Offering tips and advice on all topics for your general wellbeing.
Fashion - Charlotte Arnold Visual merchandising manager at Marks & Spencer
Contact: Tel 738200 High Street, St Peter Port www.yourmarksandspencer.gg
Someone let the cat out of the bag
I don’t think there has ever been a print that has divided us as much as animal print has. To wear animal print or not to wear animal print, that is indeed the question! Yes you should!
I can understand the resistance to such a bold statement, however I think we can safely say that animal print is here to stay. This ever-emerging trend has definitely had a resurgence this season with bold accessories and statement coats all of which cut a sharp contrast to the tones that also seem to be emerging this Autumn season. If you’re feeling brave or just want to subtly level up your look with accessories, we’ve got you covered.
The Camera bag: One of my personal favourite standout pieces of this season is the 100%
Sustainably sourced leather camera bag, which will soon become a wardrobe staple. With leopard print on the front and beautiful brushed gold metal fastenings this must have is a nod to the classic style but with a contemporary twist. If your style is more minimalist and toned down, incorporating patterned accessories will strike the perfect balance to your aesthetic. At just £47 this little beauty is an absolute must, also available in black and tan.
The Leopard Coat: If you’re feline more daring, then this leopard print puffer is the one for you. The all over wild print in neutral tones, will really step up your Autumn wardrobe. It has Thermowarmth™ and Stormwear™ technology which will keep you warm, dry and toasty. All of which are ideal for this ever-changing Guernsey weather. It has a regular fit and adjustable waist for a more synched in silhouette and fleece-lined pockets to keep you hands cosy. This jacket is more than just a fashion statement and at just £33.50 you really can’t go wrong. All of these items can be found in the M&S High Street Guernsey store.
Hair - Esta Marshall Creator and owner of Air hair salon Contact: 07839 294 999 www.air-info.co.uk Instagram: air_hair_gsy
Let’s talk about sea swimming
This alfresco sport is as popular as ever and looks set to stay all year round. Although we love its effect on our mind and body, unfortunately, our hair does take a hammering, cap or no cap! While most of us are enjoying the boho beach waves now, at some point, crispy, dried-out locks and itchy scalps will make an unwelcome appearance towards the end of the season. I would always highly recommend a Sunshield; it’s a fantastic product that’s designed to protect your hair against sea salt and overexposure to the sun. Using this makes a difference, not only to the integrity of the hair but it also protects it from the sweating that occurs under your swim cap. A good Sunshield won’t have any hidden nasties that have an adverse effect either, so you can rest assured that you’re not harming either your hair or the sea we swim in. That fat curl, thick hair feeling that we all love is the salt in the sea water swelling inside your hair shaft and no amount of sea salt sprays on the market can replicate that distinctive style. Although it’s not great for your hair, we can utilise the salt to another advantage. For a DIY hair detox, start by allowing your hair to dry naturally after your swim then vigorously massage your scalp. This works as a scalp scrub, removing dead skin cells and stimulating the scalp and blood flow, vital for good healthy hair growth. Follow this with a fantastic detoxing shampoo. Remember to ‘milk’ your hair in long sweeping movements running down your hair shaft, then leave on for five minutes before rinsing well. You can always try a leave-in conditioner to help comb through and prevent stretching and breaking your hair. Apply a good quality hair mask on damp hair, maybe try wrapping in clingfilm, before leaving for up to twenty minutes. Next shampoo and condition. Your hair should feel amazing, you’ll still have your sun-kissed definition and will hopefully bounce back into your beach waves without looking parched.
Fitness - Jimmy Lesbirel Personal trainer specialising in boxing and fitness. He trains at Amalgamated Boxing Club and CrossFit Castaway Gym Contact: 07781157414 [email protected]
Boxing helps people experiencing difficulties with mental health in many ways, most notably because this kind of rigorous physical activity is a well-known stress reducer. During a boxing workout, your brain increases the production of endorphins, a known natural mood booster that creates positive thoughts. The techniques employed in the ring help to relieve muscle tension created through stress, while continuous punching helps to improve focus, increase concentration and encourages a positive mindset. In short, these workouts help to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression by focusing the mind and body in the present moment, providing a good distraction for people to forget negative thoughts or worries. Boxing also creates a sense of achievement in the participant, building confidence and self-esteem in a fun and friendly environment that encourages interaction with others. In addition to reducing stress, boxing can help make you feel more positive mentally and give you the fighting spirit to enable you to deal with any of life’s more challenging situations.
