“A Model Recommends: Exclusive” Page, Issue 1

**UPDATE: all of those worrying that they haven’t had a newsletter yet, it’s on its way! Because I’m a div, I scheduled THIS post for before the newsletter sent and so it’s sent you all into a panic! I won’t publish all of your comments about not getting it because they will clog up the page but I am so glad you’re all looking forward to it! xxx**

This page is for members of A Model Recommends: Exclusive to leave their comments and feedback on the first newsletter that went out this morning. I sincerely hope that you all liked it – sorry it was so late, I shall be far more organised for the next one! It’s quite difficult producing content for so many different things, but I have to say that I GREATLY enjoyed putting together the newsletter. It’s basically a page of my thoughts and projects – a Ruth Scrapbook!

Fire away with feedback, if you like – things you’d want to see in the next one, or regular features, anything you want to say. If you’re reading this and feeling left out, you can sign up to A Model Recommends: Exclusive by clicking through to the

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  1. Rebekka
    June 30, 2012 / 9:36 am

    Hi Ruth, I am signed up but there is no newsletter for me, cant sign up again as my email is already signed up… Can you maybe check this for me? Thanks, have been looking foreard to this… Lots of love

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 9:38 am

      It’s coming! xx

  2. Julia
    June 30, 2012 / 11:14 am

    Hi Ruth,
    Just read the newsletter and I think it’s wonderful! I’ve always enjoyed your writing and so that combined with a little exclusivity makes it a winner in my book. I look forward to Autumn! :) x

  3. Angela
    June 30, 2012 / 11:19 am

    Great first newsletter from you! Loving the vids and posts, keep up the good work :-) xxx

  4. June 30, 2012 / 11:33 am

    Oh dear!
    i love love love your videos. I learned so much about makeup and taking care of myself…i feel so much more confindent!because I was grown in a family, where “Real Woman dont wear makeup, they have to work!and no time for that!” (make a stiff face saying this)
    so i am glad you told me some little tricks and ways. :-)
    You are great! Down to earth, honest, really you… i dont know! My favourite blogger!
    Keep on going! :-)
    Oh, and as a recommondation: Do you have an essential wardrobe, that is different to all the others? (Black pencil skirt, white blouse, lbd….Yawn…) i mean, something like…”i would die without my leather jacket?” you know?
    Thanks! And have a great day! Because you already made mine great! :-)

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 11:54 am

      That’s a great idea, actually! I have shied away from wardrobe posts because there’s just too much to go through, but an essentials…. nice! x

  5. June 30, 2012 / 11:33 am

    I got mine!!! I like it :) Was reading the Shred-piece- I did look into the dvd’s like 3 weeks ago- so funny we had the same ideas. I used to be gym person- it got boring and same-y. good luck xoxo

  6. Gabi
    June 30, 2012 / 11:39 am

    Wooo so cool you’re doing the 30DS too! I’m just about to finish my first ever 30 day session and I really enjoyed it, started with a fitness level close to zero but now I can do the harder versions of the moves without dying! For me not so much weightloss, but some muscle and definition gained! I really recommend Jillian’s other workouts too, they are quite the challenge, and the way those three in them “abuse” eachother verbally is just hilarious!
    Have fun and keep on shredding! :)

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 11:54 am

      Will do, Gabi, will do! x

  7. Amanda
    June 30, 2012 / 11:48 am

    I’ve received mine and thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Re: working out – I’m a complete gymophobic so tried the whole ‘working out at home’ thing with very little success. The reason being is that my 35kg American Bulldog rescue thinks its the best time to try and play with me and completely get under my feet whilst I’m trying to mimic Davina’s moves and get my groove on!

    The result? I don’t work out with the aid of a DVD but instead, let my beautiful big girl run me ragged.

    Also, I’ll be purchasing Gok Wan’s cook book too. My fella has a complete man crush on the bloke – plus he might knock up some new tasty dishes, if I’m lucky.

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 11:53 am

      35KG?!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! Can you email me a pic? I’m intrigued! xxx

      • Amanda
        June 30, 2012 / 1:07 pm

        Sent! However you’re likely to receive 2 emails – one without a picture and one with.

        iPads are, like, SO cool, eh?

  8. Alessandra
    June 30, 2012 / 12:50 pm

    Hi Ruth!

    I got it! Yay! Congrats on an excellent first “Exclusive” newsletter, love it! I am going to do the “Shred” for sure… :)) Alessandra

  9. June 30, 2012 / 12:58 pm

    I love Issue 1 of AMR exclusive newsletter! Keep them coming. I always love to know what skin care you are excited about, I think your skin looks amazing all the time so I put my trust in your recommendations.
    Also, will you show us before/after pictures for the Shred? Or at least after? I am really curious to find out if 30 days can make a dramatic difference.
    Love this, have I said that already?! :)

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 2:29 pm

      I may do a little “reveal”, yes! x

  10. June 30, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    Oh, and how could I forget to mention the lovely Mr Bear? I say feature him in every issue. Yes, more Mr Bear, more!

