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  1. From Portugal

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    Don’t cause further damage to the sea in order to enjoy a good swim whenever you fancy it! The ecosystem is suffering for our luxuries. Unfortunately the cosmetic industry hasn’t yet come up with an SPF ingredient that both protects us from the sun’s damaging rays and is kind on sea’s ecosystem. SPF lotions based on synthetic chemicals are not good for us as those chemicals accumulate in our bodies as well as causing damage to the sea life. What about the so called natural SPFs? There are only two alternatives, one is zinc that has a devastating effect on coral and the other is Titanium Dioxide, which washes out into the sea not offering you a prolonged efficient protection and when mixed with sea water creates hydrogen peroxide. This harsh substance has been killing the nutrients that feed the small fish, this then travels up the food chain having a devastating effect of all the oceans of the planet

    My suggestion is that we all take responsibility and plan our holidays accordingly. I LOVE swimming in the sea but I do it either first thing in the morning or at sunset. This a photo of the sea after a good swim on my last holiday in Portugal, there’s actually something very spiritual about swimming at these times, you feel energised in the morning and purified in the evening. Another suggestion is swimming with protecting clothing. I know is taking some of the fun out of the holidays we are all used to but to me there’s no fun at all in the damage we are causing.


  2. Happy 10th Birthday Soveral

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    Today marks the 10th Birthday of the Soveral brand.

    Starting with a London based Skin Aromatherapy practice alongside my independent research, Jorj and I have worked together to make my childhood dream a reality. We have continued to grow in the organic way in which the brand was born. With the loyal support of our clients and key editors from The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue and Harpers to mention but a few, we have established ourselves as a trusted skincare brand of the highest quality.

    A HUGE thank you to all of you that helped us along the journey!

    We are proud to say that after years of developing our Treatments, products and bespoke offerings SOVERAL can now be found among the most prestigious places. Our products are now sold world-wide by Net-A-Porter, in London at Liberty and both products & Treatments at Daniel Hersheson at Harvey Nichols and at The Mondrian Sea Containers.

    We have lots of exciting plans to share with you in the 10th year of Soveral so watch this space...

    Thank you for all your support and enjoy our present to you of 50% off all our products today, plus more giveaways throughout the week. Enter the code 'soveral10' at checkout to receive 50% off.

    Jorj & Alexandra

  3. Dance Works

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    I attended my very first Street Dance class at DanceWorks. It was probably the most fun I had in a very long time. Although I’m not very coordinated I was able to follow the routine enough to really enjoy it. I must have burned over 1000 calories but in a really fun way, afterwards I felt a great sense of achievement...I’m going back next week! Check out Hannah & Ryan’s Class at DanceWorks.


    "Since 1982, Danceworks has been providing a friendly and inclusive environment for all forms of dance and fitness of the highest quality. Now one of Europe’s leading studios, we offer an incredible variety of accessible dance, fitness, yoga, Pilates, martial arts and singing classes. Whatever your style or ability we have a class for you. Our Victorian building opposite Selfridges holds seven great, multi-purpose studios, men’s and women’s changing facilities with showers, plus a snack bar and member’s lounge area with internet access. Danceworks staff are passionate about the arts and this reflects in our customer service. Our staff are always pleased to help you to find classes to suit your needs, whether you are looking for a strenuous workout, trying to develop your technique, or simply wanting to learn something new."