Breaking my own rule about parenting chat to say that if you have toddlers and can get to Covent Garden then you MUST go to the @ltmuseum. Honestly, today was one of the best days ever. Kids are free, adults pay (cheaper online, I paid £18ish on the door) BUT your entry fee covers the whole year. You can bring your own picnic. Lots to do, plenty of space to explore (on a weekday at least) and staff were all super nice. The boys drove buses! And climbed up routemasters! And practiced crossing the road! And played with spanners! AND DROVE THE TUBE! My two year olds were in heaven, and therefore so was I 💕
I’m now at is 116.37 miles cycled so am celebrating being 5.76% through #2020in2020 with deep fried feta. Obviously 💅🏻 #wiwt #toiletselfie
50.1 miles in the bank this week for #2020in2020 - and it’s a short week so I’m happy with that! Excel tells me I’m 2.48% complete 😎 I’m not counting walking miles, just cycling, but somehow T2 walked three miles with me this afternoon?! Further kudos goes to everyone on the ring challenge - competition is HOT and three teams have broken 1000 points already 🤯 #lolhowjanuary #togetherwegofar #onepeloton #ukladiespeloton #closeyourrings #strongheartsclub
Following on from my last post where I mentioned joining a team on my Apple Watch to help with motivation for closing rings each day, I’ve created our own Challenge! It’s called Strong Hearts Club for no reason at all other than I move my body to help my heart. The other Challenge I’m in is Peloton focused whereas this isn’t a Peloton thing at all - if you have an Apple Watch and want some accountability to make you move a bit more this January, come join!! PLEASE JOIN! There’s more info and a swipe up link in Stories but essentially you need to download the Challenges app (free) and then use the code 9w2u to find the Challenge. Join any team with a space or create a team if they’re all full, then we compete against each other in teams of four to see who can get the most points. How do you get points? YOU CLOSE YOUR ACTIVITY RINGS. It seems simple (and fun!) from the one day I’ve been using it 😅 The Challenge starts tomorrow (Jan 2nd) and runs for the month of January. If we enjoy it I’ll try and organise it a bit better next month and maybe do some prizes. This month the prize is just bragging rights. And health smuggery 💅🏻 See you on the leaderboard, I hope! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ #strongheartsclub
I have lots of personal goals for this year but the one I’m most looking forward to is trying to ride 2020 miles in 2020. It means averaging 168 miles per month, something I’ve never achieved but now...seem to think I can do 12 times? And that’s not remembering holidays. And illness. And kids. And injury. AND LIFE. But I am so so determined to do it. I will do it! Won’t I?! I got 13.6 miles in the bag this afternoon with a little help from @hannahfrankson, @fitxkendall, @alextoussaint25 and @codyrigsby and I bought this bloody watch yesterday (having said I’d never own one I am now, of course, obsessed) so hopefully I will stay as giddy motivated as I am today. I like that this resolution requires commitment for a whole year, it’s extremely doable (5.5 miles a day, roughly) but ONLY if you are consistent. I might check in every month with a running total to keep myself accountable. I’m in a TEAM on this ruddy watch for goodness sake! (Which, at time of writing at least, is 1st place out of 632 competing Peloton teams - don’t mind us 🤣💅🏻). Here’s to sweating and stretching because our bodies are our homes and they don’t have WD40 for bones yet. Strong hearts club 💕 #ukladiespeloton #onepeloton #2020in2020 #strongnotskinny
Tomorrow will mark one whole decade since I started WIWT, the outfit blog that became a global fashion community and led me to a career I couldn’t have dreamed of. I can’t find the original outfit photo that started the wild WIWT journey (it was a pink and black maxi dress from Spitalfields market with J.Lo style sunglasses from Target, snap taken in a mirror in a Californian hotel room) but I can picture it clearly. The above photo is instead what I wore to meet my best friend for dinner last night as I like how I looked as if I should be working part time at a Christmas grotto. I never really progressed past phone pictures in mirrors and that’s one of many reasons I don’t do this job now 😎 I’ve not been sure how I feel about these “reflections on the past decade” posts, but with #wiwt turning ten tomorrow (15 million hashtags strong!) I can’t not take a moment to think about it. For the past three years my world has felt impossibly small and the travel, beauty and fashion writing of the seven years that preceded them seems like a literal lifetime ago. That’s not a complaint, it’s just where I am at the moment. I don’t want to be (I can’t be!) A SAHM *slash* forty hundred other things right now. It’s a lifestyle that is perpetuated on here but I don’t “want it all”, I want what I have. For now. I sometimes fear this is lazy or foolhardy or that I’ve wasted endless opportunities by not exploiting things more when actually it’s, surely, just incredibly lucky. I don’t know! But currently my time is entirely consumed by my sons and I hope (and believe!) I can rejoin the world of work when it makes more sense for all of us. What I will do then, I have no idea. It’s very exciting to think about though. I am exceptionally fortunate. Here’s to a new decade - or a new Tuesday into Wednesday - or however you want to frame it. Big thanks especially to the original WIWT OGs who made a lot of my dreams come true 💕 We had fun didn’t we?
