SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET – YOUR GUIDE TO SEPTEMBER SIZZLERS WITH NOVASOL

SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET – YOUR GUIDE TO SEPTEMBER SIZZLERS WITH NOVASOL

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SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET – YOUR GUIDE TO SEPTEMBER SIZZLERS WITH NOVASOL

Whilst August signals the beginning of the end of summer for many, we think it’s time to start packing your bags, rather than packing it in. In Europe we are blessed with a number of destinations that deliver on toasty temperatures and blue skies long after summer has officially shut up shop. Here we give you three of our favourite Indian summer locations that don’t actually require you to sit on a flight for 10 hours. We’ve also teamed up with NOVASOL Holiday Homes to give you the best suggestions of where to stay from as little as £20 per person per night. Don’t believe us? Just watch.

SICILY – AVERAGE SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURES: 17-24°C

Sicily by no means gets sleepy when summer draws to a close, erupting (see what we did there?) with events ranging from food festivals to Jazz concerts and authentic village fairs. With slightly less scorchio temperatures, it’s even a better time to climb the eponymous Mount Etna. If your boots weren’t made for walking, however, there are plenty of lower altitude delights to sample. Head to the Sicily Food Festival in Cefalù on the 7th-10th for everything from soft-centred arancini to scoops of gelato in a brioche bun. Oh and don’t even get us started on the beaches.

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(Villa in Sicily: £21 per person, per night – September: https://goo.gl/qh4Lga)

ALGARVE – AVERAGE SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURES: 17-29°C

Just across the pond from Africa, it’s no wonder that southern Portugal radiates warmth well into September. With gorgeous stretches of powdery sand and effortlessly casual towns like Faro and Olhão thrown into the mix, a post-summer holiday is a cunning way to beat the crowds and capitalise on all that this popular region has to offer. Join the culinary celebrations at the Fisherman’s Festival in Albufeira (whatever you do, don’t miss specialties like razor clam rice and grilled sardines) or go island hopping around the Ria Formosa without needing to be too liberal with the sun cream.

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(Villa in the Algarve, Portugal: £35 per person, per night – September:  https://goo.gl/CQDFqr )

DALMATIA – AVERAGE SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURES: 19-26°C

If you haven’t been to Croatia’s dazzling Dalmatian coast yet, you are missing out big time. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Endless beguiling bays, rugged cliffs plunging into clear waters and deep pine forests make up just part of this hugely appealing destination. Dalmatia is not just for active adventurers and beach bunnies – culture vultures have been circling the region for decades now. Head to Dubrovnik in September for sword fighting displays in traditional costume, classical music performances, or feel jammy at the official festival of marmalades and preserves!

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(Villa in Dalmatia, Croatia: £20 per person, per night – September: https://goo.gl/EqmYdh)

Whatever the season, NOVASOL Holiday Homes have your accommodation covered. With such an exceptional range of over 50,000 cottages, villas and apartments in Europe, it’s hard not to find something that’s calling your name. Each property has its own unique vibe and personality, but the basics stay the same – easy booking, dedicated customer service and amazing value. Find your home from home today at www.novasol.co.uk and extend your summer.

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WHY WOMEN SHOULD STAY IN THE KITCHEN

WHY WOMEN SHOULD STAY IN THE KITCHEN

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As part of our Women who Influence series, we speak with Doctor Lesley Phillips about juggling family and career and running her successful craft company THE SOAP KITCHEN.

Lesley casts her mind back to those early days, when her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, how she urged her to continue with her medical studies, and her brave life choices along the way.

To be honest and to dig deep there is one huge part of my life’s journey that has affected me. I was unfortunate to lose my mother when I was 21. This was very hard at a time in my life when I was at medical school in the midst of my fourth year. 

She wouldn’t let me take time off my studies during her terminal illness as she wanted me to succeed, it was difficult but the right decision and I respected it. Obviously I would go home when I could and regularly spent time with her before her death. I know she was proud but worried about me being a doctor and the sacrifices I would have to make. She thought that this sacrifice would be a family life. Herself and my grandmother hadn’t been able to pursue a career like many of both their generations because of family commitments which was more of a barrier then. I think I have moved that forward like a lot of women of my generation and you can do both if that is what works for you. 

My daughters are her only grandchildren and I do know I would give anything for her to have known them. People of my age who still have their mothers are finding they are getting elderly now and that does bring problems. I consider them lucky to have had that time and that relationship over many years which is priceless. I know there is pressure on women to keep youthful but having the privilege to remain healthy and be able to age gracefully should never be taken for granted

If you cast your mind back to when you first heard of the concept of your new creative hobby/business, which is now THE SOAP KITCHEN, what aspect of it attracted you the most? 

