Your Wellbeing Gift Guide 2018

Yes, the festive season is upon us, and if you’re stuck for ideas for your wellness warrior loved one, look no further! I’ve hand picked some great ideas, which aren’t just for the gym bunny in your life, but for the yogi, runner, or just someone you think deserves a treat to stay warm this winter. Who knows, you might find a treat for yourself!

All items marked with * are available at The Sports Edit.

Stocking Fillers – Under £30

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  1. Pointe Studio Grip Socks* – Being a barre girl, I have more grippy socks than normal socks. These come in so many gorgeous designs.
  2. Sweaty Betty Metallic Water Bottle – Haven’t you heard? Single use plastic is out and these insulted bottles are in. I love this sleek design from Sweaty Betty.
  3. Sweaty Betty Coin Purse – A cute little stocking filler, what more could you ask for?
  4. Stance Socks* – A must for the runner in your life, these socks are uniquely reinforced and cushioned to optimise comfort while running or training.
  5. Moleskine Wellness Journal – My brother brought me one of these last year and it’s great for tracking food, exercise, goals and lots more.

Special Treats – £30 – £80gift guide, fitness, wellness, sweaty betty, the sports edit, christmas

  1. Ren for KikkiK Joy Gift Set – There are a few options in the Ren KikkiK collaboration, but this is my favourite. With essentials oils and magnesium, these products were created to keep the skin supple and toned, plus all Ren Skincare is cruelty free and designed with the planet in mind.
  2. Falke Versatility Sport Bra* – With max support, this is perfect for runners, cross fitters, and anyone cranking up the intensity of their workouts. Featuring a zip front, it’s stylish and super supportive.
  3. Beyond Yoga Viper Leggings* – From barre to the bar, I can’t wait to throw on a pair of boots and a sparkly top with these, and head out for some festive drinkies.
  4. Sweaty Betty Gym to Gin Vest – In a festive red, what’s not to like about this cute slogan tee? Perfect for the gin lover in your life.
  5. B Yoga Traveller Mat* – Made of 100% ecofriendly rubber, the B Mat is non-toxic, lightweight, and perfect for using as a mat topper if you’re not a fan of studio mats. With it’s super-grip, there’ll be no sliding out of your Downwards Dog!

Pure Luxury – £80+gift guide, fitness, wellness, sweaty betty, the sports edit, christmas

  1. Sweaty Betty Ski Base Layer Set – A seasonal favourite from SB, their base layers are stylish and functional. I’m not a skier (hello bad knees) but if I ever make it back to the Alps, this outfit will most definitely be in my suitcase for curling up with a hot chocolate post hike.
  2. Sweaty Betty Velvet Backpack – A pure luxury section wouldn’t be complete without a luxurious velvet backpack would it?!
  3. Beyond Yoga Drape* – If you’re looking to a beautiful, soft throw over, then look no further than this Amethyst cardigan from The Sports Edit. Wear it to stay warm before class, or simply to lounge around at home after the big Christmas lunch.
  4. Veja Suede Trainers* – OK, so not exactly appropriate for fitness, but I just love them! This gorgeous petal petale shade will see them through the spring, and they’re perfect for to and from the studio.
  5. Sweaty Betty Velvet Body – Do I have the confidence to rock this? I’m not sure, but I love the idea of pairing with a midi skirt, or even jeans, for a sleek look this christmas.

This Gift Guide is sponsored by The Sports Edit. Beyond Yoga outfit and Sweaty Betty base layers have been kindly gifted. All other items chosen by myself, all words my own.

A Weekend In Devon

I’ve been very lucky in recent weeks to have enjoyed trips to Portugal and France, and my instagram is enjoying the beautiful content too. Now, while I love travelling around Europe, I had an equally amazing time a little closer to home on a little jaunt in Devon with Girls Explore.devon, girls explore, weekend, travel,

Created by my friend Pippa, and her friend Hannah, Girls Explore is a community of like-minded women who simply enjoy spending time outdoors and want a lovely group of friends to explore with. When Pippa mentioned a weekend of surfing and hiking on the Devonshire coast, I couldn’t say no! What followed was one of the nicest, most enjoyable and relaxing weekends I’ve had in a long time.

Arriving on Friday afternoon, there was no set plan, apart from settling into the bunk house all 26 of us were staying in. St. George’s House is run by Christians but available for all to enjoy. As well as all the varied facilities on site, from volley ball, to table tennis and a full industrial kitchen, our stay with them included a surf lesson the following day.

