Fitspiration – Heartcore Founder, Jessica Schuring!

Being raised by a hotelier and a designer, where did your passion for health and fitness come from?  

Growing up, you’d rarely ever see me playing inside. I spent hours every week riding and caring for horses, cycling everywhere and just enjoying being outdoors. When I turned 20, I took on competitive long distance running which I loved mostly for having another excuse to spend more time in the fresh air.  For me, fitness and wellbeing is mostly about the enjoyment of natural movement, keeping fit, alert and confident – mentally, emotionally and physically.

You took the world by storm as a successful graphic designer, so what motivated you to take a change of career path?  

In my late twenties I reached a point in my career where I didn’t feel fulfilled or happy anymore.  I was looking for a new outlet that would allow me to be more involved in making a positive change in the world.  I wanted to share my passion and desire to inspire people to live a happier life through fitness and wellbeing.  With Heartcore, I feel super lucky to be able to combine both of my passions – creating beautiful spaces and make people happier by making them look and feel their very best.

We know you ‘love the sun and sand’ – do you have a favourite holiday destination?  

I’m my happiest self when I can be close to the ocean and sunshine.  Before I moved to L.A., I spent a few months living and working in Byron Bay. This place has a very special energy about it and I felt so happy and content while living there. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a stretch to get there …  When I’m in need of a more immediate sunshine/ocean fix, I like heading over to France – beach walks, swims in the sea, great wines and food… Perfect!

What are your travel bag essentials?  

Rose balm from By Terri, Intense Hydrating Cream by Elethea, my kindle & headphones and my favourite extra large scarf to keep me warm and cosy.

As a personal trainer in Beverley Hills, did you feel the pressure to have ‘the perfect body’?  

It comes with the territory, I guess.  L.A. is very competitive – it’s all about the looks.  The fitter/hotter you look, the more credibility you get.  So yes, I guess there was an element of pressure. However, there’s clearly so much more to being a great trainer than just looking fit.

How do you make sure you perfect and protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays, especially when taking your workout outside?  

I am an early riser and like to train first thing in the morning between 5:30am and 7am.   So thankfully I don’t have to worry about the impact of the sun too much.  And my day cream contains UV protection.

We love your results-driven approach. What makes Heartcore so effective?  

First of all, I’d say that we very much care about everyone who comes to train with us and that we give our very best to get everyone into the best shape possible.  All our training methods focus on working the muscles under tension for the long/lean look, working towards muscle fatigue by designing certain sequences and keeping downtime to a minimum.

When you are not training, what do you do to rest and relax?  

Cooking is high on my list these days.  I love every aspect of it.  From shopping (love my local Farmer Markets), to prepping the food and finally enjoying it.  I prefer simple & clean dishes like fresh veggies, tons of herbs, olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt – all grilled.

What are your favourite energy-boosting foods to fuel your rigorous workout routine?

Post workout, I’m usually not very hungry but for an immediate energy kick nothing beats a banana.  It’s a natural and clean food source (I prefer eating natural foods over foods with plenty of ingredients), and an incredible source of potassium and vitamin B6 plus it acts as a blood sugar stabilizer.  And on top of that, a natural mood lifter due to tryptophan!  Win Win : )

Give us some insight into your workout wardrobe – what is your favourite item of active wear?

Lucas Hugh leggings.  The fit and colors are amazing.  The style is elegant and functional at the same time which allows me to go straight into a business meeting after having taught a class.

What is the best advice you were given when growing up?  

Be happy & enjoy life.

What are your guilty pleasures in life?

Red wine.

Finally, what is your favourite designer from our online activewear store?  

Lucas Hugh.  But I also love my running shorts by Lija.  They’re cute and super comfy.

Book your class at Heartcore here! See you there!


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Why Lift? We Uncover The Amazing Benefits Of Strength Training!

Over the past few years, the world has seen a major switch in its approach to a healthier, more active lifestyle. And there’s no doubt, the huge rise in superfood-filled Instagram feeds and celeb-approved fitness fashions have played a key role in this nationwide transformation. But now we’ve got the kit and fuel sorted, the question on many people’s lips is: ‘what kind of exercise should I do?’ For women in particular, the desire to burn fat (and experience those feel-good endorphins) while maintaining a feminine figure means they stick solely to cardio; avoiding weight training due to the belief that it will cause them to ‘bulk up’.

Well ladies, we are here to set the record straight. With the help of two of London’s most popular fitness trainers, it’s time to rid the female population of the stigma against lifting weights.

