Barre Fitness: Kore Wear (Fit To The Kore)

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When you find a method of exercise that works for you, you sick faithfully to it because you see the results and have fun doing it.  Barre Fitness has become this for me, a unique method of cross-conditioning that utilizes the most effective aspects of ballet, pilates, flexibility and strength training.  In a typical class you will do a warm up, spend time at the ballet barre and do mat work – being led through a low impact, high intensity workout with lots of movements designed to challenge your core and lengthen and tone your body (no tutus required).

The benefits of the barre: Strong core and back muscles; increased flexibility and mobility; sculpted arms, abs, bottom and thighs; improved posture and balance; increased co-ordination.

I love to wear a bodysuit and leggings to Barre Fitness – though tight clothing is not a requirement, I think this style of outfit helps me focus on every muscle in my body and remember to engage my core (ballet studios are enveloped by mirrors – no body checking allowed, use them to focus your movements!)  Here I’m wearing my favourite bodysuit from Kore Wear and leggings from Zella at Nordstrom.

Are you a fan of the barre? Or does it bring out the ‘black swan’ in you? Leave me a comment below…

Photos by Beth Morton taken on location at Camyoga studios.  Wearing: Kore Wear Flora bodysuit; Zella leggings.

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Bond Girl: Tom Ford Aviators & ASOS Swim

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Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3548

Style on the couch canary islands gran canaria maspaloma holiday sun beach pool bikini swim swimsuit sexy palm tree tropical paradise panama hat tom ford sunglasses asos bikini-3597Whilst New York Fashion Week has been and gone (I hope you caught my series for Spring Summer 2015, if not scroll down after this post!) I’ve been having a wonderful break in The Canary Islands.  I’m flying home this weekend, and before London Fashion Week kicks off I wanted to post the second of my beach outfits from the vacation (I have mostly been living in swimsuits and bikinis, which has considerably lightened my suitcase – good news for me since I am usually the one bemoaning the extra kilograms of luggage charges at the airport).

I think it is increasingly acceptable, in fact encouraged these days, to mix ‘high’ and ‘low’ fashion.  My new rose gold Tom Ford Marko Aviators have been a great asset this trip. Since the lenses are polarized, they eliminate reflections and glare (great if you are spending a lot of time near the sea, or perhaps on a boat).  They also offer some additional protection from the harmful UV rays, not to mention they look pretty damn chic.

The shiny rose gold frames really stood out when I wore the aviators with my black cross front wrap halter bikini from ASOS.  As bikinis go this is a great sporty style though probably for smaller bust sizes only – I find the halter neck style really flattering for my shape (a swimsuit version also exists, click HERE.) A Bond Girl moment for me on my trip! To quote the memorable scene from Dr No. where Ursula Andress (Honey Ryder) emerged from the sea in her bikini:  ’Honey: Are you looking for shells?;  007: No, I’m just looking.’

Wearing: sunglasses from smartbuyglasses.  Bikini, ASOS. Photos: with thanks to @Societemember.

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New York Fashion Week Series: Rodarte SS15

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Rodarte_SS151I have admired the beautiful, poetic designs from Rodarte for a long time – this season a dazzling array of punky mermaids and glamorous pirates walked the catwalk to the tune of ‘The Big Ship’ by Brian Eno.

“When Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy were children, their father would take them to see the famed tide pools of Monterey where they grew up, and the hypnotic beauty of the sea life—and their wonder at the exquisite colors they discovered there—have stayed with them ever since.

This season, they decided to channel those childhood memories by creating richly layered and embellished pieces of clothing that suggested seaweed and algae swirled by the seawater and rocks thick with crustaceans. ‘We wanted to re-create the texture of those underwater tide pools,’ Kate explained, ‘to explore this idea of underwater worlds, with all the movement and fluidity’.” – Vogue.com

The dresses had the familiar fragility with which Rodarte become known for their designs. However there was a lot of strength in the collection also – the high waist ‘second skin’ pants were a favorite of mine, especially those accessorized with a belt fastened by a chunky fisherman’s hook.  The thigh high gladiator style boots were also something else.  Fashion for the bold indeed, but stunningly beautiful nonetheless.  Shiver me timbers, indeed.

Photos: Dazed Digital.

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