November172017

My Summer List!

Summer is the perfect time to hit the beach and spend time with loved ones. But I’ve found there is always time for a good book or podcast throughout the holiday period – and even a TV show if the weather packs in! Below are a few of my favourites for you to try out this summer…

TO LISTEN

The Nutrition Diva Quick and Dirty Tips: these podcasts narrated by Monica Reinagel, a nutritionist and trained chef, will walk you through different nutrition tips and ideas. She covers topics such as how to brew a coffee that wont upset your stomach, whether timing your meals is important, and if miso can really benefit your health. She has all the answers on her podcast.
Perfect for: people wanting to clean up their eating habits

 

Anna Farris is Unqualified: hosted by actor and comedian Anna Farris, this down-to-earth podcast features a new celebrity guest each week. She covers topics of love, friendship, sex, and fame, and even has calls from listeners who she gives advice to.
Perfect for: people who love comedy and celebrities.

 

This American Life: a weekly American radio podcast that focuses on non-fiction journalistic reports on different areas. Each week covers a different topic – from the strange life of a polygraph operator to how to have more meaningful connections. Within the thousands of episodes they have released already, there will surely be something for you!
Perfect for: people looking for a broad, well-polished podcast.

TO WATCH

Sinner: Jessica Biel stars in this show about a woman who stabs a stranger on the beach. The mystery of this series isn’t about whodunit but rather a psychological whydunnit. This show is getting rave reviews – New York Magazine’s Vulture called call it “a superbly executed series.”
Perfect for: people wanting a fresh twist on the classic murder mystery.

 

The Affair: This show explores the drama and effects of affairs, but splits the episode by showing the events from the two different character’s perspective. This show won countless awards, including a Golden Globe for ‘best television series’.
Perfect for: people wanting a creative show that explores themes of truth and desire.

 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Detective Jake Perolta attempts to navigate life at the 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. The show is quirky, lighthearted and quite frankly, hilarious. This comedy is filled with impressive supporting actors and tight scriptwriting.
Perfect for: people wanting to binge on a show.

TO READ

American War: Omar El Akkad’s has produced an impressive new must-read novel. Set in a plausible future scarred by civil strife and climate change, it delves into themes of lies, power, and moral disintegration.
Perfect for: people looking for a book they won’t be able to put down.

 

In Defense of Food: This health classic by writer and journalist Michael Pollan breaks down the evolution of food production and culture. He explores the relationship between nutrition and the Western diet. This book received glowing reviews and topped the New York Times Bestseller list for 6 weeks upon release.
Perfect for: people wanting to learn more about nutrition.  

 

All Stories are Love Stories: Elizabeth Percer’s novel is set in San Fransisco, in the aftermath of a severe earthquake. In the midst of the chaos, three characters come together and their lives are permanently changed as a result. This mesmerising novel about the power of nature and the resilience of human spirit is a perfect beach read.
Perfect for people: wanting to indulge in a story about the power of love.

 

I hope you enjoy, and have a lovely summer.
XOXO Ange

November032017

Essential Holiday-Season Products

 

This year has gone extraordinarily fast, and already holiday season is quickly approaching! Here are some essential products to get you through the hectic months ahead…

 

Protection: holiday season in New Zealand can mean hot, dry days, and thanks to our lack of ozone layer, the sun is very dangerous. I suggest a light moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated, and has SPF added in. This means you can avoid having to apply a greasy sunblock on your face, and stay protected.

 

Rejuvenation: between the Christmas stress and scorching weather, your skin will likely need some serious rejuvenation. Instead of having to fork out on a facial, face masks can help hydrate, tighten, and brighten skin. You can buy these in single sachets from any beauty store or chemist. I always opt for one with avocado oils to keep my skin looking bright and fresh.

 

Accentuate: 2017 has been the year of the highlight. Whether you’re opting for a full face of makeup, or wanting to go natural, adding some liquid highlighter to the top of your cheekbones will ensure you look radiant all day long.

 

Glow: if you would love a sun-kissed glow, but don’t want to lie out in the sun, opt for a tinted moisturiser for your tan. Not only will this stop your skin drying out, you get the benefits of laying out in the sun without any of the dangers!

 

Summer Secret: my secret Summer product is coconut oil. While this product has an array of uses – from cooking to toothpaste, it also can work as a moisturiser, lip balm, under-eye cream and more! This product is cheap, natural and is kind to your skin. I would recommend buying a jar of it next time you visit the supermarket – you might just be surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October202017

Your guide to Spring-Summer trends.

