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In our FIRST issue of 2019, we have 19 WAYS to
update your look, plus how to be HEALTHYISH
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?I didn?t stop feeling like a
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C OVER S TORY
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?How I learned to love
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COVER S TO RY
10 hot stories, including
Victoria Beckham?s ?nances
and Davina talks ?tness
and mental health
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FASHION
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Why Meghan won?t give in to her
?dif?cult? dad
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C OVER S TORY
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What happened when Polly went
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GRAZIA
LET?S GET HEALTHY-ISH
New year, new? oh, shush. Why do we always
have to change ourselves? How about same-oldyou but with a slightly healthier mindset? That?s
exactly what this week?s healthy-ish issue is
all about. It?s about saying goodbye to unreal
expectations and reframing our views so we?re
healthy without beating ourselves up. We don?t
need to go carb-free or run circuits at 6am (or
ever) to stay fit. Anyone can get healthy, whatever
their size or age, because all it means is doing
everything in moderation. So polish off the
last of that Christmas cake and stop worrying
about breaking those resolutions.
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NON-MOVER
JANE FONDA
No one will ever
wear a satin belted
leotard with this
level of conviction
again. The Healthyish industry owes
her so much. So,
so much.
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couldn?t. Still.
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covered in scales.
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achieve the bod;
if not the scales.
CHART OF LUST
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You know him as
Barry?s Bootcamp,
entrepreneur who
launched a thousand
squats. We know him
as Bazza. (We don?t,
actually. We?ve
never met him.)
7. UP
JOE WICKS
Early pioneer of
the Fit-stagram
movement.
Responsible for
giving a gazillion
personal trainers the
impression they?re
three social media
posts away from
viral sensation status.
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POLLY
VERNON
five years after back problems forced me to
give my (now beloved) Pilates a go; two
years after Nicola Adams (who I interview
on page 32) inspired me to try a boxing
class (I?ve been back every Saturday since):
1. Your body wants to move. Desperately.
It is built for motion and it craves it. Why
would you deny your body its dearest wish?
2. Fitness is not about being good at
sport. Fitness is about finding an exercise
you enjoy so much, you Just. Keep. Going.
Even if you?re rubbish. Even if you fall over
and come last and drop the ball and screw
up the steps. Because: who cares? No one!
That?s who. PE at school gave me the idea
you were either good at sport (which I
wasn?t), or you were humiliated by it.
Fitness now is just turning up. Trying.
Pushing a smidge harder than I did last
time. Being good at it? Pah! Loving it
anyway: that?s the thing!
3. Your muscles learn, remember how to
do things, independently of the rest of you.
Your brain may be going: ?I don?t get this,
I don?t understand, my limbs don?t go that
way, never have, never will, are you mad?
Stop! Stop now!? But your body will go:
?Chill brain; we?re cool?? and then, like
a miracle: suddenly do exactly what it?s
supposed to. Exactly what you swore
it could never do, moments earlier.
4. Endorphins are better than cocaine.
And cake. And Gucci. And likes.
5. Nothing makes me feel better about
my body ? more accepting, prouder, more
loving, kinder ? than when it?s sweaty and
knackered and aching and stretched and I?m
ripping Lycra off it, heading for the shower.
WOTCHA
muppets;
Happy New Year!
Welcome to Grazia?s
Healthy-ish issue,
a publishing event
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LAURA LOMBARDI
HOOPS
SKINCEUTICALS
PIGMENT CORRECTOR
I made someone
buy these for me,
for Christmas.
NY resolutions: sort my finances
and my sun-damaged cleavage.
This is helping (cleavage-wise).
POIROT
THE WANDLE
AVOCADOS
Elsa of Netflix?s Le
Hook Up Plan is the
European TV hero
you need now.
?Winter sandal? trend on
Instagram. What, pray, of
Wankles (winter ankles)?
And Woes (winter toes)?
Gherkins are the
new super-food.
Fab for hangovers,
surprisingly.
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that has me thinking about health, and
specifically: exercise. What it means to
be interested in fitness; what it means
to be fit. Which, most unexpectedly and
following years of not being, I am.
No one is more surprised than me.
Here?s what I used to ?know? about fitness:
1. It is for obsessive dullard meatheads
who aren?t clever enough to know how to
stay thin by just not eating much.
2. It is for people too socially inadequate
to risk the pub, or coffee house, or, y?know,
literary salons, so instead frequent gyms,
aka strip-lit, mirror-walled, overpriced
temples to narcissism.
3. It is for people who can?t dress, so
wear Lycra.
(4. It is for people who are better than
me. Stronger, leaner, meaner, quicker.
Intimidating people I will never be, so why
bother trying, when I can dismiss the
whole lark with unfounded prejudice?)
Here?s what I know about fitness now,
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H OW V I CTO R IA
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F I N A N C IA L LOS S E S
WHEN VICTORIA BECKHAM opened
her September runway show with Stella
Tennant in a slouchy white suit, it was
hailed as a highlight of London Fashion
Week. The designer, who marked a decade
in business by showing at home for the
first time, won universal praise for her
easy-to-wear tailoring and luxurious
separates. Her designer credibility was
then cemented when she was nominated
for British Womenswear Designer of the
Year at The Fashion Awards last month.
But the company?s latest earnings report
reveals it lost �.2m in operating costs in
2017 ? and continues to lose �,000 a day.
In short, the company is yet to turn a profit.
On the surface, this looks bad ? certainly,
headlines were quick to point out Victoria?s
?failure? when figures broke ? but anyone
familiar with the challenges of building a
luxury brand knows that it takes a lot of
time and investment to start turning a profit.
Some of the biggest designers have
found themselves running at a loss. Their
tactic has been to sell out to luxury goods
conglomerates: J W Anderson sold a
minority stake to LVMH to grow his
business, Christopher Kane sold a majority
stake to Kering, while Proenza Schouler
reportedly lost the chance to be acquired
by LVMH because it just wasn?t profitable
enough. Erdem, which launched in 2005
and has never taken investment, only
opened its first store in 2015.
So what?s Victoria?s plan? She?s had to
plough money into retail spaces, staff and
manufacturing. And because she has just
two stores ? in London and Hong Kong
? she?s reliant on a wholesale network of
400 boutiques and department stores. But
that isn?t enough; she has spent the past 12
months arming herself with the tools to
scale her business, with a goal of making it
profitable within the next two years. This
shifted into high gear in December 2017,
when she secured a �m boost from Neo
Investment Partners, which has also backed
leather goods brand Valextra, menswear
brand Ami and interiors firm Tom Dixon.
This funding allowed Victoria to make
two significant new appointments: a CEO,
Paolo Riva, who joined in September from
Diane von Furstenberg, and a chairman,
Ralph Toledano, also president of France?s
Above: Victoria?s 10th
anniversary collection,
in her London store;
Victoria and David at
The Fashion Awards,
last month
F閐閞ation de la Haute Couture et de la
Mode, and was previously CEO at Chlo�.
?These are challenging times for British
luxury brands, such as Victoria Beckham,
who have the added pressure of currency
fluctuations and losses on the back of the
weak pound versus the strong US dollar,?
says Fflur Roberts, head of luxury goods at
market research company Euromonitor
International. ?This will have impacted sales.
While wealthy tourists flocked to London
to benefit from the favourable exchange
rates in 2017, numbers started to dwindle
in 2018. Rents are at an all-time high and
operational costs are on the rise.?
Still, Victoria?s business model is unusual
in that she is the brand?s best ambassador.
She has shied away from ad campaigns;
instead relying on the power of her own
brand to promote her designs. These days
she?s only seen wearing her own label; when
she attended Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle?s wedding, she wore one of her
dresses (�495), prompting it to sell out.
Last year, Victoria?s e-commerce site was
also redesigned and fans can now have her
designs shipped to 120 countries. She also
entered into a partnership with Reebok
and, most recently, the brand announced a
new eyewear licensing deal with Marchon.
There are also rumours that Victoria is
planning a beauty line, after the success of
her Est閑 Lauder collaboration. But that?s
not all. Sources say Victoria will continue
to nurture department store relationships,
but will also invest in more standalone
boutiques of her own.
Despite the global retail climate,
Victoria will take comfort from the fact
that sales increased by an impressive 17%
in 2017, thanks in part to collaborations
with US chain Target and the Est閑 Lauder
make-up collection. That figure will have
likely grown last year too as the company?s
profits begin to outweigh the losses.
Still, reducing losses remain important to
VB and her senior management team, who
say their long-term strategy involves
?rationalisation of costs?. But for his part,
CEO Riva remains optimistic. ?I?ve been
excited by what I have seen since joining,?
he told Grazia in a statement. ?It has a
powerful, unique brand with a great team
and great international potential. We will
continue to invest in growth markets such
as the US and Asia while also ensuring we
have the right strategy to ensure
profitability over the medium term.?
As Victoria herself said in September,
?I?ve got my foot on the gas.?
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IF THE ONLY physical exertion you?ve
participated in over the past few weeks is
stretching towards a Quality Street tin or
lifting a wine glass, then chances are you
are now about to embark on a new exercise
regime. But while we all know fitness is
good for us (not only for its butt-lifting,
tummy-toning qualities, but for what it
does for our mood) it can feel a little,
well, intimidating. Not least of all when
it comes to deciding what to wear. And
yet this year it doesn?t need to be that way.
But where to start? ?Comfort is key, so
choose something that fits well,? says Jane
Gottschalk, founder of Perfect Moment
sportwear, known for its graphic, statementmaking designs. She also advises seeking out
technical fabrics, ?Our activewear fabrics
have antibacterial qualities, alleviating the
inevitable ?side effects? of a good workout?.
Moisture-wicking fabrics, lightweight
trainers and a properly-fitting sports bra are
essentials. According to Net-A-Porter,
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visitors to their fit kit section increased 97%
between December and January last year ?
showing the right kit is an investment we?re
willing to make.
It?s important not to think of workoutwear as a lesser version of your main closet.
?Confidence is important when embarking
on a fitness regime, so find styles you love
and feel great in,? says Tatiana Korsakova,
founder of stylish exercise line Vaara. ?Look
for styles that can double as pieces you?ll
feel comfortable wearing during other parts
of your day?. Lululemon?s blush pink top or
All Access?s Centre Stage leggings go the
distance beyond the studio (?If you only
buy one thing make it these ? they are the
black leggings to invest in,? advises Net-APorter?s global buying director Elizabeth
von der Goltz). Better for you than another
pair of heels you don?t really need.
Above all, remember the golden rule: no
kit looks as good as kit that?s actually used.
You don?t want to be the January clich�
with all the gear and no idea.
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Imelda Cortez, 20,
was raped by her
stepfather, then falsely
accused of trying to kill
the baby he fathered.
Last month, she was
finally freed from jail.
But 24 other women
remain in prison in El
Salvador, simply for
having miscarriages
or stillbirths, as Nina
Lakhani reports
T H E C O U N T RY W H E R E YO U C A N
LAST MONTH THERE was some rare
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good news for the women of El Salvador,
one of the worst countries in the world
to be a woman: a rape survivor facing
20 years in prison for the attempted
murder of her newborn baby ? a crime
she always denied committing ? was
declared innocent and freed from custody.
Imelda Cortez, 20, who had been in
jail for 18 months after giving birth to
a baby fathered by her elderly stepfather,
went home on 17 December to hold her
daughter for the very first time. The
shock verdict was handed down after
an international campaign to save
Imelda from a travesty of justice. Abortion
is illegal in all circumstances in the
Central American country. There are
no exceptions, and no sex education in
schools. The total ban has led to dozens of
young, poor, mainly single women jailed
for murder and attempted murder after
having suffered a medical complication
such as a miscarriage or stillbirth.
I?ve been reporting on these women?s
stories for more than five years, and every
single one is cruel and tragic. But Imelda?s
story is undoubtedly the cruellest. In
April 2017, Imelda felt a sharp, stabbing
pain in her stomach. She rushed to the
outside latrine at her family?s rural shack
in western El Salvador, and almost
passed-out as the pain struck again.
Imelda, then 18, assumed she was
suffering a severe bout of colitis, a chronic
bowel disease that causes painful cramps.
But as she squatted over the toilet, she saw
lots of blood and shouted out for help.
Imelda?s mother rushed her to the
hospital, where the A&E doctor suspected
an abortion, and called the police. The
police discovered the newborn, healthy
and breathing, in the unlit makeshift
Left: Imelda on
trial in November.
Above: Imelda
after her release.
Far right: women?s
organisations
supporting Imelda
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BE JAILED FOR A MISCARRIAGE
latrine, and took her to hospital, where
doctors found no evidence that Imelda
had tried to hurt her baby. In fact, it was
only then that Imelda, who?d been in
shock, realised that she?d been pregnant as
a result of being raped by her 70-year-old
stepfather. The police didn?t believe her,
and charged her with the attempted
murder of her baby.
Before the verdict, Bertha Deleon, a
lawyer defending Imelda and other jailed
women, told Grazia: ?There are many cases
of injustices against poor women in El
Salvador, but this is the most scandalous.?
Imelda was sexually abused by her
stepfather from the age of 12. After she
was charged with attempted murder, he
visited her in hospital, threatening to kill
her, her siblings and her mother if she
reported the abuse. Another patient
overheard and told a nurse, who called the
police. But the state prosecutors refused
to believe she?d been abused until a DNA
test confirmed the baby?s paternity.
Instead of providing her with
psychological support, Imelda was sent
to jail a week after giving birth to await
trial. Her stepfather still hasn?t been
charged with a crime.
The abortion ban isn?t the only
problem in El Salvador. In 2017, nine
women were murdered every week,
mostly in shootings, with almost half
the victims under the age of 30, according
to the Institute of Legal Medicine.
El Salvador is also plagued by violent
territorial street gangs like MS-13 and
Barrio 18, known to force young women
into sexual slavery.
But, as in the UK, home is the most
dangerous place for women and girls,
with most rapes and murders committed
by relatives, partners and ex-partners.
Impunity and deep-seated machismo
are the biggest problems.
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas
director at Amnesty International, says,
?El Salvador has a shockingly high rate
of gender-based violence, not only from
criminal gangs but also the state, which
disproportionately affects women from
poor backgrounds. The nation?s total
ban on abortion is barbaric.? Currently, 24
other women who lost their babies through
miscarriage or stillbirth are serving
sentences of 15 to 30 years for murder.
After she was freed, Imelda wept
and hugged her supporters outside the
courthouse amid rapturous chants of
?Yes she could?. It was a momentous day,
said Deleon. ?This ruling is an important
precedent in the struggle for reproductive
rights in El Salvador that will help
our fight to free all the other women
like Imelda still in jail.?
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WE SEEM TO have misplaced our crystal ball, but
nontheless feel confident enough to make a 2019 style
prediction: that we will see Meghan Markle, a dedicated
Leo, wearing lions-head jewellery by Givenchy this
year. Why? Because the house has ventured into zodiac
jewellery. They?re not the only ones ? horoscope jewellery
is everywhere (and good enough to woo the cynics). So
whether you?re a sensitive Pisces, a feisty Scorpio, or a
chatty Gemini, wear it with pride. We predict a hit. But
no word on that tall, dark, handsome stranger yet.
CAPRICORN
AQUARIUS
PISCES
ARIES
Pendant, �, Ernest Jones
(ernestjones.co.uk)
Pendant, �, Maje
(maje.com)
Necklace, �, Swarovski
(swarovski.com)
Charm, �, Thomas Sabo
(houseoffraser.co.uk)
TA U R U S
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CANCER
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Pendant, price on request, Chlo�
(chloe.com)
Ring, �0, Rachel Entwhistle
(rachelentwhistle.co.uk)
Necklace, �5, Stone And Strand
(stoneandstrand.com)
Earrings, �5, Givenchy
(givenchy.com)
VIRGO
LIBRA
SCORPIO
S A G I T TA R I U S
Pendant, �5, Alighieri
(alighieri.co.uk)
Bracelet, �, Latelita
(wolfandbadger.com)
Pendant, �0, Fendi
(fendi.com)
Necklace, �, Kate Spade New
York (katespade.co.uk)
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EVER SINCE Angelina Jolie filed for
divorce from Brad Pitt in September
2016, Brad?s relationship with his six
children has appeared as one of the
central difficulties in the split. There
were accusations of child abuse in 2016
involving the couple?s oldest child,
Maddox, 16 (they were swiftly dropped),
reported disputes over the pair?s
approaches to parenting (Angelina is said
to be more carefree, while Brad favours a
more structured upbringing) and, this
summer, a judge?s claim that Angelina
limiting their time with Brad could be
?harmful? to them ? so much so that she
could risk losing primary custody of them.
But, following the news that the
couple had finally reached a deal after
an acrimonious two-year custody battle,
there appears to have been a breakthrough.
Last month, the night before Brad?s
55th birthday, the pair?s five youngest
children, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh,
12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and
Brad is ?thrilled? to
be restoring his bond
with the children
(below, with Angelina)
Vivienne, had an overnight stay with Brad
at his LA mansion ? the first since his
split from Angelina. The visit, according
to sources, was overseen by therapists,
who are apparently still involved in the
divorce proceedings to ensure a smooth
transition for the children.
?The last two years have been an
unimaginably tumultuous time for Brad
and he is thrilled that his bond with the
children is starting to be restored,? said a
source. ?He has really missed out on being
there for holidays and birthdays ? and
at times it felt like he was losing them.?
In the same week as the children?s
sleepover, it was reported that Pax had
paid tribute to Brad on social media,
writing alongside a baby picture of him,
?Happy birthday to this stud. Love you
so much! Can?t wait to see you later.?
One news outlet, however, claimed the
account ? as well as one in the name
of Maddox ? was a fake.
It came just after a shocking report
that Angelina had told Pax that Brad had
?never wanted to adopt him?. The actor
was said to be nervous about bringing a
three-year-old child into the family less
than a year after they?d had Shiloh, at
a time when they were going through
difficulties in their relationship. Angelina
apparently told Brad, ?Pax needs me more
than Shiloh,? with the dispute reported to
have almost ended their marriage in 2007.
