Sudden downpour -no problem!

Good evening to my savvy shoppers, 

Anyone who has lived in London knows that our weather is somewhat unpredictable at the best of times, so it’s always worth being one step ahead with your wardrobe to ensure a dampener (see what I did there) isn’t put on your outfit as well as your hair! 

As we are gradually moving into summer, the early sunrises and balmy evenings can cause many to result in a frenzy about what on earth do I wear? My friends will agree that I am the queen of layering, my wardrobe is like a rainbow of cardigans and light knit wear! (I knew that bright orange jumper would come in handy when paired with a LBD for work I promise) 😀 The good thing about cardigans as well is that you can throw them over a shift dress in the morning and when the haze has burnt off by lunch you can slip it off into your work tote and instantly have that easy, breezy city look. The below outfit was whilst on a game drive in South Africa. My light weight cotton jumper kept the morning chill at bay and protected me from the hungry Mosquitos at the same time. 

  
I also love my skinny chinos from Pull and Bear in the summer. I usually roll them up at the ankle paired with one of my awesome Russell and Bromley brogues or loafers. With a floaty, chiffon sleeveless shirt from Massimo Dutti or Uniqlo it looks effortlessly chic and will keep you cool on that train commute home.

  
With the festival season fast approaching, my number one rule of thumb is never leave home without your pac-a-Mac. My daisy motif parka always comes with me in case of that surprise shower (they aren’t really up to scratch in terms of keeping you completely dry but at least they look better than a soggy hoody or second skin t-shirt!) Festivals for me are all about the music, a bit of mud on your hunter wellies is a small price to pay for an awesome day or weekend out 😀

  

Until next week, take care 
Keya x

Sports wear – can it be functional and fashionable?

Good evening my fellow exercise bunnies, 

For today’s post I thought I would reveal my top picks of sports wear designers who have a proud place in my workout wardrobe. These brands have carved a comfortable niche in the market for being both functional and dare I say, fashionable in the fitness industry. 

I am so grateful that I had an extremely sporty, active childhood. My formative years were filled with bike rides in Epping forest, playing doubles tennis matches paired with my brother against my poor dad who had to run ragged to return the ball to us, attending swimming competitions and athletics meets.  I still have that passion as I approach my thirties but I would say my taste in sports wear has definitely changed for the better! 

In the summer, I am due to compete in my second triathlon which fills me with equal measures of excitement and competitive nervousness. To get me through that butterflies in the stomach feeling, these are the chosen clothing brands I have kitted myself out in ready for my upcoming race 😊

For the frantic swim in the wonderful, albeit cold Thames, the only brand I choose to wear for my wetsuit is Huub. Their designs are incredibly comfortable, streamlined and also uber flattering (ignoring the obvious seal impression references) 😀

For the bike leg, I love the apparel by Specialised for women which you can see suits my monochrome dress sense perfectly and for my cycling shoes I love the Italian brand Sidi. I have two pairs – one for training, one for racing and I always get compliments when I wear them! 



For the final, exhausted run section, I usually wear my second skin triathlon suits from Saucony or Ironman Activewear and my trainer of choice is only ever Nike. I find all of their running shoe styles come in great colour combinations and they also are the best fit for my running style. The lunar glides have been my go to for many years 😀 



When training in the gym, to fit my athletic frame, I love Nike leggings. I have some amazing patterned ones which always put a smile on my face and a few of my friends have commented on their sunny disposition when they see me in them. For vests and crop tops, I swear by USA Pro, and Nike again as they encase my broad shoulders in a flattering way and also come in some wonderful block bold colours. 



Some of the other accessories I cannot live without, getting me through my weekly training sessions are firstly my Garmin GPS which is my constant companion when I venture out on one of my many jaunts on my road bike. Also my iPod mini, playing an amazing selection of dance and electro tunes motivates me on my solo road runs. After a lot of trial and error (usually combined with an onslaught of expletives pouring out of me when another pair of earphones end up in the bin) the only ones I use now are the Phillips Sport collection. They actually stay in my ears for my whole run and another plus is their choice of dayglo colour schemes mean they will never again be lost at the bottom of my gym bag amongst the forgotten energy bars, yoga class passes or odd trainer sock.

To sum it up, Sportswear really does not have to be boring. If in doubt, go for a bright vest top and jazzy leggings when hitting the gym – even if you aren’t an elite athlete, at least you look good whatever activity you are doing😊

Until next week, take care Keya x