Happy Halloween!

Who’s been busy carving pumpkins over the weekend?

I was busy dressing up for Halloween parties instead!

What do you think of my costume?Wednesday from the Addams Family!


I have to say, being dark haired and quite pale, I didn’t have to do much, but hey I think I pulled it off!

Throw some skeletons and dead servicewomen in the mix and you’ve got a death squad.

Oh you Crazy Bear!

Last week I headed to one of the infamous ‘Crazy Bear’ venues for mid-week dinner. The Crazy Bear group, originally founded in 1993, is a collection of outstanding hotels and restaurants, acclaimed for its Thai cuisine and dramatic decor.

Myself and a few friends headed to their restaurant in Fitzrovia. Most convenient for us as its positioned between Goodge Street and  Tottenham Court Road, and easily accessible after a day of working in the city.

The establishment is lavish, sophisticated, and the perfect setting for a night of epic celebrations.


Of the 4 of us, 2 had just had birthdays, I was celebrating my recent promotion in my business and the last was a bittersweet farewell to my friend Michaela who is moving to Oz next month. So cause for a special occasion I would say!

From the outside you wouldn’t know what this place was. There is no sign on the building; just a plain black canopy across the top. How very mysterious.

The look of confusion at my GPRS instigated a friendly woman at reception to shout,

‘Are you looking for the crazy bear?’

A place so elite that it doesn’t need it’s name on the door perhaps? Or based on an assumption that people who come to dine here should know exactly where it is?

Either way, if you head here, keep an eye out for the Spaghetti House next door, thatll be much easier for you to find.

I waited in the bar downstairs, cocktail in hand for everyone to arrive. The ambiance is very mellow but the decor is edgy yet classy. Red and white leathers and a copper bar.

bar

Upstairs, where you dine there’s a slightly warmer vibe. Subtle mood lighting and dark oak interior that creates a very relaxed and romantic atmosphere.

dine

Thanks to bookatable we got a sweet little deal: 12 courses and a glass of champagne for just £38. Winning.

There are lots of deals for the Crazy Bear Group on groupon too, if you’re anything like me and like to fine dine at a set price.

Often on these multiple course menus, in these more ‘upper class’ restaurants you tend to expect very little food. So the thought of 12 courses didn’t scare me; as i imagined 12 plates of different ‘courses’ that consisted of a singular piece of meat or palm of veg. This was not the case.

There are two simple options for you to choose from, vegetarian or classic.

There is such a variation over the 12 courses. There has to be something you like. The lobster pad Thai was my most favorite and those caramelized courgettes. Wow. If all vegetables tasted like that, no one would ever struggle to eat well!

 

Each course was rich in taste and cooked to perfection. And well worth the cost of the deal! Just be aware that the cocktails are not included. At £12 per pop on average, they can soon sky rocket your bill.

Overall great food, great company and somewhere i’d definitely recommend. The Fitzrovia venue has won The London Lifestyle Awards Best Restaurant, The Evening Standard’s Best Bar of the year, Theme Magazine’s Best Designed and Best Operated Bar, and The Times’ runner up for Best Bar in Southern England. So its fair to say its well sought after.

My next trip to the Crazy Bear will have to be in Beaconsfield, to one of their famous pool parties! See you there.

LwL x

Namaste

Through a startling realisation of how unflexible I am, I have recently decided to take up Yoga (amongst many other things) in my new found fitness regime. 

I had my first class today at Another Space. Not your average yoga though, hot yoga. Basically it’s yoga but in 30 degree heat. 


I’ve only had a few previous yoga sessions. However, this was years ago when I did a few classes of hot Bikram yoga at the studio in London Bridge. 

Needless to say I was no expert, but my unflexible suspicions were confirmed when most of participants in the room could touch their toes bending over quite easily, and my hands barely passed my knees…

On the plus side I’m feeling very zen and ready to attack the rest of the day! 

I also have a new personal challenge to be more at one with my body, getting much more flexible in the process. Fingers crossed.


P.s Do you like my new ellesse leggings? 

I’m loving all the bold and colourful prints out right now! Time for a fitness shopping spree I think. 

LwL x  

HIITin’ up Another Space

So last night I attended my first HIIT session at Another Space.
Since its launch party a few months back; where I was treated to a very intense spin session and a lovely array of healthy bites and super smoothies, I vowed to return quite frequently.

I’m sorry to say this hasn’t quite been the case. I confess that the fact that Covent Garden isn’t conveniently ‘on the way home’ for me has caused some lack of motivation. I’ve been doing a mix of home workouts and outside classes since returning from travelling but it appears I had started to form a bit of lazyitus.

Nonetheless I got that Friday feeling and decided to stop with the excuses and take on a well needed challenge of pushing myself to my limits. 15 days until I head to Cannes and Barcelona and counting I’ll have you know.

About The Space

Another space is simple, clean and minimalistic and has a calm vibe from the moment you walk in the door. They’ve sussed out just what one needs to find clarity and peace of mind before embarking on an intense training session.

There’s top notch equipment, exercise specific studios and changing rooms equipped with essentials that every girl dreams of. The only thing you need to bring here is yourself and a hairbrush. The rest is provided! 


The HIIT Session 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with HIIT, it involves intervals of high-intensity exercise followed by low intensity or complete rest. (To be honest in this particular session I would struggle to identify which one was supposed to be the low instensity part!)

Our lovely instructor, Jamie, is a Muay Thai professional. Yes Muay Thai, the combat sport that combines the use of 8 different parts of your body!

This brought flashbacks of my travels in Thailand. These fights were not something I particularly enjoyed watching, let alone doing. It was at this moment that it hit me that this wasn’t going to be your everyday HIIT session.

The hour was compiled of 3 ‘challenges’

Each challenge consisted of 2 different types of workout – Floor work and on the punch bags.

For those who struggle with maths, that’s 6 gruelling 8-10 minute routines with only 15 second rests in between. Fun right?

Throughout my 3 different floor sessions I endured push ups, burpees, jump squats, high knee kicks and mountain climbers. Think insanity, but with 8kg sandbags as weights instead of your own body weight.

During the section on the bags there were a mixture of jabs , punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. All Muay Thai style for a true core work out.

Luckily enough the workout playlist was on point which made it somewhat more bearable as I’m a big fan of musical motivation.

Was it hard? Most definitely. Probably one of the hardest HIIT classes I’ve ever been to. Probably also the best to date too and one that I would definitely recommend! 

There were 2 or 3 points near the end where I felt like sitting down and having a rest but Mohammed Ali told me not to.

“When you feel like you’ve got nothing left to give, and you give that little bit more, that’s when the magic happens.”

True Say Mo.

Before
After

By the end of the class I have to say that stepping out of the room and into the light was probably not my finest hour, but if sweat is fat crying then I caused an emotional breakdown. 
Was it worth it? Of course it was. I feel energised, refreshed and like I can conquer the world. Even though Im currently walking sideways up or down the stairs. No pain no gain right?

Happy Saturday everyone!

LwL X 

 

 
  

We Are Festival: Epic Sunday!

What a special bank holiday weekend.. And We Are Festival in Upminster on Sunday absolutely smashed it!

What at a great start to the festival season. I saw my all time love, Mr. Steve Angello, alongside many other house DJs that brought a whole day of music greatness.

The vibe was great, the day was hot, and I made lots of new and like minded festival going friends. Winning!

It’s a shame about the weather today, but I don’t really care as much now I’m back to work and sitting in an office ha.

Heres a few pics from my epic Sunday!