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  • Shopping In The Big Apple: Inspiration

     

    So many people head to New York to do their clothes shopping. After all, it’s home to some of the biggest stores in the world. And you can enjoy shopping at high street stores from H&M to big designer names like Dolce & Gabbana. And with New York Fashion Week being one of the biggest in the world, you are bound to spot some top fashion while in the city. However, it can feel like a drag when you have to head home back to your regular shops. But there are some ways you can still enjoy a bit of New York fashion when you get home. In fact, here is some inspiration you can take home with you after shopping in the big apple.

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    Head to an outlet in your local area

    While a lot of people stay in Times Square to do some shopping, there are some other great bargains outside of the center. After all, there are great outlets like Woodbury Common which will result in a lot of new clothes for you for a bargain price. And while you can’t bring the outlets home with you, you can take inspiration from these by hunting down an outlet in your local area which you can visit. After all, they are bound to also have some great deals on cheap designer wear that you will love. And you will feel like you are back in New York town at the outlets if you do go to visit one of these!

     

    Visit Macy’s…from your computer

    When shoppers go to New York, they are likely to visit Macy’s at Times Square. After all, it’s the largest department store in the whole world. And you are bound to spend hours browsing all the stock on all the floors. Therefore, it can lead to tears when you have to leave the shop to come home. However, even if it’s across the pond, there are some ways you can shop at Macy’s from the comfort of your home. After all, they have a site which showcases all their stock. And you can even get a good deal if you find a macys promo code, so it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg to buy off their site. And Macy’s is not the only one you can buy from online. You will find a lot of the stores have their own sites that you can visit from the comfort of your own home!

     

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    Enjoy US shops back on the UK high street

    You are bound to find some right treasures of stores when you are shopping in New York City. And then you can feel sad that you won’t ever shop in them again when you are back home. But it’s not the case as a lot of the stores you will find right back in the UK. And you might not have even realised they were here. In fact, shops like Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret are now situated in major shopping centres across the country. So you can enjoy your new-found love when you are back home.

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    And remember you could always book a mini trip back to the city that never sleeps. After all, it’s the perfect time to go with New York fashion week later this year!

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  • How To Add Custom Style To Festival Looks

     

    Summer is almost here, which means only one thing: you’re probably already adding the finishing touches to your festival outfits. There’s nothing better than a summer festival – we’ve already seen the Coachella fashion, which means that we’re eagerly awaiting the looks that come out of Wireless and Glastonbury too. Admittedly, there might just be a bit more mud from the British festivals, but let’s face it – no one loves a challenge more than festival-goers willing to trek through miles of mud to get to the Pyramid Stage. Here are some tips on how you can make your festival look stand out from the crowd…

     

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    Be Sensible With Your Footwear

    There’s standing out from the crowd in a good way and standing out from the crowd in a bad way – and if you’re not smart with your footwear, you might just turn out to be one of those people who end up on the front page of the Mail Online, your fairy wings covered in mud and cider and with an unhappy look on your face. It’s important that you go for comfortable footwear at festivals – ditch the sandals, ditch the flat, ditch any expensive shoes that aren’t resolutely waterproof. Wellies are a great idea – make sure you’ve got long socks so they don’t rub against your legs – as are a great sturdy pair of DMs so long as the mud isn’t too deep. Comfort is key.

     

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    Accessorise Carefully

    Let’s face it: things get lost at festivals. Phones, credit cards – your innocence that time you saw a spotty youth be sick in his pint glass and then cheerfully drink it again – which means that you shouldn’t take anything that’s too precious to you. Jewellery, however? That’s okay. Maybe don’t go for your hugely expensive engagement ring, but if you want to wear your favourite necklace or rings and you aren’t planning to let them leave your body for the whole time you’re at the festival, there’s really no problem. A lot of people go for custom made French jewellery that’s chic and unique at the same time, statement earrings and hippie pendants made out of natural materials. One piece of advice? You may be at a festival, but you still shouldn’t go full hippie chic and wear a toe ring. There’s never a good reason for that.

