After a busy few days in Marrakech, it was pretty spectacular to be invited for an afternoon at the Four Seasons Marrakech to sunbathe, swim and have a private yoga class.

The hotel complex is about a 30 minute walk from Gueliz, the old town, and after Sabi and I decided to brave it and walk the way (as opposed to getting a taxi), reaching the hotel gates 30 minutes later and leaving the dirt track (no pavement there peeps!) and stepping foot into what felt like a total sanctuary! Spreading over 40 acres, the hotel is more like a little village. We were greeted at reception, and taken in a golf buggy to the pool area, where we were again greeted, and taken to some sun loungers. We nipped off to get changed into our bikinis and came back to an ice cold glass of water and a menu, we didn’t even need the menu though as we knew we had been planning on having ice-cream the entire walk, so we ordered our big bowls of ice-cream and lay down for an afternoon of reading, swimming and sun bathing.

After a few hours by the pool it was time to be taken over the to the spa to get ready for our private yoga class with Manoj, the Four Seasons Marrakech yoga instructor. We were taken to a little private garden near the spa, and had an outdoor yoga session, where Manoj took us through a hatha class. I’ve never done hatha before, and it was really interesting to try a completely new style of yoga, and be taught by a teacher from India, as opposed to one from the west which is usually the case in London. It involved a lot of breathing and chakra opening, as well as looking at the correct alignment of some of the postures I do every single day such as warrior two, downward dog, trikonasana and even child’s pose.

All in all we had an incredible afternoon, if you’re looking for a high end resort to stay at, I would definitely recommend looking at the Four Seasons Marrakech, the pool was serene, the staff were attentive, friendly and completely beyond what I expected, and the entire complex was a dream. Palm trees and cacti galore, countless little spots to relax and enjoy a read in some tranquillity, and the hotel is just a short ride away from the bright lights of the Nouvelle Ville or the hustle and bustle and the snake charmers of the Medina. Check out their website and Instagram here!

Hidden in the middle of the Medina, Café Clock is a funky haven that brings Europe and North Africa together to meet and create this awesome café. During my recent trip to Marrakech, I was lucky enough to go and check Café Clock out and have one of the most delicious veggie lunches (yes, veggie!) I’ve ever had. There’s a bright, high ceilinged ground floor part of the café, as well as an amazing open roof top space (with covered and non-covered parts). The décor was very very cool, there’s no other way to describe it, with mod pictures and mismatched furniture and splashes of bright colour everywhere, I felt very much at home, and want to transport the place back to London!

The staff were super friendly, attentive and quick. The menu was available in both English and French, and even had veggie, vegan and GF options! We went for the falafel, hummus and tabbouleh each, as well as two side salads (the winter salad of roasted vegetables and minted fresh cheese and fig & blue cheese salad with candied walnuts and capers) which were both insane, actually, the entire meal was freaking delicious, I’m thinking that’s the best falafel I’ve ever had! We also had a smoothie each and after lunch we got henna tattoos, we each opted for the same traditional hand henna (we literally just did everything exactly the same all holiday hahaha), the henna artist was lovely and I am sooo in love with my design, I want it to stay forever!

Not only do they offer amazing grub and a fab place to chill, but Café Clock has so much more to offer. There are workshops and cooking classes held there, as well as a Saturday morning yoga class which we 100% would have gone to if we’d have been in the country!

If you’re ever in Marrakech, put this on your list of places to visit.

Find their website here and Instagram here

It’s time to share with you some more of the amazing products I’ve discovered over the last month!

Happy + Co Home Wear Collection

I have updated my dining experience at home with these absolutely beautiful napkins from Happy & Co, I think the design is so modern and unusual. The company itself not only do table linen, but they also make bedding, cushions, furniture and more. They also have created the Happy + Co Farm in Cambodia, which was built to help provide jobs and produce for locals in the area. 10% of every product sold from Happy + Co goes into this farm, which I think is absolutely amazing and makes my heart a little fuzzy and warm!

Check out all their stuff here: http://happyandco.com/

And their gorgeous IG here

Skins GB Compression Wear

I was recently asked to review Skins GB Compression wear, which is clothing that compresses your muscles and can improve your blood flow and reduct your chance of injury whilst wearing it when you exercise. I absolutely love the pieces I got to try and their stuff is super comfortable! And if it could help reduce my chances of being any more injured, I will take it!

Check out their page here: http://www.flybery.com/search/skins/

Ugly Drinks

I have a big box of these fizzy sweetener free drinks at work that I am making my way through veeerrryyy quickly. Yep you heard, sweetener free! They’re infused with natural fruit flavourings and that’s pretty much it! I love them when I want something a bit different to just water, and I also think they’d be a great mixer with gin or vodka for a night out! Click here for their website.

Made By Fressko Flask

I finally got my hands on one of these flasks and I have been after one for ages! They’re beautiful, simple, easy to clean (the strainer pops out so you can wash it separately) and they can be used for either hot or cold drinks, peerrfect!

Physio Ball

Ok so this may seem totally random but I am loving my spikey physio ball these days! Great for getting knots out of my back, shoulders, neck, calves etc. I use mine at work whilst I am sitting and it really helps relieve some of that tension we seem to build up! Get these ones from Amazon here.