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Once I claimed my bunk, it was time to explore the local area with a couple of the ladies, on what I thought would be a little walk, which turned out to be a 15km trail from Georgeham to Puttsborough, around the coast to Baggy Point, into Croyde Bay and back to Georgeham…in flip flops! I’m glad we didn’t turn back however, as Baggy Point nearing sunset is a must see.

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The perils of having beautiful weather is that the surf is also minimal, so we woke up early the next day to catch what swell we could back at Croyde Bay, popular Brit surfer Andrew Cotton. We were split into two groups, beginners and improvers, and had a good hour and a half in the water. Despite the small waves, I caught a few and had a lot of fun.

Later on we hired paddleboards and had a little SUP session in the afternoon sun – absolute bliss.

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devon, girls explore, weekend, travel,

devon, girls explore, weekend, travel,

The day ended with a beach stretch session led by yours truly! Possibly the most relaxing class I’ve ever taught, listening to the ocean waves as we breathed into each stretch was so calming. It also highlighted how much time I spend in a studio as I couldn’t stop saying ‘reach up to the ceiling’ despite the blue skies above us!!

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On Sunday, we hiked the coastal route from Morthoe towards Lee. We intended to hike for 4-5 hours, but as the temperatures were soaring to 27 degrees already by 9.30am we decided to cut it short after 3. We still have plenty of time for stunning views, and a dip in the ocean to cool off half way through.

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devon, girls explore, weekend, travel,

devon, girls explore, weekend, travel,

I headed back to London feeling so calm, happy and more than a little sun kissed. Seeing the beauty that the UK has to offer has resulted in me wanting to explore more of what Britain has to offer. I’m very aware that my first two hiking experiences – The Alps and the Devonshire Coast under glorious blue skies – are probably not quite true of all hikes…but I can’t wait to explore the outdoors a little more in the future!

Where shall I hike next?

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The Wellness Gift Guide 2017

*Not a sponsored post, apart from being a Sweaty Betty ambassador, I have no connection to any of these brands.

It’s that time of year when your inbox is flooded with gift ideas….Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Teens, Gifts for Your Loved One etc etc. But what about gifts for the wellness warrior in your life? Be it your yoga bunny bestie, your personal trainer partner, or simply someone you know loves to look after their mind and body, everyone deserves a treat this Christmas.

I’ve actually not started my Christmas shopping yet, which is unlike me, so in order to give myself a little kick up the backside, I’ve compiled a little list of some ideas for you, ranging from stocking fillers to more extravagant surprises. Take a look, and get shopping!

Treats up to £75

Flo 260 Massage Bar – £7.99

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(tkmaxx.com)

Whether you want to admit it or not, rolling has so many benefits! For those who don’t love a foam roller, these handheld rollers are a great idea to get deep into those sore muscles. They might not thank you immediately (rolling is painful at times) but they will in the long run.

 

Kikki-K Wellbeing Diary – £21

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(kikki-k.com)

Not just dairy, but full of inspiration and prompts for a happy and healthy 2018.

 

S’well Bottle – from £25

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(swellbottle.com)

I am a massive fan of S’well bottles…I have two! Keeping cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours, I have a traveller one for coffee and a bottle as above for water. They’re also completely leak proof and come in so many gorgeous designs!

 

Lululemon Run It Out Ear & Neck Warmer – £25 each

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(lululemon.co.uk)

No-one likes cold ears, or a chill down their necks, so these Lulu warmers are a great idea for outdoor training. Buy one, or both for the matching set!

 

Sweaty Betty Gym Clutch – £35

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(sweatybetty.com)

If you’re lucky enough to have a gym just a stones throw from where you live or work, you probably don’t need a huge gym bag to fill with unnecessary baggage. This little clutch from Sweaty Betty is perfect for your gym pass, keys, phone, headphones, purse and maybe a little deodorant for a post workout spritz. I love the colour, and if you are gymming it further afield, then you can simply sling this in your main gym bag to make sure you don’t forget your essentials!

 

Sweaty Betty Velvet Padded Bra – £45

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I’m honestly not sure of the usefulness of a plush velvet sports bra, but I love it anyway! In fact, Sweaty Betty doesn’t even name this a ‘sports bra’ so I vote it gets worn underneath a fancy New Years Eve outfit for some comfort! Maybe this can be a treat for the lovely lady in your life?

 

Cowshed Knackered Cow Spa in a Box – £65

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(cowshedonline.com)

I don’t know any health and fitness person who doesn’t like a night of relaxation and indulgence. In fact, if you want to earn all the partner / sibling / bestie / housemate points, get home early, run them a bath with this gift pack and treat them to a calming pre-Christmas night in…..hmmmm can anyone do that for me?!?!

