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When you get to a certain age (it’s usually over 40) most “beauty” treatments cause some discomfort. Don’t get me wrong when I have a facial I actually enjoy feeling it because at least I know it’s doing something. But when you find a treatment that is not only pampering but also jumpstarts your skin’s own collagen production then that’s a double bonus in my book. Enter LED Light Therapy – a treatment that was new to me until recently when I started a course of nine LED sessions at Auckland’s, Haven Skin Spa in Takapuna.
Leonie arriving for a relaxing LED session at Haven Takapuna.
The LED treatments always make me smile.
Take a sneak peek at my treatment in the video below. Just skip to 4.20 to see my LED treatment in action.
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WHAT IS LED LIGHT THERAPY?
LED Light Therapy is a clinically-proven skin rejuvenation treatment and has been hailed as one of the most effective non-invasive, anti-aging treatments around. It’s designed to brighten a dull complexion (something that happens naturally as we age) and leave your skin looking healthier, fresher and more youthful. Winning!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In layman terms, LED Light Therapy delivers highly concentrated waves of energy in the form of light to stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen and elastin production.
This type of treatment is often used in the medical profession to stimulate wound healing and trigger cellular activity.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There are many proven benefits and include increased collagen and elastin production, reduction of sunspots, improvement in the appearance of fine lines and the overall tone and texture of the skin. The light can also be used to heal blemishes, pimples, acne and other similar skin conditions.
Haven Takapuna is a lovely place to treat your face.
Leonie undergoing a LED yellow light treatment at Haven.
I had nine treatments of LED Light Therapy over a course of three weeks. Each week consisted of two yellow light treatments and one red light treatment. The yellow light penetrates a little deeper than the red light so the effects are not as immediate. The red light leaves your skin looking and feeling immediately plumper and radiant but the effects are not as long lasting as the yellow light. This is why the two light treatments are used in tandem as part of the three week series.
It’s not surprising, these treatments quickly became my new obsession. On a cold day there was nothing more luxurious than snuggling down under the covers, getting a divine arm massage (yes truly) while my face basked in in gorgeous golden, warming glow.
There is also no downtime after each treatment which is really handy if you opt for the series like I did. Before I began my treatments, I was told that LED Light Therapy has a cumulative effect on the skin cells, with each treatment building on the last. I was also told to expect my skin to keep improving over the coming weeks. To be honest I was initially a little skeptical about this but it’s been three weeks post treatments and I can hand-on-heart say my skin has continued to improve each day. I’ve mostly noticed the texture of my skin change. It’s definitely smoother and feels as though it’s been gently resurfaced. I’m also noticing that my foundation glides on easier and my fine lines are most definitely less noticeable. All in all I’m really loving the results and would definitely recommend this treatment – especially in winter!
We tend to think that in order to enhance our wardrobe or update our look we need to spend lots of money or buy really cheap clothes. But this is absolutely not the case. So in my short video I’m sharing a few of my favourite tips and tricks to help you freshen up your wardrobe for less.
10 Ways To Update Your Closet On A Budget - My 2019 Shopping Hacks & Tips - YouTube
A great pair of ankle boots are the perfect addition to any new season wardrobe and today I’ve teamed up with Ziera to show you my new favourite pair and to give you the chance to win some new season shoes for yourself. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much I love a fab pair of boots. But if I’m going to invest in a new pair they not only have to look great but they have to feel great too. After all, I know I won’t wear them on the regular if they hurt my feet which is why I always head to Ziera if I’m looking for a new pair to thrash. So today I wanted to show you three new pairs of comfy and cool shoes I’ve got my eye on from the new winter collection at Ziera and to celebrate the new season styles I’m thrilled to give you the chance to win your favourite pair. So scroll down to see my top three picks and tell us what your favourite pair is to enter to win below.
But first take a sneak peek at my new season Ziera faves in action in my short video below.
To help you step out in style this season I’ve teamed up with Ziera to give away a pair of your favourite new season shoes. Yes that’s right YOU get to choose which pair you’d most like to wear this winter.
To enter to win simply whip over to Ziera to choose your favourite pair and tell us what they are in the comments below.
