Photo blog of Vientiane, Laos

January 23, 2016
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Last month I made a short trip to Vientiane, Laos to renew my Thai visa so that I could return to the New Life Foundation to resume volunteering. I’d heard that there isn’t a huge amount to do in Vientiane and this proved fairly accurate, but it does have its own charm. Once a French [...]

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The Wilderness Reserve, a Luxury Bolt-Hole from London

January 15, 2016
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 My abridged review of the Wilderness Reserve for the February issue of Absolutely Magazine   Sibton Park  The Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, once a great Palladian estate dating back to the 18th century, now consists of 4,500 acres of land purchased over a number of years by a private investor. This privatisation of national assets that the [...]

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An Upmarket Stag Weekend in Morocco

January 9, 2016
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With the rise in budget airlines there has been a huge increase in pre-wedding tourism (stag and hen holidays to you and me). In fact, as many of my 30-something friends began tying the knot, I received such a slew of hen holiday invitations, that navigating the unenviable minefield of which to accept and which [...]

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How this committed rule breaker learned to find comfort in structure

January 6, 2016
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  It’s safe to say that I am somewhat of an anti-authoritarian. Perhaps one of the reasons I am so attracted to Buddhism is that it invites you to “see for yourself”, to test out this set of guidelines for living to see if they work for you, rather than buying into some ancient dogma. I [...]

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Part Two – Listen to your heart

October 28, 2015
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“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist. The 40′s can often be a time of great transition for women, especially those childless as I am. I’ve found myself questioning many of my career and life [...]

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Part One – Ditching the beauty products

October 28, 2015
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So dear readers, this little blog of mine is about to undergo a bit of a sea change. Permit me to elaborate. Many of you will know that I’ve been a make up artist for the last 13 years, and in that time I’ve seen epic changes in the fashion and beauty industry, most of [...]

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The Moorings, Islamorada, Florida Keys

May 6, 2015
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Image Copyright – Aly Hazlewood Review of The Moorings Village & Spa, Islamorada Discovered by Spanish explorers, Islamorada (purple island in Spanish) is thought to have been named such thanks to the astonishing purple hued sunsets that grace the skies. One of the most enjoyable location shoots I’ve had the good fortune to experience was [...]

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Why it’s important to stop using Sulphates in hair care.

April 15, 2015
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Many concerns surround the widespread use of Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and its relatives sodium laureth sulphate (SLeS), sodium coco sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS). So much so that ‘sulphate free shampoo’ is now a relatively accessible choice at retailers and hairdressers. Used for many years, the sulphate ‘family’ is found widely as a [...]

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Areej Dubai Beauty Campaign

April 13, 2015
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For my Dubai readers… here is a recent beauty campaign that I worked on for Areej, with photographer Claire Harrison. Special thanks to my assistant Rosie Hope for her help on the day, it was an incredibly hectic shoot!

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Baking is officially sexy

March 30, 2015
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A selection of the bread I made on Ma Baker’s course   Review of the Indytute Bread Making Course, London SW6 Several years ago, the launch of the TV series The Great British Bake Off changed us forever. Almost overnight we became a nation obsessed with baking, for pleasure, for competition, for showing off to [...]

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The Elemis Spa at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Excel

February 13, 2015
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The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is something of a floating gin palace, a 420ft motorless yacht, with 135 rooms moored in the docks near ExCel, a mere 15-minute taxi ride from London City Airport. A spa on a moored yacht sounds impossibly glamorous, so I was happy to drag myself out into the freezing cold weather [...]

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Vegan Lipsticks from Lippy Girl

October 28, 2014
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Lippy Girl Makeup was founded by Darcey Diehl, a working mother from Vancouver BC.  After her 1st pregnancy, Darcey began to evaluate the foods she consumed, becoming a think-a-tarian and watching carefully what she put in her body.  During her second pregnancy Darcey extended this to what she put on her body, and began to investigate the [...]

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Jason Gluten Free Body Wash

September 19, 2014

After at least a decade of stomach and digestion problems which regular doctors don’t seem to be have a clue about, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. I’ve just gone gluten-free and have been dairy-free for some time now, and in the 2 weeks that I’ve made the changes, there has been [...]

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Transform your Body with Reformer Pilates at The Klinik

July 29, 2014
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I’ve always been really scared of reformer Pilates, for some reason. Perhaps it’s the fact that it looks a bit like a Medieval torture device.  I’ve heard it’s pretty pricey, too. If I’m really honest though, I was also trepidatious because it works. And if it works, it means it must be really, really hard [...]

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Wonder Stuff: Radiance Organic Argan Oil

July 27, 2014
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Argan oil is a really popular ingredient in lots of beauty products today – well-known for ensuring shiny hair and well-moisturised skin. The trouble is, many of these products use only a tiny amount of the actual oil, or process and perfume it the point that a lot of the precious elements of argan oil [...]

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My Article for In London Magazine – Red Hot

July 8, 2014
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Hello dear readers.. Permit me the liability of posting a copy of a recent article I wrote for ‘In London’ magazine on the enduring power of the red lip. I hope you find it interesting!

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The Truth About Juicing

July 8, 2014
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Ilona Wesle is a nutritionist and co-founder of MyDetoxDiet.co.uk, a leading expert in detoxing, cleansing and alkalising. With a shop and detox centre in Greenwich and a nationwide delivery service offering fresh, vegan, detox diets direct to your door, MyDetoxDiet.co.uk offers everything you need to detox your body and boost your energy. And if you are specifically looking [...]

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