Thursday, 22 September 2016

Feeling the LOVE in Slovenia

When it comes to my travel the quote 'Leave No Stone Unturned' springs to mind. That's how travel should be, from exploring the furthest corners of the earth, to discovering hidden treasures on your doorstep, taking in a deep breath of the new and undiscovered is like waking up to a sunny day every day, it never gets old.

And so it was with Slovenia. 
The first time I came for love. Now I return again and again.  As I have come to love not only the man but his country as well.
Lake Bled Slovenia Travel Love Inspiration
I HEART Lake Bled (Photo Credit: Mitja Zupanc)

Slovenia captures your heart, it takes your breath away with its majestic beauty. One visit is never enough, there's far too much to see, to experience, to indulge. It's a haven for creative types, artists, writers, poets, painters, the vast mountainesque landscape gets my creative juices going and has so far inspired a children's book and a food project (coming soon).

Slovenia is a marvel, its charm lies in its unspoilt beauty. Its capital city Ljubljana* lies at the centre of a myriad of rivers, with its candy colored architecture and cobbled streets, its bustling cafe culture and warm hospitality. 

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Capital City of Ljubljana (Photo Credit: Alenka Zupanc)

Slovenia is like a 'Sleeping Beauty' rising after 100 years of sleep, the world is only now becoming aware of this gem and all it has to offer. The clean clear waters of Lake Bohinj lie 532 metres above sea level, where the air is fresh and sweet, you can rent an apartment by the lake, or pitch a tent and go 'native'. The 'has to be seen to be believed' turquoise Soca river. Dense woodland and forests cover much of the land, did I mention you can rent a treehouse in the woods, that's a must for my next trip, such stuff is  of fairytales...
Lake Bohinj Slovenia Travel Beauty Inspire Creative Art Model Serene
Beautiful Lake Bohinj (Photo Credit: Mitja Zupanc)
Lake Bled Slovenia Travel Beauty Photography Adventure Explore Europe
Through The Looking Glass... Fairytale Beauty of Lake Bled (Photo Credit: Mitja Zupanc)

The open and vast terrain demands that you slow down and savor the moment in Slovenia, there is no need to rush here, there's a natural ebb and flow that you will fall into if you let yourself go.

Slovenians know how to live. The rest of us could learn a thing or two. Life should be cherished, it's connections that matter, enjoying a coffee with friends, hiking in the mountains with family. Appreciating the beauty, in the world and in each other. 

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Golfing With 'The Family' in Celje (Photo Credit: Alenka Zupanc)

I often struggle with the work/life balance. I work too much, and when I'm not working I think and stress about the work I'm not doing. Since starting my golf fashion label Hales Golfwear I have been working non-stop, my friends have barely seen me (sorry friends) except on my business Instagram or Twitter pages, I'm often indoors, stuck behind my computer screen. 

This may produce good work but it doesn't inspire, it doesn't enrich, to do that you have to go out into the world, and sometimes, leave your laptop behind.

Going out more often #GOMO whether it's enjoying time with friends at your local cafe or unearthing beautiful destinations around the world, life can't be lived from your sofa, and it can't be all about work, you have to get up and go out and play.

And right now my favourite place to do that is Slovenia.

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Feeling the Love in Slovenia - Lake Bled (Photo Credit: Mitja Zupanc)

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Appreciating the Beauty! #GOMO (Photo Credit: Mitja Zupanc)

Where have you travelled to this summer? Are you Going Out More Often #GOMO and appreciating the beauty all around you? If you're planning an event be sure to check out Eventbrite for all your event service needs. 

Till next time xx 

*Ljubljana won Green Capital of the Year 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016

Avo Addict

Avocado. What’s not to love?

Creamy, healthy, delicious, the ultimate all rounder, great in salads, smoothies, on toast, the options are limitless. Avocado is the new super-food du jour. 128 million avocados were sold this past year in the UK alone, there are over 4 million ‘avocado’ posts on Instagram, with a whopping 195 thousand people hashtagging #avocadotoast

Yep, clearly we are a bunch of avocado-addicts! 

