I tried Kim Kardashian’s diet for two weeks and the results weren’t what I expected

I tried Kim Kardashian’s diet for two weeks and the results weren’t what I expected


What happens when you eat and exercise like celeb royalty for a fortnight? One writer investigates…

Kim Kardashian Diet

Words by Lamya Tilmatine

Kim Kardashian has been on a fitness mission of late and, frankly, has never looked better.

Her recent body debut at the CFDA Fashion Awards last month showcased a lighter, tighter and fitter Kim – arms of envy I tell you – to the point where she may actually de-throne Khloe’s revenge-body title…

I decided I wanted in.

Kim Kardashian diet

Let’s get one thing straight from the off; I am not trying to ‘get’ a body like Kim’s, nor do I endorse her stance on Instagram marketing and promoting certain lollipops.

However, I have definitely seen her eating slices of cake and McDonald’s as well as a variety of nutritious meals, showing that she must have a well-balanced outlook on food.

I looked into her diet plan and found out that she was following the Atkins 40 diet and getting great results at a healthy rate. Her trainer Alcantara explained to People that it’s all about clean eating and strength training.

Sounds promising – so what does it actually entail?

Who is it for?

People who want to lose weight or those that just want a healthier lifestyle and reign in their intake simple carbohydrates.

What this is also about is achieving a fitter version of myself that I can sustain without starvation.

What is the Atkins 20/40 Diet?

There are two options: Atkins 20 or Atkins 40, and the numbers are the total net carbohydrates you can have in a day, with 20 being stricter on the carb intake but quicker in weight-loss in comparison to 40.

Like the old Atkins, you are limiting your carbohydrate intake, cutting out sugars and processed foods, eating high protein, vegetables and healthy fats to curb those hunger pangs.

The science behind the diet is quite simple: eating foods that are high in carbohydrates makes your body produce more glucose and insulin. Glucose is your body’s first point of energy that it uses, leaving stored fat just that, stored fat. Make sense?

So, the decreased intake of carbs means your body is pushed to burn fat for fuel hence the weight loss. Still with me?

Kim Kardashian diet

Is it the same as the Ketogenic diet?

There are similarities in the beginning as your low carb diet means that your body goes into Ketosis but after that, you’re allowed to increase levels of healthy carbs in your diet which essentially means ketosis will decrease too.

What you can eat on Atkins 20 and 40

Poultry, seafood, dairy (like yoghurt and cheese), vegetables (particularly your greens), healthy fats from nut and seeds, avocados, almond/olive/coconut oil.

Also, you do eat carbohydrates though from healthier sources like legumes, whole grains and fruits, but all under a net total of 20g/40g depending on what you choose to do.

I opted for Atkins 40 as it’s recommended to those who want to shift a smaller amount of weight. If it works for Kimmy (who isn’t a stranger to a treat or two) then I’m game.

The workout

I’ve always been a bit of a gym bunny but have never gotten the right cardio/strength training ratio to create the muscle definition I want. I tend to do more of one or the other, which means I get quite slim without any definition or I bulk up (sad emoji).

So I got myself a personal trainer, explained my fitness goals: defined arms, firm abs and strong hamstrings. Some people love morning workouts as it boasts optimum fat burning but I’d rather the extra 2 hours in bed and workout in the early evening.

Keep scrolling to see what it’s like eating like Kim Kardashian for two weeks – will I get the results or will it just be another fad diet?

The meal plan

Below is what I ate during the first week of the plan, following a similar approach in week two.

Monday

Breakfast: poached eggs with spinach and a drizzle of olive oil.

Lunch: grilled chicken, broccoli, spring onions, spinach, kale and homemade chilli sauce.

Dinner: baked salmon with a grilled vegetable medley.

Snacks: coffee with cinnamon, turmeric tea x2 and six almonds.

How I felt at the end of the day: Hungry! But I drank loads of water and tea to suppress my sugar cravings – but not having something sweet has proven to be tough on day one.

Tuesday

Breakfast:Noatmeal‘ – made with almond flour and shredded coconut with a spoon of peanut butter.

Lunch: one boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, sweet corn, red peppers, green olives, rocket salad with turmeric and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast seasoned with Moroccan herbs and spices, grilled onions, peas and green peppers.

Snacks: Celery, six almonds, two cups of tea and two litres of water.

Wednesday

Breakfast: I had no time to cook so I boiled an egg with one Weetabix biscuit along with organic almond milk and coffee.

Lunch: one boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, beetroot, olives, spinach, green peppers topped with cashew nuts and a slice of avocado.

Dinner: cod fillet with homemade parsley sauce, cauliflower mash, leafy rocket salad. Yum!

Snacks: Nak’d bar, coffee, turmeric tea, English breakfast tea. And of course, a lot of water!

Thursday

Breakfast: one poached egg on a bed of spinach with an apple, celery, cucumber, mint and kale smoothie.

