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Susannah Taylor, getthegloss.com’s Editor-In-Chief, is kind enough to divulge That Girl with an interview describing how she juggles home, work, fitness, and beauty, and how they’ve all paved the way on her road to becoming a successful career woman.
We know how much you love beauty, but were you always into nutrition and the fitness side? Or is that more recent in your life?
I got into proper fitness about 3 years ago. After two children I was absolutely shattered and was desperate to feel better, more alive, and whilst I have never been overweight as such I wanted to tone up big time. I was fed up of the muffin top and jelly belly.
I read a book called Run Fat Bitch Run by Ruth Field, which literally inspired me to put on my trainers and get outside. Although it was absolutely hideous at first, I realised I needed to go slower – once I went slower I realised I could run much longer.
At the same time as this I met personal trainer Steve Mellor, of Freedom2train, who took me out training. I nearly died in the first session but was hooked after one session and most importantly, for the first time in my life, I realised that exercise could be fun! Slowly, very slowly, I got fitter and fitter; ate healthier and healthier, and dropped 13% of my body fat in the process. I did 2 triathlons and cycled around Ibiza last year. Now I train about 4 times a week, and can’t get enough of it. My favourite activity right now is boxing and I train with a pro boxing coach – which is hardcore but amazing.
Get the Gloss is an amazing go-to site for the best experts and beauty and wellness tips that every girl should be subscribed too. What inspired you to be part of the online magazine and where do you see Get the Gloss going in the future?
Thanks! I set the website up with journalist Sarah Vine (formerly at The Times – now at The Mail) 2 years ago. At the time I had a small blog called Get The Gloss, which basically grew into the bigger site. I was very aware that Sarah and I had a host of incredible experts at our fingertips (amazing fitness trainers, nutritionists, hairdressers, dermatologists) who we wanted to bring to the public. We wanted these experts to underpin everything we do and our site to become a multi-layered platform and an authority in beauty and wellness.
In the future I would like Get The Gloss to be a household name, but also the sky is the limit with the internet and I would like to start doing some really futuristic and modern things. Watch this space.
As a successful career woman we would love to know what drives you and do you have any personal work/ life mantras you follow?
I have always been very ambitious. I don’t really know why, it’s just something that’s in me. I like doing things and creating them to the best of my ability. I am also very creative and intuitive and can’t turn the ideas off. If I wasn’t doing this I would be creating something else! When I was on maternity leave with my second child, I started up a company selling kids art!
As a mum and career women, how do you fit exercise into your week?
I do that thing where I book it in like a meeting and I don’t move it no matter what. If you start moving it you will always move it and it will become moveable.
I look ahead at my diary for the week and look at where I can fit it in and pencil it out. My husband and I book an hour or so out for ourselves at the weekends – he goes horse riding and I exercise.
How do you motivate yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like it?
I think you have to get into the mentality of just doing it, and when it’s booked in you have to. Someone once said to me “You are one workout away from a good mood” This is so true! Even if you don’t feel like it, you will never ever regret a workout. I also think about how I would feel in an hour if I hadn’t gone. I would feel guilty and I hate that!
Block out the voice in your head. Don’t give it any time to talk you out of anything. Once you have your trainers on, or you are outside, or at the gym, you can’t change your mind.
We would love to know your top recommendations for skincare, especially for the girl that exercises a lot?
If you are prone to breakouts or acne then I would go for a range that is non comodegenic, e.g. non pore clogging. Estee Lauder have a great new range called The Anti-Blemish range. Or try La Roche-Posay. Often I just wear a serum before exercising and I am also a big believer in exfoliating once or twice a week as this clears the debris from your skin, so if you do sweat then your skin can breathe. My fave exfoliator is Aurelia’s Refine and Polish Miracle Balm which has round beads (as essentially they don’t tear the skin – don’t ever use one that feels like crushed up shells). I use a moisturiser in the day (often Sisley or Ioma) and often a facial oil at night. I have a newfound love of Pai facial oils, an organic brand that takes skin sensitivity very seriously. I believe in being very gentle with the skin.
Would you recommend any makeup one can wear when they workout if they don’t want to go totally bare?
Well you’ve come to the right woman as I never go totally bare! I always wear mascara and one of my faves is Clinique’s High Impact, Extreme Volume Mascara and also Chanel’s Inimitable mascara. It’s surprising how many mascaras do smudge and end up down your cheeks. These don’t.
