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Spa of the Week: Dharana at Shillim, India ~ For ES Magazine

Around the World, Commisions, Lifestyle, Mindfulness & Meditation, Natural Living, Pranayama, Review, Rituals, Summer, Sustainability, Travel, Wellbeingdanielle coppermanComment
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Dubbed as “one of the most magical wellness destinations” in the world, Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa combines traditional therapies with advanced diagnostic technologies to help heal, prevent and transform.

The main pillars which underpin the Dharana wellness programmes at Shillim are preventative medicine, exercise, nutrition and dietetics, conflict resolution and spiritual wellbeing. The experts take time to look at both mental and physical health.

Tucked almost untouchably high up in the serene mountains of the Western Ghats, Shillim Retreat Estate and Spa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is recognised as one of the world’s top biological diversity hotspots.

Just a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, Shillim is a majestic paradise that feels like another world. Surrounded by forests, valleys, rice fields, bamboo plantations and nature like you’ve never seen before (especially during monsoon season), arriving at Shillim you are immediately grounded and centred by the surroundings, before you’ve even explored the resorts amenities or wellness packages.

Personalisation and Programmes

Ahead of my visit, I filled in an in-depth questionnaire covering a range of physical, mental and emotional topics. The Dharana team then decipher each guest’s unique current state of wellbeing ahead of their arrival, ensuring they put together an appropriate and entirely personalised programme tailored to each guests needs.

Specific results-driven programmes, such as de-stress, sleep, ayurvedic panchakarma, art of detox, sustainable weight management and many more, are available, the best part about Shillim is being able to work directly with the doctors and dieticians to set and reach your own goals.

This makes everyone’s experience at Shillim unique, and is more effective in providing not only short and long-term results, but also education, knowledge and lifestyle tools to take away with you, to incorporate into life back home.

Treatments

The therapies at Shillim were unlike any I have experienced elsewhere. Situated in private villas around the resort, each separate room was inexplicably tranquil. Like everything at Shillim, the treatments selected for you are also highly personalised to your needs, but range from a combination of deep tissue massage, Ayurvedic herbal oil massages, synchronized abhyanga massage, Indian third-eye head massage and much more - all of which are carried out using seeds, flowers, roots and oils grown and produced locally.

The benefits of each treatment varies, but each one helps to balance and align the body and mind, which I definitely experienced, drifting in and out of levels of consciousness and coming out of each treatment feeling simultaneously refreshed, awakened, buzzing and zen.

Beyond the treatment room

Treatments aside, all other aspects of Shillim support its wellness programmes, from the environment in which you live and sleep, the nature surrounding your every move, the food (all of which is made fresh, to your needs and requirements, with local and on-site produce) and the other amenities.

The efforts to balance, heal and transform goes well beyond the treatment rooms, with opportunities to experience mental and physical therapies in the form of meditation, mindfulness, movement (think yoga, hiking and pilates), sound healing, clay therapy and much more. It is, as they say, a way of life.

Verdict:

The approach to wellness at Shillim is refreshingly different. It is non-invasive, non-restrictive and the opposite of intense.

It is inspiring, then, just how powerful it is, and how transformative just a few days can be. It has the perfect balance of seriousness (working with on-site doctors to assess your health and develop your goals) and serenity, and the traditional Dharana teachings are accessible, non-intimidating and realistic. 

You’ll leave feeling...

Inspired, refreshed, cleansed, detoxified and lighter, both mentally and physically. You’ll enjoy reduced tension and mental clutter from all the treatments, improved digestion and enhanced energy levels from the clean and nourishing foods, sharper focus and concentration from self-development and meditation, and so much more. With the support of highly knowledgable and experiences doctors, therapists and other practitioners, specific ailments may be healed and personal issues overcome, simply after just a few days of deeply transformational TLC. 

The best part is that during your stay you truly learn so much – about yourself but also about wellbeing in general - and you adopt tools to take away with you, meaning you will leave feeling empowered to take control of your own life and capable to live much more fully. 

Why You Need to Visit Mumbai During Monsoon Season ~ For Ecoage

Around the World, Commisions, Lifestyle, Mindfulness & Meditation, Natural Living, Review, Rituals, Summer, Travel, Wellbeingdanielle coppermanComment
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Last month I had the last minute pleasure of visiting India, somewhere I had always dreamed of visiting but just never quite gotten around to planning. It always seemed a bit daunting and something that would require a lot of meticulous organization and prior preparations. So, when I was invited to visit one of India’s “most magical wellness destinations” Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa, I jumped at the chance of experiencing India by following someone else’s lead and itinerary. 

Tucked almost untouchably high up in the serene mountains of the Western Ghats, Shillim Retreat Estate and Spa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is recognised as one of the world’s top biological diversity hotspots. Just a few hours from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, arriving the other side of the hectic traffic and manic energy of the city, Shillim is a majestic paradise that feels like another world. Surrounded by forests, valleys, rice fields, bamboo plantations and nature like you’ve never seen before (especially during monsoon season), I felt immediately grounded and centred by the surroundings even before exploring the resorts amenities or wellness packages.

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Pre-arrival

Ahead of my visit, I was asked to fill out an in-depth questionnaire by the team behind the resort’s life science wellness program, known as Dharana. The questionnaire explored a range of physical, mental and emotional topics, and I felt instantly more connected to myself and aware of how I was feeling and what I wanted to get out of my visit. Aside from that, the questionnaire is a chance for the Dharana team to decipher each guest’s unique current state of wellbeing ahead of their arrival, ensuring they can put together an appropriate and entirely personalised programme tailored to each guest.

Upon arrival

Upon arrival I was greeted by the entire Dharana team and introduced to everyone who would be taking care of me throughout the week, from my dieticians and doctors to the chefs and therapists. Our arrival ceremony then commenced, with a selection of welcome rituals, starting with energy clearing (using burning sage and a Tibetan singing bowl), followed by a detoxifying footbath of lemongrass, ginger and Himalayan pink salt. The entire experience was incredibly grounding and really helped me to ‘arrive’ and feel settled and present after the long journey, transitioning into a much slower and calmer state of mind and pace of living. 

During my stay

Visiting Shillim, guests have the chance to decide exactly what kind of experience they want, or need. The resort is separated, with the Dharana wellness program and accommodation sitting slightly apart from the main resort where the majority of the apartments, spas and restaurants are located for guests not enrolled in Dharana programs. This gives a sense of ease to the resort, in a way that health and wellness is not imposed upon anyone. But for those who are keen to heal, cleanse and detox, to work on self-development or to achieve weightloss goals, there are plenty of options for everyone. The main pillars of their programmes are preventative medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition and dietetics, conflict resolution and spiritual wellbeing. 

I was on a more wellness-oriented journey which started with some incredibly interesting and insightful tests and assessments looking at my physical and mental health, including traditional Ayurvedic and naturopathic analysis combined with advanced diagnostics technology, such as gene testing and Oligo scanning which help to establish what’s going on internally on a physiological level (for example, revealing nutrient, mineral and vitamin levels, as well as levels of metals and plastics found in the body). After these tests, the team curated a more detailed program specific to my needs and requirements, and the week's activities were focused around getting me physically and mentally back into balance with my natural state, whilst using preventative medicine and other natural remedies to cleanse and detoxify.

After our morning movement, we sat down to personalised breakfasts, created with our individual Ayurvedic types and dietary requirements in mind. Each morning began with a juice and the food was often a mixture of sweet and savoury dishes, all relatively small portions but with a lot of variety. It felt satisfying and filling but was at the same time light and incredibly nourishing.  

Throughout the day, myself and the other guests went about our own schedules, which involved a combination of movement classes, pranayama sessions, meditation sessions, hikes, nature workshops, foraging, crafts, pottery and clay therapy, sound therapy, local village tours, volunteering on local plantations and more - all accompanied by an abundance of on-site spa treatments and therapies everyday. We enjoyed a combination of treatments, from deep tissue massage, Ayurvedic herbal oil massages, synchronised abhyanga massage, Indian third-eye head massage and much more, all carried out using seeds, flowers, roots and oils grown and produced locally. The benefits of each treatment vary, and a combination of several treatments was key to overall wellbeing, to bring the body and mind back into balance.

Lunch and dinner each day was similar to breakfast; a combination of small portions of different dishes with mostly curries, dhals, grains and vegetables. All of the food is made on site using local ingredients, such as rice from neighbouring plantations, to vegetables grown on-site and fish from the forest streams. Everything was incredibly fresh and pure, but without feeling restrictive or too healthy. You wont find juice cleansing, raw foods or other fad’s at Shillim, but instead warming, nourishing and grounding foods based on the five elements of Ayurveda (water, air, fire, ether and wind), aimed at bringing the body back into balance. Each menu outlines the nutritional values of each meal, which is helpful and useful to know, but not something they are too fixated on. It is all about the ritual of eating and fuelling the body with functional foods to help it thrive and function fully. 

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Development and transformation

During my visit, I must say I felt several small transformations, some physically but mostly mentally. During several treatments, for example, I would find deep relaxation and many inspirational ideas began to flood to me. Other times, I felt moments of enlightenment - or realisation – and felt clarity in certain aspects of my life.

Physically, I felt lighter, more energised and deeply cleansed from the food we were eating. My digestion was smoother, and despite early wake up calls, I had consistent energy throughout the day. 

Being in nature, especially with non-stop monsoon downpours, was deeply grounding and cleansing. The staff mentioned how monsoon season is one of the most detoxifying times to visit India and I really felt the benefits of this, as if the rain was washing away mental and physical blockages and encouraging flow. The energy and the nutrients of the rainfall also felt incredibly nourishing and powerful, and I believe it helped with things like water retention and dehydration.Leaving ceremony and departure

On our last day, the team carried out a Shanti Homa and Dhyani ritual ceremony to mark the attainment of mastering the lessons of Dharana and adopting them as a way of life. It was amazing to bring our time to an end, celebrating the week with the staff and other locals. The ceremony is intended to cleanse negative energy and to attract peace and positive energy into ones life, helping to move things along when they seem difficult or stagnant.

Post-visit

For our arrival back home, we were given detailed prescriptions of Ayurvedic tonics and herbal remedies, aimed to pacify our needs and help us reach our goals. We were given a structured daily plan, outlining what to take and when, as well as dietary guidance for life, outlining what we should eat in line with our Ayurvedic types to enhance digestion, energy and overall wellbeing, and to prevent discomfort and disease. Having these remedies and this advice, alongside the daily rituals I had learned throughout my stay, I felt fully equipped to keep the regime up when I arrived home.

