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The Wellbeing Series

How To Get Your Summer Body

How To Achieve Your Summer Body And Keep It All Year Round

With the hope of lockdown becoming a painful event of the past, summer’s looking like it won’t be cancelled after all. Hooray!

You know what that means… everyone plans to come out of hibernation with a bang! And summer is no exception. When the beaches reopen and the sun shines fiercely on us all, your clothes are going to be begging to come off and reveal your summer body. But you may feel self-conscious about that. Why?

You might be negatively musing on all of the activities you’ve participated in: late-night drinks, late-night sleep, lying-in, the lack of exercise and overindulgence at dinner. What does it matter? It’s not like anyone other than your nearest and dearest are seeing you? Why should I be exercising? I’m stuck indoors. That’s punishment enough.

I’m here to tell you that all of those activities I mentioned were perfectly valid. It’s completely okay to take a break from our usual schedules. We’re not living in ‘usual’ times right now. However, there’s a certain magic that occurs when you’re able to utilise the time you weren’t expecting to receive and optimise your mental and physical health simultaneously.

Is it possible? Of course, it is. It’s not too late to attain that summer body you’ve been dreaming about but it’s going to take all of your dedication, commitment and consistency to pull off your latest and greatest transformation yet.

Summer body, here we come…

A summer body is for summer, obviously, but it can also be for life. Imagine not having to put the pressure on yourself for working hard in the leading weeks up to summer? Imagine being able to feel comfortable sporting your summer clothes in the colder months? The sun shines in the colder months too, you know!

 

GREEN TEA

Green tea is amazing. Next to water, which I bang on about in my post on achieving lifetime, glowy skin,  green tea has a plethora of benefits and it’s natural! It contains less caffeine than coffee – so you won’t feel that buzz in the same way – but it contains L-theanine, an amino acid designed to work harmoniously with caffeine and improve your brain function. Improving your brain function is significant to help you stay motivated with your primary goal of attaining your summer body.

Burning calories is probably green tea’s popular characteristic. If you were to drink 2-3 cups daily you could effortlessly burn as much as 100 calories. If you were to pair that with some light exercise every day, you’ll be getting your metabolism to safely work twice as hard, saving you a long, gruelling routine! You can read the details of the benefits of green tea here.

 

EXERCISE

Specifically, crunches! Abdominal muscles (or abs) have always been both an attractive and defining feature of the summer body. The good news is, everybody has abs because they connect your upper and lower body. They’re not something that only chosen individuals possess. Although, if you choose to work on your abdominal muscles then technically, you’ve chosen yourself. Good on you!

Crunches focus solely on the abdominal muscles and the muscles around them,[find the name of the surrounding muscles] but to make them visible, you need to lose fat around this area first.

What you need to remember is, this doesn’t mean that you’re not working them if you can’t see them yet. Green tea will assist in flattening your stomach so it’s important to work your abdominal crunches and have them strong and prominent for when the fat starts to reduce.

S0me key crunch exercises are:

  • Classic Crunch- Lie flat on the floor with your legs in semi-supine, feet also flat on the ground. Arms can be placed behind your head or stretched out in front of you and lift
  • Reverse Crunch- You lie on your back, arms placed lightly by your sides, you rock your knees to your chest and slowly lower them feeling the burn in your lower abdominal muscle [name]
  • Side Crunches (Russian Twists) [name] Sit up straight, then lean back until you feel your midsection ache. When you’re in this position, slowly twist to each side and tap the floor towards your shoulder, alternating at a consistent pace. It should burn. Power through for a minute. 30 seconds for a beginner.
  • Side Plank- this targets your [side muscles]. Lie on your side and balance on your forearm. Lift your body from your midsection and hold for 1 minute, 30 seconds for beginners. For intermediates, I recommend balancing on your hands and lift your outer leg if your core strength is already there.
  • Lunges- These are essential for leg strength and making your bum perky. Stretch your hamstrings beforehand by aiming to touch your toes. These exercises should be attempted slowly to allow your body to wake up to move in a way and intensity that you may have never done before, or haven’t done for a while.

