Justine Philippon

Justine PhilipponJuly 28, 2017
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We have asked our experts for other ways that we, ourselves, can support our health in the workplace…

1. Does the shoe fit?
You could spend less time sitting in traffic, or being cramped on a tube, by swapping public transport for your feet (or at least for part of the way), which can also help to up your step count. However, make sure your footwear fits properly to avoid discomfort. “Sore feet after even a short walk? This is a common occurrence for those of us who do not have correct fitting shoes, and this can put us off walking altogether. Be sure your foot has enough room in the toe box. There should be a thumbnails width (or about a half inch) between your toes and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be wide enough in the toe that your toes can move freely. Your heel should not slip, and the shoe should not pinch or bind, especially across the arch or ball of your foot,” explains Carnation Footcare Podiatrist Dave Wain (www.carnationfootcare.co.uk).

2. Opt for a packed lunch
Are you a regular at the local lunch hot spots near your work? Skip the lunch queues and start by making your own lunches; not only can this be much cheaper but you also know exactly what is going into your meals, rather than thinking the salad you purchased is healthy, before learning how calorific the dressing is.
“Making your own lunch gives you full control over what you eat and how much of each food group you consume, which can help especially when looking for lower calorie options. You can prepare sandwiches or salad bases over the weekend if you struggle to find time in the mornings,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
If you’re not sure what to add to your lunchbox to make a nutritious and filling meal, try the general rule of having the size of your clenched fist as your carbs and the size of the palm of your hand as your protein.

3. Curb your sugar cravings
If you’ve had a stressful meeting, have had to deal with a difficult customer or are struggling to get through your emails try to avoid the feeling that you ‘deserve’ a high calorie treat each time. Identifying your emotions and finding alternative ways to deal with them, as opposed to powering your way through the likes of endless crisp packets, can help you take back control of your eating habits. “This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet.

Slissie (from £24.99, www.slissie.co.uk) is the first of its kind as it delivers curb-craving flavourings that instantly help you resist the temptation of sugary, calorific snacks. Once the flavours that contain aromas are detected by your tastebuds and olfactory receptors, messages are sent to the appetite control centres of the brain leaving users feeling their appetite has been satisfied. At the press of a button you can taste flavours such as, chocolate, vanilla and mint, making your brain think you’ve had that sweet treat without any nasty sugars being involved!

4. Don’t become a desk potato
Feeling snowed under at work? Make sure you still take a break and stretch your legs to help combat against stress. “Exercise is a great stress reliever. Take a brisk walk to stimulate anti-anxiety effects, this helps to clear your thoughts and feel more relaxed upon returning to the office,” suggests Cassandra.

5. Set an alarm
“If you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving,” advises Dave.

6. Replace your Americano for a green tea
Green tea is an excellent healthy mood booster. “It contains some caffeine, which gives you a bit of a lift, but also contains the amino acid theanine. Theanine which can have a relaxing effect and may help to relieve anxiety and mental stress, potentially by increasing your levels of serotonin, dopamine (responsible for reward and pleasure), and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, which has a relaxant effect),” explains Cassandra.

7. Learn to say no
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s (www.marilynglenville.com).

8. Get your veggies
Does your lunch lack vegetables? This can be a significant way of you adding calories to your diet, by filling your plate with other food groups, such as carbs. “Soups are a fantastic way of boosting your veg intake and using any odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, especially those that are starting to look a bit limp and sad! Gently steam all vegetables, add lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as rosemary, caraway and thyme. Then blend in a food mixer or liquidiser. Serve hot or cold!” says Cassandra.

9. Make time for breakfast
“The old saying says that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and when you have breakfast you are literally ‘breaking the fast’, this supports the idea that you shouldn’t skip breakfast. Sleeping causes your metabolism (fat burning capability) to slow right down and nothing gets it going faster than breakfast,” explains Marilyn.
“But always remember that just as important as having breakfast itself, it’s also vital to choose healthy breakfast options such as wholegrain cereals like porridge, organic ‘live’ natural dairy products like yogurt, organic eggs and fruit. Sugar-laden cereals will cause your blood sugar to rise sharply and drop quite quickly, making you feel more hungry quickly – you need something that will sustain you and keep you feeling fuller for longer,” adds Marilyn.

10. Spring clean your desk
It may not come as a shock to you that the technology you use every day is often swarming with germs. Your computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat and your mouse is 45,670 times dirtier than a toilet handle.


Justine PhilipponJuly 26, 2017
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In Tuscany, the specialty is the Fiorentina: an enormous and succulent T-bone steak (imagine a prime rib, but twice as cool, with two beef tenderloins on either side of a big cheeky bone) cooked, in respect to tradition, on the grill. In this region, they always say that if the steak isn’t more than three fingers thick, it’s a carpaccio.

