in vogue for yonks but the catwalks are parading short hemlines and boxy silhouettes in a modern rehash of what was prancing into fashion fifty years ago.
The glossies are reporting that models from Louis Vitton, Chanel, Prada, Victoria Beckham and Moschino (to mention but a few) are swinging the sixties with swank and swagger. This is THE Spring/summer fashion trend 2013 to watch.
And word on the street is that ‘bells and blouses’ are going to be around for the season after this, so you might want to invest in some mega minis, shifts and shorts (really short shorts), things with patterns and oversized buttons, chiffon, and floral is also a biggy this season.
If you’re in the mood to get your Essex on, then head on over to Amychildsofficial.com to check out the TOWIE star’s summer collection.
The sultry siren has not done all that well with previous lines but word on the street is that her fifth attempt at fashion is a winner.
The season’s summer dress collection includes different versions of essentially the same style dress – tight fitting, pencil skirt type dresses that end on the knee or just above. So if you have the perfect body and not an iota of cellulite, you’ll look great in Amy’s dresses – which start at size 8 and end at 16.
Lace features heavily in the collection, usually as an overlay. The collection features primary yellows, blues (cobalt primarily) and reds. Shades of grey run amuck and there’s a lot of black and white too.
If you’re into lace, ‘LEXI Khaki and Cream’ (sleeveless with khaki overlay), ‘Francesca’ (in lime green) and ¾ sleeve ‘Georgia Cobalt’ are worth a look.
And if you like something short, ‘Naomi’, in champagne and coral, is a leg-revealing mid-thigh length.
Here’s my theory: if we’re going to be plastering our faces with foundation on a daily basis, it’s probably a good idea to use one that’s free from chemicals and preservatives. Our skin absorbs what we put on it and if it so happens to be something dodgy then we’ll pay the price at some point (says the girl with the tattoo(s)).
Natural and organic cosmetics brand Anita Grant has launched a brand new chemical and preservative free foundation range called Hello Beautiful. The range aims to offer one of the most affordable and comprehensive pallets available for darker skin tones in particular.
There are 29 colours in the range from ‘Biscotti’ and ‘Vanilla Sugar’ on the lighter end of the spectrum to ‘Fondant Au Chocolat’ and ‘Hot Fudge’ on the darker end.
I don’t know about y’all but I am total sucker for makeup (anything in fact) that sounds edible – other delicious sounding shades include ‘Shortbread’, ‘Cinnamon Toast’, ‘Spiced Pumpkin’, ‘Brown Sugar Truffle’ ‘Warm Honey Blossom’, ‘Honey Butter Popcorn’ and ‘Mocha Latte’.
A regular 10g foundation tub costs £12.95 (pretty reasonable if you ask me!) or you can pay £1.95 for a 1g sample.