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.

Friday Lingerie Lust: Kriss Soonik Loungerie SS14

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coolbrands_bookIf you are a regular reader of my Friday Lingerie series then Kriss Soonik will need no introduction.  A beautiful mix of lingerie and luxe loungewear, Soonik’s collections mix her Nordic minimalism with a hefty dose of New York cool and Parisian chic.  Signatures from the brand include her suspender top and triangle lace bra – the latter has been brought back a rainbow of colours for 2014; all seven colours of lace Soonik has worked with over the years – to celebrate the brand turning five years old.

For SS14 Soonik uses electric blue, cream and white for her line of bodysuits, cover ups, and lace bra and brief sets with signature bows and ruffles all perfectly placed.  My favourites from the new line are the Elva bodysuit (image two, right) – I never found a halterneck design I didn’t like because it accentuates the shoulders in a super sexy way – and the Susan lace knickers (image four, left) which are just too beautifully frilly to cover up.

Named as one of Britain’s ‘Cool Brands‘ for 2013/14 and featuring in countless fashion magazines, you can’t be a true lingerie affectionado without some Kriss Soonik in your closet.

For more information on Kriss Soonik, including her online boutique, click HERE.  You can also shop Soonik’s collection at Faire Frou Frou and Journelle.

Reckless Wolf Lingerie Launch

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Reckless Wolf LingerieWhen I break from my usual Friday routine to write about lingerie, Blog Reader, you know that there is something very special that just can’t wait.  I’m thrilled to give you this exclusive introduction to Reckless Wolf, a dynamic fusion of underwear and outerwear inspired by independent, rebellious girls.

Designer Jade Little has approached her brand with a fierce attitude, resulting in a provocative, style-led collection with names such as ‘Howl, ‘Prey‘ and ‘Hunted‘.  My favourites feature innovative cut outs and harness-like styling.  Not for the faint hearted, each piece is a technical collaboration of fabrics that provide confidence and comfort for a fearless and determined attitude.

The debut collection from Reckless Wolf launches online today. To be the first to get your hands on one of the new styles click HERE.

Or you can wait ’til the full moon.

Your choice.

Credits:  Photographer: Stefan Sieler / Woolhouse Studios; Direction: Reckless WolfModel: Gabriella First Model Management; Make up: Julia Wren.