The Wellness Event You Won’t Want To Miss

Wellness brand, Arbonne, has not only stood the test of time (the company launched over 40 years ago) but it has also remained firmly on its path to redefine the standards of quality, ethics, and environmental responsibility within the beauty and wellness industry. At the heart of Arbonne’s ethos is a clear and noble mission: to transform lives through scientifically researched, results-led products with pure, botanically-based ingredients and an unwavering commitment to both personal and planetary well-being. 

Arbonne envisions a world where everyone can flourish, not only through healthier, more radiant skin but by making conscious choices that support a more sustainable and ethical way of life. If you’re a wellness lover, with an interest in sustainability and a thirst for learning more about how you can enrich your life from wellbeing experts in the know then make sure you book your ticket to the Welcome to Wellness Event, hosted by Arbonne.

When: Sunday 26th November, 10am – 1pm 

Where: Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 1AB

What to Expect:

Expert sessions on the following topics:

Live your Life: Learn healthy habits and live your life to its full potential – Lisa Cooke

Gut Health: Learn the importance of a healthy gut to support a healthy body – Dr Sian Thompson 

Zumba with Aime Pierre

Live DJ and feel good vibe

Healthy welcome refreshments made with Arbonne nutrition products

The chance to win a bundle of Healthy Living products worth over £400

Tickets are £10 per person, and you’ll get an Arbonne goody worth over £60. Buy Your Ticket Here

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H&H Reviews: San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice

Venice might not be the first destination you would think of for a ‘Hip & Healthy’ escape; however, in a city with no cars, you can spend your days walking the streets discovering hidden corners of history as well as endless restaurants, cafés and bars serving fresh and delicious Italian food. After spending our days exploring the city, San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice was the ideal place for us to stay. 

This haven of luxury is set on its own private island, dating back to the 11th Century, and only ten minutes by boat from San Marco Square in the middle of Venice.   Over the centuries the island has played various roles, including a monastery, a hospital and a military garrison to name a few.  It’s the perfect escape from a day spent sightseeing in busy Venice. With an abundance of trees, green open spaces ideal for Yoga sessions, a beautiful swimming pool, its own natural lake, golf pitch and putt, tennis court, jogging trail and volleyball, there is plenty to do to keep yourself active. 

Meanwhile, for a more relaxing experience, the award-winning Merchant of Venice Spa at the hotel is the place to unwind and relax.  Choose from the endless spa experiences including Hamman, Sauna, steam rooms and fitness studio. The Spa treatments have been beautifully curated using oils and perfumes carefully created to evoke ancient Oriental traditions which have been imported by Venetian merchants over the centuries. We tried the ‘Massaggio Rosa Moceniga’ massage.  Our therapist ensured we had a relaxing yet therapeutic experience, with the use of jojoba, almond and argan oil leaving our skin glowing and dewy. The spa hero treatment must be the ‘Gold Mask’ – an innovative treatment and the first in Italy to use 24-carat gold leaves. The treatment uses eleven gold leaves with two serums.   The vitamin E base in the serums ensures that the micro-active particles of gold are absorbed by the skin – to soften, tone and stimulate the cells in the skin, resulting in a glowing complexion. 

Known by locals as the ‘Island of Art’ and part of the hotel’s ‘hip’ attraction are the visiting art exhibitions that run throughout the year, showcasing bold installations through thought-provoking paintings. During our stay, Seung-Hwan Kim’s ‘Organism’ exhibition was on and displayed around the hotel grounds. It made our walks and runs around the island even more interesting, observing the artist’s passion to showcase his exploration of the world’s natural wonders. 

To whet your appetite, the menu options are deliciously inviting, where vegetables and herbs come from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. As well as fine Italian fayre being offered at the restaurants, Japanese cuisine is available at the Buddha Bar. The hotel has a fine selection of drinks and juices on offer, as well as its own exclusive San Clemente wines – which include zero-sugar Prosecco. 

We stayed in a Grand Deluxe room, overlooking the beautiful gardens, quiet and secluded with sumptuous linens and beds, the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice – Price start from Euro 600 B&B basis

words by Claire Howe

10 Wellness Habits To Adopt If You Suffer From SAD

With the change of season bringing with it shorter days and cooler mornings it can be easy to fall out of love with your current wellness regime. “Finding the motivation becomes harder as the nights draw in, so changing up your routine to include mood-boosting workouts, nutritious food and helpful rituals is vital for combating fatigue and keeping your energy levels high. This is even more important if you struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),” says PT and wellness expert Rachael Sacerdoti.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at specific times of the year, typically during the autumn and winter months when there is less sunlight. The lack of sunlight exposure can affect our circadian rhythm and lead to a range of symptoms, including low energy, mood swings, and a general sense of lethargy. While SAD can be challenging, adopting certain wellness habits can help mitigate its impact on your mental health.

Here are 10 daily habits to incorporate into your routine if you suffer from SAD. 

Morning Light Exposure: Make it a daily habit to spend 20-30 minutes in the morning sunlight or use a light therapy box. Position it at eye level while you read, have breakfast, or engage in a calming activity to kickstart your circadian rhythm.

HIIT Exercise Breaks: Integrate short, high-intensity exercise breaks into your daily schedule. These can be as brief as 10-15 minutes and might include activities like quick sprints, jumping jacks, or a fast-paced workout video. 

Omega-3-Rich Snacks: Include omega-3-rich snacks in your daily diet. Keep a stash of walnuts or chia seeds to add to your yoghurt or oatmeal. Small dietary changes can have a cumulative positive effect on mood over time. 

Mindful Breathing Moments: Set aside a few minutes each day for mindful breathing exercises. This can be done during a break at work, while commuting, or before bedtime. Focus on deep, intentional breaths to centre yourself and reduce stress. 

Cosy Corners at Home: Create cosy corners in your home using soft lighting and comfortable elements. Ensure that you have a designated space where you can relax and unwind, fostering a sense of comfort and warmth. 

Micro-Goals for Tasks: Break down daily tasks into micro-goals. Instead of focusing on a large project, set small, achievable goals for each day. Celebrate the completion of these micro-goals to foster a sense of accomplishment. 

Daily Cognitive Check-In: Engage in a brief daily cognitive check-in. Take a moment to reflect on your thoughts, be it through journaling or just finding a quiet moment and challenge any negative patterns. This self-awareness practice can be a powerful tool in managing the mental aspects of SAD. 

Connect with Nature: Make it a habit to connect with nature each day. Whether it’s a short walk in a nearby park, a moment to appreciate your garden, or simply stepping outside to get fresh air, spending time in nature has been shown to boost mood and reduce stress. This daily habit provides a refreshing break and helps counter the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder by exposing you to natural light and the calming influence of the outdoors.

Plan Daily Winter Activities: Infuse your daily routine with winter activities you enjoy. Whether it’s a brisk winter walk tuning into a podcast you love, trying a new seasonal recipe, or engaging in a winter sport, having a daily activity to look forward to can positively impact your mood.

Dim Lights Before Bed: Develop an evening routine where you dim the lights in your home an hour before bedtime. Engage in relaxing activities, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath, to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down.

