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LOOK FAB ON ZOOM

Written by Fiona Ingham

The latest from our House of Colour blogger Fiona Ingham

Suddenly we have had to become Zoom experts. I enjoy Pilates and chats with friends and am even dragged unwillingly to the weekly Zoom quiz! I can’t do Colour Analysis sessions but Zoom Make-up Demos for groups and Zoom Personal Style Individual Sessions work incredibly well. Many have booked as they now have the time, want some escapism, can be based anywhere, and importantly, because they want to look better under the scrutiny of Zoom.

By now we’re well versed in the basics: don’t clash with or have an embarrassing background. Angle the screen well and raise it. Be a distance from the laptop so the face doesn’t fill the screen. Maybe promote your intellectual side with carefully chosen books that you always meant to read. Ensure your partner won’t appear in a dressing gown. Don’t say anything negative in case you’re unmuted or haven’t actually left the meeting. Wear a suitable bottom half in case you need to stand up. Control the family noises off.

It's not just your clothes...

So, with all of that sorted let’s turn firstly to make-up. On my Zoom demos I talk about an Express Make-up which takes a couple of minutes. It’s the one for you if you are time-poor: foundation, blusher, mascara and importantly lipstick which adds contrast to the face. For a Zoom chat that suffices for me but for a professional consultation I prefer to go for a full Classic look where I add concealer, bronzer ( or powder), illuminator, eye brow pencil, eye shadows, eye pencil, lip pencil. Demonstrating and talking through this takes me an hour but left to my own devices it’s just 10 minutes, and well worth it! Lockdown is the best time and place to practice your make-up skills.

Don't be afraid of colour

I recommend wearing a coloured top rather than a neutral one as you’ll stand out more in that sea of neutral squares. If you know your colours it’s easy, if not here are some safe colours which work for all skin tones: Royal Purple, Primary Red, Sea Green, Kingfisher, Hyacinth Blue, Forest Green.  Beware Marmite colours such as Mustard, Coral, Burgundy or Fuchsia. Make sure the neckline you choose works well for your face shape and neck length. If you must wear a neutral maybe try a colourful scarf appropriately tied, or a necklace in the right scale for you. (See my Instagram for example of wrong and right scales). Patterns can be difficult so do take care.

It’s good to avoid anything moving about such as those wonderful dangling earrings which will distract from your words on screen, or the necklace you can’t help fiddling with. A nice watch and a bracelet which doesn’t clank on the table, can add interest as can a ring if your well-manicured hands will be seen.

Final touches

Lockdown hair! My Gamine crop has grown out and I find hair gel gives it the neat outline that I need. Hair grips and hair bands can give a new style. Maybe the hair pulled back or put up will work. It’s fun to experiment. Hair mascara produced by many brands will cover up the grey roots.

Looking good on Zoom lifts the spirits and getting our make-up right for Zoom will stand us in good stead for any future settings, whether on screen or in person, and whether at work or out on the town!

Fiona Ingham

FIONA INGHAM

Consistent holder of the House of Colour Star Consultant award each year since 1991 plus the new Double and Triple Star Consultant award for 2019. Winner of the Business Development Award and Team Productivity Award.also a 2017 Livewire Innovation and Excellence Award.

Colour Analysis can be a Private Individual Session (two hours) with a group of friends or joining a group (both half day). If you did your Colours some time ago Fiona recommends the Advanced Colour session for further inspiration.

Contact details: Fiona.ingham@houseofcolour.co.uk  07791 507534
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Colour Analysis – To do or not to do?

Colour Analysis – To do or not to do?

Written by Fiona Ingham

You probably already have a strong sense of which colours suit you best but if, like us, you really want to understand exactly which shades perfectly suit your skin tone, which are your best neutrals and what exactly are your ‘Wow!’ colours, then colour analysis could be for you.
House of Colour consultant and HBB blogger, Fiona Ingham answers some of our questions:

So why should you invest in colour analysis?

Firstly, because whatever your age or gender, wearing the right colours will make you look your best, with glowing skin, fine lines and dark circles reduced and the jawline defined. Your eye colour will look brighter and natural hair colour be enhanced. Clients are astonished to see the difference when draped in flattering colours.

