Monday, 29 June 2015

Working It - Lomax, Chelsea

If you watch Made In Chelsea (I don't) then you might have seen the characters (/cast?) training at Lomax Chelsea. I actually first heard of it reading Steph's blog and got myself signed up for a free trial of their Cycle Blast class. I love how much the fitness industry in London has changed recently - a standard gym membership seems a bit dull when you can class hop around different studios and do a spin class here, a hot yoga class there. It definitely allows for a bit more flexibility, especially if, like me, you'd rather spend the warmer months exercising outdoors than in a sweaty gym.

Lomax is on the Fulham Road and is a small but bright studio packing a lot in. Lomax offers group classes (from intense Blast classes to Pilates), personal training, nutrition advice and has a small but perfectly formed cafe and chill out space. The changing rooms are awesome with private shower rooms laden with Ren toiletries and complimentary towels. I did a Cycle Blast class which was an intense 45 minutes in the underground cycle studio. The class was fast paced but the soundtrack and instructor were awesome so the time flew by  - unlike my usual spin class a few tracks incorporated arm weights which added a new element of challenge (the weights were only 2.5kg but for someone who never uses free weights this felt quite heavy!). Be warned - it does get very sweaty but thank goodness for the complimentary water, it was needed!

The Grill Market cafe provided the perfect post-class (and post-shower!) refuel. I opted for a green protein smoothie but was very tempted by the protein pancakes. The lunch options looked great too and it makes a nice change from my old gym which had a vending machine containing crisps and fizzy drinks in the entrance. The range of juices, nut butters and healthy baked goods means that if I lived more locally I'd definitely be popping in often.

Lomax Chelsea Review
Gym #OOTD - New Balance leggings, Forever 21 top. I bought so much gym kit in the US where it was all super cheap!
Lomax Chelsea Review
The upstairs space features gym equipment and a small studio for classes.
Lomax Chelsea Review
Imbibery cold pressed juices and a paleo Scotch eggs. 
Lomax Chelsea Review
The underground spin studio.
Lomax Chelsea Review
Great post-class food options in the Grill Market cafe.
Lomax Chelsea Review
My ombre green protein shake.

What's your favourite workout?
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Smartsun - Staying Safe In The Sun



As a self-confessed "summer person" I couldn't be happier that sunny days are finally here. My mood is always so much better in the summer and I love getting outdoors to exercise and get my vitamin D fix. Despite the positive effects of sunshine, the sun can be really harmful to our skin causing burning, wrinkles and skin cancer. Even if you're not getting away this summer, it's still important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with over 2,000 people dying from it every year - despite the fact that we think we live in a country where its constantly grey and rainy.

To help us enjoy the sun safely, Smartsun have developed UV indicator wristbands to alert you to when its time to top-up the sunscreen or if you should avoid the sun for the rest of the day. The wristband starts of yellow and will turn beige when its time to re-apply sunscreen and pink when its time to stay out of the sun.

smartsun uv band review


I think these are a great idea for festivals when its easy to forget to top up the sun protection or days on the beach when you want to safely catch some rays without harming your skin. I'm one of those people who is fastidious about applying suncream in the morning but I often forget to re-apply it throughout the day so hopefully these bands will remind me to do so. I wore mine to see Blur at BST last week and due to the torrential downpour it didn't change colour but keep an eye on my Instagram and I'll be sure to post a colour-changed one once I've been out and about in the sun a bit more!

The wristbands are available here in a pack of 5.



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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

#SaladSecrets with Florette

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen the delightfully instagrammable venue in which Florette held their #SaladSecrets event. After being greeted with a kale-tail (a cocktail containing kale, duh) we were treated to a salad making demo by the girls from Lunch Bxd and a talk on the health benefits of salad by The Lean Machines (while trying not to be distracted by taking a sneaky peak at their Instagram account...).