     

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    Make A Statement With Your Makeup

    Almost every woman can either apply a perfect cat eye or a red lip even under the most strenuous of circumstances, including while sitting in a tent while a group of lads throw hamburgers at it at a misguided attempt at festival flirting. Take makeup wipes with you so that you can remove your makeup every night and freshen up in the morning, and make an effort to ensure your face looks good. Your foundation doesn’t have to be flawless. Just remember to draw on your brows, apply either your lippie or liner to distract from your less-than-clean hair, and add some glitter for good measure. After all, f you can’t wear glitter at a festival, where on earth can you wear it?

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  • Anti Aging – The Celeb Way

     

    When we look at pictures of celebs now, compared to how they were twenty years ago, it can seem as if we’ve entered a time warp. They look identical! In some cases, they look even better. The styles may have changed, but their faces remain frozen in some alternate time zone. Us mere mortals may conclude that they’ve had surgery to make ourselves feel better. In truth, though, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, they do manage to stop the hands of the clock. This could be down to having a decent beauty team around them. They have people to give them the advice they need to stay looking young. It makes sense that we should heed their advice. It’s obviously worked for them! So, how can we get the look they seem to achieve so effortlessly?


    The internet gives us a surprising look into the private lives of celebs. We don’t have to buy magazines to have a nose anymore. Instead, we head to the pages of the web. Unsurprisingly, those seemingly ageless celebs get asked many questions about their beauty regimes. We’ve scrolled through the pages to see what they say. For the most part, it’s things we should already know. Well, apart from Angelina Jolie, who claimed facial caviar was her secret. At $710, we thought we’d give that one a miss! But, even if we already know what we should be doing, we often fail to follow through. Hearing it from the celebs may be what you need to kick start your anti-aging routines. Here are a few of the main things that stood out.

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    MOISTURIZING

    This should go without saying. Keeping moisture in your skin is crucial for avoiding wrinkles. As if you need proof, Demi Moore claims this is the sole anti-aging secret she relies on. And, she looks fantastic for it! J-Lo also praises the use of moisturizer. She recommends you find one that boosts collagen and cell turnover. So, with that advice, it’s time to get on top of your moisturization routine. This is not a step you can afford to skip. Make sure to get into the habit of moisturizing every day. A standard moisturizer is better than nothing, it may be worth taking J-Lo’s advice. There are many anti-aging specific options on the market. Using these will give you extra peace of mind. And, they may well make all the difference. It’s not just moisturizing products that you need to worry about, either. Many elements put our skin at risk of drying. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day to make sure your skin stays shining!

    CUT OUT BAD HABITS

    Okay, this one’s a bit of broken track record advice. But, there’s a good reason for it. Every health professional you come across will urge you to stop smoking and cut down on drinking. Health risks aside, these bad habits can speed up the aging process. And, many celebrities speak of the benefits. You don’t see any of them with those tell-tale smoking mouths, do you? And smoking can affect your appearance in ways you would never consider. A Johns Hopkins study revealed smokers are four times as likely to report feeling unrested. And, lack of sleep = bags under the eyes. Smoking also affects the blood supply that keeps your skin looking healthy.

    Drinking isn’t good, either. Remember what we said about staying hydrated? Heavy drinking does the opposite. It dehydrates you and wreaks havoc on your skin. You’ll undo all your hard work if you have a daily glass of wine.

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    HAIR

    Never underestimate the power of good hair. Christie Brinkley claims this is her secret. And, it makes complete sense. Let’s be honest; most of these women would have gray hair if they didn’t dye. And, how different would they look then? None of these anti-aging secrets would save them. But, having a great head of hair can hide a multitude of sins. To stay looking younger for longer, get into the habit of dying your hair as soon as your gray starts showing. And, make sure to keep on top of things. Your younger self may have been able to dye every six weeks or so. But, that won’t be anywhere near enough now. Keep a dye kit at home at all times. Those gray roots are going to be so obvious that you’ll want to cover them the moment they appear.

