Lisa Jane Photography
That old cliché that beauty comes from within isn’t just referring to your sparkling personality. If you want to look great on the outside, then you really do have to focus on what’s going on inside your body too. You can’t expect to have amazing glowing skin, flowing healthy locks and a twinkle in your eye if you’re drinking booze like its going out of fashion and eating junk food all day. If only life wasn’t so cruel!
I’ve recently stopped drinking alcohol at home, only indulging in a couple of glasses of my beloved wine if I’m having dinner out with friends or family. It was getting to a point where I was was suffering for it. Not through monster hangovers but I was feeling sluggish and depressed (alcohol is a depressant after all!) and my skin was dehydrated and tired-looking too. Lovely.
So I decided to do something about it and that didn’t mean just cutting down on the vino, I also wanted to up my supplement intake and start taking better care of my insides.
I’ve been using Xtend Life products for years. Ever since a friend recommended their Omega 3 / DHA Fish Oil to sort out my bleach damaged hair I have been hooked! They literally transformed my locks in six months or so. I’m one of those people who’s pretty critical about the claims of supplements and the like, but after trying them for myself I can hand-on-my-heart say that they are complete magic! The purity of the oil in Xtend Life products is significantly better than a lot of other omega 3 items on the market and there’s no nasties like mercury in the water which the fish are bred in.
So, on my new health kick, I recently branched out on the Xtend Life products I was using. I decided to try the Kiwi-Klenz supplement to give my body, specifically my gut, a good old detox. It’s seriously good for your skin as most skin problems actually start in the gut apparently! To compliment this I also gave the Zupafood for Skin and the Age Defying Cleansing Mask a bash at the same time.
After taking everything for a few of months, coupled with my decreased alcohol intake, I have to say I feel FANTASTIC and my skin looks so much more radiant. My make up is going on better, my skin feels smooth and subtle and I’ve noticed I have more energy throughout the day.
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Festival weddings aren’t going anywhere, which makes me very happy indeed! I mean, what could be better than hanging out in the sunshine, listening to your favourite music and dancing late into the night?!
Becs and Chris were married at The Winter Garden at Sennowe Park, Norfolk. They hosted their reception in a tipi on the bride’s parent’s farm. “We always said that when we got married we wanted a festival feel”, said the bride. “Festival for us meant relaxed vibes, happy music and street food! We love food and that was pretty much the most important bit for us. We got Manjit and Fish& to drive down from Leeds because we love their award-winning food so much! I guess it’s quite unusual to have Gujarati food at a non-Indian wedding but we love curry and Manjit’s is incredible. As is Fish& – we had three types batters for our fish pieces! Trumpet & Crumpet provided amazing canapés and delicious British desserts for us.”
“Since the farm is reasonably remote, we let people camp over in one of the fields too”, she continued. “We also had my mum doing the ceremony which made it pretty unique – not many people can say their mum married them! My mum became a registrar when I was one and it had been my dream to have my mum do my wedding ever since then!”
Dana and Nelson fell in love with Joshua Tree when they first visited, so they wanted to share it with their loved ones for their wedding. “Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2012 we went camping in Joshua Tree and loved it,” Dana began. “The incredible desert landscape has provided us with many new adventures and offered peaceful relief in times when we’ve needed it most. We wanted to share this breathtaking experience with those closest to us.”
“Most of our wedding was DIY. We dyed over 10,000 coffee filters to fill the dance floor. We collected bottles and jars for the flower arrangements on the tables, as well as made all the bouquets, boutonnières and centrepieces from flowers that we bought at LA Flower Market the day before. We made the signs leading guests to the venue. On the day of the wedding, with the help of our wedding party, we hung the decorations for both the ceremony and reception, as well as set all the tables.”
German born Linda and Patrick wanted a wedding with no dress code, no schedule and no rules! “Just come, be yourself and have fun!” was what they told their guests.
The reception was held at Weststadtcafé, Darmstadt. “The wedding theme was bohemian vintage meets music festival meets theme park. Hiring the venue was one of the biggest costs but it was the perfect place for our party. Its an old factory building with graffiti, a big BBQ outside and lots of space – it was just perfect! We also rented a High Striker for our guests to use. It cost €238 but was such a good idea. Everyone loved having a go!”
“We managed to keep costs down by DIYing all the décor and asking our guests to bring food instead of gifts. On our wedding website we had a list of the kind of things we wanted (salads, sandwiches, cupcakes…) and people filled in which they would bring. In the end we had a mind-blowing mixture of amazing food, both cold and warm dishes. We organised the BBQ and it all worked out so well!”
Phil and Donna wanted to get married completely on their own terms. They did literally nothing traditional. There was no guests, no cake, no flowers… not even a wedding dress. Donna wore an incredible “Yes Please!” outfit from Lazy Oaf with YRU shoes!
“We met ten years ago at college”, said Donna. “We wanted a non-fussy, non traditional wedding but one which was very exciting and fun. We wanted to get married to each other but both had a bit of a fear of the typical white wedding, saying lines in front of loads of people and spending a lot of money on the event rather than focusing on ourselves. We also wanted to look like ourselves rather than wear typical wedding outfits which do’’t fit our personalities and that we can never wear again.”
Ana and Juanjo met through work. After dating for seven years they had their son, Mario, and seven years after that, on June 20th this year, they were married in Casares Costa, Spain.
“We didn’t have any particular theme for our wedding, we just wanted to be us and our guests to be themselves!”, Ana said. “We love music from the 60s and 70s and the Woodstock music festival so I guess that inspired us a bit. We also love American country music which was the inspiration for my outfit. The wedding was held in the South of Spain, overlooking the ocean. The beach location worked really well with this variety of styles. It really came together very well.”
Ana’s dress was handmade by her mother. The fabric had belonged to her for 30 years, and she’d kept it especially for her future wedding dress. “The wedding was such a special day”, she continued. “It was such a beautiful place on the beach where everybody I love could enjoy the great company, food, music and drinks! Everyone was so happy. All our family and friends were smiling, talking, singing and dancing. We felt the love of everybody there.”