As an experienced scientific stylist I look at 8 defining areas of style.
- clothing personality
- straight/curved lines
- figure type
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
POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND INSPIRATION TO GET YOU THROUGH THIS COLD AND STORMY FEBRUARY WEEK. IM HERE JUST WHEN YOU NEED ME. DON,T FORGET THERE ARE MANY MORE MANTRAS ON THIS BLOG TO DIP INTO WHENEVER YOU NEED STRENGTH AND HOPE .
HOW ABOUT A HUG ?
WITH FREEDOM DAY UPON US IT IS TIME TO START HUGGING AGAIN. TIME TO RESUME NORMALNESS !
I HEARD AN INTERESTING STATEMENT TODAY. HUGGING RELEASES DOPAMINE AND CAN INCREASE THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OF THE ‘HUGGER’ AND ‘HUGGEE’ IN A HUGELY POWERFUL WAY. IMAGINE HAVING ALL THAT POWER IN YOUR ARMS TO CHANGE THE LIFE OF SOMEONE (AND YOURSELF) IN SUCH A DRAMATIC WAY………AND SO EASY TO DO ! HUGGING CAN RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY AND BRING DOWN BLOOD PRESSURE. LOWER DEPRESSION AND REDUCE FEELINGS OF LONELINESS.
PLEASE HUG YOUR CHILDREN ON A DAILY BASIS (EVEN HOURLY) IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AS THEY DEVELOP AND IT HELPS TO CREATE A STRONG BOND. A HUGGED CHILD IS A HAPPY CHILD. VERY OFTEN IN THIS TIME VALUABLE OVER STRESSED TIMES AS A PARENT IT IS VERY EASILY OVERLOOKED. MAKE TIME. WHEN A CHILD HAS A TEMPER TANTRUM INSTEAD OF SHOUTING AT THEM JUST HUG THEM AND HOLD THEM CLOSE. IT WORKS , I PROMISE YOU.
SO TODAY I WANT YOU TO HUG AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS BUT MAKE IT A MEANINGFUL HEARTFELT HUG. A WORD OF WARNING IF YOU ARE HUGGING A STRANGER OR SOMEONE YOU FEEL NEEDS IT BUT YOU DONT KNOW THEM WELL , PLEASE ASK THEIR PERMISSION FIRST. NOTE HOW WELL THIS MAKES YOU FEEL TOO IT IS MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL.
JOJOS STYLIST TIP: EVERYONE FEELS BETTER WITH A HUG ALL HUMANS THRIVE ON TOUCH AND INTIMACY UNLESS OF COURSE YOU ARE JANET STREET PORTER WHO NOTORIOUSLY HATES IT ! BUT HEY LOOK HOW GRUMPY SHE IS ! LOVE YOU THOUGH JANET XX
If your single and living alone then you probably have just got through the most difficult week . The week of romance, tables for two, bouquets of red roses filling all the shop aisles while you are trying to get your microwave meal for one. Valentines week it seems that everyone in the world is loved up !!!! Grrrrrr hallo ….. annoying. Well I for one don ‘t mind missing out on this displays of enforced pledges of love and devotion. I choose to be single certainly for the last 20 years and like giving up alcohol or sugar once you have done it you will never look back. Now a rapidly growing trend among all age groups preferring to live alone . So let me try to convince you or at least make it more bearable if you are still on the search for that special someone.
There maybe many reasons why at 50+ you find yourself living alone. If it was not your choice it can be daunting and you can feel lonely. Being alone and being lonely are two very different things.
Data from the Office for National Statistics show that the divorce rate is increasing for the over 50s to an all time high. Or the death of a beloved partner can have a devastating affect on you . Or it maybe you never met a partner you would want to live with.
After a stressful divorce, lets face it , its ALWAYS stressful , over 20 years ago I made a conscious decision to remain independant and in control of my life and keep the sanctity of my home, alone. I have stuck to that decision and never once regretted this. I would not have had such an amazing adventurous life full of interesting people yet keeping my home as a peaceful sanctuary. As a single mother I of course had my Son to devote my undivided attention to in the home. Of course I did date and enjoy the company of men I just never saw the need to live with one. There was more to lose than to gain. Certainly more washing , cooking and ironing !! Lol ! Now my Son is a beautiful young man and is no longer at home I still relish being able to experience peace and freedom WHEN I CHOOSE. One of the most elusive achievements in busy lives today is to be able to find peace and harmony and live a healthy rewarding life. This is always possible when you live alone. Living alone also makes you a stronger person, it begins and ends with you. Decision making, emotional stability a wider social circle , financial responsibility can all grow your confidence. You are not a half you are a whole …..the driver of your own destiny.
I realise there are many couples who have an enjoyable fulfilling life. It is whatever works for you as an individual but if for any reason you are reading this and you suddenly find yourself alone later in life, embrace it. My social circle largely consist of both men and women choose to live alone and like me they are honestly the happiest people I know. Gone is the myth of the sad singleton. Most people later in life who have tried living alone for a few years find that they too admit they would find it hard to live with someone again. So, if you find yourself sitting at home reading this as your newly single let’s cheer you up with some light hearted reasons to LOVE LIVING ALONE !
