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MY WORKOUT ESSENTIALS

If you’re following me on Instagram you will probably have seen me working up a sweat on the treadmill A LOT lately (you might also have seen my secret jump rope skills lol). In order to get my heart racing and blood pumping I have to put 100% effort into my exercise, you know, really get into the zone. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than leaving the gym or a workout class feeling like you didn’t give it your all while you had the chance. For me, getting into that headspace is all about having the right tools; good-fitting, supportive clothing is a MUST, as is a comfy pair of ‘walking on the moon’ sneakers, not to mention some quality headphones and a playlist that makes you feel SO invincible that you could *almost* run a marathon…almost. I know a lot of you guys are always asking me what essentials I bring with me to the gym, so I thought I’d put a post together to show you my workout must-haves.

CAN’T HIT UP THE GYM WITHOUT THESE:

For me, the most important item in my list of workout essentials is a GOOD sports bra. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that finding a sports bra that actually does what it’s supposed to do is an almost impossible task! I’ve actually been known to double up and wear TWO because I just couldn’t seem to find a bra that keeps everything in place *and* feels comfortable at the same time. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally discovered a sports bra that actually works and > this < is it. I discovered the brand Shock Absorber while scrolling through Amazon and haven’t looked back since. The clue is in the title with this one, the Shock Absorber is the first sports bra that I’ve found that is actually super duper supportive and doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m bouncing around all over the place (lol). What makes these bras so great is that they have adjustable straps at the back so you’re able to play around with the level of support that feels right for you. I’ve seen a ton of reviews from ladies with bigger breasts who say that the Shock Absorber works just as well for them too. I started to lose faith in this bra, but I realised it was because I needed a smaller size. Give it a go and let me know what you think. I’m pretty confident you’ll love it!

Possibly the most obvious item on my list of workout essentials is a pair of comfortable sneakers. A couple of weeks back I picked up a pair of the Saucony Women’s Guide Running Shoes which have really changed things for me. I always knew that it was super important to wear a pair of good fitting supportive sneakers (especially for running) but until I slipped these babies on I didn’t realise just how much the perfect pair of shoes could impact a workout. These Saucony sneakers feel like they were made especially for me, they really mould to the shape of my feet and the big cushiony sole makes it feel like I’m running on actual air. I’ve actually been enjoying my workouts SO much more since I started wearing these shoes, it’s amazing how much the right sneakers can improve the way that you move your body. I would recommend these 100%!

For workout clothes I pretty much always wear a mixture of LuluLemon and Adidas gear. My ultimate favourite workout top is the ‘Box It Out’ short sleeve tee by LuluLemon. I love the way that it looks because you can tie it up at the back but it’s also really lightweight so it keeps me comfortable and cool. Whenever someone asks me what workout bottoms I would recommend I pretty much always tell them to get the Adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Leggings. They’re quite pricey but in my opinion they’re absolutely worth it. These leggings do a great job at sculpting your body and sucking you in in all the right places which feels amazing. They’re also regulated with Climacool technology which helps to regulate the temperature of your body while you’re running. Defo give them a try, they’re my go-to.

ON MY GYM WISHLIST:

As well as talking you through the items that I won’t head to the gym without, I thought I’d show you some of the workout pieces that I’ve been drooling over lately. First up I just have to mention this incredible jersey and scuba sweatshirt which is part of the Adidas by Stella McCartney range. I definitely couldn’t wear this on the treadmill because I would get waaaaaay too hot, but it looks like the perfect piece to throw on for the post workout walk home (I would defo wear this as part of my everyday wardrobe too!) I also spotted these leggings which match the sweatshirt perfectly and now I can’t get this combo out of my head! If these Adidas X Stella leggings are anywhere near as good as the pair that I own I know they will feel uhhhhmazing. This pair is made with Adidas’ Climalite technology which helps to absorb sweat, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout your workout.