    Grey hairs aren’t the only hair issue that ages us. We always have to contend with thinning hair. Thick, luscious hair is the goal for us all. So, it’s upsetting when our locks start to thin. But, there are ways around the problem. Extensions are an excellent way to fill your hair out again. You could even look into hair transplant procedures from Roxy Plastic Surgery or somewhere similar.
    The style you choose can also hide a multitude of sins. Try to choose a haircut that best compliments you. The right choice could reverse the years, and send you into the time warp along with your favorite celebs. Not to mention that it could change the way you feel about your appearance. And, they say that makes all the difference. A new haircut will leave you feeling confident and ready for action. That alone will be enough to make you appear younger and fresher to the world around you.

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    AVOID THE SUN

    The pale beauty of Julianne Moore dazzles us all. Her secret is nothing more complicated than staying out of the sun. We all know the effect sun damage can have on our skin. There is, of course, the risk of skin cancer. And there can be disastrous effects for our skin condition. Remember what we were saying earlier about moisturization? Letting you skin sizzle is no way to keep it hydrated. And, it’ll show. We all know someone who had a love for the sun when they were younger. Use their aging skin as a warning. Major sun damage causes skin to age at a much faster rate.

    Julianne Moore claims to use sunscreen every single day. She also recommends walking in the shade rather than the sun. Of course, most of us aren’t quite so pale, and may not need to go to these extremes. Even so, the sunscreen advice is worth following. You may even be able to find a foundation with sun blocking abilities. This may be your best bet. There’s more chance of you remembering your foundation. And, don’t think you only need take these measures in the summer months. The sun poses more risk when it’s hidden behind clouds. You may not be able to see it, but it’s there all the same! Buy a travel size sunscreen and keep it in your bag. That way, you’ll always have it with you.

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    STAY IN SHAPE

    We’re back to J-Lo for this sage piece of advice. She recommends that you focus on working out. We’re sure you’ve heard that from your doctors more times than you can count. But, it’s an important piece of advice to follow. There are many benefits to working out as you get older. As though you need more proof, look at J-Lo’s body! She wouldn’t have those booty shaking abilities if she didn’t get stuck into exercise now and again. If you need a little help, she’s recently bought out a wellness brand called BodyLab. There’s no one better for guiding you through your get fit journey!

    It’s natural for your metabolism to slow as you age. So, it’s no surprise that most people put on a little weight. But, exercise can help you keep this at bay. It will also allow you to stay active and upright, which has got to help in the aging stakes. It’s hard to look young if you have trouble getting out of your chair. One thing’s sure; that’s not something J-Lo has trouble with.

    DON’T DO ANYTHING?

    Supermodel Cindy Crawford said, ‘The Secret is that there’s no secret.’ Hard to believe, right? She looks as fabulous as she did in her runway days. And, that’s after two children! Even so, it’s advice that’s obviously worked well for her. She claims that all you need to do is what you already know. And, isn’t that what we’ve been saying? The secrets are those pieces of advice we’re always given but fail to follow. She also recommends using beauty products from a young age, claiming you need patience to see results. Lucky for us, she has a skincare range: Meaningful Beauty. Like J-Lo’s fitness regime, the benefits of the products speak for themselves.

    So, there you have it. It seems it’s easier to stop time than we thought. As it is so easy, there’s no excuse for failing to act. Whether you’re 30, or 45, you should be taking action. You owe it to your skin and your happiness to look as good as the celebs. You only live once, after all. There’s no time to let things slide!

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  • The Dos and Don’ts Of Celeb Health And Fitness

    It’s is easy to look at our favourite celebs and think that they have it all worked out in regards to their health and fitness. They appear on the red carpet and on TV and films look stunning, and even their caught off guard pictures look pretty awesome! But celebrities don’t always get it right in term of their health and fitness, so you should be choosy if you are going to follow their lead. Read on to find out more.