The traditional Dharana teachings are not inaccessible, intimidating or unrealistic. The rituals we picked up were simple and short to practice, and the foods and meal plans are focused around everyday essentials and mostly fruits and vegetables that are accessible almost anywhere, and which require minimal cooking and uncomplicated preparation. This kind of retreat is key to overall wellbeing, as you adopt tools and genuinely become educated about yourself and life in general, meaning you leave feeling empowered and inspired to take control of your life and live more fully, using natural resources and remedies and becoming more mindful about yourself and your surroundings in the process. It really is a way of life we should be exploring more and taking inspiration from in order to slowly and consciously adapt our own daily lives.

Wellness at Six Senses Kaplankaya ~ For Evening Standard

Commisions, Around the World, Lifestyle, Natural Living, Review, Rituals, Summer, Sustainability, Travel, Wellbeingdanielle coppermanComment
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Just visiting Six Senses Kaplankaya offers an abundance of wellbeing, regardless of whether you then participate in any of their additional programs, packages or treatments. By that, I mean that the fresh air, the ocean, the warm weather and sunshine, the food made almost entirely from produce grown in the resorts own gardens and the untouched nature for miles is enough to calm to the mind, nourish the body, nurture skin, hair and nails and get squeaky-clean vitamin and mineral rich oxygen flowing throughout the body. However, if you want or need more, you will find exactly the thing (or things) at Six Senses Wellness Center; all with the guidance and support of in-house and visiting practitioners from around the world.

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The wellness center at Six Senses Kaplankaya (which, by the way, is one of the biggest in Europe) is built around a variety of theories and practices, from clinical and scientific methods, to more Eastern and spiritual approaches. At the foundation of what they do is the understanding that each one of us is different, and that each individual should be observed holistically and treated in an entirely personalized way. For this reason, the resort offers things like wellness screenings and bodpods which take a detailed snapshot of your current health and composition and which they suggest you do on day one of your visit, so that you can spend the following days enjoying the most relevant areas of the resorts programs and treatments.

Following that, you can either choose to embark on whichever one of their pre-designed packages or programs fits your needs, or to design your own completely unique schedule. The programs (such as mental detox, sleep and eat with six senses) offer a selection of different results; some being more psychological, and others being perhaps solely food-oriented. Depending on what you need, and also how you want to spend your time at Six Senses (since you may prefer to holiday rather than to detox, or to combine both in a more relaxed and flexible way), you can choose what is right for you with the support of some of the world’s most renowned practitioners to guide you.

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For those looking to detox

For those looking for an intensive program and a wholly detoxifying experience, the option is there to work on all areas of your health. You can enjoy tailored menus (which offer options designed with specific results in mind, such as better sleep, better digestion, general healthiness or detoxing and weight loss) and daily exercise classes or one-to-one sessions. For deeper work, the spa treatments and entire spa area (complete with hydrotheraphy, salt rooms, hammam and much more) are there to enjoy at your leisure. Practitioners are also on hand, offering things like deep tissue massage and body scrubs for physical detoxing, as well as more spiritual treatments which help to unblock negative or stagnant energy and to encourage positivity and a sense of clarity and happiness.

For those looking for some gentle cleansing

For those who want to enjoy the indulgences of the hotel whilst also doing a bit of work on themselves, you can take and leave whatever you wish, to ensure you create an enjoyable and relaxed experience that doesn’t feel to restrictive. You might not choose to follow a set diet and you might not wish to workout at all, but you can book in as and when you like for things like one-off classes (perhaps the gentler options like yoga and Pilates) and massages and other treatments. You can also opt for activities that feel more like a good time than exercise, such as swimming (in one of their pools or the crystal-clear ocean), water sports (like their catamaran-bicycles), local walks and hikes, cycling and classes like zumba. You’ll also find healthy options in all of the hotels restaurants, so if you want a salad or a green juice whilst also enjoying some wine and dessert, you can have it all!

For those looking for enlightenment

For the more spiritual or curious, and for those looking for a deep journey into the self, to take things one step further than a short-term diet or fitness program, and to equip you with rituals and skills to take away and apply to life back home, the resort offers all kinds of treatments and therapies to encourage relaxation, clarity, positivity and more. From energy healing such as sound baths, reiki, watzu (basically water shiatsu which I cannot recommend enough) and shiatsu, to meditation, chakra aligning and ayurvedic massage. They also run workshops and as part of certain programs supply gratitude notebooks, to encourage journaling and writing down whatever comes up during treatments or just generally during your stay. If you want to go even further, some practitioners even offer training for certain treatments, such as reiki, in case you want to learn the tools to practice on yourself (or others) in future.

As you can see, there is without a doubt something for everybody at Six Senses Kaplankaya, whether you want to do some deep detoxifying and self-development or prefer some serious relaxation with a side of green juice or yoga every now and then. Find out more about their programs and packages here.

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The Best Hot Chocolate's To Cosy Up With This Winter

Drinks, Dairy Free, Essentials, Review, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Sweets + Desserts, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winterdanielle copperman1 Comment

Winter is approaching and although the Sun is still out here in London, all I want is a hot drink to settle down with. Fancy something different to your usual tea or coffee? Below are my favourite hot chocolate brands, the ideal warmer during winter months and also a perfect sweet snack to satisfy daytime or evening cravings. Add some extra components to these base ingredients, for added nutrition and / or flavour. I’m adding a shot or teaspoon of fresh turmeric or ginger juice to mine, and during the day, a little he shou wu, maca, tocos and ashwaganda. Embrace your inner alchemist!

1. Zenbunni’s Shaved Dark Chocolate - biodynamic, raw, handcrafted chocolate spiked with a selection of adaptogens. Mix with hot water or milk of choice.

2. Zenbunni’s Vanilla Reishi Gheenache - an alchemical blend of biodynamic and organic stone-ground chocolate and full moon-made ghee. A delicious and nutrient-dense superfood, it is filled with essential minerals, vitamins, and fats for a healthy & magical chocolate experience. Just mix with hot water or milk of choice.

3. Mörk Drinking Chocolate - crafted with cocoa powder, 100% cacao liquor and sweetened only with unrefined coconut blossom sugar. Mix with hot water or milk of choice.

4. Ombar Mylk Chocolate Buttons - Raw chocolate buttons make with creamed coconut and sweetened only with coconut sugar. Chop roughly and mix with hot water or milk of choice.

Or anything Ombar for that matter. Chop roughly and mix with hot water or milk of choice.

5. Loving Earth Creamy Drinking Chocolate - Fair trade, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic, vegan, vegetarian, and again, sweetened only with coconut nectar. Mix with hot water or milk of choice.

Pure Raw / Ceremonial Grade Cacao Powder - pure and simple. Mix with hot water or milk of choice, and sweeten gently if desired with natural syrup or other natural sweetener.

Archived hot chocolate recipes from the blog…

High Vibe Quinoa Hot Chocolate
Tahini Reishi Hot Chocolate

Quick Ginger Hot Chocolate Recipe

Either use 1/2 shot glass of fresh ginger juice (made using a juice or by blending 20-30g sliced fresh ginger with 60ml water) or brew 250ml water or plant-based milk of choice with either sliced fresh ginger or 2 ginger teabags. (You can also use ground ginger but the flavour wont be as strong, the nutrients wont be as active and you will find the ginger doesn’t dissolve and combine fully).

If using water, boil in the kettle and then add the shot of ginger juice or, if using fresh ginger, steep in a mug or small bowl. Add your chosen hot chocolate powder or solids, and stir to melt and combine.

If using a milk, heat in a small saucepan and add either the shot of fresh ginger juice or, if using, the fresh ginger slices. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-20 minutes. Leave on the hob but switch off the heat and continue to infuse for as long as possible (if you’re in a rush or don’t want to wait, you don’t need to do this extra infusion step, but if you have time, leave for an hour or so just to deepen the flavour). Then, stir in your chosen hot chocolate powder or solids, and stir to melt and combine.

Enjoy!

You Need to Know About This Natural Contraception - Natural Cycles

Essentials, Natural Living, Review, Rituals, Wellbeingdanielle copperman1 Comment
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You may not be familiar with Natural Cycles. Or, you may have seen it online, advertised on instagram or have numerous friends banging on about it. My guess is the latter.

Natural Cycles is changing the way I think and act about sexual activity and the female body. The app is a method of contraception, available in Europe and the US, 93% effective and completely natural. Not only that, at the opposite end of the spectrum, it also serves as a simple way to plan pregnancy. And if you’re interested in neither right now, A) one day you will be, so keep note, and B) you can also make use of the app for period planning, and simply getting to know your cycle and yourself better. You have a choice of plans available depending on what you want to keep track of; ‘Prevent’ if, as the name suggestions, you want to prevent pregnancy, and ‘Plan’, if you’re planning to conceive.

The Natural Cycles method is comprised of a basal thermometer and an app. It provides a digital space for you to take, collect and store all kinds of data about your cycle - and let’s just be clear, I mean your monthly cycle and not just the period part. You can not only track your basal body temperature (which is what helps to determine your fertility), you can also log whether you’re on your period, whether you’ve taken an LH ovulation test (which analyses the levels of luteinising hormones in your urine to let you know when you’re the most fertile), whether you’ve had sex or not, and add any other notes manually that might be important; for example, mood, energy levels, skin and hair condition, pain / nausea, sleep, diet / cravings, digestion - whatever you like!

The Story

Natural Cycles is the brainchild of Elina Berglund. She discovered that the body temperature changes throughout the menstrual cycle – something that is well-known and well-researched. She then started analysing her own temperature, applying her statistical knowledge from particle physics to detect ovulation and map out her fertile days. Using the techniques she had learned through the Higgs Boson project, Elina created an algorithm to analyse temperature readings, taking factors like sperm survival, temperature fluctuations, variations in cycle length, ovulation day, and the length of the follicular and luteal phase into account to identify fertile and non-fertile days.

She used to plan and monitor everything and her partner suggested she turn the algorithm into an app. Natural Cycles was born. Initially, it not only helped Elina and her partner to prevent pregnancy – but also to conceive when the time was right. In 2013, they announced that they were switching from the app’s “Prevent” mode to the “Plan” mode, and they didn’t have to wait long for good news. “With a little luck, and the precision of the app, we got pregnant the first cycle”.