We live just around the corner from our gym so I don’t usually pack a gym bag but I will admit that I’ve had my eye on this Adidas X Stella gym bag ever since I saw it on the Net-A-Porter site. I definitely wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill this bag since we live so close but it’s super cool so I’m not gonna stop being all heart-eyed over it any time soon. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Yoga mat and I think I’ve found *the one* on the Lululemon site. I don’t actually do Yoga all that often (although it’s definitely something I want to get back into!) but mats like these are ideal for doing pre and post workout stretches so this is definitely something I’m going to invest in. This mat is 5mm thick so it’s extra cushiony and soft. Lululemon have a large range of different mats on their site so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your needs. Another thing that I’ve been eyeing up for a while is the Liquid Yoga Stress-Free Space Spray by Mio Skincare. You might have heard me talk about Mio before because I absolutely swear by their Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak for soothing my muscles post workout. The Stress-Free Spray looks just as dreamy because it’s actually described as ‘high intensity body care in a bottle’. All you do with this stuff is spray a little of the product onto your pulse points or on your pillow post workout and let the blend of chamomile, lavender and lemon calm your body and mind. If this spray is anything as soothing as the bath soak I know I’m going to love it.

Hopefully you guys found this helpful and enjoyed getting a sneak peek into my workout essentials. I’m always on the hunt for clothes and accessories that might help to make my trip to the gym feel like less of a chore. Please let me know in the comments down below if there is anything that you think I’m missing from my list! I’d love to know if there’s an item that you guys simply can’t head to the gym without. I’m also ALWAYS looking for decent playlists to listen to on spotify (you know, the kind that makes you feel like a badass workout queen!) so if you know any good ones then defo let me know!

  • Shock Absorber Sports Bra

    The BEST sports bra you will ever wear

  • BKR Water Bottle

    Stay hydrated

  • Saucony Womens Guide 10W Running Shoes

    Your feet will thank you later

  • Jaybird Freedom Wireless Headphones

    I swear by these

  • Mio Skincare 'Liquid Yoga' Bath Soak

    Soothes muscles and relieves aches

BEDBOAT MAGAZINE

Last Summer, I welcomed Hazel, the Editor in Chief of Bedboat magazine into our home to chat about life beyond YouTube and show her some of my favourite areas of our home. Bedboat is a UK based, independently published lifestyle magazine and is the brain child of Hazel. When Hazel got in touch and asked me if I’d like to get involved and appear in Volume 4 of the magazine I jumped at the chance. Having acquired the previous 3 copies of Bedboat, I already adored not only the overall aesthetic of the magazine, but its varied and enthusiastic content too. Each issue of the magazine focuses on a different subject. Volume 4 revolved around work spaces, personal places and new faces, so I felt like we were the perfect fit.

Hazel turned up at my door I felt completely at ease, we sat with mugs of tea and chatted about life while Reggie basked in the sunlight beside us. Despite living a large part of my life online, I’m actually a very private person so it’s always nice when magazines ask me about the aspects of my life that you guys don’t always see. Chatting with Hazel, we covered everything from the controversy behind sponsored content on Youtube to Aslan’s not-so-secret obsession with chairs (lol). My time with Hazel felt like chatting to a friend and made the afternoon fly super quickly.

Most of you will probably know my good friend George Muncey by now (he took the cover photo for my book Bloom!) and I actually asked him to come along and take some photos to accompany the feature. He ended up taking a few portraits of me but also took some absolutely stunning photos of different areas of our home which I love! I always get so many of you guys asking to see more of our home so definitely pick up this magazine if you want to get a better glimpse into our space.

Thanks so much to Hazel and everyone at Bedboat magazine for asking me to be a part of Issue 4. I had the best time and I’ll treasure my copy for many years to come. Bedboat stock all of their current and past issues online > here < so make sure you head over to their site and pick up a copy if you want to read my interview!