How does it work?

Colour analysis discovers your best neutrals as a great basis to the wardrobe. For some this will be pure white through all the greys to charcoal and black, for me it’s cream through the beiges, camels, coffees to darkest chocolate. There is a specific navy in each section. You’ll be introduced to your bright colours too. It’s so easy to be adventurous and wear a splash of fuchsia or buttercup yellow if you’re certain it looks good. There’s no need to get rid of all ‘wrong’ colours, although some clients do, but you can just make a start by getting great colours around your face, maybe as a scarf or top.

What’s the benefit?

In the 90’s the desire to be simply the best, to Dress for Success was a major impetus in ‘doing Colours’ but now clients want a more sustainable wardrobe, which meets the #30wears challenge. They aim to buy smart and less, eliminating mistake buys, wearing everything and so trying to avoid contributing to global textile waste.
Hannah Betts of the Sunday Times Style Magazine discovered that jewel winter colours suited her best and wrote that wearing our right colours “gives a kind of superpower and visual charisma”

Clients report that they feel more confident and save time, stress and of course money by knowing exactly what works and disregarding the rest.

You use a ‘seasonal’ colour analysis system, how does this work?

The colour wheel is divided into four sections, given the seasons names as a shorthand description. You discover which section your colouring fits into. If your skin undertone, eyes and hair colour need warm colours you will be an Autumn or Spring. Winters and Summers colours are cool. There always are surprises so it’s wise not to self-diagnose or make assumptions in advance!

We work with specific contrasts from 144 precision dyed drapes. You can wear almost every colour but will discover the right hue. Make- up colours, including a range of lipstick colours are chosen. This is often a revelation for clients who suddenly discover a lipstick they love.

You don’t simply learn your season, but the best colours within that season, aka your Wow colours! You take away a leather wallet with colour swatches to make colour matching easy and an individualised booklet to ensure that you shop effectively.

Fiona Ingham

FIONA INGHAM

Consistent holder of the House of Colour Star Consultant award each year since 1991 plus the new Double and Triple Star Consultant award for 2019. Winner of the Business Development Award and Team Productivity Award.also a 2017 Livewire Innovation and Excellence Award.

Colour Analysis can be a Private Individual Session (two hours) with a group of friends or joining a group (both half day). If you did your Colours some time ago Fiona recommends the Advanced Colour session for further inspiration.

Contact details: Fiona.ingham@houseofcolour.co.uk  07791 507534

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7 Quick and Easy Tips for your Winter Skincare

Winter Skincare

7 Quick and Easy Tips for your Winter Skincare

Winter just seems to hate your skin, and with the recent cold weather, it’s likely that you’re starting to dry up.
We’ve compiled a list of 7 quick and easy winter skincare tips tp keep your skin looking fresh and healthy throughout.

1. EAT HEALTHILY

Look for high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables like blueberries and cranberries, pumpkins and squash. Think about supplementing your diet with additional vitamin C, E and A too.

Fruit helps with winter skincare

2. PUT A JUMPER ON, NOT THE HEAT UP

There isn’t much nicer than cranking the heat up on a cold day and cuddling up in front of the T.V. However, upping the heating dries the air, and incidentally your skin.

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3. MAKE YOUR SHOWERS QUICK AND WARM (NOT HOT!)

Be a man in this scenario. If he would be yelping under the sprinkles of lava hot water coming out of the shower, it’s probably a good idea to turn it down. Long hot showers strip natural oils out of your skin, drying it out and making it more vulnerable.

4. AVOID HARSH SOAPS

Opt in for mild, fragrance-free cleansers. Harsh soaps, especially on your hands can cause your skin to dry out becoming dry, itchy and uncomfortable.

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5. GIVE YOUR HANDS A LITTLE EXTRA TLC.

Your hands have it rough, try moisturising frequently to replenish the natural oils that are stripped from your skin when you wash them. Also think about trading in your hand soap.

6. EASE UP ON FACIAL EXFOLIATING.

Reduce the frequency of facial peels and masks to avoid irritating your skin. Facial peels and masks strip natural oil from your skin which can lead to dry flaky skin.