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What’s New In The World Of Wellness This November

November unfolds with an array of wellness revelations that span the worlds of beauty, culinary delights, fitness, and holistic well-being. With a transformative treatment that promises to leave you spellbound and freshly unveiled skincare brands that demand your attention, not to mention the latest collection from a cult activewear label, this month offers plenty to discover. Amidst these wonders, a dance studio emerges ready to redefine the dance experience for both pros and novices.

The New Luxury Beauty Salon To Experience ‘The Yoga Facelift’

Discover the new concealed treasure nestled in Kensington Olympia, Skin Loft. The unassuming exterior appears to be a nail salon, unveiling a sanctuary of treatment rooms where the renowned facialist, Daiva Kamysova, performs her Signature Face Sculpting Buccal Massage, referred to as ‘The Yoga Facelift.’ This treatment is a fusion of deep tissue sculptural and buccal massage, conjured up with Daiva’s incredible knowledge and experience. This all-encompassing treatment is one to rave about, with a plethora of health benefits and results that will compel you to return repeatedly!  Its allure lies in its non-invasive nature, yet the results belie this subtlety. Daiva’s adept hands perform a kind of wizardry to lift the facial muscles and enhance blood flow and active lymphatic drainage. For those unacquainted with the buccal technique, it involves inner mouth massage, reaching deep into tension-prone areas to sculpt and stimulate collagen production. It’s important to point out that parts of this facial are vigorous, working deep into areas of tension to sculpt and promote collagen production. Intertwined with soothing massage techniques that target the face, neck, and shoulders, Skin Loft’s Signature Face Sculpting Buccal Massage undoubtedly earns our H&H stamp of approval.

The New Advanced Skincare Brand Sparking Self-Connection

Drummed into slow living, REOME sets out to curate advanced skincare solutions for stressed skin, whilst harmoniously sparking a sense of equilibrium from within. The outside world is a sea of aggravators on our skin, from the strained lifestyles we led to the pollution that floods the cities. Founder Joanna Ellner brings her expertise as an award-winning beauty editor and acupuncturist to recalibrate the skin, harnessing advanced biotech and bio-fermented actives to heal and restore vitality to the complexion. Melding skin science and grounding rituals, REOME debuts with the Active Recovery Broth, a potent serum concentrate that penetrates metabolic activity at a cellular level. The result? Plumper, radiant skin and a stronger skin barrier protection. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the evolution of REOME as they reveal new forward-thinking skincare solutions.

Elevate Autumn Cooking With This New Collection

Branching out from appliances, KitchenAid’s new Cast Iron and Stoneware collection has launched just in time to elevate your autumn cooking! Perfect for warming soups and stews, the durable cast iron casserole pot holds heat extremely well suitable for cooking on the hob, including induction and in the oven. Their versatility makes them the ideal investment kitchenware piece that you’ll be able to pass down through generations. Combining style and performance, the stoneware range is conveniently designed to go straight from the oven to the table and then to store any leftovers in the fridge using the bamboo lids. Perfect for baking and roasting, the durable design is scratch-resistant, metal utensil and dishwasher safe.

The Sensationally Soft Collection

The latest creation from Lululemon takes on a new aesthetic that we’re here for! The Wundermost Bodywear collection prioritises comfort and style, cocooning your body like a second skin. Meticulously crafted from the innovative Ultra Soft Nulu fabric, this sensationally sleek material is their softest fabric to date. Debuting with nine form-following silhouettes in an array of muted colourways, these elevated basics offer a fit that feels custom-made. The Ultra Soft Nulu fabric subtly hugs your body in all the right places to offer unparalleled comfort first and foremost, while simultaneously contouring your physique. Bestowing versatility, the moisture-wicking pieces will work hard in your wardrobe, blurring the lines between shapewear and activewear. 

The New Celebrity Founded Brand To Enter The Beauty World

Georgia May Jagger is switching catwalks for skincare with the launch of her brand MAY Botanicals. Combining her passion for eco-conscious living and natural solutions to getting that modelesque glow, MAY Botanicals is an amalgamation of Georgia’s innate love for natural beauty. The formulas are based on science-based functionality with responsibly sourced, certified organic ingredients, undergoing meticulous quality control and sustainability standards. The collection showcases all the essentials to make up a robust skincare regimen, featuring a cleanser, moisturiser, spot solution and super balm as well as a seaweed sheet mask to give your complexion a healthy dose of hydration from time to time! With botanicals at the forefront of the formulations, you’ll find pure ingredients such as peach extract, red clay, borage oil and witch hazel in the mix to boost radiant skin complexion.

The New Wellbeing Hub Blending The Latest In Science & Holistic Practices

Opening its doors in the heart of Knightsbridge, The HVN emerges as a wellbeing hub that seamlessly blends age-old healing practices with cutting-edge scientific advancements. Offering a tailored selection of treatments aimed at fostering not only inner wellness but also addressing issues related to gut health and hormonal imbalances, The HVN takes a 360-degree stance on health with the understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all. The range of therapies is diverse, encompassing acupuncture, vitamin infusions, and bodywork, all grounded in a commitment to delivering high-quality, evidence-based protocols supported by trust, credibility, and unwavering ethics. The HVN also embraces the traditional Japanese concept of Forest Bathing, with a unique Forest Bathing space immersing you in the essence of nature with biophilic elements that mirror natural biomes, in a bid to reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels.

The New Bodywork Studio Offering Speedy Massages

MASAJ, the divine bodywork studio is growing yet again with a new location in Soho. Blown away with its contemporary design and restorative treatments, MASAJ is a wellness brand that caught our eye with its intuitive approach to massage. Offering respite to the busy city dweller, MASAJ’s bodywork menu helps you select exactly what your body is craving, and from there the therapist will be able to sprinkle in tailored elements. The new Soho location has a ‘seated’ menu, this distinctive service incorporates ergonomic, adaptable, and reclining seats, enabling guests to experience shorter bodywork sessions, while fully clothed for convenience. You’ll find MASAJ Soho located in Quadrant Arcade on Regent Street.

The New Wellness Gummies

Wellness brand, Cannaray is venturing into the realm of gummies with an innovative collection which comprises six meticulously crafted blends, each supercharged to enhance the quality of your daily life, promoting improved well-being, better sleep, and an overall sense of feeling good. Scientifically developed, they offer a straightforward solution to elevate your everyday well-being regimen. The range spotlights cutting-edge ingredients that have taken the health world by storm including Lion’s Mane, Sea Moss and Ashwagandha. Brimming with delicious flavours, the new gummies are all-natural, vegan-friendly and free from artificial colours and flavourings.

The New Studio Where Everyone Can Train Like A Dancer

Defining itself as London’s new home of dance MVMT at The Manor LDN is the new studio in Finsbury Park welcoming professionals and novices to experience all types of modalities under one roof. The state-of-the-art space is huge, with multiple studios decked out in sleek flooring, mirrors and lighting, as well as premium changing room facilities. Bringing the feel-good factor to every class, the timetable is packed with dance classes taught by world-class choreographers. From contemporary to Hip Hop, to jazz and street dance, the choreography spans all areas of dance, alongside other fitness sessions including HIIT and strength training.

