“Blink” Inspiration: Atterley Road’s #ARWOMAN

December 19th, 2014

Do you follow us on Instagram? No? Then do it now! You have missed the brilliant Atterley Road campaign which is being linked together with the Instagram hashtag #ARWOMAN. The #ARWOMAN is someone who is inspirational, innovative, a bit different to the crowd. She is empowering and empowered.

I chose the wonderful Dilys Williams, founder of The Centre for Sustainable Fashion. One recent project has seen Dilys has worked with Kering to bring them in to partnership with London College of Fashion. The aim is to highlight sustainable practices across the college, ensuring that the next generation of fashion industry leaders will seamlessly integrate this critical issue into their own practices when they graduate. You can read more about that here. An absolutely worthy #ARWOMAN nominee I think you’ll agree.

I have to say, although Dilys was an obvious choice, I am privileged to say that I am actually surrounded by amazing women who could all qualify for the #ARWOMAN hashtag. As this is a week of posts dedicated to healthy living, you may be wondering how this fits in. Without any doubt, to live a posetive and happy life, you must be surrounded by positive and happy people. And that, dear reader, is what these amazing women do for me on a daily basis.

You are an #ARWOMAN, Atterley Road, inspirational women

You are an #ARWOMAN

To all of you wonderful ladies who have all lifted me up, inspired me and empowered me by example, I say thank you. Some of you are only now with me in my heart, but your positive influence on my life will never be forgotten. You are all the #ARWOMAN.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Botanic Lab’s Almond Milk with extras

December 18th, 2014

I hope you’re feeling healthier just by reading this week’s posts. Have you made some shapes or blitzed yourself up a veg smoothie perhaps? Well, now it’s time for a sweet treat! And it’s still healthy too!!!

Botanic Lab's Almond Milk

Botanic Lab’s Almond Milk

Even if you are already an almond milk enthusiast, this here is news. I use almond milk instead of cows milk at home, and it’s an acceptable replacement. I would never class it as an exciting prospect though. Then comes the wonder that is Botanic Lab‘s version of this new era kitchen staple. I was prepared for a watery whatever experience when I swigged my first taste. What I actually got was manna from heaven, not too far removed in taste and texture of a blitzed ‘Pralines and Cream’ ice-cream shake. Yes you read that right!

The honey and vanilla give this a subtle sweetness. The coconut oil delivers that silky mouthful that you’d expect from good ice-cream. In combination with the intense nuttiness (not just a pressed ‘juice’ but actually a textural element) this is next level almond milk, as if Ben and Jerry were making it.

Regardless of my ice-cream references, this is actually pretty much pure goodness. This is an ideal weight-loss drink, rich in protein and complex carbohydrates. The healthy fats in coconut oil will boost your metabolism and help dampen sugar cravings, while the natural vitamin E benefits your skin.

You read that right, it tastes like a milkshake and yet it will aid in weight-loss, boost your metabolism and improve your skin!

 

Now for the only bad news in this whole tale. It makes lumpy porridge. This bad boy is just too thick and rich to use in replacement for standard almond milk. And anyway it’s too good to be cooked with. Just swig it from the bottle and enjoy with no other effort required.

So, it’s official, after this, my third post about Botanic Lab and it’s great products, I am a convert- maybe not yet to the green versions but the isotonic and the almond milk will now be regulars in my fridge.

For more of this week’s healthy living posts, take a look here. To buy Botanic Lab’s products, just look here for stockists.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Not just Superfoods but Super-beauty-foods, by guest writer Cassie Brewer

December 17th, 2014

To continue in our week of healthy living posts, guest contributor, Cassie Brewer did some research into the power of eating right. Here’s what she came up with:

Eat Your Pasta Sauce – The Case for Tomatoes

tomatoes, with thanks to Pinterest

tomatoes, with thanks to Pinterest

Lycopene is an essential nutrient found in tomatoes that is released when cooked. It has proven to be one of the best way’s to protect against sun damage and UV-caused, premature wrinkling. It’s so effective that some dermatologists even recommend ingesting cooked vegetables (ciao sugo per la pasta di pomodoro!) after too much sun exposure. I guess my grandmother was right after all; eating pasta with sauce keeps you looking and feeling gorgeous.

Broccoli – Your Skin’s BFF

broccoli, with thanks to Pinterest

broccoli, with thanks to Pinterest

Broccoli is truly a skincare superfood! It’s very high in antioxidants, including Vitamin C and E. Why do you need these? Well, vitamin E protects your skin, guarding it against unwanted UV radiation. You may have noticed Vitamin E oil in the health food aisle. I actually use it to fade scar discoloration and even out blotchy skin tone. Just mix a small dab into your moisturiser and it works wonders. Look for an organic version if possible. Now for Vitamin C. This is an amazing beautifier because it helps to produce collagen, which is a key to keeping us looking youthful. One final bonus? The high fiber content in broccoli ensures you’ll stay full and so you’ll be less likely to turn to naughty between-meal treats.

