Hello Ladies and Hello June! I'm so happy to see you! Finally summer is here and after what's certainly been a difficult and worrying few months around the World, I hope that I can bring a little positive joy. It's not easy to keep going with so much worry over politics and war, sickness and crazy people, however, we must, because what is life, if we let what life we do have, crumble away through fear? I say, stay strong, be vigilant, be smart, offer a helping hand to those in need and you'll be one of the phenomenal ones providing society with a huge dose of what it really needs - Kind, positive, smart, intelligent people. So to that end, let's not dwell or fear! But fight forwards and let's make it a sensationally sizzling summer for all. Come rain or shine! No matter what (and seeing as I'm starting to feel phenomenal again finally after the double op that saved my life) I am more than grateful and therefore, more than ready to rock the summer! I hope you are all too!
It's time for even more phenomenal behaviour, fabulous outfits, taking care of ourselves and each other and simply enjoying the wonderful things life has to offer on a daily basis. So this summer, yes, we are all about finding phenomenal ways to feel wonderful and as always, making time to live lives that serve us well. From motivational aids to fitness ideas, stylish outfits, smoking hot looks, glowing skin and sexy scents that’ll knock your date dead, I’m definitely looking to take it up a notch on the glam-ometer this season. Who's with me?
As always I’ve been having a phenomenal time gathering all the info for the magazine, especially testing products to get us beach body beautiful. Here at PLM we’re going with a simple, clean, fresh and chic look on the make up front this summer, so if you want the secret to Bella Hadid's sensational look at Cannes last month, take care of your skin and hair! Keep it simple ladies, fresh, elegant and classy. Eleganance is always beautiful, so let your wardrobe do the talking. Make like the French and achieve the natural wow-factor by pampering your body to perfection, limiting the bling and leaving most of the makeup layers at home. Phenomenal time saver too!
Also check out our Phenomenal Woman feature this month on cancer survivor and entrepreneur Tracey Broadway, who created an incredible collection of natural skincare products to aid in recovery after chemotherapy. It takes a special person to go through the havoc that cancer causes and come out on the other side smiling! and with a beautiful product line in tow. Phenomenal behaviour!
As always, I’ve been on a mission checking out more fabulous hotels in Paris and enjoying time with friends and family. So, if you fancy a little l’amour in the City of light, then check out my findings and deals on fabulous things to do when you get there. Whether you're interested in luxury living on the Cote d’azur, chilling in a tree house in Costa Rica, date night ideas, cosmetics, fashion, art, the theatre, or anything in-between, PLM’s mission is to bring you phenomenal suggestions for every occassion. As Women, we all work phenomenally hard, so it makes sense we enjoy a phenomenal life at play too! Go ahead, give yourself permission.
Life is for living, giving, sharing and doing whatever it takes to create a life that serves well. That's the phenomenal way, so never feel guilty for reaching for your dreams, or taking time out for yourself! It’s necessary in order to keep the rest of your world rocking the phenomenal scales! Remember ladies when you take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually, you set the correct standard by which you wish to be treated. So to that end I ask you to take a few moments to yourself to enjoy the magazine and discover things that may well inspire or motivate you into action. I believe that it is absolutely necessary to continue building towards that which moves you to be more, as I tell my daughter all the time, because without discovery, there is no growth. So go ahead ladies, step into your summer with an abundance mindset and enjoy every moment in the sun!
Love, light and phenomenal blessings to you as always,
Check out all of our Phenomenal Hot Picks for thE season
BEACH BODY BEAUTIFUL
With summer fast approaching and many of us thinking about a sunshine filled holiday break, it’s time to get ourselves ready for that phenomenal look at the beach, garden party or wherever you’re heading this year. I’m a great one for planning ahead and so operation beach body beautiful has begun. To be completely honest, it kind of began back in March, the thought of baring all on the french and Italian coast certainly motivated me to hit the gym and start the serious skincare marathon that a summer on the coast demands. So here are a few of my favourite summer friendly lotions and potions tested this month, that not only smell divine and work like a dream, but will have you perfectly gorgeous in no time. (Click the pics or links to see description) And even if you’re not going away this year, why not take some time out to pamper yourself the way you deserve and see how gorgeously you glow. Enjoy.
Don't forget to check out our shop pages for even more products, especially this seasons top cellulite creams if you fancy a 'Brazillian Bum!' - seriously! It's actually called that! But its fab!
For a quick fix and super simple summer glow, just blend on to lips and cheeks and you're good to go. Perfect!
Highlight and shimmer in all the right body places. Get those legs glowing.
Do the planet a favour and ditch the cotton wool balls and wet wipes by replacing them with this reusable eco-friendly make-up removing glove.
For super soft, shower fresh skin. Grab a body mitt.
You may not be wearing much makeup this summer as you'll want to show off your sun-kissed glow, but keep lips bright and fresh for the evening with Clarins Jolie Rouge Brilliant for perfect shine and an irresitable you.
Double-beauty duty with Lip Fixation's lip stain and lip gloss in one. Packed with botanicals, the stain soothes lips for comfortable, ultra-hydrating, buildable coverage. Fortified with natural plumping properties of ginger root and the moisturizing power of avocado oil.