- In charge of all your finances no need to hide those new Manolos
- The TV remote is ALL yours
- Sleep well. No snoring, fidgeting, stealing the bed linen.
- No pressure to perform….or sulking if you don’t !!!
- Less time spent queueing up for a weekly shop in supermarkets
- Less time wasted on chores
- Great girls nights out without worrying about waking someone up when you get in.
- Accept whatever exciting invitations come your way
- You don’t have to share the tub of Haagen Dazs.
- Studies have shown single people are fitter and happier.
- Less lonely in your old age as you have been used to living alone and have developed a social circle.
- Pamper nights in without feeling guilty
- No compromises
- You get the last rolo !!
I could list a hundred other reasons !!!!
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: LIVING ALONE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE BUT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF SINGLE IN YOUR FIFTIES THERE ARE LOADS OF POSITIVES I PROMISE YOU . YOU WILL LOVE IT. LIVE BY YOUR OWN RULES. CREATE YOUR OWN BLUEPRINT.
THIS WEEK MY FRIENDS , EACH MORNING WRITE 3 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR IN YOUR LIFE . KEEP A NOTEBOOK BY YOUR BED AND JOURNAL THEM AS YOU AWAKE. DO NOT OVERTHINK THIS,
YOU WILL FIND THAT YOU WILL BREEZE THROUGH THE DAY IN A POSITIVE SUNNY MANNER AND YOU WORLD WILL LOOK BEAUTIFUL.
JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : DO THIS EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE DONT LIMIT IT TO THE WEEK . MAKE YOUR CHILDREN DO THIS TOO. THIS ONE ACTION PRACTISED REGULARLY WILL CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK AND YOUR LIFE !
Gut health is now at the forefront of medical science and the evidence is fully substantiated. Many things in modern life can disturb your gut microbiome. High stress levels, too much sugar and over processed foods, antibiotics and not enough sleep to name but a few. Your Microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria living within your colon when these become imbalanced and there are not enough good bacteria it can affect you in so many ways.
The Immune system is compromised, more prone to colds and flu. Skin can develop eczema and breakouts. Good bacteria can help you lose weight and help the metabolism function more adequately. Hormones can be affected as they are made in the gut, every hormone in the body can be affected by an unhealthy gut. IBS as the microbes produce a lot of gas and bloating. Good gut microbiome can even benefit brain health, serotonin is an anti depressant chemical thats mostly made in the gut and requires a good balance of healthy bacteria. The gut is also physically connected to the brain through millions of nerves so it is vital that the best physical environment exists in order for this to thrive.
The huge benefits from having a healthy gut so it is vital we are proactive in probiotics. The best way to do this is to incorporate some healthy gut foods into your diet so lets start now so we are well protected before the onslaught of the festive period.
I have studied gut health for as long as I remember as a past sufferer of IBS and follow a largely probiotic diet for the past 7 years.. I do not suffer from ANY of the aforementioned issues now, today . I have not had a cold or flu for 7 years and my hormones have just been measured and are all at optimum levels. So I am going to share with you 7 foods that you can incorporate easily into your diet on a daily basis at this time of year to give you perfect gut health and fill you with energy.
- KEFIR – every day! My body really notices when I don,t have it. My personal favourite is Nourish. You only need half a small bottle daily. Must be unflavoured, flavouring is full of sugar which defeats the object.
- SAUERKRAUT/KIMCHI fermented vegetables full of fibre. Can be enjoyed with any meal on the side. I love the Biona brand. Daily.
- MISO fermented paste made from soya beans packed with beneficial bacteria and makes a wonderful warming soup easy to fit this in at this time of year. Make it in a mug and substitute your afternoon coffee. Once a day.
- JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES a cross between parsnip/turnip/potato. Very rich in iron but also a probiotic, full of fibre known as inulin that stimulates the growth of friendly gut bacteria and fends off any bad bacteria. Makes a great soup or risotto.
- GARLIC great roasted with JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES ! Easy to add to most dishes. Garlic is so potent in gut health especially if you have had antibiotics recently. It can kill off overgrowth of a fungus in the gut called Candida Albicans. It is full of a natural chemical called allicin that can kill harmful bacteria and infections in the blood.
- RED CABBAGE in abundance during the festive season twice the amount of Vitamin C as green cabbage and far more tasty. Brilliant for inflammation in the gut making it excellent for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- BRUSSELS SPROUTS also a festive season food but don’t just save these highly nutritious vegetable for the Christmas table. Full of probiotics, provides crucial ingredient for a chemical to protect the intestine from inflammation which can lead to other conditions , like arthiritis and heart disease. All cruciferous vegetables as they are full of fibre help the microbiome ecology to a great extent.
A healthy gut not only promotes good mental and physical health but also can promote a more positive mood. All this just making a few additions to your diet. Remember though to cut down on the sugar and artificial sweeteners.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : THE EASIEST WAY TO REAP SUCH POSITIVE HEALTH BENEFITS. WHAT,S NOT TO LIKE ???………….
A positive injection to boost and lift your spirits to get you through the week.
CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN FOLLOW EVERY RAINBOW…….
I am sure the movie The SOUND of MUSIC will be shown over the festive period. LISTEN TO THE THE LYRICS OF THIS SONG TO STRENGTHEN AND INSPIRE YOU.
WE ARE COMING TO THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN WE HAVE ALREADY BROKEN THOSE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. THESE TEND TO BE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE UP. ALMOST PUNISHING OURSELVES. THIS MONTH LET US MAKE PLEASURABLE MANTRAS THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO OUR LIVES NOT REMOVE. FUN NOT DEMANDING. THIS IS THE YEAR YOU STOP BEING HARD ON YOURSELF AND GIVE BACK SOME LOVE TO YOU !
MAKE A LIST OF ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE PLEASURABLE AND MAKE A RESOLUTION TO ADD THESE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE. NEW RITUALS FOR INSPIRATIONAL LIVING. EVEN THE MOUNTAINS YOU CAN CONQUER AND VIEW POSITIVELY. REALISE WHAT LESSONS THESE ARE ADDING TO YOUR LIFE.
…….UNTIL YOU FIND YOUR DREAM
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: NO PUNITIVE ONLY PLEASURABLE RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022
As a fully graduated Sound Therapist and a member of the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) I can really appreciate the value that I have witnessed with my clients. Living in LA the Sound Therapy path is already fully established as millions of people continue to seek out this therapy and establish a regular routine based on the amazing health benefits they have experienced first hand. I also enjoyed these wonderful sessions and on returning to UK decided to train to bring this to UK. These days the market for Sound Healing has boomed in the UK it is a growing phenomena. Being used in retirement homes, hospitals or personal practices Sound therapy is here to stay so let me give you a brief introduction and a video to see if you like it too !
YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE
Sound Therapy can be conducted 1:1 or in a group as a Soundbath. It is one of the oldest forms of healing known to man, used in the ancient civilisations of China, Egypt, Greec and India. Modern science now supports these ancient beliefs – that all matter comes from vibration and sound.
Gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, cosh chimes, drums and other harmonic frequencies are played during these sessions. Through the frequency of these sounds and entrainment it is easy to shift from a beta state (normal waking consciousness) to an alpha state ( relaxed consciousness ). Most people will transcend to a theta state (meditative) and even a delta state (internal healing occurs).
The sound becomes the vessel to carry you to a deeper state. Scientifically linked to reducing stress and anxiety. Think of a flowing stream , clean and full of energy, then a stale stagnant pool of water. YOUR body is 75% water so it is vital that we constantly renew and unblock our flow and release any stagnant area.
THE BEST NEWS…….. ALL YOU have to do to reap these benefits is lie comfortably and let the sounds wash over you. Experience this now via the video if you can listen through headphones can be more immersive but just find a quiet place to relax and lie down comfortably.
LOVE AND PEACE
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ENSURE YOU CHECK YOUR SOUND THERAPIST IS FULLY ACCREDITED AND IS A MEMBER OF A PROFESSIONAL BODY (CMA,IICT)
MANTRAS AND IDEAS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND STRENGTHEN YOUR SOUL TO BRIGHTEN YOUR WEEK AND MAKE EVERYDAY LIKE A WEEKEND.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
LAUGHTER LIFTS THE MOOD, BOOSTS SERATONIN. RELEASES ENDORPHINS, MINIMISES THE IMPACTS OF STRESS ,IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH. BUT WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU BELLY LAUGHED ? PROPER FULL ON LAUGHED UNTIL TEARS CAME DOWN YOUR FACE? FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FOLLOWED THE LAUGHTER YOGA BLOG HOPEFULLY THIS HAS BECOME A REGULAR FEATURE IN YOUR LIFE.
LAUGHTER IS GENERALLY LACKING IN OUR DAILY LIVES WITH SO MUCH STRESS CONSTANTLY , BREXIT AND NOW THE CORONAVIRUS. SO IT IS TIME TO BRING THE LAUGHTER BACK. AFTER THE LAST TWO YEARS WE NEED A REASON TO LAUGH AGAIN ! NO SCRAP THAT WE DO NOT NEED A REASON LET US JUST LAUGH OURSELF HAPPY X
OKAY, SO WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH ?
LETS START BY MAKING A LIST
- WATCH A COMEDY FILM
- MEET UP WITH FRIENDS WHO MAKE YOU LAUGH ( YOU KNOW HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE FUNNIER THAN OTHERS)
- VISIT A COMEDY CLUB
- TICKETS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE COMEDIAN
- SPEND TIME WITH CHILDREN WHOSE LAUGHTER IS SPONTANEOUS
- OR JUST DO CHILDISH THINGS WITH YOUR PARTNER
- A KARAOAKE NIGHT ALWAYS ELICITS LOTS OF LAUGHTER ESPECIALLY IF YOU SING LIKE ME
- GET TICKLED.
SO THIS WEEK I WANT TO HEAR YOU ALL LAUGHING AS THEY SAY LAUGH …..AND THE WHOLE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU ! NOW THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: WHERE THERE IS LAUGHTER THERE IS LIGHT. LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE A LITTLE THIS WEEK.