A former professional dancer turned personal trainer (based in London’s Chelsea) and now an established ultra-marathon runner, Annie Foulds has more than 15 qualifications in all aspects of fitness and sports nutrition, making her an all-round authority on this hottest of topics.

Cardio VS Strength

Annie explains, “Cardio (cardiovascular) exercise is anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you feel sweaty, and gets more oxygen pumping. For example, running, cycling, swimming, and spinning.” As for weight or strength training, Annie describes this as “any exercise that helps the different muscles in your body become stronger and more powerful. It can be using weights or your own bodyweight during press-ups and squats, or can be resistance-based, using different bits of kit like elastic gym bands or fit balls.”

Most people are aware of the benefits of cardio training, which Annie lists as including “improved circulation, sleep and energy levels, heart and lung health, and reduced anxiety,” as well as the obvious enhanced fitness levels. What even the keenest of treadmill fiends may not know however, is that “weights or strength training is more effective for fat loss than cardio alone. If you want to help tone muscles and strengthen bones, strength work is vital.” Annie goes onto reveal, “The best results come from increasing your metabolic rate, which is what weight training does.”

So what is the answer?

“Metabolic conditioning,” responds Annie. “Combining cardio and strength exercises is effective for fitness and fat loss, and saves time too! It’s a much shorter workout thanks to the intensity.”

Similar to much-hyped HIIT workouts, Annie explains, “Metabolic conditioning is training your body to work at high intensity for a short period of time, followed by a short recovery period.”

One good option for this is undoubtedly the much talked-about ‘best workout in the world’ – Barry’s Bootcamp. Chatting to their Master Trainer Anya Lahiri (who is also the brain behind bringing the workout to London) about what she has to say on the topic, she reveals, “The cardio we do at Barry’s is amazing for fat burning and all-round heart and lung health, and the weights not only increase muscle mass but prevent osteoporosis in later life.”

She continues, “We have numerous clients who, before Barry’s, were solely focused on either running or lifting, but by combining both in our classes they have seen amazing results, not only losing fat but increasing muscle mass; which raises their metabolism.”

Renowned as one of London’s toughest trainers, Anya is a self-confessed Barry’s addict who lauds their combination of both cardio and weights as having totally transformed her physique.

“Before Barry’s, I used to spin a lot and run in the gym but I never really lifted weights. Like a lot of women, I thought it would bulk me up,” reveals Anya. “I started Barry’s in LA and saw results that I had never seen from other exercise classes – it was literally love at first squat. I have never been this fit and my body composition has completely transformed. I now have a lower fat percentage and increased muscle mass. And I can see my abs!”

To her former self, and to all those women who fear weight lifting, Anya says with passion, “It is IMPOSSIBLE for a woman to bulk up by lifting the weights we encourage at Barry’s. We simply do not generate enough testosterone. It may initially seem like your arms are getting bigger but generally, that’s the muscle building under the fat, and once that has disappeared through cardio and a faster metabolism (created by increasing muscle mass), everything will appear more toned.”

So what are our experts’ go-to strength moves? “Squats or dead lift exercises,” suggests Annie. “I always recommend starting with your legs because they’re the largest muscle group which take the greatest effort and energy.”

She continues, “My body feels more solid and stronger when I lift weights. I’ve been running marathons for over 13 years and I love how light my body feels. The best way to train is to mix it up: conditioning and cardio.”

Similarly, Anya’s recommended at-home workout includes “using your own body weight as resistance for moves such as push-ups, planks and dips, combined with HIIT moves such as mountain climbers and burpees.”

Well, that settles that! For health benefits and a sculpted physique, keep pounding that treadmill or spin bike, but make sure you pick up a dumbbell or two post-sweat. No bulk, just tone.

words by Zoe Louise Cronk


Six3nine Personal Training Studio – Reviewed!

Working in the health and fitness industry means that you often hear rumours on the grape vine about new and exciting places to workout. Six3nine is one of those places…“who are they?” you ask to yourself. Siz3nine are a specialist personal training studio who are fairly new to the fitness scene but are quickly establishing themselves as a highly knowledgable unique personal training practise. Naturally, I wanted to try it out to see if it was worth the hype!