  11. June 30, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    Great job on this first news, I was so disappointed thinking I hadn’t gotten it lol

    The shred scares me to death!! You’re really brave!
    The only workouts I do are either Bollywood dance workouts (those by Hemalaaya are fantastic and funny) or I do the Tracy Anderson mat workouts which are fantastic to shape the body but still keep feminine curves and avoid bulk. Her post-pregnancy workout is a killer for the tummy and abs (even if you weren’t pregnant, I have no kids lol but I love this workout)

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 2:29 pm

      OK, I’ll look at the Tracy Anderson nxt! x

  12. Diana
    June 30, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    What a fun read, thanks Ruth! You know those columns in magazines that do a barometer of what’s in/out or what’s hot and what’s definitely not – style-wise as well as random objects/inventions/people habits that are just so awesome/zany/awful. You should think about doing one!

    I know people with chipped nail polish are on my Not List haha

    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 2:28 pm

      Good idea! x

  13. Audrey
    June 30, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Really liked the newsletter, and using a picture of yourself as motivation is a genius idea, since Im guessing most people are physically incapable of becoming Karlie Kloss thin. Its always good to set up realistic goals.
    And you’re already gorgeous, but good luck with the at home gym!

  14. Sandra Lu
    June 30, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    confession: I’ve had the “30 day shred” for…oh, a year (or more) but have yet to crank it up from notch 1 to notch 2 (from level 1 to level 2 that is).
    instead I’ve started to switch level 1 with some Leandro something-something (very famous, trains some victoria’s secret model apparently) “Brazilian butt lift” (I think. don’t quote me on this!)
    it’s a bit brutal the first few times but it gets easier and it actually seems to be working, even on my pear shaped non model body! (can I hear a hallelujah!?)


    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:22 pm

      Yeah, I’m petrified of moving to level 2! x

  15. giulia
    June 30, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    Thank you so much!! I really love this idea of an exclusive newsletter!Will you continue doing the teenage skincare videos?I loved the cleansers one!!And I loved the fact that you put also Mr Bear news ahahaha love from Italyy xxxxx

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:21 pm

      Yes, more teen vids en route! x

  16. Kazandra K.
    June 30, 2012 / 4:25 pm

    I loved the newsletter. I would love to see how your workout routine keeps up! Maybe even a post or video about your favorite healthy snacks? Have a lovely day. x

  17. Sinead
    June 30, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    Loved your newsletter, it was a great read and I can’t wait now for the next one. I love your skincare fixes, your skin looks lovely and glows with health.
    I have that shred DVD too – got it about 2 months ago and never used it – still in the case…oops. So thanks to you saying that you’ve noticed results in a week I am going to get up of the sofa and do the dvd daily -although I might have to do it 2xdaily to notice anything :o)

  18. Gaya
    June 30, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    I loved the variety of subject you choose to put on the newsletter. It’s a bit like a condensed version of a AMR’s mag. :)

  19. Robin
    June 30, 2012 / 9:04 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    Loved the newsletter. Always nice to see the name feelunique pop up. You just can’t beat free worldwide shipping.

    I’ve got some toned me pictures in my appartment to. Great realistic motivation.

    Keep up the good work. Love from Holland

  20. Jacqui
    June 30, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    Kia Ora Ruth from a sunny but cold New Zealand. Loved the first newsletter. Shame it’s only one a season. Love Mr Bear. My kitten is 7 months old and is about the size of one of Mr Bears legs…lol. re newsletter- More of the same please. Loved the recipe so more easy meal ideas. Def a what’s hot and what’s not list. Trends. Essential key pieces. Anything really. I enjoy your vids so much. ttfn. Jacqui.

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:19 pm

      If I had more time, I’d consider a monthly one, but I’d hate to commit and then disappoint! x

  21. Sihouette
    June 30, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    Hey Ruth,

    great Newsletter!
    I like the variety of themes, and every one of them was interesting. (E.G. I’m not a typical “fitness person” (I prefer climbing), but the DVD you mentioned might be worth a closer look!)

    I think the advantage of a quarterly newsletter is that you’re able to share knowledge and experience in the long term. Of course this is also possible on a blog, too, but for some long term projects (if there are some) it might be interesting to have a little series exclusively in the newsletter.

    I love cooking, so I’d be happy if you’d also share your favourite recipes in the upcoming newsletters, too.

