TRAVEL: ROME IN 24 HOURS

AS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT FOR AMBER TRAVEL (well you know what I mean!)I THOUGHT I WOULD REPUBLISH SOME OF OUR QUICK GETAWAY ARTICLES. DESPERATE FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY THAN THOSE FOUR WALLS YOU HAVE BEEN STARING AT FOR TWO YEARS. TRY ROME FOR 24 HOURS… YES START SMALL AND WORK YOUR WAY UP TO THOSE LONG HAUL DESTINATIONS. LIVE LIFE. START NOW.

HAPPY Birthday to me ! I was lucky enough to be taken to Rome for dinner on my birthday to one of my favourite restaurants. Sometimes as you get older we need to throw caution to the wind and embrace adventure. At this age we are able to be more spontaneous. Now most people would not do a travel guide in less than 48 hours but 24 hours allows you to shoot off without too much planning or even booking time off work ! So lets do it !!

Firstly im assuming by your fifties most of you reading this would have visited the tourist sites of this eternal city. So there will be no queueing for the coliseum (although they now do a moonlight tour..) or visits to the Trevi Fountain or Pantheon. If you haven’t seen these then AUGUST is NOT the time to do it !!! So this is my 24 hours……………..

ARRIVE 2.30pm ( I never do early morning flights !!)

Our Chauffeur (BLACKLANE) takes us to the Hotel de La Ville located at the top of the Spanish Steps. I love to stay around this area personally there are many choices to suit all budgets here and along the VIA VENETO. a beautiful spa and rooftop bar overlooking the city. No need to spend time unpacking the beauty of a one day stay ! so head to the spa for a massage to prepare me for the evening.

SPANISH STEPS

5.30pm

A lovely evening stroll down the Spanish Steps (low heels only girls) and into PIAZZA DE SPAGNA. Great buzz on a warm balmy evening. Continue along the VIA CONDOTTI one of the most fashionable and stylish streets in Rome. Window shopping or otherwise ! Gucci, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Harry Winston you name it they are all here .

7.30pm

ZUMA

Arrive at ZUMA , one of my favourite restaurants located in FENDI SQUARE. Head straight in the elevator to the rooftop terrace for a RHUBABU a rhubarb infused sake and vodka martini cocktail. Views across Rome.

8.30pm

Head down to the restaurant. Booking is absolutely advised. Whether in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Miami or Rome the menu and format is never strays to far. We order my favourite dishes Tuna Tartare, Shrimp tempura , jumbo shrimp (the size of a lobster in its shell !!) spicy beef tenderloin and a selection of sushi. The food has to be tried to be believed please everyone just go at least once it never disappoints. Phenomenal !!

Inside the amazing Zuma

THE FOLLOWING MORNING

8.30am

Don my trainers and shorts for a brisk morning power walk along the VIA VENETO and down through PIAZZA DE SPAGNA a useful way of avoiding the thousands of steps. End up at CAFE VITTI in PIAZZA di SAN LORENZO a quiet , picturesque square with the best breakfast menu. Italian for 8E or an American breakfast for 20E if you want to go all out.

Cafe Vitti

11am

After changing into our lunch attire and checking out of the hotel we leave our small amount of hand luggage with the concierge and head to an art gallery before lunch.

Now there are obviously many art galleries in Rome but not many people have heard of the VILLA AURORA on VIA LOMBARDIA. A spectacular 16th century villa full of art. Once one of the most spectacular gardens in Rome. This Villa has the only painting that Caravaggio executed on a ceiling ! A private visit can be organised by your concierge but needs to be booked in advance.

When in Rome

12.30pm

If we are going to make our flight we opt for an early lunch. We discover a fabulous restaurant away from the busy crowds close to the art gallery IL PICCOLO MONDO on VIA AURORA I do not hesitate in sharing this little gem with you. Freshly made pasta and market fish of the day. Reasonable prices and great service very relaxing. We dined on lobster pasta and beautifully fresh sea bass grilled.

