2011 Fashion Fix- What’s Hot???

OK, so I confess…I’m officially addicted to maxi dresses. It has been a long-term addiction, and I am glad to say that it can still continue this season. Admittedly, maxi dresses aside, some of the other new-season trends can be harder to master, that’s were Poise comes in to assist you throughout your fashion dilemmas.













With the spring/summers collections front runners being 70’s styled maxis, jumpsuits, OTT wedges and wide-leg palazzo pants. Yes, you read correctly palazzo pants- they are this seasons ‘it’ item. Slick, smart and super stylish, trust me when I say they suit any shape you just need to find the right pair!




From the simple white lace dresses on Ralph Lauren’s catwalk, to the clashing of bright and bold summer hues kicking up a storm in both Dior and Fendi’s 2011 spring/summer collections, there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. Now all you need to know is how to wear it high-street style!













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Swim Club

Grace Kelly

Finish this season’s wardrobe off with a dazzling 50’s inspired bikini; follow in the footsteps of one of the ultimate 50’s icons Grace Kelly, by topping off this glamorous look with an over-sized pair of sunglasses. For style ideas check out the Poise Magazine.

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High-End to High-Street

High-End to High-Street


Catwalk looks at high-street price tags is every girls dream. With the Poise beauty team at the ready, we selected a group of 7 friends from The University of Lincoln and spoilt them for the day. Hair, make-up and new clothes from a variety of different high-street stores all found on Lincoln’s high-street.


Becca, 19 University of Lincoln.Wearing: High-waisted Shorts, £32, Vest, £6, T-shirt, £18, Denim waistcoat, £32. All Topshop. Brown Armyboots, £15. Primark

Left to Right, Leoni, 20, Helen, 21 both from The University of Lincoln. Wearing: Khaki Skinny Jeans, £42, Brown Satin Shirt, £40. Oasis. Tan Sandals £14.99. New Look. Blue Floral Palazzo Pant, £34.99, Cream Top, £21.99. River Island. Brown Ballet Pumps, £10.99. Sainsburys.

Jenn,19 Lincoln University. Wearing: Floral Maxi Dress, £75, Cropped Denim Jacket, £40, Gold Multi-chain Necklace, £15. Topshop. Tan Sandals, £14.99. New Look.

Heather, 19 University of Lincoln. Wearing: Vintage Lace shirt, £24.99, High-waisted Denim Skirt, £21.99, Nude High-heels, £19.99.All New Look. Skinny Tan Waist-Belt, £1.99. Primark.

Belle, 19, University of Lincoln. Wearing this summers hottest look 'colour bombing'. Orange Circle Skirt and Belt, £34.99, Pink Vest, £8.99. River Island. Pink High-heels, £19.99. New Look. Gold owl Necklace, £1.99. Dorothy Perkins.

Cover Girl, Jodie Bartlett, 19, University of Lincoln. Wearing: Animal Print Jumpsuit, £65 Topshop. Black Shoe-boots, £24.99. New Look.

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Holiday confessions

Holiday stories you should try to hide !


sunbathing innocently, we know this isn't all you get up to on holiday!


Michael, 26, Doncaster

I went on a family holiday to Magaluf when I was 15.

On the last night my dad had to hold up the bus which was taking us from the hotel to the airport by twenty minutes because I wasn’t at the hotel or answering my phone.

I told everyone I lost track of time, which is true. I had walked down to beach with I girl that I had met and lost my virginity to her. When my Dad saw that sand was pouring out of all my clothes, he immediately knew exactly what I had been up to. Needless to say he wasn’t impressed, but at least I can say that my first time was memorable.

Andy, 21, Barnsley

When I was 16, I went on holiday with the lads to Malia. During the holiday we had gotten to know a few other groups of girls and guys staying at our hotel, so we decided to have a big night out all together. It got to about 4am and I had lost all the lads I came on holiday with and was left with another guy and 2 girls. I got the bright idea to go skinny dipping in the sea, so off me and the other guy went thinking the girls would follow they never did, but we didn’t think much to it. We came out to find them and all of our clothes gone! They did leave us our shoes and wallets, but no taxi would take us due to our nakedness. It took us forever to find the hotel; I have never felt so embarrassed in all my life!!!’


Rebecca, 19, Nottingham.

I went on a girl’s holiday to Ibiza with my two friends. We were all in a club and I felt really ill so I went to sit on some seats in the toilet where it was quiet. I must have fallen asleep because I woke up in pitch black. The club had closed and my friends had left without coming to find me. I found them outside flirting with some guys, turns out they hadn’t even realised that I’d been gone.