7. Wear Soft Clothing

Avoid putting on abrasive or irritating fabrics like wool or polyester directly against your skin, especially the neck. Stick to soft fabrics, such as cotton. You’ll be more comfortable, also it’s a good excuse to start expanding our winter wardrobe.

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How to improve your mood and beat the winter blues

How to Improve your mood and beat the winter blues

The dark winter months can be depressing. Sunlight is genuinely linked with our moods, and working a nine to five job means you might find that you go days at a time not seeing sunlight. This can hit us pretty hard.

So, here are five things to consider to help you keep your spirits up through the winter.

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1. Boost your Vitamin D

“Most people don’t know vitamin D is in fact a hormone, which has a profound effect on how we feel and our mood.” Geeta Sidhu-Robb Nosh Detox Founder

Vitamin D has been associated with mood changes. Low levels of vitamin D leading to low moods and depression. Many individuals living in northern climates become vitamin D deficient in the dark winter months. Consider taking a supplement to boost your vitamin levels.

2. Don’t Give In To Sugar Cravings

Sugars from things like sweets quickly release serotonin which gives a momentary feeling of happiness. However, this is fleeting and the ensuing sugar crash makes everything worse. Avoid sugary snacks, Instead, nurture yourself with healthy foods packed with antioxidants found in dark leafy greens and colourful fruits and vegetables.

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3. Stay Active

It can be hard to find the get up and go drive in the cold winter months. But exercise is really good, not just for your physical health but your mental well being. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins which genuinely make you happier. So, you will find yourself with a much more positive outlook on the world with regular exercise in your weekly routine. Exercising on a regular basis can also help ease stress and promote relaxation, which can be particularly helpful for those who struggle to fall asleep.

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4. Increase Serotonin

When sunlight enters our eyes, it activates the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, our feel-good hormones. If your mood is low, try taking a 5-HPT supplement – a chemical made from the amino acid tryptophan, which the body then coverts into serotonin. Some studies go as far as suggesting 5-HTP may also work as antidepressants, and has little to no side effects. You can’t get 5-HTP from food, so supplementation is necessary.

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5. Omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthy fats found in cold water fish, raw nuts and seeds, and superfoods such as flax and hemp (you’ll also find that a lot of these foods are high in vitamin D). Omega-3’s are the building blocks for the nerves and brain and are crucial for the proper growth, development and function of brain tissue. Taking an omega-3 supplement has been proven to significantly improve mood and lower the likelihood of depression.

6. Set Your Internal Clock

It’s crucial to create a sleep routine that has you seeing sunlight as much as possible. On top of this, getting too much sleep or too little can ruin your mood for the day as you will feel tired and fatigued. Try to go to sleep before 11pm, avoid caffeine for at least six hours before bed and avoid bright lights and screens late in the evening.

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Is Your Sugar & Fat Intake Out Of Balance?

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IS YOUR SUGAR & FAT INTAKE OUT OF BALANCE?

Can you See the Signs?

There are a lot of confusing ideas out there. Don’t eat sugar. Eat some fats, but not others. Don’t eat fat if you’re trying to lose weight. Don’t eat sugar, but fruit is good… Amidst all this conflicting advice, it can be hard to determine what exactly is right when it comes to eating fats and sugars. It’s not surprising that a lot of us are getting the balance wrong.

So, we thought we would do some research and see if we can’t pick from the clutter of advice some of the rights and wrongs and maybe even clear up some of the confusion.

First of all, fats and sugars are a necessary part of our diets. Cutting either out entirely is a bad idea. However, like most things moderation is key.

Some of the Common mistakes people make

Low-fat products

If you normally make a beeline for the low-fat section in the supermarket you may want to just pause. Often when manufacturers remove the fat they also end up removing lots of the nutritional value. And to supplement the lost flavours they often add in sugars or sweeteners.

So check the nutritional values and ingredients. Especially when it comes to the sugar content in things like natural yoghurt, you may be surprised.

Low sugar products

When manufacturers remove the sugar, they replace it with artificial sweeteners. It has been suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners may have a stimulating effect on appetite and therefore may play a role in weight gain and obesity. But research is inconsistent on this front. We suggest erring on the side of caution. Instead of buying low sugar products try cutting down on the amount of sweet foods you eat.