 

Indulgent gifts over £75

Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth Headphones – £85

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(urbanears.com)

If like me, you’re (ahem, or the person you’re buying for) constantly listening to music or a podcast in the gym or while running, then the new Urbanears wireless headphones are going to be right up their street. Foldable, and with 30 hours of wireless time, they’ll never be stuck with awful gym music again!

 

Fitbit Alta HR – £129.99

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(fitbit.com)

If chunky heart rate monitors aren’t your favourite thing, then the Fitbit Alta HR might be the best gift yet. The slimmest fitness tracker with heart rate technology, Fitbit have designed this in a range of attractive colours. Tracking exercise, sleep, heart rate and the usual steps etc. it’s a great gift for someone who’s either a fitness pro or just beginning their healthy journey.

 

Eastpak Stand Holdall – £200

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(Emilie James / Eastpak)

Now this is a big indulgence, but since spotting it on the lovely Emilie’s instagram (@lovaine_james) I have been in love. Eastpak are moving with the times with this limited edition range, which also includes a gorgeous back pack. This weekend bag includes a yoga mat sling, making it the perfect gift for the yogi in your life. Not keen on the colour? It comes in a dark grey/black too.

 

The list could be endless, but I’ll stop there for now. Perhaps this will give you some ideas to share with your loved ones, or help you choose the perfect gift for the fitness fanatic in your life. And hey…..don’t forget your LOVELY personal trainer….treats are ALWAYS welcome. As is chocolate.

 

*As I mentioned earlier, no brand has requested these items to be featured in this post. All views my own.

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New Year, New Goals, New Plans

Here we are again at the beginning of a new year. Is life flying by at a scarily fast pace for everyone else? No? Just me then. This year I turn 30, and while I’m not being melodramatic about turning the big three-0, I am certainly feeling like some of my plans are coming from a more mature, more focused version of me.

happy new year, lifestyle, fitness, beachNow before I go on, I don’t subscribe to the ‘New Year, New You’ theory. What was wrong with you last year? Absolutely nothing. Be the same you, but plan to be even more awesome, even more driven, and even more like you.

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I’m not one for resolutions, but I do have a few plans for this year, both personally and professionally. Writing them down makes me more accountable, and even if I don’t achieve all of them, it doesn’t mean the year has been a failure, it usually means that life has gotten in the way.

Get My Motivation Back

I’ve struggled since last year’s surgery to really feel like ‘me’ again. Just in the last couple of months of 2015 I started to get that drive to get to class again and I want that to continue into the new year. I’ll continue with yoga of course, and as a creature of habit, you’ll be seeing me in Rocket Yoga and Hot Dynamic Yoga most often.

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Most of all, I want to get my butt back in the air again. I was just getting into aerial yoga and aerial hoop before I got injured, and now that I think my knee has improved enough, I need to get back up there. I’m even toying with the idea of getting back into a ballet class. I miss dancing, and while the thought of leotard and tights leaves me cold, I would like to feel that old familiarity of a ballet class again.

I plan to…er…plan my weeks properly and schedule classes and gym sessions into my busy life. That way, there are no excuses.

Get My Nutrition Back On Track

This might seem like a bit of a cop-out. Doesn’t everyone vow to do this every year? Well, being honest, I’ve become pretty lazy, and I’m not sure why. I know I can cook nice nutritious, non-complicated things, yet I just stick to the same few things or rely on convenience. I see it on my face, in my skin, and in my general body shape. Time to sort it out! Am I dieting, no, but generally looking after myself with better nutrition.

Stick To My Happiness Planner

I quite often start these mindfulness challenges, diaries, and the like, but not complete them. This year I’m determined to make the first 100 days count with my Happiness Planner, mindfulness cards from Lululemon and #100happydays instagram challenge. Let’s see what happens!

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Start Planning My Future

Maybe this is the ‘almost thirty-year-old’ in me speaking, but I feel I have some important decisions to make. I make it no secret that my ultimate goal is to have my own studio, and my Dad has kindly drawn up some business plans and financial projections for me (isn’t he a doll?). My main thoughts are – WHERE? My mind wavers between staying in London, the city I love, and moving away in order to not become bankrupt very soon. I think I have to make that decision this year as part of my future business plans and really think about how I make this crazy dream of mine come to fruition.

This doesn’t only mean working through business plans, but also sorting my personal finances (ARRGGHH) and planning any future training. Maybe, if I get planning properly in 2016, I can finally put more of a solid date on my own business venture. Who knows?!

