MANTRAS OR ACTIONS TO BOOST YOUR WEEK FOR SELF IMPROVEMENT, STRENGTH AND HAPPINESS.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!
FACING YOUR FEARS
“THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF” – PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT
“FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY” – ERICA JONG
THERE ARE MANY QUOTES AROUND BUT FOR SOME PEOPLE FEARS CAN BE CRIPPLING AND GIVE RISE TO HIGH ANXIETY. I AM SURE THAT THERE IS NOT A PERSON READING THIS THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANY FEARS.
JUST BY FACING YOUR FEARS IT CAN GRADUALLY REDUCE ANXIETY THE MORE YOU REPEAT THE EXPOSURE. ALSO DEPRESSION CAN BE REDUCED AND CONFIDENCE INCREASED. IF YOUR FEAR IS A GENUINE PHOBIA IT MAY REQUIRE A LARGER ACTION PLAN OR EVEN PROFESSIONAL HELP.
SO THIS WEEK MAKE A LIST OF YOUR FEARS. JUST BY WRITING THEM DOWN CAN HELP. BUT NOW SELECT ONE TO FACE HEAD ON AND SEE IF YOU CAN TAKE A SMALL STEP IN CONQUERING IT. YOU WILL FEEL AN IMMENSE SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND START TO CHIP AWAY AT THE MONSTER THAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK.
YOU MAY FEEL THIS IS A PUNISHMENT THIS WEEK BUT TAKE THAT FIRST SMALL STEP AND I PROMISE YOU IT WILL FEEL LIKE A REWARD.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IN THE WORDS OF ERICA JONG …….FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY !!!!
Well girls and boys its time….. to let you into a little secret. Ditch those chemically laden expensive products coconut oil has so many uses and it works even better . One product multiple use.
Must be virgin and cold pressed. The oil has not been exposed to high temperatures therefore has a higher nutritional value and higher anti bacterial properties. Also chemical free . Now I could think of hundreds of uses but these are my top 10 !!
HAIR MASK. Massage into dry hair either just on the ends or into the scalp too. It is beneficial for dandruff or itchy scalp. the unique structure of the Lauric acid means it penetrates the hair shaft better than other oils. I tend not to leave it on overnight but just for 30 minutes. A good tip when rinsing – apply shampoo before you wet the hair and massage it in it seems to remove the oil quicker. Can be a good hair mask on the beach too as it blocks some of the uv rays.
BODY MASSAGE. Now I have stated before that I don’t massage any chemical products into my body as I do believe they put toxins through a large area of your biggest organ, your skin. Apart from creating health problems it can exasperate cellulite. Coconut oil is chemical free and really is great for massage. It is good to massage it into your scalp. and all over your body at the same time and just lie on your yoga mat and meditate before rinsing. Massage should be a daily ritual. Love your body.
NIGHT FACIAL OIL/EYELASH LENGHTHENER facial massage and destress each evening before bed. You will wake up with soft glowing skin. this works better than any expensive night cream I have tried ! Massage into lashes at night for longer silkier lashes in the morning. Try it ! Many of my friends think I have false eyelashes …just coconut oil.
TEETH WHITENER/BREATH FRESHENER known as “pulling” swirl the coconut oil around your mouth and pull through your teeth for 10-15 minutes. The anti bacterial properties kill germs and inflammation in the gums and combat bad breath. Also I swear it leaves my teeth whiter and glossier it appears to remove any staining.
HANDS AND NAILS. rejuvenates the skin on hands making them instantly appear younger. Great for cuticle damage and repair and leaves nails looking glossy and healthy.
FEET. I massage coconut oil into my feet once a month for an overnight treat. I pop on a pair of cotton socks to protect the bed linen. Your feet and heels are lovely and soft in the morning. Our feet deserve a treat.
SMOOTHIES.Pop a tablespoon into a smoothie to moisturise your insides too. From brain membrane health to oiling your ligaments these are good fats ! Also don’t forget the skin and hair benefits from the inside. We still need to consume fats, folks !
COOKING. A healthy cooking oil with a high smoke point makes it a great oil to cook with. It has a delicate coconut flavour so great in stir fries.
