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Sustainable Self Tan

By Beauty Editor Fiona Eustace @fionaeustace

Welcome to my Spring Beauty Edit. I hope you’re all doing ok? It seems very surreal writing this during these unprecedented times. I want to take a minute to thank everyone on the front line from our teachers, delivery drivers, NHS staff, carers and to all the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our economy and its population can survive and thrive. Thank you thank you thank you, although that doesn’t seem to do you justice.
Now let’s get on with the show…
For people who know me, know that I love self tanning all year round. I am very pale, like a jellyfish and I love a little kiss of sunshine, albeit from a bottle, to keep me looking healthy.
So, as we come out of a very wet winter and into a very strange spring, I want to talk about Self tanning and list some of my favourite companies who are also helping the planet by being sustainable.
Here comes the science bit behind our self tans and what happens when we apply it to our skin.
I have to confess that I am a bit of a science nerd and I love to understand the how and why behind what makes a product work and to truly understand what we are putting onto our bodies.
The ingredient inside all self tans, is a colour additive called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) This harmless chemical (more about this later) which is actually a type of sugar molecule, creates the tan colour on our skin. DHA reacts with amino acids found in our skin and causes the top layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, to turn the tan colour we see after application. It’s the same reaction that takes place when we cook a piece of toast in the toaster. YUMMY!! for all you fact nerds out there this is called the Maillard reaction.


Healthy Drinks


Some of the most delicious superfood smoothies that will give you a boost!


2 cups Water
1 Lemon, squeezed
1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Stevia or 1 Tablespoon Honey or Real Maple Syrup Serves 2

Mix together, water, lemon juice, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper (optional) and cinnamon. Add stevia, honey or maple syrup to taste. The cayenne pepper adds a kick to it so not everyone can handle it.


1 1/2 cups Cherries frozen
1 cup Almond Milk
1 scoop Protein Powder
1 Banana
Optional: top with unsweetened coconut flakes + almond butter

Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add ice depending on temperature preference. Frozen bananas work best in smoothies. Peel, slice in half, and place in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight.
Add more spinach and kale to increase nutritional benefits.


2 Handfuls approximately 2 cups Kale or Power Greens Mix 2 Handfuls approximately 2 cups Baby Spinach
2 cups Pure Apple Juice
1/2 Cucumber
1/2 Lemon squeezed (for extra benefits, use the juice from an entire lemon)
1 Banana
1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger grated

Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add ice depending on temperature preference. Frozen bananas work best in smoothies. Peel, slice in half, and place in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight.


1 cup Coconut Milk
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder 1/2 cup Blueberries
1 cup Spinach
1 Banana
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

Add ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add ice depending on temperature preference.
Frozen bananas work best in smoothies. Peel, slice in half, and place in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer overnight. Add more spinach and kale to increase nutritional benefits.


April May Edition

Hello there,
What extraordinary times we are living
through. I hope you are all staying safe
and well, including all in the front line, key
workers and those staying home to do their
We are all in this together.
The last day I spent with other people at work was actually the day spent shooting the cover and fashion story for this issue. It was great fun with a great team. I have mentally revisited that day many times whilst compiling this issue and I am truly grateful for the new connections I made on that particular day and the beautiful images that were created.
Hope they bring a little light into your day along with all the articles we have chosen for you.

Stay safe & stay present Happy reading
Much love
Melanie x


FRANK Feb March

Hello you wonderful Frankettes!
The days are starting to be lighter for longer and i’m getting excited for Spring. I really hope our latest issue of Frank makes you feel that way too.

Frank is packed with lots of fresh and fun articles, some flash back fashion with a retro feel, advice on keeping lustrous lips for the loved up season and how to recover our lost mojo.

We find out what makes Kirstie Gallacher tick and Amelia Freer shares some of her quick and easy recipes from her latest book.

All that and more.
Get stuck in Ladies , you know you want to!

Melanie X


F R A N K Oct Nov Edit

Read Oct Nov edition HERE

Hello gang,
Here is the new issue of Frank. Its been a bit of a juggle to get it to you this month as I took on a new job as well as pulling together the magazine but that’s what we do, right?!

