Boosting Mind and Body with Adidas and Stylist

23 Aug

Last week I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Stylist magazine and Adidas. The Boost X event at the Adidas performance store on Oxford Street was focused on getting tips for keeping a healthy body and mind, as well as giving us a chance to check out the Boost trainers. Thank you Chloe for winning us tickets!

Our first set of talks were from sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley+Hemsley fame. The healthy eating duo have written weekly recipes for Vogue and have recently had their first book published.

They made everyone green smoothies for the evening, containing a whooping 17 ingredients! They were very delicious!

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Delicious healthy smoothies!

The sisters spoke to us about the importance of eating our food properly (chew chew chew) and busted the myth that fat is bad for us. In fact we should be eating fats like butter rather than things like margarine and olive oil spreads which have trans-fats in them that our body can’t break down into anything that’s good for us. They also spoke to us about healthy breakfasts (their secret is eating savoury foods which will see us past the 11 o’clock slump) and mixing up smoothies as a quick, easy nutritional meal.

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I want skin that looks that good!

I really enjoyed hearing them talk, and judging by how healthy they looked I think I’ll definitely be taking their advice and checking out their new book, The Art of Eating well.

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

Hemsley+Hemsley The Art of Eating Well

We also heard a few talks from life coach Beth Reacher, who spoke to us about mindfullness and even helped us with a bit of a meditation exercise where we imagined talking to our future selves. It was a really interesting session, and I think her advice about thinking positively to attract more positive energy to ourselves was worth listening to. In light of the sad news about Robin Williams, I think we could all do with taking some time out of each day to remind ourselves of what we’re grateful for and to be kind to ourselves as well as to others.

Finally, there was a Q&A with Foxes, who spoke about her love of cake, and cake, and more cake, as well as how she always fits in running with her schedule and trying to eat healthier while on tour. I must admit, I don’t know much about Foxes, but she came across as very fun and likeable and she has the seal of approval from Pharrell Williams!

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In love with that jacket

It was a great evening overall, and has definitely inspired me to live a more healthy lifestyle. Activity has taken a bit of a backseat at the moment as I’m injured, but hopefully focusing on eating healthy will make sure my return to training.

What are you doing to Boost your training?

Bhavna

 

 

Bullring Bloggers Event

19 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Bullring Bloggers event. Us Wardrobe ladies love the Bullring- as we’ve mentioned before it’s become the venue for a Wardrobe catch-up. There’s nothing better than shopping, food and gossip with your best friends is there?

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Unlike other Bullring events, this was one followed a different format. Held in the management suite, we were taken to a room with lots of different stalls. I quite enjoyed this format, it meant that you could go around and speak to the brands and businesses that you wanted to. It was mainly makeup brands such as Urban Decay, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani Beauty (I didn’t even know that existed!) to food stalls such as Wagamama’s.

Events like these are great to catch up with my fellow local bloggers and in particular Clare from Pinklittlebean who had travelled all the way from Sheffield!

The first stall I went to was Urban Decay. I’ve heard so much about the Naked palettes so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. MUA Jack was on hand to tell me all about the palettes and test the second one on me. With a few weddings coming up, I wanted to experiment with some different shades. Have to say I was really impressed. I may be late to the party but a Naked palette is definitely on my wish list.

On the night we also had two presentations: one from Umberto Giannini and one from Karen Millen. Wardrobe faves Umberto Giannini are currently promoting their Curl Friends range which is perfect for people with curly hair. It’s time to embrace those curls girls! I was given a sample of the ‘Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly’ which I am looking forward to testing. The lovely Elca gave us a talk on Karen Millen’s AW14 collection. Karen Millen isn’t a store that I shop at- purely because of my lack of funds. However, I’m intrigued to find out more at the AW14 preview which Elca is organising soon especially on the trend ‘Modern Mod’.

It was a fantastic night and I have a bag full of goodies to keep me occupied with over the next few weeks! We also got an AMAZING gift- a personalised Tatty Devine necklace with our blog names. Seriously, HOW COOL?

Oh and one last thing… there was a raffle which the lovely Bullring team organised. Guess whose name was picked out of the hat to win a pair of Ray-Bans? MINE. I was in shock cos I’ve always wanted some Ray-Bans!