    Don’t follow fad diets

    One of the biggest things we see in celebrity culture is a star being rumoured to be doing a new fad diet. A diet that is allowing them to lose loads of weight and keep it off. The problems with this sort of diet and the hype that goes with it is that for a normal person is likely going to be untenable as well as unhealthy.

    Many famous folks have a team of people behind their looks, dressing them and working on their health and fitness. Therefore a short spate of doing an extreme diet might not be too harmful to them in the long run because they are being monitored.

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    But for us normal folks doing all the things we have to get done in everyday life it can be both impractical and unhealthy. Remember no matter what the headline say the best way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories and move more. Rather than just drinking maple syrup like Beyonce.

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    Don’t get addicted to the party lifestyle

    Something else that can be an issue for the rich and famous is an addiction. Whether it be a harmful substance like steroids like Spencer from Made in Chelsea. Or recreational drugs alcohol a la Nigella Lawson.

    Unfortunately, much of being a celebrity revolves around a party lifestyle which can make it easy to fall into dangerous habits. However, something else that celebrities are also particularly good at seeking treatment when they do have a problem.

    In fact, as a large proportion of celebs going to residential rehab such as the Alo House Recovery Centers, it has actually made getting help for addiction much more acceptable. So much of the stigma for non-celebs seeking treatment has been reduced as well.

    Do listen to celebs that tell you how hard they work for their bodies
    Now some famous people like to maintain the illusion that they don’t he to work hard on looking good at all. But if you have ever seen the pic of them on holiday at the beach not quite looking their polished selves you know that this is a bit of a myth. So they aren’t a great example to follow.

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    Instead, look for celebs that talk about how hard they work for their bodies. The ones that even go so far as to mentioned that sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle like Gwen Stefani are much better role models. This is because they are giving it to you straight and not sugar coating the amount of work you will have to do, to look comparable to them.

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  • How To Beat Embarrassing Health Problems, VIP Style

    It can be hard to live that VIP lifestyle when battling embarrassing health problems. In truth, even the most glamorous among us have to deal with health embarrassment at some point. It may not sound glamorous, but it’s part and parcel of life. The trick to getting over difficult problems is getting them seen to as soon as possible. You don’t need to suffer in silence. The sooner you deal with the problem, the sooner you can get back to normal. We’re more likely to put off dealing with embarrassing problems because of a fear of talking about them. Even so, there’s no way around talking if you want to tackle the issue. The thing to remember is that doctors have seen it all before. It would be hard to show them something they haven’t come across. With that in mind, make that appointment you’ve been putting off. Here’s a list of some health concerns you might want to hide but shouldn’t feel ashamed of.

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    BREAST PROBLEMS
    Breast problems are one of the most common things on this list. Women should feel their breasts for any changes. Most will come across something at least once in their lives. The main reason for avoiding going to see a doctor about such problems is a fear of getting topless. That, and a fear of having something serious wrong. You needn’t worry about getting your kit off for your doctor. They actually have seen it all before. They won’t think twice about your body, and the event will be stressful for no one but you. Once you’ve taken your clothes off in front of a doctor a few times, it’ll seem much more natural to you. Having a doctor look at your breasts is no different to having them look at any other part of your body! With not wanting to know if something serious is going on, you need to change your thinking. Nobody wants to find anything wrong with their breasts, but once you do find a problem you need to get it sorted. Not going to the doctors isn’t going to make the issue go away. If anything, it will just make things worse when a diagnosis does come!

     

    STD


    Sexually transmitted diseases can be a touchy subject for many reasons. Many people put off getting tested for fear of having to talk to a stranger about their sex life. Then, like above, there’s a fear of exposing themselves in the doctor’s surgery. There’s no denying that most sexual screenings start with questions about your sexual habits. These questions will be general, and make up a small part of the examination. The doctor carrying out the examination will not judge you. It’s important you answer as honestly as possible. The only reason such questions are necessary is to ensure your test is as thorough as possible. You’ll only damage yourself if you lie or avoid such questions. With exposing yourself, there’s no need to worry. You may not have to take your clothes off during your screening. You can do many tests alone in a private cubicle. If you do have to expose yourself, know again that the professional in question has seen it all before. This is particularly the case of people working in a sexual health clinic, as all they deal with are genitals! Don’t hesitate to get tested and get any treatment you need.