ECZEMA/DERMATITIS. Its anti microbial properties make it effective in killing bacteria. Highly moisturising it may reduce inflammation and discomfort.
CLEANING. I use it regularly to clean the stainless steel in my kitchen (and great for barbecues) just apply with some kitchen towel to make it gleam! Works great on granite work surfaces too and polished wood!! Time to throwout the cleaning box !
So , just a few uses for your coconut oil.
JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : For £8 jar of cold pressed virgin coconut oil think of not only the money saving on expensive products that don’t work as well…… but what about the space saving !! Go buy a jar and judge for yourself !!
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION, TASKS AND THOUGHTS TO EXCITE AND INSPIRE YOU AND FILL UP YOUR POSITIVITY BUBBLE WITH LOVE AND SUPPORT. COME AND JOIN IN WITH OUR CLUB. NO MEMBERSHIP NECESSARY JUST SIGN UP TO OUR E MAIL LIST AND HAVE IT DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX EVERY WEDNESDAY.
” IF YOU CAN DREAM IT YOU CAN DO IT “
– WALT DISNEY
THERE HAVE BEEN MANY QUOTES SIMILAR TO THESE OVER THE YEARS. IF YOU CAN IMAGINE IT YOU CAN CREATE IT. WHATEVER THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE. AND SO ON.
WHAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING COMBINED WITH KNOWING YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS. SO TODAY TAKE SOME TIME OUT TO THINK ABOUT YOUR DREAMS, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE OR IT COULD BE JUST PLACES YOU WANT TO VISIT OR A NEW SKILL YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN. BUY YOURSELF A BEAUTIFUL NOTEBOOK AND A BRIGHTLY COLOURED FELT TIP PEN AND NOTE DOWN THREE THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO, BE OR ACHIEVE AND BY WHEN.
YOU CAN DO THIS.
ONE OF MY OWN PERSONAL GOALS DURING LOCKDOWN WAS TO BECOME AN ACCOMPLISHED PIANO PLAYER FROM A FAIRLY BASIC START. I CONSTANTLY SET MYSELF NEW GOALS WITH MORE COMPLICATED PIECES OF MUSIC TO LEARN AND PRACTICE THEM UNTIL I CAN PLAY THE PIECES COMPETENTLY. I USE THE SIMPLY PIANO APP TO MEASURE MY ABILITY. KEEPS MY MIND ACTIVE , ALERT AND POSITIVE.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR MIND. IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING THESE WEEKLY MANTRAS I AM PRETTY SURE YOU ARE SOME WAY TOWARDS HAVING A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE. POSITIVITY PRODUCES PRODUCTIVITY AND NEGATIVITY CAN HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT.
There is a heavy concentration in these present times on mental health but let us not forget therapy for our bodies. We invariably neglect our bodies as the nights draw in and we start to layer on the clothes but our bodies are truly amazing complex structures that need to be nurtured and maintained. It is time to devote more concentrated time to the body so lets start by having a body therapy day that ideally would be scheduled once a week.
Here is a list to structure into a BODY THERAPY DAY to restore and revitalise.
On waking BEFORE getting out of bed start the day (every day) with the 6 way stretch. Catch the video on a previous blog (August 2019) on this site. I guarantee by performing these stretches before rising will ensure you move with grace throughout the rest of the day.
Brisk walk to your local Greengrocers for your food for today. Nutritious soups, cleansing smoothies and crunchy fresh salads and herb teas are the order of the day. Grab a lemon too for plenty of water during the day with some lemon slices. It is important to go to just a fruit and veg store. NO SUPERMARKETS, NO SWEETSHOPS…..NO TEMPTATION ! Focus today on gut health to and increasing your microbiomes introduce raw sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi and kombuchka into your diet.
Once home discover a gentle yoga class on youtube. Denise Austen is very good and offer 100s of different classes and duration. Choose a stretching and breathing on hour class. Breathe into your stretches and love your body get to know any stiffness and work through those movement. Listen to your body.
