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World of Azza Fahmy

Azza Fahmy is an independent purveyor of handcrafted jewellery taking their inspiration from 7000 years of culture defined by contemporary minds. Honouring traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation, each piece is a result of years of research.

Their spirit is proudly Egyptian whilst the appeal of their creations is now global, with stores on four continents, pieces worn worldwide by influencers and singers such as Rihanna and Joss Stone and collaborations with international designers Matthew Williamson and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi.

Here we speak to the brand’s namesake, Chairwomen/ Creative Director, Azza Fahmy about the brand’s creation and future plans.

Interview with Veronica Basharatyan

Basharatyan V is a womenswear label that specialises in creating outstanding, individually tailored women’s clothing using unique, luxurious fabrics.

These beautiful brands will not only make you look amazing, they will work wonders on supporting you as well.

From within budget to blow the budget and then some, when lingerie is this beautiful you’ll just have to treat yourself.

Three of my Lingerie Loves

From pretty and lacy to sexy and exclusive, here I am sharing my three favourite lingerie brands that always make me feel fabulous.

These beautiful brands will not only make you look amazing, they will work wonders on supporting you as well.

From within budget to blow the budget and then some, when lingerie is this beautiful you’ll just have to treat yourself.

My meditation journey

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.

The benefits of Mushroom Coffee

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.

Delicious Vegan Soup

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.

A Sweet Treat

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!

A day at the Ranch

The Ranch Malibu is a premier results-oriented fitness and wellness retreat located in California. Set against the rolling mountains of Santa Monica, and three-miles above the Pacific Ocean, this retreat provides the perfect setting to calm the mind and return to nature. The immersive experience at The Ranch is designed to improve overall well-being and health through guided fitness and nutritional programs. Guests can enjoy an invigorating daily schedule of mountain hiking, restorative yoga coupled with informative cooking classes that encourage healthy habits upon departure.

Spectacular sea views and incredible sunsets…

Spectacular sea views and incredible sunsets…

Richard E. Grant Actor. Director. Screenwriter. Perfumer

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.

My Indian Journey

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.

Nuori Skincare

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Your daily dose of glow

Spring Summer Detox

The transition from winter to spring offers an ideal opportunity to clear out waste—whether you’re cleaning house or removing pollutants from the body. During cold weather, metabolic waste and toxins tend to accumulate in joints, organs, and tissues. This snowdrift of buildup comes from a perfect storm of sedentary winter routines, exposure to viruses, overindulgence in rich foods, and holiday stress. Add to this the steady stream of environmental pollutants and industrial chemicals that we’re exposed to regularly, and we could really use some in-depth detox support as soon as the frost starts to thaw. By following the right steps for total-body cleansing, we can align ourselves with seasonal transitions and clear the pathways for vitality to spring forth.

Step 1: Re-energise Your Diet
Food may be the most important medicine you have. The right foods can detoxify and heal your body, increase vitality, and add years to your life. The wrong foods are more like illicit drugs: highly addictive and dangerous.

Natural Hay Fever Remedies

Treating Hay Fever Naturally

While we’re the first to jump for joy at those early signs of summer sun, the warmer months can be unbearable for hay fever sufferers. Those dreaded stuffy noses, streaming and itchy eyes, and sniffs and sneezes can start as early as the spring – and, for some poor souls, they last for months.

Hay fever is one of the most common allergies in the UK – as a country, we suffer from it worse than any other in Europe – and affects a massive one in four of us. Yet so many of us simply reach for drugs to treat our symptoms, without ever considering that there might be another way.

Interview with Bradley Theodore

I have been hanging out with Bradley Theodore’s work for six months now with my regular visits to Core Collective, an exercise space in Kensington. There is this huge mural in the reception/breakfast area of Iris Apfel in front of NewYork skyline. It is absolutely fantastic and his other works cover the walls. So when I was invited to the Petra Stunt foundation fundraiser and met a fabulously forward man who bounded over to compliment me on my dress, I was met with the man himself.

Interview With Illustrator Jacqueline Bissett

Melanie met with Jacqueline Bissett, the fashion illustrator who has brought Thomas Sabo’s campaigns to life over the last few years as well as working on illustrations for Allied (Paramount Pictures) and, of course, Melanie’s own pregnancy book from 2006, Blooming Beautiful.

Juan les Pins: A Stunning Getaway

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 Interviews Frank Buglioni

I met Frank when he had just become British light heavy weight champion. We were both Guests on Soho radio I found him very interesting and extremely humble considering the win. When I asked him if I could come watch him train and interview him for the website he said yes straight away.

So I went to Punch London to do that very thing as he prepares for his next fight.

De-stressing with Pilates

I can forgive you if you think Pilates isn’t for you. After attending my first class I swore I’d never go back. Why? Because I hadn’t broken a sweat and couldn’t see the point. Now, looking back on that day I cringe at my naivety. Plus, I now sweat during every Pilates class I teach.

Tennis: The Full Body Workout You’ve Been Missing Out On

Everyone loves it when the annual Pimms drinking, strawberry and cream eating time of the year shows its face. For two weeks, we become experts in tennis and Andy Murray’s biggest fans. Some offices even allow colleagues to watch matches on a big screen (yes, really!) and there’s a very “Great British” buzz in the air. Hurrah!

Best Yoga Mats for 2017

A good yoga mat is the core of any number of home or studio workouts, and although the technology might seem simple, this is an object you are going to spend a lot of time in close contact with, so you might as well love it, not just for its looks but also, of course, its functionality, durability and comfort.

The yoga mat industry seems to know no limits and there are hundreds to choose from, but we’ve picked out our top five to get you started.

Getting Your Flat Stomach Back After Children

You’d be forgiven if your plan to obliterate your post-baby belly fat involved daily crunches and a seven-day juice diet. It seems the sensible option, right? Drastic times etc. But how would you feel if we told you you were taking the wrong approach?

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Q&A With Nutritionist Alice Mackintosh

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 ( 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.

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

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.

The Vegetarian Life: Are You Doing It Right?

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.

Fitness Trend: Pelvic Floor Toning

We’ve all imagined ourselves with toned abs, a pert bottom and significantly less back fat, but who has thought about having a tight, toned pelvic floor? If you haven’t, you should. Your pelvic floor is not only important for preventing leakage when you sneeze, keeping it toned could significantly improve your sex life (now I’ve

Spring Is In the Air

The weather has cheered up considerably, the grass is growing and there might even be a blackbird outside your bedroom window kicking off at 4am these days. Spring has arrived at last.

But what does Spring mean for most of us? It can bring a change in mood and increased positivity, stemming from the longer daylight hours. It can also bring a sudden burst of enthusiasm for cleaning and decluttering your home – embrace this enthusiasm and get cracking, not just for the good of your home, but decluttering your environment can even be good for your mental health.

Exercising Your Way Through Perimenopause

You’re absolutely shattered, the hot flushes won’t stop and your boobs have been aching all week. When the symptoms come, the last thing you want to do is hit the gym or sit between the glowing twenty-somethings at yoga. Cue the sofa and a bar of chocolate and your problems are solved right? Now here’s