The happier news that Brad is working
to repair his relationship with the children
comes after a summer that saw a private
judge encourage him to spend more time
with them, while also ordering Angelina
not to interfere with the actor?s time
with the children ? including checking
up on their messages to their father on
their mobile phones.
?Brad?s connection with the children
suffered, especially given that he often saw
the children with family therapists present,
which made their time together pretty
awkward and strained,? said the source.
?It was as if Brad was being presented
as an untrustworthy figure within the
family, which he completely resented.
?But Brad pulled through, followed
the rules, accepted the fact that he and
the children were being evaluated, and
proved himself as a father. He has just
been focused on getting through it all,
and now they are finally able to spend
time together as a family again.?
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Your life expectancy could suffer if you and your partner
have incompatible arguing styles, new research has found.
As Divorce Day looms on 7 January ? when lawyers
see a peak in divorce enquiries ? married couple
Robyn Wilder and Stuart Heritage spill the beans
on how they row productively?
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Couples live longer if both partners argue
in the same way, apparently. After
scrutinising 192 couples rowing over the
course of three decades, the conclusion
from the University of Arizona?s
psychology department was: ?The greater
the mismatch between spouses? angercoping response style, the greater the risk
of early death.? In other words, you both
need to deal with a dispute in the same
manner. So if you both enjoy flaming rows,
you?re fine ? but if one of you rages while
the other bottles up their feelings then you
could, according to the report, almost
double the risk of an early death.
I think I?m Clint Eastwood ? the
strong, silent type ? and my husband
thinks he?s Clint, too. But the problem is
we come from very different families. If
you were to examine Stuart?s DNA under a
microscope, you would see complex strings
of stiff upper lips and genes made entirely
of firm handshakes. My DNA, on the
other hand, is a full-on Dolmio advert.
I come from a family of loud talkers
and enthusiastic gesticulators. Arguments
in our house were a daily occurrence.
First, there would be good-natured
ribbing. Within seconds, this could
escalate into tear-filled, multi-decibel
character assassinations and the uttering
of Unforgiveable Things.
I have since learned, from meeting
normal people, that this is often how
divorces start off. In my family, though,
the storm would have blown over within
minutes and soon all parties would be
enjoying a pot of tea, argument forgotten.
Growing up, it was exhausting, and I
disliked it so much that I began to think
of myself as the reasonable one.
In fact, when Stuart and I first met, we
each claimed that we were the Reasonable
Ones. I thought I was even-tempered and
slightly misanthropic. Stuart was a loner
whom, he imagined, people might describe
with the phrase ?still waters run deep?.
We were wrong. Early on, when friends
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overheard our conversations, they?d take
me aside to check I was OK. We were so
animated they thought we were arguing.
So we?re nothing like Clint Eastwood.
And we both love to argue. I don?t know
what this says about us in terms of the
study, but as far as our marriage goes, it?s
good news. Because we only argue about
the little things ? whose turn it is to do the
bins (mine) and whose crap is all over the
dining table (not mine). The big things we
discuss carefully, and quietly, and ? where
possible ? without apportioning blame.
Our marriage has survived four years and
two children in this way. I hope, if we can
continue, it will survive a great deal more.
STUART SAYS?.
I disagree with Robyn; I?d say we are exact
opposites. I?m tall and pale, she?s short and
beige. She?s from every single part of the
world simultaneously, while the vast
majority of my ancestors lived less than 20
miles from where I?m sitting now in Kent.
Sometimes, these differences
can be a positive thing.
I?m certain that our
varying experiences of and
approaches to life have
formed a good foundation
for how we raise our
children, for instance.
But the arguments.
Oh god, the arguments.
I come from a long and
proud tradition of passiveaggressive simmering.
Annoy me and I?ll make a
pointed yet veiled statement about your
deepest failings and then kick an inanimate
object. It?s how my parents did it, it?s how
their parents did it and... come to think of
it, most of them died prematurely too.
Robyn, meanwhile, is almost aggressively
demonstrative. You or I might shrug by
simply raising our shoulders a couple of
inches. Not Robyn. When she shrugs, she
lurches and coils like one of those inflatable
men you see outside car dealerships.
Robyn?s shrugs can last for days.
Her fighting style is similarly
performative. Robyn is both a thrower
and a slammer. She once slammed a door
so hard that all the plaster fell away from
the doorframe. She once threw a fabric
laundry basket at my head, and we both
watched as it lost momentum and silently
dropped to the floor six feet from me.
This is just her way.
If this study holds any water, we?re done
for. But I?m not sure it does, for a couple
of reasons. First, we?re both incredible
apologisers with a good sense of who?s
wrong, so our fights are always over
quickly. Second, Robyn makes me laugh
harder than anyone on Earth. It?s hard to
stay angry when you?re laughing. That buys
me a couple of extra decades, right?
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JANUARY IS THE MONTH of
moderation. Portion control! Limited
screen time! No alcohol, no meat! More
exercise, more sleep! That shamelessly
sensible spirit also translates to our
wardrobes. If December is all about
extreme dressing (either out-out-out
glamour or in-in-in comfort), then January
is all about easing back into reality.
Snore? Not necessarily.
There is a piece of clothing that manages
to be at once sassy and snuggly, cool and
cosy, functional but still fashiony. A piece
that speaks to our desire to be hygge, but
satisfies the demands of returning to work
and routine. An all-rounder that?s not
boring. Introducing the LKD (little knit
dress). Take it in any colour, in a chunky or
jersey knit, or even fake it with co-ords like
Emily Blunt (right) ? but long sleeves and a
high roll-neck are non-negotiable. Side note:
if in doubt, go up a size; tight knits can be
unforgiving on lumps, bumps and VPL.
Bella Hadid has been the champion
of the LKD, showcasing the surprising
versatility of this new sweater dressing.
Out and about for coffee in New York, she
nailed off-duty cool, wearing a rust-hued
version with chunky biker boots; she
also proved it can have whiff of ?80s
glamour, teaming a white version with
a gold chain Chanel belt and knee-high
snakeskin boots. And don?t forget, you
can raid the menswear department as
well. Attending Kim Jones?s Dior
menswear show last month, Bella sat
on the FROW wearing one of the
jumpers from the show as a minidress.
And if the thigh-scraping versions
are not to your liking (and post Decemberdecadence, who would blame you?),
then opt instead for a different kind
of LKD, the long knit dress. Victoria
Beckham ? a woman not normally known
for her commitment to comfort ? has
been repping this grown-up take on
the trend. The VB way to wear it is to
choose coordinating accessories and
knee-high boots. It?s a look that is at
once effortless (a win for January) and
elegant. In other words, the perfect
way to kick off a new year.
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5. �, river island (riverisland.com). 6. �, arket (arket.com).
7. �5, raey (matchesfashion.com).
Stars giving good LKD: Emily Blunt (main picture);
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TECH-HEADS:
BOBBLE
It might sound like the
mispronunciation of a ?veyear-old, but Bobble take their
bottles very seriously. ?We
refused to sacri?ce style in favour
of function,? they say. Their
double-wall, vacuum-insulated
stainless-steel models keep cold
drinks cool for 24 hours and hot
things toasty for 12. Charlize
Theron, Reese Witherspoon and
Emily Ratajkowski have the �
bottles in yellow, blue and white
respectively. auteurlimited.co.uk
e good for the
? and your
Lucy Holden
ers which water
right for you...
Triple S trainers and a Gucci belt bag, but
if you?re not clutching a reusable water
bottle, you?re missing a trick. The eco-flask
industry is now worth a whopping �5
billion, and is only set to increase this year.
No wonder, then, that designers are getting
on board to make these status symbols all
the more desirable: Vivienne Westwood?s
� Clima Bottle, for instance, features a
hand-drawn map, angrily turning from
green to red to show the effect of climate
change on the world should the earth?s
temperature rise by 4癈.
Meanwhile in LA, celebs are lugging a
variety of vessels around town, rotating
their styles to match their athleisure.
And even royalty?s got in on the act, with
Princess Eugenie recently posing with the
bottle she?s designed for the ?Pass on Plastic?
pop-up on London?s Carnaby Street.
A crumpled plastic bottle has become a
serious faux-pas. So if you?re ready to take
your hydration to the next level this year,
which statement purchase is for you?
PHOTOS: GETTY, BACKGRID, SPLASH, INF, FAME FLYNET
YOU MAY HAVE a pair of Balenciaga
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FOR THOSE WHO
WANT TO TURN
WATER INTO WINE:
S?WELL
FOR DEDICATED
DETOXERS:
HYDROFLASK
Known for their supersized 64oz (1.8 litres) ?asks
prompting hard-core hydration.
Courteney Cox downed 64oz
a day as part of a health kick.
?It?s so hard,? she says, ?I can
get the ?rst 32 down, no
problem. That second [32oz]
is tough, but when I do, I feel
different.? Vanessa Hudgens
is also a fan of the brand (but
prefers a less hard-core litre
bottle in butter yellow).
uk.hydro?ask.com
FOR FASHION
AFICIONADOS: BKR
BKR?s squat, heart-adorned
bottles are a hit with supermodel
Gisele B黱dchen and actress
Naomi Watts ? perhaps
unsurprisingly given they were
invented by Tal Winter and Kate
Cutler, who believe hydration is
the foundation of good skincare.
Designs are based around
fashion, with some bottles as
spiked as a pair of Christian
uboutin ?ats b
east slightly
at around
mybkr.co.
Jennifer Garner and Julia Roberts
are among the A-list eco fans
of S?Well ?asks which raise the
bottle bar by being made from
triple-walled stainless steel.
If this is all sounding a bit too
Top Gear, the brand?s design is
reassuringly quirky, with burgundy
bottles scrawled with the words
?Wine Not?? and ?Pinot To Go?
(other colours include ?sparkling
champagne?). John Lewis sell
similar versions with sophisticated
marble effects for between �
and �. swellbottle.com
FOR THE ANTI-BRAND
BRIGADE: UNBRANDED
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is
leading the ?I?m too cool for a
cool bottle? tribe by chugging
from one of those glass, ?ip-top
models they give you at Italian
restaurants with tap water in. Did
she like it so much she swiped it
straight from a gingham-clothed
table after dinner with Jason?
Or did she go to John Lewis,
ere bottles, like the
one on the left,
are around �
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Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of charity
Karma Nirvana and prominent
campaigner against forced marriage, hit
the headlines last year when she alleged
that House of Lords peer Lord Lester had
touched her inappropriately and offered
her a peerage in return for sex. Les
maintained that the allegations we
?completely untrue?. The Lords Priv
and Conduct Committee investigat
claims, first made in November 201
and concluded they were credible,
recommending that Lester be
suspended until June 2022.
This sanction was then blocked
during a debate at the House
of Lords, during which Lord
Pannick, a friend of Lester?s,
tabled an amendment arguing
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that the investigation had been ?unfair?
because the process hadn?t allowed for
Sanghera to be cross-examined (the
procedure, set out in 2010 and approved by
the House of Lords, states that investigations
should not include cross-examination). Just
b f the Christmas break, days
e a second vote upheld his
nal suspension, Lester
ned from the Lords ? and
members agreed to make
ackling sexual harassment
claims a key priority for
2019. So how did it feel to
be responsible for starting
what?s being called
Britain?s parliamentary
version of Time?s Up?
Jasvinder talks to Grazia?
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down and make myself vulnerable to
criticism. It took me 12-and-a-half years to
make a complaint, but as we know, many
victims of sexual harassment and bullying
carry their experience as a secret forever.
All that time, I went back and forth to the
House of Lords? website, looking to see
if there were any processes that tackled
sexual harassment and bullying. They
never existed. I came forward, eventually,
because I had been a campaigner for 25
years. I started asking myself, ?How can
I stand up there as an empowered woman
and speak on behalf of the survivors who
I represent and not speak out about this??
The #MeToo movement helped
convince me. Other men and women
were coming forward around me and the
landscape was changing. So I felt it was
appalling that this conversation wasn?t
happening in the House of Lords. I
couldn?t carry the weight of responsibility
any more; I felt I had to speak out.
I?ll always remember the phone call
from the House of Lords Commissioner
for Standards saying, ?Jasvinder, the
investigation has now concluded, and
we uphold the complaint.? I was so
relieved, and when it went to the House
of Lords it was supposed to just be
approved. But Lord Pannick sent it back.
That never should happen to victims of
sexual harassment. For it to be upheld
and then undone in that House of Lords
debate was appalling for me and for
other victims, too.
In the first debate, the things they
were saying were incredibly painful.
Watching them trying to discredit the
complainer and the commissioner felt like
the definition of misogyny. Lester?s friends
stood up one by one and praised him and
they voted on a sanction for him ? which
was totally biased. You cannot have your
mates standing up to vote; in my view the
friendship clouds their judgement.
Still, at least it started something.
Afterwards, 74 members of the House
of Lords staff ? research assistants,
librarians, canteen assistants ? wrote
a letter to the Deputy Speaker saying how
dismayed they were that it was allowed
to happen. They pointed out the power
I COULDN?T
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RESPONSIBILITY
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SPEAK OUT
imbalance between staff and peers, and
said that instances of sexual harassment
and bullying were ?far too common?.
In December a second report came out,
confirming that the committee stood by
its original findings and recommended
Lester should be suspended. On the eve of
the report, he decided to resign. I thought,
?You?re putting me through all this a
second time around, and now you?ve
resigned?? It angered me deeply.
I chose to sit in on the second debate
in the House of Lords. Sitting five places
away from Lord Pannick, the man who
stood up and discredited the process,
took a lot of courage, but I felt it was
important they saw and felt my presence.
Not just for me, but for other victims, too.
In over 400 years, there?s never been
a sexual harassment claim against a peer.
But, as the second debate went on, many
baronesses stood up and said that there
will be more. One came up to me, held
my hand and said, ?I believe you; this
happened to me, too.? Another told
me, ?Jasvinder, I was raped, but I never
said anything. I believe you.?
So I don?t regret doing it at all.
The House of Lords has now opened
an independent inquiry on sexual
harassment and bullying to be led by
Naomi Ellenbogen QC, which makes it
all worthwhile. If anybody out there has
been a victim of sexual harassment and
bullying, I would urge them to make
a complaint to the commissioner. The
momentum has started, but now we?ve
got to keep the conversation going.
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As Davina McCall
releases her 15th
workout DVD, she
tells Hannah Flint
why she?s on a mission
to get women into
fitness ? and how it
helped her own
mental health
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FOR SOMEONE WHO is regularly
touted as the queen of workout DVDs
(her 15th was released last week), as well
as the owner of some of the best abs on
Instagram, you?d think that Davina McCall
would have no problem popping on her
Lycra and heading to a gym class.
Not quite. Davina admits that, just
like the rest of us, she?s gym-phobic; not
least because she worries that she?ll get
recognised ? and then expected to perform
like an athlete, rather than, as she puts it,
just a normal woman who only works out
?three or four times a week?.
?When I go to a new class, I get this
thing that I don?t want to go,? she says. ?I?m
fit and I work really hard at it, but I?m not
an athlete. I have the negative loops in my
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?exercise changed my life. It?s become a
bit of an obsession of mine, trying to hold
people?s hands while they start on their
fitness journeys.?
And, she believes, with good reason.
?Mental ill health is responsible for 91
million working days lost every year
? more than any other illness,? she says.
With a proven link between exercise and
better moods, ?wouldn?t it make perfect
sense for businesses to have a gym, offer
classes or have people come round and do
desk workouts? For people to get moving
and get motivated.?
I wonder if her fitness regime helped her
through a difficult 2018, which saw her
recover from the shock announcement in
November 2017 that she was divorcing her
husband of 17 years, Matthew Robertson,
and weather a social media storm over a
bikini shot in which she proudly showed
off her body. I?ve been advised that any
personal life questions are off the table,
so I ask simply when she first discovered
how beneficial fitness could be for her own
mental health.
?When I was a new mum,? she says
[Davina has three children with Matthew:
Holly, 17, Tilly, 15, and Chester, 12].
?I was on my knees with exhaustion, and
doing something really helped me get
through the day.?
And let?s face it, if anyone can convince
us to do it, it?s surely Davina: a 51-year-old
woman who found exercise late in life and
once didn?t even enjoy fitness.
?Everybody starts somewhere,? she says.
?Even running for the bus is exercise.
And if that?s all you can do, that?s enough.?
Surely we can all commit to that.
?Davina: Power Box And Tone? is out now
on DVD and digital download�
Keeping trim and toned
keeps Davina happy and
body con?dent
JUST 20 MINUTES
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D av in a?s t ip s
for m a k ing
f i t ne s s p a r t
of your life
1. Realise that exercise is
for life ? not just for the
New Year. If you think that it?s
just for the New Year, you?ll
throw yourself into the deep
end, do way too much, get
bored, hate it and then stop
by mid-February.
2. Set yourself tiny goals.
Don?t say, ?I?m going to run the
marathon in April.? It?s too big
a push ? go at your own pace.
3. Get a workout DVD
(obviously mine is the best!).
If you are gym-phobic, you
can just lollop around at home
looking how you want.
4. Don?t feel intimidated by
other gym goers. No one is
perfect. Everyone is there just
to feel better.
5. Be ever ready. If you?re a
mum with little kids, put your
workout gear on from the
minute you wake up. If any
of the kids are sitting down
for half an hour, you can
quickly do a workout at
the dishwasher.
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head that we all get. Everybody in a gym
class has a story and no one is perfect.
Everyone is just there to feel better.?
Yet Davina is determined that women
? regardless of their age, schedule or fitness
levels ? get past those ?negative loops? and
into a solid fitness regime. And not just
to lose weight: but because working out
makes her feel healthy and she loves the
feeling of strength it gives her. ?Just 20
minutes of exercise will improve your
mood for 24 hours! That?s a fact!? she
adds passionately. ?And that?s not just me
saying it ? it?s the University of Vermont.?