MY SUMMER READING LIST

Some of you will know by now that I’m the ultimate hoarder when it comes to books. As a kid, I always had my nose stuck in a book and things are still exactly the same now that I’m an adult! Aslan and I have been planning a few trips for this Summer, and over the past few weeks I’ve been buying books like crazy in a haste to make sure that I have enough reading material for the next few months! I read throughout the whole year, but during the Summer I get through a ridiculous amount of books every week. To me, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as heading out to the garden or strolling down to the park with a good book. Not only that, but with many a long haul flight ahead of us the only way I’m going to make it through the next few weeks is with a collection of novels in my hand luggage. So many of you guys are always asking me what I’m reading and what books are on my wish list, so I thought I’d put together a little blog post to tell you about some of the books that I’m looking forward to reading in the Summer sun!

‘How To Stop Time’ by Matt Haig

First up on my reading list is ‘How To Stop Time’ by Matt Haig. I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this book! In this story, Tom Hazard ‘may look like a normal 41 year old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries’; he’s actually 439 years old! Sounds amazing right!? This book is all about Tom’s adventures, but also describes how despite all that he’s seen and all that he’s done, all he craves is an ordinary life. There is an organisation that protects its people by constantly moving them to new areas and providing them with secret identities, the only thing that they ask in return is that Tom never falls in love. Now I can’t be the only one who’s already trying to guess how this story is going to unfold…surely Tom’s going to fall in love and end up living the rest of his life as an ordinary man just like he’s always wanted?! Who knows! All I know is that I’m super excited to get started on this book and I bet I’m going to get completely sucked into the storyline.

‘Stay With Me’ by Ayobami Adebayo

‘Stay With Me’ by Ayobami Adebayo sounds like its going to be a real tear jerker. The book tells a story about a woman called Yejide who is desperately hoping for a child with her husband. Sadly, Yejide and her husband find themselves unable to conceive and so his family insists that he finds himself a new wife who will bear his child. The story sounds absolutely devestating and completely heart wrenching so I know I’m going to be shedding a tear or two along the way. I’ve heard that the novel covers love, sacrifice, grief and forgiveness, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Yejide to find happiness in the end.

‘Exit West’ by Moshin Hamid

From what I’ve heard ‘Exit West’ by Moshin Hamid is an intensely sad but surprisingly uplifting tale of two lovers. Nadia and Saeed meet and fall in love in a city that has been overcome by civil war. They wish for nothing more than to escape their city together, but they find themselves feeling hesitant to leave the place that they have called home for so many years. What makes this story so interesting is that the entirety of their lives has been ‘normal’, they used smartphones, engaged in social media and even met at an evening class about identity and branding. However as their homeland becomes more and more violent and people are starting to be killed, they find themselves having to seek refuge. I think that this book seems especially relevant in today’s world so I’m sure it’s going to be exceptionally interesting.

‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami

‘Men Without Women’ by Haruki Murakami is a collection of seven short stories; all of which follow the theme of ‘men without women’. The men’s stories are all different, but one thing that ties them all together is their feeling of loneliness. Each story touches upon each man’s need for a woman in their life and I think it sounds so interesting! I’ve recently gotten into reading short stories and I think that I’ll probably devour this book in no time at all. I’m intrigued by this one!

‘The Past’ by Tessa Hadley

I’m SO excited to read ‘The Past’ by Tessa Hadley. In this book, four adult siblings meet to spend three hot summer weeks in their Grandparents cottage in the country. Each of the siblings brings along their wives, children or partners, and the story uncovers their tense relationships with each other. Bound together for 21 days, the siblings discover and rediscover each other’s traits and come to realise that their sibling bond has changed since they were children themselves. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book but I love reading about groups like this and learning more about their relationships with each other. The blurb on the back of the book ends with the sentence ‘Over the course of the holiday, a familiar way of life falls apart forever’ so I’m sure ‘The Past’ will be a good summer read.

‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ by Madeleine Thien

Described as a ‘powerful and fascinating’ novel, ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ by Madeleine Thien is a book that I’ve been dying to read for a while. I’m constantly trying to read books that will tell me something about the world we live in, so I feel like this is going to be really interesting and teach me about an issue that I should definitely be more aware of. Back in 1991 in Vancouver, Canada, 10 year old Marie and her mother invite Ai-Ming into their home. Ai-Ming is a young woman who fled China during the Tiananmen Square protests and as her relationship with Marie grows stronger she begins to tell her about her family and their lives in China. In all honesty I don’t know enough about the cultural revolution in China and I feel like it’s an issue that I should definitely learn more about. The reviews say that the book really speaks for the Chinese people and tells us about all that they have endured under a communist regime. It definitely seems like it’s going to be a heavy read but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

‘The Lonely City’ by Olivia Laing

As soon as I read the blurb for ‘The Lonely City’ by Olivia Laing I knew I had to get my hands on this book. What initially drew me to this book was the fact that the main character, Olivia, moved to New York for love (something that I also did when I was 19 years old!). Unfortunately, Olivia’s relationship ends suddenly and she finds herself alone in a city that feels completely alien to her. The story is all about Olivia’s struggle with loneliness, and how that lonely feeling grew so immobilising that it eventually takes control of her entire life. I find this story so intriguing and I just know I’m going to be rooting for Olivia to overcome her loneliness and find her happy place. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a page turner.

‘Aliens: Is There Anyone Out There?’ by Jim Al-Khalili

Last but not least the book that I’m most excited to read over the summer is ‘Aliens: Is There Anyone Out There?’ by Jim Al-Khalili. The minute I saw this book on Amazon I didn’t hesitate to add it to my basket and check out right away! I’m literally obsessed with anything to do with aliens and space so of course this book had to make its way into my collection. The book answers the questions that all of us alien enthusiasts are dying to know; What do aliens look like? Where would they live? Would they be conscious beings? What would happen if they came to Earth? I’m actually SO excited to finally sit down and discover more about a subject that absolutely fascinates me. Not only that, but just when I thought I couldn’t love this book any more I opened up my amazon box to find that the side of the pages are actually GREEN. Mind blown. Defo get this if you’re as alien obsessed as I am.

Let me know if you guys like the sound of any of the books that I’ve mentioned! I think out of all of them I’m most excited to read ‘Aliens’ by Jim Al-Khalili and ‘How To Stop Time’ by Matt Haig. Also if you have any recommendations of books that you think I might like then please leave a comment down below and tell me what you think I should read! I’m always looking for new books to add to my collection.

SHOP MY READING LIST (PLUS A COUPLE MORE THAT I'M EXCITED TO READ!)

  • MATT HAIG 'HOW TO STOP TIME'

  • AYOBAMI ADEBAYO 'STAY WITH ME'

  • MOSHIN HAMID 'EXIT WEST'

  • HARUKA MURAKAMI 'MEN WITHOUT WOMEN'

  • TESSA HADLEY 'THE PAST'

  • MADELINE THIEN 'DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING'

  • OLIVIA LAING 'LONELY CITY'

  • JIM AL-KHALILI 'ALIENS'

  • DURGA CHEW-BOSE 'TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD'

  • ELIF BAUTMAN 'THE IDIOT'

BOOKS: HEALTHY EATING

I’ll be the first to admit that the art of cooking is not yet a skill that I’ve acquired. Despite the fact that it’s a running joke with my family and friends that I’m useless at cooking, the shelves in our home still seem to be overflowing with recipe books (Aslan is the chef)!

Over the past few months I’ve been making a conscious effort to introduce healthy changes into my lifestyle in an effort to improve my fitness levels and get on track to being the best version of me that I can be. I’ll be honest, eating healthy is something that’s never been easy for me. I mean, does anyone really get any sense of enjoyment from chowing down on a pile of leaves? (I know I don’t!) Although I’m not the type of person who’s going to eat kale 7 days a week, I am aware that eating the right things has a positive impact on the way that we feel, and that’s something I can really get behind. I’m not saying I’m going to give up the chocolate digestives that accompany my nightly cup of tea, or banish the Saturday night pizza in front of the TV, but making small changes to the way I fuel my body throughout the day is something that I’ve been embracing. That’s why for this blog post, I thought I’d share with you a handful of the books that have been making this change in lifestyle slightly less of a chore and more of something that I can really enjoy.