For lash length, volume, intense colour, non irritant and the highest resulting waterproof mascara on the market, look no further than Dior Shadow! God bless Dior!
If you find you still want to cover up, opt for Clarins Extra Firming Foundation with SPF or try Pore perfecting mattifying foundation for older skin. (no spf in this one though!) I've been testing both of these two out and love them! Clean, light and flawless! I'm hooked!
SENSUAL summer SCENTS
I've tested so many perfumes this last month, I'm totally sniffed out! So here are a few of the rose based scents that I think are really lovely for summer. Other than my absolute number one favourite that is, my daily go to l'amour by Lalique (unfortunately you can only get this in Paris or Milan or at some airports in duty free.) I've also included Terre De Lumiere by L'occitane (voted number 1 by Vogue) which I thought smelt really special too. Although not of the rose variety, it has a warm summer evening vibe which is absolutely lovely. (Just click the pictures to find out what the scented notes and prices are). Ladies, It's time to get flirty floral fresh for a sensually sensational summer.
SOMETHING A LITTLE Special
FLEURS DE BULGARIE: A gorgeous and sophisticated scent made from the rarest Bulgarian rose essences with ambergris and musk providing depth and tenacity. Fleurs de Bulgarie, a beautiful fragrance specially created for the young Queen Victoria, created by the Royal perfume supplier Creed.
TOM FORD'S BLACK ORCHID: Captured in a finely fluted collector's bottle by world-famous crystal purveyors Lalique, here is a stunningly sensuous scent that is a rare treat. With notes of French jasmine, black truffle, citrus, ylang ylang, dark chocolate and more. Opulent luxury in a beautiful bottle.
HERMES PURE PERFUME REFILLABLE LOCK SPRAY: This luxury lock plays host to Hermes’ pure perfumes. Super glamorous, made to be taken out of a bag and admired. Designed to be refilled with any one of the five feminine scents, the Lock is a contemporary luxury reminiscent of a classic era.
FEATURED PRODUCT & PHENOMENAL WOMAN - TRACEY BROADWAY
Highborn's Four Phase Face Care System - The First Luxury Organic Beauty Collection for Women
“It’s about beauty. It’s about class. It’s about you.” is Highborn's tag line and it’s certainly Phenomenal Woman Mission's motto too. I’ve had the pleasure to test run the four phase skincare collection from this London based company and I have to say for natural, Paraben-free products, they’re definitely ticking all the phenomenal living criteria boxes beautifully. Created by Tracey Broadway, another phenomenal cancer survivor and skincare expert, this wonderful lady knows a thing or two about the beauty battle when it comes to dermatological repair after severe skin damaging treatments such as chemotherapy. As someone over 45 myself and who is now struggling with various skin ailments since my own illness, anything that reduces wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and sun damage and brings a youthful elasticity back into my face definitely gets my phenomenal vote.
First of all the products are beautifully packaged and come in a cute little black velvet pouch (nice touch Tracey!). The serum smells subtly divine and feels lovely on the face. Giving that slight tightening feel and leaving a delicate holiday boutique hotel smell. The lovely thick moisturiser on top really fed my dehydrated face, together leaving a healthy glow. The eye gel smells lovely too and smoothes on super easily like silk, a little certainly goes a long way. Finally the lip butter (I just love that she didn’t call it balm - butter just sounds so yummy) well what can I say, lip smackingly gorgeous. Lovely packaging for a lip butter, although maybe slightly too big for your evening purse, but as a travel companion, this is definitely coming everywhere with me! I’ve had a wonderful two weeks wearing only Highborn products and my face is thanking me for it. Definitely worth every penny. (each product can be bought separately. Check out the latest discounts on offer here).
As the crazy colourful, sensational sequin and flirty floral trends continue, we're looking at ways to mix it up for a bright and beautiful summer. From all white to garden bright, Phenomenal Living has got you covered for a sexy-sleek and stylish season.
From wedding attire to Ascot chic, or from beach to bar, summer certainly calls for more wardrobe changes than a Chanel runway. This season is bursting with so much choice that packing it all into your holiday case is not going to be easy. So we’ve picked out a few of our favourite, sexy, stylish looks and something a little more phenomenal than your usual itty bitty 2-bit bikini.
One the great things about summer packing you’d think is that days are warmer, clothes are lighter and flip flops occupy your feet for the best part of the day, so less stuff equals more suitcase space right? Wrong, especially this summer, with so much on offer it’s hard to pick a style let alone a few key items. I’m ready to party on down this summer in a bunch of gorgeous outfits that make me feel fabulous and full of fun when I head off for my travels across Europe this summer.
So I say go with a full on colour scheme (same way you would if decorating a room) pick 3 colours that blend and you’ve got outfits for days in just a few key pieces. The other way I do it when I have zero patience for outfit planning, I choose my usual base colour of black for all my key pieces and then dress it up and out with a plethora of colour should I want to brighten it up. Yes I know it’s summer and I’m talking about black, but as I said this season anything goes so a nice ‘shimmery summery black’ is in. And this season it’s covered in sequins! Black is always classic, always stylish and therefore always phenomenal. Throw in a Hermes scarf, a pair of Chanel shades or an oversized summer hat and you’ll have the paparazzi on your tail where ever you roam.