Lunch: Tuna salad with mixed leaves, olives, onions and beetroot.

Dinner: Cod fillet with mushroom and broccoli

Snacks: Nak’d bar, turmeric tea, six almonds, red pepper slices.

Speaking to a personal trainer I got some advice on my workouts, he advised I focused on HIIT sessions in combination with strength training (which I have been doing). However, after a hard core session with him I realised I could push myself even more.

Already, I train five to six times a week – the ideal to see a real difference – and after a week my legs feel more defined, my core feels stronger but my arms are a bit slow at catching up.

Friday

Breakfast: Mini coconut pancakes with peanut butter and coffee.

Lunch: Chicken and broccoli soup.

Dinner: Cod fillet with peas and a mixed cabbage salad topped with homemade mayonnaise.

Snacks: Turmeric tea, six almonds and a slither of cake (I caved).

The weekend was more of the same but with Nutella pancakes for brunch on Sunday (cheeky I know).

Some may argue that the rotation of protein based meals can be boring, but I found that having a structure to start with was much easier to follow, especially with a hectic work schedule.

The verdict

I’ve realised that Kim’s diet has the same principles of a keto diet; Ketosis does occur, but at a healthier pace that I found more sustainable. She allows for oatmeal pancakes and the odd treat.

But, as seen on her Instagram account, her diet mainly consists of protein in the form of chicken and fish, accompanied by an array of vegetables. I found this hard at first so I made my meals richer in protein where I could.

KKW has an advantage though; she reportedly has a chef that creates personalised meals guided by her personal trainer. But we have the internet with endless recipes, advice and inspiration – we can do this!

Results so far? I’ve lost two pounds – but, more importantly, my sugar cravings have all but completely gone. This approach gets the thumbs up from me.

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MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body

MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body


Is Love Island a nadir for modern masculinity, or the beginning of a super-advanced next phase, wonder Matt Farquharson and Anna Whitehouse?

In this week’s #TrueRomance column, Anna Whitehouse and her husband Matt Farquharson are getting side-tracked with the life-sized Action Men peacocking their way across our screens on Love Island, to ask, what does it all mean for the mere mortal men?

He says…

By Matt Farquharson

I haven’t been to a gym since 2006, when I was last single. Fearing a lifetime of female rejection, and concerned about my addictions to Playstation, Quavers and continental lager, I went every lunchtime to run, grunt and sculpt my physique from ‘30-year-old professional snooker player’ to ‘25-year old professional golfer’. Three weeks after my relationship with Anna began, my visits dropped to nought. My physique has since settled at ‘41-year-old semi-professional lawn bowls enthusiast’.

But I have recently found myself quietly fascinated by the bald and shapely pecs of the men of Love Island, and wondered if I must make more effort. Their physiques are a marvel: like life-sized Action Man figurines but dipped in Ronseal and finished off with symmetrical facial hair applied with a marker pen and protractor. And the show’s greatest impact may be on the world of cosmetic dentistry. Each set of nashers looks like a vicar’s collar. Or like there’s a daily routine that involves brushing, flossing, and a fresh application of Tipp-Ex.

So I’ve come to wonder if these men are the future: if they are what all men will look like in 20 years, or if they’re simply outliers – so ego-beaten by billboards of well-toned men in their pants that their self-worth is dependent on the plumb-line-perfection of their ‘happy trail’ (the thin line of body hair running from belly to junk).

‘If I was suddenly single, would my doughy countenance and body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?’

I am at once admiring of the effort they’re putting in and also appalled at just how much effort they’re putting in. Is this how men should be now? If I found myself suddenly and surprisingly single, would my doughy countenance and free-form body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?

It’s been said that my mini-generation – born between the late 70s and mid 80s – may be the most useless yet. We are the first generation that doesn’t know how to fix anything mechanical, and the last generation that doesn’t know how to code anything at all. But we may also be the last to resist manscaping and pectoral implants and I, for one, support the cause.

love island men

She says…

By Anna Whitehouse

It was a rogue nasal hair that nearly stopped Matt and I sealing the deal. It was our third date and I felt very strongly that he was the answer to many matters of the heart. Then I snogged him and felt that wayward follicle brush my upper lip and went cold and wanted him to leave.

Fast-forward 12 years, two kids, a mortgage and a Nasal Strimmer 2000 and we are golden. I decided that I was, perhaps, being a little rash in that moment and it was nothing a little coiffing couldn’t fix. To be fair to the man, I drunkenly shaved my upper arm in 2001 and to this day it feels like an old kitchen broom when you brush against me. So we are, in many ways, folically quits.

But what’s a little hair among friends? A huge, stubbly issue if you look to Love Island for an insight into male pruning. How anyone breathes without fear of a bald ball sack escaping its Lyrca lodgings is a question at the forefront of my mind. The smiles alone are blinding and representative of significant dental investment.

‘Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day?’

Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day? I can’t remember any ‘blokes’ (a term that’s edging out of the courting dictionary) from my youth being concerned with ripped chassis or immaculately tweezered eyebrows. More than anything, I want the Love Island men to all swim in the pool, eat ice creams, play ping-pong and ease up on the preening and carefully posed reclining.

While I have all the time in the world for a programme centred predominantly on pristine bikini lines and even spray tans, it can’t come at the cost of, well, fun. As I found, a little erroneous hair can, in fact, go a long way.

Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are the authors of Sunday Times bestseller Parenting the Shit out of Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton

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MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body

MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body


Is Love Island a nadir for modern masculinity, or the beginning of a super-advanced next phase, wonder Matt Farquharson and Anna Whitehouse?

In this week’s #TrueRomance column, Anna Whitehouse and her husband Matt Farquharson are getting side-tracked with the life-sized Action Men peacocking their way across our screens on Love Island, to ask, what does it all mean for the mere mortal men?

He says…

By Matt Farquharson

I haven’t been to a gym since 2006, when I was last single. Fearing a lifetime of female rejection, and concerned about my addictions to Playstation, Quavers and continental lager, I went every lunchtime to run, grunt and sculpt my physique from ‘30-year-old professional snooker player’ to ‘25-year old professional golfer’. Three weeks after my relationship with Anna began, my visits dropped to nought. My physique has since settled at ‘41-year-old semi-professional lawn bowls enthusiast’.

But I have recently found myself quietly fascinated by the bald and shapely pecs of the men of Love Island, and wondered if I must make more effort. Their physiques are a marvel: like life-sized Action Man figurines but dipped in Ronseal and finished off with symmetrical facial hair applied with a marker pen and protractor. And the show’s greatest impact may be on the world of cosmetic dentistry. Each set of nashers looks like a vicar’s collar. Or like there’s a daily routine that involves brushing, flossing, and a fresh application of Tipp-Ex.

So I’ve come to wonder if these men are the future: if they are what all men will look like in 20 years, or if they’re simply outliers – so ego-beaten by billboards of well-toned men in their pants that their self-worth is dependent on the plumb-line-perfection of their ‘happy trail’ (the thin line of body hair running from belly to junk).

‘If I was suddenly single, would my doughy countenance and body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?’

I am at once admiring of the effort they’re putting in and also appalled at just how much effort they’re putting in. Is this how men should be now? If I found myself suddenly and surprisingly single, would my doughy countenance and free-form body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?

It’s been said that my mini-generation – born between the late 70s and mid 80s – may be the most useless yet. We are the first generation that doesn’t know how to fix anything mechanical, and the last generation that doesn’t know how to code anything at all. But we may also be the last to resist manscaping and pectoral implants and I, for one, support the cause.

love island men

She says…

By Anna Whitehouse

It was a rogue nasal hair that nearly stopped Matt and I sealing the deal. It was our third date and I felt very strongly that he was the answer to many matters of the heart. Then I snogged him and felt that wayward follicle brush my upper lip and went cold and wanted him to leave.

Fast-forward 12 years, two kids, a mortgage and a Nasal Strimmer 2000 and we are golden. I decided that I was, perhaps, being a little rash in that moment and it was nothing a little coiffing couldn’t fix. To be fair to the man, I drunkenly shaved my upper arm in 2001 and to this day it feels like an old kitchen broom when you brush against me. So we are, in many ways, folically quits.

But what’s a little hair among friends? A huge, stubbly issue if you look to Love Island for an insight into male pruning. How anyone breathes without fear of a bald ball sack escaping its Lyrca lodgings is a question at the forefront of my mind. The smiles alone are blinding and representative of significant dental investment.

‘Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day?’

Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day? I can’t remember any ‘blokes’ (a term that’s edging out of the courting dictionary) from my youth being concerned with ripped chassis or immaculately tweezered eyebrows. More than anything, I want the Love Island men to all swim in the pool, eat ice creams, play ping-pong and ease up on the preening and carefully posed reclining.

While I have all the time in the world for a programme centred predominantly on pristine bikini lines and even spray tans, it can’t come at the cost of, well, fun. As I found, a little erroneous hair can, in fact, go a long way.

Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are the authors of Sunday Times bestseller Parenting the Shit out of Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton

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Dear Dolly: “My overbearing mother-in-law is ruining our relationship”

Dear Dolly: “My overbearing mother-in-law is ruining our relationship”


What Would Dolly Pawton Do?

Dolly Pawton Marie Claire Columnist

1.30pm Sloane Square.

I’ve nearly got rid of all the glitter from Pride parade. Glitter is like sand it gets in all crevices and no matter how many times you shower there’s another piece that appears on the side of your face or stuck to your nipple three weeks later, like why!?

The rainbows may have faded commercially but I am here to keep the colours bright.