IL PICCOLO MONDO

2.30PM

After a few more glasses of wine and complimentary limoncellos we enjoy a sleepy one hour journey back to the airport where prior to boarding we find time for a “dry flotation tank” why have I never seen one of these in UK?? Fabulously relaxing and a perfect way to end our whirlwind 24 hours in ROME.

IN THE TERMINAL- ROME AIRPORT

JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : TRAVEL LIGHT TAKING HAND LUGGAGE IS THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE. DONT OVERTHINK IT JUST DO IT 24 HOURS IS ALL IT NEEDS TO GET YOU OUT OF A RUT !!!!!!!

CIAO!!!

JOJO XXXXXX

BEAUTY: MY 10 HERO PRODUCTS

In my advancing years I have used and experimented with many products, have been lucky to work in the beauty business and offered many to try.

Do not always believe what you read in magazines as many beauty editors are forced to gush over beauty products in return for paid advertising space in the magazine. So I am going to espouse my favourite beauty products that I would like to share with you so you don’t have to waste tons of money (which we ALL do) every year on products that just do not work. These products have stood the test of time and in my mind are the best of the best. Try for yourself.

HERO SELF TAN PRODUCT

Nothing beats CLARINS SELF TANNING MILK . Always gives great coverage with no streaking or patches. which is down to the creamy moisturising formula. Beautiful colour unlike many of these modern ‘muddy’ tanning products. A beautiful natural golden glow. Equally good on the face too. No bad give away odour. I have tried many self tan products around the globe but nothing comes close.

Clarins.co.uk £21

HERO FOAM BATH

L’OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAMING BATH. The suds last forever and are super moisterising. The scent stay throughout the bath time, and I spend a LONG time in the tub, beautiful grassy, citrus scents of lemon trees in Provence. I decant this into smaller bottles for when i am travelling and use it in the shower aswell as the bath.

uk.loccitane.com £26

HERO CLEANSER

I am a massive fan of ANTONIA BURRELL products . All completely plant based and paraben and preservative free , hence all packaged in black opaque bottles to keep the light out. The NATURAL GLOW CLEANSING OIL is the worlds first 100% pure plant 100% natural water soluble cleansing oil. The botanical oils makes it a truly holistic experience as you massage it into your face and rinse off with water. leaving you feeling radiant on the outside and radiant within. I must confess I sometimes just massage the oil in at night and leave it on for an overnight treatment. A little secret…..massage into the lashes it makes them grow more than any lash grow product i have ever used. Antoniaburrell.com

Antoniaburrell.com £46 (for 100ml)

HERO MOISTURISER

I discovered TEOXANE after receiving some products in a goodie bag 2 years ago . A swiss pharmaceutical brand that was developed in 2003 but not widely known as yet in the UK. Don’t miss out ladies of a certain age ADVANCED FILLER Moisturizer makes a real difference to your skin in an amazingly short time.

dermacaredirect.co.uk £66

HERO SKIN TREATMENT

MEDIK 8 RETINOL 6TR INTENSE use this before bed 3 or 4 times a week to win the battle over fine lines. I personally love this Company. they have a full list of different strengths so if you have not used retinol before start with a lower strength and slowly work up to a stronger solution to suit your skin. If you are reading this I assume you are one of my over fifties followers so you should all be using a retinol !!! Except of course if you are exposing yourself to a lot of sunshine – so not on holiday.

Medik8.com from£29

HERO HAIR PRODUCT

BLEACH LONDON RESTORATION MASK has had many mentions on this blog. It is by far and the best hair product that genuinely does what it says on the box. My hair looks like it has been freshly coloured whenever I use it. So has been a Godsend in lockdown. Truly a miracle product. Usually it is hair products that I am most disappointed in for failing to live up to the hype but this one delivers every time.

bleachlondon.co.uk £7.50

HERO MASCARA

In my lifetime I have tried literally 100s of mascaras but I defy anyone to find a better mascara than ESTEE LAUDERS SUMPTUOUS EXTREME MASCARA it is both volumising and lengthening and judging by girlfriends asking if I have false eyelashes on, this works !

