Well here we are in the second month of 2014 already, and if you’re anything like me, fitness and health will still be paramount in your mind - whether you’re detoxing or dieting, keeping fit or embarking on a completely new health regime. We’ve decided to focus on two main topics in our first issue of the year, starting with health and wellbeing. We’ve looked at everything from macrobiotics to the menopause, and we have some great tips for staying fit at 50 and beyond, along with advice from the Queen of Health herself, Lulu. We also look at PCOS, the hormonal imbalance affecting millions of women around the UK, and how you can reduce symptoms of the condition just by eating the right foods.

Organic food is something I am particularly passionate about, and we have a super article from the Soil Association Scotland, giving us the low-down on organic products, as well telling us about the benefits. Organic skincare is also becoming more and more popular – we have a feature on safer skincare without the chemicals, which includes some of the more natural beauty and skincare options available on the market. Our second big topic this issue is our bumper wedding feature, with some fantastic ideas on venues and dresses for brides-to-be, as well as looking at alternatives to the “traditional” big day. Our competition will see one lucky lady win a mother of the bride outfit from the fantastic Catwalk in Falkirk. Speaking of style, we also take a look at some Scottish women who represent the essence of what it is to be stylish, as well as getting an insight into the V&A at Dundee, Scotland’s first international design museum, which is set to completely change Dundee’s waterfront.

2014 is a year that will go down in Scottish history for many reasons. There’s Glasgow’s Commonweath Games, Homecoming Scotland, and of course, the referendum on Scottish independence in September. We get the viewpoints of two prominent Scottish women, who’ll both be voting differently to the big question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Whatever you’re planning to answer come September, we’d love to hear your views on this much discussed topic.

Wishing you all the best,


Maria M. Burnett

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