TIPS AND TASKS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL TO HELP GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK.
HOW TO RECLAIM YOUR TIME
FEELING STRESSED AND EXHAUSTED ? FEEL LIKE YOUR CHASING THE CLOCK EVERY DAY. WELL TODAY I HAVE A SIMPLE TASK . LOOK AT WHAT YOU CAN DELEGATE. AT WORK MAKE A LIST OF TASKS THAT DO NOT NEED TO BE DONE BY YOU, OR INDEED AT ALL. SEE WHAT YOU CAN DELEGATE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR TEAM SOME OF THEM MAY LIKE THE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BE FLATTERED THAT YOU TRUST THEM.
THEN LOOK AT ALL THE CHORES YOU DO AT HOME. SHARE THE TASKS TO YOUR PARTNER , YOUR CHILDREN,ETC. IT REALLY IS QUITE CHEAP TO BUY HELP TO FREE UP YOUR TIME. MAYBE OUTSIDE HELP FOR THE IRONING OR WASHING THE CAR PERHAPS. A CLEANER JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS A WEEK.
IT IS YOUR TIME AND YOUR LIST. BUT IT IS TIME TODAY TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER. THINK OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES WITH MORE TIME.
DO IT TODAY !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE BEAUTIFUL TODAY BY REORGANISING YOUR LIFE TO MAKE YOU LESS STRESSED. LIFE IS SHORT ENJOY IT. MAKE TIME TODAY.
INSPIRATION , IDEAS AND MINI EXERCISES TO PROVOKE THOUGHT AND STRENGTHEN THE MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK …….AND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
LIST 10 PEOPLE WHO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
WELL THIS WEEK IS A NICE SIMPLE TASK THAT WE CAN ALL DO . NO EXCEPTIONS. HOW OFTEN DO WE THINK OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIFE THAT ADD VALUE . THIS CAN BE HELPING YOU , MAKING YOU SMILE, MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER, LOVING YOU OR JUST GIVIG YOU A GOOD BELLY LAUGH ! WELL TODAY IS THE DAY YOU SHOW THESE SPECIAL PEOPLE SOME APPRECIATION.
MAKE A LIST OF 10 PEOPLE THAT BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY WHO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER, HAPPIER AND LIGHTER. SEND THEM A SWEET NOTE OR A TEXT OR DO SOMETHING THOUGHTFUL FOR THEM . LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE AND RECOGNISE THESE QUALITIES.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS MAY SEEM A SIMPLE TASK BUT IT IS RARELY EXECUTED. IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AROUND YOU RECOGNISE AND RESPOND.
January is a gloomy month for most people with the cold January nights, shorter daylight hours, financial hardship after Christmas. Many people suffer SAD syndrome and laughter seems in short supply. On a positive note (as I always am) I love January , a new fresh start, new habits to form, cosy nights in catching up on whole series I missed in my long going out Summer days. I am currently working my way through Series 1 of The Crown I can thoroughly recommend it !
LAUGHTER is something we do often as children but it becomes more infrequent as the seriousness of life takes hold. So my fellow stylistas its time to laugh be loud and proud. Laughing is proven to have many benefits.
Relieves physical tension and stress
Diffuses anger and conflict. Do this exercise with a partner if there is hidden resentment.
Boosts the immune system
Increases blood flow which can strengthen the heart
Releases endorphins the “happiness drug”
As part of my training in the old days to become a Sound Therapist I had to learn and experience Happiness Yoga or…….Laughter Yoga as it is commonly known. This REALLY works and I GUARANTEE will have you laughing and releasing those feel good hormones and lift your happiness levels and fill your endorphin tubes to the brim. It is such fun if you do it with others but even on your own can start your day off the right way. Equally if you have had a hard day do it in the evening and laugh your way into bed great for relaxation and get rid of the days negative energy.
This is SOOOO good I wanted to share it with you………..
No special clothing required . Location your own choice. Get the office involved.
We are going to laugh your way up the body.
Stand with your feet apart shoulders relaxed. Hands on your hips. Bounce your body up and down on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HUH, HUH sounds (as in the word hug). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound into your hip/pelvic area. Rest
Place your hands on your belly. Bounce up and down on your heels. On the out breath utter a series of rapid HO, HO sounds (as in the word holy). Feel your abdominal muscles tightening as you make the sound. Focus the sound in your belly area. Rest
Place your hands on your chest. Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HA, HA sounds (as in the word happy). Focus the sound in your chest/heart area. Feel your heart muscles vibrating with the sound. Rest.
Place your hands on or near your throat. Bounce your body by lifting your heels. on the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEH, HEH sounds (as in the word heaven). Focus the sound in your throat. Rest.
