Sunday, September 11, 2016


 Let's sweat!

It’s easy to make excuses not to exercise, right? I’m too tired, I’m too busy, it’s too expensive, I’m in the middle of moving house, the latter being my most recent excuse in the past few weeks. I’ll admit, my usual exercise regime has suffered whilst uplifting myself from one dwelling to another and I’ve really only got my mojo back in the past week: I’ve located my workout apparel, unpacked the weights and resistance bands from their boxes and reassembled the home treadmill, so this week I was back on form. It can be difficult, however, to get motivated once you have been shaken out of your usual fitness routine, but I find looking for inspiration, setting goals and identifying new challenges always helps.

In the past week and a half, it’s almost like the inspiration, goals and challenges have all come at once. First we hit a new month, which is always a motivational time for me both personally and professionally; this month in particular is my birthday month and I know how increasingly important exercise is as you get older, physically, mentally and aesthetically so there’s some extra impetus to get your sweat on right there. Then, I stumbled upon Kanye West’s latest video, Fade, which features Teyana Taylor whose body is just #goals, so that also inspired me to get moving and lifting again. And then finally, kindly invited me to join the Couch to 5K challenge, which really did come at the right time because whilst a lot of people might want to surrender to the couch as the darker nights draw in and the temperature gets that bit cooler, the Couch to 5K campaign can challenge and motivate you to get off the couch, get your kicks on and go for a run, which y’all know I love doing when I’m not running on the treadmill.

As a little added fitness incentive, Boohoo allowed me to choose some stylish pieces from their latest active-wear collection as part of their campaign to combine fitness and fashion, what I often hashtag as FitFashion. Some of you will know that I’m reluctant to spend a lot of money on fitness-wear that gets sweaty and grubby in 5 minutes, as I prefer to save the pounds for lavish bags and shoes, however, I’m not willing to compromise on style and comfort when working out, so I’ll always appreciate when I come across an active-wear brand that offers stylish pieces at affordable prices!

Find out more about the Couch to 5K campaign and see how you can be running 5K in 30 minutes within 9 weeks. Let’s Sweat!

Wearing: Vest ,C/O; Crop-top, C/O Boohoo.comLeggings , C/O   Trainers: Stella McCartney x Adidas

Later x
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Sunday, September 04, 2016


to myself

Wow, I think I underestimated how time-consuming and energy-sapping (both mentally and physically) moving house could be. I got the keys on the 19 August, and with my day-to-day job coupled with my desire to achieve as close to house perfection as quickly as possible, I haven’t really stopped, and I certainly have not had the inclination to maintain my weekly blogging schedule, especially since I only had Wi-Fi installed two days ago, so apologies for being MIA. I think I’m nearly there with everything now though, and whilst I was about  to put my feet up with some Baileys and Guylian chocolate, I thought I had better make my way up to my partially decorated office and get typing this week’s blog post.

I’ve received some lovely cards, flowers and bottles of bubbly as housewarming gifts, however, I also decided to treat myself to a housewarming gift: an Assouline recipe book. I have quite a few recipe books, which I tend to store in any vacant kitchen cupboard space I can find, but I always knew that once I bought my new house, I wanted to be able to display a slightly more premium luxury recipe book on my kitchen worktop, as part of the décor if you will.  My friend introduced me to the Assouline brand, so when I was next in London I decided to have a peek around their Piccadilly-based store and stumbled on their Food & Life book; the chic look and indulgent feel of it was exactly what I was looking for and that was just the outside cover. I’m yet to try any of the seemingly delicious, healthy recipes I’ve skimmed through, for now it just has its pride of place in my almost completed kitchen corner.

Later x
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Sunday, August 14, 2016



When I first bought my collection of Mason and preserving jars, I only ever intended for them to be a container for beautifully storing my starchy staples of rice, oats, pulses and pasta on my kitchen shelves, but with their clip-closure design and aroma-tight seal, I’ve found them increasingly useful for my homemade breakfasts on the go.

There are many reasons why people tend to grab breakfast on the go: the mornings can be hectic for some and so they may not have the time or inclination to eat breakfast at home; if you have to wake up ridiculously early for work or to get a train, for example, you may not have an appetite for breakfast at that time of the morning and therefore choose to eat a little later; some people prefer to eat a light breakfast such as fruit or fast before their morning workout and then fuel up after their exercise session. Whatever your reason, sometimes breakfast on the go can be an advantageous option.

When you hear the statement ‘breakfast on the go’, it can conjure up thoughts of a sugary breakfast bar, a powdery meal replacement drink or a shop bought fat-filled pastry but my favourite breakfasts on the go are homemade. It’s rare that I don’t have breakfast at home, however, for me personally I can’t eat too early, so the mornings when I have to get up at silly o’clock, I tend to quickly throw all my usual favourite breakfast ingredients into my jar and take it with me, then I’ll either have it later at my desk at work or on the train – in today’s jar I have Greek yoghurt, sugar-free muesli, fresh berries, dried goji berries, mixed seeds and almond butter . This certainly helps me to refrain from dipping into my purse to purchase a chocolate-filled croissant, although I do succumb sometimes!

What would you throw into your jar?