A lover of fruit

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and natural sugars. However, things like dried fruit, smoothies, and fruit juices are highly concentrated in sugar. The NHS advise you limit the amount of fruit juice or smoothies you drink to only 150ml a day as ‘crushing fruit and vegetables into juice and smoothies releases the sugars…which can cause damage to teeth.’

You’re Nuts

On the flip side you may be a nutty enthusiast and find yourself grazing on nuts and seeds throughout the day. Nuts are high in unsaturated fats which are considered one of the good fats. However, they aren’t particularly filling meaning you can end up consuming far more fat than your body needs.

Both nuts and fruits are healthy food choices. But we recommend mixing it up a little. Eat fresh fruits with a tasty selection of nuts to compliment the nutritional values of the fruit. But be aware and try and keep a good balance of both.

Your breakfast choices

Eating a nutritional breakfast with plenty of energy is important to getting a good start to the day.

Unfortunately there are a lot of cereals out there that aren’t all they crack up to be. Be wary of sugar content in cereals. Whilst they may be low in fats, they are often high in sugar content.

You love your red meat

Steaks are delicious. Red meat is rich in iron, zinc and B vitamins, but it’s also rich in saturated fats, which should be eaten in moderation. Choose organic and for red meat opt for grass-fed, which has a better nutrient profile and is higher in omega-3 fats.

Try eating more white meat and fish. Fish is high in omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins A and D and other key nutrients. There is a reason you always see gym junkies eating chicken and rice or fish

Conclusion

Moderation is key. As long as you are aware that some of the habits and foods you are eating are throwing your sugar and fat balance out of whack you can balance it out again by adjusting your diet.

We recommend you do some research of your own along these lines before making any major changes.

Our key points though are be careful of low fat foods that sneak more sugar into your diet. Similarly, be wary of low sugar foods that substitute artificial sweeteners.

 

Sources

https://www.healthy-magazine.co.uk/too-much-sugar-or-too-much-fat-7-signs-your-diet-is-off-balance/

https://www.healthy-magazine.co.uk/superfoods-that-wont-break-the-bank/

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-truth-about-artificial-sweeteners.aspx

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Health & Nutrition: 8 Myths Busted for 2020

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8 Health & Nutrition Myths Busted for 2020

Health & Nutrition: Truth or Myth

Health & nutrition has become one the most talked about topics on the internet. There are more diet plans and advice blogs than you can wave a digital stick at. But do they always have the intended effect? Or are they just nonsense? We took a look at 8 different topics and this is what we found.

1 Going Gluten-free is super healthy

While there are legitimate reasons to avoid gluten, for example if you have coeliac disease,  there’s often a minimal benefit from avoiding gluten. Gluten itself isn’t typically unhealthy but often gets a negative outlook due to its presence in so many things, many of which are unhealthy, think biscuits, cakes, pies and pastries.

You can find gluten in a huge number of different foods. And avoiding it completely, has minimal benefit for most people, and can even be a hindrance to creating a balanced diet.

2. Sugar is all Bad

The phrases good and bad sugar get thrown about a lot which can be confusing. So let’s get something straight. Sugar is sugar and, ultimately, all sugar is broken down in our bodies into glucose, which our cells use for energy.

The difference between having a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee compared to eating an orange is that the orange has a host of vitamins and minerals which refined sugar does not. You may be interested to know that an orange has approximately 9g of sugar which is equal to roughly two teaspoons.

3. All Fat is Bad

Some fats are good for you. Contrary to deeply entrenched opinion, a low-fat diet is not a necessarily a healthy one. The important thing is not to cut out fat entirely, but to make sure that you’re eating the right kind. Unsaturated fats are the ones our bodies need and use. They have been associated with lower blood cholesterol, and are found in foods such as oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, and oily fish.

4. Carbs will make you fat

Well pretty much anything will make you fat if you eat too much of it. But that’s the wrong way to think about it. Starchy carbohydrates come in two forms: refined and whole. The latter are the ones to go for – higher in fibre and full of other essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, far from making you gain weight, eating high-fibre foods will help to keep you feeling full, which means you are less likely to overeat.

