MIDWEEK MANTRA

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This week……….

DANCE LIKE NO ONES WATCHING

I am a trained Sound Therapist with my own practice. The vibrational power of sound has an unbelievable effect on our health and well being. I am sure we have all experienced the influence of music on our moods. To lift us to relax us , to alter the dopamine in our brains.

Today find some music you love and move to it. This can take the form of energetic dancing to revive your spirits or gentle swaying to relax the body and reduce anxiety.

Be it in the car, on your way to work, in the office or at home ! Turn it up and get moving. Sing out loud too if you want to, although probably not a good idea if you are actually in the office with other people.

What we really need right now is a good sing at the top of our voices. I promise you it will change the way you feel immediately. An instant fix.

Let me know how you get on and what music inspired you the most in this exercise.

JOJO xxxxxx

BEAUTY: PRE PARTY PAMPER

COUNTDOWN ON THE NIGHT

ITS CHRISTMAAAAAAS ! Parties are 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 : BE KIND

YOUR WEEKLY CLUB OF POSITIVITY , MANTRAS AND TASKS TO UPLIFT YOU MENTALLY AND STIMULATE YOUR SENSES TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK ON A PINK FLUFFY CLOUD .

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#BEKIND SEEMS TO BE EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW. ON SOCIAL MEDIA, TV AND EVEN TEE SHIRTS. IT IS EASY FOR THIS PHRASE TO GET LOST IN OUR PSYCHE AS IT CAN BECOME BACKGROUND NOISE IN A BUSY WORLD.

SO TODAY ,LET US GIVE THIS SIMPLE TW WORD PHRASE SOME REAL THOUGHT.

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ARE WE BEING KIND ? ON LINE , IN DAY TO DAY INTERACTIONS WITH WAITERS, RETAILERS, CALL CENTRES ……. AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.

WHAT DOES KIND MEAN ?

ARE WE BEING KIND TO GET SOMETHING BACK ?

AFTER YOU HAVE GIVEN THIS SOME REAL THOUGHT IT IS TIME TO START A CHAIN REACTION.

YOUR MANTRA:

“TODAY I AM GOING TO TREAT EVERYONE I MEET WITH KINDNESS AND CONSIDERATION’

YOU WILL BRIGHTEN SOMEONES DAY AND CHEER THEM UP AND THIS IN TURN WILL INSPIRE THEM TO BE KIND TO SOMEONE ELSE AND SO ON AND ON. EVENTUALLY HUNDRED AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY KINDNESS. A HUGE CHAIN REACTION WILL HAVE TAKEN PLACE…….AND YOU WILL HAVE BEEN A PART OF IT !

MWAH MWAH. XX

JOJO X

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THE THINGS THAT COST NOTHING BRING THE GREATEST REWARDS

STYLE: GLAMOUR V COUNTRY STYLIST EDIT

TIS THE SEASON………

It is the most wonderful time of the year. the chance to (finally) bring the glamour on with endless rounds of social events. Even dinner a deux requires a little more effort at this time of the year. Then when you are not partying there are some serious country looks going on too. Great or the school run, long wintry walks in the Country or weekends away partaking in country pursuits.

Both looks are of course combined if you are lucky enough to be invited to a country house party at this time of the year.

GLAMOUR EDIT

So let us view my picks for an injection (yes another booster !!) of glamour whether you are on an endless social spree or just staying at home. Lets go glam !

From the little black dress to jewel colours. Tops such as sequinned bolero or a vava voom tee to jazz up an existing outfit. Beautiful earring as real glamour is about attention to every detail and if you are staying in it just HAS to be maribou/ feather trimmed pjs……….doesn’t it ? Surely ?

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COUNTRY CASUAL EDIT

Although there is nothing casual about this look. It is super stylish and thought through but not give the impression that you have tried tooo hard. The “no make up make up look” but in the world of fashion.

Country casuals have to be practical and comfortable. Muted colours keep it classy for the winter months. So we have some practical footwear and of course trousers must be warm and skinny to tuck into long boots. Nothing worse than damp trouser bottoms flapping around your ankles. Super stylish outerwear. Tartan and khaki great colours for the country scene. Coats and jackets are your investment pieces for this look and as the country look tends to not be fashion led these pieces will last a lifetime. Don’t forget the accessories , some brightly coloured scarves for your otherwise muted tones and Mulberry for handbags complete your country wardrobe.

Have fun with creating your two key looks for the season !

MWAH MWAH XX

JOJO x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO KEY LOOKS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH THE SEASON. GLAMOUR AND COUNTRY. SO START EDITING YOUR OWN WARDROBE TO CONCENTRATE THESE TWO LOOKS AND ADD SOME UPDATES TO KEEP YOU ON TREND. REMEMBER ON STYLELIST50 WE ARE ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT PIECES NOT THROWAWAY FASHION. STYLE ……..NOT FASHION.

MIDWEEK MANTRA : RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF MANTRAS, TASKS AND POSITIVITY TO STRENGTHEN MENTAL HEALTH AND HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK WITH AN INNER GLOW.

