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



Friday, May 12, 2017

PhD PROTEIN BARS

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


I was privileged enough to attend the launch of the new PhD smart bar range and let me tell ya.... YUM!!!! Before I tell you about all the goodies, here are a few pics from the event. The pic immediately below is post a very intensive half hour workout so please no need to judge lol.





If you're like me and you train almost daily but you have a weakness in your knees for anything chocolate, then this is definitely for you. I'm a bit bored of a lot of protein bars on the market. Sometimes, I'd much rather simply eat a chocolate bar. Reason being, you're sold into this dream that you're eating a really good amount of protein but actually when you look at the nutritional value, it's riddled with sugar and carbs. 

Obviously you can't avoid sugar and carbs altogether but you can certainly eat wisely and limit them. A good example is the PhD Dark chocolate Raspberry bar. It's 64g but per 100g, it contains 34% carb, 17% fat, 0.6% sugar and 31% protein. This means per bar - it has 22g of carbs, 0.4g sugar, 20g protein and 11g fat. It's also 237calories in a bar.  These values are also very identical to the values of the PhD chocolate brownie flavour too. You could obviously eat half, instead of the entire bar.





These are great pre-workout or post-workout snacks. They're filling and you really don't feel like you're compromising on taste, texture or quality. They also don't feel like just a chocolate bar. Chocolate lovers know that kinda straight up high you get when chocolate hits your taste buds but rather unfortunately, you crash straight back down too. This felt more like a slow build up of both chocolatey pleasure and energy. I didn't feel a crash (or any guilt for that matter) afterwards. 


You can get these amazing bars here. 12 a pack at £29.88 - that's £2.49/bar - pretty awesome right?!!! However, if you buy today you get 10% off as well as 116reward points to use off your next purchase. Boom! Be sure to share your photo online using the hashtag #TheSmartChoice.

Available flavours: Caramel crunch | Cookies & cream | chocolate & Peanut butter | Dark Chocolate Raspberry | Chocolate Brownie 

Feel free to browse a lot more of PhD's supplements here. Have you tried any of these already? Or perhaps a different PhD product? What did you think of them?

Lots of love, 
Joy 
xo xo 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ROLLER DERBY | THIS GIRL CAN

Dear gorgeous person, you!


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One of the perks of being a blogger is that you get invited to so many lovely events. You meet amazing people you've never met before and experience things you otherwise may not have. Call me silly but I had absolutely no idea that Roller Derby was a thing in England. I genuinely thought only American girls of a certain age took it up as a hobby! I know, shoot me!

This week, I was privileged enough to be invited to participate in Roller Derby by This Girl Can - the campaign that encourages women of all shapes and sizes to just be them. TGC essentially reminds you that you're capable. You may have seen the ads on TV and online showcasing real women playing several kinds of sports and engaging in various physical activities. 

These women aren't airbrushed, stick-thin models who don't even look like themselves after they've been air-brushed. They aren't athletic and obsessed with eating chicken and broccoli in-between doing hundreds of burpees at the gym. These women are real because they simply look like you and I.



Everything about TGC makes me wanna get on a roof top and scream YES YES YES! The message they convey is quite literally everything I stand for as a person and a blogger. It's a message to love the skin you're in. To remember that it's okay to be into fitness. It's okay to not be into fitness. It's okay to jiggle when you workout. It's okay to have a firm ass. Cellulite and stretch marks are cool too. If you didn't 'snap back' after your amazing body did this magical thing of having children (side note - why we as women are not worshipped for this one thing is still beyond me), nothing wrong with that. It's okay to be you. It's okay because you're human. A freaking amazing human woman at that!!!


Roller skating was freaking awesome. My lil cousin Kemi came along with me. We enjoyed it so much, we made a video blog. Please watch the video until the end as we head over to a food market and eat our guts out.

All the info you need:

This Girl Can : Website | Insta | Twitter | Youtube  | Facebook 

Roller Derby : Website | Insta | Twitter | Facebook

I'll leave you with this caption I posted for my Instagram video when I was doing press ups, a few days ago:

"This fitness thing, it's not a race or a competition. We'll all get there in our own time, at our own pace. Feeling pretty smug that I can now do 6 very good press-ups. Soon it'll be 10. Might take 1 week or 1 yr. Doesn't matter at all. I will continue to love my body all the same. Take your time. Do your thing. Eyes on your own work. It's not a competition.
#yougotthis #thisgirlcan #workoutmotivation #fitness #gymgirl #ukfitfam #fitnessmotivation"




If you liked this post, please leave a comment down below to say hi! Have you been roller skating before? What do you think about This Girl Can campaign?

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 


Friday, April 21, 2017

HAPPY TEA DAY!

Dear gorgeous person, you! 


You already know by now how much I LOVE me some tea! So the other day, I was out and about in Chelsea and came across this amazing shop called T2 and I could not help but pop in. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out it was a shop for just teas! They do all sorts of teas - about 150 different kinds. 




Shortly afterwards, I was invited back for a private tea masterclass where the lovely manager Dani kindly brewed me a few cups of amazing teas. I did not know you could make mint macha into a mojito style. It was like summer came super early! 

My personal favourite was the chocolate chai tea - you seriously have to try that. I recommend with all the love in my heart to both tea enthusiasts and not-so-sure tea drinkers. I promise you will not regret it.




A lot of the teas that T2 do have amazing health benefits. The staff are super friendly and will be willing to talk you through them, especially if you're worried about the nutritional contents - you fitness conscious lot haha. I popped into the one on Kings Road but they really are all around. To find the nearest T2 to you, see more info here.  Be sure to follow T2 on IG and Twitter too.




Happy #nationalteaday! Here's to brewing more cuppas with friends, family and strangers this summer!

It also happens to be the Queen's birthday! Happy 91st Elizabeth! I'm sure she loves tea too! :) 

Lots of love, 
J xo xo 

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