With Fashion Month behind us and all the SS shows left in its wake, it can be tricky to navigate through the what’s-hot/what’s-not of it all. So I’ve picked out a few of my favourite trends from the runway to help you perfect your Spring-Summer wardrobe.

 

Bags: Tote bags seem to be synonyms with warmth, and every year they make an appearance during the Spring/Summer fashion shows. Whether you want to make a statement, or just need some extra room for a towel, a tote bag is your go-to accessory.

 

Jackets: Because some days during spring can be a bit chillier than we would like. Oversized blazers and trench coats were spotted on runways across the world – from Chanel’s 2018 Spring Season show, to NZFW. This is a perfect way to create a chic look. Dress it up or down, and avoid catching a cold!

 

Rouching: Drawstring rouching took centre stage during Fashion Month. Designers have made a homage to the classic trend, while adding a fresh twist. This detailing gives pieces a feminine look, as it outlines and cinches the silhouette. And the best part is, it doesn’t only look great on models! This design is incredibly flattering for all shapes and sizes.

 

Florals: At this point, if there weren’t florals on an SS runway, we would be very concerned. This season the trend has moved to more delicate, pretty patterns. Primarily in light colours, these romantic dainty florals will definitely be in full bloom this summer.

 

 

 

October062017

Feel better, naturally!

 

As the seasons change and the days get warmer, I tend to become more conscious of my health and wellbeing. Feeling and looking better, inside and out, doesn’t have to mean expensive treatments and procedures, it can be as simple as incorporating more natural remedies into your day.

These natural tips will help you to feel your absolute best coming into the warmer months!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries to help with all sorts of health problems, including lowering blood sugar and fighting diabetes, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. A few tablespoons with water in the morning will boost your immune system, and as an anti-inflammatory tonic, apple cider vinegar will help with everything from problem skin to headaches. Its anti-bacterial properties also make it ideal for a facial toner, simply dilute a couple table spoons with water and apply to face.

 

Lemon water

 

My wellness go to! In the same vein as apple cider vinegar, lemon water in the morning will do wonders for your energy levels and general wellbeing. When ingested, lemon becomes highly alkalising, helping to balance out your internal PH levels. Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C, so this antioxidant-rich water will help to fight off free radicals, which will leave your skin glowing, and support weight loss.

Exercise and Meditation

 

Maintain a healthy body and mind with exercise and mindfulness. Stress can take a huge toll on your health, so an hour long walk in the morning, yoga class or jog will help you to sweat, which helps to release toxins from your skin and most importantly, will help you to de-stress.

 

Meditation, or just slowing down, also has a world of benefits – find a quiet spot, close your eyes, inhale positivity and exhale the stress and negativity from your day.

 

Dry Brushing

 

I’ve recently stumbled upon this absolute gem for natural health, and my skin has never looked or felt better. Brushing your skin once a day with a natural brush will boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, aid digestion, and improve the appearance of cellulite. The easiest time to do it is before a shower, and always brush towards your centre.

 

Drink More Water

 

This one seems obvious, but the moment you make a conscious effort to drink more water, you will notice your energy level rise, and your mind will become clearer. Water is the most important thing to flush out toxins, improve complexion and general wellbeing. I find I will drink more water if I have a drink bottle on me.

 

 

September292017

J’adore: Trends from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018

Bonjour mes amis, Paris Fashion Week for Spring 2018 is upon us and I am so excited by what I’ve seen on the runway so far! There is a clear trend for me, I am loving the modern takes on more classic styles, where traditional textures, prints and accessories are renewed with fresh allure. Here are my favourite trends coming out of Paris this week:

Lace

I love the feminine lace pieces popping up on the runways of Paris, accentuated by the beautiful, bright and blooming tones of spring. It’s so refreshing to see Dolce & Gabbana pair a more traditional, neutral silk lace with modern pops of colour. The small accents of reds and fuchsia in the floral headpiece, handbag and shoes tie the outfit together in a classic yet edgy way.

Berets

The unofficial national French accessory has had a makeover in the Christian Dior show. Most outfits from the Dior ready-to-wear line were accentuated with a très chic beret with a veil, giving a subtle edge to a traditional French staple.

Floral

I know, the old Devil Wears Prada cliché of “Floral? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” but floral is timeless for a reason, honey! Dolce & Gabbana upped the ante this year paring beautiful floral prints with bold colours, fresh tailoring and decadent accessories.

Soft Sequins

Soft, feminine, and flowing aren’t usually words I would associate with sequins, but Bottega Veneta has added paillettes to a number of toned down ensembles that have given sequins new life. I love this low-key, fab look that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion!

