Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Only Way is Marbs 2014

TOWIE fans will have been glued to their screens again as they followed the recent goings on from the likes of Dan Osborne, Lydia, Arg, Ferne and Charlie in Marbella this year. But if you want to visit Marbella in true TOWIE style, without the drama, where should you go? Take a look at some of the places featured in the most recent episodes of 'The Only Way is Marbs':

Aqwa Mist
Head to this great Puerto Banus based nightclub, featured in the recent series of The Only Way is Marbs. Aqwa Mist, is one hell of a night out. Lit in blues and purples with trendy furnishings and a DJ booth right in the centre of the dancefloor, this is the place to be if you want to party like the TOWIE crew once the sun's gone down. With a different theme and musical genre every night, like Marbella Rocks on Thursdays, Garage nights on Tuesdays and House nights on Sundays, you can easily spend a few nights here and feel like you're in a completely different club atmosphere than the night before. Along with the stars of TOWIE you'll often find the odd footballer in here, plus with performances from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Neyo, Tyga and Rudimental, it's a great live music venue too.

Villa Tiberio
If you're looking for a romantic meal out in Marbella, or simply great food in beautiful surroundings, look no further than Villa Tiberio Restaurant, where Chloe Sims and Elliott Wright dined while they were filming TOWIE. Owned by world renowned restaurateur Sandro Morelli, this stunning eatery is hugely popular among the rich and famous, locals and holidaymakers alike, thanks to its amazing food and beautiful setting. Choose from exquisite dishes such as roast sucking pig or salmon fettuccine, washed down with a 1938 vintage Ch√Ęteau Margaux while seated in an Italian style piazza under the stars. A dining experience not to be missed.

Nikki Beach
For a chilled out beach vibe, you can't go wrong with Nikki Beach. This famous luxury beach club is a favourite daytime haunt for the TOWIE cast and you'll be able to see why. Imagine a pristine azure blue pool surrounded by palm trees, huge comfortable white day beds upon which to lie and admire the view while sipping on a glass of Cristal, a beautiful beach and impeccable food and service and you have Nikki Beach. It's one of the most popular and exclusive beach clubs on the Costa del Sol and one that is known the world over. As the sun goes down the tempo ups a little as you enjoy entertainers and music until the early hours.

Of course, if you're going to hit the beach in Marbella this summer you'll need some gorgeous new beachwear (the beachwear range at George is perfect). Make like the TOWIE girls and rock their Essex swimwear look as you strut around town with a kaftan thrown over a bikinis and a pair of killer heels. And if all else fails and you can't afford a holiday to Marbella this year, why not treat yourself to the new CD mixed by TOWIE's Lauren Pope – The Only Way is Marbs: Marbella Anthems. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

How To Get A Whiter Smile

I think having a nice smile with clean white teeth really makes a good impression on people but not everyone is lucky enough to be born with naturally super white teeth. There are lots of factors that effect the colour of our teeth and also lots of things we can do to make them whiter.

 Here are my top tips to getting a whiter, brighter smile.

  • The first thing to do is to avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth such as coffee, red wine, tea and soda. If you're a smoker then stopping smoking will also make a difference.
  • Eat teeth whitening foods such as apples, celery and carrots which act like fruit and veggie tooth brushes for you teeth and increase the saliva in your mouth which removes plaque. Eating strawberries helps as they contain a natural astringent which helps to lift stains, you can even rub half a strawberry on your teeth and leave for 1 minute before rinsing.
  • Practice good oral hygiene, it sounds silly but making sure you brush your teeth twice a day with a good whitening toothpaste and also flossing regularly and using a mouth wash can all help you achieve a much whiter smile.
  • There are lots of professional teeth whitening treatment that you can have if you feel like none of the above methods will help. A really popular, effective and pain free method is laser teeth whitening, specialist clinics like Smile 60 offer these treatments all over the country and the results you can achieve are amazing.
If you take some of these tips on board then you'll be well on your way to a whiter smile in no time.


In collaboration with Smile 60

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday - Why I Love Yoga

I've been practicing yoga on and off for around 12 years, I go through phases of trying all sorts of different workouts but yoga is the one form of exercise that I find myself coming back to again and again. I suffer with a bad back and I find that it eases the tension in my upper and lower back, it improves my flexibility and it calms and de-stresses me when I've had a difficult day with the kids. 

I don't ever get chance to go to a yoga class so I do DVDs at home, the ones I've been using the most at the minute are Yoga For Beginners by Kino MacGregor and The Ultimate Ballet Yoga Box Set by Nicky McGinty.

Kino MacGregor's Yoga For Beginners is perfect if you want to get started with yoga and make a progression from beginner through to more advanced with one DVD. It's broken down into 5 different practices and you work through them at your own pace, only progressing once you've mastered each one.

  • Practice 1 is an introduction to sun salutation, helping you develop strength and flexibility and letting you get to grips with the fundamentals of the flow of breath.
  • Practice 2 is a more advanced version of practice 1, it's slightly faster and integrates new poses to help develop further.
  • Practice 3 is for when you've mastered the first 2 and have built some endurance. This practice focuses on the spiritual aspects of yoga and you begin to experience the transformation of your mind, body and soul.
  • Practice 4 is designed to build from the core which plays an important role in the postures of yoga.
  • Practice 5 teaches you how to meditate and relax.
I really enjoy doing this DVD, it's great for perfecting the basics of yoga and making sure that you can perform each posture correctly before progressing onto the next one. The only thing that I don't love about this DVD is Kino's voice, it sounds slightly robotic and I find it distracting rather than relaxing. I like a yoga instructors voice to be calming and soothing but then that's just my personal preference.

The Ultimate Ballet Yoga DVD Box Set is also great for beginners as it contains 3 DVDs, Beginner's Yoga, Ballet Fitness and Ballet Yoga. 

The Beginner's Yoga DVD contains 3 x 20 minute flowing routines specifically designed around the Solar, Lunar and Detox themes. It's ideal for people who are new to yoga as it helps to instill the fundamentals so that you can progress onto the more advanced postures.

Ballet Fitness contains 6 x 10 minute routines themed around the famous ballets to target and firm specific body parts as well as give you an overall cardiovascular workout. The sequences consist of barre work, floor work, core work and some great dance routines. I loved this DVD as it took me back to my ballet dancing days as a little girl, it's a great workout and if done regularly can really help to tone and sculpt your problem areas.

Ballet Yoga contains 3 x 20 minute routines choreographed around the normal sun salutations of yoga. Nicky has infused some ballet movements into the practices to enhance the sequences such as focusing on core moves and creating perfect posture without interrupting the nature of a yoga practice. This is a really fun DVD to do, I love the mixture of ballet and yoga and the fact that it focuses on core strength is perfect for me as after having two children my core is quite weak and needs building back up again.

If you're thinking about taking up yoga and have never done it before then I'd definitely recommend you give any of these DVDs a try. Yoga is quickly becoming a part of my daily life and is something I hope to continue to do for many years to come.

What are your thoughts on yoga? Love it or hate it?

Leave me a comment and let me know


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