Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BRUNCH VS BREAKFAST?

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


Breakfast as they say is the most important meal of the day! However, I have to secretly confess that nowadays I'm loving having brunch more than I am breakfasts. Oh no she didn't!!! Oh yes, she did!!! 

Sorry guys :)

People who are into brunch know that there's a very specific time frame for it. You have to start eating after 11am and be finished by 1pm. Simples. Anything before that is breakfast and right after is lunch. 

I have always been into having brunch especially as it seems to be a London thing. It's the best time for meetings and hangouts with friends. However on most days, breakfast seems like the reasonable option when you have morning or lunch time workouts and a working schedule.

Since my holiday though, I've got into this routine of starting work very early and then nipping into the gym for a late-ish morning fasted workout which then inevitably throws me into brunch time for my first meal and honestly, I can't explain to you how much I'm loving it. It's pretty amazing for a few reasons: 

1. By the time I'm eating my first meal, I've already burnt a few calories.

2. I feel more in control of my body i.e consuming energy when I need it rather than simply because I'm awake (which is kinda what breakfast is).

3. My body knows just how much food I need which means I actually eat more at the time. It's a perfect way to fuel your body with the right amount you need - great for weight loss.

4. It means having a late lunch rather than an early one and helps me escape the afternoon lull which causes you to be completely sleepy after a lunch meal. Anyone else?

I really could go on.

Most days, I make brunch myself as I love cooking but sometimes I treat myself too. A few weeks ago, I was in Forest Hill for a lovely brunch with E and we popped into St David Coffee House for this scrumptious meal. 





St David is right opposite Forest Hill rail station and is slightly hidden. It's a really good find. Quite small but it makes it seem somewhat exclusive. It was slightly pricey for what you got but the food was really good. I always treat myself to a naughty cake like dessert when I'm out for brunch and this was no different. 

When you're next in SE London, you should totally give St David a try. In the meantime, catch them on Instagram

What do you think about the breakfast and lunch versus brunch debate? What do you most have? If you're more of a bruncher - what's your favourite thing to have? Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of love,
J xo xo 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

BTS CALUM McSWIGGAN PHOTOSHOOT

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


You might be aware that I double up as a photographer - a real hobby/obsession of mine that has now turned into somewhat of a profession. In today's post, I wanted to share this amazing video I made (if I might say so myself) of what goes on behind the scenes at some of my shoots. 

All the shots from this shoot (and more of my work) are on my photography website 
You can book me for photography (and blogging collabs) by emailing my amazing manager Rae: rae@raerosecommunications.com 



Let me know what you think about the video :) I'm very proud of this one.

Lots of love,
Jxx

Thursday, July 27, 2017

EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Dear gorgeous person, you! 

Gosh, it sorta feels like my entire life was put on hold for a month in preparation for my birthday! I turned 30 this week shhh!!! It was kinda a big deal, celebrating with 120 people back home. We had lots to plan and sort out before the day and as a result of this, I've been partly MIA - away from you mostly here and on youtube - I'm soooo SORRY! Instead I've kept in touch on  Instagram and Facebook

Side note, I do free Facebook live workouts every Saturday at 9am London time. If you miss them live, the videos are available to watch back and workout to at your convenience, see them here. Anyways, as much fun as birthday shenanigans were, it definitely feels fantastic to be fully back with you now yay!!!!


In today's post, I wanted to share with you some exciting and well overdue news following my video below with the gorgeous Hilary Rowland (my woman crush aka Co-founder and Creative Director of Boom Cycle). It really is amazing to think a lot has happened since we made this video just eight weeks ago. Read my last post to find out more about Hilary and Boom Cycle here



Since the video, they've launched a blog and have an active wear line in the making but the most exciting thing being that the Boom Cycle Hammersmith studio is now open and oh my lawwddd! It's freaking amazing! It's absolutely beautiful and just beyond stunning (I know, same thing! Sorry, excited). I was fortunate enough to attend a morning ride taught by Hilary a few weeks ago and no words, simply no words. 


The studio is conveniently only 2 minutes walk from Hammersmith station. As you approach the building, it starts to dawn on you that Boom Cycle have stepped up their game BIG TIME! The side of the almost 4000 sq ft building has a huge sign with the Boom Cycle logo, Bikes, Beats and Boom written all over it. It immediately gives you the impression you're about to be wowed. You kinda feel like you're part of something special even before you step in.


...And as you walk in, you really are wowed! I was literally walking in with my mouth open and my eye brows going OMG! Is it weird to say that I was overcome with a feeling of pride, considering I had zero part to play in it? Hahaha. I was just really happy for co-founders Hilary & her hubby Robert Rowland as well as the BC team, knowing how hard they've all worked. This has been a long time coming too as Hilary had filled me in, saying they first scouted this building in 2015, lost it to a restaurant and then eventually got it back. Read more about what Robert had to say about some of the difficulties they faced and how they overcame them.