Now the app is available and used globally and is having positive benefits to understanding how our body functions but also our our relationships, intimacy and awareness.

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How it works & how to use it

Using a basal thermometer provided, you are required to take your temperature first thing each morning (a minimum or 5 times a week) and enter it into the app. You then add the data to your app where it is then processed and logged, and working with your previous recordings and a number of other factors in the algorithm, it highlights whether or not you are fertile. The app will indicate red days as days you need to use contraception to prevent pregnancy, and green days for days when, as far as the algorithm is concerned (and depending on how consistently you have input data), you are not fertile and so unlikely to get pregnant and able to, if you feel comfortable, avoid using any other form of contraception.

A few things to bear in mind

You have to be 18 or older to use Natural Cycles.

To use NC you must ideally have a structured daily routine and are therefore able to manage the discipline and commitment required. Natural Cycles is straightforward to use but requires discipline. It is not simple, and not necessarily for everyone.

You initially need to use the app for a few months before completely trusting it, as it needs enough data and some time to get up to speed with your cycle. To begin with, until it knows enough about you, it will indicate more red days than usual to avoid any risk of unwanted pregnancy.

Users should be willing to measure a minimum of 5 times a week and use condoms on red days. You should also discuss the whole process with your partner, as it is a shared responsibility - which is great!

Natural Cycles encourages couples in a steady, long-term relationship with a structured lifestyle to use the app. It is all about being responsible and taking control, so just because it gives you a green indication, you still might want to be extra careful if you are frequently with new partners and not in a serious relationship yet.

The method does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

No contraception is 100% effective. Natural Cycles is 93% effective and note that a pregnancy can still happen even if you use a contraception perfectly.

My experience & why I use it

I used to be on the pill, from the age of about 16-22. It always affected me, especially within the first few months of using it when I remember bursting into unnecessary tears in the sixth form common room, totally uncalled for and confused. I personally didn’t get on well with the extra hormones and I feel it affected my weight and my skin slightly too. I persevered though, as, back then, there were few other options. When I got to 22 and was completely changing my diet after discovering more about unnatural foods and how to make the most of natural, healing nourishment, I also began to question why I was taking this pill everyday, which was definitely not natural. In school, you are taught and scared into believing how easy it is to get pregnant, but then when you get to older and you’re trying to conceive, you’re told its only really possible a few days a month. Obviously I understand in school a little extra discipline never hurt anyone, but I wish I had had Natural Cycles as an alternative, had I felt capable and responsible enough to commit to it. I am by no means against the pill or hormonal methods of contraception, however, I’m keen to have a more natural lifestyle and so am very, very pro this alternative at this stage of my life.

People say things like “I came off the pill with plenty of time, to give my body a chance to get back to normal”, which is such a strange sentence to me. It makes me think, shouldn’t we want our body to be in a ‘normal’ state, all the time? I think the pill is good for some people, and I know it is used for other things, such as healing acne and in some cases even balancing hormones, but I think other factors also need to be explored and taken into consideration before depending on a pill, and for anyone wanting to try something hormone-free, I would totally recommend Natural Cycles. It gives you more control and more confidence, I think. It shows that you are taking more responsibility and taking matters into your own hands, and it empowers you with knowing what’s going on with your body. It also brings you closer to your partner as it forces you to ensure that they are also involved and prepared to take part of the responsibly by understanding the process and doing their part, especially on red days.

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Your questions

Is the pill really bad?

The pill is not bad, however from my personal experience, I didn’t get along well with the effect it had on my hormones and consequently physical and mental health. All though, it’s important to know that the pill carries many additional health benefits for some women.

How confident do you feel not to get pregnant using this and no other contraception?

I had to give the app a few months before I really felt comfortable to trust it. I feel confident that the data is accurate, however, I am still careful on ‘red days’, purely because I am absolutely not at the right stage of my life to even consider falling pregnant just yet. I feel confident and trust the app, however, no contraception is 100% effective. With NC there is a 7% chance of still getting pregnant, so you really need to ask yourself what is important and how careful you think you should be.

How do you know that your change in temp is only due to your cycle?

You need to be disciplined and consistent with taking recordings. You take your temperature before doing anything else - before getting out of bed, before brushing your teeth, before drinking anything - so that your temperature doesn’t deviate due to external factors. If it is particularly warm weather, the temperature is still accurate as your body will still work to maintain its natural body temp. However, it would change depending on if you are ill, sick or hungover. Thankfully, the app has an option to select whether your recording is taken whilst you are ill, sick or hungover, and it treats it as a ‘deviating temperature’. Basically, it doesn’t trust it. You just need to be aware of these things and honest and accurate in the data you provide.

Do you believe it will be reliable?

I would still be a little bit cautious, personally, simply because I am not ready to take any risks. At times of the month where I know there is absolutely no chance that I am fertile, then I rely wholly on this method and, so far so good!

Does it affect with your mood?

Not at all.

How do you know you are taking your temperature correctly?

See diagram above.

Is it more sustainable / eco friendly?

Yes! I guess you won’t be using so many condoms, and you won’t be consuming pills everyday which come in a fair amount of packaging, so less waste in that respect!

If you have any further questions or queries, leave them in the comments space below.

March Essentials ~ 2018

Style, Review, Natural Living, Monthly Essentials, Inspiration, Essentialsdanielle coppermanComment
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Goop launched their podcast with Oprah and this episode is everything. Subscribe now if you know whats good for you.

Girl Boss Radio, an long standing favourite podcast of mine, spoke with Miranda Kerr about the fashion industry, wellbeing and making the shift from money making top model to start up entrepreneur, founder, managing director and everything in between. As a model and entrepreneur myself, it really inspired me and I'd recommend this to any model navigating a new path, as well as non-models into wellbeing and the idea of entrepreneurship. It was super inspiring to hear Miranda's journey as until now I'd assumed she'd put her name on the brand and had other organisations running it on her behalf. Not the case at all.

#EndOceanPlastics #LessPlasticWaste by investing in these copper straw. They look cool too.

Also, these bamboo straws.

Just started watching this on Netflix.

Just finished this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone creative entrepreneurs or anyone interested in starting their own business. It discusses the basics of business but in a way more creative bohemian types can understand and engage with, and also puts the business world into a more purposeful perspective, offering that it is possible to create a meaningful business with true purpose and passion amidst a money-hungry and success-driven industry of large, impersonal and inauthentic corporations (blog post on this coming soon).

Finally giving these Thinx panties a go. As far as periods go, I've had a really positive experience so far using their period-proof underwear. Their really flattering shapes are made with high quality technical materials that you can wear on your period in place of tampons/liners/menstrual cups. Don't be disheartened by the dollar sign; they ship worldwide and if you buy online here, apply the code WELLBEING5 to enjoy $5 off your order. Full blog post coming v v v soon (as soon as my cycle is over and I have some energy back).

One of my favourite illustrators.

Last week I took an afternoon (ok, only about 1 hr) off to visit the Tate Modern to see the Picasso exhibition. As a self employed entrepreneur (that's the last time i use that word in this post), I am constantly working and doing and feel guilty every time I rest or take a break, but I recently thought to myself that the whole reason I like to be self employed is that it gives me freedom to do what I want. I fully surrendered to this and gave myself permission to do something I purely wanted to do, and it was so fulfilling. Most of the time, it is just about permission. We live in an age where we are constantly conditioned to strive and succeed, so taking time off to do things we really enjoy and that sweetens the soul is not something many of us feel entitled to (especially not during work hours). Try it.

Making conscious efforts to replace things in my home with versions made from more natural materials. I’ve given all my plastic clothes hangers to charity and replaced them with affordable wooden ones, and this month I got some linen bed covers. Linen is created from the flax plant, a multi–faceted and renewable resource, making it a more eco friendly alternative to bleached or processed fabrics, as it is totally biodegradable. It’s also known to be beneficial in many ways for humans, encouraging deeper sleep and regulating temperature. Read more about the benefits of linen bedding here. Buy some here or here.

Turkish hammam towels are my new thing. 

I keep my daily make up look pretty toned down and minimal - very fresh, warm and natural - which is pretty low maintenance.  I don’t change up my make up products or routines much unless something really revolutionary, or more natural, comes along. Until last week, I'd been buying the same liquid eyeliner since I started using liquid eyeliner. But I recently tried a few products by Bare Minerals, and their liquid eyeliner is both revolutionary and natural, and immediately overthrew my former favourite. If you’re a liquid eyeliner kinda person, you may not think you need this, but you really do.

i rarely buy new clothes these days, but i couldn’t ignore this beaded bag by Mango. 

My Raw Tamari + Avocado Brownies have been updated - and, subsequently, improved. 

I've just released the details and booking page for my next retreat, taking place at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia, May 21-27th. It's coming up soon and spaces are limited. Find out more and book tickets here. If you are unable to make these dates but interested in the retreat, email me (danielle@qnola.co.uk) or leave a comment below with dates that would work for you, as we are planning several more throughout the year. 

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Love is back.

I want everything.

I received a this little gift from Sweaty Betty on #InternationalWomensDay.

Intrigued by the Soma Board but want to try a session locally. Know anywhere in London? Leave me a tip in the comments below. 

My favourite suitcase company have launched a travel blog.

We need to talk about non-attachment (blog post to come).

It’s all about balance.

Intrigued

Just a few hours per month, this could lead your to changing someone’s life, and will definitely change yours too.

Have been incorporating this MOA daily cleansing ritual with natural bamboo face cloth into my evening routine, and my skin is saying thank you.

INSPIRED, WITH KIKKI.K

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kikki.K has only been on my radar since Christmas last year, when I stumbled upon their store in Covent Garden - drawn in by their scandi-inspired offerings. I’ve always been a sucker for anything scandi-style and since finding myself a swedish guy, this has only intensified. Some of my clothes are scandi, some of my home is scandi, most of my boyfriend is scandi, and kikki.K came to fill a gap in my work life, which, it turns out, was lacking the scandi touch it needed for some proper order and organisation to take place.

kikki.k may not at first seem so different from any other stationary shop, but once you explore their products and their story, you’ll see and feel the deeper, more meaningful purpose and intention behind every item in the shop. Amidst some everyday scandi-inspired desk-top goods and minimal (yet effective) organisational tools, you’ll find carefully considered motivational materials to inspire and support your daily study and / or work scenarios. Pens with inspirational quotes (of which you know I am a fan) and notebooks with life-sorting layouts soften the blow of overwhelming projects or writers block - perfect if you need a boost during the day, and especially helpful, I've found, if you're often studying or working alone.

