The human body is a complex mass of systems, and everything needs to be working at optimal levels in order for us to feel and look great every day. Sadly, many of our lifestyle choices, and work commitments can so easily disrupt these functions within our body, and leave us feeling decidedly less than our best.

Of all of these systems the lymphatic drainage system is a highly important part of the circulatory system which helps maintain fluid balance in the body by collecting excess fluid and particulate matter from tissues and depositing them in the bloodstream. It also helps defend the body against infection by supplying disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes. (Britanica.com)

The Lymphatic system is made up of a network of very fine capillaries, clusters of nodes and glands containing infection fighting antibodies. Activated by the muscle movements we make throughout the day, waste cells and other toxins flow through this system, to be removed from our bodies to keep us healthy.  . Problems can begin to occur when we spend long periods of time in one position, such as sitting at work in front of a computer, spending long periods of time standing on our feet or even curled up on the sofa in front of the TV. These sedentary activities all prevent the lymphatic system from doing its job, and as a result we may need help in boosting the natural detoxification process in our body.

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Body Ballancer is here to help with a versatile compression therapy system that provides a touch free lymphatic massage.  When Fashions Finest heard about Body Ballancer, and had a chat with the founder Jules, we really wanted to find out more about this relatively unknown form of massage, and were lucky enough to have a two week loan of a system to try it out for ourselves.

Jules sent us the control unit with the accompanying pants, though a jacket is also available to target the upper part of the body too.  Our first impression of the system when it arrived was how impressive it looked.  With a little reading of the instruction manual, we found it was very easy to set up and use. Climbing into the pants, zipping it up to the chest and starting the first programme was exciting and a little nerve-wracking as we wondered what to expect. The system came pre-programmed with a few different treatments.  After selecting your  preferred programme, and pressing the start button the system comes to life, and inflates with air around the body from the feet up to the abdominal area.  The best way we can describe the experience is it feels like your muscles are being gently squeezed then relaxed in ripples and waves, one at a time.  The massage pressures vary from low to high and treatment times can be set from as little as 20 to as much as 90 minutes.

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Deborah St. Louis, our Director said “After the very first treatment programme I found that my legs, thighs and abdomen felt so much lighter, and I felt so relaxed. I slept so well after using the Body Ballancer machine. Even without all of the health benefits that Body Ballancer offers, this wonderful ‘free’ feeling after a treatment, and subsequent good nights sleep was worth having the machine”

Looking at the health benefits Body Ballancer offers, the team at Fashions Finest were deeply impressed, and even though we only had the Body Ballancer at home with us for two weeks, we can already see how over time, and use 2 or 3 times per week, regular use of the system could improve sleep, recovery after a workout, skin tone and appearance, boost the immune system and promote weight loss too.

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Naomi Jeffery - Editor said "This has done wonders for my back pain. After I got used to the wellness programme's intense pressure as it worked it's way up frm my toes to my tummy, and the big squeeze on my abdomen, and relaxed into it - my back felt so released and decompressed!"

Fashions Finest loves Body Ballancer
, the complete massage system which offers a host of holistic health and beauty benefits and is one of the best ways to not only boost your immune system, but also reduce bloating and water retention, improve the appearance of cellulite, aid better digestion and aid faster muscle recovery to promote peak sports performance.

With prices starting from £6,900 (inc VAT) it is definitely a worthwhile long term investment to improve your life and the good news is finance is also available.  Alternatively, Visit their website to find out where you can access this machine at spa and beauty salons around the UK.

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 12:52

Tips For Working From Home

As a direct result of the Covid 19 lockdown currently in place in the UK and indeed worldwide, many people have found themselves unable or unwilling to travel into their place of work, and are now spending time in their home, and working using laptops, phones and computers, from their living room, kitchen table or the spare bedroom.

Many businesses which have in the past worked out of large buildings, have realised that this way of working – where employees work from home, could be a way to reduce overheads and allow for more efficient business management in the future, once this lock down is all over!

With this in mind, Fashions Finest have some top tips, to help you get the most out of your time working from your home space, and help you to survive your isolation period while still working from home.

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Get Up And Get Dressed:

Getting up and dressed every morning will help to put you in a good frame of mind for working! You may decide you wear the same formal wear you would wear to work, or just comfortable sportswear, whatever works best for you is fine. The point is that the start of your working day is marked by getting out of bed, getting dressed and mentally preparing for a day at work!
This also means going to bed early enough to ensure you are getting a good amount of sleep and setting your alarm clock for your usual waking time too.