It was such a fun evening and not only did I leave with some new shades but a list of new make-up products to buy. Hurry up now payday…

Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends

Karen Millen AW14 presentation

Karen Millen AW14 presentation

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Urban Decay Makeover

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Clare from Pinklittlebean getting the Urban Decay treatment

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Wardrobe WIN!

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Amazing Tatty Devine necklace and my new Ray-Bans!

All images are taken by WardrobeMag

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Going Floral this Summer in a Perfect Playsuit

31 Jul

So this heatwave is still going isn’t it! Anyway, this weather calls for baring some more flesh, and playsuits are the perfect thing. They’re great to wear for a picnic in the park and make for stylish festival wear.

I was given the opportunity to review something from House of Fraser, and I immediately thought playsuit for summer. I found this beautiful floral two layer playsuit from the clothing brand Quiz and I really love it. Not only is it colourful for summer, but you could wear it during the day and make the transition into evening wear with it too.

Quiz Floral print two layer playsuit, House of Fraser

Quiz Floral print two layer playsuit, £19.99, House of Fraser

The back of it gorgeous too

The back of it gorgeous too

Sorry for the funny face, my housemate was making me laugh.

I love the colours and the floral print is absolutely stunning. It’s in exactly the kind of colours that I like to wear.

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This playsuit was £24.99 but is currently in the sale for £19.99, so it’s an absolute steal. The whole quiz brand available on the House of Fraser website is really affordable and the collection is full of summery prints. If you like this floral design you can also get a bodycon dress for just £24.99.

I would definitely recommend checking out the website and seeing what else is on offer. As well as the current House of Fraser sale, you can also browse some of your favourite high street brands such as Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse. Great for when you need something for a special occasion but don’t want to spend too much.

What do you think of this Quiz playsuit?

Bhavna

Running Gear: Bright and Blue

24 Jul

Having looked at my favourite running colours, I decided to put together an outfit with a few other things I’ve seen recently- lovely bright blue also looks great in this sunshine, combined with green to really make you feel summery! Down with boring black outfits!

Blue, running clothes, Adidas, Saucony, Sweaty Betty, Nike

From L-R

Lateral Run Tunic, £27 (in sale), Sweaty Betty

Adipure sports bra, £25, Adidas

Saucony women’s Kinvara 5, £104.99, Runners Need

Nike tempo shorts, £16.20, Wiggle.co.uk

What colours do you wear in summer?

Bhavna

Running in Summer- My Favourite Colours

21 Jul

Having recently bought a few more pieces for my summer running wardrobe and a brand new pair of trainers, I’ve been looking at the pieces I like to wear and realised that I have somehow subconsciously picked things within a certain colour scheme! It made me wonder if anyone else does this or whether colour and style is not so important.

The main colours I’ve been wearing have been purple, pink and orange.

I love wearing bright colours in summer. There’s something about bright oranges and pinks that seem right to wear in the summer months. They also put me in a great mood to get out there! I love knowing that I’m bright and colourful when I’m out and about in the park. Looking and feeling cheery.

My favourite running shoe brand is Brooks. Their support shoes are lightweight and great for over-pronators like me. I replaced them a few months ago, and love my new pair, simply because of the design. My old blue ones went with nothing I owned!

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, support shoes, running

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14

My new orange and purple shoes go with lots of things, and I feel good colour co-ordinating. I don’t really know why!

I’ve also picked up a few shorts from the Nike Factory Store for summer and was instantly drawn to the colours. There are a great range of Nike running shorts on their website too, but do head down to a factory store if you can.

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Nike shorts, Nike Factory Store

Nike, running, sportswear

I’ve been lucky enough to find sports bras that match my shorts and tops too. My favourite ones to wear are Adidas Supernova racer bras. They are really supportive and I love the racer back design.

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Adidas Supernova Racer Bra

Now whenever I look for running gear, I’m always looking for the same colours- anything that will pop. I think finding gear you love to wear is a great motivator to get out there and run. It’s not really about how you look- more that you love the clothes and actually want to wear them!

Does your sportswear follow a certain colour pattern?

Bhavna

Sweaty Betty Sale Haul

19 Jul

Have you been enjoying the summer sales? Though I’ve visited a few high street stores, the one sale that always interests me is the Sweaty Betty one! I picked up my galaxy run capris in the sales, and this time I decided to pick up some yoga/pilates wear.

Sweaty Betty Sale

I love attending the pilates and yoga classes at my local Sweaty Betty store and thought it was time to sport some SB gear while I was at it.