As I walked through a sea of love one week just under a week later I was walking in protest to stamp out negativity and hate. London is the most amazing place to display all kinds of thoughts and we are lucky enough to be granted freedom of speech. Everybody knows I have no problem with speaking freely and supporting all that I believe to be true.

I loved the Fashion Panel talk I was asked to be part of at J.Crew as part of their Love first campaign. Regents street was not ready for my Liberty print customised neck-tie, I think they should make a come back – stop tying them in your hair and get them around your necks. Name one air steward circa 1980 who didn’t like a neck chief. I’m bringing it back.!

The talk was entitled ‘Expressing yourself through fashion

It was a discussion and also a debate on what it was like to be an influencer, a campaigner & how fashion has hindered or helped you be you and it got me thinking on so many levels as my own questions started. Is there loyalty in London or has everyone got a price? Has originality gone out the window and is any opinion valid even if taken from someone else’s lips? What makes a view more or less valid and how can the true voices be heard over the white noise of commercialism?

Trend is one thing and something we all follow to a degree. But being you is not a trend; being you can be easy, hard, life changing or ending.

I think the biggest lesson over this glitter induced period is fighting for what you believe in will always be hard if not following the masses and could be even harder when it’s on trend. The louder the voices the more insignificant a message could be. Social media has a big part to play in this; some speak out for personal growth while some stay silent in fear of losing limelight (This frustrates my whole family); some for self gratification and glory and some for the real meaning of a cause. I guess the real question I was left with was “How do you continue to keep shining when so many want to steal your shine?” My answer, it’s nobody’s to take, it’s yours darling, keep the glow and grow!

 

What Would Dolly Pawton Do?

 

Dear Dolly,

I’ve been in a relationship with my fiancé for over 3 years.

He is a everything I’ve wanted in a man and never expected to fall so hard for someone after being in some pretty horrendous relationships.

The problem is I’m not just in a relationship with only him. I’m in relationship with his Mother.

She is a medlar. She constantly puts me down and is interfering in our life choices. Our future plans are not moving in the direction we have discussed together and even the wedding has been put on hold!

I didn’t want to see it but he is a Mummy’s boy and I can’t cope any longer with him allowing her to talk to me like I’m shit. Like he could do better. Like I’m holding him back. She always dictates to me what I should wear and has even compared me to his ex fiancé.

I’ve tried to have this conversation with him but he just ignores it and says, “It’s just who she is, don’t overthink it” and then accusing me of wanting to start arguments.

He even suggested we move back to his childhood home with his parents so we could save money quicker to buy the house we want in London. I couldn’t believe it.

Help Dolly. I am in need of your guidance and wisdom.

Anna – London ‘

 

Dear Anna,

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Comparing you to the ex fiancé? This woman could potentially be the nightmare of all Mother-in-laws.

Not quite the threesome you may have expected huh?

No but seriously, this is categorically unacceptable behaviour on your partner’s behalf.

He clearly wants to make his Mother happy and is therefore forfeiting your happiness.

I’m going to be brutal here. You need to speak the hell up and tell this Mother what she is doing is wrong and stop allowing her to treat you this way. Take back your power. I noticed you said “he” is allowing her to talk to you that way. No, you’re allowing it.

You just want him to defend you, which he should, but this isn’t the days where you don’t have a voice, you better lay your cards on the table and have a conversation with his Mother too.

I know you’ve tried speaking with him already but make this the time that counts.

In my experience Mummy’s boys don’t change and Mothers like that get worse if you don’t say how you feel. So if you really love your partner you need to be vocal. If that doesn’t work and he continues to brush aside your feelings and the Mother doesn’t stop controlling him and you then you’re going to have to reevaluate your relationship because you shouldn’t be second on his list. Your feelings are valid and important. You are his future bride ffs.

I’m going to be honest, if this was me, I’d be off quicker than Usain bolt in a 100 metre sprint. Girl, know your worth.

Keep in touch.

 

London love

Dolly Pawton xx

Dolly Pawton

Don’t forget, you too can ask Dolly a question.

Nothing is off limits so consider me your Dollylama (spiritual guru) here for all the real talk. Write in at dollypawton@gmail.com

Don’t worry you can be anonymous!

 

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Here’s our millennial guide to 72 hours in Spain OD-style

Here’s our millennial guide to 72 hours in Spain OD-style


From Cava sangria in rooftop pools to UNESCO heritage sites and Gaudi Instagram opportunities aplenty…

OD hotels

Amidst the Instagram holiday fads, there’s one european country that has always been a constant on our social media feeds, Spain.

From poolside sangria boomerangs and photos of tanned, sandy manicured feet on the coast to cool cultural city break shots, there’s something for everyone in the Mediterranean hotspot – and with sunshine and quality food, it’s hardly surprising that it’s getting all the Instagram love.

All the influencers have been doing it from the beginning of social media – and reaping the rewards, so I boarded a two hour flight (yes, just two hours) and flew over a thousand miles to the land of Flamenco and tapas to see what the fuss was about.

