An Active Escape With Sam To Feel Viana In Portugal

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Sam and I went on our first run together about 3 weeks into dating and a huge part of what I love about our relationship is that we can be active together and we value that so much. We spent his birthday rock climbing, we’ve cycled in Sweden last Summer and we regularly do Pilates and runs together. Our love for movement is shared and it’s a daily part of our lives so our perfect getaway would of course involve a lot of movement which is why we were so excited to spend 5 days at Feel Viana in Portugal with the Healthy Holiday Company. Feel Viana really did exceed my expectations and I’m very excited to share with you all the reasons why. I can’t recommend this hotel enough not only for the amount of activities on offer but for the hospitality, the food, the location, the rooms and the calming atmosphere that you can’t help but melt into from the moment you walk in to the serene spa and yoga area to the stunning walk down to the beach. A few days of peaceful paradise with a lot of fun movement, good food, wine and a cheeky espresso martini thrown in. 

Five Of The Best Meals I’ve Had In My Life So Far

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I love eating out and trying new restaurants. I get excited over a menu, the interior design, and it’s also one of my favourite things about living in London and travelling. For me, there’s nothing better than enjoying an incredible dish whether it’s alone, with friends, at home, at a restaurant with wine for 4 hours or a bite of something delicious at a street food festival. I thought I’d share five of the best meals out I’ve ever had with you, these are the ones that made me excited, speechless and remember for life…

You Can Have It All

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I’ve just got back from Thyme Cottages in Wiltshire. Whenever I escape London even if it’s for 24 hours, I feel like time stands still a little and I get a new perspective on my life back in London and it was so wonderful to be away with the most incredible group of people this time. The women in my community inspire me daily online but even more so when I get to hang out with them in person…

J. CREW and New Balance Collection

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There’s a hot new collaboration that has hit the high street and you’ll know all about it if you attended my Pilates and cocktails event last week which is still giving me a buzz when I think about it. It was so lovely to meet lots of you, teach you Pilates and introduce you to this stylish collection. J. Crew and New Balance have teamed up and created activewear to die for. The colours pop, the designs are arty and the cuts are stylish. I’m in love and my Christmas wish list is filling up with it… 

A Spontaneous Week In Ibiza | My Top 6 Places To Eat And Chill

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As you know from my previous post, at the end of July I was in need of a week off, chilling in the sun with a good book and no wifi. The opportunity arose that we could book a very last minute week away. We started searching looking online and it was so exciting knowing that wherever we chose we’d literally be there in three days. I’m so used to counting down three or four months before; my South Africa trip was booked almost a year in advance and I even had a laminated itinerary just to give you an idea of how I usually holiday… 

Work That Bikini This Summer

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Okay so I’ve definitely caught the wanderlust bug. With three trips already done this year and three more booked, it got me thinking that I should really be feeling bikini ready all year round but what does bikini ready really mean to me! And what it means to me will be completely different to what it means to you. This summer is all about having fun, trying new things and staying active for me and if that involves a bikini then even better! 

Be An Athlete – Kick Ass Kit

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When it comes to yoga and pilates, I love activewear to be bright coloured, flowery patterned with floating soft fabrics but recently I’ve been doing some more, you could say, ‘kick ass’ workouts and my floral garden leggings just don’t make me feel that kick ass. What I wear when I workout really determines how I feel and perform during the session, it’s kind of like turning up to a coffee catch up on a Sunday with your girlfriends in your job interview attire, you just wouldn’t feel right.

My Happy Place – Optimum Living Retreats, Loire Valley

 

The thought of having three nourishing homemade meals a day prepared for me for a whole weekend was enough to get me on the Eurostar to Chateau de la Vigne, the fabulous nutritional therapist May Simpkin’s home away from home where she hosts Optimum Living Retreats with friend and fellow foodie, Colette Heneghan. Well I can truly say this retreat offers so much more than I could have dreamed of.