We need starchy carbohydrates to give us energy, and they should make up one third of our diet. Instead of cutting them out, make some smart switches and cut down on the more unhealthy carbs, like highly refined flour products.

5. Fresh is better than frozen

As fruits and vegetables ripen, their sugar content rises and their nutrient content deteriorates. Often, fruits and vegetables are frozen quickly after harvest, which prevents all of this, and actively preserves the nutrients.

What this means is that frozen vegetables can sometimes be more healthy than fresh ones!

6. Coconut oil is the healthiest oil

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. As we mentioned earlier, unsaturated fats are the ones to go for, think olive oil. Coconut oil is actually a saturated fat. That’s right, it’s a baddy. There is research to suggest that coconut oil isn’t as bad as other saturated fats though, suggesting that it may be metabolised differently, so as to not have such an adverse impact on blood cholesterol and general cardiovascular health. Again, health & nutrition is all about balance.

7. You need protein shakes if you go to the gym

It is true that our muscles need protein for growth – especially if you’ve done anything particularly high intensity. However, most people get plenty of protein from their regular diets. What is important, is the timing of that protein intake, which should ideally be within an hour of exercising. Your body can only metabolise a certain amount of protein at a time, so overloading on the protein shakes is completely pointless.

The goal should be to limit our protein intake to shortly after exercise so that our bodies can use it to help our muscles build and repair, rather than overdoing it on the protein shakes!

8. Snacking is evil

Not necessarily. Once again it comes down to what you snack on and how much you eat. There is evidence to suggest that snacking is actually good for you, eating little and often means you avoid the large glucose spikes that you get after large meals which cause you to produce a large amount of insulin. Whilst you might immediately feel sleepy your body is actually absorbing a huge amount of energy. Once this process has been gone through the spike drops and you find yourself crashing – and often becoming hungry again.
Snacking is a good way to try and avoid this cycle of energy highs and crashes.

You have to choose your snacks wisely though. Go for something dense in nutrients that will help fill you up. For example fruit (not dried) and natural yoghurt.

Verdict?

You have to maintain a healthy balance in all your food groups. We’re certain there will definitely be more myths than truths when it comes to health and nutrition, but a small dose of research will keep you on track.

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What is Intermittent Fasting?

There has been a lot of interest in the health world around intermittent fasting.

This is the practice of not eating for a certain number of hours a day, or not eating for two or three days out of the week.

The obvious result of this is limiting your calorie intake over the fasting period. If you look across a whole week intermittent fasting generally causes people to consume less calories than they otherwise would. The inherent result of this is going to be weight loss, which means without dramatically changing what you eat you can lose weight. This has made the idea of intermittent fasting very popular.

In the office both Niamh and Bobby have tried it. Niamh doesn’t eat anything before 2pm and claims her energy levels have never been higher.

Bobby tried fasting for 24hours and said he felt a little bit lightheaded and dizzy on the day but after doing it, he felt lighter, refreshed and less bloated.

This is not a particularly new concept. In fact there were several studies in the 30s and 40s that came to the conclusion that restricting calorie intake of certain animals led to those animals leading a comparatively longer life span.

How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

To understand how fasting works we need to understand how the body behaves when you eat food and when you don’t.

When you eat food your body spends typicaly 3 to 5 hours digesting and absorbing food. During this period it is typically hard for your body to burn fat because of the increased insulin levels.

After about around 8- 12 hours your body is no longer absorbing or digesting food which means your insulin levels are low and this makes it easier for you to  burn fat.

Because we don’t stop absorbing energy and food into our system 12 hours after eating, it is rare that our bodies are in this fat burning state.

By intermittent fasting you choose to force your body into this state which allows you to burn more fat than you otherwise would, without dramatically changing what you eat and how much you exercise.

The Effects of Intermittent fasting

1. Losing Belly Fat

The main argument for intermittent fasting is there is evidence that skipping the first meal of the day and not eating late at night, not only helps you lose weight, but helps you retain muscle mass and increases your energy levels.

2. Increased Energy

This is the main thing Niamh has noticed from her own intermittent fasting. She has more energy in the mornings, and to quote her, ‘no longer falls asleep at work.’