Happy Birthday Dance Flow Lift

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Yes! A new year means that Dance Flow Lift is now 2! Do I have big plans for the blog? Not really, just to keep posting, keeping going to events, and keep connecting with you lovely people. Do I wish my blog was bigger, more established, award worthy? Yes, but as I always say, life takes over….and I’m happy with that.

So there you have it. They might not be big plans, but they’re just a few things I want to keep in my mind as we begin 2016. Here’s to a wonderful year full of fun, fitness, love and luck.

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My Winter Wish List

You’ve seen my Wellness Gift Guide, now it’s time for me to share what’s on my very own wish list this festive season. I’m lucky enough to have already received a Lululemon voucher from my wonderful boss, so taking that into account, here’s what I’m hoping Santa will bring me this year…I’ve been a good girl!

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1. Lululemon Passage To Prana Jumper
How cosy is this? I can imagine wearing this on Christmas Day visiting relatives or on Boxing Day tucking into leftovers. I love the wine colour (it even matches the bag above) and it’s firmly on my wish list. At £138 it’s most certainly a big treat.

2. Lululemon Follow Your Bliss Bag
I am constantly searching for the perfect bag, and short of designing one myself, I just keep buying them until I cover every possible scenario! I’m particularly after something that includes a yoga mat carrier, and can carry my laptop safely for those days where I need my entire life with me. This nice, roomy bag has a padded laptop pocket and loops for my yoga mat. Plus it’s smart enough for the days where I’m not head-to-toe in lycra. At £98, I’ve got my eye on it for when I spend my gift card!

3. Bose Soundlink Colour
A bluetooth speaker is really handy when it comes to teaching my non-studio clients. Going into a client’s house, I need to provide some music for the session, but not be carrying around something that weighs a tonne. This cute speaker comes in a range of colours and is £119.

4. Cuisinart Waffle Maker
As if my kitchen doesn’t have enough gadgets in it! I do love a waffle though and I think this Cuisinart one, at £54, would be perfect for making Sunday morning treats. Made with buckwheat and topped with fruit of course….not a jar of nutella in sight…hmm?

5. The Happiness Planner
Each year I try to keep a journal for gratitude or happiness but I never succeed. I lose my focus, forget to allow the extra 15 minutes at the start of my day and it ends up collecting dust in my room. This year is no different, I want to begin 2016 with The Happiness Planner and aim to keep up with it. Let’s see what happens! At £25, this is a little cheaper than some of the other books.

6. Topshop Midi Dress
Who said it all needed to be fitness related? My mum and I go to the ballet every Christmas, and have done since I was 6 or 7. I always try to find a new outfit for the occasion and, although unusual for me to choose orange, I love the style and colour of this dress.

So there you have my Winter Wish List! I’m ignoring the realistic option of admitting that I really need a new laptop…perhaps save that for my 30th Birthday Wish List in April!

What are you longing for under the tree this Christmas?

Birthday Wish List!

Happy Birthday to me!! No, this is no April Fool, I turn 29 today! It wouldn’t be a birthday without a little wish list, so here’s what my ideal birthday list would consist of. Note: I definitely DON’T expect to get so many treats, I’d be a very lucky lady!

Lululemon ‘The Mat’ – I think I’m becoming a mat collector, I’m rather fussy and I hate the feeling of sliding around in class. The Lululemon mat is the best I’ve tried recently and I’d love to own one.

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La Vie Boheme Mat – Oh look, another mat! These are just so beautiful, I’d probably never practice on it.

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Lucas Hugh Core Performance Leggings – Amazing colour! For me, at £150 these are over budget for what I’d pay for leggings, but they’re so pretty!

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SS15 Sweaty Betty – This could be a blog post of its own! The new season from SB is full of cute butterfly prints and summery colours. My favourites are these 3/4 Halasana Leggings, Patterned Athlete Vest and Breathe Yoga Vest.

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Nike Dunk Sky Trainers – Comfortable, stylish and just cool. These I’ve ID’d with just a little bit of teal colouring.

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GymTote Sophia – Such a beautiful and useful bag, a GymTote bag always features on my wish list. It has 20% off right now, but can I justify it? I’m just not sure!

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Yogasphere Shard View Class – I keep seeing events and amazing photos from yoga classes from The View From The Shard, it looks incredible, and I’d love to go to a class up there!

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yogasphere / viewfromtheshard

Yoga Retreat – I’m genuinely looking at these for my 30th next year. Sun, sea, sand and yoga…what more could you want?!

Note: Since drafting this post, just two days ago…I’ve only gone and bought the Halasana leggings and Breathe Yoga Vest!

Here’s to another year being me, and another year of writing this blog, and generally living a fit, healthy life!!