Barre Fitness: Kore Wear (Fit To The Kore)





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.

The Blue Lagoon with Kore Swim

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Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Blue Lagoon Iceland


Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa situated in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. About 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik, I stopped off at the spa during my trip to Iceland last month.

The Blue Lagoon is man-made, fed by the water output of a nearby geothermal power plant.  Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity.  After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system.  Then the water is fed into the lagoon for people like me to bathe in – rich with minerals such as silica (reported to improve skin elasticity) and sulphur (used medicinally since ancient times, rich in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin) – giving it a silky feel and a rich and gloopy appearance.

At an average temperature of around 38 degrees, swimming (or rather, wading) in the lagoon is a delightfully blissful experience.  I wore my new maillot from Kore Swim during my time there: an architecturally designed one-piece with high neck, cut-out back straps and sleek black gloss accents, this Minerva maillot was perfect for the spa as I wanted more coverage than I might in a swimming pool or on a beach.   Kore have a wonderful selection of one-pieces right now, and this maillot has recently been released in blush pink/black as well as white/black scale print.

Those seeking a fun spa experience should consider Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. If you are making the trip,  be warned – the scent of sulphur needs some acclimatizing to, and you are required to go through a rigorous showering process before you get into the spa itself – once those things are done then all you need to do is sit back in the warm waters and relax….

Read more about Iceland’s Blue Lagoon HERE.  For more on Kore Swim, visit their website.

Kore Swim ‘Heatwave’






I remember seeing KORE Swim on sale in one of my favourite East Village boutiques, AzaleasNYC.  Athletic, strong and alluring, KORE do a great job of creating swimwear that is friendly to both lounging on the beach and taking a dip in the pool as well as ocean-based sports.

‘From its ancient goddess origins to its modern interpretation, KORE stands for strength, power and allure. A woman’s “core” is her most fundamental, defining asset, and KORE swimwear is designed to enhance it – allowing her natural beauty to show from the inside out.’

For 2014 KORE bring us ‘Heatwave‘ ~ a 1950s Hollywood glamour meets Flashdance meets 1990s colour-blocking inspired collection of swim and surf separates and one-pieces.  Never one to ignore any collection with reference to Flashdance, my favourites for 2014 are firstly a KORE signature style – the Maillot in onyx with high neck, cut out back and full brief. This is a sexy but substantial style.  I also adore the strappy additions to Heatwave – the Bond Girl-esque bikini in peach never fails to amaze (the sheer aesthetical power of that one beach outfit that was enough to ensure Honey Ryder won’t ever be forgotten.)

KORE swim brings together the essential elements of quality, fit, fashion and function.  Shop online via their website or Free People.  For a full list of retailers click here.