esteelauder.co.uk £26

HERO PERFUME

For me personally TOM FORD WHITE SUEDE suits my body chemistry perfectly. But what I love about this perfume is how long it lasts and in such a subtle way. People actually stop me in the streets to enquire what I am wearing and writing it down……so it MUST be good. Also I love the minimalist classic packaging looks great in the bathroom.

tomford.co.uk £126

HERO BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Well these two are definitely my heros they really work and are each under £5 !!!!!!!! But no beauty editor will tell you about these and EVERY girl needs them both in her make up bag and hey get a couple and keep them in your car and handbag too !!! Are you ready ??? Big build up>>>>> BARRY M DEWY SETTING SPRAY £4.99 spray over make up to set and to add a beautiful dewy healthy sheen to skin. There are more expensive pretenders to the throne as the dewy look is big business but dont go there this is the cheapest AND the best. Makes perfect sense ladies. My second hero beauty product is VASELINE ROSY LIPS and perfect for cheek gleam too. Pop in your pocket to moisterize and glamourise lips and cheeks with just a dab of the finger. Your look is instantly refreshed and can take 10 years off your age.

Boots £5.99
Boots.com £1.95

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THE PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ALL TRIED AND TESTED AND MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION AND NOT SPONSORED OR INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY. SO TRY THEM WITH CONFIDENCE ….THEY WORK !!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE: 5 FABULOUS SUMMER DRESSES

We have finally been unleashed. A Summer outside with restaurants opening, the “Season” is back on with races at Ascot, Boodles, Wimbledon, Henley and garden parties with friends. (Well at the time of writing !!). So now is the perfect time to in vest in some flirty Summer dresses. So easy to wear , no need to co-ordinate or overthink. Just one item of clothing and some simple accessories. Simple summer dresses !

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A DAY AT THE RACES

This dress would be perfect for Ascot or even for one of the dressier polo events from one of my favourite designers at the moment Johanna Ortiz. Check out the rest of her collection one of the best this season.

GAME ,SET AND MATCH !

Fresh and crisp and currently on sale. So snap this one up for The Boodles or Wimbledon. Perfect for a corporate tennis event. Pair with some sensible wedges .

A SUMMER WEDDING

Thinking of a small intimate wedding on a beach or in the gardens of a country house ? I LOVE the simplicity and elegance of this Jacquemas dress from NET A PORTER. Accessorize with a simple bouquet of white and green Lily of the Valley.

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Dinner with friends. This wrap around dress will flatter most body shapes. Simple to throw on just accessorise with some gold hoop earrings and a simple clutch and some neutral heels and your good to go !

A GARDEN BARBECUE

Floral, cotton and cool whats not to like ? Perfect for a garden barbecue or heading to the beach. Pop over a bikini with some gold flat mules and an eye catching gold tote bag.

MWAH MWAH. XXXXX

JOJO

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: FIVE NEW DRESSES MAKES SUMMER DRESSING SO EASY. HELPS TO PLAN A HOLIDAY WARDROBE TOO. CUTS OUT THE HASSLE OF DECIDING WHAT GOES WITH WHAT. DONT FORGET TO CONSIDER YOUR COLOURING, BODY SHAPE AND CLOTHING PERSONALITY AS DISCUSSED IN PREVIOUS ARTICLES…….STYLISTAS !

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

STYLE LIST LOCKDOWN HERO AWARDS

WHO WERE YOUR STYLE AND BEAUTY HEROES DURING THE PAST VERY DIFFICULT YEAR . NEVER BEEN A HARDER TIME TO BRING OUR STYLE A GAME TO THE FORE AND EVEN LESS PEOPLE TO APPRECIATE IT. SO WHO MADE IT ONTO THE LOCKDOWN HERO AWARDS IN MY OWN ISOLATED WORLD. ………

STYLE SERVICE

There can be no dispute over this one. AMAZON delivered EVERY product I could possibly need and usually in 48 hours. Easy return collection and refund. Always has been a good service but the team and the fantastic delivery couriers rose to the increased demand effortlessly. where would we be without you. Happy for you to pay less tax as you are investing it far more wisely than our Government could to make many peoples lives easier.

