Category Archives: Mind & Body

Oasis for the Skin – Jurlique

Oasis for the skin

What starts off on the skin quickly transfers in to the body

Post by Thandie

Jurlique‘ – organic by name (it’s a combo of the founder’s names) and nature (the duo combine botany, horticulture, biochemistry and naturopathy). I came across the skincare range when I was shooting Mission Impossible2 in Australia 16 years ago. Back then the bottles were milky white with simple blue writing.

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The ingredients had been harvested and combined with utmost care, and were elixirs for the skin that felt sacred enough not to want to waste a drop. By regular standards they were expensive – but appropriately so.… Read more...

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To Shave Or Not To Shave…

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Is there even a question ? Well not so much questions as ‘options’: hair removal cream, bic razor, electrolysis (is that still available?), the dreaded waxing. Do we stop at the knee? Or go all the way up over the thigh? And why stop there when we can go full-power right on through the bush, via a hairy nipple, armpit and finish up with a Jada Pinkett Smith demi Mohawk.

To Shave or Not to Shave

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Full mow of the lady garden complete.

I remember the first time I went to Cannes Film Festival in 1995; I excitedly shaved my legs, toes, arms and fingers– I wanted to be eel smooth for the Premier.… Read more...

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Hemsley+Hemsley and ‘The Art of Eating Well’

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article-2663440-1EF3DC7300000578-9_634x939Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley are the sisters behind London-based food company Hemsley+Hemsley. They began in business by supplying nutritious, home-cooked food to a variety of clients all over the world. A blog for British Vogue followed, which was I first discovered them.

Finally I thought, someone’s making sense about food, neither one extreme myth (eating raw is sustainable in an average working life) or the other (healthy food is boring and too expensive). Also, whether it be ‘the fashion body’-where you sustain your 13 year old body with the breasts of a 17 year old, ‘the porn body,  ‘the Kardashian curves’, or the ‘disappearing actress’, our media culture reflects, fetishises and puts our bodies into boxes and in the process encourages us to be reduced and defined by them. … Read more...

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The end of one thing, the beginning of the other by Yrsa Daley Ward

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage.

Yrsa Daley Ward for Violet Magazine by Nicole Nodland

Yrsa Daley Ward for Violet Magazine by Nicole Nodland

Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She is the author of ‘On Snakes and Other Stories’ and ‘Bone’.2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is easy to drown in the length and breadth of winter.

This time of year in this country can be a thick heavy, thing, resting on your inner and outer limbs, drawing on for months. … Read more...

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A Very Intentional New Year by Danielle Henderson

Danielle Henderson writes about film, television, and pop culture for dhendersonphotosmallerVulture, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, and other publications, where she sort of can’t help writing about race, gender, and class. She is a former editor and current staff writer for Rookie, and a book based on her popular website, Feminist Ryan Gosling, was released by Running Press in August 2012.

This past May when I was in China for work, I visited a few temples to step out of the busy streets and into some moments of calm. Incense cones the size of serving platters hung above me, sending off waves of smoke in the dark, cool buildings.… Read more...

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Dija Ayodele on Facial Hair-stigma, shame & solutions

Posted by Kay

Facialist & Skincare Consultant Dijas Ayodele

Facialist & Skincare Consultant Dija Ayodele

Dija Ayodele has been a facialist and skincare consutant for almost a decade, she enjoys helping people learn about their skin and how to get the best out of it. Thank you for yet another informative piece Dija!

Each morning when Karen* wakes up, she runs her fingers out of habit across her chin and around the sides of her jaw to check for stubble. A quick mental assessment is then taken as to whether she needs the hair removal cream- could she simply get away with tweezing? Paranoid that someone will notice her condition at work, Karen often disappears to the bathroom with a hand mirror and tweezers and pluck away at her skin until she is confident that there are no hairs showing.… Read more...

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Camila Fernandez and her London Marathon

Posted by Kay

camila croppedMakeUp Artist Camila Fernandez was once an assistant of mine. She always had a thing for running- not a bad thing to have when your life involves more standing and waiting (near a table forever laden with refined carbs!) than actual physical graft.  Cardio is definitely a set-based worker’s best friend and I loved to hear her stories of 5k this and 10k that with her running group Run Dem Crew, a 200 strong group who meet every Tuesday night in Shoreditch, London.
More importantly, I’ve also know Camila during her father’s illness with Cancer, which was terminal and sadly he passed away last year.Read more...

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Q & A with Magatte Wade


Post by Thandie

MagatteI was fortunate enough to discover Magatte through her gorgeous line of beauty products; Tiossan. The line is born out of her philosophy that by nourishing skin and soul, 'beauty', is 'setting change in motion'. I saw her TedX Talk on line and was excited by the depth and power of her vision for women, and the world. Especially as that vision was already evidenced by her own entrepreneurial success (Forbes Magazine named her one of '20 Youngest Power Women in Africa').

Magatte believes that Beauty "awakens our soul to act" - something we believe here at ThandieKay.Read more...

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Walk a crooked mile. Writer Rosalind Jana’s journey of recovery

rosalindPosted by Kay

Rosalind Jana is a freelance writer, sporadic model and Oxford student who at the age of 16 won the Vogue Talent Contest for young writers. She has since written for a range of publications on topics from body image to sustainable fashion and her own experiences of spinal surgery, a theme she agreed to explore further for us here in this post. 

I came across Rosalind when reading a brilliant piece on body image for the All Walks for Catwalks site and was struck by her astute observations, the kind that usually take more than a couple of decades of life to realise.Read more...

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Baratunde Thurston – Men on Beauty

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The wonders of Twitter allowed me to meet Baratunde Thurston. I came across his best selling book ‘How To Be Black’ last year – and drank down every page with thirsty pleasure. It’s satirical, insightful, provocative and hilarious. A must read for everyone – even (and especially) if you’re not black! One thing that struck me was the beautiful way he writes about his mother; a single Mom to BT and his sister in 80s Columbia Heights ‘DC. It got me wondering about the effect this powerful, positive female role model (Baratunde lost his father under tragic circumstances when he was very young) had had on his view of women in general; and his relationship to them now (he clearly cherishes and has huge respect for the women in his life).… Read more...

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