MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY MEET UP FOR INSPIRATION AND AN INJECTION OF POSITIVITY WHEN LIFE GETS TOO DEMANDING.

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REFLECTIONS

AS WE START TO COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND RUSH BACK TO OUR BUSY LIVES IT IS IMPORTANT TO REFLECT ON THE LAST YEAR AND THE IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES WE MADE.

FOR MANY OF US THE LAST YEAR INCLUDED MANY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES AND CHANGES WE MADE TO OUR EVERYDAY LIVES AND IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF OUR NEW HABITS.

SO SPEND SOME TIME TODAY REFLECTING ON THE CHANGES YOU WANT TO TAKE FORWARD WITH YOU AS WE START TO NORMALISE OUR LIVES AGAIN. WHAT WILL BE YOUR NEW NORMAL ?

THESE MAY INCLUDE

  • STRUCTURING YOUR WORKING WEEK DIFFERENTLY. WORKING FROM HOME MORE OR CHANGING THE HOURS. WORKING LESS OR MORE PRODUCTIVELY.
  • COMPILING RECIPES YOU LEARNED IN LOCKDOWN. COOKING SIMPLER, FRESHER RECIPES, THAT CAN BE PREPARED IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO ORDER A TAKEOUT.
  • MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECONNECTED TO THE OUTDOORS AND NATURE. WALKING IS THE NEW GYM. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN INCORPORATE A WEEKLY NATURE BURST INTO YOUR BUSY LIFE.
  • A NEW APPRECIATION FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HUMAN CONTACT HAS BECOME MORE PROMINENT OVER THE LAST YEAR. TRY NOT TO LOSE THIS. SEND LITTLE MASSAGES OF APPRECIATION. MAKE TIME TO SEE THOSE IMPORTANT TO YOU.
  • SPEND TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN BUT BE PRESENT! LISTEN, ENGAGE,PLAY.
  • CONTINUE TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, LANGUAGES, INSTRUMENTS TO ENGAGE THE BRAIN, GIVE YOU A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT AND KEEP DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AT BAY.
  • SILENCE IS IMPORTANT. KEEP UP THE MEDITATION AND YOGA. OR JUST TAKE 10 MINUTES TO LIE IN A QUIET DARK ROOM TO RECONNECT WITH YOU.
  • LESS MEANINGLESS SHOPPING. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU REALLY NEED. I CERTAINLY BUYING LESS CLOTHES SINCE THE SHOPS REOPENED AS IT ALL SEEMS LESS IMPORTANT SOMEHOW. TIME TO SAVE THE PLANET AND REDUCE THE LANDFILL !!

FOR YOU, THE LIST MAYBE DIFFERENT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ALSO REFLECT ON YOURSELF. LOOK IN THE MIRROR. HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED DURING THE PANDEMIC ? ANCHOR YOURSELF TO THE GOOD POINTS AND SHAKE OFF THE BAD. BUT BE HONEST REALLY GET TO KNOW YOURSELF AS YOU REFLECT THAT IMAGE. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE STYLELISTAS !

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STYLE: GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT GLASSES

Glasses are bang on trend right now. I know some people who wear glasses with plain lenses just to accessorise their overall look. but for some people it is a more permanent part of the way they look so it is essential that you select the right ones for you to maintain your super stylish (if you have been following this blog !) look. so whether it is reading glasses, driving glasses, all day glasses or sunglasses here is a style guide.

Glasses should not only complement your face but also your lifestyle and wardrobe. Think of them like jewellery they can add to or ruin an overall look. Either way they make a statement…..about you. Beware of overly fashionable styles as they will date quickly.

FRAME COLOUR

With metal frames if you have a cool colouring you will suit silver and a warmer tone will suit gold frames. If you are unsure hold a piece of gold or silver jewellery close to the face one will light up your complexion. If your preference is a coloured frame, then warmer skin tones will suit tan or tortoiseshell frames. Cooler tones will suit grey or cool blue. Only those with strong colouring and defined brows should consider black frames. If you have dyed hair consider its natural colour golden tones will suit warmer colours and ash tones or silver/grey will suit cooler colours.

SHAPE

Firstly let us consider your face shape. The shape of your glasses should balance your face shape. If you have a long face a wider style will look better. But a diamond shape face where the widest point is your cheekbones a narrower style will under emphasize the area. If you want to enhance your cheekbones for example on an oval face then choose a larger frame and maybe some detailed arms. Oval faces are lucky as most shapes suit their faces it is more about scale. A square face shape with wide cheekbones AND wide jawline than circular/aviator frames are good for softening defined lines and can look super stylish on this face shape.Avoid detail on the arms. On the other hand round faces should steer away from round glasses . Squared, angular or aviator are a much better choice and add definition and go larger.