Y'all fitness buddies will appreciate how important location is when you run a boutique studio, even from a consumers perspective. For the owners though, the location alone can make you so ahead of the game but of course, as it is Boom Cycle, this coupled with their super friendly staff, their fun approach to fitness, crazy energy and pretty awesome classes - they are already way ahead of the competition without a shadow of a doubt.



As a consumer who also happens to be a photographer and a woman, the very first thing that appeals to me is the ample natural lighting. Boom Cyclers know that Holborn is underground (I believe Shoreditch is too but I haven't been yet as Holborn was my first love and I didn't want to cheat on her heehee!). 

The Hammersmith reception has such high ceilings and simply feels like it goes on forever. You somehow get the feeling that you're meant to be there. I need to stop sounding so deep! :) Right ahead of you is the huge Boom Cycle logo proudly sitting over the reception area - also perfect for taking those post workout selfies. To your left is a seating area, outside lockers and the changing rooms whilst to your right is the bar and a staircase that leads you to the fantastic looking studios.

Did I also mention the beautiful outside seating area you have just walked past to get into the studio? So you could go to a class, have a shower, a lovely post workout shake and then sit outside (or inside) and work on your laptop? Mhm, count me in!


Then there's the lovely changing room space. The number of times I go somewhere to kill a good workout but then have to get on the tube with my sweaty and wet clothes, simply because I can't bring myself to use their showers lol. No, not here. Aside from the obviously spacious, very clean and tidy changing rooms, showers and toilets, I love that they practically provide everything for you. Sweat & shower towels - tick, tampons - tick, GHDs - tick, waaaiit - dyson hair dryers - seriously? Tick! Hair pins, deodorants, the lot! 

The mirrors have such good lighting to do your makeup in and even the hand wash and lotions are Ren which retail about £16-18 per 300ml bottle! The taps are Dyson Ariblades which also double up as hand dryers and retail for about £1379 each! wooahh! Essentially, Robert and Hilary mean business! Boom have definitely not cut back on quality and it's this level of attention to such small detail that makes you realise that although they seem to have mastered the ride experience with their other studios, they have taken it one (big and expensive) step further and  carefully considered the consumer experience too.

One of my pet peeves is when you have to dry your hands with bloody dryers that essentially spread the water from your hands all over the floor. It's annoying trying to change in a changing room with wet floor - eww! Is that just me? With these Dyson dryers, everything stays in the sink! Someone at Boom Cycle literally thought about that! BOOM! *clapping emoji*




 I couldn't possibly describe the studios in such a way that will do them justice hence you will have to attend to experience it for yourself but seriously omg! 

A few days on from my first ride at Hammersmith, I was invited back to the official launch party as their photographer, which was such a privilege. However, I took these photos knowing that there is no way in the world photos could do this place any justice. You simply must visit.


The launch party was amazing. I met some incredible people and I kinda feel like an unofficial member of the Boom Cycle family now lol. So, Hammersmith is officially open. Go experience it for yourself. Book a class here. If it is your first time, Boom Cycle still have the intro offer £29 for 3 rides which would be crazy not to snap up. If you do go, be sure to let them know I sent you :) and let me know how it goes! Here are some more photos I took at the party. Feel free to check out more of my photography on www.joyogudehotography.com 










What an absolute pleasure it was working with Boom Cycle on this mini project and I'm definitely looking forward to working with them again soon. To book me for photography, simply use the contact form on my photography website or email my manager rae@raerosecommunications.com.

Have you been to Boom Cycle Hammersmith yet? Or perhaps you're planning on going? If you have been, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Lots of love, 
Joy
xo xo 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LERATO'S SUPPER CLUB

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


This summer has been the most amazing yet. Perhaps because I decided to approach the year with a positive boss attitude, despite all my setbacks. Perhaps it's because the weather has been absolutely amazing or maybe because I'm surrounded my amazingly positive people. Perhaps it's a combination of everything. The end result is that not only am I extremely happy and starting to feel like me again, I am also able to fearlessly throw myself into projects, events and simply just being available for my friends and family. Yay!


You might know that I'm also a photographer and of course when my gorgeous friend Lerato decided to cook her supper club guests an African roast, I was determined to go all out with the pictures. Lerato is an international chef and food writer whose food is inspired by rich African traditions but with a modern, contemporary twist. Naturally, her food is colourful, teasingly spicy and very tasty. So of course I felt the vibrance of the pictures had to match Lerato's bright looking summer menu. You can learn more about Lerato here 



Lerato organises regular supper clubs and her food is obviously very popular. Who doesn't like good food hey? This supper club was held at the top of a really lovely pub in Angel called The Joker. It was a very bright and airy private space large enough for all the guests to sit at the table or socialise around the room without feeling either claustrophobic or consumed. As it was such a beautiful day, it was also perfect for natural light pictures which made me very happy. I have only shared a few photos here but please visit my photography website to see the rest of these beautiful pictures in all their glory.