Since the beginning of the Big Mamma adventure, they have gotten their kicks out of exploring new fields of Italian gastronomy. And when their own chef Rocco came home from a weekend in Florence and told them about the incredible T-bone that he’d eaten at Da Mario, they just couldn’t help themselves.

They have a 3-metre long barbecue (size does matter) on which they grill 1kg T-bone steaks and 1.3kg Tomahawk steaks, using a mix of Cherrywood and quebracho to infuse the meat with unparalleled flavour. But the recipe is pure Tuscan tradition.

They have taken over the meat production from A to Z: easy

Their challenge? To serve tender, tasty, crazy good meat 2 to 3 times cheaper than you’ll find elsewhere. To do so, they buy the beasts whole, cook every part and eat the whole animal. It helps that they feed the animals themselves to obtain extraordinarily tender corn-fed meat, and that they mature the meat for at least 30 days to give it epic flavour and depth.

It doesn’t hurt them to know that buying the animals whole is more responsible and they were also disappointed with the quality/price ratio of the meat they were finding.

These days, if you want to eat hormone-free that was raised with love, either you can’t find it or it costs a fortune. That’s why they recreated their own industry from A to Z, with their own cows and their breeder in France. They made an exception to their 100% Italian rule, because the best meat is found in France. In fact, even the Italians get their meat from here.

They want to serve quality meat, that they are proud to serve to our children and at a price that’s accessible to more than just the dudes who created Google.


Justine PhilipponJuly 25, 2017
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1- Gianvito Rossi Elysium Heeled Sandals 105

This is our first choice for this week. Here is the Elysium high-heeled sandals from Gianvito Rossi. They will improve your fashion style for your cocktail and party dresses. Don’t miss them!

Buy here: www.harrods.com

£ 1.205 

2- Stefano Ricci Crocodile Skin and Cashmere Cap

This is for you man, the one who wants to be stylish and stay simple. Expertly crafted in Italy with super-soft cashmere, this cap features a crocodile skin visor alongside polished logo detailing. Buy it now : www.harrods.com

£ 1.265

3- Burberry Alligator Buckle Bag

What is better to go outside than a cute Burberry bag? Perfect to bring everywhere all the essential things a woman need, its design will not let you indifferent.

£5.500

Buy here : https://uk.burberry.com

4- Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Round Sunglasses

These classic sunglasses are just wonderful for your summer day. With this Dolce & Gabanna designer touch, you will look absolutely fabulous.

£1.695

Buy here : http://store.dolcegabbana.com

5- La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

Our last accessory but not least, the soft cream from La Mer. How can you get outside without putting a new kind of cream on you? With its technology ingredients, it will bring you beautiful benefits, as you have never expected before.

£ 2.060 for 16.5 oz.

Buy here: http://www.cremedelamer.com

 


Justine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017
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Don’t worry.. the key word here is ‘simulated’ so to the uunitiated amongst us. Don’t start raising your eye brow…until you reach the end. So, it was a quiet day at our London offices when we received a call to shoot simulated game at Englefield Estate.

As the setting for the award-winning Netflix series The Crown and Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding, the spectacular Berkshire estate is one of eight venues The Really Wild Clay Company (RWCC) use for their high-octane simulated days, which run from March until end of September. Perfect! What is it all about?

“Shooting simulated game is a fantastic way to pull the trigger throughout the summer months,” explained RWCC’s Robert Cross, who masterminds the drives and runs the days as well as working as a full-time shooting instructor for The Royal Berkshire Shooting Group, the parent company of RWCC. He added: “Plus simulated game shooting is extremely cost effective. For just £285, Guns are presented with around 1,000 birds over five drives as well as breakfast upon arrival and lunch at the end of the day. An equivalent day’s shooting pheasants would cost around £2,000 per Gun.”

The day commenced with a buffet-style shoot breakfast, hosted by Zoe Benyon, wife of Richard Benyon MP, the Conservative politician whose family have owned Englefield since the 18th century. Prepared and cooked by a pop-up version of nearby The Yew Tree Inn, the 12 Guns were treated to bacon butties and pastries. Once the guns had finished breakfast, Zoe held court in the opulent drawing room relaying stories of how the family’s five sons (three are from Richard’s first marriage) all live in the house together. The boys’ ages range from 10 to 27 so it can be “pretty chaotic.” She said: “A house of this size needs to be lived in. There will be crisp packets and lost trainers under the sofas. If you let a house like this become unlived in it will feel different, smell different.” Englefield is not open to the public with the usual gift shops and museums but the state rooms are available for corporate and private events, and Richard will always try to make an appearance.

