Health Trends for 2019

Health and fitness has of course continued to be a trend throughout 2018! We love it it’s part of our job so it’s great that we get to promote this to others!

There has of course been a huge increase in people wanting to live healthy lifestyles and 2019 is set to be no different; in fact we have been chatting to Qlu Health and they are predicting that wellness trends will continue to rise in 2019 and we completely agree with them!

First of all before we get into the 2019 health trends we thought we would tell you a little bit more about Qlu Health. They are new DNA fitness and health testing company based in London. They have such a great missions statement which you can read below:

Qlu Health is on a mission to improve the health of people around the world through the power of genetics.

We have been reading some of the stats on the Qlu Health website and they really are quite eye opening! Did you know that 30% of the global population are overweight or obese, 42% of all cancer cases are preventable and 5% of people

on genetically appropriate diets lose 5.3% more weight than those who are not!

Qlu Health 2019 Health Predictions

See below just a few of the trends that Qlu Health have predicted! To read all of their predictions you can read their full blog post here.

Meal prep

This isn’t just a pretty Instagram trend! Prepping healthy and sustainable meals in advance will ensure that you’re eating a balanced diet day in, day out, and will save time thanks to your productivity and money in the long run thanks to less waste. Keep in even more on trend by incorporating new and unusual ingredients – see below for some examples of these.

Sleep Optimisation

In 2019, the quality of your sleep rather than quantity should be priority. Research into sleep habits has shown the importance of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, how they work in rhythm and balance to optimise your sleep. People will learn more about how balancing these hormones plays a big role in sleep and understanding your own personal Circadian Rhythm,meaning sleep quality and thus overall health will increase. Here are the top ways to improve your sleep:

Reduce screen time before bed.

Block blue light from your bedroom.

Use a sleep tracker to learn how your individual body works.

Reset your internal body clock by going to bed earlier – 9.30pm is recommended – and keeping a routine, even on weekends.

Going dry

There has been a huge decrease in alcohol consumption in the UK over the past 10 or so years. In fact, Generation Z has been said to have the lowest rates of alcohol consumption, and around 10.6million people in the UK said that they do not drink alcohol at all in 2016.

As people realise the short and long term impact alcohol has on their bodies, particularly on their fitness levels, mental health and diet, going “dry” will be taken up by even more of the population.

Intuitive health

Eating intuitively to get back to basics is set to spike in 2019. Intuitive eating explores understanding what your individual body needs –this might be through trial and error, feeling out what your body reacts best to, or through nutrition DNA or food sensitivity testing.

This post is a collaborative partnership with information provided in a press release

Chelsea Creperie

We have FINALLY visited the Chelsea Creperie! It might have taken us two attempts because we were being ditzy and went to the wrong place last time lol! That’s the last time I (Annie) does the directions, think Rach can take on that role from now on she does a far better job.

We visited the Creperie on a Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, making sure we missed the lunch time rush. The creperie is located just a 15 minute walk from both Fulham Broadway and South Kennsington Station.

Upon arrival the waiter asked us if we would like to try one of their rainbow lattes and of course we said we would. When they arrived they were green and orange on top!

We sat in a little booth that was full of Nutella cushions, very cute! And it was the perfect spot for us to get some work done and also have a good old catch up!

We both looked at the menu and there were so many options to choose from! In the end I went for a Nutella crepe (of course) with raspberries and salted caramel ice cream! It was so delicious and the crepe was perfectly cooked.

Rach went for the Amazing Apple it was served on a cute heart plate and was your typical crepe! It was a parcel that was stuffed with delicious cooked apples, salted caramel sauce and a serving of salted caramel icing (Rach swapped this as the menu said it was vanilla) it was sooo delicious and the apples were just incredible!

There were also lots of savoury crepres in the menu which also sounded delicious and had we not already had lunch we probably would have opted for one of them (you know we love the share).

They also had a number of waffles to try and had it not of been a creperie we definitely would have tried a waffle as we LOVE them!

All in all Chelsea Creperie was super cute and the food was delicious! If you are in the area and fancy a crepe then we would definitely recommend!

2018 Reflection

So I decided to scroll right back on our Instagram to the 1st of January, to help me remember exactly what we had got up to this past year. It was super cute reminiscing on our year and remembering exactly what we have been getting up to over the past year. What we did notice was a hell of a lot of brunch spots and restaurants were visited this past year, so much so that we now have an entire section on our blog dedicated to this.

Lots and lots of active wear has been photographed and we even decided it was time to purchase our fourth tripod, this time we went for the biggest henchest tripod we could find, thank you John Lewis! So far so good we have not had any mishaps with this tripod and we have even got our self a cool new ‘clicker’ so we don’t have to keep pressing the self-timer button!

