Well Hello Spring! And a huge welcome to all my phenomenal readers old and new! It’s been a moment, but I’m back after a long battle with a crippling illness (I'm sure I'll be blogging about that subject soon!) but right now, I am just super excited to be back to work and aiming for phenomenal targets once again. Targets which this year see me finishing my next book 'Phenomenal Man,' designing my fashion label and finishing production work on my brand new show. Exciting! But firstly, I am extremely happy to bring you the Spring edition of Phenomenal Living magazine.
An online magazine style resource for women, packed with seasonal hot picks and lifestyle recommendations to help you to live a truly phenomenal life. No fuss, no frills, just another little black book of phenomenalisation! Live a life that serves - Become a greter you!
In this seasons issue I start the new 'Phenomenal Friends' section, plus the PWM fashion and beauty store, with plenty of style ideas for phenomenal looks. It’s really been so much fun creating the content this month and I am super excited by all the new stuff that is happening here at PWM and PWM International. Make sure you stay tuned!
So this season I'm showcasing hot products that really work (always tried and tested by myself and my team) and as always the latest in fashion trends, health ideas in our health and happiness section, fantastic books to get into and cool events to attend, plus, a bunch of other wonderful ideas that work towards helping you live a phenomenal life. I aim to deliver a nice blend of goodies that help to balance mind, body and spirit in every way. Phenomenal Living anyone? Well that's what this is all about. Remember, if you can't look after yourself, then how can you help anyone else to thrive?
One of this companies key philosophies is that we as women evolve, step out of our comfort zone and step into our greater selves. We are of course all unique and therefore require different things out of life. However, no matter what type of life platform you choose to create for yourself, whether it be a life of solitude and meditation, or fast cars and yaughts, or somewhere in-between, I believe that there is nothing more valuable than living a life you truly love and cherishing the life you create. The greatest asset of all of course is Love! And it's an asset that reaps the greatest reward. Invest in it wisely. Here at PWM my intention is therefore, to motivate and drive awareness, to give encouragement and support, to bring a little luxury and a lot of learning and as always a helpful reminder to take care of yourselves and each other as you walk through this wonderful thing called life. Whether you need motivation, a product or a holiday, our aim is to bring you phenomenal items and discounts that really make a difference. So grab yourself some downtime right now and enjoy a few moments of phenomenalisation.
Simply click on the pictures of the things you like (or the link below if pic click is not available) and go directly to the product info and purchase page. Don't forget, if you like our recommendations, or want to reccommend your own phenomenal hot tips, then please do get in touch. I love hearing from you all. Enjoy the collection and stay phenomenal ladies.
And IN OSCAR WINNING NEWS
Its been an interesting start to the year hasn’t it, what with all the Brexit drama in the UK and the Obamba administration exit in the USA (sadly leaving the country in the care of quite possibly the most un-phenomenal human being on the face of the planet! And that's putting it politely! So it really isn't so easy to remain positive and push forwards, but we must focus on creating greater outcomes, rather than the fear of negative returns. Lets start by celebrating and giving gratitude to the phenomenal women of the moment who have helped us all to either change, fight forwards or become inspired. Top of the hot list of course has tobe one of the most inspiring first ladies to grace the White House, the phenomenal Michelle Obama! With effortless charm, intelligence and unbending passion, this woman has quite simply changed lives and the course of history for so many. You truly are a phenomenal woman and we honour you in our own PWM Gallery.
I'd of course like to celebrate and congratulate actress Viola Davis on her 2017 Oscar win. Incredible and graceful, you are so deserved of this recognition. Previously nominated for her roles in films ‘The Help’ and ’Doubt,’ the super talented Miss Davis has finally been awarded not only an Oscar, but a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an NAACP image award for her phenomenal performance in August Wilson's ‘Fences.’ Totally phenomenal. Her acceptance speech was so good that Jimmy Kimmel joked that she just got nominated for an Emmy. A huge historical milestone for black women and the black community as a whole. Phenomenal achievements by women of colour and we are all absolutely celebrating that.
Based on the untold story of women who were definitely on a mission at NASA, comes another Oscar winning and truly remarkable film of black achievement this year in 'Hidden Figures.' Staring Jonelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia spencer, the film portrays the phenomenal story of the three remarkable women behind one of the greatest operations in space history. Please do check it out if you haven't already as history was made here by black women in an impossible time and that, should be phenomenally celebrated.