After a full safety briefing, each of the Guns were kitted out with a Really Wild baseball hat, safety glasses and foam ear plugs before being loaded up into brand new Land Rover Discovery 5 SUVs, courtesy of Stratstone of Mayfair. The first drive on the 15,000-acre estate, known as Culham Shaw, was reached by driving past the pin-neat polo lawn in front of the imposing Elizabethan house where riders were playing chukkas on immaculately turned-out ponies.

Unlike on a real day’s game shooting, the temperature today was in the mid-twenties making it warm enough to shoot in short-sleeves. To keep it authentic, the Guns and their instructors/loaders lined out on numbered pegs. “Some simulated game shooting companies have been criticized in the past for spacing Guns too closely together,” revealed Robert, adding: “We always leave at least 25 yards between each peg.”

The RWCC’s attention to detail is second to none, with the ‘head gamekeeper’ Paul Bassett and his team providing all of the elements of realism that one would enjoy from a beating line including unruly dogs being admonished to flag men out on the flank. The team operates a minimum of five manual traps to ensure the targets are presented in as realistic way as possible. “Most Guns are surprised when they find out we use manual traps,” said Paul. “Unlike automatic traps, we can vary speed, direction, distance and curve very easily which all helps to create targets that fly like real gamebirds.”

Drive one saw the Guns presented with curving, crossing birds. Gun Eleanor Doughty wielded her Purdey Game Gun with expertise and powdered almost every clay that tried to pass her. “My family and I have watched The Crown since the first series, we are huge fans of the programme. It feels quite surreal to be shooting at the estate where it was filmed.”

On the neighbouring peg, Teresa Fitzherbert was not letting any clays pass her as she continually mounted her Purdey 12-bore. Clays poured over the line, giving Guns plenty of challenging sport. “One of the great advantages of shooting simulated game is that it cannot be spoilt by the weather. Even if it is pouring with rain, the birds will still fly high and fast,” commented Gun Anna Tyzack before slipping a pair of new felt-wad cartridges into her broken Purdey Sporter.

For the next drive, RWCC put on a lighthearted competition to incite a bit of playful rivalry between the Guns. This drive was designed to simulate a duck flight with the Guns stood around a large lake in amongst the reeds. They were divided into four teams before clays not only skimmed across the water, but also dropped in from a great height. Robert even blew on a duck call for added authenticity. The beaming Guns each shot around 75 cartridges before switching places. The elevated view from the lake looked back towards the south side of the house, giving views of the elegant deer park and its resident fallow herd.

Gun David Godwin used to compete at clay shooting for his university and now occasionally shoots driven game with his father. “Simulated game shooting during the close season gives me the opportunity to practice and keep me shooting straight,” he commented before dusting a left-and-right. “I do not understand Guns who lock away their shotguns all summer, do not practice and then ruin their expensive day’s grouse shooting in August because they cannot hit anything! To stay on top of your game, you need to keep shooting year-round.”

Elevenses were again provided by The Yew Tree Inn team. Chef Sam May treated Guns to barbequed rabbit and chorizo kebabs, pigeon pie and wild boar sausage rolls. “We do not serve any alcohol during this pit-stop as Guns still have one further drive to shoot,” explained Sam. “We take health and safety extremely seriously and save drinking alcohol for the late lunch when all shooting has finished.”

For Gun Liam Jeffries it was his first ever time shooting. “I have tried most sports but never shooting. I have been bitten by the bug, however! Simulated game shooting is fast-paced and action-packed, which is how I like my sport,” he shouted between shots with his Purdey on the final drive, known as Battlefield.

The day was rounded off with a Champagne reception and three-course lunch provided by The Yew Tree Inn in back in the Long Gallery at Englefield House. After the main course of roast venison (fallow harvested from the estate), Robert announced the winners of the competition. Team Four, which consisted of Alberto Arnaud, Benedicte Bukasa and Justine Philippon were crowned the overall champions, taking home limited edition Really Wild baseball caps as a prize.

So, if you fancy a day’s shooting with all the trimmings of a full-blown driven pheasant day on a top drawer estate, simulated game shooting is an affordable alternative and is just great fun!

Join the adventure. Find more information below;

Really Wild Clay Company

Simulated game shooting costs £285+VAT per Gun, which includes everything other than felt-wad cartridges and gun hire.

www.rbss.co.uk/really-wild-clay-days.

Englefield House

Gardens are open to the public all year round on particular weekdays and the house by appointment only for large groups.

www.englefieldestate.co.uk

James Purdey & Sons

Fine shotguns

www.purdey.com

The Yew Tree Inn

www.theyewtree.co.uk

The Epicurean Collective

www.epicurean.club

Stratstone of Mayfair

Land Rover Discovery 5

From £43,995

www.stratstone.mayfair.landrover.co.uk


Justine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017
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Now, that we finally have a bit of sunshine in the UK, it is important to curate our diet accordingly…
First tip – fresh fruits and vegetables. Why? Well, not only do fruits have amazing healthy components but the vitamins are much more activated for better results during the summer.