The verdict? A triple shot of on-trend quality food, Spanish culture and a lot of luxury lounging. We’re talking Cava in rooftop city pools, UNESCO heritage sites and enough Gaudi Instagram opportunities to last a lifetime.

I started my Spanish adventure in Barcelona, home to Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi, before flying on to the infamous island of Ibiza for a big hit of luxury.

But with 72 hours to fill and two cities to co-ordinate, where should I stay? I went with OD Hotels – Barcelona and Talamanca.

While there are OD hotels in quite a few Spanish cities, each hotel has a different vibe depending on its location, from Barcelona’s cool efficient offering in the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian capital to Ibiza’s luxury marine beachside theme.

The OD DNA? Modern luxury in central iconic locations, mixing contemporary Scandi decor with state of the arts technology and five star gastronomy. Oh, and did I mention the eco-friendly ethos, with vertical gardens, solar panels, and an HVAC system which reduces energy consumption by 35%? All of this for an affordable price – I was sold.

OD Hotels

The OD rooms provide everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay, but the suites are stunning – private pools, panoramic rooftop views and complimentary smart cars to take around the city at your leisure. They’re a bit pricier, but for a city honeymoon or luxury escape, it’s well worth it.

Barcelona was my go-to for a top quality foodie experience – something that I got on my very first morning, tucking into OD’s Pan Con Tomate (Spanish-style tomato on toast). Make the most of it while you’re there – take it from this writer’s experience, no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to recreate it at home.

The city boasts plenty of top quality restaurants, but it’s the street food and markets that are Barcelona’s real gem. Stop by La Boquería Market for some fresh seafood and €1 fruit smoothies in every shade imaginable, or to load up on ingredients to cook your own fresh feast.

But culture-wise, you just need to stroll through Barcelona to get your dose of history – not to mention an album of Insta-worthy city shots, and it’s all thanks to Antoni Gaudi.

The 130-year-old Casa Vicens is an obligatory stop, the first house designed by the Catalan architect (located on Gracia on Career de les Carolinas), and La Sagrada Familia is just a short walk from the hotel, with the magnificent unfinished Roman Catholic Church being one of Spain’s top attractions.

But even if you don’t have the time to seek it out on purpose, you’ll hardly be able to move around the city without bumping into his eccentric architecture. Look out for Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, and stop by Park Güell (on Carrer Nou de la Rambla) – Instagram opportunities don’t get much better.

Then for a shot of luxury it was onto Ibiza – a 45 minute plane ride away – something I had preconceived ideas about after overdosing on reality shows of drunken teens frequenting the island.

Strangely however, it was Ibiza that gave me the biggest cultural and gastronomic surprise – who knew the other side of the island could be so different?

Pristine Santorini-esque interiors, moonlit beachside restaurants, luxury seafood and a long (and relatively unknown) history – I was sold on Ibiza from the get-go.

My OD room was located on the iconic Talamanca beach, close to the island’s most exclusive marinas, Ibiza old town, and cool on-trend restaurants.

My recommendation? Sa Punta, an alfresco fine-dining experience on the furthest point of Salamanca bay. The setting may be magnificent, especially at sunset – we’re talking fairy lit white canopies and ultra cool Ibiza beats – but nothing eclipses the food.

Focusing on the art of sharing, we teamed our Cava Sangrias with oysters and fresh Burratinas from Puglia, before tucking into Wild sea bass carpaccio, Alaskan black cod (the best I’ve had in my life) and red tuna ceviche.

But despite the high quality grub (I’m still thinking about that black cod), it was the Ibiza old town that I found the most impressive.

Dalt Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering the complete polar opposite to what I had expected to find on the Spanish island – panoramic views, ancient stories and a deep history, spanning 2,500 years.

Go via the alternative entrance – Portal Nou (behind the Plaza del Parque) for a more gradual ascent and make sure you stop off at the nunnery to buy a €1 slice of cake from the nuns through a hatch in the wall.

From cool street style shots and chic boho interiors to the impressive buildings, the Instagram opportunities are endless – and just an afternoon at the heritage site will make your Insta feed look like an Anthopologie catalogue.

After just a couple of days in the Spanish hotspots, your Instagram account will be thriving, and you definitely won’t want to go home.

How to book:

You can book a room at any of the OD hotels via the OD website, with the standard room rates at OD Barcelona starting at £215 a night, and rates at Ibiza’s OD Talamanca starting at £328 a night.

OD Barcelona
C/ Aragó, 300 – 08009 Barcelona
Phone  (+34) 93 215 08 99

OD Talamanca
C/ Jesús, 28, Playa Talamanca – 07800 Ibiza
Phone  (+34) 971 31 19 12

And if you’ve caught the OD bug, you’re in luck as these are only two of the Spanish brand’s five hotels, boasting two more properties in Ibiza and another in Mallorca.

