purifyne review
I would never be delusional enough to call something ‘The Juice Cleanse for Everyone’ (the face The Manfriend pulls when I drink a green juice is reason enough), but Purifyne‘s Work Smart Juice Pack is the closest contender.

Last week, I trialled the cleanse on my first day ‘back to work’ from Thailand. It was either going to make or break me – my sneaking suspicion being that it would be the latter.

Why so confident? Unlike the vast majority of juice cleanses, the Work Smart pack aims to superboost energy, mood, focus and mental agility with the help of added seeds, spices and micro-nutrients (chia seeds, cayenne pepper, spirulina, Maca and cinnamon).

Each day comes with four 500ml nutrient-dense, certified organic and cold-pressed juices:
– Morning Liver Bliss with Maca powder: carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger (giving a similar ‘zing!’ to a cup of coffee)
– Protein Booster with Spirulina powder: carrot, cucumber, spinach, kale, spirulina, parsley, lemon (in my opinion, best as a lunch option as it is quite filing)
– Green Supreme with Cayenne Pepper: apple, cucumber, kale, spinach, lemon, ginger (my surprise favourite)
and
– Brazil Nut Milk with Cinnamon, brazil nuts, water, cinnamon powder, vanilla extract, and agave nectar (my healthiest milkshake imaginable)

Long story short, they’re an instant reset button for a stressed for tired head. A reset button that both fuels and stabilises. Keeping note while checking my blood sugar periodically, I successfully remained between 5.0-6.0 throughout the day without any issue.

I didn’t even crave a cup of coffee the morning after. Now, that’s a cleanse.

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snozone ski lesson
On Friday evening, Snozone Castleford (you’ll know it for being the UK’s most renowned indoor ski centre) held a Sochi-inspired freestyle competition and invited a few Olympians along to judge the contestants.

As good a time as any to get my first ski lesson in ten years in, right?

After booting up, buckling my helmet and remembering how cumbersome skis feel once clicked in, I embarked on a three hour crash course that took me from ‘baby slope’ to the same slope Olympians Ben Kilner and Katie Summerhayes were judging.

If that’s not the sign of a stellar ski lesson, I don’t know what is.

Zipping through snow plows and stop-and-jumps, I eventually graduated the lesson with a promotion from Level One to Five and a desperate desire to return to the mountains.

For now, though, Snozone and a plethora of blurred and swishtastic shots will do. Even without the Olympians.

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ski blogger
The snow bunny is back.

Though I have yet to secure my long-awaited ski dates, the so-called hauls that I have undergone leading up to said event have kept me slightly sane. Slightly. I still found an excuse to break in my ski style selections before hitting a single slope.

As soon as an inch of snow settled, I covered myself in Trespass and ran around for hours with Gatsby (The Pomeranian). With an endless number of pockets, toggles, cords, and general snow-smart additions, I am more excited than ever to get my ski boots on.

What I Wore:
White ‘Solitude’ ski pants from Trespass (they have detachable braces, a four-way stretch, and are genuinely perfection)
Black ‘Marlena’ ski jacket with faux fur hood from Trespass
Tom Ford sunglasses (similar here)
Hunter wellies (similar here)

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one new change
Resolutions can be a recipe for disaster. After the first ‘night out’ drinking soda water or the first dinner-without-dessert since last new year. willpower doesn’t come so willingly. To combat this, I prefer to set myself goals I can invest in.

This year, I have resolved to go on more adventures. The first step was to book flights to and from Bangkok for early March (I am going to jump you like an Olympian, Thailand!) and the second step was to refresh my ski wardrobe at Ellis Brigham in One New ChangeM/b>.

I haven’t been skiing in almost ten years. Though I took to the snow like a fish to water, before I knew it a couple of holidays had passed, a few years had passed, a lot of ladder-climbing had passed, and I ended up here; obsessed with the snow from afar.

It is time to get back on the slopes.

Walking into Ellis Brigham (after the obligatory elevator trip to the top of One New Change to take in London’s dark blues), I was convinced I was going to leave the store with a shiny new pair of ski boots.

I got distracted. Distracted by rainbows of goggles, helmets, skiwear and all of their neighbouring goods. As quick as as money could possibly be spent, I spent it. With black and white skiwear protruding from my closets at home, I opted for the white Era 14/15 helmet from Giro (incredibly comfy, sleek, and made with thermostat control venting) and – my big investment – the Dragon APXs Whiteout 14/15 goggles with pink ionized lenses. Having dealt with a plethora of eye issues over the last year, it was clear goggles took precedence over boots as soon as I started to peruse the cases.

They also make my ski-obsessed Manfriend green with envy. Score.

On the way to check out, I remembered my final piece of non-rentable ski kit essentials – ski gloves – and left shortly thereafter with a bag full of promises.

I’m coming for you, Alps.

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froothie review
The green smoothie obsession is real, my friends.

Though I’ve bought (and blogged about) a lot of juices, smoothies, and detoxes in the past, it has taken me a while to decide on the blender I would bring into my own home. This is mostly down to a few twenty-dollar ‘smoothie makers’ I bought and bailed on as a teenager.

Thankfully, blender technology has progressed past the days of ‘smoosh it or you’ll break it’. Blenders have become a thing.

The best of which I can assure you is the Optimum 9400 blender.

I ummed and ahhed between cult favourites, raw food blogger favourites and infomercial favourites for months before landing on The Optimum 9400 (I got mine at Froothie because they have a 30-day money back guarantee). 30-plus days later? I am a happiest smoothie maker there could be.

Unlike its more mainstream competitors, The Optimum 9400 is commercial-grade (completely stainless steel vs ‘personal-grade’ mild steel), durable, speedy (44,000 rpm), strong, spacious (read: margarita party), and incredibly versatile.

As well as being BPA free.

In my opinion, it’s the Holy Grail of Blenders. I have made almond butter, flour and milk all in less than 10 minutes. I have grated cheese, chopped onions, and grinded coffee with it. I have kneaded bread dough, whipped cream, and juiced into oblivion – all as well as making my daily green smoothie.

However many thumbs I can get my hands on…I give it that many thumbs up.

Click below for my circulation-boosting smoothie recipe!

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