    And for Mr. Bear: He’s evolved into the clandestine AMR-mascot anyway, so no newsletter without him! (Doesn’t matter if he lookes bored, sleepy or grumpy as long as he’s present!)

    In general I enjoy that your blog (and newsletter!) is not full of quick posts that flip several hyped and hip beauty products you tried maybe once and pretend to love them your lifetime until the next one pops up. Your blog is on the quality side, unagitated but sophisticated with a unique writing style.
    I have no doubt you’ll keep that up and I’m already awaiting the next newsletter!

    Kind regards from Cologne,

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much – great feedback! x

  22. Margaret
    July 1, 2012 / 1:03 am

    The Shred video sounds intense but without hard work we wont get results. I don’t think it’s weird using an image of yourself as your motivation, what would be weird is you using one of me, your mind would be “Shred-ded” loll .. I enjoyed your newsletter Ruth thank you for such fun and interesting reading…Take care ..Margaret :)

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:18 pm

      Thanks Margaret! x

  23. Pia
    July 1, 2012 / 3:51 am

    Loved the first newsletter! There’s a great mix of topics, and I found all of them interesting.

    I’d love to see what kinds of things you carry in your purse, what kinds of food you eat throughout the day/week. Also, would you consider doing some of the YouTube tags going around as part of exclusive newsletter member content?

  24. Joanna
    July 1, 2012 / 4:09 am

    Really enjoyed reading the newsletter and now can’t wait for the next one!

    I recently started using the murad anti-blemish kit and I’m very happy with it so it’s good to know that you approve of their ranges :)

    I really liked the fitness part and will probably try some DVDs in the next few months ( I’m on holiday already so can’t do much for this summer…)

    An irrelevant question: I’m 21 and was considering starting using an eye cream but don’t want anything with too strong chemicals. Is there anything you could recommend? Thanks so much! xx

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:18 pm

      Hi Joanna,
      Try Lavera, or Pai is very nice but pricier.. x

  25. Anastasiya
    July 1, 2012 / 6:18 am

    i really liked the newsletter. I’d like to see more fitness updates and eating habits. maybe even a quick recipe, for the next one. also the way the paragraphs were formed were hard to read cause i had to scroll up and down constantly so i think it’d be better if they were more horizontal and not vertical. i hope it makes sense.

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:17 pm

      Yes, I found that annoying too, I shall customise the page next time! x

  26. Southy
    July 1, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Hi Ruth, really like posts you do on health and fitness. Maybe vitamin supplements (if you take them?). Also an exclusive on how to pose for photos would be great! Not ‘modeling’ pics but just general photos with friends so you look great on Facebook! Lol

  27. Deana
    July 1, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    I loved your newsletter! A very fun read. I especially liked the parts on skincare and food. I also loved the makeup look you included, as I am obsessed with cosmetics. Can’t wait for the next one!

  28. July 1, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    Yay got it! Was worried I hadn’t but it had gone through to my junk mail!
    Great first news letter. I always enjoy your posts.
    Thank you Ruth xx

  29. madii
    July 1, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    Hey Ruth! Great job, looks like you put a lot of work into it. I know that maybe sometimes all your readers may seem like a non-existent, strange, anonymous sea of unknown people sitting in front of their computers, but to us you seem so… known, we get to know you through your emails and the little insights into your life! :) I think AMR Exclusive could include, if it’s OK with you, a but more of what you get up to day to day. Like the sales shopping vlog, I loved how you just showed us how you’re online looking at bargains – it was so, normal, and fun :) Maybe a tour of the house? :p I dunno. It’s your privacy of course, so just an idea. But you’re doing a great job anyway!

  30. Gillian
    July 1, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Loved the Newsletter! I love reading all your articles and I’m excited for the day I can afford to buy all these lovely things! If you enjoy Gok’s cook book, try the Wagamama’s cook book. I found it in The Works book store for pennies and I’m now addicted!
    Love the idea of an essentials wardrobe post too! x

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:42 pm

      Yes, have been meaning to get hold of that one! x

  31. Louisa
    July 1, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    Ah Ruth thanks so much for the newsletter. Really lovely and just the right amount of content I think. Intrigued by the 30 day shred thing – may look into it! So jealous of your Miffy lamp, I’ve been after one for ages! How long have you had it for? Also glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks Gok is a bit of a – well – it rhymes with his name, put it that way. Recipes seem fairly ok though! Looking forward to the next newsletter, great job on this one :) x

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:41 pm

      Haha! Yes, bless him.
      Miffy was from Mr AMR at Christmas! I’ll ask where he got her – you can find online stockists, I’m sure! x

  32. Zuzana
    July 1, 2012 / 6:36 pm

    Hi Ruth, I’m signed up but I still haven’t received anything, is there something wrong or is the newsletter on its way? Thank you, love your work x