I stopped off via the other two Ibizan ODs to see what I was missing and while Ocean Drive served up one hell of a Mexican brunch, if I had my time again I’d stay at the brand’s boutique offering, Can Jaume – an Instagrammable Ibizan Manor house surrounded by orange trees, in the idyllic rural village of Puig d’en Valls, just 2 km from Ibiza town.

So wherever you are in the country, you should be able to find an OD, for great service, on-trend food, Instagrammable interiors and enviable panoramic views.

See you there.

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There is now a vagina skincare line and I am officially done.

There is now a vagina skincare line and I am officially done.


Picks jaw up from floor

vagina skincare

Just when I thought I’d seen all the beauty industry had to offer, I recently discovered that there is a team of people in Sweden who have developed a line of skincare for your vagina.

Yep, you read that correctly. This is not a hoax. The Perfect V is a 8-piece luxury skincare collection designed and formulated for your foof.

Last year, we revealed that we had discovered a lipstick for your fanny, but clearly someone out there decided that we needed a more comprehensive regimen for our nether regions.

The range includes a wash (fair enough), cleansing wipes (which they suggest carrying around in your pocket for on-the-go needs), an exfoliator (cue the gasps), a hydrating cream (I didn’t realise my lady garden was dehyrated), a highlighter (your guess is as good as mine), a soothing cream (this I can get on board with as it calms irritation from hair removal) a firming serum (WHAT?!) and wait for it: a mist.

Each product is PH Balanced, has been rigorously tested by dermatologists and gynecologists, and is paraben, SLS and fragrance free.

I’m all for caring for my friend down there, but what’s wrong with a bottle Femfresh and water?!

Oh and they have also coined and trademarked the term Vanicure, so yep put a fork in me for I am done.

What do you think? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page.

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Melasma: What is it and how can it be managed?

Melasma: What is it and how can it be managed?


It’s one of the lesser-known skincare conditions, despite so many people having it

melasma

Despite its prevelance, a lot of people have never heard of skin pigmentation condition melasma.

Celebrities like Jenna Dewan and Drew Barrymore have opened up about struggling with the skin condition, so what exactly is it? We spoke to the experts to get the low down.

What is melasma, and what causes it?

It’s estimated that 90% of people who get melasma are women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

‘Melasma is a common disorder of facial pigmentation, which can be recognised by the appearance of blotchy dark brown or grey patches on the face,’ explains consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk.

‘They tend to occur on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose and are usually symmetrical. In some cases, the skin may also be a little bit red at the onset.

‘It typically appears for the first time between the ages of 20 and 40 and is more likely to affect those with darker skin types or tanned skin. In most cases, it’s thought to be triggered by pregnancy, hormonal medication like the contraceptive pill and medical conditions that cause altered hormone levels.’

When it comes to pinpointing an exact cause however, things are a bit more complicated.

‘The exact process isn’t fully understood; however we know that the increase in facial pigmentation seen in melasma is due to excess production of melanin by melanocytes (the pigment-generating cells in our skin),’ says Justine.

‘Exposure to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight deepens the pigmentation by activating the melanocytes to produce more melanin.

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‘It is important to remember that there are a number of skin disorders that affect facial pigmentation. Treatment for these other disorders will be different,’ the doctor adds.

‘A consultant dermatologist is the only doctor expert in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. Please make sure you are receiving advice from someone qualified to give it.’

Melasma in pregnancy

According to the British Association of Dermatologists, 50% of women may be affected during pregnancy.

‘Because of the association with hormones, especially during pregnancy, it is sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” or “pregnancy veil”,’ explains Justine.

What melasma treatments are available?

As well as professional-strength treatments, there are a number of skin pigmentation products that can help treat melasma.

Dr Dennis Gross, internationally-renowned dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, says that the best course of treatment is a combination of in-office treatments with an optimised skincare regimen.

‘We commonly treat brown spots or patches with chemical peels which exfoliate the outermost layer of skin, removing the dark spots, light therapy and lasers (the energy blasts away pigment),’ he says. ‘At home, I recommend the Alpha Beta peel pads, from £16, Space NK.

‘They have five alpha and beta-hydroxy acids, which improve skin’s texture, firmness, vibrancy and radiance in addition to reducing dark spots, and also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pores, scars, acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation.

‘You should also be using products with vitamin C, which prevents the production of melanin. At night, I recommend Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum, £85, Space NK. It boasts a trifecta of retinol, which promotes melanin’s disintegration, ferulic acid and niacinamide to get a more even complexion while diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.

Finally, the doctor orders are to never skip out on your best sun cream, a daily essential.

‘It is imperative to wear SPF – sun is the number one culprit when it comes to hyperpigmentation,’ he explains.

‘Your body produces melanin to protect you from the sun – an over production shows up as brown spots and hyperpigmentation.’