So excited to feature the writer, director and actress Anne Marie Cummings the creator on all levels of ‘Conversations in LA’ the brilliant series on Amazon Prime ( there are three seasons for you to enjoy) She is pure inspiration and the series itself is groundbreaking and pertinent to us in its content. It really is a must watch.

I am beyond thrilled to have landed an interview with my favourite actress, the one and only Maxine Peake. What a woman!

Also In this issue we talk about having time to ourselves and its huge importance. Melanie Cantor, Author of ‘Death and Other Happy Endings’ tells us about her solo travel experiences and Danielle Dodoo explores the benefits of being alone.

For our fourth issue we have taken our fashion pages out and about to the beautiful Four seasons hotel in Hampshire. Their stunning grounds and hotel play host to our ‘Flights of fancy’ which we hope you enjoy.

All that along with our usual health, beauty and wellbeing. You know us by now!

Melanie Sykes


Clare Hornby Founder of ME + EM clothing


Gaby Roslin @gabyroslin Talks to Clare Hornby Founder of

ME + EM clothing. @me_andem ‘’Frustrated by how hard it was to find well-made, on-trend clothes that didn’t cost the earth, Clare Hornby founded ME+EM’’


How did Me+Em all come about? Where did it all start?

It all started on holiday with a friend called Emma, hence Me+Em and we both worked in advertising and we’d both just started young families. I had always wanted to start my own business and always wanted to do something in fashion. Emma had very complimentary skills to mine and I thought she’d be a great business partner. We brainstormed for the whole week on holiday about where there were gaps in markets because in advertising you’re trained to look for those gaps. We came up with an idea called ‘Pyjama Room’ which was an idea around making women look good at home: Beautiful fabrics, beautiful attention to detail, clothes that you could wear at home and then also wear out and about. Comfy, well-made clothes.

That idea ended up being rather niche and we changed the direction of that brand pretty quickly. Pyjama Room became Me+Em two years later. But the ethos around beautiful fabrics, beautiful shapes, attention to detail and being very functional is all there today.

Read more here

Follow F R A N K @thefrank_mag


Summer Edition-out now!

Welcome to our second issue of Frank, the new bi-monthly magazine for adult women who want to be informed, inspired, amused, look good and be healthy. We shine a spotlight on and celebrate women over forty and this our summer issue is stacked with great interviews.

We talk to an art dealer and art curator Fru Tholstrup about her life, work and the issues female artists face. We hear from Carol Morley, writer and film director of the recent hit ‘Out the Blue’ who talks about her career, process, latest project, and her star-struck conversation with her biggest fan and fellow film director Martin Scorcese.

Amid the menopause topic explosion, we talk to Meg Matthews about how she has pretty much started the conversation single-handedly with http://www.megsmenopause.com website
We feature the brilliant Dr. Louise Wiseman and her thoughts on sleep hygiene and how to get enough shut-eye through these summer nights.

In our fashion pages, we look at modern neutrals that will keep you cool in the city heat and beauty Editor Fiona Eustace shares her vital tips to best protect our skin from the sun.

So kick back, keep cool and enjoy

Melanie Sykes

August September Edition

Hello gang,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far. We’ve been doing a lot of talking this last month to bring you some fabulous interviews starting with Boris Becker at Wimbledon.

We hear how the champion tennis ace keeps fit and healthy into his fifties. Imelda May tells us about her creative process and we caught up with Max Beesley in LA to talk about the movie business and the latest series of  ‘Jamestown’ 

We focus on Gold in our fashion pages shot by the magician of lighting Mr Kim Knott & Beauty editor Fiona Eustace shares her top treatment make up too.

It’s all about designers this month as Melissa Odabash celebrates 20 years in the swimwear industry, Tracey Boyd talks furniture and travel and Jerome C Rousseau tells us what inspires him to create his beautiful shoes.

And not forgetting all our usual health and wellbeing pages, recipes, travel ideas, book reviews etc…

So have a rummage and  happy reading.

Melanie Sykes