Not looking to bare all this summer? Or looking for something with a little more coverage? Then check out these hot numbers! Chic, sassy and classy is always a phenomenal look and there are lots to choose from. Click to see more.
Phenomenal Fits - Cups A-G
For a no bounce policy and a great range of named brand sports bras and swimwear head over to our friends at Boobydoo! There are some really amazing and gorgeous looking sports bras here ladies that will keep you perfectly in check for that exercise session. Feel great, look phenomenal! Click the pics and check them out.
If you want to stand apart from the commercial crowd with something a little regal and beautifully cultural, then check out these phenomenally striking designs from Nigerian-American designer Buki Ade, another phenomenal woman bringing her own take on glamour to the fashion world. Fabulous and fresh. https://bfyne.com/
Check out all the options and designer discounts for this summer on our shopping page. From wedding attire, garden chic, sexy soirée dresses and swimwear, PLM has got you covered! Or not so covered, if you fancy showing a whole lot of skin this summer! And why not I say. Click your way over here and see what’s good.
Rock the season Phenomenally.
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
There's always so much going on in London, New York and Paris over the summer months, it makes it hard to choose just one from each entertainment category, however here are our hot picks for this season, including two outstanding exhibitions that are the first of their kind and one of which showcasing the wonderful creations of Audrey Hepburn's designer and closest friend, Givenchy. I am super excited about this exhibition, after seeing the early Chanel and Dior exhibit in Paris a couple of years ago, I just know this exhibition from the Golden era's glamourous couple is going to be absolutely phenomenal. Whatever you get up to this summer, may it be filled with sunshine, fun, love and laughter. Enjoy the long days and phenomenal nights.
BALENCIAGA - MUSE BOURDELLE
The Palais Galliera is paying homage to the couturiers’ couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga with an exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle this July. Titled Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir, the exhibit resonates with the tonal style of the alchemist of haute couture. Here is a powerful, black-on-white dialogue with the great tailor and sculptor who gave us the barrel line (1947), the balloon (1950), the semi-fitted (1951), the tunic dress (1955), and the sack dress (1957). ‘Clothes were his religion’ - Dior. March 8th-July 16th, Musée Bourdelle, Paris.
CHAKA KHAN AT THE O2
Yes the diva is back with her powerful voice and show stopping presence. The 22 album, grammy award winning singer will be belting out our theme tune of “I’m every woman’ at the Indigo, O2 in London on Wednesday 12th June. Always a good gig when Chaka's on the mic!
COMME DES GARCON EXHIBIT
An exhibition that examines the work of publicity shy fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability, the show features approximately 140 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s. Kawakubo breaks down the imaginary walls between dualisms and exposes their artificiality and arbitrariness. Showing from May to September at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC
ERYKAH BADHU AT THE APOLLO
The Queen of Neo-Soul is back! Yes the phenomenal Erykhah Badu hits the UK with her 2017 tour at the Eventim London Apollo on the 6th and 7th July. Miss Badu will also be performing a set in Paris at the Palais de Congress on the 8th July before heading back to the USA.
HEPBURN & GIVENCHY EXHIBIT
The deliciously divine duo who quite simply changed the face of film and fashion (I mean seriously where would our wardrobes be without them!)are now being celebrated with a first time exhibition of the phenomenally classic designs Givenchy created for Miss Hepburn throughout the Golden age of Hollywood. Showing in Morges, Switzerland close to where Audrey lived and now rests in peace, the exhibition is a very welcome and rare opportunity to lay your eyes on probably the most famous outfits of all time.
ADELE AT WEMBLEY
Headline artist Adele will be at Wembley Stadium on June 28th and 29th and July 1st and 2nd with her Finale tour. Singing hits like ‘Someone like you’, ‘Rolling in the deep’, ‘Make you feel my love,’ and all the hits from the 25 album, It’s going to be a phenomenal concert.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Discover the story behind the sound that moved the World and the Man who started it all! Introducing Mr Berry Gordy, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and is as phenomenal as history denotes. The man responsible for launching legends such as, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross, to name but a few and with hit songs like, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ “Dancing In The Street’ and ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine,’ Motown the musical charts the story and songs of a phenomenal era and the birth of the World's greatest artists. Currently playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre. http://motownthemusical.co.uk
A musical set in a revolutionary time in American musical history. Charting the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago called, ‘The Dreams,’ the story unveils the tears and tantrums, the fabulousness and the hard lessons that love and the music industry often bring. Featuring of course the classic songs ‘I Am Telling You’ and ‘Listen’ and some phenomenal vocals, ‘Dream Girls’ will take you on an emotional journey and have you singing all the way home. A fave of mine - and one many of us have been waiting years to see in London’s West End.
I’m super excited that this award winning broadway musical (and one of my favourite Gene Kelly films of all time) has finally hit the London stage in fantastic fashion. Packed full of jazz standards from George and Ira Gershwin, 'An American in Paris' is truly a musical to treasure. Toe-tapping dance routines, gorgeous costumes, excellent cast and a swirling romance, what more does one need? Definitely one of this year's birthday treats for me. Watch this classic film come to life and bring the artistic romance of Paris into your world. Grab your tickets here.