Follow this with a full body self massage with organic sesame oil. Start with a body brush to remove dead skin cells. Then massage your body paying particular attention to your joints. Really wring those tissues out. Use this time to check your breasts too if you do this massage weekly you will recognise any differences in your breasts more easily. also don,t forget to massage your feet and any reflex points. Your feet deserve a treat when you think how hard they work for you.
Shower the oil off alternating the water from hot to cold to stimulate the blood in your body.
After lunch time to get your IPL handheld out we all have one of these now don’t we ?? If not book a session at your local salon. Its time to depilate and remove any unwanted body hair. This also must be a regular practice to semi- permanently remove hair.
Hopefully after reading my previous articles you would have purchased my cant live without PRANA MAT. If you lie on the needle like protrusians it really is like an at home acupuncture session and great for cellulite and back problems. Invest in one.
Evening time light some candles and time for some meditation. Again there are many downloadable meditations. Meditating regularly has proven benefits for your body as well as your mind. Cleansing your organs and clearing your body of so many harmful stressors and focussing on bringing light into your body and expelling the stale dark negative air. Practise daily .
Finally draw yourself a warm not hot bath and fill with Epsom Salts to soothe your muscles and rid your body of impurites and water retention. Create a peaceful ambiance in your bathroom with aromatherapy candles , soft lighting and warmth. Ensure you have a warm fluffy terry towelling robe to wrap yourself in. Bodies love texture and touch.
So that completes our body therapy course now get plenty of sleep to ensure its recharged for a more strenuous day tomorrow !!!
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: BE YOUR OWN THERAPIST ITS SIMPLE AND CHEAPER WHICH MEANS YOU CAN RECEIVE IT MORE REGULARLY. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN ESTABLISH A REGULAR ROUTINE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME AND BEGIN A LOVE AFFAIR WITH YOUR OWN BODY.
OUR WEEKLY GET TOGETHER TO CHECK IN ON THE NATIONS MENTAL HEALTH. TASKS, WORDS OF WISDOM AND INSPIRATION TO HELP YOU FLOAT THROUGH THE WEEK ON A SEA OF POSITIVITY.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE
AS THATS THE ONLY THING THAT THERE IS JUST TOO LITTLE OF.
WELL WE ALL REMEMBER THE WORDS OF DIONNE WARWICK. IN FACT MANY ARTISTS HAVE SUNG THIS SONG ……AND WE STILL DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE GOT THE MESSAGE.
THESE ARE STRANGE TIME WE FIND OURSELVES IN BUT I HOPE BY BEING ISOLATED FOR PERIODS OF TIME FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY IT MAKES US APPRECIATE THEM MORE. TAKING A POSITIVE STANCE ON COVID 19 IT HAS FORCED THE WORLD TO PRESS THE RESET BUTTON TAKING A BREAK FROM ROUTINE AND REASSESSING OUR VALUES .
YOU HAVE TO GIVE LOVE TO RECEIVE LOVE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY REALLY LIKE YOURSELF TO KNOW YOU DESERVE TO BE LOVED. SO TODAY HEAD OUT INTO THE BIG WIDE WORLD OUT THERE (IF WE ARE ALLOWED TO AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION) AND GIVE SOME LOVE TO WHOEVER YOU ENCOUNTER. SMILE, BE KIND, BE HELPFUL AND SAY THANK YOU.
IT CAN BE EVEN MORE POWERFUL WHEN IT IS SOMEONE YOU DONT KNOW TOO WELL . TRY SAYING SOMETHING NICE TO THE POSTMAN, DELIVERY DRIVERS, THE SHOPKEEPER. THANK THEM FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN YOU DURING THIS TIME. BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER ROAD USERS, SMILE AND WAVE. WAITERS, LOCAL POLICEMAN , PASSERS BY WHO STEP OFF THE PAVEMENT TO RESPECT YOUR SAFE DISTANCE. THE LIST IS ENDLESS.
START A CONVERSATION WITH THOSE OF A DIFFERENT RACE OR BACKGROUND TO YOU. YOU WILL DISCOVER YOU HAVE MORE COMMONALITIES THAN DIFFERENCES AND THE DIFFERENCES CAN MAKE LIFE MORE INTERESTING.