STYLE PRODUCT

Okay so I may be a little late to the party but I discovered EVE LOMS RESCUE PEEL PADS. (£60 for 2 months supply) Using the Lockdown to invest and refresh my skin care routine I use these pads every night to resurface the skin with BH,PHA and AHA gentle acids. a non abrasive approach to exfoliation.It really makes a difference I swear I looked 10 years younger after just one day!!

STYLE PLACE

There has been no place like HOME in 2020. My home has become very Hygge (look it up !) We have all been on a home improvement drive in 2020 to make our homes more comforting and stylish and I have to confess I love being at home and have become somewhat institutionalised.

STYLE PEOPLE

This award HAS to go to my NEIGHBOURS, for shopping for me, leaving treats on the doorstep, making me laugh on our Whatsapp group. A whole army of heroes each in their own special way. I feel very privileged to live in such an amazing community. Thank you neighbours for giving me a lockdown to remember… for the right reasons and how we all pulled together in a time of crisis. True style.

STYLE FASHION

Well girls(and boys!) for all of us the winner is…………LOUNGEWEAR ! We all upgraded our PJS and leggings. If you are yet to upgrade yours, as we have a little more lockdown to go. here are some style picks below. what are you waiting for ?

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THESE ARE MY PERSONAL STYLE HEROS OF THE LOCKDOWN LET ME KNOW YOURS ? OF COURSE WE MUST NOT FORGET THE REAL FRONTLINE HEROS, NHS, TEACHERS,RETAIL STAFF AND MANY MORE……..OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU XX

MWAH MWAH


JOJO XXXXXXXXXX

HOW TO BE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS

IF YOU ARE ALONE AT CHRISTMAS BY PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR BEING FORCED INTO SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE BECAUSE OF THE COVID CRISIS AND HAVING TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION BASED ON HEALTH , I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW CHRISTMAS CAN STILL BE EXTRA SPECIAL. HERE IS YOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE…….

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THROUGH MY OWN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES I WAS FORCED INTO MANY A SOLITARY CHRISTMAS AS A SINGLE MUM. SPENDING EVERY OTHER YEAR WITH HIS DAD WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO DEAL WITH AND I DID NOT REALLY FEEL LIKE CELEBRATING SO I WOULD TAKE MYSELF OFF TO A LUXURY HOTEL AND HAVE ROOM SERVICE IN BED ALL DAY. THEN SPEND ALL BOXING DAY IN THE SPA. SO STILL MANAGED TO MAKE FOND MEMORIES.

MANY PEOPLE I KNOW WOULD REJOICE AT SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE SO LETS SEE IF WE CAN GIVE YOU SOME GOOD TIPS ON ENJOYING THE “BIG’ DAY AND MAKING IT SPECIAL