Everyone who has commented automatically goes in the draw to win. A winner will be drawn and announced here on Thursday 11 April.
My favourite Decjuba blazer and new season sweater.
The best wardrobe begins with the right basics and once you find the perfect basics for any occasion you never have to worry about “not having anything to wear”. A closet built on a streamlined selection of items makes day-to-day dressing SO much easier. So if you want to take the guess work out of getting dressed then it’s time to get back to basics. So take a look at my short video below to see my list of top 10 unexpected essentials for a killer closet.
10 Unexpected Fashion Essentials For A Killer Wardrobe | How To Style - YouTube
You don’t need to spend a fortune to secure yourself a pair of designer sunglasses. And if you’re anything like me and have a tendency to lose, break or sit on your favourite pair then it’s time to give your wallet a break and take a look at my favourite sunglasses brand Quay Australia.
With these stunning sunnies – all under $100 – you can fearlessly take them wherever you go and not suffer the crippling fear that your expensive glasses might up and vanish. Because we all know how sunglasses often have a tendency to do that right?
If you haven’t yet discovered Quay Australia then you’re in for a real treat too. The website lets you virtually try on every pair before you take the plunge – pretty cool right? And the label also has a swag of cool celeb collabs under its belt too – think Kylie Jenner, Desi Perkins and Jaclyn Hill to name a few. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see how I wear my fave pairs and whip on over and check out the fab new lust-worthy styles at Quay Australia.
A classic aviator style suits most people.
Leonie (right) out to lunch and sporting her new Quay Australia sunnies.
This pair of sunglasses look great dressed up or worn more casually too.
These High Key frames come in a range of colours and sizes.
These frames work well dressed up for a lunch with the girls or a lazy day at the beach.
I’m not one to highlight fashion faux pas because I really do believe that fashion should be fun and of course it’s a great way to truly express who we are. But there are some common mistakes that will always make us look older than we actually are. I’ve just turned 52 and while I don’t want to look like I’m in my 30s – I also don’t want to look too mature either. I suppose you could say I just want to look like like a more youthful version of a 52-year-old – without looking young and silly – if that makes sense.
So if you want to overhaul your style for the better and stay looking youthful then my latest video (below) is for you.
10 Fashion Mistakes That Are Ageing You - How To Style - YouTube
Whether you’re making room for new stuff or you just feel the urge to get organised, January is a great time to clean out your closet.
Now, I’m not suggesting you Marie Kondo your closet into oblivion, but after a certain point, once you have all the basics, the essentials, and your favourite fashionable pieces, anything else is just taking up space.
And it’s highly likely it’s the clutter that’s keeping you from seeing what you really own and making it harder for you to put outfits together. When it comes to your closet less is more. So take a look at my short video and start decluttering now!
Top 10 Things You Don't Need In Your Closet in 2019 - Decluttering! - YouTube
A new year is the perfect time to give your closet a fresh start and that’s why I wanted to share some of the most wearable fashion trends that you can expect to see popping up this year. This isn’t all of the trends but these are my favourites and the ones I think will definitely have the broadest fashion appeal. Take a look at my short video below to see what you may be tempted to wear in 2019.
Top Wearable Fashion Trends 2019 - How To Style - YouTube
They say it’s the thought that counts when giving a gift but I reckon a little personal touch sets apart the good gifts from the great ones. So to help you get in the mood for the silly season (yes Christmas is just around the corner) and to cover off all your secret Santa needs, I’ve teamed up with Tasti to create three delicious and easy-to-make Christmas-inspired gifts.
To add to the fun the Tasti team is giving away all the ingredients I’ve used in these recipes to one super lucky Insider. So take a look at what I’ll be baking my friends and family this Christmas and scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter to win everything you need to rule this yule.
Above: This Gingerbread Granola is easy to make and tastes divine.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cloves. Pour coconut oil over mixture and stir. Combine maple syrup, molasses and vanilla and pour over oat mixture. Stir until all ingredients are evenly coated.
Transfer granola to a baking tray and spread into an even layer. Bake, stirring and moving around with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown - usually about 30 minutes.
