Thursday, 20 April 2017

Vino & Vinyasa @ Foundation Coffee House

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I did something new this week. Well actually, I did two things that I have done many times before but I did them together for the first time.

Vino & Vinyasa! An hour of vinyasa yoga followed by (not accompanied by) a large glass of wine. It's a new event held at foundation coffee house. Have you been to foundation? It's one of the most northern quarter-ey places in the northern quarter and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite spaces. While the nearby Aflecks is the fabulous pinnacle of sensory overloaded alternative culture, foundation is the calming epitome of a newer bread of Scandinavian inspired minimalistic style combined with a menu to match the meticulous d├ęcor. Their fruity kale smoothie is a personal favourite for virtuous days and their gin selection is for the other days!

I am usually more of a pilates kind of gal being a scientifically person and prone to the giggles at silly names. However, this time I think yoga was what I needed. Marley from Vida Yoga guided us through some fairly dynamic yoga which I found myself concentrating quite hard on! I like to push myself in most things so I found myself pushing to be as flexible as the person in front of me and as balanced as the person next to me. My mind has been pretty full recently and the combination of being fairly lousy at yoga and a brain full of thoughts created a little bubble of clarity - why do I have to try so hard at everything? Doing the basic triangle pose is fine, I don't need to extend into the bound version. Likewise with what was in my head. Once I stopped trying to extend into mental bound triangle pose it got a lot calmer and more enjoyable.

OGD x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

CLRCFF - I'm excited


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Is your newsfeed full of clear coffee? Because mine is, and if yours isn't then I am slightly concerned about what google knows about me. If you have missed it it's THIS. So Jesus may have turned water into wine but CLRCFF has created a way to make coffee look like water. Apparently the idea came from the coffee addict owners being annoyed at coffee stained teeth. This is an issue, combined with a healthy red wine habit, which is apparently costing me £300+ at the dentists to remedy - not that I've quite got round to it yet. I might have to swap bleaching my hair for bleaching my teeth. What is it with modern beauty standards with changing colours of things? Hair lighter, teeth whiter, skin tanner, brows darker, eyelashes darker, cheekbones lighter! Gah what's wrong with my natural blotchy pink complexion and my mouse hair? 

Back to coffee. Already articles have popped up in cosmopolitan, the independent, the huffingtonpost, and even a slightly scaremongering article in the sun. They are selling to UK at £5.99 for 2 200ml bottles or £14.99 for 5. Some of the articles comment that it seems expensive but at £2 a bottle and free delivery for the 5 pack seems a good deal. Starbucks is more than that, as is a large red bull (equivalent caffeine content and that comes with all the added sugars and gas in the world). So I've ordered some. The 2 pack for now but I'm excited. I will let you know when it arrives!

OGD x

Sunday, 16 April 2017

In the name of freedom - Water Challenge Week 3

So in my first post in this series I described my skin as "the epitome of combination skin with oily lagoons and dry dessert both represented within a few square inches. Mostly I'm covered in blackhead craters or minizit bumps creating something akin to the surface of the moon." I think that might be improving!

While energy levels and snacking behaviour have stayed constant I think my skin might be improving due to the increase in fluids. The very dry and flaky patches have cleared and the very oily patches are now just oily. I still have a healthy shine at the end of each day regardless of foundation/ powder. I think I just am an oily person. However, this week it seems less likely that the USA will invade my face in the name of freedom.

Blackheads have been at a minimum with only my reoccurring ones an inevitable constant and I only have two minizit bumps at the moment - one of which lies in the middle of the bridge of my nose behind my glasses so I suspect that ones a constant while I am at work and wearing my glasses for the majority of the day. The other is on my cheek and is very red but I suspect it is all talk as it hasn't developed any further than threatening. This is definitely progress!

OGD x