 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

This can’t come as a surprise as healthy eating is a major component of seeing substantial results in a safe, controlled way. You’ll want to regularly consume fresh fruits (berries, citrus fruits, papaya, mango and banana), fresh veggies (leafy greens, peppers, mushrooms, artichoke) and unprocessed grains (quinoa, brown rice buckwheat), as part of your staple foods. For pescatarians, wild-caught fish like salmon is particularly effective for weight loss because of the fatty acids and omega 3 and 6 it contains.

Healthy fats (olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, avocado) and full-fat cheeses should also be incorporated for variety and flavour, although these should be consumed in moderation. These components are at their most effective when used in conjunction with each other.

ONE THING IS FOR SURE…

 

If you had to take away one thing amongst all of the advice I’ve provided, it would be to exercise patience with yourself and your guaranteed progress. Patience is always the forgotten key to success. It is the master key that has to be used when all of the other keys have been perceived to fail.

I strive to perform at my greatest potential at all times, including when I’m relaxing. Now, that may seem contradictory, but trust me when I tell you that nothing feels greater than when you’re accomplishing all of your goals all at once without any mental strain or difficulty. You can get there too and it’s truly easy when you know.

In my upcoming e-book, I will show you how you can attain all of your goals, synching up to serve the life you’ve always wanted to lead.

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The Style Series

How To Rejuvenate Your Summer Wardrobe

How To Refresh Your Summer Wardrobe

The perfect summer wardrobe is staring you in the face. You just can’t see it yet. With less than six weeks away until June, the official month of the summer season, it’s time to rejuvenate your summer wardrobe and prepare to step out. Literally.

Spring clothes are still eligible to be worn in summer, believe it or not. But the truth is, since the pandemic hit, it may have affected our financial freedom. New statistics calculate that the general population is spending their money on survival essentials, which means that you may not be rushing to purchase a tonne of new things online.

So, for those who have lost their jobs and simply can’t afford to buy new clothes for their summer wardrobe, for those looking to spruce up their already fabulous wardrobe, or simply for those that are here to enjoy the content, this is where I come in. You’re welcome.

“WHERE DO I START?”

Your rejuvenated summer wardrobe is going to depend on three variables: clothing preference, temperature and social interaction.

Questions to ask yourself:

What can you envision yourself wearing? Are you a ‘skirts and dresses’ person or ‘shorts and t-shirts’ person? Do you incorporate all of these items in your daily summer style? Are you looking to change your aesthetic this year?

If you’re used to having very hot weather, it’s a good idea to ease up on the shirts and focus more on flowy items. If your summers tend to be light, lightweight cardigans and flowy cotton trousers may be a secure variation.

Our ability to physically socialize has been unwelcomingly severed but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress. If you’re known to be a social butterfly, making use of bold and colourful designs made for an outing are highly encouraged. Personally, I’m very comfortable staying at home, so summer loungewear, i.e., light, tight, long and flowy is more my thing.

Although these variables are important, you need to have a solid vision of how you plan to look this summer, which brings me to the first step.

“VISUALISE YOUR SUMMER LOOK”

Find somewhere comfortable to sit and perhaps grab a notebook and pen. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Picture yourself in one or two of your favourite spots that you plan to hang out at this summer. Envision yourself smiling and enjoying being in the presence of friends or family. Now, ask yourself: “What type of clothing are you wearing?” “What colours are you sporting?” “What textures have you chosen?”. “What’s your silhouette?” “Do you have any accessories ?” Write all of these characteristics down. These are going to help determine what clothes you keep and how you style them.

Trends will come and go but your personal taste will never change.  Maybe you’re a socks and sandals type of human? No one’s judging here, but make sure it’s clear and unique to you.

“ORGANIZE YOUR CLOTHES”

Now that you have an idea of what you want to look like for your summer, it’s time to identify which of your current clothes match that vision.