Set Regular Working Hours:

Working to regular hours, helps you to get into good habits for your daily routine, and it times like this, setting good routines are a great way of ensuring your day doesn’t drag on endlessly, and follows a pattern, which is great for your state of mind too. That way you know what time you start work, when you take breaks and for how long, as well as what time you clock off for the day. This is especially useful when you have a family. They know what time you will be available to spend time with them, and when you are effectively ‘at work’.

Sit At A Desk Or Table:

Having a desk or table to sit at ensures you maintain a good posture while working and you can organise your work space for the hours you are at work. This might be a desk in the spare bedroom, or even the kitchen table. Either works well to ensure you don’t slouch too much, and injure your back or hips in the long term, and it also helps to set you in the ‘work’ frame of mind, and ensure you are potentially more productive than snuggling up on the sofa with the TV and the lap top on your knees.

Take Regular Breaks:

Regular breaks help you to remember to eat, and stay hydrated too. Plenty of snacks and hot and cold drinks throughout your work day will keep your mind alert and firing! Break times can also include time to play with your children, teach a ‘maths lesson’ or do some arts and crafts sessions, or take a walk, have a little home workout session, or have a conversation with whomever you share your household. Its about doing whatever works for you and your own personal circumstances.

Spruce Up Your Work space:

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UK company, Cambridge Imprint make patterned paper, stationery and home-ware with a sophisticated palette, and their beautiful, yet practical storage and filing systems are the perfect way for you to create a stylish and homely and functional workspace in your home, while still ensuring the area as not out of keeping with your own home décor. Also, you never know, home working could become a bigger part of your new post Covid 19 daily routine, and with all these delights on offer, you will be able to hit the ground running!

Keep Moving:

It will improve your mental state if you plan in times of movement within your day. That might be a YouTube/home work out every morning, then a late afternoon walk around your area, or a park if you are lucky enough to live close to one. Alternatively you could try something different like yoga or a work out using the things you have all around your home already. If you want to spend some money, you could even find an online personal trainer to help you stay fit and healthy in these most strange of times too.

Most importantly of all, stay safe while you stay productive, and don't forget to keep washing those hands too!
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Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:16

NATIONAL WORKOUTS AND WELLBEING WEEK

This National Workouts and Wellbeing Week, the co-founders of new emotional fitness app Fika are urging people across the UK to make time for an emotional workout as well as a physical workout.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:30

Glow inside and out! Fitness Fads

Sweating it out is one of the best ways to feel good about yourself, inside and out. But who says exercising and staying in shape needs to be limited to repetitive and monotonous workouts in the gym?

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Monday, 07 January 2019 10:54

Mio - Fit Skin For Life!

As we enter 2019, New Years Resolutions are something which are on many peoples minds, as we try to set ourselves goals to facilitate the future we imagine for ourselves.

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Wow disruptive health drinks brand has proven chia seeds are more than just a fad, two years on from creating Europe’s first chia seed based drink.

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Monday, 30 April 2018 10:53

BE FIT LONDON 2018

The UK’s Health & Fitness Festival for Women celebrates it’s fifth year with lots of exciting and new ways to stay healthy and keep fit.

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How to pull it off

From clothing that was seen as athlete-exclusive, to something your mom will wear on her busy days, and then finally a step further to something international celebrities will rock on the streets to show off their laid-back attitude, class, and healthy lifestyle. Activewear, or athleisure, is a trend that has been on the rise for quite some time now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s comfort and style combined, it’s high fashion paired with practicality, so is it any wonder that we’re fully embracing this new direction?

This is the trend to follow right now, so let’s chat about how it was influenced, and what’s the most popular way to rock it today.

1. It Girls Sashy Down The Highstreet

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From the moment she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Gigi Hadid became a relentless gym-goer and healthy lifestyle supporter. We saw her in everything from sexy little purple training bra paired with faux leather leggings, to downright graceful and delicate black ballet leotard paired with a lush grey coat and a big handbag. With some comfy footwear and sassy sunglasses on, she’s giving us life every time we see her leaving the gym.

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Kendall Jenner doesn’t lag far behind her bestie either, and her look for the Milan Fashion Week this September was an incredibly successful mix of glamour and chic comfort. An oversized, shoulder-baring white sweater paired with an Adidas-like cropped pants? This girl is killing it with her fashion game. The perfect blend of slouchy and sleek gave her that cool vibe that we’re all longing for.

Take it from the A-lister ladies, this trend is the new version of effortless chic, and look at Gigi, Kendall, Selena Gomez, and even the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.