Six3nine are based in covent garden which is such a prime location. However their entrance is easily missed, a subtle grey door on Drury Lane which I had walked past many a time oblivious that behind it lay a personal training studio. No garish ‘look at me’signs here, nope six3nine doesn’t feel the need to shout, it relies on its reputation to get its clients. Brownie points already right? So once your inside, you are faced with a slick studio with an impressive gym floor with customised markings designed to act as piece of fitness equipment. Also, gone are the traditional fixed-resistance machines, instead they are replaced with kettle-bells, free weights, cable machines and gymnastic equipment. There was no doubt in my mind that this studio meant business.

My initial consultation went on for around 45 minutes; I got the impression that the trainers really wanted to know about me – my background, my goals, mindset and lifestyle. The questions were in depth and covered a wide area. All of my answers helped them understand the history of my body want I wanted to achieve from exercising. With the question section done, we then did a full body composition, which is amazing yet scary at the same time as it tells you EVERYTHING. Body fat, muscle mass, weight, water weight the lot. Then from this, they work out the best nutrition, workouts and general training regime that is best suited to you to help you achieve your goals. Now I don’t know about you, but that right there is personal training, with an emphasis on the personal.

What followed my consultation, was an hour of intense exercise combining weights and body weight exercises. We started with gait analysis which proved to be immensely interesting, who knew walking could reveal so much. Then we moved on to the workout where we focused a lot of my technique especially in my squats and deadllifts and straight away I was lifting heavier than I had ever lifted before and I felt so much more confident in my technique. Not only was the session informative, but I also felt like I was learning the whole time as my trainer talked through each movement and the reasoning behind why we were doing it. I really felt like I pushed myself to my limit with his support and guidance.

Six3nine has totally changed the way I view personal training, I have gone from sitting on the fence to realising that if you find the right personal trainer and the right practise then it is 100% worth it and I couldn’t recommend it more. Six3nine blew me away with their vast knowledge, obvious interest and just how tailor-made and personalised the service is they offer. The amount I learnt about my technique, my body, and the exercises I should be doing was amazing. And that was just the first session. I can’t wait to go back!

For more information on six3nine visit here!

words by Natalie Glaze

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If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Follow Our January Cleansing Tips!

Lacking the motivation to kickstart your January detox? Us too. After the season of overindulgence has ended it can be a challenge to get back on the health bandwagon, so try one of our top five at-home tips for an easier cleanse.

 

Hydrate

It may seem obvious but drinking plenty of water is the best way to flush out toxins and detox naturally. Plus, we often mistake thirst for hunger, thinking we need food when the body is really just dehydrated. An easy way to ensure you get two litres a day is to mark sections onto a large bottle with a pen, then give yourself a personal challenge to drink to each ‘mark’within a set time.

 

Don’t Deprive Yourself

A January detox needn’t be a short term fix and going completely cold turkey is a surefire way to encourage binging later on. Do give up caffeine, alcohol and refined carbs but allow yourself one cheat meal a week, or even better make a range of healthy snacks, try our sugar free cupcakes or raw chocolate for a guilt free treat.

 

Eat The Rainbow

Purplish red and bright green foods including tomatoes, avocado, pomegranates, broccoli, beetroot and berries – are often high in antioxidants due to the ingredient sulforaphane, which helps to renew cells and fight cancer. They also help flush out toxins and restore your auto-immune system to its healthy best – a great excuse to try out new recipes.

 

Don’t Do It Alone

Cleansing alongside a friend makes the process a lot easier, plan to exercise together (meaning there is no excuse not to get out of bed), have healthy dinner parties and even try a juice cleanse.

 

Eat Mindfully

We know its difficult when you love Instagram as much as we do, but try to turn off technology and sit down to eat, taking time over each meal. Chewing thoroughly rather than gulping down food helps to prevent gut inflammation and ensures you will realise you are full sooner, the Chinese recommend only eating until you are 70-80% satisfied.

words by Harriet Tisdall


The latest Healthy Cookbooks for 2015

Bored of plain salads and endless bowls of kale? If you’re desperately trying to shift those last few mince pie induced pounds, then fear no more as Harriet Tisdall has rounded up the best new diet and nutrition cookbooks, which alongside our selection of delicious recipes, ensure healthy needn’t mean taste free.

Deliciously Ella – Ella Woodward

This student turned nutrition guru needs no introduction and her long awaited cookbook filled with gluten, dairy- and sugar-free recipes is guaranteed to fly off the shelves. Expect healthy twists on classic dishes, from Lentil Bolognese to Coconut Scones and Key Lime Pie.

