What to wear when you work at home.

Efficiency experts say that even for an ‘at home’ day it’s best to dress like you’re in the office. I can understand why. Many’s the time I’ve begun my day with good intentions but then, after choosing soft lounge wear over power dressing, my day’s gone rapidly downhill. Hello wasted hours searching on-line for a pair of PJs, endlessly rearranging vases of flowers, lighting umpteen candles and religiously selecting essential oils to burn – all instead of doing my actual work! It’s probably not how Richard Branson built the Virgin empire.

Luckily Stylist magazine have the perfect compromise: sports gear. Why? Well when the editorial team were faced with the challenge of putting together an issue in 24 hours they were split into groups, each trying a different method to help them through the task: hypnotism, nutrition, napping, exercise and old-fashioned grinning and bearing it!

By far the most helpful was exercise. Yes, the girls were running round the block, playing catch in the office and doing star jumps inbetween writing articles. The result? Energy levels up and work rate through the roof.

In other words, if you’re going to dress down when you’re working at home just as make sure it’s in a track suit instead of cashmere. Sportswear is just as comfy as loungewear and you’ll be able to go for a run in it to keep you motivated. So thank you Stylist magazine – now I can be fit, efficient and snug all at the same time!

Heptathlete Hair!

Watching the Commonwealth Games isn’t all about the sports. With former heptathlete Denise Lewis on punditry duties, there’s also some serious style to feast on.

Denise has had all kinds of hairstyles over the years, from natural curls to corn-rows to bob, but now it’s all about the quiff. The shaved sides, the coloured tips, the rockabilly mohawk – it’s punky, yes… but sexy smart rather than Siouxsie Sioux.

The key is to leave the make-up natural and the outfits fuss-free rather than trying to make them match the boldness of the hairdo (kind of like that old rule of legs or cleavage – but never both!) Pairing sensible pastel clothes and gentle make-up with a kickass hairdo is a clash but one that’s strong in a classy way. And it’s easier to achieve than Denise’s other trademark: the sculpted six-pack.

Too scared to get shaved at the sides? Here’s how to get the look without clippers:

The Kim Kardashi-tan!

The Kim Kardashi-tan!

So I finally got my hands on some of Kim K’s fave, the Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan. It promises ground breaking effects, being both moisturising and longer lasting than competitors (if my Italian is right,’Vita Liberata’ translates as ‘Carefree Life’ so maybe it’s promising me endless happiness too?!)

Having tested it, I can happily report that it deserves the hype.

Now, I’m not a frequent tanner as I get frustrated with all that regular topping up. The fact, then, that this actually lasts longer is a huge benefit. It’s also a natural colour, plus I don’t have those usual dry areas on my shins and feet that used to need extra moisturising.

Here’s the lowdown:
Use for 3 consecutive days, showering as normal but avoiding soap. If you’re using a darker shade on a fair skin then my advice is to apply before going to bed, then shower off in the morning. If the application is too strong then at least you can temper it before you hit the office!

Why not get hold of a bottle at www.feelunique.com?

Happy tanning! (and whilst you’re at it, why not check out my You Tube guide to applying fake tan?)