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There’s Blue Sky Above The Clouds, Why I Love January

joules activewear lottie murphy blogger fitness motivation postIt was dark grey and rainy when I looked out my window at 7:30am this morning on apparently the “most depressing day of the year.” My bedroom floor however had a pop of pink colour and petal print from the Joules activewear I’d laid out the last night before and nothing was going to stop me from heading out for a run to start my birthday week feeling fresh. You see my birthday always falls on the third week of January when the odds are slightly against us all when it comes to feeling on top form but this year has felt slightly different…

My London (some of mine and my besties hidden gems)

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I feel like everyone has their own little London; their fave spots for brunch, for pizza, a secret banana bread find, a cute spot to read in a park, a fave salsa class. I was inspired to write this blog post towards the end of last year when out with some blogger girls and we was chatting about all our fave places in London and I realised that I hadn’t even heard or been to some of them. London is just full to the brim with incredible hang outs, foodie places, studios and everyone has their faves. So I thought I’d dedicate a little post to share the love of mine and some of my fave blogger gals. From a Swedish Bakery in Covent Garden to a stunning palace in South East London perfect for a picnic to a place you can get your shellac manicure and watch a the latest blockbuster; you’ll get an insight into our London… 

My New Year Resolutions 2018

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Hey guys, happy belated new year. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the new year. New Year’s Day is a bit write off for me and I always feel slightly weird; like I should feel different just because it’s a new year. Really it’s only the day after the 31st December. Plus the over consumption of alcohol the night before doesn’t help that feeling of blurgh (more on that later.) I don’t think I’ve ever really done a new years resolutions blog post and I didn’t actually think I’d even make any this year but I’ve been thinking a lot this first week in January, uh oh! A little reflective perhaps but more about what would really make a difference to my life, to me. There’s a lot of self help material around this time of year which I’m all for dipping in and out of for inspiration but it sometimes takes us a little off track. Oh that girl on Instagram is going to meditate for every day in 2018 I better do that too or your best friend has signed up to do a new hardcore gym and convinced you to join her, but are these resolutions the best for you

Breakfast At Farmacy With Daisy London And Crystals

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I was honoured to be asked my one of my favourite jewellery brands (Citrine Birthstone), Daisy London, to be one of the ambassadors for their new healing stones collection. I represent the Rose Quartz pendant which is the crystal of unconditional love and has a subtle pink complexion. I absolutely love it and have been wearing it every day. To have a healing stone that is said to carry a soft, feminine energy of compassion and tenderness around my neck daily is really special and reminds me to always choose love over fear. I got together with the Daisy girls at Farmacy in Notting Hill for a morning of teas, coffee, avocado on toast, pancakes and to talk all things crystals…

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Baked Egg Portobello Mushrooms With Homemade Salsa

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I think my favourite vegetable is most definitely the mushroom; all types but especially Portobello ones. I made this the other weekend around 11am after a lovely lay in and some Pilates at home, it’s the perfect at home brunch dish and a nice alternative to eggs and avo on toast. Once you’ve mastered the art of getting the egg to stay in the mushroom, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. You could even skip the salsa part and just have the baked egg mushrooms which means you only need 2 main ingredients but the chilli salsa really takes this dish to another level.

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10 Ways To Feel Good And Well This Autumn Winter

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I’m feeling very excited about this Autumn and Winter. The next 6 weeks are packed with fun social and work events then I’ll be hosting my last super cozy Pilates and meditation retreat of the year before spending Christmas in Sweden. When it’s cold, crisp and dark outside there’s nothing I love more than staying in with a warm mug of something delicious, lighting a woody candle and reading a book or watching a gripping series. I’m currently hooked on Stranger Things! With that being said, I’m out most nights this week at events and I know that burning the candle at both ends leaves me feeling zapped and fighting off a cold. I thought I’d share some of the ways I like to feel good and well during the cold busy months to enter the new year on a high…

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 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.