I Stole Her Chanel

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Reiss_Heels_Reformation_Skirt_Chanel_BagWhen it comes to accessories, I’m a basic-kinda-gal.  Black bag? Check.  Oversized bag? Check. Clutch? Check check. Anything else? Ermmmm….. doesn’t that cover all the options?

Happy am I, therefore, when I can ‘loan’ my new neighbor’s accessories for a blog shoot.  Since moving to Cambridge I’ve found myself in close proximity to fellow blogger Briony of A Girl A Style – we’d met prior to my move to Cambridge but quite co-incidentally we found ourselves a stone’s throw from each other.  Very handy when it comes to [motivation to attend your weekly barre fitness classes and] photoshoots out and about in Cambridge; mostly for the necessary humour when passers-by decide to comment on a) choice of outfit (yes, yes, thank you I like it too, please don’t stand and watch you are really putting me off) b) appropriateness of said choice of outfit during current climate (the fashion calendar works in advance leave me alone) or perhaps even c) just photobombing me (really? REALLY?). Actually c) only ever happened in NYC, we Brits are far too polite for that kind of thing.

But I digress. On this recent shoot I wanted to show an option for going-out in the winter evenings.  I can struggle to balance my love of fashion with my basic need for warmth (I hate being cold, Blog Reader,) so I’m constantly seeking solutions where I don’t have to make a choice in this dilemma.  I have this new three-quarter length sleeved polo neck by Pop Boutique which is a great choice for comfort, warmth and a dose of minimal chic-ness, which I’m wearing here with this midi skirt with a dramatic front split from US brand Reformation.  The Isla Heels are from Reiss (did you see the ‘My Style, After Dark’ collaboration with Reiss Fashion?) and the bag? A temporary loan from A Girl A Style.  She has all the best accessories. I stole her Chanel for this feature. It really made me want to be an accessories person, it really did*.

Photos: Beth Morton.

*saving starts now.

Alluring Activewear: Espalier Sport

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Fitness_Fashion_nike_espaliersportDuring my September holiday to The Canary Islands, American Husband inspired me to keep working at my fitness and created for me a series of largely bodyweight-focused ‘WODS’ (workout-of-the-day in CrossFit terms).  Since no equipment is needed you can pretty much do these anywhere, anytime – perfect for when you are traveling or can’t make the gym*.  I’ve been trying to incorporate this style of activity into my workout routine back home, and of course whenever I start any new fitness regime, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll need some new kit to wear that motivates me to work hard and feel my best.

Espalier Sport are a new brand that weaves sleek, seductive, silhouettes with subtle yet powerful feminine details into an active-lifestyle collection for withstanding the rigors of fitness as well as being something you want to incorporate into everyday wear.  Designer Karen Hseih developed Espalier Sport from an appreciation of lingerie and an interest in the empowering nature of innerwear for some women. With this active-wear collection, she seeks to embrace both ease in movement and sensual freedom of expression, which she achieves very nicely with this comfortable and a-hint-of-the-provocative line.

I’ve worn this cropped wide-band bra-top for yoga and the bodyweight WODS I mentioned at the start of this post.  Whilst some might find the straps insubstantial for lots of high impact activity (you might prefer the midriff bra top), the wide band gives good support around the chest area.  This top is lined, has removable cups and a racer-back which I much prefer for freedom of upper body movement.

You can view the whole collection of tops, bottoms and cover-ups HERE.

Wearing: Wide band bra top by Espalier Sport. Shorts and trainers: Nike. Beach towel, KOZA. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

*Go on – feel inspired!  Fall is a perfect time of year for running outside or getting involved in activity in your local parks and gardens.  And if you’re really interested – to view some travel WODS, click HERE.

 

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.