AIME The Makeup Care

The world of wellness and beauty collides with AIME’s new collection; The Makeup Care. Perfecting that second-skin feeling, the range compromises the make-up essentials; mascara, powder foundation and a lip & cheek cream, all geared to give you a radiant glow. Designed for convenience, the complete collection gives a paired-back look, that promotes a healthy complexion with skin-loving ingredients like prebiotics, hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing alpha-bisabolol.

No.42 by GuestHouse- Margate’s New Boutique Hotel

Once a sleepy seaside town, Margate has undergone somewhat of a metamorphosis, emerging as the cool-cultured destination of Kent. The gentrified hub has been spruced up with art galleries, vintage shops, independent cafes, oyster bars and craft beer microbreweries. Attracting a hip crowd, not dissimilar to the folks you tend to find frequenting East London, Margate has a stream of new trendy restaurants and hotels opening with gleaming vistas over the sandy beach. Boutique hotel, No.42 by GuestHouse, slots in swimmingly with Margate’s renaissance. Idyllic for a mini-break exploring the character-filled town, No.42 encompasses a restaurant, cafe, rooftop bar, treatment rooms and bedrooms spread across a beautifully revamped Victorian townhouse.

Perched in front of Margate’s sprawling bay, No.42 is the hotelier group’s third location. Coveting their coherent contemporary design, Guesthouse’s signature touches carry themself to their newest outpost…a pantry to raid for midnight snacking along with record players in all 21 bedrooms. Rightfully so, the heritage details of the Victorian manor have been preserved, with modern embellishments to bring it up to speed with Guesthouse’s noteworthy interiors. Beach-chic meets French-bistro vibes as you’re greeted at the check-in desk and handed over your paperweight gold key, embossed with the trademark ‘G’. The outlook of the North Sea will catch your eye, whether it is glistening with the sun beaming down or pelting with rain, it’s captivating nonetheless.

Twirling out of the stairwell each floor unravels a set of ice-cream-licked doors, like a scene out of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The bedrooms star a grand queen-sized bed with a plush upholstered curved headboard, backdropped by a freehand mural illustrated by local artist, Laura Ann Coates, the pièce de résistance. The warm neutral palette blends well with the brass finishings, hessian fabrics and oaky furnishings for an overall Pinterest-worthy space.

Beneath the hotel sits, Field Trip, the retro seaside cafe with a countertop full of nourishing salads, sarnies and freshly baked goods. After a breezy stroll, Field Trip is perfect for a spot of lunch or a pot of tea and cake. The pick-n-mix salad bar is our top pick, from wild black rice, bulgar wheat, roasted sweet potato and goat’s cheese with your choice of grilled tiger prawns, salmon, beef or falafel.

An unassuming doorway at the back of the cafe leads into a secret lair of treatment rooms. Bespoke therapies at the helm of healing hands take place in the vault-esque nooks, dressed with bouquets of wild-dried blooms. The rituals are an anecdote of relaxation and renewal, top-to-toe pampering in the forms of massages, scrubs and facials. Curated with the intention to make you feel connected, the Copper Cove treatment for two is the dreamiest romantic experience. The treatment starts with a soak in an inviting copper tub filled with magnesium salts, sipping on a glass of English fizz or non-alcoholic bubbles. Once you’ve made you’re way onto the treatment beds, the therapists will join you for a heavenly back, neck, and shoulder massage soundtracked by lulling melodies. Finish with your choice of a foot massage or a facial, topped off with a scalp massage to release any tension.

Pearly Cow, Guesthouse’s ‘land meets sea’ restaurant, celebrates British flavours while embracing the art of culinary craftsmanship. Sourcing freshly caught seafood, highest-welfare meat and organic plants, this menu is beaming with dishes you’ll want to try from yellowfin tuna crudo to Hen of the Woods spelt risotto and a Kentish lamb rack scattered with broad beans and heritage tomato. Prepared in an open robata grill kitchen, the meat and fish aren’t overly tampered with to let the produce do the talking, and the result is sublime. Don’t miss up the opportunity to try the decadent Seafood Platter, it’s quite the spectacle, brimming with oysters, prawns, Cornish crab, cockles and mussels.

Greeted by the fresh sea breeze, this boutique hotel is idyllic for a mini-break in the seaside town of Margate. Embodying a home-from-home ambience, Guesthouse hotels are growing in numbers, with an outpost in Brighton set to open in 2024. As for now, head down to Margate and rest your head at this gem of a hotel.

Click here to learn more about No.42 by GuestHouse

The Ultimate Guide: Best Leggings For Running With Pockets

Running is not just a physical activity; it’s a lifestyle that demands the right gear to enhance performance and comfort. When it comes to running leggings, having pockets can make a world of difference, providing convenient storage for essentials like keys, cards, or a smartphone. To help you navigate the sea of options, we’ve compiled a list of the best leggings for running with pockets.

1. Lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Tight with Pockets 28″

Known for their quality and innovation, Lululemon’s Wunder Train leggings combine style with functionality. With a high-rise design and 28-inch length, these leggings offer comfort and support during your runs. The added pockets make it easy to carry your essentials without compromising on style.

2. YMO Kickstart Pocket 7/8 Legging – Black

YMO Kickstart leggings are not just about aesthetics; they are designed for performance. The 7/8 length provides a perfect balance between coverage and breathability, and the pockets add a practical touch. These leggings are a sleek and functional choice for your running endeavors.

3. Fabletics On-The-Go PowerHold® High-Waisted Leggings

Fabletics brings style to your runs with the On-The-Go PowerHold® leggings. The high-waisted design offers support, and the PowerHold® technology ensures a comfortable fit. With strategically placed pockets, these leggings cater to the runner’s need for functionality without compromising on fashion.

4. Beyond Yoga Spacedye High Waisted Midi Yoga Leggings

Beyond Yoga is known for its premium yoga wear, but the Spacedye High Waisted Midi leggings are versatile enough for running. The spacedye fabric provides a unique aesthetic, and the high waist ensures a secure fit. The inclusion of pockets makes them a practical choice for runners who value style.

5. Gymshark Pocket Leggings

Gymshark is synonymous with fitness apparel, and their Pocket Leggings are no exception. Designed for performance, these leggings feature well-placed pockets that allow you to carry essentials without hindering your run. With a blend of style and functionality, Gymshark delivers leggings that meet the demands of avid runners.

6. Pocket Sport Claude Leggings

Pocket Sport’s Claude Leggings are designed with the runner in mind. The streamlined design and compression fit offer support, while the pockets add convenience. These leggings are a testament to how functionality and style can seamlessly coexist in activewear.

7. Sweaty Betty Power ⅞ Gym Leggings

Sweaty Betty is known for its high-performance activewear, and the Power ⅞ Gym Leggings are no exception. The ⅞ length strikes a balance between coverage and breathability, and the pockets add a practical touch. These leggings are ideal for runners who prioritize comfort and functionality.

8. Varley Let’s Go Running Leggings

Varley’s Let’s Go Running Leggings are designed for those who love to hit the pavement. The moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry, and the pockets provide a secure spot for your essentials. Varley combines performance and style, making these leggings a standout choice for runners.

