Be:Fit London 2014

Gymbags and Gladrags and The Blonde Ethos at Be:Fit London
Lorna Jane Sports Clothing Spring Collection at Be:Fit London
Linwoods Flaxseed at Be:Fit London
Nakd Bars at Be:Fit London
Gymluxe Sports Clothing at Be:Fit London
Vegesentials Fruit & Vegetable Juices at Be:Fit London
Vivid Matcha Drinks at Be:Fit London
Be:Fit London Haul
Last week I met up with Natalie from The Blonde Ethos and we headed to the Be:Fit London Women's Health and Fitness Event in London. It was a big event with over 100 of the best health, wellbeing and fitness related brands showcasing their products. It was lovely to meet the people behind many of the brands I know and love and find out more about them, as well as try some very tasty samples and get a few show discounts!

The Lorna Jane stand was bright and colourful, with their beautiful Spring/Summer collection on full show. I resisted the clothes however, and picked up the 'More' book instead. After getting the Lorna Jane diary as a present from my boyfriend, I have wanted the More book and I was lucky enough to pick up the last one at Be:Fit! I have been a fan of Linwoods Flaxseed for quite a while now and after trying the flaxseed, cocoa and berries variety I just could not resist. The Nakd bar stand was frenzy - hands from all directions were reaching for the bite sized samples of all the flavours - and who could blame them? Nakd bars are delicious and the prices at the show were amazing. After following Gymluxe for quite a while on Twitter, I was already an admirer of their clothes, but after seeing them in person I just could not resist buying something. It was this drape jacket that I ended up bringing home with me- I just love it! My favourite stand was Vegesentials. After reviewing the juices on my blog it was just lovely to meet the founder in person, she is such a nice lady! Matcha is something I've read up on and had on my 'to try' list for quite some time, so I was excited to see a few stands about Matcha, one being these Vivid Drinks, which are the first ready mixed, ready to drink matcha drinks. They tasted delicious too, my favourite was the Grape and Elderflower flavour. I ended up buying a pot of Miracle Matcha tea to bring home with me- if you're wondering what I'm blabbering on about, don't worry, I'll be doing a blog post on matcha!

I had a great time at the event, I also took part in an exercise class run by Louise Hazel and had a Health MOT check by Nuffield Health. My arms ached from all the bags I had picked up throughout the day but luckily I had worn my Nike Frees so my feet were fine. I was in absolute awe of all of the beautiful, fit women who were also at Be:Fit. Just seeing all of their bodies in their sportswear was great motivation! I definitely recommend everyone to go next year if you're even remotely interested in health & fitness, or want to find out more about the different brands in the industry. I'll definitely be going back again.

Photos in order: Myself and Natalie. Lorna Jane. Linwoods. Nakd. Gymluxe. Vegesentials. Vivid Drinks. My Haul.

Bloggers Love Fashion Week

Last week I went to Blogger's Love Fashion Week event. It was on Monday to Wednesday, but unfortunately I could only make it on the Tuesday. I had to work so missed the day's activities, but I arrived in time for the evening fashion show. Blogger's Love were kind enough to let me be a VIB (Very Important Blogger- swish, right?) so I met up with the other girls from Blogging Gals and took a seat ready for the show.

There were a number of brands taking part in the show. Mrs Pomeranz (pictured bottom) showcased a collection of vintage and classic looking dresses that would be perfect for a Wedding, a Summer garden party or the Royal Ascot. Tina Lobondi showed beautiful ethnic prints and unique cuts, if you're looking for a dress that will fit like no other then look no further. Maro was a range of jewellery that looked both delicate yet eye catching and finally Ruby Black showed off floor length gowns that moved beautifully as the models took to the catwalk.

Headlining the show was a collaboration between Debenhams and Specsavers which saw the models in Debenhams clothing and Specsavers frames. The Debenhams outfits were styled perfectly and they showed off a range of styles, from formal to informal, smart to casual. My favourite outfits are pictured above. I especially love the all white outfit with the pastel pink coat beautifully modelled by Jo, a fellow Blogging Gal. The Specsavers frames were lovely and well-suited to the models. As someone who wears glasses, I was inspired to upgrade my old frames for something more on trend!

The fashion show was great, especially the headline show. It was a lovely event in a great location, thank you to Danielle of Blogger's Love for organising it. How great is it that us bloggers now have our own fashion show?? Whilst watching the show I was definitely inspired to get in shape for Summer so that I can look great wearing beautiful clothes!

Designers involved: Specsavers, Debenhams, Mrs Pomeranz, Maro, Ruby Black and Tina Lobondi

Weighing in...

Weighing In
For today's post, I wanted to simply have a chat with you all. It's been a while since I've blogged and I'm sorry for the lack of posts, tweets, emails etc. Thank you so much for sticking by me. I went through a tough time in February and it sort of rolled into March. Aside from going to work, I turned into a recluse. I shut myself off from the world, stopped going to the gym and stopped caring about what I ate. I tried a few times to get back into blogging, but I still hadn't got a handle on my health. How could I blog about fitness when I couldn't drag myself to the gym or put down the chocolate bar??