Also especially for men body shape should be considered both in size and shape. Consider height, weight and bone structure. The size of the glasses you choose small, medium or large should correspond. Also determine if you are predominately straight or curved. A good gauge is to study the shoulders , ‘coat hanger’ shoulders (right angles) would demonstrate an angular body and softer line shoulders would be curved. So more sharper angular styles will suit you if you are an angular type. Whereas if you are trying to correct a very round face and your body is also curved ensure the angles on the glasses are soft angular edges.

STYLE

Finally the glasses have to suit your personality and personal style. if you have a dramatic personality and wear clothing that is equally dramatic then your glasses will fit in with that style. Whilst more natural types your glasses will be low key,not too dressy or formal. Classic dressers should choose neat glasses neither too big or too small that blend easily with your outfits. Remebr choose glasses that complement you and your wardrobe.

EYE MAKE UP

A quick word on make up. If you are shortsighted the lens will magnify eyes and show up clumpy mascara and poorly applied eyeshadow. So keep eyeshadow neutral and comb through lashes after applying mascara. Long sighted lenses makes eyes look smaller. So lighten eyeshadow a shade or two and clearly define in the crease to make eyes pop, curl lashes and apply lashing of mascara. For all don’t forget to clearly define eyebrows and ensure neatly plucked/trimmed as glasses bring focus to the area.

So there you have it a guide for you to take to the opticians next time you attend your eye test. You know yourself better than a sales assistant who are rarely trained in matters of style. For more tips view my video below from style channel youtube.com/c/stylelist

Watch This To Help You See It All More Clearly !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : TAKE A CLOSE UP PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR FACE AND A FULL LENGTH OF YOUR BODY. NOW DRAW GLASSES ONTO YOUR FACE EVEN IF THEY LOOK GOOD ON YOUR FACE CHECK IT ON THE FULL LENGTH ONE OF YOUR BODY.

Mwah Mwah xxxxxxxx

JOJO XX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

Positive inspiration and life lessons for a healthy, happy you ! Be your best self !


QUIT COMPLAINING !

Never has there been a time when we need to be more positive then after the last year, the light is at the end of the tunnel. Let us stop complaining and moaning and look towards that light and the dawning of the new era.

We probably all find something or someone to complain about every single day. Every time we complain it sows some negativity seeds within us. Even when it is deserved and we feel it is empowering us, it is exhausting to complain. So let us try to avoid it this week or even just for today. One day at a time ……maybe?

So, today when you feel tempted to complain about the weather, a friend, politics your aches and pains. STOP. Instead of giving in to moaning or getting irritated let it pass. See what it does for your mind and spirit to let it go without comment. Also the people around you benefit too ! This can be harder than you think and by recognising your negativity it can highlight just how often you voice it. Replace those words with positive ones or as they say a wise man says nothing at all.

JOJOs STYLELIST TIP: Positivity breeds popularity.

JOJO xxxxxx

MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION AND MENTAL TASKS TO STRENGTHEN THE MIND AND IMPROVE YOU WEEK.

PART TWO: DISCOVER SUCCESS

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE MIDWEEK MANTRA IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO RECAP LAST WEEKS MANTRA (PART ONE) TO COMPLETE THE TASK.

HOME + HEALTH + RELATIONSHIPS + FINANCE = SUCCESS

SO HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE HAD A DEEP THINK ABOUT THE THREE QUESTIONS SET LAST WEEK AND HOPEFULLY HAD A CHANCE TO DISCUSS IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. YOU SHOULD NOW HAVE FOUR LISTS UNDER THE ABOVE HEADINGS THAT ARE PERSONAL TO YOU.

THIS WEEK LETS LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER UNDER EACH OF THE HEADING AND GIVE YOU SOME FURTHER IDEAS HOW TO IMPROVE THESE AREAS.

HOME

  • ONLY INVITE PEOPLE INTO YOUR HOME WHO WILL RESPECT IT AND THE PEOPLE IN IT.
  • INVEST IN A FENG SHUI CONSULTANT FOR A ONE TIME VISIT, TO CREATE HARMONY IN YOUR LIVING SPACE. OR JUST BUY A BOOK FOR SOME TIPS. I AM A HUGE ADVOCATE OF FENG SHUI…. MILLIONS OF JAPANESE CANNOT BE WRONG ?
  • KEEP YOUR HOME TIDY AND CLEAN IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY HIRE SOME HELP EVEN IF ITS A COUPLE OF HOURS PER WEEK.
  • DECORATE IN RESTFUL COLOURS. NEUTRAL PALETTES WORK WELL.
  • CREATE A HAPPY HOME FULL OF LAUGHTER, GAMES AND SHARING MEALS TOGETHER.