‘The Art of Eating Well’ – Hemsley & Hemsley

This book is my saviour. The Hemsley sisters know a thing or two about food that not only does good, but tastes good too. With a philosophy that a healthy gut leads to a healthier and happier mind, body and soul, this was a book that just had to become a part of my cookbook collection. Split into chapters according to mealtimes, ‘The Art of Eating Well’ makes introducing wholesome ingredients into your day to day an easy task. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the Hemsley sisters and they are absolutely lovely! Definitely check out their café inside Selfridges. 

Joy McCarthy ‘Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting’

Any book that promises to make you ‘feel fabulous every day’ is a winner in my eyes. Packed with recipes for healthy burgers, pancakes, curries and brownies, this book was bound to be an addition to my book collection. The food is tasty, comforting and wholesome, and while the burgers might not be as good as the ones down the road at Byron, they *almost* hit the spot when you’re craving something a bit naughty. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Amelia Freer ‘Cook, Nourish, Glow’

The thing I love about this book is that its recipes are full of ingredients that we usually have lying around in our kitchen cupboards. There’s nothing that frustrates me more than opening up a recipe book to find that I don’t own any of the components needed to whip up one of its recipes. ‘Cook, Nourish, Glow’ is full of simple recipes that don’t require a lot of faffing about to whip up. This one’s a keeper.

Niomi Smart ‘Eat Smart’

Although I can’t seem to get my culinary creations to look quite as beautiful as the photos in Niomi’s ‘Eat Smart’ cookbook, the final products still taste pretty damn special. If you’re a snacker like me, you need to get this book simply for the ‘Sides & Snacks’ section. When 4pm rolls around and I need a little something to help me make it through the remaining hours until dinner, the first thing I reach for is Niomi’s houmous recipe; just throw a tin of chickpeas together with a couple of garlic cloves, one beetroot, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon before blending it all together in a food processor, and hey presto, a simple recipe for someone like me who isn’t the most advanced of chefs. I like to chop a carrot into sticks along with a couple of my favourite savoury crackers and use these to scoop up some of that delicious garlicy goodness, yuuuuuum! Who knew ‘chips and dip’ could be so healthy? Niomi, I love your book!

Michael Gregger ‘How Not to Die’

This book fascinates me! ‘How Not to Die’ tells us about how nutrition can prevent disease and transform our genes so that we can live a longer and healthier life. Sounds good, right? Although abiding by this book completely is not something I think I could do, taking bits and pieces of advice and following that in my daily diet gives me faith in knowing that I’m taking the right steps towards looking after my body. The nutritional advice is scientifically proven, so you know that you can trust everything you read within this book. However as diets go, I wouldn’t say that this one feels particularly attainable and anyway, where’s the harm in a donut every once in a while? Everything in moderation as they say…

David Frenkiel & Luise Vindhal ‘The Green Kitchen’

I’ve never been a huge lover of veggies and I find myself on a constant mission to learn to love anything leafy and green. ‘The Green Kitchen’ by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindhal is made up of entirely vegetarian recipes, so whenever I pick up this book I’ve got no choice but to indulge in something packed full of that veggie goodness. If you already own this book you’ll know that the photography is enough to tempt even the most picky of eaters to introduce more greenery into their diet, it truly is a feast for the eyes. Lettuce, I will learn to love you.

Madeline Shaw ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’

Madeline Shaw’s ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ is an undeniably gorgeous book. What I love about this book is that the recipes are tailored for the seasons, which means that its never too hard to get your hands on the ingredients that you need no matter what the time of year. There are around 100 recipes in this book and there’s such a great variation of tastes and flavours within the dishes. Aslan and I have only tried a couple of the recipes so far but we’re definitely excited to try more! We’re unashamedly addicted to ramen so we’re excited to try Madeline’s chicken ramen recipe. Yum!