  • FIRSTLY YOU COULD DO WHAT I DID AND JUST TREAT YOURSELF TO A FEW NIGHTS IN A SUMPTUOUS HOTEL. LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING !! MAKE SURE THE HOTEL HAS A SPA TO SPOIL YOU ROTTEN.
  • IF STAYING HOME ALONE. SET THE SCENE. MAKE SURE THE HOUSEWORK IS ALL DONE . YOUR HOME IS TIDY NO WASHING AND IRONING PILES. LOTS OF CANDLES. COSY BLANKETS. LOVELY XMAS TREE. MAKE AN EFFORT ….FOR YOU….YOU DESERVE IT.
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  • IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A DECADENT DAY IN YOUR PJS TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME GLAMOROUS ONES. SEE BELOW FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS. (IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE IMAGES CLICK ON THE URL LINK AT THE BASE OF THIS PAGE)
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  • TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME LOVELY FOOD AS YOU ARE ONLY SHOPPING FOR ONE YOU CAN GO ALL OUT. TRY M&S STUFFED TURKEY PAUPIETTES WRAPPED IN BACON. AS YOU WON’T WANT A WHOLE TURKEY. SMOKED SALMON. CAVIAR. YES THE MORE EXTRAVAGANT THE BETTER !
  • AND DON’T FORGET THE CHAMPAGNE. BUY MINI BOTTLES OF A GOOD LABEL AS YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRINK TOO MUCH WHEN YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. THE CHAMPAGNE COMPANY (thechampagnecompany.com)SELL MINI BOTTLES OF LAURENT PERRIER FOR £10 EACH .MY FRIDGE IS STOCKED FULL OF THESE FOR WHEN I WANT ONE AT BATHTIME ! SO GOODBYE TO DAY OLD FLAT CHAMPAGNE .
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  • PUT ON THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE MORNING !! LIFT YOUR SPIRITS WITH A GOOD DANCE AROUND THE HOUSE. GOOD EXERCISE TOO !
cheerful elderly man listening to music in headphones
  • PLAN YOUR MOVIE AFTERNOON SCHEDULE. REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY YOU TO PLEASE. YOUR CHOICE ! SNUGGLE UNDER YOUR FUR BLANKET ON THE SOFA. PLUS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE THAT CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE EITHER.
  • DO NOT FORGET THE PRESENTS. SO SELF GIFTING IS A MUST AND AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE. SELF GIFTING MEANS NO RE GIFTING !!! WRAP THEM BEAUTIFULLY PRIOR TO THE DAY .
  • GET OUT IN NATURE FOR A LONG WALK IN THE FRESH AIR. APPRECIATE THE COLOURS , THE BIRDSONG AND THE PEACE AND JOY OF THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS YOU ON THIS WONDROUS DAY.
  • PLAN A ZOOM PARTY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IF YOU CANNOT BE WITH THEM THIS CHRISTMAS. SCHEDULE A TIME IN ADVANCE.
  • IT CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME AND IF DURING THE DAY YOU GET A TOUCH OF THE BLUES DO NOT FORGET THE TRIED AND TESTED “GRATITUDE LIST”. LIST 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR AND FOCUS ON THOSE. THERE IS MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. PLAN YOUR GOALS FOR 2021 IF YOU WANT TO MAKE CHANGES THIS CAN EXCITE YOU.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT YOUR PLAN FOR A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS ALONE. AS A SELF CONFESSED CHRISTMAS FANATIC I PROMISE YOU IT CAN STILL BE A MAGICAL TIME. NO ARGUMENTS, NO SLAVING AWAY IN THE KITCHEN, NO MISSING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIES. THINK OF IT AS A POSITIVE TIME. IN FACT AFTER READING THIS ARTICLE I CAN SENSE THE HOLLY GREEN ENVY AS PEOPLE ABANDON THEIR CHRISTMAS PLANS GLOBALLY ! AS LONG AS IT IS NOT YOU SPORTING GRINCH GREEN!!

Don,t be a Grinch this Christmas !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU THIS CHRISTMAS DESPITE ALL THE ABOVE EXCITEMENT PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS JUST ONE DAY IT TOO SHALL PASS. AT LEAST YOU WILL BE STAYING SAFE AND HEALTHY . THE PARTICULAR XMAS THEME FOR 2020 .

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

STYLE LIST : ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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HARK THE SOCIAL DISTANC- SING

With the new relaxed rules for Christmas many of you I hope will have an enjoyable Christmas. I have chosen to remain in my Christmas bubble with only one other person to minimise the risk of spreading this terrible infection to members of my family and beyond. So I will be doing lots of self gifting this Christmas and wrapping them all and putting them under the tree and cooking a couple of turkey breast wrapped in bacon and stuffed with sausage meat. It can be done … and still fun.

So heres a few of my Christmas wishes which I know will come true as they are already on order ! HO HO HO !

MUSO DJ2

Firstly a game to play for two on Christmas day. Does not require an app and gives us both a chance to reminisce over songs as well as ignite our competitive spirit with this board game.

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Developed by Deepak Chopra to elevate mindset and increase happiness. So we may need these over the coming months and on the big day itself. Also if you know of anyone feeling down just hand out cards. Or get them to tune into my Midweek Mantra on this blog every Wednesday.

TATA HARPER SKIN CARE STARTER SET

Make 2021 the year to refresh your skin care routine. Developed by super facialist and skin expert Tata Harper a chance to try the skin care complete routine before you buy the more expensive full sizes of the items you loved. 100% organic , natural and non toxic. But the branding looks super luxurious on the bathroom shelf too. Or book a facial with Tata herself who operates out of The Lanesborough Spa.

