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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, 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...
Travel

Cape Town WINELANDS

March 20, 2017
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Cape Town is famous for its wineries so any trip to the mother city requires a visit to the vast, breathtakingly beautiful winelands. Stellenbosch (a 45 minute drive  from the city) and Franschhoek (slightly over an hour) are the closest  and serve up an abundance of charm and character along with their world class wines. I made a day of it, stopping off in Stellenbosch for lunch then continuing on to Franschhoek for some wine tasting (with one or two pit stops along the way). StellenboschDelaire Graff Estate Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch lies this gem.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Travel

Take a Hike: Cape Town Mountain Series

March 15, 2017
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Cape Town is surrounded by mountains which makes for dreamy (not so) city slicker living. The two most popular hiking trails are Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Both offer easy and more taxing routes but whichever one you pick – I’m telling you – the views are out of this world! Table mountain will take you longer. I did the toughest most taxing route in just under an hour with some very fit friends. You basically climb massive boulders non-stop. SUCH an epic workout and it sure beats Barry’s Bootcamp or any indoor city workout any day. As for Lion’s Head – there are two routes to choose from when you get further up.… Continue reading...
Travel

Life’s a beach: Postcards from Cape Town

March 13, 2017
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Sometimes the picture paints a thousand words so here’s some of me doing what I love best (playing in nature) on the beach in Cape Town.   Outfit One: Sweaty Betty The rest: Lucas Hugh Jewellery: Sophie Lis  Images: Cape To Byron Photography… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Meditation and Yoga Retreat at Epic Sana Algarve

November 1, 2016
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After a summer of indulgence and WEEK-long celebration for my sister’s wedding in Siena I was ready for some down time. The Quarter Life Health Project (see previous posts) had been my saving grace and much needed peaceful interlude preluding summer’s final hedonistic finale which left me well and truly spent! Morning breaks. View from my room. I arrived at Epic Sana Algarve, located on Praia da Falésia beach just 35 minutes from Faro airport, on October 1st for a week of yoga, meditation, beach walks and general bliss. Oh and the opportunity to bask in October’s sunshine and 28 degree celsius heat suited me just PERFECTLY too!… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

The Quarter Life Health Project Retreat: The Food

September 20, 2016
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“Indulgent, delicious, wholesome and nutrient rich food is very much at the heart of our ethos at The Holistic Health Project.” Happily I found this statement to be true although perhaps “indulgent” is a slight stretch. The vegan gluten-free meals are all masterminded by THHP founder Stephanie and I found myself constantly quizzing her on the recipes, excited to recreate them myself at home. We ate each light and wholesome meal altogether and the buffet style format meant there was always more for anyone who wanted it. The emphasis is on nourishment not deprivation via mainly local, sustainable and organic produce.… Continue reading...
Health, Travel

Quarter Life Health Project Retreat (Before)

September 13, 2016
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When the invitation came to join The Holistic Health Project for its Quarter Life retreat in Spain I admit I had to think twice about accepting. Despite the alluring descriptions of Kundalini yoga, hiking, meditation and naturopathic (the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies) vegan cuisine that would be on offer in Benahavis, a mountain village between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda 7 km from the coast, there was something about the following phrase that didn’t sit well with me. “The Retreat for 20/30 something females going through a quarter life crisis” it rather uninvitingly dubbed itself.… Continue reading...
Travel

POSTCARDS from Parrot Cay – (Part III)

March 9, 2015
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– T H E – R O O M – W I T H – A – J U N G L E – V I E W – This charming path canopied by cascading palms totally captured our hearts, making us feel as if we were in the Amazon, as we followed it up to our room. Inside; minimal almost to the point of spartan bar the soft, billowing pure white net curtains surrounding our bed. To the right of the picture is a built in sofa bed. – T H E – V I E W – T H E – B O L D – B R I G H T – & – B E A U T I F U L – R U M – P U N C H – The bright and bold welcome drink that awaits in your room upon arrival is a “Pirate Punch” prepared with local rum and blended to achieve the refreshing, zingy local island taste.… Continue reading...
Travel, Uncategorized

Paradise (Parrot Cay) Bound plus top tips to combat jet-lag

February 3, 2015
It wasn’t love at first sight for me and Parrot Cay. Nor was it the smoothest start once we’d arrived. Leaving London all blue skies and sunny spells had been a breeze and our BA flight had been mostly smooth. I relished the chance to read, read read (being a Sunday I had all the papers plus mags like RED, Women’s Health, Health and Fitness and Psychologies to name a few!) – and 11 hours spent filling my mind with all things health, food, fitness, travel and inspirational women was a pure delight. No WIFI 36,000 ft in the sky is such a blessing and opportunity for uninterrupted time to oneself with a pretty unbeatable view of a spectacular saphire sea sparkling in golden sunshine below.… Continue reading...