  • DAVID FRENKIEL & LUIS VINDHAL 'THE GREEN KITCHEN'

  • AMELIA FREER 'COOK, NOURISH, GLOW'

  • JOY MCCARTHY 'JOYOUS HEALTH: EAT & LIVE WELL WITHOUT DIETING'

  • NIOMI SMART 'EAT SMART'

  • HEMSLEY & HEMSLEY 'THE ART OF EATING WELL'

FATHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE

Father’s Day is right around the corner and since most Dad’s are notoriously hard to buy for I thought it would be helpful if I put together a Father’s Day gift guide to give you guys a big of gift-spiration. I’ve tried to come up with a good variety of gift ideas, so no matter whether your Dad is a total foodie, a style KING or a fitness freak, I’ve got you covered. I’ve also made sure to list the prices of every product within the blog post simply because I think it’s really handy to know how much things cost if you’re sticking to a budget. (P.S. Don’t forget that Father’s Day doesn’t have to just be a celebration of the Dads out there. If someone has been a constant figure in your life and shows you love and support every day, then that’s worth celebrating too!)

Food & Drink

If your Dad is anything like mine, he’ll appreciate any gift that consists of booze and coffee. I’m not much of a coffee connoisseur but this tin of Cartwright & Butler ‘After Dinner Coffee’ caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I think its always nice to treat a loved one to something that they probably wouldn’t think of buying for themselves, and a fancy tin of coffee is exactly that. I also spotted this super cool ‘Whisky Wedge’ which I think is SUCH a great gift. The Whisky Wedge is a kit which allows you to create the perfect sized ice cube for a glass of whisky (it comes with the ice mould and glass). It’s super easy to do and apparently the shape of the ice wedge means that it lasts for longer than your average cube and keeps your drink ice cold! We’re big cheese lovers in our family so when I spotted this set of cheese knives on the Oliver Bonas website I just had to include them! Again, this is the kind of thing that my Dad would probably never buy for himself but is something that he would be thrilled to receive. If you fancy going the extra mile Oliver Bonas also have a selection of cheese boards (like this cool black marble one) to complete the set.

Accessories

My Dad isn’t really the ‘shopping’ type, so every now and then on Father’s Day I like to treat him to something stylish that I think he might like. If I’m buying him some clothing or an accessory I’ll try to keep to a reasonable budget just in case he doesn’t like what I’ve picked out. I found this super cool messenger bag by a brand called Rains on the Topman site and I think it’s such a great present! The bag is £60 which I don’t think is too bad considering that it’s so practical, really great quality and looks a lot more expensive than it is (it’s also made from weatherproof material so it’s fab for the outdoorsy Dads out there!) Again, this is something that my Dad would probably never buy for himself but if he were given it as a gift I think he’d probably wear it to death! Another Topman bargain that I found was this gorgeous watch. I’ve seen some watches by a brand called Unknown on the ASOS site and I think it looks like something they would design (but it’s literally a fraction of the price at £28!). Like me, my Dad is somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to sunglasses so when I saw this pair by Vans I just had to pop them into the gift guide! These sunnies have that classic Ray Ban vibe but they’re only £20! Let me know if you think your Dad could rock any of the pieces I’ve picked out.

Gadget Gifts

As with tasty treats, you can never go wrong with a gadget as a gift. My Dad is super into his music so I just know that it would make his life if he were to receive something like this Kreafunk Bluetooth Speaker or these Urban Ears Wireless Headphones. These gadgets are slightly more on the pricey side of things but if you want to treat your Dad to something super special then they’re really great. Whilst on the Harvey Nichols website I stumbled upon some pieces from the Native Union range and saw this funky portable charger. A portable power bank is something that I always make sure to take with me whenever I’m travelling, so if your Dad is always on the road then this would be fab! Apparently there’s even enough juice in this baby to give your phone 3 hours of extra talk time and 2 hours of extra internet usage. For a cheaper alternative, this Fresh and Rebel Power Bank is a great choice and looks super sleek.

