@channel4 TV’s “Bang on Budget” video clip showing one of my recent interior design and styling client kitchen projects as inspo

@channel4 TV's "Bang on Budget" video clip showing one of my recent interior design and styling client kitchen projects as inspo. .
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Sometimes a little of what you fancy (a slice of granary seeded toast) when your daily diet is wheat free, is better than denying yourself, craving it and then succumbing and binging

Sometimes a little of what you fancy (a slice of granary seeded toast) when your daily diet is wheat free, is better than denying yourself, craving it and then succumbing and binging. 
Sunday brunch starting with a hot lemon water, then scrambled organic eggs, crispy free range bacon, a slice of toast and an Expresso coffee. .
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Sunday brunch starting with a hot lemon water, then scrambled organic eggs, crispy free range bacon, a slice of toast and an Expresso coffee. .
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#Tbt Me age 15 and age 28

Me age 15 and age 28.
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These photos are pre-social media when there were no filters on photos and no pressures to look a certain way. .
Of course there were those who were skinny too and those who were fat but no-one judged or had anywhere to post photos that weren't real. The only place to post a photo was in a personal photo album which stayed in your living room. .

No-one exercised, worked out or went to gyms in the same 'addicted to fitness' way so our bodies were a different shape and less toned than gym bodies of nowadays. .
Maybe we did ballet or horse riding or swam or did some form of sport at school and beyond but only for our personal enjoyment. Not with the same end goals to have the perfect Instagram body. .
We didn't compare or judge. 
No pressures to look a certain way.
We were happier and more confident in our body image then. 
Free to be who we were. .
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These photos are pre-social media when there were no filters on photos and no pressures to look a certain way. .
Of course there were those who were skinny too and those who were fat but no-one judged or had anywhere to post photos that weren’t real. The only place to post a photo was in a personal photo album which stayed in your living room. .

No-one exercised, worked out or went to gyms in the same ‘addicted to fitness’ way so our bodies were a different shape and less toned than gym bodies of nowadays. .
Maybe we did ballet or horse riding or swam or did some form of sport at school and beyond but only for our personal enjoyment. Not with the same end goals to have the perfect Instagram body. .
We didn’t compare or judge.
No pressures to look a certain way.
We were happier and more confident in our body image then.
Free to be who we were. .
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Back to a barrecore class today

Back to a barrecore class today.
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It's another birthday next week, (in my 60's) which reminds me that as we get older it's important to keep fit, healthy and mobile. For mind and body.
Even if the exercise is only a 20 minute brisk walk a day. Exercise should be a minimum of 3 times a week. .
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I like to mix up my fitness classes each week.  Each style of class has a different purpose. 
So today is barrecore which has core and glute work,  plies and sqats,  together with ballet style barre exercises and light weights for arms.
I do Pilates once a week for core and glute strength and spinal mobility. 
30 min boxing and HIIT workout once a week for cardio and also to help weight maintenance or loss. 
Horse riding is my occasional special feel good treat especially when It's riding along the beach. 
And then there's the dog that needs a walk.... What's your weekly fitness or exercise regime? And what's your favourite class?
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It’s another birthday next week, (in my 60’s) which reminds me that as we get older it’s important to keep fit, healthy and mobile. For mind and body.
Even if the exercise is only a 20 minute brisk walk a day. Exercise should be a minimum of 3 times a week. .
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I like to mix up my fitness classes each week. Each style of class has a different purpose.
So today is barrecore which has core and glute work, plies and sqats, together with ballet style barre exercises and light weights for arms.
I do Pilates once a week for core and glute strength and spinal mobility.
30 min boxing and HIIT workout once a week for cardio and also to help weight maintenance or loss.
Horse riding is my occasional special feel good treat especially when It’s riding along the beach.
And then there’s the dog that needs a walk…. What’s your weekly fitness or exercise regime? And what’s your favourite class?
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My school speakers talk this morning to girls age 7-11was @ursuline_prep Wimbledon on self-confidence, self-esteem, friendships, bullying online and off, exclusion and the impact of negative social media and filters

My school speakers talk this morning to girls age 7-11was  @ursuline_prep Wimbledon on self-confidence, self-esteem, friendships, bullying online and off, exclusion and the impact of negative social media and filters . .
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It is very rewarding doing school talks to pre-teen and teen girls and boys to help them understand how to deal with the impact of social media on their everyday lives and especially how it affects their self-esteem and confidence. 
Also to understand how bullying can be silent and subtle but still devasting. 
How no girl should ever be one of the mean girls. 
Everyone is different, unique and differences of culture and ethnicity and personality should be embraced.
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It is very rewarding doing school talks to pre-teen and teen girls and boys to help them understand how to deal with the impact of social media on their everyday lives and especially how it affects their self-esteem and confidence.
Also to understand how bullying can be silent and subtle but still devasting.
How no girl should ever be one of the mean girls.
Everyone is different, unique and differences of culture and ethnicity and personality should be embraced.
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Back on the Pilates reformer

Back on the Pilates reformer.

Exercise for hip rotation, inner thigh muscles- the adductors, and hip control. Especially good for strengthening around the hip. 
I did this exercise as part of a series of 3 sets.  Toes turned out heels together, 
then toes turned in heels out 
and then straight. 
So using all three sets of surounding hip support muscles. .
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Exercise for hip rotation, inner thigh muscles- the adductors, and hip control. Especially good for strengthening around the hip.
I did this exercise as part of a series of 3 sets. Toes turned out heels together,
then toes turned in heels out
and then straight.
So using all three sets of surounding hip support muscles. .
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An evening at Coutts Bank Strand London

An evening at Coutts Bank Strand London.

A film about Manolo Blahnik directed and written by Michael Roberts 
and Kristina Blahnik in conversation with Hilary Alexander.
Champagne, shoes which are works of art to covet and little mini cake shoes to eat
What more could a girl want.....
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A film about Manolo Blahnik directed and written by Michael Roberts
and Kristina Blahnik in conversation with Hilary Alexander.
Champagne, shoes which are works of art to covet and little mini cake shoes to eat
What more could a girl want…..
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Morning pilates exercise

Morning pilates exercise.. Mobility, spinal mobility, flexibility, core and abs strength exercise. And also back of arm muscles as they are also used to help action the movement together with the lower abdominal muscles. The movement should be smooth and controlled and not driven by body weight momentum. 
It's harder than it looks. 
Give it a go....
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. Mobility, spinal mobility, flexibility, core and abs strength exercise. And also back of arm muscles as they are also used to help action the movement together with the lower abdominal muscles. The movement should be smooth and controlled and not driven by body weight momentum.
It’s harder than it looks.
Give it a go….
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