This is also the message behind her
latest DVD, Davina: Power Box And Tone,
which refreshingly celebrates the effects of
exercise on your mental health as well as
your body. She rejects the idea that she?s
a ?fitness fanatic?, but readily admits that
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After yet another
embarrassing interview
by her father, Meghan is
remaining steadfastly silent
and dignified. And the
Palace is right behind her,
reports Hannah Flint
Meghan on
a visit to a
care home in
Twickenham
the day after
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MEGHAN
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THE TIMING COULDN?T have been
worse. After weeks of reports claiming
Meghan Markle had become a ?difficult
duchess?, responsible for everything
from making Kate Middleton cry, to
members of her team quitting, and Princes
Harry and William drifting apart, her
father Thomas Markle appeared on British
TV in yet another damaging interview.
Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good
Morning Britain, the 74-year-old claimed
he had been ?ghosted? by Meghan since she
married Prince Harry, that his daily texts
asking for contact had all gone ignored,
and that the Queen should intervene
to help settle their rift. ?I would think
she would want to resolve any family
problems?, he said. ?All families, royal
or not, need to be together, especially
in the holidays.? Eyebrows were raised
in particular about Thomas?s choice of
interviewee: Piers Morgan had, just weeks
earlier, branded the Duchess of Sussex
a ?ruthless social climbing actress?
determined to milk it for all she can?.
Indeed, as has been the case each time
Thomas speaks out, the move appeared to
backfire. Hundreds jumped to Meghan?s
defence on social media, with some even
claiming that Thomas?s decision to
repeatedly speak out against his own
daughter was ?emotionally abusive?. But
for her part, Meghan remained steadfastly
silent; instead, heading to a Royal Variety
care home on a solo visit the following day.
?Meghan?s strategy has always been to
ignore her father?s comments and not give
in to his demands,? said a royal source. 29
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?There have been talks about the palace in
crisis, but the truth is they?re sticking to
their guns and Meghan is determined not
to change her approach. It is very doubtful
that there will be a change of stance.? A
second source added, ?There are no crisis
talks. The plan is simple. Meghan will
continue to ignore her father. But many
observers feel that there is only one way to
sort this mess, and that is for Meghan and
Harry to meet privately with Thomas ?
and then get him to sign a legally binding
non-disclosure agreement.?
?It?s a very sad situation all round, and
it?s hard to see how it can be resolved,?
former BBC royal correspondent Jennie
Bond told Grazia following Thomas?s
interview. ?But the royal family have had
to deal with delicate problems like this
before. Diana frequently fell out with
her mother and went through long periods
of refusing to talk to her. She also blanked
Fergie, and she and Charles both went
on national TV confessing to adultery.
In that context, Thomas?s interviews
aren?t unprecedented.?
She added, ?I?m sure the Queen will be
saddened to see yet another rift, but I don?t
think the family will apply any pressure on
Meghan. They will let her deal with it as
she sees fit. She is just doing what she feels
is right in this situation.?
But unfortunately, it seems there?s no
telling when Thomas?s interviews may
come to an end. ?There?s a big part of
Thomas that would love to say that this
was his last ever interview, but really
that?s down to Meghan,? said a source.
?If he?s still waiting on a call by early in
the new year, then there?s every likelihood
he?ll pipe up and give more quotes. He
is a desperate, broken man who?ll do
whatever he thinks it takes to get his
daughter?s attention. What he doesn?t
seem to realise is that his actions are only
seeming to push her further away.?
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Like Meghan, Elizabeth
Segal* has cut all ties with
her dad. Here she explains
why it was essential to her
well-being and happiness
Thomas Markle has popped up
again, this time on breakfast TV,
to claim that his pregnant daughter
has been ghosting his texts.
?All families, royal or otherwise,
should be together at the holidays,?
said Thomas.
Like Meghan, I didn?t see my
father over the holidays. People ?nd
this shocking. ?You?ll make it up,? say
well-meaning friends. ?All families
have tiffs.? Well, no, not like this.
Severing that connection wasn?t
something I did lightly. It was a last
resort, essential to my well-being
and happiness. If you?re judging me,
as you may have judged Meghan
for cutting off her father, then lucky
you. Clearly you?ve enjoyed a
conventional, happy childhood. You
have no idea of the dark forces that
can cause a family to fracture.
In the days when I did still go
home for the holidays, when I tried
to maintain some sort of relationship
with my father, I?d feel my mood
start to drop as soon as I drove
out of London.
By the time I reached the town
where I grew up, I?d be overwhelmed
by sadness, resentment ? and anger.
It was here that my father told
me and my sister not to cry in front
of him after our mum died when
I was in my twenties. A year later,
he told me to get out of the family
home because I?d objected to him
bringing back a woman we?d never
met to stay the night in what had
been Mum?s bed.
Years earlier, when I was a
teenager, I?d come home from a night
out to ?nd a police car outside the
house after he?d hit Mum. But the
odd drunken punch wasn?t the worst
of it. Domestic abuse, I know now,
can take many forms. He was
manipulative, dishonest, controlling
? even controlling the money that
Mum had to spend. He?d plead
poverty, then turn up driving an
expensive new car.
?But he?s so charming, your dad,?
people would say. Yes, narcissists
often are. Their behaviour can tip
over into the criminal, too. I?ve since
discovered that he took out a second
mortgage on his elderly mum?s house.
He?s the reason I?m in therapy.
Although I haven?t seen him for
nearly half a decade, those emotions
forged in childhood have a long
half-life.
Many of us will have seen friends
in a toxic relationship. We know
they need to end it. It?s chaotic,
dysfunctional. They?re unhappy
? they?re not themselves when
they?re with him.
But what if that man happens to
be your father?
Cutting my father off for good ?
after several periods without contact
? has given me a peace, of sorts, that
I?d never have attained were we still
in touch. It was a positive step and a
brave one, prompted by the birth of
my daughter four years ago.
In his most recent interview,
Thomas Markle said, ?There has to
be a place for me,? in the baby?s life.
But providing 25% of a child?s
DNA doesn?t give you an automatic
role in its life. In fact, for me,
motherhood was the wake-up
call to cut off the dysfunction at
source so that it couldn?t harm
the next generation.
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Britain?s most successful female
boxer and winner of two Olympic
golds, Nicola Adams is responsible
for enticing a whole new legion
of women ? and men ? to join
boxing clubs, including our
own Polly Vernon. Here?s what
happened when Nicola accepted
Polly?s invitation to train
at her local gym?
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN POLLY WENT
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HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH NICOLA ADAMS
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meet nicola adams ? OBE,
MBE, two-time Olympic gold
medal winner ? at Islington
Boxing Club in North London,
the two-storey, leaky-roofed
sweatbox of a community gym
where local champions train
alongside Hollywood superstars,
and ? on Saturday mornings,
between 10 and 11, at the weekly
women?s only recreational
class that I?ve come to love
beyond all else ? me.
Adams bowls in, fresh out of a cab from
Leeds, like this gym is her second home.
She hasn?t been here before, but she knows
these places so well. A community boxing
gym just like this one ? raw, authentic,
cool ? was where she first put on a pair of
gloves, swung her first punch, and sealed
her fate as one of the greatest British
athletes of our time.
?I was 12. I was the only girl and it was
actually by accident,? she tells me once
the Grazia shoot has finished (a process
she nails. Adams is beautiful but, more
importantly, knows her angles. She?s
36 years old and already an old pro).
We?re sitting by the side of the boxing
ring; she?s eating the healthiest thing on
the Nando?s menu (grilled chicken wrap),
transported by Deliveroo.
?My mum used to do aerobics, and she
couldn?t get a babysitter, and they had
a boxing class at the same place, so one
night, she took me and my brother down.?
Childcare set you on a path to the
Olympics? ?Literally.?
What was it about boxing?
?I just loved it. The atmosphere; seeing
everybody working out, training, having
fun, all the kids running around, playing
games. I?d seen re-runs of Muhammad Ali
and Mike Tyson fighting, and I was like:
Oh man. This is so cool!?
How did it feel, the first time you threw
a punch? ?Unreal. Unreal!? And the first
time you realised you were good?
?I was 13, and my coach, after a year of
training, he said: ?You look pretty good, I
think you?re quite talented. Have you ever
thought about getting into competition??
Oh! I was buzzing!?
That was 23 years ago. Nicola Adams
has spent two and a half decades boxing
her way up the ranks, starting at a time
before women?s boxing was even legal
(the British Boxing Board of Control
denied women a licence to fight until 1998
? when Adams was 17 ? on the grounds
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that PMT makes us unstable). She won
Gold at the London Olympics in 2012,
only three years after women?s boxing was
recognised as an Olympic sport at all.
It was in 2012 that the nation fell in love
with Adams, this small, insanely powerful
Yorkshire woman, whose expression is one
of barely suppressed fury when she?s in the
ring, but whose room-mesmerising smile
breaks through like a goddamn miracle the
moment she?s won, which she usually does.
I remember watching her in 2012 ? as a
woman who?d never given a damn about
boxing until that point ? and thinking:
bloody hell. She?s so cool!
Six months after Adams won her
second Gold, in Rio in 2016, I walked
through the doors of Islington Boxing
Club for my first class. It would prove
one of the best choices I?ve ever made.
There is no question that Nicola Adams
made me to do it.
It?s a hideous old clich�, but Adams is a
trailblazer. She is Northern: Leeds born
and raised. Working class and black; a
small, sickly kid: ?The doctor said my
asthma was that bad I shouldn?t even play
in the playground. I was like: I?m not
doing that.? A girl who boxed long before
grown women were supposed to. A girl
who felt powerless watching her father hit
her mother Dee, when Adams was terribly
young. She?s openly bisexual ? she came
out to her mum Dee when she was just
14; Dee responded: ?That?s fine, love.?
So Nicola Adams represents triumph
over hardship, strength through adversity,
and the beautiful possibilities of
inclusiveness. Because of this, she resonates
with everyone. Me. Frank Warren ? the
boxing promoter who once said, ?I don?t
like women?s boxing. Never have, never
will,? but who now promotes Adams.
The legions of amateur and pro female
boxers coming up behind her. The newbies
who signed up for boxing fitness classes
in the UK last year, 50% of whom were
women and girls.
Adams wears it lightly. I ask her what it?s
like to have changed the world; she?s chill,
casual. ?It?s good to see other girls in the
gym, getting fit, staying in shape. It?s nice
to think I?ve played a part.?
I ask her if her intentions are feminist.
?In some respects. I feel like we should
be able to do whatever job we please. And
get the same pay. I mean, [my pay] is OK,
because I?ve come into professional boxing
as a double Olympic champion, but for the
other girls, who haven?t got that profile,
it?s harder to get started, get good money.?
You could call Adams an unintentional
feminist icon. Her main interest is
winning, as a side-consequence of which,
she?s become a one-woman revolution.
I think about the power she represents,
both physical and cultural. I think about
how empowered I feel, every time I raise
a gloved fist and punch a bag; when I
watch the other women in my group
unleash oceans of contained, tactical,
respectful violence on each other. We
all box at least partly, if not completely,
because of Nicola Adams? example;
because we box, we feel more powerful
and empowered than we have ever felt.
I ask Adams about promoter Frank
Warren?s change of heart over women?s
boxing; her other, great, inadvertent
feminist act.
?It was a funny one, because he
approached me. I was like: ?Oh. OK.??
What was his opening gambit?
?He said whenever he?d got into a
taxi lately, they never mentioned any
of the lads. They only mentioned me.?
As I interview Adams, I remember
the thing I always remember when
interviewing athletes: they?re not like
us. They are, by definition, uniquely
focused, less open to entertaining the
haphazard mess of existence into which the
rest of us throw ourselves headlong. They
don?t really do vulnerability, or existential
crises, or the bigger picture. They can?t.
When, for example, I ask Adams if she
thinks there was any connection between
her seeing her father hit her mother and
being unable to intervene, and her
ultimately excelling in the sport of hitting
(which, by the way, she took up just after
her mother finally left her father), she says
only: ?Not really, because it was only by
chance I ended up in the boxing gym.?
And when I ask her when she last cried,
she says: ?I don?t cry. Well. I cried when I
won my second Olympic medal. I don?t
know what happened. I was like: ?What
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Has she turned into a diva?
?No. No diva. Oh! Except when it comes
to airports and lounges. I like a good lounge.?
We finish. Nicola Adams has to get her
car back to Leeds, where she?s based when
she?s not in San Francisco, and also pose
with the half of the gym users who haven?t
already got a selfie.
We say goodbye. I thank her like I?ve
never thanked any interviewee before;
partly for her time today, mostly for getting
me up off my arse and into a boxing club
and changing my life forever, for the better.
With thanks to Islington Boxing Club
(islingtonboxingclub.org) and Sweaty Betty
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is going on?? Must have been my allergies.?
So she hasn?t cried for two and half
years, then; not even in April last year,
when she split up with her fianc閑, who
she shared a home with in San Francisco
(where Adams is based when she trains).
2018 was a tough year, I suggest.
?Yeah, but??
She tails off.
You?re over it?
?Massively. I could sit and have a pity
party, but I choose not to.?
I quietly wonder what it?s like to simply
choose not to cry; but I ask Adams about
the last time she got into a bad mood:
?I burnt my nachos the other day.
I was fuming!?
And does she know how terrifying
she looks in the ring? ?Nah! I?m just
concentrating.?
The only thing, I think, that really
penetrates with Adams, is losing. ?It?s the
worst. The worst. I?m a bad loser.? Pause.
?I haven?t lost since 2013??
You?re out of practice, I say.
?Hmmmmmm??
?Which doesn?t matter, because you?re
never going to lose again?
?Well ? yeah!? Adams says. Her plan is
to be World Champion ? a title for which
she?ll fight later this spring ? then never
lose another fight. ?Retire, undefeated.?
I wonder if Adams? self-belief, her
emotional-Tefal disposition might be
a consequence of her training six days a
week. Of all the incredible things boxing
brings me, the flood of unadulterated
happiness that washes over me during each
class is the best. I mean, realising I could
actually enjoy cardio is big? and the
astounding overall improvement in my
(previously non-existent) fitness levels
is nice too, but really: the goddamn joy,
when I box. If I trained as much as Nicola
Adams, perhaps I?d feel as permanently
upbeat as she seems. And as self-accepting.
?I love my sport,? she says, and: ?I love my
body? like these things are one and the same.
?I love the way I look. I go on holiday, I?ve
got the beach body already. I?m prepared!?
She says she?d be an actor if she weren?t
a boxer; she was an extra on BBC drama
Waterloo Road until she got fired ?because
I got too famous boxing to blend in?.
I ask her what the Queen said to her
when she got her MBE and she says:
??Well done.? I met the Queen for my
MBE and William for the OBE.?
Who?s best?
?Couldn?t pick. I know ?em so well, now.?
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President Obama in
2015 (above); in 1972,
when she was made a
professor at Columbia
Law School
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This year, she?s the subject of
an acclaimed documentary,
a Hollywood movie ? and a
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L-R: an RBG tattoo; with the
tote bag she inspired; in her
?Super Diva? sweatshirt
Left: with President
Clinton in 1993
after he appointed
her to the Supreme
Court. Below: at
work. Main picture:
she participates in
an annual Women?s
History Month
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?super diva? isn?t exactly a sweatshirt
slogan you?d expect to be worn by an
85-year-old US Supreme Court judge.
Then again, neither might you have
expected the highly distinguished
Ruth Bader Ginsburg to embrace the
nickname Notorious RBG ? or to
chuckle as she watched comedian Kate
McKinnon do an outlandish impression
of her on Saturday Night Live (?RBG in
the house, baby!? whooped McKinnon).
But then Ginsburg has been
confounding expectations for longer
than most of us have been alive.
Justice Ginsburg was born in
Brooklyn, New York, in 1933. In 1956
she became one of only nine female
students among almost 500 men
enrolling at Harvard Law School. When
her husband, also a student at Harvard,
fell ill with cancer, Ginsburg attended
his classes as well as her own so that she
could help him study until he recovered
? leaving her with so much work that
she often slept only three hours a night.
She later transferred to Columbia
Law School, where she graduated top
of her class and yet went on to find that
no law firm would offer a woman a job.
She became a professor instead, but 39
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? one of the most liberal of the nine judges
on the Supreme Court ? something of a
left-wing superhero. ?For progressives in
the era of Trump, the idea of a woman with
a quiet voice who is speaking up in dissent
has an extreme resonance,? agrees Cohen.
There is, however, anxiety around her
age ? she is the oldest serving justice.
When she fell and broke three ribs in
November, certain corners of the internet
went into meltdown. Should she retire,
Donald Trump could nominate a judge
more in line with his own politics; he has
already added right-wingers Neil Gorsuch
and Brett Kavanaugh. ?If Justice Ginsburg
were to leave, and President Trump had the
opportunity to name another conservative
justice, that would really be a huge tilt to
the right,? says West.
Yet Ginsburg has made it clear that she
doesn?t plan to retire until she has to.
?When she broke her ribs, she spent a day
in hospital reading briefs we were told,?
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mentary RBG
an astonishing scene in RBG in which we
see her working out with her personal
trainer. In that ?Super Diva? sweatshirt ?
her own selection, and one that surprised
the film-makers ? she does press-ups,
planks and weights.
?I think she understood that the visual
of seeing her working out and strong was
going to mean something to the audience,?
says Cohen. West agrees that allowing
cameras into the gym was an act of
defiance: ?It?s like, ?Look at me. I?m
determined.? And why not? She?s keeping
herself fit to do the job that she loves.?
Apparently, Ginsburg is enjoying her
moment in the spotlight so far. When
she attended a screening of On The Basis
Of Sex, she brought 30 guests, says Leder.
?And she loved it. She felt no one could
have played her better than Felicity Jones.?