One thing I HAD to get were these purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. I have been eyeing them up for months! If I’m honest I’ve been waiting for them to go into the sale so as soon as I saw they were, they went straight into my basket!

Sweaty Betty Purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings

Purple Chandrasana Yoga Leggings, £30

They are the teeniest, tiniest bit too long for me but it’s a very minor quibble and certainly doesn’t make them uncomfortable or ill fitting to wear whilst exercising.. it does make me wonder if Sweaty Betty would ever be interested in doing a petite range for us shorter legged girls?!

These leggings are SO soft and comfortable. I could actually stroke the fabric all day! They’re absolutely beautifully designed and well-made. They are also opaque, which is a big plus.

There is a matching Surya 2 in 1 vest in the sale. I won’t lie, I am tempted to complete the set!

But I did also pick up the green Sirsha 2in1 yoga vest.

Green Sirsha 2 in 1 Yoga Vest, £27, Sweaty Betty

Green Sirsha 2 in 1 Yoga Vest, £27, Sweaty Betty

It’s in a similar design and is a perfect top to wear. It has a built in bra with the vest layered on top. It looks like this from the side and is extremely flattering.

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It’s also a long top and covers your tummy and bottom- good for if you feel self conscious about those parts. And it’s made from another lovely soft material too.

I can’t wait to practice my poses in these! And you can wear them to pilates too (or at least I’m planning to!)

Have you shopped the Sweaty Betty summer sale?

Bhavna

Elemis Birmingham Bloggers Event

16 Jul

It’s been a while since I’ve been along to any bloggers events this year due to work and health commitments but when I got an invite to the Elemis Debenhams event in the Bullring, I had to go along.

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When it comes to skincare, I am always learning. It’s the same with makeup.

I’ve tried a few Elemis products before at beauty events and I have the Elemis Lime and Ginger hand lotion. It smells so nice! So I was excited to see what was in store for the evening.

Now I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling my best at the event. I had a bit of a headache and tired eyes from the World Cup- yep, for the past four weeks my social life has revolved around the football.

However, this was the perfect opportunity to see what Elemis had to sort out my dull skin.

The first thing we had to do was fill out a form which asked us what our skincare routine was amongst other things. My skincare routine had suffered due to the late nights of watching football but I normally just cleanse, tone and moisturise- which is all I have time for. We did get told off as the step I was missing was exfoliating- oops. I also don’t use a face mask as much as I should, which would have probably helped with my dull skin! I did however use eye cream although not a serum. Hmm…

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Naturally, I was sceptical. I am someone who loves my sleep so to do all that in the morning would mean getting up earlier than half six…OUCH. But this was the perfect opportunity to try out all the skincare products and see just how effective they are for my skin.

So on came our headbands and bibs and off came our makeup. It felt more like a sleepover than it did an event! The Birmingham blogging community is quite supportive and lovely so I had no hesitations in taking my makeup off around them even though I looked and felt awful. We also all looked quite funny in our get-up which I think made us all feel at ease.

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Now I wish I can remember every step and product used…but I can’t oops! But the lovely Elemis ladies talked us through each step of the correct skincare routine and which Elemis products suited which skin type best. It was really interesting and the best thing was we all got to try a product for each step. This way, we got to see how our skin reacted and felt without having to buy the products- I think this is really important when it comes to your skin. The staff were really helpful and answered all my questions, even if I felt silly asking them.

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I even managed to win the raffle prize although due to not being ‘with it’, I nearly missed out because I didn’t realise it was me! I won myself an add on treatment which I can’t wait to claim. It’ll be a great post work treat for me as I work in the city centre so can pop into Debenhams in the Bullring.

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The next day is when I felt the most excited. I woke up and my skin felt so soft and smooth! For the first time in weeks it didn’t look tired or dull but the opposite. It was a long routine but if this was how my skin was going to be then it might just be worth getting up earlier for! I was kindly given some Elemis goodies so I can test them out at home. I’m hoping now the World Cup has ended I’ll have more time for myself!

If you want to find out more about the products then I really do recommend visiting your local Elemis concession (the staff in the Bullring are so nice!) or checking out their website. A huge thank you to Kim Stephens at Retail Birmingham for the invite and for some of the photos used.

What’s your skincare routine like? Have you tried Elemis products before?

Images taken by Kim Stephens and Wardrobemag

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