Thinking About The Waistline!

Spring is upon us, and at last we can start to look forward to baring a bit more of our bodies. For some of you though, this might not be something to look forward to. Over the last few weeks I have had so many of you in the boutique, bemoaning the fact that over the winter months you have put on a few extra unwanted pounds!

Do not get despondent, my friends. Here are a few useful tips to try and help get you back into shape to enjoy wearing your summer wardrobe.


  • The first golden rule of course, is to GET MOVING! I’m not suggesting you take up marathon running, but a brisk daily walk that gets your heart rate up will help to kick start the metabolism. Not to mention the benefits of fresh air into our lungs.
  • With lighter evenings and milder days, pay the garden some strenuous attention and work off some calories.
  • Joining the gym is not for us all, but most gyms nowadays have specific ‘ladies only’ sessions, or maybe hire a personal trainer, who will tailor make an exercise plan for you and help with diet advice. But that age old rule of 20% exercise to 80% of what we eat will be certain to provide results.

Swim you heart out

  • Swimming is a good all-round exercise and an effective way of toning your muscles, but as it’s low-impact, it means there’s less stress on your joints. Why not make it a more sociable event, and go with friends?

We all have busy lives nowadays and therefore our diet tends to suffer. With a bit of planning, committing to a healthy diet will be one of the smartest moves you make. To help you on your way, I’ve added a simple, yet healthy meal idea, that is a favourite of mine:


preparation time 35 mins plus cooling
cooking time 40 mins
serves 4 (makes 8)

Per Serving: 401 calories; 18 g protein; 16 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 44 g total carbohydrate;  7 g sugars; 8 g fibre; 314 mg sodium

(Potato cakes are often fried in oil or butter. Here they are oven-baked to produce cakes that are equally tasty but with a lower fat content).

1 kg potatoes, washed
1 large leek, sliced
2 tablespoons low-fat milk
2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
2⁄3 cup 25% reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, grated
6 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
4 large tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons ready-made garlic-flavoured olive oil for brushing (or, to make your own, add 1 crushed garlic clove to 2 tablespoons olive oil)


  1. Cut the large potatoes into halves or quarters. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add the potatoes. Bring back to a boil, turn down the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Add the leek to the pan for the last 5 minutes. Drain the vegetables, then spread them out on a plate and leave them to cool. Preheat the oven to 220ºC / Gas mark 7.
  2. When the potatoes are cool, peel and place in a bowl with the leek, and mash. Add the milk, mustard, cheese, parsley and thyme, and mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 portions. Shape each into a ball, then press on a floured surface into a flat cake about 10 cm across and 3 cm thick.
  3. Set the potato cakes on a clean plate. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle over half the breadcrumbs. Turn the cakes and coat the other side with egg and breadcrumbs. Transfer them to a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes in an ovenproof dish, cut- side up. Brush them with the garlic oil and sprinkle over any remaining breadcrumbs.
  5. Turn the potato cakes over carefully. Place the tomatoes in the oven with the potato cakes and bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden. Serve hot with a mixed salad. Delicious!


I know you’ve all probably heard this advice many times before, but if by reading this, it inspires just a few of you to get motivated and helps you ladies out there, then I’m pleased to have shared this with you, and I thank you for taking the time to read it.

We have some fabulous new Spring/Summer collections in store, to entice you gorgeous ladies. So, what are you waiting for? X