New Gym Clothes.... @Lesmills @Reebook @Puma @Riverisland

I do think it's a bit of an addiction but i love gym clothes almost as much as i love regular clothes. As i attend the gym every day you can't possibly wash your clothes fast enough so you need lots of outfit....right? Well that is what i tell myself anyway. 

I carry my weight around my butt and thighs so all gym leggings are black, black and more black so i go all out on my tops.  I think i have 42 gym tops at the moment and i love them all! 

These are my latest tops....
The blue one (top left) is a Reebok Les Mills yoga top, i love this top because it's super thin and loose to let the skin breath. £25.00

Purple is my gym colour, i wear purple most and this puma (top right) is perfect, it cames with a bra attached with is great for me.  It a breathable material and is loose around the waist. £30.00

River Island top surprised me a lot, this top (bottom left) is one of my favourites, it's light, long and doesn't show sweat and at £15 it's a win win!   

The Reebok Les Mills Bodypump top is a perfect fit for me, i wish it was a little higher at the front but i'm not packing much so it's okay, for those who are fuller in this area this is NOT the top for you.  It's a thick lycra top that hold you in. £47.00 
This is the back view, again this top has a built in bra! 

The Perfect Gym Shoes @Adidaswomen @adidas #adidas #fitness #shoes

The struggle is real i am an active gym goer attending 16 classes a week and my search for the perfect trainers has been an expensive struggle! I need trainers that not only support my high arch but also have enough cushion for all the bouncing and running i do. 
 These are some of the shoes i've tried and they have all failed at one thing or another...Nike flyknits totally stunning looking and super comfortable but not great for bouncing, fabulous for running but there wasn't enough cushion to absorb the impact and they left me with ankle and knee pain. ;( 

The second pair of Nike totally rubbish...sorry Nike i really love your products just not these but they say you get what you pay for. 

New Balance...i've never tried New Balance before but one of my instructors swears by them so i give them a shot...they were really good at first but the support soon give way (5 months).  What i will say is for £45.00 i would recommend these simply because they did support me for a while but i do alot of exercise, however if you are someone who works out a couple of hours a week these would be perfect.  They look nice and come in an array of colours.

Finally Asics - these lasted the longest because they are designed for running and they supported me for a good year before my pains reappeared.  I would have gone back to Asics but i wanted something more aesthetically pleasing but i will always highly recommend them because they are worth the money!  

on a sad note...

I took my flyknits on holiday with me as i knew i would only be running, one evening run i tripped up a curb and my nice manicured nail (in socks) came through! I was guttered because they cost a bomb and i didn't think they would rip that easy. Not good! 
However victory is mine!!!! My perfect trainer is Adidas Ultra Boost, they are perfect for me, they come with a high arch plenty of support and they look awesome! 
So pretty right?????

Please note that just because these babies are perfect for me they might not work for you, i know it's a costly exercise to find the perfect gym shoe but my advice would be research, read reviews but also go and try them for yourself.  Gym clothes don't really matter (apart from a good bra) any leggings or top will do but you need to protect your joints and good shoes will do that. 

Winter Motivation #fitness #motivation #healthly #wisewords #quotes

So over the last couple of months i've been travelling, i try to be good but seriously how can i make better choices when i'm in Italy the home of pizza, pasta, wine and gelato? So i indulged and now is time to repent! :) 

Back to the gym & back to my routine. 
 I'm very lucky i have a fabulous bunch of crazy gym buds that keep me motivated because we all have those days where the sofa looks way more appealing than the weight bar but i keep going for them as well as myself. 

When the dark nights set in it's always hard to be motivated to do exercise, it's too cold outside to go for a run, the gym is now a car ride and well Netflix and a pizza sounds good...but that old saying "Summer bodies are made during winter" is true, you will thank yourself for making the effort because come spring and everyone is embracing what sun we get you can happily show of your toned limbs and feel great, no last minute killer PT classes to get you holiday ready.  Yes i said "holiday ready" but that doesn't mean supermodel standards that just means you are happy with "YOUR" body!  

@F1 #Belgium #Amsterdam #GP #GirlWhoTravels #Lifestyleblogger

Belgium F1 & Amsterdam! 

Arriving in Amsterdam we grabbed a car and drove 3 hours to Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium just about making practice.

After leaving the track we headed to Teuven (35 min drive from the track) and checked in to the most adorable B&B The Kings Head 
let the racing commense! Our amazing seats were at La Source, perfect! 

Well done Lewis...back of the grid to 3rd is amazing!
After the racing was over we headed in to Amsterdam for the Bank Holiday Weekend!

We arrived a the Jaz Hotel, checked in freshened up and of we went to experience Amsterdam's nightlife!
 There is so many amazing places to eat in Amsterdam but i was craving a big juicy burger.  Burger Bar was perfect, if you are ever in Amsterdam check them out, it was real yummy meat cooked in front of you for McD's prices...and you can get a beer with it! :) 

 What a jam packed weekend, we arrived back at the airport in time to grab a drink and head to the gate. Finally Starbucks got my name right. 

Goodbye to Amsterdam!

Birthday Post! #Presents #Birthday #blogger #lifestyle

Birthday Post! 

I love nothing more than my birthday, i love the build up and all the surprises...yes i'm still a child! 

This year i was utterly spoilt and i am truly grateful to my amazing family and friends for everything they do, not just the presents but the fact that they make my life a better place. 
 Yes i turned 34 and got a unicorn balloon but there is a story to March it was my friend Sarah's birthday and we went to York on a girls day out.  One of our other friends Nicola spotted the balloons and made a joke to Sarah asking if she wanted one, of course Sarah said no being 34 and all but i was guttered i wanted that balloon.  Sarah noted my disappointment and stored it away until my Birthday...hence the unicorn balloon. 