LOVEBOX is back and this year sees Beyonce’s little sister Solonge, Kano and Rag ’n’ Bone Man and many others, hit the stage at this popular London summer festival originally created by Groove Armada and Jools Holland. Why not do two great things in one by becoming a volunteer and be a part of raising money for War Child - a charity that works in over 15 war torn countries across Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Latin America helping to keep safe and educate children caught up in these terrible conflicts. It’s time to really spread the Love! Fri July 14th & Sat July 15th - Victoria Park, London.
This intimate gathering is a festival anomaly, in many ways. It remains small at around 250 people, though it retains some of the best festival essentials - great music, good company and plenty of entertainment. With an emphasis on self-expression, communal spirit and exploring and discussing new ideas, the creators of this event offer you the ultimate weekend house party. I totally love the sound of this, with its Love Stop Cafe, swimming pool and giant Jenga games and all in a secret location too! How fabulous. Aug 17-21 2017. Read more about the festival here:
ONE LOVE FESTIVAL
Keeping that Bob Marley flame alive in the London suburbs, One Love Festival is a celebration of all things reggae in honour of the great man's famous 1978 One Love concert. September sees the festival hit Tunbridge Wells for three days, with camping (or single day tickets available) and plenty of seriously good vibes! Line-up includes: King Tubby Sound System, Derrick Morgan and Channel One Sound System. Go get your reggae on and chill to the sounds of the phenomenal Robert Nesta Marley.
Tunbridge wells - September.
THE NATIONAL TRUST
For only £64 a year you can visit some of the UK’s most beautiful homes, gardens, beaches and landscapes over and over again. (Membership also entitles you to free parking and house entry) plus you’ll be helping to preserve these treasured and idyllic spaces for your years to come. Now that’s phenomenal! So why not make a day of it with the family, or a loved one, grab a delicious picnic and a blanket and head off for a day in the sunshine (fingers crossed) at some of the UK’s most memorable houses and the incredible countryside that surrounds them.
With houses seen in films such as, Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, Sherlock Homes, Alice in Wonderland and James Bond - Die Another Day, there really are plenty of exciting scenes to discover. Step into Elizabeth Bennett's shoes and have a Darcy moment by stepping back in time at Chatsworth or Basildon Park House, or why not take a wander through Cliveden’s gorgeous house and gardens and be your very own Lady Astor for the day. If you're feeling flush then treat yourself to lunch in the Astor Bistro: a divine little restaurant that is reminiscient of a quiet little Parisian or Italian court yard. Delicious food, great service and a gorgeous feeling of going back in time.
You can even book a stay in one of the NT’s cottages for a romantic weekend. Sounds delightful! We love our little orange passes and plan to visit as many places as possible this year. Click here to find out more about the pass and the wonderful work that the NT do all year round. Great days out for all the family.
Catch a theatrical performance of Romeo and Juliet at Chatsworth House on August 20th and enjoy the beautiful gardens and surrounding area of this famous estate.
Enjoy a truly spectacular evening of classical music played by the phenomenal Philharmonic Orchestra on August 1st or a very cool live concert of soul, disco and pop favourites in the gardens on August 2nd.
Leeds Castle, Kent.
This 900-year-old castle has several handfuls of outdoor events going on this summer, including, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who will also be playing an outdoor concert here in the grounds.
There will also be tours of the woodlands and gardens and outdoor film screenings of Dirty Dancing and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sounds good to me.
Date Night DIVAS - LONDON
Whether your going on a first date, celebrating an anniversary or out with your besties, we found some interesting options for an afternoon or evening get together with a twist. Who said dinner and drinks had to be average.
THE MEWS - MAYFAIR - Cocktail mixing class
Deep leather sofas, Mad Hatter Queen Anne chairs and a stunning 18th Century chandelier adorn this glamorous lounge bar. Throw in a welcome drink, nibbles and a little mixology class, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade with one of Mayfair’s expert bartenders and you’ve got yourself a perfect date night. And all for £30! You’ll probably learn more about your date in this class alone than on a 4 hour dinner date too.
Cocktail making is fabulously fun, especially when it all goes horribly wrong, you’ll both have plenty of tricks to try out and plenty to laugh about on top. Why not give it a go at the lovely Mews of Mayfair. If you prefer an afternoon date, The Mews also does a phenomenal afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and fab cakes. So go ahead, treat yourself, and take a quintessentially British tea in their gorgeous Art Gallery. (You may just prefer to do this one with your girls, but surprisingly some guys actually like to take tea!) Either way have fun and just enjoy the moments. http://www.mewsofmayfair.com
**HUSH BAR AND BRASSERIE - Gin & Jams Afternoon Tea
Another quintessentially British tea experience served in the beautiful surroundings of Blades. But with a twist! There’s a little kick in the form of gin! Gin & Jam cocktails include flavours like jasmine lotus, tonka beans and lavender and the set up looks pretty awesome too. If you like Gin and jam, then you’ll love this.
