July 25, 2014

Health & Fitness | Review | adidas Energy Boost

adidas Energy Boost (in 'Cool White')*

While I was out yesterday, the new adidas Energy Boost landed on my doorstep and even though I was at events until late, I had to get out to check them out as soon as I got in. I've tried and tested all of the Boost running shoes that they've launched so far and even though they did the job as a running shoe, I preferred my Nike Lunars and always found myself loyally returning to them. That is until now.

On first glance the adidas Energy Boost is aesthetically sleek, especially in the 'Cool White' colour way. The white midsole is made up of thousands of of small energy capsules, formed from blowing up solid granular material (TPU) but let's get back to talking appearance - its almost polystyrene looking material makes for an interestingly textured midsole - you all know how I feel about texture by now. The breathable mesh body is interrupted by the acclaimed adidas three stripes in patent black, breaking up that fresh white colour way.

So, how do they hold up once you hit the pavement? Well, the running shoe feels extremely lightweight thanks to the mesh body. Unlike many lightweight running shoes, the support of the adidas Energy Boost isn't at all compromised. My feet felt cushioned, supported and easy to pick up all at the same time plus there was a great return on each step; it's seriously no easy feat to find all of these properties simultaneously in a running shoe.

I've found running a little harder in the recent soaring London temperatures but the Energy Boost literally added a spring back into my step. I ran each kilometre around 10 seconds faster than I've run recently, and this run was at the end of a long day in which I had already worked out in the gym for an hour.

While, I probably wouldn't have recommended the previous two adidas Boost models that the brand previously released, as they were a little heavy on foot and the response from the sole didn't outweigh how much the running shoes weighed down your stride, I would definitely recommend the new adidas Energy Boost. I can't comment on whether or not they'd be suitable for pro runners, as I'm nowhere near that level of runner, but for runners like myself, who run as a hobby a few times a week, at a distance of between 5k - 15k at a time, they are a certainly a running shoe you should keep in mind when you go to purchase new running shoes

The new adidas Energy Boost are available at adidas online from July 28th priced £120.

July 24, 2014

Music | #WAREHOUSE264VIP | Chvrches @ Somerset House

Most days I never can be certain of what might land in my email inbox. The week before last, a particularly interesting email from Warehouse popped up, with the subject title #Warehouse264VIP.

Call me shallow but most emails encompassing VIP tend to get opened pretty quickly rather than shelving them until later, although most just turn out to be "blah blah has carried/worn blah blah" and get sent straight to the trash. However, this one was different. Warehouse wanted to invite me down to their flagship store to pick an outfit to wear on a sort of date night with their social media manager Lauren to see CHVRCHES at Somerset House, as part of their Summer Series.

So, the following Monday I headed down to the new flagship Warehouse store at 264 Oxford Street. I got taken to the back of the store, just behind the tills, where there's a gorgeous VIP dressing room. It had fruit, croissants and juice all laid out in the huge, sumptuous space. It can be booked free of charge in advance, which is something worth doing if you've a big event to get organised for or you simply want more space.

Lauren and I ran around the store picking up bits to try. Unsurprisingly, my picks all seemed to be of the monochrome variety. I had a bit of a dressing up show and tell and settled on a stunning white, faux leather pinafore dress, a black sweater with organza sleeves and black slip ons that reminded me of the Celine pony hair ones from a while back.

It wasn't until Thursday evening that we were to see CHVRCHES. I had never listened to much of their music before so I tried to swat up a little bit before the show. Lauren and I went for Wagamamas pre-show, eating so much that I wasn't even certain I'd be able to stand, let alone dance! We arrived just in time for CHVRCHES and we huddled into the pit to take some snaps for the first few songs.

Firstly, who knew that the trio were Glaswegian? I certainly didn't. Secondly, CHVRCHES absolutely blew me away live. Lauren Mayberry's vocals are a little sickly sweet recorded but live, they're powerful and if anything a little overwhelming. I was expecting the crowd to be full of fan girl teenagers but it was quite the opposite; thirty year old men, beers in hand, were swaying and singing along all around me.

We ended the evening with a little dance in a cordoned off tent area at the back of Somerset House, where we bumped into Lauren briefly - who is breathtakingly beautiful, just fyi - and watched some girls nearly bringing down the tent by gyrating on the poles holding it up. What a Thursday!

Thanks to Lauren from Warehouse for taking me and Somerset House for having us.

July 22, 2014

Music | Preview | RSVP: CONS Project LDN Closing Party w/ Mount Kimbie

Converse announced Mount Kimbie as the closing act for their CONS Project London closing party, which will take place on July 31st. CONS Project London has seen ten weeks of talks, live music and exhibitions at Copeland Gallery in Peckham, in hope of inspiring the next generation of creatives through art, music, style and skate. 

CONS have explored London noises from over the past 20 years with their host of 'Journey Through LDN Sounds' party series. 001 presented jungle, drum & bass and garage pioneers with Fabio & Grooverider, Scott Garcia and Zed Bias. I was away so didn't manage to catch that party but I did make it down to 002 - the best of UK dubstep and grime with Hatcha and T-Williams. This party was a good one; the space is small, temperatures were high and mad shapes were all being thrown around the dance floor.

The third and final party explores the future sounds of London and I can't think of a better choice than Mount Kimbie, with their Peckham roots and unprecedented sound. This is a party you don't want to miss and you can RSVP to attend here for free.

See you there!

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