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Nike Womens Air Max 1 Premium Trainer in Birch, Gold and Citrus| £94.99

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Nike Womens Air Max 1 Premium Trainers in Navy, Orange and Metallic| £96.99

 

I sadly threw away my monochrome Air Max 90 trainers I’ve had since I was 14. And how well they lasted! We’ve grown up together threw school to university. Sweeeet. Anyway, out with the old and in with the new! I love the Air Max style and how they have just been revamped over time. On my trainer wish list are these two styles of Air Max 1. They are so pretty! If I had to choose between the 2 I would go for the Navy ones, purely because they are more wintery colours. Ahhhh they would be my Christmas party dancing shoes!

Watches I’m Loving

Nat is going to New York at the end of the month so I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with a shopping list for her from me! Top of the list is a new watch.

 

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This is my current watch collection. It’s a mix of mostly vintage + fakes…I’ve learnt that even though fake may be cheaper it is actually a waste of money in the long term. No surprise there! The fakes just stop working and the vintage ones just seem to fall apart! I’ve had to glue back the buckles on 3 already, but that’s inevitable if you wear your dad’s old watch from the 90s (the brown Seiko leather strap one). So I would like to treat myself to a nice watch if I may! I’ve been watch shopping online, looking at UK sites and these are my favourites…

 

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Olivia Burton Chonograph Detail Watch| John Lewis| £105

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Swatch White Character| £44.50

 

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Kate Spade New York ‘Metro Patchwork’| Nordstrom| £116.23

 

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Kenneth Cole Skeleton Automatic Watch| Watch Shop| £123

 

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Skagen Klassik Gold Face Watch| ASOS| £99

 

I decided I really liked the Kenneth Cole Skeleton watch and even though Kenneth Cole is from New Yoiiirk I don’t think I’ll be getting Nat to buy me a watch for the sake of a £5 saving. I still don’t know if Kenneth Cole is the one…as I’d like to have a look in some London boutiques to see if I find a similar watch but in brown leather with a more vintage feel. I’ll make sure I find it just in time for Christmas! What do you think of the watches?

Back in the Zone

Before the Summer I was eating well and doing lots of exercise to get my dream body and also to just generally take care of myself. Once the Summer arrived with various trips abroad and general life taking over I slipped back into old habits. Soon enough the cellulite started to reappear on my thighs, and I started to feel sluggish in the afternoons, and just generally blurgh. So last week I decided to get back on track with my healthier lifestyle, and the first thing I did was start a food diary again.

 

When I keep a food diary it helps me see what exactly I ate and drank that week, identify any patterns, and anywhere I can improve my choice of food or subsitute with a healthier option. What I’ve found from last week is that I’m still going for food high in sugar, although as I was keeping a diary I went for more natural fruit options rather than refined sugars. I also ate quite a lot of chocolate, and looking at the times I ate it was when I was bored! So this week, I’m aiming for more lean protein and less sugary foods.

 

I’ve also added something new to my diet, chia seeds. These little seeds may be teeny tiny, but they are so full of good stuff I thought they’d be worth a try. You can get them in whole seed form or milled. They’re so small they do get stuck in your teeth, so when the bag I have runs out I may buy the milled version. I add a table spoon to my muesli pot in the mornings or to soup or smoothies.

 

Muesli, natural yogurt, banana, cinnamon and chia seeds
Muesli, natural yogurt, banana, cinnamon and chia seeds

 

Chia seed key health benefits:

1.      More vitamin C than an orange

2.      Rich in antioxidants

3.      High in Omega 3

4.      Great source of protein and fiber

 

Before falling over in circuit training
Before falling over in circuit training

 

I also went back to circuit training for the first time in ages last week. I got a bit too carried away though and fell flat on my face during the sprinting! Luckily everyone else had run off ahead of me so they didn’t see me eat the grass!

 

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Assisting Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week SS14

I had an absolute blast assisting Fashion Scout’s blog at this year’s London Fashion Week SS14. Fashion Scout are a platform for emerging designers where they hold many awards such as ‘Ones to Watch’ and ‘Merit Award’ for those they believe will be huge names in the future. I met some really cool people and I have to say the blog is looking amazing…check it out!

 

Highlights for me have to be the Tabernacle Twins, LULU LIU and Pam Hogg.

 

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Photos by Jamike Latif @JamikeLatif

 

Vibe Lundemark’s label is quirky and playful transporting you to a fantasy land. This is an approach which he bases on the adventures of the fictional ‘twins’. The collection is ready to wear and street style inspired with the psychedelic bomber jackets and jumpsuits covered in cobras. The white combined with sharp purples gave off a really strong edgy look topped off by the Dr. Martens. I could definitely see myself wearing the jumpsuits to a festival…nice and comfortable..not practical for toilet breaks though! Head to toe lace is demonstrated here as a key trend for SS14.

 

LULU LIU

 

 

Photos by Tracy Asslanian and Jamike Latif @TracyAsslanian @JamikeLatif

 

Again taking inspiration from fantasy worlds, Lulu Liu took her inspiration from ‘Yarrow Wando’ a dragonfish conjured up in her own imagination. The Japanese influence is evident in her printed pieces using a colour palette of coral, turquoise and fusia to name a few. The pieces were wearable and along with the make up, fresh and natural. The arms of this last piece does look like it could be part of a fish! I love the volume in her garments, which is signature to her designs. Metallic leather in greens, silver and pink were also seen as a strong component of the designs and accessories. Still on trend for SS14.

 

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Photos by Tracy Asslanian @TracyAsslanian

 

Pam Hogg’s ‘Future Past: War and Peace: Past Future’ collection was reflected by the mixture of military inspired uniform ranging from two piece suits and sexualised jumpsuits. This was contrasted by flowing skirts and bright coloured jumpsuits in PVC, adorned with floral and feathered head pieces. This show, as expected generated a huge buzz and astounded reactions from viewers, to quote DJ Gemma Cairney’s tweet “I don’t even know how to explain how wonderful that show was.” It is clear to see why Pam Hogg has dressed so many rock stars such as Blondie and Siouxsie Sioux as her signature PVC jumpsuits are spectacular. Florals are yet again evident for SS14 however life sized flowers stitched onto the garments giving a 3D appearance.