Detox Your Life

Feel like you're forgetting something important? Oh, right – yourself! Here, a look at how the style set recharge and realign

  1. For many, the promise of a gloriously restorative and energy-boosting detox is particularly appealing, more so if it can assist in kick-starting healthier eating habits, but where to begin? Ask any stylist and it seems they each have a favourite herbalist, naturopath and recipe right now: based in Dublin, Pippa Holt is a fan of Crush Cleanse’s five-step program. The mother of two says, "When trying to lose some baby weight, post breast feeding, I did a three-day juice cleanse and my gosh it was tough – I am addicted to carbs – but in the end, amazing. The first two days I felt jet-lagged and shivered with cold at night, falling asleep early with intense fatigue. On the third day, I suddenly felt alive, physically and mentally, and post cleanse was very aware of what I was putting back in to my body." Then there's Sophie Hexter of Byron Bay, who makes a habit of traveling with a blender so as not to miss her daily charger – see Hexter's energy-boosting recipe below. Meantime, Astrid Purzer, founder of Detox Delight, suggests it's best to take a practical approach to cleansing: “Don't be too strict with yourself," she states. "Enjoy consciously. For me, it is the perfect way to bring my body balance back to normal after a stressful time.” So while it may be near impossible to slow a hectic schedule, a comprehensive juice program should serve to boost energy levels – and even help to sidestep a few vices along the way.

Above, from left: Detox Delight juice cleanse; Giambattista Valli’s resort ’14 collection of airy white looks will put a spring in anyone's step; the Dublin-based stylist and mother of two, Pippa Holt, and the five-step program of Crush Cleanse juices; the New York-based photographer Candice Lake regularly enjoys a mixed berry breakfast.


  2. The constant gardener
  3. Sophie Hexter, the writer, stylist and mother to Jack, seven, and five-year-old twins, Isla and Marlow, is unquestionably chic and also something of a green thumb – the family grows its own organic herbs and vegetables at home in Byron Bay. Hexter says: “My non-negotiable when it comes to my health and that of my family's is our daily green smoothie made out of organic fruit and vegies. It's a ritual I've maintained for the past five years following a major health scare, and now I can't go a day without it – I even travel with a blender. It’s been all over the world with me, it takes up half of my carry-on case but I wouldn't have it any other way. And no matter where I am in the world, I research where the local food market is and make it my first stop.”
  5. Sophie’s Daily Green Smoothie 
  6. Ingredients: Fresh coconut water (straight out of the coconut if possible), coconut meat, 1 teaspoon of flax seeds, a handful of activated almonds, 1/2 avocado, 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks, 1/4 green pepper, 2 to 3 cups of as many different green leaves as possible (cos lettuce, butter lettuce, baby spinach, silverbeet, kale or watercress), a handful of fresh mint, 1 green apple (optional), 1 pear (optional), a knob of peeled ginger (optional) and the juice of one lime. Throw it all in the blender and ba-boom! Note: If fresh coconuts are not available then replace with natural spring water. Use as much or as little water/liquid as you like depending on your preferred consistency.
    2. That's the tonic
    3. Raised in the jungles of Borneo and rural New Zealand, Kirsten Shanks devoted herself to studying traditional medicines and healing practices in India, Mexico, Guatemala and North America before establishing her Orchard Street apothecary and clinic in Bronte, Sydney. Today, the herbalist and yoga fanatic has garnered a cult following for her organic juice cleanses, with Shanks suggesting it presents the perfect opportunity to shake a few bad habits: “A cleanse provides your digestive system with the opportunity to rest and heal, whilst your precious body is flooded with plant-based liquids to gently detoxify,” she explains. “A three- or five-day cleanse is a beautiful way to regain awareness of the food choices we make daily and step into more mindful eating practices.” Orchard Street, 137 Macpherson Street, Bronte, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61 431 332 897

  1. Hello, sunshine
  2. The onset of summer is the perfect time to rethink the gym membership in favour of the great outdoors – the beach, the park, the tennis court. Take a cue from photographer Candice Lake, who cycles to assignments whenever home in New York City, or designer Jodhi Meares who paddleboards every morning. Meares’ daily exercise regime formed the inspiration behind her latest project, the launch of a high-end sportswear line called The Upside. Designed to look as good with a heel as with a sneaker, the designer says, “The range was created from my love of yoga and sport and not being able to find anything that was both functional and modern.” And to finish the look? Glowing holiday skin is essential and easily faked via carefully applied self-tanners and bronzing powders. 

Above: Sisley Paris Super Ecran Solaire Visage Facial Sunscreen; The Upside designer Jodhi Meares paddle-boarding on the bay; Chantecaille Compact Soleil in St. Barth’s; photographer Candice Lake in New York; a look from The Upside's launch collection; and Terry Soleil Terrybly Hydra Bronzing Tinted Serum.


  2. The super soakers
  3. Invest in the ritual of bathing when time allows it, and indulge in a long hot soak accompanied by a few heavenly bath-time treats – luxurious soap bars, foaming gels, body scrubs and creamy scented lotions provide the ultimate indulgence yet often get overlooked when it comes to stocking the bathroom cabinets. Meanwhile, diehard bathing enthusiasts can take pampering to the extreme at a number of newly established water houses such as Aire Ancient Baths, the Roman-inspired candlelit cavern located in New York’s Tribecca district, or the blissful Caudelie spa hotel in Bordeaux’s vineyard region.
  5. Above, clockwise from top left: Bath House New York 1975, photograph by Deborah Turbeville, available from; Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque; Chanel No 5 Foaming Bath, Cleansing Cream, Body Lotion, Intense Bath Oil and Hair Mist; the L’ile Aux Oiseaux suite at Les Sources de Caudalie spa hotel in Bordeaux, France; Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating soap; and the new Aire Ancient Baths located in New York.