In Review: Purifyne Work Smart Juice Cleanse

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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)
– 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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In Review: Canon Powershot SX60 HS

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The Canon Powershot SX60: to the readers who have been enjoying my travels across Thailand over the past few blogs, its safe to assume you saw this one coming.

For the duration of the two week trip I chose to leave my beloved SLR back in London while I scurried around with a younger model. In the spirit of total and complete honesty, this could have been a disaster.

Before boarding the plane, I had taken a single test photo with the SX60 and did not have the faintest . The decision to swap camera was based on two very simple ideas:
1) I wanted to swap between photo and video a lot on the trip and the SX60 looked like it was built for such a task,
2) I make a real habit out of taking an excess of bulky lenses on holiday and wanted to try something new.

As fate would have it, the little Canon Powershot SX60 was a pleasant surpise.

Canon Powershot SX60 – Review

– Significantly cheaper than a DSLR.
– Lighter and smaller than comparative models. I carried it around in a small backpack that fit all my daily essentials inside with no issue.
– 65x zoom that remains clear and detailed.
– Video. It takes less than 1 second to start to record HQ (720p) video from camera mode.
– Fast. It is incredibly responsive. From shutter speeds to controls and playbacks, there is no waiting period.
– The LCD screen flips out so you can view your shots from any angle.

– The 21mm ultra wide angle! In some cases, many people would consider this a pro but the angle distorts the edges of many scenes which means I always ended up zooming in or cropping edges in the post-editing process.
– Lack of control. This, of course, comes as a con only to aperture priority-loving control freaks who haven’t let their SLR leave their side since purchase day. (Me.)
– It really struggles with night time shots. I never use on-camera flash (creative preference) but the evening is one big black hole without it.

It’s not a swap for my SLR, but it is the best bridge camera I’ve laid hands on. If you want beautiful shots and video but don’t want to invest the time or money in professional photography, I would look no further than the SX60.

(Click here for more info – you can even claim £40 cashback from Canon this week!)

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Travel Blog: Adventure Tour in Koh Samui, Thailand

I have trouble being a ‘typical holidaygoer’. I find it very hard to ‘chill out’, as they say. While many people will rip through hazy romance novels in sun liungers, I read a book while jogging around the shallow end of a pool (I have the wet books to prove it). While even more people can casually wander in and out of the ocean between naps, I have to frolic in the sand with a camera in hand (I’ve done the blogs to prove it).

That is my issue. I cannot wholly ‘relax’ without something to keep my brain and body active.

Knowing the impossible would be expected of me on a remote beach holiday, I balanced the unfamiliar chil out by booking The Manfriend and I an adventure tour on our final day.

If there was one thing I was excited to bring my Canon* along for, this was it.

The Adventure Tour

Starting at the crack of dawn, we were welcomed into the day with a bit of an elephant mingle (where my poor Manfriend was volunteered by someone – ahem – to receive a sexy elephant massage). We then carried on to marvel at the insane intelligence of a few friendly weightlifting acrobat monkeys before heading a short walk away to watch a Thai boxing match.

For a break, our guide – Bo – took us to his outdoor kitchen to teach us how to make traditional som tam (papaya salad); praise the foodie heavens. It might be the best Thai dish there is (can anyone else smell a recipe blog?).

Before heading out of the area, we went for a short elephant ride with our lady elephant’s carer – a very sweet older man who made us jewellery from bamboo leaves and helped us feed the little (‘little’) lady from our bag of bananas.

As midday crept towards us, we jumped in a 4×4 and headed off for Na Muang waterfall. Avoiding the tourist traps and easier, paid routes, we took to the rocky descent like Mr and Mrs Tomb Raider, trekking to the cool waterfall like islanders. Then realising we were absolutely starving.

Hopping not into the 4×4 but now on top of the 4×4, we were hurdled towards the top of a jungled mountain (Pom Mountain) – stopping only for coconuts and congee – before safely placing our feet back on the ground above the Secret Buddha Garden.

The Garden – also known as Magic Garden – is a private Buddhist shrine and a magical combination of art, faith and nature.

Last stop? Koh Tan. Heading back towards Taling Ngam (where our hotel was situated), we stopped off at a nearby beach to board a long tail boat and zip over the the equally barren and beautiful island for a spot of snorkelling.

Major Ariel vibes. A Disney perfect day, altogether.

Watch it all in its full travel vlog glory, above!

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What I Wore – Bond Girl (A Note on ‘The Bikini Body’)

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In the average woman’s mind, beaches coincide with a single fixation: ‘The Bikini Body’. Some idealistic expectation of gym sessions and dieting

I decided not to give a toss this year. I am just over five feet tall and my largest asset is the cultural word association to ‘Kim Kardashian’. I will never have the body of a swimsuit model.

I will, however, have a bikini body. For I have a body that wears bikinis. A body I feed healthy food, a body I exercise, and a body I am thankful for. By all sane conclusions, babes, that’s the most you’ll need to have a bikini body.

Remember, those models you’re sticking on your fridge make up less than one percent of the world’s population. They are winners of a genetic lottery and devote their entire livelihood to holding onto their ticket as long as they possibly can. When your boyfriend coos ‘You look like a Bond Girl!’ as you walk out onto a beautiful beach in Koh Samui, you simply forget to care.

You have a bikini body all your own. Be proud of it.

What I Wore:
Bikini – Heidi Klein
Hat – Reiss

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bond girl