Deliciously Ella: Amazing Ingredients and Incredible Food That You and Your Body Will Love by Ella Woodward, Yellow Kite, £20

Eat, Nourish, Glow – Amelia Freer

Written by top nutritional therapist, Amelia Freer, Eat, Nourish, Glow replaces fad diets with ten easy steps to improve wellness. Covering a range of issues from why to eat good fats to the benefits of ditching gluten, Freer’s scientifically proven advice is accompanied by a range of delicious recipes including Crunchy Crab Salad and Salted Caramels (yum).

Eat, Nourish, Glow. by Amelia Freer, HarperCollins Thorsons, £16.99

Juice: The Ultimate Guide To Juicing – Liz Earle

Having been an enthusiastic juicer for over thirty years, the skincare guru lets us into the secret behind her glowing complexion, with a range of delicious recipes, lifestyle tips and pantry staples.

Juice: The Ultimate Guide to Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellbeing by Liz Earle, Kyle Books, £14.99

Honestly Healthy Cleanse – Natasha Corrett

For her third release, alkaline guru, Natasha Corrett from Honestly Healthy has focused on cleansing, with four easy to follow detox plans to help reset the body. With everything from #feelgood, a short term, three day program to #ifechanging, a month long cleanse, there is a plan for everyone.

Honestly Healthy Cleanse by Natasha Corrett, Hodder and Stoughton, £25

Plenish – Juices To Cleanse, Boost and Heal – Kara Rosen

Plenish’s range of delicious juices are a longstanding favourite and founder Kara has created a comprehensive guide of recipes and cleanse programmes for detox, wellbeing and vitality. Sure to attract everyone from seasoned juicers to first timers, we can’t wait to try the Cacao Cashew Mylk.

Plenish: Juices to Cleanse, Boost and Heal by Kara Rosen, Mitchell Beazley, £12.99

Crazy Sexy Kitchen – Kris Carr

The follow up to Crazy, Sexy, Diet offers over 150 recipes to nourish the mind, body and soul. A veggie manifesto for anyone following a plant-based diet, expect to find lip-smacking recipes alongside inspiring nutritional advice.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Carr, Hay House UK, £18.99

Gut Gastronomy – Vicki Edgson & Adam Palmer

Based on the award winning Grayshott Spa’s successful programme for cleansing and healing the digestive system, Gut Gastronomy features over 100 mouthwatering recipes designed for a healthy tummy.

Gut Gastronomy: Revolutionise Your Eating to Create Great Health by Vicki Edgson & Adam Palmer, Jacqui Small LLP, £30

Pure: Juicing For Life – Sarah Cadji

Founder of health hotspot, Roots & Bulbs Sarah Cadji has created an easy to follow guide to incorporating juices into your everyday diet, with recipes for weight loss, detoxing, improving skin and more.

Pure: Juicing for Life by Sarah Cadji, Quadrille, £15

Five: 150 Ways to Eat 5+ A Day – Rachel de Thample

Prepare to eat the rainbow with this range of mouthwatering recipes designed to help incorporate more plants into your diet. With each dish detailing how many of your five a day it contains, there is no longer any excuse not to eat enough veggies.

Five: 150 Effortless Ways to Eat 5+ a Day by Rachel de Thample, Ebury Press, £14.99

Chocolate Covered Katie – Katie Higgins

On a diet but still want a sweet treat? Then this is book is your answer, with over eighty healthy twists on delicious favourites, meaning you can enjoy brownies, cheesecake and more minus the guilt.

Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You by Katie Higgins, Grand Central Life & Style, £11.56

Words by Harriet Tisdall


Top Fitness Classes To Try In 2015!

New year, new you? Forget Zumba and endless pounding on that treadmill, now is the time to try one of the latest fitness classes to hit the capital and change up your workout routine.

Project Fit

What Is It? Promising to burn 1,000 calories in just an hour, Project Fit presents the challenge ‘you vs your body,’ using treadmills, free weights and medicine balls to guarantee a full body workout.

The Verdict: Expect to feel the burn with a vengeance as you switch between treadmill intervals and floor exercises that will leave muscles trembling. However, the uplifting soundtrack and charismatic instructors ensure we got through even the second, high interval treadmill blast.

 

HiitGirl Yogabomb

What Is It? Short on time but want serious results? Then head to HiitGirl for a guaranteed workout in 30 minutes. Their new class Yogabomb fuses yoga with cardio, for a class with a difference.

The Verdict: Combining fifteen minutes of hardcore HIIT exercises, with plenty of burpees, jacks and lunges, followed by another fifteen minutes of power yoga with the heat turned up to increase intensity. We left feeling sweaty and exhausted, yet energised and relaxed at the same time.

