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I started running this Summer, you knew that already and I don’t want stress you more then usual on this.
My goal is being able to run 10Km by next Spring, 10 km seems to me a reasonable distance, but I have recently read that running a mile (1.6km) has the same life-lengthening benefits as a marathon.
The study (research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology), which lasted 15 years and included 55,137 adults, discovered that those who ran for less than an hour a week gained the same health benefits as those who ran for over three hours a week.
This is good news for a number of reasons, of course it means that we have more time to do other activities, but also that the risk of injuries becomes very low. Running a marathon is hugely satisfying but also painful and dangerous for your body. I don’t think I will ever run a marathon, however the above research is interesting to me and I guess to everybody else who thinks you have to run a lot to see health benefits.
Let’s go for a run!
Because we are talking about running I want to show you what I got a few weeks ago. JoggBox is a subscription box and each month, as a member, you will receive a package filled with the best nutrition products out on the market, new accessories and outfits designed to keep the perfect balance of comfort and style while running.
In the October box I have found:
- 2 Push Energy Gels
- 1 Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Bar
- 1 Elivar Endure sachet
- 2 Frank Food Snack Bars
- 1 Miso Soup by Clearspring
- 1 KT TAPE Fastpack
- 1 Body Glide Anti Chafe
- 1 iPhone Armband by JoggBox
I really liked the Miso Soup by Clearspring, brand of which I am a huge fan, the Frank Food snack bars and the iPhone Armband because I didn’t have one and I now know the difference between running with the phone in your hands or having them free… much much better with the armband.
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With tangerine oil, juniper berry and fennel essential oils, the Wizard banishes stress and helps you recover. Be quick to grab him because he will disappear in a POP after Halloween.
2 Black Halloween Sweet Print Socks
I am obsessed with socks and whether you celebrate Halloween or not, these spooky socks are great for one night or everyday wear.
3 Pumpkin icing shower gel
The sweet scent of pumpkin icing of this shower gel is the perfect way to start the day, that should be followed by a slice of pumpkin pie and a latte.
4 Deepest Dahlia & Silver Foil
An intense deep burgundy-plum and a metallic silver nail polish to create the perfect DIY Halloween Nails like these.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and the products above are chosen according to my preferences. Almost all of the products below have an online shop with worldwide shipping available.
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A new collaboration between Disaronno and the luxury fashion house Versace, has been revealed in London.
Versace has dressed the iconic bottle in the decadent style for which it has earned its reputation worldwide.
At the exclusive party at One Mayfair many guest have celebrated the launch of the limited edition bottle: the models Jimmy Q, Chris Perceval, Eva Riccobono and the always smiling Xenia Tchoumitcheva with whom I had the pleasure to chat while in the queue in, the TV presenter Maya Jama and Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska.
During the party we were treated to delicious DISARONNO VERSACE Sour cocktails, a dramatic blue and gold cocktail garnished with real gold leaf. You will find the recipe at the end of this article.
The limited edition #DISARONNOwearsVERSACE bottle is available from early October is stores.
‘DISARONNO VERSACE Sour’ cocktail recipe:
- 25ml DISARONNO
- 15ml Vermouth Bianco
- 15ml lime juice
- Shake and pour over crushed ice
- Top with a dash of Prosecco
- Drizzle with Blue Curacao
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Once again Harrods, in collaboration with Identità Golose and five Michelin star chefs, honours the excellence in Italian contemporary cuisine.
After Carlo Cracco in September, in October the Cerea brothers are taking over Harrods’ restaurant located at the Lower Ground Floor.
I have been invited at the press night with Enrico “Chicco” Cerea, owner and chef – with his brother – of the Italian restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, close to Bergamo and I would like to share the great meal we had the chance to try in advance:
• Anchovy from Cantabrico, tuna sauce and hazelnuts from Piedmont – myself and Paolo Marchi have tried to have a bis and a tris of this one
• Soft polenta, Roccaverano robiola cheese, white truffle and Grana Padano sauce
• Gnocco filled with melted cheese with white truffle- my favourite dish
• Sea-bass Mediterranean style with yellow tomatoes
• Avocado cream with caramelised macadamia nuts and yogurt sorbet – a wonderful 5 senses experience (ok maybe 4 senses, not sure if I can include the hearing :))
In November it will be the turn of Gennaro Esposito of restaurant La Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense in Naples, two Michelin stars.
Then Annie Féolde’s Enoteca Pinchiorri from Florence, three Michelin stars, and in January Enrico Crippa, chef at restaurant Piazza Duomo in Alba, three Michelin stars and number 39 in the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. With only one restaurant in London being part of the 50 Best, The Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, it’d be a real shame not to try what Crippa has to offer.
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Are you looking for a SPA in London that doesn’t cost you a mortgage?
Well, I have the right address for you: the SPA London.
SPA London is a completely new concept that revolutionised the SPA market by offering luxury packages that are affordable and accessible to all. I heard about it, but I never had the chance to try myself until a few weeks ago when I went to the Ironmonger Row Baths branch, near Old Street. This charming 1931′s building was built as a public wash house and later upgraded to a Turkish Bath. It’s only one of the 6 SPA facilities that are available across London.
The baths now include:
- 2 saunas
- 2 steam rooms
- Ice Fountain
- Plunge pool
- Monsoon Shower
- Bucket Shower
- Hot Rooms (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Lanconium)
I spent more then one hour trying every room – you can read this as “I have done nothing else than relaxing” – and then I enjoyed some time in the relax area, lying down on a super comfortable chaise longue, reading magazines while sipping an herbal tea.
There are also a double treatment room and 3 treatment rooms, where you can indulge yourself with products from Elemis and La Sultane de Saba.
I pampered myself in the double treatment room with the signatures services: the Ironmonger Row Full Body Scrub and the Ironmonger Row massage and I can say that the entire experience has completely relaxed my mind, released my back and after that my skin was really smooth, I will definitely come back again and again. I’d like to mention that, as the name implies, you have to share the double treatment room and this might be an issue for someone. It wasn’t a problem for me or the other girl and I am sure you can discuss your needs with the beautician.
Now the best part, the price! The cost of the massage+ scrub is only £25+£10 and the the price for the 3 hour Thermal Spa Experience varies per location due to size and services available, the rate ranges from £9 for concessionary members through to £25 for a non member. It is really a SPA bargain!
They offer men only, women only and mixed sessions.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of SPA London, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable experience.
Photos are from Spa London’s website, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Bath.