3 Days In Cornwall; Surfing, Sunshine and Skincare

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So I’ve fallen in love with Cornwall. I went once before as one of my best friends is from there and we had a girly getaway exploring tea rooms and a little bit of the nightlife but this time I really felt like I got to experience what Cornwall is all about; vast countryside, epic dramatic beaches, cosy cottages, incredible seafood and I even took to the ocean for the first time with a surfboard! I’m basically a wannabe Cornish surfer gal now! So I thought I’d share a little bit about my most recent trip to this beautiful part of the world with you because if you haven’t been then pack your cosiest pjs, a wetsuit and get your butt there. Here’s what we got up to…

Feeling Content: My Five Top Tips

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Feeling content is something I’ve always struggled with but desired to feel more than anything. More than success, love, happiness. The state of being contented with your situation in life. I’m at a stage in my life right now where I feel just that; it’s a feeling for me where things aren’t perfect and don’t even have to be, I’m still striving for personal and career goals, there’s still ups and downs every day, the world’s and life’s struggles are still present but every day life is enjoyable, simple and lovely. It’s a feeling kind of like when everything just clicks, syncs and falls into place. There’s little stress and worry but lots of enjoying the present moment and looking forward to what’s to come. A feeling of loving what you have and you have everything you need and it’s enough.

My First Fitness Challenge + Cherry Bakewell Slice Recipe

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So this time next week I’ll be setting out on a 45 miles bike ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. It’s for the Princes Trust #Palace2Palace charity bike ride and when I first signed up in January, the 1st October seemed like very long long way away. I haven’t had a bike since I was 7 and have never even thought I’d be an adult that rides a bike on an actual road that has cars and buses and roundabouts on it but here I am in 2017 with a proper bike, quite a few road miles in the bag and about to embark on my first charity cycle challenge…

A Girly Getaway, My Guide To Palma

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Mallorca is an island I really want to discover more of as the whole island has so much to offer and the north is potentially more beautiful than the south but there’s something special about Palma old town that is definitely worth a visit. This is more of a diary entry from a week away in the sun with four of my best friends including some of our fave finds, favourite ice cream parlours and flavours and my favourite holiday pics. If you’re planning a long weekend, a chilled week in the sunshine or a simply want some inspiration then have a read. Here’s my little guide to Palma de Mallorca…

Tilton House Retreat With My Besties

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Tilton House August 2017: working and retreating with my best friends.

Retreating is not escaping life, it’s about coming back to you and living.

4 years ago, my best friends and I dreamt we’d one day work together. This summer, we did. I’m so lucky to have a close friendship group but even more lucky that we all share a passion for creating the best life we can, we all work in holistic health and wellbeing, and we all want to spread our love for movement, balanced healthy eating and drinking, mindfulness and happy living to as many people as we can and so our first retreat was born.

My Month With No Alcohol And Why

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What the hell guys, I thought the “it’s harder as you get older” thing was a myth. I used to roll my eyes at people that would say “just you wait!” The times I’ve had a drink for the first half of this year, I’ve really felt awful. I can feel it in my body, my hair, my eyes, my skin, my mood, my energy levels. I’ve even wrote an oath the last few times claiming I’ll never drink again but then Friday night rolls around, it’s a birthday, there’s elderflower processo and the oath goes out the window. So you wouldn’t think July was the most ideal month to give up alcohol but I needed it.

Pilates Fundamentals Routine For Everyone

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I’ve been a Pilates teacher for over 4 years now and have seen a lot of different bodies and every body is different. I teach beginners to Pilates, beginners to movement in general, dancers, athletes, other Pilates teachers, people with injuries, elderly people and the list goes on and every one needs different levels and exercises to feel challenged and to help their own body improve and feel more balanced however the one thing everyone can benefit from no matter what level they are at is the Pilates fundamentals.

A Day In The Life

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Like lots us today, I have many different hats to wear when we comes to my “job”, putting that in quotation marks because I don’t see myself as even having a proper job. I have a life and a career and the two are very much entwined. I’m all about work/life balance and as a Pilates instructor and lifestyle blogger, there’s definitely no 9-5 or even Monday to Friday work week. I might be teaching, organizing events and retreats, writing, shooting, reviewing restaurants, attending a press launch, meeting brands and photographers, researching, travelling and within that I love working out, cooking, seeing my friends etc, so a day in the life doesn’t really exist but a typical day might look something like this.

Keeping Balanced(ish) On A Girls Getaway

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Palma is the perfect girly getaway and it’s where four of my best friends and I jetted off to with our 54 bikinis between us last week. We are all into wellbeing and enjoy the feeling of moving our bodies and eating whole nourishing food, we even love doing little group meditations together and have just started to run our own wellness retreats but we also love sharing a bottle of wine, eating our hearts out and laying on the beach for 12 hours reading on holiday. Holiday life is very different to my usual London life, no workout classes or healthy cafes and it’s important to embrace this change and really change up your routine when on holiday but over the years of holidaying, I’ve found there’s ways you can still feel balanced and healthy by end of a getaway just with a bit of a tan and lots of happy memories. Here are my top tips to having a balanced girly getaway; to have fun and let your hair down but not end the week away feeling bloated from booze, stiff from lounging on sun beds and unmotivated to get back to your healthy lifestyle at home…

20 Minute Fun No Equipment Holiday Workout

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If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I’m currently on a holiday atm with my best girlies. Emily and I are so used to moving our bodies every day with Pilates and yoga, walking around London teaching and attending classes and we had every intention of starting the day with movement while away. Sometimes too many sangrias and the comfiest beds ever change intentions but something about Monday morning kick started us today.