Why Self Care Is So Important

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Self care is something that us women often neglect. We can end up putting everything, including others before ourselves. Life is busy, with many of us juggling home, work and family life, so this month I wanted to share with you why self care is so important…

Before I begin, I hold my hands up, my self care routine isn’t that great, however this is something that I am going to work really hard on changing. A lot of it is to do with mindset, we can often feel guilty about taking time out, however to avoid overwhelm and to maintain our health, it really is vital.

Last year, we were doing some building work at home so had made the decision to not go away on holiday, but as a result, I took no real time off. I had become a slave to my business without even realising. We then went away for the first two weeks of January and it was only then, I realised how much I needed a break.

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This kind of ‘lifestyle’ isn’t sustainable and eventually would of turned into complete burnout. So, my question to you is, and I want you to be really honest with yourself; When was the last time, you did something just for you?

We often think that self care needs to cost us money, but it really doesn’t. It doesn’t always have to be a spa day or a weekend away. Sometimes it can just be going for a walk and getting back in touch with nature or having a bath with your favourite candle and glass of Prosecco.

With Valentine’s Day later this month, I think there is no better time to show yourself some love! Why not take yourself on a date. Go to your favourite cafe, have lunch or treat yourself to a shopping day. Even if you don’t buy anything, your body and mind will thank you for giving it a day of just wandering!

So what will you commit to this month, how can you give yourself the gift of some self care? I’d love you to share with me one thing you’ll do this month in a comment below.

Until next time, show yourself lots of love!

Love,

Nina x

Are You Getting Enough Time For You?

As women, we are often spinning many plates on a daily basis. We juggle work, family life, running a home, planning time with family and friends, as well as ensuring the children’s social calendar is all running like clock work too!

At the moment, I don’t have to worry about the child aspect, however I completely get the rest of it and so I want to ask you a question today; do you ever take time out for yourself? I’m guessing there will be a the odd few of you that are nodding and saying yes but I would imagine the majority of you reading this are saying no, and perhaps even thinking, “time out for me”, what even is that?

Well firstly, if it makes you feel any better, you are not alone! I am just as guilty of this as perhaps you are and have to confess, I find it extremely difficult to take time out away from my business. My job is my passion, and I can honestly say, I truly love what I do, hence why I often find it hard to take a step back and do something just for me.

Is this a good place to be? One could argue, no it’s not! Don’t get me wrong I count myself so lucky to have the amazing clients I do and a job that makes my heart sing, however I also need to be realistic, excessive pressure and stress over time can lead to poor health, mental burnout and exhaustion.

This is why “me time” is so important and why I’ve decided to ditch the guilt! I need to change and actually use my day off as a day off, rather than using that time to work on my business. I’m going to spend more days at the place pictured above. I think us women give ourselves such a hard time on occasions. “Pampering” ourselves is often viewed as a luxury, but I now know, more than ever it’s not, it’s actually a necessity! We are no good to ourselves or anyone around us if we are mentally exhausted!

It doesn’t need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, just simple things often work well and are easier to stick to, like taking a warm bath full of bubbles, lighting your favourite candle or reading a good book, whatever it is that will help you unwind your mind and body after a busy day, you owe it to yourself!

So here’s to claiming back some well deserved “me-time” ladies because as the famous beauty company always says, “Because you’re worth it!”

Love, Nina x

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April Blog: Beautiful Hair No Matter What Your Age…

 

Gorgeous Hair For Your 30's, 40's and 50's (1)

I often get asked, what are the latest hair trends? What’s hot and what’s not? As a Hairdresser, I love nothing more than attending Salon International in London and seeing the shows from Toni & Guy, Percy & Reed and many more. However, being honest, my passion is creating hair that my clients can actually wear, and feel beautiful in, no matter what their age. So, here is my guide to beautiful hair for your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond…

30’s

Don’t think that just because you are no longer in your twenties, you can’t have a striking look that reflects your personality, you can have this at any age. For a short look I absolutely love Frankie Bridges’ style. The strong shape combined with the softness through the top looks beautiful and gives this look femininity. Her rich colour also really enhances her skin tone.

40’s

Wearing hair a little softer as we get older is very flattering. Layers which create texture, movement and volume can work really well. By creating softness to frame the face, like Jennifer Aniston, mid length hair can still look absolutely beautiful. A side fringe could also easily be incorporated with this to create even more of a softer look. By opting for pieces of caramel and biscuit tones within the hair, this can also help radiate fairer/cooler skin tones.

50’s

Choppy bob’s are really on trend for 2016, as well as the “Wob” (Wavy Bob) and the “Lob” (Long Bob) with many celebrities wearing them. This style has great versatility, by wearing it smooth and voluminous or curly and textured just as Halle Berry does is really beautiful.

I think it is also really important to remember, it’s not just about the cut, style or colour of hair, it’s also about trying different styling products, to create a different look or maybe try experimenting with some different make-up shades to. A change of blush or even lipstick can make a really big difference. I am always more than happy to help, so feel free to book your free 15 minute consultation with me at any time. We may not have celebrity status or have personal stylists to assist us each day, but we can still Be Beautiful just by embracing ourselves and what we have…Let’s create our own trends?

Until next time, enjoy being the BE-YOU-TIFUL you!

Love, Nina x