Go a little deeper and check out the incredible real life story of these women here in an interview with Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book that inspired the film.
OSCAR WINNING LOOKs!
How about getting your own red carpet look on? Got a red carpet event or gala to attend? Or still looking for your daughters perfect prom dress? Well, if you don't fancy splashing out on an expensive designer dress that most likely wont ever be worn again, wht not rent one? If you fancy a little designer magic and with prom just around the corner, check out 'Rent The Runway' who offer a perfect solution. They also rent out jewellery! Ooh they're just so celebrity red carpet! Love it.
To rent or buy when it comes to designer clothing? Well if you can't bear to part with the garments you hired and fancy owning a designer dress, well you're in luck, as Rent the Runway open their doors this month to a designer clearance sale. Excellent news all round, as it's a great way to get your hands on some really phenomenal classics and for less than half the price! Check it out here and see what goodies you find.
Fashion & BEAUTY NEWS
Spring is on its way in full vibrant colour this year on the fashion front. From ombre and bolshy bolds to an overlay of glitter, the catwalks were awash with 80's retro throw backs. As someone who lived tragically through this the first time, I'm not overly enthused. Out with the perfect pastels and sensible shades though, as this spring is all about crazy colour with no shortage of shimmer. Bright block colour, deconstructed stripes, glitter ladden lips and sleek side partings are all just a part of this seasons trends. Check out our fashion and beauty hot picks below. Why not have fun and go get your glitter on.
COSMETICS - HOT PICKS!
VB Eye Metals Eyeshadow
Create intense, sooty black eyes with this pressed gel-creme formula from Victoria Beckham’s new collection. An innovation in eye shadow, it’s dense pigment delivers a deep, rich, almost-black shade with a touch of pearl. For a sexy, wet-look and feel, pick up some eye metal shadow and blend it like Beckham.
Smashbox Legendary Lipstick
Be Legendary! Well a big fat yes to that I say. In keeping with this seasons super bold colours, this glam red, glides on easily and stays gorgeous all day long. Formulated by photo studio professionals, smashbox deliver a moisturising and vitamin packed lipstick. With superhero staying power and a feathery light feel, this photo finish lippy's definitely got you covered!
Morning Aura Illuminating Creme
Yet another treat from the new VB Estée Lauder collection this season. Part moisturiser, part brightening primer, this beautiful creme contains micro-pearls that instantly illuminate and brighten your skin, giving you that fresh morning glow. Yippee. Apply any time, in the morning or with or without makeup. Wake up your look and feel fabulous with minimal effort. Phenomenal!
skincare HOT PICKS
Aerin Rose Night Cream & Masque
This nourishing moisturiser prevents dryness and boosts brightness. Infused with AERIN's exclusive rose complex, this floral infused cream lifts and moisturise dull and dehydrated skin, revealing a fresh, radiant skin that feels beautifully smooth. A little more expensive, but a lovely little luxury that smells divine and will have you waking up feeling fabulous.
Les Merveilleuses by Laduree
Introducing Laduree's Le Merveilleuses - For the 'marvelous,' eccentric and elegant woman! The famous french patisserie now bring you a beautifully packaged product that creates a little luxury for women who just enjoy being women. A phenomenal indulgence - especially if you pick up a box of their famous macaroons to go too. I’ll be stocking next month in Paris.
Estee Lauder, Perfectionist
For those perfectionist's out there looking to boost flawless skin and save on selfie filters, opt for Estee Lauder's wrinkle lifting and firming serum. With its CPR-75 correct and repair technology doubling collagen power, say bye bye to lines and wrinkles and hello to plump and smooth skin in as much as a week! Want to be photo ready? Then go get your serum on!
A professional quality, non toxic, animal product free facial! Here's a resurfacing exfoliator that will replenish, revive and reveal a much more radiant you. For baby soft skin and improved texture and tone, what's not to love? Apart from the fact that it's provided by a company called Drunk Elephant. Awesome.
Oribe's Gold Lust shampoo reawakens glossy, healthy hair. This rejuvenating, bio-restorative cleanser combines a mixture of healing oils and extracts of cypress, argan and maracuja. Balance your scalp and reinforce the strength of every strand with Oribe's collection. Check out all their produts here.
A skin firming cream for face and neck. With an immediate firming affect, this cream will give your skin a more lifted and defined appearance. Packed with black tea, black cherry and Goji berry, for younger looking skin, this lovely little potion sounds as delicious as it is phenomenal. I'll take two please.