Earlier this month I celebrated the launch of their new Inspiration range, which includes a collection of interactive workbooks titled Dream, Do, Enjoy, Share. I was invited to a workshop to discover how these books and other new items could assist my daily life as a self-employed entrepeneur, and support me in dreaming and doing. Each book plays a part in the process of outlining, achieving and enjoying your dreams, assisting you in working out a way to make things materialise, whilst also enjoying the process - which is often the part we ignore, but is, in fact, the most important phase of the journey. It’s enough to dream, but if you don’t enjoy the process of turning your thoughts into things, you may find there’ll be a level of anticlimax or unfulfillment. If you’re only prepared to enjoy the end goal, you'll find it's never enough, and you'll always be planning and preparing, and ultimately you'll always be waiting.

I’ve been using these workbooks to release all of the thoughts and fears from my head to organise them visually, rather than mentally. With the Dream book, I’ve been conciously recognising my dreams - both big and small, both near and far, and both urgent and more open. I used their Vision Board to collect inspiring quotes and other materials aligned to my current dreams and goals, as a way of, well, visualising them, and also keeping them in my conciousness day by day. The Do book offers space for me to annotate and offload what’s holding me back from achieving my dreams, and once these barriers are acknowledged and released, there’s space to focus on what I’m good at and capable of, followed by the initial steps I can take to reach these goals. The Enjoy book has encouraged me to focus on things I love doing, which had put my dreaming into perspective, and has brought up some interesting things to observe about what I want versus what I really want but perhaps don't conciouslly acknowledge.

Regardless of whether someone or something is holding you back, to a degree, we all hold ourselves back without realising it, and that's more powerful in disrupting your abilitiy to materialise your dreams than anyone elses influence over you. Our thoughts are powerful enough to create our things and attract our experiences, but they are also powerful enough to prevent us from believing in ourselves or feeling worthy or capable. These books really resonate with me, and have not only helped me to release the thoughts that cloud my mind, but have also provided the inspirational quotes (of which you know i am a big fan), daily tips and other techniques I sometimes need to help me on your way. Their final book in the collection if titled Share, and is centred around sharing these processes, to lift others up instead of competing with them, to, in turn, make the world a more vibrationally positive, exciting and communal place to be. So, that’s what I’m doing here. Dream, Do, Enjoy and Share. Let's keep this going.

#kikkikuk #LiveYourBestLifeEveryDay

February Essentials (2017)

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THIS MONTH I...

Became obsessed with BLOK LONDON and got back into boxing with Kenny Fights. Since discovering my connection with boxing at Aerospace in New York, I've struggled to find a really good boxing gym in London. Until now. There is nothing quite like a jab, a hook and an uppercut combo to release mental and physical stress, at the same time as developing even definition and muscle tone across the entire body. Blok have an insane schedule with vast amount of unique and varied classes.

Watched the new JACKIE MOVIE, and by watched I mean mainly sat woman-crushing over Natalie Portman, interior-crushing over the set and wardrobe-crushing over the styling. I suggest you go do the same.

Devoured a few packets or more of CRU 8's MACAROONS AND CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES at FARE HEALTHY, after giving a talk on Intuitive Eating and Building a Beautiful Business Brand. It was all fun.

Decided, after a few months of practice, that the MOONCUP is the one lifestyle change every woman should make. No matter what stage of your cycle you're currently in, please please please invest in one NOW for the good of yourself, your health and your planet. 

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Ate a few too many of theeeeese cheeky little KOOKIE KAT COOKIES.

Added another scent to my overwhelming fragrance collection, and this one is natural and organic. JO WOOD ORGANICS PERFUME, AMKA SCENT.

Reality-checked a few things after reading THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K BY SARAH KNIGHT. In a world filled with pressure and expectations, it's hard to not give a f**k about what others think or might think, what others do or would do, what you do or should be doing. But the minute you realise how many pointless things you're focusing your f**k giving energy on, you'll realise it's time for a change. Hold on to your f**k's, and start giving less to things that don't matter, don't excite your or just don't mean anything to you.

Discovered PILI NUTS and decided the turmeric and ginger have a permanent place in my bag from now on.

Adopted some new natural haircare rituals with the help of LOREAL PARIS, who have just launched BOTANICAL FRESHCARE - a new a line of natural, paraben-free, synthetic-free haircare products, made from natural ingredients, centred around deeply nourishing essential oils, herbs and botanical ingredients. More on this soon.

Started reading OSHO'S INTUITION and haven't put it down yet.

 

January Essentials (2017)

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One month of 2017 down and I've loved every minute of it. That is, aside from seeing something very unusual indeed become the presidant of the USA, but I'm trying not to think about that. Although, sometimes you need something a little bit shit (ok, a lot shit) to happen in order to make space for even better things. Sometimes the 'little bit shit' things that happen are the trigger of just the powerful wake up call that needed to surface - to reconnect and realign things perhaps lost of forgotten. The things we manifest evolve from thoughts to things by the amount of energy focussed on the subject at hand. The more energy we focus on something, the more likely we are to see the kind of change we desire. The marches this month have been such a powerful start to the year, and seeing people come together supporting each other and supporting the same cause, has reminded me that, although often humanity is all kinds of weird, there is still a sense of community going strong. I personally feel that in a world where society and humanity is all over the place, this was, although a drastic thing to happen, was something we almost needed to happen, to remind us that there is nothing more powerful than uniting and coming together. The sense of community highlighted at this months marches brings so much hope and inspiration, and spreads so much strong and positive energy.

Other things offering positive energy for me this month include:

STRANGE INVISIBLES PERFUMES OF THE ZODIAC

These are just everything, and if you're Aquarius like me, firstly) happy birthday, and secondly) lucky you - our scent is right on.

FLO MORRISSEY & MATTHEW E. WHITE

A new album of the most heart warming covers, ideal any time of the day and super calming and grounding. Look at what the light did now, Grease, Everybody Loves The Sunshine are good places to start.

LIHA BEAUTY

Working mainly with coconut and shea butter, Liha and Abi, founders of Liha beauty, have developed all natural organic cold pressed beauty products utilising kitchen cupboard ingredients and natural essential oils. I can't get enough of their shea butter and their Idan oil - all made in small batches with passion, purpose and purity.

THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K

This book is just a to-the-point reminder that you really should not give a fuck about some things, and as soon as you decide not to, you will live so much more freely - no longer bound by your fears or whatever other hang ups you might have. It's a quick read and it changed my life in the duration of one bus journey. Sometimes you just need things to be spelled out. Giving a fuck about a lot of things drains your energy, and when you give yourself permission to not give fucks about certain things that modern day society has us giving fucks about, it's l.i.b.e.r.a.t.i.n.g.

STORIES BEHIND THINGS

This just launched and I can already tell it's going to be a beautiful journey. My advice is to be a part of.

STYLELIKEU WITH JEMIMA KIRKE

StyleLikeU is led by mother-daughter duo Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, who are bound by the desire to uncover what’s underneath personal style. Through candid, docu-style interviews with empowered individuals, StyleLikeU is building a world where getting dressed each morning is an act of self-love. This interview with Jemima Kirke from Girls is REAL.

LA-EVA EVERYTHING CARE

LA-EVA creates skincare products inspired by organic beauty, sensory pathways and a love of art. LA-EVA products are units of wellbeing created from fine ingredients - blended to treat the body & mind as one. Their washes and lotions are designed for the entire body, steering away from the unnecesary need to have specific products for specific parts of the body. Whilst the media as mass markets are always promoting certain products for certain areas or issues, the power and purity of LA-EVA's products make them suitable and fully functional for every part of the body.

JAMU KITCHEN

This weekend I finally, after spending years in the same industry without crossing direct paths, met the founder of Jamu Kitchen - a range of wellness tonics made from freshly ground and brewed herbs and spices. Unfortunately, you may not have the oppertunity to meet her, but do make sure you meet her tonics.

MOON CALENDAR

I'm a big believer in the phases of the moon having direct affects on all beings and matter down here on Earth (more on that another time). For that reason, I welcomed a moon calendar into my bedroom, which has helped me to understand things from thoughts, feelings, physical issues (things like indigestion / bloating / lack of appetite) and much more. Monitoring the moonphase has inforced my understanding of how connected we are with the Universe, and how certain phases of the moon correlate with certain daily issues. This one is beautiful, do yourself a favour.

BODYISM LONDON

Bodyism is so much more than just a place to workout. I've been trying a few of their classes in the past month and each one has been restorative, challenging and grounding all at once. Instead of loud music, buzzy lights and shouting instructors, expect foam rolling, functional fitness sequences and deeply relaxing stretching and shavasana (not just for yoga classes). Bodyism is the most holistic, grounding gym I've ever been to and I'd highly recommend the boxing, blueprint and warrior classes in particular, as well as stocking up on some of their supplements.

TONY ROBBINS

An exclusive insight into one of Tony Robbins' life changing Date With Destiny workshops. It's deep guys.

DRIFT MATTRESS

An all-natural wool-topped mattress. Read more about it here, along with a few other thoughts I felt like sharing about sleep.

WELLTH BY JASON WACHOB

This read helped me through November, but I didn't do a proper list of loved things back then, so here it is now. It makes all the sense.

 

WINDING DOWN WELL WITH DRIFT MATTRESS

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I don't need an expert to tell me how important sleep is, or just how drastically it can effect our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. In fact, neither do you. You don’t even need me to tell you that sleep is important. We all know it is. And, we all know we’re neglecting it; ignorant to the fact that it can really lower our quality of life, our performance and our potential for achieving what we want - it just kills our overall vibe, disrupts our rhythms and destroys our chances of happiness.

