Vibram’s got the Sole Factor

Vibram – probably best known for their five finger trainers, have opened Vibram Sole Factor. Based near Old Street, they now provide a unique service to repair or customize your shoe with its own type of sole, depending on the desired performance and personal taste…

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I have always been an advocate of ‘a shoe worth wearing is a shoe worth repairing’ and Vibram have just upped the game… With a real focus on improving the performance of a shoe, you can take in pretty much any style from classic leather to Converse and the team of elite cobblers will discuss how you wear the shoe and the best sole for the job. The logic goes like this; Converse are traditionally for a basketball court and so the design isn’t necessarily as durable for everyday wear on concrete – switch up the sole and you have a shoe that will perform better and last you longer with none of the style lost. Your  work shoes have a leather sole which gets worn down quickly and in the wet, they slip…replace with a ‘more grip’ sole and your shoes become far more effective as well as looking good.

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When I visited, I took a pair of my boyfriends favourite New Balance trainers (with very worn down soles) to test out the theory. A week later, I picked them up with a brand new bright Vibram sole and a rebuilt heel – essentially they have been given a new lease of life and they look great!

Two things that I like about Sole Factor, aside from having a refreshed pair of kicks

  1. In a world focused so hard on consumerism, more ‘make do and mend’ going on is a great thing, and if we can start looking at making what he have and love last longer, it’s not only better for the environment, but also kinder on our pockets.
  2. The focus at the Vibram Academy is to train and raise the profile of cobblers… These guys and girls are experts at their craft and it’s a skill which deserves the elevation and respect that Vibram are promoting.

This new store is most definitely full of sole (see what I did there?) and worth checking out if your shoes are in need of a refresh or upgrade…

You can find them at 215 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN

Thank you to Dust PR for inviting me to the launch day!!

 

 

Frankie x

 

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Legging Lust

Leggings

The love I have for leggings is real and as my daily fitness uniform, they create the base of my outfit and have a become a bit of a feature of my day to day look… closely in line with sunglasses. It definitely makes getting dressed for work fun… they can reflect my mood, the season or be completely functional, especially on those cold winter mornings. There are only a few pairs which can hold up against hours outdoors throughout December…

I get asked regularly where my leggings are from and so I decided to go through the ever expanding collection and share just some of my favourites with you. With a couple of the brands the exact pattern may not currently be available but I have provided links so that you can shop all their latest collections…

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Now I know how seriously us girls take leggings, so my mini reviews will always be honest… Life’s too short to wear things you don’t love and it’s important to know what will work for you and make you feel super woman bad ass when you slip them on…

frankie_leggings_boom_aTully Lou – These neon and mesh beauties most definitely turn heads wherever I go. They are not for the faint hearted but are extremely comfortable and flattering with a low waistband and sexy paneling. As a shorty I have to tuck the bottoms cleverly, but that’s just short girl problems…I love them! Just be careful of those fingernails putting them on and taking them off. Seriously fun to wear! Available to buy at HipandHealthy

frankie_leggings_boom_bH&M – I’m impressed with the H&M sportswear range. These are definitely my go to basics especially if I am roughing about in training. In the more affordable price range at £14.99 I don’t mind getting these bad boys a bit dirty. They’re not technical clothing but they are cut beautifully with flattering detail and a mid – high waist band. I’m sure they’re supposed to be capri, but on my legs they come to my ankles. The colours and prints in the latest collection fit perfectly into a fitness wardrobe.

frankie_leggings_boom_cGymluxe – A favourite British brand of mine, the Deco leggings are a key piece in my wardrobe. The fabric offers muscle compressing qualities and the high stretch with sweeping mesh give that signature luxe look. The plum colour is just perfect for the new season! The leg length is very generous on these, so if you’re a shorty you may want to get them taken up or tactically tuck. Seriously sexy, stylish leggings! Enter FRANKIE10 at the checkout for a 10% discount when you shop online – The new collection is landing soon and not to be missed.

