Coffee is a staple for most people; especially all you shift workers out there. With more and more neighbourhoods welcoming the rise and rise of quirky, fashionista coffee houses, it’s no surprise that Americans, astonishingly, can drink around 280 million cups per day, whereas the Brits can drink around 55 million cups a day – yes, a day! Anyone fancy opening a coffee shop up with me?
However, with coffee being such a key factor within our diet, is it actually good for your health?
How healthy coffee is has been a controversial subject for years. It really does depend on who you ask. You have the die hard coffee fans, who will claim it is the key to life, and then the opposite, who claim it is the drink of the devil.
So here we have it, and before you run out and buy gallons of the stuff, drinking in healthy quantities, coffee can be good for your health! Like everything, too much of a good thing can be bad for you; not houmous though, you can never have too much houmous!
Coffee has, for many years, been a mood booster. If you feel tired or lethargic, what do you do? A quick answer to many is to drink coffee. It’s not rocket science; with all the advertisements and products out there, caffeine is a stimulant. Caffeine perks you up by blocking the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter, a hormone in the brain, called adenosine.
Blocking adenosine allows caffeine to increase brain activity, releasing other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. These are a god send as they help to reduce tiredness, make us feel alert, increase attention and decrease fatigue.
Coffee is not only just rocket fuel to wake you up, it’s also packed full of nutrients and vitamins – vitamins B2, B5, B1, B3, folate, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. All of these vitamins are essential for a healthy body.
Surprisingly, the benefits don’t just stop there. You can reap the rewards by getting more antioxidants from drinking coffee than from eating fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
So there you have it, coffee, in moderation, can benefit your health! Macchiato anyone?
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At last spring and summer is right around the corner, the weather is starting to warm up and you can already smell the floral notes in the air. It felt like winter was here to stay and upsettingly for us it put a dampener on our wardrobe choices. However the spring and summer 2018 shows have come to an end and their creations have already started to influence the retail world. Thankfully bringing some much needed colour into our closets.
One trend, which we love and is somewhat of a revival from previous years, is the variety of headgear that was crowning the models dominating the catwalk. It is like the cherry on top, finishing of the beautiful garments, adding a whimsical, glamorous affect to the entire ensemble.
Designers such as Elie Saab, Malne and off course Dolce and Gabbana perfectly decorated the heads of their models with floral headbands and accessories. Looking more like art, some resembled the colours and vibrancy of Marc Quinn’s painting ‘radioactive nurseries of enceladus’, absolutely gorgeous.
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This fiery print has notably been around for decades, gracing the catwalks of numerous fashion shows including Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaia. Also we couldn’t mention leopard print without mentioning Versace, where the print has been a staple on the runways since the beginning.
There has been a big push from designers and influencers to revive this ever-loved print.
Designers such as Tom Ford, Michael Kors and the incredible Victoria Beckham have all included the print in their collections, bringing it back into the modern day. You must have been living under a rock not to notice Beyoncé’s spectacular head-to-toe leopard print attire at her recent concert!
Leopard print is so versatile that it can be styled in any way – from adding a splash of colour to an outfit, to embracing it whole heartedly. It is a print that can suit everyone no matter what size, shape, age and gender. Wearing a piece of leopard print, whether a coat, bag, belt or dress, has been said to be like wearing a red lip. It instantly elevates an outfit and your mood, making you feel great.
All you magpies out there will be praising the gods for the prevalent themes to hit the autumn/winter 17-catwalk shows. One of the more striking themes used was the use of inordinate jewellery. With every model we were captivated by the boundless array of glimmering and wearable art. What better way to brighten up the darkening nights and contrast those autumnal colours than to add a bit of sparkle and shine.
Thankfully unlike previous years, jewellery was out in force. Usually an after thought to the designer’s elaborate designs, the jewellery was used as a key component of the outfit and in our opinion rightly so. So much of today’s jewellery are fashion pieces in themselves with designers commissioning jewellers to construct these show stopping pieces.
Four of the most notable trends from A/W 17 shows was the use of enormous earrings, high necklace’s, vintage inspired pieces and hoops. As an excuse to add to your jewellery box, we have highlighted and showcased some of our own amazing brands and designer pieces so you can shop and follow the trends for A/W17.
Its no surprise that earrings were shown on most models this season. The style varied from designer to designer, asymmetry the key look for designer Elie Saab, where mismatched earrings were on show. Contrasting colours from Balenciaga were all the rage for their runway. Heavy embellishment, estate style jewels with flashes of colour, long tassels or feathers were the most stand out, predominantly in the Celine collections.
Harking back to the 90’s inspired black fabric or leather chokers. This favourite trend of most of our youths has bounced back. The choker was adapted in mostly every show it appeared in, with each designer taking a different approach. Dior opted for the embellished look, with diamonds and pearls where Junya Watanabe went for the punk rock inspired, using leather and studs.
One of our favourites to be included was the use of jewellery inspired by the eras gone by. You got it, the use of oversized clip on earrings, pearl necklaces, brooches (shrieks with excitement) all harking back to the 1950’s style. Brooches mimicking old-fashioned elaborate designs with a modern twist were pinned to lapels, skirts and hats were a big hit for the fashion designer Miu Miu. Not surprisingly the use of the brooch was such an influence that it also made it into the men’s A/W 17 shows.
Circle and Spheres
The hoop earring has never been just a trend, hence why it has never gone out of fashion. You are guaranteed to have already several hoops in your jewellery box already. They are so versatile, whether it classy and elegant or daring and sexy, suitable for any occasion. It was noticeable on the runway more so than Alexander McQueen who used various shapes and charms to give them their own charm and character. Rule of thumb for us, the bigger the better.
It’s true the phrase; jewellery can be a girl’s best friend. Jewellery is so versatile, and that is the beauty of it. As you can see from the collection above you don’t need to spend a fortune to follow the trends. Explore all the brands and designers My Healthcare Rewards have and we are sure that you will find your own treasure.
What are your thoughts on the A/W17 trends, is there any that catch your eye?
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