Sunday 30 November 2014

Ten top Christmas gifts for a health chick

Healthy people can often be the hardest to buy for at Christmas.

After all it’s the time of year when the majority of us like to do nothing more than eat, drink, be merry and watch endless Christmas films from the comfort of the sofa.

Buying for someone who is unlikely to indulge in the unlimited amounts of chocolate and will most probably be on a detox the first day Christmas is over can be tricky.

Here’s some perfect gift ideas for them, or alternatively an encouraging nudge to those seeking to take up healthier habits in the New Year.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Supermodel Secrets: Health tips from the catwalk

Dev Windsor

With the Victoria’s Secret show fast approaching social media has been flooded with images of impossibly toned models, sharing stories of how they work out and what they eat to stay super-trim and healthy.

Here’s some of their top tips that you can use to achieve a supermodel glow.

Doutzen Kroes


Yoga, Pilates and Ballet are a few of the most popular workouts chosen by models to achieve their lean physique. Fans include models such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss.

Speaking to US Vogue, Alessandra Ambrosio says, “Yoga calms me down and also keeps me lean, it makes exercise feel easy.”

Other popular exercises include boxing, skipping and weight training which tone muscle and build strength, although variety and consistence are key to achieving the best body.

For fitness, mix it up and always remain active,” advises Puerto Rican beauty, Joan Smalls. “I mix boxing with cardio and Pilates, and if I’m not busy I’ll work out every day.”

Lily Aldridge

Ballet Beautiful


As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat,’ therefore eating whole, clean and unprocessed food is essential.

Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton, recommends “drinking green juices and warm water with ginger, cayenne, and lemon juice” to detox and clean your system.

Other staples on the model’s grocery lists are high protein, fat-burning foods such as avocado, salmon, quinoa and leafy, green vegetables like spinach and kale.

"I love avocado. It's my favorite snack. I eat it with rice cakes, plain, or make guacamole. It's so healthy for you and so satisfying," claims Victoria’s Secret angel, Lily Aldridge.


The number one tip given by models is to stay hydrated. Top model, Adriana Lima, drinks ‘around a gallon of water a day’ in the run up to the annual Victoria’s Secret show.
Along with drinking plenty of water, models swear by getting eight hours of rest each night and exercising a strict skincare routine in order to achieve a glowing complexion.
Miranda Kerr credits “Cleansing, toning and moisturising every morning and night, and using an exfoliating cream at least twice a week” for giving her flawless skin.

Miranda Kerr


Models are often on the move and travelling from place to place, so being prepared for when hunger strikes is important.

"I usually carry granola bars with me in case the catering sucks," says Finnish fashion model, Suvi Riggs.

Pack snacks such as fruit, nuts and smoothies along with a refillable water bottle in your handbag to stay hydrated and avoid the temptation of buying unhealthy snacks.

Miranda Kerr says: "Some of my favourite snacks are almonds, blueberries, avocado and apple pieces with almond butter. They feel like a treat but they’re actually good for you.”

Kind Fruit and Nut bar

Images sourced from Instagram, Vogue and Google.

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Currently Loving: The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel and Body Lotion

 Like all Body Shop products I have used, I found the quality of this duo far from disappointing and I can safely say they have made my daily shower experience so much more enjoyable. 

The new Wild Argan Oil range smells divine and leaves skin feeling silky smooth and nourished while adding a touch of luxury to your daily routine.

The shower gel has a rich, oily formula that lathers up easily and nourishes the skin without needing to use too much product.

After showering I cover myself in the light-weight body lotion which absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling moisturised and silky smooth - not greasy - which is always a good thing.

Apart from being fabulous products and delivering what they claim to, Body Shop products contain no bad ingredients and are not tested on animals which is another reason why I love their stuff. 

I am definitely planning on buying more items from the Wild Argan Oil range!

Have you tried any of these products? Can you recommend any other good products from the Body Shop?

Holly xx

Sunday 2 November 2014


Is it just me or has the past month just flown by?! I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has gone it's hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner.

There's something about the crisp Autumn air, falling leaves and cosy clothing that makes me love this time of year, although I can't say the same about the wet windy weather and dark mornings!

This month I have continued to settle in to university and explore my new home of Nottingham although it seems surreal that I have only been here for 6 weeks!

I popped home for a quick visit at the end of the month and enjoyed seeing friends and family, ate some delicious food and re-discovered the luxury of a double bed.

Despite trying my hardest to stick to a student budget and manage my money, the shops here are just too good and I seem to have been 'treating myself' an awful lot. But my purchases have all been necessary due to the fact that they make me happy :-) (that's reason enough, right?!)

I finished the month on a high with a fun night out for Halloween. My trusty cat ears and collar made their annual appearance, well if it's not broke don't fix it ;-)

Only two months to go until Christmas, yay! 
Let the count down begin :-)

Holly xx

Some highlights from the last month...

Rainy night in essentials

Pre drinks

Super breakfast

Heading to Pilates

Top three lip balms

A delicious mid-week treat

Who said all students ate unhealthily?

Blackberry Honey lipgloss

Favourite meal

My daily coffee stop

Party time