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The Daily Mail does a lot of things wrong, but this article on Kate Middleton’s hair style options is the best thing I’ve seen in YEARS.

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what should I wear?

This is how my workout gear usually looks:

In the interest of blogging though – here’s a much friendlier view of my favourite workout gear:

1. MEC T1 Long-Sleeved Crew $19 on MEC.ca (Canadians only)! 

This is a tried/tested/true piece of outdoor gear. It gets me through running/skiing/hiking/camping/apres ski at the bar/you name it.  Best item I’ve ever owned).

2. Lorna Jane Maxivate Top £56 at Lorna Jane 

When it’s really cold I’ll put on this extra layer (and look extra pink). Currently online only available in Australia but check out their pop-up shops at studios around London.

3. Nike Pro Capri II – Sunburst/Bright Peach – £22.50 on SheActive.co.uk 

They run large, I’m usually a 12 in leggings but if I was to buy these again I’d go for a 10). They’re comfortable and flashy for the dark nights of running. Only downside is no pockets.

4. Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve – £52.00 on Lululemon.co.uk 

I love this top so much I’ve worn it to it’s death.  It’s the perfect running/bootcamp top as it is light and airy but still has sleeves! It’s trendy and cute in a studio, but also holds up to the outdoors. Mine is neon yellow (ish) but am looking at the grey for my next purchase.

5. Domyos Spots Bag £6.99 on Domyos-fitness.com

How cute is this bag? I saw it while on vacation in France and had to buy it. It comes in a million different colours and patterns and even a backpack version. I want them all.

6. Adidas Supernova Sequence 5 £90 on Sweatshop.co.uk

I’ve flirted with Nike but I keep coming back to these Adidas shoes. They’re good for my little left ankle wobble when I run and (unlike Nike) are narrow enough to actually hold my foot.


7. Domyos Run-in Socks £3.00 on Domyos-fitness.com
These are my first pair of thin socks for running and are great with my above shoes that are sometimes a bit too tight in the toes (peril of having narrow feet means shoes sometimes have to fit a bit more snug in the length). They’re awesome and as I learned on Saturday, when they get soaking wet they do not cause blisters!

8. Deuter Bike One 20L Rucksack £52.40 on Wiggle.co.uk 
This rucksack has revolutionized my run-commute home. It’s big enough to fit boots (which I wear almost every day in the winter) and a full outfit and it’s so comfortable on that even if it feels heavy lifting it, once it’s on your back you don’t even feel it. PLUS it’s technically a bike bag (all the running specific bags were too small) so it has a neon rain cover that works so well when running in the dark and a helmet holder which, now that I’ve started biking to/from bootcamps, holds my helmet well while I’m trying to fix my helmet hair.

9. C9 Champion Sports Bra $16.99 at Target.com
This is my one import item I always get my friends to pick up for me in America. This is the best bra that comes in the best colours (I currently have a great purple/blue dip-dye one) and lasts forever.
10. SweatyBetty Waterbottle £5 at Sweatybetty.com 

I love  a good sweat and this waterbottle is great for taking to classes. Get it online or free if you go to one of Sweaty Betty’s in-store events (Run Britannia for me!).

(me as a seemingly dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for a night run in most of the above gear)

individual apple pies

I made these Pinterest inspired Apple Pies for a Thanksgiving feast over the weekend.  They were delicious and so easy to make, a few tips though if you’re making these in the UK

  • Soft caramels at Marks and Spencer have chocolate all over them. Even though the packages says SOFT CARAMEL and nothing about chocolate. I ended up just making mini apple pies and buying the caramel sauce from Waitrose to pour over it. So delicious
  • I used shortcrust pastry for the bottoms but puff for the tops. 
  • If you buy your pastry this whole recipe will take you less than an hour from start to finish. And taste delicious. 
  • Serve them with vanilla ice cream. Duh. 

RUNch

Earlier this year Lucy came up with the idea to start running at lunch as a few people in our office were training for a half marathon and we work right by one of the best running routes in London.

RUNch is now one of my favourite ways to sneak in a 5k run each week. In the winter it seems like I’m always running in the dark – so lunch is the perfect time to grab some fresh air, vitamin D and exercise all at once.

A lot of people are intimidated by RUNch, but don’t worry I’ve got some top tips:

  1. Keep the distance under 5k. When you factor in changing & stretching time you’ll find your lunch hour away from your desk is almost up. It’s not the end of the world in most offices if you take a few extra minutes to scoff a sandwich post-run at your desk, but you don’t want to take the piss and be out for a couple of hours mid-day.
  2. Simply run. I’ve found that RUNches are not the best time for fartleks or sprints but are best used to get get a those miles on your legs and shake out any desk/sitting stiffness. That said don’t be afraid to push yourself. The route I RUNch has very little street crossings so it’s a good opportunity to try to push myself and get closer to a “race pace” 5k than usual. If you’re RUNching with people then take the opportunity to run at a new pace maybe pushing yourself a bit more than usual
  3. If you fail to prepare, prepare to stink. Not the original quote but preparation is key to a good RUNch. I keep the following in my desk. Deodorant, makeup remover wipes (these are essential if you don’t have access to a shower) powder, hair brush, extra pins & elastics. Post-RUNch isn’t the time to completely re-do your look, but it’s important not to look like a smelly red tomato during your afternoon meetings. FYI don’t RUNch on important meeting days.
  4. Smile. You’re outside running instead of sitting at your desk. Enjoy it!