Fitness Accessories

If your Dad is super into fitness then a Fitbit is guaranteed to go down a storm! In case you don’t know, the Fitbit is a fitness watch which keeps count of the steps you’ve taken, distance you’ve travelled and calories you’ve burned. If your Dad is always at the gym then a funky water bottle is the perfect gift. You guys know that I love my Swell water bottles so I had to include this teakwood version in the gift guide. This one is a 9oz bottle so it’s the perfect size to chuck into a gym bag or backpack. If you’re feeling super generous then you could treat your Dad to a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost sneakers. My Ultra Boosts are literally the most comfortable sneakers that I’ve ever owned so if your Dad is super active then I’m confident he’s gonna love these!

Grooming Products

My Dad hasn’t jumped on the beard bandwagon just yet, but if ever he does I’ll definitely be getting him this super cute ‘Damn Handsome Beard Kit’ by Men’s Society. Within the tin your Dad will receive a mini beard oil, a tin of moustache wax, a beard comb and a pair of scissors. This is such a great token gesture and looks really special. Of course I had to include some kind of shaving tool within this gift guide so I chose this Babyliss 6 in 1 Grooming Set which includes various different trimming heads and attachments. If you really want to go the extra mile then you could treat your Dad to something like this super cool Herschel wash bag to store all his Fathers Day goodies in. I think grooming gifts are great gifts to buy if you’re feeling stuck or uninspired. I found some really great Father’s Day options on the Feel Unique site and in the Men’s section on Cult Beauty.

I hope my Fathers Day gift guide has given you some helpful gift inspiration! Dads are notoriously hard to buy for but I think I managed to find some unique items that I’m sure most Dads would love! Let me know if you’ll be treating yours to any of the things that I mentioned! And if you have even better ideas be sure to leave a comment and help us out!

  • Swell Teakwood Water Bottle

    Stay hydrated

  • Fitbit Fitness Watch

    Keep track

  • Charbonnel Et Walker Whisky Truffles

    Chocolatey yumminess

  • Corkcicle Whisky Wedge

    Ice ice baby

  • Men's Society 'Damn Handsome' Beard Kit

    Fix up look smart!

JAPANESE STATIONERY HAUL

Most of you will know by now that I’m a liiiiiitle bit obsessed with stationery. Call me crazy, but to me there’s nothing quite as satisfying as opening my stationery drawer and seeing my washi tape collection lined up in colour order (I know, I’m weird). As well as being overly excited to discover all the makeup and skincare products that Japan had to offer me, I was also so keen to check out all the amazing stationery stores that I’ve heard so much about. Let me tell you, Japanese office supplies made all of my stationery dreams come true…

My boyfriend Aslan isn’t as stationery obsessed as I am, but as soon as we set foot inside our first Japanese stationery store, even he had hearts in his eyes. Japanese stationery is, in my opinion, some of the best stationery I’ve ever laid my eyes on, so amazing that it makes the offerings at Paperchase and Tiger look measly in comparison (and as many of you will know, I’m a big fan of both of those stores). One thing I noticed about the stores in Japan is that they literally have testers of EVERYTHING which is so helpful, especially when you’re on the hunt for the perfect pen. I know I’m starting to sound a bit crazy, but I’m so particular about the pens that I use and with so many options to choose from, the Japanese stationery stores had my back. Three way, four way, neon and brush, you name a type of pen and Japan has you covered. Goals.

Arguably our favourite things from our entire stationery stash are these adorable little erasers and let me tell you, there’s something pretty special about these babies. ‘Why are these erasers such a strange shape?’ I hear you ask…well my friends, let me tell you. The reason that these erasers are shaped this way is because in comparison with your average, pebble shaped eraser, these ones have lots of sharp corners which means that you can erase more precisely! It can’t just be me and Aslan that think that’s incredible, right!? Anyway, these are so simple and probably won’t excite anyone else but the two of us, but I can’t wait to use try them out!