I was attracted by the fact that this was a craft based business. I have always loved making things and started sewing when I was around 5 years old. My parents used to smoke before the dangers were fully known and gave me a catalogue to choose anything I liked from the vouchers out of the cigarette packets. I chose my first sewing machine. I learnt to knit at a young age too. Everyone in my immediate family got handmade gifts for Christmas, whether they liked it or not! I used to love going to the annual flower festivals and fetes in the village and buying handmade items out of my pocket money. I remember also helping at a local event in the village when I was about 15. I had made some things to sell. I was on a stall next to a local artist. He was so impressed that he gave me three of his original illustrations as a reward for my efforts. I went on to organise my own craft sale outside our house to raise money for charity. 

So I suppose the concept in the infancy of the business reconnected me with a passion for craft. I hadn’t had time for being creative over the previous years due to being at medical school and then the long hours working as a qualified doctor. We spent time researching what was available for soap making by visiting large hobby and craft exhibitions which rekindled my interest in creativity. 

Were you at a stage when you were looking to change some aspect of your life, or did it take you by surprise? 

At this point I had just had my second child and me and my husband felt that we wanted more freedom to be ourselves with more flexibility in our lives. I was working as a full time GP by then, leaving home before my daughter was awake and getting home when she was in bed. I started to question who I was doing this for ? I didn’t want to miss out on her childhood. I had a lot of responsibility for a large number of patients in my NHS practice. After a 15 year full time career in the NHS we make a difficult decision and decided to relocate to North Devon where we had bought and renovated two cottages ( another story in that we also ran a property development company at that time). We loved going there and each time coming back home felt such a wrench. The eldest daughter was due to go to secondary school so we had a window of opportunity for her to start in a North Devon school at the right time. 

I had also had an unusual encounter with one of my patients sometime before this. During one of my consultations with her, she suddenly took my hands and held them tight. She looked me straight in the eye and said to me, you will leave this practice and this place. She told me she was clairvoyant, she said don’t worry about it, it will be for a good reason and it will be the right decision. I was quite taken aback as my plans at that time were for a long commitment to the practice and I had a large mortgage to pay. I have to say being very practical I wouldn’t have been that open minded about her claims. I didn’t say much and just finished the consultation as I would have done normally. Maybe in some way she gave me permission to let go and put myself and my family first when I needed to. I do sometimes wonder how she is. She did say good bye at our last meeting before I left with an ‘I told you so’ look that said it all, it was quite special. 

Why did you call it the Soap Kitchen? Such an innovative name. 

We were playing with words one evening and as there was no other such business in the UK at the time had a pretty much free reign with choosing the name. We thought The Soap Kitchen portrayed the message that making soap was something that could be easily done in the kitchen using basic utensils. My husband designed the logo with a ladle to reinforce the brand and the message. It isn’t a difficult craft and in a way is akin to baking, it is crucial to have the right ingredients weighed and measured and follow a recipe. Natural soap making is our core product but we now supply ingredients to make all sorts of toiletries and beauty products. Bath bombs are particularly popular and easy to make but we have also expanded to provide candle making supplies as our fragrances and essential oils are suitable for both. 

Was it tough for you in the beginning, juggling family with a new business and a high powered career.

It was really tough at the beginning when we first moved. To start with foot and mouth hit the area soon after we moved to North Devon which had a devastating effect on the local community. We had decided that we weren’t going to use a childminder as we had in the south east so we juggled childcare as well as work. I ended up working more weekends than ever before doing markets and craft stalls which was enjoyable but not that profitable. I also had to establish myself as a locum GP in surgeries that didn’t know me. I was finding that local GP surgeries demanded me being on call which was something I had hoped I had left behind, the most stressful part of the job. Locum work was not as well paid as it had been in the south east so I helped set up a locum group to address this issue. I met some lovely locum GP colleagues who were very supportive. I was offered two part time GP jobs but it meant a commitment to a partnership again so I declined however tempting the income was. 

I decided to get myself trained to do occupational health assessments so that I could have more flexibility in my medical work. We were lucky in that my parents in law live in the area too and enjoyed having my youngest daughter who was still pre-school to help out. She had a lovely time, going to the beach most weeks with them and exploring the area. 

Did you have a vision for the business, and did you ever imagine it would grow into such a successful business. 

There was never a long term plan for the business and I think if someone told us then how much we would grow I would have thought they were joking. I would have fallen off my chair I think. I had some experience of running a business as GP partnerships are self- employed businesses and employ their own ancillary staff with the responsibility that entails. These skills have been very helpful as we have taken on more and more employees over the years as we have grown. 

