Model and all round badass Tigerlily Taylor may be the off-spring of Roger Taylor from Queen but showmanship doesn't come naturally to her during the soiree season. Admitting to a level of anxiety in the weird 'non-real' fashion world, Tigerlily talks us through how she combats the affects in a four week diary...
Week Four: Sarah Ann Macklin's Meal Plan
Sarah Ann’s Side Notes: “Tiger’s meal plan is focused on boosting her immunity and energy. One top tip I can give is to be organised. Plan your meals, and write a list for your weekly food shop. You will be less likely to pick up an unhealthy alternative at the end of the night, or load up on slices of toast the next day, if you know you have a fried full of goodness! And not only goodness BUT yummy goodness.”
Week Three: Vital Vitamins
With New Years Eve over and two Christmas dinners under the belt, my body is feeling well, plump, and crying for some good clean nutrition.
Having given up meat a few months ago, the decision to take a couple of days off from vegetarianism in the name of Christmas cheer was not a wise one. This has unfortunately resulted in some pretty severe stomach cramps.
In a feeble attempt to flush out the toxins and decaying flesh from my system, I decided to embark on a juice cleanse. I find the Plenish Cleanse well suited to me. This could have something to do with the fancy glass straw that comes with it, it’s own neat little box, or possibly because I can order it on Deliveroo and I am quite lazy. Despite giving my bank balance a proper beating, juice cleanses are great for flushing out the system (if you know what I mean...).
However, if you are sane (unlike myself) and do not want to pay the absurd amount these extortionate juice tyrants charge, just remember it literally is just blended fruits and vegetables with some snazzy additives like coconut “nectar” and nut milk thrown in. I’m sure, if you are a normal functioning human being and not a lazy hungover slug, you could very easily create a juice plan in the comfort of your own home.
On top of my juice cleanse, the lazy person answer to a post-party detox is vitamins. Hey, if you can cure it with a convenient little pill, I’m in! So for this week’s column I am going to explain which vitamins can be used to help combat the negative side effects of partying because, lets be honest, there are a lot.
With heavy drinking, comes heavy anxiety. Waking up the next morning after a big night and attempting to function like an actual person by having actual conversations with real life people can be the most horrifying experience in the world on a really bad hangover.
To help a little with my anxiety I take magnesium, D3 and B12 pills. Magnesium is said to have a calming effect on the nervous system and improve energy levels. It also helps to treat insomnia, which also ties in with combating against anxiety. It has also been claimed that D3, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” (because your body produces it when it is exposed to sunlight), can reduce depression. Living in the dark and grey mass of cramped buildings that is London life, we all need a bit of D3 in our lives.
With B12, I like to switch between the pill form and the liquid concentrate form. If I’m feeling particularly crap, the liquid form gives you a great hit of simulated happiness for a limited period of time. Like magnesium, it is also a good cure for anxiety and fights depression whilst simultaneously benefiting your skin.
Another way to keep the cogs of your brain well lubricated is flaxseed oil. It contains high levels of Omega 3 and is a good sustainable alternative to fish oil. Moreover it isn’t going to destroy the world by depleting the ocean of its natural resources.
Flaxseed oil promotes healthier brains and hearts, a better mood and produces healthier skin and hair, as well as aiding in weight loss.
This brings me onto another result of pouring gallons of delicious sugary fermented matter into our systems: weight gain. After a few nights of drinking I definitely feel like I am carrying around an extra person.
In order to help combat weight gain and assist in the breakdown of all the junk food I consume to fight off the terror of a hangover and make myself feel better about life, I take digestive enzymes. They aid digestion by assisting the body in breaking down “difficult-to-digest” sugars and protein such as lactose and gluten.
To top it all off - especially because I am currently carrying around an entire turkey and half a pig in my gut - I take ginger pills as well as drinking my ginger tea to help with the breakdown of meat.
Week Two: Blooming Beauty
For the second week of my detox plan we are talking all about the physical. Don’t worry, this isn’t an exercise plan, it isn’t January just yet…
December is a severe slap in the face. The wind and the consequent routine of whacking up the central heating, to warm the frozen cockles of your once sunny heart, is a sure fire way to really mess up your skin.
So this week I am going to discuss the slightly more superficial side of attempting to look as if you have just come back from the beach all year round. Let’s be honest, who wouldn't want to rub a healthy glow in the faces of all the other grey, sneezing, red nosed Londoners on the tube on your way to work? The trick is to appear healthy and glowing whilst quietly hiding the ‘angry hangover Grinch’ inside.
Having spent two back-to-back family Christmases drinking like a slightly alcoholic fish and managing to devour an entire cheese board (with the help of my siblings), I was in dire need of some serious pampering. The anxiety that comes with multiple nights of Christmas drinking can be very slightly alleviated if you at least feel like you look, sort of, all right. Looking great for me is all about skin.
A combination of internal health maintenance and caring for your skin will result in a year round healthy glow, or at least the illusion of one. Having come to terms with the reality that the older I get, the harder it is to look great and still go out, I have spent the past couple of years researching and testing out different products to find out what works best for me. I find the general rule is, the more natural the product the better.
For the face, I follow a five-step process...
Step 1: Exfoliation
I begin by exfoliating with Kiehls Men’s “Facial Fuel Energising Scrub” (£19.95). This is actually for men’s shaving after care but I find it the scrubbiest of all the facial scrubs so I use it anyway.
Another great product is “Teaface" by Your Tea (£18.00). This exfoliating scrub uses oils and tea leaves to soften the skin and give the appearance of radiance. The scrub can be left on the face for up to an hour to give the skin a deeper glow. This is one of my all time favourite products.