 

XtendBarre

What Is It? Known as the premier barre workout for blasting fat, toning and sculpting, this 55 minute class has become a favourite worldwide for fast results.

The Verdict: Combining cardio and dance with signature pilates moves, expect to feel serious burn, particularly in the glutes as you are guaranteed to sweat. With benefits including improved posture, enhanced flexibility and a ballerina body, this fun workout is one not to miss.

 

ZUU

What Is It? Meet the Paleo diet in exercise form. Founded in Australia, ZUU is based on high intensity, primal movement patterns with strength and endurance body weight exercises, burning up to 600 calories in half an hour. Elite athletes, military forces and personal trainers have been flocking to classes down under.

The Verdict: With moves including the ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Frog,’ expect to laugh as you crawl along in this high intensity class, which has a fun, family atmosphere with plenty of high fives. However, because the majority of us aren’t used to crawling around like a primate, you will feel muscles you never knew existed.

 

Girls With Guns

What Is It? Just a glance at Millie Mackintosh’s latest Women’s Health cover, shows that #girlswholift needn’t mean a bulky physique. Girls With Guns at Thirty Seven Degrees focuses on strength training, using a variety of weights to really work those arms.

The Verdict: This is the workout for those who find the male dominated weights section of the gym intimidating, lead by a self confessed, ‘Duracell Bunny,’ this class works with for all levels, with a series of reps designed to boost cardio. Be prepared to say ‘hello biceps,’ as strength notably improves after just one session.

words by Harriet Tisdall


If You Only Do One Thing This Week… Make 2015 Your Most Abundant!

We all love a good, old new year’s resolution, especially at this time of year. Be healthier, get fitter, richer, work harder, get promoted. All this pressure on ourselves to do more, achieve more, be better. Doesn’t it sound like utter hard-work? And let’s be honest, the odds are dead against us, we’re destined to fail and beat ourselves up. Resolutions are made to be broken, simple as!

So why not go easy on you this year and make the commitment to be more abundant? To feel full and satisfied with life and all it offers, resulting in a much better life for you. Sounds simple? It really can be. Let’s jump on board and go on an abundance journey with treasures at the end.

To understand abundance, we need to recognise lack. It’s a big deal when transforming your life.

Is one of your mates living life through a lack mentality? Meaning they’re stuck in the ‘I don’t have / feel enough’ cycle. They moan about their lack of cash, they can’t afford that shiny, sexy Topshop dress, Alo Yoga leggings, Nike ID trainers, hot yoga class. They whine about their “flabby” legs, grumble about the absence of dates, sigh about their pay…get the picture? They’re set on autopilot, shifted to lack, and they’re quite literally draining themselves.

Or maybe that friend is you? Are you feeling the lack or drain of life? Are you stuck or blocked?

Well fear not lovely one, you’re not alone. The majority of us are programmed to focus on lack and how little we have, as opposed to being grateful and accepting of what we do have. Maybe it’s left over war-mentality embedded into our family belief system, passed down through the generations. Who knows? But it’s not getting us anywhere very fast, in fact it’s stopping us dead in our tracks. So how do we shift from a place of lack into a place of plenty? Let’s continue the journey.

Abundance is an overflowing quantity of something. It’s a feeling of fullness, affluence and richness of life. Often linked to money and wealth, abundance can be found in every area of your life; relationships and love, health, work opportunities, friendships.

As we move into 2015, take a moment to think about how which areas of your life you’d like more abundance. Where in your life do you feel limited or restricted? Why do you think that is? There’s no reason to feel this lack when abundance can be accessed relatively easily…

“Abundance is not something we acquire, it’s something we tune into” – Wayne Dyer

As the quote suggests, abundance is already here. It’s waiting for all of us to “tune into” like a radio frequency and bring into our lives. Our natural state (without all the baggage) is abundance and we ALL have access to this. It’s only ourselves, with our fears and limiting beliefs that stand in our way.

Everything is energy and vibration (vibes), including us. When our energy is high we feel great and positive and we attract in more amazing things. When our energy is low, we feel blocked, down and negative and we attract in more of the crappy things. This is how the universe works, it’s a law of attraction that states we attract in what we give out and we are constantly giving off information based on how we’re feeling and what we believe. So why am I telling you all this? Stay with me…

Here are some other ways to create more abundance in all areas of your life starting today:

I Am Abundant – Use this as a daily affirmation and repeat every morning. Say it slowly and consciously and observe how it feels when you say the words.