3.  Increased metabolism

Other purported physical benefits of fasting include:

1. Improved mental clarity and concentration.

2. Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels which may help with type 2 diabetes.

3. Increased growth hormone.

4. Lowered blood cholesterol.

5. You might even live longer

The Not so Good

As with any form of dramatic change for your body, there can be side-effects, especially if you don’t plan and structure your fasting properly.

1. Running low on nutrients

By altering your eating habits like this, you may find your body begins to get less of the good stuff that it needs because you aren’t eating properly.

2. Junk food becomes more tempting

Especially when you start, your food cravings may lead you to over indulge in junk food.

3. Not being able to exercise

Exercising without eating properly can lead to alarming fatigue, light-headedness and nausea.

Exercise requires you to massively increase your energy output. Burning body fat is an inefficient way to create energy; the potential energy in fatty tissue is stored as long molecules that are harder to break down than sugars.

However, Niamh, after daily intermittent fasting for nearly a month argues that she now has more energy than ever before!

3. Constipation

Less going in means less going out. You don’t need medications unless you experience discomfort.

4. Headaches

These tend to disappear after the first few times on fasts. Make sure you are drinking lots of water to help with this.

Other possible side effects include dizziness, heartburn and muscle cramps.

Eight tips for successful Intermittent Fasting:

1. Drink lots of water.

2. Stay busy and exercise.

3. Drink coffee or tea.

4. Hunger comes in waves, if you can ride them out you’ll find they quickly dissipate.

5. Don’t tell anybody who is not supportive that you are fasting. It can be mentally challenging to fast.

6. Give yourself one month. It won’t feel great to begin with. But stick with it and let the results speak to you.

7. Follow a low-carb diet between fasting periods. This reduces hunger and makes fasting much easier. It may also increase the effect on weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal, etc.

8. Don’t binge after fasting!

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of fasting you are going to do choose something that will fit into your lifestyle.

Second, you then need to decide on the length of time you are going to fast.

Thirdly, plan! The key to a successful fast lies in the planning. What are you going to eat, and when? When are you going to exercise and for how long? Which days are going to be feast days? When are you likely going to be in social situations that require you to eat or drink? For example, is your friend having a bottomless brunch party for their birthday? You need to incorporate that into your plan so that you can still go about enjoying life as normal but still stick to your fasting schedule.

When you’re ready, start fasting. If for any reason this makes you feel unwell or if you have any concerns, stop and seek help.

Continue all your usual activities outside of eating. Stay busy and live normally. Imagine you’re “eating” a full meal of your own fat.

Finally, when you break your fast, do it slowly and gently.

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Travel Ready with HBB

Travel with HBB

TRAVEL READY WITH HBB

Travel with peace of mind

It’s Summer, the time of country walks and longer days. A time for travel on foreign continents in search of sun, exploring hidden trails in far off lands and tasting foods you’ve never tried before.

But don’t get so distracted by taking in all the sights! One must always be safe and protected against pickpockets and thieves.

Our HBBs are designed with peace of mind in mind. Not only are they comfortable, good for your back, practical, and stunningly stylish, our bags offer a great secure alternative to a traditional backpack or handbag.

On a backpack, your zip is on the front of the bag making it easy to access to people behind you. Our bags position the zip pressed against your body.

A perfect design for security conscious people.

Accessible

With the zip always pressed against your body, it’s almost impossible for anyone to access the main compartment of the bag whilst you are wearing it without your knowing.

Not only are our bags more secure though, this design makes them more accessible to the wearer.

You are able to swing the bag round without ever taking it off and access the contents that way.

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Double Zips

The final touch is the double zip design which makes the bags easier for the wearer to access as they can position the zips wherever they want. Bottom, top, middle or anywhere in between.

HOW ARE WE HEALTHY?

Still DON’T BELIEVE US?

Here’s what one HBBer had to say:

“I have bags of various sizes and colours and my partner also has an Earth bag he uses on holidays as his ‘man bag’. I love them all as I feel, especially abroad, they are very secure with thick straps and the ability to have them in front as well as on your back. They are superbly comfortable and with all the pockets can hold many bits securely. I recommend them to all my friends and family.”

– Ellie Wilson, HBB customer.

