Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Training hard

So I've been saying since my knee operation in Feb, I've set myself some goal fitness wise.

Secondly to achieve the following...
1. Run the 5k for Race for life in 25 minutes.
2. To complete the Run to the Beat half marathon (in anytime... just to complete it!) have this in September. 
3. Next year doing the 3 peaks challenge.


So... so far so good.  I just need to start swimming again and work on my core in yoga to help me along. 

I like setting goals, I used to be quite fit. As used to teach aerobics, dance and take part in cross country (I always ask myself how I enjoyed this because I dont even a little bit now!).  I've vowed I will teach classes again as I used to love it, for now back to getting my fitness back. 

I can't believe i'm admitting this but I love running in shorts.  My Nike standard womens ones are amazing.  Light, easy and great for these summery (sort of!) evenings. 

:o) xxx

Friday, 24 June 2011

Stella McCartney does Adidas

As you may or may not be aware I’m once again a beginner with my running/exercise since my 2nd ACL knee operation. Starting to get back into it has been tough but something I’m excited about.

Anyways so digging through my hoards of clothes (my gym wear included) I realised the exercising clothing I have isn’t interesting. Usually consisting of cropped tight black leggings or aerobics style long black trousers and some kind of vest top.... not amazing at all. Considering this is something I wear a lot surely my exercise clothes should still echo the fact I like to look good in what I wear? Some may argue and think “what you exercise in is only to get a workout, who cares what you look like!” but if you do your 30 minutes of exercise a day surely it gets to a point where you want to feel good in what you wear to.

So yesterday my triathlete boyfriend was rabbiting on about how he wants this bike and some new amazing trains when I caught him reading this article. That’s when I saw her. Holly Avil. I was immediately told about how great she was, which I wasn’t interested in... it was her workout gear.

It was exciting and different, so started to research and its all been designed by none other than Stell McCartney! 

So I checked out more of the range... its to die for. 

The hoodies and long sleeves items have sharp exciting edges and are simple but unique. Great to pop on before and after training. 
Trousers/shorts are equally as exciting as the others, all in the Team GB colours to coinside with the new companionship between adidas and the upcoming Olympic games. 

 The tops are my favourite by far, the fun designs and colours, draw attention to themselves but are also technically sound for doing vigorous exercise.  I'd love to see if they worked well for girls who have a chest (like myself!)
Miss Avil is becoming a touch of a style icon herself, she was featured in the UK's June Vogue revealing the superb new collection. 

Stella is the official designer to Team GB which is amazing.
"Sport and style have always been the starting point for this collaboration, We wanted to take it to another art form for this collection by making a film and capturing the athletes in movement which is at the heart of this process."  Stella McCartney quoted in Vogue.

Want to find out more? 

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Cocosa Fashion

I love a good sale, I don't know many shopaholics that don;t.  Nothing is more satisfying than getting that designer dress you wanted cheaper then the retail price, and with the Internet just one click away we have many more opportunities.
One of those fantastic sites is Cocosa.  Cocosa is an invitation-only fashion destination offering its members exclusive access to an array of private sales. Each sale event runs for a limited time only so you have to be quick!
Bauer Media's first pure e-commerce site launched October 2008. It is an invitation-only fashion destination offering its members exclusive access to an array of private sales, each running for a limited period and brimming with an unrivalled selection of luxury brands. We give you behind-the-scenes access to the kind of prices that only fashion insiders have previously enjoyed. Their experienced team of buyers hand pick only the most covetable fashion and accessories.
Cocosa gives you behind-the-scenes access to the kind of dizzying designer discounts that only fashion insiders have previously enjoyed.
Their experienced team of buyers hand picks only the most covetable fashion and accessories for men and women. They know exactly what you need, whether you're looking for investment pieces, seasonal wardrobe top-ups or just a little me-treat.

Some of the most influential designers in fashion sell some of their items on the site (to name but a few):
Vivienne Westwood
John Smedley
Tom Ford Sunglasses
Alexander McQueen
Karl Lagerfeld
Jonathan Saunders
Nicole Farhi
Matthew Williamson
Vera Wang
Lucky for you readers you can get an exclusive £10 off their first order over £50! all you need to do is register  at this link
Then enter promotional code ‘luxurystyle’ at the checkout to redeem the offer.