I often just dot a bit of Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage under eyes, around nose, chin and on blemishes, to make myself look half decent and apply a bit of bronzer. I love Dior Skin Nude tan bronzing powder to add a little glow.
What’s in your makeup bag?
Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Lipstick Queen lip crayon in Cameo, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat, Diorskin Nude Tan bronzing powder, Benefit GimmeBrow. YSL Waterproof Eye pencil in 2 (a brown), Becca Cheek Tint in Watermelon
I know you’re a huge leggings fan – which are your 3 favourite pairs and why?
Lucas Hugh – I have about 5 different pairs. They are very expensive but amazing. They hold in your stomach are made from beautiful lightweight fabrics and very cool designs and colours.
Nike’s Epic Lux Running Tights – beautifully smooth, soft, but are made of tough fabrics, and they keep you warm in the winter but allow you to breathe in summer. I like the fact they are long. I prefer long or a pair of shorts!
Sweaty Betty’s Zero Gravity Tights – they are lightweight and stretchy
What is your favourite piece of fitness equipment? And why?
Boxing Gloves – I am a huge fan of boxing and think it can get you in amazing shape too. It’s great for the core.
My foam roller – I have one of those ones with nodules all over it that really gets in there and smooths out the muscles. It’s very important for me to stretch and do this as my muscles get very tight.
What are the three best exercises your trainer has taught you and what is the one thing you wish he would forget – we promise we won’t tell!
Haha! The 3 best things:
1. To eat carbs when you are exercising and less on the days you don’t (MASSIVE different in my body shape because of this).
2. To do HIIT training – I do Tabata by myself on the bike in the gym. It’s hardcore but works.
3. To use your body weight as a weight. You don’t need loads of fancy equipment.
The one thing I wish he’d forget? That I got called ‘Apple Knees’ at school!
Can you tell me what a day on your plate looks like?
Breakfast: Yoghurt, nuts, and berries, with cinnamon on top, or eggs either scrambled, boiled or poached, maybe with avocado.
Lunch: Chicken salad or a great salad with avocado, or perhaps sushi.
Dinner: Fish or chicken cooked in various ways (curry, baked, casserole, etc.) with roasted vegetables, quinoa or salad.
What are your 3 fav foods?
Avocado, chicken, apples
Would you like to share a juice or healthy snack recipe with that girl – pretty please?
Yes, my post workout smoothie is this:
2 cups of almond milk
1 handful of blueberries
1 teaspoon of almond nut butter
1 scoop of Bodyism Protein Excellence in Vanilla
Whizz it up!
Do you take any supplements and why?
Yes, I went to see nutritional expert Amelia Freer a few years ago and have followed her advice since. I take Vitamin B for energy, a high dose of Omegas for all round skin, hair, brain. I take Resveratrol which is an anti-ageing supplement and Hyaluronic acid which plumps skin. I also take Collagen powder when I remember which, again, boosts the skin and is very anti-ageing.
What do you do to relax?
I have a bath with amazing oils and I exercise. I also love sleep more than anything, or love lying on the sofa in front of the fire with my kids, burning a Neom candle.
We would so love to know what 24 hrs in your world looks like?
6am – Wake up
6.45am – On train from Oxfordshire to London. I catch up on Instagram , Twitter etc. on my way
8am – Training with Steve from Freedom2train
9.30am – To GTG offices in Latimer Road
10am- Team daily catch up re news, stats on the yesterday on the site etc
10.30 – 1pm – Working on mail outs, videos, copy – Being an Editor!
1pm – Lunch at desk
1.30-2.30pm – Editorial and commercial work, possible meetings internally regarding visuals or upcoming brand work
3pm – Team meeting for the content of GTG for the following week
5.30pm – Leave London to go home
7.30pm – Home and kids to bed
8.30pm – Supper
10.30pm – Sleep (hopefully, if I’m not on my computer or phone!)
Finally who or what inspires you?
People who work hard but are decent and nice to people. People who can keep their feet on the ground yet be very successful. People that inspire me aren’t necessarily famous – it could be my friend who’s a mum to three children, an awesome cook and a teacher and juggles it all without any fuss, or it could be someone who’s been on an amazing journey such as Arianna Huffington. People who have created something incredible inspire me too, such as Natalie Massenet or people like Mark Zuckerberg.