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For this weeks #wellnesswednesday I’m chatting to Jeff Mehmet who is a whirlwind of smiles and energy when you meet him.

Based in London Jeff works as a Stylist and Brand Consultant for clients worldwide. With a strong background in editorial, celebrity styling and design development he has a wide variety of experience and an outstanding portfolio.

In fact his VIP celebrity styling extends through to internationally renowned celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Kellan Luts, Amanda Seyfried, Lindsey Lohan, Dannii Minogue, Kat Dennings, Immodesty Blaize, Josh Daniel and also the Hilton sisters, Paris and Nicky.

But lets not forget his home country with various members of hit reality show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ including sisters Billie & Samantha Faiers, Joey Essex and Gemma Collins amongst others.

Jeff’s editorial work has been published in numerous key fashion publications around the world including; UK, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Here he tells us how he likes to relax with long baths and how hydration is key to coping with a busy life and how travelling helps him to BeComplete!

  1. Jeff mehmet, celebrity stylist, lifestyle quiz, wellness wednesday, stylist, wellness, lifstyle, celebrity interviews,How would you describe your lifestyle?

My life is always on the go, sometimes very stressful (Late Nights and Early mornings).

 

  1. What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

I love Chicken Curry or Pizza

 

  1. Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

I go to the gym 3 times a week when I can. I also try and walk loads.

 

  1. How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Haha! Hmmm you tell me?! I don’t really find balance.

 

  1. How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

I have tried to meditate, but I find it very hard to switch off – my brain doesn’t stop…

 

  1. People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Yes all the time. You have to set goals otherwise you have nothing to work towards.

 

  1. How do you unwind after a busy day?

The best way for me to unwind is by having a nice long hot bath..

 

  1. It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

For fun on the weekend I usually meet up with friends for lunches or dinners, and try and relax

 

  1. What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Drink lots of water in a day! Even Lemon water.

 

  1. Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

Being complete for me means, family ,working hard, trying to be happy always and travelling the world.

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Till next week,
Shine Bright
Ali xxxx

I was so excited to speak to Roseanna Purcell this week after witnessing her stunning performance in David Gilna’s new play, The Unsung Hero. In todays Wellness Wednesday she explains why she champions eggs, why good communication is so important to her and why bananas are her top health tip for the Be Complete readers.

How would you describe your lifestyle?

My lifestyle can appear vicarious but I try to keep it as routed as possible. I’ve an incredible network of family and friends and lots of interests outside of acting, they keep me grounded. Working as an actor is unpredictable but I’ve learned to embrace that uncertainty and it’s now what makes my job so exciting. You never know what the future has in store, it’s unknown and that’s the thrill of it.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

That. Is. One. Seriously. Tough. Question…. I’m a big fan of eggs. Simple in their goodness, so satisfying, comforting and variable. I’m a champion of the underrated egg.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

 At the moment I’m in between homes, I’ve had to move house twice in the last month or so, so it’s quite the upheaval to your routine. I’m looking forward to getting booked into a new gym in my new area in Glasnevin. In the meantime I have Judy Garland (my trusty bicycle) who takes me around the city.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?  

People. I’ll call my Mam or Dad or chat with friends I haven’t spoken to in a while or speak to everyday. Communication, at any level is so important. Being present and not elsewhere in my head. Also, (back to food J) I think it’s really important to have at least one decent meal a day, for me that’s dinner. A day feels neither here nor there for me if it doesn’t involve that unwinding, relaxing time to sit and enjoy a meal.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

Again communication. If there’s something on my back or bothering me, even if I’ve told myself to not talk about it, it manages to seep out in conversations. People you trust, who know you offer reassurance, help and comfort. Engaging and really living in the present and not imaginary stresses about the future etc. Also singing. Music; playing or listening. DANCING! Music is very much part of who I am and offers huge cathartic release. Try turning on some tunes that make you feel good, turn it up and just dance! Good for the soul stuff! I haven’t meditated but I’m up for trying it.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Very much so. I have done since I was small. I’m stubborn about them too! But as I get older I’ve learned to be stubborn about your goals and flexible in your methods of achieving them. Life throws up lots of diversions, embrace them and trust you are still going in the right direction. Everything happens for a reason!

How do you unwind after a busy day?

A phone call to someone close to me, my fella or family or friends. Cooking something, I’m no Masterchef but love the therapeutic, rewarding process.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

I try to fill it with cultural things. You’ll find me in a theatre enjoying an enriching stage experience, the cinema, the odd gig now and then. Ireland is saturated in artistic talent, get out there and soak it up!

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Bananas! They settle nerves, they’re filling and full of goodness. Bananas and communicating, just careful not to combine the two. That would be most unhealthy!

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

 Being surrounded by good people.

Roseanna is an award winning actress, hailing from Co. Tipperary. She attended UCC studying Drama and Theatre before going on to train full time as a professional actor at The Gaiety School of Acting. Some of Roseanna’s memorable theatre credits include AnnaBellaEema (Rough Magic Seeds), War Of Attrition (Devious Theatre Company; Dublin Fringe Festival Best Female Performer Nomination), The Bridge Below The Town (Livin’ Dred Theatre Company), Beyond The Brooklyn Sky (Red Kettle Theatre Company) and Perfidia (Theatre Upstairs). As well as being a professional actor Roseanna is also a singer and musician. She is currently a member of Discovery Gospel Choir; Ireland’s leading intercultural choir and plays both violin and piano. She is currently performing in “The Unsung Hero” by David Gilna at Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay running until April 2nd. Following this she will be performing in “Signatories”, a prestigous theatrical event collaborating with world class writers such as Emma O’Donoghue, Frank McGuinness and Marina Carr, directed by Patrick Mason as part of the Easter Rising commemorations, playing at Kilmainham Gaol and other various venues across Dublin.