I had a great time at the Boutique Sport with Style event held on Monday at the amazing Yotopia studios in Covent Garden.  I made it through a tough Yogalates class taught by David Olton (that I’m still feeling in my legs) and met up with some other fun active ladies in London (Hi @leahnaturally!).

Plus, as you can see in the last photo*, we got a great goodybag with delicious Soul Foods treats, natural make-up and Lorna Jane products. 

*that’s my free stuff face. Embarrassing but true.

Photos via Boutique Sport

blogs & tweets I like

I love communicating and interacting with people and brands that share my interests.  Everyone probably knows I’m a twitter-maniac and clearly blog once in a while, but I thought I’d share my favourite FITfluential blogs and twitter accounts.  

Sportsister http://www.sportsister.com @sportsister

Awesome twitter updates on women’s sport and they have some kick-ass competitions on their blog. 

Boutique Sport http://www.boutiquesport.com @BoutiqueSport @BoutiqueRun

They have free and exclusive events just for women in and around London. Need I say more? From run clubs to Barrecore and yoga they have it all if you want to get involved with other like-minded ladies.

Lunges & Lycra http://lungesandlycra.co.uk/ @Lungesandlycra

New to the blogging world these ladies are right on it with a mix of top fitness advice and gin recommendations. I’ve met them at a few running events and they’re as nice IRL as on their blog.

Spikes & Heels http://spikesandheels.com @Spikesandheels

This lady needs no introduction. Whether you follow her on Bangs & A Bun or via Spikes & Heels she is on it when it comes to fashion/blogging/PR/fitness (not in that order!) There is a certain level of envy everytime I see her in in a new piece of amaze running gear. She also started the #beprettyonrestdays campaign where seriously active women took photos of themselves post-workout to put up in an incredible album.

Lazy Girl Running http://www.lazygirlrunning.com @lazygirlrunning

She’s not lazy in the slightest and runs a marathon time I could only dream of.  But she’s also all about balance and knows it’s more important to have a post-race pint than time your quarter-mile splits to the hundredth second.  She’s moving into triathlons now and reading her blog about learning how to swim with a nose plug and bike with clip-in pedals is EXACTLY the kind of real training we all face (not pretty but effective).

Nike Training Club http://www.facebook.com/NikeTrainingClubUK @NikeUK

I go on and on about how much I love the NTC Live classes for women in London. Their facebook page is also a great resource for chatting with the other ladies about their fitness plans and goals. It’s also a great place to be up on the latest product knowledge and very cool Nike events that are invite only.

Pretty Fit http://beprettyfit.wordpress.com @BePrettyFit

Another personal blog of a London girl who likes running a lot. She’s also really good at it. I love a good mix of inspiration and reality.

Naturally Leah http://www.naturallyleah.com @leahnaturally

I just found/met Leah and her blog has followed her training for her first half marathon and has some great race reviews in there too. Her voice is real and it’s refreshing to follow her training. I might be a bit biased in that she used to live in Vancouver and work for Lululemon and thinks Vancouver is the best place in the world…. so go Leah! 🙂

Lululemon Athletica Chelsea http://www.facebook.com/lululemonChelsea

Lulu is in London! Their gear is still mostly out of reach for my day-to-day exercising (I seriously ruin athletic clothing so paying over £50 for a vest/tank top is a bit much for me) But they do have some of the best gear around if you’re willing to invest AND free yoga/pilates every Wednesday and Sunday in their Chelsea studio.  

Seriously Ugly Race Pics http://uglyracepics.tumblr.com/

This one speaks for itself.  If you’ve ever felt pretty good while running – thinking you’re gliding along the pavement like a Kenyan at mile 21… here’s your reality check.

Sheactive http://www.sheactive.co.uk/

Good deals of all the best gear in one place. They always have sales on and it was the only place I could find pink running tights. 

Sport Pursuit http://www.sportpursuit.com/sales

I’m no stranger to deal-a-day websites thanks to the amazing North American Steep&Cheap group of companies, but relatively new to this deal-a-day site has some of the best of the best gear for almost every sport and fitness need.  You have to wait a couple of weeks until you get it delivered, but with those deals it’s worth it. 

Wiggle http://www.wiggle.co.uk/

Whenever I need something specific and Google it Wiggle always shows me the cheapest price with the most options/styles.  Also once I ordered a backpack off it and it arrived in LESS THAN 24 hours using the free standard shipping option. Unheard of.

Gear for Girls http://www.gearforgirls.co.uk/ @gearforgirls

I’ve never bought off this website but do find myself browsing it often.  Plus with photos like this for inspiration how can you NOT want to get outside in their clothing?!

Any other suggestions?

Our personalized wedding London cityscape made by the talented @llalpaca. #coolestweddinggiftever