Lerato's menu on the day featured various things that made my tummy extremely happy such as jollof quinoa, an amazing mango and scotch bonnet puree which casted soooo good I had to take some home (so Nigerian lol), lamb, chicken, aubergines, plantains and suya! OMG yes - suya!!! I particularly loved how she managed to find a happy medium between teasing heat and beyond spicy. There were people who had never had African food before and would of course not want to go from eating no spice to heat that's guaranteed to blow your head off. However, people like myself who are used to the heat were still able to enjoy Lerato's food. To be honest, heat that's overwhelming can put you off anyway. As a result, she made sure there was something for everyone.



You definitely have to attend one of Lerato's supper clubs. She currently does them in London and Brighton/Sussex. Her supper club was also featured in Timeout as the number one thing to do last weekend.. See here for Leratos upcoming events. If you do go, be sure to tell her Joy sent you, you might even get mates rates haha. In the meantime, you can find Lerato on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Love you babies! 
Joy xo xo 

Monday, May 29, 2017

SELF LOVE | WIN A FREE BOOM CYCLE CLASS

Dear gorgeous person, you! 

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Happy bank holiday Monday lovelies. Looks like I'm making a habit of releasing blogs and videos on Mondays. You know, I quite like it. In my own teeny little way, it feels like I'm somehow contributing to the start of your week. In today's post, I'm teaming up with one of my most favourite people ever. Her energy is beyond electric and she just makes me smile so much. She inspires me beyond words and whilst some of you might remember Hilary Rowland (Co-founder and creative director of Boom Cycle) from our very first video together, I thought I should share 5 things you definitely need to know about Hilary.


■Hilary co-owns Boom Cycle with her husband Rob Rowland (formerly known as Hilary Gilbert, Hilary got married to Robert last year).
■This fitness queen was born in Kentucky but has lived in NYC, LA, Paris and now, London - of course!
■Hilary used to be a model (not hard to see why!) - she is super FIT!!!
■ Hilary still teaches classes at Boom. Book a ride with Hilary here.
■ Hilary does not take herself too seriously, she laughs a lot and is so much fun to be around! Filming this video below was sooooo much fun!

A BIT ABOUT BOOM CYCLE 

Boom Cycle currently has 2 fully functional studios. One in Holborn and another in Shoreditch. The latter was the original studio, started back in 2011 and it's not difficult to see why they've been so successful. So much so, they're opening 2 brand new studios in a few months time (Hammersmith and Battersea). As if this isn't enough, they're also starting up a clothing line, which Hilary casually drops on me mid-convo!  This is such exciting news and I don't know anyone who is more deserving. It's absolutely amazing how a couple so young have managed to change the face of cycling in London and they continue to grow from strength to strength.

Boom Cycle run classes throughout the day in both studios.  They even do 30minute lunch time sessions for a blast of intense-calorie burning happiness on your lunch break and offer some very tasty post-workout shakes too. You pay per ride. There's a current intro offer which is 3 rides for £29! Whaaaa!!! A single, standard ride is usually £18, 3 rides for £52 or 5 rides for £85. You can see prices more here.

During classes, the light is dimmed so as to allow people to get in the zone. It really is about you and your bike. Boom Cycle recognise that it's not just about fitness, rather, in addition - there is quite a lot to be said for the effects that exercise has on your mind. As a result, they have gone all out to create an environment that stimulates your mind, makes you feel the best you can be and at the same time, gets you as fit as you possibly can - all whilst partying on a bike. The beats are simply like you've never heard before. Night club quality sound system, it's unreal! Really feels like you have a real DJ in the room! BOOM!

There's just something about a Boom Cycle ride that only people who have been can really understand. If you're tired of working out in plain, cold, boring, poor quality, standard gym spaces then this is definitely for you! Good news is you're in LUCK! We're giving away 2 passes for FREE !!


To celebrate the release of this video with Hilary as well as me reaching 5k Instagram followers, Boom Cycle and I are joining forces to give away one lucky winner 2 FREE Boom Cycle rides for them and a friend. All you need to do is have a look on my Instagram post with the teaser video to the video Hilary and I filmed.


HOW TO ENTER

1. Simply like the post
2. Tag your favourite workout buddy
3. Make sure you follow me (@joyogude), @hdawgboom & @boomcycle

It's soooo easy!!! Good luck! xo

Monday, May 22, 2017

THE PRIVATE YOGI

Dear gorgeous person, you!