Bounce your body on your heels. On the out breath vocal a series of rapid HEE HEE sounds (as in the word Heal). Raise your arms above the head as you make the sound. Focus the sound at the top of your head. Rest
Use all five sounds at random moving from one sound to another in no particular order. Keep the body moving. When you have finished laughing up and down your body, lie down and rest.
Once you really start laughing its a good idea to keep stamping your feet to keep you grounded and stop getting too light hearted.
If you have enjoyed your Happiness Yoga check out this video we did at The Edinburgh Fringe How TO Laugh More.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: LAUGHING WHETHER FORCED OR NATURAL HAS EXACTLY THE SAME EFFECT ON OUR ENDORPHINS. TRY IT…..AND OFTEN.
I know many of you reading this, (if you even have time on this busy weekend before Christmas) are probably frantically busy and getting stressed. Many people have forgotten how to enjoy christmas. I adore Christmas but speaking to my friends they all now seem to dread the very idea of it. On a recent poll I read that 68% dread Christmas. So it made me ask myself why do I love it sooo much and I came to the conclusion it was about my firmly established Christmas rituals. I am literally Mother Christmas. So let me share with you some simple rituals for putting the Joy back into Christmas and making it more pleasurable than painful……
BAKING. NO! I AM NOT GOING TO ADD TO YOUR STRESS BY DEMANDING YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PUDDING AND CAKE BUT I LOVE TO DO SMALL TOUCHES AND CREATIONS EG MY OWN CRANBERRY AND PORT SAUCE, MINCE PIES (SHOP BOUGHT PASTRY) BUT CREATIVE FILLINGS WITH ADDED ORANGE ZEST AND CRANBERRIES TO MINCEMEAT. CHOOSE YOUR OWN SIMPLE ADDITIONS FOR ONE AFTERNOON IN YOUR CHRISTMAS KITCHEN WITH CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND A GLASS OF MULLED WINE.
WE HAVE A WHOLE DAY OF CHRISTMAS DECORATING AT THE END OF NOVEMBER. A LIFETIME RITUAL. THE ANDY WILLIAMS ALBUM GOES ON AN OLD TURNTABLE. A BIG ROAST DINNER. THE FAMILY GATHERS. MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES WHILE WE ALL GET CREATIVE WITH THE TREES. SIGNIFIES THE BEGINNING OF CHRISTMAS. WHAT IS A CHORE FOR MANY IS A RESTFUL PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE FOR US.
THE EARLIER YOU START CHRISTMAS PRESENT BUYING I GUARANTEE YOU THAT YOU END UP SPENDING MORE. YOU JUST KEEP GOING. SO I CHOOSE ONE DAY A FEW DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ALONE. I MAKE THE DAY PLEASURABLE WITH A LUNCH BOOKED SOMEWHERE SUMPTUOUS IN ADVANCE WITH A NICE GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE. I PLAN THIS AROUND A SMALL SHOPPING AREA EG JERMYN STREET, OR PAVILION RD CHELSEA (SEE LAST WEEKS BLOG) SO NOT MUCH WALKING INVOLVED. I START EARLY !! I AM NOT A FAN OF THE COMMERCIALITY OF CHRISTMAS BUT PRESENT GIVING IS AN IMPORTANT CARING RITUAL IT IS NOT ABOUT THE EXPENSE BUT A PERSONAL GIFT THAT SHOWS YOU KNOW AND CARE ENOUGH IS IMPORTANT. I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE JUST GIVE MONEY, AND IF THEY DONT KNOW WHAT TO BUY YOU , THEN THEY DONT KNOW YOU. IF YOU CANT AFFORD MUCH AT LEAST AFFORD THE TIME ! EVEN A £5 GIFT CAN BE INCREDIBLY TOUCHING IF THE GIVER TOOK THE TIME TO SELECT IT. SO MAKE A LIST,CHECKING IT TWICE, SET YOUR BUDGET AND PLAN YOUR ROUTE.
I DONT SEND CARDS AND ASK PEOPLE NOT TO SEND THEM. IT SEEMS SO WASTEFUL AS I AM SO ANTI CLUTTER THESE BEAUTIFUL CARDS ARE ALL BINNED THE FOLLOWING WEEK. SO THE STRESS OF WRITING HUNDREDS OF CARDS AND FINDING ADDRESSES IS REMOVED. ALL THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT I AM IN TOUCH WITH ON A REGULAR BASIS ANYWAY NO NEED TO SEND ME A CARD !
DONT FORGET TO HAVE FUN !! CHRISTMAS FOR ME IS SPECIAL WHEN MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS FOR LUNCHES OR COCKTAILS. I TAKE ALL MY ELDERLY FRIENDS OUT FOR A SPECIAL LUNCH AND INCLUDING ANYONE WHO MAYBE LONELY. IT IS AN IMPORTANT PUNCTUATION MARK IN THE CALENDAR TO TELL PEOPLE HOW SPECIAL THEY ARE.