Where am I abundant now? – Notice where you’re abundant now and celebrate it. Rejoice in the ways you are abundant right now.

I Am Grateful – Be grateful for everything, even when you feel a lack of something. Gratitude creates more abundance as you are acknowledging the greatness in your life. You will immediately shift the energy around your life and all will become more positive.

Connect to your passion – Make a list of things you love to do, and make a commitment to yourself to do them often. When you love doing things, abundance naturally flows in as you’re in your love groove.

Celebrate other peoples successes – Be super supportive of other people’s abundance / success / wealth. By doing this, you’re raising your vibration and are wide open to attract it all into your own life.

Give often – Share things with others, be generous. If you see a homeless person, give them food. Your generosity will come back to you in abundance.

Words by Jody Shield – www.jodyshield.co.uk


It’s-Beginning-to-Smell-A-lot-like-Christmas!

Christmas, what an enchanting time of year! Here at Hip & Healthy, our thoughts are on the weeks ahead: on family time, on the presents we’ll be gifting, the food we’ll be enjoying and the special scents that will be filling our homes. Ah yes, the familiar scents of Christmas: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pine, oranges, mince pies, mixed spice, mulled wine…even this list is enough to flash back to times of merriment and itchy Christmas jumpers. Feeling fabulously festive (as you might have guessed), we recently caught up with Tessa Williams, author of Cult Perfumes, to mull over the extraordinary power of perfume, what makes us feel good and what’s likely to be at the top of our wish lists this Christmas!

In your book, many of the perfume “greats” talk in detail about how they have used scent to capture specific memories from their childhood. Are there certain scents which make you feel nostalgic?
Oh yes, absolutely. Mitsouko by Guerlain reminds me of my mother and I love it for this reason! It instantly makes me picture her getting dressed to go out, looking beautiful and then leaving the house with a gorgeous gust of perfume behind her. In fact, my love of perfumes goes back to the early age of 6 or 7 as my Grandmother used to gift each of her grandchildren with the smallest bottle of Chanel No.5 pure perfume. I was absolutely fascinated by this incredible liquid that had the power to transform my mood – a magical substance of sorts.

Speaking of moods, winter is synonymous with dark mornings, the biting cold and an overwhelming desire to retreat to our duvets. Are there any ingredients or scents that you would recommend to inject a little joie de vivre into a frosty winter’s day?
I find that tuberose is one of the most uplifting scents. It’s a floral scent with a big personality which can be found in Bubblegum Chic by James Heeley, the Parisian perfumer (www.jamesheeley.com). Citrus and bergamot scents can also boost your mood; one of my favourites is Cala Rossa by Santa Maria Novella. Sicily is an amazing citrus scent too (www.smnovella.it).

H&H Top Tip: we all have our own personal mind maps of scents. However, if escapism is what you’re after, check out Efflora by ODIN New York. It’s a fantastic scent that instantly transports us to a hot summer’s day (www.odinnewyork.com).

As well as memories, it’s clear from your book that perfumers draw inspiration from the finer things in life such as flowers, herbs and nature which very much compliments the Hip & Healthy ethos of appreciating the everyday. What makes you happy day to day? 

For me, seeing my daughter happy always lifts my spirits and being with my partner and family makes me happy too. Perfume also makes me happy – I don’t know why but it’s one of the only few legal things that really can change your mood!  I love seeing good news on the TV or in the papers as well as hearing inspiring stories of people who have succeeded against all odds. I believe we’re in charge of our own happiness; you have to seek it out however you can.

H&H Top Tip: Lululemon are running a great campaign entitled ‘Give Presence’ – why not ditch the distractions this Christmas and focus on being with the ones you love?

No doubt a number of readers will be treating their loved ones to a new scent this Christmas, which boutiques would you recommend in or around London to find that something special?

I do love Santa Maria Novella, they have three stores in London but their iconic flagship store in Florence is a must visit for any perfume lover. I was lucky enough to have an event there for Cult Perfumes in summer. In London, I love Roullier White (125 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8HU), also Ormonde Jayne (192 Pavilion Road, off Sloane Square), Floris (89 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JH) and Les Senteurs (71 Elizabeth St, London SW1W 9PJ).

H&H Top Tip: if you know someone who’s always on the go, how about a solid perfume that they can take with them?  Priced at £10, Pacifica has a great range of affordable solid perfumes (www.pacificabeauty.com).