In more recent years with the support of our staff we have been able to go to international trade events for the cosmetic industry and have been overwhelmed by the reception we have received as we are now well established and a known brand. 

Do you think it is you and your husband’s passion for the Soap Kitchen that has driven it, and do you need that commitment for a creative industry to thrive. 

We both have continued passion for the business and continually embrace change and move forward, there is no room for complacency in business. As well as passion in the early stages there were hours of unpaid work and meticulous attention to detail. Being honest to the core beliefs and being prepared to say no as necessary when ideas are not compatible. You can’t be half hearted and the way you present a creative business needs have an identity and originality. It’s own story needs to be told and it needs to be honest. We have always listened to customers and over the years have built up a huge network of suppliers to meet their needs. We make sure that we can deliver all the latest beauty trends and quality ingredients in quantities and prices that suit our customer base. We have also made sure we are always ahead of the game as regards to ecommerce. Looking forward, being mindful of SEO and ever changing demand of the internet. We manage the website in house and upload all the products and keep the website fresh. We provide excellent customer service and our staff are proud to have a Feefo 5 star gold award. We have had this two years running since we started using the service to get validated customer reviews. 

Were there times when you had to really struggle. 

There were many times when I struggled through this journey. Giving up the security of a GP partnership and relocating your family to different schools is a leap into the unknown. Basically we reinvented ourselves and took charge of our lives and future. We always had my career to fall back on and when times were tough I had to go out and get any extra money we needed. That was very hard and stressful but I have managed to juggle my career. I am still a practising doctor with GMC revalidation and maintain my CPD ( Continued Professional Development). My career now spans 32 years and apart from a few months maternity leave with my two daughters I have never had a career break. 

Do you still love the business and would you have made other choices if you had the opportunity again?

I still love the business and am proud of what we have achieved. We are spreading the passion to our employees and try to choose staff that can identify with our core values. We still steer the business but respect the input of our team as they do the day to day running of the business. Given the same opportunity I would make the same choices. The question I often ask myself is whether I would have chosen medicine as a career. It is such hard work and dampened the creativity I had from an early age. I still have a passion for textiles and in another life I would pursue a career involving creativity from the outset. My sewing teacher told my parents that I was very talented at a parents evening but in those days if you were scientifically minded probably like now that would be seen as the sensible option so I dropped the subject at school. It never occurred to me that I could make a living out of something I loved to do as a hobby. This is now given out readily as sound career advice, choose something you are passionate about as you are more likely to succeed. 

Medicine however has given me the power to change my life and the skills and professionalism to succeed in business. It has also been humbling to have the opportunity to help people in times of need and make a difference to their lives. 

Who do you feel are your core customers and why? 

Our core customers are women aged 30 to 50 years. We don’t however stereotype as it is great to have customers of all ages and there are now an increasing amount of men getting on board with natural beauty and male grooming. A lot of our customers seek us out as they are fed up with large corporations marketing products that contain unnecessary chemicals that are not skin friendly. It is akin to concerns about the food we eat. Customers demand to know what they are using and want to do the best for their skin. As well as hobbyists we also supply businesses. We have been there and done it ourselves so understand the challenges and the regulations. We have a tiered price system that includes discounts for larger quantities to cater for this customer base. Also now 30% of our business is to Europe and the wider world. We have a lot of customers in Scandinavia which is interesting, there is a large home crafting culture in these countries like the UK. 

Like other businesses we are concerned about the effects of Brexit and do not want to see any barriers to trade. 

Do you now have the lifestyle you have dreamed about? 

I would say I do and I am very lucky. We have a lovely house in a beautiful location. We own our own warehouse and have a thriving niche ecommerce business. We have a 5 minute commute to work and can see the sea and countryside en-route. 

Our daughters are grown up and both live in Bristol and consider Devon their home rather than Kent where they were born. We often see them and it is lovely when we do. I think the only thing that is different than the dream is the amount of work we still do. You can’t take your finger off the pulse in business. I am still committed to my medical career and dedicate at least one day a week to this. 

We are just busy people and remain focused on our vision and it is hard to let go and maybe it is not quite the time to do so. 

We are starting to have more breaks and doing a more travelling so that we see a bit more of the world. Part of the dream was spending time enjoying the area and I would like to visit more local places and explore Dartmoor and Exmoor properly. Perhaps we need to give ourselves permission to have time for this on a regular basis and not feel guilty for it. 

