THE WEEKLY FIX: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW #22
Whenever I get in a rut with my style, the cheapest and easiest way to freshen up is to change my hair. I could go braids, I could go messy bun, I could go tousled tresses. There are so many possibilities, such a small change can really lift your look, so try out these insta-approved hairstyles to welcome the new season and shake off the summer. Generally, I associate food with functionality, for example, if I want energy, I’ll eat carbs, if I want to feel fuller, I’ll eat something protein dense, if I feel a bit under the weather, I’ll pack in that vitamin C. What about if I’m having a bad skin day, or my hair is brittle? Can you eat your way to better skin, softer hair, shinier nails? Yes! And Tipper Lewis, Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Herbal Naturopath knows all about getting that glow, from bright eyes (eat foods rich in vitamin A), to radiant skin (turmeric, cayenne, kiwi and avocado… probably not all together though). Basically, the wider range of whole foods you can cram into your diet, the better. Check out all his tips here. It’s no surprise to us that heel sales are plummeting, and trainers are taking the lead. While we do think anybody can wear whatever shoes they like, whether that’s killer sky-high stilettos or beat-up Converse, nobody can deny the comfort of lacing up a pair of kicks engineered to support your feet and make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Figures from Mintel, the retail analyst, show that 37% of women who bought any type of shoe in the year to May purchased trainers compared with 33% who chose heels. There’s been a major backlash against high heels lately, with concern they cause health problems, alongside heels becoming viewed as an item which both sexualises and hinders women. John Saunders, Chief Executive of the British Footwear Association, said: “There is a trend in the market where ladies have discovered that heels aren’t the be all end all of their lives. They have got to the point where lifestyle and activity is important, for example people commuting are more likely to wear trainers.” Now this is a movement we can get behind… and we are, see our top trainers here. I have spoken to many fellow Londoners about the weird vibe on the underground. It’s a dog-eat-dog world down there, everyone has a place to be, and nobody is going to get in their way. Don’t get me wrong, manners still apply, and there are unspoken rules of the underground, but one of these is that you don’t chat. Ever. It’s only a place for conversation between friends, not strangers, but would you chat on the tube? The badges from a “mystery source” are being passed around, encouraging people to turn to their fellows commuters for a daily chat. A TfL spokeswoman said: “It’s definitely not something we have created. We are trying to get in touch with the people behind them as we never allow people to use our branding unless they have our permission.” Whilst I do think people could become more connected and switch off from their phones in exchange for real face-to-face connections, I can’t imagine this taking off. And lastly, you know we host free yoga in our Chelsea store on Monday’s, right? You didn’t!? Well, there is actually no better way to end your Monday and start the week with a clear head and mindful outlook. Our very own yogi, Fern Ross, leads the class through a 45-minute dynamic flow, paying attention to aligning your body and recovering from a weekend of not-so. Not only that, but you can do a little post-class shop and get 15% off. It’s first-come, first-serve, so sign up here ASAP. Shoes off, zen on. To get a little preview of what to expect from the class, why not try out Fern’s 7 poses to reset your body and mind.