Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka

“I love this sporty, stylish and fashionable winter coat from Sweaty Betty. I think it’s great for the city and outdoor activities. Don’t you?”

 

As winter approaches and the weather turns frosty and wetter (not that it hasn’t been wet all along – we live in Britain after all where rain gets featured as one of the top tourist attractions), I’m finding myself entering hibernation mode (involuntarily, of course) more often that I should. Forget outdoor activities, I can’t even bring myself to go to the gym where it’s warm! The thing is though, I prefer exercising outdoor, and I particularly like cycling to work. I can’t stand public transport – whenever I take the bus, I get stuck in traffic; whenever I take the tube, I get stuck underground! Despite the deteriorating weather condition, I still cycle, but I’m forcing myself to do it every time. And that’s the problem, I don’t want to have to force myself to do it, I want to enjoy doing it (like I did in the summer). So, thinking cap on; light-bulb moment achieved: I need to get myself a new clothes (anything) that would make me want to get on my bike. I need to be inspired! I told my husband about it earlier today; his response: “but you’ve got so many exercise clothes already” – men, they never understand, do they?! But you get me, right? Think about that time when you really want to do something just because you’ve bought a killer outfit and you can’t wait to wear it – right, right?? There you go, I knew you’d understand.

When it comes to workout clothes, Sweaty Betty is certainly one of my favourites (if not my favourite). I love their clothes – they’re stylish, comfortable, not too expensive (I don’t think it’s more than the mainstream brands) and the quality is really good. Anyway, look what I found on their website:

Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka | www.angeliquelee.co.ukThey called it the “Winter Warmer Luxe Parka” – “The ultimate weather-proof jacket for day-to-day style and winter commutes, this durable layer is waterproof and windproof with an insulated lining for extra warmth. Drawing in at the waist for a flattering and feminine fit, this luxe parka jacket features a subtle camo-floral print. Reflective seams, velcro cuffs and a back cycle vent ensure maximum functionality.”

I love it! “Ultimate weather-proof” is exactly what I need to brace the wind and rain in this city! “Insulated lining for extra warmth” means it’s winter-ready – very practical! And the style… don’t you just love the style? I think it’s really flattering; it’s sporty yet fashionable. If I had one of these, I’d want to get on my bike and cycle to work even in the frostiest and wettest weather (within reason, of course – I’m not an unreasonable person; I wouldn’t, for example, cycle in a hurricane). Also, I think the reflective seams are a nice touch; it’d help me stay visible on the road. It’s a great parka for outdoor activities, I give you that (I’m thinking: walking, running, cycling, boating? etc). But I also think it’d make a good city wear – I can see myself wearing it over regular clothes, with leggings, jeans, and boots, going about my day (shopping, Starbucks-ing, lunching, walking around town, and in a few months… even pushing my pram with Baby G inside). So stylish!

So… all I want for Christmas is… (or rather, one of the things I want for Christmas is…) the Sweaty Betty Winter Warmer Luxe Parka! It’s a good investment! I think my husband would agree!

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own.

Yoga for pregnancy: my first session

“Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga! But my first pre-natal yoga experience was just awful.”

Pregnancy Yoga | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

I went to my first session this weekend. To be honest, I’m quite disappointed. I mean, yes, I expected to do a lot of breathing exercises, but I thought there was going to be a lot of stretching as well. Maybe it’s just me; I’m a beginner at pregnancy yoga after all. But the session that I went to didn’t leave me feeling amazing or revitalise (which is so unlike all the yoga sessions I’ve been to before I was pregnant). It certainly didn’t relieve any tensions in my muscles; in fact, it made my lower back pain worst (which, again, never happened before). The studio itself wasn’t great – it was dirty and didn’t have a relaxing feel to it. Anyway, I didn’t feel good. There are quite a few more other places that offer pre-natal yoga in my area; I’m going to try another one next weekend and I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I found this YouTube video and the routine looks pretty good – I might just try it out before the weekend.

Pregnancy massage

“Pregnant? Treat yourself to a nice pregnancy massage. Your body will thank you afterwards.”

Pregnancy Massage | www.angeliquelee.co.uk | Jour Sarah/commons.wikimedia.org (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spa_Picture.jpg)

Don’t underestimate what pregnancy can do to your body. I’d like to think that I’m quite fit – I mean, I do yoga every week and I cycle to work everyday. Still, my body aches, my muscles hurt and I’m constantly feeling tired; most nights, I’m in bed by 10pm, and even then, I rarely get a good night sleep. So, I’ve decided to give pregnancy massage a go. I love getting a massage. I used to go at least twice a month. I don’t know why I stopped (let’s just blame my hectic work schedule, or maybe I’m just downright lazy), but it’s a habit that I really want to get back into. I mean, everyone needs a ‘pampering me’ time every now and then, right? I just have to make that effort of calling the centre, booking for an appointment and actually go. Anyway, the pregnancy massage – I’m lucky because there’s a centre that offers it not too far away from where I live, and it’s really good! The price is a bit steep: £48 for 60 minutes and £68 for 90 minutes, but it’s worth every penny; my therapist was amazing, I felt so relax and rejuvenated afterwards. I’m definitely going back. If you live around the area, try them out: Greenwich Natural Health Centre, 70 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RF. I think you won’t be disappointed. They don’t just do pregnancy massage, they offer many other therapies as well.

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.

Style bible: ‘non-maternity maternity’ wear

“Not keen on spending money on maternity wear? Here’s how to update your wardrobe with ‘double function’ pieces.”

 

Over the past week or so, I’ve started noticing that my usual skirts and pants are becoming quite snug. I’m at 20 weeks and you can’t really see my baby bump yet; but it’s there, I can feel it. I probably should buy myself some maternity wear right about now. But the thing is, I’m not very keen on spending money on clothes that I know I’d never wear again past my due date. So, I’ve decided to update my wardrobe with what I’d like to call ‘non-maternity maternity wear’ – that means, stocking up on leggings, jeggings, cardigans, jumpers, loose fit trousers, comfortable dresses, low-heel shoes, ballerina flats, and anything versatile enough to perform the double function. I personally love these basic styles (which I bought from various retailers) – I think they are essential must-own pieces; I like the fact that they go with practically everything and you can easily wear them casually or smart. Not to mention that they are also very comfortable.

Casual Wear | Non-Maternity Maternity Wear | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

Top row (left to right): 1. Sweaty Betty Vitality L/SLV Knitted Jumper; 2. South (Littlewoods) Basic Tank Top; 3. Zara Cap Sleeve Shirt; Bottom row (left to right): 1. Mango Ribbed Sleeve Dress; 2. New Look Black Seamless Ankle Length Legging; 3. New Look Light Blue Slim Fit Jeggings; 4. Zara Medium Wash Denim Jacket; 5. New Look Pink Sateen Ballet Pumps

Smart Casual Wear | Non-Maternity Maternity Wear | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

From top left: 1. Zara Buttoned Neck Shirt; 2. Zara Drawstring Loose Fit Trousers; 3. Aldo Grennan Low Mid Heels