frankie_leggings_boom_dPrimavera – If you are looking for tropical vibes in your workout wardrobe, look no further than Primavera Fitness. The leggings are super soft and hug your body in all the right places while still being extremely durable. The Afro Chic pair have a lower waist band, however there are other designs to suit everyone. I mainly wear my leggings for yoga, but the occasions they have been through HIIT training they felt amazing. Inspired by samba, nature, sun and sea the prints are guaranteed to add zing to your outfit – LOVE! Enter FRANKIE01 at the checkout for 10% discount when you shop online.

frankie_leggings_boom_eCatalyst Activewear – A brand that looks this good on while also saving forests is a winner in my books. For every meter of fabric going into their clothes, Catalyst fund The World Land Trust to buy a meter of forest. As well as this their leggings are a dream to wear and the colour…oh the colour! The red is on point and there are more to choose from too. Extremely flattering waist band, great length and the material is super snug and doesn’t lose shape at all. My pair are a bit too thick for summer training but I will be rocking them a lot now that the season’s changing. A MUST have!

frankie_leggings_boom_fPrana – “A brand should give much more than it takes from the world” Another beautiful ‘environmentally conscious’ company making gorgeous leggings. Prana leggings are so soft and comfortable, with yoga at the heart they are perfect for my practice and I tend to save them for that and relaxation. As well as comfort, they are incredibly well cut and the patterns are so pretty! I wear the capri, but they also have full length online – Definitely worth checking out the latest collection.

frankie_leggings_boom_gOnzieI discovered Onzie in Story Coffee when I asked the lady wearing them where they were from. It trns out that she was the London distributor (The brand is Aussie)…and the rest they say is history. It’s no secret that I love some mesh so me and these leggings were destined to be together. Another yoga focused brand, they are extremely soft with a wide waist band and the leg length isn’t too extreme (I only have to tuck them under half an inch) The cut of the mesh is extremely stylish and slick. I wear mine off duty too… J’adore!

I do love to talk leggings – I hope the info on each brand is helpful…With a new season upon us, I feel some style updates will be on the way!

If you have any fave brands you’d like to share, please leave a message in the comments! I always love discovering new leg wear!

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Berlei Knows…Breast!

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For the past month or so I have been putting the Berlei Sports Crop through its paces and when I say paces I mean, sprinting, burpees, back lever practice, pull ups, box jumps, squat jumps, crawls and general every day wear…I am so grateful to receive parcels of active wear and so I like to really try things out and review them thoroughly for you. This process usually involves plenty of sweating…

It’s safe to say I am now a BIG fan of Berlei. As the sister brand of Gossard, they know what they’re doing and with added design sass, which, lets be honest, is what us girls love!! They take protecting our breasts very seriously, which I am pleased about, as I will admit to having not always worn the right bra for some of the high impact work I do. I am lucky that one of my best friends works in lingerie and takes it upon herself to check my bra collection and cut up those which don’t make the grade. Plenty of LOLs but with a serious tone. Here’s why…

Protect the boobs:

  • Damage to your breasts is irreversible – yes, irreversible! Yikes…This damage inevitably leads to sagging as breasts aren’t muscle…we all know we don’t want sagging! A good sports bra can reduce movement by up to 83%!
  • Your breasts can move up to 9cm during exercise and they do so in a figure of 8 motion if unsupported. That is between 400-600g of weight bouncing around…even if you’re in the smaller B-C cup range, this still applies…
  • 64% of women complain about pain during exercise and cut their workouts short because of it…That’s a lot…and all they need is a good sports bra!

I don’t think many of us ladies wear the right size bras, let alone the right sports bra, but it is definitely time to make a change and start looking after those breasts…

Style and support:

So, the Sports Crop Top has been a dream to wear. When I first put it on I thought it was too small for me as it sits right under my bust. Much higher up and tighter than my normal (non supportive) bras, but now I’ve worn it so much I’m like, duh, of course it is – it’s a proper bra!!

The style of the bra is very much wearable both under your kit (handy) and as a crop top in its own right on show. The cut out back is designed for breathability but it looks really stylish as well so that’s a bonus…It’s actually my fave feature of the bra itself! IMG_5620The material and design means that even though it’s high impact support, I forget I’m wearing it. It’s genuinely THAT comfortable! No rubbing…nothing! Just support and sass!