HEALTH

  • OVER 50 ? TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF YOUR FREE NHS ANNUAL CHECK UP. BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT !
  • TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR EXERCISE AND DIET. EAT BEAUTIFUL FRESH FOOD AND BUILD AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE . WALKING WITH FRIENDS FIND A SPORT YOU ENJOY. ORGANISE A TEAM SO IT BECOMES A SOCIAL EVENT. BEATS DRAGGING YOURSELF OFF TO THE GYM!
  • BEAT STRESS WITH EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT AND MAKING APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF IN YOUR WORK DIARY. THAT WAY YOU WON’T FEEL GUILTY IF YOU TELL PEOPLE THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE AN “APPOINTMENT” AT THAT TIME.
  • DRINK MORE WATER. LESS ALCOHOL. ENOUGH SAID.
  • GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY AND SCHEDULE MEDITATION INTO YOUR DAILY EXISTENCE EVEN IF ITS ONLY FOR 10 MINUTES JUST TO FOCUS DURING A QUIET TIME.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • KEEP IT FUN DONT MAKE IT ABOUT THE BAD STUFF
  • TALK. OPEN AND HONESTLY.
  • CUT OUT THE DRAINS AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH RADIATORS. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.
  • APPRECIATE THE GOOD PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND SHOW THEM.
  • SHOW RESPECT BY BEING ON TIME AND NOT CANCELLING AT THE LAST MINUTE.

FINANCE

  • LOTS OF MONEY IS NOT THE ROUTE TO HAPPINESS BUT NEITHER IS NONE. YOU JUST WANT ENOUGH !
  • BORING I KNOW BUT BUDGET MONTHLY. MONEY IS LIKE CALORIES WHAT COMES IN MUST BE BALANCED WITH WHAT GOES OUT. TWO LISTS…. INCOMINGS AND OUTGOINGS.
  • START A SAVINGS ACCOUNT ( MARCUS HAS THE BEST INTEREST EASY ACCESS ACCOUNT RIGHT NOW AT 1.35%) PUT A LITTLE ASIDE EACH MONTH FOR BIG TREATS !!
  • EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FINANCE . SADLY LACKING IN SCHOOLS. ALSO EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH AN EVENING CLASS/OPEN UNIVERSITY IF YOU NEED EXTRA SKILLS TO EARN EXTRA MONEY OR TO SECURE THAT PROMOTION !
  • CREATE A MOOD BOARD. THIS WORKS. I HAVE DONE THIS WITH MANY OF MY CLIENTS. CUT OUT PICTURES FROM MAGAZINES TO REFLECT THE LIFESTYLE YOU WANT. STICK THEM ON A BOARD AND FOCUS ON THE BOARD REGULARLY. YOUR FOCUS WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED.

SO GOOD LUCK STYLISTAS FOR CREATING THE FABULOUS LIFE THAT YOU DESERVE . HERES TO SUCCESS !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Its always a good idea to review your life plan on a regular basis and make changes where necessary to ensure you are on path,

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXX

BEAUTY: PRE PARTY PAMPER

COUNTDOWN ON THE NIGHT

MONDAY 12TH APRIL is nearly upon us ! Socialising is back on the menu. I am sure all my readers have a big night out planned so its time to shake your beauty routine up and indulge with a celebratory pamper evening. Yes girls and boys its all about you and shaking off the lockdown look.

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THE COUNTDOWN STARTS HERE ……….

So let us assume that you managed to get your nail bar appointments ( hey girlfriend where were you ?) at least Monday or Tuesday ! No one does their own nails anymore do they ?? Otherwise allow an extra hour. Also pre select your outfit and accessories and lay them all out on the bed beforehand. No last minute rummaging or repairs to stress you out.

5.00PM

Pour a glass of bubbles and get some party music on. Put on a fluffy terry robe. Pull hair back. Cleanse face, with a firm facial massage to get the blood pumping and bring a glow to your skin. Now is not the time for micro needling or glyco peeling or using new products.

Scrutinize the eyebrows plucking any stray hairs and tidy them up.

5.30PM

Now time to depilate any excess hair. I suggest a gentle method for your pre party pamper. Apply some cream such as Immac or Veet and while that is working for 10 minutes use that time to body brush the rest of your body .

5.45PM

Jump in the shower to rinse the cream. Gently exfoliate with a handful of sugar and olive oil especially on your depilated areas to avoid ingrown hairs. Wash hair. Finish with a freezing cold burst of water on hair to flatten the cuticles and all over your body to energise you.