     

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    MENTAL HEALTH

    Mental health can be embarrassing for entirely different reasons. In a world where we’re used to putting a brave face on things, it can be hard to open up when we’re not coping. In many ways, opening up about mental struggles is even more difficult than taking your clothes off in front of a doctor. It’s an automatic reaction to want to protect yourself from exposure in that way. Even so, if you’re struggling with mental health, it’s important you get the help you need. As well as a fear of opening up, there can be a fear of your doctor not taking you seriously. As soon as you take the plunge, you’ll realise that such a fear is unfounded. Your doctor will never laugh you out the door. It’s their job to listen and get you the best help possible. Awareness of mental problems is better than ever before. You shouldn’t hesitate to book an appointment. The best way to overcome your fear is to stick to the facts. Talk about your mental struggles in the same way as you would about any physical problem you have. Start by giving your doctor a list of symptoms. They’ll ask questions from there and will take the pressure off you. Once they’ve established the problem, they will act accordingly. You’ll either receive a prescription, or a referral for therapy. Once you’ve conquered your fear, you’ll wonder what the problem was! Talking about the issue will relieve a lot of the burden and make you feel better straight away.

     

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    UNATTRACTIVE BLEMISHES
    There are a number of medical conditions that can make you unhappy with your look. These can be embarrassing to talk about as well. Nobody likes to reveal something that causes them a lack of confidence. Even so, you needn’t suffer in silence. You doctor may be able to solve the problem. You don’t know until you’ve tried. Don’t get me wrong, being unhappy with your appearance in general may not be grounds for a visit to the doctor. Certain skin blemishes and problems do need medical attention, though. If you have a birthmark that makes you feel self-conscious or a skin condition, it’s time to get it sorted. Just like with the above points, it’s important to remember that doctors have seen it all before. They won’t be surprised by what you have to show them! Gaining courage to show one medical professional your problem could solve it. With some such blemishes, surgery will is necessary. It’s possible to address some skin conditions with something as simple as a surgical cream!

     

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  • How To Get An A’list Body With Exercise

    It’s that time of year when we’re about to be inundated with photographs of our favourite celebrities showcasing their perfectly toned beach bodies on exotic shores. After the indulgence of the festive season, there’s no better time to take those images and use them as motivation to get your own red carpet worthy body. If you’re keen to impress in 2017, here are just some of the reasons it’s time to get involved in exercise.

    Healthy weight loss

    Have you put on a few pounds over the Christmas period? Have you been meaning to lose a bit of weight for a while now? People often associated VIPs with crash diets, but actually, many of them simply stick to healthy eating plans and exercise regimes. You don’t have to eat cabbage soup for a month or rely on liquid shakes to lose weight. In fact, you’re probably much more likely to stick at it if you eat foods you enjoy and find types of exercise you love. When it comes to getting your heart rate up, don’t worry if you’re not a gym bunny. Not all celebs spend their lives on a treadmill. You can try all kinds of activities from Pilates and yoga to ballet, swimming or spinning. Try a few different options, and have fun. If you’re enjoying your workouts, you’ll be less inclined to lose interest.

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    Feeling better in your clothes

    If you’re a fan of fashion, there’s nothing better than feeling great in the clothes you wear. Whether you’ve treated yourself to some new gym outfits or you’ve bought an incredible dress in the sales, it’s important to feel confident. When you exercise, your body shape changes. Even if you don’t want to lose weight, you can tone up, and make your silhouette sleeker. If you’re looking for ideas for chic gym wear or you need inspiration to help you vary your workouts, check out sites like www.fitnessmusthaves.com.