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No sports bra, no sport:

Check out the Berlei campaign featuring the Women’s England Hockey Team for #beatthebounce and for a very apt Wimbledon theme, check out Serena Williams giving a Berlei safety demonstration – very fun!

Whether yours are big or small, you NEED a good, supportive sports bra and I would fully recommend checking out Berlei – they know what they’re doing and they do it with style…perfect! Oh and there’s a sale on at the moment…. Go, go, go!!

Shop the Sport Crop Top here and let me know if you end up getting anything and how you find it!

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Finisterre: a Frankie review

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I spend a lot of time outdoors for my job and so having a wardrobe stocked with functional (and stylish) kit is essential for surviving all seasons…

Recently I have been lucky enough to try out two pieces from the finisterre collection which have now become firm favourites.

Not only are the products great, but the vision and commitment of the Cornwall based company is something I can fully get on board with. Responsibly sourced fabrics, innovative designs built to last and a repair service if needed, because “sometimes our clothes need a spa day”. Finisterre don’t like waste and would much rather breathe new life into an old jacket than add it to landfill… Just brilliant!!

I have been wearing (a lot) the merino ‘Eddy cap sleeve’ t-shirt and the lightweight, reversible jacket which is most definitely warmer than you may think from looking at it, but this is just how finisterre roll with their insulation wear.

The t-shirt has become a staple due to its extremely flattering long length fit and incredible warmth, making the last of the fresh spring mornings much more bearable. I don’t like wearing lots of chunky layers when training people, so this is perfect. If you’re worried about the merino irritating your skin, you needn’t be…it is super soft and as someone with slightly sensitive skin, I have been pleasantly surprised.

I know that I will be getting my fitness paws on some more of these T’s for the Autumn/Winter months this year and have a feeling the long sleeved version will also come in extremely handy!

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eddy_baselayer_oyster_w_staticLayered over my merino dream I’ve been rocking the super cute reversible jacket which allows you to decide whether it’s a yellow or a blue kind of day. I have always wanted a yellow rain coat so this is my preference…

An insulator of the lightest kind, this little wonder has kept the chill off while cycling and the rain off whilst training and walking in the countryside. It has also been a total lifesaver during that awkward seasonal change over when it’s too warm for a winter coat but not warm enough to go without that extra layer…AND it rolls up teeny tiny into the zip pocket on the front, so you can pack it away in your bag if needs be.

I maaaaaaay have, ok, definitely have been perusing more of the finisterre look book for summer wear…Its making me want to head to a cornish beach right now and dip my toes in the sea…

Daydreaming aside..If you’re looking for outdoor wear which screams style and function, with the added bonus of earth friendliness, you need to check out finisterre

Happy FriYAY!!

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Mighty Tasty

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How amazing was the weather last week? I was in sunshine bliss and so it was perfect timing to receive a lovely refreshing parcel of goodness from brand new company MightyBee.

So what did this parcel contain? Raw & Virgin Coconut water and frozen Coconut meat straight from Ratchaburi in Thailand. It goes from tree to bottle in 24 hours and arrives frozen, fresh and untouched!

Is your mouth watering yet?

Now, I have struggled with coconut water in the past…never really been a wild fan, but as an open minded gal, I wanted to try this out and I have to say, I was a little upset when I finished my bottles – they were so DELICIOUS!!!! This never happens to me with coconut water, so I know what I’ll be stocking up on…it is super refreshing and actually tastes like coconuts! YES!

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The coconut meat was also very tasty and is the first of its kind on the UK market (ooooooooh). Mine arrived frozen so I defrosted it a little and tried it out in a smoothie with some banana, raw cacao and water…hello tasty! And it comes with lots of great health benefits too including live enzymes to aid digestion. All round goodness!

Other than great taste, MightyBee add ethics and sustainable farming practices into the mix as well. Each coconut is hand picked, not just to guarantee the quality but to monitor the trees health.

We believe our products should exist in harmony with nature. Our products come exclusively from 100% organic, sustainable farming practices. You receive them as nature intended.

They launched over the weekend at Fortnum and Mason, so you know where to head if you want to check it out for yourselves. I’ll definitely be swinging by to get my hit. You can also order online and read more about the company at www.mightybee.com

Wishing you all a happy and healthy week!!

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