Never, Ever, Ever Quit

Never, Ever, Ever Quit

So me and Nike have a special thing going on, they’ve contributed so much to my fitness achievements since we began working together in 2013 and I still can’t believe that just over a year ago I didn’t know what a plank was! Fifteen months later, I’ve managed to complete a half marathon and triathlon, none of which I would have been able to do without Nike’s unlimited support and motivation.

This is just a little post to hopefully give you a little bit of inspiration and motivation, whether you work out every day or haven’t taken your new running shoes out of the box yet.

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Recently I went on a 48 hour trip with Nike and a team of women (all of whom had different capabilities and inexperiences), to the beautiful island of Sark in the Channel Islands. The beauty and tranquility of this place deserves a whole post to itself, but for now I’ll focus on what was set out for us on this car-free island by Nike.

A set of challenges were created and dotted all around Sark. We were given bikes, helmets and a map. Challenge one was to walk down 300 steps to a beautiful beach, walk back up and then cycle the length of the island to a field where we had to test our strength against pulling and pushing a horse cart. Finally, we cycled and hiked to a place called Les Fontaines where we were told to ‘leap first, look later’, in translation, rock climb downwards to the ‘Boutique Cave’ where we would be met with a spectacular view of the ocean (totally worth it) before psyching ourselves up to climbing back to the top of the cliff. This was by far the most mentally challenging yet.

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After doing something I never thought I would, let alone could do, I felt on top of the world and as though I could tackle any challenge life was to throw at me. That’s the beauty of working your way towards an achievement, when you’re done, it feels incredible and all the hard work pays off. I’m so glad that documenting my personal fitness journeys are resonating with so many of you. It feels so good to receive emails from readers and even some of my friends and peers about how these stories have helped you begin or achieve some of your own personal goals.

If you’re on the edge and haven’t taken your leap to fitness yet, I just want to remind you that with a positive mentality, heaps of dedication and the right amount of crazy to think you can do anything you put your mind to, you might just do it, so never, ever, ever quit!

I’d like to dedicate a personal note to my friend, mentor and lately someone who’s been more of an older sister to me, Joslyn for helping me with everything and more then what a Nike Master Trainer should have to endure! Also, a big clap to a certain someone (you know who you are) who thought they wouldn’t get past jogging to our hotel, let alone completing every single challenge. I’m so proud of you!

All images shot by Carrie, edited by Reem Kanj.

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All clothing: Nike

Leggings | Sneakers | Pro Bra | Headband | Tank Top | Fuelband

My Burberry

My Burberry

Attending the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week is always a highlight of the season for me. It’s not just about the collection with this show, it’s the whole atmosphere. I remember the first time I received a Burberry invite, being there was electrifying, and five seasons on, I still feel the same buzz and excitement.

I’m so happy to have been dressed by the brand this season. When I popped into the showroom at Horseferry House a few days before the show, I was met with a rail full of beautiful pieces, but nothing caught my eye quite like this skirt. It was more of a personal challenge then anything to see if I’d even be able to pull off a skirt that actually came with a pair of knickers, but I think pairing it with this slouchy grey jumper seemed to add the right amount of casual to balance the statement that this fabulous piece of clothing was making.

I’m pleased to see that in the upcoming collection, Christopher Bailey won’t be relieving us of any future challenges to be wearing sheer clothing once again.

All images photographed by Kit Lee, edited by Reem Kanj.

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All clothing and clutch: Burberry | Shoes: Alexander Wang

Fashion Week Fatigue

Fashion Week Fatigue

This LFW, it’s been a pleasure being one of Maybelline’s ambassadors for the season. I’ve been introduced to some of my ultimate new must have products, and I’ve had the opportunity to take a bit of a different approach to fashion week as a whole, reporting live from backstage at a few of my favourite shows such as Joseph and Ashish.

It’s given me a chance to be a little more comfortable in my sartorial choices as running around backstage at a fashion show is no mean feat, but when you get to have such a close encounter with the preps backstage, it gives you a whole new appreciation for what you see at front of house, and Maybelline’s director of make up, Sharon Dowsett has created some incredible looks for the shows this season.

I have to say I’ve personally become addicted to two Maybelline products in particular throughout the week, the baby skin fatigue blur in apricot is my new go-to for when I’m not in the mood for full on make up (which is always), and the Master Graphic eyeliner has officially allowed me to be able to do a flick without having a nervous breakdown.

Thank you so much to my girl Carrie for shooting these images of me playing around with my favourite Maybelline products at The Apartment.

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Shirt: Zara | Jeans: AG | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Make Up: Maybelline