?She carries the ?I Dissent? bag with her,?
reveals West. ?I think it?s very gratifying to
her that her ideas about our constitution
are being spread to an audience that is
normally not thinking about constitutional
law. She gets why it?s funny to compare
her to Notorious BIG, and she makes
a joke back: ?Well, we were both born
and bred in Brooklyn.??
When I ask Cohen and West whether
Ginsburg seems depressed at the swing
away from liberal values in America, they
look at each other and laugh. ?You know,
if you could say one thing about Justice
Ginsburg, it?s that she is a very determined
and optimistic person,? says Cohen. ?She
took the long view when she was a brilliant
law-school grad and couldn?t get a job
because she was a woman, and eventually
she changed that kind of discrimination
and made it no longer possible. She?s not
happy about the fact that the court has
become more conservative, and yet she?s
very steadfast. I mean, if you ever feel
discouraged, just look at her example.?
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later co-founded the American Civil
Liberties Union?s Women?s Rights Project,
and from the 1970s fought and won a
series of landmark gender-equality cases.
In 1993, thanks to a nomination from
President Bill Clinton, she became
only the second woman in history to
be confirmed as a justice of the Supreme
Court ? the highest court in the US and
one where the nine members serve for
life. It?s a role she has used to speak out
about abortion and contraception rights,
discrimination against African American
voters, and unequal pay.
Now, after five decades of remarkable
work, Ginsburg is having a cultural
moment, too. She is the subject of two
well-received films this year, both by
female directors: the documentary RBG,
in UK cinemas from 4 January, and the
biopic On The Basis Of Sex, starring
Felicity Jones, in cinemas from 22
February. ?The fact that both films have
landed now is something of a coincidence,?
says Betsy West, who co-produced and
directed RBG with Julie Cohen. ?But the
response to the films is not coincidental.
Clearly, this is a moment in which people
are really hungry for an inspirational story.?
There?s plenty of evidence of that
outside cinema too, where Ginsburg has
gathered a surprising fanbase. In 2013,
law student Shana Knizhnik created a
Tumblr dedicated to her, dubbing her
The Notorious RBG after the rapper The
Notorious BIG. Today, it sells T-shirts,
tote bags and mugs with slogans such as
?Queen Supreme?, ?I Dissent? ? in reference
to the eloquent dissenting opinions filed
by Ginsburg when she disagrees with her
Supreme Court colleagues ? and ?The
Ruth Will Set You Free?.
Her status as a pop-culture figure has
grown from there. In addition to being
celebrated on Saturday Night Live, she?s
become a popular tattoo ? the internet is
packed with Americans who?ve had her
face inked on their bodies (most recently
comedian Pete Davidson). At Halloween,
people dress their babies like her, in
owl-like spectacles and lace collars
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Every week, a woman reflects on
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BECAUSE MY BABY DIED?
When Jessica Clasby-Monk,
31, lost her baby in 2016
she still felt like a mother
? even if others refused
to acknowledge that...
hen my wife Natalie
and I look back
on our memories
with Leo, we tend
to think of two
specific moments:
either the Sunday
he was born or the
Thursday before that ? the day we found
out that he had died.
It was at 37 weeks pregnant that I woke
from a nap and realised that I wasn?t
feeling the baby move. I got myself into
all his preferred positions, prodded
him and found his feet, but still there
was absolutely no movement. I knew
something wasn?t right, so we went to
the local Maternity Assessment Unit
? they tried to find his heartbeat but
he was already dead.
Leo was stillborn three days later. After
I?d delivered him, the hospital gave me and
Natalie a few days with him before we had
to say our goodbyes ? time I?ll always be
grateful for. We held him in a blanket
and instinctively rocked him back and
forth, patting his back as if to help him
fall asleep. We asked the midwife assistant
to take a photo of the three of us; it is our
one and only family photo with him.
Natalie and I have known each other
w
post-natal six-week check but I made
since we were at school ? but it was in
myself go anyway because, honestly, I was
2009 that we reconnected online, and
were married two years later. Our first year curious to see what they would say. The
answer was very little: the GP clearly didn?t
as newly-weds was spent in the Scottish
know what to say to me. I was in desperate
Highlands before moving to Oxfordshire
need of care, but even as I sat in front of
at the end of 2012; this marked the start
a qualified healthcare professional, my
of our journey to become parents, which
needs as a mother went unrecognised.
we were incredibly excited about. As
All this because I was a mother without
a gay couple we knew our path would
any visible proof of my baby.
be complicated, so we did a lot of research
I had gone through a full-term
and saved for three cycles of natural
pregnancy, labour and loss, and yet there
IUI (intrauterine insemination). When
was no plan or procedure in place to help
that failed we moved on to privately
me mentally or physically. I was discharged
funded IVF, and on our second cycle,
so quickly, I felt like people just wanted to
we became pregnant.
do the paperwork and send me on my way.
When we lost Leo, our movements
Friends and family showed their support
around the hospital were handled with
at Leo?s funeral. We held an informal
care and consideration by the staff. We
reception afterwards in the same room
were taken via the staff route from the
that we had married in and it was lovely.
bereavement ward to our room so that we
I needed to know that people cared
very rarely heard a baby cry or a woman
about Leo, and for them to know that
in labour scream. That little space became
our cocoon ? our safety net.
Once we were out in the big
wide world, however, things
were different. I was going
through the dual trauma of
childbirth and grief ? all
of which had happened in
such a short period of time
? and there didn?t seem to
be anyone on hand to offer
me professional advice.
We had been part of an NCT
group but stopped all contact
after Leo died, because I knew
that seeing babies and parents
living the life we should have
Jessica with
had would have been too hard.
Leo?s footprint
No one invited me to my
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he mattered and that he was real.
But going back to his bedroom at
home was difficult. So many people
told us to just shut the door and not
go in, but instead we tidied up, added
some gifts we had received and put up
all his cards just as we would have done
if he?d lived. We?ve ended up keeping
everything we had bought him.
We knew straight away that we
would try to get pregnant again; we had
two frozen embryos from Leo?s treatment
cycle and had always intended to try again.
And yet, when I started going through
IVF again, I filled out a form and realised
that there was no box to tick in order to
explain that I had already had a child but
that Leo had been stillborn. It was yet
another stark reminder that his birth story
didn?t fit the mould and wasn?t deemed a
possible outcome of pregnancy, even in a
medical setting where we were specifically
discussing fertility. It?s always hard to
explain the situation, but to not even be
given the option? That made us feel like
we weren?t normal parents.
Nine months after Leo died I became
pregnant with Eli. Pregnancy after loss
brought up such extreme emotions. It
was like placing myself at the epicentre
of my own trauma and staying there
24/7 for nine months, without respite.
I was admitted to hospital at 35 weeks
due to anxiety and my concerns about
a slight slowing in Eli?s growth. Thankfully,
my consultant understood; I was induced
soon afterwards and gave birth to Eli, who
is now 18 months old.
Now, we naturally include Leo in
our family life. Eli wears ?little brother?
T-shirts, we fundraise and blog in Leo?s
name, talk about him, point him out in
our picture and sing songs about Eli?s
wonderful big brother. He has visited Leo?s
grave with us since he was three weeks old.
It took a lot of empowerment for me
to own the title of ?mother? when Leo died.
I think part of the problem was that no
one knew how best to acknowledge him
? or us ? in the right way. When people
ask if Eli is my first, I tend to say something
along the lines of ?we had a little boy
before him, but he died? or ?he didn?t get
to come home with us?. I?ve now learned
that as the mother you?ve got to lead the
way and educate those around you ? only
then will people learn to respond in a way
that is helpful to you.
If you need information or support following
a stillbirth, visit the charity sands.org.uk
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PREGNANCY AFTER
LOSS BROUGHT
UP SUCH EXTREME
EMOTIONS
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F I R ST PE R S O N
?HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE BEING
New statistics show that over half
of 25- to 44-year-olds are single,
so why does society still attach a
sad-sack stigma to it? Catherine Gray,
38, reveals how she learned to
soothe her 30-something panic
P H OTO G R A P H S DAV I D Y E O
know you just
eye-rolled at this
headline. I felt it:
?Here we go again.?
I promise I?m
not about to trot
out tired clich閟
about lying starshaped in bed, or having a whole wardrobe
to yourself, or not having to wash
someone?s boxer shorts. Let?s bypass all
that poppycock. Nor am I about to lead
you in a synchronised All The Single Ladies
dance, which claims to celebrate
singledom, yet also sells the clashy message
that he shoulda put a ring on it. Nah.
The route to single joy, I?ve discovered,
is directly through the single sorrow. I
know this from five years of working
through this ? of trying to subdue my
ever-growing single panic as 33, then 34
rolled on by. I felt as if I was trapped inside
a giant egg-timer, with sand being sucked
from beneath my feet at an alarming rate.
Despite not knowing whether I actually
want children, I felt in peril of losing the
choice. It didn?t help that my dad informed
I
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me, when I turned 33, that he?d turned
the money allocated as my ?wedding fund?
into an ?egg-freezing fund?.
But what I learned was that you need to
thoroughly get to know your single panic:
dismantle it, take a good long look at it,
question it, trace its origin, and then
rewrite it. I?m no smug single who claims
to be ?fixed?. Yesterday, I went on a date
with a handsome man who shouted at
me for three hours and let me say about
10 words. Instead of thinking, ?Oh well,
onwards,? about this dreadful date, I found
myself downloading Hinge and desperately
stabbing at it for an hour, looking for a
heart-shaped fix. In those moments, I cast
myself as a Miss Havisham figure. I tell
myself a story in which nobody wants me
(despite much evidence to the contrary),
I never like anyone (not true), and I need
to just ?settle? (not in my character, at all),
or I?m going to wind up wandering around
a decaying mansion (er, one-bedroom flat)
in a yellowing wedding dress.
But why? There?s no doubt an enormous
driver of single sorrow is social conditioning.
When I tell someone I?m single, they tend to
frown slightly, ask me why, then try to
diagnose my singleness as me being too
picky, too career-driven or in need of a
date with their single mate (who I don?t
fancy). They say comforting things like,
?Oh well, you?ll meet someone soon,? no
matter how non-sad I appear. I usually
leave the hairdresser?s feeling sad about
being single, even though I went in happy.
Coupled-up friends are keen for me to
join them in the land of twos, so they?ll
invite a single acquaintance to dinner, throw
us together, and then side-eye us from afar,
as if watching zoo animals. I do feel as if a
wedding is a closing of a friendship chapter,
given that it often seems to mean that their
husband is invited to everything we do.
My singleness is seen by society as an
absence and an incompleteness that needs
to be cured and filled ASAP. There?s an
assumption that single women over a
certain age could not possibly have chosen
their terrible fate ? God, no.
But here?s the thing. I?m single because
I just am. It?s certainly not my fault, or
because I secretly have scales all over
my body, or because I?m unmarriable. ????? ??????????? ?????? "What's News" VK.COM/WSNWS
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It?s a hopscotch of choices, chance and
happenstance. Mostly, it?s been my decision
to step away from not-right relationships,
despite my brain?s tendency to Velcro
on to the times I?ve been dumped.
In my twenties, I was single for a grand
total of six months (basically spent holding
boyfriend auditions). I was fixated with
a) looking good, b) locking down a
husband and c) OK, maybe a career too.
My friends nicknamed me a ?love monkey?
for swinging from man to man.
It?s no great surprise that I was obsessed
with husband-hunting and terrorised by
a fear of the eligible suitors running out.
Little girls are conditioned to want to get
married. I can only think of a handful of
films, versus thousands, that don?t end
in a couple-shaped happy-ever-after.
The reason the marketing around Moana
trumpeted so vociferously about her
?not having a love interest!? was because
every other Disney princess had one.
When my thirties hit, my boyfriend
addiction reached crazy-eyed levels and my
standards plummeted, as the sensation that
time was running out gripped me. I sought
new boyfriends with the urgency that you
seek a new job in the wake of a redundancy.
As a result, I ended up in the most toxic
relationship of my life, and felt paralysed
within it, a person trapped in amber.
I emancipated myself from that only to
race headlong into another relationship,
and when that ended, I felt as if I?d been
tipped into a black hole. It was becoming
undeniable that I relied on men to ?make
me happy?; throwing my happiness up into
the air and hoping some bloke would catch
it. So, I decided to take a whole year off
dating and to smash through my fear of
being single, much like an arachnophobe
holds a tarantula, to free myself from this
need to be coupled to feel complete.
Of the past five years, I?ve spent three and
a half single, not because I can?t locate a
boyfriend, but because I?m now super-happy
being single and totally unwilling to settle.
The French have an amazing saying that
means ?It?s better to be alone than poorly
accompanied?, which is now my motto.
I?m now nine-parts single joy to one-part
single sorrow, because I?ve done a hell of a
lot of work around it. I?ve realised I need to
be conscious about my single contentment,
otherwise it slips back into disenchantment
? because you?d be amazed by the number
of examples you see of ?Couple good,
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single bad? being fed to us when you start
to look for it. I was recently shopping for
a new sofa and bed, for example, and
found myself feeling lonely while bouncing
around on beds solo. Why? Because, turns
out, furniture shopping adverts feature
couples 99% of the time.
To compensate, I?ve hit on dozens of
tactics that have helped me locate single joy.
I seek out the singles wherever I am, because
I realised that I was always looking at happy
I WAS THROWING
MY HAPPINESS UP
IN THE AIR, HOPING
SOME BLOKE
WOULD CATCH IT
couples and thinking ?Why don?t I have
that?? while ignoring the serene-looking
woman sunbathing and reading. Single
role models are there if you look for them.
I?ve had therapy around where my single
sorrow sprang from (social conditioning,
being raised by a father who taught me
that women ceased to be desirable after
40, a buried belief that if I relaxed too
much into being single it would become a
?forever? state). And I now have long breaks
where I don?t date at all ? which have lasted
from four months to a year ? whenever I
feel the panic start to dig its claws in.
But most of all, I?ve stopped feeling that
empty space beside me, that plus-one-shaped
hole. I now see a relationship as an optional
add-on, an extra, rather than compulsory
for my future happiness. I?ve decided I?d
much rather have dogs with the right
person aged 55, than kids with the wrong
person now. In fact, I don?t need anyone at
all to make my dream menagerie happen.
It?s true that I can decorate my flat with
beauties from Made and Vinterior, rather
than the (let?s face it: criminally insane)
interior choices of a male. It?s also true that
I was able to go and live in Bruges for seven
months, which wouldn?t have happened had
I been tied to a Britain-based boyfriend. And
it?s true that I can let my body become like
a mossy, ferny glade, rather than spending
hours a week maintaining the illusion that
I have no hair, other than on my head.
But all of these single bonuses orbit
around the absence of a partner. A single life
can be a happy life for all the same reasons
that a coupled life can be a happy life. Because
of croissants, and art, and showers, and yoga,
and dogs, and books, and everything that
is still just as awesome no matter what your
relationship status. I no longer arrange my
life around an empty man-shaped space in
my bed, because there isn?t one.
Catherine is the author of ?The Unexpected
Joy Of Being Single? (�99, Aster), out now.
She?ll be writing in Grazia about being
single for the next four weeks
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THE TRENDS, THE STYLING HACKS, THE ACCESSORIES
AND THE CHEATS ? WELCOME TO YOUR STYLE REBOOT
AYS
019 now!
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wear boots
with everything
Just as winter gave us plenty of
opportunity to wear sandals (albe
with tights), spring doesn?t mean
avoiding boots. In fact, we positively
encourage it. White and Western
styles are still going strong, and we
predict the hiking boot will take over
from the dad trainer as the ugly-cool
footwear of choice this season.
VICTORIA BECKHAM
take your style
cues from vb
When Victoria Beckham rocks
a great look, we take note. Given
she is her own walking-talking
billboard for her brand, her
runway look received mega
pavement attention when she
wore it on the day of her show.
We think she?s sparked a trend
with legs ? ha! Why? The slashedfront legging is supremely
flattering (and not just on VB).
Wear with her new long tunic
tops and a flat gold shoe.
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�5, Chlo�
(net-a-porter.com)
�0, Vagabond
(vagabond.com)
�0, Toga
(matchesfashion.com)
�0, Burberry
(burberry.com)
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VICTORIA BECKHAM
FA S H I O N
�5, Toteme
(toteme-studio.com)
wear flip-flops with a suit
The flip-flop is back (yes, really). Team with
tailoring for the ultimate high/low mix.
�, Ted Baker
(johnlewis.com)
�5, Emporio Armani
(armani.com)
�, Aspinal of London
(aspinalo?ondon.com)
�0, Burberry
(burberry.com)
�, TKEES
(net-a-porter.com)
�, Levi?s
(levi.com)
�0, Dior
(dior.com)
bejewel your bandana
It?s all about headgear this season, but we?re
ating JW Anderson?s as the most innovative ?
and easiest. Take your lead not just from the
twalk, but from the headscarf ?s most iconic
otee, the Queen. So wait, could the jewelled
ndana be 2019?s answer to Jacquemus?
2018 meter-wide straw hat? We think so.
TIBI
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TIBI
JW ANDERSON
�5, Tory Burch
(toryburch.co.uk)
�0, Dune
(dunelondon.com)
�5, Marella
(marella.com)
�.99, Mango
(mango.com)
�9, Kurt Geiger London
(kurtgeiger.com)
�0, Ganni
(ganni.com)
�0, Maison Margiela
(matchesfashion.com)
�.99, Zara
(zara.com)
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FA S H I O N
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use tagwalk
Not heard of Tagwalk yet? All that?s about to change. The
so-called Google of fashion was founded by Alexandra Van
Houtte, a former fashion assistant, in 2016 and is already an
indispensable industry resource. Fashion?s first free search
engine, catwalk images are ?tagged? with key words, allowing
users to search through over 130,000 images by brand,
season, city, trend, colour and so on. So, if you?re looking for
a pink dress/plaid trousers/silk shirt/whatever, Tagwalk will
pull up all the relevant images, making it a brilliant research
source. Here, Tagwalk reveals the five most-viewed catwalk
looks for six of this season?s key trends. tag-walk.com
HOT
LOOK!