Remove granola from the oven and stir frequently as it cools to prevent it sticking together. Once completely cool, mix in the white chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.
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Above: White chocolate chips and shredded coconut add a touch of Christmas to this crunchy granola.
GINGERBREAD MACADAMIA BISCOTTI
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Preheat over to 180 degrees celsius. Place baking paper on an oven tray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed with a hand mixer until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the molasses until well mixed. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture until just combined, then fold in the macadamia nuts.
Sprinkle flour on your bench and turn the dough out onto it. Divide dough in half and shape into two logs - flatten them slightly on top. Place on the prepared baking trays and bake for around 30 minutes or until the top is cracked and the dough looks dry. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes.
Reduce the oven to 130 degrees celsius and arrange oven racks to the top and bottom thirds of the oven.
Place the logs on a cutting board and using a serrated knife, slice biscotti slightly on the bias and place cut side down onto the baking tray.
Place in the oven for 30-40 mins or until dry and lightly browned, rotating the trays from top to bottom and front to back halfway through the baking time. Cool on wire racks.
Melt white chocolate according to instructions on packet and dip biscotti into melted chocolate and place on a wire rack to set. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
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Above: Biscotti is easy to make and keeps fresh for up to two months in an airtight container.
Above: A piece of Gingerbread Macadamia Biscotti and an espresso is a perfect Christmas combo.
CHRISTMAS SPICE ROASTED NUTS
Above: Roasted mixed nuts make a really tasty gift.
Special occasion dressing can be really tricky but knowing where to shop definitely takes the hard work out of it. Last weekend I attended a ball and found the perfect dress at Auckland’s GLAMOUR so thought it was a great time to share some of my top tips for finding the perfect ball gown or any formal wear for that matter.
#1 Do your research
Before you even head out your front door whip online and do a little research. If you don’t know where to start google: where to find ball gowns – this will usually give you a selection of formal wear options in your location. Then you can take a look at their websites and see if they stock the sort of dresses you’re looking for. It’s also a great idea to google: red carpet fashions to see who’s wearing what and get some great ideas.
#2 Try, try, try
Shopping for formal wear can be a little like shopping for a great pair of jeans – you need to try on as many dresses as you can. Often the gowns you least expect to love will be the ones that come out on top. Take a quick look at my short video below to see a few of the dresses I tried on at GLAMOUR in my search for the perfect ball gown.
The Style Insider Goes Ball Gown Shopping - YouTube
#3 Start looking early
Don’t leave it to the last minute to shop for a ball gown or any special occasion wear. For starters, when you’re spending a decent amount of money on a gown you don’t want to settle for anything less than you love. Also you do need to allow some time to make any necessary alterations and shop for accessories too.
#4 Take photos
It’s often easy to get swept up in the moment when you’re shopping for formal wear so it’s a great idea to take photos of each gown you try on and then you can take your time to make your decision. It’s also a great way to show friends and family a few of your choices and get their input too.
#5 Ask for help
If you go to the right places the staff will be your biggest allies so ask for their help. The team at GLAMOUR are all experienced stylists and will help you find the perfect dress for your body shape and type. So don’t ever be too shy to ask for help. If the staff don’t bend over backwards to help you then you may need to vote with your feet.
#6 Choose your colour
Colours and patterns say so much about your personal style so take the lead from some of the colours and styles you feel most comfortable in. I always feel my most stylish wearing black which is possibly why I chose a black dress so start looking for a colour or pattern you love and then get a little adventurous from there.
Above: Finding the perfect dress is a bit like finding the perfect man – when you know you just know!
Above: This Alena gown from GLAMOUR fitted like a glove and made me feel amazing.
Above: This gown was my second choice – it was slinky, sparkly and absolutely gorgeous.
Above: I loved this gown but it was a tad too tight and the underskirt was a little too short for me.
Above: This dress made me feel like a movie star but was a little too big for me.
Above: This dress was another firm favourite.
Above: Another of my faves from Glamour.
Above: When you find the perfect gown you’re guaranteed a great time.
Take a look at all of the exquisite gowns and dresses at Glamour HERE