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TV Presenter Anthea Turner Aims to Stay Super Fit in a Drive for Healthier Bones

TV Presenter Anthea Turner Aims to Stay Super Fit in a Drive for Healthier Bones

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Fitness loving celebrity reveals her bone health scare and how she aims to continue her busy lifestyle and media career with the help of LithoLexal®‘s marine calcium product.

As a life-long advocate of health and fitness who has regularly exercised three to four times a week, taken a generic calcium supplement and eaten a healthy diet – television celebrity Anthea Turner doesn’t fit the stereotype of someone at risk of bone fractures and developing osteoporosis. However, the much-loved star, who has just turned 58 and shot to fame on Blue Peter and GMTV, has recently revealed she is at risk of developing the condition. In response, she has started a new regime and promotional campaign with bone health specialists, LithoLexal®, whose calcium products contain a more bioavailable form of the mineral, compared to less effective rock-based supplements. Turner is keen to highlight the hidden bone risks to otherwise very fit and healthy women – while also showing that the condition can be managed with the right support.
Furthermore, the star continues to enjoy a busy media career and she intends to do so while maintaining vibrant health and fitness.

Anthea’s Surprising Relationship with LithoLexal® Bone Health Brand Highlights Risk to Fit & Healthy Women

When Anthea Turner was approached by bone health specialists, LithoLexal®, as a potential brandambassador, the star reveals that she was unsure whether she was the ideal match. Indeed, having spent the last thirty years exercising and sticking to a healthy diet, she didn’t expect herself to be at risk of osteoporosis or bone fractures.  However, having talked to LithoLexal®‘s experts, who explained the fact that genetics, ageing, low BMI, menopausal changes, lack of sunlight and poorly-absorbed calcium supplements are among the chief factors that can affect bone integrity, Anthea was encouraged to undergo a DEXA bone scan to analyse her risk. And the results startled Anthea, who was found to have the condition of osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis), in her spine and hip: “As someone with a life-long passion for healthy eating, exercise and well-being, finding out my bone density was pre-osteoporotic was a bit of a shock.”  Following the scan, Anthea agreed to a challenge – team-up with the brand and supplement her diet with LithoLexal® Bone Health Osteoporotic – before having follow-up bone scans periodically. Worldwide, one in three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one in five men.

Anthea Turner – Fitness for Life & Celebrity Status

 In addition to increasing the awareness of bone risks to the general public and hoping to reduce her own risk of osteoporosis, Anthea has another big reason to link-up with one of the world’s leading bone health brands – her life-long passion for exercise and her career in which looking and feeling a million dollars, is essential.

Indeed, having been in the spotlight for over 30 years, as a TV presenter, interiors expert and writer, Anthea has no plans to slow down, with recent stints on ITV’s Lorraine, This Morning, Celebrity Antiques Hunt and a plan to appear on Blue Peter’s 60th birthday anniversaries, all illustrating the star’s passion for work is as strong as ever.

Anthea puts her zest down to her passion for fitness and well-being, something she’s had a life-long interest in – illustrated by the success of her ‘Y Plan Fitness’ video, which sold over one million units and lead to other releases including ‘Body Basics’ and ‘Tone, Lift & Condition’. The star of the highly acclaimed BBC series Perfect Housewife says that, at age 58, she still performs Pilates, ballet as well as weight training twice a week; her appearance at the recent The Asian Awards 2018 in London, in a figure-hugging pink sequinned dress, belied her age by decades. Which is why the DEXA scan revealed a hidden health risk that the star is intent on fighting with the help of LithoLexal®: “I feel fantastic and don’t look or feel my age, but my DEXA scan shows that bone loss is a silent health issue that could have a dramatic impact on my life left undetected and untreated. After talking to the expert team at LithoLexal®, it was enlightening to hear that a simple supplement ritual can naturally help protect and hopefully increase my bone density when I get another scan after six months.”

LithoLexal®‘s range of bone health supplements contain a unique marine-derived calcium which is better absorbed than generic rock-based products, leading to research proven benefits on bone density, something Anthea is relying on to fight her risk and stay active: “My greatest fear is to be inactive, so I’m fully prepared to put up a fight on this one, encouraging others in the danger zone to do the same.”

LithoLexal® & Anthea Turner Team-up for Bone Health Campaign

LithoLexal®‘s announcement of teaming-up with Anthea Turner, will see the star feature prominently in their marketing drive. In addition to press, radio and point of sale material, Anthea will front a special booklet on bone health. Furthermore, as noted by LithoLexal®‘s Managing Director, Chris Keeble, one of the most exciting parts of the partnership, is the chance to see if taking LithoLexal® will actually increase Anthea’s bone density, when she undergoes follow-up DEXA scans:

“Anthea is the perfect ambassador to support our brand mission, which is to highlight the risks of bone loss in women, throughout their life, during and after menopause – and crucially, help them fight back and legitimately combat the issue. Many women will relate to Anthea, because despite living an extremely healthy lifestyle, she’s showing signs of weakening bones – so it’s a real chance for us to demonstrate that LithoLexal® genuinely works in the real world.”