Pas tel
HOT
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C yc lin g sh ort s
COLLINA STR ADA
LOO K 12
STELLA MCCARTNEY
LOOK 39
VA LE NTI N O
LOOK 58
A L B E R TA F E R R E T T I
LOOK 33
PROENZA SCHOULER
LOOK 30
FENDI
LOOK 8
JACQUEMUS
LOOK 35
CHANEL
LOOK 32
BLUMARINE
LOOK 1
LOUIS VUITTON
LOOK 28
CHLO�
LOOK 32
LOUIS VUITTON
LO O K 31
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
LOOK 20
HOT
LOOK!
COLLINA STR ADA
LOO K 12
Fis hn e t
HOT
LOOK!
CHRISTIAN DIOR
LOOK 26
Mes s y tuc k
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VA LE NTI N O
LOOK 37
VICTORIA BECKHAM
LOOK 18
ACNE STUDIOS
LOOK 38
BALENCIAGA
LOOK 45
LOEWE
LOOK 5
CHLO�
LOOK 1
CHLO�
LOOK 37
CHLO�
LOOK 22
FENDI
LOOK 27
A L B E R TA F E R R E T T I
LOOK 3
STELLA MCCARTNEY
LOOK 25
Beige
HOT
LOOK!
CHRISTIAN DIOR
LOOK 26
De n im
HOT
LOOK!
STELLA MCCARTNEY
LOOK 22
A L B E R TA F E R R E T T I
LOOK 5
PROENZA SCHOULER
LOOK 30
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�550, Proenza Schouler
(matchesfashion.com)
�99, New Look
(newlook.com)
�5, MSGM
(farfetch.com)
Tie-d
�.99,
(debenha
�5, Elder Statesman
(matchesfashion.com)
STELL A MCCARTNEY
DIOR
�5, Re/Done
(farfetch.com)
get crafty (or at
least pretend to)
DIY prints are trending
hard for S/S ?19 ? from
bleach-splattered denim
to Moschino?s crayon
scribbles. But this season
really belongs to tie-dye.
Want something unique
but of-the-m
t?
Try it you
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RICK OWENS
FA S H I O N
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(oakle kley
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go large with
your glasses
The lab goggle gained
catwalk momentum ? and
they don?t seem quite so out
there when you consider
those harmful UV
rays. Offset with a
pretty headband.
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add an anklet
Anklets have been
gaining momentum for
a while among the
street-style set. The new
way to wear? Over a
statement sock. See
Acne for a masterclass.
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(net-a-porter.com)
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(net-a-porter.com)
�.95, Happy Socks
(happysocks.com)
PAU L & JO E
�, Missoma
(missoma.com)
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�50, Topshop
(topshop.com)
�, Falke
(falke.com)
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2. �5, maje (maje.com). 3. �5,
dolce & gabbana (net-a-porter.
com). 4. �, boden (boden.co.uk).
5. �.50, marks & spencer
(marksandspencer.com)
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master the mini
Skirt lengths have hovered around the
mid-calf for the past few seasons. But
this spring, raise your game ? literally.
Galvanised by the V&A?s forthcoming
Mary Quant exhibition (opening 6 April),
this season we suggest you dare to do a
mini. Exploring the years between 1955
and 1975, the exhibition is the first
international retrospective of the designer
who epitomised the energy of Swinging
Sixties London. Popularising the miniskirt
? as well as colourful tights and tailored
trousers ? Quant?s rebellious, convention-
Kellie Wilson wearing
Mary Quant, photographed
by Gunnar Larsen, 1966
defying designs weren?t just fun, but
ushered in an invigorated sense of liberation
in their wearers. The show brings together
over 120 garments, alongside accessories,
cosmetics, sketches and photographs. ?She
dressed the liberated woman, freed from
rules and regulations, and from dressing
like their mothers,? says co-curator Jenny
Lister. ?Her youthful, revolutionary clothes,
inspired by London?s creative scene, made
British street style the global influence it
remains today.? V&A, 6 April ? 16 February
2020; vam.ac.uk/maryquant
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PR ADA
FA S H I O N
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mimic miuccia
Note the unusual bracelet placement
by Miuccia Prada when she accepted
her Outstanding Achievement award
at The Fashion Awards. On the cusp
of being A Thing, mark our words.
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ROKSANDA
R E J I N A PYO
bring some zing to
spring with coral
?Living Coral? is Pantone?s colour of
2019, but juicy shades of orange
and tomato also pack a punch now.
Note: they look particularly vibrant
paired with camel and navy.
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PASTELS
PA RI S
PA RI S
take note of street style trends
The trends gaining traction off the catwalk?
Clothes that say ?I?ve got a job to do? and ?I
may look fabulous but look how hard I?m
working!? Hence all things utilitarian ? like
boiler suits and bum bags ? are go. There?s
a big dose of sartorial reality going on
outside the shows, so trouser suits are big
news (but check out those new muted
shades) as well as long covered-up dresses
that pack a pattern punch. Also, why are
we still in love with the mac? Because it
now comes with plenty of attitude ?
fabricated from shiny nylon or polished
leather and accessorised with a mega belt.
The colour codes du jour? See pastels. The
new fabric to make your mark in? Satin.
LONDON
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LONDON
FA S H I O N
LONDON
MACS WITH ATTITUDE
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LONDON
N E W YO R K
PRINTED DRESSES
PA RI S
PA RI S
PA RI S
LONDON
LONDON
LONDON
N E W YO R K
LONDON
LONDON
PA RI S
PA RI S
SATIN
PA RI S
LONDON
LONDON
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UTILITY
SUITS
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The new power couple: a dress worn
over trousers. Shown on the catwalks
at Altuzarra, JW Anderson and
Gabriela Hearst, the layering tactic is
easy to imitate with pieces you already
own (not to mention a great way to
debut summer dresses now).
O S C A R D E L A R E N TA
GABRIELA HEARST
A LT U Z A R R A
ACNE STUDIOS
JW ANDERSON
FA S H I O N
B O T T E G A V E N E TA
K WAI DA N E DITIO N S
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know thei
The three designer
this season? 1) Da
in at Bottega Ven
Northerner and C
Martins alumnus, D
from the school o
was director of rea
Phoebe Philo at old
)
first pre-fall offering at the Italian
house ? divinely stripped back
and intelligently fashion knowing
? has got the Philophiles in a tizzy.
2) Another CSM graduate, Natasa
Cagalj has a who?s-who CV ?
Cerruti, Lanvin, Stella McCartney
? and has been the ultimate
behind-the-scenes designer. Until
September, when she sent out a
fiercely rejuvenated Ports 1961
? her slouchy trouser suits with
boho macram� trimmings made
jaws drop. And 3) Repeat after us:
?Kwaidan Editions?. A Londonbased label that shows in Paris, it?s
designed by partners-in-life Hung
La and L閍 Dickley. Their esoteric
obsessions, such as multimedia
artist Dominique GonzalezFoerster, motel d閏or and the work
of David Lynch, translate into
ultra-minimal, knife-sharp tailoring
in punchy blocks of colour or wildly
patterned second-skin dresses.
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Gaga, actor Laura Harrier,
actor and singer Zendaya
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go big or go home
Dresses that (almost) require their own car
are set to be big news ? huge in fact ? this
year. Forget sinuous slips and cute cocktail
dresses, the unapologetically OTT gown
is back. Marc Jacobs? S/S ?19 collection is
leading the charge among the A-list: his
souped-up saccharine-hued ruffles have
already been worn by the likes of Laura
Harrier, Zendaya and Tracee Ellis Ross
(side note: might ruffles-on-steroids be
this year?s most Instagrammable detail?).
Elsewhere, Valentino?s sweeping silhouettes
prove that volume can also appeal to the
more minimally inclined. And the patron
saint of the spotlight-stealing gown?
Jennifer Lopez in acres of hot pink
Giambattista Valli couture ballgown.
Too much ? and that?s a compliment.
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The seminal 1964 essay is the
theme for this year?s Costume
Institute exhibition ? and
for May?s Met Gala. The
exhibition will include works
by John Galliano, Versace and
Gucci?s Alessandro Michele,
co-host of the Gala with Lady
Gaga, Serena Williams and
Harry Styles. metmuseum.org
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With sustainability at the
forefront of fashion right now,
vintage shopping has renewed
appeal. The pieces to seek out:
Laura Ashley dresses (like this
1960 one, above), oversized
blazers (St Michael is excellent
for price and quality) and ?90s
It bags (February will see the
return of the Fendi Baguette
? get in there first).
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S/S ?19?s leotards and
swishy skirts.
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Longchamp, look at
Kate Moss in 2004
Not since Kate Moss
(who sat front row at
Longchamp?s debut
catwalk show in New
York) in 2004 have we
wanted gladiator
sandals so bad.
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FIT AND YO U KNOW IT
Want to fire up your fitness routine in style? Look no further than
Primark?s new collab with sporty Insta sensation Alice Liveing
IT?S NEW YEAR?S resolution time. If
you?re looking to hitch a ride on the wellness
wagon, but don?t know where to start, then
pour yourself a green juice and check out
Alice Liveing?s Instagram (@AliceLiveing).
The fitness expert and personal trainer has
acquired over 636k followers, thanks to her
upbeat, no-nonsense approach to exercise
and healthy eating. Now Alice has teamed
up with Primark for her second sportswear
collaboration with the high-street giant. The
44-piece collection is the ultimate workout
wardrobe, with everything from cropped
tops and leggings, to cool-down sweats
and trainers, in a bold palette of acid green,
pastel pink and bright blue. Fusing
function with fashion, cycling shorts, slides
and caps double-up as easy off-duty pieces.
So whether you?ve got your sights set on a
marathon, want to nail that yoga headstand,
or have just made it your mission to move
more, this kit will help push you in the
right direction. The collection also shows
Primark flexing its sustainable muscles,
with a marble-print top and leggings
made from recycled polyester and two
biodegradable water bottles crafted from
renewable plant-based materials. And
with prices starting at �50, what are you
waiting for? Get it on ? and get moving.
Available in all Primark stores from 26 December
Crop top, � leggings,
� trainers, �
Oversized sweat, �,
cycling shorts, � sliders, �
All Alice Liveing x Primark
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Longwear Lipsticks, � each, which deliver all the pigment punch and longevity you?d expect from this
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From fitness to diet
and beyond, 2019 is
all about taking a
considered approach
to your health that
puts contentment
at its core
PHOTOG R A PH S
DANIEL THOMAS SMITH
BEAUT Y DIRECTION & ST YLING
J O E LY W A L K E R
W O R D S H A N N A H C O AT E S
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IF 2018 WAS all about a growing
ACT
awareness of our mental health,
understanding our hormones and
turmeric lattes, then 2019 is all about
the art of balance. We?ve had enough
of living by extremes and are now
finding comfort in keeping our
metaphorical seesaws horizontal. And
it?s no wonder: a recent study from
the Mental Health Foundation found
that 47% of us feel stressed every day.
?There?s a much clearer perspective
that wellness is not just about looking
good,? says Dr Josephine Perry, a
sports psychologist at Performance in
Mind. ?We?re more aware that to feel
well we need to think about every
aspect of our life.? Here?s how?
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REST AND RECOVER
After every squat, burpee and hallowed
hell on the treadmill comes The Aftermath.
And whether that?s stiffness or sore
muscles, this is our year for scheduled
recovery time. ?Recovery is very different
to rest,? says Rhian Stephenson, CEO of
boutique spin studio Psycle. ?Rest is time
not moving, while recovery is active and
encompasses movements that help the
body repair.? Instead of training as hard as
we can as often as we can, which causes
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strain in the body, including micro tears in
muscles (which, given the time to recover,
fix themselves), stress and tension in our
joints and even fluctuating hormones, it?s
about putting as much hard work into
recovery to maximise our workouts and
the results they deliver, as well as reducing
stress and improving sleep.
Rhian recommends one active recovery
session per every four workouts. Psycle?s
new S.O.S class comprises trigger point
release therapy (aka using touch to release
tight or injured areas), mindfulness and
body rolling. Nationwide, DW Fitness
First now offers Recovery ?bolt ons?
(available to download on the DW Fitness
Core App) that deliver 10-15 restorative
poses, while yin yoga can significantly help
release tension. The pros all have a trusty
foam roller on hand to help deeply massage
any area and many are now using the
Theragun, �8 (theragun.co.uk), a handheld tool that delivers high-frequency
vibrations to help muscles recover.
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ALL IN A ROW
For a workout that exercises your
whole body, look no further than rowing.
?It recruits a massive 86% of muscle
mass, which no other form of cardio
equipment can rival,? advises Ben Scarles,
head trainer at GROW Fitness, a cool
new rowing studio in Central London,
and notably it?s not just in your upper
body that muscles are used, but legs
and glutes too. At GROW they combine
rowing with strength training (using
equipment including dumbbells and
resistance bands) on mats to target
areas from every angle ? but everything
is deliberately low impact. ?It?s also
amazing for desk-bound workers, as the
rowing movement opens up dormant
muscles and helps strengthen posture,?
says Ben. Try GROW or the newly
opened The Engine Room, housed in
a Grade-II listed church on the edge
of Regent?s Park, which has state-ofthe-art rowing machines.
ESCAPE ARTIST
Caught yourself daydreaming of sunnier
climes? Join the club. Now you can escape
the reality of those condensation-walled,
sweaty exercise classes and the toil of
city living during your daily workout;
new immersive gyms are rethinking how
our surroundings affect our workout, and
to great effect. Take FirstLight, a spin
studio in London?s Westfield, which uses
magic mirror technology to transport you
from, well, a shopping centre in White
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City, to a beach in the Maldives. ?We use
light to mark the journey from sunrise to
sunset during a 45-minute spin class and
transport you to different destinations
around the world,? says Mark Anthony,
founder of FirstLight. The premise being
that light ? namely sunshine ? is what
makes us happy, so cycling to a great
playlist with a beach scene backdrop at
sunset boosts our endorphin production
and help us to ride harder and faster (our
grey city a mere relic of our memories.
Meanwhile, FLY LDN in the City
of London is all about multi-sensory
yoga: think cinematic backdrops of
crashing waves or the Himalayan
mountains, set to mind-transporting
playlists, for a chill-inducing yoga class
that really packs a punch.
SHAKE IT OFF
Giving totally new meaning to the term
?loosen up? comes Trauma Release Exercise
(TRE), a set of simple movements that
are used to trigger the natural tremor
mechanism or ?shakes? in the body. ?Using
a simple set of seven exercises, we teach
people how to switch on their tremors,
pay attention to the feelings generated
by these tremors and, also, how to stop
them,? says Steve Haines, an expert in
the therapy. These shakes are akin to a
nervous system reboot because, due to
daily stresses and traumas (and those
that are more deep-seated), our brain
defaults to old, habitual and protective
patterns that make us tense, frozen and
ready for fight-or-flight; TRE is a way to
release tension and the emotions that
cause it in the first place. ?There is a
growing understanding of trauma,? says
Steve. ?Whether that?s someone who?s
suffered from post-traumatic stress or the
huge number of people who live in pain or
anxiety. Shaking helps people to reconnect
to themselves and the world around them.?
Sessions from � with Steve at The
Whole Body London, or try Triyoga
TRE classes, � for one class pass.
SLIDE AND GLIDE
While their name suggests an easy-breezy
sensibility, don?t be fooled. Gliders are
sliding circular discs of workout torture,
but they work a treat. And there?s a
growing number of fitness studios,
nationwide gyms and prominent personal
trainers who are touting them for adding
a little extra something to each workout.
?They?re super-versatile and you can get as
creative as you want,? says Loui Fazakerley,
a personal trainer at Third Space gym.
?I use them a lot at the end of a workout
as finishers for the core, or you can do
multidirectional lunges using one glider
on one leg.? Get started by hitting a class:
DEFINE London?s brand-new Glide
class combines them with traditional barre
exercises to help work deeper into the
muscles. Psycle?s GBR class, meanwhile,
uses them with resistance bands to help
sculpt the core. Up the ante with celebrity
personal trainer Dalton Wong?s own
gliders (and workouts to accompany
them) to be used at home.
INTUITIVE EATING
In refreshing news, dieting as A Thing
is becoming less and less fashionable ?
just look at Weight Watchers? rebrand to
WW, standing for ?Wellness that Works?
for proof. Diets as we know them are out,
and being conscious of our bodies and
what we?re putting in them, is in. ?Our
bodies are smart mechanisms that have
an amazing ability to self-regulate and
heal,? says Jenya Emets, founder of wellness
club Cloud Twelve. ?All we need to do is
give it the right nutrients (through food)
to be easily absorbed and metabolised.
It?s simple.? It?s about being mindful when
we?re hungry about why we?re hungry
? is it because we?re actually hungry or,
more likely, are we feeling lonely, tired
or bored? Being conscious of what our
body actually needs is key; for example,
when ?hunger? strikes, ask yourself: ?Would
I eat an apple over this piece of chocolate??
and if the answer is no, often you?ll be
eating to quench an emotion.
BOTTOMS UP
We?re all suckers for a nicely branded
water (Fiji, anyone?) but the new wave
of wellness drinks encompass great
branding and body or brain-boosting
nutrients. Take No1 Rosemary Water,
pure rosemary water that has been dubbed
a ?turbo charger to the brain? by Dr
Mark Moss of Northumbria University.
Studies have shown that this unexpectedly
tasty drink can boost cognitive and
memory performance by up to 15%,
making choosing it a no-brainer (ahem).
Then there?s birch water, like Tapped?s
Pure Organic, � which essentially gets
?tapped? out of a birch tree and contains
natural manganese that combats the
oxidative stress our cells suffer as a result
of things like stress and pollution. There
are water add-ons, too; Cellnutrition
Complete Hypertonic Mineral
Supplement, �, is a daily vial that
contains 78 minerals and trace elements
that, in the old days, we would have
ingested through nutrient-rich soil. All
you need to do is add it to your morning
glass of water and in return expect better
immunity, improved energy levels and a
healthier mind and body.