This post isn’t full of tips on how to get more sleep. That would be more or less pointless really as you could write it yourself. Simply go to bed earlier.  It’s also not full of tips about why you aren’t getting enough sleep, because, I don’t really know you, and even if I knew a few things about you, there would be many missing pieces of information I didn't know that could also be contributing to your struggle with getting enough sleep. It's not about diagnosing a problem, it's about helping you to focus on your own circumstances and your own problems - if you have any - and making you aware of how several simple changes can improve your entire existence. It's about getting to know your sleeping habits and why they are how they are, and then assessing your life as a whole before figuring out how to successfully and sustainably achieve optimal sleep for your personal needs. We are, after all, designed to instinctively know how much sleep we need, it's just a matter of allowing it to ourselves.

"Why do so many of us fail to make use of such a simple way to improve our lives?"

In Arrianna Huffington's bookA Sleep Revolution’ (which, by the way, you should read immediately) she shines light on the fact (because no one else will) that we are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. We all know sleep is important - it’s a natural occurrence without which no one could survive - but very few people appreciate its true power, and the vital role that it plays in both our waking and sleeping moments. Not to mention the affect it has on just about every aspect of our health (weight management, disease, mental illness, to name a few).

We all need different levels of sleep, and determining exactly how much is not as simple as just observing things like weight, height, level of activity or length of working hours - for example. It depends on so much more, from your current emotional state, your finances, your plans for the future, your dreams, your worries and concerns, your health, your genetic history, your living and sleeping arrangements, your diet - it goes on. As I have transitioned through different stages of my life, I’ve come to understand just how sleep can both help our bodies do good things, and prevent them from doing good things. As a model, I became aware of the importance of sleep and the effects of good and bad quality rest. If I slept well, I performed better on set, was more patient with people, was less affected by insignificant annoyances, felt better and more confident about myself, and felt fresher, brighter and more energetic and fun for those working with me. And if I slept badly, or not enough, my body made gave it away, through greyer, drier skin, enhanced shadows and tenderness under my eyes, puffiness, skin imbalances, a short fuse and premature fatigue. As a business owner, I have become aware of the seriousness of sleep in other ways. If I sleep well, I feel energised, more able to concentrate, more driven and motivated, more creative, more positive and clearer when I wake up, feeling free of any baggage or troubles I experienced the day before. If I don’t sleep enough, I notice I get more easily stressed, experience morning anxiety, feel helpless or unproductive, have less energy, worse concentration and am more irritable. The amount of sleep you need really depends on every aspect of your life at this very moment. Use your intuition to understand how much rest you need and why, and then make concious choices to make it happen.

"A problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it" - John Steinbeck"

For a while now, I’ve been aware of how society is becoming more and more busy, and how we are becoming more and more proud about it. As a consequence, sleep has taken a back seat. It’s almost as if you are clearly not striving enough or achieving enough if you are sleeping enough. Arrianna Huffington refers to this as a ‘cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted’. She points out that 'sleep deprivation as essential to achievement and success' has become the cultural norm. In a society constantly over-working, we complain about lack of time to complete our daily duties, and, in looking for something to cut, sleep is the easiest target. People feel sleep is a sacrifice of valuable time, but in fact when we sleep, we are far from doing nothing. The mind and body are busy whilst we sleep, both physically and mentally. On top of allowing our eyes, internal systems, muscles and joints resting, our neurological activity is also renewed and cleansed in ways you can’t even imagine. Many studies have shown that people are more alert and productive after a short nap or after adeduate sleep, compared to those who push through their fatigue and don't get enough sleep.

Sleep is a chance for our physical beings to rest, reset and restore. It's a chance for our inner beings to calm down, regulate, gain clarity and be peaceful, and for our cells to replenish, revitalise and reenergise after daily activity. In the modern world, many of us disregard sleep as a vital part of our wellbeing, seeing it as valuable time being wasted. However, we're just as busy when we're sleeping as we are when we're awake. And sleep is often just what we need to cure a bad day or realign negative thoughts. When we sleep, and when we dream, being out of conciousness we enter a world free from judgement, doubt and fear. We let go of the constraints and prejudices of the physical world. We connect to deeper dimensions which sometimes hold information of our inner life and our emotional and mental states, revealing a lot more about our lives, our thoughts, our desires, our worries and our circumstances, as well as coincidences and our connection with our pasts and our futures than we'll ever let our concious mind reach.

There are many factors that can contribute to disruption of sleep patterns, including loss and grief, worry, stress, nerves, fear, sadness, low confidence, feeling worthless, hopeless and depression can all affect how we sleep. On a more physical level, digestive issues, injury, pain, muscle damage, general discomfort, unsuitable or disruptive lighting, noise, smells etc, unsuitable or uncomfortable sleeping conditions (such as bed, fabrics, the freshness of the air), stimulative screens (such as using phones, laptops and watching TV right before you sleep can also make it harder for you to sleep properly. The light from computer screens, for example, has been correlated with the obstruction of the body’s production of melatonin - the sleep hormone that helps govern our internal body clock and regulates our sleep cycle. 

For me, I try to enforce consistent Wind Down Well rituals, to help me transition out of the day and into a deep sleep. I can't possibly know exactly what you need or what you have access to, but in sharing my rituals, I hope to inspire you to adopt your own, or re-evaluate your current ones. Rituals and routine - things you do consistently - are key to adopting healthy wellbeing habits fluently and effortlessly.

I use aromatherapy and light management to create a suitable space for my body and mind to calm down in. Things like candles (try the new range of candles now available as part of our Qnola offering), incense, low lighting and dimmed computor and phone screens if I can't get away from them completely, to prevent over-stimulating my mind. I also create a suitable space for sleep, which seems obvious, but is something I could have been doing a lot better for a long time. It doesn't stop at just a bed. A variety of textures and the colours of your bedding can also affect how you sleep, as well as the clothes you wear and the other things you see in the room. Muted colours, soft and smooth textures and temperature management to suit your personal needs can all improve the quality of your sleep. I also eat for good sleep. I don't eat big meals too close to bedtime, and I enjoy cleansing, liquid concoctions that are easy on the digestion, containing adaptogenic superfood powders such as chaga, he shou wu, mucuna puriens and herbs like rosemary and chamomile, which have relaxing and balancing properties. From time to time, I journal, writing or just thinking about positive aspects from the day and things I am grateful for, finding these things even in the worst kind of days. This helps to shut down my mind and encourages a more positive mood, avoiding focussing on negative things I will inevitably try to solve as my mind goes in circles. If I'm physically exhausted or still energetic, I stretch or practice restorative or yin yoga - even for just a few minutes - to release tension, ease pain, slow my breathing and vibrations and subsequently calm my mind, taking my focus onto my body and its movements and away from anything that's troubling me.

For anyone looking to improve their physical sleeping conditions, Drift Sleep have developed a mattress made from 100% natural wool. The all-natural sleep surface is temperature-regulating, allowing air to circulate efficiently, and providing a softer, gentler surface to sleep on than your average foam layer. With 4000 innovative pocket springs, the mattress provides a unique kind of comfort, improving your chances of a good nights sleep. Find out more here.


This post was created in collaboration with DRIFT.

Cushions - H & M
Bedding - IKEA
Tonic - Sunpotion
Knitted Joggers - H & M

November Essentials (2016)

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Life is a journey and one to embark upon with awe, wonder, excitement, curiosity, anticipation and intrigue, amongst many other things. Living with a sense of awe and wonder is a magical and enriching way to live, and the more curious you are, the more incredible experiences you will attract and the more wonder you will find in even the least wonderful things. It's an amazing way move through life. The more we notice and discover, the more we have to share with others. And in sharing the wonders of our own experiences with others, I like to think we'll add something valuable and unique to their experince too. Things and experiences come into your life in the same way people do, and there is nothing like timing to bring these things together, conincidentally or not. Never stop being curious. And never stop sharing your story. In case the time is right and you're looking for something I may have, I'm sharing a few special and meaningful discoveries (and rediscoveries) that have found a way into (and back into) my life this week.

STRALA YOGA

Put simply, Strala Yoga is yoga for everyone. Founded by Tara Stiles in response to the lack of approachable teachings and techniques, Strala focuses on using breath, ease and simplicity to guide each individual toward a personal yogic experience that feels good for them. With free videos online, Strala is about knocking down boundaries and encouraging anyone, anywhere, to discover their own personal way to practice yoga sequences. It's a non-exclusive, non-elitist, non-branded and non-businessy organisation aimed at teaching yoga as simply as it was initially intended to be.

BURGS ON ENERGY + MODERN DISRUPTORS

Wise words by Burgs, Energy Fields and Modern Technology:
P1: https://open.spotify.com/track/1JirpFWdmbbgO1e46mlhlK
P2: https://open.spotify.com/track/0mwiXotHiwfoZZ2Z8nRCKW

FERERRO ROCHER SWEET JESUS CAKE

http://www.modelmangetout.com/all-posts/2016/11/16/ferrera-rocher-sweet-jesus-cake

DALUMA . BERLIN

Daluma is a calm and cosy eatery offering juices, mylks, smoothies, breakfast bowls, wholesome lunch options, dinner options and desserts in a non-exclusive way. You don't have to be an avid green juicer, you don't have to be vegan, you don't even have to be hungry. Just go, curl up in one of their cushioned window spots and chill, work or people watch with a functional beverageif nothing else (although a bowl of buckwheat porridge and cacao smoothie is advised).

MY GOODNESS . BERLIN

My Goodness Berlin is a welcoming little food bar tucked inside BeCycle - a fitness destination focussed around spinning I think, as the name suggests, although I was too hungry and uninterested in spinning to investigate fully. What I did investigate was the menu, and more specifically the kale smoothie bowl, the coconut cacao hot chocolate and the raw snickers energy ball. They offer a range of smoothies, smoothie bowls, birchers, chia seed puddings, energy balls, hot drinks, juices and shots - perfect for people avoiding processed foods and more specifically gluten, dairy and refined sugar, whilst on the go.

THE BOWL + GOODIES + VEGANZ . BERLIN

An entire building devoted to veganism, but not in a forceful way. Downstairs, Goodies is a pitstop style cafe offering smoothies, hot drinks and grab-and-go vegan salads and baked goods. Veganz is located on the same floor and is a small supermarket selling vegan, organic and sustainable food goods. And upstairs is where the real magic happens. The Bowl is a 'clean eating' (for want of a better phrase) restaurant specialising in plant based, high vibe dishes. Their bowls are gluten, grain and dairy free, but they also emphasise that a healthy and sustainable lifestyle goes beyond just what you eat and is about making concious lifestyle choices on all levels. Their main aim other than to serve delicious food is to encourage people to live simply, healthily and full of energy by becoming connected with the ingredients of the Earth. I went with a couple of girls from my training group for a late night mug of Macao (hot cacao, maca, almond milk and coconut nectar) and we're going back tomorrow for an actual bowl, or three. Watch my stories for updates.