If you’re looking for something a bit different, are there any new scents “shaking up” the world of perfumery? 

There are some fantastic new scents like Incitatus by Electimuss that really does smell of a horse! Smell Bent have created some exciting new scents too; St Tropez Dispenser is a great one that smells very similar to Hawaiian Tropic – kind of like a beach in a bottle. For my new book, A Scent for Every Day – I have discovered over 365 different perfumes. It’s been quite a journey!

H&H Top Tip: if you’re not looking for something quite so adventurous, woods and spice are often linked to the winter months and so people tend to embrace dark, woody, spicy Orientals at this time of year. Nevermore by Frapin and Fortis by Liquides Imaginaires are two warming winter fragrances.

Last but not least, what scents are you gifting next month? 

I’m very excited to be launching my own range of Perfumed Candles which are aimed to evoke The Elements; Earth, Water, Air and Fire. I worked with a perfumer/ candle maker to produce what I believe to be the scents of these hugely influential elements.  I’m excited to share them with my friends and family.

H&H Top Tip: We love ‘Fire’ – because we’re all for cosying up with a cup of warm almond milk!

www.tessawilliams.co.uk

words by Alexandra Salisbury

image from Hush: https://www.hush-uk.com/christmas_gifts


Discover Your Slope Style With Our Ski Lookbook!

Perfect Moment Imok Pant – £223

Ski (or snowboard!) loud and proud in these bright and bold performance pants from Perfect Moment! They’re sleek, figuring flattering and offer low-volume insulation that will keep you perfectly cosy without feeling hot and sticky. Nobody wants that! Perfect Moment recognize that comfort is key so they’ve made sure these pants have a stretch brushed tricot waistband so you can slide (and sometimes slip) with ease (maybe not grace though!).

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Every Second Counts Catch Me Seamless Legging – £46

Every girl needs a dash of pink in their wardrobe so these awesomely bright and cheerful leggings will make the perfect thermals to don under your ski gear! Totally seamless and incredibly lightweight, these neon babies feature a 4-way stretch fabric for support, moisture-wicking technology and engineered zones for ventilation. Pretty snazzy right?

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Sweaty Betty Anon Ski Goggles- £80

When it comes to hitting the slopes, safety should always be a priority. H&H love these super chic ski goggles from Sweaty Betty – they may look stylish, but they certainly match up in the function department too. Featuring anti-fog and scratch resistant materials whilst offering protection for your eyes with their 100% UV protective lenses, you can feel confident as you slalom down the mountain!

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Perfect Moment Polar Hat – £32

Who doesn’t love a cute bobble hat to keep you head and ears warm and protected? We think this polar bear hat from Perfect Moment is super cute, especially with its festive red colour! Featuring an inner headband to provide extra comfort and stability, we think this will make the perfect stocking filler for any mountain obsessive!

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Every Second Counts Take Your Time Seamless Hoody – £109

Pair with the ESC Catch Me Leggings and you’ve got yourself a winning, seamless combo! Light as a feather and superbly sweat-wicking, you can wear it underneath your ski jacket or slip it on après ski while you toast marshmallows around the fire. We love the chevron knit pattern and the pink accent zip!

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Hurraw SPF Sun Balm – £4.49

We’re crazy about SPF and we never leave our chalet without it on our lips. It’s easy to disregard SPF on cloudy, winter days but sun exposure can still cause cellular damage even through the thickest of clouds! We love this organic, raw SPF Sun Balm from Hurraw due to it’s delicious tangerine, vanilla flavour and it’s handy, compact size. Slip it easily into your skipass pocket and touch up all day long!

words by Molly Jennings

Main image: Perfect Moment


Winter Workout Wears!

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Here at Hip & Healthy, we laugh in the face of harsh winter weather, and let nothing stand in our way of a good, energizing workout. So, if you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for the best activewear to support and protect yourself from the outdoor elements. By dressing correctly for your activity, you give yourself the best chance of performing to your optimum active ability, which allows you to reap the benefits of all those pleasure-inducing endorphins that exercise enables.

But this is precisely where the problem lies: sometimes it is not the lack of motivation that prevents us from working-out outdoors; it’s actually our lack of adequate gear that prevents us from venturing beyond our regular gym studio.

