Fitness Goals for 2015 – An Update

Fitness goals updateSomehow, six months *gulp* have passed since I wrote about my fitness goals for the year ahead. As a result I thought it would be a good time to check in and have a chat about how it’s all going!

Work Out 3-4 Times Per Week

Let’s start off with a good one here! So far I’m managing to tick this box and then some, working out between 4-6 times per week at the moment. This is largely in part to joining FitMob (which has since become ClassPass) – the ‘fitness passport’ that I mentioned in my original goals post and then reviewed here. For $99 per month I can access classes at over 50 studios and gyms, making for diverse weeks that can contain hot yoga, pilates, boxing, circuits, circus skills and more.

Run a Half Marathon (over the Golden Gate Bridge)

Ok, while I haven’t run a half marathon yet, I did take part in Bay to Breakers, a 12k that sees participants run  from one side of San Francisco to the other. It’s the longest run and only race I’ve taken part in this year, and while I am hoping to fit in a couple more 10k races before the year is out, I think completing a half this year is unlikely.

Strength, Condition and Stretch More

Must. Stretch. More. Right now I take 1-2 pilates classes a week and I feel that’s doing wonders for my core strength, but when it comes to stretching, outside of yoga, I haven’t really figured out a routine yet. Previously I was doing a short yoga for runners sequence with Yoga With Adriene so I think I need to try making this a more regular part of my routine.

Choose Healthier Snacks

Well, this is a biggie. Despite exercising five days out of seven and walking or cycling most days, I haven’t seen that much of a difference to my body shape. I gave Cheetos the boot months ago but I think I definitely need to cut back on sugary snacks. As a result I’ve just started Whole30, a 30 day ‘reset’ diet that excludes sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy (sob!) and grains and legumes. I’ve never dieted in my life but I felt that taking a break from certain food groups might help kick my sugar cravings to the curb. I’m only two days in so I’ll probably post more about this at a later date, but if any of you have tried Whole30 then I’d love to hear your tips or favourite meals!

Try New Activities

Another tick for this goal, largely because of my FitMob/ClassPass membership. Since February I’ve tried ballet-inspired barre workouts, mat and reformer pilates, bootcamp classes, acroyoga and heated vinyassa yoga. I’ve also managed to secure a spot in an anti-gravity yoga class this Saturday, which I’m very excited about. In addition to classes I’ve also tried skiing, paddle boarding and Mr Ship-Shape and I now regularly go on long bike rides (around the 25 mile mark, which is long for me) which has been great.

Have you made any health and fitness goals for 2015? If so, how are yours going?

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Old Favourites

Preventing a blust of wind wardrobe disasterToday I fly back to San Francisco. I definitely have mixed feelings about this as I love my adopted city – I just wish I could scoop up our friends and family and take them back there with me. The last two weeks in the UK have been a wonderful whirlwind of quality time with loved ones, but unlike the last time I took this flight, when the fear of the unkown was almost overwhelming, there are lots of good things on the horizon and I’m looking forward to settling back into the life we’ve made for ourselves.

I have more posts to come on our British trip, but today I wanted to share an outfit that I wore just before we left San Francisco. It’s full of old favourites – pieces that I don’t even have to think about when I pluck them from the closet. Unwittingly on this particular day I ended up wearing them at the same time, but that just serves to show that old favourites can work best together.

This cotton St Michaels (aka Marks & Spencer) dress was a find from a vintage fair at Bristol Uni’s Students Union years ago, and is one of my favourite vintage pieces. I haven’t been wearing some of my 1980s dresses in San Francisco that much as, while it’s not hot by LA standards, polyester and I don’t mix well in a warmer climate. That means that this dress is one of the few to see the light of day, especially now I’ve discovered a love for jeans and separates, big time.

The bag and shoes were both gifts from brands but I can say with a hand on my heart that they are both items I would gladly buy myself ten times over – the boots in particular are so well loved that I’ve been checking the Topshop shoe department for the last couple of years waiting for a pair of buttery nubuck leather Chelsea boots to materialise so that I can (ssshh!) replace them.

Anywho, this is me and my old favourites – what are yours?

Brown floral cotton dress –  vintage / Beige belt – vintage / Leather satchel – c/o Dr Martens / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus

Vintage brown floral dressVintage Marks and Spencer dress overlooking Civic CenterBlue skies in Downtown SFMid-Market StreetVintage Marks and Spencer dressWindy skirt disaster

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The Little Things #14 – The British Edition

Little Things British EditionWhat a last two weeks! It’s been a little quiet around these parts, but if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ll know that I’ve been busy visiting friends and family in the UK. In exchange for radio silence on the blog front, I’ve been eating homemade cakes, catching up with friends and watching two of my favourite people tie the knot. Here’s a slightly delayed version of The Little Things – The British Edition!