Everyone likes a fashion bargain and this site is utter class and style in one website.
Annie Bean xx

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Vote for me!

Hi my lovelies,

I need some help.  I'm desperate to get as many votes as possible in order to get my dream job.

In order to vote for me 'like' the very site on facebook, then you will be able to 'vote' for me!


Let me know if you have problems or if you voted :)


P.s if you can vote and get a friend to vote to... you will make a very happy bean.

Isle of Wight Festival 2011

Jumping on the ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde was unlike most average days for the Isle Of Wight locals, instead of everyday commuters there were bundles of enthusiastically awaiting festival goers.  The whole place was buzzing with excitement of the 65,000 visitors that had suddenly once again swamped the very timid Isle of Wight. Instead of OAPs and their triangle sandwiches/packed lunches, there were Boys with their camping backpacks and gadgets and girls in the latest festival fashion clobber all eager and waiting to be transported by coaches to the festival hotspot. 

What was once an iconic festival back in the late 60's and 70's, for its legendary performances (to name only a few) from Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors, had now been re-launched and revived as a fresh and exciting music weekend, since 2002. The line-up was diverse to say the least, comments had been made as to why Xfactor winner Alexandra Burke was performing but this was evened out with musical icons like Jeff Beck, Iggy Pop and even a bit of the silver fox himself Tom Jones.  On arrival the sun was out and people were setting up their tents and getting ready to head on into the main site for an evening of music goodies. The weekend kicked off with the flamboyant musical delights of Mr Boy George who entertained early campers at the Big Top tent, with his popular tracks karma chameleon and Do you want to hurt me.   Whether you were sipping a pimms and lemonade or cocktails in the late evening sun, it was the ideal way to start the pre festival party.

Whilst Boy George filled the air everybody wanted to explore, the decorations that the festival had were fantastic, from tall red flowers and bees along the fences to colourful flags.  A wide range of food and drink was available, with even a Costa coffee van for all those business folk who couldn’t cope without their caffeine kick each morning.  There was nothing the organisers had missed. Each stage was interesting in its own way, and had a line up which all festival visitors were looking forward to.
Kaiser Chiefs warmed up the Friday evening stage before Kings of Leon.... I say warmed up but it was strictly Luke warm.  There wasn't too much to report other than the majority of the crowd could still remember the lyrics of 'Ruby' and 'I predict a riot', other than that not much else.  The stage presence was a little dull but I’m sure it’s an acquired taste, it just wasn't  a show stopper and I’m still intrigued to know why they were but on just before Kings of Leon? Maybe it was a strategy plan to make the headliner look really good.  who knows but it worked.
Headlining on Friday was the anticipated Kings of Leon, unknown to all how good the set and the performance would be, the boys certainly tried hard to squash any questions as to why they were there.  They gave the audience exactly what they'd be craving, ultimately finishing off with 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex is on fire'  which overplayed as they were, got the audience chanting those well known lyrics back, ultimately going out with a bang thus making the crowd feel like they'd stood waiting for a reason. 

Saturday was good from the word go, the sun was out and all people spoke about was the fact the Foo Fighters were headlining. However, there was plenty to keep everyone entertained until then.  The 80’s tunes of Mike & the Mechanics  provided nostalgic feelings followed by the beautiful Lissie who charmed the crowd with her sensational songs, whilst many folk ate, drank and were merrily enjoying such a beautiful summers day.  Mr Tom Jones followed on from Chase & Status on the Big Top tent, and was positively the sex bomb that he had been labelled as. Showing that age isn’t everything, he really wooed the crowd with some old hits and some of his newer tracks to get everybody dancing along. This was certainly the case when ‘Leave your hat on’ started flowing across the tent.
One very entertaining highlight of the day was of course Seasick Steve, for the 70 year old man who appeared on BBC news last week telling all about his album ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ definitely showed the reason for his popularity with tune ‘Thunderbirds’.  He later watched from the VIP stands as Dave Grohl shouted out to him, as he once queued for hours to see Dave in his first band Nirvana.  The Foo fighter’s certainly did steal the show from other headlining bands over the weekend.  Effortlessly firing straight into an amazing set, of tracks of emotional rollercoaster to those of a roaring rock head banging nature,  these boys had clearly done this a few times before.  Dave Grohl highlighting that ‘this band don’t use computers’ making them all the more cool for being a ‘proper’ band unlike many in the music business today.  Grohl soon pointed out they didn’t do encores and gave the crowd just what they’d been lusting for... the single most amazing performance of ‘All My Life’ which of course got everyone jumping about everywhere, screaming the lyrics back. 