But this is where Cotswold Outdoor comes in…

Starting up in 1974 by selling a range of basic camping accessories from a small outbuilding in the Cotswolds, four decades of subsequent experience in outdoor retail has enabled the company to grow and prosper into an award winning, multi-channel retailer with stores throughout the UK. Evolving from the heavy, sub-standard outdoor kit on offer from the 70s, in the present day, Cotswold Outdoor supply the most cutting-edge products, from an impressive selection of over 250 internationally recognized brands. Presenting collections from Berghaus, Osprey and Regatta to name a few, Cotswold Outdoor really do live and breathe all your outdoor needs and desires by providing a unique retail site to set the foundations for your outdoor adventures and pursuits.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out the products for yourself. We love the women’s Ashford 3-in-1 Parka from Jack Wolfskin. With Texapore technology to keep you dry and warm with a clever, practical and detachable faux-fur hood to protect your head, face and ears through extreme weather conditions, this is a must-have if you love skiing or hiking – their really ‘ain’t no mountain high enough’ when wearing this brrrriliant Parka (see what we did there?)

But whilst Cotswold Outdoor pride themselves on the newest, most innovative technology (they have tents that weigh less than 1 kilogram, watches that can navigate and ultra-warm jackets that fold into their own pockets!), what hasn’t changed is their absolute passion for the outdoors. Offering expert advice, kit-talks, personal fittings (and not to mention the countless partnerships with other outdoor organizations, race teams and sponsored expeditions!) it is clear to see that the brand is truly passionate about outdoor products, people, and places.

Here at H&H HQ, it is this passion that sets Cotswold Outdoor apart from other outdoor-wear companies. We all know that living a healthy, active lifestyle promotes the very best version of you, therefore wearing the correct gear for your desired activity, indoor or outdoor, is crucial for achieving your goals, and promoting overall happiness and wellbeing. And so, when deliberating as to whether you wish to get your jog on in the snow, or snuggle safely on the sofa, take a moment to glance at Cotswold Outdoor – and your decision will be made for you, as if by magic.

Visit www.cotswoldoutdoor.com for more info.

words by Olivia Murphy


Perfect Paleo – We Check Out Notting Hill’s Newest Health Haunt, Pure Taste!

We’ve all heard of the “Paleo” diet and in case you haven’t, it is the one where you eat like a caveman, where grains are a no no but you can gobble plenty of fish, eggs and almonds (read more here). The Paleo lifestyle has millions of followers globally including some hot bods like Megan Fox and Jessica Biel (clearly, there is something to it). So it is not surprising that London is now home to the UK’s first Paleo restaurant, where we can eat out like cavemen (well, almost).

Pure Taste opened this month in Notting Hill, West London, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Clearly investors believed that the Paleo style of eating is more than just a fad. The brain behind Pure Taste is that of Holly Redman, a chemistry graduate turned nutritional therapist, nutrition lecturer and chef extraordinaire. Holly believes firmly in the Paleo way of living and as a coeliac, she has noticed the difference it has had on her health as well as the health of many of her nutritional therapy clients. As a result she wanted to show the world that Paleo doesn’t have to be bland and you can eat a lot of very yummy things, even chocolate tart.

The menu at Pure Taste is carefully put together, nutrient dense and delicious. And fear not, every single thing on the menu is coded so you know whether or not it is Whole 30 compliant, egg-free, nut-free, FODMAP compliant, vegan, low-carb etc. Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious, everything is gluten-free and dairy-free. In short, there is something for everyone and it certainly isn’t just a place for the girls. They have grass-fed steaks and organic chicken plus their take on sticky toffee pudding is enough to win over those healthy food sceptics. Hip and Healthy also loves the fact that there are even petit-fours to have with your coconut milk coffee if a big pud is too much – mini healthy salted caramel and pecan brownies anyone? Yum!

As well as being a free-from heaven, Pure Taste is a fine dining experience. A lot of healthy eateries serve homely, wholesome dishes – the sort you would probably make at home – but Pure Taste presents exquisite, fancy-restaurant style plates (the sort you probably wouldn’t have time to whip up at home!). The restaurant even boasts biodynamic wines, gluten-free beers, superfood cocktails and mocktails.

At this time of year, when cheap chocolate, puddings and booze are aplenty, Pure Taste is a haven away from the stodge. Pure Taste leaves its diners feeling comfortably full, energised and quite virtuous – not a common sensation after a three course restaurant dinner in December.

Pure Taste is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) for lunch and dinner. Bookings can be made online here or by phone 0207 727 5000. The website also has some interesting information about the Paleo diet, a few delicious recipes and the menu for those who like to browse yummy food before their dinner (who doesn’t love looking at a good menu!).

words by Kathleen Fleming