When you want to quit social media but you also want validation for your new pink hair 🤷🏻♀️🥴💅🏻
“This is the bit where you open the door and throw me the nuts” (I’ve saved all my Center Parcs chat to a Stories highlight on my profile 🥰)
When the UK Ladies descend on @codyrigsby and @leannehainsby. Lucky us to have such a wonderful community. Get your life together, boo! #ukladiespeloton #onepeloton
Back in March I was in this exact spot about to take my @onepeloton test ride before I eventually went on to buy the bike. Today I went back to the same showroom to take my century ride. 100 rides! ONE HUNDRED RIDES. I’ve ridden 758.27 miles. That’s from my house to Tuscany! Or Portugal! Or Oslo! IT’S FURTHER THAN DRIVING TO NICE! And that, as we found out this summer, is really really far. Anyway, I chose to celebrate in the store window (lol) with a @jesskingnyc rock class “the hot mess express 💅🏻” and at one point she said “if you’re recovering from injury or returning from having a baby, be kind to yourself. That shit is hard” and I thought yes, yes it REALLY is. (Had to stop myself having a little cry actually - GOD). And I was just very happy it was in this special century ride that she said that, and more importantly that I acknowledged that it’s true. Injuries are hard. Having a baby (or two) is hard. Finding time to invest in yourself is hard. Moving your body is, at first, really really hard. But it’s all just so rewarding when it comes together 💕 P.S I got a PB 💅🏻 #strongertogether #onepeloton #jesskingnyc #ukladiespeloton
Back in March on my birthday I set myself a goal to start moving more. (Scroll across if you wanna see my original “hopes and aims”). I promised to check in around October time and as I just got my October workout stats it makes sense to follow up on that. Well, I did it! (If we ignore the couple of months I took off for extreme gluttony and laziness in France where I gained a stone, but other than that 😅). I’m feeling fit, strong, capable and most importantly... HAPPIER 🥰 I am still setting the very occasional PB on my bike and I want to get one more before Xmas. I have various mileage goals. And I’ve got my 100th ride coming up later this week 🥳🥳! I’m sleeping well, I’m watching my heart rate recover more quickly at the end of rides and my blood pressure is 🥇 All in all, I’m very proud of myself! And we don’t always say that enough so here I am saying it. It’s hard to do it whilst juggling the boys (scroll to the last few pics to see how hard it was to even take this smug Angelina Jolie-leg photo🤪) but it feels essential to do this. Especially when parenting two year old boys full time really is the definition of physically relentless. This new hobby (I’m just excited to be able to say I have a hobby tbh) has made me carve out time for myself which for some mental reason I just couldn’t bring myself to do before. I couldn’t switch off but now, for 30 minutes at least, I can. So yeah! The big goal is my birthday next year. I can’t wait to see what my stats are by then as this time around when I’m writing out goals (I’m genuinely thinking of getting a whiteboard to do this, actual lol) I know I’ll be keeping it up. Thanks for putting up with me wanging on about output stats on Stories. I’m really enjoying this whole lark 💕 #gettingfitforme #strongnotskinny #ukladiespeloton #onepeloton #onepelotonfamily
Happy birthday @raydrayd 👑
T2 says Happy Halloween. T1 says if you’re not even going to buy a proper costume for Instagram likes then I’m not posing.
All cakes should be sold like this. An indecisive greedy woman’s dream. Thank you to my MIL for carrying it on three trains to bring it to me 😍
I saw this on Twitter this morning and thought it was lovely and therefore you might like to see it too 🍊
This morning I was invited to a @coppafeelpeople breakfast to celebrate six months of “no-touch” breast consultations across @superdrug stores. 65,000 people have already used the free service where a nurse will teach you how to check yourself for changes and better explain how you can get to know your boobs (and under the armpit and up to the collarbone - don’t forget - all breast tissue!) It was a lovely, small crowd of women - some of whom were generous enough to share how @coppafeelpeople had helped them as they faced their own breast cancer diagnosis in their 20s and 30s. Because it happens to us young women too. And that’s why we need to get to know our boobs and advocate for ourselves if we notice any changes. It took me losing someone I loved to breast cancer to start checking my boobs regularly (ridiculous, I know) and signing up to @coppafeelpeople’s free monthly text reminders (Oi you! Check your norks!) earlier this year really helped me establish this habit. I nabbed this waterproof sticker as I was leaving the event and have already put it on my shower door so now I really have no excuse. Hearing @emlouiii share how the sticker literally saved her life was enough to convince me I needed this in my bathroom. The stickers are free on their website if you want to order one for yourself to serve as a regular reminder when you’re lathering up. Or to sign up for the free text reminder service, just text EARLY to 70300. Knowing your boobs could save your life 🍈🍈
Bring back brunch pics.
I went to a party 🥳 #wiwt
(AD) Ahhh the never ending appeal of old yoghurt pots. It was an agency babysitter who introduced the boys to the joy of stacking these, over a year ago now, and this ridiculously simple game acted as such a reassurance to me that yes, a babysitter *can* entertain my children while I get on with something else undisturbed by the needs of babies. She had given them lunch whilst I worked in another room, then washed out their pots and set up a game for them using her own little bag of toys she'd brought with her too. I'd been so SO worried about hiring an agency babysitter, but it all went well and she got the measure of their vastly different personalities staggeringly quickly! Like a lot of the parents I've ~connected to~ on here, I don't have friends/family nearby who are able to help out with regular babysitting. And even if you do have grandparents/mates on standby, sometimes you just need emergency childcare! But....where do you find these gems who will actually play with your children?! All my research last year (and there was a lot, because I am supremely difficult when it comes to things like this) led me to @sitters.babysitting. Now yes this is an ad for Sitters, but they contacted me about working together because they knew I was already a paying customer. The reason I chose them when I was first looking for babysitters last year was simple: their babysitters are all THOROUGHLY VETTED, background checked, reference checked and all have a minimum of two years *recent* childcare experience. Sitters is a Dorset-based babysitting agency, with national coverage (they even cover hotels and holiday lets!) and there's so much positive stuff I want to say that I will direct you to my Stories to hear it rather than continue this mammoth essay here but I have been really impressed, as I’ll talk about on Stories now, so I’m very happy to recommend them to your family too 💕
“Quick take a photo of me looking fabulous in the wind 💅🏻” #wiwt (Swipe for non-blurred version featuring my husband’s shoe between me legs)