Carrots – Vitamin Powerhouse

carrots, with thanks to Pinterest

carrots, with thanks to Pinterest

Carrots get their name from beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to Vitamin A. If you or anyone you know has used Retinol or Retin-A, you’re most likely familiar with its wrinkle-fighting benefits. Concentrated doses of Vitamin A are a powerful secret to looking youthful and combating a dull complexion which can be very ageing.

Top these off with lots of still water every day and you will be sure to see and feel the difference.

For more lifestyle and health oriented posts, just look here. For more on beauty, look here.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Hot legs from Hey Jo

December 16th, 2014

Did you read our interview a little while back, with the founder of Hey Jo, Joanne Admiraal? Her brilliant ‘Cassini’ leggings are my favourites for the gym. As far as we are concerned Jo is the expert on ensuring your legs are as toned and shapely as possible, and therefore showing off your Hey Jo leggings to the best effect!

Hey Jo's founder, Joanne Admiraal

Hey Jo’s founder, Joanne Admiraal

As part of our week of health and wellbeing focussed posts, we asked Jo for her insight into how to make the best of our pins pre-Christmas, in readiness for all of those bodycon party outfits. Here’s what she suggests, whilst wearing a pair of Hey Jo leggings obviously!

“We are always on the hunt for exciting new leg exercises but sometimes you can’t go past a few old favourites. Here are 3 of the simplest and most effective leg exercises to help build long, lean muscles. You can do them in the gym or in the comfort of your own home and after a few weeks you will notice a difference.”

 1. Toe Walk Grab yourself a pair of heavy dumbbells and hold them by  your sides at arm’s length. Raise your heels and walk in a circle for 60 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times.

2. Swiss Ball Hip Raise Lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on a Swiss Ball. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Slowly lift one knee to your chest then lower back to the start, and lift your other knee to your chest. Continue to alternate back and forth for 6o seconds.

 3. Pistol Squat Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then push your body back to the starting position. Repeat 5 times on each leg. This exercise is a tricky one and can require a lot of patience to execute.

And after all of that you’ll need one of those fabulous Botanic Lab isotonic drinks, or a mince pie…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Botanic Lab’s ISOTONIC1 is the new black…

December 16th, 2014

Following up from yesterday’s introduction to Botanic Lab, we have now tried and tested a brand new, super innovative product from these cold press pioneers, ISOTONIC1.

Christophe perfecting the new  addition to the Botanic Lab collection

Christophe perfecting the new addition to the Botanic Lab collection

I have been hearing about the benefits of charcoal for a little while, but I hadn’t yet been inducted into this rather experimental and innovative club. That all changed when I was given a couple of bottles of Botanic Lab‘s new 100% cold-pressed isotonic drink. I find green juices awe-inspiring enough so to stare a bottle of pure black liquid in the face was not the most enticing of propositions.

Botanic Lab's new ISOTONIC1

Botanic Lab’s new ISOTONIC1

First off, what is an isotonic drink?

isotonic

ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈtɒnɪk/

adjective

adjective: isotonic

(of a drink) containing essential salts and minerals in the same concentration as in the body and intended to replace those lost as a result of sweating during vigorous exercise.

 

I hit the gym hard, got home and braced myself to try this for the first time. Wow, this is genuinely delicious. The vibrant citrus tang from the Japanese yuzu juice is in direct contrast with the inky appearance of this drink. The charcoal adds a very fine texture to the drink (be sure to shake it well or you will have a very gritty last mouthful) which is unusual but not unpleasant.

The unique angle of this drink comes from several key elements, but the most critical of these is the activated charcoal, a medical grade digestive purifier. Porous charcoal binds with toxins to speed their safe elimination from the body (gip and wow at the same time!). Botanic Lab are also strong supporters of raw cane juice, which is also added to this blend. Unlike refined sugar this is actually a super-food: alkalising, with a low glycaemic index and an abundance of essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The raw Japanese yuzu delivers a hit of vitamin C as well as the strongest flavour characteristic of this drink. This 100% organic blend is free from synthetic substances which is unlike pretty much all of the other isotonic drinks on the market.

As an aside, and not stated at all by Botanic Lab, I also found this drink hugely helpful when I was suffering from a few too many sherries after a pre-Christmas get together…

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Introducing Botanic Lab

December 15th, 2014

As we announced last night, in the run up to Christmas and all the over-indulgence that entails, we will aim to bring a little clean living your way. Here’s the first post which is a delicious introduction to the theme.

I will start this post with the context that although I do try to embrace a healthy lifestyle, I am not a crazy juicing fanatic, I avoid drinking anything green and I have not remortgaged to invest in a Vitamix. With all of that in mind, you will understand that it would take a pretty special juicing proposition to get me excited, interested and swigging away! That very special proposition is the very innovative and exciting Botanic Lab.

Founded by Christophe Reissfelder and Rebekah Hall, Botanic Lab delivers the very finest botanical ingredients in combination with medicinal wisdom ensuring that every product delivers to their company motto “Less froth, more function”.

Botanic Lab's Founders, Rebekah and Christophe

Botanic Lab’s Founders, Rebekah and Christophe

Hall notes that “as raw nutrition gains fashionable appeal, it’s vital that people know where to go for the genuine article. It’s meaningless to flirt with flavours or name-drop the buzz ingredient du jour: our formulae deliver targeted support to specific areas of wellness. Powerful ingredients in quantities that actually make a difference.”