Tickets still available for “The Unsung Hero” by David Gilna at Theatre Upstairs on Eden Quay running until April 2nd

This week I’m chatting to Top Irish model Sarah McGovern. Sarah is a truly beautiful person inside and out and we have been working together for many years now. In our business no two days are the same so it can be a challenge trying to find a balance but what I love about Sarah is that she never gives up, as you’ll see in her interview. When something is not working she just tries something new. Her honesty is refreshing and I think most parents will relate to Sarah’s daily challenges.

Sarah Mc Govern, wellness wednesday, lifestyle quiz, health and wellness, top model, andrea roche agancy, health, inspiration, motivation, parenting, mummy, irish model, balance, life, be complete, alison canavanSarah is a model with the Andrea Roche Model Agency and a Wholesale agent with ‘The Showroom’ in Fashion City. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and also an Ambassador for the National Spring Clean Campaign. She is a very proud mom to Jude, 4, and Robyn, 2 and is very happily married to Kenny for over 7 years now.

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How would you describe your lifestyle? 

In one word.. ‘Hectic’!! With a 2 and a 4 year old and juggling two jobs, life is hectic! Because no two days, let alone weeks are the same, it’s hard to find some sort of balance in my life. I think it’s the same for most parents though, so I know I’m not alone! Being self-employed, you never want to turn down work so I just take it as it comes and work a day at a time. It does mean not being able to plan too much ahead and cancelling plans with family and friends quite often but it’s just the way it is for the moment!

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

I have a total sweet tooth unfortunately and chocolate is my vice! I try to eat a well balanced diet though but I always love something sweet after my lunch and dinner.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

I have always exercised my whole life, until I got to baby number 2! I loved sport as a kid and then always went to the gym and had a personal trainer before and during my pregnancies (I decided to put the money into having a trainer than going private) I was as fit as a fiddle for both births but after number two came along I found it really hard to fit exercise and work all in to a day that was already busy with two kids!

At first I tried baby body fit classes where you could bring the baby but Robyn crawled at 6 months and so it was hard when you spend the time trying to bring her back to your mat! I took Pilates up again once a week and while I love it, work sometimes gets in the way of the classes. I tried Crossfit for a season but again work kept getting in the way and trying to make classes made me more stressed out!!

So I started running just last week again and I’m hoping to keep that and the Pilates up and id love to get into Form school to do some Ballet Barre classes soon. My friend Aoife owns it with her husband Gordon. The classes are brilliant. I just need to make more ‘me time’ to get there!

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life? 

Honestly I don’t feel I have any balance and if I find it, I’ll bottle it and sell it as I think so many parents feel like this!!

The kids are in crèche two days a week now, but neither started until they were nearly two so juggling work with finding babysitters was always a little challenging! However, since they are both in crèche, it’s giving me some stability to my week, where I can work without having to worry about them. I have the best crèche too! Also I find if I’m fully organised the night before for the next day, then I can start the day as stress free as possible and that adds a little bit of balance to my day too!!

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? 

No unfortunately I think I just take it out on my poor husband or at least he gets to hear about a stressful day even if he doesn’t want to! I’m a talker and so I just generally get it off my chest and it makes me feel better!!

Have you ever tried meditation? No but I like the idea of it.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

I always privately set goals or do a lot of planning in my head, but I should really write things down. I know they say that your goals are more likely come to fruition if they are written down. I’ve been very fortunate to have achieved so many goals and intentions so far with family, work, travelling etc but I need to start looking at the next chapter in my life now!

How do you unwind after a busy day? 

I generally like to tidy up after the kids go to bed and get ready for the next day. Weirdly it helps me unwind! Then a cup of peppermint tea and some chocolate while watching a little bit of TV before bed. Nothing fancy I’m afraid!!

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?  

Spend time with the kids and depending on the weather, we would go somewhere for a walk or go visit family and catch up with the cousins! The odd weekend we’d catch up with friends too.

What’s your top health tip for our readers? 

 My grandmother always drank hot water, especially with lemon in the morning. She had beautiful skin and so I have it in the mornings too! Breakfast is so important and I try have a healthy one every morning to start off my day well. Everything in moderation too!

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… Being happy and content!

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I really enjoyed this interview with Izabela Chudzicka for her new chat show APT 115. We had a great chat about living a healthy lifestyle, eating better and the effect food has on our mental health. We also talk about being a parent and trying to find that elusive work life balance.

I hope you enjoy watching it

Ali xxxx

Being a model let me run away from my problems.

Alison Canavan on hanging out with Christy Turlington, why we need to talk more about mental health and how having her son finally brought her home.

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Hi everyone,

I was very excited when Xpose magazine rang to ask me to do Closet Encounters. I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to brands as you can see and I’m always a fan of wearing what suits you. Throughout the years as a model I have tried to be on trend and failed miserably as some trends simply did not suit me. Instead i now try to wear clothes that suit my figure and that I feel comfortable in. Most Karen Millen dresses fit my figure perfectly and I feel very at home in their clothes. I’m also a big fan of River Island (especially their jeans) and one of my favourite shops is still Penneys where I just bought all new workout gear.

I hope you like the article below. Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/alicanavan  and Facebook www.facebook.com/alisoncanavanofficial for all my latest news.

Ali xxxx

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