Stalked: Maja Cop, Founder, Surf and Yoga Brand, Manawai Wear

Posted on Wednesday, 19 October 2016

I stumbled across this brand on instagram as I was sitting on a busy bus going through central London.. the sight of their dreamy imagery instantly transported me to far away beaches with the sand between my toes and board under arm, theres no doubt their imagery certainly provokes happy thoughts! 
Manawai Wear is a yoga and surf wear brand and being an ex surfer and massive yoga fan myself this brand caught my eye, so I had to get them on the blog...

Why did you decide to start your brand and what do you love about it?

When I moved to Canary Island – Fuerteventura I was missing fashion but in the same time I discovered surfing which I enjoy very much.
It took me long time to figure out what to do on this Island which is amazing place to live but sometimes could be very boring. Manawai Wear was a perfect match, combination of fashion-textile industry from my profession joining with new passion - surfing.
Manawai Wear is a brand for woman and man of Surf and Yoga inspired clothing and goodies made from natural, recycled, Earth friendly materials with love for the ocean and nature.

Stalked: Kelly Brooks, Yoga Teacher, London

Posted on Monday, 10 October 2016

Last week I introduced you to one of my favourite TRX trainers and now its time for one of the hottest yoga teachers in London! Kelly Brooks is a fantastic teacher whose teaching methods push the boundaries of conventional yoga, attracting city goers who are not necessarily into the spiritual side of yoga and those who are. She is the 'real life' yogi and I adore every one of her classes which are structured so differently to most yoga classes and are all light hearted and most importantly fun!

I caught up with her for a very fun shoot underneath the towers of Parliament in Westminster and chat about what makes her tick and her love for yoga.

Why did you decide to become a yoga teacher and what do you love about it? 

I worked in a law firm and couldn’t believe how much yoga changed me, I wasn’t your typical hippy so I never thought that yoga would be for me to trust the yoga will give you everything you need. I would finish a lunch time class and go back to my desk being able to be focused on one task rather than being like a headless chicken and not finishing one task. I wanted share all these aspect to others and make yoga more accessible to people who don’t think its for them. 

I loved the feeling of my mind quietening down, the feeling of lightness when you leave the class and not knowing which bit of the yoga class helped but walking out of class and being free of pain.

Stalked: James Pisano, Master Trainer, Core Collective.

Posted on Monday, 3 October 2016

I'm sure anyone who has been to a fitness class agrees it's not so much the 'class' but the teacher that will inspire you to work harder and therefore achieve the goal you set yourself at the beginning. This was certainly the case with me, after attending many HIIT classes and TRX I found myself losing interest when the teacher lacked personality. That was until I stumbled upon the very cool studio Core Collective, and the lovely (and brutal) James Pisano.. you know the class is going to work when you're dying and already aching and then hear the words, 'right that's the end of the warm up' !! 

Please may I introduce you all to my first proper fitness stalk.. James, we caught up after a Resistance (TRX) class, arms still shaking I attempted to hold the camera as steady as possible during this shoot!! 

Why did you decide to enter into the world of fitness training for a career and what do you love about it? 

I landed into this fantastic industry through injury funny enough. My hopes and dreams were set on being a Royal Marine Commando and after entering basic training on completion of the PRMC it wasn't long before my all that running and pressure destroyed my groin.  Given 9 months to recover I took to a Physio and PT to aid my recovery and I was blown away by their work which turned me away from the armed forces and into my current position.   
I have so much respect for every member of our armed forces, I'm very proud of each of them and I'm always in admiration but I have never looked back. It's not in my nature!

The Next Big Athleisure Brands

Posted on Monday, 26 September 2016

The 'Wellness' industry now worth more than 2.5 trillion is still gaining pace with new brands popping up all over the place. A huge part of the ever growing industry is the marriage of fitness and fashion and with that comes the exciting start-ups who are exploring new fabrication, sustainable materials and even built in resistance panels.

Here are some of my favourites..

Premium athletic fashion with a strong focus on timeless style, highest performance and eco-sustainability.

Bridging the gap between fashion design and sports, German label Aeance are creating timeless apparel for both sports and athletics. Ultimately, these are clothes to live in – whether running a marathon, sprinting across town to run errands or flying to the other side of the world, Aeance aspire to design garments that fit effortlessly into everyday life.

Find more from AEANCE here

Stalked: Ashleigh, Community Connector, Lululemon.

Posted on Tuesday, 13 September 2016

With my love reignited for the world of Athleisure brands it reminded me of an interview I did a while back before I had started to get quite so obsessed with the world of fitness and wellbeing, this was with the lovely Ashleigh from Lululemon. I loved this shoot so much (we were laughing pretty much all the time!) I thought I would bring this back for you guys...

Ashleigh Stirling, is the UK community connector for Lululemon. I caught up with Ashleigh at one of her favourite places, Press London, on Denman Street for a tasty juice and protein ball to find out more about her sweaty, stylish lifestyle.

The Athleisure Addiction

Posted on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Anyone else rather into an AA at the moment...?! No that's not an acronym for having drunk too much white wine this summer and starting the detox earlier than January! No, i'm talking about an addiction to Athleisure clothing, which hit our cities in 2015 and sent us all into a wellbeing fitness frenzy!