Then it was on to the food. Salad definitely isn't a bland diet food -we sampled a quinoa veggie tagine, a ceasar salad and a  peppercress and lime cheesecake. With summer and lighter evenings here, salads are a perfect quick and easy lunch or dinner. The key is to make them colourful and varied and the Florette leaves are a great base to get creative with (and a huge time saver).

Florette Salad Recipe
The healthiest cocktail I've ever had.
Florette Salad Recipe
The conservatory at Bourne and Hollingsworth buildings was the perfect setting for a salad event - look at all that greenery!
Florette Salad Recipe
Super yummy quinoa tagine.
Florette Salad Recipe
A classic caesar salad.
Florette Salad Recipe
Peppercress and lime cheesecake - a very decadent way to eat salad ingredients!
With Wimbledon coming up this month, I've created a tennis-inspired salad for some mid-match munching. We all know that Wimbledon means Pimms but while it's fruit-packed its not exactly healthy... Here is my Pimms-inspired salad for a healthy, tasty tennis treat- glass of Pimms on the side optional!

Florette Salad Recipe


Florette Salad Recipe

So easy to make and it tastes so summery:

1. Arrange Florette Peppery Crispy leaves on a plate. The peppery leaves tone down the sweet strawberries and are the perfect texture and flavour contrast (the key to an interesting and satisfying salad).

2. Halve and de-seed half a cucumber, halve or quarter your strawberries and tear up some mint leaves - scatter on top of the salad leaves.

3. Dress with balsamic vinegar to off-set the sweet strawberries and you're ready to get back to the tennis watching!

What's your favourite salad?
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Wimbledon - And Working Off Those Tennis Treats

Wimbledon fortnight starts next Monday and I couldn't be more excited. As a teenager, I used to dread the two weeks of tennis as it meant that Neighbours was cancelled in favour of a "boring" sport  but now I love everything about the tournament - I actually (sort of ) understand the rules now and the white outfits, the queuing etiquette and, the best bit, the strawberries and Pimms are just so British.

I was lucky enough to go in 2010 (possibly the only British event I've been to where it hasn't rained - it was crazily hot!) and this year I'm planning on catching as much as possible at One New Change as  part of the Great British Summer season - as tempting as it would be to skip work to queue for the day it would be a little awkward if, like last time, I popped up on the BBC in the crowd.

Whether you're at Wimbledon or watching on the sofa, you're going to need snacks - some of the matches (correct word, yes?) can go on for hours and watching other people exercise is exhausting. Central London Apartments have put together this infographic showing how many minutes of tennis it would take to burn off those strawberries and cream:

Infographic



Make mine a G&T, please! And if the idea of playing any sort of sport is not your thing then, worry not, check back soon for a guilt-free Wimbledon-inspired dish.

Are you a Wimbledon fan?
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Weekend In Lisbon

Two weekends ago, I was playing in a football tournament in Lisbon. Reading that back, I still can't quite believe it either. Having not played team sports for at least ten years (and by "played" I mean doing everything I could possibly do to actively participate as little as possible) I never thought I'd find myself on a football pitch in Portugal in 33 degree heat actually, kind of, playing football. I still need a lot of practice when it comes to my ball skills but in terms of an awesome weekend and stepping way out of my comfort zone this certainly did the trick! Even while packing my bags to go I was terrified - despite running a marathon I still feel totally un-sporty and I hardly knew anyone else going - but all my fears were totally unfounded, I had so much fun despite being a terrible footballer and speaking to new people isn't as terrifying as I'd built it up to be.

Lisbon is quite a small city and while I didn't get a chance to see everything it was a great place to spend a weekend. I'm  actually back in a few weeks for my friend's wedding so can't wait to do some more exploring!

Weekend in Lisbon
The I'd-usually-be-in-the-office-rn holiday smug shot
Weekend in Lisbon
Old fortress on the sea front
After getting an 8.30am flight out of London, by 2pm we were on the beach! So awesome - there's nothing like the sound of the waves and the sun to give your mood a total 180 flip. After only a few hours of beach time I felt like I'd been on holiday for a week. We went to Carcavelos beach which was lovely, not busy and with a few cute beach bars.