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HBB and the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

pantone colour of the year 2019

HBB and the Pantone Colour of the Year 2019

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”

The Pantone colour of the year for 2019 is a vibrant, yet mellow hue. Somewhere between orange and pink it is a warm nourishing colour that provides an element of comfort in our rapidly changing environment.

It is a”‘reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life,” Pantone say.

Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Pantone Colour of the Year - Living Coral

“Representing the fusion of modern life, Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.
PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.”

Pantone Living Coral in Fashion

Coral colours have been hitting the runways over the last few months. It’s a vibrant spring like colour which captures the eye. Appearing both in our natural surroundings as well as displaying a lively presence in social media.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral in its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem. Bringing to the forefront of attention the delicate balance our ecosystem is held in and the dramatic impact humans are having on the planet.

HBBs and Pantone with our colourful classics

Last year we released a number of bags that connected with the Pantone colour of the year Ultra-Violet – from our seasonal bag Garden Party which played with spectrum of violet colours mixing them playfully with summer vibes and trendy floral prints. As well as adding Grape to our core range.

This year we are right on trend with our Geranium bag in Textured Nylon.

Our Textured Nylon bags do it all, with practicality and panache. Geranium is delicate and warm, perfect for matching to your outfit on bright sunny days and taking you on through to evening cocktails.

See all the previous Pantone of the year here.

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Essential Travel items you didn’t know you needed

Essential Travel Gadgets you Didn't know you Needed

Travelling is important. Experiencing new cultures, broadening your understanding of the world and most importantly, letting off a little steam and relaxing. Travel is a luxury for most of us, but it can be stressful. How do you fit everything you’re going to need for your long weekend in Valencia, into a tiny carry-on bag (let’s be honest, we’re not paying the extortionate fee Easyjet are going to charge us for luggage).

Thankfully for you, us lot at HBB are pretty travel savvy so we wanted to share a few tactful hints and tricks with our customers.

  1. The HBB

We’ll get the obvious one out the way, your HBB should be coming with you. With our well thought out and clever design there is more than enough pockets and storage space to make it a great choice of bag. On top of that the safety conscious design means the zip is pressed against your back at all times (no pickpockets are getting at your stuff) and it’s comfortable. The ergonomic design means carrying your belongings about as you tramp around a new city or along beautiful stretches of sandy beach isn’t going to cause you any grief.

But you know all this already…

2. Travel pillow from Hippy Chick

Hippy Chick are a recent discovery by the HBB office. They make some clever ergonomic products that are aimed at making our lives more comfortable, which is why their products are perfect for travelling with.

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3. Mini Medical Kit

Someone in your party is going to attain themselves some new injury on holiday. Whether its from an over exuberance whilst chopping onions and drinking wine or from standing on a seashell on the beach. A mini medi kit is a must.

4. Kindle

This may be no surprise to any of you, but we couldn’t leave it off a travel savvy blog. Personally, I love books, and I love the feel and weight and even the smell of paper books. Kindles get on my goat a little. But they are so practical!

If you’re anything like me you’re going to plough through two or three books in a week spent on the beach. But they take up a lot of space and well, they’re heavy. Kindles allow you to cart around a whole library all contained in a device the weight and size of a copy of Old Man and the Sea.

5. Collapsible Water Bottle

Going somewhere sunny? You will need water.

Reusable water bottles are important to help us cut down on wasteful plastic products. Millions of tonnes of plastic go to landfill, and distressingly end up in the sea every year. A reusable water bottle is a step in the right direction to avoiding that. However, as we mentioned before, you haven’t got much space in that carry on bag, a collapsible one though solves that problem.

6. Multi-usb/ plug adaptor

Why carry around a dozen plug converters for every device? Most of our devices now, tablet, Kindle, phone are all charged using usb cables. Carrying a single multi-port usb travel adaptor takes up less space ad allows you to charge multiple items from one single socket. Win win!

7. Packing Cubes

The space saving gods created these nifty things for a reason. They are super useful if you need to get more into less.

8. Tiny Iron

How much do you hate getting where you’re going, unpacking your bag to find that despite your careful folding, your clothes are more wrinkled than when you left!

Bring out in the tiny iron!