With a keen eye for fashion, beauty, and food, Niomi Smart has cemented her status as the queen of wellness across YouTube and Instagram. Niomi, who is a walking advert for the health, plant-based lifestyle she preaches, has amassed millions of followers across her social channels where she shares her best foodie, fitness, fashion and beauty tips. The latest string to her bow? As one of GLAMOUR’s new columnists. We’re delighted to have Niomi on board to share a monthly column. In her debut column, Niomi shares her Sunday self-care routine – and it will inspire you to reset for the week ahead.
Sundays should be a time to look after yourself, but quite often we find ourselves slumped on the sofa all day after a heavy night, not leaving the house, and then getting those much-dreaded Monday blues. Here is my advice on how to have the ultimate Sunday, to reset you for the week ahead.
Sundays are, of course, made for lying in bed in the mornings. There’s nothing quite like waking up and realising that you have nowhere to be and nothing to do, other than maybe doze in and out of sleep for another hour. I tend to make a cup of herbal tea to take back to bed – it’s like my Sunday ritual, and it’s the perfect time to plan the day ahead.
The best herbal teas:
Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea
Yogi Tea Detox Tea
Joe’s Tea Company Chamomile Tea
Heath and Heather Fennel Tea
Pukka Turmeric Gold Tea
If you feel like it, it’s great to get your body moving by going on a run, doing a 15 minute HIIT workout at home, or practising yoga, but don’t push yourself too much; it is Sunday, after all. Meeting friends for brunch is one of my favourite Sunday treats, and if the weather is good, I love to cycle there to meet them. In London, we are spoilt for choice of amazing Brunch spots, and I definitely have my favourite go-to’s.
The best brunch spots in London:
Hally’s in Parsons Green
Farm Girl in Chelsea
Melrose and Morgan in Hampstead
Ethos in Soho
Tiosk in Broadway Market
A lazy start to the day is most definitely encouraged, but it’s great to make the most of the weekend by getting out of the house and doing something fun that you can look forward to. Try visiting somewhere new, exploring an area of your town that you have never been to before, or get out of your local area altogether and escape to the countryside.
Things to do in London on Sunday:
Exhibitions at the V&A, National Portrait Gallery or Saatchi Gallery
Cycle to Barnes Village along the river
Wander around Hampstead Village
Food Markets at Broadway Market, Brixton, Camden, and many more!
Sunday evenings are the time to wind down and relax completely, to end the week in the best possible way. It’s an excuse to truly look after yourself, and should feel like absolute bliss after a busy week. Find time during your Sunday to do all of those self-care practices you haven’t had a chance to do throughout the week. Paint your nails, have a long bath, do a face mask (because let’s be honest, who has time for those two to three times a week!), or even just wash your hair – no one’s judging you, we’ve all had greasy hair weeks before.
Best beauty products for Sunday nights:
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Ruby Murray
Coco and Eve ‘Like A Virgin’ Hair Mask
ESPA Detoxifying Salt Scrub
It’s also the most convenient time to meal prep for the week ahead. I really dislike that term, ‘meal prep’, because it sounds so intimidating and unrelatable, but in reality, all it means is to cook some delicious, healthy food, and make more than you need so that you have leftovers. A vegetable bean chilli is easy to make in big batches, so once you have enjoyed your portion for dinner, box the remaining portions up into individual Tupperware for lunch during the week. If you’re feeling up to it, you can really go to town by making side dishes such as hummus, quinoa, guacamole, or salsa.
Delicious options for meal prepping:
Vegetable and Bean Chilli
Stir Fry with Mixed Vegetables, Noodles and Tofu
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Homemade Bean Burgers
Buddha Bowls with Roasted Chickpeas, Greens, Sweet Potato and Hummus