Something that you might not know about me is that I also have an unhealthy obsession with pretty pieces of paper. To me, there’s nothing quite as exciting as walking into a store and seeing shelves upon shelves of all different types of coloured paper, so obviously these cute little squares of foiled paper just had to make their way into my suitcase. I used to be such a crafty human and loved making all sorts of different bits and bobs that were inspired by things that I’d seen on Pinterest, but over the past few years I’ve just not been able to find the time to sit down and get my craft on. I picked up these paper cuttings because I really want to set aside some time to get creative and start making things again, so hopefully I’ll get some use out of this souvenir soon.

Japanese stationery truly is as amazing as you would imagine it to be, so if you ever find yourself in the country, make sure you stock up on a few stationery essentials. If you liked this haul definitely make sure you head over to my channel to watch the entire video where Aslan and I show you all the amazing stationery that we picked up during our trip. Also don’t forget to check out my blog posts all about the makeup and skincare items that I picked up over the two weeks that we were in Japan. I had so much fun discovering all the unique and exciting stuff in the stores!

P.s. Don’t forget that the vlogs from our Japan trip are over on Aslan’s channel! Go check them out!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE MENTIONED!

  • Pilot 'Ball Knock' Gel Ink Pens

    Scribble away

  • Roller Stamp

    Make your mark

  • Moimoi Scissors

    Now these are incredible

  • Stapleless Stapler

    I'm pretty sure this is magic

  • Life A5 Notebook

    Write write write

GIRL POWER WORKOUT

As part of my #PersonalBest journey, I decided that it might be fun to invite some of you guys to come and work out with me and join me on my mission. Last week, 30 of my wonderful viewers came along to a beginners HIIT workout class at the Adidas Women’s Studio on Brick Lane. I was a little intimidated by the idea of a HIIT workout but I actually had so much fun and felt amazing by the end of it!

The HIIT workout class took place in the STUNNING Adidas Women’s London Studio on Brick Lane. There’s something about working out in a beautiful space that makes exercising feel so much more enjoyable, and the great thing about the Adidas Studio is that all of the sessions that they offer are completely free of charge! Definitely check it out if you fancy mixing up your normal workout routine!

I love going to workout classes because exercising with other humans makes me feel so motivated-it really feels like you’re a part of something. I just don’t seem to push myself as much when I’m working out on my own, so being surrounded by a group of people who are all pushing themselves makes me feel super inspired and more willing to work my body harder for longer. Working out with my viewers is something that I’ve actually never done before, but it was such an AMAZING experience because I really felt like we were working as a team. Everyone who came along to the class had varying fitness levels which was great as we worked together to help motivate each other. It was such a wonderful experience to see women supporting each other in a fitness environment.

The workout was led by fitness QUEEN Esmée Gummer and quite honestly, I don’t know how I would have made it through the class without her! Esmée is an exceptionally fit person; just a few years ago, Esmée was told that she may never walk again after she was paralysed due to an operation that went severely wrong. Esmée defied all odds and is now one of London’s best and most renowned fitness trainers and quite frankly, she’s amazing! This was the first HIIT class that I had been to and Esmée made it such an enjoyable experience (despite the fact that the workout was SUPER TOUGH), she encouraged us all to kick ass with her infectious, positive attitude. Big thanks to Esmée for supporting and inspiring us!

Not only do I have Esmée to thank, I also want to take this opportunity to say a HUGE THANK YOU to every single one of the strong, kickass women that came along to work out with me! It was so motivating to see you all pushing yourselves and supporting each other, I’m so touched that my viewers are such wonderful human beings and powerful WOMEN! Also thanks to my wonderful Adidas family for curating this event and providing us with the most beautiful environment to work out in!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!