GUCCI

Loving this ONE earring especially as one of my ears has split so I only have one ear now pierced. Make a statement with one bold earring with your hair up be loud and proud. I predict one dangly earring for 2021 !! Bring back the earring it has long disappeared since the nineties time to make a return .

SPORTS BRA

Essential for my new years workout routine ( we all have one of those don’t we). We all need support to embark on a heavy fitness schedule not only from friends and family but from a well fitting sports bra. The one on my wish list is the LANSTON SPORTS BRA. I just love the bright rainbow colours which means it goes with any legging depending on the mood !

FUSALP SKI JACKET

My ski jacket of choice for this winter. If of course I ever get a skiing trip in before April. Never mind i will wear it around the streets of London as i have been known to wear my Killy ski suit when it gets really cold ( oh er and my moonboots) well we can pretend its Verbier stylistas………cant we…….please. I do love a ski outfit !

BALMAIN JUMPSUIT

Well i still want to dress up on Christmas day !!! This is a classic and will do the delayed party season thats happening at Easter or even next Christmas (surely we have seen the pandemic off by then). Eternally chic , an investment piece!

A JONATHAN ADLER DESK

Ready for my home office makeover in January as i am spending more time there than anywhere right now. A white desk for my all white colour scheme….. INSIRE DESIRE ACQUIRE remember my mantra girlfriends.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : ACT RESPONSIBLY THIS CHRISTMAS DO WHATEVER SUITS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BUT STAY SAFE WITH LOTS OF VENTILATION ON THE DAY AND SELF ISOLATION IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS AND DONT FORGET……A LITTLE SELF GIFTING NEVER DID ANYONE ANY HARM ! REMEMBER TO SANTA-TISER !

MWAH MWAH

CHRISTMAS KISSES

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE : HOW TO PUT THE VA VA VOOM INTO ZOOM

people on a video call

This year has seen the way we work change and this could now be on a permanent basis for many of us as we adapt to working from home and conducting many meetings on Zoom calls. This raises a question of how we dress for maximum impact on the screen from the waist up!. Of course as many of you will know in my professional capacity as a scientific stylist being aware of your palette that makes you pop on screen and your clothing personality can really make a difference, So rather than go through all the rules once again the articles can be found on past blogs on this site. But will endeavour to repeat the blogs in the not too distant future.

Today will select some of my favourite pieces to put the va va voom into zoom. FROM THE WAIST UP !!

But first lets look at a few rules to look zoomtastic !

  1. Do not dress too distracting you want people to focus on what you say not how you look.
  2. Men clean shaven/groomed women hair off face and sorry girls please apply some make up . Both sexes do not look like you would normally look behind closed doors that “just got out of bed “look.
  3. Keep body parts covered. No cleavage or bare arms.
  4. No loud prints.
  5. No blanket bright white or black . Break up with another colour.
  6. Try to face a window and not back to a window to avoid the ‘silhouette’ effect.
  7. Use blank walls behind you where possible. I do not understand this TV trend of being interviewed in front of bookcases…. so distracting so you are not concentrating on what the person is saying………or perhaps that is why MPs favour this method !!
  8. Step back from the camera to avoid ‘wide angle face’. but don’t sit so far away that the mike cannot hear you clearly.
  9. Eye to eye with the web cam comes across best when talking to someone so stack your lap top if required or adjust your chair.
  10. Pretty much wear what your Company dress code is in the office with a little tweaking according to these rules. Although I am sure what you are wearing from the waist down we can leave to your own discretion.
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MAKE UP

  1. Show you care. No matter how early it is apply a quick light make up.
  2. Use concealer under the eys. Cameras have a tendency to emphasize shadows but pick up on light.
  3. Therefore highlight cheekbones but avoid looking too shiny and highlighting other areas that you may normally highlight in everyday situations.
  4. Brighter blusher.
  5. Natural eyeshadow in the crease of your eye to make eyes pop.
  6. Lashings of mascara.
  7. Nude glossy lips. Bright coloured lipstick can look ‘jammy; on screen and emphasize any bleeding and smudging. Distracting.
  8. Use powder on the central zone even if you do not normally. To prevent shiny face.