Again, if tea is not your thing, and you’re looking for something a little more masculine for him, then take a seat in the brasserie at Blades for a delicious platter of steak, lobster and a choice of the finest whiskies and wines. Hush’s ethos is that it is a private members club but without the membership. Cool! A definite nod to the private members club of James Bond's M in style, Blades is a fabulously stylish piece of British culture that might make for a more phenomenal date than the local bar.
DRINK - SHOP - DO
Cafe by day, bar by night and lots of fun things to do! Discreetly tucked away in a Victorian bathhouse, Drink, Shop & Do are all about good times. By day it’s a little café and spritz bar, serving specialty teas, coffees, healthy lunches and dreamy cakes, but by night, it becomes a merry den of drinking and dancing with cool DJ’s spinning old school classics. Here is definitely a
place where guests can really reconnect with their inner big kid because if you’re keen to get crafty and play the kind of games that are supposed to be played, then here is where you will find it all. From Lego Robots, Clay, board games, Papier Maché Monsters and a Lionel Rich Tea and bagels, how could anyone say no! It’s free before 10pm, so Just buy a drink and get stuck in and if your dates going that well, you can party on right through till 2am. Either way you won't be short of things to talk about here. Oh and you can actually buy the items on the walls or even your teaspoon if you fancy that too! Now that’s phenomenally cool.
THE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: A two hour session of bottomless boardgames, bagels, Bloody Mary’s and/or Prosecco at a snug Kings Cross bolthole. It’s what weekends were made for! http://www.drinkshopdo.co.uk
THE PIANO WORKS
For a date night with a difference head over to The Piano Works, London’s only non-stop live music venue where the audience decide the repertoire. Could get messy! Based in the heart of Farringdon, grab yourselves a drink and slip back into the chilled vibe of live music and singers performing on stage. With a series of old songs and new, this chilled atmosphere, set in a Victorian space and with a dance floor too, is a great spot to really get your vibe on and have some fun.
HEALTH & HAPPINESS
Being healthy and happy are surely top priorities on every phenomenal woman’s list right? If not, then it's time to re-evaluate that and start taking steps to putting your health plan into action now. In order to live any kind of life, let alone a phenomenal one, you need to be in a position of optimum health, so paying attention to our body and mind's needs should always be a number one priority. Listen to your body carefully! What is it telling you? If you struggle to muster up the energy to do any form of exercise, remember this - How are you going to change the world in any way if you can't even look after yourself?
It’s important to live a life that serves you well and by that, I mean that you are fully able to make the right choices to bring success, joy and happiness into your life on a consistent basis. A happy and calm mind, healthy and full heart, active body and free spirit are my go to goals when approaching everything in life and I use this formula whenever I’m taking on something new. I ask myself, does this new job, regime, relationship etc fulfil my happy health barometer? i.e: does it make me happy, calm (or excited depending on the situation) does it keep me healthy, active and do I feel free and full when doing it? If the answer is no to more than one of these, then I drop it in a flash. No woman has time to waste on anything that does not serve them well.
If on the other hand you are struggling to get it all done, take some time out to look after yourself properly, this means having a good balance of rest and activity! Your body needs both to work at optimum levels. Also find the best fitness options to suit your body (we do not all require a 4 hour gym session every day). Every persons body and inner make up is different and therefore, will require different types of exercise. Boxing, salsa and yoga work best for me personally and I enjoy them the most too. So find something you really enjoy to initially get you moving towards a state of peak health. When you love what you do, you’ll do more of what you love!
You see, when you invest in your health and things that help you to grow as a person, you are then able to heal and therefore smile again. By paying attention to these things then and only then are you truly taking care of yourself! Mentally, physically and spiritually! So remember, no matter how hard you think it is, you absolutely must make it a priority to do something that performs at least one of these fit functions on a daily basis.
It takes all kinds of things to make us happy and healthy, so whether it be something super healthy that nourishes us physically, or perhaps a little indulgence to make us smile every now and then, I believe that both are equally important. But it’s most important to choose the type of life that serves your needs best! That way you will be happy and healthy enough to serve others that need you! And that is truly what the world needs - supportive, strong, healthy, happy, positive, kind people who can make life better for someone else - one individual at a time. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that chain of positivity? So to that end, here are a few very simple and fun things I love (outside of my own daily exercise regime) that will support and/or kick start your own fitness plan.