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:40 pm

      When did you sign up? Last call was early Saturday morning! x

      • Zuzana
        July 2, 2012 / 2:15 pm

        I signed up right after you first mentioned it a couple of weeks (months?) ago x

        • Ruth
          July 2, 2012 / 11:20 pm

          You should have it! Check spam x

          • Zuzana
            July 3, 2012 / 2:50 pm

            I checked everything, twice… well it seems that I will have to wait for the next one :( x

          • Ruth
            July 3, 2012 / 3:06 pm

            I have sent you my own copy – check your emails x

  33. Laura
    July 1, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    Signed up as soon as it was announced, but haven’t got an email. Will I have to sign up again and miss the first email? D: x

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:40 pm

      Hey Laura, do you mean you signed up a couple of months ago? xx

  34. Emma
    July 1, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    I’ve been doing 30DS for some months now but not every day, I alternate with running. I’ve lost a stone! Hubby lost 3 stone!! Along with healthy eating (love yr prawn & spinach curry). I’m on level 3 now and it’s surprising how quickly you progress but my god it makes you sweat.personally I would love to see some more healthy recipes Ruth and love the idea of seeing wardrobe.

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 12:39 pm

      Wow, that’s bloody amazing! I might alternate with something else, too – it gets boring otherwise! x

  35. MakeUpNaive
    July 2, 2012 / 7:17 am

    Love love love vavavoom love the newsletter! Im already 26 amd just startimg to appreciate makeup but still with no budget to splurge i am just soaking up the basic principle and cant wait to someday finally be able to apply what i learned from you. Thanks a lot!

  36. MariaBent
    July 2, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Congratulations on the launching of the Newsletter. I found it very informative and varied and really enjoyed reading/watching it.
    If I may, I’d like to suggest a possible feature for the next one: since it will be published in autumn, maybe you could show a couple of books that you’ve read on holidays this summer. xx

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 11:11 pm

      Will do! x

  37. Rachel
    July 2, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    Loved the newsletter. I hope the fittness dvd works out for you. My dog just sits and look at me as if say ‘why the hell are you jumping around the room’? I’ve just bought two cook books,.Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way and The Clear Skin Cookbook. I find it hard to find nice veg reciepes so hopefully these work out.

  38. July 2, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I would love to see more recipes in the upcoming newsletters. I am married with a toddler and while I could live off salads for the rest of my days, my husband and son would probably hate me forever, as well as starve to death!

    I was wondering if maybe you could do a travel portion as well. Where you have been recently, where you recommend staying, what you saw, etc. We are thinking of moving to Europe next year and it would be wonderful to have an idea of where all we should visit!

    Also, LOVED the section where you listed what cosmetics you’re currently using.

    Tell Mr. Bear he’s a star!

  39. Kitty
    July 3, 2012 / 4:17 am

    Hi Ruth,
    Great newsletter! I think the variety of topics is really good.
    I’m starting home workouts also as gym class timetable is slightly mad so I don’t go as often as I like (6.30am pilates class in winter is just not possible).

    Lovely to have a bonus Mr Bear appearance!

  40. UrielxXxEllen
    July 3, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Hi Ruth,
    I absolutely LOVED the exclusive newsletter. I especially enjoyed the fitness video before/after. Firstly, I am nosey and it was great to see a bit of your other rooms! Secondly, during term time I love to swim at my uni’s pool but when it’s the summer, I’m too broke and too far away from any leisure centre to get near a pool and I always struggle to find ways to keep up my exercising habits and I end up going right back to square one! A home workout DVD is definitely something I would consider. I once briefly flirted with the Nintendo Wii Fit but that’s not really the same is it….

    I don’t know what I’d like to see in the next newsletter. I like the little surprise of now knowing what you will include!

    Anyway, thanks for that, I really enjoyed it!

  41. Maggie
    July 4, 2012 / 7:04 am

    Hi Ruth, loving the exclusive newsletter – I don’t know how you find the time! Quick question about the 30DS: how much space does it require? I have a great Tracy Anderson DVD but you practically need a ballroom to do it in – well, unless you want to impale yourself on household furniture. Is there much side to side movement in the 30DS? Thanks, Mxox

    • Ruth
      July 4, 2012 / 7:16 am

      I do it in the space in front of my sofa with the coffee table pushed forward! All cardio is “on the spot”, so biggest move is the lunge, or sit-up! x

  42. July 16, 2012 / 2:20 am

    Loved receiving the newsletter. Your videos are always excellent, and I enjoyed seeing Mr. Bear. xo

  43. Shannon
    August 20, 2012 / 11:39 pm

    Bah humbug, and here I was thinking the Exclusive WAS the daily fix. *rubs paws together* Can’t wait for my first gander of the real exclusive!

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