2. Queen Bey Comes To Rule The Gym

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Look, if Beyoncé is loving a trend, then we’re all for it. With her last year’s launch of Ivy Park clothing line and the idea that athleisure is there to celebrate every woman’s body, we’re seeing a significant spike in activewear movement. Pretty little crop tops, simple black and white prints, and giant hoodies are Bey’s go-to ideas for her own line, and we’re loving the casual, soft feel of everything.

Pair slim leggings and a baggy crop top, put on a colorful headband, and you’ll be looking as fierce as our queen.

3. Rihanna Slays It With Puma

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After her incredible success with Fenty Beauty, Rihanna seems to be fully embracing body-positivity, and activewear is definitely something that is meant to fit everyone. She paired up with Puma and the collection we’re seeing has this wonderfully retro feel that we’re absolutely loving at the moment. Velour tracksuits, varsity sweaters, turtleneck crop tops, and a bunch of biker shorts, French-cut racy swimsuits, scuba suits, and all of this in bright neon colors.

If you want crazy, if you want color, this is the thing for you, because it ties in fashion with fun, it’s bold, it’s unique, and definitely attention-grabbing.

4. How To Pull It Off Like A Celebrity

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Whether you’re a busy lady with a million things to do in a day, or just someone who loves their fashion to be both high-class and comfortable, activewear is probably one of the easiest things to pull off. You just have to let yourself go there, you have to embrace the slouchy, sexy feel of effortless beauty. Gigi Hadid’s combo of all-pink tracksuit and a coat is perfect for a feminine lady who wants some romance in her outfit, and we’re definitely seeing a trend of blue and orange peeking out on the runways for the next year’s season.

Don’t be afraid to make it all more fun though, that’s the greatest thing about this trend. You take something simple, comfy, and then you can feel free to go crazy and get a watercolor splatter print, or something with jungle motives. Ombre looks and geometric designs are also really in.

Embrace the relaxed ease of this trend, ladies! While you’re stocking up on some cute athleisure, why not renew your gym membership and really start enjoying the whole lifestyle?

Written by Sophia Smith

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:52

What Models Eat During Fashion Week

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The stars of the latest shows in the capitals of the fashion universe haven’t dazzled us only with their bold strut and magnificent charm with which they wear those stunning collections, but they equally amaze us with their physiques! Now, we already know they practice self-discipline in their dietary habits off-season, that’s no secret, but what about their top choices during these fabulous fashion shows?

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You may wonder if these gorgeous gals gulp on enormous amounts of coffee just to be able to survive the number of events that surrounds the fashion shows. Yet most of them, including lovely Kendall, focus on water and detox tea – even up to 12 cups per day! The first one being zero-calorie makes perfect sense, but going for tea also serves to keep their complexion pure, and bellies flat.

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If in need of an energy boost, then a healthier caffeine option hides in green tea, and other herbal mixes that lower the levels of inflammation in the body, balance their pH levels and help them with their water intake. Now there’s a tasty way to stay hydrated!

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Sometimes these ladies have no time for a complete meal, and their shows can deplete their energy levels in no time, so it becomes essential to keep their bodies fueled at all times. As a result, they resort to healthy snack options such as various types of raw nuts loved by Adriana Lima, but this may ring an alarm bell in your mind because they are filled with fats! Yes, they indeed are, but that is precisely what makes them so satiating, and nibbling on a handful can keep supermodels going for hours on end.

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They also rely on hefty amounts of raw fruits and vegetables, such as berries which are packed with antioxidants (extremely important for their immune system and their skin health), and Danielle Copperman swears by coconut yoghurt. Brimming with healthy fats and protein, these snacks are ideal for a girl on the go!

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But despite their best efforts and all of these dietary guidelines crafted by the world’s best experts in nutrition, supermodels sometimes need an additional boost to their daily meals. When the shows, parties and lack of sleep threaten to wreak havoc on their wellbeing and beauty, models such as Magdalena Frackowiak safeguard their health with the help of micronutrient-dense supplements.

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A clear complexion, a strong immune system and flawless hair require a solid amount of vitamins and minerals, and when there’s no time to stick to a meal-plan, using Solgar vitamins and similar supplements to regular meals and snacks ensures all the essential daily needs.

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When there’s time, these ladies will not shy away from a veggie-rich omelet, and Anastasia Ivanova even reaches for an occasional slice of bacon to keep her breakfast tasty. Don’t be surprised if you see them munching on an occasional burger, a slice of pizza or even the dreaded pastry such as croissants, because the need for a convenient energy source sometimes trumps your current dietary limitations.

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