My latest Avo Inspiration! Avocado with Seeds, Berries and Honey (recipe below)
Avocado not only tastes good it's also super nutritious too, so it's no wonder we're all stocking up on this fabulous fruit. It's packed full of vitamin C, energy boosting B vitamins and healthy fats. 

I love adding avocado to my morning smoothie, it’s great with banana and strawberries or with spinach and beetroot. I also love it with salmon, I simply can’t get enough of it, it’s my go-to-comfort food, try it with bacon, if you haven’t had a bacon, chicken and avocado sandwich then you must!

If you’re on the go, then try cutting one open, de-seed, sprinkle a little sea salt and voila you’ve got a delicious gluten free treat, or post-work-out snack.

Avocado with seeds and berries
1 Avocado
Handful of Sunflower Seeds (you can substitute pumpkin or sesame)
½ Cup Blueberries
1 tsp Honey

Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed and slice. Sprinkle with seeds. Add the blueberries. Drizzle over the honey. Eat immediately as it’s far too yummy to wait!

How do you like yours?

Let me know by commenting below. I love to get new avocado inspiration ideas!

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I’m passionate about living a healthy, happy and active lifestyle, I want to explore the world, follow my dreams and make them happen! I’m the designer and CEO of Hales Golfwear, a British Sportswear Brand for Women. 16 months ago it was an idea. Now it’s a reality. Find my latest collection here

Till next time xxx

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Beauty Fit

Make-Up in the Gym? Yay or Nay?

I’m all for looking glam and being ready for any gymfie (gym-selfie) opportunity, but make-up in the gym? It’s a no go for me.

Today our world is saturated with make-up overload; contouring, strobing and perfect make-up video tutorials dominate and influence our concept of beauty. When celebrities dare to go bare-faced they are vilified by the press and public. Peer pressure is no joke. In this age where everyone is so make-up conscious is it ever OK to go make-up free and au naturel?

Is it OK to wear make-up in sport?

For me it’s a no brainer, when I work out I sweat, any make-up would just slide off my face. When we get hot and sweaty our pores enlarge, so if your skin is covered in foundation and powder, that’s what your pores are going to breathe in, which can’t be good for your skin. You’re likely to get a breakout….

I used to have really bad skin as a teenager and into my early twenties, I used make-up to cover the scarring, to give me more confidence, so I didn't feel like everywhere I went people were staring at my skin in horror, they weren't of course but sometimes it definitely felt that way. My dermatologist advised that I go make-up free as often as I could, as this would help my skin to heal faster. 

However I do wear lip-gloss when I work out. I wear lip-gloss pretty much everywhere I go; it would feel strange without it. But I draw the line at putting a whole face on (foundation, concealer, eye shadow, lipstick, and mascara) when I hit the weights.

The act of applying make-up has been described as putting on war-paint, many women need it to feel confident, for others it’s an assertive boost, an act of femininity. British athlete and 'Fastest Woman in the UK' Dina Asher-Smith sees it as part of her ritual. In an interview with Stylist Magazine she said “When I do my make-up on race day, I like everything to be exactly right. Foundation, powder, blusher, eye shadow, mascara, eyebrows, eyeliner, primer, everything has to be flawless. Make-up helps me get prepared and I think a lot of us sprint girls find that. With our sport, everything is about confidence and showmanship. A huge part of it is believing in yourself and believing that you can go out and do a good job. Make-up in that way feels like armour. I feel fierce and in control.”

Some see their sport as their job, and they'd wear make-up to the office so why not to the track? Team USA came under a lot of fire recently when female athletes wore winged eyeliner and red lipstick during the Olympics, many thought it was unnecessary, there was even a whole FOX news report on the subject.

It seems the jury’s out on whether make-up is appropriate in sport or not, the dermatologists would tell you that it’s not good for your skin, the athletes would say they need it to boost their confidence and to be ready for their TV close-up.

I do believe that in sport, clean, healthy skin looks far better than make-up, but that’s just my opinion. After all, if you’re wearing make-up how will you ever get to see that post-workout glow? And that is beautiful.

I’d love to hear what you think, do you wear make-up to the gym? (Please comment below)

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Till next time xxx