Blogging about: Well, not very much because I’ve been too busy attending weddings and whatnot, but before I left I wrote about San Francisco Pride and our long weekend in Miami.
Watching: Two of our dearest friends get married. This was the reason for our trip back and although jet lag and weddings don’t go well together, we had a wonderful day, danced all night and ate a lot of cheese. The venue, which you can see part of above, was a beautiful old barn decked in bunting and fairy lights, which made for a magical setting.
Making: The effort to have my haircut while in Bristol – before San Francisco I went to the same hairdresser for five years – she understands my #fringegirlproplems like no-one else. The result is seriously shorter than usual, but I’ve been assured that milkmaid braids will still be possible, thank goodness.
Buying: A few sale bits and pieces from shops that are harder to find in the US, including Topshop and Sweaty Betty. Oh, and pretty much the entirety of the Bourjois counter at Boots.
Reading: British magazines! ELLE, Red, Glamour and lots of Sunday supplements –my favourites – that Mama Ship-Shape has been keeping for me. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great magazines in the US but they are stuffed with adverts, lacking in double-page spreads and severely lacking in beauty freebies.
Listening to: The Cadbury Sisters – one of my favourite British bands – played at the wedding we attended and it was such a beautiful, intimate performance. They performed at Glastonbury this year and I was gutted I couldn’t be there, so this more than made up for it!
Wearing: A vintage wedding outfit that cost less than £15 – style post and photos coming soon!
Eating: Fish and chips, Mama Ship-Shape’s roast dinners and a mountain of Pieminister pie – we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food in San Francisco but these are the foods I’ve missed the most since the move.
Enjoying: Catching up with friends and family, which has included, in no particular order; swing dancing, baking giant Party Rings, loosing a pub quiz, dining with my favourite #blogclub babes, sipping champagne, picking strawberries, de-cluttering a wardrobe, putting the world to rights over breakfast, eating ice cream at the beach and surprise bagel lunches.
Looking forward to: My last two days here before I fly back on Tuesday.

What little things have you been loving lately?

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#LoveWins and Pride SF

Posing in front of 18th and Castro

The last few days have been full of ups and downs here in San Francisco. The down being that the Mr and I missed our first Glastonbury Festival in seven years (Timehop has been a blessing and a curse for reminding us what we’re missing) – first world problem, much? One of the highs has of course been Pride, and the USA’s Supreme Court ruling to legalise gay marriage in all 50 states.

San Francisco is definitely one of the more liberal cities in the States and has long been home to a bustling LBGT community, so when news of this huge win for equality broke on Friday morning, the jubilation could be felt on every street corner. For us, marriage was a natural progression within our relationship and while it’s not the right move for everyone, it’s hard to imagine having to fight so hard to justify loving another person in that way.

We’re blessed with lots of rainbow flags here throughout the year but for Pride, businesses, homeowners and citizens go all-out, and it’s been a joy to walk around neighbourhoods that are even more colourful than usual. On Saturday afternoon we headed down to a BBQ at our friend’s house in the Castro, before checking out the Pink Party, a Pride street party packed with performers, music and dancing.

For the occasion I dug out the only pink item of clothing I own – this floral jersey pencil skirt from Topshop – and paired it with these epic gold sneakers from Zara that I picked up in the sale a couple of weeks ago. I am in heart-eyes emoji love with them.

America is not without its flaws (the topic of gun control, or lack thereof, could spawn a whole other blog, let alone a blog post) but I felt very proud to live in San Francisco this weekend. It’s a peninsula of acceptance, tolerance and celebration of who you are, and proof that love wins in the end.

SF Pride Pink PartyFrozen yogart faceGold mock croc Zara shoesRainbow fawn at SF PrideRainbow flag agaisnt Twin PeaksEn route to the Pink PartyPretty in pink for SF PridePride rainbow baseball capsGold shoes and rainbowsBloglovin |Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 

Dressing in Denim and a Note on Fast Fashion

F21 denim shirt and Old Navy trousers

Yep, more denim from me! I just can’t get enough of the stuff at the moment, and just when I thought I had all the denim staples a girl could ask for (jeans, check! Dress, check! Shirt, check!) I spotted this denim t-shirt.

I wore this look to lunch at a friend’s house on Memorial Day and despite Memorial Weekend kicking off summer, the weather in San Francisco has been distinctly overcast and windy.

I’m not about to suggest that it’s cold, but it’s definitely living up to the did-he-say-it-or-didn’t-he Mark Twain quote often attributed to summers in the city. Fortunately our recent trip to Miami gave me the blast of sunshine I’ve been missing in recent weeks.

This outfit is unusual for me in that – Mulberry bag aside – it’s the first in a long time that’s made up entirely of fast fashion, including the American brands Forever 21, Old Navy and a pair of (old) Primark sandals. Although I still own several Primark items I stand firmly in the anti-fast fashion camp, but here in the US I’m not as familiar with the ethics of high street retailers. That’s something for me to work at and educate myself on, and in the meantime it leaves me a tad conflicted about outfits like this, especially since I bloomin’ love this denim t-shirt.

I read about The True Cost documentary on recently and it’s one I’m definitely going to make an effort to see as I think it mainly focuses on American retailers. Do ethical/environmental decisions factor in your shopping habits? I’d love to know your thoughts on this so leave me a comment below and let me know…

Denim t-shirt –  Forever 21 / Printed harem pants – Old Navy / Tan sandals – Primark / Oak ‘Effie’ bag – Mulberry

Denim tshirt and harem pants outfitDuboce street signCasual Memorial Day outfitMilkmaid Heidi braidsF21 denim tshirtSan Francisco painted ladiesRelaxed denim tshirt outfit

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