9. Tala SkinLuxe High Waisted Side Pocket Leggings

Tala is a brand committed to sustainability without compromising on quality. The SkinLuxe High Waisted Leggings not only offer a secure fit for your runs but also feature side pockets for added convenience. These leggings are a great choice for eco-conscious runners.

10. Adanola Ultimate Pocket Leggings – Midnight Blue

Adanola’s Ultimate Pocket Leggings in Midnight Blue are a stylish and functional option for runners. The deep pockets provide ample storage space without compromising the sleek design. These leggings are perfect for those who want to make a statement while logging those miles.

In conclusion, the best leggings for running with pockets seamlessly blend style and functionality. Whether you prioritize high-rise designs, unique fabrics, or eco-friendly options, there’s a perfect pair for every runner on this list. Invest in the right leggings, and make your runs not only comfortable but also effortlessly stylish. After all, why sacrifice fashion when you can have it all?

Dust Off Your Salopettes… These Are The Ski Destinations To Book

As autumn leaves begin to fall and a chill permeates the air, avid winter sports enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the impending ski season. It’s that time of the year when snow-covered slopes beckon, and the thrill of carving through pristine powder becomes a reality. In this article, we delve into the world of alpine wonderlands and unveil the premier ski destinations that promise an unforgettable winter holiday experience. Whether you’re a seasoned skier seeking the challenge of black diamond runs or a snow bunny looking for cosy après-ski atmospheres, these carefully curated destinations are not just about skiing—they’re about creating enduring memories amidst breathtaking mountain landscapes. So, gear up and get ready to traverse the snowy peaks as we guide you through the must-book ski destinations for the upcoming winter season.

Six Senses Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Unveiled in February 2023, Six Senses Crans-Montana stands as the inaugural Swiss resort under the esteemed Six Senses brand, nestled in the charming Alpine enclave of Crans-Montana. Boasting south-facing slopes, glacier skiing, a vibrant cultural hub, exquisite dining venues, and upscale shopping, Crans-Montana emerges as the ultimate destination for elevated winter escapades. Situated in the heart of the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps, this property is meticulously designed to seamlessly blend with its natural surroundings, affording guests breathtaking panoramas and an idyllic sanctuary to unwind from the rigours of daily life. Enjoying direct ski-in, ski-out access to 140 kilometers of expansive slopes cascading from the 3,000-meter-high Plaine Morte glacier, the resort ensures a seamless experience with a dedicated ski concierge. The 2,000-square-meter Six Senses Spa, featuring nine treatment rooms, an innovative Stretch Pod, cutting-edge fitness facilities, and a yoga studio, promises rejuvenation each day. As twilight descends, guests can cocoon themselves beneath a starry sky, partake in the open-air cinema, savour wholesome cuisine in the two restaurants, or recount the day’s exploits by the crackling fire in the bar.

Cœur de Megève, Megève, France 

Nestled in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps beneath the majestic Mont Blanc, Megève has captivated the skiing elite for nearly a century. Positioned along the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare, mere steps from the church square and ski lift, the ultra-stylish Cœur de Megève hotel has undergone a remarkable transformation under the creative direction of renowned interior designer Sybille de Margerie. Departing from the traditional ski chalet concept, de Margerie envisioned a contemporary mountain retreat characterized by brushed walnut panelling, plush furnishings, and vibrant hues. Boasting 38 rooms and suites of various configurations, some featuring open-plan bathrooms, others with village-view terraces, and family rooms nestled in the attic beneath sloping ceilings, the hotel offers diverse accommodation options. Megève, a perennial favourite winter getaway, caters to a spectrum of activities, from skiing to dog sledging, winter markets, and historic hiking trails. The expansive ski domain surrounding Megève, encompassing 445km of slopes with the ‘Evasion Mont Blanc’ lift pass, includes the spa town of St Gervais and an additional 120km of slopes in Les Contamines. Back at the hotel, guests can bask in the cosy ambience of evenings by the fireplace in the lounge or opt for the après-ski vibe on the covered terrace. The main restaurant, Le Cœur, opening onto the village, serves up a seasonal, elegant, and delectable cuisine, showcasing the richness of the Savoy region. As dusk settles, patrons can retreat to Le Meige for custom and classic cocktails. Following exhilarating mountain pursuits, the rejuvenating Le Spa Tata Harper beckons with two treatment cabins (convertible into a spacious duo cabin), a sauna, a sensory shower, and a nail bar for guests to unwind and pamper themselves.

Airelles, Val D’isere, France 

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Airelles Val d’Isère stands as a beacon of luxury and alpine charm. Situated in the renowned ski resort of Val d’Isère, this opulent haven epitomizes sophistication and grandeur. Seamlessly blending with its surroundings, the hotel exudes a timeless elegance, offering an exquisite retreat for discerning travelers. Airelles Val d’Isère boasts a prime location, close to the slopes and the vibrant pulse of Val d’Isère village. The hotel, characterized by its unique architectural design, is a masterpiece of comfort and style. The accommodation choices are diverse, ranging from lavish suites to cozy rooms, each meticulously appointed with a harmonious blend of alpine aesthetics and modern comforts. Val d’Isère, celebrated for its world-class skiing, provides an extensive playground for winter enthusiasts, and Airelles ensures a seamless experience with its attentive concierge services. After a day of carving through pristine powder, guests can unwind in the sumptuous spa, where relaxation is elevated to an art form. Indulge in bespoke treatments, rejuvenate in the pool, or soothe tired muscles in the sauna—every aspect of Airelles Val d’Isère is crafted to pamper and enchant.

Aman Le Melezin, Courchevel, France

In the heart of Courchevel 1850, Aman Le Melezin seamlessly combines alpine charm with the refined elegance characteristic of the Aman brand. With direct access to the expansive Trois Vallees ski area, this distinguished resort invites guests to seamlessly connect with exhilarating slopes and panoramic mountain vistas. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of Savoyard tradition and contemporary design, providing a warm ambience. Luxurious suites and residences offer havens of comfort, some with ski-in, ski-out convenience. Aman Le Melezin extends beyond exceptional skiing to become a sanctuary of relaxation with its Aman Spa, offering rejuvenating treatments inspired by global wellness traditions. Dining experiences celebrate local and international flavours, providing a gourmet culmination to days spent in the invigorating alpine air. Aman Le Melezin presents the perfect blend of luxury, adventure, and relaxation in the heart of the French Alps.

Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy

Amidst the majestic peaks of the Dolomites, Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti stands as a pinnacle of refined luxury in the heart of the Italian Alps. This exclusive resort seamlessly blends with the alpine landscape, offering an idyllic retreat in a renowned ski destination. Perfectly situated for both ski enthusiasts and nature lovers, Lefay provides a seamless fusion of contemporary elegance and mountain charm. The accommodation choices, ranging from lavish suites to intimate rooms, showcase meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to guest comfort. With immediate access to ski slopes and the enchanting scenery of the Dolomites, the resort becomes a gateway to unparalleled alpine experiences. Lefay’s attentive concierge services ensure a tailored and unforgettable stay. Following days of exploration, guests can unwind in the spa, indulging in tailored treatments or relaxing in the pool and sauna. Culinary excellence awaits at the resort’s dining establishments, where a gastronomic journey unfolds against the backdrop of stunning mountain vistas. Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti invites guests to immerse themselves in a world where luxury meets the natural wonders of the Dolomites, promising an extraordinary alpine escape.