Bruised face Ben, 20, Lincoln

 I went on a bar crawl in Maguluf and ended up participating in a drinking game on stage in the biggest club there.  I had to get naked and sprint across the dance floor and down a bottle of beer from someone else’s sock, amongst other things. After I had won the competition I just put my boxers back on for the remainder of the night. I started dancing and kissing a girl in club, I wanted her to come back to my hotel but she didn’t speak English so she didn’t understand me. I then decided to go and try it on with a different girl, to my dismay the first girl saw me and came over and punched me in the face because she wanted to come back to mine. The other girl then realised what I had done and also punched me. I went home alone with a bruised face.

Chantelle, 19, Sheffield

My two best friends and I went to Amsterdam for New Year when we were 17. It was our 2nd night out, we had been drinking for a while and somehow we had been dragged into a club and offered free drinks all night if we could fill the club. So up goes my friend onto the bar where there was a pole and started dancing. At the time this seemed great, free drinks and we weren’t really doing anything!! Later on I got the idea that I wanted to have ago at pole dancing, so I got helped onto the bar and I’m raring to go. I grabbed the pole swung my leg round hoping to look all graceful and sexy, but no. I went flying round the pole kicked one of the barmaids in the head broke numerous glasses and 2 bottles of tequila…How was I supposed to know the pole spun round!!! Thank god they didn’t make me pay for anything, I felt soooo embarrassed, I didn’t know what to do so I sat on the bar and tried to act like it didn’t happen. Sadly that didn’t work and they kicked us out.’

Anonymous, 23, Leeds

 On a recent holiday to Bulgaria I went to a beach party that was organised by the club reps. As soon as I got there I had my eye on this one girl who was there and as I got drunker we kept catching each others eye. Later that night she came over to me and started dragging me to a different beach. She lay on a sun lounger and ordered me to have sex with her; it wasn’t until after that she told me that I had just taken her virginity. After falling asleep for a while, I got up and had to walk five miles back to my hotel in just my boxers because I had forgotten where I had put my clothes. To make matters worse I got really bad sun burn.

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Bikini diets-friend or foe?

As the sun finally begins to shine, a sense of panic washes over those of us who chose to self indulge a little too much during the winter months.

Editor Laura sunbathing

 Chocolate may have comforted us in the cold dark nights of January, but now as the dreaded bikini season begins many of us are wishing that we had practised a little more self control.

Feeling guilty it’s time to rectify our mistakes; this doesn’t mean try and starve ourselves skinny though. It’s time to get healthy both physically and mentally and realise that a strict low fat diet will not guarantee us beach body perfection.

Fats are bad for you, or so the story goes, but is this really true?

Jonathan Buckley, a personal trainer and founder of the health, fitness, and nutrition website “Peak Performance” says “People fear fats like the plague, this is simply put down to the fact that there is little education into the fact that fats are beneficial to our very existence. Fats are an extremely important energy source and can contribute to as much as three quarters of the energy demanded by physical exercise.”

Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that you can stuff your face with sausages rolls before hitting the gym. Processed foods, red meats and dairy products are packed with saturated fats which are bad for you.  These types of fats are associated with high levels of cholesterol and heart disease, so if you are looking to loose weight try cutting back on these; but be warned cutting them out completely could lead to cravings which could lead to you over indulging.

If Saturated fats are out, then what fats are in?

Healthier fats that are essential to you’re well being are Monounsaturated Fats, these are typically found in cooking oils and nuts. Jonathan says that these also help to lower your LDL cholesterol.

Polyunsaturated Fats are also one of the healthier forms of fats if eaten in the right foods. These can be found in fish, seeds and nuts, and are best consumed in whole foods. However, and it’s a big however if these food type is subjected to types of processing, then the Polyunsaturated gems can be turned into nasty, harmful Trans fats.

This type of fat is the most complicated form, but it is not essential to your diet like other forms. Jonathan says “They can increase the risk of Heart Disease significantly, and also raise your LDL levels, whilst lowering HDL levels (the good cholesterol!).”

So there are the basics on fats. Hopefully you are a little more educated on which ones to avoid and which ones to welcome in your must get slim for summer diet.

Still struggling? Here is Poise’s favorite low saturated fat diet. 

It’s called the ‘Glucose Revolution’ and was originally constructed to aid people with Diabetes. The unrefined food types, useful carbohydrates, low saturated fat foods, and plentiful fresh fruit and vegetables in it aid in healthy weight loss for a wide range of people. As a result of this, this program is said to promote a “sensible, well-balanced, healthy weight loss.”

‘The Glucose Revolution’

Bran flakes with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
Whole grain bread with low-sugar jam

Chicken, turkey or ham sandwich on whole-grain or whole meal bread
Green salad

Roast chicken with baked sweet potato and grilled green and red pepper strips
Low-fat ice cream with sliced fresh pears or canned pears in fruit juice

Fresh fruit and vegetables (Carrot batons, celery etc)

Check out the peak performance website for more diet tips !


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