Primarily, there should be two piles. The first pile is purely based on colour. These can be divided into mini piles for each colour you own. Notice if you start to see a trend. A colour can reveal a lot about your personality and attitudes. If you have a lot of clothes in the same colour, that’s one of your favourites!

The second pile is based on clothing that no longer fits you. We need to eradicate the clothes that no longer serve a purpose to your vision. If it doesn’t fit you, it no longer serves you. It’s as simple as that! Now, that’s not to say that your vision cannot change, it just needs to be clear. When you see clearly, we do too.

Sorting your clothes is a simple affair that is usually clouded by sentimental feelings. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to organise and monetise your wardrobe’s content before you start this step.

“My favourite colour is laughter.”

From a stylistic point of view, there’s a fine line between eclectic and tacky. As a virtual stylist, it’s my job to help bring out your personality through your outfits. The first rule I tell my clients is the following: “Always dress for your happiness and success.” If you like it, tell me. If you don’t, tell your journal.”

While we’re certainly not dressing for strangers, your personal style needs to have a consistency of either pattern, colour or texture. Even for the most eclectic dresser such as myself, mixing too many variables conveys sloppiness and can subconsciously offend the eye, including your own. As long as you’re working with two colours consistently with the main texture openly featured, you’re doing great!

“DO I NEED TO BUY NEW CLOTHES FOR MY SUMMER WARDROBE?”

Definitely not. It’s the fashion industry’s job to entice you with sales, discounts, bold colours and trends, but similar to the power you have within yourself to achieve your goals, you already have everything you need to bring your summer wardrobe back to life!

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t buy anything new, but it’s completely possible to survive the summer with items you already own. If you’re still utterly compelled to buy something, I highly recommend shopping sustainably at Depop!

“HOW MANY THINGS SHOULD I HAVE IN MY SUMMER WARDROBE?”

Here is a list of essential summer wardrobe items you need to thrive in the summer climate:

  • Lightweight cardigan
  • Denim jacket
  • White shirt
  • Summer dress
  • T-shirt
  • Skirt
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses (UV protected)
  • swimwear

With these essential items in mind, you can build on the quantity from there.

All in all, you have the power and freedom to wear whatever you want. As long as you’re happy and you’re not hurting anyone, who gives a *@*$?!

Make sure to stay hydrated and wear a smile. Who can resist?

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The Beauty Series

Essential Skin Products For Lockdown

Three Essential Skin Products You Need During Lockdown

Skin. It’s a funny old thing, isn’t it? It’s the largest organ in your body and yet it’s the most fragile. It can take a moment to damage and a lifetime to repair so having a consistent skincare routine is paramount.
And what better way to kickstart it or take it to the next level than in lockdown?
Think about it. You have nowhere else to be and you have so much more time to understand, identify and listen to what your skin needs.
This article is going to outline in tremendous detail the three essential products that you’re going to need to achieve and maintain plump, balanced, Instagram-worthy skin. Sit tight.