Later x
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RIO 2016
Sunday, August 07, 2016

RIO 2016

Olympic Inspiration

If you already feel like you have been dosed up with Olympic fever then here’s another spoonful, sorry, not sorry! The Olympics has to be my favourite event of the sporting calendar, and I don’t know about you, but I always find those 16 days of blood, sweat and tears (on the competitors part, of course) inspires me as a spectator to get out and shed a bit more sweat of my own . The excuses to avoid a workout tend to be few and far between, and I seem to have much more of a can-do attitude when it comes to exercising, during the Olympic period. What about you?

Out of all the events, I’m most looking forward to the track athletics; it’s quite nostalgic for me to watch having spent most of my teenage years as a young competing athlete for my local athletics club, Birchfield Harriers, running the 100m and 200m, and, on occasion the 400m and hurdles. Regrettably, I gave it all up when I went to university and never looked back, much to my parent's disappointment, I think.

For this week’s post, I paid a little homage to Rio 2016 by visiting my old track at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium where I used to run - and where the professional athletes competed in June this year (at the British Athletics Championships) for a place on the British Athletics team for the Olympic Games – and donned my new Stella McCartney x Adidas kicks, which are the most comfortable trainers I’ve ever owned, albeit the most expensive!

What I wore: Trainers, Stella McCartney x Adidas Pure Boost;    Leggings, Forever 21;  Top, Forever 21

Later x
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Sunday, July 31, 2016


In Birmingham

“You smell like coconuts……….”.  I’ve had the aforementioned sentence uttered to me on a few occasions. Of course, it’s not my natural bodily scent unfortunately; most mornings I slather on mixes of cocoa butters and creams to moisturise my skin. My bathroom cabinet is filled with cocoa-fragranced skin products that I’ve bought from various shops, and now there’s a new place for me to indulge my love of cocoa-smelling cosmetics: Eness.

Eness open its first UK store in Birmingham this weekend and I was invited to their launch. I was like a kid in a candy sweetie shop when I saw the shelves adorned with cocoa-scented luxurious body care products, from vitamin E-rich body butters and creams, to deodorants and body washes and even candles, although, of course, consumers are able to choose from a dazzling array of products and scents from the Eness range including magnolia, lavender and wild rose, as well as a Men’s product range.

Sustainable, ethical and ‘beauty without cruelty’ (to animals) is the ethos of Eness cosmetics, which have been developed to fill what they believe to be a gap in the market for ethical products which are premium quality but affordable and great value. My favourite of all the products has to be the body butters, in particular the Cocoa Heaven: it feels rich and indulgent and rubs in easily without a greasy feel, and those subtle but divine notes of sweet vanilla and candied fruits are enough to send your mind wondering to tropical climates where coconuts litter the ground; the Cocoa Heaven candles will feature nicely in my new home too.

I’m always keen to support Birmingham-based businesses and although their plan is to eventually progress to becoming a chain of stores throughout the UK, they’ve chosen Birmingham’s Canon Street to launch their brand, and I’m embracing it.

Wearing: Sandals, Dune;  Skirt, Warehouse;  Bag, Sophie Hulme; Scarf, Oasis; Jacket, Old

Later x

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Sunday, July 24, 2016


a meat free alternative.....

The UK has welcomed 7 consecutive days (and counting) of soaring summer temperatures, and I think the majority of us are truly grateful as we have been waiting very patiently for days like this. With the weather performing at its best, our thoughts naturally turn to eating  - and cooking – al fresco, well mine do anyway. The traditional method for this would probably be a BBQ but there’s only so many charred sausages and burgers we can and should eat, and also where does that leave those who don’t like or eat meat.

I personally don’t like burgers; people have suggested home-cooking some of my own, but I’ve never really entertained this, however, I stumbled upon the idea of chickpea burgers the other day and thought this would be a nice alternative to try. So, after a few Google recipe searches, I got my hands on some ingredients and gave it a go -  let's just say I'm feeling smug!


For the Burgers (makes 6 burgers)
400g can drained chickpeas
Juice of half a lemon
Half of a small bunch of coriander
1 egg
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
2 crushed oatcakes
1/4 fienly chopped red onion
1 tbsp of oil
Wholemeal buns – try wholemeal rolls for a nutritious boost in preference to the traditional white rolls

For the caramelised onions (the chickpea burgers can be a little dry on their own because they have a low fat content, but the onions add moisture as well as a delicious subtle sweetness
¼ sliced red onion
2 tbsp balsalmic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons of Olive oil

*In a food processor. whizz the chickpeas, lemon, coriander, egg, and mixed herbs

*Scrape the mixture into a bowl and mix with the crushed oatcakes and onions and then put the mixture in the fridge to firm up for 20 minutes

*Whilst the mixture is firming up make your caramelised onions and toast your buns

*To caramelise the onions, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook slowly for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching

*When the onions are softened, add the honey and balsalmic vinegar and cook and caramelise for a further 10-15 minutes on a low heat

*Take your mixture out of the fridge and on a flour-dusted surface, divide and shape into equally sized patties

*Add the patties to a medium heat frying pan and cook for 10 minutes, or until golden and cooked through, turning halfway

*Enjoy the burgers on your toasted buns with the caramelised onions  or on their own with a salad

Later x
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