RUNWAY READY SPRING FASHION
This seasons runways were certainly filled with a mish mash of frivolous fashions. Lost in a sea of cinched waistlines, deconstructed stripes, bold block colour and seriously shocking shades of pink, Spring 2017 looks like it’s going for Gold in the ‘clash of the items’ stakes.
If mixing see through clothing with flourescent florals wasn’t enough of a sight for sore eyes, it looks as though the 80’s is back! Again! I remember the first time round and the second mediocre revival attempt and that was enough for me. I have to say on first glance I struggled to find anything particularly phenomenal and exciting to add to my own wardrobe so as to step out in the new Spring style. With a hot mess of colour and pattern blinding my sight line, I decided that the best thing about this seasons overall fashion faux pas for me was the added trend to simply 'mix and match.’ Excellent! So in conclusion: wear pretty much anything you like. Now that is phenomenal.
When looking at the runway productions overall our favourites have to be Marc Jacobs for New York Fashion Week with Candy coloured dreadlocks, pastel platforms and fur-collared A-line coats in metallic lamé, Marc Jabobs certainly caught my eye. Who else would cover coats in rainbow-patterned holographic sequins and add feathers to a crocheted cardigan? Thumbs up from us for an exciting looking show. My love affair with Chanel and Dior still reigns supreme, however, the phenomenal favourite for style has to go to YSL for mixing the seasons trends in a sexy and classy way. Not easy to be classy with your 'lady lumps' on full show!
WhatS A GIRL to wear?
So what am I going to take from this seasons collections? Well I’m definitely going with Dior's take on the season with see through tuile and a cute box jacket, but perhaps not whilst doing the weekly shop. So I'll opt for a romantic flirty floral number (aka Zimmermans ready to wear line below) plus a little stripe coupled with a flirty fabulous tuile skirt. Ok so maybe still a little much for the supermarket, but definitely a spring daytime favourite. Our PW style guide says always keep it strong, classy, feminine and romantic ladies. 360 degrees of fabulous!
I'm also loving the trend mix of see through dresses and bright florals, as seen on the left here with Actress Yara Shahida looking absolutely beautiful in Dolce and Gabbana and sporting the classy slick side parting I see. A modern twist on a vintage look - just the kind of fabulous and classy look we like here at PWM.
I could of course go Valentino! Anyone for a sequened piano keyboard skirt and gold encrusted box jacket? Yeah me neither, so I think I'll stick with the cute power suits from YSL and a touch of Dior. Either way to follow or not to follow is not really the question, the only phenomenal thing you need to remember is that being uniquely you and playing with this seasons multiple trends could really be a lot of fun. So why not save some money and play mix and match with what's currently in your wardrobe and come up with a phenomenal new you and spring happily into the new season.
What are your favourite looks from the season? how would you mix and match? let us know in the comment section below. Who knows we may just love your idea enough to try it out.
For more hot picks and best buys in fashion & beauty and to discover classical elegance and where to get it , check out our shopping page and rock this and every season phenomenally.
HEALTH & HAPPINESS
Leaving the treats behind is certainly not an easy option (personally that is not an option at all!) but surely a little of what you fancy every once in a while is a good thing right? Well it is when it’s dairy, egg, nut and gluten free and not an animal product in sight! Welcome to Yorica, where big treats and big toppings are not only good for you, but they taste delicious too. A perfectly healthy, happy balance right in the centre of London’s Soho.
Everyone knows eating right is key to sustaining great health, but who said healthy had to be boring. Why not get creative and make a designer salad like above or throw some beetroot, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber and chilli seeds into your plain old salad leaves and dress with garlic infused olive oil? One of my faves. Salad doesn't have to be boring or leave you feeling hungry. Get creative the mix and enjoy really good food.
Why not check out our book recommendation for 'Deliciously Ella' below with wonderful ideas for healthy eating and a perfectly happy you. Or head over to Weighthouse Street and treat yourself to a phenomenal lunch at their gorgeous London deli. Bon appettit.
DIFFUSING - THE WAY TO GO
Fill your home with your favourite fragrance, lift your mood and relieve stress. This little diffuser here is perfect for stubborn smoking and pet odors, allergies, sleep, cold and flu symptoms too. Personally I love not only how they refresh my home with the aromatherapy fragrances I pick out each day, but how it's safer, cheaper and much healthier than burning candles. Bring the spa vibes home with you and create the right mood or health benefits for you. Trust me, Sleep has never been so peaceful or breathing so refreshing. I have 3 for different infusions in my home. (see options below).