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    Improved health

    When you exercise, it’s not all about looking great when hit the beach for some winter sun. The main reason you should get your body moving is to enjoy an array of health benefits. Being active reduces your risk of a host of serious health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and depression. It also helps you to sleep better, which is essential when you have a packed schedule.

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    De-stressing

    When you’re famous, life can get pretty hectic. Taking time to work out, do a class or chill out with a yoga session enables you to escape, de-stress, and clear your mind. For more information, and tips about which types of exercise to choose to survive stressful times, you’ll find http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/relaxation-techniques-for-stress-relief.htm useful.

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    Have you got A-list body envy? If so, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are ways of shaping up and toning those wobbly bits. If you’ve overindulged over Christmas, getting into an exercise regime will have amazing benefits for your looks, as well as your health and confidence.

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  • Celebrity Trainer Offers Health Advice To Us All

    Celebrities might have fame and fortune over us, but when it comes to basic biology, they’re the same. Yet, somehow, the vast majority of celebrities – James Corden not included – manage to stay slim and healthy throughout their lives. So the question is, what’s their secret? And how can regular people incorporate their habits into their own lives?

    Here we’re going to look at some of the advice that celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak, gives to his high-rolling clients. Let’s take a look at what he has to say.

    Eat Protein And Fibre At Least Five Times A Day

    Pasternak is a great believer in eating little and often. That’s why he recommends his celebrity clients eat at least five small meals a day: three complete meals and two snacks. All of the meals should, he says, have at least some protein and some fibre. This way, he says, they know whether they are eating the right foods or not. To make life easier for the celebrities under his care, he suggests that they work out their portion sizes by using their hands. They should take a palm size serving of high fibre, whole grains or fruit, a dollop of healthy fats – like avocado – and unlimited vegetables. He also suggests making smoothies on a regular basis, using fresh, healthy ingredients. Under his tutelage, celebrities like Ariana Grande have become experts in the art.

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    Get Regular Health Checkups

    Pasternak is a big fan of celebrities getting regular health checkups to make sure that their lifestyles aren’t adversely affecting their health. Because celebrities are constantly on tour or working strange hours, they’re often more at risk than most people to pick up a disease or develop a chronic ailment. That’s why celebrity diets are so important: they need to have their defences bolstered to protect them against their schedules, as well as the fact that they are constantly visiting new places.

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    For regular people who work in an office or a factory, services like Health Assured’s occupational health assessments do much the same. They help find out whether your job is affecting your health and provide you with early warning signs, telling you whether something is wrong. People who spend a lot of time sitting at a desk can potentially benefit enormously from a health checkup and find out if they are at risk of diseases like diabetes.

     

    Unplug Your Smartphone

    Pasternak constantly has to deal with celebrities who are addicted to their smartphones and constantly on their social media accounts well into the night. The problem, he says, is that celebrities often don’t realise that just looking at the screen on a device can severely disrupt their sleeping patterns. Those who stay up until 2 am posting on Facebook are exposed to blue light late into the night, and this blue light tells their internal body clock that it’s morning and that it’s time to wake up. This, in turn, makes their hormones go out of sync and reduces the quality of their sleep.

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    As a result, Pasternak suggests that VIPs do things in the evening that don’t require batteries. They should take the dog for a walk, read a book or do yoga.
    Focus Your Training On Your Back

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    One of the things that Pasternak has noticed about a lot of people who go to the gym is that they wind up training only their “beach muscles.” In other words, they train their shoulders, chest and arms, and don’t bother to train the muscles of the back or legs. This leads to an unbalanced physique – a look most celebrities avoid. His advice for a killer physique is to focus most of your workout routine on the rear of your body, targeting the back and ignoring the beach muscles. He says that people should concentrate on the triceps, lat muscles and glutes for a balanced physique.
    There’s also a link between salt intake and dark circles around the eyes, as well as a link between high blood pressure and a lack of sleep. For these reasons, it’s important for celebrities to minimise their salt intake and stick to high fibre veggies.