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WHEN YOUR LIGHT STARTS TO DIM OR YOUR INNER GLOW IS LOST. THEN YOU NEED TO REPLACE OR CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES. WHEN SOMEONE YOU KNOW MESSES UP OR FINDS THEMSELVES IN A DARK PLACE YOU MAY NEED TO HELP THEM CHANGE THEIR BATTERIES.

SOME NEED AA : ATTENTION AND AFFECTION

SOME NEED AAA::ATTENTION, AFFECTION AND ACCEPTANCE

SOME NEED C: COMPASSION

SOME NEED D: DIRECTION

SEE IF TODAY, YOU CAN REPLACE SOMEONES BATTERIES SO THEIR TORCH CAN SHINE BRIGHTLY AGAIN JUST BY YOU SHARING YOUR LIGHT WITH THEM CAN BE A SOURCE TO CHANGE SOMEONES LIFE AND GIVE THEM SOME HOPE TO SEE THE FUTURE CLEARLY.

MWAH MWAH XXX

JOJO XX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ENSURE YOU KEEP YOUR OWN LIGHT SHINING BRIGHTLY WITH OUR EXPERT TIPS EVERY WEEK TO HELP US SEE THE NEED IN PEOPLE THAT MAY REQUIRE CHARGING. HELPING OTHERS DOES NOT DEPLETE YOUR BATTERIES BUT CHARGES THEM UP AND MAKES YOUR LIGHT STRONGER. YOUR GLOW WILL ATTRACT PEOPLE TO YOU IN THEIR DROVES !

STYLE: TOP 10 PARTY WEAR EDIT

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Party season is here at last after two years it is time to dress up and paartaay ! Shake off the leggings and loungewear and even if you are still applying an element of caution dress up at home and have some quiet drinks and tapas with a few carefully chosen friends. So let me get you started on party wear for the season. Everything you see here you can purchase with a click of the button ! No trailing shops in the freezing cold , no tiny changing rooms or nothing in your size. Just sit back with a glass of fizz and choose your Christmas outfit right here.

I am loving the tuxedo look , which takes the dilemma out of Black Tie dress code invitations when anything seems to go these days. I wore a Givenchy tux just last week to a very nice event at Mosimanns in Belgravia.

Tux and sequins for my first party of the season !

So girls , here are my TOP TEN party outfits …….

So we start our edit with some tux inspired pieces either as a jumpsuit , suit or dress these will get you through any party occasion and any blurred dress codes. If you are planning short and sparkly the Aidan Mattox dress is perfect if you want to cover your arms If you are all out va va voom then Nasty Gal have some very flattering great value party dress. Three eye catching longer length dresses follow. Red will always make you stand out in a room if you want to catch someones eye but the jewel tones from Karen Millen are oh so Christmassy and already discounted ! We finish with some stand out long evening dresses for those extra special events because these are blow your mind (and everyone else in the room) dresses.

So I have you covered for the Party Season something for everyone and something for every occasion , but don’t delay they are selling fast.

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MIDWEEK MANTRA : EARTHING

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YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF ACTIVITIES, MANTRAS AND POSITIVITY TO MAINTAIN YOUR WELL BEING AND GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK IN THE MOST HARMONIOUS WAY.

SO THIS WEEK TEAM, I HAVE A NICE SIMPLE EXERCISE THAT I HOPE WILL BECOME A REGULAR PART OF YOUR ROUTINE. THERE IS MUCH RESEARCH TO SHOW THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE BENEFITS TO GROUND YOURSELF BAREFOOT ON THE GRASS AT ONE WITH NATURE. THIS IS CALLED ‘EARTHING’

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS FIND A PATCH OF EARTH AND TAKE YOUR SHOES AND SOCKS OFF !

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT EARTHING CAN IMPROVE SLEEP, SPEED HEALING AND REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND CHRONIC PAIN. ANXIETY IS CALMED ALONG WITH FATIGUE. SOME STUDIES EVEN CLAIM IT CAN INCREASE BLOOD FLOW TO THE FACE RESULTING IN AN ANTI AGEING EFFECT ON THE SKIN.

30 MINUTES IS IDEAL SO IF YOU CANNOT STAND STILL THAT LONG THEN GO FOR A BAREFOOT WALK IN THE PARK , BEACH……..YOUR BACK GARDEN.

THE ELECTRONS THAT ARE PRESENT IN THE EARTHS SURFACE CAN BE ABSORBED AND ACT AS ANTI OXIDANTS IN THE BODY

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: A VERY SIMPLE EXERCISE REQUIRING NO PRACTISE AND NO LEVEL OF FITNESS AND INSTANTLY REAP REAL BENEFITS TO YOUR HEALTH. WHATS NOT TO LIKE ? TRY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR FOOTPRINT GREEN

With COP26 well under way this week in Glasgow, lets talk green !

