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Now is the time to re­assess your life­style and well­be­ing and one reader will win a £1,000 pack­age to help do just that

Ear­lier this year Cheshire Life met Mindy Cowap who shared her in­cred­i­ble health and fit­ness jour­ney, los­ing six stone and un­der­tak­ing a mo­men­tous trek across the Sa­hara for St Luke’s Hospice in Wins­ford.

Fol­low­ing her trans­for­ma­tion, Mindy joined forces with Emma Wil­son, the fit­ness and nu­tri­tion ex­pert who set her on her path, and the pair have now launched My Time for Change, an on­line fit­ness and well­ness pro­gramme aimed at women aged 35-plus.

The cherry on Mindy’s ‘new me’ cake was re­dis­cov­er­ing fash­ion, some­thing she had lost her pas­sion for prior to her trans­for­ma­tion. But what to wear? Not only did noth­ing in Mindy’s wardrobe fit her, but more im­por­tantly her old clothes rep­re­sented her old life. Pre­vi­ously, cloth­ing had been se­lected to hide be­hind, but her new bodyshape and new-found con­fi­dence trig­gered a de­sire to present her­self to the world in a fresh, bolder way.

At a net­work­ing event hosted at its Cheshire show­room, Mindy was in­tro­duced to Olivia May, the cloth­ing re­tailer ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing ef­fort­less fash­ion for the con­tem­po­rary woman. Ann Whor­rall, Olivia May’s MD, en­cour­aged Mindy to ex­pe­ri­ence one of their per­son­alised styling ses­sions.

“Be­fore the ses­sion I was feel­ing a lit­tle ner­vous, but the team were im­me­di­ately warm and en­cour­ag­ing. They fo­cused on what would re­flect who I was, rather than let me drift into the shad­ows. I am not a heels-and­dress sort of per­son, def­i­nitely not girly, but I didn’t know what I re­ally wanted. The stylists

recog­nised how I was feel­ing and en­cour­aged me to let my new, more dar­ing, per­son­al­ity shine through, in­tro­duc­ing me to the cool, avant-garde tailor­ing of Ger­man de­signer Rund­holz.

“Since I launched the busi­ness with Emma I have had real in­sight into how women strug­gle with the chal­lenges of man­ag­ing both a fam­ily and a ca­reer.

While times are chang­ing for the bet­ter, women in the work­place still face im­mense scru­tiny re­gard­ing their ap­pear­ance and there­fore face the com­pli­cated task of at­tempt­ing to find their own per­sonal style among the pres­sures of the work­place and their own chang­ing sense of self as they age.”

As Mindy dis­cov­ered, clothes can be a great way to re­store self­es­teem and to help you to be­gin to present your­self con­fi­dently to the world. She says: “Pre­vi­ously, stand­ing up at a net­work­ing event to talk about ‘My Time for Change’ would have put the fear of God into me.

“How­ever, work­ing with

Olivia May has shown me how to al­low my per­son­al­ity to shine with­out ne­glect­ing the need to look pro­fes­sional, and to front my busi­ness with con­fi­dence.”

ABOVE: Mama B, ef­fort­less Ital­ian style @ Olivia May

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