DETOX AND NUTRIENT UP
Learning to love drinking anything green for some can be a challenge, but the importance of nutrient boosting and/or detoxing and purifying our bodies is paramount to our overall health and certainly sets us up for longer life. Take it from one who hated vegetables for 30 years, who now eats almost nothing but, due to living with an auto immune disorder. It’s essential to get in as much as I can as my body sadly doesn't hold much or for long. I kick start my system into the correct gear everyday by juicing and smoothie making. I particularly like a mix of spinach, kiwi, banana, fresh pineapple, coconut water and chia seeds. It’s delicious. Carrot, orange, apple and beetroots are delicious too! For a morning (or nightime detox, I juice lemon and parsley and add a lot of water and every other day, add apple cider vinegar. Some juices may look yucky, but you’ll learn to love them in no time and you will most definitely be feeling super phenomenal after just a few days. Go ahead and get blending, your body really is crying out for this stuff.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Thai massage, an ancient healing system that combines acupressure, firm massage, Indian Ayurvedic principles and assisted yoga stretches and absolutely the most phenomenal massage I have ever had! It uses the gentle pressure on energy lines and the yoga-like stretching to relax the whole body on a much deeper level. This traditional Thai massage provides more benefits than any other treatment I’ve ever tried. After my favourite therapist Claudia finished with me, I felt like a brand new person. Relaxed and super happy and my body felt about 10 years younger that’s for sure. Claudia is based in Italy, but if you can't make it to the beautiful countryside of Italy, then here are 2 great spots in London that you might like to try, if you haven’t already,
HOT SHAPE PLANKING
Really not much to say about this one except just do it! A one minute plank at least everyday will make a huge difference. You’ll even see and feel results in 2 weeks. Start with as much as you can handle, even if that is only 30 seconds, that’s just fine and then build up a few seconds each day. If you want to strengthen your core, back, glutes, hamstrings and pretty much every part of your body, planking gives every muscle group a decent workout! (Due to the strength engagement needed to hold the position). Holding your body weight up 6 or so inches of the floor (depending on how you perform plank) will do that for you. Planking is one simple exercise that will give you all that you require for less time than it takes to drink a cappuccino. So if you hate the gym or can’t jog, then start planking and walking and watch that belly fat melt away and those arms tone up in no time. Think you don’t have time? Think again - I do my morning magazine reads during mine these days. Yep multi-tasking in this way can certainly prove to be very productive. Give it a try, a little at a time and trust me, you’ll start hitting the floor pretty much anywhere you can - well, anywhere you won’t possibly look insane that is! The supermarket isle is probably not the best place to randomly drop and plank!
If you’re looking for a little extra help with shedding those pounds, then get your sweat pants on whilst planking (or walking, at the gym or even cleaning the house!) No I’m not talking about your cotton, sit on the sofa ‘boyfriend-baggies’, but a pair of hold it all in, shinny black pair of thermo Hot Shapers! Designed with Neotex smart fabrics technology, these lovely little short-leggings work to increase your core temperature therefore, helping your body to sweat! They also squeeze in your unsightlies whilst your body sweats all the harmful unwanted fats away. Sweat as much as you like, no one can see it as it’s all held discreetly within the special inner lining of the leggings. I bought a pair and love them. They actually make me want to go for a run knowing I will double-sweat away the fat and feel great! What a simply great incentive. Oh and there's a waist and tummy hot shaper too! Excellent news
Featured Phenomenal Woman - Lorraine Pascal
Sugar may not be the healthiest food option, but a little bit of something sweet every now and again is good for your happiness I say. As a lover of cakes and treats myself, as well as all things spinach and avocado! I’d like to introduce you too a little bit of happiness from the Queen of Cakes herself.
Born in East London and adopted into a white family at 18 months old, I feel a connection with this phenomenal woman, whose beginning in life certainly mirror my own. TV Chef Lorraine Pascale started her work journey as a model, when spotted by Naomi Campbell’s New York agent, at only 16. Not only did she appear in Sports illustrated and the Robbie Williams 'Millenium' video as a Bond girl, but this beauty became the first black British model to appear on the cover of American Elle.
Realising that modelling has a short shelf life, Lorraine did what all phenomenal women do and carved herself a new career from her passion for all things baking. Graduating with a first class degree in Culinary Arts in 2012, Pascale has since established herself as a specialist cake maker, with a contract with Selfridges (at the suggestion of chef Marco Pierre White) presented three BBC Television programmes ‘Baking Made Easy,’ ‘Home Cooking Made Easy’ and “Fast, Fresh and Easy Food,’ all of which followed with a publishing deal, for books based on the series, alongside presenting her own six-part television series, ‘How to be a Better Cook, for SKY TV. And if that wasn't enough, this phenomenal woman has now opened her own shop, Ella's Bakehouse, in Covent Garden. Way to go Lorraine!
Lorraine Pascale has certainly been a super busy woman, in not just one, but two industries that aren't always easy for women. A patron of TACT, the UK's largest fostering and adoption charity (something I too am passionate about as an adoptee) Lorraine is also an ambassador for charities Rays of Sunshine and The Prince's Trust both of which do phenomenal work. (See charity section below). Phenomenal! Feats and achievements and inspiring people are things we like to shout about and celebrate here at PWM and definitely promote in the magazine. Do check out Lorraine’s books and read the charity section below to find out more about the great work that is being done on a daily basis. Lorraine Pascale is a total joy to watch and makes baking an absolute pleasure, so why not get your happy on and give the culinary goddess in you a whip round the kitchen this weekend. Happy baking everyone.
Award winning beaches, rugged natural landscapes, healing waters, delicious food, lively music and a colourful culture, what’s not to love about Portugal. If you’re looking for fun, tranquility and culture all rolled into one, then why not head off to one of the country’s sandy white beaches, such as Vilamoura, Praia da Roch and Praia da Marinha in Carveiro to name just 3 of the 88 beaches flying the blue flag. With breathtaking views and plenty of 5 star resorts for half the price of its luxurious neighbours along the coasts of the Amalfi and the Cote D’azure, Algarvian culture, with its superb hospitality, awaits you with arms wide open.