September222017

Spring Forward: Top tips for daylight savings

After a long, cold winter I so look forward to the warmer months and longer days. The clocks move forward for daylight savings this weekend, and I see this as a chance for a fresh start. With longer days, this is the perfect opportunity to spring clean yourself, not just your closet, office space or kitchen. Organising and decluttering your spaces is important for peace of mind but refreshing yourself is key to feeling your absolute best this springtime.

Socialise

Make the most of the longer daylight hours and organise something fun with your friends or family once or twice a week. Longer daylight hours means more opportunity to go outside, walk on the beach, picnic in the park, or go to your favourite restaurant. Embrace the sunshine together!

Clear your head

Practice mindfulness. This can be anything that allows you to enjoy the moment and relax –  a solo walk, meditation, sitting quietly with your morning coffee or tea. If meditation is daunting to you, find a guided meditation online. Just ten minutes of quiet mindfulness per day has a world of benefits for your health and wellbeing. It brings you into the present moment, lowers stress and anxiety and helps you to enjoy life.

Refresh your look

The winter months can be harsh on your skin, hair and nails. Book yourself a treatment to refresh your look – visit your hairdresser for a cut or colour, book a facial or manicure, or do it yourself at home! Treating yourself will boost your confidence and leave you feeling fresh for spring.

Digital Detox

This is the perfect opportunity to step away from devices in the evening. It is especially important if you’re constantly on a computer at work, staring at a screen all day can be draining both physically and mentally. It’s so tempting to come home and blob in front of the television or endlessly scroll through your social media accounts until you go to bed. Set yourself a timeframe in the evening, say an hour or two before bed, when you switch off smartphones, television, and devices of any kind. Not only will you sleep better, you will have more time for yourself to relax and do something that brings you joy.

Re-evaluate your year so far

This is the perfect time to take stock of your life. Have you lost track of any New Year’s resolutions? Have you achieved your goals? If not, use the new free time you spend away from your digital devices to get them done. Make the most of the longer days and do that thing you keep putting off. Start a new hobby or take a class. The possibilities of what you can achieve in the last three months of 2017 are endless.

August282017

Top Looks at the VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards took place last earlier this week, with dozens of celebrities walking the red carpet. While the fashion wasn’t as out-there as usual for this particular award ceremony, there were certainly some unique looks. Here are my favourite looks of the night.

Hailee Steinfeld

The young singer and actress was show-stopping in a pleated metallic mint number by Atelier Versace. The cut-outs and ruffles add an original twist to the look, which is perfectly cohesive with matching stilettos. Hailee keeps her hair, makeup and jewellery simple, allowing the dress to do its work.

 

Alissa Violet

I love this rich plum colour, which is enhanced by the silky fabric of Alissa’s gown. The social media influencer is a vision in a strapless dress made for her rectangle body shape. The train gives the outfit an added touch of elegance, which, combined with the soft curls of her hair delivers a traditional old-Hollywood type feel.

Olivia Munn

Olivia was one of the more risky celebrities to walk the red carpet, but she pulled it off in this fun, embroidered piece by Nicolas Jebran. Textured fabric and bright colours make for an eye-catching look, and the short, tight fit of the mini dress highlight the actresses’ slim legs. Her blown-out hair finishes the carefree, energetic appearance.

Ivana Baquero

 

Ivana combined multiple current trends with this Ramikadi dress. Embellishments are very in right now, especially the sequinned variety worn here. The off-the-shoulder look is still in-style and set to remain popular throughout spring and summer. With a slim belt cinched at the waist, Ivana accentuates her slight waistline.

Jessica Sula

I’m a big fan of Jenny Packham, known for her bold glitzy creations. Jessica looks stunning in this sparkly orange dress, which flows over her rectangle figure beautifully. The Welsh actress finishes the outfit with grey sequinned stilettos. Leaving her hair natural, she looks confident and gorgeous.

August252017

Starting your morning the right way

Do you sometimes feel sluggish or inefficient in the mornings? Does getting into the swing of things take more time than it should? Let’s re-evaluate how you’re doing things! Learn how to maximise your time and begin the day with a bang by reading my tips for starting your morning the right way.

 

Work your mind and/or body

Starting the morning with some form of exercise or meditation is the best way to energise your body and activate your mind. Wake yourself up with an early morning run, walk or yoga session, or hit the gym if that’s your preferred form of exercise. Once you get the heart pumping or the mind relaxing, you’ll be in the right frame to start your day effectively.