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As it is Monday, I wanted to help kick-start your week with a little bit of motivation. Often times, the one reason people give about not being able to keep fit is the lack of time. Whilst some might say that's just an "excuse", I can actually see why lack of time could be an issue. Yes, we all have the same amount of time in the day, yes we're all busy and have a life outside of work but for some people, getting to that very popular yoga class at 5.30pm every Tuesday just isn't an option when you have to do the school run or if you simply can't leave work on time.

Also, not everyone likes the idea of going to a class. Sometimes classes can be unintentionally intimidating. I actually love classes because I'm not great at motivating myself on my own - I have made it no secret that despite being a physiotherapist, exercise does not come natural to me. I'm more in love with the post-exercise feeling than exercise itself, hence I get a lot of energy from other people when I train. However, nothing could ever beat one-to-one training. I simply love knowing I have someone to over-see me, help me work at my own pace and encourage me just enough.

Enter yoga....

I've always ignorantly thought it was too slow paced for me and it simply does not feel like exercise. From a young age, I've always kind of seen exercise as that thing you do to put yourself through your paces to get your heart rate up, blood circulating and sweat dripping. Hence if I'm not out of breath, I'm clearly not working hard enough.




 

When I heard Charlie was coming round to my house, I couldn't have been any more excited if I tried. I was a little nervous but really, I couldn't contain my joy. I'd never had a personal session at home before, let alone yoga. I felt kinda special - shhhh! :) In terms of what we did in the session, I'll let the video speak for itself and as promised in the video, I wanted to leave you some details of where you can find Charlie and her yogis.


I'm not quite sure if it's because you're in the comfort of your own environment which means you not only feel safe but you also feel like no one is judging/watching. Perhaps the thought of this alone is enough to boost your confidence and help with improving your efforts, which in my case led to actually enjoying the whole experience much more than I would in a class. Or maybe it was because all of Charlie's attention was focused on helping me improve my yoga skills. It might also have been because I booked the session at a time that 100% suited me and I didn't have to experience that unsettling feeling of having of rushing into a class a few minutes late because I couldn't find parking or my bus was late. Maybe it was a bit of everything.





It's clear to see from the video how much fun we had but what you may not be able to tell is how emotional I got. Words (or a video) can't fully explain how much of a personal experience this was, especially for someone like me who finds it very difficult to relax, settle and focus. It's amazing how in tune with yourself you suddenly become when you are in your own environment and are being guided by someone else who's just as much in tune with you. 

Have you ever had a private yoga session at home or work? Or any other private session for that matter? Did you feel it was beneficial? If you haven't yet, how likely are you to try one out in the future? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments section below.


Lots of love, 
Jxxx

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ROCKFISH (& CHIPS)

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


As it is Sunday, I thought I should share something British. Usually people eat Fish and Chips for lunch on Fridays or as an option to a Sunday roast. Two weekends ago, E and I spent a few days exploring Dartmouth, down south (England). Just like in our Bournemouth Vlog, I'm still fairly new to visiting British seaside areas and so I get very excited to discover new places with very English traditions.

One of these places I discovered was Rockfish. When you strip it right down, it really is all about fish and chips and in Dartmouth, we noticed a small Rockfish branch on the high street that had no indoor seating. Yet, lots of people seemed to be queuing in the cold for their food, only to then stand outside, eating away - in the cold. E and I were naturally intrigued and thought Rockfish had to be doing something right! 



We had already had a bite to eat that day and so promised we'd be back the day after. The next day however, we decided to head over to Torquay where unbeknownst to us, was a much bigger, much better Rockfish. Also, rather than the small Dartmouth takeaway, it was actually a restaurant with a lot of indoor seating. So wait? like a fish and chips restaurant - ummm yes! We obviously had zero hesitation whatsoever because 1. Food. 2. Fish and Chips. 3. No further reasons needed.





I had the Whiting whilst E had one of the fresh fish caught that day. They had several 'freshies' on the menu and the lovely waiter Conor explained it all to us. On their normal menu, they had a lot more variety than I was expecting. Feel free to view that here

The location of the restaurant was perfect and central. Situated on Victoria Parade and overlooking the beautiful harbour. Despite it being a cold day with a bit of drizzle, it was still very beautiful. We sat by the window and were able to take it all in. I could only imagine what it felt like in the summer. 

The warm pale colours of the restaurant were so inviting. It had been made to look really lovely - like someone had thought it out so well. You get the feeling of being in a restaurant but the entire time, you're very conscious it's simply about good old English fish and chips. Wait though, not everyone wants deep fried fish all the time, so they generously offer for you to have your fish grilled as an option. We both of course went for grilled and I can tell ya it was a 9/10 for me. It's not a 10/10 simply because the fish still had some of the scales on so made eating a bit messy but that didn't take away from things such as the quality, taste and atmosphere. 






I would really love to visit Torquay again and when we do, I would certainly be going back to Rockfish.

Have you ever been? What did you have? Would you recommend this to anyone? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments section below.

Lots of love,
Joy
xo xo



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