January and February seem like they were very quiet months in the world of the Two Brits, Rach did have a flat warming party in February for her old flat which turned out to be an incredibly MESSY night to say the least. We do remember it being ridiculously cold and the beast from the east hit the UK! Needless to say we still thought it would be a great idea to strip down to our sports bras to take countless amounts of photos.

March it was Annie’s birthday and she turned the grand age of 26 (wow how are we already 26 years old). We visited Dalloway Terrace for Annie’s slightly more sophisticated brunch (more on that in a bit). We had wanted to visit Dalloway Terrace for such a long time and it was just the most perfect morning and the food was so delicious! A boozy brunch also took place at Six Storeys where about 20 of us downed copious amounts espresso martinis that none of us can ever drink again, it’s safe to say we didn’t sleep much that evening!

April was Rachel’s Birthday was in April, we had a delicious picnic on Clapham Common and then continued the party at Rachel’s Flat (so many memories were made at that flat it will be missed).  For her birthday day out we visited Darwin Brasserie at the top of the Sky Gardens, it’s safe to say that EVERYTHING went wrong and it was actually very laughable (hear more about that in our vlog).

Annie also ran her first ever marathon on the 6th April, it was the Manchester Marathon and I absolutely loved it.  I will 100% be running another marathon, not sure if it will be 2019 or 2020 but it will be done! If anyone is thinking about running a marathon then DO IT!

May we hopped on a plane and landed in Edinburgh, it was honestly one of the best weekends we have had. We visited lots of brunch places and hiked Arthurs Seat. The sun was shining and we spent our final day/evening at Dundas Castle Estate. We were staying at their Glampotel and it was just so much fun and the perfect way to end our trip.

June was another trip to Scotland, neither of us had ever visited Scotland before this year and it just so happened we ended up visiting twice in 2018. We stayed in 2 beautiful hotels in Glasgow and we were treated like absolute princesses. We had 2 spa treatments each over the weekend and it’s safe to safe we returned feeling very Zen!

July was the month of the world cup! We were actually at a blog event when England were playing Columbia, we assumed the restaurant would have a screen up but they didn’t, so when we heard it was a penalty shootout we were all manically on our phones trying to get a connection! We ended up watching it from facetime lol!

August was when Rach Travelled Canada with her boyfriend in August and had the most AMAZING time! If anyone is thinking about visiting Canada then you must go the views are insane and it is just an all-round amazing place!

September was when Annie ran the Thames Path Challenge which was a 50KM run, it was hard to say the least and I have never felt so exhausted in all my life. I would 100% do this run again though as it was so much fun and a completely different experience to any road run I have done.

October was a big month for us, Rach got a new job that she is absolutely loving, our blog turned 3 years old and on the same day we hit 10K on Instagram which is a milestone we have been wanting to get to for SO SO long! Rach also moved from Clapham to Wimbledon and moved into a beautiful four bedroom house with three amazing girls.

November included a trip to Milan, we kick started our weekend away in style as we were lucky enough to be invited to review the No1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport. We ate lots of great food and drank lots of wine and it was such a lovely weekend.

December was a great month as per usual Annie got offered a new job in December which is very exciting and I cannot wait to start in January! Rach visited Paris with her boyfriend and went to Disneyland Paris which was super cute.

WOW what a year we have had, one of the reasons we love social media, our blog and vlogging is because we can look back and reminisce on all the amazing things we have been able to do this year. Thank you so much to all the lovely brands and PR Agencies we have worked with this year it has been great!

Bring on 2019, we are so excited to see what you have in store!

Chocolate Gift Guide

Chocolate chocolate chocolate…. YUM! It is one of our favourite things to eat and at Christmas time it seems to be EVERYWHERE! Next year we really want to hop on the euro tunnel to Bruges to try all of the amazing chocolate and to bring some back for our chocolate obsessed friends and family!

So sadly we are not jetting off to Bruges this year but that isn’t going to stop us buying all of these chocolate gifts! We thought we would write a chocolate gift guide (because we all have that friend that loved reviving all things chocolate related).

MIA Chocolate Gift Set

we love MIA, we have tried their chocolate several times and keep going back for me! They taste great in desserts as well (read all about it here). The MIA 5 Bar Gift set is he perfect present for any chocolate lover, especially if they love dark chocolate.

The 5 bar gift set are presented beautifully in a gold foil book. Inside you will find 1 bar of each: 75% Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut, Cranberry & Hazelnut, Candid Orange and Coconut.