 

Refresh

Drink lots of liquid in the morning to hydrate your body. I like a glass of warm water with lemon juice, but have a green tea if you aren’t a citrus fan. This will also help flush out any nasty toxins and keep your skin from drying out. Try to drink 2-3 glasses before you even get to work.

 

Dress smartly

Dress like you mean it and you’re going to feel great. Get your outfit ready the night before so you don’t waste time deciding what to wear. Don’t rush your makeup and hair – you want to walk out the door feeling confident and prepared. It’s all about dressing like the winner you know you are.

 

Brainfood

This one is so important! Make sure you eat a good breakfast before you start work. A bowl of porridge with coconut sugar, muesli with low fat yogurt and fresh fruit or poached eggs on toast are fabulous healthy options – and quick to make, too. Fuel your body and brain by giving them energy, allowing them to work to their full potential.

 

Multitask

When you can do two things at once without adding extra stress to your life, give it a go. I like to check my emails over breakfast, which means I don’t waste more time doing it later on. Have a think about what you could be doing at once and see if you can make it work comfortably.

August172017

Why you’re tired and what to do about it

 

We all go through stages of feeling exhausted at times – life’s busy and it’s easy to put your mental health second when you have a lot going on. If you find yourself constantly feeling tired, however, it’s time to take a look at what you could be doing differently. Here are a few things that may be wearing you out.

 

Iron deficiency

If you don’t have enough iron in your diet, your red blood cells are unable to carry a sufficient amount of oxygen around the body. This leads to tiredness, among other things. Try to absorb as much iron naturally as possible. This is best achieved by incorporating foods into your meals that are rich in iron like spinach, red meat, legumes and nuts. Alternatively, you can supplement your diet with iron tablets.

 

Perfectionism

If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, it’s likely you tend to overwork yourself and subsequently wear yourself out. When you raise the bar just that little bit too high, too often, you constantly push yourself over the edge. While it’s important to do a great job in everything you do, it’s also important to look after yourself and know when to call it a day. Similarly, if you have too much on your plate and feel like you never get any down time, learn to say no. Remember – you’re number one.

 

Dehydration

Probably the biggest factor of tiredness is dehydration. If you aren’t getting enough water, your body suffers – it’s as simple as that. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Popular studies recommend around 8 glasses of water a day, though this varies according to body sizes. Drink enough so that you feel energised and healthy. Your skin will look amazing, too!

 

Bad food habits

Two of the most common and easily fixed causes of over-tiredness are skipping breakfast and eating unhealthy food regularly. If you eat foods that have little nutritional value – or even worse, don’t eat at all – your body becomes sluggish. Our bodies need fuel to allow us to go about our day effectively. Without a healthy diet that includes consistent meals, functioning at our full potential is nearly impossible. Eat three balanced meals a day and enjoy light snacks such as nuts or fruit in between.

 

Using technology before bed

This one’s directly related to sleeping. It has been scientifically proven that looking at screens shortly before you go to bed can cause you to sleep poorly. Not only are the harsh lights of phone and laptop screens bad for your eyes in artificial light, your mind is given no time to switch off and relax before you go to bed. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or checking emails, read a book, listen to soft music or have a short meditation session.

 

August062017

Spring Handbag Essentials

It’s time to re-evaluate what you have in your everyday handbag. As the temperature gets warmer, the items you carry around on a daily basis should be changed to ensure you’re prepared for the changes spring brings. Here’s what my handbag absolutely has to contain in those sunnier months.

 

Sunglasses

I never leave the house in spring or summer without a stylish pair of polarised sunglasses! There’s nothing worse than spending your entire time outside squinting – not only does it ruin your fun, it increases the likelihood of wrinkles on the brow and around the eyes. Protect your eyes and stay safe on the roads by adding a pair of high quality sunglasses to your handbag.

 

Sunscreen

On that same trend, sunscreen is another essential item for spring/summer handbags. Buy a small bottle that you can easily carry around so you’ll never get caught in an unpleasant situation. Sunburn isn’t just painful, it’s extremely bad for your health and causes excessive ageing to the skin. Try to keep your skin as youthful looking as possible by applying sunscreen every morning during spring and summer – even if it’s grey outside. Reapply at midday if it’s particularly hot.

 

Lip balm

An SPF lip balm is another item I always carry during the hotter months. Chapped lips are both unsightly and unpleasant, and can result in flaking for several days. By applying an SPF lip balm as a base layer each time you apply or reapply lipstick, you’ll keep your lips looking plump and healthy. I love Eco Lips’ Sport balm (SPF 30) and Hurraw’s Sun Balm (SPF 15) for natural, cruelty-free lip protection.