THE SLOW LANE
How often do you slow down? For the
majority of us, the answer is probably not
often; but low-intensity interval training
(or LIIT) will see to it that you do. While
we?ve long loved high-intensity interval
training (or HIIT) for its unrivalled
ability to burn fat, the fact that it?s high
impact and fast-paced can actually cause
the body and mind stress, such is its ability
to trigger cortisol ? the stress hormone ?
production. ?People can get obsessed with
HIIT classes but your body can crash and
burn,? says Loui Fazakerley. ?LIIT is easier
on the joints and a nice way to switch up
the intensity. You can choose any exercise
you like ? squats, lunges or push ups, for
example ? but it must be performed
under control and not be plyometric
[eg, jumping, hopping, skipping].?
Third Space?s Pulse class uses isometric
movements and pulsing to isolate muscles
and build them long and lean, without
being high intensity; at SPN. Fit in
Tunbridge Wells, the barre class also uses
ballet-informed moves to strengthen the
legs and glutes, while FLY LDN?s lowimpact class uses TRX suspension training
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MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
A full-blown exercise regime can now be
easily completed from the comfort of your
own living room, thanks to a new raft of
dynamic online portals that make never
entering another hellish gym a really
promising reality, while offering up much
more than the workout DVD, thanks to
tech that allows them to be updated daily.
?Time is so limited now that people like
S T R E N G T H E N
the on-demand appeal of classes to do in
their own free time,? says Louis, who calls
the idea a kind of ?Netflix of fitness?.
Followers of Joe ?The Body Coach? Wicks
will have seen him advocating the Peloton
bike, a machine you buy for your home
complete with a screen to stream one of 14
daily live studio bike workouts ? but with
all that tech it?s not the cheapest, starting
at �990 (with payment plans available).
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Then there?s P.volve, a portal set up by
New York trainer Stephen Pasterino,
which houses countless different workouts
that use a workout ball to tone the thighs,
bum and abs. Movement for Modern Life
makes yoga an at-home breeze, plus you
can light candles, and then there are apps
like Nike Training Club, which offers
an array of step-by-step workouts, with
different options for differing abilities.
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sun (bad, I know!), occasionally feels oily,
sometimes dry, and is constantly battling
against city pollution and travelling (I say,
while halfway across the world in a jungle).
So, as you can imagine, I?ve had to get my
routine down to a T, investing in a lotion
and potion for every eventuality. The latest
addition is Caudalie?s Vinopure Blemish
Control Infusion Serum, which I?ve been
using every single day, morning and
evening, for over six months. And it?s
amazing. So light and refreshing, the
serum hydrates and has antibacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties, as well as
no nasty chemicals. For me, beauty means
embracing all things natural and authentic
? whether it?s skin, hair, personality or
my surroundings ? so I was drawn by the
clean formula. After cleansing, I apply the
serum all over and finish with a primer and
tinted moisturiser. If I can feel a blemish
coming on I dab it on the area, and let the
salicylic acid go to work keeping it under
wraps. It?s a one-stop super serum for
glowing, clearer skin.
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Cortisol is the hormone
that messes with you
in more ways than one.
Here?s how to get the
so-called stress hormone
under control?
WITH EVERY surge of stress that powers
its way through your body, so comes an
injection of cortisol. Produced by the
adrenal glands and known as the ?stress
hormone?, it?s released when your body
reacts to a stressful situation. Way back
when, a stressful situation would read very
differently and far less frequently than
in today?s non-stop lifestyle. Now, with
always-on careers and trying to live your
best life (yawn), stress is an hourly ? if
not more regular ? occurrence. And with
that comes increased and potentially
damaging levels of cortisol.
?High levels of cortisol can have negative
effects on the mind as well as the body,?
says leading reflexologist Andrea Hurst,
who is known for treating the damage of
chronic stress. ?From causing confusion
to triggering anxiety to inducing a stage
of panic, it really can impact brain
function if left untreated.? Scary stuff.
What if we also told you it could be
causing your long, painful periods,
stubborn acne, digestive issues and
headaches, too? One thing is for sure;
short of cutting yourself off from everyday
life, there?s no avoiding stress. So how can
you get a handle on the cortisol situation
and give yourself a healthier relationship
with the effects of stress?
GET HERB HAPPY
Those in the know are taking to
adaptogens to support the nervous system.
?There are various definitions, but the
easiest way to think of adaptogens is as
a way to help your body adapt to stress
through the use of herbal medicines,? says
medical herbalist Katie Pande. The most
common and powerful adaptogenic herbs
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include ashwagandha, turmeric and
shatavari, which are all believed to bring
balance to the body in the presence of
stress. ?The real hero herb is ashwaganda,?
says Pande. ?It?s known as a ?tonic herb?
and helps to protect and support the
nervous system by nourishing the adrenal
glands, thyroid and pituitary gland.? And
before you cast these aside as unnecessary
aides of the current wellness era, know
that these kinds of supplements have been
used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries
for their truly transformative benefits.
?Ashwagandha stands out for its antianxiety calming effects,? assures Pande.
?It supports energy levels without making
us feel more wired.? In short, it?s an easy
and effective way of supporting an already
exhausted nervous system that is feeling
battered by daily stresses.
Try Pukka Herbs Organic Wholistic
Ashwagandha [1], �.96 for 30 capsules.
GO FEET FIRST
Feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis?
Try reflexology to reset your relaxation
responses. ?High blood pressure, low
immunity and inflammation can all be
the result of high levels of cortisol,? says
Hurst. ?After the fight or flight response
to stress, the body?s relaxation response
should be activated to keep cortisol levels
healthy and under control.? The problem
most highly stressed individuals have is
that these natural relaxation responses
are so skewed they almost need resetting.
?Stress management techniques and
treatments such as reflexology can trigger
deep relaxation reactions in the body and
keep your body from responding to stress
in the first place.? Most effective when
carried out as a weekly treatment,
reflexology works on nerve endings all
around the body (through the feet) and
releases internal chemical reactions that
trigger these significant deep relaxation
responses, which can last up to seven days.
Treatments with reflexology guru
Andrea Hurst (reflexologyguru.com)
start from �0.
cause a whole host of skin issues including
constant dryness, dehydration and even
eczema, psoriasis and inflammatory
rosacea. ?Cortisol affects our body through
different metabolic pathways, which can
lead to a breakdown in the skin?s natural
healing processes and even a change in
the pH of the skin,? explains acupuncturist
and skin expert Annee De Mamiel. ?The
damaging effect it has on the immune
system can also allow bacteria to thrive
on the skin, causing acne, notably around
the mouth and chin.?
If stress is sending your skin into panic
mode, De Mamiel recommends embarking
on a regular skin ritual to help you and
your complexion wind down in one.
?Slowing down the breath and using
aromatherapy oils to treat the skin has
an effect on the body at a cellular level,
helping to calm and soothe it before you
sleep.? Try a nightly cleansing and massage
routine that encourages de-stressing
through touch therapy.
Dermatologist Dr Sarah Shah agrees
but prefers a techier approach to anti-stress
skin rituals. ?Topical vitamin C (ideally
medical grade) is ideal for its antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties, which
also stabilise the skin. Additionally, I
would build up to regular use of retinol
in your skin regime to help boost
collagen production levels, which
can be affected by cortisol.?
Try cleansing the skin with De Mamiel
Restorative Cleansing Balm [4], �.
Massage on to damp skin, while breathing
in and out deeply six times. Or try Zo Skin
Health C-Bright Serum 10% Vit C [2],
�, or Neostrata Skin Active Retinol +
NAG Complex [3], �.39.
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REJOICE IN RITUALS
Constant surges of cortisol impact the
synthesis of collagen, which can in turn
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i?m susannah taylor, your new Grazia wellness
columnist. I like exercise and endorphins, have a
passion for salads, yoga, swanky leggings and turmeric
lattes, but I am not, by any stretch, your modern
Instagram wellbeing ideal. I don?t have washboard abs
(three kids put the kibosh on that), I can?t stand kale
and have never made a beetroot brownie in my life.
While I genuinely like being healthy, I also love the
odd cocktail, chocolate, salted butter and cheese.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer or an elite
athlete, but I am passionate about wellbeing and have
20 years of being a beauty and health editor under my
belt. In that time I have seen trends come and go and
tried every exercise class and holistic treatment under
the sun. I?ve been massaged naked by a woman in
see-through Lycra in Morocco; I?ve been punched in
the stomach by a pro boxer in the name of ?toughening
up?; I?ve been steeped in boiling aromatic herbs in
Provence and have eaten crickets for their protein
content. I?ve eaten paleo for a year, been pinched all
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over to boost circulation, been healed by a
shaman and pretended I was a grizzly bear
in an exercise class. I?ve tried hypnotherapy,
cognitive behavioural therapy and
hydrotherapy, and I?ve also done three
triathlons, having got fit properly age 36.
What have I learned that I can pass on to
you? Most importantly, quick fixes don?t work
and if being healthy is making you unhappy,
you aren?t doing it right. Food-wise, trying to
?eat clean? 100% of the time is boring and will
make you miserable. Over my dead body will
I make a cauliflower-based pizza. I?ve learned that
you don?t need yacon root, psyllium husk and other
unpronounceable ingredients in order to be healthy ?
a chicken and avocado salad will suffice (unless you are
vegan, obviously). I?ve learned that you can like wine
and train for a triathlon, although best not to do the
former to excess, and that, yes, sugar is bad, but having
a piece of cake won?t kill you.
Exercise and movement works ? it makes me feel
50% better about life ? something I wish I?d known in
my youth. (It also gives you a much better body, but
the mind bit is way more important.) I?ve learned you
need different types of exercise to stay strong, you
don?t need a gym to get fit and that learning front
crawl as an adult was a truly liberating experience,
plus it seriously impresses my mates on holiday.
Mental health is just as important as bodily health
? having suffered from extreme anxiety at various
points in my life, I know what it?s like to feel stuck,
terrified and unable to dig yourself out. I?ve learned
that exercise is medicine for the mind, as is meditation,
as is sharing the load. Remember, humans are much
friendlier than screens. A bath a day is way more
restorative than watching TV and stress is as unhealthy
as a bad diet. Other tips? Get out in nature, put your
phone down and remember: ?You are not your thoughts.?
Yoga is magic. It?s a dance, a journey of life and a
body awareness class all in one. If you?re embarrassed
doing oms you?ll get over it in time.
Finally, not all experts are actually ?expert? ? it?s my
job to sift out the ones who know their stuff from the
ones that don?t. I promise to keep it real ? all ages, sizes,
and fitness levels are welcome. See you next week!
Follow Susannah @Susannahtaylor_
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MY FITN ES S
TR ICKS TO G ET
YOU STARTED
Having got ?t properly
later in life, I know
what it?s like to start
from scratch. Here
are my top tips
for beginners?
Invest in a pair
of trainers
If your trainers are
knackered or buried in a
layer of dust, this should
be the ?rst thing you
do. Apart from anything,
there?s nothing like a new
pair of kicks to tempt
you to move.
Don?t overthink it
?It?s too cold.? ?It?s going
to rain.? ?I?m tired.? ?I?m
hungry.? ?It?s the time of
the month.? Have you
ever noticed how
easy it is to self-talk
yourself out of
exercise? I?ve been
there, I know the
excuses. My advice is to
override the voice in your
head and just do it. As
they say, ?You never regret
a workout.?
Start slowwwwly
Many people make the
huge mistake of hitting
exercise super hard at
the beginning. Then you
either get injured or it?s
really tough, you hate it
and give up. It?s best to
start really slowly.
MY
BEGINNER?S
KIT
Run Fat Bitch Run
by Ruth Field
(�60, Sphere)
This inspired me to get ?t.
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won?t budge when
you burpee.
Therabands,
from �Some ?tness experts
say these are the only
thing you need to enhance
your workout.
A yoga mat
You don?t need a gym to
work out at home but you
do need a mat. This one by
Liforme, �0, is great.
A well-?tting sports bra
Try the Nulux medium
support bra, �,
at Lululemon.
Apple Watch Series 4,
from �9
Essential for tracking
workouts, listening
to music,
following
routines
and helping
you rest.
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2019 looks set to
be the year we all
get involved in
team sports. Here,
Morwenna Ferrier
shares her love
of netball...
TIME
TO BE
A TEAM
P L AY E R
I DON?T TELL people I play
netball. And I don?t tell them I
play twice a week in different
leagues, both of which I take
very seriously, just as I don?t
tell them that in 2013 I won player of the
season, and that the engraved medal has
swung triumphantly from a hook behind
my door ever since. It?s not that I?m
embarrassed. It?s just that, well, adults
don?t play team sports, do they? Adults
jog, gym or do Barry?s Bootcamp. Adults
wear Lululemon, not bibs.
Some of us do though, particularly now.
Since ? and probably because of ? the
Commonwealth Games, which England
won last year in the dying seconds of a
sweaty neck-and-neck game against
Australia, netball has grown decidedly in
popularity and is the UK?s number one
female participation sport. It?s even getting
its televised dues with Sky Sports agreeing
to show it on a weekly basis. Apparently,
1.5 million of us play it at some point
according to England Netball, which
seems like a lot until you compare it
to the 8.2 million men who play football.
Across the board, we just don?t compare:
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WOMEN IN TEAMS
HAVE HIGHER LEVELS
OF CONFIDENCE
between 2015 and 2016, Sport England
estimate that 30% of women played
some sort of team sport compared to
40% of men.
Part of the issue is the stigma attached
to team sports, particularly after you leave
school, which is hard to shake. Jostling
over a position. Getting picked last. Falling
out with friends on and off the court.
There?s something about team sport that
can seem a bit stuck in the past even if you,
the mature adult player, aren?t.
Jessica Pinchbeck, senior lecturer in
sport and fitness at the Open University,
thinks this is one of the downsides to
playing a school sport as an adult: ?If there
are cliques and team politics etc? this
can have an adverse effect.? The aim, says
Pinchbeck, is to find a sport that matches
the ?aims of the individual?. And yet,
while playing a sport which you played at
school might seem triggering, it?s also less
intimidating once the rules come back.
Still, if you take up something like netball
as an adult after a hiatus (for me, that
was eight years of cigarettes, alcohol and
boys) or because you?ve moved to a new
address, it?s helpful to keep that social
aspect at the forefront and trust that
the throwing, running and catching part
will come back to you.
I joined my netball teams via work
colleagues and one of my teammates is
now one of my closest friends. Our team
has changed many times, but the sentiment
remains: I would be a worse person if I
didn?t play netball. It costs money, granted,
but you?re paying for exercise, facilities, a
referee and the camaraderie. And for me,
the mindfulness ? I don?t think about
anything else during those 45 minutes.
Now I understand. I?m a sporty person.
And I suit this sort of post-work exercise
more than jogging, which I find too
isolating ? researchers have found that
people who exercised individually put in
more effort but experienced no significant
changes in their stress level and a limited
improvement to quality of life. But still,
the barriers are unsurprising ? 75% of
women would like to play more sport but
can?t because of various reasons, including
careers and family. I?ve born witness to
this, watching players snatched from the
court by motherhood or a change of
address. We have lawyers on our team
who regularly drop out because of an
ongoing court case running into overtime.
The irony is, life would probably be
easier if you played more of it. I?d argue
that one of the biggest draws of team
sports is a sort of responsibility to your
fellow players. Not simply to win, but to
turn up. You are loath to let your friends
down. And even if your job is busy, it
would probably improve it if you played
more. Research conducted by Women
in Sport shows that women who play in
teams have higher levels of confidence,
are more likely to be in a management
role than those who do not play any
sport and are more motivated to achieve
long-term goals.
As to why more men play sport than
women, this is a tricky one. It is structural,
not to mention archaic, sexist and
historical. Traditionally-male sports such
as football are on a pedestal that no
women?s sport can reach. There are also
just fewer famous female sportspeople.
Just look at the Ballon D?Or, football?s
highest award ? the first year women get a
look-in and someone gets asked to twerk.
None of this will change overnight, but
I stand testament to some of the more
inaccurate perceptions of women and team
sports. On my teams, there is a surprisingly
low level of bitchiness. Since you?ve joined
out of choice, rather than being dragged to
the court in the rain by your mum, there?s a
decent level of Dunkirk spirit regardless of
the weather. Sure, there?s the odd elbow
and under-the-breath muttering, but things
are easier as you get older ? we?re better
socialised at this age, off and on court.
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B E AUT Y
Morwenna
has found that
playing a team
sport aids her
?tness and
her social life
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B E AUT Y
HIT REFRESH
IF YOU HAVEN?T already made the
switch, it could well be time to ditch your
trusted antiperspirant and go au naturel in
the deo-department. ?Natural deodorants
are designed to keep you smelling fresh all
day,? says Tipper Lewis, head of training at
Neal?s Yard Remedies. ?They use a blend of
essential oils (aka nature?s antimicrobial
and antiseptic) to inhibit the bacteria that
breaks down the sweat, causing odour.?
What they don?t do is prevent sweat. But it
may be worth switching from antiperspirants,
which use active aluminum salts to
temporarily plug the sweat glands, thus
stopping sweating. ?By preventing this
natural process, the efficacy of the
lymphatic system in the armpit is
compromised,? suggests Tipper, which
means some toxins cannot leave the body.
?This is why you might notice a faint smell
the first few days of switching, as your body
gets back to basics.? So, in the name of safer
sweating, go green with the white stuff.
DINKY DEO
FLORAL FRESH
Small in size, but mighty
in power, Arrow Protect
Deodorant, � is a citrusy
blend to keep under arms
smelling fresh for hours. Ideal
size for swiping on the go.
If you?re not keen on
citrusy, green scents,
turn your nose to
Weleda?s Wild Rose
Spray Deodorant,
�.95, which smells
of delicate rose and
ylang-ylang.