This gift is so beautiful and so delicious that we would definitely give this to any chocolate lover as a main present! It costs £22.40 so its also a great price for such high quality chocolate.

We are going to gift it to our boyfriends mums this Christmas as we know they are chocolate lovers and will really appreciate it as a gift.

Chocolate Recipe Book- if the person loves to bake or cook then a chocolate recipe book would be the perfect idea! We love this one found… who would known there were so many options!

Thornton’s Chocolate- We love these super cute Thornton’s chocolate elf models! There are a few options to choose from on the Thornton’s website including a Santa, reindeer and a snowman. Not only do they look good but they also taste great! There is also the option to get it personalised for FREE which we love (we like everything way more when it’s personalised)! It only costs £7 which we personally think is a bargain.

Chocolate Bath Bomb- Next have such a great range of chocolate scented products so make sure you head on over and check it out! We loved the set of three bath bombs, they come in all different flavours (salted caramel, mint chocolate and chocolate cherry)! They only cost £6 as well so a bargain if you ask us!

Pure Heavenly Chocolate- This is another brand that sells incredible chocolate! We have tried several of their flavours before but this time we opted for; silk chocolate, fruit & nut, coffee and dark ginger. We cannot wait to give these to our parents as part of their Christmas stockings! We especially love the Pure Heavenly packaging it’s so pretty and makes the gift extra special.

Initial Chocolate Bar- who doesn’t want a chocolate bar with their initials on it? We love these chocolate bars we found on the next website, they are the perfect stocking filler!

Homemade treats- we love to bake and we also love receiving homemade goods! These cookies would be the perfect present for any chocolate lover, place them on a Christmas plate and wrap them in cellophane! We follow the Tanya Burr recipe and it is just divine!

Selection Box- in our eyes Christmas isn’t Christmas unless we receive at least one selection box!

This post is a collaboration with MIA

Elissa & Stef Activewear

We are so unbelievably happy to be working with Elissa & Stef, we are ambassadors for the company and we couldn’t be more chuffed. Elissa and Stef are an innovative new brand committed to producing comfortable luxurious life style designs for strong, independent and confident women- WOW!

Elissa & Stef have such a strong passion for women and their true inner beauty. Their philosophy is based on the belief that self-confidence, ambition and independence are the qualities that make a woman truly beautiful (we couldn’t agree with them more). This is what shapes their brand and inspires their designs and this is one of the reasons we were so excited to work with Elissa & Stef.

Elissa & Stef was established in 2013 and since then they have produced beautiful designs that are of a high quality in terms of both materials and how they are made!

We couldn’t wait to start wearing the active wear as soon as it arrived! The designs are so stunning and the colours really caught our eyes.

We were sent the beautiful red leggings (perfect for Christmas time)! We love the white writing down the side of the leggings that spell out Elissa & Stef. These leggings are soooo ridiculously soft they would be perfect for yoga and Pilates. Rach has been wearing them to her reformer Pilates class and said they are super comfy!

We were also sent the gorgeous dessert queen set! We chose this set as we just loved the pattern. It’s a little bit different to anything we have owned before! The bra offers great support (not that we need much 😂) but we definitely noticed it was supportive enough in our workouts.

Both of the products are incredibly comfortable (which not all workout clothes are), they definitely passed the test and get our seal of approval. One thing we really like with the leggings is the fact they don’t fall down! So many leggings just fall down when we walk and these didn’t at all yay!

Stepping away from the norm, Elissa & Stef’s ethos is based on their desire to allow women to be bold, loud and embrace their bodies HELL YEAH! What more could we want in a brand??

We did an Instagram story takeover on Sunday (9th December), if you didn’t see it make sure to follow them on Instagram as we are sure we will do one again!

We cannot wait to share more with you! Elissa & Stef is all we want for Christmas this year 🙊

La Prosciutteria Milan Review

We came across La Prosciutteria on Instagram before our trip to Milan and put it at the top of our list of places to visit during our stay. The photos of their boards looked absolutely incredible!

La Prosciutteria has two locations in Milan. We visited La Prosciutteria Milano Navigli which was located in the canal district. We had actually planned on visiting the other location which is located close to the Arco Della Pace.

We visited La Prosciutteria at lunch time, the venue was buzzing and it was full of customers ordering either a board or a sandwich! We love it when you arrive at a bar and the atmosphere is alive, it sure is a good sign!

We looked at the menu and knew straight away that we would be ordering their Gourmet Board which was priced at only 30 Euros. That may seem expensive for a cheese/meat board but trust us it was massive and only 15 euros per person!