Find our little list of the primordial summer healthy food options:

WATERMELON

With its vitamins, the watermelon is one of the best healthy fruit. In fact, citrus fruits have been known to participate to the cancer prevention according to many medical journals. The watermelon has also the capacity to reduce the cholesterol level.

SHRIMP 

If you love your summer barbecues, then you can never go wrong with some shrimps. The perfect healthy food, also great for anyone who is weight conscious. In fact, the shrimp is rich in protein and poor in fat. It has an excellent nutritional value.

CORN 

Corn is not just a tasty summer addition to any menu but is also very rich in vitamins and minerals, and has the property to reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease, like the most of our recommended food on this list.

CELERY 

One of the low-calorie food, the celery is full of essential nutrients. It can also help you to loose some weight, facilitate your digestion, protect you from many diseases, strengthen the brain… There are so many advantages associated with Celery…You’ve just got to love it!

MUSHROOMS 

Many compounds have been identified in mushrooms that show potential for boosting immunity. The mushroom is the only vegetable which produces Vitamin D thanks to the sun. This is why it is not just perfect but an important addition to your summer healthy diet.

APRICOT 

The apricot is recognized for its benefits on the skin. I recommend it for those into sports and pregnant women. 100 grams of fresh apricots gives you 12% of vitamin C, 12% of vitamin A, and 6% of potassium required for the body.


Justine PhilipponJuly 11, 2017
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If you are stuck for choices for this summer for your holidays, you can choose to stay in your house, and lock yourself indoors or be more creative with a packed itinerary discovering some undiscovered spots in France. One place I could recommend is the beautiful Jura Mountains.

In the east of France, Jura Mountains have splendid landscapes. Away from the city, you will discover things in this place that you have never seen before. If you are not a big fan of water, be careful because in the Jura, this is the mountain heart. It has been here for thousands of years and this is what created the richness of this amazing place. Whether it is big caves, water has played a significant role in the Jura Mountains history.

The Hérisson, one of the vein of the Jura, is full of cascades and drops for about 3.5 Kilometres. Since 2002, it has been classed as a “protection of the landscapes” location. Jura Mountains is certainly full of little treasures that need to be protected. Everywhere you go, you will be held by the beauty of nature.
At the source of the River Lison, the waterfalls are blue all year round. You can also get lost in nature by disappearing in the Jura forest.
I personally recommend the Planches-en-Montagne. The cascades and the Gorges of La Langouette will take you to another world.
The depth of the water is so powerful which shows you to the strength of the surface landscape. If you want to increase your altitude and feel a little confident you can hike higher with the falls at Billaude or La Lemme. The water plunges into a narrow gorge across two successive drops from a height of 28m, huge no?

Wonderful water activities

Combining relaxation and fun is the best way to live your life and in the Jura Mountains, you have the possibility to do a lot of different activities that combine both. From canoeing, swimming to fishing, you can enjoy every facet of the water.

Jura Mountains has been adapted to suit the needs of even the most demanding of people, especially families. Everyone will be happy to swim into the natural pools forged into rocks or jump into the fresh water. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can choose to discover the River Loue with canoe or kayak. Enjoy the Jura nature in each detail and take your picnic with you.

Take a final breath by sitting down and listening to the nature song. The water is flowing, leaves of trees are intertwining, this is like music to your ear in time with natures influence on your heartbeats.

The lakes and rivers are what make all the charm of the Jura Mountains. The largest one, at Chalain, is just covering more than 230 hectares. Simply…Unbelievable!!

The Lac de Vouglans and the natural lake at Saint-Point are the 3rd place largest damns in France … With 850 m of altitude, this last one offers you a nice scope of 6 Km. Smaller but more fun, the Lac de Vouglans is long for about 3 Km and is equipped of leisure activities among its boast beaches.

All Jura Mountains Lakes are secured and calm thanks to a ban on all motorised craft. Fall in love with the natural site of Lac des Rousses, the wildlife side of the Jura Mountains. You will find a pine forest and a wild natural habitat thanks to the very clear water. This is the forgotten part of the Mountains and the less touristic parts. You will totally escape from the connected world and discover a fragile ecosystem full of biological life.

Finish your trip by visiting another natural site, the Lac Genin, the latest jewel of the massif. Rivers, lakes, forest, …the reputation and the beauty of the Jura Mountains is indisputable.  So just a little advice from a French girl to you this summer… forget the hustle and bustle of London, take a deep breath and relax yourself with the natural beauty of France.

 

 

 

 



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