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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW YOUR REGULAR GROOMING ROUTINE IF YOU ARE WORKING FROM HOME, FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND MENTAL HEALTH. TRY TO MAKE AN EFFORT EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY NOT FEEL LIKE IT FOR YOUR OWN WELLBEING.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE: 12 TIPS FOR TRUE STYLE !

“FASHION FADES. STYLE IS ETERNAL “

– YVES ST LAURENT

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STYLE IS NOT FASHION. STYLE IS NOT GLAMOROUS. STYLE IS NOT TRYING TOO HARD. EFFORTLESS CHIC. SLEEK. SIMPLE.KNOWING YOURSELF. GETTING IT RIGHT EVERY TIME. LEARN IT AND BUILD IT INTO YOUR LIFE STARTING WITH THESE 12 POINTERS TO RAISING YOUR STYLE QUOTA AND STANDING OUT FOR THE RIGHT REASON

  • 1. DO NOT BE A SLAVE TO FASHION BE A MASTER OF DEVELOPING YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AND DISCOVERING WHAT REALLY SUITS YOU.
  • 2. INVEST MORE MONEY (ACCORDING TO YOUR BUDGET) ON KEY PIECES FOR LONGER TERM CLASSIC PIECES. E.G COATS,SUITS,TAILORED TROUSERS.BLAZERS. YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE.
  • 3. QUALITY ACCESSORIES CAN LIFT A WHOLE OUTFIT. AIM TO BUY ONE CLASSIC DESIGNER ITEM IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. SUNGLASSES, JEWELLERY,BELTS,PEN,BRIEFCASE,HANDBAG. THESE ARE YOUR STATEMENT PIECES, YOUR ARMOURY AS YOU HEAD OUT TO FACE THE WORLD.
  • 4. KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE AND COLOUR PALETTE. ENLIST THE HELP OF A STYLIST/COLOUR THERAPIST. THIS CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOU AND ONCE YOU KNOW YOUR COLOUR PALETTE EVERYTHING IN YOUR WARDROBE WILL MATCH. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR BODY SHAPE . THE SECRET OF MANY STYLISH WOMEN IS TO KNOW WHAT TO ACCENTUATE AND KNOW WHAT TO DISTRACT FROM. THE SCIENCE OF STYLISH DRESSING.
  • 5. RSVP WITHIN24 HOURS OF RECEIVING AN INVITATION. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE IF A BETTER INVITE COMES ALONG. DO NOT CANCEL ONCE ACCEPTED UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNAVOIDABLE.
  • 6. ALWAYS BE ON TIME. BEING ‘FASHIONABLY’ LATE IS ABOUT FASHION NOT STYLE (SEE POINT 1 !!). BEING LATE IS INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL TO THE OTHER PARTIES AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF LESS INVITED IF YOU MAKE A HABIT OF THIS. THERE IS NOTHING LESS STYLISH THAN BAD MANNERS.
  • 7. THERE IS NO NEED TO OFFER TO PAY HALF WHEN ON A DATE WITH A GENTLEMAN. LET THE GENTLEMAN ENJOY LOOKING AFTER YOU . KNOW YOUR WORTH . BUT BE GRACIOUS , THANK THEM AND COMPLIMENT ON THEIR CHOICE OF VENUE. ANY ‘GENTLEMEN’ I KNOW WOULD BE INSULTED IF I INSISTED ON PAYING. ITS TIME TO LET MEN BE MEN AGAIN.
  • 8. READ THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS SECTION OF THE BROADSHEETS OFTEN. STAY INFORMED AND EDUCATED. GOOD CONVERSATION STARTERS.
  • 9. LIVE WELL. LAUGH OFTEN. LOVE ALL. EVEN IF YOU ARE FEELING ANY OF THESE !!!
  • 10. REDISCOVER THE ART OF HANDWRITTEN ‘THANK YOU’ NOTES. THERE IS NOTHING NICER THAN RECEIVING A BEAUTIFUL AUTHENTIC HANDWRITTEN NOTE AS A HOST.
  • 11. AS IN YOUR PERSONAL STYLE THE SAME RULES APPLY TO YOUR HOME. NEUTRAL, BEAUTIFUL,UNCLUTTERED ACCENTUATED WITH KEP PIECES.
  • 12. BE CONFIDENT. QUIETLY CONFIDENT NOT LOUDLY CONFIDENT. ACT AS THOUGH YOU KNOW A SECRET THAT NO ONE ELSE KNOWS………AFTER ALL ITS GOOD TO BE YOU !

