A flat stomach in a week?! 

Ever seen an ad like this flashing around about the new food to eat or diet pill?  The question is, do they really work?

Slimming down is a lifestyle change and a long commitment. You can lose a lot of weight through various ways, but to keep it off you need to maintain the health and exercise.

If you find it hard to gather the motivation, hire a personal trainer to start you off. You pay them to keep you on the strict and narrow, fitness routines, and nutritional advice. Each trainer has their own ways of going about kick your ass into shape, so quiz them about it and see if it clicks.

“But personal trainers are expensive”

If you’re paying for a gym membership, work out how much of it you actually make use of. Are you better off getting a trainer? If you’re getting what you pay for then great! You’re already doing a good job so far, keep it up.

Motivation and wanting to progress also needs to come from YOU. You’re paying for a service, and you have to utilise that. Don’t think ‘only two more weeks of this diet and running, and I can sit back on the couch and eat 10 bars of chocolate’ Think ‘this is new beginnings’ of great health and the older you will thank you for it. You’ll soon stop craving the oversized portions of fast-food and sugars, and enjoy foods in smaller portions.

Realistic goals are key. You are not going to lose a stone in a week in a healthy way!

Ultimately, love what you do. Keeping fit and healthy should be something you enjoy. If that means keeping your exercise interesting by switching up your classes, then do it! Vice versa with food, there are a lot to try out there!

Eat happy!


A flat stomach in a week?! 

Don’t stress! – What stress can do to your body and how to fix it.

Finding a lot more hairs are falling out when you brush it? Getting weird headaches? This might be due to that recent stressful period you’ve had.

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Work can be a big stress in life, but what are you doing about it?

Getting stressed about work or with someone? Stop and take a few deep breaths. A great way to de-stress is to take yourself out of the environment and immerse yourself in the calm and serenity of meditation, or focusing on getting your new personal best at spin class.

Meditation doesn’t have to be long spiritual moment, you could just be having a short 5 minute space to yourself. Block out all of your surroundings and thoughts going through your head and focus solely on your breathing. It takes a little practice to zone into this tranquil bubble but you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you feel after.

If you feel the stress comes from a specific environment, for example – the London tube or your work place – then make the change, even if it’s to look forward to that holiday you’re booking, or that new barrecore class you’re taking up, or cycling to and from work instead.

Ultimately, never neglect your sleep and food. Lack of either of them will cause all sorts of hormonal imbalances, making you moody (hangry anyone?), breakout, alter the efficiency of your body, and feel all the more dreadful. Paring it with exercise will make you feel more energised and ready to tackle the day.

There’s even evidence that stress and meditation can effect your DNA.



Don’t stress! – What stress can do to your body and how to fix it.

Lets talk handbags – micro bags

It’s getting hot and sometime we want our hands free to dance in the sun, so what’s better than getting your micro bag on for spring/summer 2015!

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Chiara Ferragni image from chiaraferragni.com

It’s not just for kids and little people, celebrities and models like Cara Delevingne have been spotted sporting them too.

Victoria and Zoe - Valentino bag. Image from @victoriabakerharber Instagram micro bags ss15 fashion trend
Victoria and Zoe – Valentino bag. Image from @victoriabakerharber Instagram

And luxury designers including Chanel, Valentino and Louis Vuitton are not in short supply o them.

Yay or nay? What’s your favourite micro bag?


Lets talk handbags – micro bags

Photoshoots for websites: Why all entrepreneurs should get their glam on 

If you’re someone who sells a product or service, it helps to have a website in this digital age.

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Sarah shooting Joseph’s head shots.

Actor? Designer? Sell nappy cakes? Have a website! Get your name out there! What’s the first thing you do when you want to find out a new cool product or place to get your nails done? You probably Google or Facebook them to look for some reviews, or get an overview. It’s handy to have a professional photo of yourself or your business for it, and you can use them for other things too e.g LinkedIn.

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Professional Photos always look polished.

If you’re networking in person definitely get some business cards printed!

Good luck.


Photoshoots for websites: Why all entrepreneurs should get their glam on 

Tips for Travelling – what to pack

I wouldn’t say I’m a well seasoned traveller but I have been to quite a few places around the globe. Here’s a few handy tips that I’ve picked up so far.

Flying over London aerial view
Flying over London.

So you’ve booked your flights and accommodation, but what do you need to pack??