Caldera House, Jackson Hole, USA

In the enchanting realm of Jackson Hole, Caldera House emerges as a distinguished haven where rustic allure meets refined luxury. Poised in the heart of this iconic ski destination, the boutique hotel beckons with direct access to the legendary slopes and the awe-inspiring vistas of the Teton mountain range. Infused with a contemporary design that seamlessly intertwines with the warmth of mountain tradition, Caldera House exudes an inviting ambience throughout its entirety. Offering an intimate selection of suites and residences, each meticulously crafted provides a stylish and comfortable sanctuary after a day of adventure on the slopes. Enhanced by ski-in, ski-out accessibility in select accommodations, Caldera House ensures an immersive mountain experience. Beyond the thrill of skiing, the resort transforms into a retreat of relaxation with its spa, where guests can unwind amidst rejuvenating treatments in the tranquil mountain surroundings. Culinary experiences at Caldera House celebrate local flavours and international cuisine, offering a delightful conclusion to days spent in the invigorating mountain air. This boutique gem in Jackson Hole presents an exquisite fusion of luxury, adventure, and relaxation in the heart of the American West.

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

Perched majestically in the Swiss Alps, Gstaad Palace reigns as an emblem of timeless elegance and alpine grandeur. Surveying the picturesque landscape of Gstaad, this iconic palace hotel seamlessly combines Old World charm with modern luxury. Enveloped by the enchanting Bernese Oberland, Gstaad Palace offers unrivalled access to the region’s renowned ski slopes and the captivating beauty of the surrounding mountains. The architecture is a masterful blend of traditional Swiss chalet aesthetics and sophisticated design, creating an inviting atmosphere throughout the property. Gstaad Palace boasts a collection of luxurious rooms and suites, each exuding opulence and providing a regal retreat after a day on the slopes. Some accommodations feature balconies with panoramic views of the snow-kissed peaks. Beyond skiing, Gstaad Palace transforms into a sanctuary of relaxation with its sumptuous spa, where guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments amidst an alpine haven. Culinary excellence takes centre stage in the hotel’s restaurants, offering a gastronomic journey that celebrates local and international flavours. Gstaad Palace, a regal sanctuary in the heart of the Swiss Alps, presents an exquisite fusion of luxury, adventure, and relaxation for the discerning traveller.

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Are You In Need Of A “Mid-Life” Retreat?

When you look up what the word retreat means, it is often linked to military operations: withdrawing from enemy forces as a result of their superior power or after a defeat. Not massively positive eh? Albeit sometimes I do feel like I am waging a war – against hormones, heat, the never-ending midlife mental load … 

Jo Darling, Chinese medicine practitioner explains: In its simplest form ‘Retreat’, means ‘to withdraw, to drawback. So, with this in mind, the original intention of a retreat is to withdraw from our regular routine of daily life and take time to reflect, evaluate and to reconnect. A retreat, at its essence, is about coming back to basics’. 

Finding the best midlife retreat for you … 

It seems at the moment, we can’t move for retreats and whilst I love the idea, I can’t work out if I want peace, activities, adventure or all 3!  Budget, time and location all play a part too, so I spoke to Jo Fellowes, yoga practitioner and wellness advisor who recommends thinking about what your desired outcome is first – what do you want to experience? She says “Choose a retreat that is aligned with your interests and goals, there are many different types, such as yoga retreats, meditation retreats, wellbeing retreats, writing retreats, spiritual retreats etc. Also, consider the level of activity. Some retreats are very active, while others are more relaxed”.

Questions to ask yourself when choosing a retreat:

Do I want to:

  • Relax and de-stress?
  • Connect with nature?
  • Reflect on your life?
  • Learn new things?

Other things to consider when choosing the midlife retreat for you: 

• The facilitator. Do some research on the facilitators of the retreat to make sure that they are properly qualified and experienced. 

• What type of accommodation is offered? Are they shared or private? In mid-life most of us want to have our own private space and bathrooms. 

• Budget. Retreats can range hugely in price from a few hundred pounds to several thousand. It’s important to set a budget before you start looking so you don’t overspend. Check what the price includes, some include all meals and activities, while others don’t. 

• Food. Is the food included in the price of the retreat? If so, what kind of food is served? Can they accommodate your dietary requirements?

• The location. Do you want to go on a retreat near home or travel to a new destination? Consider the climate and time of year.

• The size of the group. Do you prefer a small, intimate retreat or a busier setting?

• Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Do they know of any retreats that they would recommend? Read reviews. See what other people have said about different retreats.

• Trust your gut. If you feel good about a particular retreat, then it’s probably the right one for you.

Remember, the most important thing is to choose a retreat that will help you achieve your desired outcomes, your available time, and your budget.  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

If you have 7 days …

Jo Darling organises menopause retreats which focus on the simplicity of rest, restoration, and revitalise, immersing guests in ancient wisdom, all taking place in the magical mountains, waterfalls, and sunshine of Andalucia, Spain.

She harnesses the idea of going back to basics and observing nature, by introducing her guests to the theory of the ‘Chinese Clock’. This explains that each organ has peak energy at a specific time of day. Guests explore this principle through a series of workshops, gentle movement practices and acupuncture treatments to help guests with their own self care, with plenty of important free time, for guests to explore their surroundings and relax. 

For full details of Jo’s retreats visit the Menopoised Retreat

Get Surfing!

I have been following Wild and Free Adventures for a while now.  I surfed (badly) in my twenties but loved it and feel that this could be the retreat for me.  Set up by Amanda and Jo, Wild and Free was born from two people’s passion for surf and yoga and the balance and freedom each one offers mind, body and soul.  Their retreats offer an opportunity to unwind and reconnect with your sense of adventure whilst exploring the world and beautiful oceans but they also run retreats in Cornwall if that is more your bag.  Hosted with the help of an amazing local crew at every destination these are unique experiences designed not only to relax you, but challenge you too. 

If you have a weekend …

Check out Sunset Bay Retreats, set up by dance teacher Maggie and her husband Graham, they offer a variety of retreats to suit the seasons, choose from winter yoga to Veganuary theme to summer solstice retreats either midweek or weekend depending on what suits you.   On the program: holistic workshops, invigorating outdoor activities, rejuvenating treatments, and revitalizing yoga and meditation practices, as well as nourishing plant-based food. 

The retreats are run in the beautiful Welsh countryside where guests can nourish their bodies and spirits and leave feeling regenerated, relaxed and ready to face the world once again.

Jo Fellows has teamed up with Notgrove Holidays to organise a series of well-being retreats set on the Notgrove estate, which is an idyllic 1,500 estate in the Cotswold countryside.  Designed to nourish, awaken, heal and renew. it’s the perfect place to reflect and unwind from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Guests stay in eco-glamping pods on the estate whilst enjoying a mix of yoga, nutrition, time in nature and breathwork, connecting with like-minded individuals – embracing the energy of the season, for growth, renewal and creativity.  I have already booked my space on the March weekend retreat…. But there are also dates in June to choose from.