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THESE ARE PERFECT POINTERS TO START FILLING YOUR STYLE FILE. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR……..

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: I THINK IT WAS COCO CHANEL WHO SAID”ELEGANCE IS WHEN THE INSIDE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE OUTSIDE” THIS IS THE EPITOME OF STYLE.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XX

STYLE: AUTUMN FASHION EDIT

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The nights are drawing in and there is a hint of chilliness in the air. The AW 2020 went ahead last February just before we all went into lockdown but it is only now that your thoughts are turning to your Autumn Winter wardrobe. It is quite eclectic this season where almost anything goes. So please don’t mistake fashion for style especially more important as you get to your fifties and beyond. So my tips for this season are to invest in some hardworking pieces such as Coats and boots. Then choose a couple of statement pieces to build upon and mix up with some cheaper high street basics. Remember as a Colour Expert I must advise you to dress according to your colour palette for maximum style impact.

So if you have yet to check out your colour and image selection on our previous blogs search those first under the STYLE and BEAUTY areas. But put simply Coats are a large colour way across your body so ‘warm’ tones should choose chocolate or camel and cooler tones should choose navy or black. Use these colours as a base for your AW wardrobe. All these colours are classic colours and as investment pieces will have longevity in your wardrobe. With coats a good tip is too try one size SMALLER than you normally are for a more fitted tailored look. Keep to classic long line styles. The trend at the moment is just to throw them over your shoulders. To this end CAPES continue their popularity from AW19 although wise to avoid this if you are smaller and curvier.

A quick word about boots. This season it is your choice ranging from ankle, sock boots, biker boots, knee high , thigh high. Over fifty if you are going to go thigh high stick to flat boots. Heels AND thigh high are just too much for more mature ladies and just over the knee may be a better choice. But take advantage of the very many choices on offer to completely change the look of an outfit. Also a good pair of boots can last a lifetime if you choose according to your correct style palette. PLEASE PLEASE ensure your boots fit correctly around the calves I hate gaping and bagginess in poorly fitting boots.

Colours to look out for this Autumn of course we have the usual cyclical Autumn colours , camel, burgundy, olive greens but shake things up with show stopping red which featured heavily across London, Paris, Italy and New York AW catwalks . Reds to suit every palette glossy orangey reds for warmer palettes and crimson and cooler reds for Summer and Winter palettes.

Brown with black is usually a stylist no no but again was heavily seen in The AW20 collections paired together for a modern take. Put the brown closer to your face if a warmer palette or the Black if you have identified as a cooler palette. One surprising colour for Autumn is MINT GREEN already filtered down to the high street a lovely fresh colour to infuse into your Autumn wardrobe. In fact I think that the fashion pack are labelling it CELERY !!

REMEMBER do not substitute style for fashion. STAY AWAY FROM THESE TRENDS IF YOU ARE 50+ ………..puffball hems ( we have just got over the embarrassment the first time around ), belting tailored Jackets (does not suit anyone , any age), animal prints ( personally hate them, they look tired and dated, regurgitated every season), knitted dresses (unflattering unless you are aged 20 and 8 stone).

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JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SHOP RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECT SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION BY INVESTMENT LONGER TERM PURCHASING. PLANNING YOUR WARDROBE IS ESSENTIAL TO AVOID WEEKLY THROWAWAY FASHION PURCHASES. KNOWING YOUR OWN STYLE OR ENLISTING THE HELP OF A STYLIST CAN GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXXXXX