MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – IT DOESN’T HELP TO BE GINGER – OR DOES IT?

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – IT DOESN’T HELP TO BE GINGER – OR DOES IT?

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I think most of us by now will have seen the hilarious video posted on YouTube for World Mental Health Day with Prince Harry and and Ed Sheeran faking a misunderstanding about being ginger.  A brilliant introduction into the very serious issues surrounding us today around mental health.

As more and more famous people come out to tell their story of dealing with anxiety and depression and with the shocking suicide of stars like Robin Williams through mental health, it has now become apparent that we need to tackle mental health issues head on and not sweep them under the carpet.

Don’t hide anxiety and depression away, discuss it openly, take measures to combat it and even if it does not disappear completely you will have it under control, and most importantly of all – know that you are not alone.

As cliché as it sounds, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is a wise old saying but very true in this case, as it has been a stigma for so many years to discuss our individual mental health issues almost as if we will be excluded if we do.  Perhaps it is inherited memory of a time when that was the case, but far from true today.

The pressures are such that it is almost unthinkable not to have the latest iphone or laptop or to be constantly on social media, so much so that we are forced onto a hamster wheel of ‘success’ and ‘achievement’, with some of the old values of human interaction being thrown out with the bath water.   But it is good to talk.

The key to dealing with the ‘demon’ of our society is to listen to each other without judgement, and listen also to ourselves.  There may be no apparent reason why many of us are suffering, some of the most anxious and depressed people appear to have everything, a beautiful family, friends, successful career and some are extremely wealthy.  There is no rhyme or reason and Mental illness does not discriminate.

Another wonderful video put together by both Royals and Celebrities is EVERY MIND MATTERS, which is a new online initiative to help all of us deal with our individual mental health concerns and help us make a plan to manage them so that we know we are in this together.

 

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DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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Debbie has enjoyed a successful career as an actress in television, film and theatre. She has the dubious honour of being the only actress in the UK who has appeared in every major TV soap in the last 30 years as a regular character! And recently returned to ‘Coronation Street’ as yet another character – Carole Evans, landlady of the Weatherfield Arms.

 

Debbie is now playing another very important role, as Mother of the Bride to her eldest daughter Ciara.  As the Wedding approaches, Debbie takes action into ensuring she looks and feels her very best on this very important day.

“Well as the big day approached the things that started worrying me about my body were my décolletage, which now was looking very crepey and my baby ‘flap’- Those of you who’ve had caesareans in the past – or any gyne ops – will know this one! It’s when your skin suddenly ‘flaps’ over your scar and your previously flat lower tummy looks quite horrendous!! It’s invisible in clothes and bikinis but its there……and it’s really unsightly. So obviously I’m not looking at a tummy tuck – but this has come with age and gravity and I wanted to see what if anything could be done.

With these 2 issues I went to see my lovely friend of many years the fabulous Lesley Reynolds at the Harley Street Skin Clinic. Lesley really is a magician – she knows everything there is about skin treatments – without a doubt she’s the UKs top beauty guru! She told me yes both were possible in my 3 month time frame before the wedding and ushered me quickly to see Dr Aamer who prescribed miso and light therapy for my décolletage and Onda for my tummy.

I’m not posting any pictures of my chest or tummy in this post because I’ve been told that I need to wait for another 6 weeks till the true results are visible but let me tell you already I’m thrilled!

The décolletage treatment is mesotherapy which is a technique that uses injections of vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten skin. I love it on my face but never had it on my chest. Some people have numbing cream but I chose not to then afterwards you have light therapy. All this works together for astounding results!

Then Onda… what can I tell you – it’s a magic wand that the practitioner runs over your wobbly bits – it goes hot then cold. It’s not at all invasive or vaguely uncomfortable which is why I’m so impressed with the results. Works brilliantly with cellulite and tightens skin but it’s almost made my baby flap disappear! Will post pics in 6 weeks. I’m still astonished! Maybe I’ll try the cellulite Onda treatment next!”

4 x Sessions of Onda Coolwave on the lower abdomen for skin tightening.
harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/onda/

4 x sessions of Mesotherapy for the décolletage area for skin rejuvenation
https://www.harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/mesotherapy/

This is how I looked on my daughter’s wedding day – such brilliant treatments!

Check out the full range of treatments available www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Check out Debbie’s website here https://debbiearnold.com

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THE POWER OF PINK – THE COLOUR OF THE SEASON

THE POWER OF PINK – THE COLOUR OF THE SEASON

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As we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are also observing that the colour Pink is the colour of the season on the catwalk.

We are also proud to announce that ‘Penelope Pink’ is also an established palette with our original founder Sylvia Anderson having created the iconic character Lady Penelope. http://www.sylviaanderson.co.uk

Pink is considered to be lucky in a number of third world countries, and so as well as showcasing a number of pink items to be worn this Winter, we are also directing everyone to the Pink bus https://www.itv.com/lorraine/health/all-aboard-lorraines-boob-bus-this-breast-cancer-awareness-month that is on tour with the courtesy of Stagecoach, which has directions to check for early signs of Breast Cancer.  We all have to be aware.

Penelope Pink lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, this nude KISSING range is subtle and luscious and can be combined with other colours.https://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/product/k-i-s-s-i-n-g-penelope-pink

This perky pink floral dress can smoothly slide from the office to the evening, and looks great with a biker jacket.  It can be dressed up or down too.  Armani Exchange  $140 https://www.armaniexchange.com/us/midi-dress_cod34988292ep.html

This tailored trouser suit a real Pink fashion statement if you want to go Bold this Winter.  Boohoo £22 https://www.boohoo.com/self-belt-tailored-trouser/DZZ00508-535-18.html

Snuggle up in this gorgeous New Look pink Winter Coat – New Look £35.99 https://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/coats-jackets/petite-pink-revere-collar-longline-coat/p/621067570

Uganda have a fabulous Hot Pink catwalk now in its third year for Inclusion.  Hot Pink Catwalk is the brainchild of the Malengo Foundation which began in 2015. Michelle Omamteker, Malengo’s CEO, says the organization is about helping the country reach the United Nations sustainable development goal.
This fashion show gives courage to the disabled to come out and showcase their talent

So we are all celebrating the Power of Pink.

If you or someone you know are concered about breast cance please go to
the following for help and advise.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/
https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer
https://breastcancernow.org/
https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/breast-cancer
https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/

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