Below I have highlighted some good diffuser choices for you. I have the first and 4th one.
These products from natural skincare company Cowshed certainly encompass the idea of healthy and happy when it comes to getting in the shower. So it was a no brainer to add them to this section. If you fancy super natural bath treats that make you laugh, well Cowshed have got you covered! Definitely put a smile of my face with their host of healthy humour. I'm still smiling 10 minutes after my shower. Sometimes simplicity and silliness is all we need to be happy. Oh and yes, there is a Lazy Cow in there too! Just head over to our store to find ‘her’. Happy days!
LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Celebrate the life of Diana in the new dress exhibition showing at the home of the people's princess, Kensington Palace. The exhibit follows the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life. An extraordinary collection of garments that includes the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta, a Grace Kelly inspired gown worn to the cannes film fesitval and the iconic green velvet gown worn for Vanity Fair, shot by the incredible Mario Testino (who famously shot Madonna and Kate Moss). The exhibition opens February 2017 and runs until 2018. http://www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace/#gs.da3aYoQ
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Austenatious is one of the smartest and funniest improv shows out there." Don't like improv? Well you clearly haven't seen Austentatious. Performing a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, this talented troupe provide a fantastic evening of entertainment. With the talents of Andrew Murray, Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Graham Dickson and Rachel Parris, the gag rate is high and the made-up story will keep you laughing along. Phenomenal fun, why not check it out this April at the Leicester square Theatre. https://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/austentatious-an-improvised-jane-austen-novel#tab_panel_2
More than 20 million albums later, the original funky divas are back! With R&B and Pop smashes like 'Free Your Mind,' 'Never Gonna Get It,' 'Giving Him Something He Can Feel,' and Whatta Man, the gorgeous ladies of EnVogue are coming to London to show us exactly what phenomenal looks like on stage! The incredible ladies will be performing for on night at Koko in Camden on April 27th. So Come and get your super diva on ladies! https://www.timeout.com/london/music/en-vogue
Bruno's back! This little treasure is about to hit London with a phenomenal show. With his tight live band, a huge range of classy pop tunes, and most importantly enough charisma to fill half the planet, Bruno definitely gets a spot on our phenomenal list. Ladies why not get yourself down to the O2 Arena between April 18-22nd and get a little 24 Karat Gold in the shape of Mr Mars. This man really knows how to bring it! https://www.timeout.com/london/music/bruno-mars
Melt away those Monday blues by winning a 7 day holiday to Bali for 2! I'm feeling brighter already. This fantastic competition to one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific, with flights, accomodation, all meals, yoga and personal training included, PLUS an amazing £500 credit towards Active in Style and Hush products! Just what the doctor ordered! What have you got to lose ladies? For your chance to win enter here. Good luck: https://www.activeinstyle.com/bali-comp
For more information on this amazing competition from our associate click the link below. http://blog.activeinstyle.com/content/win-luxury-escape-two-bali-breathtaking-karma-kandara-resort
And if you in the trip and you'll have plenty of phenomenal outfits for a phenomenally active lifestyle that serves you! Oh and in Bali too! Check out the gorgeous gym and yoga wear here at Active In Style and what you could be winning Clic pic for website.
How about 'Sex In The City-ing' it up in the bright lights of New York this Spring break? Whether you're with a bunch of your favourite girlfriends, or on a romantic break, we definitely recommend hitting the hights with a helicopter ride. (Check out the discount voucher below).
Looking for something a little more exotic, with sun, sea and sand? Why not head to Dubai with it's spicy culture, superb shopping and beautiful beaches. Only 7 hours flight from the UK, you'll be in palatial paradise in no time. (See Movenpick hotels offers below).
Between beautifully blue seas and snow-capped mountains lies a small city with a big personality. Here you'll find Blue lagoons, lava caves, thermal spa's and plenty of hiking and biking for fitness fanatics. Of course no trip would be complete without seeing the Northern lights.
LUXURY TRAVEL ADVENTURE
Who wants happy, iPad-free kids on their next family holiday? Check out this blog from World Odyssey. Lots of phenomenal ideas for an exciting, interesting and truly memorable adventure.