LET IT BE . BERLIN

Vegan and gluten free crepes, pancakes, burgers and mac & cheese. I'm not strictly vegan but this place is enough to convert me. And it's named after a bad ass mantra, if mantra's can be bad ass.

SOHO HOUSE HAMMAM + THE STORE

One evening last week I stopped by Soho House on my way home hoping there would be a sauna and / or steam room on site (it's arctic outside at this point). And did they? Did they hell. I spent the evening sweating and spaced out in a huge communal hammam room, dipping in and out of the steam room, the sauna and a quiet room which is basically just towelled beds sponsored by unlimited infused water and magazines. If you're not a member, you can visit with a member or as a spa guest and I really suggest you do.

STOW TRAVEL POUCH

I recently recieved a delivery from STOW London - a luxury brand specialising in leather luggage. Alongside their jewellery box (which is now an essential for all of my trips) was a monogrammed leather travel pouch which now comes everywhere with me. It's predominantly see-through making it perfect for travel documents and passports. It keeps me organised throughout the journey and once at my destination is a caddy for my day-to-day essentials, such as bank cards, keys, lip balm and headphones, amongst other things.

AWAY CARRY ON SUITCASE

The only suitcase I will ever own from now on. Not because they have a lifelong guarantee but because they are purely genius.

ASOS PODCAST

This month I returned to Asos HQ where I spent most of my early days as a model, to record an episode for their podcast My Big Idea. Search My Big Idea in iTunes or other podcast hosting sites and apps to listen to my start up story and some snippets of advice. I hope it will inspire anyone embarking on their own start up journey or considering a change of career, and if it doesn't, leave a comment on this post if you have any other questions.

SNIQKERS WITH HE SHOU WU

Our newest blend of Qnola is a seasonal Winter Edition inspired by Snickers, made with juicy raisins, himalayan pink salted peanuts and powerful adaptogens such as he shou wu and maca. It is almost sold out so get involved fast!

QNOLA LIFE ESSENTIAL OIL CANDLES

At Qnola, we believe that Waking Up Well depends on more than just what you eat for breakfast, which is why this month I've launched Qnola Life - our intentional range of functional lifestyle products focused around bringing balance to your beauty and home rituals. With skincare products, aromatherapy products and homeware, our aim is to offer a range of products which compliment our selection of breakfast goods and are in keeping with our mindful morals and philosophies.

Our candles are carefully considered and formulated with specific intentions. Our Wake Up Well Candle releases energising yet calming aromas proven to support concentration, metabolism and encourage a sense of clarity. These products are made from powerful, organic and sustainable plant sources and essential herbal oils and are free from chemicals, parabens, paraffin and other unnatural fillers, making them skin-safe and suitable for your beauty regime. They can be used as aromatherapy candles to clear energy in the home, as moisturiser for the hands, face and body, as a natural deodorant, as fragrance oil, as a natural body scent and even as a massage oil to use on yourself or on others.

ALEXI MURDOCH

Rediscovered an old favourite https://open.spotify.com/artist/25mrbNwFzoqPWyYXLhiDRw. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB4dAdPu_lg&list=PL7F8DE2C1B876D5FA.
Start with Orange Sky, Breathe, Towards The Sun and Song For You.

WRITING LETTERS + USING THE POSTAL SERVICE

Whilst away from home, I took the opportunity to write a few letters. One was sent to my distant boyfriend, inside a Danke card. Some went to my family. And one will be folded many times and tucked into a concealed corner of an S Bahn station or another public place for my best friend Martha to discover when she visits the city next month. There's something so therapeutic about writing, and something so meaningful and heart-opening about putting actual words together for someone with a pen and paper, not thumbs, fingers and a glass screen.

 

QNOLA IN WAITROSE

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In 2014, I designed an unusal granola recipe made using quinoa instead of oats. For the weeks that followed, I continued to make this then-called 'Quinola' at home on my days off from modelling, to enjoy as a quick and easy breakfast as I ran out the door for early shoots or as a snack, fitted in my bag to keep me going during long days of castings, go sees and meetings. A few days ago, Qnola was launched in Waitrose stores across the country. I don't know how I got here, or how I did any of the things I did along the way. I just know that I did them, and now I am here. The bestselling flavours Almond + Vanilla and Beetroot + Pistachio are now officially stocked in 23 stores Nationwide (see our stockist map for full list of locations).

Almost two years ago, when I first changed my diet and stopped eating wheat, gluten, grains, dairy, hydrogenated fats and refined sugars, I needed a quick and effortless yet nourishing breakfast option that wasn't - like conventional cereals - basically just a flapjack broken into small pieces. Granola, despite its healthy image and the extent to which it is advertised and promoted as healthy, is in reality outrageously high in sugar, and even if these sugars are natural, your body will still register them and respond to them in a similar way to how it would respond to refined sugars. It is the quantity of sugar that you need to be careful of. On top of this, some granola's are made with butter, margerine or hydroginated fats, chemicals, preservatives, flavourings, colourings and other additives. The nuts and seeds involved are what often fool people into thinking granola is an innocent and virtuous breakfast and snack choice. And because I thought it was healthy, I used to eat it for breakfast, as a snack, and sometimes instead of or after dinner. When you think something is healthy, the amount of it that you allow yourself to consume can quickly become unhealthy.

Qnola is a range of nutritionally charged quinoa based breakfast goods, free from gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar. With only 8g of sugar per 100g it is currently lower in sugar than any other granola company on the market, and most of these sugars come from the carbohydrate content, rather than solely the organic coconut palm sugar. The products are filling, yet light, sweet, yet very subtly, high in healthy fats, protein and fiber, and made by hand in the UK with pure superfood flavourings you won't find in many other cereal products.

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To celebrate the launch we are running our first ever Shelfie campaign. To get involved, all you have to do is head to the nearest Waitrose store that is stocked with Qnola, take a shelfie either with the products or of the products on the shelf, tag @qnolauk and include our hashtags #wakeupwell and #qnolashelfie so we don't miss your submissions. Winners will recieve a luxury breakfast hampers worth over £100. Inside, you'll find our favourite products designed to help you Wake Up Well, from our Summer edition Qnola, Nut Blend Nut Butter, Pukka Herbs Tea, The Pressery Almond Milk and Four Sigma Mushroom Coffee to Neal's Yard Defence Oil, Ren Skincare, a Qnola Wake Up Well Eye Mask, an item of Luxury Sportswear and spiritually charged jewellery. We'll be selecting two winners at the beginning of September, so make sure you submit your posts via instagram and / or twitter before August 31st.

If there is a Waitrose store near you which isn't listed on our current stockist list, please email hithere@qnola.co.uk with the name of your town or city as the subject title and we will make it happen!

AEVIRYONE NEEDS AN AEVI BOX

Essentials, Seasonal, Travel, Wellbeing, Review, Lifestyle, Beautydanielle coppermanComment

Aevi is a female-lead company offering seasonal gift boxes of mindfully selected body-loving beauty and lifestyle goods. Founders Marie and Natalie are fully aware of the needs of our bodys, minds and souls, and in attempt to provide exactly what each of them needs as we shift among seasons, they source the most suitable provisions to keep everything in check. They know how drastically seasonal change can effect us, whether this includes skin irritations, mood swings or something else entirely, and they do their best to provide the most powerful natural beauty and wellbeing products to cure side effects of these transitions. The word Aevi comes from an Old Norse language and translates to life, which is what each Aevi box contains.

"Everything is thoughtfully curated to help soften the affect that climate has on the body and to sustain a well loved and loving heart, mental health advocacy, and glowing beauty of your skin".

The Aevi box is here to remind us to take time to practice self love, to tune into ourselves and our surroundings, and to rediscover and evaluate the importance of ourselves. When our bodies, minds and souls are balanced and taken care of, a healthy lifestyle will evolve, and this will be reflected in our day-to-day lives, allowing us and them to thrive in harmony.

"When you take the time to love and care for yourself, you not only give yourself the power to feel grounded in your own circumstances but you also positively influence the people, situations and lives around you".

The Spring Box changed a lot of things for me. As well as discovering and connecting with new brands, the box provided me with the care my body needed to survive the climate change as we shifted from the darkness of winter to the vibrance of springtime. The Earth Tu Face body scrub helped to refresh my skins cycles, soothing dryness and giving new life to my overall complextion. The Kahina face mist served as a way to refresh and revitalise my skin upon waking each morning, and the 1509 fragrance oil worked at calming and balancing my mind as each new day unfolded.

For The Summer Box, a niche selection of pure and calming beauty products have been sourced, to amplify a sense of lightness this time of year, and to support a sun-kissed summertime glow. Having noticed that sometimes transitions between seasons can affect one’s routines and overall wellness (from cold climates to warmer weather, dark mornings to bright nights) Aevi have created a box that will help the skin, body and mind adapt in the best ways possible. Perhaps you'll be dealing with sunburn, damaged hair or fatigue at this time of year, and in any case, Aevi has something you'll need. Eir NYC Sunset Body Oil heals dry, parched skin damaged by sun, salt and wind. Nuori Lip Balm will naturally and nourishingly hydrate dried or sun damaged lips. Lichtjuwel Liebe Spray is a natural, holistic fragrance spray containing heart opening scents and a rose quartz (the stone of love), to sooth and balance the aura and elevate mood and positivity. Living Libations Sunscreen is a natural, botanical sunshade designed to reflect the suns rays, whilst also nourishing the skin without parabens or synthetics. Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Shimmer Spray will keep your locks looking and feeling lively from the beginning of your beach day through late summer nights and the Matchaeologist Matcha Kit will help to detoxify the body with an instant natural remedy, made from hand picked virgin tea buds.

As well as offering the finest products all in one place, the individual products from each box are also available to purchase via the Aevi website. So if you have big plans for the summer, and especially if you're due to travel a lot, discover which products will suit your own personal needs and create the perfect summer survival kit.

