20 Reasons To Get Fit

When you’ve had one of those endless days at work. When you’ve woken up and pressed snooze again, again and… again. When it’s cold, dark and you just can’t wait to get home and find the sofa. Yep, these are all times when you’re probably promising yourself you’ll exercise tomorrow. So print out this cheat sheet of the top 20 reasons to exercise – and get out there!

exercise inspiration

A happier state of mind, a more productive day and better body confidence – just a few reasons why you need to start exercising right now. Read more. Get The Gloss.

RIH Drinks

Beer in a cocktail? OK, you could be forgiven for thinking “Have the RIH team been drinking?” The answer is no – we haven’t. But try one of the new cocktails available at the House of Peroni pop-up venue in London and we think you’ll agree that accompanied with the right ingredients, beer in cocktails works beautifully.

peroni nerone cocktail

Our favourite? The Nerone is a surprising mélange of fresh and exotic flavours, served long – perfect for relaxed sipping, perhaps with a marinated olive or two to nibble on…

150ml-170ml Peroni Nastro Azzurro
20 ml lemon juice
10 ml hot chilli gomme (1kg caster sugar, 750ml water, 15 sliced Bird’s eye chillis – cooked for 15 minutes then strained.)
10 ml lapsang souchong gomme (1kg caster sugar, 750ml water, 20 Lapsang Souchong tea bags – cooked for 15 minutes then strained.)
20 ml passion fruit puree

peroni cockail

Shake all ingredients together and then double strain into a long glass. Garnish with a passion fruit circle and a Bird’s eye chilli.

The House of Peroni is open 3rd– 31st October, Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 12 midnight, at 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JX. The House is free to visit (18+ only), with events priced from £25. For more information and to book,see the House of Peroni website. More information on Burro & Salvia can be found on the store’s website.

Stop Shopping!

That new winter coat/pair of boots/handbag you’re thinking of splashing out on? Save your cash and book a holiday. Why? Because research shows that experiences bring people more happiness.

shopping happiness

Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics. Read more: The Atlantic.

Malala Power

Truly deserving of her Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has an eloquence and courage far beyond her 17 years.  In this speech to the UN from last year, she explains “I speak, not for myself, but so those without voice can be heard”.

The consequence of her being shot in the head by the Taliban? “Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born”. A light in our world and an icon for our time.

Taking Time For Me

As I have become older, and my career demands quite frankly inordinate amounts of my time I have found myself appreciating time spent on, and also by myself more and more. During autumn as the days are getting shorter and the weather remarkably more dreary by the minute, there is no better time to treat yourself to a quick fix. Just one hour, that’s all you need.

blo by realhair

A treat-yourself-trend hot on the heels of the increasingly popular walk-in manicure (my nails literally repel varnish, chipped before I even get out of the door), is the walk-in blow dry. Should you find yourself in chichi Belgravia with half an hour for yourself and twenty five quid may I suggest hitting up blo by real hair on Elizabeth Street? Responsibly using products developed specifically to protect hair from heat treatments to banish any fears of split ends, in just thirty New York minutes you can have supremely glossy locks to swish all the cold air and impending darkness away with.

peggy porschen

Celebrate the bounce in your barnet afterwards over the road with one of Peggy Porschen‘s Salted Caramel cupcakes and a pot of tea for the ultimate indulgence. Or a glass of fizz should you fancy. Cake and a blowdry; there’s no easier way to banish the post summertime blues – book yourself in for some me-time.

Mastering Meditation

Of course you’re aware of how important mindfulness and meditation are. That doesn’t mean you succeed with either of them though… So how can you master meditation and calm your thoughts ?

meditating

Don’t have the time or patience for devoting 20 minutes a day to sitting still? You can still meditate with small moments of mindfulness. Read more: Fast Company.

New Nails

The shades to nail for Autumn/Winter 2014? As we move into a cooler colour palettes, look to soft wintry nudes and jewel tones from deep dramatic scarlets to sophisticated sapphires and violets…

nail trends autumn winter 2014

 

 

new nail colours autumn winter 2014

 

nude nail colours 2014

Managing Time

There are 168 hours in every week. That sounds like a heck of a lot, right? And somehow sometimes it can seem like you spend every one of them chasing your tail, failing to get things done and feeling like the least productive human being on the planet. So what needs to change?

time management

We seek work-life balance but it seems there’s never enough time to get it all done. And yet we all know there are people who accomplish a lot more than we do in a day — and they don’t have magic powers. How do the most successful people manage their time? Here’s how you can get tons of stuff accomplished during the week, feel less stressed and even have more fun at the weekend. Read more: Business Insider.

Chic Chocolate

In the past decade, artisan chocolate has really come into its own – it’s fair to say that the days when Milk Tray and Ferrero Rocher were considered posh chocolate are long gone. Phew.

vioko chocolate
One of our favourite places to find delicious new brands doing scrumptious and exciting things with chocolate has to be Selfridges, which stocks an amazing range of artisan chocolate bars. Our latest discovery is Vioko: a small Barceloneta-based company making insanely moreish chocolate with the finest ingredients sourced from only the best producers: “pistachios from Iran, flowers from France and hazelnuts from Piedmont in Italy”. Yes, please to all that!

vioko

But it’s with the marvellous flavours that Vioko really comes into its own. Something sweet yet slightly different? Try the white chocolate with tonka beans and sea salt. It’s an absolute flavour revelation. Or fancy something with a sexy, sensual edge to challenge that gourmet palate of yours? Go for the black chocolate with cayenne pepper. A classic with a twist? Gotta be the dark chocolate with pistachios. Maybe not actually a massive chocolate fan at all? We recommend the white chocolate with yoghurt and raspberry. The crystallised violets bar and the blond chocolate also come with our stamp of approval. Try them all, love them all. Moderation recommended…. If you can.

For more information, see the Vioko website, or shop the range online at Selfridges here.

A Crisis in Politics

It might seem like feminism is having a bit of a moment in the UK, but female representation in government couldn’t be more disappointing. How can we take action?

emmeline pankhurst

In 1997, the UK ranked 20th in the international league table of women’s representation in parliament. Today we are 65th. Why have we plummeted so far, so fast? And what can we do about it? Read more: The Guardian.