I was over joyed with the balloon i bet they thought "why did we bother with presents" hehe well they did get me some lovely gifts and Thank you so much. xxxx
 Yes i got a new car...but this was because my MiTo was up for renewal and my Hubby asked if i wanted an upgrade to a Giulietta for my Birthday...of course i said yes!!!!
I have been wanting a cute leather backpack for a while and had my eye on the Kate Spade one, however it was larger than i wanted and this Topshop one is perfect. Thank you Smell. How adorable is my daisy pen for my niece.

I LOVE my prints...we spotted them in a shop in Amsterdam and i just had to have them, i can't wait to get them up this weekend! 

Rome Part Two #RoadTrip #Italy #Girlwhotravels #Rome

 Back in Rome this time we stayed at the Aldrovandi Residence and it was fabulous.  Huge suite with loads of space and a awesome pool/bar.
Time to explore! 
 We were lucky enough to be staying 10 mins (walk) away from the main shopping district and a metro line.  
 Your visit to Rome is not complete without seeing the Trevi Fountain. The fountain was built during the 4th century and took 30 years to build...i am seeing a pattern here, it takes an awfully long time to build anything in Italy.  Only joking the fountain was built from travertine stone which is enormous heavy stone. i believe a few people died building it.   

Following the legend of the fountain i tossed several coins over my shoulder in hopes of coming back to Rome one day!  

The Colosseum was built in 72 AD in the heart of ancient Rome, the Colosseum is the largest theatre in the World.  It can seat 50,000 spectators. 
I'm sad to say that during my time in Rome i was pickpocketed :( we were waiting for the Metro and as the train arrived everyone pushed forward giving the thief the opportunity to pick my hand bag.  They managed to get my purse, lipstick and my husbands Ray Bans but lucky for me my phone was at the bottom.  I cancelled my cards straight away and after reading the horror stories online i consider myself lucky but it still tainted the last leg of our holiday.   

I would say just be vigilant whilst on holiday and keep you bag close to your front. 
As this was our last leg we had a pool day, relaxing before returning home. 

All packed and time to head to the airport...with one final stop at McD's for Ellissa's breakfast!  

Florence #RoadTrip #Italy #Fashion #Girwhotravels

Palazzo Pitti

The Palazzo Pitti was built in 1458, it was once home (yes i said home) to a Banker, then the Royals and was also a power base for Napoleon in the 18th Century.  Pretty impressive right?  I'm sure it's History is greater than i wrote but they are the fact i know ;) 

The Palazzo Pitti is now a Modern Art Gallery, Royal Apartments, Silver Museum and much more.

I was lucky enough to visit when there was a temporary Karl Largerfeld Photography Exhibition on.  Karl's "Visions of Fashion" exhibit fit right in with the renaissance style moving through the museum. 

@Gucci Museum #RoadTrip #GirlWhoTravels #Italy #Florence #PartTwo

In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a leather goods company and small luggage store in his native Florence. Though his vision for the brand was inspired by London, and the refined aesthetic of English nobility he had witnessed while working in the Savoy Hotel, his goal on returning to Italy was to ally this classy sensibility with the unique skills of his native Italy. Specifically, with the master craftsmanship of local Tuscan artisans.

Within a few years, the label enjoyed such success the sophisticated international clientele on vacation in Florence thronged to Gucci’s bottega, seeking the equestrian-inspired collection of bags, trunks, gloves, shoes and belts. Many of Guccio’s Italian clients were local horse-riding aristocrats, and their demand for riding gear led Gucci to develop its unique Horsebit icon - an enduring symbol of the fashion house and its increasingly innovative design aesthetic.
Faced with a shortage of foreign supplies during the difficult years of Fascist dictatorship in Italy, Gucci began experimenting with atypical luxury materials, like hemp, linen and jute. One of its artisans’ most subtle innovations was burnishing cane to create the handle of the new Bamboo Bag, whose curvy side was inspired by a saddle’s shape. An ingenious example of “necessity as the mother of invention”, the bamboo became the first of Gucci's many iconic products. A favorite of royalty and celebrities alike, the bag with burnished handle remains a huge favorite today.
Gucci products quickly became renowned for timeless design and were cherished by iconic movie stars and figures of elegance in the Jet Set era. Jackie Kennedy carried the Gucci shoulder bag, which is known today as the Jackie O. Liz Taylor, Peter Sellers and Samuel Beckett sported the unstructured, unisex Hobo Bag. Gucci’s classic moccasin with Horsebit hardware became part of the permanent collection at the Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Gucci answers a personal request by Grace Kelly by creating the now famous Flora silk print scarf for the Monaco princess.

In the mid-60s, Gucci adopted the legendary interlocking double G logo, creating yet another chic Gucci visual insignia.

Gucci continued its expansion abroad with stores opening in London, Palm Beach, Paris and Beverly Hills.

Gucci staged its first ever runway show in Florence.
Tom Ford became creative director of Gucci and re-launched the Gucci brand. 
Gucci had achieved global success and is one of the most desirable luxury brands in the world.  
Gucci appointed Alassandro Michele as Creative Director  
 The Evening Room held me captivated for ages, I had a complete fan girl moment when i saw Blake Lively's Dress. 
The long sliver gown with long sleeves and plunge back was Blake's dress.
The middles dress was Salma Hayek's dress
Ellissa and i topped of our visit to the museum with a coffee in the Gucci Cafe.