A few Sundays ago a friend and I decided to go for some lunch time waffles at Pachamama in Marylebone, a Peruvian restaurant that offers a really unusual but delicious menu.

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The underground restaurant is surprisingly bright, welcoming and spacious. The décor remind me of holidays abroad, with wooden floors and mismatching and weathered furniture. The staff were all super friendly, and the service was very quick!

Karin and I shared a savoury and a sweet waffle. We opted for the sweet potato waffles, although they also offer quinoa waffles (I need to try these too!), the savoury was a smoked bacon, free-range fried egg and yacon syrup waffle, ok so I had no idea what yacon was (now I know that it’s now a sweet South American root), but the combination was delicious and everything was cooked perfectly. We also had a side of crab and yucon churros (savoury churros…. What?!), they were equally delicious and garlicy and I LOVE GARLIC, so that was a huge win for me.

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We followed this up with the sweet waffle which was topped with peruvian chocolate, toasted quinoa ice cream and a cacao crumb and my good Viracocha (Incan god – just trying to be cultural) it was insane!

They do a lunch taco menu on weekdays, and an evening menu that actually has a great deal of veggie dishes (and meat and fish too!), as well as other delicious looking brunch items. Not only was the food amazing, and I mean this honestly, it was delicious, it was so great to eat somewhere with ingredients that were new to me, as I love trying out new things and am really interested in other cuisines, so this was right up my alley! It was relatively inexpensive, and they serve a great range of cocktails and herbal teas too. This one needs to go at the top of your ‘To Eat In London’ list!

For more info check out their website or their Instagram @pachamamalondon

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Over the past few months of being involved in the health and fitness lifestyle, I have discovered so many amazing brands and products, so I thought it was time to share some of them with you! Whilst it’s actually no longer October (you can blame my holiday to Ibiza for the delay here!), I am going to share my October faves with you!

 

Graze’s New Snack Box

 

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Graze’s little snacks are usually a go to treat on a particularly difficult Thursday when my lunch break consists of dashing to Sainsburys and buying the first thing I see, however, I have been waiting for them to bring out a Graze box with totally guilt free snacks, and they have! Their new Supersnacks box is not only probably the prettiest box you’ve ever seen, but all the snacks in this box are delicious and use unrefined sweeteners such as dates. Some of them even come with a matching tea bag for a mini afternoon tea, I love it! The chia and coconut seed biscuits were definitely my favourite!

 

 

Travel Yoga Mat from Yoga Design Lab

 

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Last month I realised I had a few holidays coming up, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to practice yoga whilst away with my super cumbersome (but amazing) mat that I use. My friend Sabi (see her blog www.dancetraveleat.com here), recommended this travel mat to me from Yoga Design Lab. It’s lightweight, thin, foldable (like how cool is that), and it’s also got a thin layer of soft towel-like material on top that makes it suitable for when you’re a bit sweaty and practicing abroad (if you’re in a hot country that is), so I ordered it straight away and it arrived in time for my trip to Spain. I am in love with this mat! I tend to slip around a lot on regular mats, but this one seems to let me grip to it very well, it is indeed very light weight and it folds up and it very easy to slip into a suitcase or bag. It is quite thin, because it’s a travel mat, so I wouldn’t recommend using it a particularly gravelly surface, but it certainly does the job and I will be taking it with me whenever I next go travelling.

 

 

Bula Batiki

 

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Coconut oil is one of my favourite things, I use it every single day as an eye makeup remover and in my cooking, and quite often in my weekend porridge. However, Bula Batiki is a brand that I recently discovered and I feel like it’s a brand above the rest. “But surely all coconut oil is the same?” I feel you ask me in you head, well, sure, but the unique element of Bula Batiki, besides the high quality of coconut oil, is that the entire company was built in order to provide a sustainable income for the residents of the Batiki island in Fiji. All of the company’s profits are put back into the island of Batiki to help the people living there get better education, health care and quality of life. I think the project is amazing and now I can buy my coconut oil knowing I am doing something good too! Check out their website here for more info.

 

The Buddy Pouch

 

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I was asked to review this by the company, it’s a little pouch that you attach to your waist band when you exercise. I have been using it at the gym and I must admit it’s pretty useful. I don’t have to keep my phone in a sweaty arm band anymore that’s bloody awkward to control things through, I finally have somewhere to keep my locker key and gym card, and it’s sweat proof, so no more salty phone! I imagine for a runner this would be even more ideal, it stays in place as it’s held there by magnets, I wish I had had this when I did a 5k a few months back, and when I did a 10k walk for charity. If you’re looking for something to hold everything in that won’t be cumbersome or keep falling off, I definitely recommend this!

 

 

‘Keep ‘Em Dry’ Waterproof Mascara Top Coat

 

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I got W7’s waterproof mascara top coat in a goody bag from an event last year, and I must admit I actually use it most days! I am that girl that usually ends up with mascara under her eyes, and whilst I don’t wear makeup when I work out, I do sometimes wear makeup to certain events where I will be working out, and without fail, I always use this. It keeps your mascara in place, no smudging or running, and if you’re like me and you draw your eyebrows on (I have none without drawing them on FYI, I like people to know when I’m making different facial expressions), you can also use it on your brows as it’s totally clear. Trust me it works! And I have had mine for about 6 months and haven’t run out yet, definitely worth the investment (at only £5.95)!

 

Get yours here.