As we patiently wait for spring to arrive, we’re all hopefully still holding on to that motivated mindset we adopted at the beginning of the year. However, if you can feel your self-discipline slipping, take a look at health coach Joanne Henson’s tips for success with your resolutions for 2015. We also dish the details on a selection of diets and weight-loss plans, give you some top tips for boosting your metabolism, check out the fitness trends of the moment and teach you how to chill out and meditate for better health.  

With a focus on fashion and filling that spring/summer wardrobe, we caught up with one of Scotland’s TV presenting favourites, Lorraine Kelly and stylist Mark Heyes, who are bringing their own brand of style to the high street with JD Williams and Marisota. We also take off our hats to the Scottish stars of headwear showcasing at London Fashion Week, and highlight the hot-right-now designers who are currently on our style radar.

February is generally the month where Love Is All Around… or at least tasking Royal Mail with a busy shift come 14th February. Scottish Woman columnist, Gina McKie, highlights the science behind the feeling and sheds some light on the chemical reaction that makes love such a powerful drug.

We also chat to a number of inspiring women leading the way in their industries. Cook Yourself Thin presenter and food writer Sophie Michell, the UK’s youngest female executive chef, talks career and culinary highs, while all-women team Rock and Roast tell us about launching a new career inspired by eating artisan coffee and chocolate. Aberdeenshire teenager, Ashleigh Will, also tells us about advancing in the traditionally more male dominated oil and gas industry.

If travel is a big part of your plans for 2015, then we’ve got some options to keep you busy. If glacial lagoons, fiery landscapes and crashing waterfalls are what you’re after, then our feature on Reykjavík and Iceland’s South Shore should have you packing your thermals in preparation for some stunning scenery. We also have a slightly warmer option, located in the hidden-away oasis that is the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech. Closer to home, we highlight all the awe-inspiring sights to be seen on the North Coast 500, a new touring route coming to the North Highlands.

Best wishes,

Maria M. Burnett

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