Water

 
I know, I know. Cue the fluttering eye rolls. You were expecting me to reveal something you can just buy in a bottle, right? Well, guess what…you can. And if bottled water isn’t your thing, investing in a thermal one is the real G. You have your private tap at home with 24-hour access so let’s utilise it! Let me tell you why the advice of drinking water is constantly reiterated and why it’s also constantly underestimated.
Water is something that humans cannot live without. Ever. We’re mostly made up of water. Not only does it positively cater to every other organ and function in your body but it is the only thing your body cannot substitute on. Why deny it the one thing it will always need?
On the flip side, dehydration is something you should never be experiencing, especially if you’re fortunate to reside in a first-world country. If you tend to have naturally dry skin or eczema, you’re more likely to lose water through your skin at a faster rate.
Dehydrated skin may turn red, become dry, flaky, darker and tight which encourages skin damage through tearing. If you’re prone to little cuts and bruises that you’re unsure of how they arose, chances are that your skin is very tight and susceptible to damage that hydrated skin would substantially improve.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, dehydrated skin produces a natural oil -which seems contradictory- called sebum which is what clogs up your pores and hastily invites acne to the party.
What’s the solution? 
Drink water. Just drink water. Preferably 2 litres a day, which does seem extreme, but little and often consistently is the ultimate key. Your bathroom’s going to be busy, but you’re at home, so it shouldn’t be a problem! I keep a 5-litre bottle and an 800ml bottle in my bedroom.
An example of this product in practice:
I fill up my 5-litre to the top and use that to top up my 800ml bottle which stays on my desk when I’m working. As soon as I run out of the water from my 800ml, I use the 5-litre to top it up.
That 5-litre bottle means that I don’t have to go downstairs just for water for 2 days. It makes a huge difference and I’m much more inclined to drink more because it’s only a half-hearted grab away. It doesn’t get any more first-world than that.
Follow @drinkwaterslut on Twitter as an extra incentive. An account dedicated to reminding you to drink water. Profanity is used but it’s funny, it’s sassy, sometimes I feel personally attacked, but it works.
And that’s why my blog is here. To provide you with information that is tried and tested and not designed to confuse or repeat vague tips for the sake of it.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

Okay. This might sound like the least desirable product for any of my clients who suffer from oily skin but similarly to oil cleansing, it helps keep that excess oil away and has been proven to be a necessary step in a glowing skincare routine.
Almond oil is created through cold-pressing the almond kernel. The organic oil is best as it’s the most natural but highstreet suppliers frequently sell the chemically extracted type so it’s always good to know which one you have.
Nevertheless, both work very well and the chemically extracted oil (which tends to be cheaper) will still look after your skin and demonstrate the same fabulous effects.
Why is it so good for your skin?
Rich in antioxidants, almond oil is known for achieving long-lasting results which include reducing dark circles (with a consistent and optimum amount of sleep) and hyperpigmentation or increased melanin. I find that this product is amazing at combatting dry skin and UV damage so imagine the added benefit of drinking water to reduce dryness. Super soft skin? Yes please and thank you very much.

Sunscreen

 
The horror enthusiast in me wants to say ‘sun scream’ but you’ll be screaming when you see how much this improves your skin, especially in the little time it takes to use it regularly.
I never understood why so many dermatologist routines stressed the utmost importance of wearing sunscreen every day – even when the sun wasn’t visible – until I found out that sunscreen is the key to preserving your youthful appearance. It’s the ‘you’ll thank me later’ potion to looking 24 when you’re 58…or something.
Yes, it’s primarily used for absorbing or reflecting UV radiation, but for the sake of your skincare routine, you should see it primarily as the product that heavily prevents the development of sagging skin, wrinkles and dark spots which can include hyperpigmentation.
CONCLUSION
These are my holy trinity products of skincare. It’s a skincare routine that can be followed by most, dare I say, all skin types because the benefits genuinely do work long-term. I am extremely confident that if used in conjunction with consistent sleep, your skin will improve in smoothness, brightness, youthfulness and have that undeniable glow. Do it for your future self. They’re counting on you.
In my upcoming e-book, I outline the exact methods, beauty tools and commercial products that I’ve tried and tested myself for years, some of which I religiously use in my routine today.
Here is an outline of just some of the chapters in my e-book that will get you the results you’re after:
  • A specified list of beauty tools and products to buy
  • Step-by-step methods on EXACTLY how to apply and the order in which to apply them
  • The skincare routine needed to obtain optimum skin health
  • A chosen fitness package that outlines weight gain, weight loss, weight maintenance and toning
  • A style guide for every season
  • A practical guide for motivation and consistency
I’m not going to leave you hanging! In preparation for this pack, you can receive a 30-minute consultation with me where we will establish your goals and intentions together before fully engaging your time and energy into them.
Sound good? It sure feels good to me! Links to your consultation can be found here. See you there!