Now , I realise some people are in denial about climate change but no one can deny that we are ruining our planet with at best poor housekeeping and at worst dirty filthy habits. There also can be NO denial that we can nurture our planet by all just making a few subtle changes to our lifestyle.

I decided to write about this following a dinner party discussion which involved us listing how green we were. Now I have never really thought about myself as being a green activist but I was surprised how “green” I actually live. I know I could do more but what I do , I do on a consistent basis, without too much trouble or hardship. So I will list the things that I came up with over the dinner table, which I am sure most of you already do, but if you don’t try to make some small adjustments to help clean our beautiful planet up. If I can do it, I am pretty sure you can. The planet is a thing of beauty to be handled with care and passed onto the many generations to whom we pass the baton.

  • Always shower and only for 30 seconds unless i am washing my hair, rarely bath.
  • I generate only half a small bag of waste each week. Only use bio degradable bin bags never plastic.
  • Turn tap off while cleaning my teeth
  • I do not class myself as a vegetarian but I only meat about once every six months
  • Do not buy fast disposable fashion. I shop for clothes twice a year not twice a week ( or as some people do twice a day !!!)
  • No longer buy bottled water I bought a Brita filter jug but I use the filter three times longer than recommended. I have a reusable bottle for life for water on the go.
  • Energy efficient . I only have lights on in the room that is being occupied.
  • Installed solar panels on my roof to lower my energy bills.
  • Make my own cleaning products from white wine vinegar/lemon juice and soda crystals to cut down my chemical waste.
  • Now take trains for long journeys (this is new to me !!) but they are much better than I recall.
  • I have hessian lifetime shopping bags.
  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables and don’t even use the plastic bags on the rack they go onto the conveyer belt singularly !!
  • Oh… and I only have one child. Now I would never, unlike Meghan and Harry tell you how many children to have. Even though they now have gone against their own advice. Do as they say not as they do has become their mantra ! But just saying. This is only about me.

I certainly do not want to become a green preacher but these are all simple things to inject into your everyday life without too much planning. Think, if we all did these basic things what a massive difference we could make collectively.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: ADD MORE GREEN INTO YOUR DAY ON TOP OF MY FAMOUS GREEN JUICE WHICH I HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING EACH MORNING. FORGET ORANGE – GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK !!!!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA : HOW TO FIGHT DISEASE

YOUR REGULAR WEDNESDAY MEET UP TO CHECK IN WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND OF THOSE AROUND YOU. TASKS, MANTRAS OR JUST PLAIN OLD POSITIVE COMMUNICATION TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK.

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Tune In

DISEASE IS A COMBINATION OF :

THE FOOD YOU EAT

THE EXERCISE YOU GET

HOW MUCH SLEEP YOU HAVE

THE THOUGHTS YOU THINK

THE TOXINS YOU ABSORB

THE STRESS YOU EXPERIENCE

THE ANGER YOU KEEP

THE UNFORGIVENESS YOU HOLD

SO THIS WEEK GO THROUGH THIS LIST CAREFULLY AND KEEP IT BY YOUR BED. THEN LOOK AT WHERE YOU CAN MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE SO YOU CAN “EASE THE DIS”. TRY TO KEEP TO YOUR PLAN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE SO YOU CAN LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE.

MWAH MWAH. XX

JOJO X

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: HOW EXCITING TO DEVELOP A PERSONAL HEALTH PLAN FOR YOURSELF. REMEBER IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT DIET EXERCISE. NO NEED TO GO ON LONG WAITING LISTS OR PAY EXPENSIVE SPECIALISTS TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN HEALTH AFTER ALL, NO ONE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

LIFESTYLE : BIG BOYS CRY TOO !

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Photo by Ale

I saw this instagram post today which touched me deeply and I wanted to share it with my followers and readers.

Boys get cheated on

Boys get used for sex

Boys get lead on

Boys get hurt

Boys get heartbroken

Boys are self conscious

Boys get bullied

Boys get called fat

Boys get called ugly

Boys get judged

Boys get hit/abused by girls

Boys feel alone

Boys suffer with depression

Boys cry themselves to sleep

Boys self harm

Boys get eating disorders

Boys get suicidal

Boys commit suicide

Boys feel pain.

So while we continue to discuss and empathise with how we are treated as women and the effect on womens mental health especially in the recent light of the tragedies of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa and not foRgetting #MeToo campaign. Let us not forget the men in our lives. Our sons. grandsons, brothers, lovers, fathers and our friends. ask them how they are feeling today……….and then ask them again…….How are you REALLY feeling today ?

Look at the list again I am pretty sure they will be feeling at least one of those statements today right now. You will never know until you ask!

So let us not overlook men in the fight against mental health ………they are more likely to be suffering in silence.

MWAH MWAH xxxxx

JOJO. x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:TUNE IN WITH YOUR MALE CIRCLE TODAY. REMEMBER AS WOMEN WE ARE GREAT LISTENERS AND GREAT COUNSELLORS. SO AS A WOMAN YOUR INTERVENTION COULD BE INVALUABLE. MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO OPEN UP TO YOU RATHER THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS..