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Be:Fit London, my experience

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Over the last year and a half I have become addicted to the gym. No idea how this has been possible, I am always been quite lazy and I always found different excuses to not go to the gym: “I work till late, I work too much, it’s freezing outside, I will start tomorrow and blah blah…”

Then I found that is actually nice when you start to exercise and you find yourself more reactive, strong and you see your body changing and getting more fit, not to mention that you have more energy all day.

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When I had the chance to visit the Be:Fit London I was quite excited about the chance of trying some of the most famous workouts in the world. Unfortunately the time flew very quickly and I couldn’t do everything.

I started my day with a yoga session, always the perfect way to wake up and resume concentration, coming out of it totally re-tempered.

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Then I popped by the Beyonce Workout, to learn how to dance – and walk – like Queen Bee. You can see here 15 seconds of our dance session, I met so many other girls and we really had fun.

Then Insanity the world’s most popular fitness DVD that promises to give you an amazing body in 60 days. I can say that it is really INSANE: you jump and run and squat and jump and push and jump and kick and jump for 1 hour! You burn around 1000 calories during a session and the key point is that you still burn calories after the training.

I absolutely trust them, if you survive, you will get the perfect body!

After the workout I had a look at the exhibitors stands and I want to share a few that I liked.

Upbeat, the small bottle packed full of protein.
The dairy drink contains 20g of protein, as much as a chicken breast or four eggs. I have learnt that our bodies are only able to absorb about 30g of protein at any one time, so it’s best to distribute the daily protein intake across the day.

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Protein First, a high protein ice cream.
Each 150ml tub contains at least 15g of protein, is low in fat and is fortified with added vitamins.
I am quite picky about ice-cream and the lady at Protein First dared me to try it. Chocolate & Hazelnut flavour was my lunch on Sunday and I can say that it was delicious, better than many ice-creams you can get at the supermarket.

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Vivid Matcha green tea.
Everybody knows the Matcha green tea, the natural powerhouse used by monks in the hills of Japan to improve concentration & wellbeing. They come in three different flavours, try all… you won’t regret it!

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First photo © Jimi Rae.

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Be:Fit London

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English Version below

 

Be:Fit London

Dove: Old Billingsgate Market

Quando: Venerdì 28 Marzo a Domenica 30 Marzo

Appena tornata dalla Thailandia e ancora in lotta con il jet lag sono pronta a ripartire con una settimana piena di appuntamenti, lavoro, palestra, amici, che terminerà con un evento per il quale faccio il countdown da più di un mese, il Be:Fit London, il più importante evento inglese dedicato al fitness e alla nutrizione che si svolgerà dal 28 al 30 Marzo presso Old Billingsgate.

Kirsty Gallacher, Denise Lewis, l’atleta olimpica Victoria Pendleton e l’ex modella Jodie Kidd sono le ambasciatrici ufficiali e insieme a molte marche di abbigliamento sportivo e nutrition brands come Yogi Tea, Koko Dairy Free e i magazines Cosmo Body, Harper’s Bazaar – e molti altri – presenzieranno ai tre giorni dell’evento.

Be:Fit London fornirà dimostrazioni dal vivo di training, dieta e nutrizione e terrà lezioni di fitness gratuite nel Reebok Fitness Studio con il supporto di alcuni importanti trainer come Leah Kim, Nike’s Global Yoga Ambassador e Anya Lahiri dal Barry’s Bootcamp, definito da molti “The Best Workout in the World”.

Sarò a Be:Fit London domenica con un’agenda incredibilmente già piena che include: la Beyonce Workout, per imparare a ballare come Beyonce (spero che la canzone sarà Bootylicious, magari porta bene ;-) ) e Insanity, il più popolare DVD fitness del mondo che promette di dare un corpo incredibile in 60 giorni.

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English Version 

 

Be:Fit London

Where: Old Billingsgate Market

When: Friday 28 March to Sunday 30 March

 

I am back from Thailand and still fighting with the jet lag, but I am ready for a super busy week that includes work, meetings, friends, gym and an event that I am really looking forward to it, the Be:Fit London at Old Billingsgate.
Be:Fit London is the major UK event dedicated to women’s health, fitness and nutrition, taking place from the 28th to 30th March 2014.

Kirsty Gallacher, Denise Lewis, Victoria Pendleton and Jodie Kidd are getting involved as official Ambassadors together with many amazing brands from sportswear such as Bordoni Sport to nutrition like Yogi Tea, Koko Dairy Free and also Cosmo Body, Harper’s Bazaar and many others.

Be:Fit London will provide live demonstrations of training techniques, the latest dietary information and will hold free fitness classes in the specially Reebok Fitness Studio studio with some leading fitness ambassadors such as Leah Kim, Nike’s Global Yoga Ambassador and Anya Lahiri from Barry’s Bootcamp.

I am VERY excited and I will be there on Sunday with an already full agenda, including the Beyonce Workout to learn how to dance like Beyonce (I hope the song will be Bootylicious ;-)) and Insanity, the world’s most popular fitness DVD that promises to give you an amazing body in 60 days.

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Tea with Pandora

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English and Italian version together

La settimana scorsa ho avuto il piacere di di unirmi a Pandora per l’evento #teawithpandora, che si é tenuto presso il loro flagship store in 465 Oxford Street.

La location era la Pandora VIP lounge resa spettacolare dall’allestimento di luci e decorata con tende rosa e fiori ovunque.

Credo che tutti conosciate il brand di gioielli danese Pandora e i loro charms, io attualmente sono innamorata di questo sottile anello che andrà direttamente sulla mia wishlist Pinterest. :-)

 

Last week I had the pleasure to spend some time at the Pandora flagship store in 465 Oxford Street for their event #teawithpandora.

The location was the spectacular VIP lounge, decorated with lights, pink curtains and lots of flowers.

I believe you all know the Danish jewellery brand Pandora and their stylish charms… I’m in love with this tiny, black enamel ring that will go directly to my Pinterest wishlist. :-)

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Ci siamo seduti al tavolo che vedete qui sopra, dove abbiamo apprezzato svariati sandwich – ho scoperto l’abbinamento pollo e avocado e non posso più vivere senza – mini scones, lemon pies e deliziosi macarons al lampone. Senza dubbio i cocktails con melograno e fiore di sambuco hanno contribuito alla nostra sessione di conversazione senza fine. :-)

We sat down at our table you can see above, where we enjoyed sandwiches – I discovered the chicken and avocado match and I won’t be able to live without them anymore – mini scones, lemon pies and delicious raspberry macarons. The excellent cocktails with pomegranate and elder-flower have no doubt contributed to our rather extended conversation session. :-)

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Qui di seguito alcune foto scattate da Pandora a me e alla mia amica blogger Cris.

Below some Pandora photos of me and my dear friend Cris, who became my blogger mate!

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Dopo il tè siamo stati coccolati con una pink manicure realizzata da Perfect 10, una “mobile beauty company” che opera sul territorio londinese e offre una vasta gamma di trattamenti di bellezza per corporate event o da godere nel comfort della propria casa.

After the tea some pampering: we had a manicure with the lovely team from Perfect 10, a London mobile beauty company that offers a wide range of beauty services to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

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Thanks Pandora for the lovely afternoon together, I had a blast!

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A few weekends ago and Nico Didonna fashion show

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Sabato mattina, il sole splende e ci sono 10 gradi, via si parte per godersi una Londra soleggiata.

Prendiamo il bus n°13 e dopo una viaggio attraverso le vie dello shopping londinese, scendiamo ad Aldwich per recuperare l’ultima arrivata in famiglia, la Sony RX1, una meraviglia di compatta che credo ci darà grandi soddisfazioni. Tutte le foto del post sono state fatte con la Sony RX1 e sono il nostro primo test.

Recuperata la macchina siamo andati a pranzo al Counter del The Delaunay, uno dei miei posti preferiti che mi ricorda tantissimo i pranzi newyorchesi anche se sembra che si ispiri ai grandi Caffè europei.

E dopo un hot dog e un dolcino – ma la prossima volta provo il pretzel – via alla sfilata Autunno/Inverno di Nico di Donna, lanciata il 15 Febbraio.

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Saturday morning, the sun is shining and there are 10 degrees, let’s go and enjoy London!

We hop on the bus number 13 that takes us to Aldwych, crossing a few classic shopping streets, to collect our latest shopping folly, the Sony RX1, a compact camera that I believe will give bring us a lot of satisfaction!
In this post our first photos with the Sony (and I still have to learn how to use the focus :-))

We stop at the Delaunay Counter for lunch, one of my favourite spots in London, that reminds me of New York.
After a hot dog and a lemon tart – next time I should try the pretzel: it looked really yummy :-) – we head off to the Autumn/Winter fashion show of Nico Didonna at the spectacular Bloomsbury location.

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A Ceremony of Carols in London

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Metti un sabato sera fuori: il tubino nero preferito, i tacchi e la macchina fotografica, prima tappa da Starbucks per un Gingerbread Latte che dovrebbe scaldarci nel tragitto da casa a Trafalgar Square.

Per la prima volta assisterò ad un concerto di Natale con coro, archi e pianoforte all’interno di St. Martin-in-the-Fields, chiesa anglicana che si trova a Trafalgar e che questa sera sarà sede di “A ceremony of Carols”.
Quella dei canti di natale è una tradizione che non mi appartiene e proprio per questo sono estremamente curiosa e non so cosa aspettarmi.

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L’aria è decisamente frizzante e le gote si fanno rosse mentre attendiamo che aprano il portone della chiesa, finalmente entriamo e intorno a noi famiglie, amici, coppie di ogni età siedono all’interno in uno spettacolare scenario illuminato dalla luce delle candele.

Qualche minuto dopo il coro inizia ad intonare i primi canti accompagnato dal pianoforte a coda: The Shepherds’ Farewell, Coventry Carol, Quem Pastores, ma il momento più coinvolgente è quando tutti si alzano in piedi e cantano Silent Night, che mi porta indietro… alle messe della Vigilia, ai pomeriggi di Natale passati sul divano guardando i film della Disney, alle merende con panettone e cioccolata calda…

 

“Silent night, holy night,

all is calm, all is bright…”

 

Grazie a Millennium Hotels per avermi regalato una serata speciale da aggiungere alla mia esperienza londinese.

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A Saturday night out: your favourite little black dress, high heels and camera, first stop at Starbucks for a Gingerbread Latte, which should keep us warm on the way to Trafalgar Square.
For the first time I’ll be attending the “Ceremony of Carols” concert for choir, string quartet and organ which will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields, an English Anglican church that tonight will be completely lit by candles.

This kind of Christmas concert is a tradition that doesn’t really belong to me; that’s why I’m extremely curious and I don’t know what to expect.
The air is chilly and the cheeks become red while we wait for the doors to open. We finally get in, around us families, friends, couples of all ages sit down in a spectacular church illuminated by the candles.
A few minutes later the choir begins to sing the first few songs accompanied by the organ: The Shepherds’ Farewell, Coventry Carol, Quem Pastores, but the most exciting moment is when everyone stands up to sing Silent Night together, and that brings me back in time… the Christmas Eves’ Mass, the afternoons spent on the couch watching Disney movies, the snack with panettone and hot chocolate…

“Silent night, holy night,

all is calm, all is bright…”

Thanks Millennium Hotels to gave me such a special night to remember.

(first image by www.e-architect.co.uk)

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