If you’re looking for a deal on a family holiday, then check out Tivoli hotel group. With 5 beach hotels to choose from, including the newly refurbished Carvoeiro Hotel, you’re sure to find something amazing to suit all your needs.
DECCAN ODYSSEY - INDIA
Fancy something a little different? Then why not take a trip on the Deccan Odyssey and travel through India’s timeless traditions and exotic landscape on the World’s leading luxury train. With 21 spacious and elegant carriages, representing the various eras of the Deccan dynasties, plus a multi-cuisine restaurant, well stocked bar, high-tech conference cart and a spa & massage cabin, you certainly won’t be short of anything your heart desires. So hop on this private palace on wheels and travel in luxury to dreamy destinations and discover India in a way you’ve never seen before.
What you will see.
With 6 different journeys to choose from, including Jewels of the Deccan and the Hidden Treasures of Gurjurat, the Deccan Odyssey will bring you mystery, opulence and intrigue as the train snakes her way through Royal cities, a unesco heritage site, vineyards, beaches and past wild tigers of the bush country. Here is where you will discover the traditions and culinary wonders of an amazing country in a totally unique and phenomenal way.
Lalit Hotel London
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to India, why not bring india to you with a luxury nights stay at the UK’s new Indian hotel, the Lalit in London. Famous for their Hotels in Goa and Mumbai, this family run hotel chain now bring their luxury, culture and expertise to the capital. Ornamented with custom-made art, juxtaposing Indian culture with quintessential British charm, this charming hotel is exotic and palatial. If you’re not looking to travel abroad this year, then why not book a West End show and stay the night at the Lalit. Perfect little weekend trip away.
Well it’s that time of year again when the handbags start flying and the big hats come out! Of course I’m talking about a day at the races in our Royal county. Yes it’s that time of year when the fabulously stylish fashion parade hit Ascot. Why not up the glamour stakes this year and make an exciting occasion unforgettable by treating yourself to a little fine dining at one of Ascot's Michelin starred restaurants. With the finest in Champagne and wine, Raymond Blanc trained chefs and incredible service, you are sure to have a phenomenal meal. Grab yourself a little luxury and whether you opt for the finery of the parade restaurant, or the vibrancy of the Villiers (including DJ) you’ll be sure to get a wonderful view of the Royal procession, the parade ring and have the most memorable day. Prices start from £269, but hey I know women who buy shoes for more! Go ahead, put on your glad rags and live it up like Royalty for a day. Check out the restaurants and packages here.
MOET & MONACO
The Cote d’azur, one of the most glamorous coast lines in the world and home to Prince’s and Princesses. If you happen to be in Monaco this summer and dreaming about sipping champagne and living it up like Beyonce and Jay Z on a yacht, then fear not, we’ve found a little bit of affordable luxury onboard a private yacht of your very own. Grab yourself a fantastic tour of this exquisite coast line that hosts the French an Italian elite and experience Monaco in style, with your own personal skipper. Sail through the beautiful seaside towns of Menton and Beaulieu, past the private celebrity-owned villas, jump into that azure blue water for a swim, or snorkel, or just sunbathe on deck and sip your Champagne. Hit the riveriera and soak up the scenery in grand style. Ok, so it’s not a 200ft yacht with George Clooney at the helm, but it’s certainly a phenomenally affordable way to live a life of luxury in one of the most glamorous places on the planet. If you pay a little more, you’ll get a full days cruise and Champagne on tap And why not? Because unlike 007, you only live once right! Check out Viator below for an example of the trips they offer. Some great deals for what I would say, is one of the most thrilling and relaxing things to do whilst in Monaco. There is peace out at sea! Or you can party, that's up to you. Go ahead and get your Princess on! https://www.viator.com/tours/Monaco/Private-Luxury-Yacht-Cruise-from-Monaco-with-Personal-Skipper/d948-5419BOAT?pub=vcps
PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
THE RITZ - PARIS
If you're looking for a little luxe and l’amour then Paris is always a good idea right? Last month I had the pleasure of spending some time back here in my second home and checked out some luxury home away from home hotel options (which of course had to include the newly refurbished Ritz) Decadent and superior are definitely words to describe this typically French establishment and trust me when I say, ‘Service to perfection.’ After a trip to the Ritz, service anywhere else will just seem lacking in comparison! Nothing, and I mean nothing, is too much here and the attention to detail is phenomenal. Luxury is the norm and the customer truly is Queen! But if you really want to feel like Royalty (fashion Royalty that would be) and have a cool 18,000 euros a night going spare, then book yourself into the Chanel Suite Yes! that's right, they actually have a Chanel suite and Spa here and yes, I am totally in love with them both. Decadent luxury in the heart of Paris, once you stay here, you’ll never want to leave, let alone stay anywhere else. ‘Hi Honey, I'm home!’
