Melanie Sykes My Meditation Journey
Lifestyle

My meditation journey

20 Aug 2018 - I tried to start meditating a few years ago using the headspace app to try to help with mindfulness and getting some calm in my life whilst actually practicing and taking it into my everyday life. I found it challenging but managed 10 – 20 mins a day. Then I moved on the Jon Kabut Zin’s app. I really liked his voice, but I wasn’t making it a regular thing. During a long trip to India I experienced a peace and enlightenment that put me back in touch with my roots. A day after my return I was working with Michelle Langer on the final touches of a TV show. Michelle asked me how the trip had been. I was totally overwhelmed as it had been truly life changing. Through my tears I told her I was trying to work out how to keep the spiritual connection I had experienced on my trip back in this, my real world. It was then that she told me she was a meditation teacher and that meditation would be the answer.

Hello!

I want to inspire women of all ages to lead a happy, healthy and interesting life.  Every day we will share our latest inspirations and new ideas, where to holiday, realistic views on parenting, interviews with some famous faces, fashion and all the good stuff.

Authenticity is a key element in my life, always open and forever honest, and I am the driving force behind this site every step of the way. I love being a woman and this site is for all of you hardworking, fun-loving and like-minded women.

Melanie Sykes Signature
Melanie

My Indian Journey

30 May 2018 - After a flying visit to Bhopal last year with the charity Sight Savers I fell in love with India. It was Monsoon season and a cloud filled sky threw out buckets of rain but It did nothing to dampen my spirits over my three day stay. I loved its energy and its people. On my return home I did something I don’t normally do and booked a holiday for the following year to return and visit Rajasthan.

Food

The benefits of Mushroom Coffee

07 Aug 2018 - Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee with chaga and lion’s mane is your go-to morning beverage to support productivity, focus, and creativity. Perfect to kickstart your morning or power through your workday at the office or at home. Drink whenever your brain needs an energizing get-it-together hug.

Melanie Sykes Richard E Grant copy
Interviews

Richard E. Grant Actor. Director. Screenwriter. Perfumer

11 Jun 2018 - Acting legend Richard E. Grant has done it all, but his ventures into the world of luxury fragrance has been a long-standing childhood ambition, which resulted in the launch of his unisex scent JACK in 2014. Originally released as a stand-alone luxury product which has won a variety of fragrance awards, Richard E. Grant has now developed JACK into a thriving fragrance empire. Emma Harrison speaks to Richard to find out how a simple jam jar was the inspiration behind JACK and how his friend Anya Hindmarch helped make his fragrance dream a reality.

Mel Boobs shot by Sam Hemsley
MelanieMost Read

For Anyone Thinking Of Having A Boob Job…

20 Jul 2016 - In 2012, I had reached a point where I’d been working out for a few years and my body was looking pretty toned. I had been learning about diet and fitness, and the combination of eating well and working hard in the gym, meant that I was looking and feeling really lean. My boobs, however,

Melanie Sykes - Booze Free Living
MelanieMost Read

Melanie on Living a Booze Free Life

06 Jul 2016 - My sober app tells me that I have not touched a drop of alcohol for three months. These daily reminders of my abstinence are a really encouraging boost to continue to be alcohol free. I pretty much stopped drinking around my 45th birthday last year after reading Emila Freers ‘Eat. Nourish.glow’ book. I was hitting a milestone age and really wanted to clean up my diet and start focusing on my health more. I was already training and sort of healthy, but I wanted to go to the next level.

Melanie Sykes - Juan les Pins Swimming Pool
Lifestyle

Juan les Pins: A Stunning Getaway

14 Jun 2017 - I have been going to Juan Les Pins for many years. It started in 1997 when I was the showbiz reporter for the Big Breakfast and was sent out to cover the Cannes film festival. TV budgets being what they are meant the crew and I couldn’t stay right in the the thick of the action but were put up in a hotel down the road.

Melanie Sykes Vegetarian Life
Food

The Vegetarian Life: Are You Doing It Right?

25 Mar 2017 - Meat-eating can be quite a divisive subject when it comes to healthy living. It's an easy way to get protein and certain nutrients into your diet, but we all know about the probable links between red meat and cancer, and the ethics and environment impact of meat mean that it's not impossible that we will stop eating meat altogether in the not too distant future.

melanie-sykes-favourite-receipes
melanie-sykes-tonia-buxton-warm-holloumi-and-peach-salad-square

Warm Peach & Halloumi Salad

From Tonia Buxton

melanie-sykes-mike-ward-chef-lentil-cumin-cassoulet-w-sausages-recipe-square

Lentil & Cumin Cassoulet With Sausages

From Chef Mike Ward

melanie-sykes-fig-and-cashew-zoats-receipe-fro-ariana-gernet-square

Fig & Cashew Zoats

From Ariana Gernet of Liebes

Melanie Sykes Vegan Soup
Food

Delicious Vegan Soup

30 Jul 2018 - If you’re looking to make a silky smooth, creamy vegan soup, today is your day. This gem caught our attention because it is quite different than most “creamy” vegan soups we come across. It uses a clever trick to achieve its signature texture. And the resulting soup doesn’t rely on heavy cream or lots of coconut milk.

Melanie Sykes - Alice Mackintosh
Food

Q&A With Nutritionist Alice Mackintosh

05 Apr 2017 - Alice Mackintosh is a fully qualified, degree level Nutritional Therapist in central London. Her experience as a practitioner led her to release a range of top quality, effective nutritional supplements (www.equilondon.com) and in January 2017 she released a book, The Happy Kitchen, a guide for eating to keep you calm, happy, boost your energy and help you sleep.

Food

A Sweet Treat

16 Jul 2018 - To be completely honest, the team in the office have always had the idea in our heads that scones were boring. If there’s no chocolate involved in baked goods, then why make it, right? Totally wrong! About a year or so ago, we all started to get into making and baking new recipes. And since then, we have been slowly coming around and have completely changed our minds about fruit baked goods. Sure, we have never actually eaten a fruit based dessert… for dessert, but for breakfast? Yes, please!

Melanie Sykes - Taking On The Menopause
Lifestyle

It’s The Menopause – What Are You Going To Do About It?

27 Mar 2017 - I am 47 this year and my friends are all around the same age, some in their early 50’s, and I have become very interested in the menopause, firstly because its going to happen to me obviously and also because I know people going through it. The pattern is said to be hereditary , so I asked my mum about her story and she had not had any symptoms by the time she was 52yrs but at this time she found out she had breast cancer and the drugs that treated that fast tracked her menopause. Fighting cancer made menopause seem like a walk in the park for her.