My mid-afternoon/ post-run/ mid-ride snack du jour is a Nak'd bar - healthy, gluten/ wheat/ dairy-free products made in Britain with raw fruits and nuts. Nakd wants to replace over-processed foods with nourishing whole foods and this is a good place to start - choose from the fruit salad nibbles, cashew cookie, toffee treats, berry delight or, my favourite, cocoa orange which is 40% dates, 40% cashews, 14% raisins and 5% cocoa with a dash of natural orange flavouring. That's it. They're vegan, cold-pressed, never baked, with no added sugars or syrups, 1 of your 5 a day and delicious. What's not to like?
25 August 2015
Labels: Food and Drink
24 August 2015
I have stacks of jewellery, but almost every day I wear the same pieces of sterling silver or white gold bracelets, rings, earrings and occasionally layered necklaces. Sometimes I'll mix other colours or mixed metals, but I feel rather naked if I don't have these everyday pieces on. Most are gifts or vintage market purchases and the latest was given to me by British high street jeweller H.Samuel - a pretty chain bracelet embossed with an ornate Victorian pattern on each link.
21 August 2015
20 August 2015
Aqua is one of my favourite London addresses. It's been one of my go-to places for after-work drinks and dinner (either sushi at Aqua Kyoto or tapas at Aqua Nuevo) in W1 for years, so when we were in Asia I had to visit the original Aqua in Hong Kong. We went for drinks at sunset on the traditional Chinese junk boat Aqua Luna which sails across the harbour before going for dinner at Aqua Tokyo.
19 August 2015
Two weeks ago I headed to the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank for an evening fusing dance, Afro-Brazilian culture and live music. Baila Brazil by the acclaimed dance company Balé de Rua is 90 minutes of percussion, street dance, samba, capoeira and breakdancing performed by 14 dancer/percussionists, a singer and a band.
18 August 2015
Last month the Red Hook Crit came to London for the first time, so we went down to Greenwich Peninsula on Saturday 11 July to catch the last few qualifying races and the two finals. The Red Hook Criterium is one of the world's best track bike races, featuring pro road racers, track specialists, semi-pros, bike messengers and keen amateurs with the odd fixed gear newbie thrown in.
wearing my Dad's vintage running tee and metallic Topshop skirt
13 August 2015
We had friends visiting last weekend and took them to one of our favourite things to do in London: speeding down the Thames at 35mph on a boat. Like our first trip, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Last time we did the 40 minute 'Break the Barrier' route whereas this time we went for the longer 80 minute ride which starts at the London Eye and takes in 28 landmarks along the river before zipping out to Greenwich then beyond to the Thames Barrier and back again.
It's a great way for out-of-towners to see all the sights (the tour guides get the balance funny and informative spot on), thrill-seekers to get the wind in their hair and it's a great tourist-in-your-own-city activity for Londoners too - I couldn't recommend a trip with London Rib Voyages enough.
12 August 2015
Two French heritage brands have collaborated on a limited edition line of stripe raincoats: Petit Bateau, purveyors of all things breton striped and K-Way, of pac-in-a-mac fame. The partnership makes perfect sense: both have been dressing families in France for generations and the products are simple, practical and iconic. The navy and blue rain jacket is made from lightweight ripstop nylon and conveniently folds up into a pocket pouch, ideal for keeping in your bag for when (not if!) the British weather turns...
11 August 2015
A few months ago the Deep South-inspired restaurant Joe's Southern Kitchen in Covent Garden opened a second branch in Kentish Town. I went for dinner to sample some of the nicest, naughtiest American food (slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken and hot dogs: the works) I’ve had in London. The new outpost is spread over two floors of a former police station with a 90-cover restaurant on the ground floor and a basement bar for pre/post-dinner cocktails. The décor is cool and industrial (exposed bricks, leather seating and neon signs), the service friendly and - as you’d expect from a place serving hearty comfort food and strong drinks - the atmosphere casual.
6 August 2015
I received a parcel this week from the American skincare brand Kiehl's to try out two of their newest serums. The Daily Reviving Concentrate is a lightweight facial oil filled with antioxidants and natural oils including ginger root, sunflower and tamanu which keeps skin looking radiant and fresh. The serum strengthens the skin's defenses against pollution which - as I cycle to work on London's polluted roads each day - works for me. The refreshing smell wakes you up in the morning and it leaves skin hydrated but not shiny, for a perfect make up base.
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is an overnight elixir which helps repair and regenerate your skin with naturally-derived ingredients like Squalane, Evening Primrose, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and a blend of essential oils. Use a couple of drops each night for smoother, healthier skin by morning. I'm only on day two of both, but so far so good!
5 August 2015
After five days in Hong Kong we flew down to Thailand for a week on the island of Phuket, then Phang Nga on the mainland and finishing in Bangkok. Home for the first three days was the idyllic Paresa, which in Sanskrit means 'heaven of all heavens' and I'm inclined to agree: it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed.
3 August 2015
Yesterday I completed the Prudential RideLondon for the second time: 100 miles through London and Surrey with 26,000 other riders, thousands of incredible bikes, hundreds of MAMILs, dozens of cycling club jerseys from all over the country and plenty of sunshine. The conditions were perfect: bright and sunny, warm but not too warm (although it hit 27C in the afternoon: hello topped up tanlines) and not too windy.