Anthea Turner will be putting research proven LithoLexal® to the test by supplementing her diet with LithoLexal® Bone Health Osteoporotic, which contains uniquely-absorbed marine calcium,magnesium, Vercilexal® fish cartilage extract and Vitamin D.

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NOVASOL Holiday Homes – FOR YOUR UNIQUE HOLIDAY IN EUROPE

NOVASOL Holiday Homes – FOR YOUR UNIQUE HOLIDAY IN EUROPE

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Planning a self-catering holiday this year? Let’s talk about NOVASOL – one of the best travel companies out there offering handpicked holiday homes to match your vision of a perfect holiday. In fact, they’re Europe’s largest professionally managed self-catering holiday home provider, offering over 50,000 villas, cottages and apartments across a whopping 28 different countries.

Having said that, NOVASOL come from small beginnings and have never lost the personal touch that makes each booking as precious as the last. Putting a friendly face on the rental business, they also have 60 local offices in a number of their destinations – meaning a helping hand isn’t far off if you need one.

So whether you’re looking for rustic country cottage, a charming gîte in France, or a stylish apartment close to a chic European city, their impressive range will have something to suit your taste and budget. If that sounds good to you, read on to find out why our piece of paradise this year is a villa with a private swimming pool rather than a hotel…

It’s almost summer and it’s no wonder that sun-sapped urbanites are crawling out from their offices and underground carriages to take a well-deserved break. Craving vitamin D in shedloads, even the country bumpkins among us are itching to switch their mud-caked wellies for strappy sandals! So this summer, we’re urging you to forget fighting for elbowroom on the daily commute and give yourself the luxury of space, time and privacy with a top-notch villa all to yourself (and maybe the family, if they’re well-behaved).

(Villa in Dalmatia, Croatia: £21 per person, per night – September: https://goo.gl/47sfSa)

Our recommendation? Check out a holiday home provider like www.novasol.co.uk. They have a range of over 50,000 properties all over Europe, so you don’t have to share your indulgence abroad with anyone else! Everyone’s definition of luxury is different, so it’s pretty lucky their range can take you from an infinity pool in Corsica, to a château in the Loire Valley or an expansive terrace overlooking the Andalusian hills. That’s expansive not expensive, by the way – each of the properties featured on this post can be rented for less than £25 per person, per night! Total bargain.

(Villa in Benissa, Spain: £20 per person, per night – September: https://goo.gl/nu9EBY )

Self-catering has a new image and it’s time the humble holiday home snatched the title of luxury getaway provider back from the hotel giants. In my opinion, nothing says indulgence more than having the entire swimming pool to yourself and allowing calm waters to wash away the stresses of your usually hectic schedule. Actually, I tell a lie – things can always be made slightly more glamorous with a glass of champagne. So this year forgo the crowded hotel complex, swap the work suit for a swimsuit and make a toast to ultimate relaxation.

(Villa in Lazio, Italy: £23 per person, per night – September, £28 per person, per night – August: https://goo.gl/C6pbnX)

For us, a truly indulgent holiday is not a clinical hotel room charged at an eye-watering £500+ per night, and it most certainly isn’t a cacophony of kiddy tantrums in the endless queue for your all-inclusive dinner. The road to a peaceful getaway is paved with good intentions, but in this case maybe we’re better off taking the less beaten path. Select a totally unique holiday home where the design and location can help you to unwind – whether that’s a chic apartment on the Côte d’Azur, or a Tuscan farmhouse amidst sprawling vineyards.

(Villa in Provence, France: £20 per person, per night – September, £37 per person, per night – July: https://goo.gl/Hytx4A)

Feeling the urgent need to book your own holiday home getaway yet? Wave goodbye to hotel hell and head to www.novasol.co.uk where real luxury travel begins.

*Prices are based on maximum occupancy over a week

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Have Your Own ‘Ab Fab” Experience at Harvey Nichols

Have Your Own ‘Ab Fab” Experience at Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols is one of our most famous and adored London superstores.  It is frequented by the Royals, featured in numerous Television Programmes, especially Absolutely Fabulous where Patsy and Edina spent many an afternoon sipping Bolly to the delight of the Nation and nicknaming it ‘Harvey Nics’.

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