You’ll have to figure out what kind of accommodation you have first. If you’re planning on swishing around in a 5+ star hotel, then fear not, they will most probably have all the necessities when you’re there. Going to a family’s house? Call them up and check what you’ll need to bring/leave, you won’t need to cram your bath towels in if they already have a closet full. But if you’re going to a self catered/half board, you may need to work out between you what to bring.

  • A kettle – If it’s a kind of accommodation that isn’t going to supply you with this then, bring a miniature one and get boiling for those fruit tea infusions and late night pot noodles that you’re packing too.
  • Hair drier/straighteners/curling tongs – you probably only need one of each to share amongst 3-4 of you girls, especially if it’s a hot place and you can afford to leave your hair to air dry.
  • Research the type of sanitary toiletries available – If you’re a tampon kinda gal you could probably bring a box incase it’s an emergency, saves running to every shop in an unfamiliar place.
  • Laundry bag – it’s pretty handy to have a foldable designated bag for dirty laundry to keep it apart from your clean clothes, then you can whip it out and ready for the launderettes without the shame of lugging a pile of dirty underwear through the corridors.
  • Electrical conversions – You’ll need to find out what kind of plug sockets you need, bring one convertor and an extension so you can plug a few things into on socket.
  • Luggage scale – if you’re going on a shopping holiday having one of these is handy to avoid extra costs when you get to the weigh in at the airport. If you’re the kind of person that always goes over, then pack a spare bag that you can put over spill in and arrange for an extra bag payment before hand.
  • Don’t forget your passport, currency, tickets, and a phone!

I find packing early always makes things less stressful, be wary of how much weight you can lug around. If you can’t carry more than 25kg then don’t make it heavier than 25kg!

More travelling tips coming soon!

Pack happy.


Tips for Travelling – what to pack

Teeth whitening toothpastes

So you’ve probably noticed that shiny new Janina toothpaste in my last post. It’s magical.

From bottom anti-clockwise: Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening kit, tray moulds, and teeth whitening toothpaste.
From bottom anti-clockwise: Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening kit, tray moulds, and teeth whitening toothpaste.

Okay, maybe it’s not ‘magic’ magical but I’ve done a bit of research on how to maintain white teeth. After spending so much money on it, you’d want do your best to keep it.

I’ve tried a few brands of teeth whitening toothpastes, Colgate, Aqua Fresh and Pearl Drops to name a few but I’ve never found any whitening effects in the slightest. In fact it actually makes my teeth unnecessarily sensitive. So I did some digging and found two types of whitening toothpastes: abrasive components (perlite/calcium carbonate) and enzymatic components (papain and bromelain)

It seems the majority of teeth whitening toothpastes out there use the abrasive approach as a way of removing stains from the teeth. This means the daily abrasion caused by the toothpaste causes teeth sensitivity and possibly more harm than good. So I went on a hunt for a toothpaste with the enzymatic components that are easy to come by, that’s when I found Janina Sensitive Toothpaste that has both enzymes in it.

Janina Sensitive Toothpaste
Janina Sensitive Toothpaste 

What Janina say:

RRP £10.99

Janina Sensitive Toothpaste contains natural enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple to promote low abrasion whitening results. Its formula has been specially developed to decrease teeth sensitivity to cold, heat, contact and acids. This formula contains the Whitening Patented Bromaine Complex, a combination of natural enzymes (Bromelaine from Pineapple and Papain from Papaya) to whiten teeth without the use of harsh abrasives.

My verdict:

I bought it on offer in Boots for around £8 which is the best offer I could find at the time, but it’s currently £9.98 from Amazon.

After using it for over two weeks now, I’m not certain it contributes much towards the stain prevention aspects, because I feel if I consume a meal that potentially stains my teeth afterwards, it’d just stain away. But I do love the post brush feel, almost the ‘dentist clean feeling’ not exactly after a good scaling, but definitely a good polish! They feel super slick and shiny. In terms of sensitive zing prevention when eating cold things, I still get a zing from eating things straight from the fridge. So for all that, I think it’s probably worth about half the price that it’s normally sold for, but it seems my ‘teeth whitening’ tooth paste hunt is not over yet.

I will just keep whitening my pearly whites with my home teeth whitening kit until then, and rubbing papaya and pineapple on my teeth (eating most of it!).

Keep smiling,


Sources: Enzyme vs Abrasion case study | Janina

Teeth whitening toothpastes