     

    Get Rid Of Dark Circles With Sleep And Low Salt

    Looking good on stage is a priority for celebrities, which is why Pasternak is so obsessed with making sure that they don’t have dark circles around their eyes. He suggests that celebrities get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep, he warns, means that they’re less likely to be active during the day, and this can end up affecting their health.

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    There’s also a link between salt intake and dark circles around the eyes, as well as a link between high blood pressure and a lack of sleep. For these reasons, it’s important for celebrities to minimise their salt intake and stick to high fibre veggies.

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  • Get The VIP Look Without Going To The Gym

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    For many non-celeb types, going to the gym can be daunting. First, there’s the embarrassment of being seen in public with a less than toned body. Then there’s the pressure of keeping up with everyone else. For others, it’s simply that the gym doesn’t do it for them and they find it boring. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the gym to get your dream body. There are lots of viable alternatives.

    Cycling

    If you like to be outdoors, rather than cooped up at home or in an exercise studio, cycling might be the hobby for you. There is no end to the benefits. It’s good for your health. For example, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by half that of those who don’t do any exercise. It also strengthens the immune system and helps you avoid serious illnesses and conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. It also helps you to lose weight and tone up at the same time.

    Like any exercise, you need to take good care to avoid injury. This is particularly important if you’re cycling on busy roads. If an accident does occur, make sure you find a company that specialises in cycle claims.

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    Walking And Running

    Following on with the theme of being outdoors, walking and running are also good forms of exercise. They get the blood pumping and provide a cardio workout. Try alternating between the two to get the most out of your exercise regime. And ensure you warm up properly and take steps to recover afterward.

    The good thing about walking and running is that you don’t need any fancy equipment, just comfortable clothing and a decent pair of running shoes. It’s something that anyone can do and build up to. You can also fit it into the busiest schedule.

    Celebs who walk: Heidi Klum, Kelly Brook, Elle Macpherson

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    Pilates

    Pilates has something to offer everyone of different ages and abilities. It aims to increase general fitness and wellbeing, with an emphasis on the core. There are many benefits, including improving posture, muscle tone and balance. As specialist equipment is required and a qualified trainer to lead you, you will need to find a local class. This shouldn’t be difficult as this form of exercise has become extremely popular over the last few years.

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    Multi-Tasking

    Sometimes, the best way to stick to an exercise plan is to build it into your everyday life. If you’re achieving something at the same time as working out, you’re more likely to keep to it and repeat it often. So, for walking and cycling try building this into your daily commute. Even if you can’t walk or cycle the whole way to work, try doing half and half. Get off the bus or train a few stops earlier and walk or cycle home.

    Another good form of exercise is gardening. As well as getting a good workout, you’ll be tidying and maintaining the garden at the same time. Are there any other physical tasks you enjoy doing that could become part of your workout?

     

    Make It Social

    There are several advantages of working out with friends. The first is that it makes it much more fun. You can laugh and catch up at the same time. Another advantage is that it drives you forward. Having another person to exercise with can push you to keep up and compete.

    If your resolution for the coming year is to get a VIP body, you don’t have to hit the gym to obtain it. Just find an exercise that you enjoy and stick to it.

     

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  • Stay Unique By Knowing Upcoming Trends

    Are you one of these people who like to keep up with the latest trends? Maybe you like to have the newest products before they hit the shelves. Or, maybe you’ve always wanted to be ahead of the crowd, but never quite achieved the goal. Don’t despair. It’s not impossible to get to the trends before everyone else does. The trick is to do a little research. Keeping ahead of the game was never going to be easy, after all. With a little effort, it’s easy to get a grip on the next big thing before anyone else does. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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    KEEP AN EYE ON THE WORLD OF FASHION

    Getting to grips with catwalk fashion is crucial for keeping ahead of the trends. Most fashion shows display the trends for the coming season. Keeping up with the catwalk is an excellent way to see the upcoming trends before they hit the shops. It’s also worth becoming familiar with favorite designers. Keeping an eye on particular designers will allow you to see their upcoming collections. This will also help you stay ahead of the game!

