wellness

Birkenstocks, Tevas and other wellness-wear are the new athleisure



Birkenstock Il Pellicano

I never got on board with athleisure. Firstly, I hate formal exercise and secondly, I can’t stand leggings. Or any stretchy, clingy, overly form-fitting garb. So I let Lululemon, Sweaty Betty and their ilk pass me by. (Nike is different. Don’t ask me why.)

But there’s another health-style hybrid that’s snuck up on me and this one seems to have more appeal. It’s wellness-wear. So the stuff you wear for meditation, or hanging out apres-asanas on your yoga retreat. (more…)



Digital wellness: how to meditate



How to Meditate

Meditation, schmeditation, I’ve never really been down with it. I’m a restless soul, not to mention information-hungry and FOMO-driven and I don’t really like sitting around doing nothing. But something’s been bugging me lately. I find myself increasingly distracted, unable to focus and I’m envious of those people who seem to crack on through their to-do lists with zealous intent. How are they doing it? It turns out they meditate. (more…)



How to relax



Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oil

There’s only one way I can de-stress at this time of year and no, it’s not a faceful of salted caramel panettone. (OK, why lie? That too.)

The one thing that really works is a piping hot bath, a fat magazine book and a generous capful of Aromatherapy Associates bath oil. These have been a beauty editor’s secret potion since the year dot. There are many other bath unguents of course, but in terms of genuinely allowing deep relaxation, these blissful bottles are practically medicinal. (more…)