Maison Favart - For those of us not flashing that kind of cash just yet, here are some other gorgeously glam options for you, on what I call a 'sensible luxury budget.' Live the ultimate Parisian experience in a luxury home away from home at the deliciously divine Maison Favart, a real Parisian house over looking the Opera. And not just any old house, these are the cosy little apartments of Charles Simon and Justine Favart Ronceray, the famous couple at the heart of the Opera Comique heyday in the 18th century. Stay in this beautifully decorated home with its relaxation bath, hot tub and the facilities of a chic 4 star hotel. Luxury living and a little bit of history in a totally fabulous area where I stay a lot. What’s not to love. Check it out for yourselves here.
The second option is the Maison Albar, a brand of luxury boutique hotels with a hundred year history. If you’re looking for stylish design, French elegance and a truly personal touch, then you'll certainly find it at all three Paris Albar residences. The Albar Celine, which I stayed in, is a stones throw from the Seine, with Pont neuf literally 200 meters to the right and Les Halles (Paris' largest central shopping centre) to the left as you exit the hotel. With its relaxing Spa and pool area and fabulous rooms, it’s perfect for a romantic weekend in the City of light and love. The other 2 hotels are on the Champs Elysees and in Opera district (like The Favart) both just steps away from the major department stores. The Albar Opera Diamond not only has chairs with shoes on (yes, check out the pictures) but pays homage to Women and to the most precious of jewels of all, the diamond. That therefore, not only 100% makes it onto our phenomenal hotels list, but will also, most definitely, be the venue for our next Phenomenal Woman retreat! All boasting Phenomenal service and all phenomenal places to relax and enjoy a wonderfully luxurious stay in Paris with your loved one, or friends. Check it out here.
Even more books I've enjoyed from phenomenal minds! Get your motivation on by checking out these fab reads. Just click pics to read synopsis and price check.
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to girls and boys across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
The Trust is always grateful to individuals who choose to raise money so that more real hair wigs can be purchased for poorly boys and girls.
War Child campaigns on the root causes of conflict and demands that children are at the centre of humanitarian responses. The Mission: To protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. The charity help to educate, protect and equip chldren, in these devastating circumstances, with skills and hope for the future. https://www.warchild.org.uk
Many of the young people who the Princes Trust help are in, or leaving, care, facing homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The Trust has returned £1.4 billion in value to society through their help for disadvantaged young people over the last ten years alone. Phenomenal! Their free programmes give young people key skills, boost confidence and motivation, plus provide the practical and financial support these young people need to stabilise their lives.
The UK's largest fostering and adoption agency! As a child of adoption, I support this with all my heart. All children have the right to a secure, stable and loving family who will be there to support them throughout their childhood and beyond. See how you can get involved and change a child's life forever! I am super grateful for mine! https://www.tactcare.org.uk
PHENOMENAL WOMEN FRIENDS
Every season I like to celebrate at least 3 women doing phenomenal things and women who provide services that help us to elevate, grow, move forwards, succeed and feel better about ourselves. Why? because when women truly come together and support each other fully, the impossible becomes possible and amazing things happen! Our philosophy at the Phenomenal woman Mission is to celebrate ourselves and each other and to motivate and guide each other to live lives thats truly serve. So here are this months 3 phenomenal friends knocking it out the park with their visions and all 3 of which, can help you to achieve your vision too. Just like PWM, we are here to help, celebrate and support. If you would like to make it onto our PWF list next season get in touch and let us know.
Author of Sharing Bananas, Gesmay belives that winners never quit and quitters never win and shares this motivationsal philosophy in her latest book. I had the pleasure of working with her and she is an absolute joy and has amazing stories. Check her out.
Founder of In The Faith Lane, Daniela Gabrielle is doing amazing things helping go-getters take their big vision from idea to reality. Always positive, creative and forward thinking, here is a multi-talented woman with energy and vision for days. Check her out.
Looking for your phenomenal man? Well you won't find a more phenomenal woman to help you on the matchmaking front. Meet Siobhan, who is doing an amazing job bringing wonderful couples together. If cupid's not calling you, then call Siobhan at Catch me cupid
SONG FOR THE SEASON
Of course heading into a sizzling summer, this season's song had to be our company's and upcoming show's theme tune, I'm Every Woman. Remember ladies, it really is All in YOU! Get your phenomenal on and go change the world!
AUTUMN ISSUE OUT SEPTEMBER!
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading and shopping or browsing and getting your ideas on for your bucket list perhaps! Please do spread the love and share my little magazine with your friends and family. Every little helps (as ASDA like to say). Well it's the begining of a new month and for me, well. I'm off to finish my next book amongst other things and enjoy the good weather (fingers croseed!) but I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing you back here in the Autumn for the next issue of PLM - Filled with more product hot picks! entertainment! travel tips! motivation! discounts! and much more! So do come back and join us in September for a fabulous dose of seasonal motivation and lashings of Autumnal glamour.
Until then, stay phenomenal beautiful people and continue to strive for all that you truly desire! Make decisions with intention, chose wisely and live a life that truly serves you!
Love, light and phenomenal blessings to all.
LIVE A LIFE THAT SERVES AND BECOME YOUR GREATER SELF