    REVIEW SITES

    Review sites are perfect for keeping you ahead. There are many fashion and beauty reviewers out there. These reviewers are often sent advance products, so you might get to hear of products that aren’t out. Sites like thankyourbeauty.com are great for discovering the best beauty products. Getting to grips with products as they come out will allow you to show those top choices to your friends. That way, you’ll get credit for being the one who introduced them to their new favorites! Not to mention, you’ll get to try the best products first.

    KEEP AN EYE ON CELEBS

    Next to catwalk models, celebs are the most reliable indicators of upcoming trends. Keeping an eye on the celebrity world is a great way to see what’s likely to take off. Sometimes, it’s the celeb themselves who start the trends. Sometimes designers send items for celebs to wear in preparation for an upcoming collection. Develop your eye for a trend as you study celeb magazines. It can also be worth watching awards ceremonies. The red carpet is a prime trendsetting arena. Take a look at what each celebrity wore and judge whether it’s likely to be in the shops in a few weeks. Most magazines do a best and worst for each red carpet session. Alternatively, you could take a look at sites like elle.com which show you what was worn and what worked.

    These tips are sure to help you on your way to keeping ahead. It can be hard to feel individual in a world where we all shop in the same places. Keeping a few paces ahead will allow you to achieve that desired burst of individuality. That is until your fashion hits the stores and everyone else starts wearing it too…Fashion is a constant struggle, though, and there’s always next season to look out for!

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  • How To Prepare For Party Season Like a VIP

    Party season is almost upon us. If you’re eager to impress, why not take some tips from the celebrities, and prepare like a VIP? Here are some handy hints to ensure you look and feel a million dollars.

    Workout wonders

    As the festive period approaches, many of us are looking forward to nights out and Christmas celebrations. If you’re keen to shine in the spotlight, you’ll want to look your best. Channel the A-listers and get in shape. As you approach the final few weeks, it’s time to take your workouts to the next level and increase the intensity. Combine weights and resistance training with cardio sessions if you’re looking to tone those triceps and slim down that waist. If you’re eager to lose weight quickly, opt for high-intensity interval training. The aim of this form of exercise is to raise the heart rate rapidly, and then drop it back it down. You do this by alternating fast-paced exercises with short periods of rest.

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    Shop with a stylist

    Everybody could do with a second opinion when they’re shopping for that winning party outfit. You may not be able to afford a professional stylist, but don’t panic. Take a friend whose style you admire, or get some tips from a personal shopper at the store. Even if you think you know what you want, be open-minded. Don’t write styles you love off because you assume they won’t suit you. Try lots of different pieces on, and see how you feel. Go for something that makes you feel confident. Always take a pair of heels and a strapless bra with you. You’ll get a better idea of the overall look.

    Chill out

    At this time of year, life seems to go up a gear, and it can be tiring. You want to look and feel your best at special events, so take some time out. Book a day off a day or two before the party. Or work a half-day and then spend time relaxing. Treat yourselves to a couples massage or take the opportunity to work through that box set. Do a yoga session at home or go to the movies.

    Don’t forget those essential extras

    You’ve got the outfit and the shoes. Now, it’s time to think about those essential extras. How are you going to wear your hair? Who is going to do your makeup? Have you booked your nail appointment? If you don’t want to spend a fortune, ask a friend to help out or do your own hair, nails, and makeup. You’ll find some incredible video tutorials online, and some great tips in magazines. Try and make time for a practice run the day before if possible.

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    If you’re gearing up for party season, why not channel the celebrities and prepare in style. Give yourself time to find that perfect outfit, and don’t forget the details. Work out, eat well, and take time out to relax and unwind. Hopefully, by the time the day arrives, you’ll be red-carpet ready.

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