TANJONG JARA RESORT, MALAYSIA
Located on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Tanjong Jara Resort is a sanctuary of luxury and well-being steeped in age-old Malay traditions. Designed to reflect the elegance and grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces, Tanjong Jara is a 100-room retreat with an authentic taste of the region’s spirit and an enduring embodiment of the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality. The philosophy of the Resort is as unique as the Resort itself - based on the Malay concept of Sucimurni, which emphasises purity of spirit, health and well-being, Tanjong Jara Resort encourages true rejuvenation of both body and spirit. Sounds phenomenal right? Say no more, check it out here. http://www.tanjongjararesort.com
Rethink risk, unlock the power of courage and achieve outstanding Success. From author and life coach Margie Warrell.
A collection of stories that celebrate extraordinary women. A beautiful book to inspire and motivate our young girls.
A supernatural romance novel where the past and present fuse effortlessly. Italian renaissance, magic and love. Superb!
A beautifully written modern love story and real tear jerker from one of the UK's best female authors.
The Deliciously Ella way of eating isn't about dieting, it's all about enjoying delicious, natural food to help you look and feel your best. Simple recipes and fantastic food! My mum and I love it.
Ann Wilson's 'The Wealth Chef' is a phenomenal book for women who want want to understand how to manage money matters better. Want to be debt free? Then this is definitely the book for you.
Award winning comedienne, radio and TV presenter, Angie Le Mar's fab book is out now! 'Turning your gift around' is her story of adversity in an often unforgiving industry.
Well of course I had to add my books. As it says on the cover 'For the evolving woman on a mission.' Discover how to live a life that serves you. Evolve and enjoy. Signed copies of either book only available direct, Just shoot me an email if you'd like one.
If meditation, buddhism, personal growth and humour is your thing, then you'll certainly find plenty of lovely reads here at this wonderful store. If you use the promo code here you'll also get 10% off! Perfect. I've already restocked my spring read shelf and loving all the new journeys I'm being taken on. Happy reading everyone.
100 million girls around the world miss school every month just because they don’t have access to proper sanitary products! Think about that if you will for just a minute. Well sisters Miki and Radhi did and came up with a solution of their own. These period panties are not only breaking all taboos, but now with a percentage of every purchase going to support the phenomenal charity Afripads, they are seriously changing lives. Check out the video below of the girls mission in Africa.
PWM International is all about providing young women with an education that will serve them and help create change in difficult communities. Plan International UK do phenomenal work Worldwide and we are huge supporters of this charity and their sponsoring programme which matches closely what we here at PWMI are aiming to do. So please take some time to read about Plan UK's mission and see how you can help support. Every child deserves an education right?
PHENOMENAL WOMAN FRIENDS
Welcome to our Phenomenal Friends section where we celebrate and promote other women on a mission in their lives. If you have a business, event or cause that you think our readers will find beneficial and it fits in with our philosophy here at PWM, then please do get in touch by filling in the form below. We can't wait to hear all about you.
Do stop by again as we will continue to update this section and other parts of the page when necessary. If something Phenomenal comes up, well then, we must put it out there for all of you.
SONG FOR THE SEASON I choose Mary Mary's 'Walking.' Walk your own way ladies and no matter what, just keep stepping! Enjoy.
Well that's it for the Spring edition ladies. I do hope you enjoyed and found it beneficial. With so many phenomenal things to choose from this year, it certainly wasn't easy choosing just a few items for our hot picks sections, but one things for sure, I have absolutely loved discovering and testing all these phenomenal items this season. Roll on summer when i get to check out all the beautiful bikinis and holiday wear. Do go back and check out our PL summer issues from 2016 (link at the bottom of the website) There are some really great things there still relevant for your holidays this summer. And of course, please do come back and visit soon, I love to create something for you that helps you on your journey and continue to live a phenomenal life. In the meantime, why not join our mailing list below and receive FREE VIPW membership untill the end of the year! It will give you lovely discounts off products and events later in the year.
I look forward to bringing you more of what you wish for and growing the magazine, the brand and PWMI further, so if you would like to get involved, become a sponsor or an affiliate, then please to get in touch and lets communicate. But for now, I wish you all as always, an absolutely phenomenal Spring season, stay fabulous and keep smiling all the way into summer Ladies. See you with more of my hot picks then.
Love, light and eternal phenomenalisation to you all.
SUMMER ISSUE OUT 1ST JUNE:
Phenomenal fitness and fabulous , dating ideas, Sexy swimwear and a Moet and Monaco summer.
Motivational articles, discounts and more!
Why not live a life that serves you!