Going Out, Pop-Up, Shopping

Silken Favours Xmas Pop-Up Shop!

If you’re like me, you may be struggling with the thought of Christmas shopping, trawling department stores and high street shops fills me with absolute fear and dread…

So, when I heard my all-time favourite accessories crush, SILKEN FAVOURS (famous for their super-kitsch, yet artfully designed silk scarves and cushions) were opening a WEEK LONG ‘POP UP SHOP’ right on my doorstep in Hackney I did a little dance of glee!


Alongside Silken favours will be 6 other gorgeous designers showing a nice mix, of coats, ready to wear, shirts, silk shirts, jewellery, knitwear, wooly hats, swimwear, bags and wallets, plus mens t-shirts and silk scarves and cushions.

The other six designers showing their wares will be; Baxter London Cecilia Hammarborg Olga Olsson The North Circular Noemi Klein and Wilberforce. All the designers live and work East London with most of them sourcing and making in the U.K. Perfect for christmas gifts but with lots of samples at 50% off, PLUS new stock, there’s no time like the PRESENT to treat yourself to a fabulous piece of British design.

Share the love and bring some friends and festive cheer along to the LAUNCH TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday 9th) from 7pm and enjoy a steaming hot glass of mulled wine. Ho ho ho, MERRY CHRISTMAS….!!

99 Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6ND – 9th-15th DECEMBER.
MONDAY the 9th LAUNCH NIGHT 7pm-9pm, MULLED WINE and CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. Then open TUESDAY – SUNDAY 11am-7pm, and late on THURSDAY night.


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Fit Girlies

I Did Reboot And I Got The T-shirt!

For those of you who know nothing about REBOOT Camp, it is a week-long nutrition bootcamp run by Frame Dance & Fitness Studio involving a nutrition workshop, 2 day juice cleanse, 2 hour yoga workshop and 5 Frame classes.

After the best summer we’ve had in decades I’m sure I wasn’t alone in indulging in a few too many ice-creams, BBQ’s and mid-week (every night) drinks. So I felt my body had reached saturation point! I craved to get back to my routine of leaving the booze for the weekend, eating a bit more consciously and regular Frame classes

As the weather had taken a distinct turn for the worse I felt like there was no time like the present to take a step back, recharge, regenerate and re-educate my body and mind before the new season ahead. We began on Friday with our nutrition workshop with the lovely Libby Limon. There were 12 of us in the group and each of us took turns to briefly describe why we were there and what we hoped to gain from the experience. I was glad to see that no one saw it as a quick fix weight loss exercise but more a way to restart, to break certain negative cycles such as sugar or caffeine dependency and to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Libby explained how the week would work, with the help of the ‘REBOOT Bible’ and answered any questions we had.

Reboot Survival Kit

We were given an awesome little ‘Survival Kit’ containing a Sweaty Betty top (in fluro coral – they read my mind!), some delicious CO-YO yogurt, luxurious REN skincare products, Pulsin’ protein bars, chia seeds and nutri-advanced supplements. This was certainly a good start to the week of fabulousness! Now it was time to get our juices. I’m not going to lie, weekends for me are a lot about food, drink and socialising so the thought of a liquid diet (non-alcoholic) wasn’t exactly filling me with joy. Mentally though I had reserved this time for self-indulgence of the nourishing kind and I wasn’t going to let hunger get the better of me!

Thankfully I found the four juices we had a day delicious. Breakfast was a refuelling smoothie, the addition of oats, coconut yogurt and banana meant it felt like a proper meal and I wasn’t left feeling hungry. Libby had explained that the hunger would most likely come in waves around ‘normal’ meal or snack times, it would peak and then subside.

Reboot Juice Cleanse

Day one of the cleanse and we had a Restorative Yoga workshop with Libby to look forward to. Before the workshop we had our pre-workout Energizer juice. Containing apple, carrot, ginger and beetroot this was the perfect pick-me-up before class. Our ‘Reboot Bible’ explained how this combination of juices would aid cleansing, build stamina and aid recover after exercise.

I was a bit apprehensive about the workshop as I felt fairly low on energy by 3pm. The American Apparel factory outlet had worked wonders on taking my mind of the hunger but had left me (and my credit card) feeling slightly drained. Libby however ensured it was a gentle practice and the two hours flew by, I actually fell asleep during the meditation stage. For someone who is generally so tense and buzzing they find it impossible to sleep more than 7 hours a night this was an absolute first!

Post workshop came our cold pressed juice, this delicious savoury juice made a welcome change from the sweeter ones. I love red chilli and the slightly spicy flavour energised me for the rest of the day. The nourishing green smoothie was most welcome for dinner, the avocado meant it was a bit more substantial than the juices we’d had in the day leaving me able to drift off into the longest sleep I’ve had all year….

Electrolyte Juice

I had ambitions of getting up and heading to a Frame class on Sunday but even after my breakfast smoothie I didn’t really fancy it. The driving rain outside wasn’t exactly conducive to getting on my bike either! Normally I would be going out my tiny mind at the prospect of doing nothing all day (I’m starting to realise I’m not a very relaxed person!) but actually this felt great. Being cosy, watching films and reading the papers was the perfect lazy Sunday I needed. I can honestly say I haven’t felt so relaxed in London ever! It normally takes two weeks on the beach to get me to that state.