CHRISTMAS EVE WE ALWAYS GO TO CHURCH FOR A SERVICE TO REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS .
WE ATTEND TWO CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERTS EACH YEAR. ONE AT WELLINGTON COLLEGE AND ONE AT ST PAULS KNIGHTSBRIDGE. I LOVE CAROLS AND THESE ARE TRULY MAGICAL. THE CHARITIES BENEFIT ENORMOUSLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO GIVE YOUR TIME TO CHARITY AT CHRISTMAS. WE WRAP AND DONATE TOYS FOR LOCAL CHILDRENS HOMES AND GIVE CHRISTMAS SANDWICHES TO ANYONE WHO WE SEE ON THE STREETS. LAST YEAR WE DONATED HATS AND GLOVES TO THE HOMELESS OF LONDON. CHOOSE YOUR OWN LOCAL CHARITY, THERE WILL BE SOMEONE WHO NEEDS YOU THIS CHRISTMAS.
THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH ON THE DAY ITSELF NEED NOT BE A STRESSFUL ENDURANCE RACE. THE SHOWPIECE IS THE TURKEY. NO NEED TO SPEND HOURS PEELING AND PREPARING THE VEG . NO ROAST POTATOES TASTE AS GOOD AS AUNT BESSIES GOOSE FAT OVEN READY POTATOES. THERE IS SOME AMAZING PREPARED VEG NOW TOO . BRUSSELS WITH PANCETTA AND CHESTNUTS. CARROTS WITH CRANBERRIES. JUST POP IN THEIR TRAYS IN THE OVEN CUTS THE TIME AND THE COST TOO WHEN YOU ADD ALL THE SPECIAL BITS TO YOUR VEG. BELIEVE ME YOUR GUESTS WONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE AND EVEN IF THEY DO THEY WONT MIND. DONT TORTURE YOURSELF COOKING THE MEAL AND PRESENT IT BEAUTIFULLY. THE TURKEY IS LOW MAINTENANCE ONCE IN THE OVEN SO GRAB A GLASS OF BUCKS FIXX AND JOIN IN THE FUN !
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF MY RITUALS. RITUALS MEAN YOU PRACTISE THEM EVERY YEAR SO THEY BECOME SECOND NATURE. THEY SHOULD ALL BE BEAUTIFUL AND FUN. SO BRING THE BEAUTY AND JOY BACK INTO YOUR CHRISTMAS ROUTINE. THESE RITUALS MAY COME TOO LATE FOR MANY OF YOU BUT THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR !!
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: FOR ANYONE WHO IS ON THEIR OWN THIS CHRISTMAS OR FEELING LONELY PLEASE KNOCK ON A NEIGHBOURS DOOR OR GET OUT AND ABOUT AND STRIKE UP CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE. TALK TO SOMEONE. ESTABLISH YOUR OWN PERSONAL RITUALSTO MAKE EVEN AN ALONE CHRISTMAS PARTICULARLY SPECIAL TO YOU. REMEBER IT IS ONE DAY.
WHATS HOT THIS NOVEMBER…….AND WE DO NEED SOME HEAT !!
SEE WHO AND WHAT MADE IT ONTO THE STYLE LIST THIS MONTH
MOST STYLISH HOTEL
THE BILTMORE HOTEL , LONDON
This recently opened Hotel in September this year after two years of renovations , now getting into its stride it has now made it onto the Style List after my recent visit. This is a little gem in the heart of Mayfair located in Grosvenor Square a stones throw from Claridges and the fabulous New Bond Street shopping. Jason Atherton overseeing the cuisine in Betterment the Hotels rather lovely and spacious restaurant and an equally sumptuous bar – The Pine Bar. Stylishly cool and still largely still undiscovered the quietness added to the overstated elegance. From £400 ppp night.
MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT
A frequent visitor to SCOTTS in Mayfair it is consistent in both food and service. At this time of year it is particularly stylish with the most beautiful christmas decorations of any restaurant I know. I tend to go for my favourite fish, Skate with shrimp and an ice cold glass of Chablis and this week was once again exceptional. Super classy and I could put it on the Style List every month but at this time of year it is especially so exudes christmas from a Hollywood film set.
MOST STYLISH PERSON
TERRY O NEILL
This must go to the lovely TERRY O NEILL whom I was lucky to meet on a few occasions, we had the greatest conversations and invariably ended up in LUIGIS Deli on of Terrys favourite places for great Italien food. His death this month was no surprise as he had been ill for some time but I hoped he would make one more Christmas. Terry s exhibition at the Iconic Gallery Chelsea makes you realise what an amazing stylish and exciting life he led for someone so normal and unassuming. A truly talented photographer and a wonderful man. You will be missed. Legend.