Final day started more miserable than ever expected, all falsely led to believe we were in for another scorcher of a day...  How wrong could we be.  It rained non-stop from the word go.  It didn’t faze many as the crowd to the main stage stood out in the pouring rain to watch some of the best bands.  The eco friendly event that the festival is, had many ways to recycle.  One was with the help of Coca Cola who were collecting plastic bottles in exchange for freebies, one of those was a poncho.  It’s obvious to say they went in a heartbeat once the rain had started. The entire festival was encouraging such an eco-friendly message, bikes that helped charge mobile phones, money for collecting paper cups, and even the H&M tent was there again to launch its brand new eco range of clothing. 

Pixie Lott graced the stage in a blue summery outfit (and with a fantastic figure!), which was highly unfit for the torrential rain that was drenching all stood watching.  She was upbeat, bubbly, and certainly proved the reason she was on the main stage.  Giving a fantastic justified version of Adele’s hit ‘Someone like you’ along with many of her other chart hits.  If nothing more she certainly gave the gentleman in the audience something to look at! Soon followed The Script who ventured out into the crowd and got soaked, just to show how much they appreciated people coming out in the rain to see them.  This lightened the mood for all those washed up looking people who had been stood for hours.  Liam Gallagher shot onto the stage in a Union Jack jacket with his latest project Beady Eye, which were good but disappointingly the tracks didn’t have the same spark Oasis ones did...thus no sing-along’s for Liam from the wet crowd.  

Next and finally the eagerly awaited Kasabian, the Leicester lads who had taken the charts by storm were headlining the Sunday night. Wooing a full audience, it was certainly a bit different from their early days performing at the little venue in Leicester, The Half Time Orange.  Tom took to the stage and immediately enticed the crowd with his fantastic stage persona.  Giving the mass exactly what they’d asked for, the guys dug out some old goodies along with teasing tracks from the new album Velociraptor.  There was even a surprise appearance from Noel Fielding during Vlad the Impaler, which quickly got the crowd, laughing, smiling and singing all the more louder. Tom was definitely a true show man emphasizing his love for those drowned rats in the audience (and various ladies), he had the entire audience charmed with everything he was doing from the word go. Some incredible electro, excitable versions of 'LSF', and ' Shoot The Runner' forced the life back into those watching.  Tom made a great point of getting everyone to perfect their ‘Ooo’s’ of the track ‘Fire’ making sure it was chanted back correctly.  The guys certainly did being the last band on the main stage utter justice. 

 After everyone continued to chant Kasabian lyrics at each other on the mudslide back to the campsite, the sounds of the Manic Street Preachers singing ‘You stole the sun from my heart’ started all soggy music fans to recite the ever so real lyrics all the way back to their tents.
All in all, the weekend was exactly what was expected from a festival.  We had rain, we had shine and we had some of the best music that could have possibly been on offer.  An eco friendly, happy festival that would certainly get me going back another year.  A fantastic line up, with a superb outcome.

Well done Isle of Wight

P.s I'll be better equipt for the weather next year.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Honda Sponsors

Hey bloggers,

Got another car treat for you.
Throughout 2011, Honda will be releasing a series of mini-documentaries, an online hub, and sponsorship idents for Channel 4. A new round of short films, created by Wieden + Kennedy London, starts on 2nd June during Cutting Edge documentary, 'Bums, Boobs and Botox' on Channel 4.

The now famous strapline – “Documentaries on 4, sponsored by Honda” – of last year's idents will continue for this new campaign, which will feature brand-led films starring real-life customers who use their Honda products in unique ways. The first of four features Philippa, an alpaca breeder in Oxfordshire, who tends to the animals on her farm using her trusty Honda ATV. The separate phases, created by Hollie Newton (Wieden + Kennedy), each feature a different Honda-owner in a mini-documentary, a range of idents, and extra supporting content. Each ident will carry a unique URL relating to its story leading viewers to the extra content online.

Facebook and Twitter activity will accompany all phases of the campaign, engaging users and linking to the online hub at www.honda.co.uk/stories where the documentaries will be available in full on, in addition to other films, articles, and interesting stories. There's also a 'Take Part' section, where Honda-owners can upload stories and photographs, documenting the unusual ways in which they use their Honda products. The favourite – chosen by Wieden + Kennedy – will be turned into the final mini-documentary and turned into idents for TV.

Martin Moll, Head of Marketing at Honda (UK) said, ‘"I am very excited that our continued relationship sponsoring Channel 4 documentaries allows us to focus on our customers, highlighting their warm – sometimes quirky – personal experiences of Honda products either for fun or as a necessary part of their daily livelihood.  We hope that this campaign will unveil further examples from our customers, one of which will be nominated to be brought to life on TV for a final set of idents later on in the year".

Chris Groom and Sam Heath, Creative Directors, Wieden + Kennedy said, “We knew there were all sorts of people using all sorts of Honda products in extraordinary ways. A documentary format provided the perfect platform to celebrate them.”

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Mid-week Blues

So today has been a normal none mid-week day.  I've been at work, done my work bits, and come home to low-cal spagetti and meatballs.  

So unexciting I can't even begin.  I'm even watching 'Sweet 16' on Viva.... this is low! 

I do tend to spend most of my weekday evenings on my own, as my other half works some really long hours.  We pass like ships in the night sometimes.  which I guess sometimes is lovely but the majority of the time i'm really lonely.   

So I have comfort of pants TV, and some drink (yep thats not even wine, its elderflower!) and a low fat yogurt. Rock and roll!!!!

...wow on that note I may go for a run!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Get me to the church on time...

It certainly is wedding season, this was very much confirmed on my recent trip to Manchester.  I browsed loads of high street stores blooming with beautiful fabrics and prints, screaming "wear me! Wear me!" 

Sadly I have no wedding to attend this summer, but none the less I can certainly dream.  

This gorgeous Athena Kipp dress from Monsoon is £110 and the ideal partner to a wedding or a summer party. Its a classic look and with a tan would look devine!

Same style but in a beautiful sky blue colour, this is embellished and like the other dress has an elasticated waist.  This one is £150

From Monsoon again, this Kaleidoscope dress is very vibrant for summer days.  Personall I'd never wear this for a wedding as it's rather hectic but for a garden party it's certainly ideal.  A fraction of the other two dress prices, this is only £65

I firmly believe a classic looking style is the best with occassions such as these. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Hollie Cook

Imagine you're having a lazy day on a beach watching the waves gracefully lace the shore, sipping a cocktail. Well - relocate yourself to West London then you’re very close to how an hour with Hollie Cook feels.

Being the offspring of Sex Pistols' Paul Cook, it’s quite obvious to see why this lady has music running heavily through her veins.  Born and bred in West London, Hollie decided to ditch her life in modelling and acting, instead opting to follow her father’s musical footsteps.  She set off in the right direction by surrounding her ears with legends such as Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure, and what a good creative move that was - as tracks from the album utter a chilled unique ambience which continues throughout her self titled debut album - produced by Prince Fatty, set for release on Mr Bongo Records the 6th June 2011.

Hollie Cook is said to have labelled her music as ‘Tropical Pop’ which fits perfectly, as right the way through the entire album there are sounds of chilled reggae beats flowing smoothly.   The two tracks that stand out are ‘Milk & Honey’ and ‘That Very Night’, both with sensual beats and sexy soulful vocals from Hollie.  There are sometimes elements of a comparison to that of Lily Allen and also Eliza Doolittle, but only by vocal similarities.  Some tracks do have a tendency to blend into another but  Cook is fresh, exciting and still a definite one to watch. 

This is the most stress free album I’ve ever set my ears to and perfect for summer 2011.
For more information you can visit: http://www.holliecook.com