Last week I went away with a group of friends to a house we'd rented in Somerset. We were in the heart of the countryside, I truly relaxed and enjoyed the break but I came home weighing the heaviest I have ever been. I'm ready now to take control of my health and fitness and get back into blogging. Eating anything and not working out has taken its toll!

For my diet, I'll be Eating Clean and following the Tone It Up guidelines. I'll have one cheat meal a week and one or two clean 'cheat foods' a week. I have written up a meal plan and I'm ready! My fitness, however... well, I'm lost! My gym membership is coming to an end and I don't really want to renew it. My gym is always busy at the times I want to go and it is hard to find space or free machines. The problem is, there aren't a lot of gyms in my area and I've pretty much tried them all! The one I really like is very expensive and I can't really justify paying that much.

Another option is to sign up to bootcamp, where there are classes held at certain times at different locations outdoors, several times a week. What attracts me to this is having trainer who will guide you and keep things interesting, so it's less likely that you'll get bored. Plus it's a group exercise so you can motivate each other, meet people and make friends. However, I'm not one for cold, rain or mud and I know that I won't want to go when the weather is bad, which is a problem if we get April Showers!

I'm not really sure what I'll be doing just yet, but I'll be using the rest of this month to weigh up my options. At least I'm getting my diet back on track! That's enough rambling from me, how have you all been? Is there anything you've been struggling with lately? Anything you've done well at? Any suggestions of how I can workout? Please leave a comment, I'd love to chat with you all!

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Monday Motivation: We Own the Night Women's 10K Run

We Own the Night 10K London Race 2014
I am not a runner. I do not enjoy running in the slightest. Yet it's always something I've wanted to get into. There's something about going outside, not needing any equipment and just hitting the streets, getting lost in your thoughts whilst you push yourself to run further, faster and harder. At the gym I do interval training, where you alternate between running and jogging/walking. It's a really good workout with many benefits, but during the running part I am literally counting down the seconds until I can jog/walk again. How bad is that?! I figured I need a push to make myself get into running and what better way than with an event?! I may have bitten off more than I can chew with a 10K instead of easing myself in with a 5K first, but this event looks so fun that I just couldn't turn it down.

I have signed up to the Nike women's only 'We Own The Night' 10K run in London. It's a night run that starts at 8pm in Victoria Park and it looks really fun. I went out for my first run this weekend using the Nike+ running app to record my time, distance and pace. Let's just say, I wasn't exaggerating when I said I'm not a runner! But it's quite nice knowing that I can only get better the more I run - I hope! The app also has an 8 week training plan which I'm going to follow. Having a clear goal and a clear plan has motivated me to make this year the year that I finally get into running. Wish me luck- I'm going to need it!!

If you'll be running in this event too, let me know! Maybe we could even team up, unless you're super speedy otherwise I'll only hold you back haha. I've even been looking at other 10K's that I could sign up to, but maybe I should wait and see how I get on with this one first...

We Own The Night: Nike Women's 10K Night Run | £28 registration fee (*)

Review: Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Review
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Review
Today I'm talking to you about the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. The short story is that I love this cleanser. If you'd like slightly more detail than that, then stick with me and I'll tell you why.

The Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is Liz Earle's only cleanser. That's because the formula is designed to suit all skin types and ages. Sounds hard to believe, but after reading many blogger's reviews with many different skin types, I think they've cracked it! Personally I have combination skin, it is mainly normal with an oily T-zone and I have to be careful that I don't use products that encourage oiliness. The naturally active ingredients in the Hot Cloth Cleanser include cocoa butter, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus. The scent is lovely and calming, perfect for a pre-bedtime cleanse.

You apply the cleanser in two phases. Phase one, apply to dry skin and massage with your fingers to increase circulation. I'd never really massaged my skin on a regular basis before. Just a splash of water here, a rub of cream there, the occasional scrub etc, but taking the time to gently massage my skin has become a bit of a favourite of mine. The cleanser is so gentle and soft, yet it removes all of my makeup bar some very stubborn mascaras. It's so gentle that I can use it on and around my eyelids, even when wearing my contact lenses. Then comes phase two, polishing off the cleanser with a muslin cloth. Rinse the muslin under hot water and wring it before buffing the cleanser away and gently exfoliating your skin. My skin is left feeling clean, soft and moisturised. I hate the feeling of tight, dry skin that some harsh cleansers give you but that is definitely not an issue with the Hot Cloth Cleanser.

As I said at the start of this post, I love this cleanser and am only sorry it's taken me all these years to finally get my hands on it. I've read many, many rave reviews and tweets from other bloggers recommending this cleanser and now I can 100% say that I agree! Try out the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, you won't regret it!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £13.25