April 15, 2014

I Wear Clothes | In Collaboration | Bench

Bench dress* | Weekday necklace | Zara blazer | Topshop slides 
Urban Outfitters cap | Monica Vinader bracelet*

photographs by Sophie Garrett

Finding the perfect time of day to shoot an outfit post can be somewhat of a challenge with our temperamental, several-seasons-in-day, weather in the UK. However, this time around, I think we nailed it. 

Bar the completely confused dressing most days, this time of year is my favourite. Spring brings blossom that speckles our concrete jungle. Blinds are kept open so the sun streams in, waking me naturally in the morning long before my alarm rings; the prospect of leaving the warmth of bed isn't as daunting as previous months. Running can now be carried out in shorts and a tee, the breeze keeping me cool as I pound the pavements. 

If you haven't shared part of your day on Instagram yet, there's still the chance to enter Bench's #24HOURLIFE competition - there's a holiday up for grabs for the best snap, hashtagged and mentioning @benchoriginal. 

April 14, 2014

Fashion | Untitled

Weekday underwear & necklace | Guess heels*

If someone asked you at this very moment to take off all of your clothes, what would you be left with? 

I went to Copenhagen a few weeks ago and the first thing we hunted out was Weekday. I've been an online window shopper for some time but never having ordering anything because of uncertainty of cut and fit, I was in my element when we finally found the store. 

Limited shopping funds meant a toss up between a jumper or this underwear set and after weighing up the pros and cons of adding yet another jumper to my mile high collection, underwear seemed a much better choice. 

However unlikely it may be that someone will ask you to strip down, no matter where you are and what time, it's important that you wouldn't be embarrassed to do so. It's no secret that good underwear is the best foundation for a great outfit. 

April 6, 2014

Events | Yoga With Nike

There's very little that can get us out of bed at 6am but the proposition of yoga on the roof of Shoreditch House with Nike, plus a bunch of my favourite beauty editors and fitness bloggers, saw Sophie and I doing just that. 

Bright and early, our morning began with a brief introduction to We Own The Night (Nike's women's 10K race that takes place in January) and Jessica Skye, founder of Fat Buddha Yoga and our instructor for the morning. Focus fell to positions and stretches that would relieve our muscles from running training and although the 45 minute class was a challenge, it was a wonderful start to the day. 

Next up was a brief but insightful chat with iconic London jewellery designer Alex Munroe, who Nike have collaborated with to create the We Own The Nike finishers' necklace. Alex told us that he wanted the necklace to reflect that it was the taking part that counted, rather than the positioning - hence the design including gold, silver and bronze. 

And then it was finally time to indulge in little breakfast. We were treated to pancakes, pastries, scrambled egg and smoked salmon canapes and fruit kebabs, all washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice as we serenely watched the sun shine down on swimmers getting in some early lengths in the roof pool. 

Music | Ibiza 2014

I've wanted to visit and experience Ibiza for many years now and what with First Choice's holiday deals, I might just see it through this Summer. With average temperatures hitting between 28°C - 31°C during the summer months and it being just a few hours away by plane, Ibiza is the perfect package. 

There's more to it than first meets the eye. Yes, you head to Ibiza to get a little merry and throw some crazy shapes around some ridiculously expensive club dance floors but let's not forget the beautiful white beaches, the clear blue sea and a vast range of activities open to you to complete while on the island. For the big kids of us all, there's the Aguamar Water Park to keep you busy; you'll find the standard Black Hole that will whirl you into darkness and a vertical slide of doom that's reserved for the dare devils. For the more cultured of us, there are the C'an Marca Caves that cost only a few euros to walk around to soak up old pirate tales amongst a laser light show and a trance soundtrack - well, it is still Ibiza after all.

For all you party-goers, Ocean Beach Ibiza is holding Poolside Sessions all summer that are guaranteed to provide a good time. Kicking off on the first Friday of May, the party is free and ticketless - they only ask that you rock up in your finest swimwear with your party hat on. Located on the beachfront on San Antonio, the perfect soundtrack to summer will be provided by resident DJ Tom Crane; you'll find the 600 square metre swimming pool strobes to the beat of the music. 

Mixmag attended Ocean Beach Ibiza's launch a while back, writing "regardless of the scattered affluence and silicone enhancements that were on show, the atmosphere inside the orange tinted venue was surprisingly relaxed. Unlike some of the other shoreline venues on the island, the vibe inside Ocean Club felt totally unpretentious, while the staff were dressed like human beings rather than vicious mercenaries."
"The animated crowd, which included workers and VIPs, drank mojitos, splashed about in the pool and stomped around to an educated assortment of Balearic house tunes that poured out of the excellent Void loudspeaker system like fine wine from a bottle. Then, after midnight, we were transferred into the classy Pearl Restaurant which was suddenly alive with underground tech-house beats."
Now that doesn't sound half bad, does it? Other Ibiza highlights this summer fall to Sankey's opening party on May 22nd. Steve Aoki is headlining Pacha May 28th, with David Guetta taking on the following night; you'll find these two every Wednesday and Thursday night for most of the season. Check out the entire Ibiza 2014 events calendar here, and enjoy!

This post was written in collaboration with First Choice.
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