Having spent so much of my childhood pirouetting, spank-stepping, and piqué turning, I recently found myself with a near-neurotic need to get my dancing shoes back on. Without the tyrannical competitive edge of my youth, that is.
This – along with some furious Googling – landed me with a month-long BikiniFIT pass to Seen on Screen Fitness that has made me sublimely happy. Rather than hoarding masses into a Zumba studio and teaching them to “dance”, Seen on Screen holds song or mashup-led dance classes taught by professional dancers all over London. This not only means you learn to dance like the likes of Beyonce, Justin, Britney, Rihanna, but you get a adrenaline-pumping sweat on with the best of the best in the industry.
I have adored every single class and teacher I have had the pleasure of spending time with over the past month; even after making the body-trembling mistake of following a Fifth Harmony Masterclass with a Lemonade mashup masterclass the day before an eleven-mile hike across the Seven Sisters.
For the final class of my first pass – a Beyonce Formation workshop – I donned a few new dancewear investments. While doing a little menswear gift shopping on Infinities, I realised they not only had the trainers I had wanted for ages (which are always sold out in the ‘ladies’ version) but a solid selection of ‘menswear’ that could make me feel as badass as my decade-long unisex dance heroine.
You can see the duds in action in the Instagram video, below.
What I Wore:
Neon sports bra (similar here)
Denim button-up shirt (similar here)
Polo Ralph Lauren terry track pants in Silver/Grey from Infinities
White NIKE Huarache Run Ultra Trainers from Infinities
As a travel blogger, I spend very little time in London – let alone the rest of the UK – so find it an absolute thrill to discover the the best of my home soil’s best.
Lower Mill Estate will now be added to that category.
Earlier this month, I travelled to the heart of the Cotswolds to take part in an exploration of the private community of lakeside second-homes and rental homes with a few blogging beauties and left with an unexpected appreciation of all things Lower Mill.
But you’ll see that very clearly in the photography and video, below…
What I Wore:
Breton-stripe boat neck silk and cotton jumper from Wool Overs (I bought mine oversized, but this makes it perfect to wear between seasons and is ridiculously comfortable)
Gold shorts (similar here)
Chelsea boots from Daniel
What started as a last-minute romantic getaway to Brighton turned into an eleven-mike hike across the Seven Sisters. Death-defying cliffs and all.
But I’ll tell you more about that, below…
What I Wore:
Floral print Bardot dress from Quiz
Heels from Sargossa (similar here)
Handbag from Kenneth Cole
I’m not sure quite how sensible it is to break your brand new bicycle in with an all-day event, but the Tweed Run seemed altogether too perfect for myself and my new Electra to deny it.
Since 2009, The Tweed Run has grown from a guerilla event to one of the city’s most loved and quirky annual celebrations. A celebration of tweed, cycling, and all jauntiness in between. A celebration that calls for the vintage-style beauty of Electra’s Super Deluxe 3i Cruiser (can you tell I’m obsessed?).
After getting my suffragette on, I arrived at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings to a time-travelled scene beyond imagination: penny farthings, vintage fashion, and red lipstick as far as the eye could see. I can only hope the photos give you a taste of the magic.
What I Rode:
The Electra Super Deluxe 3i Cruiser in Aqua/Cream from Electra
What I Wore:
Monochrome check jumpsuit
Nude ballerina flats (similar here)
Votes for Women sash (because, duh)
I’ve had a bit of a fitness epiphany.
After rediscovering my love for yoga in Puerto Vallarta, I returning to London with a real ‘do or die’ muscular yearning that resulted in me spending the last month sweating myself silly at Fierce Grace.
The “FG” brand has a well-deserved reputation for itself as the home of London’s sassiest hot yoga studios. From my very first session, I felt an equal, endorphin-heavy rush of self-importance and selflessness. Fierce Grace is not a ‘get fit’ programme. It’s a ‘get fierce’ programme. Every session leaves you stronger, more flexible, and – perhaps most importantly – more self-aware with a variety of classes lasting between 50 and 90 minutes (The Deep Core, 75 minutes of floor-based alignment and body-opening, takes my personal cake) for all skill levels: beginners to seasoned yogis.
It all came to a significant realisation when I was invited to celebrate the launch of Danone’s new Light & Free range last week. Though I was excited to try the brand’s new 0% added sugar and 0% fat Greek-style yogurts, spending a morning rebounding and trampolining had me feeling entirely fierce – even surrounded by beautiful fitness models and HD camera lenses.
My whole approach to my body has changed. Rather than being fitness-crazed and comparison-friendly, I found myself fueling up on high-protein, low-calorie Light & Free’s and rebound myself into a sweat with complete confidence, lightness, and – dare I say it – freedom.
That is an epiphany worth having.