By Monday I was feeling pretty good, relaxed and refuelled and ready for the working week. I was really looking forward to trying out some of the delicious recipes in the REBOOT Bible and getting my ass down to some classes I’d never tried before. I booked in for Vibe, Rebounding, Frame WORK, Frame METHOD and Yoga.


I loved Vibe, I really felt this worked to trim me down and tone me up quickly which is way more than I imagined from a 30 minute class. Rebounding was 45 minutes of high-energy fun on a trampoline and I felt absolutely amazing afterwards. Breaking up the week with a gentle yoga class really helped to stretch out my poor aching muscles. Finishing the week with the Frame Signature classes really helped me tone and condition.

I found the menu plans and recipes really helped me think about what I was eating. I found it easier to make breakfast and dinner at home and get lunch from some of the suggested take-out options such as Pod, Leon or Itsu. Some of my favourite recipes included veggie Thai curry, Haloumi skewers and smoked tofu noodles.

Two months on and I definitely feel like the positive changes I made have stuck. I reintroduced meat (and alcohol) back into my diet but it’s much more in moderation. I still cook loads of the recipes regularly and often start the day with a delicious breakfast smoothie – which is also great post-workout. I get to Frame between three and five times a week, shaking up my exercise routine has helped me get beyond that fitness plateau and also opened my eyes to the plethora of amazing Frame classes on the timetable.

I would definitely recommend REBOOT to a friend, in fact I made fellow Girly-Guider Zoe do it with me, this made it so much easier to avoid temptation and plan meals and work-outs. We both found the daily emails and on-tap advice from Libby made all the difference. It gave that personal touch we expect from Frame. Zoe has also managed to cut out both caffeine and cigarettes so REBOOT was truly life changing for her.

If you want to change your life or maybe just try and get into a healthier routine before the madness of party season begins then give REBOOT Bootcamp a try! The next session begins this Friday 8th November. Click here to book!

Wardrobe Sale
New!, Pop-Up, Shopping

The Stylist Rail Does Hoxton Hotel!

Wardrobe Sale

On Saturday October 26th London’s cutting-edge wardrobe sale takes over The Apartment, an über-cool space themed on a Manhattan loft apartment, at East London hotspot, The Hoxton Hotel.

To get Saturday started the way it should, shoppers will be greeted with a delicious Bloom Gin cocktail to sup whilst browsing the rails of a whopping 20 traders.

As stallholders at The Stylist’s Rail are a collective of stylists, vintage fashion aficionados and independent designers, expect rails brimming with statement pieces and stylist’s picks. Previous labels include Acne, Charles Anastase, Thierry Mugler, Holly Fulton, Luella Bartley, PPQ, YSL and Christian Louboutin, and fashion editors and writers from The Times, WGSN, Wonderland, GRAZIA and COMPANY have all been spotted rifling through the rails!

And to get you bopping whilst your shopping the Hoxton Radio DJs will be spinning the perfect Saturday soundtrack along with party popper Blonde Ambition.

The Stylist’s Rail kicks off at midday with FREE ENTRY until 6pm. Booze, beats and bargains … that’s Saturday sorted!

Can’t make it to the Hoxton? Don’t worry, The Stylist’s Rail is held on the 1st Saturday of every month at Birthdays in Dalston!

Cocktails, Going Out, Pop-Up, Restaurant

Pop-Up Gastronomic Tequila Experience!


Nothing says the weekend quite like a margarita, that perfect combination of salt, sharp lime and sweet nectar that instantly lifts the spirits. So when we heard about a gastronomic experience all based around the tastes of salt, lime and tequila right on our doorstep we had to get involved!

The Saltlime will be opening it’s doors for the first time this Autumn in Provision Studios in Hoxton. This beautiful photography studio in the Hoxton railway arches will be transformed for three nights into a Pop-Up Margarita Bar and Supper Club. They have a young, energetic and creative chef who is tipped to make it big in 2014 to head up the kitchen. Guests will enjoy a 4 course gastronomic experience influenced by Mexico and the flavours of salt, lime and tequila. A Margarita bar shall provide the classic, the frozen, the Tommy’s and some fantastic new designs on the tequila flavoured cocktail. Each night entertainment shall be provided by various live acts and DJ’s to be announced closer to launch night.

Limited tickets are available for the following nights only….
Thursday 3rd October, Friday 4th October and Saturday 5th October.
Doors open at 6.30 for drinks and dinner will be served at 8pm

Tickets £40 – Buy tickets here

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Going Out, Shopping

Clothes Swap Tonight At Dalston Roof Park!


Fancy getting rid of some old unwanted clothes? How about getting something new and fabulous in return? Fancy an after work drink on a rooftop in Dalston? Well we have a treat for you! Get down to Dalston Roof Park tonight from 5pm, here’s how it works…

From 5.00PM – the rooftop is open for drinks!

7.00 – 8.00 Arrive with clothes/ clothes organised

8.00 – 9.00 Clothes swap and raffle

9.00 – 9.30 Short talk and questions

7.30 – 11.00 DJ and networking

11.00 Close

Bring up to 3 items of quality clothing you no longer wear and swap them for someone else’s unwanted garments.

Remember if you donate quality, you will receive quality in return.

You’ll be given tokens on the night for your items. If you really want an extra garment, you can always buy additional tokens.

There are some amazing raffle prizes to be won, from Tokyo BikeMove Your FrameDeliverance and many more.

Buy tickets here!