The boards had lots of different special meats, cheeses, crostini, bread and much more! We managed to eat everything on the board and trust us when we say we were stuffed!

We are so glad we visited for lunch as our original plan was to visit and have as our starter before dinner- don’t think we would have fitted dinner in!

We also ordered a glass of red wine to enjoy with our board and we couldn’t believe a glass of wine costed just 2.50 euros! What an absolute bargain, we could have sat drinking it all afternoon it was so delicious.

It was raining during our visit but we still opted to sit outside as it was sheltered. It was November but it was actually very mild out so we were not cold in the slightest.

If we could recommend just one place to visit in Milan we would 100% say La Prosciutteria!

Why we want to do more yoga

We have only recently discovered yoga to be honest, despite many people encouraging us to try it. We have now dabbled a little bit and have been to a couple of classes, and it’s safe to say we have been missing out!

With the stressful busy life and of course that chaotic season known as Christmas coming up we want to start doing more and more yoga. There are so many classes around London that we will have to give a go helping us to feel zen!

My mum (Annie) does yoga all the time and absolutely loves it. She always says it’s down to the teacher and the atmosphere!

We did actually attend a yoga festival in the summer as well and we were gifted an amazing yoga mat that we have got to put to good use!

Here are some reasons below as to why yoga is beneficial:
– yoga perfects your posture
– yoga improves your flexibility
– yoga drops your blood pressure
– yoga helps you focus
– yoga improves your balance
– yoga gives you peace of mind
– yoga decreases stress
– yoga promotes better sleep quality

We are going to aim to do one yoga class a week, and if we can’t do a home yoga session using the HoMedics Back Stretching Mat. Check out the below video, its making us feel super chilled just watching it!

Are you going to join our yoga challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

Creating a Restaurant Quality Table Setting Without Breaking the Bank

When you try a great meal at a restaurant, do you ever get that overwhelming desire to make it at home? Or, if you’re feeling super brave, make it for your friends and family? It’s a great feeling! Like being inspired to do something great. The thing is, whilst restaurants obviously specialise in serving amazing food, a big part of the overall experience is the atmosphere. So even after you’ve found a recipe and invited your friends over to try this great dish you had, how do you create the same atmosphere that the restaurant had?

Fortunately, we’ve looked into it and put together a foolproof plan to help you recreate that restaurant feeling in your own home for a great price.

Centrepiece

The first step in any great table setting is the centrepiece. A centrepiece is key to any formal setting but that doesn’t mean it has to be overly elegant or expensive, the only key rules are:

– Don’t let your centrepiece take up too much space.

– Don’t let your centrepiece be so tall that it stops people from being able to speak to one another.

– Don’t let your centrepiece make it difficult to serve your guests.

It’s as simple as that really. Some great ideas are fresh or imitation flowers, fruit bowls, ornaments or intricate china – but fresh flowers are the cheapest (and often the nicest) option.

If you do opt for fresh flowers, then the next difficult step is making sure they don’t wilt before your guests arrive – especially considering how busy you’re going to be right before the party starts! For flowers that you’ve had for a while, see this guide on how to make cut flowers last longer; the best approach is to cut the flowers on the same day, though.

Plates and Tableware

There’s no doubt that the type of plate your food is being served upon makes a huge difference in the overall eating experience. Think about those burger places that bring your food out on a chopping board? It gives the whole restaurant and meal a more rustic or authentic field. Those are the little details that make all the difference, so it’s important to think about what you’re serving your meal on.

There are countless options from the classic to the unusual but the best way to think about it is by imagining the origins of the dish you’re cooking. Classic British dishes probably belong on your average plate, whilst Chinese-style stir-fries could go in rustic wooden bowls. How you eat your food can have a big effect on what it tastes like, so make sure to do a little research about where the flavours of your dish have originated and pick up some complementary tableware.

Cutlery and Flatware

Cutlery is a broad topic, with formal table settings often requiring three different types of fork, three different types of knife and varying different types of spoons. The thing is, your family and friends likely aren’t that bothered by their cutlery options. Still, at least a little formality will add that little something special to your dinner party, so here are the details cut down.

– Dessert fork or spoon should be placed horizontally above the plate.

– Main meal forks should be placed on the left-hand side of the plate – one for each course.

– Knives should be placed on the right-hand side of the plate, with the blades facing the plate – one for each course.

Traditionally, knife and fork sizes vary depending on the dish you’re serving but if you’re only serving your friends and family, there’s no need to worry about that. If you happen to require a spoon for one of the dishes, keep it on the right-hand side with your knives.

