budget ski trip
If your bank account isn’t completely cleaned out after Christmas, you might just be thinking of going on a ski trip this winter. Luckily, as the season ‘slows’, there are an abundance of resorts to choose from at the moment; skiers old and new can pick between luxury and basic ski holidays to suit your every need. Gone are the days when skiing was reserved for the super-rich – everyone can do it now that the wider ski holiday market is aware of brilliant but well-priced resorts in Poland, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria (to name only a few convenient to Londoners!).

Am I convincing you as much as I’m convincing myself? I hope so. Skiing is the most relaxing and rewarding sports available adjacent to hot tubs and hot toddys. That is, of course, as long as you remember the essentials…

Prescription Eyewear
If you’re skiing on a budget, you probably won’t be travelling with your own ski gear and will have to rent your equipment; ski boots, skis, helmets… perhaps even your snow-ready outerwear.

While this means great things for luggage space, rented ski goggles will almost definitely not be made for your prescription, so it’s always advisable to bring along your prescription glasses and pop them underneath. In fact,  a nice pair of prescription sunglasses will often become the one thing that make you feel snazzy or “dressed” behind layers of marshmallowed fabric. If you’re looking for something new, online retailers like Red Hot Sunglasses have special deals and sales in the winter to encourage customers, so have a look at their prescription sunglasses collection (I have been swooning over those freaking Clubmasters for about two years, haha). Ski trip or not, it’s a great idea to get your sunglasses in the winter as they’re so much cheaper (and a good pair will always last well through summertime!).

Snow Boots
You’ll obviously get ski boots when you rent your equipment, but you won’t get snow boots, which you’ll need to get around the place when you aren’t skiing. A good pair of hiking boots might do the trick if you already have them; otherwise, make sure to pick up a cheap pair from a trusted retailer (reviews can be a lifesaver in this sense!). If you’re budget focused, it is also a great idea to try on a pair of snow boots in a real-life store before ordering them for less from an online store.

Warm Clothing!
Does it need to be said? Yes. I’ve forgotten a few essentials almost every time I’ve hit the freeze. You should always bring warm clothing with you when you go skiing (and trust me when I tell you that you’ll need more than you think). It’s not enough to bring a few warm jumpers and a decent ski jacket; look to bring all or all of the following items…

– Long underwear
– Thermal base layers
– A tight scarf that is unlikely to blow off you or catch on anything when you’re skiing
– Gloves that will give you a good grip on the ski sticks
– A polo neck
– A back-up scarf when you inevitably lose the first one
– Thermal socks

Note: if you have the option, go for waterproof clothing as the snow will melt on you quicker than you think. The cold water will almost literally chill you to your core if you’re not careful! You’ll probably have a waterproof ski jacket, but waterproof ski trousers are almost more important.

A Smartphone Packed Full of Skiing Apps
There is a plethora of helpful apps built for skiers these days. While you can do a little research before you go and get the right one for you, a few of the best ski apps available include:

Avanet – a great iOS app that focuses on skiing and wilderness safety. It’s a crowd-sourced platform, so users all make an effort to include helpful information for other skiers and snowboarders in their area. The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to tell you if anyone has left advice for a particular area or ski slope.

Snocru – an Android and iOS app that allows you to keep in touch with other skiers at your resort, making it easier for you to keep in touch with other people you’re skiing or snowboarding with as well as meeting new people while you’re out there. The great thing about Snocru is that you can turn your day on the slopes into a competition where you can enter in a series of different statistics which will be compared against your pals.

Ski Tracks is a great app for both iOS and Android. It uses your phone’s GPS to track your skiing sessions and allows you to compare your times against your previous attempts and your friends’. It’s easy to use and it gives you a lot of different metrics about your ski session.

Cheap GoPro Alternatives
This is not an essential (hence its position on this list), but a tough, mounted, waterproof camera is a brilliant gadget to take on any ski trip and while a GoPro is notoriously the best in the bunch, it is by no means the only option out there. A few options that you’ll find below £100 include the Drift Stealth 2, Xiaoyi Yi Action Camera, and Mobius.

(Note: Videos might feel a tad excessive in addition to photos, but you’ll love looking back on them as the years go by!)

That’s all the advice I have time for today, but do send me a tweet if you have any questions (@lelalondon)! Otherwise, have a brilliant time skiing; stay safe, warm, and fill your Instagram feed with snow!

fitness blogger 1
I have reached the half way mark of a six week personal training and general fitness programme at The Club at County Hall (the luxurious and expansive gym of London Marriott Hotel County Hall) and could not possibly feel more “fitspo” about it.

At the start, I told Coach (my genuinely lovely trainer) that I was training for my next Color Run and wanted to push myself to get as strong as physically possible over the succeeding six weeks as – with legs of steel – my arm strength has always been my physical downfall.

With a mix of cardio, free weights, cross fit, HIIT, and everything in between, I am seeing progress faster than ever before so decided to rope Coach in to join me for a Facebook Live! Hooray!

This coming Friday (September 2nd) at 1pm GMT, Coach and I will host a live and unedited workout for you on my Facebook page (no equipment needed!) and give you the opportunity to ask the pro to answer any fitness/gym questions you may have. Completely free!

We can’t wait to see you there.

Click here to ‘Like’ me on Facebook and check back on Friday at 1pm GMT to join us!

What I Wore:
Sundried Grivola tee
Sundried Runette tights
White NIKE Huarache Run Ultra Trainers from Infinities

(Sundried – a brand founded by a personal trainer, triathlete and father – is my current fitness obsession. Fashion obsession, even! As well as having beautiful pieces of activewear, they are all ethically produced with a distinctively low carbon footprint. Everything is made in Portugal and comes with a unique code; entering the code into their site will show the journey of the garment and make a donation to volunteer-run charity Water for Kids. Way to feel even better when you work out, eh?!)

When the view from your gym alone is worth the workout. ?

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It’s time to dust off your trainers and get your sweatbands ready. I have teamed up with Skittles to offer five winners and their friends the chance to take part in the original, happiest and most colourful fun run in the world, The Color Run, on Sunday September 4th in London!

On top of being showered by all the colours of the rainbow, the lucky winners will also receive a bright Skittles hoodie!

For your chance to win this awesome prize, just subscribe to me on YouTube (where I’ll be posting my Color Run adventure!) and tell me which Skittle flavour is your favourite (and why!) in the comments below this post!

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the life goddess
If another Londoner told me I could a enjoy full day out eating, drinking and being pampered for 50% off – literally everywhere I went – I would think they had lost their mind. But I have to take that risk. Because that is what I’m about to tell you.

I downloaded The Entertainer app after hearing a few foodie-focused rave reviews. Essentially, the app is a hub of “buy one get one free” deals across some of the city’s best food, drink, health, fitness, and beauty retailers. Time to give your super swanky social life (or lack thereof) a super affordable overhaul…

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