6.15PM

Now you are all clean. Draw a warm luxurious bubble bath. HIGHLY RECOMMEND L’OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAM BATH £22. Remember this is about a celebratory pamper not wallowing in your own filth (and depilitary cream!). So to your damp hair apply a rehydrating super glossy hair mask and wrap in a hot towel or turban. My fave is BLEACH LONDON REINCARNATION MASK £7.50.

Apply a no nonsense hydrating sheet mask. An inexpensive but highly effective one I have recently tried is GARNIER MOISTURE BOMB £2.99.

Wallow for a good 15 minutes. Rinse hair mask.

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6.45PM

Wrap yourself in a huge warm terry towel. Pat yourself dry. Rub in residue of face mask into skin.

Spritz yourself in a dry body oil to lock in the moisture and make your skin look glistening and healthy. Two fabulous ones are BOOTS NO7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN PAMPERING DRY BODY OIL £12 AND A FIRM FAVOURITE, HUILE PRODIGIEUSE DRY OIL choose the one with the gold sparkle in it. A good tip here run some through dry hair for glistening shine.

Rough dry hair. Put in large velcro rollers for smooth hair if required. Just don’t apply too much heat to hair by overdrawing and over processing. Remember we are going for a glossy just got out of lockdown look !!

7.15PM

Giant rollers in. Time to do your make up. Skin should be looking plumped and glowing. Apply a moisturiser and a base such as MAC STROBE CREAM £25 that now comes in 4 shades. This can make any skin look dewy. Apply your foundation/bb cream over the top. Some over tips for a glossy look use cream products where possible. NARS ILLUMINATOR in COPACABANA dabbed onto your cheekbones. LAURA MERCIER SECRET UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER £22.50 to light up under eyes. As you get older the less eye make up the better it looks more youthful. KEVIN AUCOIN DIAMOND EYE GLOSS a beautiful transparent eye close that glistens. I discovered a fabulous new mascara in lockdown for long glossy smudge proof lashes MARC JACOBS AT LASH’D MASCARA £25. Finish with an extra glossy nude/beige lip gloss , much more flattering on older lips than bright colours.

Set your make up with my perennial favourite BARRY M DEWY FIXING SPRAY £4.99 I NEVER leave the house without a spritz of this on my face for an all day fresh dewy look.

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7.45PM

Rollers out. Run fingers through hair with some iconic KERASTASE HAIR ELIXIR £39 for radiant hair and an extra spritz of shine mist. The best I have tried is BRITISH HAIR PERFECTLY BRILLIANT SHINE SPRAY £9.95 it smells good too.

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800PM

Heading for the finish line. Just before getting dressed give your body a good shake. Each leg, each arm , your head and shoulders , hands, feet . You will be surprised at this instant energiser. Slip into your clothes. A quick spritz of your favourite perfume. One last look in the mirror to check yourself out . Blow yourself a kiss, tell yourself “I love you” and head out of that door to re establish your social life. HELLO WORLD !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : SELF LOVE AND NURTURE IS SO IMPORTANT . MAKE PAMPER NIGHTS PART OF YOUR WEEKLY ROUTINE. ADD MORE OR STREAMLINE ACCORDING TO YOUR TIME CONSTRAINTS BUT MAKE IT REGULAR XX

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ENJOY YOUR RESOCIALISATION !

MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION, IDEAS AND MENTAL AWAKENESS TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK .

IF YOU ARE STILL SELF ISOLATING THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO APPLY SOME FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO YOU. WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS SO USE THIS TIME FOR A PERIOD OF SELF REFLECTION A GIFT FOR REASSESSMENT.

MAKING LIFE MORE BEAUTIFUL

DISCOVER SUCCESS

SUCCESS IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE IN FOUR MAIN AREAS

HOME+HEALTH+RELATIONSHIPS+ FINANCE = SUCCESS

TODAY GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO THESE QUESTIONS. NOTE DOWN YOUR FEELINGS.

  • WHERE I AM NOW ?
  • WHERE DO I WANT TO BE ?
  • HOW DO I GET THERE ?

TRY TO LIST YOUR THOUGHTS AND FINDINGS UNDER THE FOUR HEADINGS…..HOME, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS AND FINANCE.

NEXT WEDNESDAYS MIDWEEK MANTRA I WILL SHARE SOME POSITIVE POINTERS IN ALL FOUR AREAS HOW TO GET FROM A TO B.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A PRIVATE EXERCISE GATHER YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND CREATE A GROUP DISCUSSION HOW YOU CAN ACCESS SUCCESS !

GOOD LUCK ! HAVE A FABULOUUSSSS WEEK DAAAHLINGS !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXX