Fitness: Running on Winter Nights

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Nike-run-JDSports-3When the nights are cold and dark, and I’m often up and out for work before daylight fully breaks, it can be difficult to motivate myself to work out in the winter.  This is when fashion and function collide, as with the right running gear* for the nighttime, evening jogs can be commonplace and (dare I say it, it was really chilly last night!) enjoyable, especially with the distractions of the pretty Christmas lights up around the city.

Neon and reflective clothing, gloves and a head band that covers the ears are all a must.  As is a warm running jacket, I’ve had this one years and its truly gone the distance with me.

How do you stay in shape in the winter, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Sports vest, JD Sports. Leggings, JD Sports. Nike flyknit trainers and Stella McCartney for Adidas running jacket.

*and workout partner! Be safe, don’t run alone at night.

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.

 

Black, White & Denim: Nike, Hollister & Helmut Lang

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Nike tee and denim shorts styleonthecouchThe weather in England is pretty amazing right now, Blog Reader.  Fully expecting to be back in my wellies and winter coat when I returned from Georgia, here I am instead in my denim shorts this weekend!

The first weeks after a wedding are kinda weird. You are still filled with the glow of happiness but the return to reality sets in – I’ve had a really busy first week back at work and the jet lag hasn’t helped!  This weekend I finally felt I could press the reset button. I stocked up on nice food (with some recommendations from my fitness and nutrition guru Charli Cohen, more on her on the blog next month) and my usual favourite treats (champagne and macarons, what else?!) and hit the gym hard. I clearly don’t want summer to end, so thank you English weather for playing along.

Lots of new stuff coming on the blog over the next few weeks, Blog Reader! I have some accessories and style posts, including the second dress I wore at my wedding, from DKNY.  New designer features too.  You may have noticed Friday Lingerie Lust returned this week and will be continuing with new collections from innovative lingerie and boudoir accessories brands. I’m also beginning a new fitness thread on StyleOnTheCouch as my gym wear is becoming as important as my day-to-day style lately.  For me the right workout gear gets me moving every time. Try it – I have some great fitness recommendations for you coming up in October.

Wearing: Nike tee, Dick’s Sporting Goods (somewhat of a mecca for me in the States for work out gear!); denim shorts, Hollister (I am too old to shop in this place but I have to say these shorts fit me perfectly); holding Helmut Lang leather jacket.