This builds confidence and self-esteem, leading to a positive mental attitude that provides solutions to obstacles we all face in our daily lives. One of the most significant advantages of boxing is that it is a really inclusive sport that everybody can participate in, from children to adults and males and females. Whether you’re keen to box for fun or have ambitions to become an elite athlete and make boxing a lifestyle, the ring really is open to everyone. Please drop me a line if you would like to start enjoying the benefits of boxing training. [email protected]
Nutrition - Charlotte Scherders Student health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition Contact: 07781 109198 charlottescherdersholistichealthcoach.com www.magicalfivewaters.com Instagram/Facebook @charlotte.scherders
Eat like a Buddhist
Mindful eating is certainly food for thought. As Pema Chodron, American-Tibetan Buddhist, said “anything is a path to everything”, which beautifully summarises how all aspects of our lives are intertwined. Today, eating has become a mindless act as we stuff in a sandwich, running from one meeting or social event to another. But, by simply bringing attention back to mealtimes, one day at a time and focusing on what and how we eat, we can ease depression, anxiety, chronic pain and eating disorders. Pretty cool, right?
Mindfulness is a process oriented rather than an outcome-driven behaviour - there’s no end goal in sight. It is based on an individual’s experience of the moment and is different for everyone. Mindful eating is so powerful it can even change what somebody actually believes about nourishment, shame, deprivation, joy, trust, self-awareness and of course, how much is actually enough food. The benefits of making eating an intentional act rather than an automatic one can positively impact numerous aspects of everyday life.
Fundamentally, mindful eating involves:
These things allow you to replace automatic thoughts and reactions with more conscious, healthier responses. Eating more mindfully helps you distinguish between emotional and physical hunger. It also increases your awareness of food related triggers and gives you the freedom to choose your response to them. It is not coincidental that, with a mindful approach, a person’s choices are to eat less, savour more and select foods consistent with desirable health benefits. Try eating like a Buddhist for a day - and make sure you let me know how it goes!
Beauty - Ella Buddle Owner of The Beauty Rooms with over 15 years’ beauty industry experience. Contact: 01481 521199 thebeautyroomsgsy.book.app/gallery
Make time for self-care
As the temperature starts to fall and the nights slowly draw in, especially as the children return to school after the long summer holidays, I feel a natural instinct to shift into hibernation mode. Swapping sandals and sun cream for cosy jumpers and hot chocolates with whipped cream, there is always a sense of comfort in the change in seasons. We notice it so vividly at the salon. There is no longer a fight for our massaging pedicure chair, but more of a want to climb up our stairs and into our heated massage couch for a luxurious warm oil full body massage and hot mitt facial. Autumn is a great time to refocus on self-care. The children are back into a routine, and although we have that looming anticipation of Christmas, we can take solace and indulge in a couple of months of “me time.” And this doesn’t have to cost the earth. A warm bubble bath and a homemade face mask, perhaps? A long walk along the now deserted beaches wrapped up from the elements to grab a coffee? Treatments we find particularly popular coming into this season are an uptake in our more luxury, comforting offerings. Heated mitts and booties along with indulgent masks on the end of our manicures and pedicures are a huge hit, along with massages and facials in our secret garden treatment room, adorned with twinkly fairy lights and soft music. Although you might not think it, now is the perfect time to begin your waxing and laser hair removal journey to being hair-free and silky smooth. You can cover those pins, and pesky bikini lines now that they are not going to be seen on the beach for a few months, and really focus on ensuring that by the next time summer rolls around, you are either permanently hair free with laser hair removal or in a good routine with waxing so that you don’t have to reach for that dehydrating, irritable razor every other day.
We are also offering all GYone readers the opportunity to take advantage of up to half price on any of our laser hair removal courses. Check out our website thebeautysroomsgsy.book.app/gallery or call 01481 521199 for more information or to book, quoting ‘GYone’.