Oh My Goodness G Tank

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Despite the fact it’s July, things still haven’t really cleared up here in Englaterre and although i’d like to think i'm sitting in parks and outside cafes cooling down on iced teas and iced lattes, I’m not. I’m still sitting inside, I’m still hoarding teas and dried herbs and spices for brewing, and my minimum of 3 cups of something hot and herbal per day is not about to change.

For years I’ve been buying dried herbs, spices and roots to make my own loose tea. My local health food shop has an in house herbalist and an apothecary of these ingredients so I am always experimenting with new combinations, designed to give different benefits and to sooth different ailments, illnesses and moods. Fresh herbal teas are far more healing and on a different flavour level entirely than tea bag teas. For ease, I use tea bag teas when travelling or in a rush, but for genuine health benefits, energy boosts and meditative benefits, as well as intensified flavours, i much prefer loose leaf. Oh My Goodness are a young brand specialising in creative, premixed loose tea blends, including combinations like New Balance and She Glows, each of which has been curated from carefully selected ingredients aimed at rebalancing certain imbalances within the body/mind/both. To compliment their range of teas, they’ve also developed a beautiful loose leaf brewing flask, which goes by the name of G-tank - ideal for making teas wherever you are, and taking them anywhere with you. Whether you're living out of a hotel room, constantly on the go, staying abroad or even working at a desk all day, the G-tank makes brewing and drinking loose tea easier than ever. With a removable tea strainer, it is practical, versatile and easy to clean. You don't need a tea strainer or a tea strainer stand to drain the loose tea in, you simply fill up the flask and away you go. The longer you leave it to brew, the more beautiful it becomes, as the ingredients infuse the water. It's basically like the lava lamp of all portable bottles.

I love their New Balance tea, containing Oolong tea, Sencha tea, Premium green tea, Cassia seeds, Lotus leaf, Hawthorn berry, Radish seeds, Barley malt, Cinnamon, and Orange peel. The benefits of this blend include fat loss, detoxification, reduced bloating, healthy digestion, improved concentration, elevated immunity and stress reduction.

+ I add juiced ginger or pomegranate to flask too, to add even more flavour and detoxifying side effects.

DO PURPOSE

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Sometimes it just helps to see your own thoughts written down. I've been known to write my thoughts down when it feels like there's just too many active ones going around in my mind, and this always helps me to think more clearly and assess things properly. But, what's even better is when you see your own thoughts written down, by someone else. It's like a sense of validity to your own thoughts. To know that someone else is thinking the same way, and someone else understands you and feels the same things you do - strongly enough to write an entire book about it - is incredibly settling. And for the author to be so confident that there are people in the world who actually need and will read such a book, makes you feel like, although you thought the same things before seeing them written down, they're actually common concerns that plenty of other people are dealing with too. When the thoughts sit inside your mind, you're not sure anyone else thinks the same way you do. So to see it written down by someone else, for many of someone elses, and to know so many other people will be reading and nodding along too, is a sweet clarification that your own thoughts and concerns are not only with you but with other too, and confirms that they are not as irrational as you might have thought.

As starting my own business was something that just happened to me, I didnt spend a lot of time researching or considering, well, anything to be honest. In the beginning, most people start with an idea, and then spend a lot of time mulling it over, assessing the risks and oppertunites and generally scaring, and stalling, themselves. I didn't read up on anything, and still the only knowledge I have of running a business is my own experience of doing so. But this book, this is one thing I wish I had discovered. Not before embarking on my start-up sole trader journey, necessarily, but definitely sooner than I did. For anyone running a small business, or considering to do so, the sooner you bring this book into your life, the better.

Do Purpose basically breaks down and exposes all the mindful struggles and barriers of having your own business. It admits everything you constantly think about but that you rarely voice, and that other people rarely discuss. The things that really get under your skin, make you feel useless and hopeless and even at times, a bit of a joke, or a fraud. Below is a selection of my favourite quotes taken from the book, which are applied to business scenarios but which I also think apply to the general struggles of day-to-day life.

SANE PEOPLE DON'T QUIT
(The moral here is, don’t be sane. don't play safely, don't be too sensible, and ultimately don't quit just because it seems easier than carrying on. In the end, your love and passion for your business will become so powerful you'll become ignorant to the worries and the stresses).

THE COMPETITION HAVE MORE OF EVERYTHING THAN YOU
(More staff, more distribution, more stationary, more patents, more sales, more money, more followers. Their coffee budget is bigger than your marketing budget. Their CEO doesn’t have to put the bins out as well as lead the company. But in my opinion, they lack the truly important things, such as passion, meaning, authenticity and purpose. Think about it, and then decide what you'd be prouder of. Good stationary, or good morals and good ideas?).

YOU CANT GET TO WONDERFUL WITHOUT PASSING THROUGH ALRIGHT
(Ain't nuthin truer).

PATIENCE MATTERS. IT TAKES TIME TO GET GOOD AT YOUR THING
(Let it happen. The more you plan, or aim, or want to get to a certain point, the less likely you are to get there. Allow time to do its thing, allow yourself to grow and allow your thing to develop naturally, and exactly as it intends to. There is only so much we can do, but I believe that a lot of things already know their path and their direction, and they're gonna take whatever time they need, to get there - so don't rush them).

YOUR TIME IS LIMITED. REMEMBER THAT.
(OK, I know I just said don't rush things, but time is also precious, so use it wisely. There are a couple of pages in this book which outline how everyone's given the same time from the ‘time bank. Once you withdraw it, you can spend it however you want. Time poorly spent will not be replaced. Time is more valuable than money. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. One day you will go to the bank and you won’t have any time left to withdraw. And you never know when this day might come. You wouldn’t waste money, so don’t waste your time).

BEGIN BEFORE YOU ARE READY. THERE IS NO RIGHT TIME.
(This applies to just about anything in life, and is something that really resonated with me. Qnola basically set itself up. I never planned to start a business, and I was certainly not ready too, but I truly think that growing and learning on the job made the entire journey more enjoyable, more natural and ultimately more successful. I'm pretty confident that if I'd waited until I was 'ready', or until I thought I was ready, I'd still be waiting now).

(Small budgets require big ideas. you don’t need a big budget to succeed, just a big idea).

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS
(Do it all and do it right. Don't expect to do only the good bits, or only the successful bits, and don't expect there to be ways to avoid the bits you don't enjoy, or that don't go right. Don't expect there to be a fast pass, and don't depend on there being an easy way around things).

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT NOT EVERYTHING
(basically, take it easy yeh?).

DO ONE THING WELL. IT IS ENOUGH
(again, take it easy, you are a single human being, don't try to do too much. This is the easiest advice to give, but possible the hardest to take, especially if you are creatively inclined and just want to do do do more more more).

ENJOY THE RIDE
(The ride is yours, and no one elses journey will be the same. Starting your own business will make you question yourself, doubt your abilities, compare your business to others and just generally make you feel ridiculous and in some cases hopeless. But one thing to remember is that you are doing what you love, and even if you are doing a terrible job at it, at the end of the day there is a life outside of it, and the purpose of that life is to enjoy it. Do your best until you know better, and in the meantime, enjoy the ride. This is your thing, and it was never supposed to make you feel shitty).

 

MAGNESIUM WRAP AT THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel has been open for a few months, and is the only YLT hotel in the country. Tucked down one of Bath’s traditionally tiny cobbled streets, you wouldn’t expect to find an award winning restaurant, the best afternoon tea of your life (which they can offer gluten and dairy free) and a roman inspired spa village behind its modern exterior.

Bath is famous for the Roman Bath’s, and the Gainsborough’s Spa Village uses the nutrient rich, pure water from the original springs. I took an afternoon out to explore the experience, which started with a probiotic fruit shot made from kombucha crystals and mixed with natural grapefruit and olive oil extract. Then I was talked through a selection of essential oils, and based around what I wanted to achieve from the experience, I selected those that held the healing, cleansing and calming properties I was in the mood for. I dropped a few drops of each (bergamot, ylang ylang, frankincense) into a drawstring muslin pouch of epsom salts, to take with me into the spa village and to inhale each time I transitioned between the steam room, sauna and heatology pools.

I took half an hour to blow off some steam in their small but private gym before heading into their first heated pool. After 6 minutes in there I took to the second heated pool, set a little cooler in order to stimulate my circulation. Following this I started my … journey with ten minutes in the infrared room. I rubbed… ice all over my body before moving swiftly on into the steam room. There was lavender salt water to keep hydrated with as well as shots of pure hot chocolate for an instant energy kick. Sweating and intermittent temperatures makes the body work so much harder than most people are aware of, so these provisions were essential in keeping the body and mind working optimally, as well as energizing on a cellular level, to give power to the body’s processes of cleansing and detoxifying. I ended in the dry heat of the sauna, chucked some more ice over me and then floated into a treatment room for a 90 minute Magnesium Wrap. It sounds like lunch, but it wasn’t. I lay on the most comfortable table I’ve ever laid upon, had my whole body scrubbed with vigor and natural salt scrubs, was oiled all over, massaged with a magnesium gel and then wrapped up in warm towels to encourage the magnesium to soak into my body. There was no escaping for that magnesium gel. No chance. Whilst it soaked in, my hands, knees, feet and head were massaged with inexplicably perfect pressure, and that’s when I fell asleep. But not from boredom, from sheer pleasure and being in the most intense state of relaxation since my last Savasana.

 

Fashion Week Friends

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Having been modelling (and with that generally comes travelling) since the ripe age of 15, I know a thing or two about how to pack a bag. Especially one full of energising and soothing provisions to aid things like tiredness, stress, sensitive skin, damaged hair, and hunger pangs. As fashion week approaches and the talents flock over from New York to hit little London, here’s a few simple, transportable supplies i always reserve space for in my day bag, as well as my larger luggage.

During fashion week or a standard week of castings and shoots, I always keep my Zuperzozial Cruising Mug with me if I know I’m going to be constantly on the move. I also throw in some green or detox tea bags. I always have a bottle of water with me and if I make the effort i’ll shove some fresh lemon, lime, cucumber, chia seeds and aloe vera juice in there too. (If you have the room, these are pretty groovy). I have about 4 lip balms in my bag at any given time, this is because I can never find them quickly enough. Often I’ll be rummaging for so long that whoever I’m in the company of starts to wonder what it is I’m about to produce. So four makes the probability of my hand falling on some lip balm first time a lot more likely. Same goes for hairbands.

As for snacks and on-the-go nourishment, I’ll take either a pot of raw nuts, some fresh berries with a dollop of almond butter, homemade cacao snacks or a small pot of Qnola in case I don’t have satisfying options or time to stop for lunch.

As for beauty products, I’ve always been very low maintenance and not especially interested in complicated routines. Day to day, I’ll make room for a moisturiser (always, always, always Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, as it is thick and deeply nourishing but not oily, greasy or watery), eye drops and eyelash curlers. Make up wise, I use Erborian CC creme or Mac Mineral Powder instead of heavy foundations, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome and / or Nars Dual Intensity Blush (in Jubilation) for my cheeks and eyes, and Estee Lauder's subtle Lash Primer. If I’m travelling, I’ll also take a dry body brush, Frank Body Scrub, and a natural face spritz which I often make myself, combining natural oils with rose water in a Muji Spray Bottle. Ren's Wake Up Wonderful will always have a place in my luggage, not only because the scent reminds me of my childhood but because it’s an overnight treatment - you don’t have to do anything but sleep. A nighttime ritual during fashion week is essential, although given that many late shows finish in the early hours of the next day, it’s not always possible. In case it is, I carefully pack one of my Skog, Diptyque, Neom or Muji candles help me to relax and refresh the air if I am cooped up in a hotel room, making it easier for me to breath, take a moment, and wind down after a long day.

AN EVENING ON UPPER STREET

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From top | Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, Aesop | Catherine Oil Burner Blend, Aesop | Samples, Aesop | Glass Pot, Folklore | Blue Dipped Gold Hammered Earrings, Oliver Bonas | Glass and Acacia Storage Jar, Folklore


Yesterday was supposed to be my ‘day’. My ‘day’ - my time - to do Christmas Shopping, and get the great people in my life the great gifts they deserve. Since I was putting together Holiday Breakfast Hampers we curated at Qnola all morning, the ‘day’ I’d set aside was in fact an ‘evening’. But I think I had a better time anyway. It was a mild evening, I was hardly layered up at all - no scarf, no gloves. What month is this? Hang on, where am I? Whatever’s going on, the air was fresh, the shops weren't too busy and the music on my iPod seemed better than ever. It was one of those (perhaps rare) moments where you’re insurmountably happy and content in your own company. And my mood was only lifted when I managed to get pretty much everything on my list, got offered a glass of wine by a salesman in Aesop (good tactics - bought a lot), and discovered a few shops I’d never heard of, selling very ‘me’ things and lots of them (again - bought a lot).

For last minute gifts, head to Upper Street in Islington for a calmer shopping experience than more central London locations. Spend some time in NookLondon and Folklore - remember that you are buying for others and not yourself - swing by Ottolenghi or The Artisan Gluten Free Bakery for homemade healthy fuel anytime of day, and then browse what I think was a Christmas Market but didn’t have the chance to enjoy as markets are a day thing, and on this particular day I was a nighthawk shopper.

GIFTS FOR THE TABLE AND FOR THE EYES

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The good thing (one of many) about home ware is that trends aren’t so much of a thing. Your personal tastes, however, well that’s another story and perhaps you’re someone who’s mind is ever changing or who is affected by indecision. Personally, I see indecision as a good thing, showing openness and good judgment in a person (even if it does mean everything takes longer than it should do). I rarely buy home ware in matching sets and although there are a few themes around my house (as you’ll notice from the image links above), it doesn’t look like a scene from an Ikea catalogue. I like to buy from different stores / artists, and I buy what I like, not what I think will ‘go’. With clothing and outfit construction, you have to commit because piecing conflicting items together will look odd; you will look crazy. But with home ware, there is less demand for committal in that you can find a place for everything, and if something doesn’t fit in one room, you can make it fit in another. Maybe I just tell myself these things as a way to make myself feel better about buying so many plates, or maybe it’s true, and even a very good reason to spend more money filling my kitchen cupboards than my wardrobe.

ABOVE | some of my current favourite kitchen pieces, good for christmas home styling and to give or receive as gifts (click to shop).

BELOW | A shortened list of my constant go-to home ware destinations (click to browse). 

NomThe House DoctorAnthropologieZara HomeDot & BoH & M HomeUrban Outfitters Home, HAYDominoFish's EddyEtsyEbayWest ElmGranit, Car Boot Sales and Flea Markets, Bailey Doesn't BarkWasaraHelena EmmansFood 52Such & SuchCairoMomosan Shop.

 

 

TRAVEL WELL | EDIBLES

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Whenever I go abroad, one thing on my mind is how I'm going to keep healthy whilst I'm away from home. No vitamix, no guarantee of a health food store (or even a local store at all, for that matter) and potentially no gluten, dairy or sugar free options - depending on my destination. If I'm away for work, the chances are I will be staying in a big city, meaning nourishing, natural necessities won't be too hard to come by. I have previously worked in New York and LA - both of which are like magnets for up and coming juice bars/raw food cafes/organic eateries, etc. However, if i'm going away for some peace and quiet, or if I'm going to be travelling non stop and constantly on the go, it's much harder to judge what sort of shops I'm likely to have access to. For that reason, I keep a few vital ingredients in my luggage to ensure that if natural food is scarce, I can either make myself an instant snack or shot of something nutrient-rich instead, or rebalance my body if I have had to settle for something I wouldn't usually eat. Above are a few of my favourite foodie travel companions. and below are some explanations. Easy to carry, compact, leak-proof and  concentrated forms of essential goodness.

.  C L O C K W I S E    F R O M    T O P    L E F T  . 

. 1 . On-The-Move Qnola Pot, Cacao & Cashew, 60g | Protein-rich, gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar free. Can be eaten dry, with yoghurt or milk and with fresh fruit.
. 2 . The Chia Co Instant Chia Oats, 45g | Not grain free, but gluten free. Whilst I rarely eat grains, I find this is always handy to slip into my carry on for long haul flights. Flavoured naturally with dried berries and sweetened only with coconut palm sugar - ideal for breakfast in the airport before a flight, or even on the go - just ask an air hostess, train cafe manager or petrol station cafe to fill the pouch up with some hot water. I like to add local fresh fruit too, and additional superfood powders like maca and acai.
. 3 . Sister & Co Coconut Oil, 60ml | fits into your 100ml limit plastic bags. Take in your carry on bag to add to meals (like porridge or soup), and to use throughout your stay away from home, to cook with. Also, ideal to use on your skin during a long haul flight if you don't mind looking a little greasy. It will help balance the moisture levels in your skin, keeping it hydrated and penetrated with minerals.
. 4 .  Four Sigma Foods Instant Cordyceps - 1 serving | instant medicinal mushroom tea in the form of tiny dissolvable granules. Just add hot water or mylk. Perfect for car journeys or long walks (especially if the weather is cold). This particular blend is good for increasing energy and promoting recovery, as the cordycep mushroom is an adaptogen, meaning it helps maintain constant energy levels, rather than just stimulating them drastically yet temporarily.
. 5 . Charcoal Powder - to keep your water purified and to remove toxins. Although in some destinations you may not be advised to drink the tap water, adding charcoal to bottled water still has incredible benefits. Charcoal is high in minerals and has the ability to bind and trap foreign materials in the body (things that shouldn't be there). It helps to detoxify the body, making it ideal if you fall ill whilst abroad.
. 6 . Inner Me Supplements - perfect for travelling as you don't have to pack glass jars that take up valuable space and could potentially break. These also come in day-allocated strips, so you'll keep organised whilst abroad, and will even know what day it is (something I fail at, whenever I'm on holiday).
. 7 . Steenbergs Turmeric - an ideal ingredient to add to smoothies, juices, salads, salad dressings, soups and hot and cold water. Deeply cleansing and detoxifying, and great for boosting the immune system.
. 8 . Loose Tea Strainer - not essential, but if I am abroad for a long time, I like to rotate a few loose herbs and spices to make cleansing tea combinations. The flavours and healing benefits are more vibrant and accessible when each ingredient is in its whole, dried form.
. 9 . Aduna Moringa Powder - a great size to take travelling. I love all superfood powders, especially maca, acai, ginseng, spirulina, baobab, reishi, chaga, shilajit and many more, but not all of them come in these handy compact sizes. Easy to add to smoothies, juices or just water for a morning boost, or an calming evening system cleanse.
. 10 . Green Juice (strictly for the journey) - don't put this in your hold luggage or you'll end up smelling of wheatgrass for your entire trip. I always take a green juice before my flight, to cleanse my body, encourage my system to get to work, and to aid digestion. Depending on the ingredients, a juice can also have calming benefits, which is great for an evening flight. This is the last chance you'll get to provide your body with a hit of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals before boarding a flight or another mode of transport, so make it a good one! Pictured above is one from my friend Madeleine Shaw's collaboration with Savse Smoothies and it is the first shop bought juice in which I've found seaweed. In a deliciously unusual way, it is much more interesting than so many other green juices out there. 
. 11 . Buckwheat Flake and Chia Superfood Mix - these are super easy to throw together. I always mix some dry buckwheat flakes, quinoa flakes, chia seeds and maca powder in an airtight sachet or container, to have on hand incase of delays. Previously, I've poured a little of the mixture into a coffee cup and asked a barista in a cafe to fill it with hot water. It's not the most delicious treat, but its something!
. 12 . Clearspring Matcha - as well as herbal or green tea bags and loose tea ingredients, I sometimes like to pack matcha powder, as it travels well and is much purer, stronger and more concentrated than the contents of a teabag.
. 13 . Purition Protein Powder - I used to add protein powder to smoothies everyday when I worked out a lot, but recently I have been less active, and I try to avoid any form of dairy unless I am exercising, and even then, it will only be in the form of whey - unfortunately not cheese. I recently discovered purition powders and love their flavour combinations. They are also the perfect size for travelling.
. 14 . Bikini Blend Protein Powder - another protein powder I recently discovered. The madagascan vanilla blend is the most delicious protein powder i've ever tried. Probably because the ingredients are all 100% natural and each product contains no sugar or artificial additives. 

+ A few other ways to prepare for long journeys or long trips away from home is to pack essentials from your pantry. Things like quinoa (some places still have no idea what you're talking about when you ask for this in a store), buckwheat pasta, dried nuts and seeds, chia seeds and gluten free oats make for quick simple meals, and things like meat, fish, fruit and veg with definitely be available at your destination, and more delicious the more locally your source them.