If you have a day…

For those of us who find it difficult to carve out time for ourselves, then maybe a day out is more achievable for both diary and purse.  For midlifers, there are more specifically designed spa treatments than ever created especially for us! 

Try the “Your Best You” treatment from Temple Spa which is a bespoke top-to-toe menopausal treatment combining massage with Himalayan Salt stones to support stress relief, increase energy, and positively boost mood. Rhythmic stretches, and gentle joint rotation rescue achy limbs and a gentle lymph drainage facial reduces puffiness to leave skin fresh and toned. You can enjoy your treatment hot or cold depending on how you feel and make the most of the spa facilities depending on the spa location you choose. 

Chewton Glen Spa in Hampshire is the sister hotel to Cliveden House in Berkshire.  They have linked up with award-winning CBD brand OTO to develop a Menopause & Restore Spa Day which includes breakfast and lunch at the pool bar, an indulgent 90-minute body ritual tailored to release emotional heaviness and aid digestion, including an abdominal massage to provide analgesic, cell-regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin and tissues. Live sound is woven into the experience, reducing binaural frequencies to allow you to completely switch off and reset.  You can make the most of the spa facilities, have lunch, and maybe sign up for a class.  The Chewton Glen grounds are well worth exploring and you can also follow the path down to the sea for a brisk coastal walk. 

The Old Dairy, set in the beautiful North Oxfordshire countryside, offers various retreat options from one-hour treatments to full days, where you can escape, let go and just be whilst enjoying a selection of yoga classes, guided walks, treatments, nutritional advice, sound baths and nutritious lunches.

If you have an hour … create a retreat at home…

Busy lives mean that sometimes all we have is an hour, sometimes less. Maximise whatever time and space you have with these quick-fix ideas:

  • Meditation – with Calm app – they have various meditation tracks so pick one to suit your timescale from 2 minutes to 20 minutes, take that time for yourself
  • Tea – Forage Botanicals Cool and Calm Tea contains Peppermint, known for relaxing fried nerves, Lemon Verbena to clear the mind and Sage, to alleviate hormone imbalance – a powerful blend for brain fog, anxiety and other perimenopause symptoms. 
  • Eye mask – a heated eye mask is not only great for relaxation but also good for midlife eye health. Did you know our eyelids secret oil from ducts that can get blocked causing dry eyes – sound familiar?  By using a heated eye mask once or twice a week, the oil is softened, thus lubricating the eyes– try spacemasks or optase moist heat mask.
  • Run yourself a bath – I love an Epsom salt bath and I love the scent of lavender – this gorgeous bath milk from Neom combines both magnesium salts and the heavenly scent of lavender to calm and restore – magnesium bath milk 
  • Yoga – try an online session from Yoga with Adrienne or Silverlinings wellbeing and choose a class depending on the time you have-   I like to apply a bit of Scentered balm on my pulse points before a class and breathe deep depending on my mood.

words by Nicola de Burlet

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Omega 3: The Heart-Protecting, Brain-Boosting Nutrient You Need In Your Diet

In the realm of nutritional superheroes, Omega-3 fatty acids stand out as champions for heart health and cognitive function. These essential fatty acids are not only vital for the structural integrity of cell membranes but also play a crucial role in various bodily functions. Let’s explore the myriad benefits of Omega-3 and discover how to effortlessly incorporate them into your diet for a healthier heart and a sharper mind.

Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fats that are classified into three main types: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While ALA is primarily found in plant sources, such as flaxseeds and walnuts, EPA and DHA are abundant in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout.

The Heart-Protecting Power of Omega-3:

Cholesterol Regulation: Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol, contributing to a healthier lipid profile and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Blood Pressure Control: Regular consumption of Omega-3s has been associated with modest reductions in blood pressure, helping to maintain a healthy range and decrease the risk of hypertension.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Chronic inflammation is a key player in heart diseases. Omega-3s exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the inflammation that contributes to the development of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular conditions.

Cognitive Benefits of Omega-3:

Brain Development: DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, is a major structural component of the brain. It is crucial for the development of the nervous system in infants and the maintenance of cognitive function in adults.

Memory and Concentration: Studies suggest that Omega-3s may enhance memory and cognitive function, playing a role in preventing age-related cognitive decline and potentially reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Mood Regulation: There is evidence to suggest that Omega-3s may play a role in mood regulation and could be beneficial in managing conditions such as depression and anxiety.

How to Boost Your Diet with Omega-3:

Fatty Fish: Include fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout in your diet at least twice a week to ensure an adequate intake of EPA and DHA.

Plant-Based Sources: For those following a vegetarian or vegan diet, incorporate ALA-rich foods such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts.

Supplements: Omega-3 supplements, such as fish oil capsules or algae-based supplements, can be a convenient way to ensure you meet your daily requirements, especially for individuals with dietary restrictions.

Fortified Foods: Look for foods fortified with Omega-3s, such as certain brands of eggs, milk, and yoghurt, to easily boost your intake.

Omega-3 fatty acids are nutritional powerhouses with a multitude of health benefits, ranging from heart protection to cognitive enhancement. By incorporating Omega-3-rich foods into your diet or opting for supplements when necessary, you can take a proactive approach to support your overall well-being. Whether you’re aiming to improve cardiovascular health, boost brain function, or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, Omega-3s are a nutrient worth prioritising in your daily nutrition.

Bare Biology Pure Omega Mini Capsules


Viridian Omega 3:6:9 Oil


Wild Nutrition Pure Strength Omega


The Best Running Apps For Whatever Your Training Goal

Running apps have brought about a significant transformation in the world of running, offering an array of features, from on-the-go expert coaching to route planning, recovery aids, and comprehensive tracking tools. What particularly stands out is the social dimension many of these apps bring, transforming an inherently solitary activity into a vibrant community-driven endeavour. With a plethora of running apps available, we’ve streamlined the selection, presenting you with a curated list of the ones we deem worthy of downloading.

Strava Best For Community

The OG of fitness tracker apps, Strava has been an innovator in its field since its launch back in 2009. Its greatness lies in its ability to foster a vibrant community while offering a plethora of features tailored to runners’ needs. Strava’s GPS tracking feature enables runners to meticulously record their routes, pace, and elevation, allowing for precise analysis of performance. Empowering users to set and achieve personal goals, the app encourages you to share accomplishments and in return you’ll receive ‘Kudos’ (a virtual pat on the back) from your friends, turning every run into a communal experience. Strava’s collection of segments and leaderboards transforms mundane runs into exciting competitions, turning a rather solitary sport into a community-fuelled venture.