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Surfing, mariachi and tequila – Laura Jackson has a much needed break in Los Cabos

Surfing, mariachi and tequila – Laura Jackson has a much needed break in Los Cabos


Marie Claire columnist Laura Jackson first fell in love with Mexico and its food four years ago. Here’s what happened when she returned for some surf and sunshine in the beautiful region of Los Cabos.

It’s late afternoon and I’m out on the waves in the Pacific Ocean, on a secluded beach just off the Baja California Peninsular, Los Cabos.

I’m just about to catch my first wave of the day. ‘Paddle, paddle, faster, faster’ shouts Mike, my surf instructor. I’m paddling as if my life depends on it, and as the water lifts and pushes me forward, I try to remember the moves we practiced on the beach moments earlier.

‘It’s all about the pop up’ Mike has drilled into me. So I push myself up with my arms, moving my left leg beneath my chest. But just as I’m about to ‘pop’, I face plant, swallowing what feels like the whole Pacific… which then decides its only exit route is out through my nose.

I can hear Mike clapping in the distance. This isn’t the Blue Crush moment I was hoping for.

This is the second day of a short but sweet three-day break at One&Only Palmilla. It’s my first time in Los Cabos, although it’s not my first visit to Mexico. I fell in love with this country after a short holiday in Mexico City in 2014 and have been returning year on year ever since – I blame the tacos.

After a 2014 Hurricane devastated the area, Los Cabos has had a major facelift. Following the storm most of the existing hotels were refurbished, while plenty of new ones were also established. But it’s One&Only Palmilla that still reigns supreme in Los Cabos. It sits in a prime spot of the Baja peninsular, where the rugged desert meets the deep blue sea. Looking out at uninterrupted ocean makes you feel like you’re sitting on the edge of the world.

The white-washed hacienda-style walls and Spanish colonial architecture are the first things you notice when you pull up to Palmilla. There are perfectly rounded archways adorned with cobalt blue and sorbet-coloured flowers. After your nose is hit with pleasant wafts from the well-pruned gardens, your breath is taken away by the view. Framed by an archway leading off the reception is the Sea of Cortez, where white yachts bob on the horizon.

One&Only has 173 rooms, 2 villas, 4 restaurants, 2 pools, a private beach, a spa/wellness centre and a church, yet it still feels relatively intimate. It’s nothing like being in a resort. I take a golf buggy to my suite, room 1412. I have my own 24-hour butler and an evening cocktail and hors d’oeuvre await me. The room also boasts Tequila, a coffee machine, turn down aromatherapy scents and a telescope for stargazing and whale watching from my private terrace with unobstructed views of the pacific. The bathroom has a rainforest shower and a jacuzzi bathtub with beautiful marbled floors and yellow and green patterned Mexican tiles. My walk in closet has enough hanging space for a month. I’m a little overwhelmed.

The onsite Spa feels like it wouldn’t be out of place on Rodeo drive. Beverly Hills celebrity hair stylist Amanda George has a studio using only organic hair products, Barber and Blade (for the boys), invites you for optional tequila tasting pre haircut. Nestled within the beachside palms is an outdoor yoga studio and secluded private pool – the attention to detail on every level is second to none.

I’m only here for a few days and have a packed schedule – which is perfect for me as I’m not a big sunbather. Stephanie, our lovely guide, has organised a tequila tasting. Tequila and mezcal have taken the liquor world by storm in recent years, with George Clooney even producing his own brand.

It’s now become the grown up drink of choice, and no, it’s not served in a shot glass with a lime wedge and salt. We sip four different kinds of tequila with a food pairing. After a lesson from the bar manager I leave vowing to only drink 100% agave tequila for the rest of my life.

After a boozy start to the afternoon I head into town. Just ten minutes away is neighbouring San Jose, which has a villagey feel with colourful streets of boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Every Thursday evening the town comes to life with live music, street vendors and dancing. La Lupita is the place to be, where the simple taco and Mezcal menus are delicious – if you’re feeling adventurous try the Oaxacan grasshoppers!

The ‘Farm to Fork’ movement is taking Los Cabos by storm. Two biodynamic farms tucked into the foothills of San Jose are becoming increasingly popular with both tourists and locals. Acre is an organic farm with treehouse accommodation and an award wining bar and restaurant. I order a spicy mezcal margarita and watch the chefs cook our lunch in the open kitchens – the highlight is fried tomatoes with honey syrup and grilled fish tacos.

Acre is very sophisticated and more architecturally led than its neighbour, Flora farms. Flora is rustic, its restaurant sits in the centre of the self-sustaining farm and meals are served on communal tables so there’s more of a family feel.

Back to Palmilla and the highlight of my trip: Catch, Cook, Cocktail. As the name suggests, you catch your own lunch and cook it with the chef back at ‘the ranch’ – cocktail in hand. But rather than sending you on your way with a fishing rod and sandwich wrapped in cling film, there’s a glamorous white speed boat at the ready with a stash of tequila and your own personal fisherman.