 

Water

Carrying a mini water bottle is a move you definitely won’t regret. As women on the go, we often don’t pause to refresh and take a drink between lunch breaks. I find keeping a small water bottle on me at all times makes me drink, which keeps my body hydrated and energised. Fill it up whenever possible and your skin and body will thank you for it!

 

Headscarf

Last but not least is the headscarf, or neckerchief if you prefer. Functional and stylish, the headscarf is there to protect your scalp should the sun suddenly decide to shine full-blast while you’re outside for a lengthy amount of time. Fold it diagonally in half and tie it at the back of your neck for sweet vintage style – easy chic.

July302017

Spring Cleaning: Your Need-to-Know

It’s that time of year where we welcome the new and say goodbye to the old, assessing our possessions and getting rid of unnecessary items. Not only does spring cleaning help declutter your surroundings and highlight what’s really important, it works wonders on the mind. When you clear out the things that aren’t needed in your life, you create space and inner peace. Your mind will naturally de-stress when it’s in a more calming environment. Minimise the chaos in your climate and you’ll be content in no time!

 

Wardrobe

Clearing out your wardrobe is very therapeutic. I recommend doing this at least once a year, because it enables you to get rid of disused or outdated items and prioritise timeless and beloved pieces. And, of course, it means there’s room for new, trending clothes! Begin by pulling everything out of your wardrobe and going through each individual item. Ask yourself how long ago you wore each item, how often you wear it and whether you realistically foresee yourself wearing it multiple times in the future. If it isn’t a basic or versatile piece, remember to check if it’s in season, too. Try to be firm with yourself – I know it can be difficult, especially when there are memories tied to certain pieces or you find something you forgot you had. Keep in mind that what you throw away could be a blessing to someone else. And by donating old clothes to your local charity, you’re also doing an act of good.

 

Workspace

Once you’ve decluttered your wardrobe, it’s time to get to work on your workspace. This might be a room at home, or an office in the building your work. Start with your desk. Are there folders and pieces of paper everywhere? Read them and assess their relevance. If they’re no longer important, recycle them. If they need to be kept on hand, create a filing system, or add to your existing one. Try to keep your desk as clean as possible. This increases productivity, as you’re able to find things much faster and have a clearer head from the lack of clutter. Examine the rest of the room, too. Could the walls do with a changeup? Are there unnecessary items on the floor? Are your plants alive and well? Tidy up your workspace and you’ll definitely notice the difference.

 

Everything Else!

The rest of the home deserves your attention as well. This means tackling your living room, kitchen and bathroom in the same manner. Bathrooms are generally quick – maybe update the magazine basket and get rid of old shampoo and skincare bottles, then you’re good to go. The kitchen, however, is always a big one. Go through your pantry and fridge and throw out any expired foods. Check your appliances and kitchenware, and clear out items that aren’t needed. Lastly, sort out your living room by removing excess pillows and blankets, recycling magazines and the like. A clean and tidy home makes for a clear, focused and peaceful mind.

July242017

Spring Hair and Beauty Looks

It’s hard to believe with all the shocking weather we’ve had lately, but Spring is actually on the way! Already the runways and stores are beginning to fill with the hottest trends for the Spring/Summer season, so keep up with the game by taking on board these hair and beauty styles.

 

Natural Brows

Natural brows are here to stay. Embrace your God-given brows and enjoy having a more natural look this summer. Ask your brow specialist for a tidy-up and gentle tint rather than an overly-defined style. You’ll save time and still look gorgeous!

 

Plaits, Plaits, Plaits

For simple spring and summer style, throw your hair into a messy plait. Side braids are a beautiful casual chic hairstyle, while a traditional braid softens the face and keeps things tidy. For a night out, why not try curling your braid into a bun, or pinning it around your head?

 

A Touch of Gold

Metallics are in this season, so add some shine to your appearance by using gold, bronze and silver makeup. Shimmery eyeshadow is perfect for a night on the town, while a little bronzer on the cheeks will give you the metallic effect in a more subtle way.

 

Free Locks

Summer in New Zealand is usually about beach hair, and this season it’s not different. Let your hair down and forget about fancy styles. Think soft curls and natural waves. Simple additions like pulling a section of top hair back into a small ponytail add a little more flair.

 

Pastel Perfection

Like metallics, pastels are here in full force. Enjoy the lighter things in life with tones of marshmellow, soft blue, mauve and mint. You can never go wrong with a gentle pink lipstick, but if you feel like branching out a little, give pastel eyeshadow a go.