Runna Best For Coaching

Runna, the running coach app, is a game-changer for runners of all levels. What sets it apart is its accessibility to expert coaches who provide personalised training plans for 5k, 10k, half-marathons, marathons and ultra-marathons. Whether you’re a beginner taking your first steps or a seasoned runner aiming for new heights, Runna tailors its guidance to your specific goals and fitness level. It’s a versatile tool that allows everyone to reach their full potential, essentially it’s a coach in your pocket! Within the app, you’ll find warm-up and cool-down tutorials, injury management from physios, nutrition guidance, strength workouts to compliment your training as well as lots more invaluable top tips to advance your running. For anyone looking for a tailored running programme with guidance on how to plan out your training including tempo runs to long runs, this is the professional coaching app that will help you build up to race day. Runna is additionally compatible with all major fitness trackers to sync your runs!

WHOOP Best For Monitoring Recovery

Regular running takes its toll on your body, and that is where WHOOP, the fitness wearable and app, is a valuable tool for runners. By monitoring your heart rate and HRV, WHOOP can help you understand the impact of running on your body. It can suggest whether you should push harder, take a rest day, or adjust your training intensity to maximise runs and reduce the risk of overtraining. Within the app, you’ll find your Strain Score, indicating the physical stress your body experiences, helping to gauge the intensity of your runs and ensuring you’re not overexerting yourself. WHOOP also calculates a Recovery Score, which helps you determine whether you’re adequately recovered for your next run!

Nike Run Club Best All-Rounder

Nike Run Club: Running Coach is a top-notch running app that caters to both beginners and seasoned athletes. With its user-friendly interface and a wealth of features, it offers personalized coaching, real-time feedback, and adaptive training plans tailored to your fitness level and goals. The app’s audio-guided runs, motivational challenges, and integration with social networks make it a dynamic tool for enhancing your running experience. Whether you’re aiming for a 5K or a marathon, Nike Run Club ensures you have the guidance and motivation you need to reach your milestones and make every run count.

AllTrails Best For Discovering New Routes

AllTrails, the versatile running app, is a must-have for adventurers seeking new running routes in various areas. With comprehensive details on distance, terrain, elevation, and difficulty, it’s a treasure trove for those eager to explore lesser-known areas or experience routes discovered by others. This app is your trusty companion, especially when venturing off the beaten track or running in unfamiliar places. Its GPS system provides real-time directions as you run, ensuring you stay on the right path. AllTrails is not just a tool for personal exploration but also a platform for sharing your newfound gems, making it an invaluable resource for runners of all types.

Relive Best For Reflecting On Your Run

Relive allows you to trace your run to create a professional-looking animation, much like the London Marathon coverage on BBC. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, this app transforms your outdoor activities into captivating 3D video stories, adding a whole new dimension to your adventures. Simply track your activity, snap some photos, and let Relive work its magic. The result? A stunning video that showcases your route in a 3D landscape, complete with highlights like maximum speed that you can share on your social platforms.

Footpath Best For Planning Your Route & Distance

Footpath is a handy tool for runners looking to plan their route precisely. This app lets you effortlessly map out custom routes with just a swipe of your finger. It’s like having a cartographer in your pocket as Footpath intelligently aligns with roads and trails, ensuring accurate measurements and elevation data. Knowing the exact distance and elevation profile of your route is crucial when following specific training plans, which is where Footpath serves its purpose. This app is also useful when running in an unknown territory. Plus, if you’ve got a Garmin, you can export routes to GPS devices to display on your watch face for easy navigation.

Run Keeper Best For Logging PB’s

Powered by Asics, Runkeeper™ has a plethora of features aimed at motivating and guiding users. From audio-guided workouts that cater to beginners and experts alike to goal-setting and progress tracking, this app covers all the bases. What sets Runkeeper apart is its ability to create a sense of community through challenges and virtual running groups, helping you go that extra mile and hit new PB’s. Runkeeper effortlessly integrates with various devices including Garmin, Fitbit and Apple Watch. With the option to upgrade to Runkeeper GO™ for even more tailored support and insights, this app will help reach your running goals and achieve peak performance.

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Beauty & Wellness Level Up: Lou’s Cosy Autumn Weekend

Autumn is my most favourite time of the year. I love the chilly weather for everything from the food ( risotto and stews and a good English roast) to fashion with cashmere jumpers and warm coats and cosy evenings under a throw watching movies with scented candles and a negroni. I think it’s my Swedish blood, but I really do love the cold. 

Weekends are a time to slow down after a busy week and I try to use this time to switch off, carve out some me time but also nurture both my body and mind. 

Here’s what I’m coveting and enjoying at the moment on my weekends. 

Brunch – Ollie’s House 

Nothing screams weekend more than brunch. I was so excited to hear about Ollie’s House opening up in Parsons Green. Inspired by Ollie’s travels to Indonesia and the Philippines, they offer a delicious twist on Asian food and a quirky brunch menu. From classic brunch staples to innovative creations. Whether you’re in the mood for buttermilk pancakes, Nasi Goreng ( A traditional Indonesian Breakfast) or an English Breakfast Bao, they have you covered and lots of options for kids. 

We were totally obsessed with the Nasi Goreng as well as the amazing Halloumi and Avo Bao which we are eager to go back and eat again. As a huge fan of Asian flavours, this really was my perfect brunch. My son had the buttermilk pancakes which really did not disappoint and kept him quiet and occupied for a long time… a sign of an amazing meal is a few minutes of silence from my little one. Not only was their food amazing but their Bloody Mary was possibly one of the best I have tried in a long time. With an extra kick from Wasabi it was the perfect way to start our weekend as a family. 

Weekend Wardrobe 

I love a cosy weekend wardrobe vibe but since having my little one I feel I need to get more out of an outfit. It needs to take me from chasing him around the playground to either brunch or lunch with friends or facial. I am more focused than ever on a capsule wardrobe. 


A white shirt has always been a staple in my wardrobe and my favourite right now is The Paloma Shirt, with its perfect oversized fit. Launched in July with just one shirt Paloma was born out of the need to create the perfect white shirt which also has as little impact on the planet as possible. From the softest sustainable fabric, the perfect oversized shape to the stylish deep cuffs this shirt is designed to stand the test of time and redefines the concept of an effortless minimal wardrobe. 

Citizen Of Humanity Jeans 

Jeans are the ultimate weekend vibe and I have recently come to love Citizen Of Humanity for their Ayla jeans, which you have probably seen everywhere and are best known for being styles with wide turn-up. Jeans can always be tricky to buy ( honestly I hate buying jeans and have lived in J brand Maria Jeans for over a decade) but these are the most versatile, and comfortable jeans you will find and I am obsessed. As someone who has been a long-standing member of the skinny jeans club  I am converted to the baggy jeans look and these are the ones which are perfect for my weekend vibe this Autumn.


I think it’s so important to take a little time out for yourself on a weekend. I spend a lot of time with my son, who I adore, but amid the terrible twos it can feel like hard work with the daily battles. For me, some time to myself is the most restorative.

I had the ultimate treat of getting to try a bespoke facial with the amazing Lisa Franklin and it was the most incredible experience. Not only is Lisa the most knowledgeable and interesting person, but she is also utterly divine. I could have chatted with her for hours. The passion she pours into her brand, from the product development of her skincare range to understanding your own skincare needs is second to none. It is not a facial for the faint-hearted but a facial which will give you immediate results. And the results are amazing. 