I spend the day sea watching black dolphins play around the boat while keeping an eye on my fishing rod for a telltale tug from a Cabrilla. Apparently, fishing isn’t my forte and we come back empty handed, but I’m still able to rustle up some local Cabrilla and guacamole for lunch in the kitchen with Chef Larbi.

One&Only Palmilla is like no other luxury hotel I have ever experienced. It’s not in your face, it’s not brash or crass, blingy or stuffy. It’s comfortable, chic and elegant. Your name is remembered, you’re always welcomed, and your every need and wish is tastefully looked after. It’s no wonder that Hollywood A-listers flock here – James Corden is a regular at Villa one and Rhianna had just left as we arrived (I know, gutted).

It’s not cheap, so it’s more of a once in a lifetime trip, a treat of all treats. But if you want to celebrate something, or just really push the boat out, this is the perfect place.

To book visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com

Rates at One&Only Palmilla start from £477 between June – September 2018 and £608 between October – December 18th2018, per night, subject to availability. 

Words by Laura Jackson 

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It’s actually against the law to call your baby one of these names

It’s actually against the law to call your baby one of these names


It turns out there are actually a lot of laws on what you can and can’t name your child…

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When it comes to naming a child, there are a few things to be aware of – the most important probably being whether your name choice is actually legal.

There are quite a few banned baby names across the globe, but ranging from Chow Tow, Facebook and Anus, to Lucifer, @ and Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii, it’s hardly surprising. Yes, people have actually tried to name their children all of the above.

‘Traffic’ and ‘James Bond’ are also on the list, banned as names in Mexico, while ‘Metallica’ is considered an unacceptable name in Sweden, and a couple in New Zealand were forbidden from naming their child ‘Sex Fruit’ – shocker.

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In terms of surnames, the laws only get stricter, with parents having to comply with an impossibly long list of rules and regulations. Some countries insist on a child’s surname being passed down from a parent, or in certain cases having a hybrid of the two, but USA and the UK are surprisingly relaxed, even allowing you to make up a surname for your child if you want to.

A US couple came under fire las year for taking the state of Georgia to court to fight for the right to give their daughter the surname, Allah, and after looking into the rules this side of the pond, it looks like there are actually a few things we should be aware of when selecting our baby names.

Obviously offensive names and blasphemous words are off the list, with a ban on surnames that promote hate or criminal activities in any way. Symbols and numbers are a no-go for both first name and surnames and there’s a maximum character count of 150 (including spaces) – just to give you an idea, that’s roughly the same length as all of Jamie Oliver’s five children’s full names put together.

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Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business

Proof that having a girl gang is the secret to succeeding in business


‘We know it’s not a level playing field’

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Facebook’s #shemeansbusiness campaign proves that sisterhood is alive and well

‘U.K. men are twice as likely as women to become a founder,’ explains Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook.

Sadly, that’s just a fact of how underrepresented women still are in business. But we’re moving in the right direction, with individuals, brands and companies fighting to make global change.

One of these is Facebook, whose #shemeansbusiness programme supports female entrepreneurs in the UK by providing the tools, training and practical advice needed to make their dreams a reality.

According to new research by the programme, the ‘connect effect’ is real, with female business leaders proven to be nearly twice as likely to forecast business growth if they are part of a business community.

That’s right. The sisterhood is alive and well.

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Despite the facts, and the awareness around them, it also emerged that a whopping 50 per cent of female business leaders are not part of such a network.

Why? They don’t know how or where to find one, with the current business networking environment better set up for male business leaders.

This however is all about to change – and about time, too.

Having identified the connect effect, Facebook has welcomed AllBright – a community driving smart-thinking women to thrive through Members’ Clubs, an Academy and Live Events – into the #SheMeansBusiness partner network alongside Enterprise Nation and The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

And it’s good news for everyone.

As part of the partnership, AllBright is launching a new free 10-week online learning programme – The AllBright Academy – to support women to supercharge their careers or businesses.

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What will the course include?

The course – offered to thousands of women across the country – aims to inspire creativity, empower confidence and improve digital skills – with the course content coming from some very impressive faces. Everyone from Cath Kidston MBE and Karen Blackett OBE (Chairwoman, MediaCom) to Thomasina Miers (Founder of Wahaca).

‘When it comes to scaling up businesses, the UK only ranks 13th in the world,’ explained Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, Facebook. ‘And according to The Entrepreneurs Network, just nine per cent of funding into UK start-ups currently goes to women-run businesses annually.’

She continued: ‘Growing a business is tough, but it’s particularly tough for female business leaders. Being part of a business community, and having ongoing support to make progress on self-development, can make all the difference.’

‘Networks matter,’ agreed Debbie Wosskow OBE, Co-Founder, AllBright. ‘Having groups of peers that can be called upon to collaborate and learn from when you’re facing a business challenge can help enormously.’

So if you want your business to thrive, surround yourself with some fierce females.

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