MOST STYLISH PRODUCT
TOM FORD SKIN ILLUMINATINGPOWDER DUO
OK , so everything about TOM FORD is stylish and my followers will know that im a MASSIVE fan of all things TF (even his films). But put this on your christmas list ! I love ‘Flicker’ it is for darker skin but i find it works well on mine as I use the darker colour for contouring and the gold for highlighting. The sleek platte with mirror – perfect for touch ups during the evening and great for the party season ! I apologise if this has made a previous Style List but just needs to be on repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
SIR BOYD TUNNOCK
Following his knighthood this month , the inventor of TUNNOCKS TEACAKES cannot be left off this months Style List. Along with the Queen this is my treat of choice . Satisfying yet calorie light (105calories) light fluffy marsmallow on a biscuit base covered in a thin layer of chocolate it is enough. Beautifully wrapped in that iconic red and silver foil. The TUNNOCKS CARAMEL WAFER cannot go unnoticed.
Ditch the sequins its all about chiffon this month. Find it everywhere and at reasonable prices. No need to spend a fortune on pieces you may only wear seasonally. Try NASTY GAL, RESERVED and ZARA for some super pieces at excellent prices. Go all out with bright colours and bows.
JOJOS STYLIST TIP: LOOK OUT OR NEXT MONTHS STYLE LIST AFTER MY CHRISTMAS VISITS TO ST BARTHS AND TURKS AND CAICOS. BRINGING YOU WHATS HOT FROM WHERE ITS HOT !!
All female and male bodies have either a natural curve or a straighter more angular shape. Choosing clothing that flatters your natural shape is paramount to looking more stylish and pulled together. Your friends wont realise what it is but you will definitely be dressing to reflect that you know your body and can reflect it in the best possible way.
So how do you know whether you are straight/angular or curved ?
For some people it is very obvious but for others, less so.
Face- squarer and chiselled or more rounder and softer.
Shoulders- angular shoulder line or more rounded
waist – straight or defined
Thighs – turn sideways are they straight or do they have a curved front
Cuticles are generally a good indication . Straight or curved ?
So now you have established if your lines are curved or straight what does this mean in terms of clothing.
Curved necklines, softer v necks, cowl necks, peter pan or softer collars on shirts.
Straighter seams, sharper cut jackets, military style jackets, single breasted. Lapels with sharp lines or no lapels with a sharp V. Wing collars.
Softer seams, gathered shoulders, curved hemlines. Softer lapels or rounded at neck/chest.
Pointed toes or square toes. Square heels or angular heels.
Rounded toes or soft pointed. Rounded heels or wedges.
Different designers or shops either cut for angular or straight shapes. here is a guide to some.
CURVED – Massimo Dutti, Gant, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Ralph Lauren, Coast, versace. M & S Per Una
STRAIGHT – Jigsaw, M & S Limited, Sandro, Burberry, Prada, Victoria Beckham.
Being curved or straight is just one of the many scientific pointers used to establish your own polished personal style there are 8 in total. So we have written about the importance of colour so this is number two on your list in the journey of style. If you want to have a preview of the ALL the style lessons in advance then tune into my style channel on youtube/c/stylelist or press the button on this page for a direct link. But here is a short video recap to help you decide straight …….or curved ?
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU FEEL YOU CANT DECIPHER WHETHER YOU ARE AN ANGULAR OR CURVED BODY THEN ENGAGE THE HELP OF A STYLIST. IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR OVERALL LOOK BEING POLISHED.
I acquired a taste for luxury and style for as long as I remember even as a young girl. Further fuelled by heading up luxury Airport Retail in my twenties working with high end brands such as Gucci, Prada,Bollinger to namedrop but a few !
Always had a passion for helping both women and men feel good about themselves after training with the great Carol Goodsman over a decade ago I embarked on a career as a ‘scientific styler’ with the emphasis on a permanent template for life for my clients.
Lucky enough to travel the world and stay at the best hotels and eat at the finest restaurants and live in South of France and LA. I would love to share my knowledge and experience that I have learned along the way and help you to discover a more peaceful and beautiful world in which to live.
Living a wonderful rewarding life is so important to us all you just did not realise until now.
Hi to all my fabulous and fifty + friends. These days being fifty has a whole new look think Elle, J-Lo,Halle. They look super stylish and lead an equally super stylish life surrounded by beauty. You can live like this too and I hope to take you on a style journey with my blog. Not a destination, a continuing evolvement. If you are not going to embrace a life of style now….then when? So I am looking forward to getting to know you all welcome to our club.