LUXURY LIFESTYLES - LIMITLESS LIVING
Welcome to the July edition of Phenomenal Living ladies. So, last month I took some much needed time out for myself, to do absoultely nothing for once, except to spend time appreciating the simpler, quieter things in life. Home became my haven again and the outside noise nicely faded away. And within my holistic healing time, I discoverd some new fantastic healthy eating habits and relaxation therapies too. Bonus! This type of focused downtime has now become a regular ritual in order to balance my crazy busy life and keep me feeling phenomenal as long as possible. So this month, we take a look at a super healthy yoga retreat in the Healthy Living section.
So summer is here! (Well thats if youre lucky enough to get out of the rain we're having in the UK) and this season it's all about colour. Azure blues, orange hues and bronze everything are all over the runways and on the make up counter, so check out our choices that will have you bursting into summer with a fresh, bright and sophisticated glow.
This month we are including good reads, so if your looking for something a little more fulfilling than cliche 'sex on the beach, 50 shades of nonsense' material, then why not opt for one of our thought-provoking, award winning fables, such as 'The Alchemist,' (If you havent alreayd read it). Remember good books are for a lifetime, not just for summer!
If you fancy a luxury trip to the South of France, but don't fancy splashing out, why not share our idea with a larger group of friends and spread the cost on this months Luxury Living villa holiday choice? No-one said glamour had to be expensive. Where there's a plan theres a way! A little bit of luxury is never a bad thing.
You could of course, save your money and endulge your love for all things glamour with a much cheaper option. Why not pack up a deliscious picnick and spend an evening under the stars, with the stars of the silver screen. Luna cinema presents the open air showing of 'The Great Gatsby' at Chiswick House. August 1st - 3rd.
Yes it's finally here! Opening in cinemas across the country, the crazy ladies of the Absolutely Fabulous kind are back! So for a little light entertainment and a good old romp in the whirlwind world of fashion, head out to the cinema this weekend and check it out. It really is going to be 'Absolutely Fabulous.' We of course will be off to the cinema today, pop corn in bucket loads and laughing until our bellies hurt. Champagne anyone?
wishing you all another phenomenal month ahead, as always, as you get ready to hit the holiday season running. I will see you all back here in August, where I shall be reporting from the streets of Amsterdam and Paris and the beaches of Nice, Ville Franche and Marseille. It really is going to be a phenomenal August.
FASHION & BEAUTY
BEACH BABE BEAUTIFUL
Whether you’ll be opting for bright block colour, classic stripe or giving your swimwear a little throw back update with this summers crotchet trend, why not get your summer holiday off to a phenomenal start with a whole handful of sexy swimwear.
There’s nothing quite like a new bikini that shouts hello summer! And with so much choice these days, finding your dream bikini has never been easier. Opt for your classic white or black and also something in this seasons top beach wear colours, such as azure blue or bright orange and you'll be ready to hit the beach in phenomenal style.
We particularly like this seasons offerings from the new Victoria Secret collection. For a sporty, fresh and funky look, that is fitted and ultra supportive, whilst effortlessly oozing just the right kind of sex appeal, it's got to be Victoria Secret. https://www.victoriassecret.com/swimwear/bikinis
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
SUMMER ON THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON.
FESTIVAL OF LOVE
"Explore love in its many forms and discover love’s power to inspire creativity, social action and the changing nature of love in the 21st century"
This summer the Festival of Love returns to the Southbank Centre to celebrate the greatest human emotion - LOVE. With a packed programme of music, art,photography, dance, performance and a host of creative workshops and inspiring talks, it's going to be a fabulous few weeks ahead down by the Thames.
With a historical look at dating, the 'apprearing rooms' by artist Jeppe Hein, workshops titled, 'change the world' and 'what the world needs now' and yoga and reggae kareoke (with live band, I might add!)it sounds like a truly fun way to spend the summer. Opening weekend 9th July and runs until August 29th.
FASHION UNDRESSED FESTIVAL
Celebrating Style at London's South Bank Centre with the Fashion Undressed Festival.
The festival is packed full of exhbitions performances, runway shows, workshops and a multitude of pop up shops for local and upcoming designers. There are also photography and styling masterclasses, talks on model diversity and what it means to be plus size, fashion reviews, short films and even a voguing yoga workshop. (and yes of course someone from the PW crew will be doing that!) If you have a passion for all things fashion, then this is definitely not to be missed.
Now that you've done Glastonbury, why not head off for something a little different? New and Unusual is always phenomenal in our books, so here are 4 international picks with a little something for every taste.
SALUTE TO THE SUN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 2016
As I spoke about last month, it is so imporant to look after our health and therefore, healthy eating, exercise, sunshine and mindfullness are all essential tools in being able to 'live a life that serves us.' So here at the Phenomenal Woman Mission, we think that any trip incorporating all these elements has to make our Phenomenal Living page. So, this month, I'd like to introduce you to a yoga retreat in Barbados. If youre looking for something special to reboot your system and carry you through the winter months, then this might be right up your alley. 'Inspiring people to take to the mat,' Judith Daniels, who runs the retreat, teaches creative, flowing yoga sequences to synchronise breath and movement and will also show you how to do it all on a paddle board! (see picture opposite). Very impressive. So why not treat yourself kindly this winter and whisk yourself off to a Carribean island for a perfectly rejuvenating yoga and meditation retreat.
Situated on the beautiful island of Barbados, you will spend 7 relaxing days loving yourself back to life. The trip includes daily meditation and yoga practice, massage therapy, raw food cuisine to kick start your system, plus some of the islands famous fish delicies (such as blackened red snapper) and deliciously healthy desserts. Who said you can't have your cake and be healthy! With Brazillian raw food chef Manuela Scalini on board and resident Bajan chef Anthony dishing up the culinary delights, you're in for a real tropical treat. Anyone for a Bajan berry coconut water?
With paddle board yoga, full moon sailing, sunrise and walking Meditation on top of all this, the 'Salute to the Sun Yoga retreat' on the breath taking beaches of Barbados really has got it all.
For more information, menus and schedule head over to https://wwww.quantumyoga.com
Celebrity massage therapist, Claudia Tessarin, the retreats resident therapist, is highly experienced in various massage techniques including Thai yoga, deep tissue, sports, classic Swedish and Indian head massage. Claudia works very closely with techniques that will suit you and all your needs. She mixes her therapies to your personal requirements and her intuitive care is simply outstanding. She recently started treating me and I cannot recommend her highly enough. I don't think I have ever had a better all round body rejuvenation treatment. Had me feeling human and well again in no time. I call her the holistic healer with a phenomenal heart.
For more information on how Claudia can help you, head over to her website at http://www.attivamassage.co.uk
Anyone fancy a little luxury villa in the Cote d'azur this summer? For around $5,000 a night, this little piece of riviera luxury can be all yours. With its 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, air jet spa, alfresco dinning, infinity pool and a floating staircase, this magnificent 20th century building comfortably sleeps 8 people and comes with your very own housekeeper and gardner. Set amongst the glamourous hills of Cannes, with amazing views over the coast line, this 'mini-chateaux' has been given a phenomenal make-over by award winning designers, offering the perfect place to relax in style.
Check out even more lovely villas here: https://www.luxuryretreats.com
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