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And the Queen of Hand Made Soaps is – Anja Canaux !

You know by now that I love nothing more than finding new, high quality, hand made soaps. Well I hit the jackpot last week in France … An amazing lady with an authentic, ethical, and highly ecological savonnerie – (that’s a soap making factory) a lady named – Anja Canaux.

Now I am writing this blog, not only because it was such a lovely experience to meet Anja, and see a small part of her amazing factory. But, because we have been using her soaps now for over a week, and even my man is raving about them !

So let me start at the beginning (always a very good place to start … )

The Beautifying Secrets, and Health Benefits, of Bathing

I have written so much about bathing in my past posts that I though it was about time I dedicated a whole post to the subject. After all it is one of my favourite things ! There is nothing that ends the day on a higher note than a long soak in a beautiful bath tub. Some of the reasons I prefer to bathe over showering are :

My Top 5 beauty products of all time

Over the years I have fallen in love with many beauty products. But as with everything, they evolve, new exciting brands come along, and sometimes you find yourself in longstanding beauty houses that you have never ventured into before. Now in my 40`s, my top 5 products have actually not changed much. Just the brands. As my income has increased, so therefor has the quality of products I use.

Have a look at these products. They are the very best I have found, and I have tried an awful lot over the years. Here are my Top 5:

Elie Saab is not just for Meryl Streep or Halle Berry!

Introduction to the Fabulous Elie Saab

Most eight-year old boys are more interested in the typical male-driven entertainment, and perhaps following after their fathers. This however, was not the case of Elie Saab, a young boy born in Beirut and, self-taught when it came to sewing, patterns, and how to design absolutely divine fashion. By using his sister to model his designs Saab soon became enamoured with the fashion industry, and was convinced at a young age that this was what gave his life purpose. After that there was no stopping his rise to fame. He studied fashion in Paris, and by the age of 18 had returned to Beirut to begin his own fashion label with no less than fifteen employees.

Review of Men`s Spring Summer Fashion for 2017

Evening wear was a very important aspect of the Men’s Fashion Weeks in London, New York, Paris and Milan in January 2017. Each of these recent events had something new and elegant to offer, with top designer such as Moschino showcasing their F/W collections for 2018. It is interesting that street style had a very strong presence at two of the events, whilst classic, almost romanticised men’s fashions were also in evidence here.

Got Kefir ? You’ll want some after reading this !

I am sure you have all heard of Actimel. But have you heard of its much healthier and taster origins ? Namely – Kefir grains.

I actually had kefir grains in my kitchen before Actimel was readily available ! A friend of mine, knowing that I love yoghurt, asked if I wanted some, not actually knowing what I was getting, but trusting my friend – I said yes …. The rest as they say is history.

Kefir grains are a probiotic culture. A healthy fermenting bacteria that look a bit like overcooked cauliflower! But if you leave them in milk for 24 hours, they will turn that milk into a sublime, nutrient rich yoghurt drink which is called Kefir.

Get in Style with Kate and Meghan – Todays Fashion Princesses

Interesting times in the fast changing world of street fashion. All eyes now follow the new royal to be – Miss Meghan Markel.

And what a beauty she is. A delightful dossier of educated culture. Miss Markel brings her very own deliciously divine “je ne sai qua” to the royal wardrobe. Since last summer Meghan has commanded fashion without batting an eyelid. She takes a stroll down the street to a yoga class and the world instantly sells out of navy blue beanie’s, and seal grey yoga mats !

Yoga – The Union of Body and Spirit

Yoga is a place of solace. Yoga is a journey of grace. Yoga is youth throughout your life.

I don’t know what I would do without yoga. I need to know my body can be kept flexible and young no matter what my age. Yoga is the key to that. When I am doing my own private yoga practice of just 20 mins 3 – 4 times a week, I feel Fantastic.

My Top 10 Party Dress Choices from the High Street !

 

I need an extra special cocktail dress this year. There is a Double, highly extravagant birthday affair in Scotland coming up. The party isn’t until Feb so I have plenty time, but I do like to keep abreast of whats available. So I took a quick dash round the online market this morning to see what there is. Wanna have a look at what I found ? There are some very enticing options to choose from.

Here below are my Top 10 choices of high-street dresses – So Far …

12 Unique and thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas for the Style Beauty in your life

Finding it hard thinking up what to get your loved ones for Christmas ? Here is a list of beauty products and fashion choices that will win you great kudos in the gift giving department this year. Most of the links below will open on Amazon … My favorite shop !

10 Style Essentials for any girl’s wardrobe

This is a list of items I like to have on hand, some I couldn’t be without, and wear regularly, some are just there for that special occasion so I am always wardrobe ready! Everything from essential dresses, to sensual boudoir secrets. Find out if you are missing anything on my list !

Have you discovered the Sublime world of Hand Made Soaps?

Have you ever been into one of these soap boutiques? The ones with the walls covered from top to toe in long bars of beautifully scented soaps … They are just divine … just thinking about them makes me want to run a bath …

So as you can probably tell – I love handmade soap.

My preference is glycerin soap, and made with natural ingredients.

Glycerin soap is incredibly gentle. It can be used on sensitive skin and even eczema. Glycerin is also considered the most hydrating of any soap. (An explanation of exactly what glycerin is can be read here.)

I always thought soap was dangerous, and timely to make. But while doing research for this article, I discovered that making soap form glycerin is actually quite simple. Unlike making it the traditional way from “Lye”- A caustic substance which is highly dangerous.

Anti-Aging tips No one told Me !

We are all prone to it. We all move through time. Some cultures seem to have more resilience to the effects than others … But non the less, we all do age ….. And it can be more than frustrating. I have heard it said that “Youth is wasted on the young” … Can you imagine if us females became younger in appearance though the passing of time, as we gained life experience and inner strength – What a different world this would be !!!!

Anyway I promised you anti-aging tips you may not have heard of, so here they are :

The All Important Little Black Dress

Why does every one say that we should all have at least 1 little black dress in our wardrobe?

Well, black is a colour that we can wear to pretty much anything, yes including a wedding ! And a dress is well. Its dressy. So in an emergency we have on hand an outfit that will suit almost any occasion.

Black is also a very flattering colour. If you are trying to hide some extra weight, black will help you do that. It creates the illusion that something is smaller than it actually is. This is due to the fact it absorbs light, it does not reflect it.

It is also an easy colour to hide it – should you feel the need to disappear out of a room, its easier done in black …

Sexy strong and dependable denim

Who doesn’t own a pair of jeans ? There must be some people who don’t do denim. Prince for example. Did you know he did not allow his staff to wear denim ? Too pedestrian he said … Well sorry my dearest darling Prince but I have to say I Love Denim – But like any good girl however – I do love diamonds and pearls too …

Denim never seems to be out of fashion. First gaining popularity in the USA way back in 1873. The first jeans were introduced by a tailor as a pair of working trousers (or Pants to some) with the strength to protect labourers legs as they worked in mines, the logging industry and other hazardous areas. But within a very short period of time they became so popular, he was overwhelmed with orders. So he contacted Levi’s Strauss who took great interest – The rest, shall we say, is history …

Make Fashion work for you

To me what I wear must be comfortable, occasion appropriate, and most importantly – Reflective of my mood !

I Love my Dock Martin boots as much as I love my blue suede Italian heeled sandals. I love fashion. I am a designer myself. A web development graphic designer, but a designer none the less !

I love clothes that accentuate, complement my shape, and my mood. And as I grow older, I love seeing woman my age dress exactly as they please – Fashion is not just for the young ! And I don’t believe every fashion trend it’s for every body shape !