Glassware

The best value glassware on the market (that’s particularly popular with restaurants and individuals alike) is made by LSA. LSA glassware is hand blown and champed into all sorts of different styles from champagne flutes to wine glasses. In fact, LSA champagne flutes are perfect for more than just your dinner parties, upcoming events like Christmas and New Year always make for great celebratory moments where you can pull out the bubbly.

When table setting, include one full water glass and one empty wine glass for each place.

With that we’re all done. Now you’re fully prepared to put together an affordable dinner party table set that will impress anyone. Be sure to write down the recipe for whatever great meal you end up eating!

HunkeMoller HKMX Product Review

We love finding new fitness brands and loved recieving these fab tops from hunkemoller. The tops we are wearing are the HKMX Blogger Xenia Mesh Tank Top! We both have them in a size XS and they fit perfectly!

The tops retail at £20 which we think is a fair price especially as the quality is really good. The fabric is incredibly soft and very comfortable (we have trialled and tested in several workouts).

The newest HKMX sports collection is perfect and so chic! It’s fashionable but also functional. You will find outfits for all kinds of activities including high impact sports such as running or boxing. They also have outfits perfect for yoga and other low impact sports.

More and more brands these days are offering more than just the product and are also ensuring the packaging is just as nice. To be honest we can see why because nice packaging that looks inviting is so nice to receive and also people are more likely to photograph and post to social media, which is free advertising for the company!

Hunkemoller didn’t disappoint with their cute packaging it was pretty and pink and we absolutely loved it!

The entire collection is so beautiful and we definitely have our eyes on some of the other products. We love the baby pink cropped sweater, the baby pink high neck branded sweater is also BEAUTIFUL! In fact we would wear the entire collection!

If you love the colour pink then this collection is most definitely for you (don’t worry there are plenty of other colours if you aren’t). We LOVE pink at the moment it’s one of our favourite colours so as you can imagine we are completely crushing over this collection.

You can purchase this collection on the Hunke Moller website.

Trying & Reviewing FlexiQule™

*This post is sponsored by AlchemLife™

Exercising is something we do on a regular basis, if you couldn’t tell already it is a big part of our lives and something we couldn’t imagine life without. We love so many different types of workouts including; Running, walking, spinning, HIIT, Yoga, Boxing, weights and the list could go on and on. We always like to make sure our workouts are varied and because of that we don’t want our joints to be affected due the pressure we put them under.

We jumped at the chance of working with AlchemLife™ and have been trialling their new joint product, FlexiQule™, for this sponsored review. They are an original food supplement made from 100% natural active ingredients, designed to help maintain healthy joint function, mobility and flexibility.

We both love to run an awful lot and this year Annie took part in her first ever marathon and ultra-marathon, it was incredible and I loved everything about it even those long training runs in minus degrees and plus 35oc (trust me running in Greece and Spain is hard!). Training for marathons is pretty intense on the joints, especially when training on hard ground and our knees take a lot of the pressure. Although we are young and pretty strong we still want to make sure our joints are as healthy as they can be.

After long training runs I find that my calves can become very tight and sometimes painful which can be really irritating and definitely isn’t ideal during training season. Since taking FlexiQule™ this pain has completely stopped which is just incredible. I wish I has known about the supplements whilst I was training for my marathon back in April as it would have been a massive help!

The key ingredients in FlexiQule™ are GingerG321 and BoswelliaG301 which help manage the body’s inflammatory response and maintain joint health, which is exactly what we want when running.

Rach absolutely loves attending a Barre/Ballet class as she has always been a keen dancer. Rach used to be much more flexible when she was younger (didn’t we all lol) so as soon as we heard about FlexiQule™ and the results people had noticed she just had to give them a try.

We don’t take any other supplements these are the only ones we take and trust as we know they are a 100% natural food supplement, free from wheat, gluten and sugar and no known side effects (something that tends to scare us about other supplements). Our joints undergo an enormous amount of pressure every single day so we feel it is only fair we give them something back to say thank you.

FlexiQule™ is AlchemLife’s first product to launch in Europe using their PhytoAdvance™ technology, which ensures ease of use and maximises efficacy, bioavailability and purity.

FlexiQule™ natural joint supplements are £16.99 for 30 capsules and are available online or from LloydsPharmacy’s nationwide from the 29th October.

We would 100% recommend giving these supplements a go if you want to make sure your joints are as healthy as they can be. We are going to continue taking them so we will keep you posted on how we are finding them in a few months’ time.

To find out more visit: https://www.alchemlife.com/uk/flexiqule/