DONT FORGET YOUR CLOSE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN FOR GRANTED LATELY.
A QUICK WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA ONLY PRACTISE #POSITIVETWEETING IT IS JUST AS EASY SPREADING THE LOVE ON TWITTER AS IT IS TOO BE NASTY. MAKE TEN PEOPLES DAY ON TWITTER THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW. WILL BE LOOKING OUT FOR YOU. #JOJO LETS GET TRENDING
WE HAVE ALL WE NEED IN THIS WORLD BUT THE THING WE ARE LACKING THE MOST IS IN FACT THE EASIEST TO CREATE…..LOVE.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: DOWNLOAD THE SONG AND LISTEN TO IT IF THAT DOESN,T GET YOU IN THE MOOD TO DO THIS TASK NOTHING WILL. #BEKIND
As an experienced scientific stylist I look at 8 defining areas of style.
Now, I don’t want to tell you which colours to wear or drag you kicking and screaming away from black, our security colour. But choosing the right colour for your complexion, hair and eye colour can instantly make you pop. It will be flattering, you will glow and I promise you can take years off your age. So Colour comes first for any client that engages my service. I have challenged this myself by wearing black with friends who will tell me I look tired but when I change to a brown top (i’m an Autumn) ON THE SAME DAY with no freshening up of make up I get so many more compliments.
The best way of ascertaining your colour palette is to visit a fully trained stylist. But if you cannot afford to do this I will take you through some general rules for you to work out your own colour. Many women instinctively are drawn to their correct colour but MANY are not.
Colour becomes more important as you get older but your colour NEVER changes throughout your lifetime even if you dye your hair, get a tan etc.
LETS GET STARTED……………….
ARE YOU COOL OR WARM ?
I use a gold or silver swatch one will make your skin pop the other will make it disappear/dull if you own gold or silver clothing this could work .
Pink and rosy skin (cool)
Sallow and yellowish (warm)
Gold/silver jewellery one will ‘liven’ your complexion more.
Tans easily- warm
Veins in your wrist blue (cool) green(warm)
WINTER – Usually dark hair and eyes in contrast with skin. Dark hair on arms normally good indicator of a winter. Look fab in deep rich colours with a cool blue tone such as fuchsia pink, burgundy navy and the only people that look fantastic in black. BASE WARDROBE COLOUR – BLACK WINTER CELEBRITY – OPRAH WINFREY JEWELLERY – SILVER
SUMMER – Light hair and eyes. Really suit grey hair. Suit pale dusky colours and pastels such as dusty pinks, powder blue, pale yellow. BASE WARDROBE COLOUR – WHITE SUMMER CELEBRITY – GWYNETH PALTROW JEWELLERY – SILVER
SPRING – Hair auburn,golden blonde, freckles but light eyes. Soft rich warm colours coral,copper , bright greens and turquoise. BASE WARDROBE – IVORY,CREAM,BEIGE SPRING CELEBRITY – CHARLOTTE CHURCH, BRAD PITT JEWELLERY – GOLD
AUTUMN – Hair red, rich deep auburn but dark eyes. Suit earth toned, forest and spicy colours such as olive green,chocolate brown,camel,spicy orange. BASE WARDROBE – DEEP BROWN,CAMEL AUTUMN CELEBRITY – CHERYL COLE, SARAH FERGUSON, PRINCE HARRY JEWELLERY – GOLD
Okay Style Bunnies colour applies equally to men and women. also applies to cosmetics, but thats a whole new lesson. This is just a beginners category so you can use colour to your benefit. The spectrum can be further divided into muted, deep , clear and light but lets not over complicate . If you would prefer to see a video on the importance of colour – click on the youtube link below.
JOJO STYLE LIST TIP : GET YOUR COLOURS DONE PROFESSIONALLY YOU WILL RECEIVE A COLOUR WALLET TO TAKE SHOPPING IN ORDER TO HELP YOU CHOOSE CLOTHING IN THE RIGHT PALETTE. ALL COLOURS IN YOUR WARDROBE WILL CO-ORDINATE FOR A LIFETIME
As you get older you realise that the beauty industry is largely a huge money making scam. You discover the promises sold to millions of consumers are mostly lies to get us to part with our money.