Lisa Franklin provides high-performance, personally tailored treatments to treat your skin in the most effective way possible. Through the use of her award-winning products to steaming, extraction, exfoliating, LED light and lymphatic massage, no stone is unturned to ensure your skin will look and feel its very best. 

Evening Rituals 

We don’t go out much these days and much prefer to spend our evenings at home and nothing beats a cosy movie night as the evenings are getting darker and colder. It’s all about Netflix and chill. Autumn signals a time for throws and scented candles. We don’t have a fireplace, so I love making the room cosy with lots of candles and my new favourite has to be Ostens – Illumination Cashmeran Velvet which is perfect for creating a cocoon of comfort and warmth. The scent has subtle smoky notes with amber and soft woods so if you close your eyes you can pretend you are sitting by a roaring fire in the countryside..I also think the mouth-blown scalloped glass is just stunning. Time to cosy up in a blanket, light my candle and watch Barbie ( am I the only one who hasn’t seen it yet?). 

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Hip & Healthy Sleep Awards 2023

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” – We think this Irish Proverb definitely has some theory to it! Getting adequate sleep is crucial for all kinds of things, like concentration, energy, memory and even immunity.

To coincide with the clocks going back this month, we wanted to showcase our cant-live-without sleep aids that help make nighttime more relaxing and, most importantly, restful. See below the Sleep Awards Winners for 2023!

Best Overnight Moisturiser – The Ritual of Karma Overnight Body Mask

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in trying to master the art of a perfect night’s sleep, it’s that it’s all in the prep! A series of lulling evening rituals cement in that all-important rem sleep and one I’ve loved incorporating is slathing on The Ritual of Karma Overnight Body Mask after a long soak in the bath. Blended with the calming fragrance of white tea and lotus flower, this lightweight gel cream complex contains aloe vera to lock in moisture and give a cooling effect on the skin for temperature control overnight. Most importantly, the mask sinks into the skin effortlessly so you can slip into your sheets without feeling sticky! Let the active ingredients work their magic while you sleep and wake up with fresh, hydrated skin.

Best Sleep Oil – Dr Hauschka’s Nurturing Oil Set

Dr Hauschka’s products are always next level in terms of results and efficacy, whilst also remaining deeply natural and in harmony with Mother Earth – it is this duality that we love here at Hip & Healthy. Their Nurturing Oil set offers a body oil and hair oil that you can apply before bed and will have you waking up feeling hydrated, cared for and smelling divine! It also comes in a pretty pink box making it the perfect gift for a loved one. You’ll no doubt be seeing a few of their products on our Christmas gift lists so watch this space!

Best Pillow Mist – SLPT Essential Pillow Spray

The Essential Pillow Spray from SLPT is a carefully crafted product designed to enhance the quality of your sleep. Infused with a blend of calming essential oils, this spray creates a tranquil and soothing atmosphere conducive to restful sleep. The thoughtfully chosen ingredients, such as lavender, jasmine and sandalwood, are known for their relaxing properties, promoting a sense of tranquillity and easing the mind into a peaceful state. The convenient spray bottle allows for easy application, enabling users to lightly mist their pillows or bedding before bedtime. With a commitment to promoting wellness through better sleep, SLPT’s Essential Pillow Spray is a delightful addition to any bedtime routine, providing a natural and aromatic solution for a more serene night’s sleep.

Best Sleep Supplement – PURA Sleep Collagen 

Ever wish you could drink something as indulgent as hot chocolate and have it be good for you? Well, at the risk of sounding sales-y, now you can! PURA Collagen’s Sleep powder is unbelievably yummy and is the perfect post-supper drink, and the great news is that it will actually help calm your nervous system as well. The collagen peptides activate your body’s own natural collagen production which may lead to silky hair, stronger nails and dewy skin (giving  new meaning to the phrase beauty sleep). Plus, the L-Glycine is an amino acid that taps into the central nervous system, whilst the magnesium in it will also help your body to regulate its melatonin levels, making this indulgent drink a bit of a sleep elixir if you ask me!

Best Overnight Skincare Mask – Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix

Elemis’s Award-winning Pro-Collagen range is iconic in the world of skincare as everyone who uses it finds it works effectively and fast in improving their skin. The Overnight Matrix is another stellar product to come out of the range that has impressed us hugely. The clinical results are astounding: 100% agreed their skin bounced back to life after using this product; 100% agreed the product dramatically improved the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; 100% agreed their skin looked much more youthful in the morning – it is not often you see results as sweeping as this. Designed to be used daily in the evening after you have cleansed and toned your skin, the Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix glides on, smells beautiful and almost instantly delivers results. What’s not to love.

Best Sleep Serum – Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial 

Sarah Chapman is the kind of brand that you fall in love with, the moment you try any of her products. This Overnight Facial immediately became one of my bedtime non-negotiables and the benefits are amazing. It is the ultimate “post facial glow in a bottle”. With a combination of Vitamin A and C this serum will leave your skin feeling both hydrated and nourished whilst also looking visibly firmer and and more plumped. There really is nothing like waking up to perfect skin in the morning. 

Best Pre-Sleep Ritual – Rituals’ The Ritual of Jing

I love a pre-slumber ritual – I honestly think it is essential for any good night’s sleep. Ritual’s range of products from their Ritual of Jing line are designed to help our minds and bodies slow down at the end of a busy day and get ready for a deep, restful sleep. Favourites from the range include their Sleep Aroma diffuser, which will fill your room with the most heavenly, sleep-inducing fragrance of lavender and sandalwood. Plus the shower oil (who doesn’t love a shower oil!!) and the pillow mist have become must-haves in my evening wind-down routine.

Best Sleep Candle – This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle 

Get your best nights with This Works. This Works have focused on the science of sleep since 2004, with each of their award-winning natural sleep products, so you can be confident This Works is more than just their name – it’s their promise. Lighting a candle is the perfect way to unwind in the evening to calm your mind and body before bed. With a luxurious blend of calming lavender and soothing chamomile essential oils, this candle is the ultimate scent and the perfect way to relax before a good night’s sleep. 

Best Sleep Mask- SLPT Eye Mask

Crafted from the softest 100% cotton, the blackout SLPT Eye Mask offers a touch of luxury while delivering unparalleled comfort with its wrap around velcro feature. Imagine a little duvet for your head, keeping you cosy while you snooze! Whether you’re on a long-haul flight or simply seeking a night of uninterrupted rest, the SLPT Eye Mask has you covered. Ultra plush, this mask rivals the flimsy eye masks you have hanging around your draw…upgrade your sleep eyewear for the ultimate night’s rest!

Best Mattress- Mattress Man Healthopaedic Zero Gravity 1000 Mattress

Mattressman is our go-to when it comes to sourcing a new mattress! The Healthopaedic Zero Gravity Mattress is the latest we’re loving, elevating your sleep to a whole new level. This remarkable mattress has earned its accolades for good reason, offering the most sumptuous sleeping experience that feels like a gravity-defying dream. The eco-friendly tencel cover regulates body temperature throughout the night to help you stay asleep. Designed with precision, this mattress has 1000 pocket springs and an extra comfort foam layer for a softer finish.