MULTI-MIST
It?s on the pricier
side, but Modern
Botany Deodorant,
�, has a crisp,
green, genderneutral scent
so it can also be
used as a body mist
and fragrance.
SENSITIVE
SPRAY
Ideal for sensitive
skins, Neal?s Yard
Lavender & Aloe
Vera Deodorant,
�50, blends skinsoothing essential oils
of lavender, tea tree
and ylang-ylang to
neutralise your scent.
STICK AT IT
The organic, aluminium
and alcohol-free formula in
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus
Deodorant, �, sinks
straight into skin so there?s
no sticky residue left over.
And it smells like
a sumptuous spa.
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GREEN
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After heavy-duty stuff ?
Go for The Natural
Deodorant Co Orange
+ Bergamot Clean
Deodorant Balm, �,
with bacteria-busting
sodium bicarbonate.
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GO
E AT
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WAT C H
FIND
PLAY
LIST
VIEW POINT
Cenote Suytun, Yucat醤
The coastline on this Mexican
peninsula is dotted with
underwater caves and this
one, just east of Valladolid, is
incredible. To see the beam of
light that shines down through
the hole in the roof to the water
below, arrive on a sunny day at
around midday. And make sure
you wait until the tour buses
leave to enjoy a few minutes
of peace and sublime calm.
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TAKE A BREAK
AND REBOOT
YOUR LIFE
the romanos, greece
BEST FOR? SEASIDE SERENITY
Three hours from Athens, Costa Navarino
covers over 1,000 hectares of lush
Messinian olive trees, white sandy beaches
including Voidokilia, one of the top 10
most beautiful beaches in the world, and
the crystal-clear Ionian Sea. Here you?ll
find The Romanos, perfect for a break
that involves long walks, swimming and
chilling. At its enormous spa, enjoy floating
pools, an extensive range of light therapies,
ice-grotto rooms and herbal saunas. Eat
at Barbouni Beach Bar Restaurant, the
hippest beach shack imaginable with
a well-stocked wine cellar.
THE LOWDOWN Five nights in a deluxe
garden room B&B, including flights, start
from �5 per person; chiclocations.com.
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P AY
I ST
Whether it?s sea, sun and a
fabulous spa, or something
more hard-core, these
wellness holidays come
with self-care guaranteed
atmantan
wellness centre,
india
BEST FOR? HOLISTIC WELLNESS
buchingerwilhelmi, germany
BEST FOR? A HARD-CORE
CLEANSE
Based on more than 100 years of
experience, Buchinger-Wilhelmi is all
about therapeutic fasting that cleanses
the body and rejuvenates the spirit.
Located on the shores of Lake
Constance, enjoy breathtaking views over
the forest-lined shores to the snowtopped peaks of the Alps, and rooms that
are modern and restful. A combination
of tea- and juice-fasting with an addition
of vegetable broth ensures your body is
sufficiently provided with vitamins and
minerals so you can get on and enjoy the
many activities. In addition to daily
Nordic walking, there?s water gymnastics,
yoga, qi gong or tai chi, plus a wide
range of treatments. Meditation and
contemplation are part of the daily ritual,
as well as autogenic training, a relaxation
technique that helps calm the mind.
THE LOWDOWN Three days from �5
per person, including accommodation,
a consultation, daily check-ups, tailored
organic food and beverages, and daily
activities; buchinger-wilhelmi.com. Fly
to Zurich with ba.com or easyjet.com,
and then it?s an 85-minute drive.
Built on a natural crystal bed deep in
Pune?s Sahyadri Hills, Atmantan?s 106
luxurious guest rooms and villas are set
in a lush valley overlooking Mulshi Lake.
A holistic wellness retreat founded
on the pillars of atma (soul), mana
(mind) and tann (body), common goals
include enhanced yoga practice, stress
management, better sleep, restored
energy levels and weight loss. Each
programme includes a wellness
consultation on the first day, along with
selected therapies, daily fitness and
leisure activities. Ayurvedic doshas can
also be assessed and, where relevant,
a bespoke detox menu prescribed. All
the products used in the spa are natural.
THE LOWDOWN Five nights
from �830 per person, including
accommodation, meals and the
Wellbeing Booster programme, which
includes a daily 50-minute massage, one
60-minute private Pilates, yoga or fitness
lesson, group activities and unlimited use
of the water therapy suites and pool;
wellbeingescapes.com. Fly to Mumbai
from �5 with ba.com.
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royal mansour,
marrakech
BEST FOR? BEING PAMPERED
LIKE A PRINCESS
Just a stone?s throw from the medina, the
53 individual riads of the Royal Mansour
exude sheer opulence and absolute
privacy; in fact, guests have a whole three
floors to themselves with a separate living
area and rooftop pool. The outstanding
spa ? spanning three floors ? offers
massages, facials, manicures and
hydrotherapy treatments. Particularly
memorable is the hammam experience,
which uses a delicious combination
of native black olive soap, mountain
rose water and rich argan oil.
THE LOWDOWN Four nights in a
superior one-bedroom riad including
breakfast and flights, from �920 per
person; wixsquared.com.
bodhimaya,
england
BEST FOR? BEATING BURN-OUT
A Kate Moss fave, a Bodhimaya retreat
(founded by brothers Cornelius and
Daniel O?Shaughnessy, the latter a
nutritional therapist and meditation
expert) aims to remedy modern-day
burn-out using a combination of Eastern
philosophy and pioneering bio-science.
Results include a fresher complexion,
improved energy levels, and better
mental clarity, along with weight loss. At
the heart of the method is intermittent
fasting (IF), giving the body periods of
digestive rest when it can use its energy
and attention to repair and rejuvenate.
There are Bodhimaya retreats in the UK
and France. The one at the 16,500-acre
West Sussex estate, Cowdray House,
leaves plenty of time for a massage, swim
or long country walk.
THE LOWDOWN Six nights from
�695 per person, including
accommodation, meals, juices, oneto-one consultations, classes and talks;
bodhimaya.com.
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PL AY LI ST
gstaad palace,
switzerland
BEST FOR? FRESH ALPINE AIR
baumani鑢e
les baux de
provence, france
BEST FOR? A GOURMET TREAT
Baumani鑢e, with its exquisite cluster of
Relais & Chateaux villas scattered along
a hillside, is Mediterranean wellness at its
discreet best. Family-run for the past 70
years, the hotel has long been the haunt of
celebrities and today its 55 spacious rooms
and suites combine Proven鏰l charm with
modern luxury. Its spa uses the deliciouslyscented handmade brand of local olive
oil products, Une Olive en Provence;
while two fabulous restaurants include
the two-Michelin-starred l?Oustau ? do
dine outside under the lime trees. If in
the mood to explore, you?re also near
three of France?s most beautiful cities:
Avignon, N頼es and Arles.
THE LOWDOWN Four nights
from �0 per person, room only;
relaischateaux.com. Fly to Marseille
with ba.com or easyjet.com, then it?s
an hour by car.
WORDS: SARAH SIESE.
PHOTOS: TOBIAS DOEHNER, ESTHER COUELLE, ANDREA BONETTI
The family-owned Gstaad Palace Hotel
boasts views of farms and hamlets dotted
over the lush Alpine slopes, and its
mountain spa comes with fabulous vistas
too, along with indoor and outdoor
heated pools, saunas, steam baths, and a
signature Jardin des Monts massage using
wooden rollers to rub in local mountain
herbs and spruce oil. Enroll on the six-day
?Yoga in the Mountains program?, which
includes meditation and three styles
of yoga. Every evening there?s a gong
sound-bath meditation to encourage
a good night?s sleep. Other activities
include mountain biking, hot-air
ballooning and horse riding. Hike up to
the Walig Hut with maitre d? Maurizio,
who will rustle up lunch on a woodburning stove. Back in the Palace, try
the truffle and champagne cheese fondue.
THE LOWDOWN From �5 per room,
per night, half-board; palace.ch. Fly to
Geneva International airport with
easyjet.com and a car will collect you.
The luxe interior
(left) and roof
terrace (top) of
Royal Mansour;
the Bodhimaya
retreat in West
Sussex (above);
Gstaad Palace
(right and above
right); Baumani鑢e
(far and top right)
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eating in
SOLO VS
SOCIABLE
GREEK SALAD
F R I T TATA
Serves: 2
� tbsp olive oil
Very small knob of unsalted butter
� red onion, finely sliced
1 small courgette, coarsely grated
25g pitted Kalamata olives
100g cherry tomatoes
4 large eggs
Small handful of parsley leaves, chopped
75g feta, crumbled or chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
METHOD
1 Preheat
QUICK AND
TA ST Y
SUPPER
Each week we feature two delicious
recipes ? one that?s fast and easy,
perfect when cooking for yourself or
for two. The other is big on wow factor
for guests. It takes longer, but is worth
the effort. This week, wellbeing expert
Louise Parker gives us a satisfying
supper and a fabulous fish chowder?
the grill to medium.
2 Heat the oil and butter in a large
non-stick frying pan over a medium
heat and fry the red onion and courgette
until lightly cooked. Stir in the Kalamata
olives and tomatoes and fry gently
until the tomatoes become gooey
and the liquid has cooked off.
3 Meanwhile, beat the eggs and parsley
really well and season the mixture with
salt and pepper. Pour it into the frying
pan, stirring to mix in the veg, and cook
for 5 minutes until the frittata is set
around the edges. Sprinkle over the feta
and pop under the grill for 5 minutes,
keeping an eye on it, until the frittata is
set through and lightly golden.
4 Serve the warm frittata in wedges.
RECIPES FROM LOUISE PARKER : THE 6
W E E K PROG R A M M E BY LO U I S E PA R K E R
(� 20, MITCHELL BE A ZLE Y )
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P AY
I ST
ALL IN ONE
FISH DISH
M Y FAVO U R I T E
FISH CHOWDER
PHOTOS: LOUISE HAGGER AND CHRIS TERRY
Serves: 4
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
2 parsnips, finely chopped
4 slices of lean prosciutto
800ml fish stock
200g chunky white fish fillets,
cubed ( frozen is fine)
200g undyed smocked haddock,
cubed (or cod or jumbo prawns)
200g can sweetcorn, drained
100g low-fat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp chopped chives
Sea salt and black pepper
METHOD
1 Heat the olive oil in a large
saucepan over a medium heat and
sweat the onions, carrots, celery
and parsnips over a medium heat
for about 10 minutes until tender.
2 Meanwhile, heat a dry frying pan
over a medium heat. Add the
prosciutto slices and fry until
crispy. Drain them on some
kitchen paper.
3 Add the stock to the pan with
the vegetables and bring to the
boil. Turn down the heat and add
the ?sh, simmering gently for 3?5
minutes until cooked through. Stir
through the sweetcorn and Greek
yogurt and season to taste.
4 Ladle into bowls and top each
portion with chives and crispy
prosciutto pieces.
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From Dumbo and Downton to decadent dining and the most
devourable reads, here are your new cultural obsessions...
NEW YEAR, new wave of zeitgeisty
must-sees, must-reads and must-casuallydrop-into-conversations. If 2018 was the
year we lost our minds over Love Island,
two royal weddings and the discovery of a
healthy vegan lifestyle (at least for a week or
so, anyway), what will 2019 have in store?
With some help from those in the know,
Grazia is here to break down exactly what?s
coming. So when someone turns to you
with a hot tip on the latest TV show, food
trend or novel, you can simply yawn and
say, ?Oh, yes, I heard about that ages ago??
THE NIGHTS IN IN
It looks like another fantastic year for TV,
with a return to Channel 4 for the excellent
high-school sitcom Derry Girls (coming
soon) and, on the same channel, a fourth
and final series of Catastrophe starting in
January. Also this month, look out for
Gillian Anderson starring in N
dramedy Sex Education, about
therapist and single mother.
If you still have time between
the main channels, Netflix and
Amazon Prime, Apple is joinin
the gang this summer with its fi
original production, The Morni
Show. Starring Jennifer Aniston
Reese Witherspoon and Steve
Carell, the drama goes behind
the scenes on a breakfast show.
Director Mimi Leder promises
that ?It deals with the #MeToo
and Time?s Up movements
and women in power.?
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From far left: Jennifer
and Reese, Catastrophe,
Dumbo reimagined and
Downton?s Maggie Smith
THE POPCORN
FODDER
Following the success of 2017?s Get Out,
one of the most-anticipated movies of
this year is director Jordan Peele?s followup thriller Us, out in March, which stars
Lupita Nyong?o and Elisabeth Moss.
The same month, Tim Burton?s live-action
Dumbo (with Eva Green and Colin Farrell)
looks set to be visually spectacular ? but
can it ever compare to the original? And
in the autumn, brace yourself for a movie
spin-off of Downton Abbey, with Maggie
Smith, Michelle Dockery and the rest.
We?re keeping our fingers crossed for
Hollywood details such as a fast-paced
motorcar chase or a dramatic pistol
shoot-out in the drawing room.
THE ANTHEM
Now recovered from her antics in the
jungle, Fleur East returns to the music
world this week. Her new single Favourite
Thing has a tribal dance vibe and a
choreography-heavy video ? prepare to
add it to your own list of favourite things THE MUST-READ
WRITERS
This year welcomes
Candice CartyWilliams (right)
to the literary
scene. In 2016,
best-selling author
Jojo Moyes offered
the use of her rural
cottage to a wannabe novelist
trying to finish a book; she
selected Candice from more
than 600 applicants. Now
Candice has a six-figure deal
for her debut novel, Queenie
? the funny, poignant tale of
a 25-year-old black woman
living in London,
straddling two
cultures and not
feeling that she
entirely belongs
to either.
Out 11 April
(�.99,
Trapeze)
Meanwhile, the new ?Have
you read The Miniaturist??
will be ?Have you read
The Binding??, the
first adult novel from
successful YA author
Bridget Collins.
It follows mystical
bookbinder
Emmett Farmer
? if there?s a
memory you want to erase,
he can store it safely in a book
and consign it to the shelves
of his mentor?s workshop.
?Gorgeous? and ?spellbinding?
is the consensus among those
who?ve already devoured it.
Out 10 Jan (�.99,
The Borough
Press)
From far left:
Sex Education,
Fleur East,
Bridget Collins
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THE NIGHTS OUT OUT
(WITHOUT THE HANGOVER)
Bars and restaurants this year will be
increasingly well-stocked with booze-free
options in sophisticated, not-for-kids
flavours. Mocktails will make use of
kombucha (a fermented tea), while
Seedlip?s non-alcoholic spirits still make
a good alternative to gin. Botanic Lab?s
teas use ingredients like damiana (an
aphrodisiac) and CBD (with calming
properties), which could be just as
conducive to a date night as wine.
seedlipdrinks.com; botanic-lab.co.uk
THE NO-HOLDS-BARRED
BODY MANUALS
Looking for something to intrigue your
fellow passengers on the morning commute?
From 7 March, Lynn Enright?s book,
Vagina: A Re-education (Allen & Unwin),
should do the trick. ?We have been
encouraged to be ignorant about our
vulvas for so long and that has serious
consequences,? says Lynn. ?Labiaplasty is
the fastest growing type of plastic surgery,
miscarriage is more common than we
would like to admit but often remains
painfully taboo, and straight men have
significantly more orgasms than straight
women. In this book I tell my story, but
it?s time for us all to tell our own stories.?
Eleanor Morgan?s Hormonal, out in July
(Virago), is another one to watch ? it
delves into the chemical workings of the
female body and mind, tackling everything
from PMS to contraception.
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PL AY LI ST
Pentatonic tumblers,
� for 4
THE WOKE INTERIORS
If you?re keen to redecorate for the third
year running, but also feel guilty about it,
a growing wave of sustainable interiors
brands are here to slightly ease your
conscience. Selfridges reports that this is
the strongest theme in their interiors
offering for 2019: they?ll be stocking
innovative recycled products including
Pentatonic?s tumblers (made from smashed
smartphones) and cushions (made from
plastic), as well as introducing Ashley &
Co candles ? a New Zealand brand that
uses 100% natural biodegradable wax and
unbleached cotton wicks. selfridges.com
Ashley & Co
candle, �
Pentatonic
cushion, �
Ashley & Co reed
diffuser, �
THE YEAR-ROUND
WREATH
When Roy Wood sang ?I wish it
could be Christmas every day?, what
he was yearning for, it turns out,
was the invention of the non-festive
wreath. Sara Gordon, creative
director of boutique florist Bloom
& Wild (bloomandwild.com), says
it?s going to take off in 2019: ?We?re
seeing more and more wreaths
popping up outside of Christmas,
made with dried and fresh flowers
to grace doors year round.? The
brand often collaborates with
Instagram influencer @all.thats.
pretty. ?She creates a floral wreath
on a monthly basis with fresh
stems and ones from previous
bouquets.? These can include
whatever blooms are in season.
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THE NEW FOOD HEDONISM
Food writer Laura Goodman is in favour
of a more hedonistic approach to dining in
2019 (as you might expect from the author
of a book called Carbs). Ice cream is her
top tip: ?It?s the best get-it-done pudding
for dinner parties and everyone is wowed
by it,? she says. ?Make all of Nigella?s
no-churn ice creams, or buy yourself the
cheapo Andrew James ice-cream maker
and make chocolate sorbet, or one of the
radiant scoops in Kitty Travers? beautiful
La Grotta Ices book [�.99, Square Peg].?
As for table dressing, forget your rustic,
back-to-basics set-up of last year (bare
farmhouse table, wildflowers in a jam-jar
etc) and go glam. ?I do think crumpled
mousey linens might disappear,? says Laura.
?I?m looking at my sage ones right now,
thinking it might feel good to start the
year with fuchsia or yellow or a bit of lace.
Lately, I?ve been eyeing up my parents?
crystal goblets, which I?ve always laughed
at ? but after a few tumbler years, I think I
could get into some ostentatious glassware.?
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January, but Grazia readers can see it first,
for free, at a special preview on 10 January.
