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The safe way to summer skin

June 26, 2017
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“Everything looks better with a tan” is the adage that leads many of us to spend thousands of pounds on trips to the sun and many dedicated hours trying to get that injection of melanin to settle and stay on the surface of our skin. Sadly, I’m a true English rose and the most my skin will do to acknowledge the sun is sprout a freckle or two and turn a light golden colour. In my youth I told myself that with enough effort, I too could turn the colour of a coconut. Yet the results of my lengthy efforts frying in the sun gave me sun stroke, sunburn and flaking white skin that shed like a snake in protest.… Continue reading...
Breakfast, Fitness, Food, Health, Juices, Lunch/Dinner

What we ate on MTLR

June 26, 2017
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With so much exercise we needed to eat a lot to keep our energy up. And eat we did and very well too. Breakfast was a feast of Lucy Rocks musleis (vegan, gluten free), Pip & Nut butters, fresh fruit, chia puddings, custard tarts (we were in Portugal – it would be ride not to), eggs and toast. Lunch was usually a picnic on the beach and this was a simple chicken salad. Fruit, crisps and biccies were also on tap. This wasn’t a retreat for turning the treats down! For me, dinner was when I got really excited. Rainbow arrays of exotic salads, spreads, herbs and veggies were presented with artistic flair, accompanied by bigger, heartier dishes like risotto, pasta, paella and big meat dishes.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Mad To Live: The Stoking of the brains …

June 23, 2017
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So in my last post I told you that founder of MTLR’s  Sophie’s mission is to “stoke your brains out”. Wanna know what this means? Scroll down… http://poppycross.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_6072.m4v And this my friends, is a flash of what it means to get your brains stocked out. We rode, ran, swam, surfed, hiked, biked, bended, stretched, jumped and it all made us feel PUMPED! I think the best thing about it all – as well as being able to do it all in nature – wast the fantastic, unbeatable feeling of physical capability. Being able to use and move our bodies in so many different ways and to master uncertainties, grow stronger in mind, body and soul – there is nothing like it.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Mad To Live Retreat: The Destination

June 19, 2017
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“My aim is to totally stoke your brains out” says an impassioned Sophie spiritedly, her eyes sparkling brightly and mouth stretched into a wide smile. The force of life that sits opposite me is Sophie Everard, child of the universe, master of all sports and founder of Mad To Live Retreats. This girl has got something that no city slicker possesses. In fact, I’ve never met anyone quite like her. I first heard about Sophie’s retreats through my lovely fierce fitness friend Carly Rowena (who I’m sure you’ve heard of and she also features in my previous post on Kefalonia). Carly travels a lot with her work and is a notable fitness retreat connoisseur.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

F Zeen Retreat, Kefalonia

May 26, 2017
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This was a very  special trip. Early one May morning four fitness bloggers including myself gathered together at Gatwick Airport for the first time, unaware that it would be the start of a beautiful friendship between us all. Not to mention the start of four days in paradise. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out who these girls are and where you can follow them! They are a true inspiration.) A three and a half hour flight took us in Kefalonia, the largest island of the Ionian Sea and remarkably untarnished by tourists. Its land is lush and its many beaches exotic, uncrowded and completely breathtaking.… Continue reading...
Health

Hello Day Supplements: Spring Box review

May 11, 2017
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When the seasons change so too does our external environment. Sunlight exposure, temperature, wind, rain and natural life all fluctuate and this obviously has a big impact on how we feel and even how we look. We’re usually happier and more energetic when we have a decent amount of sun exposure and an environment that’s rich with life. But when our external environment is harsh, urban, polluted and our skin is exposed to all kinds of extreme weather and temperatures viruses like colds reign supreme, skin feels dry and delicate and our mood and energy often take a nose dive. To help manage the effects of the changing seasons, Hello Day has designed supplements specifically formulated by doctors and pharmacists to help you prepare and manage your body, mind and spirit throughout the year.… Continue reading...
Beauty

Skin Emergency? Time for some Vitamin C

April 24, 2017
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The change of seasons can wreak havoc with your skin. For me, whenever the weather changes my skin becomes dry, dull and devoid of life. So what to do? When it comes to facials – or any skincare lotions and potions, routines and regimes – I’ve always been skeptical. How far do the products really penetrate? And can they really make a difference when your skin is constantly shedding and renewing? Furthermore, in the past I’ve always felt disappointed with the results from the supposedly “miracle/life changing/totally transformative” (etc) facials that also promise to last months… I think the best results my face has ever manifested is a more radiant and hydrated complexion for up to 5 – 7 days after.  … Continue reading...
Fitness

The Benefits of Sprint Training

April 11, 2017
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A lot of people are scared of sprinting and avoid it like the plague. It’s a form of high intensity exercise and it hurts! But like everything, the more you do it the more your body acclimatises and adapts and it becomes less of an ordeal. (I promise you!) It’s also a highly efficient form of training especially for those who are time poor. You can jog for an hour or sprint for twenty minutes and burn the same amount of calories and what’s more, your body’s metabolism will accelerate for hours after upon completing a sprint session. Sprinting is a form of anaerobic exercise which means it doesn’t require oxygen as its energy source. … Continue reading...
Fitness

My 24/7 Yoga Trainer

April 4, 2017
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I love yoga and I love being outside. So now that spring has sprung and the sun is shining, I’m pretty happy taking any opportunity I can to workout in the parks or my garden. Yoga is something I haven’t ever prioritised but whenever I do it I feel so much calmer, more flexible and restored both mentally and physically. So when FeetUp sent me its nifty yoga trainer I couldn’t resist having a play! It’s super easy and quick to assemble and once it’s ready to go you’ll find that having it in the house is like having your very own trainer with you 24/7 – always looking at you as if to say “Go and do some yoga!” I’ve been loving taking the FeetUp Trainer into my garden and going through all the poses on the poster which comes with it.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Surrey Hills Escape

March 24, 2017
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When you live in a city like London regular time-outs where you can slow everything down and just enjoy the simple pleasures are a must. And for me, the most simple way to do this is to escape to the country. I can never resist the call of long walks in the rolling hills and crisp clean air, cosy log fires, long breakfasts with the weekend papers, and just generally being in nature. Having recently got back from Cape Town I was missing hiking in the mountains (and a lot more!) so I decided to book a weekend with my bestie in the Surrey Hills to get my hiking fix.… Continue reading...