Each Botanic Lab recipe is created around a central ‘hero’ ingredient that has been meticulously selected and sourced. The balance of ingredients is calculated with both medicinal potency and maximum flavour in mind. The best of modern technology is employed in Botanic Lab’s kitchen, where their products are created using a hydraulic cold-press. This is the unrivalled method for extracting maximum goodness from fresh ingredients. There’s strictly no dilution so each fresh tonic arrives densely packed with live nutrients.

This week I will be taste testing two of their products and sharing my experience with you. If you don’t want to wait for that, then you can get stick in and buy their products from Botanic Lab direct, or from Fenwicks Bond Street, Albion Shoreditch and also Albion Southbank.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Pre-Christmas Prep

December 14th, 2014

We have been neglecting you and we are very, very sorry. Here is a cute Christmas dog to make up for the fact that we have been on the missing list.

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Dog (thanks Pinterest!)

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Dog (thanks Pinterest!)

It’s been a bonkers time at Blink Towers with some amazing creative consultancy on the go. We’ve been globe-trotting meeting with clients, designing new collections and generally being pretty awesome. I would love to tell you more but then I would have to kill you- and that would just be messy and it’s almost Christmas and there’s mince pies to be eaten so let’s not go there. I hope to be able to let you in on all of the exciting projects very soon.

Starting on Monday we will make it up to you. We have been working on some brilliant content that is focussed on ensuring that you stay as fabulous as possible during this season of indulgence. We want to encourage you to be healthy, happy and glowing with gorgeousness right here and right now. Don’t wait until January and be one of those ‘all the gear and no idea’ peeps who hit the gym hard for a month of extreme pain. We have some great insight on how to live everyday well. It’s all about balance (she says with a Quality Street in one hand and a Twiglet poking out of her gob).

I really hope that this will make up for the fact that you have obviously been missing your daily dose of Blink London.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

December 4th, 2014
Pantone colour of the year 2015 'Marsala'

Pantone colour of the year 2015 ‘Marsala’

So the colour experts at Pantone have decided that 2015 is all about this bronzy, reddish kinda tone that they have named ‘Marsala’. This is a decision made by a group of colour specialists from all sorts of industries and disciplines. They whittle down the 2000+ colours to just one each year and then make this pronouncement.

As a member of the fashion industry who uses colour constantly, and usually via Pantone standards, I must admit that this always bemuses me slightly. Colour is about so much more than just the shade itself so I’m not quite sure of the significance of this. I think far more important would be if they teamed this up with a statement about matte versus metallic, dense or sheer, textural or flat, in combination with…

Well, I guess that’s what we shall see as the seasonal development progresses. So, what do you think? To ‘marsala’ or not to ‘marsala’?

For more inspiration, just click here. For more about colour, just look here.

 

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: ‘Do Your Bit with a Knit’ for Save the Children

December 2nd, 2014

Atterley Road have come up with an inspiringly fashionable way to raise some money for Save the Children while spreading knit based joy.

The super stylish Atterley Road team have joined up one of our favourite knitwear labels, Wool and the Gang to ‘make the world better with a sweater’  by hosting a Secret Jumper Sale. These are no ordinary jumpers. These are in fact over 30 unique, hand-knitted Christmas jumpers which have been created by an impressive and exciting list of British fashion talent (Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Mother of Pearl, Lyle and Scott, David Koma, Giles Deacon and Sibling to name but a few) as well as some current and former students from the London College of Fashion.  The big Christmas secret, and the part which we love the best, is that you won’t know who designed your jumper until you receive it!

Do Your Bit with a Knit for Save the Children, but who's jumper is this???

Do Your Bit with a Knit for Save the Children, but who’s jumper is this???

The sale starts at 9am sharp on 3rd December (that’s tomorrow!) with just one limited edition of each jumper available.  Each jumper costs £99, with every penny going to Save the Children. It’s a knitted win-win situation.

To can see more about ‘Do Your Bit with a Knit’ as well as shots of the jumpers on Atterley Road’s blog right here. We’ll see you at 9am tomorrow, virtually obviously!

For more retail news, just click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Music: Kiesza ‘No Enemiesz’

November 24th, 2014

This is for all of you who had a rather large weekend and need a bit of an energy boost on this grey November Monday. ‘Enemiesz‘ is the newest track from Kiesza. It’s my go-to gym track for when I am feeling flatter than a very flat pancake as this high energy tune will perk you up quicker than a double espresso with a Red Bull chaser.

You’ll recognise her sound from Hideaway, a huge track that dropped at the beginning of the year. Totally by coincidence I am posting this from Toronto, and Keisza is actually Canadian. She’s a dancer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary. Her career has also included time in the Navy and as a ballerina, aswell as a contender for the Miss Universe Canada beauty pageant title. Makes me feel like I’ve just been standing still for my whole life!

Anyway, over to the track and I encourage you to go a bit ‘Flashdance’ where ever you may be…

Her album comes out on 1st December and you can pre-order it here. For more Music Monday posts, just have a look here.

Enjoy! Lucy