Well speaking from experience this has actually aided my participation in going to workout more, I think there is a lot that can be said for feeling good while exercising and as many of you will agree, we all need that little bit of extra help in that department! Since getting married recently my perception on how I spend my money and what is important in life has changed and now leans more towards wellbeing and fitness, those words 2 years ago I never thought I would be writing. So you will see more of this popping up on the blog, as I take you on my journey of this brave new world that I have become so interested in recently. 

Lets start from the beginning...

The true meaning of 'Athleisure' is the fusion between fashion and functionality, the type of clothing you can wear to boxing and to brunch (maybe not on the same day!). With the industry dubbed to be worth 78 billion in the next 5 years, the potential for exciting emerging brands is endless.

Parisa Yaaseen, Emerging Fashion Designer, Dubai.

Posted on Tuesday, 16 August 2016

I stumbled across this intriguing fashion talent Parisa, a Dubai based fashion designer whose designs are eye catching to another level! She explores ideas that have a balance between figurative and abstract, playing with colours is the highlight in much of her works, mostly manifesting playfulness and innocence. The aesthetics and lively spirit of youth culture is where her passion comes alive.

I caught up with her over email and quizzed her on her incredibly bold collection, what inspires her and makes this brand new designer tick.

Why did you decide to get into fashion and what do you love about your job?

Initially I was going for fine arts but after doing a little research I realized fine arts is too boring for me so I decided to go into fashion where there is chaos and fun. Fashion design is like a dress up game, I think it's an art form that everyone needs. For instance, not everyone will need a painting or a sculpture but they would definitely need some clothes to put on and style themselves. 

Stalked: Alex and Lilly, Fashion Designers and Founders, Blluemade

Posted on Monday, 1 August 2016

Some say the best creations come when you work in collaboration with another, whether it be a friend, a work acquaintance, another brand, or your other half! This is exactly how Blluemade was born, by a husband and wife team, Alex Robins and Lilly Lampe.

Stunning classic silhouettes made from 100% linen offer a fit which is comfortable and sleek especially great in these hotter summer months. Their first men's collection, inspired by traditional silhouettes from past decades for example their short sleeved shirt pointed-collars were taken from 1950s rockabilly musicians who performed in Memphis. The brand offers beautiful designs which are made from sustainable fabrics, taking the slow fashion route, that I feel more brands should adopt.

I fell in love with brand firstly because it's slow fashion, and secondly because I feel to get classic simple shapes right takes a lot of skill something, which, this duo have smashed!! I caught up with Lilly and Alex to quiz them on what it's like working with your partner and where they are taking the brand.

Why did you both decide to get into fashion and what do you love about your job?

Lilly--I've always been interested in fashion and have made my own clothes from an early age but our line really came out of our mutual love of art and travel. We were traveling in Southeast Asia with plans to see art, meet with curators, artists, and other writers, visit family... all in sweltering July. I needed travel-ready, quality clothes that worked in every situation, and that felt true to my style. I couldn't find any, so I made my own. That led to me making a set of linen shirts and dresses, which were the foundation for our first collection! High-quality linen was so satisfying to wear--comfortable, wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, elegant and sophisticated--and we felt like the clothes we wanted to wear weren't on the market. We've both become increasingly interested in wearing and purchasing sustainable clothes made at ethical standards--clothes you can wear dozens if not hundreds of times, which get better with age because they're well-made from quality textiles, and you can feel good about wearing them because you know where they're coming from. We're really excited to be a part of change in the fashion industry, and to be manufacturing a product that feels new and fresh while rooted in tradition. 

Stalked: Aarabhi Sivaraman, Fashion Designer. AARABHI

Posted on Friday, 8 July 2016

I recently met the lovely Aarabhi, the British designer behind AARABHI. Inspired by her Indian heritage, Aarabhi uses embellishment as a form of print creating bold statement pieces which can be seen in her first collection. I caught up with her on the streets of Notting Hill to find out more about her exciting launch into the fashion world.

Why did you decide to go into fashion design?

When I think back, I don’t feel there was ever a point where I made the decision to go into fashion, I almost feel as though it just happened. My entire life, I’ve been a creative person and in school, the creative subjects were what I enjoyed the most so progressing into a creative field was exactly what I wanted to do. My earliest memory of my interest in fashion, is being obsessed with the Spice Girls and what they wore, I must’ve been 4 or 5 at the time, so I started young! From that point on, my love for fashion, art and pop culture grew. I was constantly doodling and sketching designs and knew that fashion design was the natural next step. After watching a documentary as a teenager about the ethical issues surrounding the production of clothing, I knew exactly what kind of designer I wanted to be and that I wanted to start my own brand. Studying on the BA course in fashion design gave me the opportunity to explore different ways of designing and as a result, helped me find my own style.

From City To Coast

Posted on Monday, 4 July 2016

Even though the UK has the ability to shatter any excitement of donning any swimwear and sunnies during the summer months, us brits still can't help but get excited come the July.. we just need it to stop raining! When it does stop finally, here are some fabulous emerging talent to help inspire your summer wardrobe.

For the perfect beach cover up.. Katya Kovtunovich