Based around the letters that Mary
(played by Saoirse Ronan) composed to
her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie),
the movie explores the relationship
between these two powerful women in a
world ruled by men. It?s a cautionary tale
of power play and, ultimately, sisterhood
gone wrong ? and with glowing reviews,
promises to be a compelling drama.
To tie in with the film ? and as a call to
action for a greater show of sorority than
Mary and Elizabeth displayed ? the charity
Women for Women International is
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out of my journal. I am recently
married and love my husband.
However, we have such different
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worried we will never understand each other. Like Sarah, I am
more of an affectionate person and my husband will cook dinner
to show he loves me. This article has helped me to understand
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If this needs to be through marriage counselling then so be it.
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GET TING RE AL
Grazia, the Social Realism issue.
My heart sank to see another
cover of a privileged royal at a
time when 20% of the British
population is living in poverty.
Yet you have produced an end
of year issue that covers the
spectrum of social inequality
and issues, with a decided focus
on women?s rights around the
world at a time when the gender
inequality battle has proved far
from won. Now, just imagine
if the millions spent on royal
weddings and refurbishing a
gifted five-bedroom home was to
be spent lifting those millions of
people ? four million of whom
are children ? out of poverty,
on providing assistance to the
homeless and looking after those
displaced by war... That would
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WE?VE GOT SO MUCH TIME FOR
From Peep Show to
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already the queen of 2019. The reason?
Her impeccable turn as Queen Anne
in The Favourite, for which she is
being heavily tipped for a Best Actress
Oscar nomination (a Golden Globe
nomination is already in the bag).
Olivia stars as sickly Queen Anne
alongside Emma Stone and Rachel
Weisz, her feuding, ruthless love rivals.
The Favourite, out now, is delightfully
vulgar, darkly hilarious and ? in the
spirit of the new wave of feminism
sweeping Hollywood ? focuses almost
entirely on female power.
Despite being on the cusp of breaking
the US and becoming a bona fide
A-lister, thanks to the film (and her role
as the Queen in The Crown later this
year), Olivia, 44, is still happiest hanging
out on her sofa in Peckham. ?The awards
chat makes me want to be sick in my
mouth,? she said in an interview recently,
adding that she felt sorry for her
publicist because she?s forever turning
down glitzy invites. ?I like being at
home with my husband,? she said.
Queen of our hearts, Olivia, queen
of our hearts?
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new immersive gyms are rethinking how
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makes us happy, so cycling to a great
playlist with a beach scene backdrop at
sunset boosts our endorphin production
and help us to ride harder and faster (our
grey city a mere relic of our memories.
Meanwhile, FLY LDN in the City
of London is all about multi-sensory
yoga: think cinematic backdrops of
crashing waves or the Himalayan
mountains, set to mind-transporting
playlists, for a chill-inducing yoga class
that really packs a punch.
SHAKE IT OFF
Giving totally new meaning to the term
?loosen up? comes Trauma Release Exercise
(TRE), a set of simple movements that
are used to trigger the natural tremor
mechanism or ?shakes? in the body. ?Using
a simple set of seven exercises, we teach
people how to switch on their tremors,
pay attention to the feelings generated
by these tremors and, also, how to stop
them,? says Steve Haines, an expert in
the therapy. These shakes are akin to a
nervous system reboot because, due to
daily stresses and traumas (and those
that are more deep-seated), our brain
defaults to old, habitual and protective
patterns that make us tense, frozen and
ready for fight-or-flight; TRE is a way to
release tension and the emotions that
cause it in the first place. ?There is a
growing understanding of trauma,? says
Steve. ?Whether that?s someone who?s
suffered from post-traumatic stress or the
huge number of people who live in pain or
anxiety. Shaking helps people to reconnect
to themselves and the world around them.?
Sessions from � with Steve at The
Whole Body London, or try Triyoga
TRE classes, � for one class pass.
SLIDE AND GLIDE
While their name suggests an easy-breezy
sensibility, don?t be fooled. Gliders are
sliding circular discs of workout torture,
but they work a treat. And there?s a
growing number of fitness studios,
nationwide gyms and prominent personal
trainers who are touting them for adding
a little extra something to each workout.
?They?re super-versatile and you can get as
creative as you want,? says Loui Fazakerley,
a personal trainer at Third Space gym.
?I use them a lot at the end of a workout
as finishers for the core, or you can do
multidirectional lunges using one glider
on one leg.? Get started by hitting a class:
DEFINE London?s brand-new Glide
class combines them with traditional barre
exercises to help work deeper into the
muscles. Psycle?s GBR class, meanwhile,
uses them with resistance bands to help
sculpt the core. Up the ante with celebrity
personal trainer Dalton Wong?s own
gliders (and workouts to accompany
them) to be used at home.
INTUITIVE EATING
In refreshing news, dieting as A Thing
is becoming less and less fashionable ?
just look at Weight Watchers? rebrand to
WW, standing for ?Wellness that Works?
for proof. Diets as we know them are out,
and being conscious of our bodies and
what we?re putting in them, is in. ?Our
bodies are smart mechanisms that have
an amazing ability to self-regulate and
heal,? says Jenya Emets, founder of wellness
club Cloud Twelve. ?All we need to do is
give it the right nutrients (through food)
to be easily absorbed and metabolised.
It?s simple.? It?s about being mindful when
we?re hungry about why we?re hungry
? is it because we?re actually hungry or,
more likely, are we feeling lonely, tired
or bored? Being conscious of what our
body actually needs is key; for example,
when ?hunger? strikes, ask yourself: ?Would
I eat an apple over this piece of chocolate??
and if the answer is no, often you?ll be
eating to quench an emotion.
BOTTOMS UP
We?re all suckers for a nicely branded
water (Fiji, anyone?) but the new wave
of wellness drinks encompass great
branding and body or brain-boosting
nutrients. Take No1 Rosemary Water,
pure rosemary water that has been dubbed
a ?turbo charger to the brain? by Dr
Mark Moss of Northumbria University.
Studies have shown that this unexpectedly
tasty drink can boost cognitive and
memory performance by up to 15%,
making choosing it a no-brainer (ahem).
Then there?s birch water, like Tapped?s
Pure Organic, � which essentially gets
?tapped? out of a birch tree and contains
natural manganese that combats the
oxidative stress our cells suffer as a result
of things like stress and pollution. There
are water add-ons, too; Cellnutrition
Complete Hypertonic Mineral
Supplement, �, is a daily vial that
contains 78 minerals and trace elements
that, in the old days, we would have
ingested through nutrient-rich soil. All
you need to do is add it to your morning
glass of water and in return expect better
immunity, improved energy levels and a
healthier mind and body.
THE SLOW LANE
How often do you slow down? For the
majority of us, the answer is probably not
often; but low-intensity interval training
(or LIIT) will see to it that you do. While
we?ve long loved high-intensity interval
training (or HIIT) for its unrivalled
ability to burn fat, the fact that it?s high
impact and fast-paced can actually cause
the body and mind stress, such is its ability
to trigger cortisol ? the stress hormone ?
production. ?People can get obsessed with
HIIT classes but your body can crash and
burn,? says Loui Fazakerley. ?LIIT is easier
on the joints and a nice way to switch up
the intensity. You can choose any exercise
you like ? squats, lunges or push ups, for
example ? but it must be performed
under control and not be plyometric
[eg, jumping, hopping, skipping].?
Third Space?s Pulse class uses isometric
movements and pulsing to isolate muscles
and build them long and lean, without
being high intensity; at SPN. Fit in
Tunbridge Wells, the barre class also uses
ballet-informed moves to strengthen the
legs and glutes, while FLY LDN?s lowimpact class uses TRX suspension training
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M OV E S
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
A full-blown exercise regime can now be
easily completed from the comfort of your
own living room, thanks to a new raft of
dynamic online portals that make never
entering another hellish gym a really
promising reality, while offering up much
more than the workout DVD, thanks to
tech that allows them to be updated daily.
?Time is so limited now that people like
S T R E N G T H E N
the on-demand appeal of classes to do in
their own free time,? says Louis, who calls
the idea a kind of ?Netflix of fitness?.
Followers of Joe ?The Body Coach? Wicks
will have seen him advocating the Peloton
bike, a machine you buy for your home
complete with a screen to stream one of 14
daily live studio bike workouts ? but with
all that tech it?s not the cheapest, starting
at �990 (with payment plans available).
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Then there?s P.volve, a portal set up by
New York trainer Stephen Pasterino,
which houses countless different workouts
that use a workout ball to tone the thighs,
bum and abs. Movement for Modern Life
makes yoga an at-home breeze, plus you
can light candles, and then there are apps
like Nike Training Club, which offers
an array of step-by-step workouts, with
different options for differing abilities.
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The blemish-busting super-serum
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CONTROL INFUSION SERUM, �
My skin is forever changing: it loves the
sun (bad, I know!), occasionally feels oily,
sometimes dry, and is constantly battling
against city pollution and travelling (I say,
while halfway across the world in a jungle).
So, as you can imagine, I?ve had to get my
routine down to a T, investing in a lotion
and potion for every eventuality. The latest
addition is Caudalie?s Vinopure Blemish
Control Infusion Serum, which I?ve been
using every single day, morning and
evening, for over six months. And it?s
amazing. So light and refreshing, the
serum hydrates and has antibacterial and
anti-inflammatory properties, as well as
no nasty chemicals. For me, beauty means
embracing all things natural and authentic
? whether it?s skin, hair, personality or
my surroundings ? so I was drawn by the
clean formula. After cleansing, I apply the
serum all over and finish with a primer and
tinted moisturiser. If I can feel a blemish
coming on I dab it on the area, and let the
salicylic acid go to work keeping it under
wraps. It?s a one-stop super serum for
glowing, clearer skin.
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Cortisol is the hormone
that messes with you
in more ways than one.
Here?s how to get the
so-called stress hormone
under control?
WITH EVERY surge of stress that powers
its way through your body, so comes an
injection of cortisol. Produced by the
adrenal glands and known as the ?stress
hormone?, it?s released when your body
reacts to a stressful situation. Way back
when, a stressful situation would read very
differently and far less frequently than
in today?s non-stop lifestyle. Now, with
always-on careers and trying to live your
best life (yawn), stress is an hourly ? if
not more regular ? occurrence. And with
that comes increased and potentially
damaging levels of cortisol.
?High levels of cortisol can have negative
effects on the mind as well as the body,?
says leading reflexologist Andrea Hurst,
who is known for treating the damage of
chronic stress. ?From causing confusion
to triggering anxiety to inducing a stage
of panic, it really can impact brain
function if left untreated.? Scary stuff.
What if we also told you it could be
causing your long, painful periods,
stubborn acne, digestive issues and
headaches, too? One thing is for sure;
short of cutting yourself off from everyday
life, there?s no avoiding stress. So how can
you get a handle on the cortisol situation
and give yourself a healthier relationship
with the effects of stress?
GET HERB HAPPY
Those in the know are taking to
adaptogens to support the nervous system.
?There are various definitions, but the
easiest way to think of adaptogens is as
a way to help your body adapt to stress
through the use of herbal medicines,? says
medical herbalist Katie Pande. The most
common and powerful adaptogenic herbs
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include ashwagandha, turmeric and
shatavari, which are all believed to bring
balance to the body in the presence of
stress. ?The real hero herb is ashwaganda,?
says Pande. ?It?s known as a ?tonic herb?
and helps to protect and support the
nervous system by nourishing the adrenal
glands, thyroid and pituitary gland.? And
before you cast these aside as unnecessary
aides of the current wellness era, know
that these kinds of supplements have been
used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries
for their truly transformative benefits.
?Ashwagandha stands out for its antianxiety calming effects,? assures Pande.
?It supports energy levels without making
us feel more wired.? In short, it?s an easy
and effective way of supporting an already
exhausted nervous system that is feeling
battered by daily stresses.
Try Pukka Herbs Organic Wholistic
Ashwagandha [1], �.96 for 30 capsules.
GO FEET FIRST
Feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis?
Try reflexology to reset your relaxation
responses. ?High blood pressure, low
immunity and inflammation can all be
the result of high levels of cortisol,? says
Hurst. ?After the fight or flight response
to stress, the body?s relaxation response
should be activated to keep cortisol levels
healthy and under control.? The problem
most highly stressed individuals have is
that these natural relaxation responses
are so skewed they almost need resetting.
?Stress management techniques and
treatments such as reflexology can trigger
deep relaxation reactions in the body and
keep your body from responding to stress
in the first place.? Most effective when
carried out as a weekly treatment,
reflexology works on nerve endings all
around the body (through the feet) and
releases internal chemical reactions that
trigger these significant deep relaxation
responses, which can last up to seven days.
Treatments with reflexology guru
Andrea Hurst (reflexologyguru.com)
start from �0.
cause a whole host of skin issues including
constant dryness, dehydration and even
eczema, psoriasis and inflammatory
rosacea. ?Cortisol affects our body through
different metabolic pathways, which can
lead to a breakdown in the skin?s natural
healing processes and even a change in
the pH of the skin,? explains acupuncturist
and skin expert Annee De Mamiel. ?The
damaging effect it has on the immune
system can also allow bacteria to thrive
on the skin, causing acne, notably around
the mouth and chin.?
If stress is sending your skin into panic
mode, De Mamiel recommends embarking
on a regular skin ritual to help you and
your complexion wind down in one.
?Slowing down the breath and using
aromatherapy oils to treat the skin has
an effect on the body at a cellular level,
helping to calm and soothe it before you
sleep.? Try a nightly cleansing and massage
routine that encourages de-stressing
through touch therapy.
Dermatologist Dr Sarah Shah agrees
but prefers a techier approach to anti-stress
skin rituals. ?Topical vitamin C (ideally
medical grade) is ideal for its antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties, which
also stabilise the skin. Additionally, I
would build up to regular use of retinol
in your skin regime to help boost
collagen production levels, which
can be affected by cortisol.?
Try cleansing the skin with De Mamiel
Restorative Cleansing Balm [4], �.
Massage on to damp skin, while breathing
in and out deeply six times. Or try Zo Skin
Health C-Bright Serum 10% Vit C [2],
�, or Neostrata Skin Active Retinol +
NAG Complex [3], �.39.
2.
3.
REJOICE IN RITUALS
Constant surges of cortisol impact the
synthesis of collagen, which can in turn
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HEALTHYISH
THE WINE
LOVER?S
GUIDE TO
WELLNESS
i?m susannah taylor, your new Grazia wellness
columnist. I like exercise and endorphins, have a
passion for salads, yoga, swanky leggings and turmeric
lattes, but I am not, by any stretch, your modern
Instagram wellbeing ideal. I don?t have washboard abs
(three kids put the kibosh on that), I can?t stand kale
and have never made a beetroot brownie in my life.
While I genuinely like being healthy, I also love the
odd cocktail, chocolate, salted butter and cheese.
I am not a nutritionist, a personal trainer or an elite
athlete, but I am passionate about wellbeing and have
20 years of being a beauty and health editor under my
belt. In that time I have seen trends come and go and
tried every exercise class and holistic treatment under
the sun. I?ve been massaged naked by a woman in
see-through Lycra in Morocco; I?ve been punched in
the stomach by a pro boxer in the name of ?toughening
up?; I?ve been steeped in boiling aromatic herbs in
Provence and have eaten crickets for their protein
content. I?ve eaten paleo for a year, been pinched all
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over to boost circulation, been healed by a
shaman and pretended I was a grizzly bear
in an exercise class. I?ve tried hypnotherapy,
cognitive behavioural therapy and
hydrotherapy, and I?ve also done three
triathlons, having got fit properly age 36.
What have I learned that I can pass on to
you? Most importantly, quick fixes don?t work
and if being healthy is making you unhappy,
you aren?t doing it right. Food-wise, trying to
?eat clean? 100% of the time is boring and will
make you miserable. Over my dead body will
I make a cauliflower-based pizza. I?ve learned that
you don?t need yacon root, psyllium husk and other
unpronounceable ingredients in order to be healthy ?
a chicken and avocado salad will suffice (unless you are
vegan, obviously). I?ve learned that you can like wine
and train for a triathlon, although best not to do the
former to excess, and that, yes, sugar is bad, but having
a piece of cake won?t kill you.
Exercise and movement works ? it makes me feel
50% better about life ? something I wish I?d known in
my youth. (It also gives you a much better body, but
the mind bit is way more important.) I?ve learned you
need different types of exercise to stay strong, you
don?t need a gym to get fit and that learning front
crawl as an adult was a truly liberating experience,
plus it seriously impresses my mates on holiday.
Mental health is just as important as bodily health
? having suffered from extreme anxiety at various
points in my life, I know what it?s like to feel stuck,
terrified and unable to dig yourself out. I?ve learned
that exercise is medicine for the mind, as is meditation,
as is sharing the load. Remember, humans are much
friendlier than screens. A bath a day is way more
restorative than watching TV and stress is as unhealthy
as a bad diet. Other tips? Get out in nature, put your
phone down and remember: ?You are not your thoughts.?
Yoga is magic. It?s a dance, a journey of life and a
body awareness class all in one. If you?re embarrassed
doing oms you?ll get over it in time.
Finally, not all experts are actually ?expert? ? it?s my
job to sift out the ones who know their stuff from the
ones that don?t. I promise to keep it real ? all ages, sizes,
and fitness levels are welcome. See you next week!
Follow Susannah @Susannahtaylor_
Email me with topics you want to hear about on
feedback@graziamagazine.co.uk
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MY FITN ES S
TR ICKS TO G ET
YOU STARTED
Having got ?t properly
later in life, I know
what it?s like to start
from scratch. Here
are my top tips
for beginners?
Invest in a pair
of trainers
If your trainers are
knackered or buried in a
layer of dust, this should
be the ?rst thing you
do. Apart from anything,
there?s nothing like a new
pair of kicks to tempt
you to move.
Don?t overthink it
?It?s too cold.? ?It?s going
to rain.? ?I?m tired.? ?I?m
hun
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