Eye creams are one such product . Beauty Companies, marketeers and beauty editors (with the promise of advertising revenue) tell us that it is essential. Tag lines inform us that this product will banish our fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Wow a miracle product !! Well it would be if it worked !
I have heard from surgeons carrying out eye bag surgery that on incision they find congealed creams that have not been absorbed. So could eye creams actually be making the problem worse ???
Eye creams contain exactly the same ingredients as your normal moisterizer but they need to appear heavier so have thickening agents/chemicals added to them so now bear in mind that the skin around your eyes is thinner so more is absorbed and in our conquest to fight our eyebags we use far too much of it naturally exasperating the problem.
The biggest ageing factor of eyes by far are uv rays from the sun but very few eye creams even contain SPF !
On carrying out further research for this article I was astonished to find out that Eye Creams by law do not have to be FDA approved in the US for effectiveness or safety. Under EU regulations in Europe there is a larger scrutiny of ingredients and rules and regulations exist preventing the use of words such as ‘replenish’ ‘restore’ a quick glance through my bathroom shelves or a flick through a magazine will tell you these are simply replaced with phishing words such as ‘anti age’ , ‘hydra plumping’, ‘advanced repair’. These ‘slogans’ have exactly the same effect of drawing you in.
Okay so why am I best placed to talk to you about the negative impact of eye cream. I have always been sceptical about them and early on investigated the pros and cons only to discover cons. So from a young age I have NEVER used eye creams or concealers in fact the less you touch and drag that whole area the better. I do not have any eye bags or wrinkles now in my fifties. So let me give you some alternatives that GENUINELY work without loading your body with chemicals as I can feel many of you nervously twitching when I am telling you girls and boys to toss them in the bin today !
All beauty starts with our nutrition. Too much salt and alcohol causes puffy eyes. You all know what you need to be eating without me preaching but do you do it? Flush out toxins with lots of water and food with high water content . Curb processed food. Like eye creams they contain chemicals.
Make it cold. Cold spoons over the eyes are very effective. Freeze a pack of baby wipes to place over your eyes. I keep a gel eye mask in the fridge and a rose quart roller just to revitalise my eyes in the morning.
Use natural products. Slices of cucumber contain mild astringent and antioxidants to reduce inflammation. Egg whites under the eyes have a temporary tightening effect for a night out much better than any product can deliver.
Under eye dark circles are usually because of congestion around the area . This can be down to blocked sinuses. I cannot recommend enough the regular use of a Neti Pot with saline solution to flush out the area. You will definitely love me for this and I am sure this weekly use has prevented me getting a cold in the last 10 years. It makes your whole face look less puffy and congested.
Pressure point massage around the eyes . So NO rubbing by just gently press with your ring finger in the corners of your eyes and either side of your nose and squeezing along the eyebrows to keep the blood flowing.
Sleep. Your eyes need rest too. T o replenish your eyes try to get at least 7 hours sleep every night.
AND the best way to prevent the UV rays ageing your eyes is to wear sunglasses with UV protection lenses. Wear them all year round . Look mysterious and stylish with the right pair.
Every one of these solutions reduce puffiness, stimulate blood supply restore and replenish in fact all those promises made to you on those expensive little jars can be fulfilled simply and cheaply without exasperating the problems with any chemically laden heavy creams and serums clogging up the area.
SHOP FOR YOUR NEW EYE ROUTINE BELOW if you are having trouble viewing these images click on the URL link at the base of this communication.
Let me know of any home made solutions you use for your eye area and share them with the rest of my subscribers we would love to hear from you !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I AM SO AWARE OF THE MANIPULATION THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY SUBJECTS US ALL TO. YOU WILL ACHIEVE BETTER RESULTS WITH THE ABOVE SUGGESTIONS BUT IT DOES REQUIRE CONSISTENCY AND ROUTINE AS WITH ALL SUCCESSES IN LIFE.