Fashion, list making, and yoga to undo your day. This is your weekly fix.

  1. The waters of the fashion pool are just settling after London Fashion Week, and fashion bloggers on the scene have ruffled some feathers with the magazine world. Fashion bloggers are changing the front row; previously seats filled exclusively by  celebrities, fellow designers and glossy editors are now shared with big-name bloggers, who are being criticised for being paid to wear certain outfits. The Vogue journalists called the bloggers “pathetic”, accused them of “looking ridiculous” and decried the whole affair as “all pretty embarrassing”, however, it’s well know that bloggers are pretty hard workers. They are their own stylist, photographer, editors, and have to constantly be switched on to give their audience cotent and remain relevant. Are the magazines threatened by bloggers presence? After all, it was previously the job of their pages to deliver intel on the front row, so would collate pictures, articles, review the trends, then send to print. A blogger can attend a fashion show, then have an article by the end of the day informing their followers of the latest styles they should tote the following season. And it’s free.
  2. The best way to organise the day has to be in list form, right? You can structure, time manage and remember everything that needs to be completed before the sun goes down. But how many times do you get to the end of your day and realised that only half the tasks are complete? Art Markman, author of the new book Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind, is here to help you out, with the perfect way to write a list. Firstly, view your list as a sense of purpose, rather than one task after another. Everything you complete will bring you one step closer to your goal. Next, take that sense of purpose, and make note of all the small things you are doing every day in a calendar so you can see your growth over time. Lastly, account for obstacles and accept that they’re all part of growth. Yeah, sometimes your list isn’t completed because other things got in the way, but is that going to stop you hustlin’ tomorrow? I don’t think so.
  3. As women get older, you realise that there are far more important things than whatever the latest body craze is, whether that be the ‘ab crack’ or the ‘thigh gap’, but what happens when we ask the older generation? Those at Refinery29 asked their Grandmothers what they thought of their body image.
  4. Most jobs these days are pretty desk-orientated, with an awful lot of us racking up the hours at a screen, and (though it’s pretty bad for us) occasionally missing their lunch break. All that sitting, scrunching up your back, it’s no wonder stretching feels so good. Want to undo those hours? Try out these 8 at-home moves to flex that spine and twist away the day, courtesy of Claire Ewing from CorePower Yoga.
  5. Have you made the switch from summer to autumn wardrobe? What about your makeup bag? The change in weather shouldn’t just mean switching out shorts and tanks for jumpers and leggings, your beauty regime should adhere to the seasonal changes too. Unsuprsingly, products that worked well with humidity, beachy sunscreen-filled days and chlorinated, damaged hair, aren’t nearly as necessary, or effective, when the temperature drops. Protecting from chilly winds, warming up your makeup colours, and we’re all about that deep condition.
  6. 1,200 calories… Has your diet ever hit that number? The indulgences of the holidays cause Google searches of “1,200 calories” to spike every January since 2005 without fail, and there have been ‘fitness gurus’ who claim 1,200 is plenty… I’m pretty sure I eat that amount by lunchtime. We are all aware of the dangers of low calorie diets, from thinning hair, brittle nails and bad skin from lack of nutrients, to amenorrhea (loss of period) from very low body fat, and anxiety. Nutrition expert Ursual Philpot says it’s just not enough; “On a 1,200 calorie diet, your body has to make adjustments. You can’t live optimally on that. If you are young and active, you would lose weight and fat over time, but your body would make metabolic adjustments.”. Calories recommendations are just a starting point, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet. Philpot also says that “the populations that are slimmest and healthiest don’t live of 1,200 calories, they don’t cut carbs, they don’t blend their own green milkshakes. Think about the bigger picture here and think about health and longevity and enjoying food.” We could not agree more.