Weekend in Lisbon
The view from our dinner spot 
Weekend in Lisbon
Eggs and avocado - football fuel!
Weekend in Lisbon
The Bica Elevator tram - so cute!
On Friday night my teammates and I went for dinner at Santa Bica - we ate outside as the sun went down and feasted on tapas and the most amazing chocolate mousse. Be warned - the streets around here are super steep so maybe leave the heels at home! Like true sportswomen, we popped into a couple of bars to sample the local cocktails although the locals seemed to be outnumbered by British stag-do groups!

Weekend in Lisbon
On the football pitch!

Weekend in Lisbon
The view from our hotel room
Weekend in Lisbon
Sadly no pictures of me in football kit (!) but here's me looking like a non-sweaty girl again!

Weekend in Lisbon
Well deserved post-football treat! I'd never actually tried one of these before but it was good!
Saturday was a packed day of football - it was so hot that even the air was shimmering. After a much-needed shower it was party time at Ministerium in Lisbon's main square where G&Ts and pastel-de-natas were well-earned! The heat was crazy - even at 9pm it was probably hotter than its been in London all summer!

Weekend in Lisbon

Weekend in Lisbon

Sunday and the Mercado Da Ribeira was our first stop for a relaxed day of sightseeing - so many delicious foods under one roof! I picked up a super refreshing green smoothie and am definitely book-marking this spot for my return to the city. After the market we wandered around Bairro Alto and spotted another yellow tram before taking in the amazing views of the sea and the city and then catching the last plane back to London.

Have you visited Lisbon?
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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Insta Outfits - Is it Summer Yet?

I'm a terrible outfit blogger but when the sun shone for a week back in April I thought I'd start trying to document more of my outfits. Sadly its currently a dull shade of grey this morning (although I'm typing this as I'm stuck indoors after saying goodbye wisdom so who knows what it's like now) and my wardrobe feels just as confused as the seasons but here is what I've been wearing:

summer 2015 outfit post
Vintage top, ASOS Skirt (similar)
For: a sunny day in the office
summer 2015 outfit post
Topshop dress
For: The London Marathon expo (wow, this was a long time ago!)
summer 2015 outfit post
Oasis dress
For: the office and drive-in cinema
summer 2015 outfit post
Asos dress
For: the office (again)
summer 2015 outfit post
Yumi dress
For: can you guess?
summer 2015 outfit post
Banana Republic dress
For: a day exploring Vegas 
summer 2015 outfit post
H&M dress
For: Exploring Vegas 
summer 2015 outfit post
Mummy Lipstick - Somerset by Alice Temperley dress
Me - Zara dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag
For: our last night in Vegas
How are you dressing for this British summer?
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Exhibition: Lights of Soho - City Lights

I'm a huge fan of neon signs and neon art. Back in January I visited Gods Own Junkyard at Lights of Soho and bought my first art print (like, really, am I a proper grown up now?) and in Vegas the neon signs and Neon Museum were awesome. Lights of Soho currently have a new neon exhibition - whereas with Gods Own Junkyard the neon art took a backseat to the vintage signs, with "City Lights" the focus is much more on neon art and with pieces by established artists like Tracey Emin and new talent like Rebecca Mason - I bought her "Error" print after seeing the original at the first exhibition (although less proper grown up that I still haven't framed it!).

The exhibition is free to enter and there's a lovely bar inside for grabbing a coffee or a cocktail and free wifi too for catching up with the world. City Lights runs until 5th July so there's still plenty of time to visit!

lights of soho city lights exhibition

lights of soho city lights exhibition

lights of soho city lights exhibition

lights of soho city lights exhibition

lights of soho city lights exhibition

What other exhibitions do I need to visit this summer?
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