Step 2: Clay Masks
I have previously used a combination of Dermalogica’s “Skin Refining Masque” (£23.15) mixed in with charcoal powder that cleanses the skin leaving it soft and clear. However, recently I have found Sand and Sky’s “Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask” (£39.90) to be extremely effective for detoxifying the skin whilst also brightening and reducing the appearance of my massive pores.
Step 3: Tonic
After a clay mask use a natural tonic like rose water mixed with witch hazel. This also helps to tighten the pores and can be found in Holland and Barret.
Step 4: Collagen Mask
The “Crystal Collagen Gold Powder Facial Mask” is cheap and really does brighten the skin. You can order a pack of five for £5.49 on Amazon. You can also get this product specifically for use under your eyes which is perfect for those, oh so lovely, two nighters... making the terror of having to go out for the second night in a row with a head full of cotton wool and an inflated face, a little less daunting.
Step 5: Moisturise
To avoid “grey face syndrome” and because I am clearly obsessed with looking tanned all the time, I use a tinted moisturiser mixed together with a natural face moisturiser. My preference is Estée Lauder’s “Daywear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser”, although a little pricey at £42.00. Before bed I use natural rose oil to sleep in.
For the body, I undertake a three-step process….
Step 1: Salt Baths
As well as helping with internal detoxification, Pink Himalayan Salt can be used in the bath to help give you extra velvety skin and can be found in Holland and Barrett. I am also an Epsom Salt addict as this is amazing for easing muscle pain and it also helps with detoxification and getting that sexy velvety skin.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Having discovered sugaring as an alternative to standard waxing, I find the use of a dry brush in between waxes is the best method for attaining smooth skin and for keeping those nasty little red bumps at bay.
Step 3: Moisturise
I like to finish off by moisturising with coconut oil as it’s natural and acts as a great moisturizer whilst making you smell like a delicious coconut. If I’m feeling a bit cheeky, particularly pasty and well, gross, a little “TanOrganic Self Tan Oil” (£19.99) mixed in keeps up the illusion of a healthy glow.
Week One: Dealing With Party Anxiety
As the kind of person who likes a drink (or four), navigating yourself through the tinsel strewn glamour of the December holiday party scene (whilst maintaining total internal radiance and the closest thing to a healthy glow that any Londoner can achieve) is not an easy task. The shiny exterior that shrouds the realm of fashion eventing (strings of evenings spent feeling a bit self conscious and therefore downing glass after glass of champagne) is overshadowed by the dark possibility of an ever looming hangover.
The prospect of getting dolled up and spending the evening milling around making small talk with a lot of people you really don’t know but are probably supposed to know, can be a little daunting. Especially for someone who is, deep down a socially awkward dork more prone to tripping and falling down the stairs than gracefully swanning into a party... (an unfortunately true story).
Due to my true nerdy nature and inner desire to be at home with my dog, I find that the holiday party seasons can be pretty taxing on my health. Having spent many teenage years convinced that I am totally indestructible, I consequently put my body through the arduous task of regenerating from endless nights of partying on very minimal sleep. However, at the ripe old age of 23 I have come to realise that I am in fact mortal and my body will suffer if not properly maintained.
This realisation has lead me on a path of health related discovery and it is only at this stage in my young life that I find I have established a proper regime for the maintenance of my mortal temple. Assuming that there are in fact a lot of people who are secretly terrified of social interaction, it is my intention to offer some semblance of alleviation to any woman who finds herself thrust into one or many social situations in which she may not feel entirely comfortable.
With the winter months comes the promise of excitement and festivities, a possibility of snow, and the probability of a dip in your mood due to an imminent lack of vitamin D; as well as potential alcohol poisoning. Other than taking vitamin D supplements and the obvious nutritional necessities: basically, eat lots of vegetables and maintain a healthy gut.
After years of research I have come up with some sneaky tricks for surviving these perilous months of balancing partying and keeping your body alive....
Step 1: Detox
The Solution: Pink Himalayan Salt Sole and Fresh Lemon and Ginger Tea with Cayenne Pepper.
Why It Works: If you are planning on braving the baltic winter winds and leaving your homely cave one of these winter nights, being a Londoner, I immediately assume that alcohol is on the cards, therefore, detoxification is essential. You must restore your body to it’s internal glory if you want to survive the winter. Sole water (fully saturated salt water), if ingested, detoxifies the body by balancing it’s pH system and providing minerals which support hydration. Every morning I drink two tablespoons of sole water before my super indulgent, steaming hot mug of lemon and ginger with cayenne!
Pink Himalayan sole also helps to support hormone imbalance, which in turn improves sleep as well as supporting weight loss and thyroid and adrenal function. Drinking a cup of hot water every morning helps to flush out the system anyway and by adding fresh lemon you are providing the body with vitamin C which, as I am sure we all know, is the best method for fighting off those pesky winter sniffles. I like to add slices of fresh ginger to the brew to give it an added superpower.
Due to its high concentration of antioxidants, ginger is considered one of the best methods of removing toxins from the body. It’s fibre content aids digestion and helps to regulate excess gas and stomach acids in the intestines. It also helps to control fluid retention and, come on ladies, periods suck, so anything that will help me feel like less of a water ballon every month is always a bonus. While I would like to make it clear that I am not promising that a cup of hot lemon and a bit of salty water will rid you of all of your holiday aches and pains, it certainly helps me. Throw in a cold press juice and add a little charcoal for extra detoxification and you’ll be laughing in your winter hangover’s evil puffy face!